the December in which I am half-dead // a 2016 monthly wrap-up post

This month, I have learnt two lessons: 1) Holidays do not equate to more reading time, especially when you’re going overseas and this thing called motion sickness gets in your way, or when you have the sudden urge to rewatch a series. 2) However, due to these things called clearance sales and exchange rates (and the fact that you actually money to spend), you buy more books!! Even if they’re probably going to end up being ornaments on your bookshelf…Read More »

Blog Tour | Excerpt ― Succubus by Brandon Varnell

succubus-2d-coverSuccubus
by Brandon Varnell

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: 1 December 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Summary:
Christian is the Catholic Church’s best executioner. Dedicated. Devout. Deadly. Ever since the Church saved him from the decimated ruins of his hometown, his commitment to their cause has been unshakable.

Then he’s sent to execute Lilith, who lives in Seal Beach, California. He’s baffled. Lilith is afraid of men. The Church believes she’s a succubus, but he just can’t see it. Yet the way men—both human and monster alike—act
as if they’ve been possessed whenever she’s near is disturbing.

With lustful men attacking Lilith and monsters attacking him for being near Lilith, Christian must uncover what’s really going on, and soon, or innocent blood will run through the streets—as will his own.

Love. It can kill a man.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― Smoke Sky by Amy Braun

I don’t usually post this early but I’m leaving for Malaysia soon so here’s a review before I go on a week long break.

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


Smoke Sky 2d cover.jpgSmoke Sky
(Dark Sky #0.5)
by Amy Braun

Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic
Publication Date: 6 December 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

Summary:
To survive in a horrific world overseen by bloodthirsty monsters, young thief Gemma will do whatever she must to see another day. Even though that means working for a damaged man convinced to make her a permanent member of this thuggish family.

So when her employer tells her that he’ll release her from his clutches, Gemma is obviously skeptical. Especially since the job is easy enough– recruit the two marauders that the gang has been spying on to take her place.

But as Gemma lies to Nash and Sawyer, she commits the greatest mistake a spy can make–– she begins to see them as friends, and perhaps more. Soon, she will have to choose: Sacrifice two strangers to ensure freedom from a brutal future, or risk her life to save them…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Gemma met Nash and Sawyer, and what prompted her to chose their safety over her own. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.Read More »

my 2016 Christmas wish list that will probably go unread and forgotten by all

As you can see, I may have a slight obsession with Kuroko no Basuke at the moment…


Oh man, it’s been a while since I last did a post that isn’t a review or a monthly wrap-up I have no idea where to start.

Anyways, Christmas is just around the corner! And with that comes Santa with his reindeers, flying sleigh, and let’s not forget, presents!!! Well, unless you’re the one giving, then that’s not very fun is it?Read More »

Blog Tour | Review ― The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova (+ Giveaway)

I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of character analysis lately bc, idk, I’m considering taking Literature next year and I wanna convince myself that I can do Literature. But my mom will probably murder me if I do. It was one of the subjects that dragged down my score during ‘O’ Levels so I’m really hesitant. I like the subject but sometimes interest does not equate to skill and what if I screw up for ‘A’ Levels again?? Oh man why am I even freaking out about this now. Ignore me please.

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


The Alchemists of Loom 2d cover.jpgThe Alchemists of Loom
(Loom Saga #1)
by Elise Kova

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Expected Publication Date: 10 January 2017

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

Summary:
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.Read More »

Blog Tour | Review & Tens List ― The Sound of Rain by Gregg Olsen (+ Giveaway)

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


the-sound-of-rain-2d-coverThe Sound of Rain
by Gregg Olsen

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 13 December 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Summary:
Former homicide detective Nicole Foster has hit rock bottom. Driven off the force by her treacherous partner and lover, she’s flat broke and struggling with a gambling addiction. All Nicole has left is the dream of a warm bed at a homeless shelter and the haunting memories of three-year-old Kelsey Chase—whose murder case ended her career.

As Nicole obsesses over the old facts, she realizes everything about that case felt off: a disinterested mom, a suicidal pedophile, and too many questions left unanswered. When the little girl’s grieving father begs Nicole for help, she’s drawn back into the investigation…and given one shot at redemption.

But the deeper Nicole digs, the more evil she uncovers, including betrayals that hit painfully close to home. Will a shocking discovery be the key to finally getting justice for Kelsey and resurrecting her own life?Read More »

Numb-vember // a 2016 monthly wrap-up post

HAHAHAHA Y’ALL I MADE A PUN. It’s not even a good pun tbh but I should let y’all know that I am absolutely horrible at puns. I don’t know how people can just hear a word and bling bling, a pun pops up in their heads. So please, just entertain me this once.

Anyways, It’s the 12th of December and I am here to swing into your inboxes with the wrap-up post for the month of November.Read More »