Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Shelf: Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia

Kennedy Waters didn't believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn't know that evil forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her house and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon - a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother's place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon - battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

More info on Goodreads.....


Launching straight into an exhilarating storyline, Unbreakable is a fast paced and highly addictive read that will draw you in from the very beginning with it's perfect blend of action, romance and all things supernatural!

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Unbreakable. Kami Garcia manages to capture her readers attention from the opening chapter of this story and the excitement doesn't let up all the way through. Unbreakable turned out to be a surprisingly quick read; it was impossible not to breeze through this story as everything that unfolded just seemed to get better and better with the turn of every page.

The storyline within Unbreakable was something I really enjoyed. In a way it's very simple, but the intricate way Garcia connects the characters and the society made it just that more exciting. Honestly, who doesn't love seeing some good old fashion, and well told, ghost hunting? I know I certainly do, and seeing our heroine Kennedy discover her place in this dangerous world she's suddenly discovered she just may be a part of was fun to witness!

Kami Garcia's writing is never too over baring with this book and instead lends itself to tell a perfectly paced story. I loved  the characters in Unbreakable and the sharp, riveting dynamic they come to share made reading about their adventure all that more satisfying. Garcia has done a great job with the storyline; it was certainly enough to keep me immensely entertained, so I was very happy to see how well her characters complimented it.

Our main character Kennedy is the perfect girl to follow in this story. Garcia writes her insecurities and conflictions well, and her desire to fit somewhere only makes you feel for her more. Priest and Alara are entertaining as the weapons genius and resident "tough girl" with a soft interior and add some substantial friendships to the story.

Twins Jared and Lukas provide the very different love interests for Kennedy as two brothers that couldn't be more different and whose tedious relationship often spills over into their work. I have to say, Jared and Lukas are reminiscent of Supernatural's Sam and Dean Winchester; something that, as a fan of the show, I reviled in. It's impossible not to draw similarities as the plotline takes on a similar feel at times, but I found that this didn't bother me too much as it was too well written and exciting.

Unbreakable features just the perfect hint of romance to compliment the action and supernatural based storyline, and with two very different brothers distinct possibilities for Kennedy, I'm quite happy with who her heart has begun to belong to as one brother stands out in my eyes with hix quieter nature and hidden depth mixed in amongst the capable and fierce ghost hunter he is.

With a shocking ending that I for one wasn't expecting, but that promises so many possibilities and complications for the rest of the series, I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Featuring ghosts, dangers and delicious romance, Unbreakable will take you on one hell of a ride you won't want to end!

Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster Australia (Thank you Jennifer!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Action fans are sure to get a kick out of this. Plus anyone who enjoys TV's Supernatural will love the dynamic between the brothers
Cover: This is seriously a bad-ass cover. I adore it!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #56

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Releases on: April 1st 2014
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
Okay......This....Sounds....Epic! I'm already half in love with the cover and the freaking description has me doing crazy things; like pre-ordering it from The Book Depository as I type ;) I'm honestly super excited about this book. It sounds sooooo good. My favorite type of fantasy! Can't wait until April!

Do you think Stolen Songbird sounds good? Will you be adding it to your TBR list?
And what are you waiting on this week?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book Shelf: Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by Juliet Marillier

The people of Alban are afraid.

The tyrannical king and his masked Enforcers are scouring the land, burning villages and enslaving the canny.

Fifteen-year-old Neryn has fled her home in the wake of its destruction, and is alone and penniless, hiding her extraordinary magical power. She can rely on no one – not even the elusive Good Folk who challenge and bewilder her with their words.

When an enigmatic stranger saves her life, Neryn and the young man called Flint begin an uneasy journey together. She wants to trust Flint but how can she tell who is true in this land of evil?

For Neryn has heard whisper of a mysterious place far away: a place where rebels are amassing to free the land and end the King's reign.

A place called Shadowfell.

A story of courage, hope, danger and love from one of the most compelling fantasy storytellers.

More info on Goodreads.....


Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier is a deeply written fantasy tale full of courage, hope and unparalleled magic that will sweep readers into a dangerous story where love and loyalty are tested and betrayal is just around the corner.

In the fantasy genre, Juliet Marillier is a well known name. A talented author of many books, it may come as a surprise to hear that this is actually the first book of hers I've ever read. Although I doubt it will be the last. Superbly written and with traditional fantasy elements interwoven with unique myth, Shadowfell proves to be quite the interesting story.

Shadowfell introduces us to Neryn, a young woman with the unique ability to see what others cannot--the Good Folk, magical begins that inhabit the land of Alban she calls home. In a time where a tyrant king rules with an iron fist; the people cower behind his rule and bloodshed litter the villages, towns and forests that span Alban.

Neryn's canny gift marks her as special, and hunted; forcing her to flea and hide to protect both herself, and others from her canny gift. During her journey to Shadowfell, a rumored land with rebel forces, Neryn meets many individuals, some human, some Good Folk. Some are friend, others are foe and at times both help and hinder her on her quest. As Neryn struggles to understand truth from lies, she must learn to trust those around her and rely on herself like never before, finding companionship in the form of Flint, a mysterious young man who saves her during one of her darkest moment, but who is more than he seems and whose ties to the royal court may be of a nefarious nature and that of Sage, Sorrel and Red Cap, Good Folk who aid Neryn in the beginning of her journey.

Neryn's tale is a hard one, and at times quite sad. Marillier writes Neryn as a kind, innocent young woman, and details the hard journey she finds herself on, alone and often unsure of who she can trust perfectly. Marillier doesn't shy away from the harsh journey Neryn is on and forces her into difficult situation after situation, forcing her to rely on herself and at times others. Neryn is a kind soul; giving and sharing of what little she has, and though she is young at times naive, Marillier writes it impossible not to like her. As she begins to grow, her voice becomes more and more riveting to follow.

Though this story is masterfully written and detailed, admittedly there were times when the book seemed to lag and I found my mind wandering. That being said, I understood the purpose for certain extended explanation and description to set the setting and explain certain aspects of the story. These slower moments of the book often led to a dangerous fight sequence or important discussion between Neryn and Flint, so in this instance I will forgive Marillier for this.

Encompassing many delightful fantasy elements and a young, but strong main character, Shadowfell does a good job of introducing this new series by Juliet Marillier. As this chapter of Neryn's story comes to an end, I find myself looking forward to the next one and seeing what developments Marillier has in store next!

Source: Sent for review by Pan Macmillian Australia (Thank you Eve!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Fantasy fans will like this.
Cover: I'm not the biggest fan of it. Doesn't do anything for me unfortunately.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Madness Giveaway- January 2014! *Closed*

Welcome to Monday Madness for January 2014! Kicking off the first Monday Madness giveaway of 2014 I'm featuring an indie favorite of mine, Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki. One follower will receive a paperback copy of this and I honestly think they'll love it as much as I did. Here's some of what I thought.....

"Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki is a sensational debut novel that will thrill from its opening chapter! Masterfully told and brimming with edge of your seat action and raw, unbridled passion, Branded mixes forbidden and electric romance with high stakes danger in this dystopian read that will have you easily begging for more!"

Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
Check out my review or add it on Goodreads!

· You MUST be a follower to enter!
· Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL or wherever The Book Depository ships to.
· Giveaway will run from today (27th January) until the 10th of February (2 weeks time!)
· Simply comment below with a way to contact you to enter
· Extra entries are available but are in no way necessary by:
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Owl Post #27

