Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: My 2018 Bookish Resolutions! (Which are not Ten)


This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #134: 2018 Bookish Resolutions! 

For this week's topic, the title is: my resolutions as a blogger for 2018! I don't have that many resolutions as a blogger since I'm quite broke after the holidays but I hope to achieve the below:


1) Get the upcoming book "A Thousand Perfect Notes" by C.G. Drews: No one knows how much I've been expecting this book! It has music, tragedy and romance!



2) Finish my Sarah J. Maas collection! 2018 will be the year where we'll say goodbye for now to the "Throne of Glass" series! I'm also expecting for ACOFAS and the upcoming Catwoman novel!




3) Try to save in order to buy an ACOFAS themed book box and maybe a book sleeve! So far I have some great recommendations about The Bookish Box and the Etsy shop My Bookszleeves.




4) Get the sequel of "Zero Repeat Forever" by G.S. Prendergast! This book left me with aching emotions and a sense for the tragic. Not to mention the romance!



5) Listen to more audiobooks: On 2017 I had managed to listen to almost every book by Ilona Andrews as an audiobook! I plan to listen to many more, or re-read some titles as audiobooks!


6) WRITE! Due to the studies of my Master program, I had to leave writing behind this year. But, I plan to get into the edits of my SF/F and maybe continue the Urban Fantasy that I've been planning.



Monday, January 15, 2018

ARC Review: "American Panda" by Gloria Chao


American Panda by Gloria Chao
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.





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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

This delightful debut novel by Gloria Chao was devoured during bus rides, eating dinner and laughing out loud in between! I kid you not! It had been a while since I had seen a character like Mei with who I could relate so much in some of my everyday habits and I could root so hard for!

I AM OFFERING FREE HUGS TO EVERYONE WHO FEELS LIKE MEI!



(takes a deep breath)

I order to understand the background of this book, you have to approach it with an open mind and try to understand the psychology and the culture behind it. Mei is a 17 years old girl who has skipped her last year of high school in order to attend MIT, become a doctor and fulfil her parents' dreams of gaining a good husband and having lots of Chinese *cough boys* children.

Too bad that she has germophobia, she feels insecure about her behavior and on top of that, she has to go through the misguided attitude of others who don't understand her culture and origins. Which is downright a prejudice against her and all of American-Chinese people.
Also, Mei has a crush on Darren, who is American-Japanese.
Yeah her parents won't have a coronary.



In the end, Mei's attempt to get used to her new uni and try to make her parents proud will lead her to question her need for obedience to her parents' wishes and her place in society.

There are lots of amazing, funny and very informative scenes in this book. I did relate to Mei in many occasions from the horrible sound of the bone saw (which reminds me of the dentist) to the glorious after-midnight spoonfuls of Nutella. I liked how Mei evolved and tried to find her own place stabilising between her love for being Chinese and the overbearing duties and heritage that come with it.

Her parents, to be honest, were horrible to me but towards the end of the book, I could understand the reasons behind the behavior and their own burdens forced on them from both their community and the opinion of the outsiders.

The most amazing part was the final note by Gloria Chao who says that many incidents of this book were inspired by true stories. I dread to see how many Ying-Na episodes are noted every day!
I do want more books like this one! It is a time when many authors can show their cultural heritage and be proud of it, instead of feeling outcasted or persecuted.

I can't wait for more books by Gloria Chao!





About the author:

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. AMERICAN PANDA is her debut novel, coming out February 6, 2018 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. 

Gloria currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. 

Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at gloriachao.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Blog Tour+Excerpt+ARC Review: "Hot Shot" (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle 
Release Date: January 9th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover Design: Hang Le

Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.
As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.



