Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review - Heart Search: Lost by Carlie M. A. Cullen

Title - Heart Search: Lost (#1)
Author - Carlie M. A. Cullen
Genre - Paranormal Adult
Pages - 421
Publisher - Myrddin Publishing
Source - eBook Supplied by Book Tour


When Joshua Grant vanishes days before his wedding his fiancée Remy is left with only bruises, scratch marks and a hastily written note. Heartbroken, she sets off alone to find him and begins a long journey where strange things begin to happen.

As Joshua descends into his new immortal life he indulges his thirst for blood and explores his superhuman strength and amazing new talents while becoming embroiled in coven politics which threaten to destroy him. But Remy discovers a strength of her own on her quest to bring Joshua home.

Fate toys with mortals and immortals alike, as two hearts torn apart by darkness face ordeals which test them to their limits.

My Review:

First of all is like to comment on being part of such a brilliant tour and how I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved and experiencing the aspects of a debut author through the posts I have recently uploaded. Sadly, today I have come to end of my part of the tour and to Carlie's tour. I hope I end this with a bang for her.

Remy is one of those characters that you can relate and feel every emotion connected to the reader. The one characteristic that is the most prominent and heart throughout the whole novel is her braveness and courage for searching for her soul mate, her true love. Remy's innocence portrays her beliefs and how she isn't easily persuaded by the unnatural or supernatural; she would easily dismiss it to keep the normality to maintain the strength of her relationship. I envy Remy with her strengths yet she has her moment when you just want to shake and say "Your not hallucinating! Vampires do exist! Everything isn't perfect and it's not natural! Believe!" But that is what makes the novel that more engaging and so unique from others, her character builds the tension of the storyline and how she evolves as a character and becomes that much vulnerable yet determined.

Remy's view of their relationship is of pure happiness, content and of the truest love that they both can endure as a couple. Remy knows from the minute she departs from the plane that she would be the next Mrs. But untold events changes the whole the sequence of her life and various relationships ahead. Her life is full of surprises.

Joshua has never been head over heals in love with a woman before and he knew he can't wait to start his married life with Remy! Joshua's character is strong, caring, considerate and just the perfect gentleman and the perfect hotness of the novel. In the beginning of the novel you feel ecstatic with the happiness that he endures, but then you know something is going to go wrong, but you didn't know that it would be fatal to the whole novel. That broke my heart and I couldn't put it down now as it can only get better.

When Joshua has to alter and accept his new lifestyle , you can see that all his recent and most precious emotions have been heightened. Rage and Anger seem to be the more prominent and that what makes me as a reader more distant to his personality. The is the one thing that Joshua has no control over his humanity, yet he tries to prevent his past from disturbing his new life, this makes him seem selfish and unappreciative of the life his once had. Joshua's view on life changes drastically and complete the book with the two varied perspectives of the novel, making it more surprising and unique from the books I've read before.

Aside from the main perspectives of the novel, there is also the Coven that the Joshua becomes aligned too. As they play a significant part in the novel, Carlie creates such a dynamic and flawless structure to the two points of view that you are instantly in the mind of these characters. What I loved is that this is not  book of an omnipotent narrator but of two protagonist characters assigned to the the significance of the multiple characters that's play in each of their lives. That it's such a creative and thorough perspective, that you get the complete experience of the whole novel.

Carlie's debut novel as set a very high expectation with myself as a reader and I can't wait to read her next novel. She is a very talented and extraordinary woman that I have come to know over the past couple of months into the a blog tour. As well as that I can see that she will be a very successful author from her brilliant novel of "Unique paranormal romance with bite!" Which I absolutely, totally agree with! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this book.



"Waiting on" Wednesday (#11)


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Crash (Visions, #1)Title - Crash (Visions #1)
Author - Lisa McMann
Genre - YA Paranormal
Publisher - Simon Pulse
Release Date - January 8th 2013



If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogyJules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

I don't know if any of you have read her Wake Trilogy, but they look brilliant and I'm hopefully going to be reading them soon. I saw this book of hers and it looked so good! Its seems she uses original ideas to make them her own and unique and I love authors that do that... because how can you take one aspects and draw up so many storylines and situations and conclusions from it?! That's when the creative imaginations comes in and I certainly don't have that. (Hehe). There is so many great books coming for the New Year and I can't wait for 2013 to begin... Its going to be a great year for YA! 


