Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sunday Showcase #1

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and that means another chance to peek at what I've had in the post this week.  I'm doing something different now, so here is my first ever Showcase Sunday post :D

I've really had a good few weeks with book hauls, but this week has been a little on the quiet side, so sorry guys no video this week.

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea- what a great way to see what everyone else has had in their mailboxes :D


For Review:



 Confessions Of An Average Half Vampire by Lisa Shafer - I had this e-book kindly sent to me by the author for review.


What I Bought:





The Selection by Kiera Cass - I bought this one from the Book Depository.  The cover is so beautiful!!


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

**  Signed Copy of Soulless by Gail Carriger up for grabs. Open to Everyone, click HERE to enter giveaway :)**

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Signed Copy) Giveaway (Int)

Gail Carriger (on left) and Emily Ladybird (on right)
Didn't I have a lovely day, the day I went to Nottingham :)

 Well a week and a half ago I was very fortunate to be asked by Dani @ Pen to Paper if I would like to go on a little adventure.

So off we went to an author talk by the lovely Gail Carriger at Waterstones in Nottingham.  Gail Carriger is author of the Parasol Protectorate series, the first book in the series is called Soulless.

 Anyway back to the fabulous event. When we arrived we were met with a lovely table of cakes and Pimms, yum yum! 

 Well, it was a great evening of Steampunk and books, books, books all mixed into one.  I had an awesome time!

Some of the amazing outfits
There were some of the most amazing Steampunk inspired outfits I have ever had the pleasure of clapping my eyes on.  I really did feel under-dressed in my jeans and cardigan.

The author talk consisted of Gail reading a chapter from one of her books and answering a vast amount of questions from the audience.  Then came the book signing, yay.  I manage to get four books signed, two for me and two for you lovely followers. I also managed to get a picture with Gail.  If you want to see more photos from the event then you can visit my facebook blog page. HERE

 So this giveaway is for a signed copy of Soulless, this is book one in the Parasol Protectorate series.  It's open to International followers.


 So here are the details:
  • There will be 1 winner - The winner will get a signed copy of Soulless.
  • ·         Open to International Followers·      
  • You must fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter
  • Giveaway will end 8th May 2012
  • Please don't leave your email address in the comments box

Wishlist Wednesday #29

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:
 
 Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back.

It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2—a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world.

But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now—a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun. ..
 
 
I thought this one sounded something different from what I would normally pick up.  I really like the sound of the blurb, I'm really interested to find out what the sinister reason for no one going there is.  Sounds very intriguing.......  I suppose since reading Across The Universe by Beth Revis it has given me a taste for outer space ;)  I think it's time this one was added to the wishlist, I hope I get a copy soon!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #12

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:



Ten All Time Favourite Characters





#1 Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - Bitter and twisted, Miss Havisham is a complex and haunting character.  Jilted as a bride on her wedding day, her bitterness overflows and corrupts other people lives.  I remember being fascinated by her when I read Great Expectations at school.


#2 Sookie Stackhouse from  The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris - This Southern gal is just awesome.  The things she has faced most people would have run a mile from.  A real action packed gal who has a heart of gold.  She is one of my all time favourite characters and I just love her!!


#3 Elder in Across The Universe by Beth Revis - I love this character, he has his flaws but overall he comes across as a lovely guy.  So much rests on his shoulders, you have to admire him for keeping his cool.  


#4 Bram from Dearly Departed by Lia Habel - Yes he is a zombie, but he is a really sweet natured guy at heart,  I never thought I would think zombie romance would work but it does and Bram has turned into a real heart throb lol.  I really loved the chemistry between Bram & Nora.


#5 Pressia from Pure by Julianna Baggott - Despite living through a total world apocalypse and having a doll head fused to her hand, Pressia is a such an admirable character.  She really does have some spirit and fight, especially when those she loves are threatened.  To have grown up in a world like this and come out of it with such amazing qualities is admirable.


