Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course Ebooks!


Review Copies

Oh god, I couldn’t stop myself!! I need help, is there a NetGalleyaholic Group????

  • The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – I’m very, very excited to read this. I’ve read all of the Ruth Galloway books and this is taking her out of her comfort zone, exciting!!!
  • The Little Cottage On The Hill by Emma Davies – I’ve loved both books that I have read by this author. Hopefully I love this as much as those.
  • Prosecco and Promises by A.L. Michael – I really enjoyed Cocktails and Dreams, so I’m looking forward to this one!!
  • Who’s That Girl? by Celia Hayes – I haven’t read anything by Celia Hayes before but this book sounds like it’s my cup of tea. Watch this space for a review and blog tour.
  • Divine Poison by AB Morgan – Can’t go wrong with a good crime story. A new author for me so fingers crossed.
  • The Last of The Summer Moet by Wendy Holden – This book sounds like it’s going to be a laughing-out-loud story. I cannot wait to get stuck in!

Who's that Girl?    

Amazon Freebies

  • The Abalone Shell (Sea Glass Cove Book 1) by Maren Ferguson and Suzie O’Connell

The Abalone Shell (Sea Glass Cove Book 1) by [Ferguson, Maren, O'Connell, Suzie]

Purchased

  • The Cotswolds Cookery Club by Alice Ross
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Witchfnder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

The Cotswolds Cookery Club: a deliciously uplifting feel-good read by [Ross, Alice]

First Lines Fridays #2

Copy of Quoting Thursdays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The second time I saw my dead aunt Rosario, she was dancing.
Earlier that day, my mom had warned me, pressing a long, red fingernail on the tip of my nose, “Alejandra, don’t got downstairs when the Circle arrives.”
But I was seven and asked too many questions. Every Sunday, cars piled up in our driveway, down the street, and around the corner of old, narrow house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mom’s Circle usually brought cellophane-wrapped dishes and jars of dirt and tubs of brackish water that made the Hudson River look clean. This time, they carried something more.


And The Book Is….

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova

The only way to get her family back is to travel to a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic.

At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she’s not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by [Cordova, Zoraida]Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

 

Both of these covers are gorgeous, and honestly, it’s why I bought the book. This is a recent read, and without saying too much it was enjoyable. You can see my review here: Review

 

 

Would you pick this book up based on the first line??

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

BookReview


Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

Published: September 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: EBook
ISBN: 9781492623168

ASIN: B01ENNQ24M

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Description

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.


The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

My Review

The cover made me instantly want to read this book. I do love a gorgeous cover!!

I enjoyed this story. I can’t say I really know anything about Bruja’s or the mythology behind it so I could have believed anything. I’ll probably look out for more books based on similar things now.

Anyway, Alex was a likeable character. I felt that I understood her struggles, we understand why she didn’t want her powers, why she wanted to try and get rid of them. But once they had come in, she developed into this strong, fierce woman. Her friendship with Rishi could have had more development but we knew how Alex felt for her, you knew that it was love blossoming and it was a nice, pure love. I’m glad that it was the same feeling for Rishi towards Alex, it work incredibly well.

Nova. I liked Nova. Whether he was good, or bad, I liked him. It would have been nice to have more of his story but I did like the way he hinted at it then we got the complete image. Along with how he felt about Alex.

I liked the idea of the story. It opened up a new culture for me and I love books that do that. However, it was a bit sketchy in places and it sort of felt like we were missing information. Details that could have made this book spectacular. I couldn’t put my finger on whatever it was though, but it felt like the ending became rushed, like they were just skimming the final few amazing details I would have wanted. Maybe it’ll be covered in the book, who knows.

The writing was easy to get into. Everything was detailed enough to know where we were, what was happening. I loved the idea of the Los Lagos realm, and I sort of hoped we would have more from there. The creatures, the people (if you can call them that), were a great addition to the story, I think if we only had Alex, Nova and Rishi, I probbaly would have got extremely bored.

While I enjoyed the story, I did feel it was missing details. For this, I give it a 3.5 out of 5. I’ve been trying to decide for days on this rating. It was difficult to decide as there was more good points than bad points. I;m excited for the next book, and to see where the story takes us, the people we will meet and the destinations. Let’s hope it’s a brilliant sequel.

Cover Reveal: The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury


Today I’m bringing you a cover reveal for Jackie Ladbury’s new book The Magic of Stars. I can safely say that is gorgeous! The colour, the picture, everything works fantastic.

You can purchase the book from Amazon UK HERE

Book Descrption

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone. In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

Social Media Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury
Website – https://jackieladbury.com/
The Write Romantics – https://thewriteromantics.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackieLadbury

So that leaves one thing, the actual cover!! And here it is in its stunning glory!!!!!

