Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #278

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 Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz 
Releases on: February 4th 2020
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he's the Guild's most dangerous member and the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow--to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts--to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they'll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they'll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen's Secret series.

Thoughts:
The Queen's Assassin sounds just like my kind of fantasy. I've enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series and I'm looking forward to seeing her foray into the fantasy genre. Love the sound of this book and hope it lives up to my expectations. 

Do you like the sound of The Queen's Assassin? 
Will you be adding it to your TBR list?



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #277

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.....
 
Bone ​Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
Releases on: March 10th 2020
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Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Thoughts:
Alright, first, lets talk cover. This cover is absolutely STUNNING. So beautiful and pretty; it's the first thing that caught my attention. Then the description cements the fact that I must have this book when it comes out. I think it sounds like something different and I can't wait to read it!

What are you waiting on this week?


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Book Blitz: A Bite at the Cherry by Rita Stradling- Exceprt & Giveaway

I'm excited to be showcasing A Bite at the Cherry by Rita Stradling thanks to Xpresso Book Tours today. I also had the pleasure of reading A Bite at the Cherry thanks to Rita herself and shared my 4 star review yesterday.

A Bite at the Cherry was a very enjoyable novel and I highly recommend it!
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Three things about Justin Roberts:
1. He’s a bully.
2. Our relationship is toxic.
3. He’s the only one who knows my secret.


A year ago, I woke in the morgue with a note in my hand telling me that I’m a vampire. I need blood or I’ll start killing people. Lucky for me, Justin has been sneaking into my bedroom and feeding me blood for a year, and the only price I have to pay for it is putting up with his cruel snipes and my unwanted feelings for him.

I just can’t figure out why he keeps coming back.

But all that changes when I’m offered a full-ride scholarship to Justin’s mysterious school, the elite Blackburn Academy, where I might finally learn about vampires. About myself. All I have to do is pass the grueling entrance trials, and the scholarship will be mine. Problem is, Justin doesn’t want me anywhere near his elite school and rich friends. He’s vowed to sabotage me.

Justin may have been feeding me blood for a year, but he doesn’t know who he’s up against.

But, Blackburn Academy is more than it seems. I’ll be facing more than what Justin Roberts alone can dish out.

Will competing in the trials be the new beginning I’m hoping for, or will it end my undead existence?


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From A Bite at the Cherry....

When Justin’s hands went to my hips and guided me to straddle his lap, I climbed onto him, sitting on his knees. In this position, my sundress exposed most of my legs, and I situated the light-blue material, so it at least covered my underwear. Just as I thought about how exposed I felt, my dress strap slid over my shoulder, and I didn’t want to pull it up. My breaths came heavier as my gaze slid down to Justin’s lips and then up to his eyes.

The glint of mischief in Justin’s eyes changed into something softer for a moment, but the tender look vanished as quickly as it came.

“I drank from you twice yesterday morning.” Reaching up to his shoulders, I leaned in and whispered, “Am I supposed to bite you again, or is this just a rehearsal?”

“I told you . . .” His eyes blazed into mine and hands slid over the material on my hips, wrapping around my back, “I want to talk to you.”

“Like this?” The last thing I wanted to do was talk. My whole body thrummed to close the distance and press into him. I yearned to taste his mouth for the first time and finally know what his lips felt like.

He nodded. “January, I’m going to ask you — beg you — to turn down the Roberts Foundation Scholarship.”

“Damn it, Justin! You are so manipulative.” The asshole had me panting on his lap, even though I knew better, and just so he could tell me not to accept the scholarship?

I began to crawl away when his hands squeezed on my hips.

“January, please just stay here and talk to me. I’m not trying to piss you off or manipulate you. I’m trying to help you — to protect you from . . .” he made an exasperated sound that was so genuine, I froze and settled back onto his legs.

“Protect me from what? Because from where I’m sitting it really seems like you just don’t want your housekeeper’s granddaughter at your fancy academy, just like you don’t want your friends to know I exist.” When he didn’t answer right away, I asked, “Why do you care if they give the scholarship to me or someone else? What difference does it make to you?”

“It makes a huge difference.”

“Okay.” I drew out the word. “Why?”

Want more? Trust me you do--get your copy of A Bite at the Cherry today!

Rita Stradling is a USA Today Bestselling Author with an all consuming addiction to popcorn. The struggle is real, and it's also crunchy, buttery and often salty.

She also writes YA, NA and Adult romances about flawed people who find their perfect together (often these people are dragon-shifters, werewolves or have magical powers).

Rita believes in soulmates, happy endings and that love can overcome any obstacle.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Book Shelf: A Bite at the Cherry (Blackburn Academy #1) by Rita Stradling

Three things about Justin Roberts:
1. He’s a bully.
2. Our relationship is toxic.
3. He’s the only one who knows my secret.


