Waiting On Wednesday: Troy by Stephen Fry

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

I adore mythology and history, so this book is everything! I am beyond excited by this release by Stephen Fry.

Published by: Penguin Books

Expected Publication: 3rd November 2020

The story of Troy speaks to all of us – the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

 

Waiting On Wednesday: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

 

Published by:

Expected Publication: 3rd November 2020

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

LLR REVIEW: The Reluctant Wag by Mary Costello

Long lost Reviews (LLR) is a  monthly featured hosted by Ally @ Ally’s Appraisals where bloggers are encouraged to tackle their review backlog with book reviews that have been sitting there for a long time. Reviews can range from in-depth analyses to one sentence statements with no pressure applied. To learn more and see participating blogs visit Ally’s blog here.

Published: 10th April 2013

Publisher: Destiny Romance, a digital imprint from Penguin Books Australia

Format: Ebook

3/5 Stars

When model Merise Merrick is asked to star in a campaign for the Yarraside Football Club, she couldn’t be less interested. As far as she’s concerned, football players are all overpaid jocks with zero intelligence.

AFL captain Cal McCoy is completely dedicated to the game. With a premiership firmly in his sights, he has no time for romantic distractions.The last thing he needs is an inconvenient attraction to the new ‘face’ of the club.

But Cal soon discovers that staying focused is easier said than done, while Merise finds herself falling for the excitement and power of footy – and its biggest star.

Glamour, sport and fame combine in this irresistible contemporary romance.

 

From the very beginning, I think I’ve always been fascinated by sport romances. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday: Flying The Nest by Rachael Johns

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Harlequin HQ Australia

Expected Publication: 5th November 2020

 

They say a change is as good as a holiday…but what if you don’t want either?

Is her family’s happiness more important than her own?

The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together.

An offer to renovate a seaside cottage seems like the perfect distraction for Ash while waiting for Adrian to come to his senses. She’s determined to fix her marriage as well as the cottage, but life gets even more complicated when she meets local fisherman Dan Emerson.

Soon, each home-stay becomes more dysfunctional, while for the other week Ash enjoys the peaceful life of the beachside community. The more time Ash spends in Ragged Point, the more she questions what she really wants. Is a sea-change the fresh start she needs to move on?

When tragedy calls Ash back to the city, she’s torn between the needs of her family and her future. Can her family life fit in with a permanent move to the beach or could Ash’s new-found independence attract Adrian back to the nest?

 

Waiting On Wednesday: Stories of Hope by Heather Morris

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Allen & Unwin

Expected Publication: 29th September 2020

Heather Morris, author of the internationally bestselling novels The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey, grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand. On her way back across the paddocks from school, Heather would visit her great-grandfather and listen to his experiences of war – stories he told only Heather. From a young age Heather discovered that people would tell her their stories if she stopped and listened.

In Stories of Hope, Heather Morris will explore the art of listening – a skill she employed when she met Lale Sokolov, the Tattooist of Auschwitz. It was her ability to listen that led him to entrust her with his story. Stories of Hope will examine Heather’s extraordinary journey, in the form of a series of beautifully rendered tales of the people she has met, the remarkable stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all.

 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly (Jack West Jnr book six)

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Matthew Reilly is a must-buy author and Jack West Jnr is one of my all-time favourite series (not a surprise as I adore history and action/adventure/suspense/thriller stories). I seriously can not wait to dive back into this world; it’s going to be AMAZING!!! Continue reading

REVIEW: Up Here by Jim Shomos

Published: 15th September 2020

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 262

Format: Ebook (ARC supplied by the author, all thoughts and opinions are my own)

RRP: $4.99 (ebook)

4.5/5 Stars

When you’ve had two dream marriages, choosing your eternal soulmate in heaven, is one hell of a dilemma.

Can you have more than one soulmate at the same time?
After two blissful marriages are cut short by tragic circumstances, Peter’s own early entry to heaven fills him with skepticism. Peter soon faces an impossible choice: with both wives Up Here, which woman is his eternal soulmate?

Christina and Jane have their own issues to resolve, especially considering they were best friends.

From two marriages made in heaven, all three now have one hell of a dilemma. And with Peter’s mother Up Here, too … well, she’s got her opinion!

The debut novel from Australian film & TV pioneer Jim Shomos. Up Here is a unique love-triangle featuring two dynamic women and one ro-man-tic; it’s a feel-good exploration of a modern romantic dilemma that asks the age-old question: what if?

If I had to describe Up Here by Jim Shomos in one word, it could be any of the following:

Quirky.  Debut. Original. Australian Unique. Lovely. Creative. Lively. Utopian. Family. Self-discovery. Loving.  Encouraging. Strength. Courage. Passion. Creative. Touching.  Enlighting. Inspirational. Encompassing. Welcoming. Compassionate. Brave. Inclusive. Grieving. Second-chances. Wholesome. Romantic. Freeing. Atmospheric. Humorous.

It’s a story that captivated my heart and soul.

Up Here is  Shomos’ debut novel. It’s a one-of-a-kind novel that shouldn’t work, but somehow it masterfully does. It’s heart-wrenching, soul-searching, and it will leave you racing through all 262 pages eager to know more. Continue reading

LLR REVIEW: Fractured by Dawn Barker

Long lost Reviews (LLR) is a  monthly featured hosted by Ally @ Ally’s Appraisals where bloggers are encouraged to tackle their review backlog with book reviews that have been sitting there for a long time. Reviews can range from in-depth analyses to one sentence statements with no pressure applied. To learn more and see participating blogs visit Ally’s blog here.

NOTE: OMG guys I think this is my most overdue review yet. I found this review in my draft folder from SEVEN years ago. I remember adoring this book, and feeling like my review was so inferior and didn’t do the book justice… that I just never posted the review.

Published: 26th February 2013

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Pages: 330

Format: Paperback

RRP: $29.99

5/5 Stars

A compelling, emotional knockout debut from a brilliant new Australian author.

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

Fractured is a compulsive must-read from debut Australian Author Dawn Barker dealing with the psychology of postnatal depression and its lingering effects on the entire family.

Emotionally, Fractured is a heavy book, and yet the way Barker has expertly crafted this novel, the serious issues are dealt with in an enlightening, educational and compelling way. The entire book your own morals and preconceived ideas are subjected to scrutiny through the characters and their surroundings.  Despite this, at no point during the narrative did I feel like Barker, a qualified Child Psychiatrist was lecturing me on the topic of mental health or infanticide. To that end, Barker has gone to great lengths to make sure that the reader understands that there is no right or wrong way to approach the issues taking place in the narrative as there is always more to the story than meets the eye.

When I first started reading Fractured, I  couldn’t help but compare Tony and Anna’s story with Wendy James’ novel The Mistake. The more I read, however, the more it became obvious that this is where the similarities end. This is because Fractured is largely a book like no other; Barker has actively positioned the book to focus on the family and the community surrounding them instead of focusing on the media’s representation of post-natal depression ad infanticide altogether. This intense focus on the main casts mental health ultimately allows a clear view of any lingering emotional and physical strain between multi-layered family ties and relationships, while also giving us a much deeper exploration of the issues themself.

Fractured is a beautifully crafted novel that will leave you captivated, so angry you’ll be yelling at the pages, and emotionally exhausted as you yourself are forced to experience Anna and Tony’s trauma in order to make up your own mind about exactly what happened and who exactly is to blame. I found myself glued to the pages, unable to tear myself away from the narrative. I constantly guessed and second-guessed what was really going on and who was to blame for what, only to have my entire world turned upside.

I highly recommend this book.

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ by V.E. Schwab

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Tor Books

Expected Publication: 6th October 2020

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.