Saturday, 30 June 2012

Star Fire by Katie M. John - Release Day Promo + Giveaway


Today Katie M John releases the last book in the Knight Trilogy, Star Fire. To celebrate myself and 11 other bloggers will be celebrating and having loads of fun! On each blog there will be giveaways of Ebooks of the whole series and some awesome swag goodies! Remeber to scroll down to enter the giveaway!


Star Fire
Series: Knight Trilogy #3
Release Date: 30th June 2012

Synopsis: Egypt changed them both in ways no one ever expected. As murder and dark arts cast a terrible shadow over both The Real World and The Realm. Mina's connection to the mysterious Star Fire Sisterhood results in her becoming The Templar's number one suspect.

 Set amongst the snowy mountains of Switzerland and the ancient magical forests of France, Blake and the House of Beldevier are given just one chance to save Mina's life - the recovery of The Holy Grail.

 In this epic heart-racing finale, ancient myths come alive and old scores are settled. One thing for sure ... the clock is ticking.

Katie M. John

About:
Writer of the Amazon Best-selling YA series, The Knight Trilogy, Katie is married to a handsome giant and mummy to a mud-puddle fairy. She likes to write whilst drinking tea and eating Jaffa cakes. Most of the time she lives in a fairytale world but other than that she is completely and utterly normal.
 
Katie's debut YA fairtytale series, 'The Knight Trilogy' has become an international best-seller in several chart categories, Contemporary Fantasy, Myths and Legends, Paranormal Romance. It has also been an Amazon No 1. Best-selling Fairytale.

Her work is a blend of rich imagery and fast paced action. Before writing full length novels, Katie wrote poetry, her works being published in several anthology publications.

She is currently working on a stand alone novel called 'Beautiful Freaks' due to be published in Autumn 2012. A high Victorian, Gothic, Steampunk style detective story.

Links:
The official website: http://www.theknighttrilogy.com/
Twitter: @KnightTrilogy
Giveaway:
Katie M. John has kindly offered some prizes to giveaway. There will be four winners. The first winner will win an Ebook set of the whole trilogy. Three runners up will win a signed postcard and a Knight Trilogy Magnet. The giveaway will be international and will run until the 7th July 2012. The author will be responsible for sending out the prizes. All personal information received will be kept confidential. Winners will have 5 days to reply, we will contact them by email. As the author is sending out the prize, I will not be responsible for lost or delayed packages. I am not responsible for when the prizes will be sent out. All information received will be deleted after the winners have replied.


Here are the other awesome blogs involved. Check them out as they have giveaways too!:
Jamie Arnold @ www.twochicksonbooks.com
Moonlight Reviews www.moonlightreviews.com

Friday, 29 June 2012

Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas Back Cover Reveal

A few moments ago hooked on books revealed the back cover to the UK addition of Throne Of Glass and it's awesome. Check it out:


That's the back and here's the front for comparison. Having read the book it reflects the story brilliantly! 


Throne Of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Release Date: 2nd August 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416

Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future...

What do you think of the back cover?


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Before I Wake By Rachel Vincent

*Minor Spoilers ahead, if you haven't read the rest of the books in the series, more specifically If I Die*


Before I Wake
Series: Soul Screamers #6
Release Date: 6th July 2012
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 346

Synopsis: I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn’t get it.
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

Review: I was lucky enough to be given a copy of Before I Wake to review for Mira Ink and as I love Rachel Vincent’s work I jumped at the chance. As you can tell from my past few reviews I had to catch up on the series and I’m so glad I did. This series just keeps getting better and better. The characters are now like a family to me, it's like I’m standing there alongside them plotting how to get rid of the bad guys. I love how Vincent writes her characters they are so real, all of them, they are so vivid and the personalities are fantastically described. They are some of the best characters I have read and I will be sad to see them go when the series ends with the next book. Before I Wake is a strong addition to the series, things have changed now Kaylee is undead and we see her trying to cope with her new abilities. We see her struggle through pain, hurt and heartbreak but there are the good moments too. The love is so vividly described it just makes the reader’s heart burst from happiness. It was a true roller coaster ride of emotion, and one I’m proud I went on with the characters.

