Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #267

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.....
 
Oath Taker by Audrey Grey 
Releases on: May 23rd 2019

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Emily R. King, this first book in a dark and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Light magic is forbidden. 
Dark magic spells death. 
Haven has both.


After the Prince of Penryth saved her from captivity, seventeen-year-old Haven Ashwood spends her days protecting the kind prince and her nights secretly fighting the monsters outside the castle walls. 

When one of those monsters kidnaps Prince Bell, Haven must ally with Archeron Halfbane and his band of immortals to rescue her friend. 

Her quest takes her deep into the domain of a warped and vicious queen where the rules are simple: break her curse or die.

Lost in a land of twisted magic and fabled creatures, Haven finds herself unprepared, not just for the feelings she develops for Archeron, but for the warring powers raging inside her. 

Her rare and forbidden type of magic may be their only hope . . . but mixing light and dark comes with a steep price. 

Haven’s soul.

Faced with impossible love, heartbreaking betrayals, and a queen intent on destroying the realm, only one thing remains certain. 

Haven must shatter the curse or it will devour everything she loves. 

Welcome to the Kingdom of Runes where immortals and humans clash, light and dark magic reign, and mythical creatures lurk in the shadows. If you like fierce heroines, enemies-to-lovers romance, wild plot twists, and endearing characters that stay with you long after you reach the end, you need to discover the book readers are calling dark fantasy at its best. Just make sure to clear out some space on your calendar first! 


Thoughts:
I've read a few of Audrey Grey's books and have loved them all so it goes without saying that I put this on my TBR list as soon as I saw she had a new book something out. That was before I even read the description....but now I want it even more! This sounds fantastic and I'll be keeping an eye out for this as soon as it comes out!

What are you waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Book Shelf: Pain (Curse of the Gods #5) by Jane Washington & Jaymin Eve

Willa Knight: The saviour of both worlds, or the destruction of everything?

Sometimes history lies, and the tales of Minatsol and Topia are no different. Since the birth of Topia, Staviti has woven a web of deceit around the truth of Creation, striving only to maintain his power while destroying anything that gets in his way. Now, Willa and the Abcurses are determined to strip back the layers, to uncover the truth, and to understand the true nature of the two worlds before it's too late. 


The only problem? 


Any wrong step in their quest to restore balance might have terrible repercussions. Every single being—living or dead—might have to pay the price. 


More info on Goodreads......


Review: 

Pain is the fifth and final novel in the Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington and brings the series to a close in spectacular fashion with action, romance and the answers to questions readers have been eagerly awaiting to discover.

Willa Knight is a god and after so long feeling out of place amongst dwellers and sol’s she is finally beginning to realise who she is. And for the lands of Topia and Minastol, Willa will either be their salvation or their destruction. As Creator, Staviti has always had complete control over the worlds he has been responsible for, but now Minastol is dying and is won’t be long before Topia follows as Staviti’s greed begins to destroy the lands he lords over. As Willa and her friends begin to discover the truth behind his lies, they’ll need to understand the true nature of both worlds in order to save them, but restoring balance could come at a terrible cost….

After five full length novels and a novella, the Curse of the Gods series finally comes to a close. Drawing their readers back into the hearts of Topia and Minastol, Aussie authors Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington finally offer answers to the questions we have long wondered and weaves romance, action and family into this final instalment.

Pain is as always filled with the character bonds, humour and action I’ve come to expect with this series as well as sizzling sex scenes and surprises. I’ve enjoyed following Willa and the Abcurses (Rome forever!) as well as the characters we have met along the way including Emmy and Cyrus. This series isn’t perfect—sometimes I feel like the storyline gets away and doesn’t have a lot of purpose, but I do enjoy the characters and the world they exist in.

Pain focuses a lot more around the gods than any of the previous novels. We learn more about who they are as well as Staviti’s true heritage which brings everything together with a bit more clarity. I put Willa’s own heritage together quite quickly once certain details are revealed, but it was still enjoyable seeing her discover the truth for herself.

