Friday, 31 January 2014

January Recap


Favourite Reads:


Book Blitz + Giveaway - Carnelian (Chalcedony Chronicles #1) by B. Kristin McMichael

Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael
(Chalcedony Chronicles #1)
Publication date: January 10th 2014
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t so far in the past as Seth Sangre. His past is literally from thousands of years ago. Seth’s past led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams of college being a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a past of his own that’s literally in the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.




Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats. When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist. In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels. Every day is a new writing adventure. She is a fan of all YA/NA fantasy and science fiction.

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway - The Hardest Part by Heather London

The Hardest Part by Heather London
Publication date: January 5th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Emily Anderson and Reed Alexander are living with pasts they cannot escape.

Emily moved to New York City seeking a fresh start, intending to focus on her career and to keep a low profile.

Reed returns home to New York City after two years, haunted by the same things that pushed him away years ago.

When Reed and Emily meet, their connection is undeniable, but Emily keeps her feelings hidden. Falling in love is the last thing on her mind and she knows the danger it may bring not only to her, but to Reed as well. Reed isn’t as reluctant, but he knows that the demons he’s fighting could destroy Emily.

The harder they try to resist one another, the deeper they fall in love, and the more complicated their lives become.

In the end, they realize that truly loving someone may mean letting them go… and that’s the hardest part.




Heather London is a young adult author who loves to write stories full of fantasy, romance, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Review - Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) by Aimee Carter

Title: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: 26th November 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:


For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Aimee Carter*

3.5/5 stars

On her seventeenth birthday Kitty Doe takes a test to see what caste she will be. 
Hoping to get a IV, Kitty is disappointed when she receives a III. 
After a series of events, Kitty is offered the chance to become a VII and one of the Harts, the family that runs the country. 
She is Masked - surgically altered to look like Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who has died and she must stop the rebellion that Lila had secretly been nurturing.

Pawn was a good book with some interesting aspects - I liked that Kitty couldn’t read as it’s unusual for the protagonist to be unable to read. 
I also liked the characters. 
I was slightly disappointed with the ending though as it didn't feel that big or exciting.

Despite not being wowed I did enjoy this book and its unique dystopian world.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Death of the Body (Crossing Death, #1) by Rick Chiantaretto


Title:  Death of the Body (Crossing Death #1)
Author:  Rick Chiantaretto
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead.
I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

About Rick Chiantaretto

I’ve often been accused of having done more in my life than the average 30 year old, but if I were completely honest I’d have to tell you my secret: I’m really 392.
So after all this time, I’m a pretty crappy writer.
I have one book published but out of print, one coming out soon, and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where’s the reason to rush?). I’ve been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen’s) papers.
I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.
Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don’t figure out who I REALLY am.


Death Of the Body Tour Schedule:

January 27th

January 28th

January 29th

January 30th

January 31st

The Hunt

 Let’s go on a hunt! Each blog participating in this tour has shared a Teaser image. Mixed into ten of them are numbers that have been emphasized. So start visiting!
Save the blogs Name and the #’s you find until the last day of the tour!
Then send an email to with subject line : "The Hunt List"-  with the blogs names listed in order #1-10 ! If you get the order correct you will be entered to win !
 Careful, not all the images contain the information you need.
***These entry points will ONLY be counted if we receive an email with your list by midnight on February 3rd - if you list the blogs in the correct order you will receive an extra 10 entries! ***

The tour organiser (Mark My Words Book Publicity) are giving away 5 Mother Tree Bracelets and one Ebook of the Winners choice up to $2.99.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Cover Reveal - Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce

Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

“My mom had always told me – when you meet “the one”, you’ll know; they’ll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I had always wondered, though, if my mom’s words of wisdom were finite – if they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to settle for less than earth-shattering.”

Seventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted – a human with paranormal abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it’s always been in her genetic make-up to be extraordinary. Unfortunately for her, the world can’t handle the strange or unusual. So when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in Ireland, the entire student body treats her like a freak – even the ones she thought were her closest friends.

Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a small Colorado town. At Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she feels as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has the attention of the most popular guy in school – Levi. Everything feels normal again… or does it?

Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom she’s never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees encircling their school seem to call to her. As these disturbing, yet enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen – students and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts while she sleeps. With all of these other things vying for her attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly captivating her heart, Kat has to make a choice – will she settle for ‘great’ Levi, or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling across ‘amazing?’

From the author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy and Sci-fi novels. 

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex storytelling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her first publishing credit was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

My Week in Books (20th-26th January) aka. Review Books Galore


Death of the Body (Crossing Death, #1) by Rick Chiantaretto

2.5/5 stars

Review to come after blog tour.

Teardrop (Teardrop, #1) by Lauren Kate

2.5/5 stars

Read my review here. 


The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden,#1) by Julie Kagawa
(Paperback from The Works, £2)

 Partials (Partials Sequence, #1) by Dan Wells
(Kindle copy, £0.99)

For Review:

Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

A Boat Made of Bone (Book One: The Chthornic Saga) by Nicole Grotepas

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Last Werewolf (Bloodlines Trilogy, #1) by Glen Duncan

Grim (a collection of short stories by Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton and Jon Skrovan)

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) by Michelle Madow

Talented (Talented, #1) by Sophie Davis

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #1) by M.G. Buehrlen

Currently Reading:

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1) by Kendare Blake

Pics from Goodreads.

Hope you all had a great week!