Sunday, 31 March 2013

Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1) by Marianne Curley



Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ebony has always known that she is different. Her violet eyes mark her out, and her protective parents have kept her in a gorgeous valley, home-schooled, safe from everything—almost as if she’s being hidden. But she’s changing: glowing, getting more and more beautiful, and stronger than anyone knows. Ebony can’t stay hidden for ever, and when she meets complicated, intense Jordan, something explodes inside her—something that can be seen from the heavens; something that changes everything. Ebony is a stolen angel, concealed on Earth. Now the heavens have found her, they want her back.

Fans of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush Saga and L.A. Weatherly’s Angel series will adore Hidden. Full of irresistible romance and breath-taking suspense, this is a sensational start to a brilliant new series. Get ready to be swept away by this spellbinding story of eternal love.


Hidden by Marianne Curley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.)
Ebony has always known that she was different, but her parents have never been open to talking about her and their family. When Ebony finally forces her parents to talk to her, they tell her something she wasn’t expecting – she’s not their biological daughter.

Jordan is a normal kid who has not had the best of starts in life. He’s currently in foster care after his parents died, and has even spent time in a juvenile detention facility. When he meets Ebony he is intrigued by her violet eyes, but he has other problems when an old friend tries to kill him.

Ebony sets out with the intention of finding the man who gave her to her parents, even though they told her that they’ll be in danger if anyone discovers that they have told her her true heritage, and then her parent’s house explodes and burns to the ground.

Jordan survives his stabbing, and is then visited by an angel called Nathaneal, who tells him that it’s now his job to help find a girl called Ebrielle who is really an angel, who was stolen at birth.
Is Ebony Ebrielle? What do the angels want with her? And what happened to Ebony’s real parents?


I thought this book was okay in the beginning, but the further I got into it, the more unbelievable it became, and the more I felt like I was forcing myself to read on.

Ebony was an okay character, but she was a little stupid at times. She totally didn’t take what her parents were telling her seriously, and the first chance she got she went against what they had told her, and not only that, but she led her best friend into danger as well.
When she was told that her parents are most likely dead, she just argued! I know denial is a stage of grief, but to point blank refuse to accept even the possibility that they are dead, when she knows that they were threatened should they ever tell her about her unusual heritage, their house exploded and burned to the ground, their car was in the garage, and there are no records of them travelling anywhere is a little unbelievable for me.

Jordan was another okay character, but he was pretty spineless. He didn’t accept what he was told by the angels initially, but he didn’t take much convincing. He was even pleased to go with Nathaneal when he realised he drove a Lamborghini! He didn’t immediately think of Ebony and her violet eyes and her super strength when he was told he was looking for a missing angel named Ebrielle either which seemed a little dense.
I found it really difficult to connect with either Ebony or Jordan, they were both just dull, a little self-centred, and didn’t make good decisions.

The storyline was okay, but I have to say that I was bored. Some parts were just unbelievable, other parts cliché, and the info dumps drove me crazy.
When Nathaneal started explaining exactly what was going on to Jordan I seriously considered not carrying on reading. It was such a massive info dump! The last book that was like this that I can remember was ‘Undeadly’, and this was no different – it was like reading an encyclopaedia. I don’t know about you, but I find encyclopaedias pretty dull unless it’s a subject I’m really interested in, and I really wasn’t interested enough in this book to appreciate this giant history lesson!
Jordan got quite a few sermons like this from Nathaneal, and they were all pretty bad. If I had been Jordan being told all this stuff I would probably have fallen asleep.

Then there’s a blo*dy love triangle! I mean please?! First Ebony is instantly attracted to Jordan, and then Nathaneal makes some kind of move! As if this book wasn’t bad enough already, the author throws in a love triangle! Worse, Nathaneal tells Jordan that he has a fiancée waiting for him back home, but then I was confused when he later spoke to Ebony as I wondered if he was actually hinting that she was his fiancée? Not sure. Ebony seemed to be instantly drawn to Nathaneal as well though, so I really don’t know what will happen there! I know that some people hate insta-love though, and there was two cases of that in this story!

Overall; I thought that this book was dull, cliché, and probably more suitable for a younger mg/ya audience, as the story did seem quite childish. I’m sure there are people who will like this, but I personally can’t recommend it.
4 out of 10.


