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Book Review ‘Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)’ ~ L.C. Rosen

9780241365014Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

Publication Date: February 19th 2019

Publisher: Penguin

Blurb: ‘My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.’

Jack Rothman is seventeen. A solid student with a talent for art, he likes partying, makeup and boys. Sometimes all at the same time. His active, unashamed sex life makes him a red hot topic for the high school gossip machine, but Jack doesn’t really care too much about what the crowd is saying about him. His mantra is: ‘It could be worse.’

And then it is.

When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for his best friend’s website, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters. His ‘admirer’ is obsessed with Jack – they know who he’s hanging out with, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. And while they say they love Jack, they don’t love his lifestyle. They want him to curb his sexuality and personality. And if he won’t, they will force him.

As his stalker starts to ratchet up the pressure, it’s up to Jack and his friends to uncover their identity, before their love becomes genuinely dangerous.

★/5

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Book Review ‘Black Wings Beating’ ~ Alex London

36949994Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Publication Date: September 25th 2018

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (BYR)

Series: Skybound #1

Australian RRP: $24.99

Blurb: The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

★★★☆(3.5)/5

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Waiting on Wednesday…Red, White & Royal Blue

39862470Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Publication Date: May 14th 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Blurb: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Words cannot describe just how excited I am for Red, White & Royal Blue. I love everything I have seen about this so far. The blurb, the cover, the sneak peeks. I. AM. IN. LOVE. I TELL YOU.

This looks like it is going to be a disaster of the very, very best kind and I can not wait to fall in love with these boys!

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Book Blitz

The Fever King Book Blitz + Giveaway (US/CA)

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good. 

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Welcome to the book blitz for The Fever King. Presented by Xpresso Tours, I’m excited to be a part of this blitz. I absolutely loved The Fever King (you can find my review here) so if you are interested to read what I had to say about it – no spoilers! – go have a look.

But you can continue reading for a brief excerpt of Chapter 1 of The Fever King and the opportunity to go in the running to win one of 5 arcs. Apologies to my fellow international readers this giveaway is only open to those in the US and Canada (but bear with me because I will be holding an international one – not associated with the publisher – later on in the year/new year).

Excerpt

How long did it take to die? God, Noam couldn’t remember.

On shaky legs, Noam made his way back to the chair by the window. He couldn’t manage much more. The television kept turning itself on and off again, images blazing across a field of static snow and vanishing just as quickly. Noam saw it out of the corners of his eyes even when he tried not to look, the same way he saw his father’s unconscious body. That would be Noam soon.

Magic crawled like ivy up the sides of the fire escape next door.

Noam imagined his mother waiting for him with a smile and open arms, the past three years just a blink against eternity.

His hands sparked with something silver-blue and bright. Bolts shot between his fingers and flickered up his arms. The effect would have been beautiful were it not so deadly. And yet . . .

A shiver ricocheted up his spine.

Noam held a storm in his hands, and he couldn’t feel a thing.

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About The Author

Victoria

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering that spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whiskey. Lee writes early in the morning and then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her partner.

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Waiting on Wednesday…The Fever King

39897058The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Publication Date: March 1st 2019

Publisher: Skyscape

Series: Feverwake #1

Blurb: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Okay so I feel like I have to have a disclaimer first….I have an arc of this on my kindle. However in my defence I am starting it this week and honestly I think I’m so excited for this book there’s part of me delaying picking it up so I’m sure it still counts as Waiting on Wednesday if only because I am waiting to get my own arse into gear.

But seriously this sounds so incredible and I was so happy to have received an arc so I look forward to sharing my thoughts soon. But in the mean time can we admire that cover? Because 😍😍

The three main characters in The Fever King are all #ownvoices Jewish plus every single character is queer, Victoria said it first:

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