Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Stalking Jack the Ripper – historical fiction, mystery, romance, steampunk…all rolled into one amazing book! Another great book to start off the year!

The story follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a girl with great breeding, but with a penchant for forensic medicine A girl who loves forensics and biology?! Gasp! A completely unheard concept for 1800s Britain! Audrey Rose is secretly honing her skills with a scalpel with the help of her uncle, working on cadavers of London’s deceased, when the infamous Jack the Ripper begins brutally butchering women in the city. As the corpses begin piling up in her Uncle’s laboratory, Audrey Rose gets pulled into the investigation, and she soon realises that she’s a lot closer to Jack than she could have imagined!

I just have two words for you – Thomas Cresswell! At first I thought he was going to be your typical YA love interest – broody and arrogant. But wow was I wrong! Thomas was funny, loyal, witty…and a bit of a rebellious gentleman! Definitely one for the book boyfriend list! As for the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose, I thought it was really well done! It was a bit of a slow burn, but fitting with the manners and customs of the period! I can’t wait to see what becomes of this pair in the sequel!

One of my favourite things in the book was, of course, the stalking of Jack the Ripper! It was all very Sherlock Holmes! so I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t say too much! But I will say its really clever how it all fits together! I’d guessed Jack’s identity about half way through the book but that didn’t ruin it for me at all – I loved reading on to find out if I was right or not! I’ve read some other reviews and it seems a bit mixed as to whether people guessed the real Jack, so why not read and see if you do?!

If you love an entertaining book with a pull-you-in story line and a great leading heroine, then I’d definitely recommend Kerri Maniscalco’s debut novel! Stalking Jack the Ripper is fun, immersive, and imaginative! I’d definitely recommend you pick it up asap! 5 out of 5 stars!

Black Hearts by Karina Halle – Cover Reveal!

So I have a very exciting little post for you guys today! A cover reveal! It’s for Karina Halle’s upcoming release, Black Hearts! Karina is one of my favourite authors, and she’s just such a lovely, lovely person. I always get so excited before one of her releases, and I’m always in awe of the covers! EVERY SINGLE TIME! They’re fabulous! SO…let’s get on with it! Here it is…the cover for Black Hearts!

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Isn’t it great? It definitely makes me want to read the book even more!! Its a spin off to Karina’s other series, Sins and Needles and Dirty Angels, but it can be read as a standalone! So there is no excuse not to pick this one up when it comes out later in the month! I’ll be reading and reviewing the book sometime soon, so keep your eye out for that!

 

Roseblood by A.G Howard!

Now, we may only be a month into 2017, but I’ve already read one of my favourite books of this year! Roseblood by A.G Howard! It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I can definitely say it didn’t disappoint!

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Roseblood is a YA retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, and its full of lyrical language, intriguing characters, and a fascinating storyline! Rune Germain is a teenage girl with a haunting, beautiful compulsion to sing opera. It may sound like a blessing, a talent, but for Rune it feels like a curse. Once she hears the music she can’t help it, she just has  to sing. It’s caused her nothing but problems, especially since the death of her father a few years earlier. Sent to a private music conservatory in France to try and get some control over her talent, Rune is thrust into a dangerous game of  music, romance, and, of course, the Phantom.

So, I was a little apprehensive going into this because I’ve never actually read/watched Phantom of the Opera…so I was worried it might just go over my head a little bit. But, I needn’t have worried because really there was no need to have any prior knowledge of the Phantom, it all just flows nicely into the story! So if you’re hesitant to pick up Roseblood because of that then you really don’t have to worry about it! It has definitely made me want to watch the film ASAP!

I love A.G Howard’s writing style – it’s really beautiful, and wordy in a way that isn’t too wordy! And the plot is original and super imaginative. It’s a bit of a slowburn, but in the best way. You really get a feel for the Conservatory, for Rune and her friends, for Thorn and the Phantom. Considering this is a standalone, I felt like it was absolutely full of imagery and detail without leaving you feeling like you’re drowning in it! If it wasn’t for the creepy Phantom and the fact that I have no musical talent whatsoever, I would LOVE to have gone to school somewhere like this!

I don’t want to give too much away about the romance or Thorn…I think maybe it’s better to just go into it and enjoy it! Either way, I really liked their romance! One of my other favourite things about Roseblood was that it wasn’t all about the romance. Friendships and family play a big role in Rune’s life and that’s definitely reflected in the story. Her friends were great! They supported Rune, worried about her, tried to help her out in dangerous situations…definitely the sort of friends you’d want if you’re being lured in by a creepy Phantom intent on your death!

Overall, I gave Roseblood 4.75/5 stars! I thought it was exciting and imaginative….and I’m still absolutely amazed by the cover! I’d definitely recommend it to both the Phantom fans, and the Phantom newbies like me! Go on, give it a read!

Belated 2017 Goals!

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Wow. Another year gone. 2016 went by so quickly, I can’t believe its 2017 already. So I’m not usually one for doing New Year’s Resolutions – I ALWAYS FAIL! But…I feel like since 2016 wasn’t the best of years for me I need to try and make 2017 a good one. Combine that with my love for organisation and BAM! Time for some 2017 goals! 😉 ok, maybe that was a tad dramatic! But it’s true, I definitely want to set myself some goals for this year.

So what do I have planned for the upcoming year? Well, in 2016 I managed to read a few classics and really enjoyed them…but I want to read a whole lot more. I have two shelves full of beautiful editions of classic books and only a handful have been read. One of my goals for this year has to be to make some progress with that. Some of my top classic tbr books are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum….I could go on and on! I’m going to aim to read at least one classic every month!

Another goal for 2017 is to use my blog more. Ok, so I completely neglected Bookish Wonderland for the last few months and that has to change! I love writing reviews and just generally fangirling over books so I want to get back to that this year. I have some really exciting things planned so keep an eye out! While I’d love to say I can commit to posting two or three times a week I really can’t promise that. University is just too much sometimes and I just know I can’t do that…but I want to update it at least once a week. Anymore and it’s a bonus right?

What else? Oh yes, my goodreads goal! Well this year I’m setting my goal at 100 books. In 2016 I read 132 books, and in 2015 I read 213 books…so you never know I might get higher! But I don’t want to set myself up with a completely unachievable goal when I know how busy 2017 is going to be for me. I just have to keep telling myself “READ! READ! READ!”

And my final goal, at least for now, is to keep myself involved in the book community! I’m obsessed with bookstagram, its like a therapy for me! For the past couple of years it has been nothing but supportive of me and I am so, so grateful for it!

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Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole – blog tour!

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Its finally in the world!! Yes, Deep Redemption is here! And it is glorious!

Deep Redemption is the fourth book in the dark and addicting Hades Hangmen series, a much anticipated release for me! I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I finished Souls Unfractured last year. What’s even more exciting is that I get to be a part of the blog tour!

I loved being back in the world of the Hades Hangmen, although this book has a greater focus on Rider/Prophet Cain and the religious commune. Cain has spent all his life in seclusion, training to be the next Prophet, with only his twin brother for company. Shielded from the worst parts of the commune, he’s now questioning his entire life and the religion he was always part of, as we
ll as dealing with his brother’s betrayal. Beaten and locked away, Cain encounters Harmony – another captive of the commune – and while he falls for her, things go from bad to worse in New Zion.

He was born to ascend.

He wasdestined to lead.

He was never meant to fail.

This book was just as dark and intense as the previous three books, in fact in some parts it was probably a bit darker! I love the dark intensity of these books – they hook me from start to finish!! I’d highly recommend them for anyone wanting to read a romance unlike any other! Definitely a 5/5 star series!

Here are the Amazon links!

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Happy Release Day! Smut by Karina Halle!

Today is a very special day! It’s the release of a new romantic comedy, Smut. Yep indeed that is the title! A bit of a tongue-in-cheek homage to the main characters’ writing career! Karina Halle is one of my favourite authors – she writes some of my favourite romance/contemporary books! I’m going to download my copy of the book ASAP, and I can’t wait to read it today! I’ve been loving Karina’s teasers, so I just KNOW this book is going to be fantastic!

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Here is the summary:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

 

Get your copy now!

 

 

 

New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson – blog tour!

Hello everyone! Today I have something special for you! A blog tour post for the upcoming release of New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson! In case you missed out on the cover reveal, here is the beautiful cover! I really love it – although I do still have a soft spot for the old cover!

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So, let’s just start with me saying go and pre-order New World: Ashes right now! It’s awesome! I promise you won’t regret it! When I saw that there was an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour I put my name down immediately! This series is one of my favourites so of course I wanted to gush about it to you guys! I’m lucky enough to have read it before there series was picked up by Of Tomes for republishing, and I can honestly say I loved it!

New World Ashes is the second book in Jennifer’s New World series – following on from New World: Rising.  The first book introduced fantastic characters, and a fresh new dystopian world that totally immerses you! I often find that the second book in a trilogy is a bit of a filler book – but this certainly wasn’t the case here! It was just as action packed and exciting as the first installment in the series! It is filled with action, intrigue, friendship, and romance! New World: Ashes really is a book that breaks the mold!

Here is the Goodreads description!

After Phoenix, a 17-year-old orphan rogue, sacrifices herself for her loved ones, her world again takes an unexpected turn. She may have forgotten her past, but it hasn’t forgotten her. A war is coming and her role in it will be pivotal.

That is… if she survives.

Go show an amazing author some appreciation and pre-order this wonderful book! And if you haven’t read New World: Rising yet then I suggest you pick it up ASAP! New World: Ashes releases 7th June!

Amazon Link UK

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The Good Mother by A.L Bird – blog tour!

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Recently I’ve been in the mood for thrillers, I don’t know why, but I’m rolling with it! So when I was given the opportunity to read The Good Mother, a new psychological thriller, how could I resist? I’m so glad that I read this – it was intense, fast paced, and full of twists. If you want a book that keeps you questioning what on earth is going on, then I’d definitely recommend you pick up The Good Mother!

Here is the Goodreads description!

The greatest bond. The darkest betrayal.

Susan wakes up alone in a room she doesn’t recognise, with no memory of how she got there. She only knows that she is trapped, and her daughter is missing.

The relief that engulfs her when she hears her daughter’s voice through the wall is quickly replaced by fear, knowing that whoever has imprisoned her has her daughter, too.

Devising a plan to keep her daughter safe, Susan begins to get closer to her unknown captor. And suddenly, she realises that she has met him before.

The Good Mother is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller for fans of C L Taylor, Kathryn Croft and S K Tremayne.

Sound interesting? I definitely thought so! I read this book in one sitting, I flew through it! It starts with Susan waking up in an unfamilar room; alone, confused, no memory of how she got there, or where her daughter is. Cara is her priority – making sure she is ok. But when she discovers that Cara is being held in the room next door, she is determined to find a way escape her captivity to save her daughter.

I don’t want to give too much away about this one, it really is best to go into it knowing as little as possible! But I will say be prepared for some unexpected twists, especially towards the end!

Rating – 4.5 stars!

You can find the author over on:

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Shadowhunters! Thoughts so far…

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Shadowhunters…one of the most controversial book to TV adaptations ever! I spend a lot of time on Instagram and over there, there has been a lot of debate about how good of an adaptation it is, the characters, how well its sticking to the story etc.

Here in the UK we have to watch Shadowhunters over on Netflix so we’re a little bit behind! Right now I’m watching episode 11 “Blood Calls to Blood” as I write this! Tomorrow there will be a new episode up to watch! I try and keep up to date but I fell behind this week!

So, starting at the beginning…I thought the series started off well but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It was definitely straying away from the book a little! And Clary – I really wasn’t a fan of her! Or at least the actress that plays her. I just can’t connect her with the character I read about in the book! However I was definitely willing to give it a shot! As the series has went on, the storyline has definitely developed a lot. But it is very different from the book, little changes that I’m worried will change the way it all plays out in the end. The ending of last week’s episode for example took a HUGE step away from the plot of City of Bones! I’m nervous but intrigued to see how that all turns out! In my head I’m trying to separate the book from the TV show, to see it as two completely different things so that I won’t compare them…but that’s so difficult!

As for the characters, there are some I’m quite ‘meh’ about and others I really love. My favourites at the moment are Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle. Alec and Magnus…sigh…I totally ship it! They are so cute! Magnus is so funny, he has so much dramatic flair! And when with Magnus, Alec is totally awkward – its adorable. Simon is hilarious, he has some great one liners, he definitely creates a lot of humour in the show. What I didn’t expect was for Hodge to be so young! I know in the book he’s described as being one of the youngest members of the Circle, but for some reason when I read the books I pictured him as an old man! So seeing him as a young – and quite attractive! – man was a bit of a shock! I’m still waiting to pass judgement on Jace, I can’t decide if I’m liking how he’s portrayed or not!

So, so far I’m enjoying watching Shadowhunters…and I literally just finished this episode and OMG!!! It’s all kicking off right now!! The only thing that would make it better would be more Malec! I need that in my life!!

Tea and Book Club Review!

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I have wanted to subscribe to a bookish subscription box for ages now! Every month my Instagram feed is filled with wonderful pictures of subscription box hauls – Owlcrate, Uppercase, etc. But they’re often based in the US/Canada, and have crazy high shipping costs. Not that I blame them, it is silly the cost of international postage! But, it has put me off buying them!

However, recently I discovered the ‘Tea and Bookclub’ subscription box that is run by Louise over at Bookishly. I’ll leave the link to the website at the end! It’s a UK based subscription which is perfect for me – although they do ship worldwide at only a small extra cost! The box itself is very unique! Each month you receive a vintage paperback – a type of book that I’m very excited to start collecting even though my bookshelves are currently overflowing! As well as this you also get some tea to experiment with, and some great bookish stationary! I am a tea newbie but very excited to be exploring the different types! And as for stationary….well beside books stationary is my all-time favourite thing! This box is perfect for me! So of course I had to buy one!

So yesterday my box arrived, and fitted through the letterbox!! It’s always a pain having to go to the sorting office to collect a parcel! The book itself had such lovely packaging! It was wrapped inside a road map! I LOVE maps so I squealed a little when I saw it! I tried my best to carefully unwrap it but I did accidentally rip it! In future I’m going to go into surgeon mode and remove it with skill so that I can keep it haha!

The book I received was The Ladybird by D.H Lawrence. This edition was published in 1960, so over 50 years ago! I may not have heard of the book before, but I’m very excited to read it, and to add it to my collection! The cover is so nice!!

The tea is ‘Honeybush tea’ – great name!! I’ve had a little google search to find out more about it, because I’m weird and google had all the answers! It’s created by Jenier Teas, and it is a herbal tea with no caffeine! And it is meant to be really good for relaxing, and a good detox! Apparently it has a bit of a honey taste to it, so I’m very excited to give it a go!

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And the stationary that I received in this box was this set of three bookish cards! They are so pretty and have quotes on them – two are Shakespeare and are from Much Ado About Nothing, and the other is a quote by Louise May Alcott.  I will not be giving these cards to anyone, they’re too pretty! I think they’ll be in a lot of my Instagram photos for the next few weeks!

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At only £12, the bookishly box is definitely an affordable box when you compare it to some of the other popular subscription boxes! Especially if you’re from the UK since the postage is free! It’s also something a little bit different, and so nice! I’d definitely recommend this box if you’re looking to try out a subscription box!

 

Bookishly link –  http://www.bookishly.co.uk/

Tea and book club link – http://www.teaandbookclub.com/