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Stacking the Shelves, March 31st 2013

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Books Read:

  Over You Color of Loneliness (Color, #1) Fire (Akasha, #3) Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1) 

 

Books Gained:

   Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1) Color of Forgiveness (Color, #2)None of the Regular Rules White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)  

Requiem (Delirium, #3) Hungry (Miss Chatterley, Part 1) Dirty (Miss Chatterley, Part 2) 

1. 'Of Poseidon' by Anna Banks ebook - 
2.  'Color of Forgiveness' by Madeleine Beckett - 
Thanks to author Madeleine Beckett
3.  'None of the Regular Rules' by Erin Downing - 
Purchased on kindle from amazon.co.uk 
4. 'White Trash Beautiful' by Teresa Mummert - 
Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss
5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver - 
Surprise gift!!
6. & 7. Miss Chatterley (parts one and two) by Logan Belle -
Thanks to Pocket Star and Edelweiss

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Color of Loneliness (Color, #1) by Madeleine Beckett



Color of Loneliness (Color, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Myra Sommers, an attractive young copy editor living in Philadelphia, makes the tough decision to return to her family home in Nyssa, Oregon. A recent death leaves her with no remaining family, and she decides to heal and regroup there. Her decision to leave is solidified by recent revelations involving her cheating ex-boyfriend, Trent.

Myra parts ways with her only friend, Susie O’Connor, a zany woman who’s more than a little insane. In Nyssa, Myra finds little immediate comfort in her “new” home which is literally falling apart around her. She sinks into a deep depression, exacerbated by her feelings of loneliness and isolation in the small town.

News of Myra’s return takes no time to spread through Nyssa, and she quickly encounters several locals, some friendly, some not. Among the friendly faces is Jim, an elderly neighbor whom she begins to rely on for help and companionship. When she realizes that she’s going to have to hire someone to do repairs on her broken-down home, Jim gives her the name of a local contractor, Dylan Lawson, who has done work for him in the past.

When Myra calls Dylan for an estimate, she’s astounded by the contractor’s gruff, surly demeanor. But she trusts Jim and there are few other options in the small town.

Dylan can’t help but notice that Myra is young, single, and beautiful, which makes him suspicious of her real reason for calling him. The women in Nyssa pursue him relentlessly but he’s not in the least bit interested.

After Myra approves his estimate, Dylan begins the process of repairing her home. While he works, she begins writing a book; that is, when she’s not fielding insane calls from Susie who misses her like crazy.

Slowly, a reluctant friendship develops between the pair, followed by romantic feelings which neither of them can fight. However, their painful past experiences threaten to tear them apart. Can they move beyond their despair and open their hearts to love?



Color of Loneliness by Madeleine Beckett

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Color of Loneliness (Color, #1)Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Madeleine Beckett.)
25-year-old Myra is having a difficult time of things. Her grandfather just died leaving her with no blood relations at all, and her boyfriend dumped her for another woman, who to make matters worse is now pregnant, and a total b*tch.

Deciding that the best way to deal with all of this is to move back home to her grandfather’s house, Myra quits her job, and moves away, intending to use her time to write a novel.

Her grandfather’s house is falling to pieces though, and she needs to hire someone to fix it. Between the leaking roof, no running water, blocked toilets, and faulty electrics, it’s going to take a lot of work.

When her neighbour suggests she hire a man called Dylan who worked on his house, Myra checks him out before hiring him, but unfortunately she can’t check his temperament, and is shocked that he is so distant, moody, and angry all the time.
Myra has other thing to worry about though when her next door neighbour dies, and her ex turns up at her house uninvited.
Why is Dylan so angry all the time? Will Myra be able to make a life for herself in the town where she grew up? Will her ex ever leave her alone? And will Myra and her hunky contractor ever hit it off?


I enjoyed this book. I was a little sceptical at first as it was written in the third person, which I have not read much of lately, but as I got into the story it became compulsive reading!

Myra is a likeable character, and I felt really sorry for her the way her ex – Trent treated her. It can’t be easy to find out that the man you love is cheating on you with another woman, especially when you work at the same company! I was glad that Myra had her friend Susie to support her as she had no family left, but I wasn’t 100% sure that running away from her problems was a good idea or not. While I thought she could do with the closure, I worried that she was running away rather than facing her problems.

