Saturday, 25 February 2017

March Releases We're Excited For!!

March has surprisingly few releases (unless I missed loads) but the ones there are look incredible. Plus it's my birthday month! So I may have to treat myself and grab some of these? 

7th:
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)Done Dirt Cheap
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: Diversity and necromancy and a beautiful cover?? My copy doesn't even have an estimated delivery date yet (for some reason having really bad luck with Amazon Prime lately) but I need it now please?
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon: Girl power and apparently super good romance! I don't know a lot about this one but so many authors I love have been recommending it so - I want it! 

14th:
A Psalm for Lost GirlsThese Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks, #2)Hunted
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl: This one intrigues me but I am also a little hesitant about it. I think I will definitely be waiting and reading some reviews before reading it. If you've already read it - what did you think?
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas: Sequel to These Vicious Masks which I really enjoyed last year! I didn't love it as much as I expected to but I am still really excited for this one!
Hunted by Meagan Spooner: Possibly my most anticipated for March?? Although that's hard to say - but a Beauty and the Beast retelling from Meagan Spooner who co-wrote the These Broken Stars trilogy just sounds incredible.

21st:
Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1)
Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and Michael Miller: This is one of those that's been added to my wishlist with hardly any information. I know it's "Firefly meets Dune" and that's about it.

28th:
A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi: Honestly liked, but didn't love, The Star Touched Queen. Roshani's writing was great but I didn't connect to the characters. But Gauri was a favourite of mine so I am excited for her to get her own book and this sounds more my kind of read?
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: Been hearing really mixed reviews about this one. Some love it, some really don't - I am holding off for a while. The premise intrigued me but some of the reviews make me nervous so again - if you've already read it what are your thoughts?
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I just, I've been waiting so long for this already. This is the main competition with Hunted for my most anticipated of March. I need it already. Also - do you prefer the UK or the US cover? I really love the US one but I keep coming back to the UK one so...? Can I just have both?

Let me know what books you are most excited for in March - especially if I missed any! 2017 is just turning out to be such an exciting book release year! 

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday Reads 24th February 2017


Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

The Forbidden Wish
Book Beginning:

"I sense the boy the moment he sets foot in the cave.For the first time in centuries, I stir."

Friday 56:

"With a cry she leaps into the air, plants a foot on the pole, and pushes off, vaulting through the air toward her opponent." 

I am kinda loving this so far. The writing is great, really evocative and beautiful and I want to savour it but at the same time - I want to find out what happens and rush to the ending. So I am torn. I am only a little past the 56 at the moment, which is a scene with a new character I am already kind of in love with and want to know more about but, you know, spoilers so I won't talk about it. 
I am loving the way Zahra feels like a girl but also you get the sense of all the centuries she has been alive. Romances between really old beings and humans sometimes feel weird to me because there is always such an obvious maturity gap - and whilst Zahra is clearly wiser and more mature than Aladdin she also has this hidden vulnerability that makes her feel very human. 
We also get little snippets from Zahra's past - with her last Master - and I am loving those as well. They are really interesting but tense because you already know how that story ended you just don't know how they reached that part. So yeah, feel like I'm raving a little - but I love this story.

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Fairy Loot Unboxing: Emperors and Fugitives

What Was in the Box?
  • Full Size Kalusian Sunset Candle: This was made exclusively for the box by Happy Piranha and the candle was named by the author of the month. I love candles. I have a whole box of candles and I would just be so happy to receive a candle every month honestly. Plus this one smells amazing.
  • Rebel of the Sands Pouch: Made exclusively for the box by Alisse Courtier. The quote reads "The world makes things for each place" which I like but don't fully understand having never read Rebel of the Sands - although I want to!!
  • Baby Groot Guardians of the Galaxy Keychain: You can just about see him in the middle of the picture (he is so tiny and cute). I love Groot and I am super excited for Guardians of the Galaxy so this was kinda perfect!
  • Celestial Gunpowder Bath Bomb: Created exclusively for the box by Bathing Beauties. Not pictured because (me being an idiot) I put it inside the Rebel of the Sands pouch for safe keeping. But - it is cupcake scented and so lovely!
  • Illuminae Quote Coaster: Made exclusively for the box by Read At Midnight. I love Illuminae so, so much so I know this will be getting a lot of use. 
  • Space Girl Bookmark: Designed exclusively for the box by Till and Dill. Such a gorgeous, well made bookmark! As far as I know, this isn't specific to any book - just sci-fi in general and I love it.
  • Manon and Dorian Art Print: Double sided print from Throne of Glass made for the box by Taratjah. I love the art work on this one and Manon is one of my favourite characters. I haven't read the 5th book yet so I'm not sure if there is some Manon/Dorian connection I don't know about? But I kinda don't wanna know. Will be reading it when the final book comes out.
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: God I am so excited for this book. Plus it came with a signed bookplate and an author letter (which genuinely made me cry it was so lovely)! I guessed it would be this one as well (getting really good at guessing the book).


This is probably one of my favourite boxes so far. I love bath bombs, bookmarks and candles so those were always going to be a win for me and the book is one of my most anticipated of the entire year!! 

