8 April 2020

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Stories From Around the World

Something for children (and adults)... 

Stories From Around the World
by Maisie Chan









What they say: A complete collection of beloved tales, myths and legends from around the world, bound into a beautiful new edition. Whether you're ready to sail the high seas with Sinbad the Sailor, or fight alongside brave warrior Hua Mulan, you're guaranteed to find all of your favourite legends right here. And no matter how the story starts, you'll always find your happy ending. 

Including: Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, Hua Mulan and many more. 

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7 April 2020

New Release - Ghost Squad

The cover is so cute!!

Ghost Squad
by Claribel A. Ortega





What they say: Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

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6 April 2020

Coming Soon - Ruthless Gods

This beaut is due for release tomorrow!

Ruthless Gods - Something Dark and Holy #2
by Emily A. Duncan




What they say: Darkness never works alone...

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who--and what--he’s become. 

As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.

In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

More info over at Goodreads!

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5 April 2020

Last Day of YA Scavenger Hunt


I LOVE doing a scavenger hunt and an indoor book scavenger hunt is just fab!

Today is the last day, so whatcha waiting for?!

Join in the fun here!







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4 April 2020

Double Blind is Live

Double Blind
by Sara Winokur





Mystery Thriller
Date Published: March 31st 2020


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A young boy disappears in the chill of North Iceland. Twenty years later, a mysterious poem lands on the desk of his twin sister Brynja, a forensic geneticist, and rekindles her hopes that her brother might be alive. As Brynja unravels the clues, more poems arrive, each bearing dire consequences for those who receive them: the guard of the medieval manuscript of Icelandic sagas that possibly has the answer to her burning question, the prime minister’s secretary, the local pastor.

Is the poet out to stop Brynja from finding her brother and shut down her access to the DNA database? Or is the verse maker simply a psychopath copycat killer?

Fighting the visual auras that have plagued her since childhood and now threaten everything she holds dear, Brynja must summon the strength to navigate the twisted labyrinth of the poet’s mind and confront the dark secret buried in her family’s past.

DOUBLE BLIND is a wild ride through the cultural landscape of Iceland, from rural farmsteads to icy fjords to the high-tech world of DNA forensics. This crime thriller packed with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.




Author Spotlight:

Sara Winkour is a geneticist and researcher who reinvented herself as an author. She writes historical fiction and informed cultural thrillers hoping to educate readers while they’re being entertained.  

Sara has a Masters in Psytogenetics for cancer diagnosis and a Ph.D. for her work on Muscular Dystrophy, identifying mutations that cause disease. She is also a consultant at the University of California and an Associate Researcher at Biological Chemistry School of Medicine at UCI, Irvine. She was part of the team that found the gene that causes Dwarfism and Huntington’s Disease. 

Sara is an avid reader of historical fiction, mystery-thrillers, and Scandinavian Noir. She also loves to travel and has already visited over 60 countries. 

Being an ovarian cancer survivor gives Sara a sense of gratitude, strength, and perspective that she extends to family, friends, work, and her writing.  A mother of three, she resides with her husband of 37 years in Southern California. 



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3 April 2020

Guardian of the Sunshine Bride - Book Blitz

Guardian of the Sunshine Bride
by Austin Rehl


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Amazon Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited * B&N * IndieBound

Sīhalt Series - Book One
Fantasy/Epic Fantasy


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A man with a dark past meets a girl with a bright future. Their choices will change the world.

Princess Kathleen is betrothed to the powerful Prince of Tyath. The arrangement was made when she was just a child. She is duty bound to save her people from starvation and sees the marriage as her only option. That is until she meets the Sīhalt Guardian sent to protect her during her dangerous journey to the altar. The vigorous guardian steals her first kiss, but will he be able to keep her safe and steal her heart?

Jared spent his childhood in the cold north training to be a Sīhalt Guardian – the fiercest of protectors. While seeking revenge for his sister’s death, he sets off a chain of events that endangers the next person he decides to protect. Will one act of vengeance cost him the forbidden love of the Princess he longs for?

