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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves #1: All the Books


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews that allows us to highlight the books that we've acquired throughout the week.


Hey, guys! Welcome back to my blog! Today, I thought that I would do a Stacking the Shelves post because I haven't done one...ever and I have recently acquired a lot of books so I am extremely excite to show them to you. Hope you enjoy reading this!




1)Zac and Mia by AJ Betts
2)Nest by Esther Ehrlich
3)The Iron Trail by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (Magisterium #1)
4)Stormfront by K.R Conway (Undertow #2)
5)Darkeness by Erin Eveland
6)The Girl Who Was on Fire by Various Authors
7)Haze by Paula Weston (The Rephriam #2)
8)Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten
9)I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent #1)
10)Storm Siren by Mary Weber (Storm Siren #1)
11)Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe
12)BZRK Apocalypse by Michael Grant (BZRK #3)

Now you may have noticed that I have books 2 & 3 in several books. That is because I'm stupid and click-happy and just generally, an idiot. In the case of Stormfront by K.R Conway, I was denied access of the 1st book but was approved for the second. I don't know why I found that extremely funny. I guess I'll have to purchase the first books in these series in order to review their sequels but that's okay because more books!




1)Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires #1)
2)Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Burn for Burn #1)
3)Wither by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1)




1)Killer Instinct by S.E Green
2)DeadBeat by Amy Sparling

I received these books from two separate twitter giveaways. I also won some signed swag from both of them which was really cool. They were both RT and Follow giveaways hosted by Krystal Larson from @Icecream1891 and the author, Amy Sparling from @Amy_Sparling. I cannot even explain to you guys how beautiful Killer Instinct is. It's a hardcover book and the dust jacket is gorgeous but when you remove it, it's just wow! It doesn't need a dust jacket! Deadbeat is actually a self published book that's actually based on the author's life. When Amy told me that, it just made me want to read it so much more!


So that is it for all the books that I received recently! What books did you acquire this week? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next post, I love you guys to...infinity an beyond!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY: The Last Mission of Living by Rhiannon Frater

Hey guys! Today, I have another book blitz for you! Wow, this has just been the month of blitzes because I've been super busy and haven't really had time to post anything more in-depth and thoughtful but September, trust me, stuff will be happening!

Title: The Lat Mission of Living

Author: Rhiannon Frater

Genre: Adult, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

Publication: August 28th 2014


Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.






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About The Author



Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.




GIVEAWAY

--Paperbacks of both book 1 & 2 in the Last Bastion series (US only - INTL winner will get ebook copies)

Ends Sept 9th

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Wizard's Gift by Michael Waller

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Title:The Wizard's Gift
Author:Michael Waller
Publisher:Self-published
Publication Date:June 29th 2012
Source:My Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Format:e-galley
Pages:321

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The last of an ancient group of wizards leaves a gift to the newly arrived race of men. It is revered and cared for by a line of priests until it is stolen, and the high priest and his sovereign murdered by a king who believes himself destined to be a great wizard. But from ancient writings the high priest had discovered that the gift is not benevolent as was thought. This forces the son of the high priest, unexpectedly elevated to his father's position, and the young prince who is equally suddenly king, into a race to find the gift before it can be used as that may cause the destruction of the world. Accompanied by the retired captain of the palace guard they hope to speed their journey by crossing the Wasteland, a seeming desert, which is fabled to be populated by monsters, and from which no visitor has ever returned. In the course of their adventures they are hunted by dog faced men and captured by slavers, but the young prince truly becomes a king, and the priest discovers that he has a destiny that goes beyond the bounds of his world.

Review
I really enjoyed reading this book, I've never really read much of the Fantasy Genre before and I think that this was a good start to it. The premise was amazing but the plot was kind of slow-paced and at times, overly detailed. The characters were so well-developed and were basically added onto that long list of characters that I adore. The writing style was really eloquent and beautiful but at times, I found the fancy words really difficult to follow.

