Friday, 29 June 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Author: Aimee Carter

Title: Goddess Interrupted

Series: The Goddess Chronicles (Book 2)

Genre: Paranormal romance YA

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Mira Ink

Publication Date: 6th of April 2012




*** WARNING THIS POST MAY CONTAIN UNINTENTIONAL SPOILERS***


Product Description

After surrendering her mortal life, Kate’s about to be crowned queen of the mythical Underworld, home to the Gods. Her king – dangerous, mesmerising Henry – the boy she sacrificed everything for, is becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then he is abducted in the midst of her coronation. Forced to take up her role in a bitter war between the Gods, Kate battles to save Henry’s life. Worse, her only hope of victory means turning to Persephone, Henry’s first true love…and the greatest threat to Kate’s future. Kate now knows that rescuing the one she believed to be her destined soulmate could mean losing him forever.

Review

Without skipping a beat this sequel picks up Kate and James as they return from the summer, back to Eden and back to Henry.

From the moment I started reading this fantastic sequel something felt very different. The Goddess Test had been a great book but in Goddess Interrupted everything stepped up a notch placing it in a completely new league, and Aimee Carter had willingly put it there. Every aspect of this book ranging from the characters, style, twists and plot had all been pushed up a level, and I just couldn't read it fast enough!

Although all the characters developed it was clear that there was a lot of focus on Calliope, Ava, James, Henry and ofcourse Kate. But out of all of them the one that got my attention the most was Henry (and this has nothing to do with his gorgeous looks... well not entirely anyway). In Goddess Interrupted I truly came to his life and experiences through his eyes  allowing understanding of why Henry is the way he is. This added depth and reality to both the couple and the story.

The Goddess Test had been more structured around introducing this present time world ruled by ancient gods, and understanding how the budding relationship between Henry and Kate could work. In Goddess Interrupted the attention shifted focusing on Henry and Kate's relationship and the true obstacle standing between them ie each other.

In most Young Adult books the characters tiptoe around the issuses (or the big fat elephant in the room depending on the case) which can drive the readers painfully bonkers at times. I confess that my hands frequently itch from wanting to bash such characters together. Aimee Carter however had a different approach that I found absolutely refreshing! Henry may be shy and not willing to discuss his feelings, but Kate makes up enough for the both of them! Confronting everything head-on and forcing him to do the same, she took the bull by the horns (or so to speak) and I loved her even more for it!

The theme of  love and faith, and how these two go hand in hand has never been so evident as we see it in Goddess Interrupted. What would you do if you had misplaced your love in the wrong hands, if the one you loved was so broken and beyond repair that even if you pieced everything back together things might never be the same again? Would faith and love be worth all that pain? Would it be worth the risk? Would you risk it? Although this concept has been used before, but the way Aimee Carter presented it in these characters was absolutely beautiful making me laugh, smile and almost cry as I lived their story.

This wonderful love story that gripped me even further was intricately woven through a series of twists and plot that took me completely by surprise. Everything was part of a bigger master plan. What plan? I don't know! Aimee Carter is most cleverly and astutely keeping all her cards close to her and giving nothing away. She left me speachless and astray to the point that my jaw may still be hanging open whilst I still attempt to come to grips with everything!

Aimee Carter's style of writing had me turning my digital pages endlessly regardless of the time day or night! She pulled me right into the book and before I knew it I was fighting for the couple and shouting "No don't you dare", whilst refusing to give up hope even when they had. My housemates must think I'm completely crazy now, if they didn't think that already.

This amazing sequel tugged at my heart strings and left me desperatly wanting more. I can't stop wondering where the future of these modernly ancient characters lies, and where it will take me. I only hope to find a little solace and comfort in The Goddess Legacy novella (review to follow) whilst awaiting for The Goddess Inheritance. 

If you liked this: I would strongly suggest reading Starcrossed by Josephine Angiolini where more anciently drop-dead gorgeous gods and heroes fight for love, honour and family. A more simple but still sweet read completely based in ancient Greece would be Destined by Jessie Harrell. A similar version in a more modern setting can be found in Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen. If on the other hand you enjoyed the idea of teste, love and trust then I would suggest reading Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Intuition by Amy A. Bartol visits Brussels!

