Sunday, December 28, 2014

There will be lies by Nick Lake

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Syposis

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

ISBN:9781408856000
Imprint:Bloomsbury

Review

I was lucky enough to be given a ARC of there will be lies.  After reading the blurb I wasn't 100% sure on whether this would be something that I would get into and as I started to read the installation couple of chapters I wasnt quite get into it. Then as I read a particular sentence everything seem to fall into place and I found my self being pulled into the story.

There Will Be Lies contains a mixes of some pretty shocking and serious subject matter with magical realism to make a truly unique book. With characters that are so three dimensional, mysterious and intriguing. 

Given the nature of the story line, I feel like things were written in a way that you are able to understand and be part of  the story . There is honest so much about this book that I wish I could tell you about but the only way to do that is to throw in loads of spoilers.

It's one of those books that you will be blown away by but find it difficult to  tell people about without giving the story away.

Nick Lake has created a powerful novel in There Will Be Lies,  it packs one hell of a punch and it makes for some very interesting reading. With  the fact that things aren't all that they seem.

I loved the way Lake wrote this book. It feels like Shelby is talking to you directly. Shelby is a strong female heroine with a element that I have not seen in any YA fiction to date,  but it is something that I would like to see more of . I also loved seeing how She dealt with everything that came her way and how the world around her reacted to her.

I absolutely enjoyed the magical folk lore  elements of the story. Coyote,  Elk and Crone.

This is a must read  for 2015. Order your copy today.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Favourite books of 2014

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As we prepare to say good bye to 2014 and hello to 2015. The time has come to look back at my favorite books for 2014.

As I looked back over the books I have read this year I found it hard to decide what books should be on my favorites list. This year saw the end of 2 of my favorite series but it also saw the beginning of a few amazing new series. 

So after lots of thought & consideration I have come up with my top 13 for 2014.

13) Half Bad by Sally Green

12) Redeemed by PC &Kristin Cast

11) Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

10) Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout

9) Waterfall by Lauren Kate

8) Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs

7) Impulse by Vanessa Garden

6 ) Allegiance by Wanda Wiltshire

5) Unbroken by Paula Morris

4) Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

3) Captive by Vanessa Garden

2) Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire
 

Drum roll please........................

My favorite book for 2014 is

1) The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Did your favourite make the list?

Thank you to all the amazing authors who made our year better with your amazing story's.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

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Synopsis

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray. 

Review

Firstly i am a fan of Kiersten Whites work. So when i was excited to read this and I got hooked on Jessamin and Finn almost right away. And how beautiful is this cover!

I really liked Jessamin, she is a strong and confident character who knows  what she wants in life.  Finn is your typical tall dark stranger, with a hint of mystery and protective nature.  Then there is, Eleanor – who was a total scene stealer! I found Lord Downpike to be a good villain, though I want to know more of his  backstory at the start but once we get towards the end more details are shared. With surprising results.

The syory line was great though, the explanations of magic and the tensions between the countries was not always really clear to me. And while I did really like Jessamin, there were times she really fell into the YA heroine cliché – not at all powerful like those around her. Despite that, she was a likable character that I loved reading about.

Another thing that Illusions of Fate has going for it is that it’s a standalone! While the market is inundated with series . (which i love) it is nice to have a chance to read a stand alone. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Illusions of Fate. It had great characters and a beautiful  cover . This is definitely a book to put on to your to read list.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas gift

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Christmas is nearly upon us once again!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ash by Malinda Lo

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Synopsis

Cinderella retold

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

 

Review

If you know the story of Cinderella then you know how this story will begin, but somewhere near the middle it starts to introduce new elements and veer off on its own path. Ash has a fairy guardian named Sidhean.

In order to feel some sort of freedom from her stepmother and stepsisters, Ash takes every opportunity she has to escape into the Woods. Where old world magic still exists. This is were she meets with Sidhean and they form a sort of friendship, but since Ash spends so much time out in the Wood she also happens upon the King's Huntress, Kaisa, a few times as well. Ash and Kaisa also develop a friendship and Ash becomes torn between two worlds. Both  seem forbidden to her.

It is a interesting retelling of an old tale.  I've read stories with strong females before so I guess having a Huntress instead of a Hunter wasn't unexpected.

I mostly enjoyed this novel and I'd probably read something else by her in the future.

Ash isn't just choosing between two particular suitors. Her attraction to the fairy lord, Sidhean, is based largely on the oblivion he can give her. In her grief for her mother, Ash thinks this is what she wants. Kaisa, the King's Huntress who becomes her other love interest, represents life in all its vivid joys and pains.  

Then there's a part of me that wonders why the Cinderella base is needed. Perhaps  if Ash were choosing between the Huntress and the prince, or if Sidhean himself were the prince. As it is, the prince/ball/midnight stuff feels a little tacked on.  

Ash is a  interesting twist on a classic story

Friday, November 28, 2014

Impulse by Vanessa Garden

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Synopsis

When Miranda Sun returns to Marin on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, this time of her own free will, she quickly learns that her worst fears have been realised. The glittering underwater city is not as she had left it, nor too is Marko, the young king who has dominated her thoughts and heart for the last twelve months since leaving Marin.

Miranda, however, has not made the journey to Marin alone, and now must contend with not only Marko’s evil brother Damir but more surprisingly her sister Lauren who has an agenda of her own.  Marko’s power begins to wane and with cracks beginning to show in the domed Utopian city, and veiled danger lurking everywhere, she quickly learns that in this dazzling city full of beautiful people she can trust no-one but herself.

If Miranda wants to survive, she must decide between the hardened sensibilities  in her head and the hungers of her heart. Will her decision cause more heartach can she help to save Marko’s throne?

Review

i have been lucky enough to get a ARC of Impulse by Vanessa Garden. This is the second book in the series and  I can honestly say that you will not be disappointed. 

There is so much that would love to tell you about but that would spoil the story for you. So I will try my best not to give anything away.

Vanessa takes us back on a journey to our favorite underwater civilization, we're from the outside everything looks perfect,  but on closer examination all is far from perfect.  Set a year after  Miranda first visit to Marin.  She is turning 18 and the time had come for her to make the choice to stay with  her family or go to Marko.  However when she arrives back in Marin things are not as she had expected. Now she must find the strength and courage to help Marko and the people of Marin.

As you can see from the synopsis Marinda sister Lauren has tagged along, however this may not be as happy of family reunion as she had hoped.  Especially with the fact that Marko brother and sister are still in the in the picture. Leaving the question is who can Marko and Marinda truly trust?

In this book we also get to learn a little more about Marin and it's people. Though we do not get to visit the colosseum

This is a fantastic read and I can not wait to see what will happen next. Impulse will have you looking to the ocean this summer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Made for you by Melissa Marr

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Synopsis

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling

Review

Made For You is a creepy tale of love and obsession.

Eva Telling is part of the elite popular crowd in the town of Jessup. Unfortunately that doesn’t protect her from the brutal attack. Left for dead, she  wakes up in hospital with no recollection of what happened or who would do this to her.  Not to mention that since waking up she has developed  the ability to see a person’s death if they touch her. When her estranged best friend, Nate, see Eva at the hospital the years apart evaporates. The feeling Eva felt for Nate intensifies. Nate’s protective and supportive, and it’s a good thing because this deranged killer isn’t finished with Eva. 

When she “sees” the death of her friends Eva does what she can to prevent them from happening.  While trying to identify the killer in the process. As she picks out clues from her visions, with the help, they hope to get an advantage over the killer and stop the deaths until he’s caught.

This is one seriously creepy read,  and will have you guessing who the kill is until the very end.  As this story is told from a couple of different prospective we get to learn more about Eva world and the killers plans.

While Made For You had a very realistic contemporary feel, there still was a touch of the uncanny with Eva’s “death visions”. I was on the edge of my seat wondering when and how the killer would strike next.

This is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Waterfall by Lauren kate

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Synopsis

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom...

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.

Review

Waterfall the 2nd book in the Teardrop series by Lauren Kate, picka up there Teardrop left off . The world and everything in it is disappearing in a ocean of tears.  Eureka , Ander, Cat her dad and the twins go on a journey to try and save the world. Swimming to Turkey to locate a lost relative of Ander’s who they hope will be able to advise them on what to do next.  However what the discover will change their lifes forever.

Anders uncle Solon instructs Eureka in the tasks ahead of her all the while the threat of Atlantis rising rests heavily upon her.

In the meanwhile Atlas, who is determined to make Eureka produce one final tear, still  has possessed Eureka’s best friend Brooks. 

The setting for the last part of the book was a complete contrast to what the characters had been exposed to previously.   

The love story shared between Eureka and Ander continues and you continue to see love shared between her family and friends.
Because this book shows that love is shared not just between lovers but fathers, siblings and friends. It also raises the question what  would you do foe the ones you love ?
 
Waterfall is an epic tale of family love and sacrifice.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Samantha Vérant Blog tour

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Welcome to a stop on Samantha Vérant   Seven Letters from Paris blog tour .

SEVEN THINGS I'VE LEARNED WHILE LIVING IN FRANCE
 

1) I've learned to laugh at myself.
 
When I first moved to France, I was terrified to speak French to people outside of my family. I made so many faux pas, and, unfortunately, most of mistakes had a sexual innuendo attached to it, thanks to mispronunciations. For a while, I spoke in a voice so soft nobody could hear me. (I call this my mouse voice phase). But I had a choice - integrate or pretend I was a mute. I soon discovered that if I wanted to improve my language skills, I actually had to try to speak French with confidence, even if I put myself in extremely embarrassing situations. Today, if I mistakenly ask the butcher to pluck my feathers and tie me up like a chicken, it's no longer a big deal. And, the French, once they stop laughing with me, will correct my error.

 

2) I've learned to live within my means.

My French husband is not a consumer and I'm no longer one. We work within our budget, only buying what we truly need. There is no credit card debt, no unnecessary spending. (I don't have a credit card, only a debit card.) This is the French way. I've learned to keep my yearnings in check, and I ask myself: "Do I really need it? What purpose would it serve? Would I still be happy without it?" The answer to that last question is always a resounding yes.

3) I've learned politeness gets you everywhere. 

In France, we say thank you, bonjour, and please to everyone, including the bus driver. For example, at the local patisserie, you say, "Bonjour, Madame. Une baguette, s'il vous plait." When leaving a shop with your purchase, you always wish the person a nice day, afternoon, or evening. "Bonne soirée. Merci, au revoir!" (Have a nice evening. Thank you! Goodbye!) The same holds true for the other party. I hear or say, "A vous de même" (same to you) a lot. I'm now friends with every local merchant in my town-- the butcher, the baker, and my favorite vegetable vendor. Sometimes they give me freebies. A win-win!

 

4) I've learned that sometimes you need to get by with a little help your friends. 

I faced so many adjustments and challenges when I moved to France. Along with the difficulties of speaking a language I hadn't spoken in twenty years, coming to understand the different customs and cultural differences (for example: don't place your hands on your lap at the dinner table because people will wondering what you're doing!), obtaining a French drivers license, and becoming an immigrant, I also had to adjust to instant motherhood. I had so much to learn and I had to do it quick, but I didn't know where to turn. It's extremely important for expats to reach out to others who have gone through--or are going through--everything you're going through or you will explode. It's also important to carve a life for yourself outside of family life. So that's what I did. After four months of flying solo without English speaking friends, I posted a greeting on an expat blog. Today, I have more friends than I've ever had in my entire life.

 

5) I've learned to live a passionate life.

In one of Jean-Luc's seven letters, he writes: "It would be a disaster if we stop this passion between us. And I am a man who cannot live without passion. It's the nerve of my being, the best we can do."

He really lives by this sentiment.

To those naysayers who say that passion in a relationship dies, I'm here to tell you it doesn't; it just changes a little bit. I've learned that, yes, passion is a way of life, but you also have to put some effort into it. To keep the spark between us lit, Jean-Luc and I explore each other's passions. In my case, I took up Jean-Luc's favorite sport: scuba diving. At first, I was petrified. You know, because my bottle could run of out of air...and I could die. It took a few years, but I was finally able to kick fear to the curb. I now have my PE-40 license, which means I can dive forty-meters (over 120-feet) with my moniteur fédéral dive-master husband. I'm thinking of signing us up for tango lessons...

Vive la passion!

 

6) I've learned to cook French.

From boeuf bourguignon to moules marinière and everything in between, I've become quite the French chef. I've also gotten over my fear of flambéing. (I haven't burnt the house down or singed off my eyebrows yet!) In the preface of Seven Letters, I write about a shrimp dish flambéed with Pastis, an anise flavoured liquer. You can check out the recipe on Ann Mah's (author of Mastering the Art of French Eating) blog, where I popped in for one of her Tuesday dinner posts: http://annmah.net/2014/09/23/tuesday-dinner-samantha-verant/

7) I've learned to celebrate all victories - great and small. 

I can now speak and understand a new language, even if I miss a word or ten. I know how to improvise when things aren't working out the way I planned. I know how to make the most of everything that I have. I've successfully integrated into a new life in France. And, for that, I am thankful. Pop open the bubbly!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Crash (Twinmaker, #2) by Sean Williams

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Synopsis

Praise for Jump: 'A thrilling, existential head-trip' - Alaya Dawn Johnson

If you betrayed a friend, how far would you go to earn their forgiveness?

If someone had saved your life, would you risk your life to save them?

If you could bring someone back from the dead, who would you choose?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into crisis - the d-mat network is broken. People are trapped, injured and dying, and it's partly Clair's fault.

Peacekeepers enlist Clair to track down Q, the rogue AI - artificial intelligence - who saved her life and is the key to fixing the system. Targeted by dupes and abandoned by her friends, Clair finds powerful allies in the most unlikely places. But who can she trust? Q won't respond to her calls for help, and if Clair finds her, will she be trapping her friend in a life of servitude or sending her to death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands - and who she stands with - at the end.

Review

Crash pick up where the first book left off. Claire and Jesse are on the run however they have picked up a couple of Peace Keepers as companions.
Being hailed the "Girl Who Broke D-Mat" Claire wants it fixed. People are now stranded around the world, they can't get to hospitals or are trapped with no 2 a of getting home. To make matters worse there are now groups of people after her. What Clarie needs is a safe place to work out a plan. Claire and her companions are now on a mission to find Q and to find out who keeps targeting her.

I really liked reading this series.   I would recommend picking this series up for a read 5he se holidays

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Redeemed by PC Cast and Kristen Cast

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Synopsis
In  the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elementsas well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness

Review
The time has come to say goodbye to another series. From the moment I started this series I was excited to see what would happen and the finally does not disappoint. 

When we first meet Zoey she was dealing your typical teenager,  dealing with school, friends, a dysfunctional family and being  marked. But as the series has progressed we have followed her and her friends though fights love and death. Now the time as come to say good bye.

Like all the HON books Redeemed picks up were Revealed left off. Zoey beliefs that she has killed 2 men and is on her way to jail, Neferet has returned and  has proclaimed her self a goddess taking everyone in the mayo hostage .
Thing quickly change and Zoey  and the nerd heard are on a mission to put a stop to Neferet.
As you expect the rest of the vampire world seems either oblivious to the situation in Tulsa  or they don't care. Even the high council. This mean's that everything is left up to The Tulsa house of night. Which given they are primarily students do sent seem far.

There are a few moments that left me wondering and though the build up to the final event was strong I found the final battle to end as soon as it started.

Towards the end of this series there has been moments where I have found the story to have relatable elements to current world events and I have found myself wondering if this was intentional. 

As a final book in the series the overall conclusion could be considered predictable,  but I honestly think with the twist and turns in the story will have you guessing to the end. 
I love the HoN and it will remain one of my favourite series.  I can only hope that one day the do a book set in the future so we can see were they ended up.
Thank you PC Cast and Kristen Cast for creating such a beautiful series. Blessed be .

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Synopsis
Dying sucks
...and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. 

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

Review
Cursed is the first book I have read by Jennifer L Armentrout and I can honestly say i loved it. 

Cursed is a story of Ember. Two years ago  she was involved in a horrible car accident that killed her dad and herself. But then her sister  brought back. What was the price of being brought back from the dead.

Two years later, their mother is not dealing with what happebed money is running out and Ember has to take care of Olivia.
Ember was once a popular and social teenager, now she is teased and ridiculed.  
After a horrific incident that lead to a guy from school dying from one touch of Ember's skin, Jonathan Cromwell decides to intervene, kidnapping her entire family and relocating them to a remote place where there are others with the same gifts. With one proplem none of them want her there, except  Hayden.

I love the unique voices she gives to each and everyone of her characters.

I have to admit, there are only a few characters that I really liked.  
l loved Ember. She's not a very trusting soul, but if you can't even trust yourself then how do you trust others? Then there is Hayden. He thoughtful and can really sees Ember for who she truly is. He never gave up on her, and always believed that she's more then her curse.