The premise of this novel was perfection! You have your wizards, an enchanted key, a Wasteland with a whole bunch of creepy monsters and there are kingdoms! What more could you really want? Now, you guys know that I am a sucker for any book that has a monarchy in it. I have absolutely no clue why such a thing excites me but it does. The plot was kind of slow-paced for me, actually, and I felt like there were a lot things that were overly-described. Overly-described? Yes, things like the grass and the trees and all of that kind of stuff were just extensively talked about and I feel like those lengthy descriptions needed to be shortened because they kind of put me to sleep at times.

The characters in The Wizard's Gift were supercalifragilistespialidocious (I don't think I spelled that correctly but you get the idea). I loved the fact that they were all on the same journey but each of them were experiencing different things. Caran Tuith was learning how to be a better king, Carantor was reminiscing on the old days and trying to avenge Caran Tuith's father and Bataan was following his true and meaningful destiny. The novel was written in third-person point of view and I truly believe that that was the most suitable because you got an in-depth look at the minds of not one but all three of these characters which was an immense plus because they're all really lovable.

I really liked the writing style of this book figuratively. Meaning, thinking about actual people talking like that, it would be fantastic, beautiful and captivating. However, in reality, it confused the hell out of me. Words were weird and sentences were endlessly long which made it hard to focus on any one train of thought. I'd be forced to re-read paragraph upon paragraph repeatedly to decipher what I was really reading. The writing style was good on the tongue, it sounds great but the foreign words coupled with the tiring, extensive sentences made me restless sometimes.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and was really excited to pick it up when I saw that no one had rated it before on Goodreads. I kind of wanted to be the first to talk about it. It was a decent read that I think lovers of fantasy will devour shamelessly. For all the reasons I listed above, I decided to give this book 4 cupcakes. My actual rating is probably a 3.8 but that's approximately four right? Guys, go ahead and check out this book because it might end up being your new favourite.


About The Author


Michael was born in Middlesbrough in the North Riding of Yorkshire, UK in 1951 where he was soon creating havoc as a short trousered rebel. Fortunately as his mother was head cook at police headquarters his numerous run ins with the constabulary were dealt with in the privacy of the family home. A junior school run by nuns, and then an excellent grammar school under the watchful eye of Marist priests educated him to have a love of literature, music and science. Though they did nothing to curb his anti-authority streak.

An initial ramble through all manner of jobs finally came to a halt in the oil and chemical industry where his love of science and all things technical provided him with gainful employment for almost thirty years. Whilst working he spent several years in the Middle East with visits to India, and around Europe before landing in the USA where he has lived for the past twenty years.

Retired now he writes, take photographs and restores vintage British motorcycles in upstate New York.






Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #4: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine where we highlight the upcoming releases that we are particularly overjoyed for :)


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Title:The Infinite Sea
Author:Rick Yancey
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date:September 16th 2014
Pages:320

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The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Yes! One can argue that indeed I have not read the Fifth Wave yet but that is okay! That does not stop me from coveting the book because 1) The Cover is BOOT-I-FUL! and 2) I am going to purchase the 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea and marathon them both. I think we all know who's really coming out the winner here.

What books are you guys highly anticipating? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next blog post, I love you guys...to infinity and beyond!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Book Blitz + GIVEAWAY: The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance

Hey guys,happy Tuesday! I know that I haven't reviewed any books in a while but that's because I am super busy with school stuff and haven't had the chance to read at all. Today, I'm so excited to bring to you this book blitz for The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance. I hope that you enjoy reading this! :)

Title: The Marriage Agenda

Author: Sarah Ballance

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Publication: August 18th 2014


There's a scandal brewing in Washington...



Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he's willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?



Chloe Lochlan's job is on the line. If she doesn't grab a big headline, she'll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox's offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story...or his career?

EXCERPT
As she stood alone in the bar, second thoughts closed in. No one had approached claiming to be her date. Had he taken one look at her and left? Patience—and nerve—waning, Chloe scoured the room, hoping for a sign she should leave. And she found one. A big one.

Watching her intently from a corner table was her ex-everything. And in spite of a strict never-again policy for all things Knox Hamilton, her body melted in traitorous anticipation. His trademark bedroom-tousled hair, the same luscious brown hue as those smoldering eyes, did little to kill the energy coursing through her at the speed of orgasm. Her knees weakened, further threatening her unsteady perch on the stilts a salesclerk had tried to pass off as a wardrobe staple.

