Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Waiting On Wednesday: Stepsister

Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.
This week the book that I'm waiting to be released is Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly- a Cinderella related tale, but instead of focusing on Cinderella the story is about the ugly stepsister.  I'm really intrigued by this book, and even though I've heard of other books by this author, I've never picked one up.
Released 28th May.
36297954A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe ... which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Evoking the darker, older versions of the Cinderella story, bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses her trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption, and a new definition of beauty.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Waiting On Wednesday 'Circle of Shadows'

Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.

This week the book that I'm waiting to be released is Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye.
Released 22nd January.
35553692Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Pestilence (The Four Horseman #1) by Laura Thalassa

37769929They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Cover:  I really like this cover.  Feel like it’s a good match for the story and I’m actually glad that it only depicts the horseman.

This is one of those books that I stumbled upon completely by accident.  Saw someone on Goodreads reading it, read the synopsis and downloaded it to my Kindle.  And I’m so glad I did.  It’s such a different, unique books.
I wondered how on Earth I was going to connect to a character that basically kills people wherever he goes.  How can you like a character like that.  But you really do get sucked into this story.
Sara is a pretty kick ass female protagonist.  She literally draws the short straw to stay behind and face certain death by attempting to kill Pestilence, the first horseman of the apocalypse.
He decides to punish her by pretty much dragging her along with him and making her witness the disease he spreads.
It’s pretty graphic to be honest, and the torture he puts Sara through is sometimes hard to read.  I seriously did wonder how on Earth was this character going to redeem himself in my eyes- AND how is there going to be a romance out of this.
But it happens.
I was completely immersed in this story, not wanting to put it down.  Some aspects of the story were slightly repetitive but over all I definitely enjoyed- I think all the more because it was so unexpected and unique.
I really look forward to reading the next instalment of this series.
5/5 stars.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Waiting On Wednesday: Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole

Waiting on Wednesday is all about sharing the books that I'm eagerly waiting to be released.
This week the book that I'm waiting to be released is Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole, the 7th book in the Hades Hangmen series, one of my all time favourite series.
Released 8th January.

Born to sit on opposing thrones.
They were never meant to fall.

Tanner Ayers is the heir of the Texas Ku Klux Klan. Fed nothing but hate, violence, and intolerance from the day he was born, Tanner kills for his cause without remorse.
Until he meets Adelita Quintana, the daughter of the most brutal cartel boss in Mexico.
Adelita and Tanner hate each other instantly. But there is something between them that neither can explain or deny. Hate turns to desire, desire turns to love, and for the first time Tanner sees how wrong his whole life has been.
For years, Tanner does everything he can to find a way for him and Adelita. He walks away from the Klan, his family, everything he ever believed, and joins the Hades Hangmen. But now the Hangmen are at war—not only with his own family, but with Adelita’s too.
When Adelita and Tanner are thrown together again, they are forced to fight for a love that should never have been. For a love that puts them and everyone they have ever loved in danger.
The White Prince.
The cartel princess.
And a future that seems shrouded in darkness…

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up.