30 Sept 2011

The Goddess test UK blog tour - Quickie interview with Aimée Carter

The Goddess test by Aimée Carter

To grant her dying mother’s last wish, Kate Winters drives them both back to their hometown of Eden. A seemingly desolate place dominated by the eerie Eden Manor, Kate is haunted by strange events and a mysterious figure lurking by the Manor.
Enlisting at the local high-school, Kate finds she’s less than popular with Ava – queen bee of the school. When Ava plays a prank on Kate that goes tragically wrong, the brooding figure reappears to Kate, proclaiming himself to be Lord of the Underworld. The tall dark and impossibly good-looking Henry promises to save Ava’s life on the condition that Kate agrees to spend the winter with him in the Underworld. Kate agrees, but with her own conditions. Henry must also save her mother.
On entering the Underworld, Kate is treated with unexpected reverence. Spending the winter with the troubled but gorgeous Henry and surrounded by servants ready to wait on her hand and foot, life in the Underworld is something she could get used to. That is until it becomes apparent that Kate is to embark on a series of tests, to see if she is capable of becoming a Goddess herself.
Fighting for the approval of 14 unknown Gods and Goddesses, whilst avoiding a premature death that has befallen prospective Goddesses before her, Kate battles through the winter to save her mother. But is Kate part of a plan bigger than she could imagine, and can she stop herself from falling in love with the Lord of the Underworld himself?

About the Author.
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at eleven, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying she was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. She writes. She watches a lot of new movies. Reads a lot of books. Tweets too much. Loves dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.

For more information visit www.miraink.co.uk, www.aimeecarter.com and follow Amy on Twitter @ aimee_carter.
Quickie interview.
(Questions were asked by both myself and Ninfa)

1) There are so many great myths, is there any particular reason you chose the story of Hades and Persephone to give a modern day twist?
– It wasn’t so much a conscious choice on my part as it was a story idea that presented itself, if that makes sense. I didn’t consciously sort through mythology looking for something to give a modern day twist. It was just a story I very much wanted to write.

2) Is there a meaning behind the modern names you chose for the Gods?
–I chose many of the names for their meanings, yep! Especially the more minor characters. They were all Greek names to begin with, and though I have to admit that about half of the names changed during the editing process (for instance, Ella’s name was originally Eris), I did try to keep meanings attach to those names. One of my favourites is Phillip, which means lover of horses. Which is significant once you find out who he is. :)

3) Which one of the Gods would you date and why? – They all have their pros and cons. I’m not sure there’s any one god who’s sticking out.
–If Hades was anything like Henry, I would probably go for him. But I suspect the Underworld would be a gloomy place to live.

4) Was there a favourite character to write in the story? One that came to you easily?
– Henry and James were two of my favourites, mostly because of their traits and motivations, which were very clear in my mind. I also loved writing Ava – she’s such a loose cannon, and sometimes the things she said surprised even me.

5) And lastly, are you a Bookaholic?
– If you saw just how many books I have, you wouldn’t have to ask that question. :)

Check out my review and Ninfas review for this fabulous book.

End of September R.A.K round-up

Book Soulmates
It's the end of another month and I got a little RAK happy this month!
Here's what I sent
The goddess test to Pamela from At home between the pages
I sent these to Donna at Book passion for life for her birthday
These two I sent to Emma at BelleBooks
I sent these to Jenny who reviews on our Facebook page for her birthday.
And I preordered her a copy of My soul to steal.

