Blog Tour: Curse of Stars

 

cofs-bannerHello everyone and welcome to my blog for the blog tour of Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor. This post will include a spoiler-free review of the book, links to a giveaway running in conjunction with the tour and all about the author. I hope you enjoy reading!

 

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Book & Author Details:
Curse of Stars
by Donna Compositor
(Diamond Crier #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction

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AUTHOR BIO:
Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.
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Review: For me, this was a great YA Fantasy read. Sabi lives in modern day New York but has no idea her parents have kept this big secret away from her. When her father gets killed and Sabi finds herself kidnapped and imprisoned away in another world, she is determined to not only break free but find out her true heritage without getting herself or her friends Anya and Cabel killed. As a group, they learn the magic of the Crier world hoping this would bring the freedom that they dream about. I found the world building to be excellent portraying a clear image exactly where Sabi and the group were. I also liked the build-up of action, this made the novel exciting and powerful. My only little complaint was the length of the book was a little short but it was easy to read. Would totally recommend this to all Fantasy lovers!
Giveaway: Ends March 16th
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 1st place: $20 gift card to the eBook retailer of their choice, a glow bookmark, and swag pack
  • 2nd-4th places: $10 gift card to the eBook retailer of their choice and a swag pack
  • 5th place: a swag pack

ENTER HERE: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251231646/

That’s it for this post, thanks everyone for reading. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in this tour and a big thank you to Donna and Xpresso for the opportunity to be a part of the tour! See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x

 

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February Faves!

Hey everyone! It’s nearly the end of the month and it is time for another round-up of all my favourite non bookish things. I have a variety to show with you so enjoy.

1, Jordan’s Fruit Cereal in Strawberry.

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This cereal certainly wakes me up in the morning, it’s healthy and for someone who hates eating strawberries as a whole, I actually enjoy the blend of them with the oats.

2, Diet Pepsi (Caffeine free).

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When I was seeing a therapist for my Anxiety, I discovered that I was having a huge intake of caffeine per day which was badly affecting my mood swings, so I advised to cut down my caffeine intake which at first I thought stopping drinking Pepsi altogether but actually my mum found this at the local supermarket and it tastes exactly the same as the normal version I used to have.

3, Fruit Bowl Bars

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One of your five a day, these bars are simple to pack into my bag whenever I go out for the day. It’s healthy, fruity and really easy to store away in the snack cupboard.

4, Impulse Charli XCX Perfume in Why Not?

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I’ve been using this perfume for over a year and I love the scent. It’s powerful with just one spray and easy to carry around with me in case I need a top-up. Good value for money at just a couple of quid.

5, Thriller by Michael Jackson (Vinyl album).

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This was given to me as a surprise present by someone I know which I wasn’t expecting at all but this is one of my favourite albums of all time and I am super thrilled to have a copy of it on vinyl and not just digital download.

6, I Got You by Bebe Rexha (Song).

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When I first heard this, I wasn’t a huge fan but over the past few weeks, this has been a grower on me and I now listen to it all the time. I just like the beat of it as well as Bebe’s music in general.

7, Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers feat Coldplay (Song).

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I heard this live at the Brits when I watched it on my TV and I have to say, I absolutely love this song. Definitely a contender for favourite song of 2017 so far. I love music by both Chainsmokers and Coldplay so to see them both collaborate is like a match made in heaven.

That’s all for this post, thanks for reading and have a good day/night!

Alice x

What Has Alice Been Up To?

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Hey everyone, this is a check-in post. So, February is almost over and I keep forgetting how short the month is. Time really has flown since NYE and things have happened over the last few weeks that I’ve been really excited about.

First of all, I’ve been working on some writing projects including a guide on how to set up your own book blog and build a following as well as a poetry book. I’ve been posting these online and will talk more about it in a later post in detail once those have been wrapped up.

Next, I’ve been taking online courses to help prepare for my return to education in September. I’m currently doing one on Ancient Greek and Roman medicine and am absolutely loving it. Again, I will discuss more about it in a later post once that course finishes.

Also, I recently hit 100 followers on this blog! I’m absolutely thrilled to have reached this milestone and would like to thank you all for subscribing to my blog. My next follower goal is 250 and I would love to reach this before I go away on holiday in May so get all your friends, book bloggers to check out my blog and tap the subscribe button.

I’ve made it easier for people to subscribe to my blog. On the sidebar at the bottom is a follow button where if you don’t use WordPress then just tap that and enter in your email address where you will be the first to know when I post something new. I have a bunch of posts coming up including my February Faves which is a non-bookish post about my favourite snacks, drinks, TV Shows, Music from the month, some book hauls and reviews as well as a blog tour on the last day of February which I am looking forward to.

That’s it for this post, thanks for reading and have a good day/night!

Alice x

Blog Tour: As You Lay Sleeping.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog for today’s post. It is my day to host the blog tour for As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan. From this tour, I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. You will see the review in my post as well as details about the book, author and a giveaway opportunity so stay tuned for that at the end of the tour post!

