Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: All the Wandering Light


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

Title: All the Wandering Light
Author: Heather Fawcett
Series: Even the Darkest Stars #2
Release Date: 4th September 2018
Synopsis:

After the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire—led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Facing dark magic, a perilous journey, and a standoff against the witches, can Kamzin, Lusha, and Tem find the star and save their Empire?
 




I am yet to read the first book, but I saw this cover reveal a couple of days and wow did it take my breath away. I can't decide which one is better the first or second?

Let's chat: What do you think of the cover? Did you fall in love with it like I did? Let me know in the comments below!



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Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Belles #1 - Beauty can be deadly!


Title: The Belles
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Published: 6th February 2018
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: YES!
Synopsis:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.
 




Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to Gollancz

First book of 2018 and what a powerful one to that. After debating with myself for the past week and half to coax myself in to reading a book, I end up finishing this just before and that too in one night sitting. I will be honest, when I first heard about this book on Twitter, everyone was raving about how good it is I wanted to read it there and then instantly. However, in my current state I wasn't sure if I was up to the task of reading it.

But this book surprised me as hell, I don't even mind the fact that as I am writing this review I am sleep deprived, a little short tempered thanks to the weather and being in the final trimester of pregnancy. I don't know where to begin with this book.

Set in Orléans, the story begins with the 6 girls all being presented as Belles and showcasing their talents to the royal family. It mainly focuses on Camellia Beauregard who is a very passionate Belle and likes to experiment with the looks a lot. From what I understand, Belles are descendants from the Beauty of God who has blessed these girls with special Arcana's or magic and each of them is named after a flower. Each of them compete with one another to become the 'favourite' and become the one to beautify the kingdom and its people. I like how they are shown to be sisters born on the same day but have different mothers and are very close, it is a very cool concept.

Each of the sister has different personality and are very different to one another, where Amber is shown to be the good doer, Edel a little rebellious and often gets into trouble and Camellia having the tendency to not follow the rules. Amber and Camilla have a very strong bond and are bffs but all that is momentarily broken when Amber is chosen to be the favourite and not Camilla. I have to say things get very interesting after this, you meet new characters, the story starts to explore more themes between doing what is right and wrong and what it means to be a Belle.

I initially thought there may be a love triangle developing, one I was hoping I was wrong and I think I am. Both Remy and Auguste are cute but I have to say I had a bit more favouring for Auguste. However, with how things left off towards the end of the book I see myself deviating from that but I also can't believe he would do something like that???? WHY???? AND OH MY GOSH!! How cute is Remy with his sisters? #siblinggoals 

Although the book seemed a little tedious at times with how long it looks, I am pleased to say Clayton hooked me from the very first page. My fascination with what a Belle is and what extent you have to go through to please someone kept me flying through the book without even knowing how it ended so soon.

A very enticing, gripping story that hooks the reader from the very first page. Clayton makes you pause and think, in a society full of injustice how would you stand up and fight for freedom and justice?



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Sunday, 14 January 2018

2018 Reading Challenge



HELLO from the other side!

First of all can I say Happy 2018 to you all, yikes I know I am so late in wishing everyone (sorry), I truly hope you all have a wonderful 2018, may it be a better year than 2017. It seems to have flown by so quickly, I feel like it was just yesterday I was saying goodbye to 2016 and welcoming 2017. So much has changed in a year. As some of you may know, I found out I was pregnant in mid August and my life has drastically changed since then. I personally did not plan on becoming a mother for another couple of years but life has a way of changing your mind. To be honest, as I enter the final trimester I am still somewhat scared of the aspect of giving birth/having a child, since I have never been pregnant before I really have no idea what to expect which is both a bad and good 😓😌. Pregnancy has been difficult for me, not only is there a lot of changes to the body I had to get used to, I had to tolerate the mood changes, hormones, not being able to do certain things and just pregnancy symptoms in general. Although, I am a lot better than I was in the first trimester (Thank God for that), unfortunately the part of me that didn't want to do anything did not go away. I am still struggling with reading and blogging today which is why everything has suffered. I wish I could change that part of me but I have learned to deal with it and accept I can't force myself to do anything. However, I am still hopeful that I can change some things since I get maternity leave from work at the end of this month. Here is to a better 2018. 

