The Crack in Everything by L.H Cosway
Release Date: January 30th
Summary: Life used to be simple.
I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.
For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.
Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.
I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…
My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.
A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.
Thoughts: I think it was the pretty cover that drew me to this one. The summary isn’t usually the sort of book I’d go for…I think the whole ‘inner city Dublin’ part is making me want to get to know the characters, they sound really interesting!
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Thoughts: This book got me by surprise. I was expecting the usually speak of a summary, but this sounds interesting that I am very tempted to buy it just to see what it’s all about. I think the notion of “the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set” that I am hooked…maybe this one won’t be like a cliche Yes that have flooded the market…we can only keep our finger crossed till January 30th!
I ended up getting involved in Secret Santa and we have to buy one another books from a wish list that we’ve made and only €20 to spend. I thought it was a good idea, so I agreed to do it.
Now though? I’m back to being a bookworm. I have a good handful of book that I need to get through and to start off 2017 reviews but I also have another huge 100+ long list of books that I am dying to buy.
It’s just- why is there so many books to choose from? There’s not enough time or money and it’s all down to you on whether you pick a good book or waste your time on a bad book. Then you try and keep up with all the new titles coming out and it’s enough to scare the normal sane person away from reading.
In 2016, I read 11 books, four of which were short and a few of them I ended up DNF-ing because they didn’t hold me.
I have about 20-ish books already to read for 2017 and I’m aiming to read 50. I’m going to try and post regular updates again on here with reviews, cover reveals and what not.
I cleaned up my bookshelves this morning, first thing. It was kinda weird. I opened my eyes and immediately got to cleaning my shelves without pre-meditating it.
Now because my little bookworm has come back to life after a good 2 years of hibernations; I’m asking everyone to buy me book for Christmas.
Here’s my Goodreads.
I went years without finishing a single book, well I probably did finish a book, but books weren’t anywhere near my thoughts throughout the last few years.
I bought Angelfall in June 2015 and still hadn’t completed it in June 2016- let’s just say I recently demolished it in one sitting.
I also made a Goodreads account in June 2015, and I’ve only written 7 reviews. 3 of those were written in 2016…. yea, it was bad. I forgot about the giddiness and excitement of starting a new book, especially a new series and even when I don’t like book one I still continue on just to find out what happens.
Here’s my TBR pile:
I’m trying to stay around 20 books and only allow myself to buy a new book when I finish one of these. But, even right now, I’m waiting for another 2 books [the last 2 in the Penryn and End of Days Series.]
If you want to friend me on Goodreads, account is HERE
Harry reading everyone!!!
I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.
I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.
This is not what I wanted to hear.
My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.
This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.
So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters?
I’ve spent the last 20-minutes of my life searching for books on my to-read 2016 pile. There was five in total, wouldn’t you have thought that at least one of the bookshops in Dublin would have one of the books?
I could- if I really wanted to- ring them up and ask for them to get it in, but why when I’m already on my laptop and a quick google search to the Bookdepository get’s me cheaper-than-usual paperbacks and all the books that I’m looking for.
Bookshops moan and complain that big online sites such as Amazon are taking away their business or they’re being squished by Kindle and Ebooks, but how about having a system in place that allows readers in search of physical books that they can order online.
I know you can walk into the store and ask them to get a book in. I did this while in the grips of a series when I was 14, but am I really going to go out of my way to go to a bookstore just to tell them to order a book in? Nope.
The Bookdepository just got €50 from me, and I’m already planning on going there to get new releases when they come out in 2016. I feel slightly let down, because the whole experience of walking around looking for the right book, to then flick through the pages won’t be there. But I’d rather have the books than to go on a cat-and-mouse trip to find them.
I know how hard it is to get your book out, it’s even harder when you don’t have the money to spend on fancy review tours or pay to do giveaways, so I’m here to help!!
No matter when you read this message, if you have a self-published book, I want to read it!
If it comes in hard copy, even better, I’ll buy the physical copy to treasure forever and forever! If it’s an ebook I’ll download it before the new year [I’m doing a no ebook 2016]
So, do you think you got a book for me to love in 2016? Send me all the details in my contact form Here.
Bookstore are dying!
I just read this article about the decline of booksells and major bookshops are getting a massive hit. I was just in a bookstore yesterday, but that wasn’t to buy a book, but a silly little Chirstmas present. The one thing that stuck with me was the amount of people standing around with handfuls of book and reading through them.
I also bought 2 free ebooks off an author I follow on Twitter…because I couldn’t wait for the actual books to show up…
I feel terrible about myself. Because I always remember as a kid being in the middle of a brilliant series and getting the bookstore to order the next book in, then getting itchy fingers waiting for it to arrive…
I miss those days.
Books just lose their value when they’re in ebook-format. You don’t care i you do or don’t read it, but when it’s sitting on your shelf, staring at you- you’re more likely to pick it up and give it some love.
So, 2016 is the year that I Wwill not buy a single ebook. Not a single one. I’ll read ebooks that I’ve alrady downloaded, becasue it’s somewhere in the twenties now, but any other books I will buy in the physical form.
Anyone with me?
Anyone else want to join in my no-ebook 2016.
The Aftershock Series
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Date of Publication: September 21, 2015
Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 72 000
Cover Artist: Sandra Valente
In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?
About the Book
Title: The Blood-Tainted Winter
Author: T.L. Greylock
Genre: Mythological Fantasy
Raef Skallagrim wants to take the sea road. His ship is fast and sleek, his crew skilled and eager, and they will seek out new lands and win fame in the eyes of the gods. But Raef’s father refuses to allow the journey and when a stranger brings word that the king is dead and a gathering has been called to choose a successor, Raef must set aside his dream for his duty to his ancestral lands and his father.
When factions split at the gathering to choose a successor, Raef finds himself mired in bloodshed and treachery. Forced to make an uneasy alliance with a man he does not trust, Raef must navigate the tides of a war among three kings while seeking revenge for cold-blooded murder.
But winter has come early to Midgard, and even the gods will feel the cold.
T L Greylock drinks tea (English Breakfast with milk), likes neon-colored socks, and once held an epic pigeon-racing tournament in the gardens of The Tuileries.
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