October 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Glass Spare by Lauren Destefano

The Glass Spare
by Lauren Destefano
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2017
by Balzer + Bray


A banished princess.
A deadly curse.

A kingdom at war.


Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever? 




Taken from an unfinished copy (ARC). Not Final.

"...when the vendor's hands, clutching the ground, turned to ruby red glass. He turned his head to her accusingly, as though she were responsible (was she responsible?), and then his eyes became red glass, and his fat tongue, and his lips, and his neck. Blood leaked between the fine cracks as his skin broke like splintering wood and turned to stone."



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October 10, 2017

Review: Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster - AVAILABLE TODAY!

Last Star Burning
by Caitlin Sangster
Series: Last Star Burning #1
Publication: October 10th, 2017



Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

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You know how sometimes you read a book and so many THINGS happen that you want to talk about but doing so would result in all sorts of spoilers?

Agh.

Yeah, that's Last Star Burning. 

I will say that the cover is a bit misleading, in my opinion. It's a pretty cover, don't get me wrong. I have no qualms with it. But it does scream FANTASY, does it not? And to be fair, the book seems to be classified as such.

But this one is for all the dystopian lovers out there.

I always find it easier to talk about things I didn't like, and when it comes to Last Burning Star, there isn't anything I didn't like. World-building, character development, action, twists...it's all there, and it's fantastic.

So, here I am, writing a review that isn't really a review because I don't know what else to say except......READ THIS BOOK.


Cover: 4 | Characters: 5 | Plot: 5 | Pace: 5 | Creativity: 5




October 06, 2017

Carve the Mark by @VeronicaRoth Virtual Signing!!














Starting today till November 7th you can order a signed personalized copy (name & signature only) of CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth!

This event is open to U.S. & international readers.

Please read all terms & conditions before placing your order.



  • All books will be signed and shipped the week of November 7th from Charleston, SC. 
  • All books will be shipped via Priority Mail. For all US orders priority mail takes 2-3 business days. For international orders it can take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks.
  • All packages will be insured up to $50 (depending on the size of your order) and come with a FREE tracking number. 
  • This event closes on November 7th. 
  • After November 7th there are no refunds as all the books would have been ordered and ready for signing.
  • Good Choice Reading nor the author will be held responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged mail. You will have to file a claim with the post office. All packages are insured up to $50 FREE OF CHARGE, sometimes more, depending on the size of your order. 
  • International: We have had a couple of incidents where a package has been returned to us due to it not being claimed. In the event that this should take place an additional shipping cost is required in order to re-ship the package. No refunds will be granted as the book was ordered, signed, shipped and reached its destination. It is your responsibility to keep track of your package and claim it. Once the package leaves the United States we no longer have any control over it.
  • All tracking information will be sent to the PayPal email address used to place your order. If you do not have PayPal and used a credit/debit card to check out, the email address put down will be the one all the information will be sent to.
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October 05, 2017

Review & Teaser: ALLY by Anna Banks!

33158530Ally by Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #2
Publication: October 3rd, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends; 320 pages



Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Since their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, they must use their own trusted resources to find common ground.

But when traitors with powerful allies arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust—including each other—in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?


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Teaser
His face is awash in frustration. "I was wrong to approach this as a game," he says gruffly. "I can see I'm well matched." He steps toward me, tilting my chin up with the crook of his finger, and none too gently. "But the next time you kiss me like that, I'll take it as an invitation to bring relief to the both of us."


I picked Nemesis up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by it, so I was excited to get back into this world with these characters. While I will say Ally took a while to get going, it did not disappoint. Banks always does a great job creating witty and interesting characters, and this duology is no exception.

Ally was a bit unpredictable, which I found not only surprising but welcome. I genuinely didn't see the twists coming and I really enjoyed being surprised by all of it.

Unfortunately I did have a few issues with this book. First of all, as I said, it takes a while to get going. And by that I mean, we go about half the book before anything of note happens. I wasn't bored with the story because I really like the characters, but I do get annoyed with fantasy novels that are driven by romance. I wish more time had been spent on the battles, the politics, and the fantasy elements. 

I also really don't like the covers. Neither the original Nemesis cover, nor the new covers. I think they really dropped the ball on this one but I'm not holding that against the book. 

Do you like romance driven fantasy? Okay with the politics and fantasy elements taking a back seat? Then I would absolutely recommend this series. 

Cover: 2 | Characters: 4 | Plot: 3 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 4





October 04, 2017

NEW Young Adult Virtual Signings!




Hey GCReaders!

We have two NEW virtual signings!

We've actually hosted one for both authors in the past and since I will be seeing them again November 10th, we decided to host another and help spread the love. ;)

From now till November 7th you can order signed personalized copies of ROAR by Cora Carmack & Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.

As always, this event is open to international readers too.

Full details can be found below!

Before placing your order please read all terms and conditions.

  • All books will be signed and shipped the week of November 7th from Charleston, SC. 
  • All books will be shipped via Priority Mail. For all US orders priority mail takes 2-3 business days. For international orders it can take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks.
  • All packages will be insured up to $50 (depending on the size of your order) and come with a FREE tracking number. 
  • This event closes on November 7th. 
  • After November 7th there are no refunds as all the books would have been ordered and ready for signing.
  • Good Choice Reading nor the authors will be held responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged mail. You will have to file a claim with the post office. All packages are insured up to $50 FREE OF CHARGE, sometimes more, depending on the size of your order. 
  • International: We have had a couple of incidents where a package has been returned to us due to it not being claimed. In the event that this should take place an additional shipping cost is required in order to re-ship the package. No refunds will be granted as the book was ordered, signed, shipped and reached its destination. It is your responsibility to keep track of your package and claim it. Once the package leaves the United States we no longer have any control over it.
  • All tracking information will be sent to the PayPal email address used to place your order. If you do not have PayPal and used a credit/debit card to check out, the email address put down will be the one all the information will be sent to.
  • All packages will be shipped to the mailing address used on your PayPal account or at check out. Please make sure to update your shipping information. If your address differs from the one on your PayPal account/Invoice, please email Events@goodchoicereading.com immediately so that we can update our records.
  • Taxes and shipping will be added at checkout.
  • Before placing your order there is an option to enter an email address and who you would like the book personalized to. Please double check spelling. If you do not wish to have the book personalized simply leave blank. We will have the author just sign the book with no name.
  • By placing an order below, you are agreeing to all terms and conditions. Any questions or concerns can be sent to Events@goodchoicereading.com.



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Danielle Paige
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Hardcover

Cora Carmack
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