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Heart Search Blog Tour] - An Interview with Carlie M. A. Cullen




Thank you so much for joining me today Carlie and for letting me be a part of this Tour…

Thanks for inviting me Emma. And as for ‘letting’ you be part of the tour, you honour me by wanting to get involved – it’s me who should be thanking YOU (and I do)!

Who inspired you to write Heart Search?

Nobody actually inspired me to write Heart Search - I’ve been writing since I was a child for my own entertainment and as an emotional outlet. However, once I’d started writing the book, it was my daughter’s love and enthusiasm for Heart Search that gave me the inspiration to continue.

Why specifically ‘Fantasy’?

I’ve loved fantasy since I was a small child, from reading the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and The Brothers Grimm. It was a love that stayed with me and as I grew up, I explored the genre more. There’s a freedom, a soaring of imagination in writing fantasy that excites me. Nothing is taboo or forbidden as long as everything gels together – your only constraint is your ability to imagine.

How did you come up with the ideas for your debut novel Heart Search?

I was given the idea by my Muse and then my main characters stomped into my head and demanded I tell their story. My Muse gave me the outline, subsidiary characters and helped me plan it, but once I started writing the story my main characters took over and made me tell their story their way.

Was there anything in your novel that was based on experience or creative writing?

Yes. I have visited virtually all of the locations in the book at some time in my life so was able to describe from experience. I also drew on past heartbreak to make the Remy scenes realistic and relatable.

What was your favourite scene to write about and why?

Ooo now you’ve got me stumped, Emma. There are loads of scenes I loved to write, but picking a favourite is like having a table full of all your favourite foods and being told to pick just one – agony! [Chuckles]

If you really, really want me to pick one then I guess I would have to go with the power struggle between Joshua and Farrell. It was fun to imagine two vampires scrapping, combining ‘regular’ fighting (like punching and kicking) with them using their enhanced capabilities and skills.

Who was your favourite character to write about? And did they have personal or similar personalities/qualities to yourself?

Hey, Emma, that’s two tricky questions in a row! *wags finger* [Laughs].

As much as I enjoyed writing Remy, I think my favourite was actually Joshua. It was wonderful to start him off as human and go on to explore his transition to and acceptance of his new immortal life.

I guess there are a couple of qualities/personality traits we both share although I hadn’t thought about it until now. Joshua is placid and easy-going. He doesn’t like confrontations and will always try to seek a non-violent solution, but you make him angry and you better duck for cover. He’s also very loyal to those he cares about or considers friends.

Describe your book in five words?

Really? Five words? Oh, okay, let me see . . . ‘Unique paranormal romance with bite!’ How’s that? Do you agree, Emma?

What lead you to become a writer and book editor as a career?

As I said earlier, I’ve written most of my life, but it wasn’t until I had almost finished the first draft of Heart Search that I thought seriously about making a career from writing. I joined Twitter then started my blog and began making friends with other writers who were very encouraging. Then, as sometimes happens, fate stepped in. I’ve suffered back problems since a car accident in 2005 and although I was coping with regular visits to a chiropractor, at the beginning of this year the treatment was becoming increasingly less effective. I sought assistance from my doctor when the pain became unmanageable and I was having terrible trouble moving around. I couldn’t get to work as I couldn’t drive so I was let go. As all I could do was lounge on the sofa all day with my laptop on my thighs, I determined to do something which would give me joy, fulfilment and allow me to put my English skills to good use (I’m not the sort of person to wallow or sit watching daytime TV! I need to keep my brain active and stimulated and what better way than doing something I love?). I began on the editing path when I was asked to line/copy edit a novel for a published author. She was pleased with my work and began to recommend me so in between editing jobs I was getting Heart Search ready to be published and began writing book two.

It seems you are very busy with writing, social networking and running writers groups. What do you do when you want to switch off from writing?

Are you nuts? I never want to ‘switch off’ from writing! [Chuckles]. Because of my back problems, it’s very difficult at the moment for me to be able to enjoy the pursuits I used to (like teaching dance, going to the movies, eating out). On the odd occasions I stop writing, I enjoy watching DVD’s, certain TV shows that I’m hooked on, seeing friends and, most importantly, spending quality time with my lovely daughter.

Are you currently reading anything at the moment? If No, then what would be your next book to read?