I also sent a Vampire Diaries bookmark and my ARC copy of Daughter of smoke and bone to Natalie Cleary cuz she rocks!
And I got
Jenny got me unhooking the moon and Natalie sent me A discovery of witches and Infinity.
Natalie also got me Sweet venom (squeeee) and Emma got me The haunted.
Update (Gods I can't believe I forgot this one!)
From Annmarie at Best books

Such a fabulous month, thank you everyone for my lovely books!
Can't wait for October :)

29 Sept 2011

Glow review

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Available 3rd October 2011

What's it about?
What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?
Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

My review:
When I first heard about this book months ago I just knew it would be my 'thing' I love YA, I love fantasy, I love Sci-fi and I'm extremely interested in astronomy and space travel (I love the show The Universe!) and this ticks all those boxes. So, did I love it? Oh yes! I was hooked after a few pages and after the part one (There are five) I was addicted.
There are a lot of twists in this book that kept me guessing and all the characters were wonderful, I really liked Waverley, I thought she made a great leader, she was brave and strong and didn't give up and she did what she had to do. I thought Kieran and Seth were really interesting, one thing that was really intriguing about this book is that everyone thinks they are doing the right thing and it's hard to tell who the bad guys really are, though some are a little crazier than most!
I also liked that the author obviously did her homework and the aspects of space and space travel were realistic, it made the book more believeable.
The story itself was well thought out and clever and made for exciting reading, I didn't want it to end. Talking of the end, it's left on a bit of a cliff with lots of clues that might happen next that will keep me guessing until I get my hands on the next book.

My thoughts on the cover:
I really like it, on the back is the same picture of a guy which I think is really cool because it shows really well the distance between Waverley and Kieran during the book. I love the purple and blue colours of the nebula, and the stars and the eclipse for the 'O' I do think the girl looks a little weird, I'm can't figure out why, I think her chin is to long and pointy lol

Favourite quotes:
Kieran realized he'd never seen fear before. Kieran didn't like what it did to faces. It stretched them sideways, reddened eyes, widened mouths, dampened skin.

For one long moment, the room, the crowd, the ship, the stars in their incandescent dance, all seemed to slow and stop as if waiting to see what would happen.

300 follower giveaway!! (International)

The blog hit 300 followers last night, hooray!
So I've decided to give some books to celebrate, three books to be exact, one for each hundred, but it's up to you whether one person will get three books or three people will get one book!
Vote (it's annoymous) and then enter the giveaway!
The winner(s) will get to choose from any of the following books which are some of my most favourite books.
Open to anyone bookdepository.com mails to.
<a href="http://www.sodahead.com/fun/how-many-winners-should-there-be/question-2188081/" title="How many winners should there be?">How many winners should there be?</a>

Thanks for voting!

Good luck everyone!

Guest post - Stewart Lewis


When I first met the niece of a friend of mine, Emma, who was thirteen at the time, I was amazed at how clever and “adult” she was. The daughter of semi-famous parents, she grew up on the upper east side of Manhattan and mingled with celebrities and writers her whole life. At thirteen, she had such comic timing, unlike most children of that age who are still socially awkward. We were driving in the car and my friend noticed Emma’s cell phone had nail polish on it. She said, “I did that to my phone too.” Emma’s satirical response was, “I was eleven, what’s your excuse?”

We all laughed and continued on our journey, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, she is a character in a book. So Luna was born. Not exactly the same as Emma, but definitely inspired by her. I myself have had somewhat of a charmed life, and although I enjoy the finer things, I have two feet very much planted on the ground. As a writer you don’t realize how much of yourself is infused in your stories until you step back or get someone else’s perspective. At our first lunch, my editor at Delacorte said the book was, “Aspirational, yet very real.” I thought to myself, that’s me.

A lot of people ask me how I came up with the concept of the mother dying and leaving the cell phone behind with seven messages on it. I knew the messages would be a great way to structure a book, but the rest just flowed into my mind, it’s hard to explain. I am a songwriter too, and ideas for lyrics or stories, well, they just come to me.

It was wonderful to work on YOU HAVE SEVEN MESSAGES, and I had the help of my excellent agent and several great editors. No author can do it alone. I think the most important thing is to keep your mind and eyes open, because you never know if someone you’ll meet or something they’ll say will be the spark that ignites the fire of a novel. In the case of Emma, I could almost feel the flame.

You have seven messages
It's been a year since Luna's mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in the East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.
When Luna goes to clean out her mother's old studio, she's stunned to find her mom's cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother's life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she's been told about her mother's death may not be the whole truth.

Very exciting contest from HarperCollins!

