Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cover Reveal: Alphas and Aggression by A. Star

Hey guys! Today I have another cover reveal for you all. This time it's for Alphas and Aggression by A. Star. It's a new book by one of my favorite authors and I also happen to absolutely love werewolves so yay! Also, I really love this cover! ♥



Alphas and Aggression
by A. Star
Wesley Werewolves #1
Release Date: March 2018

Synopsis

A Millenium ago, an Igbo god fathered three sons—a jackal, a coyote... and a wolf.

As the new alpha of his wolf pack, Xavier Wesley wants nothing more than to follow in his uncle's footsteps and make his elders, and the great guardian, proud. But his family and a rival alpha seem to have other plans for him, as does the werewolf king who informs Xavier that their kingdom is under attack by the Lion Head—A sinister, ethereal creatured controlled by the one who summoned it. And he has put Xavier in charge of saving their kind.

But the Lion Head i just the agent of a darker evil, one that will do anything to escape the Lightless Realm and reclaim the lycan throne. Knowing he stands no chance of defeating them alone, Xavier seeks help from the wolves he trusts the most and Karis Mickelson, a beautiful human who has no business existing in his world. After a visit with the pack dibia points them toward the only Igbo treasure that can bind the sinister entity to Earth, they set out to claim it before it is discovered by the dangerous ancestor who desires to claim it first. But Xavier's growing connection to Karis not only threatens to derail their missing, but upend his entire life. If he can't manage to take control of his feelings and honor his true purpose, then the darkness just might win.

And everyone will die.








What do you all think of this cover? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur + Giveaway (US)

Welcome to the cover reveal of A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur. Just like An Exaltation of Larks, this was an amazing and touching story. I'll be posting my review of it on Thursday. ♥



A Charm of Finches
by Suanne Laqueur
Release Date: November 1, 2017

Synopsis

“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing. 

Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.

Geronimo "Geno" Caan is Stef's most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he's allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.

Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Veneryseries, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.



Pre-Order Links
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Amazon: http://bit.ly/Finches_Print
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Pre-order a Signed Copy
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Cover Reveal Giveaway
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Author Bio


A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

Author Links
Email: suanne@suannelaqueurwrites.com
Website: http://suannelaqueurwrites.com
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

My Favorite Eras in History and Books Set in Them - Part I

As some of you might know, I'm a bit of a history geek (to put it lightly haha!) and historical fiction is my favorite genre so today I'm going to talk a little bit about my favorite eras, time periods and topics from history that I love to read about and featuring some books that are set in them. ❤️
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Ancient Egypt
Let's start of with my #1 favorite era in history. For as long as I can remember I've been fascinated with anything related to ancient Egypt. The culture, the mythology, the mystery, the art... it all just speaks to me. Because of this you'd think that I would have read many historical fictions set in ancient Egypt but I actually haven't. I have read a few but mostly I've read nonfiction. Both is good of course so I will feature a little bit of fiction and nonfiction.


The Princess of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Dray - 4/5★ {Mini review}
A short story about Arsinoe, the sister of the infamous Cleopatra.
The book is free on: 
Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter  4/5★ {Review}
This book is about Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and General Marcus Antonius of Rome who becomes a prisoner of Rome along with her siblings after her parents die.

Tales of Ancient Egypt  by Roger Lancelyn Green 4/5
This book includes stories of ancient Egypt's mythology among others, including one of the oldest Cinderella stories.

Before the Pyramids by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler 4/5
To be fair this isn't just a nonfiction about ancient Egypt only, it also includes explanations and information about an advanced pre-Ice Age civilization and sites like the henges of North Yorkshire. But still it counts. 


20th Century
Books set in the 20th century, especially the early 1900's has been a pretty recent new addiction of mine. I haven't read a whole lot of books set in this era but the ones I have read were all really amazing. I don't know why I suddenly am more interested in those books but there's just something about it.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - 5/5★ {My Review}
This brilliant novel about female spies set in 1918 and 1946 is my favorite 
book of the year and definitely a must-read. It was even voted for Reese 
Witherspoon's online bookclub as their July read.