Susie – Myra’s best friend was a larger-than-life character. I honestly have not met anyone like her ever before, and some of the stuff that she came out with was just crazy! I have quite honestly never heard of a condom being called a ‘custard catcher’ before, and some of her other lines were pretty funny too, one of my personal favourites being – ‘Did you get a taste of Dylan’s footlong yet?’.
Susie was a fab character, and she was such a supportive friend to Myra, which was just what she needed.

Dylan was a very angry man. He swore constantly, kept everyone at arm’s length, and was generally quite a gruff character. He was obviously hiding something, or had something in his past that made him this way, but his general demeanour was not good. I could understand how he would have women throwing themselves at him because he was a hunk, but that anger should really have sent them running for the hills!

I liked the storyline, and I liked how it took a long time for Myra and Dylan to warm up to each other. There wasn’t a lot of romance in this book, the story was more focused on Myra and how she was trying to move on with her life after Trent. We were treated to a bit of action at the end though.
Otherwise the end of this book wasn’t really an end. I’m afraid we got a total cliff-hanger!! I’m guessing that you have to read the next book in the series to really find out what becomes of Myra and Dylan now.
Overall; a story about a woman starting over, with a touch of romance and humour.
7 out of 10.


   

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1) by Amber Garza



Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1)
lurb (from Gooreads):
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she’s expected to fulfill.

Dazzle by Amber Garza

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1)(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Amber Garza!)
Delaney is special, one of only 10 ‘Ekloge Warriors’ when the coming war arrives, she will be one of the chosen few who will fight for her people.

Delaney has the gift of prophecy, and her best friend Micha has the gift of strength. For years the two have saved people by following Delaney’s visions and using Micha’s strength to help change things. Micha even saved Delaney herself from drowning once.

When Delaney and Micha save a girl called Ariel from drowning when her car goes off a bridge, they discover something important – Ariel is also an Ekloge Warrior. Although Ariel wants nothing to do with Delaney and Micha, circumstances throw them together. Delaney remains wary of Ariel though as she fears that she is hiding something.

There are other things going on in Delaney’s life though. Even though she and Micha are best friends, and they have always believed that they will end up together, Sam, a boy at school that Delaney has always secretly had a crush on, suddenly begins to pay her attention, and Delaney finds herself falling for him.
What is Ariel hiding though? Who were the men who ran her off the bridge? And what will Micha do when he discovers that Delaney has been seeing Sam?


This was an interesting YA paranormal, I thought that the world building could possibly have been improved, but I really liked the thrill of the chase and the mystery surrounding Ariel and Sam.

Delaney was such a sweet girl, and she was so invested in using her gift to help people, even when it made things difficult for her. I was both pleased and worried when she began dating Sam, as although I wanted her to be happy, it was obvious that Sam didn’t have pure intentions when it came to Delaney which was really sad.

I liked Micha, but I thought he was a little selfish wanting to keep Delaney to himself, especially when he then began to show an interest in Ariel, I’m not so sure that this was a love triangle as a love square!
Both Sam and Ariel were new characters in Delaney and Micha’s lives, and both seemed to be hiding things. While we saw things from Sam’s point of view every few chapters, we didn’t see things from Ariel’s view, so what she was up to was a total mystery to the reader.

I did find the world building a little difficult to follow in this book. We were told about the Ekloge warriors, but then didn’t find out any more about the history surrounding these warriors until later on in the book, and even then I was still a little confused. There was some mention of some sort of war between (?)two people called Zerach and Saraf. Zerach won, and Saraf was banished somewhere? Now Saraf’s people can’t enter the town where Delaney lives(?) but Saraf wants to take over the town. The people who live in the town either follow Zerch or Saraf, or don’t have an allegiance (I think!)

There was also a storyline surrounding tattoos – people who support Zerach have a tattoo on their arm showing their allegiance, people who follow Saraf have fire branded on their forehead. Tattoos also appear on people’s skin to show important things in their life – parents, pets, loves etc. Delaney and Micha both have these sort of self-appearing tattoos, although Sam didn’t, I’m not 100% sure if the tattoos only came to people who supported Zerach? Really not sure! I think more information was needed with regards to the world building to make things a bit clearer possibly!

