Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Goodreads Summary : Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Seraphina is the perfect read for the fans of Cristopher Paolini and Gorge R. R. Martine. A perfect blend of high fantasy into dragon mythology. Setting in fictional kingdom called Goredd, the story waves how the peace of four decades between Dragons and Humans has been nearly broken when the crown prince found dead, and Dragons are the prime suspect for the murder. Seraphina is a gifted young musician who is half Dragon, and half Human, and her secrets are about to unravel when she has been dragged between the investigation to assist prince Lucian Kiggs, and soon she found her heart drawn to him. Fearing both humans and dragons, Seraphina must fight for her own secret, the secret behind her talent in music, and the discovery could destroy are carrier as well as threaten her own life.

I admit Rachel Hartman is a brilliant story weaver, and her art of storytelling is utterly classy. I loved the way she created the world of Goredd, the royal court and the blur parlor and the icy forest which nearly gave me creeps. The story was intricate and detailed, I never had problems in envisioning it. The main theme was the tangled mystery surrounding the murder, but also there was a promise of future romantic connection between Kiggs and Seraphina.

Seraphina was extremely talented girl with gift of spellbinding music. She was smart with lots of emotions and sometimes sarcastic and funny. I loved Kiggs, he was a real man with anger, feelings, and determination. Daring would be the word suits him well.

The book was a little bit confusing sometimes with all those visions and imaginary persons playing in Seraphina’s head, few of them were bit unnecessary. Other than that the book was flawless. It started in slow pace and moved with ease. I’m not much a fan of dragons but I did find myself every page of the book, and I will, personally be waiting for the sequel for sure




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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Goodreads Summary : It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.



My Rating : 5 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : This times not Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
This time Boy set a dangerous journey to the hell to bring the girl back but the question is will he be succeed?

“She crossed over death to call me. I crossed through Hell to find her.

It’s been months she has scarified herself for Cas and disappeared into hell. Cas couldn’t move on with his life as Anna kept invading in his dreams. Anna appeared less ghastly but more bloodied and tortured. So Cas was determined to find out what happened to Anna, and he plans for more….to bring her back.

“Cassio,” she whispers. “Get me out of here.”

As the sequel to the block blaster Anna Dressed In Blood, Girl of Nightmares bring us a story less gruesome but horrific in equal amount. Anna Dressed In Blood was one of my most favorite novel, and I admit I was little bit tensed up about the sequel. But Girl of Nightmares didn’t fail to satisfy my cravings for an excellent sequel and I feel relieved. This book has more pain, more action and romance part was also well executed, as Anna was roaming in hell and Cas resides on earth, they met mostly walking in each other’s dream. We experience Cas’s suffering with grief as he struggled with pain of losing the girl he loves and watching her being torn up and tortured in hell.

The amount of adventure and spookiness related to it really did surprise me. The trio encountered so many situations I never thought would come. Especially when Cas and Thomas turned to a Finnish witch for help without knowing she is actually dead, the moments in deep of suicide forest and the final journey of Cas in burning inferno to free the girl he loves. The ending was heart breaking but its probably for the best and keep the tone more realistic.

I have been starving from one year for the book to be released and it was entirely satisfying.
I found myself page flipping to find out what would happen next and I couldn’t stop myself from reading. If you are fan of dark and haunting tale of blood and love, Anna is your best friend to spend time with.




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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

Author Miriam Forster is having a really fun writing contest over at Dancing with dragons is Hard on Your Shoes The contest gave me an opportunity to explore my thoughts.


