Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #194

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.....
 
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
Releases on: February 20th 2018
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Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.

Thoughts:
Ooooooh. This sounds good. Crafting worlds, alchemy, scriptology, assassins---sounds like it could be epic....and the possibility of romance? I'm in; keen to see if this is as good as it sounds. Always keeping my eye out for new and exciting fantasy. Oh, and I do very much like the title; Ink, Iron and Glass--love it!

What do you think of Ink, Iron and Glass? Does it sound like something you would read?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Shelf: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

 
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Review: 

The Hating Game is Sally Thorne’s debut novel and is a sensational tale perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Alice Clayton. Sharp, fun and deliciously written, The Hating Game will have you absolutely falling in love with its two main characters and addicted to the thrilling chemistry they share!

Lucy Hutton hates Joshua Templeman; hates him with a passion. And the feeling’s mutual. Lucy and Josh can’t be in the same room with each other without snapping and snarling and practically biting each other’s head off….and considering they work at the same company, desks directly across from each other as the assistants to two different publishing CEO’s it makes for a lot of fiery days at the office. Passive aggressive doesn’t come close to describing Lucy and Josh’s relationship, and when they’re both nominated for the same promotion, the game is on. Lucy can’t understand Josh’s surly, uptight approach to everything and Josh is clearly confused by Lucy’s bright clothes, overly nice attitude and ability meet every one of his quips with an even better one of her own. There’s a fine line between love and hate and Lucy is determined to beat Josh for her dream job, but as she gets to know him in a way she wasn’t expecting, Lucy is about to realise that just maybe she doesn’t hate Josh as much as she thinks she does…..

Having just completely devoured, The Hating Game, I have no qualms in saying it’s definitely become one of my all-time favourite books. Bewitching and charming from beginning to end, The Hating Game is a beyond brilliant debut that is wonderfully well written, features likable characters and chemistry that is to die for with banter that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Author Sally Thorne fills The Hating Game with some seriously sassy and sharp dialogue, most of which comes from Lucy’s mouth or from that of her “nemesis” Josh, making for some highly entertaining and smile inducing reading. The Hating Game introduces readers to main character Lucinda “Lucy” Hutton who is a genuine gem to follow. Lucy is a sharp, independent and capable woman who is woefully likable and down to earth. Lucy’s just a riot if I’m honest. I completely love this girl.

And Josh! What a surprise of a man! From his surly attitude and stickler for order in the beginning of the novel, Josh shows his true self as the story progresses and I only found myself adoring him more with the turn of each page. The depth of his feelings for Lucy were heart-warming, and it was fabulous to see him act determined yet so at ease as he sets out to win Lucy’s affections.

I’m so very in love with Lucy and Josh and the romance they share. Thorne writes them so beautifully, and I felt every electrically charged moment between them; from the witty banter they frequently engage in to the sizzling kisses and smouldering touches, to the whole heartedly endearing moments within the story where they look after or stand up for one another---it’s so perfect. I truly did believe I was watching two people fall in love; two individuals who had been focal points in each other’s lives for some time but who were only just (especially in Lucy’s case) beginning to realise how they really felt about the other. There was no one who could give as good as they get but these two and they truly were perfect for each other.

Simply charming, The Hating Game has a fabulous tone and pace. The story is so fun and flirty and features a romance that is just to die for. A solid debut, The Hating Game guarantees Sally Thorne is one to watch!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me from The Book Depository
Publisher:
William Morrow
Format: Paperback
Release Date:
August 9th 2016
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Final Thoughts: I absolutely ADORED this book and I cannot wait for more from Sally Thorne!


 
 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Release Blitz: Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando

I'm super excited to be taking part in the Release Blitz for Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando thanks to Give Me Books Promotions! I LOVE Chantal Fernando and was super excited to read Breaching the Contract--it's the start of what I'm sure will be a brilliant series!!
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New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with BREACHING THE CONTRACT, book one in a brand new series—The Conflict of Interest Series—about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?


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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty seven years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book Shelf: Breaching the Contract (Conflict of Interest #1) by Chantal Fernando

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns with BREACHING THE CONTRACT, book one in a brand new series—The Conflict of Interest Series—about a brigade of lawyers who, despite being bad boys at heart, always end up just on the right side of the law.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?


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Review: 

Breaching the Contract is the latest release by bestselling Australian author Chantal Fernando and is a heart-warming and passionate start to her new series, Conflict of Interest that features a romance readers are sure to love.

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants out of life. And her recent employment at a top law firm is just start of achieving her dream of becoming a criminal lawyer. The only thing standing in Kat’s way seems to be one of her new bosses, who sends her out on coffee runs and to pick his kids up for school. Tristan Bentley is one of the partners and everything in a lawyer Kat wants to be. Too bad he’s also rude, bossy and managing to slowly worm his way under Kat’s defenses with his unexpected moments of vulnerability and kindness. Falling for Tristan could mean the end of her career if word gets out, but sometimes fate has other ideas that what we had planned for ourselves….

