REVIEW: ONE BITE WITH A STRANGER

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PUBLISHER: St. Martins

DATE PUBLISHED: 1st January 2003

PAGES: 352

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When Regina’s friends insist on setting her up a “Fantasy Fix” to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It’s time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun. . . .

The Vampire Ball in Manhattan’s East Village isn’t really Dmitri Vidâme’s idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for… until she—and her feisty friends—discover her sexy new lover’s bloodsucking secret…

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REVIEW: 

This is a fun and sexy vampire fiction book that let me laughing and swooning at the same time. The main idea is that Regina is sent on a blind hook up by her group of friends and mistakenly ends up with Dmitri, who was not the intended hook up. This potential New Adult romance becomes a paranormal novel when it is discovered that Dmitri is a vampire and this adds an extra layer to the story. The attraction between Dmitri and Regina is intense and with the steady pacing of the story it makes for an addictive paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: APRIL 2017 OWLCRATE BOX

 

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I received my April 2017 Owlcrate box today and could not wait to do an unboxing! Owlcrate is a popular monthly bookish subscription service based out of the U.S. that has a monthly theme. The theme for April was:

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HEAD OVER HEELS

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This is what I see when I first open the box.

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The first item is one that I absolutely love. I am in love with this Pride and Prejudice headband from Storiarts.

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The second item is this tea themed after Anna and the French Kiss from The Tea Spot. The flavour is Chocolate Cherry Bomb!

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The third item is this keychain featuring a quote from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda created by Bookworm Boutique.  I love this book and so really appreciate this key chain.

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The fourth item is a candle from Novelly Yours. There were three different candles sent out each themed after a different couple from Rainbow Rowell books. I got Levi and Cath from Fangirl which I absolutely love!

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The fifth and final bookish item in this box is this stunning art print created by Evie Bookish. It is utterly beautiful and featuring a quote from one of my favourite books.

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An extra item included in this box was a sneak peek of the new book by Wendy Spinale. The first book in this series was included in a previous box and Wendy Spinale even wrote a note thanking Owlcrate and including this sneak peek.

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The book in this months box was:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

 

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There was also a signed bookplate from the author

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A letter from the author

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and a fun little emoji sticker inspired by the cover of this months book

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As always there is the spoiler card for the items in this months box. I am blown away by this months card. The detail is exquisite and I can’t help but keep looking at all the books on the shelves.

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At the very bottom of the box is the sneak peek card for the next months theme. The theme for the May box is:

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I am very excited for this theme. I have not seen it done before and am intrigued to see what is inside this box.

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This was a spectacular box and I am having trouble picking my favourite item, is it ok to say they are all my favourite? I have got to say I am in love with the headband! What was your favourite item from the box? Are you interested in Owlcrate? What do you think of the May theme? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: CINDER

 

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PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 3rd January 2012

 

PAGES: 387

 

 

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

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This sci-fi retelling of the fairytale Cinderella is so unique it is special. Elements of the traditional story are still able to be recognised within the story but they are translated to fit into this futuristic sci-fi world. The magic mirror is translated into The Evil Queen (Lavana’s) aversion to mirrors as she is able to deceive people into perceiving her as more beautiful than she is, a trick all Lunar’s possess. Other elements include The Glass Slipper being traded out for a Cyborg foot and Cinder working as a maid covered in ashes (cinders) to a mechanic covered in grease.

The story itself has added more to the original tale and made this its own story. I particularly liked how Prince Kai was introduced earlier in the book and his interactions with Cinder and their affection for each other grow through the book culminating in the ball. This makes their affection much more believable than if they met one night at the ball.

This was just the perfect retelling and the idea that it is going to further develop through other fairytale retellings in the four books in The Lunar Chronicles is amazing and I cannot wait to see other fairytales retold into a sci-fi setting.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

SHOULD THERE BE A ROYALTY READATHON?

 

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Hello everyone,

This is my initial post putting my feelers out there to see if there is any interest in a royalty themed readathon. I have not seen a readathon based around royalty and thought this might be an interesting topic to broach. However, I need to establish if there is interest.

If I do go ahead with this idea then I would be planning this readathon for the end of May and to run for 7 days. I would like to get different people on board to make this as big and as fun as possible.

This is where you come in. I need a few things off of everyone before I go ahead with this idea. Firstly, I need to know if there is any interest in this type of a readathon, let me know your thoughts and spread the word about this potential readathon. The second thing I need is hosts. I need people who are interested in coordinating this readathon with me and maybe running sprints and challenges on Twitter and Instagram. If this sounds like you let me know. I am eagerly awaiting feedback in the comments and encourage you to let me know your thoughts.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: FRAGILE CHAOS

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours

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PUBLISHER: Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC

DATE PUBLISHED: 11th July 2017

PAGES: 300

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A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

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This mash up of modern times and mythology combines elements of Beauty & the Beast and Hades & Persephone to create a totally original retelling. I loved this book, the imagery, the worlds, the characters, it all worked so well.

Cassia is a sixteen-year-old girl who is unwillingly sacrificed to the God of War and forced to live in The Realm of the Gods and Goddesses. She is a strong female character dumped in an unfamiliar world and slowly navigates this world and learns more about the people around her.

Theo is the God of War and as such he has more on his plate than dealing with Cassia. Yet, there is an undeniable bond between the two that he cannot deny. The turmoil of Theo’s decision and the slow burning romance between Cassia and Theo left me loving this book.

The story itself was beautiful and the pacing worked well. There was never a dull moment. The creation of this new world and the world-building was spectacular. I cannot wrap up this review without mentioning the stunning cover. This was a fantastic cover that drew me in and was the main influence for me to consider this book to read.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.
When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

For more information, visit www.amberrduell.com.