With that said, I still really loved this book. I love being in one of Jennifer worlds. She has an easy going and all consuming style that makes me sink into anything she writes. I enjoyed the fact that her characters were realistic and flawed which made them easy to relate to. The idea of thw varied gifts added a interesting element. With a mix  of unexpected twist and turns you will never see what is coming next. It's not predictable and had me guessing and entertained till the very last page. 
I can't wait to see if there is a sequel. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Toxic Heart (Mystic City, #2)by Theo Lawrence

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Synopsis
A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.

Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he'll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one's pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.

Review

I'm always reluctant to read a second book in series as it can often be disappointed. However his is not the case with Toxic Heart.
Toxic heart is a fantastic sequel to Mystic Heart. Picking up right where Mystic City left off, Aria is being trained by Shannon, one of Hunter's "friends", a girl who adds little to the overall story besides some background information, plot movement and minor conflict.
Toxic heart is primarily about Aria discovering and accepting who she is. As she learns more about herself , she also  learns more about the mystics.

Hunter does a complete 180 from the last book, he's roll in this story seems to be very minimal. He appears to be manipulates Aria and at tines controlling her moments.   In the last book he was passionate and willing to die from her, but in this book he acts like an entitled person.

On the upside, a lot of characters changed for the better and we also get to meet some other new interesting characters. In Toxic Heart, the bright light at the end of the tunnel was Turk. In the last book, he was a glorified sidekick, but here, we learn much more about him. He seems to genuinely care for Aria more than Hunter does, and he seems to have his head on his shoulders.

At times Aria still seems to be  naive and kind of ignorant. She often complains that Hunter is focusing too much on the war and not enough on her.

Overall, I liked the tone of the book. There were some interesting plot twists, I really enjoyed the epilogue and I will wait for the arrival of book three.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cover reveal for Shattered by Love by C.A. Harms

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Mystic city by theo lawrence

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, October 03, 2014 0 comments

Synopsis

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.

But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.

Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself

Review
That would you do if you discoved your life was a lie. That everyone you knew were manipulating you. Would you stay or would you fight?

In Theo Lawrence mystic city we meet Aria Rose,  she is recovering from what she is told is a drug over dose which has left her with memory loss. But something doesnt feel right. Determand to find out the truth Aria is going to have to search do discover the truth. As she tries to remember who, what, where and why she also has to do with the here and know. Will she play the perfect daughter and live her life the way her parents want  or with she Remember.

Our leading man Hunter is a bit of a mystery even in the end we don't fully understand who he is. We no he is a mystic that he comes from a long line of mystics who fort for change.  That he loves Aria  and will do anything he can for her . But will his strength and courage be enough to save them.

Set in a environmental that has been manipulated and effected by global warming resulting in water leaves and temperatures rising.   This is not the only change the world has had , there are now mystics. They helped rebuild the c I type but now they are treated like second class citizens. The simplest way to describe them would be witches, though that doesn't adicatly cover what they are and what they can do. 

There is lots I would love to say about this book however I don't what to give anything away.
I really enjoyed this and am excited to start the second book Toxic Heart. 
If you don't have this book in your to read pile then add it today.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, September 25, 2014 0 comments

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After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own. 


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This book is going to be popular with how enjoy a bit of romance and the afterlife.  Or if this is your first step into the paranormal.   The story line is not over complicated, which makes it easy to emerse your self in the story.

 
Our leading lady is Chloe. When we first meet Chloe she is dealing with a life shattering event, but as the story progress we learn that she is a strong character with a very special gift, or curse - depending on how you look at it. Cole can see ghost. Her usual approach to dealing with the ghosts is to tell them to go away. That has worked for several years. But  not anymore. Things only get worse when she goes to stay with her grandmother in  England.

I really liked Chloe, and how she grew and changed throughout the book. It will be interesting to seem how she develops in the second book.

There are  2 main ghost in the story Isobel and Alex. As the story progress we learn that they were lovers but when there secret affair comes out there is no saving them. As a result Isobel has become a twisted ghost bent on destroying anything  and anyone who threatens her  after life. Alex on the other appears to be the complete opposite. He is also the only person who can control Isobel.

There was some romance,  boy likes girl girl kind of likes boy but also likes ghost plus ad a dead ex who is still in love with her dead lover and you have got a interesting love scenario. 

The ending was good, and I liked the way things were resolved but yet we were left with a interesting cliff hanger.  I really want to read the next book in the series now to find out what is going to happen next.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1)by Charlaine Harris

Posted by Angel kk at Saturday, September 20, 2014 0 comments

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FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale—populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

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I am a fan of the sookie stackhouse series, so when I saw that charlaine harris had a new book out I was interested to see what was like.

When I started to read I hoped to be pulled into the store, unfortunately I wasn't pulled in like I had hoped. It seem to take a little while for the story to start, with us being introduced to the main characters in the small town through the prospective of the news residents.  The story then breaks off to be told by multiple characters.

Once the story is going it revolves around a dead girl and a familys dark history. Though the end seems to happen in a rush everything seem to be wrapped up in the end.
It was a interesting book and i will be interested to see where the series goes from here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles, #2)by Lenore Appelhans

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“I’m a ticking time bomb. And one day soon everything is going to explode.”

Felicia and Neil have arrived in Level 3 and are supposed to prepare for their divine vocations.

But during Felicia and Neil's training period, a series of explosions rips through Level 3. Tension is high, and casualties are mounting. A rift forms between the pair, one that grows wider when Felicia receives memories from the Morati. The memories cast doubt on the people she loves the most, but Felicia can't stop her curiosity. She has to know the truth about her life – even if it means putting at risk everything she’s worked for in her death.

