Sunday, 30 June 2013

My Book Haul / Showcase Sundays

This is Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday where I share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!

This week I read a mixture of books - an interesting Urban Fantasy which is a little different: Mist by Susan Krinard, Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (lovely chick-lit) and Meridian Six by Jaye Wells - great dystopian story

I didn't buy any books this week but some did come in for review...

For Review

Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5) - Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensignton Teen
Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead. 
As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there.

I love this series and after the shock ending of Crimson Frost I hope things start to improve for  Gwen...but somehow I doubt it!

Nowhere - Jon Robinson
Publisher: Puffin
Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere.
A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest.
Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country.
They're all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes.
Who has put them there. What do their captors want?
And how will they ever break free...

This just sounds really different...I like stories that start with an intriguing mystery...

Invisibility - Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Publisher: Penguin
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death.

Love in Revolution - B.R. Collins
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Esteya is fifteen. As war rumbles closer, Esteya's brother - an important figure in the Revolutionary Communist Party - is able to protect their family from the worst of the privations of war. Then Esteya meets an extraordinary girl, Skizi, an outcast, shunned by all. But Esteya and Skizi are drawn to each other. Slowly and wonderfully love blossoms ... And then Esteya's family are betrayed and forcibly taken away. Skizi disappears. Esteya is left deserted, heartbroken and in terrible danger. But she must find a way to escape - and to find Skizi


What have you picked up this week...?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mel's Random June

Was it me or was June a very long month...? It felt like one of the slowest months and I have to confess it was another rough month with bad news seemingly coming every other day...so in order to cheer myself I'm looking at some old photos from holidays...how I want to be back there!

Chichen Itza, Mexico
So how did this impact the reading situation...?

Books
Ghost Story (Dresden Files #13) - Jim Butcher
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) - Patricia Briggs
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) - Charlaine Harris
Reviver - Seth Patrick
The Inheritance - Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm

EBooks
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1) - Dana Cameron
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) - Cassandra Clare
A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) - Cecy Robson
Doors - Daniel Brako
Queen of the World - Ben Hennessy (British Book Challenge)
The Wrong Girl - C.J. Archer

Novella Reviews
Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5) - Jennifer Estep

Sarah's Review
The Fury - Alexander Gordon Smith

So updating the challenges -
British Books Challenge - 20 Read


Best of the Bunch: Joint winners this month with Ghost Story and A Cursed Embrace!


Honorable Mentions: Frost Burned and Reviver are both well worth a read!



So what was your month like? :)


Friday, 28 June 2013

The Wrong Girl Review

The Wrong Girl (Freak House #1)
C.J. Archer

E-Arc Courtesy of Netgalley & CJ Archer

It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping. Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

Combining Victorian favourite themes of mistaken identities, mysterious benefactors and unknown orphans in a sprawling gothic mansion, The Wrong Girl feels like Wilkie Collins for teens. Hannah Smith, our orphan is mistaken for the daughter of a Lord and kidnapped. Finding herself among others who have just as mysterious pasts as herself, and determined to protect her friend, she plays along with their assumptions while trying to figure out what is really going on at Freak House.

Hannah is a smart and feisty young lady – which seems a little odd given how sheltered her life was up until this point but it does make her a very modern heroine and easy to relate to. Her kidnappers range from lonely and overlooked young lady, a brooding older guy with secrets of his own and a scientist with odd ideas and changeable moods. There are some periods of over explanation as people spend a lot of time telling Hannah things – these info dumps are interesting but mean the main plot doesn’t move along much. This being the first book in a series it beautifully sets up some intriguing questions and plot arcs for Hannah and co to uncover in the future – why was she hidden in the attic for so long? What happened to her parents? These are all questions I want to know answers to!

However, so much time is spent setting up the wider plot arcs, the plot of these book feels a little rushed. Centring on a break in at Freak House and stolen research notes, the resolution to this was sudden and could easily have been avoided by the characters if they were a little more sensible or patient.

There is some romance but it doesn’t impose on the story or the characters – they both exist as full personalities outside of their relationship and I found it rather sweet – once I got past the whole kidnap thing (which seems a little strange once you get to know the characters!). The writing was very easy to get into and painted the grounds and characters of Freak House in colour and shade. This is a series I want to follow as I need answers!