Before I Wake joins Kaylee after she's been saved from death, although she's still dead. She now works to save the souls that are being stolen. Kaylee goes back to school on the same day she receives her first trial run. The rogue reaper she encounters is one who is very familiar one she wished she would never see again. It seems Avari is up to his old tricks and is still after Kaylee's soul. When people close to Kaylee begin to be threatened Kaylee has to face some tough decisions. Would she rather sacrifice them and keep her soul or give up her soul and her friends would live? It's a hard decision and one Kaylee finally has to face before things get even worse.

Kaylee is put through a lot in this book. So many decisions land on her shoulders, tough decisions that could lead to deadly mistakes. We see her tackle these and try to keep her friends and family safe but will it be enough. We see a braver side of Kaylee now she's undead, not as many things can affect her now and we see her taking advantage of her new skills. Although she's also more vulnerable, in the night she finds her body shutting down, leaving humanity behind, she's dead after all but it scares Kaylee. She doesn't want to leave her humanity behind but she will have to fight for it. Can I just say how much i love her new ability to appear anywhere, I would love to be able to do that!

Tod is still the same protective and caring boyfriend to Kaylee. In so many ways he shows the reader how right he is for Kaylee and how perfect they are together. He will always be there for her and that’s what she needs. The chemistry between the two is fantastic, it's electrifying. It absorbs the reader and leaves them with either a wicked grin or a blush on their cheeks. There are some rather cute scenes between the two but there are also some scenes where things hot up between the two. I now it probably sounds weird but it works perfectly. They make a great couple and are one of my favourite fictional couples.

Nash and Sabine aren't as involved in this book as before but when they are they are the same. Sabine the same cold bitch and Nash is still trying to get over Tod and Kaylee together, he's trying but he's just so angry. Emma is still around and now is more aware of the dangers that are around her but she will stand by Kaylee’s side no matter what. Kaylee and her dad have some close time and she finally stands up to him and tells him how much she loves Tod and her father’s not angry. It's great to see their relationship developing especially as he missed out on Kaylee's early years.

Before I Wake is an incredible read, the reader falls into this world and doesn't want to leave even when they turn the last page. The characters stick in your mind well after you've finished reading, they are just so real. I'm really going to miss these guys, I’ve become attached but until the last book, I will be waiting. And when it comes out I will be there with the characters until the end, then I will go around giving these books to other people so they can enjoy them as much as I did. Rachel Vincent has another great series that will remain popular for a long while. If you’re a paranormal fan and haven't read these, I suggest you do and get a little bit of banshee action!






Wednesday, 27 June 2012

If I Die By Rachel Vincent


If I Die
Series: Soul Screamers #5
Release Date: 3rd February 2012
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 342

Synopsis: The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee--she screams when someone dies.But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah--it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck...before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Review: Wow, If I Die is one hell of a book. I loved it so much; it's by far the best in the series. I know I said that last time but this one is even better. I now have high expectations for the next two books in the series. The previous books in this series were good books but nothing to special for me but this one was. If I Die, was a fast engaging read that kept me at the edge of my seat. It was the only book in the series so far that I really didn’t want to put down. I was so engrossed with this book, it hooked me from the very first page. The characters were as awesome as ever, and they will also have a place on my book shelf as they are so real! If I Die is a spectacular addition to the Soul Screamers series, and one that you will all love.

At the beginning of If I Die, Kaylee is told that she only has six days to live. Six days and then it's the end. Kaylee is incredibly shocked but she tries to hold it together. All the things she will never do fly through her mind. She has six days to do whatever she wants, but things aren't easy in Kaylee's world. An Incubus starts teaching at Kaylee's school and begins making moves on the girls. He's in desperate need of a son but he only has a specific time to accomplish it. Kaylee needs to sort out the problem so her friends will be safe when she dies. The thing is nobody knows how to get rid of this incubus and Kaylee only has six days. Six days that fly by and things change so much.

Kaylee is put through a lot in this book. She has to come with terms with her death and that she will miss out on so many life experiences. We see her pain and anger and sorrow. And we're there beside her feeling the same things. We just want to hug Kaylee and tell her things will be ok. She's still strong willed and will do anything to make sure her friends will be ok after her death. Like always she puts their safety before her own. We see some relationships with Kaylee develop and they just click like they are so right. I agree with them.

