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Review: Fall

fallFall by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: ebook courtesy of author

As I reached the end of this book, I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh maniacally or blow up in a rage. In all seriousness, Ms. Dawn is absolutely devious in stringing her readers along for the ride… I cannot wait for the next instalment of Cold Mark

At first, I found it a little hard to get into but I was experiencing the onset of a cold which made me somewhat slow in understanding. The novella was actually quite fast-paced though you do have to get used to this new world with all its quirkiness and Fall has barely scratched the surface. I am looking forward to a lot more development of this fantastic alien world.

Braita literally kicks ass though due to her upbringing and all (very very innocent). I reckon this is wicked brilliance on Scarlett Dawn’s part, to bring an un-touched to a very physical world. To my horror, the climax of this confrontation has just exploded when the story ended; hence, my confused, dazed, and absolutely disgusted reaction… Fall will continue to haunt me ‘til I get can my hands on Sink.

My thanks to Scarlett Dawn for providing ebook in exchange of honest review

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Cover Reveal: King Tomb

For a blogger, I’m not the most boisterous of them (understatement of the year!) though on the rare occasion, I do manage to rave about a book or two.  The Forever Evermore trilogy is probably the only NA trilogy I’ve truly raved about -especially King Hall (book 1).  King Hall totally rocks my socks off, King Cave (book 2) hurts me pretty badly and I can just feel the vibe of pain from the upcoming King Tomb already… I am so looking forward to this.  So many trilogies are finishing up this year and this is one of my most anticipated release for the year to read before bub’s arrival!  The release date is cutting it real fine but hope bub will hold on in there until Scarlett Dawn has finished tearing my heart out ;D

It’s my absolute privilege to participate in this cover reveal… without further ado, BEHOLD: King Tomb

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hhhmmm…. where is Lily??!?!?

Title: King Tomb (Forever Evermore #3)

Author: Scarlett Dawn

Release Date: October 1, 2014

Blurb:

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the bestselling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

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Scarlett Dawn is the author of the Forever Evermore new adult fantasy series, which include King Hall and King Cave.

She lives in the Midwest, where she loves to ‘people watch’ and daydream. She adores her music loud and her fries covered in cheese.

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Truth or Dare: Bookshop Visits

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This is a meme hosted by JennaDoesBooks and this week’s challenges are:

TRUTH: Tell us about a book-related event you have attended!
DARE: Go into a bookstore and take three pictures of books that catch your eye. Talk about them!

I’m not sure whether the Dare was supposed to be a vlog but as I’ve got a cold, I really don’t feel like talking much so… apologies, all you’re getting is a little spiel on my bookshops visitations.  Yes, you read that right… bookshopS.

At first, I was only going to visit the closest one to my office at one lunchtime but then… I saw this…

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I thought, “What Fun! And since I was planning on going to one bookshop, I might as well go a little bit further and walk to 3 different ones.”  I managed this in 1 hour lunch time with plenty of time leftover so you can imagine how close my office is to 3 bookshops (it’s really not a good thing for me).  I had no luck in finding the red cover but I found the walk to be really good, especially since I had the perfect weather for it 🙂  For more information on the hunt, go to Gabrielle Tozer’s website.

Onto the books!

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The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Josie Browning dreams of having it all.

A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.

Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.

From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.

Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.

Not my typical read, I have to admit, but looking at the absolutely chic cover, I’m tempted to get one each to grace my bookshelf.  Won’t they look fantastic?!  It sounds to be a very fun read though, I would probably love it despite reaching out of my comfort zone.  It’s definitely one to seriously consider noting that it will also fit within my AWW2014 challenge.  Congratulations, Gabrielle Tozer, on the release of your debut novel!

Kingdom of Little SoundsThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.

Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

It was the beautiful cover with attracted my attention, of course.  Plus it looks like it could fit into my comfort sort of reads, YA fantasy although at a closer look, it seems to be more YA historical fiction.  However, with strong female characters I may just love it.