Jack the ripper fan walk

To celebrate the publication of Maureen Johnsons new YA thriller The Name of the Star, HarperCollins Children’s Books is offering 10 lucky readers the opportunity to accompany Maureen Johnson on a private Jack the Ripper walk in London on Thursday, 13th October 2011.
The walk begins at 5:00 PM and will carry-on for two hours into the night! Visit the haunting sites of Jack the Ripper and hear first-hand from Maureen how they inspired her new book The Name of the Star.
To enter, simply email nameofthestar@harpercollins.co.ukfor a chance to attend the event with a friend.
Disclaimer: Entrants must be 13 or over. Please ensure that you are available to attend the event on Thursday, 13th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm before entering. Winners will be informed on Friday, 7th October, and will be provided with further instructions then.

The name of the star by Maureen Johnson
Released today! (29th Sept 11)
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Good luck everyone!

28 Sept 2011

Wednesdays Worldly covers - #32

Wednesdays worldly covers is a weekly thing I do where each week I share a cover I've found from around the world.
If you'd like to join in, share a worldly cover on your blog and of course leave me a link to visit :)
This Swedish cover is the cover for La mansión Glass (The glass mansion) by Rachel Caine, which we of course know as Glass houses, the first book on The Morganville vampires series.
I do like it, it's a lot darker than other covers I've seen, the girl gives off a very 'goth' feel, anyone that's read this I think will agree with me that maybe that's supposed to be Eve rather than Claire.
The actual mansion is a little on the nose lol and I'm not sure that it fits in, it's supposed to be creepy but just isn't.
This is what the book looks like here in the UK.
Whilst I like the Swedish cover I think I prefer this one, it just stands out more and it has nicer colours and the blood spatters are fun lol

Which do you prefer?

What I'm reading?

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly

Billy is a street urchin, a pickpocket, and a petty thief. Mister Creecher is a giant of a man whose appearance terrifies everyone he meets. Their relationship begins as a matter of convenience. But before long, a bond develops between these two misfits as they embark on a bloody journey that will take them from London northward on the trail of their target . . . Doctor Victor Frankenstein. It seems the good doctor had promised Mister Creecher a bride, and Mister Creecher will stop at nothing to get what he's been promised. Nothing.

My thoughts
I'm reviewing this book for Book passion for life. When Donna asked me if I was interested in reviewing this for them, I'll be honest I had to do some investigating because I'd never heard of it! lol It's not typically something I'd pick up and buy for myself but it's not something I'd shun either. Its ounds like a fun horror, I've read a couple of horrors, in fact I've read a couple pretty recently so I'm eager to try another one and hope I like this so I can write a good guest review since it's my first time doing a guest (book) review :) And if I like it Chris Priestly already has four other books out that I can try out after!

What are you reading?

27 Sept 2011

Daughter of smoke and bone review - and giveaway!

Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor
Available 29th September (UK)
Now (US)

What's it about?
Featuring necklaces made of wishes; an underground shop dealing in teeth; magical tattoos; a wishbone on a cord, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a thrilling story about Karou and her secret life as an apprentice to a wishmonger. Karou manages to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to an inhuman creature who deals in wishes and is the closest thing she has to family. Her life is surrounded by mysteries she is desperate to unveil.

