Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#32)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted 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 BLIND ASTRONOMER'S DAUGHTER
by John Pipkin
Expected publication: October 11th, 2016 by Bloomsbury

In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. He has chosen death over a darkened life, gone blind from staring at the sun in his obsessive hunt for an unknown planet near Mercury. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, she watched helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness.

Grief-stricken, Caroline at first abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O’Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a massive telescope larger than Herschel’s own. But she later discovers that her father has left her more than the wreck of an unfinished telescope: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes the search and confronts her longing for Finnegan, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and the lovers are plunged into its violence.

This is a novel of the obsessions of the age—scientific inquiry, geographic discovery, political reformation—but above all astronomy, the mapping of the solar system, and beyond. It is a novel of the quest for knowledge and also—just as importantly—for human connection. The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is rich, far-reaching, and unforgettable.

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! ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Romancing the Duke" by Tessa Dare



ROMANCING THE DUKE BY TESSA DARE

SERIES: Castles Ever After #1
PUBLISHER: Avon
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one. Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince? No, no, and...Heh. Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six-year-old woman who's never even been kissed? This one.

MY REVIEW

If you read the blurb, you get why this book might sound particularly appealing to a book lover right away. The fact it's also an historical romance just makes it my cup of tea, and what a tasty one that was!

I heard talking about Tessa Dare's books many times and always in a very good way, so I was really curious to see if her stories would reach my heart, too. Well, this one did and I'm happy to say I had more fun than I was expecting. I found really hard to put the book down and, before I knew it, I finished it with a big smile on my face. Izzy and Ransom are such a genuine, lovable match that you can't help but rooting for them. They entertain the reader with laughs and swoons from beginning to end, although it's not just the main characters who deliver a very enjoyable story, but everyone appearing in the scene. Or, better yet, a 'fictional scene'.

Didn't the last part just make you wonder? Good! Pick this book up to find out more, let the fairy tale atmosphere transport you into a world quite close to a book nerd, and simply have a great time.

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#81)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!

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This week's teaser: COME TO ME RECKLESSLY by A.L Jackson

As I watched, I realized there was no evil in Christopher Moore.
And if there was, I wanted to be infected with it.

~Page 112

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#31)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted 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: YESTERNIGHT by Cat Winters
Expected publication: October 4th, 2016 by William Morrow

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination.  But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

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! ;)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Fighting to Be Free Blog Tour!



FIGHTING TO BE FREE

An addictive, heart-wrenching contemporary romance from the bestselling author of The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window

Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tries to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reyes—but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie's life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet it's when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar that Jamie knows he's really in over his head.

Ellie Pearce has just come out of a terrible relationship and isn't looking for anything serious... until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense—she can't seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she's trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie's family is faced with ruin, he's forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That's until Ellie finds out that he's been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine...

*The sequel Worth Fighting For is out on December 6th 2016*
Add Fighting to Be Free to your Goodreads list!

FIGHTING TO BE FREE EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT KIRSTY MOSELEY

THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT moments in life that shape the way you see yourself. Some sort of shift in the balance, a throwing off the equilibrium. Moments that, in hindsight, you can look back on and pinpoint as exactly when things changed either for better or for worse. This was that moment for me. Everything hung in the balance; everything was uncertain, undecided, and unwritten. This was my second shot, my chance to come out of the darkness and into the light. With every cell in my body I was planning on fighting to be free of this life, even if it killed me. The trouble was, it was out of my hands. 
Maybe I would try my hardest but wouldn’t be accepted; maybe I would never be good enough. Society had its ideals, and a guy like me didn’t fit in with those at all. Every now and again something comes along that ignites your desire to be the person you strive to be, the better person. When I stripped everything else away, peeled off the dirty, raw, and damaged layers, all that was left was hope. Hope for a better life, for a brighter future. Just hope for a chance. Suddenly, with that fire in your belly, a what if becomes a possibility. What if you threw ideals out the window? What if you dismissed everything you ever knew? What if the bad guy could be the hero of the story for a change?
I guess what it all boils down to is this: My name is Jamie Cole, and I’m a murderer.

Praise for Fighting to Be Free
  • In Fighting to be Free, Kirsty Moseley delivers another epically beautiful love story that will have you rooting for the underdog and compulsively turning the pages” —R. J. Prescott, USA Today bestselling author
  • Kirsty Moseley at her best. Five kindle-throwing stars!” —S. K. Hartley, international bestselling author
  • Fighting to be Free is an utterly captivating read that will make you fall in love and leave you breathless until the end” —Natasha Preston, New York Times bestselling author
  • Kirsty excels at writing a swoon worthy male that compels you to keeping turning the pages, to keep falling head over heels in love with them and Jamie is no exception. Fighting to be Free is a story of life being unpredictable, not winning the parent lottery and choices being taken away by poor decisions of said parents or parent. This is an enticing read with enough sex, angst and fast-paced action that your heart beat kicks at an uneven pace . . . until the very last page” —Ker Dukey, international bestselling author


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kirsty Moseley has always been a passionate reader with stories brewing in her head. Her debut novel, The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window, was one of the finalists for the 2012 Goodreads' Choice Awards, Best YA Fiction. Kirsty lives in Norfolk, England with her husband and son.

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This post was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#80)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!

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This week's teaser: SEASON OF LONGING by Sadie Matthews

'Christ, the things you do to me,' he murmurs in a voice that sounds almost desperate. 'You know why it's not allowed. You know why it can't happen.'

~Page 3

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)
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