Once glamorous, now nothing but a crumbled Opera house where the imprint of those glorious days still lingers and I walked down the memory lane. I stare blankly at the spiral staircase where I saw him first on the masquerade ball, walking down as red death himself wearing the mask of white, the angel of music. Now only his sprite sings in unearthly voice, echoed through the wall, calling her name but not mine. I stood exactly where once the chandelier shattered into pieces and he shattered my heart. My heart ached every time when I saw him dying for the girl who never loved him back.
And I?
I loved him, with every breath of my life; I wanted to breathe in him. I loved his face behind the mask, I loved his angelic voice singing even if it was dedicated to her, I loved his heart and wanted to make him mine. I remember him walking down the stairs; his curious eyes were only searching for her. I remember standing right beside him, just by the staircase and he walked past me. I waited for him to look back, he never did.
The moment I found his mask, resting on his chair in the abandoned underground lair, I knew he was gone and he is never coming back. My world fall apart and I lay on the floor, holding the mask beneath my heart. A silent tear rolled down from my eyes, snakes its way down to my cheeks.

Wishing you were somehow here again
Wishing you were somehow near
Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed
Somehow you would be here

Wishing I could here your voice again
Knowing that I never would
Dreaming of you helped me to do
All that you dreamed I could


After all these years, after all my effort to fight back my tears, to resist my self form coming back to this cursed and decayed Opera, but I failed. His love calls me every time, and I cherish his memory and my grief ridden soul still cries for him.
And I wish if he was here, wrapping his finger around mine.

I couldn’t hold him back, because he was never mine, he was hers; Christine’s.
And who am I? I’m Meg Giry, just a girl who died thousand times craving for his love.

NOTE : The story was titled after Phantom of the Opera song Wishing You Were Mine and the lyrics has been also quoted from the song.

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads Summary : Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Author Jennifer Armentrout has again managed to write a book about the touch of death concept that weaves together elements of fantasy, drama, action and romance in a way that is enticing and incredibly appealing not only to the fans of JLA but also a wide verity of readers.

Ember has been brought back from death by her sister Olivia, but it costs her a price; everything she touches dies. One day she met a dark and alluring stranger; a boy called Hayden, who informs about existence of others with supernatural abilities just like Olivia, Ember and Hayden himself. But someone wants Ember dead, as this time for real.

Ember is broken and confused but a fighter. After her father’s death Ember is left in charge of her family, taking care of her mother who has barricaded herself in an unresponsive exterior and her little sister Olivia who has extraordinary gift of bringing back the dead. She is responsible and admirable, she takes care every small need of her sister that could bring a smile on her lips. She dealt with day by day humiliation in school but she never gave her. JLA has portrayed her frustration that no one in Cromwell family exactly trust her with her power, he fear that she could kill the boy she loves with her one kiss, her anger and her sufferings. I loved Ember’s character. She seems leaped out of pages into real.

Hayden, Hayden….gosh! I so damn love this guy. He is so sweet and caring, concerned and loving. I’m not doing to compare him with Daemon or Aiden (they are out of the world) but I Hayden has his own charm and potential.
I can’t imagine JLA novel without some hot and sizzling romance but here I find the romantic element a little less than her other novels, probably because the touch of death issue lingers in between them.

The plot was fast paces and entertaining, but the amount of suspense is not that much as I expected, somehow predictable. The mystery surrounding the car accident that caused a curiosity in my mind, but as soon as I met the villain, I easily recognized the man behind the mask. I was craving for some more excitement.

Cursed is and wonderful standalone of 2012 and another amazing success of JLA. I enjoyed it page by page, and finished the book in four hours. A highly recommended for all JLA fans, also for those who craves for romance, suspense and action.




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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Goodreads Summary : I don't do dangerious, Smart, ü ber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Dark and haunting tale of love, Dark Kiss is one of my most favorite paranormal romances of 2012. I must say Michelle Rowen has nailed it.

“A sob caught in my chest. I didn't even know what a gray was, other than a drab color. All I knew was that I was hungry all the time. And I knew, deep down, that it wasn't just for food.”

In Dark Kiss heaven and hell comes together to build an army of angel and demons know as Nightwatchers to protect the humanity from the evils, known as Greys. The book starts with delicious kiss in a nightclub that change Samantha’s life. She become the center of attraction of every boy in her school, also a different kind of hunger is killing her inside. The she met Bishop, an alluring boy who doesn’t seem to recall much, later he is revealed to be a warrior of heaven. Then they joined forces with other angels and demons to track and hunt down the evil Greys.

