Monday, 30 November 2015

Review: Nuts by Alice Clayton

Nuts
by Alice Clayton
Publisher:Galley Books
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?
     


Alice Clayton and her amazing book names - no seriously, the titles of her books have always been an indication of what awaits in between those pages. With titles like Wallbanger, Screwdrivered, and Nuts, one can expect Alice Clayton's writing to be humorous, seductive, and utterly captivating. After loving her Wallbanger series, I was highly anticipating the release of Nuts.

“He shook his head. “You’re a bit of a train wreck, aren’t you?” I puffed a bit of hair away from my face. “Choo choo?”

Nuts follows the tale of an everyday adult woman looking to grow her business. As a 20-something private chef, Roxie's business strives on word of mouth from her clients. However, when an uppity client of hers looses their cool over butter, Roxie finds herself without a clientele. When her mother calls and asks her to return to Hudson Valley and watch over the family restaurant, Roxie expects a boring venture. What she doesn't expect to see is a gorgeous local organic farmer with a lovely bunch of walnuts.

“Love is messy, painful and emotionally draining. It hardly seems worth it.”

In this refreshing and sexy read from Alice Clayton, readers will fall head over heels for Roxie and Leo. In Alice's signature hilarious narrative, Roxie lives as an easily relatable female heroine who struggles to make her business grow and learn more about who she is. Like most in their 20s (and even 30s), she struggles with career choices and worries about her future (how is she going to pay her bills, etc). Roxie was undeniably the most relatable character from Alice Clayton yet, and I foresee her easily becoming every Alice Clayton reader's favourite.

Leo and Roxie's connection in Nuts is perhaps the best chemistry I've seen in a new adult title in the longest time. Readers will without a doubt fall head over heels for the hero and heroine of Nuts, and Alice Clayton fans will highly anticipate it's companion, Cream.



Rating:
5 / 5 Cupcakes


This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accepted in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?
     


I walked into The Anatomical Shape of a Heart with no expectations and a very narrow idea of what it was about. After first hearing of the title under a different name, Night Owls, I was curious to learn more about Jenn Bennett, her characters, and the kind of story she was preparing to share with readers. What I walked away with - an adventurous and imaginative story that left me thoughtful.

Beatrix Adams has plans - she's determined to receive a museum sponsored scholarship by entering a contest. With a plan to sneak into the hospital's cadaver wing to sketch real cadavers as her entry, Beatrix doesn't expect to miss her train ride home that very night. In an unexpected twist of events, Beatrix is forced to take another means of transportation home and that's when she meets Jack - a gorgeous young man who might very likely also be one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. As alluring as Jack may seem, Beatrix quickly learns that there's more to Jack than he's letting on.

“Too weird for jocks, and not weird enough for hipsters, I was neither freak nor geek, and that left me stranded in no-man’s-land.”

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was a thrilling adventure. Put into words, it was lyrical, captivating, and inspiring. Emotionally, it was full of character, lessons, and a fresh perspective. Both Jack and Beatrix were refreshing characters in the young adult contemporary sub-genre, and were a wonder to read. Their narrative voices were on point and vibrant, and their unique appreciation for art uplifting. Even so, Jenn Bennett's The Anatomical Shape of a Heart was an irresistible romantic read I couldn't resist completing in one sitting. As a realistic read about first love, feeling out of place, and discovery, this title was absolutely worth every moment.

Fans of the contemporary romance sub genre will absolutely adore The Anatomical Shape of a Heart from Jenn Bennett.


Rating:
4 / 5 Cupcakes


This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accepted in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



The Forbidden Wish
by Jessica Khoury
Publisher: Razorbill
Format:Hardcover
Release Date:February 23rd, 2016
Pre-order: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
     



Why I'm Anticipating This Title:
I absolutely adore fairytale retellings, and the upcoming Aladdin retelling from Jessica Khoury sounds wonderful! Also, besides the fact that I'm a total Disney fangirl, it comes out on my birthday! Anyone else pumped for The Forbidden Wish? Are there any retellings that you've enjoyed? Let me know!


