Darkly Deeply Beautifully Launch Party + GIVEAWAY
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 @ 08:00// 4 comment(s)





Darkly Deeply Beautifully (The Ceruleans, #5) by Megan Tayte
Publisher: Heaven Afire
Release date: February 16th, 2016
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 313
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DARKNESS HAS FALLEN, AND SHE ALONE WILL SEE THE LIGHT.

With her mother’s life hanging in the balance, Scarlett is devastated – and done with being in the dark. She wants answers, all of them.

But when was her pursuit of the truth ever straightforward?

Pulling a single thread impels a great unravelling. And each revelation will force Scarlett to rethink what she thought she knew about the Ceruleans, the Fallen, her family – herself.

All that came before was a mere prelude to this, the last journey. From London to Twycombe to Hollythwaite to Cerulea, Scarlett will be stalked by the ghosts of what has been, what may have been and what may come to pass. Until she reaches the place where it all began, and it all must end.

But in the final reckoning, none will survive unscathed. And some will not survive at all.

In this explosive conclusion to The Ceruleans series, all must be defined by their actions: sinner, saint… or something more beautiful entirely?

Hey! Today it's Darkly Deeply Beautifully by Megan Tayte's Release Day! I've been asked to hold a Launch/Release Party for it, and now here I am. For those who haven't heard of the book, it's the last book in the series called The Ceruleans. At the end of this party, there will be a giveaway in order to win very cool stuff! Make sure you join! And oh! Megan will be doing a guest post in order to explain her works! Are you ready for it? Here it goes!

GUEST POST

The story of The Ceruleans – about love and loss, light and darkness, good and bad – is based on my own efforts to make sense of a world in which people close to you can die; in which being true to yourself can be incredibly difficult; and in which love – for people, for places, for a way of being, for an ethos – is the only reason to hold on.

The series is set on the south coast of England, and follows Scarlett Blake, an ordinary girl who’s forced to take on an unordinary power over life and death. Awesome for some, perhaps, but not so much Scarlett, who struggles with the responsibility and how her light isolates her from the people she loves.

The cast ranges from hot surfer/chef Luke Cavendish, to tortured healer Jude, to feisty fashionista Cara, to away-with-the-fairies Grannie Cavendish. But it’s Scarlett’s family who take centre stage. Her sister, Sienna, who’s turned murderous; her mother, Elizabeth, who’s wrestling with the ghosts of the past; and… well, that would be a spoiler.

In Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully, the fifth and final book in the series, the story reaches its climax. Every secret I’ve held back through Books 1 to 4 is laid bare, and in the devastating aftermath each character must choose at last: sinner, saint… or something more beautiful entirely?

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Princess Of Tyrone Cover Reveal!
Sunday, 14 February 2016 @ 14:00// 4 comment(s)



Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy, #1) by Katie Hamstead
Release Date: March 31st, 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Space Opera, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
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Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

WOOHOO! Today, I'm going to share the cover of a new retelling of Sleeping Beauty, written by Katie Hamstead. 

As you can see from the blurb, it's not just some other retelling, it's a very BADASS retelling with ANTIMAINSTREAM plot and BADASS HEROINE! How awesome is that! You know how I feel about retellings, especially after finishing The Lunar Chronicles, I can't wait to get my hands on this book! And oh! It has a very PRETTY cover, did I tell you? I judge a book by its cover and this book has already surpassed my standard.

Whoops, what? I haven't shown you the pretty little cover? Sorry, my bad. Okay, so... here goes awesomeness.


What do you think? It's VERY beautiful, right? I know at once that I HAVE TO read this. 

My first reaction when I got this in my e-mail was


In case you haven't noticed, it's the first book in A SERIES OF RETELLINGS. Which means, there will be many more books of RETELLINGS!! How did I know this? Just look at the title! It's called Fairytale Galaxy for a reason, right? I know, I'm so smart.


So, make sure you read this book once it comes out because I bet it'll be awesome! Why? Because I have a good feeling about this. And I'd just LOVE to have this book on my shelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Born and raised in Australia, Katie's early years of daydreaming in the "bush", and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.


She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.


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The Infinite Sea // Another Ship Is Coming Your Way
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 @ 07:00// 0 comment(s)



The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release date: September 16th, 2014
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Pages:  320
Source: Bought it
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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.
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OH MY GOSH

Those three words pretty much sum up my general reaction throughout the whole book.

