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Friday, June 23, 2017

June's Featured Book - The King Trilogy

I know I am bit early with my featured book post this month - I am finally getting on top of my posts yey!! - but I have a 'undiscovered' (or at least less well known) gem of a trilogy to share with you today.
Synopsis of King Hall from Goodreads
A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.
Review (4.5 Stars)
This series wasn't all what I was expecting what I first pressed the sample of King Hall, but wow it hooked me quickly. I then speeded off and bought the boxset (it was the same price as the first book on kindle at the time so I thought 'why not') and I am so glad I bought the whole trilogy. I was surprised how early on I got attached to the characters and how likeable they were. I loved the connection and interactions between Dominic and Lily they are such a great couple (as I saw in someone else review on Goodreads, it would be great to get a prequel about these two). It did take me a wee while to clock the different supernatural groups, and I was a bit confused to begin with about which king was which, but as they featured more and more it became easier to differentiate. I adored the open and deep friendship that the four protégées form and also the way that the two generations of rulers interacted (especially in the first book).

The first book was amazing - 5 star read -, just loved the school/training setting, as these four teenagers deal with their emotional, psychological and physical trials that comes with being the next ruler of a supernatural species. This first book ends with dramatic disaster which leads into book two which is full of one issue after another, yet is also full of romance and personal turbulence as the threat of all our war looms.

The final book in this trilogy -King Tomb- was the disappointment for me. After such a dramatic turn of events at the end of the second book I dived straight into this one. I did enjoy the third book for about half of it, I loved seeing how the characters had changed after the event in book two, (and there is always that anticipation as the reader of the 'big reveal', when you know something that the characters don't). Unfortunately, however, the final part of book just felt rushed and it left me so many unanswered questions and missing scenes I had been anticipating reading -it was such a shame.

Yet despite the ending, this new adult series was still a great trilogy following the next group of supernatural rulers as they come into there individual powers and strengths while under the threat of war. There friendship and the lengths they'd go for each other is such a inspiration, as they fight not only their enemies but also prejudices and their own fears and doubts.
Favourite Quotes
“Sometimes, the best results come from the worst ideas. - Ezra”
Scarlett Dawn, King Hall    

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #17 - Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

It has been a while since I joined in the TTT meme, but I saw this topic and I have so many book which fit this theme, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share part of my ever growing TBR pile. So lets start with 10 series starters (in no particular order) which I already own and just need to get around to reading:
These extra 5 are book which are older series (which have sequels already released) which are still on my to-buy list:
So there is a small flavour of my unruly TBR, have you read any of these series/books? I would love to know what you thought of them.

Monday, June 19, 2017

ARC BOOK REVIEW: Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper

Synopsis from Goodreads

The highly anticipated sequel to Anomaly will be released the summer of 2017!

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

Expected publication: July 3rd 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Series: Schrodinger's Consortium #2
Source: e-ARC via Netgalley

(3 Stars)

I really wanted to love this book, I loved the first book when I first read it a couple of years ago, and have been waiting patiently since for this sequel. I re-read the first book just  before reading Enigma, and I have to admit it wasn’t as great as I remembered it, but I held out hope that with a few extra years the author would have developed and grown as a writer and as such the sequel would be better than the first. Sadly that wasn’t the case for me.
Enigma picks up Josie and Reid’s story just a few days after we leave them in a hotel at the end of Anomaly. As the blurb explains the two of them decide to join Josie’s mum and brother at the Hub, and hope to root out the traitor they believe is feeding information back to the Consortium. With the Oculi’s ability to cSohange their ability to change their appearance the traitor could look like anyone! Mean that Josie has to constantly suspect everyone and it also leads to the consistent need to check that someone was in fact that person, it reminded a bit of Marvels Jessica Jones and also Vampire Diaries (season 4). I like this aspect of the plot as it keep you on the lookout for hints of the traitor in everyone’s actions.  Another thing I loved about this book was the pop culture references, it reminds you of Josie’s ‘roots’ and inherent geekiness.
However, the second part of this book just felt a bit rushed and lack any kind of world building, maybe this was because of the decision to make this a duology instead of a trilogy. If felt as though one moment Josie and Reid were searching for the mole, the next it was over. I couldn’t connect with any of the newly introduced secondary characters they didn’t really have strong personalities, and I felt as though the short lived attempt at a love triangle was a bit unnecessary.  
So a bit of a mixed opinion of this book, although there were some good aspects which I enjoyed, however I couldn’t connect with other parts and the second part of the book just felt too rushed for me.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

ARC BOOK REVIEW: Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller

Synopsis from Goodreads
Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?

Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.

When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.

She fears finding out who she truly is.
Expected publication: June 19th 2017
Source: Received a e-ARC from Publishers via Netgalley

Review (3.5 Stars)

I was lucky enough to get a ARC of this book in the last week and as you can read in my Waiting on Wednesday post I did recently I had high hopes for this book. I however have come away from reading it a bit disappointed.

So this story follows Vala as she protects the Prince of Garlin. Yet a series of events at the start of the novel result in her searching for who or what she is. This is coupled with a bit of political mystery as a neighbouring Princess and her mother arrive in hope of marrying the prince and joining there lands, but the Queen is looking for something more. So Vala as well as searching for her own answers she also must figure out what the foreign queen is after.

This is a very plot driven book, it is all about Vala searching for answers. I enjoyed the story there was a hint of romance and maybe even a love triangle to begin with but nothing much developed with these (although I think it is likely that the romance side of the plot might feature more in the sequels). I think the main things which let this book down for me has to be the lack of world building and the limited 3D-ness (technical term there!) of the characters. I also felt as though there was a lack of information on Vala's skin 'condition'  at the start of the novel, it did become clearer as we got seem more of Vala but to begin with I found it confusing.

Regarding the world building, well in my opinion there just wasn't any, other than some at the Sacred Lake, I couldn't tell you where the royalty live (apart from it has a conservatory, bedrooms, dining hall, kitchen and prison cells) but I can't picture it. The fog aspect of this world came as a complete surprise to me about a quarter of the way through the book, I would have through that the fog would have featured more in the earlier scenes, as much as it did from that point on ward, it almost felt as thought it was a detail added by the author part way though the writing process! I also didn't feel the personalities of the different characters, as the reader you could glean some personality traits from peoples actions but I didn't 'get to know' them that well, I didn't feel as though I could predict how they would reaction or ally themselves in situations.

Although this sounds like a negative review, I did enjoy the book, it kept me reading. My favourite aspect has to be the way that withholding just one piece of information, grew into this web of secrets and lies for Vala. This book was overall an okay start to a trilogy but there is a lot of development I would hope to see in the sequel in both world building as well as character development.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #26

Synopsis from Goodreads
Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?

Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.

To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.

When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him. She fears finding out who she truly is.
Expected publication: June 19th 2017
Why I Am Waiting
I was -of course- firstly drawn to the cover, it does make me think a bit of a typical urban fantasy (witches) cover. However, I love the colouring and that cute crown. Regarding what we are told about the story, there are several things which has drawn me. Firstly the implied guard/prince(/ess) trope, love this trope a great version of the star-crossed lovers situation. Secondly, there is obviously some kind of magic in the 'island kingdom of Garlin' this isn't explain much (at all really) in the synopsis so I look forward to exploring that aspect. The synopsis also suggests that we have a kick-ass main character (?) trained as a guard from a young age and trusted to protect the prince, she gotta be a bit kick-ass right? Lastly I think the blurb raises some questions; who where her parents that she would come onto the radar of royalty? Who is she truly?       

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garci

Synopsis from Goodreads
I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Published October 4th 2016 by Imprint
ISBN13: 9781250079190
Source: Bought
Review (5 Stars)

This book completely surprised me, I am not a regular YA contemporary romance reader, I generally find them a bit unengaging and un-relatable. I was drawn to this book because of the PTSD aspect of the plot, especially in  a 'normal' life (all the other PTSD suffering characters I have read about have been in either fantasy worlds and/or war veterans i.e ACOMAF), and I was even more intrigued when I realized she was from a upper class family.

From the first chapter I was hooked and if I had had the time I would have read this book in one sitting. Immediately you get the sense of the main character directionless-ness and her 'I don't care what happens to me' attitude. It was fascinating watching Frankie, deal with her tangle of emotions as she deals with her memory loss, the change in her surroundings, dealing with new situations and a different 'class' of people.

As well as a great main character we also get a great core group of minor characters. Firstly her very intense parents, a mother who is the 'typical' (or at least the media's typical) rich mother who is too busy living her own life for 99% of the time and then suddenly has to take control of her daughters life; and her undercover cop father who is a over the top protective.
Secondly, Chief, he is such a great character and although he doesn't get much 'screen time' and there aren't many scenes which him in, he is such a fully fleshed out character. He has a deep personality and a well thought out backstory which add to the development of the community that Kami Garci has created in this book.