A year ago, I woke in the morgue with a note in my hand telling me that I’m a vampire. I need blood or I’ll start killing people. Lucky for me, Justin has been sneaking into my bedroom and feeding me blood for a year, and the only price I have to pay for it is putting up with his cruel snipes and my unwanted feelings for him.

I just can’t figure out why he keeps coming back.

But all that changes when I’m offered a full-ride scholarship to Justin’s mysterious school, the elite Blackburn Academy, where I might finally learn about vampires. About myself. All I have to do is pass the grueling entrance trials, and the scholarship will be mine. Problem is, Justin doesn’t want me anywhere near his elite school and rich friends. He’s vowed to sabotage me.

Justin may have been feeding me blood for a year, but he doesn’t know who he’s up against.

But, Blackburn Academy is more than it seems. I’ll be facing more than what Justin Roberts alone can dish out.

Will competing in the trials be the new beginning I’m hoping for, or will it end my undead existence?


More info on Goodreads.... 


Review:

A Bite at the Cherry is Rita Stradling’s latest release and is a thrilling and enjoying vampiric tale woven with mystery and sizzling romantic tension.

A year ago, seventeen year old January Moore’s life changed forever when she woke in a morgue with a note telling her she was now a vampire. Following the instructions in the note, January found her way to Justin Roberts, a fellow teenager who agrees to supply her with blood in exchange for two things; she doesn’t ask questions and they tell no one of their weekly encounters. Now January’s grandmother has just taken a cleaning job on Justin’s side of town and January finds herself in close proximity to the boy she both loathes and can’t get enough of. Offered a scholarship to Justin’s mysterious high school, the elite Blackburn Academy, January soon begins to realise that Justin has his own secrets and they may just be the biggest threat January has experienced in her undead life yet….

I have to say I was quite impressed by A Bite at the Cherry. Though it is a “vampire” novel at it’s base, the elements of mystery and secrecy Rita Stradling weaves around January’s story gives the novel a thrilling and intriguing vibe. I won’t give too much away as part of the story's appeal is that you don’t exactly know what all the secrets are until the final few chapters, but readers will find themselves keen to discover the truth as January navigates her new life living on the Roberts estate.

As our protagonist, I quite liked January. Being a vampire is only a really small part of who she is as a character. As someone with an alcoholic mother, January has not lived a very easy life; she’s done it tough, but she never comes across as someone who feels sorry for herself or who wines about her position. January tends to make the most of things and I enjoyed this spunk about her. She wants a better life for herself and those she loves and she’s more than willing to work hard for it.

Readers will find themselves keen to piece the clues together as Rita Stradling details A Bite at the Cherry. It may come across that January blindly accepts certain circumstances too easily—namely that she’s a vampire---without further investigating too much, but this tends to bring more mystery to the story. It’s easy to get lost in January’s turbulent but sizzling relationship with Justin that is charged with desire on both ends as well as her blossoming friendships with other Blackburn Academy scholarship recipients. Teen drama and supernatural threats weave together effortlessly.

As the final few chapters of A Bite at the Cherry offer some long awaited answers, they also offer more than a few new questions and possibilities. Rita Stradling pulls a rabbit out of the hat with some revelations I wasn’t anticipating and leaves me raring to delve into the heart of Blackburn Academy and the Hawthorn Group alongside January. Bring on the next novel!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Rita!)
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: June 11th 2019
Buy: Amazon
Final Thoughts: Very enjoyable I can't wait for more!


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Blog Tour: Rogue by by A.J. Betts

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Rogue by by A.J. Betts thanks to AusYABloggers and Pan Macmillan Australia. The second and final novel in the Hive series, Rogue is an enjoyable read from by A.J. Betts that explores a unique Australian dystopian world.

Yesterday my review went live so be sure to check it out to see my thoughts on this novel. 
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There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I'd chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Hayley has gone rogue.

She's left everything she's ever known - her friends, her bees, her whole world - all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee.

But what is this new world she's come to? Has Hayley finally found somewhere she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?


Add on Goodreads or check out my review!

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A.J. Betts is an author, speaker, teacher and cyclist. Her latest novel HIVE (Pan Macmillan Australia, July 2018) is the first of a young adult duology. Its sequel ROGUE will be released late June, 2019.

A.J.'s bestselling third novel, ZAC & MIA, won the 2012 Text Prize, the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and the 2014 Ethel Turner prize for young adults at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. ZAC & MIA is available in 14 countries and was adapted for American television in 2017/18. Her earlier novels are WAVELENGTH and SHUTTERSPEED. In 2018, A.J. completed a PhD at ECU on the topic of wonder in literature. A J. is originally from Queensland but has lived in Perth since 2004.

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Near Fremantle? Think about checking out the launch of Rogue!

