Monday, 24 July 2017

Witches of the Deep



Title: Witches of the Deep
Author: C.N. Crawford
Published: 13th June 2016
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Fiona and her friends are on the run from the ruthless witch-hunters, seeking refuge in the werewolf city of Dogtown. But sadly for Fiona, no sanctuary awaits them there. 

Plagued by its inhabitants and her own twisted past, Fiona is searching for one thing: a way out. 

Her only hope is to complete a series of grueling tasks set forth by a gorgeous—but terrifying—sea-demon. If she can fight her way to survival, she’ll gain the chance to defeat the hunters. But if she fails, she faces an eternity of torment that makes her current predicament seem like a walk in the park.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, 

I am kind of sad this trilogy has come to an end, I guess I was subconsciously putting this off because I don't want this series to end. I loved Tobias and the gang! I was first gripped by this series simply by the cover, I thought it was so captivating. Even now just look at it (I think that is meant to be Fiona).

Things pick up exactly where they were left off in the second book, the gang leave Maremount and end up with the werewolves in Dogtown but things are not looking up for the gang, with the threat of Picaroons and Throcknell army looming above their heads they have nowhere else to go except compromise with Estelle. How will Tobias save himself from the hellhound and his friends?

This book was a lot more fast paced than the first two books, there is also a lot more new characters introduced which gives the story more depth and character. I am particularly fond of Lir now he was someone who constantly impressed me till the last page, I did think maybe he had feelings for Fiona along the way but I was wrong. I would have liked more scenes with him and maybe he could of had a few chapters too? I loved him just as much I loved Tobias, he is so rigid and on the borderline of impudent but that was not the case at all, there a lot of layers to him kind of like peeling an onion. I enjoyed learning more about him.

Fiona plays more of a strong character in this book, she really is motivated to save herself and her friends and she really comes through for them. Oswald playing the love interest for Celia is something I never expected but the more I read about him the more I fell in love with this audacity and curls! *sighs*

Great ending to the series!


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Spotlight: Rarity From the Hollow

Hi guys, I decided this week would be a good opportunity to spotlight another indie author since that is how everything started for me, plus some of these books are really good and need to be READ. So please go and show this author some love for his book!

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Title: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Series: N/A
Release Date: 3rd November 2016
Synopsis:


Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.



PLEASE NOTE: this book may contain some sexual abuse

I really do love the cover of this book, and Lacy seems like such a strong character!



Excerpt from Chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My FiancΓ©:

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?  
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.  
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree. 
            I will always love you guys.  
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.    
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.  
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.  
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did. 
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.    
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.” 
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancΓ©.”  
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.  
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.” 
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.    
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancΓ©, DotCom.” 
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.   
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”  
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”       
            Jenny's left eye twitched.  
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…     
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.” 
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.” 
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said. 
            “So?” 
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them. 
            "What's that?" Jenny asked.  
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.” 
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….  
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on herThat's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thingHell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked. 
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.  
            They both glared at him.  
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.  
            “Okay, Mommy.” 
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.  
            “I love you too,” DotCom said. 
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.    
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”


Let's talk: I hope you enjoyed the feel of the this and give this book a chance. What do you guys think of Sci Fi linked with sexual abuse? I personally have never read those two genres mixed together 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Starfish

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


Title: Starfish
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Series: N/A
Release Date: 26th September 2017
Synopsis:

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.
 





This book is quite dear to my heart and I have no idea how to describe them in words except emoji's πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’–. I love this cover so much, ever since I first laid eyes upon it I just LOVE THE COVER SO MUCH!!!!


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Monday, 17 July 2017

The Book of Ivy



Title: The Book of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel 
Published: 4th November 2014
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: HELL YES!
Synopsis:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…




Omg!!! Guys this book was soooo good. I remember reading this in 2015 and ever since the authors new book releasing next month I have been reminiscing about these books again. Oh my dear heart, be still my love.

How do I tell you how much I loved Bishop and Ivy. They were perfect for each other #relationshipgoals and they make such a cute couple.

This story has the perfect ingredients of; mystery, suspense, romance, family and politics. It tells the tale of two families, Lattimers and Westfall. These families hate one another and fight for political leadership. I have a feeling this maybe is a little bit of dystopian in it, but I don't know. Like I said it hints but I only say because of the political aspect. Its the struggle of the Westfall family who want to regain the power and govern the whole town. At the moment, girls are not allowed to marry, they have no choice therefore having a romantic interest is frowned upon.

Luckily for Ivy, Bishop chooses to marry Ivy instead of Callie even though originally he was supposed to marry her but later changed his mind. We aren't told why until later in the book. The Westfall plan vengeance against Bishop and his family and they use Ivy to execute it.

For Ivy, she always been someone her family uses against Bishop. This marriage is a fake, her vows are based on lies. But the more time they spend with one another they more they find solace and friendship like never before. As more times goes by, they find themselves getting closer and soon enough they fall in love with each other.

Ivy feels inferior but Bishop always reminds her she is intelligent, kind, feisty and most of all her believes in her.

I really loved this book, the author really does manage to keep you on the edge of your seat without realising how you got there, this has got everything that whips up a perfect novel.
 