I’ve always got a book on the go – as soon as I finish one, the next one is out and ready to start! At the moment I’m reading ‘Dead Until Dark’ by Charlaine Harris (the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series). When I finish the series, I’ll be reading The Ring of Lost Souls by Rachel Tsoumbakos.

Finally is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?

Yes, there is and thank you for giving me the opportunity to address them directly, Emma. Firstly, if you have purchased my book then I thank you for giving a new author a chance – I hope you’ll post a review and would be very grateful. I will always strive to give you stories that are entertaining, with characters you can relate to and plots that will make you want to turn each page.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this tour and getting to know you as an author! You are a brilliant and talented author. I can’t wait to see what will become of Heart Search… and I know this won’t be the last I hear of you or your books on my blog. It’s been a pleasure over the past month to get to know you and your passion for books, again Thank you for letting me be a host this tour…

Thank you, Emma, for all your kind words and for being such a wonderful hostess. It’s been a real pleasure to get to know you too – your enthusiasm has been really infectious and you’ve been a wonderful cast member on my tour!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

[Heart Search Blog Tour] - An Excerpt


I climbed back into the car, leaving my door open. Leaning back into my seat I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply before letting my breath trickle slowly from between my parted lips. A picture formed in my mind, hazy at first as if the edges had been attacked by an eraser then solidifying gradually until it appeared like a photograph - a snapshot in time.


Twisted metal littered the tarmac. A car lay on its roof, one of its tyres still spinning. A jack-knifed truck, a fallen and warped-framed motorcycle lying in a pool of red, a brightly signed delivery van with wisps of smoke drifting from the edge of the crinkled bonnet, another car with the boot concertinaed shortening the car by more than a foot, and a further one which was crushed from all sides.


My eyes snapped open and a gasp flew from my lips. I trembled. The image was so vivid – it had a ring of reality as if I was looking at it through the lens of a camera. My nerves sizzled with adrenalin and fear. I could hear my breath panting rapidly as if I’d just completed half an hour of strenuous exercise and I concentrated on slowing it down, counting out the seconds as I inhaled and exhaled. ........ 

I had to wait an additional twenty-five minutes before I was able to start inching forward and another ten before I was able to view the extent of the multi-vehicle pile-up. Three cars, a motorcycle, a brightly painted van and a truck were almost unrecognisable, as their bodywork had been twisted and pulverised with the force of the collision. 

One car was missing its’ roof, two doors and had nearly been carved in half as the rescuers attempted to free the occupants. A large patch of red liquid had pooled beside another of the cars and by the motorcycle and I realised after half a second it was blood. I wasn’t usually squeamish, but my stomach churned and hot bile rose to the back of my throat. An image flashed briefly into my mind and I realised the position of the vehicles was exactly the same as I’d ‘seen’ earlier.

I absolutely love this except of this book... It just keeps on surprising you!


Showcase Sunday (#11)


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.

Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.



This week I have had a very good week, not too many but enough to make me very excited *squeeeeeel*:


Darke Academy: Lost Spirits by Gabriella Poole - I have seen this series for a few years and it looks brilliant. But I really need to read the first 3 books first, lol! I'm looking forward to reading them.
Vampire Diaries, The Hunters: Destiny Rising by L.J. Smith - OMG! I love this series and the TV series of course and I can't believe its nearly the end. Don't you think the Book is totally different from the TV series. I couldn't believe that, I got so confuddled! Enough of my rambling, back to the book; I wonder how its all going to finish, Hmmmmm......

From NetGalley I received:

    

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang - I was so excited to have received this book. I have seen so many brilliant great reviews for this and I can't wait to read this book. The Cover makes me very intrigued about a girl having two souls. I'm curious how the author has incorporated that into a the character.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens - This seems like a simple romance...a couple of friends recommended this to me and told me to request and looky here I got, whoop! So I can't wait to read it! 
Thirst by Karen E Taylor - This is looks like particular good read. The cover reminds me of The House of Night, but hopefully it will be so much better than the series. Vampires totally up my street! I'm so happy I received this! 
Commencement by Paige Cuccaro - This looked really good when I requested it... And Hellsbane, that looks right up my street! 

I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU Hachette Childrens Books and NetGalley! 

Did you receive any these Books? Have you read these? I would like to know what you thought!
Are you taking part? Leave me link, I would love to see what you received this week.

Happy Reading!


