Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Shelf: Rising Silver Mist (The Lost Clan #3) by Olivia Wildenstein

THERE WERE THREE THINGS I WAS CERTAIN ABOUT.

First, I would never kill another person. But when a family friend murdered my father, I destroyed her with a power I didn't even know I possessed.

Second, I would never strike another bargain. But faeries could bring the dead back, so when Cruz offered to revive my father, I accepted.

Third, I would never marry an enemy, but every bargain comes at a price. The price of mine: I had to marry Cruz and move to the faerie isle.

For the first time in my life, I wondered if death wouldn't be a kinder end.

Fans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will adore Wildenstein's LOST CLAN series.


More info on Goodreads....


Review: 

Rising Silver Mist is the third novel in the sensational Lost Clan series by Olivia Wildenstein and brings to a close Catori’s story with heart racing action, sizzling romance and edge of your seat surprises!

A lot has changed since Catori Price returned to her hometown of Rowan after her mother’s death. Not only has she discovered that faeries really do exist, but she’s descended from an ancient Native American tribe of hunters whose mission is to hunt and kill them. Oh, and she’s also fallen hopelessly in love with a faerie Prince who is also technically already engaged to someone else. And now, Cat finds herself drawn into dangerous fae politics and schemes when she accepts a bargain from an enemy in order to save her father’s life. Taken to the Faerie world of Neverra, Cat will need to draw upon hidden powers if she wants to prevent the destruction of all that she holds dear……

Olivia Wildenstein captivates once more with this thrilling latest instalment in her breathtaking faerie series. Mixing fae mythology with Native American folklore and heritage, the Lost Clan has been an absolute joy to read. Even though Wildenstein is set to thrill fans with a fourth novel, Raging Rival Hearts featuring characters Lily and Kajika’s story, Rising Silver Mist brings to an end the story arc featuring main character Catori. And with spectacular fashion I might add!

The intricate and intriguing way Wildenstein has woven this series together has always made for tremendous moments of action, romance and elements of mystery as various deceptions and revelations were revealed. I’ve loved the tone of the series which has always been fast paced, exciting and highly entertaining. Main character Catori has been wonderful to follow and I couldn’t fault her at all; she truly was just a stellar protagonist who has taken us as the reader on a fantastic journey with her at the helm.

Olivia Wildenstein has won me over with electric elements of romance woven into the story with Cat having three potential love interests in the series; Cruz, Kajika and Ace. Surprisingly Wildenstein manages for the most part to avoid the stereotypical love triangle (although in this case I think a square would be more accurate) perfectly with Cat very sure of her feelings quite quickly and adamant in who her heart belongs to. I won’t give away spoilers, but I’ve very happy that this guy managed to keep his girl as I just do love him oh so much.

Full of fun and so much life, the minor characters in this series offer perfect support throughout the series. It has been largely interesting waiting to discover their motivations and purposes within the story. I have highly enjoyed following Catori with Olivia Wildenstein winning a fan in me. My heart yearns for the moment I can join Lily and Kijaka in their story and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for Raging Rival Hearts so I can read it as soon as it releases!

Rating: 
Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Olivia!)
Publisher:
Published by Olivia Wildenstein
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date:
April 21st 2018
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Final Thoughts:
I absolutely adore this series; Rising Silver Mist was a great novel and I can't wait to read Lily and Kijaka's story!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #223

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.....

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis  
Releases on: September 25th 2018

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.


Thoughts:
I'm going to be honest here and say that it was the STUNNING cover for this novel that first caught my attention; it's just incredible. That being said, I do very much love the sound of this book too! I've had a mixed relationship with Beth Revis in the past; sometimes I like her books, sometimes I don't but I CAN'T WAIT for this one. Fantasy, magic, necromancy--it sounds amazing! 

Will you be adding Give the Dark My Love to you TBR list?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Shelf: Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

More info on Goodreads...... 


Review:

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer is an absolutely brilliant novel that is passionate, emotional and endlessly heart-warming.

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a renowned photographer who traveled the globe searching for the next world changing shot. Even after her death, Juliet has continued to write to her mother to cope with her loss; leaving letters at her mother’s grave. She just never expected to receive a response. Declan Murphy is used to people making up their mind about him. He has a reputation and is known for being a black sheep. No one stops to wonder about the truth surrounding his life. After one mistake sees him doing community service attending to lawn maintenance in the local cemetery, Declan finds himself reading a letter left at one of the graves and being caught by its haunting pain and honesty. Writing back was just a spur of the moment response; he certainly wasn’t anticipating that the original author would reply in kind. Soon the two teens are exchanging correspondence with each other, opening up with who they believe is a perfect stranger. Yet as their lives at school begin to intersect, Juliet and Declan are about to discover truths that may tear them apart forever….