Recommended for fans of Wilkie Collins and Cassandra Clare. 7.5 out of 10

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Throwback Thursday #89 - Between


This is a great feature that Melissa at My World...in words and pictures has been doing for a while which looks at those wonderful books that are ALREADY on my shelves that we haven't got round to reading yet...

Between - Kerry Schafer
Publisher: Ace Fantasy
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.
All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.
And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control...

I bought this based solely on the cover and the the blurb (tough looking girl holding a dragon in a sphere...yes, please!). However, I've not read many reviews of it so I don't know what to expect but I still want to read it! Com'on people - dragons in spheres and dreams - how have I not read this yet...?

Have you ever bought a book from an unknown author solely on the cover...?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Queen of the World Review

Queen of the World
Ben Hennessy
Publisher: Inspired Quill 
In the legends, the Four saved the world from war and poverty. These incredible men walked the lands, seeking an audience with the ruler of each nation. They demanded that mankind focus its efforts on education, trade and culture. No longer would the people face starvation and terror. This commandment was enforced with displays of miraculous power. After all, it is difficult to argue with the Gods. Once finished, the Four left with a promise: If ever your people fall back into darkness, then we shall return. Now, over five centuries later, Sarene grows tired of her village life. Suffocated by the confines of her surroundings and the overbearing protection of her family, she yearns to have an adventure of her own. But the world outside is not as tranquil as it seems. And Sarene is already in danger... 
Queen of the World is an intriguing and realistic fantasy. Covering a lot of similar ground to those big epic fantasy’s such as sheltered young person discovers they are being hunted for no reason, prophecies and stoic protectors, Ben Hennessy manages to take this tropes and make them feel real and true. Our main character, Sarene is mute which makes communication challenging and gives her a unique perspective on people and the world. She might be young but she is someone that is easy to root for and sympathise with. Her protector is strong, loyal but also intelligent and quick witted. Along their way they meet a variety of people, all with their own problems, issues and history. I really enjoyed the way their journey took time and effort and the amount of world building that went into the characters to bring each of them alive.
 One of the best characters was Spasmodic, a demon who follows them in order to enjoy the chaos that occurs around them. He takes a simple pleasure in action, doesn’t understand humans and you’re not quite sure if he is trustworthy or not but he is a lot of fun and adds a certain amount of fission to their journey.
 While I loved the realism, this also holds it back slightly as the events are still very personal and less world impacting so far. I’m sure following books in this world will raise the stakes and open up the world more, but this time around I found myself wishing that Sarene would make some positive decisions to act rather than just react to everything. This is understandable given her youth but I like leading ladies who act and initiate events (for good or bad at times!). 
This would be a good introduction to fantasy for those who don’t read outside the real world and I am interested to see what happens next and how the Four will react now!

Recommended for fans of Jennifer Fallon and Michael J Sullivan. 8 out of 10

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Doors Review

Doors
Daniel Brako

Publisher: Pan McMillian

E-Arc Courtesy of Netgalley and Pan McMillion

David Druas is a successful psychologist, with a thriving practice. When he encounters Hans Werner, a client who sees imaginary doors, life takes a dark and unexpected turn. After trying to unravel the delusion, David also notices mysterious doors. Scattered throughout the city, they lead to beautiful, terrifying and dangerous new worlds. But are they real? 
When Hans Werner is murdered, the evidence identifies David as the killer. Forced to become a fugitive, he struggles to escape the deepening nightmare that threatens to overwhelm him. As the police close in, it becomes apparent that the doors are concealing a dark and tangled truth. The question is: can David unlock their secrets before his time and sanity run out?

This is quite a short book and very fast paced. Psychologist David in an attempt to persuade a patient he is suffering from delusions, performs a ritual which much to his surprise allows him to see Doors everywhere that open to different worlds, worlds with strange creatures, demons and wonderfully beautiful sights. Unfortunately no-one is supposed to know about the Doors and someone is determined to make sure Daniel never tells anyone...

I loved the pacing which whizzes you through various Doors and awkward situations without stopping for breathe. The idea behind seeing these Doors everywhere is great and the possibilities are endless. I enjoyed seeing different worlds and would have liked to explore them in more depth.