Reading through some of the GR reviews, I note some reviewers’ assertion that this does not fit the YA classification and a particular review (here) made me think that maybe this is not for me.  Or at least, I need to be in a peculiar sort of mood to read this. Soooo… maybe not…

Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

Woah, what a gorgeous cover!  And… another YA though this one leans towards the fantasy / romance genre.  I’ve heard of Kiersten White before though I’ve not yet picked up any of books yet.  This one though with the promise of Egypt / Egyptian mythology (I don’t care if it’s been done to death, it’s still a point of interest to me!) have totally made it to my TBR.

What do you think of my choices?  Have you heard about any of them or will you be adding any of them to your TBR?

Review: King Cave

kingcavebookKing Cave by Scarlett Dawn
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of author via NetGalley

Please note this is a review of book 2 in the series and may include some spoilers of book 1

This is one of the most anticipated 2014 release for me and it’s the second time in a row that Scarlett Dawn has succeeded in making me chuckle out loud and then tear up. And I kid you not, my tears freely ran down my face and dripped onto my e-reader. King Cave was all that I expected and more. There were good bits, some really good bits, and some bits I didn’t like -hey, you can never get everything you want in life, right? The important factor is that Scarlett has taken me on a ride to who knew where, full of twists and unexpected turns, with the consequence that she’s really gotten under my skin –well, not her exactly but these stories of hers.

I loved it that King Cave picked up right where King Hall left off; right in the middle of a battle. A truly thrilling beginning which then slowed right down right before what we all expected to happen happened. Woah, it was absolutely electrifying; the sparks were flying off the page and this fire is not going to be put out, ever! Let’s just say that it wasn’t a smooth ride and we’re yet to see the resolution to this issue.

This is a book which could’ve been a read in a single sitting for me, despite its massive size (my e-reader informed me: 445 pages). Unfortunately, work interferes (yet, again!) though when I went home, I pretty much ignored the boys to finish reading it. It was so addictive and I just couldn’t put it down. The story transported me to a whole new world and I was completely tuned out to my own world. I love these characters and the way they interact with each other; I love the easy camaraderie between these 4 prodigies –the humour and the love they shared between them.

Ezra’s lips twitched, and then he leaned forward whispering air, “Not as sweet as the sixth car I wrecked. Remind me later to tell you about that.”
Jack chuckled, lifting his chin once in confirmation.
I smacked Ezra’s stomach, muttering harshly, “That’s dangerous.”
His chest puffed, and he rumbled, “I breathe danger.”
“Oh, good God, he did not just say that,” Pearl muttered.

This wasn’t, by any level, an easy sort of read. There were a lot of heartbreaks and issues to work through. The one that really touches me was one about risking your heart…

It’s trust, Ezra. Trust that the person you love won’t hurt you with unkindness and disrespect. Trust that the person won’t crush your heart with infidelity. Trust that, in the end, your partner will love you just as much as you love them, because there will be problems in life that threaten to tear you apart. It’s simply trust.

The one thing I couldn’t fully appreciate was the sex scenes. They were pretty smashing but some of them were a lot more graphical than what was in King Hall and therefore, quite unexpected. There were a few in short succession and combined with the sort of words used, I was, to start with, a little concern that this was going to be an ‘erotica’ sort of books rather than the NA Romance Fantasy it was supposed to be. I wasn’t offended but just slightly disappointed with this turn of words. Please note, though, that this is a personal preference. I believe there are many fans out there who totally loved this part of the book.

There are only 2 other minor complaints, one of which is the lack of airtime for Pearl and Jack –where did they go? Whilst I love reading all about Lily and Ezra, I feel like I’m missing quite a lot of what’s happening with Pearl and Jack and then, *time jump* they’re suddenly inseparable. The only other thing has got to do with names and clichés. The first pair, I could deal with, barely rolling my eyes but the second pair almost made me gag. I’m allocating this as a minor issue because I think there’s something being set up in the next book, maybe, to play out these clichés. If so, I may just have to take this comment back!

This ending of King Hall was nearly a deal breaker last time; ending a book that way was just too cruel! The ending of King Cave though was a heartbreaker. I’m in pain –the suffering is nearly unbearable. How long until King Tomb…??! I’m pretty sure I’d probably be crying my heart out throughout the next book… I’m just going to have to live with my heart in pieces for a few months.

