Monday, 29 August 2016

Giveaway - The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid ARC Box (Canada Only)


Hello, Cupcakes!

Hope you're all having a fantastic week!

Today I have a very special surprise for my Canadian blog readers - a giveaway!

Thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster Canada, I'll be giving away a fabulous exclusive ARC box for one of my most anticipated book releases this year - The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid.



The Diabolic
by S.J. Kincaid
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format:Hardcover
Release Date:November 1st, 2016
A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
     



Details on the Giveaway

An exclusive ARC box for The Diabolic has been donated by Simon & Schuster Canada for giveaway, here on A Cupcake and a Latte. (Thank you!) The giveaway will be open to Canadian Residents only due to shipping costs (I apologize, International readers, but be sure to stay tuned for September 1st's giveaway!)

The exclusive ARC box includes: 
A fancy box to house your ARC 
 An ARC of The Diabolic of S.J. Kincaid 
A butterfly pin that resembles the one on the book cover
 A print copy of all the praise Diabolic has received thus far
Bragging rights because EVERYONE wants this book ASAP!




In order to win, comment below:
What is your all-time FAVORITE drama (film/tv/novel) set in outer space?


Bonus entry:
Tweet - "I entered to win a The Diabolic ARC box from @_CupcakeQueen_ at  http://acupcakeandlatte.blogspot.com/2016/08/giveaway-diabolic-by-sj-kincaid-arc-box.html  "


Be sure to include a way to contact you in your comment.

Giveaway is limited to only one (1) winner with a current mailing address in Canada. I apologize to my International readers. I'll be shipping this box out myself and shipping out of Canada can be extremely expensive. I am not responsible for lost/damaged/stolen packages. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to me if contacted in order to claim their prize. If not, another winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway ends September 16th, 2016 at midnight.


Good luck and happy reading,

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Recap: The 5th Annual Frenzy Presents


On Sunday August 21st, myself and other fellow book bloggers were invited by the team of HarperCollins Canada to attend the 5th Annual Frenzy Presents event. I was thrilled to be attending, especially since I hadn't attended a Frenzy event since the 2nd one (due to my blogging hiatus). Not only was I thrilled to be learning about some fantastic upcoming fall/winter titles being released by HarperCollins, but I couldn't wait for the opportunity to catch up with my bookish gal-pals!

On what could have been the windiest day ever (not the best day to wear a dress), I arrived promptly at HCC HQ and was greeted by the friendly faces of the HCC team, and my fellow book bloggettes. Upon entering the board room, we were greeted with delicious treats, which included bookish cupcakes (drool), cookies (double drool), candy (dies), and beverages. Shortly after, we made our way to our seats and the exciting bookish presentation began.

This year's Fall/Winter line up from HCC was certainly a blast to go through. There was plenty of excitement going around for every title, a lot of high praises, and some very positive comments from the ladies of HCC. Furthermore, each presentation slide featuring a title had a brief description of the title that also included some descriptive emojis! It was an excellent touch, and added quite a bit of humor to the event. 


(All the delicious cupcakes for the Cupcake Queen!)

During the presentation, bloggers were treated to the opportunity to meet Kenneth Oppel and M-E Girard, authors of Every Hidden Thing and Girl Mans Up. It was wonderful hearing both authors talk so passionately about their upcoming titles, and hearing their feedback on blogger questions. I'm especially excited to read both of these titles, which were generously given to us by HarperCollins Canada. I positively cannot wait to read them both! Also, M-E Girard is totally my kind of person!

(Left to right; Kenneth Oppel and M-E Girard)

Below is a list of ALL the titles that were introduced to us during this year's Frenzy Presents event. I've gone ahead and directly linked each title to their respective Goodreads page for your convenience.


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Fall/Winter Releases:
(More like a list of all the books Wendy needs right now!)








We were also given some wonderful swag bags filled with all sorts of goodies! In my swag bag I received ARCs of Replica by Lauren Oliver (GASP!), Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Double Gasp!) and Unrivaled by Alyson Noel. Other goodies included buttons of the above mentioned titles, a Smashbox sampler, a coloring page of the new upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie, and some bookmarks. Thank you, HarperCollins Canada!

