Sunday, 29 June 2014

BLOG TOUR!! The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Behind 240 Pages
Released: 8 July 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Harper TEEN
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.
You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering. 

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

Author Bio
I am a writer from the East Coast, currently living in Los Angeles.

My first book for young adults- The Half Life of Molly Pierce- will be published on July 8, 2014 by Harper Collins.
Find Katrina:
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Stacking the Shelves (16)

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.
My End of Financial Year Sale books are starting to come in!! Plus, one of my most anticipated books has arrived :D
Thank you Harlequin Australia and HarperCollins Australia for sending me these review copies!

Thanks to Harlequin Australia
Drowned by Nichola Reilly
How gorgeous is this cover, seriously, it's amazing. It even sounds just as amazing from the blurb. Definitely can't wait to read this one.

Thanks to HarperCollins Australia
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
WHOOOOOO!! I've been waiting for this book for so long! It looks so good and that cover!

From QBD
The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass
OK, I own the entire Selection series, and I still haven't read the books. I know, I'm crazy.... 

Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore

I've been trying to get this book for I don't know how long. Ever since it first came out, I think.... I was hoping that the cover was the one with Bitterblue's entire body, not this close up one, but it's ok, I'm still happy :D 


Friday, 27 June 2014

Guest Post with Sherry Soule, author of Lost in Starlight

Lost in Starlight (Starlight Saga #1)
Behind 350 Pages
Released: Today! (26 June 2014)
Genre: Upper YA, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.

Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.

They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.

Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, ├╝ber snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....

Read the first five chapters for free on wattpad: 

Author Bio:
Award-winning author, Sherry Soule currently lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults. 

Sherry’s debut novel, “Beautifully Broken” was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2011 Wizard and Witch/Sorcery category by The Romance Reviews (TRR). Her adult PNR novel, “Immortal Eclipse” is a *TOP PICK* by Night Owl Romance Reviews.

Find Sherry:
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Lost in Starlight Playlist

Some of the most ambiguous lyrics take on new meaning when you’re writing a book, even correlating to some of the scenes or giving insight into Hayden and Sloane’s romantic relationship. Sherry has put together just a few of the awesome songs—a collection of her character’s electric tastes in music—mentioned throughout this epic new series in this post. Enjoy!
“Still Into You” by Paramore
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons:
“Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas
“Titanium” song by Sia
“I'm Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance
“Stay” song by Thirty Seconds to Mars
“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
“Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy
“Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri
“Cello Sonata, L 135” by Debussy

While writing LOST IN STARLIGHT, Sherry listened to this amazing track on a loop, “4 Hours of Emotional Music” composed by the talented, Adrian von Ziegler. She found the melody really set the mood to the type of romantic tale that she wanted to write. At its core, LOST IN STARLIGHT is basically a love story about two lonely hearts finding each other and how their star-crossed relationship changes both of their lives.

Listen to his music on YouTube:

We hope that you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book!
~ Sherry

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

AUSSIE BLOG TOUR!! Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon + Interview

Writing Clementine
Behind 192 Pages
Released: July 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Buy Me: Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...

Clementine Darcy is floundering. She wants to be the kind of fish who swims to the swish of her own fins - upstream, not simply carried along by the current.

But she is finding the swirling waters of school and home difficult to navigate: her friendship group is splintering, her brother Fergus won't leave his room, her sister's life is not as perfect as Clem thought...and then there's the New Boy, who is dapper and intriguing, but hiding secrets of his own. Clem is desperate for everyone - including herself - to be happy, but she discovers that her idea of helping doesn't always work as well as she imagined.

Can Clem be the girl she wants to be? Will she learn to accept that there are things she can fix and things she cannot? Will she find a way to know the difference?
Author Bio:
Kate Gordon lives in Hobart, in a mint-green cottage, with her husband, her very strange cat, Mephy Danger Gordon, and a wonderful little girl who goes by the name of Tiger. Kate dreams that one day she and her little family will live in another cottage, by the beach, with goats and chickens. In the meantime, she fills her house with books, perfects her gluten-free baking technique, has marvellous adventures with Tiger, and she writes.