We get to learn more about Tod in If I Die. We learn more about his history and how much he is willing to lose for Kaylee. We see how much he cares and if anyone deserves Kaylee its Tod. They are perfect together, I only hope it lasts. Tod, I wish you were my prince charming. Nash is still an ass, his life just keeps spiralling downhill. Things keep going wrong for him but it's his fault, his actions have consequences just like everybody else. Sabine, seems to cool off a bit in this book, she helps Kaylee and is a shoulder to lean on for Nash. Emma is still the best friend and she's great, she's there for Kaylee no matter that she's a banshee. She's the best friend Kaylee needs when she needs a break from the non-human world.

Ok, I freaking love that Kaylee and Tod get together in this book. They make a perfect couple and together they are just right. The chemistry is incredibly well written, it's electrifying. Nash doesn't deserve Kaylee and he never will, he's lied to her and she will never trust him again. They just weren't good for each other.

If I Die is one hell of a good book, it will be up there in my top books of 2012. It really shocked me by how good it was, after the previous books I was expecting good book but not mind blowing awesome! I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the gang in Before I Wake, which I have waiting to be read. Eeek I'm so excited. This series has gotten better by each book and If I Die doesn't disappoint! If I Die is a spectacular addition to the series, full of suspense and heartbreak, that keeps the reader gripping to the pages.



Cover Reveals: Sever, Deep Betrayal, The Nightmare Affair and The Indigo Spell

This week there have been lots of awesome cover reveals, so i'm going to share them with you lovely readers. I'll post the book synopsis if it is avalible, some aren't avalible yet.


The Nightmare Affair
Release Date: 5th March 2013
Publisher: Tor (US)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352

Synopsis: 16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli’s dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

I freaking love this cover and the book itself sounds awesome! Purple is also my favourite colour! I will be reading this!


Sever
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Release Date: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Synopsis: What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by "the Gatherers" to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.
 
Hmm, I'm not too sure about the green but everthing else looks great and leaves me waiting for it to be released!
 

Deep Betrayal
Series: Lies Beneath #2
Release Date: 2013
Publisher: Random House (US)
Format: Unknown
Pages: Unknown

Synopsis: It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . .

I love this cover, it is so much better than the cover of Lies Beneath!  


The Indigo Spell
Series: Bloodlines #3
Release Date: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Razorbill Penguin
Format: Hardcover
Pages: Unknown

Synopsis: Not released yet.

I still need to read the Golden Lily but the cover for The Indigo Spell looks promising!

So what do you think of the covers? I think they are all great! 




Waiting On Wednesday (#5)


Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My chosen upcoming release is:

Sever
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Release Date: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256

Synopsis: What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by "the Gatherers" to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sever By Lauren Destefano Cover Reveal

I love this series and I'm so excited to see what's in store for the chracters in the final instalment of The Chemical Garden trilogy. This has just been revealed by Lauren Destefano herself! What do you think?


Sever
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Release Date: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256

Synopsis: What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by "the Gatherers" to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.


My Soul to Steal By Rachel Vincent


My Soul to Steal
Series: Soul Screamers #4
Release Date: 17th July 2011
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368

Synopsis: Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Review: First I want to say that this is my favourite cover of the whole series, it just looks so great and the blues work together perfectly. It's rather perfect. Now onto the novel itself, I enjoyed this one a lot more than book 3. I read it quickly within a day and it kept my attention constantly from start until finish. And boy this book is one heck of an emotional roller coaster, Kaylee goes through so much in this book and you feel the pain and want to just hug her. It's a book where choices need to be, no matter how scary they can be. You can't put off these decisions forever. The characters are put through a lot in this book, keeping the reader interested all the way.

Kaylee is still recovering from the events in book three when Nash's ex-girlfriend transfer to their school. Sparks fly between Sabine and Kaylee right from the start. Kaylee sees that Sabine is trying to get Nash back but she can't let that happen as she still has feelings for him. To make matters more complicated Sabine is a mara, a living nightmare. When teachers suddenly die in their sleep, Kaylee thinks it's Sabine, it's too much of a coincidence right? That they all began the week she transferred. While Kaylee's feelings are flying everywhere something is going down in the Netherworld and it's going to have some effect on the real world, Kaylee needs to find out what and fix it.

