Thursday, December 31, 2015

Paranormal angel blog  2015 awards

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Paranormal angel blog  2015 awards

♡ YA Couple of the year ~
Celaena  and Rowan from Throne of Glass  Series by Sarah J Maas

♢Sad to see it end~
Kanin Chronicles  by Amanda Hocking

♡Stand alone read ~
Lorali by Laura Dockrill

♢ Contemporary  novel ~
We all looked up  by Tommy Wallach

♡ Cliffhanger ~
Dark tide by Jennifer Donnelly  (Waterfire Saga book 3)

♢ Best new series ~
Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas

♡Surprise  find ~
Madame Tussaud's Apprentice  by Kathleen Benner Duble

♢Best discovery  for 2015 ~
Author McKenzie Hunter  and her Sky Brooks Series

♡Favorite  YA author for 2015 ~
Sarah J Maas

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New year competition

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We want to help you start the new year off ob the right foot with our amazing prize pack valued at over $150.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Madame Tussaud's Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble

Posted by Angel kk at Tuesday, December 22, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis

In 1789, with the starving French people on the brink of revolution, orphaned Celie Rosseau, an amazing artist and a very clever thief, runs wild with her protector, Algernon, trying to join the idealistic freedom fighters of Paris. But when she is caught stealing from none other than the king's brother and the lady from the waxworks, Celie must use her drawing talent to buy her own freedom or die for her crimes. Forced to work for Madame Tussaud inside the opulent walls that surround Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Celie is shocked to find that the very people she imagined to be monsters actually treat her with kindness. But the thunder of revolution still rolls outside the gates, and Celie is torn between the cause of the poor and the safety of the rich. When the moment of truth arrives, will she turn on Madame Tussaud or betray the boy she loves? From the hidden garrets of the starving poor to the jeweled halls of Versailles, "Madame Tussaud's Apprentice" is a sweeping story of danger, intrigue, and young love, set against one of the most dramatic moments in history.

Review

I received  a copy of this book for a honest review.

Let me start by saying that had I not received a copy of this book, I honestly  don't think i would have ever picked it up to read. Which would have been a shame as this book is fantastic.

Welcome to France  pre-revolution.  We are introduced  to  Célie and Algernon, two teenage orphans who are fighting  for  survival on the streets  of Paris.

Celie was saved by Algernon after the death of her family.  Not only does she owe him her life, but over time she has fallen in love with him. 

Forced to running cons and steal  to survive. Celie only outlet is her talent at drawing. But when a con goes wrong, her talent  for drawing is what can save her.

Enter Manon Tussaud who takes Celie into her care as her apprentice.  Where Celie  finds herself living in a comfortable home with nice, caring people who also teach her the trade of waxworks. The only thing missing is Algernon. Who she feels she owes her life to.

Since the death of ger family Célie has always wanted equality in France, but after spending some time living in Versailles she realises that the royal family might actually be as much prisoners in their life. Not everything is  as it appears to be. When  she sends  Algernon  a drawing of her time in Versailles, she will inadvertently  helps to incite the revolution .

Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a story about a young girl trying to survive in a miserable and dangerous city. There  is also the added element of the French Revolution provided an intriguing and violent backdrop for this tale.  The twist at the end was a nice surprise and a great way to finish.

I really think that this is a book that you should add to your to read pile today .

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, December 06, 2015 0 comments

 

Synopsis

Once a lost and confused princess, Serafina is now a confident leader of the Black Fin Resistance (BFR). While she works on sabotaging her enemy and enlisting allies for battle, her friends face challenges of their own. Ling is in the hold of Rafe Mfeme's giant trawler, on her way to a prison camp. Becca meets up with Astrid and learns why the Ondalinian mermaid is always so angry: she is hiding a shameful secret. Ava can't return home, because death riders await her arrival. And it is getting more and more difficult for Mahdi, Serafina's betrothed, to keep up the ruse that he is in love with Lucia Volerno. If Lucia's parents become suspicious, his life--and all of Sera's hopes--will be extinguished. Political intrigue, dangerous liaisons, and spine-tingling suspense swirl like a maelstrom in this penultimate book in the WaterFire saga

 

Review
We hit the water with a splash in the 3rd book in the Waterfire Saga.

Dark Tide picks up where Rogue Wave left off. The girls are on the hunt for the remaining talismans and their lifes a still in danger as the death riders hunt for them.  

So let's start with a little update on the girls.
♢Sera and Neela are now working with the Black Fin Resistance in a effort to save the realms.
♤ Astrid is heading home but is it the secret  she is hiding from the girls or what she fines when she returns home that will seal her fate.
♢ Ling is held captive and what she learns  will change not only her world but it will she'd light on who their enemy truly is.
♤ Ava is still looking for her talismans but will it be a mistake that will cost her everything. 
♢Becca world will be further changed when her life is saved by a human.

The Waterfire saga is  more then a story about mermaids. It is  about finding inner strength and believing in yourself when everything seems hopeless. That you can be anything you want to be if you believe in you self. 

It is refreshing  to read a story were the females are not waiting  to be rescued of saved by the leading male.  The mermaids are the focus and the mermen are secondary  characters  in the story. Each mermaid  bringing a different  strength  and  courage.

