*First Line Friday 5/24/19* We Hunt the Flame- Hafsah Faizal

36492488Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

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“People lived because she killed.”

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*Saturday Spotlight* We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

WHTFTitle: We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)

Author: Hafsah Faizal

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Page Count: 480 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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 About the Author

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Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. WE HUNT THE FLAME is her first novel. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Blog Tour Review + Giveaway* Beauty of the Moment- Tanaz Bhathena

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Synopsis:
     Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.
Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.
Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.
Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.
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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

BOOK DEPOSITORY

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My Review:

“This is your heart. It’s not made of glass. Your heart is made of muscle, tough and resilient. It’s strong enough to weather most things, including emotional storms. Naturally, in the nature of muscle, the heart also has its weaknesses. It retains memories, good and bad. But muscle can be retrained, reshaped, can be made to learn new habits.”

This book hit too close to home for me. I recently lost someone to cancer and it’s still so fresh that this hit me hard. But this story was more than a loss, it was acceptance and the romantic comedy that breathes a breath of fresh air into the genre.

Susan and Malcolm were two characters that you instantly fall in love with. Their demeanors, their backgrounds, and their meet-cute were really something to brag about. The writing style was so superb that this was one you never wanted to end.

The Beauty of the Moment was a great story of acceptance, love, and a greater story beyond. The struggle the characters face was heartbreaking and all too current. You just wanted to hug them close and never let them go. You’ll want to pick this book up. You won’t be disappointed.

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Giveaway! 
One lucky winner will receive a finished copy of The Beauty of the Moment. Click on the Rafflecopter icon below to enter. Good Luck!!
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About the Author:
     Tanaz Bhathena was born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada. Her critically acclaimed novel A Girl Like That was nominated for the 2019 OLA White Pine Award and named a Best Book of 2018 by The Globe and Mail, CBC, Quill & Quire, Seventeen, PopSugar, and The Times of India among others. Her second novel The Beauty of the Moment releases on Feb 26 2019. Her short stories have appeared in various journals including Blackbird, Witness and Room.
A wanderer at heart, Tanaz can often be found travelling to different countries, learning bits and pieces of a foreign language, and taking way too many photographs. She loves slapstick comedies and any kind of music that makes her dance. She lives in the Toronto area with her family.
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Tour Schedule:

February 20th

February 21st

Wishful Endings – Guest Post
Flipping Through the Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 22nd

Vicky Who Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Firstbooklove – Review
Literary Meanderings – Promotional Post

February 23rd

Magical Reads – Review + Playlist
A Dream Within A Dream – Promotional Post

February 24th

Rattle the Stars – Guest Post
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 25th

Morgan Vega – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

February 26th

BookCrushin – Interview
Bookish_Kali – Instagram Review
Book Slaying – Review + Favourite Quotes
Thank you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing us to be a part of this amazing Blog Tour. Click on the image below to see more information about this tour and upcoming tours.
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Happy Reading!
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It’s Monday, What are You Reading? 2/04/19

Happy Monday! This week is going to be a slow reading week since I’m still trying to play catchup from the previous weeks.

What do you plan to read this week?

You’d Be Mine- Erin Hahn

36146624    Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

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The Beauty of the Moment- Tanaz Bhathena

35526671     Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

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Happy Reading!

stacy

Goodreads Monday

(Featured Photo is not my own)

There are so many amazing books out there and I know that as much as we may try, we can’t read them all.
This feature is to honor those books that we thought sounded good, but never actually got around to reading them.

This week I’m choosing something that has been on my tbr since 2014. The book I choose is Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. Have any of you book-lovers read this? If so, did you enjoy it?

 plus one      A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge–a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece–a Ray–in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together–a boy the world now tells her she can’t love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

 

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Universal Harvester- John Darnielle

It’s so easy to be pulled in and hooked by this book just by looking at the spectacular cover and reading the even weirder synopsis. Leads you to a discomfort in your life that needs answers. 

Being an avid collector of vhs tapes from times past, you always wonder if someone taped over what you actually bought or who else thought similar thoughts while taking your treasures up to the counter.


The cover stands high and mighty on its own. The swirls of the colors and the images are enticing and beautiful. It makes you want to hold it in your hands. 

Small town Nevada, Iowa sits a tiny little video store. Inside is shelfs of vhs tapes that might never be checked out. Sitting at the counter is Jeremy. 

As a teen, he lost his mom in a car accident and he lived his years with his dad. They don’t ever talk about it and just live life with one another.

On a day like any other, someone complained about something being off about the vhs tape. As more and more days come and go, more people are saying the same things.

Some of the tapes split into something sinister, something that makes his blood run cold and fills his life with sleep draining dread. Then all goes back to normal. 

Lisa Sample is a single woman who tragically lost her mother when she was very young. One day she woke up and she was gone. Mom was lost in the clutches of a religious cult. She started spending more and more time at church and started eating less, Mom was obsessed with this leader. Lisa needs answers and tries to find them. 

Jeremy and Sarah are on the hunt for clues and answers to their soul churning questions. 

This was one strange and bizarre book. After reading some of those scenes about the spliced tapes, you feel that you have something crawling on your skin that you can’t get off. The bizarreness and the unknown make you feel instant discomfort. 

I kind of got the feeling that he wants you to remember the goodness of your family. To capture every moment and never forget. 

With new technology it gets even harder to view a past we all sorely forget.

I would of liked this alittle more if I fully grasped what I was reading and understood what was being thrown my way. 

It’s a book I would reread without distractions from all around. Good read for a cold wintry day.

Received a finished copy of the book from the publisher!! Thanks so much!!! ♡♡

3/5