Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Cover Reveal - Covet (Enchanted, #2) by Micalea Smeltzer











Covet (Enchanted, #2) by Micalea Smeltzer
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.

The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.

She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.












Sequel to:
 






Author Bio


Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.










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Monday, 15 January 2018

Cover Reveal - Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol



 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from
Inkspell Publishing!

What do you think of the cover?






A girl looking for a way out.

Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.

A boy looking to be a hero.

Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.

A love that could kill them both.

Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.
A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.





Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol
Publication Date:  February 13, 2018
Publisher:  Inkspell Publishing



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Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.







Friday, 12 January 2018

Review - Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2) by Vic James




Title: Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)
Author: Vic James
Pages: 416
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 7th September 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?















My Review:
 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*




After the events of Gilded Cage, Luke is now a prisoner and Abi is determined to set him free.
Silyen Jardine is curious to learn more about Skill while his father will do everything he can to keep power in his grasp.


Tarnished City follows straight on from Gilded Cage which I enjoyed. I was excited to see what the author had in store for the characters in this sequel.
I liked the characters and I was enjoying the plot for a while but then I found myself losing interest and I didn't really care what happened next. I think the problem was that the story dragged in places and some things that happened didn't shock me like they were supposed to - instead of being surprised I just thought oh, okay then.
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more. I might try and read it again another time.


Overall this was an okay read.



 


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Review - The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1) by S.M. Wilson




Title: The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)
Author: S.M. Wilson
Pages: 384
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 1st January 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...













My Review:

*I won an ARC of this book. Thanks to Usborne Publishing*


-Contains spoilers!-





Stormchaser and Lincoln live on the continent of Earthasia where space is running out and there is barely enough food to go around. Healthcare is a luxury given to only a select few, but despite this the population is still growing faster than Earthasia can cope with.
Enter the Trials. Every year people enter to become Finalists who are sent to the dinosaur continent of Piloria. Some aim to become Finalists for the extra food, others have different reasons. However, all are given a task to complete in Piloria that the Stipulators hope will aid in the survival of the humans and their aim to colonise Piloria. Last year the Finalists went for food. This year they need to get the eggs of three of the most dangerous dinosaurs.
Will Stormchaser and Lincoln survive their time on Piloria?
Can Storm cope with the guilt she feels about what they are doing?


I usually try not to compare books to each other if I can help it, but this really was the Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park.
I liked Storm and Lincoln as characters. They were relatable and it was interesting to read as Storm struggled with the ethics of what they were doing. The reason behind Storm's scars wasn't as interesting as I was expecting, but I liked her bond with Milo the Plesiosaur.
The plot was mostly good, but there were some things that bothered me. For example, resources were so low that at the end only one of the Finalists that got an egg could have extra food and healthcare, yet during the Trials and the boat journey to Piloria, the competitors/Finalists were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. That didn't really make sense to me.
I enjoyed reading the scenes with the dinosaurs and I was glad that there wasn't much romance - I think it would have taken away from the story if there had been more.
While I am slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would, I am intrigued to see what happens in the next book.


Overall this was an enjoyable read.