Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today's topic is - Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


This is a little hard, as it's normally the cover of a book that grabs my attention and makes me pick up a book first. However, these are topics I love to read about. 


 Dystopian - I love dystopian books. Even though there seems to be a common theme with them I haven't read one that I hate. 

Realistic/True Stories - I love true stories, or stories based around realistic events. 

 Horror - I have always loved horror stories. I like reading things that give me the creeps. 

 Robots/Cyborgs/Reanimation of humans - Anything along those lines and similar sci fi type books I find really interesting.

 Fairytales & Retellings - I have only read a few and those I've read, I've really enjoyed. 

 Contemporary - I have recently taken to contemporary books and have been loving them. 

Virus/Parasite - Human population succumbing to a virus; viruses that change people into killing machines; parasites controlling humans, any and all of that variety. I'm intrigued. 

Paranormal - including, but not limited too vampires, zombies, aliens etc. because they are interesting. 

Humour - Who doesn't like to laugh, and with all the horrible type topics I normally read, this can be a nice change. 

Survival - I like anything where the characters are fighting for survival. 


Most of these overlap each other in books which is fine by me. =) I'm sure I've missed something. 

Edit: I missed a big one that I love - Parallel universes! I remembered when I visited Jamie's post at The Perpetual Page Turner.



That's my Top Ten for the week. I look forward to seeing what all your choices are so don't forget to leave a comment and link to your Top Ten. =)









Monday, 29 April 2013

Blog Tour: Creatures of Fire by J.B. Brooklin with Excerpt & Giveaway





Title: Creatures of Fire
Author: J.B. Brooklin
Series: Sariel Baldwin Series
Published: February 17, 2013
Genre: Fantasy


ISBN: 1230000109442
ASIN: B00BHJCHP4

Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 69836

Cover Artist: J.B. Brooklin (Cover copyrights: Ring of Fire © dvarg #34150031 – Fotolia.com, the dancer © Alexander Yakovlev #34413982)



Book Description:

She is a half demon, oblivious to her true nature.

He is a demon set out to avenge murder.

Together they are hunted by the one person she thought she could trust.

Separate they may be able to save each others lives.

“Creatures of Fire” a tale about power, ambition, responsibility and trust.

New York – Paris – Dschinnanya (the world of the demons)