Letters to the Lost is a beautifully written and superbly explored novel about the power of both the written and spoken word and the impact being honest and telling the truth can have on those around you. Brigid Kemmerer has always been an author I look forward to reading ever since I first read her Elemental series but with every novel she releases I find myself falling even further under her spell. The woman has talent, plain and simple and Letters to the Lost is without a doubt her best novel yet.

Written through both Juliet and Declan’s varying POV’s as well as through written letters and shared emails, Letters to the Lost details a poignant and powerful story alight with chemistry, depth and emotion. Kemmerer explores some powerful and important themes seen throughout today's society including loss, alcoholism, adultery,  anger and alienation as well as the impact these issues can have on a young adult during a particularly difficult time in their life. 

The main characters are powerful voices easy to relate to and impossible not to adore. Different though similar, their connection is beautifully explored by Kemmerer and her ability to instill so much attraction and chemistry through letters and brief interactions is fantastic. I felt I knew both Juliet and Declan and their relationship and the blossoming romance between them was perfectly detailed. 

Fantastically written, Letters to the Lost features tangible characters and a wonderful romance. Juliet and Declan were easy to love and follow. Brigid Kemmerer has woven together a wonderfully told story and I'm very much looking forward to reading the companion novel featuring the beguiling and intriguing Rev!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback ARC
Australian RRP: $16.99
Release Date: 6th April 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: I'm so sorry I took so long to read this book as it's just AMAZING!


 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Owl Post #205


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.
 
Hi book lovers and welcome to my first Owl Post in a while!

Moving really has thrown me through a loop and these probably aren't ALL the books I received or bought but they're the only ones I can think of off the top of my head LOL.
 
For Review:
 From Allen & Unwin:
- Allied by Amy Tintera 
Allied is the final book in the Ruined series and I LOVED IT. Review to come. Such a brilliant ending to a superb series.  
 
....Thank you so much guys!
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From Hot Key Books:
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I'm really looking forward to reading this novel. Mermaid/siren novels seem to be growing in popularity in recent times and I've certainly enjoyed the ones I've read in the past so I have a lot of hope for To Kill a Kingdom :)
 
....Thanks guys!
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From Scholastic Australia: 
- Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter 
Ally Carter's latest release! Keen to read this one--she writes enjoyable and fun contemporary.  
 
- The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner 
This is the first novel in James Dashner's The 13th Reality series. I must say I love his Maze Runner series, but I'm wondering if this might be too young for me?? We'll see though. 

....Thank you so much!
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From Penguin Random House:
- True Blue by Sasha Wasley 
I LOVED the first novel in this series--Dear Banjo--and am super excited to read this second one! It's not shown, but the book also came with an adorable little easel for reviewers to express themselves in celebration of main character Free's passion for painting; such an adorable idea!

...Thanks so much Ali and Sasha!

I Bought:
- Rebel Heart by Moira Young 
Confession? I haven't actually read any of the Dust Lands trilogy, but I now own all three ;) Can't help buying them when they're on sale. 

- From the Earth to the Shadows by Amanda Hocking 
I'm a real Amanda Hocking fan and even though I'm still yet to read book #1, I had to have this pretty sequel for when I eventually begin the series. It's so pretty!

- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
One of my book-ish resolutions for 2018 is to catch up on my Sarah J. Maas reading; I've only read up to book 3 of Throne of Glass and the first A Court of Thorns and Roses book. I own them all; I now just need to find the time to read them!

- Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry
 Nineteen Letters was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I'm thrilled I finally got around to getting a paperback copy for my collection. This is such a brilliant read. 5/5 stars!

- The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross 
I really love the sound of this novel--it was actually one of my WOW's last year  and when I say this hardback on sale, I had to have it. It's sooooo pretty.

What books have the owls brought you recently?


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Book Shelf: Olympian Challenger (Olympian Challenger #1) by Astrid Arditi

A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus? 

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.

Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.

Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi is an adventure filled novel featuring a well-paced and spirited story littered with Greek Mythology, forbidden romance and high stakes action.

Seventeen year old Hope Diaz is a model student and carer to her ailing mother whose dementia is growing worse with every passing day. All Hope wants is to do the best for her mother, and then she receives a baffling invite to participate in a mysterious competition. After an act of bravery sees her taken to Mount Olympus where Hope meets the Greek gods in the flesh, she finds herself participating in a tournament where contenders must complete a number of quests in order to be crowned the winner and be rewarded their hearts wish. Knowing it must be too good to be true, Hope desperately searches for a way back home, determined to find a way out of Mount Olympus. Instead she finds herself drawn to a fascinating shadow god who wants to convince her to stay. Winning the competition may be what Hope needs to save her mother, but with every challenge becoming more and more treacherous, the contenders aren’t guaranteed to make it out alive. Deciding what she’ll fight for is only the beginning as Hope begins to discover the tournament has a darker purpose than the participants were led to believe….