The characters are a little lacking in depth – Daniel doesn’t really pop off the page in full colour and many others are little more than stereotypes – the female cop determined to prove herself by capturing Daniel, his PA in love in him...they never feel like real people so it’s difficult to feel for them. Still the speed at which I was reading never made this an issue over the few pages in the book. This is a fun thriller with a unique hook that I recommend for some light summer reading.


Recommended for fans of James Rollins and Steve Berry. 7 out of 10

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Inheritance Review

The Inheritance
Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm

Publisher: Harper Voyager

A collection of novellas and stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm.
Bingtown heiresses rub shoulders with vampires, tramps and feral cats in this wonderful collection.

In ''The Homecoming'', Lady Carillion Carrock and a few other Jamaillian nobles are sailing to the Cursed Shores after being exiled for plotting against the Satrap. Still, Carillion believes they are bound for wondrous cities, where ancient monarchs dusted their skin with gold and wore jewels above their eyes. But when she is marooned by the ship's unscrupulous captain, she will soon discover the grim reality of what survival in the Rain Wilds entails.
''The Silver Lady'' is a would-be writer, eking out a dull existence by working in a Sears store. Then one day a man comes in: fortyish, pleasant. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except he says his name is Merlin, and he's about to change her life.
In ''Cat's Meat'', Rosemary gets involved with the wrong man. Pell is lazy, good for nothing and a bully. Her best friend, Hilia, knew it and so did her tom cat, Marmalade. Even after she has his child, a beautiful baby boy, he leaves her for another woman. Now he's back, and something must be done...

I have read and loved Robin Hobb’s big fantasy books especially the Liveship Traders but I have to confess I’ve not read and Megan Lindholm despite being Robin Hobb’s ‘other name’, so this anthology was both an introduction and eagerly anticipated. There are more Megan Lindholm stories but there are shorter in length, while the three Robin Hobb stories are much longer and provide little insights into her Rain River and Liveship world.

The Megan Lindholm stories are set in the modern day and are in a different style but have plenty of ideas that intrigue and capture your imagination. A Touch of Lavender is set in a world where aliens have arrived but their touch is addictive. The story focuses on one young boy who’s mum starts living with one of these aliens and the impact this has on their lives. Strays follows a girl who is friends with the queen of stray cats but the queen has an abusive home life. Cut had me squirming in my seat but asks some big questions about how far you can control your own body and when can society interject or if it should. All these stories have a strong initial idea which will stay with you long after the story finishes.

The three Robin Hobb stories all remind me why I adore her fantasy books with Homecoming following the first settlers in the Rain River and the trials and struggles they had with the corrosive river, dreams and changing physical aspects. It made me want to re-read the Liveships again! The other two stories were nice little insights into people in this world as they discover some life changing aspects with Cat’s Meat particularly asking how to fight against someone bigger than you.

Overall, this was a very strong anthology with no real dud amongst the stories and several diamonds. This would be a great introduction to her work for those who aren’t fans and a perfect little appetiser for those of us who do like her books. Right, I’m off to see about buying some Megan Lindholm books...


Recommended for fans of Karen Miller and Tanya Huff. 8.5 out of 10

Sunday, 23 June 2013

My Book Haul / Showcase Sunday

This is Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday where I share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!

This I read a great anthology that you guys choose for me - The Inheritance by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm, sped through the short book/novella Doors by Daniel Brako and galloped through Stalking The Others by Jess Haines. 

I honestly didn't think I was going anything to share with you all this week and then on Friday I won a giveaway and yesterday visited a charity book store where I picked up a couple of bargains!

Won

Meridian Six - Jaye Wells
Kindle Book
Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother's final words that have haunted her: 
Red means life.
In the years since her mother's death, she has been used as both a propaganda tool and a blood slave by the Troika. She's withstood their indignities because the alternative meant bleeding out in a blood camp. But their abuses finally go too far, and she decides to run towards freedom and her mother's red light.
On the other side, she finds the Sisters of Crimson. They help her just as her mother promised, but they also hand her to the human rebels. The vampires used her famous name to keep human slaves biddable, but now the humans want to use it inspire a revolution.

When the world is at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.

I won this over at Suzanne McLoed's blog. I adored Jaye Well's Sabina Kane series so I'm really looking forward to this novella!

Bought

Frankenstein: Dean Town - Dean Koontz
Publisher: Harper
The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors come together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein's nihilistic plan to remake the future--and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. 
Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance

This is the final book in the series...

