Saturday, 29 September 2012

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Title: Eve and Adam

Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Series: Series title unknown at present (Book 1)

Genre: Science-fiction, mystery, romance Teen/ Young Adult

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Date of Publication: 1st of October 2012




Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.
While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Review


Micheal Grant and Katherine Applegate are not two authors who beat around the bush; instead they threw me straight into the deep end, by starting this amazing book with the opening scene of the day Evening (also know as E.V. or Eve) has her accident. The very same that would almost entirely detach a leg, mangle her arm and change her life forever.
You’re probably thinking that her life will never be same because she’s been in an accident, but no. The accident leads her to the facility where she will get the best possible care, slowly recover and where Eve’s mother asks her, as a distraction from the lengthy healing process, to design the perfect boy for Project 88175, known amongst the Big Brain scientists of Spiker & Plisseken as Project Adam.
Now let me tell you, having reached this point early on in the book, not even the gorgeous looking guy in the sun lounger next to me could deter my gaze from my kindle. I was gone hook, line and sinker.

In this absolutely great novel we meet a variety of interesting characters with the main two being Eve and Solo, and it is from alternatively both points of view that this story is told.

Solo was a very interesting character and, as alone as his name would suggest, was brought up essentially by the scientists around him and the building that contains him, the very same he secretly plots and schemes to bring down. Cleverer than he lets on, with a perfected art of shielding his thoughts from being read as expressions on his face, Solo was an intriguing character with a very different take on life considering his upbringing and with a cold detached view of the world that surrounds him and the people in it.
But then again how would you feel brought up almost like a guest hamster in a lab rat maze? Although perhaps turning into a hamster plotting to destroy its cage and escape, is somewhat of an extended leap as far as scientifically plausible explanations go. Unless the hamster knows something about the cold, sharp and cruel laboratory world that we do not.

Until Eve waltzed into his life and realm on a blaring ambulance, with a detached leg and an arm of the consistency of potato mash, all his schemes were going according to plan. And he was alone. And that’s the way he liked it. But as she barrels her way into his cage for a lengthy foreseeable future, human emotions that aren’t revenge are forced upon him, human interaction actually happens and isn’t all that unpleasant.

Eve was a girl that had been through emotional wars and now physical ones too, and was definitely going to have scars to prove it. She had little to hide and wore her heart on her sleave. Loyal, caring, with a lovely sarcastic streak and no qualms in getting into heaps of trouble, I took to her rather quickly.

As Eve is given Leonardo Da Vinci’s and Einstein’s greatest wish with the chance to play God with human appearance, mind and character, and thus design the perfect human being.
But whilst she plays fictional God on a computer screen with a digital strand of DNA, someone at Spiker & Plissken lab had been playing actual God and for a lot longer.

Between test tubes, double helix strands of DNA and computer programmes, dark secrets are hidden threatening to float to the surface of the container they’ve been held in for so long.

This was a novel that combined mystery and science, with a pinch of romance, into a great steady paced story that I read in a day. Both authors had several twists up the sleeves of their lab coats, and although I guessed a few, I truly enjoyed this book. I very much look forward to reading more in the sequel Adam and Eve!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Title: The Assassin's Curse

Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke

Series: The Assassin's Curse (Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Romance Teen/ Young Adult

Length: 350 pages

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Date of Publication: 2nd of October 2012





Synopsis

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

Review
The Assassin’s Curse gave me what the synopsis promised and much more. I could begin to describe it as a “Pirates of the Caribbean” meets “Arabian Nights”, but I still wouldn’t be doing it justice.

Reading the Assassin’s Curse I tumbled into the sand filled boots and sea weathered spirit of Ananna and the cut-throat pirate world she has been raised in. And she won me over the moment I met her.  Being a young pirate princess with a lot of spirit, roped into a marriage of convenience with another young and snob pirate prince; I too would have rather walked the plank. And when she made a hasty escape on the back of a stolen camel, she wasn’t the only one who drew a sigh of relief and freedom as her true journey began.
But as if this weren’t enough adventure, Cassandra Rose Clarke added being chased by the most deadly and magical order of assassins, an impossible curse that bonds her to her would-be killer and an incredible voyage on both steady desert land and the deep open sea.