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“I’m a ticking time bomb. And one day soon everything is going to explode.”

Felicia and Neil have arrived in Level 3 and are supposed to prepare for their divine vocations.

But during Felicia and Neil's training period, a series of explosions rips through Level 3. Tension is high, and casualties are mounting. A rift forms between the pair, one that grows wider when Felicia receives memories from the Morati. The memories cast doubt on the people she loves the most, but Felicia can't stop her curiosity. She has to know the truth about her life – even if it means putting at risk everything she’s worked for in her death

Review

An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed Lenore's take on the afterlife in The Memory of After (previously titled Level 2), I also  liked the use of flashbacks as memories to show us how Felicia had spent her  time on Earth prior to entering Level 2.   

Level 3 is a place where you are supposed to learn your vocation like healer, demon hunter, muse, or seraphim guard, and then continue on with your afterlife. Upon arriving in Level 3, Felicia and Neil discover that Level 3's world has been thrown upside down by the arrival of the Morati. There is a war brewing, and Felicia may be the key.

Chasing Before is splits between the afterlife and memories of being alive.  In Level 3, the focus is on moving on with your life, well afterlife. 

Lenore draws on various sources to pull things together from  Christian and angels,  to other mythologies.  It’s all structured in a creative and  imaginative.

This is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But if you are a fan of story's based it the afterlife then this is definitely a book you should try.

Lullaby (Watersong #2)by Amanda Hocking  

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, September 14, 2014 0 comments

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Don't miss the next chapter of Watersong, a bold new series that will enchant you, entrance you, and hold you captive under its spell

Now that Gemma Fisher has inherited Penn, Lexi, and Thea's curse - and all the strange new powers that come along with it - she has no choice but to run away with them. Devastated that she has to leave everyone she loves behind, she's still determined not to give in to the unspeakable hungers that plague her.
Unfortunately, they're growing stronger every day, and she's not sure how much longer she can resist.

Harper won't give up on finding her sister Gemma, vowing to get her back no matter what the cost. The search draws her closer to too-gorgeous-for-his-own-good Daniel, and tests her fiercely guarded independence like never before. She's always been the strong one who everyone else depends on.... Can she let herself depend on Daniel?

As Gemma and Harper plunge deeper into a magical world they barely understand, it becomes painfully clear that Gemma's old life may be lost forever. But can she still hold on to her humanity?


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In the second book in the watersong series we find Gemma left with no choice but to live with the seirens. Though  having beauty, magical powers and immortality should be a gift Gemma decides to  treat this curse as it was ment to be. 

After what Harper witnesses at burnies island she decides that she will do anything to find Gemma and bring her home . Even if that means a total disregard for her own safety. The problem is that she doesn't really understand what happened. 

So when Harper and Alex decided to team up to bring Gemma home  no matter what it takes. There biggest issue is working out not olny where she is but what they are dealing with

i did find Lullaby to feel at times like  a background filler. Which is not necessarily a bad thing as it gave us more insight and knowledge about the seirens and there past.   There are peices of the story that often left me wondering,  was that needed. These thoughts tend to be around the girls mum and her role in the story.

We also got to see the depth of the relationship between Gemma and Alex. There is also the development of the  relationship between Harper and Daniel. At times through the book you are left wondering if Harper is ever going to have the opportunity to live her life for herself. She is always thinking of others and putting there needs ahead of her own. So it was nice to see her taking a chance and put herself first.

I look forward to seeing how Gemma and her family will handle the challenges ahead.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)by Danielle Paige

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, September 04, 2014 0 comments

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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission

Review

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dorothy must die is a highly original and unique story using thw traditional story as foundation. Like Dorothy Gale of old, Amy Gumm is flown into a world she couldnt imagen .

Rescued by the there one minute gone the next , Pete. Amy has to set off on her own journey down the yellow bricks to find Emerald City, but  what she will discover is  how warped  and twittered Oz has  become.

Amy Gumm is the kind of realistic, butt-kicking female lead that I love in a story. You can easily relate to her and her life before Oz.  Amy is not by any means perfect, she learns from her mistakes. Unfortunately her kind heart tends to distract her.

Casting Dorothy as a magic hungry,  control freak is a interesting idea.  Dorothy punish citizens for silly things like the crime of sass.

Unfortunately Dorothy managed to drag several of your favourite  characters down into corruption, thus creating a formidable force that Amy could not have imagined.

A tale of magic, self-discovery, and sacrifice. Dorothy Must Die is the perfect book to curl up on a winters day or relax in the sun and read.
As a side note I love the creative cover design which uses the traditional imagery associated with the wizard of Oz.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, August 28, 2014 0 comments

Synopsis

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secret.

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Review

I was first introduced to Amanda Hocking work in her  Trylle series , so u was excited to see read Wake. I wasn't disappointed. 
Amanda  takes a creature we all know and twists them to make them dangerous, more so than normal and I loved every bit of it.

Wake is the story of two sisters: Gemma and Harper. Gemma passion and love is swimming and being in the water. 
Harper on the other hand is the older protective sister and has resumed the role of mum. After a car accident leaves their mum unable to function in a normal bases.
While  going for a late night swim Gemma comes across Penn, Lexi, and Thea.  These three beautiful strangers will change Gemma’s life forever. It doesn't matter that she has a loving family or a new boyfriend, The events of that night has  changed her and unfortunately her only options just may break her familys heart.

Told in the duel perspectives,  of the two sisters  we are able to get a inside into both of their heads and see how different their lives actually are. We also get to see tbe events from both sides

Alex, is the boy next door who starts as Harper best friend and ends up as Gemma's boyfriend. Then we have Daniel and Harper. Their relationship starts off completely different than Alex and Gemma's. It's slow, and clumsy, and yet somehow perfect.

