Friday, 30 March 2012

Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

From Goodreads : It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

My rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Sometime it’s really hard to convey our feeling in few words. This book bewitched me from the very moment I first read the book blurb.

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; He has been creating army of unholy intending to defeat the angels and rule the earth. It’s been three thousand years since Sentinels, a group of worrier angels, are hunting down the dark creatures. Five hundred years old Nessy is one of the best sentinels, she never mistakes, never hesitates and never gets emotional while hunting unholy, until she met Ayden.
Once an angel, Ayden was fallen and took the dark sides, now an unholy he feeds on human souls. Nessy was given the task of finding him and destroy him, but Ayden reminds her of a life she left in past when they used to be star crossed lovers.

There are few books that touch your heart with some deep emotion, Lacrimosa is one of them. The book makes you feel the battle within yourself that question what is right and wrong.

Angel and Demon

My heart seizes with every step. I can’t breathe, can’t think. I’m locked in turmoil as the truth—my truth—coils around me. I must kill Aydan.
And his death…
Will kill me.

Nessy was strong and brave but vulnerable to emotion and love. She was supposed to hate Ayden but she can’t deny she was in love with the same person in another lifetime. Throughout the book we saw her struggles to find a way against all odds. I felt very connected to her, her confusion, love and pain. Torn between love and duty, every step she takes can change fate of earth and her one wrong decision can out innocents in grave danger.
The narration switches between Nessy and Ayden, so the readers get to know both of their versions of story. As the story progressed there past slowly unraveled, bringing their destiny together in present.
Ayden was irresistible in his angelic appearance and devilish in nature. He was incarnated into an unholy when he chose to be a fallen. He was solar eclipse, who may have submitted himself to darkness, but never let it overshadowed him completely. He set up an example how love can be a beautiful strength to change someone upside down.

This novel is a refreshing new take on good vs. evil and how choices play out against destiny. Beautifully written and lyrical Lacrimosa is a heart wrenching tale that brought tears in your eyes. A romantic fantasy focusing on the endless war between angels and devils, that will keep you breathless until its final pages.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012

ARC Giveaway : Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Giveaway Open : Internationally

I would like to thank author Alethea Kontis for offering an signed ARC of Enchanted for giveaway purpose on my blog. You just have to enter via Rafflecopter widget below the post.
This Giveaway is Internationally Open, Good Luck :)

Book Blurb : It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

Giveaway closed : Internationally
Date of Enter : 29/03/2012 to 14/04/2012
Winner Announcement : 15/04/2012 on Announcement section. Winner will be notified withing 48 hours by email
Copy Available : One
Format : ARC Paperback
Note : The book will be directly send to you by the author

Congratulations to Rogier Caprino (Entry #5380) for winning the signed ARC of Enchanted

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

From Goodreads : Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat. And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revelers around. But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood--and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.
-The Masque of Red Death, Edger Allan Poe

Red Death has caused extensive destruction and ruin, population is eradicating and the country has long devastated. Red Death is deadly plague taking over the society, threatening to wipe out every single life from country. People have no choice but paying extremely high price for a mask that can protect them from this contamination. Araby is one of the privileged people who belongs to rich society and her parent has enough money to buy one mask for her. At one of her nights in the Debauchery Club, a place kept the sickness out where wealthy people of town can enjoy their evenings without mask and fear of plague, Araby met Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. But neither of them are what they appears to be, both have secrets and plans of their own. As she was more drawn to these boys, she found herself struggling with her feelings and thrust into a secret world full of danger and mayhem.

The Redness and Horror of Blood

As a big Poe fan, I wouldn’t dare to compare this book with original Masque of Red Death, but I must say it was a very brave attempt to remake the master piece. Author adapted the theme from Poe’s The Masque of Red Death, twisted it very artfully and mingled it with her own thoughts, thus creating an imaginative and gruesome story of death and desire.
Griffin’s Mask of Red Death set in post apocalyptic era where the city architecture, stream carriages, clothing style everything very much resembles to time period when the original classic took place, 19th century.
The Masque of Red Death follows many traditions of gothic fiction; a dark tale represents a falling society that controlled by mad Prince Prospero who was as brutal as the disease. He intended to secure his own luxury and safety, indifferent to the sufferings of the population. The whole country in misbalance; streets are disturbed with rebellion and inevitability of death.

Darkness, Decay and Desire

We are vulnerable with our lanterns shining brightly in darkness.
-The Masque of Red Death, Brittany Griffin

As a protagonist Araby was not that appealing character as I thought her to be, slightly disconnected and confused, I could not relate myself to her. She was less concern about the circumstance and consequences of dark situations around her. We saw her character developed towards the end but not much that could please me.
She was drawn to Will and depended on Elliot; both the boys were different from each other with own secrets to keep. Elliot was nephew of prince Prospero with mysterious personality and desperate to avenge his parent’s death, boldly resisting authority to any danger. On the other side Will was charming by his presence and caught my eyes in his first appearance. As story progressed, more secrets unfolds and I was haunted by the stabbing truth of both the boys especially the more I found out about Will, the more my jaw dropped leaving me temporarily incapable of breathing.

I enjoyed Araby as the voice of narration. The Masque of Red Death is slow moving, detailed and literary version of the original one. Araby’s story melds beautifully with Prospero’s using it as the background. The ending bears an ambiguous message to readers, made them wanting more though I really doubt there will be any sequel.
Brittany Griffin was successful in creating a wickedly dark and alluring tale with horror of death and decay harmonized with hope and love.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

From Goodreads : Sixteen-year-old Ephraim Scott is horrified when he comes home from school and finds his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. The reason for her suicide attempt is even more disturbing: she thought she’d identified Ephraim’s body at the hospital that day.
Among his dead double’s belongings, Ephraim finds a strange coin—a coin that grants wishes when he flips it. With a flick of his thumb, he can turn his alcoholic mother into a model parent and catch the eye of the girl he’s liked since second grade. But the coin doesn’t always change things for the better. And a bad flip can destroy other people’s lives as easily as it rebuilds his own.
The coin could give Ephraim everything he’s ever wanted—if he learns to control its power before his luck runs out.

