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Friday, 27 February 2015

M9B Friday Reveal: Chapter Two Reveal: Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing Chapter 2 of
Hunted (Sinners #2) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
presented by Month9Books!
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Hunted
HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.
Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.
But can anyone really be trusted?
Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.
Lives will be lost.
Dreams will be crushed.
Fears will be realized.
Secrets will be exposed.
When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.
Forever.
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add to goodreadsTitle: Hunted (Sinners #2)
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
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Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: Shadow Study (Soulfinder #1) by Maria V Snyder

Title: Shadow Study (Soulfinder #1)
Author: Maria V Snyder
Published: 1 March 2015
Source: Harlequin Teen Australia in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *****

My Review:
Oh My Goodness this book was so good! Another awesome instalment in the Study series and Valek and Yelena's story.

From the moment I read the first page, I was pulled right back in Yelena's world and it was great to visit with all the characters again, and a number of the main players from both the Study series and the glass series are back in this book. That being said however, whilst it helps to already know the characters, this tale is its own story and I believe it is just as compelling even if you are visiting the Study world for the first time.

This novel is told from three points of view, Yelena, Valek and Janco, each weaving a different thread in and around each other and in its own direction as needed. Ms Snyder uses it very well to direct the different threads of the story and the balance between the three worked well for me and each thread had its own story and own mystery to be solved and I was just as hooked on all three.

I liked that we learn a lot more about Valek in this novel, we get to see some of his history and how he came to be where he is which gives us a much greater understanding of his character and why he does what he does. We also learn a bit more about certain characters from the previous novels which also helps to propel the story forward.

What Ms Snyder does really well however, is create a story, world and characters that you can't help but love, hate, and be completely immersed in. This is the first book in a new series set in the Study world and I for one, am thankful to Ms Snyder for allowing us to visit with these characters again and share in their newest adventure. I can't wait to see what happens next!
I give this novel 5 stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:



Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1) by Maria V. Snyder




New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

Monday, 23 February 2015

Teaser Tuesday #85: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1) by KaitlynDavis





Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My current read is  Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1) by Kaitlyn Davis and my two lines are from location 743 of 3064
A moment passes between us, brief,but I know it is significant. My heart twinges uncomfortably, a feeling I haven't experienced before, almost as if something has tugged on it, urging it to life.


Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1) by Kaitlyn Davis
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Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?

Once Upon A Time meets La Femme Nikita in GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care...even to love. Working as a member of the queen's guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen's runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission--to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she'll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen's realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher's relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she's ever known--and, more importantly, whose side she's really on.


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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Kin (Tales of Beauty & Madness) By Lili St Crow

Title: Kin (Tales of Beauty & Madness #3)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Published: 25 February 2015
Source: Penguin Books Australia via Netgalley
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: ****

My Review:
I really enjoyed this dark re-imagining of red riding hood.  Like the first two books in the series, this is set in a world, similar to ours, darker and dangerous,  a world where magic has been warped and no one is safe.

Ruby is rootkin, destined to be the clan mother, if she can curb the wildness she has always felt inside her. Growing up with her grandmother, she is determined to try and be what her grand mother and clan want which starts with meeting a stranger, kin from across the waste, who she just may have to marry or at least be betrothed to in the future.

But Conrad is not what he seems and Ruby finds herself biting off ore than she may be able to chew, especially when the murders start.

Ultimately this is a retelling of red riding hood so we know the general direction this is heading, however what Ms St Crow, excels at is her writing style that snares the reader into its rich, richl descriptions that paint the picture of the aforementioned dark and dangerous world and leading captivatingly through the tale so that it doesn't necessarily matter that we know where this is going as the journey and what conspires with in that captures and spellbinds the reader.

Ms St Crow really makes us feel what the Ruby is feeling. The increasing isolation from friends and family, the pressure of growing up and what being an adult in the kin entails and the fear that she will be a disappointment to those that matter and it is Ruby's journey that really makes this tale. The other characters are also richly drawn fro the malevolent Conrad, with his secrets, to the Hunter and Thorne, Ruby's 'cousins' and kin, Cami and Ellie, whom we know and have com to love from previous books as well as the other characters from their tales.However this really is Ruby's story and it is great to see the world from her point of view.