Naji and Ananna are two great characters that could have popped out of one of the fables my grandmother would have told me, except that they really don’t get along too well and they make no show of hiding it.
Ananna having been raised by pirates and the sea, she is as mutinous and rebellious as the first, and as deadly and strong as the second. She was so full of life and courage that she swept me away like the tide, and all I wanted to do was jump in and join her.
Naji on the other hand was the silent, quiet and brooding assassin with back up plans for his back up plans, until Ananna enters his life and like a typhoon completely twists his fate around. But he was no mindless coldhearted murderer as Ananna is led to believe. Brought up in the shadows and with harsh rules, he very much respects life and death, right and wrong, and hid a dark and scarring secret story of his own beneath his magical dark robes.
They both thought they couldn’t possibly have anything in common, not now not ever. And yet as obstacles and threats forcibly unite them in sword fights, they slowly realize that honor, loyalty and respect are qualities that both possess, and that can be earned and shared.
Bonded together and fighting together like the sea and its shore, the two similarly need each other to survive, especially if they are to attempt the impossible: making a dent in an oath and blood binding magic.

I’m a sucker for mystical tales of adventure, pirates at sea, curses, princesses with an attitude and magic, and the Assassin’s Curse provided this and more. Cassandra Rose Clarke narrated a great tale that is but only the beginning of an odyssean adventure full of obstacles, tasks, trust, magic and a pinch of romance. I will be actively looking out for more and am itching to get my hands on the sequel of this great fantasy!

If you liked this well it's somewhat hard to recommend a book that has a similar theme to the Assassin's Curse as I've found it to be somewhat unique. If you wanted to stay on the romantic pirate theme then I suggest flicking through the pages of To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker, if on the other hand you're looking for another tale and perhaps a slightly more fairytale one at that then maybe you'd like to explore the magically dangerous woods of The Treachery of Beautiful Things by R.F.Long. Another recommendation that I would make that doesn't really follow either theme, but that I believe you might enjoy nonetheless, would be Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

His Black Wings by Astrid Yrigollen Cover Reveal

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Synopsis

His Black Wings is...

Beauty and the Beast set in the future during a Victorian era revival.
The Grand Council has brought the world peace, but will it last?
Malice, revenge and lust are not easily defeated...

Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home, following the death of her parents and a vicious attack from a man who intends to marry her.
She assumes a new identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome, Fredrick Lowood. However, Fredrick's generosity isn't without a price and Claren soon finds herself forced into a strange friendship with his disfigured son.
Unaware of how Claren's past entwines with his own,
Etrigan Lowood begins to yearn for her love.
Unfortunately, the past is not far behind.
Is his love for Claren enough?
Or will Etrigan remain alone with his black wings...
 
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Astrid Yrigollen is a self published author of young adult and children's books. Astrid started her writing career when she begun work for the international video game giant, Sega of America. Working her way up the ranks, she began writing companion guides for games. With a love for writing fiction since childhood, she took her short stories out of storage and had her first story ever written published. It was only after that she found out that first stories are never published! She has resumed writing full time and has succeeded in putting out the titles, The Doughnut Tree, Mysterious Pootkins, and The Mosswoods--to name a few. Her short stories have appeared in the literary journal of Threshold Press and Shock and Awe Magazine.
 
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Tuesday, 25 September 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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£1.92 for more information go here

"It started just like any other Saturday: Whitney, her best friend, Jason, and their fathers tossed an old football around in the park. But when her dad dies of a heart attack, Whitney doesn't realize her passion for the sport and her friendship with Jason will never be the same.

Two years later, Whitney's ready to begin the long journey of re-discovering her love for football, encountering a sexist coach, an unethical but irresistible opponent, a mustard yellow T-shirt, and Jason along the way.

How many boys, romance, and hits on the field can Whitney handle before it becomes too much and she's forced to throw in the towel on her dreams?"



£0.72 for more information go here

"While 17 year old Alexis Maher never thought she would live an ordinary life, she wasn't sure she would survive the kind of excitement she had now. After breaking up with her boyfriend of nearly a year he proceeds to spread rumors about her, making her one of the most hated juniors of Crescent Point High. If that wasn't enough, her grandmother dropped a bombshell. Alexis is about to come into her Druid powers, and it isn't going to be a pleasant process either. While most teens would welcome becoming psychic and telekinetic, Alexis isn't one of them.

