Friday, 21 December 2012

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Goodreads Summary : For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell—the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers... the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.

When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, creepy counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head


My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Last year, The Storyteller was published by Amrams/Amulet Books on January 1st from and was enlisted in my all-time favorite shelf. Then one year later again another book from the same publishing house has already shelved in my favorite read of 2013, which is none other than Splintered.

Once in a while, there is a book hit the market and blew the readers away. The same happened with Splintered, which is a brilliant contrast of exciting adventure to a forgotten realm, and heart-warming romance at the same time. If I start praising the book, my words stock wouldn't be sufficient enough to describe my inner feeling.

Damn You Splintered!!!!! You made me speechless.

Splintered is twisted modern tale of Alice In Wonderland where the central stage is taken by Alyssa Gardner, great-great-great granddaughter of Alice Liddell, inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.

“Tearing down the rest of the world won't make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That's what fills the emptiness. It's the only things that can.”

Imprinted with absolute originality and creativity crafted out of author’s own imagination gave a spin to the old classic fantasy and takes us to a wild safari to a brand new Wonderland that darker than ever. I must say I enjoyed every bit of this adventure tour through the rabbit hole along with Alyssa and her childhood crush heart Jeb, and this journey is utterly unforgettable for me.

Alyssa was pretty kick ass “Skater Girl”. She has grown up hearing the whispers of insects and flowers and she fears someday she will end up like her mother, in some mental institution. She was bit quirky and retort quickly to any question. She never ever backs down, which is the best quality I found in her. She was kind of super girl in my eyes with both courage and fun, and an attitude that made me her number one fan.

“I need to get to that tea party and wake up the guests."
Jeb looks at me. "And how are you supposed to do that? Give a magical kiss to the half-baked hatmaker?”


Jeb is the next door boy with all big brother attitude, however during their quest through wonderland his feeling changes for Alyssa, and as they more embark into the deep the romance starts to blooms between them. He is sweet and protective, intriguing and charming always stands by Alyssa’s side as her knight in shining Armour.

“I hate you," I say, the sentiment muffled against his heart, hoping to make it true.
"And I love you," he answers without hesitation, voice resolved and raw as he holds me tighter so I can't break away and react. "A crossroads, my beautiful princess, that was unavoidable—given our situations.”


Now it’s time to talk about my crush. Yes!!!!!! It’s Morpheus. The Splintered version of Caterpillar with the hookah, lots of sparkling eye makeup and a hat. This mysterious and irksome winged netherling just stole my heart (plus he has accent). This utterly seductive darkling holds the key to Alyssa’s past and the only person who can guide Alyssa to bring the balance. His heartbreakingly romantic and around the end of the book, he made my heart ached.

Splintered reminded me of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland but I must say Splintered is way awesome than the movie. With progress of each page I found myself engulfed in the words and I was literally envisioning the entire book. Splintered is completely enthralling and jaw dropping book. Even if you are not a fan of retelling's or fantasy, I will still recommend you Splintered because I know you are gonna love it.



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Monday, 17 December 2012

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

Goodreads Summary : Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : Lullaby started exactly where Wake left. The story follows the aftermath of Harper's encounter with deadly sirens and failed attempt to rescue her sister Gemma. Now Gemma is one of them, one of those flesh eating famished sea beast. But Harper will not stop until she brings her sister back. And in her quest she is aided by Alex, Gemma's boyfriend and charming Daniel who has somehow magical resistance against Siren's song.

Lullaby was more gripping and hauntingly dangerous, also impossible to put down. .I loved how the story was told the story from both Gemma and Harper’s point of view. Both the sisters fought against odd, Gemma struggles against her siren's nature and guilty consent of preying on innocent people. She was forced to adapt a life she never wanted but she only agreed to it to keep her family safe, on the other hand Harper fought for her sister, she wasn't willing to let her go. Harper was pretty strong in this book, and matured. I loved for her many reason, for her courage, for her bravery, for her love for her family.

Lullaby was scary and creepy in a really good way. The three dangerous and mysterious sirens again beat the crap out me; especially Penn. Penn was unruly and controlling with dark history. She was the other name of devil and I personally felt an uncontrollable rage for her that I wanted to jump inside my laptop and kill her instantly.

Amanda Hocking really well used the siren mythology and gave it her own twist. Her storytelling was addictive and beautiful that I immediately fell under spell of Lullaby. It’s really good thing that each book of the series is coming out within a gap of six months, at least now I don’t have to chew my nails to waiting for the sequels.




