Sunday, 29 April 2012

Fated by Alyson Noel

From Goodreads : Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Fated was first in my reading list by Alyson Noel, and I have very high expectations from this book. Honestly the book didn’t exceed my anticipation but I can’t say that I’m not pleased. I loved some points where I was not completely satisfied by others.

Plot Overview

The story was based of self discovery and journey of 16 years old Daire. Her life was always moving around places to place, from one movie set to another, she never felt normal. Encountering series of horrible nightmarish visions of seeing dead peoples and crows, her mother started to believe she’s psycho and send Daire to live with her Grandmother in a remote village of New Mexico. She was not very adjusting in the beginning and tried to run off, later she understand her Grandmother is the only person who could understand her. Upon discovering she is a powerful soul seeker, descendent of very ancient family and her destiny is already set to destroy who means harm to mankind. Soon she crosses path with twins, Dace and Cade. Dace is the one she meant to be with, Cade on the other hand is her sworn enemy and it fated.

Finding The Facts

The plot and idea behind it was undoubtedly original and I was amazed by the whole concept of spiritual journey but the story losts its binding few times. Until the halfway I was waiting for something to happen that could possibly caught me off guard. Description of the blood curdling visions and strange dreams Daire had was vivid and hold my attention, I found myself eagerly waiting for the two boys from her dreams. But the whole process of “journey to the spirit road “thing seemed too long to continue for me. I was disappointed with lack of actions in this book although it contains some shocking moments of surprise and occurrence of few unexpected events that will keep you going through the pages. The book stared to get more interesting from the moment Daire survived her spirit quest and came face to face with both of her soul mate and sworn enemy at same time.

The Seeker, The Echo and The Coyote

As the protagonist Daire was a flawed character. Initially I found her selfish who only thinks about herself, also irritating and bad tempered one. And all her behaviors and anger was outcome of the horrible visions she experienced. Although she changes throughout rest of the book and became empathetic, more responsible and concerned of her duty and destiny as a soul seeker.

Like a coin Dace and Cade were two different people with same looks but opposite personality. Dace was soft and compassionate, representing light and good, Cade was more cunning and manipulative, messenger of dark and evil. Both of them were attracted to Daire but with different motives, where Dace’s feeling was genuine love, Cade wanted her in his dark side as an alley. Dace was such a sweet and adorable guy, but I was impressed by Cade too. He never tried to hide his bad ass attitude and I truly want to explore more about him in next two installments of The Soul Seeker series.

Other Characters

Unlike many other boos Fated has some great supportive characters that will make you feel connected.Daire's grandmother Paloma was kind of person you wanna respect, not only as a guide and mentor but also as a beloved granny she has always been great support to Daire. Another character I loved was Xotichl, Daire's only friend at school. Her power was unique, identifying anyone from a certain distance just by sensing them with auras.This blind girl won my heart.

The Romance

I appreciate that the author didn’t engaged Daire in a love triangle with the twins, but unfortunately Fated is one of those paranormal books involving instalove . As the title and theme suggests Daire and Dace are fated to be together and long before they meet Daire started to have dreams about him, so when finally they meet there was soulmate attraction.


Fated was a long but interesting read for me, and I enjoyed those moments. The author has a great sense of detail and imagery, which is what made me keep reading. In the flooding market of vampires, werewolves and angels, Fated is successful to keep its uniqueness. If you are looking for some paranormal romance with different theme than usual, I say go for Fated.

An ARC was provided to me by Pan Macmillan in exchange for a honest review

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

From Goodreads : Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love

My Rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Hemlock is one of the best werewolf fictions I have crossed path with. This novel is an absolutely heart wrenching paranormal love story with ingredients like murder and mystery, secrets and suspense.

The Wolf Story

It’s been twelve years science US government has declared the existence of Lupin syndrome, known as werewolf virus. One scratch from an infected person can turn you into one of them.
When her best friend Amy was brutally murdered by a werewolf, haunted by vivid nightmares and memories of Amy, Mac started to investigate the murder herself. Wolf hunters in town and random people are taken into custody based on primary suspicion, but there lies much more politics, power struggling and vengeful motive behind the crime. With help from Amy’s boyfriend Jason and her best friend Kyle, Mac is determine to find the real killer but both the boys have secrets of their own that can not only affect Amy emotionally but put her into danger she never have imagined.

Hemlock is another addition to exponentially growing group of young adult paranormal novels based on vampire and werewolf stuff yet this one is refreshing and utterly addictive.

The Girl, The Wolf and The Hunter

This is an engaging fast-paced young adult werewolf urban fantasy starring a heroine who has overcome a long stage of emotional turmoil. Instead of being damsel in distress and continuing mourning of Amy’s death, she welcomed all the nightmares and memories of Amy and takes matter in her own hand. While investigating the truth, Mac was drawn to a world of conspiracy and danger knowing she might be the next victim; her loyalty, commitment and friendship are the assets of this book.

