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! ;)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Some Shades of K-K-K-Kawaii in Miss Wah's Colouring Book

One of the cutest gifts I've ever received came from my sister. Not that surprised since she clearly knows me quite well, hehe. New colours to try and a colouring book? Way to make a big sis super happy! Let's see if I can show you how much I enjoyed it by sharing some pictures I coloured from Shades of Kawaii by Miss Wah.


First thing first, how cute is that cover and how much you want to squish the characters on it grab the book?

The honest challenge was picking up the image to colour first. They are all SO terribly cute that I wanted to colour them all at once! It's true that I usually prefer using pencils, but since I got this beautiful set of colouring felt pens, I thought why not? Also, the illustrations in this book just call for some pens and markers and, just as predicted, every single one of them was a pleasure to bring to life with some vibrant colours!


Who'd like a cup of coffee or chocolate? This is one of my personal faves, something I love—and crave—that not only shows me it loves me back, but also offers me some treats! Let's face it, it does make you wanna come for more . . . and that's exactly what I did by turning page and working on another one :P

    

Alright, technically two, but I dare you say you're not pleased to see them both—please, don't hurt my feelings! *chews her nails* I don't know about you, but I really like when simplicity works like this. You don't necessarily have to make things too elaborate to make them shine and, more importantly, put a smile on your face.


These little guys here made me smile for some reason during the whole colouring process, which just made my time with this book even more fun! I'm particularly pleased with how this picture turned out and the colour combination I ended up choosing, hope you guys like it as well :)

Shade of Kawaii is the perfect choice to relax and have the nicest time with some truly adorable characters, just be sure to follow the tip given by the illustrator and use a piece of thin card underneath each page while you colour. I was honestly ready to do that before reading the tip inside the book because I was already afraid the pens would pass through the pages—and they do—but I can assure you that if you do this, it totally protects the next picture. Kudos to Miss Wah for the warning, though, and for her design skills. There are other two Shades of Kawaii volumes, and I totally wanna put my hands on them!!

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Miss Wah resides in Worcestershire, Working and playing hard as a Graphic Designer, author of hugely successful "Shades of Kawaii" adult colouring books and self titled 'semi-pro' doodler sponsored by Uni Posca. With a huge passion for all things Street Art & Kawaii related, She spends hours doodling random-ness on any surface possible, creating youtube videos and travelling the country doing demonstrations for Posca. She has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in the street art world at festivals and events and loves to bring her characters to life on the street and in print.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#72)


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: GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan
Expected publication: November 6th, 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

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 unthinkable - she 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.

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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