Review: Resonance by Celine Kiernan

Release Date: April 1st 2015
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 464
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Synopsis: What does it mean to be alive? What is it worth to stay alive?

Ireland, 1890: two ruthless immortals prowl the theatre district in search of food for their ‘Angel’. Ancient, pitiless and caring for none but their own twisted family, they will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on life.

A seamstress, the young man who loves her and a penniless American magician soon find themselves imprisoned in a snow-bound country estate, the latest additions to the family’s warped collection. Here, they are nothing but food, nothing but entertainment, and soon they will be nothing at all.

Far from their homes and fighting for survival, Tina, Joe and Harry will come to understand that far more is at stake than their lives.

A rich and provocative feat of the imagination from the creator of the Moorehawke Trilogy.

 

Review: Resonance is a book which had all the appeal – a pretty shiny cover, a historical fantasy set the beautiful surroundings of Dublin and an Irish country estate, with a touch of gothic mystery. It sounded mysterious and creepy and I was sure this book would appeal to all to me in a way that books just have not recently. Sadly however, it did not live up to my expectations.

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Stacking the Shelves #104

 

Hi everyone! It has been a another crazy week for me, and sadly I haven’t been able to do many posts. I hope to be back on track soon. I have received a bit of bookish mail this week, so I get to tell you which books I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Feral Friday – Authors Signing ARCs

Hi everyone! It is time for another Feral Friday!

Feral Friday is were I discuss a topic, issue or question that is drives me crazy. So here is the latest issue that is sending me feral.

Is it okay to ask an an author to sign an ARC/proof

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a W..W..W.. Wednesdays for some time. Sadly my work life has been hectic, and my reading, and blogging, has been pretty slow. I am hoping my life is starting to get back to normal, so I should be able to start reading and posting more soon!

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

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Stacking the Shelves #103

 

Hi everyone! It has been a another crazy week for me, and sadly I haven’t been able to do any posts. Sorry about that, I hope to be back on track soon I also haven’t had done a Stacking the Shelves post for a couple of weeks, so it is now time to tell you which books I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Feral Friday – Hating Bookstores

Hi everyone! It is time for another Feral Friday!

Feral Friday is were I discuss a topic, issue or question that is drives me crazy. So here is the latest issue that is sending me feral.

How could you hate a bookstore?

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Feral Friday – What to do with ARCs

Hi everyone! It has been awhile, but I have had a lot of bookish thoughts and questions running through my head lately, so I thought it was time to bring back Feral Friday!

Feral Friday is were I discuss a topic, issue or question that is drives me crazy. So here is the latest issue that is sending me feral.

ARCs – What do you do with them?

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Discussion Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

Behind 464 Pages

Released: 27 April 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Harper Voyager Australia

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At the Other End: 

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?

For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice.

For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite soldiers. With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power.

When Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy.

Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.

But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference.

One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.

 

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: April 28th 2015
Published By: HarperVoyager
Pages: 400
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding read. Set in a rich, high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, it tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Review: An Ember in the Ashes is a compelling and enthralling story that will grab you with all of its oppressiveness, determination, brutality, rawness and just an ember of hope.
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Stacking the Shelves #102

 

Hi everyone! It has been a crazy week for me, as you can probably tell by the lack of posts, but I did manage to find a few moments for some book shopping! So, here is Stacking the Shelves to tell you which books I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Stacking the Shelves #101

 

Hi everyone! A few weeks have passed so it time  once again for Stacking the Shelves and to tell you those I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Review: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) – Melissa Grey

Release Date: April 28 2015
Published By: ATOM/Hachette
Pages: 361
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

The Girl at Midnight is an intricate story of belonging, quests, friendship, betrayal and power. A modern world with fantasy elements jam-packed with adventure hope, romance, loyalty and fire.
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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter, and got lots of reading done over the break :) Sadly I didn’t get as much done as I wanted… but some is better than none, right?!

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

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Luscious Libraries #7

Hi everyone! As we all love books (that’s given since we are all here), and we all love looking at all things bookish. So I thought I would bring you some of the most luscious libraries from around the world. I hope  you enjoy trotting around the globe looking at some of the best places that house thousands or millions of books in stylish fashion!

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 7th 2015
Published By: Bloomsbury
Pages: 432
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: The breathtaking start to a seductive high-fantasy from New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass series.

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

Review: Sarah J. Maas never fails to impress, and with the addition of A Court of Thorns and Roses to her collection of titles comes yet another book to cement your love for Sarah’s ability to create a unique and wonderful world.

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