Friday, 19 August 2016

Series Review: Wicked Series (#1 and #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

22895264Title:  Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: December 8th 2014
Source: bought
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Summary:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul. 
31199384Title: Torn (A Wicked Saga #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: July 19th 2016
Source: bought
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Summary:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.
Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?
But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Review:
There are books and characthers that have the amazing power of making you fall head over heels in love with their settings and their characthers and make you get so into the story that you can lo longer distinguish between the world described on their pages and the real world. These are prime examples of that kind of books.
From the first page you dive into a parallel universe where fae are real and bad and where there is a secret order whose sole mission is to save the human race from being killed and enslaved by the Fae who escape their dying dimension. One of the members of that order is Ivy Morgan, a badass woman who has fought all her life to escape the never ending tragedies that tend to hit her and those who she loves. Besides fighting horrid creatures she also tries to attend college and get a degree, which isn't easy.
She's not expecting Ren Owens, a swoon inducing man, to enter her life and sweep her of her feet, changing her self imposed harsh routine. But having lost the boy of her dreams once makes her hesitate and the more they get closer the more she's sure she's not the one keeping secrets that could shatter their frail bond.
These books are works of art and if what you just read hasn't sold them to you already you should know that I couldn't let go of them until I had finished reading them completely, I did two all-nighters in a row thanks to Miss Jennifer L. Armentrout.
I love when characthers are complex and mysterious in the right measures, there is always something new to learn about them in every page with every word they say or hear, and I love when they change and react to the different events they go through because there are things that change people! We evolve, we're not static pieces of cloth left here on Hearh to rot, we change through time.
I don't want to go into specifics but I have to tell that being surprised while reading is good and if you want it just read these books and wait for the next one ( believe me, I am). This is a great book to all the adventure seekers out there who are not afraid of different things (or the supernatural).

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Book Blast: The Cat Came Back by Louise Clark

Welcome to the book blast for The Cat Came Back by Louise Clark. This is a cozy mystery with some clean romance that is available now!

Book Description:
Stormy the Cat, rescued by journalist Quinn Armstrong, is not what he seems.
Young mother Christy Jamieson just learned her husband, Frank, embezzled his trust fund, sold their Vancouver mansion, and ran off with a socialite. Worse, Frank's trustees are telling Christy to let them handle it. But they aren't doing anything, and Frank's enemies are coming after her and her daughter.
Desperate to find Frank and fend off his enemies, Christy asks Quinn for help. His price: the dirt on Frank. But the closer Christy and Quinn get to the dangerous truth, the more convinced they become that only the one who knows where Frank is at, is Stormy the Cat.




THE 9 LIVES COZY MYSTERY SERIES:
The Cat Came Back
The Cat's Paw (coming soon!)
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About the Author:

Louise Clark is the author of nine published romance novels, including Dangerous Desires, Lover’s Knot, Pretender’s Games (Hearts of Rebellion series), and Fighting Fate. Ridgeway, a time travel novel, is part of the bestselling boxed set, Swept Through Time. In 2014 she was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Louise holds a BA in History from Queen’s University and a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her books have been published in fifteen countries worldwide.
The 9 Lives Cozy Mystery Series—The Cat Came Back and Cat’s Paw or Culprit?—and her Radish fiction mystery romance, Recipe For Trouble, are all set in her home town of Vancouver.

For more information please sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b0mHNb. Or visit her at www.louiseclarkauthor.com or on Facebook at LouiseClarkAuthor.
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Giveaway:
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Ends September 1st, 2016
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Blog Tour: Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches




Under a Million Stars
by Rita Branches
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?
Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.
Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.
Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding.
Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

*It's a Stand-alone*  


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Excerpt:
Jacob
These two weeks had been hell for me.
I didn’t know how I was going to pull this off for the eight months I still had left in this hell of a town. My parents didn’t get me, and she was around all the time, suffocating me. My heart skipped a beat every time I heard her voice, and it doubled in speed when she was near me. I wouldn’t be able to stay away, I knew it. She was breaking my heart all over again.
I heard her at night, when she thought everyone was sleeping. I just sat on the floor, resting my head against the wall, and listen to her cry and throw up every other night.
I stayed there like a jerk, as if I didn’t give a crap about her or her feelings, but I cried. I missed her. I wanted to hold her at night and tell her that everything would be alright, but I couldn’t. I promised I would stay away—I couldn’t hurt her, anymore. I pushed my knees to my chest to hold myself together and to keep me from crumbling. Sometimes, I had to place my closed fist against my mouth, so she wouldn’t hear me sob. I wished she would have, though. I wished she would have opened the door and saw me sitting there, caring about her, suffering like she did.
My mom was getting suspicious about me. She knew about her, or at least that something wasn’t right. My face, the permanent dark circles under my eyes, and my lack of appetite wasn’t normal, though. I was okay, before her parents’ accident—I had started to pull myself together.
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This night was especially bad. She stayed in the bathroom for hours. I had been on the other side, hearing her cry and wishing I could take it all away.
I was starting to get really scared for her. I left before my parents woke up, unable to face them and those disapproving looks, anymore, like I wasn’t doing anything right with my life. They wanted a perfect son and they didn’t have one.