Once you start getting into the story of Wake, it really picks up. You start to fall in love with all the characters. You wonder what dangers could possibly be lying around the corner. I can't wait to start Lullaby.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The queen of the tearling by Erika Johansen

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 comments

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive

Review

So i have just finished The Queen of the Tearling  and i can honestly say i was left a little melon collie. I honestly wanted to love this book more than i did.

Our heroine is a very strong and not afraid to stand up and change the world around her. She is thrown back into a world that she doesn't know or truly understand.  Surrounded by people who she doesn't know if she can trust or not. With the hope to learn more about  her heritage, She must put that on the back burner to restore her kingdom

I liked the plot, but the climax was a little lackluster. I felt that the storyline barely took off. I did like the Queen and her guards, but also wanted more interpersonal relationship. I would have liked an element of romance or more of a true connection in this book, but it was more of a set-up novel. It kind of felt like a prequel.

The story mostly follows Kelsea's POV, but there are intermingled with some side characters. One of which is from the antagonist, the Red Queen of Mortmesne. 

The setting descriptions felt vague. I couldn't describe really any particular place. Also, the timeframe for this novel is a bit weird,I could really place it.

I did love the randomness of some of the sentence and swear words. At times you will suddenly read a swear or my favorite was the random line about the Regent and one of his women.

This is definitely one to add to to reading list this year. I am interested to see where this story will go.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The book of life by Deborah Harkness

Posted by Angel kk at Wednesday, August 13, 2014 0 comments

Synopsis

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Timesbestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches andShadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.

Review

"It begins with A Discovery of Witches..."

Between the covers lies the final chapter of the All Souls Trilogy, where we find Diana and Matthew still on their search for the elusive Book of Life.

This is the third and final installment of the 'All Souls Trilogy' by Deborah Harkness.  I love the Discovery of Witches' and 'Shadow of Night' and I could not wait to see were the series would go.

Diana and Matthew return to the present day after their sojourn to 15th century Europe in search of 'The Book of Life.' Their return , while desired, is bittersweet. The present day did not stop and they are greeted with news of death, and the challenges the 'Knights of Lazarus' faced from The Congregation in their absence. 

All The de Clermonts (and Bishops) are back in present time, together with their never-ending web of secrets and intrigues. Now mated and preparing for a family, Matthew is desperate to keep his beloved Diana safe and happy. But when all Matthew's past deeds and mistakes come to haunt him,

"But you have become as vital to me as breath and blood. My heart no longer knows where I end and you begin. I knew that you were a powerful witch from the moment I saw you, but how could I have imagined that you would have so much power over me?" - Matthew de Clermont

I absolutely love romantic aspect of this story. Matthew's and Diana's love for each other warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face through out the whole book. I'm definitely going to miss them.

The Book of Life is a story about finding peace and absolution, about accepting who you are and the things about yourself that you can not chang. The detail that Deborah used to describe characters and their thinking is mind-blowing and truly exceptional. It made all characters come alive and it is probably the main reason which make this trilogy so special in my eyes. 

If you enjoyed 'Discovery of Witches' and the 'Shadow of night' I do not hesitate to guarantee you that you will adore this book. To those on the fence or those that questioned 'A Discovery of Witches,' please take the time and give this series a chance  I think you will find was worth your time.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Goddess by Lauren Powell

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Synopsis

Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.

Review
This is the first book by Lauren Powell i have read and I honestly didnt know very much about it . The cover was what first caught my eye

Goddess is a story about faith, love and  corruption. The story takes place in a alternative version of England that is crippled by riots and poverty.

Aura is just about to turn 16,  and bevome  a priestess in this cult. As a priestess, she is expected to give vows of obedience and chastity but before this happens, Aura meets this boy, Aiden. Suddenly her world is changed for ever and  she is forced to face the reality of the world out side the cult.  Now Aura must rely on Aiden and his friends to help not only navigate the  world outside the cult but to help prevent  a disaster.

I really enjoyed reading Goddess and I flew through the pages of Goddess, enjoying every moment. This is the perfect book to curl up with

Sunday, July 6, 2014

City of heavenly fire by cassandra Claire

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Synopsis

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments

Review

It is time for us to say goodbye to the fascinating world of shadowhunters and downworlders . It is always  bittersweet reading the last book in a series.  This book  beautifully wraps up all lose ends created through all of the books. But also effectively creating new ones left to be solved and others left to the imagination. 
Though there were moments in the story that I found it frustrating and wished I could just slap certain characters . But all in all the story will make You laugh, you want to stab the book, you'll want to marry a Herondale, you want to be a part of the book, and your heart breaks along with each twist and turn.

This is what I love about Cassandra Clare's novels. You will end up in a bawling mess of emotions. The plot is amazing and you can't help but fall into it. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Allegiance by Wanda Wiltshire

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, June 22, 2014 0 comments

Synopsis

The second book in the Betrothed Series.

Having returned home, Marla seems to quickly forget her Faery Prince, Leif... And strangely, she starts seeing her best friend Jack in a different way...

Tensions mount within this doomed love triangle after Leif, unwilling to part with his betrothed, strikes a deal with his father, the fiery King Telophy, to travel to Earth to win Marla back.

Meanwhile in the enchanting land of Faera, more and more of King Telophy’s subjects are vanishing – victims of a shadowy presence. 

Leif flies back to to Faera, with Marla and Jack to help vanquish this deadly threat.

Shifting shadows, bonds of blood, and with their lives in danger … Marla is conflicted, relying on both Leif and Jack for support. 

But who will she choose? 