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
Hello lovelies,
Check out the awesome books I received last week!
For Review:
From Simon & Schuster Australia......
- Mine by Katy Evans
I know a lot of people really love this series and although I'm still yet to read the first book I'm looking forward to. Guess I'll have to read books one and two together now :D
- The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton
- The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton
I was sent a copy of the first book in this series, The Unidentified Redhead a earlier this month and the series does look okay. Now I've got all three I guess I'm ready to get stuck into them in the future.
- One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker  
 This series looks really good and it seems to have received nothing but praise. I don't have a copy but I may look into picking up one as I'd really like to read this series!
.....Thank you Anabel!
From Bloomsbury.....
- Vengeance by Megan Miranda
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Fracture and although it could have easily been a standalone (in my opinion) I'm looking forward to reading this.
- The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
This concept sounds interesting although I don't know if it's for me or not. We'll see.
- The Academy: Love Match by Monica Seles
I received a copy of the first book in this series a while back too. Jury's still out on if I'll ever read it.
.....Thank you guy!
I Bought:
 - The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Eeeep! I love Rick Riordan! He's a freaking genius and I'm sooooo excited to read this book. Honestly don't know why it's taken me so long to get a copy I've been so looking forward to it.
And that's little ole me for this week!
What did you get this week?


Giveaway Winners

Hi guys!

Sorry for the lateness of this post--I'm honestly horrible with these kinds of things. Forgive me.

The winner of my Monday Madness giveaway for December is:

The winners of  my Happy Birthday Escape Publishing giveaway are:

Say Yay-Fantasy Bundle
Mary Preston-NA Bundle
Michelle Willms-YA Bundle
**All winners have been contacted! Thanks to everyone who entered these giveaways!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Shelf: Mine to Tarnish (Mine 0.5) by Janeal Falor

Katherine’s place is the same as any woman’s—on the shelf next to the dresses and bolts of cloth. When she’s sold to a warlock, life grows even bleaker. Her new owner is as old and rancid as he is cruel, driving her to do the unthinkable: run.

Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.

More info on


Mine To Tarnish is a rich, well written prequel to Janeal Falor’s stunning debut You Are Mine, that details the harrowing and exciting tale of Katherine prior to her being tarnished and before to her involvement in You Are Mine.

After the brilliance that was You Are Mine, the chance to experience Katherine’s story was one I couldn’t pass up. Even with her minor role in You Are Mine, Katherine was beguiling. As she swiftly became a true friend to You Are Mine heroine, Serena, it became clear that Katherine had her own story to tell and while as a novella, Mine To Tarnish isn’t the longest of tales, Janeal Falor manages to satisfy her readers desire to discover Katherine’s beginning in this fantastic short read.

In terms of prequels, Mine To Tarnish is quite satisfying. The story is fast paced and driven, and Falor manages to put a lot of action, angst, sadness and love into its pages. Admittedly, I feel as though you need to have read the first full length story in the series, You Are Mine, to really appreciate this glimpse into Katherine’s world. This is simply because Falor doesn’t go too heavily into her explanation of the traits and customs of this intriguing society, something that was detailed and explained in greater length in You Are Mine, rather preferring to focus on Katherine’s story.

I have to say, after reading Mine To Tarnish I have an even higher opinion of Katherine. Her ability to look on the brighter side of her situation in You Are Mine was always something I admired about her, but seeing her journey to get to that place and seeing some of the hard choices she made only made me appreciate Katherine’s quiet strength all the more. Here is a girl who chose things that no one else would have willingly chosen—that’s a very powerful thing given her standing in this harsh society that is a man’s world and I love that!

Fast paced and exciting until the very end, Mine To Tarnish features a lovely unexpected romance and hints of friendship. My only issue? I’m not ready to leave Katherine behind, ha! Rich, riveting and very, very enjoyable, Mine To Tarnish is a great addition to the Mine series that fans will not want to miss!

Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Janeal!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: The Book DepositoryAmazon(Kindle) | Barnes & Noble
My Recommendation: This is a brilliant self-published series that I'm sure fantasy/paranormal fans will love!
Cover: Stunning. Simply stunning!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Absolutely.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Shelf: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

More info on Goodreads.....


Intense and lyrical, These Broken Stars by authors Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner is a thrilling and at times haunting sci-fi read that will take readers on an uncertain adventure that weaves together mystery, romance and unexpected discoveries!

I have to say, personally, I was quite blown away by These Broken Stars. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve read a good YA science fiction novel but These Broken Stars actually surpassed all my expectations! Heading into this novel, I hadn’t read anything by either Amie Kaufman or Megan Spooner before. I’d heard mixed reviews about the book but I was still optimistic. That being said, in my eyes, I feel like these ladies did a terrific job with the story.

Told in the dual POV’s of Lilac LaRoux, a rich, social flower who happens to be the daughter of the richest man in the galaxy and Tarver Medenson, a poor farm boy who discovered unexpected fame for his heroic actions at war, These Broken Stars is beautifully well written and deliciously told. With the benefit of seeing events unfold through the eyes of both characters, Kaufman and Spooner recount a dangerous journey of survival and loss in the middle of nowhere when our main characters are the only survivors of a spaceship crash on a deserted plant that shockingly that holds more secrets then either of them could expect.

I have to say, I’m a big fan of novels where characters are pitted against the elements and must rely on themselves, each other and the world around them to survive. There’s something so alluring about seeing individual’s stripped back and bare, and I think it’s times like that when you really see how much strength people have or not.

In These Broken Stars, Lilac and Tarver must learn to rely on one another and trust each other after they’re thrust together due to horrible circumstances. Though they couldn’t be more different, and are practically from different worlds socially, Lilac and Tarver’s only hope really are each other and as the story progresses, we see the two of them go from reluctant allies to friends and then eventually something more.

As Lilac and Tarver are not only our main characters but are basically stranded on a planet by themselves, as a reader, we spend a lot of time in their company. After the initial introduction to their society that we get in the beginning of the book, the majority of the story is spent simply in the minds of Tarver and Lilac.

Personally, I quite liked Lilac and Tarver! Lilac, starts out stubborn but somewhat spoiled and guarded, however as the story progresses we come to understand the reason behind this. As Lilac struggles to survive in this foreign place with Tarver, her fierce determination to learn is admirable. She changes quite a lot and grows as a person—and who doesnt love that! Tarver on the other hand is capable, brave and collected; hes come from nothing and knows how to survive in hard, harsh conditions. Theres no doubt he and Lilac would have perished long ago, if not for his survival skills.

In These Broken Stars, Lilac and Tarver don’t get off to the best start and as they journey across lands unknown to them, skimping and skimming to survive, they fight, bicker and push each other. And yet there’s a quiet sliver of chemistry that burns between these two. As they slowly begin to get to know each other; learning the others strengths, weaknesses and what they bring to the table together, Lilac and Tarver form an unlikely friendship in the face of all hopelessness that slowly blossoms into something more. I enjoyed the relationship between Lilac and Tarver and never felt as though the authors were pushing their romance down my throat. Rather it was a nice undercurrent and tone to a story that focused a lot on survival and the mysterious unknown.

A beautiful love story, mysterious entities and unexpected plot developments, These Broken Stars may not be the most fast paced novel out there but instead tells a well told tale of survival, love and one’s inner strength in the first book in the new Starbound Trilogy by authors Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. With loveable characters, a haunting setting and an ending sure to leave you wanting more, These Broken Stars will thrill fans of Under the Never Sky and Across the Universe!

Source: Sent for review by Allen & Unwin (Thank you Lara!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Under the Never Sky and Across the Universe fans will love this!
Cover: I honestly thing this is one of the most beautiful covers of 2013--it's just breathtaking
Will I read sequel/continue with series: No doubt whatsoever that I will!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #55

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater  
Releases on: July 1st 2014
Add on Goodreads!

A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?

To begin with I haven't actually read Forever yet, the final Wolves of Mercy Falls book. I do own a copy--I'm just yet to crack it open. However that doesn't mean I'm not DYING for Cole and Isabel's story, because I totally am! The two of them proved to be a surprise in Linger for me and became my favorite characters! Obviously I plan to read Forever before this releases in July, but I still can't wait for Sinner's release!

What do you think of Sinner? Are you a Maggie Stiefvater fan?
Plus, what are YOU waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Shelf: Twisted Perfection (Perfection #1) by Abbi Glines

My future was about to be completely thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin, and I had to have her. I couldn’t ignore it anymore . . . I’d gotten close enough to her to see deeper.

