Friday, 8 December 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Christmas At Thorncliff Manor by Sophie Barnes

Christmas at Thorncliff Manor

Secrets at Thorncliff Manor 
by Sophie Barnes 
Publication Date: December 5, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance


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More than love is in the air … Join the Heartly family as they return to Thorncliff Manor for the holiday season where four sisters and four very handsome, very eligible bachelors, are about to enjoy a lively Christmastime filled with laughter and love. But aside from the covert matchmaking undertaken by the eccentric hostess, Lady Duncaster, the thrill of adventure is sweeping through the estate. Soon, all the guests will be entangled in a treasure hunt for a lost heirloom and secrets hidden for decades will rise to the surface as matters of the heart are finally revealed. Will Fiona ever see the Earl of Chadwick as more than a friend? Will Emily find an unlikely love in the Marquess of Montsmouth? Can Laura recognize the man of her dreams in the Duke of Lamont? And is Viscount Belgrave able to open Rachel’s eyes to romance? The magic of Thorncliff is about to offer the last unmarried Heartly sisters a chance at their own happily-ever-afters. So sit back with a warm mug of cocoa and lose yourself in a Regency Christmas Romance…

My Musings :

It's rare that I read a 4 in one novel. I say 4-in-1 because this book is about 4 love couples. I haven't read the previous books so I went in blind. I usually like reading out of order because that will help me gauge if it can be read as a standalone. In this case, I would say that though it can be read as one, it will take away from the experience. 

There is history between each other which is  hinted at, frequently during the tale. I felt that inspite of covering the major parts, there might have some details missed in connection to that. So the growth of feelings felt too abrupt except in the case of Fiona. 

The characters also don't have much growth but they are appropriate in their roles. The author has crammed so much in such a short space that sometimes it felt incomplete. The POVs of different protagonists are shown at different times so it did add to the depth of the book.

As a whole, I enjoyed the book inspite of the points highlighted above. The romance though sudden had me smiling and giddy with anticipation. The mystery angle added to the plot and the historical aspect had me intrigued. The book is fast paced and it ended with satisfactory results.

I find myself curious about the other members of the family. So I am sure my curiosity will have checking out the other books. 

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my reviewn in any way.

My one line review : A short and sweet 4 in 1 love stories. 

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

 About Sophie Barnes

 

 Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses. While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing. When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Book Blitz - The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen


THE LADY IN RED
by Kelly Bowen 
(December 5, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $0.99; A Season for Scandal series #4)



A lady with secrets, a man with a burning desire, a love that breaks all the rules
Lady Charlotte Beaumont has spent her whole life being ignored. By her parents, her brother, even the servants. So she was secretly able to develop her talent for painting well beyond the usual watercolors. Too bad no one will let her actually use it-women are rarely accepted into the Royal Academy. But when a connection at the Haverhall School for Young Ladies gets Charlotte her dream commission, she'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Including disguising herself as "Charlie."

Flynn Rutledge has something to prove. His lowly upbringing is not going to stop him from achieving his artistic dreams. This commission is the key to his future, and his partner, an unknown youth in oversized clothes who is barely old enough to shave, doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But Charlie does inspire Flynn's artistic passion-something he worried he might have lost forever. For all his street smarts, nothing can prepare Flynn for the shock of Charlie's true identity. He doesn't care that she's a woman, but a lady of the ton is a different matter altogether . . .

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Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology. But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields. Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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Book Blitz - A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith


A SCOTTISH LORD FOR CHRISTMAS 
by Lauren Smith
 (December 5, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $1.99; Sins and Scandals series Book 3)



The best gifts come wrapped in a kilt . . .
Beautiful Lady Rowena Pepperwirth can have any man her heart desires. Unfortunately no gentleman has elicited even the slightest flutter---until she meets the brooding Lord Forres at a holiday house party. With just one look at the dashing Scottish lord, Rowena suddenly knows what she wants for Christmas.

Quinn MacCauley, Lord Forres, is in need of a wife. When he meets the lovely Lady Rowena, he knows she'll be a good mother to his daughter and a capable household manager. But Quinn doesn't count on Rowena being the most tempting woman he's ever met. He's determined not to risk his heart, but Rowena's just as determined to give him the greatest holiday gift of all---a chance at true love.

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LAUREN SMITH, winner of the 2014 Historical International Digital Award, attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a B.A. in both history and political science. Drawn to paintings and museums, Lauren is obsessed with antiques and satisfies her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands. She is currently an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Book Blitz - Once Upon A Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt


Once Upon a Christmas Eve

(A Maiden Lane Novella) 
by Elizabet Hoyt
From Forever Yours / $1.99 eBook



A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday—and Adam loves his grandmother, so he’ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they’re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met . . .

Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she’ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it’s the one gift this mismatched pair can’t wait to unwrap.