Curse of the Gods has been an enjoyable series to read and I have definitely appreciated seeing Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve develop and unfold this saga. I’m sorry to say goodbye to Willa and the Abcurses, but was very happy with the hopeful and promising end to their story and will keep my eyes out to see what these talented authors release next!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me via Kindle Unlimited (I also own a signed paperback copy)
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle copy
Release Date: November 14th 2018
Buy: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: A solid ending I was happy with.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

HAPPY EASTER

 
Wishing each and everyone of you a safe and happy Easter!
 
Filled with lots of chocolate ;)
 

 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Book Shelf: Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris

Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.

Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom's dance studio helps, he’ll do it.

When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he's more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he's been hiding?


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Eyes on Me is Rachel Harris’s latest release and is a sweet and endearing contemporary read with a passionate and adorable love story that sees two teens more alike than they think dance their way into love.

High school senior Lily Bailey has a plan; first valedictorian, then Harvard, but when too much stress takes a toll and she’s emitted to hospital her father is puts his foot down. She’s to take one night a week off studying and signs her up for dance lessons, hoping she’ll find a way to relive the stress that is eating away at her. Lily knows she’s a klutz and wouldn’t describe herself as graceful so she doesn’t expect to enjoy dancing, even if her dance partner is her schools golden boy. As quarterback, Ágoston “Stone” Torres is the star of his small town football team, but behind his perfectly practiced smiles, he’s worried. His family’s dance studio isn’t doing so well and more than anything Stone wants to help. So when Lily’s father offers him extra money to be her fulltime dance partner during lessons, Stone agrees, but what started out as an easy way to make some money to help his family soon spirals into a crushing secret as Stone and Lily find themselves falling for one another. Will Stone find a want to tell Lily the truth and save his family’s studio? Or will he loose the girl he loves AND his family’s livelihood?

Eyes on Me was a really effortless and fun story to read. Unfolding through the back and forth perspectives of main characters Lily and Stone, Eyes on Me was a sweet but saucy YA in the tradition of all the best dance movies/books. It’s a case of opposites attracting as our two protagonists connect and come to realise they’re not as different as they think.

The story Rachel Harris tells may not be all together unique—nerd girl and sports star falling for one another as they dance together—but it’s still very well told with Eyes on Me a fun and lively tale. Both Lily and Stone are highly likable and have a fabulous chemistry together. They grow sweetly as friends and then ultimately become a couple and manage to bring out the best in each other. They’re supported by some great side characters including Stone’s twin sister Angela who becomes a good friend to Lily and Stone’s vivacious family including his mother Viktoria.

I liked the honesty of Lily’s foray into dancing. She didn’t begin dancing and find herself a natural talent, but by hard work and a lot of effort she slowly improved as she learnt to let go and not overthink the steps and moves. I saw myself in Lily—I can’t dance for my life—and enjoyed seeing her take a chance and find happiness in something that gave her a different perspective. It didn’t hurt that Stone was sexy-as-sin and very much the swoon worthy love interest as well.

Sizzling kisses on love seats lit up the pages and endearing moments of tenderness between the two teens won me over as the story progresses more and more. Coupled with your typical teen concerns—studying, dances, football games—the problems Stone and Lily faced were well explored and resolved alongside their romance.

Adorable YA contemporary, Eyes on Me builds to an ending right out of your favourite dancing movie (literally and with inspiration in this case) and leaves me satisfied with Lily and Stone’s tale. I’m hopeful that Rachel Harris might one day write a sequel/companion novel as I would love to explore Angela and Chase if given the chance and think that would make for a great story!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: March 26th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A fun and enjoyable YA contemporary, Eyes on Me is definitely worth a read.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #266

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.....

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim 
Releases on: January 7th 2020 

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.


Thoughts:
I really love the sound of this The Count of Monte Cristo retelling! Romance, adventure and dueling identities in this fantasy twist? Yes, please. Oh, and the cover=STUNNING!

