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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wainting on Wednesday. The Cruel Prince


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week on WoW is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Although, Holy Black has already been published several times, I have not ready yet any of her books - any recommendation? Which books/series should I read first? Well, I could not resist the synopsis of this book (hopefully, there will not be an abusive relationship) since faeries will always be some of my favourite magical/folk creatures (if you haven't read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, I truly recommend you). The book will be released on January 2nd 2018.


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"Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
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From Goodreads

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday Post. Chaoticness with a Pinch of Great News


Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

Another slow week around here, but I blame it on my chaotic life and NaNoWriMo. It never crossed my mind that I would write so much in only one week and half. So, in short, this has been my week: writing, reading and extra-reading for my thesis. And Blacklist thanks to Netflix - how did we live before Netflix?!

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 My life continued chaotic.
🌻 The cat strikes again. It's not nice to wake up in the middle of the night to find him breaking stuff. The only reason I don't get angry at him a lot is because he is deaf.
🌻 I've reached the 17,779 words on my NaNoWriMo project. Would you like me to share an excerpt?
🌻 EXCITING NEWS! I've become a physical books rep for Blaze Publishing [quick resume of all the books to be published by he publisher]. Can't wait to start received the books an share them on Instagram. Ps.: They are looking to epub reps, so take a look at it if you are interested.


LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG...
  • This week I finally shared my October's monthly recap. Almost two weeks have gone by since the October ended, but, as mentioned before, life has been too chaotic. Can I've a long and relaxing holiday?
  • You can find my review of The Night Realm by Annette Marie as part of a blog tour.  There is a giveaway (an amazon card gift) if you would like to participate.

📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚


Last week, I may have not gone bankrupt, but this week was a different story. 🙈 My last orders from Book Depository arrived this week -although one of them was not really what I ordered. 

First, I received my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic collector's edition. 🎉 It's a beautiful edition. And, I still can't believe it's signed. I'll cherish this book with all my heart. Second, I received the Shadow and Bone Trilogy Box Set. I'll not complain since I did have plans to buy the new covers, but I ordered the old covers and received the news - I even received the old box with the new covers. It was very weird... This is something that has never happened to me before. Does anyone know where I can get the old covers? Because now I'm afraid of ordering them individually and also received the new covers.

How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?

Monthly Recap. October 2017



I'm so sorry for this very late Monthly Recap. If you have been following my Sunday Post updates, you know that I got sick, my laptop "died", then I had to get a new one and recover a week of not working for my thesis. Also, currently, life has been chaotic. There is so much to do, and so little time!


In October I only read four books - See? Chaotic life!
  • The Last of the Firedrakes, Farah Oomerbhoy
  • The Rise of the Dawnstar, Farah Oomerbhoy
  • Hunted, Meagan Spooner
  • The Canary Club, Sherry D. Ficklin
        My favourite reading of the month was Hunted. This book is pure perfection. I can't believe I put this book aside for so long because I read a review on Goodreads written by someone that I trust, saying that there was a love triangle. THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE IN THIS BOOK!


        This was a good month for my bank account.
        • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
        • The Language of Thorns, Leigh Bardugo  (two exclusive editions 🙈)
        • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie C. Dao
        • The Night Realm, Annette Marie & Hinder by Kristin Ping [thank you Xpress Book Tours]
        • Paramnesia, Brian Wilkinson; Flotsam, R.J. Theodore & The Fall of the Lostport,R.J. Vickers [thank you Netgalley]
        Which books did you get in October?


        Random & Randomness, as the name indicates, is about random bookish stuff. Inspired by a few blogs, I decided to create this little space where I share some bookish love.
        Tuesday, 7 November 2017

        Review 33. The Night Realm by Annette Marie [Blog Tour]


        Welcome to The Night Realm Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book ToursDo you love magic and political intrigue? Then this the book for you. At the end of my review, you will find a Giveaway. Don't forget to join it.

        Title: The Night Realm 
        Author: Annette Marie
        Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
        Published: October 20th 2017

        "Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she’s great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she’s got the “blending in with humans” thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic, she’s had to pick up some unique survival skills.
        But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.
        Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.
        Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal."


