BLOG TOUR: THE BROKEN ONE

 

broken one banner.jpg

Today I am a host for the Blog tour of The Broken One by Crhistine H. Bailey. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

alb-divider

broken-one-cover

PUBLISHER: Smashwords

DATE PUBLISHED: 14th March 2016

PAGES: 266

alb-divider

BLURB: 

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

alb-divider

REVIEW: 

 

The main plot of the book is Farris coming to terms with her friends death a year earlier. As life moves on and her father finds a romantic interest and maybe even Farris she must come to terms with her friends passing. The plot was a little slow for my liking but overall was satisfying. I thought this may have been a murder mystery but it was more of a self discovery and growth type book. The character of Farris was what held the book for me. It was evident in the writing that she was hurting and seeking the truth about her friends death. Overall, it was an enjoyable book that left things open but it was Farris’ character that really drove the book.

🌟🌟🌟

alb-divider

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

broken one author.jpeg

 

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at http://www.cibailey.com.

Author links:
http://www.cibailey.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Bailey/118957858286312?ref=bookmarks
https://twitter.com/cibailey44

 

alb-divider

 

LINKS: 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30065062-the-broken-one

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D2BPM2E
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-broken-one-christine-h-bailey/1123534535?ean=2940152922226
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-broken-one-1

 

alb-divider

 

GIVEAWAY:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)


2x $5 Amazon gift cards
2x signed copies of The Broken One

 

If you’d like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

alb-divider

 

xpresso

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOK TRAVELLING THURSDAYS

 

book-traveling-thursday2

I have recently come across a Goodreads Group called Book Traveling Thursdays. The concept of this is that every Thursday there is a theme and the bloggers who participate in this group take that theme and pick a book that they associate with the theme. From this the bloggers find and post different covers of the book they have chosen.

If you wish to know more or join in please feel free to have a look at their Goodreads Page.

The theme for this week was:

alb-divider

A BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO SEE AS A MOVIE

alb-divider

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This is a book I recently read and I couldn’t help but think that with all the live action fairytale movies lately that this might translate well to the big screen.

ORIGINAL COVER:

heartless

This is the original U.S cover of the book.

COVER IN MY COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA):

heartless

In Australia the mass market paperback of Heartless is the same as the U.S original cover.

FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

  1. The first cover is the US Owlcrate special edition of Heartless. I love that with a simple colour change the book looks entirely different. I have this edition.
  2. I really do like the original cover of the book. The typography is really interesting and the way the T makes a sword with a crown on top speaks to the transformation of the queen through the book.
  3. The last cover is a U.K cover. I like the simplicity and the little read hearts in the vines and the tile.

LEAST FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

  1. The first cover here is the German edition of Heartless. While I do like the cover it is a little generic and I cannot tell that this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling by looking at the cover, it could be anything.
  2. The second cover is a U.K edition. With other well done U.K editions I do not know why a picture of the lower portion of someones face was meant to appeal to people. Maybe someone who hasn’t seen the other covers available.

alb-divider

 

Thank you for joining in on this weeks Book Travelling Thursday and I hope to get back into the swing of things this year.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: DRAGON ACTUALLY

 

dragon-actually

 

PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 7th November 2008

 

PAGES: 353

 

 

alb-divider

 

BLURB: 

 

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

 

alb-divider

 

REVIEW:

 

I found this book to be hilarious. I loved the relationship between Annwyl and Fearghus and the way they just seemed to push each others buttons. Let’s just get this straight, there is no-one better for a grumpy dragon than a bloodthirsty and utterly insane princess. The world-building was extremely well done and the magic system and royal line was acting explained in such a way that I could follow the plot of the book. As you can tell by the title of this book, it is about dragons. I loved starting to explore the mythology of dragons and how this works in with the world G.A Aiken has created. Don’t let the cover fool you, this is a well developed Paranormal Fantasy book with a royal system and some hilarious dialogue. This is a series I am going to love and I am ecstatic that I gave this book a chance.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

alb-divider

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

T5W

 

 

This weekly book meme officiated in November 2013 and is still going stong! Every week there is a topic and your list will be based off this topic. For further information check out the Goodreads Page.

