Monday, 21 July 2014

{Review} City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #6

Published on 27 May 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 725

Synopsis
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!


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Disclosure: I had to be put on long waiting list through my public library.



I was so looking forward to the release of this book to know how the how series will end. We all know the bad guys will be defeated but it is a matter of how that I am more interested in. 

Sebastian is still out there and his army is growing at the expense of the Shadohunters. This is a really bad situation. There are just so many things that are happening in the book and it really kept me occupied and eager to know what's next. The book is thick--over 600 pages in the hardcover edition--and yet the whole journey still felt quite fast for me. I never want it to end. I want to know what happened after everything is settled. I want MORE. 

I still enjoy the author's writing style--engaging, entertaining and smooth. The feelings of the characters are distinct. It isn't an easy feat to be able to maintain such a wide cast of characters and yet the author managed to do it. The ending was quite... interesting--in a good way of course. In fact, I find it a little touching. I love how the author manage to incorporate the previous series into this series. It still feel so amazing to read all about it and marvel at all the linkages. 

I'm really looking forward to the next piece of the author's work!


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

{Review} Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg

Published on 14 July 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 166

Synopsis
Conflict of interest is an understatement…

Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.

Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded...and then he meets Cass’s daughter.


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Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mature content. No suitable for readers below 18.



The idea of the secret baby and the undercover male character in this book got me curious about how the story will unfold. The story started with how Cass and Logan met in the bar and their attraction led to one night with Logan and everything changed for Cass. A baby was coming on board but she couldn't contact Logan, who seem to disappear. The staff at the bar didn't know anyone by his name. How shocking! Two years later, they met again under some shocking situation--he's her new assistant. Another surprise--he's actually the grandson of her kind neighbour!

Paula Altenburg creates relateable characters. I can understand how Cass emotions through the words, about her protectiveness towards her daughter Olivia and her wariness of Logan. Although I understand Logan's need for secrecy at times, it frustrates me to read that he's keeping a barrier when it's kind of obvious how she felt about him and him with Olivia. Logan's grandmother is a darling! I was touched that she was actually keeping a lookout for Cass!

Overall, this was a cute read for me! Olivia is adorable and so are Logan's reactions to seeing and interacting with her. Looking forward to reading other works by the author.


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{Weekly Wrap Up} 14 - 20 Jul 2014

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and 
Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

It's movie weekend again! Went to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and my Mom really likes it. I can't help but feeling that there will be a 3rd installment for the series after watching the end. 

I've also re-launched my book exchange website, Books Go Round, this weekend. Now, anyone can actually list their books for exchange! It's actually a combination of local and international platform for readers to list their books for exchange. Hope the book exchange website will be useful to readers! (Pssh! There's a giveaway going on for free Listing Packages!



  • Chancing on You by Melinda Ellen
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Teaser Tuesday




No new books in my mail box though I did order 4 physical books despite my book buying ban. *laughs* It's impossible to follow through the book buying ban with so many books and tempting book discounts!


Send me your links and I'll pop by to check them out! :)

July 2014 Followers Appreciation Giveaway

With a new month comes another round of monthly followers giveaway to show my appreciation to my blog readers! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my posts and leaving your comments. Blogging about books becomes much more interesting with you around! Simply follow my blog and enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form. There's even a free entry to thank you for stopping by. :)


Anticipated August Release



Are there any interesting books that I've missed out? Feel free to add them in the comments below!




I'm also giving away some book listing packages for my new book exchange website, Books Go Round. You can always list books for free. The listing packages allows you to feature your book listing for greater visibility. Do enter if you are interested!

1 winner for Package C2 (20 listings for 1 year)
1 winner for Package C1 (10 listings for 1 year)
1 winner for Package B1 (10 listings for 6 months)
2 winners for Package A1 (10 listings for 1 month)
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

{Blog Tour Review & Giveaway} Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee

Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee
Halos #1

Published on 24 January 2014
Genre: NA Paranormal
Page Count: 362

Synopsis
I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.

The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.

He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.

My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.

The war is about to begin.


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Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



I was immediately intrigued after reading the summary, already thinking about what will happen in the book. Gabriel sounds so mysterious in the summary! I know I need to find out more about him and why Gaia wasn't supposed to be able to see him but yet she can.

The book starts with the unfortunate car accident that caused the deaths of everyone in the car, except Gaia and she saw him. She thought he was the result of her imagination until he was simply everywhere she went. There were times where I really want roll my eyes at Gaia because she seems a wee bit too obsessive of Gabriel, in my honest opinion. Things got much more interesting when Gabriel's brother Cassiel came into the picture! I think he's funny and an interesting character. Gabriel couldn't be with Gaia because of who he was, but both just couldn't help it and it's disastrous... I love the battle scene the most! It was well-written and I really could imagine what's happening and that is where Cassiel really shine. I like the character development for Cassiel much more than both Gaia and Gabriel. 

If you enjoy reading happy endings, you will not be disappointed. One drawback is that it's a pretty abrupt and short end though explanations were given. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Shattering Halos and its unique storyline and good cast of characters. Looking forward to the next book!


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About the author

I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

{Release Day Blast} Entangled Bliss New Releases 14 July 2014


The summer is warming up with two new releases from Bliss this month.  One is our latest Red-Hot Bliss, Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg, which throws the bedroom door open. The second is a traditional Bliss, Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris, which while it's a behind closed doors story it's definitely not lacking in sizzle.  Plus, Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris is on sale!  See below for more details.


http://bit.ly/VJEDFE 

About Accidentally Married on Purpose:

One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love
Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what happens in Vegas staying there.
Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.
Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.
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http://bit.ly/VAnLkE 

About Her Secret, His Surprise:

Conflict of interest is an understatement…
Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.
Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded...and then he meets Cass’s daughter.
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PLUS...

Pick up a copy of Seven Day Fiance this week only for just $.99!

About Seven Day Fiance:

One bad boy. One good girl. One unforgettable week.
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a
mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning him at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little fiancé game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.

Pick up your copy of Seven Day Fiance before it goes back to full price!
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

{Weekly Wrap Up} 7 - 13 Jul 2014

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and 
Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Spent the week trying to squeeze in time to read City of Heavenly Fire and didn't make much progress over the weekdays. However, I managed to finish the book this weekend! My brother commented I was crazy to have read 500 over pages today just to finish the series. Can't help it if the book is good! 


  • Review City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Review Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee 
  • Review Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg
  • Teaser Tuesday
  • Followers Appreciation July 2014


For review:

I spotted a few good books around the blogosphere but I'm on a buying ban for a little while until my TBR pile goes down a little. (The pile will never diminish... *laughs*)

Send me your links and I'll pop by to check them out! :)
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