Thursday, 30 August 2012

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: Spellbound

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz

Series: Spellbound (Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal, Romance Teen/Young Adult

Length: 251 pages

Publisher: Mira Ink (Harlequin Teen)

Date of Publication: 6th of January 2012




Product Description

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to —Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives— visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
Review
Emma comes from a nasty background and has every intention of not letting history repeat itself in her new life in New York. And for once this is not about Emma's past catching up with her. No Emma's tale goes much further beyond that. This is about her ancestry and a curse as old as time, readying to strike once again.

Brendan is the good-looking bad boy that all the girls want and who, naturally, never looks at them twice; infact he never looks at them once! But when Emma waltzes into his life he can't stop staring and feeling an inexplicable pull.
When the two meet Emma starts having visions that make her fear for her life, Brendan doesn't know if he's coming or going with his feelings and even when he does, he still doesn't know what the right course of action is. If you then throw into the mix a witch, a pinch of magic and a beautifully mysterious pendant that seems to make its way into the hands of Emmas across time... well then you have yourself a spellbinding novel, and not even half of what Cara Lynn Shultz has in store for you.

Although the concepts used were not new to the world of books, this did not deduct in anyway to the storyline, characters or style of writing. I very much enjoyed Spellbound and was gladly swept away into New York. A city which I have heard countless times described as magical, though this time Cara Lynn Shultz hinted that myth may be more true than I thought!

Spellbound was a grippingly fast paced novel with characters I grew to like straight away, and a story that spoke of betrayal, witchcraft riddles, timeless curses, magic and ofcourse, the most important key ingredient of them all: true love.
I read this book in less than a day and very much look forward to reading its sequel Spellcaster which is already available!

Check out the new UK cover to be released on the 7th of September!!!

A big thank you to Mira Ink for providing me with a copy of this lovely book to read and review

If you like this and wish to remain in theme with magic and curses then give Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb and A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton a read. Another similar style book you may enjoy would be Beastly by Alex Flinn. On the other hand if you're looking for something paranormal, with some action and twists but wish to stray from the witchy feel then try Finding Sky by Joss Stirling and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Two Pound Tuesdays




Welcome to Two Pound Tuesdays a blog feature shared by Kerrie at Read and Repeat and myself! 

We're here to bring you twice a month a delectable bargain price selection of 6 Young Adult and Adult novels ranging from fiction, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, romance and dystopian genres! Making you aware of amazing books for a great deal that just has to be shouted out because it would be a crime not to acknowledge it! Well at least we feel that way, but then again we are slightly book obsessed!

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This Tuesday's deals include:



£1.31 for more information go here

"When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...


Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart.Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead. 
Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness"




£0.77 for more information go here

"18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn't supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.

I quite liked the cover of this book and upon reading the synopsis I thought it sounded really good! And at such a bargain?! How could I resist?!


£1.97 for more information go here

"In this modern Arthurian, 17-year-old nice girl Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out her badass biker boyfriend, Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons.

In fact, he is really Merlin--the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.

Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?"

Once I read that this book was about a girl willing to kick Merlin's old as time behind, despite the world unravelling around her, well..... I just had to get it!

For more Two Pound Tuesdays unmissable deals check out Kerrie's selection

These are the prices found at the time of posting this feature. They may change subject to amazon, so if you'd like to see some more don't miss out on the next Two Pound Tuesday
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour



Welcome to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Shane at Itching for books that stops here today!!!


Synopsis

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Review

The concept and storyline that the synopsis brought to mind was very inviting and had me itching to read this book. But when I started reading I was laughing and gripped wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Combining American present day habits and Italian renaissance culture was an amzing breath of fresh air and such a great idea! These two are very diffirent cultures even in our present time, which added additional humour to an already hilarious situation. Watching Caterina/Patience guffaw and faux pas her way through Italian history with characters from an another time was absolutely pricelessly funny.



Caterina/Patience truly was an all American girl transported through time. Unlike some characters that magically adapt instantly and who freak out for chapters on end, she saw this experience as an opportunity for an adventure and to get away from her routine life and troubles. Her take on this extraordinary time travel was new to me and trufully I had not yet met someone who took it this way! So instead of focusing immediately on how to get back home, she decided to explore Florence 1505. Rachel Harris took her and me by the hand and together we toured Florence admiring the architecture, the art, the statues and so much more!

