Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Gryphon Series Coloring Book by Stacey Rourke Release Day Blitz!


Title: The Gryphon Series Coloring Book
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Cover Designer: Broken Arrow Designs
Illustrators: Crystal Ord and Robert Immings
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:  Journey into the fantastical world of The Gryphon Series, written by Stacey Rourke, with original artwork that brings to life pivotal moments from the beloved Young Adult series!
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Buy Links to the Series:
#Free with #KindleUnlimited
Conduit (FREE): http://amzn.to/2acPikz
Descent (Novella): http://amzn.to/2eYdx6V
The Gryphon Series Coloring Book: http://amzn.to/2kimDPX

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cover Reveal for The Gryphon Series Coloring Book


The Gryphon Series Coloring Book by Stacey Rourke

Cover Designer: Broken Arrow Designs
Illustrators: Crystal Ord and Robert Immings
Expected Release Date: Feb. 2nd, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: Journey into the fantastical world of The Gryphon Series, written by Stacey Rourke, with original artwork that brings to life pivotal moments from the beloved Young Adult series!


I'm so excited for this you guys! I loved the Gryphon Series and this is such a fun addition to the whole series! ♥


RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 


Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Buy Links to the Series:
#Free with #KindleUnlimited
Conduit (FREE): http://amzn.to/2acPikz
Descent (Novella): http://amzn.to/2eYdx6V

The Gryphon Series Coloring Book: Coming Soon

Monday, 16 January 2017

Hello lovelies!

Hope you all had an amazing start to the new year. I'm back home and working on getting better.

This year I've decided to scale back my Reading Goals. And I want to re-read a few old favorites this year. Last year was quite difficult both reading-wise and overall situation-wise. I didn't even read a 100 books! A definite low for me.

I'll post tomorrow about the 2017 Reading Challenge and maybe share some of my personal goals too.

There is one more thing I want to put this out there - I'm always there if anyone needs to talk or rant. There's far too much sadness in this world and far too many people that feel alone.

Here's hoping this year is better and kinder for all of you. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Much love!
oxox

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

Here's a handy graphic I created for Indie Reading Challenge 2016. This challenge runs till December 2016. If it goes well I would love to continue this for the next year.
Feel free to use this graphic if you want. But I'd love it if you gave me credit ;)


Goodreads Challenge: 70 Books
Current Count: 70/70

Reading Challenge 2016

  1. A Book You Stayed Up All Night to Read - F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  2. A Book Based on the Cover - The Air He Breathes by Brittany C Cherry 
  3. A Book Containing Letters - 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Jhonson
  4. A Book that Takes Place on an Island - Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  5. A Book Set in Europe - The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Jhonson
  6. A Play - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  7. A Book Written by a Celebrity - Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  8. An Audiobook - The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener, Narrated by Tom Hiddleston
  9. A Book with a Female Lead - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  10. A Book With Magic - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  11. A Steampunk Book - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  12. A Book Set in the Future - Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  13. A Historical Fiction - The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener, Narrated by Tom Hiddleston
  14. A Novella - Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
  15. A Book with a Blue Cover - Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Indie Reading Challenge 2016
  1. A Horror Novel - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke (Not really horror for me, but since its listed on Goodreads, I'm gonna take advantage of that and go with it! 😜 )
  2. A Book About Angels - Stealing Light by Julie Cassar
  3. A Dystopian Novel -  Female: 918: Part I by Jason Ellis
  4. A Book Based on Retellings - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  5. A Book with Magic - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  6. A Book with a Female Lead - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  7. A Novella - Female: 918: Part I by Jason Ellis
  8. A Trilogy - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  9. A Book About Aliens - 
  10. A YA Book - Female: 918: Part I by Jason Ellis
  11. A Book Set in a Different Era - The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
  12. A Romance Novel - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  13. A Book Based entirely on the Cover - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  14. A Poetry Book - The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  15. An Anthology - 
  16. A Comedy Book - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke (Stacey Rourke's writing style is pretty amazing and her books always have me in splits. That being said I now realize that the title for this challenge doesn't make any sense and I need to stop making challenges and graphics after midnight. Next year my loves, next year!)
  17. A Paranormal Book - Stealing Light by Julie Cassar
  18. A Thriller/Suspense - The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke
  19. A Book Based in a Different Country - The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
  20. A Fantasy Book - Stealing Light by Julie Cassar

Review for The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin

The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
Blurb:
One of the darkest times in human history was the insane design and execution to rid the world of Jews and “undesirables.” At the hands of the powerful evil madman Adolf Hitler, families were ripped apart and millions were slaughtered. Persecution, torture, devastation, and enduring the unthinkable remained for those who lived. This is the story of one woman who lived to tell her story. This is a narrative of how a young beautiful teenager, Helen Stein, and her family were torn asunder, ultimately bringing her to Auschwitz. It was there she suffered heinous indignity at the hands of the SS. It was also there, in that death camp, she encountered compassion, selfless acts of kindness, and friendship. Written by the award-winning, best-selling author of His Name Was Ben, comes a story of the resilience of the human spirit that will leave you thinking about Helen Stein and The Seven Year Dress for years to come after the last page is shut.

Review:
As we all know I'm not a big fan of Historical Fiction, but this year I have read/listened to two books in this genre now. I think that's pretty damn good in itself. 

I avoid reading Historical Fiction because I for some reason don't want to read a story based in the times of hardship. Reading The Seven Year Dress was quite difficult. 

When you read about the World Wars or the cruel actions in Germany during that time, its all just in our textbooks. It doesn't feel personal or doesn't hit home that it was real and it was that difficult. And when you connect to a character and you read a book like this one, based amidst one of the most difficult times, it just makes it that much harder to look for the positives in this world that we live in. If people were capable of this, and history repeats itself, won't this happen again?

Anyway, back to the book. The Seven Year Dress was a really touching read. The little moments of kindness interspersed between the horrors and cruel actions kept me going. (It gave me a little hope)

The book beautifully depicts an amazing story of courage and kindness amidst the most excruciating circumstances. It was beautifully written and rang painfully true. The characters and writing style were so engaging that it kept me hooked.

Overall, another amazing read from Paulette Mahurin.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Review for The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener, Narrated by Tom Hiddleston

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener, Narrated by Tom Hiddleston
Blurb:
France 1789: a time of terror; a charismatic boy, Yann, who must find out who he is; the daring rescue of Sido, an aristocrat's daughter - these are the elements in this tremendous adventure by a consummate storyteller, a marvellous tale of the first days of the French Revolution.

The story of a remarkable boy called Yann Margoza; Tetu the dwarf, his friend and mentor; Sido, unloved daughter of a foolish Marquis; and Count Kalliovski, Grand Master of a secret society, who has half the aristocracy in thrall to him, and wants Yann dead. Yann is spirited away to London but three years later, when Paris is gripped by the bloody horrors of the Revolution, he returns, charged with two missions: to find out Kalliovski's darkest deeds and to save Sido from the guillotine. With a tangle of secrets, a thread of magic and a touch of humour, the follies of the aristocracy and the sufferings of ordinary people are unfolded as their lives move relentlessly towards the tragic and horrific days of the Terror. THE RED NECKLACE is not only a tremendous adventure story but a vibrant and passionate picture of Paris in turmoil and of a large cast of memorable characters.


Review:
First of all - YAY!!!! I have successfully finished listening to my first audiobook!!

Now back to the review. Everyone who knows me knows that I'm not a big fan of Historical Fiction. I get bored and cannot find the will to keep going. And Audiobooks just make me sleepy. The last time I tried to listen to one I promptly fell asleep within the first 20 minitues on three separate occasions. Its safe to say that Audiobooks and me don't really work out well. So this year I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and listen to an Historical Fiction Audiobook?

And let me just say this was a good decision! So when I found out that Tom Hiddleston had narrated an Historical Fiction book, it was fate. I just was meant to listen to this. 

When I started I wasn't sure if I'd be able to finish or even get through this book. But trust me Tom Hiddleston makes this narration so engaging and just brings it to life. I loved the different voices and accents he used for all the different characters. (I think that was what kept me from falling asleep :P )

The two blurbs pretty much tell you everything that you need to know about the plot. It did drag on at some places but the narration kept me going. Overall, I think it was a pretty interesting read.

Review for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Blurb:
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Review:
I actually thought Cursed Child wasn't that bad. Unpopular opinion I know.

The main reason why I liked this book was probably because I knew that this book was just a script for the play. I think I had accepted that the "original" magic might not be there in this book.

Was it the mind-blowing and intriguing book that we've come to expect from JK? Probably not. But did it make me smile and feel nostalgic? Hell yeah!

Don't get me wrong, I was a bit pissed off about certain parts of the book, but I just think that this book made me happy to go back into the beloved world of Hogwarts and Magic again. And the nostalgia alone would have made me happy, but the plot of the book was pretty clever. I liked that we got to see how one little action or decision would have made the entire outcome of original story so completely different.

Cursed Child had everything, time travel, magic and that spark that made the Harry Potter Series what it was. Overall, I enjoyed the book.