Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Chasing Eva (In Light of Shadows Series #1) by Camelia Hart




Title: Chasing Eva
Author: Camellia Hart
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Release Date: April 5th 2016

Summary:

An addictive, suspenseful & sensual story about a man and a woman whose lives are about to get sizzling hot...

After living through her share of disloyal relationships, Evangeline Avery will be damned if she lets another man cheat her. A beautiful and confident woman, Eva is the owner of an interior design firm at the brink of collapse. She swears to bring her company back to its past glory, even if it involves sweet talking the one man who caused this turmoil in the first place - Clive Stanton.

Notorious playboy Clive Stanton is a powerful businessman and a formidable enemy of many. He doesn’t do love, or at least not until he meets her again, fifteen years after he saw her last. Eva, his crush from teenage years, the one that got away, is back in his world and he is determined to do anything to make her his.

Will passion and lust bring them together or conflict and the unforgettable scars from their pasts forever tear them apart?






Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The rose & the dagger by Renee Ahdieh Release Day Blitz


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.










Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:




About Renée:
Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.




Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.



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Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Glass Sword (Red Queen Series) by Victoria Aveeyard Book Review



*****Disclaimer*****
The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.
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By: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date: 9th February 2016
Pages: 444

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


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Review:

 I had read this book straight out of reading the first from the series. And if you know me, initially I knew it was a bad move because I would be left with a cliff hanger. But you know what I abandoned reason and read it anyway.


WHY Aveyard? Did you really had to kill of Shade of all people.




I don't when in Gods name did I get so emotionally attached to the character. I mean he wasn't even present for the majority of the story, since everyone thought he was dead, yet I still got attached. Added to that Farley's reaction had me crying.



Personally, I don't like to read a single book until the entire series is completed but because the suspense ends up suffocating me, like it's doing right now. I mean within the period of finishing the book, I have single handled imagined one hundred and one different scenarios of how the series ends.




And almost all of them include Cal overreacting and on fire.


Whilst reading some other reviews persons were like #TeamCal and #TeamMaven. And am like, was there any competition for Cal, to begin with. 


Thank you!

With that said, I'm TEAM CAL forever. He's the full package, honorable and powerful what else can you ask for. Did I mention he's a prince? He is. Yummy!




“Love blinds.” 
One of thee most simple and truthful line in the book. And yet another aspect of why the book was so great is because it's so down to earth.



Averyard I really hope you are EATING, SLEEPING and BREATHING the red queen series, because my body is so ready for the next book.


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And to all those mean persons who said the story failed, go jump off a cliff with your unwanted opinions.



 I mean you go try writing a book, let alone an entire series.



My rating:


The Red Queen (Red Queen Series) by Victoria Aveyard Book Review


 *****Disclaimer*****
The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.

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By: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: Red Queen #1
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date:10th February 2015
Pages: 383

Summary:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...

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Review:

The book was well written and entertaining. However, it for certain part it did feel a bit predictable. Nevertheless, I did allow myself to buy into the story regardless of its predictability.

The story is about the kick ass heroine, Mare. She is sassy and headstrong protector. She's Red, which means she has red blood. Reds are poor, live in the slums, and are just all round treated like crap. She lacks the skills to be apprenticed, and so she uses her pickpocketing abilities to try and set her family up for when she is conscripted into the army, once she turns 18. But of course, things don't quite go according to plan.

The princes, Cal and Maven. Cal is the older brother and heir to the throne. He is his father's pride and joy. Maven is the younger brother. He falls through the cracks; the shadow to his brother's flame, and it considered of little importance.

The world building was so tiring but so necessary.





Whereas I am just waiting for the "Badassery."





Which are the powers. Did I mention she can control lighting, not to mention an entire storm, if she concentrates hard enough. She can.



Next,anyone can betray anyone. This has to be the most haunting advice throughout the story. I was slowly going mad, but this advice was indeed truthful. Especially, when Maven  betrayed her. Even though I have suspicions about him.



The anti-climax was so depressing, I felt all my hope draining, when they were left in the arena. Another sign the story was well written.

That end tho. Beautiful.


My rating:




Sunday, 3 April 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review

  *****Disclaimer*****

The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and point of view when watching the film.



Summary:

As previously mentioned the story keeps in line with Austen’s original work. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is the second of five sisters in the English countryside. When the wealthy Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) falls for her elder sister Jane (Bella Heathcote), Elizabeth finds herself clashing with the condescending Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). All the while their land and livelihood is constantly threatened by the walking dead.

Never in my  life have I felt more empowered as a woman. I was literally jumping out of the bed. Note well this is three o'clock in the morning, but who cares. I was the  zombie that was about to be slayed. I lived for the ending in this movie. Best spent hour of my weekend. Wow!
Shout out to the cast they did a fantastic job right down to the hair and setting personnel. I was so realistic. Mind I read the book, it was ok. But watching the movie transformed my whole perspective and understanding. 
My only question is why isn't movie heavily promoted? I mean my  goodness it was good. Beautiful.
Why Jane felt angry I felt  angry. When felt happy, I felt happy. And bitch when Jane felt totally bad ass I felt totally bad ass.

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You know these kinds of movies always strengthen my resolve to learn martial arts. Who are we kidding I procrastinate too much.
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The slay-age was real.

Can we talk about Mr.Darcy? 
At first I was kind of mad because I didn't find him attractive. Then when he starts fighting he becomes pleasant. Well done.

Now can we talk about his friend. Yasss! Honey. I'd take a swing at him any day.



He would make such a great vampire. He and the game of thrones lady. 

I love that she always choose the strong roles. And she never disappoints.

