Thursday, April 17, 2014

SWAG GIVEAWAY - DEEP by KYLIE SCOTT - STAGE DIVE # 4 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - PAN MACMILLAN - ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN - BOOK COVER REVEAL

Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.


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BOOK REVIEW - EMPOWER by JESSICA SHIRVINGTON - VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS # 5 - HACHETTE AUST - YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE

By: Jessica Shirvington
Published By: Hachette Aust
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 441 Pages

RATING: 5 MEMORABLE END OF SERIES STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and - most importantly - her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York ... and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

This was a most fitting end to the Violet Eden Chapters.

I got all girlie and teary. I’m sitting in my car down the beach, trying not to notice Mr Fitness taking the mums and babies class.

Anyhoo, I am swallowing lumps and casually doing that slow finger under the sunnies tear wipe, trying not to be noticed by the joggers and walkers, trying not to pull the ugly cry face.

Where’s a tissue in the hand bag when you need one.

Yes, Jessica gives us ‘feels’ in her last installment and I am not ashamed to say, they got me a bit blubbery.

Dang. When a book can do that to me.

Two years have past and Violet is living in her own personal hell and trying to keep ahead of Lincoln. She is fighting hard for what she believes in. What she believes is best for Lincoln.

Lincoln had me all... ‘feels’, with how Violet left him.

Standing close and breathing hard, he spoke in a low voice. “Am I so insignificant to you that you won’t answer a few simple questions?”


He was still yelling. “But you’re not fixed at all, are you? We’re still us in all the terrible ways and none of the good!”


Awww. Poor Lincoln. Sometimes I wanted to shake Violet. The guy is wearing his heart on his sleeve.

“Violet, I ... I breathe you. I live you. I love you.”

If every girl heard those words from her beau... wow! 

We meet a bunch of Rogues and get to spend time with Gray who is a lovely lad. He has such a great soul and so loyal and nice to Violet.

“Oh, and by the way,” Gray said. “You were right. This is definitely a trap.”

“Gotta love being popular,” I said. 



Carter is the funny bone with his snark among the Rogues. I like him.

“Can we please go and kill some exiles now?” Carter called out gruffly. “No wonder I never wanted to work with you people. It’s like a bloody soap opera.”

Then we have the brilliant Steph, who doesn’t back down from anything.

Steph is such a wonderful , loyal friend who makes it onto the wrong side of Lincoln, but she sticks to her girl power loyalty, no matter how hard it is for her to do it. She also speaks her mind. She is the reality check that Violet needs.

“Oh, stop being a martyr!” Steph said, stealing my description of Lincoln yesterday, along with the croissant I was still holding, before she spun and stormed down the corridor as I watched after her, blinking.

Yeah. Steph has gumption.


“Everything is so huge with you. Big moments. Life-threatening sacrifices. World changing triumphs. But love isn’t like that. Love is all the small moments. It’s what fills the quiet. She sat up suddenly, looking down at me. “Do yourself a favor and just sit in the quiet for a while, and hear what fills it.”


Yeah. Steph. Rocks.

The bald headed, briefcase toting villain gets a name and he is one bad ass villain.

Phoenix...man, Jessica had me all teary for him. He just wants love. We really see how lonely and tough his life is for him in this last installment.

Jessica really did crush my heart.

I really do personally need a Phoenix spinoff. He just needs...someone.

“You always worried you were becoming a new kind of angel, but can you finally see?” he called out. “You were always becoming the best kind of human.” His eyes met mine, and for a few magical beats all the mayhem around us went away and his calm brown eyes met my hazel ones and understanding passed between us.


I feel like a part of my heart will always be waiting for Phoenix to be happy and complete.

I know this is a fictional book, but, Phoenix needs someone. Then I can stop worrying about him.

Onyx, you are still such a fun sidekick character who I adore. You have landed on your feet in more ways than one.


“What?” I asked sharply.

“Honestly?”

