Monday, February 8, 2016

Owl Post #84


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.
 
For Review:
- Revelation by Ellery A. Kane
I've really enjoyed reading and reviewing the Legacy series for Ellery A Kane and I'm super excited to see how the trilogy comes to an end. I just know it's going to be fabulous!!
 
...Thank you Ellery for sending me this book--you rock!
 
 
And that's me this week :)
What did the owls bring YOU?
 
 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Year Blogging & Reading Resolutions

2016 promises to be a another great year. There'll be more books to read and fall in love with, authors to meet and events to attend. If anyone's like me then you've already got big plans.

So we may be in February already, but I've  made a few new year resolutions where The Rest Is Still Unwritten and my own reading practices are concerned and I thought I might share them with you all.

Here's what I promise this year:

1. MORE GIVEAWAYS!
I'm going to be making it my mission to include more giveaways on the blog. I'm a bit of a swag hoarder--I've got tonnes of it sitting around--and I'm going to try and share the love around with my lovely follows. Oh and my 5 Year Blogoversary is coming up in March so I'll be giving away some signed books, some signed swag and other goodies. Stay tuned!
**And on a side note: If there are any authors out there who might be interesting in throwing in some goodies (ebooks, swag etc) shoot me an email**

2. MORE CONTENT!
There' always tones of reviews, blog tours, blitzs and memes on The Rest Is Still Unwritten, but this year I'm going to try to make sure there's more interviews, random fun book posts and other bits and pieces about :)

3. MORE INTERACTION!
This doesn't effect my blog so much as those of my lovely followers and my blogging friends. I must admit I've gotten a bit slack in commenting and following those around the blogosphere and I intend to change that this year.

4. MORE READING!
I know this may sound silly considering the fact I do soooo much reading as it is, but I'm really hoping to get to some of the books that have been on my shelf for a long time. You know books that sounded fab and I had to finish, or sequels I had to have but never got to. Here's an idea of what I mean; click here to see the books I was hoping to read in 2015 for the same reason. I've read ONE on this list only. ONE. Need to do better this year.

Have you made any blogging or reading centered resolutions this year?
If you have I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Book Shelf: Downfall (The Incorruptibles #1) by S.D. Wasley

Frankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:
1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love

Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.

Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people ... and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.

Furtive meetings in an underground chamber ... Latin words carved into a stone wall ... intense desire ... and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.

Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Downfall is the first novel in S.D. Wasley’s new Incorruptibles series and is an intriguing look at those with special abilities that gives a new twist to those with seemingly divine gifts who protect those around them. 

I have to be honest; Downfall is a really hard book for me to review. I really enjoy S.D. Wasley’s Seventh series and highly recommend it, but I found myself struggling with Downfall. While I thought the concept of the saints explored by Wasley was intriguing and fresh, I found it hard to connect with the main character or the romance within the story. 

Downfall follows Frankie, the eighteen year old daughter of a big time evangelist who is sent to live with her cousin after there is a scandal involving her family during her dad’s latest book-tour. Though she misses the travelling she loves, Frankie begins to settle into the small town of Augers Well and soon finds herself invited into a unique circle of friends whose mysterious meetings see Frankie determined to uncover their secrets. It’s at these meetings that Frankie meets Cain a darkly handsome and alluring stranger who is more mysterious than all and who Frankie can’t help but begin to fall for…..

Downfall had a lot of potential, but ultimately fell flat. I think the biggest issue for me was that I didn’t like Frankie and I didn’t care for her relationship with Cain. Personally Frankie wasn’t endearing to me, and I found Cain a bit bland. I was intrigued by many of the other characters and what their visions meant on the whole, but not Frankie. The beautiful black and white depictions at the start of most chapters are a beautiful addition to the novel and give it a real something extra. As you read the story, the pictures coincide and match up with much of what’s going on and I give Wasley real props for including them. 

Aside from my issues with Frankie I didn’t believe her and Cain’s romance. There was no build up, no expansion on the initial first attraction that normally develops into something deeper and meaningful. I felt like Frankie “fell for” and became obsessed over Cain too quickly and for no real reason. Though I understood the reason for their relationship, I didn’t understand Cain’s draw and in turn struggled to understand why Frankie became so entranced by him. At the end of the day I just didn’t feel it. 

