Thursday, January 29

Review: #Nerd (Hashtag #1)

#Nerd (Hashtag #1)
Cambria Hebert

Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Date Read: December 25, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

I have been such a big fan of Cambria Hebert's since I read her debut, Masquerade, a YA Fantasy. I fell in love with her world, her characeters and her writing so when I heard about this NA Contemp series I couldn't wait to get started on it and I wasn't disappointed.

I just knew that a book called #Nerd would most definitely be the book for me. I love all kinds of nerdish things and a romance between nerd and super popular guy is definitely the kind of story that I devour in one sitting and just love. And I really liked this book.

NA Contemporary is an ever-growing genre and if I'm being totally honest I am getting really bored of them. To me, they are all becoming the exact same story just different character names and different author. But I didn't think like that in terms of #Nerd. I really liked this one and even though it was completely predictable I enjoyed it a lot.

I'm really looking forward to reading #Hater and continuing the story of Rimmel and Romeo. #Nerd was a great, cute and totally adorkable storyline and I'm really looking forward to reading more.


Wednesday, January 28

Waiting on Wednesday


Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)
Rachel Caine

Published By: NAL
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn...

I am a huge fan of Rachel Caine's work. From the moment I read her MVV series I adored her and so I cannot wait for this new fantasy series from her. June cannot get her fast enough so I can get my hands on this baby.


Tuesday, January 27

K-Books 2015 Goals

Hey Guys,
So I meant to do this post right at the beginning of the month but due to my crazy busy new job... and my grandmother sadly passing away 2 weeks ago I just haven't been doing much of anything. So here it finally is. My goals for this year... this is a mix of reading, blogging and just everything book related.

Goal 1: Don't Partake in ANY Blog Tours

Okay, so I've already broken this one a little. I signed up for the blog tour for Collide by Melissa West but I've already read it and so it doesn't count for the reason I'm not doing blog tours.

When I sign up for blog tours I always end up getting talked into doing review stops. I always have the best intentions and obviously I want to read the book otherwise I wouldn't have even signed up for the tour... but if I am on a time scale for reading a book I find well actually I don't want to read it right now. I am very much a mood reader... I can't read a book I'm not in the mood for otherwise I will just end up hating it... even if it's the kind of book I love. I need to read what I want when I want so to enable me to do this I am not signing up for any blog tours this year.. unless it's a book I have already read (like Collide).

Goal 2: Read What I Want When I Want

This is very much linked into the first one. For the past 2 years I have tried so hard to get my TBR down and it has failed everytime. Why? Because of review books and blog tour books. This year I am just reading what I want, when I want. I have decided not to care whether it's a review book or one I've had on my shelf for years. I am just going to take the preassure off myself. Usually I feel so preassured to read my review books before they are released but I just can't do that. I can't read a book just becuse I feel like I have to. So I'm letting go of that pressure. Publishers... I really appreciate all the review books you send me and know that I WILL read and review it... but I need to wait until I am in the mood for it. I need to read what I want when I want.

Goal 3: To accept LESS review books

This is going to be a tough one. I am such an impatient person. When I see all these amazing books that are coming out in the next few months I just want all the books now... but realistically I cannot read all of those books before they release. It's physically impossible. I'm not a slow reader but I'm not a speed reader either. I don't have much time to read anymore. I am a full-time lecturer and I only have limited time to read... so I want to only accept or download from NG/EW the books I know I will definitely read soon.

Goal 4: Limit my book buying to 2/3 per month

The reason I have so many books on my TBR list is I am an obsessive book buyer. So this year I want to limit myself. I get paid from my job monthly so each time I get paid I am going to choose a limited amount of books that I can buy that month. I am limiting it to 3. No more than that. I am hoping that this is going to help that TBR go down a lot.

Goal 5: Not Be Stressed By Blogging

My problem with being a blogger is I always feel like I am letting all my followers down if I don't post a review every week but sometimes life gets in the way and I can't do that. This year I want to let that go. I always have my 2 memes go up every week as I always bulk schedule them two months at a time. With that knowledge that there will be SOMETHING going up each week I'm gonna take my time reading and just reviewing when I finish the book and when I have time.

