Thursday, March 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

   Hello and welcome to the Bloodleaf blog tour hosted by Raincoast Books. I'm so excited to introduce you to this fantastic new fantasy series! And so, I hope you enjoy my tour stop. 

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Release Date: March 12, 2019
Read: March 10th-14th, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Bloodleaf, #1
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life? 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Review: The Caged Queen by Kristen Circcarelli

Release Date: September 25th, 2018
Read: January 14-18th, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Iskari, #2
Format: Signed Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Bought

Description from GoodReads:

Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.

Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.

Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.

Then a chance arises to right every wrong—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.

All she has to do is kill the king.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Book Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Read: February 8-10th, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 336 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blog Tour: You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

   Hello and welcome to the You Owe Me a Murder Blog Tour, hosted by Raincoast. I'm very excited to host one of todays stops, and I've got my review and a mini interview with the author for you. So I hope you enjoy!

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Read: February 14th-18th, 201
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review.

Description from GoodReads:

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.
But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki's got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.
Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blog Tour: The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

   Hello and welcome to The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale blog tour, hosted by JeanBookNerd! I'm so excited to be able to show you all my review and an excerpt from the book! If you're a fan of Medusa then you're certainly in for a treat. 
And don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops, which I've linked at the bottom of the post.

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Read: January 18th-
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 288 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

   Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

   Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

   Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ohana Reads' 5th Blogiversary!

Hello friends! It's certainly been a year, and I haven't spent as much time here as I would have liked. Where I miss posting all the time, I just haven't been able to get into a routine of things anymore. I think saying that, I've come to terms with it. I'm officially okay with being that person who just posts randomly, I hope you guys are alright with that too.

Even though I haven't posted a bunch on the blog, I've still been very active on Twitter and in the book community. So if you ever want to chat, don't be afraid to hit me up!

Anyways, time for me to tell you about how my 2018 went:

Break Down of the Year:

Over 203, 672 Total Page Views
247 Published Comments
462 Published Posts
My Top Series Enders of 2013 being my most viewed 47, 352 views
The Ohana Reads' 4th Blogiversary Post being my most viewed post of 2018... at 300 views
28 GFC Followers
1, 386 Twitter Followers
532 Instagram Followers

Like every year, I wouldn't have been able to survive the year without the help of some amazing friends and people in my life. Here are the people that made my year amazing.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Blog Tour: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hello and welcome to The Darkest Star blog tour, hosted by Raincoast Books! I'm very excited to be apart of the tour, as I've been the biggest fan or Jennifer and her Lux series since basically forever. I can't wait for you all to continue the Lux universe with The Darkest Star! So hopefully you enjoy the tour!

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Read: September 20th - October 1st, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Origin, #1
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Description from GoodReads:

   When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...