Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Title: Wicked Kiss

Author: Michelle Rowen

Series: Nightwatchers Book 2

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Aventure Teen and Young Adult

Length: 452 pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Date of Publication: 26th of February




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


Synopsis


MY KISS CAN KILL. 

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....

Review

Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen picks up shortly after the ending of Dark Kiss, therefore ensuring that nothing is missed and that the reader has little/no catching up to do.
Although it may appear to be a minor detail, and an underestimated one at that, I much appreciated Michelle Rowen's additional information about each character as a small reminder of who they are and hinting at what had previously happened. Given that I'd read Dark Kiss quite a while ago, it was rather nice to help jog my memory.

I had enjoyed Dark Kiss but in all honesty not as much as I'd hoped. The synopsis had sounded so enticing and the plot so clever that I ended up setting high expectations for it. Dark kiss revealed itself to be a good read, but without quite reaching the slightly higher bar I had set. But nevertheless I looked forward to its sequel and when it became available to request prior to publication I made sure to raise my hand along with everyone else.
Wicked Kiss proved itself to be different and better, as Michelle Rowen stepped up her game to deliver a very good sequel.

When I last left Sam and several others had literally become soul-sucking creatures: Gray. Unlike most though Sam withheld some control but also acquired a special craving for a soul that is even more beyond the limits than all the others. Why? Because it belongs to Bishop, an angel sent from heaven to lead a team of angels and demons to save the world from the Hollow. A black hole used as a dumping ground by both Heaven and Hell for unwanted underlings, that has begun to malfunction.

Now not only are Grays multiplying left right and centre but they're also getting stronger and impossible to defeat by even the powerful team of angels and demons. And as if that weren't enough of a problem teens are committing unexplained suicides. Bishop is increasingly losing control of his mind and can count less and less on Sam to cleanse his thoughts as her hunger for his soul grows exponentially. Not enough? Well add a new memeber, a secret mission and a demon brother who is still holding a hundred year old grudge, and what do you have? An absolute utter mess that our poor characters have to solve before the world ends up in a Hollow that isn't answering to the laws of the universe but is maybe answering to something else.

Wicked Kiss was fast like Dark Kiss, but unlike it's predecessor it was speedy but not excessively to the point that events felt too rushed. The short time frame that the characters were working with was well communicated through the almost desperate pace at which the sequence of events occurred. 

When reading this sequel I really felt as though Michelle Rowen had taken it to a new level. The plot and twists were great, and the narration style and story outline allowed for an overall telling of Wicked Kiss that was subtle and clever, delivering all the information without me knowing it. For well over 3/4 of the novel Michelle Rowen had me and her characters completely going round in circles without a clue of what was going on and desperate for even the faintest flicker of the light of hope. It felt like all the clues were there and yet they weren't there. The conclusions we all kept coming to were logical and obvious but made no sense in the grand scheme of things but then again they also didn't. Hence the cleverness of Michelle Rowen's sequel.

Overall I definitely felt this was an improvement and a great sequel to Dark Kiss, delivering and touching on what Dark Kiss hadn't and more. I will most certainly be keeping an eye out for more from Michelle Rowen.

If you liked this and would like some more dark paranormal adventure and romance then I would suggest looking at Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, Existence by Abbi Glines and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. I would also recommend reading The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Although these are more of the mystery kind and are more complex reads then those mentioned earlier, they are absolutely great books I strongly advise reading.


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

Monday, 25 February 2013

Lucifer by Annabel Cadiz

Title: Lucifer

Author: Annabel Cadiz

Series: Sons of Old Trilogy (Book 1)

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adventure, Mystery Romance Teen and Young Adult

Length: 263 pages

Publisher: Self Published

Date of Publication: 31st of January 2013



Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.

