Thursday, 24 January 2019

Wind Rider (Tales of a New World #3) by P.C. Cast (Review)

    The third instalment of the Tales of a New World series, Wind Rider continues the tale of good versus evil in a magical post-apocalyptic world were animals bond for life with their chosen human, and skin stealer attempt to take over the world as we know it. Mari and Nik are trying to survive and start their new pack off right, away from the train wreck that is the tribe of the trees and in a new safe place, the lands of the Wind Riders. Wind Riders are a tribe that bond with horses, and they are very territorial about their land. As Mari, Nik and their new pack approach the land of the Wind Riders, unbeknownst to the, Death and his Skin Stealer follow behind, wreaking havoc and evil on the lands they pass through.
        It was fine. I honestly thought this was going to be the last instalment in the Tales of a New World series, so when I got to the end and found out there was more to come, I was really caught off guard. I was hoping for a conclusion to the series, mainly because it is so long. Each book is fairly large and take a bit longer then normal to read. I will continue this series, but I am growing a little tiered of it. I would like for it to come to a satisfying close sooner rather than later. Anyway, if you liked the series up to this point, you'll enjoy Wind Rider. If you didn't like the previous two books, this one is no going to be the one to turn it around for you. All in all, I give Wind Rider the rating of FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Giver, Graphic Novel by P. Craig Russell (Illustrations) and Lois Lowry (Review)

    The hit classic and much beloved novel, The Giver by Lois Lowery gets to be shared in a brand new medium: graphic novel. This graphic novel closely follows the story for the first book in the series (which might mean the whole series might be getting made into graphic novels, we'll have to see), with some fat trimmed off here and there to make the graphic novel feasible and more of an easy read. This is a story that is great for middle school and high school classrooms, and this new edition would be great for students who are more visually inclined. It might be a nice stepping stone into reading the full-blown novel.
    This is going to be a difficult and mildly incomplete review. The reason? The ARC I received of this graphic novel was black and white, which is a bit of the problem since a huge aspect of the to-be published version is that colour is added the the panels for effect, in key ways, as the story progresses. The colour is a part of the story telling in this novel, so without it I did not get to fully experience the graphic novel as it should be. From what I gathered, this will be a very visual story. If I properly guessed where they were going to introduce colour correctly, then each use of colour is quite impactful. My best review to the material I received is that The Giver is FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Friday, 21 December 2018

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Emily Suvada!

Bio:
     Emily Suvada is the award-winning author of the Mortal Coil trilogy, a science fiction thriller series for young adults. The first book, This Mortal Coil, won the Oregon Spirit Book Award, and was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize.
      Emily was born in Australia, where she spent her childhood reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. In college, she studied math and astrophysics, and went on to a career in finance before finding her way back to her first love—books.
     Today, Emily lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, and still spends most of her free time reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. She also enjoys cooking, coding, powerlifting, hiking, and art. Her interests include AI, nanotech, virtual worlds, space travel, and genetic engineering. She is represented by DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

What has she written?
She has written:

Now on to the Interview!!!
1) How old were you when you started writing?
      I started writing stories as a young child - maybe seven or eight. I made a few serious attempts at short stories for competitions, but didn't try to write a novel until I was in my early twenties. It took me six years until my book was accepted for publication - publishing is a long, long road!

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
      I hope that readers find themselves wondering about the future when they read my books, and questioning how they feel about widespread genetic engineering and other technological developments that we'll be seeing in the next few decades. I try not to say what's "right" or "wrong" in the future portrayed in these books, and instead want the reader to think about it and make up their own mind.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
      1 - Find a critique partner or group. You might be tempted to think that the most useful thing to come out of these relationships is other people's advice on your own work - but critiquing other people's writing is one of the best ways to learn and improve your own work.
      2 - Decide what you want out of writing. Do you want to be an award-winning writer? A bestseller? An inspiration to children? A page-turner who keeps people awake at night? A philosopher who makes them think? A romantic who makes them cry or swoon? A wordsmith who makes them gasp with the beauty of your prose? There are as many ways to be a "good" author as there are ways to have a "good" holiday, and the earlier a writer figures out who they really want to be, the better odds they'll have of achieving it. 
      3 - Develop a thick skin. This doesn't mean 'toughening up' - but rather facing the truth that many people will criticize, hate, or be utterly bored by your writing - and finding ways to deal with it. You don't love every book you read - so why should every reader love yours?

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
      I have three favourite novels - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and Neuromancer by William Gibson. Three very different books that I love in very different ways, and which have all equally influenced my writing.

5) What are your favourite pass times besides writing?
      I really enjoy reading, obviously! I also love cooking, gardening, and getting outdoors - I love hiking and cycling especially.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Cover Reveal: My Name Is Rose by Alexa Kingaard!

My Name Is Rose
by Alexa Kingaard
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune is her parent’s dream come true, not hers. She doesn’t share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her.
As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her. She’s convinced her father isn’t the man her mother married.
Although she finds love far away from her roots and upbringing, her wounds only deepen as she keeps her family at arm’s length. What she loses during those years can only be retrieved with her understanding that “a Rose by any other name is still a Rose.”

Author Bio:
Alexa Kingaard was born in San Diego, CA and has lived most of her life in the area. She currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of an adult son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders. A realtor for fifteen years, she remains involved with her profession and praises her brokers and clients for giving her the nod to be creative.
She gives all the credit for completing her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, to her inspiration and late ex-husband, Jeff, who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return.
Her second novel, MY NAME IS ROSE, will be released through Acorn Publishing March 15, 2019.

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Salt & Sirens Boxed Set!

Kingdom of Salt & Sirens
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult
The Little Mermaid but not as you remember it…
Beneath the turbulent seas, beyond the smokey depths, lies a Kingdom that exists in your wildest imagination. A world where mermaids swim, sirens sing and shipwrecks hide mysterious creatures.
Make waves with our 11 magical retellings of the timeless classic, The Little Mermaid.
Dive into a world filled with adventure, love and magic!
One click now for your happily ever after.
Authors include:
J.A Armitage, R. Castro, Jennifer Ellision, Mira Crest, K.M Pyne, Laura Greenwood, Jacque Stevens, Scarlett Kol, Anne Stryker, Nikki Landis, and Tracy Korn.
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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Book Blitz: The Watchers by Misty Hayes!

The Watchers
by Misty Hayes
(The Blood Dagger: Volume 2)
Publication date: December 15th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Corinth Taylor didn’t sign up to become a Watcher—an elite warrior destined to restore balance to the human race—he was chosen.
Corinth can barely control his own hormones… much less the deadly blade. And to make matters worse, his best friend, Larna, just so happens to be the very thing he’s supposed to eliminate.
But when vampires and slayer find a common enemy, Corinth knows it’s his innate calling to hunt evil down. And evil has a name: Gabriel Stanton. The enigmatic vampire who escaped their capture, has plans for Corinth, Larna, and Alastair… and it’s a threat they’ll never see coming.
When the line between good and evil gets crossed, devastating consequences start to happen. As Watcher and vampire worlds collide, Corinth must decide where to place his trust: with his old allies or his killer instincts. An upstart slayer. A clan of vampires.
What could go wrong?
It’s only the end of the world.
The Watchers is the second book in The Blood Dagger series, a high-octane paranormal YA thriller.
If you like witty heroines, unconventional relationships, and friendships that can withstand the grave, then you’ll love Misty Hayes’ high-stakes story.
Sink your teeth into a fun, fierce vampire series today.
EXCERPT:
After walking for about an hour, the tunnel deposited us into a larger cavern. Every inch of space was filled with mushrooms. They were glittering blue patches of bioluminescent light. It was strangely hypnotic and exactly how I imagined another planet might look.
Larna dropped her hand from my shoulder. By the soft glow coming off the walls, I could see her admiring the shimmering fungi with her mouth slightly ajar.
Upon closer inspection, I realized that not all of the mushrooms were glowing. There was a section of fungi that darkened a spot on the wall where Al had stopped.
As I joined him, his voice carried around the cavernous space, making him sound haunted and forlorn. “Bluefoot
mushrooms.” It was the first time he’d spoken in over an hour. He pulled his backpack off and filled it with the
fungi. “I used to cook with these when I lived in France … They taste great in omelets.”
I plucked one off the wall because I had worked up an appetite, and popped it into my mouth and then
immediately spit it out. “Gross. That tastes like dirt.”
Taking a quick swig of water from Larna’s pack, I hissed, “You eat that?”
“They taste better cooked,” Al said, his mouth quirking up in amusement. “But they’re great protein. You
should eat up while you have the chance.”
“I’d rather eat sludge,” I muttered under my breath.
The further we progressed, the more claustrophobic I started to feel. Being in closed-off spaces and in the pitchdark for hours was taking its toll on me. I deposited a pebble from the bottom of my shoe back to its home, noticing for the first time how many blisters I had accumulated during this trek. I couldn’t see them, but I could definitely feel them. Mental note: Converse do not make great hiking shoes. I had a pair of perfectly fine boots, but they were swimming with the fish at the bottom of the ocean. That morning, before Larna dropped my bag, I had switched them out, hoping the gnarly blisters on my feet might heal if I wore a different pair of shoes.
Everything hurt, but I didn’t want to be the first to whine, so I sucked it up, and we continued on … and on …and on … until it seemed like we’d never see the light of day ever again. I felt something dark and sinister twisting its skeletal little fingers into my gut.
That thought sent me into an even more depressed spiral, and pretty soon that depression turned into an infection. What if Al didn’t really know where he was going? What if he was leading me to my death? He loved Larna—he didn’t care about me. They could see in the dark—all they had to do was leave me behind, and I would be lost down here forever. It wasn’t until I felt Larna’s hand shift on my shoulder that I realized she was still beside me.
Still, resentment started to gnaw away at me.