Kaylee is still trying to recover from Nash's lies, she wants him back but she doesn't think she will ever be able to trust him again. To make matters worst, she gets jealous when Sabine returns. Kaylee doesn't know what to do, so many people are telling her different things but in the end it's her decision. It's a hard time for Kaylee, her personal life is in ruins and Avari is still set out to get her, there's no time for poor Kaylee to take a breathe. Kaylee's struggles showed the reader how real the character is and how relatable they can be. It certainly hit me in ways I didn't expect. Vincent has a talent for these great characters that tug at the readers emotions.

Nash is still struggling from his withdrawal from Frost, and he needs someone to be there for him but Kaylee can't do that for him. I still don't like Nash, alas he wasn't so stuck up on this book and I did feel sorry for him but I hated him for putting pressure on Kaylee for an answer. Tod, I still really like, he's there when Kaylee needs him and his reaper abilities do come in handy. He's the one person Kaylee can talk to about anything, and he will protect her. Sabine, the nightmare, she was such a bitch. But I have to say she was a much needed boost to the series. She created a whole new wave of problems the gang needed to sort out. It was entertaining to watch her challenge Kaylee and it drew the reader into the story. Alec, oh poor Alec. He'd been a servant to Avari for 26 years and now he has his freedom back but things are never that simple, he still has his ties to the Netherworld that just won't leave him alone.

I really did enjoy this book, it was probably the best so far in the series. Vincent has introduced new things to keep the reader interested, and they damn well work. I have the next two books waiting to be read and I will be digging into them soon. This series seems to be getting better by each book I read. Let's hope it stays this way. My Soul to Steal is a fresh enjoyable read and the best book in the Soul Screamers series so far. Don't let the first books put you off as the series does get better.




Monday, 25 June 2012

My Soul to Keep By Rachel Vincent


My Soul to Keep
Series: Soul Screamers #3
Release Date: 15th April 2011
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: Paperback
Pages: 378

Synopsis: Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.

"Demon breath." No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really "can" kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends--one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else...


Review: My Soul to Keep is the third instalment in the Soul Screamers series. I stopped reading this series after book 2 as I wasn't too keen on it but after receiving book 6 to review, I gave the series another chance. My Soul to Keep is a good book but it had its flaws and I'll get into that more in a moment. I enjoyed this book and returning to the characters that I loved. Vincent has a gift at making well fleshed out and loveable characters. Her Shifters series is one of my favourite all-time series and that just proves her awesomeness.




My Soul to Keep joins Kaylee as she realises that a substance from the Netherworld has made it into the real world. What makes it worse is that two of Nash's friends are already hooked. It's fatal to normal humans and Kaylee has to put a stop to it before something bad happens. She needs to find the supplier and stop him shipping Demon's Breath from the Netherworld before the whole school is hooked. What's even worse is someone close to Kaylee is hooked but is hiding it from them all. My Soul to Keep is full of heartbreak and betrayal that leaves the reader hooked from start until finish.


I love the characters in the Soul Screamers series, well most of them. Kaylee is a great heroine who grows in each book; she's strong willed and will always try to save those close to her from harm, no matter what the consequences. We see Kaylee react to heartbreak and betrayal and it was done so perfectly that my heart broke along with hers. Kaylee is one of my favourite heroines, and I enjoy reading about her. Nash on the other hand, I really cannot stand. I never have liked him and this book just hit that ball out of the park. He's an ass. He so pushy and wants to get whatever he wants. He says he loves Kaylee then goes and betrays her so badly. I just want to punch him in the face. I don't like him at all. Vincent must be doing something right to make me hate a character so much. Tod, ah, I love Tod, the reaper. He's so different to his brother, he's funny, laid back but also very protective of Kaylee and I love that. He cares for her so much more than Nash. The only problem I had is that there wasn't enough Tod in this book, I wanted more Tod! Emma the best friend is also great, she knows Kaylee is different but she doesn't judge her and she sticks by her side.


