Sunday, 31 July 2016

Summer Shadows (Benedicts #6) by Joss Stirling (Review)

     Once again, Joss Stirling has written a beautiful addition to the Benedicts series. Taking place in the world of savants (special group of people with almost magical special abilities), Summer Shadows takes the readers on a thrilling ride alongside Summer, a young girls with the ability to shadow minds by tracking them and reading their thoughts and feelings. On a mission to save a friend, she runs into Hal Robinson, a trained non-savant solder who mixes things up. Together they work to accomplish their goal as tension rises between them.
      I loved this novel. I was addicted from the beginning to the end. Summer is an interesting character who is very well developed and rounded. Her abilities are really interesting and the entire world of the savants is riveting. In a world of infinite types of powers, the possibilities are simply endless. The romance in this story was good and had a lot of tension that held the readers attention throughout the entire novel. In the series, it is not the best romance yet, but its still really well done. Plot wise, Summer Shadows was packed with action and mystery, keeping the readers on the edge of their seats as they read. I recommend not only Summer Shadows, but entire Benedicts series. I give Summer Shadows the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
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Friday, 29 July 2016

Consider (HoloSeries #1) by Kristy Acevedo (Review)

    In a world where portals appear randomly and predict the end of the world, Consider shows the long and arduous process a young anxiety ridden girl as she takes months to choose if she is going to go through the portal or not. Faced with the end of the world, surprisingly nothing interesting happens and the world goes on for a really long time. 
      Consider was extremely boring. The quantity of story telling done in the entire novel could be easily accomplished in one to two introductory chapters. It seemed to drag on and on without any real plot development, there was just a lot of filler. This was paired with uninteresting and unrounded characters. They all managed to have conflicts between them that didn't further the plot or make any long term differences to the characters behaviours. The truly only interesting part about this book occurred at the very end and it was very, very short. I do not recommend consider and give it the honest rating of TWO OUT OF FIVE STARS!

*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Cover Reveal: Acca by Christina Bauer!

Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins, #3)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: December 13th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison… or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancé, Prince Lincoln. No pressure.
To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth. Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever. To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth. Literally. Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight. This one promises to be the hardest yet. After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?

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Author Bio:
Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Withering Rose (Once Upon A Curse #2) by Kaitlyn Davis (Review)

      A magical fairy-tale mash-up, Withering Rose takes the old classic of Beauty and the Beast and mixes it into the sci-fi fantasy world of the Once Upon a Curse series. Omorose Bouchene is a cursed magical princess that was sucked into our modern magic free world and was forced to hide her magic to survive. After running away from the military compound that she hid in for many years, she runs into The Beast and gets sucked into the danger and drama of his shifter royal court.
      I love fairytales, Beauty and the Beast specifically, so I’m very picky about remakes of my favorite fairytale. Surprisingly, I found very little that I disliked in this book. I really enjoyed reading Withering Rose, and my only complaint is how it felt a little shallow, which is not the worst thing ever because that allows it to be a fun summer read. The characters in Withering Rose were intriguing and emotionally engaging. I loved Omorose and the Beast. Individually they were good, but together they were a riveting couple. I give Withering Rose the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS! 
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Friday, 22 July 2016

Shaken (Struck #3) by Joss Stirling (Review)

      Spies, blackmail and mobsters oh my! Rose Knight is being blackmailed by mobsters. If she wants her Dad to live she, has to come up with millions of dollars before the deadline. Damien is a cocky and smart super spy. He's on vacation in America when he runs into the unique Rose and immediately notices something is off. As their lives get more and more intertwined, tension builds and stakes get raised.
       I enjoyed Shaken. Another cute romance by Joss Stirling, Shaken introduces us to Rose; a quirky fashionally impaired genius. Her quirkiness is endearing and her intelligence and compassion makes her respectable. Mixed in with Rose was a whole cast of solid and well developed characters that the readers are bound to like. Plot wise, Shaken was (ironically) solid. It flowed very well and had enough mystery and suspense to prevent the novel from becoming boring. Overall, Shaken is a good summer read and is apart of a good series. I give it the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Book Blitz: The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy!

