Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Aurora Sky, Excerpt


Title: Transfusion
Author: Nikki Jefford
ISBN:148115320X
Publication: December 9th 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?


Excerpt:

There was an electronic crackle, and a voice filled the room. "Welcome to initiation, Aurora. This test will last as long as you want."

I wanted out of this insane asylum. I rushed to the door and tried yanking down the silver handle, but it didn’t budge.

I turned. My eyes raced over every square inch of the enclosed room. There was a metal table in the very center. I walked up to it and looked down at the weapons laid on top: a handgun, crossbow, hunting knife, ax, and wooden stake.

The intercom crackled back to life.

“Once the subject has fed on your blood you will need to choose a weapon and finish him off.”

“What? No! I’m not killing anyone. Melcher? Let me out of here.”

“Now!” I screamed.

“Good luck, Aurora.”

I expected something horrible to occur after he signed off, but nothing happened.

I circled the table and kept glancing at the door. Trapped inside a windowless room with weapons that made my skin crawl. Fantastic. There wasn’t even a clock to track the minutes dragging by. If they planned on keeping me locked up for so long they could’ve at least put a chair inside.

I folded my arms over my chest and looked at the two-way mirror.

“What’s the matter with Dracula? Can’t find his cape?” I chuckled, but it sounded nervous.

I walked over to the far corner of the room and leaned my back against the wall.

There was a hollow knock at the door across the room. It pounded three times in succession, producing an eerie, drawn-out echo.

I wanted to crack a joke, but something didn’t feel right. My heart pounded its way up to my throat and I’d barely swallowed when the door flew open. A middle-aged man in flannel was thrown in. The door slammed shut behind him. He nearly fell on the floor, but caught himself. Long greasy hair covered his face as he bent forward. When he righted himself, I saw that his cheeks were sunken, lips bared over yellow teeth. He snarled and spit leaked out the corners of his mouth.

I stood up straight.
 


Author's Bio:
 

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She is the author of the Spellbound Trilogy and upcoming Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter series. Nikki married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.

Author Links:
Website - Goodreads - Facebook - Twitter

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Immortal Rules: Review

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
ISBN: 0373210515
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Book Source: NetGalley
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.


Review:

I've been dying to get a copy of this book for a while now but it's not easy to find it where I live, not to mention I have a huge wishlist so I'm almost always getting sidetracked with a newly released book. However, when I saw an opportunity to get my hand on both this book and The Eternity Cure from NetGalley, I couldn't very well say no now could I?

I feel like Vampire books have gone way over the top lately, which caused me to stop reading books on them for almost a year now. However, this book is about vampires in a way you've never known them to be before. This post-apocalyptic dystopian novel had me completely fascinated all the way through.

I've read books by Julie Kagawa before, the Iron Fey series to be honest and I somewhat enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, Julie has an amazing style of writing that gets you hooked almost immediately, not to mention the world building, the premise and the creativity appearing in the book, they're all so brilliant. But, what I hadn't enjoyed about the first three books in that series was the protagonist: Meghan. She was an awful protagonist in my opinion, and I wanted to smack her on more than one occasion. She slowly improved throughout the series but not enough for me to admit I like her. Which is why I loved The Iron Knight, since it was from Ash's point of view instead. The book was amazing.

Now, as to why I'm mentioning that, well, with this book as well, Julie created an amazing and magical story, with a unique premise as well as great world building and background stories to go with the creatures she added in. Not only that, but the protagonist - Allison Sekemoto - actually impressed me! She was strong, independent, caring, and very brave. She had trust issues, but was learning to go past them. So yes, I am definitely loving this series more than the Iron Fey one!

This is one of those stories where you can't just judge a species by a particular person as Allison shows to us how much she hates vampires, only to end up being one and fighting all her natural instincts no matter what her sire Kanin tells her. She has to adapt to this new life and escape her only home in the Fringe.

The vampire society build up in this book was so fascinating, I did not see most of the events coming, it was so surprising all the way through and I liked being on the edge of my seat. I loved the characters and their development, both good and bad! I loved where I was being led, and before I knew it I was done with the story, which was so sad for me, since I needed more.

After being betrayed and escaping the Fringe, Allie finds herself traveling with a group of people heading to a place called Eden, which they're not even sure if it exists.Their odd traveling times helps her hide her identity but she's trapped in nightmares involving her sire that keep her on edge, she's also terrified of what would happen if she was found out. Not to mention, she was kept in the dark about why this group of people were being chased by raiders. But sooner or later all the secrets come out to the light.