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Friday, 14 December 2012

Splintered Blog Tour Tenth Stop: The Spritelings (prize post) by A.G. Howard

On the tenth day of Splintered, we follow a tiny band of glimmering bubbles to a clearing in Wonderland where mushrooms, glassy with ice, loom the size of truck tires. Tiny giggles and voices leak out from the bubbles as they bust … and we realize we’re in the company of sprites. They take their place on a cove of snow-capped firs, dotting the branches like lit candles. It’s a beautiful sight, until they hiss and snarl in a rabid descent from the trees like a glimmering hailstorm.

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Before they can pelt our skin, Morpheus appears, a sweep of black wings and licorice-scented smoke. The spritelings fall to the ground at his feet, penitent for their naughty behavior. Playing the part of a gentleman, he sweeps his cape aside and bows. In his hand is a peace offering for us—a sprite captured within a jar. She whimpers, bound within the chains of his blue magic.




About The Book :This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Praise for Splintered:
"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
--Kirkus Review

About The Author : A.G. Howard is most at home when weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Her debut YA fantasy, SPLINTERED, a dark Alice in Wonderland spinoff, is slated for release *Fall 2012 by Amulet.

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Our trip to Splintered’s Wonderland has almost come to a close, but first, we must visit Alyssa’s everyday world, because it also has cryptic ties to Lewis Carroll’s tale. So take the weekend off and relax. Then follow us on Monday to the next stop at Jennifer Daiker’s, back to the human realm for some insight into what makes Alyssa a heroine worth rooting for.

Abrams has also provided 12 finished copies of Splintered to be given away along the tour. The giveaway is open to residents of US/CAN. Sorry international folks.

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The blog tour is hosted by http://themodpodgebookshelf.blogspot.com



Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Exclusive Interview with Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin

Me : Welcome to My Blog. It’s an honor to have you here.

Tina : Hi Soumi! Thanks for having me on the blog to talk about Ironskin!

Me : Ironskin is a steampunk retelling of Jane Eyre. How the Bronte’s masterpiece did inspire you into writing Ironskin?

Tina : Ironskin actually grew out of an unpublished short story. I started from an image of a girl standing in an artist's studio at midnight. On the table she finds a mask—a beautiful version of her own face. The story grew from that as I wondered who would make that sort of mask and why—and what would the girl think of it. I was playing with gothic elements by having a governess go to a creepy house, but I was not specifically thinking Jane Eyre when I wrote the short story. Later when I began turning the short story into a novel I started pulling from Jane Eyre more openly. I had always loved Jane Eyre and I really loved working with Bronte's novel.

Me : How come you got the idea of setting the story in a steampunk background of a Great Fey war, was there any specific thoughts in your mind when you wrote Ironskin?

Tina : With Jane, I wanted to show someone who was struggling with the damage she had lived through. All the characters are struggling with the things that have happened in their past, and trying to find ways to keep going, even when the past cannot be left behind. So that was part of how they ended up in a world that was the aftermath of war. And then technology is just different in this world—humans used to trade with fey for clean tech, but no more. So things have crashed, post-war. So the timeline of technology there is necessarily a bit odd, as the humans try to adapt and rebuild.

Me : How Jane and Edward in Ironskin are different from Jane and Edward in Jane Eyre?

Tina : You know, I would say I played with similarities and differences for all the characters in the novel. Sometimes I changed the names to show I was taking that character further afield than the original, and sometimes I used an original character name to hint at a role they might be playing. The most different character is certainly my Helen, but then it's pretty clear she's occupying a different role as Jane's sister.

Me : Other than Jane Eyre, what are your favourite classic novels?

Tina : Probably my all-time favorite is Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen! I'm a big fan of Charlotte Bronte as well, of course. My favorite of her novels is probably Villette. Other favorites include Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, and Saki's short stories.

Me : Tell us few words about the second instalment of Ironskin.

Tina : It actually focuses on Jane's sister Helen! Jane is in the novel too, but I wanted to have the chance to see Helen's side of things and watch her come into her own. It's set six months after the end of Ironskin. The city has become a much more dangerous place, particularly for the ironskin. Helen has decided to help Jane with the task Jane starts at the end of Ironskin. But disaster strikes, and Helen finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of the fey in a way she's not expecting.

Me : Are you working on any other project than Ironskin series?