I liked the character building, each and every one. There are many things I liked about the protagonist Samantha, and her character growth from a simple girl to rocking one. The night she has been kissed by her long time crush, her entire world changes around her, and a different kind of craving and hunger developed inside her. A power of feeding on human souls could have doomed her, but she never let go of the humanity.
And there Bishop, a lost angel and completely swoon worthy. He was determine to protect Sam, and I was spellbound the immediate attraction between them. The romance was hot and intense, kind of love which made the readers crave for more.
Kraven was my favorite among all of them. All bad boy and sarcastic attitude, he was pain in ass and I love such kind of pain. He is just that dead sexy demon, who can’t be described in words. Mhan! I love him.

When the book started the team were just tracking the Greys, soon it’s revealed that there is a queen, the “Source” who has a past connected with Sam. I was biting my lips every moment the book took a turn, so unpredictable. There was so much emotions and pain, I felt them flowing through my veins. Every action was well planned, and I loved them. Dark Kiss was absolutely fabulous and entertaining.




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Monday, 13 August 2012

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

Goodreads Summary : A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : 2011-12 has been a year of dystopian novels, I cannot remember how much I have read among them, but I certainly remember those who have made a special place in my heart. And I proudly say The Forsaken is one those very few dystopian which has actually gotten my attention from the very first moment, and it has hold me captive till the very last page.

The Forsaken a fast and beautifully paced gripping novel which has kept me awaken fro nights, because I couldn’t leave the book. Lisa Stasse is one of the most talented and brilliant author, and I can’t help but admiring her and her story weaving style.

United Northern Allegiance, a futuristic version of USA, Mexico and Canada, where every citizens are required to take Government Personality Profile Test before they cross eighteen, a test using which UNA detect the future criminals or unanchored souls and sends them to a prison island called Alpha, a solitary place far for civilization where no kids survives before they reach eighteen. When Alenna Shawcross took the test and wakes up in island Alpha, she thought there must have been some mistake in her test. Desperate to escape the island she was force to fight for her survival in the wild with bunch of other kids, she realize none of them are insane, they all are victim of a sinister scam and plotting. Only Liam, a blue eyed boy is her only hope of salvation.

I love it, seriously I love the book. The world building is just brilliant and well plotted. The Wheel is divided into sectors, those who saved Alenna are resident of blue sector, and all other sectors are under possession of powerful Monk and his drones. Only Grey sector is the heart of all mystery and different from any other part of The Wheel, there lies all information or maybe a way out of The Wheel. When I started the book, I was immediately thrust into the violent wild, and I envisioned their every movement. The book has some breathtaking actions that will keep you on your toes, each and every time I screamed out in fear and excitement because probability of uncertainty were extremely high, and It was hard to guess, where the book will take a turn.

The characters were strong, each one of them, and I guess they had to be. All of them were fighter, and Alenna adapted their skill, as soon as she became one of them. She made an impression on me; I really liked her change from the beginning to the end. Liam had a good effect on me and I swooned on him, although he is protagonist but somehow his character was invisible, like his presence has not much impact on the story. Somehow I was expecting to see more Liam action in the story. The romance was not enough to satisfy my cravings, it was kind of cliché and rushed.

Overlooking the minor flaws, The Forsaken is absolutely enjoying and fast paced novel. Throughout the whole story, I kept wondering what will happen next. The author solved each mystery one by one and each answer left me open mouthed. The Forsaken is a must read for dystopian lovers, especially fan of The Hunger Games.




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Friday, 10 August 2012

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Goodreads Summary : A sharp, slick, blisteringly paced debut novel, with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.

I parted the curtains. A skeletal face peered back at me, blackened eyes rolling in sockets seemingly unsupported by flesh. It smiled...

It should be game over for Nora Dearly when she is ambushed and dragged off into the night by the living dead. But this crack unit of teen zombies are the good guys, sent to protect Nora from the real monsters roaming the country and zeroing in on cities to swell their ranks.

