Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Queen's Choice - Cayla Kluver Book Review




Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again. 

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantle herself. 

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined…


My Review 

* star

Sadly this story wasn’t really for me. I had a hard time getting into it, a lot of it I found to be so so , at times a little dragged out and very long winded. 

I couldnt connect with the characters, but will say that the storyline was none the less well detailed and certainly well written from this author. 

I found the book just long and would have loved more romance. But that is a personal choice of mine. For some they may find this refreshing, but for myself I like to see some connection with the characters. It just didn't do it for me...

Overall, the storyline certainly had a great concept, but I just found it wasn’t a book I wanted to rush back to – to finish. I did finish it though.

The cover is certainly eye catching. 

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy for my honest opinion. 




Friday, January 3, 2014

Seeress cover Reveal by Ednah Walters

Book Title: Seeress
Series: A Runes Novel #3
Author: Ednah Walters
Expected Release Date: April 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Banner Made by: Julia Hendrix

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I love Torin St. James...
I crave his touch...
I need his strength...

Raine Cooper is certain of two things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress. But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing. Worse, they involve Torin. Not sure what to do, she keeps quiet.

But when the visions are about her and another man, Raine realizes she needs to talk to someone. Just her luck two new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one problem: Torin does not want Raine to have anything to do with the two girls but he won't explain why.

Can their love survive the secrets they are keeping from each other?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She just released book 3, GRIMNIRS December 2013. Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Captivate by Vanessa Garden Blog Tour - Book Review & Giveaway




Captivate
By Vanessa Garden
Release date: 1st January 2014
Published by: HarlequinTeen Australia


In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets...



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Vanessa Garden lives on the coast of Western Australia with her husband, their three chatty children, and three calming goldfish. When she is not writing, Vanessa can be found at the local bookstore where she works part-time. Being a bookseller as well as an author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not gushing about her favourite reads to customers, or dreaming up her next novel, she enjoys spending time with the people she loves most.


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My review 

4 Stars 

 I find nothing more appealing when I can read a book, ogle the cover and see that it reflects what’s inside the pages.  This story is filled with an underwater world and a city within but with secrets of their very own. A smooth flowing storyline, that will keep the reader intrigued till the very end.  Initially the story did start a little slow but the pace certainly picks up not long after.

It’s a fairy-tale of some sorts, awakening in a strange world, strange people yet a very handsome yet scary king.  (I won’t go into too many details I don’t want to spoil the story)
Captivate started slowly for me, but I found as the story progressed so did my interest in the story. I found it a very enjoyable ya story, with a wonderful world that the author has created.
The author has put a spin on the normal mermaid traits, which I really liked; this I found made the plot interesting and the characters well balanced and enjoyable.

The characters were very realistic, Miranda being a normal teenage girl, dreams, hopes and insecurities.  The boys loyal and devoted to the ones they care about. 

The romance was mininal , Id liked to have seen a little more , certain parts predictable . However   I liked the characters put forth and Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and the underwater Tale this author has written






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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Release Event - Grimnirs by Ednah Walters & Giveaway




Book Title:  Grimnirs
Series:  A Runes Novel
Author:  Ednah Walters
Release Date:  December 2nd 2013
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Firetrail Publishing




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One lost love.

One lost best friend.

One hot soul reaper.

Straight out of the psyche ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The love of her life, the guy she’s loved from a distance for years, has moved away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.

The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. It doesn’t help that Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. A general pain-in-the-butt. Being around him makes her feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. But more important, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

Echo is perfect for her. Echo might even be her soul-mate. There is only one problem. Echo is a freaking soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. You see, once you fall for a Grimnir, your life will never be the same again.







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Excerpt 1

I saw a few souls here and there on our way home. They all stopped and stared at our car. I slid lower in my seat and wondered whether the arrogant reaper would collect them, too. Maybe he was here to clean up our town. I hoped so. I was tired of being a target.

“You’ve been quiet since we left the store,” Mom said as we got closer to home. We were on Orchard Road, the street that split two of the largest vineyards in Kayville. “Are you okay?”
I shrugged. “Yeah.”

