Review: Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner

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Book: Curse of the Sphinx
Author: Raye Wagner
Format: E-Book
Year: 2015
Rating: ★★★★ / 5 

 

First description of the book that you see on Goodreads is:

“How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?”

This one question already grips your attention and makes you wonder about what kind of monster they might be talking about.

Hope Nicholas is just a seventeen-year old girl who has been moving from place to place her entire life, keeping herself safe and staying low so her existence wouldn’t be noticed by unwanted personas. However, no matter how low of a profile you keep, just one mistake and they will know about you, they know where you are and they will come after you. This is what Hope had to learn from a very early age and it is what her mother always taught her to be, Careful. Continue reading “Review: Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner”

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My Most Anticipated April 2016 Releases

April is going to be a great month for new book releases. What is interesting is that most books come out on the same day. Let the competition begin!

Starting with the 5th of April 2016, we will have a lot of great books coming out on that day:


 

April 5th - 2For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

(Excerpt from Goodread)



April 5th - 1Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

(Excerpt from Goodread)


April 5th - 3

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything

(Excerpt from Amazon.co.uk)


Finally April will end on a high note, just as it started. On 26th of April 2016 we will get two more great releases:


April 26th

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

(Excerpt from Goodread)


April 26th - 2In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

(Excerpt from Goodread)

More great books to add to my ever growing TBR pile. Let me know what book releases you are awaiting this month.

March Wrap Up

For me, March was not the best reading month, was always busy at work and at uni and it was hard to squeeze some time for reading in between. But I figured out that I tend to read way more when I have an e-book either on my tablet or on my phone (usually on my phone), as I travel a lot during the week it is easier to pull out your phone and keep reading, sometimes even in classes (don’t tell anyone please!).

I’ve read a total of 7 books and I DNF’d one..

  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (and even watched a movie)
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Kill School: Slice by Karen Carr
  7. Runes by Ednah Walters

Haruki Murakami just wasn’t for me. His short stories told me nothing and it was too boring to continue reading. I am not completely giving up on his writing but I might wait until a more appropriate set of mind before giving him another  chance.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Kill School by Karen Carr were by far my most favorite books this month. Karen Carr is already working on a sequel and I cannot wait for the next book!

Hope this month brought you some very good reads as well. I would love to know what you’ve read last month and what you are currently reading. Let me know in the comments below.

Review: Kill School:Slice by Karen Carr

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Book: Kill School:Slice
Author: Karen Carr
Format: E-book (Kindle)
Year: 2016
Rating: ★★★★★ / 5

A dystopian Young Adult novel full of surprises and new concepts – that is what Kill School: Slice was for me, it is difficult to find words to describe and conclude what I felt while reading it. So let’s start with a small overview of the plot.

In this world no-one expects their 16th birthday, on the contrary it is a very dreadful day everyone is afraid of. “What colour will I get” is the only questions children are concerned about, “Will I get a green emerald or a blue sapphire or maybe, for the worst of cases, Will I receive red ruby?”

This futuristic society, where human DNA was modified to the point that it allowed people to live for a very long time without worrying about dying from illness or old age, which ultimately gave every person an order, a permission to kill to control the population.

Kill to live. A life for a life.

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