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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Lies They Tell by Gillian French ~ Review

The Lies They Tell

by Gillian French



Released: April 23, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Buy It Now: Dymocks | TBD


THE FIRE TOOK EVERYTHING. EXCEPT THE TRUTH.

Everyone in Tenney's Harbor knows about the Garrison tragedy. An unexplained fire. A family of five reduced to one. And no leads on who did it. Of course, all fingers point at Pearl Haskins's father, the caretaker of the property, but she just can't believe it. Leave it to a town of rich people to blame 'the help'.

Then Pearl meets Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends. Though she's repulsed by most of them, Tristan's quiet sadness and sombre demeanour intrigue her. Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father's name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that would leave no life unchanged ... if it doesn't take hers first.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Weekly Wrap-up



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin ~ Tour & Review

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for Adele Griffin's Tell Me No Lies. Please visit other tour stops by clicking on the tour schedule button above and don't forget about the giveaway! 

About The Book


Tell Me No Lies

by Adele Griffin


Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.

Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions. When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?


Review

Whatever happened, however it happened, was beside the point. The point was the experience. The point was change.

I really enjoyed Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin. It's set in the 80s, me being an 80s model I really loved the references to that era. Tell Me No Lies is an authentic, deep and raw story of two very different girls, and how their differences somehow brought them together and what they learnt from each other. This is a powerful book and really touches on some very serious topics.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up + LifeLik3 GIVEAWAY!



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 


Life Beyond Books 


Life Lik3 by Jay Kristoff Sydney Launch

This was an awesome experience. He was extremely TALL but very down to earth. Just a few fun facts that he mentioned at the event:-

Friday, 1 June 2018

The Archivist by Christy Sloat ~ Tour

Tour Schedule


Welcome to my tour stop for Christy Sloat's The Archivist, book 2 in The Librarian Chronicles. Please visit other tour stops by clicking on the tour schedule button above. Check out the book and author info and a special excerpt just to whet your bookish appetite or library obsession. Don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book


The Archivist

by Christy Sloat


Series: The Librarian Chronicles #2
Publication Date: May28, 2018
Publisher: CHBB Publishing


With the whimsy of Alice in Wonderland and the romance of Outlander dive back into the next installment in the Librarian Chronicles.

Savannah Preston has a rare and precious gift: The ability to time travel through books. She, and others who share this unique ability, are faced with the insurmountable task of preserving history. They are known collectively as The Librarians.

While researching infamous Scottish outlaw Sir Malcolm Wash during the raging conflicts of the 14th Century, Savannah loses the only thing that tethers her to her own time. She must rely on her knowledge of both the present and the past to survive long enough to find a way home. Along the way, she enlists the help of a misfit named Eoin. With his guidance, she might just get home. It’s a risky and dangerous adventure, but then, so is Eoin…


Excerpt


I cracked open the book and sniffed it. Sniffing books was so satisfying and albeit weird, but if you were a book lover, you did it. Sitting back and getting comfortable I began reading the first page. It was hard not to travel through a book when I read it. It was entirely possible to travel through books that were fiction, once I started my duty as a Librarian. When I did, it felt like the book was now a movie playing live just for me. Everything was in front of me, close enough to touch, but you knew you shouldn't. I didn’t care for it that way, so I usually removed my bracelet and read, the old-fashioned way. But today, I kept it on to practice my skills at reading without moving through the book. That required more focus, but it was important to learn. 

A few minutes into the book I heard a sound that made me stop reading and listen. It sounded like music, but there was no music down here, and with the thick flooring above me it was impossible to hear anything from the library. 

There it was again, faint but still loud enough for me to pick up on. Listening carefully, I realized it was bagpipes. I put the book down and got up to investigate the sound. It wasn’t coming from outside, so I stopped and listened with my eyes closed. It was in the room somewhere. Not my cell phone, I had checked that. When I got close to where we hid the book I was currently traveling through, the sound got louder and louder. I pulled it free from its hiding spot and it was vibrating with the sound of Scottish bagpipes playing a melodious tune. 

Absentmindedly opening the book, I turned to the page I was last on, to see what the devil was going on. Before I knew it, I was being pulled into the book, even as I tried to hold onto the present time, I realized it was hopeless. I was going in whether I wanted to or not.


About The Author

Christy Sloat




I am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs ~ Review

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

by Gia Cribbs



Released: May 21, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult 


No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.

Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.

But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.

If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be...and because there are worse things than disappearing.


Sloane Sullivan witnessed a murder six years ago, six years she's been in WITSEC (Witness Protection Program) and soon she is exiting the program, all she has to do is blend in at school, don't draw attention to herself, and she will finally be free off WITSEC, free to live out her days as Sloane Sullivan, her 19th and last identity. 

So when Jason Thomas pops up at her new school, a childhood friend in her life before the incident, she breaks all the rules, and in breaking the rules, danger soon follows.

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan was a great book that readers will read with much anticipation, page-flipping and abated breaths. It's action-packed with twists and turns that will have you yelling loudly "WHAT!!!" It was definitely an emotional ride, and so authentically real...that was why I was so scared through this story, because it was so real! This stuff happens in real life people! 

The story is told in Sloane's point of view, both past and present. The flashbacks were such great reads. That was my favourite part of the narrating, it's so realistic, as if the Author is literally writing things as she goes along her "current" life and bam a flashback...because really, that's what we do in real life. As we do things we are triggered to think of past events, reminders etc. so I really like the authenticity of the narrating.

The characters were very relatable and believable. Seeing Sloane in the past to now, made me realise how much stronger she has become due to what she has endured, she was more badass, than her cowering self from her flashbacks.

Agent Mark was truly an amazing character! He was complex, passionate, and caring. Without spoilers, all I can say is stay tuned...don't judge till the last page has been turned. 

I have one my gripe with this book... 

So it starts off as a thriller filled with suspense, danger and heart pumping action to the normal high school angst and drama, the latter dragging on more than I had wished, but once that section of the book was finished, I once again enjoyed the roller-coaster ride that is this book. 

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan is a mystery, thriller, with heart-pumping action, danger at every turn and an emotional roller coaster ride. I enjoyed the great writing, the awesome and complex characters, I just didn't enjoy the middle teenage/high school angst...there's no time for this stuff when we are running from murdering criminals! I still very much enjoyed it, and do recommend it.



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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe ~ Review

Ruthless Magic

by Megan Crewe



Released: May 30, 2018
Publisher: Another World Press
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal


In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

The first in a new series by USA Today bestselling author Megan Crewe, Ruthless Magic combines the magic of Harry Potter with the ferocity of The Hunger Games alongside a poignant romance. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, look no further for your next urban fantasy fix!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Phoenix Cycle by Bob Collopy ~ Tour

Tour Schedule

Welcome to my tour stop for The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy. Please read on for book info, a journal entry that will make you want more and a book trailer, cos who doesn't like those? Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other stops in this tour, linked at the tour button above.

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