Cover Reveal: Hostile by Cameo Renae

Title: HOSTILE (The After Light Saga, #4)
Author:
Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photography
Edited by: Victoria Schmitz – Crimson Tide Editorial
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Hostile

Blurb:

Wanted. It’s something I’ve had to get used to since being placed on the government’s Most Wanted list. On the run, with my family and Finn by my side, we now have to evade not only the Arvies, but teams of soldiers sent to find and capture me.

Little do they know, I’m battling my own demons. After the receiving large doses of mind-enhancing serum, a monster has been unleashed inside my mind. It promises death and destruction; its power, greater than anything I could imagine. Now, I’m too dangerous, and the lives of my loved ones depend on my separation from the group. I must leave and face the hostile world alone.

My name is Abigail Park. I will do whatever it takes to save the ones I love.

Tag Line:
Sometimes all you need is hope . . . and Hellfire.

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Author Bio:

Voted 2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers, and 2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings).

Cameo Renae

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska. She’s a daydreamer and a caffeine and peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!

HAPPY READING!

For updates on Cameo you can visit:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CameoRenaeFanPage
Blog: http://cameorenae.blogspot.com/
Website: http://cameorenae.com
Twitter: @CameoRenae

The After Light Saga

Buy Links:

ARV-3 (Book #1): http://amzn.to/1MC7kND
Sanctum (Book #2): http://amzn.to/1M19cj3
Intransigent (Book #3): http://amzn.to/1V6zTnN

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Love but Haven’t Talked About Enough/ Most Recent 5 Star Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was 10 of your most recent 5 star reads. But, since I had to miss out on last week’s TTT (books I love but haven’t talked about enough), I decided to combine the two into one post.

5 books/series I really love but feel I haven’t talked about enough:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

I love this series so much! I don’t really talk about it a lot on the internet (I need to do this), but I’m pretty sure my family are sick of hearing me talk about it! 🙂

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay

This book broke my heart (several times) but I absolutely loved it.

Angel by L.A. Weatherly

Angel

I think I’ve mentioned this book a few times on my blog, but I definitely need to talk about it more! I really loved it when I read it quite a few years ago.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I loved. Loved. Loved the Divergent series. I can’t believe I’ve hardly spoken about these books!

ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

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I’m a huge fan of Cameo Renae’s books, and I speak about her Hidden Wings series A LOT. I really should talk about this series (the After Light Saga) more, though, because it is just as amazing!

5 of my most recent 5 star reads:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

I finished this the other week and I couldn’t stop thinking about it! This book was a wonderful, magical adventure. I need more!

*You can read my review of Rebel of the Sands here!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

I talk about this book A LOT – I love it so much. Illuminae very quickly became one of my favourite books of all time and I can’t wait for the sequel.

*You can read my review of Illuminae here!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything was so sweet, fun and unique. I absolutely adored it!

* You can read my review of Everything, Everything here!

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

You may know that I am  a HUGE Throne of Glass fan. I talk about this series all the time! And just when I thought that this series couldn’t get any better, along came Queen of Shadows. It was so, so good.

An Ember in the Ashes 

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes was fantastically written, gripping book. It was so hard to put down. And just look at that cover – it’s gorgeous!

*You can read my review of An Ember in the Ashes here! 

Review: Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the SandsTitle: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Pages: 358
Published by: Faber & Faber
Release Date: 4th February 2016
Source: NetGalley & Purchased
Synopsis:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

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Review:

Rebel of the Sands was an exhilarating adventure of a book that had everything you could possibly need: action, romance, culture, magic, an amazing plotline, insanely strong and fun characters…I could not put it down.

Amani was an amazing character – she was so fun, strong, sarcastic and smart. She is someone who defies the norms and expectations of her society and is true to herself. She doesn’t let her gender make her feel inferior in this world where women are seen as property. She doesn’t accept her fate in marrying someone she doesn’t love, forced to stay in the run down town she hates. She fights for herself, and is determined to get out of her town and make her own way in the city. I loved seeing the story through her eyes – she had a voice that was entertaining and kept you coming back for more.

The character development of Amani was fantastic. I love the feeling of pride you get when you reach the end of a book, and can look back and see how far a character has come, how much they’ve grown. And this – as well as a burning need to read more – is the exact feeling you get upon turning the last page of Rebel of the SandsAmani really develops as a character, becomes stronger, if that’s possible, admirable, a character who you grow to love even more as the book goes on.

And speaking of characters, they were all so well put together. I LOVED Jin, especially. He was mysterious, strong, funny (& gorgeous) and was so much fun to read about! I adored him and Amani together – they were such a great pair.

The world building in this book was breathtaking – it was so vivid and absorbing. Alwyn Hamilton’s writing style is spectacular. You become a part of this world, really feel involved, and the mythical creatures, the characters, the desert, everything is so well described, so imaginative and visual you can’t help but get dragged into this sensational, magical world.

Rating: Rebel of the Sands was a sensational debut that I didn’t want to end. I need more! ★★★★★

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was 10 books on your spring TBR.

I have SO MANY books on my TBR – it was so hard to single it down to just ten, but these are the books that I really hope I get to this spring:

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse

I have only heard great things about this series, and I’ve had the first book for a while now, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

This is another book that I’ve had for a while and I am ALWAYS seeing people talk about it. I can’t wait to finally start this series!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder

I actually started reading Cinder in January, but then I stopped reading it for some reason. I’m kinda sat here questioning why past me did that because it was SO GOOD, but I will finish this soon.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

This is yet another series that I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad thing about. I have both books that are already out, so I can just jump straight into them. I can’t wait!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

I’ve wanted to read this series for ages, and now I have all three books. I plan on binge reading them all at some point this spring, and I am so excited!

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger

I am so ready for this book, and am counting down the days until I can have this wonderful sequel in my hands. If you haven’t read the first book, The Wrath and the Dawn yet, then I highly recommend it.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen sounds amazing, and is definitely one that I look forward to reading. And can we all just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous that cover is?

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and I am SO excited to read it. It sounds like a great read!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

Lady Midnight

A new Cassandra Clare book? Obviously I’m going to read this AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This is probably going to take me a while – it’s a HUGE book – but I’m sure I’ll love it.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game

The Crown’s Game sounds right up my street. I read the synopsis and I couldn’t get to the pre-order button fast enough!

And that’s my top 10! There will probably be A LOT more to add to this list later on. My TBR is never-ending.
What are some of the books on your Spring TBR? Have you read any of these?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was characters everyone loves but I just don’t get.

I found this SO difficult — there aren’t very many characters that I don’t like. But here goes:

Caddy from Beautiful Broken Things 

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Everyone seems to LOVE Caddy in this book, but I did not. She was unnecessarily mean, and whiny, and some of the things she did I was so not ok with. Nope.

Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre

I loved Jane at the beginning of the book, and I’m not quite sure what changed, but I just…don’t really like her all that much anymore. But then again, maybe that’s just because I’ve had to analyse her character SO MUCH for English recently.

Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre 

Again, this might be because of the amount of analysis I’ve had to do on the characters in Jane Eyre, but I do not like Mr Rochester.

Ella & Matt from The Night We Said Yes

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I felt that both of these characters were so boring, and I hated Ella’s constant pining and moaning. I just found that I didn’t really care about either of them.  It’s a shame, because I quite liked the rest of the characters.

And that’s it! Are there any popular characters that you didn’t like?

Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of GlassUKTitle: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 404
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 2nd 2012
Synopsis:
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Purchase on:Amazon | Book Depository

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Review:

Throne of Glass was a sensationally written book, with strong, extremely well developed characters and astounding world building.  This is a story filled with action, romance, intrigue –It grabs your attention on the very first page, and refuses to let go even when you’ve turned the very last page. It is a gripping, emotional roller coaster of the very best kind that will leave you breathless and needing more.  And it’ll keep you coming back  – again and again and again (x1000).

This book will break your heart, mend it, make it soar, drop, hope along with Celaena as she tries to survive in this new environment where one wrong move could send her back to the salt mines of Endovier – or get her killed.

Celaena Sardothien quite possibly my favourite fictional character, or at least at the very top of my very long list. She is an insanely strong and independent young woman – someone who will stand up for herself, fight for herself and her friends, someone who is badass and inspirational and strong. She is someone lots of people can look up to, who we can admire despite her faults.

Sarah J. Maas has a writing style that I can only describe as magnificent – I loved it. The world building in this book was spectacular — everything felt so real and was so vividly described. Reality doesn’t just become a quiet buzz in the background, nor something that is pushed to the back of your mind. No, when you read Throne of Glass, you become absorbed, wholly and completely, and reality disappears as you are transported into the world of ToG along with Celaena, Chaol and Dorian.

Characterisation in this book is also spectacular — there was not a single character that I didn’t adore, and they were all so different. Chaol and Dorian, one of my favourite fictional friendships, were both as wonderful as Celaena and again, they are both two of my favourite characters.

Rating:

How could I possibly give this book any less than 5 stars?  ★★★★★

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read if You’re in the Mood For…

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week was books to read if you are in the mood for X. I couldn’t decide on one genre to fill in the blank, so I decided to show you some books from a few of my favourite genres.

Fantasy

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

This is probably my favourite fantasy series ever – it is so imaginative and wonderful. If you’re on the lookout for an emotional roller coaster, then this is for you. 😀

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn is a gorgeously written fantasy/retelling that should definitely be at the top of your TBR.
* You can read my review here

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley 

Magonia

Magonia was unique and beautiful and I can honestly say that I have never, ever read a book quite like this before. If you’re searching for a wild adventure unlike anything else, then this is your book.
*You can read my review here

Mystery/Thriller:

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don't Look Back

I LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing and she mastered this book perfectly. Don’t Look Back is a gripping book that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

We Were Liars is a fabulously written book that kept me guessing and engaged until the very end. I flew through it in a single day.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy:

Angel by L.A. Weatherly 

Angel

I read Angel quite a few years ago, and it fast became a favourite that has stuck with me all these years. In fact, just thinking about it has made me want to go re-read.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil

This series is one of the most addicting ones I have ever read  – they are the kind of books that, no matter how many times you re-read, they are still as wonderful and as the first time.
*You can read my review of Sweet Evil  here

Historical:

Smuggler’s Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen

Smuggler's Kiss

I discovered this gem a few years ago when I was scrolling through my Kindle, looking for something to read (those were the days, when my TBR didn’t stretch for MILES). I thought it sounded pretty interesting, so I read it. In a day. And could not. Stop. Thinking about it. It was amazing, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a historical book.

Contemporary:

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

Since You’ve Been Gone is the perfect book to get you in the mood for summer, even in these colder months. The characters were relatable and the story was so fun – I LOVED it.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything was a moving, unique and beautiful book that still has me thinking about it now,  months after I’ve finished it.
*You can read my review here

And that’s it!

What are some of your favourite genres? Have you read any of these?