Ok, I shall now talk about the things that I didn't like. Well I think it's just one major one. Ok the beginning of this book dragged so much. In the synopsis of my copy it tells the reader that Nash is addicted to Demons Breath, yes ok. Well in the book we didn’t actually find out until about 200 pages in. Hmm, that's one hell of a long wait to learn something that was on the back of the book. I was eagerly awaiting the moment when Kaylee would confront Nash but it was so far in the book that it lost the momentum that I wanted. The beginning was just too long, it could easily have been cut down but quite a bit. Despite this the last third of the book was the best part, which was where the action, heartbreak and betrayal came in full swing. That was where the reader was really gripped and didn't want to put the book down. The ending makes up for the long dragging beginning, but still it annoyed me. I really want to keep reading this series but I keep getting disappointed. I'm going to keep reading though, so keep an eye out for future reviews.


I loved the emotional ride this book took the reader on, I was so glad when Kaylee dumped Nash's ass. He totally deserved it. I think I should insert and evil laugh here. Anyway this book was a quick easy read that I really enjoyed. The characters are the best part of this series. They are so well fleshed out and real that they are like a family to the reader. My Soul to Keep is an enjoyable read that paranormal fans will love. I've already started book 4 so check back for that review!




Sunday, 24 June 2012

Award Free Blog!

Hello my lovely followers, It's great to see you again. Over the past few days I've been nominated twice for the Liebster blog Award. I really appreciate the gesture, it really does make me smile that there are people out there taking in my opinions and viewing my blog on a regular basis. I cannot thank you enough for that, it really does mean a lot.

Alas, I have decided to make my blog an Award free zone. First I'm going to say thanks to the two people who nominated me, they are Samina @ Escapism and Lili @ Lilis Reflections. I cannot thank you enough!

The reason why I'm making my blog an Award free zone, is because I don't like singling out people, each person is equal after all. Every person who has a blog deserves an award for keeping up the good work because blogging is hard and it takes up a lot of time. All of us who blog are determined and hard working to keep it running. Each blogger should receive an award not just a few. We are not better than others, therefore we shouldn't be spotlighted.  We are blogging about things we love and we aren't doing it just for the awards. Getting followers and comments from the lovely readers is an award in itself. To be honest, I didn't even know about the blog awards until I received one. I apologise to those who nominated me but I feel strongly against these awards. I hope you take my reasons into account, and I really do appreciate the gesture.

I also disagree where the award asks you to tell the reader 10 things about yourself and then they ask you questions. I know they are innocent but I don't want to tell everyone something about my personal life, especially where it can be seen all over the Internet no matter where you are in the world. That's seriously crossing the line. I take my privacy very seriously.

The awards are also like chain letters, well they are but with a shiny badge or sticker. Underneath it all you still need to pass it on, and demand they follow through with it. I don't like it at all.

I'm going to stop rambling now. I'm sorry if I offended the people who gave this to me but I really didn't mean to. I really appreciate the gesture though.

Anyway, I now declare my blog an award free zone!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Letterbox Love (#8)


Letterbox Love is a new weekly meme hosted by narratively speaking. The UK book bloggers have joined together and made a British version of IMM, and here it is. I'm proud to be a UK book blogger so this seemed like an excellent new meme to participate in.


Here's what I got this week:
The book links will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

Bought:

As I have book six to review I need to catch up on the series. I've read the first two so I bought these to read!

For Review:

I love the cover of this book, and I can't wait to read it! Huge Thanks to Jo Fletcher books for sending me this!

Swag:

-Kelley Armstrong Women Of The Otherworld limited edition bookmarks. One of them is signed. Kelley said the first 1000 people to show evidence that they bought her new collection of short stories will get these exclusive bookmarks. I jumped at the chance as I'm a huge fan!

That all this week!
I'm also going to start adding a weekly wrap up at the end of each post, so you can see what reviews and things I've posted.

Waiting on Wednesday: 13 By Kelley Armstrong

I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!

Friday, 22 June 2012

A Long Long Sleep By Anna Sheehan


A Long Long Sleep
Release Date: 11th August 2011
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
Source: Received from publisher.

Synopsis: It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone-- and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes-- or be left without any future at all.