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visits Brussels


Yup you read the title right, Intuition went to Brussels! No not Amy A. Bartol just Intuition.
Why? Well it just so happens that I'm a genetic international disaster with parents who live in Belgium. So when I went home I thought I would take Intuition with me and take it for a little site-seeing.
Taking Indebted with me to The Royal Opera House was so much fun and seemed to make a lot of people happy that I just thought "well why not do it again?!". And here I am!!!


So what happened this time? Ummm well again I got a fair amount of staring from both the belgians and the visiting tourists. I can speak a few languages so I did my best to tell them to quit with the bug-eyes and go read it!!!


I may have slightly freaked them out though considering this was me yelling at them to get a clue of what they were missing ---> Photobucket


Anyway moving on... I took Intuition with me everywhere I went the whole time I was home so bear with me as I explain to you what you see. You'll also notice I slyly took myself out of most of them hehehehehe
I do realise I went slightly overboard and photomaniac but I had sooo much fun doing this you have no idea!
So first things first.


We went to the "Grand Place" which is the main plaza to be seen







Whilst we were there we pit-stopped for a quick belgian snack



Given the angel theme I thought it would be quite nice to visit a church I know... by night! Nobody freakout we didn't break in or anything have a look





We then visited "The Gallery" filled with modern art. I must warn you I did get a bit carried away, but it was so much fun!







By the end I think the general consensus was


Intuition made a new fan just before we went back to the UK

my adorable blackfurball wanted a quick pic with Intuition




A big big big, huge in fact, thank you to Amy A. Bartol for writing this amazing series which (as you can all see) can't leave my side and travels everywhere with me! I would also like to thank her for suggesting taking photos of The Royal Opera House because thanks to that idea stemmed this one and who knows where I'll take my travelling books will go ;)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Author: Josephine Angelini

Title: Starcrossed

Series: Awakening

Genre: Paranormal/ Fantasy romance YA

Length: 528 pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Publication Date: 3rd of June 2011




Product Description

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton sees Lucas Delos for the first time she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. With an ancient curse making them loathe one another, Lucas and Helen have to keep their distance. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen

Review

This was without question one of my top 5 best books from last summer. I could not detach myself from my kindle for the whole day (much to the exasperation of my mother) until I had finished it... and re-read my favourite parts.


Josephine Angelini's intricate series of twists had me with my mouth open 90% of the time, to the point that my mother started teasing me that I would catch a fly if I kept it up. I argued that seeing as she's a slower reader than I am and that her reaction would be exactly the same as mine, she would be catching a lot more!
I like to think I'm fairly good at guessing or having some notion of the twists to come, but Josephine Angelini had me completely off track with a new and better unexpected twist every time!


This book started as most YA do, girl meets boy, girl and boy can't stand each other and yet they want to. Or at least that's what I'd thought. In actual fact the moment Helen met Lucas everything spiralled out of control and out of what I could have ever imagined.


With ancient households, curses, grudges, magic, myths and the meddlesome presence of gods, Starcrossed was a torturing page turner that I could not unglue myself from and couldn't read fast enough.


Josephine Angelini's style of writing was superb and perfectly matched the tale she told. Speeding, slowing down, soothing and relaxing, quick and witty everything was in sync with the scene at hand. But no matter how she adapted to the story, I did not. My steady reading pace only increased as the twists became even more unexpected and breathtaking.


When I reached the end I'm fairly certain I unleashed a short string of not very lady like words (my mother was not impressed and feels she may have slightly failed my upbringing). When you read this book I assure you, you will feel no different. Starcrossed ended far too soon for my liking. I'm pretty sure I thumped my ipad too and that it came very close to flying into the sea (I was lying on the beach reading). I desperately wanted more but there was none to be had sadly. I have patiently and torturadely awaited for the sequel Dreamless to be released and at last we are almost there!


