Friday, 29 June 2012

Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace

Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)
  Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Snow White Blood Red: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by the Snow White Queen:

I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.


Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free on Amazon.)
This prequel story is written as a diary entry/ letter written to Wilhelm Grimm, by the Evil Queen – Snow White’s mother. In the letter she berates him for changing the true nature of the Grimm’s fairy tales, explaining how they were changed to hide the fact that the fairytale characters were actually immortals living among us, and tells him how as a child Snow White would bite people and drink their blood!
Now the Evil Queen has killed Jacob Grimm, and she is searching for the ‘lost seven’ – Snow White’s friends, and believes that Peter Pan knows where they are.

This is an interesting prequel story. Written from the evil queen’s perspective it gives us an insight into the world in which the main story will take place, and sets the scene for a dark fairytale retelling, in which Snow White is more vampire than princess, and the Evil Queen is only trying to stop Snow White from hurting others.
There is a lot of information in this book, and I had a hard time keeping up with it in places. I liked the world and ideas that were touched upon, although I’ve got no clue how Peter Pan and Neverland come into things as I don’t remember those ever being associated with Grimms fairy tales!
This prequel certainly sets an interesting scene for the main book though, which is called 'Snow White Sorrow', and is released in October 2012.
8 out of 10.



This book can be found in 'Beauty Never Dies' which has all 3 prequel stories in one package ☺
(Amendment - this special offer has now finished, and each prequel must be purchased seperately.)

Today I am reading... Extras by Scott Westerfeld

 Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras (Uglies, #4)
Extras (Uglies, #4)
Extra - Wer kennt dein Gesicht (Uglies, #4)This one has loads of different covers!

Blurb(from Goodreads):

Fame

Экстра
Excecionais (Uglies, #4)It's a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. "Tech-heads" flaunt their latest gadgets, "kickers" spread gossip and trends, and "surge monkeys" are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it's all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of "American Idol." Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.
As if being fifteen doesn't suck enough, Aya Fuse's rank of 451,369 is so low, she's a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn't care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.
Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity...and extreme danger. A world she's not prepared for.






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Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, The Lucky One is Nicholas Sparks at his best—an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.



The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Lucky One(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
28-year-old Logan has done 3 tours of Iraq, and knows that the reason he hasn’t been killed is because he found a photo of a girl in the sand one day. Ever since he found the photo he has been having a lucky streak.
After seeing one of his best friends killed after leaving Iraq, Logan decides to try and track down the girl in the photo. Walking for months across country with his dog Zeus, following shaky leads, Logan eventually reaches a place called Hampton, where he finds Elizabeth working for her grandmother at a dog-training business.

Logan and Elizabeth hit it off and start a relationship. But Logan doesn’t tell her about the photo, and she knows he’s hiding something from her. Can their relationship survive when Logan hasn’t told Elizabeth the truth about why he came to Hampton? And what trouble has Elizabeth’s ex-husband got in store for Logan?

This book was a fairly standard contemporary romance. I really hated the way that Logan lied by omission when he told Elizabeth why he was in Hampton. Starting a relationship on a lie is not a good idea, and I spent a lot of time whilst reading this book, dreading what Elizabeth would say when she found out.

Logan talked on several occasions about his tours in Iraq, which I wasn’t particularly interested in, as the thought of being in a war depresses me. I disliked the ex-husband – Clayton, who was basically a total pig, and felt sorry for the poor kid – Ben who had him for a dad.

I didn’t foresee the grand finale to the book, but I did foresee the happily ever after.
3 out of 5.



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Today I am Reading...Snow White, Blood Red, and Confessions of an Angry Girl

Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)Snow White Blood Red

Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Snow White Blood Red: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by the Snow White Queen:

I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.


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 Confessions of an Angry Girl (ARC)

Confessions of an Angry Girl Blurb (from Goodreads)
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some CONFESSIONS to make... #1: I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?

#2: I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who "might" be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

#3: High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry-get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.) (Sorry. That was rude.)




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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
Blurb(from Goodreads):
Meet the smart, sexy—supernatural—women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven…

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow–up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all…

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty–something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals—a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural–born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enoug
h to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

I am reading this as part of the 'women of the otherworld chalenge' hosted by Moonlight gleam. 