Just when her life is falling apart she meets Christian Marino, a gorgeous, mysterious senior whom she falls for faster than she would have ever thought possible. But her ex-boyfriend turned stalker takes exception to their rapidly developing relationship, and he's becoming increasingly dangerous. Then it becomes apparent that Christian has secrets of his own.

Somehow she has to safely transition into her powers, uncover Christian's secret and save them both from Nicolas's vengeance
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"Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it's next fairytale victim.




To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end"




Personally I have a soft spot for Grimm fairytale like stories so when I stumbled across this and found it was free I just had to get it and tell you all!





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




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Friday, 21 September 2012

The Knight, the Princess and the Magic Rock: A Classic Persian Tale by Sara Azizi




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I have finally strayed from my comfort zone and tried my hand at reviewing a picture book!

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

League of Strays by L.B. Schulman

Title: League of Strays

Author: L.B. Schulman

Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary Mystery Teen/Young Adult

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Amulet Books

Date of Publication: 1st of October 2012





Synopsis

This suspenseful debut follows a group of teenage misfits in their delicious quest for revenge on those who have wronged them at their high school. When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need one another both for friendship and to get back at the classmates and teachers who have betrayed them. But Kade has a bigger agenda. In addition to vandalizing their school and causing fights between other students, Kade’s real intention is a dangerous plot that will threaten lives and force Charlotte to choose between her loyalty to the League and her own conscience.
Review

Despite having read the synopsis L.B. Schulman surprised me with The League of Strays.

Without preambles L.B. Schulman jumped straight to the point and opened this new novel with the League’s first meeting and foundations. Four very different individuals and yet all with something in common are brought together by Kade Harlin.
Initially self proclaimed leader and founder, Kade, explains that the League is fort he purpose of making true friends who will unequivocally always be there to support each other for better or for worse. Initially rather shocked all members tentatively play along. The one thing in common is that they are all loners, and all of them for similar reasons stowed in memories that are unpleasant and painful to dredge back up.
Although born out of what appeared to be laudable reasons, the League soon begins to show nasty cracks and cruel objectives the main character Charlotte, and myself, are the first to pick up on.

Charlotte is what is defined as: a good girl gone bad..... but with a conscience.
The lines between right and wrong have always been clear for Charlotte Brody, especially seeing as her hot-shot lawyer father makes a point of regularly quizzing her about cases.
But ever since joining the League of Strays Charlotte struggles to remember where the fine line between justice, revenge and plain and simple cruelty lies is drawn, becomes more and more blurry with every passing meeting.

L.B. Schulman targeted a wide audience with this novel and made a point of confronting very real and current societal and peer issues that teenagers face today and that haunt the pasts of several adults.

In this contemporary novel L.B. Schulman touched on several themes ranging from social psychology, bullying, growing up, knowing what you really want and who you really are regardless of parents friends and teachers. These and many more were the messages wrapped around the stories of these five young lives.

Although a very interesting and realistic story that is most certainly very relevant to our current society, I did feel it was missing something. Almost as though it needed one more cruelly realistic detail to truly hammer home the terrible and yet current truth embedded in the lives of The League of Strays.

Nevertheless I enjoyed L.B. Schulman’s fast paced novel and the truths it underlined. I will be keeping an eye out for more.

If you liked this: I would most certainly recommend reading Pushing the Limits Katie McCarry, a very beautifully brutal contemporary romance that nobody should miss. If you wish to read some more contemporary novels but perhaps would like to stray towards something slightly more rosy I would recommend Jessis hearts NYC by Kerris Stainton and Breathe by Abbi Glines.

A big thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Bookds Ltd. for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read and review.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Dearly Beloved by Lia Habel

Title: Dearly Beloved

Author: Lia Habel

Series: Gone with the Respiration (book 2)

Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Paranormal, Science-Fiction Young Adult

Length: 480 pages

Publisher: Del Rey

Date of Publication: 25th of September 2012




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

Synopsis

Can the living coexist with the living dead?
That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.
Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.
Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.

Review
In this twisting and gripping sequel to Dearly Departed, Lia Habel picks up a mere few weeks after we last left our beloved New Victorians, Punks and their zombies.