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Excerpt

“Wow!” Sariel stopped, hearing the door close at her back. Today the city of Dschinnanya was not deserted but crowded with demons and other creatures. And that was not the only thing that had changed; the inside of Abu Ayub’s house should have prepared her for what she saw but somehow it was different to see it. Yesterday’s town had transformed into an Arabian city with packed mud replacing the cobbled streets and Moorish buildings in place of the old town houses.
The demons populating the streets were mostly dressed in burnouses. The women covered their heads, and some even wore veils to hide their faces. And then there were a number of beings Sariel could not identify. Some looked like Ioni, and some totally different. All of them could be mistaken for humans but on closer inspection the different skin and set of eyes, as well as their unusual hair coloring, gave them away as some kind of prenatural being. The most beautiful ones, at least in Sariel’s opinion, were the tall, slender creatures with hair like spun silver. Morroks. The name was whispered in her head. That’s what we are called.
With a start Sariel looked around. It was disconcerting that almost everyone, except for herself, was able to read thoughts. But this time it was even more eerie. This time a voice was talking in her head.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am about to go crazy.
Morroks are half-fairy, half-elves. And you are not crazy, the voice told her.
Someone was making fun of her, but Sariel didn’t see the joke. Instead, panic began to rise in her chest. How was she supposed to survive in a world where everyone could enter her head? Without her being able to put a stop to it?
“I am sorry, that was very rude of me.” One of the so-called Morroks bowed in front of her. When he straightened, Sariel looked into the face of a man, so beautiful he could have been an angel. The long silver hair fell in waves down his back. A dark blue burnous set off eyes that were sky blue.
“You are new to Dschinnanya and I couldn’t resist answering the question that was so clearly written on your face. Don’t worry; I cannot read your thoughts, but I can put them into your head.” He smiled.
“That is not very reassuring,” Sariel said. “How did you know that I am new here?” she added.
“Oh, everybody knows about you and the reason you came. As soon as someone crosses the border to Dschinnanya, the ruling demons are alerted. Coupled with their ability to read thoughts there is not much you can keep a secret here. But please, I must ask your forgiveness. I entered your mind without permission and I have not even introduced myself.” He bowed again and put his right hand over his heart. “My name is Jazni.”
“Nice to meet you, Jazni. I am Sariel, but you probably already know that.”
“Sariel! What a beautiful name.” He smiled again, transforming his face into such an ethereal beauty that it was hard to look at him. Sariel felt herself blushing. I have to stop that, she thought. It was embarrassing and she wasn’t a little girl anymore.
“Considering that you are new to Dschinnanya, may I offer you my assistance?” Jazni asked.
“That is very kind of you. But no, I’d rather...there is a lot I have to do.” With a face that was practically burning, she turned to Tamiro, who had settled at her feet. “Come on,” she said to the panther, as if a wild animal would obey her bidding. To her surprise Tamiro stood up, stretched, and began to lead the way, just as he had done yesterday.
“I see you already have a guide,” Jazni murmured, looking thoughtful at the panther. “How very interesting.” With that he melted into the crowd.
“Damn. I need to know more,” Sariel grumbled while trying to follow Tamiro without losing him between the many creatures. They were all heading in one direction, sweeping her and Tamiro with them. In the distance Sariel could see a bazaar. So that is where everyone is going. Stalls heaped with fruits and vegetables, vendors selling everything from pots and pans to clothes and fabrics were lining the street.
Startled looks were thrown her way, whispers accompanied them, and Sariel started to feel uneasy. The demons parted when they saw Tamiro, clearly wary of the large, wild cat. But as soon as they spotted her, the expression changed to something menacing; hostile even. Everyone appeared to know why she was here and what she had done to bring one of them into an abominable situation. If not for Tamiro, they might have expressed their hostility in a more violent fashion.
“It’s a good thing that they are afraid of you,” she told Tamiro, wondering why Jazni hadn’t shown any fear of the animal. I am not afraid, Jazni’s voice said in her head.
“Damn.” This time Sariel spoke her thought out aloud. She stopped and looked around but could detect no sign of the Morrok. Certainly she would see his tall figure if he was here somewhere?
Thoughts know no distance. As soon as you think my name, I can hear what you are thinking.
“Great—another mind reader.” Sariel grimaced. No problem, she thought, I will simply not think about Jazni, I will ... Laughter rang through her head.




Author Bio
J.B. Brooklin is a German author. Having lived abroad for several years in the US (Oregon, California, Florida, New Jersey), Spain and the Seychelles the writer recently returned to her home country and started writing mystery and fantasy novels.

When she is not writing, her husband, twins and her cat are keeping her busy.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

eARC Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Blood Of Eden, Book #2
Publication Date: 30th April 2013
Publisher: Harlequinn Teen Australia

Genre: Young Adult, Vampires, Dystopia
Source: aARC from Publisher via Netgalley


Description

In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one one rule left: Blood Calls to blood.
Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire, Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what she finds there will the change the world forever - and possibly end human and vampire existence.
There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries. If Allie can get to him in time.



Review
Once again Julie Kagawa delivers another amazing, action packed, fast paced book. 
As in my previous review of The Immortal Rules, Kagawa again writes awesome characters with their own personalities. 
I love Allie, and even more so that she is still trying hard not to be like the other vampires, to not be a monster....... But..... oh, please don't change!! 

We see a return of Zeke (yay!), and Kanin (woohoo!) and even Jackal (yeah I know). Jackal was actually a really enjoyable character to read, including the time I thought "You bastard", to "oh, ok". I didn't expected to like him as much due to the last book but I just loved his sarcastic comments and humour.

I'm starting to think that Kagawa can't write a bad book. The world building in this was fantastic, it can recall it as if I was watching a movie - oooo, this would totally be a fantastic movie! - and her writing is completely enjoyable to read. You just get carried away. 

But that ending...... all those feels..... and how long is it that we have to wait for the next one....... 

At first I was like this.....
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And then I was like this for at least 10mins after....
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Seriously if you haven't started this series, if you don't own the books. Run. Run to your nearest book store and buy them. If you own the first one and haven't read it, read it now, stop what you are doing and read it now.... Seriously.  Then you can all love this series with me.  =D




★★★★
It Was Amazing



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Buy Links
The Immortal Rules

The Eternity Cure


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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Stacking The Shelves #39 & PTA Live Event Summary



Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
Thanks to the host Tynga's Reviews.

Penguin Teen Australia
Live Event

On Monday I had the absolute pleasure of going to PTA's live event held at Black Cat Books in Paddington. 
Felicity was awesome and I enjoyed listening to such a passionate person speak about books, especially when she said its ok to be 30 something and still love YA. ;)

I learnt about so many great book things, such as On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is being made into a movie, as well as some Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4 by Richelle Mead) quotes. I have added so many new books to my TBR and have even order some due to the praise given at the event. I realised I really need to read my Vampire Academy books and my recently acquired The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The Lizzie Bennet diaries were brought up and I have to admit that the only time I read Pride & Prejudice was in high school and I hated it so I have stayed away from anything Pride & Prejudice related. I have now however watched all 100 episodes of The Lizzie Bennet diaries (and the others) and would like to now re-read Pride & Prejudice to see if it was just a high school thing as it was required reading.

We got to see a sneak peek at the new Penguin Teen Aus. website and Delirious About Books even got a mention on the bloggers slide (Thank you Felicity!). Other bloggers at the event include:

Lastly but not least we received awesome swag - a copy of The 5th Wave (which I started yesterday!) and some Vampire Academy pins. 


Thanks so much to Penguin Teen and Felicity for the event. It was fantastic to have something book related up here to go too and to meet other bloggers in the area. Also Thank you to everyone for welcoming my 4yr old Alex to the event. He had a great time handing out the prizes and for being in the lime light and talking on the microphone! Even after the speak fell on his head. (He was ok, I promise!). 


Ok, now for books I have bought (even though I said I'm trying not to buy books!)
Purchased



Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (LOVED IT. Review will be posted soon)



Nameless by Lili St. Crow



That's it for me. I look forward to seeing what you got this week. Happy reading!



Thursday, 25 April 2013

Book Blitz: Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel - with Giveaway & Excerpt








Title:  Found
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Published: March 1st, 2013




From Stacey Wallace Benefiel, the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, comes a new NA trilogy set in the Society world.


Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.

Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns him to be Penny’s Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove -- and Penny is a big deal. She’s got abilities that surpass any he’s seen before…and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny.


*The Penny Black trilogy is a companion to the Zellie Wells trilogy and not a continuation of the series. (PBT is set 18 years in the future with a new cast of characters.)

*Due to language and sexuality, FOUND is recommended for older teens (Most of the
characters are out of high school and preparing for college.)


In celebration of Stacey Wallace Benefiel’s third Indieversary, FOUND (Penny Black #1) is only 99cents April 20-27!

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Haven't read the Zellie Wells trilogy yet? Pick up all three novels together for $6.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and iTunes. Or get the first novel, Glimpse, for FREE at all e-book retailers.