#6 Lord Akeldama from The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger - A gay and flamboyant vampire, he can be a lot of fun but also has some series sides. Especially when it comes to Biffy one of his drones, he is protective and you can see genuine emotion.  I really liked the fun and frivolity of Lord Akeldama.  He injected some humor into the books.  I really enjoyed this character immensely.


#7 Aurora Teagarden from the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris - A super sleuthing gal who also happens to be a librarian.  I love Roe she is such a sweet and likable character, who deep down her a certain grit about her.  She faces so much drama in her life it's a wonder she can still function normally.  I really liked this character.


#8 Mort from Mort by Terry Pratchett - I read this book in my teens and it is one of my favourite Discworld books because it has Mort in it.  Poor Mort finds that he has to become Death's apprentice.  Along this journey he comes across as a very likable and lovable character.  It's not easy becoming an apprentice for one of the most feared people.  I will be reading this book again sometime soon as I loved it and loved the character Mort :)


#9 Hagrid from Harry Potter series by J K Rowling - I think this big bear of a man is lovely.  He can be clumsy at times and has a penchant for weird and sometimes dangerous creatures.  You can really see the love he has for Harry, it really is quite touching.  Hagrid is one of my favourite characters from the books.  He is awesome!


#10 Precious Ramotswe from The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith - I think this character is superb.  She is totally unconventional, she does not follow the norm of any unmarried ladies.  She sells her late Father's farm and sets up a ladies detective agency,  She can be very steely and determined, this lady know what she wants but also she has a very tender heart.  I loved the rich culture of this character and also her setting in Botswana.




What do you think of these characters?  Who is your all time favourite character in a book?

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Mail Box Sunday (IMM) - Weekly Roundup #23 (Vlog)

Hi Guys!  It's Sunday again and this means times for another Mail Box Sunday.  This week I've had a huge amount of paperback, so I thought it would be good to do another 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

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop

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 & One A Day YA


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).



 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 25th April 2012
  • Please don't leave your email address in the comments box

***Review*** Straight To Hell by Michelle Scott

Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott


Released:  September 8th 2011
Publisher: Self Published
Series: Yes #1 in the Lilith Straight series
Format: Kindle
Source: From Author for review purposes.
Find At: Goodreads | Smashwords | Amazon | Amazon UK
Author Website: Michelle Scott





Goodreads Synopsis:

The moment Lilith Straight dies, the Devil appears to claim her soul and cash in on a family curse. Now, Lilith has no choice but to work for him. The job is bad, the boss is worse and she can’t imagine how she’ll explain her new reincarnation to her eight-year-old daughter. But then an arrogant, yet oh so yummy, incubus shows up…and hell heats up just a little more.

My Review:

Imagine one day you have a normal hectic life of a thirty something, and then the next day you are involved in an accident and wake up in Hell. Well this is what happens to Lilith Straight. Upon her arrival in Hell Lilith finds out she is bound by a past generations bargain with the devil. This bargain is that it makes all female descendants a succubus. They have to use their charm and inner demon to do tasks. . There is only one descendant at a time who has to become a succubus, so when Lilith’s mother Carrie passes away the role is then passed on to Lilith. Lilith is taken to the office of Miss Spry, who is the evil antagonist. Miss Spry is very much like the office boss with a demonic kick.

This is a fun and light read, I also really liked the feel and tempo of this book. It’s very much tongue in cheek and at times can be quite humorous. There is a bit of romance in the book but not too much to make it all mushy and gooey. Some really good characters, I really liked Lilith, Miss Spry and Mr Clarke, they really were good. I hope I see more of them in book two.

The main character Lilith is very likeable. There are many things I could relate to her with. Her life is very complex and she is certainly a walking disaster. But nevertheless you can really sympathise with the poor lady, at times most normal people would have been ripping their hair out. You can see that she really adores her daughter Grace. It’s not easy working on behalf of the devil and keeping a family going.

The main reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star rating was the fact that I could put it down, I know when a book is 5 star as I can’t eat or sleep for wanting to read it. This was missing for me. All the correct components were there, but it just missed out on a top rating.

Would I read more books by this author, yes I would! Her writing style is very relaxed and easy going.

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 Story Rating: 4/5 - Just missed out on a five star rating.
Cover Rating: 3/5 - I do like the cover, but it does need a little improvement.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #28

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:

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
This one sounds fabulous but a little scary.  A civilisation has been implanted with computer chips which have eradicated people's emotions.  People are basically controlled by a computer.  OK yes there is no war or bad acts, but then again free thought and all the good things have also been eradicated.  However one girl, Zoe seems to have a glitch.  Mmmmm this does sound interesting and I really adore the cover, so pretty!!!  One to add to the wishlist.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Dusty Reads #1

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted by Xpresso Reads. This is where you feature a book that has been sitting unread on your bookcase for some time. If you want to participate  in this meme or for more information, click here.
This is my first time participating in Dusty Reads!




This week I have chosen:

 The Girl in The Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Goodreads Synopsis:

 She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right.
Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset.

I've only really got into steam punk and I have to say that I find it really fascinating.  I love the back drop of Victorian times mixed in with the brilliant and decadent minds of the inventors, such a wonderful blend.  Anyway back to this book, sadly it has been sat on the shelf for too long now and I really must get on and read it.  I have book two waiting to be read  - The Girl With The Clockwork Collar.



Monday, 16 April 2012

We have a winner!! #7

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 winner of the Chocolate Chunky Munkie Hoppy Easter Eggstaviganza Giveaway.  Drumroll please.............


 
The winner is:
Congratulations on winning Beth, I hope you enjoy your copy of The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter.

Taste by Kate Evangelista - Book Trailer & Excerpt Reveal

Taste by Kate Evangelista


Released: TBA
Author Website: Kate Evangelista

I'm really excited to be part of the grand reveal for Taste.  It sounds a fantastic book!  Be sure to check out all the info and click on the links.

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.


Book Trailer:









An Excerpt from Taste:


I sat up and followed Calixta’s gaze upward. I rubbed my eyes. I didn’t know what I was seeing at first. A statue? ¬My brain refused to snap together coherent thoughts. I didn’t realize I’d fallen so close to one of the garden benches until I stared up at the boy that sat on one. He was strikingly beautiful. His tumble of blonde hair curled just above his sculpted cheekbones. He wore a silk shirt and a loosened cravat, like he’d become bored while dressing and decided to leave himself in disarray. His ivory skin and frozen position was what had me mistaking him for something carved from marble by Michelangelo. Then he sighed—a lonely, breathy proof of life. If I had to imagine what Lucifer looked like before he fell from heaven, the boy on the bench would certainly fulfill that image. My brain told me I had to look away, but I couldn’t.
“Luka,” Calixta said again, her voice unsure, almost nervous. It no longer contained the steel and bite she had threatened me with, which made me wonder who the boy was.
He leaned on his hands and crossed his legs, all the while keeping his eyes fixed on the night sky. His movements spoke of elegance and control. I’d encountered many people with breeding before, but his took on the air of arrogance and self-assuredness of someone used to getting what he wanted when he wanted it.
I only realized I’d been holding my breath when my lungs protested. I exhaled. My heart sputtered and restarted with a vengeance. Luka tore his gaze away from the stars and settled it on me. I’d expected pitch-black irises, like the other Night Students, but blue ice stared back at me.
“Human,” he whispered.
He reached out, and with a finger, followed an invisible trail down my cheek. I stiffened. His touch, cooler than Demitri’s, caused warm sparks to blossom on my face. He lifted his finger to his lips and licked its tip. He might as well have licked me from the way my body shivered.
Luka’s curious gaze held mine. “Leave us,” he said, but not to me.
“But—” Calixta protested like a spoiled child.
He spoke in a language I hadn’t heard before, remaining calm yet firm. The words had a rolling cadence I couldn’t quite follow, like rumbling thunder in the distance. They contained a harsh sensuality. The consonants were hard and the vowels were long and lilting.
Footsteps retreated behind me.
Luka reached out again.
It took me a minute to realize he wanted to help me up. I hesitated. He smiled. I smiled back timidly and took his hand, completely dazzled. Even with my uniform soaked from melted snow, I didn’t feel cold—all my attention was on him and the way his callused hand felt on mine. Without moving much from his seated position, he helped me stand.
“What’s your name?” he asked. He had a voice like a familiar lullaby. It filled my heart to the brim with comfort.
I swallowed and tried to stop gawking. “Phoenix.”
“The bird that rose from the ashes.” Luka bent his head and kissed the back of my hand. “It’s a pleasure meeting you.”
My cheeks warmed. My head reeled, not knowing what to think. I couldn’t understand why I felt drawn to him. And the strange connection frightened me.
From behind, someone gripped my arms and yanked me away before I could sort out the feelings Luka inspired in me. I found myself behind a towering figure yet again. Recognizing the blue-black silk for hair tied at the nape, relief washed over me. Calixta hadn’t come back to finish me off.
Demitri’s large hand wrapped around my wrist. Unlike the night before, no calm existed in his demeanor. He trembled like a junky in need of a fix. The coiled power in his tense muscles vibrated into me.
“What are you doing here?” Demitri asked.
I didn’t know he’d spoken to me until I saw his expressionless profile. I sighed.
“Phoenix.”
I flinched. The ruthless way he said my name punched all the air out of me. “You owe me answers,” I said with as much bravado as I could muster.
“I owe you nothing.” He glared. “In fact, you owe me your life.”
“I don’t think so.”
Ignoring my indignation, he faced Luka, who’d remained seated on the bench during my exchange with Demitri. “Why is she with you, Luka?”
“I wasn’t going to taste her, if that’s what you’re implying,” Luka said. “Although, she is simply delicious. I wouldn’t mind if you left us alone.”
There it was again. Taste. The word that kept coming up between these Night Students and I was connected to it in an increasingly uncomfortable way. To taste meant to sample, but what? My flesh? They had to be joking because the alternative wasn’t funny.
“The sins of the father …” Demitri left his sentence unfinished.
Luka’s smile shifted into a snarl. “Obey my command.” His chin lifted. “Kneel.”
Demitri’s stance went rigid. His grip tightened around my wrist.
Okay, weird just got weirder. Why would Luka want Demitri to kneel before him? I thought back to Eli and the others bowing to Demitri when he questioned them, but they didn’t kneel. Seriously? Were they all living on a different planet or something?
“Kneel.” Luka’s detestable smirk made his features sinister rather than angelic. The real Lucifer: a fallen angel.
Without letting go of my wrist, Demitri knelt down on one knee and bowed his head, his free hand flat at the center of his chest. “Your command has been obeyed,” he said formally.
Luka nodded once.
Demitri stood up and pulled me toward the school without telling me where we were going. Not having the time to thank Luka for saving me from Calixta, I risked a glance back. Luka smiled at me. His smile spoke of whispers, secrets, and promises to be shared on a later date.

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.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Mail Box Sunday (IMM) - Weekly Round Up #22 (V-log)

Hi Guys! Yes you've guessed, it is indeed Sunday, and this means another Mail Box Sunday.  I've had a huge amount of paperbacks in this week, so I thought I would do another 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







A Million Suns by Beth Revis ( click HERE for my review)
My Hunger Games Necklace made by PrettyLittleCharmsUK

Look out for my upcoming post of the Author Event with Gail Carriger.  I will be posting this in a few days time.  Also don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the signed Soulless giveaway that will be happening in the next few weeks.

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

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Time Will Come #22

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 uhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=1938482608550076693p in the linky on Jodie's blog.
  • Visit the other blogs!
  
Here is my choice for this weeks Time Will Come:
 
 

Goodreads Synopsis:
 
 The classic tale of witchcraft. Reissued for the first time in 14 years. Seventeenth century England is a place of superstition and fear. Deep in the Forest of Pendle, people have been dying in mysterious circumstances. The locals whisper of witchcraft, but Squire Roger Nowell, in charge of investigating the deaths, dismisses the claims as ridiculous. Until a series of hideous desecrations forces Roger and his cousin Margery to look further into the rumours. And what they discover brings them face to face with the horrifying possibility that a coven of witches is assembling, preparing to unleash a campaign of evil and destruction.

Robert Neill's novel is a classic tale of witchcraft set in a wild inaccessible corner of Lancashire and in a time when the ancient fear of demons and witches was still a part of life... and death.
 

 


I won this one a few months ago in a giveaway.  I think it sounds such a good book. I haven't read any books about the Pendle Witches, it's something I've always wanted to read about.  So I think this would be a great book to learn more about it.  I really want to get round to this one soon.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

***Review*** Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter


Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter

Released: March 27th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Yes #2 in the Goddess Test series
Format: Digital ARC - Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Buy At: Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Author Website: Aimee Carter




Goodreads Synopsis:

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone.

My Review:

I have to say I absolutely love stories about Greek mythology. As a child my parents would often watch films about this subject. So I’ve grown up with a love of all things mythological. 

Goddess Interrupted is book two in the Goddess Test series, so I would recommend you read the first book which is called Goddess Test. The story carries on from the first book. Therefore I am not going to give too much of the story away in my review and I don’t want it to be a spoiler for people who have not read Goddess Test.

I have to say I was not disappointed with this book. The characters and the story line were great. I got a real taste of each characters nature and flaws. There’s a good mixture of heroes and villains, just enough to keep the reader on their toes.

The writing style flows nicely, which is what I enjoy in a book. Just enough detail without bogging the reader down.

The main character Kate was very likeable; she had certain qualities I could admire. She is by no means perfect, even if she is immortal. Sometimes it really does the reader good seeing character’s flaws, it somehow makes them more relatable. Well I just think Kate was awesome.

Would I read the next book in the series...... YES I would!! So I do highly recommend this book. But make sure you read Goddess Test first, this book follows on from there and you may get a little confused otherwise.

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Story 4/5 – If you love a good love story with elements of the Greek Mythology then read this.

Cover Rating: 5/5 – I have to say that this cover really appeals to me, I love it. The girl is gorgeous and very goddess like.

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

About The Author:

From the author biography ~


Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her first novel for young adults, The Goddess Test, will be published by Harlequin Teen in May 2011. The sequel, Goddess Interrupted, will follow in February 2012.


I'm really not very interesting at all. I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.

I'm represented by the magical Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio, and on very rare occasions I blog over at WordPress.

Wishlist Wednesday #28

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:
 
 It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
 
 I spotted this the other day and thought wow This sounds an interesting book, could be just my kind of thing.  The cover is very eye catching too, but it does look a bit creepy.  I've only started to read these kind of books and to be honest I never thought it would be my thing; just shows it's good to try something new.  This one is not out until June so I eagerly await its release :) 

Monday, 9 April 2012

Musing Mondays #5

 
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…

 What do you think are the top 5 books every woman should read?

Mmmm I have to say that I'm not finding this one easy......

The top of my list would have to be Men Are From Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray.  Even thought I didn't give this book top marks, I still found it an amusing read that I think all women should read.  Just don't take it too seriously.

The second would be The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.  There is a lesson to be learned here that working for a horrendous boss can be destructive.  Yes we all love fashion, well I do, but to what extreme do you put up with bad behaviour for the love of a career in fashion.