 

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


 

Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 4 in the ‘women of the otherworld’ series, and kicks off a few weeks after the end of book 3.
We once again join Paige and Lucas, and this time they’re almost, kind-of… working with Lucas’ father Benicio and the Cortez Cabal!
It seems that several teens of employees of the Cabal *like a mafia family) have been killed, and the cabal are looking to find out who is behind it. Lucas is busy with one case, but Paige isn’t, and when she finds out that one of the victims was a young run-away witch, she can’t help but offer to lend a hand.

Things aren’t easy though when half the witnesses seem to be dead, and every lead seems to finish in a dead end. There’s plenty of intrigue though with necromancers, werewolves, and vampires dropping in to liven up the party.

Who is killing the Cabal kids though? And why?

I enjoyed this book, quite a lot more than ‘Dime Store Magic’, it just flowed better, and held my attention better too.
The story starts with Paige failing in an attempt to form her own coven. She’s been improving her powers using the spell books for the tertiary spells that she acquired in ‘Dime Store Magic’, but nobody else seems interested in joining her, and so she’s currently coven-less, and working on her own.
The main story in the book is about the murders of cabal employees’ kids, but this develops into something even bigger as the story progresses. I wasn’t overly sure about Paige and Lucas working with his father’s Cabal, I was worried that there was a trick in there somewhere, but obviously sometimes you need to take risks.

The secondary characters in this book were so much fun! We once again meet Elena, Jeremy, and Clayton from ‘Bitten’, and also have some vampires, and a necromancer thrown into the mix. Each character had their own ideas and intentions, but blended well with the rest of the storyline. There’s not much from Savanna in this instalment, which seems to be a good thing, and we get to see a little more development in Paige and Lucas’ relationship.

Overall; a great addition to the series.
8 out of 10.

Today I am reading... The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, The Lucky One is Nicholas Sparks at his best—an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love.






This book is also a film!

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Title: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence proves fatal.


My Summary:


15-year-old Alyrra is a quiet and gentle girl for a princess, and she’s not afraid of hard word, qualities that have unfortunately not endeared her to her mother and brother.

Journeying to another kingdom for her wedding, Alyrra falls foul to a terrible curse at the hands of a sorceress, and finds that she has switched bodies with a girl she grew up with, who holds a grudge and despises her.

Forced to work as a goose girl by the girl who has stolen her life, Alyrra must find a way to make a new life for herself, and to come to terms with what has happened to her. But when the same evil sorceress begins to threaten the Prince (her fiancées) life, can Alyrra really hide her secret in silence forever?




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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation
 Blurb (from Goodreads):
 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














Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Temptation(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley)
16-year-old Rose has had a tough year. Her mother died from cancer 10 months and 1 week ago, and now her father has moved their family from suburban Cincinnati to a ramshackle house in Ohio.

They have barely made it in the front door of their new house when their neighbours turn up offering a hot meal and some help unloading the removal van. The Millers are different though – they are Amish.

Rose doesn’t know much about the Amish but she’s about to learn when she begins a romance with the Miller’s second eldest son Noah. Sneaking away, she meets up with him of an evening in some cornfields, and their love blossoms.

This can’t go on forever though, Noah is 18 and under pressure from his family to marry and start a family. Rose can’t imagine getting married at 16. Things come to a head when they are caught kissing though, and now a decision must be made; can Rose really give up everything to be with Noah? Or is their relationship just fated not to be?


This is to me a bit of a Romeo and Juliet story to me – boy and girl who have to overcome immense obstacles and pressure from their parents to be together. Rose is a pretty normal teenage girl, she’s into horses and dancing, and she’s looking forward to getting her licence and being able to drive. She instantly connects with Noah the moment she sees him, and knows that he is the boy for her.

Noah is an interesting character, but he really does have some real chauvinistic ideas due to his Amish upbringing. It’s nice to know that he is your normal teenage boy with his worrying that when he kisses Rose he ‘won’t be able to stop’, but he really does have issues, partly due to his Amish upbringing, and partly in my opinion due to good old fashioned jealousy.

