Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Book Trailer: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Hi Guys!  As you may have noticed I have spent quite a lot of time posting about Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.  I though the book was amazing and my review can be found here on the 13th May.  Just to give you anothe glimpe about what the book is about here is a trailer.  Enjoy




BOY NOBODY BY ALLEN ZADOFF

Released: 23rd May 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Series: Yes #1 in the Boy Nobody series
Author Site: Allen Zadoff

Goodreads Synopsis:

 They needed the perfect soldier: one who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed. So they made Boy Nobody-a teen with no name or history. The perfect soldier. 

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter seems so much like him; the mayor smells like his father. And when memories and questions surface, the Program is watching. Because somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the kid he once was, the teen who wants normal things like a real home and parents, a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.



Friday, 26 April 2013

***Review*** Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes



Released: February 2011
Publisher: Myriad
Series: No
Format: Kindle e-book
Source: Bought
Author Site: Elizabeth Haynes

Goodreads Synopsis:

 Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous - Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything. This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.



My Review:

I picked up a copy of this book as it was so highly recommended by a friend.  I know when this particular friend raves about a book I have to sit up and listen, she has excellent judgement.

Well I can say I was not disappointed, oh my goodness, what a ride this book gave me.  I could not put it down and I felt quite exhauster after a rollercoaster ride of suspense.  It was a pleasant break from all the YA and dysopian books I have been devouring recently.

I wasn't sure where this book was going to take me, the journey had me doubting what was going on with the main character.  You could see how things were spiralling but I obviusly as the reader was powerless to stop things.  The story has flashback, so you really do have to sit up and take notice of what era you are in.  But this didn't put me off the book as it gave me more of an understanding about the past of Catherine and her time with Lee.

Gripping stuff.  I have bought another book by this author and I will  let you know how I get on with it.  This was her debut so I hope she keeps the standard up!  It sure has set the bar high.
  
If you want a thrilling psychological ride that plays with your mind, read this book as I highly recommend it. 
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Free sampler: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

 Hi Guys!  I just thought I would bring you some exciting news that there is a free e-sampler of Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.  I've read the book and it is brilliant.  I will be posting my review soon.  But in the meantime check out the first few chapters and see how good it is for yourselves!!


Click HERE to go to the Amazon page with the free sampler


BOY NOBODY BY ALLEN ZADOFF

Released: 23rd May 2013
Publisher: Orchard Books
Series: Yes #1 in the Boy Nobody series
Author Site: Allen Zadoff

Goodreads Synopsis:

 They needed the perfect soldier: one who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed. So they made Boy Nobody-a teen with no name or history. The perfect soldier. 

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter seems so much like him; the mayor smells like his father. And when memories and questions surface, the Program is watching. Because somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the kid he once was, the teen who wants normal things like a real home and parents, a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's mission.



Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #55

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:

 Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.


I thought this one sounded a bit different to what I'd normally read.  I thought the sound of a contemporary novel crossed with a sci-fi sounded an interesting mix.  The cover is brilliant, I love it.  I'd buy this book for the cover alone.  I hope I get a copy soon!  It's been out since February 2013, so has been around a little while.


If you've chosen a book for Wishlist Wednesday be sure to leave a link in the comment section below and I'll check it out!!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

***Review** Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey



Released: 18th January 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: Yes #1 in the Jessica series
Source: Bought
Format: Kindle e-book
Author Site:  Beth Fantaskey

Goodreads Synopsis:

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood's senior year "get-a-life" plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth--and he's her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess.
But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war--and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction.





My Review:

I love the title of this book, one that just seems to grab my attention.
 This one had a shaky start and I admit at one point I almost gave up. But I am so glad I didn't, from about the halfway point it just got stronger and stronger. So strong that I just had to keep reading until the very end. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes it came from a 2 star rating and catapulted to a 4 star rating.  I think it would have just scraped my 50 page rule, yes if a book doesn't grip me by this point it gets flung against the wall in frustration.