I have really enjoyed this series, in truth more than i expected to, from the outset but the fact that it is so deliciously dark is what sets this re-imagining apart from all the others. I didn't want to leave this world, I want to read more about Cami and Ellie and Ruby and all the other characters and am quite sad that there is no more.

A deliciously dark and compelling tale. I give this story 4 stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:
Kin (Tales of Beauty & Madness #3) by Lili St. Crow



Dreamily dark and spellbinding with a hint of horror, New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow stuns with this toothsome retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Full moon. Glowing eyes. Red lips. And such sharp, sharp teeth…

In the kin world, girls Ruby de Varre’s age are expected to play nice, get betrothed, and start a family—especially if they’re rootkin, and the fate of the clan is riding on them. But after a childhood of running wild in the woods, it’s hard to turn completely around and be demure. Even if your Gran is expecting it.

Then Conrad, handsome and charming, from a clan across the Waste, comes to New Haven to seal alliance between their two families. The sparks fly immediately. Conrad is smart, dominant, and downright gorgeous. Yet as Ruby gets to know him more, she starts to realize something's...off.

Then, the murders start. A killer stalks the city streets, and just when Ruby starts to suspect the unimaginable, she becomes the next target. Now Ruby’s about to find out that Conrad’s secrets go deeper than she ever could have guessed—and it’s up to Ruby to save her Gran, her clan, and maybe even herself....

Prepare to become thrillingly lost in the third, final, and simply mesmerizing installment of Lili St. Crow’s Tales of Beauty and Madness series.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Review: Haunted (The Arnaud Legacy #1) by Lynn Carthage

Title: Haunted (The Arnaud Legacy #1)
Author: Lynn Carthage
Published: 24 February 2015
Source: Kensington Books via Netgalley
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *** 1/2

My Review:
Haunted was not at all what I expected to be nor did it quite go the way I expected when I first chose to read it for review. This is not a bad thing per se just different. The impression I got from reading the blurb was a premise similar to that of ghost house by Alexandra Adornetto and in the beginning it seems like it might be but that abruptly and completely changes.

There are some big twists and turns in this novel, one of which I worked out about a quarter of the way through the novel. This actually helped me in continuing on in the novel as prior to that, the story had felt a little confusing and while it all started to make a bit more sense, I still found it a little disjointed in parts making it hard to keep the thread at times.

At the end of the day, Ms carthage delivered a novel that was different and intriguing and while the ending was not quite as satisfying as I had hoped it did have its moment s and left me wondering, given this is book 1, where the series is going to go. I can't speculate too much without giving too much away but there are a few threads the books yields up that i suspect and hope the series will further explore

One thing I did like, that continued on through the novel, was the air of creepiness and just a little bit of that hair standing on end spookiness that makes you wish that maybe you hadn't read quite so late into the night.

Over all, whilst I wasn't completely blown away by this novel, I still found it an intriguing and different story, enough so that I almost certainly be picking up book 2.

I give this story 3 1/2 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:






Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Irving has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. It’s supposed to be the new start her family needs. But from the moment she crosses the threshold into the ancient estate, Phoebe senses something ominous. Then again, she's a little sensitive lately—not surprising when her parents are oblivious to her, her old life is six thousand miles away, and the only guy around is completely gorgeous but giving her mixed messages.

But at least Miles doesn’t laugh at Phoebe’s growing fears. And she can trust him…maybe. The locals whisper about the manor’s infamous original owner, Madame Arnaud, and tell grim stories of missing children and vengeful spirits. Phoebe is determined to protect her loved ones—especially her little sister, Tabby. But even amidst the manor’s dark shadows, the deepest mysteries may involve Phoebe herself…


Monday, 16 February 2015

Teaser Tuesday #84: Wayfarer (Tales of Beauty & Madness #2) by Lili St.Crow





Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My current read is  Wayfarer ITales of beauty & Madness #2)  by Lili St. Crow and my three lines are from page 18

The problem, she realized as she slammed the door and grabbed for the seat belt--Ruby had already dropped the car into gear, and it was time to brace for the ride home--was surviving.

That's what's going to be hard





Wayfarer (Tales of beauty & Madness #2) by Lili St. Crow





New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has created a stirringly romantic, deliciously spooky update of Cinderella, the alluring second volume in her trilogy Tales of Beauty and Madness.

Ellie Sinder is a Charmer—the most powerful of her age that St. Juno’s Academy has ever seen. But Ellie’s stepmother, Laurissa, wields manipulation and abuse to force Ellie to work her spells ever more intensely, for Laurissa’s profit.

Then a train from over the Wastelands arrives in New Haven, bearing on it golden boy Avery Fletcher, newly returned from prep school, wearing a sweater Ellie’d love to bury her face in and a smile as bright as his blond hair. Avery’s arrival sets Laurissa off on a dark and dangerous scheme—and this time the soul up for grabs is Ellie’s.

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow has created a stirringly romantic, deliciously spooky update of Cinderella, the alluring second volume in her trilogy Tales of Beauty and Madness


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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

Title: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 10 February 2015
Source: Penguin Teen Australia in return for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *****

My Review:
I just finished reading The Ruby Circle and I can't believe it's all over! No more Sydrian! No more Sydney, No more Adrian or Eddie or Jill or anyone.. I feel like I just want to keep to reading more of their story even if this particular series and come rivetingly to a close.

So after waiting, not so patiently to finally get my hot little hands on this book, I have finished it way to quickly for my liking but am extremely pleased to say that it definitely does not disappoint.

The Ruby circle is a satisfying conclusion to the Bloodlines series. It has all the twists and turns we have come to expect from Richelle Mead and this series and some of these twists and tunrs... WOW! ms Mead also brings back many of the characters we have fallen in love love with during the course of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series' in one way or another whilst still advancing the main story arc along with the new and compelling subplots.

The story starts a month or or so after the last one left off. Adrian and Sydney are married and living together in a suite in the Moroi court but both though wanting to be together are feeling suffocated by the current by their circumstances and itching to do more in the search for Jill.

I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this novel. I fell in love with the characters all over again and got sucked right back in to the world of the Moroi, Dhampir and human and found myself right along side as the characters laughed and cried and made their way through the story. I also loved the story itself. Between the action and the character interaction and all those wonderful twists and turns, I was hooked until the last page, hardly daring to breathe as I read ferociously to the end to find out what was going to happen.

The book itself is told in alternates points of view from Sydney and Adrian and getting their different points of view their voice and the separate threads their individual stories spun made the entire story much more cohesive and complete.

And as I approached the end, as much as I wanted to find out what would happen, i also wanted to prolong it as much as possible so the series wouldn't be over as I wasn't sure I was ready to leave that world behind.

I loved this final book in the Bloodlines series and it is a fitting end to a series that has become one of my all time favourites.

I give it 5 stars!

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:






The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: Wait For You by J Lyn

Title: Wait For You (Wait For You #1)
Author: J Lynn
Published: 15 August 2013 by Harper
Source: Booktopia
Reason I picked up the book: Book of the Month - February for Bookish Beauties Book Club
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: ****

My Review:
It's been a while since I read a book in just one sitting but with this book, I pretty much did just that! I started reading it on the train home from work, got home and once my daughter was in bed for the night, picked up it and then kept on reading till the end.

I loved it! It was funny and sweet and had me glued to the end, turning page after page eager to see what would happen next and if Cam and Avery would finally get together.

Set in the New Adult genre, Wait For You is a fun romantic page turner of a tale. Avery Morgansten has moved far away from home to go to college and leave her nightmarish high school history behind. Cam has a history of playing the field and a secret. sparks fly after the two of them meet but Avery, determined not to chance a repeat of her past, is keeping love, and Cam, at arms length.

I loved the chemistry between Cam and Avery, evident from the first time they meet in every conversation and interaction. Ms Lynn writes witty banter and dialogue well and I found myself laughing out loud in parts - always fun when you are on a crowded train :-P The dialogue definitely made this story for me. I also think I fell a little in love with Cam as he is one of the sweetest and most patient men I have read about in a long while.

Ultimately this was an incredibly fun and enjoyable read and I find myself contemplating when i can squeeze in the rest of the series in my reading schedule as they will definitely be featuring in it in the very near future, it is just a question of when.

If you like your New Adult romance with a bit of spice and a lot of sweetness then this book is for you.

I give it 4 stars!

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:





Some things are worth waiting for …

This is the book you’ve been waiting to read since you put down One Day and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Some things are worth experiencing

‘Cam stole my heart’
‘One of the most endearing, touching and fun friends-to-lovers I’ve read’
‘Gripping … the sweetest yet hottest romance

And some things are worth fighting for …

Avery knows she should stay away from Cam Hamilton: he might be the hottest guy on campus but she really doesn’t need that sort of drama right now. Love is best left in the past – along with her troubles. But sometimes, the last thing you want, is just the thing you need …


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Title: Seeker (Seeker #1)
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Published: 12 February 2015 by Random House
Source: Random House UK via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *** 1/2

My Review:
I said in my last review that I had been spoiled in the books I have had the privilege to read so far this year and I think that may well be true as I think it has coloured my vision of what I expect of an amazing read. However that being said, Seeker is definitely a good enjoyable read if not as amazing as I hoped it would be.

This book has an awesome premise. Quinn has trained all her life to be come a Seeker, a noble Hero that does legendary deeds or so the stories she has been raised on say. however on finally attaining her goal, she is shattered to find that what she has believed all her life is a lie.

I struggled a bit in the beginning with this novel and it took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the novel. There are a lot of characters and a lot of elements to this novel and whilst it was good to see the the story from the eyes of several of the main characters, there was always some chopping and changing between past and future which broke the story up a little even as it added to information we needed for the story to progress. As I got further into the story, the rhythm got a lot better and I moved through the second half of the tale much faster than the first.

There are a lot of threads that weave throughout this tale and each of the characters has story behind them and in front of them that weaves through and across the others creating conflict and tension and distorting their ideals and their sense of right and wrong and Ms Dayton does this well. Quinn, Shinobu, Joh and Maud are all trying to do the right things but their experiences have given them different ideas of what the right things is and each has to grapple with their own flaws and overcome them to get closer achieve their desires. Ms dayton paints an good picture of these character's inner conflicts, how they react to them and how it shapes what happens throughout the novel. There is also a lot of action in this novel, which also moves the story along nicely.

This novel does feel like a first in a series (which it is). We are given a lot of information and whilst there is a stand alone story in it, you can feel it is also setting up some intriguing arcs for the series. This is not a bad thing, the more I read of this novel the more I want to learn of this world and these characters and how it will all turn out. Whilst I didn't get all I was hoping for with this first instalment, I am reasonably confident I will find it in the remainder of the series.

An overall enjoyable read and a series I will be continuing. I give this story 3 1/2 half stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:




Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Stacking the Shelves #25


Welcome to Stacking The Shelves! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga Reviews and is a meme to share those books, both print and e-book, that have been added to your shelves in the last week/s.

So all the parcels that didn't arrive last week, DID arrive this week with a parcel nearly every day from Monday through Friday.  I am expecting a couple more next week but then that will probably be it for a little while.  However in general this was a week for the print book rather than the e-book


Review - Print ARCs (with thanks to Bloomsbury Sydney)

Written by the author of the Throne of Glass series, this book looks like it is going to be an awesome read.



A Court of Thrones and Roses (A Court of Thrones and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas




A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!







Purchased - Print Books

As mentioned earlier, lots of pretties arrived this week :-)






I actually got this next book in e-book version for christmas but it is the kind of series with covers made for hard cover editions so I ordered the first in the series a couple of weeks ago and it arrived this week :-)


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer




Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


I was so excited to receive this pre-order this week. It is the last book in a series by one of my most favourite authors, Traci Harding, and I raved about it a couple of weeks ago on this Waiting For Wednesday Post. Needless to say I cannot wait to read this!



AWOL (The Timekeeper Trilogy #3) by Traci Harding



Fate is open to intervention.

The timekeepers return to the Astro-Marine Institute Explorer (AIME) to stop their nemesis interfering with the departure of an otherworldly being currently residing on Oceane. They agree to regroup one week before the interference is due to take place - but one team member seems to be taking an unofficial detour.

An opportunity to prevent the incident altogether arises four years before the rendezvous. But to revisit this instance would be seen as a betrayal to many of the timekeepers and set them at war with one another.

To end all the ancient curses at the route of the disputes between star systems, to pave the way for psychic freedom and achieve AMIE's primary objective, one team member will break the principal rule of Timekeeping and quantum jump into their history alone.
I fell in love with this next hard cover edition when it was released by PenguinTeen Australia recently and knew I wanted to own this series in this hard cover edition. I started with Lola as I have not yet read it and will order Anna and the French Kiss later this year. Isla and the Happoly Ever After is not yet available in this edition so I will have to wait till later in the year to get it also.

Lola and the Boy next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins




Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.

So yeah, I am not so good at the whole waiting thing so when I found I had some extra credit on my Dymocks card, I used it to pick this up. It's the paperback edition but it means I will be ready to read it once I finish Lola :-)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins


Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Purchased - E-Book/Audio Book


I bought my first audio book this week.  I generally have never really been a fan of the audio book as my listening attention span was all but non existent but this first book was on special this week and then the whispersync audible version was just a couple more dollars to get so i figured I would give it a try to listen to at work.

As it seemed to work quite well, I got a couple more to go with e-books I already had and to further the series :-)


The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J Maas
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Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches - and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives…

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling - and deadly - world.

Included in this volume:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire


Throne of Glass  (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas
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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas
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Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Library


So despite my insanely long TBR list for february, apparently I am under the impression I am going to read a whole heap of library books as well this month though looking at what i have managed to borrow this week, I really would love to somehow squeeze them in :-)







The Raven Boys(The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
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A Thousand Pieces of You(Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
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Spirit ( Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer
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Earthquake(earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike


So what did you add to your shelves this week?




Friday, 6 February 2015

Cover Reveal: Summer of the Oak Moon by Laura Templeton #M9BFridayReveals

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Summer of the Oak Moon
Rejected by the exclusive women’s college she has her heart set on, Tess Seibert dreads the hot, aimless summer ahead. But when a chance encounter with a snake introduces her to Jacob Lane, a black college student home on his summer break, a relationship blooms that challenges the prejudices of her small, north Florida town.
When Jacob confesses that Tess’s uncle is trying to steal his family’s land, Tess comes face to face with the hatred that simmers just below the surface of the bay and marshes she’s loved since birth. With the help of her mentor Lulu, an herbal healer, Tess pieces together clues to the mysterious disappearance of Jacob’s father twenty-two years earlier and uncovers family secrets that shatter her connection to the land she loves.
Tess and Jacob’s bond puts them both in peril, and discontent eventually erupts into violence. Tess is forced to make a decision. Can she right old wrongs and salvage their love? Or will prejudice and hatred kill any chance she and Jacob might have had?
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Title: Summer of the Oak Moon
Publication date: May 5, 2015
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Laura Templeton lives near Athens, Georgia, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, learning to figure skate, and taking long walks on the quiet country roads near her home. Something Yellow is her debut novel, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications.
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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 10 February, 2015 by Harper Teen
Source:  HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *****

My Review:

I am truly being spoiled in my choice of book to read so far this year. It is only February and I am already giving 5 stars to my third book of the year.

Red queen is an absolutely amazing read. From the first page to the last, it had me completely hooked. Mare Barrow is, by her own appraisal, no one special, an under educated pick pocket, just another red destined to be conscripted on her 18th birthday and used in a never ending war. However a chance encounter leading to an unexpected chain of events completely changes everything and suddenly Mare is no longer 'just a red'.

I didn't always like Mare and I didn't always agree with choices she makes in the book but either way she made a compelling main character to read about as did the other characters around her. Ms Aveyard writes vivid characters who come to life off the page, so even if I didn't always like Mare, I could still feel a long with her and have my heart clutch in fear waiting to find out what would happen to her.


Ms Aveyard's writing in general, keeps you glued to each page with a well paced action packed, hold your breath and pray roller coaster ride to the end story filled with surprise after surprise, twist after turn, some of them expected, some of them not but all of them making this the amazing story it is.

And the world building...this story is set in a world where the colour of your blood determines your lit in life and this world is fleshed out immaculately by Ms Aveyard, from the poorest section of the stilts to the opulence of the summer palace, we are given a very real picture of life in this world and this enhances the story all the more.

I read the last 1/2 of this book on the way home on the train and when I looked up from reading the last page, I realised I was almost at my stop and I didn't remember any of the hour long train ride or stopping at any of the stops on the way that's how entranced by the story.

I will most definitely be reading the rest of this series and already cannot wait for book 2

In case you were wondering, I give this book 5 stars!

Sapphired Dragon xx



About The Book:




Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.