And can the three save Faera in time?
Darkness. Two Worlds. Three Loves

Review

I am a huge fan of betrothed and I was  lucky enough to be receive a  ARC  of Allegiance by Wanda Wiltshire. 

After finishing Betrothed  i was very excited to find out what would happen next and  Allegiance does not disappoint. 

Starts were Betrothed  left off, Allegiance see Marla back home with her human family and friends. As she to come to terms with her decision to leave Faera, her family and the love of her life.
Marla  tries to settle back into the life she knew before leif but she knew that this was never going to be easy. 

Just as she starts to return to some kind of human existence her world is turned upside down. 

There is so much that I would like to say about Allegiance but I don't want to give anything away.

Wanda has truly create a beautiful and idealistic world that you will instantly be drawn into. With characters you will love and others that you will love to hate.

The twist and turns will have you turning pages and say 'just one more chapter'. But once you start Allegiance you will be hooked until the end. Not to mention that will leave you counting down the days until the next book on the beautiful series Flys onto our shelf.

5 out of 5

Published:July 2014RRP:19.99ISBN:978-1-921997-37-2
 Category:YA Fantasy Romance
http://www.panterapress.com.au/shop/product/681/61/allegiance

Monday, June 9, 2014

You will love

Posted by Angel kk at Monday, June 09, 2014 0 comments

if you love carrie jones Need series then you are going to love Wanda Wiltshire betrothed series.

Both series follow two strong female leads, who learn that there is more to there world then they ever imagined existed.

Need by Carrie Jones remains one of my  most loved series. It introduced me to the world of pixies and to the ledgends of Valhalla. If you have read this then put this series on your to read pile.


Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire is the first book in this series and from the moment I started to read it I was hooked. The use of imagery is so strong and clear that I you feel like you are part of the story.  Book 2 comes out in July and I for one can not wait to see what happens next.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine, #2)by Abigail Gibbs

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, June 01, 2014 0 comments

Synopsis

The highly anticipated sequel to Dinner with a Vampire

Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?

In Autumn Rose, book two of her breathtaking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines.

Review

One of my favourite books from last year was Abigail Gibb's, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire. Needless to say when i saw Autumn Rose at sydney air port  i couldnt wait to find out what happens next.

In Autumn Rose we are introduced to a new dimension and characters. Our leading lady Autumn wants nothing more then to be a normal teenager after the death of her grandmother like any teenager Autumn has to deal with bullies, parent dramas balancing work and school. The only difference is that Autumn is not human she is a sage which comes with its only set of issues.

Even when an old friend pops back into her world. A friend that she is less then impressed to see turn up. As it brings up things that she has tried hard to bury deep inside.

making everything worse there are dark secrets that are being kept from her. Secrets that she can no longer ignore.

Everything in this book happens parallel to the time stamp of The Dark Heroine but in a different dimension and involving a completely different set of characters. Though throughout the story you get glimpses of the characters and story line from dark heroine.It isn't until towards the end that the story.

I'm such a big fan of Abigail Gibbs and the dark heroine series.I was hooked from the first page. I loved it and can't wait to find out what happens next.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Interview with author Wanda Wiltshire

Posted by Angel kk at Wednesday, May 14, 2014 0 comments

Paranormal angel blog has been lucky enough to have the chance to interview one of my favorite author's Wanda Wiltshire.

Wanda is the author of the beautiful fae series Betrothed. The second book in the series Allegiance will be released in July this year. See below for a link to a sneak preview of Allegiance.

Interview

Welcome Wanda,

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of my blog.

No problem, Kylie. Thanks for having me.

Where did the idea/concept for Betrothed come from?

Betrothed is literally the answer to a prayer. I was going through a rough time a few years ago – the kind of time that makes you question the meaning of life. These questions eventually led me to the realization that I must be here for a purpose. I had no idea what that purpose was, so I asked. ‘What am I here for?’ Three little words popped into my head. ‘Write a book.’ All day, these words were on a loop in my mind. But not only did I feel unequal to the task, I didn’t have a clue what to write a book about! So that night I went to bed and prayed for an idea. The next morning, as I was waking, Betrothed slipped into my mind. I got up, raced to the computer and started writing.

The characters in Betrothed are each very distinct in personality. Are they based on people you know?

No, my characters are real people in themselves – to me anyway. They came in to my life complete. And like meeting someone new, it was only through spending time with them that I got to know them. Sometimes if I want to know something about one or other of them, I will ask a question – just like I would with any other person. For example, ‘Leif, when you were a boy, what was your favourite thing to do?’ ‘I loved to play tricks on my father. He was always so grave and distant. Of course the price was often high, but it was always worth it.’

 
When you wrote Betrothed did you originally plan for it to become a 7 book series or were you expecting it to be shorter?

Right from the start, I knew the beginning and the end of Marla’s story. However, as I’ve written her story, more and more details have been revealed to me. In that way the series has grown. At first I thought her adventures might fill two books. Slowly that grew to three then four, then six. Through all of this, the ending has remained unchanged. The seventh book will be a prequel.

Are you surprised by the anticipation and support that Allegiance, the second book in the series has?

What I’ve found with Betrothed is that the people who love it, really, really love it! I can’t say I’m surprised they are looking forward to finding out what happens next in Marla’s story. Betrothed did end at a crucial moment, and I know if I were a reader I’d be keen to know! I’m actually really happy with Allegiance; I just hope Betrothed’s fans will love it too! I’m quite nervous about it actually.
 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think there are multiple messages and themes running through the Betrothed series. Whether or not the reader takes something from them will always be an individual thing. But ultimately the message I would like each of my readers to take home from the series is that in the end, nothing is greater than love.

Can you share a little of what we can expect from future books in this series? 

