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    Cover Reveal: Interlude by D. Kelly

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    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Release Date: 29 January 2019

     

    About the Book

    Jordan Weston is good-looking, mysterious, and sexually uninhibited, but his life is more like the name of his bar – Just an Illusion. His cousins are the bad boys of Bastards and Dangerous, but their fame hasn’t made everything rainbows and sunshine for him. He’s haunted, flawed, and the sole survivor of a homicide that wiped out his immediate family.

    Allie Baker, the most recent hire at the bar, can see through Jordan’s façade. She knows he’s everything she doesn’t need, but she’s beginning to crave his cocky attitude and the way he looks at her. The more she tries to stay away from him, the more she wants to get to know him.

    Jordan knows falling for an employee is a bad idea, but Allie pushes buttons he never realized he had. Even though Allie desperately needs her job, she soon decides being with Jordan is more important. Will they be able to compromise, or will she let her chance at love pass her by for the sake of a paycheck?

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    Thoughts on the synopsis

    THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. I am pretty excited to read this new release when it comes out (or maybe a cheeky little ARC…), although I have to say the blurb doesn’t leave too much to the imagination. We already know his entire back story and the fact that Allie is short on cash so needs this job, and I think we all know she isn’t going to ‘let her chance at love pass her by’ at the end of the book. Despite being able to predict the entire storyline from those three paragraphs, I’ll still definitely be reading this one. I haven’t read anything by D. Kelly before so I am looking forward to seeing her writing style.

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    About the Author

    D KellyD. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

    Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better [a woman after my own heart, by the sounds of it].

    A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.

     

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    Goodreads

    Kindle (UK) / Kindle (US)

    Amazon (UK paperback) / Amazon (US paperback)

    Apple (US)

    Barnes & Noble (US)

    Kobo (US)

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    Book Review: Heavenward by Olga Gibbs (Blog Tour)

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    Hello, hello. How are we all? I am writing this on my couch in a big thick cardigan with a bowl of chicken noodle soup to my left and a pile of disgusting used tissues on my right as I sniff roughly every five letters typed. Thank you so much to my lovely flatmate for passing on this cold before jetting off to Canada this morning to visit family and leaving me to wallow all alone.

    Today it is my stop on the Heavenward blog tour, as organised by Melanie from Fraser’s Fun House and the author herself, Olga Gibbs. I want to start by saying this is the best blog tour/ARC/whatever that I have been involved in, simply because of the way it has been organised and how interactive it has been. Not only are both Melanie and Olga so lovely, but they also created a group chat on Twitter so we could read each other’s reviews and share them, share our thoughts with Olga, and generally just have fun with it all. THIS is how a blog tour should be.

    Now, on to the review…

    SYNOPSIS

    With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?

    Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…

    Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.

    But when three new students appear in her sleepy town’s school, Ariel’s dull and measure life is thrown into turmoil, as she is drawn into an ancient celestial conflict that is bigger than her and which she will need to survive to remain herself.

    Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.

    Deceived, threatened, hunted, and now on the run, who can she trust?

    Heavenward[2626]MY THOUGHTS

    Even though I was sent a copy of this to review, I just want to point out that in no way does that affect my review.

    First of all, I really enjoyed the blend of the fantasy and the real. From my (admittedly limited) experience in fantasy, many novels in this genre don’t have two distinctly different worlds. Heavenward, however, starts off in a perfectly human world, one which has absolutely no elements of fantasy other than the fact it is a ‘sleepy’ town (a description which I actually really hate lol) so you know that something is about to go down. Ariel is also a pretty strong female lead, one which I really enjoyed getting to know. She is another one of those take-no-bullshit characters that I love so much.

    Read Yourself Happy said in her review that she thought it was a little too fast-paced for her liking and this maybe suited newcomers to the fantasy genre more, and she was absolutely right. As I have mentioned on here before, it wasn’t until earlier this year – summertime I think – that I really got into YA fantasy, pretty much as soon as I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. It had never interested me before. To this day, I still haven’t read very much in the genre at all, so I am by no means an expert, but that is what made me accept this review when the email came through inviting me onto the blog tour.

    But, as much as I wanted to absolutely adore it because of how lovely the tour itself is, I do have a few small gripes.

    Is this England? America? With ‘arse’ and ‘feds’ in the same sentence, I really have no idea. I think it is meant to be a small town in England, from what I remember, but there were so many Americanisms that I am sure were probably not deliberate that made this less than believable.

