Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#39)


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: TRAPPED IN SILVER by Emily Sowden
Expected publication: February 7th, 2017 by Oftomes Publishing

Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts: a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.

Ava has always been told that she was made for better things, but she never believed them. In her seventeen years she has never been in love, but has known sacrifice in love’s name. While her father dealt with the grief of her mother’s passing, Ava put aside her skirts and took up the duties of a son in order to support them. That is until Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, crashes into her life and marks the end of her somewhat normal existence.

After a violent encounter with a group of animalistic men called Berserkers, Ava finds herself hunted by their leader, Stephan, after he forms a monstrous obsession with her. In order to escape his wrath, she must take refuge in an unfamiliar land full of strange creatures and unlikely allies. All she has on her is her bone-handled dagger, her old work boots and a silver locket that cannot be opened or removed. But when damning information surfaces, Ava must unearth the truth behind her relentless nightmares and discover things about herself that could lead to the Berserker’s, and her own, destruction.

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, January 13, 2017

"Four Letter Word" by J. Daniels



FOUR LETTER WORD BY J. DANIELS

SERIES: Dirty Deeds #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words 'wrong number' in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line. Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate—until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past...

MY REVIEW

I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book, what I did know was that the title instantly caught my attention and I really wanted to know what the four letter word was—because opting just for the obvious one would be a mistake—and how it would play out.

Let me tell you, the author did a very good job with the concept of the title, clever and refreshing. The premise is catchy, the dynamic of Sydney and Brian's meeting is certainly engaging and it makes you root for them. I honestly couldn't wait to see how a oops-wrong-number conversation over the phone developed into something deep. However, I have to say that I liked the waiting part better than when they started seeing each other in person. Don't get me wrong, Syd and Brian have quite the chemistry going on, it's undeniable, but I kinda felt disconnected all of a sudden. Even with the steamy scenes, it all felt a bit flat to me. Also, the conflict only comes towards the end where, in my opinion, we find a too easy resolution.

Overall, it wasn't one of my fave reads, but I can't say it was bad either. I loved the first part of the book and there are things after that I still enjoyed, and a couple of secondary characters that surely helped with that. So much so that I'm thinking about reading the next instalment to see how these two figure things out.

RATING: 3/5

Monday, January 09, 2017

"A Promise of Fire" by Amanda Bouchet



A PROMISE OF FIRE BY AMANDA BOUCHET

SERIES: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Fantasy
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
In the icy north, where magic is might, and all-powerful elite—ruthlessly guided by a glacial queen—has grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the magic-poor south where, for the first time in memory, a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. Stuck in the middle is Cat, circus performer and soothsayer, safely hidden behind the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems... Captured by the southern warlord, Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, rival gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?

MY REVIEW

I love fantasy, but I genuinely don't remember the last time I read a book like this. Or, better yet, a book that would remind me of the time when I couldn't read anything else besides this genre. I feel like I've waited an eternity for the emotions to resurface, but thanks to this author the magic is back, and the wait was worth it!

The author did a fantastic job combining Greek mythology and places with her own vision of Gods and rulers—some of whom are anything but what you'd expect them to be like—she created a charming world that is action-packed, full of intriguing plots and that also offers a different kind of romance. Cat and Griffin are amazing, their banters are a pure pleasure to read and the tension building is so well done that you might struggle at times because you are not sure if you want them to go for it, or make the wait last longer... Not many books make you feel like a masochist of some sorts, just for this you should be really intrigued!

Magic, Gods, mythological creatures, realms, and everything fantasy that comes to mind is in this book. Grab your copy, stick your nose in it—yes, sniff the pages because we all know that's one of the biggest pleasures for a book lover—and let Amanda Bouchet enrapture you with a magically wondrous story...

RATING: 4.5/5
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This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.

Friday, December 30, 2016

FairyLoot December Unboxing: Sci-Fi Adventure


How was your Christmas? FairyLoot made sure their subscribers had one out of this world!

In my November unboxing, you saw how blessed I was with some royally gorgeous goodies. Today, I'm showing you a different kind of gorgeousness that can only spark the day (and curiosity) of those particularly up for a stellar journey . . . Oh yeah, this month's theme was: SCI-FI ADVENTURE.

Get comfy and look what came from a galaxy far, far away . . .

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ho-Ho-Ho, Merry Christmas!

Ho-Ho-Ho!

I'm not the only one super-excited to open the presents start the celebrations, right? Thought so! ;)

I'm about to get busy cooking (ok, helping in the kitchen), but mostly relaxing and having fun for the next few days. However, me and Darkest Sins couldn't really take off without sending you, precious readers, supporters, fellow bloggers, friends & amazing people around the blogosphere our personal Christmas wishes first, could we?

Really hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas! Will be back before the New Year kicks in, stay tuned, warm, and deliciously happy :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#38)


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: ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
Expected publication: January 10th, 2017 by Amulet Books

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

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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