I did find the mystery surrounding the Ekloge Warriors to be very gripping, and I can’t wait to discover if Delaney and Micha find more of these special warriors in the next instalment!

I did find the paranormal aspect of the story a little difficult to believe in places. The story read very much like a contemporary romance, but then these strange paranormal aspects came in that didn’t 100% fit in with the story, I’m hoping that this will improve in the next instalment though, as things smooth out a bit.

The ending was slightly maddening I’m afraid – we’re left with a major cliff-hanger! I really want to know what happens next so I will be keeping an eye out for the next instalment, which I think the author said she would send me when it releases!!
Overall; a good start to a new YA paranormal series, with an intriguing ‘love square’ to boot!
7 out of 10.


However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she’s always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own.
Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Shattered by Elizabeth Lee



Shattered
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Alyssa Boyd had big plans. Big plans that included getting the hell out of the little town she’d grown up in with her two best friends. When she decided it was time to let one of them know her true feelings for him; a change of plans resulted in a tragic turn of events. Now, Alyssa is left alone to find her way out of the darkness that an untimely death has left in its wake.

Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.

When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.

When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?


Shattered by Elizabeth Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Shattered(Source: I received a digital copy of this book as a gift from the author. Thanks to Elizabeth Lee.)
9 months ago, 17-year-old Alyssa lost one of her best friends – Garrett in a car accident, and lost her other best friend Jesse because of it.
Now, Jesse is back, and he wants to tell Alyssa how he really feels about her, but with so much guilt and grief between them, even being in the same room is difficult.

Alyssa is not coping well with her grief, which makes dealing with Jesse, who she feels abandoned her, even more difficult.
Can Alyssa and Jesse finally talk things out though? How far will Alyssa’s rebellious behaviour go? And is there a way for them to be together against the odds?


I really enjoyed this book, it was a beautiful contemporary romance, as well as dealing with a difficult subject such as grief.

Alyssa was a very normal teen, trying to deal with the death of her best friend. She tried medication at her mother’s insistence, she tried hiding away, and she even tried rebelling. I really felt for Alyssa as it was obvious how much she loved Garrett, and how difficult his death was for her.
Jesse was also suffering through his grief over Garrett, and it was unfair how the two of them had been kept apart when they needed each other most.

Alyssa’s scheming mother was a real piece of work. She thought that she knew better than anybody else, especially where Alyssa was concerned, and I hated the way that she manipulated people. I also hated the way she held things against Jesse that were out of his control, and pushed Alyssa to go out with a boy that she thought was suitable, who she didn’t really know at all.
I hoped that Alyssa’s father would step in a little more to smooth things between her and her mother, but that didn’t happen often either unfortunately.

Once again in this book, we had an issue of miscommunication. If Jesse and Alyssa had actually talked to each other properly, instead of allowing other people and other people’s ideas to come between them, things might have worked out differently between them.

The romance between Jesse and Alyssa was a slow, budding sort of romance, and mainly took place in flashbacks of how things were before the accident. I felt really sorry for the pair once I learned the circumstances surrounding Garrett’s accident, and I could totally understand how it came between them. I was desperately hoping all the way through that Jesse and Alyssa would talk to each other, and work things out.
We were treated to some steamier scenes towards the end of this book, and I loved how right Jesse and Alyssa were together. I would probably say that this book is more suitable for an older teen audience because of this, but it wasn’t erotic!

I thought that Alyssa’s grief was well portrayed in this story, and it was interesting to see not only how Alyssa coped with her grief, but how other people around her responded to it – how many wanted to medicate her, how many people wanted her to just get over it, and how few people were happy to just give her time to grieve. I understood both Alyssa’s wanting to take the medication at times, and not wanting to take it at other times. The decision as to whether or not what you’re feeling is healthy, or something that needs to be treated must be a difficult one, especially when nobody else seems to be feeling the way you do.

Overall; a beautiful YA/NA contemporary romance, highly recommended.
8 out of 10.



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Grimm Diaries  by Cameron Jace
Prequels 11-14
Publication date: March 28th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale



Synopsis:
10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day.

11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death.

12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget. 


13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find  shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever.

14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.



 

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Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters      I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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Today I am Reading... Broken Elements (Elements #1) by Mia Marshall


Broken Elements (Elements, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"It's happening again, Aidan. We didn't stop it, after all."

