Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Outlander Screening (Recap +Giveaway)

  On Tuesday I had the honour of attending a premier screening for Outlander.   Although this series has already released in the States it will be releasing here in Canada on Showcase, August 24, 2014 at 10pm.  This show is based on the wildly popular novels by Diana Gabaldon.  Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world and her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.  

  The event was held at The Caledonian in Toronto, which is a bit of a hike but completely worth the drive.  Once we got there and checked in I was offered a cocktail and despite my hesitations, I was actually excited to try the Outlander.  I'm not normally a huge cocktail girl but it looked wonderful (as you can see above).  Mine was a little strong for me but I enjoyed it bit by bit.  The Caledonian is really amazing and probably some place that I would have never experienced, had it not been for this.  I would recommend that if you are in the Toronto area, you stop in.

  With cocktails there was some awesome appetizers to try.  I tried some vegetarian haggis, which I loved, while Adam had a Scotch Egg (or two) and I was told they were wonderful as well.  There were other things that I myself never got the chance to try, but I have to say the Scottish themed party was wonderful and the food and drinks were perfect! 

  Just before the screening started I had my picture taken with some Highlanders <3  It was an extremely fun addition to everything that had already been done, and most of the people that were in attendance were enjoying the men.  However, the best part came when the screening started.  I was highly anticipating seeing the show that had been creating so much buzz.  Let me add that the buzz is not unjustified.  I have now seen the first episode and am hooked!  

  It starts off with a bang(almost literally), and doesn't slow down from there.  The period costumes were spectacular, and the quality of the cinematography was breathe taking. Claire the heroine is witty, sharp tongued and is an all around strong female, that doesn't shy away from anything it seems.  I will say that this is not a show for a younger audience as there is graphic scenes and some very heated romance, but the age appropriate audience is going to LOVE this show!  I personally held my breathe, laughed and was riveted throughout.  I wish I could say more but seeing I don't want to ruin it and want you to all tune in, I wont.  So, don't forget to tune into Showcase tomorrow night at 10pm!!


  Oh and I wouldn't want to forget the awesome Grab Bags!! They were filled with wonderful things, as you can see in the first picture below.  The second picture however, is a Giveaway for you guys!! One lucky Bookish reader will win a: Outlander T-Shirt, Bag & Swag!!! This is open US & CAN Only (sorry INT people, shipping is super expensive).  Good Luck!!

Of Neptune by Anna Banks (Review)

Mermaid, YA
Publication Date:May 13, 2014
Published By:  Feiwel & Friends
WebsiteOf Neptune on Goodreads

Anna Banks Website
My review copy:From Raincoast for an honest review in event.

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Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.


  Yep, totally blushing.  And my mouth is dry. And my insides are goo.  And I accidentally imagine Galen wearing nothing.  Ohmysweetgoodness.
  He'd wanted to explain to her how he felt.  What an excellent job I did!  He starts off by announcing that he doesn't want to go to college and that he can barely keep his hands off her.  He groans into his fists.  Way to act like a stalker, idiot.

Stunning Finish...

  I can honestly say that I would have been content if Anna had finished this series with it just being a duology.  These books have blown my mind ever since I picked the first on up just over a year ago.  I binge read the first two in fact.  So hard not to with Anna Banks being the brain behind it all.  She just created something that I loved and the books never seemed long enough.  Reading one of these books makes you believe there is too much time in a day because it prolongs the amount of time until the next release.  However, with the conclusion to this series now read, I can happily say that Anna Banks knows how to truly end a trilogy and keep her fans happy.

  Like always the plot in this book was beyond perfect.  This is something that I have always loved about Anna Banks writing.  It's like she know exactly how to keep things interesting, without going too fast.  Within this perfect pacing is also a wonderfully drawn world where the unexpected keeps on coming up.  Just when you think that things were perfect, they are messed up again.  There is no limits to how things can change and the changes keep me on my toes.  Some things I love and others rubbed me in a manner that I didn't like so much, bit without ruining the overall love of the book.

  Emma has been such a pillar and model character throughout these books.  She was not perfect, but she was real.  In this book I really still did like her but she took a slight slip from the love I carried so strongly for her.  This is not because she suddenly became a weak character, but more because she seemed to have the inability to see the big picture.  She then made a series of bad choices, where I like to believe she hit her head or something because that is not her normal behaviour.  It also helped that in the gut of it, she was the girl I had fallen in love with to start.  No character is perfect and normally in these imperfections, I find the characters that I love.  However, if she did not smarten up soon I was prepared to start yelling my head off.

  Oh, how I love Galen and the romance between him and Emma.  He is basically drool worthy and I want to have him to myself.  He has developed a lot over the trilogy and I really felt for him in this book, but at the same time I wanted to shake him.  He is strong enough to fight normally but I was horrified to see how easy it was to walk away.  Not that anything was easy in this book, but the romance faced a turmoil like never before.  My one and only quip with this book being the added possible love interest.  I get that there had to be something to make it past but it made me want to scream and pull my hair... At an extreme moment I considered hurling the book across the room.  Although I did manage to keep myself in check, the romance in this book kicked me in the gut, but proceeded to make amens later on.

  Despite the fact I enjoyed the ending in Of Triton, I appreciated how this book tied everything together.  Anna Banks knows how to write a stunning and addictive story, and though this is the last in this trilogy I will follow her books anywhere.  Given I am a huge fan of the mermaids, but I have also become a fan of her writing in general.  This series will pull you through many emotions but at the end you will get a final sense of relief.  Not everything is perfect, but I don't believe any ending really is ever perfect.  If you haven't started this series pick it up, because you need to get to the end.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Bianca's Vineyard by Teresa Neumann (Review | Giveaway)

Adult, Historical Fiction
Publication.Date  November 12th 2010
Published By:  All's Well House
AuthorTeresa Neumann

Bianca's Vineyard on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Bianca Corrotti's vineyard is more than a piece of mouth-watering real estate in Tuscany. It's an inheritance; a storehouse harboring the secrets of her Uncle Egisto, a world-class sculptor, and his troubled wife -- a woman whose destiny converges with Mussolini's when WWII overtakes them all. Based on a true story, Bianca's Vineyard follows a devoted family of strong-willed men and lion-hearted women waging an epic battle against a gathering storm intent on destroying their lives.


"Oh, it was a tragic love affair. Many in our village still talk about it today." He glanced at Vittoria, her feet planted firmly in the sand, still staring unapologetically at David. "And some," he added, "have not learned to forgive."
"Anarchy," he groused, "will be the death of us all!"

     It isn't often that I come across a historical fiction novel that is so heartfelt, so flavorful, and so utterly captivating, I gobble it down in just one sitting. I enjoy well researched, richly imagined and beautifully written historical fiction, but it's really rather rare for me to be able to get through one without having to pause and come up for air. Bianca's Vineyard is really quite a literary gemstone. From the very first page onward, I found myself completely immersed in the story, emotionally captivated, curious about the plot and characters, and simply unable to put it down. This is the kind of historical fiction I'd recommend even to those who don't usually enjoy the genre. Because while it's based on a true story and set against rich historical tapestry of Italy and USA during World War II, it's also - or perhaps most of all - just a phenomenally plotted, mesmerizing and heart-warming story of love, family bonds, loss, secrets, loyalty, departures and returns. 

     Both the characters and the stunning historical background are extremely well written and fleshed out. The settings, the culture, the traditions and values - they're all authentic, vibrant and flavorful. You're right there in the middle of it all, surrounded by loud, passionate, opinionated Italians. And you can't help but love the experience - at least I know I did! 

     The story stars before World War II and spans the years from 1913 to 2001, centering around the Bertozzi family - Egisto and Armida in particular. It takes place in Italy and in America, and it explores both cultures brilliantly. It's dramatic, it's mysterious, it's romantic and inspiring, but it's also at times heartbreaking and illuminating. And I promise you, once you start reading you will be lost to the world. You'll not want to stop. 

     Both Amida and Egisto are not easy characters to like initially, though as the story progresses, we grow to care about them and root for them. Egisto is very stubborn and proud, he has his opinions and beliefs and he is going to stand by them, no matter what. He doesn't always think through his actions and it often gets him in trouble. At the same time, he is dedicated, passionate and loving. Amida is a troubled young woman who goes though so much- too much! Her story really is emotionally affecting and the way she manages to affect all the people around her is fascinating. 

     Bianca's Vineyard is a beautiful and touching story. An epic family saga set against WWII backdrop, breathtaking, intense and deeply moving. I really loved this book and highly recommend picking it up, even if historical fic is not usually your cup of tea.

About the Author

Teresa Neumann was raised in a large, boisterous Irish-Catholic family from Iowa and is the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. She has lived in Oregon for over 30 years with her husband and three children. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.
For more information on Teresa Neumann and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Feature & Follow: Time For Hollywood

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

The Goddess Test Series

I think Aimee Carter's Goddess Test series would make a really awesome TV show - definitely the CW worthy (seriously, this network finds all the hot boys). There is a lot of action, intrigue, mystery, and you could have so much fun playing around with the Greek Gods with flashbacks and such. And let's talk about the fun casting Henry - *swoon*

I just finished this series the other day and I can absolutely see it transitioning to the small screen in hourly increments. The cliff hangers they could do - oh my goodness! Such torture! Okay, I'm getting way to excited about something that isn't happening, but can you imagine?!


Have you read The Goddess Test series? Do you think it would transition over to TV well? What book/series do you think would make a good TV show? You can follow us however you like, just make sure to leave me a comment below with a link to your blog so I can visit! :)

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