Monday, 29 September 2014

Release Day! Ending Unusual by S.M. Knowles

Ending Unusual (Rylee Everley #4)
Behind 223 Pages
Released: 29 September 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
Rylee and Brock are finally a couple, but fate may have other plans for them as Chance declares his true feelings for Rylee. Now she is faced with making a decision she never thought she would need to make while trying to save her friends. In the process, Rylee learns some new tricks and skills she never knew she had, but it comes with a price.

An invisible gelatin wall, a haunting dream about her father, Adysin’s plans, and Rylee’s feelings play against her in this final installment. As another student disappears, will they be able to find her and finally end the coven? Or will Rylee end up losing everything by trying to save those she loves?

Check out the full series!

S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a whirlwind to the Land of Oz--Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.

Find S.M:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Book Tags Pt 1: Get to Know Me & Top 5 Books That Have Stayed With Me

I've been tagged for 4 of these tags by Kelly at Diva Booknerd and the Top 5 by Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews. I'm going to divide these up and post two at a time, so here are the ones to get to know me first, then you'll get to see my shelves and TBR etc. This is going to be exciting (not to mention hard)...
 How tall are you?
Umm, I'm pretty short so I purposely don't go measuring to see how short I am...
Let's just say I'm rabid fairy sized

Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
Ummm, reading? hahaha, I make bookmarks and banners too if that counts! Although it's not really special, everyone practically knows all the ins and outs of Photoshop now.

What's your biggest blog related pet peeve?
Spoilers and shitty entire-story-is-in-the-blurb blurbs. Spoilers annoy me because I'm always really tempted to go ahead and read them, even though I plan on reading the book. I can't help it, it's just THERE! With blurbs, usually reading the blurb reveals too much of the book, surprisingly enough, I want to be shocked by revelations, not to just go "oh yeah, I already knew that from the blurb". It completely ruins the book.

What's your biggest non blog related pet peeve?
Bimbos. I'm sorry and all, but they just really annoys me when they ask stupid questions, or make really stupid statements. Half of them are only doing that to try and get attention, which just makes it worse.

What's your favourite song?
Ohhh, tough one. I'm into a whole heap of genres. I love punk and heavy metal (yep, be surprised), but then I also love Daughter and Lana Del Rey (before all the remix bullshit).
But I think my fave song at the moment is one of two:
Run and Amsterdam by Daughter

What's your favourite Etsy shop that isn't yours?
I don't shop on Etsy, but my fave little known Aussie brands are:

Mai Creation. I love the Activated Charcoal Facial Soap (above), it works wonders. I basically said goodbye to all my other facial washes and face products.

RealChai. I love me some Chai, well I actually love all Teas. Plus it tastes great with soy milk and it has CHOCOLATE!! Yes, I'm all sorts of obsessed with this Chocolate Chai (above)

A Touch of Tea. Yep, another tea shop, but this one has all kinds of glorious teas. My fave is the Turkish Apple tea (above), it's a sweet tea and smells divine.

What's your favourite way to spend your free time when you're alone?
Reading, browsing shopping for books, making bookmarks & banners, and blogging!

What's your favourite junk food?
Red Rock Deli Honey Soy Chicken chips.... mmmmmnnn

Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Yes, we have two Pomeranian's! Say hello to Layla (white) and Leo (brown)

What are your number one favourite nonfiction and fiction books?
I don't read non-fiction... but choosing my fave Fiction is like choosing between children..... But if I had to choose, then it would be
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier (then Wildwood Dancing)

What's your favourite beauty product?
Ummm, at the moment my fave is my MAC tinted lip balm.

When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I think it's every time I meet an author I feel like I've embarrassed myself in some way, shape or form.

If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I only ever drink two drinks, water and Peach Ice Tea!

