Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #209

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
The Traitor's Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen 
Releases: February 27th 2018
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.

Thoughts:
The Traitor's Game reminds makes me think of a blend of Truthwitch, Ruined and The Winner's Curse which is not necessarily a bad thing seeing as I absolutely love all three series! YA fantasy is without a doubt one of my fave genres so I'm always on the lookout for great additions to the genre. I definitely love the sound of The Traitor's Game and will be keeping my eye out for it. 

Do you like the sound of the Traitor's Game?
What are you waiting on this week? I'd love to hear! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Shelf: The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen #3) by Emily R. King

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.


More info on Goodreads.... 


Review: 

The Rogue Queen is the third instalment in The Hundredth Queen series by Emily R. King and continues on where the previous novel left off with another thrilling adventure that will have readers eagerly reading until the final page.

After the disastrous events of the previous novel, a demon wears the face of Rajah Tarek and has taken control of the army and the Empire in his bid to bring darkness to the world. The Tarachand people follow him believing their rajah has risen from the dead, but Kalinda and those closest to her know the truth despite being branded traitors to the empire. Fleeing across the seas and desert, they desperately search for a way for Prince Ashwin to reclaim the throne and his birthright, but with the demon growing stronger with every passing day and Kalinda’s tie to him growing more concerning, Kali will need to brave her toughest fight yet if she wishes to save her people.

The Hundredth Queen is a genuinely enjoyable series to read. Each instalment has been solidly written and perfectly paced with both the characters and the storyline developing well over time. The Rogue Queen marks the third novel and is as good as its predecessors. Full of excitement, danger and thrilling action, The Rogue Queen had plenty of adventure, romance and moments of friendship to keep me entertained.

I honestly care about Kali and all the other characters in the series. Deven, Natesa, Yatin, Ashwin, Brac—they’ve all won me over throughout the course of the series so far and I feel they bring a great balance to the tale. While the story is full of magic and action, it’s also driven by the friendships, romances and comraderies that give it life. So far I’ve enjoyed seeing all the characters interact during all three books and predict this won’t change in the next novel.

The Rogue Queen is a very action packed story with plenty of moments to entrance its reader. Lives are on the line in this instalment and not everyone will make it out alive with Emily R. King bringing some surprises to the story. There’s definitely some emotion with unexpected losses but also beautiful moments of triumph.

Featuring a killer ending (pun totally included!) I’m very much looking forward to the next novel whenever it releases and will be keeping my eyes out to read it as soon as possible!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Skyscape
Format: Kindle book via Netgalley
Release Date: February 13th 2018
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon  Barnes & Noble
Final Thoughts: I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait until Emily R. King releases the next installment!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Owl Post #199


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hello book lovers and welcome to another Owl Post! I only have one book to share with you this week, but it's a goodie. 
 
I Bought:
 - The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli 
I'm dying to read this book--it just sounds so fabulous--and this hardback copy of bought myself is just stunning. Definitely one of my favourite covers I've seen for a while! 

And that's my one beauty this week!
What did the owls bring you?


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Shelf: Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions.....


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

Stargazing For Beginners is a sweet and adorable novel from Jenny McLachlan about friendship, family and discovering who you are.

Fifteen year old Megara Clark is a science geek who knows more about stars and physics than she ever thinks she could about her free spirited mother and her little sister. Then Meg’s mother takes off on a spur of the moment trip overseas and Meg is left to look after her baby sister Elsa until her mum returns. Desperate to win a competition that sees one lucky participant sent to NASA headquarters, stage shy Meg must manage to keep Elsa fed and clothed while also trying to beat her biggest competition, high school all-rounder and follow intellect Ed King. Elsa is a mystery, her hapless Grandfather is more hindrance than help and now one of her teachers wants her do join a social club with a group of socially inept individuals. Meg is in over her head, but as she slowly begins to find her rhythm, will Meg discover happiness can be found not just in space but on planet Earth too?