As an elemental, Aidan Brook holds the power of water at her fingertips. A descendant of the earth’s oldest magic, she can cause tides to ebb and flow, put out house fires without calling 911, and give anyone who’s annoying her an impromptu shower.

But even her magic has its limits. After it fails her one terrible night, she hides from the world and everyone she once loved, trying to escape the memories that haunt her. Ten years later, her exile is brought to an abrupt end when her former best friend appears on her front porch. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she must return to the scene of her own crimes.

Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.


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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Mystic Series Re-Release Event with B.C. Burgess and Bandit Publishing


Title(s):  Descension and Impassion, books 1&2 of The Mystic Series                               
Author: B C Burgess
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Re-release date: March 27, 2013 with Bandit
Genre:  Romance
Age Group:  New Adult
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Book Description(s):

Book 1
Descension
A Magical Journey of Epic Romance
Layla
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.
Quin
Quin’s natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he’s been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.
The Enemy
Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn’t die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her.
Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.


Book 2
Impassion
A Magical Journey of Epic Romance
Layla
According to the fairy tales Layla Callaway read as a child, she’d stepped into one. She suddenly has the extended family she always wanted, a beautiful home in Oregon, and the ability to perform astonishing magic. But her perfect world has a price, and she may end up paying with her life.

Quin
Quin Kavanagh wants nothing more than to shed his playboy past and devote himself to Layla, but his womanizing reputation threatens to destroy their budding relationship and shatter his dreams.
The Enemy
Obsessed with Layla’s immense power, Agro eliminates leads on his way to Oregon. But there’s a stranger lurking much closer to Layla’s new home, and he’s closing in quicker than anyone knows. Leaving a trail of tragedy in their wakes, both wizards crave what Layla has, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.
Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.



About the Author

B. C. Burgess is a small town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, where she still resides with her devoted husband and their young son. She’s addicted to coffee and writing and thinks the combination is heaven. Inspired to write by her love of reading, she feels fiction provides a healthy escape from the hardships of life, and hopes her stories touch the hearts of her readers, just as she’s been touched time and again. Though most of her visions flower in the form of fiction, she dreams of the day her passion for writing, along with determination and hard work, will prove to her son creative dreams can come true.
If you like the tales B. C. weaves, let her know. She loves hearing from her readers.
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Excerpt from Descension
The door opened, and Rhosewen slipped inside, flashing a smile as she clicked the latch into place. Aedan smirked at her stubbornness. Then his breath caught in his chest as she stepped into the moonlight.

She wore a wispy, white nightgown with thin straps and a deep neckline, displaying her slender collarbones and firm cleavage.

Aedan swallowed a lump then slid his gaze down her curvy waist, his lips parting with a reverent sigh. The hem of her gown wafted around her upper thighs, giving him his first full view of her legs, which were even better than he’d imagined, and he’d imagined them perfect.

She walked toward him, her ivory skin glittering with every fluid step. “Were you sleeping?” she whispered, climbing into bed.

Aedan rolled onto his side and propped his head on his hand, scanning her from head to toe. “Nuh-uh.”

She wiggled closer. “I was missing you.”

“What a coincidence,” he whispered, drifting his thumb over her cheek. “I was missing you.”

He wanted to see the rest of her body, the parts hidden beneath the thin nightgown. They called his name, testing his self-control. “You have a fantastic body, Rose. If you’re here to tempt me, mission accomplished.”

His fingertips slid into the V of her gown then flitted to her side, trailing over her hip to her thigh. Goosebumps followed, and she giggled, cuddling closer to his warm body.

“How tempted are you?” she asked.

He returned his fingers to her cheek, tilting her head back to find her eyes. “Very, but I don’t want to push my luck.”

“You’re sweet,” she whispered, searching his gaze, “and I love that about you, but right now, there’s something else I want.”

“I’ll give you the world, Rose.”

“I don’t want the world. I want you to stop being so polite to my parents and start making love to me.”

“Here?” he laughed.

“Now,” she soberly confirmed, wrapping a hand around the back of his neck.



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Instinct by J.A. Garland

Instinct
Blurb (fromGoodreads):
Lone wolf, Rory Archer, never failed a single mission. Now the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail leading back to Amber Arlington, a spirited Halfling tied to a world of Shadows. Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber's relationship surges into more than either of them bargained on. Scrambling to identify their attacker before joining the casualty list, Rory is faced with doing the unthinkable, or watching Amber become a slave for his species.