Tina : I have a couple YA novels I was working on right about the time I sold Ironskin. So I've been looking over those lately. One has witches and the other mermaids. They're very different from Ironskin, so it's been fun to have that change of pace. I also have a podcast called Toasted Cake where I read flash (very very short stories) and that's been great fun. I've read some amazing stories by a lot of talented folks this year.

Me : If you have given a chance to be one character from your favourite classic novel (other than Jane Eyre of course), who would it be and why?

Tina : When I was little, I used to spend a LOT of time pondering this! Some of my top answers were: Trot from L. Frank Baum's Oz series (she gets to meet mermaids in one of the books!), Emily from LM Montgomery's Emily books (she becomes a writer! Although her big romance is agony until it finally plays out...) and a whole bunch of different characters from Noel Streatfeild's books, who get to work on stage or in the circus. I particularly like Sorrel from Theatre Shoes.

Me : Thank you Tina, for your time and stopping over my blog for this lovely interview.

Tina : Thank you so much for having me!


Monday, 10 December 2012

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Goodreads Summary :How I Live Now meets His Dark Materials in this stunningly written and intensely moving debut.

Imagine that you have two minds, sharing one body. You and your other self are closer than twins, better than friends. You have known each other forever.

Then imagine that people like you are hated and feared. That the government want to hunt you down and tear out your second soul, separating you from the person you love most in the world.

Now meet Eva and Addie.

They don’t have to imagine


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : “Addie was warm and radiant next to me, making up half of us. But I - I was Eva, Eva, Eva, all the way through.”

Eva and Addie, twin souls born in a same body, but with time the weakest soul should have faded away. Eva should have faded away but she remains present. Only Addie knows her existence, whispering in her head. Soon, existence of twin souls, known as the hybrids threatens the country and they were send to an institution, they found other like them, unsettled twin souls.

I was attracted to the exciting premise of the novel that awed me. However initially I had feeling that the book is somehow has same theme as The Host, about two souls living in same body but What’s Left of me proved to a rather original story.

The author beautifully crafted two souls inside one body, how they are affected by each other’s thought, love and anger, disappointment and happiness. Their heart-warming sisterly bond left me speechless.

For long, as the dominant soul, Addie has protected Eva, from being noticed, kept her safe and secret inside Addie’s head. The book was told from Eva’s perspective and her nearly fading life. On one side I felt sorry for her, that she was unable to control her own body. On the other side she was strong, even after she was blamed by Addie for the discovery for their truth; Eva remained calm enough to handle situation. Almost through all her life, Eva spent being unnoticed by her own family who cared for her once and now simply assumed her gone but Eva never gave up. She remained hanging there, inside Addie’s head hoping to live the life again.

“I was caged in our body and caged in his arms and, somehow, the former was the real prison.”

The romance didn't play a major part in this book. It was bit slow at the starting and rushed near the end. Eva’s love interest Ryan was cute though and much more understanding than his dominant soul Devon. They often switched their souls to take control of the body and they triggered the same in Addie and Eva, giving Eva ability to take control.

What’s left of Me is a very creative work of author Kat Zhang. It was kind of a book I haven’t read before and I’m glad now I did. It was well written and thought provoking. I was completely engaged and immerse into the story, like breathing underwater, this book was a whole new experience for me.




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Friday, 7 December 2012

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Goodreads Summary : Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : There have been many books published in recent days as a blend of X-Men in dystopian world. But in case of Mystic City, it was unexpectedly gorgeous. The story was truly gripping and intensely affecting afterwards.

In a distant futuristic tale, where most of the Manhattan resides underwater and the upper city is run by energy drawn from mystics. Aria Rose, daughter of one of the two most powerful family of city, doesn't remember a thing about her past before she overdosed on Stic, a drug mad of mystic energy, or at least it’s what she was told. Now she is engaged to a boy she doesn't remember having feelings for, with flashes of another boy in her memories. The day she met Hunter, a rebel mystic, everything around her changes and she realized he holds the key to her past.
I admit I had very mixed feeling about the book before I started it, and now I feel it was a mind blowing that I finished the book within a 3 hours train journey because I couldn't let it go. The writing was beautiful, vivid and I loved the way the author described a divided Manhattan, mystics those live in Depths of city and the controlling class harvesting on mystic power.