My rating : 3 of 5 stars

My Review : Sixteen years old Ephraim was horrified when he found his mother tried to suicide. The reason behind her suicide attempt was she indentified Ephraim body on morgue that day, hit and run. With shock of this incident, Ephraim found a strange coin from belongings of his double; the coin was no ordinary one. Things Ephraim never imagined started to happen with one flip, Ephraim turned his alcoholic mother into a good parent and made the girl he liked from second grade fall for him. The coin could give Ephraim everything he wished for but one wrong flip can put his life at stake as well as endangering life of peoples he cares for.

The book is mixture of science fiction and magic tricks. The book pretty much reminded me of The Butterfly Effect, where Ashton Kutcher tried to change the past in order to make good present and each of his attempts lead to different outcomes.
Here the concept was kind of same, Ephraim used the coin in attempt to set things right for himself, his family and friends but there were unintended consequences for a wrong flip, and he found himself trapped more and more in lies and time loop and it become impossible for him to go back where he started. I liked the concept of other dimensions and parallel universe where we each can have one identical of us.

As for the characters I like them all, more or less. Ephraim was cute and shy geeky guy, but situation made him daring. His friendship with Nathan was adorable, I mean how many book we have seen actual friendship? Jena, was a combination of beauty and brain. She was actually smart and I instantly started to like her.

When I stared the book, I was really enjoying this one, but after constant occurring of same time jumping into different events made bored. I was lost and confused into time loops, I forgot how many time circle I have crossed since the beginning.

I’m a lover of Science Fiction though the book couldn’t satisfy me that much I have expected. I really do hope some readers may it enjoying

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Friday, 23 March 2012

The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Alex and Adria, the two sisters have always strongly bonded from their childhood, even domestic violence could not affect them; they always found support and comfort in each other. A bloodcurdling encounter with a werewolf and being attacked caused the sisters to move in small town of Hallowell to live with their uncle. Adria considered this as her second chance to forget the violent incident of werewolf attack and start over her life and met a mysterious young man named Isaac Mayfair who has his own secrets and cause to protect Adria, even from her own sister Alex who seems more drawn to dark sides and mixed up with a vicious cult. The past she left buried seems to uncover as residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear, Adria found herself into middle of a century old werewolf enmity.

It contains all of the drama and romance, but also possesses urgency as secrets are kept and tensions rise. The centuries old rivalry between two werewolf cults, mesmerizing action blending beautifully with teen romance kept me hooked into pages.

The book has some wonderful characters and Adria as a strong voice of narration. The book starts off with two sisters Alex and Adria , as the book progressed Adria’s character easily eclipsed Alex. Adria has good fighting sprite, she embraced the danger and fought it bravely.

I was thrilled to be in the werewolf world and I was immediately thrust into it. The author painted her lead male Isaac Mayfair as true alpha, so mysterious, charming and powerful. He deeply cared about both his pack and the girl he loves.

The author included several other great characters making significant contributions to this story, for example Harry who was best friend to Adria, and I find him loyal and caring although there was no best friend – boyfriend drama, Zia who was also fiercely devoted to her pack as well as a big support to Adria.

Though it has romantic elements, The Mayfair Moon wasn’t just focused on Adria and Isaac and their relationship, we were introduced to a secretive world of werewolves and legendary Mayfair family.

The author revealed secretive information one by one in exact time and all of them were well throughout the book and necessary, that will force you to flip through pages. The book possesses such easy yet beautiful writing style and polished story line; I don’t remember having any dull moments. The details and descriptions are always so vivid, and the plot in this was also fantastic, especially the last hundred and so pages.

I really do want to read the next installment of The Darkwoods Trilogy. As the final battles strike, there more things at stake, Adria has to choose her own fate and I want to miss where the story take us. Highly recommended for all paranormal romance lovers.

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Exclusive Interview with J.A. Redmerski, Author of The Mayfair Moon

Me : What was your idea behind writing a werewolf novel?

Jessica : I've always been a huge fan of werewolves, particularly the more traditional 'monstrous' kind like those in films such as Underworld, Ginger Snaps and Dog Soldiers. I love reading YA books and when I couldn't find any YA novels out there with werewolves like this, I decided the only thing to do was to write my own.

Me : You have researched many things on werewolves, would you like to share your view of werewolves?

Jessica : I have absolutely nothing against the shape-shifter kind of werewolves that simply turn into canines (as depicted in the majority of YA 'werewolf' novels), but traditional werewolves, to me, are much more complex both in human and werewolf form. I've always had a hard time being afraid, or feeling like any real danger is imminent with the canine shape-shifter kind. Once they shift into canines, that intense feeling of struggle and survival disappears for me. Personally, I love the sense of constant danger, that feeling of "What if he loses control?" and I think it makes for a more interesting story.

Me : Other than Issac and Adria, the protagonists, who is your most favorite character and why?

Jessica : Like many who have read THE MAYFAIR MOON, I like Adria's best friend, Harry a lot. But I think on a personal level, if I could choose which I'd rather be, it would have to be Daisy Mayfair. She's already fully able to control her werewolf side, she's very powerful, but one would never really think of her as intimidating judging by her human personality. She's extremely disciplined, so much so that she can allow others (Rachel, for instance) to treat her badly, but when it really comes down to it, Daisy is the last one any of them want to mess with.

Me : As The Mayfair Moon is first novel in the trilogy, would you like to share some words about the sequel?

Jessica : Book Two of the Darkwoods Trilogy titled KINDRED is currently in the works. Some have said that THE MAYFAIR MOON is a 'dark' story itself, but as the relationship between Adria and Isaac deepens, their story will grow even darker before things are said and done. With KINDRED, the love between Isaac and Adria will be severely questioned and they might not make it....

Me : Is there any other project you are working on? What will be it about?

Jessica : I recently published my not-so-YA-novel titled DIRTY EDEN, but the only project I'm actually working on right now is KINDRED.

Me : What are your favorite werewolf novels?

Jessica : Honestly, I don't have one, because as I mentioned, I couldn't find any YA-related that fit my needs. I've plenty of favorite werewolf films though, those I mentioned previously in addition to The Howling, The Howling: Reborn and An American Werewolf in London/Paris.

Me : What are the other things you like to do when you are not writing novel?