Review

Before I dive into my review of this book and how I have enjoyed it, I should probably warn you that I am somewhat biased :p The lovely author Annabel Cadiz is a very good friend of mine, someone I admire and trust, and someone whose literary skills I deem to be very very good. This said I have done my utmost to be objective and non-biased when reviewing Lucifer, however it is a little hard because I'm just so happy for her!!!
Anyway here we go :)

After having read the synopsis I felt intrigued, but it wasn't until I read the introduction that my attention was well and truly sparked.
Having been snagged by the it I quickly delved into Lucifer.

Lucifer presented itself as a more complex read than I had initially predicted, and by that I mean that it wasn't quite your average paranormal fantasy contemporary Young Adult novel.
As the synopsis suggests Lucifer isn't quite a straight forward tale, but with deception, trust, betrayal, loyalty and friends and foes lurking in every twist of the plot Annabel Cadiz has done a deceptively good job at hiding them until she was ready to hit me with unforeseen events.

Each of Annabel's characters had a life and a mind (and a strong one at that) of its own, and it was a pleasure to recognise a distinctive difference in language and style that remained faithful to each of them consistently throughout the book. The attention to detail to make each character's voice strong and unique was well thought through. I have to say I grew particularly fond of Zahara's best friend's (Becca) extraordinarily eccentric wardrobe and personality. She had me laughing more than one with her strong will and personality.

Annabel's pacing of Lucifer was anything but slow. At a speedily swift rate she swept me through the novel, which meant it was over before I knew it. Occasionally I felt that perhaps the pace was almost too fast but then again this happened mostly during action scenes emulating the reality of how fast things happen when truly fighting.

Lucifer not only presented with a good storyline and interesting twists, but entwined with these were strong emotional themes of family, friendship, loyalty and belief. Watching these being instilled in the characters, grown, crushed and then rebuilt when all is thought to be lost was interesting and gave me further insight into the potential of this trilogy.

Lucifer Sons of Old is a novel that had in store for me far more than I had bargained for and delivered so many unexpected blows that I am most certainly fairly anxious to read the sequel in Michael; to which Annabel has given us a small by enticing insight into in an interview held earlier this month.



A big thank you to the lovely Annabel Cadiz for providing me with a copy of her hard work to read and review

If you liked this: and would like some more paranormal adventure with a dash of romance to it and adventure then perhaps try some of the following: Inescapable by Amy Bartol, Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth F. Long and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Inheritance

Author: Aimee Carter

Series: The Goddess Test (Book 3)

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Adventure Teen and Young Adult

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Mira Ink

Date of Publication: 26th of February 2013




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

Synopsis 

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.


In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.



With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

Review

The Goddess Inheritance is the last of The Goddess Test series, preceded by The Goddess Test (Book 1), Goddess Interrupted (Book 2) and the novellas The Goddess Hunt (Book 1.5) and The Goddess Legacy (Book 2.5). And it has got to be one of my most anticipated finales of this year!!

I have absolutely loved every step of this series, and without unquestionable doubt as far as I was concerned the pressure was on for Aimee Carter to provide me with an ending worthy of this wonderful and gripping series.

I was not in the least disappointed.

Goddess Inheritance picks up 9 months down the line from when we left Kate. 9 vital months. Enough time to grow a tiny little immortal being inside of her. Enough time for her to develop those maternal instincts that will make her fight with everything she has to protect what she loves the most: her baby and Henry.

I cannot say more without fear of ruining it for you dear readers, but know that it was absolutely and utterly heart wrenching from page 1 to page 384. I simply could not put it down and read it in 5 hours flat.

Before I gush any further I must make a small but important point. For me a trilogy or series has several key features. An enticing story and plot is obviously one of them, and is often what most authors focus on, at the expense of their characters' growth and development. Now this does not mean that the trilogy/series is not a good by any means, but on some level it does deduct some of the potential it could have had.

