Book Tour Spotlight: Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Posted March 18, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

For all the stops on the Proof of Lies blog tour, head on over to YA Reads!

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix, #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on March 7th, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery

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Some secrets are best kept hidden… Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages. And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead. She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true. Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility. She will find her sister.

 

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is not the child of super spies, as far as she knows. But she is an avid traveler, and every scene in her books comes from a place she has lived or visited—from her senior year apartment in Boston, MA to the hotel where she stayed in Cortona, Italy. In addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series, Diana is also the author of the award-winning Amor and Summer Secrets series; the Mirror, Mirror short story collection; and essays in both Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories and Latina Authors and Their Muses. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. But of course, this all could be a masterly crafted piece of disinformation.  Website | Twitter | Facebook

Take a listen of the Proof of Lies playlist here!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy!

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March New Releases Giveaway Hop!

Posted March 14, 2017 by Hannah in Giveaways / 54 Comments

Hello fellow book lovers! It’s that time of month again, the best time of the month – the New Releases Giveaway Hop!

I wasn’t actually aware that there were so many good books coming out in March! We are #spoilt.

So let’s without further ado head on to the best part of this post – the giveaway! Normal rules apply, but for those who are new (or don’t remember), here is the gist of it:

ONE (1) winner will win ONE (1) March 2017 New Release to the value of AUD$30. And as long as The Book Depository ships to you, anyone can enter! Not sure if that’s you? Check here. The winners will have 48 hours from me contacting them to say hello, or another winner/s will be chosen. Side note: I am more than happy if the winner wants to choose two books up to the value of AUD$30, but both books MUST be released in February, or else it does not count.

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Don’t forget to check out the other blogs for more chances to win!

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Diversity Edition

Posted February 25, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 4 Comments

My final edition of All The Books I Need! Whew, we made it guys. And these aren’t even all the books I need. I keep adding more and more to my TBR – how about you? Are you just as bad as I am?

2017 is my year of reading diversely – something I recognise that I do not do enough of. And I need to rectify that straight away. There are so many wonderful #OwnVoices out there that need to be heard, and as readers, we do ourselves a disservice by not listening to them – by not being educated by them. Here are just a few – the tip of the iceberg – of diverse books releasing this year that I’d love to read. As always, click on the book cover to be linked to Goodreads so you can add it to your TBR as well!

There are so many more books I could have added to this list, but then we’d be here all day! Do you have any suggestions of what books are diverse favourites? Please let me know – I’d love to hear what books you love too!

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All The Books I Need in 2017: The Adult Edition

Posted February 19, 2017 by Hannah in uncategorized / 0 Comments

It’s time for another All The Books because I’ve been incredibly lazy by not posting January, and now it is February and I’m slowly panicking at where the time has gone. But let’s not get carried away, because there are more books we should be adding to our TBRs and this time, it’s the Adult Edition!!

I’ve really started to branch out in the past year or so with my reading tastes, and I’ve found so many new books and authors to love. I’m completely smitten with historical romances, I love nail biting psychological thrillers and even started to delve into the non-fiction world a bit. While YA is always going to be my true love, branching out into the “adult” world of books means I have even more books I must read!! All books, as always, link back to Goodreads, so feel free to increase your TBR!!

      

    

    

   

What are you reading in 2017? If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

 

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February 2017 New Releases Giveaway Hop!

Posted February 14, 2017 by Hannah in Giveaways / 47 Comments

Hello fellow book lovers! It’s that time of month again, the best time of the month – the New Releases Giveaway Hop!

I hope you’ve got your toes and fingers crossed this month, because there’s some pretty amazing titles coming your way! I’m currently in the middle of a re-read of the Red Queen books so I can read King’s Cage, which was just released earlier this month.

In other news, I’ll be launching a new wrap up post in the next coming days, so I won’t bore you with the details of how my life has been here!

So let’s without further ado head on to the best part of this post – the giveaway! Normal rules apply, but for those who are new (or don’t remember), here is the gist of it:

ONE (1) winner will win ONE (1) February 2017 New Release to the value of AUD$30. And as long as The Book Depository ships to you, anyone can enter! Not sure if that’s you? Check here. The winners will have 48 hours from me contacting them to say hello, or another winner/s will be chosen. Side note: I am more than happy if the winner wants to choose two books up to the value of AUD$30, but both books MUST be released in February, or else it does not count.

Last month’s winner was Angela, who chose Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields. What fantastic choices!

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Sufficiently Twisty, But Not Much Oomph: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Posted February 8, 2017 by Hannah in Adult, Reviews / 1 Comment

Sufficiently Twisty, But Not Much Oomph: The Girl Before by JP DelaneyThe Girl Before by JP Delaney
Published by Quercus, Hachette Australia on 31st January 2017
Pages: 361
Format: E-ARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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A psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception—and the hottest title at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair.

A damaged young woman gets the unique opportunity to rent a one-of-a-kind house. When she falls in love with the sexy, enigmatic architect who designed it, she has no idea she is following in the footsteps of the girl who came before: the house’s former tenant.

The eerie parallels in the two girls’ lives lay bare an enthralling story…and make this novel the must-read thriller of the season.

Imagine the perfect house. One that can be tuned to your every want and need. How do you like your showers? Housekeeper will find out for you so you never have to deal with the dreaded hot-cold-hot problem again.  Sleek, minimalistic, a house that encourages better habits, and in turn, makes you a better person. Kitted out with the full mod cons, all at the press of an app.

Sounds like a dream, right?

That’s 1 Folgate Street for you. But living at 1 Folgate Street isn’t like living in a normal rental. There are rules. No pets. No kids. No clutter. Housekeeper records all your data – your every move.

Cue our story. The Girl Before was an interesting read, although it did lack that heart thumping vibe you get from the cover and the blurb. Told from two perspectives, Jane – the Now, and Emma, the Then – there were many twists and turns that kept you wanting to read more, but ultimately, it was a story that failed to grip the reader.

What I did love about The Girl Before was the way the dual narration played out. It was easy to get complacent, as a lot of the narration falls into the same pattern as both girls explore their relationship with the house, and in turn the controlling, enigmatic owner and architect Edward Monkford. The exact precision of events was creepy enough in itself, but then at a certain point was flipped, and all of a sudden you find yourself not knowing who or what to believe. It was at that point that I decided to keep reading – a good chunk of the story at first is quite repetitive, which may not be for some, but I promise it’s worth sticking around just to figure out what the heck is going on.

I did like how a lot of the novel was centred around mental illness. Edward’s grief for his loss turned into obsession with meticulous detail and perfectionism, Emma’s paranoia (and subsequently a lot of other issues I can’t mention without spoiling!) and Jane’s depression were something I keenly felt throughout the novel. I felt however that a lot of the time the story was too fast paced, too quick. There wasn’t nearly enough time to really get to understand the characters on a personal level. There was also too much of a fascination and concentration around Edward, the architect of the house himself, which meant that the ending fell a little flat and unexplored, the ending losing a lot of its momentum.

What could have been a deliciously creepy novel about obsession and technology taking over our lives sadly was not all that it could have been, but nevertheless, The Girl Before was still an enjoyable read. And would I live in 1 Folgate Street? Absolutely not. There were no bookshelves!

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