Instinct by J.A. Garland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Instinct(Source: I received a digital copy of this book as a gift from the author. Thanks to J. A. Garland.)
Rory Archer is a werewolf, he’s also a tracker, and someone just tried to kill him.

Making it his mission to find out who at the agency gave away the details of his assignment, and sent someone to kill him, Rory contacts his friend Grace who works for the agency. When Rory gets a name – Yarra, he decides that the best way to get close to her is her best friend Amber, but he doesn’t expect Amber to be hiding a secret also.

When things go from bad to worse and it seems like the same vampires who were after him are also after Amber, Rory must find a way to keep both of them safe, and to put an end to this once and for all.
Why does Yarra want to kill him though? What do the vampires want? And can Rory spot the Trojan horse before it’s too late?


This was an interesting urban fantasy adventure, and I liked the thrill of wondering when the Trojan horse in their midst’s would strike, I did find some of the plotline confusing though.

Rory was a likeable character, as was Amber. I liked the romance and attraction between the pair, and I thought they worked well together. I liked the little twist in the tale when we found out that Amber had her own secret, and I liked how this fitted in with the rest of the storyline. There were sex scenes in this book but they were tasteful rather than erotic, and I thought this fitted in with the rest of the story pretty well.

I did keep up with the storyline for most of the book, although I found some bits a little confusing. The end also confused me. When the end happened it seemed to happen really fast, and I had real trouble working out what was going on, and who was involved in which plot. I also had trouble working out how people got to where they were, and the relevance of certain information. After reading through it a second time, it was a little clearer, although I was a little disappointed that we didn’t witness first-hand the unveiling of the Trojan horse.

Overall; this was an interesting urban fantasy, and I liked the Trojan horse, I did get a little confused in certain places though.
6.5 out of 10.


Today I am Reading... Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder


Touch of Power (Avry of Kazan, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
THEY DESTROYED HER WORLD. BUT SHE’S THEIR ONLY HOPE...

Avry’s power to heal the sick should earn her respect in the plague-torn land of Kazan. Instead she is feared. Her kind are blamed for the horrifying disease that has taken hold of the nation. When Avry uses her forbidden magic to save a dying child, she faces the guillotine. Until a dark, mysterious man rescues her from her prison cell. His people need Avry’s magic to save their dying prince. The very prince who first unleashed the plague on Kazan.

Saving the prince is certain to kill Avry – yet she already faces a violent death. Now she must choose – use her healing touch to show the ultimate mercy or die a martyr to a lost cause?


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

If You Find Me (ARC) by Emily Murdoch



If You Find Me
Blurb (from Goodreads):
There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.



If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


If You Find Me(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.)
15-year-old Carey has been living in a caravan in the woods for years. Her drug-addict mother comes and goes, and Carey is left to look after her 6-year-old mute sister.

One day a man and a woman turn up at their home in the woods, the man claims to be Carey’s father, and the woman is from social services – Carey’s mother has written a letter saying that she can no longer look after the girls and has asked social services to find them in the woods and take them into care.

Carey’s father explains that he had custody of Carey because of her mother’s drug abuse, and that Carey’s mother kidnapped her and hid her in the woods so that he couldn’t take her away from her.
Now Carey and Janessa will be going to live with Carey’s father.
What happened in the woods though? Why doesn’t Janessa speak? And how long will it take for Carey and Janessa to get used to the real world?


This wasn’t really what I was expecting, I thought there would be more about the ‘finding’ of Carey, than what happened after she was found.

Carey seemed quite mature most of the time, but then quite immature at other moments. Obviously she had been forced to grow up as she had been left to look after her little sister since she was born. Carey was more of a mother to Jenessa than her real mother ever was, and it was pretty harsh that Carey’s mother had basically abandoned them.

Carey’s mother was addicted to drugs, and made money to buy drugs through prostitution. Carey and Jenessa survived with very little clothing and very meagre food rations. I personally didn’t quite understand why Carey’s mother had bothered to kidnap her seeing as she then left her alone in the woods most of the time, I couldn’t decide if it was just to spite Carey’s father, because she was delusional from the drugs, or because she thought she could use Carey to make money.

