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!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

REVIEW - Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout


Thank you to Hodder / Bookbridgr for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review


Okay a certain Mr Black holds a special place in my heart for his stunning gorgeous broodiness but he is gonna have to budge up and let the delectable kick ass Aiden St Delphi in.

Half-Blood is the first book the Covenant series, set in a world where the Hematoi, descendants of Gods and Mortals live in secret amongst the normal mortals, they are the pure bloods, and the child of a mortal and pure blood is called a half blood, with me so far?

Alex is a half blood, and half bloods are way down the pecking order, they have two options in life, become servants of the pures or train to become Sentinel's who hunt and kill daimons.  Alex was training at the Covenant but three years ago she left with her mother but following an unfortunate incident with daimons where her mother is killed she finds herself back at the Covenant where her uncle is now in charge and not keen to have her there, she must train hard to catch up on what she has missed but things don't go exactly to plan.

Training with Aiden in close quarters, Alex becomes aware of their attraction but it is forbidden for them to be together.  Alex has to hide her feelings and concentrate on learning her new skills otherwise she will end up at the bottom of the pile or worse she will be on the radar of the daimons who will hunt her till the ends of the earth.

Half-Blood is a great fast moving young adult novel, it is the perfect blend of sass, action, romance and the characters are well written and all serve a purpose, Aiden is especially delightful, Jennifer is totally the mistress of conjuring hot guys!

I'm looking forward to reading Pure the next book in the series and I'm happy to see there are lots of books in this series.

Awarded 4 out of 5


NEW RELEASE - Enscrolled By Connie L Smith - Interview & Giveaway!!

Hello and Welcome! 

Today I have Connie L Smith, author of the Division Chronicles and her new book in the series Enscrolled!

Connie kindly answered some nosey questions for me and she has an awesome giveaway too!


In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, time hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced tainted with the demon’s incurable toxin. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing, a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion. 
Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass. 
Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?"




Connie very kindly took the time to answer my nosey questions!

*First of all can you introduce yourself to my readers, tell us a little about your life!
Sure! I’m the author of a YA/UF trilogy and its prequel novella, along with a NA Romance story called Tail Lights that’s scheduled for release on November 18th. Beyond that, I have my BA in Speech Communication and History, I like baking, and I’m a liiiiiittle obsessed with 50s Rock & Roll.

*When did you start writing?
Very young, but it was mostly song lyrics at the time, with some short stories and school projects thrown in along the way. Then about two years ago, I decided I’d try my hand at writing a book. That particular book was never finished, but I’ve been writing and publishing pretty consistently since 2013.

*What authors have influenced your writing?
R.A. Salvatore has definitely helped me with writing battle scenes, but beyond that, I don’t really know that I’d label any specific influences. I like Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Fairy Tales, Dr. Seuss… With all of that, I think it’s a fair assumption that what I write is more a conglomeration of styles and influences than a handful of specific authors.

*Tell me about the Division Chronicles, how did you come up with the idea.
It’s a story about angels and Essenced-up teenagers fighting to save the world from demonic invasion. Basically, centuries ago, those demons were banished from the realm, but circumstances made it so their banishment couldn’t be permanent. So essences from different creatures – fairies, vampires, thunderbirds, etc. – were placed in human bloodlines to be brought to life when the world would need warriors to protect it. That time has officially arrived in this series, and those teenagers have to prepare for – and deliver – the fight of their lifetimes. Again, I’d say it’s a conglomeration of influences that led to the storyline in my head, even though AJ herself (one of the main characters) developed pretty much from mental fanfiction. Fortunately for her, when she jumped out of that existence, it was into a considerably-sized plot :)

*Do you have a dream cast in mind for your series?
I really, really don’t. I have a series of TV shows I like, a movie here or there that I latch on to, but I don’t really follow celebrities enough to come up with a fitting cast.

*Advice for fledgling writers?
Keep track of what you’re spending, and be prepared to push your book if you want readers :)

*Some fun questions, fantasy dinner party, four guests living or dead who would they be?
Can they be fictional??? Can I have pizza with the Ninja Turtles???

*Desert Island, one book to take with you what would it be?
Is this a trick question?

*What book do you feel like you should have read but haven't?
I have a few that I’d like to have a chance to read, but I haven’t gotten around to yet. I don’t read many classics, so I guess some would argue that I need to add some of those to my have-read list :)

*What book have you never been able to finish?
LOTR! Loved the movies, but couldn’t even finish the first book!


Yay! Thanks so much for answering my questions!

You can follow Connie at these links below!



GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

For the release of the third book of the trilogy, Connie is giving away a copy of book one - along with series swag! 

Enter below







Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BLOG TOUR - Underleaf by Gina Dickerson


Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for Gina Dickerson's Underleaf, an excellent collection of stories that will chill your spine and make you sleep with the light on!

Perfect for Halloween!



