Sunday, 31 August 2014

Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Review)

 Yup, I love this book. Angelbound is about purgatory, heaven, hell, ghouls, cool tails, gladiator battles, a kick butt heroine, and destiny. Which in case you don’t know, makes up for a heck of a good read. Christina’s voice is very much defined in this book, and makes for a smooth read. It does not have a boring moment, and the villains are truly despicable, which gets the rise out of every reader. Like I mentioned before, this book has an incredible kick butt heroine. She is an inhabitant of purgatory, and equipped with her awesome demon tail, she fights the truly bad guys in the arena, to make sure they go to hell like they are supposed to. Her name is Myla. Myla is a half demon… need I say more about how epic this is? This book and all its characters deserve the rating I am giving it. Five stars for Angelbound!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers (review)

   Aliens, rebellions, and prejudice. Oh my! In this novel, the two main characters are from… different planets. Cara Sweeney is a teenager on earth, entrusted with the heavy responsibility to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student. As you have guessed, the L’eihr are the aliens. Her charge, a L’eihr named Aelyx. It should be simple enough, but things are not all sunshine and roses for Cara after Aelyx enters her life. Anti-alien groups attack her, her own classmates turn against her, and Aelyx has a secret he’s been keeping from her. I loved it! Its complexity amazed me. Alienated is riddled with action and secrets, and it kept me at the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. This is definitely a must read. I am now pumped for the next one in the series. I give it FIVE STARS! 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Skylar Dorset!

  Bio
  Skylar’s first story was a tale of romantic intrigue involving two feuding factions of squirrels. Think “Romeo & Juliet” but with bushy tails and added espionage. She was seven.
    Since that time, Skylar’s head has been filled with lots of characters and lots of drama. She is delighted to be able to share some of it with all of you now, because, honestly, it was getting pretty loud and crowded in there.
    Skylar is a born-and-bred New Englander, which is why Boston was a natural setting for her debut novel, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Skylar shares her home with a cardboard cutout of the Tenth Doctor, lots of Mardi Gras beads from the time she spent living in New Orleans, and a harp she’s supposed to be teaching herself to play. She’d like to get a dog.

                                         What has she written?
The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld, #1)
by Skylar Dorset
The Girl Who Kissed a Lie (Otherworld #0.5)
by Skylar Dorset
The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)

     by Skylar Dorset

 Now on to the interview!!

1)How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I think I started when I was born. I just didn’t know how to write yet, so I had to wait to learn that skill. But I always had stories going on in my head, and once I knew how to write, I immediately started writing down stories. I was six when I typed up my first one.

2)What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
Fun! I want a reader to be able to read what I write and be able to escape for a little while, hang out with some characters he or she really loves and enjoys spending time with.

3)What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
(A)    Write the thing you want to read. Because then, when you’re done, you’ll be happy you wrote it because you’ll be able to read it! \
(B) Don’t be afraid to be part of a community. Either online or in real life, writing groups can be so fun and you can learn so much. And not just from writing, but from reading other people’s writing. 
(C) Don’t be too self-critical. Don’t freeze yourself up. Get it out of you, and then worry about the polish later.

4)What is your favourite novel, why?
Oof, picking just one is hard but I’m going to go with “Watership Down,” by Richard Adams, because it has fantastic world-building, unforgettable characters, and a plot that has you on the edge of your seat by the end.

5)Who is your favourite author, why?
J.K. Rowling, because she’s basically the queen, because she opened my eyes to how awesome writing really can be, and because she taught me how to plot.

6)What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
I’m so boring. I basically watch a lot of television and poke around on the Internet. I do bake pretty often.

7)Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
Well, as with everything, my parents.

8)What are the top five things on your bucket list?
I don’t have much of a bucket list these days, because I’m pretty content, I have to say. Publishing a book was a pretty big bucket list item, after all! But if I had to list some, I’d say: 
(1) Fly first-class to Europe. 
(2) Take one of those really decadent spa vacations. 
(3) Go to the Oscars, preferably as a nominee. 
(4) Buy a really incredibly fancy pair of shoes. 
(5) Live by the sea.

9)What is your funniest childhood memory?
My childhood was basically nothing but laughter, which is a very good thing. I can’t just pick one!

10)To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?

Enjoy every single second of it. You wouldn’t believe how fast time flies.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Joss Stirling!

