4 days until the release of EVE: The Awakening

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4 days until the release of #EVETheAwakening by #JennaMoreci http://bitly.com/EVETheAwakening


Eve is an outcast. A chimera.
After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.
But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.
Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

Read my review here!

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

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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

 

ARC Review: The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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Expected publication date: 12th May

Author: Sam Maggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review.

From Goodreads

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My review

Bah, this book, it has me feeling so conflicted! It kind of felt like one of those lists “10 signs you are a girl geek” designed to make you feel oh-so-special and unique and just amazing in every way. You know the ones? So, because I am a human being, I really enjoyed reading it. I felt all the way through, “hell yeah, that is me! I am a total Potterhead/Whovian/Browncoat/Insert Other fandom Here”. That isn’t to say there weren’t really good parts to this book. So, as we are all *such fans* of these lists, here ya go! I made you a special one!

(I actually really like lists! Lists of the best books of the year, lists of why I like/dislike a book, lists of books with awesome covers featuring girls in dresses, I just hate the ego filling lists that you get all over Facebook. For an amazing blog post on this, have a look at this post by Jenna Moreci, a truly amazing writer who has first hand experience of these lists!)

Things I Liked About This Book

1. I liked the Geek Girl Feminism chapter. All of it. Especially when she says that as women, we should be supporting one another, not putting each other down to claw our way to the top of the geekery pile. Go sister!

2. I liked the interviews with the creators/writers/other geekgirl stars. Very interesting and honest.

3. I liked the packing list for conventions. I am yet to go to a convention, I am saving up to go to one next summer, but I found this useful!

4. I liked the list of comic books/ books/ TV series etc. featuring bad-ass women or written by bad-ass women, as some of them I hadn’t heard of and intend to buy.

5. The language was easy to read and approachable. I laughed out loud several times.

6. I loved the encyclopedia of useful fangirl links and places to go at the end of the book. I joined the International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club (IGGPPC) because of this list, which is one of the most amazing places for geek girls to hang out on the Internet. Also, Pen Pals! So much fun to write an actual letter!

Things I Didn’t Like About This Book.

1. The description of the fandoms. I know I am a Potterhead, you know how? Because I fangirl about Harry Potter! This section felt like a mix of one of those ego-filling lists I talked about earlier and a “How to become a geek girl because they are so cool now” book. The reason I like fangirling over things, is because I really enjoyed the TV programme/Book series/Comic Book to begin with. I didn’t start watching Doctor Who just so I could become a Whovian. The only good part of this list was the starting points for some of the comic books and TV series, as there are several series I quite fancy reading/watching and wasn’t sure where to start. But at the same time…Google. So maybe this isn’t a good enough reason.

2. The way this book was so blinking focused on the US. Hey, we have cool things going on in Europe too! And I am sure other continents were screaming the same thing. Where is our list of amazing conventions?

3. The assumption that most of towns would have a geeky meeting place such as a comic book store etc. Maybe I just live in a really backward-geek place, but I think I would have to drive and hour and a half to find my local comic book store.

Things I was neutral about.

1. Descriptions of Facebook/Twitter and how to use them. Come on, we are in 2015! Who doesn’t know what they are?

2. I felt this book could have just been a bit MORE! More detail, more fandoms, more universal. But, at the same time. I enjoyed it, so…

I am going to give this book three stars, because it was pretty funny and an enjoyable read. Also it had six things I like and only three things I didn’t like.

Threestars

I recommend it for people who want to get into more series, who want to find some great links for fangirls on the internet and younger people or people who are new to fandoms. It is good for a light read, most of it not to be taken too seriously. Apart from the feminist bit. That should definitely be taken seriously!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Link me up below if you have!

Booky love
E. St. C
xxx

“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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.

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Release date: May 12th

From Goodreads

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Why I am waiting anxiously…

This is inspired by One Thousand and One Nights which has always fascinated me. I am excited to see which direction this story takes and I have really got in to “fairytale retellings” recently.

Also, what a pretty cover! I think this will definitely be a book I want a physical copy of!

Add The Wrath and The Dawn to your TBR list on Goodreads

What is your waiting on Wednesday? Link me up below and I will come and check it out.

Is The Wrath and The Dawn on your TBR list?

Much booky love,
E. St. C.
xxx

 

ARC Review: Cold Burn of Magic

Cold Burn Magic

Review format: ARC on my Kindle

Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by K-Teen

Disclaimer: I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my review.

