READING CHALLENGES UPDATE – APRIL 2017

 

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Time for my fourth update for my progress on the multiple reading challenges I am undertaking in 2017.

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NETFLIX AND BOOKS CHALLENGE:

 

In April I read one book that has been made into a TV Show and watched the first season of it on Netflix.

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

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PAGES READ CHALLENGE:

 

This is all about keeping track of my Page Count for the year. My goal is to read 60, 000 pages this year. In the month of April I read 17, 386 pages.

 

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RETELLINGS READING CHALLENGE:

 

I love a good retelling so this challenge shouldn’t be a worry for me. My aim is to read 12+ retellings in 2017, that is one a month at least. In the month of April read 7 retellings:

 

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Ash by Malinda Lo

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

 

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DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE:

 

The aim of this challenge is pretty self explanatory, it is to read debut books in 2017 and find some amazing new voices. In April I read 4 debut novels:

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

 

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COLOR CODED READING CHALLENGE:

 

There are nine prompts in this challenge all focused on the colour of the cover of a book. I decided to focus on one a month. In April I focused on:

 

A book with “Yellow” or any shade of yellow

 

The book that met this prompt was:

 

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

 

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POPSUGAR CHALLENGE:

 

There are 52 prompts in this challenge and I am aiming to complete at least four of them a month and work my way through.

 

A book with Multiple Authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book by or about a person who has a disability – Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love

A book with a title that’s a characters name – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A book with a month or a day of the week in the title – Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds

A book thats more than 800 pages – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

I have now completed 19 out of the 52 challenges for this challenge.

 

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DIVERSITY BINGO:

 

This is a 36 square bingo sheet with each square representing a challenge to encourage people to read diversely. In April I completed 4 of the challenges

 

Main Character in a wheelchair – Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love

D/deaf / Hard of Hearing Main Character – You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner 

Own Voices Latinx M/C – Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Retelling with M/C belonging to LGBTQIA+ – Ash by Malinda Lo

 

I have now completed 12 out of the 36 squares

 

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE:

 

I read 15 Contemporary Romances in April 2017:

 

Deep by Kylie Scott, Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell,The Goal by Elle Kennedy, Confess by Colleen Hoover, Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray, Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds, Undeclared by Jen Frederick, The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga, Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood, Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, Love Me Never by Sara Wolf, Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman, The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight, No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista, & Bridget Jones’s Diaries by Helen Fielding

 

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AROUND THE YEAR IN 52 BOOKS:

 

I completed 4 out of the 52 challenges in April:

 

A book based on a myth – Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A book written by at least two authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A book with a long title (5+ words) – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

A time travel novel – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

This means I have completed 21 out of the 52 challenges so far.

 

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#ROCKMYTBR:

 

My aim for this challenge is to read at least one book from my TBR each month. For the book to count it must have been purchased before 2017. In April I read 17 books for #RockmyTBR.

 

Deep by Kylie Scott, Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Confess by Colleen Hoover, Switched by Amanda Hocking, Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast, Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon, A Quick Bite by Lynsey Sands, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, & Everneath by Brodi Ashton.

 

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FLIGHTS OF FANTASY READING CHALLENGE:

 

I have completed my reading goal for this challenge. In April I read 21 Fantasy books:

 

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine, Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Switched by Amanda Hocking, The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast, Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon, A Quick Bite by Lynsey Sands, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, One Bite With a Stranger by Christine Warren, Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Ensnared by Rita Stradling, The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins, Ash by Melinda Lo, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest, The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, & Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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AUDIOBOOK CHALLENGE:

 

I finished 04 audiobooks in April:

 

Switched by Amanda Hocking

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey 

 

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NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS CHALLENGE:

 

I read 6 e-galleys in April:

 

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood, Ensnared by Rita Stradling, Mer by Joelle Sellner, Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray, Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey, & Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

 

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CREATURE FEATURE:

 

This is a personal challenge of mine for 2017. Each month I have allocated a creature and I must read at least one book featuring that creature. In April the creature was – Mermaid.

