Saturday, September 26, 2015

Author Spotlight: Suzie Tullet's "The Trouble with Words" Blog Tour

Hi readers and bibliophiles alike, I am grateful to be given a chance to host Suzie Tullet's book blog tour for her upcoming book "The Trouble with Words" today. I also have been given the opportunity to have an ARC of the book. Thanks Suzie!

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Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. As well as The Trouble with Words, her novels include Going Underground and Little White Lies and Butterflies, which was short-listed for The Guardian's 2013 Not the Booker Prize. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. And when she's not tapping away on the computer creating her own literary masterpiece, she usually has her head in someone else's.

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Title: The Trouble with Words
Author: Suzie Tullet
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit
Date read: September 25, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Promises are easy to make but hard to keep. 

Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow Annabel has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do, though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half, and having explored all her options, her only choice is to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde, blue-eyed man seems perfect for the job. 

Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can't help but think he's destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn't really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker? 

Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other's prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the answer?

My Review: (also in goodreads)

It's always an honor to receive a book from the author asking you to give an honest review about it. It means they value your review and your ability to review without any pretense. Therefore, I'm going to give this an honest review:

This book has been a breeze to read. It is one of those books I could read just to pass the time while on a long bus ride. This is about second chances. Annabel and Dan badly need their chances to have their happy ending. Annabel who always have been hung up with the death of her husband finally had the balls to try to move on. Although there were times she think that it would betray her promise to her husband, she is in the part of her life where she wants to desperately want a baby. So desperate that being a single mom would be okay despite her sister and best friend's effort to stop her. Dan is someone who I think wants to have his happy ever after without his mother breathing down his neck and partnering him up with her friend's daughter. An unfortunate circumstance might befall him but when a great devastation comes, there's always hope in the end and I think that is what Annabel would symbolize for Dan. Its nice to see that both of them would get their second chances and that they compliment each other. The future may be uncertain but at least they took the chance.

October 1, 2015

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Till the next read...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

#WeeklyBookUpdates: September 14-19, 2015

Book Reviews:

Dorrington, Nicola S.
Dare, Tessa
Historical Romance
Carter, Rachel E.

From the Shelf: The Apprentice (The Black Mage #2)

Title: The Apprentice (The Black Mage #2)
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Date read: September 16, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

She survived a trial year at the Academy, but that was just the easy part…

Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice in Combat, her school’s most notorious faction of magic. When she finishes she will be a mage, but in order to do so she has to survive four years with a training master she hates and her old nemesis, Priscilla. To make matters worse the unwanted attraction Ry feels for her sometimes-friend-sometimes-rival Prince Darren is at an all time high –even though he is betrothed to the very girl she can’t stand.

Really, the only bright spot to Ryiah’s new life is the time she spends with her friends, including an older apprentice named Ian, who she finds herself thinking about quite often.

Just when things start to get comfortable they take a turn for the worse. An apprentice is killed in a rebel attack and several mages end up dead. Unwittingly, the apprentices find themselves in the midst of a budding unrest between Jerar and its northern neighbor, Caltoth. For Ryiah the impending conflict means many things, but as her apprenticeship draws to a close she finds her biggest problem at home.

Unfortunately for her, Darren’s not going anywhere.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Black Mage series: First Year

The adventure continues...
The last cliffhanger was the reason for my conflicted feelings. One was that I was happy Ryiah defied the rules and became the 6th black mage apprentice for that year and other because it ended so soon. It ended tastefully but it was the reason I wanted more. Well, come on....that's why its called a cliffhanger right?

Their second year came in with Ryiah being frenemies with Darren. Darren, the non-heir who was once her love interest and now resigned to being her frenemy due to the fact that he was betrothed to Priscilla. Their year passes by both smoothly and rocky at the same time. There was one part where Ryiah officially got together with Ian (yep, that guy from the solstice ball) who became her friend then her love interest. But even though I know she has feelings for Ian, I can't help thinking of her using him as a way to get back at Darren. I mean, Ian is such a good friend and would do anything for her but her heart was not wholly into it and because of that I wanted to strangle her. Seriously, Ryiah was just using a good person to get back at Darren....someone who isn't sure is for her.

There were many complications in this second novel. Number one is their mentor Byron who has this annoying prejudice against females rising up to their true potential. Really that annoyed me so much I wanted to gather all my powers and blast him to smithereens. Ella and Alex are now in such good terms...amen to that. I loved the battle at Ferren's Keep and love Commander Nyx. I just hope I could see her more in the third book. I also wish that Commander Nyx would kill Darren's older brother...but that is just wishful thinking of course. 

