Review | "My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel" by Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris

Title: My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Author: Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris
Pub. Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Quirk Bookss
Pages: 352
Format: Digital arc by NetGalley

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Goodreads blurb:

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after

You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.



My Review:

Why aren't there more books like My Lady's Choosing?
And, what I mean by that?
Interactive novels, where you are the heroine and choose your own path among sometimes hard options, dealing with action, sexy potential romantic interests and a lot of suspense to see where your next move will take you.

I decided to write my review after the very first adventure I went on, because I was very impressed by this book, but I definitely know that it can offer whole evenings full of endless adventures and steamy interactions.

In fact, the very first adventure I embarked on included a sexy Scots man, whose motives and actions weren't always clear, a lot of intrigue with dangerous and tricky (and very, very hard) options available (I honestly still wonder how I made it out of all this alive AND with a happy ending), intelligent dialogues, a big mystery and a lot of action.

You might wonder how it is possible for a single path of this book to end up being so full of adventure that kept me glued to it until the (happy, thankfully, in my case) end.
And, this is exactly the magic of this book.
When you first open it, read the introduction and meet the characters you never imagine the completely unexpected  plot twists appearing before you, as well as the big journey you have just embarked on.

If you love interactive novels, this one won't disappoint you. On the contrary, it will prove to be a totally amazing experience.
If you haven't tried interactive novels before, or even if you do not usually enjoy them, I can assure you that this book is so full of story and intrigue and the fact that you can decide what you want your heroine to be, from a witty and intelligent woman to an adventure-seeking person travelling in the wildest places with the wildest people, will surely blow you away.



All in all, 5 stars because this was amazing and I want to wrap up the review because I can't get early enough back to this novel, 
explore all the possible options and head on new and exciting adventures. 

Book Tour | "The Phantom of New York, volume 1 - Peter and the Crown" by A.L. Janney




The Phantom of New York, volume 1 - Peter and the Crown
by 
A.L. Janney
Genre: MG/YA Adventure
Release Date: December 2017

Summary:


'This is a story about vigilantes and magic.
About prophecy and hope.
About a boy and his hotel.

When twelve-year-old Peter Constantine wakes up in the Crown Hotel with a new identity, life is over as he knows it. But perhaps that’s not such a bad thing… 

A dangerous man Peter only knows as “The Client” is after his family, so they’ve relocated to New York City. With help from unlikely friends living at the glamorous hotel, including the ghost on the tenth floor, Peter's new life begins. Soon, however, he learns of a plot to destroy his new home, a plot only the Phantom can foil.

Peter and the Crown is the first book in the Phantom of New York series, an adventure for readers aged ten and up. If you like smart, funny characters and “can’t put it down” escapades, then you’ll love Alan Janney’s Phantom of New York series.'

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My review:

This was a delightful, interesting, funny and mysterious novel, full of unique characters and a protagonist you could only love and appreciate.
There was everything included in this book. A luxurious hotel with snobbish rich boys, adorable little girls, royalty, demanding (and some times a little bit crazy) customers and a few ghosts.

Peter is a 12-year-old boy, who gets into funny, if not a little bit daring, adventures and slowly matures in front of the reader's eyes. He and his family were forced to move into The Crown when his father was threatened by a shady client. And, that's when little Peter's life literally changed overnight. He made new friends (alive or not so much), he fell in love, he learned how to box and even how to behave properly wearing a tuxedo. From that moment on, the book starts being impossible to put down, as a bigger mystery starts unveiling itself, at the same time when a vicious gang commits robberies all over New York City.

The author managed to deliver Peter's story in an amazing way, suitable for readers of all ages, and also make us really feel we are on board with all of our lovable characters' adventures.

There was also so much diversity in this book, starting from our hero who was of Greek and Italian descent, his Indian friend and his best friend who was biracial! I loved this book for that reason even more!

There is nothing better than promoting to children equality and making their role models such amazing, kind and thoughtful characters.


All in all, 5 stars for an amazing, relaxing and 
at the same time mysterious and adventurous story, and a perfect read for all, 
that made me wistful of New York and its amazing, full of secrets, hotel!




About the Author
Winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award!
You work hard.
I write adventures.
Let me entertain you.
My favorite adventurers: Ender, Frodo and Sam, Rand, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, Katniss, Spenser, Peter and Alicia and Amy (from The Passage), Jack Ryan, Dirk Pitt, and many others, including my two sons and my super hot wife.
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Review | "Traitor to the Throne" (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Traitor to the Throne
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Pub. Date: February 2, 2017
Publisher: Faber & Fabers
Pages: 570
Format: Digital arc by NetGalley

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Goodreads blurb: This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.


My Review:

Alwyn Hamilton is not just a talented storyteller. She is a graphic scene maker and a director.
She doesn't just describe the situations in which her protagonist finds herself, she makes you feel you are an part of the whole scene, like you are actually in Amani's shoes.
And, I deeply admire her for that and the deeply fascinating world she has created.