Unfortunately some things don't change no matter how far back in time you go, or forwards for that matter. I am of course talking about boys! Caterina/Patience comes from a present where she has no interest in the opposite gender or love in any way, and she plans on keeping that way no matter how chivalry is present in 1505. Her will is only strengthened when she meets local drop dead gorgeous Lorenzo, who could have walked out of one Michelangelo's paintings.
Watching a relationship between two characters grow is always one of the best parts of  a romance, but in this case it was heightened by the the awfully big gap that the time space continuum presented. Having an American 21st century girl flirt with a 16th century boy simply cannot be described, but it was brilliant; and despite several funny misunderstandings

But Caterina/Patience's travel through time is not to be mistaken for just a pleasant holiday. Soon she begins to understand truths and realities that have been forgotten and that are no longer appreciated. As the 16th century commences to prove itself not just fun but also deadly serious Caterina/Patience seeks for a way home. To do this she must first learn something, but what? It soon became apparent that hidden in the past lie her lessons for the future.


Like Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz but with an additional twist of time and with a very particular lesson to be learnt, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was a hilariously sweet novel. With an easy going and steady pace Rachel Harris told a wonderful story, of which I look forward to reading more in the sequel!



Author Spotlight




As a teen, Rachel Harris threw rging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel.  She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Inbetween Blog Tour




The Inbetween Blog Tour hosted by Shane at itchingforbooks stops here today!!!


Synopsis

Since the car crash that took her father's life three years ago, Emma's life has been a freaky -- and unending -- lesson in caution. Surviving "accidents" has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option. 

It's not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn's fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before, and he's not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul.

Release date: 28th of August 2012

Review

I've read stories based on the wonders of paradise where all those who are good, pure and kind go. I have also encountered plots that spoke of hell where evil awaits to exact timeless justice on those who have done wrong. But I've never read of the Inbetween before. A grey realm where young souls have a shelf life of a few years, before being sorted between heaven or hell. A very unlikely place for a very impossible love to be born.

Emma is a simple and funny girl who enjoys photography and who has absolutely no interest in boys. But since her father's death she spends most of her time escaping near miss death experiences, and rationalising that she is most definitely not seeing a very cute green eyed boy, who is sparkly round the edges and who disappears in the blink of an eye. 

Finn is a world war II soul recycled as an inbetween reaper, who has to convince and restrain himself, protecting Emma from a safe distance and in an invisible state. Because breaking all the rules to even only allow himself to be seen, let alone touch her would award him a direct and speedy ticket to hell, leaving no-one to protect her against an uncontrollable evil soul. 

However the bond these two share is too strong. It has challenged life, death and the inbetween, and Finn will risk everything he is and his soul if it means he can protect her and be in his personal paradise. Feeling one more touch, one more breath from the sole purpose of his existence are worth eternal torture.

Tara Fuller approached this very sweet paranormal romance in a somewhat unusual way, focusing on where such an impossible relationship could possibly go as opposed to its construction, as the premises was that the bond was already present. What's more, it was written in alternate chapters from Finn's and Emma's point of view, therefore allowing for a more complete picture of their feelings, thoughts and concerns. I particularly enjoyed this as most paranormal romance books do not often allow regular insight into the feelings of the young hero as he falls, protects, loves and saves the girl that has become the centre of his universe.

In this well written and ever so sweet novel Tara Fuller spoke of a love that went beyond, life, the afterlife and perhaps even reincarnation. It was a very much enjoyed read for a soppy romantic, like myself, and I look forward to reading more.





Tara Fuller writes novels; some about grim reapers and some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
www.tarafuller.com | @Tara25Fuller

Don't miss the chance to win Inbetween by entering this awesome giveaway!!!




A big thanks to Shane for hosting this lovely tour and to Tara Fuller for writing this very sweet book!!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Secrets Blog Tour




 Secrets Blog Tour hosted by Annabel at Team Nerd stops here today!