This time not one but two different sets of dangers threaten Nora and Bram’s new and fragile world that is tentatively trying to accept the living dead.
No longer facing mindless flesh eating zombies these threats increase in organization and danger. Using the correct coloured umbrella to signal one’s intentions is disregarded, chaperones are forgotten and overall manners begin to slip as the true severity of the situation shines through the cracks of the sophisticated society.


Insane zombies no longer being the main target, Lia Habel plunged me into a New London where the living are divided as to whether sane zombies should be allowed to live, and the latter argue as to whether the former should be forgiven or reminded of their fragility through fear.
Knowing what is the just course of action in these times is hard and carrying it out even more so, regardless of the physiological and social state of the individual.
In this challenging sequel filled of secrets, divided loyalties and hope Lia Habel effectively opened a whole new set of themes, ideals and complicated situations for Nora, Bran and the remaining ex members of Company Z, to extricate themselves from.


And yet despite the emotional turmoil and the dangers and threats that zombies and living present to each other and to themselves, Nora and Bram fight to remain together against all odds. Striving to remain together when their duties, and occasionally loyalties, would separate them; they fought and remained together. Relying upon each other as the only true and solid but yet intangible thing in a world where all is changing, even the very laws of life and death of nature.

As a human being with a pulse I could understand the fear that raked the minds of the living, but the humility, compassion and soppy romantic in me also sided with the zombies. Lia Habel very cleverly delivered the emotion of each character through situations, thoughts, opinions and actions, covering a broad spectrum that I thoroughly enjoyed and which made me stop and reflect.
This was beautifully achieved through the narration from different points of view of several characters. Old points of view of characters I had already met, meshed with new ones to create a new and gripping storyline; and despite the multiple views from both sides of enemy lines Lia Habel still managed to conceal some interesting turn of events.


I look very much forward to walking again along the streets of New London and observing the developments of this retro-dystopian world where having the right coloured umbrella is the height of fashion, and standing by your moral standards may sink you to the ground; but regardless of either a love can still beat true even in an undead flesh of a Punk that has captured the heart of a living New Victorian.

If you liked this then I suggest perhaps taking a step in Paris with Die for Me by Amy Plum. I would also recommend Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and The Selection by Kiera Cass.

A big thanks to Random House for giving me a digital copy to read and review

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

Title: Shooting Stars

Author: Allison Rushby

Series: standalone

Genre: Contemporary Romance Teen/ Young Adult

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

Date of Publication: 28th of February 2012




Synopsis

Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment.

Review

Zo Jo is a young paparazzo in the making and taking incriminating/embarrassing pictures of the famous and infamous is in her blood. Her dad is a paparazzo and is oh so proud that his daughter has her finger poised on the camera trigger.
But Zo Jo wants more.

Zo Jo watches life through a camera lens. At the moment it's a pap one but her ultimate dream is to observe and take snap shots of life through an adjustable lens as a portrait photographer.

Cash is tight so when she gets offered a highly well paid pap job Zo Jo accepts. But something nags her at the back of her mind. Is following a famous star into a retreat for people who need some time crossing the line?
The moral compass of a pap has never pointed north but Zo Jo has done a pretty good job of not making it point completely south. That is until this job. It will blow morals and compass away, but will buy her her dream.

Looking at everyone else's flaws and embarrassing moments through her faux ipod camera, the tables are ironically turned on her when she accepts the job. Now slowly and subconsciously she's examining he own conscience through that very lens. Pap has been her life for a longtime but was she denying something? Paying so much attention to the stills she takes of others, she never thought to stop and examine the snap shots of her own life.

As Zo Jo clics away she has to make some decisions and choices that were clear cut for me. But it was interesting seeing things from the point of view of the pap, and a teenage one at that. They made her face reality, mature and decide who she wanted to be, not as a job but a breathing feeling human being. Sometimes you have to step away from the lens and see life through your own eyes.
And if that life might include the gorgeous teenage star Ned Hartnett, stepping away from he camera might just be worth it.

Allison Rushby wrote a steady paced novel that definitely threw me some curve balls that I did not see coming. They smacked me head on and left me with my mouth hanging wide open.

Shooting Stars was a deceptive book, appearing a light hearted easy read when actually it had hidden depths and twists. This was a really great read that I very much enjoyed and will most certainly be reading again.