    I think because of what I am studying at university and it is all so fresh in my mind I can be a little harsh and nitpicky with other writers, and some sentences just went a liiiiitle too far for me, like the description of his smell when they first meet. It was all a little too fluffy and overrun with metaphors for me to truly get into the story.

    The dialogue also wasn’t always completely believable for teenagers either. ‘I’m new here and would like us to be friends’? They would never say that. And what about ‘Rachel thinks he must be a nerd because he wears glasses’? Was going to say I wear glasses but I am actually a nerd (lol) but the majority of people aren’t. There were a bit too many sweeping generalisations and stereotypes. And a town that small and she actually has to question if THREE new students all in the one day could maybe mean something is up? OF COURSE IT BLOODY IS.

    One final thing – was the cover designed on Paint?

    I feel like I am coming across as a little mean here, but I promise I am just trying to be constructive! I really love the idea of angels, which aren’t something I have read about since joining the fantasy-loving crew. And, there wasn’t a biblical feel to it all, which may have put some readers off if they didn’t know that. I am actually really looking forward to reading the sequel, Hallow, when it is released next year to find out what happens next with Ariel, Sam, and Rafe.

    Which, btw, TEAM RAFE ALL THE WAY <3 <3 <3

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    Visit the rest of the tour (updating as the tour goes on):

    ALREADY POSTED REVIEW

    Perpetual Fangirl

    Hannah’s Bookshelf

    A Lovely Book Affair

    Like Herding Cats

    A Mixed Up Mummy

    Fraternal Philosophising

    Fraser’s Fun House (Heavenward dream movie cast)

    The Bold Mom/The Forsaken Cellar

    Read Yourself Happy

    Completely Chelle

    Ezzie’s Bookshelf

    Paperback Adventures

    Booking Good Read

    REVIEW TO COME

    A Book Devourer

    Rambling Mads

    Rainy Days With Amanda

    Lozzy’s Things

    Books in the Skye

    Floral Cars

    Bookish Fawn (blog currently under construction – link will be added soon!)

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    November Reading Wrap Up: First Lines

    Rather than the usual monthly reading wrap up that appears on a lot of book blogs (which I love reading by the way), I thought I would opt for something a little bit different to see how it goes. I first saw this idea over on Falling Down the Book Hole, and they very kindly let me borrow it! The idea is that you share the first line of all the books you read that month, rather than a little synopsis.

    First lines are SO important in hooking a reader. Think of some of the greatest first lines in literature: Jane Austen with Pride and Prejudice, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (one of the few lines from literature I can easily quote by heart); or “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” in Daphne du Maurier’s most famous novel, Rebecca. In my own writing, I spend such a long time trying to get the opening line perfect. I definitely don’t always manage it, and I am usually not 100% happy with it. It’s so hard to do!

    Compiling this list, I am actually in shock at how much I read. I thought I had barely did any reading this month! Turns out November was longer than I thought, and there were books that I would have guessed were all the way back in October because they were so long ago. Luckily, I update my Goodreads as soon as I finish one because I like to be accurate.

    Here are the first lines of the books I read in November. Some of them are better than others, and if I saw just those lines and knew nothing else about the book, those are the ones I would be drawn to. I have put stars next to my favourites!

     

     

    The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

    “‘And the material doesn’t stain,’ the salegirl says.”

    The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

    “On a drowsy Sunday afternoon, a man in a long dark coat hesitated in front of a house in a tree-lined street.” (review)

    Unwritten Rules – Eliah Greenwood

    * “Dear Universe, why do you hate me?”

    Normal – Danielle Pearl

    “It’s the kind of situation most people would dread.”

    Trust – Kylie Scott

    “‘Don’t forget the corn chips!’ yelled Georgia, hanging out of her car window.”

    The Sound – Sarah Alderson

    *”I’m running. Running blind. Into the woods. Ricocheting off branches, tripping over tangled tree roots, gripping my arm as I stumble on sobbing. Are those his footsteps coming after me or is it the wind?”

    Poor Cow – Nell Dunn

    “She walked down Fulham Broadway past a shop hung about with cheap underwear, the week-old baby clutched in her arms, his face brick red against his new white bonnet.”

    Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes

    *”It was with the advent of the Laurie London era that I realised the whole teenage epic was tottering to doom.”

    The Wrong Bachelor – Alexandra Moody

    *”My boyfriend had a death wish.”

    The Tenth Girl – Carrie Aarons

    “A dusty ranch home was a step up from the trailer park, but just barely.”

    Endgame – Cara E. Holt

    “The luggage carousel springs into life and everyone around me bustles forward.”

     

    How was your November reading?

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