Kate was the recipient of 2011 and 2012 Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grants, which means she can now spend more time doing what she loves.
Find Kate:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Writing Clementine is my fourth published novel. The wonderful Onions (Allen and Unwin) published my first one, Three Things About Daisy Blue, in 2010. I then had a couple of paranormal stories out with Random House Australia – Thyla and Vulpi. Last year I had a horror story published in Fablecroft’s One Small Step (Which won the Aurealis Award this year for Best Anthology).
What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I hope people are reading it. I am terrified that people are reading it. I hope it makes them smile.

2. What inspired you to write Writing Clementine?

The initial inspiration was wanting to write a book about depression that was hopeful and funny and positive and life-affirming. I also wanted to write a book with a strong female lead, who was comfortable in her own skin. Sneakily, too, I wanted to incorporate my love of Steampunk. I don’t feel qualified to actually write a Steampunk novel (leave that to the experts, like Michael Pryor and Ben Chandler and Richard Harland), but I indulged myself here by having a Steampunk Society in my book.

3. How do you feel about negative reviews?

I feel very positive about them, actually! I mean, of course, if someone says that the thing you just dedicated years of your life to is absolute rubbish, that hurts – Writers are human too, and many of us are quite sensitive souls. But I’m a reader too, and I know that reading taste is very, very subjective. I’ve loved books others have loathed, and vice versa. Healthy, active discussion and criticism about literature is what keeps it alive. And I take all criticism on board for the next time. It’s free manuscript assessment!

4. How long was the writing and planning process for Writing Clementine?

I don’t plan. At all. So zero time there! But drafting and editing took a good couple of years, and then I welcomed a brilliant Small Person into the world, and she took me away from writing for a bit, and the publishing process always takes awhile (especially in a thorough and dedicated house like Allen and Unwin), so … All up, it was probably three years from go to whoa! Which sounds like ages, but it flew because I was working with brilliant people.

5. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas you wanted incorporated?

I nearly fainted with joy when I saw “Clem’s” cover. I’m not a very visual person, so I left it all up to the experts. But, somehow, they managed to capture the spirit of the book perfectly. I think it’s beautiful.

6. Do you have any plans for future writing projects? Are you working on any now?

I never stop writing. The only time I’m not thinking about my next or current project is when I’m adventuring with my Tiger. At the moment I’m working on a couple of things – a middle grade novel set in a cooking school, and a mystery set in the midlands of Tasmania. They’re both great fun. We’ll see how I go!

7. What are your top 5 books of all time?

  • The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  • Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce
  • Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life – Maureen McCarthy
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • After January – Nick Earls

8. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

Anything by Margo Lanagan. Honestly, the lady is the most brilliant of brilliant minds.

10. What did you like best about writing Clementine's character?

Honestly? That she’s mostly me. She was the easiest character I’ve ever had to write because it was just like transcribing my own thoughts. So it will be a bit saddening if everyone hates her!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Cover Reveal! With Tide and Tempest by Kate Avery Ellison

With Tide and Tempest (Secrets of Itlantis #3)
Released: June 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
At The Other End:
Free or not, life beneath the sea in the republic of Itlantis is less idyllic than Aemi might have imagined when she'd been just a surfacer slave. She's been accused of spying for the enemy thanks to her connections with the traitorous Nautilus family, not to mention her own tangled and mysterious family history. Her mother has arrived, and is determined to take over her life. Oh, and someone is trying to kill her. Again.

When Aemi receives word that her best friend might still be alive in a village on the surface, she and a crew of friends set out to find him, regardless of the danger from Nautilus's men patrolling the open sea and the mysterious threats on her life. But the sea is not the only thing that holds secrets.

Author Bio:
I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats. When I'm not writing, I'm usually catching up on my extensive Netflix queue, reading a book, giggling at something funny online, or trying to convince my husband to give me just ONE bite of whatever he's eating.

Find Kate:
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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!

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!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Stacking the Shelves (15)

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.
Gotta love end of financial year sales :D
Thank you Allen & Unwin Australia and Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me these review copies!
Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia
Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon
This one sounds really good, I can't wait for it! Be on the look out for my stop on the Writing Clementine Australia Blog Tour on 25 June, interviewing Kate! 

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia
Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
OMGGGGGGGGG I can't wait for this!!!!!! Even though I knew it would be coming, I really didn't expect it to be coming so soon!!!!