Della Sloane is not your average girl. Yearning to break free of her dark and sheltered past and the memories of the illness that claimed her mother, Della plans a solo road trip to experience real life on her own terms. But the trip is nearly cut short in the little beach town of Rosemary when she realizes she can’t even pump her own gas—until Woods Kerrington shows up, more than willing to help out a pretty girl in need.

Woods’s family wants him to settle down with a wealthy woman in pearls, but he can’t resist this carefree girl in cutoffs passing through town. A one-night stand should have been enough, but months later, Woods can’t get the irresistible Della out of his head.

When a twist of fate brings Della back to Woods, all signs point to trouble if they don’t keep their distance. Neither is truly free, and a relationship could destroy both of them. With their hearts on the line, Della thinks the safest bet is to walk away. But Woods isn’t about to let that happen.....

More info on Goodreads.....


Twisted Perfection is the sizzling Too Far spin off by Abbi Glines that finally tells the story of one of the series best loved side characters; Woods Kerrington. Fans will finally have the chance to dive into Woods head, and heart, as Glines details his sexy and steamy romance with a free spirited girl whose demons threaten to tear them apart!

Like so many others, I’ve been a Wood’s fan ever since the first Too Far novel, Fallen Too Far. As one of the minor, but no less intriguing characters, Woods won me over with his strength and honor and his determination to stand by Blaire. He may have lost her to Rush, but the opportunity to see him discover his own happiness in his story was one I was not going to pass up!

In Twisted Perfection, Abbi Glines introduces us to Della Sloane, a beautiful and kind-hearted young woman who suffers from a painful past and who is as fragile and traumatized as she is carefree and fun-loving. I have to say, Della Sloane is a very fractured individual. Showcasing a bunch of flashbacks to Della’s earlier life, Twisted Perfection details Della’s journey of meeting Woods and ultimately falling for him; twisting together their steamy romance with Della’s hidden past and issues. Abbi Glines weaves together a sizzling romance, with hard-hitting and deep issues as Wood's stands by Della as she struggles at times.

Let me just say this….I..….love….Woods…..Kerrington! Abbi Glines has penned my new favorite leading man of hers in the form of Woods. If I thought I loved him before, Twisted Perfection just made me fall all that more harder as Woods demonstrates the amazing guy he is in this book. It’s always been obvious that despite his lavish lifestyle, Woods in an honest, good guy but it isn’t until Twisted Perfection, told in dual POV, that we have the chance to see inside Woods head. I adore the fact that despite everything Woods is a fair, honest guy who doesn’t look down on anyone and does right by his friends and staff.

In Twisted Perfection as Woods falls for Della he becomes a bit possessive and protective, but in honesty I found this to be quite sexy. You can't over think things in this kinds of novels. Seeing Woods brought to his knees by Della and seeing how deeply he came to care for her was a beautiful thing. He accepted her despite her flaws, weaknesses and issues and loved her anyway. Della was someone who deserved love. She’s had some a traumatic life for someone still so young and as Glines shares their intimate moments, the sexual tension and sexual escapades of these two off the charts.

It’s impossible not to support Woods and Della. Sexual relationship aside, seeing Woods put someone before his family and his money and seeing Della let someone into her heart as fantastic to watch. The smoldering sex scenes gave way to kinder, sweeter moments to leave a perfect balance to their relationship.

Becoming immersed in this world is something unavoidable with Abbi Glines at the helm of the story. Twisted Perfection marks a fantastic beginning to Wood’s spin-off series and with the ending a bit of a cliffhanger that threatens to change Wood’s and Della’s circumstances, I’m very much looking forward to the next book!

Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster (Thank you Anabel!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you love Abbi Glines make sure you don't miss this!
Cover: I think it's beautiful. Simple, steamy but beautiful
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Absolutely!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Owl Post #26

Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.

Welcome to yet another Owl Post :) Let's have a look what I received in the last two weeks!

