Late April Wrap-Up/ May TBR

So I realised to day that it is in fact May…I have been so busy with applications and other things recently that the new month just took me completely unawares and so I am well behind on my blogging schedule. So this is just an incredibly quick post of all the books I read in April and the books I hope to read in May.

April Wrap-Up

I read 14 books in April. They are:

ARCs

The Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep- see my review here

Cold Burn Magic

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs- see my review here

fangirls guide to galaxy

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon- Review to be posted closer to publication

Free Books for Review

The Selection by Keira Cass- Review to be posted tomorrow

Books I Own

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- See my Review Here

Fault in our stars

The Other Side of Envy by C.L. Stone

other side of envy

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Homo Sapiens

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

warm bodies

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars

Books From The Library

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

metamorphosis

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

May TBR

In May the books I need to read for review are

Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

reader broken wheel

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell

TBR Tin

I didn’t get a chance to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor in April so I am going to roll this book over to the May TBR Tin.

dreams of gods and monsters

May looks like it is going to be an incredibly busy month for me. This week I am going to Cork in Ireland to visit University College Cork as I found out on Friday that I was accepted to study an MA in Creative Writing! Yay!

At the end of May I am going to Dubai in UAE to see my best friend get married. I am really excited as I have never been to Dubai! I plan on posting full updates of all my travels when I get back!

All this travelling will either provide me with ample time for reading or cut into my reading time so much that I don’t get any done! It will definitely be one extreme or the other!

So what is on your May TBR? Have you read any of the books I have featured here? Have you been to a wedding in Dubai or to Cork University? Comment down below and link me up to your blog, I will do some blog travelling this month as well!

Much booky love,
E. St. C
xxx

 

“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Other Side of Envy by C.L. Stone

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Yay! I can finally feature The Other Side of Envy on my WoW post! IT HAS A COVEEEER!!

Release date: April 28th 2015

other side of envy

From Goodreads

Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn’t as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She’ll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out.

But that’s not all that’s going on in Sang’s complicated life. After a shocking revelation, Gabriel Coleman splinters himself off from everyone, avoiding not just his Academy team, but even going so far as to avoid Sang. Desperate to bring him back and get him on her side, Sang digs deep into his past to try to discover a way to reach out to him.

His truth is riddled with tragic events, but with the help of Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Luke and North, she might be able to reach out to him before envy and despair drag him too far down to be saved.

The Academy, Deeply Bonded

Why I am waiting anxiously…

To be honest, I have been waiting for this book since I read the last one in the series, House of Korba. Then, when I found out it was going to be Gabriel’s book, I freaked! Gabriel is probably my favourite academy boy.

I already pressed the magical green button to preorder!! If you don’t know why preordering is important, click here!

If you haven’y read any of the Academy books, the first one is free on Amazon and it is called Introductions.

What is your “Waiting on” Wednesday this week? Link me up in the comments and I will be sure to come check it out!

Booky love,
E. St. C.
xxx

 

Exciting News: Eclipse, Ghost Bird Cover Reveal and New Blog!

Hi!

Yay, you found my new blog! Welcome!

First of all, how many of you saw the eclipse today? The views from Bath in the UK were pretty amazing! Here are some pictures!

eclipseThe cloud cover was just right to take pictures!

Secondly, I am really excited to say that C.L. Stone has released a cover for The Other Side Of Envy. Here you go!

other side of envy

She has also released the description and oh my goodness! This sounds sooo good!!

Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn’t as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She’ll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out.

But that’s not all that’s going on in Sang’s complicated life. After a shocking revelation, Gabriel Coleman splinters himself off from everyone, avoiding not just his Academy team, but even going so far as to avoid Sang. Desperate to bring him back and get him on her side, Sang digs deep into his past to try to discover a way to reach out to him.

His truth is riddled with tragic events, but with the help of Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Luke and North, she might be able to reach out to him before envy and despair drag him too far down to be saved.

The Academy, Deeply Bonded 

Yay! I already pressed the special green button that means it will arrive on my Kindle on the 28th April! 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 12.06.09Yep! It is available to preorder now! Please do this, for reasons why, click here!

If you haven’t read any of the academy books, really, go, now, and do it! Here is a link to the first one on Amazon UK and Amazon US, and it is currently free!

Ok, so if you are reading this, you have found my new blog!  I really hope you will all like it! This new blog might look a little different but the reviews will be the same! So from Monday, if you go to my old site, you will be greeted with a friendly link that will transfer you here! On Monday all content from the old blog will have moved here.

Much booky love,
E St. C
xxx

Review: Spice God by C.L. Stone

Spice God Cover

Publisher: Arcato Publishing; 2 edition (23 July 2013)
Format: Kindle

I bought this book on my Kindle from Amazon.co.uk

Summary

From Amazon:

Newly divorced, Melody ran away from a drugged out ex-husband and a controlling mother with little more than the clothes on her back. She needed a new home and a new job, not to mention a new life. Juniper Island, a thriving and posh hideaway known for its bustling summer tourism, held a promise to be exactly the change she needed. Without a second thought, Melody buys a one-way bus ticket.

Directed to the North Shore by the bus driver, she meets Tonac, the unusual chef and owner of Mayana, a restaurant tailored to serve the hard-working island locals. He gives his delicious meals away for free, but that’s not the strangest part; he doesn’t serve people what they want, only what they need.

When Melody tastes the food for the first time, she finds out why the customers keep coming back, and it’s not just to eat for free or to be served by a rude waiter with no people skills. The food influences people in unique ways: sometimes it gives them visions, sometimes bravery, and in others it casts a new light into the darkest and faintest of memories — whether they wanted to remember or not.

Knowing she can do better as a server than the crabby waiter, Melody applies for a job at this strange restaurant. Tonac takes her on, but under his care, she comes face-to-face with the secrets of what he really is and who (and what) else inhabits the island.

But not all of the residents of Juniper Island are happy with Tonac and his special meals. And when Melody gets caught up in the middle, it’ll take more than a few spiced apple tarts or a bowl of pumpkin soup to uncover the deep and dark secrets that some inhabitants of Juniper Island want to keep buried.

My Review

Ok, I have to be honest, this book has been sitting on my TBR pile for about a month now. I really love The Academy series by C.L. Stone and did not want to move on. However, I am now really glad I did.

I loved this book! I thought Melody was a really interesting, deep character and the descriptions of Tonac and Dion were just, well, *swoon*. I have to admit, I had no idea the twist involving the guys was coming, it completely fooled me, and made this book go on my list of “unable to put down”.
I really enjoyed the descriptions in this book, I could picture the Mayana and Juniper Island in my mind perfectly.

I am most definitely on Team Dion, even though he was a bit of an ass in the beginning, he seemed to have a lot of charm and tried to help Melody understand more about the powers he had, which was more than Tonac did. He was also funny, and I am a sucker for a boy that can make me laugh!

The only downsides to this book was that outside of the three main characters I did not feel that I really knew any of the other characters very well. For example, Gretta ends up becoming Melody’s best friend and in the end she sacrifices a lot because she loves everyone on the island, so I just wish we could have got to know them all a bit better.

I felt that the book ended a bit abruptly and would have like to see a bit more explanation!

If you enjoyed The Ghost Bird series by C.L. Stone and you like stories about Gods and Goddesses then read this book!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would thoroughly recommend it. For that reason I am going to give it…..

Four out of five stars

fourstars