Monday, 29 February 2016

Cover lover #4

Okay guys, this week when I first saw this cover a couple of days ago I think I was in shock, I literally was going to have a love heart attack! I know there is no such thing but when you look at this cover you will be nodding your head like I am right now! Yep! This one is a precious baby!
 

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TA-DAH!!!!!
Just look at the cover!!! Isn't it exceptional? Like ohmygod!!!!!!!!! I am in love with this so much, I went to stick it everywhere and just shove it in people's faces (I know I need to tame my excitement but can you blame me when you love something this much?) The cover has left the story open to so soooooo many possiblities, looking forward to the book!!!!
But maybe I will just die a little more inside 
 
 
I WANT THE BOOK NOW PLEASE!!!! 
I think I am finished now.....
What did you guys think of the cover? I love it, do you? Let me know in the comments below
Happy Reading!




Sunday, 28 February 2016

Air Awakens #1


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Title: Air Awakens
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Published: 27th August  2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes totally!
Synopsis:

 A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.



I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to YA Book tours

I have no idea, no logic, no coherent thought as to why I have left this book so long to read and honestly? I am regretting everybit of it! All that is going in my head is why did I take so long? Part of it is due to me being in a reading slump, but I can tell you my sweet, sweet, sweet and lovable prince Aldrik got me out of that (shhh..don't tell Vhalla she might send me flying away if she knew about this)

The starting of this book I have to say was quite how do I put it? ....not really attracting my attention and with any book that you are not looking forward to read, I was wondering if I made a mistake of requesting this book. But that feeling did not stay for long especially when enters Prince Aldrik he literally has the whole place on fire!! ;) Ahhhhh...my love *swoons*

When you are first introduced to Aldrik you cannot help but think what a asshat he is, he literally is. I mean what kind of sane person would thrown someone off the tower to awaken their powers? Surely there are better methods than this. I got really annoyed at this part, it made me think if the whole story would be just based on Aldrik being a jerk. But you see a real change, now hold your horses, when I say change what I really mean to say is you see some remorse or are told really (since your reading the book, you can't really see Aldrik feeling remorse can you?). That my friends is where the story really begins and it gets interesting. I feel like in this book Aldrik has two persona's, one which he specifically displays to his subject or people and the other how he acts towards Vhalla; both are very distinct. Now don't go thinking he has a personality disorder that is not what I am trying to say, what I mean is he acts like a different person with her which is both refreshing for him because a) he has never had that before and b) it shows he is more than what we are told. I would say his character is an enigma I have no idea if that what Elise was trying to illustrate. But I feel like the more you try to decipher Aldrik the more intense the layers get as you get deeper. In the end? It's best to let Aldrik show you himself when he is ready. They don't call him the Fire Lord for no reason eh? My silver tongue prince :)


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If you really want to see a drastic change or build up of character now Vhalla she is your girl. She is presented as a sweet, loving, shy and book lover (like me! Except for the shy part). She is very intelligent and just wants to immerse herself in the library and books! (my dream world). I would describe her in the book as two parts; the first part is when you see this sweet, innocent girl who comes out of her shell for the first time. And in the second part; she breaks out of her shell and faces the whole world all the while growing up at the same time. She is broken into pieces, the trials she endures, her happiness, sweet memories, friendhship. Sometimes in life you often have to lose some and win some, this is exactly what happens to Vhalla she loses certain things in her life in order for new things to take place and yes your right if your thinking along of the lines of Aldrik.

I don't want to give too much away and it is very hard to refrain yourself and deciding what to say and what not.

The plot I thought was very stereotypical in the sense of a girl having special powers but has no idea and chooses not to believe it until fate intervenes. And BAM! Here comes the transformation and the tribulations. But what I liked most about this story is the originality, you might find some common areas and you will, I will not deny you that. But the reason I think anyone who reads this book is simple, you will fall in love with Aldrik and Vhalla along with other characters like Larel or Fritz and how can I forget the heartbreaker prince Baldair (although I am yet to still see the reason why he is named that? Cos of his charm?). I can guarantee you will fall in love with this series, the way Elise has woven this tale is truly tremendous, magical. There is everything in this story, drama, romance, action, mystery, magic everything!!!


