Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blog Tour - Q&A and Review: Courting Darkness (His Fair Assassin #4) by Robin LaFevers


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Hi friends! Today I'm very excited to be on the Courting Darkness blog tour!! Thank you Raincoast Books for the invite. I've loved Robin LaFevers's writing since reading the first His Fair Assassin book years ago. I'm over the moon excited we're getting more! Below, you can read a little Q&A I did with the author and see my thoughts on the first book in the new duology!


Courting Darkness by Robin LaFeversCourting Darkness
(His Fair Assassin #4)
by Robin LaFevers
February 5, 2019
512 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?



BCP: Hi Robin, as a huge fan of your books, I want to say thank you for returning to the world! It's been a few years since you finished Mortal Heart, what is it like returning to the story and continuing it? Was anything particularly challenging to get back into?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

WoW #237: Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne


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Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren LaynePassion on Park Avenue
(Central Park Pact #1)
by Lauren Layne
May 28, 2019
288 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Stiletto and Oxford series, the first in a sizzling new series following the unlikely friendship of three Upper East Side women as they struggle to achieve their dreams and find true love and happiness in the city that never sleeps.

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

 
Lauren Layne is one of my favourite romance authors so definitely can't miss out on this one!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #224


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Here's my Boxing Day haul from BookOutlet! One book came damaged so I held off hauling it. Some of these I've already read but I needed a finished copy~


Pickles with books!!
 
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

 
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine
by Sally Thorne
January 29, 2019
368 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WoW #236: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


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The Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners
by Christina Lauren
May 14, 2019
416 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

 
I read their last book, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, because I was intrigued by the synopsis and ended up loving it. The synopsis to this new book also sounds fun so I'm hoping this will be a hit too!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Realm of Ruins (The Nissera Chronicles #2) by Hannah West

 
Realm of Ruins by Hannah WestRealm of Ruins
(The Nissera Chronicles #2)
by Hannah West
December 4, 2018
464 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?

Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.

A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back.

Weaving together her imaginative world of gritty fairytale magic with snippets from Beauty and the Beast and other classic stories, Hannah West’s dark and dangerous adventure is a gripping, immersive companion to her acclaimed debut, Kingdom of Ash and Briars.
 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #223


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My final 2018 book haul is from HBG Canada! Thank you so much for sending us these two books <3


Pickles with Izzy+Tristan and We Rule the Night.
 
My first piece of 2019 bookmail is from Danielle L. Jensen! She sent me an ARC of her upcoming high fantasy book, Dark Shores. It's one of my most anticipated new release and I'm so happy I could cry. Thank you so much Danielle <3 <3
 
Ripple with Dark Shores <3
 
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan

 
The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie JordanThe Me I Meant to Be
by Sophie Jordan
January 1, 2019
304 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…

No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

Breaking the code breaks friendships.

Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles..

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WoW #235: Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson


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Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood JohnsonTechnically, You Started It
by Lana Wood Johnson
June 25, 2019
384 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you're talking to. Except there's two of them (it's a long story), and Haley thinks she's talking to the one she doesn't hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they're becoming addicted to each other.

There's just one problem: Haley doesn't know who Martin is. And Martin doesn't know that Haley doesn't know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster...

 
With the convenience of technology today I wouldn't be surprised if this is a real thing. I'd love to see how this story plays things out.

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

 
Famous in a Small Town by Emma MillsFamous in a Small Town
by Emma Mills
January 15, 2019
320 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm's length. Sophie in particular.

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #222


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Here are some more bookmail I got at the end of 2018 but didn't have a chance to share yet. I received these two titles from PenguinTeen Canada! Thank you!!


Pickles with When I Was Summer and The Dark Days Deceit.
 
And then HarperCollins Canada sent me the best mail to end 2018~ 99 Percent Mine is my most anticipated romance read of 2019!!! I've already devoured it and loved it <3 You definitely don't want to miss out on this one!
 
Pickles with 99 Percent Mine.
 
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway: Slayer (Slayer #1) by Kiersten White


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Hi everyone~ Today is my stop on the Slayer blog tour~ Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for the invitation to participate! Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a huge part of my childhood so this book was fun to read. I'm sharing my thoughts on Slayer by Kiersten White and a chance to win a copy so keep reading ;)
 

Slayer Kiersten WhiteSlayer
(Slayer #1)
by Kiersten White
January 8, 2019
416 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

WoW #234: Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock


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Crashing the A-List by Summer HeacockCrashing the A-List
by Summer Heacock
March 1, 2019
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
After four months of unemployment, former book editor Clara Montgomery is still stuck sleeping on her little brother’s ugly couch in Queens. Determined to keep her minuscule savings account intact, she takes a job clearing out abandoned storage units, but is in no way prepared for stumbling upon dead snakes or trying to identify exactly where the perpetual stench of beets is emanating from.

When Clara comes across a unit that was once owned by an escort service, she finds the brothel “résumé” of a younger Caspian Tiddleswich…an astonishingly famous British actor. Her best friend thinks she should sell the gossip to a tabloid to fund her way off the couch from hell, but Clara instead manages to track down Caspian’s contact info, intending to reassure him that her lips are sealed.

Unfortunately, Caspian misinterprets Clara’s attempt at altruism and shows up on her doorstep, accusing her of blackmail. When the paparazzi capture a photo of them together, Caspian’s PR team sees an opportunity to promote his latest film—and if Clara wants to atone for her “crimes,” she’ll have to play along. Pretending to be Caspian’s girlfriend seems like it will be a tolerable, if somewhat daunting, penance…until their fake romance becomes something more than either of them expected.

 
Sounds like fun and swoons ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black


The Wicked King by Holly BlackThe Wicked King
(The Folk of the Air #2)
by Holly Black
January 8, 2019
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.


After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #221


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I got some really neat bookmail just before the winter break! It's a bound up copy of The Matchmaker's List. I've never gotten something like this so it was extra cool XD

Pickles and The Matchmaker's List.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret
by Karen M. McManus
January 8, 2019
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WoW #233: Tightrope (Burning Cove #3) by Amanda Quick


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Tightrope by Amanda QuickTightrope
(Burning Cove #3)
by Amanda Quick
May 7, 2019
352 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
An unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a machine that could change the world.

Former trapeze artist Amalie Vaughn moved to Burning Cove to reinvent herself, but things are not going well. After spending her entire inheritance on a mansion with the intention of turning it into a bed-and-breakfast, she learns too late that the villa is said to be cursed. When the first guest, Dr. Norman Pickwell, is murdered by his robot invention during a sold-out demonstration, rumors circulate that the curse is real.

In the chaotic aftermath of the spectacle, Amalie watches as a stranger from the audience disappears behind the curtain. When Matthias Jones reappears, he is slipping a gun into a concealed holster. It looks like the gossip that is swirling around him is true—Matthias evidently does have connections to the criminal underworld.

Matthias is on the trail of a groundbreaking prototype cipher machine. He suspects that Pickwell stole the device and planned to sell it. But now Pickwell is dead and the machine has vanished. When Matthias’s investigation leads him to Amalie’s front door, the attraction between them is intense, but she knows it is also dangerous. Amalie and Matthias must decide if they can trust each other and the passion that binds them, because time is running out.

 
The second book in this series came as a pleasant surprise and now I'm just as excited to see this third book! Love this historical mystery thriller series <3

What are you guys waiting on this week?
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