Jessica : Reading would be the obvious answer, and I admit, it's first on my list of things I love to do. But I love being outdoors. I love nature. So, I tend to do as much hiking, camping, biking and other stuff like that, as I can.

I would like to thank J.A. Redmerski, Author of The Mayfair Moon for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for his upcoming book The Mayfair Moon.
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Monday, 19 March 2012

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

From Goodreads : What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?
Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Sixteen years old Tess lives in a compound called Templeton what was once Western United States of America that had been wiped out after fourth world war. Women had mysteriously lost their ability to bring forth life, being pregnant is exactly like death sentence to them. Facing extinction of human race, government and scientist decided to create artificial lives with all beauty and strength as well as deadly, they will protect the naturals from war and enemy, and they are the chosen ones.

After death of her elder sister during child birth, Tess had to take responsibility of her younger sister and work for Templon like a slave. There she met a chosen one named James, their love for music and reading brings them together. But there is something going on in Templon, more than she has ever imagined; an underground movement to take down not only the chosen ones but the council itself. Will Tess be ever being able to stand up against injustice and fight for those she loves?

A Subtle Hint of Future

An absolute suspenseful and intoxicating plot that will keep you on the edges of your seat.
The story gave us a glimpse of an alternative dystopian future world what I would never imagine to live. A life full of brutal disciplines and rules, where you make one mistake and you receive a burning slash mark. The bias between naturals and chosen ones was very clear, the naturals are supposed to respect their protectors when the chosen ones considered naturals as very lower class and the natural girls as subject of their desire. The final build up was explosive and some shocking undiscovered truths kept coming out from letters what Tess’s father left for her.

Tess and James

Tess is one of the strong female leads which are really rare to see in YA literature. She was a little impulsive I guess and stood up against extreme cruelty of council that coasted her two slash marks. I was feeling goose bumps on those moments of violence and her every action made me more worried but along with that I also clapped for her bravery.

James is a Chosen One with passion for music and reading unlike any other chosen ones. Initially I thought James was another creation of Templon made only to carry their duty, but he was different, something greater. He had compassionate and emotional heart which is very unusual for a chosen one. His affection, love and protectiveness for Tess kept me warm and relived.

When his lips pressed against mine, it was so light I wondered how a kiss could ever be considered a sin. When his hand moved through my hair, I pressed against him harder. My heart sped up. This was the line it was so dangerous to cross.
This was the line I wanted to cross and never return from.

A futuristic world where romance was forbidden and any kind of sexual activity of conceiving, thus bear offspring leads a woman to death. In such circumstances Tess met James in a piano room and both was fiercely drawn to each other, their instant attraction and blossoming romance made the book electrically charged and unputdownable.

Full of suspense, danger, drama, and even forbidden love thrown in, Chosen Ones was everything I had expected from the book blurb.
Chosen Ones is deliciously tormenting that will make you feel hopeful and heartbroken at same time. The book ended with a mild cliffhanger which will leave you begging for the sequel.

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Exclusive Interview with Daniel Marks, Author of Velveteen

Me : Velveteen is an unconventional YA novel. What was the idea behind writing Velveteen?

Danny : I’d been kicking around the idea of a serial killer story from the perspective of one of his child victims for at least six years. Velveteen started out as a middle grade story that ended up being too grim for that age group. Back then I was calling it The Trouble with the Living and since then, I’ve written four adult novels, three of them published, which definitely skewed my voice toward an older age group when I went back to writing Velveteen. The heroine of that original story actually transformed into supporting character in Velveteen and the setting moved predominantly to a very otherworldly purgatory.

Me : When the cover was revealed it was quite different from any other YA books. How does this cover represent the whole book?

Danny : I was super excited about two things on the cover. The first was Velveteen’s face. I’ve yet to see a meaner expression on a YA heroine before or since. So I was ecstatic. Velvet is a tough cookie. She definitely wears the pants in all her relationships and looks at life (death) with a shrewd scrutiny. The characters on the cover are laying on a bed of ash which factors into the story a great deal. Overall, I love it!

Me : Would you like to share a few words about Velveteen’s Purgatory, her situations and surroundings?

Danny : The story takes place in both the daylight (our living world) and in purgatory (an afterlife for murder victims and other “un-fated” deaths). Purgatory is a single city vast enough to cover a shadow version of earth, where everyone has a job to do. There are factions among the dead who want back out into the daylight to possess a living body. Velveteen lives in a dormitory full of ghosts that move freely into the daylight for various missions. Hers is to retrieve trapped souls.

Me : How do you like to describe Velveteen’s character? What makes her a unique “Heroine”?

Danny : Velvet’s definitely her own hero. When I sat down to figure her out, I knew I wanted a girl that was independent and insightful enough to know that she didn’t need anyone to save her--that this would be in the forefront of her mind. So much so that it flavors her decisions in relation to boys. Her drive for vengeance, stomach for violence and biting wit make her a formidable addition to the YA heroines out there today!

Me : What are your favorite YA novels?

Danny : The answer to that is different from month to month. I’ve loved a ton of books this past year alone, but the books that are my true favorites are the ones that you can really lose yourself in. Open the cover and all sense of time disappears. I found that to be true of Sherman Alexie’s THE POSITIVELY TRUE ADVENTURES OF A PART TIME INDIAN, A.S. King’s PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and most recently John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

Me : Would you like to tell few words to the readers who are dying to read Velveteen?

Danny : I think they might need to prepare for VELVETEEN more than they think. It’s definitely a thrill-ride, but the horrors inside are pretty intense and Velveteen’s perspective is very dark, driven and at times…deranged.

I would like to thank Daniel Marks, author of The Velveteen for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for his upcoming book Velveteen.
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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Exclusive Interview with Kate Hawkings, author of The Sphinx Project

Me : What was your inspiration of writing The Sphinx Project?

Kate : I’ve always loved books featuring characters with interesting abilities. This, combined with the debate regarding chimaera legislation in Britain, created the basis for the direction I chose to take.

Me : Would you like to enlighten a little bit about the book?

Kate : The Sphinx Project is the first book in The Chimaera Chronicles, which follows a group of girls who were created in a lab. This book focuses on Michaela who, along with her sister and two friends, escapes the facility where they’re being held.

Me : Who is most favorite character among the five girls in the book and why?