Just when I thought I saw it all in the first book, the second installment in the series hooked me in. There were too many sub-plots and twists that this was an ultimate page turner. I wanted more! Especially because of that cliffhanger. And of course my favorite scene at the end (or was that a chapter?). That was such an amazing twist that it had me grinning all throughout. The Black Mage was such a tease.

My favorite line?
Pine, cloves and cinnamon.
How could I have forgotten?
Darren was home.

I can't wait for the third book.

Till the next read...

Book Review Request: The Last Knight (Pendragon #1)

Title: The Last Knight (Pendragon #1)
Author: Nicola S. Dorrington
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Date read: September 8, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Like any teenage girl, Cara Page dreams of the future, the difference is, every day those dreams come true. 

Now she's dreaming of a boy, and a future that can't be real. Because if it is, then everything she thought was myth and legend is actually true, and there is an evil coming that will tear the country apart. 

Lance Filwer is a boy with secrets of his own, and a past full of mistakes he can't undo. Cara is his second chance, his chance to succeed where he failed before - if only she'll trust him enough to let him help her. 

Cara needs to know what's happening, but the answer lies in a long forgotten past, and an ancient legend. To find it Cara will have to travel into the depths of Wales, and the heart of ancient Britain. 

With Wraiths, creatures from the darkest of myths, dogging her every move, Cara knows it's only a matter of time before they catch up with her. And myth or not, they will kill her. 

Her only hope is Lance, and the birth right she must claim, if she is to prevent the future she has foreseen.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

It's always an honor to receive a book from the author asking you to give an honest review about it. It means they value your review and your ability to review without any pretense. Therefore, I'm going to give this an honest review:

The cover for this book for me would not gain a reader;s interest and I must say, I judged too prematurely because I did love the content and that's all that matters. The story was kind of slow at first: introducing Cara Page, an ordinary teenager who frequently visit her mother at a mental institution and loves with her father fearing that she would follow her mother becoming mad. She has this weird gift of looking into the future and that  damages her reputation at school when she eerily predicts her former boyfriend's sister's death. Now she is an outcast, a loner not until she and Lance cross paths. He works part time at the mental institution her mother is at and 'coincidentally' the new guy at school. That is where the fun starts. That is where the story becomes fast paced and interesting. There were too many questions and that made this novel a page turner. Not to mention Wyn and Percy's antics. When they said that they were going to meet someone who'll explain character pops...and yep, it was him. I'm not going to spoil anymore as I will assure everyone that this is a fun read. 

The novel has the right blend of legend, its characters, the medieval references, humor and everything in between. The fact that the author knows the King Arthur legends is a plus. The story is fast paced that I thought it would be a one novel story not until what happened in the end. Such a cliffhanger and a devastation at the same time. I will definitely read the next book...I want more. My wish is that this series would hit the local bookstores, it deserves attention...and it would look pretty in my bookshelf.

Till the next read...

From the shelf: When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3)

Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3)
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: September 14-15, 2015
Dawn rates:   (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Castles Ever After series: Romancing the Duke, Say Yes to the Marquess

Wow, this the third book of the Castles Ever After series! This would be the only series I have read from Tessa Dare and I absolutely love it. But of course I have to play favorites: I really loved the first book featuring Izzy and Ransom. I laughed and cringed at their love story. I also liked the second book featuring Rafe and Clio but not as much as I loved the first book.

Just when I thought I could settle with the fact that I am too biased with the first book, I was wrong. Logan and Maddie captured my heart. They are my new favorite duo from the Castles Ever After series. Maddie is someone who wants to follow her dreams outside of marriage and that is something unacceptable during their time. Women were supposed to wed into good families early and start a family. If a woman is married, they could not land a job like an independent woman they should make their family the top priority. That is the reason I don't like the victorian/regency times. Although I am in awe on how they handle love. 

Being independent woman is the reason why Maddie gave life to Captain Logan MacKenzie: a dashing Scottish lover who is a figment of her imagination. She writes to him and tells her family about their love story and that is her excuse to not attend the London season in search for a husband. She is living the dream while lying to her family. She should've gotten away with it by killing her imaginary lover off but then comes the REAL Captain Logan MacKenzie. That is how the story starts.

I would like to advise everyone not to read this in a public transport, I repeat: "Do not read this in a public transport". You will be laughing and cringing like crazy that the people near you would look at you like you're a fool. There are so many scenes in which I laughed out loud forgetting the fact that I wasn't at home. Seriously, their love story would make me embarrass myself to death. I liked Maddie's character despite her innocence with regards to love. Their chemistry and humor combined is off the charts. My favorite scene was at the bog where Logan was doing a one-man play while Maddie was stuck....hilarious. Grant may be Maddie's favorite person but mine would be Callum.