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Monday, 23 November 2015

Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Reawakened
by Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.
     


Everyone's familiar with Colleen Houck's Tiger saga, whether they've had the opportunity to read the series or not. It's a series that's been on my radar for quite some time, though unfortunately I've yet to set the time aside to read it, something I hope to remedy sometime soon. When I first spotted the cover of Reawakened during a shopping trip, I was curious to learn more about the book behind the gorgeous and visually enticing cover. The Egyptian mythology intrigued me. I'd spent years wishing for a young adult title about a modern adventure with ancient Egyptian mythology, curses, and mummies, and Reawakened by Colleen Houck came across as book sent by the Gods themselves.

“Eternity is a long time to exist without something to remember.”

Seventeen year old Lilliana Young enjoys spending her free time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, one morning her relaxing routine is interrupted by an Egyptian Prince of immense power when he's reawakened from a thousand years of mummification. Lilliana is unexpectedly pulled into an epic adventure across the globe to aid the prince in a task to save mankind.

First and foremost, gorgeous cover and intriguing premise aside, I had a difficult time processing and enjoying Reawakened by Colleen Houck, though that isn't to stay that it didn't satisfy my inner book nerd. The Egyptian mythology, curses, thrilling chases, and twists were completely engaging and by far the most promising aspects of Colleen's latest. Unfortunately, I felt that the characters (Prince Amon and Lilliana) were lackluster and monotonous. In fact, the only characters I felt invested to were the side characters - a definite let down for a title I desperately wished to love.

Overall, Reawakened by Colleen Houck, the first in this new series, was an entertaining read but failed to keep me invested long enough for the sequel. With that said, readers who are looking to give this title a try are most definitely encouraged to do so. The Egyptian mythology and action is certainly a breath of fresh air.



Rating: 
3 / 5 Cupcakes





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Friday, 20 November 2015

Review: Bitterroot Part 3 by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine

Bitterroot (Part 3)
by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine
Format: Ebook
Purchase: [Amazon] [B&N] [iBooks]
Regan and Charlie Vuk are finally forced to compete for the position of werewolf pack alpha. The winner gets to lead and she also gets Owen Rossi, the vampire prince’s hand in marriage—whether she wants it or not. But only one sister already has his heart.

If Regan wins, will she be able to let go of her feelings for Carter and put duty before desire? Will Charlie be able to survive long enough to get a fair shot at the competition and at Owen?

Before it’s over, both girls will have to compete for more than just the role of alpha. Someone has a grudge and they’ll do anything to exact vengeance on the guilty. Including removing one of the Vuk sisters from the equation.

Subtle threats escalate to attempted murder. One sister’s life hangs in the balance. The other must do whatever it takes in order to save her pack—and her sibling—including making the enemy her ally.

Will the vampires and werewolves finally forge peace—or will sibling rivalry prove fatal for them all?

The epic conclusion to Bitterroot, a 3-part YA Paranormal Romance novella series by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine
     

It isn't everyday you come across an author duo that makes a book work smoothly. Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine are two amazing authors whom I enjoyed reading individually, however with Bitterroot, their combined talents created a mesmerizing tale where one could swoon over love interests, identify with female heroines, and fear for the lives of every character involved. Needless to say, they're both incredible together and the proof is in the combined series of Bitterroot.

"His face hardened again, the same way it had when he’d said that he loved my mother. Not angry, just protecting himself from the pain. I hated that he could do that and I couldn’t. "

As not to divulge the events of Bitterroot Part 3, I'll keep it sweet and simple - Bitterroot Part 3 was fantastic and completely unexpected! Char, Regan, and Owen were a trio I instantly fell for in part one and were characters I easily became invested in. The growth of these characters and the complex circumstances they found themselves, was a breath of fresh air in the genre of young adult paranormal lit. Although I'm sad to see this series ending, it was an absolute pleasure to step into their world, to see two fierce and respectable heroines take center stage, and to see the werewolf hierarchy tackled from a different angle.

