Book Blitz: The Last Grand Master by Andrew Q. Gordon
The Last Grand Master
By Andrew Q. Gordon
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In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, God of Evil. For three thousand years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten.
But then Meglar, wizard-king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master's will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.
Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.
Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns, and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell's mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin's evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost him and Miceral their lives.
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About the Author
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write. Andrew’s imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic.
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Book Blitz: The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi
The Secret Billionaire
By Teymour Shahabi
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.
His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.
Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?
Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Florida Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Amazon book link: http://a.co/8L4lido
About the Author
Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.
You can watch him try to figure out writing and life at www.facebook.com/Teymour.Shahabi.
Top 10 Reads of 2016!
Seeing as I read so many great books in 2016, I thought I'd do a post on my top 10. This was actually surprisingly difficult to sort out, so I sort of used my Goodreads and picked the 10 books/series that I gave the highest rating to.
I will have a post up about 10 books/series I want to read in 2017 also to go along with this, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.
Anyway, let's get into my 'Top 10 Reads of 2016!'
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (4) by J.K. Rowling
This year I started the Harry Potter series for the first time and managed to read the first 4 books. I'm completely in love with this series already and I can't wait to finish it in 2017.
I've decided that I'm going to try and take my time with this series and not rush straight through it, hence why I only read 4 of the books throughout the year.
I've really enjoyed reading this series and I'm really excited to carry on.
Rate (s) - 4.5-5/5 GR -https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone?ac=1&from_search=true BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Harry-Potter-Philosophers-Stone/9781408855652
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This is the first book of the Spinster Club series, of which I read two books from this year. I read this early on in the year and absolutely fell in love with the story and Holly's writing.
I did also read the second book called How Hard Can Love Be? and loved it as well, but AINY? just sticks with me a bit more.
The story is one that features hardship and the journey that the main character, Evie, has to face as she tries to battle with her OCD and return back to "normal" or whatever "normal" is.
I absolutely loved the two books from this series that I've read and am really looking forward to reading more of Holly's works.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
This year I read the first three books of The Mortal Instruments after wanting to for a really long time.
I love what I've read of this series so far and am really excited to delve a bit further into the Shadowhunter world by continuing on with the Mortal Instruments and beginning the Infernal Devices.
Most people have read this series, or at least know of it. However, here is the synopsis for City of Bones, the first book: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/256683.City_of_Bones?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Mortal-Instruments-1-City-of-Bones-Cassandr-Clare/9781406307627?ref=grid-view
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of the 2016 World Book Day books that was on sale this year. I picked it up after previously reading both Fangirl and Eleanor & Park as I loved both of them.
This did not disappoint.
Here is the synopsis: 'Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.'
'Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?'
If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she's expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she's not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26365537-kindred-spirits?ac=1&from_search=true
Amazon (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kindred-Spirits-World-Book-2016/1509820833/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484770886&sr=8-1&keywords=Kindred+Spirits+by+Rainbow+Rowell
Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson
This is another one of the World Book Day books that were released last year. I'd heard a lot about Juno's other books, so when I saw this I knew I had to pick it up and see for myself just how good they were.
I ended up loving this and thought the story held such an important message and included things that teenagers alike may be able to relate to.
Here is the synopsis: Avery has always suffered at the hands of the bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27268882-spot-the-difference?ac=1&from_search=true
AMAZON (UK) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spot-Difference-2016-World-Book-x/dp/1471405672/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484771348&sr=8-1&keywords=spot+the+difference+by+juno+dawson
7 Days by Eve Ainsworth
Early on in the year I went to Eve's signing with Holly Bourne and got my books signed.
I decided to go into this book without knowing anything and I think that was the best thing for me to do.
Just like the other books mentioned on this post, I loved this one. Some things in the plot were guessable, but that didn't take anything away from the enjoyment I got from this book.
The book included problems surrounding family and bullying and I think they were dealt with very well and in a way that people may be able to relate to things going on in their own lives.
Here's the synopsis: This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won't be able put it down until you've reached the conclusion. Jess's life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18679049-seven-days?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Seven-Days-Eve-Ainsworth/9781407146911
The Rest Of Us Just Live by Patrick Ness
This was the first book that I read in 2016 and I ended up loving it. I was a bit nervous before starting it as I had tried previously to read a Patrick Ness book and had ended up DNF-ing it.
However, this book was one of the best things I'd read in a long time. It was funny and I loved how each of the main characters had a "flaw" or their own "issues". It was just an amazing story and I'm really intrigued in reading Patrick Ness' other books.
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22910900-the-rest-of-us-just-live-here?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Rest-of-Us-Just-Live-Here--Signed-Edition-/9780062435026
Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
I found the series box set for this series at a local charity shop for a pound or two.
I just thought they'd look good tohgether with some of the other mass market paperbacks I had on my shelves. I didn't really think I'd enjoy them, as I know a bit about Doctor Who as my brothers used to watch it, but I'd never properly got into it.
Anyway, I decided to give the first one a go and I absolutely fell in love with it and that's why it's in this post. I loved every bit of it and surprisingly loved it enough to put it in this post.
I haven't yet continued on with the other books, but hopefully they'll be just as good as this one.
Here's the synopsis:
In 1920s London the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everything is what it seems. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets.
Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell - or even to know - the truth?
With the faceless killers closings in, the Doctor and Rose must solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed...
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/678074.Doctor_Who?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Doctor-Who--The-Clockwise-Man/9781849905442
Rhodi's Light (The Rhodi Saga #1) by Megan Linksi
I read this for review as part of a blog tour and I did go into it with quite high expectations. It sounded like something I'd love and I knew as long as the writing and pacing was good then I'd love it.
Well, I ended up loving it. Well obviously I did otherwise it wouldn't be here, but I did genuinely love it.
This book did feature a character who self harms and there is a scene or two where it goes a bit in depth into it, so if you get easily upset or it wouldn't be suitable, then I'd recommend giving this a miss.
I do have a review where I talk a bit more about what the book features, so I'll link it at the end, so you can get more of an idea.
Here's the synopsis - Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.
These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.
Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31835951-rhodi-s-light?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Rhodis-Light-Megan-Linski/9781535329767
REVIEW - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-rhodis-light-by-megan-linski
Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
I picked this up on a whim because I liked the sound of the synopsis. As most of you will know, I'm a huge fan of the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.
When reading this synopsis, it sounded like the same sort of YA contemporary style as that series, so I knew that I had to give it a go.
I did end up really enjoying it and by the end I'd fell in love with the main character Bella.
Here's the synopsis:
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
Rate - 5/5
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29554546-super-awkward?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Awkward/9781407166407
Anyway, that was my top 10 reads of 2016! Let me know your favourite reads of the year below in the comments!
Seeing as everyone else is doing this same post, I thought I'd join in and talk about some of the reading goals I set in 2016 and see if I completed them as well as set some new goals for 2017.
2016 was a year of many ups and downs and my reading was a bit similar, I was in a bad reading slump for a couple of months and overall my reading didn't go as well as I hoped it would this year.
I've had a look back at some of my goals for 2016 and I can't believe how ambitious I was trying to be and it's actually hilarious to read through them and then look at my current situation. I'm going to leave a link to the post and then I'm going to go one by one and talk about the goals and whether I managed to complete it.
Link - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/2015-wrap-up-2016-goals
2016 Goal Wrap-Up
1) Read 50 Books - I didn't actually mention this in my 2016 goals post I don't think, but this was what I set for my Goodreads reading challenge goal. I actually started the year off with 60 books as my target, but ended up lowering it by the time summer came around. However, I did manage to complete my lowered goal and read 50 books.
2) I then listed three series that I wanted to complete, so I'll go through them now.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I did mention in my goals post that I had a buddy read planned for this whole series and that didn't really work and we stopped after the first book. I didn't manage to finish the whole series but I have now finished book 5 and can't wait to continue. I'm not too bothered that I didn't finish this series as I was/am trying to spread out the reading of them and make sure I'm enjoying them.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - I said in my 2016 goals that I only had to read the last three books, but that wasn't completely true as I also had to read the Infernal Devices inbetween, which I didn't own. I do now have Clockwork Angel so I can carry on a bit more with this series now until I have to buy or borrow the nex books in The Infernal Devices. I didn't complete this goal.
Maze Runner by James Dashner - I still haven't started this series, but I think I will do as soon as I've finished or read a bit more of Harry Potter and/or The Mortal Instruments. I didn't complete this goal.
3) To read all the books on my TBR - HA HA HA HA HA HA. I said in my 2016 post that I'd put myself on a book buying ban for the whole year and well I think that lasted a week. I'd actually forgotten that I'd said that and now my TBR is triple the size it was. My TBR is now just under 100 books. I can't believe I set that as a goal for myself and actually feel so embarassed about it now, eek. I completely failed this goal.
That was all of the very random and forgotten reading goals I set myself for 2016. I will now begin with some of the more realistic reading goals I have for 2017.
2017 Reading Goals
This year I'm going to try and set more realistic goals and actually try and stick to them. I'm going to do the same and go one by one through them.
1) To read as many books as I can - This year I have decided to not set a Goodreads reading goal in order to see whether it helps me to read books that I've been avoiding due to their length etc. I'm hoping this will help with my growing TBR.
2) To buy less books - I'm not completely going to stop myself from buying books as I know that won't happen, but I'm going to try and buy a bit less to once again help with my TBR pile.
3) Get my TBR down to 80 books or under by the end of 2017 - As I said above my TBR is currently just under 100 by one or two books and I'm determined to focus on lowering it. I thought I'd aim to get to 80 books and that may seem really easy for sa lot of people, but I am actually quite nervous about it. Basically, I'm not sure about an exact number goal, but I just want to get my TBR lower, even if that's just by one book.
4) To post at least once a week on my blog and Instagram - This isn't really a reading challenge, but this is something I keep saying I will do, but just never follow through with it. This year I'm determined to not neglect this blog or my bookstagram and I think a minimum of 1 post a week is a good place to start.
5) To be harsher with my ratings and reviews - Last year I gave pretty much every book I read a 4 or 5 star. This is something I want to stop doing and try to be a bit more critical of the books I read. I think this will actually be a bit of a hard goal for me, but I really want to try and stick to it.
These are all the goals I'm setting myself. They are quite vague/loose goals, but I think that'll help me to achieve them and to remember them. I was thinking of doing a post of some books that I want to read in 2017 as another goal, but I think I'm going to just leave it like this to try and not put myself under too much pressure.
Let me know your reading goals for 2017 below!
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