REVIEW | The Last of the Firedrakes

Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
Author:
 Farah Oomerbhoy
Genre:
 young adult, fantasy, romance, adventure, magic, 
Published:
 August 15, 2015
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad. 
AVALONIA is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms - including killing anyone who stands in her way. 
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora's arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dead. 
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

WEEKEND READS | Fateful + Time to Die

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Hello,

Even though it's my summer vacation, I'm still a bit on-again-off-again here. I'm just really lazy and tend to procrastinate a lot. But I've been reading. A lot. I actually found myself reading my ebooks a lot faster lately (which is really, really good). My physical ones, I go through one book a week but I plan to change that. I'm trying to get around 2 books a week :)

Anyway, I (finally) started rereading Golden Son by Pierce Brown to prepare myself for Morning Star which I will most likely pick up next week (or the week after, as the latest). For now, I decided to read Golden Son with another book (since it's a reread).

ICYM: I have a giveaway sponsored by Sourcebooks Landmark and it's a physical copy of A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal. It's a great historical mystery reads with a well explored setting, good mystery, and a strong and well-developed heroine. A really recommended read! It ends Friday 12AM PHT (GMT +8). US/CAN only. CLICK HERE!
Under My Skin | Zoe Markham
I posted my review the couple of days ago. This was a book I find difficult to talk about. It's suspenseful and has a good story as a whole yet at times it gets a bit draggy. Chloe's thoughts give me that repetitive feel. But all in all, Under My Skin is a really good read. 
This is instantly a fave for me. I LOVE Bourne's writing, Bree's voice, how she tries to infiltrate the popular clique, how it just wrapped up in the end, how it kind of moved me. I'll have my review soon!

REVIEW | Under My Skin

Series: N/A
Author:
 Zoë Markham
Genre:
 young adult, science fiction, horror
Published:
 March 31, 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
Purchase: Amazon

Inside we are all monsters… 
Chloe was once a normal girl. Until the night of the car crash that nearly claimed her life. Now Chloe’s mother is dead, her father is a shell of the man he used to be and the secrets that had so carefully kept their family together are falling apart. 
A new start is all Chloe and her father can hope for, but when you think you’re no longer human how can you ever start pretending? 
A contemporary reworking of a British horror classic, Under My Skin follows seventeen-year-old Chloe into an isolated world of darkness and pain, as she struggles to understand what it really means to be alive.  
Set against the familiar backdrop of everyday, normal teenage worries, Chloe's world has become anything but...

REVIEW | The Curse of the Bruel Coven

Series: The Bruel Witch Series #1
Author:
 Sabrina Ramoth
Genre:
 young adult, urban fantasy, 
Published:
 June 3, 2016
Publisher: Exit 80 Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly. 
Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old Vivienne Davenport's life is that of an ordinary teenager. At least, until the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She's adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch. 
The truth of her lineage only complicates Vivienne's life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued her family for generations. 
When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers in order to save her long lost mother. And herself. 
Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain, Vivienne will soon learn that all magic has a price. 
The Curse of the Bruel Coven, the first book in a new and exciting young adult fantasy series is sure to cast a spell on you.

REVIEW | A Front Page Affair

Series: Kitty Weeks Mystery #1
Author:
 Radha Vatsal
Genre:
 adult, historical fiction, mystery
Published:
 May 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

New York City, 1959
The Lusitania has just sunk, and headlines about a shooting at J.P. Morgan's mansion and the Great War are splashed across the front page of every newspaper. Capability "Kitty" Weeks would love nothing more than to report on the news of the day, but she's stuck writing about fashion and society gossip over on the Ladies' Page - until a man is murdered as a high society picnic on her beat. 
Determined to prove herself as a journalist, Kitty finds herself plunged into the midst of a wartime conspiracy that threatens to derail the United States's attempt to remain neutral and to disrupt the privileged life she has always known. 
RADHA VATSAL's A Front Page Affair is the first book in a highly anticipated series featuring rising journalism star Kitty Weeks.

REVIEW | The Girl In the Ice

Series: DCI Erika Foster #1
Author:
 Robert Bryndza
Genre:
 adult, crime fiction, mystery, thriller
Published:
 February 12, 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice… She is not the only one.  
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.  
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.  
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?  
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.  
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?  
A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price.
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