Saturday, 27 June 2015

Blog Tour: The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson


Hello hello! And welcome to my stop in the #LadyCaraboo blog tour! I was kindly given the opportunity to review this rather intriguing book so today I share with you my thoughts about it.




The Curious Tale of the Lady CarabooAuthor: Catherine Johnson
Published by: Corgi on 2nd July 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive

Summary:

Set in the early nineteenth century, this is incredible story of the ultimate historical hustle, based on the true story of Mary Willcox. After a harrowing street attack, Mary makes a life-changing decision: to become Princess Caraboo. Speaking a language of her own devising, she manages to convince the respected Worrall family that she is just what she claims to be. Language professors, journalists and artists are captivated by Caraboo's beauty and the story that surrounds her. But as her lies get bigger, so too does the risk involved in her deception, and when she begins to fall in love with seventeen-year-old Fred Worrall, Mary realizes that she can't keep up her con forever, and that some stories can be very dangerous indeed...





This is the first Catherine Johnson novel I have read and without a doubt, she really does know how to tell a tale. When I first read the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued. It pretty much had me hook, line and sinker! I jumped at the chance to read it, and despite my huge TBR, I gave it high priority and not just for the sake of the blog tour.

The verdict? It was really good! Truly different to what I had initially expected, both good and bad. I had no clue that this is actually based on a true story, which I immediately researched and was gripped by the tale. How extraordinary! That was one aspect of the book I really liked, the other? Mary herself. AKA Princess Caraboo. She was the most interesting character I have ever read about. I loved how despite all the past events she had been through, she is still somewhat level-headed and her character development was executed really well! 


The writing truly matched the historical time period, what with the language and lifestyle presented in the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the rather beautiful writing style which kept me going. The talks about love and males and females was a plus, this book definitely contains jerk-face guys who you may or may not feel like strangling. Except Fred. Fred. I didn't expect the changes in his character and that was a rather pleasant surprise! I went from disliking him, to really loving his character and his relationship with Mary/Caraboo. Which brings us to the romance. It's not heavy, and it's definitely not what the book is centered on. Far from it. But it was a lovely touch with a bittersweet ending that left me hanging and wanting more!

Whilst I ended up liking Fred, I also ended up disliking Cassandra. This book is very unpredictable! There were some events and actions that I didn't find myself enjoying but the opening was a very dramatic one! I really liked that. I didn't care much for the other characters and I really wished this book was longer!


Oh well.


All in all, this was an enjoyable read, very unique and different and no doubt has sparked my interest in Historical Fiction once again. I'd recommend it to those who wish to try something new, especially if you like books based on true stories!

Rating:
3.5
Bronze Wreath

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Anticipated July Releases 2015



I completely missed June out, because BUSY. So instead of posting my anticipated releases of June, seeing as we're almost at the end of it, I thought I'd make a move on and bring you July's instead! And BOY, we have a lot of books coming out in July that I cannot wait to get my hands on! I have a huge list, so I've mostly listed ones I yet to read as there are a few July releases I already have read/have a copy of.

So let's begin!


#1 - THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

Publish Date: 7th July 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads: Here

I haven't read The Kiss of Deception, but I now own a copy and shall be reading it right away! This series had me intrigued before publication, so naturally, I would want the sequel. I hear it's amazing.


#2 - ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

Publish Date: 30th July 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Goodreads: Here

This was an obvious pick. I LOVED Every Day by David Levithan. It's my favourite one by him and to have the story told from the perspective of Rhiannon, well, I'm not going to miss that am I?


#3 - THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)

Publish Date: 16th July 2015

Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Goodreads: Here

If you know me, then you know I love The Queen of the Tearling series a LOT. The sequel is one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2015 and I'm actually lucky enough to have an early proof to devour! This is such a brilliant series and I desperately await for the movie adaptation! 


#4 - BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Publish Date: 2nd July 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Goodreads: Here

I love the sound of this one! And again, it's one I have an early copy of and cannot wait to read! It sounds really different to the usual contemporaries I read so I can't wait to dive in.


#5 - THE POTION DIARIES by Amy Alward

The Potion Diaries (Potion, #1)

Publish Date: 2nd July 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

Goodreads: Here

I'm in the process of reading this one, and I am loving it. It's so much fun with a fantastic world filled with magic and potion making and adventure! I can't wait for everyone else to get the chance to read this!


