Welcome! My blog is all about my love of books, in an ideal world I would blog about a specific genre but my taste is so broad I just love to read! I do however have a massive soft spot for anything dystopian and at the other end of the spectrum young adult! I have far too many books and I need more! I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can share my passions but I will occasionally also ramble about a lot of other things such as tv series and films and my love of Orlando plus did I mention I love books!!! I have a bit more info in my About Me page so please have a look!

Monday, 29 September 2014

BOOK BLAST - Silvern by Christina Farley **GIVEAWAY**


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SILVERN BY CHRISTINA FARLEY
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Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. 

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.






After teaching and traveling internationally for ten years, Christina started writing about her adventures, tossing in a little fiction for fun. This inspired her to write the GILDED series, a YA series based on Korean mythology about a Korean-American girl who takes her destiny into her own hands. 

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, and eating dark chocolate. 

Christina writes fantasy for teens. She is represented by Jeff Ourvan of the Jennifer Lyons Literary, LLC. 
Learn more about Christina by visiting her at www.christinafarley.com or by chatting with her on Twitter @christinafarley.




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Sunday, 28 September 2014

BLOG TOUR - Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody


Thank you to Piatkus for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review

So first of all my confession out of the way, this is my first Kate Shackleton Mystery novel, how I have missed the others I do not know but I will blame my children, they are my go to excuse and terrible at getting in the way of my reading (bless their dirty socks).

Anyhoo I love a good mystery from my all time classic favourite Agatha Christie's Miss Marple to my hi-tech fave Eve Dallas in J.D. Robb's In Death series.  These stories never fail to entertain me but muscling in to my favourites list is this newcomer in the shape of Kate Shackleton and her very enjoyable tale set in the 1920's.

I must first of all draw your attention to the cover, I love it, when the review opportunity arose it was this cover that drew me in, it kind of reminds me of the railway posters of this era which had beautiful eye catching designs.

This is the sixth book in the Kate Shackleton Mysteries series, it starts of with Kate being called to London by the venerable Lady Coulton.  She wishes for Kate to track down her daughter who was born out of wedlock and was given up many years before, her husband is ill and she feels now is the time to track down her daughter.  

Kate very ably takes up the case, once more assisted by Sykes the former policeman but as she delves deeper in to the past and searches for Lady Coulton's daughter she discovers more than anticipated and a lot closer to home.

A respected scholar Horatio Potter is found dead in the basement of her local library, delving deeper in to his murder she finds that these two cases could be linked, could an innocent man be found guilty of this horrible crime and is Lady Coulton's daughter a link in this poor man's murder?

Well Kate investigates with such amazing stamina, she is a woman who never gives up and considering the setting where a woman's place was usually at home she does not let anything get in her way including a stowaway in her car in the shape of a Capuchin monkey.  

The story is seamless, it flows beautifully and the setting mainly in Leeds is just perfect, I truly loved Death of an Avid Reader, you could almost smell the books in the library scenes and feel the chill air from the misty evenings plus it did keep me guessing right up to the end when the killer is revealed and of course does Kate find Lady Coulton's daughter?

As much as I love a modern crime book, I love a book set in the early part of the last century which shows us that before the invention of the Internet and looking up your iphone, things can be solved with true determination and brain power!

Death of an Avid Reader is awarded 5 out of 5







BLOG TOUR - Zenith by Dirk Strasser



Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Zenith by Dirk Strasser

Read an excerpt below!



Can you see the story breathing?

Imagine

A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit

A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it

An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world

A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine


The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

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EXCERPT

He looked up. Something with massive flat wings hovered just above his head. It was dark against the dark sky. Its claws reached out for him and Atreu covered his eyes. There was a sound of footfalls behind him.
‘Come on!’ The call was urgent.
Atreu uncovered his eyes to look at the thing above him. The snow swirled and eddied around it. There were no claws; they were arms reaching out for him, imploring him to grab hold.
The footsteps were almost upon him when he lunged at the arms and held tight. He felt an immediate rush of air as he was lifted upwards. A windrider! He tried to look up at the man who was holding him. His jaw was grimly set in place, and he was looking past Atreu’s head at the ground below.
Just then an arrow whistled through the air.
‘We’re not safe yet,’ said the windrider. ‘With you weighing me down, it’s hard to fly high enough to get out of reach of the arrows.’
‘What’s happened?’
‘The Faemir. We had some warning, but it wasn’t enough. The Felsen don’t have a chance. They won’t leave their monastery.’
Atreu watched another arrow fly past his face. It embedded itself in one of the windrider’s wings. There was a sudden jolt.
‘Are you all right?’ Atreu’s voice sounded thin even to his own ears. He tried to look down and immediately felt giddy.
The windrider grunted a reply.
Atreu glanced up at the arrow stuck in the left wing. ‘Are you in pain?’
The windrider almost laughed. ‘What do you think I am – a bird? Of course I’m not in pain, but a few more arrows and we’ll both drop out of the sky.’ He shifted slightly and Atreu could feel the wind rushing past his ears. ‘Here, hold onto this – my arms are getting tired.’
The sun started to appear from behind the cliffs, and the snowfall was not quite as heavy. Atreu forced himself to look down. The giddiness returned but he fought it, and soon the ground below stopped swirling.
He could see the dull glint of swords, knives and axes against the white carpet of snow. The lights of Crosanct were fading now that the sun had begun to rise. There were soldiers and Faemir clashing everywhere, though from Atreu’s height they were often indistinguishable. Other windriders swooped and dipped through the air below them.
‘Even when I get you through the Pass, you’ll have to be careful,’ said the windrider.
Atreu nodded slowly, still looking down.
‘Did you hear me?’ asked the windrider.
Yes,’ said Atreu. Now that the fear had receded, a wave of euphoria swept through him. I’m flying!