Synopsis

Leah always knew she was different. From her extreme light sensitivity, to her ability to read people by their auric scent, she kept these differences secret. Not even Mia, Leah's mother, knew the fullness of her daughter's differences, but she held even greater secrets to Leah's past - the truth about her father and Leah's conception. With the escape of an old foe, Mia is too late to reveal to her daughter the thrush before Judith can exact her revenge in a wash of blood and death.Thrown into a world unheard of, Leah discovers that she is not alone in keeping her secrets. That there are people from her parent's past who would die to protect her. If only she knew why. Raine, placed as her protector, hides deadly secrets of his own. Drawn to each other, Leah and Raine must uncover the truth before one or both are killed.

Review

As a reader I try to live by the saying "don't judge a book by its cover", and without wanting to sound too cliche' this is definitely a book that should not be judged that way; so readers and bloggers do not be deceived!
Having seen it I confess I became a little reticent, and the wise words of the old saying began to become just a nagging voice at the back of my head. However I was far too intrigued  by the secrecy of the synopsis to let this book go, so I decided to plough ahead and keep an open mind. And you know what? I am so glad that I did!
Secrets by Dawn Kirby truly and very pleasantly surprised me in more than one way!

As per most books, Dawn Kirby's Secrets started by introducing me to Leah and hinting at the mysteries that ruled her life. She has extraordinarily developed senses but not a clue as to why and how. When she presses her only parent for information, her mother reveals nothing and delays any explanation to a later date. Untold danger was hinted at straight from the beginning and like many characters Leah doesn't take it entirely seriously; and neither did I, expecting that it would be a while before she was in any true immediate danger.
Dawn Kirby though had other plans. She hit Leah's life very early and hard into the story. The pace quickly picked up as dramatic events, realities and secrets gave Leah a rude awakening to what was truly going on.

But hers aren't the only secrets Dawn Kirby is talking about. Leah not only has to uncover and come to terms with her own, but also those of others with particular regards to Raine; a boy who smells like the rain in a storm and who's hidden truths are about to further disrupt her already torn world.

Learning the truth about Leah and her past, and then watching her absorb the new information, whilst juggling her feelings for Raine and the reality these secrets have thrown her into, was gripping and had me quickly turning the digital pages of this debut novel. Despite the elements of paranormal romance and twist upon twist, what I enjoyed the most was how Dawn Kirby faced Leah with very real events and feelings, that do not require a magical element to be experienced.
The way in which she struck grief, pain, shock, love, joy and happiness into Leah's story was different and refreshing. Although at times she was a little naive of the extent of the cruelties of her new reality, Leah was a very kind and selfless character; and I really felt for her where her journey got shaken and stirred by the mind of the clever author.

With a steady pace, that speeded up when needed, and an easy going and simple style of writing, this was a very nice beginning to a new series for Dawn Kirby.

For someone who's life is one big secret and who's existence itself is an unexplained mystery, Leah was ironically a very honest and frank character, and I look forward to the sequel to her story.


Readers should be aware that this book is a New Adult genre (18-26) and does contain some adult content.

Interview


The Library Mouse: As per most books I’m quite curious as to where you got the idea for this story. Was it a story that you’ve been thinking about for a long time or did it come to you all of a sudden? How was Leah and Raine’s story born?

Dawn Kirby: Leah’s story had been sitting in the back of my mind since I was a Jr. in high school. I’d always been able to push it away, but eventually it became impossible. It was there all day every day. Keeping me up at night. Distracting me while I was going about my usual “mom” routine. Finally I sat down to pour it all out on paper. Nearly five years later, their story is still unravelling. 

The story has always revolved around Leah as a Dhampir. The rest of the story however, I made up as I wrote.

The Library Mouse: If you could choose to only have one particularly gifted sense which would it be and why?

Dawn Kirby: Leah’s ability to sense people’s personalities. Imagine how much easier life would be if we knew who we were getting involved with before we handed over our hearts and friendship.

The Library Mouse: What would you describe as a typical writing day?

