REVIEW: QUEEN HEIR

 

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PUBLISHER: Createspace

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 06th December 2016

 

PAGES: 348

 

 

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Arianna is a queen heir and at 20 years old she’s now eligible for the crown of wolf shifters. Heirs are trained and groomed so that they’re ready, should the queen perish during their time of eligibility.

Of course, there’s little chance of that happening. The Red Queen has stood for a century, and her power is beyond reckoning.

Or so Arianna believes, right up until the final tolling of the bells. The queen has fallen. Four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.

Let the summit begin.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

In a new take on werewolf mythology Adrianna must battle it out to become the Queen of the pack. With tension and drama this was a fun, engaging and quick read. This book was incredibly fast and I felt as though I didn’t really have time to fully encompass myself in the plot. Adrianna is a strong and wilful character who does not need a man to define her. Overall, a good start to a new werewolf series, hopefully I will be able to fully engage in the future books in the series.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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ROYALTY READING CHALLENGE 2018

 

ROYALTY READING CHALLENGE 2018

 

 

I am hosting the first ever Royalty Reading Challenge in 2018. This reading challenge will complement the Quarterly Royalty Readathon. The aim here is to read books with royalty. It can be the main character or even a little inconsequential side plot, it all counts.

 

There are six levels, choose a level and let’s get reading…

 

Jester –                          00 – 20 books

Guard –                          21 – 40 books

Handmaiden –             41 – 60 books

Duke / Duchess –         61 – 80 books

Prince / Princess –      81 – 100 books

King / Queen –             100+ books

 

I am going to aim for Prince / Princess.

 

Use the hashtag #royaltyreadingchallenge18 to link up with others participating in this challenge.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: AUGUST 2017 NERDY POST BOX

 

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Nerdy Post Box is a new subscription box I have come across and figured I would give it a go. This is a monthly subscription box based out of the U.S. There is a theme each month and inside the box is different artworks and items that relate to this theme. There is no book in this box. The theme for August 2017 was:

 

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BACK TO HOGWARTS

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Each month there are these colouring in post cards included in the box. The art on the cards are exclusive to the box.

 

 

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The first item is a vibrant art print poster featuring a quote from Ginny Weasley about her brothers Fred and George.

 

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This double sided bookmark is the second item in the box and is a nod to Ron and Hermione.

 

 

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The third item in the box is a Fat Double Sided Bookmark. The first side is a nod to the four marauders and the second a nod to Hagrid.

 

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This stunning art print is the fourth item in the box featuring a quote from Sirius Black.

 

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The fifth item is a sticker featuring a trio of side characters from the series… Luna, Neville, and Ginny.

 

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I am just in love with this adorable notebook that was the sixth item in the box. I am sure to use it to jot down all my magical notes.

 

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The seventh item is this beautiful necklace featuring all the spell books a young witch or wizard could need.

 

 

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The eighth and final item in the box is a T’Shirt that I am in love with featuring a quote from Snape.

 

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This was an amazing box. I loved the variety of quotes and items in the box and will be using the T’Shirt often.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ROYALTY READATHON ROUND 3 TBR

 

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The Royalty Readathon Round 3 starts tomorrow and that means its time to announce my TBR. Here it is…

 

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READING CHALLENGES:

 

 

READ A BOOK WITH A ROYAL TITLE (“QUEEN”, “KING”, “PRINCESS”, ETC)

READ A FAIRYTALE RETELLING FEATURING YOUR FAVOURITE FAIRYTALE ROYAL

READ A HOLIDAY BOOK FEATURING ROYAL CHARACTERS

READ A BOOK WITH A MODERN DAY PRINCESS

READ A HIGH FANTASY

PURPLE IS THE COLOUR OF ROYALTY – READ A PURPLE BOOK

READ A BOOK WITH A CROWN ON THE COVER

 

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MY TBR: 

 

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The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Once Upon A Royal Christmas by Robin Beilman

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

ENCHANTMENT

 

 

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Are you joining in on the Royalty Readathon? What do you think of my TBR?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: UNDENIABLE ATTRACTION

 

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PUBLISHER: J.B. Heller

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 24th March 2015

 

PAGES: 274

 

 

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Ivy is straightlaced, orderly and responsible. She’s also in love with her boss, Gabe.

When Ivy started working for him at his private investigation firm three years ago she was instantly drawn to him.

He’s everything she’s not and everything she wants— rough, gritty, sexy and impulsive.
Ivy decides to make some changes in order to gain Gabe’s attention, but in doing so, she inadvertently draws the eye of an unwanted admirer.

Gabe is forced to take her and her rambunctious cousin, Tessa, into his home for their protection. But with Ivy in such close quarters Gabe’s resolve to stay away from the once shy beauty begins to dissolve at a rapid pace.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This contemporary romance really had everything I could have wanted… a slow burn romance, drama, action, and engaging characters that drew me into their world and had me caring deeply about them. This was a book I will not be forgetting in the near future.

