The Legends Saga Collection Sale Blitz with Stacey Rourke

Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Fantasy/Folklore
Blurb: The Horseman is unending, his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse, you become the legend.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane seeks a way to break free from her soul crushing bond. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Dizzying time travel. Coercive witchcraft. The lines between fact and fiction blur as the works of Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, HG Wells, and Nathaniel Hawthorne come alive around her in this thrilling three book series:
“Stacey Rourke delivers a heart pounding thrill ride …Your heart will race and your breath will hitch with each terrifying step the Horseman’s steed takes as he closes in on his next unsuspecting victim.” -2 Girls & A Book
“Ms. Rourke has a definite talent for taking characters from stories that we read growing up and giving them such a unique twist that they almost seem like an entirely new fictional character.” -My Book Filled Life
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
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Bookish Ramblings – part 6

It’s been a funny few days in the house, not in a hilarious way either, the terrible two’s have been making things a big stress fest so I have been really appreciating the time to read in the evenings to unwind.  I have been making my way through the divergent series the last few weeks and I finished Allegiant last night.  I think it’s fair to say that i’m still thinking about it now.  I am a fan of the films, I know many aren’t, but I have found them to be enjoyable; Allegiant probably the most.  However, the book and the film could not be more further apart.  I thought it was because I hadn’t seen the film for a while but as I got to the end it was apparent that they are very different entities.  It was good though, it meant that it was a book full of surprises for me and clearly many that I wasn’t expecting (no spoilers here) and I found it very thought provoking.  I expect that it will be one for a re-read in the near future when I don’t have the shadow of film in my mind anymore.

Other things that have happened have been the completion of my His Dark Materials trilogy, you may remember that the other week I picked up Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass (thankfully without cover promo) so I fully intended on getting The Subtle Knife as a priority book spend.  I was thrown into turmoil though when I went to the shop to see that the covers had changed again to match in with The Book of Dust cover; which weren’t nearly so pretty and didn’t match the books I already had.  After a short but frantic search on the Zon I managed to find the old cover and all is right again in the world – but seriously how many times do the publishers need to change the covers??  This series always holds a special place for me, I read them when I was pregnant with child number 1 and they kept me company for the 2 weeks that she was overdue by.  I need to read them again and especially the Amber Spyglass as I had to read the last few chapters of that with a newborn and that time is a bit hazy now!  As an aside, if you are able to get the BBC iPlayer I would highly recommend listening to the abridged Book of Dust radio drama and you can make a start on it here it is utterly compelling.

Tonight i’m going to make a start on Caraval by Stephanie Garber, again it’s a book that I picked up due to hype and a pretty cover – and at just £5 for the hardback edition I didn’t think I had much to lose.  Since picking it up I have heard from two friends, who’s recommendations I trust, that it’s not up to the hype but so many people have loved it that I have decided to plough on through with an open mind and hope to be surprised, if anything it certainly looks beautiful and totally appeals to the formatter in me!  I’ll let you know how I get on.

Have you picked up any books recently due to hype and either loved or hated them?

Bookish Ramblings Part 5 – bookish treats!

I have been getting back to reading this week after the playstation was a time sponge for me last week.  That’s not to say that I have being completely immune to it’s charms as I have some Assassins Creed DLC that i’m currently engrossed in. I have now finished Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and you can check out my review here I’m not convinced it was a good choice as a first read by this author but I want to read more by her where she isn’t tied into someone else’s ideas and it does make me worry for what my beloved Sarah J Maas will be like when she takes a turn next year with Catwoman as part of this ongoing DC Icons series.  As for my current read, i’m now onto Allegiant by Veronica Roth which I will be enjoying with a glass of wine once this has been posted.

