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The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles, #1)by Laurie Forest

Synopsis

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear. 

Review

I was sent this as a Arc for a honest review.
Firstly let me start by saying that  I am aware that this book has divided a lot of people. The thing that I think is lost is that this is a fictional story about a place and characters that do not exist. Though the story does cover things like racism and  homophobia it is a story.
If it has gotten people talking about these issue and problems  then I think it is a good thing.

I actually liked the story and it’s characters though it did drag a little in the middle.

Elloren is young and unaware o

f what is going on in the real world but as the story progresses she goes from trying to fit in to realising that the world she is trying to fit in is not a world she wants to be apart of

It is a interesting concept for a story and it will be very interesting  to see what happens next. 

It is definatly worth a read. So dont be put off by the reviews give it a chance. 

​No Filter by Orlagh Collins

Synopsis

This is the story of THAT SUMMER … the one when everything changes.

Emerald has grown up in a privileged world – the beloved daughter of a wealthy family, friends with all the right people, social media addict. But Emerald’s family has secrets – and when Emerald finds her mum unconscious on the bathroom floor, no one can pretend any more. Now she’s being packed off to stay with her grandma in Ireland while her mum recuperates and her dad just works and works and works. 

Grandma’s big, lonely house is set back from the beach, and there’s no phone signal or wifi. It’s going to be a long summer … Until she meets Liam. 

When you’re falling in love, it’s hard to tell someone everything. Even if you’ve got nothing to hide any more. And when secrets and lies are all you’re used to, how do you deal with real love – brave and true – with no filter? 

The fresh, funny and poignant debut novel from Orlagh Collins, a bright new voice in YA fiction. Authentic, down to earth and sweepingly romantic all at once, No Filter is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Review

I was sent a copy of  No Filter by Orlagh Collins   for a honest review.

No filter is a beautiful YA novel and is the perfect  holiday/ weekend read.

Set  in Ireland.  Emerald is sent to stay with her grandma, after a family emergency. At first she thinks she’s going to hate it. She has been dumped in Ireland, her holiday plans have gone out the window and her friends are a whole other issue. The one positive is Liam Flynn.

This is a great story about disconnecting from the digital world  and living in the real world

The characters are very relatable as they are normal  everyday people.  The dream, party, and deal with family dramas. It is these aspects of the story that make the story and characters real.

This is a extraordinary debut novel
The plot was unpredictable and being written in the
POV  of Liam and Emerald you get to not only see their love unfold but you also see what is going on in their life’s.

I definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a YA romance.

Thank you  Bloomsbury for sending me this book!

​When It’s Real by Erin Watt 


Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?
Review

This is the first book by  Erin Watt I have read and it was a beautiful  and  addictive read.  I really wished there was more to the story.

When It’s Real is the story of Vaughn & Oakley. 

Vaughn is a down to earth girl, who’s life is not going the way she would have liked. After her parents are killed, Vaughn  decided to put off college and work as a  waitress to help her sister with the financial support the family. However when she is offered an unexpected job that has the power to change their lives, she feels she has no choice but to take it.

Oakley is a child star, not only in his own right as a mysician but also dye to the fact that his parents are Hollywood royalty. But he wants to be taken seriously as an artist. Which means he needs to have a image make over and his manager knows just how to do it. 

Oakley and Vaughn were polar opposites, but they are exactly what each other needs.  Though aspects of this story are predictable it is a fantastic story. It shows that what you see is not always the full story. Which in a world were we are enthralled social media and the life’s of the rich amd famous  is a great lesson .

 Vaughn does have a boyfriend, though I’m not sure how committed  to the relationships he really is.  Which of course complicates the matter. I don’t real think that this can be consider it a love triangle,  because it’s clear to anyone that her boyfriend is a little self obsessed.

This is a standalone novel. Which makes it a perfect weekend or holiday read. I do wish we got to see a little more ay the end.

It is  also written in first person from alternating POVs. This is something i normally hste in a book. But it is exactly what makes this story work. 

As soon as I started reading the first few pages of this book, I fell in love with loved the writing. Erin Watt has a fun, fresh, addictive voice that pulls you in and keeps reading. I highly recommend this book as a superstar romance.

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Winter Wrapped Up Competition

For those of us in the southern hemisphere winter is definitely here, and I want to help you beat those winter blues.  What better way to do that then to give you the ingredients you need for a perfect winter day.

This competition is open worldwide, so if you are lucky enough to be enjoying the warmer weather in the Northern hemisphere why not enter for your chance to have the best start to your cooler months

Thank to our amazing friends at Bloomsburg Australia and Koalabi Australia we have put together the perfect winter survival pack
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Our prize includes

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

We Come Apart by Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (Sneak peek)

Jade lotus candle

Koalabi Australia Classic short boot

chamellia tea – Chamomile

chamellia tea – Lemongrass & Ginger

Enter at  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Competition closes 31/7/2017 winner will be drawn on the 1/8/2017

About the books

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart

We Come Apart by Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?
For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

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The Dark Trigger ( The Border Door Chronicles Book 1)  by B.R Love 

Synopsis

Border Corp offers a very unique service. With their Border Door being a bridge from one world to the next, they are the only corporation that performs interworldly operations.  Their product; Cyphers, heroes of limitless power ready to help all worlds and take on whatever enemies their client desires. 

Rosetta Moon has grown up isolated on a mountain with her flask swilling grandmother and workaholic mother. With a vast knowledge of the world beyond, she dreams of one day exploring it and, perhaps, making a friend or two. 

When her fifteenth birthday arrives it brings with it a vanishing house, a boy with wings, an owl eyed man and a strange pair of gloves. Quickly, she learns three things. 

1. She is a cypher hero and a key to all worlds.

2. Her family’s business is far more than what she thought it was.

And 3, her life is, and has always been, in grave danger. 


Review

I went in to this story with no expectations which meet I was open to whatever the store had to offer. The story is a little Alice in wonderland meets  the Medoran Chronicles with a hint of something extra.

We meet a girl who has spent her whole life living in a world that has been created to protect her. She is isolated with only her mum and grandma for company. But when her aunty  and uncle surprise her on her birthday a series of events will changed her life forever.

 There is lots of different messages that come from the story and what you read into is clearly in the eye of the reader.  Whether it is truth honesty trust family friendship or something else. 

Like any good story we have our heroine,  villans, and heros. But not everything is as it seems. 

We also have a menagerie of wonderfully  created characters and a location that is not quite what it seems. 

I really enjoyed the stories plot and characters and I can not wait to find out what will happen next. 

Product details

  • Series: The Border Door Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1521236100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1521236109


About the author 

B.R Love grew up in Victoria, Australia with too many pets and too much free time. She vanished into a gelatinous black void ten years ago on a drunken dare and hasn’t been seen since. Her writing often makes its way through the void covered in ectoplasm and viscera. Most of the time it’s illegible and barely makes sense, other times it’s just an itemized list of her favourite breeds of dog, (in case you were curious, they’re all number one). Occasionally, a story will emerge from the void that’s not too shabby and finds its way onto blogs and literary journals. When the manuscript for this novel slipped through the void, a note was attached. It read, ‘To whomever it may concern. I got drunk with a five-headed goat demon and he bet that I couldn’t write and publish a book. Please get this published or else he gets my first born. I mean, I plan on adopting anyway, but I like to keep my options open. Much obliged. B. R. Love.’ 
This is B.R. Love’s first published novel and surely not to be her last if she keeps drinking with that five-headed goat demon. Her mother and dogs hope she returns from the void soon.