The  focus in Dark Tide is on  Sera, Ling, and Astrid. With the story primaraly told from there POV.  Another twist is the introduction  of Lucia's  POV, with thus we   get a glimpse into what's happening in Miromara.

This is a beautifully  crafted story, that pulls you into a underwater  world. I can not wait to see what will happen  next.
☆☆☆☆

Friday, December 4, 2015

Rogue Wave (Waterfire Saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, December 04, 2015 0 comments


Synopsis

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six. 

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons. 

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave

 

Review

Rouge wave picks up where Deep Blue left off.

Seraphina and Neela, are both looking for the talisman that will help defeat Abbadon. The problem is, they don't know what they look like or where to start.  In order to find the talismans and to protect  them self from those who hunt them they split up. 

The book was non stop action, and did change POV  a few times. Which helped to give the book pace and depth.

Like the first book freindship is at the forefront of the story. However unlike Deep Blue, we get to see a little  romance. We also get to see a different side to Serafina and a secret  from Deep Blue is revealed.

Finding a good mermaid series is often  hard. It can oftern be to girly, bland or to over worked, but Jennifer Donnelly  interpretation of life underwater and her take on mermaids is one I really enjoyed. It has the ideal mix of fantasy, magic and realism to not only pull you into the world but to jeep you there.
This series  is  the perfect holiday  read.
☆☆☆ ☆

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, November 29, 2015 0 comments


Synopsis

Serefina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation - and burden - that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother's hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin's arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina's darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

Reiview

Deep Blue is a  exciting underwater adventure.  The first book in the Waterfire series by Jennifer Donnelly hits the ground running or in this case should I say hits the water with a splash.

When  we first meet Serafina, she is waking up on the day of her betrothal  to  Prince Mahdi. Her biggest problem  is making sure that she sings her song correct. But Sera finds herself haunted by a strange dream that foretell the return of an ancient evil. But are these dreams or something  much worse?

When Serafina kingdom is attacked and her world shattered, she will embark on a quest to find the people who attacked her kingdom and prevent a war between the Mer nations.
Now hiding from those who seek to capture her she will follow her  dreams and  searches for five other mermaid who are scattered across the six seas.

The mermaids in Deep Blue are diverse and Jennifer  description  of not only them but there world are so vivid that it is very easy to imagine.

The thing I really liked about this book is that it focused more on friendship than romance. Friendship is key in this book. The bond between Sera and Neela is unshakable, and I love that this is an important aspect of the book. It is a different  point of focus for a YA story. As often  the focus is on the love story. It is nice to see that the foundation  for this story is friendship

Each of the girls  are from different  parts of the ocean and as such they have different characteristics and respective gifts.

Serafina is surprisingly likeable with a mix of natural talent and hard work.

Neela on the other hand has just a touch of the spoiled princess about her. She is the cousin of Prince Mahdi, and is not content with  life of privilege. She wants more, she wants to be a fashion designer.

We learn only the most basic information about the other four girls, which leads me to believe that we will learn more in the next book.

This is a fantastic  read and would be the perfect  read for sitting down at the beach this summer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sarah J Maas Interview

Posted by Angel kk at Wednesday, November 18, 2015 0 comments

Ahead of her Australian tour i have been  luck enough to have the opportunity to interview  with  Sarah J Maas.

Welcome Sarah J Maas to Paranormal Angel Blog.

Thank you so much for having me! :)

When you are writing your stories to you base your characters on people you know in real life or are they completely fictional?

Nope! The characters in my books just randomly stroll into my head (I seriously have no idea where they even come from)! I like to keep the people in my life separate from the ones in my books. J
 

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

Well, I write full-time from home (I can’t write in public—I get too emotional while writing, and would probably be kicked out of any coffee shop/library!), so my days are pretty much dictated by my dog and when she wants a walk. ;) Seriously though, my typical day looks like this: I spend the mornings doing non-writing stuff—answering emails, social media, interviews (like this one!)… And because I am so not a morning person, it takes about until lunchtime for the creative parts of my brain to wake up. So, after lunch, I focus on all the writing things: drafting a book, doing edits, etc., and will do that until dinner (and sometimes until late at night). Rinse & repeat. J

Is there anything that surprised you about the process or path to publication?

Honestly? Just how long everything takes! I never knew that there was such a huge time gap between selling a book to a publisher and actually seeing that book on a shelf. In YA (in the US at least), it can take anywhere from 18 months to over two years. For me, I sold TOG in March of 2010…and it didn’t release until August 2012 (nearly 2.5 years)! But all that time is spent revising and refining the novel—which I’ve really come to cherish!

What is next for you?
Right now, I’m working on my first round of edits for the fifth Throne of Glass book, and just finishing up my copyedits for A Court of Mist and Fury (the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses).
 

 With your upcoming tour of Australia is there anything particular you are looking forward to seeing or doing?

Just seeing Australia is a dream come true! But I’m really, really looking forward to meeting my Australian readers! Some of them have championed my books since the very beginning—it’ll be wonderful to finally meet them in person!

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

You guys are AMAZING! Thank you so much for all that you do for me and my books!