What's your favourite movie?
Ohhh, that always changes. At the moment my sister and I are really into Austenland and we just recently saw (and loved) Maze Runner. Although, I'm really into Jane Austen movies for some reason... (which is probably why I love Austenland)

What were you in high school: Prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist?
Umm, ok.... This is quite American, but anyways. I wasn't really a loner, but I kept to myself and had friends at the same time (if that makes sense)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
For some reason I've always been obsessed with wanting to go to London. But I've never traveled to Europe so I wouldn't really know if I would like somewhere better.

PC or Mac?
PC without a doubt! I loathe and refuse to use all Apple products (except the iPod Classic, that's the best product they ever did, or possibly will do in my opinion)

Last romantic gesture from a boyfriend?
All the little things!

Favourite celebrity?
To be honest, authors are really my celebrities. I honestly just about started crying when I met Juliet Marillier for the first time. Mind you, I was only standing in line at the time, I hadn't even met her yet.
But if I had to choose, it would prob be Robert Downey Jnr. IRON MAN, need I say more?

What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
I'm already friends with them! These two amazing ladies that tagged me are what I consider best friends. <3
I know it should be Top 10, but seeing as this is combined with another tag, I'm only going to be doing 5. The rules are you can't take more than a few minutes to come up with a response, nor do they need to be outstanding works of literature, just a read that had an influence on you in some form.

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

I know, I know. I know I've said that I can hardly choose a fave book, but honestly, this has to be it. No matter how many times I've read this book, it doesn't get old, it just keeps getting better and better and better. It's a beautiful story, with a mix of Folk Lore Fantasy, Romance, and Action. Liadan is a brilliant and fierce woman, who, even though she is in love, needs no man if she intended. She is headstrong and understands what she needs to do and what she must do.

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

This was the series of my childhood. This was my "book/series", yes, that book. Everyone has their "book", the one that actually gets them into reading, and this was it for me. It got me into my love for paranormal, and every now and then I feel the urge to pick this series back up again (yes, that urge just might be happening now)

If it wasn't for this series, I wouldn't be in love with reading as much as I do today. I wouldn't be blogging, just reading and envying those who get ARCs.

The List: A Love Story in 781 Chapters by Aneva Stout

This is the sort of book that will cheer you up no matter what mood you are in, no matter how depressed or sad or worried etc. You will smile, you will laugh, you will even hide in shame because you've even done some of the things mentioned!

This book has picked me up so many times I can't even count, and I always get the urge to read it.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I've always loved this story, it's a childhood favourite of mine, and will always be a favourite. This book needs no further explanation, it just is.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I don't think that there is a series that has affected me the way that this one has. I am head over heels in love with each and every book that is currently in the series, and I don't know how, but every novel, they just keep getting impossibly better and better and better.

I love the fantasy aspect, as well as the characters, the romance and Celaena's awesome kick-ass attitude (not to mention her being an assassin too)

I've Tagged:
(P.S. Sorry if you've already been tagged, I'm trying not to re-tag)
Vickie from Under the Mountain
Aditi from A Thousand Words A Million Books
Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity
Cait & Mime from Notebook Sisters
Pavan from Keep it Fictional

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Stacking the Shelves (28)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Thank you Penguin Teen Australia for sending me these review copies!

 The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey
I'm so excited to start this series after hearing so many good things about it!! Definitely has now been moved to the top of my pile :D

 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Ohhh, this one sounds really good! Plus, I love the little "I have a dream" sticky note :D Can't wait to get started! This one comes out January 2015

The Memory of After (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
Of course I had to re-buy this new cover to match my second book! Plus, I like this cover a lot more than the original one, shhhhh.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I've heard numerous times that this is a confusing book, so I'm definitely going to read it when I have quite a lot of time and just read it really carefully (or just even re-read it once I've finished)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
So, I've read this book already, but I had borrowed a friend's copy back when I was in school (just about 3 years ago now), and even though I loved it, I never got around to buying myself a copy. So now I've been scouring around for a gorgeous cover edition of the book, and ta daa!! What do you think? I would have preferred this one, but I can't find it anywhere (not even online)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Book Spotlight: Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock

Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead #1)
Behind 133 Pages
Re-Released: 5 September 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Horror
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Smashwords
At the Other End:
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.” 