I was in no condition to go to college—I couldn’t even imagine myself being closed behind four walls for another four or five years. I needed something to take my thoughts away—something that would fuel me with adrenaline. They wouldn’t approve of the plans I’d been making. They’d hate them, in fact, but I didn’t care, anymore, I just needed to get away.




About the Author
Hi! I'm Rita Branches. I was born and raised in in Portugal and I'm going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky.
I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work.
Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring 'to life' the stories that my mind created.
I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

14 Things Only Book Lovers Understand

Hello my lovely followers! Today I compiled little list of things that I think that only book lovers are able to understand and relate to. I hope you like it!

1. The wonderful scent that only books have and how amazing it is.


2. How truly exciting it is to go to a bookstore.

3. What it feels like to want to read books and not having enough money to buy them all.

4. What is to actually be dragged out of a bookstore (usually by your friends and/or your parents).

5. Book equations.

6. The book is always better than the movie!

7. When you already have the book but then they re-release it with a new cover and you just have to buy it!

8. How difficult it is to lend a book.

9. Being asked what is your favorite book and not being able to answer.

10. Having a TBR pile that reaches above your waist, when stacked, but still buying more books.

11. When nobody understands your literary references.

12. How truly amazing fandom art actually is.

13. How thrilled you get when an author you like follows you on social media.

14. How stories allow people from all over the world to connect with each other.



Now you can go and read :)



Sunday, 7 August 2016

Review: Lumière (The Illumination Paradox #1) by Jacqueline Garlick

19448543Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Publisher: Amazemo Books
Publication Date: December 12th 2013
Source: ebook (given by Netgalley)
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Summary:

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.
After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Review:
*The publisher provided this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.*
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father's great invention whom appears he gave his life for. She hopes that when she finds it she'll be able to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt, her father's enemy, finds out about her illness and condemns her to an azylum.
Pursued by her father's old enemies, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to watch it getting robbed by someone, that's when she decides to follow the thief to the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but also by the mysterious man who whisked away the Illuminator, Urlick Babbit.
Together they endure deadly Vapours and dangerous woods in pursuit of a shared goal, only to discover that their greatest wish is, after all, their biggest problem.
I'm not very into steampunk novels but I got into my head that I had to branch out and start reading different kinds of novels and this was one of the firsts I selected. Due to my lack of contact with this kind of world I have to admit that it took me a little bit too much time to immerse myself in the story and get the feeling that I know that world, but once I was into it I was into it hard!
Eyelet is such a wonderful characther and I love the way she's always seeking for knowledge, she's not waiting to be saved, all she wants is to be able to save herself, what makes the fact that Urlick always tries to save her even more funny. The characthers in this book made me feel and were almost palpable to me, not blurred and undefined, they were well built and were distinct from each other.
I did not fall head over heels in love with this book but even so this was a good introduction to steampunk and a story I hope to continue to read.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Reader Diaries #5: A New Look + Books On My Wishlist


Hey guys and happy August! I think you might have noticed that the blog is a little different than before and that's because I thought it was time for a change and I really think it's a little more appealing and dynamic this way. Sometimes change can be a great thing! During this month there may be some more changes made but for now I think this is it.
I have noticed that during the last few months I have added a big amount of books to my wishlists and I thought that it would be fun to share them with you, maybe we have the same tastes and want the same books and we can cry together about our lack of funds to acquire them.
So here goes the list:
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.




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No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.



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The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. 



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Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.
But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.
Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.



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You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. 
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?




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There is darkness sweeping across the stars. 
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. 
When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. 
Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two. 
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. 
From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance. ​ 


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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?


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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and England's national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. Venus and Adonis was written in 1593. In 1593 a plague closed all the playhouses in London which gave Shakespeare the time to write this poem based on a story from mythology. Venus is in love with Adonis but nothing she does interests him. Adonis says he will go boar hunting. Venus finds Adonis fatally gored by a boar and at that point puts a curse on love. 



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