Monday, 29 December 2014

RELEASE DAY - The Pact by Karina Halle





*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*


It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line. 

The pact is about to change everything.






EXCERPT:

Her eyes are so blue and wide, like the morning sky, her mouth so perfectly full. I contemplate running my thumb over her lips before I kiss the salt off of them.
I should just do it. I should just fucking do it.
I swallow hard, my throat feeling closed up but I know it’s not from my cold. It’s from want and it’s from fear.
“What are you staring at?” she asks me, her voice shaking slightly.

Just fucking kiss her.






   

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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REVIEW - Surviving The Evacuation: Book 3 Family by Frank Tayell


Bought from Amazon.co.uk

Well after snuggling up with Book 2 on Christmas Eve I settled down on Christmas Day with Book 3: Family but only after first consuming my body weight in Turkey and Brussel Sprouts.

Book 3 follows straight on from the discovery that Annette and Daisy have been taken to London and the arrival of Sholto, who had been in contact with Bill before everything went tits up and is now revealed to be **SPOILER ALERT** Bill's brother.

Along with Kim, Bill and Sholto head by water to London in the grave hope that they can rescue their young companions, thankfully they know they are on the right path when they come across clues which they can only assume have been left by the wise beyond her ten years Annette.  

The biggest clue points to Kew Gardens and our reluctant sailors step on to dry land to start their mission to rescue the girls, now maybe mission is not the right word, the use of mission makes them sound like a team of crack Navy SEALS which they are not!  Maybe I should use the term Treasure Hunt with added Zombies.

Long story short they get the girls with another stunning patched together and hope for the best plan, which is how all good plans should be executed.  Now with four wheels beneath them our "family" escapes the smoke to try and get to the Welsh coast where a boat rendezvous with survivors to take them to a safe colony.

But they have to get their first, on their way they come across the worst thing possible, a horde, thousands upon thousands of the undead, trampling everything in site, razing buildings, carving a dark smear across the landscape.  Our travellers have no option but to find a "hordeproof" hideaway and resort to lying low in a disused tunnel.  

With a lack of light and fresh air our unlikely companions find themselves feeling worse for wear but mostly poor baby Daisy feels the brunt of it changing from a lively tot to a quiet withdrawn one.

Eventually escaping they reach the rendezvous point and discover more survivors there, each with their own tale to tell and thankfully one of them is a Doctor who can give Daisy a looking over, they feel safe for now but as they get to know their new group mates things start to ring alarm bells and with that Bill has a difficult decision to make, does his journey lie with his friends to the relative safety of the colony or should he make a journey of his own to settle some scores?

I can honestly say hand of my beating not dead heart that I have loved this series and felt a pang of sadness as I read the last few lines but that sadness was short lived as I have discovered Book 4: Unsafe Haven which is happily sitting waiting to be read on my Kindle as we speak.

I have said it before in my past reviews of books 1 and 2 that what makes this series is the whole Britishness about it, I love America but naturally I can relate so much better to my home country, The general Britishness of the characters too just makes this such a must read, the zombies themselves are as all zombies are a general pain in the arse but they are usually dispatched without too much gore (yes I'm talking to you The Walking Dead, but I still love you too!!), all in all Surviving the Evacuation gives us a horrific look at what could happen, with the dreaded Ebola and all manner of other infectious diseases in the news just now I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who expect to see what happens in this series on their doorstep and because of this dystopian fiction I think is getting more and more popular (and it is already huge) especially when it ventures in to the undead territory.

I never tire of reading book likes this, I really good author like Frank can take this genre and add his or her own mark upon it and Frank has done this with Surviving the Evacuation,  If you haven't read it I suggest you get your butt or finger down to your Kindle Store or equivalent and buy this, you will not regret it.

Also whilst I'm thinking out loud this would make a really good TV series..........

Awarded 5 out of 5


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Saturday, 27 December 2014

REVIEW - Surviving The Evacuation: Book 2 Wasteland by Frank Tayell


Purchased from Amazon.co.uk 

This is the second book in the Surviving the Evacuation series, I reviewed the first book back in July and had hoped to quickly read this book straight after but as usual life got in the way and on Christmas Eve whilst I waited snug in bed for Santa I cosied up under the duvets in the dark to read about the world gone to hell after a virus has gone crazy and infected millions leaving the survivors to either fend for themselves or risk going to the governments evac point.