There is a certain kind of attraction flamed between them in a way that is not quite explainable . The romance was described in a cute way, not your boy meets girls and lightning strikes, rather it was something beyond magical. With a rebellion ignited and political turmoil, a love blossoms however it was pretty much predictable that Hunter is the one Aria fell in love with, not Thomas, the boy she is engaged to. It was a dystopian forbidden love between the daughter of the most powerful and controlling man of Manhattan and a rebel mystic whose mother is a worthy opponent in upcoming election.

Both the lead characters are developed well. Aria is desperate to find answers for her memory loss because the story her family fed her was definitely not believable. And Hunter was desperate to keep her safe at any cost. Finally when a moment came, both of them fought against all the odds. It’s needless to say Hunter is one of the fictional boys I recently developed a crush for. What unexpected is Aria because I never thought her to be the tough as she really is, and by her bravery she caught me off guard.

Other than the romance part, the book has many unpredictable things which left me by surprise but I’m not going to disclose then in this review. After finishing the book in a single breath and finally when I exhaled, one word came out of my mouth “Wow….. I’m blown away by Mystic City.”






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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Exclusive Interview with Elana K. Arnold, Author of Sacred + Sacred giveaway (intl)

Me : Describe Sacred in five words

Elana : A sensual, painful, gratifying journey

Me : Would you like to tell us where did you get the inspiration of writing Sacred?

Elana : My good friend Amy gave me the idea of writing a Young Adult novel, and she told me I should write a book about a superhero. I don’t think Will is exactly what she had in mind, but to me his combination of intellectual curiosity and tender sweetness definitely counts as a superpower!

Me : When you finished writing Sacred, was it exactly the same when you started the book?

Elana : Not exactly, but the core of the book—the fact that it is the story of a girl who is lost and needs help finding her way, but must be an active champion for herself, as well, and can’t rely on anyone (not even a gorgeous, swoon-worthy newcomer) to save her—that stayed true to my vision.

Me : Would like to tell us about your journey to publication?

Elana : This part of my story is pretty dreamy. I finished writing SACRED in October of 2010, and on November 11th, I sent an email to Rubin Pfeffer of East/West Literary Agency including the first three chapters of the book. He wrote back the next morning asking for the whole manuscript, and two days later he offered to represent me. It was a dream come true. We found an editor in a similar fantasy-like way—Francoise Bui at Random House/Delacorte was our first choice. We sent the manuscript to her in January of 2011 and on Valentine’s Day, just three weeks later, Rubin called to tell me that she wanted to buy both SACRED and its sequel SPLENDOR (which will be published next November). For someone like me—a person who’d dreamed of publication for years and years—it was almost unbelievably perfect.

Me : What are your favorite books? Is there any particular book that always inspires you?

Elana : I have so many favorite books! Right now I am especially drawn to other YA writers and have fallen in love with all things John Green, especially THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Phillip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy always inspires me, and I return to it every couple of years. Also, I love the work of novelist/memoirist/essayist Cheryl Strayed. She inspires me as a writer, a woman, and a mother.

Me : Your upcoming novel is Burning which will be released in 2013, tell us about it?

Elana : I love this book, too. It is super hot, but again, a thoughtful book, as well. The whole story unfolds in just a week. Here’s the synopsis:
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

Me : I loved Sacred and can’t wait for the sequel. Would you like to share few lines about it?

Elana : Thank you, Soumi! I am so glad you loved SACRED. SPLENDOR, I think, raises the ante for all the characters in interesting and surprising ways. It explores what happens when Will leaves the island as well as Scarlett’s relationships with her parents, her mare, and her best friend Lily. There are some exciting new characters, as well!

Now it's giveaway time. Many thanks to Elana, for this splendid interview and donating a copy of Sacred for giveaway purpose. The Giveaway is opened internationally and will end on 6th January'13. I bet Sacred will make a perfect New Year read for you.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Echo by Alyson Noel

Goodreads Summary : She inherited a magical destiny—and a mission to stop a powerful family of dark sorcerers. She never expected to fall in love with one of them.

There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when she learns that his connection to the evil Richter family goes far deeper than she ever imagined, she begins to question if love really can conquer all.

Dace is painfully aware that he wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Richters’ dark magic—and now his brother Cade is determined to use his love for Daire against him. Dace is willing to sacrifice anything to protect the girl he loves —including his own life. But will Daire allow it? And what if defeating Cade costs not only his life, but his soul too?



My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : One line, seven words, twenty seven letters…….
What the hell happened in the end? I mean seriously. I gave Echo just for the mind blowing end and that killing cliffhanger.