However, one awesome thing that happened this week was that my gorgeous Book and Nook candles arrived which are based on Feyre and Rhysand from the ACOTAR series. They are fabulous!  I wish I could add smells to the blog because they are just so fitting and they are full of sparkles 🙂   I also managed to pick up a Velaris necklace which was in an earlier Fairyloot box and I love it!  Excuse that my favourite of the trilogy is missing from the photo, it’s currently on loan to my mum 😉

Other fun bookish loveliness I have acquired is this set of Harry Potter playing cards, I have to say that I don’t play a lot of card games any more (although Poker has been a big part of my past before the kiddies arrived) but I think these are pretty cool to keep around.  Instead of the usual Hearts, Clubs etc each Hogwarts House has a turn and I love the artwork on them.  They are on display but I fully intend on breaking them out at every opportunity.

Have you got any great bookish finds?  I would love for you to share them with me 🙂

Review of Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I have to say that I am struggling greatly to put down a synopsis of this book so i’m going to be lazy in my review today and give you the blurb instead as it will probably do a much better job than me! 
She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . .
Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.
Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.
To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.
From the outset this is a book that I purchased over hype.  I had never read a book by Leigh Bardugo before but I was seeing this book everywhere so I decided to give it a try as it was a standalone by this author and if I enjoyed it I would check out her other works.  I think that was probably a bad move on my part.  Another bad move is that I had absolutely no idea about the Wonder Woman back story so a lot of the nuance went over my head completely and I think anyone reading this should do a quick wikipedia  – seriously other than the lasso and the wrist bands I was clueless. 
Saying that though it was a book that I did mostly enjoy.  I found the first half very difficult to get into and I almost shelved it but I’m glad I kept going.  The book has an about change and it goes from a slightly plodding retelling to a full blown, non stop page turning adventure.  From the first half of not wanting to pick it up, I really then couldn’t put it down.  Bardugo can really write action and then some.  Full of twists and cinematic set pieces – I just wish I knew which were Wonder Woman staples and which were from her own imagination.  
Character wise there are plenty of strong and sassy females, Nim is just amazing and Theo has just the right amount of snark.  Diana herself took a bit of time to grow on me but eventually she did 😉 
I think this was probably the wrong choice as a first read from this author as she is writing her words around someone else’s story, however, even when the story was not grabbing me the writing style did so I shall be definitely checking out more books by her, just the ones that are 100% her ideas.
4 out of 5 Stars

Frenzy Series Box Set Cover Reveal with Casey L Bond

Title: Frenzy Series Box Set
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Paranormal
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Marisa-Rose Robyn of Cover Me Darling
Models: Daniel Wells and Becca Bryant
Blurb: After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame.
Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness.
What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?
This box set contains six books in The Frenzy Series: Frenzy, Frantic, Frequency, Friction, Fraud and novella Forever Frenzy.
Hunger is deadly…
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links: 
Check out the first book in the series, FREE on Amazon, this week only!

Bookish ramblings part 4

It’s been a funny old week… Not much reading has been done and that is mainly down to the playstation.  My fab brother lent me Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and it’s fair to say that it’s been quite the time sponge.  Uncharted is one of my favourite playstation franchises and even though there is no Nathan Drake, there are enough kickbacks to make it really enjoyable.  It’s very much uncharted by numbers though, cue lots of relentless gunfights, Tomb Raider style puzzles and and an arduous battle on a moving train but that’s what makes it so playable!  It’s not the best of the franchise by far but (apart from one utterly fiendish puzzle) it’s really really fun to play and most of my evenings have been spent playing that rather than reading.  Don’t listen to the reviews either, I got a good 10 hours game play out of it and I was expecting half of that from what I had heard!

Other bars to reading this week have been the horribly stressful muggle job and even the fun job has been a real emotional drain but i’m back on track with a fab client and a piece that i’m really proud of!

Other things have been afoot this week, the new bookcase arrived on Sunday it’s installed and is starting to be filled, mini me was most excited to bring down the book stack from the attic to put them in pride of place.

I love finally having a bookcase in my living room, it really completes it and I can’t stop looking at all the bookish goodness, i’m trying to be good by reigning in my book spends as I know my fairyloot boxes will start adding to the shelf next month but I’m finding it so hard to say no!