                                      Bio
      Joss Stirling also writes under the pen names of Julia Golding and Eve Edwards. She is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults. Watch the video below to find out more.
      Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from doctorate in English literature from Oxford.
      Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', set in 1790 and told by her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal. It went on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award. 'Dragonfly' won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children's Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries.
       Writing as Stirling, 'Finding Sky' is shortlisted for the German Children's Literature Award 2013 and 'Stealing Phoenix' reached the last three of the Lancashire Children's Book Award 2013.
        She is also a Fellow of the English Association. Over half a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.
                               
                                     What has she written?
                                   Under the name Joss Stirling, she has written Finding Sky, 
                                                                 Challenging Zed, 
                                                                 Stealing Phoenix, 
                                                                 Seeking Crystal,
                                                                     and Struck. 




I have already reviewed some of her books here:

The Benedict series: 
http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-best-series-ever.html
Struck (Storm and Stone): 
 http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca/2014/03/five-stars-when-i-first-realized-that.html


Look out for her newest upcoming novel!

Look out for her new novel Misty Falls, coming out October 2nd 2014! 



Now on to the review!!

1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I started making up stories at Primary School. I still have them.  They are heavily influenced by whatever I was reading or watching then so a story might start with a Narnia style 'through the wardrobe' experience and sudden take a left turn into space (I was a fan of a series called Blake's 7 - BBC Sci-Fi).  They are also illustrated as I wanted to make the whole book, not just the story.  The best one was called The Tapestry Room with a huge tapestry in an old spooky house that led to magical worlds.

2)What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
First, I'd like them to love the story and characters.  I enjoy falling under the spell of other writers so much so that I can't wait to finish the tale; if my readers feel the same about what I write then I'm happy.  Secondly, I'd like them to feel they've gone on a journey of discovery, perhaps finding out something about themselves or finding solutions to things that worry them through the experiences of the characters.  That sometimes happens and readers will contact me to tell me about this.  It is a privilege to have been the right book for someone at the right moment.

3)What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
 Keep on writing through until end of first draft without worrying about getting it absolutely right - you can always go back once you've got the whole story down.
Keep a notebook to hand - you never know when an idea may come to you or you will spot something you want to remember.
Enjoy writing for its own sake as publication is a hit and miss affair.

4)What is your favourite novel, why?
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - not only is it supremely accomplished but she invented the ultimate romance hero.  Her dialogue sparkles.  In fact, if you think about it, dialogue is character in that book as we hear little about appearance and not so very much happens.  The drama and comedy is all in the sparks flying when people start talking.

5)Who is your favourite author, why?
Other than Jane Austen, J R R Tolkien for his wonderful sprawling world of Middle Earth which is a version of English and European landscapes but mythologized.  I take his world everywhere with me when out walking.

6)What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
Travelling - just back from Central America where we've been swimming in turquoise waterfalls and snorkelling in the Caribbean.

7)Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
I never think about it as being anything other than mine own but I suppose my parents would have had something to do with it.  My mum is artistic and is always making crafts or painting pictures or on fabrics so perhaps the creative flair comes from her.

8)What are the top five things on your bucket list?
Most of the things I would like to happen in my life are beyond my sphere of influence e.g. I'd like to see a successful screen adaptation of one of my books one day.  Of the things I can do, I'd like to travel to New Zealand, learn to draw to a professional standard, come up with a brilliant and original idea for the next book, improve my language skills and teach my dog to come back when called (he's lovely but not obedient when someone else's picnic is involved).

9)What is your funniest childhood memory?
They usually involve my older sister.  We had Womble craft kits one Christmas and she managed to glue up her hair very badly but I suppose it was funnier when a few years later she tried to home-bleach it as a teen and it went green.  At the time it wasn't amusing as she was upset but after it was fixed, it was.

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
 Lots of things came into my head when I read that question but I suppose I would say the same as I would to my own children: build your life on real values not on flimsy stuff like wanting to make money or be a celebrity.  If you aim to leave the world a better place after you've passed through it then that would be a life well lived.



Great ebook deal!: Struck by Joss Stirling

Heads up guys! The great Joss Stirling informed me that this awesome sale is happening, I belive it is my job to inform you all about the awesome deal tomorrow of  Struck (Storm and Stone). It is the Kindle daily deal on 22nd August 2014 (tomorrow)! Time to go book shopping. 
By the way, so you don't get confused, yes this is:

One book, with two covers.

