Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blog Tour: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski


A truly heart rendering romance with tension and thrills aplenty
Title: The Winner’s Kiss
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids, UK
My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Released: 24th March, 2016
S ince the day I read Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse, I knew all her books were going to turn out as gems. I am smitten with this series and all her books in this series simply too good to be missed.

As this is the last book in this trilogy, the stakes are high and the tension is intense. With the ending like in The Winner’s Crime, I was hanging on edge for The Winner’s Kiss. I am pleased to say that this book was one of the best out of the Trilogy. It was beautifully written and the plotting was perfection.

One of the strengths of this book is its main protagonist Kestrel. Set in an imaginary waring world but with no magic or fantasy elements, I never thought I will enjoy a heroine who couldn’t fight in an essentially fantasy story. Smart and beautiful, I love the fact that even if she cannot fight, she can still defeat her enemies with just her wits. She goes to hell and back and yet her inner courage shines through.

Her romance with Arin is beautiful and touching. While the first book was romance focused and the second book more about Kestrel’s life at court and The Winner’s Kiss has equal measures of romance and action.

I’ll admit it’s a long book, and usually long books give me hives but on this occasion I wanted even more. I adore how Rutkoski uses such gentle approach to storytelling. A little is always more and I simply couldn’t get enough of Arin’s and Kestrel’s interactions like an artist’s soft brush strokes coaxing colour on to his painting. On the action front, I cannot tell you how good the climax was. The interchanging scenes between Kestrel and Arin struck all the right cords for me. Each of them facing their enemies when the consequences of losing were dire.

Overall, this book is utterly unmissable. With characters that will stay with you, plenty of plotting and scheming, a truly heart rendering romance and tension and thrills aplenty. I whole heartedly recommend this book. Don’t think twice, just try this book!

As part of a blog tour, I’m pleased to say I have 3 copies of The Winner’s Kiss to giveaway. Enter via the Rafflecopter below or alternatively go to my Instagram or Twitter for an extra chance to win. UK only. Ends 15/04.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Audiobook Review: Gameboards of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead


Futuristic, bad ass and ambitious

Title: Gameboard of the Gods
Series: Age of X
Author: Richelle Mead
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 4th June, 2013
Anything that Richelle Mead writes has always been enjoyable to me. However, mixed reviews for this series made me hesitate. I shouldn't have, as she reinstilled my faith in her. Gameboard Of the Gods is Mead's new adult series which I think has been her most ambitious yet.

While I have enjoyed her YA Vampire Academy series, I have always preferred her adult series. Georgina Kincaid series was my introduction into the world of urban fantasy and I never looked back. That series will always hold a dear place in my heart.

Gameboard of the Gods has an elaborate plot, world building and quite convoluted relationships and I wouldn't expect anything else from her. Without going too much into plot, the story is set in a futuristic version of North America where our main protagonists are Mae, a implant enhanced future super soldier and Justin, an exiled officer with questionable morals.

I admit it took me a little while to really get into the story but once I did I was wholly invested in it. Mead has a talent for writing in small clues throughout the story which beautifully comes together towards the end. But the best thing about Gameboard of the Gods was Mae. and Justin's relationship and both their personalities. Both of them are not exactly what you call good people. Selfish, rude and with eschewed morals (especially Justin) they make for an interesting pair. Their chemistry was off the charts and the whole forbidden attraction was played really well, which I may add this author is an expert in.

I had one complaint and this is about the narration. Emily Shaffer, the narrator did a great job of encompassing each character's personality but I wish she did male voices a little more huskier. While she managed to make Justin sound suitably flippant and cocky, his voice didn't sound any different from the female voice of Mae.