Ivy is a smart and sassy main character that knows what she wants and is not afraid to go about getting it. Things are moved up when she garners the attention of a stalker. Gabe is a troubled character who is thrown for a turn with Ivy. He is protective and will ensure Ivy’s safety at any cost. Their slow burn romance partnered with the drama of having a stalker had me turning the pages and finishing this book in just one sitting.

The side characters were just a bonus to the plot and I am extraordinarily invested in how things progress for them. Without giving anything away… there is a tearjerking moment that had me so emotional (and I don’t generally cry during books).

Overall, an action packed and dramatic contemporary romance that I just had to complete in one sitting. These characters are amazing and I will be reading more in this series.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

ROYALTY READATHON ROUND 3 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

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Merry Christmas all you royal readers. I hope you have had a fabulous Christmas Day. I am taking this opportunity to post this late announcement of Round 3 of the Royalty Readathon. This round of the readathon will run from the 29th of December through to the 04th of January. So, join in and ring in the New Years in a royal way.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

READ A BOOK WITH A ROYAL TITLE (“QUEEN”, “KING”, “PRINCESS”, ETC)

READ A FAIRYTALE RETELLING FEATURING YOUR FAVOURITE FAIRYTALE ROYAL

READ A HOLIDAY BOOK FEATURING ROYAL CHARACTERS

READ A BOOK WITH A MODERN DAY PRINCESS

READ A HIGH FANTASY

PURPLE IS THE COLOUR OF ROYALTY – READ A PURPLE BOOK

READ A BOOK WITH A CROWN ON THE COVER

 

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I hope you can all join in and celebrate the holidays in royal fashion.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: HINDER

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Hinder by Kristin Ping. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Fire Quill Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 15th May 2018

 

PAGES: 443

 

 

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Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

 

This new take on witches in a YA fantasy setting was entertaining for a lighthearted read. In the essence of previous YA novels this is a fun book that was good for reminiscing. There was an element of “info-dump” at the beginning of the book that left me a little off-kilter. Alex and Ethan were intriguing characters that developed through the novel. However, their likability was in question for me. Overall, an interesting concept with some parts done really well.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house.
She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house. You can find more about Kristin at http://www.authorkristinping.com

 

Author links:
http://www.authorkristinping.com/
https://www.facebook.com/4Everseries/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16856092.Kristin_Ping

 

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LINKS: 

 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hinder-kristin-ping/1127465527?ean=2940155016403
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hinder/id1271113152?mt=11&ign-%20mpt=uo%3D4
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/hinder-2

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
$75 Amazon gift card

 

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

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: S’MORE TO LOSE

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of S’More to Lose by Beth Merlin. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Ink Monster

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 05th December 2017

 

PAGES: 228

 

 

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Four years after her life-changing summer, Gigi Goldstein thinks saying goodbye to Camp Chinooka means saying hello to a brand new life. Now faced with a second chance at her career, she is filled with more hope than she’s felt in a long time. Her design house, G. Malone is taking the fashion world by storm, even attracting notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British socialite who just happens to be engaged to the future king of England. When Gigi is chosen to design the royal wedding dress, she is forced to confront her ex-fiancé, Perry Gillman, now a successful composer with a hit show on the West End.

But when Gigi learns Perry’s been dating Victoria’s sister Annabelle, who rivals her in looks, style and sophistication, Gigi can’t help but feel inadequate in everything. Her world begins to crumble as she develops a creative block so debilitating, she fears that a wedding dress of royal proportions is never going to happen. Even a budding relationship with the handsome, worldly, and charismatic Viscount Satterley can’t make her forget about Perry and her inability to get over him. As the world gears up for the wedding of the century, Gigi is on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure of the uncertainties of her future and failures of her past.

Will she be able overcome her creative paralysis to design the dress of Victoria’s dreams, or will she break down now that she has even s’more to lose?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

With a four year time jump between books Gigi is now a designer and is possibly going to design the wedding dress of the future Queen of England. Unfortunately, her love life is not going so well. This sets off another fun and entertaining instalment in The Campfire Series.

It was really easy to reengage with Gigi and her life even after the huge time jump between books. The plot was funny and engaging, just like the first book in the series. Jamie was a great friend for Gigi and I particularly loved his character. I loved the “Hamilton”-esque style musical that was referenced for Perry’s career. There is just so much to love.

Overall, this was a great continuation to a brilliant, light narrative. I don’t know how I’m going to manage to wait for book three.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

 

Author links:

http://www.bethmerlin.com/
https://www.facebook.com/bethfmerlin/

 

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LINKS: 

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y68X32W/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/smore-to-lose-beth-merlin/1126227592?ean=9781943858101
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/s-more-to-lose
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-smore-summer/id1208736262?mt=11

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
S’more to Lose Prize Pack

 

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

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati