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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Review: Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers

Title: Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief 
Author: Rosie Somers
Published: 8 August 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Source: Entangled Publishing, LLC via Netgalley in return for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *** 3/4 

My Review:

I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and engaging from the very first chapter. 17 year old Mari is from a family with long glorious tradition of jewel thievery and that has been the life she has led so far. After finding out a dangerous rival is out to get them, Mari and her mother head to New York to hide out and Mari has to pretend to be a normal teenager for the first time in her life.

Firstly, I liked this spin on the extraordinary teen hiding out as a regular teenager premise and Mari was a likeable main character. I thought the idea played out well in the story giving a plausible fun and intriguing story line. We got see both the jewel thief side of her in action as well as the regular teen and Ms Somers showed the contrasts well which really helped make mar are more rounded and believeable character.

The pace and flow of this story really hit the mark. I was in the story from the first page and quickly flew through this only putting it down briefly once. Mari's voice was relatable and I cared what happened to her and to Will. I liked the twists and surprises the author threw in and while i picked some of it, I still felt compelled to keep moving threw to the story to see how it all turned out.

Overall the story is great blend of sweet romance, action and adventure with feels a plenty and a satisfying conclusion to leave you smiling.

I really enjoyed this and gave it 3 3/4 stars :-)

Sapphired Dragon xx




About The Book:


Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers



Most sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t know where museums keep their rarest jewels (the basement) and they really shouldn’t know that vans make the worst getaway cars. But for Marisol Flores, a life of jewel thievery is a birthright handed down from generation to generation, even if she didn’t ask for it. So when a rival thief targets Mari and her mother, Mari’s more than happy to flee to the anonymity of bustling New York City.

Blending in is a dream come true for Mari, but keeping her former thieving ways a secret gets way more complicated when handsome Will Campbell sets his sights on her. She can’t help but like his terrible puns and charming grin…but when her past catches up with her, it’s not only her life—and her anonymity—that’s at stake.

Will could be the next target.
 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper




Welcome today's stop on the Enigma ( Schrodinger's Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper  hosted by Chapter by Chapter   Today's stop is a review as well as a chance to enter the great giveaway that is being run throughout this tour.

Review:



Enigma is the second book of the Schrodinger Consortium series and takes up shortly after the end of Anomaly (book 1). Reid and Josie are currently on the run from The Consortium and Josie is having trouble dealing with the fact she killed Santos. This is one of the first things I really liked about this book. Unlike many action stories, it didn't make the killing of enemies, even with kick ass powers, glamorous. Instead showing very real consequences and reactions to having , albeit accidentally, killing someone.

I also liked that story kept momentum all the way through. An easy, entertaining read, with a well paced storyline that kept the reader moving through the twists and turns and guessing who the mole was until the end. As reader, I felt immersed in the story the whole way through.

I liked Josie. How strong she was, how she used her intelligence hand in hand with her compassion and protective spirit to protect her family and help those around her even as she dealt with her new abilities and the unimaginable power that came along with them. I loved Reid, his strength and protectiveness of Josie along with his swooniness. He was everything a good book boyfriend should be.

Overall though, what I most enjoyed was that the premise behind the story was quite different from things I had read before. The idea of being able to push and retract and the science behind it was a really intriguing idea which i thought quite well though out and believable. This created a world that I really wanted to know more about.

A very enjoyable read. I give this book 3 3/4 stars

Sapphired Dragon XX

   
Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper
Publication Date:  July 3, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
   

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.


 


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.


My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…



ABOUT  Tonya Kuper


Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She's a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.
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Author Links:   
 
Giveaway :  

One (1) winner will receive :
 
  • Signed Copy of Anomaly and Schrodinger's Consortium swag

Monday, 27 March 2017

Spotlight Post : Summoner Rising by Melanie McFarlane

 
Welcome to the Summoner Rising by Melanie McFarlane Blog Tour hosted by Month9Books. Today's stop is all about Spotlighting the Story as well as a really cool giveaway at the end.  Keep reading to find out more details. 
 
Summoner Rising by Melanie McFairlane
 
 
Title: SUMMONER RISING
 
Author: Melanie McFarlane
 
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
 
Publisher: Month9Books
 
Format: Paperback, eBook
 
Pages: 300
 
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks 
 
 
Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning: 
 
Law One: A summoner is responsible for an ll 
creatures it lets through from the netherworld. 
 
Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life. 
 
As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

About The Author: Melanie McFarlane

 
 
 
 
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.
 
 
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.
 
 
 
 
The Tour
 
Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
3/27/2017- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post
3/27/2017- Realm of the Sapphired dragon- Spotlight 
 
3/28/2017- Book Review BeccaReview
3/28/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview
 
3/29/2017- StephanieCassidyBlogReview
3/29/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
 
3/30/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview
3/30/2017- trishajennreadsExcerpt
Week 2:
3/31/2017- Wishful EndingsReview
3/31/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
 
4/3/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview
4/3/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt
 
4/4/2017- Under the Book CoverReview
4/4/2017- So Few BooksInterview
 
4/5/2017- BooksbooksmurderReview
 
 
4/6/2017- Natural briReview
 
 
4/7/2017- YA and WineReview
 
 
The Giveaway
 
1 winner will receive a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Blog Tour Post + Giveaway: Weddings, Crushes and Other Dramas (Creative Hearts #6) by Emily Mckay




Welcome today's stop on the Weddings, Crushes and Other Dramas ( Creative Hearts #6 Willa & Finn #2)) by Emily McKay  hosted by Chapter by Chapter   Today's stop is a review as well as a chance to enter the great giveaway that is being run throughout this tour.

Review:


I have adored this series and I am so sad that this appears to be the last book. I have enjoyed each and every book in this series and this one was no exception. We first met Willa and Finn in book 2 of the Creative Hearts series, How Willa Got Her groove Back however we have seen glimpses of them in subsequent books of the series and this book starts just a few short weeks before the wedding between Willa's Dad Matt and Finn's mum Mia.

Willa's mindset at the beginning of this book is very different to that of the first book and already we can see the growth in her character since we last saw her. I really connected with her in this book so it was great to see the growth continue. Of all the boys in this series, Finn has always seemed the most real to me ( and the most swoonworthy :-P ) so I kept wanting the two of them to get together already. However Ms McKay kept the tension between them perfect all the way through and this kept me turning the pages, eager to see where these two would end up.

This series itself is interesting in that it has been a collaboration between four different writers with each writer focusing on the 2-3 of the core characters of the series, kids attending the Next Gen Arts Academy in Austin. Though each book focused mainly of two of the core group the series and stories of the whole was continued fro book 1 through to book 6 and in this book we get a conclusion of both the story of Will and Finn as well as the over series ARC. I really liked Where Willa and Finn's story finished up where as some of the other couple felt a little unfinished with things I wanted to see. In fact I really enjoyed the entire journey of this book.

This book was a quick, easy and most importantly fun read with lots and lots of feels. It is most definitely a one sitting read with characters you will love and be thinking about long after you have finished the book.

I wish there could be more of this series and I give this story 3 3/4 stars
Sapphired Dragon XX


Weddings, Crushes and Other Dramas (Creative Hearts #6) by Emily Mckay

   
Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts #6, Willa & Finn #2) by Emily McKay
Publication Date: February 13, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush
   

 



Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program.
Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.
Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863871-weddings-crushes-and-other-dramas

 


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.
When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.
Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.
Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.




ABOUT  Emily McKay




Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

Author Links:   
 

Giveaway :  Contest ends February 17, 2017



One (1) winner will receive :
 
  • One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Blog Tour Post & Giveaway: Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake

 
 
 
 
Welcome today's stop on the Guardian of Secrets ( Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake  hosted by Chapter by Chapter   Today's stop is a review as well as a chance to enter the great giveaway that is being run throughout this tour.

Review:

Guardian of Secrets is the second book of the Library Jumpers series and I really enjoyed the continuation of this  tale.  A nice mix of action and romance, I felt like this book managed to advance the overall series while still whilst still being an enjoyable story in itself.

 

What I love most about this series is that the premise is so very different from other stories I have read.  I love the idea of being able to jump through gateway books from library to library and I like the magic/sentinel system as well.  I felt like this second book started to delve a little deeper into the world and I liked the extra world building that came with it.  We started to hear more about some of the other havens as Gia and Nick search for the Chiavi.

 

I liked Gia. I found her relatable but suitably badass all the same and I liked seeing her journey through the pages.  I also like Nick and the fact that we got to see the conflict he was going through in adjusting to the new information regarding his real and adoptive parents and with the onset of magical powers.  The conflict felt real and was dealt with quite well I though.  I also liked that all through the book, the reader wasn't sure who to trust and this added to the mystery and suspense of the book.

 

The story itself moved quite quickly, the action marrying nicely with the revelations and various plot points revealed as the story progressed.  I liked the mystery of the Chiavi and found the Somniums also very interesting.

 

Overall I enjoyed this latest instalment, finding myself thinking about the characters and what might happen next even after I had finished the last page and am genuinely looking forward to the next instalment.

 

An enjoyable read and I give this book 3 ½ stars

Sapphired Dragon XX
 
 
 
 
Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake
 
 
   
Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
 
   
 
   
 
 
 
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.   Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939285-guardian-of-secrets
 
 
   
 
 
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
 
 
 
 
ABOUT  Brenda Drake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author Links:   
 
 
   
 
Giveaway :  Contest ends February 17, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
One (1) winner will receive :
 
   
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card with Guardian of Secrets swag pack  *International winners will only get $50 GC*
 
 
 
 
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