Friday, 11 March 2016

Tour Announcement: Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie + Giveaway

And so, after so long, I'm back! 

I've been [REALLY] busy with school, so I unfortunately been radio silent for the last... two or three... months? I have no clue how long I've actually been genuinely active (everything's been queued), but with the semester and my personal motivation for school dwindling down, I'm slowly easing my way back into blogging.

And as my first major blog post back, I'm proud to announce that I'm taking part of the Rivals of Versailles blog tour.

The novel is written by Sally Christie, and takes place in 18th century France. Here's the synopsis if you're curious:

The year is 1745 and King Louis XV’s bed is once again empty. Enter Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful girl from the middle classes. As a child, a fortune teller had told young Jeanne’s destiny: she would become the lover of a king and the most powerful woman in the land. Eventually connections, luck, and a little scheming pave her way to Versailles and into the King’s arms. Around them, war rages, discontent grows, and France inches ever closer to the Revolution.

Told in Christie's celebrated witty and modern style, The Rivals of Versailles will delight and entrance fans as it brings to life the court of Louis XV in all its pride, pestilence, and glory.

The novel releases on April 5th, and I'll be hosting on the 7th. I'll be posting my review AND giving away a finished copy of the novel as well.

Below is the tour announcement if you want more information!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Review: Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore

Author: Gabriella Lepore
Release Date: March 15th, 2013
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”

When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.

I was originally supposed to post this review for the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Books, but I however, was backtracked by pre-production, filming, and post-production for one of my television classes.

Anyways, I enjoyed this book for the most part- it was a pretty easy read. If I wasn’t really so busy, I actually would’ve finished the book in probably in a couple of hours. It was one of those novels that was really fast paced, where the characters were able to stick out, but since it was so fast, you didn’t really get to connect with the characters on an emotional level as much.

The action, the mystery/magic, and the characters really did make the story. I found the world easy to grasp, and the characters’ personalities really did make it enjoyable. For me, I feel like since it was such a fast read, a couple of plot twists and another sub-plot really would’ve made it just that much better. I was really getting a Raven’ Boys’ vibe from this entire novel, and it was just so good, I really wish it wasn’t that short.

Anyways, it was a good book. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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