Tuesday, 31 May 2016

'Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale', by David Kudler

Title: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1)
Author(s): David Kudler
Release Date: 15th June 2016
Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press
Genre: YA, Historical
Source: NetGalley (ARC)

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be
a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

'Crush', by Eve Ainsworth

Title: Crush
Author(s): Eve Ainsworth
Release Date: 3rd March 2016
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Love hurts ... but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum's sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He's handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He's also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna's world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control... Eve Ainsworth's gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.


Friday, 27 May 2016

'Rebel of the Sands', by Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
Author(s): Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: 4th February 2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It's not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al'Hiza must call it 'home'.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan's army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion...

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Book Blitz: 'Shining Sea' by Mimi Cross

Today I'm bringing you one more book blitz to close off the month! I'm a sucker for fantasy, so this shining (no pun intended) cover immediately caught my eye. I'd be curious to see how music is included in the story, and while the synopsis almost suggests a love triangle, I try not to judge negatively from just the blurb; there's been plenty of times when they've been misleading. 'Shining Sea' by Mimi Cross is out today! Thank you once again to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this Blitz!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

'Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between', by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author(s): Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Headline
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Publisher

One night. A life-changing decision. And a list...

Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is.

But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart.

It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight.

A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye.

But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?


Friday, 20 May 2016

'Star Wars: Bloodline', by Claudia Gray

Title: Star Wars: Bloodline
Author(s): Claudia Gray
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Publisher: Century
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Book Blitz: 'The Dream Protocol: Descent' by Adara Flynn Quick

Today I'm introducing a new feature here on Accio Reviews! Since starting this venture into the book blogging world I have wanted to have a chance to somehow be supportive of indie/self published authors. With a never-ending TBR pile sometimes it becomes impossible to add even more books to the list, but I have managed to, here and there, be pleasantly surprised by an indie book.

To go along with that effort of reading more outside traditional publishing, I will be including Book Blitzes here on the blog around twice every month. I will choose books that are being released soon and seem so promising that I would like to pick up myself, and these posts will include blurbs, excerpts and more often than not, giveaways!

Today's post is about 'The Dream Protocol: Descent' by Adara Flynn Quick, a Dystopian YA where people are not free to have their own dreams. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for hosting!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

'Riverkeep', by Martin Stewart

Title: Riverkeep
Author(s): Martin Stewart
Release Date: 28th April 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (ARC)

The DanĂ©k is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over.
Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too.
When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed.
Martin Stewart's debut novel is an astonishing blend of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant. In a sentence, it's The Wizard of Oz as told by Patrick Ness. It marks the beginning of a remarkable career.


Friday, 13 May 2016

'Flamecaster', by Cinda Williams Chima

Title: Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1)
Author(s): Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: 19th April 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. This dazzling beginning to a new series is indispensable for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and a perfect starting point for readers who are new to her work.

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now he’s closer than ever to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. With time running out, Ash faces an excruciating choice: Can he use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the ruthless king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

'Paper Hearts, Volume 2: Some Publishing Advice', by Beth Revis

Title: Paper Hearts, Volume 2: Some Publishing Advice (Paper Hearts #2)
Author(s): Beth Revis
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Genre: Writing Craft
Source: NetGalley

Launch the right career for you.

There are more options than ever to get your book published. But what's the right path to a career as an author for you? Discover the different publishing paths, learn what's right for your story, and use specific tools and activities to present your work in the best possible way.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that explores both traditional and self publication, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Pick the Right Publishing Path for You
-Basic Professional Advice
-Practical Information on Agents
-How to Write a Query Letter
-Dealing with Traditional Publication
-Developing a Book for Self Publishing
-Budgeting and Investing Money in Your Career
-Steps to becoming a Career Author

...And much more!

BONUS! Includes an actual query letter that snagged an agent, plus guidelines and models to write a query or book description from an author who has successfully published in both methods.


Sunday, 8 May 2016

'The Time Traveler's Wife', by Audrey Niffenegger

Title: The Time Traveler's Wife
Author(s): Audrey Niffenegger
Release Date: 2003
Publisher: Vintage
Genre: Romance
Source: Bought


Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, have known each other since Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, married when Clare 23 and Henry 31. Impossible but true. Because Henry unintentionally jumps in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity, past and future. His experiences can be harrowing or amusing.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

'Paper Hearts, Volume 3: Some Marketing Advice', by Beth Revis

Title: Paper Hearts, Volume 3: Some Marketing Advice (Paper Hearts #3)
Author(s): Beth Revis
Release Date: 31st December 2015
Publisher: Scripturient Books
Genre: Writing Craft
Source: Publisher

Help readers discover your work.

Once your book is out there, you realize that the most difficult thing about publishing is actually getting read. For the novice author looking to find actionable methods of gaining exposure, this volume will provide a foundation for marketing that will help kickstart any writing career.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

After the book is published, your job as a writer isn’t done. Paper Hearts will help you:

-Find Balance between Art and Business
-Develop an Online Presence
-Examine and Exploit the Way People Buy Books
-Set Up Basic Tools for Communication
-Discuss Best Practices to Get Reviews
-Analyze What’s Worth Your Time & Money
-Develop Live and Online Book Tours & Events
-Host Live Events, Even if You’re an Introvert

…And much more!

BONUS! Includes a list of the most common social media outlets and the best practices for authors to use them and reach readers.