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“The Crown’s Game” – Evelyn Skye

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment


“The Crown’s Game”

By Evelyn Skye

Published May 17th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Format: Audio Book
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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and I’m delightfully pleased.

I thought the Crown’s Game contest would be a crazy, fiery, magic-filled battle for glory. But it ended up being more graceful and a contest of beauty. The two enchanters Nikolai and Vika each take turns performing a magical exhibition to impress the Tsar. But only one of them will make it out of the competition alive, the loser must give up using the magic of the world, and therefor their life.

I want to read all the Imperial Russia books. I loved the Russian reality in of “A Thousand Pieces of You” by Claudia Gray and I adored the setting of “The Crown’s Game”. Apparently the author took real historical figures and added a magical flare (another recurring them for me lately: My Lady Jane).

There are three main characters in this book: There are the two enchanters Vika and Nikolai who each have their own magical strengths. Vika has a strong control of natural elements, while Nikolai has a stronger grasp on fabricated materials. The third character Pasha, the heir to the Russian throne, is just a young man who wants to go on adventures, not rule an empire.

Yes there’s a love triangle, and I really liked it. It was actually well written. There’s a bit of insta-love, but hold the phone, it’s not on the girl’s side. Whaaaat? (in fact I think she’s the least invested in these relationships and I love her more for it) And I liked all sides of this triangle: Pasha/Vika, Vika/Nikolai and even the adorable friendship of Nikolai/Pasha, especially the romantic sides, as evident by my goodreads updates:

But don’t worry triangle haters, It didn’t overwhelm the story, there’s plenty of magic and trying to kill each other.

Oh and that ending! I just don’t know where the next book will go and I can’t wait.

This book definitely deserves a prettier cover.

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WOW: Wires and Nerve

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Books | 1 comment

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. And right now I can’t hardly wait for…


“Wires and Nerve”

Written by Marissa Meyer and Illustrated by Douglas Holgate

It has a cover!! It has a cover!!

I am crazy excited for this book. I was so sad when the last Lunar Chronicles book came out and I thought it was the end, but then they were like “JK! There’s going to be more”


And it sounds ridiculously awesome:

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series

Plus, did you see that “Volume 1” on there? There will be more!!!!

So, what books are you waiting on?

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10 Books I’d Buy Right Now If A Fabulous Person Handed Me A Gift Card

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Books, Lists | 9 comments

It’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday.


Here is my list of books I’d buy if someone decided to give me a shiny gift card. Now, if I could also time travel this book would be different. But I’ll stick to books that are available now. Some I have read via audio book, but would love a physical copy of, but probably wouldn’t buy unless I was getting it for free.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”– JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

“The Rule of Mirrors” – Caragh M. O’Brien

“The Last Star” – Rick Yancey

“My Lady Jane” – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

“The King Slayer” – Virginia Boecker

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“United As One” – Pittacus Lore

“Dark Matter” – Blake Crouch

“Ruined” – Amy Tintera

“The Girl From Everywhere” – Heidi Heilig

“Jane Austen Cover to Cover” – Margaret C. Sullivan

What books would you buy if the gift card fairy visited you?

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Europe 2016 – Paris

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Photography, Travel & Adventure | 6 comments

Let’s continue the Europe vacation photo spamming!

Last week I shared our adventures in Germany. Now let’s rewind to the middle of our vacation where we stopped in Paris, France.


When I was little I always wanted to go to Paris because I was in love with the Madeline cartoon. I kinda grew out of that, but it still stuck in one of my top places to go. We only stayed a couple of nights (Zack wasn’t too keen on going there), but we ended up with almost 3 full days so we got around a fair bit.

On our first day we didn’t have any specific plans so we first wondered out to see the Eiffel Tower. I was really disappointed because the Champs De Mars (giant park in front of the tower) was all closed off for the Euro Cup (European Soccer tournament that was being hosted by France), which is why there’s also a giant soccer ball hanging in the middle of the tower. So it was hard to get a good picture of the tower unless you’re standing right under it.

We didn’t actually climb the tower, cause there are always crazy long lines and I’m not even sure how expensive it is, but I heard the better option is to go to Montparnasse Tower. It’s way higher, and this way when you’re looking out over Paris, you you get to actually see the Eiffel Tower.


See? Now we have a pic of us with the tiny tower behind us!



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Europe 2016 – Germany

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Photography, Travel & Adventure | 3 comments

So let’s start by jumping towards the end of our vacation, cause why not?

Germany was our shortest part of the trip with only two full days, but I really enjoyed out time there and would love to explore more of the country one day.

There were two things that led to us deciding to go to Munich: I was trying to find something that would be a little more intriguing to Zack, and found the Deutches Museum (science museum) and I really wanted to visit a castle and found that Neuschwanstein Castle was in the area. Munich was decided.

The first day we hit up the Deutches Museum It totes being the world’s largest science and industry museum. I was thinking it was going to be more of a hands on/interactive museum, but it was your average ‘here’s a bunch of stuff!’ museum. Thankfully Zack still enjoyed it (I was a bit bored, and more than a little exhausted). On the plus side, the main floor had gorgeous lighting.





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