Publication Day Review: A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

Publication Day Review


A Map of The Dark (The Searchers #1) by Karen Ellis

Publisher: Mulholland Books
Published: 11th January 2018
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9781473662773
ASIN: B071NLV5CS

Goodreads

Amazon UK

Description

A girl missing
A woman, searching
A killer, planning…

A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.
She knows how it feels to be lost…

Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.

With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa’s skin. Everything she has buried – her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother’s death – threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself…and return to the darkness she’s been hiding from for years.

 

My Review

Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for my copy of the book, in exchange for my honest review.

This review is not going to be a long one, I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked Else, I liked Lex, but there was something missing. I didn’t feel excited, thrilled… I didn’t see the scary part of it.  I found the whole thing a little rushed, a little sketchy, and maybe just a little bland? It lacked maybe a certain oomph to make it a great crime book.

I enjoyed learning about Elsa, and her past. I didn’t see the final detail in the relationship with her Mother, in all honesty I thought it would be all down to another family member. Else has her hidden secrets, and for once I wish we had an FBI agent, or detective, who doesn’t have a troubled past. Yet, the troubled past worked in this case.  The description of the book made it seem like her past will overflow into her current case but I wouldn’t say it did. Maybe the smallest bit, but not in a huge way I was expecting. I really should learn to not expect anything with these books!! Lex was an interesting character, and I hope it makes an appearance in any future books. He worked well against Elsa’s coldness and her determination to keep everything hidden.

The book was written well, I’m glad we got the parts between Elsa and her mum, Deb.  It was good to know the full backstory all in one book instead of having to wait for it spread over a whole load of books. I felt for Elsa in those scenes as it must have been tough for her to experience that, and not be able to do anything about it.  You really get a sense of how Elsa felt in those moments, and you fully understood why her dad and her let it happen.

With it’s blandness, it’s lack of a spark I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!


What I Read Last Week

Not a bad start to my Goodreads challenge this week. Reviews are coming for all of them as well, that’s how prepared and productive I’ve been recently!!

  • The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green Goodreads
  • A Map of The Dark by Karen Ellis Goodreads

The Single Girl's Calendar A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)

What I’m Reading at Present

  •  If I Fall by Ella Harper. This is for an upcoming blog tour. So far, I like it. The beginning has kept me guessing, I think I know then something else happens…. Look out for my review on the 28th!! 

Up Next

I’ve not really decided yet. I’ll probably go for something that’s been on my kindle quite a while. Look out for a potential review! 

What are you reading today? What have you read in the past week? What plans have you got for your next read? 

    Blog Tour: Dreaming of Florence by T.A Williams

    Blog Tour


    Dreaming Of Florence by T.A Williams

    Publisher: Canelo
    Published: 8th January 2018
    Format: Ebook
    Pages: 254
    ISBN13: 9781911591924
    ASIN: B0765416VY

    Goodreads

    Amazon UK

    Description

    Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence

    When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

    Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

    Warm-hearted and unputdownable, Dreaming of Florence is the perfect escape for readers of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver.

    My Review

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Canelo, for my copy in exchange for my honest review.  Also, thank you to Ellie over at Canelo for letting me be a part of the blog tour!! I loved the cover for this book, it hooked me in.  Florence has always been on my “Want To Go To” list.

    This book has a little bit of everything. Drama, love, bad men, over the top characters and everything else in between. I don’t really enjoy the book to begin with, but then it all clicked into place when Dario came into it. When I say over the top characters, it was only one or two. Mainly Debbie’s friend Alice, not only did I find her over the top, I also found her irritating. There was just something that bugged me about her, be it her obsession with sex or something else I don’t know… My favourite character probably had to be Dario, he seemed more down to earth than any of them and sort of goes against the stereotype image you usually get.

    I liked Debbie but she did irritate me a little bit. It was the working class/upper class thing that bugged me the most. She was supposed to be the same age as myself, I believe anyway, but the way she thought was sort of from a different generation. She came across as more of a mid-life crisis woman than a 29 year old. Saying that though, she was a good character. She saw that society’s standings do not mean anything, eventually anyway. She eventually stopped her past experiences from clouding her judgement, she grew as a woman. She didn’t lose the old lady image for me though unfortunately. Yes, she grew into her skin in a sense but she was still very mature for what her age was supposed to be… But I guess there are people like that in the world.

    The writing style was very, very easy to get into. I was instantly dropped into Debbie’s world and I flew through the pages.  You easily get a feel for Debbie’s life, her feelings, her surroundings. everything was described well enough to be able to imagine it, to feel like you were there.

    I did feel like something was missing from this book, and it did limit how much I enjoyed the book. I can’t pinpoint exactly what is, there were a few things that were the issue.  I didn’t like how old fashioned Debbie was, I found myself skimming a little bit at the beginning, there were parts that weren’t really needed in my opinion, like a scene where she’s watching someone through the spyhole of her door…

    I give this book  a 3 out of 5.  It missed a spark I would expect with books set in Italy.  The romance between Dario and Debbie was a little rushed but it was still enjoyable.