Heathron has managed to become the heir to an empire, but he needs to be married to assume the throne. Despite all the manipulative efforts of the beautiful, back-stabbing young ladies of the Golden City, he dreams of the illustrious young girl the met as a child. Will he still love the Princess as secrets unravel and he discovers the truth about her journey to him with the warrior?

Cedric will stop at nothing to reclaim the ancestral lands of his people and drink from the skull of the man who killed his father. As he unites his army of ruthless barbarians, Cedric knows that capturing the Princess is his best chance at securing all his evil desires. Will the Princess survive being a pawn in his dangerous scheme filled with deceit and destruction?





Other Books in the Sīhalt Series:

Guardian of the Golden City
Sīhalt Series, Book Two


Princess Kathleen Dal Sundi survived her wedding procession. Now she must face the dangers of the Golden City — a place of grandeur and prestige. Her betrothed, the powerful Prince of Tyath, has demanded a chance to win her love before offering their wedding vows.

Kathleen is torn between duty and desire, but agrees to the compromise. The Sīhalt Guardian, who captured her heart, leaves to find his brother, while forces beyond her control rise up to threaten the foundations of the Empire.

Joined by a group of colorful friends, Kathleen soon learns that strength can be found in many forms, and resisting evil requires her to cling to life and love.



Author Spotlight:

Austin Rehl lives in beautiful Marietta Ohio. He enjoys sculpting, dancing, reading and working on the farm. He is currently going through his "Mid-Life Renaissance" complete with a sports car, new endeavors, and a better work-out routine. He admits that becoming an author was part of that new birth. He shares his life with his wife Wendy, and their six children. Austin Rehl is a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.




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2 April 2020

Coming Soon - Chosen Ones

Chosen Ones - The Chosen Ones #1
by Veronica Roth





What they say: The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons--and reconsider what it means to be a hero... by destiny or by choice.

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

Due for release on 7th April (US)

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1 April 2020

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Hold Back the Tide

A treat from the March Book Box Club... 

Hold Back the Tide
by Melinda Salisbury







What they say: Everyone knows what happened to Alva's mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future - and question everything she thought she knew about her past...

Unsettling, sharply beautiful and thought-provoking, HOLD BACK THE TIDE is the new novel from Melinda Salisbury, bestselling author of The Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy.
 

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31 March 2020

Am Reading - Born in Fire

Born in Fire - Fire and Ice Trilogy #1
by K.F. Breene




What they say: Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. If people found out what I could do—what I am—I would kiss my freedom goodbye.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

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30 March 2020

Book Box Club Unboxing March 2020

Book Box Club Unboxing March 2020

I give you my unboxing of the March 2020 'Mythical Monsters' box.

You can watch my unboxing video at the bottom of this post. 





Subscriptions:
I went for the full subscription for six months. You can select monthly, or 3 monthly, 6 monthly or soon I believe 12 monthly, as well as signing up for the pure books version, which comes without the swag and goodies.

The box itself:
It comes in a very cute and neat turquoise box, with paper filling to protect the books and goodies, plus very attractive gift wrap around the book (or in this case books).


I think this is my favourite theme of the three boxes I've received so far! I LOVE the wall hanging and all the artwork is fab!!!


Inside:


A special clubhouse invite with personalised access code to chat to the authors.

Mythical Monsters Wall Hanging with Artwork by Klara Hawkins.

Nessie Tea Strainer by Ototo Design.

Dragon Well Loose Tea by the True Tea Company.

Niffler Magnet with Artwork by Emily Carrier.

Iorek enamel pin by Book Box Club.

Bookish extra bookmarks: Michael O'Mara Books, Usborne and Bloomsbury.


I'll be reading the book over the next couple of weeks, so watch out for my review coming soon!







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29 March 2020

New Release - Please Return To: Toby Solano



Please Return To: Toby Solano
by Frank Morelli




PLEASE RETURN TO: Book #2
Middle Grade Fiction; Humor; Action; Adventure; Epistolary; Middle Grade
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC
Published Date: March 27, 2020



Toby Solano is the new kid in town. No one in Mapleton knows he exists, which is tough to swallow for a boy who descends from Lucha Libre wrestling royalty. Back in El Paso, Toby could snap his fingers and the seas would part as he walked the hallways at his old school.