I narrowed my eyes. “Yes.”

“I’m just giddy with excitement,” he said, his eyes alight. “It’s as if someone has rebooted my favourite movie just for me and I get to sit back and watch all over again.”

“Still a bastard, then,” I mumbled.

He laughed openly. “Why fight what works?” He leaned a little closer, and dropped his voice. “But I’m sure you’ll find that not everything has remained quite the same.”



I can’t help smiling when Onyx is talking.

“Anyone tried to kill you?” he asked.

I rolled my eyes. “Not yet,” I replied.

He shrugged. “Blow anything up?”

“Not yet,” I said again, fighting the urge to smile.

“Eh. Still early days.”




“Shouldn’t you be working?” I asked Onyx.

He threw back a shot. “I am. Customer relations. Are you enjoying yourself?”

A waitress came over and placed a number of drinks on the table. One in front of me. I raised an eyebrow.

“See?” Onyx said. “Don’t say I’m not looking after you.”



Man, I want to see that tv show eventuate for this series. Just watching Phoenix and Lincoln in action and hearing their declarations of love... wow! All the sub characters who make this series so much fun and interesting, and those fighting scenes. I would sit and watch it.

A wonderful heart felt ending to a really cool YA series that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I highly recommend The Violet Eden Chapters. Once you start this ride, you will find yourself very addicted.



Michelle



USA Release Date

May 6th 2014

Sourcebooks

BANG by E.K. BLAIR - THE BLACK LOTUS # 1- COVER REVEAL - SUSPENSE ROMANCE


We are excited to present the cover for book #1 in E.K. Blair's (author of the Fading Series) new Black Lotus Series, BANG! Filled with suspense, sexiness and romance, this is sure to take us on an indescribable thrill.


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TITLE: Bang

SERIES: The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

GENRE: Psychosexual Suspense / Romance 

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd, 2014




brick synopsis


They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent. I haven’t been for a very long time. My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams. Gone. Vanished. I never even had a choice. I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs. Until now. I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine. But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**



brick excerpt


In an instant, he's crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance. He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.




COVER REVEAL - HAPPENSTANCE by JAMIE MCGUIRE - NOVELLA SERIES - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY

#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.


******

Releases : 9th May 2014
Novella series
New Adult Contemporary
Happenstance : 100 Pages

Beautiful cover. You can pre order now on Amazon.

Michelle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 13 - SISTER'S FATE by JESSICA SPOTSWOOD - THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES # 3 - YA PARANORMAL - PUTNAM



WAITING ON WEDNESDAY # 13


16TH APRIL 2014


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Spotlights upcoming releases.


SISTER'S FATE 

JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES # 3

Release Date : 14th August 2014

Published : Putnam Juvenile



A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.
To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.




******

I really loved Born Wicked and meeting Finn and Tess. I haven't read Star Cursed yet, just a matter of getting it from the library. I am looking forward to Sister's Fate , so hopefully I can read them both together. 

I'm looking forward to what surprises await me in Star Cursed and Sister's Fate.

I loved the trailer for Born Wicked.




I look forward to seeing what WOW's are around this week.

Don't forget to enter my Friday Giveaways, signed swag I have. 
The current one is for Jessica Shirvington.
They start and end on Fridays.

Happy Reading!

Michelle


BOOK REVIEW - DUTY OF CARE by LISA EDWARD - FORBIDDEN FRUIT VOL II - ANTHOLOGY - EROTIC CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVELLA


A collection of erotic forbidden romance novellas from some of today's bestselling authors.



Release date: April 2014


Novellas include:






Dancing with Desire by Kasey Millstead

The rules are clear: 


No sex with the patrons.
Dance like no one’s watching.
Fuck them with your eyes.

Make love to them with your moves.
But, no sex with the patrons. Ever.


Why is it, when someone tells you not to do something…or someone…you immediately want to do what they told you not to?
In Ana’s case, that someone is Ethan Faulkner. Rich, sexy and confident, and a patron of the exclusive gentleman’s club where she works as a dancer.