I have already read and reviewed Storm and Stone here:
http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca/2014/03/five-stars-when-i-first-realized-that.html 

Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta (review)

I've been kinda in a futuristic space craze since Guardians of the Galaxy came out, so this book looked super special and exciting to me. It started off with a really intense guitar show. To me, it was doing well so far. I love the personality of Cadence a.k.a Cade, the main character. She is tough and determined. She is very intense and intelligence. She is the epitome of resilience. The book started off interesting, and with so much opportunity for greatness. It could have been an epic action novel with a kick butt heroine, or it could have been a lovely soul mate story about how love stretches the universe. It failed on both fronts. Although it had moments, the book seemed to have little to no direction to the story. It was a hopeful read. I kept waiting for it to really take off, and I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this book was still semi interesting and it was not a nightmare read by far, but when I shut the book I felt one word. Bleh. It was a bleh book. I believe reactions can definitely differ because it was so in the middle. So its up to you if you should read it.  I don't recommend it if you want to read the best book ever, but if you just want to read and your not picky, have at it. I give it three stars.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Ink Monster!

 
What is Ink Monter?
Ink Monster is a publishing group of some awesome young adult Novels.

Who are they?
Publishers of books
They are readers
They are writers
They are geeks
They are Aileen Erin and Christina Bauer

5 Little-Known Facts about Author Aileen Erin:
Aileen Erin is the author of Becoming Alpha and the upcoming Cipher, due for release on October 14th, 2014. Here are five little-known facts about her:
    1. Aileen is half-Mexican and half-Irish, which makes her uber-superstitious. Fey? Demons? They’re all real to her. She’s even had a curandro to help her with a nasty demon problem. Ask her about it if you want details, but don’t expect to sleep well afterwards…
    2. Diet coke is her favorite bev. It’s all chemicals, but keeps her going on a deadline.
    3.  Super Mario Brothers is her bitch. Don’t challenge her here unless you are ready to get your ass kicked.
    4.   She reads the JRR Tolkien languages of Quenya as well as some Sindarin.
    5.     It takes her three-four hours to read a full novel and she reviews them regularly on her blog.



Here’s how to follow Aileen Erin on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aelatcham
Twitter: @aileen_erin

Email: aerin@inkmonster.net
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/aileen_erin
Blog: http://inkmonster.net/blog/category/aileen




   
5 Little-Known Facts about Author Christina Bauer:
Christina Bauer is the author of Angelbound. The third installment in this series, Armageddon, is due for release on October 14, 2014. Here are five little-known facts about her:
1.      Christina is a licensed scuba diver and disc jockey.
2.      She hates any word with an ‘oi’ sound, like moist or loin. Saying the ‘moist loin’ is especially painful to her.
3.      Dessert is her favorite meal of the day.
4.      She translates poems from their original canine into English for her dog, Ruby. Example: Mother Effing Squirrels.
5.      Christina used to be a Dungeon Master until everyone figured out that it took her way too long to build her elaborate fictional worlds. After that, she became a dual-classed elf warrior-mage and turned to writing books about her imaginary worlds instead. 





Here’s how to follow Christina Bauer on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer
Twitter: @CB_Bauer
Email: cbauer@inkmonster.net
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Christina_Bauer



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Quinn Loftis!

                                  Bio:
Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, son, Nora the Doberman, and Phoebe the Cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is the author of eight novels, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury.  Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

Books by Quinn:

The Grey Wolves Series:
Prince of Wolves, Blood Rites, Just One Drop, Out of the Dark, Beyond the Veil, Fate and Fury, Sacrifice of Love, Fate and Fury, Book 8 of the Grey Wolves Series (coming soon)
The Elfin Series:
Elfin, Rapture,Call Me Crazy


 Quinn’s Awards:

UtopYA 2013 – Author of the Year
UtopYA 2013 – Most Innovative Marketing – Fate and Fury
UtopYA 2013 – Series of the Year – The Grey Wolves Series
UtopYA 2013 – Paranormal Book of the Year – Elfin
USA Today Bestseller list – Fate and Fury

Now for the Interview!!
1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I started writing when I was in grade school, just short stories and poetry. I didn't write my first novel until Prince of Wolves in 2010

 2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
I hope that young women find strength in being who they are meant to be and loving themselves as they are. I hope they see how a man who truly loves you should treat you and that love is ultimately a choice.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
Read a lot, Write a lot and repeat.

