Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #227

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 Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran
Releases on: April 9th 2019

When empires clash, a Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin embark on the quest of a lifetime.

During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio--a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin--embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.


Thoughts:
The description of The Sword and the Dagger doesn't give too much away, but I WANT IT! Like NOW!! Or yesterday. Or NOW. Whichever comes first. Honestly; "Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin embark on the quest of a lifetime." Seriously?!? Give it to me now!

Do you love the sound of The Sword and the Dagger too?
What are you waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Book Shelf: Defy the Worlds (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray

A stunning blend of action-packed science fiction and love against the odds. Perfect for fans of STAR WARS and the DIVERGENT series.

Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider - ostracised for refusing to end the Liberty War by sacrificing Abel, the most advanced mechanical man ever made. She dreams of travelling through the stars again, and when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. The only soldier to have ever left her planet, it will be up to her to save its people. If only she wasn't flying right into a trap.

Abel, now fully aware of his soul and captaining his own Vagabond ship, never dreamed he'd see Noemi again, not when the entire universe stands between them. But when his creator Burton Mansfield delivers news of Noemi's entrapment, Abel knows he must save her, even if it means risking his own life.

Danger lurks in the dark corners of the galaxy, and Abel and Noemi will discover a secret that could save Genesis and Earth... or destroy them all.

In this thrilling and romantic sequel to Defy the Stars, bestselling author Claudia Gray asks us all to consider what drives us, and where we truly belong.


More info on Goodreads....


Review:

Defy the World’s is the second novel in Claudia Gray’s intergalactic Constellation series and is another fast paced, adrenaline packed and romantic novel that will sweep you away into a science fiction world of discovery and love against all cost.

Solider Noemi Vidal has returned to her home planet of Genesis as an outsider, ostracised for her actions in the Liberty War that included refusing to sacrifice the life of Abel who had become a trusted friend and someone Noemi cared about. Now Noemi finds herself lightyears away from Abel and unlikely to ever see him again; struggling to re-assimilate on her planet. Across the galaxy, Abel is captaining his own ship for the first time and learning to balance his mech nature with his newly found soul. When Earth launches a new bio attack on Genesis, Noemi must venture to find assistance, with each step bringing her closer to Abel once again. Time is running out to save the citizens of Genesis but with Mansfield still trying to locate Abel anything they do could have disastrous results. Will Noemi and Abel find each other again? Or will they both be lost before they have the chance?

After the cliffhanger that was the ending of Defy the Stars, Claudia Gray is back with another edge-of-your-seat exhilarating instalment with Defy the World! A wonderful sequel that picks up approximately six months after its processor left off, Defy the World sees readers once again follow Noemi and Abel is this dually told novel that sees them face their next fight—both against their latest enemies and in their fight back to get back to one another.

Personally I really like the world Gray has created. It has all the elements of a great sci-fi I love and blends all the action, romance and character chemistry I would want in this kind of YA novel. Both Noemi and Abel are solid leads who propel the story forward and share a fantastic dynamic. Much of their relationship was established in the first novel as they got to know each other on board the Persephone but it was adorable to see them reunited in this sequel and begin to explore the romance and connection between them.

Even though he is a mech, Abel is so very sweet and human in nature so seeing he and Noemi connect was adorable to witness and something I highly enjoyed. His way of thinking makes for some highly entertaining reading and I just love how loyal Noemi is to her planet and her own idea of morality.

Racing towards a powerful and unexpected ending that once again leaves readers hankering for the next novel, Defy the Worlds is a sensational sequel and leaves me dying to see what Claudia Gray has up her sleave next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: March 28th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I adore this series and after THAT ending I need the next book, like, yesterday!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Owl Post #207


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.
 
Hello book lovers and happy Monday! I had a blast at Supanova yesterday and hope your weekend was as fun as mine!
 
I Bought:
 - A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir 
I LOVED the first book in this series but haven't had the opportunity to read the second; guess I'll have to now!

- The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye 
I quite enjoyed The Crown's Game so hopefully I'll get around to reading this soon to discover how the duology ends.

- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 
As shocking as it might seem I haven't ever read a Jay Kristoff novel. I've heard great things about this novels but have never read them myself. Hope to change that soon!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 
I think this sounds fabulous and I definitely hope to work it into my reading schedule in the near future! 

And that's me!
What did the owls bring YOU recently?


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Shelf: Mother of the Chosen by Janeal Falor

Adriella always wanted children. Now, she finally has her wish. Overcome with joy, she cannot wait to tell her husband about her pregnancy…until she hears a new prophecy proclaiming that a child will soon be born—one who will destroy the High King.

When a royal decree demands the death of all young children, along with any born over the next two years, Adriella’s life comes unraveled. Instead of the excitement of a new baby, she feels nothing but trepidation at telling her soldier husband. She decides to flee before he can turn her in.