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Monday, 10 July 2017

Clara in the Middle



Title: Clara in the Middle
Author: Lacey London
Published: 22nd September 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes/No
Synopsis:

Clara is back in the penultimate instalment of the Clara Andrews series! 

It’s been six months since Clara’s crazy mother-in-law took up residence in the Morgan’s spare bedroom and things are starting to get strained. 

Between bringing booty calls back to the apartment and teaching Noah curse words, Janie’s outrageous behaviour has become worse than ever. 

When she agreed to this temporary arrangement, Clara knew it was only a matter of time before there were fireworks. But with Oliver seemingly oblivious to Janie’s shocking actions, Clara feels like she has nowhere to turn. 

Thankfully for Clara, she has a fluffy new puppy and a job at her friend’s lavish florist to take her mind off the problems at home. 

Throwing herself into her work, Clara finds herself feeling extremely grateful for her great circle of friends, but when one of them puts her in an incredibly awkward situation she starts to feel more alone than ever. 

Will Janie’s risky behaviour finally push a wedge between Clara and Oliver? 

How will Clara handle things when Eve asks her for the biggest favour you could ever ask? 

With Clara feeling like she is stuck in the middle of so many sticky situations, will she be able to keep everybody happy? 

Join Clara and the gang as they tackle more family dramas, laugh until they cry and test their friendships to the absolute limit. 


So erm...I kind of made the same mistake again. I mean I skipped a few books and jumped from book 3 to number 8. I know it was a big jump but I didn't do it on purpose! Honest!!!!

So Clara is back and this time she is not alone and by that I mean in the form of Noah, he is soooooooooo adorable. I imagine he looks more like Oliver with his curls than Clara. How cute is it that he calls Janie GeeGee. **ADORABLE ALERT**

Life is hell for Clara, her mother in law has been staying with them for the past 6 months, her boss Eve is having troubles with getting pregnant and Clara is worried. It is bad enough that Janie still acts like an outrageous teenager I feel like she really goes beyond the limit this time. Not cleaning her room, constantly moaning about the food, drinking all day. She would drive anyone else insane let alone Clara. I am surprised at Oliver though, how can he act oblivious? Does he not have eyes? Maybe he needs some glasses? When Clara tries to talk to him about it he honestly just accuses her wanting to get rid of his mother after they were finally bonding? No Oliver you are more understanding than that! 

At some point, I did feel like maybe this is the end of their marriage or Clara would run away but she does none of those things. Help comes in the most unexpected form and helps Clara to realise what's important to her and how to save her family.

I felt like this was well written, I think this is the last in the series? Maybe not, as I am sure I have seen book 9 somewhere. 


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Monday, 3 July 2017

Meet Clara Morgan



Title: Meet Clara Morgan
Author: Lacey London
Published: 4th July 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Clara is back! 

Wedding bells are ringing for Clara and Oliver in Meet Clara Morgan - the much anticipated, third installment in the Clara Andrews Series. 

When Clara, Lianna and Gina all find themselves engaged at the same time, it soon becomes clear that things are going to get a little crazy. 

With Lianna and Gina busy planning their own impending nuptials, it’s not long before Oliver enlists the help of Janie, his feisty Texan mother, to help Clara plan the wedding of her dreams. 

However, it’s not long before Clara realizes that Janie’s vision of the perfect wedding day is more than a little different to her own. 

Will Clara be able to cope with her shameless mother in law Janie? 

What will happen when a groom gets cold feet? 

And how will Clara handle a blast from the past who makes a reappearance in the most unexpected way possible? 

Join Clara and the gang as three very different brides, plan three very different weddings. 

With each one looking for the perfect fairytale ending, who will get their happily ever after.... 

I really should have read the first book before reading this one but that is before I realised this was a series, I was intrigued by it so I downloaded it from the Amazon website (it was free).

The three friends; Lianna, Clara and Gina find themselves engaged at the same time, what a coincidence. Can you believe it? Neither can I. Since I didn't read the first three books, I don't think I really found it that hard to get in to the story (not that I would advise you to do it that way!).

Clara is really funny, honestly we are so much alike. The pressure is getting to Clara especially when she is finds out Lianna has already chosen a date, she also chooses a date. When she tells this to Oliver, he isn't really surprised but he does advise her on getting a wedding planner. Unknown to Clara, her mother in law, Janie comes along to help (thanks to Oliver). OMG, if that was me I would be so infuriated! Clara has more tolerance than I do, especially with the way Janie behaves like a outrageous teenager. Honestly she is married for crying out loud! I have to admit though, it is these little things that Janie does that make you fall in love with her. Although I don't personally agree with what she does, she does have a good heart. 

The plot takes an interesting turn when Dolly, Dixie and Dallas who turn up for Gina's wedding. Warned by Oliver they may be a handful, Clara overwhelms herself with the marriage, Janie, the bridesmaid and job begin to get too much for her. Alongside that, a mistake from Dan shatters Lianna. Will Clara be able to help her best friend? I am really in love this Suave store..

Oliver has to be my favourite character, I couldn't help it. He was so adorable, its #couplegoals for me! *sighs*


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