Amani's story made me fall instantly in love with her whole world and the powerful creatures that created it, from the first few chapters of the very first book in the series.

In this second novel of the story, we even learn more about the Djinns and their half-human offsprings.

We also get to have an insight in the ways of the harem and the mind of the brutal and intriguing Sultan who claimed his throne after treacherous and murderous acts all these years ago.

Amani finds herself all alone in the most dangerous situation she has encountered yet.
But, she manages to remain the same brave and strong girl I deeply loved in the first book.

The deaths and sacrifices are, yet again, not missing from this action-filled book and the way it ends, it makes me crave the next and final installation in the trilogy even more anxiously.

Hamilton's way of writing is once again magical, and it really makes me wonder why this amazing series is not even more widely popular:

- Amazing, brave, strong and intelligent protagonist - Check!
- Swoon-worthy, sexy and protective romantic interest - Check!
- Rich of amazing and deep supporting characters, willing to sacrifice themselves and fight for their cause and their country - Check!
- Lots of action and a healthy dose of romance to keep things hot in every aspect - Check!
- Amazing and original world, filled with people with unique and fascinating powers - Check!

After all these elements, how can you not love such a marvelous piece of work?

All in all, wishing I could give more than 5 stars
for the second book of what is shaping to be
one of my most loved series of all times.

Review & New release | "Nice Try, Jane Sinner" by Lianne Oelke

Happy Release Day!!!

Title: Nice Try, Jane Sinner
Author: Lianne Oelke
Pub. Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, Clarion Bookss
Pages: 432
Format: Digital arc by NetGalley
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Goodreads blurb: The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don't know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she'll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She'll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.
 

My review:

Jane Sinner. One name, so many levels.
And, we are lucky enough to be reading her thoughts firsthand.
Because this is her journal, where her deepest thoughts are being written under utter secrecy.

Jane's whole life has changed ever since the Event. And, the author delivers everything brilliantly.
Everything starts slowly and we only get glimpses here and there of her old life and what she used to be like.

In the beginning she seems like a tough to love girl, but she evolves as the plot thickens, and by the end of the story I couldn't help but have fallen in love with her.

The story starts speeding up after she starts participating in House of Orange, a big-brother-type reality show who starts as a YouTube sensation and ends up being so much more. And, just like its popularity in the book, I started to feel affectionate towards it and the people behind it gradually and steadily, too.

But, the audience's and my affection towards HOO are not the only things developing through this story. Jane is, too.

She has been diagnosed with a mental health issue and taking antidepressants.
And, of course, I couldn't help but be even more interested in her, due to that reason and my psychology degree.
Her mental health is even in danger right in front of the reader's eyes at some point, and all of my instincts yearn to help her, just like her environment tries to, although not always successfully. 

And, not even get me started about the plot twists and turns, especially the biggest one around the middle of the book, which got me (and apparently every viewer of HOO) so deeply immersed into the plot and Jane's shenanigans.

Overall, the author promotes through her book an important mental health issue in such a... healthy way, and the very essential message that people do not need condolences and pity, but friendship and affection, especially after facing psychological problems.


All in all, 4 stars for a brilliantly written book featuring
an amazing and deep in so many levels character,
her refreshingly original and enlightening story
and a deeply important message.

Blog Tour | "Hinder" by Kristin Ping



About the Book:
Title: HINDER 
Author: Kristin Ping
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Pages: 443
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.

Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.


About Kristin:

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house. She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender's novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing. When she isn't writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.


Giveaway Details:

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Pre Order Giveaway:

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CROWS OF WINTER is a bundle of three stories. Two of them were exclusively written for Hinder Pre-Orde drive. They will not be up for purchasing.
Lucian’s Ascension written by Adrienne Woods, Venom, a Novelette also by Adrienne Woods and introduction short story of Guardian of Monsters written by Kristin Ping.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/1/2018- Book-o-Craze - Review
1/2/2018- Darque Dreamer ReadsReview
1/3/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
1/4/2018- Jen Brown WritesReview
1/5/2018- Book Huntress' WorldReview

Week Two:
1/8/2018- Books and LaddersReview
1/9/2018- Fire and IceReview
1/10/2018- JrsbookreviewsReview
1/11/2018- The Inked In Book BlogReview
1/12/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

Week Three:
1/15/2018- Hooked To BooksExcerpt
1/16/2018- Pervy Ladies Books- Review
1/17/2018- books are loveReview
1/18/2018- Literary MusingsExcerpt
1/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13Review

Week Four:
1/22/2018- A Reader's LifeReview
1/23/2018- Wishful EndingsExcerpt
1/24/2018- SimplyAllyTeaReview
1/25/2018- Dani Reviews ThingsReview
1/26/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

Week Five:
1/29/2018- Blushing BibliophileReview
1/30/2018- BookHounds YAReview
1/31/2018- AbooktropolisReview