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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Amnesia" by Cambria Hebert


Amnesia
Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
I washed ashore in a little lake town.
A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…
No one knows me.
I don’t know me.
If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?
I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.
I am invisible.
To everyone, to everything, even to myself.
Except to him.
I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.
I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.
His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.
I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.
They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.
I don’t even know mine.
I am amnesia.






Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Summer Reads!


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #110: In which I post about the best books to read in summer or they are going to be released in summer! Here's my top 10 choices in both YA and NA!


10: Breathe (Summer Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines: Though I've read the first book only the series has amazing reviews and love sparks in the summer!



9: Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry: A summer vacation, an MC club and a family secret are the main pros in this series! I loved the first book but honestly, I adored the rest.



8: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: One of the most emotional read of my 2016 Read list! Dealing with life after school, PTSD and the impossible chance of love this little bit is recommended!



7: Ten Tiny Breaths series by K.A. Tucker: I love, love these books! Amazing characters, too many feels and great dialogues!



6: The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter: It's Cameo's story! I've waiting for her arc in a long time and I believe that slowly this series is coming to an end. Still it's one of my anticipated summer reads!



5: Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman: I still haven't read this book but it has surfing, summer and self-discovery.



4: What to say Next by Julie Buxbaum: I had the chance to review an ARC of this beauty and I adored the characters and the plot! School, bullying a character of is unique and smart can make your heart melt from its sweetness!



3: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh: I never miss the chance to read a book by my favorite NA/A author! I love her worlds and her characters!



2: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: This anticipated summer read has gained many positive reviews! I can't wait for it!



1: Love in English & Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle: The first book is set in Spain and it's a steamy NA with forbidden love. The second is also set in summer in New Zealand! These are by far my most favorite books by Karina Halle!






Monday, May 22, 2017

Milky Way of Books Presents: Solar System Genre Reviews. Where I visit Fantasy! (Part 1)


Hello everyone! This is a new feature I have been planning for a while. Inspired by space and my love for reading, I've categorized each genre into respective "solar systems". You'll see collective reviews on books I've read with a bio of their respective authors.

For this week, I plan to 'visit' Fantasy. There've been many books I've read of this genre on March and April and loved too much!






Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, S. Jae-Jones's Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.



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REVIEW

This was one of the most anticipated books on my February TBR list. Yet, I was able to read only in the middle of the month.

Wintersong, as mentioned in many different reviews, is truly inspired by the story of the Labyrinth and the Goblin King. It also has a small reference to the myth of Persephone and Hades, since the author ties nicely old folklore and German history.

Liesl is the daughter of a family who struggles to hold her place in society. Her brother is talented in music and her sister is vain and to my opinion, plainly annoying. When an old promise with the Goblin King is brought into Liesl's memories, she will struggle to save her sister and discover more about herself and the myth behind the Goblin King.

The descriptions were written beautifully. I was entranced with the world of the Goblin King and the creatures that live in it. And while Liesl was also annoying in the first part of the book, she became a part of the King's life, using their love for music to bring them closer.

And there is sexual tension in this book. It's not only songs and poetry. There is a raw emotion binding the Goblin King and Liesl and when the final pages came I was crying over their fates.

The ending of the book held a tiny surprise which the author tied with a very known part of a composer's life. I was very surprised also to see that there'll be a sequel because the main characters have to be together! I want to know what will happen!






About the author:

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.









The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.



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REVIEW

I admit it. I had the HC copy of the book since 2016, yet I had to see the release of "A Crown of Wishes" in order to get into reading this book.
The pros of this lovely story are the world-building and the SE asian mythology. The glossary in the final pages of the book also helped me understand more about the creatures of this book. Just like in Wintersong, this book has a touch of Hades and Persephone in it with a glitter of reincarnation added too.

Maya is outcasted from her father's harem because of her ominous astrology. She is considered already dead by the wives and when they refer to her, they speak in the padt tense, which is horrible. When she meets Amar, under difficult circumstances, she will travel to him into the Underworld and discover the wild and dangerous beauty of it and the secrets hidden behind Amar's existence.

While I loved the plot, the romance felt a little forced and a little insta-love. But the journey Maya underwent till the end of the book proved to be the factor that made her a strong heroine who can save herself and her loved ones. She is smart, know how to bargain and despite her fears and faces them.