Overall, I'll recommend this book to all fantasy fans but will ask them to go in with an open mind and let the story take you. I seem to be in the minority who loved this book but I have a feeling if you go in not expecting Richelle Mead's usual style, you'll most certainly enjoy it.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu


Dark, bold and a new chapter for YA fantasy
Title: The Rose Society
Series: The Young Elites
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin, UK
My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Released: 15th October, 2015
Last year I absolutely loved The Young Elites and the wait for The Rose Society felt torturous. But I am pleased to say, the wait was worth it.

The Young Elites ended not exactly on a cliff hanger but on the precipice of a new chapter in Adelina’s life. With an explosive climax in The Young Elites, the Rose Society begins with a steady pace leading to an end which blew my mind away. I do apologise for this reviews in advance, as it is difficult to write a cohesive review.

I won’t be delving into the premise as I don’t think it is needed. This book was dark, so very dark and from what I can see, the next book is going to be darker and I love it. This series has always been about our heroine (antiheroine?) Adelina and her journey as she grows into her power. From the discovery which I am sure will lead to her destruction. I love how she is not your typical sweet, nice YA heroine. Her evil(?) thoughts is atypical and at times seem selfish but I believe that makes her real. She is slowly growing in a villainous making me question my feelings and has me toen on what to root for.

We also see a return of old favourite characters and a few new ones which made thing all the more interesting. My favourite character was Terren in The Young Elites but now as Adelina slowly descends into a darker place, I think her selfishness us slowly making me like her more.

I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either. But I can guarantee that The Rose Society will have you teetering on the edge of your seats with its intricate, vast setting, and lush world building with characters which raises questions and offer more than just a good time. I did feel that the story lost it’s fast pace in the middle but the action towards the end more than made up for it. True to the previous book, The Rose Society also ended with nail biting tension making me scream for the next book. Highly recommended for all YA Fantasy fans.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: Rebel of the Sands(Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton


An adventure of epic proportions
Title: Rebel of the Sands
Series: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Faber, UK
My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Released: 4th Febuary, 2015
A setting of Wild West crossed with Arabian nights you say? Never in a million years had I thought that would work. While I have read my share of Wild West romances, the new trend of books appearing with a desert setting is new to me. Glowing reviews forced my hand and I had try this. And now I urge you, if you haven’t already, give this book a go.

Amani lives in a small village in the middle of nowhere where legends and myths abound. Wanting to have a better life and escaping her cruel uncle’s home, she will do anything to win her freedom. One thing leads to another and she manages to make an escape with an Outsider called Jin. Soon she is swept in what can only be called an adventure of epic proportions.

I know I’m being vague on purpose as I want readers to experience the plot and the setting for themselves. I loved the main heroine Amani, who felt edgy yet relatable. Her expertise with guns and her single minded determination to leave her life behind made her someone who I could root for. Yet throughout this book, she had to make difficult and sometimes selfish decisions but towards the end of the book, I could see how her experiences were shaping her and changing her.

Jin was so charming and mysterious that I pretty much loved him from the moment he appeared in the scene. He seemed wild and vagabond. For those looking for romance, Jin and Amani’s love story was a slow burn and the chemistry was off the charts. However, the winner in the book was the beautiful, mysterious desert setting, abound with Djinns and creatures of fire and legend.

If you like fantasy but have been disappointed by the recent disappointing releases, give Rebel of The Sands a go. A gun slinging heroine, a foreigner thief and an all sweeping romance and adventure where you can breathe the sand and feel the dry air licking you skin. Highly recommended one of the best books read in 2016 so far.

Review copy provided by Faber & Faber via NetGalley

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys#1) by Julia Quinn


Fun, witty and fabulously entertaining!
Title: Because of Miss Bridgerton
Series: Rokesby
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Piatkus, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 29th March, 2015
Whenever I fancy reading a quality regency romance, I know I can pick up a Julia Quinn books and it will deliver. However, due to commitments, reading Historical romances have been at the bottom of my reading list. I adore Julia Quinn and there is a reason why her books are popular. Not only are they swoony and romantic, they are utterly clever with witty rapid dialogue and vibrant characters her books keep me entertained to the very end.