Well written, mesmerizing, and addicting - Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine is a title all readers must read.


Rating:
5 / 5 Cupcakes








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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Prodigy (The Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



PRODIGY - The Graphic Novel
by Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon, and Kaari
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format:Paperback
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Pre-order: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
The second book in the best-selling Legend trilogy comes to life in this vibrant graphic novel adaptation.

After escaping from the Republic's stronghold, Day and June are on the run in Vegas when the country learns that their Elector Primo has died and his son has stepped in to take his place. They meet up with the rebel stronghold of the Patriots—a large organization straddling the line between the Republic and its warring neighbor, the Colonies—and learn about an assassination plot against the Elector. Using threats and blackmail to get what he wants, the Patriots' leader, Razor, convinces June to let herself be captured by Republic soldiers so she can win over the Elector and feed him a decoy assassination plan. But when June realizes that the new Elector is nothing like his father, she must work with Day to try to stop the Patriots' plot before Razor can fulfill his own devastating plans.
     



Why I'm Anticipating This Title:
The Legend series by Marie Lu is absolutely fantastic and is one of my favourite all-time series. The characters are incredible and her writing is absolutely splendid. With that said, it's a given I'd want to own the novels in graphic format. After picking up and enjoying the first graphic novel, Legend, I'm highly anticipating Prodigy, which will feature a kick-ass story line and beautiful artwork.



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Monday, 16 November 2015

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
(Illustrated Edition)
by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin.
     

There have been countless editions of the legendary Harry Potter series from J.K. Rowling released over the years - far too many for my liking. Although I'm an avid fan of the boy who lived and his tale, and despite the gorgeous covers, I had wished that the cash grabs would stop. What difference would all those new covers make? Quite a bit, but only if the original was seemingly out of date, which for the current market they truly were not. However, in the case of the brand new illustrated edition of Philosopher's Stone, I was hesitant upon the announcement of it's release. Would it just be another cash grab like the previous repackaged beauties?

The Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a rerelease I can get behind. Despite being a large, heavy, and expensive title, I felt it was an absolute asset to my collection. Jim Kay's artwork, which is featured on every vibrantly colourful page of this edition, is simply gorgeous! It was wonderful seeing the characters I'd grown to love (or hate) in a refreshing new perspective while re-reading a pivotal novel of my childhood. Furthermore, the set up of images and text make the title easy to manage for story telling with young ones, and this is a title I will most definitely be sharing with my younger nieces and nephews in the near future.

Fans of Harry Potter or curious book readers who have yet to dive into this legendary middle grade series, will absolutely adore this illustrated hardback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The glorious illustrations by Jim Kay were an excellent companion to the original tale from J.K. Rowling. Seeing the characters come to life as Jim Kay envisioned was quite breathtaking. This large and heavy hardback is a perfect addition to everyone's book collection.



Rating: 
5 / 5 Cupcakes





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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fangirl Meltdown - October Loot Crate Unboxing + Past Crate April Unboxing

Hello, Cupcakes!

It's been quite a while since my last Fangirl Meltdown post and Loot Crate unboxing, so today I'm doing a double unboxing post - for October's "Time" themed crate and a crate I purchased from their past crates sale, April's "Fantasy".


October Loot Crate - Time

I was particularly excited for October's theme. I was anticipating Back to the Future items due to the fact that October 21st, 2015 was just around the corner (aka Back to the Future day). I was pleased to find that I loved all the items included, especially the Doctor Who item, although I'm not particular a fan of the series. The Doc Brown exclusive figure was unique, in comparison to the others available for public purchase, and I was especially thrilled with the mini hover board figure!



  • Doc Brown Exclusive Limited Edition Funko Pop Vinyl Figure
  • Bill & Ted Tee
  • Back to the Future II Mini Hoverboard
  • Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Spork
  • Loot Crate Magazine + Pin





Past Crate Sale - April "Fantasy"

Last month, Loot Crate offered ,for a very limited time, a "Past Crates Sale". Being a new subscriber to Loot Crate, I took advantage of this rare opportunity to purchase a past crate I had my eyes set on - the April Fantasy crate.

