Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #190

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.....
 
As She Fades by Abbi Glines 
Releases on: April 2018
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First there was an accident. What happened next changed everything.

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken from a coma.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up… with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange detour.

Abbi Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.

Thoughts:
Abbi Glines never fails to impress me and I will read literally anything she releases, but I must say I am super excited for As She Fades--more so than I have been for any of her more recent releases. It just sounds so super good. I have no doubt I'm about to experience the feels but I. Can. Not. Wait!

Are you an Abbi Glines fan? Do you want to read As She Fades?


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Shelf: Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor

Let's get this straight - ghosts are everywhere. I can see them. You can't. And, see them or not, they're dangerous. This is why my family has hunted ghosts for hundreds of years to protect people like you.

The Marin family are outcasts of the ghost hunting world. They run a two-man operation in inner city Melbourne. Anton has the Ghost-sight, but his father does not.

Rani Cross is supremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat, with enhanced speed and strength thanks to her magical initiation into the Company of the Righteous.

When it comes to ghost-hunting methodology, Anton and Rani don't see eye to eye - Anton likes to 'ease their passage' to the next world, while Rani's all about the slashing.

But Melbourne is under threat; with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, Anton and Rani must find a way to work together to keep supernatural forces at bay.

And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost hunting biz anyway.


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Review: 

Gap Year in Ghost Town by Australian author Michael Pryor is a ghostly tale of adventure and danger set amongst a Melbourne backdrop. 

Anton Marin is a member of a long line of descendants capable of seeing ghosts and who have spent their lives hunting them down and helping them move on. Living with his father and running a used book-shop in the heart of Melbourne, Anton spends his nights searching for ghosts and is used to taking the gentle approach with exorcising them. Until he meets sword welding, British expat Rani Cross on assignment from London. Rani's approach to ghost hunting is more slash first, ask questions never. The Marin family are anomalies in the ghost hunting world and the organization Rani works for is sure their way is right, but with a massive spike in ghosts threatening society, Anton and Rani must work together to stop the ghosts from hurting innocent people, even if it means acknowledging that not everything is black and white.


I have to be honest; I really wanted to adore this novel, I did. I went into it looking for something fresh and with an open mind, and although there were parts of Gap Year in Ghost Town I appreciated, it was a struggle for me to read this novel all the way through. While Michael Pryor is clearly a talented writer and has a decent writing style, I feel like Gap Year in Ghost Town could have been condensed with the majority of the dialogue removed and you wouldn't loose anything within the story. 


Anton's personality is all sarcasm and sass, but what began as endearing in the beginning of the novel quickly became grating to me. I could totally see what Pryor was going for and it may work for some people, but for me so much of the conversations seemed unnecessary and overly witty that it all fell on deaf ears. It grew tiresome quickly and I just wanted to skip over a lot of the dialogue to get to important parts of the story which seemed far and few in between as it was. 


That being said, I enjoyed all the Melbourne and Australian culture thrown into Gap Year in Ghost Town. There was a lot of pop-culture references throughout the story with a detailed and poignant Melbourne setting. Ghosts bring a scary element to the story and a spooky undertone to Anton and Rani's adventures. 


Overall, this novel wasn't to my liking, but I can see how Gap Year in Ghost Town would appeal to other readers and would recommend you check it out if you're looking for a witty ghost hunting tale with an Australian urban twist. 
 

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!) 

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: July 26th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon 
Final Thoughts: Unfortunately Gap Year in Ghost Town just wasn't for me.....

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Owl Post #129


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hi guys and welcome to another Owl Post for 2017 :)
 
For Review:
 From Scholastic Australia:
The Fifth Room by Allison Rushby
I admit I hadn't heard of this book until this turned up on my doorstep, but it does sound quite intriguing.   
 
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater  
I absolutely LOVE The Raven Cycle series and am sooooooo excited to finally have a copy of the final book to dive into. I'm dying to discover what Maggie Stiefvater has planned for this book and cant wait to read it!
 
And that's me for this week!
What did the owls bring YOU?
 
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Blitz: The Curse by Margaret McHeyzer

Welcome to the book blitz for The Curse by Margaret McHeyzer thanks to Give Me Books Promotions!
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The Curse

It's been the butterfly effect.
I changed the course of my life because I warned a man.
I thought what I had was a gift, but it's quickly turning into my curse.


Now I realize I'm much more than a girl with an ability.
Because now... I'm becoming a weapon.







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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER OF UGLY AND MISTRUST
**Write something worth reading**

I'm Margaret and I'm a self-published author.
Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book - Ugly, and my YA book - Mistrust.

My last three books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the 'perfect' woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren't just about the romance. They're about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Shelf: The Curse (The Butterfly Effect #2) by Margaret McHeyzer



The Curse

It's been the butterfly effect.
I changed the course of my life because I warned a man.
I thought what I had was a gift, but it's quickly turning into my curse.


Now I realize I'm much more than a girl with an ability.
Because now... I'm becoming a weapon.



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Review: 

The Curse by Margaret McHeyzer is the sequel and conclusion to The Butterfly Effect series and is a fast paced and action-packed follow-up to the first novel.

Ever since seventeen year old Alexa Murphy work up from a routine operation with a strange new ability to foresee someone’s future, she has found herself the target of various individuals determined to use her ability to further their own agendas. Lexi is sick of being kidnapped and held prisoner by someone who wants to take advantage of her visions, but when she’s taken by the most dangerous threat yet, lives are on the line and Lexi and Jude will have to make their final stand if they hope to outsmart those who will stop at nothing to keep Lexi in their clutches…..