Though my review may indicate otherwise, there were aspects of the story I did like and I’m intrigued as to what Frankie’s role in everything is. If you enjoy mystery and paranormal however then Downfall may just be the perfect book for you!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you S.D!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
My Recommendation: If you like mystery and the paranormal, this may be perfect for you.
Cover: I do really like the cover. It's got an old-style appeal
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Undecided at this point.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blog Tour: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas


Having posted my review of These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas yesterday, I'm super excited to participate in the Blog Tour today thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! Authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas introduce their two leading men from These Vicious Masks and I have a paperback copy to give away to one super lucky reader!

I LOVED These Vicious Masks--think X-Men meets Jane Austin, meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen--and am thrilled to help showcase it today. Definitely worth a read!
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Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can't make her want to live up to society's expectations. She'd much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in becoming the world's first female doctor. But everything changes the night she meets Sebastian Braddock - not only is the reclusive lord both vexing and surprisingly attractive, he's also quite possibly mad, and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Evelyn wakes up to discover that Rose has disappeared, she immediately suspects Sebastian.

But then she discovers that Sebastian's strange tales of special powers are actually true, and that Rose's kidnappers have worse in mind for her than simply ruining her reputation. Surrounded by secrets, lies, and unprecedented danger, Evelyn has no choice but to trust Sebastian, yet she can't help but worry that Sebastian's secrets are the most dangerous of all…

Add on Goodreads or check out my 5 star review!

Purchase:
 
 MEET THE MEN OF THESE VICIOUS MASKS!
 

Tarun and Kelly met in a freshman year writing class at NYU and started writing These Vicious Masks a few years later.

Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he’s written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He’s also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.

Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.
 
Visit Tarun:
As I briefly mentioned I have ONE (1) physical copy of the winner's choice of either These Vicious Masks to give away! I'm going to keep it super easy; to enter simply comment below with a way to contact you and what you think of the novel.

Open to US and Canada ONLY. Giveaway will run from today until February 19th!

Good luck to everyone who enters. I absolutely love These Vicious Masks and guarantee you will be too!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Shelf: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can't make her want to live up to society's expectations. She'd much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in becoming the world's first female doctor. But everything changes the night she meets Sebastian Braddock - not only is the reclusive lord both vexing and surprisingly attractive, he's also quite possibly mad, and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Evelyn wakes up to discover that Rose has disappeared, she immediately suspects Sebastian.

But then she discovers that Sebastian's strange tales of special powers are actually true, and that Rose's kidnappers have worse in mind for her than simply ruining her reputation. Surrounded by secrets, lies, and unprecedented danger, Evelyn has no choice but to trust Sebastian, yet she can't help but worry that Sebastian's secrets are the most dangerous of all…

More info on
Goodreads.....


Review:


These Vicious Masks is the brainchild of debut authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas and is a lush and vivid addition to the historical fiction genre weaving together superpowers, sass and Victorian London in a spectacular debut!

These Vicious Masks introduces readers to Evelyn Wyndham, an intelligent and snarky young woman whose reluctant society life is thrown through the wringer when her younger sister Rose vanishes and only Evelyn believes it’s through sinister means. Setting out to find her kidnapped sister, Evelyn, with the help of the sarcastic but still dashing Nicolas Kent, travels to London, only to discover herself in the midst of strange tales about people with incredible abilities; including the obnoxious and infuriating Sebastian Braddock who wants Evelyn’s help and who has secrets of his own. Wanting simply to find her sister, Evelyn soon stumbles upon startling truths about herself and quickly discovers that nothing is as it seems……

Promoted as Jane Austin meets The X-Men, These Vicious Masks is a really good debut for authors Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. It’s lusciously told and very well set. Shanker and Zekas give colour to 1882 England and fill their novel with mysterious, tangible characters full of poise, character and personality! 

The main character Evelyn is stubborn, determined and strong. Though I wondered if I’d like her during the very first chapter, I quickly came to enjoy her snark, opinion and determination not to give up. Evelyn refused to be pushed aside and took things on herself despite the men in her life wanting her to stand back and let them handle it. She was capable, but also human. I’ve enjoyed seeing her learn about herself and the world around her within the shadows.

Shanker and Zekas introduce readers to an interesting group of people who are very X-Men like and for those who love superpowers, These Vicious Marks promises a lot of fun. Personally I’m really excited about the prospect about learning of more people who can do extraordinary things as I very much enjoyed the different personalities and individuals Shanker and Zekas insert into their story. 