I can't believe how attached I became to these characters and how emotionally invested I became in the relationships, not only the romantic ones but also the ones of friendship. The friendships in this book - in my opinion - felt real, in that as Frankie has changed as a person she has made new friends yet, she feels loyal to her old ones who of course are jealous of her new friendships. Her new friend Cruz is such a awesome hard-ass teen street racer and I jut loved her.

I think one of the main aspects of the book is the idea of -what I would call -grey characters, so people who do things which would be deemed 'good' and 'bad'. This is a theme that (recently?) has been featured quite a bit in the YA fantasy genre, but it was good to see this in a 'real life' situations (particularly with Frankie's dad  being a cop).  

"Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reason. The trick is knowing when the reason is right. It's a lot like the bite point. You know it when you feel it." (Page 359)    
I can't express how much this book surprised me in the way that it hooked me, and kept me turning the pages as fast I could manage. It is  fast paced novel full of romance, drama and suspense, it has some great friendships but it is also set in a gritty and realistic world which throws these damaged characters into situations where they have to make hard decisions - making this a emotional, thought-provoking YA suspense romance. Alyson Noel's and Carrie Ryan's thoughts of this book (blurbed on the back cover) sum up my experience of this book: "An insanely addictive, sexy, rush of a read." "The Fast and The Furious meets Romeo and Juliet".


Friday, June 09, 2017

April's Featured Book - King Duology

This book is NOT a young adult book, this a dark NEW ADULT contemporary romance.  

Back in April (and in fact for quite a few months now) my reading material has ventured into the sub-category know as new adult. Which basically means that it has scenes and language 'not suitable for young readers' and this months featured book falls into that category and has sexual scenes and strong language. 

Now that I have warned you all let me get into more about the King duology.

King (#1) by T.M. Frazier

Synopsis from Goodreads

Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.
Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


Mini- Review
(4.5 Stars)

This book blew me away, I have a strange fascination with Jane Doe situation, where the main character doesn't know anything about their past, so when I stumbled across this book on Amazon I down loaded the sample and got hooked. This book is dark and gritty, sexy and romantic. Doe is a desperate but strong main character trying to make the best of the situations she find herself in while also being considerate and caring. While King is an amazing 'gray' character an fascinating mix of good and bad, which makes you question how you should feel about him. I loved watching her make friends in this dark underbelly she has found herself in. I loved the secondary characters introduced in this book, they are so well created and developed - Preppy is the best!! This book was an adventure from the first chapter and I would recommend to all who want a new adult dark romance.
Tyrant (#2) by T.M. Frazier
Shortened Synopsis from Goodreads
I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't.
Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.

(4.9 Stars)

As you can tell from my above review I loved the first book, and oh my goodness this sequel was just as dark and twisted but was even better. I can't go into it too much without spoilers, but in this book Doe has got her memories back, and we follow her as she tries to work out how the woman she has become fit into life of the girl she once was. Gosh, this book was twist after turns, full of romance, heartbreak, friendship, family and loyalty and Kings all consuming desire to get his girl.
Add on Goodreads
Buy from Amazon


Thursday, June 08, 2017

April Reflections

Second wrap-up of the week, and this time I would like to share with you the books I read back in April. April was a slightly better reading month than March, I read a total of 16 books half of which i gave 4 stars or above, but again in regards to posting April was another pretty dismal month. Anyway, here are the books I read in April:

3 - 3.9 Stars 

4 - 4.9 Stars 

5 Stars 


I have written reviews for Flame in the Mist and The Valiant  at the beginning of May which aren't listed in the blog posts above. 

I would also love to hear your thoughts on reading wrap-ups ( I did a twitter poll the other week asking if I should continue to do them, and I got a resounding yes) what makes a book reading wrap-up? Let me know in the comments below. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

March's Featured Book - The Sunbolt Chronicles

Hello Again Everyone, new post two days in a row!!! 

For the first two months of the year I had put my months featured book in with my monthly reflections, but I felt as though the books weren't getting the 'space' and attention that they deserved. The idea of having a featured book was to highlight my favourite less known about book(s) I had read that month, in the hope that people will read it and give the book a chance. So from now my featured book of the month will be in a post separate from my reflection post. This week I have been (and will be) catching up on some of the posts I missed in the last few months so here is my featured book from back in March:

Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2) by Intisar Khanani 

Synopsis from Goodreads

In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.


