Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Yummy Books Or books with Sweets on their Covers!

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #123: Yummy covers, sweets and food mentioned in the book! This list will have almost everything!

Also as an extra and maybe the most desired to be eaten by me:


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "27 Hours" by Tristina Wright

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Publication Date:  October 3, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen


Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

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

This book was one of the most unexpected surprises of 2017! I knew from the blurb that it was going to be a diverse book, but I never expected the whole spectrum of the LGTB+ themes to show! Add in the sci-fi genre, a picturesque planet which is far more dangerous than it shows and you have a thrilling adventure which takes place in the span of 27 hours. 

Honestly, for a moment I was reminded of the show "24 Hours", which had a similar base; the story evolves through the span of these hours and the protagonists all face their troubles and fears. 

I loved every character in the book, but mostly I loved Nyx and Jude. They were so empathetic, striving to express their emotions and fears. Not that the rest of the gang wasn't good but these two hit too close to my heart for me.

Did I also mention that the monsters of the planet are actually....gargoyles? YUP, you had me with the term gargoyles! Also, the book has action and you don't get bored through the course of the plot.
I really can't wait to see what will happen to the next book!

Link to Tour Schedule:


Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ARC Review: "The Emperor of Evening Stars" (The Bargainer #2.5) by Laura Thalassa

The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In the beginning, there was darkness. 
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.

But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies. 
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.



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

This book-length novella follows the story of Desmond before he became the Night King and also before meeting Callie. It begins with his life as a poor boy who later became the most notorious thief and finally the King of the Night Kingdom. Also, from a point later we can see his POV after meeting Callie and how he felt when he met her for the first time.

I must admit that the guy has an amazing poker face. And honestly, I couldn't help but compare him a little to Rhysand from the ACOTAR series. They are both amazing and Des has a wicked sense of humour. This connects nicely to the third book which I hope won't be as bloody as I fear it.

And don't miss the amazing first two books of the series!

About the author:

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Cover Reveal: "Cherish Hard" (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

Meet Sailor & Isa on November 14th!

Pre-order your copy today!


Fuming, Ísa made sure to set the alarm system and lock up. Everyone else was already well into their summer vacation—the sole reason Ísa was here was because she hadn’t been able to work on her lesson plans at home.
Her upstairs neighbor was having repairs done to her bathroom that required banging and hammering.
Not all of it involved nails and wood.
Hopefully the repairs would be finished by now. There was only so much ecstatic orgasmic screaming that a single woman in online-dating purgatory could stand without being driven to violence.
She spotted the tan-colored gardening truck the instant she came down the front steps of the school’s imposing redbrick main building and turned left to head toward her car. The hot gardener had parked it right next to her zippy blue compact. The front of the truck had four doors with tinted windows while the large bed was piled with shovels and other manly tools as well as a huge sack of clippings.
His light brown T-shirt was hanging over the top of the tailgate.
Which meant he was still walking around topless somewhere around here.
“Get in your car, Ísa,” she muttered to herself, well aware what would happen if she came face-to-face with that delicious hunk of manhood. Because while she might’ve conquered her shyness, she knew her limits.
Confronted by a bare-chested man who made her ovaries explode, she’d turn bright pink, lose her ability to form speech, and end of story. “Oh—”
She would’ve bounced off that sculpted chest if he hadn’t grabbed her by the hips.
“Hey, sorry,” he said with a startled smile that lit up the dazzling blue of his eyes. “I didn’t see you.”
“No, um, my fault.” It looked as if he’d crouched down to check one of his tires or something else but had risen to his feet right when she swung around to get into her car. And God, his skin was so hot and smooth and he was so tall and his shoulders were so broad and her mouth was drying up. The stuttering would begin at any moment.
The same stuttering Suzanne had mocked relentlessly when they were fourteen. Until Ísa had gone silent around everyone except the few friends she trusted. And now that horrible, ugly-hearted girl was getting married, having a baby, getting a happily-ever-after. Added to which, Ísa’s mother was jerking her on a string like she was a marionette, and her last “date” had asked her to call him Woofy and reward him with doggy biscuits.
The blue of the gardener’s eyes flickered with a hot flame.
And she thought… I know him. But before she could follow that faint thread, all the fury and hurt and frustration and sheer aggravation in Ísa ignited into an incandescent inferno.
She went mad.
Grabbing the hot gardener’s beautiful face in her hands, she said, “I want to kiss you.”
A wicked grin. “Go on ahead.”
And Ísa pressed her lips to his.

Copyright © 2017 by Nalini Singh


Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #122: If there is a season themed cover, I love it very much! (well I adore all beautiful cover but who cares!). Also, this list will have books that take place both in fall and/or in winter so you may see some Halloween themed books too.

