Friday, 31 October 2014

4 FOR FRIDAY BLITZ -- ****GIVEAWAY****




Welcome to the 4 for Friday Blitz for 
Predator by Janice Gable Bashman, 
Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake, 
Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman, 
and The Emissary by Kristal Shaff, 
presented by Month9Books!


Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.


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“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”
Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules
The hunt is on!
Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.
When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.
Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
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Janice Gable Bashman
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine).  Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.
Author Links:  Website | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

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Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.
But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.
A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.
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 Ashelyn Drake
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Boneseeker
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.
But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?
Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.
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Brynn Chapman
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon UK

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For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king’s army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army behind him, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule. To most, serving the king was an honor. But for others, it was a fate worse than death.
When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path.
So when his own power—the Shay of Accuracy—comes upon him at the Tournament of Awakening, Nolan conceals his emergence instead of joining the king’s ranks. For years, he traitorously hides his power, pretending to be only a gifted scribe. But when Nolan comes face -to-face with a deserter, the man discovers his secret.
To evade detection and a death sentence, Nolan escapes with the deserter and flees into a night filled with dark creatures who steal both powers and souls. He joins a resistance, a village hidden deep in the forest, filled with others who secretly wield a Shay. But his peace is short-lived when they discover that the dark clouds, undead creatures, their own decreasing powers, and even the king, are all connected.
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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author
Kristal Shaff

Kristal Shaff grew up with books (and used to drive her mom crazy when she wouldn’t leave the library); her first job was even shelving books at the library. She loves anything creative, and you can often find her exploring strange and fantastical worlds in her choices of movies and fantasy fiction. Kristal resides in Iowa with her farmer husband, numerous pets, and 3 awesome  kids (plus one more on the way though the journey of adoption). When she isn’t writing, she is a professional face painter who enjoys making children smile.
Author Links:  Website  | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads
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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


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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!



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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


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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. 





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Signed copy of Pandora Wild Child
5x ebook copies of Shattering Halos

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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


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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

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

REVIEW - Cipher by Aileen Erin


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

Cipher is the first in the Shadow Ravens series from Ink Monster author Aileen Erin, with more books scheduled in this series over the next couple of years from authors Lola Dodge and Christina Bauer.

Set in the future where a helix tattoo shows how your DNA has been modified, green for smart, black for warrior and red? Well it is the sign of having unstable DNA and Cipher our leading lady made the mistake of showing it to her uncle when she was young, she has hiding from him ever since, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.

Cipher is an expert hacker but her hacking is bring her to the attention of the wrong people but she may be in luck, Black Helix Knight is out to capture Cipher for Seligo, the ruling classes but he has a hidden agenda one that may help save her and any other red helix out there.

She doesn't know but Knight is the supplier of her processors and he unbeknown to her has known her for a very long time.  He wants to save her and help her control her skills notably her manipulation of electricity but most all he wants her, period.

Cipher is a very quick paced novel, the dialogue gets you to where you want to be with the feisty characters helping the story move along, the world building is also really good, especially the futuristic transport that they use to escape, it reminded me of the pod things at Heathrow Airport.

A great read for fans of dystopia, young adult and sci fi.

Awarded 4 out of 5


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REVIEW - Lips Touch by Laini Taylor


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


To say that Laini Taylor has a way with words is an understatement, she has such a unique way of expressing her stories, a way that creates sumptuous, delicious tales that totally pull you in and leave you breathless, Lips Touch is her short story collection and I am pleased to say it has the same glorious style of writing.

The book contains three stories the first being Goblin Fruit which has goblins trying to tempt a teenage girl but will their tried and tested method of sumptuous fruits work or will they have to resort to a different method to ensnare their young victim?

Spicy Little Curses is set in India during the last century, a young British girls soul is fought over by a demon and the ambassador to hell, a curse has been placed upon her, what will happen when she decides to test it?

Hatchling features Esme, nearly fourteen she is shocked to find her left eye has turned from brown to blue, not knowing what changes this may bring she continues her life but slowly it begins to unravel.

If I had to pick a favourite out of the three I think I would pick Spicy Little Curses, the story set in an India still very exotic and far away back then is just amazing the characters especially The Old Bitch are just fantastic.

Lips Touch is a perfect addition to your bookshelf, if you have read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series then you will definitely appreciate it, if not still give it a go, Laini has mastered the art of transporting you in to the pages of her books and they are very good places to be.

Lips Touch is awarded 5 out of 5


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

RELEASE DAY - Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!

  Rowdy

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EXCERPT: WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark. I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles. Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out. Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth. “Hey.”

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  About  ROWDY: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister. Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.    

Sensual portrait of beautiful girl with tattoo lying on bed.

  Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.Website ** Blog ** Facebook ** Twitter



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Monday, 20 October 2014

RELEASE DAY - Runaway by Brina Courtney


Runaway (Camryn Cruise #1) by Brina Courtney

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Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.

The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.

Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.

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~*~GIVEAWAY~*~

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~
Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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