Thank you, Scarlett Dawn & Harlequin Books Australia, for copy of eARC via NetGalley

If you’re interested in purchasing any book in this trilogy, you can visit Scarlett Dawn’s website, here, which will have purchase links for each book.

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Truth or Dare: An Excerpt from King Cave

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This is a meme hosted by JennaDoesBooks and this week’s challenges are:

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Wow!  Can’t believe I’m doing this but here we are!!!  I’m totally freaking out :p

I’m not very good at this thing called vlogs so apologies in advance for the UNclearness of it all!

About the book:

kingcavebookKing Cave (Forever Evermore #2) by Scarlett Dawn

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall: the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?

What do you think about this book so far?  This is one of my most anticipated release for 2014 so I’m very excited to be reading it 🙂

My review for this book is due this coming Wednesday so be sure to come back to check it out 🙂

Review: King Hall

king hallKing Hall by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: eARC courtesy of Harlequin Australia via NetGalley

My first reaction after I finished the book was:

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Was. So. Very. Extremely. Frustratingly. UPSET.

Why?!??! I really needed that disclaimer that this book ends with the Mother of a Cliffhanger. Bah! How in the world am I supposed to survive waiting for the next book?! I don’t even know when that will be!

Before I began reading, I was actually in a bit of a rut and wasn’t in the mood to read (Sorry, what?!? I know, the weirdest feeling ever). However, the humorous beginning lured me right in and though I was worried that this world might be a little bit complicated at that time of the morning, I was totally sucked in by first the humour, Lily as MC, the idea of lifemates (I’m a sucker for that type of romance), and then broken hearted. Within a few chapters, King Hall has had me chuckling, snorting [eye-roll moments], and crying (well, quite teary at any rate). I was raving about it a couple of hours later at lunch to my colleague who probably thought I was a little bit nuts since we haven’t seen each other in a while but all I could talk about was this book I’m reading. Errm, I love you too  xx

King Hall is the name of a college for Mysticals (ie. non-humans / “Commoners”). There are 4 types of Mysticals: Shifters, Vampires, Elementals, and Mages. Whilst showing a united front to Commoners, Mysticals do not like to mix and each group has their own ruler. Lily is not supposed to be one. In fact, she’s not supposed to even exist. However, she and 3 other Mysticals are the next in line to ruling each groups. Whilst relationships between rulers are usually quite reserved and sometimes, strained, due to the segregation, a tragedy brought these 4 together and forged a beautiful friendship. Of course, due to their Mystical natures, they are all beautiful physically and ‘friendly’ –so there’s that very interesting aspect of their friendship.

The friendship between Lily, Ezra, Jack, and Pearl was amazing to behold. It was an unfortunate tragedy which truly brought them together but they stayed strong together, trusted each other and truly accepted each other as different as they are. This was one of the best bits of the book. Of course, the quirky, snappy, sarcastic comments were most entertaining. And any sparks between characters helps the total enjoyment of the story. There was always something happening and it keeps me swiping through to the end [Note: only available in ebooks so there is no turning to be done, only swiping ;)].

I’m a little confused with the world building though as I feel there are some things that weren’t explained properly (or if it was, I completely missed it). For example, each Mystical have different powers but what exactly are their nature? I don’t understand how vampires are walking around in daytime and have body heat though I love the significance of hair colour – just imagine what a colourful the world it is.

King Hall was un-put-down-able for me. I had to keep on reading just one more chapter till I suddenly reached the end. I hope book 2 will come soon with lots of answers to questions I had from this book though I wouldn’t mind (in fact, I would totally love it) if there is a prequel of some sort about Lily & Dominic. psst, Dawn, I may just forgive you for this cliffhanger ending, if I can have this prequel to tide me over whilst waiting for book 2 This book will be one of those I’d recommend waiting for the next book, unfortunately. Can’t you just tell how very upset I am…. 

Thank you, Harlequin Australia for providing copy of ebook in exchange of honest review

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