The Infinite Sea continues some time (not too long) after the end of The 5th Wave. Evan hasn't come (as he promised) yet, but the crew/team/whatever-you-want-to-call-it can't stay in the hotel for long because winter is coming. They'll need a better shelter. So, Ringer volunteers to go look for the cavern they knew about from a pamphlet. And from there, things got interesting.

First, let me tell you my favorite characters, sorted from the most to the least favorite ones:

1. RINGER

Hell yeah. We don't get any of Ben's POV anymore, instead, we get Ringer's! And she's one tough bitch! I LOVED her so much. She surpasses Cassie in every possible way. She's not whiny and lovesick like Cassie is in this book.

2. RAZOR

I was pretty pissed off because I didn't get to read from Ben's POV. But then this new character appeared and I couldn't say I hated him. He was funny, sweet, caring, and ermahgerd so great in general. He and Ringer cracked me up and melted me into a puddle of swoon so MANY times.

3. BEN

He was my most favorite character from the first book. It wasn't that I liked him less now, it just that Ringer and Razor outshone him in every possible way. Ben is still the voice of reason of the group. He still has that air of authority (since he was the captain of the squad and everybody looked up to him)

The plot is unpredictable and very fast-paced. I barely had time to catch my breath. But, the length of the book is too short, in my opinion. When I reached the end, I was like, what? NO! Gimme more! And let's just say that I liked Ringer's narration MUCH MUCH more than Cassie's. I grew a great amount of dislike toward Cassie. To be honest, she becomes this annoying suck up little lover girl and I was so sick of her. She constantly pines and whines over Evan. Evan. Evan. I was like 'OH! Get in your pants, would you?!'  But besides that, I think I'm cool with her.

From the plot, we find out some secrets of the invasion. As in, how the aliens/The Others really do their things and what their sole purpose is. We're also grown to know about minor things that seemed insignificant in the first book (but actually pretty important in the end). And oh! There's also a background story about Poundcake's past. As in, a story which tells us why he doesn't speak. It's SO sad! My heart broke for the kid!

“Are you crying, Ringer?"
"My eyes are watering."
"No."
"Don't tell me no, Razor. I don't cry."
"Bullshit.”

And the romance! OH MY GOD the romance!! It was soooooo sweet and swoon-worthy. And I'm not talking about Cassie x Evan here. And no, I'm not talking about Cassie x Ben here, either. I'm talking about Ringer's. It started off slow. But slow is what makes a good romance. The fact that they need each other and how the boy is always there for her makes me squeal like the fangirl I am. It is sweet, even sweeter and more precious and fragile than Cassie and Evan's whole romance. It's precious because it appears just a few times, but when it does, it's the best thing ever, I swear.

He leans forward and kisses me hard on the mouth.
"Don't ever do that again," I tell him.
"Why? Because you liked it or because you didn't?"
"Both.”

I'm not sure why, but I think there's going to be a love-triangle in the next book. Because I read some hints that Ben actually has a feeling for Cassie. But I couldn't care less, I only want to know more about Ringer and this boy's further relationship.

Overall, I think The Infinite Sea is an action-packed and prose-filled sequel to The 5th Wave. It opens up new possibilities and leaves you wanting and craving for more.

My rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Reviewed by Inas 

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10 Best Books We've Read In 2015
Thursday, 4 February 2016 @ 08:00// 0 comment(s)



Heeeyy!! I know it's February and WAY past 2015. But, I still can't move on from some of the books I read last year. Let's just say, some of them really really had a special place in my heart. I'm going to list five books here, while the other five will be listed by Kelechi. And this list isn't sorted by the most favorite to the least ones, okay? I love them all the same.

INAS'S FAVORITE BOOKS IN 2015


1. Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I have to be honest. I still remember what it felt like reading this book. It was very cute and swoon-worthy and romantic not to the point where it disgusts me. I liked reading about childhood friends becoming more-than-just-friends. I liked Lola more than I cared to admit. I also adored Cricket so much. His dorkiness and nerdiness were something any girl would kill for. Even though the plot was a bit predictable, I found myself liking it more and more. Lola was a unique girl with great personalities. And Cricket even made it to my list of Top Ten Fictional Guys.