Kate : I like all of them for different reasons… I can’t choose one over the rest.

Me : Did you always wanted to be a writer?

Kate : Not really. When I was younger I had a friend adamant she was going to be an author, while I had a new future planned out every week. I’ve long enjoyed writing, but it took a while to realize it was something I could actually do properly.

Me: Would you like to tell us few words about the sequel of The sphinx project?

Kate : I can’t, I’m afraid. You’ll have to wait and see like everyone else.

Me : As a self published author would like to give some advice who are looking forward to publish their books?

Kate : Research, research, research. There is so much more you need to think about than you first realize. You could be doing something completely wrong and have no idea until it’s too late.

I would like to thank Kate Hawkings, author of The Sphinx Project for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her upcoming book The Sphinx Project.
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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Cover Lust : The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Woo hoo..another dystopian harmonized with love. Looks like 2012 has many more surprises ahead. I loved the cover which is amazing, a love bounded with thorn wire, so painful and romantic at same time. Let see what does the author think about her own book...

The Glimpse is a dystopian thriller with action, intrigue and a strong dash of romance. But at the heart of the book lies a story of self trust - of learning to be true to yourself when everything you've been taught goes against it.
In the not so distant future, society has been divided into Pures and Crazies, according to the results of a DNA test.

When Ana finds out there was a mistake with her test, her whole world crumbles. Now, Pure-boy Jasper is her only hope of salvation.

But when Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so she uncovers some devastating truths, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before . .

Isn't it awesome?? So go on and share your thoughts about the cover and the book.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay

From Goodreads : All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name.”

Epic loves story that points out flaws in one of the most star-crossed couples in history; Romeo Redeemed twisted the original one and filled it with love.

Romeo Redeemed picks up where Juliet Immortal left off. Setting in an alternative reality, this time Romeo takes the center stage, a lost lover who must save his soul from sins. We have already met Ariel in last book, whose body Juliet took over to accomplish her mission as light if ambassador. In this book we are introduced to the real Ariel, a girl damaged and broken inside, a girl who needs to be protected from darkness. Romeo was given the duty to make her believe in love and this is his only chance to restore himself and pay back for all he have done in past.

I found this installment to be just as enthralling as the first one. It is creative, well written, and has characters that I could easily identify with.


“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

There's a great amount of character development in this book, especially Romeo. His character has progressed perfectly with each story movement. Some of his actions were downright swoon worthy and heart wrenching in equal measure. We find out the true self of Romeo and glimpses of his past, what he did and why he did. Romeo was a character with both light and dark shades, haunted by past, tormented by present; I was drawn to him in a way I was never with any other. We saw him regret for the mistakes he made and how badly he wants to make everything right even if it means to sacrifice his own identity.


“My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me
That I must love a loathed enemy."

Ariel, a girl who was struggling with grief and injured heart from the terrible difficulties she has experienced, I was fully compassionate with her. Ghosted by vivid nightmares, Ariel was an ordinary girl with some extraordinary talent that made her target of mercenaries. Ariel was fragile in beginning, full of rage and easy to hurt although she changed over time and ultimately we saw her becoming a stronger person.

Epic Romance

“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet."

Love and hate are two sides of a coin so are Romeo and Ariel, one is incomplete without other.
The story highlights love that love is not and never will just a word. Love is a passion that meant to be felt and cherished. Love is not a mistake, it a strength that will keep you walking even on thorns until you meet the person you are destined to be with.
The romance hold me spellbound, I witnessed two souls to find their way to each other. While Ariel completely lost her faith on love and any goodness, Romeo stands by her, made her believe in love and himself fall for this innocent girl. He protected he in every way he could, loved her the way he never loved Juliet.

Unlike Juliet Immortal, I enjoyed split first person narratives between Romeo and Ariel, allowing readers to get a feel for both sides of the story. Romeo Redeem was also break into several scenes from 1304, Verona where we saw Juliet into the tomb suffocating and struggling, which seems odd at first but it all made sense we reached for the end.
Romance was heart rendering, hotter than Juliet Immortal, content of magic was high in the end and I enjoyed it but what I did expect was a little more action.
Romeo Redeemed is highly recommended for the fans of Juliet Immortal, if you didn’t like Juliet Immortal you may give this book a chance.

Monday, 12 March 2012

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

From Goodreads : Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.

Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : When Love and magic are mingled together, how do you know what is real????????
A Witch in Winter is story of Anna, who had no knowledge of her being a witch. Shortly after moving to a small town Winter from London with her father, Anna found a grimoire hidden in their old creepy house. Though she started her life normally, things went wrong when Anna and her friends tried a love spell from that grimoire for fun. Accidently the spell worked on Seth , the guy Anna thought about while casting the spell and Anna found him falling for her. Does Seth Really love Anna or is it just a spell?

With nice flow on story, A Witch in Winter was an engaging read for me, I was hooked up into pages, fast paced and moving. The battle of good and evil was bigger than Anna ever imagined, and thrust into middle of all chaos, it’s up to Anna which side she’s on.


A Witch in Winter is a magical quest of self discovery for Anna, who never believed in witchcraft until she came to know she’s one. The Author painted Anna as ordinary and extraordinary in equal measure, a girl who is not always good at being a witch and casting spell, and sometimes endangering her own life. Her every action had more than one consequences involving everyone around her, and I enjoyed the outcome which made the book more interesting.


Truly speaking I’m not into Seth. I expected him to be stronger as a male lead. Throughout the book he acted like a maniac in love, better call him obsessed. Of course he was charming by looks that makes most of the girl to fall for him in spite knowing his bad reputation; Anna was no exception, which seems pretty real to me. Seth changed all the way through the book, developed a good personality; I do expected many readers will like him.

Love or Spell

The romance was different; it was kind of blurry, difficult to tell what is real what isn't. Anna regretted and struggled with the fact that she casted a love spell on Seth and wanted to believe Seth was not actually in love with her. With her growing friendship and affection for Seth and vice versa left her confused about the budding romance between them while Seth was very clearly in love with her.

Other Things I Liked

Among the other character, each was important on their own and played their part well. The book ended with an epic battle between good and dark side that will hold you for a moment and you will not stop reading until you reach the end.

