October… the calm before the storm?

Now that October is over, I am legit scared for November. But hold up, let’s talk about October first.

Due to the upcoming Chinese and Project Work ‘A’ Level exams, my school timetable for the past four weeks consisted of just Chinese lessons and Project Work consultations. It wasn’t as intense as when I was in secondary school and had six hours straight of Chinese practises to do, but it gets dull after awhile (I’d still choose this schedule over math any day thanks).

And after almost four months of having a Windows phone as one of my few companions, I have now parted with it, for I now own an iPhone 6+. It honestly couldn’t have come at a better worse time. Considering I have Chinese ‘A’ Level exams tomorrow, I really don’t need the distraction. But I was also freaking out over the fact that some of the books I have to read for upcoming blog tours were in pdf format and it would be tedious to read it on the computer so bless the app known as iBooks. Surprisingly, I still miss that Windows phone. It does have some good features, such as the notifications centre where you can easily clear notifications with the swipe of a finger, the mobile data shortcut, the glance screen, and a bus timing app that works better than iris.Read More »

Book Review ― Vicarious by Paula Stokes

vicarious-2d-coverVicarious
(Vicarious #1)
by Paula Stokes

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, 
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: 16 August 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Book Depository

Summary:
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.Read More »

The Paranormal Bar and Grille Tour | Review ― The Glade by Harmony Kent (+ Giveaway)

the-glade-2d-coverThe Glade
by Harmony Kent

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Self-Publisher
Publication Date: 13 November 2015

Links: GoodreadsAmazon

Summary:
“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.The Glade is a horror story in the

The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’HareThis gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama.“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book … if you’re brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy Queen

“Expertly written, the book keeps you guessing at every turn. What can I say? You really have to read this book … if you’re brave enough!”—Review by Fantasy QueenThe Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015.

The Glade is an IndieB.R.A.G.Medallion honoree, and an Official Selection for the New Apple Book Awards 2015Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison (+ Giveaway)

all-her-secrets-2d-coverAll Her Secrets
by Kate Avery Ellison

Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 18 October 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Summary:
Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too- distant future.

A GIRL WITH SECRETS

Eighteen-year- old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She’s been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.

A GUY FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS

Sam’s just a poor kid from Toivo, an experimental utopia gone wrong, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.

A DESPERATE PLAN TO SURVIVE

Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.

And secrets can be deadly.Read More »

Book Review ― Just Friends by Monica Murphy // oh dear lord save me from all this drama

“angsty teenagers being dramatic and making stupid decisions (as usual)” was originally gonna be in the title but I felt it was too long so here it is, in this opening paragraph instead.

!! super cranky and cringeworthy review ahead. read at your own risk !!


just-friends-2d-coverJust Friends
(Friends #1)
by Monica Murphy

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: 13 September 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo | Book Depository

Summary:
It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Girl on the Brink by Christina Hoag

ok who’s genius idea was it to put the ‘Publish’ button right next to the ‘Preview’ button and let airheads like me use WordPress only to end up embarrassing myself but making stupid mistakes such as prESSING THE WRONG BUTTON????

Also, to all my email subscribers, so so sorry about that, for spamming your inbox and giving you a false notice, regardless of whether you bother to even open the email notification. I swear it isn’t like some ploy to get more hits on my blog or something. Does anyone even do that?? Does anyone even think of it?? My mind goes wild in panic mode so that random thought came up. Uhh why don’t we just sweep this whole incident under the rug and move on to the review?

!! possible minor spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


girl-on-the-brink-2d-coverGirl on the Brink
by Christina Hoag

Genre: YA Romance/Thriller
Publisher: Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books
Publication Date: 30 August 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Smashwords Kobo

Summary:
Sometimes the one you love isn’t the one you’re meant to be with.

The summer before senior year, Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire, and Kieran turns violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

Advance Praise

“An engrossing tale of a dangerous teen romance.” – Kirkus Reviews 

Girl on the Brink is a must have for every high school and public library.” – Isabelle Kane, Wisconsin high school librarianRead More »

Blog Tour | Review ― The Row by J.R. Johansson (+ Giveaway)

Am I okay?? Of course I am. What a silly question to ask. I’m always okay. It’s just a twig in my eye. A really persistent twig that keeps coming back.

This book is, in a few adjectives: fantastic, heart-gripping, thrilling, heARTBREAKING, amazing in every way possible ((I’m probably exaggerating at that last one but give me a break, I’VE FOUND MY FIRST FIVE STAR READ OF THE YEAR. Granted I’ve only read like 30+ books so far this year but this is BIG for me.)).

!! minor spoilers below. read at your own risk !!


the-row-2d-coverThe Row
by J.R. Johansson

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: FSG/Macmillan
Publication Date: 11 October 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Indigo | Overstock | Powell’s

Summary:
A death sentence. A family torn apart. One girl’s hunt for the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Riley Beckett is no stranger to prison. Her father is a convicted serial killer on death row who has always maintained that he was falsely accused. Riley has never missed a single visit with her father. She wholeheartedly believes that he is innocent. Then, a month before the execution date, Riley’s world is rocked when, in an attempt to help her move on, her father secretly confesses to her that he actually did carry out the murders.

He takes it back almost immediately, but she cannot forget what he’s told her. Determined to uncover the truth for her own sake, she discovers something that will forever change everything she’s believed about the family she loves.Read More »

Release Day Blitz | Review ― Time Phantom by Randy Anderson

This is actually the first time travel novel I’ve read (not counting tv shows) so yes, almost everything in this book seems original to me. It was still an enjoyable read and I look forward to the release of the second book.

!! a relatively spoiler free review but still, read at your own risk !!


time-phantom-2d-coverTime Phantom: Amsterdam
by Randy Anderson

Genre: Time Travel, Adventure
Publication Date: 11 October 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
On his 50th birthday, recently divorced male model Dane Vanderbrouk, is struck by a peculiar affliction. If he remains still for too long, he falls back in time. If he moves too fast, he’ll travel forward. And, when you’re a time traveler the world is an immutable place. Every action vanishes with each jump in time.

Chased by an assassin from the future through the narrow streets of Amsterdam, Dane is thrust into a war where shaping the future means changing the past.

Fast paced action, unexpected twists, and an eclectic cast of characters will pull you into a world where impressions matter, but only an action of consequence can change the future.

Time travel has a new speed, and adventure in a new series.Read More »

Happy Release Day to Amber Sky by Amy Braun! Here’s a (short) review to share the love // with some extras (aka a teaser and q&a)

With a short book, comes a short review.

I knew about the Dark Sky series through a blog tour and while the covers of the books did interest me, I never actually read the summary so it wasn’t high up on my TBR list. Then somehow, I came across a sign-up form for the blog tour of Amber Sky and this line “While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone”. Now that I’ve read Amber Sky, I can say that I am highly interested in the rest of the Dark Sky series and am eager to pick up Crimson Sky, if not for my sky high October TBR hindering me from doing so.

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


amber-sky-2d-coverAmber Sky
(Dark Sky #0.25)
by Amy Braun

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic
Publication Date: 4 October 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Summary:
Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.

When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.

And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Deliverance by Kristy Centeno (+ Giveaway)

I had to delete an entire paragraph but I would say that this is…

!! a relatively spoiler free review. but still, read at your own risk !!


deliverance-2d-coverDeliverance
by Kristy Centeno

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Thriller
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: 19 March 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBooks

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Summary:
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?Read More »