Friday, October 26, 2012

[Heart Search Blog Tour] - Guest Post by Carlie Cullen


It’s strange how a story idea just pops into your head, seemingly from nowhere  It’s like an invisible hand plucked it from the ether and plonked it in just the right area of your brain. Sounds bizarre, right? Not to me – I’m used to it! However, this time it was different; it felt different, bigger than any idea I’d had before. As I mulled over this concept, gifted to me by my Muse, two characters marched fully formed into my head and demanded I tell their story. Boy, were they persistent! And so, I began to write . . .

The outline and synopsis was written, the first twelve chapters were planned and now it was time to start.

The words began to flow onto the screen of my laptop, each character in turn telling me a little of their story as I wrote, seeing each scene through their eyes and feeling their emotions. This was something much deeper than I’d ever experienced before; there was a connection being forged, like the strongest steel, between my two main characters and me.

As the writing continued, they took over and by chapter five my carefully structured chapter plan was in shreds. “You don’t need that,” they told me, “we’re telling our story our way!” Who was I to argue? They had already guided me away from how I thought the story would evolve and put me in a position where I just had to trust them. And so I did. I also knew by that point, the story was too big, too involved to fit into one book.

They each took me through their journeys as I pounded the keys and the word count grew and grew. Then came the hard part! Where could I draw a halt in this flowing story to end book one? My Muse showed me the way and suddenly, 152,071 words later the first draft was complete.

It was the wee small hours of 26th October 2011. My daughter was in bed asleep so I couldn’t whoop and holler as euphoria swept me into its embrace. I sat, stunned by the enormity of it all. I’d written a full length novel. I wanted to dance around the room with joy. Pouring myself a celebratory glass of my favourite wine, I sat looking at the final words on the screen feeling proud of my achievement. It took me ages to get to sleep that night!

Later that day, I contacted the editor I’d lined up and sent her the raw manuscript. It was a heady feeling. Then I did something crazy – I signed up to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), in which you try to write a fifty-thousand word novel in just thirty days. I had no idea what I was going to write about and only had five days in which to plan it, but I just felt I couldn’t stop writing. As tempted as I was to begin book two of the series, I was advised against it by some author friends, so I took their advice and came up with another story. I’m proud to say I completed the challenge.

By this time, the first few edited chapters of Heart Search; Lost were sitting in my Inbox. I abandoned the tale written for NaNoWriMo and got to work.

I was amazed by the insight of my editor and disturbed by the number of overused words and grammatical errors she’d found. Gently guiding me through the process, she explained it was perfectly normal and nothing to be upset about. I trusted her judgement and relaxed as I edited. Sending her back the revisions for checking as I finished each block, by early January two rounds of editing had been completed and I gave it to an alpha reader. I was gobsmacked by her response. Jakki didn’t normally like stories in my chosen genre, but she loved it and gave me some good constructive criticism.

Again I made changes and sent them to my editor for checking. Now it was ready to go for beta reading. I chose my beta reader carefully. I wanted someone who I not only trusted, but who had experience and was overjoyed when she agreed. Alison was senior editor for a US publishing company and a published author. She gave me some great structural suggestions, which had echoed those of my editor, and she also loved the story.

This time I had to re-structure the first half of the book which was quite tricky; I had to ensure all the little subtle connections remained and the story still flowed. Again it went off to my editor. You know, I didn’t mind going through the editing process. I know some authors hate it in some ways, but to me it was a labour of love. I wanted my book to be the very best it could be – to be a polished gem – and something I could be proud of.

When my manuscript was returned, it was ‘submission ready’ and with hope in my heart, I penned a query letter and sent it off to an agent. Sixteen weeks and two emails from me later, I got my first rejection. I was a bit sad, but brushed myself down and looked forward with positivity in my heart – it was the agent’s loss!

That was when I decided on a new strategy – I would self-publish through Myrddin Publishing Group. I sent my novel to another beta reader for final checking and Rachel came up with a couple of minor yet valid points and I duly made a couple of corrections. In the meantime, I’d asked Nicole Antonia Carson to design my cover and she did a fabulous job – it was everything I wanted and more. It was all coming together slowly. I worked out a marketing plan for the launch, sent out a call for bloggers for the Blog Tour and was blown away by the great response. I’d also had a book trailer made for me by the wonderful Connie J Jasperson which was the final jewel in the crown. Everything was in place. All I had left to do was send out the copies to the reviewers in the tour, write twenty-odd guest posts, do fourteen interviews and find about sixteen unique excerpts from the book and I only had a month. To top this off, I was scheduled for spine surgery end September which I knew would impact quite severely on my ability to use the computer for many days.

I set to work and got as much written in advance as I could, knowing in my heart that the only way I would complete this huge task was by not sleeping. This wasn’t an option although I managed on five or six hours sleep a night leading up to my hospital stay. The marketing plan kicked in and the cover was unveiled, followed by the trailer ten days later. It had begun and the whispers about this new book began to circulate through the social media platforms.

Then the big day hit. Seeing my book up on Amazon was the most amazing feeling – even better than the euphoria I experienced at finishing the first draft. My dream had come true, I was a published author! This time I did whoop and holler (but no dancing around the room – not with sutures in my back)! It was better than winning the lottery (I think, bearing in mind I’ve never won more than ten pounds) and to get a five-star review on launch day was the bubbles in the champagne. To think someone had enjoyed my work enough to give it five-stars made all the long hours spent editing worthwhile.

As I write this, we’re now two weeks into the Blog Tour and I’ve got five-star reviews and sales of the book on both sides of the Atlantic. The paperback will be coming out soon too and I’ve started writing book two of the trilogy. Am I a happy bunny? You bet I am!

Carlie M A Cullen 

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.
Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This was launched 8th October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.
Carlie is also a professional editor.
Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology, The Other Way Is Essex, was published September 2012 under Myrddin Publishing Group. Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

Feature & Follow (#10)

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.
Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.


A: Hmmm, good question and very tough one at that.... When I first started reading YA books in particular I absolutely hated different POVs, I didn't get it. Now I find that I prefer different POVs to omnipotent narrators.

At first Omnipotent Narrators really didn't bother me, and in all honesty until now I didn't even know what that phrase meant; shocking I know! But now as I'm exploring different sub-genres within YA I have grown to think its over-rated or like you say it's 'considered bad form.' as you get the impressions that the character know everything and anything and is 'on top of the world' so to speak. But saying that, you do get some brilliantly written omnipotent narrators.

I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring different POVs in YA and seem to be picking them up more now-a-days. For example the book I'm currently reading has a brilliant flow and structure with the POVs just absolutely brilliant! However, in some not many books you can get too many POVs it does irritate and ruins the book for me as its too many perspectives to consider and experience.
 
What is writing device irritates you? I'd love to know... Leave your blogs FF below and I will be sure to 'hop' on over...


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Waiting on" Wednesday (#10)


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)Title - Touch of Death (Touch of Death #1)
Author - Kelly Hashway
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Publisher - Spencer Hill Press
Release Date - January 15th 2013





Jodi Marshall isn't sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn't difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

This book is the perfect 'WoW' this week. I have seen this around blogs and so it up my street. A perfect YA I would think; Untold, deadly ability, a perfect match/romance, I would assume a very hot, dark and handsome stalker, Mythical Gods and Save the World...(cliché I know) But what a book this and I can't wait to read this. January 2013.... tooo long! 


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Are you taking part, then leave a me link and I pop over and see what your "Waiting On".



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review - Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title - Delirium (Delirium #1)
Author - Lauren Oliver
Genre - Dystopian
Publisher - HarperCollins
Pages - 480
Source - Library
In a small town of Portland, it's governed by and controlled by the ideology that is a disease, known as "the deliria". Lena Holoway has been led to believe that love kills you, takes control and make you do unspeakable things.

Lena has only 95 days until her birthday and her procedure. The government like you cure you as you turn 18. Lena knew this was coming and she was very excited; a life without love is a life without pain; safe, measured, predictable and happy. But when she though she couldn't know what love is or how its perceived... She done the unthinkable, She met Alex and she fell in love.

First of all, I have been very deprived of not reading an actual copy of a book. As much as I love my Kindle, you can't beat the feel and smell of an actual book. As part of my Recommendations list and another aspect of YA that I haven't yet encountered much as I want too and I have to say that exploring the future, parallels and worlds in different forms. What I have found is that these particular novels isolate themselves and makes Dystopian's that much different and unique.


As I begun this book was I was very interested to see how the idea behind a world without love could be enforced into this novel and I am very excited to say it worked brilliantly. Lauren Oliver is one talented young woman of our age.