Thank you so much for your time.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Darkness Unchained by McKenzie Hunter

Posted by Angel kk at Monday, October 26, 2015 0 comments


Synopsis

Just try to survive. That had been Skylar’s goal since she discovered that she had died at birth and become a host to a very powerful spirit shade. She was a werewolf with the ability to manipulate magic, and that made Skylar an enigma that most viewed as either an asset or a danger. Being an anomaly in the otherworld was a hazard, and last year she had barely survived. After declining membership in the Midwest Pack, Skylar naively thought she could return to a normal life and fade into obscurity. She was wrong.  

After saving the life of a pack member who was brutally attacked, Skylar finds herself pulled back into the otherworld to help the Northern Seethe and Midwest Pack find the person responsible for the recent attacks on their people. The situation is further complicated when the Seethe hires Chris, a hunter and the pack’s Beta’s ex. With her connections and extensive knowledge of the otherworld she should have been a welcomed asset; but her turbulent history with the pack, complicated relationship with the Master of the Northern Seethe, and the lingering feelings between her and the Beta create conflict between the enemies-turned-allies. 

Once again, Skylar must negotiate the lies, secrets and strange politics that govern the otherworld while struggling not to draw attention to her abilities. It falls apart when she inadvertently changes a peculiar vampire and Chris discovers the link between Skylar and the culprit responsible for the attacks on the vampires and were-animals. 

Now Skylar wonders if she will be able to survive the otherworld this time. 

Review

I was lucky enough to receive a copy from McKenzie Hunter in exchange for a honest review.

If you haven’t  read “Moon Tortured,” stop now.  “Darkness Unchained” is the SECOND in the Sky Brooks Series.  Trust me you will want to read “Moon Tortured”.

Welcome  back to the world of  Skylar Brooks.  We join sky not long after the events of "Moon Tortured ” she is slowly  settling into life on her own.Though she may have not choose to join the pack, she has tried to keep in contact. But some members  of the pack have a issue  with that.

When something  threatens  to kill off the pack they are left with no choose to form a unlikely  truce and work together before they are all killed.

Now like most sequels there is always  that worry  that the book will fall flat and not live up to your expectations. “Darkness Unchained” lived up to my expectations  and more.

Sky is no longer the naive victim of the paranormal world, that  we meet in “Moon Tortured”.  She is now developing  into a strong confident  character who is learning to expect who she really is.
 
This book brings a whole new level of intrigue to this series. I enjoyed the new elements that were brought into this story. From the introduction  of new characters  to gaining a greater understanding and knowlage of the characters we meet in "Moon Tortured ”.

I loved this book and can not wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Website http:// www.mckenziehunter.com

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Moon Tortured (Sky Brooks #1)by McKenzie Hunter

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, October 18, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis 

Skylar’s death came not at the end, after a long fulfilling existence, not in the middle, as a result of an untimely tragic event—but at the beginning, with her birth. 

As a final effort to save her dying unborn child, Skylar’s pregnant mother, a witch, sacrificed herself by invoking a powerful spirit shade to inhabit Skylar’s body, imbuing her with life. For twenty-three years, Skylar lived a life of oblivion, content with her simple job, loving adoptive mother and the monthly inconvenience of a full moon hangover after being sedated and caged when she changed into a wolf. It wasn’t exciting but it was her life until one night, she woke up in a strange room in the middle of rural Illinois—bruised and with jumbled memories of her mother’s death from a vampire attack. The Midwest pack comes to her rescue. Known for being more ruthless than altruistic she doesn’t know if she can trust them. 

But after an assassination attempt by a necromancer, an abduction attempt by a mercenary, and more aggressive and violent attacks by the vampires, she has no other choice but to accept their help. The Midwest pack quickly discover that Skylar is the host to a spirit shade, who gives her magical abilities, that make her as much of a danger as an asset and that she is the key to the vampires’ plan to perform a ritual that will give them unrestricted power. Tension rises as the pack become divided between those who think her life is worth protecting as a potential ally and those who believe she is too dangerous to live. In the end, Skylar finds herself fighting for her life—a life that may be tragically taken too soon.

Review

Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive a copy from McKenzie Hunter in exchange for a honest review.

I honestly think that this series could be the next big thing! As I read it I could see the potential for a movie or TV series.

Lets start at the beginning. Skylar is the anything but your typical leading lady. If anything is is a combination  of your favorite leading ladies.  Like anyone with a gift they don't really want or understand, all she has ever wanted was to be a normal but fate had other plans. 

We are introduced  to Skylar  in the first line of the book. "This isn't the first time I awoke in a strange place, naked and bloodstained." Which pulls you straight  into her world.

Skylar has a semi-normal life with her adoptive mother until a horrendous vampire attack leaves her alone. When Skylar  wakes up, she finds herself in the hands of the Midwest Pack, who are determined to  protect her.

The Midwest pack seem to be very likeable and protective characters.   The pack consists of many were animals but  we are only really introduce  to a few key members. Sebastian the Alpha, Ethan the Beta, Josh a Warlock, Steven a Coyote, Winter a Snake and a guest Beta from another pack, Joan a panther. 

I am a sucker for books containing vampires and werewolves but McKenzie  intertwine them in a way that the book feels both familiar and brand new at the same time.

If you are a fan of the  paranormal  fiction then this is a book you need to get your hands on.

