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!

Friday, 17 October 2014

COMING SOON - The Body by D Nichole King


So a few months back I read and loved the amazing The Spirit by D, Nichole King, so imagine my excitement when I found out The Body is coming out soon, book 2 in this series!  

Read a little below about what's in store!!



They vowed to never return.

Their lives depend on it. With last summer behind them, Lucas and Carrie think they’re safe.

Only the Moore House isn’t through with them.

When Lucas receives bad news, the search for the elusive half-demon who holds the key to Lucas’s death becomes first priority. The creature might be Lucas’s only shot at finding his soul. Problem is he doesn’t want to be found.

Dead ends and blocked attempts leave them wary.

Lucas seems to be fading away. His eyes no longer glow, his skin pales. Exhaustion consumes him, leaving him distant when he’s with Carrie. Not knowing what’s happening to him kills her.

From all around, shadows creep in, and there’s nowhere to hide.

Then, a mysterious stranger suddenly appears in town and unlocks a deadly secret from Lucas’s past. When the Moore House becomes their only escape—

No one is safe.

RELEASED 18th November 2014


REVIEW - The Circle by Dave Eggers


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

So I have just returned from holiday and during said holiday I read in two weeks the grand total of one book!  

Yes just one book, I was just as shocked as you were!  

Last night whilst my body clock was all to hell following my uncomfortable plane journeys I decided to start reading this book that had been sitting on my virtual TBR pile for a couple of weeks, I'd heard a lot of good stuff about it and by three am I was 60% in.

The Circle is crazy good, from the first paragraph only sleep stopped me reading this scarily realistic look at what the Internet could become in our near future.

Mae has left her dead end job to work for the world largest and most powerful Internet company, The Circle, helped in to her new position by her college room mate Annie who is high up inside this tech giant.

The Circle is everything that you would imagine a Silicon Valley behemoth to be like, glass walls, shiny surfaces, airy rooms, vast buildings full of bright young things with amazing ideas, though in the case of The Circle's campus it has been on steroids, it is huge.

I could tell you about Mae's job and her ascension from working in customer services to becoming the face of the company but I really want to tell you about the technology that comes up in this book, as Mae fully immerses herself in the world of The Circle.

The Circle is big on community, so imagine Facebook and Twitter, merge them together with You Tube and Pinterest and you have TruYou, one place on the net where you can do everything, no more multiple accounts for different things TruYou does it all.

Because TruYou requires the real you to sign up it has done away with false identities wiping out identity theft, it has revolutionised the way we use the Internet.  The company has been set up by three tech geniuses known as The Three Wise Men and they are worshipped by their staff members, everyone loves working at The Circle, it has everything you could possibly want from weekly health checks to vegan food on the cafeteria menus.

As Mae gets further in to her career, the job really does take over her life, she is required to document everything, she has to share what she loves, what she hates, she has to have a huge online presence and everything is tracked, the higher ups can tell if you have not participated in an event or have not been keeping up with your social duties.

The whole concept of The Circle's systems really scared me, I use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest along with Blogger to write this but I can't say that I am on Facebook every five minutes telling everyone what I've just had for breakfast, but The Circle wants you to share this and as the book progresses a motto appears-

Secrets are Lies
Sharing is Caring
Privacy is Theft

Bam!, straight in to Nineteen Eighty Four territory, The Circle introduce cameras called SeeChange, tiny things that can be stuck anywhere and soon places remote or previously off limits are there for everyone to see, people are wearing the cameras round their necks, politicians become Transparent, their constituents love it, there are no secrets anymore.

Little by little as we follow Mae on her journey with The Circle you realise that they have pretty much virtually taken over the World, and as the story draws to a conclusion the Wise Men are impressing upon everyone the need to complete their circle and as they draw up plans to do this you can envision exactly what this entails and it really does start to become scary in their grand plan for their community at large.

Mae I feel is just so eager to please and very competitive but she is also a little naive, meeting a stranger on site, one who won't tell her where her works and seems to disappear for weeks on end would certainly set alarm bells ringing in my head but she is charmed by this man but as she finds out more about him how will she react.

The Circle was pretty astounding, I read some reviews of it saying its long and yes it is but I really felt it was all necessary, there is a lot of focus on Mae's parents and their problems along with her ex-boyfriend and his lack of passion for this digital revolution, it all adds up to the amazing essence of this story.  

What makes it so good is that it is happening now, social media is everywhere, years back nobody had a mobile phone or an email, now everyone has it in spades, The Circle gives us an insight in to what we are in for, I'm sure someone in Silicon Valley is working on something like this just now, my money is on Apple they pretty much rule the world just now anyway!

Read it, it has great tech savvy, a bit of sex and romance, humour and just feeling part of the awesome Circle campus is something you should experience for yourself.

Awarded 5 out of 5


Monday, 6 October 2014

COVER REVEAL - The Reckoning by Emma Jones


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for 
The Reckoning by Emma Jones

As Lauren wakes after her 21st party she's not sure if she's hungover or dreaming but then she remembers.

The necklace. The flashback. The bond. Daniel.

The consequences are great & details unknown. After a visit to the vampire council things settle down until vivid worrying dreams start to disrupt Lauren's sleep & life.

The national news is filled with big cat killings but Lauren knows the truth & is being dragged into dark souls & black magic. Someone dangerous is getting into her head & her involvement with the council tests her relationships.

How will Lauren cope? Is there a happy ending? Will blood be shed?


Author/Book info:

Hi my name is Emma & I have always loved books. 

About 8 years ago I started dabbling with writing & got hooked. I decided to self publish after some serious health issues in my family & I thought why not? Life really is too short.

The Awakening was self published December 2013 & I've learnt a lot from the experience. The Reckoning (the sequel) has been brilliant to write as I've learnt so much about my characters & literally sometimes couldn't sleep as a storyline or conversation jumped into my head. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it. 

Expected publication date is November 2014 but for now here is my amazing cover.


Let me know what you think & feel free to add to your Goodreads TBR list.


Thank you so much.

XXX

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Monday, 29 September 2014

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


WELCOME TO THE BOOK BLAST FOR
SILVERN BY CHRISTINA FARLEY
READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK AND ENTER TO WIN A $50 GIFT CARD!



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.

Links:


http://www.dirkstrasser.com/

@dirkstrasser



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

Read my review and enter the giveaway to win a copy of 
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


Giveaway Information:  

Winner will be drawn October 25, 2014
·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes (INT)