Bill our anti-hero continues his slow journey, he has been recovering from a broken leg, out of the city in to the countryside, he is becoming a dab handy at dispatching the undead but he is still all on his own.  But luck is on his side, well after he has been continually shot at for a while, he meets/rescues Kim who is being held by two men, Bill helps her escape and together they make their way through the zombie infested landscape of Southern England.

This is actually one of the best things about this series, the setting, so many zombie books and other dystopian is that they are set in the United States, it is refreshing to read a book and go "Oooh I've been there and you can vividly picture it", anyway I digress back to the plot again!

Bill and Kim (who is by no means a damsel in distress) enter a village and discover a large group of zombies trying to get in to a building, as it is very unlikely they are going shopping it can only mean one thing, survivors, a cry pierces the air and Bill and Kim are in no doubt about whether to ignore or help whoever is trapped in the building.

A cunning plan is put in to action to distract the dead which has just a few little snags but it does the trick and our little group of two doubles in size with the addition of Annette who is ten and Daisy who is just a baby.  Annette may be a child but she is very savvy having made her way out of the city  all alone with Daisy.

Our gang continue on their merry way hiding out, avoiding the dead and just try to survive, plus Bill is still holding on to Sholto's hard drive with all the information regarding the outbreak on it and he is also carrying a lot of guilt around due to him being the architect of the evac plan that the government initiated and that did not got to plan.

Swapping their legs for two wheels, then four wheels they start heading towards the site that Bill believes the Doctor who created the virus/vaccine is based at, on their way they encounter more survivors and this is where the story is kicked up another gear.

They seem innocent enough to begin with, but these people are hiding something, there is something about them that doesn't ring true, holed up together they all come up with a plan to escape but some of the new survivors have a different agenda and with that comes the splitting of the camps as the new group kidnaps young Annette and baby Daisy, Kim and Bill are hot on their tale but they seem to be heading back to London, will they find them again?  Plus Bill comes across a blast from his past whose revelation rocks Bill to his core.  Will Bill and Kim manage to rescue their young companions and who is the newcomer?

Well you'll find out in book 3, Wasteland has been another enjoyable read in this series, I have already read book 3 and can say the consistently brilliant story telling continues through to it, and I promise to review soon.  

The characters are just normal people, they still like a cup of tea and quite happily use their bikes as modes of transport, this book can be bloody and violent but if you are not so keen on horror novels you have nothing to worry about think of this as zombie-lite, I am actually watching World War Z as I type this and Bill is much more of a believable character than gung ho Brad Pitt and his sprinting zombies!

Great read, the kind of book once you start you won't put it down till you read the last word.

Awarded 5 out of 5



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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

REVIEW - City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Thanks to Quercus for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

City of Stairs, where do I start?

Well I have no idea!, it was an epic read with one heck of world built around it, there is no hope in hell that I am going to be able to convey just how great it was but hey ho let's try!

First of all this is not set in the world as we know it, most of the action takes place in the city of Bulikov, now it sounds possibly a little Russian but this city is very different it has been struck by the Blink, Gods used to roam the continent that this city is part of but they have been destroyed and with it many strange things have happened notably massive parts of Bulikov just disappearing or ending up not where it supposed to be. 

The continent is also in turmoil, the Continentals have been conquered by the Saypuri's (with me so far?, don't worry if you are not!!), a Saypuri historian Dr Efrem Pangyui has been in Bulikov researching the Continents forbidden history but unfortunately he has met with an untimely end.

Enter Shara Thivani, cultural ambassador, tea drinker and a all round fab feisty character, she also brings with her possibly the best character in the book Sigrud, a Dreyling (very Viking-esque) an all round quiet assassin, jack of all murderous trades but don't worry he is very likeable.

Shara and Sigrud begin their journey in to what has happened to Dr Pangyui, what has he found out in his deep digging of the continents history, who is his killer?

Well City of Stairs takes us all over the city of Bulikov, we meet other brilliant characters such as Governor Mulaghesh - I will just say now that the female characters in this book are just superbly written, they are very very likeable - and together with our two amateur detectives they discover more and more hidden mysteries of this very strange city.

I felt it started of a little slow but once it kicks off it just keeps going, the creation of the world that this novel is set in is just immense, the whole story is a lot to take in, it is not light and fluffy but it is smart and it can be very funny, a scene involving a god's many tentacled pet and a greased up Sigrud is just brilliant.

There so much going on in this book that I haven't even touched on, warehouses of mysteries, past lovers, strange portal, too much to list here but you will find out all about it when you read and read it you should!!

Awarded 5 out of 5






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BOOK BLITZ - Rival Hearts by Natalie Decker


Released today the second novel in the Rival Love series, Rival Hearts!