The Last of the Firedrakes
by Farah Oomerbhoy
(The Avalonia Chronicles #1)
Publication date: August 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
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    For a second that felt like a lifetime, everything stopped; I felt like I was floating in nothingness. Then I blinked, and, when I finally opened my eyes and focused again through the tears, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
    I found myself standing at the mouth of a small cave situated on a hill and overlooking a quiet, moonlit valley. On my left, a dark forest stretched out as far as the eye could see, treetops glistening silver in the light of the full moon. The hills around us undulated into wildflower-filled meadows that lay sleeping in the dewy night.
    Far down in the valley, I could see a little village, its lights twinkling in the distance. To my right, a waterfall splashed playfully into a small river that ran down into a lake, next to which the little village was built. The moon here was fuller and larger than I had ever seen it, and the night sky was awash with a fantastic array of glittering stars.
    Had I passed through the tapestry? Where was I?
    I looked around, disbelief clouding my judgment. I was still trying to get my bearings after that strange moment when I had been inside the tapestry and nowhere at the same time. It gave me a funny feeling, as though I had been lifted out of my own consciousness and then put back into my body.
    A warm breeze brushed past my face and played with my hair. Gone were the cloudy grey mist and the cold, nipping wind of the English countryside. I drew in a sharp breath—the air was crisp and clear, sweet smelling, and fresh. The moonlit valley was filled with fruit trees, wildflowers, and rolling meadows.
    “How did we come here? Where are we?” I asked, still confused.
    “You really are ignorant,” said Oblek, glancing at me. “I take it your uncle didn’t tell you anything?”
    I shook my head and looked down. Oblek had tied my hands with a rope he had with him while I was still dazed and looking around. It was humiliating, and the rough ropes cut into my wrists, rubbing them raw every time he pulled me forward.
    I had to find some way out of this. And, at the moment, the only thing I could do was discover more about where I was. Then, when I got an opportunity, I could escape and find my way back up to the cave on the hill, where we had arrived out of the tapestry.
But then what?
    Christopher was probably dead, and Aunt Arianna would doubtless blame me for everything since I had disappeared at the same time. I had no idea what to do. I didn’t really want to go back, and, now that my adoptive parents were dead, I had nothing to return to.
    I was starting to panic. I had nowhere to go, and my mind was imagining an array of horrible outcomes of my kidnapping. My palms had become sweaty, and my racing heart was thundering in my chest as I half-walked and half-ran, desperately trying to keep up with Oblek’s giant strides.
    “Why are you doing this?” I pleaded with my kidnapper.
    But Lord Oblek said nothing. He didn’t even look at me. He just kept walking ahead and dragging me along behind him, with no more explanations as to what he was planning to do with me.
    I was terrified, and I had no idea if I was going to survive this. But I tried to be brave. Maybe I could talk my way out of this?
    “You do know that this is called kidnapping?” I said, trying to reason with Oblek.
    He didn’t bother to answer.
    “What will happen to me now?” I squeaked, my voice breaking, as I tried not to cry.
    “Queen Morgana will decide what is to be done with you,” said Oblek, finally.
    Queen Morgana! The woman from my dream? It was not possible that this, too, was a coincidence. It must be the same Morgana, the one who had tried to kill my real mother.
    Who the hell was she?
    Suddenly all of this seemed extremely scary. I hoped that I was still dreaming and that there was no way I had actually traveled through a magical tapestry into some strange land. It all seemed very exciting in books. But actually being kidnapped and then hauled around like an animal, traveling deep into a land I knew nothing about, was not my idea of fun.
    I had to get away from this horrible man, and fast.
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Author Bio:
Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.


Monday, 4 July 2016

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (Review)

    Life is hard, especially when you are a young illegal immigrant just trying to survive and stay where you are. Fighting to take care of her family and built a future for herself at the same time, Alma has a lot on her plate when pretty boy Evan appears in her life. Evan seemingly has everything; money, power and popularity. But ultimately he doesn't have what he really wants, a loving family. Alma seemingly has nothing. She has little money, no power and no popularity, but she does have one thing; family. Coming from opposite worlds, Alma and Evan clash as they fall for each other and struggle to overcome obstacles standing in their way.
    I found this book boring and slightly underwhelming. The characters were underdeveloped and they seriously lacked depth. It was very difficult to invest in them and care deeply about what happened to them. In addition to that, the relationship between Alma and Evan seemed shallow and rushed. I felt there was not enough romantic tension in the novel to really hold the readers attention for long. Ultimately, I don't really recommend Dream Things True and give it the rating of TWO AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*