4) What is your favorite novel, why?
Pride and Prejudice. The characters are so three dimensional, the plot is brilliant and the love story so sweet.

 5) Who is your favorite author, why?
J.k. Rowling- Harry Potter is brilliant

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
Reading, exercising, spending time with my family

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
God, he created me and look at the incredible world around us? Who better could teach us about creativity than the ultimate creator?

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
1.See my children accept Christ as their Savior
2.Live a life that brings glory to God no matter what I'm doing
3. See the Holy Land
4.Swim in the Caribbean
5. Make the NYT list

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
Christmas time, I loved it and still do.

 10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?  
Know that you were created for a purpose and you are so dearly loved. I truly hope that through my writing I am able to show readers that, yes reading is fun and creating worlds that could never exist is fun, but more than that I hope I should show them that love is a choice, and that our Creator loves us, just as the Great Luna loves her wolves.

For more on Quinn Loftis, go to:
www.quinnloftisbooks.com

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Phantom Diaries by Kailin Gow (Review)

     I was pumped to read this book, because I looooove The Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom Diaries is a recreation of sorts of The Phantom of the Opera in the 21st century. It started off very well and enjoyable, but then it got weird. Voodoo, real ghosts, evil Christeen, immortality curses, and all that jazz started cropping up in the story. I could have overcome those enormous deviances from the theme of the original Phantom, if it were not for the the main character is disloyalty in her love life. She is leading on three guys at the same time, and does not care. One she actually loves and sleeps with, the Phantom, and two that she would drag around, sometimes kissing, sometimes going on dates with. Those are the lead violinist, and the Opera house rich owner. I cant stand crap romantic drama. This has a lot of crap romantic drama. This book was pretty bad, I only give it two stars.

Unseen by Lauren Stewart (Review)

      In this world the Vampires, werewolves, Demons, Angels, Oracles and other supernatural rule over humans. Human are discriminated against, abused, and killed regularly by these creatures. This book is increasingly violent, getting more and more violent from the beginning to the end. Unseen is well written, but has inappropriate content. So I would label this book with an explicit warning to all potential readers. It is action packed, but most of the action takes place around the main character, she herself is not a very kick-butt heroine. Unseen is not an amazing novel. Its not something I would go raving about to others, but in contradiction to that, it was not a terrible story. Lauren has a very prominent voice, and tells the story fairly smoothly. I cant in my right mind recommend this book due to the explicit content, but I will give it an honest review that goes with my reading experience. It was just okay, so I will give it three stars. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Phantom by Laura DeLuca (Review)

    Ooooooh, a book about a high school version of Phantom of the Opera. That’s perfect for me. I love Phantom of the Opera with a passion. I know every line and song lyric off by heart, and that leads up to the first thing that stuck out at me while reading this novel. The song lyrics used in this book are different from my knowledge of Phantom of the Opera, very disorienting and it throws me out of the story. It might have been done for legal purposes, but still made the reading experience less than optimal. This book is a suspense thriller, but still even knowing that, I kind of found disturbing with the use of serial killers, and Wicka (a.k.a witch craft). Good concept, bad moral standing, which for some is not a big deal, but for me it sours the entire reading experience. In the end, it was only okay. I give it three stars.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review)

   Androids, action, and Cinderella. Simply epic. If you have read any of my previous reviews, you know how much I adore creative mashup ideas, and unlike a few other books that have disapointed me, Cinder went above and beyond my expectations. (For those who can't figure out the obvious, Cinder is a version of Cinderella) Set in a futuristic world, there is royalty, cyborgs, aliens, and plagues. I could not put it down. Entangled in this world, I followed the life of Cinder, a cyborg that I felt more of a conection to then I somtimes do with real people, and her complex problems. Aint no teenager got problems like Cinder. Cinder is one of those books that entrances the reader, and I have been descovering more and more how truly rare that is. Should you read it?? YES YOU SHOULD! I give it FIVE STARS!

Getting to Know the Authors: featuring C.C Hunter!

Bio
        C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her BROTHERS. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

       C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central. www.christie-craig.com

       C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com

       What has she written? 
       C.C Hunter is the author of the Shadow Falls Series, and now the Shadow Falls: After Dark Series.