Stargazing For Beginners isn’t my first novel by Jenny McLachlan, having read her Ladybirds series in the past, but I definitely feel this was potentially her best book yet. Fun and sweet but with a real message Stargazing For Beginners features a rambunctious cast of characters and an endearing storyline that tells a sweet story of family and the bond between two sisters that develops when all they have is each other.

The protagonist in this story is very likable and sweet character. At the end of the day, Meg is a fifteen year old girl so her voice within the novel can come across as young at times, but she’s also very capable and highly intelligent. Her awkwardness and dorky nature endear her to the reader as Meg stumbles throughout life and slowly gains her bearings; making friends and self-discoveries along the way.

Jenny McLachlan has created another fun and very endearing novel with Stargazing For Beginners. Meg and her sister Elsa develop a really adorable relationship and I liked that McLachlan includes the perfect moments of friendship and romance into the story.

I’m excited about the prospect of Annie featuring in a companion novel and will definitely be keeping an eye out for that novel as soon as it’s released!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback ARC
Australian RRP: $14.99
Release Date: May 1st 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: This is another light and sweet read from Jenny McLachlan and I can't wait to read the companion novel featuring Annie!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #208

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray 
Releases: April 3rd 2018

Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider. Ostracized for refusing to sacrifice Abel, the galaxy's most advanced mechanical man, she dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people...if only she wasn't flying right into a trap.

Abel, now fully aware of his soul and captaining his own ship, never thought he'd get to see Noemi again, not when the entire universe stands between them. But when his creator, Burton Mansfield, delivers news of Noemi's capture, Abel must go to her, no matter the cost.

In a race against time, Abel and Noemi band together to stop Mansfield once and for all. The depraved scientist has engineered a way to achieve immortality, but that technology comes with perils of its own. Abel and Noemi are about to discover a secret that could save Genesis and Earth...or destroy them all.


Thoughts:
The predecessor to this novel, Defy the Stars was one of my absolutely favourite books of 2017 and I'm SOOOOOOOO excited to read this sequel! The ending of Defy the Stars actually had me scared for a while as I wasn't sure if it was a standalone or not and I just couldn't handle Noemi and Abel's story ending as it did. Can't wait to see what Claudia Gray does with book #2---just know it's going to be epic!

Have you read the first book Defy the Stars?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Owl Post #198


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hello booklovers and welcome to the first Owl Post of 2018! Can you believe we're in 2018?!?! I certainly can't; time is just going too quick!
It's been a while since I've shared an Owl Post. My last was in November I think, so I've got a few books to share with you today :) 

For Review:
From Hot Keys Books/Allen & Unwin:
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
This seems to be a highly anticipated novel in the bookish community and I've enjoyed Holly's novels in the past so I'm defintely looking forward to diving into this one.

....Thank you guys!
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From Bloomsbury:
-   Libby in the Middle by Gwyneth Rees 
 - The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
Both of these novels seem directed to the younger audience, so I'm not sure how likely I'll actually read them although I am more likely to try The Firefly Code if I'm being honest as it seems more my style.

.....Thank you guys!


I Bought:
Gilded Cage by Vic James
I read Gilded Cage in ARC form but received a finished copy of book two for review so I wanted to get myself a finished copy of book one too. 
 
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 
I originally read Three Dark Crowns via Netgalley and seeing as I just got a copy of book two, this was another one I wanted to have a physical copy of. 
 
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin 
I about fell off my chair when I heard Michelle Hodkin was writing more novels featuring Mara and Noah and simply HAD to get a copy asap. Can't wait to read this!
 
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
 One of my favourite series is the Starbound trilogy so words cannot say how excited to read this duo's latest novel together. Seriously. Soooooooo excited! Oh and this edition is SIGNED by both authors from their Australian tour which I unfortunately wasn't able to go to :( Still, signed book so very happy!