        REVIEW

        Plot: Living in exile on Earth, Clio, a nymph with royal blood, will do everything she can to return home. To protect her country, the Overworld, from going to a war that it cannot win, Clio accepts an impossible heist: to travel to Hade’s territory in the Underworld and steal some of the most powerful and dangerous spell ever created.  

        In the night realm, Clio finds Lyre, an alluring incubus and master weaver that she met in a not so distant past when on a mission for her country. With a propensity to attract disaster. Clio finds herself being rescued by Lyre at every turn. In a dangerous world, Clio must find a way to succeed her mission without losing herself –or her heart to the enemy. 

        An enticing story with an alluring cast of characters it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with The Night Realm. When I first plunged into this new world of magic and political intrigue, I didn’t know that The Night Realm was a prequel to a series that had already been released. If you haven’t read the previous series, you can still appreciate Annette Marie’s new well-woven story -the writing is flawless and details and the plot is fast-paced, full of action and twists.  

        Characters: As mentioned above, this novel has an alluring cast of characters. Although I liked Clio –nice to meet a main character that isn’t always sure of herself and who is a bigger walking disaster than myself- I wish she didn’t cry or was in the verge of crying so much. I understand her predicament –the heist and wanting the approval of her brother- , but I could not stand how many times she cried. There was a moment that I just couldn't feel bad for her. Now, Lyre was perfect! I felt bad for him –his family, apart from Reed, is terrible. All they care is about torturing and killing spells. They crushed Lyre's soul by forcing him to be something he didn’t wish to. 

        Worldbuilding: The world building was one my favourite characteristics of this novel. I loved how Marie’s made use of mythology (from Greek to Egyptian mythology) and folk tales.  I enjoyed the darkness and danger of the Underworld. Also, another highlight for me, was how the author explained the process of weaving with so many details. That’s definitely another way of looking at magic.   

        Author Bio:
        Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.


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        Sunday, 5 November 2017

        Sunday Post. A Sincere Apologize


        Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
        I would like to start by apologizing for not having replied to any of the comments I received or visiting your blogs. Remember me telling that my cat spilled milk all over my laptop? Well, my poor laptop didn't make it. It wouldn't charge. Because of writing my thesis (and the technician hasn't picked up the laptop yet to see what can be done) I had to buy a new one but I've only had it since last Thursday. So, I'll to try to catch up with everything I missed, but please be patient with me because I've spent a week without working on my thesis - which I can now reveal that is on Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab.

        What happened in my life this week:

        🌻 As mentioned above, I had to get a new laptop. I got a HP - I don't know how you feel about it, but it has always been my favourite brand (after Apple 😋).
        🌻 My unlucky strike continued: I got sick! It was a really bad cold. 😷
        🌻 But good news: I finished the second season of Blacklist! Such a great series. Do you watch it?
        🌻 I also finished reading Chosen (sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations) and started reading The Night Realm - which I must finish until tomorrow and I still have 200 pages to go.
        🌻 Oh, and this year I joined National Novel Writing Month. 🙈 I'm very nervous for sharing it with you guys. I don't know if I will be able to write 50 words. And, it has been really scary journey since my writing sucks. But I'm doing this!


        LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG...
        • Yesterday, I shared the Halloween Book Bingo wrap-up. If you joined, why did it go? How many books did you read? Did you have fun?
        It was a really slow week...

        📚 MINI BOOK HAUL 📚



        This week I didn't go bankrupt - well, I didn't go bankrupt book wise; after all I did have to get a new laptop. Thank you NetGalley for accepting my two requests, Flotsam by R.J. Theodore and The Fall of the Lostport by R.J. Vickers. These two really caught my attention -if you enjoy their synopsis too, there are still up for request. In a matter of fact, The Fall of the Lostport has already been released, so you may find it for Kindle.   