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Monday, 4 December 2017

Blog Tour / Book Review - Always You by Denise Grover Swank



ALWAYS YOU 
by Denise Grover Swank
 (November 28, 2017; Forever Mass Market Paperback; $7.99; Bachelor Brotherhood Book 3)

"Swank's fluffy, feel-good storytelling proclaims the primacy of love as a force to which everyone should surrender-the bachelors destined to star in future installments haven't got a chance." --- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Only You

Blurb :

First love is better the second time around.

Matt Osborn had no idea coaching his five-year-old nephew's soccer team would get him so much attention from the mothers-attention he doesn't want now that he's given up on love and having a family of his own. Yep, Matt's the last of his bachelor buddies, and plans on staying that way. That is, until he finds himself face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.

Single mom Anna paused her life in England to help her father recover from an illness. She can't afford complications, and too-hot-for-his-own-good Matt Osborn-her almost former fiancé-is definitely a complication. He's a reminder of what might have been-or should have been. That irresistible pull between them isn't over. Not even close. But if she's not careful, she'll break both their hearts . . . again.

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My Musings :

I don't know where to start! I have been eyeing this author for a while now. So when I got a chance to try out her writing, I jumped! And how well I jumped into the story. I know this is a series but it can be read as a standalone. It doesn't overlap that much.

I couldn't help falling in love with Ethan and Toby. Yeah, they are the highlight of the story in addition to the never ending love Matt has for Anna. The kids were too cute and it added to the charm of the story. The romance between Matt and Anna wasn't overdone. It was perfect and light. The camaraderie between Matt and his friends was enjoyable. They were so protective of Matt and his feelings. It is not often that type of friendships are seen between guys in books.

Anna and Matt were strong in their roles. Their reasons for the past were real and didn't interfere with the plot. I liked the way the author played out the ex-husband angle and the solution for it. The book on the whole was a fast read. It was easy to follow the flow of the tale and the story rang true and warm till the end.

I am now eager to finish the earlier books in the series and to follow the author's other books too.

I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't affect my review in any way.

My one line review : A cute but heart touching second chance romance

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

About the Author



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Blog Tour / Book Review - Undercover Attraction by Katee Robert





ABOUT THE BOOK
UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION by Katee Robert

Part of the O’Malleys series
Goodreads | Forever | November 28, 2017 | Mass Market: $7.99 | eBook: $5.99


"A worthy addition to a sexy series." -- Publishers Weekly
SUMMARY

Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O'Malleys.

Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it's Aiden O'Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she'll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.

Aiden can't afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O'Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they're playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their "engagement" was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe-- even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.

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My Musings :

I seem to be jumping into the midst of series in the recent reads. And this one is no different. This is a first time author for me and I enjoyed the book as a standalone. Though there was a continuation to the story plot-wise and character-wise, I was able to get into the tale without prior introduction. That's one aspect I enjoyed about the book.

The protagonists are strong, stubborn and suited well to the story and each other. I loved their chemistry which is out of the charts and their honesty with each other. They just plot and meet their problems head to head. There is so much intricacy in the plot and so many side characters to keep track of and who enrich the story further.

Now you guys are wondering if I had loved it so much as implied in the earlier words, why then am I rating it as not the best read . That's because of though I enjoyed the writing - the author has injected life and passion into the story, I felt the passionate scenes were not in line with the story seriousness-wise. That's how I felt and it might vary from others' reactions. And at the end of the story, though I was interested in following the siblings' stories, I am not absolutely sure I would read them. I am still 50-50 about reading the series.

So in short, I enjoyed the few hours of relaxation with mafia intrigue but it is not enough to follow the series.

I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't affect my review in any way.

My one line review : A enjoyable few hours of mafia intrigue.

My rating : 3.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her novel The Marriage Contract was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it "a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Blog Tour / Book Review - Dennis & Greer by Molly Gould



Historical Romance
Date Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Belle Reve Press

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Dennis and Greer is a nonfiction love story in letters and journals between 2 college students during the Vietnam era. (This is nonfiction that reads like fiction)

A true story that encapsulates the horrors of war and the innocence of young love.

Buried in a trunk for fifty years, this long-forgotten tale, told through letters and journals from the war-torn Vietnam era, has been resurrected.

College students, Dennis and Greer, met and felt a spark just before moving to different states. Their witty correspondence through letters conjured a desire to meet again, but Dennis tried to keep his distance; duty is more important than love.

As the two embarked on their journey into adulthood and navigated their relationship against the backdrop of war, they were writing a love story that will span the test of time.

My Musings :

Heart touching - heart rending is how I would describe Dennis and Greer's story.

