Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog tour, Review & Giveaway: Shadowland

Hey guys! I am starting up this month with yet another blog tour! Sadly, I signed up for it almost two months in advance and completely forgot I was supposed to provide a guest post as well, so it's only a review and giveaway sadly.

Anyhow, now with the tour stop:

Title: Shadowland
Author:  
ASIN: B0075OZWSE


Goodreads Synopsis:

‘I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.’

On the night of midwinter’s eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.



Review:

This book was actually an interesting read for me to be honest. The writing, the names, the style, they were all very gripping - I am honestly upset the cover didn't show some of the greatness in the book, so it didn't appeal to my cover-lust side. I should mention I am a huge fan of British spellings and more often than not prefer them to American ones, si

Though I am usually into historical books, I am more into England in the 1800's not Arthurian times so the book wasn't in a genre I am fond of. I do love legends though in general, I sometimes read them but in this case it wasn't an easy read and I had to concentrate a lot before managing to complete it.

I really loved the names and the description. I enjoyed the beginning of the story and how it starts with a retelling of a story about two boys, very close friends. When their families are attacked they seek revenge and not to just escape. Calvador's sister was held captive, so the books attempt her rescue, embarking on a grand adventure they hadn't ever thought of.

The creativity in this book and the way the author captured the old times was amazing. I enjoyed reading this story and knowing more about Arthurian times, how the author focused on making it sound authentic. I also like the collaboration of the historical facts into his story. I would surely recommend this book if you're into historian novels!

Rating: 4/5

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: Colonization: Paradise 21

Hey guys! Another awesome Inkspell Publishing cover reveal!

So, this is the cover reveal for Colonization: Paradise 21 and it comes out on the 7th of November.


It's stunning isn't it? I personally love it! 
Anyhow, for some information on the book:

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?




Author Bio:
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.
Please visit her website - Goodreads - Twitter - Blog




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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Showcase Sunday # 12



Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea.It's a way to share what we all got in our mailboxes this week.


For the past week I've had an awful work schedule that didn't leave room for anything to be done, so that's why I had no more memes for the rest of the week. I finally got my weekend -which in my opinion wasn't enough but oh well- so I could actually update my showcase sunday at least.

I got more cool postcards from : Turkey, France & China




Books For Review:


Crushed - K.C Blake
Night of the Purple Moon - Scott Cramer


NetGalley Books:




Amazon Freebies:











     The Accidental Hero - Joshua Graham                            Coding Isis - David Roys
        When Night Falls - Margaret Daley                      Death By Honeymoon - Jaden Skye
Twin Souls - DelSheree Gladden                             A Pixie Called Pudding - Travis Flynn
A Family Affair - Mary Campisi                                     Cheyenne - Lisa L. Weidmeier
        Intrigue - Stacey Rychener                                    Crazy in Paradise - Deborah Brown

Review: Glitch

Title: Glitch
Author:  
ISBN13: 9781250009111


Goodreads Synopsis:

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.



Review:

I finally read 'Glitch'! I know it took me longer than I had anticipated - considering when I had received it - but July had been more hectic than I had anticipated. I am just glad I finally got around to it.  I received a free ebook copy of this book via NetGalley, and I must admit I was rather excited about it because it was one of the first books I requested and was approved!

Now, let's start with the basics, first things that come to mind when seeing a new book: Cover & Title. The cover was absolutely gorgeous, I loved the use of color and had been attracted to it even before I found a copy of this book on netgalley. I am after all a sucker for a great cover. The title was also very intriguing and mysterious, so I hopped onto the synopsis where I was officially hooked and nothing was going to stop me from reading this book. Except time it seems.

The book is about Zoel, a girl living in the Community where they're all programmed and follow rather mundane routines till they turn 18, from there they get a V-chip where they're in full control of the Community and lose all their humanity streaks. They then proceed to work and are genetically matched to where their DNA is combined forming children and families. The second they grow  useless they're 'deactivated'. Zoe's programming has glitches for reasons unknown to her, the glitches proceed to help her recognize things she didn't have a clue about beforehand. Like colors, emotions, expressions; things the Community had stripped from them and she works on trying to hide it. The problem with that was trying to control the glitches, how to not draw attention to herself and in order to not be deactivated.
Zoel starts having issues when the glitching starts to occur in public, and as she's saved from that particular incident, she realizes she's not the only one glitching, instead of making things easier, it only gets more difficult as more sides appear and she doesn't know which one is the right one, not to mention, who she could trust.

This book was amazing! It was like a mix between Talented and Cinder for some reason. Not entirely like them but minor similarities which was by no means a bad thing since I adored both books. I just hate waiting for the sequels (for all three of them). I can't wait to read Override.

A must read!

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: Take This Regret

Title: Take This Regret
Author: 
ISBN:161213050X 


Goodreads Synpopsis:

There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives.  For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life.  He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm.  Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgivable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate.  Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.


Review:

To be honest I have no idea why I joined this book tour. I mean sometimes I have impulsive choices, and I am pretty sure I hadn't read the synopsis in advance - which if you know me isn't actually a bad thing most of the time. I just did. And I am glad.

This book was so emotional and even though I might not always appreciate those kinds of books, in this case I did. I really loved how the author took us down the timeline of how things happened and we got to see everything from both Christian and Elizabeth's point of views. I am a big fan of getting inside the character's head!