My bookstagram has taken a bit of a back seat as well this week as I have been struggling to feel inspired as a lot of the book challenge themes are samey given that it’s start of Autumn and Halloween coming up.  I have also been very good with my book buying, trying to restrict it to new purchases on pay day so I don’t have anything new to add to my photos and I don’t want my followers to get bored with me posting the same books all the time. I’m going to be very proud to do my first proper #shelfiesunday though this week, this is a sneak peak as a work in progress, I have added a lot of bookish goodies since I took this ❤

Bookish Ramblings – Book Covers, Art or Marketing Opportunity?

So as you all know I’ve recently taken up bookstagramming which combined with my move away from ebooks has meant a new lease of life for my bookshelf.  It has made me look at and appreciate beautiful book covers at a new level, to seek out the unusual and colourful offerings.  A few weeks ago I saw that the “His Dark Materials” trilogy had released new covers and after coveting them since, I picked up Northern Lights and The Amber spyglass today (sadly no Subtle Knife).  All good and lovely, however, when picking up the Amber Spyglass I was frustrated to find that there was a sticker advertising the fact that the first chapter of “The Book of Dust” was included (I hate the residue the stickers leave) but then I realised that it wasn’t a sticker at all but it was actually printed into the gorgeous cover!  I was so upset that the cover had been marred in this way, thankfully as I went back through the shelf there were 2 older versions which didn’t have that addition so I managed to leave happy.  However it really got me thinking as to why the publisher chose to do that?

It’s long been a bugbear of mine that when a book gets made into a TV show or a film that the publisher chooses to update the cover to match, American Gods and the Handmaids Tale are the most recent examples, with it’s stars emblazoned across the front rather than the original cover design.  I’m sure that there is a plausible marketing formula for it, but is it really necessary?  In fact when researching this post I looked up American Gods on Amazon and the new cover is labelled as “mass market paperback” #sigh.  If anything I am less likely to buy a book with a “tie in” cover, because usually they just aren’t very good. Similarly, with The Amber Spyglass, it’s clearly being marketed as an exciting extra but then surely a sticker can easily achieve this?

At a time where paperbacks are experiencing a resurgence, bookcases are becoming displays, and the huge bookstagram community are championing beautiful covers, it’s baffling as to why publishers want to change the covers to something that’s simply less.  It’s of course only a good thing that the serialisation of these books bring people round to wanting to read them, but then is it insulting to readers that they have to be drawn to it by a book cover that matches the DVD?  Like readers are unable to figure out who wrote something and then follow a simple alphabetical system in the book shop?

Maybe it’s just me, but then it’s clear that whilst looking up some other titles that there is a move back to traditional covers after the initial excitement.  I remember how awful the Game of Thrones tie in cover was, just Sean Bean sat on the Iron Throne, but now they are back to wonderful decorative covers.  It’s obviously all down to timing.  Had “The Book Of Dust” not been due for release in a couple of days I may have missed this compromised cover entirely and then what would I have rambled about?

How about you, do you mind tie in covers?  Do you agree that they aren’t necessary? Maybe you can change my mind with a tie in cover which surpasses the original!

The Emerald Cloth Cover Reveal & Giveaway with Clare C. Marshall

Title: The Emerald Cloth
Author: Clare C. Marshall
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Designer: David Farrell
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Blurb: Resist.
That’s what my friends tell me.
But to free my prince,
And save my people from extinction,
I must cooperate with my greatest rival.
Everyone believes Kiera Driscoll is dead. Only her friends know the Violet Fox is alive, because they’re in hiding with her deep in Feenagh Forest.
Prince Keegan Tramore, who married Kiera in secret, faces a far worse fate. Cursed to slumber eternally, Keegan has been captured by the powerful Frostfire family. The curse is spreading, only affecting those born on the surface. Worse, the Frostfires pin the blame on the Freetors and persecute them relentlessly–a nightmare for Kiera, who wants all Marlenians to live in harmony. Difficult, now that the Frostfires and their Northern allies–including Kiera’s bitter enemy, Lady Dominique Castillo–have usurped Keegan’s rightful throne.
There is one hope: the Emerald Cloth, an artefact with legendary healing properties. Although Kiera swore she’d never seek another artefact again, she will do anything to protect her people. The Frostfires seek the cure as well–and they’ll go to great lengths to prevent it from falling into Kiera’s hands.
Whatever the cost, Kiera must free Keegan and her people from the magic-induced slumber before the kingdoms succumb to the curse of the Silver Spear.
CLARE C. MARSHALL grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for the 2014 Creation of Stories award. Her hit fantasy novel The Violet Fox earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. When she’s not writing or fiddling up a storm, she enjoys computer games and making silly noises at cats.
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The Opal Blade Release Day Blitz with Kristy Nicolle