Rose and Noah’s relationship is sweet and real, and the love they feel for each other is pretty obvious. I have to say that I smiled when they had their first kiss. My only annoyance with their relationship was mainly due to Noah’s behaviour. I understand that he has had a very different upbringing, but he really was just unbelievable at times!
Obviously the topic of their future together comes up, and while Noah is adamant that he can’t stop being Amish and live the same sort of life as Rose, he has no problems asking her to give up everything to be with him. It’s almost like he doesn’t realise that he’s asking her to do what he himself doesn’t want to do. I also found it unbelievable that when she tries to explain this to him, that he criticises her, and thinks that she’s ‘acting like a child.’ I can honestly say that most modern day women would have thumped him for this comment; but Rose really is incredible patient and understanding with him.

As if this isn’t bad enough, he tells her that she will not be allowed to cut her hair, to wear make-up, to listen to music or dance, to continue her education, etc, etc. He also thinks to himself that he couldn’t possibly live in the ‘English’ world (yes everyone who isn’t Amish is ‘English’) because he couldn’t handle Rose ‘going off places whenever she wanted to or dressing in tight clothes’. As I say, as modern women, we should hate him; he really does believe that as Rose’s husband he would basically OWN her!
He even considers trying to make her pregnant so that they will be forced to marry (sorry love, but that isn’t necessarily true in this day and age either!)

One of the nice things about this book though was learning about the Amish and their rules and beliefs, it really is too bad that as an outsider you are basically shunned, and that there is no room for an ‘English’ person in an Amish community.

I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the grand finale in this book, even though the prologue kind of gives it away. I must say that I was close to tears, which was pretty awkward considering that I was reading that part at the bus station!

Overall; I enjoyed this book, was pleased with the way it ended, and am interested to read that there is a sequel in the works! I think that this is a brilliant idea as we will have further insight into Rose and Noah’s relationship as it progresses.
8 out of 10.

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Title: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence proves fatal.


My Summary:


15-year-old Alyrra is a quiet and gentle girl for a princess, and she’s not afraid of hard word, qualities that have unfortunately not endeared her to her mother and brother.

Journeying to another kingdom for her wedding, Alyrra falls foul to a terrible curse at the hands of a sorceress, and finds that she has switched bodies with a girl she grew up with, who holds a grudge and despises her.

Forced to work as a goose girl by the girl who has stolen her life, Alyrra must find a way to make a new life for herself, and to come to terms with what has happened to her. But when the same evil sorceress begins to threaten the Prince (her fiancées) life, can Alyrra really hide her secret in silence forever?




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Monday, 25 June 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kandare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)(Source: I won a kindle copy of this book!)
Theseus Cassio Lowood (Cas) is a 17-year-old Ghostbuster, sorry, I mean Ghost-Hunter. His dad was a ghost hunter before him, and was killed by a ghost when Cas was 7. In the last 3 years Cas has been following in his footsteps, he’s gotten rid of 22 spirits so far, and this time he intends to get rid of Anna, or ‘Anna dressed in blood’ as she is known.

Anna was murdered on her way to prom in 1958, and her blood soaked her white dress, earning her her nickname. Now, anyone who steps into her old house doesn’t step out again, and she has mutilated and killed loads of people.

Cas has recently moved to the area with his mother, and after befriending the school queen bee, finds himself on a trip to Anna’s house. Hit over the head and dragged into the house by the queen bee’s jealous ex-boyfriend, Cas has a front seat for the show when said ex-boyfriend is ripped in two by Anna.

Now Cas has to find a way to stop Anna, who strangely is much stronger than the spirits he is used to dealing with, but what is it about Anna that makes her so different?

This book was interesting, although at times I found it incredibly slow and put it down and read something else!

I don’t really know what to say about Cas. Other than the fact that he’s a ghost hunter, and his father was killed when he was 7, I feel like I know very little about him. In fact I’d probably say that about most of the characters.
I think I liked the female characters most to be honest. Anna had a bit of a back story, and even though Carmel was queen bee she was also pretty fierce!

I kind of expected there to be an explanation as to why Anna didn’t kill Cas, but if there was one I missed it. I was also expecting the love story side of things to involve more than one scene, so that was a bit of a let-down. I am thankful that although this is a ‘horror’ it is not too scarey! There were a couple of moments when I thought ‘Ick’ but otherwise it was okay.

