Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of Iron

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

Title: Heart of Iron
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: N/A
Release Date: 27th February 2018

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

OH MY WORD!!! Here is yet another stunning cover, what am I going to do with myself? Right now all the blood is pumping in my own heart and in my unborn child. But I wonder if I would faint in this condition just by seeing this stunning cover!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Descended of Dragons #2

Title: Origin Exposed
Author: Jen Crane
Published: 6th October 2015
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend: No

A Dangerous Secret 
In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of something more, too. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends. 

A Bitter Betrayal 
Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left. 

A Potential for Something Real 
When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her. 

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it bolted shut for eternity?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

I am actually quite disappointed with this book, I really did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first book. I really wanted to but by the end of the book I really just wanted to finish it off and be done with it.

Stella finds out she is an Omni (having the ability to take multiple forms), coming from such a powerful background Stella is in danger, with trouble being around the corner Stella has no choice but to turn to her friends.

I am not sure why but I find Stella quite annoying, she never did what she said. I found her being told what to do rather than thinking for herself. Also, moving from one guy to another after stating she doesn't want to that quickly but then turns on her word? Like what is up with that. I found her decisions to be impulsive at time, she never really was thinking what she was doing or how her decision would impact her and other people.

Ewan, I am not so sure how I feel about him. I have mixed feelings. In the first book, I was really enjoying getting to know him, he is perceptive, smart, a loyal friend not to mention a hottie. What could be more perfect than that? But in this book I don't quite like how he goes after Stella even though she says to him she doesn't want to move on to another guy yet. Like Stella I also found him to be impulsive sometimes but I wonder if that is due to him changing in to a wolf?

Boone and Timbra really saved the story with this one, its unfair of how other forms of animal cannot fall in love and produce offspring? Stella is a clear example of that you can so I am confused.

Also, Gresham lies too much, I wonder if he has an ulterior motive? It was good to see Stella join her Uncle who only turns out to be the President of Thayer.

There was too much stuff happening and too quick, I felt like I did not have time to adjust myself to one dilemma before I had to move on to another one. I suppose one issue could be the length of gap I have left between the two books which is only myself to blame really.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen's Rising

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

Title: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: N/A
Release Date: 6th February 2018

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

GUYS!!! When I first saw this cover on the Epic Read website, I went absolutely insane. Honestly, this one of the most simplistic yet such a breath taking cover I have ever seen. I really do love their list, you should check it out here

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper #1

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Published: 20th September 2016
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: HELL YES!!!!!

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

I really loved this book, this is one of those books where you are like why did I put off reading this book so long.

Where do I begin with Kerri's writing? From the moment I first heard about this book and glimpsed the first ARC cover, I just knew it. I knew it would be love at first sight.

Since then the love has expanded and grown.

The writing is exquisite, the plot twists you in knots, the characters are creeping on you. They all have one question is mind, Who is Jack the Ripper? Is the butler? Is it the officer? Is it Father? Or maybe it is YOU? These are the questions that enters the young minds of Thomas and Audrey when a series of deaths specifically women start showing up. The manner in which Kerri describes these dead bodies with their horrifying wounds will have you peeing in your pans. It is like watching a horror movie but without the pictures just with words instead.

I was so at the edge of my seat with this story, I took my time in reading this book and never wanting it to end but sadly I had to read to the end to know who Jack the ripper was didn't I? I like the way this book is set, what I mean by this if you look at the pages, the designs, chapters and the creepy evidence that Thomas and Audrey find? It really made it kind of spooky. Also, the ending? SO not what I expected my heart kind of broke a little.

The pace in this book is quite fast, you jumping from wagon to wagon with so many mysteries and things are not adding up. I won't say much more than this because I had no idea how to talk about the plot without ruining for you instead let us swoon about Thomas!

Thomas, oh my he is sooooo dreamy. I wish he would exist, I would so make him my boyfriend. I love incredibly articulate, well spoken, intelligent and how perceptive he is. You can truly tell by his mannerisms and words how truly magnificent he is and how he really misses nothing. What he sees you may not see and what you see he sees something else (that sounded way cooler in my head than it did typing it). He is an enigma which I have not deciphered, his interactions with Audrey are incredibly rude and super cute that you want to just kiss him instead.

Audrey is a breath of fresh air, she is strong minded, stubborn, extremely intelligent, has a knack for arguing with Thomas and is immediately interested in all darkly/deathly things. I am surprised as well as proud that a young girl would be taking apart dead corpses and finds enjoyment in that (especially where it is set, no idea if that actually happened but I like to think it did)

I can't wait to read the next book, not long left now!

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