Roshani Chokshi's descriptions could also rival Laini Taylor's. Which says much about the world building. ;)




About the author:

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and the upcoming A CROWN OF WISHES, releasing March 28, 2017. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.













Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.






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REVIEW

I don't know how to describe this book! The sheer beauty of Laini's writing always make me feel like I'm part of the plot! The characters are always amazing! And CAN WE TALK ABOUT LAZLO? My sweet bookworm with the crooked nose! I loved his intelligence and curiosity, his vivid imagination! I think with Lazlo Laini described EVERY book lover out there! I want a boyfriend like him!

And the city of Weep! OMG, for a moment I felt like I've entered a Tolkien book! Not to mention, the history, the geography, the glossary and the mythology behind the world building! And the romance between Sarai and Lazlo! Beautiful and heart-breaking.

And there was also a cliffhanger! How will I wait for the next book! I'll definitely re-read this book!





About the author:

Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas. 








Friday, May 19, 2017

A publishing journey: "Three Ghosts for Anastasia" by Alexandra Perchanidou. Where I rave and cry happy tears!


This post is going to be one of the happy ones. I don't usually trouble you with my life outside the blogspere but today the occasion demands it.

On 2011, when I still was a uni student, I began writing my first attempt on a trilogy. I still haven't began blogging and the Greek bookish market still raved over the Paranormal genre. Add in my love for History, mythology and my birth city, Thessaloniki, and voila! The first draft of "Three Ghosts for Anastasia" was born.


Fast forward to 2015. After learning how to blog, following authors, reading advice and watching videos about formatting, editing and character/world building development, I began editing the WHOLE trilogy!

At the same time, I researched agents, publishing houses and mostly the trends on genres on the market. And truthfully, it was a little depressing. Not many want to read nowadays ghosts stories as they did 6 years ago and to be frank, I am one of them too. But the trilogy, along with the rest of my works on Wattpad, became a part of me and I love all of my characters.



So, I decided to query my trilogy. I had the honor to have my query critiqued by Lauren James, author of "The Next Together" series and of the upcoming book "The Loneliest Girl in the Universe". It was the first time someone else from my family believed in me and my writing and for that I'm eternally grateful to you Lauren! *sending virtual hugs*



So, after 45 query requests to agents, 8 query requests to publishing houses and after participating on 5 Twitter Pitch contests, the result was...zero. No interest in the trilogy, which was jarring at first but also made me realize that nothing is easy and you must never give up. J.K. Rowling's example of rejected queries from publishing houses kept me from crying too.


And then, on April, I got an email. Tapas Media, a company in San Francisco, was interested on publishing my trilogy on their app. The premise was very innovative, the site also hosts Sarah's Scribbles, who is one of the funniest comic creators I've ever read, and they were very co-operative with my time schedule and the cover production.

The result was for the first book to be published today in the Tapas app, and as I sit here writing this post, I couldn't be happier. Maybe a little teary too!


So, as a book reviewer to a book reviewer, I implore you to try and read my story. And if you like it, leave some love here too!


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Most Valuable Playboy" by Lauren Blakely

   

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy, new standalone sports romance releasing September 1st, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY! Told from the guy’s POV, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will hit retailers just in time to celebrate the start of fall and football season! The audiobook is slated for a simultaneous release and will be narrated by Zachary Webber! Don’t miss the amazing cover and blurb below!



 
Cover Design by Helen Williams with Photography by Scott Hoover Photography
 
About MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY:
Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns. 
Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the owner’s handsy-as-hell sister who seems dead set on winning more than a date with me at the auction. 
Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.
She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me the next day that we’ve got to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract. Violet says she’ll take one for the team and pretend to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport. And soon enough, I want this game with her to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.
How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

*MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!*
PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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Can’t wait to get your hands on this smoking hot MVP?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will release two days early on iBooks! If you’re an iBooks user, you can enjoy this sports romance on August 30st!

     


    About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 80 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter  





                                            

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: "A Court of Wings and Ruin" (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


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REVIEW

The most anticipating finale of 2017 came with A Court of Wigs and Ruin! It was a thrilling ride, which may have been the ending of Feyre's and Rhysand's story but not for the rest of the characters.
Feyre is a spy in the Spring Court, trying to stop in any way she can Hybern's incoming invasion. Tamlin and Ianthe work together while Lucien is the only one who has realized Feyre's true intentions. I can't begin saying how much I loved these first chapters! Feyre gave them hell!