I never considered the fact that Jenessa didn’t speak to be such a mystery. I figured that it was in response to something bad that happened in the woods, but I personally was more invested in finding out what happened to Carey. She was a strong character, but to me it seemed obvious that this strength was hard won, and as much of a response to something bad happening as was Jenessa’s silence.
I liked the storyline in this book, but I thought we would have had more time spent on the finding of Carey and Janessa, instead of going straight into what happened to them after they were found. I also wondered what exactly had happened to their mother, as this wasn’t really covered, we knew that she had sent a letter to social services and disappeared, but we didn’t know how or why.

Overall; I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.
7 out of 10.


Book Blast (&Giveaway) - Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes by Kia Garriques

Book & Author Details:


Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes  by Kia Garriques
Publication date: February 14th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis:
Be prepared to immerse your self in a world where falling in love could cost you your life and nothing is as it seems.

Innovera Yakov – The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for the Journey.

What is the Journey? What happens to the ones who do not return? What unspeakable, stomach-churning things can happen to them there?

Even Ayana the Great Healer, Krave ‘The Golden One’ and the powerful Blu Tara are terrified of it.

PURCHASE: 


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AUTHOR BIO
Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series and will be out on amazon mid February. visit www.kiagarriques.com/books to read the first chapter.

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Author Interview (provided by author):

1:How different is INNOVERA YAKOV: THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND EYES from other books out there? Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for ‘The Journey’. Innovera Yakov is a faraway planet in a faraway universe: under five moons and two brilliant suns that never set. The wise words of Odors Apeno guide from within the Learning Dome; the Circle of Knowing decides their fate; the forbidden forests of the Dimmer Zone swallow trespassers. And at the very edges of Innovera Yakov there is always the terrifying watery darkness of Verheer. We meet Ayana, the questioning outsider, forever searching for herself and the truth of their world; Vinton, her protector. Gamma and Blu Tara are beautiful, fiery twins who can kill with one look. Innovera Yakov: the journey of a thousand eyes is fantasy fiction and more: it is also a story that explores the desire for acceptance, the need to belong, the importance of self-belief, the danger of secrets, the pain of betrayal and the power of love.

2: What was your favorite chapter or part to write?
Visualising the world my characters live in. I love mind-mapping that world and thinking of the possible dangers of falling in love in that world, including the terrible jealousies and rivalries that threaten to destroy the ones involved.


3: Any pet peeves?
Grass! I really have a phobia of standing on grass and I hate having to explain this to people. Going to a park is an unpleasant experience, because while other people simply run across it, I tend to walk the long way around. If anyone notices, the questions begin: What are you doing? Why would you do that? Then I would have to explain my dislike of grass and I'm both annoyed and embarrassed when doing that. This is where the pet peeve comes in.

4: Why should we read your book?
Apart from being an action-packed, romantic adventure, Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is a story about the power of love and loyalty. It is about the desire to become stronger, better beings, and the need to accept yourself and to embrace your strengths and talents in order to make the most of the gift of life. It is what most readers talk to me about when they've finished reading it. Some of them have even thanked me.
I think there is something for everyone in the novel: adventure, romance and valuable life-lessons.

5: What is next for your writing?
I am working on the second book in the series and I already have ideas for the third and fourth novel.

7: If you are going to be born again, what would you like to be?
I would like to be a bird. It would be wonderful to be able to fly and be anywhere you want to without restriction. Next to life, freedom must be the greatest gift. It’s a wonderful privilege.

8: Do you have any pre-writing rituals to help you prepare for writing different scenes and getting into a character’s mind.
I always write after midnight - around 2 or 3 am - when it is very quiet outside and I imagine that everyone else is asleep. My impulse to write and dream up worlds comes alive around that time.

9: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Follow your dreams. Work for what you want and even in the depths of despair or fading confidence never give up. It is important to believe in yourself because not everyone is going to believe in you. Embrace your gifts. Learn what they are and use them for good. Cherish what you are and don’t let go of that.

Giveaway!

1 winner will win 1 ebook of The Journet of A Thousand Eyes!
 Giselle @ xpresso book tours is currently organising a blog tour for this book! You can sign up here:  http://www.xpressobooktours.com/2013/03/tour-sign-up-innovera-yakov-journey-of.html