WWW Wednesday ~ 25th May 2016

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am currently reading…

‘The Star-Touched Queen’ by Roshani Chokshi

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Blurb: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? 

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

‘I still have a little more to read in this book, but I am already so in love with it! The characters and the world building are so beautiful and I have no doubt that this will be one of my favourite books this year!’

Published April 26th 2016

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I have recently finished…

‘Weregirl’ by C.D. Bell

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Blurb: Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

Expected publication: November 1st 2016

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I think I will read next…

‘The Last Girl’ by Joe Hart

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Blurb: A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than 1 percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women. 

Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause. For two decades, she’s been isolated from her family, treated as a test subject, and locked away—told only that the virus has wiped out the rest of the world’s population.

Captivity is the only life Zoey has ever known, and escaping her heavily armed captors is no easy task, but she’s determined to leave before she is subjected to the next round of tests…a program that no other woman has ever returned from. Even if she’s successful, Zoey has no idea what she’ll encounter in the strange new world beyond the facility’s walls. Winning her freedom will take brutality she never imagined she possessed, as well as all her strength and cunning—but Zoey is ready for war.

Published March 1st 2016 

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Blurb: From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, ten years in the writing – an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries. 

In the late seventeenth century two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. Duquet travels the globe and back, starting a logging company that will prosper for generations. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and descendants of these two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or a fortune, or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions—accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

In this feat of astonishing imagination, Proulx’s inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid—in their greed, lust, vengefulness, sorrow, compassion and hope—that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable writers of our time, and Barkskins is the story she has been writing all her life, a magnificent American novel.

Expected publication: June 14th 2016 by Fourth Estate (first published January 5th 2016)

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Stacking the Shelves ~ 22nd May 2016

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Hosted by http://tyngasreviews.com
This week, I have added a total of 2 books to my shelf! I have received 1 book in the mail, which was sent to me through Bookbridgr and I had 1 eBook approved on NetGalley!

My first Stacking the Shelves post in a while. After I had a poorly daughter at home and then becoming ill myself, I am finally getting back into the swing of things! 

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‘The Girl and the Sunbird’ by Rebecca Stonehill

This book sounds so beautiful and it takes place in my favourite place on earth…Africa! I just couldn’t say no! So looking forward to reading this very soon!

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Blurb:  A haunting, heartbreaking and unforgettable novel of a woman married to a man she can never love, and drawn to another who will capture her heart forever… When eighteen year old Iris Johnson is forced to choose between marrying the frightful Lord Sidcup or a faceless stranger, Jeremy Lawrence, in a far-off land, she bravely decides on the latter. Accompanied by her chaperone, Miss Logan, Iris soon discovers a kindred spirit who shares her thirst for knowledge. As they journey from Cambridgeshire to East Africa, Iris’s eyes are opened to a world she never knew existed beyond the comforts of her family home. But when Iris meets Jeremy, she realizes in a heartbeat that they will never be compatible. He is cold and cruel, spending long periods of time on hunting expeditions and leaving Iris alone. Determined to make the best of her new life, Iris begins to adjust to her surroundings; the windswept plains of Nairobi, and the delightful sunbirds that visit her window every day. And when she meets Kamau, a local school teacher, Iris finds her calling, assisting him to teach the local children English. Kamau is everything Jeremy is not. He is passionate, kind and he occupies Iris’s every thought. She must make a choice, but if she follows her heart, the price she must pay will be devastating.

Expected publication: June 17th 2016 by Bookouture

I have received this eBook through NetGalley!

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‘Before the Fall’ by Noah Hawley

This is usually not my type of book, but I enjoyed the series ‘Fargo’ and when I read about this book I had to get a copy. Can’t wait to read it!

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Blurb: The rich are different. But fate is blind. Down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs would usually take the ferry back to New York from Martha’s Vineyard, but he is unexpectedly offered a spare seat on the Bateman family’s private jet. Then just minutes after take-off, the plane crashes into the ocean and of the eight passengers and three crew, only Scott and the Batemans’ small son, JJ, are left alive. The extraordinary nature of their survival, combined with the fact that David Bateman was CEO of a populist TV news channel, means that Scott will not be returning to anonymity. Along with the orphaned boy, he is engulfed by a maelstrom of speculation, which soon overtakes the official investigation into the tragedy. Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb, a missile? Who is Scott Burroughs? As the chapters drive towards their heart-stopping conclusion, weaving with ever-increasing suspense between the shocking aftermath of the crash and the intimate backstory of each of the passengers and crew members, Noah Hawley creates a searching, thrilling novel of love, fame, wealth, art, entertainment and power.

Expected publication: June 9th 2016 by Hodder

I have received this book through Bookbridgr!

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Review: ‘Weregirl’ by C.D. Bell

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars

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Blurb: Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

When I first requested ‘Weregirl’ by C. D. Bell on NetGalley, I wasn’t aware that it was just a preview containing the first four chapters of the book. The story sees high school girl Nessa trying to escape her hometown by getting a college scholarship through cross country running. During one of her runs in the woods she gets bitten by a wolf and soon after, she realises that her body is starting to change.
It is hard to judge a book by just four chapters, but it is certainly a good start to a promising book. Looking forward to reading the rest!

Expected publication: November 1st 2016

Thank you to NetGalley for providing this eBook!

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Review: ‘Off the page’ by Jodi Picoult

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 stars

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Blurb: From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes OFF THE PAGE, a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships. 

Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Includes twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout. 

Full of humor and witty commentary about life, OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.

‘Off the page’ by Jodi Picoult is the sequel to her book ‘Between the lines’ which I didn’t realise until I started reading the book. Luckily the author provides enough information at the beginning of the book so it didn’t matter that I didn’t read the prequel.
This story is the lovely fairytale of a modern girl that fell in love with the prince in a book she read. In the prequel, they were trying to get the prince into the real life because he was tired of his life in the story and in this book, the author tells the story of how he manages to adjust to his new life in the modern world. All in all a little feel good gem for all ages!

Published February 25th 2016 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2015)

Thank you to MaximumPop! for my review copy! 

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