Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Review: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

by Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

I know Lisa Maxwell to always be an imaginative, innovative, and inspiring author, based on her past work. I called Lisa's UNHOOKED a "well-written, exciting, and utterly captivating (read)", and upon the news of The Last Magician, I positively shivered with anticipation! Like Unhooked, The Last Magician presents a colorful plot that is sure to thrill it's readers. It showcases a present-day New York where magic is all but extinct, aside from a few Mageus' that live within the shadows, practicing in secret. Enter Esta, our female lead who is as talented as thieves come, and she's tasked herself to steal only the most magical of artifacts from the sinister Order of the Brink. And although a thief she may be, she possesses the incredible ability to manipulate time and plans to use it for the job of a life-time - to travel to the past and steal an ancient book containing all the secrets of the order.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell was a magical wonder that I highly recommend to all! With it's diverse cast of characters and fearsome heroine, Lisa's latest completely blew me away. Esta was an intense character to get to know, but she quickly grew on me with her bad-ass attitude and strategic way of thinking. I additionally enjoyed watching her meet all sorts of colorful characters, and it was quite a thrill seeing where those new connections led her. I, also, positively adored and lavished in the world building, the rich history within it's pages, and the journey back in time - it was wonderful! I certainly feel that The Last Magician is the must read fantasy/time travel title of 2017, and cannot wait to read it's companion when it makes it's way into the world.

Stunning, captivating, and thrilling - Lisa Maxwell's The Last Magician is a must read for all fantasy lovers.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accept in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Until It Fades Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Happy Monday, Cupcakes! Today I'm pleased to have the UNTIL IT FADES blog tour stopping by on A Cupcake and a Latte. I'll be showcasing my 5/5 Cupcake review in addition to sharing an incredible opportunity to win one of the multiple signed copies of Until It Fades. I want to extend a big thanks to K.A. Tucker, Simon & Schuster for organizing this incredible blog tour.


by K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

First and foremost, K.A. Tucker NEVER disappoints. The word, or any other word anywhere close to that, does not belong anywhere near her or her titles. Her books, to me anyways, have always deserved far more than a simple 5/5 rating (whether it be 5/5 stars, or 5/5 delicious cupcakes). Either or, she's an absolute wonder that I've been glad to read right from the beginning. I've loved her adult thriller titles, her new adult titles, and now with the release of UNTIL IT FADES, I've found a brand new sexy favorite to re-read over and over.

"No wonder people want the happily ever after between us. I want the happily ever after. Even if I'm having a hard time allowing myself to believe it can exist."

UNTIL IT FADES is perfect for fans who enjoyed HE WILL BE MY RUIN. It's protagonist, 24 year old waitress and single mother Catherine has only one goal in mind - to provide a wonderful life for her 5 year old daughter. However, one fateful encounter with a hockey icon ends up throwing her simple and excitement-free life upside down. After saving his life, she certainly doesn't expect to find him on her door step not long after, and certainly doesn't expect his fierce attraction for her.

I absolutely adored Catherine and Brett. They were a very seductive pair that certainly knew how to bring some pulse-pounding excitement to each of their encounters. They were a stunning duo, and in addition I also loved Catherine's dialogue with her daughter, Jack and Lou. Additionally, I absolutely loved learning more about Catherine and enjoyed the brief flashes of her past. It gave me a better insight on the kind of person she was, and I ultimately felt more sympathetic with her.

All in all, readers will absolutely love UNTIL IT FADES. It was a passionate, heartfelt, and incredibly well written title about love and trust.

5 / 5 Cupcakes


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Monday, 3 July 2017

Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

Regrettably, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the only title by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I have had the opportunity to read. I have her other titles on my to-read list, such as One True loves and After I Do, but I've never quite felt pulled into picking them up. However, when I read the synopsis for Seven Husbands, I was instantly sold. The premise came across as very Elizabeth Taylor-ish with a twist of FX's FEUD, and I positively couldn't wait to delve into Evelyn's story.

Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the tale of Monique, a nobody reporter whom is commissioned to write the biography of the once huge starlet Evelyn Hugo. Throughout the title, Evelyn reveals many a shocking secret and scandal that was plainly hidden in full view of the public. She also delves into secret affairs, lost loves, and reveals several a ruthless thing she's done to get to the top. Overall, I positively adored both Monique and Evelyn, however Evelyn was definitely the title's brightest shining star. She was an astonishing character to read. She felt vivid (so vivid, in fact, that I needed to Google to see if she was real), and came across as such a classy and ambitious individual. I adored delving deeper into her chaotic and whirlwind past, and continuously wished her tales would never cease. Furthermore, I also enjoyed reading about how everything worked in Hollywood behind the public eye, how conspiracies and stories would be spun into all sorts of directions, and how easy it could be to lose it all with a simple news story. It was an astonishing title and I positively adored it to pieces.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was a starlet delight! I loved the title from beginning to end and highly recommend it to all readers with a hankering for a juicy story about old Hollywood, gossip, and ground-shaking affairs.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

This title was provided to the blogger by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. No payment was received/accept in exchange for this review/post. The blogger requests that this review not be reposted or edited without the blogger's permission. The thoughts and words expressed in this review/post are explicitly the blogger's.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Fresh on the Shelf - July 2017 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy July, Cupcakes!

Or rather, should I be saying....

🍁HAPPY 150th, CANADA!🍁

Today I'm celebrating Canada day with an amazing weekend away from all the hustle and bustle of Toronto, and I'll be bringing some reads along for the ride, as well. I'm so proud to be part of this incredible country, and can't wait to see all the different ways we'll be celebrating this long weekend. And to my dear friends across the border, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Fourth of July! May your festivities be merry and filled with books (duh) and delicious cupcakes! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Now, as for the exciting July 2017 reads we have heading our way, I have a very long list of absolute musts that I need to get to reading! I can't wait to get into Lucky In Love, Ash and Quill, Library of Fates, Savage Dawn, and so much more! They all sound incredible and I certainly hope many of this month's titles have made their way onto your to-read list. What titles are you eager to pick up? Be sure to let me know!

Happy reading! 📚

July 2017 Book Releases
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Lucky in Love by Kasie West
This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (anthology)
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova
The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall
The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally
Vanguard by Ann Aguirre
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

All The Ways The World Could End by Abby Sher
Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Dark Goddess by Amalie Howard
What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

Giveaway (International)

The giveaway is for one book from the July 2017 book release line up above.
One winner will be selected from all valid entries.
Open to anyone who can internationally receive shipments from The Book Depository.
I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged books received.
Please fill in entries accordingly for a valid entry.
Happy reading and good luck! ^_^

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