Four Dead Queens Melbourne Book Launch!

Heyo Bookaholics!

Not Just Another Melbourne Book Launch!

On Thursday (the 28th of March), Astrid Scholte’s first novel, Four Dead Queens, was officially launched at Readings Bookstore in Carlton. The event was hosted by the amazing Amie Kaufman.

A Queen addressing the crowd at the coronation of a fellow Queen (above)

The Interview

As an experienced book event host, Amie has a unique way in which she conducts interviews. She will do all the introductions, and tell the audience to think of questions to ask the author she’s interviewing. Then she does a round of normal questioning, a round of quick-fire questions, and finally allows the audience to ask their questions.

Astrid was asked to sum up the novel in a few words. She went off on a little tangent about the book which could be summed up in a few simple words:

A Slytherin dragging a Hufflepuff on an adventure to solve a murder.

In all, the book, as the title states is about four queens who each govern a single quadrant that have different values and ways of living. Almost like the factions in The Hunger Games novels. The queens die off one by one suddenly, and our main character, a common thief, takes it upon herself to try and solve their murders.

Based on the synopsis, one of the questions asked by the audience was:

“If you were the Queen of a fifth quadrant – which wouldn’t really be a quadrant them – what would that quadrant be themed?”

Of course, the Disney nerd in Astrid answered that her quadrant – which we determined was not called a quadrant – would be Disney Themed.

Two Queens in conversation (above)

Amie asked all the important questions. For instance, we found out what Hogwarts houses each main character is in.

Astrid sorted each of the four queens on the spot and to everyone’s shock, there was not a Gryffindor in sight! From memory, there are two Hufflepuffs, a Ravenclaw and a Slytherin. The queens were identified by the beautiful hand-painted Funko Pop characters on the shelf behind Astrid, which she created herself!

Captured in motion: Astrid telling her loyal readers that Tangled is the best Disney movie of all time (above)

The Competition

After the interview and all the thank yous, including a special announcement from Astrid. Her boyfriend proposed to her! She was hiding the engagement ring on the wrong finger because even her family didn’t know. She switched it over when she announced it and it was the funniest, cutest announcement ever.

I was blissfully ignorant of the competition that was to take place and I just assumed everyone came dressed like queens in crowns to support the launch of her book. There were six people who went up on stage to participate in the best-dressed competition, one of which was Astrid’s young niece. Everyone clapped for the winner and her niece won, like the little queen she is!

You can see this footage in my upcoming Four Dead Queens vlog!

The Signing

I had my copy of Four Dead Queens signed by Astrid, and I was able to sign her own copy of the book! Such a cute idea! She said she got the idea from a Sarah J. Mass book signing, where Sarah has her readers sign a copy of the book.

I hope you enjoyed this post! The lighting wasn’t great in the store, but I did my best with the photos. Keep your eyes peeled for my Four Dead Queens vlog, coming soon!

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Have you picked up your copy of FOUR DEAD QUEENS yet? xxx

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Over Her Face (SW#23) – Short Story

Heyo Bookaholics!

It’s been busy.

Once upon a time, there was a King who had two sons. One was tall with long blonde hair and broad shoulders. His name was Tristan. The other son was shorter, older with cropped chestnut brown hair, and the beginnings of a beard forming around his jaw.

The King was content with his heirs. Two respectable young men who could hold their own in a battle. He raised them all on his own, with a little help from the maiden who lived within the castle, but she was a lowly peasant and would not be given credit for anything.

It came a time where the men must choose a wife. A woman on the throne appeased the people of the kingdom and helped the men keep up appearances. The King held a contest: Bachelor style. The pressure was on for the oldest son, Tristan to find a respectable, well presented, noble wife to rule beside him when his father passed on the kingdom.

The youngest son didn’t have the same expectations over his head. So little rested in his hands, his name wasn’t even known by those of the kingdom. Everyone presumed that he would be killed in a battle before he could collect his first tithe. Let me tell you, friends, to never underestimate those who are lesser, even if they are above yourself. Remember their names because they will remember yours.

The day the women arrived, they were followed each by a servant of both male and female orientations. The Tristan and his brother stared out into the courtyard from the window high up in the castle, watching the women shoo away their fussing mothers, and accept last goodbyes from their fathers who pushed the servants along behind their daughters.

Tristan smiled at it all, scanning the eligible bachelorettes for a face that he would like to wake up to every morning. A face that would represent the kingdom in the years to come. Someone who would age gracefully with him. The youngest son just starred.

Lips pursed together, he held back a scowl at this nonsense; they were never going to find love this way. Buth their father didn’t want love for them, nor happiness. He just wanted heirs and a for the kingdom to remain in his family. Foolish really, the younger brother thought. Would all mean nothing when he is dead?

The boys stood and watched until all the women had entered the castle. Their rooms had been set up by handmaidens provided by the King himself. Only the best for his sons’ future wife.

“Let us refresh. We will meet the ladies for dinner.” The King spoke from behind them. Hope resonated in his deep voice as he clapped a hand on each of his sons’ shoulder and squeezed. Again the younger brother tried his best not to wince or flinch and stayed positive for his father’s sake.

“Yes, lets.” Tristan replied joyously, flashing a mischievous smile at his brother before calling for a guard to escort them down to their temporary lodging.

The trio followed five armed men through the castle. Bridges connected each wing of the castle and spanned across the top of the main ballroom, with staircases leading to the upper and lower rooms. Making it to the top-most floor in the east wing, the King and his sons were greeted by servants who knelt at their feet and pledged their allegiance to the King current and future. The current King had ensured that their three rooms were heavily guarded and away from the guests and were well stocked with servants of course.

The youngest son took in his room and wasn’t sure whether to be happy or angry. Someone had gone through his room at home and brought over his treasure box. He touched the lid of the carved wooden box and did a quick visual sweep of his room to make sure there were no unexpected guests, before lifting it.

He placed the lid on the floor beside the box and frantically shuffled through the contents to ensure nothing had been moved or removed. No one knew what was in here, not even Tristan. He pulled out letter after letter after letter, reading the dates and counting them in his head. 27 in total. A few flower petals and blades of grass fell out with the letters and the younger brother smiled.

Those nights in another garden. Lying on the grass, exchanging letters and reading them out to each other in soft low voices. The forbidden love that existed in more mediums than it should. Now he would be forced to marry another. A woman at that.

A knock sounded at the door and Tristan’s voice drifted through the cracks.

“Brother? Are you ready? Dinner is soon.” He heard Tristan’s hand on the handle, the grinding as it turned.

“No, I am not ready brother! Please stay outside.” He tried to keep the rustling down and was sure his voice hid his most of his fanatic rush to hide the letters. The wood and paper staining red and green as he shoved in the flowers and grass on top. A sharp scrapping sound echoed around the room and Tristan spoke again.

“Brother is everything okay?” The younger brother looked at the box safely under his bed and smiled.

“Yes, brother.” He replied. Straightened out his clothed, slapped on a smile and stood in front of the door turning the nob. “I am ready.” Tristan looked like a King already. He deserved it truly. Standing there in the most regal blue coat, all he needed was the right crown atop his head and he could move mountains with his charm.

“Let’s meet the ladies.”

“Lets.” Tristan grabbed his brother’s arm, leading him down to the dining hall where 15 noble women sat all beautifully groomed and dressed up, expecting to be the wives of the King’s sons.

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I had so so much fin writing this!!! What did you think??

Would you like to see a continuation of this?

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead | Review

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This is a Tuesday post, and like I confessed in my previous post ‘Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag’, I will post sometimes a day after the sceduled Saturday and Monday. I’m deliberately posting this today because I wanted to leave a day gap between the last post and this one.

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Goodreads Summary:

Big and sweeping, spanning rom the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who oses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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November Wrap-Up

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In addition to wrapping up my monthly reading, I also wrapped up 13 years of compulsary schooling as of the tenth of this month.

I gained alot of love from my September/ October wrap-up that I posted last month, and I really really liked how that post turned out, so I am back with another post very much like it! I will once again be sharing with you the books I read and bought this month, as well as my favourite posts, and some news.

Make sure to pour the water into that cup of coffe or tea you were suppose to make half an hour ago, and get comfy because I did alot this month.

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The Hammer of Thor By Rick Riordan | Review

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It’s Monday again, and it’s been 30 dgrees celcius for three days now and I haven’t been able to use the pool at all! But not to fear, I’ve been working on this review all day and I have finally finally finished it.

I hope you enjoy reading my review that was such a pain to write because I could not seem to gether all my thoughts together to sum up this wonderful masterpiece of a book.

hammer-of-thor-book-coverGoodreads Summary:

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

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Harry Potter Mini Reviews

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Today I bring to you my first ever thoughts on the most talked about book series of all time in this week’s post:

Harry Potter Mini Reviews!

Quite sadly I have never ever read the Harry Potter series before this, but I have watched the movies a bagillion times and have heard spoilers upon spoilers about the content from the books that weren’t included in the movies.

So after completing my Harry Potter Book Collection I thought there’s no start the new semester (and the month of July) than to dive into the Wizarding World of Magic!

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Initiate by Laura L. Fox | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

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I have another review! Initiate is the second ARC I have read, received and reviewed on this blog. I was asked to review this book by the wonderful team at OfTomes Publishing Company and I would never have been able to read this book if the amazing Laura. L. Fox hadn’t written it, so I must thank her also.

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book in ebook format from OfTomes in exchange for an honest review. This book is to be released on November 15th 2016 and is the first book in a series.

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Goodreads Review

The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

Buy The Book!                                        ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

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Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings | Review

Welcome back Bookaholics!

I absolutely love YouTube. My favourite videos to watch are silly make-up videos like this one from Wengie, where she does her make up entirely with lollies, and theories like this retelling of the Pixar Theory as told by the Super Carlin Brothers; but my all-time favourite videos to watch are BookTuber videos. I have many favourites, but the person who really made me like watching BookTube has to be Sasha from ABookUtopia.

It was over four months ago when I watched one of Sasha’s many Youtube videos about the anticipated release of her book Zenith – part 1 of the Androma saga – with Lindsay Cummings, the author of The Murder Complex, and I knew in that moment that when this novella was released I would need to get my virtual hands on it straight away.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

There is darkness sweeping across the stars.

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.

For fans of popular sci-fi books and fantasy books for teens such as Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wool by Hugh Howey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Review!

I really enjoyed reading this story. It was short, sweet, and full of drama. But it wasn’t all great.

Ever since I became invested in Steampunk stories, I have also been investing my time in reading Sci-Fi novels. I know it may seem that these two are nothing alike, but they are. While reading this book, I thought a lot of the most recent space set novel I read; Illuminae.

Honestly? I didn’t expect Zenith to be this good. Having not read any of Lindsay’s books, and this being Sasha’s first, I didn’t expect it to be amazing.

Zenith had me hooked for two hours! It took me – a slow ass reader – two hours to fly through an eBook! I hate eBooks! Below I am going to list the pros and cons of what I liked and didn’t like in this book because there are good points but many flaws which I assume Sasha and Lindsay are going to iron out in their revised version of the book.

Pros:

  • Diversity! What captured my attention was the diversity of the girls on board the ship. How they came from different planets, had different colour skin and hair, and were just overall powerful and badass.
  • Badassery! Yes that is now a word (my autocorrect didn’t fix it), and it perfectly describes the girls aboard the ship. Just the fact that there was a whole ship run by women who managed to get along and carry guns was pretty cool and broke down all stigmatism around women with guns and running things.
  • The Ships Name! Yes I was totally all for the name “Marauder” for the ship. It kinda had an ironic aspect to it, because there are four best friends like the four Marauders running a muck in the galaxy (Hogwarts).
  • Backstories. I do like learning about characters as an individual and how they become to the position they are in, and I found that Sasha and Lindsay had a clear idea of the backgrounds of the Marauders and they conveyed this to us in an effective and informative way.
  • More! I feel that if I was offered more of this story, I will read it. Definitely!

 

Cons:

  • Locations. Yeah I get this is part of a saga and the authors do want to reveal more information in the later volumes, but what I really needed was a map or some description of the galaxy and what planets were in it, and who lived on those planets. It did feel like I had random information thrown at me and I wasn’t sure what to do with it.
  • The use of weird words… What is a “Xen Pterran Darowak”? Like the above point, I get this story will be continued by other stories, but I feel that to better understand what is happening and to form a scene in my mind I need more description. I just imagined the “Xen Pterran Darowak” as another space ship.
  • A love interest? For Androma? Nooooooo! It showed her weakness and broke down that badass image I had of Androma. I was told of a powerful woman spacecraft captain a.k.a “The Bloody Baroness” and then shown her breakdown into flashbacks and submission as soon as a boy was introduced. She was really all talk.
  • Writing. The writing was quite obviously interchanging between experienced and non-experienced author. This is not to say that Sasha cannot improve because I would read any book she produced – cross my heart – but I am just saying the difference was quite obvious.

 

When I was reading, I was so immersed in this book, I wasn’t thinking about this review that I would write. Looking back at the book now I am thinking that there are a great deal of negative points to this story, and these are proportionally higher than the positive points and that is why I gave this story a ★★★☆☆ (3/5 star) rating on Goodreads.

 

See you again Monday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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August TBR

I know it is a bit late (almost two weeks into the month), but here is what I have planned to read in the month of August.

I am trying to keep my TBR pile for this month small as I do not have much time to read, due to this month being a crazy month with school tests and organising my university preferences for next year.

This very short list features three books, one of which I have been begging the library to purchase for quite some time now. This book is The Epidemic by Suzanne Young, one that I have anticipated the release of since I finished the previous book The Remedy almost five months ago. I will be featuring a review for this book once I finish it, hopefully in a few days.

The second book on my list – working up the pile – is Library of Souls, the last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and I powered through them with ease and anticipation; I can now understand why Jessie from Jessiethereader on YouTube is in absolute love with this series.

And finally, the last book that I need to finish this month is Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix! I recently -on impulse…- bought Harry Potter and The Cursed Child when it was released in Australia on Harry’s birthday. I have a post up about that, which can be viewed here.

Hopefully I will be able to finish all three of these books, and maybe more before the month is over. My fingers and toes are crossed tight.

 

QOTM: What books are on your August TBR?

 

Happy Reading,

BREE XOXO


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July Wrap-Up

The month of July was a crazy successful reading month!! I exceeded my average reading for the month and managed to knock out a whopping 6 books and half of 2 others!

The books I read were (in order of finish dates);

  1. Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  5. Hollow City ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

 

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1. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
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4 & 5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Hollow City
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6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar  Children Series by Ransom Riggs

 

 

There will  be Mini Reviews for the Harry Potter series once I finish reading them – I only have 3 more to go – and I am excited to share my thoughts and feelings with you all!

I also have a few more pages of Library of Souls left to read, which is the last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs; and I will have a review up for that book once I have finished crying.

 

Love,

Bree xx


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