Friday, November 24, 2017

Blog Tour: The November Girl by Lydia Kang


I'm thrilled to be participating in in blog tour for The November Girl by Lydia Kang thanks to Chapter by Chapter. The November Girl is am absolutely beautiful book and one I highly recommend; so unique and vividly alluring.
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I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.


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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Book Shelf: The November Girl by Lydia Kang

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.


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Review: 

The November Girl by Lydia Kang is a compelling and haunting supernatural tale that is beautifully told and envisioned. Featuring a unique and compelling heroine and a powerful story, The November Girl is like nothing I have read before. 

Anda is a daughter of the Lake, torn between her human side and the powerful, controllable urges she has to be the November storms; sinking ships and revelling in the death that empowers her. Every November Anda embraces more of her nature, slowly loosing comprehension of what it is to be human and to feel, until one day a sad and lonesome boy comes to the island where she lives and awakens thoughts and feelings in her she thought long gone. Seventeen year old Hector is on the run from his abusive uncle, hoping to hide out on Isle Royale for the winter until he turns eighteen and can legally live by himself. All he has to do is survive a few months alone; only he soon realises that he is not as alone on the island as he expected to be. Hector is no stranger to violence, something that runs through Ana’s veins, but as the strange but beguiling girl and the sad boy with secrets spend time together, is the connection they share enough to keep Anda on dry land? Or will the call of the Lake be too strong?


The November Girl is a truly unique and unexpected novel. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before, largely in part because Anda is such a different and incomparable character. Beautifully told, The November Girl unfolds through Hector and Anda’s varying POV’s with Anda’s voice extremely eerie and compelling—a highlight of the book in my eyes. 


Anda is an odd mix of ferociousness and childlike wonder and innocence. Her haunted voice portrays a strange kind of hopelessness and incomprehension as she wars with her brutal and often uncontrollable nature. Though half human as well, her inability to care for her human side or even understand what is was she needed came across as oddly endearing and the sweet. It was adorable watching her try to offer small gestures to Hector while not fully comprehending or understanding the why of things. And yet she was also vastly intelligent and capable. It was a strange mix but deeply intriguing.  


Author Lydia Kang has created a bewitching and dangerous island home for Anda. The harsh and vast nature of the storms that raged and Anda's connection to them was highly alluring. The icy, winter wilderness Anda and Hector fought to survive in was ferocious and I was entranced by the danger and wonder I found in equal measure in Kang's words. 


Anda was magic and power brought to life while Hector was escaping from true, brutal pain that should be incomprehensible, but seems to be more common in today's society than I wish it was. The blend of the magic and realism was perfect and the harmony of the story flowed wonderfully. It was just a truly captivating story from beginning to end.


Lydia Kang has created something different but strangely beautiful within The November Girl. Haunting, powerful and moving, this story will draw from it's reader every emotion and leave them with a deeply satisfying feeling of hopefulness.


Rating:  
Source: Sent for review by Chapter by Chapter and the publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing 
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
November 7th 2017  
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Final Thoughts: Beautiful in it's haunting prose and stunning tale. I HIGHLY recommend!




 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #203

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.....
 
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart 
Releases on: July 24th 2018
 
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.


Thoughts:
I've previously read and adored Tracy Banghart's Rebel Wing series, so I was stoked to discover she had a new novel coming out. I really like the sound of Grace and Fury and will defintely be keeping an eye out for this one. I'm sure it'll be brilliant!

What do you think of Grace and Fury? 
Is it something you would read? 

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Shelf: Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James

"A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart, Tarnished City is the second title in Vic James's electrifying Dark Gifts Trilogy, following Gilded Cage.

A corrupted city
A dark dream of power

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?"


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Review: 

Tarnished City is the second novel in the Dark Gifts series by Vic James and is another darkly thrilling tale featuring a world of inequity, injustice and powerful individuals that is full of political intrigue, betrayal and a rebellion that burns stronger with the turn of every page.

In a corrupt and alternate Britain, those in possession of special abilities known as Skill are held in high esteem and lord over their unSkillfull counterparts. As commoners struggle in their day to day lives and are expected to participate in ten years’ worth of slave days, those with Skill live in wealth and opulence, high above those they deem less. Ever since beginning their slave days, things have gone from bad to worse for siblings Abi and Luke. Luke has been condemned and imprisoned in an inescapable castle for his role in an Equal controlled assassination and Abi is a fugitive as she attempts to prove her brother is nothing but a pawn in the plans of others. Torn between who they can trust and who isn’t as they appear, Abi and Luke find themselves caught up in a dangerous rebellion and the desires of entitled lords who will do anything to secure their positions of power. Even if it means killing in order to do so…..

After getting off to a slow start with Gilded Cage, I have come to enjoy the turn of the 20th century aristocratic vibe that runs through this series and that Vic James explores with each instalment. Blending danger and powerful abilities with historic monuments, estates and mannerisms give the series a noble aura and James weaves brutal moments and shocking atrocities into the storyline to keep things forward moving and her readers on their toes.

Told in the third person, Tarnished City follows a number of characters who as a collective bring a lot to the story. There’s such a diverse collection of personalities within the series that it offers a lot of different perspectives and points of views that you can follow. Some are fairly obvious such as Abi’s and Luke’s, but characters such as Silyen Jardine really pique my interest as I try to understand the workings of their minds and what their reasoning’s for many of their actions are. I know Silyen’s working an angle, but I just don’t know what yet; is he friend or foe? It’s really not clear, and this and other characters motivations make for some interesting reading and story development.

Admittedly some characters I like more than others including Coira whose history and heritage I’m keen to learn more about and Garver who is strangely one of my favourite characters and who I’m hoping to see big things from after the ending of book two. I’m hoping this means some changes and developments are in store for him.