#6 - FIRST CLASS MURDER by Robin Stevens

First Class Murder (Wells and Wong, #3)

Publish Date: 30th July 2015

Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery, Crime

Goodreads: Here

This is one I am hugely excited for! I adored Murder Most Unladylike and I have the sequel sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I aim to have a mini marathon once I get my hands on First Class Murder, which sounds absolutely fab! Really wonderful characters in this series!


My list could go on, but we'd be here forever. There are so many more releases I cannot wait to read!


Which books are you most looking forward to this July?

Any on my list catch your eye?

Feel free to comment below and let me know!

Monday, 22 June 2015

REVIEW: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The Stars Never RiseI received an ARC of this book from Mira Ink for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.

Author: Rachel Vincent
Published by: Mira Ink on 18th June 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Series: Untitled Series #1
Source: Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary:

There’s no turning back…

In the town of New Temperance, souls are in short supply and Nina should be worrying about protecting hers. Yet she’s too busy trying to keep her sister Mellie safe.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal church.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a mysterious fugitive who has already saved her life once. Wanted by the church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she needs Finn and his group of rogue friends.


But what do they need from her in return?




This book turned out to be completely different to what I had expected it to be. And not in a bad way either. Being one of my most highly anticipated books of 2015, I was extremely excited to read this and now I feel quite satisfied!

If you know me, then you know I'm a huge Supernatural fan. I love demons, possession, zombies and monsters and all that good stuff about sins. It intrigues me. The Stars Never Rise was a combination of a number of my favourite things which I thought was pretty brilliant. Like this book was almost made for me! 


Nina Kane, our lead protagonist, lives in a town run by the Church who require humans to swear loyalty to them in return for the protection they provide against the demons and degenerates in the world. When Nina's sister becomes pregnant, committing one of the largest sins, she is captured by the Church leaving Nina to find a way to rescue her before she is killed. But Nina is more than human, she's an exorcist with the ability to send demons possessing human bodies back to hell, and they are everywhere. Along with a band of fugitive exorcists, they discover darker truths about the world they live in and the people they have blindly trusted all their lives.


Doesn't that just sound amazing? Although I really enjoyed and liked Nina's character, I didn't really connect with the other characters so I'm hoping this will change in the sequel! The world is incredibly interesting, kind of like a post-apocalyptic/dystopian world where breeding has become very limited as now a soul is required to be sacrificed to a newborn in order for them to live. And souls are hard to come by when you're trying to preserve the human race. The plot is action-packed with zombie-like creatures known as degenerates that reminded me of one of my favourite movies - World War Z. (Ah.. Brad Pitt..)

And then we have the whole exorcising possessed humans thing. I thought that was pretty darn cool. Nina was like a flare in the night sky and I really enjoyed watching her become more courageous and strong and I think it's one of the main reasons as to why I loved this book so much. She cares deeply for her sister and that shines through her actions and thoughts, she eve goes to great lengths and takes risks to protect her which is truly amiable.


There is a fair share of romance, and despite being a little insta-lovey, I really enjoyed it. Which is rare for me. Reason being - Finn. Finn truly intrigues me for reasons I won't spoil for you. You just have to read it and find out yourself! Why ruin the surprise? He can be really adorable and I want to know more about him and what will become of him and his relationship with Nina. It's really different! (You'll understand the complications once you read it.)

Really cool post-apocalyptic/dystopian world with a great plot. Action-packed with fight scenes galore and quite fast-paced too! There are scenes that surprised me and had me gaping with an open mouth because they were a little brutal but it just added to the greatness of the story! I just need more character development for Reese, Grayson, Maddock and Devi. But I simply cannot wait for the sequel! That ending! It left me hanging with so many questions that need to be answered!


I think a lot of people would enjoy this book. I'd highly recommend it.

Rating:
Silver Wreath

Extraordinary.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Cover Reveal: Vendetta Book 2 by Catherine Doyle



Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted a proper blog post but recently I've been asked to take part in the awesome book cover reveal for Catherine Doyle's sequel to her fantastic debut Vendetta, which had released earlier this year! (You can find my review of it here.)

I loved the cover of Vendetta. It truly gave off that feel of it being similar to Romeo & Juliet which is my favourite Shakespeare play! It is also one of my favourite books. BUT. As soon as I set my eyes on the utterly gorgeous cover of the sequel, I was in love. So today, I give you the breathtaking cover for...

INFERNO


INFERNO (Blood for Blood #2) by Catherine Doyle


Isn't it just stunning?! I simply cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this! (Although there is quite a wait before we do which is driving me CRAZY.)

For those of you new to this series, I'll leave you with a brief description on what it's about.

It's a MUST READ.

