Saturday, 31 December 2011

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi review

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say about this book so everyone can grasp just how much I simply loved this book. Before the book even got into full swing I found myself saving quotes from the book. Juliette is a brilliant character and I loved following her story she has been unloved and thrown away by her own family and now is locked up but soon faces something worse being used to kill people. The start of this book really does show this characters strength and the despair that clouds her mind the feelings of loneliness and the growing grip around her heart that says your unloved. You watch this girl grow into herself and at times you wish that she would just be free in herself.

The story was so different and the world it’s based in is our own but a future that is in shambles and is run by well CRAZY PEOPLE! That want power. I really did love everything about the book. I felt lots of emotions while reading the book hate at the people that have hurt and used Juliette and happiness that maybe something better is to come.

I don’t think there are words that cover how amazing this book really is and no review could explain just how much excitement, despair, action and passion is packed into this book that will blow your mind. You’re going to have to read it!





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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne review

Still WatersStill Waters by Emma Carlson Berne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have wanted to read this book for a while so I was super pleased to get a copy from my friend at Christmas. This book was only small so I knew it would not take me to long to read so I started the book as soon as I got it.

The story starts with you really getting to know Hannah. Hannah is normally a good and honest girl that spends her time helping her mum look after her little brother and being with her boyfriend Colin. Colin is a smart guy that you could see picking any girl he wants but he sees something in Hannah that makes them a brilliant match. I did find I had points that I struggled for starters there was times I felt that parts of the story are dead there is no real interested. I spent a lot of time wondering when the good stuff would happen....It was over half way through when thing really picked up and a series of strange events lead to the books climax and while I really enjoyed this really well thought out last bit of the book there was just too many points over the book that I felt like giving up. I am glad that I read the book and Hannah was a great character that surprises you at the end but for me I felt more was needed in the book.

This book was really not my kind of read but my review is based on me just because I did not like does not mean you well be the same.

2 stars

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

The 20 Best Books of 2011 You Should Read Over Winter Break



Click the title above and you will be taken to The 20 Best Books of 2011 You Should Read Over Winter Break.
The lovely Florine Church thought my you book mad people would love the article. 
I have to agree there are some great book idea's go check it out. 

Saving Daisy by Phil Earle

Saving DaisySaving Daisy by Phil Earle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daisy is 14 years old and is not coping with her mother's death daisy blames herself for it. Over the coming weeks, she finds herself having panic attacks and using self-harming to clear her head and stop the attacks. Daisy’s dad will not open up and talk to her so daisy is left feeling alone. A mix of heart braking events leave daisy fatherless and broken inside. Unable to open up and talk about what’s going on Daisy is moved onto a place that will help her cope but will daisy open up and trust the people that are they to help.

My review I really don’t know how to start with this- this is not my normal sort of read, and I guess I’ll start by saying... This book was a look into a life that many young children and teens have to live with each day. I found it hard to think of this book as a work of fiction because it was more like a true look into so many lives. The sad fact is lots of kids have terrible lives.

Daisy's story opens the reader into a life that is cracking open with guilt and self-harming. Daisy is drowning in her despair, and the world around her does not seem to notice. I found that I soon cared for Daisy like I would my own children.

At times, there is so much pain and despair that you feel like daisy well never get out of this darkness that seems to have taken over her life for so long. I guess the point of this book is simple to me know don’t give up while sometime life seems so bad, but you need to fight for that light at the end of the tunnel that is there if you look hard enough. I also felt that the author was trying to make people aware of the true darkness and pain in real life. It’s easy to over look the homeless kids and kids in care when your life is simple but stop and read saving daisy it will open your eyes to the stuff that sometimes goes on behind closed doors.

Saving Daisy is a must read. A brilliantly written book that is more fact then fiction about the true horrors of life and the uplifting realisation that there is always hope. This book had more emotion then any I have read before.

5 stars

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

2 book give away!!

Winners are picked at random using Rafflecopter. The winner well be called the 2 of January The winner gets both book still water and shattered dreams.  

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne 
Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. 

But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety. 

Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.



Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1) by Ellie James
Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She isspecial. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.
Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She iskind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.
Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Fracture by Megan Miranda review

FractureFracture by Megan Miranda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delaney was dead for eleven minutes here brain starved of oxygen. Her heart stopped beating. Decker pulls his best friend Delaney out of the icy lake, but the damage is already done.

To everyone’s shock Delaney beats the odds and lives waking up when she should be dead or in a vegetated state. The doctors explain that she hasuntold damaged in her brain that should make talking and remembering impossible yet Delaney seems fine.

Delaney knows she has come back wrong the shaking in her hands and the tugging from inside leads her to the dying. She does not understand what’s going on then she meets someone just like her does he hold the answers Delaney needs.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book to review, and I’m so happy to be given the chance to read it. This book was beyond words amazing I read the whole book in less than a day.