The book that met this challenge was:

Mer by Joelle Sellner

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NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE:

 

I am aiming to read at least 36 books in 2017. In April I read 6 New Adult books:

 

Deep by Kylie Scott, The Goal by Elle Kennedy, Confess by Colleen Hoover, Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds, Undeclared by Jen Frederick, & The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight.

 

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AUSSIE AUTHOR READING CHALLENGE:

 

In April I read 01 book Aussie Authors.

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

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BOOK TO MOVIE CHALLENGE:

 

In April I read 2 book that is becoming a movie:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Bridget Jones’s Diaries by Helen Fielding 

 

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DYSTOPIA READING CHALLENGE:

 

I read one book to meet this challenge in April:

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

 

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E-BOOK READING CHALLENGE:

 

I read 27 e-books in April:

 

Dangerous Rock by Crystal Kaswell, The Goal by Elle Kennedy, Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey, Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray, Unitl November by Aurora Rose Reynolds, Undeclared by Jen Frederick, Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love, The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga, Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast, Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood, A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands, One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren, Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell, Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, Ensnared by Rita Stradling, The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins, Love Me Never by Sara Wolf, You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Ash by Malinda Lo, Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman, The Makeup Test by Vanessa M. Knight, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest, No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista, Mer by Joelle Sellner, & Everneath by Brodi Ashton.    

 

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EPISTOLARY READING CHALLENGE:

 

I read 01 epistolary novel in April:

 

Bridget Jones’s Diaries by Helen Fielding 

 

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GRAPHIC NOVELS & MANGA READING CHALLENGE:

 

I completed 02 Graphic Novels / Mangas in April:

Mer by Joelle Sellner

Ms Marvel – Vol #1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson 

 

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LIBRARY LOVE READING CHALLENGE:

 

I read 3 library books / audiobooks in April:

 

Switched by Amanda Hocking

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

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NEW RELEASE READING CHALLENGE:

 

In April I read 16 New Release books.

 

The Wish Granter by C.J. RedwineDangerous Rock by Crystal KaswellDuels & Deception by Cindy AnsteyDon’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie RayThe Slope Rules by Melanie HooyengaDaughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerOther Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan AltwoodFragile Chaos by Amber R. DuellMeg & Linus by Hanna NowinskiEnsnared by Rita StradlingThe Dragon’s Price by Bethany WigginsYou’re Welcome Universe by Whitney GardnerNinja Girl by Cookie O’GormanThe Makeup Test by Vanessa M. KnightMer by Joelle Sellner, & Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas.

 

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READ YOUR BOOKSHELF CHALLENGE:

 

I have not read any of the books for this challenge in April.

 

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FINISH THOSE SERIES READING CHALLENGE:

 

 

In April I started 20 series:

 

Switched by Amanda Hocking – Trylle #1

Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray – Edgelake High School #1

Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds – Until #1

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Outlander #1

Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast – Partholon #1

A Quick Bite by Lynsey Sands – Argeneau #1

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – All Souls Trilogy #1

One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren – The Others #1

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – The Lunar Chronicles #1

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins – Transference #1

Love Me Never by Sara Wolf – Lovely Vicious #1

The Selection by Kiera Cass – The Selection #1

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – Brooklyn Brujas #1

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest – A Shade of Vampire #1

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista – Dodge Cove #1

The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey – Five Hundred Kingdoms #1

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones #1

Ms. Marvel – Vol #1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson – Ms Marvel #1

Everneath by Brodi Ashton – Everneath #1

 

Continued on 5 series:

 

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – Ravenspire #2

Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter #4

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Illuminae Files #2

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – The Queen of the Tearing #2

Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter #5

 

And finished 2 series:

 

Deep by Kylie Scott – Stage Dive #4

The Goal by Elle Kennedy – Off Campus #4

 

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REDDITS FANTASY BINGO: 

 

This is a challenge that began in April. There is a bingo sheet and I aim to tick off each of the squares through the year. In April I met 3 out of the 25 challenges on the bingo sheet:

 

Novel featuring time travel – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Fantasy Novel Featuring Dragons – The Dragons Price by Bethany Wiggins

Fantasy Novel Featuring Seafaring – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

 

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I like these monthly posts as they help me keep track of my challenges and how I am progressing on them. I think I have made headway on most of the challenges and met some of them too. Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE PRINCESS DIARIES

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PUBLISHER: Harper Teen

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 19th September 2000

 

PAGES: 240

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She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.)

SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.

But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

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REVIEW: 

What an entertaining, laugh out loud novel. Told in diary entries from the point of view of Mia this novel follows Mia, a New York City teenager who finds out she is the Princess of Genovia but wants no part of it.

I’ve seen the movie with Anne Hathaway and this book differs greatly from the book. For the first thing, Mia’s dad is alive and kicking. After a bout of infertility Mia is informed that she is the heir to the throne. He was an interesting character who obviously loved his daughter. The grandmother character still performs the Princess Makeover Lessons with Mia. She is harsh and condescending on most occasions and even though there is some love there she is harsh.

Mia is a funny and sarcastic character with a unique voice. The novel follows her experience as she goes from being a normal teenage girl to the Princess of Genovia. Her view points on the high school experience make for a fun read that I wish to continue to see how she develops through the books.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

 

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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:

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

 

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Mason Ashford is a fun and interesting character who is a friend of Rose’s. He is a great character.

 

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Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

 

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Leah Clearwater had it tough. She is the first and only female werewolf in the pack, not to mention the man she imprinted on as imprinted on someone else. And he’s the Alpha of the pack. While Leah is a minor character, the tragedy of her situation made me empathetic for her.

 

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

 

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Luna Lovegood is a quirky and interesting. She is an entertaining character and might be considered a side-character but in this book she does not really have a lot of page time.

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

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Rue is a young Tribute who does not have a lot of time on the page. She does however, have a big impact on the motivations of Katniss.

 

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

 

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Carlin Glynn is a character who was at the very beginning of the book. She raised Kelsea from a young age. Her input and love of books is evident in Kelsey’s behaviour and informs the person Kelsea has grown into.

 

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What do you think of my list? Who is your favourite minor book character? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: YOU’LL THINK OF ME

 

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PUBLISHER: Lucia Franco

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 26th August 2014

 

PAGES: 273

 

 

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Luke Jackson.

With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.

As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.

When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they’ve seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.

Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia’s heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A Southern contemporary romance novel spanning two time frames. Olivia is a Neurologist and doing well for herself. She comes from a small town in the south and has a history with a boy she left to go to medical school. Following a second chance at love.

There are flash back scenes which follow the madly in love pair. The pair were adorable and loving and their relationship before Olivia moved away was amazing. In the present day scenes I thought that some of Olivia’s decisions were ill advised. I felt that Olivia was bowled over by any instance of lust.

When Luke and Olivia run into each other years later their chemistry is still there. Can they make up for the mistakes of their past? Overall, it was a sweet contemporary romance novel with some hints of Hart of Dixie. Olivia felt a little two dimensional with little character growth.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: CHANCE AT REDEMPTION

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Chance At Redemption by Samatha Harris. This Blog Tour has been coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

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PUBLISHER: Limitless Publishing

DATE PUBLISHED: 23rd May 2017

PAGES: 281

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Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”

Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.

Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…

Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.

Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…

Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.

Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is the third book in the Madison Square series. You can find my reviews to Somewhere in Between (Book 1) & Choosing Happy (Book 2) by clicking on the titles.

A spoiled princess pays her dues in a bar and it turns out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Being the third book in a series, this is a companion novel to the first two books. The story is told in alternating first person perspectives of Liam and Gwen and utilises the Hate to Love trope well.

It was hard to like Gwen at the beginning given her snotty and pretentious attitude. Getting a job waitressing at a bar actually helped her drop the attitude and develop some humility.  It was great to see this character who was introduced in Book 1 as a diva be redeemed in this book.

The family dynamics of both characters was an element I particularly enjoyed. It was a look at how different families can be and what a family will do to ensure their children are able to stand on their own two feet. The characters from the first two books had side roles in this book and their input into the story was brilliant.

A great instalment in the Madison Square series full of fantastic character with major character development. This is probably my favourite book in the series so far.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.
Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want to read.