So this months featured book is a sequel,  the first book Sunbolt was an okay book I gave it 3.5 stars (and you can find my thoughts on that book on Goodreads if you follow this link). However, this book was so much better and I had to give it 5 Stars the author has grown so much between these two books, there is so much more depth in the world and the characters. 

So for anyone who has read my review of Sunbolt they will know that, although I enjoyed it I wanted more of the political side of this world and this book does that as it explores the political world of the mages. My other issue was I wanted Sunbolt to be longer and this book also did that. 

Anyway, I obviously loved this book, it was great to see a new side to our main character as well as getting to know her new mentor and exploring more of this world. I specifically enjoyed waiting our ex-thief using her stills to navigate the mage school. It was also interesting to see our main character battle with memory loss and it was great to see one old faces. I can't wait to see what comes next for this series.

Monday, June 05, 2017

March Reflections

Few months late!! But I am of the theory better late than never so I am going to quickly share with you have I read way back in March. It was a pretty average reading month both in that I only read 12 books and quite a few of them were a bit ... forgettable! Anyway for this wrap-up I have split the books I read into the rating I gave them:

2.5/2.75 Stars 

3-4 Stars 

5 Stars 

So for any of my much appreciated loyal follows you will know that in terms of blog posts March was embarrassingly bad, I had so little time and honestly began to wonder if I was going to keep up with my blog. However, I am glad i didn't give up, but it does mean that in March I only posted 4 times!


So I am currently playing with the way that I do the Reading Wrap-up section of my monthly reflection posts, and I would love to know what you like about wrap-up posts (generally not just mine) let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

May Book Haul

So, I didn't invest in too many books this month, mainly because I had run out of space on my TRB book shelves (yes multiple shelves) and I really need to crack on a get my unread book back into some resemblance of control. Although, of course, having said that I did buy three books in May. 

Of course I just had to buy the final book in the ACOTAR trilogy by Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin. And to be totally real with you, I need to spend a bit more on my Amazon order to get free postage, so I also finally bought some of the Jennifer Lynn Barnes books I had put on my wish list for years ago after reading her Raised by Wolves and The Squad Trilogies. 

What book have you added to your TBR pile in May?

Friday, June 02, 2017

WEE REVIEW: The Naturals (#1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Synopsis from Goodreads

Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don’t lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can’t tell who you are, where you’re from and how you’re likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don’t get chosen to join The Naturals.

Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilites.

For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother’s horrific crime scene, she
realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be...

Published November 7th 2013 by Quercus (first published November 5th 2013)
Source: Bought

Wee Review (4 Stars )

I loved this book, I was surprised at how much it managed to grip me.
 I have been a big fan of Ally Carter (who has blurbed this book) ever since I first
read her I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I's Have To Kill You, and I have to
recommend this series to all Ally fans. I have always considered Ally's books
to be for the younger age group of YA, and I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy
 this book (I think aimed at a similar age group) as my reading
 tastes have matured. However, I got hooked on the plot line and the whole teen
crime drama feel. 

So this book follows Cassie as she joins a small FBI programme of 'naturals' who have different abilities. Cassie's 'gifts' reminded me a bit if Sherlock Homes(especially in the BBC series edition) to solve the crimes by noticing random things about a person and the way he is portrayed or scene and drawing some amazing conclusions. I loved reading about Cassie and her profiling abilities and it was fascinating to watch her profile people from the most simple items and actions.

Although there is a limited number of secondary characters in this book, the majority of them were well fleshed out with some much individual personalities. I enjoyed the dynamics of the teens within this programme, although I will say I felt as thought the romance side of this wasn't completely necessary. It took we a good while to fully understand the 'you' chapters but once I grasped who's point of view it was, these chapters were just fascinating!

I really enjoyed this book, another great series starter for Jennifer Lynn Barnes, it was great to another side of her as author (I didn't realize she had degrees in psychology). I love that she uses her own passions to fuel her plots.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #25 - The Hundredth Queen / Dividing Eden (June Releases)

Okay so this is a bit of a mash up of my normal Monthly Releases post and a Waiting on Wednesday post. So there is only two books coming out in June which I can currently be excited about, so here they are and why I can't wait to read them: 

The Hundredth Queen (#1)  by Emily R. King
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Synopsis from Goodreads
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

Why I Am Waiting

Firstly, PRETTY COVER ALERT!!! Just adore this cover the contrasting colours the be simplicity, the font it all works so well together. So obviously the synopsis has also drawn me into wanting to read this book. It starts off sounding like a Asian influenced version of Rags to Riches (Cinderella like) story but as you read on it begins to sound more like a dystopian, fight to the death and take over the government plot line. Either way this book has spiked my interest and I look forward to read it.
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Pre-order from Amazon (UK)
Synopsis from Goodreads
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas.

