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May 24, 2016

What's New? The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid




 


When I first saw the title of this book I thought it was a scary, creepy thriller. But then I read the synopsis and I'm sold! I've read some great reviews about The Diabolic and I hope it's as good as everyone's been saying.
Check it out!

Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
 
 

May 21, 2016

Unrivalled by Alyson Noël *Blog Tour/ Review*



 #WelcomeToTheParty.
Welcome to my stop in the UK Blog Tour for Unrivalled by Alyson Noel. I loved her Immortal Series and I'm so happy to be part of her worlds once again. I have 4 stars review to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by.

THE BOOK



UNRIVALLED
BOOK ONE: BEAUTIFUL IDOLS SERIES 
Published by MIRA in paperback and eBook 10TH May 2016, £ 7.99 
Summary:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël comes the first book in the Beautiful Idols series. With mystery, suspense, and an insiders-only look at Los Angeles that echoes Gossip Girl’s racy and real New York, fans of Pretty Little Liars and readers who crave pulse-pounding romance will love Unrivalled.
EVERYONE wants to be someone.
Layla Harrison wants to be a reporter. 
Aster Amirpour wants to be an actress.
Tommy Phillips wants to be a guitar hero.
But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her own a long time ago.
She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.
That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and are lured into a competition. The prize, or rather the target? Madison Brooks.
Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies. 


Unrivalled is being launched by HarperCollins’ global publishing program and will be released simultaneously in 16 languages in over 200 countries on May 10th 2016


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR UNRIVALLED

“Not all of L.A.’s beautiful people lead beautiful lives. Alyson Noël shows us with the details of an observant insider what they’re really up to, late into the night. Like a good celebrity, Unrivalled is mysterious and compelling and so gorgeous you won’t be able to look away” Cecily von Ziegesar author of the Gossip Girl series
“This glitzy, suspenseful, shamelessly addictive read offers an all-access pass to the glimmering world of Hollywood celebrity, where fame is a game, dark secrets are currency, and love doesn’t come without a high price.” Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures

Unrivaled will have you hooked from the very first page. Everything from the glitzy setting to the suspenseful plot is pure gold.” Jamie McGuire, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Disaster
  


My Review:
Thanks to Mira Ink for the review copy!
****


Unrivalled by Alyson Noel is an entertaining story filled with glamour, mystery secrets and lies. Like the praise says, it’s perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.
I started reading this book with low expectations, because this is not my usual read, so I was really shocked when I found it impossible to put down.

Unrivalled is the story of teens hungry for fame and attention.
Layla wants to be a reporter, but she needs the money to attend the school she wants. She’s the blogger behind The Beautiful Idols blog, a blog about celebrity gossip.
Tommy wants to be a guitar hero, but she came to LA for a very personal, and secret, purpose.
Aster wants to be an actress, but she wants to escape the life designed by her parents.
Madison Brooks is the hottest star of the moment, but her life is far more complicated than she lets on.
They are the main characters of Unrivalled, and their life converge when Ira Redman, the owner of the most popular nightclubs of LA, decides to host a contest to promote his clubs. The winner will be the one who brings the most popular stars to the club, the ones on his list, and Madison Brooks is the first of that list.

When Layla, Tommy and Aster enter the contest is when things start to get dirty. Every one of them has to use every trick to gain points. Their behaviors shift, their need to win gets the worst of them.
I enjoyed this book so much even though the mystery starts almost in the end of the book. But there are lies and secret in every page. This book is a fresh and fast paced read and while the more interesting character is the very Madison Brooks, every one of them has something to tell, someone to betray and secrets to keep.

If you enjoy books like Gossip Girl and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book. The start is a little slow, but once you’re in, there’s nothing that will stop you to reach the end.
I’m so looking forward to next book in this series!



The Author



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Number One New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël has won numerous awards and achieved international bestseller status for her wildly popular young adult series, The Immortals and The Soul Seekers, and her middle grade series, Riley Bloom. Alyson Noël is an established global phenomenon with books printed in 36 languages and sold in over 50 countries.  Now she is taking on the seductive world of L.A. nightlife in a new series using what she knows best: steamy romance and high-stakes Hollywood competition. 

Alyson Noël is the bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including The Immortals, Riley Bloom, and Soul Seekers series. With millions of copies in print, her books have been translated in thirty-six languages and have made numerous international bestseller lists. Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan, and is now settled back in Southern California, where she’s working on her next book. You can visit her online at www.alysonnoel.com 

 

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May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia




 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me.

Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all.

What's a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent's help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she’ll finally have the key to Stanford.

But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she's already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success—a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy.

Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can’t always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It’s pretty far.)

 ****


Why am I waiting on this book? I don't know what to think of this book. It sounds really different from everything I've read before. And maybe that's why I want to read it so badly, because it's different! I really love the cover and the synopsis.