The characters really grew on me and I adored Jessica and Lucien. Lucien was my favourite character because he is so hard to read and totally multi layered, not at all transparent.  I had a soft spot for Lucien.

There are all different kinds of vampire books out there at the moment, if you are looking for a total gore fest then step away from this book.  It's more teenage angst with fangs. Sweet and equally frustrating, I just wanted to yell out loud at some points.  There are ups and downs in this book so the mood changes dramatically.
 
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and see where the story goes next!





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 Overall:
After the slow start this turned into a very enjoyable book.

My Thoughts on the Cover:
I do like the cover and it would certainly be one I would stop and pick up in the bookstore.  I love the colours and the general feel of it.



Books in the series:

Friday, 12 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Tremble by Jus Accardo


Hi Guys! I am so so so excited to bring you the cover reveal for Tremble.  Tremble is the third book in the Denazen series by Jus Accardo.

So far I have adored all of the books in the series.  Not only is there a sneak peak at the new cover but I also have an excerpt from the book, yay!

Tremble is released on the 7th May 2013!!

Synopsis:

Dez Cross has problems. She’s almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her mind thanks to the drug the Denazen corporation used to enhance her abilities. People close to her have turned their backs on the underground and are now fighting for the wrong side. And then there’s Kale... Things couldn’t get any worse. Until, of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial—this one called Domination—and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial—including Dez. The good news is that there’s a survivor from the original trial. A woman whose blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy kids' defects. But the underground Sixes aren’t the only ones who know about her. Dez's father is willing to throw away everything he has to keep Dez from getting the cure—including the one thing that might tear her apart from the inside out.


Exclusive Excerpt

“I told them you wouldn’t come alone. Yet here you are,” Kale’s dark voice said from the doorway. “You’re an odd one.”

“You don’t realize it, but coming from you, that’s kinda funny,” I said, swallowing hard and turning to face him. The light from the hall lit the entire right side of his face, leaving the left cloaked in darkness. Two sides of the same dangerous coin. I wanted to back away but resisted, meeting his gaze straight on. My Kale was in there somewhere—and he could sense weakness. “Did you kill her?”


“She’s dead.”

 
“I figured as much,” I said, jaw tense. Another step closer. “But I’m asking if you did it.” 


 He cocked his head to the left and I could see his expression. Confusion. “You asked the same thing about the other girl. Why does it matter?”

 “Because it does. It matters to you, too. You just don’t remember.”

 He took another step. Inches. He was inches from me now, the warmth from his body radiating like the sun. Every one of my muscles plunged into an all-out war with my heart. Common sense screamed for me to match his steps forward with ones away. Keep your distance—he’s dangerous!

My heart wanted to move closer. I wanted this to all be nothing more than a bad dream.

 “I feel like...when I look at you—” He shook his head and placed a hand on either side of me, up against the mattress, and brought his face close to mine. For the longest moment all he did was stare. When he did speak, there was so much rage in his voice. “You stabbed me. When that didn’t do the trick, you pushed me from the bridge. I’m asking you why?”

“I never did that, Kale. No one’s ever pushed you from a bridge as far as I know. I promise. As for the scar, yeah. You were stabbed. Alex did it.”

 “You’re lying, Kiernan.”

 “I’m not. And my name is Dez,” I said, voice cracking under the weight of his words. “Deznee.” I wasn’t ready to give up, so I went with what had always worked for me. Something insane.

 Pushing forward, I crushed my lips to his, wrapping both arms around his neck to lock him in place. He didn’t resist and, to my surprise, didn’t shove me away. Instead, after a moment, he responded, his lips moving fervently with mine.

 The kiss only lasted a few moments. I was the one who broke it, pulling away as the clouds passed, allowing the moonlight to shine through the bedroom window once again. For a second, neither of us said a word. His cheeks glistened with my tears, making it look like he’d been crying, too, as he stared—eyes wide and mouth agape—like he’d never seen me before.

For a crazy, insane moment, time froze. I thought maybe the kiss had done the trick. That this time the princess had woken the prince. He looked at me with a mix of shock and awe, the tiniest hint of my Kale gleamed through. My heart pounded so loudly I could barely hear anything else. It was there. I could see the spark in his eyes. “Kale?”

