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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

TemptationAt the Other End:
Temptation
AUS cover
Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah. And he loves me.

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.

It should be  ROSE & NOAH  forever, easy.

But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.

And I'm not





Karen Ann HopkinsAuthor Bio:
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel. 

Want to know the inside workings of Karen? Follow this link to my interview with her from earlier in the year!

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First Impressions Last:

This novel was a total surprise to me. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. With a story that takes your heart and pulls at your strings at this incredible (and in some cases true) love story.

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Behind the 383 Pages:



This story between Noah, an Amish man and Rose, an English woman hits me close to home. I think in a way that this is why I love this story so much, because I have been through the family fights (not the sneaking out together bit). To clear things up for you all here, I am Italian and Maltese (with both sides of my family being traditional with these, ok well mainly the Maltese side being very traditional and biased) and my boyfriend/partner is Fijian and Indian (just check out my Goodreads photo). Although there is the fuss from the Maltese side of my family only, we have fought together and my family now treats him as one of their own. I don't know how this story comes across for you, and for everyone it will be different from your own experiences and morals in feminism etc. not everything might be for you. I know that if I didn't have the same experiences that I have then I know for sure that this review might be a little different. Not too different but not the same as this added passion behind Rose and Noah. There will always be very different opinions that form around this book and this topic.

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I find the Amish culture (well any culture at that) fasinating, we don't see hardly any Amish books to learn about their culture and way of life. A few review I've seen talk about how they don't like the novel mostly because of how anti-feminist the Amish are, with their old beliefs and refusal of the modern world and (most) forms of technology. The way that Rose deals with the new culture shock as she and her family move out "in the country" would be the same for us all. We feel like we can relate to Rose the most as she is a typical female. We get introduced to everything and see everything from both Rose and Noah's eyes.

To be honest, when Karen sent me the copy of her novel, I didn't expect the size of it. I wondered (between all the excitement of the new book in my hands) how this novel could go so long without it getting a bit boring, as well as from the blurb as well. DO. NOT. FALL. FOR. THIS. Once you start the book, the pages fly, there is not one boring part in this novel. It captivates you and pulls you into this new culture and fight for love. One word... Beautiful.

Once you finish Temptation, there is that longing for Belonging (Book 2) that I can't describe. There is no cliffhanger. But there is more to the story that we want to see and want to know. From the excerpt of Belonging at the back of Temptation, we already start to understand more into the characters that we love. We know we will get a whole lot of new perspectives thrown at us, as well as more challenges that we ultimately see coming. The excerpt of Belonging is ultimately the cliffhanger that makes us want the next book. We already feel heartbroken at what is to come as well as who elses P.O.V will be shown.

In Temptation, we only see Noah and Rose's perspectives. It connects us with both characters on a new level, then only seeing one side of the relationship. We see a side of both these characters that we normally wouldn't see, especially in this situation, we already get a feel of the Amish way of life when we are in Noah's perspective. This makes us straight away get on the side of Rose and Noah, making us want to fight for them to be together and we can see into both of their minds. As we get to know our main characters in Temptation, Belonging shows us into the minds of all our other characters. This whole connection will make us already know Rose and Noah, but then as well get a feel of who the other minor characters are and their thoughts. We won't feel overwhelmed with the onslaught of characters and changes in P.O.V's, because we already know these characters and our main characters very well.

We don't usually find this Amish factor in love stories, a new craze has started with forbidden love with Amish in novels. I have seen a few floating around since this novel came out. The inclusion of this factor makes us delve deeper into the love story and fight for their love.



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What's Next:


Belonging

Belonging (Temptation#2)
Finding the Time: 1 May 2013
















This novel was received for review via the author. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Coverday Friday (13)

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  At the Other End:
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.



 
Finding the Time:
9 July 2013



 
Leigh FallonAuthor Bio:
I was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in my 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork I discovered a love of writing. I write mainly for the young adult market. My current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted me to abandon my ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and have been writing ever since. I have another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects I'm working on. My family and I now share our time between Ireland and the US.


