Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Ash Princess

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

Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: N/A
Release Date: 24th April 2018

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Okay so I know I am having some issues with keeping up with my regular posts and as I mentioned on my recent Instagram post (if you follow me on there). My morning sickness has recently got worse, at times I find it hard to move from the bed and even do some of the most basic things. I feel like I have lost my love for reading (which is a major crisis) and I am struggling with these hunger pangs. So please bare with me! 


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Rules of Persuasion

Title: The Rules of Persuasion
Author: Amity Hope
Published: 14th August 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: YES

1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

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

GUYS I really loved this book! Meg and Luke are such couple goals they are so awesome. I really do love books from Entangled they have such awesome variety of contemporary romances they never fail to disappoint. 

Luke the golden boy and star pitcher has everything or so it would seem, in reality he has a father who tells him what to do. Luke finds it hard to tell his father he has no desire in joining the business but he wants to be a pitcher instead. I really enjoyed him finally standing up to his father. Also he is super hot, do you want to be my boyfriend instead????

Meg is a ferocious girl, she has been through a lot. Her relationship with her parents is quite fragile, ever since the demise of her sister (who I absolutely adored), their family have never been the same really. She uses graffiti as her escape, she finds peace through it. I am sure Sydney would be proud of you Nutmeg.

This is dual pov which is a always a pleasure to read since you have the chance to get inside of the characters head and really know them inside and out. This was a relatively fast pace where you just could not stop for one moment to pause on the story. I read this in one sitting and it is what I believe got me out of my reading induce coma, I can't thank Chapter Blog tours enough.

I can't praise this book enough, it is more deserving than 5 stars!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

ARC Review: The Arrangement

Title: The Arrangement
Author: Sonya Lalli
Published: 10th August 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: YES!

You can't choose who you fall for...but it helps if there's a list

Raina, twenty-nine, is still unmarried much to the dismay of her family who think that by now she should have been married in a dream Indian wedding. The pressure to settle down reaches new heights when her grandmother, Nani, decides to play matchmaker in order to find her the perfect man.

Eager not to disappoint her family, Raina goes along with the plan but when the love of her life returns - ex-boyfriend Dev - she's forced to confront her true feelings and decide what she really wants.

Funny, feelgood and heart-warming, The Arrangement shines a light on being single in your twenties, societal and cultural expectation of women, and modern day arranged marriages. Perfect summer read for fans of Ayisha Malik's Sofia Khan is Not Obliged and Aziz Ansari's Master of None.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to Orion Books

When I first heard about this book I was a little sceptical, I thought this would be one of those plots with a insta love kind of story. But I am so happy to be wrong. This book is so full of surprises you will be spitting out anything you eat/drink.

Where should my love for this begin and where should it end??

The characters are totally loveable, funny, you will be catching yourself saying O-M-G RAINA NO WAY!!!!! so many times you will lose count. 

The plot I will admit is a little typical cliché, you know parents or in this particular case a grandmother wanting to set her daughter for marriage which she thinks is best for her. I like that everyone had someone's best interest at heart yet the person who needs to know what makes them happy is YOU. Nobody can make that decision for you

Raina is a 30 year old Indian woman who works in the banking industry but yet is to find a suitable husband according to her Nani. Her mum who we come to know as Manavi comes and goes as she pleases so really her only role model is her Nani who she is extremely close with. 

At this point in the story, I am intrigued to know what happened to her mom? Why does she end up like this? She had Raina when she was 16 and is quite fair for an Indian. We never get to know her father or about her Nana as he unfortunately passes away, we are not told when.

Nani has made it her life mission to get Raina married, with help of her best friend Shay and Auntie Sarla she comes up with several proposals for Raina to choose from, unfortunately for her Raina is too picky in her opinion; she always finds a fault. We are told that Raina's Nani has become very acceptive and broad minded of westernised culture since she came to live in Canada.

Shay's mum, Auntie Sarla is sooo annoying in this book, I suppose we all have this one person in every family who thinks very traditionally and has a problem when the status quo is challenged or changed. She always criticises Raina for every little thing, constantly comparing her to Shay sometimes in the book I really wanted to give her a slap.

