Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Title: Iron Man: The Gauntlet
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publication: October 25th 2016 by Marvel Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo
Rating: 4/5

Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.

Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself. Just how invincible Iron Man is when he is stripped of everything remains to be seen in this breathless adventure by the bestselling author of Artemis Fowl.

Honestly, I don't know how to review this book. First of all, since Eoin Colfer is my favorite author ever I should've read this book ages ago but other books kept coming in between. And then it took me ages to post this review. I know, shame on me! Second, it was so very awesome. Just like I had hoped. 

I don't want to get too much into the story because then I'd be giving too much away for sure but I can say that it's partly set on Little Saltee, which is obviously is very familiar (fans of his other books will totally get this!!!). I felt like a lot of Colfer's personality was definitely written into Tony Stark. So you can imagine the snark and wit was so very much on point. 

I don't knwo why but I felt like it also had a lot of Artemis Fowl vibes. Another reason why I enjoyed this story so much. It's classic Colfer! I can't tell you enough how many times I laughed out loud. It was really hilarious.

Overall, Iron Man: The Gauntlet was yet another great read by Eoin Colfer. Funny, with a lot of high-tech action as usual and unforgetable and witty characters, it's a must-read for young and old.

About Eoin:
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends by Richard Dinnick

Title: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends
Author: Richard Dinnick
June 29th 2017 by BBC Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Retellings
Purchase Links: Amazon | 
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Rating: 4/5

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is an unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.

I'm a huge Whovian as well as a fan of mythology and legends so when I saw Doctor Who: Myths and Legends available on NetGalley I didn't hesitate to request it. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled when I got approved for this title. I'm also really glad that it ended up being as amazing as I hoped it would be. 

The book contains 14 short stories in the world of Doctor Who that are all retellings of certain mythology and legends that I'm sure everyone is familiar with. Some stories were better than others but I definitely liked them all. Some stories were even brilliant, in my humble opinion. My favorite story was The Enigma of Sisterhood. Below you'll find all the titles and my rating for the stories. Also contained in this book are some truly amazing illustrations made by Adrian Salmon. These were a big part of why I loved it so much. 

The titles of all the stories + my ratings for them:

The Mondas Touch {Based on the story of King Midas} 5/5 

The Terrible Manussa {Based on the story of Medusa} 4/5 

The Unwanted Gift of Prophecy {Based on the story of the Cumaean Sybil} 5/5 

The Evil and the Deep Black Sky {Based on the story of Cylla and Charybdis} 3/5 

Jorus and the Voganauts {Based on the Argonauts' encounter with the clashing rocks of Symplegades} 4/5 

The Vardon Horse {Based on the story of the Wooden Horse of Troy} 3/5 

Defiance of the New Bloods {Based on the story of Prometheus} 4/5 

The Kingdom of the Blind {Based on the Argonauts' escape from the Cyclops} 3/5 ★ 

The Labyrinthine Web {Based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur} 4/5 

The Angels of Vengeance {Based on the story of the three Furies and Orestes} 5/5 

The Jeopardy of Solar Proximity {Based on the story of Daedalus and Icarus} 5/5 

The Multi-Faceted War {Based on the story of Hercules and the Hydra} 3/5 

The Enigma of Sisterhood {Based on the lesser-known second riddle of the Sphinx} 5/5 

Pandoric's Box {Based on the story of Pandora}  4/5 

Richard is a writer for TV, comics and books.

He is currently working on the TV show, Thunderbirds Are Go! and is a regular contributor to Titan's 12th Doctor ongoing comic - amongst other ranges.

His new Doctor Who book, Myths & Legends is published in June 2017.

In the past he has written audio drama scripts for franchises such as Doctor Who, Stargate, Sherlock Holmes and Sapphire & Steel.

His first novel Alien Adventures was published by BBC Children’s Books in 2010 and he has since gone on to write books and short stories for Penguin UK, Titan Publishing, Black Library, Running Press and Snow Books.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a heart-wrenching story of two teens with big secrets and a love that could set them free.

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

Not only is Brigid Kemmerer an auto-buy author of mine but More Than We Can Tell features Rev from Letters to the Lost, which is my favorite book of hers. And Rev was actually my favorite characters from it as well. So I'm really looking forward towards this new release next year. It already has some really great feedback and even a starred review from Booklist.

About the covers: I featured both the UK (above) and US (below) covers but my favorite is the UK one. I can't even express how in love I am with that cover. The colors are so beautiful! With Letters to the Lost I also preferred the UK cover, so I'll definitely buy the UK one this time as well. 

What do you think of this title? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

FairyLoot Unboxing: August 2017 ► Otherworlds

It's finally time for my unboxing of FairyLoot's august 'Otherworlds' box. It ended up being my favorite box so far, even surpassing my previous favorite which was January's box. So obviously I was super happy with all the items inside. It couldn't have been better for me. So yay!
Below you will find the unboxing and seperate pictures of all the goodies so you guys can get a better look at them.

The unboxing:

All the items together. ♥

Exclusive Witchsoul Candle 'withsoul Mara' by Book and Nook

Exclusive Fictional Worlds Sleeping Mask by FairyLoot

Exclusive Handmade Velaris Pendant Necklace by Oh Panda Eyes

Exclusive Westeros Tea Strainer by FairyLoot

Exclusive Neverland Notebook hand painted by T.J. Lubrano

Exclusive Lord of the Rings Magnetic Bookmarks by Paperly and Co.

Exclusive Northern Lights art print by Melissa Nettleship

Bonus Items:

Godsgrave Sampler (including poster), Blackwing sampler + tattoo, Mini Backdrop Dicount Coupon

My favorite item ended up being the Westeros tea strainer because I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and I'm addicted to tea. So that was a really great item for me. 

