[Review] Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham


ABOUT

Title: Scarlett Undercover

Author: Jennifer Latham

Publisher: Little Brown

Release Date:May 19th 2015

Goodreads Page

Source: e-ARC via NetGalley

Synopsis:
A voice-driven mystery perfect for fans of Veronica Mars.

Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas. When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks -- and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.

Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.

[Review] The Devil You Know by Trish Doller


ABOUT

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Trish Doller 

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's 

Release Date: June 2nd 2015 


Source: e-ARC via NetGalley

Synopsis: 
Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Life Update!

You might have noticed I've been a bit absent lately and not posting nor tweeting. Perhaps updating my instagram, but essentially absent.

I've been having a bit of an existential crisis lately. I've been pretty much set all my life to become a computer scientist, but I recently failed both my math courses and I generally hated all my courses except for my beloved Classical Mythology course. I've been trying to come to terms with changing my program and what I want to be. However, therein lies the problem. I don't know what I want to do.

But enough of that depressing talk. I haven't been doing much since my little crisis started at the end of April. I was a bit active in the beginning of May but not really.

However, I did do some things.

I've been into cooking lately.



This recipe I cooked comes recommended from me. It's the Lonely Girl Pancake recipe that makes enough batter to make about five medium sized pancakes and essentially enough for one person. Very tasty and I think it'll be my go to pancake recipe.

I've also been very into fountain pens lately if you didn't know. I looove my fountain pen and I'd love to have more and use more inks. I'm kind of falling into the hobby.



Also, fountain pen ink in water is so gorgeous and lovely to photograph. This is the beautiful Poussiere de Lune by J.Herbin, which I adore. I want more of this ink so badly!

I've also been eating out a lot at some cooler places since I am out of school nowadays and my job doesn't start for a while.

I've been super into photography as always. Follow me on instagram, @Astaraya ;)

I hope to be posting more soon and reading more as well. I'm starting to get out of my existential crisis funk now.


Happy Reading!
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[Book Blitz] Gabriel by Nikki Kelly!






About

Title: Gabriel

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #2 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Goodreads Page

Pages: 352 

Synopsis: 
The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

Interview


Will we get a peek at Styclar Plena in the current action of the book or are we doomed to just hear about from Gabriel's memories only?


Lol doomed you say?! I can tell you exclusively, here in this interview, that in Book3 we get to go to to third dimension, and the first dimension (Styclar-Plena) in the current action of the book ;)



I need a sneak peak! What's going to happen with Jonah? *waves #TeamJonah flag*


...Now that would be telling ;) You can, however, get a sneak peek through the Gabriel cover reveal blog tour, where I shared 6 excerpts form Book2: http://www.thestyclarsaga.com/blog-tour/



Can you describe this second book in a tweet? (140 characters)


Just when you think you know... you have no idea ;) #TheStyclarSaga #GABRIEL #NoMercy



Best gif that describes Jonah and another for Gabriel?






How much of Jonah will we see in Gabriel?


Plenty, I promise! ;) The second book may be titled GABRIEL, but it is told from Lailah's POV. The reason the book is called GABRIEL is because there is a focus on what becomes of Gabriel's 'soul' if you will. Take my word for it though, Jonah gets plenty of 'screen time' ;)


If you were FORCED (hahahahha) to help Gabriel or Jonah train to be lifeguards, who would you choose?? Obviously they will only be wearing red speedos. ;)


Sadly, I wouldn't be able to help either train to be a lifeguard as my ability in water is non-existant... That said... *has idea!* I could quite easily throw myself in and begin to drown (because that would require no acting on my part what so ever) and then they would have to jump in and save me... In fact, I think that's exactly what we should do, that way we also get to see both of the boys in red speedos.. because #HellsYes !


In 10 words or less, what can we expect from Gabriel?


A definite need to *fist pump and plenty of *face palming!


(Okay, I know that was 11, but it was close!)


What's the ONE thing about the series that you'd like readers to know that they don't know already? : )


There are elements of my own life weaved through the story telling of the entire series. When I say I gave a part of myself to these novels, I wasn't joking!



What inspired you to mix vampires and angels together?


I wanted to tell a story about light and dark, good and evil if you will, and how things are never quite what they seem....To do this for the saga, I borrowed a little here and there from my own belief system, and I was able to create new worlds and beings, but utilize existing belief or myth on which to base them. For example, the two worlds the beings emerged from were based on the concept of Heaven and Hell. I then spun that into something else entirely. I took the myths about vampires and angels etc. and tried to demonstrate how, through storytelling and game of telephone, the idea of what they are has become quite different from the truth – the truth of course being the reality of things in my books! If you want to tell a story about light and dark, preconceived notions and perception, what two better candidates than Gabriel and Jonah, an Angel and a Vampire in which to explore those very themes!


What was the most challenging part of writing Gabriel?


Lailah picks her ship! That was not an easy thing to pen! **eep**


Lailah was such a successful start to this series, people seemed to really love it! Did that make you feel additional pressure to ensure the sequel was just as good?


When people express their love for your story it always adds to the pressure of making sure you get it right, not just for your characters, not just for you, but for the reader. But there will always be instances where the reader doesn't agree with something that happens as the journey progresses, for example which ship makes it out the port! ;) I always keep the readers in mind, but ultimately I have to be true and honest to the characters and their story, even if it means that sometimes people want to throw things at you! So yes, I guess the prospect of twitter bombs being slung my way adds to the pressure!


If you had a chance to re-live your life, what would you have done differently?

Not a single thing. Every shelf I ever stacked, every customer I ever served, every diary I ever organised... in fact, every minute of every day, all the laughs and all the tears led me tohere—and here is the most wonderful place. There is a very fine balance between having ambition and gumption to go out and make your dreams a reality, trying to find the 'good times' if you like, and being able to see and know exactly when you are in them! I'm in them now.