10: Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Creepy and amazing this book and the movie know how to make you feel a chill about...spiders.

9: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: Taking place also in the autumn, this book is being made into a tv series! I can't wait to see the characters come into life!

8: Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch: We have all seasons here and the war that rages is terrifying and amazing!

7: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: The Witch with the winter, the amazing scenery and of course, one of the best adaptations of the book in the cinema!

6: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: One of the best Halloween themed books with ghosts, haunted houses and romance!

5: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons: Taking place in the Russian winter during World War II, this historical romance is way too realistic and eye-opening about the pain of hunger.

4: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle: Taking place in the fall this story is a mix of mythology, romance and mystery!

3: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater: My choice for this book was mainly the colours and because all the trilogy takes place in the course of a year, so both fall and winter are featured. Not to mention wolves!

2: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The book is magic incarnate, with an amazing storyline and also featuring an enchanted winter!

1: An enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: Beautiful, amazing and one of my favourite fall reads! There are many seasons featured here, not to mention the ravens!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Two 2018 ARC Reviews: "Heart on Fire" (Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet & "Keep Her Safe" by K.A. Tucker

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!
Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.
Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.
What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.



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

The thrilling conclusion in the Kingmaker Chronicles had everything I loved in a good NEW Adult fantasy! Action, banter, romance, and tragedy. Cat and Griffin will have to win the war against Cat's mom in order to unite the realms and rule as one. But there are far more deadly forces than they expect.

The beauty of the book was the inner growth of the characters. All of them from Cat and the Beta Team to the supernatural and mythological creatures of this world. I also realized that some of the secondary characters can have more stories added from their POV. There is a rich world building here which I would love to see more expanded. A set of novellas set in this world would be a delight!

The Kingmaker Chronicles:

About the author:

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

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Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and forbidden desire from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “dark, twisty tale[s]” (Lisa Gardner, author of The Killing Hour) filled with “clever twists and turns” (Publishers Weekly).

Noah Marshall has had a privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years: she doesn’t deserve her commendations or her medals—in fact, she deserves to be locked behind bars for what she did to a fellow officer to save her own reputation. When she finally succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life, she leaves Noah alone to carry the burden of this shocking secret, which she makes him vow never to share.

Gracie Reynolds wasn’t born into trailer park life, but after ten years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that she is a byproduct of a white mother and a black father. And they certainly don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop. Here, she and her mother can almost forget the shame he brought upon them…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep one night, asking questions.

Together, Noah and Gracie set out to uncover the truth about the Austin police department’s dark and messy past­—but the scandal they uncover is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and suspenseful, We Sold Our Souls solidifies K.A. Tucker’s reputation as one of today's most talented new writers of romantic suspense.



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

K.A. Tucker knows how to write a story that can both make you swoon over and have a book slump after! "Keep her safe" is a story of corruption, police investigations and scorching romance. Not to mention that it also tackles social issues like prejudice against women, human trafficking, and drugs.

Noah and Gracie make a really sweet, challenging duo. United against a common cause and with the growing feelings for each other, they sure know how to get in trouble. I seriously didn't expect some truths to be revealed and while the book had me sitting on the edge, I really also loved the dialogue and the banter between them.

The alternating POVs through the novel offered a nice break in the storyline making it even more engaging. Noah sure was adorable, without being an alpha, kind and polite. Gracie may be more on the wild, more head-strong side but she was smart and strong enough to withstand everything that came in her way.

I would love to see K.A. Tucker writing more mystery because it sure suits her very much!

About the author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. 

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

Cover Reveal: "The Hot Deal" by Lauren Blakely


THE REAL DEAL is coming July 10, 2018! A sexy, witty, and heartfelt brand new standalone romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely, THE REAL DEAL is sure to make you swoon, laugh, and squirm at all the right moments. Pre-order your copy today! And don’t miss the new cover below!



Sophie Kinsella meets Jennifer Crusie in your next favorite romantic comedy, THE REAL DEAL!

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.

Heading Home and Need a Buffer? I’m the REAL DEAL.

Theo Banks has been running from the past for years. He’s this close to finally settling all his debts, and one more job as a boyfriend-for-hire will do the trick. He’s no gigolo. Please. He’s something of an actor, and he knows how to slip into any role, including pretending to be April’s new beau -- the bad boy with the heart of gold.

Even if it means sleeping in close quarters in that tiny little bed in her parents’ inn. Even if it means spinning tales of a romance that starts to feel all too true. What neither one of them counts on is that amid the egg toss, the arm wrestling, and a fierce game of Lawn Twister that has them tangled up together, they might be feeling the real deal.