The theme for March is Myths and Monsters and I one hundred percent know what the book is (I am so excited)!! I am pretty sure they are currently sold out but more boxes may become available after subscriptions renew at the beginning of March so be sure to check it out! The cost per month is £26 plus shipping and I personally think it is so worth it! 

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Top 5 Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature and you can find the goodreads group here. I often find that rereading books is one of the best ways for me to get out of a reading slump. I love to reread all of my favourite books because they make me feel better.


1) The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
I only recently found out that this series helps me get out of reading slump and it is nice a quick to read so I can be more productive and read more!


2) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
I love the City of Bones series and sometimes I will read a few chapters of it and it manages to bring me out of a reading slump which is always great.


3) Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Girl Online (Girl Online, #1)

I love the girl online books and they are very quick and easy for me to read which is great because that means I have more time to read new books that I will also really enjoy.


4) Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think that everyone loves the Harry Potter series and that most people just enjoying reading them but for me they also help me get out of a reading slump and feel more like doing a lot of reading.


5) Magyk by Angie Sage
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
This is one of my favourite book series and it also helps to bring me out of a reading slump as well which is always great.


You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading.

Wednesday Catch-Up 22nd February 2017

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next?

Currently Reading:

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)Displaced
I've just started The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury and I am so excited! I've heard some great things about it and I love retellings so I can't wait to get stuck in to this one. I am also continuing on with Displaced by Stephan Abarbanell. I really like it - it's just taking me a while to get through. But I'll get there! 

Recently Finished:

UnconventionalInferno (Blood for Blood, #2)Mafiosa (Blood for Blood, #3)Caraval (Caraval, #1)Freeks
The first book I finished this week was Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt - much as I enjoyed her first book, The Last Summer of Us, I have to say this was a huge improvement. The characters felt very real as did all their interactions and I loved the friendships and the romance. I want to read Piecekeepers - we get an extract from it at the end and I am kinda hoping Maggie Harcourt does the whole Rainbow Rowell thing and writes the book within her book. I then read Inferno and Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle. Inferno was just a quick re-read to refamiliarise myself with the story and then Mafiosa was an excellent ending. Tiny bit of a cliffhanger at the end and I would definitely love to see more of these characters! But I will be excited for whatever Catherine Doyle writes next! Caraval was well-written and I liked the world but I wanted more from the story and there were some problematic elements that threw me off. I am definitely still going to pick up the sequel. Freeks was such a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting to be as completely engrossed in the story as I was but it was exciting and dangerous and the characters were all so, so compelling. I need to read more by Amanda Hocking! 

Planning to Read Next:

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Starfall (Starflight, #2)Empress of a Thousand Skies
Next up is Frost Blood by Elly Blake. I was a little nervous about this one because it sounds like a very typical YA and I haven't had much luck with those lately - but I've heard some great things and the romance at least sounds like something I will love. So I am keen to try it. Then I will be reading Starfall by Melissa Landers which is the sequel/companion to Starflight which I read and loved last year so I have high hopes for this. And then, finally perhaps my most anticipated of my upcoming reads; Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. It just looks incredible and I cannot wait to read it!!

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Books I Currently Have For Review

I am sure we all have those out-of-control TBR piles? Well mine is getting a little hectic and in an effort to restore some order I've divided them into 3 separate lists; review books, books I bought in 2017 and back-list books! To be read in roughly that order of priority. So here are the books I currently have for review! I wanted to spotlight them a little as I feel guilty for not reading them quicker! 

Kids of Appetite
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (Received from Publisher)
In the Hackensack Police Department, Vic Benucci and his friend Mad are explaining how they found themselves wrapped up in a grisly murder. But in order to tell that story, they have to go way back...
It all started when Vic's dad died. Vic's dad was his best friend, and even now, two years later, he can't bring himself to touch the Untouchable Urn of Oblivion that sits in his front hall. But one cold December day, Vic falls in with an alluring band of kids that wander his New Jersey neighbourhood, including Mad, the girl who changes everything. Along with his newfound friendships comes the courage to open his father's urn, the discovery of the message inside, and the epic journey it sparks.







This is How It Always Is
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Received from Publisher)
This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.
This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.
This is how children change…and then change the world.
This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.
When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.






Shadow Silence (Whisper Hollow, #2)
Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn (Received from Publisher)
Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and I'm a spirit shaman. It's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don't always stay buried.
My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake, and the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Bryan—my guardian and mate—and I work to break the hex, we uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of CĂș Chulainn will do anything to guard—even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.






The Quest (Sanshlian Series, #1)
The Quest by Dani Hoots (Received from Author)
Eleven years ago, my life was ripped away from me. My father, my brother, my humanity. Everything. I was thrown into the Kamps, created to be a mindless machine. But I fought against it, not letting them take away my memories of the past. 
And I succeeded. 
It has been seven years since I was taken out of the Kamps and made into the Emperor's Shadow. Now I only take orders from him, and him alone, without questions. That is, until my brother, who I thought was dead, shows up and kidnaps me in order to help him find some long lost planetthat our father used to tell stories about. 
According to the legend, and who finds the planet Sanshll can rewrite the past, and my brother wants to use it to destroy the Empire. My loyalty will always be to the Emperor. But what if this planet is real? The longer I stay with my brother, the more I begin to find that the Emperor has been keeping secrets from me. But I can't turn my back on him... 
Or can I?


Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton
Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen  King-Hall (Received from Publisher)
First published in 1944, Magdalen King-Hall's Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton is a historical novel set in late-seventeenth-century England. It tells the story of Barbara Skelton, a well-born young woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who finds escape from the tedium of her life by leading a double life as a highway robber. Rich in historical detail and high on melodrama, the novel follows Barbara's infamous career of robbery, adultery and murder, without painting her entirely as a monster. Indeed, the novel's status as a bestseller owes much to King-Hall's sympathetic depiction of the frustrations of domestic life for an ambitious, intelligent woman with no means of self-expression.







To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3)
To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne (Received from Publisher)
Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan's premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it's time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who's been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan's all business, all the time-except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.
Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she's on the dating market-and equally clear that he's not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister's last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it's the perfect time to show Alexis that there's more to him than numbers and spreadsheets-and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida's sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan's out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...


The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, #1)
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams (Received from Publisher)
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces - talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza 'Vintage' de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.
But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure'lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall...


Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers #1)


Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti (Received from Publisher)
Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.
Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...




Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome, #2)
Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti (Received from Publisher)
Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. 
And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .

Thank you so much to everyone who sent me a book for review - I can't wait to read all of these! 

Speaking of which - please tell me which of these books most appeals to you, or which you would most like to see a review for because I am struggling to choose between them! Also, please let me know how you organise your TBR because I need all the advice I can get???

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Cover Characteristic: Teapot(s)

Cover Characteristic is a weekly feature hosted by Sugar and Snark!

Image result for teapots on book covers
The Septembers of ShirazKat, Incorrigible (Kat, Incorrigible, #1)
I'm a Little TeapotI'm a Little Teapot

I was mostly kidding when I told Ann that I could find an Alice in Wonderland cover to fit almost every theme but it continues to be true (and I may challenge myself to do it every week). It also happens to be my favourite one, so fun and bright! I also really like Kat, Incorrigible because it looks like such a fun and magical read. 
Also fun childhood story; back when I did ballet, tiny child me performed I'm a Little Teapot - we have a video and everything. So those two bottom ones made me super nostalgic!

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday Post 19th February 2017

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it.

Last Week on the Blog:

Books We Got This Week:

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you're absolutely certain you won't get any new books and then - you get 10? Cause that was my week!
The Crime At Black Dudley (Albert Campion, #1)Look To The LadyJasmine NightsThe Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, #1)
The Crime at Black Dudley/Look to the Lady/Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham: These were kind of an impulse! Another impossibly cheap charity buy (20p for all three books) and I do love classic crime. Not sure when I will actually get to these but I am excited anyway.
Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson: This was free so I kinda had to get it right? It's such a pretty book but again - not sure when I will get to it. Hopefully soon! 
The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams: Huge thanks to the publisher, Headline for sending this to me! I am really excited to read it soon!
Caraval (Caraval, #1)Starfall (Starflight #2)Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)Empress of a Thousand Skies
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Yes, yes we do already have a copy of Caraval. But this is the special limited edition version of Caraval. So it's different. I did say I wanted to collect all the different covers. Well 2 down! Also this now means Ann and I can read it at the same time which will be fun!
Starfall by Melissa Landers: I loved Starflight last year and have been eagerly anticipating this so I can't wait to read it as soon as possible! 
Frost Blood by Elly Blake: I was on the fence about getting this but I read Brittany's review over at Brittany's Book Rambles and it just made it sound incredible! So now I am really looking forward to it!  
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: Have I read Rebel of the Sands yet - no? But I want to! Plus this book is so big! And I love big books! I heard mixed things about the first book but everyone seems to be positive about the sequel so I will be reading them both soon!
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: I am just so, so crazy excited for this one! It looks incredible and I will hopefully be starting it soon!


Reading Update:

Ann:
Unconventional

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt: 4 stars, I really liked this story, I loved the fact that it wasn't insta-love, also the main character was amazing!

Clare:
UnconventionalInferno (Blood for Blood, #2)Mafiosa (Blood for Blood, #3)
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt: 4 stars, Honestly just so much fun, the friendships are great and the romance was really sweet. Plus I really want to read Aidan's book. This book is perfect for anyone who likes conventions.
Inferno by Catherine Doyle: 4 stars, This was a re-read to refresh my memory before diving in to Mafiosa. This series is so dramatic and exciting - I'd forgotten just how much!
Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle: 4 stars, Really good ending to the series - I love the way this series went and I adored the characters (most of them) and hated the villains which is always fun. Can't wait to read more from Catherine Doyle.

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Cover Characteristic: Teapot
  • Top Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Top 5 Books to Get You Out of Your Reading Slump
  • Fairy Loot Unboxing
  • Friday Reads
  • March Releases to Get Excited For!!

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading.