Release Blitz & Review | Triumph by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

06 February 2017

So, today is the day! Triumph, the epic finale in The Bellator Saga is released and oh my, are you in for a treat! Read on to find out all you need to know about the book and read my review. 

triumph-now-live-fb

About the Book:

triumph-ebook-smaller
“All of your ideals, your hopes and dreams…they cease to matter if you abandon them in your darkest hour. We have to see this through to the end.”

Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard have never shied away from a challenge. As dual commanders of the American rebel forces, they now face the greatest adversity of their lives. Every decision has permanent consequences. Relationships are tested and restored. Hard truths come to light. When the reality of their situation finally hits them, there is one thing they know for certain.

No sacrifice is too great for love.

Review:

Rating:


As is the case with any of Cecilia's book I review, pre-warning: I will fangirl. A. LOT.

Where do I even start?! I honestly don't even know. I have so much to say about this book, this series and these wonderful characters I have been rooting for since Cecilia first contacted me about these books three years ago. I guess I will have to start from the beginning and work my way through. I will try my hardest to keep this spoiler free but I don't know how much luck I will have so pre-warning: I may spoil some parts of the book...


So, book five ended with a MASSIVE cliffhanger and my god was it an AMAZING one. It wasn't evil like every other one and it was something I had been hoping and hoping and hoping would be true, that Mo and Feef, Caroline and Jack's children, were in fact, alive and well in Canada!!! Cue all the squee'ing at that! 


Triumph opens immediately where we left in Rhapsody with that massive bombshell and what follows is the starting point for all kinds of awesome in this book. Caroline has one of her captors in custody who reveals the massive bombshell and tries to bargain with Caroline who is planning, with Jack and the other rebel leaders, to head to the Hague to set the wheels in motion to get America back and overthrow Santos. 

I loved reading the first few chapters of this book, there was so much hope for the future and lots of Jack and Caroline doing what they do best, being together. My god, one of the early chapters is one of the hottest I have ever read and it reminded me of better times in these books. Them just being them in a slightly different way given what Caroline went through at The Fed was great to read. 

I fell a little more in love with Jack in this one. He is just so lovely and caring. He has a genuine heart of gold and would do anything to keep Caroline happy but he is still level-headed when it comes to the girls, not really truly believing they were alive until he had concrete evidence. Always the level headed one. I resembled this whenever he was around:


And then, then there is the whole issue of the Hague and what went down there. It ripped me apart imagining Caroline having to relive her hell but that hell was fought through with Jack and they had each other to get through it as well as Jones, Gig and Crunch who I utterly adore still. They are just all kinds of amazing and every time they were in this book I cheered them on. 

And then AND FREAKING THEN, we get to Canada! OMG! Canada! Where do I even begin?! The moment I have been waiting for since the first book was upon us. A reunion. Not just with the girls but with Chrissy, Caroline's best friend. I was so, so, so happy she survived and had kept her promise to keep the girls safe. Their reunion was amazing and I loved reading it, seeing them together again felt like a reward for all the rubbish they had been through. Although, all this paled in comparison to the reunion with Mo and Feef. That was just all kinds of amazing. There were tears and there was anger but to see them all in the same room together was just all kinds of awesome and my heart went out to them all. That reunion felt so real and raw and I was glad Cecilia didn't go down the sappy route completely. She made sure there was some anger in there and I was glad for that. We needed that in there to make it seem more real. 

Oh but the icing on the cake for me and Canada? Murdock. Oh Murdock getting his just desserts was right up there. Murdock was one of Caroline's more sadistic torturer's at The Fed and I could not wait for him to get his comeuppance. Oh and boy did he, it had transpired that he had been among Chrissy and Caroline's kids which made my blood boil (never mind Jack's!) and it finally caught up with him. There was a warrant for his arrest and our rebels damn well made sure he got caught. Jack, Caroline, Chrissy, Gig, Crunch and Jones were all there when it went down and I was so happy for that. They all got to see it and be there and I love Cecilia for that. She also gave us one of the best lines in the book during that scene:
"Think of the shoes"
Epic. Line. Of course, this is all leading to one thing: Santos' overthrow and the return to the America Caroline and Jack and all the rebels sorely miss. I wanted to take my time reading this part of the book but I was so scared and I had to know how it would all go down and boy it didn't disappoint! Cecilia did an amazing job of ending this series in the best way possible and I loved that they were all there at the end to see it happen. It seemed fitting that as the final act closed it should involve all the characters I have come to love. 

I can't leave this review without mentioning the epilogue. I was so happy reading that and seeing what was going on and the Christmas present Jack gets from the girls was just so amazing! I loved it and I loved seeing these characters so happy after all they had been through together. I was really scared at one point in this book but it all came good in the end! I have never been happier at an ending and it really was perfection.

Cecilia really has created an amazing world with this series and an amazing set of books. You feel like you've been on an epic journey reading them and I am so glad Cecilia sent me that email all those years ago! I am also truly wowed and humbled that she mentioned me in the acknowledgements so I have to say thank you to her. Thank you for sharing these characters with not just me but all your readers, thank you for the mention in your acknowledgements and for bringing these amazing characters to life.

Buy Links:

 amazonbarnes-and-nobleituneskobo
add-to-goodreads-button

Teasers:

release-day-2

release-day-1

Giveaway:

Head to Cecilia's LIKE page to enter her release day giveaway! Twseparatete giveaways, one for the US and one for international readers.

About the Author:

BUSINESS CARD FRONT

Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

Print

84c16-amazon481e5-facebookgoodreads1a806-instagramed575-newsletter868e4-twitter84faf-website


hostedby

facebook goldinstagram goldgold label_newsletterPinterest goldtwitter goldwebsite goldyoutube gold

Book Blitz | The Magician's Workshop: Volume One by Hansen Fehr (@HansenFehr)

04 February 2017

Today I am sharing a book blitz for The Magician's Workshop by Christopher Hansen and J. R. Fehr, a YA fantasy and coming of age book that is sure to be popular amongst fantasy readers! Read on to see the cover and find out all you need to know about the book, its authors and where you can buy a copy.


Genre: Fantasy, YA, Coming of Age
Publisher: Wondertale
Pages: 247

Summary:
Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

Buy Links:
Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Authors:

Christopher Hansen:
The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday.

“Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.”

Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.

J. R. Fehr:
When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.

FacebookGoodreads | Instagram | Twitter

Review | Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young (@AuthorSamYoung)

22 January 2017

Rating:
Pages: 139
Summary:
When Joss is asked to write a story about how her life might have turned out if a pivotal moment in it never happened she thinks of the day she met both Braden and Ellie Carmichael. If she never met them, just where might she have ended up? Joss believes no matter where life might take her it would inevitably lead her to Braden. But what if she is thirty instead of twenty-two when they meet? How would she feel about risking her heart then? And even if she is older and wiser and ready to fall madly in love, what if too much has happened to Braden to make him the man that would risk his heart to save hers?

Will time be their enemy… or is it possible that two souls are meant for one another in any reality?

This book was offered free when you preordered The One Real Thing.

One of my favourite authors ever is Samantha Young and she is the writer of one of my all time favourite series, On Dublin Street. I adored that series from the first book which told the story of Joss and Braden and I loved every single one of the books in the series. Braden and Joss were my favourite couple so when I discovered that Samantha was offering a Joss/Braden novella with pre-orders of her newest book I knew I needed to get my hands on it!

This novella has been sat in my inbox since last year and I finally got around to reading it and I fell in love with Joss and Braden all over again. At the start of the book, we get a glimpse into their married life and their children which I loved! Braden is still typical Braden and their kids are amazing. Then we get to the novella! Joss asks Braden to read it and that is where it starts for us too.

This novella is amazing, it gives you an alternative universe to Braden and Joss' life together as if ODS had never happened and they met many years and life experiences later. There is one thing Samantha has always done well in her books and that is UST. Star Over Castle Hill has UST in spades! It made me remember why I loved Braden so much and we get to meet Ellie all over again and she is just as lovable in this incarnation as she is in the original. 

I got to fall in love all over again with Braden and I was reminded why he will always be one of my all time favourite book boyfriends! It's also made me want to re-read ODS and then there is the ending, when we switch to the reality we know for Joss and Braden and I melted all over again. That man is perfection. Utter perfection. I loved the closing line of this novella because, at the end of the day, it sums up relationships perfectly for me:
"I will die a happy woman if you find someone to be just as weird with"

Review | The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington (@emmalou13)

20 January 2017


Rating:

Publisher: HarperImpluse 
Pages: 340
Summary:

‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’

Maggie O'Hara knows better than most that life can change in a heartbeat. Eighteen years ago she was given the most precious gift- a second-hand heart, and a second chance at life.

Always thankful, Maggie has never forgotten Lucy Harte – the little girl that saved her life. But as Maggie's own life begins to fall apart, and her heart is broken in love, she loses sight of everything she has to live for…

Until an unexpected letter changes everything and brings Maggie back into the life of Lucy Harte – and a chance for Maggie to get her life back on track once more.

Lucy's final gift to Maggie is much more than the heart that beats inside her. It's a legacy that Maggie must learn to live by. A chance to make her heart skip a beat with every new discovery she makes; a promise to live, laugh, fall in love and heal her broken heart for good.