Purchased from Harlequin's massive paperback sale!
The Returned by Jason Mott (for my mum), Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder (because I only had the original green/yellow cover), and Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver (because I've heard good things about this series)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

BLOG TOUR!! I Become Shadow by Joe Shine + Guest Post

I Become Shadow
Behind 304 Pages
Released: June 2014
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Publisher: SOHO Teen
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious FATE Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Everything she held dear—her family, her home, her former life—is gone forever. 

Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery, in large part thanks to Junie, a fellow FATE abductee who started out as lost and confused as she did. She wouldn’t admit it was possible to find love in a prison beyond imagining, but what she feels for Junie may just be the closest thing to it. 
At eighteen they part ways when Ren receives her assignment: find and protect college science student Gareth Young, or die trying. Life following a college nerd is uneventful, until an attack on Gareth forces Ren to track down the only person she can trust. When she and Junie discover that the FATE itself might be behind the attacks, even certain knowledge of the future may not be enough to save their kidnappers from the killing machines they created.

Author Bio:
Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever). Joe has a normal human job like most everyone else but hopes to become a full-time writer one day, and this is where you, the reader, must do him a really big solid and love I Become Shadow, his first novel.

Find Joe:
The first chapter of I BECOME SHADOW is titled ‘Milkshake’ because it serves as the cue-word to let the audience know when the past finally catches up with the future.  A lot of people ask, of all words in the English language, why that one?  I figured what better place than here, what better time than now to explain.

As I wrote SHADOW, I realized I desperately wanted something better than Present Day in bold italics at the top of a chapter to let the audience know they’d caught up.  It seemed a bit boring and Ren is anything but boring, so it didn’t seem fair to use it.  She was too clever for that so, as a result, I needed to step up the clever on my end.

Now before I continue I must warn you that I am a child of the 80’s and 90’s which means I have inherently bizarre taste in music, movies, books, basically everything.  I don’t find it strange that on a playlist I’ll go from Depeche Mode, to Nirvana, to Outkast.  This is normal to me and many of my generation.  We don’t ask others what they think is entertaining, we decide for ourselves.  I hope this helps explain the two pieces of media that inspired me.

Stuck in a slump I blindly began watching tv and stumbled my way onto a Jackass marathon.  In one episode the guys created a safe word so that if it got too hairy they could say it and the skit would end before any major injuries occurred.  Bingo.  I needed a safe word.  I needed a word to let the audience know what was up.  Now I needed the word.

Once I had the idea of the safe word, figuring out which one to use turned out to be pretty easy.  I decided to pay homage to my favorite commercial of all time, and one that I still watch to this day when I need to laugh (literally just watched it, still grinning like an idiot).  It’s an old Carl’s Jr commercial in which a redneck walks out, slaps his hands on the side of a cow and begins to shake it.  The hips jiggle, the udders shake, and all the while Sean Paul’s Shake that Thing plays throughout.  There is zero indication what this nonsense is for until the end when you find out it’s for their milkshakes.  And thus, ‘Milkshake’ was chosen.  It was random yet easy to remember, so it was perfect.  The hardest part would be to not use it by accident before it was time.  Lucky for me there are no milkshakes at the FATE center.  Bruises? Yes.  A bit of torture perhaps?  Yup.  Milkshakes?  Not a chance kid.  
~ Joe

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

BLOG TOUR! Dark Days by Kate Ormand + Guest Post

Dark Days
Behind 256 Pages
Released: 3 June 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Amazon
At the Other End:
The future world has been divided into sectors--each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors' thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what's coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future. 

Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she'll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.

Author Bio:
KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

Find Kate:
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Turning an idea into a story
I see something or think about something that sparks an idea. Then, if it’s something I think could work as a story, I start to flesh it out by writing notes everywhere—in notebooks, scrap pieces of paper, till receipts, phone notes, or emailing myself. This probably isn’t the best way, because it all gets pretty mixed up, but at least it’s written down somewhere for me to begin making sense of. I was editing a while back, and knew I’d written down what I wanted to add somewhere but I couldn’t remember where. In the end I found it in the answer section of a puzzle book. Sigh.

When I have an idea I'm developing, I let it stew for a while, thinking about the world, the characters, asking myself questions—how are they in this environment? What happened before their story? What are their goals, their drive? 

