Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard

Release Date: February 23rd 2016 (Aus/UK) and January 5th 2016 (US)
Published By: Tor
Pages: 412
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Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

ReviewTruthwitch is the new fantasy series to hit the YA market with a bang! Filled with magic, intrigue, adventure and action, this is an exciting new series from Susan Dennard that will pull on your imagination and leave you wanting more.

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Instant Lookback

Hi everyone! Welcome to the another edition of Instant Lookback! This is where I show you the bookish pictures I have shared over on Instagram. I am also going to include some links to some recent posts as well, just in case you missed them :)

I may post all my pictures, I may only post a few… so if you don’t want to miss out on any, come follow me over at Instagram @ kristy_book_nerd!

So I have been a litle MIA lately. Some of it is due to work, some of it is due the amazing holiday I recently went on! I posted most of my holiday pictures on my personal Instagram account, but I posted some to the blog account, mainly bookish related pictures. One of the best things about travelling – books are everywhere! You may not understand the language they are printed in, but it is great knowing they are there!

This is also going to be a big edition, as I will post my pictures from the #AusYAChallenge – where I had to fit the whole month of March challenges into 12 days! I did it though :) I will do anything to support Aussie YA! So it will be a longer post than normal, but pretty much all pictures, and who doesn’t love looking at pretty bookish pictures?

So, enjoy this mammoth edition of Instant Lookback! Instant Lookback is a weekly meme bought to you by Brett Michael Orr.

 

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Feral Friday – Aussie Bibliophiles: are we shallow, impatient, tight or patriotic?

Hi everyone! It is time for another Feral Friday!

Feral Friday is more of an opinion piece… and well, lets be honest, I am full of opinions. But this time, I included yours, and would like to here more!

Are Aussie bibliophiles shallow, impatient, tight or patriotic?

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The Unexpected Everything Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Hello! And welcome to Book Nerd Reviews’ stop on the THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING Blog Tour!

 

The THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING Blog Tour will be hosted by some amazing Aussie bloggers, and there are a lot of amazing posts from Morgan Matson! Scroll to the bottom to ensure you know where every stop is, so you don’t miss a thing!

 

 

Welcome to the tour… I hope you enjoy!

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone tour of Prague – 2016 Edition

 

“Fairy-tale city. From the air, red rooftops hug a kink in a dark river, and by night the forested hills appear as spans of black nothing against the dazzle of the lit castle, the spiking Gothic towers, the domes great and small. The river captures all the lights and teases them out, long and wavering, and the side-slashing rain blurs it all to a dream” - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Hi everyone. Back in 2014 I did my first every Daughter of Smoke and Bone tour of Prague post. I absolutely adored doing this this post because it brings two of my favourite things together – Prague and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

As I returned to Prague this year, I thought I would bring you some more Prague pictures in a Daughter of Smoke and Bone series way. New pictures, new quotes, new related information.

As I have said before, I cannot describe Prague in any way that does it justice – but Laini Taylor certainly can! All quotes in this post are from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. If you missed my previous post, you can find it here.

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Giveaway Winner of The Shadowhunters Series

Hello everyone! Thanks to the lovely team at Walker Books Australia, Book Nerd Reviews were able to host a giveaway for a full set of the recently rebranded Shadowhunter series (The Mortal Instruments)! The giveaway is now closed, and the winner is announced below!

From Walker Books Australia:

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling Shadowhunter series that has swept the globe.

Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love. Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles and The Shadowhunter s Codex.

This reissue with a brand-new cover will bring this book to a whole new audience as well as being a collectable for existing fans. All six spines combine to form a panoramic scene!

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Instant Lookback

Hi everyone! Welcome to the another edition of Instant Lookback! This is where I show you the bookish pictures I have shared over on Instagram. I may post all my pictures, I may only post a few… so if you don’t want to miss out on any, come follow me over at Instagram @ kristy_book_nerd!

So sorry for the lack of posts lately – life is hectic! I am heading off tomorrow for another 7 days away for work :( But, in the midst of the craziness. I have posted some pics on Instagram, so here it is…

Instant Lookback is a weekly meme bought to you by Brett Michael Orr.

 

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Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: September 29th 2015
Published By: Orion-Hachette / Henry Holt and Company (US)
Pages: 465
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

Review: Entering the Grisha world once again, Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint with Six of Crows. With its own unique style and flare, Six of Crows is far enough away from The Grisha trilogy to enjoy separately from the original series, but with just enough of the magical Grisha world for fans to love this new and interesting story.

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Shadowhunters Giveaway

 

Hi everyone! We have an awesome giveaway for you with thanks to Walker Books Australia!

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The Book Closes on 2015

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Hello everyone! I know this is a little late, as it is nearly the end of January… but I still think we need to talk about 2015 a little bit :)

Life got very hectic at the end of 2015 for me, hence why this post is so late (the craziness flowed over into the new year). But there is still a lot to talk about for the year that passed.

 

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Aussie Author Awesomeness

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!! Not only is it a day to celebrate the our pretty amazing country, but also to celebrate what it contains – which includes fabulous authors. And why should we just celebrate all things Aussie on one day only? We shouldn’t – especially our authors!

There are plenty of amazing Australian authors, and here are just a few… and remember, you can celebrate the awesomeness of their books any day of the year. So treat yourself, grab a book by an Australian author and enjoy.

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Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: November 1st 2015 / October 20th 2015 (US) / October 22nd 2015 (UK)
Published By: Allen & Unwin / Knopf Books (US) / Oneworld Publications (UK)
Pages: 602
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

ReviewIlluminae was set to be one of the biggest YA releases of 2015 – and although I was excited for this book, I am going to be honest, the thought of reading it scared the shit of me.
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Review: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Release Date: January 1st 2016 / September 22nd 2015 (US)
Published By: HarperCollins / HarperTeen (US)
Pages: 336
Goodreads: Add it to your reading list
Purchase: Click here to purchase

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

 

ReviewWhat We Saw is a story of a small town rocked by rape allegations. And while this story is not from the POV of the victim, or alleged offenders, it does not shy away from the horrors of such a situation. It shows the true horror – the bystanders. This is the backstory. The story of those who know the victim and the accused offender(s). Of those who may or may not know exactly what happened. Those who are either willing to let their personal opinion of the people involved be the judge, or those who are wanting to find true justice.

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Instant Lookback

Hi everyone! Welcome to the another edition of Instant Lookback! This is where I show you the bookish pictures I have shared over on Instagram. I may post all my pictures, I may only post a few… so if you don’t want to miss out on any, come follow me over at Instagram @ kristy_book_nerd!

Life has been crazy busy, and along with that we had the silly season. But I have continued to post some pics on Instagram, so here it is…

Instant Lookback is a weekly meme bought to you by Brett Michael Orr.

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! It has been soooooo long since I have checked in with you, and I feel really bad :(

Life has been way to crazy and horrible lately… but I am hoping to get back on track this year – well before I go away on holidays in March anyway :)

But never fear, even though it has been a while since I posted a W..W..W.. Wednesday, I really don’t have too much to report. That crazy life I was talking about earlier had a major impact on my reading.

W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading. (more…)