But when his dad gets body slammed into submission and his career goes into a tailspin, Toby decides to take his anger out on his classmates, which gets him kicked out of school and shipped off to Mapleton with his mom. 

Toby hates his new town, he hates his classmates and, most of all, he hates Mr. Finkelstein. But when he finds his teacher’s missing journal under the tires of a moving truck, the drama of the famed Mapleton Wrestling Federation opens wide for him. Armed with a journal’s-worth of wrestling lore, will Toby be able to build friendships and help the Mort-tician regain his title? Or, will he fall back on his old ways and bully himself right out of Mapleton Middle School? Find out on the slightly-wrinkled pages of Please Return To: Toby Solano.

Author Spotlight:

Frank Morelli is the author of No Sad Songs, a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of age story. The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein, was released in September 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Jersey Devil Press. A Philadelphia native, Morelli now lives in High Point, NC where he has been a classroom teacher for almost twenty years. He holds an MFA in Fiction from National University and thinks dogs are the most respectable beings on the planet. Connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter or on his website frankmorelliwrites.com.

Contact Links
Twitter: @frankmoewriter
Instagram: @frankmorelliauthor


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28 March 2020

Review - The Upside of Falling

The Upside of Falling
by Alex Light




What they say: It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?


I received a copy in the Feb 2020 Book Box Club book which I purchased myself.

What I say: I've been reading lots of fantasy and dystopian stories recently, so jumped at the chance to read The Upside of Falling because it gave me the chance to sink me teeth into some YA contemporary! 

Bookish Becca loves a romance book, but doesn't believe love can last and is not worth the risk of potential heartache. One embarrassing confrontation with a former friend later and she finds herself with popular football captain and all-round dreamboat, Brett, posing as her boyfriend. Brett for his part does it to help her out and to assist with his family expectations. There are lots of fake romance stories out there but what I liked here was that it evolves organically and the relationship comes from a kind place.

Both main characters have different experiences in terms of their home lives and on paper they shouldn't work, but thank cuteness, they do!

I read The Upside of Falling in the height of all the horror going on in the outside world and it was the perfect tonic to the anxiety and upset in real life. I enjoyed the cute story and slow burn between Becca and Brett. I would have liked a little more development and dare I say it, drama, but I liked the characters and the plot made me smile.

Where do I find some Jelly Bells?

4 Stars in my Sky!
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27 March 2020

Cover Reveal - The Cursed Crown

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May Sage & Alexi Blake will be revealing art from The Cursed Crown every month leading up to the December 1st release! 

Today’s art comes from Salome Totladze

Check it and an exciting new excerpt out now!

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Title: The Cursed Crown
Author: May Sage & Alexi Blake
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Illustrator: Gabriela Dea Julia
Typography by Sylvia Frost from The Book Brander Boutique
Release Date: 1st of December




My lips hitch up an inch as the hulking, slender man bends down to whisper in my ear. “A divided kingdom without a leader is weak. You will fall. You will fail. You will all die without my kindness, little girl.”
He expects me to falter, shiver, and drop my gaze to the ground like the flock of gentry buzzing around him.
My eyes widen in feigned dismay. “Kindness? Why did no one think to tell me you had any?”
I have to allow him that one concession: Rydekar is fun to tease.
He doesn’t even smile. I don’t think anyone has taunted him. “I have none. You will beg nonetheless.”
I just may, in his dreams. And in my nightmares.



No one was ever born less suited to ruling than Rissa, the thorn of the seelie realm—a half-fae so wild she’s spent the better part of a hundred years in the woods.
For all her flaws, she’s the last of the high court bloodline, and the southern king seems to think that’s reason enough to slap a crown on her feathered head. He needs her to unify the seelie forces. She needs him to forget about that nonsense.
In an effort to aid her people without condemning herself to a lifetime of misery, she sets off on a journey to find the one person with a stronger claim to the throne than hers: the cursed prince.
Sealed in the mountains of the Wilderness, under many spells, the heir of the first seelie queen is the only royal strong enough to protect the fae lands from their immortal invaders.
Surviving the untamed tribes and awakening a thousand-year-old prince seem a lot easier than ruling an entire kingdom where everyone hates her very nature.
And her choices won’t come without consequences.


