Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists - A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard

Piglet explained to Tigger that he mustn’t mind what Eeyore said because he was always gloomy; and Eeyore explained to Piglet that, on the contrary, he was feeling particularly cheerful this morning.

Eeyore is one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s most deep-thinking friends and his thoughts usually turn to the gloomy side of things. If you have a similarly cynical friend or relation, or indeed if you, yourself, view life as a glass half empty, then this collection of pessimistic contemplations is just for you. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy!

Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series:
Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise
Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists

Visit the Egmont website for more information

Review:
There's something very special about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends which is why these characters are still so popular nearly 100 years after the first story about them was published. I grew up reading the books, also having them read to me long before I was able to read them myself, so I'll always have a soft spot for them all and they always put a smile on my face. Thats why I was so excited to discover Egmont have created the Now We Are Grown Up collection of Winnie-the-Pooh quote books aimed at adults. These are gorgeous little hardbacks that are perfect for dipping in and out of and each one includes fabulous quotes from the stories by A.A. Milne along with E.H. Shepard's gorgeous original illustrations.

Each book collects quotes related to a different mood or feeling and as I'm sure you can guess Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists gives Eeyore his turn in the spotlight but that doesn't stop our gloomy friend from always looking at the negatives. There are so many fabulous quotes but I've included a couple of my favourites just to give you an idea what you can expect:




Source: Received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers - A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard

‘What?’ said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn’t been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice in an exercising sort of way.

It’s hardly surprising that Piglet, a Very Small Animal, should find the Hundred Acre Wood a rather alarming place. Full of nervously twitching ears and an extreme lack of pluck, this is the perfect gift for those of an anxious disposition. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy!

Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series:
Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise
Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists

Visit the Egmont website for more information

Review:
There's something very special about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends which is why these characters are still so popular nearly 100 years after the first story about them was published. I grew up reading the books, also having them read to me long before I was able to read them myself, so I'll always have a soft spot for them all and they always put a smile on my face. Thats why I was so excited to discover Egmont have created the Now We Are Grown Up collection of Winnie-the-Pooh quote books aimed at adults. These are gorgeous little hardbacks that are perfect for dipping in and out of and each one includes fabulous quotes from the stories by A.A. Milne along with E.H. Shepard's gorgeous original illustrations.

Each book collects quotes related to a different mood or feeling and as I'm sure you can guess Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers gives Piglet a chance to show us that even the most timid can be brave and usually things aren't quite as bad as you thought they would be. There are so many fabulous quotes but I've included a couple of my favourites just to give you an idea what you can expect:




Source: Received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

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Hardback:

Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise - A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard

'Pooh hasn't much Brain, but he never comes to any harm. He does silly things and they turn out right. There's Owl. Owl hasn't exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things.'

Winnie-the-Pooh may be a Bear of Very Little Brain, but he sometimes has surprisingly astute and helpful observations on life. Full of thingish thoughts and clever plans, this is the perfect gift for deep thinkers and the philosophically inclined. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy!

Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series:
Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise
Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists

Visit the Egmont website for more information

Review:
There's something very special about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends which is why these characters are still so popular nearly 100 years after the first story about them was published. I grew up reading the books, also having them read to me long before I was able to read them myself, so I'll always have a soft spot for them all and they always put a smile on my face. Thats why I was so excited to discover Egmont have created the Now We Are Grown Up collection of Winnie-the-Pooh quote books aimed at adults. These are gorgeous little hardbacks that are perfect for dipping in and out of and each one includes fabulous quotes from the stories by A.A. Milne along with E.H. Shepard's gorgeous original illustrations.

Each book collects quotes related to a different mood or feeling and as I'm sure you can guess Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise shares some of our favourite Bear of Very Little Brain's wisest musings, along with insightful comments from many of his friends. There are so many fabulous quotes but I've included a couple of my favourites just to give you an idea what you can expect:




Source: Received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

Other Reviews:
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Hardback:

Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers - A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard

‘What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?’

‘What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying, ‘What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn’t mind a little something, should you, Piglet.'

Winnie-the-Pooh has never been shy about his love of good food especially when his friends offer him a little smackerel of something or other. If you know, or even are, a real food lover, then this is the perfect little gift for you.

Filled with A.A.Milne's most delicious quotes and E.H.Shepard's tempting drawings, you'll soon find yourself drooling over a honey pot or two. It is part of a brand-new range of Winnie-the-Pooh gift books for adults - a beautifully presented range of four books to collect and enjoy!