Dawn Kirby: Now that I’m working full time, I don’t really have a typical writing day. I pretty much take what I can get, when I can get it. Which is fine. I’ve always preferred writing at night. The dark, even in the comfort of the house, offers that little bit of mystery I crave when I write.

The Library Mouse: And now having asked this of course I have to ask, what do you do when your writing day doesn’t quite go according to plan?

Dawn Kirby: If I can’t write, I get a little agitated. There’s nothing I can do about it, but it tends to set my mood meter at cranky for the rest of the night.

The Library Mouse: Should Leah ever meet you in real life, what do you think you would smell like to her?

Dawn Kirby: Judging by what the people in my life tell me, I would think I would probably smell like May; Magnolia. I tend to wrap my arms around everybody and do my best to make them all feel as loved as my own family.

The Library Mouse: Which aspect of writing and/or plotting Secrets did you find the most challenging?

Dawn Kirby: The most challenging was probably writing the fight scenes. I wanted them to be as realistic as possible, but I wanted them to fight as animals, meanwhile maintain the thought process of a human. That meant watching a lot of nature shows, hoping I’d catch a fight for dominance.

The Library Mouse: Who would you say is your favourite character? The one you most enjoyed creating and writing with throughout the story.

Dawn Kirby: I’ve been asked this question before. Usually I answer with Kale or Drew, but after thinking on it a little longer I can say it would have to be Declan. I still haven’t scratched the surface with him. He moves into a fatherly position when Leah needs him and embraces it. Through the connection the two have, he is able to help her through one particularly devastating event. (That’s in book two)

The Library Mouse: Leah and Raine’s survival depends upon the maintaining of each other’s secrets. And yet there comes a point where the revelation of these endangers them whilst simultaneously offering them a partial solution. How do you feel about keeping and sharing secrets?

Dawn Kirby: I can understand keeping some secrets. The kind that don’t harm other people, but If I were Leah, I would have wanted to know exactly what I was as early as possible. Raine’s a little trickier. He knew and keeping it to himself was the only thing keeping him alive.

The Library Mouse: Have you always known that you wanted to be a writer?

Dawn Kirby: No. Writing as a career never occurred to me until I was in the middle of writing my second book. That’s when the bug bit me. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

The Library Mouse: Raine and Kale are very similar in some ways and yet the complete polar opposite for others. Fans will be most likely swooning for both, but given the choice which would you go for?

Dawn Kirby: Raine, without a doubt. I like the strong, silent type. There’s mystery there that Kale just doesn’t have.

The Library Mouse: Leah drives a pretty impressive car and is undoubtedly in love with it and all the power that she has under the accelerator pedal. Was this your dream car too? Fast and powerful?

Dawn Kirby: Oh yes! I’d like nothing better than to slide behind the wheel of a Shelby GT 500KR and put the pedal to the floor.

The Library Mouse: Amongst the pages of what kind of books do you like getting lost in, in your spare time?

Dawn Kirby: Anything paranormal or mysterious.

The Library Mouse: I will be awaiting the continuation of the Serenity Series, but will you be taking us readers on other journeys with other up-coming books?

Dawn Kirby: Thank You so much! As of now books 2 and 3 have been written. Book four is in the beginning stages of edits.  Absolutely there will be more! I already have a short available in Firefly & Wisps, 13 TALES of the PARANORMAL called Date Night. Ring of Fire published another short of mine, Sinful Pleasures, (Lust) in their SEVEN DEADLY SINS Collaboration. I’m working on two more shorts and a novel with another writer, A.T. Russell at the moment. APEX is a paranormal romance and I’m having an absolute blast writing it.
There are more projects in mind, I just haven’t had time to get them all out on paper.  

The Library Mouse: I just wanted to say a big thanks for answering all my questions and being so patient. This book was not what I expected and I will be looking forward to the sequel :) Thank you for the very nice story!

Dawn Kirby: You are very welcome. I’m so glad you enjoyed SECRETS. I only hope DECEIT will measure up! Thank you so much for all your time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. 

A big thank you to Annabel for hosting this blog tour and to Dawn Kirby for writing this lovely novel!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Two Pound Tuesdays




Welcome to Two Pound Tuesdays a blog feature shared by Kerrie at Read and Repeat and myself! 