Asher, although he does not have a long role in this book is a sweetheart, he is your typical traveller, adventurer and giving back to society kind of person. Plus he is hot which is always a plus ;)

The plot is what I loved most about this book, apart from Nani's antics there were many times in the book when the past would be told and I wanted to know more, for instance, Nani was hard with her upbringing on her daughter Manavi, we are shown times when Raina was born and she wanted to pick her daughter up but her mom was in my opinion was acting callous and always hard on her with endless lists of have you done this yet? She also has the same notion of wanting to get her kids married which is why they never come home, I can understand this. With someone always telling you get married or with the idea you need a partner and have kids to be a complete woman is really frustrating. Coming from an Asian family myself, it is really depressing to see parents be so harsh with their daughters to even suggest a woman's worth only comes from a man. I really hate this, it is self deprecating to your own self worth. I really sympathised with Raina on this one and struggled. But I don't agree with how Raina decides to get out of this situation, she ends up making more of a mess. It was nice to see a gay character introduced, it really showed how the norm can be broken with a little open mind.

Until next time guys! :)

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Everless (my heart)

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

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Series: N/A
Release Date: 2nd January 2018

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

GUYS!!! Ever since Sasha Alsberg released this cover on her YouTube channel, I have been seriously obsessed with this! I am JUST SO IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS COVERR!!! IT MAY BE ONE OF THE BEST 2018 COVERS TO DATE!!!

Let's talk: What are your thoughts on this cover? Do you love it as much as I do and what are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Until then!

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Descended of Dragons #1

Title: Rare Form
Author: Jen Crane 
Published: 6th January 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

A Secret Past
Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan.
The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all.
Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her parents she recognizes her rightful place immediately. Gresham’s motivations are less clear.

A Scorching Chemistry
The enigmatic Gresham aids in Stella’s metamorphosis and their chemistry ignites, though a long-time girlfriend and a significant age difference stand in the way.

A Battle for the Rest of Her Life
Stella’s life fast-tracks to extraordinary when she enrolls at Radix Citadel for Supernatural Learning, an enchanted college whose students turn furry on the regular. As Stella learns to navigate the magical new world of Thayer she must also find her animal form, a task as elusive as her ancestry. Stella soon faces an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn to manipulate an animal form she never knew she possessed.

Received a copy in exchange for a fair review,

All you have to do is mention one word, dragons and I am sold! 

This is a lot different to The Alchemist of Loom by Elise, but I am still glad I read it. Stella one day has a very unfortunate incident with her car and the next thing you know she is in the arms of tall, strong and handsome. Gresham. 

Gresham introduces Stella to a whole new world, Thayer where all kind of magical creatures exist and live in harmony that is until Brandubh ruins their home years ago. After so many years of trying to restore peace and heal, the threat of Brandubh unveils itself again. How will the citizens of Thayer protect themselves?

Unknown to Stella, she is in for more than she bargained for when she enrols in Radix. She makes new friends; Timbra, Bex, Ewan, Layla and Boone. I must admit each of them were fascinating to learn and instantly to fall in love with. Timbra had to be my favourite she may be seem weak but she is anything like that. She is also a good friend to Stella when she first enrols and they instantly become bffs. 

Hm..I see a possible love triangle?

Gresham is moody, intelligent, wise (he seems old to me) and not to mention incredibly handsome. He also has the tendency to disappear from time to time and a former flame is very jealous with his relationship with Stella. It does make you question if he is hiding something as he does try to avoid some of Stella's questions.

Stella is a fiery redhead with a heart of gold, she is loyal, brave and does not let anyone tell her what to do. Go Stella! She fits in the world of Thayer quite easily, feel like she is at home already.

This is the first time I have ever read some of the authors work, but I fell in love with the characters with ease, it didn't take long for the suspense to finally roll in and take the lead leaving you on the edge of your seat. And where it ends it leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next book.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Together at Midnight

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

Title: Together at Midnight
Author: Jennifer Castle
Series: N/A
Release Date: 2nd January 2018

Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.

What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season. Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.

Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.

I am very looking forward to this book, not sure what is it that makes me want to read it. But I just fell in love with the synopsis, it seems like a sweet romance story. 

Thank you Epic reads!

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