Thursday, 31 March 2016

Laini Taylor's 'Strange The Dreamer' Cover + Prologue Reveal!


Today is an exciting day for Laini Taylor fans! First off, if you have yet to read her 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' trilogy, do please make your way to the nearest bookshop or library and get that reading underway, because it's without a doubt one of my favorite fictional worlds.

But today is all about Laini's new duology, 'Strange The Dreamer'! If you haven't heard anything about it yet, here is the teasing blurb we have at the moment:

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about those amazing reads that are fresh off our TBR's.

I've included them in order from most recently read, because trying to come up with an order for ten books that I already loved so much was giving me a headache! Since most of them have reviews here on the blog I will leave the links along with them so you can read my thoughts on them if you'd like.

1. 'Morning Star', by Pierce Brown




[Goodreads]      {Review}

This series, man. This series.

Pierce Brown is a bloddydamn genius in his writing and I will forever buy and read ASAP anything that he publishes!



Saturday, 26 March 2016

'Star Wars: Lords of the Sith', by Paul S. Kemp

Title: Star Wars: Lords of the Sith
Author(s): Paul S. Kemp
Release Date: 26th January 2016
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough


I am absolutely loving this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic! I am the first to admit that I usually drone on and on about the same books for most of my posts and recommendations, but there certainly are quite a lot that I have in the list of my favorites that I don't seem to talk about that often.

It's like I want to keep them all to myself...

*ahem*

Here are my rarely mentioned faves!

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1. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', by Oscar Wilde

[Goodreads]

This is very much literally my favorite book of all time.

And yet, I don't seem to talk about it much!

I've lost count of how many times I've read it and still, I don't see myself ever stopping. This was my first reading experience with Oscar Wilde's work and it made me search for more, which has not disappointed so far. If I could only recommend one book in this list, this would definitely be it!

Friday, 18 March 2016

'Never Tear Us Apart', by Monica Murphy

Title: Never Tear Us Apart (Never Tear Us Apart #1)
Author(s): Monica Murphy
Release Date: 5th January 2016
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy New Adult contemporary series from New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.

Eight years can disappear in an instant... But their connection runs deeper than ever.

One look at Katie Watts, and Ethan is fifteen again - the boy who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. Now Katie is grown-up - beautiful, composed and telling her story to the world. Ethan was once her guardian angel - and he wants to be sure that she's still safe.

When they reconnect, it's as different people - but Ethan wants Katie every bit as much as she wants him. Yet all he can do is savour every moment they're together until she uncovers who he really is. Because her kidnapper - a convicted serial killer - is also Ethan's father.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

'Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice', by Beth Revis

Title: Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice (Paper Hearts #1)
Author(s): Beth Revis
Release Date: 1st November 2015
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Genre: Writing Craft
Source: Netgalley

Synopsis:
Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.
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Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there's no wrong way to get words on paper. But it's not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won't make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World
-What Common Advice You Should Ignore
-What Advice Actually Helps
-How to Develop a Novel
-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone
-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel
-How to Deal with Failure
...And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 "What to do if..." scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who's written more than 2 million words of fiction.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

'Front Lines', by Michael Grant

Title: Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1)
Author(s): Michael Grant
Release Date: 28th January 2016
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Genre: YA, Historical
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
A tense, exciting and moving new drama from the bestselling author of the GONE series.

1942. The fate of the world rests on a knife’s edge. And the soldiers who can tip the balance . . . are girls.

Set in an alternate World War II where young women are called up to fight alongside men, this is the story of Rio Richlin and her friends as they go into battle against Hitler’s forces.

But not everyone believes that they should be on the front lines. Now Rio and her friends must fight not only to survive, but to prove their courage and ingenuity. Because the fate of the world is in the hands of the soldier girls.

The first of three books, this is Michael Grant at his epic best.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

'The Island', by Olivia Levez

Title: The Island
Author(s): Olivia Levez
Release Date: 3rd March 2016
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Genre: YA
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster. Nothing is easy. Survival is hard and so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor however, and with the help of the only other crash survivor, she sees that the future is worth fighting for.

The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didn’t ask to be the person she is but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.

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Monday, 7 March 2016

'A Gathering of Shadows' Blog Tour - Victoria's Favorite Characters in the Series and Why!

I am incredibly excited to bring you today the last stop in the 'A Gathering of Shadows' Blog Tour!

'A Gathering of Shadows' is the second book in the 'Shades of Magic' series by V.E. Schwab. The first book, 'A Darker Shade of Magic', brought us the Traveller Kell and his misadventures through parallel universes.

Check out the synopsis for 'A Darker Shade of Magic' here, or if you are already caught up, here is the one for 'A Gathering of Shadows', out now!
For today's post, Victoria shares with us who her favorite characters in the series are and why, along with a little artistic treat!

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Friday, 4 March 2016

'Morning Star', by Pierce Brown

Title: Morning Star (Red Rising #3)
Author(s): Pierce Brown
Release Date: 11th February 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied - and too glorious to surrender.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For No Love Triangles


This week's Top Ten Tuesday gives us an option of what type of books to recommend. One of the things I find to be very scarce in books these last few years is the non-existence of the 'love triangle' trope, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to compile a little list of books that steer away from that over-used, nonsensical plot device!

So gather round, my friends, and let us read about characters with no fondness for the three sided geometrical shape! I will try and be as diverse in genres as possible.

1. 'Red Rising' series, by Pierce Brown


The characters in this book barely have time for a life, let alone a love life. Still, there are some romantic elements throughout the books, and while they are in no shape or form the most important part of the plot, they are still there.

Also, if you are sick of excessively romantic plots, this will be perfect to take you out of it. All the blood and gore you can think of will surely fix that problem! Still, keep tissues around. You have been warned.