From Goodreads

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. .

My Review

Well, let me start by saying that I made the big mistake of starting this book at 9pm and promptly lost all respect for the following morning. When I finished it at three in the morning, I lay there for another hour saying to myself “Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS!”. Why? Because this book is awesome, that’s why! Jennifer Estep has done it again, in so many ways!  Here is a list!

  1. The Main Character. Jennifer Estep always manages to create really kick ass, strong, independent female characters, one of the many reasons I love her. However, in Lila Merriweather, Jennifer has surpassed herself. I loved Lila so much, I made a list within this list with all the reasons.
    • She is bad-ass. Seriously, even when she isn’t brandishing her sword, she has this belt that hides three throwing stars which she uses like a pro. 
    • She lives in a library. Can I say jealous? All the books she has at her fingertips? Admittedly it is in the abandoned basement, but it is still in the library!
    • She has pretty much been taking care of herself since her mother died when Lila was thirteen. I call that independent and capable!
    • She gets hired as a bodyguard for a boy! Go Jennifer, switching stereotypes! 
    • She totally owns a sexist pig at one point during the book. I can’t reveal due to spoilers, but honestly, I loved her even more after that. We all need to stand up for our sisters more! 
  2. The love interest Devon. He is capable, strong and handsome but he doesn’t try to always protect Lila. he understands how awesome she is and was totally ok with asking her for help! Plus he is genuinely a nice guy! Finally, a YA love interest who doesn’t act like a total meanie for the first half of the book before being “magically transformed into a nice person” by the heroine. Also, there is no insta-love here! Jennifer makes these characters work for their feelings, which I love because when they finally start to fall for each other I get all the butterflies.
  3. The plot. I already told you I stayed up to read this book, and the plot was a huge part of this. I have to admit that I knew pretty early on that I didn’t like one particular person that turned out to be bad, but I had no idea I was meant to not like him! It was pretty subtle- I thought it was just me being difficult! The plot was exciting and fast-paced but it still showed you the normal bits of the world Lila lives in (which is totally not normal!).
  4. The monsters. I love how the monsters in this are actually scary and bad.
  5. The other characters. I already absolutely love Felix, I want him as my friend! And Jennifer Estep hasn’t held back with her baddies either. The evil people are really evil!  Yay! I mean, you still get that they are human and everything, but the things they do are really bad. Mean people are Mean! 
  6. The town. I am going to admit, when I first started the book, I wasn’t really sure abut the whole tourist and magic town thing, but as the book went on and I understood the world more, I really liked this aspect.
  7. The way Lila admits when she is wrong. There is no forced arguing or tension here because one character is just being annoyingly obstinate. You know the way I mean, when you are sitting there screaming, “Just explain you stupid girl!”. Well, Lila is like you or me, she actually talks to people! Refreshing!
  8. Oscar the pixie. Is it weird that Oscar kinda reminded my of Vic from the Mythos Academy series? I don’t know why!  Oscar was really good to have around to provide a respite from all the sword slashing and family drama. Also he made Lila’s bed for her, which I could totally get used to!
  9. Lila’s obsession with bacon. And food in general. Although this did make me want to cook bacon at 1am. But I love how Jennifer actually makes her characters do things we all have to do, like eat, shower and exercise. I always wonder if you can’t see this happening how on earth characters survive when a book follows them through non-stop action for a week. Plus I guess I just like to see the normal side of characters, especially when they live in fantastical worlds.
  10. The fact that this is a series. Which means that there will be a second book. Which I KNOW will definitely find a place on my eclectic bookshelf!

So in conclusion? I am going to give this book

fourstars

FOUR STARS- really liked it, this is definitely going to find a place on my eclectic shelves, go and buy this book!

I would recommend this book to fans of Young Adult who like strong lead females and lots of action.

Add this book to your TBR on Goodreads.

Find this book on Amazon (UK) or Amazon.com (US) to preorder.

If you liked this review, want to read this book or just generally want to gush about how much you love Jennifer Estep’s books, leave a comment below!

Much 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

“Waiting on” Wednesday: The Girl at Midnight

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.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Coming April 28th 2015

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From Goodreads

For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Why I am waiting anxiously

I have really got into Urban Fantasy books lately, and this book’s description kind of reminds me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Also, I loved the Mortal Instruments books and feel like I am in  bit of a book slump recently, where I pick up my new books, read the back and then put them back down. I need something to revitalise my passion and I am hoping that The Girl at Midnight might be just the book to do it!