We're here to bring you twice a month a delectable bargain price selection of 6 Young Adult and Adult novels ranging from fiction, fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, romance and dystopian genres! Making you aware of amazing books for a great deal that just has to be shouted out because it would be a crime not to acknowledge it! Well at least we feel that way, but then again we are slightly book obsessed!

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This Tuesday's deals include:


£1.97 for more information go here

"Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah."


The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines is the first of a 2 book series. Personally I found this a very bright and seductive cover. I really enjoyed this easy going book, that I would strongly recommend as a summer read. But don't just take my word for it, check out Kerrie's review



£1.96 for more information go here

"Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?"

This book sounds very good and is currently occupying a high place on my wish list!
This is a self published title.


£1.09 for more information go here

"In 1897 London, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the ‘thing’ inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a fullgrown man with one punch.... Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her."

The Girl in the Steel Corset has  not only got a very intriguing cover and synopsis, but also great reviews! When I saw it I just couldn't resist buying a copy to read this summer!


For more Two Pound Tuesdays unmissable deals check out Kerrie's selection

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Monday, 13 August 2012

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Author: Ruth Frances Long

Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Series: Standalone

Genre: Paranormal Romance Fiction Teen/YA

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Dial Books

Date of Publication: 6th of September 2012






Product Description

The trees swallowed her brother whole and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen she revisits the woods where Tom was taken resolving to say goodbye at last. Instead she is lured into the trees where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils.

Review

This ebook was given to me as part of The Treachery of Beautiful Things Blog Tour hosted by Shane at itching for books. The blog tour stopped here on the 8th of August 2012 for a blog interview with author Ruth Frances Long!

I loved the cover straightaway but little did I know what I was in store for when I went past it. I spent the grand total of less than 1 chapter in our nice, normal and safe reality. Reading this book I stumbled into a world of green, brown and danger. The more beautiful something is the more treacherous and lethal it is.

Poor Jenny was initially beyond naive and it took a fair amount of trial and error for her to realise exactly, to what lengths the woodland realm she had stumbled in, was willing to go to use her. Nevertheless she braved it all and learnt from her mistakes. What I really liked about her was how despite everything she experienced she maintained a certain level on naivety through which she continued to have a big and caring heart. For her tale, this was both her greatest weakness and strength.

Jack on the other hand was anything but naive. He was a leafy tangle of honour, vows, strength and ancient knowledge. The mystery of his true identity, wrapped up in a foliage of curses, pain and lost hearts. The more I read the more I was able to see past all the barriers, secrets and pain. Both myself and Jenny chiselled away at his story, and after some obstacles we were finally rewarded with the true roots of his tale.

As their tales entwined, like vines round a tree, I was gripped following it through even the darkest corners of the forestland of the Realm.

Ruth Frances Long had every blade of grass, tree and creature echoing evil, danger, mystery and magic through her style of writing. I felt surrounded by danger and was wary of everything I encountered, and yet it was all so enticing, as only something lethal can be.

She made me feel like I had truly stepped into her magical Realm not only by her style of writing, but also via the used language. The way the characters spoke in riddles never quite intending what they said, the meaning just beyond my grasp and understanding; was beautifully mysterious and I confess I attempted several times to decipher the true messages. This kept me going even more and was thoroughly intriguing.
It felt like a mixture of disney classics and old fairy tales, painted with a rather dark paintbrush. This tale reminded me of stories my grandmother used to tell me as a child, stories that had been told to her by her own grandmother. Thereby which adding a classic traditional feel to it I had not been expecting. I truly enjoyed how it wasn't all airy fairy, but how this magical world was actually absolutely deadly. It was absolutely refreshing.

A big thanks to Ruth Frances Long, Shane Morgan at itchingforbooks and everyone at Dial Books for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book to review

If you liked this well to be truthful I haven't really come across may books like this one, but I would suggest looking into Beastly by Alex Flinn, a modern beauty and the beast with an interesting twist, Destined by Jessie Harrell and As You Wish by Jackson Pearce. I would also recommend, although a somewhat different style, Finding Sky by Joss Stirling.