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#blogtour #audiobook #bookreview | Angelbound by Christina Bauer + #Giveaway

cover imageTitle: Angelbound
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Angelbound book one
Audio Book Release Date: 28th March, 2017
Publisher: Monster House Books
Format: Audio Book
Source: Author for review
Narrator: Christina Bauer

Genre: YA; Supernatural; Fantasy
Links: Goodreads || Audible || Amazon

Goodreads’ Rating: 4 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: 
Eighteen year old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your every day quasi-demon, half-demon and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she hasn’t lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights aren’t enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it’s not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and doesn’t like the answers she finds. What happened seventeen years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labour? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is? Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what’s a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla’s not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla’s going to shake up Purgatory.

Book Review:

*I received this audio book from the author as part of a blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours *

This book follows the life of Myla – a quasi demon living in purgatory – who loves to kick ass. She is a fighter demon who is taken to the arena to fight souls who are being sent to hell, which she loves.

She is determined to find out who her dad is, and what happened to her mother before the demon war. She begins to investigate what happened when an angel gives her bits of the past in her dreams in order for her to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
In the meantime, Myla is falling in love with the high prince of the Thrax – a warrior race – who sees her as nothing but a demon, a lower race. 

The pair of them get closer and their feelings become obvious. But there is one issue – the Prince is supposedly promised to another woman – who Myla can’t stand. I really wanted to find out if the two of them get together in the end. 

Things in purgatory are changing, and not for the better. Myla needs to find out what is happening, and figure out a way to stop it before history repeats itself and people get hurt. As well as this, she is working on finding out what happened to her mum in the past and why she is always so sad, and so overprotective.

I liked the main character – Myla. She was a strong and independent quasi-demon. She loved to kick ass and be the best. She was easy to like, and you were automatically on her side through the whole book. She is the type of person that you want to be – strong and brave.
Lincoln, on the other hand, was a but of a douche. In the beginning at least. As the story goes on, he becomes a character that I like. As his feelings for Myla develop, he turns into a more likeable character and all of a sudden, you hope that he gets his happy ever after. 

The plot development of the story was so interesting, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I just wanted to know what happens to the characters. All main characters also develop throughout the story, growing and changing.

I really enjoyed this book, and I cannot wait to get into the next book in the series 🙂 Thank you to Christina Bauer for sending me the audio book and to YA Bound Book Tours for organising the tour.
Thank you for reading my review of Angelbound by Christina Bauer. I hope you enjoyed it! Until next time, happy reading.

About the Author:

authorChristina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling
Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes. Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release the only one sent out on a major wire service resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Monthly TBR | April 2017

Hi bookworms 🙂
I managed to read six books last month, which I thought was pretty good for me. This month I want to read about the same amount..so we will so what happens 🙂

To Read & Review:

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Yes, this is a massive TBR list. These are the books that I am reading and reviewing for blog tours this month! I am going to be super busy! I don’t think that I am going to get a chance to read any other books other than my review books 😦  oh well, there is always next month..

Thank you for coming by and reading my TBR for the month of April, what are you all reading this month?? I would love to hear about it!

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Wrap Up | March 2017

Hi Bookworms!
This year is going too fast already! It is already the end of March! This means that it is time to wrap up my reading for the month..here we go 🙂

Books Read in March:

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Out of the books that I read during the month of March, my favourites would have to be Forbidden Dance by Deanna Roy and The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon. I finished them both pretty quickly, and I am really excited to continue both of the series’ that they are part of!
My least favourite would have to be The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne, I just found it really difficult to get into.
To read any of my reviews, just click on the cover images!

All of the books that I read were for blog tours. I didn’t get to read any books off of my TBR during the month which makes me a little sad, and April looks like it is going to be just as busy but we will see how we go 🙂

Blog Tour Posts for the Month of March:

  • Building Celebration House by Annette Drake (Spotlight)
  • Give me Chaos (The Wolfgang Series #5) by Jillian Ashe (Blitz)
  • The Secrets of Eden by Brandon Goode (Blitz)

Book Challenges Update:

Goodreads’ Challenge: 15/50
Library Love Challenge: 5/50
Reading Assignment 1/12
Audio Book Challenge: 3/20

How did you all go with your reading last month?? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below 🙂 Thanks for coming by to check out my Wrap Up post, and until next time, happy reading!

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#BookBlitz #BlogTour | Marked by D. Laine & #Giveaway

cover.jpgTitle: Marked
Author: D. Laine
Series: Apocalypse Assassins Trilogy #1)
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: New Adult; Paranormal; Post-Apocolyptic
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&NiBooks
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.88 / 5 stars
Synopsis:
For trained assassin Dylan Romero, business is good. As the agency’s top warriors, he and partner Jake Walker are the last two people evil wants to see on the other side of a gun.