With the High King and his men searching for anyone who defies his edict, she knows there isn’t much of a chance she’ll survive. But in a country full of newly grieving parents, on streets red with the blood of innocents, Adriella will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the law. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose the one thing even more precious to her than her own life—her child.


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Mother of the Chosen is Janel Falor’s latest release and is an adventurous fantasy novel that is brimming with magic and danger.

Adriella has always wanted children and after trying to conceive for so long she finally has her wish; she’s expecting. Excited to share the news of her pregnancy with her husband, Adriella soon learns of a prophecy where a chosen child will destroy the High King. In response, the High King is sending out his guards to kill all pregnant women and young children. Terrified for her unborn child and afraid where her solider husband’s loyalties will lie, Adriella decides to flee before he has the opportunity to turn her in. Yet escaping is far from easy and with the King’s men searching for any pregnant women, Adriella’s chances of survival are slim, but she’ll do whatever she needs to do in order to protect the most important thing in her life; her child.

As someone who has always loved Janel Falor’s work I was very excited to read Mother of the Chosen even if it looked somewhat different that her previous YA novels that focused heavily on a romantic element. In the beginning I found the novel to be somewhat slow before quickly picking up. After this initial slow beginning, I found it to be well paced, with some fabulous magical creatures woven into the story including trolls, fairy’s, orcs, dragons and more.

There was plenty of action and fight sequences as Adriella and those helping her to get into one pickle after another making for exciting reading, but I also had a few concerns with the story. I honestly did enjoy Mother of the Chosen, I don’t want you to think I didn’t but there were some issues I think could have been addressed differently.

To begin with I found it strange that our protagonist Adriella could know her husband so little despite being married for four years and having created a child together. I had a fair idea of where Janeal Falor hoped to take the couple as Adriella’s pregnancy progressed and could envision this lack of familiarity changing. I think the idea of the characters way of life within the story fit with this situation, but to me it was still weird and left me unsettled. This could be more a personal ideal for me (a man and woman knowing each other and caring for one another before making a baby) than an issue with Falor’s storytelling and plot-arc than anything else.

I also wanted to know so much more about the world the characters inhabited. We weren’t given much backstory to set the stage and rather were thrown right in. Adriella and her husband Richart also seemed to come from two different religions featuring the Sun and Moon that I didn’t really understand. I’m hopeful to learn more about this as the series progresses as well as more about some of the characters who assisted Adriella in her escape and the High King that seems to be the driving force behind all the danger threatening Adriella.

Overall I did enjoy this novel and am looking forward to the second novel to see what happens next to Adriella and her baby. I love the idea of a series focusing solely around a mother’s love for her child and considering the cliff-hanger Janeal Falor ended Mother of the Chosen with, I’m looking forward to book two sooner rather than later!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Janeal!)
Publisher: Chardonian Press
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: May 30th 2018
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: After a slow start Mother of the Chosen really picked up and I'm keen to read book two to see what happens next!



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #226

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.....
 
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury 
Releases: February 26th 2019
 
Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered--down to their youngest child, Princess Anya--and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.

That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.
 
Thoughts:
Last of Her Name sooooooo sounds like a futuristic, sci-fi retelling of Anastasia and I. Can't. Wait! Honestly, an opportunity to read anything Anastasia like is exciting, but add in a sci-fi twist and I'm in heaven. I'm very much looking forward to reading this--it's going to be epic!

Do you like the sound of Last of Her Name?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?
 
 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blog Tour: #1 Lie by T. Gephart


Welcome to the Blog Tour for #1 Lie by T. Gephart thanks to InkslingerPR! Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing my 4 star review with you guys and today I have some tantalizing teasers to get you intruiged by this brilliant book!
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Working in Hollywood meant Jessica Dawson was used to lying. As an assistant to one of the biggest agents in town, biting her tongue and spewing out sugarcoated untruths were an almost daily occurrence. But fabricating alternate realities never spilled into her personal life, until three months ago when she told the biggest lie of all.

While her dear gran lay on her deathbed, Jessica mentioned she’d met her soul mate. It had been Gran’s last wish to see all her grandkids settled down before she went to see Jesus. And as the only one still single, Jessica didn’t have the heart to disappoint her.

No one expected Gran to make a miraculous recovery.

Now, Gran was expecting to meet Jessica’s perfect man at her cousin’s wedding, which meant she needed to find a perfect man fast. Hiring a professional was the only solution.

Enter Dave Larsson, younger brother to one of Hollywood’s elite.

Sexy, funny and just as smoldering hot as his super-famous sibling—he had talent and charm to spare. But most importantly, he was affordable and available.