If you liked this I would recommend reading the series The Goddess Chronicles by Aimee Carter where you will be able to dive into more myths and gods. If on the other hand your looking for another good read but a different paranormal setting they I would suggest: the Die For Me series by Amy Plum, Finding Sky by Joss Stirling, the Existence series by Abbi Glines and The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter

Author: Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Hunt

Series: The Goddess Chronicles (Novella 1.5)

Genre: Paranormal Romance YA

Length: 69 pages

Publisher: MIRA Ink

Publication Date: 1st of June 2012 (Kindle)




*** WARNING THIS POST MAY CONTAIN UNINTENTIONAL SPOILERS***

Product Description

A holiday in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....

Review

Now a fully fledged goddess (well almost) Kate gets her first taste of what the council of ancient greek gods is actually about and just how nice they truly are. She's always thought they were fairly kind and understanding, but is she right and if not is she willing to put up with it? Is she willing to compromise here human morals for ancient greek grudges and possibly misplaced pride?

For the first time in this series we catch a glimpse of the unique world and characters created by Aimee Carter through Henry's eyes. 
The entirety of this book is written in alternate chapters between Kate and Henry's POV. Reading things as he lives and experience them put a lot of things (characters and events) into perspective for me. It was a brief eye opener as to how someone who has lived for millennia would perceive life and an existence compared to someone for whom the concept of eternity is still new and foreign.
Seeing the same events from both points of view added an ulterior dimension and depth to the book. Whilst clearly understanding more it also made me that more frustrated. Why was it that I could understand both of them and they couldn't understand each other?! But that is the curse of the reader. We are in the capable hands of the writer and must patiently (unfortunately) wait for the story to continue and unravel itself that little bit more.


Beautifully written, Aimee Carter's style never faltered. It felt like I'd never stepped out of  The Goddess Chronicles for even a moment! A short and yet very sweet read. A lovely short novella to fill the gap between The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted (review to follow).

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Geekhood by Andy Robb Book Event!!

Ok before I attempt to recount to you all what happened, in a cohert fashion that will make sense, let me inform you that I've typed up this post several times. And I never seem to do the event much justice. So here's hoping you get the gist of it without thinking that I'm completely incapable of using normal sentence structure.

On Saturday the 24th of June I attended at the Alton Waterstones, one of the best and most entertaining book signings I've ever been to!!!
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Andy Robb and having several hours chat with him. He very patiently put up with all of mine and Big Book Little Book questions, signing and doodling requests and this is what I walked away with:


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AND!!!

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Amazing right?! 

What can I say?! I'm still laughing and it's hard to describe everything that actually happened. It was one of those times where you had to be there, but I can say that unorthodox ways to change a child's skin colour to imitate the hulk were discussed (unfortunately I don't have kids to test that on but I do know someone that does muahahahah), Veet men hair removal was involved (if you haven't heard of this please please please go on amazon, look it up and read the reviews you will laugh so much) and we almost wrangled a cup of tea out of Waterstones!! Almost but still!

All of the reviews for Geekhood have been nothing less than "Fantastic" and "highly recommended"; and now that I've met the Andy in person I can only begin to imagine what Geekhood has in store for me! I was definitely eager to start reading it but now I simply cannot wait to immerse myself into the geek crowd where ( I am finally able to confess) I feel quite at home.

The afternoon only further improved when we got the chance to meet bloggers read and repeatI want to read that and the book mogul
Putting face to blogs and author was really quite something and I can't wait to do it again!

Together we all laughed some more and I can't remember having this much fun in a while. My cheeks still hurt!
I will (embarrassingly) admit that my experience of book events is not vast, however I think I can safely say that this will always be one of my favourites, and that it's what they should all be like!
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A big thanks has to go to Alton Waterstones, I want to read that , read and repeat and of course Andy Robb for making this lovely day possible. You guys were all great!



You all should have sooo been there so don't miss the next one!! I definitely won't be missing it!

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu by Beth Fantaskey


Did you like Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side?
Would you like more?


After writing  Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Beth Fantaskey gifted her readers with a beautiful side story of Antanasia and Lucius's wedding!