From the first few paged your thrown right into the story there were no boring introductions that can sometimes put people off, this book went straight into the action which I enjoyed.

To me, there were three main characters that brought different things to the book while there was lots of other character these main three made the book for me.

Fracture was one of the first books that made me cry at times the book had so much emotion that pulled at your heart strings. There were lots of different relationships going on in the book that had problems and worries. I felt that while this book was fiction, there were lots of real problems like how does a family cope after nearly losing a member of the family the book show that death can sometime pull families and friends apart or other times you can work to stay together. There was also this twist in the book in which Delaney felt pulled to the people that were near death, which put a whole interesting spin on the story. This book was one that really got me thinking about life and death I was really shocked at howmuch the book stayed with me, even after I had finished reading it.

It was a book about life after facing death. An emotion journey to see if life is worth living and how people cope.

I’m giving the book five stars. I would recommend the book to others.
One last thing if you had one day to live what would you do?
All I have to say live each day as if it was your last no mistakes just memories.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey give away!


A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger


Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.


Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.



Saturday, 26 November 2011

Halfling by Heather Burth review

Halflings (Halflings #1)Halflings by Heather Burch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chased by hell hounds, nearly run off the road by a suv Nikki’s life used to be simply now she seems like every bad thing in the world is trying to kill her. With evil ready to strike at every turn Nikki ends up having three beautiful guys watching over her. They call themselves Halflings the offspring of fallen angels. They plan to keep Nikki out of dangers but sometimes that’s not easy to do. New problems arise when Nikki finds herself falling in love with two of her protectors. This comes a big shock as she has never been interested in guys, but now she can’t help but want two but more trouble is ahead than just love because Nikki needs to work out what’s going on before she is killed.

I would just like to say when people I know read books and tell me there is a MASSIVE! Love triangle in the book I normally choose to stay clear but this book was very different. The love triangle in this book was deep and emotional. Raven and Mace are two very different characters at first look I thought of mace as light and caring one and Raven as dark and sexy but there is a whole lot more to these two characters and the book was so much more than just love drama. It’s about family and making the right chooses and the evil that's inside us all it’s our choice to be good or bad and this book really did show that.

Nikki was a really good character. She is a fighter, deep down, and she faces what’s coming head on. As one of the main characters she was feisty and kind and enjoyable to read about. I also felt that there is a lot more we are going to learn about her as the series goes on. I just had a sense that there is a lot of hidden power or potential inside Nikki that’s begging to come out. The story was packed with danger, and Nikki went from a normal life to being on the supernatural hit list. There were a lot of intense moments in the book between characters and sometimes humour the book seemed to find a great mix of everything.

Now I would like to confess that as an avid reader you sometimes fall for the characters you're reading about and raven was one of those characters for me. While at first look you feel his just an arrogant pretty boy, but I felt there more to him, and I feel that over readers will spot that underneath his front, you will see someone different.

A wonderful written story Jam packed with forbidden love, danger and a burning evil that will suck you in.

5 stars

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Friday, 25 November 2011

This is not forgiveness by Celia Rees

This is not forgiveness by Celia Rees
I can’t decide what to do with your ashes. It’s been nearly a year now. Almost summer again. The urn is sitting in front of me on the desk, brown plastic with a ref. number, the date and your name scribbled on a sticky label: Robert Julian Maguire The label has black borders and is beginning to peel at the corners. I smooth the wrinkled paper, trying to stick it back. It has been slapped on crooked by someone who didn’t care a whole lot about the contents. There are all kinds of urns you can have: brass, copper, pewter, ceramic; you can have a wooden casket with engraving on it, but those cost and someone would have to care enough to order one and buy it. I guess yours is the modern equivalent of the pauper’s grave.
I went to the funerals. They held them one after another. I don’t think they meant them to be that way, but the crematorium was busy that day. Yours was second. Not much like the first. No orations, no weeping school mates clutching single blossoms to put on the coffin, sobbing out rubbish verses that they’d written themselves. No inky hand-printed notes on the flowers: R.I.P., C U in Heaven, Gone but not forgotten. No fl owers at all. Hardly anyone there, either. Only the bare minimum for decency. Police and immediate family. Some of your mates, but not many. Just Bryn and a few others, wearing uniform. The priest was sweating. He kept dabbing at his forehead with a big white handkerchief and stumbling over his words, scratching about to find something to say, stringing it out until the time came for the rollers to engage. You would have pissed yourself. Nobody sang the hymn, there was just this tinny recording. Nobody cried or even looked sad. The congregation seemed relieved to see your coffin going, as if it wasn’t a body on its way to the furnace but some dangerous biohazard. They couldn’t wait to get out of there. I was the one who went back to collect your ashes. That’s how I’ve got them here. Mum doesn’t like it. She keeps nagging about ‘disposal’ and ‘closure’. Keeping you here is morbid and probably unhealthy. I don’t see it. The Morgans had their granddad on the mantelpiece for years and years. She wants rid, but what’s it to do with her? You were my brother. She doesn’t have to come in here. ‘It’s upsetting for your sister,’ she says. I know for a fact that Martha couldn’t give a monkey’s fat one. Anyway, she’s not even here, so what does she care? I can see Mum’s point of view. What you did was pretty disruptive. I had to move schools. I couldn’t go back there, could I? Mum wanted to move house. Move towns. After what happened, she wanted to make a fresh start. You’ve made the place toxic. But in the end, we didn’t do that. We’d have had to move Grandpa. Not that he’d notice. He’s still alive, just about, but Alzheimer’s doesn’t get better, does it? It wasn’t really that, either. What happened has changed her. At times, she blames herself. Somehow it must be her fault, that’s what she thinks. If she’d just done this thing, or that thing, then it wouldn’t have happened. She spends a lot of time sitting around thinking about that. She’s there but not there when she’s like that. She moves from that to being very, very angry. Mostly with you.Maybe getting rid of you would give us closure, as she puts it, but I don’t think so. The brown plastic kind of contains you. Without it, you’d be everywhere  – like a genie. You don’t deserve to be liberated yet. I’ll decide the time and place. It could be tomorrow, it could be years from now, but until the day comes, you are staying right here, with me.But this is not forgiveness. Don’t think that

