Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Love & Other Train Wrecks



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



Title: Love & Other Train Wrecks
Author: Leah Konan
Series: N/A
Release Date: 2nd January 2018
Synopsis:


A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.

After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love...and the course of their lives forever?





I personally chick lit/contemporary lover so the fact that this sounds so good and odd is so up my alley. I am always looking for quirky books to read.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Blog Tour: Blackwing -Raven's Mark #1 Has Not Ended


Title: Blackwing
Author: Ed McDonald
Published: 27th July 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: OMG YES!!!
Synopsis:


Set on the ragged edge of a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…

Nothing in the Misery lasts…

Under a cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, created when the Engine, the most powerful weapon in the world, was unleashed against the immortal Deep Kings. Across the wasteland, teeming with corrupted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies are still watching—and still waiting.

Ryhalt Galharrow is no stranger to the Misery. The bounty hunter journeys to a remote outpost, armed for killing both men and monsters, and searching for a mysterious noblewoman. He finds himself in the middle of a shocking attack by the Deep Kings, one that should not be possible. Only a fearsome show of power from the very woman he is seeking saves him.

Once, long ago, he knew the woman well, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to unmake everything they hold dear and end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he’s spilled and the gods he’s supposed to serve…




OMG I KNEW THIS COVER WAS SO AWESOMELY AWESOME BUT I NEVER DREAMED TO READ SOMETHING DARK AND LOVE IT SOOOOO MUCH!!!1 AND THE COVER?????WITH ALL ITS PURPLE SHININESS CONTRASTED WITH BLACK?????? 😍😍😍😍😍😍😨😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱


The plot is very unique in this book, I actually didn't realise I was reading a apocalyptic dystopian novel until a few chapters in? How did that happen to me? I will tell you, I was so intrigued with the way the book started that I wanted to know more about the 'captain'. 

Okay, so I think I got the gist of the plot, although there are still many questions that are unanswered for me, let me give you an example to the genius mind of the author. Take the example of the Bride they were killing 'brides' in the book and because there is this notion of marriages being so pure and getting married to your loved one we automatically assume they are innocent right? Wrong, Ed has created them to these monstrous creatures who lure people in their command and basically want them to have sex. The more people they have under their control the more their bodies swell up. Okay when I first read this the fact kind of creeped me out a little, but honestly putting all that aside I have never read anything so dark and amazing at the same time? RIGHT?!!!!

Ryhalt Galhardos, who is the captain of Blackwings (often referred to as captain) recruits, this legion or army belongs to Crowfoot. So there are two main armies, there is the Nameless (who I still don't quite understand) and then there is Deep Kings who are fighting this war which has been momentarily paused for a few years. There is this creative invention created by one of the Nameless, Nall 's Engine (created by Nall, no brainer right?), which defends the people against these Deep Kings. The race is on to find out what secrets are both side hiding? Is everyone as innocent as they claim? Only one way to find out.......

It is very rarely that I enjoy so many characters in a book, but I am happy to say there is more than one important character in this book that I loved. Everyone plays a part. My favourite are; Ezabeth, Nenn and Tnota. I have no idea how you pronounce any of these names but I found me liking them more and more as I read deeper in to the book. Nenn and Ezabeth are very strong characters, both who would take no crap from anyone, defy against all odds and incredibly loyal especially Nenn. 

I really don't know where to begin and end with this book, I loved this book so much. I only have eternal gratitude for Gollancz for sending me a copy πŸ’–


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Witches of the Deep



Title: Witches of the Deep
Author: C.N. Crawford
Published: 13th June 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Fiona and her friends are on the run from the ruthless witch-hunters, seeking refuge in the werewolf city of Dogtown. But sadly for Fiona, no sanctuary awaits them there. 

Plagued by its inhabitants and her own twisted past, Fiona is searching for one thing: a way out. 

Her only hope is to complete a series of grueling tasks set forth by a gorgeous—but terrifying—sea-demon. If she can fight her way to survival, she’ll gain the chance to defeat the hunters. But if she fails, she faces an eternity of torment that makes her current predicament seem like a walk in the park.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, 

I am kind of sad this trilogy has come to an end, I guess I was subconsciously putting this off because I don't want this series to end. I loved Tobias and the gang! I was first gripped by this series simply by the cover, I thought it was so captivating. Even now just look at it (I think that is meant to be Fiona).

Things pick up exactly where they were left off in the second book, the gang leave Maremount and end up with the werewolves in Dogtown but things are not looking up for the gang, with the threat of Picaroons and Throcknell army looming above their heads they have nowhere else to go except compromise with Estelle. How will Tobias save himself from the hellhound and his friends?

This book was a lot more fast paced than the first two books, there is also a lot more new characters introduced which gives the story more depth and character. I am particularly fond of Lir now he was someone who constantly impressed me till the last page, I did think maybe he had feelings for Fiona along the way but I was wrong. I would have liked more scenes with him and maybe he could of had a few chapters too? I loved him just as much I loved Tobias, he is so rigid and on the borderline of impudent but that was not the case at all, there a lot of layers to him kind of like peeling an onion. I enjoyed learning more about him.

Fiona plays more of a strong character in this book, she really is motivated to save herself and her friends and she really comes through for them. Oswald playing the love interest for Celia is something I never expected but the more I read about him the more I fell in love with this audacity and curls! *sighs*

Great ending to the series!


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Spotlight: Rarity From the Hollow

Hi guys, I decided this week would be a good opportunity to spotlight another indie author since that is how everything started for me, plus some of these books are really good and need to be READ. So please go and show this author some love for his book!

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Title: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Series: N/A
Release Date: 3rd November 2016
Synopsis:


Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.



PLEASE NOTE: this book may contain some sexual abuse

I really do love the cover of this book, and Lacy seems like such a strong character!



Excerpt from Chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My FiancΓ©:

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?  
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.  
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree. 
            I will always love you guys.  
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.    
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.  
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.  
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did. 
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.    
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.” 
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancΓ©.”  
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.  
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.” 
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.    
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancΓ©, DotCom.” 
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.   
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”  
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”       
            Jenny's left eye twitched.  
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…     
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.” 
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.” 
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said. 
            “So?” 
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them. 
            "What's that?" Jenny asked.  
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.” 
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….  
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on herThat's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thingHell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked. 
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.  
            They both glared at him.  
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.  
            “Okay, Mommy.” 
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.  
            “I love you too,” DotCom said. 
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.    
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”


Let's talk: I hope you enjoyed the feel of the this and give this book a chance. What do you guys think of Sci Fi linked with sexual abuse? I personally have never read those two genres mixed together 

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