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Excerpt:
It’s dark now and quiet except for the crickets. In the distance, the town of North Ridge glows, the lights giving way to the dark mountain ranges behind it and beyond that, a clear, starry sky. I immediately feel better but it’s not enough. I need to walk, to get my head on straight, to get my heart to stop caving in. I head down the slope to the barn. It’s second nature to want to come here during hard times. Growing up, if anyone in the house was fighting—and it was usually Shane and Fox—this was where you’d find them afterwards, licking their wounds. Right now the barn is empty, all the horses are either in their paddocks or the pastures. I glance up at the hayloft and contemplate going up there when I hear footsteps behind me. I immediately stiffen. It’s funny how you can feel someone’s specific presence without seeing them. “What’s wrong with you?” Fox asks gruffly from behind me. 
Typical. 
Even if he’s concerned, sometimes he comes across like it annoys him to be concerned. I take in a deep breath and turn around. 
“I don’t know,” I say, my voice measured. “Just felt a bit nauseous.”
  He studies my face intently, so intently that I look away, my eyes drifting over the empty stalls. 
“I thought maybe I’d pissed you off somehow,” he says.
Is he baiting me? I meet his eyes. “Why would you think that?”
  “You could barely look at me during dinner,” he says, taking a step toward me until he’s a foot away. “Was it something I did? Is this about Conan?”
  He’s so damn earnest in that last question that I have to laugh. I fold my arms across my chest. “No, Fox. This isn’t about your squirrel. It’s not about anything. I’m just…tired.” I can tell he doesn’t believe me and the intensity has changed in his eyes. They’ve become more focused on me, like he’s seeing me for the first time and nothing else around us matters.
  “I like this,” he says, his voice sounding thick. He takes a strand of my hair between his fingers and runs them down. 
“Your hair is so long. You should wear it down more often.” I roll my eyes and hope I’m not blushing. 
“You guys are all the same. A girl wears her hair down and puts on some makeup and suddenly you realize that she’s actually hot. It’s like She’s All That come to life.”
  Oh shit. I probably shouldn’t have said that last bit out loud since it’s a whole bunch of assumptions and I’m not one to flatter myself like that. But he just grins. One of those cheeky, warm smiles that makes his eyes crinkle at the corners, the dimples appear in his scruff. He doesn’t smile like that very often and every time he does for me, it makes me feel…invincible.
  “Del, I’ve always thought you were hot,” he says, still smiling. No awkwardness or hesitation. He just comes out and says it.
  And now I am blushing. “Yeah right.”
  “What?” he asks, tucking my hair behind my ear and—hell—his touch causes warm shivers to wash down my back. 
“It’s true. I mean, look at you.” Don’t read into it. Don’t read into it.
  “Do you remember that birthday party where we played spin the bottle?” I ask him, my voice sounding broken. He nods. 
“Kind of.” But he doesn’t remove his hand, keeps playing with my hair. I don’t know why I’m feeling brave all of a sudden but I am. 
“Well you spun the bottle and it stopped right at me. No mistake about it. And you got up and said it was stupid and left. Fox, we were good friends and you acted like kissing me was the worst thing on earth.” His dark brows knit together but his eyes stay warm. 
“You remember that?”
  “Fox. I’m a woman. I’m always going to remember when a boy rejects me, especially my best friend and especially at a young age.”
  “But we were young. And I was pretty stupid back then.”
  “You thought I was gross.” He lets out a soft laugh. “I can promise you I did not think you were gross.” 
His hand then leaves my hair and trails down my arm to my hand. Sometimes Fox holds it and I know I shouldn’t think anything of it but every time he does I wonder if he realizes what it does to me. Then again, I’m starting to think he’s oblivious to absolutely everything.
  “I didn’t kiss you,” he goes on, “not because I didn’t want to. I did.” He swallows, shrugs. “I just didn’t want our first kiss to be from spin the bottle.”
  Hold up…what?
  “What do you mean? Our first kiss?” I repeat, my pulse quickening.
  “I don’t know, Del. Back then, I kind of assumed that we would end up together at some point. You know all through high school I had just been waiting to make my move and ask you out. At least figure out if you liked me or not. But then you started going out with that guy with the big ears, what was his name, Ryan McGee? And that’s when I realized that it was probably all in my head. You were just a friend. A sister, even. And I was just a brother to you.”
  Holy. Fucking. Shit. This is way too much to process. Fox thought we’d end up together. He actually liked me back in high school! “You look shocked,” he says, raising a brow. 
“I thought it was pretty obvious.” “Obvious?” I blurt out. “No. No it wasn’t.” He lets go of my hand and shrugs with one shoulder. 
“It’s funny how life goes, isn’t it? It was probably for the best anyway. Could you have imagined us dating? Being a couple.”
  Yes, fucking yes.





REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Having read almost every book by Karina Halle, I could understand that this one was going to be different. The final instalment of the North Ridge series had love, sexy scenes and lots of heartbreak.

Delilah has always been in love with Fox the older and most easy-going of all the brothers. But Fox's life as a hot shot, who fights against the forest fires, is far darker than he lets to show. As Delilah and Fox come closer, emotions will be revealed and a secret will be born between them.

I really enjoyed this book. There was a surprise with Fox and his inner world, which rarely I see in a male character. I can only account Amy Harmon's male characters in a similar fashion. But the most important thing from this book was the power of family, of unity and of love. Love heals in time and grief can be fought as long as you can believe in yourself and to those who support you and love you.

Truly amazing and worth reading!







Meet Karina: 

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Release Day Blitz: "Hot Shot" (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot AMAZON

Hot Shot by Karina Halle 
Release Date: January 9th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover Design: Hang Le



Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.
As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.



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Read Today! 

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2j1no0t



Meet Karina: 

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.



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ARC Review: "Society of Wishes" (Wish Quartet #1) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh


Society of Wishes by Elise Kova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.





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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

The first part of a quartet of books was a delightful collaboration between two authors! Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh manage to create a worldbuilding good enough in order to support the upcoming books. Jo is a hacker who lives in a world which has suffered the Third WW.

She makes do by taking on jobs that are dangerous along with her friend Yuusuke. When a job leads them both to their deaths Jo will invoke the power of a man (being?) strong enough to grant her a wish. And thus Jo begins her new life as a member of the Society of Wishes.

There is a good and diverse cast which will appeal even to the most demanding. Truly this book was a journey through time, space and the multiverse, as Jo tried to understand her new powers and make new friends. I really liked Wayne and Elsar and I can't wrap my mind around Snow and who he really is.

The good part is that all the books will be published on 2018 so I won't have time to wonder for long! As a new attempt for Elise to step into the urban fantasy, time travel genre she made it quite well. And for Lynn to debut through this series, I truly can't wait to also read more from her!




About the authors:


Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.



Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it's a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she's not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

Currently, Lynn is looking forward to her debut novel, SOCIETY OF WISHES (Wish Quartet, #1), out January 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #133: This is a list of titles I wanted to read in 2017 but either I didn't get the chance to buy the book or I read reviews that left me with no interest to read them. But surely I'll try to tackle the remaining 2017 books of this list at some point!





















I have to admit that my greatest challenge will be to finish the Outlander series. It's bad to see the reviews about the 4th book, knowing that I am going to annoyed reading it! But I have to finish the series! I'll seriously try to read the books listed above and the graphic novel!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Release Day Launch+ARC Review+Excerpt: "Most Likely to Score" by Lauren Blakely


From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes the hot, new sports romance, MOST LIKELY TO SCORE! A sexy, standalone forbidden romance about a sports star and the woman who's off limits, MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is now available on all retailers! Get your copy delivered now!

                          

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It should have been a simple play…
She needed a football player to step up and be the star for a charity calendar. I needed a sharp and savvy publicist to manage a brand-new sponsorship deal. I scratched her back. She scratched mine. And oh hell, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.
Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal, so it's hands off for us once again. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.

What’s a guy to do when he's always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is just out of bounds?
I don't date players. And I definitely don't sleep with players. And I absolutely don't fall for a certain player when I get to know him and learn he's more than just sexy -- he's clever, funny and has a heart as big as his . .. well, you get my drift.
But my job is at stake, and I can't afford to lose that as well as my heart. The problem is, I think I've already lost that game.
What's a girl to do when the clock is running out, but the man she's falling for is off limits?

MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is a brand new standalone sports romance written in dual POV!


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"Most Likely to Score is another flawlessly executed story that'll have readers laughing, sighing, blushing, and swooning as a publicist and an athlete get their shot at a Happily Ever After." -Yvette-Nose Stuck in a Book

       

“Lauren Blakely never ceases to amaze me with her sense of humor, her talent to write fabulous heroes and heroines and to pull an A game with a male POV. MOST LIKELY TO SCORE is a real treasure.- Becca at Little Read Reading Hood

  

"The combination of heart, humor, and heat is enough to have me fawning all over Jones." -Sarah-Musings of the Modern Belle

   
EXCERPT

~JONES~

“Love it,” Christine says emphatically, her lips and that metal hoop in the bottom one the only parts of her face visible since the lens covers the rest. “How about a little tough-guy look now?”
Because tough guys hold footballs in front of their junk.
“This is my best badass pose,” I say, narrowing my eyes and staring at the camera like I’d stare at the secondary of the Miami Mavericks.
“Oh yes, more of that, right, Jillian?” Christine shouts to the other person here in the studio with us.
That person is Jillian, and she hasn’t looked my way since I strolled in here and dropped my drawers. Damn shame.
From her spot leaning against the far wall, the team publicist answers in a crisp, professional tone I know well. “Exactly. We love his tough-guy face.”
She doesn’t even look up from her phone.
I keep working it for Christine, doing my best to make sure my blue eyes will melt whoever is looking at the picture when the magazine hits newsstands and Internet browsers in another few weeks.
It’s an evergreen kind of issue, since the body edition is one of the most popular. Gee, I wonder why. I’ve no doubt this shot of me with a football for my skivvies will quickly surpass the previous most-searched-for image of yours truly—the game-winning catch I made in the end zone in the Super Bowl two years ago.
But, to be fair, there’s another shot of me that’s searched for maybe a tiny bit more. I like to pretend that shot doesn’t exist.
“The camera loves you,” Christine croons as the snap, snap, snap of the lens keeps the rhythm.
“The feeling is entirely mutual,” I say, pursing my lips in an over-the-top kiss.
Christine laughs. “You are my favorite ham in all of sports, Jones. That’ll be a perfect outtake for our website.”
“That’s a brilliant idea,” Jillian chimes in. “Make sure to send me a copy for social, please.”
“Absolutely,” Christine answers.
I sneak a peek at the dark-haired woman by the wall, that silky curtain of sleekness framing her face as she smiles a bright, buoyant, outgoing grin at the photographer then drops her head back down.
Damn.
Jillian Moore is one tough nut to crack.
I’m nearly naked in front of her, and she hasn’t once looked my way.
As the woman behind the lens shoots another photo with my favorite ball covering my favorite balls, Jillian doesn’t even spare another glance.
I’m going to need a whole new playbook to get this woman’s attention.



REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

This delightful story of romance and comedy was a nice and enjoyable read! Jilian and Jones are of those couples you can't help but root for, with their antics and inner thinking! I like Lauren Blakely and the freedom she gives in her characters to be funny, sexy and smart in any case.


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Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the MOST LIKELY TO SCORE charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long -- and it has been long -- because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who's dead set on winning more than a date with me.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is -- I've been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!

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    A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In March she'll release WANDERLUST, a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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ARC Review: "Ace of Shades" (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.


Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.






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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

"Ace of Shades" is one of my anticipated reads for 2018! After reading "Daughter of Burning City", I really wanted to have the chance to read more of Amanda's books!

