Friday, 15 June 2018

Mini Review & Giveaway: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh
Publication date: June 12th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
My rating:  4 Stars
Pages: 416
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD | Kobo

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love...

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy...


My Thoughts:
The last thing Bowen Knight, the head of the Human Alliance, remembers is being shot and falling into the water.  Now awake he realizes he’s not dead but has been saved by the Black Sea clan and is deep below in their habitat in the sea.  His life has been saved, but the chip that shields his mind from Psy attacks is degrading quickly. He only has a few weeks/months left to live if nothing is done.  However, the Black Sea clan doctor has been working on an experimental compound to neutralize the threat.  The chances it’ll work are very slim, but even if he doesn’t make it the data obtained could benefit the rest of the humans with the same problem, and Bowen realizes he must take the risk. Bowen doesn’t think in all this he’d find a woman who’d so completely capture his heart, but Kaia is unique.  She’s everything warm and protective, but she has a mischievous playful side that speaks to the serious Bowen in a way that’s too tempting to resist. 

Ocean Light had so much grabbing my attention!  An intense, but possibly doomed romance, internal threats and betrayals, and a race fix the ticking time bomb in Bowen’s head.  Nalini’s Singh’s writing is captivating and beautiful, playful and sensual, thrilling and exciting!  Ocean Light is the second in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series, but it’s not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy the story.  Loving this series!



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I'm giving away a Hardcover Copy of Ocean Light by Nalini Singh generously provided by the wonderful people at Berkley. The giveaway is open to US residents only.  Fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.  Good luck!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Box of Books Giveaway #10

Hello readers! Hope you're all doing well! We've been kind of slow here on the blog because real life has been very time consuming for both Jasprit and me, lately! Sorry we haven't been around lately. I plan on making the rounds tomorrow after work to see what everyone's been up to.
I'm trying to clear my reading shelves and so I'm giving away 10 books this week and I'm going to giveaway another ten by the end of this month. I seriously have way too many books and since I probably won't be doing a re-read anytime soon it's better to send them off to another bookworm to enjoy. So here we go:



Several of the books are signed by the author, but signed to me.

Here's the list along with a link to the Goodreads link:




The giveaway is open to US Residents only. Just fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win. Good luck!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Blog Tour: Save the Date by Morgan Matson


Hi everyone today I'm pleased to be taking in part in the Save the Date by Morgan Matson blog tour hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. Before I share my review with you here's a bit about the book. 


Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 
Publication Date: June 5th 2018. 
My rating: 4 stars. 
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend before the house issold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping uptobean absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephewis unexpectedly, distractingly...cute. Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

I really do love books which put a family and its dynamics at the forefront, I have to admit I didn’t realise that this would be the case with going into Save the Date, I knew it was a Morgan Matson book and that I had to read it. But it was a lovely surprise, as Matson really made this family for me, yes, the Grant’s like any other family, didn’t come without the ups and downs, but I loved how despite the size of the family (8 if you include the son in law to be Rodney), I came to adore each member in their own way. With the Grant’s it could be hard to get your voice in edgeways, with everyone being such big individual’s, but Matson was able to give each family member their own personality and voice that made them stand out from the rest, but also took the time out for you to get to know each character too which I greatly appreciated. 

With so many quirky personalities, it was hard for me to choose a favourite character, as I said before I adored them all, but Charlie was a great MC, she was the only Grant sibling still living at home, and so was still figuring things out. I liked how through Charlie, we were able to experience this big anticipation of her family all being reunited together, it had been a long time coming. I liked how we were told there were some unresolved family issues but weren’t give insights into what exactly had gone down to bring this about, the way Matson decided to reveal this over the course of the story I appreciated, as it had me constantly guessing about what could have gone down to cause this rift in the first place. 

Save the Date in my opinion had everything going for it, amongst the family antics, there were the unresolved mysteries, heated gardening competitions and of course so much upheaval at Charlie’s sister’s wedding, that I had my doubts that she would even get married. But the Grant’s came through once again and went to show they could withstand almost anything. The Grant family thoroughly reminded me of the Baker family in Cheaper by the Dozen, they always had something going on, nonetheless, the Grant’s made this book a truly epic one!




About the author: ฀Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature. Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world. Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize. Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book. Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List. Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, was published May 3rd, 2016. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
My rating:  3 Stars
Pages: 384
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD | Kobo

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.
 