Goal 6: Not Rush Reading

And finally... not rush through reading. Remind myself that it's not a race! I always feel like I shoud have finished this book already it's only (insert p number here) pages. Why have I not finished yet? I need to remind myself that it's not a race. I need to slow down and take time reading and enjoying the book. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to read... you just need to enjoy the ride throughout the book.

So that's it guys... here's to a great and stress-free year of books, reviews and fun


Monday, January 26

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...


All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

Have you read this series?
Let me know in the comments.


Sunday, January 25

Blog Tour: Hobson and Choi Series

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Hobson & Choi Series by Nick Bryan
wpid-wp-1417027201089.jpeg The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (Hobson & Choi #1)

"If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!"

Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson's one-man detective agency.

But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.

With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.

Goodreads. Amazon.


23568658 Rush Jobs (Hobson & Choi #2)

“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It's everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there's so MUCH of it.”

Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.

After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?

Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?

Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.

Goodreads. Amazon

Author Interview:

1. What made you decide to choose self-publishing over traditional publishing?

I chose self-publishing for the Hobson & Choi project because the earlier draft was already up on the JukePop Serials site, it attracted a following and I thought I might be able to springboard that into a fun venture. Also, I was enjoying their ongoing adventures, and self-publishing allows me to continue guilt-free, whereas if I were submitting to agents, I'd feel it was a slight waste of time writing sequels if the first one hadn't yet been accepted.
I've no problem with traditional publishing, I quite like the look of the hybrid-author approach that other writers have taken. I have other projects that I'll probably try on a traditional route – my fantasy novel about a man trying to escape his deal with the devil is more or less ready for submissions, in fact.

2. In The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf, Choi uses a twitter hashtag to help get Hobson followers on twitter. Is this something you've done before? Do you know what inspired this idea for you?

I've attracted Twitter followers via a combination of sarcasm and following people I meet in the pub, but I must admit, Angelina's probably done better than I ever have. The actual concept was very mechanical, really – I needed them to find out about the case via the internet, I wanted something that would immediately play up the generation gap between them – hey presto. I was so pleased with it, I almost put a hashtag in the title of the book, but was worried that might look a bit tryhard.

3. What has been your favourite thing about writing the Hobson & Choi series?

The most fun part about writing H&C, pretty consistently, is starting a new case and deciding which benign middle-class institution to turn evil. The dark side of chain pubs, recruitment agencies, shopping centres – I gleefully shove crime into them all. The dialogue is a close second.

4. If you had to describe the series in a tweet (140 characters), how would you do it?

Hobson & Choi combines crime, teen angst and grim jokes into a metaphorical stew, bubbling and red like blood, dog hairs floating on top.

5. Where do you normally write?

I long ago discovered I'm powerless in the face of internet access, so decamp to a local café with a low-spec netbook whenever I need to get any substantial writing done. I feel shame about the lack of willpower this demonstrates, but at least it gives me a sense of Going To Work, rather than rattling around the house all day.

6. Do you have any writing advice for aspiring authors?

Don't get too preoccupied with writing advice. Some people like first drafts, others prefer editing, some can write at home, others need to go out. As long as you work out your own needs and plan around them, it's fine. But do keep moving forward.

About the Author


me-squared Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.

More details on his other work and news on future Hobson & Choi releases can be found on his blog at NickBryan.com or on Twitter as @NickMB. Both are updated with perfect and reasonable regularity.

Subscribe to his mailing list using the form in the sidebar of NickBryan.com to get news first and an all-new free Hobson & Choi short story immediately!

When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.

Website. Twitter. Mailing List.


Tour Schedule

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Monday 19th January

Rain On A Summer’s Afternoon

Tuesday 20th January

Claire Rousseau

Wednesday 21st January

Music, Books and Tea

Thursday 22nd January

Ya Yeah Yeah

Friday 23rd January

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Saturday 24th January

Tales of Yesterday

Sunday 25th January

K-Books

Monday 26th January

Nimbus Space

Tuesday 27th January

The Online Novel

Wednesday 28th January

Nyx Book Reviews

Thursday 29th January

Winged Reviews

Friday 30th January

Kirstyes

Saturday 31st January

The Book Moo

Sunday 1st February

Bookish Outsider

Monday 2nd February

Pewter Wolf



Excerpt


The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf

Not only was there no name stencilled on the window of Hobson’s office door, it didn’t even have a window. Angelina was disappointed — what kind of crappy detective doesn’t have an office name stencil window?

Instead, it was a solid beige fire door. The only thing marking it out from the beige corridor was the change in texture from beige plaster to beige wood. Same old London office in a boring building. Clearly all her effort to dress interesting had been silly. The black floaty layers and purple tights looked ridiculous against all the nothingness.

Too late to change though, she was already five minutes late. She knocked on the hollow, cheap-sounding door, with the firmness of an adult, rather than a nervous sixteen-year-old. Or so she hoped.

“Yeah, come in,” said the hoarse yell from inside.

Angelina pushed the door open. Considering how long she’d spent staring at the tedious thing, it floated away easily.

The office behind was more interesting than the corridor, thankfully. Bright blue, two desks, a few filing cabinets. But no discarded whiskey bottles, nor a mattress round back where the detective slept.

“Good morning, Choi,” said a deep voice. The huge man behind the larger desk leapt up, revealing a pressed black suit and straight tie. Buttoned down to a fault, this guy could be a real veteran police detective, right up to the grey peppering his short dark hair.

And why was he calling her by surname?

“Good to meet you. I’m John Hobson, just Hobson is fine though.” And, when she didn’t immediately reply: “How are you? Good trip over?”

“Um, thanks, I’m fine, you too.” She forgot to punctuate any of that, blushing as soon as it finished.

“Good. Good. Well, welcome to our new work experience internship programme. I hope I’ll be able to show you something about the business in two weeks. As you can see, I’ve cleared a desk for you here.” He gestured at the smaller one in the room, with a wedge of papers recently shoved to one end.

“Looks nice,” she glanced down and nodded. “Lots of room.”

Another silence.

“So,” he was already standing up and hooking his jacket off the back of the chair, “I have to get moving for a lunch meeting, but I do have a job for you to get on with.”

Her ears pricked up, but expectations remained measured. She’d be filing all those papers away, wouldn’t she? Or running out to buy milk?

“I’ve noticed this social Twitter internet media thing seems to be taking off,” he said, gesturing widely at the computer on her desk, as if that explained everything, “could you create an account for me and get me some of those... followers?”

Angelina blinked. “I’m sorry?”

“Well, you know. I’ve just repainted my office, I want to be modern, and your lot seem to be familiar with this kind of thing.”

“My lot? What do you mean my lot?”

“No no no no no,” Hobson spun round, nearly whirling her across the room, “not Asians. Teenage girls.”

“Oh. Right.” Depressingly, she was relieved he’d even noticed she was Asian. “Well, sure. I’ll see what I can do.”

“Thanks, Choi.” He shrugged his massive coat on, composure back in place. “Just a couple of hundred should do. Cheers, running late, back in an hour.”

With that, he waved and dashed out the door. And then popped his head back round. “Oh, could you also go to the shops and get some coffee? Ain’t much left.”

Angelina nodded, and kept her sigh inside until he’d definitely gone. This office was the size of a rich person’s cupboard.

*****

Picking up the coffee took a few minutes. The hardest part was checking out his machine and working out what type to buy. Now she was an intern, Angelina knew she had to do these menial tasks, so swallowed her pride and went to Tesco.

Not long after, guzzling a pack of dirt-cheap cardboard crisps, she plonked herself down in front of her computer. She had a job to do, so resisted the urge to head straight for Facebook and complain about her negligent boss.

Instead she went on Twitter and got to work. She typed, she schmoozed, she strived, she read blog posts about Social Media Success, many of which made her angry. Finally, several tweets and retweets later, something clicked.

Shortly later, so did the door to their office, as Hobson returned. His lunch meeting ended at a reasonable time and left him completely sober; again, both reassuring and disappointing. When did she get to sniff corpses and snort whiskey, delve deep into the underworld?

Instead, she had a presentable, clean shaven, punctual detective without a visible drinking problem. Should’ve been more specific on the form.

“So Choi,” Hobson said, his jacket flopping back over the chair, “am I... trending yet?”

He pronounced trending like it was the name of an alien planet.

“Um, sort of,” she said.

“Sort of?”

“Well, you’ve got 353 followers...” Angelina broke off mid-stream as a rectangular email notification popped up. “Well, 354 now. But I had to say some stuff to get them.”

Hobson fiddled with his own computer, not paying much attention. “Yeah? What kind of stuff?”

“I tried just creating an account and following people, engaging with other detectives, but it wasn’t working much,” she could hear herself talking faster in response to his blank stares, “so I found an interesting murder case and said that if you got enough followers, you’d totally solve it for free.”

And it sounded like a better idea at the time, she added silently, rolling her chair away from Hobson as his face turned red and he stood up, tie flapping wild. It was hard not to be scared when a man bigger than the room he was sitting in started yelling at you.

“You did what?” At least he’d noticed her. “Do you have you any idea how shitty that is? What if the press find out? What if the victim’s family find out? How do you know I even can solve it? How am I meant to pay my rent?”

“I don’t know, I’m sorry, I wanted to get it right and I just...” Angelina inhaled deep and snorted by accident. “I may have said something else too.”

“Oh God.”

“Yeah. If we get up to 400 followers, you have to fight a wolf.”

The email indicator leapt up again. Only forty-five to go.



There is a tour-wide giveaway throughout the tour as well.

The Prizes

One Signed Paperback Set of the Hobson & Choi Series

Three E-Book Sets of the Hobson & Choi Series

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, January 21

Waiting on Wednesday


Illusionarium
Heather Dixon

Published By: Greenwillow
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: YA - Steampunk
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From Goodreads:
From the author of Entwined, a brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London. This sweeping, cinematic tale of an apprentice scientist desperate to save his family—and his world—is The Night Circus meets Pixar.

Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that is breathtaking and wholly original.

I've been wanting to read some more steampunk books for a while and this one sounds awesome and that cover is just amazing. I can't wait for this one.


Monday, January 19

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...


Scarlet Series by A.C Gaughen:

#1 Scarlet
#2 Lady Thief (Haven't Got Yet)
#3 Lion Heart (Not Yet Released)

Have you read this series?
Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, January 14

Waiting on Wednesday


An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir

Published By: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Another YA Fantasy I cannot wait for. This one sounds awesome and has such a beautiful cover. I'm not sure how much I'll love this one as it sounds like it has a big historical flaire and I'm not the biggest fan of historical but it sounds awesome enough for me to give it a good go.


Monday, January 12

I Still Haven't Read...


This week's pick...


Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey:

#1 Eve
#2 Once (Haven't Got Yet)
#3 Rise (Haven't Got Yet)


Have you read this book?
Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, January 7

Waiting on Wednesday


The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1)
Melinda Salisbury

Published By: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

I am so beyond excited for this book. Since the moment I caught a glimpse of that gorgeous cover I couldn't wait to read it. Add to that the fact that it's YA Fantasy I am sooo excited. It was only in 2014 when I got a massive fan of Fantasy and now I cannot get enough.


Tuesday, January 6

Wrap Up: December 2014


Hey Guys,
Due to a technological glitch there's no vlog this month. It will be combined to the vlog at the end of January.

Books Read in December 2014:

The Girl At Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey - 4 Stars
Inspire (Muse #1) by Cora Carmack - 4 Stars
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski - 2 Stars
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski - DNF
#Nerd (Hashtag #1) by Cambria Hebert - 4 Stars
Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West - 5 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2014:
 

Top 3 Books of December 2014:
 

 


That's it for this month.
What was your favourite book of December 2014?
Leave me a comment.



Early Review: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Melissa Grey

Published By: ATOM Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Date Read: December 7, 2014
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: ARC from ATOM Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 361
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From Goodreads:
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Keep Scrolling After the Review for Exclusive Girl At Midnight Nail Art Tutorial

~ Review ~

"One cannot have light without darkness to temper it."

As soon as I heard about The Girl At Midnight I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It sounded so awesome and so unique I just knew it would be something that I would love... and I wasn't wrong. The Girl At Midnight was everything I could have imagined it to be and more. I just have got to take this moment to thank the wonderful people at ATOM Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book that is allowing me to sit here writing this review 4 months before it is even released.

The Avicen have always existed and they live right beneath you. A being that is full of magic and who has feathers instead of hair the Avicens just want peace. But that is the last thing they have as there is the war that has spanned decades between them and the Drakharin, another ancient race, and it still continues. Enter Echo, pickpocket and human the Avicen are the only family she has ever known and she will do anything for them. When Echo steals a magical musicbox that sets a destiny she never knew she has bestowed upon her in motion there is no turning back. Echo must journey to find the magical Firebird, the only thing that might just stop this devasatating war. But as her journey becomes more and more complex Echo has to decide what is the most important the life of two ancient races, or the life of one?

The Girl at Midnight was oh my god amazing. I am honestly speechless that this is Melissa Grey's debut novel because it is just so unbelievably amazing I can't believe it's her first book. Her characterisation is immense. I just can't get over how amazing and complex her characters and her world building is yet she has wrote it in a way that is so easy to read and understand. I have trouble with a lot of fantasy novels as I feel like their complexity is just too much to be able to understand easily. The Girl At Midnight had none of that. It had the complexity you come to expect from going into any new fantasy world but Melissa's writing style is just so unbelievable fantastic it makes it so easy-going to read that you can read this book really quick and understand all of it easily. Melissa Grey's writing style is flawless and amazing. I have only read her debut and already I am adding her to my must-read-authors list.

Echo is one hell of a heroine. She is snarky, spunky and completely kick-ass. I love that we have a human heroine kicking-ass in a magic-weilding world. I loved that! It's so very rare for us to find a human, with no magic being the heroine in a world full of creatures with magical abilities. I think it really portrayed that you don't have to have those special qualities for you to be strong. That we have strength in all of us. Kudos Miss Grey, kudos to you!

The Girl At Midnight provided my with not one, but two new book boyfriends. At first I fell for Rowan. Rowan is the sweetest most adorable guy ever. He is supportive, caring and sweet. What's not to like. Then we met Caius... Caius is aggressive, beautiful and immortal. I fell head over heels in love with Caius. I adored him. The more I read the more I loved him. He is a soldier who only wants to war to end. He is rough around the edges but has a soft heart... what is not to LOVE?!?!?!

The Girl At Midnight has absolutely everything I could have wanted in a YA Fantasy book. A beautifully new and complex world filled with magical ancient races and a human kick-ass heroine. It was jam packed with action, intrigue, mystery and romance. I loved every single second of it. Immediately after finishing this book my initial thought was 'this book is great but it's not the best fantasy book I've ever read, I'll give it 4 Stars' and yes, it's not the best I've ever read but then I thought back to my favourite fantasy series and found I was comparing this book to thh third book in that series and that isn't really fair. I think The Girl At Midnight has so much potential to grow and be just as phenomenal as that series if, or when, it gets to that stage. It is completely on par with the first installment of my favourite fantasy series and I have no doubt that this will soon be competing for the top stop in my heart. And so for that reason I'm totally bumping it up to 5 Stars

I loved every moment of The Girl At Midnight and the end completely left me reeling dying for the second book in this series. This is without a doubt one of the best debuts I have ever read and I know everyone will go insane for this book. This is the one fantasy book that you MUST read in 2015. Utterly Phenomenal!

"Tanith thinks the only way to win is in a fury of fire and blood. But fire only brings about death, and blood only brings about more blood."




~ The Girl At Midnight Nail Art Tutorial ~

So when the wonderful ATOM Publishing sent me the ARC of this amazing book they also sent me a tutorial for Nail Art to match the UK cover of The Girl At Midnight. Here it is with my very own pictures...

Step 1: Put a coat of clear base coat on your nails and allow to dry completely.
             I used the Barry M Clear Base and Top Coat



Step 2: Paint your nails white and allow to dry completely.
            I used Barry M White and applied two coats to ensure a bright white.



Step 3: Put a diagonal line down each nail and colour the right side of that line in black.
            I used Rio Neon Black Nail Art Pen



Step 4: Put a clear coat on your nails to seal the black and white in.
            Again, I used Barry M Clear Base and Top Coat

Step 5: On your feature nail put a thin blue line down the seam of the black and white.
            Then put lines out from each side to form a feather. Repeat with purple.
            I used Rio Neon Blue and Purple Nail Art Pen


Step 6: Add another clear coat to finish your design.
            Again I used Barry M Clear Base and Top Coat

And there you have it, your very own The Girl At Midnight Manicure...