Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Selective Memory by D.D. Lorenzo

ALERT, ALERT, ALERT! Today's the day! It's time for the Selective Memory Blitz! Not only do I have a bit of a celebration going on behalf of it, you can view the two book trailers here and here!

Onto the main event--Selective Memory. The second, and now newly revised, installment of The Depth of Emotion has finally landed (it was originally published all the way back in 2014) and I'm so excited to share the news with you. 

If you're like me, you love (love, love, love!) a good suspense. Double the points and love if it also combines romance or other genres with it. In the case of D.D. Lorenzo's Positive Negativity and Selective Memory, you're in for a wild ride of suspense and romance. 

To learn more about Selective Memory, the first book in the series and D.D. Lorenzo, follow the cut. And don't forget to enter the killer giveaway that is provided in celebration of this revised release! 

Good luck!

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Christmas At the Lake by Charlotte Blake

Who says that September is too early to be daydreaming about the holidays? I almost always have Christmas on my mind. September 12th, 2017, saw the release of Christmas at the Lake, the second installment in Charlotte Blake's Great Escapes series, and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate the release of your new contemporary romance obsession. 

Although Great Escapes is considered a series, Christmas at the Lake takes the stage as a standalone for readers to dive into. You need not read the first book and can, really, take the entire series in whatever pace/order you want to. To learn more about this steamy, holiday romance--follow the cut! 

And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet

Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet | Rating: ★★★★☆

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. (4.5 stars out of 5)

Oh, I've been so overwhelmed with wonderful poetry lately. All this prose, all this intimacy, makes me feel full of some sort of emotion I can't quite express. Michael Faudet is, as per usual, exquisite in the way his prose comes to life. There's something fulfilling about even his shortest of expressions and I cannot get enough of it. I mean that--it's not as though his work is flaw free (no one's is) but at the end of the day it accomplishes everything it was meat to do.

I loved the way that intimacy--far, wide, casual--was explored. There were many standouts that I can't wait to highlight in a physical copy upon its release because, much like with Rupi Kaur, Sabrina Benaim, Amanda Lovelace, Lang Leav and Alicia Cook it's impossible to not feel something at every turn of pen. Isn't that what we all love about poetry to begin with? To fell--compelled, related, understood. To learn.

Review: The Two Princes of Summer by Nissa Leder

The Two Princes of Summer by Nissa Leder | Rating: ★★★★☆

Scarlett had always wished for more from life. More excitement. More surprises. More something. She craved new adventure. So much so, she never appreciated what she had. Now her mom was gone, and, despite her mom's fits and outbursts, all Scarlett wanted was to have her back.

OH MY GOD! I am completely enamored by the beginning of what is sure to be an epic series. The Two Princes of Summer is an absolutely perfect read for fans of Cassandra Clare, A.G. Howard and Sarah J. Maas. In many ways, this introduction to The Whims of Fae exceed even my strongest expectations and I am honestly so, so, so captivated.

The thing about this novel is that it's a very quick read and kept me pinned to my seat for a good few hours. And while there are flaws in it, it still remains as compelling as a good fantasy novel should. Not to mention, it tackles some darkness of an ordinary life beyond the veil of Fae. I loved the world-building we grew to witness and the entire concept of this realm of Fae. It felt very, very reminiscent to other explorations in the genre however the characters and writing definitely made it a world of its own.

Book Blitz+ Giveaway (Quite Possibly the Giveaway to End All Giveaways): Wrong by Jana Aston

It's not secret I've got a bit of a literary crush on Jana Aston's work and Wrong is chalking up the wins for our girl. Between this bad boy, and the fantasy it will surely spawn, Times Square and the hotly anticipated Sure Thing, we've been downright spoiled by Aston in the last few years. Wrong is a total "read while alone, unless you want to look flushed" book and there's no working around that. 

So pack up yourself for a night. Grab your favourite drink (personally, Merlot or coffee are the way I approached) and have a towel on standby for the moment you inevitably need a cold shower. You're in for a ride.