Below I have an exclusive excerpt for you to enjoy!


Caleb is ticked off. Skylar hasn’t answered any of his calls, texts, or emails since her move to New York, virtually cutting him out of her life without warning. So Caleb decides to go after her—and convince her to come back home. 

But even when Skylar realizes her heart does belong at home with Caleb, her uncertainty lingers. Is it safe? Have things changed? 

After the mysterious vandalism to the pool at Delmont High, everyone is desperate for answers they believe Skylar can provide. At first, she’s determined not to run. But when Caleb’s ex-girlfriend unleashes a vengeful surprise, Sky's love for Caleb is threatened. 

Are these two rival hearts ready to fight for their love, or will they have to throw in the towel? 


“The pool’s finally reopened. There’s a bunch of security cameras in place.” Kayla shudders. “I feel like we’re in prison.”
Lance and I glance around and sure enough, there are cameras all over the commons. “Holy crap. When did they do all this and with what money?” Lance asks.
Our school is low on funds thanks to the last superintendent. He stole a shit-ton of money. A lot of programs are affected by it.
Derrick comes up to our table and slams his tray down. “I don’t have wrestling practice anymore.”
“Cool, wanna come over and watch the Colts game with us?” Lance says.
Derrick narrows his eyes. “No. I mean I’m not wrestling this season. No one is. Coach told us today our shit got cut.” He looks over at Kayla. “Your team is probably next up on the chopping block.”
Kayla gasps. Lance pulls her in for a hug, but we all know Derrick is probably right. They told Skylar as much. If Sky joined the Delmont High swim team and played softball this year, it was supposed to help save our programs. A number of scouts were scheduling meetings to meet Skylar, and our school needed this in order to get extra funds. Everything was going well—Sky agreed to swim and trained with Kayla, but on the day of their swim meet, the school’s pool was trashed in our rival team’s colors. Harris Academy. The same school Skylar used to attend, making everyone believe it was her who did it and causing her to leave for New York to live with her father.
Lance sighs. “You’ve got to call her.”
“I’ve tried calling. She doesn’t want to talk to me.”
“Call who?” Derrick starts.
I look down at my lap and mutter, “Don’t worry about it.”
“I hope you don’t mean the Bulldog.”
Instead of ignoring his snide remarks as usual I shoot him a glare. Then I instantly realize how pointless that is and shake my head. I can’t talk to him about this. He thinks I’m crazy for liking her in the first place. He knows she didn’t mess up the pool but he swears she’s covering for someone. And maybe she is. She’s not talking. Not that she’s the kind of person to tell on anyone anyway.
One thing is for certain: I miss her like crazy. Winter break can’t come fast enough. Five more days and I’ll be able to go off to New York, see that gorgeous face of hers, and try to convince her to come back home with me.
Kayla sighs and drops her head to Lance’s shoulder. He ruffles her blondish hair and she laughs, but the interaction makes me miss Sky so much more.
So I try texting her again.
Me: Hey you.
Three minutes pass and no response. I’m heading up to my sixth period class when my phone buzzes. I yank it out and pray it’s a response from her. My smile instantly changes when I read:
Free 2 liter Coke and Medium Breadsticks with one Lg. one topping pizza.
Normally, pizza specials excite me, but today, it just makes me pissed.
Why isn’t she answering me? Has she moved on, or am I just going insane?

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

REVIEW - Stargazer by Sunniva Dee


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

So when I regretfully got to the end of this book I'm sure I made a noise kinda like "mmmmmhhhmmurgh" which is a good noise and this noise is what came out of me once I had read the last few paragraphs.

Why? One word......Cassiel.

Damn him, damn him to oblivion with his arrogant yet bewitching ways, his gorgeous good looks and his wicked personality make him one heck of a package, just hold on a minute I need to fan myself.

Right, still here? Good, let me continue, Stargazer is the follow up to the sensational Shattering Halos, this time Gaia and Gabriel take a back seat bringing to the forefront Gaia's younger sister Luna.  

Now before I say anymore, I think you could read this without having read Shattering Halos but I wouldn't recommend it as you will miss an awesome read, anyway Luna is a lot older, now at college and growing in to a stunning young woman, one that has been noticed by Cassiel, Gabriel's brother.

But she is off limits to him Gaia is pretty insistent that this roguish angel keep his mitts or should it be wings off of her little sis.  But being a woman Luna of course is totally capable of making her own bad decisions, will Cassiel be one of them?

