ARC Review: Inherited by Freedom Matthews

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Title: Inherited

Author: Freedom Matthews

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: Published July 12th 2016 by Oftomes Publishing

Pages: 347

Rating:❤❤❤ ❤ / 4 hearts

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

 


Goodreads Summary

If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?

The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.

With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, the Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders.

Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.


My Thoughts 

I received and eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to start of this review to thank Oftomes Publishing for giving me such an opportunity.

I really enjoyed this book a lot and i would definitely read more of Freedom Matthews books in the future.

The plot was AMAZING. I love how this book was so unpredictable, which is really rare for a Young Adult book. One of my favourite thing about this book is not knowing when there will be a twist. I did however feel that the pace of the book was a bit too fast at the beginning. Freedom Matthews writing is really interesting. It captured my attention right from the start.

I also enjoy reading about all the character and i will definitely read more book published by Oftomes in the future.

Overall, i will recommend this book to everyone.


Author Info

Freedom is a twenty-something book hoarder with a fondness for all things vintage. She lives in rural Hampshire, UK, with a hotchpotch of family members, ponies and wonky bookshelves. Creating stories has been a passion since before she can remember, and she has been consciously writing since she was 14 years old. An introverted and shy girl, Freedom found her voice in imaginary worlds and has continued to do so

Links

Website: http://freedomm.blog.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14713025.Freedom_Matthews

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/freedommatthews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freedommwrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freedommwrites

Tumblr: http://freedommatthews.tumblr.com/

xoxo,

Cleo ❤

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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre(s): Dystopian, Young Adult

Publication Date: Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

Pages: 336 (hardcover) 

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ / 3 hearts

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


Goodreads Summary

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


My Thoughts 

I had a lot of fun reading this book however i would not say it is one of my favourites. There were a wide range of review for this book, some really love it and some absolutely hated it. I on the other hand was somewhere at the mid range, I did not love it a lot but i did enjoy the process while reading this book.

I took about a month to complete this book although a lot of people have said that this is a very fast paced series and you just fly through all of it. I even know people who finished the entire series in 5 days. However for me, there were certain parts that were not as exciting and it made me put it down and picking up other books first.

This is my first book by Kiera Cass and i actually have very high expectations due to some of my favourite reviewers enjoying it a lot. I must say i am a bit disappointed but i will still continue on with the series just not buying the physical copy but as a ebook format.

The writing was amateur i must admit but hopefully it does get better as the series goes on. It was kind of like telling what is happening and not showing which is always a minus sign.

The plot was the only thing that kept me going throughout the entire book, it was really interesting at certain parts especially when the girls were having interviews and of course in a castle. However, it does get boring at certain part but you just have to push through a bit and something will grab your attention again.

I did not feel for the characters at all and i think like most people, i feel that the characters was not in depth enough and not enough characteristics for each and every single one of them. They all feel like the same people. I did not like America, she seem really stupid at times. Also, one thing i did not like about this book was the character names. There were just too many to remember.

Overall, i will recommend this if you like reading about royalty life? (that is something i really enjoy) also, don’t go into this book with high expectations and you will be fine.

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”
― Kiera Cass, The Selection

xoxo,

cleo ❤

 

 

 

Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre(s): Young Adult, Dystopian

Publication Date: Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Pages: 444 (Paperback) 

Rating: ❤ / DNF

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


Goodreads Summary

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


My Thoughts

My first DNF of the year and i am really sad to say that it is Glass Sword. I went into this book hoping it will be better than the first one however i am really very disappointed. I did not like the first book a lot but i did rate it 4/5 stars on goodreads as i thought it has a lot of potential.

This is the second book i read by Victoria Aveyard and i am kind of glad i did not purchase Cruel Crown. I was so close to buying it but i decided not to because i was buying 3 other books. This will probably be the last book i will read from this series.

The writing was the same as book one, not enough detail and i get confused very easily. The plot was okay at first but as it continues on, i got really bored with it as it is basically the same plot line repeating itself.

I really did not like how Mare was saying the same thing throughout the first half of the book. She keeps on repeating ‘anyone can betray anyone’ i was really getting sick and tired of it.

Overall, i am really disappointed and i think i might be selling away both red queen and glass sword even though they have amazing covers.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Glass Sword

xoxo,

cleo ❤

Book Blitz: Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover

Defending Hayden
L.P. Dover
(Second Chances #7)
Published by: Loveswept
Publication date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.

When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.

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EXCERPT:

Guilt plagued me and I felt sick. Getting out of bed, I paced the room, running my hands angrily through my hair. I didn’t want to hurt Hayden. Keeping her away would protect her from my life. She was bound to leave me anyway. I’d fuck up somehow and it would ruin her. What the hell was I talking about? I’d already fucked her up.

“Derek?” Her voice was like honey, silky and sweet. I’d imagined what it would be like to hear that voice screaming my name as I fucked her over and over. Last night had been the best night of my life, but it had scared the shit out of me. I couldn’t shake it. “Derek, are you okay?” she asked. Stopping midstep, I turned to face her, and her eyes widenened when she got a glimpse of my face. I could only imagine what she saw. So many emotions battled inside me. She held the blanket to her chest, and her lips trembled. “Please tell me this wasn’t just a game to you,” she whispered.

Swallowing hard, I sat down on the edge of the bed and reached for her. She recoiled from my touch. “None of this was a game, Hayden. Last night was fucking amazing.”

Her eyes glistened, but her jaw was firm. “Then why are you looking at me like that? Like you regret what we did.”

I wanted to touch her, but last night had been my only chance. She’d never let me close to her again. “I don’t regret it, but eventually you will. You’re not the only one who’s lost someone they cared about. I can’t go through it again. It’s best to stop this before it goes any further.”