The triangle amazed me very much, I must say it a brilliant combination of a human, a werewolf and a hunter. Not your typical stupid kind of triangle, it was something that will keep you thinking which one of the boys is better for her. As much as I relished the sweet romance of Mac and Kyle, I enjoyed complicated relationship between Mac and Jason.

Kyle’s secret may seem dangerous but I say he was adorable and fiercely protective. I admire his self control on his werewolf side and the way he stood by Mac was simply admirable. He cares too much for Mac and their friendship turned romance blossomed in believable pace. He’s actions were swoon worthy and heart breaking in equal measure.

While I found Kyle was stronger of the male leads, Jason was kind of self destructive. Both the boys have deep feelings and concerns for Mac. Dealing with Amy’s death and growing feelings for Mac, I found Jason devastated, troubled and enigmatic. His deep hatred for Werewolves leads him joining the trackers not knowing his best friend Kyle was one of them he hates most. But end of the day he proved he might have a tough outer shell but deep down, he bears a soft and compassionate heart.

The three of them were forced to endure and overcome the most horrific obstacles in their quest to find out the truth and they learned to regain their trust on each other. I enjoyed both the brightness and gloominess of the characters and they seemed very real and life like to me.

The plot had plenty of surprises along the way to keep me interested until the end which contains a mild cliffhanger also giving hint for the sequel. Hemlock was a compelling debut of the author Kathleen Peacock and promising first installment of the trilogy. This book will definitely satisfy your cravings for a good werewolf book after The Wolves of Mercy falls Trilogy.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Exclusive Interview with Dejana Vuletić, author of Poison

Me : What was the inspiration behind your writing?

Ever since I was a little girl, I had always admired the people who could create a world so different from our own – where the weak become strong and our wildest dreams can suddenly become reality – to take us to when our own lives are so cluttered and fast-paced. Sometimes we need to just get some R&R, and my best writing always came from days where I was able to just bask in the sunlight and take myself to a place I had never been to before.

Me : What was the idea behind Poison?

My inspiration for writing Poison came during a hangout day with my cousins. When we were kids, we always used to play games to keep ourselves occupied, and our favorite game was when we each chose an element that we were able to manipulate at will, and we would fight each other and just have a lot of fun with it. After thinking about it for a while, I thought: "This would be a great start to a novel! It has several different ideas that I can tie together into a really neat story that's original and creative in its own way!" So I built upon my childhood experience of playing that game, creating characters formed around the five (or in this case six) elements, making them more mature, able to make decisions on their own and struggle doing so, and to develop deep connections with the other characters. And that's how Poison was born.

Me : If you had to describe the five main characters from Poison in one sentence for each, how do you describe them?

This is a tough one, even for me, but I'll give it a try! I'll start with Dessa and work my way down the list. Dessa is the typical girl next door – absorbed in school and thinking of her future – who can be a bit stubborn, but when it comes down to it, she'll give anything and everything to protect those she cares about. Chris, Dessa's main love interest of the series, is much like Dessa in the way that he will do anything to protect Dessa from harm; however, there are several instances when he realizes he cannot possibly protect her from everything, and thus he distances himself from Dessa out of fear of growing too attached to her only to end up losing her. Paola, or "Pa" as the others like to call her, is the best friend who is basically romantically challenged; her inability to think of her own needs before others inevitably gives her problems, but she's quite the flighty little thing, able to cheer you up in an instant if you're feeling down about something. Ricky, the supportive older brother and one of the love interests of Pa, will deny himself everything if it means everyone else will be happy; his sacrifice for the greater good can be admirable, but also quite deadly. And last, but not least, we have the severely misunderstood Skylar, whose hot-tempered personality always keeps people at arm's-length away and whose heart is damaged from a past that even Pa doesn't know about.

Me : How many books are going to be in this series? Would you like to tell us about the sequel?

This series will be three books: Poison, Possession, and Purification, making it a trilogy. I also plan on writing a couple shorter novellas in the series in other characters' points of view (called Pain and Passion), although I haven't decided if I want to go through with that yet. Possession will focus mostly on Dessa's conflict with the Hunters, who presented quite a threat to the Keepers in the past. In the epilogue of Poison, Chris briefly mentions a man named Orion, who was a god-like entity threatening to destroy the balance of the universe. The Keepers had no choice but to seal him away in five separate stars in the sky, which make up the constellation today known as Orion. The Hunters (his four sons) seek to release him, and in order to do that, they will need to drain the Spirit Blood of five humans known as the Katakana. When Dessa and the others suspect that Dessa's daughter McKenna might be a Katakana, they are forced to immediately go on the defensive, but Dessa's allegiance just might change in light of her past with the menacingly dashing Balthazar Korinthos. But that's all I'm telling you! You'll need to buckle your seatbelts for this next one because there's still so much left unsaid!