Review: I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, I don't think I was expecting much at all but this book blew me away. A Long Long Sleep is a haunting novel of change and moving on, all the while the mystery of the past is running at your heels. I loved this book, it gripped me so emotionally, that on many occasions I was on the brink of tears. No book has made me cry but I was so darn close here. The emotions that Rose has to deal with are really horrifying, every person she knew have long been dead. She's alone in a modern world with no idea of how things changed so drastically in the years she was asleep. Even more so the question as to why she'd been in the stass tube for that long haunts her too. Her life will never be the same, she's been asleep for sixty two years but she is still only 16, in her mind and body. Just think how draining that would be on your mind and body, so many questions fluttering around your mind as to what happened and why. All the people who had the answers are long gone, Rose has to try to sort through her past to get the answers. It's a past she cannot forget no matter how much she wishes too. Sheehan conveys Rose's emotions so perfectly that they grip the reader and pull them into the story. The haunting truths were harsh even to the reader, they make me wince even now. I won't say anything of the truths because I don't want to ruin this book. A Long Long sleep is as perfect as a novel can be, allowing the reader to journey with Rose through this horrible time, sitting there with her through the laughter and tears. I think Rose will forever hold a place in my heart and A Long Long Sleep will remain on my bookshelf for a long time to come.

A Long Long Sleep follows Rose as she is woken up from her stass tube by a boy called Bren. Rose is terrified to find a stranger in her home but when it hits her that she's been in the tube for a lot longer than she thought she crumbles. Sixty two years have gone by, all of her family and friends are dead, she remains a 16 year old, the heir to a whole empire. The discovery of her body sends a jolt through the world, she'd long been lost but here she is before them all. Rose is placed under some guardians and sent to school, its only then the reality finally hits home that things have changed drastically. She wants to know the truth but she's afraid of the past, and of the love she left behind. A Long Long Sleep is a novel about finding the answer to your questions, no matter how hard that can be, and facing the truths and more than anything accepting them and moving on.

I've read in some other reviews that A Long Long Sleep has been compared to a Sci-Fi Sleeping Beauty. I disagree with this alas it has the same concept but there is so much more depth, it goes beyond the fairytale to the dark reality that can be the world and how people can treat others badly so they can do what they want. The only thing similar to the fairy tale is that Rose awakes in a stass tube, awakened by a boy who is trying to save her, as he thinks she is dying.

Rose's character is someone whose used to doing what she's told. She's always been that way and still is, she's like it out of fear. She never complains, she just endures the hell she's put through. To me that speaks volumes, someone who isn't selfish and doesn't complain shows me that they are a strong character. Rose is a strong character but not in a physical sense.  Her mind has been put through so much, she should be breaking down, although she does cry a lot she still manages to get up. At one time I thought she would give up but someone came and knocked some sense into her. By the end of the book she had really grown, she knew she didn't have to fear anyone, she would do what she liked. She comes out must stronger in  the end. I loved watching Rose's character grow, it was like watching a good friend grow up beside you.

Bren, is the boy who woke her, he's the one who tries and gets her to fit into the modern world. He's clever, intelligent and more so he's a kind person and a friend to Rose when she needed one. Otto was a strange person with alien DNA, he was incredibly unique and also left an impression on me. He saw Rose for the tormented soul she was, he wasn't jealous that she was the heir of the company. He knew what it was like to feel out of place and he became an important friend to Rose. I loved his character and if there is a sequel I hope he ends up with Rose. When Rose flashed back to the past she told us of Xavier her love, they had great chemistry together, they were best friends. Their closeness was hard to ignore they were perfect for each other until Rose slept for 62 years. Now she knows he's dead and she misses him greatly.

This has been a long review but I cannot tell you how much I loved the books. It was such a strong novel containing many life long lessons and loveable characters that you couldn't help but hurt for. This book held my attention from start till finish, I did not want to put it down. I'm even missing it now, like I have withdrawal symptoms from this book, is that even possible? I'm sure I will revisit this book in the future, it's too hard to ignore. The character's were so real, especially Rose all the heartbreak she goes through will bring tears to you eyes. The harsh truths she learns will break your heart, it will leave you emotionally exhausted. Not many books have such an emotional pull but this book in itself is unique. If you only pick up one book this year, I would like you to choose this. It is a jewel of a book and one that will leave a mark. I won't ever forget it.


