Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hallowed By Cynthia Hand

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, December 20, 2012 0 comments

Hallowed is the sequel to the much enjoyable Unearthly 



I have to be truly honest and say that i didn't enjoy Hallowed as much as i did Unearthly. It took me  a little while to get in to the story and it wasn't until i was about half way through they story that i got into it 


One of  the interesting parts of this story was the emergence of a love triangle Carla Christian and Tucker. 


This time the story was not really focused on Carla. The focus this time was on her family, and this time her dad even drops in. I think it is only far that i warn you that this time the story does take a sad turn, when someone Carla loves losses their life. This is only the start of Carla's world being turned upside down 


As far as her friends in this story  are concerned though they do appear in the story, however the focus with them is more angel club and and what they will do when they leave school.  


Ultimately, I think that this may be a case of  middle-book syndrome.


The Story 

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.



Rating: 3 stars
Book: Hallowed
Author:  Cynthia Hand 
Type: series 
Avalible at:  amazon

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

GRAVELY INANIMATED A TALE OF WOE AND ROMANC

Posted by Angel kk at Tuesday, December 18, 2012 0 comments

I have been lucky enough to be invited to take part in the Gravely inanimated blog tour. 
See the book trailer at 
http://www.zombiepunkseries.com/book-trailer-release-hop/


Gravely Inanimted Synopsis:

Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!

It has been thirty years since the Voodoo Queen plagued England with the zombie disease that has since swept the world. Humans have had to learn to function around them while the dead kill innocent people. The government continues its efforts to try to contain and find a cure for the problem.

However, by the cover of night, a man who was born half zombie and half human known only as Aeron, roams the streets in search of protecting the upright citizens from the flesh eating creatures. One foggy evening Lucille Knight becomes one of these people, Aeron’s interest is instantly peeked. A woman who gets upset with him for saving her life? What is wrong with her?

But Aeron will have a little competition when Miss. Knight meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, the son of Earl Thomas or a man better known as: The Inventor. A man who builds automatons for the direct purpose of killing zombies; mysteriously understanding their blood and the way they sense humans.

Lucy is taken by the masked man known as Aeron and the equally mysterious Lord Garrett. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she doesn’t know which one is less dangerous. What secrets do Aeron and Garrett keep from Lucy? Will Miss. Knight be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?

It is still unclear. And the current edition isn’t spilling the beans just yet…



I was inspired to do a live action Book Trailer for Gravely Inanimated due to the fact that I like to try new and unique parts to marketing and plainly: I got sick of just putting up photos. Mostly because I can never find the ones that are right. I wanted to tell a story through the book trailer and I think with the help of Jamie Calderon (hair and makeup), Matthew Martines (director), Valerie Stacy (photographer), and many more I was able to put a piece of real art together.

The most difficult part of this book trailer was orchestrating around 7 people and jumping back and forth between the photography for the model and the filming of the zombies. Talk about needing two of yourself!


But these were the highlight moments:


A terrific action shot of zombie biting widow. LOVE IT!

















I love this picture! A very cold zombie. Haha.















The imfamouse director hanging out the car while filming ”Lucy” running for her life.



A great picture of Matthew filming the hero.



Rockstar zombie band!



Everybody is happy and having a good time then...



BOOM! Everyone is gonna eat her. Lol.


I love this photo of Amanda and Ken. Amanda looks a little frightened and disgusted while Ken looks like he is about to bite her.



Author Bio:


My name is Esther Wheelmaker and I am the author of the upcoming series, Zombiepunk. For now my background is going to be my little secret. However, at times I may let little bits out here and there.

Let’s face it…everyone likes a girl with alittle mystery.

Every Monday you will find me here speaking about the zombiepunk books and what’s going on in my world of writing. Some will be informative and some will be me bragging.
On Wednesdays I will be updating you on Steampunk music, movies and events. Then on Friday you will get all the juicy gossip on the London elite; the people in the zombiepunk books. It’s going to be a good time had by all.

Hugs and Corsets,
E.



You can  pre-buy  your copy  at www.zombiepunkseries.com (right hand side)
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Posted by Angel kk at Saturday, December 15, 2012 0 comments

The time has come again to say good bye to another amazing Series.  It's never easy to say goodbye to a series with characters  that have become  part of our life. Finale is the final book in the series 


As the war between the Nephilim and the fallen angels gets ready to begin, 
Our leading man and lady are stuck in the center.

Nora may be the new leader of the Nephilim army, but it wasn't her choice and now she is going to do anything  and everything in her power to avoid a war. 


The Nephilim have other ideas. Now Nora will have to face the fight of her life against those wishing to destroy her . When she falls victim to a new kind of weapon that threatens to steal everything from her. Nora will  find out who her real friends "are" and she'll discover her real enemy is someone she never expected. 


Finale has everything you could want in a good book.  Love, loss, betrayal and an epic battle of good versus evil.
Sadly as in any war there will be casualties.Some we will be happy to see the end of and others we will be sad to say good bye to. so get the tissues ready.


