Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #3

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Day three of my Indie Book Advent features Brianna West’s Promiscus Guardians series.

Blurb for book one:

Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.

And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.

Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.

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Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent

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I’m excited to be sharing this post idea with you all. Starting on the 1st of Dec and ending on the 24th, I shall be posting an indie book advent. This means that each day will feature a different indie author’s book/books.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by an Indie Book Advent? I hope you join me through the festive period to discover some new reads.

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Review: A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson  4.5/5

15050401_1331256326925781_1554412895_n.jpgHolly and Caleb had been best friends as children, growing up on the same street, but as teenagers they couldn’t be further apart. When Caleb unexpectedly asked Holly to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, neither of them anticipated where it would lead.

I downloaded this ebook for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

Holly is a sixteen year old girl who feels invisible. Her childhood friend has grown up and away from her, and when he joined a popular gang at school, he changed for the worse. A few years have passed, and knowing that Holly is still the same dependable Holly, Caleb asks her for advice in regards to a Christmas gift for his popular girlfriend. The outcome of their shopping trip might just prove how much they have both matured, and where their future may lead.

Just what I wanted to read in a Christmas romance. There are the usual YA romance tropes, but that is a good thing. I wanted a bad boy and an ordinary girl, forced together back together to discover their true feelings. Of course, all this during the festive period makes it all the sweeter. What can I say, I’m a Christmas romance soft touch.

This novella is short and can be read within an hour. A fun read inbetween novels and even better because it is currently free (at the time of this review). A warm the cockles of your heart Christmas romance novella.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Thrown to The Blue

Countdown to Release

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Thrown to The Blue is released on Friday!!! I’m not counting down or anything…well, not much.

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You can preorder your copy here. OR, if you would like a review copy, please give me a shout.

Check out the beta and ARC ratings and reviews on Goodreads.


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If You Like… A Darker Shade of Magic

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. .

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…


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New Release: Train to The Edge of the Moon by Asper Blurry

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A few weeks ago, I posted an ARC review for Asper Blurry’s Train to the Edge of the Moon. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique, gritty narrative and writing style, and believe Blurry to be an author to watch in the future. Find my review here.

Train to the Edge of the Moon is now available on Amazon.

cover-for-train-smallPunk is no ordinary girl who takes life as it is. She has a nasty habit of getting in troubles, she shows the middle finger to people’s prejudice and stupidity, fights against her broken identity and the corporation where she works. She always goes against the stream with her heavy, tight shoes, but still tries to be a better person. Punk’s adventurous journey to become a poet starts in a Place Without a Name, continues in Italy and London. Her train is full of laughs, reflections, modern tales about our young lives and relationships and occasional heartbreaks. You will probably love and hate Punk at the same time, but it will be difficult to forget about her wild side of the moon.

A little bit more about Train to the Edge of the Moon:

We had Kerouac’s Sal Paradise, Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, Bukowski’s Hank Chinaski and we loved and hated them at the same time. All complex, broken, intriguing guys. Ages ago. But what about a girl who would be something more than the mix of them, occasionally taking off her very short skirt and showing the middle finger to mediocrity? Who would have no money nor fame, just a job in the corporation sucking out her soul. Who would be bold and fight for her better self and the meaning in her life? The only recent female character which I can think of is Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander (but with no killing urges, haha). So, should the readers get to know my Punk, see what’s beneath the surface of a young, modern outsider? Do you think we need her in our busy, filled with social media, but somehow shallow reality? Do we want her to light up that fire in our hearts? Yes. We do!

Italy and London play an important role in Punk’s life as not only some places, but living creatures. What’s more, my great inspiration for writing this book were, other than mentioned in the beginning, TV characters such as Dr House, Hank Moody, Bojack Horseman and the crew from “Girls”. With my feminine touch, observations and personal experience Punk has risen from the ashes of strong men’s world.

“Train to the Edge of the Moon” is about all shades of young people’s reality – struggles with career, love, friendship, sex, feeling lost in the corporate machinery. It’s funny, it makes you laugh and in the next moment it gets sad and dark and you want to crawl in the corner and cry a little. It also raises controversial issues such as addictions, depression, abuse. I believe that when you start reading my book you will see that my voice is genuine, original, sometimes quirky. And it will make you reflect on things and people surrounding you. Perhaps you will see yourself in some of my characters as well.

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If you like… The Lovely Bones

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 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Blurb: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Blurb: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


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