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Why I Am Waiting

Again another pretty cover a bit of mix between the Gilded Cage and Carval? This book just sounds like a web of political intrigue and power plays, while everyone tried to win the crown or scrape what ever power they can from the mess left in the shadow of the assassins.

Friday, May 26, 2017

WEE REVIEW: The Prophecy (Saga of the Chosen #1) by Petra Landon

Synopsis from Goodreads

A powerful wizard threatens the Chosen from beyond the grave. Can they unravel The Prophecy in time to save their world!

Chosen have walked the earth for time immemorial. Tasia is a very special Chosen. Warned to keep her distance from her brethren, she makes a fateful decision one night to assist an injured Shape-shifter. Suddenly, Tasia finds herself in the cross-hairs of Shifter mercenaries encroaching on San Francisco. Forced out of the shadows, Tasia has little choice but to ally herself with the local Shifter Pack led by a formidable and dangerous Alpha Protector. In the cut-throat world of a Shifter Pack, Tasia must fight to protect her secrets while struggling to negotiate with the enigmatic Alpha who holds his violent Pack together with a ruthless hand on its reins.

Grave danger threatens their world as a powerful wizard exploits an old prophecy to divide the Chosen. When the Pack is asked to investigate the twenty-five year old mystery, Tasia is drawn deeper into a past that risks raising the suspicions of the very Chosen she hides from. As danger closes in on her, Tasia must decide who to trust with the deadly secrets she guards.

Published January 27th 2017
Source: Bought
Wee Review (4 Stars)
This was a bit of surprise of a book. Although I had read good reviews of this book, I didn't have that high of an expectations for it, with the generic urban fantasy cover and the unoriginal title I couldn't keep my hopes that high for it. However, I did give this book a try based on the review and recommendation of Bite Into Books, and I am glad I listened and gave this book a chance, because it has pleasantly surprised me. 
  • Complex and mysterious main character with a hidden past. Although some of her secrets are revealed in this book, I think even at the end of this book there is some secrets she is still holding onto tightly - can't wait to find out what they are in future books.
  • Through-out this book we get a ever growing cast of secondary character which are developed in such a great way. All of them have their own personalities and characteristics, such a great group which are deep and complex as individual characters but to read about their interactions just highlights their complexities and I feels as though I got to know them just as much as the main character.
  • Complex super natural communities, which all have their own governing structures with power plays happening all over the place both inside these communities and between them.
  • I really enjoyed the 'investigative' aspect of the plot. As this unlikely group of allies work together to piece together the complex plan put together by Lady Bethesda many years ago and trying to made the connection between her action then to some more current events.
  • My favourite kind of romance -  hate to attraction,  for a hostile but sometimes caring guy. 
  • The only negative for me is the sudden time and character perspective jumps. I found these a bit disorientating although it did keep you on your toes, and I can understand why the author would want to create that effect.
Final Thoughts
Over all I enjoyed this book, I look forward to the release of the sequels, where I hope that answers will be discovered, secrets revealed, and friendships and alliances strengthen and evolve.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Who's Afraid? (Tommi Grayson #1) by Maria Lewis


Synopsis from Goodreads

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world's most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi's journey as she's thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies - this is the start of a series - and a world - you will fall in love with.
Published July 14th 2016 by Piatk(first published January 12th 2016)
ISBN13: 9780349408972
Series: Tommi Grayson #1
Source: Bought
 Review (4.75 Stars)
This was a great book, surprisingly so! It wasn't that I wasn't expecting to enjoy it,
I was excited to read a story with Scottish werewolves (I can't think of any book
where they are the main characters - any recommendations welcome), however
 this didn't turn out to be the direction that the story was heading, but I am getting
ahead of myself.
Let start for the beginning, this book begins by introducing 
us to Tommi (in a hilarious internal monologue introduction!) and her normal life
as a recent gradate working in a Dundee gallery. She has just lost her mother and 
is about to go on adventure to find her absentee dad down in New Zealand. She 
has a great group of friends who are supportive and they are full of Scottish
 banter (which I loved),  I think this book did a great job of representing the
Scottish culture and attitude. However, finding her family down under doesn't
 work out anything like she'd planned and nothing like she could have ever
imagined and she rapidly returns to Scotland. As she is now aware of her
 'more than human' state I was fully expecting her to panic and
hunt down a group of supernatural to teach her to control. However,
this is where my preconceived ideas of this story were dashed, she is a strong
independent woman who although isn't all that comfortable with the changes
 she is enduring she deals with it cool head and remains in control.
I don't want to go into too much detail of this book, because I loved going into
this book with limited knowledge. All I will say it that I loved it and highly
recommend, it has a authentic 'modern Scottish ' feel with a few (understandable
don't worry) phrases and a snarky, down to earth, kick-ass, independent
woman who has some great friends who have her back. There is also a
 side thread of romance and hint of bigger supernatural power plays
 and a author who isn't afraid to put her characters through the worst.
(don't want to spoil this book for anyone but Maria how could you?!?)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Synopsis from Goodreads