Till the next read...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

#WeeklyBookUpdates: September 7-12, 2015

Book Reviews:

Carter, Rachel E.

Book Review Request: First Year (The Black Mage #1)

Title: First Year (The Black Mage #1)
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Date read: September 9, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice-follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm's three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage...

For 15-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead -the realm's most notorious war school for those with magic. 

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every "first-year" is given a trial year to prove their worth -and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail -and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived. 

When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship, she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve -and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat... Still, nothing is ever as it seems -and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in -herself. Will it be enough?

My Review: (also in goodreads)

It's always an honor to receive a book from the author asking you to give an honest review about it. It means they value your review and your ability to review without any pretense. Therefore, I'm going to give this an honest review:

This is a review long overdue. I received this copy from the David Estes R&R group and I am too ashamed to have to read this only now. But I am glad, I am glad because I found a gem in this. The story begins with Ryiah and her twin brother Alex off to the Academy to train in becoming a mage. Alex who has his heart set on becoming a restoration mage already knows that he has magic within him, in which his sister Ryiah is still struggling with her magic. She is already panicking since she wants to be a Combat mage. And just when she found her magic she finds that hers is an unpredictable sort. Her life at the academy wasn't all rainbows and butterflies, while she was living her dream, her stay was tough: Darren, the non-heir prince not liking her and treating her as a lowborn trash, Priscilla who is out to make her life miserable and not to mention her very difficult training life. The only consolation aside from having her twin brother with her is gaining a new friend in Eve, a highborn who isn't good terms with the non-heir prince. Having to train for one of the five spots as the Black Mage's apprentice may be a long shot but she is fighting to win that spot.

This book is the mix of young adult romance, magic and adventure and that academy plot rolled into one. Having that kind of adventure while at school or at camp (*ahem* Harry Potter and Percy Jackson) is pretty cool. It makes boring school life a bit more interesting. Ryiah is an interesting character. She is stubborn, headstrong and independent as well as unpredictable. If she wants something she will work hard for it with all her might and that makes her a relatable character. What I liked is the relationship between Darren and her. Though I think that the boy she met at the solstice ball will be a recognizable character in the next book. I liked how the book ended, it wasn't dragging and it didn't have that excess ended just the way it did, like you would be asking for more. I can't believe that this would be the author's debut series, I liked it and I am now a fan. This series has potential. I will be happily devouring the sequel. I hope though that this would be available in the local bookstores from where I'm from. 

Till the next read...

From the shelf: When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1)

Title: When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #1)
Author: Lorraine Heath
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: September 7-8, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

They are England’s most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways…

Lady Grace Mabry’s ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her—or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon?

With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. After all, he’s familiar with all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman’s favor. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent how to distinguish honest emotions from false ones. How better than by demonstrating his wicked ways? But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man’s marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully—or risk losing the woman he adores… 

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Second chances is the theme of this story. It is London Debutante season once again and because Grace wants a husband who will love her past her dowry, she seeks help from her childhood friend Duke Lovington. Lovington has been acting like a scoundrel since his wife and daughter died, a marriage he had since he was 19, so he wasn't sure if he could give the right advice about love since he has loved and lost greatly. I liked the fact that whatever was brewing between the two of them, it had a sense of familiarity especially because they grew up together and Grace once held a torch for Lovington.

Till the next read...

From the shelf: The Luckiest Lady in London (The London Trilogy #1)

Title: The Luckiest Lady in London (The London Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Date read: September 4-7, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.

Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection and the praise he garners everywhere he goes.But when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.

Louisa does not understand her husband's mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, anyone of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?

My Review: (also in goodreads)

One of my favorite romance sub-genre has always been historical romance. It may well have been because of being in love at first read with 'Pride and Prejudice'. But mostly of how both protagonists carry themselves. They quarrel and flirt with ease, humor and poise. Even their coupling (as they call it) is quite lovely to read, like poetry. I enjoyed this novel quite a lot. This plot is kind of cliche with having an arranged marriage in a season where debutantes go to London to find the perfect match. Louisa is in London to marry to help her family even though she has no dowry to promise her future husband. With the help of her aunt sponsoring her, she's in. She had a couple of gentlemen in mind when she was singled out by London's Ideal Gentleman Lord Wrenworth dubbing her as the luckiest lady in London and the story starts from there. The plot has all the necessary ingredients for an arranged marriage: the interest, the looks (especially the looks), and of course the chemistry plus the male protagonist's sad past. All in all, I enjoyed reading this. Plus, I think Felix would be a lovely professor.

Till the next read...
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