What particularly sold me on the Fantasy crate were the Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and the Princess Bride items.



  • Princess Bride Playing Cards
  • Harry Potter "9 3/4" Luggage Tag
  • Inflatable Crown
  • D&D Bow Tie
  • D&D Tee
  • Game of Thrones Magnets
  • Game of Thrones - Stark USB 




Overall, I absolutely loved both crates! Both crates were well worth the subscriptions and were well worth the money. I'm highly anticipating next month's crate - Combat. I'm fairly sure the Fiance will love that crate far more than I will (aka items particularly for gamers) but I'm curious to see what the Hunger Games exclusive item will be. Very exciting!

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Review: Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker

Surviving Ice
by K.A. Tucker
Publisher:Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.

Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random. Not at all…
     


It will come at no shock to friends and fellow book lovers that I absolutely adore K.A. Tucker's titles to pieces. It started with Ten Tiny Breaths, and followed with her Casual Enchantment series, the rest of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and her epicly thrilling Burying Water series. With the latest installment, I was excited to see how K.A. Tucker would conclude this series of seductively mysterious titles and I highly anticipated reading Ivy's tale.

"I dive for the old thirteen-inch tube monitor sitting on the desk and hit the Power button, desperate to get a glimpse of what's happening out front."

In this unique and thrilling conclusion to the Burying Water series, Surviving Ice tells the tale of Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist with a complex history. After finally settling in her uncle's tattoo shop in San Francisco, Ivy finds herself caught up in an intense altercation that leads to the murder of someone dear. Left with the unexpected decision to unload the shop on someone else and move on, Ivy doesn't expect to meet Sebastian, a mysterious stranger who's appearance may have something to do the murder.

"I snort into my coffee mug, my eyes still glued to the single text Sebastian sent me last night."

Surviving Ice was incredibly thrilling, captivating, and irresistibly sexy. As the final installment in the Burying Water series, K.A. Tucker did not disappoint when it came to characters Ivy and Sebastian. Ivy was the fierce, stunning, but utterly fragile character I had hoped she'd be, not to say that her being fragile made her weak. She was an exceptionally easy character to relate to and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her narrative. Although I'd had a difficult time imagining the perfect match for Ivy prior to reading Surviving Ice, I strongly felt that Sebastian was as complex and perfectly imperfect as Ivy was. Sebastian was an intense alpha male with an irresistible appeal - a perfect match for Surviving Ice's heroine.

Overall, Surviving Ice had just the right amount of romance and suspense, and left me overwhelmingly pleased with the conclusion to K.A. Tucker's Burying Water series. Readers looking for a sexy and mysterious new adult series are recommended to give this series a read. K.A. Tucker has yet to disappoint and I'm highly anticipating her next release "He Will Be My Ruin", a mystery thriller set to be released February 2016.



Rating:
4 / 5 Cupcakes

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accepted in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles (Cover Reveal)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



THE SIXTH DOMICILE
by Courtney Ruggles
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Format:Ebook
Release Date: January 20th, 2016
Pre-order: [Amazon US] [Amazon UK]
Links: [Website] [Twitter] [Facebook]
In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence. Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend B116A, and – the most forbidden of all – has seen the true face of her beloved beneath the mask.

But when Q becomes an Adulte, The Domicile threatens to take away everything that makes her happy. She is forced to marry an abusive soldier who demands she conform. Whispers spread about the unconventional lessons she teaches her new students. And when Q openly disobeys the Elders, the people become restless, questioning the truth of the world in the wake of such defiance.

Rumblings of discontent stir as others begin to follow the path toward their freedom. The Revolution has begun, and Q is the spark that ignited the flames.
     



Why I'm Anticipating This Title:
I've always loved searching for unique novels, ones that stick out and beckon to be read. The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles is one of those titles. It has an exquisite and curious premise and her characters, despite their peculiar names (all pertaining to the world Courtney has created), sound unique.





