Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Mad Magic by Nicole Conway


Mad Magic by Nicole Conway
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: November 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.











EXCERPT:


WHAT IS MAGIC?
“Magic is like water. It’s required for all things on this earth to live and it cycles through the world to be reused over and over again. Some things, even some people, soak up more of it than others or require more of it to live. Children are usually more attuned to it than most. They soak it up like little sponges.” Each word from his lips carried a weight I could feel hanging in the air. “Any being on earth is capable of using it, although humans lost interest and forgot how to do that a very long time ago. Most of them can’t even see it or feel it anymore. Their minds have turned to things of metal. It can be that way for faeries, too. In fact, a lot of us have fallen from our former glory to be fed by the machines of the modern world.”
A strange, wild hunger rose up in me so suddenly it made my body stiffen. If magic was real, then surely it had something to do with all the strange things that had been happening to me. I needed to know more—I needed to understand.
“Where does it come from?”
“The moon.” He paused, holding a liquor bottle in each hand as he turned to look me in the eye. “Or at least, that’s what the old songs say. No one knows for sure. But magic is raw energy that we can use as we choose. Even a small amount can accomplish miraculous or even terrible things.”










Author Bio
 
NICOLE CONWAY is an author from North Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University in 2012, and has previously worked as a graphic artist. She is happily married and has one son as well as a cat and a dog. She enjoys blogging, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.










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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Review - The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept, #1) by Julia Keller



Title: The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept, #1)
Author: Julia Keller
Pages: 320
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: 31st October 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

When the state controls your emotions, how hard will you fight to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

Much like the device itself, The Dark Intercept might get under your skin.
 












My Review:

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




 Violet Crowley lives on New Earth which was founded by her father.
Everyone on New Earth, as well as those unlucky enough to be living on the ravaged Old Earth, have an Intercept chip implanted at their elbows. The Intercept uses emotional memories to prevent crime, something not everyone agrees with.
Violet knows that Danny Mayhew, her friend and the boy she loves, has a secret. He keeps travelling to Old Earth and Violet has to know why.
What is Danny hiding?


When I read the premise for The Dark Intercept I was really excited to see where it would go. However, I ended up disappointed.
Violet was an okay character but I didn't like how obsessed she was with finding out Danny's secret. He told Violet to trust him, but she had to go and invade Danny's privacy and stick her nose into his business. I found her reason for deciding to finally do some snooping a bit weak - she was fed up of waiting and just HAD to find out. It would have made more sense if Violet hadn't known about Danny's not-so-secret trips to Old Earth, and then discovering them she decides to find out what he's doing.
The writing style was alright but I lost interest several times.
The plot was okay. If it wasn't for the twists I didn't see coming then I would be giving this a lower rating.


Overall this was an okay, disappointing read.
 

 


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Review - There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins




Title: There's Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 306
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 26th September 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She's made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. 

And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn't know who's next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for . . . literally. 











My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan*




Makani Young used to live with her parents at Hawaii, but after an incident they sent her to Nebraska to live with her grandmother.
Makani has made a small group of friends, but worries they will find out about her past.
Then students from Makani's school start being murdered in gruesome ways.
Who is the serial killer?
Who is the next victim?


Hmm. There's Someone Inside Your House was . . . underwhelming.
None of the characters really stood out for me. Makani was okay but I didn't feel like I connected with her.
The plot was average. There were lots of deaths - more than I expected. The killer was revealed halfway through which was unusual and I think this took away from the suspense for me.
Makani's secret wasn't anywhere near as bad as I was expecting.
I wasn't a big fan of the romance.
The writing style was easy to follow but I lost interest once or twice.


Overall this was an okay but disappointing read.

 



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Rage of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow, #2) by J. Keller Ford


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Rage of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow, #2) by J. Keller Ford
Publication Date:  October 24, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books
 

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it's time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon's lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David's hometown of Havendale...and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He'd rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn't the sanctuary they'd hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can't prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.








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About the Author




 
J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.
When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.
Published works include The Passing of Millie Hudson, a paranormal short story that can be found in READING GLASSES. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy. Book 2 in the series is slated for Fall 2016.














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Saturday, 28 October 2017

FairyLoot Unboxing - October - Villainous





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I finally got my first FairyLoot box!

 I was so excited to get it and I'm glad that I did!

The theme for the October box was 'Villainous' and I LOVE everything inside!


Here's what was inside (and my attempt at arsty photos :/) . . .







A hardcover of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (red foiling exclusive to FairyLoot) - isn't it gorgeous?!

The Language of Thorns postcards.




A pocket mirror designed by Little Inkling Designs with a quote from The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

A coaster inspired by Moriarty and designed by the talented Evie Seo.

A Death Eater pin designed by House of Wonderland.

A Maleficient candle from Meraki Candles which smells lovely.




A print designed by Evie Seo with a quote from The Aeneid by Virgil which features in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

An art print of Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor.






A hardcover of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao (which sounds really good).
There's also a letter from the author and a signed bookplate.





I LOVE the contents of this box and I definitely want to buy another one.
I think it's very good value considering how much is inside and that the contents are exclusive.
I missed out on the November box :( but there's a limited number being released on the 3rd November so fingers crossed I manage to get my hands on one of those.
I'm also going to try and get a three-month subscription when the December boxes are released :)



Do you get FairyLoot boxes?
What's your favourite theme been?



Friday, 27 October 2017

Review - Protected by Claire Zorn




Title: Protected
Author: Claire Zorn
Pages: 261
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 3rd October 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 



I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old. 

Hannah has survived high school by putting up walls. At first, they were meant to protect her from the relentless bullying that no one would defend her from, not even her popular older sister, Katie. Then Katie died, and, in a cruel twist of fate, Hannah's daily torment abruptly stopped. Now the walls try to shut it all out-the grief, the loneliness, and the harsh truth that Katie's death has somehow improved Hannah's life.

Then something happens that Hannah couldn't have predicted-friendship comes knocking in the form of new student Josh Chamberlain. Hannah has never been so desperate for connection. But if this isn't for real, if it's just another joke, Hannah's not sure she can take it.

 










My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley*




Hannah was viciously bullied by her high school classmates.
Then her older sister, Katie, died in a car crash and it was as if Hannah was suddenly invisible - now everyone ignores her.
Lonely and with the anniversary of Katie's death approaching, Hannah could really use a friend - enter Josh Chamberlain.
Will Hannah's family tear itself apart?
Is Josh sincere in his attempts to befriend Hannah?


Protected was an emotional read.
I felt so sorry for Hannah - not only was she tormented by her classmates who were awful to her, but then her sister died, sending fractures throughout her family. Hannah was a nice girl and I had my fingers crossed that she would make some friends.
It was refreshing to read a book set in Australia for a change.   
I liked the lists that were at the beginning of some of the chapters.
The plot was interesting and I liked that romance wasn't a huge part of the story (books with this theme usually have a lot of romance in, so it was a bit of a relief that this one didn't).
The writing style was easy to follow and held my attention.


Overall this was an enjoyable read.
 


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen


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Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017


Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.




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Excerpt:


The seatbelt jolted Ana back into her seat as the car plunged into the water, the hood crinkling like a weak soda can. Glass shards peppered her skin. The first sensation of cool water sprayed over her.
Ana moaned. She rolled her head to the side. Katee’s hair lay in strings across her crumpled seat; she wasn’t moving. God, why wasn’t she moving?
Pain screeched up Ana’s thigh as she yanked on her leg to move closer to Katee; it wouldn’t budge, wedged between two sheets of metal. It stung so badly that her stomach rumbled. She felt faint.
“Katee,” Ana rasped, the seatbelt pressing against her throat. “I’ll get you out of here.”
She didn’t respond. Blood trickled from her forehead, and her arm flared out in a direction it shouldn’t; it was definitely broken.
Ana fumbled to reach the clasp of her seatbelt, but the mangled console was in the way. Her fingers wouldn’t fit in the space.
Tears threatened to leak from her eyes, but she held them back, hiccupping instead. She always hiccupped when things went wrong. And that was as wrong as it had ever been.
The car shifted. Metal creaked and grunted. The lake poured into their glass and steel coffin. Ana wrenched her seatbelt, trying to loosen it and loop it over her head, hoping to shimmy free. There was too much tension. It wouldn’t let go. And like the rest of her pathetic life, she had no control.
Stupidly, Ana screeched for help and gulped a mouthful of lake. Why should she bother? No one would hear her. She rested her head back to float in the water, waiting for the inevitable. She thought of her father. She could never leave him like her mother had.
She spit water from her mouth and gasped for air. Her chest burned. The strain of expanding her ribcage was too much. Her vision blurred. Dizziness taunted her head. A soft buzz was all she could hear. She thought about praying, like Mem said.

 






About the Author

 
 
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com















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Release Day Giveaway



What better way to celebrate a book birthday then by a giveaway! There are many ways to enter, which you'll find below. You can win an iTunes, Amazon, or Starbucks gift card, an authentic Vera Bradley Little Crossbody in Cobalt Tile, an assortment of bookish swag, and even a KINDLE Fire HD 7"! The giveaway runs from release day, October 17, 2017 to December 5, 2017. Winners will be announced via social media December 7, 2017.

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