About the author:

Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His mythic fantasy series, The Books of Ascension, has been republished by Macmillan Momentum, this time including Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension for the first time in English. His novels and short stories have been translated into a number of languages. He also founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-edited and co-published Aurealis magazine for over twenty years.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

BLOG TOUR - Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes ** GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for
Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes

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this excellent read!


Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books


Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London England to stay with his eccentric aunt Agatha who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London.

His interest in a string of murders Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they’ve been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth.

Mark’s only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he’ll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.

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When I was younger I watched a tv series, Jack the Ripper with Michael Caine (yes you are doing his accent aren't you!?) I was gripped, the dirty and quite frankly eerie streets of Whitechapel in London along with the scary true story of this monster was gripping viewing for my teenage self.

So when the chance to review Shadows Fall Away came up I very excitedly signed up, the story of a young man out of time makes for a really good read.

This is going to be a quick review as books like this need to be read and experienced first hand, I always feel I can never do them justice in tell you about them but the story is about Mark an American teen sent to live with his Ripper obsessed Aunt Agatha in London.

Literally struck by lightening, he wakes up to discover he isn't where he started off, in fact he isn't even in the same year or century for that matter!

He has been taken back to Victorian times, the London of Jack the Ripper's reign, finding himself meeting a relative and becoming the source of suspicion as he knows so much about the Ripper murders, Mark has no option but to try and get on with his new life in London and try and get to the bottom of the murders but he is also distracted by Genie Trembly a young girl who is the total opposite of him, he finds himself becoming extremely interested in her but so does Jack!

Will Mark be able to save her, will he be able to get home? Well I'm not telling you'll have to read this gripping tale for yourself!

Excellent young adult thriller - awarded 4 out of 5


ABOUT KIT FORBES:


Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her youngest daughter and an assortment of cats who give new meaning to the world bizarre.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Winner will be drawn October 25, 2014
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

REVIEW - Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks


Thank you to Ebury Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I love my sci-fi and I really love my Doctor Who, ever since Christopher Ecclestone's spectacular re-boot, I've been hooked though when I was a youngster back in the 80's I remember hiding from the cybermen way back then!

So if you are an avid Whovian you may have seen the episode that the Doctor and Shakespeare met up at the Globe Theatre, well this book proves that not only did they meet but the Doctor has a huge influence on his writing!

This book visits many of Shakespeares works and they are reimagined with the different Doctor's and their companions being placed in to all of Shakespeare's famous works.

It really is a bit of fun, but unless you have a great interest in both Doctor Who and Shakespeare it may fall a little flat for you as all of the Doctor references will just go right over your head.

It is a great idea, one for the die hards I think but still its a fun read with great illustrations of our man from Gallifrey.

Awarded 3 out of 5



REVIEW - Andromeda by Amy Bartelloni


Andromeda is set in the near figure, ten years after a pandemic has worked its way through the population, leaving millions dead and millions infected with an incurable disease.

The story is told from two groups POV's, the first group is Jade and Sera(phina) two teenagers who have had to leave the relative security of their camp following an attack, they are making their way on foot slowly to Albany in New York, the alleged location of a safe refuge where the survivors of this global catastrophe can live safely.

The second group is made up of Anyon and Malachi, these two young men are trying to find Sera and Jade, Anyon had been assigned to protect her and in doing this he and Jade have grown extremely close, he has been trained as a soldier and his past which involves Sera is clouded in mystery.

Both groups struggle on foot to Albany, the road is dangerous, not to mention long, wild animals and lone survivors are just some of their worries, the constant fear of infection is always in the back of their minds.

Reaching Albany first, the girls hopes are dashed when the camp is not how they imagined (not spoiling for you!) but they do find hope in the shape of an older lady who has been living in the city, she has supplies and she also has a young man staying with her, Lazarus.

Lazarus puts Jade's back up straight away but after the discovery that their best option is to continue heading north they take his offer of help and they leave the lady behind and make their way out of the city.

Finally reaching Albany, Anyon and Malachi discover the camp and they also discover that the girls have passed through, seeking refuge with the lady, she tells them about the danger that they are in as Lazarus is not all that he seems (no spoilers again!) she urges them to find the girls before it is too late.

So what is Lazarus up too, well I can say this, the government are desperate to find our four travellers, they will stop at nothing to get them but what will happen to them when they are finally snared by them.

Sera is the main prize, her parents are scientists who had been working on an antidote to the virus but she has not seen them for a long time and her memory is very patchy as to what happened when she was younger, against all odds they need to avoid being captured, but will they?

Andromeda is a fast paced exciting tale, I love a nice gripping tale like this, when I read the synopsis and saw pandemic, I was kinda expecting zombies but there are none, just extremely ill people in various stages of illness, desperate to live.

Our four young characters are very believable it's been several years since I was a teenager but all the emotional angst that a teenager goes through was there.

Whether you like your Dystopia full of zombies or bombs, you will enjoy this and just now its FREE on Kindle so you have no excuse, give it a read!

Andromeda is awarded 4 out of 5


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

RELEASE DAY - Stay With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout writing as J Lynn **GIVEAWAY**


 
We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!
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STAY WITH ME TRAILER: EXCERPT: As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. “Why?” I asked. There was a beat. “Why what?” Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. But then he moved. Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.” “But—” “You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked. “You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out. His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.” I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place. “You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed. Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me. Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe? “Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter. “Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.” He chuckled. I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years. I felt cared for . . . cherished. Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.

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  STAY WITH ME Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . . At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should.   She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends. But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.   Stay With Me Teaser 1  

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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