18 September 2019

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - American Royals

American Royals #1
by Katherine McGee







What they say: The New York Times bestselling novel

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The power. The drama. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded--and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.
 


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16 September 2019

Spotlight - The Golden Tower

I love this cute series!

The Golden Tower - Magisterium #5
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare



What they say: Callum Hunt has been a hero and an outcast, a force of good and a portent of evil. While the doors of the Magisterium have been open to him, he has never felt entirely welcome. If anything, he has felt others' resentment, and fear. Now, as he begins his final year at the magical school, his place is less certain than ever. With one unique exception, he is estranged from most of his friends. A furtive darkness still hounds him. And the greatest challenge he will ever face is right around the corner. In this monumental conclusion to the Magisterium series, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare push Callum to the brink of annihilation, showing how magic has the ability to both save and doom, create and destroy.

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15 September 2019

Cover Love - Sea Witch Rising

Sea Witch Rising - Sea Witch #2
by Sarah Henning




How pretty is this cover?!

What they say: “The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love. 

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.

Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds? 

Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

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14 September 2019

Am Reading - Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Scary Stories for Young Foxes
by Christian McKay Heidicker




What they say: Inspired by Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, a portrait of survival and a tale of friendship.

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe.

When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention.

Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen illustrations.

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13 September 2019

Roald Dahl Day 2019

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise but I love Roald Dahl day! 


A highlight for me this year is the Matilda design your own book cover collage.


The lovely teams at BBC Teach, Puffin Schools and the RD team have got together and created a fun downloadable activity pack as well as some AWESOME resources! 


Go forth and celebrate RD, books and the power of imagination...!




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12 September 2019

Too Cute - Little Libraries, Big Heroes

Little Libraries, Big Heroes
by Miranda Paul & illustrated by John Parra




Recently released!

What they say: From an award-winning author and illustrator, the inspiring story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.

Todd and his friends love heroes. But in school, Todd doesn’t feel heroic. Reading is hard for him, and he gets scolded for asking too many questions. How will he ever become the kind of hero he admires?
Featuring stunning illustrations that celebrate the diversity of the Little Free Library movement, here is the story of how its founder, Todd Bol, became a literacy superhero. Thanks to Todd and thousands of volunteers—many of whom are kids—millions of books have been enjoyed around the world.
This creative movement inspires a love of reading, strengthens communities, and provides meeting places where new friendships, ideas—and heroes!—spring to life.

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11 September 2019

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Closer

Another cheeky Stage Dive spin off instalment for 1001 Dark Nights

Closer - Stage Dive #4.6
by Kylie Scott






What they say: From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series… 

When a stalker gets too close to plus-size model Mae Cooper, it’s time to hire some muscle. 

Enter former military man turned executive protection officer Ziggy Thayer. Having spent years guarding billionaires, royalty, and rock n roll greats, he’s seen it all. From lavish parties through to every kind of excess. 

There’s no reason some Instagram stylista should throw him off his game. Even if she does have the most dangerous curves he’s ever seen... 
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**  


You can get your hands on it on 24th Sept!


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10 September 2019

Coming Soon - Alex Sparrow and the Zombie Apocalypse

Alex Sparrow and the Zombie Apocalypse
by Jennifer Killick




What they say: Third in the hilarious Alex Sparrow series

The Zumbies are on the rampage – members of the Cherry Tree Lane zumba class are collapsing and then mysteriously coming back to life!

Alex, Jess and Dave have to put a stop to it before Alex’s mum and nan join the living Zumba dead or there’ll be no family Christmas.

But why are the Zumbies curiously drawn to the Christmas lights? What does the Black Octopus sign mean? And who is the evil genius behind it all?

Coming 12th September!

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9 September 2019

UK Release - Rebel with a Cupcake

Rebel with a Cupcake
by Anna Mainwaring




What they say: Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets.

That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.

The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is.

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8 September 2019

Out Now - Tunnel of Bones

Tunnel of Bones - Cassidy Blake #2
by Victoria Schwab




What they say: Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake... even more than usual.


She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets...)


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7 September 2019

Comings Soon - Capturing the Devil

Capturing the Devil - Stalking Jack the Ripper #4
by Kerri Maniscalco 




Releases 10th September 2019

What they say: In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill? 

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6 September 2019

New Release and Review - Finding Storm


Finding Storm
by Samantha Towle




Out now!!!

Spin off time baby!!

What they say: The son of an icon. 


He was a legend. Rock royalty.


A man I never met.

But I’m measured against him in every aspect of my life.

The only time I feel like me … the real me … is when I’m onstage with my band. But the more we grow in popularity, the more people compare me to him.

I’m not him. And I never will be. If only everyone could figure that out for themselves.

I need a break from it all. 

Then, a confrontation has me jumping in my car, putting LA in my rearview mirror. And a stupid mistake ends up with my car on the side of the road. And straight into the path of a girl who is the exact opposite of everyone else in my life. 

She’s like everything I used to know.

And she has no clue who I am.

Even if she did, I don’t think she’d care.

She thinks I’m cavalier. 

I think she’s intriguing. And hot. Let’s not forget hot.

I’m stuck in this town overnight while my car is being fixed. But I’m thinking I’m gonna stick around a bit longer.

I’m Storm Slater, lead guitarist in Slater Raze and the only child of the late, great Jonny Creed. But, here, right now … I’m nobody. Just a regular guy. 