All she needed to do was haul Dave home, have him meet Gran and the family, then shortly after the wedding, “break up” with him.

It was either that, or admit to her #1 Lie.

Only thing she didn’t plan on was the bigger lie she would need to tell herself when it was time to let him go.


Add on Goodreads or check out my review!

Purchase:

 
T. Gephart is a USA Today and International bestselling author from Melbourne, Australia. With an approach to life that is somewhat unconventional, she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants rather than adhere to some rigid roadmap. Her lack of "plan" has resulted in a rather interesting and eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history. She'd tell you all about it, but the statute of limitations hasn't expired yet. But all those crazy twists and turns have led her to a career she loves—writing romantic comedy. When she isn't filling pages with sassy and sexy characters with attitude, she's living her own reality show in the 'burbs of Melbourne with her American husband, two teenage children, and her fur child—Woodley. She loves adventure, to laugh, travel, and strives to live her life to the fullest.

Visit T: 


Be sure to check out this brilliant release and if you haven't had the opportunity to read the series yet, now's the chance to start--you won't regret it! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Book Shelf: #1 Lie (#1 Series #4) by T. Gephart

Working in Hollywood meant Jessica Dawson was used to lying. As an assistant to one of the biggest agents in town, biting her tongue and spewing out sugarcoated untruths were an almost daily occurrence. But fabricating alternate realities never spilled into her personal life, until three months ago when she told the biggest lie of all.

While her dear gran lay on her deathbed, Jessica mentioned she’d met her soul mate. It had been Gran’s last wish to see all her grandkids settled down before she went to see Jesus. And as the only one still single, Jessica didn’t have the heart to disappoint her.

No one expected Gran to make a miraculous recovery.

Now, Gran was expecting to meet Jessica’s perfect man at her cousin’s wedding, which meant she needed to find a perfect man fast. Hiring a professional was the only solution.

Enter Dave Larsson, younger brother to one of Hollywood’s elite.

Sexy, funny and just as smoldering hot as his super-famous sibling—he had talent and charm to spare. But most importantly, he was affordable and available.

All she needed to do was haul Dave home, have him meet Gran and the family, then shortly after the wedding, “break up” with him.

It was either that, or admit to her #1 Lie.

Only thing she didn’t plan on was the bigger lie she would need to tell herself when it was time to let him go.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

#1 Lie is the latest installment in T. Gephart's sizzling #1 series and is another tantalizing love story full of chemistry, romance, humor and fun. 

Jessica Dawson was used to lying. As the assistant to one of Hollywood's biggest agents, Jess was no stranger to sugarcoating truths and deception, but she certainly never planned to let the untruths spill over into her personal life. Then her beloved grandmother was on her deathbed and Jess mentioned she had finally met her soulmate hoping to bring her gran a final measure of peace.....only for her gran to make a miraculous recovery. Now Jess has to face attending her cousin's wedding and presenting the soulmate in question; too bad Jess made him up. Desperate and dateless, Jess decides to approach Dave Larsson, one of the actors her firm represents, hoping he'll agree to pretend to be her boyfriend just long enough to attend the wedding, convince her family she was actually seeing someone and then "break up" with her shortly after the wedding. Easy right? Wrong. Convincing Dave is just the beginning, but when their supposedly "fake" relationship begins to blur the lines of fiction and reality will the biggest lie of all be the one Jess tells herself to convince her heart she's not falling in love with Dave?


T. Gephart never fails to win me over with this series and #1 Lie is no exception. Perfectly told, #1 Lie is fun, flirty and so addictive to read. Gephart instills all her trademark humor, sass and passion into the story as Larsson brother Dave finally features with a woman who quickly gets under his skin. 


As always I found the heroine to be a strong, capable woman who was effortless to follow. Jess was cheeky but kind and I thought it was wonderful seeing her with her big Louisiana family. Obviously Jess finds herself in a bit of a pickle as she must pretend to be in a relationship with Dave, but the way she handles things and her hair brained schemes made for some entertaining reading and certainly brought a smile to my face. 


The story and idea within #1 Lie certainly isn't one I haven't heard before but that didn't make for any less enjoyable reading. I adore the Larsson boys and have loved seeing them each find love with #1 Lie full of sizzling sex scenes, passionate moments and witty and funny dialogue. 


Having now had the pleasuring of following three Larsson brothers--and Ryan--with  wonderful results, I cannot wait until the youngest brother Nick is front and centre in the final novel #1 Muse and will be eagerly awaiting to get my hands on it as soon as possible to see how T. Gephart plans to conclude this fabulous series! 


Rating:  
Source: Sent for review by InkslingerPR and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: T. Gephart
Format: Kindle book

Release Date: June 6th 2018
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
Final Thoughts: Another great read--I can't wait for Nick's story!