What item from this box do you like?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

A small book haul this week. As always on friday I got two free Hourly History books (you can get them too if you sign up for their newsletter) and two books for review. The Murderer's Maid is for the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Looking forward to that!

(still free on Amazon)
(still free on Amazon)

For Review:
Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman

Which of these books do you think look interesting? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff

Title: Flame Kisses
Author: Alexis Radcliff
Series: Seeking the Dragon #1

Publication: August 18th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Purchase Link: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

On a romantic night at a ski lodge, 17 year-old Ella Denton has the perfect opportunity to finally confess her feelings to her long-time crush, Nick Gauss, before she goes off to college. But before she has the chance, everything goes horribly wrong: Ella is kidnapped by a mysterious grinning monster-man to the heart of the Ether-Realm, a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. She is placed in chains and taken to a golden city ruled by the dark and brooding dragon prince, Kaden Kolrath, and told that she is now his slave.

It seems her fate is now to be lost forever in a strange land far from home, never to return to Nick or her family back home in Havery Falls. That is, until Ella discovers she carries a mysterious spark of power… a spark that could change everything, forever.

Flame Kissed is the first book in Alexis Radcliff’s exciting new fantasy romance serial, Seeking the Dragon. It’s a short, 15,000-word novella perfect to knock out in a single, quiet evening, and one of five total episodes.

Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff is the first in a 5-book series of shorter novellas. I can't say it was my most favorite story I have ever read but I did think it was a nice starter book and I really liked the whole concept of it.

To keep it short, the story is about 17 year-old Ella Denton who's on a trip with family and friends at a ski lodge when she gets kidnapped by a sinister man and taken to the Ether-Realm, which is (like the synopsis says) a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. Sounds intriguing, right?

I easily read the story in one sitting (on a pretty short train ride even), which was really great. I also feel like I should say that you shouldn't let the 47 pages of the book fool you. I thought it had some good character and world developement for such a short book. A lot of short stories I've read don't have that type of developement so that was really great obviously. 

The story and especially the end definitely made me crave more. I'm curious to see where the story takes Ella next. I can't wait to meet the dragon prince! 

About Alexis
Alexis Radcliff is an author, gamer, and history junkie who lives in the Portland area with her husband and a very fluffy, very surly cat.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Rocco by Sarah Castille

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Rocco by Sarah Castille
Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business.

Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford—until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul.

Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?

“Castille [gives] readers the compelling romance they crave.”—RT Book Reviews

Rocco is one of my favorite characters in this series so I'm really happy he's finally getting his story in the third Ruin & Revenge book. I hope it's just as suspenseful and steamy as the two previous books were.

The other books in the series:
Nico ~ 5 stars {Review}
Luca ~ 3 stars {Review}

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Indebted by Inger Iversen

Title: Indebted: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Author: Inger Iversen
Series: Teal & Trent #3
Publication: September 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Rating: 4.5/5 

The second I heard the rumble of the motorcycles hauling ass down my street, I knew my past had officially come back to fuck me in the ass—hard and deep.

Trent watched as Teal stared out of the front door into the darkened eyes of a debt he swore to keep years earlier. The little confessional he’d had with her months back revealed the majority of his secrets, but once again, like the fool he was, he’d held his deepest, darkest secret just beyond her reach. He’d thought to protect her from the man he could have become—from the sex, lies, and drugs that could have consumed his life. The second his vow walked through the door pushing past his woman and eying him like a fucking dart eyes a bull’s-eye, Trent new life came to a complete and utter stop. Now, his daughter and wife were in danger and Trent would stop at nothing to keep them safe.

Indebted by Inger Iversen was in one word: amazeballs! It even ended up being my favorite Teal and Trent book so far. What I love about these books is that they're very easy to read. I took my sweet time and read it in three days but I could've easily read it in one sitting, I think. I loved it!

The first six chapters of the story took place six years ago so we get a little more backstory about Trent in those days. We get to see how he becomes Indebted to a motorcycle club and six years later when he's finally settled with Teal and their daughter Emma they come to collect.

I didn't realize until I had finished the book that actually a lot happened through out the story. It isn't just about the MC coming to collect Trent's debt to them, it also involved some personal things for Trent, like finally meeting his son. I've been hoping this would happen!

The suspense level was definitely kicked up a notch with Indebted, I thought. I was almost biting my nails at some points because I have such a soft spot for Teal and Trent. I just wanted them to be okay. And as always I loved that Katie and Logan made appearances with their kids (SO ADORABLE).

Overall, Indebted: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Inger Iversen had danger, suspense, steamy romance and a great cast of characters. Basically all the thing I'm looking for in a good contemporary romance book.  

Order of books:
Incarcerated: Letters from Inmate 92510   -Katie & Logan {My Review} 
Inevitable: Love and War - 2/28/2015        -Teal & Trent 1 {My Review}
Indelible: Beneath His Ink - 12/12/2016    -Teal & Trent 2 {My Review}
Rogue in Love - 3/28/2017 *standalone*   -Thea & Lex {My Review}
Open Wounds - 6/28/2017 *standalone*     -Hope & Abel {My Review}
Indebted: Til Death Do us Part 9/28/2017  -Teal & Trent 3 {This Review}
Weathered Souls 12/28/2017 *standalone* -Ivory & Eric

About Inger
Inger Iversen is an American author residing in Virginia. She lives for bringing her fictional characters from darkness to light through self-discovery and passion. From her emotionally gripping, new adult Few Are Angels series that builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming, to her international bestselling interracial romance dubbed “one of the most emotionally gripping” books of the summer, Inger breathes life into her fiction through her enthusiasm and devotion to writing. Her influences range from life experiences and daydreams, Inger spends her time in the writing cave and fantasizing of the day she can figure out how to Weird Science her characters to life.
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