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Book details:
As You Lay Sleeping
by Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:
I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

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AUTHOR BIO:
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Review:
As You Lay Sleeping follows the story of seventeen year old Cara during the summer before her final year at High School where she has a group of close friends and a boyfriend about to leave for College. But before he leaves, Cara finds him dead but what really happened to him? The story follows Cara being framed for her boyfriend’s murder, her family being secretive and her friends bitching on her including her boyfriend’s sister who was up until the death Cara’s best friend and quite frankly not wanting anything to do with her. The detective investigating the case also thinks Cara killed her own boyfriend. During this period of time, Cara tries to prove her innocence with the help of Ryan, a guy she knows from years gone by. But he has secrets of his own too.
As You Lay Sleeping definitely has the makings of a great YA thriller, the descriptions of the crime scene and the areas that Cara visits creates a great setting for adventure and for the world that Cara knows to unravel right in front of her eyes. There were some story twists in there that I certainly didn’t expect to happen! But as I only write spoiler-free reviews, you’ll have to read and find out what those twists are 😉
I would read more books by Katlyn and would recommend this to all thriller lovers!
Giveaway: Ending March 2nd

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • 1st prize: $25 Barnes & Noble egift card
  • 2nd prize: ecopy of Soul Taken, This Summer, or Darkest Dawn
  • 3rd prize: ecopy of Elixir Bound by Katie Carroll
  • 4th prize: ecopy of Cruel Summer by K.R. Conway
  • PLUS:
    • 1000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of That Moment When: An Anthology of Young Adult Fiction (Katlyn’s short story ‘Reflection’ is included among 40 other stories from YA authors in all different genres)
    • 2000 entries will unlock: signed paperback copy of Undertow by K.R. Conway
    • 3000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall
    • 4000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251231640/

That’s all for this post, thanks so much everyone for reading. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs that are participating in the tour and I will see you all very soon! Alice x

Blog Tour: Because I Was Lonely.

Hello readers, welcome to my blog. Today’s post is for the blog tour running for the book Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell. I would like to thank Red Door Publishing and Hayley for the opportunity to kick off the tour!

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Summary:

Meet Rachel. She is caught in a spiral of endless crying, dirty nappies, and sleepless nights. She fears for her sanity and the safety of her children.

She’s lonely.

Meet Adam. Suffering from the pain and trauma of a terrible accident that he blames himself for, he stays at home, unable to bring himself to leave the house.

He’s lonely.

So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their long lost friendship online, what starts as a little harmless flirtation, soon becomes an unhealthy obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.

My Review!:

Because I Was Lonely is Hayley’s debut novel about old school friends Rachel and Adam getting back in touch with each other after a period of absence. During this time, both have married and have children. Rachel is dealing with the struggles of depression and securing a stable marriage while Adam is recovering with PTSD after a car accident that killed both of his parents. The story also revolves around Rachel’s husband David and Adam’s wife Julia, both hiding secrets of their own. The writing style is told through the form of Facebook messages as well as the POVs of all four characters. From this, the reader can identify clearly which viewpoint is being shown and journey into the characters’ minds. The novel was a good length, being adult fiction, there are scenes that younger readers may find uncomfortable but for world-building and character development, this is a great read!

Only other thing is that I am 18 and have not experienced some of the things Rachel and Adam have gone through but for someone trying to read more adult fiction, this was a nice start to my new reading journey. I would recommend this novel to anyone on this reading journey or those who really like stories that open up characters actions and mindsets throughout.

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You can follow Hayley on social media here:

Twitter: HayleyMitchellc
Facebook: BecauseIWasLonely

You can also follow Red Door here:

Twitter: RedDoorBooks
Facebook: RedDoorPublishing

As usual, thanks so much for reading! Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs that are participating in the tour. Have a good weekend! Alice x

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#Followers: I Really Need Your Questions!

Morning everyone!

This is just a really short blog post but quite an important one too. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to write and publish online a guide book about how to create your own book blog and developing your blogging voice. I love to help other people who are interested in joining the world of blogging and since I am not doing very much at the moment, this guide is something I’m happy to work on. BUT! There’s one small thing that I need you guys to help with.

As part of this guide, I will be doing a two part Q+A answering your questions about my experiences with being a book blogger. However, I need your questions! If you are willing to help, please reply to this blog post in the comments section with your questions about my blogging experiences. I would like to include a variety of different questions in the guide. Since this will be published online, I will include the option of staying anonymous if you don’t want your name/blogging handle to be mentioned.

Thanks so much guys!

Alice x

Library Book Haul- February 2017 plus Exciting ARC Mail!

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I am most definitely on a YA reading splurge lately and even though I love reading YA and always will, I was advised to try reading more Adult fiction which I will tell you guys about in another blog post coming within the next few days. As always, at the start of every month, I love going to the library and taking a ton of books out. I actually have around 17 out at the moment (oops!) but these are my latest additions to my library collection. All of these books do have something in common and that is all of the books stacked in the picture have all been books that have been recommended to me by at least one user on Goodreads. Whether through the reading recommendations function or just in the groups, I do like to take on board reading requests from those who have simply enjoyed reading a certain book and feel there is a part to it that I can relate to.

Out of the five, one is a middle-grade novel called Cogheart published by Usborne that I am very excited to read. Set in the Victorian era, it follows the journey of two characters on an adventure as time is running out for them.

Maresi and Passenger are YA Fantasy.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Generation Next are both YA Contemporary.

This exciting book mail from Red Door Publishing over the weekend really caught my eye. I was approached by them on Twitter to help promote and review one of the latest novels Child Taken which I accepted. This is an adult thriller about a child abducted from a beach and follows her journey from the abduction to over twenty years after.

The book trailer for Child Taken as well as the cover reveal were released yesterday on Twitter. I will leave the trailer link down below for you guys to watch. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Marriedtobooks3. I am also 3 subscribers away from 100 on my blog which is super exciting! If you know anyone who likes reading books, reviewing books, talking about mental health or Creative Writing, then show my blog to them. Always happy to see some new faces. Have a really great day, see you all soon! Alice x