This book isn't just about Luna and Cassiel, we do get to see more about how Gaia and Gabriel's relationship is progressing, still crazily in love with one another, they overcome everything life throws at them but Gaia is not well and Gabriel can't seem to do enough to help her, both him and Luna fear for her health, can Gaia return from her brink?

Stargazer also introduces us to Ka, Cassiel and Gabriel's brother whose instant attraction to Luna totally pisses off Cassiel and when things start to heat up between Ka and Luna, well I for one was not happy, my poor Cassiel, is Luna going to end up with Ka whose schizophrenic personality makes Cassiel shine in a totally different light.

Stargazer is not Shattering Halo's and I don't mean that as a bad thing, Cassiel is nothing like Gabriel and for that I am glad, I have read series in the past where book after book is a carbon copy of the last but just has different characters or places, Sunniva has done brilliantly in following on from Halo's using the same characters but injecting even more chemistry, sizzling sex appeal and an amazing plot that flows wonderfully all the way through linking our main characters and their lives.

Does Luna get her angel, which one will she choose, if at all?  Will Gaia recover from her troubles?  Will Cassiel get his girl?  So many questions, if you want answers head on over to your favourite bookstore and grab your copy now!

I thoroughly enjoyed this, I know I read on Goodreads that this will be a Marmite kinda read, for my international readers I mean you will either love it or hate it, well I loved it and I hope this isn't the last we hear from them, I for one could stand to read some more about my favourite bad angel.

Awarded 5 out of 5

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REVIEW - Maggie Does Meribel by Nicola Doherty


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

The Girls on Tour series continues, this time with with Maggie and her visit to the French Alpine ski resort of Meribel.  

Sounds idyllic? 

Well yes it should be, she is going with Leo her boyfriend of a year and it will be a gorgeously romantic New Year's break for them both, except it is not just, them they are going on holiday with a group of Leo's sporty mates and their other halves plus a single female friend of Leo's who is a bit of bitch actually scratch that she is a total bitch.

Also did I mention that Maggie cannot ski and her brand new boots are not really designed for stomping about in the snow, she is a little of her depth amongst Leo and his sporty pals who can ski the hardest runs and have the best gear unlike Maggie and her very old borrowed ski-suit.

Maggie's perfect holiday plans that she had formed in her head stall from the get go, Leo does not want to neglect his pals and of course she very quickly gets pissed off with his selfishness but feels equally selfish herself, should she be trying harder to integrate herself within his group of friends?

Well she tries her best making friends with Rachel and trying to get more than a mono syllabic answer out of Nina but there is no hope of her becoming BFF's with Jenny, the aforementioned total bitch, she seems to making a play for Nina's boyfriend but she is also a bit too touchy feely with Leo too, what is the scheming cow up to?

Maggie Does Meribel is a quick read but it is also a great fun read full of great wintry scenes, plenty of humour and a nice touch of romance.  Maggie discovers on this trip that her relationships has some huge cracks in it and they all seem to be originating from Leo and his lacking to put her before all of his activities, she does try her best to fit in but will she and Leo see in the bells on New Year's Eve together?

A perfect read for the wintry weather outside, cosy up in your onesie and kick back with this now!

Awarded 4 out of 5



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BOOK BLITZ - Where Dead Bodies Lie by Kat Cazanav **GIVEAWAY**



Where Dead Bodies Lie (The Body Dowser Series, #1)
by Kat Cazanav
Release Date: 12/16/14

Summary from Goodreads:

For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules;

Always guard my ability
Never share my secret
And pretend to be normal. 

However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper. 

As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am. 

My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it.


EXCERPT

A few more steps into the shadows and the lightness of a feather brushed against my cheek. Instinctively, I turned around, expecting to see someone but instead I lost my balance and stumbled forward, arms extended to catch my fall. I landed on my knees, my hands scraped by broken twigs and rocks. I shifted my focus from my hands to a crumbling neighborhood further off in the distance. Barely visible through heavy fog, the dilapidated buildings had a rippling effect. There was no clear explanation for it, but looking back on that moment later, I realized the nausea, dizziness, little black dots floating across my eyes, even the black crows passing overhead, were all precursors to what was about to happen.
The ground rumbled and opened up, like a woman spreading her arms wide to take me in. There was only one frightening explanation for this and as absurd as it seemed, it made sense.
Body dowsing. Someone was waiting for me in the limitless black hole beneath my feet.”