My readers can expect to spend a lot more time in Faera learning about this beautiful but challenging world. They can expect to laugh and cry and be taken on a journey full of surprises and adventure. They can expect to feel deeply, and ultimately come away from the series, completely satisfied.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Hmm, this is a difficult question because I love so many. When I read I want to be swept into the story and I want my emotions stirred. I want to not only see the world, but to be taken there quickly and become part of it. Anne Rice is one author who gives me all of this. Her writing is beautiful and passionate and soul-deep. And her characters are all so unique – each a wonderful mix of weakness and strength, beauty and flaw – always redeemable. This to me is real, even if the main characters are ancient vampires!

Who designed the covers?

The talented team at Xou Creative.

What does your writing process look like?

Very much like building a person from the inside out! If you want to read more, you can check out my writing process on my blog.

http://wandawiltshire.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/my-writing-process/

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

In my mind, there is only one Leif – and I saw him (or his doppelganger at least) when I was out for dinner with a friend on the Gold Coast last year. For years I had been searching for him – unable to find an actor who even came close. My friend and I pretty much spotted him at the same time. We looked at each other – all wide eyes and dropping jaws! “Leif,” we whispered together. At any moment I expected him to pop brilliant white wings from his back! But the really strange thing was that he was working behind a bar with two others who were exceptional Jack and Marla lookalikes! We took photos of the three and learned their names and if I was at liberty to reveal them, you would be very surprised!

How important are names to you in your books?
Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

The names are very important and all of my main characters came to me already named. I couldn’t have changed them even if I’d wanted to! The name Marla is meaningful to me on a personal level and the name Leif – after a quick play with the letters – spells Life. That didn’t occur to me until years later when someone pointed it out to me when Betrothed was published.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? 

Definitely writing, ‘The end’ on my first manuscript. I can’t express what a wonderful feeling that was. I don’t think I stopped smiling that day because I didn’t really believe I could do it!

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? 

Marla’s story is so close to my heart that if I come across a review of Betrothed I must read it. If it’s positive, I can’t help but respond because it’s such a wonderful connecting experience. The readers who write these lovely reviews adore Betrothed and can’t wait to know what happens next. Many of them end up coming to my FB page to chat about all things Betrothed and writing – which I love! A negative review on the other hand is a disconnecting experience. This is where the writer and reader part ways. So there would be no point in responding to such a review. My advice would be if you must read this type of review, try not to dwell on it.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

That’s easy – editing!

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

No one subject in particular, but I wouldn’t write about anything too overtly gruesome or depressing. I can’t even read this type of stuff let alone write it!

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?

Action scenes don’t come as naturally to me as many other scenes. So these are more difficult and take longer to write than others. I really need to immerse myself in these scenes and visualize what’s happening. I continually ask myself questions. What happens next? How does that look? How does it feel? How can I make it worse? How can I make it better?

What is something you want to accomplish before you die? 

I would like to have raised all of my children to adulthood and see the publication of the whole of the Betrothed series. (And a few other books I have in my head.)

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose? 

I love watching good adaptations of Jane Austen novels because of the beautiful old English accents. I imagine my fae speak in similar accents.

Thank you so much again

Thanks so much for having me, Kylie!!

Profile

Wanda Wiltshire has long been a lover of reading and writing.

As  a child she was often found spellbound with a novel stashed beneath her desk or tucked between the pages of her geography book.  Alternatively she could be found sketching or penning poetry during maths and science lessons.

Wanda has also always been an incurable dreamer, her school reports a testament to her pastime of staring out of classroom windows.

But now she is long grown and finally found her passion for writing novels, Wanda puts her daydreaming to good use, spending many long and satisfying moments gazing across the sea cavorting with fairies and other magical creatures as she develops scenes and storylines for her latest work.

Betrothed is the first in Wanda’s young adult fantasy series.

It  is the exciting story of a girl caught between two worlds — Earth and the enchanting land of Faera. 

Books

Betrothed


The first in an enchanting faery series by Wanda Wiltshire

Amy Smith has always known she was different. Severe allergies, fragile health and taunts at school have made life an endurance test for the adopted seventeen year old.

When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black - a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’.

One night, the darkness clears, Leif is revealed and Amy discovers that she is the girl he has been searching for.

Immediately the two are swept up in a passionate yet forbidden love. Leif isn’t like the other boys Amy knows. Breathtakingly gorgeous, he speaks with her telepathically … not to mention, he can fly …

Desperate to find a way to be with her, Leif tells Amy of the terrifying threat to his Fae homeland, the danger to the people, and of an unforgivable betrayal to his King. He urges her to seek her true identity…. But Amy is confused... isn't it all just a dream?

http://www.panterapress.com.au/shop/product/561/4/betrothed

Allegiance

Darkness. Two Worlds. Three Loves.

The Betrothed Series Continues.

Having returned home, Marla seems to quickly forget her Faery Prince, Leif... And strangely, she starts seeing her best friend Jack in a different way...

Tensions mount within this doomed love triangle after Leif, unwilling to part with his betrothed, strikes a deal with his father, the fiery King Telophy, to travel to Earth to win Marla back.

Meanwhile in the enchanting land of Faera, more and more of King Telophy’s subjects are vanishing – victims of a shadowy presence. 

Leif flies back to to Faera, with Marla and Jack to help vanquish this deadly threat.

Shifting shadows, bonds of blood, and with their lives in danger … Marla is conflicted, relying on both Leif and Jack for support. 

But who will she choose? 

And can the three save Faera in time?

Coming Soon

Allegiance - there's an extract. If you read it let me know what you think!
http://www.panterapress.com.au/shop/product/681/61/allegiance

Dont forget to follow Wanda on face book to stay up to date.

https://www.facebook.com/wandawiltshireauthor?ref=hl

 

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