Me : Your upcoming book Cobra's Chain will be released in summer, 2013. Would you like to enlighten us about the book?
Cobra's Chain is set over one-thousand years into the future to the year 3042, in a world where overpopulation has become such a huge problem that human scientists were being pushed to find a solution. Their solution was creating a man-made planet replica, which they named Planeia, where the main character Devin Clark lives. With the rise of a new dawning of human intelligence, one man known simply as Onyx monopolizes the government, taking over and seeking to rebuild society into what he calls a utopia. His selfish ends drive him to kill any opposition, and Devin's father is the only political rival left to stand up to him. His unfortunate assassination sparks Devin's desire to get even, and when she wants something, she won't stop until she gets it. Her childhood friend Connor knows this better than anyone, and the two go into hiding while thinking up a plan to take down Onyx and save both Earth and Planeia from falling to pieces at his hands. Devin and Connor endure a lot together, and their feelings for one another cause more problems than they solve. As they travel, they ally themselves with a group known as "The Survivors," who are the few who managed to escape the death raids Onyx unleashed upon their cities. It is there that Devin adopts a new name, and her ruthless drive for revenge, her beautifully dangerous techniques of killing the opposition not unlike Onyx himself, earn her the name of "The Cobra."

Me : What are your most favorite YA novels?

My favorite YA novels have got to be the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Both are refreshingly amazing in their prose, and the characters were so detailed, so well-illustrated through words that I almost expected to run into them walking down the street somewhere. Kagawa definitely has a gift when it comes to creating a world apart from this one, and her ideas were so refreshing to read! It was so different from anything I had ever read before! And The Hunger Games was just fabulous. I loved the idea of a young woman being able to stand up for herself and defend herself against the most dangerous of threats: elimination. I'm also very much looking forward to reading Kagawa's new vampire series, The Immortal Rules. Looks like it's going to be just as awesome as the Iron Fey series!

Me : As a debut author, do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

All I can tell you aspiring authors out there is to not be afraid. There's a whole world out there just waiting to read what you've written! I know it can be a little nerve-wracking because trust me, I lived it just a few months ago, but when you realize just how many people genuinely want to hear what you have to say, it'll change you forever. A year ago I would have never even dreamed to have a published book out there and have people asking me these kinds of questions. But I'm here today because I stuck it through to the end. Stay true to yourselves, believe in your skills and your worth as a writer, and never ever give up on your dreams. Because one day they might come true, just like they did for me.

Poison by Dejana Vuletić

From Goodreads : Dessa Madelyn Ambrose is just a normal teenager entering her senior year of high school when the arrival of the mysterious Christopher Darius Calder turns her existence upside-down. Within just days of Chris’ arrival in the small, secluded town of Hopewell, Pennsylvania, Dessa begins to realize that her role on Earth is way more complicated than she could have ever imagined. She's what people call a Keeper. A god in human form with the ability to control one of the six elements at will, and she's not alone. Five other people are Keepers just like her, and when Dessa realizes just how dangerous being a Keeper can be, she constantly fights the urge to run. As she uncovers secrets that have been kept from civilization’s ears for over five millennia, Dessa learns that she can trust no one but herself, and even that doesn't guarantee anything. With her brother and best friend by her side, Dessa decides to live up to the life expected of her, regardless of the things she might lose in the process. When an unknown evil arises after 5,000 years of being put to rest and threatens the lives of thousands, Dessa has to make a choice. Who should she save? Herself? Or everyone else? My Rating : 3 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : High school drum major Dessa would have been normal girl with dreams of her own if she had not met Chris. Chris has some ancient secrets to keep and convince Dessa that she is keeper of light who has the power to bend and manipulate it. But she isn’t the only one. There are others like Dessa who can control elements of nature like earth, fire, water and air. But where there is light, there is darkness too. Now with help from others Dessa must fight the darkness before it took them over.

This novel was surprisingly good debut from a teen author and I must applaud for her brilliant attempt. The imagination was very creative and characterization was good too. The story moves around five characters coming to their newly discovered powers as keepers of five elements but also goes along with being teenagers. Lead heroine Dessa was girl next door type whom you can easily be attached with. She definitely cares for others and can go far to save those she loves.
I like Chris, the love interest who actually hold keys to their past. He is such a sweet heart and compassionate. It was fabulous getting to know better as the story progress. One character I really didn’t like was Pa, she was so irritating and confused about her own relationship with Dessa’s brother Ricky and her fiancé Skylar.
This book contains some original and great theory about reincarnation. Each of the characters has some dark past in their previous lives and their reincarnated past selves are now free from curse and wanted to put an end to keepers
The book was told from Dessa’s point of view so many things remain unclear meant to be found out in next installment. Poison was broken into several glimpses of their past lives that revealed slowly during as the story progressed and in a good way only the first climax came too soon where I personally wanted the suspense to last a little long.
Going through all the dramas and suspense, I was hooked into pages. As first installment of Keepers of Light series, it was a great start to keep you interested. i'm really confused in 3 to 4 stars so I will give it a 3.5

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Book Trailer : The Right & the Real by Joelle Anthony

Book Blurb : From the author of "Restoring Harmony." Kicked out for refusing to join a cult, 17-year-old Jamie must find a way to survive on her own.

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right and the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because the church has deemed her persona non grata.

Jamie’s life has completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue him, and maybe even forgive him?

Here goes the exclusive trailer

Author Bio : I write for anyone who's willing to read my books, but they are published as Young Adult. Restoring Harmony is on the shelves now, and my second book The Right & the Real will be out in April 2012.

I like wood stoves, hot chocolate, and walks on the beach - oh, wait, that's starting to sound like a singles ad and while all of those things are true, I am most definitely NOT single. I'm very happily married to a musician/photographer and we live on a small island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where we enjoy hot chocolate in front of the wood stove after a nice walk on the beach.

About the only reason my house is semi-under-control is because of downloadable audio books, which I think are the bees knees. A couple of my favourites are PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and any book by Sara Zarr.

We have two cats that help me write by keeping me warm in the winter and reminding me to lay in the sunshine in the summer so that I'm restored for a long winter of writing.

Our house is filled with laughter, love, music, books, and lots and lots of good smelling vegetarian food (I make practically everything we eat, and my husband grows a large portion of it himself). And that's about it!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Taste Book Trailer and Excerpt Reveal by Kate Evangelista

Book Blurb : At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Expected publication: May 2012 by Crescent Moon Press

Here goes the awesome book trailer :