To me The Goddess Test trilogy had everything from wonderful pacing and narration style, great storyline and twists, and an obvious and marked character development that didn't only effect the immediate main characters, but also the secondary ones and the minor roles. We went from an insecure Kate attempting to pass tests to be with Henry, find out who she is and become a goddess (Book 1), to someone who slowly learns to come to grips with what being a goddess and queen of the underworld entails (Book 2), to a fully fledged immortal who knows who she is, what she wants and how to damn well fight for it. The evolution of Kate and Henry was beautiful and Goddess Inheritance only further adds to it, showing old facets and quirks, and new ones.
But Aimee Carter did more than just help the characters grow and mature. As they did so she escalated the difficulties and obstacles ahead of them, making them more complex and raising the stakes at each turn. And the twists? They got harder to determine the further I went.
The Goddess Test has proved to be a read that was like meeting someone new and making a new friend. Weird analogy? Let me explain then. In Book 1 I met everyone and became acquainted, but as the their simple straightforward paths grew in complexity, meandered and crossed each other I slowly got closer and further into their lives until by the end my nose wasn't stuck to the pages... I was actually in there right beside them. Feeling their pain, love, happiness and saddness.

The Goddess Inheritance was a wonderful final instalment to this trilogy. Filled with heart rendering and wrenching moments, that I think I may honestly need to see a cardiologist now. The plot thickened and twisted as all the pieces of the puzzle finally came together moved around on a slippery chessboard by players who's true identity is only revealed at the end. And all this is narrated to you with wonderful pacing, and simple but yet perfectly depicting language. 

I will be very sad to see these characters go about their lives no longer in the pages of a book I can read, but the story feels complete and it feels right.
Aimee Carter has done an amazing job on all fronts when it comes to The Goddess Test. Every character has found what feels like his/her rightful placement and ending, and every loose end has been tied.

This is a series that has secured itself a firm place in both my digital library on my kindle and in my physical library on the shelves in my sitting room. This most certainly is a set of books that I will return to over and over again.

If you liked this and would like to remain in the realm of Greek Gods then perhaps take a look at Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. I would also like to make another few recommendations that, although have nothing to do with Greek Gods, I do believe you may very well enjoy: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Die for Me by Amy Plum, Inescapable by Amy Bartol and Existence by Abbi Glines.


A big thank you to Harlequin and Mira Ink for providing me with a copy of the finale to this wonderfully heart wrenching series

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz

Title: Spellcaster

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz

Series: Spellbound (Book 2)

Genre: Magical, Paranormal, Romance Teen and Young Adult

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Mira Ink

Date of Publication: 1st of February 2013




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


Synopsis

After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although…it's not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a seventeen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close….But something dark and hungry is using Emma's and Brendan's deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma's crash course in ├╝berspells may not be enough to keep them safe…or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.

Review

Spellcaster was the sequel to the sweet contemporary fairytale Spellbound and it was a tough act to follow.
Spellbound was like an old-fashioned tale that had been extended and transplanted into contemporary times. It held magic, a curse, love and danger and it was the perfect read for a overgrown child, such as myself, looking for an inked disney fairytale upgraded to our reality and with a dash more suspense.

Following in Spellbound's footsteps, I was very glad to be reacquainted with the romance and tenderness shared by Emma and Brendan, and to see how their relationship grew and evolved as time passed and new obstacles presented themselves.
In this respect there was an obvious change from Spellbound and development in the relationship of the characters to each other and to the world surrounding them.

However in all truthfulness I cannot say I felt quite the same about the remainder of the storyline and the characters themselves as individuals. As a sequel I didn't feel it added much to either. I was eager to read Spellcaster as I very much enjoyed Spellbound and was expecting a new tale full of adventure, magic and love that would bring further growth and understanding to the characters. Unfortunately I did not see much of this. I will admit though that this could very well be due to the fact that I enjoyed Spellbound so much as it was that, I didn't really feel like anything needed further development.
That said I did enjoy how Emma tested and gained confidence in her new found magical talents and witchy side leading to the more complete acceptance of who she is, what her gifts mean and, more importantly, the responsibility they entail.

