Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cover Reveal | 'Circle of Shadows' by Evelyn Skye


Title: 
Circle of Shadows

Author: 
Evelyn Skye

Genres: 
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: 
January 22nd, 2019

Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray 



Summary from Goodreads: 
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart.



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About the Author: 

Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN'S GAME and its sequel, THE CROWN'S FATE. Her new series, CIRCLE OF SHADOWS, will be published on January 22, 2019. 

Evelyn has a B.A. in Russian literature & history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. 

When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. She can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday {28}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
A River of Stars
Author:
Vanessa Hua
Publication Date:
August 14th, 2018
Publisher:
                                    Ballantine Books




Summary from Goodreads:
In a powerful debut novel about motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream.

Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he's overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby's arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett's baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van--only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco's bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn't know is that her baby's father is not far behind her.

A River of Stars is an entertaining, wildly unpredictable adventure, told with empathy and wit by an author the San Francisco Chronicle says "has a deep understanding of the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving deceptions." It's a vivid examination of home and belonging, and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.
 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review | Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody 
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 10th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Shadow Game - Book One
Pages: 411
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought at Indigo

Summary from Goodreads: 
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.


Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Review:

Having never read any of Amanda Foody's previous books, I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up. However, I am ultimately glad I chose to pick this book up and stick with it because it ended up being such an amazingly immersive book to read. 

The characters are so well written and absolutely fascinating to read. The main character, Enne, starts off as someone who is a bit naive, lost, and afraid of the outcome of her mother. As the story progresses, she becomes a stronger character who is kind, feminine, speaks her mind, confident, and finds a much greater strength that she’s never had before. 

The romance was spectacular to read! The chemistry, tension, and ‘will they, won’t they’ moments had me shipping them like crazy. I enjoyed the diversity, the romance, and the overall essence of this story. Foody knows how to build a world and make it seem as realistic as possible. Overall, this was such an amazing book to read! I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series, King of Fools, once it’s released. 

I recommend picking up Ace of Shades today, especially if you like great world building, awesome characters, and a dash of romance.





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About The Author:

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early

Top Ten original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by That Artsy Reader.  For past topics and future topic schedule, click here.


This week is what top ten books you'd slay a lion to get early.
In no particular order. 



1. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire #3) by Jessica Cluess
This has to be one of the best book series I have ever read. It is not only fantastically written but it has such an amazing set of characters, the plot is on point, and the covers entice any reader to pick up this series immediately. 




2. City of Ghosts (City of Ghosts #1) by Victoria Schwab
This has to be one of the most highly anticipated books this year. The synopsis is already enough to make me want to pick it up and read it immediately but add in a cover that literally gives you chills and makes you want to dive into this story and know more about its characters. 




                        3. From Here to You (Crash and Burn #1) by Jamie McGuire
Another Jamie McGuire book? Sign me up! Having read, and loved, Beautiful Bastard (and the rest of the books in the series) I can say wholeheartedly that I am a fan of McGuire's work. I can not wait to read this book, and series.




                                   4. The Healer by Donna Freitas
A heartfelt contemporary book centring around a girl with the powers to heal and a boy 




                               5. The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker
Definitely, definitely, definitely excited to read this! 




                                      6. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Having never previously read a Nicholas Sparks book before (yes, never), I am excited to dive into this one, hopefully after reading Message in a Bottle




                                     7. The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Helena Hunting's Pucked was absolutely hilarious, steamy, and an absolute favourite of mine. When Hunting announced that she will be writing another book, I couldn't be more ecstatic. So excited to pick this one up. 




                                 8.  The Disasters by M. K. England
The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy. Enough said. 




                                     9. One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Erin Watt have hit the ground running. From the major hype surrounding the hit of the Paper Princess series, as well as the successful When It's Real. With that being said, this book in particular has gotten my attention. With it's simple but sophisticated cover and intriguing plot it definitely promises to capture my attention from the very beginning to the very end of this book. 


