Wednesday, November 30

The Leading Ladies Fantasy Bundle

First of all, thanks to the lovely Ruzaika and Veronika for having me (and my Storybundle peeps) on their blog!


Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s get down to business, to defeat the hu- wait, that’s Mulan.


Let me start again.

There’s a reason I write the kind of characters and books that I write. Actually, there’s two. The first is that no one was writing the kind of books I wanted to read. More importantly, very few of them were writing the kind of heroines I wanted to read about. You know, the kind of girl who doesn’t collapse because her ‘true love’ turns out to be a prat, or leaves her, or doesn’t return her totally not stalkerish affections.

So when I was approached by Charlotte English to join a Leading Ladies of Fantasy Storybundle (where I would be positively surrounded by such heroines), to say that I was overjoyed is an understatement.

I may or may not have danced. The dog may or may not have looked at me oddly.
If you, too, love to read about damsels who can get themselves out of their own distress, thank you very much—or those who are more than likely to have been the cause of said distress—allow me to introduce you to Charlotte English, the curator of the Leading Ladies of Fantasy Storybundle!

Tuesday, November 29

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Hello everyone! Christmas is less than a month away, people, LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY. I'm giddy with excitement, tremendously so, because it's finally time for picking out the perfect presents for your friends and family. Going shopping is one of my favorite parts of Christmas after all the FOOD, though shopping and eating can be done together so it's not like they exclude each other, right? 

As booklovers, we'd love to gift books to anyone and everyone, and I'm preeety sure it is possible to give a book they'd love to most people. In today's post, I'm going to concentrate on those of you who'd like to get some YA Fiction for their friends/family, and will be recommending various YA titles in different genres (like horror, contemporary etc.). Obviously, there are some that fit into various genres. :)

Hope you'll find this fun, little gift guide of mine helpful for Christmas!

Saturday, November 26

Books I'm Excited To Read, But Never Actually Feel Like Picking Up (HELP ME!)

So many people think that bookworms have it easy, that we are just simple dreamers, who basically day-dream through life. HAH. We bookworms have it real hard, to be honest. Obviously, we do have to deal with normal everyday stuff like anyone else, which, to be honest, I find a bit harsh, considering that we also have tons and tons of #bookwormproblems.

One of them, for me, is that I'm a huge mood-reader, which either results in a) me picking up books totally randomly when I feel like it, or b) desperately wanting to read a novel, but never actually being in the mood for it.

Has the latter ever happened to you guys? Or is it just me who, at times, waits months for a book, and then doesn't pick it up for YEARS? (Please, don't tell me if it really is just me, I'd much rather live in a lie than realize I'm just weirdo.)

A few days ago I was looking through my physical and digital tbr piles and the amount of books that I'm actually super-excited for and quite certain I'll enjoy, yet haven't yet picked up was saddening. So I decided to create a post in which I list some of these novels to remind myself of my most awaited ones and encourage myself to read all these. (Plus, I was hoping you guys would have some nice stuff to say about these books, and then I'd be more likely to pick them up, huh?)

Thursday, November 24

Barbara Golder - Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders Book 1)

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world. 

DYING FOR REVENGE is a story of love, obsession and forgiveness, seen through the eyes of a passionate, beautiful woman trying to live her life -- imperfectly but vibrantly -- even if she won't survive. 

Tuesday, November 22

5 Things I'm Thankful For + 5 Authors I'm Thankful For

Hi lovelies. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a Thanksgiving Freebie. After I gave this topic some thought I decided it was best if I listed 5 authors I'm really, really thankful for, because they're just so talented, and this is a book blog, after all. However, I wanted to do something different as well, which basically resumed in me sharing 5 things I'm truly thankful for in life. #deepaf

Hope you'll enjoy both lists, and, as always, don't forget to share with me your TTTs in the comment section below. :)

*my picks are in no particular order*

Sunday, November 20

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure - flying around the world!

Thursday, November 17

Cute AF Contemporaries for the Win - 5 Reasons To Read Cinder & Ella and The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancΓ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Tuesday, November 15

My 2016 in Movies & TV Shows

My 2016, so far, definitely had its ups in respect of movies and tv shows - though that is hardly a surprise, because I'm pretty sure that's the case with everything. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. The ups could never feel so sweet and perfect without all the downs, am I right? #deep

Anyhow, this WEEK'S TTT is technically a movie freebie, but as I've been thinking about writing a post about movies and tv shows I watched in 2016, I decided to do just that this week. I think that's CLOSE ENOUGH. *shrugs*

Sunday, November 13

Tamsyn Murray - Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Jonny isn't like "normal" teenagers. Every day he wakes up in hospital, kept alive by a machine. Every day he wonders if this is the day they'll find a donor match for his heart. Every day he wonders if this is the day he'll die.

Every day, Niamh fights with her "perfect" brother Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Every day, Niamh dreams of a life without Leo. But all that changes on the day of the accident: the day EVERYTHING falls apart.

This is a story about facing the future no matter how frightening. This is a story about healing your heart, no matter how much it hurts. 

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing 

Saturday, November 12

Kelly Charron - Pretty Wicked

"There’s a distinct difference between a kill of opportunity and a planned murder."

The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

Tuesday, November 8

Cooler Than Cool New Books on My TBR List

(weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish)

Hello sweeties. It's been so freakishly long since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, and I'm SO GLAD to be back with such a great topic. 

I add many, many novels to my tbr every week, but end up deleting more than half of them just as soon... right after the first excitement is over. However, I strongly believe that you all can tell me some about these books, with that helping me out to stay excited for them, or, on the contrary, convince me they aren't worth my time and money. 

Hopefully, I'll have a bit of free time in the close future, because I can't wait to see YOUR lists - I love to flood my tbr with new books, bc it's not long enough already. :/

Now without further ado, here are - 

Saturday, November 5

Holly Bourne - ...And a Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club #3.5)

It's the Year of the Spinster!

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It's time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything's going great for these girls - Spinster Club for ever! Right?

Thursday, November 3

Tara Sim - Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)

"You're a good mechanic," Colton said. Their eyes met, and Danny fought to swallow. "I want you to be my mechanic."
"Well, that's not really my choice to..."
His voice died away as the spirit leaned down and kissed him. 
Danny's eyes widened. His chest rioted.

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Tuesday, November 1

πŸŽƒ ...And So It's a Wrap! πŸŽƒ

Graphics from Freepik

Ever since we - as in Ruzi and I - first did Spooky October in 2015 we've been obsessed with it, waiting eagerly for the following Halloween, so we could start all over again and create an even bigger and better event. An event that'd help many a reader find their next favorite reads, while introducing some of our absolute favorite bloggers to our readers through their guest posts. An event that was positively epic.