29 Apr 2012

In Mists mailbox (40)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The story siren where we share the books we have received.

23rd Apr - 29th Apr



Books mentioned
Gifted
Loaned
For review
The immortal rules by Julie Kagawa

I also got an audiobook this week, Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


27 Apr 2012

Charity book auction - Wrap-up post


First off I wanna say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the auction by either donating something, sponsoring it or buying something in it. And a MASSIVE thank you to the people that did more than one of those things!

The items sold in the auction made a total of £269!
And overall including sponsors and people generously rounding up when paying for their items the auction made £413 and with gift aid the complete total was £448.38!!!

I didn't make it to my goal but I'm still extremely happy with this amount, all the funds raised are going to Down's syndrome association

26 Apr 2012

Same difference (26)


Incubus by Carol Goodman (AKA The demon lover by Juliet Dark.)
Fairwick chronicles book one and
Crave by Melissa Darnell (AUS edition.)
The Clann book one.

As you can see, both of these use the same model in a forest but are completely different! I like the Green of Incubus but I much prefer the Aussie Crave cover, I love that blue colour and the light shining through the trees and the watermark of a dial around the gorgeous font of the title, Incubus is nice enough but Crave is stunning.

Which do you prefer?

25 Apr 2012

UK vs THE WORLD! (21)

UK vs. The world is a weekly meme I made up lol.
It's simlair to UK vs. US except the UK covers are battling it out with their foreign counterparts from all over the world, because who doesn't love judging books by their covers!

UK                          vs.                Germany
Small blue thing book one.
('Nur ein Hauch von dir' translates to 'Just a small glimpse of you.' - According to Google translate.)

Mist: Both of these covers are lovely but I think I'm swayed more by the UK cover, I prefer that shade of blue and the bracelet and bubbles are gorgeous. The German cover is nice to though, I really like the city in the background and the patterns around the edge and the amazing blue colour of the eyes but I think the UK cover is prettier and different to other covers.

Ninfa: Both covers are kinda nice, but I think I prefer the UK cover. The bracelet falling in the water matches the tag line perfectly and intrigues me as to what the book is about. The German cover, although very pretty, doesn't quiet catch me in the same way.
UK wins :)

UK                        vs.                    France
Summer series book one.
('L'été où je suis devenue jolie' translates to 'The summer I became pretty.' - According to Google translate.)

Mist: Hmm I like both of these to, the shells and all the colours and sand on the French cover make me think of summer but so do the flowers on the UK cover, both are nice in their own ways but I think I prefer the brighter colours of the UK cover.

Ninfa: I love the UK cover with the burst of daises; the colours are so pretty and girlie and fun :) The French cover is sweet and makes me think of summer, with the seashells and the sand, but I really love the UK cover, so I'm going Brit again :)

Which do you prefer?

24 Apr 2012

Blog tour: The immortal rules - Review

The immortal rules by Julie Kagawa
Blood of Eden book one.
Available now.
http://www.miraink.co.uk/

What's it about?
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
My review
It's not that I didn't like this book, I enjoyed it but after such a great book trailer and catchy blurb I expected it to be more explosive than it was, but instead some parts just fell a bit flat for me.
I found it to be long and slightly dragging in some places and it changed scenery to often.
I got the impression that when Allie changed she would be relentless in going after the Vampires and trying to take them down because she hates them so much, but she really didn't, she stayed hidden with Kanin and did what he told her and then ran away when he said to and followed round Zeke and his 'family', it just didn't feel like she did much at all. she does uncover some secrets but they were more accidental and convenient rather than her looking for them.
I did find it really interesting in reading a book that's from the new Vampires perspective though, seeing how she dealt with her bloodlust, especially when surrounded by a bunch of Humans who don't know what she is, but again this seemed convenient to, whenever she was starting to lose it to the bloodlust there were some handy bad guys that she fought and drank from instead and accidentally biting her friends.
The ending didn't incite the feelings I think was intended but it was intriguing enough for me to want to read the next book.
Overall the book seemed a bit longer than necessary and there weren't any stand out characters for me, but I didn't hate it and will be reading the next one to see what happens.

My thoughts on the cover
This is a really cool, dark cover. I really like the dark colours and the blood tear and red eye. It definitely makes you want to pick up the book I think.

Favourite quotes
'The vampire just looked at me. Long enough for me to regret taunting him, which was a stupid thing to do from the start.I almost didn't care. I wouldn't grovel and beg, if that's what he was looking for. Vampires had no souls, no emotions and no empathy to appeal to. If the bloodsucker wanted to drain me dry and leave me here to rot, there wasn't anything I could say to stop him.'

'As I smiled back and followed him to where he had set up watch, I couldn't help thinking this boy - this helpful, friendly, genuinely nice human being - was probably going to get me killed.'

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Try it Tuesday (7)

'Try it Tuesday' is a weekly meme hosted here at Bookaholics where each week me and Ninfa take turns to recommend a book we think you should try and why.

This weeks pick is

The Morganville Vampires book one.

It’s a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows—one that will spill out into the bright light of day.
Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. And Claire really doesn’t have the right connections—to the undead who run the town.
When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Hew new roommates don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...

Why I’m choosing this book
Well I'm actually recommending the whole series but since we're not far of the release of book twelve (!) I thought it best just to put the first one lol I was quite late to getting to this series, there were nine books out when I started reading them, but I read all nine books in just a couple of weeks because I enjoyed them so much, they're easy to read so most I got through in a day and even though there's so many books the author has managed to maintain consistent storylines whilst still introducing new things that keep the series fresh, I didn't find any one of them boring or like the series was starting to fizzle out, there are great characters, my favourite being Myrnin, a crazy old Vampire who is hilarious!

Five reasons I love this book
1. Each book always brings something new to the story.
2. Fun and interesting characters, each with their own story.
3. Great friendships between the four main characters.
4. A romance that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for it to happen!
5. Fabulous writing in a great setting.

Who I think will love this book
Of course, Vampire fans will enjoy this, but also fans of fun YA books. Fans of Vampire academy looking for a slightly lighter read will enjoys these. And also try it if you liked The Goddess test by Aimee Carter, Forgive my fins by Tera Lynn Childs or Vampire beach by Alex Duval.


I hope this inspires you to pick up the book, and if you do
Let me know what you think!

The Immortal rules trailer

Happy release day to The immortal rules by Julie Kagawa!
The first book in her new Blood of Eden series and for your viewing pleasure check out the awesome book trailer.


22 Apr 2012

20 Apr 2012

Quickie interview with Aimee Carter

Quickie interview

You probably get asked this often, but which is your favourite Greek myth, other than Hades and Persephone? 
–Orpheus and Eurydice, hands down.
Which books do you enjoy reading yourself? 
–Anything that catches my eye. Usually I go for plots rather than authors, and I will read anything with a plot that appeals to me. Doesn’t matter what age group it’s for, what genre it is, where it’s shelved in the store, anything. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, love The Hunger Games, the Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card, The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop, The Belgarion and Mallorean by David and Leigh Eddings, The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Giver, Matilda, The 39 Clues series, etc. I have an entire bookcase devoted to the books I happily reread so many times that I practically memorize them.
After the series is finished, do you think you'll write more books based around Greek mythology, or would you move onto something else? 
–Right now I have no plans to do so, but I can’t say never. There are a ton of Greek myths, after all. I would love to continue the series past the trilogy, though it wouldn’t be through Kate’s point of view.
In Goddess interrupted we see Kate begin to develop her powers, which one of her powers would most like to have yourself, and why? 
–I would love to have the power to travel from one place to the other in seconds. That’s a power she develops more in the third one, but I think I would love that one the most.
There's an element of sibling rivalry between Kate and Persephone, have you, yourself ever had sibling rivalry, or are you an only child? 
–I’m the eldest of three, and I never got along with my brothers. I never felt a rivalry though – we’re just three very, very different people.
Check out my review for book one The Goddess test
And my review for book two Goddess interrupted