Things do get complicated, because there’s so much to think about, but words are words. Writing something—anything—is better than nothing. No one is going to see it until you’re ready, and things can be deleted or reworked. Just write. Whatever it is, it’s something. Be patient, work hard, read hard, and have fun. :)

Now for a special surprise...


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxton

Take Back the Skies (Take Back the Skies #1)
Released: 1 June 2014
Genre: Steampunk, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Buy Me: Fishpond  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

Author Bio:
Lucy Saxon is 19 and lives in Hertfordshire with her parents. She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, book-lover and all-round nerdgirl. 

Lucy wrote her first novel, Take Back the Skies, at the age of sixteen, finding a home for it with Bloomsbury at seventeen, and is now working on the rest of the series. 

When not writing, Lucy spends most of her time on the internet, reading books and slaving over her sewing machine.

Find Lucy:

Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Take Back the Skies Facebook  |  Lucy Saxton Facebook  |  Take Back the Skies Website  |  Lucy Saxton Website  |  Take Back the Skies Tumblr  |  Lucy Saxton Tumblr
Sum Up:
A beautifully crafted fantasy world with a dash of steam punk.

Behind the 378 Pages
Wow. What a fantastic fantasy world. I just wanted to jump right into this purple-y steam punk world! Except I would want to live in Siberene (where we get to visit in the book! And its soooo cool). I could go on and on about how cool this world is, except that’s really the only thing I loved about this book, as well as the plot twist. OK, I know that not many of you actually liked the world, but because this is my first steampunk book, I didn’t really have anything to compare it to or know exactly what is supposed to be steampunk.

I didn’t exactly like Cat. Sure, it got straight into the story. Literally, straight into the story, I saw 2 chapters of her before she ran away. I would have liked, at least, one more chapter in it, just so that we can understand her reasons for actually running away. When she talks to the crew about her father, I didn’t really become as defiant as she did, and as passionate of what her father was like. We only heard that he spent all his time in his office, and wanted her to marry some grub. I think I would have liked this character a lot more if we did have that extra chapter, filled with her daily life, she might have made me sympathetic. But, as the story goes on, I feel like this character is all about ME, ME, ME! Very self absorbed, and absolutely ‘knows’ that she has the solution to all, and that she should be in the centre of attention.

I liked all the other characters... that is, until they all give up everything when Cat say jump. Seriously, all her ideas are like God’s word. The crew on the Stormdancer are smugglers, so they obviously haven’t done anything about the information they know against the government in Anglya. They have their reasons to stay out of it. But then Cat comes along, and once she finds out that it’s not all sunshine and roses, she wants to be the hero. 

Seriously, as soon as she says it, they all agree to the stupid plan. Ok, they have one sentence of saying it’s a bad idea. But then they all wholeheartedly fall into her plan? Everything that happens in this book that would be dangerous, all goes too easy, when it shouldn’t. And when they do get caught, it’s still like it was made out that way. Everything that happens for them is way too convenient.

That sexual tension! The romance in the book was ok, but it just carried on for ages. I was shouting for it to happen so many times, but at other times, it was like, I don’t know. You hardly know anything about each other, you don’t even know how old he is!! Then when it actually did happen it was sooooo the wrong time and place. The worst timing ever, yet I can see why it was done there too, so I can’t really fault it much other than it was just weird. But, after they hook up, every moment , and act like they have been together for YEARS. And then what happened at the end! Sure, I expected something like that to happen, especially because everything was so easy, but not to this character. Especially so since we really only just get to know him, I was thinking it would be some cliffhanger where they are on the brink of death, then in the next book we find out if they survive or not. The way that everyone reacted to the death was weird as well, everyone knew him more than Cat did, yet they were all saying sorry to her? Ummm, no.

Oh GOD THAT ENDING.... Just no. I wanted to throw this book on the floor after that ending. Especially her so called reasoning to the decision, no matter how much she swore it wouldn’t happen. I’ll probably read the next book, just to see what happens, but I’m not really craving for it. There wasn’t any sort of cliffhanger, even though I know that there are more books to this series. It makes me wonder how this particular story is going to continue from here, because I read on the Take Back the Skies website, that the other books in the series are going to be set in the other countries.

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.