This blood binding event promised forever and so much more for both Antanasia and Lucius. Every aspect of it reflected each of their personalities, their past, present and most importantly their future.
Enjoy the read!







The doll I created is admittedly not quite what is described or I had in mind, but I worked with what I had and this is the result. I am aware of the fact that Antanasia did not get married in red but the digital wardrobe available to me didn't have white or her design, so Antanasia doll ended up in red. Not too bad though right?
Please be merciful of my creation it's not her fault she has me has her creator.






Friday, 22 June 2012

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Author: Jackson Pearce

Title: As You Wish

Series: Stand-alone

Genre: Paranormal romance teen/YA

Length: 304 pages

Publisher HarperCollins Childrens Book Group

Publication Date: 27th of August 2010 (Kindle) 15th of September 2011 (Paperback)



Product Description


Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well... and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong... and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

Review

Ok I'll admit that somewhere in my review I was going to cunningly sneak in the very cliche' sentence "be careful what you wish for", but the synopsis has already beaten me to it so I'll skip that and cut to the chase errr I mean review.

Nobody needs me to tell them that this book is about wishes, so I won't. However Jackson Pearce made a very good point and theme of the fact that just because you wish for something doesn't mean that deep down, in your heart of hearts, you actually want it. Sometimes you have to wish for something you think you want and then lose something in return to find out what it really was that your heart yearned for.


The set of characters I met was not your usual bunch which I found fairly refreshing.
When I met Viola her spirit was so broken and beyond repair that I almost gave up hope myself. It turned out that all it took to piece her back together would be an annoying genie, from a different plane, who profoundly despises humans and how they waste his time making him grow old. Who knew?!


I had initially chosen this book as some quick lighthearted reading, as a distraction from the work I should have been actually doing.
I was most pleasantly surprised when As You Wish revealed itself to have more depth than I had initially given it credit for. Viola did a lot of soul searching, and through her I occasionally found myself staring at the page whilst thinking of events and wishes in my life.
Jinn was quite a funny character whom I liked but didn't expect to gain much from, judging by his dislike and lack of understanding for us humans. Despite this he showed to have more understanding about us than I thought. Centuries of wish granting had taught him a lot and embittered him towards humanity, and I was interested to see how Jackson Pearce was going to sweeten up someone who had been set in his ways and opinions for centuries!

As You Wish was a lovely short and sweet read that should be given a bit more credit. It was one of those books that I didn't feel sad to end because I know that I will be reading it again some time soon. I suspect that it will be one of my go-to-reads when I have a bit of a pants day and am in desperate need of a comfort read.


If you liked this and would like another light, short and very sweet read I would suggest Cross My Heart by Katie Klein and To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker. If on the other hand you want something sweet, a bit more long lasting but not heavily engaging then I would recommend the Fateful series by Cheri Schmidt.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Andy Robb Geekhood book event



Don't miss the chance to meet Andy Robb!!!




I confess that I am somewhat of a geek though perhaps slightly more of the closet kind who's afraid of the masses. But now it's time to join the ranks!
Come meet Andy Robb and dive into his very successful debut novel Geekhood!!! 
You know the geek in you wants to!!!

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Author: Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Series: Jessica (Book 1)

Genre: paranormal romance teen/YA

Length: 354 pages

PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

Publication Date: 1st February 2009




Product Description

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . . 

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Review

Ok before I make any comment I really should confess that I have a particularly soft spot for this book.
It was given to me by my mother when I went to stay in hospital for a few weeks. It let me dream and kept me company the whole time I was there (despite it not lasting very long as I'd finished it by the end of my first day). It was also the first book I had ever read where the main character and I shared the same first name. That actually happens to be the main reason why my mother bought it for me. My visiting friends liked it too but for completely different reasons. They thought it was absolutely priceless that of all the possible book titles with my name, mine should be a guide to dating. It would appear they do not find me wise enough to be linked to a dating guide. I have since reconsidered my friendships...

Anyway.... Coming back to Jessica (the character not me) and her guide to dating on the dark side. Well I think that despite my vast wisdom (just saying) I may have learnt a new thing or two.

