Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Ultraviolet" by Jessica Sorensen


SERIES: Ultraviolet #1
PUBLISHER: Jessica Sorensen
GENRE: Horror/Fantasy
SOURCE: Free E-copy from iBooks
LINKS: Goodreads

Hidden in the Red Hill Mountains is the quiet town of Hollows Grove. In that town there is a field where a secret is buried deep beneath the ground. And in that field is where Mila was found abandoned with no memory of her past and haunted by visions of the future. Nine years later, Mila’s life is almost as normal as any other eighteen-year-old. That is until she starts foreseeing the murder of Nyjah Bradley, a guy she’s never met before, but whose face is branded into her mind. Constantly plagued by the vision, Mila decides to track Nyjah down and warn him of his impending death. But when the search leads her back to Hollows Grove, she learns there’s more to the sleepy town than meets the eye.


I'm not knew to Jessica Sorensen, but so far I've stuck with her contemporary romances and I wanted to see if her fantasy stories would work for me as well, especially since—as some of you are aware of—I love that genre a lot. "Ultraviolet" was the 'chosen one', a book—in what appears to be a serial—I devoured and loved from beginning to end. Wait, there is no end here. In fact, when you reach the last page you ask where the second part is coming out because you truly need to know what happens next!

Sorensen did a very good job delivering a fast-paced, captivating read with a mystery mixed to fantasy that might give you some goosebumps along the way, and certainly opens the door for something really good—and dark. I'm glad I picked it, I would suggest you to take it under consideration for the spookiest of months...


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#82)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Books and a Beat.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!


This week's teaser: THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin

"So why are you doing this?" I asked, careful to keep my voice even, but an unpleasant image of myself at a prom night soiree covered in pig's blood crept into my mind.
"I want to show you something."

~Page 194

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#33)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: IF I FIX YOU by Abigail Johnson
Expected publication: October 25th, 2016 by Harlequin Teen

Some things are easy to fix . . . but are some meant to stay broken?

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

"Come to Me Recklessly" by A.L. Jackson


SERIES: Closer to You #3
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

Christopher Moore gave up on the idea of 'the one' years ago. Now, his life is an endless string of parties and an even longer string of girls. Enjoying the perks with none of the emotional mess, he's convinced everyone that he's satisfied—everyone but himself. Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, she's deluded herself into believing she's content. But there is one boy she never forgot—her first love—and she keeps the memory of him locked up tight. She will never allow any man to break the way Christoper did. When Christoper's sister and her family move into a new neighbourhood, Christoper is completely unprepared to find Samantha living at the end of the street. Memories and unspent desires send them on a collision course of sex, lies and lust. But when guilt and fear send Samantha running, Christoper will have to fight for what has always been his.


I was familiar with A.L. Jackson because many bloggers I know read her books and always seem to have quite the best of times with them, but never actually tried one myself. And I have to tell you, I didn't know exactly what I was going into when I initially picked this title, but boy if I was all in once I started reading it!

Told from both point of views—which I personally love—Christopher and Samantha's story proves to be quite the journey. Life events that drastically have an impact on people living under certain rules they don't understand or simply disagree with, already make it quite challenging for a couple of sixteen-year-old trying to live their relationship. Then, if something else happens, it all falls apart because, let's face it, fate really has some very bad sense of humour at times. And it doesn't seem like that has improved seven years later. Both Christoper and Samantha aren't fine as they say, and they most certainly have lots to talk about. If they can have a conversation, that is. Misunderstandings and two broken-harts make that almost impossible, and the reader goes through upsetting and emotional moments just like this intense couple.

A.L. Jackson's beautiful writing dragged me in from beginning to end. Although I know how things end for the previous couple, I would still read the first two instalments because I can't help but being completely fascinated by her characters. Fist book I read by this author, not my last one!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#32)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


by John Pipkin
Expected publication: October 11th, 2016 by Bloomsbury

In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. He has chosen death over a darkened life, gone blind from staring at the sun in his obsessive hunt for an unknown planet near Mercury. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, she watched helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness.

Grief-stricken, Caroline at first abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O’Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a massive telescope larger than Herschel’s own. But she later discovers that her father has left her more than the wreck of an unfinished telescope: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes the search and confronts her longing for Finnegan, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and the lovers are plunged into its violence.

This is a novel of the obsessions of the age—scientific inquiry, geographic discovery, political reformation—but above all astronomy, the mapping of the solar system, and beyond. It is a novel of the quest for knowledge and also—just as importantly—for human connection. The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is rich, far-reaching, and unforgettable.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Romancing the Duke" by Tessa Dare


SERIES: Castles Ever After #1
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one. Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince? No, no, and...Heh. Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six-year-old woman who's never even been kissed? This one.


If you read the blurb, you get why this book might sound particularly appealing to a book lover right away. The fact it's also an historical romance just makes it my cup of tea, and what a tasty one that was!

I heard talking about Tessa Dare's books many times and always in a very good way, so I was really curious to see if her stories would reach my heart, too. Well, this one did and I'm happy to say I had more fun than I was expecting. I found really hard to put the book down and, before I knew it, I finished it with a big smile on my face. Izzy and Ransom are such a genuine, lovable match that you can't help but rooting for them. They entertain the reader with laughs and swoons from beginning to end, although it's not just the main characters who deliver a very enjoyable story, but everyone appearing in the scene. Or, better yet, a 'fictional scene'.

Didn't the last part just make you wonder? Good! Pick this book up to find out more, let the fairy tale atmosphere transport you into a world quite close to a book nerd, and simply have a great time.

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