Tuesday, 19 March 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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"Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew"

I just couldn't resist telling you all about this book when I saw that it was on offer!!! My very good friend and blogger Kerrie from ReadandRepeat is a huge fan of John Green and I def have to read this one!



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"My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day.

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible.
So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.
Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers - urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie's mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope"





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"Family oriented Alexandra Stewart is in desperate need of money for her dad’s heart surgery. She is stoked when Jayden McCartney unexpectedly barges into her life and offers to help – ON ONE CONDITION. She must pretend to be his girlfriend. One look at Jay tells her to run in the opposite direction. He is too good looking, too successful, and too rich for her liking. When she is told Jay is gay, however, she feels sorry for him and, thinking that she’d kill two birds with one stone, agrees to the proposal. Now the only problem is how does she prevent herself from falling madly in love with Jay when the way he looks at her makes her heart tremble and his touches set her body on fire?

Hot, recently single Jayden McCartney has to bring his girlfriend to his sister’s wedding in order to stop the match-making his grandmother has planned for him. Not in the mood for dating or a new woman after the discovery of his cheating ex, he hires a perfect candidate as his girlfriend in Alexandra Stewart. Alex, however, thinks he’s crazy and only when he commits a sinful lie that would damn his manhood forever does she agree to help. He convinces her that he is gay and that the possibility of his family finding out would ruin them financially and socially. Now Jay has to pretend to be batting for the other team, which turns out to be no easy task, where the geeky turn sexy Alex is concerned because he really, really wants her in his bed and what Jay wants, he gets"

This synopsis just sounded so much I jumped at the chance to read it! It now sits happily on my kindle awaiting to be read and to make me giggle :) 



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


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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Hidden by Marianne Curley

Title: Hidden

Author: Marianne Curley

Series: Avena Book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: 14th of March 2013




Synopsis

For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

Review

This book was brought to my attention by the lovely Caz at BigBookLittleBook, and once it was on my radar I was itching to start reading.

Admittedly the concept of a stolen angel, now found and desperately attempted to be returned before Hell can get its evil spreading claws into her, isn't a complete novelty. This said the spin that Marianne Curley put on it was quite intriguing and left me wondering for quite a while. Truth be told I'm still doubting a few things.

Ebony is an angel that was stolen from heaven at birth and raised by humans unsuspecting of her true heritage, until one fateful night she's drawn to Jordan. A cataclysmic event that sets things in motion and puts Ebony on Hell and Heaven's radar.

Marianne Curley however very cleverly doesn't make this start to the series about the search for Ebony. The focus is for the most part set on the crucial question of: where will she return to? Will Hell unknowingly break her free will and twist her arm to reign over the dark side, or will Heaven make her see reason, sacrifice that which she holds dear and take the higher and more difficult road?

Written alternatively from Ebony and Jordan's point of view, Hidden started with a good steady pace that definitely got my immediate attention. Then just as things got interesting it all seemed to settle and slow down. Picking up speed quickly as the end of the book approached and events escalated rapidly.
The use of alternate point of view was something I very much enjoyed, especially seeing as it was used in a rather unorthodox situation and most certainly not what I expected. From Ebony and Jordan's perspective I thought I had pretty much figured out how things were going to evolve between them. But Marianne Curley had other plans and her use of the alternate points of view well and truly served its purpose, whilst also shedding more light and insight into both characters, particularly Jordan's.

I will confess however that I found the plot a little predictable and could easily foresee the twists. This said I expect that this was possible because as the pacing slowed I was able to pick up on subtle events and then think and reflect on them.

Overall although the pacing slowed and some aspects of the plot could be anticipated, the double point of view was refreshing and interesting.  I am somewhat curious as to what the sequel will have in store for us.


A big thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of this novel to read and review.


If you liked this and wish to remain on an angelic theme then I would most definitely check out Inescapable by Amy Bartol, Hush Hush by Rebecca Fitzpatrick and the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. If on the other hand you're tired of angels and wish to read about the other side, well you should definitely take a look at Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Although Existence by Abbi Glines strays from angels and demons, it is still a very good read I would recommend.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran

Title: Hidden Among Us

Author: Katy Moran

Series: Book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Fairytale, Adventure, Mystery, Teen and Young Adult

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Walker Books

Date of Publication: 7th of March 2013




Synopsis


When Lissy meets a mysterious and strangely beautiful boy on her way to Hopesay Edge, she is deeply unsettled by their encounter.