Olympian Challenger was a really impressive novel and I have to say I enjoyed it very, very much. As a fan of Greek mythology, I really appreciated what Astrid Arditi has done with this novel. Not only does she give the Greek gods we’re all familiar with—Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena etc---a modern twist, but she also explores some histories of the lessor known deities and the heroes that litter ancient Greek literature. It was refreshing to read about something I hadn’t heard a million times before, while also enjoying the tales I was familiar with and comfortable reading about.

Main character Hope was a real joy to follow. She was honorable and courageous and kind-hearted. Here was a girl taken from her life and facing tremendous challenges but each one she faced with poise and grace, loyalty and humility. Hope was quick to help people and not someone to put herself above others; I liked that. She was self-sacrificing and kind, while also being quick thinking and intelligent.

Olympian Challenger is a very emotionally packed and eventful novel. I liked many of the characters Hope met including Amy and Gabriel who became true friends to her and of course Kieron who is her love interest and a soulful god who made Hope weak at the knees. Kieron was certainly swoon worthy and I think he and Hope had a great chemistry—I’ll definitely be vying for their romance. I also liked the demi-god trainers who teach the contenders during the story—they were very unique and personable.

Ending well and definitely leaving me raring for more, Olympian Challenger had all the elements of a great book and I can’t wait until Astrid Arditi releases the next instalment in the series as I’m keen to read what happens to Hope next.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: July 3rd 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: This novel will be perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and I can't wait to see what happens next!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Givewaway: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Having recently released on April 24th 2018, Laura Sebastian 's debut novel Ash Princess is a wonderfully written novel of romance, deception and desperate rebellion and is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Amy Tintera and Marie Rutkovski.

AND thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia I have a paperback copy of Ash Princess to give away to one lucky Australian readers to help celebrate its release!


Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.


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Purchase:
Ash Princess is definitely perfect for those such of myself who can't get enough YA fantasy and will be a series to look out for!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Shelf: Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) by Laura Sebastian

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.


More info on Goodreads....


Review:  

Lauren Sebastian’s debut novel Ash Princess is Ruined by Amy Tintera meets The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkovski and is an intriguing story of romance, deception and desperate rebellion.

Theodosia was six years old when her country was invaded and her mother, the ruling Queen, murdered before her eyes. That day saw Theo loose more than just her mother; she lost her kingdom, her name and her freedom. Ten years have passed with Theo a captive of the Kaiser within the palace that was once her beloved home. Powerless, Theo has had no choice but to bury the girl she was and endure the endless abuse and ridicule at the hands of the Kalovaxian leader. Crowned the Ash Princess, Theo has survived a lot but when the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable, the blood left on her hands threatens to break her. As Theo struggles to reconcile her choices, from the ashes begins a spark that will see her take up a rebellion against those that have enslaved her people and made them suffer. Theodosia will learn that war isn’t always won on a battlefield. She’s going to reclaim her throne and save her people; even if it means taking drastic choices and breaking her own heart in the process….

Ash Princess is a dark and passionate story that weaves political intrigue, acts of rebellion and moments of violence together beautifully with lyrical writing and a lot of promise. In the vein of many successful YA fantasy novels, Ash Princess invites readers into a conquered land and into the heart of a princess determined to save her people. The writing drew me into the story and the setting was dangerous and violent enough to keep me on my toes.

The overall concept may be one we have seen before but Lauren Sebastian does fight to give her story an edge with different elements brought to the surface to make it unique. At this point in time, I feel that we may see a lot more in future novels that will make Ash Princess stand out above the rest. It’s just an inkling I have based on some of the hints Sebastian has expressed and am hoping this is the case.

Personally I’m of a mixed mind where our protagonist Theodosia is concerned. There were times when I really liked her and times when I struggled to connect. I feel like she has promise (much of the story does) but I want to see more before I’m comfortable passing judgement. I was disappointed to see my least favourite trope appear—the dreaded love triangle—and I wasn’t completely smitten with either love interest to be honest. So…..I’m hoping to see more of Theo that will win me over.

Darkly riveting, if somewhat slow in the beginning, Ash Princess begins Lauren Sebastian’s debut series well. There’s a lot to be enjoyed within its pages and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel in the future to see how Sebastian expands on her world. The ending was heading in the direction of a cliffhanger and I for one am looking forward to seeing what will happen next.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $16.99
Release Date: April 24th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Ash Princess was beautifully written and I think the series shows a lot of promise; I'll definitely read the sequel when it comes out.