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ARC Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

Read 10th May, 2015

Author: Sam Maggs

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Release Date: 12th May, 2015

5 Stars

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Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls is everything that I had hoped it would be and more.

Told with an interesting, humorous voice, this book is an absolutely wonderful read. Whether you’re into books, movies, TV shows, gaming, anime, comic books or science, I highly recommend checking out The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galexy.

Aside from all the awesome points featured above, there are also short interviews at the end of each chapter with some iconic people including Beth Revis (author of the Across the Universe trilogy) and Victoria Schwab (also known as V. E. Schwab, author of The Archived, Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic). Plus, Tamora Piece is mentioned, who is one of my favourite authors of all time.

A quick, enjoyable, insightful read, why wouldn’t you want to pick it up? Do I also need to mention fandoms such as SuperWhoLock, Harry Potter, Tolkien, Marvel and DC? Oh, and don’t forget the mini section on fanfiction…

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Though I do not have the physical copy, I have seen it on BookTube and under the dust jacket is absolutely gorgeous – it even has a TARDIS and a book on it!

Thank you so much to Quirk Books for approving my request for this book on NetGallery! (Which I have literally just found out is pronounced and spelled NetGalley – whoops.)

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Ignite (Ignite #1)

Finished on 13th April, 2015

Author: Erica Crouch

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5 Stars

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Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

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First of all, I would like to thank Patchwork Press for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.

I went into Ignite with an open mind – the synopsis sounded intriguing and I haven’t read many angel books so I decided to go for it, not knowing what to expect.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!

Cutesy romance, action, a focus on siblings, great characters, moral struggles, emotional manipulation (as in, mine were being tossed around like a rowboat in a storm, out on the open sea)… Ignite was just such a brilliant read.

Now one of my favourite angel books, Ignite is right up there with the Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgins and Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter chronicles.

The characters are what made this book for me. Aside from Ariel and Sablo, I loved all of the characters. That said, they were still very well done.

Ever so sarcastic and dark, I actually really liked Azael – I’m not even entirely sure why. I also really enjoyed  how his and Pen’s relationship was explored, their centuries of history together and dependence upon each other. Also *cough* telepathy *cough*.

Gavin made a brief appearance, in which I grew to love him too.

Pen and Michael were just so cute together. Their relationship evolved really well and there were several moments when I literally had to stop reading and take a moment to squeal and aww about how cute they were – I’m not even joking. Their love of books, the cave and the stars are particularly of note.

Overall, I really enjoyed Ignite and recommend it to people interested in a YA book featuring angels and demons, a complicated sibling relationship, a great romance and are prepared for a potentially emotional read (I found it so, but I’m not sure if others will).

I am not entirely sure when I will be continuing on with the series – they were previously available on NetGallery, but have now been archived. However, I am quite intrigued to discover how this series progresses.

On a side note, I have recently been watching Erica’s YouTube channel and she seems to be a really cool person.

ARC Review: Hidden Deep (Hidden #1)

Finished on 16th March, 2015

Author: Amy Patrick

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Release Date: March 23rd, 2015

4.5 Stars

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Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.

After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught. It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

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A beautiful urban fantasy, Hidden Deep features an amusing narrator, a love interest that is both adorable and mysterious, brilliant world building and a whole lot of foreshadowing that has you pulling up theories all over the place.

While I consider myself to be a fairly broad reader, I am always a sucker for a good fantasy – and elves? Altum? Absolutely fantastic.

“Oh God… icing on the cake, icing… oh hang it all.”

Ryann was a great narrator – she was amusing, relatable and strong. She loved her family and was just a really enjoyable character.

I loved Lad. He was thoughtful, innocent, adorable and sweet; while at the same time he was mysterious, protective and yes, rather attractive. Lad was so genuine about everything he did, especially when it came to Ryann.

The other characters were just as great – Grandma Neena was totally awesome, especially when suspicions are proven true; Nox was intense, and though I was highly skeptical of him, he didn’t turn out to be as bad as I’d presumed; I really liked Maria (Ryann’s Mum). I don’t quite know why, but I really hope things turn out well for her.

I also loved Lad’s family – his parents were kind of adorable. Again, I’m not entirely sure why I feel this way and that’s probably not the right word to describe it, but I can’t help the warm fuzzy feeling inside me after finishing this novel – maybe it’s just that stupid cliffhanger… That’s probably it. (Yes, I do understand that it was the right way to end the book but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it). Contradictory much? I tend to be that way.

I highly recommend Hidden Deep to fans of YA, urban fantasy and romance. Personally, I am definitely looking forward to the next installment of the trilogy – which will probably be in slightly over a year (totally guessing here, don’t quote me on that).

Thank you so much to All Night Reads for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGallery in exchange for a review.

Friday Finds #7

Friday Finds, a weekly book meme by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm, showcases the books you ‘found’ or added to your To Be Read list… Whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library -wherever! (They aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

This week I would like to give a HUGE shout out to everyone at NetGalley that have approved my requests to gain electronic copies of books in exchange for an honest review (plural). In this week alone, I have received approval for eighteen books. That’s right – eighteen! I just – WOW. I am so thankful!!

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I have finally received my copy of The Winner’s Curse, which I ordered from The Book Depository. This is the first book in the Winner’s series by Marie Rutkoski and of which I actually received and ARC of the second book (released yesterday), but was unable to read it until The Winner’s Curse came through. Now I can finally marathon it! Whoo!

Now onto my NetGallery finds:

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A Lonely Magic by Sarah Wynde

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A Theory of Expanded Love by Caitlin Hicks. This is actually an ARC and is to be published on June 12th.

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Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Sibhan Davis. This is also an ARC and is to be published on April 30th.

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Bringing Narnia Home by Devin Brown. This too is an ARC, to be published on April 7th.

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Distance by Andrea Heltsley.

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Dreamwalker by Rhys Bowen and C.M. Broyles.

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Escape in Time by Ronit Lowenstein-Malz.

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Hidden Deep by Amy Patrick.

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Ignite by Erica Crouch. The first two installments and the first novella are currently on NetGalley, though I only have the first book. I believe that the second installment, Incite, was published on February 17th.

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Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann.

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Perfect Timing by Robin Mellon. This is not an ARC, but it was only published on March 1st.

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The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin by Jonathan L. Ferrara.

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Another ARC, The Catalyst by Helena Coggan is to be released on April 14th.

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The Jack of Souls by Stephen C. Merlino.

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The Summer Solstice Enchanted by K. K. Allen.

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Tied by Laney McMann.

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True Calling by Siobhan Davis. This is also a recent release, having been published on 28th January this year.

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You Are Mine by Janeal Falor.

That’s the end of this week’s Friday Finds! Please feel free to comment with your own Friday Finds – I would love to hear from you.

ARC Review: City of Fae (London Fae #1)

Read on 8th March, 2015

Author: Pippa DaCosta

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Release Date: May 7th, 2015

5 Stars

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From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.

Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.

This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.

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Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Publishing for supplying me with a free ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

An enchanting urban fantasy, City of Fae will ignite your imagination and capture your soul. A badass heroine, an alluring love interest, an enthralling mystery and a fascinating new world within the streets of London – what’s not to love about DaCosta’s newest novel?

The world building was absolutely fantastic. Set in an alternate reality where fae not only exist but are accepted and revered in society, City of Fae brings the familiar and the fantastical together in a unique and unexpected way. Plus, I have a not-so-slight obsession with London, so it certainly didn’t hurt that it was centered there.

The plot was also brilliant, constantly spiraling in unforseen directions and taking the story to new heights. Whatever you think will happen, probably won’t – this story will surpass your expectations and quite possibly cause your emotions to explode several times over.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to relate to the characters – a reporter and a rock star? I was skeptical, I admit. But boy was I glad to have been proven wrong. Alina was strong, sarcastic, witty and amusing. Her story had me enthralled the entire time and I loved how sassy she was. Reign was intense, layered, deep – and yes, extremely hot. He is both a walking cliche and a defiance to it. Backstories are everything, and DaCosta ticked that box for each of them – including Andrews and Shay, who I loved.

Everything was layered, nothing taken at surface value. City of Fae teaches us to not judge a book by its cover (though, to that effect, it does have a very pretty cover) but to always dig deeper, for you never know what hidden depths are to be found within.

Recommend to those looking for an enchanting New Adult urban fantasy read.

Water So Deep

Read From 3rd-5th March, 2015

Author: Nichole Giles

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5 Stars

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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.

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Wow. Wow wow wow wow. I know it’s only just been published, but can I have the next one please? Is there even a next one? Please tell me there’s a sequel. If there’s not, I think I might cry – or, you know, sob my heart out. (As you do). Because that’s totally normal. Pfft… What is normal? But seriously, next book please. Even if I have to wait a year, I want another book. YOU CAN’T END IT LIKE THAT! No. Just, no. I mean, we pretty much knew it was going to come to this, but…  We couldn’t have had one little snippet from Emma’s point of view after the departure? Just one? I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO HER! *tears up* I hope you know that I am now emotionally traumatized, the only cure being the next book in this beautiful, amazing, enthralling, spectacular, I-don’t-even-know-anymore, cliff-hanger-but-not-cliff-hanger series. At least I hope it’s a series. It better be a series.

But in all seriousness, I absolutely loved this book. Water So Deep is a unique gem amongst the paranormal genre. The characters, the plot, the suspense, the dual point of view, the emphasis on the importance or family and the writing itself formed a magnificent crescendo.

There were no “meh” characters in this book. They were all deep, complex, and I either loved them or hated them – there were no gray patches, no matter how minor the character. Heather, James, Keith, Emma, their biology teacher, Emma and Keith’s parents, James’ uncle, Emma’s Grandma, the social worker we never met. Merrik, Tom, Mark, Lyle, Jonathan, James’ dad. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the Sea King, but I kind of like him, despite not really having a reason to – though I have a feeling that he will be rather prominent in the next book (which will happen, or else I will suffer from withdrawal for the rest of my existence – I’m trusting you Giles).

The writing was just so brilliant and the story was so enthralling and amazing and brilliant that I can’t even really form any coherent thought besides ‘I need the next book now; oh-my-goodness-this-is-absolutly-fantastic; WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?! That stupid ending; why do books have to end? I NEED MORE EMMA AND JAMES (do they have a ship name? Emmames? Jammmema? I am so bad at this.)

So essentially, go read this book – seriously. Recommended to fans of paranormal, mystery, intrigue, and YA. And, you know, anyone and everyone. *cough* I mean…

Thank you so much to Patchwork Press – Cooperative for supplying me with a free copy of this book via Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.