She discovers that the boy, Larkspur, is a member of the Hidden, an ancient group of elven people, whose secrets lie buried at Hopesay Reach. Before long, Lissy and her brother Rafe find themselves caught by a powerful magic and fighting to escape a bargain that can never be broken.

Review

Fourteen years ago in the isolated and cold dark corners of Hopesay Reach, where technology almost seems to refuse to function as the village clings to its ancient and mystical roots, a bargain was struck with a curse in action in lack of its fulfillment.
Now the covenant is ending and the terms must be respected or two unsuspecting lives will be lost. But if upheld, humanity is at stake.
However every deal has a loophole. The question is who will be willing to pay it.

Hidden Among Us was not what I expected, but surprised me in an unsettling and yet thrilling way.
Katy Moran weaved a story in the fashion of a contemporary fairytale, a rare genre; made even rarer by the fact that this is no ordinary fairytale, this is the kind told by old wives to scare the youths into behaving and staying out of trouble and places where bad things have an uncanny way of occurring.

Hidden Among Us was a dark and twistedly sombre and yet hauntingly beautiful tale. Katy Moran has done an exceptional job in capturing the essence of those tales that do not recount how Prince Charming saves the day. Every page of Hidden Among Us emanated the strength and wisdom of something ancient beyond the age of humanity, and exuded the dark power of words spoken by those who know their hidden potential.

Written from the alternate perspectives of Rafe, Lissy, Joe, and occasionally Miriam, every chapter took me one step further down the almost pitch black halls where the Hidden hide, as they wait for time to ripen and the opportune moment to strike. With only a flicker of hope as my light I pressed on through the endless tunnels of the world behind Hopesay Reach.

The only note I would like to make is that the synopsis somewhat leads to believe that there might be some romance threaded into the folds of this dark fairytale, but dear readers I warn you now not to expect it. Although love is a strong theme and moves all the characters in different ways, pushing them to revenge and sacrifice, this novel is not a paranormal fantasy romance and should not be commenced if that is what you are after.
This said Hidden Among Us is a tale of dark and dangerous beauty that although did take me by surprise, did not disappoint in the least. I shall be awaiting the sequel so that I may once again venture the halls of the Hidden blindly guided by the faint light that only misguided but forever present hope can shed.



A big thank you to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of this dark and lovely book to read and review



If you liked this finding something similar will be somewhat tricky. The genre is unique and somewhat rare unfortunately. However I can most definitely say that I would strongly recommend reading The Treachery of Beautiful Things by R.F. Long, and would most certainly take a look at Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs.

Tuesday, 5 March 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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This Tuesday's deals include:




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Violet’s sure of three things:
• Its senior year and its time to date
• She’ll have to lie to do it
• She wants to date the hot new guy – Kai
Kai’s sure of three things:
• He has amnesia
• He’s recuperating in secret in America
• He wants to date Violet
Ever dated a hot guy with amnesia who turns out to be a prince in disguise?
- Welcome to Violet’s senior year.



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A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring from the hordes of creatures on the other side of the Canyon. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer: he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

But King’s Court is rife with its own family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. King MacGil must choose an heir from amongst his children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, still sits untouched, waiting for the chosen one to arrive. Thorgrin arrives as an outsider and battles to be accepted, and to join the King’s Legion.

Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons.

Before Thorgrin can venture out and become the warrior he yearns to be, he must complete his training. But this may be cut short, as he finds himself propelled into the center of royal plots and counterplots, ones that may threaten his love and bring him down—and the entire kingdom with him.

With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A QUEST OF HEROES is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders. It is 82,000 words. Book #2 in the series will be published soon



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Jessie moved from New York to North Carolina over summer break. Now that Jessie and her mom are living with her grandma, she finds out the split up of her parents is more complicated than she thought. Living in a retirement community is not how she wanted the summer before her junior year to start.

Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy, he is now tall, dark and handsome. The instant he shook her hand, she felt warm vibrations running through her veins. They soon learn what it means to be bound to one another. Fate is more than responsible for their meeting and their future together.

This book is appropriate for young teens and people of all ages. Remember what it was like to kiss for the first time, or what it was like to fall in love.

This paranormal romance will keep you on the edge of your seat with humor, romance, and determination. Fall head over heels for Caleb and Jessie.



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
We'd love to hear your thoughts of this new feature, any particular genres you are looking for and would like us to look at next time. So please drop us a line in a comment!




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