Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2) by Amy Braun


Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2) by Amy Braun
Publication date: August 2nd 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult


There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…








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Author Bio
 
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery," and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.









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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Review - Company Town by Madeline Ashby




Title: Company Town
Author: Madeline Ashby
Pages: 288
Publisher: Tor
Release date: 17th May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 
 
Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse...?











My Review:
 
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley*




Hwa is part of a dying breed - she's completely organic with no augments. She lives on a rig, working as a bodyguard for sex workers.
Then Hwa is offered the job of protecting the heir of the Lynch Corporation.
Hwa's friends also start turning up dead.
Who wants Joel Lynch dead?
Why is the serial killer targeting Hwa's friends?


I have mixed feelings about Company Town.
I thought that the idea of a rig being so big was interesting. So was Hwa being unique because she had no augments.
Hwa was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her.
The plot was good but I wasn't gripped and I lost interest in a few places.
I felt that there were several parts of the book that were quite vague: how big actually was the rig? I presumed that it was city-sized because people used transport to move around but I don't remember reading any specifics. At one point Hwa went to a forest but the details were a bit sketchy as to where the forest actually was. What was Hwa's 'stain'? I presumed it was some kind of birthmark.
Some scenes felt like they were glossed over when they should have had more impact.


Overall this was a mostly enjoyable book but I lost interest in places.



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Derailed (The Obscured Series #3) by C.M. Boers


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Derailed (The Obscured Series #3)
by 
C.M. Boers
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: August 2016

Summary:



Abby Martin has normal problems for a teenage girl—her dad lives in another state, her mom’s boyfriend is moving in, and school and work are stressful. But these are the least of her concerns when she begins receiving threatening notes and a black SUV stalks her at night. As the web of danger tightens around her, panic sets in. With the help of her boyfriend, Eli, and best friend, Casey, she must find out who is obsessed with her before her nightmares come true.



Complicating her life further, Eli and Casey are both acting strangely. Who can she trust? And will she figure out what’s going on before she ends up dead?


Encounter Derailed, the heart-pounding third novel in C.M. Boers’ Obscured series.








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Four things I love about my favorite book:

I have lots of favorite books of course, but one series in particular stands out to me when I think of my four favorite things about them.

The Doorknob Society by M. J. Fletcher.

1. I love that the main character is a girl who thrown into a new world and she owns it! She completely takes charge and ends up being such a great role model.

2. I love that this series was written by a man.  A little background on this Author is that he wrote this book because there weren't many female heros for his daughter to look up to, and he completely nails captivating a girl's emotions in his writing.

3. I love that with such a strong female heroine there is enough action and adventure that it totally could be entertaining to both girls and boys!

4. I love the whole world he has created, where doorknobs and skeleton keys don't just open normal doorways. It's so imaginative and unique.









About the Author





I am a wife and mother of three. I grew up in the sunshine state of Arizona with a love of reading and an ambition to write. But I never took my writing seriously until after the birth of my first child. After that I took up writing more seriously in my spare time and I haven't stopped since.






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