Wednesday, December 17

Blog Tour: Inspire (Muse #1)


Hey guys,
Welcome to my stop on the Inspire blog tour. I am so excited to be on the blog tour for this as Cora is one of my all time favourite authors. Keep reading for my review of Inspire, but first let me tell you a bit about the book.

Inspire (Muse #1)
Cora Carmack

Publication Date: December 15, 2014
Date Read: December 14, 2014
Genre: NA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from InkSlingrPR
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


~ My Review ~

Inspire is one of those books that as soon as I heard about it I couldn't wait to get my hands on. I've been an enormous fan of Cora Carmack's since I got an ARC of her debut novel Losing It and I devoured it in one sitting. I absolutely loved it. To hear she was writing a Paranormal Romance and it would be NA... I was so freaking excited. And Inspire was not a disappointment.

Inspire was everything I could have hoped for and more. It was sexy, romantic and action-packed. I knew before picking up that I would probably love this book. I have an enormous love for all things Mythology, especially Greek Mythology so discovering this was paranormal with mythology entangled into it... it's like this book was made for me. It was perfect.

Kali is such a fantastic heroine. I loved her right from the start. She was so awesome. And a Muse. A character right out of mythology... but she hates mythology. This made me love her so much more. She was sweet, cool and kick-ass. My three things I love in a main protagonist. Enter Wilder. The most awesome, amazing, sweetest and hottest book boyfriend you can ever imagine. He was a perfect mix of good guy and bad boy which made me love him even more. I adored them both.

Inspire had a bit of a slow start for me. I am very much an action and plot-driven reader and the first half of this book is a lot of world building and building the chemistry between the characters. It was necessary to get us to love the characters but my enjoyment of this book didn't really properly start until the action and plot kicked in around halfway through and then holy crap this book was awesome!

Cora did it again. She delivered with a fantastically wonderful, sweet, sexy and daring novel. I really liked this book and I know that the second book is going to be even better. I am already dying to get my hands on book 2. Inspire was fantastic and any fan of Cora's will adore it. A fantastic start to a new, highly addictive series.



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~ About Cora ~

 
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.





Waiting on Wednesday

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer #2)
Elizabeth May

Published By: Gollancz
Publication Date: September 17, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Steampunk
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From Goodreads:
My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.

First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.

Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .

Oh. My. God!
There's a cover! A cover! And it's gooooorgeous!
I am dying for this book more than any other. I mean seriously, why is it not published until September 2015?!?!?!?!?
Do the publihsers not know I need this book like YESTERDAY!
THE FALCONER is without a doubt one of the best books I have read EVER and I am dying to get my hands on book 2. Here's to the longest year ever guys...


Tuesday, December 16

Review: Captive (Blackcoat Rebellion #2)

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2)
Aimee Carter

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Date Read: November 29, 2014
Genre: YA - Dystopian
Source: eARC from Harlequin Teen / MiraINK
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Pawn was one of my favourite books of 2013. Aimee Carter's first dystopian book just made me fall even more in love with both her and the dystopian genre. I couldn't wait to get my hands of the second installment, Captive. Captive was completely different to what I expected, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Pawn but it was still a great installment of The Blackcoat Rebellion series.

Kitty's life has changed so drastically since her test. The past two months she has been living a lie. Pretending to be someone else and all she wants is her old life back so she can be with the one she loves. But Kitty's story is not over after a major revelation forces her life to go in a direction she never imagined. But as she deals with the terrible can she get through it?

Captive took a turn that I never expected, and to be honest I still don't understand why Aimee decided to do it. I still don't get why it was necessary and what the point of it was. Personally I feel like Captive most definitely has 'middle book syndrome.' It was good but not much of much importance happened. It was a lot slower paced and I think that the whole book could have fit into just a few chapters and then got on to the more important storyline. To me, Captive was very much just a stepping stone building up to what is going to happen in the final book of the series.

Kitty ended up really annoying me in this one. She just seemed so different to the Kitty we grew to love in the first book. I found her irritating and I felt like all she did thorughout the whole book was moan and complain about herself, how hard up she was and how sad she was about not being with Benjy. Just get a grip, you've dealt your cards... now play them!

I still loved Captive and there were some twists that really had me shocked as I never saw them coming. I most definitely liked Pawn much better but Captive has me really looking forward to the final installment in the series, Queen. Although Captive was not as addictive, fast-paced or as good as Pawn it was a necessary step to get to where we need to be. I can't wait to see how it all ends.



Monday, December 15

I Still Haven't Read...


This weeks pick...


A Beauty so Beastly by RaShelle Workman

Have you read this book?