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Monday, 9 November 2015

Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
     


*Note: Review might contain spoilers for those who have not read the novel*

There aren't many authors that thoroughly impress me to the point of following every single one of their titles from debut onward, but Becca Fitzpatrick is certainly one of them. I first fell for her Hush, Hush series about a fallen angel, romance, and a lot of crazy battles to the death. That series hooked me from beginning to end and I was thrilled to learn that her next endeavor would be into the world of mysteries and thrillers. In Black Ice (released last year and Becca's first novel outside the paranormal/fantasy genre), she showed that she was truly at home when it came to creating some crazy plot twists, suspenseful situations, and insanely addictive character building. With that said, I was excited and anxious to pick up Dangerous Lies, Becca's latest dive into the mystery/thriller realm.

"Sunlight stretched across the Nebraska miles, burning fiery pink-gold through a bank of clouds on the horizon."

Stella Gordon hasn't had an easy life. As the key witness of a high profile murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is sent to Thunder Basin, Nebraska under the Witness Protection Program. There Stella expects to fall into a new boring norm until she's free to go back to her old life, until she meets Chet Falconer who begins to strip away the walls she's worked so hard to build. When she finally begins to feel that all is well, the criminals she plans to testify against find a way to track her down and put an end to it all.

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick was a thrilling but even paced title perfect for a weekend away. As expected from Becca Fitzpatrick, her characters (including Stella, Chet, Carmina, and company) were easy characters to relate to, enjoy, and sympathize with. I especially sympathized with Stella's upbringing and struggles, although she wasn't quite a character I was initially fond of during the first few chapters of Dangerous Lies.

Furthermore, Dangerous Lies was significantly more detailed (ie; plot twists and sneaky lies) than her previous mystery/thriller Black Ice, and was essentially the novel's strongest selling point. The action, although not present for much of the novel, unlike her previous title, was surprisingly intense and severe - I was impressed with how easily Becca Fitzpatrick convinced me of how dire the circumstances were. I genuinely feared for her characters and their fates.

Overall, fans of Becca Fitzpatrick and readers with a passion for high-risk but even paced thrillers will absolutely adore Dangerous Lies.



Rating: 
4 / 5 Cupcakes



This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author as part of a Goodreads giveaway. No payment was received/accept in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited with the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
     


Fans of Colleen Hoover rejoice - November 9, her latest venture in the New Adult genre, is completely moving and unlike anything else she's written.

“I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

Although all of Colleen Hoover's titles are unique, November 9 shines brighter than the others. Told in alternating perspectives, November 9 follows the emotionally riveting tale of Fallon and Ben, two complex characters from fairly different circumstances. After a chance encounter, the two are inexplicably attracted to each other and begin a romance that lasts only once a year - November 9th. Filled with unique twists, heart-wrenching angst, and irresistibly addicting romance, November 9 will without a doubt win over all New Adult readers.

Fallon and Ben were an exceptional duo and by far the best I've read from Colleen Hoover. Fallon, although utterly destroyed by an incident that changed her life completely and the poor influence of her father, was a character that irrevocably imbued me with compassion and sympathy. I could easily see myself in her and her lack of self-worth and confidence. Ben, however, was a breath of fresh air and incredibly smart, flirtatious, and passionate - a wonderful addition to the cast of intelligent and realistic male leads Colleen Hoover enjoys placing in her novels. The events in November 9, although at times so intense it could bring you to tears, were realistic, riveting, and touching. Colleen Hoover's latest undoubtedly strapped me onto an emotional roller coaster that is well-worth riding again and again.

November 9 had me hooked from beginning to end. I completed the title in one seating, desperate to learn the fates of Fallon and Ben. Readers who have loved Colleen Hoovers titles in the past will enjoy the unique duo in November 9. November 9 was a passionate, inspiring, and heart-wrenching read that will, without a doubt, leave readers begging for a companion novel.


Rating:
4 / 5 Cupcakes



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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



THIS SAVAGE SONG
by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format:Hardcover
Pages: 468
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Pre-order: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it. When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.
     



