Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#67)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand
Expected publication: May 22nd, 2018 by Sourcebooks

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchableuntil her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Flesh Into Fire" by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain



FLESH INTO FIRE BY J.A. HUSS AND JOHNATHAN MCCLAIN

SERIES: Original Sin #3
PUBLISHER: Science Future Press
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Authors
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
Payback is owed. And Maddie Clayton is going to collect. This time Carlos and Logan have gone too far. People are dead, lives have been changed, and she’s had enough. Plus, she’s got the Devil on her side, so when an enemy turns into a friend with an idea of how to take Carlos down, she’s in. Tyler Morgan has been fighting back his whole adult life. He’s ready for anything when it comes to payback. But endangering Maddie can’t be part of the deal. Unfortunately for him, once Maddie gets an idea in her head, there’s no stopping her. Her debt has been paid in blood and she wants revenge. His fight is still there, but now he’s got more at stake than himself. The end is coming. But even if they win against Carlos, they can still lose each other.

MY REVIEW

After a less exciting second instalment, here comes the revenge of the third book... My knees were bouncing with impatience because I had it in my heart this series would pick right up and boy, was I right?

Full of danger, guessing, twists, and menacing surroundings—not to mention the crazy bad guys—the plot took a turn that kept me engaged and totally intrigued. Also, my attachment to some minor characters might have escalated into adoration for a few. Seriously, it seems like there is no one—good or bad—in this story that won't grab your attention, or make you feel something for a reason or another. As a reader, I obviously crave a bond with the main characters, but I truly cherish any kind of connection with the minor ones, especially since that doesn't happen as much as we'd like. The interest we have in everyone here runs high during the whole read, but so does the suspense while Tyler and Maddie enter the 'devil's lair' trying to put an end to his reign. Can they really fool Carlos and get out of such a scary life-threatening situation alive?

Packed with action, intrigue, and that awesome Tyler dose of humour that never stops delighting the reader, "Flesh Into Fire" is an unputdownable book! Passion is Rising indeed, and I surely can't wait to read what Huss and McClain have planned for the big finale.

RATING: 4/5

Monday, April 09, 2018

"Perfect World: Volume 1" by Rie Aruga



PERFECT WORLD BY RIE ARUGA

SERIES: Vol. 1
PUBLISHER: Kodansha Comics
GENRE: Romance, Slice of Life, Josei
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he’s now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn’t date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change…

MY REVIEW

As a Manga lover, I enjoy a variety of genres and I'd gladly sit down and read as many as I can but, even if I came across lots of different stories and complex personalities over the years, I still had to read one treating a delicate subject such as this. And, let me tell you, I'm happy I took the chance with "Perfect World"!

With a lovely and clean illustration, and characters who feel real, it's difficult for the reader to put this volume down. Of course, one thing that got me particularly invested in the story is that it doesn't lessen the issues caused by SCI, in fact, it makes you face the bitter truth for what it is. It shows you what someone with a spinal cord injury has to face on a daily basis—and for the rest of their lives—the struggle, the perils, and the mental strength required to go on with life, because life must go on. Itsuki Ayukawa successfully made a career no one would have thought possible after he got so severely injured, but his passion and determination didn't let the disability stand in his way and deprive him of his dream. That is truly admirable but make no mistake, just because he doesn't share it with the rest of the group—so to speak—it doesn't mean Ayukawa's positive attitude is all there is to see... After making better acquaintance with him and his condition, Kawana's scepticism soon changes, leaving her open-minded and making everything more heartwarming.

This first volume well presented a realistic series with quite the potential. I personally think that with a better pace it would have worked even better, but it still was a pleasure to read and I can honestly say I loved it! Enthralling, moving, and refreshing, I'd definitely recommend it.

RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#66)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Expected publication: April 24th, 2018 by Wednesday Books

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, March 30, 2018

"Angels Fall" by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain



ANGELS FALL BY J.A. HUSS AND JOHNATHAN MCCLAIN

SERIES: Original Sin #2
PUBLISHER: Science Future Press
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Authors
LINKS: Goodreads

SUMMARY
Sometimes angels fall. Maddie doesn’t really owe drug lord, Carlos Castillo, money. So she hadn’t taken his threats seriously. Until now. He wants it, whether she owes it or not. And if she doesn’t have it in six weeks he’s gonna take her as payment instead. Tyler would save the world if he could. That’s a fight that lasts forever. And if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s fighting. So if Maddie thinks she’s gonna deal with an insane drug lord on her own, she’s crazier than he is. She’s got a debt she can’t pay. He’s got more money than he needs. She’s not gonna fall for his charm. He’s gonna make sure that happens. They’re destined to be together. Even if Maddie doesn’t know it yet. Sometimes your soul mate isn’t who you’d choose, it’s who you need. Good thing you don’t get to choose.

MY REVIEW

It's a good thing we didn't have to wait that long for this second book because the end of the first one surely left me biting my nails... The suspense was really killing me, so I dug into this new chapter quite greedily.

I'd like to say the plot thickens, but in all honesty I couldn't find myself that surprised about the course of events. However, I wasn't expecting to get a bit emotional on a couple of occasions, and I was caught off guard by an attachment to some minor characters. I liked that, especially considering one of the main ones feels a bit distant... I'm afraid I can't make up my mind about Maddie, or really feel for her. Tyler is the strongest character in my opinion. He is a born entertainer, his thoughts, ramblings, and dreams—his image of God deserves an Oscar—never stop delivering quite the amusing laughs. Also, the little angel and devil almost always present on Maddie's shoulders have officially assumed the form of Huss and McClain, but they alternate roles in my mind and I can't distinguish who is who anymore. What do you know, I might need to ask Tyler for his therapist's number.

Overall, this is a good addition to a story that got me intrigued from the start. Even if it didn't hit me with the same force of the first book, my knees are still bouncing with impatience demanding Tyler more.

RATING: 3.5/5

Monday, March 26, 2018

"Everything Is Lies" by Helen Callaghan



EVERYTHING IS LIES BY HELEN CALLAGHAN

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph (Penguin)
GENRE: Psychological Thriller
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Sophia's parents lead quiet, ordinary lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother hanging from a tree. Her father lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. With her father in a coma, it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. To do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past—a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there...

MY REVIEW

Have you ever had one of those moments when you read a book title and get instantly intrigued, then look intently at the cover, read the subtitle and, just like that, exclaim: SOLD!? Now, you know I've never lied to you, hence you know this is what happened with this book, and so is what I'm about to share...

I didn't read this author's debut, "Dear Amy", so when I started reading this book I was completely unaware of Callaghan's writing style and what her mind was capable of. Now I know and man, I was not expecting THAT. Written under two point of views, Sophia (present) and her mum Nina (past), this book drags you into a world full of lies and deceptions that at times really make you shiver because you know it's actually a reality. After the brutal—impossible to erase from your mind—scene she found when coming back home, Sophia is sort of forced to investigate on her own to prove the police they got the case all wrong, and what she discovers is a dark and bitter truth. A difficult one to process, and something she certainly couldn't anticipate. I admit I did form a theory at some point that proved to be right, but when I started the read I honestly wasn't suspecting the book would treat such a morbid subject. Yet, as twisted as it may sound, this is what kept me turning the pages eagerly, and the last chapter blew me away.

With a creepily realistic atmosphere, damaged characters dominating the scene, and Nina's voice playing louder than anyone's, I was invested in what is quite a story to tell. I'd suggest you to grab this psychological thriller and find for yourself the lies, the liar(s), and everything in between.

RATING: 4/5
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