28 September 2016

Must have the precious!! Waiting on Wednesday - Replica

Replica #1
by Lauren Oliver 








What they say: Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...


Coming 4th Oct 2016 by Harper Collins (release listed as 6th Oct in UK)

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Why I'm waiting...



  1. Oh come it's a new LO book dod I need reasons?!
  2. The cover is all kinds of awesome!!
  3. I'm still recovering from reading the premise!









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27 September 2016

Tour & Review - Deliverance


Deliverance

by Kristy Ceneno

Paranormal/YA/NA/Urban Fantasy/Thriller

Date Published: March 19th 2016 
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing





He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human. 
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?




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Amazon US * Amazon UK * B&N * Kobo * iBooks



I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!



What I say: I'm going to call Deliverance a New Adult, supernatural road trip. With Kristina's and Tiger's story it's very difficult to discuss the plot without giving anything away so I'm going to keep this as vague as possible. Tiger is a dark and mysterious 'monster' bred in captivity. His escape forces Kristina to go from helpful farm girl to unwillingly paranormal fugitive.

I really liked Tiger. His innocence and naivety never failed to make me smile. It took longer for me to warm to Kristina as I found her moaning at the beginning little hard to like. BUT I did understand her doubts, and as the relationship between her and Tiger developed I found myself liking her more and more. 


I liked the secondary characters and in particular Grandma Rose. She's hilarious - I definitely wouldn't want to cross her!  I wanted to know more about Castiel, although I have to admit his name did keep making me think of Cas from Supernatural.

Deliverance is like directory or who's who of paranormal creatures. I'd love to know more about the older vampires and what happened to a certain someone...

3.5 Intrigued Stars in my Sky!


Author Spotlight:




Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.






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26 September 2016

Loving Amber - Tour & Review


Loving Amber
by Roya Carmen



New Second Chance standalone from Roya Carmen


Now Live!!!



Torn by tragedy. Reunited by love.

Two years ago, I lost my husband and my brother to the same tragedy. To this day, I hold only one person responsible—Aiden Rogers, the beautiful boy I’ve known forever, the misfit I’ve both loved and hated, the one who always got to me. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one to blame.

Now he wants to be part of my life again—when I can finally see a future for my son and myself. I’ve found the perfect man in David, someone I can start over with, a man who will be the perfect father figure for Trevor. I have a plan. At last, I see the light, and I know I can make this work.

I will not let Aiden Rogers drag me back into the darkness.


Author's note: contains sexual scenes and some coarse language.

This is the first book of the Riverstone Estate Series and can be enjoyed as a standalone read.
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The Riverstone Series: A beautiful estate. Three unforgettable love stories.

Following the sudden passing of their father, Amber, Ruby, and Flynn Riverstone inherit the family estate and find themselves facing new challenges, growing closer, and discovering love along the way.



I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Loving Amber is a story of friendship, tragedy, betrayal, love and moving on. As you can probably tell from the synopsis, Amber has a complicated history with Aiden. Ranging from childhood enemy to sometimes friend, she now sees him as a reminder of everything she lost, and holds him responsible for the deaths of her husband and brother.  

Amber has experienced a lot of loss and grief over recent years, but although she faces a constant battle to move on, I never really saw her as a victim. Yes, she's really sad and overprotective, but she works so hard to give her son a happy family life.

One of my favourite parts of the story were the little insights into the characters and their shared past. Roya Carmen includes some really sweet childhood memories then juxtaposes them with moments of heartbreak. 

I had my doubts about one of the characters pretty early on so I didn't celebrate being right. I'm not sure how I would have handled certain revelations but it definitely would not have been in a calm manner. I'm still undecided how I feel about it but in the end it was all part of Amber's story.

I have to admit I have read a few similar themed stories recently but nevertheless I appreciated Amber's struggle. In Loving Amber Roya Carmen produces a detailed look at the heartache caused from one moment of stupidity. It's not all doom and gloom as we see Amber trying to move on and to ignore a certain someone but some sassy naughty scenes...

