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Waiting on Wednesday #35: THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN - by Emily R. King

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.
Publication Date: 1st June 2017. 
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik. Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and …

THE DIABOLIC (The Diabolic #1) - by S.J. Kincaid

THE DIABOLIC - by S.J. Kincaid
Published: 2016 - Simon and Schuster.
Genres: Young adult / romance / science fiction
Pages: 416.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator's daughter, Sidonia. There's no one Nemesis wouldn't kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Now one of the galaxy's most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she's been told she doesn't have - humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can …

LA LA LAND (film) is breathtaking and exquisitely powerful

LA LA LAND - 2016
Director: Damien Chazelle.
Cast: Ryan Gosling/ Emma Stone
ContentRating: PG13 for some language.
Source: Rented.

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

When I sat down to watch this film, I was already suffocating on high expectations and overwhelming anticipation. I'd been dying to see it for months - months. I was terrified I would be disappointed, or worse, see the "flaws" some of the public had called out.
But no. I fell in love. And those songs and that story have been floating round my head ever since, engulfing me in a dreamy aftermath.
I love this movie.

The atmosphere is dazzling.  The whole movie is reminiscent of the charm and spirit of old Hollywood, and is vibrant, electric, and utterly seductive. The sets are masterfully constructed, the cinematography fizzy, and the dialogue captivating and extremely engrossing.
But I was especially blown away by Chazelle's incredibly thoughtful and exquisite direction. He is an excell…

Weekly Round-Up: I start bookstagram and then get sick...a sign?!

I AM NOW ON BOOKSTAGRAM!! But bear with me because my photo skills have a long way to go... BUT I'M THERE, AND I WENT PROP SHOPPING, AND TA DA IT'S THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING AMAZING.  I hope.  
Since Thursday I've had terrible flu, so I've basically been slouching around the house taking bookstagram photos and feeling like I'm dying.  However.......I FINALLY WATCHED LA LA LAND!!! My review will be up tomorrow, but I don't know how coherent it'll be because #feels. 
Posts of the week: 
Book Review: ICE KISSED Book Review: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY Waiting on Wednesday #34 Book Review: THAT NIGHT The Blog Squad: Part 11 Guest post from author AP McGrath

I'm not reading anything at the moment, but I did finish The Diabolic. Review will be up on Tuesday. 

This darling arrived this week, and I am so excited to start reading. It looks AMAZING. 

Natalie shares Why She Loves the Characters of Robin Hood so much
Jollygirl shares a post about Tomorrow

How was your w…

Writing and Inspiration drawn from Montserrat - Guest Post from author AP. McGrath

I am so pleased to have author AP. McGrath on the blog today! He's a photographer as well as writer, and he's going to be sharing his experience in Montserrat - which inspired and influenced his future writing. At the bottom of this post you can also see more about his novel: a gripping, romantic, crime drama called A BURNING IN THE DARKNESS.  Take it away, AP!
The small town in south Tipperary where I grew up had a population of 5,000 and when I was a teenager, I began taking black and white photographs of local people in the places where they worked and lived. My mum knew the editor of the local newspaper - everybody knows everybody in a town that small. He liked the pictures I was taking and offered a weekly slot entitled ‘The Town and It’s People’. I would approach shop owners, butchers, pub owners etc. and ask them if I could drop by some day soon to take their picture. I realised they would dress up a little and strike a certain pose, but people reveal themselves through…

The Blog Squad: A Blogger Collaboration - Part 11

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 

What is the best blogging advice you've ever been given? 

To remember WHY I started book blogging in the first place and to always remember that I blog because I LOVE READING, and not the other way around. I think it’s always important to keep this in sight and remember to keep doing what you love.

I’ve received loads of advice from my fellow bloggers ever since I started my blog and most of them have been extremely useful advice that have helped me a LOT. To state the best, I think one of the advice that MOST bloggers gave me was to stay true to who I am and not try to copy or imitate any other blogger. This is…

THAT NIGHT - by Chevy Stevens

THAT NIGHT - Chevy Stevens.
Published: 2014 - by Sphere.
Pages: 466.
Genres: Adult / mystery / thriller / romance
Source: Bought.
Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Seventeen years later, she's out on parole and back in her hometown, but she's struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Ryan is convinced he can uncover the truth; her mother still doesn't believe Toni's innocent; and the former high school girls who made Toni's life miserable may have darker secrets than anyone can imagine. Before Toni can move forward, she must take a terrifying step back to her past to find out the truth and clear her name, before it's too late.

I was INCREDIBLY excited to read this book. One, the cover is SO THRILLING AND ATMOSPHERIC; two, the premise sounds SO SCARY AND DARK; and three, I love love love thrillers.
So you can imagine my HUGE disappointment when I found myself extremely unimpressed a…

Waiting on Wednesday #34: ROAR - by Cora Carmack

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.

ROAR- by Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13th 2017. 

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first…


Year Published: 2016 - by Bloomsbury Children's.
Genre: Young adult / Fae / romance / high fantasy
Pages: 626.
Source: Library.
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

(Please be aware that this book contains graphic sexual content and that I'll be discussing that in this review.)

WELL. I guess it goes without saying - if you've read my reviews of other Ma…

ICE KISSED (Kanin Chronicles #2) - by Amanda Hocking

ICE KISSED - Amanda Hocking.
Year Published: 2015 - by St. Martin's Press.
Genre: Young adult / urban fantasy / romance
Pages: 309.
Source: Thank you to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for. As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her pl…