One of the wonderful things about being friends with an author is that author introducing you to her author friends and their books. Through her I have discovered so many great writers and, sometimes, I even get lucky enough to be sent an ARC! (If only because she tells me of when a request form is available online for a book I really should read). This is the case for the latest Advance Reader Copy I had the pleasure of receiving:
“Maid in England”
by Brenda St John Brown
This novel hits the shelves this week, so be sure to come back here all this week for teaser quotes and my review!
I think I have mentioned once or twice before before how much I love Jacquelyn Middleton’s novel “London Belongs to Me”. And I know I wrote about how excited I was to buy the sequel “London Can You Wait?” so on sale that even I could afford to purchase the ebook on my travel budget (though I hope to get a signed copy in the future).
A little while ago, this author held a giveaway of a copy of the script for the play mentioned in her second book. Naturally I entered. I love her books and I love theatre; it’s a no brainer.
Imagine my glee when I actually won! *happy dance* Now I have to decide whether I want to read the play or the novel first…
Last year a friend of mine was gushing about a book –she still is for that matter– and so I added it to my TBR list. As more amazing reviews came in, I became more interested and was absolutely dying to get my hands on the novel. Then in a stroke of pure luck I won a giveaway for an autographed copy of Jacquelyn Middleton’s “London Belongs to Me” and fell in love with the story. Here is a link for my review of LBTM.
JM released a continuation of Alex and Mark’s story in “London Can You Wait” a year later this past October, and needless to say I was coveting that book as well and managed to snag the ebooks of both for five bucks! While I still want to have a signed copy of the second novel as well, which will have to wait until I’m back home in Canada, I’m so excited to finally be able to read LCYW now.
So I entered a bookstagram contest for this book I had been dying to read ever since my book blogger friend first told me about it. Having her go on and on about the most amazing ARC she received (she STILL posts about it!) really built up my need for the novel. The day of the drawing I checked my messages and… I didn’t win. I had really wanted a signed copy of this mana-like book *sniffle*
But since I was on my computer and emailing with SWAP about visa application details for my next adventure anyways, I figured I may as well deal with the hundreds of messages I have in there. I deleted the ones I knew I’d never read and organized the rest… imagine to my surprise I saw an email that said “ARC”.
This surprised me because I didn’t recall getting an advance reader copies of anything while in London. I sure hadn’t packed it to come home with me! I clicked on the message and it seems that some months ago I entered another contest for a novel. To my surprise, I had actually won!
I remember being sooo excited and couldn’t wait to start reading it just as soon as I finished the book I was currently in the middle of… But I was also planning a trip and getting prepared for school to start up again and, well, life got in the way. I totally forgot about getting an ebook copy *facepalm*
Needless to say, I was more than happy to have this book in my mailbox and had the joy of receiving it (though not yet reading it) twice! I am going to leave you in suspense for now, but you’ll find out just what novel it is shortly as I’ll be posting a review on it as well as the other two books of the trilogy.
One of my good friends is constantly gushing about one particular book. She uses the novel in a lot of her bookstagram photos, and mentions it all the time on her blog. Soon I began seeing the cover all over instagram when other bloggers finished reading the book themselves. Apparently there was something amazing about this debut novel and, needless to say I was curious… Particularly as the book is written by a Canadian and set in London, England where I was living at the time.
Shortly after I returned home from having lived overseas for two years, my friend told me about a giveaway the author was doing and that I should enter. As by this time I was obsessed about getting my hands on this book but not yet able to afford actually buying it (London is expensive, y’all!) of course I entered. I don’t know how it was possible but, luck would have it, I won!
Truth be told, I have actually had this book for a while now. I read it and typed up the review, but somehow did not post anything. I was rather busy with moving home, job hunting, and then getting ready to move again to a new country, so I somehow failed in this regard. However, this week is entirely devoted to the novel with teasers, a review, and a special event I hosted over the summer related to this novel.
What is the book you may ask?
None other than “London Belongs to Me” by Jacquelyn Middleton. If you want to know more about it, be sure to check back on my blog later this week. Her sequel novel “London Can You Wait?” is coming out next month, so you better get reading!
A friend-of-a-friend told my friend who told me and I told another of my friends and… Well, eventually there was a whole slew of us checking out the sale at Chapters last week. One of the other bookaholics pointed out a dystopian novel by Joey Graceffa called “Children of Eden” that she thought sounded good. I checked it out and knew I had to read it!
I couldn’t afford to buy it as I’d already planned to purchase five other novels already, plus it was a hardcover when I prefer paperbacks (less painful when you fall asleep reading and the book smacks you in the face). Then, when I happened to see the local library had it? Naturally I was all grabby-hands and snagged it!
What would you do to survive if your very existence were illegal?
Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her marked for death. Outside of Eden, animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.
Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.
Even thought March is often dreary and one of my least favourite months for that reason, it is also one of my favourite of months too… It has Saint Patrick’s Day! Due to my long held obsession with all things Irish, I have an obligatory love for March 17th (despite the fact that Ireland never really celebrated the day until more recent years). I have gads of shirts and accessories shouting out my claimed Irishness, so naturally I’d go all grabby-hands on any books relating to Ireland within them.
My goal for this month is to only do reviews of novels that have either Irish characters, an Irish setting, or an Irish author. With this in mind, I’ve reserved a great many books at the library with the hope they will arrive shortly… but given most still haven’t arrived yet I’m worried I might not fulfil my plan!
In my mailbox for this week, though, is Laura Kinsale’s “Uncertain Magic”. Roderica Delamore has a gift that may be a curse when it comes to the Irish rogue Faelan Savigar… and I cannot wait to find out what magic I’ll find within these pages!