A YA romantic Contemporary with a mix of Romeo & Juliet and 21st Century humour. AND HOT BOYS. Oh yes. Lot's of those. Throw in a little Mafia action and this is one kickass series, and trust me, you need this series in your life!

Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)

Sigh.

The title's and covers are just brilliant. Kudos to the fab cover artist who conjured up this masterpiece!

So, what do you think?

Feel free to comment below to let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Blog Tour - The Vilincia Coven: Attested



Battling the dark side is hard enough, now he has the lives of the world in his hands. Cole knows now what the prophecy meant and that it was for him to fulfill. Can he live up to the Taylor name and the path his grandfather laid out for him? And can he actually survive his 18th birthday and the transition into a god?

Knowing her destiny, Whitney still lets Cole into her heart. And keeping her alive is all he lives for. He doesn’t want to admit how vulnerable he is. Or that it is Whitney who was sent to protect him. She wants him to save her, she wishes for it to be the truth. Her death has been attested though, hadn’t it? Can Cole change the paths for both Whitney and himself? Against all odds will the coven come together to keep us safe from the darkness we can’t see?

Only the attested will tell us.

The Vilincia Coven: The Attested


Book 2 in The Vilincia Coven series.

BOOK / AUTHOR LINKS:



Author Bio:


I have loved writing all my young adult life. I finally released my first book and now I am working on getting my work out there. I'm a mom of three and love paranormal romance. Other then writing i enjoy singing and photography. I enjoy the not so stressed life of living in the Midwest. I have a wonderful husband who supports me in all my passions of life.




Monday, 1 June 2015

REVIEW: Night School Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

15757366Author: C.J. Daugherty
Published by: Atom on 22nd November 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Contemporary
Pages: 385
Format: Paperback
Series: Night School #2
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Wordery | Hive | Kindle

Summary:

In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought dark-eyed Carter West into her life hasn't hurt either. 

But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could have imagined. The students and faculty are under threat, and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandmother to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. 

Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart...






Basically me after reading this book. Without the alcohol... I had coffee.

So where do I start? Where can I start? Uh, how about how CJ managed to create another mindblowing book straight after that masterpiece called Night School. I mean, I didn't think it could get any better but she just went and proved me completely wrong. And I am OK with that. After that rather explosive ending in the first book, Legacy starts off with a bang. Something that instantly had me hooked because what better way than to ensnare your reader's attention than have your beloved main character on the run from men clad in black, trying to kill her?

Do you see what I mean? You don't understand the power of CJ Daugherty, she rules all. Or a term I see used a lot these days - she slays. Heh, that word makes me laugh.

Legacy is filled with even more angst, heart-racing action and adventure and suspense. The mystery builds up, just when you think you got it all figured out - BOOMSomething new rains on your parade and it's awesome. This book packed a punch as we unearth more about Allie's family background and history, including discovering certain truths about the secrets behind Cimmeria Academy. Nowhere is safe for Allie.


Speaking of Allie, if you ever need to read a book/series that has incredible character development, then what are you doing sitting there twiddling your thumbs? START READING THIS SERIES ALREADY. Allie is equally loveable and as realistic as teenagers come. She suffers from panic attacks, she's a rebellious teen but not in the way where it makes you want to slam her head against a spiked wall. She's charming, witty and very much like you and I. While she is brave, she still has flaws and fears but she slowly grows to stand up to the challenges she is faced with and manages to remain somewhat cool-headed even when she is dealing with conflicts with her friends and family.

This book is the definition of emotional turmoil. This whole series is.


This series makes me cry too much.

I want to talk about the romance. Remember that feeling where it feels as if the author physically reached into your chest and pulled out your heart and shredded it to pieces?

This is worse than that feeling.

Because you can't predict what is going to happen. This series is so unpredictable and I love it. I felt a mix of gushy butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of happy from the fluff, and then drowned in my ocean of tears as CJ ripped out my heart and attached it to a firework rocket before setting it off.

So. Yeah, there was that.


Wonderfully addictive writing and plot, very much like the first book yet the political themes adds a special tough to this series. The characters are incredible - Carter and Sylvain anyone? But I love how Allie meets new allies and we get even more awesomeness, CJ spoils us sometimes. The tension is right up there, your heart will race, your pulse will pound and you may even gasp. Super thrilling, invigorating and filled with intense plot twists that will send your mind reeling. 

Do you know how hard it is to write this review without mentioning spoilers? I WANT TO MENTION EVERYTHING. All the feels guys. All. The. Feels.

There is a reason why this series is my all time favourite. Go read it. Now.

Rating:
Gold Wreath

Obviously deserves the crown. Obviously.