But it didn’t last. Or maybe it hadn’t been there at all. Maybe I wanted to see it so badly that I imagined the whole thing.

His lips parted and the corners tilted upward just a hair. “Roz is right. You are crazy.”

You can see my reviews of the rest of the series.  Just click on the book name to link through to the review.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Cover Reveal: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Hi Guys! I'm really pleased to be able to show you the brand new UK cover for Crown of Midnight by Sarah J.Maas.  This is book two in the Throne of Glass series.



Goodreads Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

What do you think of the cover??  I think it's a really strong and powerful cover :)

Throne of Glass series:

Expected Release Date: 20th August 2013

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A Sneak Peak: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Hi Guys I'm really excited to bring you the first chapter from the amazing and highly anticipated Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. This book sounds awesome and I will shortly be reviewing it here at Chocolate Chunky Munkie.

 "He is nothing. The mission is everything."


Goodreads Synopsis:

 Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

FIRST CHAPTER

 I PICK UP A BASEBALL BAT. It’s a thirty-two-ounce Rawlings composite. I feel the weight in my hands. The balance is slightly off from a dent on the tip. I grasp the bat on either end and stretch out in the parking lot after the game. Natick vs. Wellesley. My Natick teammates are all around me, high school jocks doing what they do after a win. Celebrating. Big-time. I celebrate, just like them. This is what I think to myself: I am one of you. I am young. I am a winner. I smile and stretch. After a moment, I shift my weight onto my back leg and I swing hard. Jack Wu comes up behind me at the same time. The bat misses his head by an inch. A big man in a black suit tenses nearby. Tenses but doesn’t interfere. This is Jack’s bodyguard and driver, a shadow behind Jack whenever he goes out. Jack’s dad is rich. Rich and nervous. Jack hates the bodyguard. He’s told me a dozen times. Jack and I are friends, so he tells me these things. “Watch it with the bat, dude,” Jack says, and he punches me on the shoulder. A playful punch. The Suit steps forward, and Jack spins around, anticipating him. “Down, Rover,” he says, like he’s talking to a pit bull. The Suit grins like he’s in on the joke, but I wonder if he wouldn’t slap the hell out of Jack if he had the chance. Instead he leans back against the sleek black Mercedes and waits. “You killed it out there,” Jack says. He head-gestures toward the field. “I do my best,” I say. “Your best kicks ass and takes names,” Jack says, and he punches my shoulder again. This time the big man doesn’t move. But the other players are looking at us. Two punches on the arm. A way of asserting dominance. Dominance is a threat. It must be dealt with. I run a checklist in my mind: I can let him punch me. Choose a lower status. I can retaliate in equal measure, with equal force. I can escalate. Assert my dominance. Which should I choose? Jack is supposed to be my friend. A teenage friend would punch a buddy the way he punched me. When in doubt, emulate. That’s what I’ve been taught. So it’s option two. I give Jack a light punch on the shoulder. “Ow!” he cries in mock pain. “Take it easy on me.” This entire transaction takes no more than two seconds: I swing the bat. Jack punches. I punch back. We both laugh as the Suit looks on. This is what you’d see if you were watching us now. Two jocks, buddies, teasing one another. “You want to come back to the bank vault?” Jack says. The bank vault. That’s what Jack calls his house. “For a little bit,” I say. Jack steps toward the car. The Suit reacts quickly, opening the back door for him. “My friend is coming with,” Jack says to him. “Yes, sir,” he says, and he gestures for me to get into the car. 

