Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Castle of Sighs Release Day!!



Castle of Sighs (Forest of Whispers #2)
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Release Date: September 15th, 2015

Synopsis: 
      

In this sequel to FOREST OF WHISPERS, Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death. Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.
After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew
"Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . .  the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale." ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia's FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read." ~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON


About The Author
Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, LemniscateThe Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel,​Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA.




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Monday, 26 October 2015

The Fading Dusk Blog Tour!





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Title:The Fading Dusk (Smoke and Mirrors, #1)
Author: Melissa Giorgio
Release Date: July 19th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?


Looks quite interesting eh? :) 
Wondering where you can buy this? Don't worry, you can find the links below!
AUTHOR BIO:
 
Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.

 

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"My guest post idea is, do you use montages to help you with anything? If so, what is your selection technique?" 

When I wrote The Fading Dusk, I hadn’t even heard of Pinterest, but I wish I had because I definitely would have used it during the drafting of the book! I joined last year, and now I make boards for all of my books. So my montage was created after The Fading Dusk had been written and edited, but it was still a lot of fun looking for images that reminded me of the book! Besides pinning a ton of curly red hair images (because Irina, the protagonist, has curly red hair), I searched for images from Victorian England. The Fading Dusk is set in its own world with its own set of rules, but from the very first outline I knew it had a Victorian feel to it. I love the gothic buildings of that time; they fit perfectly with the dark, gritty image I have of the city of Dusk. When it came time to write the second book in the series, I created a secret board (sorry, you can’t see it yet!) and pinned while I drafted. Some images I picked before I even started writing, but some I pinned as I was writing. In the second book there’s a scene that takes place in a hedge maze, so I searched Pinterest for images of hedge mazes. Having examples in front of me helps me visualize the scene and allows me to describe things I might not normally even think about (the stones on the ground or the shape of the hedges, for example). I also like to search for images of people, although finding exact matches of my characters is difficult most of the time. I’m better off finding the image first and then creating the character because once I’ve written an entire story about them, their image is fixed in my mind, and I’ll never find someone who matches. I’m pretty picky about what images I pin, which is why my boards only contain around forty images, instead of hundreds. Although I’m sure, as I write the next books in the Smoke and Mirrors series, that I will be adding more images to my boards!

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Thanks for having me!
Thank you both to the Author and Xpresso Book tours! Please visit back soon and thanks for checking out my blog!
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Candy #2

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Title:Sweet Liar
Author: Debra Doxer
Published: 20th October 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.

But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.

When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.


OMG!!!!! THIS BOOK, I THINK I AM GOING TO DIE! I AM SO PLEASED WITH THIS BOOK!!! ARGHH!!! I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!!

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This book was off the hook! How do I even begin to describe this book???



I loved Jonah and Candy, finally! Alot more romantic scenes between, I honestly loved this story to death! I was missing out so much on this, and to those who have not read this book you guys seriously need to read this, you won't be disappointed!



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This book begins with exactly where it left off, but it has more reasoning as to the events that took place in the first books, so you have alot of 'ah, I see' moments. Honestly, this book has a little bit everything, family, love, romance, thriller, suspense, action, comedy what more could you possibly want?

You understand what kind of trouble Candy's father is in, what he did and more knowledge about the organisation which was about time. The light is also shedded upon Heather, she is given more importance in this book and I can see why. We also have a happy ending for our love Theo :')

Both Jonah and Candy were so epic in this book, the more I praise them it is less. Jonah's mysyery scar story is finally revealed, his mother comes back with an interesting twist. I can't say I liked Victor's character, I mean how ruthless can he be? And deluded too?

Oh and Drew! OHMYGOSH! What a traitor! I cannot believe his audacity he is seriously more deluded than Victor, I really hated his character.

I am all over the place at the moment! Can't think straight! :D

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The Mistake I Made

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Title: The Mistake I Made
Author: Paula Daly
Published: 15th September 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

The Mistake I Made is the latest page-turner from one of the England’s most captivating new thriller writers. In her provocative and riveting third novel, Paula Daly focuses her masterful eye for psychological suspense and family drama on an indecent proposal that has fatal repercussions.

Single mother Roz has a reached breaking-point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. Roz is in trouble. Real trouble.

When Roz returns home from work one day and finds an eviction notice, she knows that it’s time for action—she has two weeks to find a solution otherwise they will be kicked out of their home. Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn’t know where to turn. Then the perfect opportunity presents itself. At her sister’s fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. Could it be as simple as it sounds? With that kind of cash, Roz could clear her debts and get her life back on track. But as the situation spirals out of her control, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. Can she ever set things right again?