Author Vic James keeps a lot close to her chest and includes some unexpected betrayals and revelations in Tarnished City. As far as I’m concerned, Tarnished City was better than the first novel in my eyes and am hopeful that streak will continue.

With the thrilling final chapters of Tarnished City shocking and more than one character losing their life throughout the course of Tarnished City, I can’t wait to see what happens next in the third instalment and am sure James will once more keep me on my toes!

Rating:  
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $12.99
Release Date: September 7th 2017
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Final Thoughts: I enjoyed Tarnished City much more than I actually did the first book in this series. I feel the series is getting better and am looking forward to the release of the next novel to see what happens next!




 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Owl Post #197


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 lovelies and welcome to another Owl Post!

Not only am I a bit of a book hoarder and own sooooo many books I don't know how I'll ever read all of them, but I can't resist a sale; which is why this week I have a lot of books I bought to share with you. The first photo is of books I scored from Kinokuniya and cost me less than $35--and that includes two hardbacks AND free shipping :)
 
I Bought:
 - The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead 
I enjoy Richelle Mead's books but have only just gotten a copy of this. Can't wait to read it!
 
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 
I still have the first book in this series, Illuminae to read too but I LOVE Amie Kaufman and am sure I will adore it when I finally get around to it; just have to find the time. 
 
- The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness  
I recently heard this series was being made into a tv series and I've heard great things about it so I decided to give it ago. Unfortunately Kinokuniya cancelled my order of Book 1 & 2 because they ran out of stock so I now only have this third book, but I'll get the first two eventually.
 
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 
I ADORE Laini Taylor and I'm stoked to have waiting to get a copy of this book--this hard back cost me $9. Nine freaking dollars--yes please! 

- Caraval by Stephanie Garber 
Caraval seems to be one of the hottest debuts this year and I'm looking forward to reading it. LOVE this hardback copy I scored for only $8 :) It's so beautiful!
 
- City of Light by Keri Arthur 
A few weeks ago I found a second hand copy of the second book in this series for $2 in perfect condition, so now I have book one so I can began this series :)
 
- Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine   
I LOVED the first two books in The Great Library series and thought I might have received a copy of Ash and Quill for review. Obviously I didn,t so I had to get one for myself! Can't wait to read this!
 
- The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
I read the first book in this Shades of London series a few years ago and enjoyed it. I haven't continued on with the series but this book was $4 so I thought I'd finally get myself a copy of the sequel. 

- Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory 
 Stormbringers is the second novel in the Order of Darkness series. I don't have a copy of book one, however this hardback was only $3.50, sooooooo ;)

My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster 
-   Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
These are books three and four in the London Steampunk (I also own book one) and Bec is attending an author event next year that I'm thinking of attending. I'm still unsure if I definitely will or not, but just in case, these were on sale ($6 each) so I decided to get copies in preparation; just in case! 

And that's me this week! I treated myself to plenty of goodies!
What did the owls drop off for you?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Blitz: Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer- Teasers and Giveaway

Today on The Rest Is Still Unwritten is the book blitz for Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer thanks to Xpresso Book Tours. This YA looks like it is a fun, magical and romantic read. The teasers I have to share today are beautiful and have me hoping to read this book in the future myself.
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Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.



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In her own words: Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Shelf: Size Matters (A Perfect Fit #1) by Alison Bliss

The rules of (fake) engagement . . .
Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.
 


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Review: 

Size Matters is the first novel in Alison Bliss’s A Perfect Fit series and is a fresh and flirty contemporary romance perfect for those who love their romance novels threaded with humour and fun.

Curvaceous beauty Leah Martin is the owner of a successful bakery and no stranger to temptation. She’s spent her life fighting the treats and deserts she’s so good at creating, and consuming, as well as the expectations of those in her life who are not happy about her weight. Enter contractor Sam, a man whose hotness gets Leah’s blood pumping….and someone who just told her mother that they’re engaged, which is absolutely not true. Sam Cooper doesn’t always think before he speaks, which is probably why he came to Leah’s defence against her nit-picking mother and announced they were engaged; a fact that definitely isn’t true seeing as they only just met. Sure, Sam can’t help but be drawn in by Leah’s delectable curves and delicious desserts, but posing as her fake fiancé was never the plan. Now he and Leah need to do find a way to get out of their fake engagement with both their reputations intact, but when their plan to convince Leah’s family that Sam is a terrible guy and can't possibly the right man for their daughter begins to backfire, will Leah and Sam realise that they may just have something together after all? Or will both be left unsatisfied?

As someone who has never been stick thin in her life, Size Matters appealed to me straight away for its curvaceous heroine and important themes. Tackling weight issues is never an easy gig, but I liked the way in which Alison Bliss explored it while still managing to keep things fun and sweet. Size Matters may be my first novel by Alison Bliss, but it definitely won’t be the last as I was won over by the fun and entertaining storyline within this easy to follow and enjoy novel.

Unfolding through both Leah and Sam’s varying POV’s, Size Matters introduced two characters who were both likable and a romance that was really sweet. Sam was a funny but sexy male lead and I understood Leah’s insecurities on a deeper level. I could understand where she was coming from having experienced similar fears and uncertainties in the past myself. Emphasizing with the heroine like this only made me cheer for her more as she finally stood up for herself and got her man.

Overall, Size Matters was a light (no pun intended!) but all-round fun novel to read. It was something you could sit back and relax with and not take too serious, while also being full of humour, sensuality and romance. I look forward to reading the next one!

Rating: 
Source: Purchased by me from The Book Depository
Publisher: Forever
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 29th 2016
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Final Thoughts: Size Matters is tonnes of fun with plenty of humor and romance; I can't wait to read the next novel featuring Val!