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19 Apr 2012

Same difference (25)


Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (Zellie Wells book one.)
and


I know I haven't done one of these for a while but I haven't come across any lol
I actually like both these covers, I love the sparkle of the Glimpse cover and the colours of Intangible, so it's hard to pick a favourite, both give a different feel because of the colours they have.
I like them both!

Which do you prefer?


18 Apr 2012

Blog tour: Goddess interrupted - Review

Goddess interrupted by Aimee Carter
Goddess test book two.
Available now.
http://www.miraink.co.uk/

What's it about?
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
My review
(4.5)
I really enjoyed The Goddess test so it's been a long anxious wait for book two in the series and needless to say I'm seriously excited when I got my hands on it.
I started off a little disappointed as it was slow to start and the characters annoyed me, though I could see Kate's point and sympathize with her she got to be a little to whiny, and I hated how down on herself she was sometimes when she kept comparing herself to Persephone. And Henry was aloof to the point of annoyance, there's protecting yourself, then there's just being plain rude. But anyway, needless to say the book did pick up, the emotions later in the boko were written so well my heart was racing and the second half of the book was just brilliant, with an explosive ending that had me screaming for the next one immediately!
I love how the author has built on the mythological set-up from book one to add more of the Greek legends so the book didn't feel the same as the first, there's more action to and some great emotional scenes.
Had it not been with my issues from the start the book would have got a full 5/5! Anyone who enjoyed the first book will love this new installment but it'll leave you dying for the next one!

My thoughts on the cover
This cover is just as nice as the first one, I really like the swirly whirly purple pattern and the girls simple dress and the thing on her head, it really has a Greek feel and sits in well with the first one.

Favourite quotes

"What I want should never dictate what you do. I want you to be happy, and so long as you are content, I will be, as well." - Henry

"You never had to fight for me to begin with. I am yours and have been from the moment I saw you." - Henry

Team Erudite - Win Insurgent

So I now have the official line-up of who is in Team Erudite!
Hooray
For your following pleasure here they are!

ME! -Leader
Jodie - Leader - Books for company
Becky - The bookette
Niall - Scots spec
Stevie - Sable caught
Susan - Susan K Mann

Go #TeamEruditeUK!!!

And now for the bit you actually clicked through for!
I am personally giving away a UK paperback copy of Insurgent to celebrate this awesome book!

Deets
-Open to anyone the book depository ships to.
-Giveaway ends on the day of release (May 1st)
-Your free entry is the only mandatory way to enter, the rest are optional but will get you extra entries and more chance of winning!
-Fill in the form!

UK vs. THE WORLD! (20)

UK vs. The world is a weekly meme I made up lol.
It's simlair to UK vs. US except the UK covers are battling it out with their foreign counterparts from all over the world, because who doesn't love judging books by their covers!

UK                           vs.                           Italy
Daughter or smoke and bone book one.
('La chimera di Praga' translates to 'The chimera of Prague.' - According to Google translate.)

Mist: I really like the gorgeous colours of the UK cover and the feathers but that Italian cover is stunning and a clear winner for me, I love the position and expression of the model and the lovely blue hair and those bright eyes, her tatoo is really cool to, the whole cover is just amazing.

Ninfa: Wow, two beautiful and so different covers.
The UK one has always fascinated me, it's dark and I love the feather texture of the design. The tag line is also haunting and intriguing.
The Italian cover though...I just adore it, I love the model with the blue hair and the suggestive tattoo of the breaking feather, it's so cool.
I love her big icy blue eyes and the image of the buildings flaring up in smoke at the bottom.
I think it'll have to be an ITALIAN WIN!