Beth Fantaskey has a beautifully funny way of writing that really had me giggling at times. But when things turned serious, dramatic, dangerous or something more I could feel her style and language changing with them; sending chills and goose bumps up and down my arms, and blushes to my cheeks at other times.

Most female protagonists who find out that there is something paranormal about their life fight it for a little, but come to accept and embrace it soon enough. Jessica isn't quite like that. She fought tooth and nail to remain welded to her normal reality and to get the gorgeously unnerving Lucius out of it. I loved her to-the-point hilarious bluntness and how she just was not going to give two jots about what kind of prince Lucius thought himself to be. 
With such a girl on his hands I actually felt a bit sorry for the annoyingly arrogant and drop dead gorgeous Lucius. 


Both characters were very entertaining and I liked them straight away as they wound each other up, but what was even better was watching them dig deeper to find what actually lay beyond the blunt humour and the arrogance.


I really enjoyed how the plot seemed to escalate and slowly move to a bigger picture that at the beginning was completely put-a-side. As Jessica grew, developed, matured and came to understand things that she had initially ignored, the storyline came to encompass factors I had completely left out of the equation. This only added to the fantastic twists Beth Fantaskey devised building into a rather unexpected crescendo.
The initial humour with which I was introduced to Beth Fantaskey's world was in stark contrast with the darkness with which I left it, and believe me this only made it more intriguing.


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was absolutely great. One moment laughing, the next brooding, then gobsmacked, followed by blushing... The unexpected events just kept on coming. I vaguely recall being asked by the nurse to put it down so I could go to theatre for my op. When I asked for a little more time, she gave me a light sedative and yanked the book out of my hands! Although I would have willingly put it down, had I known I was going to get jabbed, it would still not have been easy.


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side started fairly simply and lighthearted, and I admit that at the beginning I thought I had things pretty much figured out. By the end a lot more was at stake than I had initially thought and there was nothing much lighthearted left about it. Darkness and cold seemed to reign, causing me to think that actually Jessica was going to need much more than a Guide to Date the Dark Side. She was going to need an encyclopaedic manual, courage and as much help as she could get!

On a minor note I would like to add that me and Jessica did not share the same fortune in stumbling across the very alluring Lucius, and had she been more like me she would have grabbed him asap!


If you liked this I would consider reading "Finding Sky" and "Stealing Phoenix" by Joss Stirling. I would also recommend the Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Queen of Teen event

Queen of Teen


And the winner of the Queen of Teen event is.....
Well who would you like it to be?

This is the last week to make your vote count!

Vote here!!!

Not only can you vote and get your author one step closer to that crown and glory, but you could also get the chance to congratulate them at the 
Queen of Teen Official After Party

Queen of Teen Official After Party
Friday 6th July at 7pm - dress to impress optional
At Waterstones Guildford, 71-73 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DY
Featuring Queen of Teen Nominees Maureen JohnsonJames DawsonSue Ransom & Samantha Mackintosh with more to be announced!
We are so excited to have teamed up with the Queen of Teen awards to host their first ever after party.  We're hoping to get as many nominees as possible along and Maureen, James, Sue and Sam have already confirmed they'll be coming along.  There'll be a chance for guests to meet the authors, who'll be in their nominee regalia, and fingers crossed we'll have the new Queen of Teen winner at the party.  The authors will be chatting to fans and signing copies of their books, we'll be providing the drinks, food and tunes and we hope it'll be a great night in celebration of YA fiction.
Voting is open at www.queenofteen.co.uk so there's still all to play for!
Additional tickets are £2 per person.

After all that can you honestly say you don't want to come?
Ok well what if I said that there was also cake and lots of fun to be had!!!

Come and join us at Guildford Waterstones!!!


Of course this post could not possibly be complete without my signature "barbie-like-doll" so here she is, with a new   ball gown and crown! Well I couldn't have her turning up to the same event in the same clothes now could I?! Duh?!