Can Nora find a way to kill off the evil undead once and for all? Can she trust her protectors to resist their hunger for human flesh? And can she stop herself falling for the noble, sweet, surprisingly attractive, definitely-no-longer-breathing Bram...?


My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Love can never die, of course when you love is a Zombie.

Yes, Dearly Departed is another unusual and brilliant steampunk zombie novel set in future. I love the idea of a futuristic society that has been fashioned in idealism of a Victorian society, even the name itself is New Victoria. I love Zombie apocalypse YA novel but not something cannibalistic, but bitter sweet romance with action. Dearly Departed has it all, and the story is appealed to a wide variety of readers.

Nora Dearly belongs to the high class of society with no interest in cultural events of hosting tea parties or debutante balls or getting into courtship with a rich young bachelor.
Left in mercy of her social climbing snob aunt, when Nora was mourning over her father’s death, who was indeed a notable scientist, was attack by a band of violent and ravenous zombies and rescued by a handsome young soldier Bram Griswold, who was indeed a walking corpse himself.
Soon she discovers truth behind her father’s death and his research, also she join Bram’s band of zombie who are actually personality wise quite human like with capability of retaining their memories and processing their thoughts, other than the fact they are technically dead. However Nora continues adjusting herself among the good zombies and developed feelings for Bram.

Death do us part, what if when you fallen for a dead

I loved Dearly Departed, it has a well plotted story aligned in sequence of romance, drama and action. The author has advanced the technology in future where citizens are equipped with individual ID chips upon their birth, also they carries digital diaries. Also author has included the idea of modern mentality among the people who doesn’t follow the Victorian cultures, the Punks.
The good zombie band we met in story are also well organized, they train for fight, they are intelligent, they remember how it was being a human, and they have accepted the fact that they are only bodies of flesh which are dying out day by day but they not eat human in order to survive.

Nora Dearly was excellent as the female protagonist; she is brave, strong and hot headed. Bram was extremely likable, heroic and noble; I just loved him. Yeah! You heard right, I love a zombie.
The romance was also well planned, it happened not too fast, nor too slow. Nora and Bram slowly find themselves enjoying each other’s company, and all their sweet fighting. Their feelings developed with time and grew deeper as the story progresses, which was pleasing.

I enjoyed many things in the book, especially those parts of the story told from Bram’s POV. Also I enjoyed Nora’s POV too. But having multiple POV did bother me as well. Getting to know the story from point of views of two protagonists is enjoying, three is also well accepted, but five??????? I would call that confusing. Also the book is slow, and it really took time to get into the actual story, but however the story picks up speed later, and the actions were well executed.

I did enjoy Dearly Departed, and highly recommended to fan of steampunk and zombie apocalypse.




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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Exclusive Interview with Katie McGarry, author of Pushing The Limits

Q : What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A : I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.

Q : How did you come up with Echo’s name?

A : Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the man- uscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it alwaysfelt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek my- thology so it made perfect sense that she would name her chil- dren after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the mo- ment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.

Q: Which character is the most “like” you?

A : All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.


Q : Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A : Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have un- fortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.


Q : Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?

A : Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The peopleI grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willing- ly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and con- gratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.

Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?

A : Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even strang- er to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A Guest Post on Deleted Scenes And Sneak Peeks by Ashley Robertson and Giveaway

I’m a little lethargic today and, it seems no amount of coffee will bring me out of this stupor. Lack of sleep affects me big time when it comes to my productivity level with my books. If my brain can’t function properly, it becomes a domino effect with everything else—especially with my crazy urban fantasy/paranormal romance world. And since I try my best to get at least 1,000 words a day typed, usually when I’m sleep deprived most of those forced words end up in the deleted scenes folder—scenes I never seem to return to, but for some crazy reason am unable to completely expunge. Which has me thinking, for all you other writers out there, how many “deleted scenes” do you have, and do you save the material or trash it?

