MAY ROUNDUP! (my NEET month)

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My NEET (not in education, employment, or training) month has finally come to an end. I'm going back to uni in the next few weeks. A bit excited and a bit nervous and a bit of everything! It's my thesis semester and I'm excited and scared and whatnot.


REVIEW | Every Exquisite Thing

Series: N/A
 Matthew Quick
 young adult, contemporary
 May 31, 2016
Publisher: Headline
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

From Matthew Quick, bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, comes a heartfelt, unconventional and moving novel for readers who love John Green and Annabel Pitcher.

Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hard-working student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper - the mysterious, out-of-print cult-classic - the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.

A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest.

MAY BOOK HAUL (aka almost bought nothing haul)


It's not every month I'll have the ability to stop myself from visiting a bookstore and practically grab everything. I'm really proud of myself this month. May had sooooo many good releases and I really want to grab a book each time a visit. Luckily, I only grabbed one (really just need to get this one because this isn't something I always see in local bookstores). It's Dead Wake by Erik Larson. It's a non-fiction novel about the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. I've come to really LOVE history which is why I am more than willing to read even non-fictions just to learn more. Don't you ever get that feeling?

Anyway, I got The Cure for Dreaming through a twitter giveaway hosted by Renu from The Page Turner (Thanks again, Renu!!). I've only read one book by Cat Winters - In the Shadow of Blackbirds and I really liked it. Here's hoping I'll enjoy this one as well :)

REVIEW | Time to Die

Series: Detective Jennifer Knight #2
 Caroline Mitchell
 adult, crime fiction, mystery, thriller, paranormal
 September 24, 2015
Publisher: Bookouture
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

He will predict your life… and your death. 
Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster. 
And all his predictions come true. 
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven. 
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all … 
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards. 
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.

REVIEW | The Last of the Firedrakes

Series: The Avalonia Chronicles #1
 Farah Oomerbhoy
 young adult, fantasy, romance, adventure, magic, 
 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


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
 Zoë Markham
 young adult, science fiction, horror
 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
 Sabrina Ramoth
 young adult, urban fantasy, 
 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
 Radha Vatsal
 adult, historical fiction, mystery
 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
 Robert Bryndza
 adult, crime fiction, mystery, thriller
 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.

BOOK BLITZ | A Criminal Magic

Series: N/A
 Lee Kelly
 young adult, historical, fantasy
 February 2, 2016
Publisher: Saga Press
Purchase: Amazon | B&NBook Depository | iTunesKobo 

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel. 
Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal. 
It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine. 
Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws. 
Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse. 
A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

BLOG TOUR | The Society

full tour schedule can be found at YA Bound Book Tours
Series: N/A
 Jodie Andrefski
 young adult, contemporary, romance
Published: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo

Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
The Society.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.

Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.

All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.

Let the games begin.

BLOG TOUR | A Front Page Affair

Today I'm excited to introduce to you a A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal. It's a historical mystery told with a great deal of historical facts. Vatsal's words really brought me back in time as I understand and learn certain things about the time period as well as what the beginning of WWI has done to the people of United States.

The Blacksheep Project is so pleased to have Radha Vatsal share to us how she did her research for A Front Page Affair, the first book in the Kitty Weeks Mystery.

REVIEW | Broken Angels

Series: N/A
 Gemma Liviero
 adult, historical fiction, women's fiction, 
 April 26, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

A Nazi doctor. A Jewish rebel. A little girl. Each one will fight for freedom—or die trying. 
Imprisoned in the Lodz Ghetto, Elsi discovers her mother’s desperate attempt to end her pregnancy and comes face-to-face with the impossibility of their situation. Risking her own life, Elsi joins a resistance group to sabotage the regime. 
Blonde, blue-eyed Matilda is wrenched from her family in Romania and taken to Germany, where her captors attempt to mold her into the perfect Aryan child. Spirited and brave, she must inspire hope in the other stolen children to make her dreams of escape a reality. 
Willem, a high-ranking Nazi doctor, plans to save lives when he takes posts in both the ghetto and Auschwitz. After witnessing unimaginable cruelties, he begins to question his role and the future of those he is ordered to destroy. 
While Hitler ransacks Europe in pursuit of a pure German race, the lives of three broken souls—thrown together by chance—intertwine. Only love and sacrifice might make them whole again.



April was good for me - summer vacation, review-copies read and reviewed, good amount of books hauled, and still a whole lot of books to enjoy :) Nothing much has happened but I'm working on a artworks to reproduce soon to share and possibly sell. I'm hoping good things for this personal project.


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