Book Blitz: The Devil's Revolver by V.S.McGrath (Excerpt + Book Trailer)
The Devil’s Revolver
by V. S. McGrath
(The Devil’s Revolver Series, #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.
The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.
A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.
Vicki So, writing as V. S. McGrath, is a published romance author (as Vicki Essex) and has six books with Harlequin Superromance: Her Son’s Hero (July 2011); Back to the Good Fortune Diner (January 2013), which was picked for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club; In Her Corner (March 2014); A Recipe for Reunion (March 2015); Red Carpet Arrangement (January 2016); and Matinees with Miriam (November 2016). She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Author Links: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16998203.V_S_McGrath
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEHZzdLB3t0
Hettie couldn’t say what had woken her; her eyes had simply snapped open and she’d known something was amiss.
Sure enough, she found the rope had been chewed through, the frayed ends still wet. Dammit, Abby. This was the third time in two weeks. She yanked her coat over her thin nightgown, grabbed her boots and Winchester and padded quickly down the stairs. Outside, she pushed her bare feet into the cold, hard leather and checked her rifle’s action, loading it quickly. Coyotes were often seen roaming the ranch, and there’d been rumors of a pack of wolves roving the hills. But out here, it was men Hettie was more afraid of.
Book Blitz: Uncanny by Sarah Fine (Excerpt + Giveaway)
Uncanny by Sarah Fine
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:Two sisters. One death. No memories.
Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.
When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.
With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast. When she's not writing, she's working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now.
I did not anticipate the wind. on the sidewalk, it made jackets flap and leaves rustle. Seven stories up, it threatens to throw me right over the edge.
Is that what i want?
I’m not good at knowing what I want—that’s what she said to me, and it turns out she was right. This will be my last decision, and it could be my worst or my best, but I don’t know if it will be something I want.
But wanting isn’t relevant now.
My shoes scrape over cement as i stand on the roof’s ledge. I am battered. Faltering. My arms are out, my fingers splayed. I turn around and face the school’s security cannies, who have formed a semicircle around me on the roof as they slowly approach. outdated, outmoded, neo-plastic skin, expressionless. They are here to stop me, or at least detain me until emergency services reach us, but like me, they are not immune to gravity. If I go over, they can’t save me.
They’re programmed to save me. They won’t feel a thing if they fail, though. They can’t. That’s the difference between us.
Looking at their blank eyes fills me with a sense of the inevitable.
I can’t remember not existing, whatever happened before I became me. I don’t think it hurt, not like this. Perhaps I’m wrong, though. Maybe I’ve been here before.
I crane my neck to see past the machine men, searching for the one face I need, one I know I’ve already seen for the last time. She isn’t here. Of course she isn’t. She can’t be.
I want to see her one last time. After everything I did, she wouldn’t look at me with anything other than sorrow or maybe hate or pity. But still, I want to see her.
There. That’s one thing I know I want. even if it were relevant, it still doesn’t matter. I inch back a little. It would be easier for the wind to take me. I’d prefer that over doing this myself. But the cannies keep getting closer, and the wind is still now. Unhelpful.
“This is my choice,” I say loudly. “I’m doing this of my own free will.”
Is this what she wanted? I think this might be what she wanted.
It’s all tangled up in her, and she’s not here. I’ll never see her again. I’ll never see her again, and it’s because of the choices I made.
I close my eyes. It’s time.
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Spoiler-Free Review: Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
Date Started: 21/7/2017
Date Finished: 24/7/2017
Synopsis: Meet Robin Wilde! You'll make a friend for life and she'll take you on a journey you'll never forget ...
Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist's assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.
But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel ... grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.
What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with - someone who's always on her team.
After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it's time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.
Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin's way ... Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime ...
What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?
I am a subscriber of Louise and have been for a few years. I know there's a lot of people who put a negative spin on "youtuber books" and all that, but you can see in Louise's vlogs and videos that she has worked super hard on this book. I knew that I'd have to get and read the book as soon as she announced it. I actually managed to get a signed pre-order copy via WHSmith, so I was pretty happy about that.
Anyway, I sort of avoided hearing too much about this book before I started it as I wanted to just go in not knowing much and just be surprised. I knew the main character was called Robin Wilde and that she's a single mother and that was about all.
I enjoyed reading a story about just a "normal" character. She was just a single mother trying to do the best for her daughter as well as try and fit in with the mums at school. It was good to read about someone going by their day-to-day life. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't boring at all, a lot happened later on and many surprises, but the main gist of it was more "normal".
Robin developed a lot as a character throughout the story and it was good to see her try and overcome her depression (though she has her own name for it in the book). She goes through many changes and tries to be more positive and happy, but it doesn't always work.
Some parts were really funny especially the moments with Lyla, Robin's little daughter. Other parts just showed the real parts of life and that was one of my favourite things of the book. It was real and relatable and I think that's why a lot of people would enjoy it.
I also loved the development in many of the relationships she built up (friends). It was good to see Robin make that leap and the way some of the "posh mums" reacted to that and how close they became.
One of the things that did lower my rating was that the main character, Robin, did get on my nerves at times and she could get rather irritating. She could just get a bit whiny and I didn't like how she sometimes treated her Aunt, but she's only human.
Overall, I did enjoy it and I'm glad I did. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a more real story.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32498973-wilde-like-me?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Wilde-Like-Me/9781785762932
Mini-Reviews: Recent Contemporary Reads
I've been in a real contemporary mood recently and I don't think it's going away anytime soon. As you expect that means I've been reading quite a few contemporary books and I have three that I wanted to talk about today. I was going to do full reviews for each, but it'll take too long and I don't want to bombard you guys with lots of individual reviews.
The three books I'll be reviewing today are:
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Remix by Non Pratt
The Manifesto On How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Date Started: 2/8/2017
Date Finished: 3/8/2017
Synopsis: This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.
Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:
To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.
Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.
With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
I did originally write a full review for this, but it got deleted and I lost all that I'd written. It was easier for me to just write a mini-review, so here it is.
On Goodreads this is in both Contemporary and Sci-Fi categories, but I'm still going to include it here. I won an ARC in flash giveaway last year on Twitter and only just got round to reading it.
I was hoping that I'd really love this and I went in with quite high expectations, but was left rather disappointed. It has quite a bit of physics and other science and maths stuff in and to be honest it was just all rather confusing for me. Gottie, the main character, keeps getting sucked into "wormholes" in time and sees flashbacks of her life. The science part of it just went right over my head and I didn't find the flashbacks to be all that important.
It was all a bit mixed up and confusing. It had quite a satisfying ending and I liked how it ended with them coming together and trying to heal as a family after their loss of Grey, Gottie's grandfather.
Rate - 2.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25991081-the-square-root-of-summer?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Square-Root-of-Summer/9781509808281
Remix by Non Pratt
Date Started: 30/7/2017
Date Finished: 1/8/2017
Synopsis: From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.
Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life... Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
I've heard amazing things about Non Pratt's books and yet I've never picked one up until now.
I went into it with quite high expectations, but it didn't quite meet them.
It's about Kaz and her best friend Ruby and all the stuff that happens at a music festival weekend. It shows both of their POV's and I really liked being able to get more of a feel for each character and how their feeling varied in different situations.
I had no problems getting into the book and I was quickly sucked in. However, towards the second half I did get a bit bored as I just didn't really like the characters anymore. They were constantly arguing and both were being quite whiny.
The last bit improved things for me and I think this book covered some important topics. I'm definitely going to give Non Pratt's other books a go and hopefully I like them a bit more.
Rate - 3/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21472663-remix?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Remix-Non-Pratt/9781406371444?ref=grid-view&qid=1502482266572&sr=1-1
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
Date Started: 7/8/2017
Date Finished: 9/8/2017
Synopsis: Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.
Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.
But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.
From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.
*This book does include scenes of self harm, so just keep that in mind before reading it.*
I've read the first two books in Holly Bourne's Spinster Club Series and absolutely loved them (I haven't finished the series yet, oops!). Therefore, I went into this with hopes and they were met.
I have to say the setting of this book with the "popular" girls group in a high school/college is a bit like Mean Girls, but I enjoyed that. You get a real insight to what their lives are like and we learn the message towards the end that they live normal lives. Their lives aren't as perfect as they may seem, but it takes Bree's blog for everyone to realise that.
This book is definitely relatable and I enjoyed the fact that I could relate to it. It covers many important topics, one of which is self-harm. I think it's dealt with in the right way and Holly doesn't try and shy away from it at all.
I think it ended the right way and I'm looking forward to reading more of Holly's books in the future.
Rate - 4.5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22533460-the-manifesto-on-how-to-be-interesting?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Manifesto-on-How-to-be-Interesting/9781409562184
Anyway, those were three of the books I've read recently. Let me know what you've been reading recently and if you've got any good contemporary recommendations, make sure to leave them below.
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