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi review

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aria lives in a place called the reverie like most teens she spends her time hanging out with her friends but rather than going out all she does is look through her smarteye which takes her to different realms. Life is sweet and easy until Aria is kicked out for something she did not do. The world outside the pod is feared Aria’s people the dwellers call it the death shop. Once outside things take a funny turn she learns about the outside world that is nothing like what she was led to believe, and it's the people inside the pod that are liars. She soon runs into Perry the person that was there the day of her so called crime it was him that saved her life. While Perry and Aria are very different from one and other Aria had the easy life and Perry the hard-working hunter but due to a run of strange events Perry and Aria have to work together and help one and other to find out what happened to Aria's mum? And why was Perry nephew snatched by Aria's people?

The journey will change Perry and Aria life forever.

From the very start, this book blew me away. I found it so brilliant and exciting imagine planet earth has been divided into two parts one side you have the reverie where people live in a kind of electronic fantasy world. It was like a weird computer run future. At first glance everyone seems happy and calm, but it’s a big front. Now the other part of the world is like the past with tribes and hunting for food, living of the land. These people are born survivors and fighters. Two completely different worlds stuck on one planet the whole idea excited me and glued me to ever word in the book. The world the book is based in alone will have you in a reading frenzy but there is so much more to the book.

Aria the dweller that’s lived her whole life in the pod playing in fantasy worlds and singing ends up being dumped into the outside the death shop. Perry a born hunter with night-vision eyes and heighted smell his a bit barbaric at times, but he does care. He just hides it well. No way would you think mixing these two very different characters together but when the author throws Perry and Aria together the book really takes on a life of its own in a way you would not believe.

The author’s writing is simply magical she wrote something so fresh and mind blowing that you can’t help but wonder how someone could think up something so dark yet beautiful. The book will reach out to anyone who loves action, love and the book is nonstop survival pushing the characters to their limits.

Prepare yourself for the ride of your life under the never sky will electrify you and have you begging for more.

Five stars

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows review

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In a world where each soul has lived a thousand lives, each soul knows each other. Everyone has many talents and life is like a never-ending circle once one body dies the soul is reborn into the next. The people fight dragons and protected them self from the shadow sylph.

Ana is the only new soul her body was meant for another soul but Ana's soul new and fresh was born. People hate her from being new going against what they believe in. Ana has sent the last 18 years with a mother who does not love her and in truth she makes Ana's life hell, and her dad went and left them when she was a baby. Now an adult Ana plains to leave and head for heart, she hopes to find answers to why she is different. Why was she born what happened to the other soul she has so many questions that need answers but things go horrible wrong? Sylph's come for her the day she leaves and ends up nearly drowning when Sam saves her, and together they make it safely to heart but the place is not welcoming people fear and hate Ana before she can find the truth someone tries to kill her and Ana and Sam are left in danger.

Ana is the main character the book follows in a world where everyone knows each other Ana really is the outcast the new un-useful soul. Now I really loved getting to know Ana she started off as a very guarded and untrusting character fearing that everyone hated her like her mother did. I felt that watching and learning how abusive her birth mother is to Ana helps you understand why Ana was the way she was. In a world where no one helped or saved Ana from this woman who got pleasure out of Ana’s loneliness and upset. Over the course of the book, you watch Ana grow into a more powerful character, and you saw a whole new side of her that made her more loveable to the reader. Now Sam is another character you follow in the book and from the very first time I meet him. I could not help but love him. He showed Ana that people do care, and he was so kind and something I felt even though he lived some many times he was just as lost as any new soul.

