Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Sunset in Central Park by: Sarah Morgan


Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin Books on August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult, Chick Lit
Pages: 384
Series: From Manhattan with Love - Book 2
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads: 
In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it's been right under your nose all along… 

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents' divorce, she's seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that's strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he's known forever and doesn't want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?
 

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A delightfully romantic book to read. 

From Manhattan with Love is a series that revolves around best friends, that are all single, searching for love. Sunset Central Park focuses on Frankie Cole and Matt Walker. Frankie, never having witnessed a successful relationship, has a lot of baggage and issues. Matt, the brother of one of Frankie's friends, has been in love with Frankie for years but has played it cool for years. But he can't wait anymore and decides to begin pursuing her. 

This was such a cute, light, book to read. My favourite part out of the whole novel was ultimately watching the romance slowly unfold and bloom into something so amazing. That and seeing how Frankie grew to accept herself, becoming more comfortable in her own skin. Well the novel was entertaining to read, there was nothing special or unique to really stand out to me.



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About The Author:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 4 times for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors. 

Look out for Sleepless in Manhattan, the first book in Sarah's brand new series set in New York City and coming in 2016.

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Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
This Adventure Ends
Author:
Emma Mills
Publication Date:
October 4th 2016
Publisher:
                Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.
 


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Thursday, 25 August 2016

A 100% COMPLETE!

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE! 


Earlier this year, when I signed into Goodsreads and had to challenge myself to read a certain amount of books before the end of the year, I thought if I was going to do this challenge I am going to push myself to the extreme. I challenged myself to read 100 books before 2017. I know, 100 books! Depending on how busy I am, I can either complete it or end up only reading 40-50 books that year. In the end, I am happy to announce that I have completed the challenge! I have read 100 books before the end of August! I am so ecstatic that I got to finish reading all of the novels and succeeded in completing the challenge. I am definitely looking forward to starting 2017 Reading Challenge.  😊



"I guess that's the beauty of books. When they finish they don't really finish."
- Markus Zusak 

And The Trees Crept In by: Dawn Kurtagich


And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich 
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, 
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: requested from Hachette Book Group Canada

Summary from Goodreads:

stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead Houseauthor Dawn Kurtagich 
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?


Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.
 

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If I could only use one word to describe this novel, it would have to be weird.

And The Trees Crept In revolves around sisters, Pricilla and Eleanor. Having escaped their abusive father, they head to their aunt's home, La Baume. Almost immediately, one can tell that the estate is "cursed". The townspeople begin to disappear, their maternal aunt loses her mind, both girls are told not to enter the woods, and the seemingly unmovable trees seem to be moving closer every day. 

And The Trees Crept In absolutely terrified me. I sat at the end of my seat, scared to move, well reading. This novel was filled with everything that would have made me crawl into bed and throw my duvet over my head, waiting until I can go to sleep. It was beyond creepy and disturbing. It is definitely a novel I would not continue reading once it gets dark out. 

However, there were moments where I felt repulsed by the characters. The way they acted at times felt both unbelievable and unrealistic. I mean if some freakin weird being called "the Boogey Man" came and took my little sister, I would chase that thing to the ends of the world and slaughter it. I wouldn't stop to have sexy times with a guy I, technically, barely know. This novel could have done without the romance. 

Overall, I would still recommend this novel to those that enjoy reading horror and thriller novels.  



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About The Author:

Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. Her debut YA novel, The Dead House, is forthcoming from Hachette in 2015.

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League and Author Allsorts.

Her life reads like a YA novel.


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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
Heartless
Author:
Marissa Meyer
Publication Date:
November 8th 2016
Publisher:
                Feiwel and Friends



Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
 


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

It Ends With Us by: Colleen Hoover


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on August 2nd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Bought online
Source: Indigo

Summary from Goodreads: 
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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There is no words to describe how freaking amazing It Ends With Us is.

I don't even know what to say. That is how powerful this novel is...it left me speechless. I have been trying to write this review for more than five hours, the whole time I was just staring at the screen and then glancing down at the book beside me. To say that this book is heart wrenching, powerful, moving, real, and a general work of art would only be putting it lightly. 

I can't even begin to process everything I have just read. It pained me to read something so real, something that make me think about life and how you never know what will come your way. I am just lost... I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm rambling and that this review is short but I honestly don't know what to write or say to you to make you understand how deeply moved I am by It Ends With Us. 

It Ends With Us, is a profoundly, influentially, heartbreakingly, amazing, moving story that is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading this year. I recommend that you buy this novel (buy links are above) today and begin reading it. I guarantee you that reading It Ends With Us will not be a mistake. 



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About The Author:

I write because I need to. 
I review because I want to. 
I pay taxes because I have to. 

