Chateau of Desire by Monica Bentley Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): France, 1355 The Count of Brionde continues his endless game of cat and mouse with the French king, Jean le Bon. In the forests surrounding the chateau, however, lurks the armed band of legendary condotierre learner Bertrand du Guesclin. Inside the chateau, the Guard practice daily, preparing for the inevitable attack. The youngest member, Louis – ward to the master of the Guard – dreams of becoming a true warrior. He also dreams of the kitchen scamp Phoebe, who grows more beautiful with each passing day. Young love’s first blush finds these two resourceful orphans relying on each other when no one else trusts their lowly position. When the fateful battle finally arrives, choosing whom to trust means life or death.

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The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): “We could be anybody and everybody. A group of high school stereotypes with one thing in common. Every one of us has a story.” Every high school has the bullies, the freaks, the weird kids that make you feel uneasy. Rourke High has more than their fair share. A few months before the end of their senior year, a group of seemingly mismatched kids get together to form The Freedom Club, hoping that they can support the victims of bullying, before they graduate. As they uncover secrets and lies they plot revenge – and discover love, friendship and truths about themselves, building up to a shocking climax that will leave you reeling. Do you ever really know the person next to you?

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AndroDigm Park 2067 by J.M.J. Williamson Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): AndroDigmPark – where fantasy becomes reality. A sci-fi thriller set in the near future – a dark hedonistic world controlled by giant cyber and media corporations. When the CEO of the world’s largest android manufacturer is brutally murdered, Marshal Shelby is tasked with hunting down her assassins and those behind them. His investigation leads him to AndroDigm Park – a fantasy park for the super rich, where quests can literally live out their fantasies in a world populated with android creatures and human replicants. They can travel back in time to the days of Camelot, ride dragons, slay demons, and engage in any kind of debauchery they desire. If you’re rich enough, anything is possible at AndroDigm Park. But is it all about fun and games or is there something more sinister about the park and the people behind it?

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A Date for Hannah by Callie Henry (Katy Regenry) Cover Reveal Giveaway

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A Date for Hannah

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Release Date: August 6th 2018
Series: Love is for Everyone
Genre: YA Romance
“I loved your YA story!  Your fairy tale style is perfect for this age group, with refreshing characters.” —former Mills & Boon editor, Tessa Shapcott
Fans of Hallmark movies and sweet stories of first love will adore Callie Henry’s new series!
High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister’s wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam’s charm wins her over, until they’re falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.
All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!

Excerpt from A DATE FOR HANNAH (Love Is For Everyone, #1) by Callie Henry. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

“Hey, you know what? You didn’t let me finish my pitch before, when I asked you to go on a date with me.”
She sighed, her eyes losing a little brightness and her smile dimming as she turned away to look at the reception guests on the dance floor. He tilted his head to see her better, and though he didn’t know her well enough to read her expression with accuracy, he saw wariness as her eyebrows knitted together. But when she sucked her lower lip into her mouth, he perceived a little bit of longing too, which made him press his advantage.
“Didn’t you wonder how I knew all that Shakespeare stuff?” he asked.
“Yes, actually,” she said, looking surprised by his question. “Come to think of it, I did wonder, but then you distracted me.”
He grinned. “Good distraction, right?”
She rolled her eyes, but her lips tilted up a little, which made him happy. “You were saying?”
“The OSF is twenty minutes from my house. I worked there taking tickets over spring break last year. So, if you’d like to go with me sometime—as a date—I might even be able to take you backstage. I’m sure Julia would give us a tour of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.”
“Julia?” said Hannah, raising an eyebrow.
He saw it in her eyes, the way she was mentally backing away from him at the mere mention of another woman. Is that how she saw all men?
As players? As someone who’d hurt her and cheat on her if she let her guard down? He couldn’t help the way his feelings for her surged as he watched her—how much he wanted to be the person to prove to her that she could give her heart to someone who would keep it safe.
Julia is my Mom’s friend who works in group sales, is married, and has two kids.” He pulled Hannah’s hand behind his back, holding it hostage and drawing her closer until her chest pressed against his.
“And to be clear? I wouldn’t ask you out if I was seeing someone else. I don’t do that. I’m not with anyone right now, Hannah … except you.”
She flinched, and her face went utterly blank, except for her eyes, which looked worried and uncomfortable.
“You’re not with me,” she said softly, loosening her hand from his grasp and stepping away from him.
“I didn’t mean—”
“I have to use the ladies’ room. I’ll find you in a little bit, okay?
She turned and started walking away, while he babbled incoherently at her back:
“Wait. Hannah! No. I didn’t…I just—I just meant…Crap!”
He stopped talking when she was out of sight.
Dang it, Liam! Why do you have to be so freaking intense?
Probably because it bothered him that she kept trying to friend-zone him when he didn’t feel friendly toward her and pretty much hadn’t from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.
There were some girls he met—especially the shallow, self-absorbed ones—who turned him off the moment he met them. Most of the popular girls at his high school thought he was trouble, and even after he’d straightened himself out, they didn’t give him a chance. Not really. They’d fool around with him at a party—there was never a shortage of popular girls who wanted to make out with a bad boy—but on Monday morning, they’d act like they were too drunk to remember kissing him. And it sort of sucked, because Liam Callahan was one of those guys who quietly longed for a girlfriend, even though his reputation had pegged him inaccurately as a player.
He wanted to date someone. He wanted to leave a party with her on Saturday night, and hold her hand when he walked into school on Monday morning. He wanted to be the first person she texted when she was happy or upset about something. He wanted to invite her over for dinner with his mom. He wanted to introduce her to his friends:
You guys, this is my girlfriend.
He’d imagined saying those words about a thousand times, but he’d never had the chance to say them, and it bothered him. A lot.
But tonight? Meeting Hannah? Somehow it felt like maybe what he wanted was actually, finally, possible.
When Hannah looked up at him with those huge, vulnerable, dark brown eyes, he felt hopeful.
“Damn it,” he growled softly, frustrated that he’d pushed her too hard.
Maybe he was being pushy, but he liked her, and for all he knew, she was driving back up to Brookings in the morning. He wanted her to say yes to a date—his heart needed to know that he’d see her again.


About the Author

Callie Henry is the YA pen name of New York Times bestselling contemporary romance author, Katy Regnery,
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Diana Christmas by F. R. Jameson Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In 1959, Diana Christmas – the beautiful, vivacious redhead – was a major star in Britain. It was her moment. She was on the cusp of making it big in Hollywood. Then, she simply walked away from the limelight. Vanished from an industry that adored her. Twenty years later, Michael, a young film journalist, arrives at her suburban home and discovers the still vibrant and alluring Diana. Between her sheets, he hears for the first time the reason for her disappearance – a tale of coercion, shame and blackmail. To his shock, he learns that those who destroyed her career and ruined her life still have their claws in her. Totally smitten, he promises to help her. But Michael soon finds that the past doesn’t let go easily…

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Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In the deep heart of the forest, there are places where no light ever shines, where darkness is folded by pale hands and jewel-bright eyes, where the world is ruled by the wicked and kept by the wraiths. This is where the Sprites of the Sihl live.

But Sprites are not born, they are made. On the path to Spritehood, spritelings must first become shades. They do so by binding a shadow: a woodland creature, who guides them through their training. Together, they keep from the light and learn to enchant living things, to bind them, and, eventually, to kill them.

Yet, not all spritelings are born with malice—they must earn it or they are condemned. What happens then to the spriteling who finds a shadow where she shouldn’t? What happens if that particular spriteling wasn’t born with malice at all?

Ahraia was that spriteling. She ran too close to the light and bound herself to a wolf, a more powerful shadow than any that came before it. Now a shade, her shadow marks her for greatness. But a test is coming, and the further they wander out of the darkness, the deeper they wander into danger. Ahraia’s time is coming and what awaits her at the end of her test will either make her or kill her . . .

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June Wrap Up

I had a feeling June was going to be my busiest month and I was absolutely right! My month consisted of the following events:

  • Rich’s birthday which fell on the 10km Race for Life event I took part in with his Auntie (so that was a really busy day!):
  • I went to see Matilda the Musical with my friend Sam which was brilliant and I highly recommend it to everyone especially if you enjoyed the book and movie!
  • Sorting both my current home and future flat out. My mum and stepdad are moving from our family home this year and so we’ve had to try and do up the house and make sure everything is okay and that it’s presentable to potential buyers, so my stuff has literally been divided into different rooms which makes it a lot harder to find some of the things that I might need on a day-to-day basis! I’ve got to grips with where the majority of my stuff is now so that’s okay. However, Rich and I are looking to move into our first flat together so it’s been really hectic waiting for our offer to be accepted on a property that we like (it did!) and now we’re sorting our mortgage and Solicitors out so we can move in ASAP!
  • Travelling up to Liverpool to see my favourite band LANY with my sister Emma. Although the majority of the two days we had in liverpool were spent travelling via coach, we had such an incredible time! To commemorate the end of album one, the self-titled album LANY, my sister and I both got a tattoo of their rose. This band holds such a big place in my heart and their music has resonated with me in such a special way, these boys are definitely going to go super far (for those who are familiar with LANY and their song titles, that bold lettering is for you). I hope some of you guys decide to check them out if you haven’t already. See below for a photo of the gig and my new tattoo:

  • My sister, Emma’s, Hen Do weekend, this was so so SO much fun! Although my eldest sister, Sophie and I who planned the entire thing felt very responsible and scared that things were going to go wrong. Only one thing went wrong with the whole weekend so that was a huge success on our shoulders, however knowing that we were scammed by a cocktail making company is not as they managed to take a deposit from us but fingers crossed we’ll be able to speak with PayPal about the situation. Here is a photo of the hen and her bridesmaids, from left to right: Sophie, Amy, Emma and me:

Now that my personal part of my life is out of the way, let’s briefly talk about books. I managed to read three books throughout the month of June.

These included:

  • The Fifth Era of Man by Joshua Banker, I gave two out of five stars for this book ⭐️⭐️ – click here for the full book review
  • Destroying Their God: How I Fought My Evil Half-Brother to Save My Children by Wallace Jeffs (with Shauna Parker and Sherry Taylor), I gave four out of five stars for this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – click here for the full book review
  • Ash Rising by Katya Lebeque, I gave four out of five stars for this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – click here for the full book review

I am really behind with my reading and book reviews so I’m hoping July will allow me some time to read more and post more, but we shall see how our moving out chapter of our lives goes!

At the moment I am still reading Between the Shades and the Shadows by Coleman Alexander, I am really enjoying the concept of this story but am finding it quite difficult to read through.

How many books did you read in the month of June? Which one, if you can pick, was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