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.
Published March 29th 2016 by CreateSpace (first published March 29th 2013)
Series: Standalone
Source: Received a copy via Netgalley
Review (4.75 Stars)
This book started a bit like a crime show episode with : a glimpse of someone's life, then their death followed by small scene of a investigation before finally zooming to a other persons seemingly unconnected (although we all know there has to be some connection) life.
Once passed the crime show like prologue, we follow a girl called Blue in her last year of high school. I enjoyed the way that from the start we get to see the mask Blue has created for herself and it was interesting though the school year to see the two different sides of Blue. Her 'slutty' shameless and outgoing mask when she is in school, and her more quite and lost personality when she is at home. This first half of the book while Blue is still in school, shows how much teacher's can impact their students lives. It highlighted the power of other people believing in you, and the impact that can have on the views you have of yourself as well as the ways in which you view the world and your place in it.
The second part of the book we follow Blue as she tries to find out more about her past and her birth family. However, I felt as though the theme of this half of the book was more about realizing that your blood family isn't the only family you can have, but rather you can create you own family from those who have your back, care and love you. 
This is such a powerful story of a broken, forgotten girl (who's very good at playing the role she created to hide this), who is on a quest to find herself and a teacher determined to see her for who she is and help her discover her true self, and find her place in the world. We also get a great side theme of romance, it is messy at some points and beautiful at other points.
I am not often a fan of teenage contemporary romance's but this one is fluffy and fake, this is deep, heart-breaking, full of loss and self doubt, searching and finding, of discovering and falling.   
My Favourite Quotes from A Different Blue  
"There's a whole lot more to most people than meets the eye, Wilson. Unfortunately, a lot of times it isn't good stuff. It's scary stuff, painful stuff. By now, you know so much scary, painful stuff about me, it's a wonder you're still around."
“Someone told me once that to create true art you must be willing to bleed and let others watch.”  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Valiant (#1) by Lesley Livingston

Synopsis from Goodreads

Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.
Published February 14th 2017 by Razorbill
ISBN13: 9780448493787
Series: The Valiant
Source: Bought

Review (5 Stars)

I knew I was going to enjoy this book the moment I read the synopsis, I have been looking for a book with a female gladiator lead for ages (I have only ever found some Wattpad stories) so was so excited when I found this one. Thankfully this book was everything I had been hoping for.
The first chapter throws us straight into Fallon's life in her tribe. In this first chapter we get to see Fallon's brave, recklessness and fearlessness nature as well as her determination to prove to everyone that she is worthy - not just because she is the daughter of the king but because of her skills. As we move into the second chapter we get to know more about Fallon's past and her backstory, which really highlights her love for her deceased sister, giving us some insight into her motivation behind her desire to join the tribe war band and proving herself. 
It was nice to get to see Fallon in her 'normal' life in the tribe and to watch the tribes internal politics even without the help of the invading Romans. This book is just a whirlwind of action, I loved it all,  from the events leading up to Fallon's enslavement; to the dramatic and unusual start to her friendship with fellow slave Elka's; from the slave block, to her training and the arenas, and the more complex working of Rome, from the power plays and conspiracies, to dark mysteries passages and even a few familiar faces from home.
I loved watching Fallon grow from a unseasoned warrior into a Gladiatrix learning to play in the political power games of Rome. Overall, this book ticked almost all the boxes for me with a strong female lead, some mysterious happens, a great sisterhood, political manoeuvring and even a bit of romance. Highly recommend read if you're into either fantasy or historical fiction. I can't wait for the sequel!