Will Ana play by the rules, or will Ethan have her Dancing with Desire?

Sins of the Flesh by Adriane Leigh

She walked into his church wounded and seeking solace, what she didn't expect to find was temptation so sharp and sweet under one snow-white collar. 


Their relationship was never innocent. 


From the beginning, their attraction was combustible; the magnetism all-consuming; the sexual tension explosive, begging them to succumb to their dark desire in . . . sins of the flesh.

Duty of Care by Lisa Edward

For Toni Masters, moving from a small country town to the city, to pursue her nursing career, is a dream come true. But her first day on North Ward is not what she had hoped for.


Toni’s first patient encounter is with twenty-six year old Michael Davidson, or Harley as he is known to his friends. Harley is difficult and miserable being stuck in a hospital bed, and only seems happy when he has the nurses running in circles. But all Harley’s efforts to antagonize the new nurse, only make Toni push back and give as good as she gets.


A mutual respect is born along with a growing attraction, and Toni vows to do all she can to make Harley’s stay in North Ward as comfortable as possible. 


But how far will Toni take her duty of care?

Her Secret Service by Liv Morris

Cammie Douglas is a spoiled and promiscuous beauty who's completely out of control. She attends the University of Texas where her life revolves around finding her next hook-up. Her father, Senator Anthony Douglas is a candidate for President and fears his "little" girl's reckless lifestyle could damage his campaign. He persuades Secret Service agent Jude Warner to watch-over Cammie and try to rein in her careless behavior. 


Jude is dark and handsome, the silent-type, trained to live a life of control and regiment. When he meets and begins to guard Cammie, Jude fights a raw sexual attraction to her making his life both heaven and hell. Naughty Cammie is determined to have him join her on the wild side by playing a game of sexual seduction. Can Jude resist his desire to possess Cammie? Or will he sacrifice everything to be with her?

Burning Desire by Vicki Green

A young eighteen year old Riley Morris has been in a nursing program for almost a year now but little did she know she would soon be living in a mansion with Parker Wright, a thirty five year old sexy man and taking care of his dying bedridden wife. Parker has made it no secret to Riley of his desire for her once she moves in but she’s trying not to give in to her own desire for him with the guilt of situation that has her there but can she? Will she?

What Mother Doesn't Know by Nikki Worrell

Gabriella Tuttle is a 19 year old girl who works for her step-father’s construction company. She lives at home with her mother and step-father, Sofia and Rick Jameson. They were a happy family until 2 years ago when Sofia fell in with the wrong crowd in an effort to recapture her youth.

At the age of 37, Rick has had enough. He’s done with Sofia’s abusive behavior. He’s done watching her lying around the house, strung out on the drug of the week. But he is not willing to leave Gabriella alone with her. As wrong as he knows it is, Rick has had an unhealthy attraction to his step-daughter from the time she started high school.

Now that Gabby’s an adult, and Rick’s ready to get Sofia out of his life, dare he make the move to become something other than a step-father to Gabby? His mind isn’t so sure, but his body has been ready for years.


The Taste of Mr. Davenport by Jessica Ingro

Carter Davenport has watched his daughter’s best friend Claire come out of her shell over the last two years. And what has been exposed has him more than intrigued. He’d like nothing more than to peel back her layers and devour what’s underneath, but Claire is officially off limits to him.

When Claire Reynolds met Elisa Davenport during her first year of college, she never dreamed she'd one day find herself having an illicit affair with Elisa's unbelievably sexy father. Now that she’s had a mouthwatering sample, she wants more. After all, one taste is never enough…

One promising summer vacation leads to stolen glances, erotic touches and steamy encounters neither can forget. Like all things taboo, will their relationship have an expiration date? Or will Claire show Carter they are more than just a forbidden romance?