A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in Scotland. 

Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the safe hold? 

Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

We ran to the hospital. On the way, we encountered hardly anyone, alive or dead. Where were they all? When we arrived at the hospital car park, I understood. Zombies were pack animals. A massive crowd of them were crammed in and around the main building like they were waiting for a concert to start, all barely paying attention to their surroundings and seemingly swaying against the force of gravity. The other thing was the smell. When watching horror films filled with shuffling zombies, the horror came from their ghastly looks—the reminder that death has a tight grip on us all, well, most of us. But what the filmmakers should focus on—if they could—was the acidic rank odor zombies gave off. They had been dead barely twenty-four hours. It took a normal human body at least thirty-six hours to really start to smell, and that was with a vampire’s heightened senses. These guys smelled like they’d been out in the sun for three weeks covered in rubbish and besieged by wily maggots. They were mostly intact, though. Maybe this hospital had been Zombie Ground Zero. Most had turned so quickly their comrades hadn’t had time to feed.

“Maybe we should try a less populated target.” Nicholas twitched his nose and turned away from me to dry retch.

“Maybe you should grow a pair.”

“Maybe you should act like a lady.” He now had his hands on his hips, squaring up for yet another argument.

“Acting like a lady isn’t going to help now, is it? What do you want me to do? Drop my handkerchief in front of the zombies and watch them fight one another to scoop it up for me? Moron!”

“Always to the ‘nth degree with you, isn’t it?”

“Shut up. Look, the doors are holding, and they’re outside, not inside, which means there must be some people left in there alive to have barricaded this place so tight.”

“Or maybe there are just more zombies in there.”

“Well, there’s definitely a blood bank in there, and that’ll help matters no end!”

Nicholas looked thoughtful then nodded. He of course didn’t want to actually say aloud that I’d had a good idea. “So, how do we get past them?”

I assumed it was a rhetorical question, so I started down to the car park entrance, where most of the zombies were mobbing. I opened the outer door as quietly as possible.

“Ladies first,” Nicholas whispered in my ear.

“I thought we’d agreed I wasn’t a lady.” And with that, I shoved him as hard as I could into the throbbing throng of zombies.
I've so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 45 anthologies with over 25 publishers.

My first lone author book, Bad Blood, is now on sale and on here too.

Want to know more about Nicky? Take a look at my interview with her for Bad Blood's original release!

Find Nicky:
Website  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Facebook  |  Pinterest

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Review: Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead
Behind 352 Pages
Released: 1 October 2014
Genre: NA, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Buy Me: Fishpond  |  Booktopia  |  Bookworld  |  Angus & Robertson
At the Other End:
Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.


That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes. Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal. Are those friends - and enemies - what they seem? Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?

Featuring Rebecca James' favourite quote!

Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She spent her early twenties working as a waitress, her late twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan, and most of her thirties having babies and working as a kitchen designer. Her first novel, Beautiful Malice, was an international publishing sensation, selling in 52 countries. This was followed by Sweet Damage, published in Australia in 2013.

Published in October, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is a thrilling novel that delves into the psychology of a group of friends and old enemies.

Rebecca now lives in Canberra with her partner and their four sons.

Find Rebecca:
A completely captivating and riveting mystery. Cooper Bartholomew left me breathless in a flurry of pages. #CooperBisdead


I absolutely loved this book! It was seriously amazing. This is my first book by Rebecca James, and I am definitely not disappointed (only in one way, but I’ll get to that later). 