Now for the interview!!
1. How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I didn’t start putting words on paper until I was 23. I’m dyslexic, and the idea of being a writer when I had trouble spelling and reading wasn’t something I considered.  But from about twelve, and all the way through those teen years, I spent a lot of time in my own head making up stories.  All of them had a cute guy in them, too.  I didn’t realize it then, but I was practicing for my career as a writer/storyteller.

2. What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
Great question!  When I sit down to write a book, I don’t intentionally try to incorporate a take-away value.  I simply want to entertain.  However, in every book I write there are life lessons to gain.  And they always have to do with the lessons and dilemmas my characters are learning and facing.  That said, I think I always give my characters certain traits that have helped me in my own life: perseverance and the ability to laugh.  My grandmother used to say, “If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.”  And laughter has gotten me through a lot of hard times.  And it has gotten Kylie and Della out of some real pickles as well.

3. What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
Read a lot and study the books that really excite you.  Figure out what it was that had you turning those pages.  Write regularly.  Writing is like exercising.  When you keep it up, you love it, but if you stop doing it, it’s hard to get back into the swing of it.  Join a critique group and work with other writers.  When you read someone else’s work and try to help them with the craft of writing, your eyes can suddenly become open to some of your own mistakes.   

4. What is your favourite novel, why? 
Oh, my, that is a very hard question.  I love so many books.  I think my favorite book when I was young was Charlotte’s Web.  And I don’t even like spiders.  But I think her concern about saving Wilber just made her special.

5. Who is your favourite author, why? 
Hmm, I love a lot of authors because I read so many genres.  I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kelly Armstrong and Joy Preble.

6. What are your favorite pass times besides writing? 
I love spending time at the beach, sitting on the front porch, and laughing with friends. 

7. Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most? 
My grandparents played a big part in my life.  My grandmother was a school teacher, and knew that sometimes I felt I wasn’t as smart as I should be because I am dyslexic. But she always told me, “It may be a little harder for you, but you can still do anything.”  And then my grandfather was a storyteller, and wherever he went, he had an audience he could tell stories to, so I think I learned a lot about spinning tales from him.

8. What are the top five things on your bucket list?
Rent a house on the beach and stay there for a whole week.  (I’m actually going to do this next month.)  Fly in a hot air balloon—I’m scared of heights, so this one will be hard.  Spend three weeks in Italy.  Write a book that people can’t stop talking about.  Get on an airplane and sit next to someone reading and enjoying my book.

9. What is your funniest childhood memory?
Hmm.  I guess I associate funny with embarrassing, because two memories come to mind.  The time I lost my bathing suit top after jumping off the diving board, which was funny for a long time!  And the time I was learning how to drive and almost ran completely into the post office.  It had a glass wall, bushes and a flowerbed in front.  I drove over the curb, smashed the flowers and plowed down the bushes.  The bumper of my car was kissing the glass and everyone in the post office had jumped over the counter.  My mom still made me go in and buy stamps.

10. To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
I hear so many people say, “If only I could go back to my teen years.”  I don’t feel that way at all.  Being a teen was hard . . . really hard.  So I guess I would tell them to hang in there.  As hard as it is to figure out who you are and where you fit into this world, it does get easier.  Don’t beat yourself up for the mistakes you make.  Everyone makes them, just learn from them.  And always remember, making a mistake isn’t so bad, it’s repeating them that can make us failures.


C.C Hunters Newest Cover Reveal!

          C.C Hunter's newest novel in the Shadow Falls series has been announced... it is named...Reborn! 
 Blurb:
Enter Shadow Falls: After Dark and meet a vampire named Della, who’s about to discover what her own story is meant to be. . . .

Della had the perfect life—the family, a boyfriend, and a bright future—until she was turned, and abandoned by everyone she loves. She takes refuge at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers. It’s where she and her best friends, Kylie and Miranda, heal their heartbreak with laughter, and where Della is training to be a paranormal investigator—and she refuses to be distracted. That means there’s no time for romance with Steve, a gorgeous shapeshifter whose kisses melt her heart.  

When a new vampire named Chase shows up at camp, Della’s world is thrown into even more chaos. Arrogant and annoyingly sexy, Chase is a mystery . . . and the only mystery Della likes is one she can solve. She can’t solve Chase, at least not while she’s dealing with ghostly hauntings, vampire gangs and a web of family secrets. Can she prove herself as an investigator and keep her life—and her heart—intact?