Christian, being very ambitious, hurts Elizabeth years in advance by making her choose between him and their unborn child, and then things just end between them when she chooses the child. Elizabeth gives up her dreams to care for her child as Christian continues to rise up the ladder trying to please his father.

The pregnancy sort of ruins things between them, but also makes them see themselves in new lights, they're both filled with regrets and insecurities that the break-up only seemed to enhance. They take refuge in those around them and hope for the best. But when, years later, Christian runs into a child in the market that seems to have captured his attention, he decides it's about time he stops running and face the child that seems to have captivated him - his own.

It was a really quick and easy read, I quite enjoyed it!

Rating: 4/5

Giveaway:

(International) An ebook copy of the book!




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Book Tour, Review: Tangi's Teardrops


Hello guys today I have two tour stops! This is the first one:


Title: Tangi's Teardrops
Author:  
ISBN: 1469989816

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Tangi's father dies, he leaves her nothing but three empty bottles. A kind uncle takes the poverty-stricken girl and her stepsisters in, and for a time life gets better on his farm. But Tangi remains a lonely outsider; her stepsisters tease her for her crippled leg, and the housekeepers use her like a servant.

Just before her thirteenth birthday, Tangi learns the truth about her father's strange legacy: the three bottles aren't empty any more. They're filled with all the tears she's cried since her father died, and her tears are enchanted. She must use them to travel to Rosevine, the world of her dead mother. Tangi not only belongs there but is necessary to keep Rosevine alive.

Tangi's tears will save Rosevine, and Rosevine will save Tangi from a cruelty-filled life, except for one thing: Tangi's lost the bottles.





Review:

Tangi's Teardrops is in a way another retelling of Cinderella, give or take a few more fairytales in between. I am a huge fan of fairytales and different twists on them, so I obviously enjoyed this book as well!

I liked the world of Rosevine, the development of the characters and the storyline, it was very new and original. I enjoyed reading it!

One point though is, I think this book is targeted at a younger audience, at least that's what it felt like. I didn't get into the story as much as I should have because of that factor. I felt like it was for children. Even though the story was so written, I got into the child's head that when she reached Rosevine and Tangi was all of a sudden grown, I couldn't fathom it. It didn't sit right for me and the story was a bit weird from there - even though it should have gotten better instead. That's not saying it didn't get better, just that it was hard to change my perspective now since she still acted and talked the same, and not at all as someone who has grown so much.

It did remind me a lot of 'Bridge to Terabithia' and 'The Princess and The Frog' more than Cinderella, and I had loved the movies so it wasn't at all bad.

I hope others enjoy reading it too! It was a fun read.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Showcase Sunday # 11



Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea.It's a way to share what we all got in our mailboxes this week.

I know I skipped last week, but I have been so busy with work to post on time. Anyhow, so I didn't get that much anyway.


I got cool postcards of Canadian, American and Japanese views!



Oh and something more cool? I got myself an ebook copy of 'A Night Like This'!!!




Books for review:



Also I found a bunch of free ebooks at Amazon:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Nordic Fairies

Title: Nordic Fairies
Author: 

Goodreads Synopsis:

What would you do if your lover since a thousand years back in time reappeared after two years apart as a famous movie star, and you couldn't get to him?

Svala and Viggo have spent a hundred lives together over the last thousand years. As Liosálfar, Nordic light fairies, their job is to do good and to uphold a balance in the mortal world. A balance, often compromised by the Döckálfar, Nordic dark fairies.

In this life, Svala turns on her TV and learns that Viggo has become a popular movie star. This is not only highly unexpected, it indicates something is wrong and that Viggo is attempting to contact Svala before their assignments are carried out, an action which is strictly forbidden.

Svala seeks him out, but not without breaking a few rules of her own, and learning that things are not always as they seem.



This is the first part of the Novella Series Nordic Fairies. The second part Freja (Nordic Fairies, #2) was released in March 2012 and the third part, Döckálfar (Nordic Fairies, #3) will be released during the summer 2012. So far, a total of five parts are planned in the Nordic Fairies series.

Nordic Fairies is a low fantasy novella series with a new concept of fairies where Saga Berg introduces Nordic light and dark fairies, Liosálfar and Döckálfar in a contemporary setting. The series has been very well received by readers in all ages with high ratings and amazing reviews.




Review:



This novella was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest request, and since I almost never say no to review requests – the synopsis didn’t sound so bad either – I said yes. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this book to turn out the way it did. I don’t mean that in a bad way though. The idea was again somewhat close to ‘Silver Knight’ yet completely different.

I honestly thought the cover was pretty cool, and I am a huge fan of foreign names so I enjoyed the names the author had used, being Swedish herself I guess that helped with adding background to the characters. Too bad it was short though, I honestly would have liked it better had it been longer.

What I didn’t like was the fact the author didn’t explain much on how ‘Svala’ and ‘Viggo’ became fairies. More background stories, or how the system worked, would have been preferable but it was all summarized in my opinion not adding depth to the character. However, I guess since it was a novella, the author didn’t have much of a chance to do so, and the next one is said to shed more light on their history so I can’t wait to read that.

All in all, a very enjoyable novella. It was a quick and easy read, which is always a good thing in my book. Can’t wait to figure out who Freja is!

Rating: 3.5/5