Undead & Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.  Well I had to throw some paranormal in there somewhere.  I love this book, as even though Betsy the main character is a newly turned vampire she doesn't lose her love of shoes.  A light tongue in cheek book that had me in stitches for hours.  I've read most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  I have to say Miss Havisham is one of my favourite female characters in this book.  It is a lesson that all ladies sure don't want to end up bitter and like her.   


Star Gazing by Linda Gillard.  This has one of my favourite heroes in, Keir is just my cup of tea.  All ladies need some romance and Keir from Star Gazing certainly fits the bill. Yummy :)
 

Barbara Forte Abate - Author Interview

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.


First of all I would like to welcome Barbara Forte Abate and thank her for taking part in this author interview.  I have to say that I very much enjoyed  The Secret of Lies.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve pretty much had every reason NOT to be a writer, but I’m stubborn enough not to pay attention to sound reasoning. Roadblocks have always inspired me to look for detours. And hearing “No” has always made me dig deeper in pursuit of a “Yes.” Even so, as much as I love the writing life, my biggest accomplishment first and foremost can be weighed and measured in the wisdom and beauty of my four amazing children. (Hubby is pretty cool, too.)

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I can’t recall a time when I didn’t want to be a writer, but it isn’t something that’s come easy. I can only say that even at those times when nothing was going right, I couldn’t/wouldn’t consider giving up and throwing down the pen beyond a few sulky days here and there. It’s definitely helpful that I was, and continue to be, equal parts foolish, determined, and incredibly naïve. Otherwise I might’ve recognized how very difficult it would be to pursue such a dreamy vocation, particularly with limited tools.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
The Secret of Lies is a story of an idyllic childhood tragically broken by sins, lies and deceit, the consequences of which hold firm in an uncertain future marked by guilt, regret, and suspicion that threatens to extinguish the quavering light of forgiveness, love, and redemption.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am not a fast moving writer. Every book is a process that spans years, so it’s pretty thrilling for me to report that I just sent off my latest book to my agent for review, and another is currently in edits. Because it’s such a long journey from start to finish, I’m something of an exuberantly bouncing buffoon when the day comes that I’m actually typing THE END.

Your favourite authors?
Harper Lee, Truman Capote, & Alice Hoffman are long time favorites. Newly discovered are JoAnn Beard (In Zanesville, The boys of My Youth) & Laura Hillenbrandt (Unbroken, Seabiscuit).

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ, hands down. I would be far too overwhelmed to actually eat with Him sitting across from me, but I figure He will be able to answer all those questions I have simmering on the back burner. I’d also like His opinion on how I’d doing with this whole business of life thing, and any issues I need a tune-up on.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I have a feeling I haven’t been to the place I’d most like to live yet, so I think I’d have to travel around a bit first before I can know for sure. I can assure you it will not be a hot climate (I hate to perspire!). I’m definitely a cool weather person.

If you could travel back in time to a certain event in history, what would it be?
I truly believe that most things happen for a reason even if we can’t always understand what the reasons might be. That said, I have a sister and nephew who died tragically, years apart from each other though their ages were similar – 22 & 21, and I am certain that if I had the chance to go back in time, I could absolutely prevent the senseless accidents that took them from this world far too young.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Although I’m not an especially political person, I think I’d like to have a spin at being President of the US for a week. There are some very immediate issues I’d like to sort out – stuff that apparently needs a woman’s touch, but then I’d want to get out quick – the moment the week is up. Gone.

What is the last book you read?
I just finished reading “The boys of my Youth,” by JoAnn Beard and loved it. Her writing is simply delicious. And I just started reading, “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m already finding myself anxious to grab snatches of reading time at every opportunity, because I’m already so thoroughly caught-up into the story.

Great answers there Barbara, many thanks  for visiting Chocolate Chunky Munkie.



Released: March 2nd 2012
Publisher: Halycon Moon Books
Series:  No





See my review of The Secret of Lies HERE


 
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