Because as the keeper of a borrowed heart, Maggie's time is more precious than most and she must make every cherished second count…


I saw much talk of this book on Twitter and when I saw it was available for review on NetGalley I just had to request it and luckily my request was granted. When the book opens we meet Maggie who, seventeen years ago, was gifted a new heart and a fresh start at life. Every year she honours the young girl who died and allowed her to live. That's the first thing I adored about this book, the fact that Maggie has never forgotten about the little girl who helped her live. She still keeps her very much in her thoughts and I adored her for that. I guess it wouldn't be an uncommon thing for an organ recipient to do but seeing the effort Maggie goes through to honour her really struck a chord with me.

Maggie's life hasn't been easy and she has recently split from her husband so her heart is broken. She isn't the same and has been leaning on alcohol. That is until her donor's brother, Simon Harte, contacts her. I have often wondered if contact happens often, this book makes it seem like it isn't often done and I can understand why but it would be such a great thing to do if you can. I also loved how Simon did it off his own back and had so much time for Maggie! He really wanted to help her and I hope he knew just how much he did for her in the end.

I loved how Simon got in contact with Maggie and it could not have come at a better time. Maggie was in self-destruct mode even though she knew that the heart she had would not last forever and the longer she abused her body the less time she would have. I loved reading the journey Lucy Harte sends Maggie on and Lucy's journal entries from when she was younger and before her tragic, untimely death. Maggie's journey was such a healing thing to read and seeing the change in Maggie was amazing. Every chapter you could see her developing and moving forward: rediscovering life, love and repairing bridges to reunite her family. 

As I got further and further to the end of the book I had a horrid feeling deep down and I warn you now, this book will make you cry. I cried my heart out for the final few chapters and there was one part towards the end that particular choked me up! I am so glad I read this book and I will be recommending it to everyone I know, this is the kind of book we should all read at least once. 

Review | Wonder by R. J. Palacio (@rjpalacio)

02 January 2017


Rating:

Publisher: Corgi Children's
Pages: 315
Summary:


I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Wonder has been on my reading radar for well over a year and I was given a copy for Christmas. The book focuses on a young boy called August who, after years of home-schooling, is going to start mainstream school but you see August has a facial deformity that has prevented him being mainstream schooled so he has spent his life being schooled at home but that all changes.

I loved getting to see August readjust to this huge change in his life. He had been quite cocooned before and now the world was opening up to a degree he has never been exposed to before. I really did love August, there is nothing bad about the boy and he is a lovely person and so innocent. His innocence makes him even more special. There's a character in this book who I adored: Summer. She takes August under her wing and she's past his deformity to learn who he is as a person. She was my favourite character and I loved her. She didn't befriend August out of pity or because she was asked to, she did it because she wanted to. She didn't just see his face, she saw the person underneath.

When I first started reading the book, I didn't realise it would switch to different characters POVs but I'm so glad it did. I especially loved reading Viv's (August's sister's) chapters because we really get to see how having August as a brother has affected her life. You can tell she loves him deeply but dealing with something like this as a teenager is incredibly difficult and Viv's chapters displayed that perfectly. At one point I wasn't sure if I would enjoy her chapters but I really did. 

There was one character who we heard from that I didn't enjoy and that was Justin, Viv's boyfriend, I didn't fell like he added anything at all to the story and I didn't like the way they were written unless I'm missing something?

Going in I had heard a lot of good about this book and I was really looking forward to reading it. Wonder is a great book, with an amazing premise and beautifully developed characters but for me, it didn't live up to all the hype and praise. Although, I do think it is a book that needs to be read by children because it really gives them an insight into the devasting effect even a small comment can have on someone who doesn't fit the norm.

Top Five Books of 2016

30 December 2016

So, last year I had an amazing bookish year and managed to pick out ten books that were my favourites for the year. This year hasn't been a great year for me, I have had a lot of DNFs so my top books post only consists of five this year. Here's to a better bookish 2017! 
 Without further ado here's my top five, I have linked the covers to my original reviews of the books.
Happy New Year all! I hope your 2017 is filled with amazing books and much love :)
Caraval by Stephenie Garber:

I was lucky enough to be offered an ARC of this book via NetGalley and I absolutely adored it! If you love The Night Circus you're bound to enjoy this when it is released early next year.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover:

Like last year, Colleen features twice on my top list. I absolutely loved It Ends With Us, it isn't just a book, it's an amazing tale of love and heartbreak. I feel it's one of Colleen's best books so far.

Rhapsody by Cecilia London:

Well, I couldn't very well have a top book post and not have this book included! I ADORE this series and Cecilia. She lets me live in her DMs when I read her books (sorry again Cecilia)...

This book has the accolade of the first use of GIFs in a review to adequately display my need to fangirl and show my love for this instalment of The Bellator Saga...

The One Real Thing by Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is one of my favourite authors and I loved reading The One Real Thing, the first book in her new series now On Dublin Street is complete. The characters and world she creates really does set us up for an amazing new series.

Too Late by Colleen Hoover:

I don't even know where to start with Too Late. I cannot adequately sum up how it made me feel, I just know I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is another great addition to the awesome books Colleen has written.