The Artist's Muse by Kerry Postle - 4.5/5★ {My Review}
I was pleasantly surprised about this back when I read it last summer. The writing 
was absolutely gorgeous and the story moved me so much!

Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran - 4/5★ {My Review}
I'm super intrigued by the life of Mata Hari. Was she a spy? Wasn't she? 
That's the big question, isn't it. I really can't get enough of reading 
books about her. The Spy by Paulo Coelho is also a good one.


The Ottoman Empire
I'm not sure where my fascination with the Ottoman Empire comes from but whenever I see a book that's set in it I just need to read it. I really can't resist. The rise of the Ottoman Empire started c. 1299 and was abolished in the 20 century. I also have to say most books I've read set in the Ottoman Empire also involve Vlad the Impaler, who I also love reading about.


And I Darken by Kiersten White - 5/5★ {My Review}
This is probably the most popular out of the bunch and my favorite. It's about a 
gender bended Vlad Dracula and it's just all around brilliant. The sequel was 
pretty great as well!

The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer by Lucille Turner - 5/5★ 
This was another amazing story. It mostly revolved around the relationships of 
fathers and sons. In this case between Vlad Dracula and his father Vlad Dracul and between Mehmet and his father Murad. It was striking!

The Merchant's Pearl by Amie O'Brien - 4/5★ {My Review}
This one, unlike the others is set in the 19th century when the Ottoman Empire is 
declining so that alone made it different most others I've read. And also 
Jane Austen's books play a pretty big part of the story.

I haven't actually read this one yet but I know it's partly set in the Ottoman 
Empire so I just wanted to add it. It'll be my next read once I finish my current 
one. It sounds  really promising like a mix between historical fiction and science 
fiction. 




So that was it. I hope you all liked this post and that you found some new books to
add to your TBR. I'll post the second part soon because I have so much more 
favorite eras/topics to talk about. :D



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: September 23, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.



Water Touching Stone by Eliot Pattison
The Stonehenge Legacy by Sam Christer
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolien
I found these three books on a fleamarket last weekend. The Stongehenge Legacy and The Fellowship of the Ring were 40 cents together and I got Water Touching Stone for free! :D



Freebies:
(still free on Amazon)
(still free on Amazon)

For Review:
The Nosferatu Chronicles: Origins by Susan Hamilton
The author send me a review request for this book and since it's set in 15th Century Transylvania I couldn't resist. It seems like a mix of scifi and historical fiction. Also, Vlad Dracula! (the historical one, not the vampire that Stoker created)




Have you read any of these books or which ones do you think look interesting? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥


Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Title: Iron Man: The Gauntlet
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publication: October 25th 2016 by Marvel Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo
Rating: 4/5

Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.

Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself. Just how invincible Iron Man is when he is stripped of everything remains to be seen in this breathless adventure by the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl.


Honestly, I don't know how to review this book. First of all, since Eoin Colfer is my favorite author ever I should've read this book ages ago but other books kept coming in between. And then it took me ages to post this review. I know, shame on me! Second, it was so very awesome. Just like I had hoped. 

I don't want to get too much into the story because then I'd be giving too much away for sure but I can say that it's partly set on Little Saltee, which is obviously is very familiar (fans of his other books will totally get this!!!). I felt like a lot of Colfer's personality was definitely written into Tony Stark. So you can imagine the snark and wit was so very much on point. 

I don't knwo why but I felt like it also had a lot of Artemis Fowl vibes. Another reason why I enjoyed this story so much. It's classic Colfer! I can't tell you enough how many times I laughed out loud. It was really hilarious.

Overall, Iron Man: The Gauntlet was yet another great read by Eoin Colfer. Funny, with a lot of high-tech action as usual and unforgetable and witty characters, it's a must-read for young and old.


About Eoin:
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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