 

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A Game of Thrones By George R. R. Martin


A Game of Thrones
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Release Date: 2001, originally 1996
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 780
Synopsis: Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

 
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


Review: I've been on and off reading this for the past two months and only in the last two weeks have i taken to reading it seriously so i could get to the end and finish it. A Game of Thrones is one heft of a big book clocking in at 780 pages, what's even scarier is that the sequels get even longer. The tiny text makes the book harder to read too, I admit sometimes i shy away from a book because of little text but i knew this was a book i would probably like. So i gave it a chance. The book itself was so different to what I expected. Although at times it could be complex and confusing, i still enjoyed it. It's epic high fantasy after all, so I knew it would be a hard ride. I loved many of the characters and others i hated, each character was well rounded and all had their flaws. You couldn't help but root for the ones you like. The book was action packed, keeping the reader on their feet. I really enjoyed the journey this book took me on, taking me around the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

A world steeped with history, seven noble families have been fighting for the crown for centuries. Robert Baratheon currently holds the crown, he travels to Winterfell after the mysterious death of his Hand. There he asks his old friend Lord Eddard Stark to become the Hand of the King. It is not what Eddard wants but he can't refuse the King. He has to leave behind Winterfell and travel to Kings Landing with the King. His family is split in all directions, the Kingdom is falling apart. Families are plotting against each other and Eddard Stark is pulled unwillingly into the core of it all.


The book is told from eight different perspectives. As there are so many characters in the book i will only talk about these main ones. First we had Eddard Stark, the newly appointed King of the Hand. Ned is a wise and clever man, he was one of my favourite characters. He didn't want the job that was thrust upon him, so we see him suffering and all he wants is to be home with his family. His wife Catelyn Stark, is a strong headed women, she could lead an army herself if need be, but more than anything she loves her children more than anything else and she won't let anything happen to them. Their eldest daughter Sansa Stark, I didn't like her, she was a stuck up brat, alas we needed to see her side of the story. Nearer the end of the book, i felt sorry for her because she'd been blind to what was going on around her. Her younger sister, Arya Stark was rather awesome. She was a kick ass child, who acted more like a boy than a girl. She stood out among her siblings and she knew it. Bran Stark the younger brother, who becomes a cripple early in the books, you can't help but feel sorry for him. Eddard Starks, bastard Jon Snow, he knew he wasn't welcome by Catelyn, so he joined the Nights Watch, but even there he still felt like he didn't belong. Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf, was cocky for such a short man, we used his point of view to see behind enemy lines. And lastly Daenerys Targaryen, She was my favourite character, she was so different to the others. She's the last of the dragons. That in itself is so awesome. I won't say more as she was just so awesome!


I did enjoy this book, but i think it will be a while before i venture to read the next instalments. Nevertheless i loved the world and how haunting it was. There was so much too it, it was very well fleshed out, probably one of the best worlds there is out there. A Game of Thrones is a great book and now i cannot wait to watch the TV series! I'm sorry to leave this review short and sweet but the book is so huge that i don't want to spoil anything for you!


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#4)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My chosen upcoming release is:
13
Series: Women Of The Otherworld #13
Release Date: 26th July 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for: The epic finale of the Otherworld series.

It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.
I'm a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for this epic finale! July can't come quick enough, although I don't want to say goodbye to the characters!

What's your "Waiting On Wednesday" pick this week?
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Star Fire by Katie M. John, Release Day Party - 30th June


On 30th June Katie M John releases the last book in the Knight Trilogy, Star Fire. To celebrate myself and 11 other bloggers will be celebrating and having loads of fun! On each blog there will be giveaways of Ebooks of the whole series and some awesome swag goodies! Here are the awesome blogs involved:
 
Jamie Arnold @ www.twochicksonbooks.com
Moonlight Reviews www.moonlightreviews.com

It would be great if you could all spread the word and remember to pop back on the 30th as I will be hosting a giveaway. The prizes Ebooks of the whole series and some awesome swag!