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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Release Tuesday #12: March 28, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi.



Title: A Crown of Wishes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 384 pages
Meet the Author: Roshani Chokshi
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Wendy

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Release: Seat 2A by Author Dela-New Adult Romance

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to Seat 2A, a New Adult Romance by the Author of The 52nd Saga, Dela.





RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Seat 2A
Author: Dela
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2017


A couple of important things about the book


BLURB

When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow?

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.



Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?




Dela is the author of newly released SEAT 2A, a Contemporary Romance about two strangers having a second chance at fate. She’s also written THE 52NDsaga, a paranormal romance for young adults centered on the bloody Aztec tradition of human sacrifice. The sequel, BEYOND THE NEON SHORE, will release Summer 2017.

You’ll most often find her in gym clothes, taking pictures of books in the desert, or eating peppermint patties writing her next book. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and one exceptionally fat Chihuahua. Her website is www.delaauthor.com.


AUTHOR LINKS


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 Wendy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Release Tuesday #11: March 21, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to Lola: A Novel by Melissa Scrivner Love.


Title:  Lola: A Novel
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Crime
Author: Melissa Scrivner Love
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 336 pages
Meet the Author: Melissa Scrivner Love
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.      

Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.


Wendy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Seat 2A by Dela-Release Date March 27, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Yes, it is finally the time to reveal the cover of Seat 2A, a Contemporay Romance by the Author of The 52nd Saga, Dela.

Ready?



Isn't it gorgeous? Can't get over how beautiful this cover is. Dela is giving us another gem of a cover and can't wait to read the book.



COVER REVEAL
Title: Seat 2A
Author: Dela
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Sarah, Okay Creations

Release Date: March 27, 2017


A few important things about the book

1.)  Release date will be MARCH 27TH, 2017


3.) Pre-order links are now available.

AU: http://amzn.to/2mITizB

4.) Seat 2A is only 99c to pre-order and will be available on KU once released.


BLURB

When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow?

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.


Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?




Dela is the author of newly released SEAT 2A, a Contemporary Romance about two strangers having a second chance at fate. She’s also written THE 52NDsaga, a paranormal romance for young adults centered on the bloody Aztec tradition of human sacrifice. The sequel, BEYOND THE NEON SHORE, will release Summer 2017.

You’ll most often find her in gym clothes, taking pictures of books in the desert, or eating peppermint patties writing her next book. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and one exceptionally fat Chihuahua. Her website is www.delaauthor.com.


AUTHOR LINKS



 Wendy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Release Tuesday #10: March 14, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to The Wanderers by Meg Howrey.


Title: The Wanderers
Genre: Fiction/Sci-Fi
Author: Meg Howrey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 384 pages
Meet the Author: Meg Howrey
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

A brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and their families—changed forever.
 
“A transcendent, cross-cultural, and cross planetary journey into the mysteries of space and self. . . . Howrey’s expansive vision left me awestruck.” —Ruth Ozeki

“Howrey's exquisite novel demonstrates that the final frontier may not be space after all.” —J. Ryan Stradal

In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves.
 
In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of "Obbers," Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters—and each other. 

Astonishingly imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, The Wanderers explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.


Wendy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Release Tuesday #09: March 07, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to The Roanoke Girls: A Novel by Amy Engel.


Title: The Roanoke Girls: A Novel
Genre: Fiction/Historical
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: March 07, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 288 pages
Meet the Author: Amy Engel
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

 After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.


Wendy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review: Emotions by Arnie Cantarero-Science Fiction

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Emotions by Arnie Cantarero.


Title: Emotions
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Science-Fiction
Author: Arnie Cantarero
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Publication Date: October 21, 2015 (First Edition)
Language: English
Paperback: 262 pages
Meet the Author: Arnie Cantarero
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
Jason Ariaz is not your average 22-year-old. He has been enhanced but that’s only the beginning. He is an emotionless extraterrestrial born to human parents and living among us. Both him and his implanted thinking computer were damaged on landing and must go through life as less than what they really are. 

The purpose of their mission: to gain permanent emotions from the more primitive society that is Earth. If he is successful, he will be the first of his species to do so in nearly 200,000 years. Hope lies in the fact that he is capable of emotional episodes, and he has been able to forge friendships. However, he does have the chance of completing his mission if he can truly care for Ariel, the closest human in his life. But he better know his heart soon. Their lives are in danger of ending tonight unless he can recover what his species has lost.

My Thoughts

First of all I want to thank the author, Arnie for bringing such an amazing story to life. Emotions is a book I really enjoyed and Jason one character I know I want to read more about in the near future. 

Onto the things I liked the most. Emotions is a story packed with a lot of action, actually it took me just a few days to read it. I could not stop, I did not want to stop reading it. Thing after thing happening, I just wanted to know what was next for Jason and all the other characters. I like how unique the premise is. Here is Jason, like the description shows us, an emotionless extraterrestrial, living in our planet, right there it was enough for me to want to read it. No emotions, makes you think how it would be like not to feel anything, no sadness, no happiness, no pain, no fear? 

I also like how Emotions is easy to read, not complicated words, not complicated descriptions like other few Sci-Fi books I have read before.  Well-developed characters, action-packed scenes, unexpected twists, a fast paced story in my opinion, complex but at the same time simple and beautiful. I like how this story is not predictable at all, every time I though I had it figured out there was something that changed everything, all the action going on, oh I loved that. And the ending, again, not expected but I liked it.