I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

I really do feel so sorry for Roz, as a reader we don't know the extent of what happened between her and Winston but the only thing I can say is, it was hard to read it. Not the most awful thing to happen to a person but still, the root of the whole problem stems from Winston. He never should have took out so much debt that too on Roz's name. I mean come on and in the end what does he do? Go around and screw's other girls.



Roz is a very strong person who is not flawless, she tries to be strong for both herself and her son. But anyone looking at her can tell things are very bad for her and they are falling apart. I really admired her tenacity through all of this, the mess she is in, how she deals with George!

Scott....Here is the deceiving part. He seems like the person who is the knight in shining armous but is not. He makes a deal with Roz (pays to have sex with her) with no strings attached and tells her he doesn't want anything from her apart from that. That is until things get tricky, he starts to feel possessive about her, stalks her around, lies and is basically a psycho.

A Murder happens, investigations take place and that's where things get tricky

Now, Henry on the other hand! OHMYGOSH!!! What a sweetheart, I loved his character alot, what a perfect gentleman. He is perfectly balanced in everyway. I loved his humor, personality, interaction and how real he was with Roz and George. He never ceased to amaze me! I was a little disappointed though I wanted alot more Roz and Henry ;)


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I feel like this is one of those books where you make a mistake from the circumstances you are in which in the end can either be good or bad depending how you look at it. Roz did the best she could and only as a final straw did she hook up with Scott but he took things too far.  


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Slough House #3


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Title: Real Tigers
Author: Mick Herron
Published: 19th January 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these “slow horses” is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must breach the defenses of Regent’s Park to steal valuable intel in exchange for their comrade’s safety. The kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.

I received this book in an exchange for an honest review (Thanks to EW and the Publisher)


I have to say this book started as very slow and with a few characters so it was difficult to kind of understand the flow of the book. After 20% of the book, that is when the real interest begins (okay so maybe not 20% exactly, but you get the jist)

There are so many interesting characters in this book it is really hard to pinpoint which character I like better, I feel like there wasn't much depth to the characters. Now, this could be because of two reasons; one I have not read the other books in the series and two this book does not primarily focus on depth of the character but puts more emphasis on the plot instead which is a fairgiven. Finally! A book where there is a break between the different POV's. Hooray!

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I like to think I would have liked Lamb as he was a pain in the ass to the other characters but there was also something about him that you could not help but like. However, some of his erm...actions were off putting so I can't say I enjoyed that very much! Ew! But,it did cause a bit of a break between the scenes in the book which were very refreshing!

The plot? Is quite confusing not in the sense of understanding it but trying to explain it. There are 'schemes' which take place within this book which is part of a bigger plan, you have to note here this books kind of takes on a Political agenda (which reminds me, I hated Judd's character what a big jerk, selfish, conceited human being). Everything that happens to the slow horses (what a dergatory term for those people who are basically useless)is an act leading upto the bigger phase where these people in power are frenemies and are fighting to gain more power (and keep their position). They try to frame each other to keep their high powered positions and you can probably guess who they use as their pawn? Yep, these so called 'slow horses'. I have to say I was very satisfied with the ending even though I can only assume what happened as per the conversation.


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Sunday, 18 October 2015

What's Broken Between Us


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Title: What's Broken Between Us
Author: Alexis Bass
Published: 29th December 2015
My Rating: 1/5
Recommend: No
Synopsis:

Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and of Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything.

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart's brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he's coming home from prison.

Amanda's been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother's recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he's a monster. Still, she loves him. It's her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again--whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she'll let his choice destroy hers.
 




I received this book in an exchange for an honest review (thanks to EW and the Publisher)

I am torn between two parts of this book, on one hand I really want to love this book because of the meaningful message, but on the other hand I want to tear this book apart if I had a Hardcover (read it on the laptop). I honestly don't know what to say about this book.

The story begins with Jonathan coming home from jail after he kills probably one of the most important people in his life, whilst the other ends up in hospital (Grace dies and Sutton can never walk again). Honestly, when you read the plot you expect some kind of life changing story that will really move your emotions and take you somewhere you don't want to go. Er...sorry to disappoint but that does not happen at all.

Jonathan shows no remorse of what he did, although you do get glimpses of him missing Grace and perhaps remorse? (I don't know, as all of these were under alcohol and him being drunk). Like seriously? how can he act like this? Tell everyone to get drunk and then kill everyone they love? I am astonished by his audacity! What's even more infuriating is that he acknowledges how destructive he is being to everyone around him yet he still continues? I didn't like Wren's character at all, and I think she is serioulsy messed up for giving Jonathan that confidence back and more alcohol!!!

