Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour - ARC Review: Play On by Michelle Smith! (+Giveaway)

Title: Play On
Author: Michelle Smith
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 258 pages
Dates read: March 28th-29th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:
In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek -- he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the fa├žade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review - Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Empire of Night
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends, book 2
Publisher: DoubleDay Canada
Pages: 432 pages
Dates read: April 4th to 8th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:

Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war
Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review - Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends, book 1
Publisher: DoubleDay Canada
Pages: 406 pages
Dates read: March 30th to April 4th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known.
Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
 Rating: 4/5 stars

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #11 - Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check in With."

So basically, this is one of the coolest themes ever and I'm so excited. The following list is characters from books that I'd like to see where their life is after the story's finished. It's hard to narrow down the list but here's to trying!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #9 - The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This is where we get to spotlight books that we are anxiously waiting to be released. The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night (and quite possibly make our shelves beautiful too!)

This week I'm waiting on....

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Review - Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Title: Written in the Stars
Author: Aisha Saeed
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 304 pages
Dates read: March 27-28th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday #10 - Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Ten Books You Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List"

I'm gonna have to limit this to only released/books I've already bought because or else this would be a lot more than just ten :D

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review - Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Title: Razorhurst
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Publisher: SoHo Teen
Pages: 320 pages
Dates read: March 22nd to March 26th, 2015
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Goodreads synopsis:

The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.

Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.

Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.

When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . .
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #9 - Top Ten Books from My Childhood (or teen years) That I Would Love to Revisit


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books from My Childhood (or teen years) That I Would Love to Revisit"

Well, since I still am in my teens, these'll mostly be MG books... and perhaps of the few MG/YA crossovers that I read in middle school (be prepared for lots of Meg Cabot)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Review - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Tor books (Titan books, UK ed.)
Dates read: March 18th to March 21st (UK Paperback Ed.)
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Goodreads synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review - Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: N/A
Pages: 340 pages (UK Paperback edition)
Publisher: Tor books (Titan Books, UK)
Dates read: March 12th to March 16th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday #8 - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This is where we get to "spotlight" books that we are anxiously waiting to be released! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!
And quite possibly make our shelves look pretty too :)

What I'm currently waiting for....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #8 - Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and Bookish where we can post our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List."

I was looking at the books I have to read and the count actually only goes up to fifteen or sixteen books - which is actually pretty impressive. This doesn't count books that are being released or that I haven't bought yet.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Review - Right Here Waiting by K.E. Belledonne

Title: Right Here Waiting by K.E. Belledonne
Series: N/A
Pages: 220 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press
Date read: March 11th, 2015 (ebook copy)
Goodreads synopsis:

In 1942, Ben Williams had it all – a fulfilling job, adoring friends and the love of his life, Pete Montgomery.

But World War II looms over them. When Pete follows his conscience and joins the Army Air Force as a bomber pilot, Ben must find the strength to stay behind without the love of his life, the dedication to stay true and the courage he never knew he'd need to discover his own place in the war effort.

Good friends help keep him afloat, until a chance meeting on the home front brings him an unexpected ally—one who will accompany him from the stages of New York City to the hell of the European warfront in search of his love.

Written in the style of a 1940s film, Right Here Waiting is an homage to classic wartime romances from the Golden Age of Hollywood
Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover Reveal Thursday #4 - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas!!!



Hey everyone! I've decided to start this new feature called Cover Reveal Thursday! This won't be a recurring meme because covers aren't necessarily reveal every week. Basically, whenever a cover is revealed from one of my favourite series/authors (or a debut author's book that I'm looking forward to), on the Thursday of that week, I'll post it here and discuss it a little because I am definitely one of those people that judges books by their covers. 
Hope you enjoy! 

This week, the cover of the fourth Throne of Glass novel, Queen of Shadows, was released! It's definitely my favourite cover so far, I think. Check it out below.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #7 - Da Vinci's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott



"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine   This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!! 
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 
 
What I'm currently waiting for... 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review - When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

Title: When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
Series: N/A
Pages: 176 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Date read: March 8th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn't fit in. He's not part of The Crew because he isn't about to do anything unless it's court-appointed; he's not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he's not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn't invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire.

Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It's a total train wreck!