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Friday, 19 December 2014

BOOK BLITZ - Leon's Way by Sunniva Dee **GIVEAWAY**

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Title: Leon's Way
Author: Sunniva Dee
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: December 19, 2014
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Synopsis

I’m Leon, number one object of Deepsilver’s rumor mill. Owner of student hotspot, Smother. Since I was sixteen, the world has been mine. I do everything— My way. Every co-ed in town clenches her thighs over me, but most don’t fit the bill. See, I like my girls broken. Once I detect my shade of don’t-give-a-fuck damaged, I fight hard, I fight dirty, and I don’t give up until— I conquer. Drunk fathers and frequent beatings don’t merit attention, but when my despicable dad starts the process of croaking, I’m forced to remember. Thus, the downward spiral begins: my latest broken-girl turns the tables on me and splits. My hot-as-hell employee, Arriane, throws me the curve ball of a lifetime. And suddenly— I’m out of control. But at the center of my chaos, she exists. Always close, always sweet, and so beautifully fucking… wholesome. She represents everything I’ve shied from in a woman. Still— I crave her. I’m Leon, and I don’t deny my cravings. Just—this girl is not surrendering. So here I am, fighting harder. Fighting dirtier. And goddammit all, I will— Conquer.

Excerpt

The man I’ve loved for years is going ballistic. Books, glasses, and candles ricochet off the walls and crash to the floor. The low growl contained in his throat unleashes as he hurls his stereo at the window, making the glass panes shatter on impact. “She fucking left me for him!” He spins and locks on me. When Leon stares at you, he consumes you. He traps you in a small, flustered vacuum where he’s all that matters. “Leon… you’ll be okay,” I begin, but my voice trembles. I can’t wrap my mind around this meltdown. Nothing ruffles him, nothing surprises him; in all my years at the club, I’ve never seen fissures in the marble of my boss’ beautiful façade. With the exception of his girlfriends, everything he touches remains orderly, and yet he’s losing it so completely right now. This state he’s in… It doesn’t rock my need to be there for him. I— Am always close. He’s my love. My unreciprocated love, because I am just Arriane, his left hand, the favorite bartender. Not one of the dolls he breaks. Leon’s chest lifts and sinks with his turmoil. “I’ve never worked to keep someone the way I did with her. Fuck, I did everything I could while all he needed to do was barge into Smother. He fucking stole her from under my nose!” Angry tears glitter, drifting over surreally blue irises. “Stole?” He’s delusional.

About The Author
Sunniva 

  Originally from Norway, I moved to the United States twelve years ago. I hold a Master’s degree in languages and taught Spanish at college level before settling in at the Savannah College of Art and Design as an adviser. I write New Adult fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist—like in “Shattering Halos,” published by The Wild Rose Press in February 24th 2014 and in “Stargazer,” estimated release date, November 2014. The first book I’m self-publishing is the New Adult Contemporary novel “Pandora Wild Child,” which will make me a proud indie author in October 28th 2014! I specialize in impulsive heroines, bad-boys, and good-boys running amok. Then, there’s the intense love, physical and emotional attraction beyond reason—sensory overload for the reader as well as for the characters. Like in real life, I hope you’re unable to predict what comes next in my stories. Yes, so I write what I love to read, and depending on the reader, you’ll find my books to be a fast-paced emotional rollercoaster—or disturbing because the struggles of love aren’t your thing. Here’s to hoping you have the same reading vice as me! ;-)

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BLOG TOUR - Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

This is an exciting new dystopian read, see what I thought and enter the giveaway below!!


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Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. 

A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labelled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

Available now at Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, Kobo & iTunes


REVIEW

I have been really lucky this year to read some awesome new dystopian novels and as the year comes to a close Rite of Rejection has the honour of being one of my last reads of the year.

Set in an almost utopian world to begin with, people seem happy(ish) living their lives in this future society where people are accepted officially as a part of it at the age of sixteen and their future partners and career paths chosen, well for the girls it is easy they become homemakers and the boys are sent to work at a place of the societies choosing.

Rebecca is one of the sixteen year olds about to go through the acceptance ceremony, which involves all the glitz and glamour of a prom but with a touch of old age charm and manners, she has the dress and the shoes plus she has her dance card where her future suitors must sign their names before they get their first dance.

Her parents have no doubt in her acceptance into the society but during the ceremony the worst possible thing happens, Rebecca is rejected, deemed a future criminal, her place in society is no longer and she is shipped of to a colony called the PIT where the worst of society are thrown to live in filthy and unsafe conditions.

