Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Review: IncrediBuilds: Harry Potter: Hedwig Book and 3D Wood Model

Build your own 3D model of Hedwig!

In the first film in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , Harry receives his very first birthday gift: a snowy owl, whom he names Hedwig. Now the iconic companion is yours to build and customize with this fun IncrediBuildsTM model set. The accompanying 16 page book is packed with interesting facts from the films that offer fans the behind-the-scenes scoop on bringing Hedwig to life on screen, and is illustrated with exciting concept art and photography. The wood model is easy to assemble and snaps together to form a dynamic displayable version of Hedwig that fans can color and craft any way they want! Includes: - Laser-cut, FSC®-certified wood sheet with easy-to-assemble pieces - Step-by-step instructions - Coloring and crafting ideas and a Hedwig booklet.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Incredibuilds:
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Erumpent (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Thunderbird (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Harry Potter: Aragog (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Harry Potter: Hedwig (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Harry Potter: Sorting Hat (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Harry Potter: Stag Patronus (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Thestral (Deluxe Book and Model Set)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Funko Pop 2019 Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart
Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat and Sticker Book: Which House Are You? (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
I've made quite a few of these Incredibuilds Harry Potter models now and I've always been happy with the results. They've all been pretty easy to put together, the hardest part tends to be getting the pieces out of the board they come on without breaking them but as long as you take your time you should have no problem with that either. This model of Hedwig is one of my favourites, Hedwig is super cute and the broom she's holding (a Nimbus 2000!) is just tucked gently in between her claws so is completely removable.

The booklet it comes with has all sorts of fun facts about the pets in the Harry Potter movies, everyone from Hedwig (obviously!), Scabbers and Crookshanks through to Trevor, Mrs Norris, Fang, Fluffy, Nagini and even Fawkes get their own page describing how the team brought their characters to life with a mixture of real animals, animatronics and CGI.

These models make great shelf decorations and are sure to be a hit with Potterheads of all ages.



Source: Purchased

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Monday, 24 February 2020

Review: Fragmented Loyalty - Tonya Burrows

All I want is to leave my past of criminal hacking behind. Oh, and ditch the blackmailer who has been dogging my every move for the last three years.

The plan: Hack my way into being part of Class Alpha, a training program for a secretive organization that rescues hostages the government can’t or won’t go after. Save the world and make enough money to pay back my blackmailer—solves all my problems, right?

The complication: Sweet, nerdy, and unbearably sexy Eric “Harvard” Physick. Harvard is my ideal man, but he’s also my instructor. Seriously a no-go, except we can’t seem to keep our hands off each other.

My blackmailer isn’t willing to let me off the hook, though, and a series of freak accidents—deadly accidents—sends Class Alpha into a tailspin. And the more I get to know Harvard, I start to realize his past is just as troubled as mine.

Am I the cause of this chaos...or is he?

HORNET Series:
SEAL of Honor
Honor Reclaimed
Broken Honor
Code of Honor
Reckless Honor

Wilde Security Series:
Wilde Nights in Paradise
Wilde for Her
Wilde at Heart
Running Wilde
Too Wilde To Tame

HORNET: Class Alpha Series:
Fragmented Loyalty

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Review:
It's been a couple of years since Tonya Burrows published the last book in the Hornet series but I was always hoping we'd get a book for Harvard so I was really happy when I found out about this new spin off series Hornet: Class Alpha, starting with Fragmented Loyalty. Although this series is focusing on the team Hornet have been training Harvard is a member of the original group and you'll see a lot of familiar faces from the previous books showing up as teachers and mentors. I think you could probably start with this book but you'll definitely have a much fuller reading experience if you read the original series first.

Harvard is Hornet's tech wiz and he's been instrumental in many of the team's rescue missions thanks to his surveillance skills and the backup support he's offered. He's an expert hacker and a total nerd, also really sweet and very protective of his team. All Harvard has ever wanted is to find a place to belong, as a child genius who graduated school far earlier than most he never really fitted in with his peers and with a vindictive alcoholic mother he never had much support at home either. The Hornet team have become his family and what he wants more than anything is to prove himself to them.

Sami is also a hacker extraordinaire but one who got caught up with a bad group and crossed some lines as a child and was sent to juvie at the age of 14. Her family disowned her after she was released so she was left completely alone at 18 with nothing and nobody. She made the mistake of agreeing to a favour to a mystery benefactor in exchange for the money she needed to survive and three years later she's still waiting for the hammer to drop. Being accepted into Hornet's training program was a chance for Sami to turn her life around, she wants to make something of her life but when her benefactor finally calls in their favour things go downhill fast.