Wicked, Wicked, Wicked Witch, by Penny Reid 

Maleficent Taylor has a problem, she’s a witch who is infatuated with a prince. She’s not a real witch, but she does play one at the largest theme park in the world. This prince, however, is strictly off limits and he has been since their families clashed eight years ago, ending with her parents divorced and her brother in jail. In life and in the movies, the beautiful princess always ends up with the handsome prince, and the witch always loses. But, much to Maleficent’s dismay and surprise, fate has thrown them together in a rainstorm, and everyone knows what happens when a witch gets wet.


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 3.75 EROTIC HOSPITAL STARS!

I would like to start by saying I am only reviewing Duty of Care by Lisa Edward in the Forbidden Fruit Anthology.

Thank you to Lisa for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Michael ‘Harley’ Davidson has been laying about recuperating in hospital from an accident on his motorbike. He has two broken legs.
He is cranky and is giving all the nurses a hard time.

No pun there intended.

Nurse Toni is starting her first day at Western Hospital and she gets Michael as her first patient.

She doesn’t take any of his attitude, but later on , she takes a lot more than that.

* waggles eyebrows *

Much innuendo in that comment.

This was a short erotic read where all hospital rules are well and truly broken when it comes to an erotic good time... or two, and artistic Michael knows how to sex up Nurse Toni.

Michael’s hospital stay just got a lot more fun.

Lisa did a great job of her first erotic novella.



Michelle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY - CAGED by LISA EDWARD - SONGBIRD # 2 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - RELEASE DAY BOOK BLITZ


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Tara has made a promise.


A promise to wait six months for Riley to come home from his tour of duty, so they can be together.

But as secrets and lies are uncovered, it leads Tara to question their commitment, and she is finding it difficult to keep that promise.

The distance between them is growing, and only one person can fill the void, Tara’s best friend Cole.

As Cole tries to support Tara, he is struggling with demons of his own, that threaten to tear him away from the life he has built for himself.

After devastating news is received, who will be there to pick up the pieces?

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We spent another day walking around the city, taking in the Sacre-Cour Basilica, and Cathedral de Notre Dame, before finishing at the Opera Garnier Palace, or Paris Opera House, as it’s commonly called.

The Opera House was a magnificent sight, its sweeping staircases just as majestic as they were in my imagination. Cole spoke to one of the security guards before ushering me hastily into a roped-off area.

“What did you say to the guard to get us in?” I whispered excitedly. There were people walking past, and we quickly ducked around a corner so we couldn’t be seen.

“I told him my parents are patrons of the arts here in Paris. They have a permanent reservation for the box up there.” He pointed to a small box close to the stage that would seat possibly six people. “Would you like to see the view from up there?”

He led me up a back staircase, and across a foyer before we ducked under another rope, and through a heavy red velvet curtain.

The box had eight chairs in two rows of four, all red velvet to match the curtain that enclosed it. I went and sat in one of the seats in the front row, and leaned over the balcony. From up high, I could see the entire theatre, and all of the stage except for the very back corner.

“This is unbelievable,” I exclaimed. “Do you come to see operas, ballets, and concerts often when you’re in Paris?”

He shook his head as he sat beside me. “Not really. I’m usually here by myself, and I tend to spend my time in bars.”

“If I could come here whenever I wanted,” I fantasied, “I’d spend every night here, watching anything that was playing.”

One day I would come here to see a grand opera, but not this visit, we just didn’t have time.

He looked at me sheepishly. “You know what I’m like. I have different priorities when I’m here on my own.”

Hmm, I think we’ll leave it at that. Obviously there weren’t enough girls in Melbourne; he had to come to Paris to get laid, too.

“I wonder,” Cole muttered under his breath.

“What do you wonder?” I asked, curiously.

He stuck his head over the balcony edge again. There was only one couple walking through the theatre, and they looked like they were about to leave.

“Come with me.”