For Review:

From Allen & Unwin.....
- Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
I'm a real fan of this series and can't get enough of this. I've actually already read Secret (review to come soon) and totally adored it. My new favorite in the series!
- Death of a Saint by Lily Herne
I actually didn't know this series was published by Allen & Unwin. I bought myself a copy of the first book last year, though I'm yet to read it. Guess I'll have to start it sometime in the near future so that I can read this second book.
......Thank you Lara!

From Bloomsbury Australia.....

- Doomed by Tracy Deebs
I hadn't heard of this book before I unexpectedly received a copy, but I'm reading it right now and it's not bad. Only about 60 or so pages in, but liking it so far!

.....Thanks you guys!

I Bought:
- Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
- Shadow Kiss: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
I had the first book of the VA comics, but not Frostbite and Shadow Kiss, so I decided to get them. They're so purdy
- After Dark by Gena Showalter and Kait Ballenger
I'm a big Gena Showalter fan and even though I have her story in the book in a separate anthology I wanted to get the mass market paperback copy. Plus I want to read Kait's books so figured I better start with the prequel!
And that's me :)
What did you get this week? Were the owls generous?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Blitz: POD's by Michelle Pickett- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the book blitz for PODs by Michelle Pickett, presented by YA Bound Book Tours! Published by Spencer Hill Press, POD's is a dystopian/sci-fi read and I'm happy to have a really cute excerpt and the tour wide giveaway to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy....


He flinched at the sound of my voice, snapping his laptop shut. Looking over his shoulder, he smiled. “You look beautiful in the morning, Eva. Your blonde hair messy and falling around your face, your eyes— not quite blue, but not quite green— sparkling in the morning sun… or the simulation of the sun,” he said with a crooked grin. 

“Stop joking around. What were you just looking at?” I’d seen the picture on his laptop before he’d shut it. People running around their POD, a look of terror in their eyes. I reached out and opened the lid of his computer. My arm brushed against his, sending goosebumps racing across my skin. I had to concentrate to remember what I was asking about. The screen was nothing but static. “They cut off another one? Who?” I let go of his computer and started to pull my hand away. He grabbed it, folding it into his own, threading our fingers together. He grazed his lips over my knuckles. 

Oh. Wow. Do that again. 

My insides swirled out of place and did things I’d only read about in my mother’s racy romance novels. 

“Yes. Someone I know from class. You don’t know him. And who says I’m joking?” 

“What?” He was difficult to understand on a good day, but that early in the morning, seeing him in nothing more than blue pajama bottoms, his lips moving against my fingers as he talked, it was nearly impossible. 

“You told me to stop joking around. I wasn’t joking.” 

My heart was beating so hard and fast in my chest, I was sure he could hear it. I pinched the bridge of my nose between my fingers. My fingernails bit into my flesh.

Say something, Eva! Do Something— anything. Just… something. “So…” I started, only to be interrupted by my yawn. Except yawn, idiot! Kiss him… wait… what? 

“What’s your theory on the PODs being cut off? Do you think there’s that many people testing positive for the—” 

He stood, turned toward me, cupped his hand around the back of my neck and pulled my lips to his. That shut me up. Shock slammed into me, quickly giving way to pleasure, and pleasure to urgency.

 I wrapped my arms around his neck, threading my fingers through his silky hair. David’s hand moved from the back of my neck to cup my cheek, his thumb caressing my skin. The other one
moved to the small of my back, pulling me tighter against him. He kissed me long, deep. It was sinfully erotic feeling his bare skin under my fingers. 

When he tore his lips away, he looked in my eyes. My first instinct was to turn away, but both his hands cupped my cheeks. He bent his head and grazed his lips over mine before looking at me again. 

“I’ve wanted to do that since the first day I saw you. And each day I’ve known you it’s been harder and harder not to.” 

“Well, what took you so long?”

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.


In Her Own Words: I'm a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order.  I write young adult urban fantasies, science/fiction and paranormal romances and have recently started dabbling in young adult and new adult contemporary romance. Reading was one of my earliest passions, writing soon followed. I began writing seriously during college where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a career that frowns on creativity remains a mystery. 

