{Bookish Finds} Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)
By: Laura Sebastian
Published on: April 24th 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA Fantasy

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.
Found this book in the catalogue from one of the local bookstores in Singapore and the super short summary there caught my attention. I went to Goodreads immediately and found out that this is actually the first book in the trilogy which was released this year. This means to say that if I were to get this book, I have to wait for quite some time before being able to continue the story. Should I get this? Will you get this book if you are interested in it, like I do?

{Bookish Finds} Power of Five by Alex Lidell

Power of Five (Power of Five #1)
By: Alex Lidell
Published on: May 4th 2018 by Danger Bearing Press
Genres: Fantasy

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.
The cover! Just look at the cover, will you? Such a stunning cover worthy of attention. (I'm sorry that I picked books based on covers... but hey, it works well!)

Having said that, I think that the plot is compelling as well. I'm really interested to read this book but the thing is that this is a series. Not too sure if I can wait that long to read the next book in the series. Ah well, I'll keep this book under my radar.

{Bookish Updates} 6 May 2018

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Had a not so hectic week as compared to last week as I've managed to squeeze in some reading time after I knocked off from work at night and before going to sleep. Accidentally fell asleep twice during the week though as I was really tired. Did I mention that I'm into my third trimester of pregnancy? Perhaps that's what made me really sleepy.

Finished a book this week! So, yay to me! Intending to read more since I've stopped providing the short story writing services for others but I have plans to write some children stories of my own (that'll come later, if I don't procrastinate..) I'm also trying to pick up some cute drawing skills from reading those tutorial books. Hope it'll come in handy for my greeting card store online (which is still undergoing 'renovation').
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Boo... :'(
But then again, I've got many books from my TBR pile to read.

{Bookish Review} The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

The Last Chance Matinee (The Hudson Sisters #1)
By: Mariah Stewart
Published on: March 21st 2017 by Gallery Books
Genres: Romance
Source: Library

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.

When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara about his West Coast family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce, allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals, and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old, decrepit theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz’s closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father’s dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for.
Picked up this book after reading Kim's wonderful review over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I wasn't disappointed at all! However, I did find the prologue confusing because the author tries to introduce the characters in the book--the 3 sisters and a bit of their lives. There's too much information unloading for me but once I got past that, everything's fine.

What I like about this book is the connection between the characters in the story and how they slowly build up their relationship while being 'forced' to stay in the small town to rebuild the theater that belonged to their family. The plot is cliche but somehow, I still enjoyed reading what happened to the ladies. The part I like best is when Allie's daughter came on board during her school break. It's so refreshing to read about her. Her enthusiasm seemed to jump out from the book.

The Last Chance Matinee is a light read which I really enjoyed but the main problem is not over yet and to be continued in book 2 which will be released in the middle of this month. Gasp! Can't wait to read the second book to find out what happens next!

{Bookish Finds} The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren

The One You Can't Forget (The Ones Who Got Away #2)
By: Roni Loren
Published on: June 5th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Romance

Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter...
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn't deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she's thrown herself into her work. She can't dwell if she never slows down.

Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated.

Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca's secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other

She laughed and kissed him. This morning she'd melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.

She felt...light.

She'd forgotten what that felt like.

I love the feel of the cover. It's just so sweet and heart-warming. Happened to see this book on some blogs and that piqued my interest in the book. I guess I'll be picking up the first book in the series before this one is released in June. There's still some time left!

What do you think about this book? Are you interested in reading it too?

{Bookish Updates} 30 April 2018

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What a hectic week! I'm glad the week was over and I get to rest more this week given that Monday is my off day and Tuesday is a public holiday. Yay! I had 1 greeting card order last week, 1 customised notebook design order, 1 1000-word short story and a 7000-word short story order all in one week all piled together. Not to mention the piles of test papers to mark and return to my students. I'm dropping my short story writing service until further notice... and concentrate more on drawing greeting cards since it's much more fun anyway.

The buyer sent me a picture and wanted me to do exactly the same on the notebook and this is how it turned out. Both of us are very satisfied with it.

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Hello Stranger - From one of my favourite historical romance author. How can I not get it?

To Kill A Kingdom - Got it together with Hello Stranger because... why not? Sometimes we just got to pamper ourselves. 

So excited after seeing these 2 books in my letterbox!

{Bookish Reads} It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 23 April 2018

'It's Monday! What Are You Reading?', hosted by Book Date, is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great opportunity to organize yourself, visit, comment, and add to that every growing TBR pile. 
What I read last week

Well, it took me ages to finish reading The Book Jumper and I'm not super happy about how it ended. Perhaps you'll like it like some other readers do. My hubby read The Infinet some time ago and he quite liked it. Check out his review. :)

What I am reading at present

So happy that I finally found this in my local library. Can't wait to find time to relax and read it. 

What are you reading now?