As no exciting novel like These Vicious Marks would be complete without some exciting romance, Evelyn finds herself with two dashing suitors vying for her attention in this novel, I have to say….I love them both! Though if I’m being honest, Mr Braddock has won my heart a tiny bit more. Evelyn has fantastic chemistry with Mr Kent and I enjoy the easy banter between them, but the fire that simmers between her and Sebastian kept winning me over time and time again. So I’m going to be cheering for them…..

Perfect for fans of Alyxandra Harvey’s Breath of Frost series, or Page Morgan’s Beautiful and the Cursed, These Vicious Masks is guaranteed to sweep you into a thrilled journey and I for one can’t wait for more!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and the authors (Thank you guys!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Bookworld The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
My Recommendation: If you love YA historicals with the supernatural and romance, this is perfect for you.
Cover: I think this cover is awesome; not overdone but perfect for the novel.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES! I can't wait for more.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #122

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.....
 
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Releases on: May 3rd 2016
 
His world is music…
…Her world is silent.


Ali Collins was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

Until the brain tumor struck.

Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer for the wildly-popular band Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents.

Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and legions of fans. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships.

But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.
 
Thoughts:
Alright, this novel just downright sounds adorable! I love the idea of a young woman gone deaf who meets and then (maybe/hopefully) falls in love with a musician. This novel has real possibility and I can't wait to read it!
 
Do you think Tone Deaf sounds as cute as I do?
 
 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Book Shelf: Fall with Me (Wait for You #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Fall With Me is the fourth instalment in Jennifer L. Armentrout's widely popular Wait for You series and is another heady tale of passion, romance and sensuality, woven together with Armentrout's trademark wit, humor and character development!

The Wait for You series is one of my favorite NA series out there and I never fail to fall in love with what Jennifer L. Armentrout writes where this series is concerned. Fall With Me is another great addition to the series and this time follows Roxy and Reese, characters we met in Calla and Jax's previous tale.

Bartender Roxy has been in love with Reece Anders since she was a teenager. Close friends for years, Roxy always assumed police officer Reece saw her as a little sister. Until a drunken night together opens her eyes to the way he may feel, but ends horribly when Reece jumps to conclusions about what transpired between them; the results of which see Roxy's and his relationship destroyed. Fast forward eleven months and Roxy is still furious with Reece, but unable to deny that she still wants him, especially when he makes it clear he's ready to be with her for real. Throw in a possible stalker and the man who hurt her best friend years before being released from jail, Roxy finds herself facing some big decisions and only if she lets Reece in will she finally be able to find true happiness.

Wonderfully written, Jennifer L. Armentrout weaves together a great romance story that will easily bring a smile to your face. Personally, I don't think Fall With Me is my favorite, but it's still a great read! I adore the way Armentrout writes her characters and the way she manages to weave so much humor, banter and fantastic one-liners into the story. There's great dialogue as always and some very sensual sex scenes between Roxy and Reece.

Roxy is a really quirky character and so great to follow! She has her own unique personality and way of seeing the world, and her voice within the story is distinct. I thought Armentrout wrote her really well and appreciated that Armentrout gave her great relationships with her friends, family and work colleagues. It's wonderful to see a strong family and work dynamic, and that's what we see within Fall With Me.

Any woman who states she hasn't had a police officer fantasy at one point of another is lying. I mean, come on....there's something oh, so sexy about the presence, the power, the strength that comes from a man in uniform and Officer Reece Anders has all this in spades. Jennifer L. Armentrout writes him beautifully and pens a great relationship between he and Roxy.

Roxy and Reece as fun and sexy and oh, so perfect together. They compliment each other, but I love the way Armentrout have them some history as teenagers and how this foundation made for a great stepping stone into a physical, romantic relationship. They're funny and charming together and the endearing moments between them are at a perfect balance between the steamy ones.

Fall With Me makes a great addition to a brilliant continuing series and with Fall With Me ending perfectly, I am sooooo excited to read Nick's story next, especially knowing he's being partnered with Stepanie; someone I've wanted to know more about since Teresa and Jase's book, Be with Me. Bring on Nick and Steph!
 

Rating:
Source: I purchased from The Book Depository
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: A brilliant NA series--one of the best!
Cover: Love it!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes! Can't wait for more.