Because of Miss Bridgerton was no exception. The Bridgerton series has been her most successful books and I was really excited about new Brigderton characters getting more HEA. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t feature Violet Bridgerton, the clan’s matriarch but introduces new character, Billie Bridgerton. She lives in the countryside and is somewhat of a tomboy. She has been befriends with their neighbours, the Rokesby. While she grew up with the Rokesby boys, everyone expects her to marry one of them eventually. But fate had other things in mind and after a cat, a sprain ankle, and a fall from a tree, she somehow finds herself having a strange attraction with the oldest Rokesby, George, whom she never got along.

We have a classic hate to love relationship, but calling it ‘hatred’ is taking it a little too far. Both our main characters have never liked each other and never quite got along. Of course this led to wonderful rapid, venomous dialogues and hilarious monologues where each one of them is befuddled about their feelings. The legendary Pall Mall makes an appearance too.

All in all Because of Miss Bridgerton, is fun, witty, entertaining and a page turner. The characters feel alive and Julia Quinn does a fabulous job of bringing the world alive. Recommended for all Bridgerton Series fans.

Review copy provided by the publisher by NetGalley.
 Releases on the 29th March, 2015.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog tour Review: Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz


Refreshing, nostalgic and captures your imagination from the on set
Title: Pompidou Posse
Author: Sarah Lotz
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton , UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 10th September, 2015
A fter writing serious fare like Three, Sarah Lotz splashes the wiring world by venturing in the YA scene. Inspired by her own memories of Paris, the story follows art students, Vicky and Sage who end up living on the street of Paris. Set in the 1980’s, it was nostalgic and edgy with a subject matter which felt intimate, gut wrenching and funny. .

The story is told in dual perspective, where Vicky tells her own experience to her reader while Sage’s life is told in an array of diary extracts. This type of writing rounded off the stories and scenes really well, while it kept the narration from getting boring. Alternating between husking and begging, sleeping on the street, these two young women get closer than ever. .

Sarah’s dark humour and insight into life’s small struggles was dark and that’s how I liked it. .

All in all, the book was not something one can sing laments over but I felt like a voyeur, looking into somebody’s memories. Fondness and rhetoric reflecting in each page, it was atmospheric while telling the reader, a coming of age story where the characters learn life’s lesson’s the hard way. .

If you are looking for something new and edgy and are fed up of those new adult romances, give Pompidou Posse a chance. It was refreshing, nostalgic and it will capture your imagination and your heart form the first page.

Grab your copies now.

Review copy provided by Hodder & Stoughton, UK.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog Tour: The Moment of Letting Go by J. A Redmerski


Slow and steady romance which warms your heart
Title: The Moment of Letting Go
Author: J A Redmerski
Publisher: Piatkus Books, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 3rd September, 2015
This is my first book by J. A Redmerski, off whom I had heard nothing but praises for. Her other NA novels have a fan following and I was going into The Moment of Letting Go with the same mind set.

Sienna is a wedding planner and on her holiday she meets Luke who is s a surfing instructor. Attraction blooms and before she knows it Sienna is extending her holiday and shacking up with Luke.

This book had such an easy going pace. Not all love stories have to have a whirlwind romance. Some take a natural course where people get to know each other slowly and see where their feelings take them.

For some people, it may not be what they expect from a new adult romance as it didn’t have annoying douche male characters or the ’innocent’ female protagonist. Instead we have two people getting to know each, tentatively following their hearts and falling in love.

I think, The Moment of Letting Go is a sweet, coming of age story about two very different people falling in love and making you smile as you are fondly reminded of how you fell in love. It is a perfect beach or a holiday book where the characters explore the beautiful locales in Hawaii and discover themselves at the same time.

ARC received by Piatkus Books, UK 

Below, check out the blogs which are participating in the UK Blog Tour of The Moment of Letting Go 


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