Wrong climbed its way onto our TBR shelves back in 2015 and if you haven't read it, now's your chance! September 19th, 2017, marks the day when it's FREE TO DOWNLOAD on most platforms. 

Follow the cut for more information! 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Premonition by Leigh Walker

Nearly two months to the day since Leigh Walker began The Division with Premonition. A fast paced science fiction romance targeted at the vast YA audience, Premonition promises to be a delight from start to finish... in the most suspenseful of ways. Think: action, boarding school, government secrets.

"The Division isn't something you walk away from. You better run." 

Oh, I know I have your attention now. On your mark, get set--go

To celebrate the release Premonition (go, Leigh!) and enter a swoon-worthy giveaway, follow the cut. And o learn more about the novel, the series it will spawn and the author, follow the cut twice! Or, you know, once. You get the idea. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas | Rating: ★★★★☆

Aelin had promised herself, months and months ago, that she would not pretend to be anything but what she was. She had crawled through darkness and blood and despair-she had survived.

It's official: Empire of Storms is the best (the bloody best) of the Throne of Glass series thus far. It will have you gasping for air by the final pages and well, I'm more than a little emotionally scarred by this beautiful novel. Finally! Throne of Glass is living up to its potential for me. That's the good news--the bad news is, I'm still not into Rowan but he is mostly growing on me and I'm trying to get used to him but eh, he left a bad taste in my mouth from the start.

Once more, Sarah J. Maas proves that her writing--her characters, the world-building--gets better at every release. It's easy to get lost in her fantasy-world. It's easy to root and hate certain characters. It is easy to love and become invested in this game of war. There's something undeniably intriguing and violent about Empire of Storms that sets it a part from its previous installments. And, I think, this cliffhanger is possibly one of the most thralling--and heartbreaking--releases as of yet.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Ryder by Ali Parker and Weston Parker

Whoa. Sorry, what was I going to type? I just got distracted by one of the, gulp, most attractive novel covers of 2017. I... I mean. Uh. Muscles? Where am I? Who am I? 

Right. Okay. Phew, I'm back. As I was saying... or going to say? Shit. I'm flustered again. September 12th, 2017, brought the release of one of the hottest romance novels of the year and Ryder is sure to captivate your, ah, well, everything. Ali Parker and Weston Parker team up to provide Ryder just in time for autumn. 

What's better than curling up with a steamy story once it's started to cool off outside? Nothing. And Ryder promises to be the ultimate heater-in-the-form-of-a-book. Which is why I was stoked to be a part of the blitz, even if seeing the cover frazzled my brain a bit. 

Did I mention muscles

So, congratulations on the release, Parker Squared! To celebrate Ryder's release into the wild, follow the cut for more information on the novel, the authors and--ah--a giveaway!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

She looked at them, at the three males who meant everything—more than everything. Then she smiled with every last shred of courage, of desperation, of hope for the glimmer of that glorious future. “Let’s go rattle the stars.”

Well, there goes that book. I'm burning through this series like mad. Okay. So. I have a lot of feelings about Queen of Shadows and more than my fair share of disappointments. While I feel, 100%, that this was an improvement on Heir of Fire I will never not think that the series needs to live up to its full potential. Further, I felt that a lot of the characters were acting more out of their own traits than usual (Chaol, Aelin) and--frankly--was more than a bit confused by a lot of things.

First: Aelin is still one bad b*tch and I love her. It felt like a lot of her previous development from the first three books was wasted/ignored this go around but not everything. She was still partly the woman we love; the queen, the assassin, the lover, etc. Aelin is hands-down one of the best in this series and there's no going around that. What I didn't like, however, was the relationship with Rowan. I missed the focus on her relationship (i.e: friendships) with Dorian and Chaol (I missed both of them in general--Dorian was possessed the entire time basically and Chaol just... wasn't Chaol) and felt like it really deteriorated the quality of the novel.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Marked by Fate by Various Authors

Are you a massive fan of YA Fantasy? Yes? Then I've got some seriously killer news for you by pure fate. Marked by Fate, that is. October 24th, 2017, marks one of the biggest releases in the genre as a new collection of fantasy takes the stage and captivates readers everywhere.