Why I'm Anticipating This Title:
Fans of Victoria Schwab - rejoice! There's a new unique series from the author who brought us epic reads "The Near Witch", "A Darker Shade of Magic", "Vicious", "The Archived", and so much more. I'm so excited for the first novel in the Monsters of Verity series. August sounds like an incredible character! This Savage Song is going to be a definte must read in the upcoming year. I CAN'T WAIT! *eep*!




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?
Let me know what you're highly anticipated upcoming release is in the 
comment section below =D





Happy Reading,

Monday, 2 November 2015

Review: The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook
Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us
by Rosanna Pansino
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
The long-awaited first cookbook from the creator and host of the Internet’s most popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies: a collection of Rosanna Pansino’s all-time favorite geeky recipes as well as sensational new recipes exclusive to this book.

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook is quirky, charming, and fun, featuring the recipes behind Rosanna Pansino’s celebrated, one-of-a-kind creations, as well as beautiful, mouthwatering photographs throughout. It is the perfect companion that you’ll turn to whenever you want to whip up a delicious treat and be entertained all at once. And best of all, these treats are as simple as they are fun to make! No need for costly tools or baking classes to create these marvelous delights yourself.

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook combines two things Rosanna loves: geek culture and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered “nerdy” have inspired every recipe in this book. You’ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from the show, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macarons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook showcases Rosanna’s most original and popular creations, and each recipe includes easy-to-follow photo instructions and a stunning shot of the finished treat in all its geeky glory: a delicious confection sure to please the geek in all of us!
     


Fans of Rosanna Pansino's informative and fun Youtube videos will absolutely love her first cookbook, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook : Sweet Treats For The Geek In All Of Us.

I'm an amazing cook (yes, I'm praising myself) but I find myself to be a rather sub-par baker, particularly when it comes to cakes. The oven and I just aren't friends when I'm baking a cake, cookies, or anything else of the sort. When I discovered that Rosanna was releasing her very first cookbook filled with new delicious treats, I was thrilled! Being a longtime fan of her Youtube channel (you can check it out here) I was looking forward to having some geeky new recipes on hand.

Browsing through the cookbook, readers will be pleased to learn that Rosanna's recipes are divided into neat and geeky themes; Math & Science, Space, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gaming, Tech & Web, and Geeky Treats. Each theme features a variation of recipes for cake pops, macarons, cakes, cupcakes, and even a few beverages. Flipping through the book, I immediately zeroed in on the Emoticon Cookies (which can be found on page #200). Being a sub-par baker, I wanted to test out my skills on some fairly basic cookies with simple icing decor. The result - delicious vanilla almond cookies, covered in icing, and one book blogger donning a bat onesie (yes, it had wings). The cookies were absolutely delicious and fun to make - definitely something I can see myself making again. Besides the mouthwatering decadence of these cookies, the time I spent making/decorating them was ridiculously quick - very time efficient for someone looking to make a delicious treat under a time constraint.


Rosanna Pansino's The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook is a perfect buy for a fellow nerd looking to explore their sweet side. Filled with detailed recipes for cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, and more, readers will be happy to see that Rosanna has a recipe for every fandom.


Rating:
4 / 5 Cupcakes


This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accepted in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Fresh on the Shelf - November 2015 Book Releases + Giveaway

Hello, Cupcakes!

Happy November! I trust everyone had an excellent Halloween? Any fantastic spooky reads?

Well it's another month and that means more fantastic book releases! November is looking like an excellent month for YA. What titles are you looking forward to purchasing? Let me know!


November Releases:
*Titles linked to Goodreads*











Hollow Girl by Sean Williams


Giveaway (International):
This month I am giving away one copy of an November 2015 release of the winner's choice to one winner. The giveaway is open to everyone as long as you can receive shipments from The Book Depository. I am not responsible for stolen, damaged, or lost packages and this giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by the publisher or author. Good luck! =D




Happy Reading,



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