BLOG TOUR: AIRWOMAN

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Airwoman by Zara Quentin. This Blog Tour is co-ordinated by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Zara Quentin

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 25th October 2016

 

PAGES: 317

 

 

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Jade Gariq is the daughter of a respected Taraqan leader, and the heiress to Gariq Industries—a large, cross-Portal trading company. Her future appears to be set.

Except for one thing: It’s a life that she doesn’t want.

Jade has always dreamed of joining the Traveller Force—the elite Taraqans who traverse the Betwixt, filled with terrifying beasts, and who protect and patrol the Dragonverse. Despite having been Travellers themselves once, Jade’s parents remain vehemently against risking their only daughter’s life. When Jade’s father dies suddenly, she inherits Gariq Industries, its assets, trade deals and social responsibilities.

It seems as though her fate has once again been decided.

Meanwhile, Axel—her close friend and secret crush—disappears without a trace. Then Jade discovers the circumstances surrounding her father’s death are not what they seem— her uncle Zorman suspects foul play. To find the truth and avenge her father’s death, Jade travels to an uncharted world, where she will learn more about her family, herself, loyalty, and betrayal than she ever imagined.

 

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REVIEW:

 

A LoveOZYA novel that really had everything. With fantastic world-building and beguiling characters this was a fabulous novel. With action and and character dynamics that had me absolutely glued to the page.

Jade is a headstrong and enjoyable character that really guided the novel along. Through her need to join the noble Travellers and the horrible circumstances of her fathers death Jade has much motivation and a lot to explore through the novel.

An element I particularly enjoyed was the concept of portals traveling to different worlds. Bringing back memorabilia… kangaroo. You might need to read the novel to find out what I mean.  A fantastic novel that swept me up into this amazing fantasy world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.

 

After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.

 

Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.

 

 Find Zara:

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

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LINKS: 

 

AmazonAmazon UKAmazon Australia , KoboSmashowrdsB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

2 winners will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice from Amazon, B&N, or TBD, International.

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is A Halloween Freebie…

 

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This Savage Song by Victoria Aveyard

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

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The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

VAMPIRE

 

Acne, Asthma and Other Signs You Might by Half Dragon by Rena Rocford

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

LABYRINTH LOST

 

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

DRAGON ACTUALLY

 

Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

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The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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What is your favourite book featuring a creature?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: AUGUST 2017 CRAFTEDVAN

 

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My monthly bookmark mail has come in, lets have a look at what I got in the August 2017 CraftedVan #ReadHappy Plan.

 

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A note from the creators of this subscription explains the theme for the month.

 

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The first item is a print.

 

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The theme was nostalgic pastimes… a cute little crayon magnetic bookmark really catches this theme.

 

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The next book marks is little bubbles.

 

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The final bookmark is really cute too.

 

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I love getting this adorable little magnetic bookmarks.

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: ROYAL BASTARDS

 

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PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2017

 

PAGES: 352

 

 

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Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey …

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Fraught with twists and turns on every single page I was simply hooked from the very beginning. With engaging characters and action throughout this is a book I could not put down. Quite literally a rollercoaster for the reader, not knowing what the next page is going to bring. I loved every single minute of this book and the characters within. I cannot wait to continue the series.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAYS

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This is a really thought provoking quote from a novel I really enjoyed from last year.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: AUGUST 2017 OWLCRATE BOX

 

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Owlcrate is a monthly bookish subscription box from the U.S. I have been subscribed to this box since June 2016 and love receiving this box each month. Each month there is a theme for the box. The theme theme for the August box was:

 

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SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

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This is what you see when the box is first opened.

 

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The first item in the box was a set of Edgar Allen Poe-ka Dot socks. This item was created by Out of Print.

 

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The second item is a sachet of coffee from Happenstance Coffee themed after Harry Potter and the Dark Arts.

 

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The next item in the box was a purple fountain pen from Ooly.

 

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The fourth item in the box is a special edition copy of a spooky read. This edition was created by Rock Paper Books.

 

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The fifth item in this box was this sticker with a quote from This Savage Song that really makes a connection. This sticker was designed by Evie Bookish.