In addition to my love of writing, I’m also an avid reader of all things supernatural—yes, I’m obsessed with this genre and especially vampires! And I love having “extras” to read at the end of the book. A lot of my favorite authors will throw in a sample chapter for either one of their upcoming books or perhaps a previously published one that seems to be selling fewer copies than others. So when I was reading one of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series books and she threw in a deleted scene, I couldn’t have been more excited to read it, and once I did, I was glad she included it as an extra. What do you think? Do you like sneak-peek chapters, deleted scenes, or both? For me, it felt like I was getting more reading material for the price I paid for the book, and I’ll take either one. I’ve even implemented this method into my own books. Both Crimson Groves and UnGuarded feature sneak peeks of my upcoming releases—though I’m considering the deleted-scene avenue, as I sometimes have some pretty juicy stuff that gets cut. But that may pose a small problem with keeping my books at a mature young-adult rating. Every once in a while, I lose the struggle to keep sex or language at a minimal and of course, once the book is finished I immediately return to those pages and cut the scene before it ever makes it to my editor’s desk. No, all of those scenes weren’t written when I was sleep deprived, but oddly, a good amount of them were. Perhaps my thoughts are driven from a different side of my brain during that time? **sigh** Or maybe it’s just more difficult to stay within the invisible boundary line we create for our characters when you’re physically and emotionally exhausted?

I know what you’re thinking now: why am I hell-bent on writing in the young-adult genre? Well, I’m not, really. Once I wrap up the sequel to Crimson Groves, I’ll be starting my very first adult novella series and I’m super stoked about it. I’m still toying around with the titles and plot, but I’ve got a good 60% of it sitting in my slightly OCD-impaired mind, which must be the reason I’m able to keep my stories straight without outlining, though I do have a Cast Of Characters I draw out with descriptions and a little background info about each one. Otherwise I might forget that so-and-so has blue eyes instead of brown and his/her hair was long waves cascading down their back instead of the shorter, straighter locks with highlights that shimmer when the sun hits them just right. (chuckles) If you’re a writer you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you’re a reader this is only something that will piss you off and cause you to give the book a lower rating.

But enough about that; let’s get back to my point, which was what your thoughts are on getting extras—by way of sneak-peek chapters and deleted scenes—in the books you read. Don’t be shy; chime in and let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Crimson Groves book blurb : Bronx the vampire barges into Abigail Tate's life and forcefully turns her, then holds her captive. When a chance to escape arises, it's with the aid of an innocent human—except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby learns this human has secrets of his own...secrets that can help or get her killed. Only Abby discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of all.
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UnGuarded book blurb : Guardian angel Selene was close to becoming an archangel—until she fell in love a vampire. Now her dark lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her human charge. But her choice to save him doesn’t come without a price. Selene must push her dwindling angel abilities to where she risks becoming fallen, praying she can save the ones she loves before her fate is sealed.
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Monday, 6 August 2012

YOUNG MUSICIANS WANTED

Hii All,

Faber & Faber books of UK is searching for young musician talents to write the music for the book trailer of CREWEL by Gennifer Albin which is out in October. If you are 13-18 years old and has a passion for music, please read the notice below and if you are interested enter your name in the links given below.

YOUNG MUSICIANS WANTED

We are trying to find young musicians aged 13-18 years old to write the music for a promotional film. This film will feature a brand new epic trilogy that begins with Crewel, a book that is being simultaneously published in October by the US with much excitement. Aside from the winner's music being used for the final film, the winners will also be promoted through The Spark www.facebook.com/thesparkpage our new online creative community, the Facebook page for Crewel www.facebook.com/crewelbook and a variety of online bloggers and websites. They will also receive £200 worth of iTunes vouchers and there will be two runners up who will receive £50 iTunes vouchers.

To kick things off, the first two people to submit their music or song wins £20 and the next four will win £15 iTunes vouchers. All of the information and entry details can be found here http://www.facebook.com/crewelbook/app_190322544333196. Entry deadline for the competition is 12 September. I have also attached a flyer that I would obviously be very grateful if you could feature and share with as many people as you can.


Thank You All

The Faber Team

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Auracle by Gina Rosati

Goodreads Summary : 16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she's only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.

When there's a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna's body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn't take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : I have read many books of fantasy, magic and other supernatural phenomenon, but Astral Project is something I’m reading for the first time in my life, and I’m utterly surprised to see such a brilliant blending of science and fantasy with mystery and contemporary romance in a single novel. The plot is simple, but author Gina Rossetti turned this ordinary plot into an extraordinary one using her mesmerizing storytelling and she included effects that dispense an entertaining story.

Sixteen years old Anna has an unearthly gift of projecting herself out of earthly body, and with a speed of light she can visit anywhere she wishes, also she has capability of identifying auras glowing outside people. Hence, when the most popular girl of her class Taylor, died in an accident and takes over Anna’s body to punish her friend Seth for a crime he didn’t commit, Anna turns to her best friend Rei for help. Rei is only person she trusts with her secret, and as the story progress, a different feeling blossom between Anna and Rei.

Imagine your soul is wandering, you can’t eat, can’t sleep, or worse you can’t even talk, in single line, your life sucks. And those feelings of helplessness and inability to act, the author has perfectly waved through Anna’s character, and I easily connected myself with her. In spite of her impuissance, she was smart enough to find a way to help her friend Seth. As the story progressed, the author elongated other sides of Anna’s magical ability to some greater extend.
I’m completely wooed by Rei, the best friend/love interest, and I’m extremely grateful to the author for not including insta love. He is witty and sharp, strong and loyal, breathtakingly handsome…what else do we need? I loved the way their friendship springs up into romance and how they realized their true feelings for each other, which was sweet and something you will enjoy as a side flavor of the main story.
The crucial person of the story is Taylor, the mean girl, the villain. When the book started, I hated her, but as we dig deeper, I felt sympathy for her. But I must she made the story more gripping by are all creepy and bitching attitude and bad ass manners.

Auracle is mesmerizing debut of author Gina Rosati, a whole new concept of Astral Projection is a breath in fresh air. The plot delivers something utterly new we all are searching for a long time. I was completely immersed into the story right from the beginning and couldn’t put it down.




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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads Summery : Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : I have previously read Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy and only thing I can say is Wake is way better and mature than any of her previous novel. It has suspense, a equal paced gripping plot and three evil sirens (forget anything you know about little mermaid). Wake is a part mythology and part fantasy novel that completely engrossed me from the beginning.

They are beautiful, fearless and deadly. Penn, Lexy and Thea have something creepy and dangerous about them. As all had their eyes on these three girls, they had laid their eyes on a certain girl Gemma, because they wanted her as a replace of their dead siren sister.
Gemma is pretty, smart and with a passion for water, with a caring sister Harper and a perfect next door boyfriend Alex. But her life changed after the night Gemma went partying with these three girls and found next day she was found lying unconscious on the beach. Suddenly Gemma is beautiful, faster and stronger than ever. Soon she discovers the truth behind her change and new mythical power she has got but everything she has got with a price to pay which might cost the lives of those she loves most, even the life of her own.

I love reading novels based on sea creatures and when the creature are turned out to be evil, I love reading them more. Thea, Lexi and Penn literally gave me creeps, especially Penn, the worst and bitchy of the three.
The book was told from third person narration, and point of view of Haper and Gemma. I loved Gemma as a protagonist but she was a little weak comparative to her elder sister Harper. Gemma is beautiful and smart but confused few times, where Harper is exactly kind of girl I love to read about. She is caring, protective and smart, and the author did a brilliant job by including a strong sisterly tie that binds Gemma and Harper.I loved Alex, all cute next door boy, loving and caring, a little nerd, but he charmed me, so did Daniel, I enjoyed his witty lines and different personality.

