Blog Tour | Review & Excerpt ― Spurt by Chris Miles (+ Giveaway)

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


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by Chris Miles

Genre: Young Adult, Humour
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 7 February 2017

Links: GoodreadsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Summary:
Balls and all!

Jack Sprigley isn’t just a late-bloomer. He’s a no bloomer: an eighth grader, and puberty is still a total no-show. Worse yet, he hasn’t heard from his friends all winter vacation. He assumes they’ve finally dumped him and his child-like body—until he finds out it’s much worse than that. His friends are now so far ahead of him that they’ve started dating. Jack is out of luck. But then he comes up with a plan to catch up and win his friends back. And his plan is perfect: he just has to fake puberty.
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Blog Tour | Review ― Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter (+ Giveaway)

!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


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(Fairy Tale Retellings #1)

by Rachel L. Demeter

Genre: Adult, Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Gothic Romance
Publication Date: 15 March 2017

Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA Barnes & Noble | Kobo iBooks

Summary:
Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Blog Tour | Review ― The Empty Room by Sarah J. Clemens (+ Giveaway)

!! may contain spoilers. read at your own risk !!


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by Sarah J. Clemens

Genre: Psychological Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
Publication Date: 23 July 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
Rain soaked and dreary, it was a 1901 abandoned Victorian that newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery hoped would fulfill their dreams of a new start in life, even if the town of Eastbrook, Maine was nestled under a constant blanket of fog.

The first neighbor the couple meets dashes those hopes when he raises a bizarre question: what happened to the last person who lived in their house? A cryptic question, but nothing to worry about. At least not until the couple looked under the floorboards inside the house.

Under mounting pressure from the residents of Eastbrook to stop questioning the past, Dean and Elizabeth are driven deeper into the history of the house, the town, and their neighbors. When the couple discovers what happened in Eastbrook, keeping the secret could save their lives, but uncovering the truth might be worth the risk.

What happened inside The Empty Room is a mystery until the last page. A gripping psychological suspense, the story takes readers on a cat-and-mouse game where some secrets are better off hidden.Read More »

Blog Tour | Excerpt ― The Origins of Benjamin Hackett by Gerald M. O’Connor (+ Giveaway)

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by Gerald M. O’Connor

Genre: Coming of Age
Publication Date: 6 February 2017

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Summary:
All families have secrets. Most go untold…

In the summer of ‘96, Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret with him; he’s adopted.

At the age of 18, the boy still has some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put to bed a lifetime of lies.

Over the course of five days, they find themselves caught up in the darker side of Cork. But when they sweep through the misfits blocking their way and finally discover the truth of it…now that’s the greatest shock of all.

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and courageous voice. Set in Ireland, it’s a timely reminder that the world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this emotionally charged story, Gerald M. O’Connor explores conditioned guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of its past.

O’Connor’s book draws on a time when the Catholic Church in Ireland would quietly take children from mothers in convents and Magdalene Laundries and deposit them into new homes, making it nearly impossible for these kids to find their real parents. Attempts by children to find their birth parents were often blocked by a dark web of secrecy and bureaucracy that, in many ways, still continues to haunt the country today.

Brimming with unfathomable escapades, a motley crew of characters and a healthy serving of Irish humor, O’Connor’s book is steeped in Irish culture told in the inimitable Corkman’s brogue. Set in a time before the chaos of modern digital culture, The Origins of Benjamin Hackett takes a step back, allowing space for readers to escape and think about the realities of growing up in a family founded on a lie. In his stylish debut, O’Connor shows an amazing ability to paint heartbreak and longing that will keep readers thinking about The Origins of Benjamin Hackett long after they finish the story.Read More »

Loss of sleep + Incoherency caused by feels = A worthy read??? | Manhwa Review – Bastard

hELLO EVERYONE MAY I JUST BURST INTO YOUR INBOXES AT 3AM TO JUST TALK INCOHERENTLY ABOUT THIS AMAZING THING I JUST FINISHED READING.

For the first quarter of my 2017, it seems to be all about Korean entertainment. It first started with Goblin, but it seems that my days of watching anime have made me weak to the hour-long episodes of K-drama. Then I started listening to BTS about two weeks ago. I’ve been remaining rather low-key about that (I’ve got no idea why tbh) but now I’ve found something that makes me wanna scream its name from the top of buildings and that’s this thing called manhwa, or more specifically, the Bastard manhwa. But first, let me just drop the link… here.Read More »

Blog Tour | Excerpt ― Like Clockwork by Ali Abbas

Look at me, back at it again, with yet another late blog tour post… When will I ever get my life in order??


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by Ali Abbas

Genre: Steampunk, Anti-Romance, Gothic Suspense
Publisher: Transmundane Press
Publication Date: 28 February 2017

Links: Goodreads | Transmundane Store | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Createspace

Summary:
Commander Raymond Burntwood of the Royal Navy has returned to England where he meets the reclusive heiress Lady Ariana Grayhart. After the scandal of a night spent dancing together, Ariana returns home to Northumberland. Raymond’s superiors—seeking information about Ariana’s father—dispatch the commander under the cover of courting the heiress.

All is not as it seems in the Grayhart household. Captain Grayhart is an invalid, the servants maintain a monkish silence, and secrets are layered upon secrets. Everyone has their own agenda, from Raymond’s friend and confidante Du Bois, to the family lawyer Sir Berwick, and Ariana herself.

In the midst of it all, Raymond must unravel the truth of Captain Grayhart’s decline and save Ariana’s reputation and fortune. In doing so, he learns dark secrets about himself that could tear his world apart.Read More »

Blog Tour | Promo ― The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza (+ Giveaway)

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(The Shadow Gate Chronicles #1)
by Michael W. Garza

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: NeverHaven Press
Expected Release Date: 3 March 2017

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this. It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.Read More »