You can take stills and capture moments on camera but you can't always read into someone's heart through a glass lens.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton

Title: Jessie Hearts NYC

Author: Keris Stainton

Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary Romance Teen/ Young Adult

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Orchard

Date of Publication: 7th of July 2011




Product Description

Jessie's just arrived in New York, hoping to forget about her awful ex.


New Yorker Finn is in love with his best friend's girlfriend. They might be perfect together, but in a city of eight million people, will they ever find each other?


Review

This novel was yet another lovely recommendation to me by Kerrie at read and repeat.
Jessie Hearts NYC isn't just one story but two! Those of Jessie and Finn.

Jessie is taking New York by storm and visiting everything she can. Touring one of the biggest cities of the world with her best friend, soaking up the traffic filled air and living the rush that comes with a city that buzzes with life; Jessie feels almost at home like she belongs there. She was a girl after my own heart as it is my dream too to go visit New York. But everything isn't pink and fluffy for her, and despite staying in an amazing city hard truths surface in her life, taking the buzz out of her step on the New York sidewalks.

And Finn isn't quite living the dream either. Doing a job that bores him to death to please his father and with a rather unfortunate cruch on his best friend's girlfriend, he isn't in a very peachy situation.

But this is New York where anything can happen and dreams sometimes come true.

Bumping into each other but never quite meeting, sometimes one getting off and one gets on onto the tube or sometimes one leaving as the other frustratingly arrives; Finn and Jessie go about their not quite so perfect lives.

This was a lovely book and the very clever Kerris Stainton wrote it seamlessly switching from one character's point of view to the other without ever doubling back on events. It was like watching a film where the camera was passed from person to person thus allowing me to not miss a single moment.

Touching on several themes that are very real problems teenagers face, a few ever so funny face-palming moments and a pinch fortuitous serendipital moments and you have yourself the touchingly sweet and lovely story that is Jessie Hearts NYC.

Kerris Stainton has written a wonderfully adorable contemporary romance. I really liked her style and will now be keeping an eye out for more of her work!

If you liked this and wish to remain along the lines of a contemporary romance I suggest you pick up Cross my Heart by Katie Klein and Breathe by Abbi Glines. If you'd like to add a pinch of magic and paranormal then perhaps take a look at Finding Sky by Joss Stirling, Fateful by Cherie Schmidt and Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz.

Tuesday, 11 September 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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£1.97 for more information go here

this is a self published title

"22-year-old Bree Spencer hates prejudice of all kinds – especially the blatant elitism she is subjected to as a resident staffer at her aunt’s exclusive estate, Blackall Manor. So when Bree nearly winds up as road-kill on account of the wealthy Sebastian Templeton, she struggles to reconcile her inexplicable attraction to him. On the surface Sebastian epitomises all that Bree usually despises, yet her draw to him is irrefutable.

Events become decidedly more unusual upon Sebastian’s arrival as a guest at Blackall Manor. Despite her reservations, Bree finds Sebastian intriguing; but his insistence to get to know her triggers a raft of niggling suspicions – heightened by a series of strange dreams and phenomena – until eventually, she learns the truth.

Sebastian is a guardian, a powerful descendant of a sacred ethereal line; and Bree’s uncanny gift has prompted him to find her. But while an anomaly inspired their connection, an ancient prophecy and ethereal lore forbid it. And with Sebastian’s purist brother determined to honour both at any cost, an epic battle with unthinkable stakes could be Bree’s only chance at survival

Not sure about you guys but I was a little curious after that synopsis :p


£0.77 for more information go here

this is a self published title

"Briar Thompson had it all. The right clothes, the right friends, the right car. Being popular was all that mattered. Her parents were rich and treated like royalty throughout the community. She thought her senior year of high school was going perfectly, until the night her drink was spiked at a party by one of her so called friends.

That was the night she met Chase McCree.

Chase wanted to go back to Montana. To the ranch and the wild, wide blue sky that went on forever. He wanted nothing to do with flashy cars or spoiled rich kids. But he found himself head over boots for the quirky cheerleader who turned her back on her social status. She befriended him when no one else would.

Shunned and hurt by the people who were once her friends, Briar flees with Chase to his family ranch in Montana. There she discovers another world, and apart of herself she never knew.