Patch is more subdued and his slightly inappropriate innuendos aren't as many as they have been in the past. However, when facing the possibility of being forever separated from the love of your life, it does change the way one looks at the world

This series has been a amazing journey and i have to say that this is in my library as one of my favorites. Given how the book end we can only hope that maybe one day  Becca Fitzpatrick will decide to add to the story..


The story
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?



Rating: 4.5 stars
Book: Finale
Author:  Becca Fitzpatrick
Type: series Hush Hush
Avalible at:  amazon

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Win a copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas!!!!!

Posted by Angel kk at Saturday, December 01, 2012 2 comments
I am very excited to be holding my first book giveaway. This will be the first of 2 giveaways in December.

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas to give away

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. 



After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

So the question is who wants to win ?????
How to enter 


For your chance to win a copy of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas all you need to do is get as many friends as you can to follow my blog and comment .


Steps
  1. Its simple All you have to  is follow my blog  ( Only  those who are following my blog are eligible)
The person who has the most people say that they recommended they follow wins.  It is that easy. The winner will be announced on the 16th of December 2012


Monday, November 26, 2012

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Posted by Angel kk at Monday, November 26, 2012 0 comments

Chime is set in the time when women were burned at the mere thought or idea  that the could be a witch
Briony Larkin’s a witch, well that is what her stepmother told her.
All her life she has believed that she is evil, that every bad thing that has ever happened to her family and friends is her fault.
But when Eldric comes to town Brionys life will be turned on its head.
At the start of the novel I couldn’t tell whether the Old Ones and witches was real or just something made up to scare the town in to staying out of the woods. But as the story progressed I was able to see that the town truly believed in the old ones and witches.
There were moments when I found aspects of the story a little hard to follow, I also found some of the wording a little hard to understand.  But as I  got deeper into this world I found myself understanding there way of life so much more.


The last half of the book was my favourite . this is when the story really starts to get exciting and the truth comes out about Briony. At the heart of this story is love and truth. The love of a friend the love of family. Knowing when it is ok to tell the truth.
The truth will set you free  

The story 
Before Briony’s stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family’s hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it’s become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.
Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He’s as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she’s extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn’t know.

3 stars 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

comp time

Posted by Angel kk at Saturday, November 24, 2012 0 comments
To make up for my lack of blogs lately i am going to be having a xmas giveaway. Details coming soon

Wool By Hugh Howey

Posted by Angel kk at Saturday, November 24, 2012 0 comments
I was lucky enough to be asked to read and review Hugh Howey Wool.                                              This is a post-apocalyptic novel where readers are introduced to a society of humans living in what appears be a silo transformed into an underground habitation. The people living in the silo are focused on living their lives and surviving below ground. In the instances when people show dissatisfaction, or  hope about the  world outside of the silo,  they are given what they want. To go outside.



Wool, Hugh HoweyThe descriptions and imagery throughout the story, orients readers to how life has changed in subterranean lifestyle.
Wool is a warning cry against the dangers of maintaining the status quo without any  thoughts of the future. It tells of the dangers of controlled information, and how control of  information and communication can be used to control a population even without that population’s knowledge. 
Wool is an interesting and exciting story but its message about the dangers of the manipulation information and communication is thought provoking.  

The story
IS SEEING ALWAYS BELIEVING?
How would you live in a world where…
Grey skies are blue
And air is unbreathable
Where love is the greatest release
And the deadliest bond
Where every birth requires a death
And the choices you make could save lives – or destroy them.
This is Jules' story
This is the world of Wool.




Friday, November 9, 2012

Shine Light Blog tour Stop 9

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, November 09, 2012 0 comments

Shine Light Blog tour
Welcome to the Shine Light blog tour. At each stop we’ll be revealing something new about the characters in Shine Light. What makes them tick? Do they have any secrets? Read on to find out . . .











Dark Eve

Following on from our conversation about Clash, it’s timely that I talk to you about Dark Eve. Almost none of her back story is shared with the reader, so we only get to know her though her actions. I've portrayed her as a charismatic, physically imposing person with strong leadership abilities. For some reason when I pictured her, I saw little silver daggers hanging from her leather tunic. I could not get them out of my head. I also knew instantly that her weapon of choice would be something heavy, lethal but blunt – in a way symbolic of her own style.

Eve falls deeply in love with Joel/Clash from the moment she meets him but she keeps it a secret, especially from him.  Instinctively, sets about binding him to her through The Cursed League. Clash is a willing devotee of her cause and the only obstacle to her seduction of him is Charlonge. Clash cares for the Vank supervisor in a way that keeps him questioning himself and what he does.  Charlonge’s pacifist ways and obsession with books annoy Eve, but she knows better than to let it show. Also, the calculating part of her brain knows it’s to the League’s advantage to have someone with Charlonge’s knowledge of history on their side.

Ultimately, Eve is all the things she appears to be; a forceful and capable saviour of the Young Ones. Despite her determination to have Clash as hers at any cost, she is a good leader and a level-headed thinker. Definitely a person you want on your side when the s… goes down. I would think twice before crossing her though, and she and Charlonge engage in a dangerous battle of wits as the story unfolds after SHINE LIGHT finishes.