If a celebrity was going to play Gabriel, who would it be and why?


Alex Pettyfer for sure because he's a very talented English actor... yada, yada, yada... Okay people, lets keep it real #LeSwoon .. #NuffSaid


If you had to pick ONE song that either represents you or your books, what song would you pick? (You can totally pick one for you and one for your books if you want!)

For Styclar— Imagine Dragons:Demons For me—Boyzone:Words


Where did Gabriel and jonah come from? Any real life influences?

Gabriel and Jonah both possess qualities from my own bae :) He was a little more like Jonah when I met him (I was 16) and he's a little more like Gabriel now, but when I ask nicely he will still, from time to time, point his collar up ;)


ALSO, What do you love most about Jonah?

He's a bit rough around the edges, but give him a polish and he shines likes a diamond :)

And in case you haven't read Lailah yet. . . . 


ABOUT

Title: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #1 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends


Synopsis: 

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.




 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

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Happy Reading! 
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[Review] Hold me like a breath by Tiffany Schmidt


ABOUT

Title: Hold me Like a Breath

Author: Tiffany Schmidt 

Series: Once Upon a Crime Family #1 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: May 19th 2015

Goodreads page

Source: e-ARC via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

[Review] Emancipated by M.G. Reyes


ABOUT

Title: Emanicpated 

Author: M.G. Reyes

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: May 26th 2015 


Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss

Synopsis: 
The good girl, the bad boy, the diva, the hustler, the rock star, and the nerd. Six teens legally liberated from parental control for six different reasons, all with one thing in common: something to hide.

Now they’re sharing a house in Venice Beach, acting like a family, and living their lies. No parents. No limits. No alibis. One witnessed a crime, another might be a murderer—and one’s been spying on them all.

As they cling to a fantasy of freedom and slowly let down their guards, the past creeps up on them. And when one of them gets arrested, everyone’s carefully constructed facade comes crumbling down.

In this steamy, drama-filled series, relationships are tested and secrets revealed as lies threaten to destroy their perfect setup.

[Review] Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


ABOUT

Title: Crimson Bound

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: May 5th 2015

Goodreads Page

Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss

Synopsis:
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

[#RiGoesOutside] Montreal!

So if you didn't know I took a little impromptu trip to Montreal, Quebec with my family over the Easter weekend. Here are some of my photos and my chronicling of my experience of my time in Montreal!




It was supposed to be a nice week, considering that it was quite warm during the week before the weekend. But it snowed. A lot. I definitely wasn't prepared for this weather as I had on running shoes. I'm glad I wore a down jacket instead of my beloved black wool and leather coat.

So instead of walking around and shopping, we decided to go visit the Saint Joseph's Oratory to see the interiors. Montreal is probably the oldest area of Canada, since it's right next to the St. Lawrence river, where settlers sailed into the mainland of Canada. So there's a lot of old buildings in Montreal and it has a much more European feel than the rest of Canada. Also, if you're into that sort of thing, the relic in Saint Joseph's Oratory is the heart of Saint Brother Andre.








The inside was beautiful, but there wasn't as much to see as there is in European churches. A lot of it was closed up and there were escalators inside, so it's obviously been modernized. Still, the size of the top bit was pretty awesome.

That night, we went to a restaurant that is co-owned by Jamie Oliver and the head chef, Derek Dammann. It's a super casual pub like restaurant and the food is freaking awesome. It's a sort of "share the plate" type deal and there's no set menu so it's always changing. It's on the pricier side but the food is sooooo good.





Here are some of the dishes I had at Maison Publique before I got too distracted eating and it got too dark to take pictures with my phone. Not included in these photos is a delicious papparedelle with venison ragu and a big slice of ham and vegetables (it is Easter). We were all super stuffed and content afterwards that we didn't even have dessert.

 We didn't do much on the second day besides some shopping. I got a new bag and some Rhodia paper and Stabilo pens. Because of course Montreal has a chain of fountain pen stores and Toronto wouldn't. (WHY AREN'T THERE MORE IN TORONTO) I should have picked up some ink while I was there. Yes, if you didn't know, I'm super into fountain pens lately.






We ended our last evening in Montreal with dinner in a super cute bistro where I had sub par salmon in an attempt to be healthy after the previous night's meal. That and I had an awesome smoked meat sandwich and cheesecake at lunch. From our hotel we had a great view of the skyline and a view of the city down below. I couldn't resist taking pictures while everyone else was asleep.


So that's my short little trip to Montreal! It was really nice considering the Easter weekend was right before finals started. (I was actually writing my mythology essay in the car while we were driving to Montreal) So it was pretty relaxing and it was nice to get away from everything for a little bit.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I really love doing these #RiGoesOutside posts and I hope to do more in the future. :D


Happy reading!
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[Book Blitz] Bound Series #3 Title Reveal!!!

Hey guys! I'm so excited to reveal you guys the title of the Third Bound book! I can't wait to read this book since I adore the Bound series by Stormy Smith!

If you haven't heard of the first book, Bound by Duty, here's some info on one of my favourite books of 2014!


ABOUT

Title: Bound by Duty

Author: Stormy Smith

Series: Bound #1

Release Date: July 24th 2014

Goodreads Page

Synopsis:
Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn't even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she'll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?

You can check out my review of BOUND BY DUTY here and my review of the sequel, BOUND BY SPELL here.

So are you ready to see the title of the third BOUND book?


Scrooooooooooooooolll!






























I looooove this title and I'm wondering how the prophecy is going to play into this last book. Totally can't wait.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stormy Smith is the author of the Amazon best-seller, Bound by Duty. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly that stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.




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