THE LEATHER IS SOFT IN THE MERCEDES. It’s the kind of leather seat that pulls you in, begs you to relax against it. A seat that says, You are being taken care of. You are being driven where you need to go. I imagine having a father who can afford things like this. Expensive cars. Expensive bodyguards. Not just afford them, but a father who wants his son to have them. Wants him to be taken care of. But this is not something I should be thinking about now. Not when there’s work to do. I glance at Jack. He’s leaning back with his eyes closed. “I was thinking,” he says. “That’s unusual for you,” I say. “Asshole,” he says. He smiles, his eyes still closed. “I was thinking about you and me.” “Stop right there,” I say. “You’re making me nervous.” “Can I be serious for a minute?” Jack says. “You want to get all heavy for sixty seconds, I’m not going to stop you.” “I was thinking that you’re a real friend.” “You’ve got tons of friends,” I say. “Not guys I invite over to the house. Not guys I trust.” “You trust me?” “For real,” Jack says. The Suit in the front seat coughs. A warning to Jack? A reminder that he’s still here? Or nothing at all. A tickle in the throat. “If you trust me, can I borrow a hundred bucks?” I say. “I don’t trust you that much,” Jack says. He laughs. He punches my arm. I let him do it. 

 THE SUIT TYPES A CODE INTO THE SECURITY GATE. The large metal gate slides open to reveal a long driveway, a guard hut set twenty feet in. We pull up to the hut and the Suit nods to a guard. He lifts two fingers. Two people coming in, Jack and me. The guard marks it down on a clipboard. He’s seen me before and it’s not a big deal. We continue around a hairpin turn and the house comes into view. Big but not lavish. The Suit stops to let us out. Jack types a code to gain access to the house. The front door beeps to announce our entry. Front door open, it says. It beeps again when the door is closed. Front door closed, the electronic voice says. Jack’s dad wanders by with a beer in his hand. Chen Wu is his name. His friends call him John. He’s the CEO of a hightech firm along Route 128. Lots of government contracts. Does he need all this security? I know he likes it. It makes you feel important to have a lot of people with guns around you. It makes you feel safe, and more importantly for him, it makes his wife feel safe. That keeps her from giving him a hard time. It’s not just Mr. Wu. All the CEOs are edgy right now. There was some violence a year ago. An important kid got shot during an attempted kidnapping while on spring break in Mexico. The Fortune 500 went security crazy. Now rich kids like Jack need a commando team to take a dump. “Nice to see you, boys,” Jack’s dad says. “What’s up, Dad?” Jack says. “Gotta take a squirt. Pardon my French.” He turns to leave. “Hey, I can’t stay too long,” I say. “You gotta go?” Jack says, disappointed. “Gotta call my mom,” I say. “I guess it’s morning wherever she is.” “Crap in a bag,” Jack says. He shoots up the stairs. “You have time for a cold one?” Jack’s dad says. “Beer or soda?” “How old are you?” he says. “Sixteen.” “Soda for you. But it was a nice try.” I shrug like I’m bummed out, and I follow him through the den. “How was the game?” Jack’s dad says. “Amazing,” I say. “You should come sometime.” “High-school ball is not really my thing,” he says. But it’s his son’s thing, so what does it matter? I see this a lot with the Fortune 500. Mr. Wu is always working. Except Friday nights. His only downtime, and he doesn’t want to spend it with his family. He relaxes for the evening, then works again all weekend. So be it. It’s Friday night and he’s here. So am I. That’s the important thing. We head into the kitchen, and the conversation drifts to the Red Sox. We’re in Boston, so we have to talk Sox. I notice an expensive knife block on the counter with one of the knives missing from its slot. A wide slot. This is a knife big enough to be used as a weapon. I scan the room. The sink. The knife is sitting on a cutting board next to the sink, ten feet away from us. A safe distance away. I relax and exhale. I sit at the table, and I reach into my backpack and take out a ballpoint pen. Jack’s dad looks at me from the refrigerator, a question on his face. “You taking notes?” “When you talk baseball, I listen,” I say. Jack’s dad smiles. I smile. When in doubt, emulate. I turn the cap and double click, exposing the point. Jack’s dad reaches forward to hand me the cold soda. I push the end of the pen into the meat of his forearm. The action depresses a miniature plunger. His eyes widen as the drug hits him. His mouth puckers, forming the familiar Wh— Maybe it’s why he’s trying to say. Maybe it’s what, as in What are you doing? But the drug is fast acting. Its actual speed depends on age and conditioning, which is bad news for Jack’s dad. He’s out of shape. So it is fast. Faster even than a word can form. Jack’s dad stumbles, and I catch him, place him on the floor by the kitchen table. I don’t let him fall because I don’t want Jack running downstairs to see what caused the noise. I don’t want anyone else rushing in. Not yet. I need fifteen seconds. Six seconds to lay him down, arranging the body, limbs splayed as if from a fall. I use an elbow to knock over the can of beer next to him. The foam hisses. Five seconds to put away my pen and notebook, zip the backpack where it hangs from the back of a chair. Four more seconds to play out the chain, let the chemical reaction in Mr. Wu’s body take him beyond the point of resuscitation. Fifteen seconds. Done. I look at the body. The man that was Jack Wu is gone. A husband is gone. A father is gone. “I trust you,” Jack said. That was your mistake, I think. Twenty seconds have passed. The outside edge of my operational window. “Oh my god!” I say. “Help!” I fling open the front door. “Someone!” I shout. Jack comes running down the stairs, and his face turns white with shock. A sound comes out of him, something between a moan and a scream. The security people rush in. One look at the body and the first guy knows. It’s all a show after that. I stand to the side and watch it happen. Resuscitation attempts, the ambulance, all of it. I push forward like I want to be in the middle of the action, be near my friend Jack. The Suit from the baseball game stops me. He puts an arm on my shoulder, gently, like he’s my father or something. I want to shrug it off, but I don’t. “Maybe it would be better if you stepped away,” he says. “What about Jack—?” “It’s a family matter,” he says. I relax my shoulders beneath his arm. “I need my backpack,” I say. He steps into the fray, grabs my backpack, hands it to me, and guides me out the door. I glance back. My last image is of Jack on the sofa, his back hunched, his head almost to his knees. A profile of grief. All because of me.

