Sunday, 29 July 2012

Guest Post: Now Trending: YA Mythology By Leigh Michael

Now trending: YA mythology
(Guest post by Leigh Michael)

The love of dystopia, steampunk, vampires, and things that go bump in the night are trends that are still going strong (as they should). Thanks to authors like Rick Riordan, P.C. Cast, and Josephine Angelini, mythology is a YA trend that has also made a name for itself.

Here's 3 reasons why I believe mythology is worth the hype.

1. Writing mythology is two-fold: an impressive imagination and extensive amounts of research. I personally love this combination that's seen in various genres.

2. As we all know... Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades are the three main Greek Gods. Which means, there's potential for story lines in the sea, the underworld, and all of earth's land and sky. Really makes ya question the saying, "the sky's the limit."  

3. Sure, there's Greek Mythology (as I just mentioned), but that's just scratching the surface. In fact, mythology is defined as "A collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes." In other words, lots of fun variations, prophecies, and adventures to behold.

So are you ready to dive into mythology? Below are a few books that aspire to be hot buttons in the YA mythology trend. Pick 'em up and become a part of this growing genre.

In anticipation of the release of Kin (Annabelle's Story Part Two), Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One) will be available for free on Amazon.com July 30th and 31st. You can also enter to win 5 of the YA mythology books seen below.

Sprite by Leigh MichaelSonora by Travis Hall
The Chosen by Sheenah FreitasBonded by Mande Matthews
Unchanged by Heather CrewsBetrayal by Mayandree Michel
Become by Ali CrossEternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles
Promises by Amber GarrEternal Youth by Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty

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About the Author: Well, just for starters, Leigh Michael is a wife, little sister, mom (of an adorable goldendoodle), friend, author, advertising copywriter, triathlete, marathoner, and mac n' cheese lover.


She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before sitting down to write her debut series, Annabelle's Story.

About the book:


Sprite
Series: Annabelle's Story Part One
Release Date: 29th April 2012

Synopsis: Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.

She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.

With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?

Thank you Leigh for stopping by!

Uglies By Scott Westerfeld


Uglies
Series: Uglies #1
Release Date: 3rd January 2006
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Paperback
Pages: 425

Synopsis: Tally can't wait to turn sixteen and become Pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks, Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend, Shay, isn't sure she wants to be Pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world - and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worse choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Review: I've been wanting to read this book for a long while. Dystopian novels seem to be my favourite at the moment, so when the series was on offer, I jumped at the chance to read them. From many reviews I had seen this seemed to be a good series. The whole concept of the novel sounds rather unique, and it is. I like how well this relates to the ideas of the modern day human. It's creepy how real this seems. It's something that could really happen, after all many people today are pretty obsessed with looks instead of Unique personalities. It really hits home, and that way it's scary how close we are to this. Uglies is an enjoyable book that really makes you question life and people. It makes you think differently and view things in new ways. It's really interesting.

Uglies is told from Tally Youngblood's point of view. She's an ugly eagerly awaiting her sixteenth birthday so she can finally have the operation that makes her pretty. In the last few weeks of being an Ugly she pulls many tricks to pass her time. One of them ends up with her meeting Shay, a fellow ugly. Unlike others Shay doesn't want to become pretty instead she wants to run away to the mysterious place called the Smoke. She asks Tally to join her but she refuses. Once Shay has ran, Special Circumstances find Tally and make her find her friend and the secret place of the Smoke. Tally doesn't want to betray her new friend but she's threatened. She has to turn in Shay if not she will never become Pretty.

Tally is an interesting character. At the start she's very obsessed with being Pretty. Since she was little it's been drilled into her that Pretties have all the fun and they are the best. Throughout the book we see Tally question these thoughts and find out the harsh reality of being pretty. She has to betray her friends even herself to find out the truth. We follow her on this journey as she realises that being Pretty isn't as good as it seems. Life in the Smoke is better and we begin to see Tally adjusting before the inevitable happens. Still Tally makes sure she will save her new friends, she will not betray them twice. Shay is an odd one, from the start she knows that being pretty isn't great but she doesn't know the truth. All she wants is to run to the Smoke to be with the mysterious David. I didn't like Shay at all, right from the start you knew she was hiding something. She was just to stuck up for my liking. David wasn't what I expected, I liked his character because he was unique, he'd been brought up in the Smoke and hadn't been brainwashed at all. His views of the world were completely different.