Now We Are Grown Up Winnie-the-Pooh gift book series:
Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise
Winnie-the-Pooh: Doubt & Disquiet for Worriers
Winnie-the-Pooh: Gloom & Doom for Pessimists

Visit the Egmont website for more information

Review:
There's something very special about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends which is why these characters are still so popular nearly 100 years after the first story about them was published. I grew up reading the books, also having them read to me long before I was able to read them myself, so I'll always have a soft spot for them all and they always put a smile on my face. Thats why I was so excited to discover Egmont have created the Now We Are Grown Up collection of Winnie-the-Pooh quote books aimed at adults. These are gorgeous little hardbacks that are perfect for dipping in and out of and each one includes fabulous quotes from the stories by A.A. Milne along with E.H. Shepard's gorgeous original illustrations.

Each book collects quotes related to a different mood or feeling and as I'm sure you can guess Winnie-the-Pooh: Little Somethings & Smackerels for Food Lovers is all about Pooh's love of all things edible but, of course, honey in particular. There are so many fabulous quotes but I've included a couple of my favourites just to give you an idea what you can expect:




Source: Received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

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Monday, 17 December 2018

Review: Prince of Dreams - Pippa DaCosta

“Oh what a tangled web we weave…”

Kesh fled Faerie as a queen killer. Now she returns as the Faerie King’s secret obsession. But on Faerie, nothing is as it seems, not even Kesh herself.

With days to stop Arran’s execution and the stoic guardian, Sirius, as her constant shadow, Kesh must weave her lies deep within Faerie’s courts where magic and whispers combine and conspire. Soon, Kesh learns there is more at stake than Arran’s life. Faerie is dying. Oberon’s reign is crumbling. The time to strike against the fae is now. But with Talen, Kellee and Sota a thousand light-years away, Kesh cannot succeed alone…

Beneath the courtly politics, the glittering facades, and the King’s fragile hold on his people, the Dreamweaver is locked in eternal slumber, dreaming of the day his Queen of Hearts will set him free… because he knows, Kesh Lasota has no other choice.

Kesh survived the Dreamweaver once before. Now all she has to do is control him.

But Faerie's Dreamweaver has other ideas for the peoples’ Messenger. He knows who, and what Kesh really is and he has every intention of using her to make all his dreams come true.

He takes your mind, makes it his, takes your soul, makes you cruel.
Dare you answer the Dreamweaver’s call?

Messenger Chronicles:
Her Glass Heart (Prequel short story) (Release date to be confirmed)
Shoot the Messenger
Game of Lies
The Nightshade's Touch
Prince of Dreams
Her Dark Legion (April 2019)

Visit Pippa DaCosta's website for more information

Review:
Following on from the end of the last book Prince of Dreams sees Kesh back in Faerie with Sirius, trying to find a way to stop Arran's execution, while Kellee and Talen are still back in Hallow trying to figure out a way to get to Faerie to rescue her. With both Oberon and Eledan trying to ensure Kesh's loyalty her newfound resolve to be the protector of Hallow and free her own people is being severely put to the test but she's come a long way from the girl we met at the beginning of the series and she's stronger than either of them imagine.

This series is just getting better and better and I loved the chance to explore more of Faerie and get to know Oberon a bit better. He is definitely not a character to be trusted but he's had a huge influence over Kesh's entire life and he's very good at pulling her strings. Not quite as good as Eledan though and he is doing his best to play her again now as he makes a bid for freedom. Kesh will do anything to save Arran but she could be making a huge mistake by placing her trust in Eledan so things are definitely about to get interesting.

I have to admit I missed seeing Kesh spending time with Kellee and Talen but I loved getting to know Sirius better. There is a lot more to his character than we first realised and I'm enjoying peeling back a few of those layers to see what is underneath. I also loved getting some of the story from Kellee's point of view and was glad to see him and Talen working together towards a common goal. They seem to have come to an understanding now and they're quite a formidable team when they're on the same page.

There is so much going on in this story that I was on the edge of my seat while reading it. This series is full of plots within plots and you can never quite tell what twist Pippa DaCosta will throw at us next so it's always a little worrying but that also makes it more fun to read. Kesh's harem is growing and there has been some fantastic relationship development across the series but I'm a little nervous that not everyone is going to get the happy ending that they deserve. I know which characters I'm rooting for though and I hope I don't end up completely heartbroken in the end - I know there was already one heart stopping moment here that nearly broke both Kesh and me!

I absolutely can't wait for the next instalment and I'm already a little devastated that it will be the final book in the series. I'm definitely not ready to say goodbye to these characters or this world yet but I trust Pippa to end it on a high note.