Chloe stared at Knox, an uneasy feeling crawling through her chest.

All her synapses fired “flee,” but her GPS was off. Her attempt at escape landed her at the corner of his table, where she nearly collided with a waiter setting something in front of Knox that was suspiciously akin to Chloe’s favorite drink, a strawberry daiquiri. Though the beverage seemed to confirm her suspicions, she eyed the glass with a touch of misplaced jealousy. It wouldn’t surprise her if he had a date. Well-known and filthy rich, up-and-coming politico Knox Hamilton had everything, including his pick of eligible women.

“Chloe.” He drawled her name, adding a seductive syllable or two. “You look amazing.”

Her mouth watered at the sound of his voice. “Hi.” Her voice squeaked with a less-than-dexterous reply.

He grinned. “It’s been too long. Have a seat.”

She eyed the daiquiri. “Actually, I have a date. As do you, it seems.”

His gaze met hers over the deep amber mouth of his beer bottle. “I ordered that drink for you.” The words simmered with the husky promise of the bedroom, slipping from his lips with an odd amount of reckless, deliberate ease.

Entranced, she caught herself staring at his mouth.

He leaned back in his chair, giving her a good, long look at the way his torso shaped his neatly buttoned and pressed shirt. “Will you join me?”

He had no right to look so good. She swallowed, getting a full taste of memories she’d sooner forget. “My date—”

“—is one unlucky bastard tonight. That is, of course, if you’ll sit.”

If she was smart, she’d give Knox a view of her amazing legs and phenomenal ass as she teetered out of the bar on those damned stripper heels. But curiosity would make a dead cat out of her yet.







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About The Author


Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids.) When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or in search of that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.




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$25 Amazon/ BN gift card tour wide via Rafflecopter to one reader (winner’s choice)

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: Top Ten Books I'm DYING to Read But Don't Own Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks' topic is the top ten books that I absolutely cannot wait to dive into but unfortunately don't own yet.

Top Ten Books I'm Dying to Read But Don't Own


1)The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I know that this series was on my list last Tuesday but I still don't have it in my hand and I need it to be there.


2)Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend #2)

I read Legend a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with it! It was fantastic and I really enjoyed the dual point of views and the yellow font but...I have yet to purchase Prodigy and I'm sad about that because I hear that it is even better than Legend.


3)Everlasting by ALyson Noel(The Immortals #6)

I absolutely loved this series when I was in form one and it has been an ongoing process to finish it ever since then. I think that I may have grown out this world, out of these characters because I read the 5th book after having like a year-gap between reading it and the 4th book and I absolutely hated it! I just could not! However, I still want to read this, not because I have any sort of hope for it but I just need closure, this is the last book in the series and finally, I can move on with my life! I'm going in Form Five in September and this is just getting ridiculous.


4)The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)

I've always had an interest in this book, the plot just sounded really cool and I really need it now that the movie is coming out!


5)If I Stay by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #1)

The movie for this has already come out and I'm resisting the urge to go see it until I read this. Willpower!


6)Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

I was this close to buying Cinder but then I didn't...why did I do that?!


7)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave #1)

I want to read this because aliens but also because the movie is coming out in January and Chloe Grace Moretz is in it. I don't think I need more reason than that.


8)The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)

I absolutely love the Bloodlines series, though truthfully, not as much as the Vampire Academy series but that's obvious. This third book, the Indigo Spell was fabulous and no spoilers but stuff, stuff happened! I was just waiting to get this book in softcover because I was not about that expensive-hardcover life and all of my other books in this series are in paperback.


9)Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)

I read Delirium earlier this year, didn't like it. I read Pandemonium earlier this year, liked it more than Delirium which doesn't say much. I really want Requiem though, for closure and just to see what happens.


10)Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #1)

I read Shatter Me earlier this year and...I liked it, I think I gave it four stars but I wasn't a die hard fan like some people are. Team Adam, btw! Loads upon loads of people are Team Warner and they say that Team Adam's opinions change with this book specifically so I just, I need to read it.