A house with a disturbing secret, jealousy which turns deadly, heartbreak in more ways than one, and people who aren’t quite what they seem make up a few of the sixteen stories within this collection.Turn the pages and discover that there is more to each tale as you venture Underleaf…
I always make the fatal mistake of reading books like this late at night in the dark on my Kindle, I should know better by now, I really should!
Underleaf is a delightful collection that will take you on a journey through sixteen different stories, each unique and each as spine-chilling as the next, Gina has a great way with words and managed to scare me under my covers several times whilst reading this plus it also made me have that moment at particular scary bits where I drop my Kindle and peer in to the dark expecting a hooded madman to have just turned up in my bedroom, eeeek!

The thing about story collections is sometimes they are not consistent, you get a couple that are great and the rest are mediocre but Gina has managed to keep me reading all the way through by continually pulling more magic out of her hat.

I also forgot to mention the ace little illustrations that head up each new story giving you a humorous taste of whats in store for you!

I've enjoyed this collection and I highly recommend it to you, let me know what you think!

Awarded 5 out of 5

Thank you to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an 
honest review!



Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent, in the UK, with her family and playful Siberian husky. She is a full-time author and writes romantic suspense with a twist, horror, and fantasy because her characters refuse to play nice and wind up with more than a few bone-rattling skeletons in their closets.

She is the author of the murderous romantic suspense novels Lies Love Tells and Unveiling Christmas, the twisted short story collection, Underleaf, as well as the fantasy, adventurous romance series Mortiswood Tales – the first in the series being Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening. She has also written fashion and shopping columns for a local newspaper.

When she’s not writing, Gina loves rummaging in vintage clothes shops, taking way too many photographs, and leafing through fashion glossies.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

REVIEW - The Martian by Andy Weir


I bought this book myself from Tesco, I only went in for milk!

In space no one can hear you scream, so they say, in Mark Watney's case this is good as complaining loudly about disco music and seventies sitcoms in decidedly not macho astronaut behaviour.

Mankind has travelled to Mars and has finally set foot upon the barren red planet, two journeys and stays upon this inhospitable neighbour of ours have gone like clockwork until the crew of Aeres 3 wake up on Sol 6 and discover a sandstorm with incredibly high winds heading straight for them, the crew of 6 evacuate but on the way one of them is fatally injured, the rest have no option but to continue without him to the safety of their ship in orbit, the Hermes.

Except their crew member is not dead, injured yes but Mark Watney is still very much alive and now all alone a long long way from home.

The Martian is mainly told from Mark's POV in a diary style, each Mars day is a Sol, this book starts on Sol 6 the day of the storm and it captures Mark's unbelievable quest to stay alive, he has no way to communicate with Earth after the equipment being damaged in the storm, he needs to figure out how long he has till he runs out of everything.

Now the thing is if I was stuck on an planet by myself I'd probably go crazy but Mark is just amazing, he is an astronaut but he is also a botanist and a engineer, and with those skills he is able to prolong the duration of his time. He does it with such a good natured outlook, his humour saves him from going mad.

He has access to rovers, spacesuits, everything he could possibly need (except a rocket to take him home) and with these tools he starts exploring this vast planet, he knows probes have been sent to Mars before, he knows where they have landed, if he can get to them he could communicate with Earth.

On Earth, NASA are relived that the 5 crew members are safe and Mark Watney is hailed as a Hero, commemorative stamps are issued, schools will be named after him but that all changes when a satellite picks up the red planet and unusual things are spotted, signs that Mark is still alive, the team focus all their energies on seeing what he is doing, will they be able to contact him and will they be able to bring him home?

Well I won't tell you what happens but this book is just a pure breath of fresh air, space is such an inhospitable, dangerous, scary place but Mark makes it seem just a little easier to bear, there is a lot of science in this book explaining all the bits and bobs he needs to do to survive but I really enjoyed it, the explanations of all of these processes really adds to this books incredibly smart read.

The Martian is funny, smart, thrilling and most of all human, Mark talks about everything from the problem of going to the toilet in a bag, how to plant potatoes on Mars and how not to blow up things by mistake!

It never slows down, it grips you and as it nears its amazing climax you can feel yourself urging Mark along, oh and it has a map, maps are good!!!

Read it!!

Awarded 5 out of 5


BOOK BLITZ - Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee **GIVEAWAY**


So excited to bring to you all today this blitz for Sunniva's latest release Pandora Wild Child, find out more below including a steamy excerpt of this amazing new release and a fab giveaway!!!!


Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee 
Publication date: October 28th 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

I’m free. Fucking free!

I’m in college with my best friends and far, far from home!

With my Scheuermann’s disease as the excuse, my father kept me locked up at home all through high school. Here in Deepsilver, I can finally be me, Pandora, so—

Why the hell should I hold back?

They accept our fake IDs at Smother, our local haunt. I’m the life of the party, everyone loves me—hell, I could get away with murder in this place! Drunk off my ass, I dance on the bar, and—

I’m on top of the world!

I need to get my shit together, though. If I don’t pull off good grades, my father won’t pay my tuition. There’s no way I’m moving back into his “fortress.”

At the bar, I set my eyes on a gorgeous stranger. My plans don’t involve him long term; one night should be enough. But Dominic is more than I bargained for. God, I’m so drawn to this man. My skin hums at his touch because—

He expels the shadows of my past and replaces my pain with desire.