Rating ☆☆☆☆☆
Website http://www.mckenziehunter.com/

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Posted by Angel kk at Tuesday, October 13, 2015 0 comments

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Zed By Jason McIntyre is LIVE!
#DovetailCove #JasonMcIntyre #Horror #Suspense #thriller #paranormal #booktrope

It’s the waning dog days of August, 1975 and Tom Mason’s in Dovetail Cove for the last few weeks of his summer job at the group home. His boss and the home’s owner is Karen Banatyne, one of the wealthiest folks in town. It seems like she’s got it in for Tom; she's the only one standing in his way as he scrimps for a new camera.

But Karen has her own problems. A regulatory agency might cut off her funding, plus her hubby hasn’t been seen in a few weeks, and she’s not saying why. Most ominous of all, it seems as though something’s hiding in the hot spring north of the main beach and one of Karen’s ‘houseguests’ is about to come face to face with evil. Tom is too.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, October 04, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis 
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn

Review 
Ink and Bone is set in an alternate universe that takes a twist on the fate of the Great Library of Alexandria. Set in 2025  not only did the library survives through the course of history but it has become an authoritarian presence to  all the world.

This story opens on the streets of London, where we are introduced  to our main character  Jess. Jess grew up in the shadow of his dead brother, with a cunning twin brother and controlling  father, who taught him the business of book smuggling. He is forced to steal books so his father can resell them on the black market.

In this world books are the most precious thing. They are upheld as the highest of items, and at times they appear to be held and even  value them over human lives. This makes a lot of people angry and causes them to revolt against the library.

Ink and Bone was filled to the brim with adventure and alchemical. It will perhaps even make you appreciate books a little more.
In terms of the other  characters in Ink & Bone, there is the harsh instructor  scholar Wolfe. 
When we are first introduce to Wolfe, his goals seems to be to make the students’ lives a living nightmare. However as the story progress, we soon learn that he has had a few harsh experiences of his own and his intentions are noble.  

Then there is Khalila Seif, who comes into the Library training as the student who made a perfect score on the entrance tests. Thomas is the first person the befriends Jess. From the beginning you can see that not only is he hard working, but he is a dreamer. He wants to improve and change  the world but their are those who do not want the world to change.

Morgan Hault is a mystery girl who joins Scholar Wolfe’s class, after it has started. Claiming  that the escalating  fighting  coursed her to be delayed, however this is not really the truth. She is there to accomplish a specific mission, but when that doesn’t work out, she faces a future that she would rather die then be apart of.

I really enjoyed this story. There are so many things going on with magic, evilness, goodness, the fight for change, and people that actually seem evil that turn out to be not so bad. This is one of the most unique story concepts  I have ever read, and I really look forward to seeing how it will continue.

☆☆☆1/2☆

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, September 24, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Review
Lair of Dreams picks up not long after, The Diviners ended. It’s 1926, and after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill was left with no choice but to reveal  herself as a Diviner. With her talent  revealed, she has now become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But as more Diviners  appear  not everyone is so accepting.

We of course see more of the powers of the characters who were the center of the first book like Evie, Sam, and Memphis. But in this book, Henry takes center stage. We get to learn so much more about his Diviners power, dreamwalking.

We are also introduced  to a new  character Ling a handicapped girl,
who is a dream walker like Henry.
Both use the realm of dreams as a escape  from the real world. Henry is using it to search for the boy he fell in love with in New Orleans. Ling uses it as a place to be free from her handicap.to be the way she was. Together they  discover a world of secrets and mysterious, that may leave them wishing that they never entered the realm of dreams.

Memphis is struggling to deal with both his healing abilities and his forbidden love for a white woman. But there is someone else watching him.

This book is told through multiple perspectives but it works  for this story as it allows  you  to get a  better understanding  of the characters .  There are also  complicated pasts that we are slowly learning about.

If you liked the first book in this series, I think you'll really enjoy Lair of Dreams

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, September 06, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis  

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review

It's here!!!!

Firstly let me start by say that i was super lucky with this and received  a ARC copy.

She is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, and she will no longer hide who she is.

After a decade of denying who she truly is, Aelin is now prepared  to embrace who she truly is, embrace   her birthright . To fight for the future of her people. She must face her past and take down the monsters who destroyed her childhood and murdered the people she loved.

Though on her return she appears to only have one thing on her mind revenge. Revenge for Sam the love taken from her, for Nehemia, the best friend who always believed she could be more. But she also appears  to be seeking vengeance  on a much more personal level. She is seeking vengeance  for Celaena, for the child manipulated  by  kings and turned into a weapon.

Queen of Shadows also see the return on Chaol, Dorian, Rowan, Adieon  and Manon. All of who are fighting  with not only who they truly are but their roles in the kingdom.
We aslo see their storys begin to intertwine as their lifes change.

Struggling  with the loss of everything he’s ever known and believed in. Chaol is now  desperate to save his  dearest friend at any cost, but perhaps it is he who needs the saving. He is determined  to be miserable and alone, as penitence for what he feels was his part in what happened to Dorian, Sorscha, and Nehemia.
Though he knows that Aelin’s raw power could save them all.  But he tries to make them understand that if left unchecked, she and her court’s unstoppable, inhuman power is just dangerous and terrifying, as the king’s world-dominating influence.

