18 September, 2018

REVIEW: SALEM'S LOT by Stephen King

Title: Salem's Lot
Author:  Stephen King
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release: October 17th, 1975
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 653

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'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in 'Salem's Lot was a summer of home-coming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to 'Salem's Lot hoping to cast out his own devils... and found instead a new unspeakable horror.


A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.


All would be changed forever—Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of 'Salem's Lot.

17 September, 2018

16 September, 2018

SUNDAY PORTRAIT: Lucy Westenra


Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to Sunday Portraits, where we give a face to our beloved book friends!

 Today we have: Dracula by Bram Stoker:

Lucy Westenra
Lucy Westenra is a fictional character in the novel Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. She is introduced as Mina Murray's best friend, the 19-year-old daughter of a wealthy family. Her father is mentioned in the novel when Mina says he was a sleepwalker, and her elderly mother is simply stated as being Mrs. Westenra. In the 1931 Universal production, she is called Lucy Weston. In the 1958 film Dracula, she is called Lucy Holmwood, Arthur Holmwood's sister, who is engaged to Jonathan Harker. Wiki

15 September, 2018

REVIEW: THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern


Title: The Night Circus
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
Series: -
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Publisher: Doubleday
Release: September 13th, 2011
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 387

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

14 September, 2018

REVIEW: BENEATH STILL WATERS by Matthew J. Costello

Title: Beneath Still Waters
Author: Matthew J. Costello
Series: -
Genres: Horror
Publisher: Berkley
Release: April 1st, 1989
Source: Paperback
Pages: 300

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BLURB: Fifty years ago, the town of Gouldens Falls was evacuated, flooded, and submerged under two hundred feet of water. Along with its secrets. Just as well it was buried. There was always something not quite right about that town.

Today, on the anniversary of its watery fate, the man-made lake that was once Gouldens Falls is the source of fascination for a visiting journalist. And a cause for alarm. Because something else is down there. Something evil. And on this special anniversary, it's going to surface.

13 September, 2018

12 September, 2018

11 September, 2018

REVIEW: SNOW FALLING by Davidson King

Title: Snow Falling
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Hart Universe 1
Genres: Romance, LGBT
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: November 29th 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 166

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After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name. Tell nobody your secrets. Trust nobody! These are the rules of the streets.

His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end.

Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself. Secrets can get you killed. Trust nobody! These are the rules he lives by.

When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own.

A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow's life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher's best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

 

10 September, 2018

09 September, 2018

08 September, 2018

REVIEW: GOLD SHADOW by L. C. Perry

Title: Gold Shadow
Author: L. C. Perry
Series: Bronze Rebellion #1
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Publisher: -
Release: December 2nd, 2017
Source: E-book
Pages: 343

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BLURB: In the North American continent, eighteen year old Ebony has been living as a slave for as long as she can remember. The underground cities, the tattoo, the scars and the shackles are a part of the only world she has ever known. She knows that in order to survive, she will have to stay strong. And she will stay strong, cursing those in power, until her very last breath. She waits for a meaningful way to die as she quietly pushes her body to its limit…but that all changes when rebels from the surface drop down right in front of her.

Now, Ebony is challenged to envision a life beyond slavery as she and the other escapees are thrown into the center of a rebellion against the monarchy. She has to embrace this glimmer towards a real life…this glimmer called freedom. But what can she contribute to a rebellion that is doomed to fail like those before it? How can they stop a corrupt monarchy that has lasted for a century? Among the lower class, those with hope are hard to come by, but Ebony has found refuge with people full of it. And through their strong desire, an idea emerges…one that has never been done before. The princess of the country is coming of age and what better way to send a message to the king and queen than to kidnap their only daughter?

07 September, 2018

REVIEW: QUEEN TAKES KING by Joely Sue Burkhart

Title: Queen Takes King
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Series: Their Vampire Queen 2
Genres: Vampires, Erotica
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: December 18th 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 350

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How many Blood will come to the vampire queen's call... and will they be able to protect her from the king?

For the first time in her adult life, Shara has plenty of money thanks to the Isador legacy--and she's not alone. Daire and Rik are devoted lovers, but they know other Blood are coming. Blood who may challenge Rik for the coveted alpha spot at her back.

As her power grows, so does her hunger. But without fangs, she fears she'll never be the queen her Blood expect. More Blood means power struggles and complications, and she has no idea how to keep everyone happy. Worse, her dreams are quickly becoming something to fear.

Moving to establish her permanent nest, she can't stop dreaming of the king. A massive monster. Chained in darkness. Lost to madness. He roars with fury in her dreams, demanding his release.

But is he the key to unraveling her own mysterious past--or the most dangerous threat of all?

 

05 September, 2018

04 September, 2018

REVIEW: QUEEN TAKES KNIGHTS by Joely Sue Burkhart

Title: Queen Takes Knights
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Series: Their Vampire Queen 1
Genres: Vampires, Erotica
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: October 17th 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 190

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A lost virgin vampire queen. Two vampire knights sworn to protect her.
It’s about to get very hot… and bloody…

Ever since her mother was murdered by monsters five years ago, Shara Isador has been on the run. Alone, scared, and exhausted, she’s finally cornered in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Out of hope with nowhere else to turn, she’s ready to end it all when two men come to her rescue.

