Friday, 30 January 2015

Rachel Vincent's Lion's Share Cover Reveal!



Rachel Vincent is awesome. Fact. Her Shifter series is hands down one of my most favourite contemporary fantasy series ever.  So you can imagine how excited I am about the spin off Lion's Share. I literally jumped for joy, and that's not an exaggeration. 






Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.
Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.
Jace Hammond has a big problem.
A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.
As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.

About Rachel
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens. 

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.


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Okay, that cover has me seriously excited about Lion's Share.  Rachel Vincent's writing pulls me in straight away, the way she blends her fantasy worlds with the real world is addictive. But the thing I adore most about her is her characters, they are flawed, imperfect, and each one takes a piece of your heart. So I can't wait to see how Jace and Abby develop, it's going to be amazing. 


If you haven't picked up the Shifter series yet, now's the time. The first book is called Stray, and I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love as much as I did. 


Keep an eye out on my blog and YouTube channel as I will be doing a Shifter series video review next week! 



  
And, Rachel Vincent is giving away a complete signed set of the Shifter series to celebrate the launch of Lion's Share!

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Leave your comments below if you are as excited about Lion's Share as I am!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Ignite Me - Word Art



I love the Shatter Me trilogy, so much so that I named Ignite Me as my most favourite read of 20114. Tahereh Mafi has a beautiful, lyrical writing style that's absorbing, captivating and well, you know, there's also Warner. Enough said. 



The Shatter Me trilogy is a YA dystopian, but with that being said it is also heavy with the romance in comparison to other books of the same genre. Now that didn't bother me at all, because Mafi's character development was so on point it was refreshing and exciting, and Juliette's voice was so unique I loved every page. (You can check out my Shatter Me review here, and my overall series discussion on Youtube here.)


(Spoiler warning for this video!)


That's not to say I didn't have gripes with this trilogy, I did. The cross outs in the first book were so heavy, to me they came across as a gimmick - and this series is way too good for gimmicks in my opinion. But in the grand scheme of things, that's a very small issue.

Plus, those covers. I mean, look at them. I can't even, I just can't. They are hands down the most beautiful covers I have on my bookshelf. No question. 


But like I said in my introduction, it was Mafi's beautiful and lyrical writing style that pulled me in, so much so that I created this word art. The quotes are mostly from Ignite Me, which was hands down my most favourite book of the trilogy. 

I loved it so much, I decided it would be wonderful to share this with you all. You are free to use it for personal use, but it is not to be used in anything you intend to sell. 

Enjoy!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Top Ten Reads of 2014



2014 was a fantastic year of reading. It was also the year I started my Booktube channel, which I think is partly (mostly) responsible for the fact I discovered so many awesome new authors too. Most of these books on this list wouldn't have even reached my TBR pile had it not been for Booktube, so I am ridiculously excited to see what new books I discover in 2015.

This list is in no particular order, with the exception of last three.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.


A blood soaked thrilling distopian following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Divergent, this book is exciting, addictive and one of my first discoveries thanks to Booktube. Check out my review of The Murder Complex by clicking here, and my video review here.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I took a bit of convincing on this one I admit, the covers didn't pull me in and I'm not a huge fan of the third person narrative. But Sarah J Maas did not disappoint, her fantasy world is rich, exciting and Celeana Sardothien is a bad ass assassin, need I say more?



The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This coming of age story by Stephen Chbosky is on another level even though the letter writing narrative is something I usually avoid. It's meaningful, moving and the characters are the perfect kind of misfits you can't help but love. 

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
This young adult contemporary sits head and shoulders above the rest, in fact it almost feels wrong to categorise it as such. What starts of as a simple boy meets girl turns into something so much more. It gets dark, but never stops being beautiful.


Divergent by Veronica Roth
This book was definitely one of my favourites, there was no having to "push through" the first book before really enjoying the second, the action is this book is addictive and exciting. Veronica Roth created such an interesting world, I fell in love with this book from the beginning. Unfortunately, Allegiant wasn't even close to the top ten. But nevertheless, Divergent is amazing.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout
I read White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch this year and I can't praise these books enough. A YA paranormal romance about gargoyles and demons, this book was seriously fun to read. Plus, there's a 'sinfully hot tattooed demon'- that's enough for me all on it's own! Watch my spoiler free review here.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
I think this book has been in almost every 2014 favourite books video, and for good reason. This was a perfect conclusion to The Mortal Instruments series, tying it together with The Infernal Devices beautifully. It was intense, made me cry, and gave me all the feels. 

The Top Three

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices is without a much stronger series than The Mortal Instruments - and I love that series. Set in Victorian London this series is the prequel to TMI, and honestly - I love it more. This book has the most beautiful epilogue I have ever read. Watch my spoiler free review here.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
If you asked me three weeks ago who Colleen Hoover was, I couldn't have told you, and now she has two books in my top ten! Ugly Love is a New Adult book, about a couple who have a no strings relationship with just two rules - never ask about his past, and never expect a future. I didn't think it was possibly to love a book like this so much, but I do. It's addictive, beautiful, heart wrenching and sometimes it's ugly. But that's what I love about it.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
My most favourite book this year was without a doubt Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. The third book in the Shatter Me trilogy, it's epic, exciting, and for a YA book, it's pretty intense in the way of romance too. I don't think I could love this book any more if I tried. Watch my discussion video (there are spoilers so be warned!) here.

What were your favourite books of 2014?