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Goodreads:                                     Carrier Trilogy                                      Leigh Fallon
Facebook:                       Carrier Trilogy                                     Leigh Fallon    Website                                                  Blog                                            Twitter



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Shadow of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #2)
By Leigh Fallon


 


Why Hello There:
I've seen on Goodreads when I found this cover yesterday that this cover has caused a little controversy, seeing as this cover is so similar to Carrier (view them together below). Yes, I see where everyone is coming from in this situation.....HOWEVER.... I really do like this cover, I love the colours and how IT IS so similar to the first cover. It makes it straight away says "Hey, look at me! I'm part of this series, we're unique". I see a lot of covers now-a-days that each cover in the series stray far away from each other, I believe in having a main theme for all your covers if it's in a series, even if it is kind of/not really the same thing, just take a look at the Matched covers, they are so similar, yet you know exactly what series they are from. Ok, in this series if the cover model (aka Megan Rosenburg) was doing some other actions and not (quite literally) have a flipped image (without all the other detail) then I would love it even  more and you wouldn't even hear about all this controversy that's going on. Like, for example, the first cover (Carrier) has the model looking up, the second cover (Shadow) have the model looking down to the right (our right) and then the final cover (Age) could have the model looking straight at us.
I really do like the cover though, the only real big similarity is the cover model (and her mirror), the text is allowed (and prefered) to be the exact same (I love how it is in the exact same position as well, let's just hope that all the book heights end up being the same). The swirly-cloudy-poofy-thing :P is cool and different as well as the background is stormy and dark, really making the colours stick out, this is the same with the first novel, the light background makes the blue stand out.

 

The Consideration Game:
I haven't even read the first novel yet. But in saying that it does sound like a good story and I would like to read it, especially about the whole fate sealed thing sounds intriguing. Saying this, no matter how the first novel turns out for me I will read the rest of the trilogy. I will need to order this book online and read it, or Library it first before I buy because apparently I have too many books already :/ psshht LIES!



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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Review: Jabin & the Space Pirates by Bev Allen

Jabin and the Space PiratesAt the Other End:
In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless. Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.

When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering. However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.

When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.





Author Bio:
I fell in love with my first soldier outside Buckingham Palace. He was a Coldstream on guard and I was four.
Later I fell in love with reading and writing and then with scific and tales of high adventure.
Later still I married a military historian and he conducted me on guided lecture tours around many a battlefield and many a musuem
Despite this, or maybe because of it, I never lost my love of all things military or of adventure stories.
"Jabin and the Space Pirates" is a result of all this.
Other published work includes a short story in a SFX Pulp Fiction Anthology and a Dr Who story published by Big Finish

Handy Hinty Links:
Goodreads:                                 Jabin & the Space Pirates                                     Bev Allen



First Impressions Last:

The insights of a boy too grown up and his war witht he world to survive and stay safe. Allen's world shows us a different side to child abuse and child labor.

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Behind the 293 Pages:




To be honest, when I read the first few pages I was thinking "WTF". This mostly came about by the way that we already see how Jabin is already too grown up at only a young age of 13. I would not expect any 13 year old that I know, to talk like that. At that point from reading that I thought about if I wanted to stop this novel and mark it as "DNF," but I kept on to see what else the book had in store to bring this book back up.

Quickly we learn about Jabin and his past, as well as become fully aware of what happens to him. Both in his present life with his aunt and uncle, as well as his life with the little he remembers about his mother. Jabin's failure to understand much of her addiction, yet he knows and remembers so much from that very young age.

We start to become a bit confused when we switch P.O.V. We wonder who this second person is really as well as how he relates to the story.

The story moves quickly, yet we don't learn about this new place, only about Jabin and the issues that have, in some ways, arisen from in our world's past (2012 Earth). Not enough information on their world, no matter how much Jabin is in the dark. Other bits and pieces of key information that were lacking include the resources that they use and the weapons, especially in giving us any detail or explanation of new developments to the world. We do realize that it is a sci-fi novel as they are on another planet.