Dorian gentle nature, is gone replaced by a darkness from the vlag  that possess  him. Though he tries his hardest to fight Dorian  is sucked away onto a dark corner.Queen of Shadows truly succeeds is in the evolution of its friendships between women. Some fascinating characters coming into  Aelin’s life, and since I’d hate to the ruin the surprises that are in store, I’ll just say that each of the women introduced is as bold, and determined  as Aelin. We are also introduced to some new darker characters.

We first meet Manon and the 13 in Heir of Fire , were i was truly unsure of how or where they were going to fit into this story. But now we learn what their purpose is. The question is will they fulfill their purpose?
We aslo learn more about Manon and her relationship with the other witches in her covern.

There is so many amazing things that happen in the book that will have you on the end of your seat.  Which makes being able to give you a review without spoilers very had, so let me keep it simple.
There will be death, love, revenge, and  surprises.  All of which will leave you dying to know what happens next.

Sarah J Maas has returned us to a world were magic was removed and replaced  with a darkness and death. But can Aelin and her friends  change their world before it is to  late.

☆☆☆☆☆

About the author
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis

Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.

Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same.

Review

Let me start by saying I love Amanda Hocking  Trylle  series, which first introduced  us to the world of Trylle  and I love the Karin series. Crystal  Kingdom  is the final book in the Kairn series and it doesnt disappoint. 

Crystal Kingdom picks up where Ice kissed ended. Everything  and everyone in Bryn life is at risk, as the world she knows falls apart. With no choice  she is on the run, and has done her best to stay off the radar. But that hasn't stopped Konstantin from found her. He claims to be on her side, to want to aid in her quest against evil, but can she trust him?

Being the final book in the series  you would hope for action and adventure was at it’s highest. Crystal Kingdom  delivers. We get to vist a few troll community. There is also a few twist and turns  that will leave you enthralled  to the very end.

When it comes to supporting characters we have some pretty amazing supporting roles. First we have the beautiful letters from Ember, which keeps us up to date with what is happening at home while Bryn's on the run. The romance between Ridley and Bryn, though with  Konstantin you can see the potential  for a love triangle.  Konstantin seems to have more of the over protective  older brother vibe  going on.  

Overall i really loved this series and Crystal Kingdom is agreat end to the series but I also felt that perhaps  the door was left open a small crack for another  book .

If you haven't picked up this series or added it to your to read pile today.

Rating
☆☆☆☆☆

Book Details

Paperback, 432 pages

Published August 4th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1st 2015

ISBN 1250049881 (ISBN13: 9781250049889)  English 

About this Author

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)by Josephine Angelini

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Synopsis

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Review

Finding a exciting and engrossing series featuring witches can be  pretty hard, as they are sometimes so predictable,  But Josephine Angelini has created a imaginative,and intriguing story.

This is the story of  Lily a relatively normal teenage girl who battles a variety of allergic reactions  and having a mum with mental health issues . Her one saving light is her best friend who finally started to notice her as more then a friend. She knows that with her health detiriating she won’t be able to go to school much longer and the only thing she dreams about is to go for a party with her boyfriend best friend, even though it’s dangerous for her health.
But when her dream turns into a nightmare she is left heart broken and ready to escape it all. Though she could never have imagined  that following the voice in her head would change her life.

To survive Lily has no choose but to imbrace who she is in this world and  learning to become a witch.

There is a  war brewing in the background of the story that provides  the  story with an ominous vibe that leaves you waiting for the war to start.

Like any good stories there is  lot to learn, from secrets to the history of the Lily in this world.

The world, character, and relationship building in this story is well written and thought out. Though the ending was a little  abrupt, it does leave you anticipating what will hapoen next.

Looking for a witch story with a difference? This is the book for you.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Synopsis

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Review

Heir of Fire undoubtedly takes the story of Celaena to a whole new level.

In  Heir of fire we see Celaena become  more than broken. She is  relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and deaths of the ones see loves. She final reaches breaking point and takes down her shields.

But by taking thwse shields down and facing her past she is able to move forward and become  stronger, wiser and more determined. She's not proud of who she's become or what she has done over the past 10 years but she's ready to make a change.

We get to meet  some new characters  in Heir of Fire, they include Rowan the fairy  prince, Queen Maeve, Manon Blackbeak, and Aedion Ashryver. With their introduction  we are able to see the world from multiple prospective  and get a better understanding  of how the world has been effected by magic leaving and the King of Adarlan. 

The King of Adarlan is still set on, well  global domination. He does not seem to care what he has to do to reach his goal. Though a key thing we learn during a flash back is that h e has been planning  and manipulating everyone for years.

Heir of Fire take us on a  darker and gritty journey. With twist and turns that will leave you wanting to know what will happen next.

☆☆☆

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sisters of Blood and Spirit (The Sisters of Blood and Spirit , #1)by Kady Cross 

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Synopsis
Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living. 

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. 

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.

Review

Ever felt like you don't fit in. That everyone thinks your crazy.
Well that is the case for Lark. Except  she isn't crazy.
Lark is like any other teenager struggling to find her place in the world. But unlike everyone  else she isn't doing it alone,she has her twin sister Wren by her side.