 

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The final bookish item in the box is a double sided bookmark featuring quotes from Six of Crows, designed by Treehouse of Books.

 

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It’s time for the book of the month… The book for the August Owlcrate was…

 

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THE HEARTS WE SOLD BY EMILY LLOYD-JONES

 

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This is an exclusive cover, only available through Owlcrate.

 

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The box also included a signed book plate, and…

 

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a letter from the author.

 

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The spoiler card for this month is particularly intriguing…

 

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The exclusive button features a part of the artwork from the spoiler card.

 

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The theme for the September Owlcrate box is

Mythical Creatures

 

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This was a great spooky box I particularly loved the socks and am looking forward to reading this novel.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: CHASING NIRVANA

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Emoticon Publishing 

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 3rd November 2017

 

PAGES: 364

 

 

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A girl, a band and a dream. And another girl.

Fran Worth is just another girl trying to make it through senior year in Aberdeen, Washington. But it’s 1993 and Fran is gay. Her comfortably off the radar life turns vividly public when a student nominates Fran for prom queen. When confronted by angry parents Fran refuses to back down, promising to deliver her hometown heroes in hopes of winning prom queen votes.

Fran heads out on a 24 hour road trip to Daily City, California with four friends, including her crush who may or may not be gay. Their plan? To sneak backstage to ask Kurt Cobain and Nirvana to come home and play prom. No problem. Unless something goes wrong.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

I was sincerely surprised by how much is packed into this novel. Small town prejudice, bullying, LBGTQIA rights, drug use, relationships and friendships are all packed into this high school / road trip novel about the journey of three different teens.

I really enjoyed the three different POV’s and how these all blended so well together. The road trip element of this novel added a little fun to the serious topics that were being broached within the novel . The characters themselves were so much fun for me to read and I really got a feel for the characters. In particular, Nikki who is a little spitfire who is so loyal and a big personality.

The conclusion of the novel wrapped up all the loose ends but in a realistic way, which was greatly appreciated. Life does not suddenly fix itself with no issues in sight. While there are still issues in life the development of the characters in their ability to manage these issues was the greatest development for the novel.

Overall, a fun and quirky novel with relatable characters that broached some really serious topics in a way that engaged readers. Truly a gem of a book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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I graduated from Smith College and have a very expensive MFA from The American Film Institute. Some writers will tell you that their MFA was a waste of money. I won’t. It gave me great editorial skills and colorful, crazy experiences working as a screenwriter in LA. Cooking on fishing boats in Alaska paid my tuition. Screenwriting and working in the middle of the Bering Sea have a lot in common: hard work, unpredictability and occasionally both make you want to scream.

Besides my family and friends, I love rescue dogs, cats, cooking, baking, open water swimming, kayaking and reading, reading, reading, reading. Did I mention reading?

 

Author Links:

WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebookInstagramAmazon Page

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

 

Anyone who comments on any of the blogs during the tour is eligible to win one of 30 e-book copies of Chasing Nirvana.

 

Anyone who signs up for the Author’s newsletter during the blog tour at this link: http://eepurl.com/2ZfTP  will enter to win one of 5 signed copies of the paperback.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: SEIZE TODAY

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Seize Today by Pintip Dunn. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours and Promotions.

 

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PUBLISHER: Entangled – Teen

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 3rd October 2017

 

PAGES: 300

 

 

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The third book in the New York Times bestselling and RITA®-award-winning Forget Tomorrow series is a thrilling conclusion to an epic trilogy.

Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is a breathtaking conclusion to a seat-of-your-pants trilogy that left me gasping for breath at every turn. It’s hard to summarise this book without spoiling the series but this dystopian series is everything. The concept was unique and played out really well through all the books. The characters were amazing and I particularly love Olivia as she is an example of the social divide and bridging the gap. Overall, this is just a series I enjoyed from the very beginning. A great dystopian-esque, sci-fi series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at http://www.pintipdunn.com

 

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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LINKS: 

 

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32453735-seize-today

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon | Amazon.com.au | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati