Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cover Lust and Giveaway : Black City by Elizabeth Richards

A dark and tender postapocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

OMFG...what an awesome cover, I'm spellbound. Every material to spice up a YA novel, from dark fantasy to forbidden romance, you find everything in this book.

Author of this amazing book, Elizabeth Richards lives in Buckinghamshire, England and can be found online at

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist and debut author, who spent her early career writing for videogame publications such as CUBE, P2 and GamesTM,and now works as a website editor. Previously, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls. She won the Jane Hayward Young Journalist of the Year award for her feature on girls in the games industry, and was named 'Editor's Choice' in the industry trade magazine, MCV.
Not only she is an amazing author, she's also a passionate artist. An exclusive drawing, picturing the romance between Ash Fisher and Natalie Buchanan, protagonists from Back City was drawn by the author herself was especially given to me from Penguin Group to present for the lovely readers.
3,2, you go...

Well I have a good news for you. On the occasion of Black City cover reveal, Penguin group has giving the opportunity to win a paperback ARC of Black City and the giveaway is open internationally. The Winner can also win a drawing of Ash and Natalie.

GIVEAWAY Closed : Internationally
Date of Enter : 29/02/2012 to 07/03/2012
Winner Announcement : 08/03/2012 on Announcement section
Copy Available : One
Format : ARC Paperback
Note : The book will be directly send to you by Penguin group USA

So what are you waiting for????? The giveaway is open internationally. Hurry up..

Don't forget to visit my blog to read the exclusive first chapter of Black City.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Cover Lust : Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

When Ellie and her brother Graham are shipped off for a summer in Norway, she has no idea she's in for the adventure of her life. Her biggest worries are getting out from her perfect older brother’s shadow and concealing her crush
 on Graham's best friend, Tucker—who’s suddenly tagging along for the trip.

The moment Ellie sets foot in the small town of Skavapol, she stumbles into a mystery that will change her forever. Boys are disappearing under impossible circumstances, and kids in town blame her. When Graham is the next to be kidnapped by ferocious yet beautiful girls, something powerful and ancient awakens within her. Strange and terrifying forces are at work in their tiny corner of Norway and Ellie and Tucker are the only ones who stop them and rescue Graham.

Mhan...Haper has such awesome covers and awesome upcoming titles in 2012. I'm literally dying to read this book...waiting for the book is like waiting for rain in drought. I applaud author amazing thought of the plot. When I asked her where did she came up with such brilliant idea she said
" my favorite part about the book (personally) is that the idea came to me while I was on a trip to Norway to visit relatives with the women in my family: my aunt, cousin, and grandmother. Because the book is all about a girl coming into her own, it's fitting that it was inspired by a trip with some of the coolest women I know. "

Here is the exclusive longer book blurb for my lovely readers

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly there’s a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

Isn't it awesome. What do you think darlings?

Friday, 24 February 2012

Cover Lust : Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Finally after a long wait The author C.J. Redwine revealed the cover of Defiance on her blog and the cover???? Don't ask, you can see yourself, it's just amazing. Totally took my breath away. Seem like this book gonna rock your YA book shelve.
To view the Cover Reveal Article visit author's site :

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

From Goodreads : Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

My rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : A deadly merman with an avenging heart and an innocent girl dreams to be a poet, when the two different worlds collides, love happens.

Unlike every other spring when Calder was called back home, to the cold water of Lake Superior at earlier than usual, he had no idea Jason Hancock, son of the man who was responsible for his mother’s death had came back too. This could be the perfect opportunity of retaliation to Calder and his mermaid sisters for their mother’s death and end the bargain Tom Hancock made years ago with their mother by snatching the last breath out of his son, just like Tom did to their mother.

Using his extremely good looks and charm Calder was sent to befriend with Lily, elder daughter of Jason Hancock, thus reaching for his actual target Jason, but nothing went right as he planned.

Revenge and rage is dangerous but nothing could have been more grievous situation for Calder than falling in love with his own prey.

Into The Deep

I liked the Author’s richly imaginative power of creating the world of mermaids. The vivid description of Lake Superior evoked lifelike images within my mind. Not many books have a strong male voice behind the story, and in that department Lies Beneath definitely deserves some credit. It felt like I was swimming with Calder to the deep of Lake Superior and watching every movement of Lily. I found the plot very refreshing and actuating, exiting enough to keep you flipping through the pages.

Love Lies Beneath

Bound to the duty of carrying out his mother’s last wish was the only chance for Calder to earn his freedom from his sisters even if it means to hurt the person he loved

A little bit scared and confused yet strong, Calder is an unusual hero different from any other conventional fantasy males, which is why I liked him. Caught in between his relationship with his vindictive sisters and his lady love, Calder went through emotional turmoil but in the end what will be his ultimate choice?

Brought up in a murderous mermaid family Calder inherited vicious nature of killing people and absorbing their energy for his own survival, but he tried to fight off his killer instinct throughout the book. I witnessed his character development and his effort to be a better person which pleased me very much.

On the contrary Lily was capable enough of being resisted by his charm and good looks. When Lily was first introduced I thought her to be a sallow, guess what actually she wasn’t. Yes she was a person of a specified kind, dressed in odd manner and obsessed with Victorian poets but not drama at all. Cute and kind hearted, Lily made perfect pair with our merman. In Water Lily, the next installment of Lies Beneath we will be given the story from the perspective of Lily, and I’m truly interested to get a piece of her mind.

Romance between Calder and Lily picked up speed step by step, developed in a believable pace. Watching Calder slowly falling in love was a delightful surprise. I actually enjoyed the gradual improvement of budding romance that simultaneously evolved with the progress of story.

Family Ties

Coming to the vengeful sisters, they are actually scary in good sense. They know nothing but revenge for their mother’s death and they can step over any thing that gets into their way. Three of them were very fascinating character. What impressed me was their never backing down and keeping the promise attitude. They may be a little creepy but striking enough.
Bond between Calder and his sister was flimsy; no wonder why Calder wanted to get rid of them.

In The End What Does Matter

Motives were dark but his affection for the girl hold him back from doing any harm to her family, Calder had to choose his own path. Unexpected turning in the end, Lies Beneath is not your average mermaid story, it a murderous one. Highly recommended for all mermaid lovers and for the people who thinks they should try at least one mermaid book, I will say this is the right moment with right book and right opportunity.

Who says Not everything is a mermaid that dives into the water, well as you see love lies beneath.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Cover Lust : Taste by Kate Evangelista

At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Another Cover love and the plot just gave me a shivering gothy feeling flowed down through my spinal cord. Isn't it?
The publishing date has not been set up yet but hopefully the book will be in you hand within 2012 to 2013. Full of mystery, this paranormal romance by debut author Kate Evangelista will be in your must buy list, I believe. I have another good news. you can read the Exciting Expert of the book on Author's site, so what are you waiting for???? Go jump there and explore more about the book.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Until Next Time (The Angel Chronicles #1) by Amy Lignor

Blog Tour : Review On 13th February,2012 and Giveaway from 13th February to 17th February
To enter your name in giveaway please visit giveaway page.

From Goodreads : How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Up In Heaven : Matt and Emily were soul mate, raised and trained as worrier angels to save, judge and forgive. At final stages of their training when they were send to earth to experience human life, their emotions, and their pain, Matt took over Daniel’s life and Emily became Liz. While Matt was sent to protect Innocents, Emily’s Job was to help the people based on their needs. But nothing was easy, human life was complex more than they thought, it became more complicated when Emily unexpectedly falls in love with some other guy. How could she choose between the person she meant to be with and the person who won her heart?

Down in Earth : Ireland, 1810, Liz a small town kind hearted girl, haunted by memories from past and vivid nightmares; Daniel, a young heart, tormented by harsh domestic situation, searching for his angel to love him. One stormy night and two strangers in Liz’s doorstep, everything changed for that lifetime.
"Never settle for someone less than the one who can fulfill your soul."
When I finished the book I sat for few hours and tried to memorize the whole story and collected every single piece of my thoughts that pierced though my heart.
Until Next Time is a complex but very thoughtful and philosophical book, I really appreciate how the author brought the unspoken words behind faith and love.
I relished the Daniel-Liz-Jason triangle more than Matt and Emily. As for the characters, I really enjoyed them, especially Liz/Emily, one soul two vessels. She is understanding, kind, selfless and empathetic. I really liked her enthusiasm and quest for knowledge. Daniel /Matt and Jason, one was Emily’s soul mate; reliable partner and best friend even in human form Daniel never left her side, another had always been sweet heart, loved her unconditionally. I was concerned about their feelings and affection for Liz.
Among other characters I liked the archangels Michel, Gabriel and the saints guided the two young angels from heaven. They were serious sometimes and sometime their humor made me laugh and lighten the story.

“If you settle for something you don’t want, or if you don’t give someone a chance, then the only person you’re betraying is yourself.”

Human emotions are so hard to understand, their pains are so hard to endure. The author successfully explained the critical situations of a human can face in his/her entire life. This book enwrapped me from the very moment I put my eyes on the pages. Until Next Time is recommended for everyone, but take time to read, and explore the moral and meaning from each line.

Visit The Angel Chronicles web site:

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Cover Lust : PODs by Michelle K. Pickett

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

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

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

Another gorgeous cover, needless to say. So tempting and eye catching. PODs is a upcoming dystopian novel about love and life, power and survival. I bet PODs is going to be one of the best YA novel of 2013. In a small chat with the author Michelle Pickett I asked her what does she think about her own book PODs, she said

"It's so hard to write what I feel about the book. I wrote it so of course I love it. I love David's devotion to Eva and the lengths he goes to be with her. I feel bad for the characters when they have to leave their families behind knowing that they will die from the virus.
The characters in the book took on a life of their own. They directed me when I was writing...they told me their story so I feel like I really know them and what they would feel. It was a fun book to write and emotional at times.
I was actually sad when the book was finished because I was enjoying spending time with the characters so much."

