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Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Happenings...

So... it seems that I have found a bit of a twist. I've been jam packed in this Christmas and New Year break that a lot of things that I've got (blogging one of them) have been delayed. 

I feel extremely bad because of the lack of posts at the moment. I have attached a "sorry" gift at the bottom of this post, for what I have actually, been able to have the time to do.


At the moment I am writing reviews for the entire Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, that you all should see *hopefully* very very soon!



I hope you all are having a fantastic Christmas and New Year break! And a delayed Merry Christmas from me, Gina :D and have a Happy New Year! 

My Christmas was fantastic (mostly because my amazing boyfriend got me the box set for the entire *so far* Game of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin!!!!! 


What did you get for Christmas? 


And now, here is the "sorry" gift mentioned earlier!


Bookmarks!











Monday, 23 December 2013

Review: Disharmony by Leah Giarratano

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Disharmony (The Telling #1)
Released: 23 May 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
A psychopath... an empath... a genius. 

Three siblings who will save the world – or destroy it.
They know nothing of each other. They know nothing of the Telling. 
But they’ll need to learn fast if they’re going to survive...

A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all...




Author Bio:
Dr Leah Giarratano is a clinical psychologist and best-selling author of four crime fiction novels. She has worked in psych-iatric hospitals, with the defence force, and in the corrections system with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders. She has assessed and treated survivors of just about every imaginable psychological trauma – from hostages to accident victims and war veterans. Leah was also the host of the prime-time television documentary series Beyond the Darklands, in which she delved into the psyches of some of Australia's most feared criminals.

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Sum Up:
A good book with both highs and lows. Don't let the start of this book fool you, you will find more than you expect...


Behind the 345 Pages
This is one hard book to review. It's a slow novel that we don't really understand at first, from what is going on, as well as what we need to know. We wonder a little what the point of the book is, seeing as it doesn't really get interesting until the end of the novel. Most of it is like "fluff", there's really no point for it and it just makes the book longer than what it needs to be.

We get introduced to too many characters all at once. We wonder at the beginning, who the main character is (in Dwight), because there are too many things going on, and too many characters, that we don't know who to try and connect with or get through the rest of the story with. It is easier to connect  with Sam than it is Luke. This is because we know that Sam is the main character from the way that she connects with us as well as seems like to trust us,  she doesn't seem to draw our attention away from her as Luke does. Easily from this we can guess straight away who both Sam and Luke are.

As things start picking up a little with all of their normal day to day things we feel like we are on autopilot, watching and waiting for something interesting to happen, as well as waiting for the story to develop further.

When Sam starts to develop powers we wonder how this story will lead from there. Does Luke have some sort of power too? Will he develop any sort of power? What about the mysterious genius we haven't seen yet? Too many questions come about and we don't get many answers over time, leaving us wanting the second novel.

Then !BANG! everything starts to happen all at once. The quick change of pace brings us back into the book from our autopilot mode and into the story.  A twist or two at the end but overall we feel the need to continue with the next novel to see how it will all play out.

One  particular thing about this book was that we don't know who the second person we first meet here and there is. It doesn't fit in the novel with having that person there and makes it loose some of the books touch in a way. It loses the tone that is set in the book as we move back and forth from twin to twin. The second person just makes it seem sort of informal in a way. (You will understand this paragraph when you read this book)

We don't really know much about the book and about what kind of YA it falls under, but as we get closer to the end and the truth comes out we wonder why this different element was brought in, as well as what other creatures exist. This was well played as it was something  we didn't see coming and we feel just as surprised as Luke and Sam do when they find out about it all, as well as who some people are and what they can do,  including  things about themselves.

You can buy Disharmony from all good Australian bookshops and online!

What's Next:
16079954The Laeduin (The Telling #2)
Behind 360 Pages
Released: 30 January 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
Love, death, war and betrayal . . .

The psychopath, the empath and the genius are finally together – and not everyone is happy about their reunion. As their powers grow stronger they are forced to seek out an unexpected ally. But as war between the worlds threatens to erupt, it becomes apparent that no one can be trusted . . . not even family.


18365924Immortal Combat (The Telling #3)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 21 August 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
A war that will end the world or save it . . .

The prophesied war is raging. Luke's destiny is unstoppable, Sam's losses and powers are unravelling her mind, and Jake's family secrets put the whole world in peril. And that's before the darkest warlock of all time makes his first move on the chessboard. A move he's planned for centuries . . .



 



This novel was received for review via Penguin Books Australia (NetGalley). 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.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

BOOK BLAST! Forsaken by Sophia Sharp


Forsaken (Forsaken Saga #1)
Behind 290 pages
Released: 17 January 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble
At the Other End:
Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school.  Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.
 
But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.
 
As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger. 
 
And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run wild. 


Sophia SharpAuthor Bio
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Actually, that's a bit of a lie. I've been writing since the third grade, when a wonderful teacher asked everyone in class to write a fairy tale, and ended up picking mine as his favorite. He didn't tell the other kids, of course - but confided it in my parents. He said I have a natural knack for writing (his exact words! and I remember them to this day), and should never stop. So, I've kept going..

I've mostly been keeping it to myself, though. I've never really thought about becoming an "author," or a "writer" (quotations because those goals are still so far away!), so never had the need to share with anyone or publicize my stories. But, I'm just finishing up my second year in college, and have really started to think about careers and life goals and such other mysterious things. And while my friends were all busy trying to get internships for the summer this year, I just kept to myself with my writing hobby. I don't have an interest in going out and working professionally in the "real world" -- I want to keep writing forever, and I want to have time to do it. The only way I see myself having that time, though, is by becoming a published author.

So there you have it. That's the abbreviated history of one Sophia Sharp. I've been working on a few young adult paranormal/fantasy novels for the past few months, and I'm putting them all up as soon as they're done! Why young adult? Because it's what I love to read. And why paranormal/fantasy? Because that genre gives the greatest opportunities for creating a magical, romantic, quixotic world that I can fall in love with.


Find Sophia:
Goodreads  |  Blog 
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Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek
Hunter cut off with a strangled sound, and in an instant, he was at the door. “They’re coming,” he hissed over his shoulder.

“What? Already? You said we’d have until nightfall!”

“I was wrong.” He shut the door quickly and rushed to the opposite wall. “You need to hide.” He pulled back a board to reveal a small cubby in the wall. “Quickly!”

Nora ran without arguing.

“Get in,” he told her, “and don’t make a sound.” Nora nodded. Her pulse raced, and a jolt of adrenaline kicked through her. A mixture of fear and dread came over her as she pushed herself into the wall. There wasn’t much space, and splinters and rough pieces of wood pierced her skin and got caught on her clothing. She wedged herself farther in.  Hunter replaced the board.

Light scattered in from cracks along the wall.  Nora pressed an eye to one of them. She could see the entire space between her and the entrance door. Hunter stood facing the door with his back to her. His feet were wide in a predatory stance.

Anxious minutes passed. Only Nora’s ragged breaths broke the silence, and they sounded as loud as hammers to her ears.

Slowly, the door started to move. Hunter tensed.

It creaked all the way open, and a tall figure stepped into the entrance. Nora’s breath caught. It was the same man from the dream, the same one she saw at the school.

“Where’s your friend?” the man asked Hunter crudely. He spoke with a harsh accent.

If it were possible, Hunter tensed even more. The man took a step forward. He wore the same long coat from before, the same dark hat. He and Hunter were approximately the same height. Leisurely, he started to take off his coat. Hunter still hadn’t moved.

The man dropped his coat in a pile at his side, and Nora saw that he was much thicker than Hunter. Bigger, more developed.

Stronger.

“Don’t try to hide her. I can smell her stench from here. I know she is with you.”

“You will not have her.” Hunter’s voice held a steely edge.

The man laughed. “Oh? Is that so?  And you think you’re going to stop me?” He laughed again. “You have broken the ancient creed by bringing her into our world. You will answer for your crime.  As will she.”

“You will not have her,” Hunter repeated, his voice filled with a deathly calm.

The man waved dismissively and took a step toward Hunter. “You cannot stop me,” he said. “And I don’t intend to take only her. You’ll be coming along, as well.”

“No,” Hunter growled.

“Oh, yes, I will take you both.” The man stood only a pace away from Hunter, now. “You cannot imagine what they will do to you. You will be bound in chains, locked away to never again see the dark of night or feel the cool rays of the moon. You will grow weak and feeble, forever barred from taking blood. You will never feed again.

“Your body will go first. Your muscles will wither to nothingness.  Your bones will crumble. You will become a shadow of what you once were. A shadow of what you could have been.
“But they will keep your mind sharp. Make no mistake, you will know you are suffering. An antidote will be administered, and it will stave off the madness that accompanies your deprivation. You will languish in misery, forever conscious of your mistake. That will be your sentence.  To suffer, until the end of time.”

The man took one last step, until he was nose-to-nose with Hunter. And he spoke just loudly enough for Nora to hear.  “But that pales in comparison to what they will do to her.”

Hunter snarled.

“Yes, her. Your precious human.” He spat the word. Then he raised his voice. “I know you are here, little one. Listen well to what I have to say.”

He returned his attention to Hunter. “She will suffer for your sin. A human mind and body is much weaker than that of our kind, and for that reason…she will be converted. And sentenced to suffer eternally alongside you.

“You know of the savage bloodlust that overtakes a new member of our race, do you not? Oh, but I think you do. You were once one of them, were you not? You were born a human.” Again, he spat the word. “A despicable thing. A despicable creature to risk so much for, wouldn’t you say?”