Test Expert : I mentally stomped on the intimidation their perfection brought into my mind and said, “Excuse me.”
The group froze, startled by my words. The girls had their brows raised and the boys stopped mid-speech, mouths agape. They stared at me with eyes the shade of onyx stones.
I smiled and gave them a little wave.
The boy a step ahead of the rest recovered first. His stunning features went from shocked surprise to intense interest. He reminded me of a hawk eyeing its prey. I gulped.
“A Day Student,” he said, his eyes insolent and excited.
Something about the way he said “Day Student” made my stomach flip. “Excuse me?”
They snickered. The boys looked at each other while the girls continued to stare, muffling their laughter by delicate hands. I seemed to be the butt of some joke.
“You broke the rule.” The boy’s grin turned predatory.
The students formed a loose semi-circle in front of me. My gaze darted from face to face. Hunger filled their eyes. The image of lions about to chase down a gazelle came to mind. I mentally shook my head. I was in the mountains not the Serengeti for crying out loud.
I took a small step back and cleared my throat. “Can any of you give me a ride back to the dorms?”
The boy wagged his forefinger like a metronome. “Ah, that’s unfortunate for you.”
One of the girls pinched the bridge of her nose. “Eli, you can’t possibly—”
“It’s forbidden, Eli,” another boy interrupted, pronouncing the word “forbidden” like a curse.
The nervous murmur at the pit of my stomach grew louder. Six against one. Not good odds. Instinct told me to cut my losses and run. Bad enough I faced expulsion, now it seemed like weird, beautiful people who’d suddenly appeared on campus wanted to beat me up. No, scratch that. Judging from the way they studied me, beating me up wouldn’t satisfy them. Something more primal prowled behind their looks.
I definitely wasn’t going down without a fight. Years of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes had me prepared. While other children from rich and important families got bodyguards, I got defense training. But I think my father meant for my skills to go up against potential kidnappers, not against other students who may or may not be crazy. Oh God! Maybe I stepped into a parallel universe or something when I reentered Barinkoff.
“None of the students are supposed to be on campus,” I said. Then, realizing my mistake, I added, “Okay, I know I’m not supposed to be here either. If one of you gives me a ride back to the dorms, I won’t say anything about all this. Let’s pretend this never happened. I didn’t see you, you didn’t see me.”
“We’re not ordinary students,” Eli answered. “We’re the Night Students.”
He’d said “Night Students” like the words were capitalized. I didn’t know Barinkoff held classes at night. What was going on here?
Eli smiled with just one side of his mouth and said to the group, “She’s right, no one will have to know. We’re the only ones here. And it’s been so long, don’t you agree?”
The rest of them nodded reluctantly.
“What’s been so long?” I challenged. I fisted my hands, ready to put them up if any of them so much as twitched my way.
“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me then laughed when I cringed.
“Flesh.” Yep, parallel universe.
“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”
Someone grabbed my shoulders from behind and yanked me back before I could wrap my mind around the meaning behind Eli’s words. In a blink, I found myself behind someone tall. Someone really tall. And quite broad. And very male.
I realized he wore the same clothes Eli and the other boys did. Not good. He was one of them. Although… I cocked my head, raking my gaze over him. He seemed born to wear the uniform, like he was the pattern everyone else was cut from. My eyes wandered to long, layered, blue-black hair tied at the nape by a silk ribbon. Even in dim light, his hair possessed a sheen akin to mercury.
I looked down. The boy’s long fingers were wrapped around my wrist like a cuff. His fevered touch felt hotter than human standards, hot enough to make me sweat like I was standing beside a radiator but not hot enough to burn.
“I must be mistaken, Eli,” the boy who held my arm said in a monotone. “Correct me. Did I hear you say you wanted to taste the flesh of this girl?”
A hush descended on us. It had the hairs at the back of my neck rising. How was it possible for the atmosphere to switch from threatening to dangerous? Unable to help myself, I peeked around the new guy’s bulk. Eli and his friends bowed. They all had their right hands on their chests.
“Demitri, I’m sure you misheard me,” Eli said.
So the guy standing between me and the person who said he’d wanted to taste me was named Demitri. I like the sound of his name. Demitri. So strong, yet rolls off the tongue. Definite yum factor.
“So, you imply I made a mistake?” Demitri demanded.
“No!” Eli lifted his gaze. “I did no such thing. I simply wanted to show the girl the consequences of breaking curfew.”
“Hey!” I yelled. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!”
Demitri ignored my protest and continued to address Eli. “So, you threatened to taste her flesh.” His fingers tightened their grip around my wrist. “In the interest of investigating this matter further, I invoke the Silence.”
All six students gasped, passing surprised glances at one another.
Before I could ask about what was going on, Demitri yanked me down the hall toward the library. But why there? Oh, maybe we were getting my things. No, wait, he couldn’t have known about that. Everything was too confusing now.
Eli and the others didn’t try to stop us when we passed them. Demitri’s cold command must have carried power. Handsome and powerful, never a bad combination on a guy.
We reached the heavy double doors in seconds. He jerked one open effortlessly. I’d needed all my strength just to squeeze through that same door earlier. To him, the thick wood might as well have been cardboard. I raised an eyebrow and mentally listed the benefits of going to gym class.
“Why are we here?” I asked after my curiosity overpowered my worry. I’d almost forgotten how frightened I’d been right before Demitri showed up. I wasn’t above accepting help from strangers. Especially from gorgeous dark-haired strangers with hot hands and wide shoulders.
Demitri kept going, tugging me along, snaking his way deeper into the library. I had to take two steps for every stride his legs made. I tried to stay directly behind him, praying we didn’t slam into anything.
He stopped suddenly and I collided with him. It felt like slamming into a wall.
“Hey,” I said, momentarily stunned. “A little warning would be nice!”
He faced me, and I gasped. His eyes resembled a starless night, deep and endless. Their intensity drilled through me without pity, seeming to expose all my secrets. I felt naked and flustered beneath his gaze.
“You could have died back there,” he warned.
A lump of panic rebuilt itself in my throat.

Author Bio : When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

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Monday, 16 April 2012

Giveaway : Signed Lacrimosa and Dies Irae books and ebooks by Christine Fonseca

I would like to thank author Christine Fonseca for offering an signed hardback of Lacrimosa (Requiem, #1)and ebook of both Lacrimosa and DIES IRAE (Requiem Series, #0.5) for giveaway purpose on my blog.

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Date of Enter : 14/04/2012 to 30/04/2012
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Lacrimosa : “LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.” ~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.
As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.
He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.
Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.
How much will she sacrifice for love?

Dies Irae : Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.

Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. That is, until he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth. Assigned as Watchers while they await their decision of which angelic order to serve, the three assume the bodies of teenagers and experience life as human.
The sensations are overwhelming as the angels experience a host of human emotions—rage, terror, love—and come ever closer to breaking one of the unbreakable rules—never fall in love.
But being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia; a peace Azza seems bent on destroying.
Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces and Azza, and fighting against his rising emotional attachment to Demi, Mikayel must now decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for his new found love—a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

From Goodreads : Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Bewitching is a black and white tale of a good witch who isn’t exactly good in being a witch and sometimes her magic go away from the expected course although her purpose were always good. Yes, I’m talking about Kenda, the witch who put curse on Kyle Kingsley and turned him into a beast to teach him some lessons of love and life. Beastly wasn’t her only curse, that was one of her many curses.
The book was broke into several stories told from many point of views. Each of them was a brief literary description of past exploits, portraying Kendra’s magical unfortunate and unpredictable outcome were fun and interesting way of retelling fairy tales with historical interpretation.