When a mission takes them to the college town of Bozeman, Montana, they discover that there is more than just another mark in another town to keep them there. With a heavy concentration of vessels doing their demon masters’ dirty work and flesh-craving monsters lurking around every corner, the secluded Midwest town is set to become the first battleground of the apocalypse.

The last thing Dylan needs is a distraction. With the fate of the world at stake, the life of one girl shouldn’t matter – until the day she changes everything.

About the Author:

I write relationships. Whether contemporary or fantasy, they are always real and never easy.

When I’m not writing, you can usually find me with my nose in my Kindle – reading romance of course – or running around after my three little boys, or catching up on an episode of Supernatural or This Is Us.

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Author Interview:

How is this series different from your last?

For starters, the Apocalypse Assassins series is new adult in nature, so it’s a bit grittier than my young adult series. The romance is also more central to the plot. Everything that happens revolves around the relationship between the two primary characters. That being said, there is plenty of action, danger, excitement, and the usual twists and turns I love to throw in.

Is this a zombie apocalypse series? 

Yes…and no. Are there zombies in it? Sort of, but they’re secondary to the much bigger issue the characters will face.

How hot is the romance?

The romance is the main reason I decided to make this series new adult. It starts as a slow burn, but it may light your kindle on fire by the end. Or so I’ve been told.

What makes it different from other books in the apocalypse genre?

This series is unique in that it has a little bit of everything. I consider it a genre mash-up. There’s large paranormal elements mixed with a tiny bit of sci-fi and thrown into an urban fantasy setting. It’s not as clear cut as aliens (sorry no aliens in this series), or zombies, or a global disease. It’s got many layers that will be peeled back over the course of the series. 

How many books will be in this series?

The story arc of these characters will be complete at three books. Release dates are planned for March, June, and September of 2017. After that, I may do a spinoff with a new cast of characters in the same post-apocalyptic setting. Or focus on a particular secondary character that early readers have already taken to.

Excerpt:

You would think that four seasoned warriors, chosen at birth and moulded for one purpose since the age of twelve, would know how to control themselves by now. You would think that we had our shit together. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.  

The future of the world rested in the hands of a bunch of twenty-somethings with ripped bodies, egos the size of dinosaur-killing asteroids, and a limitless supply of lethal weapons. We were a force to be reckoned with. Let loose in the wild, we plowed our own path of destruction. The irony was not lost on me.

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Included in this blitz is a giveaway! The lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The giveaway closes on the 6th of April so make sure you enter before that day 🙂 Just click here to enter, and good luck!  

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#ARC #BookReview | The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne

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 Title: The Horse’s Arse
Author: Laura Gascoigne
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads’ Rating: 4 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥

Links: Goodreads || Amazon
Synopsis:
Patrick Phelan is an ageing artist who has never made it big but who somehow manages to live on air in a North London suburb.

When not running art classes for amateurs, Patrick wrestles in the shed at the bottom of his garden with his life’s work: a series of visionary canvases of The Seven Seals.

When his wheeler-dealer son Marty turns up with a commission from a rich client for some copies of paintings by modern masters, Phelan reluctantly agrees; it means money for his ex-wife Moira. However the deal with Marty is, typically, not what it seems.

What follows is a complex chain of events involving fakery, fraud, kidnapping, murder, the

Russian Mafia and a cast of dubious art world characters. A contemporary spin on Joyce Cary’s classic satire The Horse’s Mouth, The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne is a crime thriller-cum-comic-fable that poses the serious question: where does art go from here?

Book Review:

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion or review of this book *

I first want to say that I don’t know anything about art, so I did find it a little hard to follow in some places – mainly in the beginning, where there was a lot of talk about the different styles of different artist, etc. 

We are mainly following a man named Pat – an artist, who never seems to catch his big break. He also teaches novice artists in his shed on the side of painting his main works – The Seven Seals. His son comes to him and asks him to paint a number of copies of other paintings to which he makes a nice sum of money.

Apart from the beginning of the book being very full of art lingo that I was not fluent in, I also found it quite difficult to keep up with the writing. I found it to be quite disjointed and there were so many different characters introduced in very little time, I really had to concentrate on getting the details straight in my head.

Overall, it was enjoyable – it had a great plot and characters (once you got to know who was who and what they were all doing in the story).

Thank you for stopping by to read my review of The Horse’s Arse by Laura Gascoigne. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

Currently living in Hampstead, North London, Laura Gascoigne has worked as an art journalist for over twenty years, editing Artists & Illustrators (1994-1999) before going freelance. Laura was born in Cairo in 1950, the daughter of a bookseller and an Italian teacher, and grew up in Brussels and Cambridge before studying Classics at Oxford University. Her sister is the writer Marina Warner. Surrounded as a child by the paintings her father collected, she has always had a passion for art and when not writing about it, she paints.

