Saturday, 31 March 2012

***Review*** The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate

The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate

Released: March 2nd 2012
Publisher: Halycon Moon Books
Series:  No
Format:Digital ARC - Ebook
Source: From Author for review purposes.
Author Website: Barbara Forte Abate 




Summary

Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of her past.
Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 – The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control – torn apart by a shattering tragedy that remains splintered in fragments upon her soul. And it is only now, when Stevie at last lifts her eyes to stare deep into the heart of her long sequestered memories, that the long held secrets of past and future are at last unveiled...
It began in much the way of all the perfect golden summers at her aunt and uncle’s beach house. Stevie is in love with Jake, an intriguing deaf boy; so thoroughly absorbed in her new romance that she easily ignores the evidences of breakdown in her aunt and uncle’s once blissful marriage and the hairline indicators of her sister Eleanor’s role in their faltered relationship. Not until Stevie and Jake slip away from the farewell bonfire on the beach, anxious for a private moment on this last night together, will she finally be forced to confront the ugly truth of those things unfolding around her. The resulting tragedy shattering her family and leaving her emotionally paralyzed.
Although desperate to leave behind the gnawing emptiness and press of memories suffocating her life, Stevie remains helplessly bound to the family farm. She eventually lands a job as an advice columnist for the local newspaper, and only then does her life finally make a turn toward steady ground, her new position as advisor to the troubled allowing her to address her own deepest feelings of love and loss.
Even then, Stevie is infuriated when her mother hires a farm hand, Ash Waterman, irrationally rejecting his overtures of friendship – drawn to him as passionately as she feels determined to push him away.
Her silent battle is continuous; an insurmountable sense of guilt holding her to the firm conviction that she is responsible for her family’s suffering. Despite Ash’s patient love and support she is unable to smooth the painful cracks etched deep into her memories, continuing to sacrifice her future in order to shelter the sins of the past. And it is only as Stevie feels her life spiraling out of control, that she at last comes to understand the true secret of the lies she has so diligently guarded.

 My review:

I found this book to be very well written, there is an immense amount of detail to the writing. So I will warn you, this is not a fast and easy read, you just have to appreciate all the rich detail and soak it up. Sometimes I found myself taking a step back just to absorb every detail.
The story is told by the main protagonist Stevie; it starts off in the present day and then regresses back to a time in her childhood where something bad happened. It just shows the effects of where something from the past can affect you in the future. I felt that as the story progressed you shared the innermost demons of Stevie. Her whole self is stripped bare and she really does bare her soul. I really did feel for her at times. It does take a little while into the story until you find out what the tragedy is, it keeps you guessing and on tenterhooks.

A powerful story of loss, guilt, discovery and romance. Ticked a lot of right boxes for me. I really could feel the heartache and emotions of the characters. I also have to say that I fell in love with Ash; he seems to be a sweet and sensitive man. It was lovely to see the chemistry between Ash and Stevie unfurl.

I would have to say that the only negative point I had about the book is that it was a little bit slow at the beginning. It did take a little while to get going, but from then on it did grip me.

Overall I really enjoyed this book; I would recommend you read this as I do think it’s a very powerful and well written book. Bravo to the author.

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Story rating 4/5 – A very emotive and powerful read.
Cover Rating 3/5 – I liked the cover, but I do find it doesn’t grab me.

** Thank you to the author Barbara Forte Abate for supplying me with a review copy of the book**

About The Author:

Barbara Forte Abate was born in Millbrook, New York, the middle of five children. After graduating from Millbrook High School, she married young and promptly launched into the joys of family life, in short order becoming the mother of four very fabulous children, and along the way earning a doctorate from the University of Real Life.

Initially having settled in Franklin, New Jersey, she has lived with her family in a wonderful historic home in Chester County, PA, for the past fifteen years.

While increasingly challenged for several years by old house renovations and raising her children, Barbara never considered abandoning her dreams of writing. Most often composing her stories on yellow legal pads while babies napped and supper simmered (and sometimes burned) on the stove; piling up the pages until the time at last arrived to borrow a friend's typewriter and transfer her longhand scribbles onto finished pages.

While that particular milestone transpired some twenty years ago, and the aforementioned first novel has since lived a quietly rejected life in a rarely visited closet, Barbara's passion for writing has continued at a gallop. Her debut novel, "The Secret of Lies" was released on June 30, 2010.


We have some winners!! #6

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, be it new or existing followers :D There have been a few competitions going on recently. I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the winners.  Drumroll please.............

 
The winner is:
Devon Ashley @ Devon Ashley Writes
Congratulations on winning Devon, I hope you enjoy your copy of Eve by Anna Carey.





The winner is:
Leigh Anne
Congratulations on winning Leigh Anne, I hope you enjoy your copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Time Will Come #21

Every Thursday, Jodie at Books For Company hosts The Time Will Come, a weekly meme in which we list a book that we really want to read or keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books that have been on the TBR shelf for awhile now but also they can be books that have just come into my home.  I have a massive to-read pile, it seems to be growing by the day.....

If you'd like to join in?
  • Pick a book you have been meaning to read
  • Do a post telling us about the book
  • Link the post up in the linky on Jodie's blog.
  • Visit the other blogs!
  
Here is my choice for this weeks Time Will Come:
Goodreads Synopsis:
 Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents’ ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. For those spared, it’s a question of who can be trusted and who has changed... Everyone still alive has turned - some for the better (those who acquired a superhuman sense) while others for the worse (those who acquired a taste for human flesh).

Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the zombies that are on the hunt, Alex meets up with Tom - an Army veteran who escaped one war only to find something worse at home - and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse. This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to find food, shelter, while fighting off the “Changed” and those desperate to stay alive. A tense and involving adventure with shocks and sudden plot twists that will keep teen and adult readers gripped.
I really liked the sound of this one, I'm still working my way through the zombie books on my shelf.  This one does sound quite scary though, more like a zombie apocalypse.  Perhaps I wont read this one at night, I might wake up with nightmares!!  The last zombie book I read, Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel, wasn't too bad as the main love interest believe it or not was a zombie.  I was very sceptical but hey it worked.  I hope I get round to reading this soon as I think it would be a good story.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

***Review*** Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All by Hy Conrad



Released: April 1st 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Series:  No
Format:Digital ARC - Ebook
Source: Netgalley






Goodreads Synopsis:

 A series of 115 short essays written by eleven courageous canines who are willing to tell the truth about dogs every last dirty, hairy, bit of it: why they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up, why they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby, and why they're always absolutely starving. Peppered with lively, clever stories and visually appealing photographs, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know is a must-have for any dog lover. It's a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.
"If everyone owned a dog, we would have world peace. If everyone reads this book, they will go and get a dog and we will have taken a big step in the right direction. So this book can save the world."
Terrence McNally, playwright 



My Review:

 What a charming and funny book this was. A very entertaining and light read. As a dog lover I found myself chuckling and nodding in agreement at some of the antics and views of the dogs. My Chocolate Labrador doesn’t need to learn any new tricks he pretty much could have written the book. Especially the part where one dog said he was constantly hungry and was never full...... mmm... I know a certain pooch who could certainly relate to that.

 The layout was so refreshing it was colourful and quirky. It really was a joy to pore over the pages. At first I thought this book would be good for children too, but there was one dog story in there that wasn’t quite suitable.

I like how the book first of all introduces all the dogs and gives a brief and hysterical description of their lives; there were some really sweet and nutty dogs mixed in. This would be a good present to give a dog lover. I know I would have loved it as a gift!!


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Story 3/5 – I did like this book, the stories were sweet and funny.

Cover 3/5 – The cover is really cute, but it doesn’t scream buy me.

** Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for the review copy. **

Wishlist Wednesday #26

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com/) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 
 
 
Goodreads Synopsis:
 
 34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace.

Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby?

Genie meets Denis. Missing two years now, but hasn't grown an inch. Rian is haunted by Renée, who insists she's not actually dead. Soon they discover the terrible truth about Reverend Schneider and worse, Genie is next ... and Rian can't do a thing to prevent it.

The Repossession is just the beginning.
 
 
 I spotted this one on my travels in London on Saturday, the cover was a wowee and the blurb sounded just my kind of thing.  Just the first line has me hooked "34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace."  I was discussing this book with Dani @ Pen to Paper and we both agreed that it was definitely a wishlist book.  So I really hope I can get my hands on a copy soon,  I want to find out what the heck is going on with the 34 missing kids...........

Monday, 26 March 2012

Musing Mondays #4


Musing Mondays is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week MizB asks a book related question and we have to give our answers.

This week’s musing asks…

 Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good — one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it?

I used to go to a small local charity bookshop in my nearest town and have a look through the books.  There were always new books in all the time.  I remember seeing  this book catch my eye and thought mmmm this looks like a weird and wonderful book.  

It was The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Just the title of this book made me want to read it. After reading the blurb on the back I have to say it was nothing to what I was expecting. But I thought I'd give it a try anyway and you know what..... I really really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it that  much  I went and bought another book by this author the same day, Oryx & Crake.  I still have to read Oryx & Crake by the way, but it's a book I'm saving for a rainy day. 


Goodreads Synopsis: The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood

 The sun brightens in the east, reddening the blue-grey haze that marks the distant ocean. The vultures roosting on the hydro poles fan out their wings to dry them. The air smells faintly of burning. The waterless flood - a man-made plague - has ended the world.

But two young women have survived: Ren, a young dancer trapped where she worked, in an upmarket sex club (the cleanest dirty girls in town); and Toby, who watches and waits from her rooftop garden.

Is anyone else out there?

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Mail Box Sunday (IMM) - Weekly Round Up #20 (V-Log)

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another Mail Box Sunday. I'm going to share what goodies I've had in this week.  This week they are all paperbacks.  Due to huge amount of books I've had this week I thought I'd do a video.  I hope you enjoy watching it :)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @
The Story Siren - what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D









What books did you get in your mailbox this week?  Leave a comment and a link and I will have a peek :D

Friday, 23 March 2012

Friday Recommends #12

Friday Recommends is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Pen To Paper.  This is where we list a book we would highly recommend. 

I'm quite excited about this new feature as one of the things I love is being able to share the news about a great book.  We've all been there!  After reading a fab book you want to shout out to the world how great it is.


The rules for Friday Recommends are:
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book that you've read, and have enjoyed enough to recommend to other readers. It can be a book you've read recently, or a book you read years ago - it's up to you - but make sure you tell us why you love the book (like a mini review). You make the post as long or as short as you like.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post after posting your blog post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!


Goodreads Synopsis:


When Professor Bacci inadvertently unlocks the biochemical key to falling in love and develops a drug capable of creating emotions indistinguishable from the real thing, he is determined that the world benefits from his discovery.

A private Swiss bank steps in, owned by the secretive Kappel family, and offers to fund Bacci’s drug. What Bacci doesn’t know is the Helmut Kappel has his own plan for abusing the drug’s power; a cynical nightmare of breathtaking arrogance far removed from Bacci’s naïve vision.

Only two people can stop Kappel’s dark vision. One is Bacci’s daughter Isabella, a doctor dedicated to saving lives. The other is Kappel’s son and heir, Max, a man raised to feel no emotion and show no pain, a killer apparently incapable of love. But before they confront Kappel they must first confront their feelings for each other.



I have to say I am a huge fan of this authors work.  I read this book a few years ago and would quite happily read it again and again.  I find his stories to be really exciting and fast paced.  Each time this author brings out a new book I'm really eager to get my hands on a copy.  This has to be one of my favoruite books by him.  If you haven't read any of his books I suggest you try them!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Kick-Butt Characters Giveaway Hop (Int)

This giveaway is open to International followers, so if the Book Depository ships to you, yes you can enter!!  Click HERE to see if the Book Depository ships to your country.

This Giveaway Hop is co-hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer & Good Choice Reading


To find details of the hop and the links click Here




 So what is up for grabs??  Well the winner will get to choose one book from the Book Depository up to the value of £10 or $15(USD) that features a butt-kicking character.

 So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will choose one book of their choice from the Book Depository.
  • ·         Open to International Followers·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end 28th March 2012
  • Please don't leave your email address in the comments box

The Time Will Come #20

Every Thursday, Jodie at Books For Company hosts The Time Will Come, a weekly meme in which we list a book that we really want to read or keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books that have been on the TBR shelf for awhile now but also they can be books that have just come into my home.  I have a massive to-read pile, it seems to be growing by the day.....

If you'd like to join in?
  • Pick a book you have been meaning to read
  • Do a post telling us about the book
  • Link the post up in the linky on Jodie's blog.
  • Visit the other blogs!
  
Here is my choice for this weeks Time Will Come:
 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts, and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other for the first time, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel strongly that something, or someone, is haunting them. They’re wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it’s neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It’s Alan’s cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life—and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney, but everything around her…. Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love—and introducing an exciting new YA voice in Steven Wedel—this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.
 
 
 
This book has been sat on the bookcase for a few months now.  I really love the cover, isn't it awesome. I have to say that it was the cover that first drew me to the book.  When I read the blurb I really liked the mix of paranormal and romace.  I've heard some good reviews about this book, so I think it's high time I got cracking and read it. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #25

Every Wednesday, Dani at Pen To Paper features Wishlist Wednesday, a meme in which you can list a book that you really want to read or keep meaning to get. These are books that you want to add to your wishlist, and believe me there are plenty!  I've decided to use Dani's feature every Wednesday :)

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (http://www.pentopaperblog.com/) somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

So here is my book for this weeks Wishlist Wednesday:
 

Goodreads Synopsis:
 
Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet. 

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.


This book sounds really good, a teenager trying to battle his way in a post apocalyptic world.  One where it is covered in ash because of a super volcano erupting.  Mother Nature can be very powerful at times, it just shows how insignificant man can be when things happen on a grand scale.  I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this.  It sounds interesting :)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #11

Every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish  hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a meme in which a new and different top ten list appears. 

This weeks Top Ten list is:


 Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list




Scarlet by A C Gaughen - This is a review book from Netgalley.  I think it's going to be my next one to read as I have been looking forward to reading it.

Straight To Hell by Michelle Scott.  I'm part of a blog tour being hosted by Dani @ Pen to Paper of book 2 in the Lilith Straigh series (Straight Shot).  So I thought I'd best get a wiggle on and read and review book one then I'm ready for the blog tour of book two.

To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.  I have been promising my friend Julie I would read this book.  She read it about a month ago and thought it was brilliant.  I did say I would get it read, it is one book I have been meaning to read for years and years.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - Seeing as though the Hunger Games is coming out as a film I thought I'd best get book two in the series read.  No excuse really for not reading this as I loved the Hunger Games. It's also a  book I've listed  in the 2012 tbr Pile Reading Challege


Partials by Dan Wells - This is a review book from Netgalley.  I really need to crack on with some more review books.  This one looks fantastic, I am really really looking forward to reading it.


The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crimes #1) by Jasper Fforde - I'm going to a Jasper Fforde weekend book event with Dani @ Pen To Paper in June, so I could do with reading a couple more of his books.  I read Shades of Grey a little while back and loved it.  So hopefully this one will live up to the same standard.


Everneath by Brodi Ashton - This one I am really looking forward to.  I haven't had it long but I am dying to read it.  The blurb sounds wonderful :)

Timeless by Gail Carriger - Oh how I love this series!  This book was only released a few weeks ago and I just had to get my hands on a copy.  I will be looking forward to seeing what Alexia gets up to :)


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver - I really enjoyed Delirium and look forward to seeing what happens next.  One of those books I have been really looking forward to being released.


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - This book had been on my wishlist for months, so it was lovely to be able to get my hands on a copy. I can't wait to read it.

***Review*** BeSwitched by Molly Snow




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Released: September 14th 2011
Publisher:Smashwords
Series:  Yes #1 in the BeSwitched series
Format:E-book
Source: Given to me for review by Author
Goodreads Synopsis
When a magical black cat, Surla, runs away from her bombastic witch, Idis, she has no idea that she will soon be living as a teenage girl, confronting both the mean girls and the popular—and very cute—guys of Washington High on a daily basis.

While Surla may look like Cathy, her peers notice a dramatic change in her personality when she starts standing up for herself, dressing differently, snagging dates, and picking up strange habits. Meanwhile, the witch Idis is a flaming red-haired fury as she awkwardly tries to fit into society. She must hunt down her familiar in order to be able to continue performing spells. In spite of their circumstances, Surla and Cathy learn more about themselves and gain great self esteem by being each other. Not only this, but the usual drama and young love in high school life is kindled in BeSwitched as Todd, the handsome quarterback, shows sincere interest in Cathy. The "curse" of being BeSwitched winds up being the most purr-fect secret these new best friends could ever have!



My Review:
I was given a copy of this book to review from the author.

The story kicks off with Surla a downtrodden black witches cat. Surla’s life is made hell by the witch who owns her. Idis the witch is cruel, menacing and a downright rotter. She pushes Surla too far one day and the cat decides to run away. But there are consequences to this..... there is a rule to the black cats law, Surla has to switch bodies with a lonesome soul. This is where Cathy the shy teenager comes in. After being outcast and bullied in school and feeling downright miserable will this be the answer to her problems?? Meanwhile witch Idis is not happy that Surla has gone and is hellbent on finding her. 

I found this book to be a very light and easy read. I flew through the story as it took me no time to read it. I have read books that have had characters switch bodies, so it was quite a refreshing change to have one of them as a black cat instead of two humans switching bodies. Molly has a really easy writing style, which is just perfect for when you want a simple no nonsense read. I managed to get into to this book right from the start, with some books I have to get settled in after a couple of chapters, but not in the case of BeSwitched.

I really liked the characters in this book. My favourite would have to be Surla the black cat, I really enjoyed reading about her; both in cat and human form. I certainly look forward to reading more of her escapades in the rest of the series.

I did enjoy this light hearted book, it was fun and frothy. I will definetly be reading book two in the series, BeSwitched Witch.

This story would be suitable for 13+ readers.

Story 4/5 – Nice for a bit of light magical escapism.

Cover 3/5 – I’m not all that keen on this type of cover, however the picture is relevant to the story.

About The Author:

 Molly Snow, Founder of BreezyReads.com, wrote BeSwitched when she was just sixteen. As a bestselling author’s personal assistant at age twenty, she decided to do what her boss did and self publish. At age twenty-three, BeSwitched made its debut. Snow is married to her high school crush, has a set of silly twin boys and a bob-tailed cat named Meow-Meow.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Musing Mondays #3

 
Musing Mondays is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.  Each week MizB asks a book related question and we have to give our answers.

This week’s musing asks…

 Would you choose to review a book if its description sounded interesting, but the cover was terrible?


Well that is an easy one for me to answer, the answer is yes I would still read a book even if the cover was horrid.  I'm a firm believer of not judging a book by its cover.  The main thing I look at before I choose whether or not to review a book is the  synopsis, sometimes a few sentences can really suck me into reading a book.   Just because a book doesn't have a great cover does not necessarly mean the story is going to be rubbish. 

I read many books on the kindle, sometimes these do not have covers at all!  Does that mean I don't read them...... well no :P

I must add though, I have been drawn to books in bookstores purely because of a cover.  I have even been guilty of buying a book purely for the cover alone.  I have found this technique does not always work, as I have had books with the most gorgeous cover but upon reading them found I couldn't even get past the first 50 pages.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mail Box Sunday (IMM) - Weekly Round Up #19

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another Mail Box Sunday. I'm going to share what goodies I've had in this week.  This week they are all e-books, so I don't feel too guilty about the teetering paperback TBR pile.  Mind you in less than a weeks time I will be hitting London with Dani @ Pen to Paper, so I can't promise the odd paperback wont sneak in next weeks IMM.  I'm trying to be good and reduce my physical bookpile but really this is never going to happen.......... :P

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren - what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D


E-Books this week:


 This was kindly sent to me from the author for review.

Goodreads Synopsis:
"May today be the day she dies," Jonathan said.

Fable Ketterling is the only immortal in the last city on earth. Thirteen hundred and five years of captivity, fame, and death.

Temperance Day is the only day Fable sees the sun, and each year, she hopes it’s her last.







This was kindly sent to me by the author for review.


Goodreads Synopsis:
 Raiders have attacked Danu’s temple, slaughtering its defenders. The artifacts that are the last hope for the survival of the fey are in danger. With Changelings out to kill him, and goblins determined to abduct him, Lugh’s on a quest to find a stronghold for those treasures. Perhaps he should have thought twice before seeking a safe haven in the territory of shape-changing, fire-breathing dragon.








This was kindly sent to me by the author for review.


Goodreads Synopsis:


Chloe Masters’s world changes in a heartbeat and all she did was touch a doorknob.

When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her fathers magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.

When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses whats left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.

Book one of the Doorknob Society series.





I won a copy of this e-book from Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews.


Goodreads Synopsis:


On the banks of a sleepy bayou, a lost soul is nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, waiting and watching in the darkness of the shadows. He is feverishly seeking the past but is inevitably snared in the present and will stop at nothing to find his destiny. Alarmed by this lost soul that stalks her while she sleeps, Analise Michaels struggles to find meaning within her dreams. Instead, she finds danger down the street, across the ocean, and through the realms of time without ever leaving town. Analise is not like other teenagers. She can see and hear what others refuse to acknowledge. As Analise navigates the tangled web of drama and hysterics during her senior year of high school, she finds an unlikely friend and makes several enemies along the way. Her life becomes inescapably intertwined with an enigmatic stranger she must depend upon to help her unravel the mystery behind her haunted dreams and finally release the Shadows of Destiny.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

***Review*** A Million Suns by Beth Revis





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Released: January 10th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Series:  Yes #2 in the Across The Universe series
Format: Hardcover
Source:  Bought
Goodreads Synopsis
 Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.


 My Review:
“And here we are, in the middle, surrounded by a sea of stars.
A million suns.
Any of them could hold a planet. Any of them could hold a home.
But all of them are out of reach.”

This book is amazing. A Millions Suns, did not disappoint me in the slightest. I found myself so absorbed in this book, it was like an obsession, I just had to finish it. But now I’ve finished it, I feel quite sad, it's a whole year for the release of book three.

This one will definitely feature as one of my top five books of the year. Sheer awesomeness.
The story kicks off pretty much from where book one, Across The Universe, left off. It’s action packed and left me feeling quite exhilarated. It flowed all the way through. Beth Revis has a really nice writing style, one I’m very comfortable with.

This is definitely a series that you need to read in order, do not attempt to read a Million Suns before you have read Across The Universe, it will totally baffle you.

It was good to see more character development, there was certainly more depth to Amy and Elder. This book certainly gives you more to think about, all the characters have flaws, this is good as no one is perfect. There were some twists in the plot and I was certainly left guessing in places.

I highly recommend this book and suggest you rush out and get a copy now. Go on! What are you waiting for :D. It’s so frexing good!!

I’m no eagerly awaiting book three, which I believe is being published in January 2013. I will certainly be getting a copy as soon as it’s released. I really want to see what happens next!!

Story 5/5 – Ticked every box for me, I cannot fault this book.
Cover 5/5 – I love the colour scheme and it really does capture what the story is about.

About The Author -Short Bio:


Beth Revis is the author of the NY Times Bestselling Across the Universe series, published by Razorbill/Penguin in the US and available in 17 countries. The first book in the trilogy, Across the Universe, is a “cunningly executed thriller” according to Booklist, and the second book, A Million Suns, was hailed by the LA Times as “a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up.” The final book of the trilogy, Shades of Earth, will be released in early 2013.
A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog. Her goals include travelling around the world in 80 days, exploring the moon, and finding Narnia.
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Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.

 
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