And What's wrong with both of their parents and Amanda???? I felt like going inside the book and shaking them up. Why is it that they can see all the wrong signs but turn a blind eye? And what is up with the blind faith Amanda has in her brother? I get that he is family, but seriously has she forgetton that he killed someone?

And the parents? Don't even get me started. Their mother is the worst, she refuses to see anything being wrong with him and just locks herself in her room, she follows the manta if you don't see anything then it is not real. Atleast the dad in the end tries to take some action even though it is too late.

The romance between Henry and Amanda? I would say it is wrong on so many levels even though they are clearly meant for each other! No more comment on this (they start a relationship whilst they are already in relationships!!!)

I am just rambling now, but I wanted to love this book so much in the end I am glad to finally have read it. I would have loved the story from before the accident as that seemed much more interesting and better. I carried on reading just so I could read more about the past, it's not much though but I guess that would have ruin the whole moral of the story.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Forbidden Men #6

Worth It (Forbidden Men, #6) 
Title:Worth It
Author: Linda Kage
Published: 25th August 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

I fell in love once.

It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing.

I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret.

Our love could conquer all.

Until it didn't.

So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her.

It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged.

Or so I thought.

Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I'm older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless ex-con like me.

So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.

Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway.

This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper...

--Knox Parker


I got this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to Xpresso Book Tours.

Ohmygosh! This book! God damn it,  it is nothing what I expected. I expected this book to be about Knox leaving City for some reason and her heart breaking or something along those lines. I have never been wrong in my entire life! See, this is why I love reading!:)

Right, the review! Coming!

Knox and City are shown to be enemies in this book, and by that I don't just mean by their families hating one another. There is also a social class difference between them, City being the rich one and Knox the poor one who can barely make ends meet. I have to say I was really uncomfortable with this theme being explored, I didn't like reading not only did Knox have a crappy life but he was also reminded (or made to feel if you are reading the book) of how poor he was and could not afford much. This made me feel like the book was too realistic, like every aspect of this book primarily the plot was real as in this could have been someone's story!

Anyways, it all starts with Knox knocking into City one day and that's where the real story begins. Some of the things that were revealed, ohmygosh what to say about this? I cannot, cannot and I mean CANNOT believe what happened with KNOX at the prison. No one should ever be in a position like that, my heart really broke for him and I don't blame him for the way he turned out. I don't want to reveal too much about the plot, but what Knox did for City, I can't decided if it was worth it or not. He basically ruined his life forever. But then again, he proved his love for City. But Love shoudn't cost destroying someone's future. The bad idiot ones got away, and what did he get in the end? :'( *cries profusely*

Because of the class, there are significant problems for Knox and City as they fall in love with each other. It kind of reminds of two star crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet, a little bit of Shakespeare for you. What turns out to be a beautiful and meaningful summer for these lovers ends in a dramatic and sorrowful event. City's family make me want to pull their hair out and murder them all, I cannot use the words I have the desire to describe them with but they are friggin the worst parents possible. If there ever was an award for 'Worse Parents Ever' they would definitely win that award.

In midst of all this chaos, the romance that blossoms between them is so enchanting, and the jokes? Oh god, they are so awful but that is what I love most about them. These characters never ceased to amaze me and I love them till death apart.

What else is there to say? At the moment I don't think I am writing this coherently lol, I cannot get over this shock but I am happy that they finally got the happy ending they deserved, maybe not they way I wanted it but nevertheless they got it anyways! Yayy! 



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Saturday, 10 October 2015

The Sparrow Sisters

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Title: The Sparrow Sisters
Author: Ellen Herrick
Published: 1st September 2015
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend:No
Synopsis:

With echoes of the alchemy of Practical Magic, the lushness of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and the darkly joyful wickedness of the Witches of East End, Ellen Herrick’s debut novel spins an enchanting love story about a place where magic whispers just beneath the surface and almost anything is possible, if you aren’t afraid to listen

The Sparrow sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Sorrel, Nettie and Patience are as colorful as the beach plums on the dunes and as mysterious as the fog that rolls into town at dusk.

Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens. The plants and flowers, fruit trees and high hedges begin to wither and die, and the entire town begins to fail; fishermen return to the harbor empty-handed, and blight descends on the old elms that line the lanes.