Break each code at the end of every blog post on the tour and your name will go in the draw to win a**super mystery prize** basket. Email your answers tomarianne@mariannedepierres.com.


“YOUIZ GK ROT. “ TCT ZG ZIT EXKLTR STQUXT.

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For the full tour listing see http://www.burnbright.com.au/


Sneak Peak
Shine Light By Marianne de Pierres
Stop 9 of 13


Ruzalia left the window and spoke into the narrow voice tube to one of her crew below. ‘Cut the engine and employ the draculins.’
For long moments the ship dipped and bobbed with the change in speed. Then slowly they regained stability. Naif heard the whip of long wings slicing through the air. The draculins were towing them.
‘The gantry awaits,’ announced Ruzalia. She led them all down the narrow steps to the under-cabin of the ship. From there they would be lowered to the ground.
Markes hung back as the others descended, his hand on Naif ’s sleeve.
‘I’m not sure when I will start to weaken.’
Naif wanted to hug him and say that she’d do anything to find a way to reverse or remove the badge. But she lacked courage to do either with the others nearby. She settled for squeezing his arm. ‘My badge was revoked. Yours can be too.’
‘But if something happens to me . . . Please, will you see that Emilia and Jarrold are safe?’
‘Jarrold will take care of his sister,’ said Naif carefully.
‘I know,’ said Markes, a scant smile touching his lips. ‘But who will take care of Jarrold? I just want to know that you won’t abandon them. Please, Naif.’
‘What if they abandon me?’ Naif answered. ‘There is no way of knowing how any of our futures will play out.’
Markes took her hand from his sleeve and pressed it to his mouth.
The warmth of his breath eased her dread.
He leaned in closer. ‘I haven’t had a chance to explain to you about Emilia. Naif, I feel for you. As I do for her. But differently –’
Naif ’s heart skittered at the untimely declaration. Her stomach curled on itself. ‘You don’t need to –’
Ruzalia’s stern tones cut across her reply. ‘Naif! Markes! Attend us! We must lower the gantry now.’

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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Posted by Angel kk at Monday, November 05, 2012 0 comments

I have been  lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of  The Diviners by Libba Bray.

 I had heard whispers that this was going to be amazing and captivating start to this series and i have to say it defiantly does not disappoint 


This is the much antisipated first book in the series. The Diviners in a riveting tale that dives into the depths of human wickedness brought about by religious fanaticism and fascination with the occult. The blend of tension, charm, creepiness, atmosphere and characterization come together to ensure this to be an absorbing and intellectually stimulating experience. This is an absolutely phenomenal book and one of the best of the year thus far. An indisputable must-read for anyone who enjoys a thoroughly bone-chilling story set against well researched historical backdrop. 

Taking place in 1920's  New York City, were cultures and religions  mix. 

The Diviners  is the story of a group of missed matched people investigating a series of gruesome occult-based murders. 

When something sinister dark and powerful is unleashed in New York, This evil force is determined to bring about an apocalypse in order to cleans the world of its sin.
People are being found murdered and some of their body parts missing. As the case unfolds we discover that it seems to be following a dark and disturbing pattern. Suggesting that these murderer are anything but random. As it appears the murder is trying to finish a dark ritual started 50 year prior

Evie (or Evil as Theta calls her) is sent to New York to live with her Uncle Will, After crossing the line with her parent.( who are still dealing with her brothers death) She images that life will be full of glamorous parties, and fantastic people. The last thing she imaged was that she would be at the centre of a murder investigation.

This investigation is going to be anything but normal when they discover that what they are  hunting is not quite human.

“Naughty john does his work with his apron on “

Evie is a fascinating character she is a strong, caring and determined female, but at times can be incredibly selfish and self absorbed. Often not thinking about how what she says and does will effect others.  All in all, she's a fine example of a fun-loving, convention-breaking flapper gal of the 1920’s.

Evie is also a diviner. Her talent allows her to tell people's secrets just by holding an objects that belongs to them and concentrating on it.


There is a large cast of character in the Diviners all well fleshed out and their behaviour, motivations and reactions to events taking place around them are realistic and the range of emotions they show is quite incredible.

Each characters story seem to intersect each other at points throughout this story, without them really knowing what effect they are having. 
Whether it is Sam’s hunt for is missing Mum
Uncle Wills’s hidden secrets 
Memphis healing power and love of poetry.
Or one of the many characters that your meet on this visit to the 1920’s   

Like in any story there are characters that  I liked more than others, but overall each one of them had a role to play that is essential to the overall story.

Though moments in the book for sum may seem a little confronting ( as is amy time murder is talked about )

I loved the amount of detail, that Libba Bray weaved into the plot. It adds a really depth and pulls you further into the roaring 1920’s.

The Diviners is an incredible story that will have has all queuing to get our hands on the next amazing chapter in this series.  

The Plot

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened..





Rating: 4 stars 

Book: The Diviners

Author: Libba Bray

 Type:  series 

Website:http://thedivinersseries.com/


 

 

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