Following the presentation, and a quick signing with Kenneth Oppel and M-E Girard, bloggers were free to chat/discuss with one another, devour some delicious treats, and make use of the fun photo opportunity (bookish photo wall, props, and all!)





Overall, I absolutely LOVED the 5th Annual Frenzy Presents event! I'm so excited for an entire array of reads headed our way, so be sure to stay tuned for my reviews and future Fresh on the Shelf giveaways! I want to extend a HUGE thank you to the team of HarperCollins Canada for not only forwarding me an invite, but for also putting together another flawless event!

Happy reading,
Wendy

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Cabin Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt


Hello, Cupcakes!

Today's the first day of the "The Cabin" blog tour, hosted/organized by the wonderful team over at Raincoast Books! I'm proud to be one of the two first stops as part of the tour celebrating Natasha Preston's latest release. In anticipation of it's debut, I'll be sharing my full review and an exclusive excerpt. Exciting! Be sure to stay tuned for more from the blog tour.


Happy reading!


The Cabin
by Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format:Paperback
Release Date:September 6th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar and Awake.

When Mackenzie treks to a secluded cabin in the woods with six friends, she expects a fun weekend of partying, drinking, and hookups. But when they wake to find two of their own dead and covered in blood, it's clear there's a killer among them.

As the police try to unravel the case, Mackenzie launches her own investigation. Before long secrets start to emerge, revealing a sinister web of sins among the original seven friends. The killer is still free. Every one of them is a suspect. And Mackenzie starts to realize that no one is innocent…
     


When Raincoast Books introduced The Cabin by Natasha Preston at the last Teens Read preview event, I was instantly hooked to it's synopsis. I adore a good murder mystery every now and then, and Natasha's latest promised to be quite a thrilling ride! I immediately dove into the title upon it's arrival and slowly absorbed it a few chapters at a time, getting a complete hold of not only it's creepy events but also it's fascinating characters.

"I'm telling you that you wouldn't be able to tell if I were guilty. Which one of your friends is most likely to have murdered Josh and Courtney? ... You know it's one of us, but you refuse to face it."

The Cabin by Natasha Preston starts out with the introduction of a cast of unique and young characters readers are certain to grow attached. With their graduation right around the corner, the group of teens decide to have one last hurrah in the form of a kick-ass party. Taking over their friend's parent's remote cabin sounds fun at first, but when they discover the following day that two of their friends have been brutally murdered, they begin to question who among them did the deed.

This title was a thrill to read from beginning to end. Although slow paced at first, I quickly grew to like Makenzie and her band of friends. Since the entire title revolves around the mystery of not only the murder, but also in terms of discovering more about each character, I regrettably can't dig any deeper into that aspect in my review. However, I will say that readers will certainly be surprised with the events and the outcome Natasha Preston has in store for The Cabin readers. Perfect for fans of the unknown, and anything creepy, The Cabin is an absolute must.



Rating: 
4 / 5 Cupcakes





Excerpt:

After about an hour of drinking, I eased off so I wouldn’t be flat on my face before it even got dark. Josh and Courtney, the only couple, had gone off to his parents’ room, as it was the only double, for a bit of privacy, which meant Josh wanted sex.

Megan and Aaron were in the kitchen. I could hear her laughing at something he’d said. Kyle had gone to the toilet shortly after Josh and Courtney went upstairs, which was ages ago, so I vowed to never use that bathroom.

Blake stretched his legs, kicking his booted feet up on the coffee table. He didn’t fit in. He drank with us and joined in with conversation when necessary, but he didn’t contribute much. There was tension between him and Josh that went beyond the usual dislike that the rest of us had. They stared each other down if one said something the other didn’t like. It was awkward and made me want to leave the room.

They clearly didn’t get along, so why on earth would Blake invite himself ?

“What do you do back home?” I asked, trying to get to know a little more about him other than his favorite alcoholic drink.
“I work here and there,” he grunted.
OK, it was like getting blood out of a stone. “You’re not very chatty, are ya?”