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
My brother kind of broke the "no buying Rachel books for Christmas" rule we have in our house and gave me a QBD voucher for Christmas that I got this and Renegades with :) Looking forward to reading this!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 
Renegades totally makes me think of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson so I'm excited to read it. Sounds really good.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore 
Bewitching by Alex Flinn 
Hidden by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I LOVE going to second hand/charity stores and raiding their book departments. I always manage to find some great second hand books in brilliant condition for next to nothing. I've been meaning to get a copy of Night Circus for a while and found this HARDBACK for $4 is freaking PERFECT condition! Score. I've also been wanting to give Fangirl a go for a while and I enjoy Alex Flinn so I'm looking forward to reading Bewitching as I loved Beastly.

- Divine by Blood by P.C. Cast
- Divine by Choice by P.C. Cast
- Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast
Model Misfit by Holly Smale 
- Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
- Alpha by Rachel Vincent
More books from charity stores. Bitter Blood and Alpha were $2 while the read were all $1.50. I mean come on; they're perfect, no marks, no tears, no cracks in the spines even--had to get them.

- Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Geekerella by Ashley Poston  
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend 
- Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
So. Target had a 20% off after Christmas sale.....what's a girl to do!?!? I had to get some bookish goodness including the two Rick Riordan latests, Geekerella and Nevermoor which I'm looking forward to reading. Silver Silence I had on pre-order though and it arrived during the Christmas break. Great book; I was actually reading it via Netgalley when the paperback arrived lol. 

And that's me! Quite a few novels I bought and am looking forward to reading. 
What did the owls bring you recently? Let me know in the comments!


Friday, January 5, 2018

Book Shelf: On the Plus Side (A Perfect Fit #2) by Alison Bliss

The second book in a laugh-out-loud new contemporary romance series from Alison Bliss!

Big girls don't cry. They go after what they want.

Thanks to her bangin' curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie's luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie's determined to get Logan's attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.

Logan can't remember a time when Valerie didn't secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It's only when he finds Valerie's naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.

No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.


More info on Goodreads..... 


Review:

On the Plus Side is the second novel in Alison Bliss’s A Perfect Fit series and this time features the previously introduced character Valarie and the man she has secretly wanted for years.

Valarie Carmichael has always had feelings for her older brother Brett’s best friend. As a teenager, her crush seemed unreciprocated and unattainable, especially when the man in question left town without a word and has only just returned after eight years. Logan was the only man Valarie’s sexy curves and vibrant personality wasn’t able to win, but the years apart haven’t changed the way he makes her feel. Logan Mathis has returned to his hometown of Granite, Texas in the hopes of saving his mother’s home that is about to be foreclosed on. The plan is simple; open a bar and make enough money to get her out of trouble. He certainly wasn’t expecting Valarie to ignite a different kind of trouble in his life…..Logan has always forced himself to avoid acting on the raging attraction he feels for his best friends little sister, but Valarie isn’t a little girl anymore. Beautiful, mouthy and determined, Valarie makes him burn hotter than ever before. Getting involved with her may be a bad idea but as the two find themselves working together at Logan’s bar, they’re about to discover that neither can deny what simmers between them….

On the Plus Side is another fun and flirty contemporary romance from Alison Bliss. As with the first novel, On the Plus Side features likable characters, funny dialogue and plenty of sensual and saucy moments between the love interests that bring the romance to life. Unfolding in the varying POV’s of main characters Valarie and Logan, On the Plus Side offers readers a well-rounded story with plenty of entertaining moments.

Valarie was a confidant and capable young woman. I appreciated that Alison Bliss wrote her comfortable in her own skin and didn’t focus too much around what she weighted, unlike previous main character Leah who had a lot of insecurities where her weight was concerned. Logan too was a solid male lead and I thought he and Valarie were sexy and thrilling together.

A solid read from beginning to end, On the Plus Side was another enjoyable contemporary romance. I’m hoping we have a chance to see Valarie’s brother Brett feature in a story down the track and am looking forward to seeing Max star in the next instalment!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher via Netgalley (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Forever
Format: Kindle ebook via Netgalley
Release Date: June 27th 2017
Purchase: Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: This series is a really light and fun read and I'm keen to see Max feature in the third novel!