14 July 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London - and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch - she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama... the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year - his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps - not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences... and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

Amazon UK | Amazon US

5 Words: Surprising, love, friendship, family, heartbreak.

I have to start by saying that this was amazing. It was a perfect end to the two International School books. In honour of this awesomeness I'm going to try something a little different with my review.

Dear Chanel Cleeton, 
My name is Cora and I loved your first International School book, I See London. It was one of the books that helped to reinstate my faith in the New Adult genre. So when I was picked to take part in the blog tour for the follow up novel, London Falling, I was ecstatic. Thrilled. Excited. And I couldn't wait to get back into that crazy, passionate world where Maggie and Samir danced around their attractions. I was prepared for a bit of whirlwind, a lot of love and a bit of heartbreak. 
But I was absolutely not prepared for the journey that was London Falling. 
Maggie and Samir up the ante in this book. Their passion just EXPLODES from the page. I found myself getting all caught up in it and what was happening. I was giggling and frowning and I wanted to cry and to shout at the two of them. Fleur and Maggie had the best kind of friendship. I love those gals. 
It was surprising and heart breaking and it made me doubt myself. In the first half I wanted one thing, but when it got near the end and it seemed like that was going to happen? Make it stop! Change it! So thank you very much for that ending. I needed that ending. It was the right ending. 
I sat and thought for ages about how I could describe this book once I finished it. And all I could come up with was amazing. Because it was. It left me speechless, my thoughts incoherent. It was, in a word, AMAZING.
Lots of reading love.
Cora @ Tea Party Princess
PS. I need more about Fleur. I love Fleur. GIVE ME MORE FLEUR! She totally needs her own book. And with that mind-blowing ending I can't even remember what happened regarding the picture and the "send me money or else" and I think I'll have to read. Or you'll have to give Fleur her own book.

GIVEAWAY

Win a London Falling coffee mug, Tea, Signed London Falling bookmarks, Signed I See London bookmarks, Pens, a London case, and a $25 Amazon GC.

08 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Blogging Confessions.

I've done one like this before, but let's see how it turns out this time. I have a lot of confessions I need to make. I am a bad book blogger.

  • I abuse my books.
    All of them. Even the special signed ones. My copy of Candy by Kevin Brooks is falling apart it's been read so much, and it was one of my first ever signed books.
  • I sometimes read crap books just so I can rage review them.
    RAWR. Because it feels so good to just let it all out and rip a book to shreds sometimes. And anything I read after is always going to be wonderful.
  • Sometimes I bitch even when I like a book.
    Some of my reviews for 4 and 5 star reads are AWFUL. I guess I was just PMSing and took it out on the book.
  • I'm bad at reading what I'm supposed to.
    I easily have over 200 review copies/ARCs/giveaway wins sitting unread and yet I buy even more books every week. I do get round to them eventually...
  • My NetGalley ratio is appalling.
    Seriously, it makes me feel sick. I once had it up to 90% but then I got click happy and it's been below 40% ever since. I'm trying to read one a week but every time I up-date it I request more.
  • I'm addicted to Goodreads.
    It's the first site I go on when I get up and the last site I check before bed. I've got the app to blame for that.
  • I can't cope when Goodreads goes down.
    Seriously, I get all shaky and nervous and keep refreshing the page again and again. Then I go and vent a little on Twitter and refresh some more.
  • I spend more time on Goodreads and blogs than reading.
    I spend more time reading what other people think about books than reading the books themselves.
  • I get sad when I'm lonely.
    I always get sad when I comment on 100+ blogs and posts and reviews and only get two or three back in return. I know that those 100+ other people aren't all going to comment back, but it'd be nice if more of them did.
  • I'm bad at commenting back myself.
    So yeah, a little bit of double standards. But I spend so much time on Bloglovin' visiting everyone that I forget who might have visited me. I've even scheduled in a little while on a Sunday for me to comment back to everyone now.

What are your blogging confessions?

07 July 2014

Release Day Blitz: London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London - and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch - she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama... the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year - his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps - not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences... and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

Buy London Falling!

My review for London Falling is coming in seven days. And I'm enjoying it so much! Read my review of the first in the series, I See London here, it's one of the books that helped to restore my faith in New Adult books! Although not necessary, you will get so much more if you read the series in order. It's fun and playful and sexy, with a hint of sadness. Perfect!

Why not buy I See London?

 


GIVEAWAY

Win a London Falling coffee mug, Tea, Signed London Falling bookmarks, Signed I See London bookmarks, Pens, a London case, and a $25 Amazon GC.

06 July 2014

Showcase Sunday #13

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea and is a chance for everyone to show off what they've acquired during the week.

And this week, I've got plenty of UKYA to balance things out after last week's haul. Yaaay! They're all NETBA shortlisted books for my upcoming spotlight/feature.

THE HAUL

Books, glorious books! I was in town anyway on Tuesday, having afternoon tea with my sister at a quirky boutique hotel, so I hit Waterstones on the way back and bought some more NETBA shortlisted books. My collection is growing! I also got Crow Girl as I haven't read it and generally love Kate Cann's writing.

I also did a guest review of The Midnight Rose over at Shaz's Book Blog.


Crow Girl by Kate Cann
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
Roxy's Baby by Cathy MacPhail
Rani & Sukh by Bali Rai
Pantomine by Laura Lam

Isn't it a lovely spread?

02 July 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread CafĂ©, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop...

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!


5 Words: Bookish, sweet, love, reading, friendship.

I freaking loved this. It was an easy and thoroughly enjoyable 5 star read, which I'd recommend to anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book. I've picked out so many lines, so many fantastic, wonderful quotes. I think I probably highlighted half of this. Easily.
“Time cleaning was less time reading, so I usually just did the minimal amount, and left it for another day, a day that would never come.” 
I could relate so much to the main character, Sarah. She was wonderful to read. She's exactly the type of character that I think every bookworm would love to read, she's so familiar. And I loved the romance between her and Ridge, although it was a little creepy how he just showed up. And I loved how everything with Sarah related back to the books she loved so much.

This is a happy story of love when you least expect it, with a little but of turmoil thrown in for good measure. It's set in a wonderful little town filled with wonderful characters who I want to read more about.

I will absolutely read more of Rebecca Raisin's work. AWESOME. I want to go to Ashford. I'm off to read the Gingerbread Cafe books now!