UK                             vs.                   Indonesia
I am number four book two
(Note: The UK cover is the adult version, there is a YA version to but I decided not to include it.)

Mist: I do like the Indonesian cover but I prefer the clean feel of the UK, I really like the bubbles and the colour, the Indoniesian cover does have this pattern to and the fire is coo but I don't really like the drawings, UK win!

Ninfa: I'm not too sure about the Indonesian cover. It's okay, and I like the fire exploding behind the characters (it reminds me of a scene in the "I am Number 4" movie ), but something about the whole ensemble doesn't quite grab me. It looks more "teenager-y" orientated in my opinion.
The UK cover I love. The green colour, the tattoo in drops, it's very beautiful and clean cut.
And although the Indonesian cover is not bad, I think it's a UK win for me

Which do you prefer?

17 Apr 2012

Try it Tuesday (6)

'Try it Tuesday' is a weekly meme hosted here at Bookaholics where each week me and Ninfa take turns to recommend a book we think you should try and why.

This weeks pick is

Kushiel's dart by Jacqueline Carey. The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.


Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.

Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.

Why I’m choosing this book
Because it's gorgeously written, full of romance, political intrigue, a wonderful mythology and a fresh and intriguing retelling of some of the world's history that left me breathless and wanting for more...thank goodness there are several in the series!

Five reasons I love this book
1. It's an intensely emotional story on many levels, Phedre's story is not always a happy story, but her emotions and growth as a character are so involving you can't help but wanting to know where it all leads her.
2. I love Historical re-tellings and Jaqueline Carey does a wonderful job in re-visiting Reinassaince Europe and old myths, legends and stories of the past.
3. This book has everything: love, sword fights and action, political intrigue, a wonderful plot, incredibly detailed characters and settings. You can easily get lost in it!
4. Joceleyn...oh Joceleyn♥
5. I love Phedre and if you like strong, emotional heroines with a hunger for survival then this is the story for you.

Who I think will love this book
Definitely one for the adults with some strong sexual content, I think fans of Historical Fantasy books, full of intrigue and adventures in foreign lands will love this book.
It's beautifully written and the first in a series of 3, though there are another 2 series set in the same world,one of them with some familiar characters in it :)

I hope this inspires you to pick up the book, and if you do
Let me know what you think!

15 Apr 2012

In Mists mailbox (38)

In my mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The story siren where we share the books we have received.

9th Apr - 15th Apr

Just two books this week and I've already read them both before so I decided not to do a video.
Gifted
The power of six by Pittacus Lore - I read an ARC of this awesome book last year and have been meaning to pick up a hardback copy ever since to match my copy of the first book, in an email to Penguin recently about the pb release I mentioned this and they ever so kindly sent me a copy, though my copy of I am number four is the adult version so they still don't quite match but I think I can live with that.
Bought
The maze runner by James Dashner - This is another one I've been meaning to get for ages so I treated myself for easter. This is one of my favourite series' ever! And I already have the UK pb but I have the US hbs for the other two books and I wanted my set to match.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

13 Apr 2012

700 Followers giveaway


Yay, it's time for a giveaway!
Ok, some of you know I was already planning to give away this book but since I woke up this morning to 700 followers, let's call it my 700 followers giveaway :)

Here's what you can win
More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.
Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

The prize is an ARC copy and looks like this
See my review HERE
(I have read it so there's a little creasing)

Deets
-Open to UK and Ireland, sorry I just don't have the money for International postage for this one.
-This is a follower giveaway, so you must be a follower to enter.
-All extra entries are optional.
-Closes 27th April, the winner will be announced in this same post using the rafflecopter widget and the winner contacted via email.
-Fill in the form!

12 Apr 2012

Blog tour: Crave - Review and quickie interview

Crave by Melissa Darnell
The Clann book one.
Available now.
http://www.miraink.co.uk/

What's it about?
Bloodlust. Magic. Forbidden secrets.