Despite this Cara Lynn Shultz's narrative style and pacing did not change or falter from her previous work and I enjoyed how it calmly but steadily took me through Emma and Brendan's new adventure. She is yet another author who's work I shall continue to follow.

Overall Spellcaster was perhaps not necessarily a required sequel to complete Emma and Brendan's story, but it was a nice read all the same. And being the soppy saddo romantic that I am I will, blushingly, admit that I was very happy to catch a few more tenderly sweet moments and some slightly more sizzling ones :p



If you liked this: and would like to remain in a witchy theme then I would recommend trying Ruth Warburton's sweet "A Witch in Winter". If on the other hand you'd like some more fairytale like stories then you may want to try Beastly by Alex Flinn, Ella Enchanted by Gail C. Levine and The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth F. Long. I would also like to recommend Finding Sky by Joss Stirling and The Goddess Test series (now completed and finished you'll be happy to know) by Aimee Carter. Although these are paranormal romance they are very sweet and tender and I do believe you would enjoy them if that's what you are looking for and if you've enjoyed my other recommendations.



A big thank you to the lovely people at Mira Ink for sending me a copy of Spellcaster to review.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

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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One tragic event can change everything in a life.
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn’t know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him.
He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.
She's drawn to him in a way she's can't explain.

Between the popular girls being poisoned and loves first kiss,
she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.

As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body,
the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.

Discover how it all started, how it all unfolded

The first time



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Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…

The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.

Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?

As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.



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Sixteen-year-old Deli Winters wakes up, dying. A voice asks her if she wants help, no matter the cost, and she agrees. The next thing she knows, a monster is bathing her in fire.

She has become Evren: immortals with dragons for souls.

Deli is pretty, bubbly, and stubbornly optimistic. She’s not what anyone would think the ideal girlfriend would be for someone like Lucian Chevalier, her gorgeous, aloof, and perpetually busy savior.

But Deli is in love with him and in between dodging the traps of Sanger High’s Queen Bee and working hard at becoming an ass-kicking Evren warrior chick to avenge her parents’ murders, Deli is determined to win Lucian’s heart…whether he likes it or not.



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


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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Cover Reveal for Teardrop

Hi Everyone!!! 

I have some seriously exciting news that involve Lauren Kate and her new series!!!

Check out the exciting information the lovely people at Random House Children's Publishing have sent me!!!!



PRESS RELEASE
RHCP signs up new series from bestselling author Lauren Kate

Random House Children’s Publishers have acquired a new series by Lauren Kate the author of the internationally bestselling series, Fallen. Three books were acquired in the UK by Annie Eaton and Becky Stradwick, the first; TEARDROP will be released in the UK in October 2013.

The story stars a seventeen-year old named Eureka Boudreaux whose tears possess the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. 

The TEARDROP jacket will be exclusively revealed on the Fallen Facebook page on Monday 11th February. (FACEBOOK LINK)

Since the publication of Lauren Kate’s first book, Fallen, in December 2009, the series has become a bona fide smash hit with over half a million copies sold in the UK alone. Her story of star-crossed lovers and fallen angels has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers all over the world, with rights sold in 33 countries and counting. All bestsellers in the United States, the novels of the Fallen series: Fallen, Torment, Passion and Rapture, have become international sensations, hitting No.1 slots in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Annie Eaton, Fiction Publisher comments “We are thrilled to be publishing Lauren’s new series, and we know that her millions of fans will be over the moon to hear that TEARDROP is on its way.”

Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, and Rapture. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Cool cover and interesting synopsis!!!
I can't wait to hear more!!!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Override by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Override

Author: Heather Anastasiu

Series: Glitch book 2

Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Adventure

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: St Martin's Press

Date of Publication: 12th of February 2013





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

Synopsis


Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe. 

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.