My Thoughts:
Aftermath is a story that’s relevant to current times.  Living in the States, school shootings are sadly becoming more and more frequent. I’ve often thought of the family of the shooter, how they’re affected when one of their own commits such a horrible crime.  Often the family is shocked, blindsided and branded as villains as well.

Aftermath is a fictional story centering on Skylar, the sister of one of the school shooters of a shooting that took place three years ago.  My heart went out to her.  The brother she knew would never have done what Luka did, and with him gone she’s been left to bear the brunt of hate aimed his way.  More now than ever when she’s forced to return to her hometown where the shooting took place.  Skylar expects hostility, but not the sinister pranks, bullying and phone calls she experiences.  Is someone trying to punish her for her brother’s crimes or question his guilt?

I’ve enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s writing for quite some time, lately with her Casey Duncan series.  Love that series!  While I liked Aftermath, I can’t say it wowed me.  Skylar was a likable and sympathetic character and I liked Jesse as well, but their romance was a bit underwhelming.  It was sort of a second chance romance and they both had gone through so much, so of course I wanted them to be together, there just wasn’t really any spark to it, IMO. Kelley Armstrong usually has me on the edge of my seat with suspense, and there were a couple of tension filled moments in this story, but I think the danger was downplayed by the characters when the panic button should’ve been pushed!  They didn’t feel the urgency (stupidly, IMO) and so I think the story didn’t feel as suspenseful.  Maybe this was because the story is Young Adult?  I don’t know.  Still, I was entertained, and felt the need to push on and find out what exactly was going on.  




Sunday, 20 May 2018

Weekly Recap #33

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 

Jasprit:
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A bit of a mixed week for me again this week, whereas I loved Burn For Me, the first book in the Hidden Legacy series, it took me a while to get into White How, however regardless I still will be reading the next book in this series to find out how things will go down! And I was super eager to read From Twinkle, with Love, but it ended up falling a bit short of my expectations. 


Rachel:
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Forged in Ember was a great series ender. Lots of action and the romance I was most looking forward to since it's been building since book one.  I picked up the audio for Breathe to listen to while running my half-marathon since I've read it 2 times before I knew I wouldn't have to pay close attention to the story, but still be entertained.  End Game is the most recent Will Robie out and the least riveting in the series so far.  I was disappointed that Will and Jessica didn't get their act together yet.  Don't Call Me Cupcake was magical and sweet! Can't wait for the next in the series!


BOOKS RECEIVED 
Jasprit 
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Surprisingly nothing this week, I'm still trying to get my ARC pile down, so this is a sort of blessing. 


Rachel:
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Love Katie Ruggle's romantic suspense and Scarlett Cole is fast becoming a favorite author with any genre!  I can usually count on RaeAnne Thayne to tug on my heartstrings so I couldn't resist Season of Wonder..


NEW TO MY TBR
Jasprit 
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I blame my lack of time on Goodreads for not discovering any new books this week. But if you have any new recommendations hit me up! 

Rachel:
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I  added books 15 and 16 of J.R. Ward's BDB series. I received a copy of The Thief (book 16) and now I need to read the previous book first. I'm kind of dreading some parts of The Chosen (book 15).

  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

Jasprit  


Despite books not working out for me lately, I've been binge watching the heck out of The Good Wife and loving it. Thank goodness Amazon Prime has all seven seasons up, as I think I've found a new favourite. 


Rachel:

 

The Impossible starred Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts and was based on the true life story of a family's harrowing experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand.  It was intense, but good!

EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Jasprit 


There's just eight weeks from today until my event! I know that may seem like ages away, but last weekend I was reading thoroughly up on it and was kind of worried with all the obstacles that we would have to tackle. Also my cousin told me that if you're unable to do an obstacle, you have to do 20 burpees as a forfeit! Well this week I started running again, I was fine when running, but then had an aching hip and shin after. We also got an arm bar, so I can work on my upper arm strength, wish me luck, as I'm so going to need it! 


Rachel:

I ran my first half-marathon this last Saturday and it was fantastic! My training really paid off since I felt really good through the whole race and I beat the time goal I personally set for myself.  I would definitely do this particular race again since I really enjoyed the course.  The weather was cloudy for most of the race, which was perfect, and the scenery (wine country) was gorgeous!


How was your week?

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