Author links:

http://www.samathaharrisbooks.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14244788.Samatha_Harris
https://www.facebook.com/Samathaharrisauthor/

 

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LINKS:

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33857070-chance-at-redemption?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Purchase:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chance-Redemption-Madison-Square-Book-ebook/dp/B071NXYNSY

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
Digital copy of the entire series (Somewhere in between, Choosing Happy, and Chance at Redemption)

 

If you’re interested in entering this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TAG TUESDAY – COMIC EXPLOSION BOOK TAG

 

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It’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time for another Tag Tuesday. This week I will be completing the Comic Explosion Book Tag. This tag was created my Owlcrate in honour of their May Owlcrate Box.

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COMIC EXPLOSION BOOK TAG

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Sidekick 

Best supporting or side character

 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

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Despina is Shazi’s lady in waiting, but she is more of a friend and confidant for Shazi. She is spunky and awesome in her own right and at times I was rooting for her all the way.

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Kryptonite

Your least favourite trope

 

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Insta-love is probably my least favourite trope. It can be done well (eg. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon), but most of the time it rubs me the wrong way. I generally like other elements of the book, or even the character relationships once they get to know each other but I dint think it’s realistic to look at someone and instantly thing “I love you”.

 

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Costume Change

Best Cover Change

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

                  Before  —  After

Need I say anything more? This major cover change really worked in my opinion.

 

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The Daily Planet

A fictional occupation

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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I would love to work as a Professor at Hogwarts. As long as it’s not Defence Against the Dark Arts.

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The Justice League 

Best Squad

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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The Night Court squad in this is amazing. They are unique characters and together they are one hell of a team.

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Super Villian

Best Antihero

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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It is great when we get a backstory to why villains turned out to be evil. Was it just fate and personality? Or something else? The movie Maleficent did this well and showed that there was a backstory to the iconic evil character. Cath from Heartless is truly a good character at the beginning and through a series of events she loses her heart.

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The Batcave

A character’s home you’d like to live in

 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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I would love to live at Camp Half-Blood. The summer camp feel with Greek Mythology and training sequences… where do I sign up?

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Training Montage

Best Character Development

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I have only read the first three books in the Throne of Glass series so far but even now I can see a great development in Caelena’s character to the first book. She is truly changing through the series into a strong and powerful leader.

 

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I love doing the Owlcrate tags and look forward to them each month. This time I am going to tag three people to also do this tag:

 

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Books in Her Eyes

A Novel Glimpse

 

Let me know what you thought of my answers to these prompts. If you do this tag make sure to link your one in my comments so I can check it out. Let’s create a sense of community amongst Book Bloggers.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: SOMETHING IN THE HEIR

 

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PUBLISHER: Jenny Gardiner Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 24th December 2014

 

PAGES: 248

 

 

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He’s a prince with a problem, she’s a commoner with a getaway plan.

Modern-day Prince Adrian of Monaforte has a most old-fashioned problem: his demanding mother wants him wed to her best friend’s daughter, the hard-partying Serena. When his refusal falls on deaf ears, Adrian decides it’s time for him to slip away from his gilded cage and figure out his life, all on his own. As luck would have it, event photographer Emma Davison, weary of a revolving door of lost-cause men and tired of her outsider-looking-in career, is in need of her own escape clause, just in time to help a wayward prince in need. And she soon discovers that sometimes a girl’s gotta sweep a prince off his feet.

For any girl that’s ever held out hope that some day her prince would come…or better yet, hoped that some day she’d come to him.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

In the style of Roman Holiday or The Prince & Me, Something in the Heir follows a royal who needs to escape from it all. The Crown Prince of a little known kingdom takes a unexpected and much needed holiday from his royal duties hiding from his overbearing family. He just so happens to drag Emma along for the ride.

The plot itself was somewhat predictable and the enjoyment factor was from the rom-com style banter between the two protagonists. This book plays of the fantasies of little girls – finding a prince charming and being whisked away. And it does that well.

I enjoyed the culture shock element of this book. Emma and Adrian obviously come from different walks of life. Reading about Emma explain Walmart to Adrian and show Adrian how to cook was interesting and added a realistic and comedic layer to the book. There was a slight issue I had with the dialogue, at times it felt too wordy and I just wanted to see an explanation other than have it quoted to me.