“You know, you can talk to me if anything is bothering you.”

Talking to her was out of the question. Dr. Wendell might prescribe more psych meds or insist on having me admitted again. “I heard you and Dad talk about me this morning. I don’t want to be homeschooled, Mom. I’m going back to school on Monday.”

“Sweetie—”

“No, Mom. I’m better, and I want to do this.”

Her lips pinched in annoyance as she turned onto the road leading to our farm. “Let’s discuss it after dinner.”


Her firm voice said the discussion was closed. I leaned back against my seat and stared out the window. My parents had had me later in life and tended to be overly protective. Most of the time, I listened to them. Not this time. This might be the beginning of a trend. First, homeschooling. Next, not going away to college. The only college in town was a private one, and I planned to go as far away from Kayville as I could. There were way too many bad memories here.




                                              


















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EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her at www.ednahwalters.com

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. IMMORTALS is book 2. She is presently working on book 3, GRIMNIRS (Release date TBA). Read more about this series and the world she's created here www.runestheseries.com

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How Pirates Really Work by Allan Snow book Review




The must-have book of pirates from the creator of How Santa Really Works and How Dinosaurs Really Work.
A rollicking exploration of all things piratical from the brilliant mind of acclaimed author/illustrator Alan Snow. A jam-packed feast for the eyes. Don't miss it!
Praise for How Dinosaurs Really Work:
"A fabulous fun-filled book that will raise a lot of laughs." Creative Steps
"Everything you've ever wanted to know about these ever-popular prehistoric creatures is explained in a witty accessible style in this readable book full of fascinating facts."
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Praise for How Santa Really Works:
"You'll be delighted to find this quirky book at the bottom of your stocking. The drawings are detailed and every page a delight."




Book review

4.5 Stars
How Pirates Really work is a beautifully illustrated childrens book. Glossy and full of colour and explanations into the life of being a pirate.

From Skills to being a pirate , a day in the life of a pirate, parts of the ship, how to fight sea monsters and much more.

The writing is nice and big , easy to read to a child or have a child read for themselves. I would recommend this book for any child who reads fluently, over the age of 10 but this depends on how well the child can read.

The colours are very vibrant on the front of the cover and eye catching. I did find some of the pages a little buzy with print, but otherwise a lot of detail and taken into writing this story.

Overall, A well illustrated and colourful story, very eye catching and even a laugh or two amoung the pages.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for Supplying myself and child this book to review.

** Her comment - she especially loved the front cover and had a giggle or two.**


 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Supernatural Six - Elle Casey & Giveaway

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Title: The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2)
Author: Nancy Farmer
Release date: September 3, 2013




As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor.

Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?






3/5 Stars

While The House of the Scorpion did leave some loose ends, I found that The Lord of Opium tended to flat line a tad for me.

In book two we see the major characters with a few new ones added in to. I would recommend re-reading the first book before this one, to refresh ones memory if need be. Depending upon how long ago you read it.

This book mainly revolves around Matt adjusting to his role as The Lord of Opium. As much as I wanted to see more of Maria and Matt they were fairly well separated throughout this instalment. I’d like to have seen a little more romance, and interaction between these main characters. I do realize that it is not a romance novel but as a reader would certainly have liked more.

I enjoyed the added twist with Matt to cure one of the secondary characters. But I have to say I didn’t enjoy her much as a character – she didn’t seem to have much depth for me. A minion if anything.

Matt has a character that is believable and flawed. Not perfect what so ever, we see conflict within himself from his emotions to his thoughts about his new position and himself as a person.
The author does a wonderful job of building the world created and I definitely give a gold star for this. It’s one thing I do enjoy seeing in my read. Creativity and Uniqueness’s! lol.

This instalment was not as strong as the previous book, but certainly had some great factors. The complexity alone was intriguing and the authors’ writing was great. Just the storyline fell a little short for me.

For all those readers who enjoyed Divergent by Veronica Roth you may also like this story.


Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for supplying me this copy of the book for my honest review.