Thankfully she is not alone, a young man who caught her eye at the acceptance ceremony has also been rejected.  Eric is happy to see Rebecca and he introduces her to his group of friends, some who have been there for a long time.  They don't want to live in the PIT any more, they want out and they are going to try to escape.

But how?

They have no idea where they are and even if they did they are surrounded by barbed wire and guards, Can Rebecca, Eric and the rest of the group escape their fates?  

There is so much more going on in this book that I haven't even touched upon but not being a fan of spoilers you'll need to read yourself but you learn more about the head of the society and the machine that decides the fate of the members of the society, will Rebecca turn out to be a criminal as predicted?

It is a great young adult read, it reminded me a little of Matched but it is an engaging read and Sarah manages to bring all the emotions that a sixteen year old would go through to life on the pages.

If you love the Matched trilogy and the Delerium trilogy then this will be for you.

Awarded 4 out of 5

Thank you to Sarah Negovetich for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review



#RiteOfRejection Reader Survival Pack
Prize pack includes:

Chapter 17 tissues (because that's when you'll need them), a jumbo sized chocolate bar (a hot commodity inside the PIT), an orange scented candle (courtesy of Rebecca's fondest memory from home, a dandelion pen (as featured on the cover), hand-crafted Molly bag (these are used extensively by the main characters), and a $10 Amazon gift card.
Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.

You can learn more about Sarah and her books at www.SarahNegovetich.com or follow her antics on Twitter @SarahNego.
 
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

COVER REVEAL - Asa by Jay Crownover

We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre-order your copy today!

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About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.  
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

BLOG TOUR - Breeder by K B Hoyle **GIVEAWAY**

Release Date: December 11 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Dystopian
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-292-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


 ~~SUMMARY~~
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Everything about Seventeen’s life is perfect, from her genetics, to her home in Sanctuary, to her status as a Breeder in the Unified World Order. But all that changes when she meets a rogue Enforcer named Pax, who infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her for extraction from the Controlled Repopulation Program. Pax seems to know a little too much about her, and he plants dangerous doubts in her mind that accuse Sanctuary of hiding a dark secret, and that cause Seventeen to question everything she’s ever known.

When Seventeen’s life is threatened, she has little

choice but to run away from Sanctuary with Pax. But for Breeders, contact with men is forbidden by law, and even the simple act of taking Pax’s hand is treason. 

Mired in confusion, Seventeen travels with Pax to the outside world and takes the name Pria, the identity of her childhood. But she is far from certain she’s made the right decision when they discover an entire community of people who should no longer exist.

Seventeen, now Pria, is thrust into a position as a key player in a dangerous bid to bring down the Unified World Order. Meanwhile, Pax’s attachment to her and her growing attraction to him contribute to the ever-growing mysteries in her life.

Pria’s journey from a sheltered, naïve Breeder to a rebel agent requires not only external transformation but self-discovery. As her world crumbles, Pria must decide who she is and what she really believes.

But the truth comes at a cost, and uncovering it will require a greater treason than she could ever have imagined.

REVIEW

I do love a good dystopia and Breeder does not disappoint.  Set in the future where the world's population has been ravaged, the human race no longer thrives on our lonely planet.

A group of young girls have been selected, brought up to become Breeders, the mothers of civilisation, giving birth to perfect children in the Sanctuary.  They never question their lives they proudly live their roles, it is an honour to be a Breeder.

Seventeen is one of these young girls, stripped of her original identity she lives happily at the Sanctuary until one day she starts seeing a man in the facility, fearing that she is going mad as males are not allowed in there she dismisses his talk of dark secrets and betrayal as hallucinations.

But she is not hallucinating, sent to recuperate after not being at the peak of her health she is rescued by the man, his name is Pax and he tells her she is in serious danger, her life is about to be snuffed out.

Breeder continues with Seventeen who returns to her birth name of Pria, escaping from the Sanctuary and learning from Pax that all she knows is a lie, Pria meets people who shouldn't exist, people who do not fit in to the genetic template of the perfect human.

She struggles with the truth but the question is will she do what is right, will she believe that the Sanctuary are not who they say they are?

Breeder is a great novel with its story flowing along nicely bringing the reader new emotions with every page.  As I said I love a good dystopian novel and this is a great addition to my collection and better still it is the first book in a series. 

K B Hoyle has done a great job bringing the characters to life along with the world building she has painted every page with, Go forth and buy it is definitely worth your time!

Thanks to TWCS for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Awarded 4 out 5


~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
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K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at www.kbhoyle.com.

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Praise for Breeder
"Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review
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