Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Reviews Coming Up In The Next Few Weeks - May 2014

I have sooo many books to share with you, so I thought I would give you all a quick round up of what's coming up, there are I am ashamed to say some from my last coming up post but I will get there.

It is just so much fun discovering new authors and re-discovering old authors alike and the best part is getting to share it with you guys.

So without further ado lets see whats coming up!

Craig Williams debut fiction novel is a breath of fresh air, Craig has a natural gift of the gab and having enjoyed his trip reports from his Florida holidays it was great to see his amazing talent branch out to fiction, All this and more is about a young bands travel along the rocky road to stardom and so far so good.  Also featuring a young cast is Real Heroes Cry from Kieran Gould-Dowen, it has it all a strong male lead, some romance and also amazing super powers! Its been an enjoyable read so far and I hope to review this in the coming weeks along with Craig's.  D. Nichole King's book will be coming to my site as part of her blog tour this Sunday, it is a truly scary book but is also romantic and beautifully set, I have been reading it late at night and maybe that wasn't the best idea!


All This and More I purchased my own copy!
Thank you to Kieran Gould- Dowen for providing me with a copy of Real Heroes Cry
Thank you to D. Nichole King for providing me with a copy of The Spirit


The P45 Diaries reminds me a little of Adrian Mole, but a lot more modern with a slightly more selfish teenager and a BBC telephone directory being misused, can I sum it up in one word, bearing in mind I am only half way through? - Hysterical!   Next on the list is Prisoner of Night and Fog, set in Germany before World War 2, this is an extraordinary story told from Gretchen's POV, a young girl who calls Hitler Uncle Dolf.  The Witch of Clan Sinclair is a great historical novel set in Scotland and I'm not telling you anything about it, why you yell!! Because it's coming to my blog tomorrow on Karen Ranney's blog tour so please stop by tomorrow!

The P45 Diaries I purchased my own copy!
Thank you to Headline Publishing for providing me with a copy of Prisoner of Night and Fog
Thank you to Bookslapped/Karen Ranney for providing me with a copy of The Witch of Clan Sinclair


Being a huge dystopian fan I am looking forward to Flotilla from Dan Haight, a lot of the story is set on a floating colony of the Los Angeles coast this should be right up my alley!  The first in the Curse Keepers series, this novel of the same name promises curses, vengeful spirits and lots of supernatural intrigue and continuing on the supernatural theme is the second book in the Fangborn series, Pack of Strays, having recently enjoyed the first in this series I am looking forward to reading this.

I have borrowed a copy of Flotilla from the Amazon Prime Library
Thank you to Net Galley/47 North for providing me with a copy of The Curse Keepers
Thank you to Net Galley/47 North for providing me with a copy of Pack of Strays

I haven't read any of Sinead's books but comparisons have been made to Marian Keyes whose novels I always enjoy, Mad About You is about family life and what happens when pressure is applied from all angles - babies, the loss of a job and isolation, this does look good.  Hugh Dennis has been on my list of favourite comedians for years ever since I saw him as an impressionable teenager in the Mary Whitehouse Experience (remember "Milky Milky"!) and in this book he explores what it means to be British.  Kindred is from Octavia E Butler, it features a modern black woman transported back to the 19th century, an extremely dangerous time for her, this looks good and I love a bit of time travel!

Thank you to Penguin for providing me with a copy of Mad About You
Thank you to Headline Publishing for providing me with a copy of Britty Britty Bang Bang
Thank you to Headline Publishing for providing me with a copy of Kindred

So there you have it, of course there will be a lot more added to the list as the month continues but whilst I have your attention I want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog, I really appreciate it! 

Heather x


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

In The Spotlight - M S Brannon Includes Excerpt of Blind Love!!


Yesterday I featured Blind Love from M S Brannon, today I have an exclusive excerpt for you!

I have a feeling I’m going to regret this in the end, and this is the exact opposite of what my mother told me not to do, however when he looks at me the way he’s looking at me now, it’s impossible to come up with any other answer. I’m sucked in by his look, consuming the poison he oozes like it’s the only drink of water I’ve had in days. Then I say the only thought that will register in my brain and pray this won’t be a mistake. “Count me in.”
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest.

She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. 
When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music.
She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience


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In The Spotlight - Dana Cameron

Photo by James Goodwin

I have really enjoyed Dana's Seven Kinds of Hell novel, here is a little more about her!