Review

Override is the much anticipated sequel to Glitch. I was introduced to Glitch when I signed up for the blog tour back in August 2012, and it revealed itself to be one of those books that was far far better than I had ever expected. So when I picked up Override there were some serious expectations that needed to be met. I will also confess that I was a bit apprehensive when starting it. As always when following a strong and engaging debut, there is always a  hint of fear that the sequel will be great but perhaps not quite as much as the first.
But rest assured fellow readers, because Heather Anastasiu well and truly delivered!

In Glitch Heather Anastasiu introduced us to a world where emotions are all but forgotten and kept under strict control by micro-chips. And those who by some miracle glitch out of the carefully controlled system are quickly fixed or disposed of as malfunctioning individuals.
Having explored through Zoe the feeling of regaining emotions and truly appreciating them and what life would be without them in Glitch, Heather Anastasiu redirected her aim in Override. Whilst continuing to encounter new emotions and thus reminding and maintaing the concept of the novelty and fragility of human emotions, Heather Anastasiu gently but firmly moves her focus onto the next step for the Resistance, Zoe and Adrien: fighting for the right to keep those emotions and their love.

Heather Anastasiu's pace was relentless and gripping. Regardless of the type of scene, be it action or leisure, I felt myself speedily and easily reading through Override, eager to find out what happened next.

The story and the plot were very well built, and although I could foresee some of the twists coming I will admit (rather sheepishly) that this was probably due to the fact that when I wasn't reading I spent most of my time pondering every possible course of action for our characters. That said, there were still a handful of moments where my hand flew to my mouth as the unthinkable happened.
But what I would really like to draw merit to, is Heather Anastasiu's wonderful style of narration and writing. It is fluid and seemless, and carries you through a complex story with a lot of factors without missing a beat in a simple but wonderful manner. It is difficult to describe and I think I may be doing a poor job of it too, but thus far the Glitch series has not only been a pleasure to read with regards to the storyline itself but also with respect to the means of narration. One that doesn't speed up and then stagnate depending on the scene, but one that fluidly carries you through to the end. An end that came almost too swiftly and now I am chomping at the bit for the sequel because I simply must know how it ends!

A big thank you to St Martin' press for providing me with a copy of this great book to read and review.

If you liked this: and would like to remain in the realm of the dystopian genre then I recommend taking a look at The Selection by Kiera Cass, Defiance by C.J. Redwine and definitely Mystic City by Theo Lawrence.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lucifer Sons of Old Blog Tour




The Lucifer Sons of Old Trilogy Blog Tour hosted by Annabel Cadiz from Team Nerd Reviews stops here today!!!
Synopsis

Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.

Interview with author Annabel Cadiz


The story of how another one came to be is always one of the most fascinating things when it comes to books. So, as banal a question as this must seem, I have to start with how did Lucifer come about?

LUCIFER was actually not a planned book. I had no real intention to write the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY. The idea for the trilogy came after I had written the first two drafts to the first book in the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES (the series that comes after the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY). I had also written partial drafts to the second and third book then decided to take a step back. I didn’t know how I would want to move forward with the series, so I started wondering if maybe I should just write pieces to place on my old (no longer existing) site for fun. I started wondering what the story before what happens in the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES began. How did Lucifer wind up with a child? Did a woman actually fall in love with him? Was he capable of love? Would he just force a woman to have his baby? The questions expanded into characters which expanded into a plot and the rest is history ;)


I loved all the characters but I have to admit that I have a particular soft spot for Becca and Rekesh. Who is your favourite character and why?