Jason is one of a kind character. Not able to have emotions, to feel, but he always tries to make sense of us Humans and the things we do which for him dont make any sense at all, questioning why Humans do certain things like drinking. Though I could not help but feel bad at times that he has to pretend or emulate emotions for the sake of not being discovered by the people around him. Love the dialogues between Computer and Jason and how sometimes Computer takes over so Jason does not end up doing the wrong thing or doing the right thing at all. For an emotionless extraterrestrial Jason is loyal and cares for the others, specially Ariel, not intentionally as we Humans do but that's how I felt it. Smart and a character that made me be invested in the story. I also like how we see more of Jason through the pages on his own words, his thoughts, his own state of mind: "I'm an emotionless being in an emotional world. A rough combination to say the least".

Overall, I liked and enjoyed the book a lot. Like I said, the premise and Jason as the main character make this story a unique one. I like how we can see the character's transition from very young people to a more adult life. Made me keep wondering how hard it would for a person to be emotionless specially in that teenage period, and for Jason who we dont get the emotions at all.

Emotions, a book I highly recommend and I can't wait for the sequel to be published. I need to know where the story goes next.

Wendy

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Novels at Night IG Book Club Pick of the Month: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Hello dear Readers,

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is the Novels at Night IG Book Club pick for March.


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Language: English
Paperback: 448 pages
Meet the Author: Sarah J. Maas
Buy Me: Amazon 

Book Description
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.
Wendy

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Release Tuesday #08: February 28, 2017

Hello dear Readers,

Happy Book Birthday to Everything Belongs to Us: A Novel by Yoojin Grace Wuertz.


Title: Everything Belongs to Us: A Novel
Genre: Fiction/Historical
Author: Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Language: English
Hardcover: 368 pages
Meet the Author: Yoojin Grace Wuertz
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description


Two young women of vastly different means each struggle to find her own way during the darkest hours of South Korea’s “economic miracle” in a striking debut novel for readers of Anthony Marra and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.
 
Seoul, 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind.
            
For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty.
            
But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever.
            
In this sweeping yet intimate debut, Yoojin Grace Wuertz details four intertwining lives that are rife with turmoil and desire, private anxieties and public betrayals, dashed hopes and broken dreams—while a nation moves toward prosperity at any cost.
 
Praise for Everything Belongs to Us

“Engrossing. [Yoojin Grace] Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.”Kirkus, starred review

“[A] memorable debut . . . Wuertz crafts a story with delicious scenes and plot threads.”Publishers Weekly

“An absorbing debut destined for major lists and nominations.”Booklist

"In Everything Belongs to Us, Wuertz has given us a Middlemarch for modern South Korea. She’s woven the whole social tapestry, and made us care about every last thread.”—Susan Choi, author of My Education

“I found myself engrossed in the difficult choices faced by Wuertz’s nuanced, engaging characters as they navigate college politics and romance in 1970s Seoul. I’m thrilled to have experienced their inner lives in these pages—to have celebrated their victories and commiserated in the pain of their mistakes—and would happily have stuck with them for hundreds more.”—Emily Barton, author of The Book of Esther

“What a story! Everything belongs to this terrific debut: love, family, friendship, and politics. I especially loved the two strong-willed and passionate heroines. Their ideals, choices, and struggles make this an utterly rapturous literary page-turner.”—Samuel Park, author of This Burns My Heart
 
“Historic in scope yet eerily contemporary, Everything Belongs to Us is a stirring debut that immerses readers in a society where some quietly hope for change and others must demand it.  In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s capable hands, characters come alive with desire for a different kind of life, and heartbreak is the price of longing.”—Jung Yun, author of Shelter


Wendy

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Shadows of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Nazreen-Poetry

Hello dear Readers,

Below my book review of Shadows of Life: A Collection of Poetry by Nazreen.


Title: Shadows of Life: A Collection of Poetry
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Poetry
Author: Nazreen
Publisher: Avonlea Publishing 
Publication Date: February 10, 2017
Language: English
Paperback: 150 pages
Meet the Author: Nazreen
Buy Me: Amazon

Book Description
The Shadows of Life are emotions; the thoughts, desires, and aspirations trailing in our wake. Shadow-like in manner but shrouded by our physical form, we often seek to reveal them only in the darkness—sometimes of the day but other times, of our lives. Segregated into three sections, this book is a compilation of poems and prose, dealing with quotidian feelings such as love, longing, lamentation, and moreover, the spaces between them. The words in it will resonate with the reader’s own voice, rendering life to the untold stories carried within. For in the matters of the heart, we are all one and the same.
My Thoughts

The year I decide to read more poetry is the year that I am reading great poetry books. This one is not the exception. Shadows of Life. Firs thing I noticed was the necessity of Nazreen to let the words out. I know the feeling, the urge to say the things, to put it all in paper. I like how honest and real it feels. Love, Impossible love, not letting go and letting things behind, decisions we make everyday and how those affect our lives, betrayal, relationships, hate, forgiveness. Reading some of the poems made me go back to some periods of my own life and feel like I was reading about myself. That is how this book made me feel, like I could relate to what the Author is sharing with us. With each poem Nazreen tells us a story, takes us on this journey, with a beautiful, honest and real writing. Shadows of Life, a collection of poems every poetry lover should read.

"I will always 
Wonder why
I could not touch
Your heart.
Why we were
So close?
And sill
So far apart".

I was sent a copy of the book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.


Wendy