I wasn’t 100% happy with the ending, but at least the book had a real ending! I’m hoping to see more of Anna in the second instalment now!
Overall; an interesting young-adult read, just a little slow in places for me.
7 out of 10.

 

Today I am Reading...Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
Blurb(from Goodreads):
Meet the smart, sexy—supernatural—women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven…

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow–up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all…

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty–something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals—a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural–born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enoug
h to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

I am reading this as part of the 'women of the otherworld chalenge' hosted by Moonlight gleam.

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Title: Thorn
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Princess Alyrra’s strength lies in silence. Scorned by her family, she avoids the court, spending her time with servants. When her marriage is unexpectedly arranged with the prince of a powerful neighboring kingdom, Alyrra feels trapped. As the court celebrates her match, dark rumors spread about the unexplained deaths of the women of her new family. Alyrra begins her journey with mounting trepidation. Betrayed while traveling, she seizes an opportunity to start a life away from court.

Walking away from a prince whom she doesn’t know should have been easy. But from the moment she sets eyes on him, Alyrra realizes that her freedom could cost him his life. Without any magical defense of her own, she is plunged into a lethal game of sorcery and deceit. Now Alyrra must decide whom she can trust and what she’s willing to fight for—before her silence proves fatal.

Author Bio
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and young daughter. Intisar writes grants and develops projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which is as close as she can get to saving the world. Her approach to writing fantasy reflects her lifelong passion for stories from different cultures. She is currently writing a trilogy set in the same world as Thorn. This is her first novel.



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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental (Elemental, #0.5)
 Blurb (from Goodreads):
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.




Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Elemental (Elemental, #0.5)(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.)
Michael has control of the element of earth, while Emily has control of the element of wind.
Michael is very powerful though, and some kind of deal has been made between the families with elemental powers, that he will behave himself or he will be killed – mainly because they are afraid of him.

Emily has just started a new job, when Michael comes in. At first she thinks that he’s there to cause trouble, but when it becomes clear that he’s not, they form a bond, a bond that later saves Michael’s life when Emily’s brother and his gang jump him in a deserted parking lot.

This was an interesting short story. There wasn’t really enough to really get to know the characters, but it does show a brief glimpse into the world of the elementals, and gives an idea of what to expect from the rest of the series.

Unfortunately, I am annoyed that it doesn’t have an ending! It just cuts off midway through, and the next book doesn’t focus on these characters! I want to know what happens to Michael and Emily!
Overall; an interesting start, but I wanted an end!
5 out of 10.
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Today I am reading... Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


City of Glass: Mortal Instruments, Book 3 (The Mortal Instruments) 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
This is Book 3 in the ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series, and kicks off about a week after the end of ‘City of Ashes’.
Clary, Jace, and the lightwoods are all preparing to go to Idris - the shadow hunter country, even though Jace really doesn’t want Clary to go. Clary knows she must go if she is to stand any chance at saving her mom, but Jace thinks that the Clave will just use her if they discover her talent for creating new runes.

Telling Clary the wrong time to catch the portal, Jace hopes that the problem is sorted, that is until Clary makes up a new rune to open a portal! HA HA! Thus kicks off the antics in Idris, and what antics they are!

It’s difficult to say much about this book without giving too much away, but this third book is really action packed, and just has tension running through it all the way to the end.
First we have Clary who’s desperate to find the cure to her mother’s condition. Then there’s Simon who got dragged through the portal uninvited, and ends up in prison! There’s Jace, who finds out more about his father, and his family, with unexpected revelations. There’s also the Lightwood family who have to deal with an unexpected Loss, and questions over Alec and Magnus’ relationship.
There are also new characters introduced, and obviously the final showdown with Valentine, and the answer to the question that everybody has wanted to know since the end of book 1 – are Clary and Jace really related?!