The whole world of Uglies is brilliant and well rounded. It must have taken a long while to plan. The history is fully fleshed out, and more than that it's believable. I found the futuristic things very interesting, like the instant sunblock patch. Some I would have never thought of, it was great. I loved the Hoverboards too, the world was very well done. The Smoke was nothing like the big cities but it too was very interesting. I also liked how pieces of our world came through, like old train tracks.

Uglies is an interesting Dystopian novel. It makes you challenge your modern day thoughts and realise that everyone is pretty in their own way. Westerfeld has done a great job of making people realise that you don't have to fit the medias idea of beautiful to be pretty. It's a much needed lesson that teens need to learn in the modern world. I really enjoyed this novel, a few twists and turns I saw coming but apart from that it was great! I can't wait to start the next book!


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Letterbox Love (#13)


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:

I've been dying to read this and now I've finally got a copy!
This is also a series I've been eager to read!
I'm a huge fan of this series and author and this book was freaking perfect. You can read my review of 13 here.

Won:


I Won this from Gollancz! Thanks!
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for this, It looks and sounds so good!

For Review:

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me this, it sounds awesome!
Thanks to Indigo for this, I can't wait to read it.
I have already read and reviewed this but this is a gorgeous finished copy! Thanks Indigo!

Gift:


My lovely mother bought this for me! I've been looking for an X-men guide for a while then she surprised me with this! It looks so good! Thank you Mum!


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. I've had a busy week this week so there's not much.
 
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

13 By Kelley Armstrong


13
Series: Women Of The Otherworld #13
Release Date: 24th July 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400

Synopsis: War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.

Savannah Levine - fiery and unpredictable - stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.

On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival - Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more...They are fighting for lives.

They are fighting for their loved ones.

They are fighting for the Otherworld.

Review: I'm a huge fan of this series. This has been the series I've grown with. I've been reading them for about four years now. This has been the series that will always stand out in my mind. I think most readers will have that one series that pulled them into the world of reading and to me this is it. The Women of the Otherworld series introduced me to the world of all things paranormal. This series has had such an impact on me personally, and I will never forget it. Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand how much the ending of this journey means to me. I love these characters and I've watched them grow and become unique individuals. This is the world I want to step into to. But with 13, that journey comes to an end.

Yes, I'm upset that my all time favourite series is over but then again I'm not. Kelley Armstrong has brilliantly tied everything up from the series. We see all the characters returning and we find out what the future holds for them. it couldn't have been done better. The series finished on a high and this will make all readers come back again and again. We see the series wrapped up perfectly, every characters gets their ending and I couldn't be happier for them. Yes they are tried and tested throughout the book but that's what it's like to be a supernatural, nothing is easy or normal. It never will be. We've come to the end of the journey and that has left me very emotional. No other series has made me feel this way. This book in one word was perfect.

13 is a very good and strong book. It's one of the best in the series, and you can easily tell. Right from the start the reader is hauled into the middle of the action. This book is full of action, it's the war of the Otherworld after all isn't it? We see characters returning and combining forces to combat the bad guys. I loved how all the different supernatural races came together to save their world. It was brilliant.

I don't want to give too much of the story away as this is book 13. If you haven't read the series, I really recommend it. It will always remain my favourite.

13 joins the Otherworld when a mysterious group of supernaturals are hell bent on revealing their secrets to the rest of the world. In the middle of it all are our favourite characters. Each are drawn in and tangled into the groups plot to reveal the truth of supernaturals. We see Savannah and her friends coming together to find out how to stop this group before things change their world forever. What makes it worse is the leader of this group has created a deadly virus which can turn normal humans into terrifying monsters. As the Otherworld splits into two sides, Savannah and her friends have to put a stop to this before it's too late.