     
Excerpt

Ben Fontenot fits his Ret-tech onto his head, flips the microscreen down in front of his right eye, and continues cramming all of his and Christopher’s belongings into their suitcases. “Zellie Adams,” he says in a clear and clipped manner. He has two Zellies and a few Adams’ listed in his contacts and half the time his Ret either techs his daughter Zellie or adult Zellie’s husband, Avery. It makes him wonder why he ever got rid of his iPhone 23.He is bent over, looking under the bed for his shoes – another thing he wonders about, after all of his years spent on the road, is why does he always misplace his shoes in motel rooms? --when Zellie answers.“Beeeeeen. It’s early.”He smiles as her image appears before his eye. Is that a pillow behind her head? She hasn’t even bothered to get out of bed. “Hey Doc,” he says, his smile growing wider. She rolls her eyes at him. Zellie hates it when he calls her Doc. He can’t help it. He’s excited. “You might want to sit up for this, I have some news.”Zellie rocks back and forth, her long red hair working itself into a rat’s nest against the pillow. She is either trying to roll onto her side or fall out of bed…Ben isn’t sure which.Finally, she says, “Avery, help me.”Ben hears Avery chuckle and then sees him come into view above Zellie. He’s doing a crappy job of hiding his amusement over his pregnant wife’s predicament.Zellie swats him on the arm. “Knock it off and help me up. It’s all your fault I’m ginormous, asshat.”“Can you believe people come to her for advice?” Avery jokes to Ben as his face gets really close to Zellie’s, and then they are moving backward. “There, all better.”Ben locates his shoes and sits on the bed, slipping his special edition hemp-fiber Chucks on. When he is sure that he has Zellie’s full attention, he takes a deep breath and says, “We’ve found her.”“Penny Black? In DC?” Zellie asks, her voice going up an octave with each question.“Yup.” Ben nods enthusiastically. He rights his Ret-tech. “Lookout Command sent us new video a few hours ago.” Ben moves his eyes across the microscreen, focuses on the video icon in the top left corner and blinks once, bringing up the latest clip for Zellie. “You’re not the only one who got a 5:00 a.m. wake up call.”
He waits while Zellie watches the clip of seventeen-year-old Penny Black, a Retroact who has managed to elude capture for the past seven years, as she pauses time and rewinds a twelve-car pile-up on Interstate 66 in Virginia.
Ben shakes his head, in awe. “She collapsed after that display of badassed-ness, which is consistent with all the intel Melody’s gathered. The Highway Patrol picked Penny up off the side of the road an hour later. They were completely unaware of what she’d done and how many lives she’d saved. The cops delivered her to a juvenile detention center twenty miles from here. Christopher’s on his way now to work his mind mojo.”“Wow,” Zellie says. “She’s just…amazing. I don’t know how she’s made it this far on her own, Lookout-free, maybe not even knowing what she is. You and Christopher will be on a plane with her in the next couple hours, I assume?”“Our flight for Cali leaves at eleven DC time. I can’t believe we found her right before the term begins. The Universe seems to be goosing me again.”“You love it,” Zellie teases. “All right…” Ben can practically hear the gears in her shrink mind click into overdrive. “I’ll meet you at the Society School for an intake at three. We can put off the full psych eval for a few days.”Ben grins, blinking to close the video and send it to its folder. “Hers or mine?”
Zellie snorts. “Dude, like you didn’t fail yours the second we met. I still love you, though.”“Hey!” Avery says, from Zellie’s left. “Enough with the sweet nothings to Benji while you’re carrying my spawn.”It’s Ben’s turn to snort. “Your spawn? Nice way to talk about your son, Adams. So, I guess that makes Zel some kind of reptile?”
“Seriously?” Zellie moans, her face moving toward a beaming Avery. She kisses him. “Boys, it’s been eighteen years. Get over it.”



Author Bio
Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, FOUND, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, The Toilet Business - a collection of humorous essays, and multiple short stories. Look for her upcoming New Adult Contemporary Romance, CROSSING, Spring 2013. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she's not foolin' anybody. Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two kids and their old, smelly dog. When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or driving her kids somewhere, Stacey is at CrossFit lifting heavy things and cursing the inventor of burpees.

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One (1) signed Zellie Wells trilogy e-card (Zellie Wells is companion to the Penny Black series and this card allows a download for the complete Zellie Wells trilogy). Open internationally.





Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #31 - Countdown by Michelle Rowan


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







Title: Countdown

Author: Michelle Rowen
Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian








3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped. 

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game. 

Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis. 

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it. 

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape. 

GAME 0VER




I know, I know, another dystopian. I hope this one will be different and interesting, it does sound like it will be. I enjoyed Michelle Rowans Falling Kingdoms which was written under a pseudonym, Morgan Rhodes, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one as much when it gets released. 



What's your Waiting on Wednesday book this week?  


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Sacrifice by K.A. Last & Giveaway


Title: Sacrifice – A Fall For Me Prequel
Author: K.A. Last
Series: The Tate Chronicles, #0.5
Publication date: May, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance


Synopsis:
Seth’s heart is breaking. He knows his decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.

Grace is oblivious to Seth’s turmoil. She loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything they’ve ever been taught.

When Grace and Seth are sent on a mission to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision will play in shaping their entire future.

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?






 Book 1: 

Title: Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles #1)
Author: K. A. Last
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: January 17th 2013
Formats available: eBook and Paperback

Synopsis:
“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”

Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken…

Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person?

All hell breaks loose, that’s what.

At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally.

Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved.




Author Bio

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children and a rabbit named Twitch.



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