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Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

November 27, 2014 1 comment

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Title: Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)
Authors: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Orchard Books (2nd October 2014)
Blurb:

WELCOME TO NEW VEGAS.

A city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. At the heart of it, Natasha Kestal is looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land where the sun still shines and the waters flow. A place where she won’t be hunted by those who know her darkest secret.

Until Nat gets to the Blue, she will never be safe. Not even from the boy entrusted with her life – and heart.

The thrilling first instalment in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

FROZEN is the first book in a new series from wife and husband team Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. It follows the story of Natasha Kestal who wants to leave New Vegas and head to a place called the Blue. Unfortunately, leaving New Vegas isn’t an easy task – it costs a lot to get the help needed to get past government security – and you have to be careful that the people you hire to get you out aren’t going to sell you.

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Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

November 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure (Covenant, 2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18th September 2014)
Blurb:

Enter the world of Covenant . . .

For Alexandria, being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome – especially when her ‘other half’ is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom – so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off memories of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies – creatures determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods . . . and that includes Alex. If that and the hordes of aether-sucking monsters weren’t bad enough, a mysterious threat seems wiling to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude . . . or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

PURE is the second instalment of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s brilliant COVENANT series. Alexandria Andros’s story continues after the events of HALF-BLOOD (review), and the stakes are even higher. Alex is still reeling from the revelations, and choices she made in HALF-BLOOD but things are moving forward, and the threat to the Covenants – and therefore the pure-bloods – are rising. Events seem to be coming to a head, and Alex finds herself unable to escape them.

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

November 20, 2014 2 comments

We Were Liards by E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Hot Key Books (15th May 2014)
Blurb:

We are liars

We are beautiful and privileged

We are cracked and broken

A tale of love and romance

A tale of tragedy

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart is a contemporary novel that there was a lot of buzz about around its release date. It tells the story of Cadence Sinclair Eastman and the mysterious summer fifteen which she cannot remember anything about.

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Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song (A Blood of Eden Novel, 3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Mira Ink (2nd May 2014)
Blurb:

VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

ALLISON SEKEMOTO ONCE STRUGGLED WITH THE ULTIMATE QUESTION: IS SHE A HUMAN OR MONSTER?

WITH THE DEATH OF HER LOVE SHE HAS HER ANSWER.

MONSTER.

Embracing her inner darkness, Allie is now determined to hunt and kill Sarren, the psychopath who murdered Zeke.

But the trail is bloody and long and Sarren is leading Allie’s dangerous fight to the one place she must protect at any cost – Eden, the last safe-zone on earth.

Forced into a battle that it may be impossible to win, Allie is about to face her darkest days.

And, if she succeeds, she could face surviving forever alone.

THE THRILLING FINAL INSTALMENT IN THE BLOOD OF EDEN TRILOGY

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

THE FOREVER SONG brings Julie Kagawa’s magnificent BLOOD OF EDEN trilogy to its conclusion. After the events of THE ETERNITY CURE Allie is determined to destroy Sarren and avenge Zeke. Allie’s journey to reach Sarren is not an easy one.

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Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment
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Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Title: Shield of Winter (A Psy-Changeling Novel, 13)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Gollancz (5th June 2014)
Blurb:

‘The alpha author of paranormal romance’ (Booklist) draws us back into her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world, a world torn between violence and peace, passion and ice . . .

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch – if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life:

If the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake . . .

Having rebuilt her life after medical ‘treatment’ that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption.

But as the world turns to a screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness . . .

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)
Review:

SHIELD OF WINTER is the thirteenth addition to Nalini Singh’s brilliant PSY-CHANGELING series. I would not advise reading this review unless you have read the series because although I am going to try to keep it spoiler free, there is the possibility that I might accidentally reveal something. This time we follow the story of Vasic and Ivy. Being an Arrow means that Vasic has blood on his hands, and he has lost all hope for the possible future that his fellow Arrows hope for. Ivy meanwhile has had to rebuild herself after her mind was violated during medical ‘treatment’. The appearance of Vasic offers Ivy the chance not only to help her race, but to protect herself.

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Review: The InComplete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell

November 6, 2014 1 comment

The InComplete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell

Title: The InComplete Book of Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon)
Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: Fantasy, Humour, Middle Grade
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (12th June 2014)
Blurb:

Long ago, the world was full of dragons. This book is packed with dragon profiles, tips on how to ride and train them and, most importantly, how to deal with dragons if they attack.

These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero and Dragonwatcher, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy . . .

Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Review:

THE INCOMPLETE BOOK OF DRAGONS by Cressida Cowell is made up of the notes and journal entries of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. In it he details notes on the dragons he himself has encountered with helpful tips and tricks, and he also notes the dragons that he has had to rely on other vikings for the details of.

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CLOVEN BLOG TOUR: Review & Giveaway Link

November 4, 2014 2 comments

Today I am taking part in the Cloven Blog Tour – you can find the tour schedule here. I got my copy of Cloven courtesy of the Blog Tour, but all opinions in the review below are my own.

Cloven by Georgeann Swiger

Title: Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2)
Author:
Georgeann Swiger
Category: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Format: Ebook
Published: 21st October 2014
Blurb:

What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.

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Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

CLOVEN is the second book in Georgeann Swiger’s New Adult THE TRINITY OF SOULS. CLOVEN continues the story of Anya, who we first meet in ADORNED – the first book in the series. CLOVEN deals with the fall-out of the events in ADORNED, and continues Anya’s story.

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