Monday, 18 June 2012

Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

Author: Michelle A. Hansen

Title: Painted Blind

Series: stand-alone

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance teen/YA

Length: 340 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: 3rd of May 2012




Product Description

Seventeen years old and agoraphobic, Psyche Middleton vows her dad will never see the risqué photos she took during a summer modeling stint abroad, but one of them ends up on a billboard in her Montana hometown. Now everyone—especially her dad—can see it. And yet, somehow, those are the mundane things in her life because she is about to fall unexpectedly, head-over-heels in love with Erik, a mysterious young man who rescues her from a crowd of admirers, and who she’s actually never seen because…he can make himself invisible. As strange as this may seem, it’s about to get even stranger. Erik takes her to his palace in an idyllic kingdom, and she is swept into the beauty and culture of his world, but his affection has one condition: she may not see him. Overtaken, intrigued, and still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, she breaks her promise and sneaks a peek at him while he sleeps. Erik casts her aside, and his controlling mother demands Psyche prove herself in order to be reunited with him. Psyche knows love is never easy—but this is ridiculous. She is not one to give up easily, especially when she knows in her heart that Erik is the one for her, but she is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly. Because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.

Review

I was initially attracted to this book by the fairytale-like synopsis, and to be truthful I wasn't far wrong. Painted Blind turned out to be a lovely romantic mythological tale that unfurled itself in our present time.
Being the ancient mythological geek that I am, I must confess that as soon as I started reading this book I recognised the origin of the tale. This said it did not taint in anyway my interest and willingness to continue to plough through this story.


In fact I enjoyed seeing these ancient characters depicted in the present time. I thought the adaptation and combination of mythological obstacles with current times a nice twist. By doing this Michelle A. Hansen remained faithful to the original story whilst putting her own spin on it.


Painted Blind had a good pace through out it. It sped up and slowed down in sync with the events, and at no point was I inclined to put it down although work demanded it.
When I initially met Psyche and her amazing good looks, I confess I thought I had stumbled upon yet another girl who just didn't know how pretty she was; but that essentially had little substance. But she surprised and her genuine fear of heights and crowds made her a soft spot for me. I was even more pleased when she remained faithful throughout the book to these flaws that made her that more real in my eyes.


The only aspect that I would have liked to have seen slightly different would be ending. Throughout this book I was brought to feel for the characters and as per all good story plots there was a building up of events. So when I reached the end and heaved a sigh of relief it would have been nice to catch a glimpse of them living their happily ever after. Because of this I felt this book didn't live up to all the potential it could have had. But then again I am somewhat of a hopeless romantic!


Painted Blind was a very nice contemporary romance with ancient mythological roots. Michelle A. Hansen has started with a good debut novel and I will be keeping an eye out for more of her work.


If you liked this then I would suggest reading The Goddess Chronicles by Aimee Carter. This is another mythological series with anciently gorgeous greek gods as protagonists. Remaining on a similar theme I would also recommend Starcrossed by Josephine Angiolini. If on the other hand you're willing to stray from greek mythology to another kind of paranormal then I would suggest reading the Die For Me series by Amy Plum.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Indebted by Amy A. Bartol visits the Royal Opera House

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visits the Royal Opera House!


Yes you have indeed read the title correctly and do not panic, no you did not miss the opportunity to meet Amy A. Bartol.

On Thursday I attended the Royal Opera House in London and had considered taking Indebted with me to read during the interval. Then Amy A. Bartol made a very ingenious suggestion to take Indebted with me! And I did!
Yeah I actually stood around holding my ipad open smiling very happily whilst surrounded by a gawking audience. I told the ogling individuals looking at me (like I was some deranged girl grinning stupidly with an ipad clasped in her hands) to get a clue and read this amazing series!!!

I probably looked like this, so you really can't blame them for thinking I was missing a few marbles --->Photobucket



Before you look at the pics below I warn you that Indebted is very photogenic but I am not, so please bear with me and completely focus on what I'm holding and the location and not the silly girl :p





Indebted meets another dummy


A big thanks to Amy A. Bartol for the great suggestion. I had such a fun time doing this! I really felt like the stewardess in Amelie Poulain who takes the gnome around the world! It was absolutely brilliant!