Perfect Dominic. Beautiful, graduating, soon-to-move-on-with-his-life Dominic.

I’m a wild child. A hot mess. Not grownup and focused like him. He’s addictive, and I am weak, but—screw this; I can wean myself off him! With the right antidote—

Addictions can be broken.


EXCERPT!!

On his bench, I melt.
My shield shatters, and I am open to him.
He always gives me more than the hour I come for, and warm, strong hands slide over my bare skin in exactly the way he’s paid to do.
Still, there’s an electricity in the room when he’s near. My heart accelerates instead of slowing down. And sometimes, when I can’t help the way my insides clench for him, my breath stutters.
My response never goes unnoticed; for an instant, his hands freeze. Then, they resume their beautiful dance over me.
When I am starved for him, I flip on the bench. I shut my eyes because sometimes, sometimes, I am shy. He doesn’t speak, then. Through thin slits under my lashes, I watch him watch me.
Some days, his breath coasts light over my face before he kisses me. “Pandora,” he whispers, “I can’t do this here.”
I don’t answer. He stops massaging me, and his hands caress me instead. Glide over the ridges of my ribs until they brush the sides of my breasts. 





GIVEAWAY (International!!)

$50Amazon gift card
Signed copy of Pandora Wild Child
5x ebook copies of Shattering Halos

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

REVIEW - The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson



Thank you to Little Brown Book Group for providing me with a copy in exchange
 for an honest review

I really love Christmas, I love the presents, the food, the crappy adverts on TV, the tangled fairy lights but most of all I love sharing it with someone special (in my case three someones plus a furry someone).

I know it is only October but Christmas themed stories have been sneaking up on us for the last little while, this one caught my eye, mainly because I read Lisa's You Had Me At Merlot a couple of months back and loved it, so I knew I would like this, well I hoped!

It is the story of Claudia, thirty and in an increasingly stale relationship she finds herself suddenly single in the run up to Christmas after her first (disastrous) date in five years with her boyfriend Seth, with the support of her best friends Penny and Nick she picks herself up and starts dating hoping she can find the one.

Penny and Nick both work for the Royal Ballet, the ballet is Claudia's first love but due to an injury she never made it and works in a dance wear shop instead, she has known her two BFF's for years but all of a sudden she starts to look at Nick in a different light.

Twelve Dates of Christmas is a charming and funny tale of two friends who a little bit awkwardly realise they are meant for each other but of course things pop up to get in the way including the ex-boyfriend and an unfortunate mis-sent text message, will Claudia find true love under the mistletoe?

Now I don't read chick lit very often but when I do I want funny strong female leads and a male lead that makes me feel warm and fuzzy, this book has it all in spades plus London at Christmas feels magical and is beautifully put across to the reader in this book.

I love Lisa's writing and I am so glad I was introduced to her books this year, I can't wait to see what she has lined up next!

Awarded 5 out of 5


Sunday, 26 October 2014

REVIEW - Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones


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

The problem with sequels is that they have to live up to the (hopeful) brilliance of their predecessor, many many times over the course of my reading years I have came across sequels that are frankly just awful but I'm not going to kiss and tell.

Written in the Blood is the follow up to the String Diaries a book I truly loved, it was amazing and Written in the Blood has a lot to live up to, the question is does it?

It does!

In fact I would go as far as saying by the time I had got to the end of this immense read I had decided that this book was better than its predecessor, Written in the Blood is set 15 years after the String Diaries, Hannah Wilde and her family at the end of the last book finally escaped the clutches of the evil Jakab. The violent ending to Hannah's story left her blinded but Jakab dead, gone, they were finally safe.

This story is told from Leah's point of view, now in her early twenties she is living with her mother and Gabriel helping them run their centre to try and help the hosszú életek (Please see my String Diaries review to bring you up to speed on the last book) women have successful pregnancies. Not everyone is happy with what they are hoping to do and this is going to lead to some problems.

Written in the Blood brings to us some fascinating new characters, notably though she is not really new Leah Wilde, it is refreshing to have the majority of the story in her POV, she is her mother's daughter, loyal and very determined, also like the String Diaries we have flashbacks to the time of Jakab and we learn more about his younger brother and father and through them we meet other hosszú életek. 

We also meet a smaller group of new characters who in my eyes are terrifying, a scene involving a campground and a slightly dysfunctional yet happy family is not to be read in the dark like I made the mistake of doing, extreme chills were produced from that scene!

If I was to make any criticism about this book I would say it started of a little slow but very quickly it takes it up a notch and the story starts flitting all over the world and time, it engages you and once it has you prepare to lose hours from your day as all the stories within this book start to link together and mix together for an explosive ending, an ending that was just amazing.

I know I haven't done this book justice but if you love the String Diaries then you will love this, it is an amazing mix of folklore and the modern, there are many characters in this book but they all have earned their place in this incredible story, I would recommend that you read the String Diaries so you know what is going on.

I don't know if there will be any more 

I loved this, I hope you do too, let me know what you all think!

Written in the Blood is awarded 5 out of 5 - Out 6th November 2014