The Salem Witch Society - K.N. Shields
Publisher: Little Brown
The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors come together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein's nihilistic plan to remake the future--and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. 
Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

I have been circling this one for ages and when I spotted it for 10p, I couldn't resist!

Masquerade (Sevy #3) - Sarah Jane Lehoux
Kindle Book
Never trust a liar, especially when they're telling the truth...
Starting over isn't easy, especially when the world isn't ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn't having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.
Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene. Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta.
Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.
Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer's plaything.

Having given in and bought a couple of paperbacks I decided to balance it up with a kindle purchase. Sevy is a great character and I want to know what she gets up to next!

What have you picked up this week...?

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Early Review: A Cursed Embraced (Weird Girls #2) + GIVEAWAY!!

A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2)
Cecy Robson

Publisher: Signet – To Be Published 2nd July

E-Arc courtesy of Netgalley and Signet

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome. To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters...


When you finish a book completely distraught and wishing to give some of the characters a big hug, you know you’ve been completely swept up into their world and taken on a journey. Starting just a week after Sealed With A Curse ended, Celia and her sisters are trying to figure out where their relationships with their various wolves stand when it seems Demons are determined to enter our world and have the Wird girls in their sights. Set over the course of nine months or so, A Cursed Embrace follows Celia as she and Aric, a pure-blood werewolf relationship evolves while the supernatural world changes in response to the Demons presence.

There were some elements of this book that had me laughing – the girls attempt to seduce their wolves through posing, Taran and Gemini’s miscommunication, the banter between the sisters and their friends all made me smile and connect to the characters. This is needed as there are a lot of characters to remember! But I loved meeting and getting to know them – and I am looking to forward to some books or short stories following the other sisters point of view (please tell me they are coming at some point!). At the same time there are some exciting action scenes – the tracking in the woods was creepy and atmospheric while some of the fight scenes with the sisters various powers were very cinematic (I would love to see this series as a TV show – the ongoing drama would be fabulous!).

This is a step up from the first book -  which was strong itself and by the end I really didn’t want to leave Celia. The ending is not a cliff-hanger, but it should twist your heart and make you desperate for the months before the next book to speed by! This is definitely an UF I enjoyed and I can’t wait to see what is instore for our Weird Girls next!


Recommended for fans of Ann Aguirre and Suzanne Johnson. 9 out of 10!


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AUTHOR BIO:
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin's SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available.  A CURSED EMBRACE, releases July 2, 2013 followed by A CURSED MOON: An eSpecial Novella December 2013, and CURSED BY DESTINY, January 2014.
 LINKS:
Website:                      www.cecyrobson.com
 Twitter:                       https://twitter.com/cecyrobsonand
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Cecy has generously offered one person a wonderful goodie bag including a copy of A Cursed Embrace along with a rack card, A CURSED EMBRACE lip balm and magnet, a bookmark, and a signed postcard. (If the winner won on a previous blog, a different winner will be selected to be fair to all participants).

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Throwback Thursday #88 - Dead Harvest


This is a great feature that Melissa at My World...in words and pictures has been doing for a while which looks at those wonderful books that are ALREADY on my shelves that we haven't got round to reading yet..

Dead Harvest - Chris Holm
Publisher: Angry Robot
Meet Sam Thornton. He collects souls.Sam’s job is to collect the souls of the damned, and ensure they are dispatched to the appropriate destination. But when he’s sent to collect the soul of a young woman he believes to be innocent of the horrific crime that’s doomed her to Hell, he says something no Collector has ever said before.
“No.”

I love the retro cover on this one and a few bloggers I trust have raved about this series...I really don't need any more UF series to follow but you  know what? I love UF so I won't complain...if I ever get round to reading this! :-)


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Reviver Review

Reviver
Seth Patrick

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger...

A creepy and disturbing thriller read which had me shivering and wondering what there really is out there. Set in the near future, a special type of person is discovered, a reviver who can bring the dead back for a few minutes to say goodbye to their loved ones or help the police capture their murderers... Without getting bogged down in how this process is actually achieved, Reviver leaps straight into some big questions – what is there for us after death? Are those who return just the memories of those who died or their souls? And once brought back, can these remnants be banished again easily? With most of the focus on a Reviver who has had a troubled past but finds himself drawn into the questions behind the process when he glimpses something else behind the departed souls...