Saturday, December 13

Review: The Goddess Inheritence (The Goddess Test #3)

The Goddess Inheritence (The Goddess Test #3)
Aimee Carter

Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Date Read: November 24, 2014
Genre: YA - Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 303
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From Goodreads:
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

The Goddess Inheritence is one of those books that you cannot wait to get your hands on and read but when you do it sits on your shelf unread for forever. I was lucky enough to get ARCs of the first two books in this series and I devoured them. I am a massive fan of mythological books anyway, especially ones with greek mythological influences so naturally I fell in love with this series. So, here I am, over a year after the finale of this series FINALLY writing my review for it. The Goddess Inheritence was everything that I could have wanted and more. I loved every single second of it.

Kate was supposed to have the summer of a lifetime, travelling and finding the help needed for her beloved husband and new family. Instead she has been captured and is being held against her will by the Goddess who hates her guts and a terrifying Titan. The worst thing? Her husband and family don't even know she is missing. Kate must find a way to get a message to her family and find the help that they need before they, and the whole world, is sent into devastation.

The Goddess Inheritence was absolutely amazing. I loved every single second of it. I had truly forgotten how much I adored this series. Right from the first page I was thrown back into this fantastic mythological world and I couldn't put it down. I just couldn't wait to find out what out what was going to happen. It was just an amazing, emotional roller coaster ride.

One thing that I find, when reading a lot of mythological books, is I start to mix up the stories. I found myself, at one point, wanting to scream 'no don't go near him he is EVIL' and then realising that no he isn't he just was in JLA's Covenant series. Other than that I absolutely adored every moment of this book.

The Goddess Test Series is one of those that I will read again and again as I just love it so much. I fell in love with Aimee Carter's storytelling skills and her characterisations and world building in this series and it has made me definitely want to read everything else that she writes. This is a must-read series for all YA and Mythology fans. Fantastic!



Friday, December 12

Non-Review: Gates of Thread and Stone

Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1)
Lori M. Lee

Published By: Skyscape
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Date Read: November 23, 2014
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Audiobook
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From Goodreads:
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Gates of Thread and Stone was one of the books that I downloaded after trying to find some more awesome fantasy books. I never used to be a fan of fantasy and only got into them a few years ago after trying, and adoring, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. Since then I've been trying to find more fantasy books. I have found some that I have loved, and some that I have not. Unfortunately Gates of Thread and Stone was one of those that I did not.

To be honest I can't really say whether I would have put this one down had I been reading it and not listening to the audio. I might have given it more of a chance but for the audio edition I was just super bored. The storyline and world building did not grab me at all and all I kept thinking about was other books and books I have on my shelf to read that I haven't yet got to. With this feeling and adding tot he fact that some of the things the main heroine said was just utterly stupid and irritating I just couldn't finish this book.

If you are big fantasy fan you will probably love this but it just wasn't for me unfortunately.


Thursday, December 11

Review: Anomaly

Anomaly (Schrodinger's Consortium #1)
Tonya Kuper

Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Date Read: November 15, 2014
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: eARC from Entangled Teen
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

Anomaly was one of those books that I couldn't wait to read right from the moment that I first heard about it. I've been a huge fan of all things Entangled Teen since their beginning and when I heard about their new book Anomaly, and then saw the cover I just couldn't wait to read it. I was so beyond excited when I got my hands on an ARC. Anomaly was not a disappointment. I absolutely loved it.

Josie never expected her life to change as drastically as it does when she turns 17. Suddenly she is thrown into a world of magic, intrigue, danger and secrets. As she comes to terms with the fact that she has magical powers and that the family secret is why her brother really died Josie has to train hard with super-hot trainer Reid. A relationship between trainer and trainee is forbidden... but the more time Josie and Reid spend together the more the sparks fly. But when it comes to light that the secret organisation trying to capture Josie is getting closer Josie and Reid must discover a way to get out of their clutches, before there is nothing left to fight for.

Anomaly is one of those YA books that you just devour. I absolutely loved it. I couldn't get enough of this amazing world where the Oculi are magical but how that magic can also be explained through science. I LOVE IT! Tonya is definitely a breakthrough debut author of 2014. Her writing style is fantastic. I was completely hooked right from the start and she threw twist after twist after turn at me and made me just adore this book.

Josie and Reid are without a doubt one of the most amazing duo's I have seen in YA literature. I loved them so much. Josie goes from normal highschool girl to a kick-ass heroine. Reid... oh my Reid. He was so awesome. He is smart, hot and swoony all rolled into one. He is the character that every girl will fall in love with. Together they grew into such a strong team. I just loved them both.

Anomaly is one of those paranormal YA books that doesn't come along often and when it does you just fall head over heels in love with it. It was filled with all of my favourite things. Romance, action, intrigue, mystery. I loved absolutely everything about it. It was just fantastic and I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. A definite must-read.