Like her series protagonists, Dana Cameron was a professional archaeologist, working on Old and New World sites dating from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. She began writing mystery fiction after an encounter with an armed site looter. 

Site Unseen (2002) featured New England archaeologist Emma Fielding; this was followed by Grave Consequences, Past Malice, A Fugitive Truth, and More Bitter Than Death, and the Anthony Award-winning Ashes and Bones. A series of short stories led her to explore other genres and subgenres, including historicals, thrillers, and noir ("Femme Sole" was short-listed for the Edgar Award).

But it was her Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning urban fantasy short stories (including "The Night Things Changed" and "Swing Shift") that inspired Seven Kinds of Hell, the first Fangborn novel (47North), which will be followed by Pack of Strays. The protagonist Zoe Miller discovers her identity as a werewolf and one of the Fangborn, a race of vampires, werewolves, and oracles secretly dedicated to protecting humanity.

Dana is a member of The Femmes Fatales, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime (she's a past president of the New England Chapter). 

Dana lives in Massachusetts with her husband and feline overlords. 

Learn more at: http://www.danacameron.com .


 




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Review - Seven Kinds of Hell by Dana Cameron


Thank you to 47 North /Net Gallery for providing me with a copy of this novel

When archaeologist Zoe Miller's cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian "businessman," she must come to grips with a haunting secret: unknown to even her closest of friends, Zoe is not entirely human.
She is a werewolf and the daughter of the "Fangborn," a secret race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles.


Zoe Miller has been on the run her whole life, running with her mother from her father's family but following her mother's death, her father's family come out of the woodwork and all hell breaks loose in her life.

Now I didn't know much about Dana Cameron's body of work before reading this but I can honestly say this, I am going to find out more.

Seven Kinds of Hell is a fast paced exciting novel, the kind of story that grips you from the start and doesn't let go until the last page is digested.

Zoe is an Archaeologist, never staying in the same town for long, her mother has been protecting her daughter all her life from her father's family always keeping on the move and out of sight.

Zoe also has a major problem one that she has kept to herself for a long time, she can turn in to a wolf and because of this she is worrying that she is losing her mind.

She loses her mother at the start of the book and following her death her father's family starts to come out of the woodwork, coming at her at every opportunity, she does the one thing she knows best, prepares to flee.

Her escape is hampered by her cousin Danny being abducted, and Zoe has to help the kidnapper retrieve a figurine, a figurine that is part of a set and Zoe has one of these hidden in her bag, she explores Europe looking for the rest of the set so she can get Danny back and along the way she finds out that these objects are linked to the mythical Pandora's Box.

As she progresses on her journey she realises she knows nothing about being Fangborn, she meets on her journey friends and foes who explain more about what it means and the history behind it.

This story reminded me a lot of Indiana Jones, a kick ass wolfy Indiana Jones!, I loved how the story explored beautiful parts of Europe and the details of the architecture in the cities was a lovely addition too.

This was a great story and I am pleased to say there is a book two in the series called Pack of Strays which I will be reviewing hopefully next month.

I have awarded Seven Kinds of Hell 4 out of 5




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Monday, 28 April 2014

BOOK BLITZ!!!! - Blind Love by M S Brannon


Hi Guys, today I am featuring the third book in the Sulfur Heights series Blind Love from author MS Brannon



Blind Love by M.S. Brannon 

(Sulfur Heights #3) 

Publication date: January 27th 2014

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance



Synopsis:

“She is magnetic to me. Every emotion she feels pulls me that much closer to her charm and energy. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I want her to know what she means to me.” ~Jake Evans
For Jake Evans, life was as it should be. No responsibilities. He was the master at embracing his reckless lifestyle whenever it presented itself. Surviving on his ability to expertly hustle, fight and womanise, Jake could do it all; lived it all.
Raised in a run-down city, filled with crime and drugs, he had survived the death of an abusive mother and a life with an absent father while only having his brothers to depend on. His lifestyle became fast and Jake had lived it the only way he knew how, until the day he met Delilah.
Delilah St. James was the epitome of flawless. Brought up in an affluent southern household, Delilah’s life had been planned from the moment she was born. She was raised to be the perfect socialite and daughter, and groomed to be the ideal wife.
When a school internship moved her to Sulfur Heights for the summer, Delilah collided with the bitter reality of life outside her comfortable gated community when Jake Evans upset her perfect world.
Over the next two years, Jake and Delilah became best friends, embracing a friendship neither one was prepared to have, although they soon found it to be a relationship that neither one of them were willing to sacrifice.
A tragic turn of events brings Jake and Delilah together once again. Only this time, the feelings are different. Lines within their friendship are blurred. Everything they vowed never to do, becomes the very thing they cannot deny.
Will Jake and Delilah’s relationship withstand the changes surrounding them? Or will the emotions sever the two year friendship they’d fought so hard to keep?
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content**