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

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Cover Reveal: Run to You - Lara Adrian


Check out the gorgeous cover for RUN TO YOU, a contemporary romance standalone novel set in Lara Adrian's bestselling 100 Series! Releasing January 29, 2019 in eBook & Print. Pre-order now! Learn more at www.LaraAdrian.com


Story Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian’s sizzling, suspenseful 100 Series continues with RUN TO YOU, a scorching new standalone contemporary bodyguard romance featuring friends of billionaire Dominic Baine and his artist fiancee Avery Ross.

Once a celebrated model, Evelyn Beckham dominated the fashion runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. But life under the lights nearly destroyed her, and at the height of her career she walked away from it all. Now, five years later, Eve’s built a new life at the helm of Manhattan’s premier high-end lingerie boutique, L’opale. Chosen to design the bridal ensemble for billionaire Dominic Baine’s fiancée, Avery Ross, it seems Eve’s stars have finally realigned—until her return to the spotlight thrusts her into the crosshairs of a danger that’s been watching from the shadows, waiting for the chance to strike.

Gabriel Noble didn’t go to war to become a hero, but when he returned from the battlefield in Afghanistan it was with a chest full of medals and a broken body filled with shrapnel. Losing his leg derailed more than Gabe’s career, and when no one else was willing to take a chance on him, Baine International put him on their security team. Now, Gabe would do anything for Dominic Baine—including keeping a covert, protective eye on beautiful Evelyn Beckham as a personal favor to his boss and friend. But keeping Eve safe means keeping her close, and soon the lines between duty and desire begin to blur into a consuming passion too powerful to be denied. With Eve’s life in escalating peril and her faith in him certain to shatter, Gabe will have to risk everything to protect her while facing the most intense fight of his life . . . the battle for Eve’s heart.


Pre-order Links:

EBOOK LINKS
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2Qd99rY
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2zM0l1X
Google Play: available on release day

PRINT LINKS
Available on release day

AUDIOBOOK LINKS
Release day TBA

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Review: Star Wars: BB-8 Book and Model

BB-8 is everyone's favourite droid from the new Star Wars trilogy. Learn all about this loyal and versatile robotic companion and read about the adventures of famous droids. Test your logic with puzzles, games and many more activities.

Then, build your own faithful friend using easy-to-press out foam boards, complete with moving parts. Create your BB-8 model by following the instructions - no glue required! When complete, the model stands at 22cm high and 15cm wide, and displays fun facts about BB-8 on the panels on the back. Build the perfect droid companion to display and play!

Have you collected all the titles in the Star Wars Construction Books series:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Book and Model
Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Book and Mega Model
Star Wars Empire Tin
Star Wars Rebellion Tin

Review:
This book and model kit is a perfect Christmas present for any Star Wars fans in your life, young or old. Ignore the fact that it's marketed towards boys though because girls can have just as much fun making the model and to act like only boys can be Star Wars fans is actually pretty insulting!


This is a book of two halves, one side is a fairly small booklet but one that is packed full of information about BB-8 and has lots of puzzles like word searches and quizzes for youngsters to fill in. There are even instructions on how to draw your own BB-8 droid. To be honest this booklet is aimed at a younger audience and as an adult I was far more interested in making the model but I'm planning on buying a second copy of the book to give my nephew for Christmas & I think he'll love it.


The other side of the book contains several sheets of foam board with all the pieces you need to make your own BB-8 model. The pieces are easy to pull out (you may want to use the end of a pencil to push out the smaller parts) and the instructions were clear and easy to follow so I had no problem putting the model together. I'd recommend taking your time, reading each step before you get started and only removing the pieces from the book as you need them so you don't mix anything up. If you do that you'll be finished in no time.


The finished model is much bigger than I expected it to be and surprisingly sturdy so it makes a great addition to my bookshelves. I like the fact that BB-8's head is moveable too. This set will definitely be a hit with Star Wars fans young and old, more for the model than the puzzles but as a whole you'll get a couple of hours of entertainment out of them and you end up with your own BB-8 model at the end so it's a winner.


Source: Received from Egmont in exchange for an honest review

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Event Report: Walker's YA Wonderland

Earlier this week I was really excited to be invited to the Walker YA Wonderland blogger event to meet some of their authors and find out all about some of the exciting books they have coming out in 2019. I always love Walker's events and this was no exception, we got to meet some fantastic authors and I'm so excited to start reading all the books I came home with!

Me with Lauren James
The first author we got to hear from was Lauren James who was talking about her upcoming book The Quiet at the End of the World, we actually had a sneaky early copy of this one in our goodie bags and I can't wait to read it. Lauren was inspired to write this story by the idea that eventually the human race is going to go extinct which means that at some point (hopefully in the distant future!) there will be a last living human. Just imagine being the one of the last few people alive and how knowing that would affect you.

I've been lucky enough to meet Lauren a few times now and I love how passionate she is about all things science but particularly women in science. All of her stories have some scientific basis behind them and at the event she was talking about physical evolution but also the way languages change and how difficult it can be to interpret messages left thousands of years ago. Imagine how we're going to warn people 10,000 years in the future to avoid the nuclear waste that we've buried today, will they even recognise the symbols we use for toxic waste?

About The Quiet at the End of the World:

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race...

Publishing in March 2019





Me with Zoe Marriott & Faye from A Daydreamer's Thoughts
The second author to speak was Zoe Marriott who was there to tell us all about The Hand, the Eye and the Heart, her upcoming novel inspired by Mulan and set in a fantasy world inspired by Chinese history, especially Tang Dynasty. Zoe wanted to be clear that it isn't a straight Mulan retelling but there are similarities with the character's journey. Zhilan is also gender fluid which I think is fantastic. You can read all about Zoe's inspiration for the story on her blog here.

I've been a huge fan of Zoe's books for years now so I'm ridiculously excited for this book and it was really cool to get to see the cover revealed for the first time at the event. Walker always put so much effort into their cover designs and you can really see that here!

About The Hand, the Eye and the Heart:

Zhilan was assigned female at birth. Despite a gift for illusions, they know they are destined to live out their life within the confines of the women’s quarter. But when civil war sets the empire aflame, Zhilan is determined save their disabled father from the battlefield. By taking his place. Surviving brutal army training as a boy – Zhi – is only the first challenge. In the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile, and soon the fate of a nation rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must decide where their heart truly belongs…

Publishing April 2019




Me with Tom Pollock
Next up was Tom Pollock who told us all about his upcoming novel Heartstream. It's not due to be published until next July and is so new that it doesn't have a cover or official blurb yet but it sounds like it's going to be a fab read.

The story is set in the not too distant future where technology allows people to share their actual emotions online just like we currently share our thoughts and feelings via social media. Tom was inspired to write the story after watching vloggers and thinking about how they all create an online persona that their followers can relate to. The main character ends up becoming famous after sharing their emotions while their mother was dying but it all goes horribly wrong when they come home from the funeral to find someone inside their home holding a bomb! Heartstream sounds like it's going to be deliciously twisty & I can't wait to read it.

About Tom's last novel White Rabbit, Red Wolf (since I can't share a blurb or cover for for Hearstream yet):

A taut thriller about murder, maths and the mind. Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.

Neal Shusterman & me
Last but definitely not least was Neal Shusterman talking about his latest novel Dry (written with his son Jarrod) and also The Toll, the final book in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy which is due to publish next September. I absolutely LOVED Scythe (read my review) and Thunderhead (read my review) so I can't wait to get my hands on The Toll and the hints we were given about what to expect just made me even more excited about it! It looks like there have been all kinds of hints woven into the first book, right down to Scythe Goddard's name, and I can't wait to see how everything comes together in the finale.

Neal talked about how bored he was with YA dystopian stories at the time he was getting ready to start writing Scythe and how he wanted to do something completely different. The Arc of a Scythe trilogy was supposed to be about what would happen if everything went right in the world rather than if it all went horribly wrong but if we were able to cure diseases and make people practically immortal then it would cause all kinds of problems with overpopulation. Eventually that lead to the idea of the Scythes who were supposed to be unbiased and willing to do an awful job to keep society running smoothly, interestingly enough they were actually inspired by the Jedi!

About Dry:

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought – or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life – and the life of her brother – is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

Dry is another fantastic book from Neal, cowritten with his son Jarrod, and you can read my review here.

After hearing all of the authors talk about their books, along with listening to some of the Walker editors and publicity team talking about other upcoming books (another highlight to watch out for is definitely On the Come Up by Angie Thomas due in February 2019!) we had time to mingle with the authors and other bloggers while getting our books signed and enjoying a few tasty nibbles.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone at Walker for organising such a brilliant event and allowing me to tag along. The hardest part about coming home with so many fab books is trying to decide which one to read first but I'm particularly excited about the ones I've mentioned in this post so watch out for reviews coming as soon as I can!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Review: Dry - Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought – or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life – and the life of her brother – is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

Visit Neal Shusterman's website or Jarrod Shusterman's instagram page for more information

Review:
Set in the not too distant future Dry is a dystopian story based on the idea that after years of drought California completely runs out of freshwater. For years there have been increasingly strict water rationing and fines for excess consumption but it wasn't enough and one day, without any advanced warning, people go to turn on their taps and nothing comes out. This wasn't an outcome that most people were prepared for and the longer the taps stay dry the greater people's panic becomes. This is a fight for survival and now once friendly neighbours are potential enemies as everyone becomes increasingly more desperate.

This story sucked me in from the very first page and I found it nearly impossible to put it down. It really makes you think about how much we take for granted but also the lengths you might be willing to go to to protect your family and survive any kind of natural disaster. I have to admit this book really did make me want to start stockpiling water and other supplies just in case something awful happens!

Dry is told from several points of view but the main characters are Alyssa and her younger brother Garrett, two normal teenagers who are left on their own when their parents leave to try and find water and don't come home, and their next door neighbour Kelton whose family has been preparing for a disaster for years and already have supplies on hand. You'll meet others along the way but I'm going to focus on this trio for the purpose of my review. Alyssa is just a normal teenage girl who has never had to worry about looking after herself, let alone dealing with a disaster on this scale. She doesn't always make the right choices but she does the best she can and she always tries to protect her brother and anyone else she can help along the way.

Kelton has been training for this his whole life and has a good idea what to expect as society starts to breakdown but no matter how prepared his parents are for things to go wrong they didn't quite anticipate how difficult it would be to protect their stockpile from terrified and desperate neighbours. Everything that can go wrong pretty much does go wrong and these teens have to deal with some pretty scary situations as they try to find somewhere safe. I could really feel their desperation as things spiralled out of their control but I loved how determined they were and that they never gave up no matter how bad things got.

This was an excellent story and the rate society broke down was terrifyingly believable. I find it fascinating to think about the psychology of mob rule and the way people so quickly start to devolve into pretty mindless animals when survival is on the line. I don't think I've ever felt so thirsty - or so grateful for my working taps! - while reading a book. I probably drank more water reading this than I normally would in a week so make sure you have plenty of liquid on hand before you pick this up. Father and son writing team Neal & Jarrod Shusterman hit the ball out of the park on this one & I'm definitely going to be watching out for any future collaborations between them.

Source: Received from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Review: Theirs Ever After - Katee Robert

Sometimes happily ever after isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Theo Fitzcharles thought he’d put the worst behind him when he became King of Thalania and named his two lovers, Meg Sanders and Galen Mikos, as his Consorts. Unfortunately, the realities of running a country have worn on all of them, individually and as a triad. Theo has every intention of making things right, but first he has to deal with an old enemy who’s closer than anyone could have dreamed.

Meg Sanders never wanted to be a princess. Now that she’s one of two Consorts to the King of Thalania, she knows why—it’s work. Every time she turns around, she’s misstepping and struggling not to screw up the careful political maneuvering required for her new position. But her struggles with the new position are the least of her worries she’s attacked in the palace.

Theo, Galen, and Meg must race to identify her attacker and neutralize them before they can make another attempt to hurt her. There’s plenty of people who want Meg out of the palace—and at least one isn’t picky about whether she’s breathing or not when she goes.

Thalanian Dynasty:
Theirs for the Night (Novella)
Forever Theirs
Theirs Ever After
Their Second Chance (Free audiobook novella available via the Read Me Romance Podcast)

Visit Katee Robert's website for more information.

Review:
They've managed to get Theo out of exile and he's now back in his rightful place as the new King of Thalania but he's made more than a few waves by naming both Galen and Meg as his official consorts. Not only is he the first royal to have more than one consort but one of them is the son of a traitor and the other is a foreign woman which hasn't gone down well with the aristocratic families who were all ready to make a grab for power of their own through marriage to the king. All three of them are trying to come to terms with their new positions and the duties that are required of them but when Meg is attacked within the palace they realise they have dangerous enemies who will stop at nothing to get her out of their way.

I really enjoyed the previous books in this series but was excited to see how this triad would settle in to life in the palace. Theo was trained his whole life to become king so although he never wanted to take the role on so young he knew exactly what he was getting into. For Meg and Galen it is an even bigger adjustment, they suddenly have all this additional pressure on them and they're both struggling to deal with everything. It's a difficult time for all three of them, their relationship is still fairly new so all this extra stress is making life so much harder, especially when Theo seems to be keeping the others at a distance. Meg in particular is kept on the outside, Theo and Galen have been a team for years so they are used to working together but while they both try to keep Meg safe they do it by keeping her in the dark about what is really happening which is incredibly frustrating for her.

There was a lot of frustration in this story, although they all love each other there were times when I found the secretive behaviour really irritating and I was glad when Meg stood up for herself and told them if she wasn't going to be part of the team then there was no point in her being there at all. It's understandable that it would take them all time to settle into their relationship and figure out the best way to make things work but they are only going to be able to do that if they communicate with each other and I now feel that they're on the right track.

This was actually a great conclusion to their story, it had all the heat of the previous stories, plenty of action and it was nice to see Meg starting to find a place for herself in her new home. I'm also really happy that we're going to get the chance to see Noemi and Issac's story in Their Second Chance, an audiobook novella that you can listen to for free on the Read Me Romance podcast starting on the 10th of December.

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

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Blog Tour: Theirs Ever After - Katee Robert


Have you discovered THE THALANIAN DYNASTY series by NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert?

In THEIRS EVER AFTER Theo, Galen, and Meg's journey continues as they navigate the new realities of their relationship. Fans of Laura Kaye’s THEIR’S TO TAKE or Sierra Simone’s AMERICAN QUEEN will devour this cinderella-esque ménage.

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Title: Theirs Ever After
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Thriller/Menage
Release Date: December 3, 2018
Publisher: Indie
Series: The Thalanian Dynasty
Page Count: 62K
Format: Digital
ASIN: B07H3CX9JR

Synopsis:

Sometimes happily ever after isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Theo Fitzcharles thought he’d put the worst behind him when he became King of Thalania and named his two lovers, Meg Sanders and Galen Mikos, as his Consorts. Unfortunately, the realities of running a country have worn on all of them, individually and as a triad. Theo has every intention of making things right, but first he has to deal with an old enemy who’s closer than anyone could have dreamed.

Meg Sanders never wanted to be a princess. Now that she’s one of two Consorts to the King of Thalania, she knows why—it’s work. Every time she turns around, she’s misstepping and struggling not to screw up the careful political maneuvering required for her new position. But her struggles with the new position are the least of her worries she’s attacked in the palace.

Theo, Galen, and Meg must race to identify her attacker and neutralize them before they can make another attempt to hurt her. There’s plenty of people who want Meg out of the palace—and at least one isn’t picky about whether she’s breathing or not when she goes.

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Theirs Ever After Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

Meg knew what she should do. She should tell Theo that the best way to take care of her and Galen was to talk to them. But with the candlelight playing across Theo’s skin and his skillful hands working at the knots in her shoulders, she couldn’t work up the energy to fight with him. “I’m not happy with you.”

“I know.” He dug into a particularly tight knot, working it with his thumb. “What do you need from me tonight, princess?”

She let her eyes close, let him keep working his magic on her body. Six months into their relationship, and Meg knew that Theo would give her anything she asked for. If she wanted him and Galen to dress up like Vikings and roleplay one of her favorite scenes in a romance novel she was reading, he’d do it without question. He had done it without question last month. Theo might be fucking up on communication and overworked to the point where she barely saw him, but she never doubted for a second that he loved her and wanted her happy.

She slipped beneath the surface of the water. Free of his touch, clarity didn’t suddenly strike her like lightning. If there was an answer, she didn’t have it. Meg slowly stood and let herself drink in the way Theo watched her. As if she was some kind of Aphrodite rising out of the ocean instead of standing here in their tub. “I just want you tonight, Theo. None of the bullshit. Just you.”

He nodded and grabbed one of the ridiculously large towels they kept stocked in here. “Let me take care of you tonight,” he repeated.

Easy enough to read in between the lines of what he wanted. A reprieve in a long line of reprieves. Theo was trying to hold off the inevitable conversation all three of them had to have until he could iron out the mess Thalania had become in his absence. Or maybe the backbiting politics and squabbling seven Families had always been like this. Either way, Theo wanted time to get it handled.

She just wished he’d lean on her and Galen a little bit in the meantime.

Meg stepped out of the tub and let him wrap her in the towel. “Like I’m going to say no.”

Theo dried her gently, thoroughly, making quick work of it. He had a face built for candlelight, all sharp angles and a beauty that was damn near painful to witness. The passing time should have inoculated her to the sight of him, but then he would turn just so or look at her with those big blue eyes, and she’d forget to breathe.

“You could.”

She blinked. “What?”

“You could say no.”

Meg laughed. She couldn’t help it. “Theo, have you looked in the mirror lately?”

He glanced over, and she followed his gaze to the large mirror situated on the other side of the bath. They painted quite the picture, him large and towering over her, his shock of near-black hair several shades darker than hers, his big hands holding the towel against her skin. For once, he wasn’t wearing his usual clothing of suits that cost enough to give Meg hives. In the workout shorts, he looked… Not normal. Theo would never be anything as mundane as normal.

He looked touchable.

So that was exactly what she did. Meg ran her hands up his stomach to his chest and stepped to him. “I know I could say no. I’ve said no to you more times than I can count since we’ve met.” She cupped his strong jaw with her palm. “Theo, are you okay?”

“No.” He pulled her slowly, inexorably closer, until her breasts pressed against his bare chest. “Just… Let me take care of you tonight, princess.”

The rare vulnerability he let her see in that moment seduced her as thoroughly as his body ever had. She nodded. “Yes.”

Theo swept her off her feet and carried her out of the bathroom. Normally, she’d give him shit for such a caveman move, but Meg didn’t want to poke at him tonight. She was tired and heartsore, and both her men were obviously feeling the same. They couldn’t fix the mess waiting for them outside those doors, but they could strengthen their foundations tonight.

She just hoped it would be enough.

Galen waited for them on the bed, clothed in only his skin. Her heart skipped a beat. As much as Theo’s beauty seduced her, Galen’s raw sex appeal knocked her right in the stomach. His dusky skin was crisscrossed with lighter scars, a testament to the abuse his father had leveled at him as a child. His dark hair had grown longer, losing the military-like cut. She liked it. There was a lot to like about Galen.

He watched Theo carry her toward him with a predatory look that sent a bolt of desire through her. Only good things came from Galen getting that expression on his face.

Theo set her on the bed just out of reach and pressed a hand to her shoulder. “Don’t move.” He was only gone a moment, disappearing back into the bathroom and reappearing with a hairbrush. He took up a position against the headboard and urged her to sit between his legs with her back to him.

Theo began carefully combing her wet hair.

Meg closed her eyes and let the gentle tug of the brush soothe her. The fluffy towel and Theo’s proximity kept her cozy, but Galen’s attention pricked along her skin, a promise of things to come. On and on it went. Theo was never one to do things halfway, but he seemed to enjoy the slow slide of the brush through her drying hair as much as she did.

Finally, he set the brush aside and eased her back against his chest. Her hair was almost dry at this point, but Theo moved its soft weight off her neck and pressed a kiss to her throat. He pulled the towel away from her body and tossed it off the bed, leaving them skin to skin. It felt good to be wrapped up in him like this. Even better than his combing her hair.

The mattress dipped and Meg opened her eyes to find Galen had moved to a point just past their feet for a better view. He arched a dark eyebrow at her, but something soft and intimate marred the arrogance of the expression. He needed this reaffirming as much as she did.

For once, no one colored the air around them with filthy words and dirty talk. Theo stroked his hands over her body, the rough slide of his palms across her skin sending her nerves sparking in response. She writhed a little, but he wouldn’t be guided. He paid equal attention to her arms, her shoulders, her stomach and her hips, avoiding her breasts and pussy.

The damn tease.

Finally, a small eternity later, he cupped her breasts, giving them the same slow exploration delivered to the rest of her body. Meg couldn’t stop herself from arching up to press herself more firmly into his hands.

“Impatient,” he murmured against her skin.

“Can you blame her?” Galen’s rough tone made Meg shiver. He reached down and palmed his own cock. “She’s shaking with need.”

Meg grabbed Theo’s hand. She spread her legs wide, hooking them on either side of Theo’s, making sure to give Galen a good show. “Take care of me, baby.” She pressed his hand to her pussy. “You promised.”

“I did, didn’t I?” Theo cupped her there roughly, possessively, the touch lighting a spark beneath Meg’s skin. He pushed a single finger into her, still teasing, not offering nearly enough of what she craved. His voice curled around her, just as intimate as their current position. “I’m feeling generous tonight, princess, so I’ll let you choose how we give it to you.


Other books in The Thalanian Dynasty series

Forever Theirs

In FOREVER THEIRS an exiled prince, his bodyguard and the woman they can’t seem to leave alone, must return home to clear his mother’s name and reclaim his crown.

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Theirs for the Night

THEIRS FOR THE NIGHT is a novella. Theo, Galen, and Meg's story continues in the novel FOREVER THEIRS.

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About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, 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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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Blog Tour: The Witch of the Prophecy - Victoria Jayne


All signs point to Davina being the witch of the catastrophic prophecy, but she’s not so sure.
Out Now! – The Witch of the Prophecy by Victoria Jayne

Title: The Witch of the Prophecy
Author: Victoria Jayne
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Young Ink Press
Length: 64,000 Words
Release Date: December 4, 2018

Synopsis:

Divina’s had it with the prophecy.

The vampire whose heart beats for a witch that belongs to a wolf shall save us all. He shall take his throne and rule over all kinds. If not, the vampire who belongs to the witch will end all kinds.
Divina’s not convinced the prophecy is about her. Her manipulative vampire ex-boyfriend, Rori, is reluctant to give up his love for her to pursue the throne. Meanwhile, the wolf shifter meant to claim Divina doesn’t believe in the prophecy. However, he does believe Divina is his mate.

With the pressures of the prophecy and the most powerful coven in the present-day United States, Divina is left to choose between complying with the prophecy and mating with Aric—or leaving it all behind to allow the catastrophic possibility of supernatural beings getting exposed to humans.


Excerpt:

Out in the middle of nowhere, with no clothes, and smelling the equivalent of filet mignon, his wolf had set him up well. Torn between the desire to investigate the fragrance, and maintaining human societal norms of modesty, Aric lingered under the cover of bushes and trees.

CRACK!

Metaphorical thunderbolts splintered before his eyes. Pain shot through his skull as he flew forward bracing himself on all fours. Aric’s hand reached to the back of his head protectively and to check for bleeding.

“What the fuck!?” he rumbled in confusion.

“Who are you?” a feminine voice demanded.

Lifting his chest, getting to his knees, Aric turned toward the sound of crunching leaves beneath shuffling feet. Blinking a few times did nothing to cure his double vision. He assumed he had a concussion. If he had been human, he’d be unconscious. The pain in his head throbbed while Aric struggled to see properly.

“W-wh-why are you naked?” the female voice questioned him.

Rising to his feet, Aric shifted his position, in an attempt to both hide the chubby semi-erection and to offer some modesty. It must have been interpreted as a sign of aggression.

Aric heard the whoosh and put his arm up to block the giant branch the female wielded as a weapon. The vibration of pain ricocheted up his forearm when it collided with the impromptu weapon. Aric howled and his eyes watered.

Aric twisted his wrist, wrapped his fingers around the branch, and yanked. It came loose from her hands quickly. He tossed the stick away and thanked his supernatural genes and the strength given to him by his wolf, who, oddly, pranced about within him with elation rather than recognizing the aggression the woman showed toward them.

“Wha—” she gasped.

Still unable to see her clearly, the blurry female form stepped back from him. Aric wobbled slightly and fell to his knees again for stability.

Once his vision slowly returned to normal, and in the glow of the moon, he gasped when he finally laid focused eyes on her visage. Her high cheekbones, plump lips, golden skin tone stunned him. His mouth fell open. The mass of dark waves pulled into a messy pony shimmered in the moonlight giving her a halo effect. Aric felt as if he knelt at the feet of a goddess.

She wore an extremely large, faded, hooded sweatshirt and tight jeans. Aric lifted himself to a standing position on shaky knees. He stood several inches over her at his full height. His wolf howled within him while he fought the wolf’s urge to grab the woman. It did nothing to ease the pounding pain in his head from her attack.

“You’re magnificent,” he murmured.

The unknown female took another step away from him.

“Uh, thanks?” she said.

Her pale blue eyes darted left and right, as though she searched for an escape route.

The throbbing pain in the back of his head dulled as he studied her. He absentmindedly raised a hand and rubbed at the place where she had struck him. The semi was now a full-on raging erection and proudly protruded from his pelvis as if to salute her.

Aric’s face heated when her eyes dipped to it. Her cheeks reddened. She held a hand over her mouth.

“Oh my God!” she gasped.

Her expression reflected panic. She bent her knees prepared to run. Her eyes sought the best escape route.

“No. Don’t,” Aric protested, surprising himself.

She paused. The female stared at him, bewildered.

He brought both his hands over his crotch. “Sorry.”

“Why are you naked?” she demanded a second time.

“Uh,” Aric stalled. For some reason, he didn’t think telling her he had just shifted from wolf to human form would be a good idea. Humans tended to freak out when confronted with creatures they thought were mythical. Plus, there was the whole death thing, if the council found out about a supernatural being outing himself to humans. They took that shit super serious. Aric liked his life. He liked it even more, having met this female.

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Author Bio:

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, Victoria was an insatiable reader. She adored getting lost in the worlds others created for her. During her early teen years she enjoyed the works of R.L. Stein and S.E. Hinton. As she got older, she drifted into the worlds provided for her by Anne Rice, Suzanne Wright, J.D. Tyler, Joanna Wylde, Cherise Sinclair, Dianne Duvall, and Elisabeth Naughton, to name a few. These writers spawned her love affair with both the romance genre and the world of the supernatural.

Victoria started writing as a hobby while still in high school. Now her days are spent writing, enjoying time with her husband, and her two children. She still lives in New Jersey. Victoria is a New Jersey Devils Hockey fan, an avid SecondLife Roleplayer, and a Netflix binge watcher.

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