Title: The Opal Blade
Author: Kristy Nicolle
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Editor: Jaimie CordallHosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated.
Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home.
Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees?
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Kristy Nicolle is a 23 year old writer living in the historically beautiful English city of Norwich. She is a full time writer and a graduate of The University of Lincoln in English literature & language, as well as an avid collector of first editions.
Having penned her first novel length piece at age thirteen, Kristy has been writing daily ever since and is particularly drawn to Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance and Science fiction. Kristy Nicolle’s Queens of Fantasy Saga is a collection of 3 trilogies, following the lives of three extraordinary women and their journeys, both personal and fantastical, into three unique but interconnected fantasy worlds. The first trilogy in the saga, ‘The Tidal Kiss Trilogy’, captures the fantastical underwater world of the Occulta Mirum and its scaly tailed residents as their world, which seemed stable for so long, begins to shift. The Second and Third Trilogies names- The Ashen Touch Trilogy and The Aetherial Embrace Trilogy are currently a work in progress.
Kristy is also an animal lover and has a cat, Mitsy, who she has lovingly dubbed Doctor Moo after harboring the belief that all cats are secretly Time Lords. Kristy’s reading preferences are wide, spreading from William Gibson to William Golding and encapsulating multiple genres, though her favorites include Science fiction, Adventure stories and Postmodern narratives such as Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’, and numerous Angela Carter titles.
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The scene would shock most people.
A nun on her knees, giving head to the god of The Underworld.
Haedes’ face is contorted with anger and pleasure melded into one, and Annie’s eyes are wide and tear filled, staring up at him as he continues to thrust himself into her mouth.
At the intrusion, they both turn from where they are positioned. Her at the foot of the super king size mattress, and him towering over her, both hands grasping the black wood of the bed post with white knuckles.
I cough, clearing my throat as Annie’s gaze becomes slightly terrified. She’s bound at the wrists and ankles with black silk, unable to move, but clearly mortified. Her blonde hair falls from beneath the ceremonial wimple he always makes her wear, for a reason I can’t understand, as her jaw slackens and he turns to me, fully naked.
“Your daughter, and yes, she is your daughter –  is under attack from the Demon Lords. She’s coming to stay with us. Thought you’d like to know,” I announce, keeping my chin tilted high and spinning on one heel.

Bookish Ramblings part 3

So it’s the start of a new week and there a number of things I’m excited about!   In an effort to move on from the emotional trauma of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I have picked up the new DC Icons book which is Wonderwoman – Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.  I have heard lots of good things about this author and as this is a standalone i’m looking forward to getting a feel for her writing style (and I don’t think i’m ready to emotionally invest in another series straight away) It was part of my payday book haul  which you can check out over on my Instagram!

I’ve also broken my bookish cherry and purchased some fandom items from Etsy.  There is a whole world of bookish goodies available on there, sadly more for the traditionally published fandoms at the moment, but hopefully indies will get a look in too soon.  I have ordered some ACOTAR candles from Book and Nook they are based in the UK and have featured in the Fairy loot subscription boxes.  I have got ones for Feyre and Rhysand and hope to have them arrive in time to add to our new book shelves which arrive at the weekend.

Speaking of which I can’t wait for this, sadly all my paperbacks are currently in a big old stack looking very sorry for themselves, so i’m excited to finally have found a case that will fit them all and have room to grow, i’m anticipating a Saturday delivery so my Saturday night is sorted!

What are you all up to this week, anything you are looking forward to??