Sunday, September 23, 2018

Book Shelf: How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days (Chick Flick Club #1) by Lila Monroe

The only thing more hilarious than the movies is… real life?! Fall in love with the hot new romantic comedy series from USA Today bestselling author, Lila Monroe!

Stylist Gemma Jones is competing for a once-in-a-lifetime promotion. All she has to do is take some fashion-backward guy from geek to GQ-worthy. The only problem? The man in question is her hairy manwhore of a next-door neighbor. AKA Bigfoot.

Zach Morrison has zero interest in being Gemma’s makeover mannequin. Sure, it’s fun getting his smart-mouthed neighbor all riled up, but after cashing out of his tech start-up and going through an ugly break-up, he’s taking a permanent vacation. If he wants to wear sweatpants and sleep on a mattress in the corner of an empty apartment—

OK. Maybe he needs a little push in the right direction. But as Gemma races the clock to win her bet, she finds that Bigfoot’s been hiding a few things under his baggy flannel shirts. Like abs of steel, and a surprisingly big...

Heart. He has a big heart.

Soon, sparks are flying between this unlikely couple, but can Zach embrace a fresh start - however manscaped it might be? And will Gemma beat out her Instabitch rival for the top spot - and keep the truth about their bet from Zach?

Find out in the hot and hilarious new romance from “the reigning queen of
rom-com”, USA Today bestselling author Lila Monroe. 


More info on Goodreads....


Review:

How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days is Lila Monroe’s latest release and is a fun and romantic rom-com perfect for readers who love romances bubbly and humourful.

Stylist Gemma Jones is competing for the promotion of a lifetime. Up against a fellow colleague, all she needs to do is completely make over a style-poor individual to win a bet. Easy, right? Wrong! When her competition picks Gemma’s hairy, manwhore next door neighbour as her client, Gemma knows she’ll have her work cut out for her. After the breakup from hell, Zach Morrison has been happy wallowing in booze and women. He’s happy to sit around in sweat pants all day and sleep on a mattress on the floor of his apartment. After cashing in his tech company, it’s not like money is a problem. Which is why he has absolutely no interest in being Gemma’s makeover project, even if he does secretly love riling up his smart mouthed neighbour. Gemma is determined to give Zach a fresh new look, as much for him as for her, but as the beard comes off and the abs come out, Gemma quickly realises there’s more to Zach than the worn clothing and attitude; he’s actually a good guy, one she may just be falling for…..

How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days caught my attention with its title, a play on the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. As a lover of the movie I have to say my interest was piqued but as soon as I begun reading the novel I found myself falling in love with it entirely based on its own merits. How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days is such a fun and flirty novel that really is effortless reading. It’s light but engaging and features a bubbly heroine and a grumpy (in the beginning!) love interest who undertakes a very entertaining makeover.

Written primarily through Gemma’s perspective with a chapter here and there from Zack’s POV thrown in for good measure, How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days is a neighbours to lovers tale perfect for romance lovers like myself. Gemma is a vibrant but kind person at her core. She lives for changing her clients lives one outfit at a time and her fun nature shines through throughout the story. She’s easy to follow and get behind while Zack is sexy in his own way.

Gemma and Zack have lovely chemistry and suit each other well. The light banter between them and the fun times they share build their relationship to its physical point which is neither overbearing or too little; it was just sexy. Solid sex scenes, moments of sweetness and hilarity within their relationship make their romance fun.

As the beginning of a series called Chick Flick Club that is set to feature Gemma’s friends Zoey and Eve who we meet in this first instalment, How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days is a light but enjoyable rom-com. Worth reading; I’ll be keeping my eye out for Zoey’s tale but next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Give Me Books Promotions and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Lila Monroe Books
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: September 24th 2018
Purchase: Amazon | Kobo
Final Thoughts: A fun read, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Shelf: Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic #1) by Megan Crewe

In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

The first in a new series by USA Today bestselling author Megan Crewe, Ruthless Magic combines the magic of Harry Potter with the ferocity of The Hunger Games alongside a poignant romance. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, look no further for your next urban fantasy fix. 


More info on Goodreads.... 


Review: 

Ruthless Magic is Megan Crewe’s latest release and is a blend of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, introducing readers to a magical world of deception, action and high stakes competition where not everyone will make it out alive.

Though they live in the same society, mages Finn Lockwood and Rocío Lopez couldn’t be more different. Finn comes from a family of privilege, whose ties to the mages governing body, North American Confederation of Mages, runs deep. Too bad Finn doesn’t seem to have inherited any of his family’s power or ability. Rocío on the other hand is a supremely gifted mage, but her family’s lowly stature mean she is often overlooked and ostracised. Wanting to prove their worth above all measure, Finn and Rocío’s greatest hope is in securing a coveted position with the Confederation to study and train in magic. Yet when Rocío is rejected and Finn’s selection is only due to his family’s position, both teens decide to declare for the Exam, a mysterious test offering them a second chance. Neither teen is prepared for the secrets and dangers that come with the Exam but as they become unlikely allies in a series of deadly trials, Finn and Rocío quickly discover that nothing is what it seems and their examiners may be testing them for a future neither of them is prepared to enter into…..

