Book Review: Legacy Of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy Of Kings
Blood Of Gods And Royals #1
Author: Eleanor Herman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: August 18 2015
Review Source: Harlequin Teen

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

A story intertwined between characters; following Alexander who wants to prove he is fit to be king, Kat who wants to avenge her mother's death, Jacob who wants to prove he is man enough for Kat, Cyn who wants the magical powers her mother craved, and Heph who is just trying to remain as loyal as he can be to Alexander.

I have a love/hate relationship with this book. And what I love about this book, is honestly what I hate about this book as well. I love the characters and the stories that they each go on. But what drives me insane is how long it takes to get back to certain characters. Such as Zo - her character is a fun one, and yet I feel like there are only 4 or 5 chapters about what is happening to her. I need more Zo!

Heph...I LOVE HEPH! At first I felt weird because I was like yea....I love Heph so much that I want him and Kat to get together. But the more and more I read the more and more I realized that they would be PERFECT together! And I can't wait to see that relationship evolve.

Cyn....while she is not one of my favorite characters I do have to say that I loved her chapters. She is deceitful and yet you learn to care for her. She's cunning and smart, when you're in someone else's chapter you hate her and she gets on your nerves. When you're reading her chapter you love her and feel weird about it....the love/hate relationship that I was talking about.

I honestly can't wait for the sequel, I plan on reading it even if I didn't enjoy this book as much as I could have. I was taken away from the story when it would jump around from chapter to chapter and make me stay away from certain story lines for so long. But since Alex, Kat & Heph's story are some of the more prominent stories, I can't wait to see what happens with them.

Waiting on Wednesday: Madly by Amy Alward

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Potion Trilogy #1
Author: Amy Alward
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

No big deal, then.

Blog Tour: Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Celebratory One Day Tour | Giveaway - #WhatPet

We are thrilled to be 1 of 44 sites taking part in this fantastic event to celebrate a legend and his books by each one of us sharing a book from Dr. Seuss's collection.

Here at Once Upon a Twilight, we chose the 1960 classic everyone loves and knows:

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

But that's not the book that is causing this celebration. Today we celebrate the release of a never been released picture book written by the legend himself.

What Pet Should I Get?

ABOUT WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Here is our review of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

Published: March 12th 1960
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” . . . So begins this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

I was very excited to take part in the Dr. Seuss celebration. I know many of you grew up with these books like myself. You have probably now read them to your children, grandchildren or if you teach to your students. These books never will get get old. They have this magic that no matter how much time has passed they continue to amaze whoever is reading or listening to the story within its pages. 

As part of the celebration I was given one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books to review. Many of you are familiar with it and love it just as much as I do. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish will never get old for me. Its been a few year since I read this story since my boys are older now but when I read it again for this celebration, it was like I was 5 years old again or I was cuddled up with my boys when they were babies. It really takes you back to that very happy childhood time, when nothing worried you and all you needed to think about is "What is your favorite color?". 

So with all that being said it was nice to revisit with the Wump with just one hump, Nook with a book, Zans that opens cans or Gox that box in socks. The simple illustration with vibrant colors continue to memorize one as you read, doesn't matter if your 5 or 75. Everyone should have in their book collection this Dr. Seuss classic along with the others and of course the whole reason we are celebrating, What Pet Should I Get.


Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour
  1. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young
  2. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
  3. The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
  4. The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
  5. Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
  6. McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
  7. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
  8. Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
  9. If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
  10. Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
  11. Horton Hears a Who! 1954 - Bookiemoji
  12. On Beyond Zebra! 1955 - Jessabella Reads
  13. If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
  14. The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
  16. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
  17. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
  18. Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
  19. Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
  21. The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 - The Mod Podge Bookshelf
  22. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
  23. Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
  24. Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
  25. Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
  26. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
  27. The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
  28. The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
  29. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
  30. I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
  31. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
  32. The Lorax, 1971 - Elizziebooks
  33. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
  34. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
  35. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
  36. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
  37. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
  38. The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
  39. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
  40. Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
  41. Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
  42. The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
  43. You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
  44. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990  - Jesse the Reader

And what's a celebration without a giveaway. Thanks to Random House Children's Books each site will be giving away a copy of "What Pet Should I Get?" to a reader in the US.

Release Week Blitz: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Trailer | Giveaway

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Every Last Breath
The Dark Elements #3
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance

Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Teaser Tuesday: Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Dead Upon a Time
Written by Elizabeth Paulson
Release Date: August 24th 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press

It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother's house in the woods -- and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can't get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what's happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention -- even though the girl's stepmother would rather he didn't. It's up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that's far from happy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Hermione! No explanation needed 
  Katie is a book lover & blogger

Becca loves books 
 Dimitri has a thing for Western books!
 Alaska is a book lover
Tessa & William are both book lovers!
 TYRION is wise because he reads!
Belle is a fellow booknerd :)
 Tessa is also a book lover.
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