I loved Zeke. Seriously, I just loved him all the way through, he was such a hopeful and spirited boy. So helpful and sweet, I could just hug him! I am sad there wasn't much of Kanin in this book since I did like him as well. I hated her friend Stick, from the start he annoyed me to no end and I just felt he'd be the death of her or something.

This book was so damn good I'm honestly working on getting my own copy of it. Seriously, it's just so good you need a physical copy in order to read repeatedly and look at occasionally on your shelf.
Great read!

Rating: 5/5!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Scarlet: Review

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
ISBN: 0312642962
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends


Goodreads Synopsis:


The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.



Review:

I know I haven't really written a review of Cinder, but maybe I will sometime at the end of this year since I plan to reread it and Scarlet before Cress comes out. However, that doesn't mean I hated it or anything, in fact Cinder was my absolute favourite book of 2012. I read it in June and had to wait very impatiently for Scarlet to come out, and now that it has, I will probably go insane before Cress is out.

Scarlet takes place after Cinder's debacle at the ball and her imprisonment. It starts off from Scarlet's point of view half way across the world from where the events took place. Scar's grandmother has been missing and no one seemed too eager to help her out. Everyone in town was convinced she was crazy and that this was to be expected, but Scar knows something is off. Scar then meets Wolf, a fighter that is looking for a new job, but she doesn't trust him. Cinder back in New Beijing has escaped from prison and is looking for answers. And Levana, the vicious Lunar Queen finally has an excuse to wreck havoc on Earth, she wants Cinder back and won't stop at anything before she gets her there.

I am in love with fairytale retellings as you all should know by now. So when I had picked up Cinder I was so excited for the creative way Marissa had portrayed her. Scarlet was no different - though she wasn't as amazing as Cinder - the way she was portrayed was very new and unique, I loved it. Marissa had created this wonderful world and I was drawn in the whole way through. I don't think I was capable of letting it down except to go to eat once, and within a few hours it was done. Then, I started feeling guilty for having finished it so soon after its release, and hating myself because I was going to wait a long time until the next one is out.

This book was longer than the first one, mostly due to the fact that it went back and forth from Cinder and Scarlet's point of views, showing the different things happening at the same time and the road to how they got to meet eventually. I enjoyed how Cinder developed in this book and became a slightly more confident person especially with the Captain tagging along. I loved the struggle she had to go through with controlling her new Lunar powers and how unaccustomed she was to them.

I am honestly not sure how I'll manage to be patient enough for Cress to come out, so if any of you have suggestions please leave them in the comments below! This book would have to be my favourite book of 2013 so far, can you honestly blame me?

Rating: 5/5!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Frederick Lee Brooke Guest Post

Air Rage

by Frederick Lee Brooke


With family scattered around the fifty states, I do a lot of flying. I was on a flight from Sacramento to Chicago when I had my own personal air rage experience.
The man in the row behind me was talking on his cell phone the whole time we were still parked in the gate in Sacramento. While the flight attendants went up and down the aisles checking people’s seat belts and tray tables, I learned all about this man’s aging mother.
“Just tell her she’s got to move there. Just tell her,” he said, his already loud voice rising. I gathered he was talking to his sister. I gathered his sister had the dirty work of convincing their mother to move into a home for seniors. “She’s already broken her hip. Where she lives there’s no one to help her. Make her be reasonable.”
I heard grumbling from the other passengers. I half stood, turned, and stared at the man till he met my gaze. He had a little silver flask in his right hand and held the phone to his ear with the other. Not much over thirty, I judged, crew cut, polo shirt covering broad shoulders and heavy muscles. His breath smelled like turpentine. With a raising of the eyebrows he asked me what my problem was without interrupting his call. I made a gesture with my hand that said, reduce the volume.
A few minutes later we took off, and things were quiet for a while, but then Loudmouth got going again, this time talking to the woman he was traveling with. On the whole it was pretty one-sided. I could barely hear her soft responses, but I got every word Loudmouth said.
“It was a shame we had to let her go. She bawled her eyes out when we told her. The hooters on that woman, you really should’ve seen ‘em.”
I was reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stig Larsson, and I was having trouble keeping my eye on the page. The voice of Loudmouth was horning in on the voices of the characters as I read. I couldn’t concentrate. Everybody around me was rolling their eyes. Someone had to do something.
Just then the flight attendant came by to serve Loudmouth another drink. His supply from the flask must’ve run out, and he had been ordering drinks. He had called her on the call button. I half stood up and turned around to face him again.
“I asked you before to be quieter,” I said. “We’re all in a tight space together for the next few hours, here.”
“Don’t get your panties in a bunch,” Loudmouth said. He said that to me. The flight attendant was running his credit card, but I could tell she was listening.
“I asked you nicely,” I said. “And I think I’m not the only one here who feels you’re making too much damn noise. Anyone else here that agrees with me?”
An amazing thing happened. About twenty people all around us clambered to their feet. They undid their seat belts, put up their tray tables, stood up and glared at Loudmouth. It was almost like an airborne intervention. The kicker was when Loudmouth’s wife even stood up. Loudmouth had just gotten his card back from the flight attendant, and as soon as he got his meaty arm out of the way, up she sprang. Her dark brown eyes briefly met mine, then she focused on the floor.
“If you’re not going to keep this joker under control, I demand to move my seat,” I said to the flight attendant.
A chorus of other passengers, all standing, clamored to be moved as well. I wasn’t looking and didn’t look to see if Loudmouth’s wife was one of them. I was looking at the flight attendant, waiting for her to do something. She sized up the situation perfectly.
“Sir, if you want to be served another drink after this one, you’ll have to get along with your neighbors,” the flight attendant said, looking Loudmouth in the eye. Right, now she was speaking his language. Plus I thought it was admirable how she formulated it in a positive way. Twenty people all around us were still glaring at him. Loudmouth didn’t have the guts to answer.
In fact, I don’t believe he said another word all the way to Chicago.



