Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#27)


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: FURIOUS RUSH by S.C. Stephens
Expected publication: August 23rd, 2016 by Sphere

For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles...

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, July 14, 2016

"The Waking Fire" by Anthony Ryan



THE WAKING FIRE BY ANTHONY RYAN

SERIES: The Draconis Memoria #1
PUBLISHER: Orbit
GENRE: Epic Fantasy
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the Blood-blessed—men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms. The drake bloodlines are weakening, and war with the Corvantine Empire seems inevitable. The Syndicate's only hope of survival lies with the myth of a legendary drake, whose powerful blood might just turn the tide of the war—if it even exists. The task of hunting down this fabled creature falls to Claydon Torcreek, a petty thief and unregistered Blood-blessed. He's handled many valuable things in his time (most of them illegal) but nothing as priceless as his nation's future.

MY REVIEW

Previous to this book, I was new to Anthony Ryan's writing and his fascinating mind and now, after having read this first instalment in The Draconis Memoria series, I don't just want to read more, I can also say the 'a master storyteller' praise on the cover is totally deserved.

I have a huge passion for dragons and anything related to them so, when I started reading about those incredible wild drakes and people who could channel great powers through their blood, I found myself completely compelled. The world building is simply amazing, everything is explained with care and, even though I'm not the biggest fan of very long descriptions, here they were absolutely a pleasure to read because the writing is just that good. Further proof of this is that there are three POVs and not a single one of them is less engaging than the other. Every chapter basically ends with a cliffhanger that makes you eagerly turn the page and yet, if you find you have to wait for answers because a different POV is on, you can't help but still being thrilled because everything is a fantastic discovery.

Intriguing plot, captivating characters, brilliant pace and writing. I'm not just suggesting you to read this book, I'm telling you not to waste time and go live a great adventure now!

RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#26)


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: SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by RenĂ©e Carlino
Expected publication: August 9th, 2016 by Atria Books

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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, June 30, 2016

"The Hurricane" by R.J. Prescott



THE HURRICANE BY R.J. PRESCOTT

SERIES: The Hurricane #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and threatening past. On the outside she's holding it together, trying desperately to make ends meet and finish her degree, but inside she feels like little more than a hollow, broken shell. Then, through an unlikely friendship with cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man she has ever met. Cormac 'the Hurricane' O'Connell is cut, tattooed and ruthless: a lethal weapon with no safety, and everyone is waiting for the misfire. He's learned the hard way that to get ahead you have to fight your corner, and he's never been knocked out before. Until Em. Unlike any other girl he's known, she doesn't want anything from him. And just being around her makes him want to be a better person.

MY REVIEW

Call me crazy, but when I get the chance to review a story about swoon worthy boxing guys a boxing gym and a broken girl who is struggling but still doing her best and more to keep going, I can't pass.

Emily and Cormac's lives got me quickly engaged. They both have a dark past that keeps the reader entertained page after page, wanting to know what is going on because—with their backgrounds and the not-so-easy-present—something is surely bound to happen. Of course, with the info you are given from the beginning, you may very well find yourself knowing exactly what that is, but it will still have a certain impact on you. After all, what Emily has been through in her childhood can't certainly leave anyone indifferent... The aspect I had an issue with was how fast the relationship between Emily and Cormac developed. Although they were a good match, sometimes I felt like something was off in their dialogues.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, dark and filled with a proper mix of romance and action/suspense that always works well for me. Also, I hope we get the chance to read more about every minor character because—even if I may have a faveI think there is no one here who doesn't deserve their own book!

RATING: 3.5/5

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#77)


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: HUNT by Rachel Vincent

My gaze tracked the motion reluctantly, and that's when I saw what hadn't been visible through the small front window.
I gasped, then choked on my next breath.

~Kindle 51%

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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