She only wanted to show her family once and for all that she had no need to settle down.

He didn’t expect to have the time of his life at her parent’s home.

They didn’t plan on loving every single second of the game.

But can a masterful game of pretend result in true love?



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  About Lauren Blakely: 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 eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In October, she'll release HARD WOOD, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter    

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blog Tour+ARC Review+2 Giveaways: "The Memory Trees" by Kali Wallace

The Memory Trees

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Paranormal


The Memory Trees is a dark magical realism novel about a mysterious family legacy, a centuries-old feud, and a tragic loss that resurfaces when sixteen-year-old Sorrow returns to her mother’s family orchard for the summer.

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient women who settled long ago on a mercurial apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world. 

Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister Patience is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a mental breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her dad in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.

Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to learn more about her troubled childhood and the family she left eight years ago. Why has her mother kept her distance over the years? What actually happened the night Patience died? Is the orchard trying to tell her something, or is she just imagining things?


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

I liked the book very much. There is an atmosphere of haunting magic and trees. Sorrow is a really well fleshed out character. Despite the slow pace of the book, I enjoyed the adventure and the mystery the book had. The storytelling is masterful and tragically so too!

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There is a preorder giveaway: anybody who preorders by 10/10 can get a signed bookplate and some bookmarks if they send an email to thememorytrees@gmail.com.


About the author:

Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and Tor.com. Her first novel, Shallow Graves, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in 2016. Her second novel, The Memory Trees, will follow in 2017. She lives in southern California.


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Saturday, October 7, 2017

ARC Review: "City by Night" by J.M. Frey

City by Night by J.M. Frey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

This is a story about Mary, number one fan of the hottest cult vampire detective TV show, City by Night...until it becomes all too real. 

An accident with the Craft Services truck sends her hurtling into the world of the show, and Mary is thrilled—who wouldn't want to live alongside their favorite TV characters? Unfortunately, living in TV-land isn't all that Mary thought it would be. The charm fades when Mary realizes that the extras still don't speak, the matte paintings don't become real, and all the infuriating flaws in the writing are just amplified when you have to try to interact with the shallow characters. And then, of course, the lead character Leondre DuNoir falls for her! 

Sure, fine, he's hot...but he's also a bit, well, poorly written. And his admiration comes with its own set of problems: Antonio, Leondre's psychotic stalker, has a habit of killing off the girls-of-the-week. Not only is Mary disillusioned with what she thought was a lush world until she had to try to maneuver in it, now she's about to be murdered by one of the stupidest clichés in the history of television in a world that, pardon the pun, totally sucks. 

A loving satire of the Toronto film industry, vampire-cop television, and what it really means to be a "fan" from award-winning science fiction author J.M. Frey.



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

After seeing the cover reveal on J.M. Frey's newsletter, I grabbed the chance to request an e-ARC. The author mentions on a special note that this story was originally published as part of her thesis.

The story follows Mary, a PA working on the tv production of a vampire tv show. Mary loves the show and the characters and she also likes screen-writing. When an accident transports her into the fictional world of the show, Mary will have to face every bad, poor and male-centered trope of the show.

The story also takes place in Toronto a city which I know, from hunting down old favorite tv shows, that is used for filming almost every time. Since the author also lives in Toronto, I trust her point of view concerning the opinions the locals form in the book. It takes almost a comedic aspect as Mary insists on loving a show the locals prefer to hate due to its poor setting and how inconvenient the filming becomes for them.

At the same time, when Mary goes into the fictional setting of City by Night, she meets the protagonist, the antagonist and the sidekick of the show. There is violence in here and there should be a trigger warning for violent themes. Mary tries to save Leondre, the main character from the clutches of his written character and at the same time she notices that the story is not as perfect as she thought it'd be.

Finally, the story is also a hard slap to the people who believe that a tv production can love the characters or the shows they create. It was also a hard slap for Mary too and while the story had the air of paranormal romance, the romantic theme was not the focus.

I do believe that a tiny part of this story gave J.M. Frey the inspiration for her another amazing series, "The Untold Tale", and also her writing will never stop to amaze me. :)

About the author:

Frey is an author and professional geek. She is a professional smartypants on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, is an occasional talking head on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE, has appeared in documentaries, lived in Japan, and lent costumes to the Ontario Science Centre. She also has a number of academic credentials, including a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual Conference (San Francisco), at the University of Cardiff's 'Whoniversal Appeal' Conference, and the Technology and Pedagogy Conference at York University. Frey loves community theatre, and her dream is to one day sing a duet with John Barrowman.