From this, we get zero focus on the sci-fi elements of this book, yes, we know they are on another planet, but the main focus of the novel is the child soldiers, mainly in the spotlight of what Jabin faces. His hardships are put into focus, which then also releases knowledge about the Crown and the Colonel.

One of the main reasons why Jabin doesn't seem his age is by the way he goes on about women. Seeing them and thinking about them make him seem like those who "own" the women in this novel, as one of the Space Pirates.

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This novel was received for review via the author. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Interview: Graham J. Sharpe

At the Other End:
After a purple storm sweeps around Planet Earth, stealing millions of people, four teenagers struggle to make it alone in London.

Drawn together by a series of bizarre coincidences, Ellie, Midge, Scott and Marty soon find themselves entangled with a bunch of interfering pensioners. Among the cast of players are flamboyant hairdresser Mr Rupert, Pearl the loud-mouthed tea lady, and June, a psychic, who travels the world on her motorbike.

As the tranquillizing effects of the Purple diminish, greed and the lust for power take hold. Penny Treasure, leader of the Decision Makers Council, dreams up an idea that could destroy the world forever.

In a desperate hunt to find the missing, clues are pieced together and some shocking secrets come tumbling out of the closet.
 




Shhh....... Don't Tell:

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FRROM THE BEGINNING OF Chapter 1 FROM Purple

Ellie Arnold believes in reincarnation and thinks she may have been Marilyn Monroe in a previous life. When Ellie told her parents about this, they laughed out loud.

Twenty-three weeks later, June 22nd, one a.m. to be exact, Ellie tidied her freshly-bleached Marilyn Monroe hairstyle in the mirror. She applied a coat of red lipstick, penciled in a beauty spot and blew herself a kiss.

She'd turned the light off at ten, but insomnia must be an eight-hour virus that lurks in toothpaste. As soon as she'd cleaned her teeth and put her head on the pillow, the symptoms appeared. Too late to prevent infection, she lay alone in the dark and imagined the blood rushing AWAKE round her system: swoosh...swoosh...swoosh. It made her feet burn, her legs restless and her shoulders ache. It caused a sudden onset of wriggle-squirm-roll-flip. When it finally reached her brain, triggering an explosion of thought, she gave up and trudged downstairs to the lounge.

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Graham Sharpe, author of Purple, a fantasy young adult bookAuthor Bio:
At the age of 12, author Graham Sharpe regularly danced around the lounge to Kate Bush's “Wuthering Heights.” Today, he still hasn't decided what he'll do when he grows up. So far, the East Sussex, England-based writer has worked in an ice cream shop, trained as a hairdresser, studied sociology and psychology, written for and performed with a touring theatre company, and backpacked across far-flung countries with loose change in his pocket. Graham now combines travelling with writing and he completed his first novel, Purple, during the sleepless, jet-lagged hours spent in hotel rooms around the world. Honored as a Kindle Book Review Finalist Best Indie Book for 2012, the 358-page eBook is also available in paperback from Amazon. 
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Goodreads:                                   Purple                                          Graham J. Sharpe
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Purple is actually my first venture as an author. Readers may be surprised to find out that I actually hated school, and slept halfway through my final English exam in high school. It turned out to be my best exam result, and made me aware of my writing ability. Since high school I’ve done a few creative writing courses, and got inspired to begin the writing process a few years ago after getting a job as a flight attendant.



2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Excitement and terror all at the same time. I self-published Purple and made it available on Amazon last September. I thought, “Well actually, maybe I just ought to do it on my own.” So, that’s what I did. For me, the thing that I love is writing, but when it comes to the marketing part of it, I get a little overwhelmed. I think that was one of the biggest challenges for me when the novel first went on sale.  