Check out Boy Nobody HERE at Goodreads!
Out 23rd May 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013

***Review** Gathering of Blackbirds by M.M Gavillet



Released: 12th August 2012
Publisher: Create Space
Series: Yes # 1 in the series
Source: From author for review purposes
Format: Paperback

* Copy provided by author for an honest review*

Goodreads Synopsis:

 When fifteen-year- old Emily Moore buys a necklace at a thrift shop, she didn’t expect that purchase would land her in the middle of an ancient struggle between powers of lost civilizations.
It isn’t until she saves Gabe, a fellow classmate and a boy she hardly knows, from two strangers that drifted into the small Midwest town of St. Francis, does she realizes the danger she had fallen into. This is Emily’s first encounter with the Alliances Creed, a group devoted to securing magical implements.
Now, caught red-handed with a magical pendant, Emily must prove her innocence or suffer consequences of the laws of Atlantis.
With Atlantis and many hidden worlds at risk, it is up to the Blackbirds-a small group of the Alliances Creed, to save magic from evil. Gabe, leader of the Blackbirds, protects Emily, who can suddenly hear silent messages sent centuries ago, only strengthens her ties to Atlantis. But how can a human girl do this? That is what the Blackbirds would like to know…




My Review:

I quite enjoyed this first book in the series.  The book follows Emily Moore, a teenager, who finds herself embroiled in a struggle between warring clans.  Emily is thrown into an age old  battle on the lost world of Atlantis.  

This is the first book I have read based on the lost world of Atlantis, I was not disappointed.  The world Gavillet has created has all the magic and excitement I would associate with the lost civilisation.  I had some edge of my seat moments.  It was an easy read and had rich imagination.  I thought the story flowed well.

The characters were very likeable and I think my favourite would have to be Gabe.  He seemed like a sweet and swoony sort, I could see him being very popular with the ladies in the real world.

I have now bought the 2nd book in the series and eagerly await to find out where next the story takes me.
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Overall:
I did enjoy this first instalment!

My Thoughts on the Cover:
I really like the picture of the girl on the cover. She is clutching a black feather, which obviously has meaning to book.


 
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