This is also the authors debut novel and I am hoping that this will be a author that I will want to follow for years!

What book are you waiting on today? Link me to your WoW post and I will be sure to check it out!

Much Love,

E St.C

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Coming January 27th 2015

Fairest

Fairest is Queen Levana’s book from the Lunar Chronicles. It is being called book 0.1 as the events actually take place before Cinder which is book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles. The Lunar Chronicles are a retelling of everyone’s favourite fairy stories but on a future earth. There is Cinder, the cyborg, Scarlet who meets a street fighter called Wolf whilst trying to get back her grandmother and Cress, a girl who was locked in a satellite by an evil queen and had (incredibly) long golden tresses. If you haven’t heard of the Lunar Chronicles, go and buy them now. Seriously, stop reading this post and buy them. Then come back to this post of course!!!

Here is the order of the Lunar Chronicles books

Book 1 Cinder
Book 2 Scarlet
Book 3 Cress

Book 4 Winter (released in November 2015)

From Goodreads

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Why I am waiting anxiously

I finished Scarlet yesterday and I absolutely loved it. However, throughout the series, there has been a lot of mystery surrounding Queen Levana. Apart from the fact that she is a meany (understatement of the century), we don’t really know a lot about her. Why is she so horrible. Why won’t she let anyone see her without her glamour? I read the first chapter of this book on the Lunar Chronicles website, and I think we will be learning a lot more about the difficult life of a Lunar Queen.

What book are you waiting on today? Link me to your WoW post and I will be sure to check it out!

Much Love,

E St.C

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: Fake

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.

Fake by C.L. Stone

Coming January 29th 2015

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This is the third book in the Scarab Beetle series by C.L. Stone AND I AM EXCITED. Can you tell? The first two books are Thief and Liar, Fake is the third book in this parallel series! (This is parallel Academy series for older readers. There is some crossover with the Ghost Bird series, but this series features a whole new set of characters WHO ARE ALSO COMPLETELY AWESOME.)

Ok, so I cannot find a description for this book, but there is an excerpt at the end of Liar. However, I don’t want to post this here, as if you haven’t read Thief and Liar, first you will be confused, and then you will be annoyed as it contains SO MANY SPOILERS from the first two books!! So if you want to know what this series is all about, go and read Thief! (In fact, I think it is free on Kindle at the moment!)

Why I am waiting anxiously

C.L. Stone has this knack for making you fall in love with her characters and never wanting to leave their worlds. Therefore, when you reach the end of a book, waiting for the next one feels like one of those dreams where you are running as fast as you can but it is never fast enough. Which doesn’t sound very pleasant. But honestly, actually reading the books makes the wait in between worth it. Which tells you how much I love the books. Ok, I am babbling, I will shut up now.

In all seriousness, the books will make you laugh, squirm with happiness and shout with happiness. The lead characters are the sort of girls you want to be friends, no, sisters, with. The boys are, well, swoon! they have the looks, and the brains and they are all so different from each other, as well as majorly challenging some male heterosexual, homosexual and other stereotypes.  There is excitement, love and mystery…(who the heck is the Academy?). When you can read the series for the third, fourth, even fifth time, and you get new things from the characters and plot every time, I think it is a sign of a great series!

Basically, go and read all the books now. I started with the Ghost bird series, then moved on to the Scarab beetle series, but I don’t think it really matters which way you delve in to the exciting world of the Academy.

However, if you are smart, you will start these books just before Fake comes out, so you don’t have to suffer that awful not running fast enough dream feeling……

What book are you waiting on today? Link me to your WoW post and I will be sure to check it out!

Much Love,

E St.C

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“Waiting on” Wednesday: All Fall Down

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.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Coming January 20th 2015

All Fall Down final cover

From allycarter.com:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.

Her past has come back to hunt her . . .  and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Why I am waiting anxiously

I am really excited about this book because I loved her other series, The Gallagher Girls and the Heist Society books as well as her adult novels, Learning to Play Gin and Cheating at Solitaire. I am hoping this will have just as much adventure and excitement and will carry me away to another world like so many of her other books have!

What book are you waiting on today? Link me to your WoW post and I will be sure to check it out!

Much Love,

E St.C