He grabbed my hand and led me back out through the red velvet curtain, along another passage and down another flight of stairs. For someone who didn’t spend much time here, he sure seemed to know where he was going.

“Wait there,” he instructed, before sticking his head around another corner.

I waited excitedly. Where were we going?

I couldn’t wait any longer. I tippy-toed up behind him, and tapped him on the shoulder.

He all but jumped out of his skin and spun around, clutching his chest.

I slapped my hand over my mouth, trying to muffle the laugh that was about to burst through. He looked at my face and started laughing, before biting his lip to shut himself up.

He was like a mischievous little boy, and he was thoroughly gorgeous with that cheeky grin and those shining emerald eyes.

Without thinking, I took his chin in my right hand and kissed him square on the lips. “You are adorable,” I told him, still laughing.

He stopped smiling, his eyes sweeping over my face, from my eyes down to my lips, then back up again. “So are you,” he replied hoarsely. “So are you.”

I bit my bottom lip, suddenly very aware that that was the first time we had ever kissed on the lips. It may have just been a quick innocent peck, but I could still taste him, still feel the warmth of his full soft lips, radiating through me.

He watched my mouth, the corner of his twitching into an almost-smile. He stuck his head back around the corner one more time, then led me out through the wings and onto the stage.

“Okay, Miss O’Connell, if you had only one chance to perform on this magnificent stage, what would you do?”

The possibilities ran through my head. The size of the stage made me want to dance some unrehearsed ballet, leaping and twirling around like a little kid. But I had the wrong shoes on, and the plaster on my wrist was cumbersome. I would probably pirouette and knock myself out.

Maybe sing? But what would I sing in the Opera Garnier Palace? Only one thing I could sing really, something from Phantom of the Opera. After all, this was the very theatre that the legend was built around.

“I would sing, Mr Michaels. Maybe, ‘Think of Me’, one of the arias from Phantom of the Opera.”

He swept his hand towards the front of the stage as if telling me to stand in the centre.

I laughed. “I can’t just start singing. We’ll be thrown out.”

“This could be your one and only chance to ever perform here, Tara. Live a little.” He nodded his head towards centre stage again. “Go on, off you go.”

I walked to centre stage, and looked over my shoulder at him for encouragement. By the time the security guards came I would be at least halfway through the aria.

I cleared my throat, and looked at him one more time. He moved to side of stage and leant up against the wall behind the thick curtain with his hands behind his back.

I pictured the scene in the movie where Christine sings for the first time. It was one of my favourite scenes, and every time I watched the DVD I skipped back to it, over and over again. I closed my eyes and I was there, as Christine was.

I started singing to the empty theatre. It didn’t matter if I was terrible. There was no one there but Cole and me, and it was a once in a lifetime experience.

As I was singing, a few tourists walked through. Some stood and listened, others actually took a seat. I don’t know what they made of it, some strange girl standing in the middle of the stage by herself, singing her lungs out. But when the aria was over they applauded, and I took a flying leap into Cole’s waiting arms.


Songbird, book 1

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 Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.

For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.

Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.

As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.

Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.

While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes
Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.

Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfill her destiny.

As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.

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While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and traveled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - DOOMED by TRACY DEEBS - YA SUSPENSE - BLOOMSBURY AUSTRALIA

By: Tracy Deebs
Published By: Bloomsbury Aust
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from publisher for honest review, 470 Pages

RATING: 4.5 FAST PACED STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora's an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there's no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora's Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora's father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I totally dug this fast paced, YA ride. Seriously, from start to finish this book was almost made to be a movie with all the non stop things going on. It would be pretty cool up on the big screen.

This was a story that really made me stop and think about the impact of technology and what would happen if a lone person could actually do what the villain of this story did. Statement or not, this was a pretty powerful thing and the impact it had on society.

It wasn’t just a matter of , boo hoo we can’t use the internet. What am I going to do if I can’t facebook somebody.

No. This villain took down everything. The whole grid.

Electricity. No fridges, cash registers, ATM’s for money. Nobody uses manual bank books anymore.