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#BlogTour #Spotlight | Building Celebration House by Annette Drake

Hey everyone!
Today’s post will be a spotlight on the blog tour for Building Celebration House by Annette Drake!

cover.jpgTitle: Building Celebration House
Author: Annette Drake
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Baskethound Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Paranormal Romance
Series: The Celebration House Trilogy Book 1
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Book Description:
 

Carrie Hansen spent her life caring for cardiac patients. Little did she know she would become a patient herself.
After recovering from her own heart surgery, she learns she has a special talent: the ability to see and talk with the dead.
Now, with her health failing, she leaves the bustle of Seattle behind and returns to Lexington, Missouri, the small town where she spent her childhood. Here, she sets out to restore an abandoned antebellum mansion and open it as a venue for celebrations.
Carrie’s unique gift allows her to build relationships with the mansion’s ghostly occupants, especially Major Tom Gentry, the handsome Civil War soldier who died 100 years before Carrie was born. He encourages and comforts her, though not in the physical way they both desire.
Will Carrie finish restoring the celebration house or will it finish her? And how can she plan a future with a man who has only a past?

Excerpt:

When Carrie opened the door and stepped inside, sunlight streamed in through the dirty windows. Even though the barn had been vacant for years, the air smelled of hay and horses.

Looking to her left, she saw a man shaving. He’d glanced up when Carrie opened the doors, but returned his gaze to the small mirror tacked to the wooden beam. He was bare from the waist up. His chest was lean and muscular, with dark brown hair from mid-chest to his waistline. His arms were powerfully built, and his right hand was steady as he scraped the white soap from his angular jaw with a razor. His dark blue uniform pants with gold braid down the side were tucked into knee-high black leather boots. He stood at least six feet tall, and though Carrie hadn’t made her living in the carnival, she guessed he was probably younger than her, likely in his mid to late twenties. He peered at the small mirror, tilting his chin to swipe away the shaving soap. Carrie waited to speak until after he’d finished with the ivory-handled straight blade and dipped it into the basin of soapy water.

“Good morning,” she said.

His expression was an equal mix of surprise and annoyance. He dropped the razor and grabbed his shirt off a nearby nail. He turned his back to Carrie and pulled it on.

“You can see me, madam?” he asked, buttoning his shirt and stuffing it into his pants.

“Yes. Can you see me?”

“I can, but I believe I have the advantage. I’m dead. You are not.” He turned and glared at her. His eyebrows furrowed as though he wasn’t quite sure how they’d arrived at the point of introductions.

“I’m sorry to intrude. I’m Carrie. Carrie Hansen.” She extended her hand.

He reached to shake her hand, but his fingers passed through hers. They both jerked back.

“I’m sorry. I really didn’t mean to intrude,” she said.

“You surprised me. That’s all. We seldom receive visitors, especially living ones who can see us.” He put on his blue uniform coat and fastened the long row of brass buttons. “I’m Major Thomas Gentry, at your service.” He bowed.

“I’m sorry I startled you. I sometimes forget ghosts aren’t accustomed to being seen.”

His eyes narrowed and he frowned. “How may I be of service to you, Miss Hansen?”

“Where can I find Colonel Stratton? I need to speak with him.”

His dark blue eyes showed his increasing puzzlement. “The living do not go looking for Colonel Stratton. What business have you with him?”

“I bought this house, and I intend to live here.”

“You bought Stratton House?”

“And I need to speak with the colonel.”

Major Gentry shook his head as though to sort through the details. “Please forgive me. You bought Stratton House, you intend to live here, and you wish to speak with the home’s proprietor, Colonel Stratton?”

“I thought we’d covered that,” she said. “You don’t get many visitors, do you?”

About the Author:

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Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.
She makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp.

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#BookReview | The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #0.5)

pale dreamer.jpg Title: The Pale Dreamer
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #0.5
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult; Paranormal
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Goodreads’ Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

Book Review:

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or review in any way *

This novella was at the back of the copy of The Bone Season that I received from the publisher, so I thought that I would read it first, as it is the prequel to the entire series.

In The Pale Dreamer we are introduced to Paige Mahoney at the age of sixteen, when she begins to work for Jaxon Hall in the Seven Seals – a gang within the clairvoyant underworld. She is embarking on her first ‘mission’ to catch a poltergeist who is causing a little bit of trouble.

This book was short and to the point. It gave me an insight to the world of clairvoyants and the main characters that I would be following when I read the other books in the series. I have the feeling that Paige is going to be a badass in the rest of the books, as she seems to be pretty tough, but her abilities are only just beginning to surface. I am excited to see what happens in the rest of the series!

Who else has read this book, or the series? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for coming by to read my review of The Pale Dreamer, and until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

samantha shannon Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She started writing in abundance when she was twelve, started her first novel when she was fifteen, and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, from 2010 – 2013, graduating with a 2:1.

In 2013, she published The Bone Season, the internationally bestselling first installment in a seven-book series of fantasy novels. Its first sequel, The Mime Order, was published in 2015, and she’s currently editing the third book in the series, The Song Rising. She is also working on a high fantasy novel. Film rights to the Bone Season are held by the Imaginarium Studios, Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.

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