Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blood In The Water Blog Tour


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There have always been warps—tears between realities—and they’ve always been a threat to humanity. Most people are blind to them. But Hallie’s eyes are opening. Now that she’s going to school at the Protectorate, she’s learning there’s more to life than fun and games.
The truth is, she’s just become part of Earth’s only shield against the monsters of the warps. Before, she didn’t think she was anything special. Now, yanked from her relatively normal life, she realizes that she doesn’t have a choice.
When the emergency alarm sounds, calling everyone in the school to arms, even the young and inexperienced are needed. As one of the warp weavers—capable of closing the warps and stopping the monsters—Hallie must now work to save lives. And she must do it in the most complicated situation she’s ever experienced. Because there are sea serpents in the Thames, and Hallie has to close the doors that are letting them in.
The problem is, they’re underwater, and they’re hungry.
Now everyone is relying on her, and Hallie must find a way to do her job—with a brand new partner—before it’s too late. Because if she fails she’ll die, along with everyone who’s depending on her.




EXCERPT


I can just make out the huge forms of Sea Serpents undulating in the murky distance. They don’t seem to have noticed us yet but my hands are streaming Warplight, guiding us to the rift that has allowed these beasts entry from their home world, and I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep our presence a secret.
I want to speak, to fill the oppressive silence the weight of the water has caused, but my mouth is dry and sticky with fear. A condom is drifting next to us, resembling a translucent jellyfish. Gross.
Well, this is certainly an adventure. Join the Protectorate, they said. See the world, they said. Drown at the bottom of the disgusting Thames, they didn’t say. At least needles don’t float. I wonder if mystical healing works on hepatitis.
“There!” Ruble hisses, his dreadlocks brushing my cheek as he turns, spinning the board around with his feet.
It spirals so rapidly I lose my balance, just a bit. My right elbow hits the bubble and ... passes straight through, resistance no more than the surface of the water itself. It feels like I’ve submerged it into a cold bath.







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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Avira by Corinne Foster

Avira: Prequel to Secret of the Phoon

The fearless Avira is accustomed to wielding a sword alongside her father and brothers to defend their home. Injured and abandoned, she is taken by a stranger to a place where she embarks on a happy new life learning woodcraft and herblore. But her old life draws her back to the dangerous outside world when she has to rescue her family. Although her new magical powers are put to good use, she still finds help – and more – from an unexpected source


I found this book very fun to read and full of great characters. There are several different perspectives we follow as the story progresses. Beginning with how some of the characters paths cross. We are introduced to the House of the Unloved in which unwanted girls are taken in and schooled, trained in skills and learn to hone their talents. This house is tied with the Phoon, a mysterious and at times dangerous force that mostly lives in the surrounding woods. 

When Avira is found beaten and with memory loss she is taken to the house of the Unloved until her strength and memories return. She is a fighter, she used to fight for her land along with her brothers and father, until they were defeated and their land taken. Avira soon starts out on her travels to find her father and surviving brothers. In her travels she rediscovers family and finds new friends and enemies along the way, even a potential romance sparks. 

There is a focus on female characters in this story and they are all very strong and smart women. Living in a medieval time and with war happening all around them flourish in the house learning skills and working with nature and magic to survive and stand against the odds. 

There is a lot more to this story, sword fighting, healing, friendships and family to name a few. It is pretty fast paced and imaginative, I really enjoyed the read and recommend it.  
4 Stars

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#MYTHMAKER Cover Reveal !

Check out the cover of MYTHMAKER, book 2 of Marianne de Pierres’ Aurealis Award winning PEACEMAKER series. Joey HiFi has created artwork that brilliantly foreshadows the story:

Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC with Nate Sixkiller as her immediate boss. Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings, and the bounty on her head. Oddly, the strange and dangerous Hamish Burns is the only one she can rely on. Virgin’s life gets... untidy.

The book is out in October from Angry Robot Books.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Crushed by Kasi Blake

Clean Teen Publishing
Crushed by Kasi Blake


The characters were fantastic! I loved each and every one of them. Kristen's sisters are beautiful twins and they all 3 like to play a game every school year getting a guy to crush on them by using a magic spelled powder, getting the boy to perform silly unreasonable things to try to gain points in this game with some very impressive winnings. 
The twins are not only witches, but Witches you don't want to cross. Kristen's decided on a spur of the moment decision to crush on one of the popular boys to show that she can be dangerous, they usually crush on the less popular easy to control boys. But almost immediately she regrets her decision and it makes the game harder and almost impossible for her to play as a result. 
I was tickled with all the twists and how the characters all came into play. There are still a lot of emotions going on here, anger, love, friendship and protection of others, but it was very well written and sucked me in. 
I found the twists in the story very entertaining and really did not see them coming, which is always a fantastic treasure find when you read alot. 
I loved Vampire's Rule just as much as this one and going to move Werewolves 
Rule up my reading stack, so keep tuned to the blog for more on this author, I love her stuff so please check her out. 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12031460-crushed



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Kasi Blake learned how to read before she even started to school, and she's had a book in her hand ever since. Becoming a writer seemed to be the next logical step. She loves books, but her biggest obsession is the show Supernatural. If you speak to her for more than ten minutes, she will try to turn you into a Supernatural junkie. Her other interests include nail painting, yoga, shopping, and chocolate. She lives on a farm with a dog, two cats, too many cows to count, chickens, and some ducks
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R.T. Lowe

The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen


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Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his 'test'; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man--the school's groundskeeper--knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm. 

