Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway - Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester




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Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.

Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.

Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.









 Excerpt:

“BERTHA SHOULD'VE NAMED you Skittles, you always wearing
all them bright colors and eating that candy all day.” Stan joked as he
clicked a few more selfies. “You, girl, gonna make me have to start 
wearin’ my sunshades to work.” Stan smiled wide.
“I’ve told you it’s Twizzlers. I don’t eat Skittles, I eat 
T-w-i-z-z-l-e-r-s.” Kinley reached up and lowered his arm, “We 
should’ve named you ‘Conceited’ with all the pictures you take of 
yourself.”
“Gotta get the angles, girl. You know,” he blew her an exaggerated kiss.
“Or maybe we should’ve named you ‘Boring Stan’ with all that 
khaki you wear. Maybe I need to come to work wearing rose-colored glasses to stomach this,” Kinley motioned over Stan’s body 
and laughed.
“RUDE!” Stan squealed playfully.
“Gay Stan and Scrubs, I’d love to see you both in a pair of work 
glasses, now get back to it.” Bertha added as she passed by the nurse’s
station.
“How’s the new one doin’?” Stan leaned over the counter and 
escalated his voice to follow Ms. Bertha down the hall.
She lifted her hand and waved over her shoulder. “Going to check on 
him now.”
“I hope he pops awake while she’s in there and scares the crap out of 
her,” Stan laughed.
“That’s not funny.” Kinley became angry, “You are joking about a man
 who had so little hope in this world that he decided to kill himself, Stan.”
“Oh lighten up, I’m kidding.”
“Exactly, about a man who tried to end his own life.” Kinley took off 
down the hall after Ms. Bertha.

***

Carter heard nothing, except the painful throbbing in his head. Maybe he
was about to wake up as that nurse said. He hadn’t thought about what he 
would do once he did. 
I won’t screw it up this time.
She got to Carter’s room and rushed inside, “Ms. Bertha, need help?”
“Why you following me in here, Scrubs?” Bertha questioned as she looked 
up from where she was tucking the fresh blanket under Carter’s leg, “You 
got work to do. Go on back and do it.”
“I’m actually not on for twenty more minutes,” she hmphed, “but then my 
work will be in here anyway.”
Bertha walked toward Kinley with determination, “Out. Your puppy-rescuing hormone is seeping out of your ears.” Bertha pointed toward the door.
It would be a waste of your time anyway.
Once they left, and for a long while after, Carter didn’t receive any more 
visitors, which was perfectly fine with him. The less, the better. He wanted 
to be left alone. 
Only it really did seem like a long time since someone had come in to 
check on him. Soon, the only noise in the room started to wear him down. 
beep. beep. beep. beep. 







Author Bio
 
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!











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Friday, October 12, 2018

Review - Mirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud





Title: Mirage (Mirage, #1)
Author: Somaiya Daud
Pages: 320
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 28th August 2018


Blurb from Goodreads: 

The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my face changed,
my body broken. 
But I was not a slave and I was not a spare. 
I was my mother's daughter, and I would survive and endure. I would 
find my way back home. 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, and of receiving a sign from Dihya that one
day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she 
is kidnapped and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she 
discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. 
The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a 
body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the 
palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. 
But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear 
and if Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the 
princess to perfection... because one wrong move could lead to her 
death.












My Review: 


*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*





Eighteen-year-old Amani lives on a moon in a star system that has 
been conquered by the harsh Vathek empire. She lives on a farm 
with her family in a village that tries to keep their traditions from fading.
Amani's life changes when she is taken from her home to the royal 
palace. There Amani finds out that she and the half-Vathek Princess
Maram look so similar that they could be twins. Amani is to be 
Maram's body-double, to go in her place to events that could be
potentially dangerous. Amani has to learn to be exactly like Maram, 
and risk her life for the cruel half-Vathek princess.
As Amani settles into her new life, she grows close to Maram's fiancé,
Idris.
Can Amani become Maram?
Will she see her family again?


Reading the blurb for Mirage I was certain that I would love this book. 
Plus the cover is gorgeous.
Amani was a good protagonist. I thought that she was relatable and 
she was a good person. She coped well with having her life turned 
upside down. I liked that she was close to her family. The only slightly
 off thing about her, for me, was that the main character in the Rebel of
 the Sands books has the same name so I kept imagining her instead.
Maram was an interesting character. I disliked her to begin with but 
then I felt sorry for her. 
I liked the sci-fi elements - the droids, blasters and  spaceships - and the mythology was interesting.
The plot started off well for me but as soon as the romance began I 
found myself losing interest. In my opinion, it would have been more
 unique and interesting if Amani had fallen in love with her maid. It
seemed pretty predictable to me who Amani's love interest would be. 
The romance wouldn't have bothered me so much if there had been 
more tension and build up between them, but I felt that it was rushed 
and that they barely knew each other.
It didn't really feel like much happened in the book, but as this is the 
first in a trilogy I suppose its purpose was to set up the sequels.
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy Mirage more.


Overall this was an okay but disappointing read.