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Kelly Oram's Newest Cover Reveal!!

Cinder and Ella synopsis:           
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. … Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

 Teaser excerpt: “You do have someone who cares,” he said softly. “No matter how bad things are at home or at school or whatever, you have me. You’re my best friend, too. You have my number now. Save it in your phone and call it anytime—day, night, the witching hour—it doesn’t matter. Okay?” It took me a moment—and a series of deep breaths—before I could respond. “Okay.” “Promise?” “I promise. As long as I always have you, I’ll be fine.” I kicked myself internally and laughed. “Wow, that sounded really cheesy. You see? That’s why I didn’t want to call you. I can filter my stupid mouth so much better when I have to type out my thoughts.” Cinder laughed again. “Ah, but then you would miss out on all the sweet nothings I plan to whisper in your ear now that I know how much you like my ultra-sexy voice.” I blushed but refused to let him know that his flirting rattled me. “I never said ultra, you egomaniac. But you should definitely consider recording audiobooks for a living.” “Hmm. That’s not a bad idea.” Cinder’s voice dropped to that slow, seductive purr again as he asked, “Would you like me to read to you, Ellamara?” I thrilled at the thought and couldn’t quite mask my excitement. “Seriously?” “Why not? Before you called, I was getting ready to have a Top Gear marathon all by my lonesome.” “You are such a liar. Tonight is Friday night, and it’s Halloween. There is no way you don’t have plans.” “I don’t have important ones. It’s just a stupid party that my sort-of girlfriend wants me to go to.” “Your ‘sort-of’ girlfriend?” “Yeah.” Cinder stretched the word out in a long breath. “It’s a long story, but I’m not that into her. I’d much rather stay home and read with you. Besides, I can’t hang up on you when you’ve had the worst day ever. What kind of best friend would that make me?” I almost cried again. The offer was so sweet. And thoughtful. Reading was a passion Cinder and I shared. We read and discussed books all the time. We’d even decided to read the same book at the same time before, but we’d never read one together. Cinder had to know how much that would mean to me. “It has to be The Druid Prince,” I said. Cinder laughed. “It’s already in my hands.”


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Up and coming Young Adult Novels list

These are the books that I have decided are worth the attention of the reading world. I have not yet read these books but they have caught my attention. Look to the future for reviews as the books come out and I get a hold of them. 


Echoes of Balance
by Cally Ryanne

The Fearless
by Emma Pass



Misty Falls
by Joss Stirling

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
by Marissa Meyer






 The Dark World (Dark World #1)
by Cara Lynn Shultz

 Entangled (Entangled #1)
by Amy Rose Capetta



 Remember Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #3)
by Kelly Oram

 Cipher (The Shadow Ravens #1)
by Aileen Erin





 The Beast (The Hunter Legends, #1)
by Lindsay Mead

 The Young World (The Young World Trilogy #1)
by Chris Weitz







             A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
                               by Claudia Gray

Pan's Revenge by Anna Katmore (Review)


*Sigh* This book is such a large disappointment. I'm so tiered of crappy sequels to amazing books. I am as unimpressed by the quality so much so that I looked like Stanley from the Office while reading the book. Pan's Revenge is the second book in the Adventures in Neverland series. I have already given amazing reviews for the first book Neverland here: http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca/2014/06/neverland-by-anna-katmore-review.html There is no real flow to the book, it is very unsatisfying, and I could not get into it no matter how hard I tried. All in all, this book is not well written or a good read, but it does wrap up the story of Neverland. Knowing that, I leave reading it up to your digression, but as a book on its own I do NOT recommend it.



Pan's Revenge by Anna Katmore (Review)

*Sigh* This book is such a large disappointment. I'm so tiered of crappy sequels to amazing books. I am as unimpressed by the quality so much so that I looked like Stanley from the Office while reading the book. Pan's Revenge is the second book in the Adventures in Neverland series. I have already given amazing reviews for the first book Neverland here: http://thenotsopubliclibrary.blogspot.ca/2014/06/neverland-by-anna-katmore-review.html There is no real flow to the book, it is very unsatisfying, and I could not get into it no matter how hard I tried. All in all, this book is not well written or a good read, but it does wrap up the story of Neverland. Knowing that, I leave reading it up to your digression, but as a book on its own I do NOT recommend it.