Last year, I didn't do very well in the reading challenges I decided to participate. I am hoping I can do much better this year. Let's see how this goes! 😊

1. British Books Challenge 




The lovely Chelley is once again hosting this challenge, I am aiming to read at least 12 books this year. Be sure to go and check her blog out, in the mean while here is my list:

1. Wing Jones
2. How Hard Can Love Be
3. A Step Towards Falling
4. Ally Carter



2. 2018 Beat The Backlist 



This is a new one to me but I LOVE the sound of this. Thank you to Novel Knight for this reading challenge, I hope everyone surpasses their goal. My own reading goals are:

1. What Light
2. Martini Henry
3. Freeks
4. Callback 2
5. United As One
6. A Step Towards Falling
7. Ally Carter
8. Secrets of the Little Village 


** I know some of the books I have chosen are entered more than once, I have a lot of backlist to go through!


And the final one is...


3.  Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge 




Once again, I am participating in this challenge, I just can't help myself on either of these websites once I see a book I am like 'ooooo I like the sound of that one' I just can't stop myself from clicking on that request button.

1. About Last Night
2. A Secret Garden
3. Mary Poser
4. The Bucket List
5. The Witch's Kiss
6. Starfish 



Let's Chat: Do you have any reading challenges you are participating this year? Leave me some links to your blog posts in the comments below, I would love to check them out!

Adios amigos!

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Westbrook #4


Title: Playlist: Part One
Author: Laura Clark
Published: 12th May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend:  Yes
Synopsis:

Due to mature content, this book is intended for readers who are 16+. Playlist Part One is Book 4 of the Westbrook Series, but can be read without having read the previous books.

Avery Brookes seems to have it all. She's popular, smart, and gorgeous. Everyone at Westbrook High wants to be her because she's as close to perfect as it gets. Or so it seems. . . .

Avery is Ivy-league bound, but only if she lands the scholarship she has her eye on. Everything is on track until she gets her first bad grade. Without an A in this class, she can kiss that scholarship goodbye.

An unexpected extra credit opportunity might help her land the A she so desperately needs. That is, if she can keep her schoolgirl-crush fantasies in check. After all, she’ll be working with Westbrook's hottest male teacher, Mr. Channing. With him barely out of college, and Avery on the way, it’s easy for her to dismiss their small age gap. Will she be able to keep their relationship strictly professional?

Kyle Patterson swears that his player ways are a thing of the past. He’s a sophomore in college now. He wants to be in a committed relationship with Avery Brookes, his sister’s best friend, but she isn’t convinced of his transformation. What does he need to do to prove that he’s serious? Will Kyle be able to capture Avery’s heart before someone else claims it?
 



Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the publisher

FINALLY!!!! WE FINALLY GET TO AVERY'S AND KYLE EPIC TALE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!!!!!!

I was forever waiting for this book and then I took forever reading it...why you say? I can't really answer that question because ...erm...I don't quite know the answer *runs and hides*

*sighs* because I don't quite know how I feel about Laila and Trevor's relationship. And it only made it harder for me to read about Sam. I really loved Sam and still do. I was so devastated when she chose Trevor over Sam and sometimes I feel like Laila is oblivious. Anyways. I am getting a bit carried with Laila's story instead of Avery...

Avery is Perfect, she is literally. That's what everyone perceives her to be, unknown to them Avery finds it really hard to live up to their expectations and constantly feels pressured. Avery is very sweet, loyal and hardworking. When I read the amount of commitments she has dedicated herself too, I am really in awe of her (I feel like I need to do something to help the community too but reading is hardwork). Kyle is such a sweetheart, I really would love to have a boy friend like him. Marry me instead? *dreamy eyes*

One thing I never expected this storyline to include is a love triangle, I mean having such strong feelings for Kyle and Conor who by the way is Laila's teacher. YES you heard right she also finds herself having feelings for Conor too. What a mess! What have you gotten yourself in to Avery? Although I can't blame her, but she misinterprets everything with Kyle and fails to see how he is trying to change for her, it's not easy girl. It's the same situation with Kyle he misinterprets Avery and well everything basically is a whole mess and I have a bad feeling about this!

ARGHHH!!! When is the next book going to release? Dying to know who Avery ends up with!


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