I’m addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write (I’m currently trying to kick this habit—so far no luck), have an abnormal obsession with hoodies and can’t write without one, and I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television. An unabashed romantic, I love a swoon-worthy ending that will give me butterflies for days.
I wrote my debut young adult novel, PODs, in 2011. My second young adult title, Milayna, a paranormal romance, will release through Spencer Hill Press June 3, 2014. Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2) is scheduled for release September 2014. The Infected, a PODs novel, will release November 2014. It is the second, and final, book in the PODs series. The Innocent (Milayna #3), the third and final book in the Milayna series, will release in April 2015.

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and an extremely snooty cat.

Keep up-to-date with my current, future projects, appearances, and fun giveaways by visiting my website or blog!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Free Ebooks

Happy Friday everyone!

Yet another week over and to kick-start the weekend I've got some freebies for you. Personally I hope you enjoy these are much as I do getting them! Enjoy!

Question: Obviously I love finding these freebies as much for myself as you guys, but I'm kinda wondering how many of you actually download them from my posts? Comment and let me know if you do. I'd just like to know how many of you guys I actually reach. Thanks!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Shelf: The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

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The Iron Traitor is the highly anticipated, but immensely shocking follow up to The Iron Prince and is an unpredictable story of adventure, magic and romance. The lush world of fae, danger and heartbreak is as tantalizing as ever in this latest installment!

Julie Kagawa is a master of words; plain and simple. Even though at times The Iron Traitor read more like a "filler novel" than I expected, it was still a very deliciously well told and adventurous read! Continuing to draw readers into her magical world of the Nevernever, Kagawa continues her exploration and development of her characters as Ethan, Keirran, and Kenzie delve back into the lands of Faery in the search of a way to save Keirran's love with the help of a few friends, both old and new!

I adore Julie Kagawa's writing and her ability as a storyteller never fails to captivate me. The Iron Traitor wasn't quite as fast paced as some of her previous books; rather plodding along nicely, with plenty of different hurdle's and difficulties arising for the characters though minor in comparison to others in the series.

The world Kagawa has created within this series, and the previous one is a wondrous one and I continually find myself getting lost in her world and writing. Lush, rich and harshly magical, I never know what to expect and what Julie Kagawa is going to weave into the story.

Ethan is quite likable as the main character and I enjoyed seeing things progress through his eyes. When I first began this series I was unsure how the change of protagonists from Megan to Ethan from the other books would work, but oddly I don't find myself comparing the two as much as I expected. Considering his early introduction into the world of Faery, Ethan is very capable and this becomes abundantly clear with each book.

In The Iron Traitor, Ethan's relationships with the other characters continue to develop in interesting ways. I like Ethan and Kenzie together; I'm intrigued to see what happens considering her health situation--I'm looking forward to seeing how that all unfolds in future books. Kerrian is a complete mystery to me and I'm still working out his loyalties and motives--he and Ethan could potentially have a strong friendship but right now plot twists could derail that.

It's a blast from the past with Megan, Ash and Puck all making appearances. Plus Razor continues to be an adorable addition to the story with his mannerisms and cuteness. Featuring a shocking betrayal and jaw-dropping ending that takes cliff hanger endings to another level, The Iron Traitor races towards a climactic ending that will leave readers shaking their heads and praying for more even as they turn the final page!

Julie Kagawa must have something big up her sleeve if The Iron Traitor is anything to go by and I for one will be marking my calendar for the release of the next book!

Source: Sent for review by HarlequinTEEN Australia (Thank you Polina!)
Format: Paperback
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My Recommendation: If you love deliciously written stories, the fae or the first series, then this is right up your alley!
Cover: I think it could be the most beautiful of all the Iron Fey novels yet!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Without a doubt!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #54

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
Banished by Liz de Jager  
Releases on: February 27th 2014
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Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. And her home-schooling now includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

Man, does this sound awesome or what?!? Kit sounds like a kick-ass heroine and I'm always down for the Fae. Love me some faeries! Throw in a Fae prince, a bit of romance and a war and this sounds like it could be a hell of a read!
What do you think of Banished? Sound good?
And what are you waiting on this week?