Awe, yay! I’m glad you have fun with all the characters since there are so many! Becca and Rekesh are definitely entertaining *hehe* I love all my characters for a variety of reasons, so it’s hard to just choose one. I am very fond of Leanian and Chamuel. Leanian because he is a true Ninja! He just sneaks up on you and you never see him coming. He’s definitely dangerous but he’s also loyal and genuine. Chamuel is deliciously dangerous. You’ll want to kiss him and punch him then kiss him again =P He’s scary deadly since he’s a fallen angel and he has a wicked sense of humour ;)

When I think back to Lucifer I think of action, mystery, darkness and light and..... Becca’s clothes. I know it must sound really silly but it’s one of those details that just stuck in my mind. It’s obvious that you gave it a lot of thought and care, making this character stand out even more and making her wardrobe become part of her personality. What made you decide this? Do you reckon she has more quirks to show us?

I’m not a big fashion person. I like to wear what feels comfortable and what feels me. Becca is very much the same way. Her clothes are just a way for her to express who she is and experiment. I hadn’t really thought about making her stand out. I just thought about how Becca would want to express herself and how to make sure the reader connected with that expression. Becca is always going to be genuine to herself in everything she does, it’s an aspect of her I love. Oh I’m sure Becca has more quirks! She’s such a weirdo nerd after all *hehe*

Reading, writing and books are a renowned stable diet of yours, but when your nose isn’t stuck in a book (like all of us bookworms :p ), where might we find you in your spare time?

That’s tough because I carry a book in my purse wherever I go ;) But when I’m being patient and keeping my books locked away in my purse, you’ll find me hanging out with my family and close friends. I’ll be out shopping with my mom or running errands. Yelling from the stands at my nephew’s soccer practice and games. Out to dinner with family and friends. Movie night with my girlfriends or with my nephew.

Lucifer deals with a variety of creatures and individuals, not all of which from our reality. If you could be anything other than human, which would you choose to be?

Oooo I love this question! So many supernatural and paranormal creatures to choose from! If I’m choosing from LUCIFER I’d love to be an Imago. If Rekesh wasn’t a rogue supernatural and still attained his magical connection to the Celeste Kingdom, he would be able to manipulate the element of water. I would love to be able to create water from the air and create my own waves at the beach. I would be able to actually learn how to surf because I could keep the water steady with me *hehe* I also love that the skin of an Imago, when the glamour is pulled away, turns silver. It would be cool to have skin that turned silver!

Each character you create is complex and so diverse, and personally I have found something to like in all of them. It is obvious that it has taken you time and patience to make every single one of them as we read them now. But out of all them which one gave you the most trouble to figure out and depict?

Awe, that’s like the best compliment ever! *BIG SQUEEZE* I’m so glad you had so much fun with the characters =D That is equally a fantastic question! It’s also a toughie because I tend to figure out my characters pretty easily. They all start from a simple thought or from a question or from something I see. I guess it was equally difficult to figure out Dustin and Jason. They weren’t characters I had planned for and they came into the story as a surprise to me. I’m still discovering their characters since many of the other characters (outside of Solomon, Mia, Eric, and Charles) were already established characters.

I really loved the cover and keep thinking back to the tagline that’s on it:

“The line between love and hate. Revenge”

Now having done English literature for a fair few years and having used love and hate as main themes repeatedly, I know there is volumes that could be said on each one alone, let alone the two combined. But I’m curious as to why you chose this sentence specifically and what does it mean to you?



LOVE this question! I chose the tagline after spending a few hours trying to figure out the right way to summarize the essence of the book while enticing the reader. It all goes back to Lucifer himself. He was one of the most glorious angels God ever created. He was beautiful and trusted. But Lucifer rebelled against the one who created him and brought war to the place he had called home. Love turned into Hate. Was it because of his ego? Was it because he felt God favoured humanity over him? Was he simply jealous or bitter? Did he feel abandoned? Lucifer’s love for his Creator turned into hate and created a need for revenge. For Lucifer the line between love and hate is to act in revenge. He has no idea or understanding of compassion or forgiveness or healing. There is no middle ground for him. He sees those emotions, those traits as a weakness and wants nothing to do with them. He sees revenge as power and power is what he cares about most. 

Lucifer speaks of adventure, paranormal, romance, mystery and so much more whilst weaving themes of betrayal, friendship, family and hope. Once again a lot of thought has gone into these, and I was wondering which of the themes is very close to your heart? 

Friendship, family, and hope are all important themes in my own life. I am SUPER close to my family. I grew up idolizing my brother and we have a really close relationship. My siblings and I were raised to always be there for each other and take care of each other. My values are God first, family second, friends third, and everything else afterward. Family and close friends make life more beautiful and valuable. I work hard to be a good sister, daughter, aunt and best friend. No matter what else I accomplish in life, if I cannot be good to the people who have stood by me through my journey of life, then I’m doing something wrong.
Hope is such an important element to living. Hope gives us strength and courage to keep moving forward and believing we can accomplish great things in our lives. Hope is that small light that shines in the darkness, reminding the world that the darkness won’t last forever. That’s such a necessary thing to remember in our everyday lives.



As the title, Sons of Old trilogy suggests, you have started a long journey with Zahara, Brian, Rekesh and Becca. With all the writing you’ll be doing, do you think there’ll be any side novellas? 

Honestly, I don’t know right. Me and my two best buds, Bubbles and Hello Kitty (a.k.a. Bridget and Eve) are planning on writing some novelettes together that have to do with the characters from the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY. Those may start being written once MICHAEL is fully done. You’ll just have to keep checking my author site or twitter or facebook, for updates on that! I’ll be posting about them when the time comes ;) 

Judging by your style and your passion for reading and writing, I would venture a guess that Lucifer is the start of something bigger than just the Sons of Old trilogy. Now I know it’s a little soon to be thinking about new books and such, but I was wondering..... Do you think we’ll see you writing more after this? Any more cool stories stashed away and yet to be told? 

Of course! I have the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES planned to come sometime after the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY which is a four book series. I also want to write a story with mermaids or sirens. I’ve been plotting one. I haven’t figured out all the details yet but that may be a really good possibility. I might publish that one in between the final book to the SONS OF OLD TRILOGY and the first book in the FALLEN ANGELS SERIES. I’ve also been thinking of venturing into Christian fiction. Don’t have anything concrete yet but there’s an idea sitting in the back of mind *insert mad scientist laugh* 

Lucifer was a whirlwind of read that left me agape and wanting to re-read it again to make sure I hadn’t missed anything the first time. I won’t bother asking if we can expect more in the sequel because I know full well you have loads more in store for us hehehehe! But I was wondering if maybe you’d like to give us a little something/detail to drool over and think about? Pretty please? *gives big puppy pleading eyes* 

LMBO! Not the big puppy dog eyes! Oh fine, I’ll give you a little something to keep you salivating for more *hehe*
In MICHAEL, the sequel to LUCIFER, Zahara and company are trying to stay busy while they wait for Lucifer’s next attack. They have no idea where he is or how to find him, but Lucifer is closer to them than they know. One night when Zahara and Becca are heading to Rekesh’s house, they nearly run over a man in the road. The man turns out to be a Nephilim named Gabriel. After they help him recover, he’s taken to Charles’s school. As Zahara, Becca, and Jason help Gabriel settle into training at the school, Rekesh’s coven comes under fire as Imagoes are being killed and the crest of Rekesh’s coven engraved into the bodies. Rekesh believes Lucifer is framing his coven but has no idea what he could possibly gain from that. Meanwhile, Becca is determined to get her parents to see that a relationship between her and Rekesh can work.
Someone close from Rekesh’s past returns which Rekesh isn’t completely happy about. Lucifer is on the move to gain more power and he’s reunited with one of his angelic brothers. Zahara starts to develop feelings for someone that even surprises her and the ending introduces a new major player along with some shocking twists.
So what do you think? You excited to read MICHAEL yet? *wink wink*

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A big thank you to Annabel Cadiz for patiently answering all of my questions and for giving us a big insight into MIchael!!
And yup I'm pretty excited!!!