Overall, this was a cute contemporary rom-com story following a Prince as he tries to escape. This book allows the readers to live out their fantasy of finding a Prince of their very own.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASES OF WINTER 2017

 

 

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It is coming up on the end of Fall in Australia and that means it’s time for another seasonal anticipated releases list. I am going to list out my Top 17 Anticipated Book Releases for Winter 2017 (June-August).

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser – 06th June 2017

 

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

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Roar by Cora Carmack – 13th June 2017

 

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n a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become it’s master.

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – 13th June 2017

 

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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

 

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Silver Silence by Nalini Singh – 15th June 2017

 

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Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

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Blood Rose by Danielle Rose – 21st June 2017

 

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There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries.

But on the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.

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The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – 27th June 2017

 

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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally – 04th July 2017

 

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wim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

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Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland – 11th July 2017

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A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she’s running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

 

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova – 11th July 2017

 

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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

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Because You Love to Hate Me ed. By Amelie – 11th July 2017

 

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Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

 

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West – 25th July 2017

 

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Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – 25th July 2017

 

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Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

 

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Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon – 01st August 2017

 

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There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . and in particular, Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he lies in seclusion, away from the world and waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.

Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to standby and watch him take everything she loves from her again.

This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Greek Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.

My enemy’s enemy . . .

When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is total destruction?

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Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popović – 15th August 2017

 

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

 

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Wonder Woman: warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – 29th August 2017

 

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She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

 

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Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens – 29th August 2017

 

DRESS CODER

 

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble.

This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor?

But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

 

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The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee – 29th August 2017

 

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New York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

LEDA is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden–even if it means trusting her enemy.

WATT just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When RYLIN wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

AVERY is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him… no matter the cost.

And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York, determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

 

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What books are you anticipating this Winter? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: REIGN OF SHADOWS

 

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PUBLISHER: Harper Teen

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 09th February 2016

 

PAGES: 304

 

 

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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

 

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A beautifully told retelling of Rapunzel with a fantasy land cast forever in darkness and a young protagonist who cannot see. Beginning with the basic setup of the tale of Rapunzel: a maiden in a tower with long hair, this tale took it’s own course creating a dark and ominous world with a lost princess kept for safety in a tower by those who love her.

Alternating first person perspectives of Luna and Fowler provided different insight into the events that were unfolding. It was truly a unique experience reading from the perspective of a blind protagonist. Luna cannot see so all descriptors are given using other senses. This was a different experience which added a unique element to this fantasy tale.

There are many dark elements and gruelling, trying times through the book as both Folwer and Luna travel to try and find safety for Luna. With many fight scenes and tender moments, once your into the meat of this book it really hooked me in.

The ending has left me with so many questions with a cliffhanger that had me on the edge of my seat. This is a unique Fantasy retelling taking some elements of the original fairytale and creating a dark and mysterious world with a brave and vibrant protagonist.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: APRIL 2017 FANDOM OF THE MONTH CLUB BOX

 

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Fandom of the Month Club is a monthly subscription service based out of the U.S. They create fantastic Fandom inspired jewellery and each month a box will focus on a particular fandom. But it’s a surprise… you don’t know what the fandom will be until you open the box.

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When the box is first opened this is what you see.

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The first item in the box is a card with the title “Fandom of the Month Member” written on it. In the background is a treasure map… any idea what the fandom could be?

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This subscription service always includes a magnet, which I collect and keep on my fridge. This month the magnet is of a pirate flag with the skull & crossbones. Have you guessed the fandom yet?

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The jewellery always comes in a pouch designed by the company with a image and quote pertaining to the fandom. The quote this month is “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate”. If you haven’t yet guessed the fandom, the April 2017 box is Pirates of the Caribbean themed. This quote is one form Jack Sparrow in the first movie.

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The first jewellery item is a pair of earrings designed to look like pieces of eight. The detail is amazing.

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The next item is a ring with a treasure chest on top.

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The final piece of jewellery is a necklace featuring another quote from Jack Sparrow.

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This month I loved all the jewellery pieces, they matched well with the fandom of the box and are ones I will definitely wear. With the new POTC movie coming out in May I am definitely going to decked out to go and see it.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati