Peas, Carrots, and a Red Feather Boa – Hannah Lynn

Peas, Carrots and a Red Feather Boa (The Peas and Carrots Series #2)Title: Peas, Carrots, and a Red Feather Boa

Author: Hannah Lynn

Genre: Contemporary / Humor

Release Date: December 13th, 2018

Format:  A review of an advance reader

Synopsis:

Life in the country was supposed to be relaxing

Eric Sibley’s life is going pretty well … Well, except for the fact his new house is falling down around his ears, he has committed himself to preparing a lavish Christmas Day feast for the extended family, his wife is stressed and overworked, his new allotment neighbour is crazy and on top of all that, his mother-in-law has come to stay. Otherwise, the move to the sleepy riverside village of Burlam is going brilliantly.

Following on from Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin, once again Eric and his family navigate their way through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. With the addition of some wonderful new faces, get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind of uninspiring leeks, troublesome chickens, inappropriate plumbers and various interlopers, all hell-bent on turning Eric’s life upside down. Continue reading “Peas, Carrots, and a Red Feather Boa – Hannah Lynn”

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Blog Tour |The Kooky Kids’ Club – Robbie Yates: Kooky and engagingly righteous!

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Title: The Kooky Kids’ Club

Author: Robbie Yates

Genre: Middle Grade

Release Date: November 4th, 2018

Blurb:

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky! Continue reading “Blog Tour |The Kooky Kids’ Club – Robbie Yates: Kooky and engagingly righteous!”

Blog Tour | Everlasting Nora – Marie Miranda Cruz #EverlastingNoraPH

Everlasting NoraTitle: Everlasting Nora

Author: Marie Miranda Cruz

Genre: Realistic Fiction / Contemporary / Middle Grade

Publisher: Starscape

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Synopsis:

An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Everlasting Nora – Marie Miranda Cruz #EverlastingNoraPH”

Blog Tour | Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful – Arwen Elys Dayton: Awestricken and thought-provoking…

Stronger, Faster, and More BeautifulTitle: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopia / Young Adult

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: December 4th, 2018

Format: A review of DRC

Synopsis:

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful – Arwen Elys Dayton: Awestricken and thought-provoking…”

Series Review: The Young Elites Series – Marie Lu

Hey, hope you’re having one great week! What I have here today on the blog is something that I had been meaning to read in a long while. Pats self I did it.

If you had been following me, I had made a list of book series that I wanted to finish from like a long time ago. With all the amazing 2019 release and yet here I am trying to keep up with the 2015 and 2016 releases. In that list, I made an ultimatum to myself to finish it before the year ends. And I feel like I may not finish it but I am proud of myself that I made at least half of it.

Among that list of series The Young Elites Trilogy here we go…

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)Title: The Young Elites

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: October 7th, 2014

Format: Paperback / Purchased Copy

Synopsis:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever marked by a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Branded as a malfetto – an abomination – she is cast out from all she has ever known and loved.

Adelina finds sanctuary with other malfettos and discovers that the disease has left her with more than just a scar – she has a mysterious and powerful gift.

She is a Young Elite.

But Adelina’s ability is stronger than any Young Elite before her. And unless she can control the vengeful darkness growing inside her heart Adelina could be a danger to them all.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. Continue reading “Series Review: The Young Elites Series – Marie Lu”

The Bookshop Back Home – Catherine Dellosa #RomanceClass Reads

The Bookshop Back HomeTitle: The Bookshop Back Home

Author: Catherine Dellosa

Genre: Romance / Contemporary

Release Date: August 20th, 2017

Format: Purchased e-book via Amazon

Synopsis:

When Anna ran away to the big city, she was happy. Sure, she brewed cheap coffee, scrubbed frat toilets, and stood in the middle of a basketball court with a plastic bird over her head just to get by, but she was happy. Then Michael shows up at her university on the last day of college and asks her to come home, and she’s drawn to him all over again.

Never mind that he’s eight years older than she is. Never mind that he’s smiling and perfect and the whole reason why she left home in the first place. Never mind that he accidentally almost got her killed in their town’s old bookshop when she was twelve.

All Anna knows is that Michael is the same man who revived her, the same man who broke her heart growing up, the same man she’s hungered for all her life.

Now, she’s coming home to face her silent mother, her passive sister, and a devastating truth about her father. She’s coming home to face her demons, and—after one forbidden night—ignite a fragile passion with the older boy who never loved her in return.

But Michael has his own demons too. And when 22-year-old Anna comes home to return to the life she left behind, she learns that there are just some things you can’t run away from, and that home will never be the same again.  Continue reading “The Bookshop Back Home – Catherine Dellosa #RomanceClass Reads”

Blog Tour | Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean: Where I encourage you all to buy it for you and your friends!

Welcome to my Empress of All Seasons Stop! I had been really fortunate to be part of the tour and for that, I want to thank our Tour Organizers, Caramel of Bookablereads & Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads.

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Here’s we go…

Empress of All Seasons

Title: Empress of All Seasons

Author: Emiko Jean

Genre: Fantasy / Mythology / Young Adult

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: November 6th, 2018

ISBN: 0544530942 (ISBN13: 9780544530942)

Synopsis:

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy

Continue reading “Blog Tour | Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean: Where I encourage you all to buy it for you and your friends!”

Mini Reviews; non-fiction graphic novels edition…

I have seen many among you have gone through NetGalley and request books that are quick to read to heighten the ratio for approval. And I wasn’t about to do it too, I swear! but I could resist reading these! I have enjoyed; related and educated by these reads. And I got to add these reads in my non-fiction and graphic shelf too, it really is a win-win-win-win, yup four wins, hehehe. 

Drawn to Sex: The BasicsTitle: Drawn to Sex: The Basics

Author: Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan

Genre: Non-fiction (Sequential Art / LGBTQIAP+)

Publisher: Limerence Press

Release Date: November 6th, 2018

Description:

The first volume in a planned, 3-volume, sex-education series.

Erika and Matthew are ready to talk about sex!

Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn’t know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning, talking, and creating informative comics about all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they’re here to demystify the world of sex and answer your questions—including ones you might not even know you had!

In this first book of the Drawn to Sex series, they explore the practical side of sex, from the basics of what defines sex, to barriers and testing, masturbation, and the ins-and-outs of having sex with other people.

Pick up this fun book if you’re looking to learn something new, understand sexuality better, or know someone (maybe you!) who might benefit from some judgment-free education. Erika and Matthew are here to help you out. Continue reading “Mini Reviews; non-fiction graphic novels edition…”

Broken Things – Lauren Oliver: A story within a story…

Broken ThingsTitle: Broken Things

Author: Lauren Oliver

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Young Adult

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Format: A review of an advanced reading copy.

Synopsis:

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous. Continue reading “Broken Things – Lauren Oliver: A story within a story…”

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