Launching Chantal Fernando’s new series, Breaching the Contract was a delightfully addictive and highly entertaining romantic read. I absolutely devoured this novel, easily finishing it in one day despite having to work eight hours of that day—I’m sure any reader could finish it in just a couple of hours. It was just a quick, solid read that manages to pack plenty of attraction, chemistry and entertainment into its pages.

I don’t know why but heading into Breaching the Contract, I was expecting a story that would unfold through the POV’s of both the main characters and this wasn’t actually the case. I think it comes from the impression the description made. That being said, I did very much like Kat so following her throughout the story was in no way unpleasant.

I loved this law firm that Fernando has introduced us to. Kat and Tristian are front and centre as our main characters, but I’m also already very keen to see more of cheeky secretary Yvonne, sexy tattooed and bearded lawyer Hunter, suave and strong partner Jaxon and even the quieter law student Callum. I know Jaxon will feature in the next novel, but I hope we see more of the rest of the gang too.

Kat and Tristian had a really endearing relationship and I loved seeing Chantal Fernando focus on more than just their sexual relationship. The build-up was fabulous, and it was so sweet seeing Kat get to know Tristian’s family as well as the man himself. Logan was beyond adorable and that little man certainly won me over throughout the story. He really was just the cutest!

A truly enjoyable read, Breaching the Contract was thoroughly entertaining and I can’t wait to see whatever Chantal Fernando has in store for these characters next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Give Me Books Promotions and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Pocket Star 
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
September 18th 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: I very much enjoyed this book and CANNOT WAIT for more of the series!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel- Excerpt & Giveaway


I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel thanks to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. Black Bird of the Gallows is an exciting debut novel that I had the pleasure of reading in the lead up to the tour and highly reccomend.
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


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From Black Bird of the Gallows....

His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”

“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”

He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”

But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”

His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.

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Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA. 
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Shelf: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Black Bird of the Gallows is Meg Kassel’s debut novel and is a deeply engaging paranormal read that offers readers something new and addictive in this fast paced, romantic and well written tale that thrills from the very beginning.

Seventeen year old Angie Dovage knows there is more to her new neighbour Reece Fernandez than meets the eye. With her own painful past, Angie understands the shadows and figments of grief that lurk behind Reece’s well placed smile and can’t help the thrill that runs through her when she sees him. Reece and his family are harbouring dark histories and when something supernatural begins to affect Angie’s town, discovering Reece’s secrets is only the beginning; catapulting Angie into a dangerous world of ancient magic and violent creatures. Falling in love with Reece may seem next to impossible to avoid but with Reece’s very presence signalling an impending disaster, Angie is facing more than just the possibility of losing her heart. She may lose her very life if she and Reece can stop the forces threatening to tear them apart….

From the opening chapter of Black Bird of the Gallows, I knew I was going to enjoy the story. The prose Meg Kassel employs made for effortless reading and managed to be descriptive without being too wordy. I found myself intrigued by Angie and the world she inhabited from the get go, keen to discover more about who she was and her past, as well as the mysterious new family who had just moved in next door.

Angie was an intelligent and down to earth character who had a very personable voice. She was easy to follow and made smart choices and questioned things to my liking. I appreciated that Meg Kassel gave her a bit of a history which allowed her to be more layered and complex. She just fit within the story effortlessly and made you genuinely keen to see that she figured things out and made it out unscathed.

Kassel takes a basic YA recipe—teen girl, mysterious new boy and supernatural element—and gives it a fresh feel with Black Bird of the Gallows. The mythology and paranormal history was highly interesting with the carrion bird and bee element something I have never seen before. I loved the way Kassel took harbingers of death and wove them into the story. It was refreshing to read something very different and I find myself keen to learn more about the Beekeepers and about the Harbingers themselves.

The nature aspect of the story was also something I very much enjoyed with the disaster that effects Angie and her loved ones exciting and thrilling. Kassel wonderfully mixed the dangers of a natural disaster with threats of a supernatural kind beautifully. It was truly thrilling and action packed reading.

A beautifully written debut filled with wonderful characters, sweet romance and a different paranormal aura, Black Bird of the Gallows was a very satisfying read. Meg Kassel has introduced me to some refreshing mythology I’m looking forward to seeing more of in the future. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on! 

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: EntangledTEEN
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: September 5th 2017
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Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the companion tale Keeper of the Bees when it releases in September of 2017



 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #193

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.....
 
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Releases on: November 14th 2017

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for....


Thoughts:
I must say, I do love a good genie or djinn tale! They're something that has always interested me and I'm thrilled to see more and more novels featuring them lately. The City of Brass sounds really good and I'm super excited to discover this debut!


What are YOU waiting on this week?