I have to say that I enjoyed this book, and I think it is definitely the best of the first three. Jace is still my favourite character, but I think that Alec grows quite a bit in this instalment too. I also love how CC likes to keep shocking us, and still manages to make things work out for the best!
I did guess where the story was heading fairly early on, but there were still some surprises in store, and way more to the storyline than I would have guessed, and I liked how most of the characters got their own moments in the spotlight too, and the book wasn’t purely focused on Clary and Jace. (I would have liked to have heard more from Isabelle though, who doesn’t really feature much in this instalment at all.)

If I had to pick something I didn’t like, then I would have to say that the epilogue was pretty slow, which made the last little bit of the book a bit annoying, but that’s partly because the rest of the book was so fast paced.

Overall; A great 3rd book, and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.
8.5 out of 10.


 

Friday, 22 June 2012

Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
Blurb (from goodreads):

Few authors give readers such a “powerful rush”* as #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward does in her phenomenal books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now she returns to that fiercely intoxicating world in a new novel of a woman’s journey from terrifying enslavement to an erotic rapture that proves equally dangerous…

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy



Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)(Source: I borrow a copy of this book.)
This is book 9 in the ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series! If you’re reading this review I’m assuming that you’ve read some of these before! If not – you totally should! This review will make little sense if you haven’t – sorry!

So this book kicks off where the previous one left off – Payne has just broken her back fighting with Wrath, and Jane has set off in an attempt to find her old boss – Manuel Manello, who is an orthopaedic surgeon.

If you’ve read the ‘black dagger brotherhood’ books in the past, you probably have a pretty good idea of what happens next – male meets female, with what I like to call the ‘MINE’ reaction, they want to be together but something stands in their way, they work out a way to overcome said problem, and well, they don’t exactly live happily ever after, but they give it a good go (with plenty of erotic interludes along the way!)

This book focuses primarily on Payne (Vishous’ twin sister), and Jane’s old boss Manuel/Manny, although there is also a major focus on Vishous’ and Jane’s relationship too.
Payne is still paralysed even after surgery, and attempts to take her own life. When V finds out he is angry, and brings Manny back to the compound to give his sister a reason to live, seeing how he noticed the attraction between them when Manny was acting as her doctor. Cue the ‘sexual healing’ – yes that pun is in the book, I didn’t make it up!

V and Jane are having a rough time of it due to V’s worry over his sister, and the fact that he usually deals with this kind of stress through a bit of S&M. This causes problems when he doesn’t want to involve Jane in this aspect of his life, and so they have to turn to Butch to try and help with this problem.

The lesser threat is increased in this book, but also seems to play a back-seat role to the relationships between the characters. There is also a problem in the guise of a vampire gang from the old country turning up, and the mayhem they cause.

Needless to say; like the other books in this series, this book is hot! Steamy hot! If you’re looking for an erotic read with a great storyline, then look no further. I really enjoyed this book, and have to say that in my opinion it is one of the best in the series!
9 out of 10.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow Blog Tour!


Loving Summer


Blurb:


Loving Summer by Kailin Gow is a YA Contemporary Romance with an edge - Releases May 28

After not having seen childhood family friends, Rachel and her brothers Nathaniel and Drew in three years, sixteen year old Summer Jones, who has always spent her summers with the Donovans at her Aunt Sookie's Malibu beach house, discovers there is more to her long-time crush on one of the Donovan brothers this summer than meets the eye, especially when Astor Fairway, the handsome television star taking her aunt's acting coaching sessions, notices her. This summer, the summer she is noticed, would be the summer no one could forget.


Chat with the Donovans and Summer from LOVING SUMMER™

 

Summer Jones, Nat Donovan, Drew Donovan, and Rachel Donovan



Summer has always spent her summers with the Donovans at her Aunt Sookie’s Malibu beach house (the “Pad”) growing up, but has not seen them for three years since she was 13 years old when the Donovans moved to San Francisco.  She is best friends with Rachel, has had a long-time crush on Nat, the oldest Donovan, and has been playpal to Drew, Rachel’s fraternal twin, growing up. This summer, all of them are back at the “Pad”, and it’s turning out to be a summer they can’t forget.