I was so happy to be back in this world, as far as the series timeline goes not much time has passed, in fact some of this book touches on previous events just from a different perspective, but in reality it's been a while and I enjoyed catching up with the characters. I worried for a minute that I wouldn't remember everyone but it all seemed to fall back into place very quickly. Harvard and Sami are both great characters, I loved the geeky banter between them as they fan out on things like Star Wars and Game of Thrones and it was very easy to imagine being friends with them. They have a lot in common and they had wonderful chemistry but I did find it a little frustrating that neither of them opened up about their secrets a little sooner. It worked for the story but put a bit of a downer on their budding romance. It wasn't too hard to look past that though and I was totally rooting for them to work it all out.

The story has everything I'd expect from a Hornet novel, great romance, lots of intrigue and a nice amount of action. I'm enjoying getting to know the rest of the Alpha Class and I'm very happy that Wolfe's book is up next.

Source: Received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review

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Release Blitz: Fragmented Loyalty - Tonya Burrows


Today we have the release blitz for FRAGMENTED LOYALTY by Tonya Burrows! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today!


Title: Fragmented Loyalty

Author: Tonya Burrows

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About FRAGMENTED LOYALTY:

All I want is to leave my past of criminal hacking behind. Oh, and ditch the blackmailer who has been dogging my every move for the last three years.

The plan: Hack my way into being part of Class Alpha, a training program for a secretive organization that rescues hostages the government can’t or won’t go after. Save the world and make enough money to pay back my blackmailer—solves all my problems, right?

The complication: Sweet, nerdy, and unbearably sexy Eric “Harvard” Physick. Harvard is my ideal man, but he’s also my instructor. Seriously a no-go, except we can’t seem to keep our hands off each other.

My blackmailer isn’t willing to let me off the hook, though, and a series of freak accidents—deadly accidents—sends Class Alpha into a tailspin. And the more I get to know Harvard, I start to realize his past is just as troubled as mine.

Am I the cause of this chaos...or is he?

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A finger poked my ribs from the table behind me, and, face blazing, I refocused on Jean-Luc at the front of the

room. I’d been so caught up in fantasizing about Harvard, I’d completely missed the last ten minutes of the lesson.

Even worse, it had been obvious enough that Wolfe felt he had to intervene. Excuse me while I melt into a puddle of red-hot embarrassment.

My only saving grace was that Harvard hadn’t noticed.

Everyone else had, and I’d get major flak from all of the guys later, but Harvard had been too absorbed in the lesson. Yay for hyper-focused nerd boys!

“Hey,” Wolfe whispered and nudged me again. He pretended to wipe drool from his mouth. “You got a little something…”

I shot him the bird. “Keep it up, Wolfey. I’ll send your browser history to your mother.”

“Go ahead.” He flashed a grin. “I erased everything incriminating.”

Thoroughly amused, I raised a brow. “You think I can’t find erased data? Oh, you poor, naive luddite.”

His grin dropped away.

I returned my attention to the front of the room, but by that point, the lesson was completely lost on me. I was just biding time until class ended—but then I noticed Jean-Luc had stopped speaking. The room had gone completely silent, save for an evil villain laugh that started soft and grew in volume.

I looked up at the whiteboard. The projection screen had gone black. An 8-bit video game character with blinking red eyes filled the screen. Underneath it flashed the words

LET’S START THE GAME.

About the Author:


Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance at age 13 and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. As of now, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with The Boyfriend, a diva schnoodle, a plucky pug-mix, and #writercat.

When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can usually be found kayaking, hiking, or road tripping across the country. She also enjoys painting and B grade disaster movies.

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Review: Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park's ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve's husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources - and genius - at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two-one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we're all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

Review:
When Eve is called to a mass shooting event at the Ice Rink in Central Park she quickly realises they have an expert sniper in the city. With no apparent link between the 3 victims she's at a distinct disadvantage trying to figure out whether it was a targeted hit or someone shooting random victims just for the fun of it. As further incidents follow and people in the city start to panic it's up to Eve and her team to try and track down the murderer before they can take any more innocent lives. There is very little that shocks Eve these days but when they figure out the identity of the shooter she realises that evil can still come in unexpected packages. Unfortunately knowing the killer's identity is only half the battle and actually finding them and bringing them to justice is a whole other challenge.

You'd think by book 43 that I might be starting to get tired of this series but that couldn't be further from the case. I'm still hopelessly addicted to these books and I love seeing how much the characters have all changed from the beginning of the series. Of course Eve and Roarke are their awesome selves but Peabody, McNab, Feeny, Baxter, Trueheart and so many others continue to come into their own more with every book.

The murderer in this book was one of the creepiest we've had in a while, I can't really say why because I don't want to spoil it but they were a true psychopath and definitely someone you're glad to see Eve send to prison for the rest of their miserable life. This was another great instalment to the series and I can't wait to carry on reading about Eve's adventures.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Review: The Bear's Forever Mate - Vivian Arend

HE’S GOT THE PERFECT MATE IN MIND, FOR FIVE YEARS FROM NOW...