When Savannah Colbert returns to school after a mystery illness, the fact that she has changed is clear to everyone. None more so than every school girls golden boy Tristan Coleman. Ever since their first kiss in fourth grade, Savannah and Tristan have been cruelly and inexplicably banned from associating with each other. Now, as the pair navigate the tricky social life of high school, the truth is about to be revealed.
As Savannah learns of their paranormal ancestry and Tristan deals with the repercussions of her new powers, the relationship they have been denied for so long becomes utterly irresistible and all consuming. Like Romeo and Juliet centuries before them, Savannah and Tristan’s love is destined to fail; and Tristan’s powerful magical family, the Clann, are watching.
My review
If you like long drawn out love stories, then this is the book for you. I, however, am not a fan of epic love tales and have to say, I found myself getting bored several times during this book, it just seemed overly dragged out, a big chunk of the middle could've been cut out and I'd have enjoyed it a lot more. There were plenty of times I wanted to just put down the book altogether and not read it but I managed to pull through to the end which I think says a lot about the writing, had it been written badly I'd never have made it past the first 100 pages, but the authors writing was a lovely style and easy to read, there were a lot of descriptions on what was happening making it a breeze to imagine the scenarios.
I wasn't a big fan of Savannah, when she becomes good at dancing it suddenly becomes her lifes dream when she wasn't interested before, she just took the class for a PE credit, and I felt she didn't really fight for anything she wanted, she gave the big talk but there was no action, she just rolled over and said ok, Tristan was much the same when his own dreams are taken away.
I think this was good for a debut book and hopefully further stories in the series will be tighter but I'm undecided on whether I'll be reading them so I mightn't find out.

My thoughts on the cover
This is a gorgeous cover, the red leaves around the edges really stand out and the girls pose is interesting and she has a gorgeous dress! I also love the way the dress is spread around her, and the tag line is intriguing.

Favourite quotes
'His name echoed through my head, fuzzing up my mind with old memories and emotions. An answering tingle rippled up the back of my neck and over my scalp.'

'And then, with our gazes locked together... something just clicked inside me. And I knew.'

Find the author
Quickie interview

Crave is written from both Savannah and Tristan's pov, was there one of them you enjoyed writing a little more than the other?

-I equally enjoy writing both their points of view, because I get to explore two different stories essentially. Savannah and Tristan each have their own journey and evolution to go through, as well as their own individual personalities that are at times completely opposite from each other.

Savannah has this quiet inner strength, which affects how she reacts to adversity, and she's not a risk taker by nature. She's been raised to be a good girl, to be respectful and very loving of her family despite their faults. She wants to follow the rules and make them proud of her, and this becomes a huge inner conflict for her when it comes into direct opposition with her love for Tristan. Savannah's story is one that so many of us can relate to in our own real lives...that constant dilemma between wanting that exhilaration of giving in to temptation vs. following the rules and earning the approval of others. Do we fit in and go with the flow, which is easier but maybe not as exciting or worthwhile? Or do we choose to fight against the river, defy all the expectations and choose our own path no matter how much harder it might be? Do we eat the chocolate cake, knowing it might pack on the pounds, or do we eat the veggies and drink the wheatgrass shake because they're good for us?

