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March & April Monthly Wrap Up

3 May 2015

On The Blog


Posts were very sporadic over the past two months (as you probably noticed!) down to my University MA course in Publishing which is nearing its conclusion! More about that later :)

Most Viewed Posts From March & April

Interview With Katherine Locke - I interviewed Katherine to celebrate the release of her debut novel and she really knows how to answer questions well!
Guest Post: How To Conquer Your Inner Voice Of Doom - Siobhan Curham talked on my blog about how she overcame her inner demons to become a writer and how you to can do so in everyday life
Review of Hero - I reviewed Hero by Samantha Young!

Reviews Posted

Hero by Samantha Young - 4 stars
Chosen Thief by Scarlett Dawn - 4.5 stars
Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright - 5 stars
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder - 4.5 stars
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Personal Things


This week were my final MA Publishing lectures. All I have now is a few assignments due in the next week then my Major Project hand in at the end of summer and then I am finished! The first of the girls on my course had a job interview this week (for a design position at Bloomsbury) which is nerve-wracking and exciting for all of us as it is a reminder that over the next few months hopefully we will all be getting various interviews and Publishing jobs.

I am really sad that my MA is now pretty much over as it has been the most amazing 7 months. Learning more about the publishing industry has been fun every step of the way and I can now say that I have designed book covers, put together interactive ebooks, created marketing plans, conceptualised books and even commissioned writers and illustrators for my Major Project book.


April saw the British Cheerleading Association University Nationals which I have been working towards all year with the UCLan Tigers. Every single one of our teams that entered had their best placing ever and the two I was in did fantastic. Pom placed 5th out of a massive category and coed cheer came 2nd. It was a great way to end my last University cheerleading season :)

 

May is going to be incredibly exciting as on the 12th I am off to Zambia for 3 weeks with University to create an information booklet for a charity called Sport In Action. I am really looking forwards to experiencing a brand new culture and doing some important work whilst I am out there.

Books Read


I haven't read as much as I wanted to recently! Partially because I have been very busy but also because I decided to reread a chunky fantasy trilogy which took up a lot of my time. March started off great for books but now I am struggling to find something fantastic.



May TBR


Thanks to my incredibly busy month I am not sure if I will be able to read at all! Hopefully I will be able to read a couple of books for review in June though.

Review of The Hogfather - Terry Pratchett blog tour

2 May 2015

Synopsis

It's the night before Hogswatch. And its too quiet.

Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker...

Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won't be a morning. Ever again...The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too).

As they say: 'You'd better watch out...'


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Review

I am huge fan of the late Terry Pratchett's fantastically funny Discworld novels, and my favourites are the stories with Death as one of the main characters. So it seemed fitting that as part of the blog tour to celebrate the life and books of Terry Pratchett I should read the one Death novel that I have not yet read, The Hogfather.

Like any book by Terry, The Hogfather is full of his trademark wit and humour throughout and this story focuses on turning Christmas and other magical tales told to children on their heads. Terry's books often manage to make you think and this one has some really interesting things to say about belief.

The main new character we get introduced to in this book is Teatime, an Assassin so strange and creepy that even the other Assassins don't like him much. However, his odd way of thinking makes him the perfect choice to kill someone who isn't supposed to exist.

Discworld novels love periodically bringing various characters from other books back and the central characters to the story are Death who is sombre to the point of humour, loves cats, and ALWAYS SPEAKS LIKE THIS, and Susan, Deaths granddaughter whose sensible, logical nature most certainly does not want to believe in The Hogfather.

Overall this is an utterly fantastic novel, possibly one of the best Discworld novels and I highly recommend that everyone reads it.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

Waiting On Wednesday - An Ember In The Ashes

29 Apr 2015
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and it allows readers to share the books that they are most looking forwards to reading.

This week the book I have chosen to feature is An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.


Title: An Ember In The Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series: Standalone (I think)

Publisher: Razorbill (US), Harper Voyager (UK)

Publication Date: April 28th (US), June 4th (UK)

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Synopsis

For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice. But when Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless and deadly overseer of Blackcliff Academy.

Elias is the Academy’s finest soldier – and secretly it’s most unwilling. He has seen too much at on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite warriors and is desperate to escape the Academy. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.

With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power. Now they must find a new Emperor to rule over them. And before Elias can escape he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to the death that will decide 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.

In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high. Sometimes it’s life itself.

My Thoughts

I have been looking forwards to this book since I first heard about it last year and that excitement has only grown as the release date draws closer, reviews have started to go up, and the gorgeous UK cover has been revealed. Though this has just released in the US I have to wait a little longer to get my hands on it This sounds like an amazing YA Fantasy novel that I simply cannot wait to read.

Guest Post: How To Conquer Your Inner Voice Of Doom

16 Apr 2015

Synopsis

We are living in the age of the image - the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.

True Face shows you how to resist the pressure from the 'perfection police' and take off the masks you wear to proudly reveal your true self to the world. In chapters dealing with body image, bullying, social media, love, sex and more, Siobhan Curham encourages young women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling. Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and Keep it Real. This book is a breath of fresh air. Perfect for ages 13+ - and for the Girls fan in her 20s/30s too!


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How to Conquer Your Inner Voice of Doom by Siobhan Curham

 
‘You’ll never become a writer.’
‘You’re not good enough.’
‘You’re not from the right background.’
‘People from council estates don’t become writers.’
‘You shouldn’t even be at uni. You should be working in a shop.’

When I was a teenager I became plagued by statements like the ones above. So much so that I ended up dropping out of uni and giving up on my writing dream to go and work in a shop. But it wasn’t someone else doing the taunting, it was my own inner voice – or my Inner Voice of Doom as I like to call it.

All of us have an Inner Voice of Doom; that voice inside your head that tells you that you’re just not good enough, clever enough, attractive enough, enough enough.

And if we’re not careful, we can let this voice control our decisions, like I did, and end up in situations, jobs, relationships and lives that leave us unhappy and craving more.

I hated the jobs I did after dropping out of uni. And thankfully, after a few years, I was able to drown out my voice of doom with a much more positive inner voice. One that said things like:
'You have just as much chance of becoming a writer as anyone else.’
‘You are good enough – or at least you might be.’
‘People from council estates can become writers.’
‘Coming from that background gives you a wealth of material to draw upon.’
And in the end, this spurred me on to write my first novel and finally get my first book deal.

The fact is, our Inner Voice of Doom is only trying to protect us.

When I told myself I didn’t have what it takes to become a writer it was because I was so scared of being rejected and told that my work wasn’t good enough.

But not taking the risk left me just as unhappy if not more, than if I had tried and not succeeded.

My book, True Face contains various exercises to help you overcome your Inner Voice of Doom.

Here’s a simple one to get you started…

Jot down some of the favourite things your Inner Voice of Doom likes to say.

Then go through each one, asking: can I absolutely know this to be true?

For example, if you sometimes tell yourself that you’re not attractive enough to get a date, is this absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt true?

And when you realise that no, of course it’s not, come up with a positive alternative such as: I am attractive enough to get a date.

Write it down and really let the words sink in.

Start gathering evidence to back up this statement. When I was starting to believe in myself as a writer I found examples of successful writers, such as Jimmy McGovern, who had come from similar backgrounds to mine. I used their careers as proof that it was possible for me to make it too and this helped me massively.

And when I did finally achieve writing success I vowed to myself that I’d never let my Inner Voice of Doom run the show again.

I still have an Inner Voice of Doom and I’m pretty sure I always will, but thankfully I’ve now discovered the mute button.

True Face is all about dreaming boldly and living fearlessly and authentically.

You can find out more over on the website: www.TrueFaceRevolution.com
 


Feature Friday - Interview with Katherine Locke

10 Apr 2015
Feature Friday is a feature on Bookish Treasures that spotlights an author and their latest release. Every Friday I will be featuring an author through either an interview or a guest post. If you are interested in taking part please send me an email.

This week I am featuring Katherine Locke whose debut unique NA novel releases April 13th.

Second Position by Katherine Locke



Synopsis

Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight...

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had... or destroy the fragile recoveries they've only started to make.


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Interview with Katherine Locke


Why did you decide to become an author?

I’ve always been a writer. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. But I decided to become an author—that is, a published professional writer—in 2007. That’s when I first realized the impact stories had made on my life and how important they had been to me surviving high school, learning to navigate friendships, imagining, dreaming, learning about different places. I wanted to be a part of that process, to be the creator of something that made life a little easier for someone else. And because I like sharing. I think it’s a fun part of the process of creating art!
How do you balance writing with other things in your life?

I don’t have too many other things to balance right now! I’m lucky that I’m in a time in my life that I can let writing take over a large portion of my free time and still have a social life, still work, still keep my life going. 
What is your favourite thing about being an author?

The broader writing and reading community. My writer friends are some of the best people I know.
What are your favourite books?

Oh, my answer to this changes day by day, I think. But there are a couple of books that always make the list. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Feed by Mira Grant, Sula by Toni Morrison, Among Others by Jo Walton, Harry Potter (whole series) by J.K. Rowling, everything Tamora Pierce ever wrote, and Fire by Kristin Cashore.
Are there any books/authors that inspired you to write?

Madeleine L’Engle was hugely influential on me as a writer. I don’t know if her influence comes across so much in my New Adult books, but in my Young Adult books (yet unpublished!), definitely. Mira Grant in her willingness to play with structure. I think she’s a really bold writer and I admire that a lot. 
You have spoken before online about your struggles with anxiety and depression. How does this affect what you write?

This is a great question and I’m so glad someone asked this! I am pretty open with my struggles because I think they’re not uncommon amongst artists, but also not uncommon amongst people across the board. And I wish that I had known more successful adults who talked about anxiety and depression when I was a teenager struggling with it. I think that would have helped enormously.
I have a tendency to let some of my struggles with mental illness bleed onto the page. In Second Position, Aly suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and is recovering from an eating disorder (different than my own). It was important to me to represent these struggles on the page for the reader who might not read my blog, but needs to know that Aly—like them—struggles some days more than others, but ultimately is fighting for balance and is as worthy of love and stability and happiness as they are.

Describe your book in one sentence.
A former ballet dancer and a ballet dancer on leave struggle against psychological and physical barriers to reclaim their romance and their ballet careers four years after a car accident tore them apart.

Where did you get the idea for Second Position, did anything inspire you to write it?
I worked on this idea for awhile, first as a Young Adult novel that just wasn’t working and I couldn’t figure out why. Then when New Adult became a thing, I realized that it gave me that opportunity to age them up, without losing their immaturity and struggles to deal with the real world.

I rarely talk about this part, but there was a second factor. I started the original story, the YA version in 2009, and put it down for years. I didn’t think about the book and pick it up again until 2013 after a breakup. I wanted to believe in Happily Ever Afters and the possibility of them and so I wrote myself a story. I think that was the best thing I did for myself that year.
What made you decide to write a novel set in the world of Ballet?

I was always interested in writing a book about an elite sport, like ballet, where the athletes train from a very young age and essentially surrender their adolescence to their profession. I wanted to know what happened when I took that away from two characters.
What would you say makes your book unique and worth reading?

Physically disabled hero! Zed is a left leg above the knee amputee. (This isn’t a spoiler. It’s on the first page, I promise!). He’s not an alphahole as the genre has started to call those characters. He’s not always good at being there for Aly, and he doesn’t always know what he’s doing, but he tries. He’s always trying.
Psychologically disabled heroine! Aly struggles with anxiety and recovering from an eating disorder. And authentically. She’s in therapy throughout the book and she has a competent therapist, something you don’t see in fiction too often. He’s my favourite secondary character!

And banter! There’s lots of banter. Tweet me when you get to the “Keep your tutu on” scene.
And because I think that my book is different than other New Adult books out there, in a good way, and adds something to the genre. I love New Adult. I love the promise of it. But I’d also love to see more lyrical, thoughtful, messy loves depicted on the page.

Is there any specific message you wanted to convey in the book?
I hope that readers take away two things:

1.       It’s important to forgive yourself. For the little things, for the big things, for messing up in past relationships, for messing up in this one. I think we’re very good at blaming ourselves for things, and very good for blaming others too. Forgiveness is something you have to teach yourself. It isn’t easy, but I promise it’s worth it.

2.       There are very few destinations in this world. There’s no endgoal or endpoint to love or recovery. You work at both of those every day. And when you need help, there’s help out there. It’s okay to ask. Asking for help is an act of forgiveness.
What are your plans for future books?

The sequel to Second Position is called FINDING CENTER and it’s about Aly and Zed (Second Position does NOT end on a cliffhanger, I promise! Just more Zaly coming your way) too. It comes out in August! Beyond that, I can’t say yet!
Do you have any hobbies and Interests unrelated to books?

Yes! I foster cats and kittens for Philadelphia animal rescues. I’m a lifelong horseback rider (eventing and dressage). I love skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Also if there were Nap Olympics, I would medal.
Would you ever consider putting these (answer to above) into any of your books?

I mighhhttttt be working on a book about horseback riders right now but I can’t guarantee anything comes of it! It’s in the early stages of drafting. And there’s a cat in the YA I’m drafting right now!

FUN STUFF
If you could meet any one author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Madeleine L’Engle. She changed my life.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.

My left arm is one inch shorter than my right arm. Exactly. (I broke a growth plate in a horseback riding fall when I was 10.)
What is your favourite food?

Mexican food. Specifically, enchiladas. But really, anything Mexican. Oh and fish tacos. I was raised in a town with a huge Mexican migrant population and was utterly spoiled. Nothing tastes as good as food from home.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

Oh gosh. Um. Most people would say my travels to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia might count. I got lost on a competitive trail ride one time and rode my poor pony for like six extra miles. Oops.
If you could be any supernatural creature which would you choose?

Does the Loch Ness monster count? If so, I pick Nessie.

Review of Shadow Study

30 Mar 2015

Synopsis

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

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Review

The original trilogy with Yelena and Valek is easily up there in my favourite books ever and though I was slightly hesitant about going back to their world this book was absolutely fantastic. There is a brand new storyline and challenges for the characters to face and alongside all the old faces their is also multiple brand new characters.

I think it would be possible to read Shadow Study without having read either of the other two related trilogies (Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy Glass) but I would recommend reading them anyway because 1) they are fantastic books 2) Shadow Study will be a ten times better read if you are already emotionally invested in the characters.

This book is told through a number of different POV's so we get to follow several different and yet interlinked storylines. Yelena is trying to discover what has happened to her magic with the help of Leif and a few other old friends whilst Valek is off in Ixia with Ari and Janco attempting to deal with both smugglers and attempts on his life. My favourite element to this book were the flashbacks where we get to see Valek's childhood and how he became the character he is today.

My favourite new character is Onora as I loved her feistiness, grit and passion. She makes for an interesting addition to the duo of Ari and Janco and their banter is certainly one of the best things about the book.

Valek and Yelena are apart for a decent amount of the book but their romance still gets some good page time. They are by far one of my favourite fictional couples, something about them just works, and Shadow Study is great for seeing where they are a few years after we first met them.

There are a lot of mysteries in Shadow Study and with that comes several surprises at the end of the book! Overall I highly recommend this to fans of Fantasy and Fantasy Romance books. Now I just need to buy this in paperback to add to my Maria V. Snyder collection!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for review consideration, this has not affected my opinions or rating in anyway*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

Review of Chosen Thief

23 Mar 2015

Chosen Thief

Caroline Jules knows death is imminent. She’s only 22, but as an inmate of Death Row in the most secure Mystical jail, what else could her future hold?

Caro has no idea. Her solitary, transient life is about to get flipped on its head when it is revealed that she is the new Prodigy Elemental, and she has responsibilities and ties that she can’t ever escape. Caro is attempting to run from a brutal past, but the Rulers have other plans for this thief’s future.

But the transition from a self-contained existence to life with the other Prodigies, the Kings and Queens, and even the Elders was never going to be easy, and Caro has secrets she’s loath to share. Suddenly she has friends, mentors, lovers – and they all want to know more about her than she is willing to reveal. Can she learn to thrive in the role of a future leader, or will the obligations scare her into disappearing again – this time forever?  

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Review

I love Scarlett Dawn's trademark blend of paranormal elements, romance, and a kick-ass main character. With the majority of New Adult novels being contemporary romances, Scarlett's books both stand out and fill a gap which fulfils the desires of readers such as myself who want a little more intrigue and action alongside the romance in their New Adult reads. Chosen Thief is just as good, if not better than previous books by the author.

Unlike King Hall which has a less than stellar opening chapter, Chosen Thief is fantastic from the get go. We get thrown right in with a prologue introducing us to Caro and setting the scene for the mysterious nature of the rest of the book. For people who loved the first book Lily and the rest make multiple appearances but at the same time you don't need to have read any of the first three books for this one to make sense.

Like with the first Forever Evermore trilogy, the characters are what makes this book as they all have such big personalities. There is a bit of a love triangle sneaking in but I don't want to go into too much detail there as it is best for you to see for yourself. It is good I promise! This book has so many elements that make it unique and so there isn't much to compare it to.

Caro is fantastic, she has a sharp wit and a snarky personality but the best part about her is how she stands up for those she considers family. Though she is very prickly at the start of the book, as you get to know her more the compassion simply shines through. Chosen Thief overflows with too many fantastic secondary characters to name them all individually - Scarlett Dawn understands the importance of giving even minor characters depth and development that will cause you to get emotionally invested in them.

Chosen Thief has fractionally less action and deep storyline than I would have liked as most of the book seems to be setting the scene and introducing the backstory and the characters so that the true action can kick in for book 2. There was still enough tension and plot to keep this book very interesting though and I know from the authors previous books that she does this formula very well so don't let that put you off!

There are still a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of this book (like what exactly did Caro do to end up in jail and what is so damn mysterious about the Spirits!) but I think there is supposed to be two sequels so we have plenty of time to get answers. It just makes me want the next book that much sooner!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for review consideration, this has not effected my opinions or rating in any way*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

 
 
Laura

Review of Here Be Sexist Vampires

12 Mar 2015


Synopsis

Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private army. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Svent√© vampire; a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially a Pagori commander named Jared who she craves in spite of herself.

The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his home. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a willful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Svent√© female.

Warning: This novel contains an iron-willed female vampire with an energy whip, a sexist male vampire who is determined to have her, explicit vampy sex, and a romance story with real bite.

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Review

Here Be Sexist Vampires is a stellar paranormal romance.  The heroine is strong, funny, smart, and loyal to those who deserve her loyalty.  She has an unpleasant backstory which includes some rather unsettling elements.  She has to go above and beyond to prove herself but she doesn’t shy away from hard work so she has no trouble proving her worth and putting her doubters in their place.  You’ll notice that she has a bit of a “Mary Sue” element as the story progresses in this book and the two subsequent books but I enjoy it as it is balanced by the various struggles she has to deal with.

The hero is…an ass for a decent portion of the book.  He creates numerous roadblocks for the heroine and, frankly, has to do a lot to redeem himself.  His character is the typical philandering, misogynist that is prevalent in novels these days but his character definitely grows on you.  Especially with the segments from his POV that show the shift in his outlook towards the heroine.  And the heroine is no push-over so don’t worry, she puts him in his place repeatedly and makes him earn the chance to be with her.

The main story line of the book is preparation for a large battle.  As such there is a lot of strategizing and training leading up to it, which gives the novel more substance than a simple paranormal romance.  The heroine was an impressive strategist so it was fun to see her apply it to the various challenges she encounters.  The romance is definitely on the steamy side (seriously, steamy) so it made for an enjoyable read as well.  There were lots of side characters that provided added depth to the story but the standout is the heroine.  She is definitely one of my favorite heroines.

As I am writing this review, I have already devoured the two follow up books that focus on the two main characters from this book.  The subsequent books flesh out the hero more, had major story line developments and were good reads as well, but the first book is the standout in the series.

Try it for yourself!  Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Katie

Review of Hero

3 Mar 2015

Synopsis

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

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Review

Hero is a highly enjoyable contemporary romance. I first got introduced to Samantha Young through her Young Adult novels but there is no denying she can also write a great adult romance. From start to finish Hero is emotionally charged and a truly intriguing read.

Our two main characters Alexa and Caine have some awkward history in their families and because of this Caine hates Alexa whilst she feels responsibility for his unfortunate past. Added to this is an instant attraction between them both which leads to some delicious sexual tension.

Alexa is a great character, she is mouthy, snarky and stands up to herself when needed. Whilst some romance heroines can be a bit wimpy and boring, Alexa is one to go full steam ahead after what she wants. Caine has the whole brooding, mysterious millionaire thing going for him which I'm sure most readers will love. Together they are a little bit dysfunctional but only because they are both lying to themselves about what they want and feel.

Whilst Hero does have a few steamy scenes to me the focus of the story was about the growth and romantic development of Alexa and Caine. It is about them both finding a kindred spirit in one another and through that being able to overcome their pasts.

The storyline isn't particularly unique but it is done in a really great way that makes it stand out. Oh and Hero is a standalone which is refreshing to see in a world of seemingly never ending series'! A definite recommend for romance fans.

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK
Laura

February Monthly Wrap Up

1 Mar 2015

On The Blog


This month consisted mainly of my still trying to get into the swing of posting regularly. It has definitely improved from January and I posted several reviews this month alongside a Stacking The Shelves every Saturday/Sunday, several Hot New Releases and some other fun stuff :)

The Most Viewed Posts From February

His Dark Materials Readalong - Announcement
Review of The Fire Sermon
UKYA Extravaganza Blog Tour - Lou Morgan Turns The Tables

Reviews Posted

Four reviews were posted on Bookish Treasures this month.

Becoming Alpha - YA Paranormal Romance - 3.5 Stars
Dark Siren - YA Paranormal Romance - 4 stars
Smokescreen - Contemporary Romance - 5 stars
The Fire Sermon - Dystopia / Fantasy - 5 stars

You can expect even more in March! :D

Personal Things


University has now fully restarted from after Christmas and though it is hectic and hard work at times it is so much fun. We have now started our Children's Writing & Publishing module in which we are working in groups to conceptualise and part produce a picture book and I am loving that so much! I have completely rediscovered my love of picture books. We have also started production & design which is being taught by AMAZING freelance designer Becky Chilcott, she works with top publishers in the UK and has been part of the design team behind covers such as Throne Of Glass, Jacqueline Wilson's books and the new Harry Potter covers! She is an excellent person to be learning from and she is always talking about children's and YA books which is extra fantastic.

The cheerleading competition season has now started for Universities and though our full cheer team hasn't competed yet February saw the debut competition for our two stunt groups and the pom dance team (which I am in) and we left with 3 trophies :) We are now gearing up for a big competition in early April.


February has actually been pretty uneventful :P

Books Read




March TBR


In February I did a terrible job of sticking to what I planned to read so I'm not going to pressure myself too much to read any particular books as I don't think it works for me but at a minimum I would like to read Hero by Samantha Young, Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth, Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow and Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan.

Feel free to recommend me books to read in March especially as I am feeling uninspired by most of my TBR (I just want Urban Fantasy at the moment!) :(
 
Here's to a hopefully fantastic March!