I’m liking it a whole lot. 

And I’m liking her even more. 



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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: I'm a huge, squeezing fangirl when it comes to anything remotely The Mighty Storm (TMS) related and I do love a spin off/second generation story, so it's a win-win with Finding Storm!

Being the spawn of a rock legend is a heavy burden to carry, add in the fact that he's an awesome musician in his own right but is constantly compared to his deceased father and the fact that key events from his past have been hidden from him for years, it's safe to say Storm is not in a good place when the story starts.

Stevie has suffered more than her fear share of misery but she's an extremely positive character, who is kind, generous and unique. As you can prob tell, I loved her! I appreciated the fact that she never tried to be anything other than her kooky self and is happy in her own skin. I wish I could be more like her!

As with all the TMS related books, music is almost like another character. With Storm, music is his life in both positive and negative ways, but really it's his release. For Stevie music is really important, just in a different way, but it is still a positive release for her. My musical tastes are definitely more aligned with Storm's than Stevie's, but I'll never be able to hear a Madonna song without thinking of this story. I also loved the family musician names - I'm from a family with a Stevie and Lynsey (yes a different spelling) so I smiled at the references.

I seem to have said a lot about Finding Storm without really going into the plot. This is because I don't want to spoil any of their story for you. I will say (not a spoiler) that it was fab to catch up with old favs!!! I'm hoping there will be lots more books in the series. I'd love to see the rest of Slater Raze get their own stories, as well as JJ, Billy, Belle etc at some point too. More please Sam!!!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


FINDING STORM will only available on Kindle priced at $2.99 as a special release price; this is only for a few days, then the price will rise to $3.99. It's the only time it will be on sale. Also, it'll be free on Kindle Unlimited.


Author spotlight:



Samantha Towleis a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author. 
A native of Hull, she lives in East Yorkshire with her husband, their son and daughter, three large furbabies and their small grumpy cat. 

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series, The Revved Series, The Wardrobe Series, The Gods Series, and standalones, TroubleWhen I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Under Her, River Wild, and Sacking the Quarterback which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringerand The Alexandra Jones Series. With over a million books sold, her titles have appeared in countless bestseller lists, and are currently translated into ten languages.

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Playlist:

“Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
“The Monster” by Eminem, featuring Rihanna
“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
“Love Shack” by The B-52s
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
“White Heat” by Madonna
“Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
“Afterlife” by Avenged Sevenfold
“I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
“Hysteria” by Def Leppard 
“God Is a Woman” by Ariana Grande
“Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses
“Is This Love” by Whitesnake
“Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera
“Home Sweet Home” by Mötley Crüe
“Love Is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar


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5 September 2019

Something Different - The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta



What they say: Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy.

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.

*I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.*


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4 September 2019

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - The Hidden Oracle

In prep for the next instalment in the series, The Tyrant's Tomb, I'm rereading the series...

The Hidden Oracle - The Trials of Apollo #1
by Rick Riordan






What they say: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
 

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3 September 2019

Let Me - Book Blitz

Let Me
by K.V. Rose



New Adult Dark Romance
Date Published: 3rd Sept 2019

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“Let me,” he says, voice low, his hand running up my thigh.
“You hate me,” I whisper, knees trembling.
He smiles against my throat. “I don’t need to love you for this, Riley. Let me.”

Love and hate are merely two sides of the same coin. And I hate Riley Larson.
She's responsible for my little brother's death. She played us both, all those years ago. And she drove him to the edge.
I've spent all this time avoiding her, loathing her, wishing to get her back for what she did.

And now, she's back in my city.
And finally, I can get vengeance for my brother.

She did always like to be scared.

No cliffhanger, can be read as a stand-alone. Dark romance, only suitable for those 18+.






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K is an author of dark romance living in Toronto. She enjoys iced coffee, hot men, and everything in black. To follow K and her adventures in dark delights, head to AuthorKVRose.com, or find her on Facebook at:



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2 September 2019

Am Reading - Finding Storm

Finding Storm
by Samantha Towle




Coming 6th Sept!

Spin off time baby!!

What they say: The son of an icon. 

He was a legend. Rock royalty.

A man I never met.

But I’m measured against him in every aspect of my life.

The only time I feel like me … the real me … is when I’m onstage with my band. But the more we grow in popularity, the more people compare me to him.

I’m not him. And I never will be. If only everyone could figure that out for themselves.

I need a break from it all. 

Then, a confrontation has me jumping in my car, putting LA in my rearview mirror. And a stupid mistake ends up with my car on the side of the road. And straight into the path of a girl who is the exact opposite of everyone else in my life. 

She’s like everything I used to know.

And she has no clue who I am.

Even if she did, I don’t think she’d care.

She thinks I’m cavalier. 

I think she’s intriguing. And hot. Let’s not forget hot.

I’m stuck in this town overnight while my car is being fixed. But I’m thinking I’m gonna stick around a bit longer.

I’m Storm Slater, lead guitarist in Slater Raze and the only child of the late, great Jonny Creed. But, here, right now … I’m nobody. Just a regular guy. 

I’m liking it a whole lot. 

And I’m liking her even more. 



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1 September 2019

YA Coming Soon - The Deathless Girls

Ooh!!! It sounds ace and look how pretty the cover is...!

The Deathless Girls
by Kiran Millwood Hargrave



What they say: Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic - this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate...

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