Everything about this book felt so.... realistic, from the characters, down to the actual death of Cooper Bartholomew. I honestly, didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I absolutely loved it. The prologue (I’m not even sure if it is a prologue, but still, let’s just call it that), completely reeled me into the story and was the perfect way to start this book. I loved the layout of this book, how it is set in parts of ‘Then’ and ‘Now’. It gives us a brilliant view on Cooper, and it makes us connect with Libby a whole lot more, especially while she is trying to figure out exactly what happened to Cooper.

All the characters felt really realistic to me, and I could easily come to understand them. I absolutely loved Cooper and Libby. I loved how we got to see how they first met and their time together. We got to see them as individual people as well as a new couple. Although their relationship felt really rushed for me, I still enjoyed it. I didn’t like Claire at all. After we find out why she hates Libby for, she still doesn’t get any better on me. She seriously is a complete and utter nutcase, and not in a good way. She complains about people backstabbing her, and not wanting to be her friend, yet, she doesn’t respect anyone who is trying to be her friend, and she is just a manipulative bitch in general. Sure, she starts to come around towards the end, but she is still the same, and I still don’t like her. Bitch. The same kind of goes with Sebastian, I get that he is ‘needy’, but seriously, you shouldn’t get the shits when you know you are gay, you want your best friend to “love” you, yet you don’t tell him that you are, and he doesn’t realize it, and you get sulky because he has a girlfriend and doesn’t want to go to your party and get high? Seriously, you are not a baby. Grow up. In saying this though, these two didn’t bring the book down for me, I still hate them, but it was good to see their POV as well. The book honestly wouldn’t be the same without these two lunatics in it, as well as their POV.

That is kind of where it got a bit weird for me. I went into this book thinking that it’s YA.... yet as I’m reading, I start thinking that it’s NA because of their ages, how much they are out of control, the sex scene/s. But then I start thinking it’s YA again because of how they all act and how dumb they all are...... This wasn’t the bad thing in the book, but it did get my confused, because a lot of YA readers would like this book, but then they wouldn’t like the NA side of it. Like, the sex scenes weren’t Erotic-detailed, but they were still detailed, and felt strange in a YA book when it describes seeing boobs as coming out of the bathtub..... Yes, I’m serious hahaha I know it was from Cooper’s POV, so he’s horny etc. It didn’t turn me off the book or make me like less, but I know that it would do that to some readers, so just be warned. I know I said that it was realistic and all, but I’m curious..... does everyone who go to Uni basically drink all the time and half the people do drugs? I’m only curious because their whole lives seem to be revolved around drunk/tipsy or doing drugs. Anyway......

So, they bad thing about this book. It was predictable. Sorry, but it was. I guessed from half way through the book the big secret that shattered everything. Despite everyone in this book having finished senior school, they were all so dumb. It was right in their faces and they didn’t get a thing until it was basically put on a platter. It kind of annoyed me, because Libby was supposed to be the smart one, yet she didn’t see it when it was staring at her in the face, and it was staring Claire and Sebastian in the face too! I had a feeling of what actually happened to Cooper and who was involved, but I didn’t know exactly until the very end, so that was good because I had predicted everything else, and it still made me shocked.

Overall, it was a brilliant mystery novel, and even though I hardly read mystery, I really enjoyed this one. It was a fantastic standalone, and it leaves nothing out. A great read that leaves your mind reeling for hours on end.

This novel was received for review via Allen & Unwin Australia. 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 September 2014

Review: Goddess by Laura Powell

Behind 304 Pages
Released: 1 May 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Dystopian, Mythology
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Buy Me: Booktopia  |  Bookworld  |  Fishpond  |  Book Depository  |  Amazon  |  Angus & Robertson
At the Other End:
Strikes. Hunger. Riots. London is growing restless. Aura is blind to it all. The fame and glamour of the Cult of Artemis is the only home she has ever known. Life in the Sanctuary is a flurry of lavish parties, in-house shopping sprees and gossip with best friend Cally. What little Aura knows of conditions outside the exclusive grounds come from censored News channels or is learnt on procession to the Temple of Artemis. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess of the Cult and offered the chance to be the successor to the High Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a keen sponsor of the Cult. His radical ideas and irresistible charm forces Aura to question everything – and everyone – she loves. 