Personally, I found The Curse to be a decent follow up to the first novel, The Gift. Picking up where the first book left off, The Curse begins with Lexi held hostage by a brutal and violent individual who won’t hesitate to kill in order to force Lexi to adhere to his whims. With Margaret McHeyzer exploring other aspects of the world she has created within this series in The Curse including those responsible for the creation of Lexi’s new gifts, The Curse is darker and grittier than the first novel.

There’s a lot of things happening during this novel, and with The Curse taking place over a number of weeks and even months, there’s a lot that heroine Lexi goes through. No one is safe and there are losses of life that bring Lexi to her knees and betrayals that change everything. The Curse is very fast paced, and there’s a lot of action and danger in the story to entertain the reader.

Lexi and Jude continue to have a complex relationship with Jude’s role varying between between kidnapper and savior. There’s no denying that his concern for Lexi seems genuine but upon occasion I struggled to reconcile why he felt that way and Lexi’s Stockholm-Syndrome like feelings for Jude didn’t always sit right with me.

Overall though, I did enjoy reading this series. Both novels were quick, effective reads and featured enough excitement and action to keep me entertained. 

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by Give Me Books and the author (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher:
Independently published by author
Format:
Kindle ebook 

Release Date: August 20th 2017
Purchase:
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Final Thoughts:
Though there were a few parts of this series where I wasn't as invested as I wished I could be, it was definitely worth a read.


 
 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein- Teasers

I'm excited to be participating in the Blog Tour for Rowan Wood Legends by Olivia Wildenstein thanks to YA Bound Book Tours!

Rowan Wood Legends is the second novel in the Lost Clan and is a brilliant tale in a series I just adore and highly recommend!
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SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…



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Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor's in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she's not writing, she's psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children's school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks). Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she's an active member of the writing community.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Shelf: Rowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2) by Olivia Wildenstein

SOME LEGENDS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTOLD.

I wasn’t the sort of girl who believed in fairytales, let alone tales about faeries. But that changed the day Faeries came to my small town and Hunters rose from their graves.

On that fateful day, I received a book, a peculiar collection of myths and legends. Turns out it was so much more than stories. And just as I was on the verge of unlocking its secrets, it was stolen from me by someone I called a friend.

Now, I don’t know whom I can turn to, whom I can trust. All I know is that there are two sides, and I am straddling the great divide because I am both Faerie and Hunter. And although I swore I would never choose, I am slowly falling for one of those sides…


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Review: 

Rowan Wood Legends is the second novel in Olivia Wildenstein’s Lost Clan series and is as brilliant as its predecessor, if not better and will catapult readers into a vividly rich and compelling fantasy world of faeries, hunters and untold dangers!

Catori Price has had a tough last few weeks. First her beloved mother passed away and she returned to her home town of Rowan only to discover that not only do Faeries exist but Cat’s family are descended from a tribe of Hunters who are at war with them. Ancient Hunters have risen from their graves and are determined to reignite their centuries old feud with the fae that once decimated their tribe. Caught in the middle, Cat finds herself torn between the two sides as she must decide who her loyalties lie with, while reconciling her heritage with both races. Hearts and lives are on the line as Cat struggles with who to trust amidst betrayal and deception. Both Faerie and Hunter, Cat desires to remain neutral but as she slowly finds herself falling for one side over the other, will her choice cost her not only her heart but her very life as well?

Wow! What another wonderful instalment! Having just devoured this sequel, I’m seriously in love this series having been first entranced by Rose Petal Graves and now Rowan Wood Legends. I cannot get enough of Catori’s tale and adventures at the heart of two feuding races and unfolding dangers. Entrancing readers, The Lost Clan is well told, well-paced and very addictive. Continuing on where she left off with the first novel, Olivia Wildenstein continues to develop and strengthen the storyline in Rowan Wood Legends with her story arcs revealed and players taking on new roles within the story.

Wildenstein has created a very personable main character in Cat who, despite her duel fae/hunter heritage is very human in nature while also managing to be headstrong, kind and caring. I honestly very much like Cat. She has accepted everything very well considering she was in the dark about her family’s secrets only a few short months ago and was leading a very normal life. Now Cat is front and centre, straddling the divide between two races as she tries to prevent a war that would put those she loves in danger.

Something that makes this series so thrilling and bewitching is that the line between who is good and who is evil isn’t very clear. Wildenstein has introduced readers to a multitude of characters throughout the series who are alluring and addictive regardless of whether they are Faerie or Hunter. Main character Catori has interactions with both the fae and hunter world and has connections to both. We experience the Hunter side through Kajika while Ace, Cruz and Lily often appear in the story to support the Faerie infusion.

Passionate, with an intriguing love triangle—more like a love square if I’m being honest, Rowan Wood Legends sees Cat resolve one of her love interests; discovering that what she felt wasn’t as real as she thought it was, and leaving only two men in possible positions for her affection. Whilst I do like them both, one contender seems to have stepped up into the lead and I’m doing happy dances in my mind as I’m very much in love with this specific person. I adore them as a character and love the addictive banter and relationship he and Catori are developing---I only hope it lasts!

Concluding Rowan Wood Legends perfectly, Olivia Wildenstein continues to amaze me with this series. Weaving together all the elements I enjoy in a good solid faerie tale and even giving it something different with a bit of a native American twist, The Lost Clan is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next novel as soon as I possibly can!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by YA Bound Book Tours and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Published independently by author Olivia Wildenstein
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: August 14th 2017
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: I'm absolutely in love with this series and adored Rowan Wood Legends. Cannot wait to see what Olivia Wildenstein has in store for readers with the next book!