The early parts of the book do cover a lot of background setting the scenes and laying the groundwork for the way the world now works with Revival common place in murder investigations. This is intriguing though and it takes a while before you notice not much has happened – and then about half way through the story really takes off with revelations and discoveries that wouldn’t have made sense without the slow build. The end does finish in a very different place than you would expect and with some loose ends left dangling, desperate for a sequel.

I could easily picture this working as a either a film or a TV show (think Bones or CSI but with actual talking from the dead) – so it’s no surprise the rights have already been sold. With this disturbing cover, this is a blending of horror, thriller and crime that does something different from many other books out there. I am looking forward to another book in this world!


Recommended for fans of SJ Bolton and Christopher Pike. 8 out of 10

Monday, 17 June 2013

What Shall I Read This June? Results + WINNERS

So earlier this month I asked you guys to pick my next read and the results have been counted and verified, The Winner is...



 The Inheritance!

The full results are:

The Inheritance - 38%

Clash of Kings - 28%

Plague Town - 20%

Alison Hewitt Is Trapped - 20%

I've already started reading so look out for a review soon!!

And who won their choice of book from my TBR pile? The winner is...Biblitropic!Congratulations! An email has been sent to you asking for choice!

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Earlier this month I also had a giveaway for a pre-order of A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson... a book I loved!

And the winner is Riot of BooksAn email has been sent to you so check your spam folder!

Congrats to both winners!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

My Book Haul / Showcase Sundays

This is Books, Biscuits and Tea's Showcase Sunday where I share my lovely book hauls each week. Have a look back at Vicki's link up to see what everyone is up too!

This week I was back to normal reading habits and read The Wrong Girl by CJ Archer - pretty good YA with  questions still unanswered and I want to know them! I also shivered my way through Reviver by Patrick Seth - creepily good mystery and Transcedence by O.J. Omolou - fun light YA. 

For Review

Elysian Fields - Suzanne Johnson
Publisher: Tor
The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi. New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.
Combating an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.
Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.


Another UF author I love and a series I enjoy...I love Netgalley sometimes!

Parasite - Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

I loved Feed by Mira Grant - I gave it 10 out of 10! And while I yet to read the rest of the series as I've been worried that the rest of the series won't match up. However, this is the start of a new series and sounds deliciously creepy...

Charming - Elliott James
Publisher: Orbit
John Charming isn't your average Prince... 
He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?

Now this just intrigued me when I spotted over at Kara-Karina's last week - you know I can't resist a good urban fantasy!

Bought

Odd Interlude - Dean Koontz
Publisher: HarperCollins
Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs--a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of cottages . . . and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there's more to this secluded haven than meets the eye--and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either. 

Dean Koontz is one of my comfort reads - although I admit it's been a while since I read any of his books. I actually spotted this in The Works so of course I had to find two other books to purchase as well...

The Heir of Night - Helen Lowe
Publisher: Orbit
In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark--which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.
Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai's former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian's destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai--or Haarth--may have.

I've had this book on my TBR pile for a while so when it was in the Works - I snapped up a copy!

Fortress Frontier (Shadow Ops #2)- Myke Cole
Publisher: Headline
The Great Reawakening did not come quietly. Suddenly people from all corners of the globe began to develop terrifying powers - summoning fire, manipulating earth, opening portals and decimating flesh. Overnight the rules had changed... but not for everyone. 
Alan Bookbinder might be a Colonel in the US Army, but in his heart he knows he's just a desk jockey, a clerk with a silver eagle on his jacket. But one morning he is woken by a terrible nightmare and overcome by an ominous drowning sensation. Something is very, very wrong. 
Forced into working for the Supernatural Operations Corps in a new and dangerous world, Bookbinder's only hope of finding a way back to his family will mean teaming up with former SOC operator and public enemy number one: Oscar Britton. They will have to put everything on the line if they are to save thousands of soldiers trapped inside a frontier fortress on the brink of destruction, and show the people back home the stark realities of a war that threatens to wipe out everything they're trying to protect.

I don't have the first book in the Shadow Ops series but I thought I'd get the second as I think it's a series I'd like!

What books have you picked up this week...?