Now is your chance to dive into the magic of it all and preorder this collection featuring many, many authors. The best part? 26 full length novels for only $0.99 when you preorder. And to make matters sweeter--there's an awesome giveaway under the cut.

Needless to say, you should definitely follow the cut to learn more about the collection, its authors and the giveaway.

Are you Marked by Fate?

Book Blitz + Giveaway: A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires

September 12th, 2017, brought the release of A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires; a story of one girl's life and the struggles of a teenager's world that is less than ordinary. A Pain Less Ordinary promises to be deeply moving, thought provoking and honest. It is life at its most volatile and complicated.

Raw. Honest. Surely, this will be an incredibly important novel for many young adults out there who are going through similar motions as the main character, Becca. I jumped at the chance to sign up for the blitz because I'm utterly excited for this release and couldn't wait to share it with my readers.

For more information on L.V. Pires, A Life Less Ordinary and your chance at a giveaway--follow the cut!

Cover Reveal: #HookUp by Cambria Hebert

How many #Hashtag (The Hashtag) series fans do I have out there?! Because I've got the sweetest of sweet news for you! Cambria Hebert's delightful new adult series has a new breath of life with an all-new colouring book. That's right--get your crayons or pencils ready because October 1st, 2017, the official colouring book could be yours. 

#HookUp includes a few extra goodies for fans, including exclusive bonus scenes and recipes. 

Someone deserves a congratulation and maybe the biggest caramel latte, ever. 

Cough, cough, Cambria Hebert. 

Follow the cut for more information on #HookUp, Cambria Hebert and the series.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cover Reveal: S'more to Lose by Beth Merlin

Are you guys ready for the cutest cover reveal of 2017? I am a sucker for this book cover already and I just know everyone is going to love it. The general design of S'more to Lose by Beth Merlin, the second installment of The Campfire Series, gives me the ultimate warm and fuzzies. 

You've waited long enough. Without further ado, here's the cover for S'more to Lose--which is slated to be released December 5th. So swoon with me and get on that preorder, kids!

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor

It's time, kids! Three Heart Echo officially landed on September 12th and it is the paranormal novel you have been waiting for.  If its tagline "She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead. We should have left it shut." doesn't command your attention, I don't know what to say to you? Perfect for the months of September and October, Three Heart Echo is the type of book you should save for a gloomy, rainy day. 

Be warned: this story is likely not for the faint of heart. I'm intrigued. Aren't you?

To celebrate the release of this sure-to-be-fan-favourite suspense, follow the cut to find out more info and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky

Have you ever strived for perfection? Has someone ever twisted you to fit their own form of what they believe is perfection? May 31st 2017 introduced us to Anya DeSotto--the main focus of Pretty Perfect by Lana Sky. And what happens when perfection turns to destruction--compelling, dark and moving can all be descriptions of Pretty Perfect

Perfection. Illusion. Destruction. 

Do I have your attention? 

Good! Because I'm so, so happy to be able to post this blitz in celebration of Lana Sky's creation. To learn more about Pretty Perfect, follow the cut. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance at an epic price!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Rating: ★★★☆☆

“You collect scars because you want proof that you are paying for whatever sins you've committed. And I know this because I've been doing the same damn thing for two hundred years. Tell me, do you think you will go to some blessed Afterworld, or do you expect a burning hell? You're hoping for hell--because how could you face them in the Afterworld? Better to suffer, to be damned for eternity and--” Review also found here.

I couldn't for the life of me decide if I wanted to rate this a 2 or a 3. I've said it before in the past that I have rather lukewarm feelings for the series. While, without a doubt, the second installment in Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight was ions better than the introduction, the third didn't quite do it for me in the same way that TOG didn't.

In fact, I was very underwhelmed. A good chunk of the story was spent not really connecting to the characters; despite enjoying them and the world-building. I was a bit intrigued but nothing to write home about. I felt like, in the case of Heir of Fire a lot of development was undone or cast aside for one thing or another. I still love Celeana/Aelin, Dorian and Chaol--and I was interested in a few of the new faces we meet. I didn't mind Sorscha half as much as other fans did. I liked Manon well enough although her chapters weren't always the strongest of the novel. I was intrigued by Aedion and his backstory.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Times Square by Jana Aston

Oh, boy, oh boy, oh boy. Jana Aston is on f i r e! Times Square officially lands on your TBR (let's be honest, here) September 18th, 2017. Fresh off the cover reveal for what comes next for Jana Aston, Sure Thing, out this October, it's safe to say that Aston will be owning you this autumn. 

Not that anyone minds, right? 

I know that I don't. Which is why I'm so happy to share this blitz-week with you in celebration of the  officially release. Although previous published in an anthology series, Times Square is a can't-miss-love story that will be perfect to snuggle up with this fall and winter. Plus, who can resist that cover? I literally have hearts in my eyes. Colour me shocked. 

To learn more about Jana Aston and Times Square, follow the cut! And don't forget to enter the fabulous giveaway found at the bottom of this post--good luck! 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Conan by Kylie Hillman

It's time to explore the spin-off from Kylie Hillman's bestselling series Black Shamrocks MC. Fans will be highly pleased to go back to the beginning and get a whole new view and story from what they already know. It promises two things: it will be steamy and suspenseful. 

Conan begs to be read. I daresay it's one of the most tempting releases in romance this year. And luckily for us, September 12th--the release date--is officially here.

Are you left in anticipation like I am? The anticipation makes this tour all the more delicious for me. I'm so thrilled to celebrate the release with you guys. Best of all? We've got a giveaway. Stay cool, ladies and gentlemen. And good luck in entering.

If you are new to Black Shamrocks MC, follow the cut to gather some information on the author and this spinoff. What are you waiting for?

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Thunderstruck by Brenda Drake

Listen up, fans of romance, mystery and mythology! Thunderstruck by Brenda Drake was released on September 11th, 2017, and it's just in time for autumn to-read list. Best of all? Any of us bloggers and vloggers can appreciate one of the lead characters: who has her own comic review vlog. Do I have your attention, now? 

Not only will readers connect with certain aspects of the story it is bound to be the perfect escapist read that is just the right mixing of genres. I'm so excited to celebrate with you guys today on behalf of Brenda! 

Follow the cut for more information and a giveaway. Yes, please!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: After the Fall by Katy Ames

Katy Ames is back and better than ever with book number two in Seven Winds: After the Fall. If you're more than ready to curl up with a steamy contemporary romance this autumn, this book is the ultimate must-have. Ames promises that sparks will fly when it comes to this story. If you're into the archetype of flirtatious and arrogant love interests, then, ladies and gentlemen--this book is for you. 

I'm so happy to announce that the book is officially available today! 

In celebration of Katy Ames' latest dive, follow the cut to read more about After the Fall and don't forget to enter the killer giveaway!

Cover Reveal: Love, Secrets & Absolution by K.L. Loveley

Today is the day! Listen up, K.L. Loveley fans! The cover reveal for Love, Secrets and Absolution is officially a go--and I'm so excited to share the beautiful cover art ahead of November 4th's release. Get yourself ready--it's a beauty. 

I'm more than ready for this novel to destroy me emotionally. Click here to watch its official book trailer.

Okay, enough chit-chat! Follow the cut for your first look.

Picture This! Book Mail: Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

Note: this novel was sent to me on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Imperfect, A Collection of Poetry by Willow Winters

Imperfect: A Collection of Poetry by Willow Winters | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I should start with one thing. I've not read the novel that this collection of poetry was inspired by. So, if you are a fan of this particular release, I'd say to not take my review seriously. Honestly--take what I say with a grain of salt. I am not going to lie to you and said I loved this collection or the works featured within it. Because I just couldn't connect with it in the way that I need to when reading poems.

I didn't find it compelling. I did not hate it, but it felt like a release I'd read a hundred times over. This, perhaps, is because I read a lot of poetry. I felt like there was little to no life behind the words and that it just wasn't living up to the potential it had. If I had a bit more context and read the original novel, I feel as though I might feel the same disappointment in it.

Willow Winters is by no means a bad writer. I can see her prose shine in the sentences but only in fragments. You know what I mean? It was there, somewhere, hidden beneath the surface. Imperfect lacked a genuine vibe to it for me. That does not mean it won't for you, her, or the fans. Because, at the end of the day, it just was not my cup of tea.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch

Have you ever met someone--caught a glimpse of someone--and thought, wow? Not just in attraction. I mean... that moment where you just feel something tugging you gently? Captivating your every inch of soul? When reality sinks in, that things aren't always as they seem, and that life... life doesn't always go according to plan? 

All of this and more is felt within the pages of So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch. Which is why I am so incredibly thrilled to celebrate this novel and its release date. September 6th 2017 saw the release of this contemporary tale of romance and I know it's going to be on your minds after picking it up. 

To celebrate the release (congrats, Jessica!) Xpresso Book Tours and Jessica Koch herself have an incredible giveaway brewing for you! To enter, follow the cut. And if you're curious about what you should add to your TBR this autumn... well...

Review: The Future of Sex by Aubrey Parker

The Future of Sex by Aubrey Parker | Rating: ★★★☆☆

It would be a confusing mistake to experience sex and love together at first — akin to mixing flour and sugar into something she couldn’t separate later. She had to experience sex fresh, without emotional entanglement, so she’d recognize it in its pure state. Chloe had to know sex and love separately, before she could blend them.

Sometimes, we all need a good old piece of erotica to read. After my delicious run-in with The Red, I decided now was the time to experience more. Nothing says fun like, "I need a cold shower" right? The Future of Sex by Aubrey Parker was actually the perfect addition to my Kindle library. Fast, sexy and futuristic. I thought it was very intriguing, the way that Parker mingled with sex and the future.

It wasn't overly flashy. Instead, it was hot and fun and ended far too soon for my taste.

I thought that the entire premise was interesting. The contribution of a new world (it is set in the near future, but the future nonetheless) was a fun twist on what I typically explore in the genre.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Delayed Departure by Abigail Drake

August 16th 2017 brought the publication of Abigail Drake's latest offering: Delayed Departure. A story of moving forward--living in the moment--and learning to let go. 

And maybe, just maybe, feeling something grow deeper than you'd ever imagined. 

Travel--a vivid setting--plays a massive part in the plot. Beyond the setting, a string of intrigue comes at hand by one book and the art of seduction. Enter, one man. A series of events turns the world into a brand new place for our main character and the relationships she forges with her lover--but the past is often near-not-far. 

Basically--Delayed Departure is a book that is calling for your attention! And Abigail Drake deserves a celebration for this. To learn more about this novel, and the author, follow the cut! 

Did I mention there's a wicked giveaway involved, too? 

Congrats on your latest release, Abigail!

Picture This! Book Spotlight: Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie

People hope to touch the sky. I dream of kissing it.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Breakaway by Sophia Henry

Sophia Henry's latest hockey romance will have you swooning for a player of your own. This week marks the release of Breakaway and I couldn't be more thrilled to share this news with my readers! As a longtime hockey fan myself, I find I have always had a soft spot for the men who play. Fiction or not, it seems I'm already hooked! 

Breakaway is packed with intrigue and a whole lot of drama that will make your heart flutter and at times break. Sophia Henry works in familiar romance tropes but makes them her own with her signature style in writing and romance. 

You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy yourself. So grab a warm drink and settle in for the night.

To learn more about Breakaway and Sophia Henry, follow the cut. And while we're at it, let's go on and celebrate big! That's right ladies (and gentlemen!) there's definitely a wicked giveaway waiting for your attention.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Rewired by S.R. Johannes

August is officially closed for business and September is only just beginning. August 27th, 2017, saw the release of S.R. Johannes' highly anticipated ReWired. AKA, your next Young Adult obsession. I'll give you some hints as to the novels' blurb: hacking into secure networks, alter egos (named the Dark Angel), secrets, loss, mystery and a whole lot more. Can you say, action

S.R. Johannes is surely packing the heat with ReWired and I, for one, can't wait to dive into it this autumn. Give me all the intrigue, mystery and creepiness! I'm seriously making grabby hands. Which is why I'm so excited to celebrate its release with you guys. 

S.R. Johannes and Xpresso Book Tours are here to deliver with the celebration. 

Serious prizes! I repeat: serious prizes. 

And swag. 

The giveaway in honor of this release is seriously fantastic and totally worth a second glance. To learn more about the book, author and the giveaway, follow the cut!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood | Rating:  ★★★★★

“Night falls. Or has fallen. Why is it that night falls, instead of rising, like the dawn? Yet if you look east, at sunset, you can see night rising, not falling; darkness lifting into the sky, up from the horizon, like a black sun behind cloud cover. Like smoke from an unseen fire, a line of fire just below the horizon, brushfire or a burning city. Maybe night falls because it’s heavy, a thick curtain pulled up over the eyes. Wool blanket.”

There are times when I think about the first time I read The Handmaid's Tale: I had lukewarm feelings towards it. The ground didn't move nor break when I closed it for good that first visit. But the thing about timing is that it really is everything. I was a teenager, then. The Handmaid's Tale isn't necessarily something that would be beyond the realm of one teenagers standing. For many reasons, it did not connect with me. I enjoyed it. It tripped me out. Mostly, it made me frightened of the future because--well--the way it has aged, always feels parallel and relevant to our social climate.

The second time I read it, I felt more passionate towards it. It moved me. It startled me. My mind was off the charts well into this reprise. I was still a teenager then, just nearing my 20th birthday. I remember thinking, again, how relevant it remained. How real it felt even in its most surreal moments. I was bothered by the lack of history in this world on display, but for the most part, it struck a deeper cord on me than that first read.

Cover Reveal: Willow Harbour Series

Craving that perfect combination of paranormal and romance this October? Then I've got your next prey in sight. Get yourselves ready, ladies and gentlemen. The cover reveal for the Willow Harbor Series is here. Combing the talents of authors Alyssa Rose Ivy, Jennifer Snyder, Juliana Haygert and Sarra Canon, Willow Harbor is just around the corner. 

Can October 2nd hurry up?! Like... now?

Of the four books in this series, I have to admit my favourite cover is for Shifter's Fate but they all look appealing! Which are you looking forward to most?

Pictures This! New to my Shelves: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Note: You can now read my full review of Into the Water here.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim | Rating: ★★★★☆

"i don’t know how to connect in a world like this; in times like these, where i can’t even speak about myself in first person." As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

It's one of those days where I've found parts of myself scattered in the words of others. You know? I felt so connected to Sabrina Benaim's Depression & Other Magic Tricks that there were a few times I had to look away from it, and myself, just to breathe. Benaim shows us fragments of every little piece of herself--dashing through her prose with an ease. She is compelling and relatable. Full of life and hope and pain and love and all the hints of humanity that don't go away at the snap of a finger.

What I loved most about Depression & Other Magic Tricks is that it was utterly stunning in its honestly. Benaim does not hold back the punches when it comes to making her audience feel. I am honestly so, so, so impressed by the way she brings life to poetry and reminds us why we read it to begin with. That being said, like so many of her modern counterparts, she brings forth an edge that comes only with originality of voice. Sabrina is not anyone other than Sabrina and that's what sets all good poets apart.

Picture This! Book Mail: bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Note: this novel was sent to me on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

Do you hear that? Me, squealing in excitement? That's right, kids! Today is the cover reveal for the first book in Lola Dodge's The Spellwork Syndicate series, Deadly Sweet! I'm so excited to be the first to share with you this delectable cover art for the book--out January 16th 2018 from Ink Monster LLC! 

Described as a paranormal fantasy novel, it's sure to be your next YA obsession. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It looks beyond delicious and dark. I am such a sucker for purple themed covers! 

To find out more about Deadly Sweet, and Lola Dodge, follow the cut! 

What do you guys think of this yummy cover? Are you stoked?!