M S Brannon

M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. 
She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. 
She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience
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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review - Silo 49: Dark Till Dawn by Ann Christy


Books in the Silo 49 Series: 



Silo 49: Dark Till Dawn


Ok, well here I am on book three of Ann Christy's phenomenal Silo 49 series and what an enjoyable journey it has been.

I have seen Silo 49 brought back from the brink of destruction at the hands of Silo 1 and the inhabitants of the silo claiming it back for themselves and learning more about how they came to be there in the first place.

Following on from Deep Dark, the inhabitants are now exploring the outside of the silo, mapping the area around them but they just don't send anybody, there is a race to discover who is the fittest, who can go the extra mile.

Lillian and Leo are cousins and are the fittest in the silo, Dark Till Dawn follows them as they go from fledgling trainees to fully blown racers.

I wont tell you who wins the race as that's a spoiler!  

But I will say that we see a lot more of the outside in this story and I really appreciated Ann describing that, after the inhabitants being in the silo for so long I wondered how the outside world would have changed.

Another thing I liked about the book was the description of the animals in the silo, it still puzzles me how when they were building the silo's did people not notice all these goats being led down to the farms!

Anyway I really enjoyed this book, the character of Lillian stood out, she was really strong and despite her young years not afraid to go the extra mile.

I have been really impressed with the world building that Ann has done, I loved the original Hugh Howey books and the Silo 49 series is just as good.

Silo 49: Dark Till Dawn I award 5 out of 5

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BLOG TOUR STOP!! Scarecrow by Julie Hockley



Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for the AWESOME Scare Crow from Julie Hockley!!


Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. 
Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron's alleged death.
Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.
After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily's hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron's death before they come looking for her.
As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in or that it may already be too late for him to save her.
Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.



Before I start I want to say thanks to Julie Hockley and Knock Your Books Off for providing me with an ARC, I positively squealed when I got it!

I was scared for this book, I was scared it wouldn't be as good as Crow's Row, it had a hell of a lot to live up to.

So where do I start, Emmy is back at her old house after Cameron is "killed" at the hands of Spider, she is needless to say distraught and her one saving grace is Meatball, Cameron's dog who comes to live with her.

Cameron meanwhile is trying to get Emmy unsuccessfully out of his mind and trying to rebuild his empire after the disastrous events in the Crow's Row.

Worried about Emmy he spies on her from a distance but gives in to Carly's demand that she finds someone to look after Emmy. 

That someone is Griff who is harbouring a bit more than friendship for her but he tries his best to protect her all the same. 

The main theme of this book for Emmy is revenge, she saw the love of her life "killed" before her eyes, the people she trusted are not who she thought they were and she wants blood. 

Cameron is also out for blood and he also tries to get a grip back on his business, there is a lot more detail in this book about the drugs trade which gives us a nice background view of what he actually does, one of things he does is let the total bitch that is Manny get back in to his head, I was screaming at the book at this point! 

We also meet Emmy's parents and room mates in more detail in this book which was nice as they were briefly mentioned in the last book. 

This book is fantastic, it had a lot to live up to as I said and it manages it, without spoiling it for you Emmy has another major issue to deal with during this book, one that tests her physically and mentally and will be with her in to the next book. 

I have no hesitation awarding this 5 out of 5, but please Julie do not make us wait ages for the next one!!!


      





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A former germaphobe and clean-freak turned mother of two, Julie collects enough tears and snot in a month to recreate Slimer Monster from Ghostbusters. Other than playing devoted wife and mama, Julie is the funniest person in the room (according to the 3 year-old and 2 year-old in said room) and can build the most awesome Lego rocket ship you've ever set your eyes on (according to her). Oh, and she has a full time career and has also written a bestselling novel. Superhero, or just downright insane?











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