We plug into everything!!

Just imagine.

Money becomes , useless.

Back to trading for goods.

Traffic lights stuck on green equals car accidents, death.

Hospitals, all their equipment needs electricity, medical results come through from phones, emails.

I wouldn't be blogging. Gahhhh!!

Petrol stations stop working once the batteries in them die. No petrol.

Looting.

Fights.

People start to form a hierarchy. Look out, here comes a dystopian world.

What percentage of people in the world are peaceful, friendly, non life threatening?

What percentage turn to fear as a weapon and use it?

What percentage of people are looking for trouble and will grab a gun and shoot you before shaking your hand and helping you?

Jails use electricity too.

Within four days the world was falling to pieces.

Very believable.

Tracy made me really think deeply about how much technology and internet we now rely on , not just for play, but for serious day to day stuff.

Nuclear plants, need cooling systems, if they aren’t working...

BOOM!!

Airplanes in the air need computer systems up and running.

OO that one makes me queasy.

There is a very real message within the pages of this book, which is quite frightening.

We have forgotten how to live off the land.

Google is our source of knowledge. We don’t learn things from memory like we used to years gone by.

Skills have been lost.

I think I should be hanging with the Amish. They have it going on in this day and age.

We panic when we can’t control our day. 

Go back a hundred years, we lived the simple life, it worked. 

We don't know how to do that, anymore. Our brains can't wrap around that life.

We want computers, electricity, communication at the touch of a button and the internet to get us through a day.

When that is taken from us.

That is when shiz goes down.

Pandora turns seventeen. She is home alone, her mother working in Alaska. She knew her mum wouldn’t remember her birthday, she hoped she would, but the day was starting off... just like any other.

Until...

An email arrives in her inbox that starts a countdown that could end the world in ten days.

Pandora likes to play Pandora’s Box, a game that has people around the world engrossed in.

I’ve got short, spiky red hair with violet streaks in the front. Plus, I’ve got muddy brown eyes and I’m also close to six feet tall, a height that doesn’t exactly scream cute, cuddly, and in need of protection.


Little do they know that once Pandora unwrapped her gift, the safety of the world was going to be riding on her shoulders and the two hunky neighbors who decided to come along for the ride.

Total Annihilation in ten days.

Even the game, Jumanji didn’t have this much riding on getting to the end of a game and winning.

Enter Theo and his stepbrother Eli.

Theo is all dark and broody and gorgeous, despite dressing like a total prep. Piercing blue eyes partially covered by his shaggy black hair, superbroad shoulders beneath a navy striped button-down dress shirt, and a really good face complete with strong jaw, full lips, and razor-sharp cheek bones. Plus he’s smart enough to be in all AP classes.



Eli, on the other hand, is a total charmer. Bright green eyes, carefully styled nlond hair, his own set of broad shoulders, and a killer smile that he uses to great advantage.


Shiz starts going down from the start. The alphabetical feds are trying to nab Pandora. ( FBI etc..) 

Theo to the rescue.

Stuff the laws, these seventeen year old kids have a world to save.


“How many laws do you think we’ve broken since this thing began?” I ask.

“Seventeen. I’ve been counting.”


I thought this was a very clever idea. I don’t want to think too hard about the technology required to pull off some of the stuff the villain of the story pulled off with getting the kids avatars into the computer game and what not... but it is fiction. So just go with it.

Theo is the man of this story. This kid is like Daryl from the Walking Dead. You just want him on your side.

Pandora was lucky enough to have the lads move in down the road as her neighbor and they decided they were up for an adventure they won’t forget in a hurry.

Theo is a jack of all trades, boy genius, plane builder, hacker, did I mention he was uber gorgeous, he has a photographic memory, he is his own GPS system, and he is just totally the dude you want on your side.

He can just be a bit of a cranky pants when he wants to be.

Looks like our luck is taking a major upswing, though I guess that has more to do with Theo than any goodwill from the universe.



