Liars Inc. Black Friday Sale!

HI GUYS. So I have exciting news for you, Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes is on sale!!! I absolutely adore this book and I'm definitely excited for you guys to read it! If you don't know what the book's about, here's some info:



ABOUT

Title: Liars, Inc
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 24th 2015 
Synopsis:
“This is one exciting ride.” –ALA Booklist

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money. So with the help of his friend Preston and his girlfriend, Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something, and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn't think twice about it. But then Preston never comes home. And the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead to Preston's body.

Terrifying clues that point to Max as the killer….

Check out my review of Liars, Inc here! 



Paula: I was super-thrilled to see that HarperTeen put the Liars, Inc. ebook back on sale for Black Friday, this time across multiple digital platforms. You can score an e-copy all week for the low price of $1.99 fromAmazon, Amazon Canada, B&N and iTunes!

I'm a girl who will buy almost anything if it feels like a mega-deal, but I realize that some people are a little more discriminating when they buy books. Therefore, I've designed a handy decision-making tree to help you determine if Liars, Inc. is right for you!





Paula: If you started to cry while reading the above chart, it's possible that you, like me, are a person who struggles to make decisions. It's okay. Some of us need additional information. Click here to read the first chapter of Liars, Inc. It's a great example of what you might be getting yourself into :)

JUST FOR FUN: Check out the top ten things I would bring with me if I had to go on the run from the feds. Includes essentials like Chapstick, chocolate, and flash bangs. If you leave a comment, tell me the top 3 things you'd pack if you went on the lam.

And hey, just for stopping by, you can enter to win a $25 gift card to B&N (U.S.) or your choice of any book from The Book Depository up to $20 value (INT)


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Thank you to Paula for stopping by and putting together this giveaway! I adore Liars, Inc and I hope we've convinced you to give the book a try!


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[Review] Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins


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Title: Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: November 3rd 2015 
Synopsis:
They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

[Blog Tour] Every Word by Ellie Marney!




I'm so incredibly grateful and happy to be on this blog tour because omygod I get to sing the praises of this series to y'all. If you didn't know, the Every series by Ellie Marney are some of my favourite books ever and they're a fantastic retelling of Sherlock Holmes.

Here's some information on the sequel to Every Breath - Every Word.


ABOUT

Title: Every Word
Author: Ellie Marney
Series: Every #2 
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Goodreads Page
Synopsis:
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him...and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents...Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?
Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.

As part of the blog tour and to do something fun, I created some graphics for some of my favourite quotes from the novel. There were so many awesome quotes, but I only went with four because the graphics are time consuming and also I don't think making graphics for the steamy steamy kissing scenes would be entirely appropriate. ;)

"Our faces are together - we're not kissing, but we're breathing each other. We're breathing so hard the air around us is heating up."

"His heart is thumpa-thumping there, right under my palm. But he keeps himself a critical centimeter or two away - that tiny space between us is pulsing." 

"I discover that slippery has its own color. And hardness too - it is the aged-ivory of bone. Black is the color of decay."

"There's nothing to hold on to, nothing real. Just a few photos in an album. Nobody remembers them. Nobody remembers that we were even a family." 

Check out my review of Every Word here!



And if for some reason you haven't read the first book yet, here is some info!



ABOUT

Title: Every Breath 
Author: Ellie Marney
Series: Every #1
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: October 14th 2015
Goodreads Page
Synopsis:
When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

Check out my review of Every Breath here!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia, Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.

Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

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[Release Day Book Blitz!] Bound by Prophecy by Stormy Smith!




Today is the release day for the last book of the Bound series by Stormy Smith! I love this series and I'm definitely glad that it's started to pick up traction recently!


ABOUT

Title: Bound by Prophecy
Author: Stormy Smith
Series: Bound #3 
Release Date: November 12th 2015
Goodreads Page
Synopsis: 
Amelia Bradbury is finally free from Queen Julia and Cresthaven, but she isn’t safe yet. The Keeper power runs rampant inside her and it will take an ultimate act of selflessness to contain the darkness that threatens Amelia’s sanity and the future of the Immortal race.

Aidan Montgomery refuses to give up on Amelia. Once she’s rescued from the Keeper’s hold, he intends to prove his love is more than a side effect of the prophecy, even if doing so leads him away from his pack and on a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

When the past and the present collide and the shocking origin of the Immortals is revealed, Amelia and Aidan are forced back to Cresthaven to end a war that never should have started.

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Have you read the first book in the Bound series? Bound by Duty is FREE 



ABOUT

Title: Bound by Duty
Author: Stormy Smith
Series: Bound #1
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 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, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

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 win the battle, or her heart?

Get for FREE here: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A word nerd from the very beginning, Stormy Smith has always had her nose in a book or a pen in her hand. From a journalism degree to a public relations career, manipulating words has always been her forte. She never expected her love of stories to translate into writing them, but one day the words were there and couldn’t be stopped.

