Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Updates

Hey everyone,

As you may have noticed, I haven't been around much in the past few weeks . . . Life got a bit in the way, BUT I'm fine and I'm actually working on some changes around here that I hope you will love :D

I'm not going to spoil anything—we all hate spoilers here, after all—but I wanted to warn you that if you see the blog not working properly, or 'disappear' all of a sudden, know that there is actually a VERY good reason and we're going to be back online soon. In fact, I hope to have things ready for when the New Year kicks in—oh my, not that far, is it?—you guys stick around and you'll see.

I better get things going, but don't forget about me and Darkest Sins, we'll be back before you know it!
Meanwhile, I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas :)


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#75)


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: THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE
by Samantha Shannon
Expected publication: February 26th, 2019
by Bloomsbury Publishing

From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons—and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door. 

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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! ;)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#74)


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: KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo
Expected publication: January 29th, 2019 by Imprint

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

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! ;)

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

"Girls of Paper and Fire" by Natasha Ngan



GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

SERIES: Girls of Paper and Fire #1
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: NetGalley

SUMMARY
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honour they could hope for... and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after—the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, Lei does the unthinkableshe falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

MY REVIEW

First book in a Trilogy, "Girls of Paper and Fire" instantly grabbed my attention and then, when the book was in my hands, I quickly found out it surpassed my expectations... Hands up who loves when that happens?

Inspired by Ngan's experiences growing up in Malaysia, and her longing to create a story that would let readers lose themselves into a magical world actually reflecting some of their realities, this is a fascinating fantasy about friendship, love, and acceptance. But it is also full of cruelty and injustice, which makes the whole story brutally intriguing and it really lights up the desire in you to fight for/with the Paper Girls. They are trained to be the concubines of the Demon King, whether they signed-up for it or not, they must please the King. But what happens when two of the girls fall for each other? Is their forbidden love going to lead them to destruction even if they find some sort of salvation in it? The world-building is executed with precision, and the writing flows so well with such beautiful descriptions that it seems like you are seeing everything with your own eyes, not just your mind. To me, that is real magic.

Original, strong, and darkly enchanting, this Asian-inspired fantasy book is the beginning of a gripping journey I'm eager to continue. If you haven't already, I'd recommend you to start it now!

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"The Year that Changed Everything" by Cathy Kelly



THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING BY CATHY KELLY

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Orion
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Three women. Three birthdays. And a year that will change everything... Ginger isn't spending her 30th the way she would have planned. It might be the first night of the rest of her life—or a total disaster. Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother? Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at her door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down... Full of warmth and wisdom, this is a story about finding happiness on your own terms from much-loved international bestseller Cathy Kelly.

MY REVIEW

Three women. Three birthdays. And a year that will change everything… And just like that, I was hooked! Why, aren’t you already?

The three storylines alternate in a round cycle during each part—five in total, plus an epiloguethat makes the read so fluid I found myself equally invested in the three women’s lives. Insecurity, fears, naïveté, and real life issues make this book relatable, which is the reason why the reader can connect with either Ginger, Sam, or Callie, not just the one closer to their own age. Discovering your true self and finding happiness can be quite the journey, but it means everything when you let the realisation of how worthy you are—and yes, you are!—kick in and you finally change things for the best. Easier said than done for these women, but when their birthdays make them face the hard reality, they may find there is something they can’t ignore any further…

A good, believable page-turner. Let Cathy Kelly lure you into the birthdays of three women at different stages of their lives finding themselves in The Year that Changed Everything. Isn’t that the year we all wait for?

RATING: 3.5/5
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This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Orion.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#73)


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: SOMEONE LIKE ME by M.R. Carey
Expected publication: November 8th, 2018 by Orbit

THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly.

Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home.

But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. An alter-ego that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme.

And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

Someone Like Me is the intoxicating new thriller from the phenomenal M. R. Carey. A modern take on the Jekyll and Hyde tale, think Gone Girl meets Stephen King - but you won't have read anything quite like this before . . .

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! ;)
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