The characters in the Women of the Otherworld are so real and fleshed out. They are the best characters I have ever read about. Each main character is unique and there are a lot of them. Even so Armstrong creates memorable characters that leave a big impression on the reader. We have Savannah the fiery witch. She's brilliant, I've grown with her since we met her in book two. I love watching her grow and learn throughout the series, its a brilliant reflection of real life and what all of us go through. Minus the magic powers. We have Elena and the werewolves. I will always love them. It started with Elena in Bitten and even now she's my favourite. We have so many other important characters I can't list them all but they are all great. Well the good guys anyway! Even the bad guys were creepily real. Oh and the Demons, we got a better look at them in 13 and they were incredible. I won't say more as I don't want to spoil it.

I loved 13, it's that simple. It's a brilliant book that keeps the reader engrossed from start until finish. I didn't want it to end but it had too. The twists and turns were great too, some made me grip the pages harder others made me gasp. I didn't see any coming. Oh, I'm going to really miss this series. I feel like I'm saying goodbye to an old friend and it's heartbreaking. This will forever remain my favourite series, the impact it's had on me as a reader is phenomenal. This book was a brilliant end to the series and it couldn't have been better. The Women Of the Otherworld truly went out with a bang. 13 is the perfect ending to a brilliant series.




Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (#9)


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

I'm going to post two this week, book 1 and 2 in the The Three Powers series. I've just finished reading The Snowmelt River and you can find my review here.  I loved it and It's released in early August. The second book The Tower Of Bones is released in November and I can't wait to read it. But because both aren't out yet, I'm going to post them both so more people are aware of the series. The first book is brilliant and I can't wait for the adventure in book 2.


The Snowmelt River
Series: The Three Powers #1
Release Date: 2nd August 2012
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 576

Synopsis: On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost.

But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive.

And they'd better learn quickly, because their enemy, the Tyrant of the Wastelands, is growing in power.



The Tower Of Bones
Series: The Three Powers #2
Release Date: 8th November 2012
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400

Synopsis: Fate has brought together four young people from our world into the enchanted world of Tír. Together Kate, Alan, Mark and Mo present a formidable new force for good in this war-ravaged world: they are Hope for the millions of oppressed peoples that live here.

The four have been split up, with one of their number kidnapped, one lost and one changing almost beyond recognition, and it falls to Alan to unite them once again and restore their strength.

But the Great Witch Olc, scheming in her Tower of Bones, is planning to lure Alan into a trap. And she has resurrected the demigod Fangorath, a dreadful force for malice, for her own evil ends.


What's your "Waiting On Wednesday" pick this week?

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Snowmelt River By Frank P. Ryan


The Snowmelt River
Series: The Three Powers #1
Release Date: 2nd August 2012
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 576

Synopsis:  On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost.

But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive.

And they'd better learn quickly, because their enemy, the Tyrant of the Wastelands, is growing in power.

Review: I received a copy of this from Jo Fletcher books after I requested it. The Snowmelt River is an interesting book that questions the reality of fate and destiny. It stretches the beliefs of the characters, showing them a whole new world, in which they have to question themselves and each other. I loved how the characters grew in this book, it wasn't a tiny invisible change, it was a huge change. It was brilliantly done, the young characters are forced to grow and take on responsibility like never before. They are the chosen and people expect them to act like it. This was a long book, my copy clocking in at just over 700 pages nevertheless the author kept my attention the whole time. I wanted to continue the journey with these characters, I wanted to see them grow and change. I watched them learn and grow into their roles, it was fantastic.

The Snowmelt River begins in a small village where four orphans are drawn together. Alan and Kate were already friends but Alan's uncle, introduces them to Mark and Mo. His uncle sees the potential in Mo and with his own dark secret he knows the four of them are important. Bonding over the summer, a trip up the mountains changes them all. The great mountain Slievenamon calls them, the call thrills them, its a feeling like no other. Soon they realise something or someone needs their help. With answers from Alan's uncle, the group find themselves going through a portal to the world of Tir. Here war is raging and the four of them are destined to help. They have so many questions but no answers. They are chucked into this new world left to look after themselves. All the while time is ticking, will the gang be able to destroy the enemy and help the good people of Tir before it's too late?