Author Bio:
Misty has always called Texas home but has a passion for world travel.
Before taking up writing, she has had a long career in law enforcement. Besides the self-torture of writing books, she also loves the self-torture of running. Misty is currently working on book three of her young adult trilogy in 'The Blood Dagger' series. The Watchers - Volume 2 will be released in December 2018.
When not writing, Misty enjoys reading any books by Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill (Owen King), and J.K. Rowling. A lot of author's write about pets on their bio's... Misty has a rescue parakeet named Peeta (As in the Hunger Games).

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Book Blitz: Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott!

Captive Rebel
by Erin McDermott
(The Allegiance #1)
Publication date: July 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner struggles to survive.
Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family will suffer.
When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel captivity vowing to hunt down rebel spies, Marylyn realizes her only hope is to escape Allegiant territory.
While on the run, Ariston captures Marylyn, preventing her from any chance of returning home. Desperate, she knows she needs to escape her alluring captor or risk the safety of her family.
But Marylyn can’t keep herself from falling for the mysterious prince as she finds that he can empathize with her troublesome past – a past no ally has understood before.
EXCERPT:
Moist hands wrapped around my lower arm. “Excuse me, you’re that rebel girl aren’t you?” I turned to face a boy with sweeping black hair and piercing gray eyes. Unfortunately for him, he struggled to stand and his breath was repulsive.
“Who else would I be?” I bluntly responded while attempting to rip my arm from his hold. He only squeezed it tighter.
“I say you shouldn’t listen to these people who are talking poorly about you. I don’t think you’re a bad person. Not at all,” he gave me a weak smile and stumbled toward me.
I took a step back, weary of this boy. “Well, they’re probably right,” I said, trying to persuade him to back off. He continued approaching me with a sloppy grin plastered across his face. Clearly, my words did not dissuade him.
He held tighter on my arm as his face came increasingly close to mine. Before I knew what was happening, I reacted.
The moment his lips brushed against mine I pushed him away with my free arm. He went staggering to the floor. His one hand still firmly held onto my arm, dragging me down with him.
My body fell against his and my hair cascaded around his face. Before I could react, he slammed his hands against my chest, tossing my unprepared body onto the wooden floor next to him. My shoulder slammed onto the ground and I moaned in pain.
I reached for my shoulder and gripped it tightly. Before I could make another move large hands wrapped around my waist, pulling me up to a standing position. Bulky arms wrapped around me and I was pulled back into a man’s chest.
“Walk away before I hurt you,” Ariston’s warm breath tickled my ear as he spoke with a protective voice.
The boy in front of me was unrelenting, “She’s scum. Why are you protecting her?”
The pub went silent and all eyes were on the three of us. Ariston’s grip around my waist was unusually comforting, and I had a burning desire to ask him not to let go.
His deep voice echoed through the silent pub. “As your prince, and a man tortured by her kind, she is rightfully mine.”
“Rightfully no one’s,” I aggressively whispered only loud enough for him to hear and no one else.
“After spying on my family, you are mine.”

Author Bio:
Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college with a bachelors degree in History. If she's not in her room writing, you may find somewhere on the Jersey Shore with her family. She has been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first book, CAPTIVE REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).
During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek Mythology, which she incorporates into The Allegiance Series. She is incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.

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