Eli is a really great character, but as we read more, we see his flaws compared to his stepbrother.

Hey, there’s no room for two genius’s , plane builders, etc, but he can fight, and he is good looking.

Code words needed to be found to move up levels, coordinates needed to be found inside the game to move the chess pieces ( being them ) around the States.

I liked that when we were in the game with the characters, the pages were grey, then when we were back racing across the States, it was normal page color.

There was action, bullets were flying, hands were being held, time was of the essence, they were car jacking, taking on bikers... the list goes on.

Plus. Greek mythology. I would have been no use to this lot. Theo was a wealth of knowledge on Greek mythology.

Awesome movie making stuff.

Theo was doing an awful lot of , white-knuckled-steering-wheel-clutching.

Seriously. He did a lot of that.

I think Pandora behaved like any seventeen year old average girl. She wasn’t a trained girl scout, an army reserve or had any special training in anything. She was just an average girl. I can understand her teary moments, because she is essentially the cause of the timer starting. She has a lot riding on her shoulders. There is family history.

She isn’t one of Bruce Willis’s characters, who would take this all in his stride and crack a few jokes along the way to saving the world. She is a kid who has shit parents.

But, she does have Theo and Eli.

And that, my friends, makes all the difference.

“Bad asses?” he asks, an eyebrow raised in disbelief. “Seriously?”

“Would you rather I say you have a superhero complex?”

“Jesus, what is with you people today? Savior, superhero, bad ass. I’m just me.”

“And I’m just me. Not a damsel in distress, not a princess waiting for you to slay my dragons.”

If this is a stand alone book, which I feel it is, I can't help wanting an Epilogue at the end of it. It's a big statement for one book. You will understand when you read the book and get to the end.

But hey, that's also how some movies end. They just ...End.

If you like a fast paced ride. Grab Doomed. I highly recommend it.




Michelle


P.S Look at that Tracy Deebs and Tracy Wolff are the same author.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

ARC BOOK REVIEW - THE FOREVER SONG by JULIE KAGAWA - BLOOD OF EDEN # 3 - YA PARANORMAL - HARLEQUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA

By: Julie Kagawa
Published By: Harlequin Teen Aust
Release Date : 1st May 2014
Details : Paperback received from publisher for honest review, 378 Pages 

RATING: 5 FAST PACED, EXCITING STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

“Let’s go stop the apocalypse.”

Man, I LOVED this book. It was such a ride from start to finish.

Julie has done a brilliant job of this series. I have loved every book.

Oh, yeah. This book was YA Epic.

I got to say, Julie amped up the fighting and the gore in The Forever Song and I loved it. It was very true to the dire situations the characters found themselves in.

Shiz is going down!

The Forever Song has us watching Kanin, Allison and Jackal, trying to save what is left of the human race and vampire race. They all have a common goal to band together and stop Sarren who is one of the most evil SOB’s I have read in YA.

Sarren is setting devious traps for the trio to fall into and not make it out of. Rabids, blood and gore are visually painted in our mind as we read Julie’s words of awesomesauce.

Yes. I said awesomesauce. 


“That must’ve taken him a while. Bastard sure went through a lot of trouble, just for us. I feel so special, don’t you?”

“Well,” Jackal remarked, gazing around the carnage strewn space, "that doesn’t scream ‘trap’at all. Is this the best Sarren could come up with?”


Jackal has the best lines. I love reading him. He is the bad boy we love to read. Julie changes our mind about him from The Immortal Rules to The Forever Song.

Julie threw everything at her characters in this finale. Both emotional turmoil, and she had them fighting for their lives and for the beings that were left on Earth.


I cried for the boy I had lost, the human who’d believed I was more than a monster, even if I couldn’t believe it myself.


You’re not evil,” he had whispered, those bright, solemn blue eyes staring into me, peeling away every defense. “No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil.”