He flicked his eyes to me without moving his head. “What’s the point?”
“To get to know people, to make friends, to not live like a hermit…” I rewarded him with a charming, toothy smile, which softened his face.
“You think I’m a hermit?”
“Aren’t you?”
“No,” he replied. “I don’t spend much time alone at all.”

The spark in his eye told me everything. I turned my nose up in disgust. “Different girl every night?”
“Not every night.”

Hmm, that didn’t make sense—-unless his earlier shyness was an act? But why would he pretend to be shy around women? He was obviously proud that he could sleep with practically whomever he wanted.

My stomach knotted at the thought of him hooking up with loads of girls, which was ridiculous. We weren’t in a relationship. I hardly knew him. I pursed my lips. “Previously broken heart or just not grown up yet?”

He frowned. “What?”
“I want to know why you use women.”
“Can’t it just be that I like sex but don’t want a relationship?”
“Not usually.” A thought popped into my head. “Ah, don’t worry. I get it.”
Sighing, he asked, “Get what?”
“Get why.”

He rubbed his forehead in exasperation and muttered, “Women… What do you think you get, Mackenzie?”

“You don’t want a relationship because you lived through your parents’ less--than--amicable divorce. You’re scared of history repeating itself with you.”

He sat frozen for a minute, his face falling, and I knew I’d hit the nail on the head. Mackenzie, one. Blake, zero.

A moment of silence stretched on, and I fiddled with my fingers. Blake narrowed his eyes. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. I haven’t met anyone I wanted to see exclusively, that’s all.”

“Whatever you say.”
His glare turned colder.
Damn it. My stomach turned with guilt. “I’m sorry, Blake. I didn’t mean to offend you.”
“I’m not offended.”
His rough, gravelly voice said otherwise.

His eyes pierced holes into mine, making my heart race. The atmosphere solidified until I could barely stand it. One minute, Blake looked like he wouldn’t have been bothered if I’d left immediately, and the next, he looked like he wanted to know my entire life story.
He was beyond confusing. He was also very sexy, so much so that he made every other boy I’d ever fancied look like a gargoyle. But I couldn’t figure him out and I didn’t like that. There were people in my life I loved and some I didn’t much care for, but at least I knew where I stood with them.


“Wanna get out of here for a bit?” I asked.



This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. 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.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff



Jonathan Unleashed
by Meg Rosoff
Publisher: Viking
Format:Hardcover
Release Date:July 5th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up.

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan's world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all.

A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rosoff’s novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.
     


When I first came across Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff, it instantly struck me as a unique kind of read, one unlike any other I've come across from either Meg Rosoff or any other author writing in the adult fiction genre. Featuring a curious male lead, Jonathan Trefoil's life is quite similar to other young adults who are coming to terms with what it means to grow up. His girlfriend wants to move on and get married to someone with money, his boss is a total nightmare, and he finds himself wondering when life decided to become so perplexing. That's when two lovable, mischievous, but loyal dogs stumble into his life and shift his world completely.

"How had he got here? Only a few minutes ago he'd been a kid, riding his bike to school, collecting comics, doing homework and watching TV. Over the years, a few trappings of adulthood had insinuated themselves into his life without making significant inroads. Real adult life seemed to exist over there, somewhere as distant and unreachable as Uranus."

Meg Rosoff's Jonathan Unleashed was the perfect quick read any contemporary reader would enjoy. There isn't much I can divulge about the title without spoiling quite a few plot points, however I will say that Jonathan Unleashed was hilarious, heartwarming, very well-written, and highly addictive to read. It was different from what I usually pick up, but I found it to be unbelievably refreshing from the world of fantasy, which I so often choose to venture. Jonathan Unleashed is the perfect book for teens/young adults just getting out of high school and possibly moving onto college. It asks all the questions we so often do in our early 20's, and Jonathan's perspective and narrative felt completely on point.



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/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.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Review: The Regulars by Georgia Clark



The Regulars
by Georgia Clarke
Publisher: Atria Books
Format:Hardcover
Release Date:August 2nd, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?

Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.

Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.

But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
     


Georgia Clark's The Regulars is a title that came to me through multiple mentions and recommendations, one of which being from Simon & Schuster Canada. Upon reading the synopsis, I was instantly sold. I've always been a true lover of anything magical, especially when there's a hint of it in a modern-day contemporary title featuring young ladies close to my age. I couldn't wait to read this interesting take on a modern fairytale with an odd twist!

"Despite her mother's impassioned insistence to the contrary, Evie Selby had never thought of herself as beautiful."

Evie, Krista, and Willow felt like close friends - they read realistically and I felt their personalities, their quips with one another, and their adventures float right off the pages. In The Regulars, the girls are given the magical opportunity to be Pretty, and in this instant unexpected opportunities begin to fall into their laps, but the limelight doesn't last long when the girls begin to find trouble with the new gifts they've been given. The Regulars read like a fun and sexy read, whilst also focusing on society's overwhelming obsession with beauty standards. I enjoyed Georgia's underlying lesson beneath the writing, and loved the relationship she created between the trio. Furthermore, The Regulars was a breezy, well-written, summer blockbuster that I felt was the perfect high-note to end my long list of summer reading.

"I am a human being, like you. I have problems, like you."

A fantastic title through and through, I positively adored The Regulars by Georgia Clark. Perfect for contemporary readers over the age of 18, I highly recommend this otherworldly modern-day tale to anyone looking for a heart pounding read.



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/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, 5 August 2016

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover



It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Format:Paperback
Release Date:August 2nd, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
     


I was positively delighted when It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover arrived on my doorstep from Simon & Schuster Canada. Colleen is one of my auto-buy authors, an absolute favourite, and an author that, in my eyes, can do no wrong when it comes to the written word. She's always inspired me with her incredible female leads, intense and emotional plots, and her soft and well-meaning lessons she enjoys slipping into her tales every now and then. It goes without saying that I was positive It Ends With Us was going to enlighten and thrill me as much as her previous titles had in the past.

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

I became emotional attached to Lily instantaneously. I saw myself in her and I enjoyed it but also disliked it all at the same time. I pitied myself for a little while there, I'm sad to say. Just like Lily, I've been known to put hard work a lot before my own needs, and have felt that anything remotely good that has been given to me would soon be taken away. Almost like anything good that happens is most positively too good to be true, you know what I mean? Lily was the heroine I needed at the moment, and although I disliked seeing much of myself in her, I felt like I needed this extra dose of reality and relatability in my fiction. As for Ryle, he was as brilliant as he was arrogant, cocky, and stubborn - I loved it! Although Lily and Ryle's personalities clashed, I enjoyed their dialogue and their chemistry immensely!

“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives”

Well written, emotionally intense, romantic, and addicting - I loved It Ends With Us to pieces! Colleen's latest tale struck quite an emotional cord with me and I anticipate re-reading it again in the nearby future.



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/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.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag - I Choose YOU!


Thank you to Michelle Lynne for tagging me on this very fun post! You can check out her's by clicking this linky right over here.

Pokemon Go - my latest obsession! Though, let's be honest, it'll never trump my obsession with books and cupcakes (and coffee, and pink things, and Disney....) However, with that said, it's certainly become a part of my life. I find myself reaching over to my phone often to swipe at a Pokestop, to hatch an egg, or to catch that one elusive Pokemon I need to evolve my next one - it's highly addictive. So it's a given I'd be more than happy to participate in a Bookish/Pokemon Go mashup post to share some of my favourite or anticipated titles.

Rules:
NIL. Link back to Aentee’s blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use her graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1) by R.L. Stine

I know, certainly an odd choice as my first EVER book of choice, though I had picked up several before (Sesame books, even books about sea creatures), however this one was the first I actually ever chose myself. It was intense, creepy, and absolutely perfect! It started my life-long love for reading anything by R.L. Stine and started my bookish obsession at a very, very young age.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I was pretty deep into the lore of Lord of the Rings as a child, and when I stepped into the world of a young Bilbo Baggins and his adventures, I was hooked! The Hobbit is easily one of my all-time favourite classics!

