Thursday, 30 June 2016

June Wrap Up!


June was a slower reading month for me, having picked up four books, but this time around I am not 'disappointed' that I didn't read more. It's normal for me to have intermittent reading months (reading a lot in one and then not so much in the next) so I wasn't expecting to read much throughout June. I did have some amazing, amazing reads!


Saturday, 25 June 2016

'And I Darken', by Kiersten White

Title: And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)
Author(s): Kiersten White
Release Date: 7th July 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: YA, Historical
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

'Blame', by Simon Mayo

Title: Blame
Author(s): Simon Mayo
Release Date: 7th July 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: YA, Thriller
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed?

That’s the situation in which Ant finds herself – together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she’s locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished ‘heritage’ crimes of their parents.

Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home – and when things finally erupt, they realize they’ve got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re not to blame.

A new nail-bitingly taught YA suspense thriller, from author of the bestselling ITCH series, Simon Mayo.

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Monday, 13 June 2016

'The Shadow Queen', by C.J. Redwine

Title: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1)
Author(s): C.J. Redwine
Release Date: 3rd March 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

April & May Wrap Up


For the first time here on the blog I am doing a two month wrap up in one post, simply because April was the worst reading month of the year for me, and I only finished two books. They were also ebooks, which would have made for a very plain, image free post. So I decided to leave it until this month, and May was definitely more reading productive than April, with a grand total of ten books!

As I am (finally) free of University until September, I decided to take some time to catch up on my out of control review book pile. I am one of those people that feels incredibly guilty if I receive a book from a publisher (even if I did not request it) and do not review it. So, while there are books I've owned for years that I really want to get to, for the next couple of months I'll be going through more recent releases.

Which I am also super excited to read, so in the end it's a win/win situation, really.

Here are my April and May reads!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Book Blitz: 'Terrapin' by A.C. Troyer


Let's start the month off here on the blog with some indie author love, shall we? Today's Book Blitz is for 'Terrapin', by A.C. Troyer, the first in the Nordic Airre series. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and while the synopsis leaves a lot to the imagination, it's about a female pilot in a fantasy setting. How can one not think that is super cool? From the excerpt you will find further down this post I can predict a lot of banter between the characters and it seems straight up my alley. Don't forget to also enter the international giveaway right at the bottom!

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!