It seems as if Patience and her town are lost until the women of Granite Point band together to save the Sparrow. As they gather, drawing strength from each other, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?

The Sparrow Sisters is a beautiful, haunting, and thoroughly mesmerizing novel that will capture your imagination


I received this book in an exchange for an honest review


Okay this will probably be the shortest review I have ever written. This book had an okay storyline to it, but to be honest I didn't want to finish the book, I wanted to leave it as soon as I started reading it.

The Sparrow sister are kind of legendary in the town, being one of the families that are founders. They are put on a high pedestal, then we meet Sorrow, Nettie and Patience. Each of the sisters are either named after herbs or flowers (I can't remember to be honest). There are alot of things going on in this book but I'd say Henry and Patience are the predominant storyline, as Patience has healing abilities which are supposedly supernatural and she mistakenly kills a child.

I didn't enjoy this story at all, the POV just jumped from one person to another so I had a hard time keeping up with the plot.  
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Hunter

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Title: Hunter
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Published: 1st September 2015
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend:No
Synopsis:

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…


I received this book in an exchnage for an honest review, thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley

I honestly don't know what to say about this book, first of all the writing in the book was like squashed together and hurt my eyes, this made it difficult to read. Now, it could have been the format I was reading has some kind of problems with it (I read it on my phone). Either way, it took me a couple of days to read which normally would have taken me a day.

Now to the story...

I honestly think the plot was very good, but to be honest I can't say I really understood what the book was about. It took a while before the story got to the point, I felt like this book was tooo descriptive. I get that the Author needs to add background information to help the reader to understand but I felt this book had too much.


Joy was like a very common heroine with similar qualities that have been explored in this category before, so I cannot state that I was surprised with her heroic qualities.Josh, on the other hand, now he was someone who totally surprised me. I really liked his character alot. Mark was another person who I came to admire as the story progressed.

I honestly thought this book was about hunters hunting dragons and slaying them, I was wrong by a mile!  
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Mortal Beloved #2

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Title: The Assassin
Author: Pamela DuMond
Published: 5th July 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend:Yes
Synopsis:

THE ASSASSIN (Mortal Beloved, Book Two)

The Assassin is the anticipated sequel to the YA romantic time travel thriller -- The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One).

"I was a Messenger: I kept the memory of all our encounters, our lives, like a locket that brushes the skin and bones covering my heart. But Samuel was a Healer: he didn't time travel. His kind lived, died, re-incarnated, and he didn't retain memories from his past lives. Every year I landed in required starting our relationship over: from ashes, from scrap...

Every place I journeyed had beauty as well as darkness; all my time-travels were bittersweet." Madeline.

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Madeline’s a Messenger: time traveling across lifetimes and delivering messages that could change one life or many. When she discovers that her true love, Samuel, is alive in present day, but doesn’t remember her from their past, she journeys to a deadly royal conflict in medieval Portugal hoping to rekindle his memory. Mortal assassins as well as dark-souled time travelers seek to kill her. Will Madeline and Samuel be together again in life—or only in death?

The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book One) is optioned for Film/TV.

The Seeker (Mortal Beloved, Book Three) is publishing late 2015



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This book was sooooo good. From the title I immediately thought it would be some assassin killing for someone. Not likely, as the story is more than that.

Madeline is a very strong and brave girl who has suffered a lot, she also has a special ability where she is known as a 'messenger' and can travel through time. Her lover, Samuel is a healer who does not have the same ability unfortunately. He also cannot remember any of the past reincarnations whereas Madeline can. 

This book is how Madeline's deals with or tries to make Samuel remember the past memories like the way she does, only thing is healers don't remember anything like hunters and messengers can. Aaron and Chaka were good secondary characters from what I read in the book, they already knew the deal with Madeline which made things move much faster.

I didn't like Samuel when he first met Madeline in the past, when she time travels as I didn't understand as to why. And I do feel that even though the author kept this a secret for the sake of the story, I felt like it took too long to be revealed but other than that I imagine him to be drop dead gorgeous.

My favourite thing about this entire book would have to be Pedro and Inzo, their declaration of love for each other, loyalty and most of all romance was truly exceptional. Even though I understand it to be fabricated, I did love the way their love story was depicted within the book and I do love reading about history in that regards too. Ironically, this book managed to add some humor in all the drama too which I was amazed about and did not expect to happen but it made reading the book all more so worth it. 

On a further note, I probably should have read the first book to get a better understanding but nevertheless I still enjoyed it. 


AUTHOR BIO:
Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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