They say she’s a lost queen descended from Isis, and they’re her Blood, vampire knights sworn to protect her. It all seems like a crazy nightmare, until the alpha offers his blood. Then she realizes she’s never wanted anything more. Except maybe his body… and his friend’s, too.

But they’re not the only ones searching for a lost queen. Shara must learn how to wield her new powers quickly and conquer her fears if she intends to keep them all alive.

 

03 September, 2018

02 September, 2018

01 September, 2018

REVIEW: VULTURE PEAK by John Burdett

Title: Vulture Peak
Author: John Burdett
Series: Sonchai Jitpleecheep 5
Genres: Mystery, Crime
Publisher: Knopf
Release: January 10th 2012
Source: ebook
Pages: 285

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BLURB:
Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact—more or less—despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city—and himself—will be a mere starting point.

He’s put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand—an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs. He sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical, albeit gorgeous co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it’s closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey: rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough—forget Buddha, think jealous husband—to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world?

All will be revealed here, in John Burdett’s most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet.

 

31 August, 2018

REVIEW: THE GILDED KING by Josie Jaffrey

Title: The Gilded King
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Sovereign 1
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: June 25th 2018
Source: arc
Pages: 303

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In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

 

30 August, 2018

29 August, 2018

28 August, 2018

REVIEW: Lietaus Žemė (Rain Land) by Jurga Lago

Title: Lietaus Žemė (Rain Land)
Author:  Jurga Lago
Series: -
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Nieko Rimto
Release: February, 2016
Source: Hardcover
Pages: 184

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BLURB: In the olden days, Lithuanians and Semogitians were in constant battle. One day the Gods, who have had enough of their fighting, sent eternal rain to the land. In the world filled with strange water creatures, talking lakes and never ending war, can a little boy and a girl stop the never ending rain? 

27 August, 2018

26 August, 2018

COVER OF THE MONTH


We are always told to not judge a book by its cover but... this is exactly what we will be doing! Cover art should also be appreciated. Am I right? ;)

In this meme we will be choosing 5 covers every month from books published on said month
e.g. for january we will choose a cover from a book published in january


25 August, 2018

REVIEW: SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Series: -
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, War
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Source: ARC
Pages: 400
Publishing date: 4th February, 2016

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SYNOPSIS:
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

24 August, 2018

REVIEW: PICNIC AT THE HANGING ROCK by Joan Lindsay


Title: Picnic at the Hanging Rock
Author:  Joan Lindsay
Series: -
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Australian Classic
Publisher: Vintage
Release: July 2nd. 1998
Source: Kindle
Pages: 189

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BLURB: It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred.

Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

They never returned.

Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.

23 August, 2018

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21 August, 2018

REVIEW: MOB PSYCHO 100 by One

Title: Mob Psycho 100
Author: One
Series: Mob Psycho 100
Genres: Manga, Comics
Publisher: Editorial Ivrea España
Release: November, 2016
Source: Paperback
Pages: 200

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BLURB: From the creator of One-Punch Man! Do you or someone you know need an exorcist who works cheap? Reigen's your guy!

What's his secret to busting ghosts while keeping prices low? Well, first, he's a fraud, and second, he pays the guy who's got the real psychic power--his student assistant Shigeo--less than minimum wage. Shigeo is an awkward but kind boy whose urge to help others and get along with them is bound up with the mental safety locks he's placed on his own emotions. Reigen knows he needs to exploit Shigeo to stay in business, yet for better or worse he's also his mentor and counselor. And he also knows whenever the normally repressed kid's emotions reach level 100, it may unleash more psychic energy than either of them can handle!

Winner of the 2017 Shogakukan Prize for Best Shonen Manga.

20 August, 2018

19 August, 2018

SUNDAY PORTRAIT: Sarai


Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to Sunday Portraits, where we give a face to our beloved book friends!

 Today we have: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:

Sarai
Despite living in an environment where she has been taught to hate humans, Sarai does not feel the need to hurt them and defies Minya even if it means seclusion and disownment. Minya also fails to manipulate Sarai’s emotions by appealing to her guilt because Sarai is quite fixated on her personal beliefs and would never do anything she isn’t comfortable in doing.

Quite idealistic, Sarai has impossible dreams and feels limited by being trapped inside the citadel. She lives her life through others dreams and used unique ways to torture them.

Unlike Minya, Sarai is not practical about the hatred that she receives from them and hopes that someone will love her despite her being a godspawn

18 August, 2018

REVIEW: THE THREE HARES by Geoffrey Simpson

Title: The Three Hares
Author: Geoffrey Simpson
Series: Bloodline #1
Genres: Mystery, YA
Publisher: Thewordverve inc
Release: June 1st, 2018
Source: ebook
Pages: 222

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BLURB: The Adventure of a Lifetime . . .

Ethan Drake is a living legend.
If only his late father had mentioned it.