Heading into Ruthless Magic I wasn’t sure what it expect. The only novel I had read by Megan Crewe in the past was her debut novel upon its release and I wasn’t really a fan. That being said, I was willing to give Ruthless Magic a go…..and I was delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed the novel. If ever there was an example of how far an author had come with their writing style and abilities over a number of years, it was Ruthless Magic.

Unfolding through the back and forth perspectives of both Finn and Rocío, Ruthless Magic allows readers a well-rounded look at the society they live in. Finn and Rocío really are from the very opposite ends of the spectre so we as the readers are immersed in both sides of this magical world—if only for a brief time. With the majority of the novel taking place whilst the novices are within the Exam, readers will only have a small glimpse into the overall world within Ruthless Magic before finding them drawn into a very Hunger Games-esq competition where competitors try to outsmart and outlast each other through a series of trials that increase in danger with each round.

Both main characters Finn and Rocío are quite likable and develop well throughout the story as their circumstances change. During their time in the Exam they both come to reassess their thoughts and beliefs about the world they live in; especially Finn who having come from wealth has been very sheltered and isn’t aware of what is lacking in his society. Discovering some of the double standards and hypocrisy leave the teens determined to be the voice of change against an unjust system.

There’s a lot of potential within Ruthless Magic. Civil unrest is a real possibility as our main characters vow to fight a corrupt system. How they plan to tackle this remains to be seen, but I’m keen to see what Megan Crewe has planned for the series and her world next.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Another World Press
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: May 30th 2018
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: Better than I anticipated; I'm keen to read more.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #240

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.....
 
Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell 
Releases on: October 4th 2018

The fourth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.

Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They've heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It's a place that outsiders can never find - but Kellen is getting desperate. He's been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyone else - and that they even know how to cure it.

Then Kellen and Reichis are separated and for the first time, Kellen must face the world alone - and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could.

Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.


Thoughts:
The Spellbinder series by Sebastien de Castell has quickly become one of my favourites. I absolutely adore everything about it and devour each novel as quickly as possible. I cannot wait until this forth installment releases as I'm dying to join Kellen and Reichis again!

Have you read this series? If not I highly recommend!
And what are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Book Shelf: Immortal Fire (Red Winter Trilogy #3) by Annette Marie

Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity's only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality.

Despite the looming threat, Emi can't escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. Soon—too soon—she will have to break the curse that binds his magic and memories. And once the ancient power inside him awakens, the yokai she loves will be changed forever.

As the earthly gods gather to wage war against the heavens, Emi and Shiro must gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes. Together, they will find a way to save her world—even if it means losing each other.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Immortal Fire is the thrilling third and final novel in Annette Marie’s Red Winter Trilogy and brings the series to a passionate and spectacular conclusion that was as fast paced and thrilling as it was romantic.

As a traitorous deity stands to bring mankind to its knees, Emi and her yokai companions continue on their quest to free the last of the imprisoned earth gods before it's too late. Yet even though the solstice approaches and her time on earth nearing its end, it is Shiro who continues to monopolize the majority of Emi's thoughts. Soon he will have to break the curse that binds the last of his powers and memories and more than anything Emi fears loosing the cheeky kitsune who has stolen her heart. As the earthly gods prepare to wage war against the gods of the heavens, Emi and those closest to her may have to make the biggest sacrifices imaginable in order to defeat their foes.

After the adventure rich journey Emi has been on throughout the series, Immortal Fire brings the trilogy to a close with a heart pounding, occasionally soul-crushing ending that will have readers gasping in its final moments. This is one thrilling conclusion that will keep you entranced until the very end with its twists and unexpected developments—I just loved it!

Beautifully written, the Red Winter Trilogy has been a fantastic series to read. I honestly feel that it encompasses so many perfect elements of Japanese fantasy and mythology and has been woven together with tangible and likable characters, moments of passionate romance and friendship and excited fight sequences. I’m quite surprised more people have not found themselves bewitched by this fantastically written world Annette Marie has created.

From beginning to end, Emi has been such a solid protagonist to follow. The final few chapters of Immortal Fire more than any other point in the series highlight how true this is, but I think each novel has also made it fairly evident Emi was evolving substantially. From her initial mentality on how she viewed the world and her role as kamigakari to her actions and willingness to take chances and make sacrifices, Emi truly did grow a lot. She was always a likable character, but she became even more so as the series progressed. As the reader you honestly wanted everything to work out right for her and to see her find a way to a happy ending. Emi fought so hard even when things became quite dire and there seemed like there would be only one outcome that would see her give her own life for victory—you have to love a heroine like that!