Lark and Wren are identical twins, minus two small things their hair colour and that Wren is dead.
Wren was a stillborn, meaning she was dead at birth. However she has been  growing up right alongside Lark. But no one else can see her  expect Lark.

The plot of the book begins simple. Lark has been sent back to live with her grandmother after her parents decide that they can nolong deal with her. On returning  she is approached by  a group of people who have been marked and attached by ghost, and now they need Lark and Wren's help.

But to help there new friends Lark and Wren  will have to confront their deepest fears and the  past.

This book was fast-paced, taking place literally within a week. Though the book was fast past you didn't feel like the book was missing anything from the story.

Lark is a very relatable in the scenes  that she has faced a lot of ridicule and bullying. She doesn't trust others easily, as she's been hurt time and time again, and because of that, her character is quiet defensive.

Wren, in contrast, is optimistic through she is very protective of Lark.  She's more open to the experiences of  the living. (making friends, falling in love.)

This book does contain a bit of romance, but it doesnt control or overwelm the story.

I loved the ending. It left you in a bit of suspense with the introduction of two new characters, but it also ended in away that you are not having to wait for the next book to find out what happens.

Looking for something a little spooky.then this is for you.

☆☆☆☆

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lorali by Laura Dockrill

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Synopsis

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

Review

I received Lorali by Laura Dockrill from The Five Mile Press (Hot Key Books) in exchanged for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts on the book. 

As soon as I read the synopsis for Lorali, I knew that this was a book that was going to be on my to read.
Lorali is a  fun, exciting read, that had me turning page after page.

Lets start with the beautiful cover. This is  a simple cover with a twist it has scales that you can feel .

Normally I am not a fan of books that are told from different POV, but in this case I found it easy to follow and that it added a depth to the story.
Rory the male lead and Lorali the mermaid and ‘The Sea.’  

Lorali’s point of view in particular is  interesting, as all her sentences are short and at times a little unclear. It reminds me of a toddler when the are first learning to put sentences together.   

‘The Sea’ followed a different people and it also gave the reader some back story on the events and people that were brought up through the book. 

I also liked the fact that Laura Dockrill  added a modern element to 5he stiry by adding article s from  newspaper/internet and other forms of media pieces in the book. Which helpped to join elements of the story.

There are not only mermaids in the story but pirates as well. 
There is a group of guys who one would consider borderline  pirates live on a ship called Liberty.  With what you learn about them in the story you could see a spin off story with just them.

I loved the plot, the characters and all the twists and turns. There is so much more that I could go on about, but I won’t spoil it for you.  

This is the perfect book to curl up with on the weekend.  If you TV looking for a mermaid story check out Lorali by Laura Dockrill.

☆☆☆☆☆

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From blogger to author part 1

Posted by Angel kk at Wednesday, July 22, 2015 0 comments

After years of reading amazing books by inspiring author's from around the world, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing.

This started as something fun for me to do at the end of a long day at work to relax. But after I showed a few friends the start of what I had written, they encourage me to keep writing my story.

Over the past few years I have been quietly writing my first novel. Now I have made the decision to submit my book.

There was of course a few little things I had to do first.

♡ Come up with a title
♡ Write a synopsis
♡ Look at my  publisher options

There are some amazing publisher out there to choose from. However as I do not have a agent , I am going to be submitting my book as a unsolicited manuscript.  This does limit my opinion.  So after much consideration I have decided to submit my book to Allen and Unwin Friday pitch.

So I decided that I'm going to  document and share my journey as I try to make to jump from a blogger to a published author.  In the hopes that I can not only share what the journey is like,  highs  and lows. But perhaps inspire others to give it a go.

Fingers crossed. I will let you know how I go

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The best books of 2015. So far...

Posted by Angel kk at Sunday, July 19, 2015 0 comments

This the year already half over and we have already read some amazing books. So before July is completely over, i wanted to share some of my favorites books so far.

There will be lies by Nick Lake

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.

We all Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

the Medoran Chronicles

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings's world changes - literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.

Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her... but he's missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected... something sinister... is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world - and maybe even her life - to save Medora?

Ice kissed by Amanda Hocking

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie

YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

https://m.youtube.com/user/hauntedsunshinegirl

http://thehauntingofsunshinegirl.com/

Invaded by Melissa Landers

for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return.

Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fearless (Avena, #3)by Marianne Curley

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Synopsis
Ebony and Nathaneal were in love before they were even born.… Torn apart and kept in different worlds, will they finally reunite in this exquisite conclusion to Hidden and Broken? 

Ebony was kept hidden on Earth for sixteen years, unaware that she was an angel. Unaware that her true soulmate, Nathaneal, was searching for her. Now ready to claim her rightful place with him, in a cruel twist of fate Ebony is captured and imprisoned in a version of hell.

Knowing that Nathaneal will come for her, Ebony is determined to fight against the evil that holds her prisoner. As long as she has Nathaneal’s love, Ebony has nothing to fear. Can Nathaneal break through the gates of hell? Will these long-lost lovers finally reunite and fulfil their destiny?

 Review

Fearless is the final book in the Avena Series by Marianne Curley.