Do you like the sound of Scavenge the Stars?
And what are you waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Book Shelf: Neutral (Curse of the Gods #4.5) by Jane Washington & Jaymin Eve

Sometimes, the end is only the beginning.

Emmy was born a dweller and she expected to die as a dweller ... until Willa changed everything. Now she has no idea of her path, and she certainly wasn't prepared for what would happen after her death. Caught in the middle of a war that threatened to prove much more significant than anyone had ever expected, there is only one person who can help her ... but his terms are steep.

Cyrus was born out of necessity: a being of light, brought to life with a singular purpose. Time has changed him and the recent events have unsettled him … but a certain transformed dweller is about to do much worse than that. She is about to turn his existence upside down.

Topia is giving them no choice: they survive together, or the war is lost. 


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

Neutral is the highly anticipated novella in Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington’s Curse of the Gods series that features characters Emmy and Cyrus in their own story with sizzling and highly enjoyable results.

Born a Dweller, Emmy was expecting to live and die as a Dweller, but when her best friend brought her back from the dead, everything changes. Waking up in Topia, Emmy is now a god and only time will tell what her new abilities and nature will be. Until then, she will need the help of the last person she wants help from in order to survive; an infuriating and egotistical god who riles her up like no one other. Born centuries before, Cyrus’s purpose is to be the balance between nature and the gods, but ever since Emmy came into his life he has been struggling to stay neutral---the very purpose of his being. The stubborn but beautiful dweller knows how to push all his buttons but with her now in a vulnerable and unknown position, Cyrus finds he’ll do anything to protect her. Different but the same, Emmy and Cyrus can’t deny the fire that simmers between them but with Staviti still an unknown factor, they’ll need to work alongside their friends if they want to stay alive long enough to discover if the desire between them could potentially be love.

Neutral is the book I have been waiting for. With every Curse of the Gods novel, Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington have been building and teasing Emmy and Cyrus’s relationship and in this novella we finally have the opportunity to see them come together with spectacular results! Told through their dual back and forth perspective, Neutral was a really good read—quite possibly my favourite of the series!

Emmy and Cyrus have a vivid, electric chemistry between them and the sexual tension is through the roof. I like them both individually, but put them together and it’s something else entirely. The back and forth banter, the push and pull as they fought what was undeniable between them—I just ate it up. These two have a fantastic dynamic that I have very much enjoyed having the opportunity to experience firsthand in this novella.

It was nice seeing Willa and the Abcurse brothers briefly through Emmy’s eyes. Seeing her and Cyrus give into the pull between them was wonderful and I for one could not have asked for anything more. Can’t wait to see what Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve have in store for the last novel; I’m sure it’s going to be brilliant!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me via Kindle Unlimited (I also own a signed paperback copy)
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: Kindle copy
Release Date: September 30th 2018
Buy: The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: My favourite installment in the series without a doubt, I'm keen to see how the series comes to an end.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Owl Post #233


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 happy Monday. Hope you all had a great weekend full of bookish goodness. 
 
For Review:
From Scholastic Australia:
- The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone 
I really love the sound of this book and I can't wait to read it.

....Thanks so much guys!
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From Simon & Schuster:
- The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
Gosh I'm so behind in my Cassandra Clare books but boy do I love Alec and Magnus--can't wait to read about my boys.

....Thank you team!

I Bought:
- The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest 
The Black Witch Chronicles is fast becoming one of my favourite fantasy series lately--I love it--and after reading The Iron Flower via Netgalley I had to get myself a paperback copy for my collection. 

- Shards and Ashes by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong 
With BABE only next year (SQUEE!) there is a few books I want to get in preperation. Can't wait. It's sure to be a brilliant event!

I Won:
- The Rebel Mages by Laurie Forest
In a twist of fate, after buying a copy of The Iron Flower, I was STOKED to win a copy of The Rebel Mages thanks to HarlequinTEEN Australia after I entered one of their competitions. I'm super excited to be able to add this to my collection and can't wait to read it!

Thank you SOOOO much!

And that's me this week!
What did the owls bring you?