2. The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani
Where do I even start with this book? It was PERFECT. Okay? PERFECT. Don't even try to contradict me on this. Your comments are invalid. This book is proof that pure genius and evil satan can be combined into one book. It was full of PLOT TWISTS and UPS and DOWNS. It cracked me up and made me scream and cry out of ecstasy and angst. I don't even know what to say. Just please, read this book (after reading the earlier books in the series first, of course).

3. Every Breath by Ellie Marney
This book was the first Mystery I've read ever and I was glad to have that decision. I would love to put the second book, Every Word, here too... But, I decided to reserve this place for the first book instead. Every Breath was kinda a spin-off of Sherlock Holmes. I'm a big fan of the BBC Series, so without a doubt, I enjoyed this so much. It was about two teenagers (named Mycroft and Rachel) in Australia who accidentally got themselves in a crime scene just after the crime happened. Unfortunately, the person killed was Mycroft's friend. In this thrilling novel, we got to follow the two of them while they foolishly tried to catch the culprit and found themselves locked in a lion's den–literally.

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
WOOT! This book is indescribable. It's awesome beyond compare. It's funny, thrilling, full of suspense, swoon-worthy, and all other good adjectives. It has 800-something pages but I finished it in, like, a day. I marked 110 quotes total and read so many fanfics after finishing it because I just couldn't move on. This series did very bad things to my soul, but I never regretted it. My heart still breaks and aches every time I recall my favorite ship, Cresswell (not that anything bad ever happened to them). Read the whole series! Please!

5. The Heir by Kiera Cass
Okay. This is still my favorite of all. I mean, okay, I love the other four, but The Heir gives me unbearable pain because I loved it so damn much. And the fact that Kiera is actually capable of making my ship sink is too much for me. I loved the main character so much, she kinda reminds me of myself (lel no). She's strong, independent, and a little bit selfish. It's hard to get past her walls and into her heart, but I think one guy is actually capable of doing so. Why is this book on the list? Because up until now, every time I talk about it with my friend, Icha, she and I always shriek and squeal and crack up so loud. It's been almost a year after we read the book and it still has this effect on us. That's why.

KELECHI'S FAVORITE BOOKS IN 2015



1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen generated a lot of buzz this year, so naturally, I had to check it out. It’s a debut novel and I was curious to see why it was insanely popular in YA circles. I’m still reading it, but it’s really good so far. It tells the story of an underclass girl, a “Red”, navigating the oppressive upper class of her society, the “Silvers”. There’s a love triangle between her and two brothers, the princes, but trust me, it’s not your typical love triangle: it’s much more interesting. Mare, the protagonist, is tough and likable, and I really enjoy reading from her point of view. If you’re wondering whether Red Queen is really as good as everybody seems to say it is, rest assured that yes, it is.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’ll admit I slept on this wonderful series for too long. I finally got around to reading the first book, Throne of Glass, and I’m ecstatic I did. It’s similar to the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, with a kick ass heroine I adore. Celaena, the protagonist, is clever, feisty, and tough as nails. She’s in a love triangle between a prince and the captain of the guard, and I can see her with both of them. That’s good storytelling. The plot is immensely fascinating, and follows Celaena as she competes to be the King’s “Champion”. Filled with suspense and mystery, this book is a must read! It’s a page turner for sure.

3. Paper Towns by John Green
I read Paper Towns because the movie was coming out, and I firmly believe in reading the book before the movie. The story captured me with the idea of loving an idea more than loving an actual person. I was struck by how quotable this book was. One of my favorite quotes is: 'What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.' The social commentary is profound and pensive. John Green’s writing ensconced me.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
What I loved about this book is that the narrator was very relatable. I could really relate to Lara Jean’s sheltered life and her strong crushes. I rooted for her to finally find true love. I really enjoyed the sisterhood between her and her two sisters, Margot and Kitty. I also really liked how Jenny Han infused her Korean culture into the story, as Lara Jean and her sisters were half-Korean, half-white. I can’t wait till I finally get around to reading the sequel, (PS, I Still Love You)!

5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’m Nigerian-American, and prefer to be socially aware on issues affecting African-Americans in America. Between the World and Me was so lauded this year, I had to grab a copy. I devoured it. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ writing is so rich, enthralling, and beautiful. His bold take on race in America was a delight to read. I admire his dauntlessness.

Whew! That was all! 

What about you? What are your favorite books that you read in 2015? I'd love to hear about it! 


Written by Inas and Kelechi

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