One of the largest ongoing themes within the story and a focal point of the overall storyline has been Shiro and in particular his developing romance with Emi. As we've recently come to discover the truth behind Shiro's past, Immortal Fire sees Emi facing a lot of hard choices and needing to put the greater good over what her heart wants. Emi and Shiro are absolutely delightful together and I just adore the chemistry and connection between them that has blossomed over the series. It's impossible not to feel the electricity between them and I think Annette Marie just wrote their relationship perfectly. Human and god. Miko and Kitsune...Emi and Shiro are just beautiful and adorable together and have been throughout the whole series. 

Exciting from beginning to end, Immortal Fire is a powerful conclusion to what has been an absolutely brilliant series. Annette Marie has created a beautiful fantasy world within this series and brings it to an ending that is perfect. Plenty of surprises will keep readers on their toes and as Immortal Fire builds to an epic battle with all the characters I have come to love involved, I am very satisfied with how this trilogy ends. 

Annette Marie has created something special with this series and I highly recommend it to those who have not yet had the pleasure of reading it--you won't be sorry! This is a Japanese infused adventure that will bewitch readers from beginning to end. 

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me through Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: A fantastic series I highly recommend!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Owl Post #218


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 welcome to another Owl Post :)
 
 
I Bought:
 - Risen by Cole Gibsen
I read Risen a number of months ago via Netgalley (I still need to post my review!) and really enjoyed it. I had to have a paperback copy for my collection and can't wait for more!
 
- Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga 
I think this novel looks really good myself and I'm looking forward to reading it!


And that's me this week.
Hopefully the owls brought you some great books too!
 
 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Book Shelf: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
 


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Kerri Maniscalco’s debut novel Stalking Jack the Ripper is an absolutely sensational novel that introduces readers to a powerfully told adventure rich in history and featuring a strong willed protagonist, electric chemistry and a murder mystery you will be dying to get to the bottom of.

There’s a killer stalking the streets of Whitechapel, London and seventeen year old Audrey Rose Wadsworth is determined to get to the bottom of it! As the daughter of a lord, Audrey Rose leads a life of privilege but it’s not the social teas and silk finery that she longs for; it’s the stolen moments alongside her Uncle in his laboratory studying forensic medicine. When her Uncle is brought in to offer assistance in a series of gruesome murders being carried out in London, Audrey Rose finds herself drawn into the mystery surrounding the violent deaths and begins to wonder if the killer is closer to home than she wishes possible…..

It’s no secret that Stalking Jack the Ripper has been a wildly enjoyed novel since its release and having finally gotten around to reading Kerri Maniscalco’s debut myself, I can certainly see why. Stalking Jack the Ripper was simply superb! This novel captured my imagination from the opening chapter and I was thoroughly entranced by this vivid and wonderfully depicted world of 19th century London as Maniscalo weaves together the history of infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper with her own harrowing storyline.

Kerri Maniscalo brings heroine Audrey Rose and the world she inhabits to life with precise and often grisly attention to detail. I found myself immersed in Audrey Rose’s world and felt that Maniscalo did a fantastic job with the setting and atmosphere within the story. Detailed but authentic and realistic descriptions of corpses and the brutality shown by Jack the Ripper heightens the senses and offers a really enthralling ambience to the novel. It’s impossible not to become lost in the scene and the events currently taking place.

Protagonist Audrey Rose was someone who I really enjoyed following. Living in a day where women of her class were expected to be shy and demure, she was curious and inquisitive. I felt that Audrey Rose was intelligent and determined and I loved that she took an initiative and dared to be more than what societies opinion of her was. Her determination and attitude really appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoyed joining her on her journey to help her Uncle determined who was Jack the Ripper.

Amidst the mystery and unease of the killings, author Kerri Maniscalo also manages to include just the perfect enough amount of romantic entanglement within the story in the form of Thomas Creswell, a student of Audrey Rose’s Uncle and someone who managed to get under our heroines skin. Thomas really was charming in his arrogant way and the banter and flirtations exchanged between Audrey Rose and he made for some fabulous reading. The chemistry is undeniable and as their relationship continues to build I can only imagine where Maniscalo plans to take them together.

Racing towards a shocking ending, Stalking Jack the Ripper was a delectable and addictive novel. Kerri Maniscalo seems to hit every nail on the head and as this novel comes to an end, I'm ready to begin Audrey Rose and Thomas's next story, Hunting Count Dracula straight away! Fantastic reading!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I LOVED this and am about to jump straight into the sequel!