Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book Shelf: Omega (The Infinity Division #2) by Jus Accardo

The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.


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Review: 

Omega is the second novel in The Infinity Division series by Jus Accardo and is another action packed, romantic and thrilling tale of inter-dimensional travel, danger and excitement that is even better than the first book in the series.

Ashlyn Calvert lives in a world where your nominated tier impacts on almost everything in your life; how you’re seen, how you’re treated, what opportunities you have…everything. And coming from the lowest of tiers means Ash has known nothing but cruelty and ridicule…except from her best friend Noah Anderson. He alone treated her with kindness and friendship, until a bad decision led to his death. Now Ash lives with her guilt and despair over his loss, sure she’ll never move on. Yet with the Infinity division in full force there’s another version of Noah out there, who alongside his best friend Cade is determined to stop the man to killed his sister. When Ash and this new version of Noah meet, sparks fly and the two can’t deny there’s something simmering between them, but with a new project of Infinity’s lurking in the shadows and threatening both Ash’s universe and Noah’s alternate one, will they be able to protect those they care about? Or will finding the truth cost them the ultimate price?

Picking up where the first novel Infinity left off, Omega is as thrilling and exciting as its predecessor. If not more so. And in all honesty I think I enjoyed it even more than the first novel, proving that this series is just getting better with every instalment. While Infinity unfolded through Kori and Cade’s POV’s, this time Noah is front and centre in Omega, alongside newly introduced character Ashlyn who is the focus of Noah’s secret obsession and someone he keeps searching for regardless of which reality he and Cade have found themselves in.

Throughout Omega, Noah comes across as a jerk upon occasion and does a good job trying to keep people out, but he honestly adores those in his life and it’s the loss he’s experienced that see him lash out with cruel words and actions to repel people. While Ash has experienced so much cruelty and has been looked down upon, but she’s still strong enough to pick herself up each time and continue on. You have to love a girl who doesn’t let the world push her down!

I really enjoyed both Noah and Ashlyn as characters. They both had such fire and attitude and a lot of personality. Jus Accardo writes them with so much chemistry and electricity. There’s such a great spark of attraction between them and the way they push and pull at each other makes for some fantastic banter and some great reading. These two have a thrilling relationship and I was stoked with the way in which Accardo developed their relationship.

Jus Accardo also introduces readers to some new characters in Omega that I’m just sure we’ll be seeing more of. There’s a new villain—possibly even more of a threat and danger than Dylan and some new friends with intriguing histories. I’m almost one hundred percent certain that newcomers G and Sera will feature as our next couple in the next novel and considering who they are, I’m super excited about the prospect of learning more about them and possibly following their romance in book three!

Fast paced, riveting and action packed reading, Omega is a fantastic sequel that is guaranteed to leave you not only hopelessly in love with Noah and Ashlyn, but desperately needing more of this sensational sci-fi series. Shaping up better with the turn of each page, I can’t wait to see what Jus Accardo does with the Infinity Division series next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by YA Reads and author Jus Accardo  (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes
Final Thoughts: Omega was an absolutely thrilling read, better than the first novel! Can't wait for more!



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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