“Love: It will kill you and save you, both”

Magdalena Holoway is a bright, intelligent, sporty and has a very safe and happy life ahead of her. But she has had a tough childhood; her father died when she a baby. her mother became a sympathizer and committed suicide. Her mother was Lena's inspiration and her mother's was the only one who knew the truth of life. The government covered up everything and only the rumours are the aspects of truth. Lena knows one aspect of life - that love is a disease. She is terrified of catching it yet she knows nothing of the truth or happiness that elevates the heart. The disease may hurt but that is what makes you stronger...Lena becomes that young lady; a beautiful, stronger persona that believes in life and of love. All down to one person...Alex.

Alex Sheathes/Warren has two lives; a security at the evaluation facility and an Invalid. He has to conform to one to be a part of Lena's life. But with Alex you will find that his persona is more defined and caring... His true nature lies within his heart. Alex fell in love with Lena the moment she high-fived the Governor... His feelings for her should be eradicated but his nature lets him believe, live the unmeasured time and conforming to his Invalidity. His smiling eyes had me hooked from the beginning. Alex is passionate, brave, and confident. If he asked you to dance with him in the moonlight, could you really be able to say no?

“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it”


Lauren Oliver creates the perfect protagonist of the novel. Lena's characteristics connect with each other so beautifully that her stylistic writing becomes this sea flow of raw emotion crashing together to create this inspiring story. Oliver creates Alex's character as simple, caring persona and using his natural his tendencies to make Lena believe...make this inspiring novel become the epiphany. The best way to describe this novel is that...You are blinded by love.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Showcase Sunday (#9)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits & Tea.

Its an opportunity to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.


Due to having a MASSIVE Showcase last week... I have down-sided slightly this week. So what I have received is mostly from NetGalley. I have had a good week this week with them....

   
Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton - Now as you can see I have been straying from YA on NetGalley, Sci-Fi/Horror Adult books are another genre that I love. I hope your not disappointed from the distance of YA! :) I love the glowing, piercing eyes which definitely compel me to read this.
Dark Dealings by Kim Knox - This book looks like a very enticing read. Again I'm working through the Fantasy genre! 
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt - I have seen and heard mixed reviews about this book. So i will be very interested to what I think and how it compares to others.
How Beauty Met The Beast by Jax Garren - Now I like the sound of the title.. A play of words on the disney film with darker purposes. We shall see...


And The BIG ONE that I'm so happy to receive is...


Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel - As you recall I used this as one of my 'WoWs'. The cover is slightly different due to it being a US version. This is one highly anticipated book I have been waiting for and you know what I will probably but the Hardback. I love this series... This will be reviewed very soon...




I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to NetGalley! The Publisher's are awesome for letting me review these titles!

Did you receive any these Books? Have you read these? I would like to know what you thought!
Are you taking part? Leave me link, I would love to see what you received this week.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

PROMO - Bruxa: The Secret Within by A.F. Costa


Title - Bruxa: The Secret Within #1
Author - A.F. Costa
Genre - Paranormal YA
Publisher -
Pages - 400

Book Description: 


Gabriella is no ordinary seventeen-year-old girl. She is the last to carry her mother’s rare bloodline of Bruxa, an ancient secret order of witches.

Settling into her late father’s estate, she is welcomed by a phantom presence that resurrects within her, a secret curse her father took to his grave ten years ago. Gabriella finally finds a sense of belonging and gains the affections of high school’s most desired boy, Joey Davale. Her newly found life becomes derailed when she learns her whole existence has been a lie, and the boy she’s falling for, is designed to destroy the very thing growing inside of her.

Forced to conceal this truth, Gabriella embarks on a secret life that will drive her into the arms of Alvero, the embodiment of her darkest fear. Her newly found heritage traps her in a dangerous web of lies between two worlds and two loves. Her life will become more dangerous than she ever imagined. As the age-old battle between witches and vampires collide, will she fall prey to her heart or welcome the predator inside?

 About the Author:

A.F. Costa has been creating vivid, imaginary worlds before she could even pick up a book, so it was only natural for her to put a pen to paper the moment she learned to write. Growing up with rich Latin superstitions and strong spiritual beliefs sparked her interests for the paranormal world.

Captivating small audiences with her campfire stories resurrected her passion for writing, but seeing her same passions for reading and writing developing in her son has inspired her the most.

Toronto, Ontario-based stylist A.F.Costa has been showcasing her creative abilities for over sixteen years, working with some of the best in the industry. As it is with her visual creativity, A.F. Costa brings the same passion to her writing. In Bruxa: the Secret Within, you‘ll discover an innovative world of witches and vampires like no other, blending Latin, Portuguese and Hebrew folklore into a modern day love story with an unforgettable twist.

Website: www.af-costa.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/af_costa

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/A.F.Costa.Bruxa

An Alvero Exclusive 


I should have never tempted fate, like a magnetic pull, I had this eternal desire to see her in the flesh. It had been years since I had last seen this child, the thought of Matthias creating life saved me from my never-ending darkness.
I could always sense her as I quietly watched from a distance, with her mother’s protective magic gone, I leaped at the chance to see her. I knew she had grown-up, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to catch sight of. In all my 600 years I have never desired anything more, the very thing I use to hunt and kill has possessed me fully.
I can destroy her at any given moment, but she welcomes me, it’s as if she holds my soul. She has bewitched me. Her very essence quenches my thirst and I have no desire to feed, I feel alive and human again when I am near her. It kills me to hide in the shadows as another gains her affections, I hate that I can’t bring myself to face her. I fear she will remember, the night I first saw her 10 years ago, the night that forever changed our worlds.


 This looks like a brilliant novel! I was originally scheduled for an Interview and Review, however due to work, I had a lot on. But I still wanted to be a part of this Book Tour and I'm really pleased I did. This one caught my eye from the beginning and I'm a little disapointed I couldn't do a review but I will definitley in the future. So look out for. I hope you like the sound of this book...




Friday, October 19, 2012

Feature & Follow (#9)


Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.
 
Q: When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?
 
A: This is such a great question... As you all know I'm a massive YA and that is all I seem to read at the moment, courtesy of this blog! =) But when I do step out of my 'Usual' genre, what I tend to read in comparison is Sci-Fi/Horror. The Best Books for this genre would have to be Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter Series by L. K. Hamilton. These are brilliant and I absolutely enjoyed them. There are so many books in this series that I haven't finished them yet and I'm on Book 12! However, when I need something to whined down too and is an easy-reading book, I tend to go for Romance Fiction Books. This Best Book I have read for this genre is Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson, this left me in tears of joy and it absolutely moved me and the romance... Awww!

What other genres do you like apart from your 'Usual'? I'd love to know... Leave your blogs FF below and I will be sure to 'hop' on over...


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Only In Her Dreams Book Tour - Review, Interview and Giveaway


Title - Only In Her Dreams (The Oneiroi Book #1)
Author - Christina McKnight
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Pages - 310
Publisher - Self -Published
Source - Tour Book

Book Description:

When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?


This is one if these books that I haven't encountered before and that is what I love about these Book Tours.You can read a novel that creates a different perspective or define an area of a genre. In this case Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance. Only In Her Dreams, has opened my mind to the various twists and the characters point of view that makes the book even more interesting and different from my perspective.

Lucessa doesn't realise her true heritage... Throughout her life her family has been torn apart... Her father disappeared, her mum suffers from amnesia and she has been haunted by a gorgeous man in her dreams. When everything changes the moment 'the guy' enters the cafe... Lucessa's thinks she going crazy, but Maxim has an effect on her; after constantly being in her dreams for all her life; her perception of him changes. Lucessa is one of the main protagonists of the novel. McKnight describes of to be the strong, hard-working caring character built on a tough background. Chapter by chapter her character grows and she becomes even stronger and her continuous attraction for Maxim's heats up. ,

Maxim.... hmm now Maxim is my kind of guy. His strong, safe, protective and is incredibly hot. When you have a duty to protect your brother's family, you take it very seriously. But when he has been in Lucessa's dream for most of her life and then encounters her in the real world, his emotions and duties are intruded by this sudden attraction for each other which are spiralling out of control. As another one of the protagonists of the novel, you see the insight into journey and his life as an Onerioi warrior. but he also begins to be quite a strong yet challenging guy, his abilities allow him to be that much stronger, yet when he encounters Earth he begins to act a little more human which suits his persona perfectly.

What I  loved about this book is the twist of a Greek Mythology entwined with a modern day romance.  But there is one character or should I say animal that even though she is not as significant as the main characters makes the novel that more brilliant and leave you saying "Aw" Lucessa's dog, Goosey; is one of those characters that also builds in the novels; she instantly connects with Maxim and saves the day. I know its not the main point of the novel but I had to mention it! This is brilliant novel by Christina McKnight one of which I would highly recommend!