Journey of a Witch

The book opens with a scene of England, 1666 where a teenage girl was mourning in grief for her family, killed in deadly plague. She has left no one but her dying brother. Unconscious with her own power, she saved her little brother and ran away with him. But fate had some other plan for her, a different way in which she has to walk on her own, no family, no friends because she was an immortal witch. Upon discovering what she is Kendra started her journey and crosses path with many events that left deep scars on history.
The author painted both lighter and darker parts of Kendra’s life aligned side by side. Since her best intentions don’t always function properly result in some ill and unforeseen consequences, we can’t not mark her as an evil witch; I rather call just a lonely girl tired of being alone for 500 years and trying to help others. Kendra is kind, well rendered, sometimes disoriented and flawed character.
As I mentioned the novel is broken into several stories that we experience both her success and failures same time.
A small time travel through history and recalling few of our childhood fairy tales gave us clear picture of Kendra’s witching mishaps where the lonely French prince and little mermaid didn’t get their happily ever after .

A Cinderella Story

We have always been sympathetic to a beautiful orphan girl who lived in cinder and wrath of her evil step mother and sisters. What if it’s not always true what we see, what if the step mother knew that the orphan girl is actually some twisted little bitch not worthy of pity, what if we have always mistaken the step sister who actually trusted the orphan girl and fall in trap enough to represent her as villain .
When Lisette came to live with Emma’s family, they have taken her in as their own and Emma love her more than a step sister and foolish enough to fall for her kind words but Emma’s mother knew Lisette is not what she appears to be. Not a little fragile orphan girl, Lisette was jealous and vengeful; she took everything for Emma, her friends, her boyfriend, even love of her father. So our Kendra poped in and tried to help, but you see not always her craft goes wrong.

Leaving behind the so called Cinderella story in pages, welcome to the modern world where a little drama, few tear drops and manipulation is enough to make you princess of thousand hearts.
I was immediately attached to Emma. She was not beautiful and perfect like her step sister Lisette , but she was sweet and innocent , kind and empathetic average teenage girl who always tries to see the good in everyone.

Alex Flinn has some great talent to adapt the story from our favorite childhood fairy tales, twisted and blended it in modern contemporary society, representing a new kind of fantasy both young and adults will fall in love with. From Beastly to A Kiss in Time, each of her book kept me engrossed in pages, Bewitching was no exception.
Losing yourself in a new kind of fairytale retelling, Bewitching is kind of story you will continue reading and finish with a huge smile in your face.

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Exclusive Interview with Joëlle Anthony, Author of The Right & the Real

Me : What was the idea behind The Right & the Real?

Joëlle : I’m just always interested in teens being put in unusual situations in books. I played with the idea of how a good girl might end up homeless all of a sudden, and this is what I came up with. It’s not that surprising when a kid does drugs, or their parents are abusive, and they end up on the street, but how does it happen to a regular teen in a relatively stable environment? That’s what interested me.

Me : What was the reason behind choosing such a topic on religious cult?

Joëlle : Obviously, it’s best not to go with the expected reasons why someone might end up homeless. And I’d read about how cults like to keep the adults, but are quick to kick out children who question their ways. It was fascinating, albeit horrifying research. And it seemed like a topic for a book that readers might be interested in, but not already saturated by.

Me : How do you like to explain Jamie’s character?

Joëlle : I think Jamie is a lot like I was as a teen. She loves the theatre, she has big plans for her life, and she’s surrounded by friends. And she thinks she has to do everything herself. I made it through both high school and university without ever seeing a guidance counselor because I thought I knew what I was doing. It wasn’t until much later I realized that you can read directions and follow them, but sometimes having someone else who knows more about things to interpret them, and advise you, can be really helpful. Jamie doesn’t know this and I built her character around that idea.

Me : While you are not reading or writing, what are the others things you like to do most?
Joëlle : I like to go for walks with my husband. And I cook a lot. We make about 98% of the food we eat from scratch, so that’s a lot of cooking! I also knit, although I mostly do the really simple stuff. I have made a couple of sweaters, but for the most part, I like to knit without thinking very much about it because I’m usually plotting! I am a big baseball fan, too, so I listen to the Cubs games on the internet radio. And my husband is a musician, so sometimes, I just sit by the fire and listen to him play guitar.

Me : As your birthday is coming on April 18th, would like share with us your memory of best birthday from your childhood days?

Joëlle : It’s sad to say that I can’t remember the best memory specifically. They were probably all pretty good as I had a fun childhood. I do remember the worst! I think it was my twelfth birthday and I was in Camp Fire Boys and Girls then (kind of like Girl Scouts). The weekend of my birthday, we had to go to camp because we were earning some sort of badge. We were in tents because it was technically a day camp, so there weren’t any overnight accommodations. It rained the ENTIRE time. Thirty-six hours straight. My mother was always really good at making our birthdays special with homemade cakes and lots of perfect presents, but because my mum was the leader, she was at camp too, so when we got home….no cake, no presents, no nothing! Wow, I can’t believe I’m whining about my twelfth birthday all these years later! Haha. I do remember she gave me a hundred dollars to spend however I wanted and way back then, that was a LOT of money.

Me : Is there any upcoming project you are working on? Would you like to
tell us few words about it?

Joëlle : As for what I'm working on, well, it is another YA, but it's in the early stages, so I'm not ready to talk about
it yet.

Me : Any advice to the aspiring authors?

Joëlle : Read. Read. Read. And just keep writing! And then read some more.
Thanks for having me!

I would like to thank Joëlle Anthony, Author of The Right & the Real for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her upcoming book The Right & the Real.
This interview was taken by Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Cover Reveal: The Rainbow Maker's Tale by Melanie Cusick-Jones

After her awesome YA novel Hope's Daughter, author Melanie Cusick-Jones revealed the cover of The Rainbow Maker's Tale, partner book to Hope's Daughter, told from Balik's POV.
Book Blurb : Due for release in summer 2012. Book 2 in The Ambrosia Sequence.

Outwardly, Balik is an obedient member of society on Space Station Hope...he follows The Council's systems, excels at school and seems happy to follow in his parents footsteps...

But Balik's real life is filled with secrets he can share with no one. As he follows his suspicions about the space station into ever more dangerous territory it seems like his whole world will unravel around him...but he doesn't understand everything...things are wrong, he is sure of that - but why exactly, he doesn't know.

When Cassie unexpectedly comes into his life, Balik struggles to find his balance. For years he's investigated the oddities of the world he lives in, but Cassie makes him question things in a different way... Can he believe in this girl who seems so much a part of the system he distrusts? Would she put a stop to his plans to break out if she knew what he was really up to? Balik can't be sure of anything - except the fact that he can't leave her alone.

Here is the small expert of author herself

The Rainbow Maker's Tale is the partner book to Hope's Daughter - telling the story from Balik's point of view - and so the cover reflects the artwork from there. Anyone who has read Hope's Daughter will know where the 'rainbow' idea comes from; it's only a little aside in the book, but for me it says a lot about the person Balik is and where his relationship with Cassie begins. The Rainbow Maker's Tale is due for release in Summer 2012.

So if you have not read Hope's Daughter read it quickly and add The Rainbow Maker's Tale to your goodreads to-read list.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

From Goodreads : In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

My Rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster.”

A vampire has no heart beat, no matter how hard they try to cling on their humanity, in the end they will remain same, some bloodsucking monsters.

Days of Darkness and Blood

After her blockbuster epic fantasy The Iron Fey series, Julie Kagawa introduces to a vampire infested futuristic world where everything is on ruin and dominated by those bloodsucking creatures. Humans are not more than blood cattle, worshiping vampires in exchange for their survival.

The story was centered on a teenage girl Allison Sekemoto , who bears deep hatred for vampires in heart. Being unregistered, Allie and her crew scavenge for food by day, and by night, they live in fear of being killed by vampires. On one night after being attacked by zombie like Rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires both, Allie was rescued by a vampire named Kanin, who was kind enough to give an ultimate choice, die or became one of the monsters. Faced with mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most and to survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal.
After Kanin was taken to custody for a crime he committed in long past, Allie was forced to flee outside city walls where she faced the unknown and joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the Rabids.

As I Lay Dying

The Immortal Rules is a dark, exotic and twisted vampire tale that conveys both traditional concepts and modern thoughts, where vampires are predator of night who meant to be feared, not fancied about. The most important rule for a vampire to survive is going long without human blood, carving will drive them mad.