The writing was captivating and easy to relate. Using elements of nature and thus creating a beautiful and descriptive premise, you will enjoy the setting. The author did a brilliant job by using spells of witchcraft in authentic old English.

As the first installment of the series,A Witch in Winter was a potential book that will capture your interest on the upcoming ones.

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Katana By Cole Gibsen

From Goodreads : Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline had given her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of 15th-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings.

While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My thoughts : When I first read the summery I knew I had to read the book and not I feel satisfied with my decision and I would say this book has really some action, a kick butt heroine and a plot that I can compare with Kill Bill.


Rileigh Martin lived a normal life until she fend off three mugger with courage and skills she never thought she had, also instructed by a strange voice in her mind. She wanted to believe hard that all her actions were caused by adrenaline. But Adrenaline was not the excuse of her martial art skills, Rileigh met Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor who explains she is reincarnation of a 500 years old samurai worrier Sensi. Kim guides Rileigh to master Katana, a ninja weapon that leads her to uncover the truths of her past life.
With an enemy awaken from her past who can destroy her present, Rileigh must choose her destiny.

Cole Gibsen is a talented author. I really appreciate how she chose the plot with some real idea of soul mate reincarnation, it is very clear that she did a lot of research on the topic. The author also elaborated the whole transcend process so you don’t have to look around for information.
Katana is complete book with everything you want from action to romance.


The book was told from POV of Rileigh, and the narration flowed well for me. She is smart, strong, fun and sarcastic. Throughout the book, Rileigh tried to adjust with the whole fact of her being an samurai worrier in her last life, and that seems believable. With the spirit of Sensi grows stronger inside her and her feelings for Kim, she felt torn between the girl she is now and the girl she was 500 years ago. Ri is exactly a kind of girl you met in day to day life and you feel familiar with, but with some extraordinary capability.


Kim is a truly swoon-worthy character, he was so brave, fearless and mature. Considering he was Yoshido, a samurai worrier and Sensi’s love interest, he remains same to Rileigh, his love and affection never changed to her. He gave her time to adjust and never force her to him love, which I liked about him more than anything.


I enjoyed Rileigh and Kim as much as I loved Sensi and Yoshido. Sensi and Yoshido were very passionately in love and gave life to save their love, which was truly very heart rendering. In present there was no immediate rush of soul mate attraction. The romance blossomed slowly giving time to Rileigh as well as the reader to realize her connection with Kim in both her past and present.


While talking about the friendship first name came to my mind is Quentin, the cute, supportive and protective best friend of Raleigh .I loved how author portrayed his character to lighten the story.
Branden, Drew and Michelle, all three of them were part of the original samurai team and played their role very accurately in present. I liked how the characters interacted with each other, their friendship and bonding really pleased me.

Katana was a very delightful read for me, full of fun and adventure blended with samurai legend. Wonderful storyline full of actions, Katana would give you the feeling of watching live action movie.

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Friday, 9 March 2012

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

From Goodreads : Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts :
There are many series came out in last few years on mythology, and most of them were adapted from Persephone Myth. Among them all I think,The Goddess Test was one of the best series, better than another adaption Abandon

Goddess Interrupted took place exactly after six months where The Goddess Test ended. The book started with Kate’s return to Henry, ready to accept the vow as a queen of underworld. But somehow King of Titans has been awake, throwing the underworld and the whole Olympus was in misbalance and the traitor who is responsible for the whole mess is one of their own. Henry has been kidnapped so are the other gods, and Kate must seeks for aid from a person in order to rescue Henry, the person who knows the underworld better than anyone and the person is none other than Persephone, first wife of Henry.

I think that the author did a very good job of taking some elements of the Greek Mythology and then creating something new, and I was absolutely thrilled with the changes. The book was a perfect blending of mythology into modern story.

Individually, the characters were very different from each other with their own attitude and powers. I liked how they interacted with each other and bought the family together, of course other than the traitor.

Kate and Henry

Kate was a naive girl in The Goddess Test who was struggling with the whole situation of becoming bride of Henry, and in this book we saw her grown into this independent, stubborn, selfless and strong person who was determined not to lose anyone else she loves. With her newly discovered power as a goddess, she took the responsibilities with grace as a true queen of underworld.

Kate was exactly the kind of character you will feel for. You will really feel the intense feelings of her inner suffering and mental anguish, that may brought tears into your eyes just like it did to me.

Henry was seductive and secretive as always. He was not very good at expressing feeling like he was an expert of ruling underworld, which creates several misunderstandings between Henry and Kate. His heart was torn between his past with Persephone and present with Kate; I could sense emotional battle within him. Sometimes he took some stupid moves and idiotic decisions (which I won’t mention, you have to find out yourself from the book), that made me feel like slapping him hardly and brought him back to his senses.


Kate loved Henry unconditionally knowing Henry will never be able to love her in the way he did Persephone and she never stopped loving him. Right from the start the romantic tension between them builds and finally explored into a hot romance that we were eagerly waiting for, which made the book unputdownable. Though it was very clear in this book that James’s feelings and concerns toward Kate was more than friendly, Kate always remained faithful to Henry. Apparently Kate was not only one victim of one sided love, I felt kind of bad for James too.

Cliffhanger Alert

Goddess Interrupted delivers a wonderful atmospheric tale with unexpected twists and dark moments that will bring to the edge. I was hooked in the story and never wanted to put it. I hate to mention the last few pages will wrench your heart from your chest which might make you crazy for the next book. Like I said there was definite cliffhanger.

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Giveaway : Katana by Cole Gibsen

Giveaway Closed

I would like to thank Cole Gibsen for giving me opportunity of hosting this amazing international giveaway at my blog.
This Giveaway is Internationally Open, Good Luck :)

Katana by Cole Gibsen

Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline had given her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn't explain her dreams of 15th-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings.

While worrying that she's going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she's harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that's also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she's always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED : Internationally
Date of Enter : 09/03/2012 to 29/03/2012
Winner Announced : Congratulations to Marla Calalo (Entry #1302) for winning first prize and Veronica Morfi(Entry #145) for Winning Second prize

What Winners Have Own :
Prize one : Marla Calalo has own One signed paperback copy of Katana, one ninja coffee sleeve, one Katana tattoo, and one Katana rubber bracelet
Prize two : Veronica Morfi has own one ninja coffee sleeve, one Katana tattoo, and one KATANA rubber bracelet

Note : First winner will receive Prize One and second winner will receive prize two.Both prizes will be directly send to winner by the author

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Other Side of Forever by Shannon Eckrich

From Goodreads : What if your life finally seemed to make sense? But, what if--in an instant--everything is taken away? How far would you go to get your life back?

Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself.

When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.

My rating : 3 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Allie was not a typical teenager, she is a telekinetic but she cannot use her power to get back or stop her mother from being an alcoholic. Without her sensible friends and job at book store her life was miserable. Enter Ethan, charming, caring, helping and dashing handsome but secretive. Their romance took a roller costar ride but there was something out there, someone dangerous and they will do anything to take last breath out of Allie.

I closed my eyes and snuggled deeper into Ethan’s arms, knowing that this was where I was meant to be. And there was nothing in this world, or any other world, that could tear us apart.

I loved the book; I never expected I will like the book so much. Books centering some forbidden love have always been my taste, and this one was no exception. The romance was fast paced but believable. Allie and Ethan were cute together. I enjoyed the romance and found myself engulfed by the romantic lines which were beautifully written.

I liked Allie as the main lead though I wanted her to be a little strong. No doubt her power was unique and impressive, truth to be spoken.

Ethan was breath taking beautiful and worthy enough to be the male lead. He belongs from a kind that forbids him to be with Allie. But when you are destined to be with someone, no can gets in your way. He was strong and loving, fought for Allie and protected her in every way, which I liked about him more.

Other side of forever brought some interesting concept about dimensions and portals, which was very imaginative of the author and the whole credit goes to her. I really wonder is it a stand alone or a series, cause I would love see more action and romance.

Easy to read, Other Side of Forever is a kind of book that once you start to read, you will not left until you are finished.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Blog Tour : Guardian (Creepy Hollow) by Rachel Morgan

From Goodreads :
1. Receive assignment.
2. Save a life.
3. Sleep.
4. Repeat.

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until one of her assignments—a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her—follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble—and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Guild Rule No. 1:
Never bring a human into the fae realm.
Guild Rule No. 2:
Never reveal yourself to a human.

And you can’t break neither of the rules

Only 9 chapters and it will take you to a roller costar ride of adventure, leading you to a journey through the deep forest of secret fairy realm called Creepy Hollow (Well, don’t mix it up with sleepy hollow).

Chasing Reptiscilla, an unpleasant kind of fairy under trainee fairy guardian Violet steps on a human boy Nate and accidently took him to Creepy Hollow, breaking the rules of fairy realm, thus jeopardizing her carrier as a guardian.

The whole story was fast paced and all about their experience through Creepy Hollow while Violet was taking Nate back to human world. They faced some danger in their way and defeated them very subtly. Of course some secrets are to be revealed in next book, and I can’t wait to read about them more.

As for the characters, Violet and Nate were quite different from each other. While Violet was serious type and determined young guardian; Nate was more fun and I enjoyed him. I also relished their budding friendship that developed through pages and at the end point gave us some hint of romance. They bonded very quickly and be in the mess together, not willing to leave each other’s side.

I loved the fae culture and rules that the author developed, it was very imaginative. It took me nearly one hour to finish the book and I didn’t realize how the hour had passed. The story is a page turner from beginning to end and a light and delightful read. I never felt this is the debut book of the author and I found myself loving and enjoying every bit of the novelette.

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Monday, 5 March 2012

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

From Goodreads : Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : "I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb. That I survived, according to the herbwitch, is no miracle but a sign I have been sired by the god of death himself."

A History

Escaping her father’s rage and brutal arrange marriage, Ismae took shelter in a covenant that serve Mortain, the saint of death and the nuns running the place was no ordinary ones. Soon Ismae learns she is one of the specials sired by death himself, chosen to serve his purpose by all means of devotion and without questioning anything. After spending several years in training to be an assassin, Ismae was chosen to protect Anne of Brittany from France and keep an eye on political situations of Brittany. Determine to find out the person who is trying to sell Brittany’s in to Frace, Ismae found herself in a massive political turmoil and her heart drawn more and more to Gavriel Duval, a Breton noble and half brother of Anne, who is the prime suspect of treachery. Will Ismae choose her loyalty over heart, even if it means not to see him again or will she be able to proof Duval Innocence?

The first line and I was engrossed from the start to end. I was drawn to the elegant writing style and alternative history of thirteenth century that pulled the tension between Brittany and France. The twisty plot filled with lies, manipulation, bargain, betrayals and all kinds of violent disturbance in court politics, kept me hooked up with each of the pages.

Handmaiden of Death

The way author had painted Ismae with various color of personality was very artful of her. She conveys aura of grace and courage, beauty and brain in equal measure.
I was immediately thrust into the dangerous and difficult life that Ismae was adapting. Trained to perform every art of killing and bless by death himself, we saw her grown into a deadly assassin and a responsible woman in same time.
Torn between her duty to Covenant and love for Duval, she must choose one and the consequences of her decisions and actions can jeopardize the whole situation.

The Warrior

Duval was a male lead like no other, strong and determine. Part mysterious and part known Duval was multifaceted a character with depth, feeling, and emotion who can charm you with his presence and personality.
Though his loyalty always lies to his sister and his country and vowed to protect them, Duval was accused by act of deliberate betrayal many times, rising questions on his commitment. Trying to prove his innocence and protect his half sister, he teamed up with Ismae and eventually ends up falling for her.


"Whenever you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do us part. Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s handmaidens.”

I loved the slow burning romance blended with some tense moments between Duval and Ismae, making the story immensely entertaining that was unputdownable. Initially they didn’t get along at all, but after several arguments and eye rolling, Duval and Ismae agreed to work together for protection of Anne and at some point they developed feeling for each other.
I liked how the whole chemistry worked, slowly and passionately with some sizzling moments that brought them very close to each other. They had a depth and genuineness in common and I was warmed by the way they cared for each other.