           



                                  10.  The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Another author I am a fan of has to be Jennifer L. Armentrout. Armentrout knows how to write books that anyone in  almost any age group can enjoy reading. Fitting in more than one genre with compelling writing, interesting characters, hilarious moments, and awesome moments, Armentrout's books are a definite must read for everyone. 





What books are you highly anticipating the release of? And which one would you slay a lion to get early? 😊
~ Aimie

Monday, April 30, 2018

Review | Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Suitors and Sabotage
by Cindy Anstey 
Published by Swoon Reads on April 17th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC 
Source: Provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for honest review

Summary from Goodreads: 
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .
 

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Review:

Suitors and Sabotage is Cindy Anstey's third novel. It centres around Imogene, who is getting prepared for her possible engagement to one Ernest Steeple, and Benjamin, who happens to be Ernest's brother. However, both Imogene and Benjamin hit it off while Imogene's best friend, Emily, believes herself to be in love with Benjamin. It's a bit like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

I liked Suitors and Sabotage but just not as much as I thought I would. I enjoyed reading Imogene's interactions with Ben, and vice versa, as well as witnessing the attraction between the two begin to flourish. They were able to talk to one another easily and though they knew that they shouldn't be thinking or feeling the way they o about each other, they found themselves unable to really fight off their growing attraction and sparking chemistry. I also enjoyed reading about Ernest and Benjamin's strong and stable sibling relationship, especially considering how close they are, as well as Emily and Imogene's friendship, who are more like sisters than best friends, who tell each other everything and always offer their support. 

In the end, it was an okay book to read. Not what I typically imagined this book would be like but nonetheless enjoyable to read. 



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About The Author:

Cindy Anstey spends her time writing and adventuring around the world. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her backyard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel. She currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Review | Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Seeing Red
by Sandra Brown
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 6th, 2018
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought at Indigo

Summary from Goodreads: 
Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major--even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. 

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra's hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

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Review:

Having never read any of Sandra Brown's books prior to this one, I didn't really know what to expect when diving into this book. Admittedly, I eyed this book for a while before I decided to take the plunge and read it. Having read from the romantic suspense genre. I am glad I ended up giving this book, and Sandra Brown, a chance because I can 100% say that this has become one of my favourite books. 

Seeing Red begins right off the bat, leaving me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. It is filled with numerous conspiracies, suspense, danger, mystery, sizzling chemistry, and a seemingly endless suspect list. 

Kerra Bailey contacts John Trapper in hopes of getting in touch with his father, The Major became the hero who led survivors out of The Pegasus Hotel bombing in 1992. For John Trapper, this signalled the end of his happy life, and view of family, when his father latched onto the celebrity status he received from his heroic actions.  His obsession with the bombing investigation and whether it was ever truly solved has costed Trapper his job at the ATF as well as his relationship with his father. So when Kerra shows up asking him to help her get in contact with his father, he has no desire to participate in her quest for an interview.

Kerra Bailey has been wanting to get in contact with The Major not only because of professional career as a journalist but also due to a more personal reason. She will see to it that she gets that interview with or without Trapper's help. But denying her attraction to Trapper might prove to be harder than getting that interview. 

However, when Kerra's interview with The Major doesn't go as planned, Kerra and Trapper are through into a storm of epic proportion. They try to get to the bottom of things all the while trying to stay alive in the process. 

The romance between Kerra and John was spectacular to read! Brown definitely knows how to write some hot and steamy scenes. Though I sort of predicted what would happen, I still immensely enjoyed this book. Sandra Brown did an amazing job keeping me on my toes and entertained with those twists and turns. There were some I was floored by, seriously. Brown's characters and writing hook you into the story and make you want to keep reading until you know how it all ends. I was hooked on this book from the very beginning to the very end. 

I can not wait to read Sandra Brown's other books. I highly, highly, recommend Seeing Red to any and all romantic suspense readers. This is not one to be missed. 





Rating:

 ★



About The Author:

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE (2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.