Cooper Borealis is fully on board with the concept of fated mates. Except mating the woman he wants—his tempting, complicated, human secretary—is not an option. Or not yet anyway. So he’ll use a loophole to keep the vow he made to his brothers, mating fever be damned. He’ll be with Amber Myawayan at the place and time of his choosing.

Amber has spent the past two years in the north looking for her missing brother—and falling in love with the big, growly polar bear at the helm of Borealis Gems. More than once, she’s caught him looking at her with hungry shifter eyes. But getting him to admit it? Ha! Luckily, mating fever is a thing, and she’s happy to get involved as nature forces the issue to the forefront.

But when their mating bond is unexpectedly blocked, Amber and Cooper find themselves in a race against time. She needs to track down her brother while somehow proving she’s tough enough to be with her favourite bear. And Cooper plans to protect her at all costs, even if it means secretly stifling his stubborn shifter side.

Somewhere in the wilderness, they’ll find the answer…or lose their chance at forever.

Borealis Bears Series:
The Bear's Chosen Mate
The Bear's Fated Mate
The Bear's Forever Mate

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Review:
In this third, and final, book in the Borealis Bears Trilogy Grandfather Giles turns his attention to his oldest grandson. Cooper already has his mate picked out, he just doesn't think the timing is right to settle down and start a family. Cooper is already courting Amber but in his own, very slow, way because she's a human who only recently found out about the existence of shifters and he's hoping that as she starts to trust him she'll eventually develop stronger feelings. What he doesn't realise is that Amber already wants him and when the two end up stranded together in the wilderness it might just be the push they needed.

I've been really looking forward to Cooper and Amber's story. I've loved all of the brothers but Cooper has always been a bit of a mystery figure but he's one who obviously cares about his family and looks out for his younger brothers. It turns out that both Cooper and his inner bear are very stubborn and although they've both chosen Amber neither of them are keen to start the mating dance any time soon.

Amber has two goals, one is to find her missing brother and the other is to win Cooper's heart. When the chance comes along to achieve the first she's thrilled when Cooper volunteers to join her on her journey into the wilderness. Amber will do whatever it takes to convince Cooper she's ready for the mating but if she doesn't work quickly they may both run out of time.

This was a brilliant end to the trilogy, Grandfather Giles may be a meddling old man but it's been clear from the start that he has his grandson's best interests at heart and it looks like he isn't the only family member who is capable of setting long term plans in motion. It's been great to see all three couples find happiness and I can't help hoping that we may see further books set in this world that give us the chance to catch up with them all a few years down the line.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Cover Reveal: No Love Lost - Lexi Blake


When the smoke clears, the men and women of McKay-Taggart will never be the same again.

No Love Lost, an all-new sexy and suspenseful, standalone in the Master and Mercenaries: The Forgotten series by New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is releasing September 29th, and we have the stunning cover!


When Ezra Fain joined the ranks of the CIA, the last thing on his mind was romance. After meeting Kim Soloman, it was difficult to think of anything else. A tragic mistake drove them apart, leaving him shattered and unable to forgive the woman he loved. But when his greatest enemy threatens her life, Ezra leaps into action, prepared to do anything to try to save her.

Solo accepted long ago that she won’t get over Ezra. She’s worked for years to get back into his life, looking for any way to reignite the love they once shared. Unfortunately, nothing seems to penetrate the wall he has built between them. When she’s arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, she believes she’s on her own.

Racing across the globe, Ezra and Solo find themselves together again, caught in the crosshairs of the agency they sacrificed so much to serve. Days on the run soon turn to steamy nights, but Levi Green isn’t about to let them find their happily ever after. And when the smoke clears, the men and women of McKay-Taggart will never be the same again.


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Cover Designer: Croco Designs
Photographer: Studio Smexy
Model: W. Tyler Johnson

About Lexi Blake


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Cover Reveal: Baker's Coven - Nancy Warren

Baker's Coven: The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren
Releasing March 18th!

will be free with kindle unlimited


Can she bake a winning cake without getting iced?

Competition is hotter than the pre-heated ovens as The Great British Baking Competition moves into cake week. Amateur baker Poppy Wilkinson has a lot to deal with, from learning she has talents she never knew about, to trying to keep cool and bake under pressure.

She’s also trying to track down the secrets of her parentage. Meanwhile, she’s saved from death by a local Border collie who seems to think she’s part of his flock and herds her out of danger. Was it an accident or does someone want her out of the baking competition permanently?

With witches, an energy vortex, an ancient manor house that holds it’s secrets tight, Poppy’s barely got time to practice her fondant icing, never mind escape from a killer.

Taste this culinary cozy mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author Nancy Warren. Each book is a stand-alone mystery, though the books are linked. They offer good, clean fun, and, naturally, recipes.

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