 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This book is a mess! To be fair, I read it before it was picked up by Random House and before it was ever optioned for film. I thought it was a mess before, but after the media started pouncing all over the book, and technically glorifying emotional abuse, I just wished it would disappear. So yes, fair to say I lost all interest in this book.


 Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I mean this comparison is no offense, they are both actually two of my favourite books (and series). In fact, Half-blood is the reason why I'm such a HUGE Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, however I did notice a few tropes that were similar between the two series. Still, both titles are positively fantastic!


Under the Dome by Stephen King

Big fat NOPE! Nuh-uh! The sheer size of this book TERRIFIES me (though I have read bigger). I feel that not only the size, but also the fact that it's sci-fi (and I'm known for not always loving sci-fi titles) is what is keeping me away from ever picking it up.

 Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Not the creepiest book I've read, but it is the only one that's every inspired a creepy nightmare from happening. The nightmare centered around that one attic scene, and I thought I'd never sleep again! EEP!

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child b J.K Rowling

*Spoiler Alert*  

Let's be honest here....I started shipping Rose/Scorpius immediately after the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So when Cursed Child was released, I flipped! I think Scorpius is adorable (don't judge me) and this duo is my definite OTP!

 The Regulars by Georgia Clark

This book was AMAZING! It was incredibly fast paced, hilarious, well-written, and sexy. Although I haven't shared my review on this title YET (expect it in a couple of days here on A Cupcake and a Latte), I can assure you it was a fantastic contemporary novel!

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I know, I SHOULD be sick of anything by Cassandra Clare, but I'm not....but I should be! AHH! A conundrum, I know. I just adore the world of Shadowhunters and fabulous Warlocks like Magnus Bane. I can't let this world go, like C.C can't, and I'm positively excited for the upcoming adult spin-off series about Magnus Bane!

 Across the Universe series by Beth Revis

Like I mentioned, me and sci-fi anything don't get along, but I was shocked to discover that this series was right up my alley. It was intense, very well-written, and kept my attention. Highly recommended!

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

I've had Finnikin of the Rock on my bookshelf for the LONGEST time but I've yet to pick it up. I'm looking forward to finally diving into this beloved and highly hyped series!


 The Slytherin themed box set of the Harry Potter series! Michelle posted about the Ravenclaw editions and I remembered that this set was on my Christmas wishlist! Time to add it again *wink wink*

 Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

A highly hyped upcoming YA title, it's set to release by the end of this year. I love seeing all the positive reviews showing up for this one, and with each five star review, I shake with anticipation on picking it up!

I have COUNTLESS auto-buy authors, so it' would be tough to remember to list all of them, but generally my auto-buy list consists of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Abbi Glines, Jamie McGuire, Katie McGarry, Diana Gabaldon, and more.


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

When Simon & Schuster Canada first pitched this title, I was instantly sold! It's described as an intense space-opera with action, suspense, and an incredible plot. Good thing the waiting has lessened as I now have an advance copy in my possession!




I Choose (to tag) You:
YOU! Feel free to post your own!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Fresh on the Shelf - August 2016 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy August, Cupcakes!

Have you all been having a phenomenal bookish summer?
What have you read so far as part of your summer reading? Did you pick up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to attend the various midnight release parts held the night prior to it's release, but I did manage to snag a copy the afternoon after!

August has quite a bit of promising YA reads for fans of the paranormal, the contemporary, and the thriller. It's so exciting! What are you planning on picking up this month?


August 2016 Book Releases


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole
Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Under the Lights by Abbi Glines


Vicarious by Paula Stokes
A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter
George Peaches and other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
The Poison Diaries: Royal Tour by Amy Alward


Infinite Risk by Ann Aguirre
Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
The Well of Prayers by Anne Boles Levy



GIVEAWAY - International
Giveaway is for one book from the above August 2016 releases to be awarded to one reader. Open to anyone who can receive shipments from The Book Depository. I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged books received. Please fill in entries accordingly for a valid entry. Good luck!




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Happy Reading,