In Fearless  we see Ebony kidnapped  from Earth and taken to hell. With her world turned upsidedown she now must now deal with the possibility that she may never see the ones she loves again .
Jordan struggles with the guilt over his role in Ebonys kidnapping and is willing to sacrifice everything to make it up to the ones he loves. But by far the biggest betrayal will come from someone they never expected.

There are aspects of Fearless that remind me of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Angel taken to hell and must fight to not only keep her wits but for her survival. However unlike in Hades I found that the flow of Fearless was more consistent and k ept you engaged.

I found the underlining message in  Fearless to be a simple one Love. Love is what seems to keep the characters together and keep their world turning. Whether it is Nathaneal fighting to bring Ebony home or the love that courses a mother to sacrifice herself  for her child.

Fearless is the perfect conclusion to this beautiful series. 
If you are looking to start to read YA fiction or looking for your first step into paranormal fiction then this is the perfect series for you.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Crown of midnight by Sarah J Maas’s

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, July 03, 2015 0 comments

Synopsis

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review

Crown Of Midnight is the second killer book in Sarah j Maas’s YA fantasy series- Throne Of Glass. 

Crown of midnight starts were Throne of Glass left of. At just 18 Celaena Sardothien has beaten the odds and is now the king's champion. Though  she is far from loyal to the crown.

Celaena knew that being the king's champion would be hard and would test her resolve . So  when the King commands her to perform a series of executions against those who he suspects are thought to be traitors to the crown, she finds herself  having to make a choice.

There are dark forces  gathering, and threatening all those she holds dear. She will have to face a much darker path .

Nehemia who was such a great support for Celaena in the first book, is still very presentin this. Though we learn more about her agenda. The princess is one of those selfless characters that would give everything up for the sake of her people and the ones she loves. She is what really sets everything in to motion in  this sequel. But in a  shocking way  that will leave you with stunned.

Another surprise is the amount of secrets thats everyone including Celaena.

There is so much I could tell you about this book, but I run the risk of giving to much away. So I will leave you with
There will be lies
There will be secret
There will be love
There will be betrayal

Trailer Crown of Midnight

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Marianne Curley Fearless Tour

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Fearless blog tour Guest Blog Post from Marianne Curley

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, June 25, 2015 0 comments

Welcome to our guest author Marianne Curley. Who has taken the time out of her busy book tour to join us for a guest post.

In the Avena Series, Ebony has a special relationship with her horse Shadow. It began when Ebony was two years old and, not knowing who she was, or that she had the ability to heal, unwittingly assisted in Shadow’s birth. The bond grew and the two became as close as any two living beings could.

Ebony and Shadow’s relationship may be a work of fiction, but the special bond a horse can have with its “owner”, though I hate to use that word, is not unusual. A horse can tell when its human caretaker, or special person, is experiencing pain or sorrow, or is in trouble or danger. It will comfort you and listen to you when you off-load your worries by standing still and quietly beside you, and horses show you their ability to feel joy when they nicker excitedly as you approach.

Horses are magnificent creatures that give us enduring pleasure. It doesn’t matter what we look like, how we talk, the colour of our skin, or how able bodied we are, a horse will love us unconditionally. There is nothing more enchanting than to ride with your horse through a meadow, or meander through a forest, or race across an open field with the wind in your face and your imagination taking the reins. And they give us the speed that allows us to feel as if we’re flying.

I’ve always wanted to feel that, but have never had the opportunity to own or even ride a horse. And that is what is so great about a book. You can use your imagination to experience almost anything through a character’s viewpoint.

While I’ve never owned a horse, I have had the pleasure of knowing many pets in my life. My first was a kitten when I was ten. He was a beautiful grey cat with white ‘socks’. I called him Kitten. (Clearly, I was not so creative in my younger days.) Kitten slept on my bed or on my window sill, soaking in the sun, or afternoon shade. We were great mates until he passed away, unfortunately from an illness he picked up from another animal on the farm where we lived at the time. When I was sixteen I bought myself a puppy that I called Ben. Ben grew into a strikingly handsome tri colour collie dog that I loved to bits. He was smart and protective of his family and loved to run. Since I still lived on the farm in those days, it was the perfect place for him.

Some of the other pets I shared my life with over the years included ducks, hamsters, mice, birds that we kept in a large aviary because I couldn’t stand to have a bird in a small cage, and two dogs named Chippa and Missy. They were great mates and passed away of old age at 17 and 15 respectively. Today I have a young dog named Pixie, a Chihuahua cross Pomeranian. When Pixie was a puppy I had to put a cat’s collar on her with two bells so I wouldn’t trip over her around the house. Thankfully, she’s bigger now, but still weighs in at only three and a half kilograms. Pixie gives me companionship and so much more. When writing my books I spend many hours a week isolated from human contact, but I’m not alone. Pixie is great company. I only have to look at her and can’t help but smile at her adorable antics.

Thank you for hosting the third stop on my blog tour for Fearless. It’s been a pleasure.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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                          Synopsis

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.

                           Review

While looking through the shelf at my local book shop for something to read, a staff member recommend that I should read Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

I have picked up this book a few times to buy and  read but for some reason I always put it down.  Now I wonder why I hadn't brought it earlier.  The moment I started Throne of Glass, I was already sure that it's going to be just an good read.
 