From there we have a ride against time to rally allies, make deadly deals while all the members of the Inner Circle have their own tiny story arc. The beauty of this book was not only the plot, the amazing descriptions or the battles. It was the character development, not only for Feyre but also for Rhys, the Acheron sisters as also for Amren, Mor, Cassian and Azriel. Lucien too.

Many parts of the world building also gave me the impression that Sarah J. Maas was inspired by the Mongolean history, the russian folklore not to mention that some particular High Lord transformations and battle scenes have their origin in known films and movies!





As for the characters? I can't begin describing how wonderful it was to see the humor even in the dire circumstances, how amazing it was to see all the High Lords together, especially to learn the backstory of some. Make note that Kallias and Viviane also are the best couple in the High Lords, second to Rhys and Feyre! And Helion! I didn't expect the relevations about him, which I hope they will be mentioned in the upcoming books.

Tamlin and Jurian also have their stories but in the end, I was never interested. Tamlin's arc may have undergone some developments here, but after the events on ACOMAF, it's hard for me to forgive him. I liked seeing again the Summer Court, especially Varian. And you are in for a surprise about him!

What's more, I never expected Mor's true feelings to surface. I was very sad for her but also...angry for a reason. Yes, she suffered, but she should have been more honest about herself mostly, then to Azriel and the rest of the Court. I can only hope that she'll have her own book too.



There's also a ton of monsters here, old as time itself which make their appearance and you would never want to get on their bad side. Well, you wouldn't want to get on Nesta's bad side either! :)

The ending was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Sweet and with an open path, paving the way for the next ACOTAR books/novellas.

Here're the pairs/characters I'd love to see in the next books:

Lucien & Elain
Cassian & Nesta
Mor
Azriel
Varian & Amren
And I want a novella dedicated to Kallias and Viviane!

A Court of Wings and Ruin is by far the best book Sarah J. Maas has written so far. I don't know wht will happen on September with "Tower of Dawn" (Chaol's book) but this beauty was a gorgeous read!






A Court of Thorns and Roses series













About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel,is available now.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.






Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Moms


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #109: In celebration of Mother's Day here's my top 10 choices for the best Mothers you can find in YA and NA.


10: Divergent by Veronica Roth: The Prior Mom (whose name I've forgotten). You left us early but you were the best kickass mom I saw in movies.





9: Room by Emma Donoghue: Emotional, raw and too real this Mom does everything save her boy. I also loved the movie.



8: Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Lovely story. The parents may have had the best motives for little Auggie, since he was homeschooled and they were afraid for him, but they were open on his new adventures as a young student.



7: Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons: I note the second book for Tania's enormous emotional capacity as a Mom after everything she's been through. Also I love the second book despite having most of it being told by Alexander's POV.



6: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen: Mrs Shipley is a force to be reckoned. She takes in a former felon-druggie and tries to help him. She loves her farm and deals with of her hot-headed children.



5: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh: Sara Haziz is the Guild Hunter Leader by day and mom by night. Her daughter Zoe is a sweet little thing, in the first books where we see her, and Sara is fiercely loyal over Helena. 



4: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward: This is dedicated to Mary, Rhage's shellan, who loves children yet and can't have her own. The story between the couple and Bitty was sweet, maybe the best part of the book.



3: The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray: I mention these books not only for the protagonists but also for Marguerite's parents. They alsways find each other in the multi-verse, no matter the different lives they have and they are pretty cool for scientists. Her Mom is funny, supportive and always worries for her daughter. Marguerite's Dad especially flirts with her Mom, mentioning their next project (after all the trouble the first one got them into): time travel!





2: The Forgotten Tale by J.M. Frey: Because Lucy Piper is not only a good mom but also a career woman, wanting to hunt down knowledge and rage over the injustice in literacy. Not to mention that Forsyth (my sweet one!) is an amazing stay-in-home dad! 



1: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: No one messes with Mrs. Weasley! Best Mom, cook, and witch. She loved Harry from the start and holds no qualms on protecting her family, both by blood and not.





What are your favorite bookish moms?