I loved Wake, the book has successful to held my attention from the beginning. Turing of events and few twists, Wake is best work of Amanda Hocking so far. Also there is an interesting mythological story on the origins of sirens, and needless to say I’m sucker of mythology so it worked on me like a spell.
I’m happy that we don’t have to wait much for the next book to be released and I have already started counting days. All I can say Wake was a wonderful and entreating reading for me and I enjoyed the whole story.




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Friday, 3 August 2012

A Guest Post on Concilium by Michelle K. Pickett and Giveaway

Leslee has an incredible story to tell. It’s a story full of monsters and mysterious creatures. Of men with sinful pasts who become heroes, and one man who saves her life and steals her heart.
Her story begins the night she hit an animal with her car. It’s the first time she sees the hideous beast and hears the whispers in the dark. The accident sets in motion a chain of events that Leslee would find unbelievable if she hadn’t lived through them herself. The events, the people she meets, and the monsters that hunt her change her life forever.
Miller looks into the face of death every day of his cursed, miserable life. After killing two people, he thinks his life is nothing more than a waste of good air. That is, until the Concilium offers him a job he can’t refuse. A job to atone for his sins.
The Concilium is the guardian of an ancient secret and protector of our world. Only, it’s not just our world. The planet is made of layers, dimensions. These dimensions live alongside our own in a space humans can’t see or hear. They’re meant to live independently of one another. But evil has found a way out.
Cruor Imbibo are vicious killing machines that have invaded our dimension for centuries. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the Imbibo devour humans, feasting secretly on the dregs of society. After Leslee stumbles across the mysterious animal and hears the whispering in the forest, the Imbibo think Leslee can expose them, putting an end to their meal ticket. They want her dead and hunt her relentlessly, killing anyone who gets in their way.
The Concilium is the only protection humans have from the Imbibo’s blood lust. Teams formed by the Concilium fight the Imbibo, trying to put an end to their feeding frenzy and send them back to their dimension. Miller’s the leader of one of the Concilium’s teams. Keeping Leslee alive is his next job.
Miller and his team fight the Imbibo, giving the Concilium time to locate and kill the Imbibo clan’s leader. In the midst of the war, he and Leslee form a bond. But he warns Leslee when the job is finished he’ll leave. His allegiance is to the Concilium. His commitment to them is life-long.
After days of battling and searching, the team locates the clan’s leader. Miller and the team make their plan and set their trap. This is what they’re trained for. This is what they do and they do it well.
So, what happened to the Imbibo? Did the Council find a way to control them? Why did the men give up their lives and commit to a lifetime of slaying monsters in the dark? Did Miller stay with Leslee in the end?
Well, you’ll have to read the book to find the answers to these questions. You might be surprised.

Author Bio : Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child. She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and
unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010. The sequel, Concilium: The Departure soon followed. Both will be published by Muse It Up Publishing with scheduled released dates of July 27th and November 2012 respectively. Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan. She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her husband, four children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks she's queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance

Concilium Blurb : Leslee hit a strange animal with her car. Now she’s marked for death.
It was a simple car accident – the animal didn’t even die – but it drew the attention of the Cruor Imbibo. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the secret society of Imbibo has devoured the dregs of civilization for centuries. Afraid Leslee will expose them, and put an end to their meal ticket, the Imbibo want her dead.
The Concilium is Leslee's only protection. Guardian of the ancient secret and the protector of humans, the Concilium fights to control the Imbibo and end their feeding frenzy. Miller works for the Concilium. Keeping Leslee alive is his next assignment.
Now Leslee is on the run, and the only thing between her flesh and the snapping jaws of the Imbibo is Miller. He and Leslee quickly form a bond, but will falling in love make Miller’s job more difficult? Because if he fails, Leslee will be next on the Imbibo menu.
The Cruor Imbibo are coming, and they're coming for Leslee.

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Exclusive Novel Expert : Concilium is an Urban Fantasy with a big dose of romance and little touch of horror. But rather than tell you what the book is about, I'm going to give you a small glimpse at one of my favorite scenes. Leslee is for the first time realizing that she may not survive the obstacle facing her:
The rain made dusk fall earlier. I watched as the team grabbed their equipment. I knew they weren't as confident as they wanted me to believe. They expected a bad night.

“I want a gun.”

Miller looked at me and nodded. “It’s there in the hall. I want you to stay there. With the front windows covered and the bedroom doors closed, they won’t be able to see you. Stay on the floor. Here, put this in your pocket.” He handed me his car key. “If anything happens, Leslee, if any window breaks, if any of us tells you to go, get in the car and drive to the lake. Don’t think. Don’t ask questions. Just go. One of us will be there to get you as soon as it’s safe.”

“And if you aren't?” I asked.

“We will,” he said, his eyes intense. “We will,” he repeated emphatically.

“Okay.” I tried to manage a smile, tried to look as self-assured as he seemed. I couldn’t.

“Les, if you need to use the gun, shoot them in the neck. Right here where a man’s Adam’s apple is. Don’t waste a shot on the head or anywhere on the body. Just aim for the throat.”
“Okay. Why?”

“Their bodies aren’t built like ours. Their brains and spinal columns are in slightly different spots because of their, um, different look,” Brooks said, looking at Miller. “The throat is the kill shot. Like a shot to the back of the head would be for a human.”

“Okay, the throat,” I said, my voice wavering. My hands were already shaking. I prayed I could aim the gun if the time came. I hoped I’d be able to control my fear if I had to face one of the Imbibo alone.

One by one, the guys hugged me before they left, the same way they had every night at my house. Why did it feel so different? Why was I more worried than before? I didn’t have any answers, but the air felt ominous, the house felt threatening, and a thought slammed into me.

I could die here.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Goodreads Summery :"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “There are edges around the black and every now and then a flash of color streaks out of the gray. But I can never really grasp any of the slivers of memories that emerge.”

I have always been compelled by novels in which the relationship has been drawn between such people who belong from completely different world. If I look for example of such contemporary novel the first name hits my mind is Perfect Chemistry, and from this moment forward another name will be buzzing in my little brain is none other than Pushing The Limits. I’m absolutely amazed to realize how much I loved Pushing The Limits.
Pushing The Limits is a blossoming love story of two utterly different people falling for each other, a lost girl and a troubled boy, trying to heal their emotional wounds. Trying to escape from their tormenting past, two broken souls found solace in each other.

“It doesn't get better," I said. "The pain. The wounds scab over and you don't always feel like a knife is slashing through you. But when you least expect it, the pain flashes to remind you you'll never be the same.”

Echo used to be one of the most popular girls in school until a horrible accident ruined her life, left scars on both her body and mind. Now recovered and back to school her perfect world started drifting away from her, and at this point she met Noah.
Noah is bad with many issues; at least that’s what his reputation is, but deep inside he is a completely different person. He inspires Echo to live again and Echo teaches him to breath. As this bitter sweet story progress, I found my eyes blurred in tears and heart ached in both love and pain.

“I love you enough to never make you choose.”

The narration was split between both Echo and Noah, and the readers get to know them individually as their characters developed since the beginning and their past unwrapped themselves. Their romance moved in even pace, and sweetly. Both the characters touched my heart deeply.
I felt sympathetic to Echo and how her world shatters after her terrifying accident, and those scars in her arms turned into latest topic of gossip, which is really disturbing. I have to say Echo was a brave girl who actually never back down, instead tried to rebuild what have fallen apart.
Noah reminded of Alex, who is all rough and tough angry young man outside, but underneath he is that much sensible and kind, who can goes to cross limit to protect those, and kick any unfortunate obstacle on his way. A great brother and a compassionate lover, utterly intriguing and born romantic, Noah is my dream boy. He never treated Echo with sympathy; he encouraged her in living a normal life again.

Pushing The Limit can easily be compared with Perfect Chemistry but it’s different in many aspects. Pushing The Limits brings a fresh new voice of teen romance which is realistic and bitter sweet in equal amount, without being cliché. The moving story of two broken people, the novel has just blown me up.




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