Summer: 
Hey Rachel, Nat, and Drew – you there? #LovingSummerChat

Rachel: 
You betcha.  #LovingSummerChat

Drew: 
Hey Summer. I’m here.  #LovingSummerChat

Summer: 
Rachel and Drew. Thanks for being on this impromptu chat with me. We were asked to talk a little about the book, and how it came about. #LovingSummerChat 

Drew: 
Anytime Summer. Anytime.  I’ll always be there for you, you know that, right? #LovingSummerChat

Summer: 
*Clears throat* I do, Drew. #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Summer… I really miss you. #LovingSummerChat
Summer: 
I miss you, too, Drew.  #LovingSummerChat

Drew: 
I’m trying to make a trip down to L.A., interviewing at USC and UCLA for a football scholarship. I want to see you. To see how you’re doing. #LovingSummerChat

Summer: 
I’d like that.  Astor’s wrapping up his filming in North Carolina and will be back. He’ll help me with Aunt Sookie’s Acting Academy. #LovingSummerChat

Drew: 
Uh, come to think about it, Summer.  I’m free this weekend.  Screw waiting for the interviews, I want to see you now. #LovingSummerChat

Summer:
But I thought you have football practice and catching up with your friends to do #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Summer, don’t you get it?  When it comes to you, nothing else matters. #LovingSummerChat

Rachel:
Hey, uh, I thought we were supposed to talk about the book and how it came about? #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
So it’s settled? Summer, make room for me this weekend. I’m coming to see you, and I won’t let you out of my sight when I do.  Astor or no Astor. I want you, and I’ll make sure you don’t forget it.  #LovingSummerChat

Rachel:
Where’s Nat? #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Summer? Did you hear me? #LovingSummerChat

Summer:
I did, Drew. I just needed to catch my breath. #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Good, I’ll see you soon, Summer, even before next Summer.  I can’t wait that long to see you again. #LovingSummerChat

Summer:
I can’t wait to see you, too, Drew. I missed you more than I expected. Now with everything the way  it is… #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
You have no idea #LovingSummerChat

Rachel:
Oh, there’s Nat.  Nat, do you have a minute to get in this chat with us to discuss the book? #LovingSummerChat

Nat:
Just a minute to say “hi” to everyone.  Thanks for reading the book.  We all appreciate it! #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
There you are. Now where are you heading? To a board meeting with Dad? You’re all dressed up, looking all business-like with that tie and suit. What’s up, Bro? #LovingSummerChat

Nat:

I am going on a trip, taking Dad’s company jet to Burbank Airport.  Meeting with some clients there, and hoping to make a stop at the “Pad”.  #LovingSummerChat

Summer:
Nat, you’ll be at the “Pad”?  #LovingSummerChat

Nat:
Aunt Sookie had asked me to check up on it.  And you, Summer.  But mostly, you.  I’ll see you tonight. If you have plans, change it.  I’m taking you out for dinner, and whatever screwed up mess I did, I’m going to fix it. This time, I’m doing it right. #LovingSummerChat

Rachel:
Looks like a party at the “Pad”.  #LovingSummerChat

Nat:
See you soon, Summer.  And everyone, hope you’re enjoying your summer.  #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Ok, Nat, I didn’t expect this, but you and I… we need to talk.  Let’s take this offline. #LovingSummerChat

Nat:
Sorry, Drew. No time to talk. I’m flying out now.  #LovingSummerChat

Summer:
Ok, looks as though I’m seeing you tonight, Nat.  I’ll see you this weekend, Drew! I miss you all. Talk to you soon, Rach. #LovingSummerChat

Drew:
Thanks everyone for coming to the chat and for reading Loving Summer.  We’re beyond happy you’re enjoying it!  Go Loving Summer. Go!  #LovingSummerChat

Rachel:

Well…looks like we’ll be seeing each other sooner than not.  Thanks everyone, and I can speak for everyone in Loving Summer how happy we are that you’re reading this book.  It means a lot to us, and to everyone who supports us and the message we have for everyone to don’t take for granted those who love you and those you love.  Cherish every moment you have with them.  Take care!  #LovingSummerChat

Summer:

Thanks everyone for being so supportive of Loving Summer!  We send our love to you and your family this summer and hope that you will make some awesome and magical memories of your own.  Lots of love, peace, and good health! – Summer.  #LovingSummerChat


About Kailin Gow:


Kailin Gow 

Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are:  The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more.  A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film.  She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.






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