Thank you to author and Bewitching Blog Tour for supplying this novel for a honest review.

An Interview with Christina McKnight


Who inspired you to write The Oneiroi Series? 
My mom pushed me to read and write from a young age. During my twenties, I devoured books by JR Ward and Lara Adrian. Having primarily read historical romance, the Urban Fantasy genre was completely foreign to me as a reader and writer. These two authors cultivate character development, multiple plotlines, and some of the most amazing sex scenes ever in each of their books. I knew when I started The Oneiroi Series it had to live up to the standards set by Ward and Adrian. With my series I focused on developing complex relationships between my characters and plot twists that would keep my readers guessing until the very end…and beyond.

Why specifically ‘Urban Fantasy?
With this particular novel the urban fantasy genre found me! Before writing Only In Her Dreams, I’d primarily written historical romance with a few paranormal elements thrown in for fun. I was completely out of my comfort zone when I saw the direction my characters were taking me. I tried to rein them in and force them into a genre I was more at ease with…alas, they had other ideas!

When I’m asked why Urban Fantasy in general, I always take this to mean why Urban Fantasy over Paranormal Romance…and there is an easy answer to this question. What I love about the UF genre is that there is no happily ever after guaranteed or implied. This allowed me to plot out a series of books and not be set on a happy ending for each.

How did you come up with the ideas for your debut novel Only In Her Dreams?
Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?

A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I've come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life?

Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 took off from there.

Was there anything in your novel that was based on experience or creative writing?
The relationship between Lucessa and her father is loosely based on my own experiences with my father. No, my father didn't rule a Greek underworld or have blue iridescent eyes. I can’t go into huge detail here because it would be a major spoiler but my father passed away suddenly in a motorcycle accident a month before I started writing Only In Her Dreams and subconsciously I wrote about our chaotic relationship—the concept of building trust and how easily that trust is broken.

What was your favourite scene to write about and why?
My favourite scenes to write were the ones between Darius and The Dark One (Not naming names!). I loved being able to take a well-known figure in Greek mythology and make him ‘just a man’ doing normal everyday things like taking a bath and gardening.

Who was your favourite character to write about? And did they have personal or similar personalities/qualities to yourself?
This is horrible to say but I loved writing my bad boy! I think this was because I knew I had to redeem him in book two. There is a fine time between a redeemable and non-redeemable character and I hope I pushed this boundary with Darius. Is my mom reading this interview? I’ve always had a thing for the bad boy and Darius is no exception. Darius struggles throughout the whole book between good and evil…unfortunately, the stakes are stacked against him and he continually embraces his bad side.

I have to ask this… Is there more in store for Lucessa and Maxim?
Oh yes! Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2 focuses on Darius and his journey…and Maxim is a huge part of that. With Lucessa and Maxim’s help Darius will redeem himself in the eyes of his family, or at least part of his family.

What lead you to become a writer as a career?
My mom has always been the buzz in my ear, pushing me to tell my stories. Without her insistence I don’t believe I would have nurtured my writing talent. Now, writing is all I think about…with my family and my writing I feel my life is complete. Well, a house on the beach would be nice too!

Describe your book in five words?
Refreshing, with a mythological spin. (Did I just waste two words on ‘with’ and ‘a’? As a writer, I need 75k to say anything, LOL)

Finally is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?
Wow! There is so much I want to say to my readers! Number one is THANK YOU! Also, I'm very excited about book 2 in The Oneiroi Series. They should be prepared for a much darker and grittier book…this is Darius, after all!

Thank you so much to Bewitching Book Blogs for allowing me to be a part of this tour... And a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Christina McKnight herself for being a part of my blog and conducting an interview for me.


'Waiting on' Wednesday (#9)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title - Requiem (Delirium #3)
Author - Lauren Oliver
Release Date - March 15th 2013

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the centre of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge


I'm thoroughly enjoying Delirium, and so this was a perfect choice for my 'WoW'. As this is the final instalment in the series, I can't wait to see how it ends already. I have heard that Oliver introduces a love triangle into the Pandemonium which is a tie between negative and positive reviews.I absolutely love Alex and Lena and I have to say apart from Divergent/Insurgent its a brilliant dystopian. I really hope that Oliver continues to live up to the expectations of her first book! 

Want to join in? Then head over to Jill@Breaking the Spine...

Are you taking part, then leave a me link and I pop over and see what your "Waiting On".


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