 
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Genre – Mystery & Thriller / Horror
Rating – PG13
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Obvious Game Blog Tour: Promo




Title: The Obvious Game
Author: Rita Arens
ISBN: 9780985656
Publishing House: Inkspell Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”

"Your shirt is yellow."
"Your eyes are blue."
"You have to stop running away from your problems."
"You're too skinny."

Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost.






Author's Bio:

My debut young adult novel, The Obvious Game , is coming in February 2013 from InkSpell Publishing. I'm represented by Eric Myers of The Spieler Agency.

I edited Sleep Is for the Weak (Chicago Review Press, 2008), which won a 2009 National Parenting Publications Award

I now author my blogs Surrender, Dorothy and Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews and am the senior editor forBlogHer.com. I'm on the board for the Writers Place in Kansas City.



Links:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: The Diviners

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
ISBN: 1907410406
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble TBD

Goodreads Synopsis:

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.


Review:

I picked this book up because of the amount of people - whose taste in books usually matches mine- kept recommending it to me. I had never really read a Libba Bray book before, so this was a first for me, but it definitely won't be the last.

Usually my favourite time period with historical books is the early 1800s. I've read so many books in that time period, I am not usually fond of ones before it or straight after it before the 90s. So I was a bit hesitant with this book since it was set in the 1920s. It took me a few chapters to get into this book because I wasn't used to this time period as well as Libba Bray's writing, but once I got past the third chapter, I had gotten the  hang of it and couldn't stop reading. I actually had to stop myself the first time to go to bed, and the next one because I was reading it on the plane and had just landed. The next time after that I refused to sleep without having completely read it all.

Libba's writing was so confusing at first due to the many characters and how their lives go on simultaneously as well as how they intertwine. But they were all very well developed and you could tell they had an actual purpose and goal. It didn't take long before I was so enamored with this world she'd created amidst the 1920s and I didn't want to let go.

The parts with "Naughty John" were creepy to no end. I didn't expect to be so invested as to actually get scared of what would happen next, with the work of demons you can never predict it, and it's always more unstable than just fighting a physical danger (whether it's a supernatural creature or a villain in human form) hitting someone, actually inflicting damage or pain on your enemy makes it less dangerous or volatile than fighting a demon. However, no matter how terrified I got and how many times I wanted to close the book towards the end, I couldn't. I had to finish it because it kept getting better. Before I knew it, the book was over and I was a filled with a weird sense of melancholy that it was done. I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this series!

Evie was quite the strange character in my opinion. She's normally the kind of protagonist I hate, but at the same time, she was playing the role Libba had intended for her perfectly. She also had a depth that I was happy to discover along the way. Jericho was so mysterious and still is, I don't think I know enough about him, or even Sam. Hell, I don't think I know enough about most of the characters, which is why I hope more than the tiny slivers that have been shared will take light in the upcoming books!

Rating: 5/5!

Teaser Tuesday # 12


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
 Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Hey guys! I haven't done one of those in a very long while, so here we go, another Teaser Tuesday!

So my choice this week is of the book I'm currently reading THE ARCHIVED, by Victoria Schwab, which I am absolutely loving so far!



Here's my teaser:

"Questions eat at me. What happened in this room? Who was the boy? And whose blood was he covered in? Maybe it's not my job, maybe it's an infraction to find out, a misuse of power, but every member of the Archive takes the same oath."


What are you guys reading this week? Are you liking it? Let me know!