“Any further?” she scoffed. She waved her arm around the room, her anger so thick I could cut it with a knife. “If you didn’t want it to go any further, then why did you bring me here? Why would you do that to me?”

“Because I care about you,” I said, knowing it made no sense to her.

“Then why are you pushing me away?” she cried.

Standing, I got up and walked over to the window. “You wouldn’t understand.”

 

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over seventeen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Book Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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Title: The Winner’s Kiss

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romace

Publication Date: Published March 24th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Pages: 484 (paperback)

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ / 5 hearts

Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository


Goodreads Summary 

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


My Thoughts

I cannot believe this is the last book to the Winner’s trilogy. What am i going to do after this? I will miss Kestrel and Arin so much. This is definitely hands down one of my favorite trilogy now alongside The Infernal Devices.

Marie Rutkoski is such an amazing writer. The way she put things together, the way her characters come together, it is just beautiful. Rutkoski made it seems like every single dialogue held so much more meaning to it. Overall, she is a fantastic writer and i will definitely get her books in the future.

Like i said, I love this book and i would recommend to everyone. It is not necessary the best book from the trilogy but i did enjoy it a lot and it wrapped up the entire series perfectly. Since it is the final book from the trilogy i will not go into detail in order not to spoil anyone.

Kestrel and Arin. They are my OTP. Well not exactly my favorite OTP but they are definitely up there somewhere. My number OTP has got to be… CAPTAIN SWAN ❤

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Okay. Back to topic. Kestrel and Arin have gone through so much together and they deserved each other so much after sacrificing for each other. Even after they constantly hurt each other their love still stand and guys this is the kind of love everyone should have. Going the extra miles just to protect the ones you love even though you know at the same time it might hurt you. The romance in this whole trilogy was well done EVERYONE should read it.

Another character that almost everyone loves is Roshar. He is so funny. He is the one that made all of us laugh even when it is sad. I need a Roshar in my life.

The plot flowed really well. There were a certain troupe in this book that so many of us reader did not enjoy and i agree with all of them. It really changes so much of the book but it is okay it still doesn’t change the way i feel for this book.

I love the ending. I cannot ask for more. It is perfect.

I love this trilogy so much all of you really should read it. It is time to say goodbye to my favorite trilogy but they will always have a place in my heart.

“I told her that I belong to you, and no other.”
― Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Kiss

xoxo,

cleo ❤

Blog Tour: Memories of Ash

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Title: Memories of Ash

Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles, Book Two

Author: Intisar Khanani

Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: May 30, 2016

Publisher: Purple Monkey Press


Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17969479-memories-of-ash   

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Synopsis

In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.


Excerpts

Before me the water lies smooth, no ripple disturbing its crystalline surface. Upon that polished expanse gleams the spell-cast image of my mother. Dressed in a pale pink kimono embroidered in shades of rose, she kneels before a tea tray, hands on her lap and face raised toward me. I have her eyes, though my skin has the desert tint of my father’s people. Her lips, neither too full nor too thin, grace her face in harmony with the gentle roundness of her cheeks, while my own features remain hollowed by the fire that once consumed me from the inside out. By her very stillness I know she has detected some trace of my spell, the ties of blood and kinship that I have used to seek her out through the shields that surround her.

“Let it go, Hitomi,” Stormwind says gently.

I release the tenuous thread of my casting with unexpected relief. I have attempted this spell half a dozen times now, but not once have I taken it to completion. I could have done it today had I not paused to observe her. The bitterness on my tongue has the singular taste of cowardice to it.

My mother’s image breaks apart, replaced by the faint reflection of trees overhead. I watch the water’s movement over the multi-hued stones covering the lake bottom. In the early morning light, they’re every color of the earth: the burnished yellow of evening sunlight, a dreamlike lavender, grays dark as storm clouds and light as hope, reds both as bright as blood and as dark as death. The colors of life lie beneath the water, calling to me as if I might reach out and recover the memories I lost in ash nearly a year ago.


My Thoughts 

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one and definitely recommend it to everyone. This books starts of one year after the first book. The writing in this book was just as amazing as the first one (very detailed) and i love it a lot. The plot was captivating and it had my attention since the very start.

I expected a lot from this book since i enjoyed the first one a lot and i am really glad this book did not disappoint me. I like the addition of new characters and i cannot wait to read more in the future.

Overall, a really good book and definitely will recommend it to everyone.

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The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

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About The Author:

Intisar Khanani

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18075001-sunbolt

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April & May Favourites

Another favorites! This is honestly one of my favorite things to write about. I get to recall the things i did this month and what are some of my new favorites.

-BOOKS-

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

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This book is my new favorite book of all times, alongside Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and November 9 by Colleen Hoover. All The Brights Places basically describes my life and it is really nice to know that i am not alone. Combine Me Before You and All The Bright Places and it is my life really. I will definitely have a post just about this two books soon.

-MUSIC-

English Songs

1.Hotel Ceiling by Rixton

2.Let It Go by James Bay

3. Not Today by Imagine Dragons

4.i hate you, i love you by gnash (feat olivia o’brien)

Korean Songs

1.Fly by Jessica

2.Hopefully Sky by Jeong Eun Ji

3.Fire by BTS

Chinese Songs

1.Love More by Bii

2.Suffering by Jess Lee

-DRAMA-

1.Once Upon A Time Season 4

I am finally catching up!

2. Entertainer aka Tantara

-MOVIES-

 

1. Just The Way You Are

OMG this movie! You have to watch it if you haven’t already. It is adapted from a book from Wattpad.

2.X-Men Apocalypse 

 

That’s all of my favorite! I can’t believe it is already June. And thank you so much f0r 100 followers. I have never expected myself to have so much fun in the book community 🙂

xoxo,

cleo ❤