All in all they really tried and their efforts much be commended.


3 out of 5 crowns


Friday, 12 February 2016

Debut YA Novel Book Blitz Thirst: Blood Of My Blood



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Title: Thirst: Blood of my Blood
Author: R.P Channing

Genre: YA Romance, Paranormal Romance

Pages: 240
Check it out:

Summary:

~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)


Or

2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.


She chooses the latter…


~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)

Or

2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.

He chooses the latter…

It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he’s always ignored.


Until now.

 



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Now here's a sneak peek from the author to water your appetite.

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PROLOGUE

-1-
The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect.
I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were...okay, and my waist...well...also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.
But then there was Jack.
Jack was a problem.
He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?
I think not!
Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.
Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?
I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.
I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.
“Jaaaaaaack!”
Still no answer.
“Jack!”
Jack...materialized.
His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”
His puppy eyes became worse.
His skin was gray and, well, dead.
“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries...
The idea excited me somewhat.
What would you have me do, Miss Kira?
“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”
Yes, Miss Kira.
The dead. There’s just no reasoning.
“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.
“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.


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The Rat

Mike knocked on the door before I had time to leave the house. Mike was the guy I thought (at the time) was perfect.
“Who is it?”
“It’s me, baby.”
Baby, urgh — I wasn’t his baby. I dated Mike because he was the quarterback, because girls are supposed to like the quarterback, because it’s just so darn perfect to be seen with the quarterback, like we’re brainwashed into thinking these things from the first romantic doll set mom buys us.
This was my previous life.
“Mike.”
“Uh-huh. Gonna let me in?”
So you can try rub me up and then complain when I don’t let you? This, dear reader, was the big problem with Mike. The second we first kissed, his hand went way too far south for me to be comfortable — and I pulled back.
Mike suddenly wasn’t so perfect.
“Uhm, I was just on my way out,” I said.
“Kira? C’mon, open the door.” He sounded upset. “Is there someone in there with you?”
Boys. As if.
I didn’t know much about love (nothing, actually) but I knew this wasn’t it.
“Uhm, now’s not the time, Mike.”
“C’mon, Kira, what’s going on?” He banged harder.
When in doubt...lie. I opened the door a crack. “There’s a dead rat in the house, Mike. Been here for days. I gotta go get some detergent and stuff to handle the stench.”
Mike stepped back. He peered through the crack of the door.
“It’s really bad,” I said.
“I’ll drive you.”
“I’m afraid the smell” — I stuck my armpit to my nose — “has found its way all over me. I’ll drive myself.”
“O — okay. Fine.” And then he grinned like he wanted something. “Later? My place?”
Urgh. “Uhm, sure...er...later. Not sure when though.”
“Six.”
I fought the urge to roll my eyes. According to girls at school, he was apparently so damn good looking — theoretically. But for me personally, he did nothing. Moved nothing. Twisted nothing. “Look, I gotta go, Mike. I gotta — ”
“Kira.” His eyes grew stern. “You’ve been avoiding me...”
Bingo! Well done contestant number one! And what have you won? A brain!
I tilted my head. “Mike, look, this...rat — I need to deal with it. We’ll talk later, okay? Bye.” I closed the door, not waiting for an answer, and peered out the peep hole. Mike hung around for a second, shoulders wide and eyes glaring straight at me through the door. Could he see me? Did he know I was looking at him?
He kicked something off the ground, and I had the distinct impression he mouthed the word Bitch before leaving. But I wasn’t sure...


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The Mack

“Roll down the window, Jack.” Jack was recently dead, so he still had a smell about him. (Which only I could smell...)
I had purposely skipped breakfast. Maybe Jack would help me lose weight. I was (still am) a little wide, although it had never stopped guys flirting with me. I know how to dress.
But I could be skinnier.
Lucy Rogers was skinny. All bones and no boobs.
Charlene Carverton was a babe. Cheerleader. Big chest (which she pushed out generously with a push-up — if only guys knew). Toned thighs. Charlene only dated college boys (back then), which I still think is pretty gross for a girl her age.
He’s not for you,” Jack said out the blue.
“Hmm?”
This...Mike — he’s wrong for you, Miss Kira.” For all Jack’s faults (mainly, being dead), he has a good heart. Factually, probably it’s why I kept him around at first.
“You think I don’t know that?”
Then why don’t you dump him?
I braked at a stop sign. Looked left and right. “Because I’d look like an idiot. I flirted with him and showed interest, and one kiss later I can’t stand the sight of him.”
So dump him.
“It’s not that simple. Kids at school — they can be vicious. I have to let it fade slowly. If I drop the bomb on him, I’ll never hear the end of it through senior year.”
“And you care?”
Yes, I did. Forget Guantanamo, schools are rough. “You don’t understand, Jack. Maybe school was different in your day. But in mine, well, we walk through metal detectors.”
Schools weren’t too different in my day.” I noted the sadness in his voice.
“You okay?”
I’m dead.
Right. “You miss...your life?”
Jack shrugged. “I like being with you, Miss Kira. And I don’t remember much of my life. I think I’m in limbo.
“Limbo?”
Yes, like I have some unfinished business. If only I could remember...what...it is...” He scratched his head.
“Any ideas?”
Well, it can’t be love. If it were love, I’d be a vampire. That’s who teenage girls fall in love with these days.”
“A vampire? That’s just what I need — two undead beings stalking me.”
I feel I have something to do around you, Miss Kira. I don’t know what, but something. Something important.
I looked over at him. “Me?”
I was still looking at him when I missed the stop sign.


The Mack truck drove straight into us.