Ethan and his friends decode a series of cryptic riddles from an ancient treasure map. Their discovery entangles them in a centuries-old struggle between warring secret societies.

It soon becomes clear that Ethan is not just an adventurous teen who accidentally stumbles upon a shadowy world.

He is a catalyst…
a spark which ignites the resurgence.

The Three Hares is a smart, twisty adventure mystery, one that will keep you reading until the remarkable end.

17 August, 2018

REVIEW: ZERO HOUR by Craig Alanson

Title: Zero Hour
Author: Craig Alanson
Series: Expeditionary Force 5
Genres: Sci-Fi, Military Fiction
Publisher: Independently published
Release: 2017 November 17th
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 494

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BLURB:
United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite Expeditionary Force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-Merry Band of Pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of lightyears from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed ‘Skippy’ is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

 

16 August, 2018

15 August, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Various Authors


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Today we are waiting for Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe & more!

Today we're bringing a collab book made up of several short stories about women!

Publication date: August 28th, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

14 August, 2018

REVIEW: BLACK OPS by Craig Alanson

Title: Black Ops
Author: Craig Alanson
Series: Expeditionary Force 4
Genres: Sci-Fi, Military Fiction
Publisher: Independently published
Release: 2017 May 24th
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 673

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The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded 'Not so much'... now they have to deal with the consequences.

 

13 August, 2018

12 August, 2018

11 August, 2018

REVIEW: PARADISE by Craig Alanson

Title: Paradise
Author: Craig Alanson
Series: Expeditionary Force 3
Genres: Sci-Fi, Military Fiction
Publisher: Independently published
Release: 2017 October 29th
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 283

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BLURB:
While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying assure hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been trapped on the planet they nicknamed 'Paradise'. The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise. But Colonel Joe Bishop warns that they might not like what they find, and they can't do anything about it without endangering Earth.

 

10 August, 2018

REVIEW: SPECOPS by Craig Alanson

Title: SpecOps
Author: Craig Alanson
Series: Expeditionary Force 2
Genres: Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Publisher: Independently published
Release: 2017 October 29th
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 275

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BLURB:
The sequel to 'Columbus Day'. Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise and he's going to keep it; taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return. At least, this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

 

09 August, 2018

08 August, 2018

07 August, 2018

REVIEW: STORMHAVEN by Jordan L. Hawke

Title: Stormhaven
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin 3
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Release: December 3rd, 2013
Source: ebook
Pages: 176

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BLURB:
Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.

Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.

Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?

It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.

 

06 August, 2018

05 August, 2018

04 August, 2018

REVIEW: COLUMBUS DAY by Craig Alanson

Title: Columbus Day
Author: Craig Alanson
Series: Expeditionary Force 1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Fiction
Publisher: Independently Published
Release: 2016 January 11th
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 494

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BLURB:
We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.

I'd better start at the beginning....

 

03 August, 2018

REVIEW: BREED by Niki Cluff

Title: Breed
Author: Niki Cluff
Series: Breed #1
Genres: YA, Fiction
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Release: August 3rd, 2018
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 264

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BLURB: A comet is set to destroy Earth, but Kyle Singer is determined to survive.

Tired of being treated like a second-class citizen thanks to her perfect brother, Kyle doesn’t think twice when offered the opportunity to attend an academy formed to stop the comet. It’s not like there’s going to be much left after the comet hits, anyway.

She's drugged, shipped off to the school, and thrown into a relationship with Ichiro Seung-hun, an exchange student from South Korea. The school isn’t just about stopping the comet. It’s a breeding program for after the comet hits and wipes out the human race. Terrified of becoming a baby-making factory, Kyle and Ichiro will do whatever it takes to escape.

02 August, 2018

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31 July, 2018

REVIEW: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release: December 18th, 2012
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 499

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BLURB: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

30 July, 2018

29 July, 2018

COVER OF THE MONTH


We are always told to not judge a book by its cover but... this is exactly what we will be doing! Cover art should also be appreciated. Am I right? ;)

In this meme we will be choosing 5 covers every month from books published on said month
e.g. for january we will choose a cover from a book published in january


28 July, 2018

REVIEW: SMOKE IN THE SUN by Renée Ahdieh

Title: Smoke in the Sun
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #2
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: June 5th, 2018
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 432

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BLURB: The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist - an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn


After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice - to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.

27 July, 2018

REVIEW: LUCY by Jamaica Kincaid


Title: Lucy
Author:  Jamaica Kincaid
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Feminism, YA
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release: November 6th, 2002
Source: Paperback
Pages: 163

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BLURB:
Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, almost at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is.  At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis's and Mariah's lives, she is also unraveling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity--a captivating heroine for our time.

26 July, 2018

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24 July, 2018

REVIEW: SPECTRED ISLE by K.J. Charles

Title: Spectred Isle
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Green Men 1
Genres: LGBT, Historical
Publisher: KJC Books
Release: August 3rd, 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 271

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BLURB:
Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfil his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there's something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.

Saul hasn’t trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he’ll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul’s life—or his soul.