The story takes place in a world where the regime of a ruthless magician family has ended, there's 'democracy' and people have two magic talents in their bloodline. Enne Salta travels to the City of Sin, which is truly a Las Vegas gone wrong, in order to search for her missing mother.

Her meeting with Levi Glaisyer, a mob-kind-of boss, will thrust Enne and Levi in a world of secrets and a race through nine days in order to uncover both the mystery behind Enne's mother and Levi's dark secret.

First of all, I need to stress out that this book is nothing like the "Six of Crows" duology. Don't expect a character like Kaz or Inej. Sometimes pitching a book with a similar one, makes the new book lose some of its own spotlight. Amanda Foody manages to create a world where magic is dangerous, there's intrigue, mystery and romance. Both Enne and Levi are not perfect and their flaws and wrong choices, make them seem even more real.
I don't know how I would survive in their stead but the final chapters were the most emotional and heart-breaking I've read so far in 2018. You have to be strong and ruthless in order to survive here.

New Reynes is not Ketterdam but I would visit both cities with great caution. Overall, this book was amazing, I loved the banter and chemistry between Levi and Enne and the mystery of the final chapter will be something to greatly anticipate!





About the author:

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.

Friday, January 5, 2018

ARC Review: "Children of Blood and Bone" (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
 






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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the books which has been quite the hype ever since its cover reveal and the movie deal. I had the chance to read this at the end of 2017 and, honestly, this book was a fantasy that reminded me why I love the genre.

There's adventure, humor, angst, romance and tragedy all wrapped up in a nice gift of emotions! Zélie, her brother and their people live in an African-inspired fantasy world, where magic has disappeared and their people, while considered to be quite powerful in magic in the past, now are treated as animals by their conquerors.

When Zélie saves Amaris, the runaway princess who has stolen a powerful secret from her father, a manhunt will begin with her older brother in tow. Apart from the plot, I have to point out that the world-building, the language, the scenery and the character development made me remember of Sarh J. Maas. NO, I am not comparing the authors' styles but as a debut novel, I want to point out how amazing Tomi's style is!

The book is big, yet you can easily lose yourself in reading it! Even towards the last page, you are horribly aware that something terrible will happen and then the book will end! Which happened! This book had one of those cliffhangers that will make you remember them for the rest of the year as you'll wait for the sequel! (this is how I feel after a Jay Kristoff book!)

If you love a well-written fantasy with a touch of the mysterious and divine then this book is for you!




About the author:

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. Her debut novel, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, comes out March 6th, 2018 and the movie is currently in development at Fox with the producers of Twilight and The Maze Runner attached. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. 

When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing to her 3,500 subscribers at tomiadeyemi.com. Her website has been named one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: "The Cruel Prince" (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.





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This book was the very first one I read by Holly Black! I am ashamed to admit that I have almost all of her books on my TBR list and, as far as blogger curses go, I still haven't read the rest of them!
"The Cruel Prince" was a delightful tale of monstrous beauty, magic and secrets which was wholly unique and totally Holly's element!

Jude, her twin Taryn and Vivi their older sister, are spirited away into Faerie Land when they are little. Despite growing up as the general's daughters, they are despised by the other Fae for being mortal and especially for Taryn and Jude they are caught between two worlds.
The story is told from Jude's POV and it's full of emotion, a quick sarcasm and very descriptive. I don't know if I truly would want to go into that world.

I guess I'd have to coat myself in salt.

There is quite a lot going on in here and many events of them, you can't expect them to happen. The mystery unfolds slowly, yet surely, taking you each step onward, as Jude trapezes from one danger to the other.
The romance, on the other hand, is subtle and I believe that it is in danger of turning into poisonous hate. Only the sequel will tell, especially after that ending!

Totally recommended if you are a lover of the Fae! ;)





About the author:

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. 
She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.