Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #173

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Releases on: July 25th 2017
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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.


Thoughts:
There's been some really wonderful circus/travelling carnival tales recently that I've very much enjoyed, and Daughter of the Burning City looks like it'll be the latest one to steal my heart and capture my imagination. Everything about this description has me perking up in interest; amazing abilities, danger, murder, forbidden romance....it all screams brilliant read!

Does Daughter of the Burning City sound like something YOU would want to read?
And what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Shelf: The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.

Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

The Kill Order is the fourth book released in James Dashner’s Maze Runner series, but is prequel novel to the main trilogy, set before there was any need for the Maze and detailing the events after the sun flare first hit Earth.

Long before Thomas and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, sun flares hit the Earth and soon disease starting infecting the survivors. Mark and his best friend Trina were lucky enough to survive the horror that accompanied the sun flares, but now a year later they’re facing a new challenge as an unknown group begin attacking survivors and unleashing a virus upon them that sees those infected descend into madness. As Mark and his close group of allies fight to protect each other from this new threat, will Mark and Trina be able to stay alive, or has their luck finally run out?

Though not my favourite book in the series by a long shot, I really did appreciate The Kill Order for what it was. So much that made The Maze Runner series great was the mystery and unknown that surrounded the storyline, but it was also great to go back to the beginning and get a glimpse of how things came to be.

James Dashner keeps The Kill Order forward moving with a fast paced plot and lot of action. There’s an aspect of bitter-sweet tinging the story as those who’ve read the rest of the series will be aware of the horrors the world would soon face as the effects of the Flare would spread throughout humanity.

Mark was an easy enough character to follow and I appreciated the closeness of his group as they fought to live and survive together. Dashner’s writing is as solid as ever, as is his ability to tell an action packed story, full of survival and the power of human nature.

Perfect for those who ever wondered how they Flare first began, The Kill Order is an eye opening and informative read worth reading if you’re a fan of this series!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by publisher (Thank you Sarah!)
Publisher: Chicken House, Scholastic imprint
Format: Paperback

Release Date: January 1st 2013
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
Worth reading, but not up to the same scratch as the rest of the Maze Runner books.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Free Ebooks

Hello book lovers and happy Monday!

Normally I'd share an Owl Post today, but shockingly I didn't obtain ANY books last week. So this week instead of showing you what I received I'm going to share some books that YOU can get your hands on yourself :)



Did you manage to snag something new?
I certainly did!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Shelf: Death's Queen by Janeal Falor

An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. The new queen must use her training from the former life she only wants to forget in order to stay alive long enough to turn her kingdom into something she can be proud of. She’ll hold onto the crown… or die trying.

 
More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Death’s Queen is the thrilling latest release by Janeal Falor and is a sensational fantasy tale filled with danger, excitement and forbidden romance, perfect for fans of Maria V. Snyder and Sarah J. Maas!

She is known as death; a faceless assassin trained to kill, owned by a ruthless man whose cruelty knows no bounds and who pushes her to kill. Desperate and haunted, the broken seventeen year old runs away, recklessly choosing to ingest a centuries old liquid known for killing all but a select few who drink it. Dismayed to discover she is one of the few who live and crowned Queen, this nameless assassin must decide who to trust in a brand new world of politics and court life, all the while trying to stay ahead of unknown individuals who will stop at nothing to see her dead…..

As someone who considers herself a Janeal Falor fan, I have to say I went into Death’s Queen with big expectations….and I’m happy to say she delivered on them! There’s nothing about Death’s Queen I didn’t love. Honestly. Well written, paced and depicted, Falor introduces readers to a beguiling fantasy world and a main character who is easy to follow and genuinely likable.  

I was easily captivated by the nameless heroine in Death’s Queen. This was a young woman who had experienced a hard life and who had been responsible for taking the lives of so many. A hasty decision to ingest a liquid that should have killed her in the hopes of death, our heroine now finds herself Queen of a nation she barely knows anything about. It was really entertaining to follow this lass. She’s brass and awkward and doesn’t mince her words, but underneath her calm and stoic exterior she’s really kind and caring. Intelligent and quick thinking, she actually cares about the people of Valcora and wants to better things for them. She’s also able to kick butt, so there’s that too—nothing wrong with a capable woman. 

Exciting and often filled with great fight scenes, Death’s Queen sees a number of assassins try to take the life of our main character, and Janeal Falor keeps the mystery encompassing this all the way to the end. In a land where motives are often questionable, who can our main character trust? Aside from a truthful and honourable guard who makes her stomach flutter, our Queen will need to decide who she can rely on as well as find out who’s trying to kill her before it’s too late. 

Fused with magic and featuring a storyline that makes me wonder what will happen next, Death’s Queen races to an exhilarating ending and has me eager to see what Janeal Falor has in store for the series with the second book!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by author (Thank you Janeal!)
Publisher: Chardonian Press      
Format:
Kindle ebook
Release Date: March 6th 2017
Purchase:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts:
Death's Queen is soooooo good and I can't wait for more!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Blitz: Birthright by Jessica Ruddick- Promo & Giveaway


Welcome to the book blitz for Birthright by Jessica Ruddick thanks to YA Bound Book Tours! Personally I think Birthright sounds quite interesting with a beautiful cover, so I'm happy to share an excerpt and giveaway with you today.
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How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.