The cowboy wasn’t like anyone she’d ever met. The cheerleader wasn’t like anyone he’d ever met. Apart their lives didn’t seem to make sense, but together, they were chasing forever"

Chasing McCree just keeps popping up on my "recommended" amazon and truthfully with that eye catching cover, a good synopsis and at that price I'm, not sure how long I' going to resist!


£0.77 for more information go here

this is a self published title

"They call their abilities Talents, and that’s what they call themselves as well. Talents are people born with supernatural powers, feared by the population at large. Possession of an “unregistered ability” has become illegal, and those who are discovered are forcibly removed to government-run research facilities. For Talents, keeping their secret is the most important thing in their lives. For some, that need for secrecy begins to define who they are.

That’s how it is for Joss, a high school girl who does everything in her power to go unnoticed. She's incredibly bright, but strives to maintain grades that are good yet not too good. She doesn't participate in school activities, keeps quiet in class, eats by herself. Despite her longtime crush on Dylan, she wouldn't even think about trying to talk to him. Joss doesn't make friends of any kind, because friends can draw attention, friends can make you slip up, friends can make things complicated.

When new girl, Kat, steps in to rescue Joss from an uncomfortable situation with Marco, the class jerk, she doesn’t realize what she’s getting into, and it blows up in her face. Joss finds herself torn between a desire to do the right thing, to find some way to help a girl who was kind to her; and her need to mind her own business and fade into. For the first time, Joss begins to question the way she operates, and starts to long for connections with other people--especially a connection with Dylan, who's finally starting to talk to her.

But what's up with Dylan's sudden interest? As Marco’s best friend, can he be trusted at all?

It's bad enough when a girl's got to worry about friends, boys, over-protective dads, and shoes that pinch, but when you throw in blackmail, government agents with guns, and really annoying little sisters...that's just about too much to handle, even for a girl with an ass-kicking superpower"

Aren't you even the slightest bit curious? I am, and Hush Money is already on my kindle :)


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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Title: Witchstruck

Author: Victoria Lamb

Series: Witchstruck (Book 1)

Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Fiction and Romance Young Adult

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Date of Publication: 5th of July 2012



Product Description

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been a more dangerous time to practise the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn - despite their very different attitudes to her secret.


Review

When I picked up Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb denying that there was going to be a witchy theme would have been like denying that the sun doesn't rise in the east. So needless to say, magic was to be expected. What I hadn't were the cauldrons, animal entrails and good old fashioned eye of newt.

Plunging into the magical swirls of this book I found magic, political ploys, betrayal and love at every stir of a wooden spoon. This was an explosive combination made all the more leathal given the time setting of 1554, where witchcraft is taken very seriously and punished by death.
In most historical witchy young adult novels, set in Tudor times, the certain death of someone found guilty of withcraft is frequently mentioned and used as a threat; but as readers we are sheltered from seeing this gruesome sentence carried out. Victoria Lamb though had no qualms in going that extra mile, making me really feel the full extent of the danger of being accused of sorcerey. These were dangerous and cautious times where the bravery of one woman was the stupidity and death of another.

Having met and travelled with Meg Lytton, you could say that she is one of those that could fall into either category. Proud of her magical heritage and the power that runs in her veins, ready to surge when needed, Meg is aware of the dangers of Tudor times but lacks the healthy fear of those who have felt the chase of the church. Although perhaps a little foolhardy at times, Meg has a big and strong heart. She fights for what she believes in, is loyal to her allegiances and no impeding death could make her waver from her cause and what she felt was right.

Meg's situation becomes all the more complicated when young, handsome and soon to be priest Alejandro de Castillo walks into her life. What llore dangerous  affection could there be than between a witch and a young knight a step away from taking his final vows. Feelings were fought, and moments between them were painfully stolen in the darkened corridors of Woodstock palace.

Victoria Lamb depicted with a true and brutal brush dqrk times. The cruel and cold truths of Queen Mary's reign struck me hard. I avidly read of treachery, betrayal, herecy and wickedness with the thin thread of a tentative impossible romance in such a harsh and bitterly black world.
Meg Lytton is a young witch in a century that was not ready for her. Her story was gripping and I look forward to continuing it in the sequel that Victoria Lamb is currently writing tucked away in a cottage.

If you liked this I would recommend taking a look at Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. Other good paranormal reads that don't involve withces but still hold a magical theme are: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris, Beastly by Alex Flinn, As you wish by Jackson Pierce, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long.