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Check out the Chapter One excerpt HERE!

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LINKS:

Add to Goodreads

Pre-order your copy of Fragile Chaos: Radiant Crown Publishing | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | iBooks

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BOOK TRAILER:

To view the book trailer, click here.

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GIVEAWAY: 

an eCopy of Fragile Chaos (ePub or mobi for Kindle) and a $5 Amazon Gift card

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

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAYS

 

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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:

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UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

 

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ORIGINAL COVER:

 

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The original cover is multiple shades of blue.

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COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA):

 

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The original cover is the one that is sold in my country.

 

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FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

 

*The first cover is the Italian edition. I like the colour scheme of this cover and the line of hearts with one just out of place.

*The second cover is the original edition. I like that this cover is totally blue utilising different shades of the same colour. The underwater feel of the cover is a nice touch.

 

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LEAST FAVOURITE COVERS:

 

 

*The first cover is the German edition. While there is a sensuality to the cover the main object of the book is the turmoil of the relationship between the two protagonists and I am not getting this from the cover.

*The second cover is the Dutch edition. This looks like any romance cover. It doesn’t tell me enough about what’s inside.

*The third cover is the French edition. The couple on the cover look content and in love. The couple in the book have a tumoltuous relationship mainly due to lack of communication. I do not get that from this cover.

 

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As always, I am happy to talk to anyone about this weeks theme and the chosen covers. I will be back next Thursday for another Book Travelling Thursdays Post.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE WISH GRANTER

 

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PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 14th February 2017

 

PAGES: 432

 

 

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The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

 

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A blend of Beauty and the Beast and Rumplestiltskin was not what I was expecting but it worked so well. This companion novel of The Shadow Queen is in the same world, just a kingdom over. The world is stunning and I loved seeing a new element of it in this book.

Teague as a character was malicious, cruel and vengeful and this made it extremely easy for me to hate him. He is the magical fae crime boss who uses any means to get his own way and increase his riches. There was even a scene with golden straw that had me both cringing at the brutality and smiling at the reference to the original tale.

Princess Ari is the bastard daughter of the deceased King and her brother Thad has taken the throne. Little did Ari know that Thad made a bargain with The Wish Granter (Teague) to become King. Now Teague is threatening her brother and Ari will stop at nothing to protect her brother. Ari has a love of family and food. She is strong-willed and fiercely loyal. This made her my favourite character in this book. She is a plus-sized princess who is comfortable being herself and protecting those she loves.

A special mention goes out to Sebastian who falls for Ari as he teaches her to fight and helps when she is taken hostage by Teague. The interactions of these two characters left me shipping them so hard.

This is an amazing fairytale retelling. I was on board when I heard this was a Rumplestiltskin retelling and I was so thankful I read this. It was excellent and I loved the characters, the world, absolutely everything about this book!

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: CARRY ON

 

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PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 06th October 2015

 

PAGES: 528

 

 

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

 

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How I love this book, let me count the ways. This ode to Harry Potter and fan fiction had me smiling at every single page. While the main idea of this book can be seen to be from Harry Potter this is it’s own book with its own plot and characters. The book left me slightly off balance the whole time I felt as though I was waiting for something that the author never quite revealed.

The characters in this book were dynamic and every one of them were interesting. Let’s talk Simon and Baz. These two just made my heart pound. Both characters were so great in their own ways and together they were perfect.

The pure silliness of the magical world was a great element. The spells were so simple, it did exactly as the title said, this made me giggle. That ending was not what I was expecting and you will just have to read it to see what I mean.

I loved the diversity in this magical fan-fiction world Rainbow Rowell has created and found this to be a light-hearted fantasy read I hated to put down.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: MARCH 2017 MARK THE PAGE BOX

 

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Mark the Page is a relatively new Bookish Subscription service that I have come across. This box is based out of Australia. I received the March 2017 box today and so am ready to do an unboxing! The theme for the March box was:

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MERCHANT MISFORTUNES

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

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The first item I take out of the box is a candle from Meraki Candles. This is a lovely smelling candle and I cannot wait to burn it.

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The second item in the box was a sachet of tea from First Edition Tea Co. themed for Beauty and the Beast.

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The third item in the box is a stunning watercolour bookmark with a quote from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This bookmark was created by Read the Stars.

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The fourth item in the box is a “Beauty and the Beast” art print created by Melissa Nettleship.

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The final bookish item in the box is a bookmark created by Behind the Pages!

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The book in this months box is:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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A signed bookplate was also included.

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There was a business card for Mark the Page in the box.

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This travel mug was also included in the box. Mark the Page hinted that there would be a bonus item in the box to thank the subscribers due to the delay in shipping.

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Finally, is the spoiler card for the contents of the March 2017 box.

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This was actually a really good box and I am very happy I got it. My favourite items would be the bookmarks. I am very excited to start this book. What is your favourite item from this box?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

 

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PUBLISHER: Penguin

DATE PUBLISHED: 08th February 2011

PAGES: 594

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A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 

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This is an intellectual paranormal novel that left me pondering the contents well after the last page. The imagery the words evoke in this novel was something to be marvelled at. I was in love with the Oxford Library from the first chapter.

The movement of the plot is kind of slow and not every scene is action packed. This could have led to boredom on the reader’s part if I did not love the word use so much. The flow of this book was seamless and I enjoyed the rhythm and pacing.

The characters of Diana and Matthew are scholarly characters who are both strong and intelligent. This was amazing to read about intelligent and strong characters and I am extremely interested in how their relationship will develop in future books.

Overall, this is a beautifully written book that stretches out the plot and for those patient enough the pay off is right around the corner. The paranormal element of the book linked in with Diana’s interest in science was beautiful symmetry.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati