Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: Arranged by Julia Crane

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3, 2015
Publisher: Valknut Press
Source: NetGalley

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Summary: Extended Version: Previously a short story in an anthology now it's a Novella. 
Magick’s been restored on earth but it comes at a crippling price. With the planet on the brink of destruction, an unlikely pair must work together to try to bridge together a lifetime of hatred. Will their forbidden romance bring their worlds together or tear them apart?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Getting into Chinese Novels?!

Hey guys,

I haven't given much of an update until now so hopefully this will sorta explain why I haven't been posting a lot lately.  Ever since school has started, I haven't been able to read as much as I want to. I have been struggling with schoolwork as well as my clubs that reading and ultimately, blogging, has become extremely hard for me to control. I get extremely tired when I get home and it is just hard for me to balance my school and personal life.

So, now that I am a month into the school year, I think I am getting the hang of things now so make sure to expect some more posts from me!

I am someone who loves doing two things at once. I can't do my homework in silence or else I can't concentrate on what I am doing. What I usually do is listen to music or watch some TV shows. If you guys know me at all, I am a big fan of dramas, whether it's Korean, Thai, Japanese, or Chinese, I watch them all, if it catches my attention. One big Chinese drama that I watched this month was Love O2O.

Love O2O is about two extremely good looking people who met each other online. Then when they saw each other in real life, Wei Wei (female lead) finds out that they attend the same college and that Nai He (male lead's username) is actually the "college prince" of her school. 

It was a pretty cute and enjoyable drama, but if I were to be fairly honest, the acting wasn't that great. I became extremely addicted to this drama, not only because of the wonderful storyline but how gorgeous the main leads were. When it ended, I found out that it was initially a novel, so being a fangirl, I read the English translated version of the novel. As expected, I really marvelous.

The translated version wasn't the best since it was translated by fans, but the story was what drove me to it in the first place. Gu Man, the author of this novel is a pure genius. Love O2O was a fluffy read, and although not realistic, it is what anyone can ask for in a cute contemporary read. What I also generally liked about the novel is that there weren't any real conflicts or love triangles in the story, but it was still able to keep me entertained.

After reading Love O2O, I read Gu Man's other work Blazing Sunlight which I believe is the first book in a duology. Another contemporary, but this time it focuses on the relationship of a rich bubbly girl with her college crush and her handsome boss at her new job. Another cute read, but a little more dramatic which contradicts with the lightness of Love O2O. Still really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the second part to be released and translated. 

Gu Man is known to be a slow writer, hence her name (Man means slow), so who knows when this will be released. If this were to be made into a drama, I believe it would garner the same success as Love O2O.

These "novels" are a quick read and I was able to finish them in a day or two which is why I was able to read them during my free time instead of reading my other books on my reading list. I typically enjoy reading them which contradicts to the genres that I usually prefer (i.e. fantasy). Sometimes I really need to take a break from the real world and read something light that doesn't require a lot of thinking?

Reading these novels really opened up my mind to other types of books written in other countries. Definitely checking more of them out and I hope I can find some more that I can really enjoy. So far, I have been looking around the internet, but I couldn't find any that has caught my attention. Hopefully, I can find more soon and expand my mind a little.

That is all from me. Sorry if it may seem weirdly worded, I did this in the middle of the night so I didn't go over it.  Have a great day and I hope you enjoy this long post!

Cindy Da Readaholic.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review: Forever Doon (Doon #4) by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Blink
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Where To Get It: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble

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Summary:  With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive, and fighting a battle of his own.

With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided, but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.

For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Guest Post: 5 Great Books That Couldn’t Exist Without E-Readers

Self-publishing was always an option for aspiring writers. However, it was a long and difficult road that required patience and a discerning eye to find the right press. Thanks to the rise of e-books, self-publishing has become easier and far more profitable. Some authors have even left traditional publishing behind to focus on eBooks. Rita Stradling, author of Henchgirl, has found success in this manner. In fact, Kindle e-book exclusives make up around 25 percent of the Kindle store or around 1 million books. 

For the bibliophile, having an additional 1 million books to choose from might seem like a dream come true. Even better, most digital books are far cheaper than their physical counterparts. The biggest drawback is regional restrictions when they apply. Luckily, if you choose a Virtual Private Network service like Buffered VPN, you can safely get around these constraints and protect your information at the same time.

Of course, with millions of books available, you’ll likely run into some lemons. If you want the best of what digital authors offer, check out these five amazing books.

The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1)
Jeff Wheeler

At the tender age of eight, Owen’s father hands him over to King Sever Argentine as penance for his betrayal. If the Duke of Kiskaddon ever rises up again, the King intends to kill the duke’s son. Despite his age, Owen learns to survive the court of Kingfountain by seeking allies and sniffing out the King’s spies. Yet when rumor of his father’s betrayal threatens his survival, Owen must find a way to win over the vengeful kind.

While there’s plenty of intrigue and magic in The Queen’s Poisoner, what really drives the plot are the characters. Each has a depth to them that makes you take pause and wonder how you should feel about them. The most well-developed are Owen and the king, but the secondary characters have a good amount of development and their own traits so you can easily remember who they are and why they might be important to the story. It’s a quick read and part of a larger series so if you like this, then you’ll be able to enjoy the world of Kingfountain even more.

The Paper Magician (Book 1)
Charlie Holmberg

Despite graduating at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony ends up with an apprenticeship for paper magic, not the beloved metal she wanted. Yet as she learns under the guidance of her teacher Emery Thane, she learns the beauty and intricacies behind paper. She can animate paper creatures, read fortunes and even bring stories to life. When an evil magician rips Thane’s heart out, it’s up to Ceony to embark on an adventure to retrieve it.

The Paper Magician offers a different look at the world of magic and wizards. While a bit short on plot and explanation on how magic works, it’s perfect for someone coming off the latest Harry Potter series. It’s engaging and has just the right amount of whimsy to offset the darker aspects of the story.

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers Book 1)
Rachel Aaron

Picked on throughout his life due to being the smallest dragon, Julius kept his head down and tried to stay out of the spotlight. Sadly, that didn’t sit well with his mother, who eventually sealed him in human form and banished him to the human world. In order to get his true form back, he needs to prove his worth as a dragon. Unfortunately, he’s far too nice, so he’ll need a lot of help to make sure he can earn his way back into his house.

What makes the story work is Julius himself. Unlike other fantasy stories where the good guy struggles to remain good because of internal factors, Julius has to struggle with external ones. His family expects him to be cruel, but deep down he’s just a good dragon and can’t help himself. While previously he refused to make decisions so as to avoid societal expectations, now he has to figure out how to reconcile his good nature with that of a dragon. It’s interesting to see how he manages to stay strong and prove his worth while not sacrificing his beliefs. Besides Julius, the secondary characters are also quite interesting and add a bit of levity to the more serious passages.

Davenport House
Marie Silk

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Davenport House follows the life of Mary, a 22-year-old woman who dreams of a bright future for herself. When her father suddenly dies, Mary’s grief leads to suspicion of those around her. As she digs deeper into their family history, she uncovers secrets that point to the truth behind her father’s death.

The book combines suspense, historical accuracy and a hint of romance for a very enjoyable and page-turning read. Mary is a likable character who, despite her struggles, manages to remain strong and resourceful through it all. The mystery surrounding the murder takes several twists and turns. While it might be a bit predictable, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

Cookie O’Gorman

After dozens of failed blind dates courtesy of her best friend, Sally decides she’s done with dating. In order to stop her friend from setting up more dates, Sally figures only a fake boyfriend will put an end to it. So she asks her best friend Becks to help her out, and he obliges happily. The only problem is, Sally is actually in love with Becks and he has no idea! Dating him is everything she imagined and more and now that they’re together, she doesn’t want it to end.

Like the title suggests, this novel is truly Adorkable. Sally’s struggle to maintain the fa├žade of a fake relationship all while falling even more in love with Becks is understandable, adorable and relatable. It’s sweet and at times bittersweet. Becks and Sally are a perfect match, especially because they are such opposites in terms of interests and personality. Yet somehow O’Gorman manages to make their friendship and budding relationship believable. There're no deep themes here. It’s fluffy and sweet and will put a smile on your face.

Did we miss one of your favorite e-books? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Author: 
Cassie is a freelance technology and entertainment writer. As a hopeless book addict, she loves the fact that technology like e-readers have opened up whole new authors and books to her that she might never have read otherwise.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Lock & Mori by Heather W Petty w/ Giveaway!

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Where To Get It: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository  

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Summary:  In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Book Review: The Bad Boy's Girl by jessgirl93 (Blair Holden)

Type: Duology
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 23, 2015
Publisher: Wattpad
Source: Wattpad
Where To Get It: Wattpad

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Summary:  “Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
— Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on ebay