Adios 2016 ! Hola 2017 !


Hola Amigos! So it's finally going to be 2017! I love ends AND beginnings. I love looking back and fangirling/getting angry/ swooning over books. (In case you were wondering, yes 90% of my year was books. And no I don't really remember the remaining 10% and yes I am a nerd and no, I'm not ashamed of it)  Now that we've cleared that up, let's look at my glorious year in books !

Top Ten Tuesday #9 : Ten Best Books of 2016

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The topic for this Tuesday is, 'Top Ten Best Books of 2016' This is going to be an incredibly hard list for me to make considering I've read a lot of awesome books this year! They are all books i've rated 5 or 4 hearts. I'm adding a couple of sentences from my reviews of these books that sums up my feelings for it!

Review: The Limbo Tree by T.N.Suarez

The Limbo Tree by T.N. Suarez

(I received a free eBook from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.)

An accident. A secret. The truth.

Something is wrong with Samantha McCallister. Her baby brother is dead, and she has only one memory of the accident: the canned version her parents impressed upon her. But piece by piece, Sam struggles to make sense of it.

Cast aside by her self-involved family, Sam seeks out a friendship with the next-door neighbor, Hazel, until Hazel inexplicably goes missing, leaving nothing but a note and a jar of jam.

Determined to uncover the truth about Hazel’s disappearance, Sam finds out more than she bargained for. Bizarre episodes and nightmares consume her, vicious and unstoppable.

Meanwhile, an adolescent muse moves into Hazel’s abandoned home. Sam is immediately drawn to him—discovering the beginnings of true love—when the unthinkable occurs. Sam is alienated to a world in which she no longer feels she belongs. Try as she might, Sam cannot escape these nightmares or the truth behind them—the truth that lies in the Limbo Tree.

Brilliantly crafted, shimmering with uncertainty, The Limbo Tree is as mystical as it is moving.

Review: The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

On the road to Zen enlightenment, homicide detective Will Mansion takes a seductive detour down the path to perdition.
When a bust goes terribly wrong, Paradise City detective Will Mansion nearly dies while saving his partner. On leave, Will seeks relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through Zen meditation and abstinence. He responds to the plea of the cryptic Sister Clyde to find a man missing from her soup kitchen, a man who may provide a lead to the vicious drug dealer who nearly killed Will. The search seduces Will away from the healing he seeks and he finds himself on the smarmy Miracle Mile. Alcohol, sex, and the potent drug “Nearvana” numb Will’s pain better than his infant Zen practice. He slips further and further into an underworld of the lost and hopeless only to find himself facing death—again.

Top Ten Tuesday #8: Ten Books I wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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The topic for this Tuesday is Ten Books I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my Tree. I'm super excited for this post 'cause who doesn't like books for gifts?? And God knows my TBR on Goodreads is freaking huge. BUT since I'm kind of busy now, I'll simply be listing out the books and not elaborating on my choices.

Review: The Empties (The Glitches # 2) by Ramona Finn

The Empties by Ramona Finn

(I received a free copy of this book from Relay Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Is survival worth any price?
Cast out of the Norm, Lib must fight for every second of life among the Rogues in the desert wasteland that is now her home, scavenging in abandoned cities known as the Empties. With the help of fellow Glitch Skye she hopes to hack the AI that will allow them to return to the city and save her family. There’s just one problem: Lib’s memories are missing.
Lib isn’t like other Glitches. Her ability to merge with technology is causing a rift in her newfound family, and putting them in danger. Soon she’ll have to choose whether to return to the Norm or stay with the people she’s come to rely on in the Outside. When her desire to know the truth about herself forces her to return to the Norm, handsome Rogue leader Wolf Tracker insists on accompanying her to the lion’s den.
There, she meets an old friend—but Lib is no longer sure they can be trusted. When she learns a horrifying truth about the AI and her mother’s part in it, Lib is shaken to the core. Now, she’ll have to decide if humanity’s survival is worth a bloody cost.

Review: Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman


When Lyra is given the strange and secret alethiometer, she begins an extraordinary journey that will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice pears fight. the destiny that awaits her will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...

Review: Writers of the Future Volume 31

Writers of the Future Volume 31 by L. Ron Hubbard

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

The future is here…the future is now! Orson Scott Card, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Niven have seen the future. Now, you can, too.

A constellation of the brightest lights in the Science Fiction and Fantasy firmament have judged these authors to be the best, the brightest, the truest emerging stars in the field.

From Alien Invasion to Alternate History, from Cyberpunk to Comic Fantasy to Post-Apocalyptic Worlds, these are the winning writers who have mastered every version and vision of sci-fi and fantasy.

Don’t be left behind. Get a read on what’s next.

“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.” —ORSON SCOTT CARD

Review: Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

( I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in Hope. And soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope a strange valentine inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister—and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces readers to The Archangel Prophecies, a new young adult saga that blends the feeling of Twilight with a vast mythological scope and moral urgency, as well as to Hope Carmichael—a young woman instantly memorable for her endurance, heart, and determination—and Michael, Hope’s dangerous companion who’s fated either to save Hope—or to kill her.

Top Ten Tuesday # 7: Top 10 New-to-me Authors I've read in 2016

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The topic for this Tuesday is Top 10 new-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016... I'm glad to say I read a lot of new authors this year! I'm gonna share the top 10 new-to-me fantasy and science fiction authors with you. Hope you check the authors and their books out!

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Gansey is different. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Review: The Soultakers by Christina L. Rozelle

The Soultakers by Christina L. Rozelle (C.L. Rozelle)

Joy Montgomery is a hero. The Treemakers are finally home, safe and free in a well-deserved and long dreamed of paradise. The children can now settle into normal, carefree lives. Or so they thought.
Troubled by secrets their newfound paradise reveals, coupled with tangled feelings toward those she loves, Joy sees the painful truth: they’re still prisoners forever wounded by the effects of a traumatic past. An ominous warning from a trusted friend strengthens her resolve to never let down her guard, to always be prepared, to be ready for war . . . both inside and out.
Once again, the Treemakers are faced with escaping disaster, and Joy’s strength is pushed to its limit, her sanity pushed to the brink of collapse. Just when their situation couldn’t get any more desperate, they’re thrust into a series of shocking tribulations that are nothing short of nightmarish.
Will the Treemakers of Greenleigh annihilate the forces of evil that seek to capture and control their souls? Or will the magic Joy thought she found turn out to be just another illusion?

Review: The Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle

The Treemakers by Christina L. Rozelle (C.L. Rozelle)

(I received a copy of this book from the author via Instafreebie )


Stay on guard. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the nuances. Cover your tracks. Always be prepared. Question everything. This is how you stay alive, Joy. And this is how you keep the ones you love alive.

Sixteen-year-old Joy Montgomery, daughter of Zephyr the Magnificent, the great magician, can only reminisce of better times. Before the Superiors. Before the uprisings. Long ago. Before the dying Earth ripped the family she loved away from her.
In this desolate dystopian future, the Greenleigh orphans are “privileged” with the task of building mechanical trees for Bygonne, so their world behind The Wall can breathe another day, and so the Superiors may continue their malevolent reign.
Lured by a yearning for freedom, tenacious curiosity, and hunger for adventure, Joy discovers hope and magic amid the misery, and power in her promise to care for those remaining, whom she loves enough to risk her life for. To save them, herself, and the boy she adores from the abuse and slavery by the Superiors, Joy must entrust the aid of an unlikely ally who harbors a dangerous secret.
With an intriguing stranger at the helm, Joy and the treemakers embark on an intense and terrifying, yet liberating quest for the truth about the existence of the forbidden paradise beyond The Wall.

Top Ten Tuesday # 6: Ten Books to buy for the Fantasy Lover in your life




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The Topic for this Tuesday is 'Holiday gift guide Freebie'. So here is a list of ten books you could buy for the fantasy lover in your life. I went for my favourite lesser known books that deserve more attention from the reading community! All of these are books I've read and reviewed. Click on the link to read my review.

Review: Glisten: The Black Swan Files 002 by Tricia Cerrone

GLISTEN: The Black Swan Files 002 by Tricia Cerrone

(I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

The Award-Winning Series is back!

The Black Swan Files continue with GLISTEN.

She is known as Project Sunday to her former government captors—a human enhanced teen transformed by a black swan event. She was their most valuable asset—until she escaped. Now, only one thing is certain, Jocelyn has no intention of ever going back.

Graeme knew Jocelyn was special the first time he met her...then leaping from his Porsche to take down a drone pretty much sealed the deal. Months later, she's back and trouble is not far behind. But how did you help someone who wouldn't tell you the truth, was constantly on the move, and had a best friend that you wanted to punch in the face? As the stakes get higher and his own family is at risk, Graeme has to decide one thing...whose side is he on?

Finally in New York, Jocelyn is eager to reach her brother and sister, but nothing works out as she hoped. She has no way to prove who she is, there's a serial killer who wants her dead, her former handler is now controlled by her nemesis, and the mastermind of it all is toying with her. Amidst everything, she is trying to survive in the "real world", help her family in secret, and navigate her first shot at romance.

Thankfully, she has friends with skills. It will take all of them to stop the government's latest plot. But at what cost?

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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?

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall, #1) by Audrey Grey 
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday # 5: Books I'm thankful for



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The Topic for this Tuesday is 'Thanksgiving Freebie'. I'm going to talk about the 10 books/series I'm thankful for and what they taught me. I warn you people! This is going to be a slightly emotional post!

Review: Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

( I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due’s work is both riveting and enlightening.

In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories—one of which has never been published before—Ghost Summer: Stories is sure to both haunt and delight.

Review: Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory

Thunder Moon by Joanne Mallory

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Thea Lavelle has a lot to juggle: a teaching career that is ramping up, keeping tabs on her globetrotting family and fine tuning her craft.

Thea is a hereditary witch whose gift came late. She’s still learning exactly what her wayward magic can do, but on meeting Marc, her best friend’s brother, she soon discovers her magic has some firm ideas about it wants.

The fates have been pushing Marc back home, to the bay of his teenage years. He knows that grief and guilt have left him burnt out, and that his family’s particular skill with healing is the best place for him.

He’d left home not knowing what he was searching for. Could it be that she’d been in Langston Bay all along?

Thunder Moon is the first novella in a trilogy of love, family and age-old magic.

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Review: Exposed (Virus # 2) by R.J. Crayton

Exposed by R.J. Crayton

(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

My review of the first book (Concealed) can be found here.


The safety of the underground bunker is left behind. Elaan and her friends are out in the open, exposed to the world above. Exposed to a world that has been ravished by the virus. Can they make it to the one person they've been told can provide them safety?

Cozy Reads at Book Bloggers International

Hey everyone, this month Book Bloggers International is featuring posts from bloggers about their take on Cozy Reads!


I've been over at Book Bloggers international today, talking about my favourite Cozy mysteries through the years! (Cozy mysteries: From Kirrin Island to Gaborone, Botswana). I hope you check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday # 4: Top 10 Movies



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The Topic for this Tuesday is Top Ten Movies! I've played around with the theme and the topic I've decided is Books that have been adapted into movies- 5 that I liked, 5 that I didn't. 

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Review: Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow by Multiple authors

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow by Jason Heller

( I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Cybernetics. Neuroscience. Nanotechnology. Genetic engineering. Hacktivism. Transhumanism. The world of tomorrow is already here, and the technological changes we all face have inspired a new wave of stories to address our fears, hopes, dreams, and desires as Homo sapiens evolve—or not—into their next incarnation. Cyber World presents diverse tales of humanity’s tomorrow, as told by some of today’s most gripping science fiction visionaries.

Review: Van Laven Chronicles: Throne of Novoxos by Tyler Chase

Van Laven Chronicles: Throne of Novoxos by Tyler Chase

(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

The brave warrior, Prince Comron Van Laven, lays at death’s door after a near fatal transport crash. His life is in the hands of his mortal enemy who does the unthinkable…she saves him…in so many ways. Together the two must battle for survival against the harsh elements, deadly assassins and vicious animal attacks. But that’s only the beginning of their struggles.

Once rescued, they must confront the bitter enmity that exists between their worlds, in addition to the dark family secrets threatening to destroy them. Bound by their deep bond, the two embark on a new odyssey where all forces have turned against them and are seeking their lives. But with the help of some shadowy mercenaries, the two just might make it to the throne of Novoxos to stake their royal claim and defeat their enemies.