I got sad, I laughed, I got real nervous for them, Sarren is a bastard of the highest degree. His mind will not be saved. He is true evil.

I can see this trilogy as a movie. The fighting scenes would be magnificent up on the big screen. Jackal would have the audience laughing, and Allison is trying to fight the good fight and not become the monster that lies within her waiting to be released.

“Sister.” The vampire’s voice was a warning, and he raised his hands, one of which held a bloody fire ax. “Don’t be stupid. Get a hold of yourself. Don’t make me smear your brains all over the pavement.”

Kanin won't give up on Allison. 

“I tried, Kanin. I really did. But you know what I discovered?” I curled my lip into a sneer. “We are monsters. No matter how long I fight it, I’m always going to want to hunt and kill and destroy. You taught me that, remember? What happened with --" my mind recoiled from his name  “-- with that human-- that was stupid and wrong and eventually, I would’ve killed him. It was...better...that he died.”



Valentine from The Mortal Instruments was a bad YA evil guy, but Sarren he really does take the gold medal for his convincing role of Top Evil Dude.

I wouldn’t last a second around him and the traps he invents, he is quite the thinker when it comes to being creative with his evil killing.

“You know this is not going to be pleasant, right?” he stated to the rest of us. “Whatever the sicko has in here, he obviously wants us to see it. Which means it’s probably going to fuck with at least one of us, really badly.” He snickered, shaking his head. “Course, that’s the trap now, isn’t it? We could walk away, right now, but not knowing what’s inside is going to drive us bat-shit crazy.”


I felt how hard the characters all had to fight to stay alive.

All the time Jackal kept me amused with his dialogue.


“So, go ahead, tell him that everything is going to be fine. All the meatsacks are perfectly content on their happy little island, Sarren has given up world destruction to raise kittens, and the magic wish fairy will wave her wand and turn shit into gold.”

... “Hey, I’m just being a realist, here.” Jackal laced his hands behind his head, leaning back with a snort. “Someone in this fucked-up family has to be.”


“What the hell do these bloodbags use for fuel, their own piss?” 


“The last ship from bat-shit crazytown is sailing, so cut the ropes and let’s get the hell out of Dodge.”


One of my personal favorites.

“Oh, for the love of fuck!” Jackal snarled, whirling and smashing a coil of rope across its face, sending it crashing back. “The bastards don’t give up, do they?”


I love Kanin, he is so serious and straight laced with his words of wisdom and frowns. He very much plays the role of parent to Allison and Jackal.

“No.” Kanin’s voice was suddenly hard, terrifying. “You are simply using your demon to hide from what you really feel. Because you are afraid of what that means, that it might be painful. It is far easier to be a monster than to confront the truth.”


Watching him put up with his two kids bickering, was kind of fun.

“Hey, old man,” Jackal called in a mocking voice, “you forgot to say ‘if you kids don’t stop I’m going to turn this car right around and then no one will go to Eden.’”

Hahahhaaaa!


Allison and Jackal are such fun to read when they are verbally sparring.


“Better be careful, Jackal.” My voice came out cold. Empty, because I couldn’t feel anything, even now. “It almost sounds like you care.”

“Oh, well, perish the thought, sister.” Jackal gave me a sneer and moved away. “I’ll stop talking, then. But if we reach Sarren, and he says something to make you fall apart, don’t expect me to pick up the pieces.”


But Jackal is also starting to show some humanity.


“What’s the real reason you want me around?”

“Because, my thick-headed little sister...”Jackal sighed. “I trust you.”



Julie has inserted some cool curveballs.


This was one hell of a ride from start to finish. Evil guy is truly evil and Jackal may surprise you how much you love him. A brilliant end to this trilogy that kept me turning the pages, but at the same time not wanting it to end.


Sarren gave me a look of genuine pity. “No, little bird,” he said, shaking his head. “You are still an infant demon, far too young to know the truth. Eternity is not a gift. It is a curse.”



Michelle