Saturday, January 30

Jennifer Mathieu - Devoted

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Rachel Walker is devoted to God.

She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy.

But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.

Thursday, January 28

W. R. Gingell - MASQUE

Beauty met the Beast and there was . . . Bloody murder? 

It’s the Annual Ambassadorial Ball in Glause, and Lady Isabella Farrah, the daughter of New Civet’s Ambassador, is feeling pleasantly scintillated. 

In the library is Lord Pecus, a charming gentleman whose double mask hides a beastly face, and who has decided 
that Isabella is the very person to break the Pecus curse. 

In the ball-room is young Lord Topher, who is rapidly falling in love with an older woman. 

And in the card-room, lying in a pool of his own blood, is the body of one of Isabella’s oldest friends: Raoul, 
Civet’s Head Guardsman. The papers sewn into his sash seem to suggest espionage gone wrong, but Isabella is not so certain. 

Lord Pecus, as Commander of the Watch, is of the opinion that Isabella should keep out of the investigation and 
out of danger. Isabella is of the opinion that it is her murder to investigate, and that what a certain Beast-Lord doesn’t know won’t hurt him. . . . 

Will Isabella find the murderer before Lord Pecus does, or will she end her investigation as a bloody spatter on 
the parlour floor? 
I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Tuesday, January 26

Top 15 Disappointing Books of 2015

Hi lovelies. Today's TTT topic is a FREEBIE, which means that I'm here with one heck of a negative topic, but I'm pretty sure you'd seen that coming, right? After much thinking - like 2 minutes - I decided to make a list of my top ten biggest disappointments of 2015, because there were SO MANY. I mean, sure 2015 was a great reading year for me - I said so in my End of the Year Survey - but there were still books that I expected to be better. So basically, this list is more about which books let me down, than about which ones I didn't enjoy. This means that you'll find everything here - maybe even 5 star rated novels. Who knows? *I do.*

My picks are in no particular order. 

Saturday, January 23

Jojo Moyes - After You

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent 
with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in 
a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the 
world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.

Thursday, January 21

5 Thoughts on The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

“Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.”

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Wednesday, January 20

{Author Interview} - Meeting W. R. Gingell

Hello, you lovely readers of The Regal Critiques! In today's author interview, you'll catch me shooting a few questions at the incredibly sweet Tasmanian author, W. R. Gingell, as we chat about everything under the sun, from stepping into the ever more competitive world of writing to testing the waters of self-publishing! 

I loved her long, well thought out answers (my favorite kind!) and I'm pretty darn sure you guys will love them, too! 

Introduce yourself to our lovely readers in 50 words tops!

Christian, reader, walker of dog, climber of trees, scribbler extraordinaire! I love Austen, Earl Grey tea, and Arnotts’ Scotchfinger biscuits, and although I love fantasy best of all, I’ll read almost any genre. I talk to the dog so that people don’t think I’m talking to myself...

This is my first time coming across your books and I must say the synopses sound really intriguing! What made you step into this ever more competitive world of writing? 

Tuesday, January 19

Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR

Hi sweeties. It's Tuesday, which means that I'm here with a new TTT post (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). Today's topic is: Top Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR. First thing first, I'll give a chance to read the blurb of each book, and then write a few sentences under each of them, in which I'll tell you why I added these books.

Saturday, January 16

Lauren Oliver - Panic

“It was so strange, the way that life moved forward: the twists and the dead ends, the sudden opportunities. She supposed if you could predict or foresee everything that was going to happen, you’d lose the motivation to go through it all. The promise was always in the possibility.” 

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Thursday, January 14

Cecelia Ahern - The Book of Tomorrow

What if we knew what tomorrow would bring? Would we fix it? Could we?

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future--until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds takes her breath away.

Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.

Tuesday, January 12

Top Twenty 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello lovelies. Today's TTT topic is the Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn't. There are SO MANY 2015 releases I failed to read, so I decided to list the top 20 books, instead o top 10. Sorry not sorry. 

Saturday, January 9

C. E. Wilson - To Nowhere

A world no one would believe.

From the moment Lyris is treated to coffee by a beautiful stranger, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. In her enthusiasm to start at a new school with a new boyfriend, Lyris is almost able to look past his oddities. Almost. 

The way he eyes up her striking red hair. The way he loves that she’s seventeen. “The perfect age.”And the way he’s gone from all but begging to show her a specific room in a specific house to making her swear never to even think about it again.

When Lyris doesn't take his strange warnings seriously, she finds that nothing could have prepared her for what lay behind that door.

Suddenly, Lyris finds herself in a world no one would believe. A world where she’s only a few inches tall and giants aren’t creatures from fairy tales. Where humans are no longer the dominant race, but pets auctioned off to the highest bidder. Lyris understands the true danger of such a place, but there seems to be one person on her side.

Her kind and surprised captor. And while Brindt appears to be sweet and trustworthy, he also straddles the line between seeing her as an equal and a cute animal.

Lyris has to get home… before the one person can turn to becomes the one person who can’t let her go.

Thursday, January 7

Amy Ewing - The White Rose (The Lone City #2)

“If you admit you need people, you can lose them.' Her gaze sharpens, returning to the present. 'But needing people can save your life.”

Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

Tuesday, January 5

16 Books I've Not Yet Read BUT Will Definitely Get Around In 2016

Hi sweeties. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is Resolutions for 2016. I did this topic last year, so instead I'll be sharing with you the 16 books that I've been planning to read for AGES, has not gotten around them yet, BUT pinky promise to read them this year. 

Any kind of motivation you can give me to want read them is totally welcomed!!

Sunday, January 3

Our 2016 Challenges

A brand new year means so many things- new releases to look forward to, new books to dive into- and yes, new challenges to take up, too!

Saturday, January 2

2015 End of Year Book Survey - Part 2

Hi lovelies. As you can probably tell from the title, today I'm here with the End of Year Book Survey  - you can check out Ruzaika's here

2015 have been a really good year reading- and blogging-wise for me. Don't get me wrong, I didn't enjoy all the books I read, but there weren't that many HUGE disappointments as in 2014. My average rating was 3.9 stars on Goodreads! That's more than good, that's MIND BLOWING!

With that in mind, let's see my 2015 in books - a bit more detailed version of it than Goodreads gave. 

Friday, January 1

Release Calendar: 2016 January

Hello, my beautiful souls! We are all set to start a brand new 2016 by drooling over the gorgeous new releases! Without further ado, here's our Release Calendar for January!