3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I think the first thing, and the biggest thing, happened when I was 13. My best friend’s dad died in a car accident, and it completely shocked me. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that someone could be here one day and gone the next. Then, I went on to thinking that life doesn’t last forever and contemplated where that person had gone. A lot of people have strong religious views that answer those kinds of questions for them, but other people don’t. No one really has any concrete evidence so I think that’s one of the biggest things and something I really wanted to investigate in the novel.



4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I think it’s great to get reviews period. The fact that people are even reading the book and taking time to comment is such an accomplishment for any author. I see negative reviews as constructive criticism. It gives me the opportunity to get insight on what readers are not responding to, and that’s something I can incorporate in the next book.



5. How long was the writing/planning process?
My writing/planning process took about five years. In the beginning I needed a lot of encouragement, but eventually I realized that it was going somewhere and it grew and developed. At first I thought it would be a short story for a younger demographic, but it became so much more complicated in terms of relationships and life and death. I knew I had to take it to a new level, and I started writing more seriously. I didn’t really have any rules and that was the most exciting thing. Purple wouldn’t be what it is today if I would have rushed.



6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I am absolutely thrilled with the cover art on Purple. I think it encompasses everything that Purple stands for, and was beautifully done. I love that it’s different and unique looking. I have an artist friend who had read the book and had ideas for a cover. Once I talked with her I knew she would come up with something spectacular, and she definitely delivered.



7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I definitely want to write a sequel to Purple. I feel like I owe it to the fans. I want the characters to grow with the next book so that readers can really get invested. From the beginning, I wanted the characters to be real, down to earth and accessible. I also think there’s a bit of myself in every character, and I want to continue to explore those themes in the next book. I also have an idea for an entirely new project and I’m feeling excited about that too.



8. Top 5 books
    • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • Running with Scissors by Augustine Burroughs
    • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl
    • Abide With Me by Ian Ayris (I recently read this book and I realize it may not be to everyone’s taste because it’s full of swear words. If you’re thinking of reading it then don’t let that put you off. It’s a great story about love and survival. Great writing).


9. Recommended books
Two books that inspired me to express myself creatively were The Artist’s Way and The Right To Write both by Julia Cameron. Like many others, I love Stephen King’s book On Writing. Part memoir and part writer’s tool kit, I devoured it in two days and often return to it for advice and motivation.
10. Why read your novel?
With a cast of quirky characters and plenty of sharp dialogue, Purple combines the supernatural with a touch of humour and takes readers on an original adventure with an unexpected twist.







Friday, 19 October 2012

COVER REVEAL! Interlopers by L.M Davis

At The Other End:
Make sure to clean up your messes.

Keep the cat in the house.
 Fraternal twins Nate and Larissa Pantera know all about strange rules. They've grown up with plenty of them, and they have always obeyed those rules without question

However, disturbing things are starting to happen--both at home and at school. And when their parents go missing and a strange messenger appears, they discover that the only way to save them is by breaking all the rules. 

Interlopers: A Shifters Novel is the thrilling fantasy adventure. Fans of YA fantasy, such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, love this new series about the Pantera twins, who discover that everything they thought they knew is only the beginning of the truth.



 Finding The Time:
This novel (including the second novel, Posers) has already been released. This is a NEW cover to go with it's 2nd Anniversary. 


L.M. DavisAuthor Bio:
L. M. Davis loves great storytelling. She needs nothing more than a good book and a comfy chair to be happy. She was born in the south, raised in the north, and has a few degrees under her belt. She still hasn’t gotten her black cat, but she thinks about it everyday. Her thoughts go something like this: "I really should get a cat." For now, she contents herself with spoiling the pets of her friends and family.

 




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Are you ready? Do you want the cover? I want the cover!
How excited are you now from reading the above excerpt from the novel!
Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!


Interlopers (Shifters #1)
By L.M Davis


So....... What do you think?! Does it live up to your expectations? Is it LOVE? Or do you think something more suited should've been done?









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Interlopers: A Shifters Novel
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