The world the book was based in was like nothing I had read before the concept was brilliant with all the old souls and then introducing a fresh new soul really did suck the reading in. Then, there was the bonus of these wonderful creatures like dragons and sylphs that added this dark dangerous feel to the outside of heart. There was conflicted between some characters and the council of heart seemed to care more about keeping secrets than the well-being of their people the whole story was fantastic. . It was a beautiful world that the author thought up, but she added lots of danger and darkness that readers will love!

A magnificent start to a new series.





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Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan review

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another brilliant book from Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson has to be one of my favorite male characters his so funny and brave with the fact his been dumped in the Rome camp with no memory you would have thought he would be a bit down and lost but his personality really shine no matter how bad thing get.The story is brilliant like all Rick books its action pack, danger and lots of gods and monsters mixed in and it makes for another amazing book. I'm really hoping that he'll have another book written for the series soon because i dying to know what will happen next. Rick's books always leave you wanting more each book always seem better then the last and every page is packed fall of fun and survival.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié Review

Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles, #1)Unleashed by Nancy Holder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katelyn McBride’s life changed the day her mother died. Forced to move away from her home Kat goes to live with her only other relative her granddad. Once she gets there, she finds that Wolf springs is not only cut off from the outside world but the people that live; there are guarded, they don’t trust outsiders. Kat learns that strange things are going in Wolf springs what creature is hunting young girls in the woods and why is everyone acting so weird.

Katelyn or rather Kat I found to be a really interesting character. I loved seeing the change in her as she spent more time with her granddad and the fact that the town seemed to bring out a different side in her. When you first read about her, I thought she was going to be a bit snotty but that was not the case the shock and upset of losing her mum and then having to move to the middle of nowhere meant she had to change and adjust to her new life. While she still at times tried to hold onto to that past life, she soon understood that LA was behind her. I loved getting to know Kat and understanding what went on in her head.

The storyline in this book was simply brilliant it starts off with lots of emotional. This poor girl has lost both her parents and has now been dragged to the back end of nowhere with her granddad that did not even turn up to her mother’s funeral. Not only is Kat really mad at her granddad for not being there for her, she is also anger that his making her stay in a place stuck in the middle of the woods. Kat has to start at a new school and find new friends which is not always easy but thankfully Kat finds two people she can talk to, but she feels that her friend is hiding things and then there are the weird sounds in the woods and sometimes at times Kat feels like something is watching her. It really is a lot for one already emotion character but Kat steps up you see a lot of change in her.

I felt that the book built up well with enough action and drama to keep your attention. There was brilliant family drama between Kat and her granddad but there is also weirdness with Kat’s friend family. There is also this great mystery hanging over the town that Kat is slowly picking up on. I was really glad the book was so long and unrushed because it gave you time to get to know the character and the town and learn to love them and feel a closeness to the people you are reading about. I felt the authors wrote a brilliant book with lots of romance, pain and danger all mixed up into one fabulous book. It gripped you and by the end, I was breathless for more.

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Fiction express


fictionexpress is launching a new interactive e-book today

Author: Jenny Ryan
Title: Falling backwards
Synopsis:
When a stranger takes the seat next to Leah on the plane to Mexico and unburdens her unhappy story, Leah finds herself involved in someone else's life in a way she'd never thought possible. Can Leah help April correct the mistakes of her past and find peace at last? Will she risk losing herself in the process?
"This is one of those books where you know from the start it is going to be your new favourite." 
Zoe, Bookhi blog

"I've had a sneaky peak at chapter 1, and I can tell you it's brilliant." Jenni, Juniper's Jungle blog

please check out Fiction Express website http://fictionexpress.co.uk/en/home

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

e 4 new dystopian fiction novels for 2012 and 2013

Starters by Lissa Price
Starters by Lissa Price an American screenwriter, publishing in April 2012, is an action-packed
thriller set in a world where eternal youthfulness can be had – at a price. One girl has the ability to
bring it all tumbling down . . . RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Heather Shapiro at
Baror International and will be launching globally alongside Random Inc for a truly international
campaign.

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Struck by Jenifer Bosworth
A post- apocalyptic Los Angeles is the setting for Struck by Jenifer Bosworth, publishing in July 2012.
After the city is devastated by an earthquake, Mia Price finds herself in the middle of a power
struggle between two fanatical cults; one that wants to save the world and another that wants to
destroy it. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb of the Rights People, acting
on behalf of FSG.

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The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna’s
Sangu Mandanna’s debut The Lost Girl publishes in early 2013 and centres around Eva, a feisty teen
girl who technically has no true identity of her own. Eva is forced to abandon everything she's ever
known and loved, finding herself torn between two worlds. RHCB acquired UK and Commonwealth
rights from Sarah Malloy of A.M. Heath acting on behalf of the Elizabeth Kaplan agency.