What about you?

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May 17, 2016

ARC Review: The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes


The Fall of Butterflies
by Andrea Portes
Source: ARC provided by HC Intl. Thank you!
My rating: 4 stars
Summary:
Willa Parker, 646th and least-popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life. Did she choose this life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and Willa has no intention of fitting in. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit in. When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel Remy spinning right out of her grasp.
Andrea Portes, author of the hilarious, heartbreaking Anatomy of a Misfit, spins a similarly incandescent, heartfelt story that explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the precarious joy and devastating pain of finding home in a place—a person—with wings.
 
****
 
This is my first book by Andrea Portes and I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint. The Fall of Butterflies is a hilarious and thought-provoking read. It was the kind of book I was looking for!
The first thing I thought about The Fall of Butterflies is that it reminded me a lot of Mosquitoland. Willa, the main character is a smart, hilarious and sarcastic girl and it was easy to connect with her since the first chapter. I loved that it was narrated “to me”

I’m not going to lie, even though Willa was this fantastic character with a great banter, it broke my heart a little how easy she became a sheep, a follower as soon as she met Remy.
I’m not going to lie. I thought this book was about a romantic relationship between Willa and Remy, but it turned out it was the story about their friendship, and how damaging some relationship can become.
I’m not going to lie. I might not have loved every character in this book, and I still don’t understand why Willa liked them so much in the first place… but they were so perfectly crafted that it didn’t matter. I cared about them.
For me, the real beauty of this book was in the writing and the character development.
In Remy you see a broken girl with everything Willa ever wanted, with so much potential, but without the courage to help herself.
Milo, the love interest, is just another broken guy pretending everything is okay.
And Willa… She’s just a smart girl doing the wrong things because she wants to fit in, to belong somewhere.

Even though there were some really funny scenes, The Fall of Butterflies is a very sad read. It’s a story about mistakes, lies, addiction and people giving up. It’s terrible to realize how authentic it felt.
But in the end, it holds a very positive message; it makes you understand that even the shiniest things can break, butterflies can fall.
Andrea Portes’ writing is flawless and addictive. For now on, I’ll be looking forward to her other books.


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May 16, 2016

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye *Blog Tour & Giveaway*


Hello there! Today I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Crown's Game by the amazing Evelyn Skye. I'm so happy to be part of the blog tour because I loved this book. Please read below and don't miss the chance to win an amazing prize! 


About the Book


Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Synopsis:
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.



My Review:

****

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye is a beautifully magical read, perfect for fans of fantasy and re-tellings.
I have to say, the first thing I heard about The Crown’s Game was about some kind of love triangle in the book, I don’t like books with love triangle, that’s why I want to talk about it first: It was not a love triangle.

The Crown’s Game is a magical duel between two enchanters and only the winner will live. I was expecting gore and battles and big displays of abilities, but The Crown’s Game was very different from what I expected, and that was good. The magic in this book is subtle, is beautiful, is fascinating and delightful. As a big fan of real life magicians and illusionist, The Crown’s Game felt a little like a tv show about enchanters.
It has everything I love about magic, including the awe of the people around them.

I know some people had struggled with the book in the first chapters because there are many POVs and that happens mostly in the beginning. It was a little difficult to connect at first, because of that, but once you know a bit more about the main characters you just can’t stop reading about them.
I had to say my favorite thing about this book was the characters. I loved them all, they were so well developed and different from each other. And of course I loved the most Nikolai and Vika, the two enchanters. But Pasha was lovely, too. The heir to the throne.  Nikolai’s best friend. The one who falls in love with Vika. I was dying to know how this was going to turn out.
Another thing I have to highlight is how wonderful was the world-building. It was atmospheric and magical and realistic at once. I loved to read about this Russia. It made me crave for more.

There are some amazing twists and turns I was not expecting, a deadly creature luring in the darkness, betrayals, secrets and magic and magic and magic.
Evelyn Skye’s debut is a fantastic read and if you enjoy reading about magic and Russian-inspired books, you are going to love this one.


About Evelyn:


Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.





Giveaway Details:


1 winner will receive a beautiful custom THE CROWN’S GAME necklace (similar to the one in the photo below) made by the lovely Tales of A Ravenous Reader, US Only.







Tour Schedule:

Week One:
5/9/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Guest Post
5/10/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Guest Post
5/11/2016- 125Pages- Review
5/12/2016- A Backwards Story- Review
5/13/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

Week Two:

5/16/2016- The Reader Lines- Review
5/17/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Guest Post
5/18/2016- That Artsy Reader Girl- Review
5/19/2016- Supernatural Snark- Guest Post
5/20/2016- Mundie Moms- Review