The theme this week is:

alb-divider

BOOKS TO GET YOU OUT OF A READING SLUMP

 

alb-divider

This is a really interesting topic. We all get into reading slumps where we feel like reading and just can’t seem to really get engrossed in a book. I tend to pick up old favourites and fluffy reads to get me over the slump. Here is my top five book to get me out of a reading slump.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

anna and the french kiss

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

my lady jane

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh 

the wrath and the dawn

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

vision-in-white

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

to all the boys

alb-divider

What do you think of the five books I use to get over a reading slump? What book helps you get over a reading slump? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

 

court of mist and fury

 

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2016

 

PAGES: 626

 

 

alb-divider

 

BLURB: 

 

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

 

alb-divider

 

REVIEW:

 

I have been putting off reading this book for almost a year now knowing that it might put me in a massive reading slump. However, I could not resist the urge any longer and needed to read about Feyre.

I did not think I could lose faith in Tamlin after ACOTAR but I was wrong. He attempts to care for Feyre, sure but dos about it in the wrong way. This ends up hurting Feyre and causing her to wither and slowly begin to die. Then along comes Rhys, a character who I knew had ulterior motives but I never would have guessed how much was hidden in the first book. Rhys is an angel disguised as the devil. I think he has now become my top Fictional Boyfriend. While he is also protective of Feyre she is treated as his equal and he would never hold her back.

I think it really struck home when Feyre was explaining that the Spring Court did not take anyones free will under consideration. They would railroad over someone to get to their common goal. However, Rhys and his court would never make Feyre do something, if she said no than that was that.

I really liked gaining a further knowledge over the Fae Courts. This was something that was not explored in the first book as Feyre was being introduced to the world. Now she is a more knowledgeable and fearsome adversary. It was explained to the reader how the powers of each of the Courts and their High Lords worked and that Feyre now has elements of all of these courts.

Of course there is violence and war on the horizon, this is Sarah J. Maas. I loved exploring this world even further and understanding how a change in perspective can turn a whole situation around. This book blew the ACOTAR out of the water. The ending has left me metaphorically salivating for the third book coming out in May. A magical and dangerous world full of intrigue, politics and maybe just love.

 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

alb-divider

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE

 

2017-new-adult-reading-challenge

I know it is already almost three months through the year, but I came across this reading challenge from The Girl Who Read Too Much. There are two parts to this challenge and I am going to take part in both of them.

NEW ADULT ADVANCED.png

The first reading challenge is to read a certain amount of New Adult books in 2017. I have opted for the New Adult Advanced Level of 36 books.

new-adult-bingo

The second challenge is a Bingo sheet. I like the idea of this and am going to aim to read through all the squares through the year.

alb-divider

Did you know about this challenge? Are you going to participate? Do you have any book recommendations? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: DUMPLIN’

 

dumplin

 

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray

 

DATE PUBLISHER: 15th September 2015

 

PAGES: 384

 

 

alb-divider

 

BLURB: 

 

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

 

alb-divider

 

REVIEW:

 

This is a contemporary coming of age tale about accepting yourself and loving yourself for who you are. Willowdeen is the main protagonist and has the poor nickname of Dumplin’ that her mother gave her. Willowdeen’s mother is a past Beauty Queen and therefore Willowdeen is always faced with the fact that she is a big girl and will never live up to her mothers wishes. For that and other reasons, Willowdeen enters the local beauty pageant. I loved the relationships in this book, family, friends, and boyfriends. The book was character driven and told from the first person perspective of Willowdeen. I liked the representation of bigger girls in contemporary literature.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

alb-divider

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

waiting on wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

alb-divider

 

DEFY THE STARS BY CLAUDIA GRAY 

 

defy-the-stars

 

PUBLISHER: Little Brown Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 4th April 2017

 

PAGES: 512

 

 

alb-divider

 

BLURB: 

 

Noemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

 

alb-divider

 

This book sounds really interesting and I am really intrigued to get my hands on it. Have you heard of Defy the Stars. What are you Waiting on this Wednesday?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: COLLEGE LIFE

 

college life banner.jpg

Today I am a lucky host for the Blog Tour of College Life 101: Freshman Orientation  by J.B Vample. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.

alb-divider

college-life

PUBLISHER: J.B Vample

DATE PUBLISHED: 19th December 2015

PAGES: 334

alb-divider

BLURB:

 

Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.

Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.

These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.

 

alb-divider

 

REVIEW: 

 

This book follows the first year of college life for five freshman girls. Each of the girls come from different walks of life and family backgrounds. Through such a wide array of characters the reader gets to examine college life from five different perspectives. Eventually, the girls find each other and form a friendship. The girls overcome trials and tribulations through the year and help each other. At times they may argue and not get along but through the book it is evident that these five friends have each others backs. I liked the diversity between the girls displayed in this story. I found Chasity’s story and background really interesting and I couldn’t help but empathise with her.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

alb-divider

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

college life author.jpg

 

J.B. was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in California, Arizona and Maryland (while attending The University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Although she works as a Lead Time Entry Analyst, her first love is and has always been writing. She admits to having an over active imagination and to being a chronic day dreamer, both have helped with her writing. (She says that the scenes from her books play like a movie in her head). Aside from writing, she enjoys martial arts and reading.

 

Author Links:

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

 

alb-divider

 

LINKS:

 

Add to Goodreads

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/College-Life-101-Freshman-Orientation-ebook/dp/B019JPZAVK/

 

Barnes&Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/college-life-101-jb-vample/1123184157;jsessionid=75E848F6492C114AD1F18B57173FD25B.prodny_store01-atgap04?ean=2940152764864

 

Itunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1071357714

 

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9780996981712

 

alb-divider

 

GIVEAWAY: 

 

Signed copy of College Life: Freshman Orientation (US only)

 

If you wish to enter this giveaway, click here.

alb-divider

 

ya-bound-book-tours

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TAG TUESDAY: RUN AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS TAG

 

run-away-with-the-circus-tag

It’s time for Tag Tuesday!!! This week I am going to complete the Run Away With The Circus Tag created by Owlcrate! Let’s begin.

alb-divider

ringmaster

For this prompt I am going to chose Celaena from Throne of Glass. Celaena is a strong and powerful female character who I admire and am looking forward to explore more in future books.

throne of glass

alb-divider

ringmaster-2

The friendship between Shazi and Despina in The Wrath and the Dawn was amazing to read about and I loved the relationship between these two characters.

the wrath and the dawn

alb-divider

ringmaster-3

The love triangle in The Selection between America, Maxon and Aspen was one where my OTP kept changing depending on my mood for the day. At the end of the day my OTP won out but this was a love triangle that kept me guessing.

selection

alb-divider

ringmaster-4

For this prompt I have selected A Darker Shade of Magic. With the four different Londons, the world in this book was created superbly.

darker-shade-of-magic1

alb-divider

ringmaster-8

The magic system in The Forbidden Wish was a very interesting one. The different species of Jinn had different powers and strengths. It was intriguing.

forbidden-wish

alb-divider

ringmaster-5

My Lady Jane was immensely funny and character driven and had my engrossed and on the edge of my seat until the very last page.

my lady jane

alb-divider

ringmaster-6

When I think about plot twists I will always flash back to one of the first ones that took me by surprise. The plot twist  at the end of City of Bones left me amazed and slightly despairing, needing to read the rest of the series to know how it would unfold.

city of bones australia

alb-divider

ringmaster-7

The Queen of the Tearling had an ending that was both intriguing and explosive. I need to read the sequels soon.

queen-of-the-tearling

alb-divider

I really liked completing this tag. If you wish to complete this tag then feel welcome and link yours in the comments so I can have a look.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati