{Bookish Finds} The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
By: Holly Black
Published on:  January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA Fantasy


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Back into the world of Faerie! I have not read any books by Holly Black but I am intrigued by the world of Faerie ever since I read The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. The plot in this The Folk of the Air series sounds interesting and I'm definitely getting a copy if I can find it in the local bookstore.



{Bookish Review} Wired by Julie Garwood

Wired
By: Julie Garwood
Published by:  Berkley on July 4th 2017
Genres: Romance
Source: Library
Rating: 


A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.

What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line… and longing for more . . .
When I was browsing the ebooks available on my local library's website, I happen to chance upon this book. I borrowed it immediately because it's by Julie Garwood! She's one of my favourite historical romance author.

So Wired is about this super hacker girl Allison with a bitter family history. She used her skills to do good deeds without people knowing even though she's breaking the law but she vowed to stop this bad habit of hers. Roll forward to the present, she's caught the interest of the FBI to solve some leak without their department. To know how the story goes on from you, you'll have to read the book to find out.

Personally, I think this book is a page-turner. I practically read the whole book in one day. I like how the characters in the book interacts and supports one another. However, Allison and Liam do appear overly strong and without much flaws. Perhaps Allison has a few irritating flaws which persisted throughout the story but Liam? Liam didn't seem to have even one. When I reached the end of the book, I was disappointed to find that there was no epilogue. 

Look forward to even better books from Garwood!

{Bookish Interview} Mistakes of the Past by Patricia Josephine

Mistakes of the Past 
By: Patricia Josephine
Published on: October 31st 2017
Genres: Romance


Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?


About The Author
When Patricia Josephine isn't writing, she is watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She is an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She also writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Interview with Patricia Josephine

Hi Patricia! Welcome to Bookish Michelle and here, we have some questions for you!

What inspires you to write Mistakes of the Past?
I always like the idea of writing a story from the villain's point of view. With Mistakes, I wondered what if the bad guy changed his mind and wanted to make amends. How would he go about it? Would his past end up biting him in the butt? It's the ultimate redemption story, and we love characters who go through those kinds of journeys.

What's your next project?
I'm bouncing between stories right now. I have a YA post-apocalyptic novel called Leaves of Fall I'm rewriting. I have a sequel to Mistakes of the Past that I'm pecking at. The plot hasn't solidified just yet. Same is for the sequel to my novel, Abducted Life. I'm bouncing between them all, and when I'm feeling lazy, but really want to feel like I haven't wasted the day, I edit a New Adult Urban fantasy called The Incubus and the Asexual.

Tell us about a quirky or unique habit that you have.
I stick my tongue out when I'm really concentrating. Especially playing a video game.

Describe your ideal romantic date.
My hubby, grilled cheese sandwiches, and Doctor Who.

What is one of your favourite quotes?
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
Do visit the links below to find out more about the author and her books!



Sunday Post #6


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My life revolved around work for the past two weeks and I finally got a chance to relax a little today. We went out with my husband's family to cycle. Unfortunately, it rained in the midst of our cycling but we still managed to ride in the rain. The heavy downpour turned into a drizzle in the end and we were all able to ride in comfort.

I did not have much chance to read. The busy period will continue until October when the national exams for the kids are over. I'm so looking forward to it



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{Bookish Tours} Body Parts by Jessica Kapp

Body Parts
By: Jessica Kapp
Published on: August 15th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
Genres: Dystopian
Source: Blog Tour
Rating: 


Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?


I must admit that this isn't my usual genre but the mystery and thrill that is hinted from the blurb really captivated me and I just had to read this book and find out more.

Tabitha seems like a special girl from the blurb, being trained to be an athlete so that she could get adopted by a family. Which family would adopt a child based on whether he/she is an athlete? That caught my curiosity. We get to know more about the foster center that Tabitha is in through her eyes and everything got more exciting when she was rescued from the hospital and more characters are added into the story.

Body Parts is an engaging story and it kept me hooked on it till the last page. The pacing of the story is just right and though I could guess the reason for something that Tabitha has experienced, this did not affect me much. I still enjoyed reading it. There is one part that irks me a little, about a decision that Tabitha has made. It seemed a little out of character but in the end it turns out ok. This is my first book from this author. I will be keeping a lookout for future books by her.

This review is part of the Blog Tour by Chapter by Chapter. I received a review copy for the tour and this does not affect my review in any way.


 

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About the author

Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.

She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.







{Bookish Updates} Sunday Post #5


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Thursday was break time! My husband and I went to East Coast Park to cycle. There's a super long stretch of cycling path which we can cycle freely and since it was a weekday, there wasn't much people at all.

Taking a quick break from cycling to stare at the waters.

One small break for a long journey ahead. Hope work will lessen soon so that I can have more time to pursue my interests. I recently bought a crocheting set and have been itching to start on it.



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{Bookish Review} Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning by A.J. Low

Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning
By: A.J. Low
Series: Sherlock Sam #2
Published on: March 2013 by Epigram Books
Genres: Mystery (MG)
Source: Library
Rating: 

The adventures of Sherlock Sam continue! Together with his loyal sidekick robot Watson, Sherlock Sam is fast becoming Singapore's Greatest Kid Detective!

In Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning, mysterious sounds fill the air at one of Singapore's most-loved historical attractions. Ghosts don't exist, or do they? Will this mystery prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam to solve?
It took me years to pick up this book simply because it's a middle grade book. I first came across this Sherlock Sam series when I was invited as a panel speaker in AFCC 2013. The reason why I finally grabbed a copy is due to pure curiosity because this book is set in Singapore!

This is the second book in the series but I have no problem following the characters. What caught my interest was a talking robot (Watson). It's amusing to read about Sherlock's interaction with Watson. This robot is smart! In this book, the kids get to solve some mysterious moans at Fort Canning and the story was really easy to follow. I really think middle grade kids will enjoy reading this. We get to know some local language too, just some.

I find myself hunting for the first book to read how it all started. Good read!