I haven’t read Alyson Noel’s Immortal series or other contemporary romance but I can say that she knows how to tell a story with descriptive detailing. Fated had intriguing premises but when somewhere I felt it was dragged up. However in case of Echo, I didn't feel that way, rather I enjoyed the story more than Fated.

In fated Daire learned to be a soul seeker and fought beside her boyfriend Dace against his evil twin Cade, but she has much more to learn and a long way to cross. In Echo, Richters again have caused mayhem in the Lowerworld . Now the Daire must restore the balance of souls and choose between the prophecy at cost of her soul and life, or let Cade march on a destructive way to bring the world down.

Echo is gripping and exciting enough to keep me on my toes with legends, myths and sexy romance. The plot was engaging and the writing again delivers Noel’s gorgeous voice of story weaving. Each of the characters developed more in Echo. Daire became more responsible, courageous and determine, Dace as usual romantic and caring but in many point his emotion weakened him, Cade has grown stronger into evil beyond imagination. We were also introduced to a new character Phyre, who played an important part in this book and I’m expecting to see her in the third installment as well.

I ended up loving Echo more than I thought I would and looking forward to continue with the series with more actions, magic and romance.




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Sunday, 2 December 2012

A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton

Goodreads Summary :Anna still finds it hard to believe that Seth loves her and has vowed to suppress her powers, no matter what.

But magic – like love – is uncontrollable. It spills out with terrible consequences, and soon, Anna is being hunted.


My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars


My Thoughts :
I must admit A Witch In Love is surprisingly far better than the first book of this trilogy and more improved one, with better plot line and characterization. The book told the aftermath of Anna’s discovery about her witchy power and a bloody battle in A Witch in Love. In this book, we find out about the true heritage of Anna as she was revealed to be the descendant of the most powerful witch bloodline. Finally there are again consequences and wars between witches and witch hunters in a gripping battle.

As I said earlier that A Witch in Love is far better and improved from A Witch in Winter and proven to be an more interesting read. As usual she was confused about her love for Seth or rather she feared her growing power would hurt Seth at some point. However, Anna was still the same; confused as usual about her love for Seth or rather she feared her growing power would hurt Seth at some point. Last we saw Seth a completely a lovesick boy and here he was portrayed more matured compared to Anna.

A Witch in Winter had a satisfying conclusion that I was literally wondering to know how the second book is going be, Is it going to be the same flat story or something different and now I’m happy that I decided to continue with the series. There was a mystery build up throughout the book about Anna’s mother. Truth about her mother was slowly uncovered bit by bit into pieces and we learn what an amazing woman she was and how far she was willing to go to protect her daughter even if it meant to put a charm on Anna to seal her magic. Anna was wonderment herself, a magical offspring of a witch and a human which indeed made her very unique and an easy target for hunters.

The writing was good as usual but I find many loopholes in the plot that prevented the book from being a good thriller. However, it was exciting till the end and I enjoyed the book. The ending was bit cliffhanger which left question in mind that only can be answered when the last book of this trilogy comes out and I will be waiting for that.



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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Cover Reveal : Retribution by Amy Rachel Thompson


One curse, one exception, one chance at redemption.

Regan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia Liberty College, the place where jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting are a way of life. On the evening of her first day of school, Regan was walking back to her dorm when she was viciously attacked by three men. Regan was convinced she was going to die that night…

Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors and the first wrongfully punished soul. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council whose job it is to pass judgment onto souls and reincarnate them so that the soul may fix past indiscretions. Agro, an ex-councilman, and his soulless Exiles have other plans. Agro steals souls and hands down his own type of judgment, retribution. He punished those members of the Collectors and has now set his sights on Regan. The Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. The Collectors must fight to keep Regan safe from Agro and work to earn back their chance at redemption, but when Colter meets Regan his world changes. Everything he thought he knew about his curse is turned upside down and Regan seems to be the cause.

Can the Collectors find out why Regan is being targeted in time to save her from a fate they know all too well?

Add Retribution to your Goodreads. The book will be available January 8th on amazon as an eBook and paperback and eBook on B&N

Author Bio :
Amy Thompson graduated from Randolph-Macon College with her B.S. in Biology. She currently works as a high school teacher and is earning her M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University. Amy is a first time, self-published author of Retribution, a mature young adult paranormal romance novel that is the first in the Lost Souls series. She lives in southern Virginia with her family and two lazy cats. Amy Thompson is currently working on the next book in the Lost Souls series and continues to be an avid reader of young adult books.