Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga, #1)
And I Darken
(Conqueror's Saga, #1)
by Kiersten White
Published: July 7, 2016

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.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 2016 TBR

Another month, another attempt at a TBR. Eternally hoping I follow through THIS TIME.

Without further ado, here are the books I plan to read this month:

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled, #1) Places No One Knows

Monday, October 3, 2016

[RELEASE EVENT] Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: A Fool For You by Katee Robert

He never thought he’d get a second chance. A Fool For You is the third and final novel in the Foolproof Love series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert and Entangled Publishing. Check out the rest of the books in the series: Foolproof Love and Fool Me Once.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

COVER RE-REVEAL + Giveaway: Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram + More Exciting News!!

Exactly two years ago, a little book titled Cinder & Ella made its way onto Amazon. And then it exploded, making it's way to # 1 on Amazon in all of its categories and even hitting the top 20 on all of Amazon. (Way to go Cinder & Ella!)

**It's a really great book and you all should go read it if you haven't yet :)

And nearly every day of the two years since its release, author Kelly Oram has received requests for an epilogue or a short story or something--anything--that would give readers more of their beloved Brian (aka Cinder) & Ella.

It may have taken 2 years, but Kelly has finally decided to grant all of those requests, which means:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

Let's keep this short and sweet because it's actually already almost 5 in the morning as I am making this post. Well, anyway, there goes another month. It's already October! I like October. Hopefully this means I will have an even better month. September was a good one if I do say so myself :)

I read a total of 6 books not counting the two I started but wasn't able to finish before the month ended. And I only spent $4! See? I can so stick to a book buying ban.

September Reads:

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) The Female of the Species

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this September 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Graces
(The Graces #1)
by Laure Eve
Published: September 1, 2016
The Book Depository

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

COVER REVEALED: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I just saw something that made me smile and feel really giddy. The third, and most probably final, book to Jenny Han's contemporary series To All The Boys I've Loved Before now has a cover. Let me put the covers of books 1 and 2 first, coz they're awesome and I love them.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
A Torch Against the Night
(An Ember in the Ashes #2)
by Sabaa Tahir

Amazon | National Book Store

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 2016 TBR

So I haven't been reading that much lately. Well, actually, I read A LOT. I just can't seem to finish an entire book. It's very frustrating.


Monday, September 5, 2016

August 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap



Same as it was a few months ago.

But it's fine. I'm starting to accept that adulting is really effing exhausting. What can I do except learn to adjust.

Let's move on to my recap.

Books I read this August:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this August 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

A Promise of Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
by Amanda Bouchet
Published: August 2, 2016
The Book Depository

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

Finding Perfect
Finding Perfect
(Finding Perfect #1)
by Kendra C. Highley

For "Perfect Paige" Westfeld, today is "D" Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents' expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she's worked for goes up in flames. 

Ben Franklin (yes, he's related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he'll be happy to tutor Paige-if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date. It's the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient-and utterly imperfect-attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

[RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION] Giveaway: Polaris by Beth Rowland

Hello Readers!
Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Polaris by Beth Bowland!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Happy Book Birthday, Beth!

Friday, August 12, 2016

COVER REVEAL: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Today is Tucker's abs day. The cover for Elle Kennedy's fourth book in the Off-Campus series, The Goal, is here! If you have't started reading this series yet.. WHAT. EVEN. You should go pick them up now. They're fun and sexy books that would totally be worth your time.

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2) The Score (Off-Campus, #3)

Now feast your eyes for more abs...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

I've spent majority of 2016, from January to May, barely sleeping and working non-stop. Things have died down since this June and I think that is the reason why I've been feeling so lazy and unmotivated lately. Pssh. I hate this feeling but I don't know what to do to get out of it :(

Anyway, another not so good reading and blogging month here but it's better than last month, at least. I continue to hope that August will be the month when everything picks up and I feel like myself again.

Books I read this July:

Julia Vanishes Suite 269 Finding Perfect A Monster Calls

Monday, August 1, 2016

[RELEASE EVENT] Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway + Review: Fool Me Once by Katee Robert

Fool Me Once
by Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen

Sparks will fly on this roadtrip from hell...Fool Me Once is the second novel in the Foolproof Love series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert and Entangled Publishing.


They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous.

Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…

But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.

Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.

He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.

Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.

Get More information at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review + Giveaway: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Julia Vanishes
Julia Vanishes
(Witch's Child #1)
by Catherine Egan

Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this July 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

Defending Taylor
(Hundred Oaks)
by Miranda Kenneally
Published: July 5, 2016
The Book Depository

There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners
The Darkest Corners
by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

Monday, July 4, 2016

June 2016 Reads + Monthly Recap

I have been dreading this wrap-up ever since June ended. I didn't want to look at my reading challenge meter because I knew I wouldn't like it. Well, it's been long enough. It's time to face the music.

*heads over to Goodreads*


Thursday, June 30, 2016

[SPOTLIGHT] Excerpt + Giveaway: Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 3: The Head of Medusa is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to the end of the world, unsure of who to trust, and facing choices that will put their lives and the entire world at risk. Will they all survive the mission? And if they don’t, will the ones who do be able to find the strength to continue?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

[COVER and BLURB REVEAL] Elementals 4: The Portal to Kerberos by Michelle Madow

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 4: The Portal to Kerberos, is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to a new and dangerous world to save one of their own, battling monsters and trying to keep their sanity in a prison dimension designed to make them lose their minds.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

by Jen Malone
Published: May 31, 2016

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 2016 New Releases

New Book Releases this June 2016
*cover image links to Goodreads*

American Girls
by Alison Umminger
Published: June 7, 2016
The Book Depository

She was looking for a place to land.

Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card an runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.

Monday, June 13, 2016

[RELEASE WEEK BLITZ] Spotlight + Giveaway: Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis

Fans of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are sure to fall in love with Lia Davis’ latest fantasy romance novella, ROYAL ENCHANTMENT!

Royal Enchantment
(Skeleton Key Book Series)
by Lia Davis
Published: June 15, 2016

One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

Ava Green has made a name for herself in the real estate world by reconditioning old, historical homes with her partner and friend Jeff. But her newest project, a three-story Victorian in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, promises to be her biggest moneymaker yet. And one she’s undertaking on her own. During her first walk-through of the house, however, she discovers a locked door, and a skeleton key that seems to appear out of nowhere. Unlocking the door, she is transported to a mystical world of fae and mythickal creatures and meets the King of the Morna. The sovereign of the Dark Elves.

King Finn Sylcan has searched for the one who can bring the magick back to his world, Edra, for eons. An old prophecy told of a female of both Dark and Light elven descent, a hybrid both Calim and Morna. It is said she is the only one who can repair the damage the war between the Dark and Light kingdoms caused. But after searching for so long, Finn never dreamed that she’d just show up outside his palace walls. Or that she’d be his mate.

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