Friday, May 22, 2015

Where is Tina?

I'll be in Nashville next week for my annual meeting. 

What is JAM? It stands for Jenzabar's Annual Meeting. Jenzabar is
my college's student information system. Yes, I work at a college for healthcare majors. I'm a database administrator so these annual meetings provide insight on various topics all geared to make the system work for my institution.

JAM is held annually and for some reason, it's always during BEA. It's a conspiracy I tell ya! One of these days, I'm going to have to skip out so that I can attend BEA. I do have a couple of posts scheduled and I'll be checking emails, comments, etc. as time permits. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, #1
Age range: 12 - 17 Years
Source: Bought
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

This book was an unsuspected surprise. Anytime I read a book by an author that I’ve never read before, I have to get a feel for the writing style and the voice. I will say that it took me a chapter or two to really get into the story but once I got the hang of it, I did not let go. I fell in love with the imagery which was magical in itself.  I could see the world that Renee created perfectly. It was so mesmerizing and I enjoyed every detail.

I can’t say enough about the characters – they embody what I love in fantasy. Kazi is fierce and I loved that she could hold her own. I fell in love with Khalid through Kazi - these two are perfect for each other.  You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait to see what happens with the other characters in this book like Tariq – he’s intriguing and a force within his own right.

I love when books in this genre have kick-ass action and I feel like I got a small taste and it left me wanting more.  I‘m hopeful that there will be more sword-wielding action in the next book. I’m just ready for a major showdown to see whose left standing when the dust settles.    

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Order The Wrath and the Dawn

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals
, #1
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

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 fiancĂ©e, 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..

This book sounds so intriguing! It has a mashup of things that I love - court intrigue and fantasy. 

So this is my pick. What are you waiting for?