Kindle Edition, 500 pages

Published May 11th 2015 
This story had a lot of very interesting aspect to it and overall I thought it was an ok read. I loved the chapters with the villains (murderers, kidnappers, creatures of the forest) but had a harder time with the chapters containing the main characters. 

Felix, his reality star room-mate and the ground keeper were the hardest characters for me to like. There was a shining star and what really made it worth the read for me, was Felix's best friend Allison. Allison and the villains really made the story for me and it was slow getting through the parts without them. 

I did feel that there is a lot of the story that doesn't add anything to the storyline and could have been edited out to get a more powerful story. Yet I could also be biased because all those parts also included the characters I felt were dull.

Even though I feel like this book is a 2 1/2 star, not a bad read and at the low price it's being offered I still consider it a good buy. I do believe it's a little long at 500 pages and some characters could have been amped up a bit. It is something I recommend, enjoyable overall, yet hoping that the future books contain more Allison.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Longshot (Rogue Hunter #4) by Kevis Hendrickson

Longshot (Rogue Hunter #4)

BEHIND ENEMY LINES.

On the back of recent hardships and failures, Zyra has become withdrawn and bitter. Meanwhile, terrorists have captured a doomsday weapon with plans to use it unless their enemies meet their demands. Desperate to settle the debt with the crime lords who want her dead, Zyra joins an elite team of bounty hunters to rescue the scientist who holds the key to the weapon, not knowing she is walking into a trap.

Can Zyra put aside her grief to stop the terrorists' evil plot? Or will a new wave of terror and destruction be unleashed upon the entire galaxy? Join Zyra as she faces her greatest challenge ever in this exciting action-packed science fiction thriller.
 

Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Published March 24th 2015 
The Rogue Hunter series is one that I am always anticipating the release of the next book. Zyra is one of my favorite characters in science fiction. As the series is very character driven Zyra is the reason you will keep coming back for more.
In this edition Zyra really has an emotional break through. Pretty much hits the lowest she's been so far and has to break through a wall. Sometimes you really want to punch her but I guarantee you'll love her. 

The writing style is mostly done in dialogue. The focus is very much on Zyra and her personal growth each obstacle she faces. For one, Zyra is a bad ass bitch and you do not want to cross her. Yet also does not believe in killing just to get them out of your way.

I highly recommend this series, I have enjoyed reading it immensely and find myself constantly thinking about what Zyra will go through next. I consider this author to be a must-buy. These stories are very entertaining you'll fly right through them.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Children of the Mark by Michael W. Garza

25182001 
 
 
AJ Scott is a typical teenager. The only thing he wants to do is survive high school. Clair Anderson and Dougie Edwards have been his friends since the third grade. The teens stumble across a bizarre ritual and their night of adventure quickly turns to panic as they witness the culmination of the Cult of the Elder’s attempt to pull a monstrous deity from the netherworld into our world. A hasty escape leaves the teens terrified and AJ marred from the event. His newfound malady proves to be much more than a simple mark and the trio are pulled into a world of deceit, monsters, and old fashioned horror
 
 
 
 
 This story reminded me of one of my long time loved movies, The Gate starring Stephen Dorff http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093075/  The Children of the Mark has a different storyline, but the atmosphere and portrayal of true horror was there. 
 
AJ and his friends Clair and Dougie come across a cult summoning one night and AJ comes face to face with a true demon. He is forever marked and can now see and feel things from the netherworld. 
 
Together, along with the help of Mrs Applebottom. They delve more into the cult and it's activities. Learning that the cult intends to use the majority of the towns adults and sacrifices to succeed. 
I found this story to be very entertaining and well written. The plot was exciting, dangerous and ominous. I would recommend this book to kids who enjoy reading monster stories. 

The writing provides great visuals and details for the imagination. The story flows well and keeps the reader turning pages to see what happens. Also leading up to what could lead to a sequel, but stands on it's own.



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Michael W. GarzaMichael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it's always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He encourages readers to peek at his latest work as well as the material he's published in the past. He sincerely hopes that everyone will find something that astonishes, surprises, or simply scares the heck out of you.

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