Aug 20, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #161: Rose and the Magician's Mask by Holly Webb!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Rose and the Magician's Mask
(Rose, #3)
Holly Webb 
Publication date:
September 2nd, 2014

Rose is now a fully fledged magician’s apprentice — will her new magic be enough to find the dangerous magician’s mask?

When a precious mask of unimaginable power is stolen from the royal palace, Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work and that danger looms. The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems. Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask before its true powers are revealed?

The Rose series is fun, magical & whimsical historical MG fantasy, and I adored the previous two books, so I'm really looking forward to reading Rose and the Magician's Mask. I actually have an eARC, so there's a good possibility I would've already read this book before this WoW post goes up, since I'm scheduling it in advance, but I wanted to share this great series.
What are you waiting for this week?
Leave me your WoW links!

Aug 19, 2014

"Talk Sweetly to Me" by Courtney Milan

Title: Talk Sweetly to Me

Author: Courtney Milan

Series: Brothers Sinister, #4.5

Publication date: August 19th, 2014

My rating: 4.5 of 5

(Novella read on August 18th, 2014,  from the review copy received from the author via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.) 


Nobody knows who Miss Rose Sweetly is, and she prefers it that way. She’s a shy, mathematically-minded shopkeeper’s daughter who dreams of the stars. Women like her only ever come to attention through scandal. She’ll take obscurity, thank you very much.

All of England knows who Stephen Shaughnessy is. He’s an infamous advice columnist and a known rake. When he moves into the house next door to Rose, she discovers that he’s also wickedly funny, devilishly flirtatious, and heart-stoppingly handsome. But when he takes an interest in her mathematical work, she realizes that Mr. Shaughnessy isn’t just a scandal waiting to happen. He’s waiting to happen to her…and if she’s not careful, she’ll give in to certain ruination.

My Thoughts on the Novella:

Talk Sweetly to Me is a great novella & a finale to the Brothers Sinister series. And it was a pleasant surprise. For a novella, it left me feeling like I read a full-length novel. The characters are really well-developed, and really likable, and I got to know them really well, and cheered them on.

Despite the lovable main characters (before you know it, they'll get under your skin), I really enjoyed the story itself. It was interesting, it touched on some subjects you don't often meet in historical romances, and everything was executed almost perfect.

Rose is such an interesting heroine, and I loved her quirkiness. Stephen is amazing character, too, and I loved the interactions & banter between them both. The chemistry was there, but what I especially loved was the way their personalities seemed to fit together.
The story was sweet, and charming, and funny, and sad, entertaining, and romantic - just a delight to be read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books by the author.

Courtney Milan is amazing historical fiction author, so I highly recommend her books, as well as this novella Talk Sweetly to Me to every fan of historical romances.



Aug 18, 2014

"It's in His Kiss" by Jill Shalvis

Title: It's in His Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, #10
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: August 26th, 2014
My rating: 5 of 5
(Book read from July 7th to July 8th, 2014,  from an eARC received from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)



Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

My Thoughts on the Book:

It's in His Kiss was absolutely amazing! I knew it will be good, it's a Jill Shalvis book and part of the Lucky Harbor series, but I was still surprised. This one just might be my most favorite Lucky Harbor novel so far. And I'm so sad when I think about the fact that the series will be over soon, because I don't want it to end... So, if you still haven't started the series, you must!

It's in His Kiss is the first book in the last Lucky Harbor trilogy! And from this beginning, and meeting Sam, Cole & Tanner, and learning about them, their past & their friendship, I'm already dying to read the rest of the books! I will probably read Cole & Olivia's story any day now.

I absolutely adored both Sam & Becca as characters. They just might be my favorite Lucky Harbor couple so far, and Becca is probably my favorite heroine. She has been through a lot, but I loved the fact that she stands up for herself now, and works on getting the new beginning she deserves, and doesn't wallow in the past. Sure, she has some baggage (who doesn't), but I loved her way of dealing with it, even though she ran away, she doesn't do that any more. She also made me laugh, she was fun, sweet, talented, and so nice. She just got under my skin, and I adore her & Sam's story.

Sam was also so awesome. I won't go into details about him because it will spoil the story, but he is one amazing guy, and I loved the interactions between him & Becca. They were so amazing together.

The overall storyline was interesting & so entertaining, with lots of lovable characters (old & new), quirky situations, funny dialogues, and yummy, fun, sweet & sizzling interactions between the main characters. I absolutely adored Becca & Sam's story, from the way they met, the way they got close & got to know each other, to the way they fell for each other, I loved every second of it. It's definitely one of my favorite contemporary romances now, and definitely the perfect summer read, so I highly recommend It's in His Kiss, as well as the Lucky Harbor series!


Aug 17, 2014

Doctor Who: The Death Pit by A. L. Kennedy

The Death Pit
(Doctor Who: Time Trips)
A. L. Kennedy
Publisher: Random House UK, Ebury Publishing
Imprint: BBC Digital
Publication date: December 5th, 2013
My rating: 5 of 5 
(Story read on August 7th, 2014, from the review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)


Time Trips – groundbreaking Doctor Who adventures by some of the most respected writers in the Universe. Short stories that are bigger on the inside…
Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency towards disappearance amongst the guests. She’s tried talking to the manager, she’s even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages in the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he’s in Chicago. He knows he’s in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn’t do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand.


My Thoughts on the Story:

The Death Pit is amazing Doctor Who adventure featuring the 4th Doctor. Everything I love about Doctor Who was present here. The humour, the entertainment, the fun, the quirky & lovable characters, the mystery, the adventure, the brilliance, the great & really interesting story. I just adored every second of it.
Also, I loved the author's writing style. I haven't read anything by A. L. Kennedy so far, but the writing reminded me a tiny bit of Douglas Adams, and not anyone can pull that off, and that's what actually made me love the story even more.
I highly recommend this story to every fan of Doctor Who. As for me, I can't wait to delve into the other Time Trips adventures.

Aug 16, 2014

"Love Bites" by Ophelia London

Title: Love Bites

Author: Ophelia London

Series: Sugar City
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Imprint: Bliss
Publication date: August 18th, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5
(Novella read on August 10th, 2014, from the review copy received from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange of an honest review.)

Falling in love is like swimming with sharks…
Sharona Blaire is only in Australia for a business audit, but she’s determined to make the most of her one free night. So when she spills her drink on a handsome stranger and they end up flirting, she does something completely out of character — she kisses him. But the prospect of taking it further totally freaks her out…almost as much as discovering the next morning that the man she’s auditing is the sexy, tanned stranger she left with zero explanation.
An audit during his crew’s most important expedition yet is a complication marine biologist Jeff Cruz doesn't need — especially when the auditor is the gorgeous, fascinating woman from the night before. Out at sea with nowhere to run, he’s forced to admit Sharona draws him in like a shark to blood. But Jeff's one passion is his job, and nothing — not even love — will get its hooks in him...


My Thoughts on the Novella:

Love Bites is another fun, flirty, fluffy & charming novella, that's perfect for the summer. So, yes, Ophelia London has done it again. I read her Making Waves novella a couple of months ago, and loved it, so she's definitely on the way of becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I'm yet to try her full-length novels, but hopefully soon. I actually have one of her novels waiting to be read, but haven't gotten around to... 
Anyway, from the moment I started Love Bites, I was hooked. The whole story was entertaining & fun, and just so charming & sweet. Also, I have a soft spot for serendipity, so it was the perfect read for me. I also loved the setting (even the sharks), and the story itself. I was actually sad when it was over.

I found Sharona - the first main character - to be fun & really likable as a character, and realistic, too. The same goes for Jeff Cruz - such a likable guy, and charming & fun, and awesome at his job. And the chemistry between them both was sizzling, and the interactions between them were so much fun to read. I also adored most of the second characters, and I do hope they will be part of some of the other novels & novellas in the series, and hopefully we will get the story of Sharona's best friend soon.
If you're looking for the perfect summer read, Love Bites is it. I highly recommend this novella, as well as Ophelia London's books. She's a great author, and I can't wait to read more of her!