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Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Shelf: Arrow's Hell (Wind Dragons MC #2) by Chantal Fernando

Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.

I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits.
No one tells me anything.
Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.

And worst of all:
The members of the MC are off-limits.

When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again.

When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me.
And that my brother doesn’t kill him.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Arrow’s Hell is the second book in the Wind Dragon MC series by Chantal Fernando and is another sexy, dangerous and alluring read that sees Wind Dragon member Arrow find a second shot at love.

After a lengthy time away from her brother Rake, budding scientist Anna finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of the Wind Dragons motorcycle club as she begins to get to know her brother again. Trying to find a balance and not lose her freedom, Anna is unable to deny that it’s the scarred and rugged Arrow that makes her burn, even as he tries to keep his distance. Anna knows Arrow has loved and lost before, and doesn’t deny he has a past, but as Anna decides to pursue Arrow, will Arrow’s fears and uncertainties keep them apart? Or will Arrow take a risk on a second chance at a happily ever after?

After reading the first book in this series Dragon’s Lair, I was really excited to read Arrow’s tale and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Admittedly, Chantal Fernando surprised me by setting this book five years after the first, but after I got over this initial discovery I quickly became enthralled by Arrow’s story.

Told through Anna’s POV Arrow’s Hell was an enjoyable book. We head into the novel aware that Arrow lost Mary and of his recent stint in jail, but we don’t know how deep he struggles until Anna makes it her mission to win him over. Anna in a lot of ways reminds me of Faye; she didn’t let any of the men stand over her and doesn’t take any of their crap. As hard as heroines go and potential "old ladies" Anna definitely fits the bill.

Arrow’s Hell is a sexy readthere is plenty of connection and simmering sex scenes between Anna and Arrow and Chantal Fernando writes their romance well. They have a lot to overcome including Annas brother Rake, Arrows late love Mary and a secret that may tear them apart if they let it.

Quickly paced and featuring an enjoyable storyline and characters who have a great dynamic together, Arrow’s Hell is a worthy sequel and leaves me raring to start the next novel as soon as I’m able!
 

Rating:
Source: Purchased by mePurchased by me

Publisher: Gallery Books      
Format: Paperback

Release Date: June 16th 2015
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
Another great book. I'll be jumping straight into Tracker's story soon.

 

Book Shelf: The Obsidian Star by L.M. Fry

Nessie dreams of soaring through the skies as captain of her own Aerial Vessel.  Unfortunately, her parents believe that a girl’s place is at home - and nowhere near airships.  But when an estranged uncle arrives in Aetherland Isle, Nessie’s life changes forever. Mysterious accidents plague the family, and, in a moment of rebellion, Nessie stows away on her father’s ship.

She learns very quickly that when adventure finds her, it isn't nearly as marvelous as she'd always hoped, for she learns that her family is in mortal danger, and Nessie herself will soon be in the hands of nefarious sky pirates aboard their airship, the Obsidian Star...


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

The Obsidian Star is the delightful prequel novella to L.M. Fry’s Trinity Key Trilogy and features fan favourite Nessie like never before, finally allowing readers to follow the fiery airship captain in her own adventurous tale!

Seventeen year old Vanessa “Nessie” Stein would prefer to be elbow deep in grease or behind the controls of an airship than where her parents deem an acceptable place for a young lady. Passionate and daring, Nessie has big dreams, and none of them include running a home like her sister Victoria or as the wife of a controlling man. Nessie wants to explore the world and see Aetherland, but never expected her chance would come as a kidnapping victim. Plotting her escape, Nessie soon realises that not everyone is who they seem and the enemy may turn out to be her real friends…..

Having been intrigued by Nessie during the Trinity Key Trilogy, I was stoked to follow Nessie in this prequel novella that is action packed, adventurous and so much fun! Allowing readers to get to know Nessie as a seventeen year old girl on the edge of becoming a woman, The Obsidian Star was a delightful tale that made me fall in love with Nessie all over again. 

Her unique personality in the Aetherland world shone through during the Trinity Key Trilogy and it was so sweet seeing her as a teenager. Fry made me fall in love with the Obsidian Star crew, especially the Obsidian Brothers who I’m racking my brain trying to recall if they were mentioned in the Trinity Key Trilogy about as I really liked them. 

The Obsidian Star was such a grand adventure, I’m really not ready see Nessie’s story come to an end. It would be brilliant to see a whole series from Nessie’s POV down the track as I think this fiery redhead would have plenty of stories to tell. A great read from L.M. Fry! 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by author (Thank you L.M.!)
Publisher: ELEAH Enterprises      
Format: Kindle ebook

Release Date: February 14th 2017
Purchase: 
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts:
Such an exciting and well told novella, The Obsidian Star leaves me yearning for more Nessie adventure!