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ACID by Emma Pass
And finally, children’s librarian  Emma Pass, releases  ACID in early 2013. This action-packed novel
introduces us to Jenna Strong, a truly kick-ass heroine who is serving time in an all-male prison for
the murder of her parents. Set one hundred years in the future in a Big Brother style society; Britain
is now under the control of ACID – a terrifying all-seeing police force. RHCB acquired world rights
from Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books

Friday, 11 November 2011

witch eyes by Scott Tracey review

Witch EyesWitch Eyes by Scott Tracey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Witch eyes is a book that was easy to get into from the very first page i was hooked. Braden has always know he was different the faceted his a witch and that his eyes can see the world in a whole new light. Braden lives with his uncle and is home school but when he see's that something bad is about to happen he head to belle dam but what he finds there is a war between two family's. Both sides want to use Braden gift but there is so much worse going on in this town.People are being manipulated by something more then two fighting family's and this person will stop at nothing to get what they want!

Braden is a brilliant character his different and more then that he want's his own life and his want's to make friends and get a boyfriend. Poor braden only want's a simply life but because of who he is that can't happy and its because of this you love to follow his story and find out what happens next. When the story line gets into fall swing it's action pack with magical outbursts and more danger then you could shake a stick at and that not the half of it. There was just so much you can love in this book it was so....amazing i loved the love twist and the secret and lies that seem to make this town and most of all i loved how much of this book was about family. The book really pointed out that sometimes family are not always normal and happy and its hard to love people when they just want to use you.

If you like magic, danger and romance this book is going to be for you.


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Monday, 7 November 2011

Struck by Rhonda Stapleton give away

Struck by Rhonda Stapleton

Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But the path to love is not always a straight shot...

darker still winner!!

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber
contest is over!
AND THE WINNERS IS..
Entry #120Yvonne Leacy

Friday, 4 November 2011

Last breath by Rachel Caine review

Last breath by Rachel Caine
The humans of Morganville are lead to believe that the vampires are the only big bad things to be scared of. So when a simple note scares those vampires so much they make plains to pack up and leave. It leaves the residents of the glass house wondering what’s scary enough to make the vampires run.

I’m a massive Morganville vampire fan. What I love best is that each book has the same main characters but the stories are always different and exciting.

As I have read all the books in the series I can say that the main characters feel more like family to me. To me it’s like I’m reading about people I have known all my life. Yet again in this book it starts off funny and like any so called normal day in a town run by vampires and before you know it the book is straight into the action.

This time Claire and her friends are trying to work out who is kidnapping the local vampires in town but the closer they get to the truth the more danger they are in. While the book is really gripping and the action packed there is also a lot more to love about the book. At times the book is so emotional you feel like braking down with the characters.  There is also lots of funny chats and nicknames that are used in the book that make you laugh truth be told this book really does have a mix of everything. Yet again the gang work well together and help each other get by so you really get to love everything about this book and the series.
Rachel Caine writing style is always easy to read and everything thing she writes is top class.

I have to give this book 5 stars it’s another breath taking book to a one of a kind series what more could readers want! 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The other life by Susanne Winnacker review

The other life by Susanne Winnacker
Sherry has spent the last 3 years 1 month lock in a bunker with her family. They all believe that a bad strain of rabies had started making people crazy under orders from the military they stayed safe in the bunker everything changes when they run out of food. Sherry and her dad leave in search of food but what they find is the world has changed.  

The story in this book is brilliant sherry family have been locked away for so long they have no idea what’s going on in the world outside of their own four walls. You get to understand the life within the bunker is not easy it’s like being trapped in prison. You have nothing to do except the same thing every day. The author makes shore you get to know sherry and the life before they leave the bunker.

Once Sherry has to leave the bunker the story takes on a dark and dangerous twist. While reading you were always on guard waiting for the next attack the weepers were such an amazing aspect  of the book .while to start with the weepers reminded me of zombies I soon saw the truth the weepers are still very much alive and super intelligent completely different from the walking dead. There were also a lot of truths and lies packed into the book and everything really did fit well together and made for an enjoyable read.

One of my favourite things about this book was how the authors maintained the fear factor and also mixed in romance. Susanne really knows how to write and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this dark and completely absorbing series.    

5 stars

Annmarie best books review

Monday, 31 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

review: in the land of winter by margaret sarah bechtel, review by alice







WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT

Kate wants to forget her past.
Lex wants to begin his future.
The strangers meet on an ill-fated flight to Scotland, their lives and secrets collide when the plane crashes into the North Sea.
Only known survivors Kate and Lex are stranded on an island with an old lighthouse they are forced to use for shelter.
Lex is desperate to get them both rescued.
Kate is desperate to stop him.

MY REVIEW
WOW can anyone say Rollercoaster of emotions!!!
this book makes you laugh, cry, want to throw the book away in anger. every emotion you can think of margaret made you feel with this book. it was so different to my normal reads, and im glad i picked it up and read it, read it in less than a day. i loved the characters and the things they had to overcome was just amazing. some times i wanted to hit kate with the way she acted but when it came clear why she acts the way she did you just wanted to reach into the book and hug her.
this is my first book by margaret and i will definitly be reading more. thanks margaret for the emotional ride :)
if you havent picked up this book then i highly suggest you do






Saturday, 29 October 2011

Best books halloween book list


Watch Best book trailer for this Halloween.

The Annmarie's young adult horrors list

The Annmarie's young adult horrors list
Halloween is one of my favourite holidays so here are a few scary teen reads that are a most read.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson
They'll chase you. They'll rip you open. They'll feed on you ...When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician - every adult - fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide.

Annmarie’s comment: This series by Charlie Higson is brilliant it’s scary and the story is Amazing. A must read series.

Ashes by Ilsa j. Bick
Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents' ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who has changed... Everyone still alive has turned - some for the better (those who acquired a superhuman sense) while others for the worse (those who acquired a taste for human flesh). Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the zombies that are on the hunt, Alex meets up with Tom - an Army veteran who escaped one war only to find something worse at home - and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse. This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to find food, shelter, while fighting off the 'Changed' and those desperate to stay alive. A tense and involving adventure with shocks and sudden plot twists that will keep teen and adult readers gripped.
Annmarie’s comment: Another great book that needs to be read.

Slice of cherry by Dia Reeves
Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.
It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….
Annmarie’s Comment: My close friend Alice who runs the page with me sent me this book. When she said this book was bloody i had no idea how bad it would be. Kit and Fancy are killers to the core.

The hunting ground by Cliff Mcnish
When Elliott and his brother move into the old and crumbling Glebe House they don't expect to find themselves sharing it with ghosts. But soon sinister events are unfolding. An old diary reveals glimpses of the mansion's past - and of a terrible tragedy. An old woman talks to ghosts - but is she in fact being controlled by them? And what of the sinister East Wing - a hideous labyrinth devised by a truly twisted mind? Can Elliott and his family escape the clutches of Glebe House? Or will they end up trapped in the endless maze of corridors, forever hunted by the dead?
Annmarie’s Comment: if you love ghost stories you are going to love this book. This is one house i would not want to leave in.

Gone by Micheal grant
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Annmarie’s comment: this is one of the best series. It full of everything action and why it’s filled with zombies or ghost there is other horrors in this book cruelty being one thing.

Well that's some of my favorite young adult horror's there is some others but ill save them for another time. So this Halloween put down your love story's and pick up something scary :D 


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber review


Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1)
Natalie Stewart's has always been over looked she has not spoken a word since her mother’s death. People normal look at her as if she is brain dead but when a strange but sexy painting walks into her life she finally finds that there is more to her then what meets the eye. As this strange painting brings Natalie happiness it also brings danger and heart ache.

The story is told by Natalie Stewart's the book is basically her dairy. She writes down what happens each day. You see Natalie is unable to speck since her mother death no words have come out of her month so now she write everything down. People seem to think she is stupid and dumb but she is far from it. I found Natalie bright and most of all interesting she writes in way that makes all her thoughts and feelings clear and she tells her story in a way that lets you see the whole thing unfold in front of your eyes.   

Natalie was easy to like while the time the book was based in was far from what I would normal read, I found that time really did not change much Natalie was still a normal teen she hated the way she was treated and the way people could look at her like she was nothing. What really made Natalie likeable were the thoughts she sometimes had.  

Now the storyline in the book was brilliant I loved the way the book progressed in a way that you were glued to your seat wanting more. The book was not to fast but not slow ether, There was lots going on that made you need to learn more. The book at times was really dark and alluring with evil magic and death but there were times that it was light funny and you hoped for that happy ending. I loved the characters and most of all a brilliantly written book that left you with a feeling like the pictures in your house was watching you. 

4 Stars 

Saturday, 22 October 2011

In my mailbox

As i only got a one real book this week i thought i would just post my in my mail box. 
Free from publishers
ARC paper back

I got a ARC of Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. 

I was really shocked to get this book as it came from New york. I'm not shore why maybe the uk ran out of copies but i was really pleased to get this. 

ARC Ebook
ARC of Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...

Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.


A lot of people really want to read this book so i'm please i got a chance to read and review. 
Darker still is out November 8th this year 

ACR Ebook
ARC of The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau
Something wicked is lurking on Mt. Tibidabo, something that only comes out on Wednesdays . . .

Every Wednesday, strange things happen in Max's village. The townsfolk shutter their windows, lock their doors and hunker down to outwait this plague of peculiarities referred to simply as "the Wednesdays." But Max is too curious for that, and when he accidentally lets the Wednesdays inside, his furious parents cast him out for the rest of the day.