Gave Mercy was strangely beautiful and compelling, a historical fiction perfectly harmonize with some ancient myth and dark legends. We learn some tantalizing clues behind the political subterfuge and murders.
The novel was refreshing, the actions and battles were epic. The author developed the characters fabulously, made you think about them and what might happen next.
I found myself getting sucked in and then being astonished by how much I loved the book and the lead characters.

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Sunday, 4 March 2012

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

From Goodreads : Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?

Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts :
Just a tiny little pain
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright

A good girl, a bad boy, a deadly fairytale that might come true, in truth life is no fairy tale.

Anna was fascinated by Abel, school’s moody drug dealer. When she discovered Abel was actually caring for his little sister Micha, alone, trying to protect her from her abusive father, Anna was more drawn to him. In spite of friends’ warning Anna started hanging out with Abel and found herself engulfed by the fairytale Able used to tell Micha.
A fairytale about a little orphan cliff queen with heart of pure diamond, hunted by the hunter who wants possess her diamond heart.
A foretold fairytale, woven the characters from real life and when the characters turned up dead in real, who knew a fairytale might come true.
Was Anna in love with a murderer?

Story unlike anything I have read, characters unlike any one I have ever seen, The Storyteller stole my heart.
Not many books had made me cry, neither had I crowned many books with the title of “All time favorite”, but The Storyteller was spellbound.
A parallel journey of a fairytale and truth of reality, both were mirror image of each other. Experience of reading The Storyteller will always be alive in my memory.

When I was finished with the book, I was speechless; my heart was shattered with pain, I couldn’t sleep that night. It took me several days to collect my thoughts and brought them together in a piece of paper, though I’m afraid I’ll not be able to express my feeling in few words.

The Storyteller

Abel, my storyteller, you were the heart of the book, without you the story has no existence. His character was layered like black and white aligning the lighter and dark shades of Abel’s life.

I was lost into his blue eyes, immersed in his ravishing fairytale just like Anna. Initially I thought him to be another bad boy but I immediately found myself attached to him from the very moment he ran to Micha, hold her in his arm and spin her around in the air, I found a passionate and caring boy living inside his rough shell. Abel is a character worthy of notice, very remarkable and a brilliant narrator of an enchanting fairytale.

The Rosegirl

“Part of her—unreasonable Anna—still loved him. Maybe she would never stop loving him.”

If Abel was the heart, Anna was his heart beat. The kind and selfless girl, soft like a rose petal, but her path to Abel’s life was a path of thrones. I felt emphasized with her, adapted her love, her pain and her concerns as my own. Experiencing the story from Anna’s point felt like I was physically present here but mentally I was with her watching Abel, suffering for him and falling for him more and more.

Love Is Red, So Is Blood

'He pulled her close and held her for a moment, so tight she could feel every single bone in his body. And somewhere between them, she felt his heart beating, fast and nervous. Hunted.

The storyteller was a wistful love story without the three words “I love you”. The affection and warmth between Anna and Abel made my heart beat fast and I stared to bite my nails off to the ultimate point of love, a heartrending bitter sweet romance that will haunt your thoughts.

“All you saw and felt was your love for him. You were wearing this love like a cloak, safe and warm, you thought … and he tore it apart.”

With presence of warm feelings and wet kisses in winter, The Storyteller is painful yet very touching romance mingled with series of murder and mysteries. Moving in a slow pace yet tense, the author was successful to hold me hypnotized.

Slowly unfolding the mysteries, when the book led me to the unexpected ultimate revelation, my heart sank deeper and deeper; I found my thoughts bleeding and murmuring under my breath why this have to end like this, there should have been other ways but I understood the "easy way out".

The writing was lyrical and mesmerizing, with wonderful words. I had my attention fixated on the pages as though by a spell, The Storyteller was truly a different and beautiful example of traditional writing style in modern literature.

Only I can say reading The Storyteller was wonderful journey for me. A heart wrenching love, secrets and deaths, The Storyteller is one of most extraordinarily great novel of the year.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Blog Tour : Oppression (Children of the Gods, #1) by Jessica Therrien

From Goodreads : Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Destiny is not easy to run from. No matter what path you choose it will lead you to the point you are supposed to meet.

A Short Overview

Elyse has been keeping a secret for her whole life, one she ages five times slower than an ordinary person; second she has incredible power to heal. After death of her parents she became more careful to hide her secrets until a mysterious guy William showed up on her door and told her she’s not only the one with secret, there are many other like her with different abilities of their own. They called themselves The Decedents, coming down from the bloodlines of Greek gods, and Elyse’s power is most important of them all, her blood can give life as well as take it. But that’s not make her most remarkable and wanted, Elyse was the last healer and carrier of a prophecy that can change everything, put an end to the tradition, bring a war and may cause many deaths.

Myths and mayhems, Oppression is a brilliant combination of both. A detailed storyline and nice flow in plot, you don’t need to know about the history of Greek Gods in order to read the book. Romance and secrets, this book keeps me hooked up till the very end and now I’m nearly dying to read the second installment.

Fascinating characters with incredible power you can only imagine, the author made a great attempt to create them and I’m fully impressed.

Elyse and William

One has the power of healing and another with persuasion, one is naïve another is confident, Elyse and William was truly soul mates.

I must say Elyse was a very brave character; it was not easy to grow up slowing and watching rest of the world moving fast around her. Though she learned and accepted the truth, it must have hard for to endure the pain of watching people she cared suffer, age and die. When she entered to the world of myths, magic and power, she began to understand inner struggle for freedom from those who claims themselves most superior, descendent of most powerful gods of first generation and Elyse faces the choice and sacrifice that could change her life as well as people around her, the people she loves and cares.

William remained me of the song “Safe and Sound”, cause I, myself felt very safe in his presence. I must say he was a true descendent of Aphrodite, and he was very successful to hold me under his charm and green eyes, which have always been my weakness. William was what every hero should be; I enjoyed his loving and caring nature as well as his feisty and drive to protect Elyse from anything that would threaten her.

Budding romance and intense bonding between William and Elyse pleased me. William has been in love with Elyse since the beginning; know that this girl is going to be his bride someday, where Elyse took time to know him and fall in love which was very believable and I admired their romance.

Mythology has always been one of my favorite genres but Oppression opened up a new direction about gods and goddess that how power hungry and dangerous they can be if someone tries to cross them. Only Elyse is the key to brave new world and a new sunshine.