3.5 Charming Stars in my Sky!




Excerpt:

“The dress will need to come off,” I tell her with a playful smile—I want her to feel at ease.
She turns to the side and unzips herself, reaches for the skirt of her dress, and pulls it over her head. She’s wearing a sexy pink lace bra and matching thong. I wonder if she slipped those on thinking of me. Or David? I wonder how long it would take me to rip it all off. She peeks at me through her lashes, still shy but aroused. Her gaze finally reaches mine, and it’s pleading, begging me to come to her.
I kneel in front of her. I desperately want to kiss her—she’s just so beautiful. But I know that if I kiss her, I’ll get lost in her and I’ll want to make love to her. She and I together is a very bad plan. Too much history there, and even after all we’ve been through, I can only see her as Paul’s girl. But right now, she’s just a woman who desperately needs to touched, and I’m the man who desperately wants to touch her. I trace the lacy edges of her bra with my finger. She’s breathing so hard her chest is heaving. I pull the fabric with a finger and tuck it under, revealing her breast. Wow. 


Author Spotlight:


Busy mom, naughty writer, comic-addict, artist & designer, book-aholic, nature lover, and hopeless romantic.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging with my family, reading, camping and travelling, painting, yoga-ing (very ungracefully), shooting pool, or at my favourite bookstore cafĂ© with my book friends.

A Northern French-Canadian gal, I now live just near Toronto where it’s much, much warmer!

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25 September 2016

The Deviants - Tour & Review


The Deviants
by CJ Skuse






What they say: When you set out for revenge, dig two graves


Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?



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I received a copy from HQ Young Adult in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: I find it ridiculously intriguing when I discover a book with really contrasting early reviews. This instantly makes me want make up my own mind to see who I agree with or not.


The Deviants is extremely raw and emotional. Although there are a few early hints about whats to come, I wasn't entirely prepared for the onslaught of feels headed my way. I was expecting the usual YA teen drama and angst, but CJ Skuse delivers so much more.

I was intrigued by Ella and wanted to know what she was hiding. It took me a while to decide whether Max was a good guy. I really liked Corey who always made me smile and Fallon reminded me of my teenage best friend (I can't tell you why as it's a spoiler). I think we've all experienced a Zane in some form or another, but it was the mystery surrounding Jessica that had me fascinated from the start. 

The book covers some pretty dark issues so I'm going to label with one with a trigger warning. These issues are covered in a really sensitive manner and I found myself crying along with them after certain revelations.

The tone is intensionally almost awkward in parts. There's a purposeful disconnect with certain characters but as the story develops it becomes clear why. I never felt entirely comfortable with all the characters but I really didn't feel as though I was supposed to. I felt the distance and nostalgia surrounding the fearless five. I'm sure a lot of readers will empathise with how difficult it is when friendship groups change as we grow up. In this sense it's a real coming of age story, except it's far from typical.

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


Author Spotlight:


C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Westonsuper-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. 

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24 September 2016

Watching the Sky Cry - Release Blitz

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Watching the Sky Cry


New from J.B. Hartnett!


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Watching the Sky Cry is a beautifully written,
emotional story and is NOW AVAILABLE
& Free on Kindle Unlimited!





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Ten years is a long time when you’re thirty-two. We’d seen our share of ups and downs, but I could honestly say, they were mostly up. That’s the thing about happiness though. It lulls you into a false sense of security.

Neither one of us ever thought we’d ever be touched by crippling loss or immeasurable grief. But not all stories have a happy ending, and I knew, better than anyone, that sometimes, one of you won’t make it till the end. One of you has to go first. And one of you will be left behind to pick up the pieces.

That one is me.

But starting over isn’t what I thought it would be. I need escape from the memories that plague me, remind me. So I went back to where it all began. To the town where I was born. To the place whose beauty could pierce my pain. Where I experienced my first kiss, where I fell in love, where a man was my earth. And I…

I was his sky.


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Author Spotlight:

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Julie is a southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably a romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin)and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she might be a singer/songwriter. The 'writer' part is that one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with Pi...the equation and the food. She's allergic to cats, cantaloupe and hates mushrooms. So if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.

She currently lives with her romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.






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