Allie is a character you would love to read about and admire, strong, independent, stubborn and selfless. When she was a human, she survived in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city and was strongest member of her group. When Allie was turned into a vampire, her character progressed perfectly with story and she becomes courageous in the face of danger while remaining altruistic and compassionate. Although she hurt few for her own survival but never meant to and regretted of becoming what she never wanted to be.
In this compelling novel, Julie Kagawa captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Moving on, when we are reading Julie Kagawa’s novel how cannot we expected some swoon worthy male protagonist. When I started reading I was definitely anxious about how the guys are going to be because I could help myself from thinking of Ash and Puck. As my tension builds and continues to build, Kanin stepped in with a bang, and took my breath away. Surrounded by mysteries and secrets of his past, Kanin lefts the reader with questions they will crave for until next book. Dark and appealing, he is definitely not your typical sexy kind of vampire but he affected me very deeply.
Zeke was introduced nearly middle of the book and blended perfectly with the story. Daring and caring, Zeke was crush worthy character and definitely stole my heart. Allie and Zeke learned to trust each other soon and their romance blossomed beautifully in slow rhythm.

A Deliciously Tormenting Tale

The Immortal Rules possess vivid descriptions that are wickedly dark and alluring, intensely monstrous in a sense. This book again showcases Julie Kagawa gorgeous prose. Her creation of post apocalyptic vampire world is well rendered and revealed through the actions of the characters. The way she painted each of the characters very different from The Iron Fey series yet unique and praised worthy. The Immortal Rule is powerful first volume of Blood of Eden trilogy that will definitely attract lovers of paranormal romance especially them who loves vampire stories.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Leticia by Lindsay Anne Kendal

From Goodreads : Leticia has a dark secret, and somebody somewhere knows what it is.

After being tormented and brutally attacked, it becomes obvious they want her dead.

A mysterious group come to her aid. They want to fight by her side and help her win the war someone has declared on her. Together, they present a force to be reckoned with.

Love, loss and longing put strains on the alliance. Not only must they fight their enemies, but their own fears and desires.

Leticia must also face a harsh reality. If she wants a happy future, she must first confront her past.

My rating : 3.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Another praiseworthy shape shifter story of this year that I can bet readers will enjoy.
The book starts with a lone wolf Letcia who was pretty much successful in hiding her true identity until she was followed by some unknown people with secret motives and started to receive threading phone calls from a stranger. A group of three supernatural folks including two shape shifter siblings and a vampire came to her aid and claimed they can protect her.

The book was smooth and written in a simple language. I read this book fast because I knew I have to get to the end to see what finally happened. Of I will not be spoiling the story for you, but if you love shape shifter actions this is the book for you. Leticia got some attitude and I liked that. Her relationship with Jackson keeps you guessing. I liked Jackson, he was brooding, short tempered and got attitude more than Leticia, and I enjoyed all the childlike fighting and romantic moments between them. As supporting character Nancy and her vampire boyfriend Tristan plays their respective roles very well. All the four characters were different with powers and defenses but blended with each other.

Considering this is my first book of the author, I’m truly impressed. In few parts the story was predictable. Although rated as young adult, the book can easily be read by people who enjoy fantasy books. The book kept my interest and I will be looking forward to that sequel which is not so far to be released.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Broken Destiny by Carlyle Labuschagne

From Goodreads : Her Destiny is to Rise against the fall that threatens to take her soul. Her soul is the Key to unlocking a secret weapon.But to know her soul she has to hate it first, and then come back from that. Her Destiny starts with Betrayal.

My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars

My Review : A long time after when Earth was destroyed, Poseidon is the new resident planet for human beings, along with the local Zulus and Minoans. Ava always knew she is different from others, third generation of the broken whose bloodline came from both human and Minoan. After surviving an attack from Zulus and rescued by a handsome Minoan warrior, she was brought to Minoan village where she begins to discover more about her origin and the prophecy that can change fate of the whole planate. Being carrier of the prophecy her soul is the key to a deadly weapon and her rise against fall of the evil can save the mankind. As more secrets revealed, she was drawn to Troy and Enoch, handsome worriers with secrets of their own. As she faces more life threatening danger, whom she will trust?

A novel with elements likes prophecies, destiny, Voodoo witches and ancient cultures, almost everything a reader needs to enjoy the book. A promising plot and strong build up with love and betrayal, twists and turns, The Broken Destiny is kind of book that will keep hooked up into pages.

As for the characters, Ava was a strong but confused young women when it came to love.I can understand the situation she was going through and she faced dangers I would never imagine, the author delivers us a kick ass heroine.
I loved Troy; he was strong, determinate with grate leadership quality and boyfriend material. I was expecting his character to be highlighted a little more. Enoch gave a damn sexy appearance with broad shoulder, strong chest and deep blue eyes hiding some secrets. I enjoyed the revelry between these two boys.
Along with the main characters each supporting characters were given equal importance and played key roles to uncover Ava’s destiny.

A richly imaginative tale and smooth writing, the book contains many surprising elements. We encounter some life or death situations that imply thrilling suspense. The final climax was jaw dropping, drawn out and there was a difficult dilemma. The author created a world with concept taken from ancient magic and modern science, being where was compelling new experience for me.

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