Easy to read but very intriguing, Oppression is a different from conventional adaption of mythology.

I was flipping pages to see what was going to happen next. Right from the start, I enjoyed Oppression and can’t wait for the second installment of the series.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Exclusive First Chapter : Black City by Elizabeth Richards


An air raid siren wails in the distance, alerting Black City citizens to lock their doors and turn out the lights. They don’t want to be out in the dark alone. They might meet something dangerous. Something like me.
I head under the canal bridge and wait for the girl, taking a packet of Sentry-regulation smokes from my back pocket and sparking up. The nicotine courses through my veins, making them throb with adrenaline; the sensation is almost like a pulse . . . almost.
Footsteps approach the bridge, and a short girl with straggly black hair appears from the shadows, dressed in men’s work boots, tight black trousers and a tailcoat made from a patchwork of clashing fabrics. Her hazel eyes gaze up into mine. She’s brave. Not many cherry-poppers have the courage to look me in the eyes. She hands me an old playing card with two hearts on it, one red, one black. It’s my calling card. It seemed an appropriate choice; that’s what I’m selling her after all, an illusion of love. I slip it into the pocket of my dark green military jacket.
“You’re late,” I say. “Last thing I need is to be caught out here after curfew by a Tracker. They’re just begging for a reason to throw me in jail.”
“Sorry, they’ve put up extra checkpoints, stopping everyone. There’s tanks everywhere!” she babbles. “I guess they can’t be too careful with the Sentry Emissary back in the city, what with the boundary negotiations with the Legion and—”
“You paid Beetle?” I interrupt.
The girl nods.
“Terms and conditions,” I say. “No refunds. You don’t enjoy it, you puke, you freak—not my problem, okay?”
She nods again.
“You pregnant?” She blushes furiously. “I’ll take that as a no. It may cause drowsiness, so don’t drive or operate any heavy machinery.” She smiles at this, and I grin. They always like that. “And no repeats for at least two weeks, all right? I mean it.”
“That all?”
“No kissing. Strictly business, okay?”
She seems a little disappointed by this, but I don’t like to mix business with pleasure. She shyly unbuttons the collar of her coat, revealing her slim, pale neck. Hunger grips my stomach at the sight.
“What do I do?” she asks.
“Lean back,” I say.
She obeys like a good girl. I place a hand against the wall and slip my other hand between her thighs, gently easing her legs apart. Touching her doesn’t turn me on, but I groan like it does, knowing she’ll enjoy that. They all do, even the guys—it’s why they come to me instead of the Haze dens. I slide my body between her thighs so we’re face-to-face. Her shallow breaths are warm against my cool skin.
“Relax, okay? It’s more enjoyable if you relax.”
“My heart’s pounding a mile a minute.” She gives a nervous laugh.
“Can’t say I know how that feels,” I admit.
She tentatively presses a hand against my chest, and her eyes widen. “So it’s true, then? You don’t have a heart?”
“I have a heart,” I growl, shoving her hard against the wall. It just doesn’t beat.
A small tear snakes down her cheek, her thin lips trembling.
“Sshhh, it’s okay, sweetheart. I didn’t mean to frighten you.” I gently wipe her tear away. “Forgive me?”
She nods, then tilts her head to one side, exposing the smooth whiteness of her neck. The poison sacs behind my fangs swell with venom.
Focus, Ash. Don’t blow your load.
I lean toward her, pressing my lips against the soft flesh on her neck, just below her ear. Her pulse flutters under my lips, and I nearly lose it. I begin to nibble on the flesh, tickling the tiny hairs on her neck with my tongue, making them wet with my saliva.
“Do it,” she whispers.
So much for foreplay. I sink my fangs into her jugular. Hot blood spills over my tongue, making my taste buds burst with its sticky sweetness. Man, I love the newbies; they always taste the best. She sighs as my venom enters her bloodstream. I wait for the Haze to take effect before I start to drink from her. That’s the bonus of Haze; my clients get high from me, and I get high from them by drinking their drugged blood. It’s win-win.
A sour, bitter flavor suddenly floods my mouth, and I gag, leaping back.
“What the—” I spit up blood.
The girl stares at me with glazed eyes, blood trickling down the two puncture wounds in her neck.
“Everything’s sparkling,” she says dreamily.
“Didn’t Beetle tell you I don’t take clients on meds?”
She lurches toward me, and I grab her before she falls into the water.
“I love you,” she slurs, trying to kiss me.
I shove her, hard. She falls back against the wall and slides to the floor. Her eyes roll back into her head, and she begins to spasm, white foam bubbling out the corners of her mouth.
“No, no, no! Wake up.” I kneel down and shake her, panic rushing through me.
The girl jerks, her boots leaving black scuff marks on the cobblestones. Fragg! This is why I don’t take clients on meds. You can never tell how they’re going to react to the Haze. I shrug off my jacket and place it under her head.
A Sentry tank rolls over the bridge, and I shut my eyes and wait for it to pass. Even though the war is officially over, I still get chills at that sound. Wherever they went, Death followed. I had a few close scrapes during the war. During those days, the fact that I was a legal citizen and half human didn’t mean much to them. If you weren’t 100 percent human, you were the enemy. Every day was a fight for survival. Not much has improved since then; I’m still the enemy in most people’s eyes. All they can see is the Darkling in me. The tank turns down Bleak Street toward the Sentry Emissary’s headquarters.
The girl groans. It’s too dangerous here; I have to go. I could just leave her . . . No, that’s not an option, but I can’t take her to the hospital. I’d get in so much trouble.
I peer down the canal. A yellow barge is moored about one hundred feet away. The lights are off. Where is he? He’s meant to be my wingman; that’s why I came to the bridge in the first place. Can this get any wor—
An explosion of pain bursts inside my chest, and I clutch a hand over my lifeless heart. I sense someone behind me and turn.
A girl stands by the entranceway, lit by the headlamps of a passing truck. In the fleeting light, I catch a glimpse of cornflower-blue eyes flicking between me and the Hazer writhing on the ground.
Her gaze finally fixes on me.
I fall back, struck down, as the pain in my chest blooms again.
Shivers run through my body, rushing toward a single point in my chest. There’s a spark of electricity and then:
A flutter.