Tristan, on the other hand, is the baby of the family and the prodigal son, expected to follow in his footsteps and become the next leader of the Clann. He's grown up with money and good looks and family clout both publicly and privately, and that's allowed him to become just a little spoiled. He's used to getting what he wants in life. But falling for Savannah wrecks all of that. He knows the good life he's living is dependant on his following the one rule to stay away from her, which he tries to do for years. But then circumstances force him to come to the realization that maybe keeping that life as he knew it isn't worth the price if he can't be with Savannah. She makes him reevaluate his life, his choices past present and future, and everything he once knew.
I noticed a playlist for the book in the back, are they songs that you thought about and choose or did they just come to you when writing/reading those particular scenes?
-As a former dancer, I still turn to music to help set my mood. I choose a specific song for every scene I write before I ever write the scene. Then I listen to that playlist set to loop while I write the rough draft and revisions. Once the book is published, I make the playlist available on the book's website. All the playlists for every Clann Series book can now be listened to online at www.TheClannSeries.com in the Music section, and links to playlists for my other stories are made available on my main site at www.melissadarnell.com when each book is released.
Would you rather be a vampire or a descendant?
-Both equally! Which is probably why Savannah is also caught between both worlds, lol. Her misery is a reflection of my love for both paranormal worlds!
Dancing is a passion for Savannah in the book, are you a good dancer?
-I LOVE to dance! I also love everything about dancing, from watching others dance and choreographing routines to teaching my boys how to dance club style around the house (so they can impress the girls someday, of course!). There is such an indescribable wonder in the combined beauty and athleticism that good dancers employ to tell a story with their bodies. But there are also the stories behind the dance that appeal to me just as much. The reality show Dance Moms is a good illustration of this. It shows the drama behind the scenes of even the youngest of dancers and just how crazy and emotional people can get over the seemingly simple subject of dancing. And of course it's one of my many TV show addictions now!
And lastly, are you a Bookaholic?
-Oh definitely, to the point where it's a borderline obsession! I've always been entranced with the act of reading what was once only a thought in someone else's mind, so much so that when I was four I grew too impatient to wait for kindergarden and ended up teaching myself how to read. Ever since, you almost never see me without either a print book or a tablet filled with ebooks in hand, even when I'm at the mall shopping! (I'm a multitasker, and you never know when you'll get stuck somewhere and want something to read to pass the time!). I read everything from YA to adult, romances to conspiracy thrillers (for example, I'm currently reading The Lace Reader, a magical realism by Brunonia Barry, and The Camel Club, a political conspiracy thriller by David Baldacci). I'm also a publisher of other people's stories and nonfiction (Netherfield House Press at www.netherfieldhousepress.com), and since 2000 I've combined my love for both books, cheerleading and dance by publishing books about cheer and dance at http://www.cheeranddancebooks.com/.
Thank you so much for the interview, it was a pleasure to answer your questions! You can also learn more about the Clann, Savannah's race of vampires, listen to the playlist for each Clann Series book, and more by visiting my sites at www.TheClannSeries.com and www.melissadarnell.com.

11 Apr 2012

UK vs. THE WORLD! (19)

UK vs. The world is a weekly meme I made up lol.
It's simlair to UK vs. US except the UK covers are battling it out with their foreign counterparts from all over the world, because who doesn't love judging books by their covers!

UK                        vs.                  Germany
('Stadt der Feen' translates to 'City of the fairies.' - According to Google translate.)

Mist: These are both such pretty covers! I really like the gate and the skyline of the German cover and the heart on the pavement in the UK cover and the way the girl is spotlighted, I think I'd choose the German cover though, I love the colours and the huge moon, the UK cover is really nice and interesting to and the tagline is intriguing but I find the German cover slightly more eye catching.

Ninfa: Really, really love the German cover, the gates and the big moon and the city view, it all looks so pretty and magical. The UK cover isn't bad, but it looks sad and it's not as eye catching for me.
German win :)

UK                         vs.                        France
Unwind by Neal Shusterman Unwind book one.
('Les Fragmentés' translates to 'The Fragmented.' - According to Google translate.)
Mist: Eh, I do not like that French cover at all, it's badly put together and the colour is foul. The UK cover, however is awesome, the body parts on the plastic are really interesting and instantly make me want to know what it's about, I really like the colour to, an easy UK win!

Ninfa: The UK cover is different, with the "make your own" models of the characters. I just wish the colours weren't so muted.The French cover is kinda cool though and I like the contrast with the colours. French win this time

Which do you prefer?
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