But train wrecks always make the front page.
Rating: 3.85/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday #7 - Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like (love) Cute Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we can post lists of our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Cute Love Stories"

I missed last week's Top Ten Tuesday and I feel terrible about it! But school was just so crazy. I'm back now and I'm in the mood for a good dose of cute love stories in my books. So here are the top ten love stories that I've read.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy, book 2
Pages: 417 pages
Publisher: Farras Straus Giroux
Dates read: March 6th to March 8th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Round-Up

I know this is a bit late, but it's still the first week of March, so meh. I can't believe we've already been through two months of 2015! February has been a really exciting months here at The Bookish Raven. Check out the February Round-Up below!

Book Review - I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Title: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Series: N/A
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Dates read: February 23rd to 28th, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
 Rating: 4/5 stars

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #6 - Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross



"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine  
This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!! And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :)  
What I'm currently waiting for... 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Tour/Book Review - The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard + win an eBook copy!





Title: The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard
Release Date: 12/30/14
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Dates read: February 18-19th, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis:

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Top Ten Tuesday #6 - Top Ten Favourite Heroines from Books (or TV/Movies)


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by   The Broke and Bookishwhere we can post lists of our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Favourite Heroines from Books (or TV/Movies)"
I squealed when I saw that this was this week's theme! I mostly read books with female protagonists so this is a subject I am well-versed in!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review - The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Title: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, books 0.1-0.5 (novellas)
Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens USA
Dates read: February 20th-22nd, 2015
Goodreads Synopsis:
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cover Reveal Thursday #3 - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy


Hey everyone! I've decided to start this new feature called Cover Reveal Thursday! This won't be a recurring meme because covers aren't necessarily reveal every week. Basically, whenever a cover is revealed from one of my favourite series/authors (or a debut author's book that I'm looking forward to), on the Thursday of that week, I'll post it here and discuss it a little because I am definitely one of those people that judges books by their covers. 

Hope you enjoy!

This week, the cover of Julie Murphy Dumplin' was released. I only found out about this today and I am so excited! Read on to see the gorgeous cover.

Book Blitz - The Dream Catcher by Anya Monroe



The Dream Catcher
Release Date: 02/19/15
300 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
***Paddle boards, bonfires & bikinis won’t help Penny. She craves the boy from the woods; not knowing she’s already caught in his nightmare. ***
Penny’s nightmare is ruling her life and she doesn’t know why. It started a few months ago, and since then Red Bulls, 5-hour Energy Shots, and Starbucks drive-thru are her lifeline.
When Penny’s parents decide to take their research of a rare Native American cult to a remote cabin for the summer, she's less than enthused.
Then Penny meets Delsin in a clearing in the woods, and her view of the world awakens. Apathy defines her, but Delsin lives life to it’s fullest. A shaman-in-training, he is everything Penny is not.
Each morning she comes to the woods, handing pieces of her heart to him, but when Penny is confronted with her worst nightmare, Delsin asks for a sacrifice Penny didn’t see coming.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review - Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, book 3
Pages: 562 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Dates read: February 13th-17th 2015
Goodreads synopsis:
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Rating: 4/5 stars
This review contains spoilers

Waiting on Wednesday #5 - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine  
This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!!
The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!! And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 
What I'm currently waiting for... 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Book Review - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, book 2
Pages: 418 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Dates read: February 10th-12th 2015 (Hardcover copy)
Goodreads Synopsis:
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
 Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This review may contain spoilers

Top Ten Tuesday #5 - Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  The Broke and Bookish where we can post lists of our top ten bookish things of the week. This week's theme is "Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have"

Again, this is something that I have lots of, so this list was easy enough to conjure up.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cover Reveal Thursday (err Friday....) #2 - Ice Like Fire, Six of Crows and Dreamland


Hey everyone! I've decided to start this new feature called Cover Reveal Thursday! This won't be a recurring meme because covers aren't necessarily reveal every week. Basically, whenever a cover is revealed from one of my favourite series/authors (or a debut author's book that I'm looking forward to), on the Thursday of that week, I'll post it here and discuss it a little because I am definitely one of those people that judges books by their covers. 

Hope you enjoy!

This week, there were three covers released that I really, really loved: Sara Raasch's Ice Like Fire, Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows (aka the reason I waited til today to post this) and Robert L. Anderson's Dreamland !