Alan was the eldest of the group and he was the one whose shoulders all the responsibility fell on. He was graced with the first power which had both advantages and disadvantages. He became the leader and the more he travelled into Tir, more people looked up to him for leadership. We see him go through so much change, from a young teen boy to the mature wise mind of an adult. Kate was Alan's love interest and they were best friends. Kate was also graced with a power but it was never truly revealed what it was. Still people regarded her as powerful and she was there for her friends. Now Mark he was an interesting character, he was the one in the beginning who didn't truly believe that they were in a different world. He didn't believe what his eyes were telling him. He was also the bad boy of the group, the one who would push the boundaries and take risks and that effected both him and the others. What he does in the end of this book, made me so emotional. For once he thought about the others before himself no matter what the consequences and it was incredible. Mark was my favourite character and I can't wait to see what happens to him next. Mo was interesting, she was younger then them all but she was by far the wisest. She was wise beyond her years and she was more connected to the new world and her spirit then any of the others. Together they made an interesting group and I can't wait to see what happens next.

The world building in this novel is brilliant! The world was so vividly described. Ryan really does have a way with words, his description flows perfectly. It's some of the best writing I've ever read. I love the world building but even more so was the different races/creatures in the world of Tir. My personal favourite were the Shee, female warriors who had cat spirits, of which they could turn into when they enter the blood rage. They were great companions to the gang and they had a very interesting history. I can't wait to see more of the world in the next book and see what the gang encounter.

The Snowmelt River is a great addition to the Fantasy genre. One that teens can enjoy as well as adults. The world is believable and very interesting. The reader is sucked in from page one. I loved the whole idea of crystals giving the group powers, it was unique. I loved this book, the ending was by far the strongest and I have so many emotions towards the end, I don't now where to begin. We see the group making hard choices to save each other. We see them question fate and destiny. We see their different view points on the matter and how it changes each one of them. I love the whole idea and theme of fate and it was used greatly in this novel. The greatest thing in this book is the choices the group make and the consequences to these actions. It's just like real life, and there are many things the reader can learn from this book. I really enjoyed it and I can't make to get my hands on book two, The Tower Of Bones.






Saturday, 21 July 2012

Letterbox Love (#12)

 
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:


I bought the bottom six for £10 as it was a 3 for £5 offer. Which is brilliant! Alas they didn't have Uglies which is book 1 in stock so i had to order that seperately. As i bought it from ebay the photo was of the matching cover but the book i received had a totally diifferent cover as you can tell in the photo. Never mind, at least i can start the series now.

Won:


I won this bundle from the Queen of Teen competition. It's a UK competition whichs crowns the queen of teen. Each of these books is from the shortlisted authors.


Won:
Thanks to Penguin English Library for this it's gorgeous!
I won this and it's signed! eek there were bookmarks too! I also got to name a character in her upcoming book!

For Review:
Thank you Jo Fletcher books, I'm currently reading this!
Thanks Mira Ink for this!


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: Carnival Of Souls By Melissa Marr
UK Cover Reveal: The Diviners By Libba Bray
Cover Reveal: Shift By Raine Thomas
 
I would love to see what you received this week, please leave your links in the comments!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cover Reveal: Shift By Raine Thomas

Check out the gorgeous cover for Shift the second book in the Firstborn series:


Shift
Series: Firstborn #2
Release Date: 24th August 2012
Format: Ebook

Synopsis: Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

 Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.
The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.

Doesn't this book sound epic? I have the books waiting to be read and  I really cannot wait!
What do you think of the cover. I love it!


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Possess By Gretchen McNeil


Possess
Release Date: 23rd August 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 379

Synopsis: Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity.
Rule #3: Do not engage.
Rule #4: Do not let your guard down.
Rule #5: They lie.


Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

Review: I want to start by saying how lovely this cover is. The picture doesn't do it much justice. In person it is awesome, It's probably one of my favourite covers of all time! Even my sister who doesn't read was drawn to the cover, she actually stroked it! That's the power it has. Now onto the book, the idea for this book is great, it's not original but it is unique, McNeil has put her own spin on demon hunters and angels. I did enjoy this book but I found that many things could have been improved. The beginning of this book was rather slow, I know we were learning about the background of the characters but it was so slow. Nothing jumped out at me and made me want to hang on to the book. I kept reading because of the good reviews. The ending I can say was the best part, where the action picked up but it still felt like it was lacking something. It was rather rushed and the answers always came too easy. It could have been developed better.