Hunter didn’t say a word, and the man continued. “I will give you one chance. One chance now, to repent. Give her up freely, and the punishment for your treason will be less severe. You will be bound for one century, before your freedom is returned.” He put a hand on Hunter’s shoulder. “You know you cannot win. Is she worth an eternity in hell?”

Nora caught a furtive movement at the door. The other hunter. “No!” she screamed. It was a trap.

On Nora’s cry, both newcomers looked in her direction. Hunter curled back from the man’s hand and smashed an elbow into his face. The thick man stumbled back.

Then he laughed cruelly and flung himself at Hunter.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Book Spotlight! Silent Soldiers by Travis Stinnett

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The Silent Soldiers
Behind 283 pages
Released: 19 December 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
Luke is an ordinary young boy, or so he thinks, living with his uncle and cousin after the death of his parents shortly after his birth. Little does Luke know, he is about to embark on a life changing journey to his grandfathers’ house for the summer.

Upon his arrival at his grandfathers’ estate he learns the world he lives in and what he is, is not what it appears to be. Luke finds himself fighting for his life with a team of supernatural kids his age against a powerful dark wizard and all his minions.

Filled with demons, faeries, vampires, werewolves and more, this novel will put Luke through a gauntlet of trouble and turmoil, leading up to a final climatic battle. 


Read the Reviews
“This is the first book that I reread right after I finished it the first time. Can't wait for book #2 to come out.” ~Amazon Customer Review


“I just finished reading this book, and I must say that it is one of the best young adult books I have ever read. It's full of action, suspense, and mystery. There is some plot twists and turns that are easy to figure out before you get there, but overall, for a first time published author, it is a home run. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author, particularly in regards to this series….” ~Amazon Customer Review

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Travis Stinnett has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in long term care for 11 years. He lives in South Arkansas with his beautiful wife Crystal and his three wonderful children Jordan, Katie, and Levi. He has been reading young adult paranormal fiction for decades and has created his own style in this genre of novels. “The Silent Soldiers” is Travis’s debut title and is the first in a series of books in the paranormal fiction genre. “Back To School” is the second novel in “The Silent Soldiers” series and will be released early 2014.

Find Travis:
Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn
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Shhh... Take a Sneak Peek
“It is almost time Master. The child will come of age in less than two weeks.  How soon will you be able to return to the earth realm?” asked a woman’s voice.  
“It has been nearly fourteen years since the child was born, and I was banished. I am waiting for the precise moment in which I can make my return,” said a man wearing a long black cloak.
A hood completely covered the figures head.  The only part of the man’s body, that was visible beneath the dark colored garment he was wearing, was his glowing red eyes. The man was standing in the middle of a cave barely lit by the fire of a single torch hanging on one wall. Suddenly the man’s image started to fade and we realized he wasn’t in the cave at all.  The man had projected his image from some unknown location.
“I have completed the final arrangements for your arrival. We are ready to assist you in capturing the child, Master. The woman’s voice came from the shadows of the cave just out of reach of the light from the torch. The outline of her body was visible, but it was impossible to see any of her features.
“Have you located the child? My plans can be carried out much more smoothly if we can take him before he learns about our world.
“No, Master, I have not. We have done everything in our power to locate and capture him. His parents went to great lengths to ensure that no one would find him. We have a lead that he could possibly be hiding in the Dallas area. We are searching the area day and night I assure you.
“You have done well my child. According to the prophetess the child will be returning to the mansion soon,” the man said looking toward the old lady crouched against one wall of the cave.
The old lady against the wall was bound with small silver chains wrapped around her body. She whimpered softly. Suddenly a long silver whip flashed out from the woman in the shadows. It struck the old lady in the back causing her to scream out in pain.
“You will keep quiet in the presence of our Master,” says the woman fiercely. The chained old lady became instantly silent before the man began to speak again.  


“We must obtain the child. He is a key element in my plans to rule this horrid planet the humans call earth. If he unites with good he will forever be my enemy.”

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

COVER REVEAL!! Dovetailed by RaShelle Workman

Dovetailed (Immortal Essence #3)
Behind 250 Pages
Released: December 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Polished Pen Press
Buy Me: Amazon
At The Other End:
World’s divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

In the final installment of the Immortal Essence series questions are answered, alliances are ripped apart, and the war on Kelari rages between more than just the factions. There are those who want to take over planet Earth as well. Venus must find a way to bring peace to both worlds and do so without destroying the one person she’s ever truly loved.


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RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses," book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She's sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide.
Find RaShelle:
Goodreads  |  Facebook   |  Website  |  Twitter
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Are you ready? Do you want the cover? I want the cover!
Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!








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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?

Check out the series together!
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