ARC Review // The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Friday, 25 May 2018


Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 3rd 2018
Pages: 394 pages

"A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.
Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner's block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?
"

A princess, a soldier, a hunter, a traitor, a thief and DEMONS. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves.

PROS

obviously Demons. Magical creatures, good or bad, always steal my heart. I'm so excited about book number two because I want to learn more about these beautiful red, orange and purple creatures and their world. Oh, and about demon smoke. 

And this leads me to...

Sunday Post. Remember Me?

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
So, it has been a while, hasn't it? I know I haven't been around much (I haven't been around at all), but it's all because LIFE SUCKS! I want time for myself and all the things I love, but I can't find it. And no matter how hard I work to organize my life perfectly, time just flies and I find myself drowning in uni work - and most of the uni work has nothing to do with the thesis I'm writing, and I'm soooo behind these days... I just want to lay down in a dark corner and cry. Or sleep. 

Anyway, I'm currently a part-part-part-time blogger. Hopefully, when all of this over, I'll be able to be back freaking out about books every week.

What happened in my life this last month:

🌻 So much happened that I rather not talk about it because most of it was quite stressful.
🌻 But I did go to Évora (you can see some of the photos here). It's a beautiful and quiet place that I hope to return someday. And I hope to return on a holiday - because I didn't go there to relax from all the stress.
🌻ARCs piling up! Must learn not to ask for more than I can read in a month. Some lessons are hard to learn.
🌻 I'm still ahead my reading schedule. *happy dance*

Blog Tour. A Prom to Remember

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

I'm back with an all new blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Welcome to A Prom to Remember Blog Tour. Sandy Hall is my go-to author when I need something fluffy and adorable, so I couldn't be more excited when I was accepted to be part of this tour.

Title: A Prom to Remember
Author: Sandy Hall
Published: April 24th 2018
Genre: Contemporary & Young Adult

"Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him.

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

Blog Tour. The Body in the Boat

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Welcome to The Body in the Boat Blog Tour. Firstly, I would like to thank Imogen from Bonnier Zaffre for inviting me to join the tour. Secondly, I want to thank to the authors for taking time form their busy schedule to share with us their Top Ten Favourite Crime/Mystery TV Shows (click on keep reading to take a look at the list).

Title: The Body in the Boat (Hardcastle & Chaytor Mysteries #3)
Author: A.J. Mackenzie
Published: April 5th 2018
Genre: Mystery & Crime

"Across the still, dark English Channel come the smugglers. But tonight they carry an unusual cargo: a coffin. Several miles inland, a respected banker holds a birthday party for his wife. Within days, one of the guests is found shot dead.

What links this apparently senseless killing to the smugglers lurking in the mists? Why has the local bank been buying and hoarding gold? And who was in the mysterious coffin?

Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor find themselves drawn into the worlds of high finance and organised crime in this dramatic and dark Georgian mystery.
"

Sunday Post. The Purple Dragon is Back!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.
How's everyone doing on this fine day? Me? I'm drowning is uni work, as usual, but I did have some free time that I didn't use as I should have. I could have done some productive and yet I may or may have not used to play video games. *hides in shame* But in my defence I did sent six pages of my dissertation to my supervisor to read/review. And I finished Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, which I read for my dissertation. So, I did work a lot, right? RIGHT?

What happened in my life this week:

🌻 SPYRO REMASTER!!! This is everything but bookish, but this is my childhood game. I've been dreaming about a remaster since only God knows when. And it's finally here! Just a few more months and my adorable purple dragon is back. 😭
🌻 I read Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub. I loved it so much! Benvolio and Rosaline are love. 💓 Definitely one of my OTPs (yes, I've one true parings). I loved them in The Shadow Prince by Rachel Vincent too.
🌻 Week synopsis: So many feelings!

Monthly Recap. March

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Monthly Recap is back and with a new adorable header (it is adorable, right?). I know that I shouldn't change my blog so much, but I simply can't help it.There are too many cute images bundles out there for me to resist. 😍 Well, March wasn't a bad month. I wasn't a great month, but it also wasn't bad. The stress is getting the best of me - I feel cranky all the time and snap just at the mention of my name - but it could be worse, right? At least, I've my books to make me happy and help me relax even if every ten pages I've to put it down because something to do comes up.

TTT. All Those Magical Places

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
I finally realized one good thing about being an international reader: if Top Ten Tuesday asks you about books that take place in another country, every book you've read takes place in another country. And, then, you're left wondering: is it bad that I can't remember the last book I read set in my country? 🙈 I think it was eight years ago and I didn't even finishit ... Oh Gosh, I really need to read more books set in Portugal. 

Today I'm going to pick some of the most magical places that I've meet through my readings (and that would love to visit but probably never will).
Ireland seems a magical place. Its folk tales are beautiful and so inspiring. Oh, and the folk creatures are so alluring. Who wouldn't like to meet a fairy? One of the nice ones, not one of those who would trick me into the fairy world ... or definitely one of those.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Let's pretend that Thisby is real. And that one day I'll ride a capaill uisce.