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Man it is so hard to write a review, I had to change this several times. Since I have read the other two books I want to say more but that would be spoiling it for you guys! What do you guys think of this series? Are you loving it like I am currently? (liking is not the correct term more like obsessing) Let me know in the comments below

Happy Reading! 


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Odditorium #1


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Title: Alistair Grim's Odditorium
Author: Gregory Funaro
Published: 6th January 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master. All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own. There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands—and his new family from suffering a terrible fate. Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion

Oh god! This book! I was looking forward to reading this book when I first started it, however I started losing interest when the reading slump striked again so this book took me longer than expected.

This book is definitely one of the strangest book I have read, by strange I don't mean weird or that I did not enjoy it. Quite the opposite actually, I enjoyed the book very much, like alot!! Not that I was not expecting to, this brought back childhood memories and it made me love reading the book even more.

Grubb is Alistair's son, he was abandoned when he was born. Till the end of the story the reason is still unknown and I was hoping to find out why as the more it was highlighted in the book the more I wanted to know why? Why did she leave him to the Yellow fairy? What happened to her if she loved Alistair that much? These and many more questions were haunting me till the end of the book, I knew the book would be a great read but I kept thinking what is it about this book that is attracting my attention? I finally got my answer half way through the book!

Now I did not expect this book to have a Arthurian Legend in there, that was definitely a surprise and then Lady of the Lake! oh my word! That was totally unexpected.

This is told from Grubb's pov, it does not give too much detail about what Grubb's life was like before he met his father but we are told it was not pleasant. The real action begins when on one of their journey they trap Lorcan Dalach, who is a Gallownog (he enforces the banishee law and was betrothed to Cleona). These two in particular are very interesting characters, what I was not expecting from the book was to explore the idea of these two being lovers. Shocked? You and me both, I did not see that coming but I kind of felt sorry for them. At the beginning it seems like he wanted to take her away because he wanted to punish her (or was like ordered to bring her) which would have been exile, however as you carry on reading the book you realise that these two indeed love one another. I may have cried towards the end with what happened to Dalach, maybe I did. You will never know.

Essentially, Alistair is on a mission to try and get as much animus (magic) he can find in order to fight Prince Nightshade. The battle is on with who can get the most and defeat the other, Alistair wants to stop the Prince Nightshade from creating a undead army which is where they travel to Avalon, hence the Arthurian Legend takes place.

A very light hearted, sweet, innocent, magic tale which will surely win the heart of many readers. If you like middle grade stories which are naive, innocent and magical then this is the story for you. 



Happy reading! 

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday


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


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Nemesis
Anna Banks
Synopsis:

The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.


Guys guys guys!!!! Someone please help me!! I think I am going to die!!!! Just look at the intensity of the cover!!!! I have read the first book in the Syrena Legacy series and she is a very good author, and the way she spins the tales!! Oh God! (I mean figuratively not literally, okay I will go and hide now)
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What books are you  anticipating for this year? Let me know in the comments below


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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Book Haul



Okay I have never done one of these before so you will have to excuse me for that and I apologise in advance. So now that have we that out of the way, let's head towards the book shall we? Cannot contain your excitement? I feel the same way



So I was just shopping the other day and I just felt like going to to Waterstones and guess what? By the end of it I ended up buying these two beauties
      

I have read Lucy Robinson's other books like The Greatest Love Story of All Time and my absolute favourite A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger. I have never read any of Holly Bourne books so I am excited to see how this story turns out, should be good since one of the staff at Waterstones recommended this to me!
   

So what do you guys think? Have you ever read any of these books?

Happy reading!


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