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin trained by the King of the Assassins.  When we first meet here she is serving hard time in the salt mine.  After a year, she is offered a way out. All she has to do is beat out 23 other candidates in a competition to be the King’s Champion.

Celaena  is the kind of character that knows what she wants and who she is. Strongwilled and determined Celaena will do what she must to survive.  One thing i loved was though she is quiet a strong powerfull characters there is still  a slight girlie side that you see once or twice, which makes her a little more relatable. As we learn more about her and her past you can understand how she turned out to be such a strong girl despite her awful past.

There are 2 leading men in the story ( though they do take a back seat to Celaena).
Dorian Havilliard. It is as prince Dorian champion that Celaena return s to the kingdom. But from the moment Dorian meets Celaena there is something about here that  seems to draw him in, making him want to get to know her to protect. Unlike a lot of princes, dukes, and royal characters in story there is something relatable and somewhat real about him.

The plot  overal is really good! With all the twists and turns, you are pulled in and you will not want to put the book down.
I loved this book. From  it twists and turn, romance and it's killer fight. Not to mention it's killer leading lady.

If you’re a lover of Fantasy, Throne of Glass is definitely a series that you  should add to your to-read list.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

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What better why to spend a Sunday afternoon then with a good book and a cup of tea.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The darkest part of the forest by Holly Black

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Synopsis 

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Review
I enjoyed  the twisy and turns in The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Holly Black crafts an awesome world, and fills it with strong characters and  an engaging story. combines otherworldly fantasy elements with a twist.

The beginning was a little slow as we get introduced to this world and the characters, but as the story develops the pace picks up and you are pulled into a world of fantasy and magic.

Hazel and her brother, Ben,  have told storys about the horned boy cursed to sleep in a glass coffin but when he awakes will it be what they had hoped it would be.  The story is set in a small town called Fairfold, which is absolutely embroiled in fairies. It's a tourist attraction but the locals know the fairies are real and what the can really do.

Hazel is a brave with no concept of defeat.  Ben is older, who comes accroas as soneone who goes with the flow more     

I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a solid paranormal standalone, or anyone who enjoys faerie lore

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

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Synopsis
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

Review

Every time I open a book by Amanda Hocking, I am pulled so deeply  into the world and story that before I realized it I have finished the book.

In Ice Kissed, we return to the world of the Kanin.   Bryn still  feels there is more to the disappearance  of the Skojare
On returning to Kanin Bryn has to tell the King what really happened which leaves the king with no  choice but to declared war on Konstanin.

Bryn continues to blames herself but there is something that makes her then that Konstanin isn't the enemy.

Then there is her friendship with Ridley. It's clear from the start that Bryn feels something but is to scared to become emotional involved. As this could cast her everything she has dreamed and work so hard for.

Where in Frostfire, Bryn was capable, but still appeared to be unsure of her self. But as  Ice Kissed progress we see her grow to become fierce, determined and confident.

I loved being transported to the watery Skojare kingdom, along with the flirtatious, and somewhat  sleazy prince Kennet.

Everyone seem to have a secret agenda.  From the guards to king. But it is a testament to Bryn's character, that she refused to give up, or compromise her character.

Then throughout the story you have Konstanin popping in and out. As if he is trying to protect Bryn. He seems to always be in the background.

Though ice kissed will leave you with more questions than answers. It will create a incredible third novel.
This is definitely a series to add to your to read pile this year.

Rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Details

Paperback, 288 pages

Published May 5th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 1st 2015

ISBN 1250049873 (ISBN13: 9781250049872)  English  Ice Kissed

http://www.worldofamandahocking.com/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Invaded (Alienated, #2)by Melissa Landers

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Synopsis 

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them. 

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return? 

Review

I loved the first book in this series and was very excited to see what would happen next.

In the first novel we are introduced Cara and Aelyx. Brought together by a intergalactic student exchange program.But when things go wrong  resulting in the death of a student, Aelyx takes Cara and flees the planet for safety.  Invaded picks up were Alianated left off.

Invaded opens with Cara on her way to L'eihr alone after the L'eihr Elders decided to send Aelyx back to Earth to help rebuild the alliance between the two planets. They were supposed to start a life together on L'eihr , but now Aelyx is in Manhattan with Ambassador Stepha. So alone She must learn to survive in a new world.

Aelyx finds life on Earth has gotten more dangerous, with  someone determined to assassinate him.

Living separately in two different galaxies begins to take its toll on Aelyx and Cara's relationship. Cara believes that Syrine is making a move on  Aelyx, which leaves her second guessing her decision to leave her world and family.  

Melissa Landers does an excellent job of creating suspense and developing layers of intrigue.

The characters of Cara, and Aelyx become more fully developed in Invaded. We are also  introduced to a few new characters including  Alona, Larish, Vero and  David.  There are also two young Elders, Jaxen and Aisly who become a intrical part of the story. You also notice that throughout the story Jaxen seems to have some kind of crush on Cara.

I also loved the way Melissa explores how prejudices which are usually formed when people encounter those who are different can be changed. Syrine found humans disgusting when she first went out with Aelyx on a public-relations tour. However, gradually her encounters with the sick children and David changed how she viewed humans. 

melissa ties up most of her loose ends but does leave room for a third novel in the series.  I can not wait to find out what happens next.

 

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