Picture This! Book Mail: The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

Note: this novel was sent to me on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blitz: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse

If a title like Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats doesn't speak to you on some spiritual level, we can't be friends. I'm completely joking--but, I'd be lying if I said that the title didn't pull me from the start. July 24th 2017 saw the release of this offering by Carla Rehse and now is your chance to not only celebrate its release with me, but to snag your own copy on Amazon for only .99 cents until the 9th of September!

What on earth are you waiting for? Let's not hang around waiting until the sequel (to which Rehse is penning now) is released! We could all use a little magic in our lives and Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats screams of magical pick-me-ups.

To celebrate its release, don't forget to enter this fantastic giveaway that can be found underneath the cut! All information regarding this little cutie can be found there, too.

Congrats, Carla, on the months since its publication!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Picture This! Book Mail: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Note: this novel was sent to me on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Side Game by Nicole Loufas

Nicole Loufas' Men of Trance continues with Side Game and I'm beyond excited to share with you all the official cover reveal!  That's right--the latest in this NA series is nearly here. So mark your calendars for October 4th 2017. 

(Taylor Swift voice) Are you ready for it? Here goes nothing--follow the cut for the delicious cover for Side Game and to learn more about the book, and author!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins | Rating: ★★★★☆

“Yes, it is. It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”

Not quite the masterpiece that The Girl on the Train was, it still had that signature Paula Hawkins prose we are only just getting acquainted with. My biggest problem was neither plot or pacing--it was the insistent changing of narration that knocked my rating down just a bit. Once I grew used to it, I found the novel to be enjoyable; thrilling, thought provoking and maybe a little bit dangerous. As always, the psychological aspects of this mystery were on fire. You never know who to trust.

Paula Hawkins treats her fanbase to a story of love, loss and the damaging history of the waters in one small town. I enjoyed the elements of mystery and the questioning of deaths. The water has secrets of its own, I'm telling you. If water could talk... I'd certainly listen. Kicking things off with the mysterious element and dark history of the story at the center of things is one narrator we know only briefly--Libby. Her story is, perhaps, the darkest and most compelling. It leaves a mark on you even in the short moments we see the water through her eyes many, many years ago.

Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Various | Rating: ★★★★☆

I've been pretty fond of the Paper Girls series and the fact that it just keeps getting better. It may not be my favourite or most captivating release in terms of graphic novels, but it's definitely still one that I keep track of. In terms of series, it's quite unique and nostalgic. The artwork is fantastic and consistently on point. I love the way it feels retro without even trying and the colours are perfect.

The plots may have been hit or miss for me in the past. I won't lie to you--the series has its flaws that make me wonder at times but it's never enough to say to hell with it. I find it to be a blast and thoroughly entertaining. Whereas the flaws were more prominent in the beginning of the series, it has taken me by the neck and pinned me with its third volume. Honestly, this installment was incredible and can't miss.

Something about it held that nostalgia, that fear and the scientific elements that make the girls so fantastic to read about. Vol. 3 really blew its counterparts out of the water and proved that this story is going great places and is unforgettable. The way that we fleshed out the girls in this one--and a specific vision of the future; the fate of all of them still very much so in the air, an introduction to a new setting and cast of characters--was incredible. I loved the pointblank approach we took to the way life goes on even in the face of terror.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Just Three Dates by David Burnett

Summer is officially off the market but there's no reason we can't still enjoy a novel that is the perfect kind of fluff in the autumn. Enter, Just Three Dates. David Burnett carves out a story that is fit for the afternoons spent cuddled on your couch. We all need a break from reality and what better way to do so than with a novel like Just Three Dates

A truly perfect fit for the romantic at heart--Just Three Dates is a story of two people on the verge of giving up on love that are brought together unexpectedly. Set up by family, no less. Will opposites attract? Are these two destined to be together out of convenience or can it be love? David Burnett pulls out all the stops with this story that will surely make you feel, well, all the feels. 

I'm so excited to share the blitz with you guys! To learn more about the book, David Burnett and the giveaway, follow the cut.

Picture This! Book Mail: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Note: this novel was sent to me on behalf of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.