Check out the rest of the tour:

Monday 1 July
Barbara, @akablogger | Interview
Jacinta, Hungry Thesaurus | Giveaway
Lucy, Things Lucy Reads | Review
Stef, Novel Tea Corner | Review
Maree, @the_bibliosmaniac | Review

Tuesday 2 July
Bron, Bookish Bron | Interview
Danielle, @daniandthebooks | Review
Brooklynne, Lost in Literature | Review
Helin, Bookish Universe | Review

Wednesday 3 July
Tanzeem, Inside A Dog | Interview
Rose, @seventyeight.sundays | Giveaway
Gillian, Gilly Reads | Review
Alanah, @prettynerdy3 | Review
Jessica, Jessie Hulk’s Books | Review

Thursday 4 July
Kaitlan, @elysian_words_ | Interview
Julie, Bookish Intoxication | Review
Kit, Kitster Cronk | Review
Michelle, Shelle Reads Books | Review
Rachel, The Rest is Still Unwritten | Review

Friday 5 July
Shannon, Shannon Jade Books | Interview
Aimee, Reading Sumption | Giveaway
Darlene, @daysoflostreading89 | Review
Clare, Goodreads | Review
Sarah, Sarah Says | Review


A great addition to the Australian dystopian genre, Rogue (and Hive) are enjoyable reads that are available online and in all good bookstores today. Don't miss out on your copies!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Book Shelf: Rogue (Hive #2) by A.J. Betts

There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I'd chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Hayley has gone rogue.

She's left everything she's ever known - her friends, her bees, her whole world - all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee.

But what is this new world she's come to? Has Hayley finally found somewhere she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Rogue is the second novel in the Hive series and brings the duology to a close as A.J. Betts brings to life new elements of this unique Australian dystopian.

There’s no going back for Hayley now that she has left the safe confines of the only home she’s ever known. Outside is like nothing she could ever have imagined and since going rogue she finds herself discovering new wonders every day. Yet outside is far from perfect, and for every miracle Hayley finds comes a disappointment as well. Is this outside world any better than where she came from? Or did Hayley make a mistake in leaving? As she searches for a place to belong, Hayley begins to realise that home isn’t always where you thought it was….

As Rogue brings Hayley’s story to a close, I find myself satisfied by the way A.J. Betts has concluded this duology. Picking up where Hive left off, Rogue sees protagonist Hayley discovering a whole new world and as the reader, Rogue is also an eye opener as we finally begin to discover more about the place Hayley comes from and the world that exists outside it.

I personally think Bett’s wrote the history of her fictional world very well. It was exciting discovering the series was set in Australia (gotta love an Australian setting!) and I appreciated seeing how Betts wove today’s current events and pop-culture into this dystopian world set in the future. The backstory was believable as I could imagine how our world could become the place Hayley was now discovering.

Rogue sees Hayley grow in a lot of ways and I liked her strength as she fights to find her place in the world. The naiveté she possesses dissipates throughout the novel but she still retains her wonder and hope to find a home. Her voice is young but clear and she comes across as determined but sweet. Hayley makes new friends and even finds herself a new kind of family as she explores the outside world.

The Hive duology has been a unique and easy to ready dystopian series. A.J. Betts has created a world not too unlike our own and gives it a twist with the vault. I think the beauty of this is that neither world is perfect; both where Hayley originally comes from and the world she discovers once outside. Hayley is hoping to find a place to call home, but throughout Rogue it becomes clear that perhaps the place she came from may have been a kinder place to live. I quite liked the idea that not everything is greener on the other side.

Featuring a satisfying and hopeful ending, Rogue brings to a close a fun and solid duology that will appeal to those who love dystopian but are perhaps looking for something a little bit different.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher and AusYABloggers as part of tour (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $16.99
Release Date: June 25th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A solid Australian novel, Rogue (and first novel Hive) are worth a read!


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Blog Tour: A Bad Breed by Kat Ross- Excerpt & Giveaway


Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Bad Breed by Kat Ross presented by Xpresso Book Tours! I absolutely LOVE Kat Ross's novels and am super excited to help share this novel with you today. A Bad Breed can be read as part of the Gaslamp Gothic series or a standalone tale.
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Pricolici.

A creature out of folklore. And nightmare.

January 1889. When a Romanian village suffers a series of brutal attacks, occult investigator Anne Lawrence is dispatched to the forests of the Old Country to hunt the killer – only to vanish without a trace.

The trail leads her mentor Vivienne Cumberland deep into the Carpathians to a remote monastery. As a blizzard rages outside, trapping them all with the pricolici, Vivienne risks sharing the fate of the woman she came to find. But is the culprit truly a werewolf … or something even more dangerous?

A man bent on revenge. And a love that was never meant to be.

Imprisoned in a decaying castle, Anne finds herself ensnared in a web of dark enchantment, at the mercy of a mysterious captor with a beast inside – and a memory as old as the ancient legends.

As the weeks pass, Anne learns his real identity, and slowly uncovers a complex and deeply passionate man. But is she willing to pay the price for falling under his spell?


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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

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