Possess follows Bridget Liu, who can hear demons and only she has the power to banish them. With the help of the local priest, she leans to control her abilities but the scary thing is she enjoys this power over demon. She likes the way it makes her feel, powerful. She tries to push it aside but it's who she is. When more and more demonic possessions start popping up in the area, Bridget is pulled in neck deep. She's the only one who can stop them. A startling message is received from one of the demons, and the message shakes her world. Things were never as they seemed. Add to that the murder of her friend, she realises that the demons are closer then ever.

Now Bridget is an odd character. I liked how she wouldn't take any crap, and how she was strong headed but she treated her friends and family rather horribly. It was a real love/hate relationship between her and I. Sometimes I liked her, others I wanted to slap here. Despite that she was the best character in the book. One of the huge problems I had with the book was the rest of the characters because they were so flat. They were flimsy and forgettable, lots of times I had to think about who each character was. Especially Bridget's friends they were so fake, it was disappointing. Then Matt the love interest, I hated him so much. He's a jock and an old friend of Bridget's but they haven't spoke for years. All of a sudden he is back and he wants Bridget. I hated how protective he was, he wouldn't let Bridget stand on her own. He was a suck up and I really don't see how Bridget fell for him. At the start of the book she hated him.

Posses is meant to be a YA horror/ paranormal novel. At times, especially when Bridget was banishing demons it was spooky but I wouldn't call it horror. It didn't make my heart pound, we just saw the slight fear through the main characters eyes. At times we saw some horror shine through and that was great but there needed to be more of it and it could have been developed better. I really liked the mystery of what Bridget was and how it all tied to her fathers death, now that was interesting. I liked how all of those clues were tied together nicely.

Another thing that annoyed me was that Bridget received an anagram from some demons and she couldn't figure it out. Roll on her much younger brother and he figures it out first try. The message wasn't even that hard. She even googled it in anagram solvers. I don't understand how she couldn't figure it out but her younger brother did. Is he a genius? Oh and a much older priest couldn't piece it together either. I found this really annoying.

Anyway, I did enjoy this book. It had so much potential but it just didn't work. I realise that this is a debut novel so there will be mistakes but I think a little more time spent on this and it could have been brilliant. All the potential is there, it just needed tweaking a bit more. I liked the mystery and the way McNeil put her own spin on Demons. Possess was an enjoyable read with a really nice cover. I just had too many problems with it to enjoy it fully.




Wednesday, 18 July 2012

UK Cover Reveal: The Diviners By Libba Bray

I've been hearing such great things about this book and it isn't even out yet. I secretly am a huge fan of historical fiction and i love Libba Brays other books! I love the cover that Atom revealed earlier! I cant wait for this to be released. Here's the cover:


The Diviners
Series: The Diviners #1
Release Date: 18th September 2012
Publisher: Atom
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 608

Synopsis: Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Squee! Doesn't it look brilliant! It sounds awesome too! What do you think of the UK cover?


Waiting On Wednesday (#8)


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:

Carnival Of Souls
Release Date: 4th September 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

Synopsis: In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and "Graveminder," comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.

I've been waiting for this ever since Melissa Marr revealed details about it on twitter. The teaser are excellant! This is one of my most anticipated reads this year!


What's your "Waiting On Wednesday" pick this week?

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Soul Fire By Kate Harrison


Soul Fire
Series: Soul Beach #2
Release Date: 5th July 2012
Publisher: Indigo
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: Review Copy from publisher

Synopsis: Alice Forster regularly talks with her dead sister, Meggie, in the virtual world of Soul Beach - an online paradise where dead teenagers are held in limbo.

Alice has learned that if she can solve the mystery of someone's death in the real world, then that person is released from the Beach. Meggie needs Alice to solve her murder so she can be free, but as Alice is getting closer to discovering the murderer, the murderer is getting closer to Alice!

The second thriller in this utterly gripping trilogy for teens that explores social networking in a whole new way - Facebook for the dead!

Review: Soul Fire is a brilliant sequel to Soul Beach. I even liked it more than the first one. Soul Fire is full of suspense making the reader grip on to the pages, looking for clues to who really is the killer. It really is a mystery and there are a few hints but we only know what Alice does. There are so many twists in this and so many suspects that there is no one you can trust. Alice struggles to trust anything her so called friends say, and with a nagging feeling someone is following her, she knows time's running out before that someone makes a pounce on her. I really love Soul Fire, you could see how the author has developed as a writer between the two books and this one is definitely stronger. Soul Fire is a fast paced mystery full of unexpected twists that leaves the reader feeling like a detective, trying to piece the clues together. These books really pull the reader deep into the story. 

Soul Fire joins Alice nearly a year after her sisters death. Alice still visits Soul Beach but both worlds are rocked when Tim, Meggie's boyfriend turns up dead. Even more confusing is he lands on Soul Beach. Alice knows there's a connection between the two deaths and she knows that the killer is getting closer. Upon Tim's death she stumbles across a website about Tim and Meggie, the host is convinced that Tim is innocent. Alice is shocked that there is someone else out there who also believes Tim is innocent. With the help of Lewis she tries to track the website host down. Meanwhile on the beach someone wants Alice's help and she won't refuse. 

I liked Alice more in this book, she's so lost and sees everyone as suspicious, she doesn't know who she can trust. Her parents want her life to go back to normal so she begins hanging out with her old friend Cara.  We do see a change is Alice, she becomes more carefree and enjoys life a bit more. But Soul Beach is always at the back of her mind. She knows there are people there only she can help and that responsibility hangs hard on her shoulders. Alice feels responsible for the people on the beach, especially her sister's friends. I liked how Alice's relationship with Javier developed, he was so hurt inside. He covered it up with sarcasm and jokes. She tells him she will help, and this makes him more hopeful. I also liked how she and Cara became close friends again, they're great together. She's the sensible one while Cara is reckless. Alice's character seemed so much more developed in this book and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I won't talk too much about the other characters as they're all suspects and at points I thought each of them could be the murderer. By the end of the book, I think I know who the murderer is but I could be wrong. I hope it isn't who I think it is as they are very awesome but alas, it could all be an act on their part.

I loved Soul Fire, It was an excellent addition the the trilogy and now the standards are high for the final book. I cannot wait to see what's revealed then, there are so many little clues that make every character a suspect, so much could change in the next book and I'm so excited! Soul Fire is a great mystery novel that engrosses the reader from start until finish. Oh and that cliffhanger just makes me what the next book even more! I really recommend this series, it's unique! I love the way they are written and Kate Harrison is an author to look out for!

Thank you to Indigo for providing me with a review copy.




Sunday, 15 July 2012

Summer Reading Challenge!


Hello my fellow book lovers!

Today I’ve been looking for a summer book challenge for us bloggers and couldn’t find one so I decided I would host one myself. Even if no one else participates I still want to challenge myself. This challenge will run from 16th July until the 31st August. I’m not going to set too many rules. I want you to set yourself a goal of how many books you want to read in the summer. You can read any book in any genre. Unlike other challenges you don’t have to pick the books you’re going to read before the challenge. You can pick them as you go.


Challenge Details:

-Challenge Begins 16th July until 31st August
-You can read any book of any genre as long as you read it.
-I’m sorry Audio books don’t count as you’re not reading them.
-You can join the challenge at any time.
-This challenge can crossover to other challenges
-You don’t have to review each book you read but do record the books you’ve read somewhere.
-If you want to participate please add the button so others can find out about the challenge. You can find the button above, Please make sure it links back to my blog.

My Goal: Personally I'm aiming to read 30 books in this time! I have a lot of books to catch up to and this is a kick of motivation i needed!

Because I'm not very good at figuring out HTML I going to use these progress bars. They simple and look good!

For now you can sign up by leaving your link in the comments I should have a linky up soon.
I look forward to hearing about your own goals and challenges!

Letterbox Love (#11)


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.
 
For Review:


-Mage's Blood By David Hair
Thanks you Jo Fletcher books for these goodies!

Netgalley:


I've seen this around alot and thought i'd give it a read.


Now this sounds like a good read!

Received:



Katie kindly send these to me to thank me for participating in her promo day. I had such a great time and now I can't wait to read the series. Thank you!

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: Ten By Gretchen McNeil

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