That said I would like to say that I found the starting a bit hard. It took a while for me to get into their story inspite of being eager for the love story. That is because of the language. The language is formal and poetic at times and it takes time to read. So this is a very slow read. This doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. I did.. It was hard not to. But it detracted sometimes with the lengthy letters and so I am guilty of just perusing them in certain parts. 

But the slow reading has a good side to it too. It helps in assimilating the emotions of Dennis and Greer. The story in the form of letters is very suited for the purpose. I loved reading into the minds and hearts of Dennis and Greer. It was fun looking into their lives and sad at the distance between them physically. 

The romance plays out in slow motion and it adds to the enjoyment. Dennis and Greer grow through their letters from friends to mates to husband and wife. The feeling of poignancy and sadness permeates the book from the beginning because I knew the ending or part of it from the beginning. And this is what kept me on tenterhooks, getting to know how that state comes about. I loved reading the historical aspects of the story. It is another attraction of the tale.

The addition of Greer's life after Dennis' death and their pictures at the end of the book have kept me thinking of it even after finishing the book. There are few books which evoke such strong feelings and emotions. And I will treasure their story in the years to come. 

I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A heart touching real romance

My rating : 4/5

M reread factor : 3/5

About the Author


ASU graduate, Molly Gould, lived in the wilderness for 28 days when she was 16 years old (she’s your go-to-girl in the zombie apocalypse). She now confines herself indoors with the AC full-blast in her sunny sate of AZ. Occasionally, she’ll brave the scorching heat with her husband and four children.

When Molly inherited a treasure of vintage journals and letters, she was swept away by the love story contained within those writings. She couldn’t keep Dennis and Greer to herself, so she began transcribing and Dennis and Greer was born.

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Blog Tour / Book Review - The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken


THE BACHELOR CONTRACT 
by Rachel Van Dyken 
(November 28, 2017;
 Forever Mass Market; 
$7.99;
 The Bachelors of Arizona Book 3)


A second-chance romance from the #1 New York Times bestseller of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She's everywhere.
Ex-wife.
Love of his life.
The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:
Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.
He really was losing his F-ing mind.
And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

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My Musings :

I definitely didn't expect this from the author!!

Did that scare you? Well, I had to express my pent up emotion! I actually meant it in the best way. I have read the other books in the series, so I knew Brant had something serious in his past. But this is way beyond my expectations. Wow, the author had me pretty emotional in the end!

The author's writing is spot on, finding perfect targets for her words. All the scenes either had me laughing with the way the supporting cast was poking into the hero and heroine's lives or sad and angry with the way their past had played out. The author has portrayed the characters well and had the past and present so entwined that at times it felt overloaded.

Brant is such a guy! I understand his situation but I didn't like him in the beginning with his attitude and crass behaviour. But he too redeems himself because towards the end I could see what caused the change in him. And even the strongest person would be overwhelmed with the horror the author has put him through. Yeah I totally blame the author! (kidding!)

Nikki..Nikki.. What do I say about her? She is so strong and I can't imagine anyone in her plight. The way she deals with everything and her final capitulation to Brant's love had me favouring her throughout the book.

The story had me sniffling with the pair's trials while the family's meddling had me smiling in delight. I especially loved Cole and his surprise in relation to Nadine had me agog to see if there's a future book for him!

I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : Pretty heavy and emotional!

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

About the Author



Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Blog Tour / Book Review - Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff


Hunger Moon
Alexandra Sokoloff
(The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5)
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Revenge has no limits.
Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.
Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted . . .

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My Musings :

First thing I would say about this book is that it can be read out of sequence. I have read only this book in the series so far and I could understand it good. Of course, there was a slight adjustment period in the beginning. But the author made it easy to follow with sufficient backtracking at times.

There's only one word to describe the book - Chilling. When I finished the book, it took me a few hours to digest it. The subject it focuses on and the way the people, male and female, react to it in tangent directions had me feeling disturbed and frightened. The way the author has penned the story had me going through the emotions of the characters alongside them. 

The language used and the descriptive way in some scenes had me biting my tongue and hissing in anger and fear. This series isn't for the faint of the heart and it's also not for the people who tend to overlook things either. What has been written about is true in this current modern society and talks to the heart of the reader in a way. 

The characters are realistic with real emotions and feelings especially Roarke and his team. I could understand Jade's plan and Cara's journey. There were places where I felt like throwing stuff at the frat boys' heads. It was frustrating and had me nervous with my own reactions. The writing is evocative and strong!

Now I am reading the previous books and I can't wait to read the next book and see where it is heading. 

I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact the review in any way.

My one line review : Chilling thriller!

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5



Author Bio:
"Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre." - The New York Times
ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON - now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review called her a "daughter of Mary Shelley," and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."
As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.
Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it's under control.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Book Blitz - The Duke Who Came to Town by Sophie Barnes

The Duke Who Came to Town

The Honorable Scoundrels
by Sophie Barnes
  Publication Date: November 21, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance


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She doesn’t want to be a kept woman… Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house. While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules… Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them. But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?

 About Sophie Barnes


Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses. While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing. When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.



Friday, 17 November 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Spell Book & Scandal by Jen McConnel


Spell Book & Scandal
Jen McConnel
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Shelby King is tired of living in her sister’s shadow. Just because Christina is the most powerful caster in school doesn’t mean Shelby’s any good at magic; she’s a scribe, like her mom, and everyone expects her to write spells for her sister, the way her mom always has for her dad. But Shelby’s spells fail spectacularly, and by the time she’s a sophomore, Christina won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole; their parents aren’t much better. Shelby is fed up, and she decides to show the world she doesn’t care if she isn’t as good as her stuck-up sister, or as talented as their powerful parents. In fact, she decides it’s time to break all the rules, magical and otherwise, and she starts sneaking out to meet Jeremiah Smallwood, the second-best caster in school at illegal pop-up spell battles around town. She may not be able to scribe for him, but she doesn’t mind letting him think that she could; Shelby’s been half in love with Miah as long as she can remember, but he’s never paid attention to her until now, and she’s not going to risk her chances worrying about a pesky thing like the truth. But when Christina rats her out to their parents, Shelby can’t control her anger, and words come pouring out of her that she can’t take back even if she wanted to, threatening Christina’s future…and Shelby’s own chances with Jeremiah. It’ll take more magic than Shelby’s ever dreamed of to set things right, but no scribe has that much magic…right?

My Musings :

At first glance, the implied conflict between siblings is what caught my attention. Then I was in the mood for some YA so everything together got me reading this book. When I started the book, the school part felt a bit routine inspite of the concept of normies and casters and scribes. But as the book went on, I got caught up in the life of Shelby and her family. I believe if you can get through the first few pages, you will enjoy the tale as much I did. 

The familial problems especially with Christina had me frowning a lot because it was outright favouritism. It all adds to the "flavour" of the book. Shelby grows in characters quite a bit according to me. In the beginning she is so unsure of her and towards the end, she comes into her ability. Miah had me suspicious from the starting because of his emphasis on Shelby scribing for him. His attitude at the end felt rather abrupt and quite a about turn change. 

The world building is an alternate reality with the base being our normal world with paranormal races like scribes and casters which form an unique and intriguing community. I felt that it wasn't fully explained for the readers. There's lot more to it and for that alone I look forward to the next book. Add to it that the ending had me asking a few questions inspite of being  a non cliffhanger end, I am eager for the sequel.

The pace rather picks up as I follow Shelby's challenges and the flow also is in sync with the writing. All in all, I enjoyed the fast read a lot and I recommend this to those who like YA with magic.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A cool magical system with a heroine who grows with the story.

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 3/5


Author Bio:
Award-winning author Jen McConnel writes NA, YA, and nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Visit www.JenMcConnel.com to learn more!


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Book Blitz - The Jupiter Chronicles The Orb of Terra by Leonardo Ramirez


Steampunk
Date Published: November 17, 2017
Publisher: Leonardoverse Books

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In the tradition of “City of Ember” "Chronicles of Narnia" and "A Wrinkle in Time", this family adventure is a high stakes space race to save our world from an invading force before it is too late.

-Book 3-

Will Ian’s quest to find his destiny away from Jupiter lead to Earth's untimely demise?

As he struggles with his identity, Ian Castillo helps one of Earth’s greatest scientific minds, Dr. Nikola Tesla, make the scientific discovery of a lifetime: a strange mineral that can perhaps power our world for years to come! They discover it is not just an energy source, but something much more! When the device powered by the mineral is activated, it awakens a sleeping giant buried under the Earth by the Martians generations before. The beast known as “Gigantes” leaves behind a trail of destruction and calls out to a deadly enemy headed for Earth.

And the secret inside the mineral will change everything for Earth and the entire Jovian Realm…forever.

FIND YOUR DESTINY.

Cover by Eve Milady and Ben Fosselman with Magnetic Dreams Animation Studios (Iron Man:Extremis, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Sesame Street)


About the Author


Leonardo Ramirez is an author, husband, a father, and a Karate instructor with a 4th degree black belt. His first novel, "Haven of Dante", is a supernatural Young Adult story centered on an ancient war between the Dante family and the nine circles of hell. "Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe" takes readers much deeper into the world of the family line with a prologue that begins with the plight of Dante Alighieri himself!

His follow up is a Science Fiction book called "The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot". It follows the adventure of two children as they are transported to the steam-powered cities of Jupiter where they find the secret of their long-lost father in the midst of a Martian attack.
Leonardo Ramirez lives with his wife Kristen, their daughter Mackenzy and their two dogs, Duchess and Tinkerbell in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.

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