My review:
The first word that comes to mind when describing this book is whimsical, this book is really like a modern fairy tale but think more Brothers Grimm and less Disney. Laini Taylor has set up both a beautiful and scary world in this equally beautiful book - if you can't tell yet I didn't just love it, I fell in love with it, how could you not after reading these first few lines
'Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seemed like just another Monday, innocent but for it's essential Mondayness, not to mention it's Januaryness.
It's just so fun and different and sets such a lyrical tone for the rest of the book. I love Karou and Zuzanna, they're flamboyant, dramatic artists and were lots of fun to read. Akiva, on the other hand is dark and brooding, just how I like my men! Right away you can feel his inner turmoil about something bad that hads happened to him and I just wanted to give him a hug and find out what it was.
I also enjoyed all of the other characters to like Brimstone and Issa.
The only complaint I do have is that when things did start getting revealed it was done at once in a big flashback scene that made me feel like I was suddenly reading another book, then when I got into it, it took me back to the original story, I'd have preferred it done in bits but that's just me, this way did work fine and I still enjoyed the book a great deal.
It's beautifully written and as soon as I was finished I just wanted to read it again because I just wasn't ready to leave this world, needless to say, this and the author have hit my favourites list and I'm eagerly awaiting book two in this trilogy.
My thoughts on the cover:
Another gorgeous cover! At first glance it looks like a plain picture of feathers, but on closer inspection (maybe not so much on this picture compared to the real thing) you can see the blues and the purples and the cover is oh so soft! I like the big font as well, it's like the book jumping up to tell you what it is and demanding you read it - which you should!
Favourite quotes:
Fire-coloured eyes with a charge like sparks that seared a path through the air and kindle it. It gave Karou a jolt - no mere startle but a chain reaction that lashed through her body with a rush of adrenaline. Her limbs came into the lightness and power of sudden awakening, fight or flight, chemical and wild.

Love is an element. - Akiva

The giveaway
So sorry guys but this one is UK and Ireland only.
If your international but know someone in the UK or Ireland willing to accept the book and then send it on to you then you may enter.
Good luck!

Top ten Tuesday #16

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The broke and the bookish
Head on over there to play along.
This week it's:

Top ten books I want to re-read.
(Sorry no time for book links!)

1. Anything by Maria V. Snyder - She's my favourite author and I could happily read her books over and over, I've already read Poison study and Inside out twice so it would be great if I had the time to re-read the subsequent books.

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - I've already read this series a ton of times but I could read it a ton more, they're my comfort books.

3. The maze runner by James Dashner - I've been wanting to re-read this a while, it's such a brilliant book (and the next one The scorch trials) and with the final boko The death cure out in a couple weeks it would be great to get a refresher, but alas with my hugantamous tbr I just can't justify re-reads.

4. Fire by Kristin Cashore - This book was just amazing the world, the characters, the story, I'd love to get reaquainted with the brave Fire.

5. The summoning by Kelley Armstrong - This was the first book I read by Kelley and I really liked it and the rest of the series, I wasn't so nuts about The gathering, the first in the spin-off, but I think that's beause it's the first books so it's all set-up and character/world building so the pace slowed down from The original trilogy.

6. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan - I enjoyed this series so much, it got me started on my Mythology obsession and it would be great to go back and read them knowing all the myths so I could see all the references I missed first time.

7. Wicked lovely by Melissa Marr - Such a beautiful series and now that it's finished I'd really like to read the series altogether.

8. Breaking dawn by Stephenie Meyer - I've re-read all the other books before the movie releases but I just don't think I'm going to have time for this one, even to read half of it!

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - I waited so long to read this that the second book was out by the time I did, it's such a great book I think I'd like to read it (and Linger) again before getting to the last book Forever.

10. Evernight by Claudia Gray - Though I felt a little disappointed with the final book in this series I did enjoy them and it'd be nice to go back to that world. Also can't wait for the spin-off prequel type thing Balthazar!

Which books would you like to revisit?
Leave a link to your post so I can come see it.

26 Sept 2011

The Mephisto covenant review

The Mephisto covenant by Trinity Faegan
Available 27th September 2011 (US)