Soon he meets the Wednesdays themselves; strange silver-eyed boy-creatures bent on spreading mischief and mayhem. Initially he thinks they're quite fun, but they can also be cruel and dangerous. With the assistance of an unlikely cast of characters including a popular girl with questionable motives, a slightly crazed parapsychologist, and the world's ugliest dog, Max must put an end to the curse of the Wednesdays . . . or become one himself

book out 08/14/2012



ARC Ebook
ARC of Tempest by Julie Cross 
The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
book out 01/17/2012

ARC Ebook
ARC of Fractured light by Rachel McClellan
I'm dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can't take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona has the ability to manipulate light and harness its energy. This is the power the Vykens are after. This is what the Guardians are trained to protect. Christian has been waiting his whole life for the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a Guardian, but Llona has other plans for him. Going against everything that she's been taught and defying the Auran Council, Llona convinces Christian to teach her how to use her power as a weapon. It may be her only hope of survival. 
book out 02/07/2012


All the books above i have to read and review. 

Here are a few books i brought for my kindle. 

15 year old Anastasia Adams has spent her entire life on run. She and her mother have never spent more than 18 months in any one location, often times leaving with just the clothes on their backs. Despite the havoc that this is wreaking on Ana's social and academic life, her mother offers no explanation as to why it is they're constantly moving, or even what it is they're running from. But that all changes one night in the woods of Pelion, SC--the night the terror catches up with them.

Fearing her mother dead, and having barely escaped with her own life, Ana is whisked away to world of privilege and tradition. It’s a fairytale come to life. The poor girl used to living out of a suitcase is now a resident of one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. The people there adore her and she catches the eye of a young guardian who sees her as a refreshing change to the girls he’s grown up with.

If only they could find her mother. If only she knew the consequences of being born a “conjurer.” If only she knew who that green eyed stranger was, who’ll recite to her a past so incredible, and too tragic to be real. In the end, she’ll have to choose between the boy who has captured her heart and the stranger she can feel down in her soul, assuring at least one of them an almost certain death.

Everblue (Mer Tales #1)
She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

Sixteen-year-old Julia finds herself leaving her London life behind to move with her parents to the Amazon jungle.
A native descendant, she becomes familiarized with her own roots for the first time in her life. However, she never imagined she is about to discover much more than her own past but also just how crowded our little planet is...


And that's all the books i got this week happy reading

Touch of power by Maria V. Snyder review -Annmarie

 Avry of Kazan is a healer at one stage there was many people like her but now she is the last of her kind. She has been running since the healers were blamed for starting the plague that killed so many people. Avry did the only thing she could run and hide.  

The only problem is as a healer it’s not always easy to watch people die when you know you can save them. When Avry slips up and heals a dying child you would think people would be grateful but no the town turns her in for the promise of gold and Avry is left waiting for her death.

The most shocking thing happens next she is rescued from the town but what do her rescuers what and what will it cost her. 

Avry is a strong minded lead character from the start you really did feel for the character. She is one of those women you want to be. She is smart and she has hidden all this time without being court. She is strong minded even when faced with the worse.  The author really does know how to make her characters stand out. There were a lot of unforgettable people in this book and at times you wished you could meet them face to face. You become attached to the people you’re reading about and you don’t want the adventure to stop.

The story line of the book was just brilliant it was a fantasy to remember there was the world it was based in. There was a raging war going on the common people are struggling to survive while the royals are all about winning no one seems to care about the people they are ruling. The book was packed with interesting things like the healers and magic and what people will do with their abilities.

The story worked really well and it had my interested from the very start. I loved learning about the people and the world the book was set in. There was none stop action and some of the funniest comments from characters. There was lies and back stabbing. I really did fall in love with the book.

By the end you are going to be holding your heart in your hand you might even cry but most of all your going to have the need to know what will happen next.

Maria V. Snyder is the queen of fantasy and Touch of power proves it.
5 stars.   

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Dark Eden By Patrick Carman review

7 kids with life changing fears, fears that haunt your dreams and fills your throat with a scream. Will has been seeking treatment for his fear.  His doctor has tried to help but there has been no change. His doctor finally refers Will to a place that can really cure him of his fears and make him normal again.

When the 7 kids make their way to dark Eden Will starts to feel jumpy and uneasy. Will ends up hiding away from everyone else right under everyone's noises. Will end's up watching everyone else from the safety of a bomb bumper.

The book is told from will's point of view so you see and hear everything he does. You don't get to hear what Will true fear is till half way through the book so it leaves you guessing about what's wrong with him. I'll be honest for a big part of book I did think that Will was crazy little bit mental but as you go along in the book you start to see what Will is getting at and maybe he has a right to be scared.