Then Aura is blessed with an oracle from the great goddess Artemis. It alludes to deceitful figures who pose a dangerous threat to the future of the city. Aura believes the world should hear the warning. The Cult has other ideas. They issue a press release masking the true words of the prophecy. It seems the Cult has an image to protect. Whatever they are hiding is monumental and Aura has no choice but to find out what it is.

Laura Powell grew up in the Brecon Beacons and spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. She went on to study classics at Bristol and Oxford, then spent five years working in the editorial departments of both adult and children's publishers. Burn Mark is her third novel. She now lives in West London.

Find Laura:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
This was a very strange book for me. I liked it, at certain times, but then I didn't like it as well. It's a very cruzy kind of book, where you just go with the flow of it, and don't really take in anything. In other words, it was meh. Plain and simply, meh, there is no other way to describe it. I didn't really feel connected to this book, in any way, it was all just... There.

The first thing that didn't sit we'll with me, was that I didn't really understand the time period that it was set, I'm thinking modern day, yet a few years into the future? That the thing, you don't actually get told what year it is, and that just really played on my mind, and say all I could think about. The. Entire. Book.

The main character was..... I don't even know. She would say one thing not to do, then would go and do it. She was so weird with the thing that she did, and the choices that she made. She all of a sudden became understanding to the situation, yet the writing is all about feelings and thoughts, that we didn't actually see this change in her. Some thing goes for Aiden as well. Maybe because it's the fact that these are forbidden to her because of her vows?

Another strange thing, was that Aura always spoke about her her and Cally were always rivals, yet she says that, then goes ahead to talk about how they picked out room decorations together, and were just being girl friends. This goes on and on, and it just made me think, WTF, make up your mind? Either you're rivals or you're not, it's as simple as that. This shit is just confusing and annoying.

So, something weird was going on here.... these guys actually called themselves a Cult. No, seriously, that's part of their name, The Cult of Artemis. Say what? I thought that cults don't actually call themselves cults? For some reason, this whole thing reminded me of Searching for Sky. I don't know why, but maybe because that's the only other book I've read with a direct reference to a cult...... (who don't actually call themselves that).

The only thing I did like about this book, was that at the end, it picked up the pace, and I wanted to keep on reading and finding out what would happen. But only mildly. Then, along with that, some action starts to happen (well, in this book you would call it action, but it's not really anything special). It left on a good ending, and you can see that things are starting to right itself out again in their world. 

This novel was received for review via Bloomsbury Australia. 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.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Stacking the Shelves (27)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this review copy!

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
So this is a final copy of the novel, I missed out on getting it before when they were floating around. This one sounds really good, and I can't wait to get stuck into it. I'm hoping for a good thriller here with lots of shocking plot twists and such.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
After absolutely loving The Darkest Part of the Forest, I think I fell into a mild Holly Black obsession, and went directly online to buy a copy of this book. I need more Holly Black in my life peoples!! tDPotF was seriously good, and if that is anything to go by, I can't wait to read this.

From my amazing boyfriend
Lirael and Abhorsen (Old Kingdom #2 & #3) by Garth Nix
So, I think after Kelly's (Diva Booknerd) tweets on Tuesday, that you all could tell that it was my birthday :D Yep, 21 doesn't feel any different than usual, but anyway...
My boyfriend brought me these two lovelies (and many other things) so now I have the whole series up until Clariel! (I've heard there will be more books after Clariel). After showing him an array of books, he chose these because they have such awesome covers :D 
Don't forget to all you YA aspiring authors! You could be the next big thing in YA.

From September 17th through October 1stHipso Media Publishing and Jenny from Supernatural Snark will be hosting the ‘Next Big YA Book Event.’

You can view all the details for this event by clicking on the banner.