Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop




Welcome to the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop!
At this stop you can win a book of your choice from the book depository (up to £10)
What book would you like to win?


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Need an idea?
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)  Requiem (Delirium, #3) Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2) Boundless (Unearthly, #3) Taken (Taken, #1) The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) Dualed (Dualed, #1) Mila 2.0 (MILA 2.0, #1) Prodigy (Legend, #2) Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2) Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) The Elite (The Selection, #2)

Cover Reveal - Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2) by Samantha Durante


Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2) by Samantha Durante

Synopsis:

-- Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy --

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.


The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

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GR link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17617373-shudder

Author:

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.




Giveaway:
1 Print ARC of Shudder, open internationally
  
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Happy Release Day - The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones

The Danaan Trilogy

Book One

is now available exclusively on Amazon!




Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.




About Laura Howard


Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.


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Today I am Reading... Shaman, Sister, Sorceress (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman #3) by M. Terry Green


Shaman, Sister, Sorceress (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman, #3)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
If techno-shaman Olivia Lawson thinks a trip to the Hopi mesas is the escape she needs, she is gravely mistaken. Abducted from her tour, Livvy quickly discovers that all is not as it seems in the quiet villages.

Formidable shamans draw her into a bitter and centuries-old conflict. While Livvy struggles to do what's right, she can't help but pursue an unexpected chance to be with the man she loves.

But as prophecies turn deadly, even the gods of the multiverse play their part and Livvy must choose--between this world and a new one, between action and acceptance, between duty and desire. With all existence hanging in the balance, Livvy finds that, where choice begins, innocence ends.


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Guest Post - Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule

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Today, I’m hosting a cover reveal to show off the awesome book cover designed by Parajunkee Designs to celebrate the release of author, Sherry Soule’s new novel, IMMORTAL ECLIPSE coming out April 30, 2013
 GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal with romantic elements
 LINK TO READ The THRILLING EXCERPT: http://bit.ly/UxP9dx

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ENTER A SINISTER, CHILLING WORLD FILLED WITH DARK SECRETS 
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . . 
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house. 
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again. 
 The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human. 
Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian Delacroix, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar. 
Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth. 

Where you can find author, Sherry Soule online: 

Twitter - @WriterSherry: http://twitter.com/writersherry 
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Monday, 29 April 2013

Book Blitz and 2 giveaways! Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn

Book & Author Details:

Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Debt Collector, Serial 1-3
Publication date: 2013
Genre: NA Future-Noir

Synopsis:
EPISODES 1-3 (Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy) of the Debt Collector serial. Contains mature content and themes. For young-adult-appropriate thrills, see Susan's bestselling Mindjack series.

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.


Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.

The first three episodes of the Debt Collector serial are collectively the length of a short novel, or 152 pages. These are the first three of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. Episode 4, Broken, releases 4/17/13. For more about the Debt Collector serial, see DebtCollectorSeries.com




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AUTHOR BIO
Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.
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Giveaway: 

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Giveaway:

(1) ebook copy of of the first Debt Collector episode (Delirium). Open internationally.

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The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny (TaleSpins #2) by Michael Mullin



The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny
Blurb (from Goodreads):
From the author of "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf" comes an original fairy tale about a teenage princess who hires the witch from "The Frog Prince" to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school. (Intended for YA readers and up.)
 

The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny by Michael Mullin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Michael Mullin.)
This is a short story, written in rhyme. Princess Penny is not popular at school, and wants to get revenge on her arch rival Darcy. After seeing an advert for a witch in a magazine, Penny sets off to find her and to get a spell for revenge on Darcy, but things don’t go according to plan, and Penny finds herself in hot water.


This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as the first story in the series.
Penny seemed a little immature, and didn’t seem to realise that at times her own behaviour was similar to that of Darcy’s, and she didn’t really have time to spend on people who weren’t involved in her revenge plan.
I think the main problem with this for me, was that the lines were too long. This may sound weird, but I found it hard to keep the pace of the lines so that they rhymed properly, and often had to read the lines twice or more to get the effect that I thought the author was going for. Because of this, the poetry aspect felt a little like hard work, which was a shame.
The storyline was okay, but I think it would probably be more suited to a younger reader, as overall the pace seemed quite slow, and the ideas were quite simplistic. I personally wanted to read faster to find out what happened more quickly, but couldn’t because of the issues with the length of the lines as mentioned earlier.
Overall; this was an okay story, but it felt a little slow.
6.5 out of 10.


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Today I am Reading... Neptune's Tears (Timedance #1) by Susan Waggoner


Neptune's Tears
Blurb (from Goodreads):
London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She’s focused on her job, poised for a great career—until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he’s one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee’s sure he’s attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it’s too late for Zee. She’s losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she’s determined to follow him—no matter how far it may take her.


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Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass



The Elite (The Selection, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


The Elite by Kiera Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Elite (The Selection, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘The Selection’ series, and picks up where book 1 left off.
The 35 girls of ‘The Selection’ have been reduced to just 6, and it’s time for America to not only work to keep her place in the game, but to also make a decision as to who she really wants to be with – Prince Maxon, or her childhood sweetheart Aspen
The competition is also heating up, with some unexpected events, and more rebel action.
What do the rebels want? Who will be sent home next? And who will America choose?


Beautiful and captivating, this book had me from the very first page!

I loved ‘The Selection’, and I was so excited to finally have a copy of ‘The Elite’ to read, and I really was not disappointed. America continued to be not only the underdog of the competition, but also the one who truly seemed to have captivated the prince’s heart. Her heart seemed to be in the right place in that she was always doing what seemed right to her, even if the things she did endeared her more to the lower castes than the king.

The romance in this book was quite sweet, but I really wanted America to just make a decision and stick with it! It seemed obvious how America and Maxon felt about each other, so the fact that he was off flirting with the other 5 girls in the selection, and she was still making out with Aspen was a bit annoying! I really wanted Maxon to just propose, and send the other girls home instead of them constantly seeming to play games with each others feelings. America also wore something which linked her to Aspen which for me was a really stupid thing to do, and the way she kept asking for more time was irritating too!
I have to say that if America and Maxon don’t end up together by the end of this series I will be really annoyed!

I liked the storyline in this book, and although America was a little immature and indecisive at times I couldn’t help but love this story. I don’t know what it is about these books but I really love the way they are written, and I actually think that ‘The Elite’ was better than ‘The Selection’!

Overall; I really loved this book, and although America had her faults, I hated to put this down! Can’t wait for book 3!!! I want it now!!!
9 out of 10.



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Stacking the Shelves - April 28th 2013

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This is 2 weeks worth of books as I missed last week!

Books Read:


Prophecy Girl (Angel Academy, #1) Nowhere The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1) 
Into the Dark, Vol. 1 (Into the Dark, #1) Into the Dark, Vol. 2 (Into the Dark, #2) 
Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) The Elite (The Selection, #2) 
The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny

Books Gained:


Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1) The Bookstore Love in Darkness (Shattered Castles, #2) 
Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2) Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions, #2) 
The Book of Broken Hearts  Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2) Earthfall 

1. Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun -
Thanks to All Night Reads and Netgalley.
2. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler -
Thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss
3. Love in Darkness by E. M. Tippetts -
Thanks to E. M. Tippetts
4.Down London Road by Samantha Young -
Thanks to Penguin Books UK and Netgalley
5. Confessions of an almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett -
 Thanks to Harlequin UK Limited and Netgalley.
6. The book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler -
Thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss
7. Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian -
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss
8. Earthfall by Mark Walden -
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss