Where to get free review books for new bloggers!

So when I started blogging, I was really interested in getting books before they came out. I’d heard that it was the best way to get people to start reading your reviews and build a decent following. I found some websites that sent out books for review on my own and others I found because someone mentioned them in a blog post. I’m someone who doesn’t have a massive amount of followers and because of that, I’m not working with big-time publishers or anything like that. That being said, I’m still able to get books sent to me for review.

Also, my internet cut out on Thanksgiving so my phone kept posting an unfinished version of my post. That post will be up on Tuesday and I hope it didn’t confuse people too much!

1. Blogging for Books

This is a site where anyone with a blog can sign up. They have a decent amount of books that you can choose from and they continue to supply you with books in exchange for reviews. I really like this site because they have young adult books as well as historical novels. You can choose between an E-book or a physical book and this is something I really like because not everyone likes to horde books.

2. Library Thing

This website is more for giveaways but once you start reviewing books, you have a better chance of getting books. I like this site because they have both E-books and print books, much like Blogging for Books. This site is a hit or miss, to be honest, but I do like some of the books that they put up!

3. Netgalley

This is a site where you can get an ample amount of free E-books. This site is always being updated and there are always really popular books on the site. The only thing is that you need to keep your rating up in order to get new books! That’s not the hardest thing if you only request books that you actually want to read. I’ll admit that I got a little excited when I first started and that meant that I requested books that I wasn’t entirely interested in.

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My Name in TBR Books!

I have so many books on my TBR that this tag was something I’ve always thought about doing. It’s getting to the time where I’m getting busy again with school and this was one of the tags that I’ve had in my drafts for a while so this was a no-brainer. I hope you guys like the tag and if any of you decide to do it, feel free to tag me so I can check it out!

C – Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

A – Alice by Cristina Henry

R – Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swedson

O – One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

L – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Y – I couldn’t think a book that started with a Y 😦

N – Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

E – Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Books Series I Really Need to Finish

There are so many books that are part of a series that I desperately need to read. Sometimes, even if I love a book, I can’t get the next book right away and this results in me getting distracted. I hate when this happens and I’m hoping that making this list will be a sort of call outpost for me. I really need to just stop buying the new releases and finish the series that I know I love. Are there any books that you really want to read but just haven’t got around to because there are just so many other books?

1. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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I think I’ve mentioned that I wanted to read this book before and surprise! I still haven’t gotten around to even picking it up. I already have a mix of American and European editions so at this point I just want a paperback copy for myself!

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s not that I’m not excited to start reading this book, it’s that it’s so long that I just don’t want to get invested in it right now.

3. Windwitch by Susan Denard

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I’m kind of waiting for this book to come out in paperback because I bought Truthwitch in softcover and I want them to match. I know that it has technically come out in paperback (at least according to Goodreads) but Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it and I have never gotten around to ordering it off Amazon.

4. Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

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I really loved the first book in this series and I really want to get my hands on the second book so I can continue reading about some really cute characters. I’ve seen this book in stores but I’ve always been buying a different book so I haven’t picked this up. This is definitely a thing I need to be called out for lol.

Mask of Shadows ★★☆☆☆

2 stars

I was really excited to read this book and I was sadly disappointed. Even though I loved certain aspects of the novel, I just found it a little flat. It was just lacking. This book is going to be released in September of this year but I don’t think that I will be recommending this book to anyone.

*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*

Goodreads summary:

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My Review:

So this book has a gender fluid main character, which would be really cool if the character had any substance. I ended up getting bored with the character, Sal, and found the quest for revenge tiresome. I feel like the character should have been further developed and because they weren’t, the book just fell short of anything above 3 stars.

That being said, there were some interesting parts in the book that kept me interested in reading, even though I already knew what was going to happen. That’s another thing, this book is incredibly predictable and that kind of made me want to consider it a DNF book. But I kept reading. Can’t say that it would have made a difference, though. I basically figured out the end within the first hundred pages.

Throughout this book, there is a seemingly forced and unrealistic romance between the main character and a young noble. To me, this seemed like an attempt from the author to get the reader to feel more connected to the character. It really didn’t work. I found both characters to be boring and 2-dimensional. Neither was particularly interesting and I found myself skimming their dialog.

