MONTHLY WRAP-UP : april 2019

Hello readers! I hope you all had great month.

This month has been good for reading and blog. Just look at the number of books I read. If you follow this blog you might know I haven’t read more than 6 books a month for long time. I managed reading, blog, and my baby pretty well. Moreover it was second blog birthday month and I got total 500 posts notification from WordPress. I also wrote my first ever discussion post and got good response. Now, that’s what I call good month. Back to wrap, here is all reviews and post I published this month-

This month I managed to read and review:

Total books : 8
Pages : 2577
Books received from author : 3
Blog tour : 2
Owned : 2
NetGalley : 1

1. A Darker Shore (Lady Evelyn Mystery #2) by Malia Zaidi — (Review)
★★★★★
It was thought-provoking, engaging mystery with elegant writing and wonderful characters. I surely recommend this book for a cozy read.

2. Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent (Barnabas Tew #3) by Columbkill Noonan — (Review)
★★★★★ 
It was full of entertainment, humorous moments, and quirky characters. It was wonderful and amusing adventure and mystery of bumbling detectives in the Mayan world. I definitely recommend this book for humorous, light read for cozy mystery lovers.

3. Read to Your Baby Every Day: 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud by Cloe Giordano — (Review)
★★★★
It was good collection, with beautiful art and vibrant colors . It is best gift for new mommies.

4. The Study of Silence (Lady Evelyn Mystery #3) by Malia Zaidi — (Review)
★★★★★ 

It was dramatic cozy murder mystery with engaging history , brilliant plot, developed character and vivid narration. It is best book and series for cozy mystery lovers.


5. The Golden Hour (Lady Evelyn Mystery #4) by Malia Zaidi — (Review)
★★★★★ 

It was slow but compelling cozy mystery with history, philosophy and juicy gossips and family drama.

6. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan — (Review)
★★★★★ 
Another wonderful book in Percy Jackson series. This is the book I didn’t remember much after the first read and I enjoyed this more than first time read.

7. Brake Failure by Alison Brodie — (Review)
★★★★
It was fun, entertaining romance with eccentric characters and their crazy action that readers of this genre would like to read.

8. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) by Rick Riordan — (Review)
★★★★★ 
I just loved it. Can’t wait to read next spin-off series. It was riveting, entertaining, insightful, and impressive urban fantasy dripping with Greek myth and Humor that I recommend to fans of this genre.

Cover Reveals:

Justice for Belle — [Post]
Mistaken Identity Crisis — [Post]
My Best Friend Runs Venus — [Post]
The Space Between Time — [Post]
Blood of Huntsman — [Post]
The Moment We Fell — [Post]

Extracts / Blitz:

Red Gene — [Post]

DIscussion Post

Things that make me Pick up a book — [Post]

Book of the Month:

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: 2013 (first published May 5th 2009)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Read Date: April 27th 2019
Genre: YA / Urban Fantasy / Greek Mythology
Pages: 361
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5

MOST PEOPLE GET PRESENTS ON THEIR SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY. I GET A PROPHECY THAT COULD SAVE OR DESTROY THE WORLD. 

It happens when you’re the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure.

Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil . . .

The Last Olympian was the perfect last book of the series that take place in New York City with so much actions and destruction and Percy trying hard to save his city and home of Gods over the Empire State Building.  It was about friendship, bravery and consequences of bad choices, true meaning of family, betrayal and treachery, learning from mistakes, and bringing change in the way of life and nature for the better future.

It started with attack on Princess Andromeda, tragic death, Titan’s plan and Nico’s warning and urgency to act on the plan he proposed a year back that Percy was avoiding until now. Now that he faced Kronos and experienced his strength for the first time, he knew if he wished survive again and fight Luke, he had to act on Nico’s plan asap. Oh, and he finally got to know about full big prophecy that said he was going to die!

God at war with Titan leaving the Olympus unprotected, sea God bust in protecting his own palace, Hades holding years long grudge against Zeus decided not to help his brethren, Nico desperately trying to get some answers about his mother and then helping Percy, Ares and Apollo bickering over petty issues. Phew, lot was going on in first few chapters only.

How Percy was going to save the gods and their home, will he be doom of Olympus or protector, and how was he going to fight Kronos that didn’t include dying? It was tense and exciting to read this final Installment of the series. I was curious to read the final battle.

There was humor here and there alright but things were getting serious, there was death looming over Percy and Gods were on the battle field in their best armor, New York City was under the sleep spell with destruction all around it.  So, it needed the serious, tense, and on-the-age-of-the-seat tone and author did it fantastically. Like, ‘we are not going to laugh so much like we did in previous books until we’ve chopped up Kronos and sent him back to Tartarus‘.

In this, Percy visited his father’s realm, finally, and I tell you it was wonderful minus all the battle raging down there; met Hestia-the Last Olympian and I was curious to read her importance as the title was given after her and after reading the book I could tell how appropriate it was; met some deadly Titans Morpheus- he can cause deadly dream and I’m sure one won’t need benzos around him, Prometheus- not-so-deadly but cunning for sure, Hyperion with burning light and a monstrous storm-giant who wreck such a chaos; . and slayed long list of monsters.

There were many other important answers I finally got in this book like -Luke’s childhood and what made him bitter towards his parents, Nico’s mother and how he and his sister were sent to Lotus casino, Hades’ curse and how the prophecy was twisted in many ways, Rachel’s talent and her importance in immortal’s world, spy in the camp and how Luke twisted people’s mind to get his revenge, role of Luke and Ethan and many other rogue demigod’s in new upcoming change in Immortal’s world, and Annabeth’s hope and what Luke was for her, Percy’s role in the prophecy.

There was twist and turn in each chapter, each chapter was dripping with friendship, courage and bravery, tricks and surprises. Don’t forget the titles of each chapters, they were so catchy that made me want to read what’s in the chapter. Percy not only gave so many thought-provoking lessons to readers but also made the Gods ponder over it.

World-building, plot, characters, myth everything was impressive and well balanced. Percy, Annabeth, Grover and Clarisse were the star of the book. New development in Percy and Annabeth’s relationship was lovely and cute. It was also tragic to see so many deaths and destruction because of worst consequences of bad actions.

Climax was wonderful. Loved the way Percy and Nico convinced their dads and oh my, that final battle was just brilliant. Each and every campers, immortals, and mortals fought amazingly. End was unique with many insights, change in immortals’ world- I loved that new blue print of camp half-blood in the end, and another big prophecy that was just as confusing and dangerous as previous one, maybe more!

Overall, I just loved it. Can’t wait to read next spin-off series. It was riveting, entertaining, insightful, and impressive urban fantasy dripping with Greek myth and Humor that I recommend to fans of this genre.

Author : Rick Riordan

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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie
Publication Date:
January 9th 2017
Publisher:
Clipboard Press
Read Date:
April 25th 2019
Genre:
Romance / Humor
Pages:
323
Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ /5


This is an updated cover edition.

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?” 

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes. 

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right? 

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

Break failure was the humorous chick lit story of Ruby that took place in the unsure time period of the history. It was about finding freedom, independence and the real you, love and meaning of life.

Ruby was adopted by her step-mother when her biological mother left her when she was 7. Once she got attached to Vanessa, she never missed a chance to please her. She was polite, timid and shy being raised in upper class English family but when she had to settle in Kansas she felt outsider and did all to fit in new place and new culture. Oh, she accepted the challenge in amusing way. She experienced freedom, free from competition and free from pleasing others, enjoying life fullest with lots of fun, found a side of her she never thought existed. She turned totally one eighty degree- wild, carefree, confident person that never failed to surprise me. I didn’t like her for letting Hank overpower her will. Otherwise she was gem of the story.

Edward – Ruby’s husband was pathetic, selfish, and cowardly who liked to be babied by his secretary and never appreciated Ruby for her house holding chores. he was both fun and frustrating in last few chapters.

Hank – He was no better! He was masculine, brave and a real man, alright but he was jerk who presumed Ruby liked him and forced himself on her instead of just asking her politely. And his manner just scared Ruby that stopped her revealing she was married or true feelings she developed. Apparently, he was nice if you overlook all his rude manner. I don’t know if I like him. I’m not fan of man thinking he can control a woman.

Clair was another selfish person, acted royalty and never missed a chance to belittle Ruby. There was that eternal competition between step-sisters, always pushing oneself to achieve more than other and I don’t understand why anyone would like her for such snobbish inferior behavior. But after knowing the scheme of Vanessa, I felt pity for both her and Ruby.

All secondary characters were queer and they added more fun to the story.

Writing was good. The comic verses of Millennium poem and Alice Chambers was fun. Setting was great. I didn’t experience uncertainty and fuss around Y2K, so I found it bit strange and also liked to know what caused Y2k scare and how people reacted to it.

City and the culture was depicted nicely. The contrast of English and American life was represented amusingly. Being Indian, I honestly didn’t know how to differentiate language until I read this book. It was fun to read vocabulary and cultural difference. I laughed every time Ruby had to answer hoe Princess Diana died and how by the end of the book she could create story from the gossips around royalty.

Story was set in 1999 4 months earlier of millennium year. It started with Ruby’s wedding and how she shifted from London to Kansas after that. Story was narrated in past and present alternatively. Past told about her life before and after marriage and what brought drastic change in her nature that she was found in tricky situation in present, 4 months later on a new year with questions- why she was missing with 3 million dollars after being kept hostage during bank robbery and how she ended up shooting Sheriff Hank.

Initial few chapters were character intro and how Ruby arrived in Kansas from London, her married life with Edward, how she got acquainted with her new friends, weird ideas she got to achieve her dream to settle in Paris, her competing relation with her stepsister, Hank’s life, how she met Hank and how a timid, shy, all English, polite and courteous, non-drinker turned to swearing, drinking, smoking, law breaking vixen.

I admired how author turned all tricky situation in fun and learning lesson for Ruby and how she evolved with each experience. Borrowing dogs, swim in lake and feeding ducks, vandalizing police car, attacking neighbor and bank robbery- those laugh-out-loud moments were mind blowing.

Climax was unexpected. I was horrified by hearing actual story of Ruby’s mother from that mustached aunt. All Ruby’s family was appalling and I really felt for her I could see how all pent up emotions were meant to explode. I didn’t wish Ruby to run away or do something rash after all that happened but after reading her aunt’s thoughts I wish have done it ages ago. I was not sure what to think about book, where story was going but the end made it perfect. It was fabulous and epilogue was satisfying. I liked this strange happily ever after romantic story of Ruby.

I couldn’t relate to characters. Sometimes I didn’t appreciate Ruby’s action and it was hard to believe she got away with all she did in the end. I didn’t like Hank. He did not fit the picture of handsome swoon worthy hero you can’t help but fall in love, ‘even though you are married’.

Overall, It was fun, entertaining romance with eccentric characters and their crazy action that readers of this genre would like to read.

Author : Alison Brodie

Purchase Link : Amazon

*** Note: Many thanks to author for providing e-copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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#CoverReveal : The Moment We Fell by Kelli Warner @kelliwarner_ @yaboundtourspr

Hello Readers! Today is the cover reveal for The Moment We Fell by Kelli Warner, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Check out this beautiful cover and interesting blurb.

The Moment We Fell by Kelli Warner
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25th 2019
Publisher: Wave Runner Publishing

Synopsis:

Nothing good happens when people keep secrets.

Paige Bryant’s dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer died along with her mother. Drowning in grief and plagued by guilt, Paige is blindsided by a provision in her mother’s will that sends her to live with the father she never knew. Forced to start over in a new town and at a new school where she’s now the principal’s daughter, Paige is convinced that her life can’t possibly get more complicated—until fate throws her into the path of the only boy her guardian tells her is off-limits.

Despite two years on the straight and narrow, Cade Matthews can’t escape his time as a juvenile delinquent. With his dad behind bars, Cade’s feelings of anger and betrayal are as relentless as the rumors he’s trying to outrun. The only person not listening to the gossip is the new girl with her own set of troubles, including a father who will never give Cade a fair shake.

As Paige tries to adjust to her new life and an uncertain future, a set of unopened journals reveals a dark family secret. When tensions rise to a boiling point, can Paige and Cade make peace with the past before it destroys them?

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The cover….

About Author:

Kelli Warner writes humorous and relatable young adult and contemporary romance novels, the kind of stories that get your insides so wound up in an ooey gooey mess that you forget about the un-fun stuff in life. She’s passionate for a good cup of coffee (even a bad one on a desperate day), enjoying time with friends and family, and spending lazy Saturday mornings watching the Food Network. Kelli and her husband live in Oregon with their two teenaged children and an outstanding border collie named Lucy.

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#CoverReveal : Blood of a Huntsman @XpressoTours

Hello Readers! Today is the cover reveal for Blood of a Huntsman by May Sage, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. The cover is designed by Yocla designs.

BOOK DETAILS:

Blood of a Huntsman
Authoe : May Sage
Series : After Darkness Falls, #2
Publication date : May 23rd 2019
Genres : Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

The vampires have always feared the first of their kind and his descendants. Now all immortals know there’s a new Eirikrson threatening their way of life. 
And they don’t intend to let her.

Catherine Stormhale has spent decades trying to crawl out of her family’s shadow. Now they’re calling her back home, to serve their clan against her new friends, and she has a choice to make.

Bash used to know who he was. A protector. A provider. A huntsman.
After being bitten by a feral vampire and turned into a blood-craving thing, he’s lost everything. Family, purpose, honor.

When students are attacked outside of the Institute, all warriors are called to help secure their borders.
Bash and Cat sign up for the same schedule. He’s a newborn vampire with no control over his thirst and she, a princess born to this life.
Neither knows what they’re in for.

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AUTHOR BIO:

May is a USA Today Bestselling Author living in Windsor, Berkshire, with a german shepherd, a moggy and two savannahs. She writes every sub genre of romance, from fantasy to contemporary. You’re signing up for strong, sassy, kick-ass women and swoon-worthy male protagonists. Enjoy the ride!

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