Stormy lives in Iowa’s capital with her husband and two crazy cats. 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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On Fountain pens


Today is an apropos day for this post, considering it's Fountain Pen Day - a day for fountain pen enthusiasts to celebrate the use of fountain pens on the first Friday of every November! :D

I've always had this weird love for stationery and I have no idea why. There's just something about nice paper and a great pen. Infinite possibilities and all that.

So to no surprise of mine, last year in about December, I stumbled into the world of fountain pens. I don't remember how exactly I found out about them. I think I was researching some random bit of stationery and stumbled across a blog that also happened to review fountain pens.

And so I fell into this deep dark hole (as I do) of learning the ins and outs of fountain pens and the different jargon associated with it. It was a good four months before I decided to purchase my very first fountain pen.

I purchased myself a lovely Pilot Metropolitan in a medium nib for my birthday.




It's wonderful and writes very smoothly. I think it's a common misconception that fountain pens are this luxurious item that isn't commonly affordable. However, while there are a few fountain pens that are heart-wrenchingly expensive, there are a lot of affordable options out there. My Pilot Metropolitan retails for about $15 - $20 USD depending on where you're getting it from.

However, you don't need to plunge all in with fountain pens, especially if you're not sure. They are an investment after all. There are disposable fountain pens out there, like the Pilot Varsity. I started out with these Bic disposable fountain pens I found in my school's store that were $4 for two of them. Though they weren't the best, I got a good idea of how I felt about them.

Another thing that I love about fountain pens is the ink. There are so many different colours of ink out there for you to write with, other than the standard red, black and blue. I started out with a bottle of black ink and worked my way to playing with different colours of ink in my pen. The thing with ink is that they are also an investment, since you're buying an entire bottle of it. However, a thing that fountain pen retailers do is they sell ink samples. They package 2mL of ink into a little vial and sell it for a dollar or two so that you can get a feel for the ink.




This is a little bit of writing I did with a sample of an ink called Poussiere de Lune. It's a gorgeous dusty purple colour and it remains one of my favourite inks to write with.


Here is another sample of writing, the top part written in a sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai (a very expensive ink), and the bottom bit is a passage from Paula Stokes's upcoming novel, VICARIOUS in a sample of Diamine Oxblood.

You may see some names popping up in the pictures like, Rhodia or Clairefontaine. Another factor about fountain pens is paper. The ink in fountain pens are liquid, so some paper absorb the ink too fast, causing it to spread your words out and feather in the fibres of the paper. However, brands like Rhodia and Clairefontaine make paper that is specifically designed to be used with fountain pens. The paper is more expensive than a ten cent ream of lined paper from Wal Mart, but it's something that you would have to decide if it's worth it. You don't have to buy these specific brands of paper to get the proper experience though. It's all about testing the paper and seeing how it holds up to the ink. Who knows, maybe you'll find that some cheap notebook from the dollar store is surprisingly resistant to the ink.

If you're anything like me, you'll soon find yourself being suddenly particular about your stationery if you dive into this world of fountain pens. I'm not trying to convince you to buy a fountain pen with this post (though if I did, welcome to the fountain pen world! ), but rather that fountain pens don't have to be mind numbingly expensive and that if you've ever been interested in them and found yourself not knowing where to start, there are cheap and accessible means to it.

Here are some helpful links for some additional reading on some of my favourite fountain pen blogs if you're up for it:




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[Blog Tour] Gabriel by Nikki Kelly! (+Giveaway!)





ABOUT

Title: Gabriel
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Source: e-ARC via publisher
Goodreads Page
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.

 Purchase: Amazon B&N  BookDepository Kobo iTunes

Review


Oh my god. This book was a doozy.

Gabriel starts off exactly where Lailah ends. The novel starts off slow, with Lailah acclimating herself to her newfound powers and the dichotomy that exists within her. However, once things started to pick up, so many things were happening and I was definitely sucked into the novels and the things that were happening to my poor, darling characters.

While I really did not like Gabriel at all in this novel, I enjoyed the way that Nikki wrote him. He is an angel, a being representative of light and glory and everything that is good. However, the way he is portrayed in this novel shows him as fallible and capable of bad choices. Gawd. The entire time I was reading the novel, I wanted to strangle Gabriel. I get why he did the things he did, but AUGHH. *mentally strangles Gabriel*

I love the development Lailah takes on in this novel, compared to the first one. She definitely managed to internally voice a lot of my internal thoughts in the novel. She also has a lot more conviction in her opinions in this novel, which I particularly like, even if I don't agree with it.

Jonah! My poor baby Jonah! I didn't get to see as much of him as I would have liked to in this novel, but it really just kind of made me like him more than I already did from the first novel. I really just wanted to give him a hug and never let him go. My poor baby.

There were a lot of super pretty moments in this novel with the way they were written and I just love the way Nikki describes things in such detail and with pretty words in a way that I can imagine them in my head.

Gabriel is a fantastic sequel to the first novel, Lailah, and I seriously can't wait to read the last novel, because that ending. . . . . and also I need more Jonah in my life.




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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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