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Long have I heard tales of the cursed prince. I’ve seen dozens of paintings and statues of his effigy.

None prepared me for him.

Tharsen is said to be beautiful, when he is exquisite. They tell us of his luminous aura, when it’s brighter than that of a burning star. He is beyond gods and monsters, beyond fae and man.

I’ve never felt so strong a draw to anyone—anyone at all. It’s blinding and painful, claiming a piece of me. Capturing my mind.

We’re kin, he and I. I am the daughter of his brother’s great-great-great-great-grandchild, I think. Yet I feel like I am an insignificant sparrow and he, the fiercest of the beasts soaring the sky. Barely the same species. He’s everything I’m not. The dream to my nightmare.

One only needs to look at him to fall under his spell.

Yes, he’ll do. He’ll rule all of Denarhelm, and all will be only too pleased to bow at his feet. They’ll crawl to him and beg to be permitted to serve.

I can’t deny that the thought terrifies me. This creature could bring an end to the free will of the folk, with no more than a glance.

I dare to caress the icy wall encasing him.

Then I step back, startled. It feels…

Alive.

His pulse beating so hard I can sense it through the ice. That shouldn’t be possible, but I left the realm of possibility the moment I entered his eternal prison.

He’s a myth come alive. A painfully striking prince under a curse.

I suppose that makes me the hero of the story. The brave princess who rescues him, so that he may rule and I may return to the shadows, where I belong.

My story ends where his begins.

I will return to the solitary woods I’ve claimed as my own, and let the kings of the world play games of war.

Just as I wanted. Everything is within my grasp.

So why am I hesitating?




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Author Spotlight:

May Sage is a USA Today Bestselling romance writer dabbling in different genres, although the readers who follow every series know they’re all related.

When she isn’t writing, she spends her time with her German Shepherd, her two Savannahs, and her black rescue cat, in England. She loves reading, ballet, running, and cake. Mostly, cake.

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Spotlight - Worse Than Weird

Worse Than Weird
by Jody J. Little






What they say: Readers who love Leslie Connor and Ann M. Martin will adore this story of a citywide scavenger hunt and a girl who learns that family—and weirdness—is relative.

Summer Coding Camp 

Incoming 7th graders only 

Eight-week session begins June 28 

This is it, my summer plan. 

Hoping to ditch two months of chicken coops, kale, and her parents’ antiscreen rules, Mac MacLeod sets out to win a citywide food cart scavenger hunt and the money she needs for the summer coding camp of her dreams.

But Mac discovers more than just clues during her cross-city sprint—like how her weird parents might not be the worst thing compared to the circumstances of those around her.

With the same humor and hope of her debut novel, Mostly the Honest Truth, Jody J. Little gives readers another spunky, unforgettable character to root for.

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25 March 2020

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - Ravenous

I love a reread!

Ravenous - The Ravening #1
by Erica Stevens







What they say: The world didn’t end with a bang, it didn’t go out in a ball of fire and fury, nor did it end in ice. But in some strange way, ice was the end; or maybe it was the beginning of something more.

Bethany is stunned and horrified when she finds herself suddenly alone in a world that was alive only moments before. Terrified, she flees into the streets of her town, looking for answers, and desperate to reach her family. Panicked, she is nearly captured by the monsters hunting her until Cade steps in to rescue her. Dark and distant, most people in school are wary of Cade, yet oddly fascinated by him. They had once been close as children, but it has been years since Bethany has had any real contact with Cade. As their situation becomes even more perilous, Bethany struggles to come to terms with her past, her terrifying new reality, and her growing love for a boy that is powerful, mysterious, and perhaps even more frightening than the aliens hunting them. Aliens that want more than their lives, they also want their blood.


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