Then there’s the plot about the kingdoms and revenge and all this stuff that isn’t talked about enough or made important enough for the reader to care about. It was such a yawn to read about the politics of the kingdom because I just didn’t care. I could see in some areas that the author would try and get the reader interested in the politics and the corruptness of the government but it fell short. It never kept me interested. I never felt the anger that Sal feels, I never felt his need for revenge. That is the biggest flaw with this book I think, the inability for the reader to connect with the main character.

I really doubt that I will be reading any other books in this duology because I could really care less about the characters or the plot of the story for that matter. While I hate talking bad about a book, I just found this one to be boring and forgettable. For this reason, among others, I will do not recommend this to anyone unless they don’t mind boring characters and a predictable and boring plot.

Select ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

Publish date October 3rd

So once I got into this book it was like I couldn’t stop reading. Every time there was a break in my day I would pull out my phone so I could continue the story. Not only was this book interesting, it also had an interesting romance that was realistic. I will say that the beginning of this book is a little bit slow but once you get passed the 50-page mark it really picks up. Most of this review will be spoiler free but the last paragraph will have spoilers (but I will make it obvious). 

Continue reading “Select ★★★★☆”

Now I Rise ★★★★☆

4 stars

This book was one that I had been waiting a long while for but to be honest half of it wasn’t what I was expecting. This book wasn’t bad but I only enjoyed reading about one of the perspectives because the other just annoyed me to no end. Overall this book was one that I found myself skim reading at points but still enjoyed most of the time.

Goodreads Summary:

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost

My Review:

I really do love Lada and enjoyed reading every other chapter that was in her POV. She is a strong woman and she really does a lot to get her home land back from those who are harming it. She does some questionable things but I understand most of her choices because she is attempting radical change.

I tended to skim read any section about Radu talking about how much he loves Mehmed and how he will do anything for him. I liked him in the first book but I couldn’t agree with how he pined after someone who knew he liked him and used it to better themselves. He just ended up becoming someone who I found myself annoyed with but I really did love his “wife.” She’s someone who really loved her religion and wasn’t doing everything because she was pining after someone who didn’t love her back. She had someone, in fact, we got to see more of her relationship with her girlfriend in this book and I really enjoyed those parts of the book because it showed that even in the past, homosexuality has been a thing.

I was also surprised to see how easily Ladas men follow her and listen to her orders. I really liked reading about a woman in charge of an army. It’s not often that you find a book where there is a female commander and it was really something to read about.

I don’t feel like I have much to say about this book but I really did enjoy it as a whole and would recommend the duology to anyone who likes a strong female lead. I would recommend reading this book directly after the first book because there were some characters that I had forgotten about.

4 Reasons to Read Rebel Mechanics

So many of you thought the idea to do a review like this was great so I thought I’d do another for a book I might not have reviewed other wise!

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I ended up giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

1. It has really cool magic and even though only the rich, upper crust people have it, you get to see a lot of it in this book. I really liked reading about how their magic worked and how many of the magisters, or magpies, stopped learning how to cast their own spells because they’ve made everything automated.

2. I love historical fiction and this is a version of that, even if it really doesn’t feel like it because of how made up it all feels. Then again, if you’re going to write about how the American revolution didn’t happen because the British had magic then I guess you do have to make up a good portion of it. I know that in the third book there are mentions of the Colonial Assembly and I really like how the author is writing about how the Americans still would have won eventually.

3. There is love and betrayal! I know most people don’t like love triangles but the one in this book isn’t even that concrete. The main character, Verity, has two love interests but when you finish the book it is obvious who she ends up with and there isn’t really any debating who she is with throughout the book. To me, this is just how the real world works. Sometimes a relationship will work out but sometimes you have to move on and for Verity, moving on just meant she ended up on the other end of the triangle. I also ship this new relationship so I may be a little biased because they’re adorable together.

4. The main character is 15. Verity is 15 and she’s helping start the non-magical American revolution. I love Verity as a character because once you realize how young she is, you realize why she sometimes acts like a child. That being said, I can only really think of one big scene where that happens. She is so composed and interesting to read about because you’re always finding out new things about her.