While you watch the other get cured and Will time get closer you wonder what's really going on and what does this strange so called doctor really after from these kids.

I really did get into the book and I fell in love with the story it was fresh and different. The start of the book was really just getting to know the kids and to get to grips with the story but from the half way mark thing started to get creepy. Things start to become clearer and you start to see secrets unfold and you understand that not everyone is telling the truth. It's a well put together book and by the end your shocked at the outcome of the book. 

A great book that will make you look at your own fears.
4 stars   

Monday, 17 October 2011

SPOOK-A-LICIOUS: WHERE BOO-KS DEVOUR YOU: BLOG HOP TOUR (Oct 17-24)



http://shadowmundane.blogspot.com/2011/10/spook-licious-where-boo-ks-devour-you.html

HEY EVERYONE!!!!




There is a Halloween themed blog hop going on serveral blogs. My friend, Ella is participate in it and hosts a HUGE Giveaway.

She puts an extra entry into it and this is the part where I come in to the scene.


GIVEAWAY (SCAVENGER HUNT) RULES:

A list of blogs will be participate in this, and basically you travel to each blog and the blogs will be given a puzzle piece of the cover that is related to that letter in HALLOWEEN.

Each blog will have a hint to help you narrow down your choices of the books you're possibly thinking of that fits with that letter.

Here's the catch, you MUST save that puzzle piece to your laptop or computer or wherever because you'll need those pieces to email to Ella along with your answer, so She can see that you want those extra entries for doing the hunt! At the end of the blog post, there will be a link to the next blog and so forth. The blogs will be in order, so you don't have to hunt around.

Each right answer that you figure out, you will get one extra entry. If you get one of them wrong, then you still have 8 other answers to get right! You will get a free extra entry, so that makes a total of 10 extra entries for doing the hunt!

stop one on the hunt is 
H-Yousra from I'm a book nerd, so what?  http://imabooknerdsowhat.blogspot.com/2011/10/world-of-words-scavenger-hunt-letter-h.html

BEST BOOKS is number 2 on the stop, the 3rd stop is
sassy book lovers

now for the puzzle piece


hint for the puzzle piece is:
the girl has a gift, or is it a curse? She sees the future and others most hidden feelings, but how? she doesn't know, but an assassin does. mortal enemies. forbidden love. Good Vs Evil. nothing is as it seems


remember you must save the image to your computer/laptop

as well as doing all the blog posts you need to fill out the form on ella's orignal post
http://shadowmundane.blogspot.com/2011/10/spook-licious-where-boo-ks-devour-you.html

ends 24th october

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber GIVE AWAY!



Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1)
The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

In my mailbox


Hi everyone
This is my new In my mailbox instead of me talking about the books i did something new and different. 
I really hope you all like it and please let me know what you think. 

Thanks to Natalie and misty from facebook :D  

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Hush, Hush contest

Did you miss out on the signed graphic novel and 2011 books that bite purse?  Well don’t be sad for we are doing it AGAIN and this time it’s BIGGGGGGEEERRRRRR and BEEETTTTTTTEEERRRR.  In celebration of the upcoming release!  We thought a graphic novel this epic deserved something extra special!!!

On our store tab ( http://store.sealionbookstore.com ) you can purchase the limited edition Hush Hush graphic novel prologue for $10.00.  WE WILL ONLY BE RELEASING 1,000 COPIES AND IT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB STORE.  So not only is this an important piece to the contest puzzle but you will be one of a thousand people to own this piece of Becca Fitzpatrick’s history!!!  Keep in mind since there are only 1,000 copies of the prologue being made we need to limit the number of copies you can purchase.  It is limited to 2 copies per person.

Now here is the fun part!  Once you receive the book, take a picture of yourself with it and email the picture to us along with a paragraph as to why you should be the next to make a cameo in the next volume of Hush Hush!  In this cameo you will even interact with Patch and Nora.  NOW REMEMBER I SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO BE ENVIOUS OF THE NEXT WINNER!!!  WELL HERE IS WHY!  The winner will not only get to interact with Patch and Nora in the next Hush Hush Graphic Novel, BUT the illustrator for the graphic novel will also IMMORTALIZE you from head to toe in Patch’s arms!  Your image will be held lovingly safe in his arms!  How awesome is that!!!

SO LET'S RECAP!!!

1.    1,000 limited edition prologues will be available for sale on www.SeaLionBooks.com.  Limit 2 please!

2.    Once you receive the Hush Hush prologues you must take a picture of yourself with it and post the picture on our FB page with a paragraph in the comments under the picture as to why they should be the next to make a cameo in the next volume of Hush Hush!

3.    The winner gets an interacting cameo with Patch and Nora in Hush Hush volume 2, and they get a unique one-of-a-kind poster with Patch holding the winner in his arms. 

4.    The limited edition prologues will ship the first week of October.
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