What's it about?
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger- Sasha is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat. A son of Hell, immortal and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant-God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha. With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?
My review:
This books sounds like it should be amazing, yet somehow it just... wasn't. I'm not sure if it's because Sasha learns a whole lot in such a short period about two different things that made it feel to crowded at the start, if it was the slighlty immature dialogue or if it was the fact that the book is told by both Sasha and Jax and everything is explained right away leaving no room for mystery or suspense is what stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have or perhaps it was a mix of the three.
The book gets right into it with a harsh and shocking scene that pulls you in but from there it's info dump after info dump which left me slightly worn down from absorbing so much information after this I found the book boring because I knew everything, there were no big twists or revelations throughout, and the ones at the end I had already guessed.
I liked the characters and the romance was nice enough but I didn't feel the spark or heat, Sasha knows she should stay away from Jax and tells him so, yet she doesn't really try to actually stay away from him at all or try to fight her attraction. And later when she finds she's changing there was no denial, no fight to stop it, she just lets it happen without question.
My own personal opinion is this book would've been a lot better if it just followed Sasha so we could unravel the mysteries with her.
Though I've read much worse this isn't a book that will stick with me and at the moment I'm not sure yet if I have plans to read the next one.
Overall the book just feels rough around the edges, like I'm reading it a couple drafts before the final edit and since this is an eARC, there's a good chance that I am, I'll certainly check my review against a final copy if I can get my hands on one.

My thoughts on the cover:
I love this cover so much! The dark tones and the beautiful black dress are just stunning and, honestly, it's what grabbed my attention about this book before I read what it was about, I see how the bridge and the mist fit into the story but I won't say anything, wouldn't want to spoil!

Favourite quotes:
"There's this thing called privacy, and you just moved into mine and put your feet up on the coffee table." - Sasha.

He knew as much about romance as he did knitting, which was exactly zero - Sasha on Jax.

Same difference #13

I've never read any of Jennifer L. Armentrouts books before but when I saw this cover for Obsidian a couple of weeks ago I knew I'd seen that couple somewhere else and it has been driving me nuts ever since! Well I just finally figured it out and had to share it, I first saw them a few months back on the cover of Dark territory by J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel when I was reading it for review.
Does anyone else think that they seem to look so much prettier in the Obsidian cover, weird huh and I don't why the girls hair is cut on the second cover.

Update 10/12/12
Apparantly this couple is everywhere!
Accordance by Shelly Crane

Existence by Abbi James

How to ruin a summer vacation
Which do you prefer?

What I'm reading?

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside

My thoughts
You may have noticed me mention this book once or twice already lol I've been desperate to get my hands on a copy ever since I heard about it a few months ago so you can imagine my excitement when an enexpected early copy dropped through my letterbox from the publishers, I did a bit of a dance that gained me a funny look from my husband!
I've been sying to read it ever since but there are other books I've had to read first but I'll admit to gazing at it longingly on my shelf and now today is the day! lol so yeah I'm real excited, the cover is gorgeous to and it's really soft to, I don't expect this one will take me long to read.

What are you reading?

25 Sept 2011

Grit city: issue three video review

Grit city: issue three by Ron Gavalik
Available now

Can't (or don't want to) watch the video, no problem!
Here's a written (quickie) review :)
What's it about?
Grit City is a dark and calamitous world, where the nefarious rule
Dillon Galway is an idealistic freelance journalist in his mid-twenties, who barely scrapes out a living reporting on corruption for the Grit City Times and his own blog.
He remembers the city as an ideal place to live, before the murder of his Father and the rise of the Lebedev Syndicate. All meaningful power in business, politics and law enforcement are now funneled into the hands of this wealt...hy organization.
Dillon works tirelessly to reestablish opportunity and peace, and relies on the sexy and sultry Alyssa Stephano (gun for hire) to help when situations require her nickel plated Colt .45 revolvers.
But in the shadows of the back alleys, whispers stir in the underground of an unnamed force. Something or someone that’s determined to upset the status quo. When Dillon is tipped about horrifying activities he’s propelled into a perilous investigation that may lead to dire consequences.
As the series progresses Dillon will face unfathomed challenges, but also gain abilities most consider impossible.

Issue one review
Issue two quickie review
Issue three Quickie review:
Things are really starting to heat up now in issue three with the introduction of a more supernatural element to the seriel and I have to say it's fitted in well with the other themes of the story so far so that it is believable. There's a lot of mystery involved to so I'm not completely sure what's going on but I really really want to know, if only today were October 1st so I could get issue four!!
If you haven't tried Grit city yet you should! Issue one won't break the bank and you can get it from Amazon or Smashwords and put it straight on your ereader :)

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