        How was your week? Which books arrived at your bookshelf?
        Saturday, 4 November 2017

        Halloween Book Bingo. Wrap Up



        I would to start by apologizing. There was a delay with this post because my computer died (as you can see in my previous post, my cat spilled milk on it). It has been a very stressful week...

        So, did you have fun during Halloween Book Bingo? How many squares did you fill? If you missed some of the posts related with the challenge here they are:
        Anyway, let me move on into the GIVEAWAY

        As mentioned, the winner will receive a book of her/his choice up to 15 euros (I know it is not much, but I'm the paying for it). The winner will be chosen November 7th.

        Rules:
        • You must be a participant (once again, don't forget to register).
        • You must be older than 18 or have your parents permission. 
        • The giveaway is open internationally, so long as The Book Depository ships to you.
        How to gain entries:
        • One entry for signing up (you can use blogger, wordpress, twitter, instagram and so on for your sign up post).
        • One entry for every book you finish between 27th September to 31th October. Maximum of ten entries. On November 1st, I'll open a new form where you can share with me your wrap-up.*** I'd like to apologize, but I will not be opening a new form. You can share you wrap up post in the comments section.
        • You can win an extra entry by using the hashtag #HalloweenBookBingo on Twitter.   
        Now, just fill this form and keep your fingers crossed. Good luck!

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        Wednesday, 1 November 2017

        Blog Tour. Chosen


        Welcome to Chosen Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Missing Halloween already? Then, take a look at this creepy reading.Also, there is a giveaway at the end of the excerpt. Do not forget to participate.

        Title: Chosen
        Author: R.S Broadhead
        Published: October 24th 2017

        "Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.

        Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.

        Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.

        As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.

        After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason.

        A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.

        Can she escape what is coming for her?
        "

        Goodreads / Amazon

        EXCERPT
        "I took the steps two at a time, not caring how unstable they appeared. At the top, I stopped dead in my tracks. The platforms were vacant. The bones had turned to an old off-white color; maggots crawled in between them and fell to the floor. Low growls from above made the hair all over my body stand on end. The creatures once standing on the platforms were poised, ready for attack, as they perched along the walls near the ceiling. A jolt of pain in my head, made me squint and take a step back. I opened my eyes to find they’d returned to the platforms. I blinked erratically, feeling confused. I wasn’t waiting around to see if they changed again. No way.
        I flung the door open, hoping the birds had decided to move on. They shrieked from the branches above. But that wasn’t what worried me. Beside each grave stood a child. They didn’t move. Not a single inch. They only stood there … staring. I had nowhere to go. I was surrounded.
         
        A bird landed at the foot of the steps, and I gasped.
         
        Its black feathers were gone, leaving only skin. Its head cocked as beady red eyes ran the length of my body before opening its mouth. There was no beak. The mouth opened to the sides, exposing row after row of jagged teeth. All at once, the children raised an arm and pointed at me, their solid black eyes never blinking.
         
        I tore down the steps, jumping over the hideous, deformed bird. Running was my only chance. I couldn’t stand there and wait for them or something inside that building to decide it wanted me. The ground rocked beneath my feet as another pain surged in my head. The warm liquid poured from my nose again. It dripped over my lip. I looked up, and the graveyard was empty. Swiftly, I turned toward the trees to see the birds were back to normal. I was almost out. Just a few more feet, and I would be back in the woods. The ground began to moisten, making the surface slick. I trudged through, my feet making a sloshing sound.
         
        At the last row of graves, the ground was covered in blood. One tombstone in the middle had it dripping down the front. I stopped and dropped to my knees. I wasn’t sure why. My better judgment told me to keep running, but I couldn’t. Some invisible force wouldn’t let me."

        Author Bio:
        R. S. Broadhead lives in Jackson, Alabama with her husband of ten years, their two little girls, and a pug named Wednesday Love the Duchess, or Winnie for short. She has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration. She loves to snowboard, travel (Australia is her favorite place so far), and dance (not professionally, just whenever she feels like it). When she was sixteen-years-old, her and her friends would take pictures and make up funny stories about them. Fourteen years later, UNVEILED was born. UNVEILED, her first novel, is the first book in a four book series.

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