If you want to follow me, my username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is colleenhooverbooks@gmail.com

Founder of www.thebookwormbox.com 


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Friday, 19 August 2016

Santorini Sunsets by: Anita Hughes


Santorini Sunsets by Anita Hughes
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Romance, Chick Lit, 
Pages: 401
Format: eARC 
Source: requested by publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:
The seventh intoxicating love story by Anita Hughes, set in beautiful Santorini, Greece. When a Hollywood superstar and a NYC society girl fall in love, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.

Brigit Palmer is thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini. She's here for her wedding to Hollywood heart-throb Blake Crawford, one of America's most eligible bachelors. Brigit's parents have rented a villa, and soon guests will arrive from all over the world for the intimate ceremony.

Brigit is a New York socialite, and she's just given up her position at a Manhattan law firm to run her father's philanthropic foundation. Things are finally falling into place. Love, career, family. Everything is going so well...until she steps into the garden and sees her ex-husband Nathaniel hiding in the rose bushes. 

Nathaniel, a failed novelist, announces that Blake sold the rights to the wedding to HELLO! Magazine for two million dollars (donated to charity), and he is the reporter assigned to write the story. Everyone expects Brigit to have her happily ever after, including her mother who taught her how to lead the perfect lifestyle, her younger sister Daisy who impatiently wishes for her own love story, and of course, her fiancé. Things are supposed to work out for them. But when Brigit discovers an unsettling secret about Blake, she questions everything she's ever believed about love, and wonders if she's better off alone.

Told in Anita Hughes' spectacularly descriptive prose, SANTORINI SUNSETS is a story about family bonds, first loves, and the question of when to let go and when to hang on as tight as you can.

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Santorini Sunsets was quite a disappointing read.

Brigit Palmer and her family are thrilled to be on the Greek Island of Santorini for her wedding to movie star Blake Crawford. However, when Brigit's ex-husband shows up everything that was once solid ground begins to crumble. Nathaniel, a failed novelist, is now a reporter for a gossip magazines hired to cover the wedding. 

I found myself unable to connect with the characters, get engaged with the plot, or even stay interested in the novel. Everything just seems predictable. I want to read a book where I don't know what is going to happen by the end of the novel during the first chapter. It was quite boring and tiring to continue to read this novel. 

In the end, I am disappointed because I did request this novel and thought that it would be highly entertaining but ended up being a flop. I will not be re-reading this novel any time soon. 


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About The Author:

Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS and the forthcoming CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, published by St. Martin's Press.


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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Waiting On Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
A Shadow Bright and Burning
Author:
Jessica Cluess
Publication Date:
September 20th 2016
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers



I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she's brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Caraval by: Stephanie Garber


Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books
Expected Publication: January 10th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 401
Format: ARC
Source: requested by publisher

Summary from Goodreads:
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
 

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Caraval is one of my most favourite books of 2016 and 2017. 

Scarlett and her sister, Tella, have never left the island where they live. As Scarlett's arranged marriage, set by her ruthless and cunning father, is coming closer she thinks that her chances of seeing Caraval - a once-a-year performance where the audience gets to participate in the show - are long gone. But, suddenly the long dreamed of invitation arrives. With the help of a sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the legendary show. However, when they all arrive, Tella is kidnapped by the mastermind of Caraval, Legend. 

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but she finds herself becoming, nonetheless, immersed in the game. Whether or not Caraval is real, she only focuses on the task of finding Tella before the five nights of the game are over and she loses her sister forever. 


I don't even know where to begin. Let me just start off by saying that the cover is freaking befitting for the novel. Seriously, let's take a moment to appreciate how amazing this cover is. Okay, enough oggling, time to dive into the review. 

The plot was created and woven so perfectly that you begin to feel like you are a part of this whole adventure. The plot twists, were an absolute delight that left me on the edge of my seat. The characters and relationships in this novel, were so breathtaking and heartwarming. I also loved how the romance wasn't the central focus of the novel and that the most prominent relationship within the novel had to be between Scarlett and Tella. The bond was the strongest and most unbreakable relationship within the novel. 

The whole book is absolutely amazing! Between the sisterly affection and support, and the romance that was unfolding throughout the novel, the novel just seemed to be wrapped in a bow of perfection. Then the ending, oh my gosh. There is no words to describe how I feel about it... all I can say is that I will be in a puddle of despair until I get the sequel...in 2018. [I am seriously lost. I don't know what book to pick up next. All I can think about when I pick up another book is that, I want to read more about these characters.]



Stephanie Garber is a talented debut author that has put in a lot of effect and thought into this novel. This has to not only be one of my most favourite novels of 2016/2017 but also one of my most favourite books to have read...ever. It was a highly emotional rollercoaster, that was both fun an endearing. I can definitely pick this novel up and re-read it.

Overall, Caraval is a must-read. Preorder it, request it, and patiently wait for it. Oh, who am I kidding. Preorder it and go crazy. It's five months until it's released, so go crazy with want and need. But trust me, it is definitely worth the wait. 




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About The Author:

Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could actually come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California, where she’s known for turning assignments into games and taking students on field trips that involve book signings. CARAVAL is her debut novel.


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