Bad news is PODs is going to release in June 1st,2013 which is far away and it seems like forever. To the hell with Maya's calender, the world better not ends at 2012 because countdown begins for PODs.
So what do you think??????? Don't forget to post.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Cover Lust : Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway

Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.

After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.

Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

OMFG...look at that cover. Isn't it gorgeous. When I first saw the cover I couldn't believe my own two eyes. What a gorgeous book to keep in your bookshelf. And the plot, I hope that you have already got this books is another mythology, and I'm a sucker of mythology.
When I personally asked the author Kelly Hashway about a little detail she said

"Touch of Death is based on a lesser known myth involving, Medusa, Athena, and Ophiuchus. The main character, Jodi Marshall, discovers she's part of a group of necromancers called the Ophi. She can't be around humans because her Gorgon blood is deadly to them, so she must leave her old life behind and figure out how to use her powers. But she's not just any necromancer. She's a direct descendant of Medusa, and she has to save her kind from Hades, who wants to claim all their souls."

Ohh I'm imaging after reading this you guys are dying to get your hands on this book, but wait I have a bad news. Touch of Death will be release in January 15th 2013. Have patience my friends, you will get the best.
So what do you think, post here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Exclusive Interview with J. Anderson Coats, Author of The Wicked and The Just

Me : Tell us few more words about The Wicked and the Just.

J. Anderson Coats : The Wicked and the Just takes place in 1293-1294 in north Wales, ten years into English rule. Cecily is an unwilling transplant to the English walled town of Caernarvon, and she’d like nothing better than to go home. Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh servant in Cecily’s new house, would like nothing better than to see all the English go home. The ruling English impose harsh restrictions and taxation on the Welsh, and conditions in the countryside are growing desperate. The rumors of rebellion might be Gwenhwyfar’s only salvation – and the last thing Cecily ever hears.

Me : What was your inspiration of writing a novel on occupied Wales?

J. Anderson Coats : Medieval Wales doesn’t get a lot of attention despite the fact that it was a complicated, dynamic place. The native rulers managed to resist outright conquest by their English neighbors until 1283, but then the victorious English fast-tracked a series of castles and walled towns to maintain control of the area and the people.

What interested me was this question: Even when granted a lot of special privileges - including significant tax breaks - how did English settlers live in a place where they were outnumbered twenty to one by a hostile, recently-subjugated population, and how did the Welsh live so close to people who’d done the subjugating, especially given the burdens placed on them by their new masters?

Me : Tell us about Cecily’s Wales? How did you imagine Wales at that era?

J. Anderson Coats : Cecily’s Wales is a pretty attractive place. English burgesses who are citizens of the town of Caernarvon don’t have to pay any taxes, the rents for the houses and lands are very low. There are all kinds of special privileges attached to being a burgess, too. Gwenhwyfar’s Wales, on the other hand, isn’t so nice. The Welsh have to make up for the taxes that the burgesses don’t pay, and they have a lot of restrictions placed on what they can do and say and where they can go. Life in north Wales in 1293 is pretty good. If you’re English.

Me : How do you like to describe your characters Cecily and Gwenhwyfar?

J. Anderson Coats : Cecily is used to getting her own way, which makes her hard to get along with. Gwenhwyfar spends too much time wishing things were different, and it makes her bitter. However, although neither of them would like to admit it, they have a lot in common. They’re both strong-willed and practical. Each of them is fiercely loyal and neither is easily led. Being a girl in the thirteenth century is not easy, and both of them deal with the world the best they know how.

Me : What was your reaction when you heard that your debut novel is going to be published?

J. Anderson Coats : Honestly, I just breathed and let the moment sink in. I knew I’d get here eventually; I’d worked too hard not to.

Me : Who are your inspirational authors?

J. Anderson Coats : I love Margaret Atwood’s worldbuilding and Harry Harrison’s playful, clever voice. I love Toni Morrison’s intense, rhythmic prose and Umberto Eco’s eye for detail. I could go on for paragraphs. I like to read widely because there’s something in every book to learn from.

Me : What are your most favorite YA books?

J. Anderson Coats : Oh gosh, there are so many! SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson is an old favorite, and PREGNANT PAUSE by Han Nolan is a new one. I also love THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex and CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY by Karen Cushman. Again, I could go on for paragraphs. There are so many awesome books in the world!

Me : Any advice for aspiring authors?

J. Anderson Coats : Give yourself permission to write crap. Everyone’s first drafts suck. Your favorite writer? Her first drafts suck. Your other favorite writer? His first drafts suck. It’s more important to just write. Get it on the page and repeat after me: “It’s a first draft. It’s supposed to suck.” You can fix things in a badly-written first draft, but it’s impossible to fix what doesn’t exist. Just write. And enjoy it more days than you don’t.

I would like to thank J. Anderson Coats, Author of The Wicked and The Just for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her book The Wicked and the Just
This interview was taken by Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts

Monday, 6 February 2012

Cover Reveal: Breathless by Cole Gibsen

Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken - the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn't fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather's rules long enough to make it to graduation day.

But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school.

Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren't about to let her forget.

After meeting Bastin - a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes - on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning.

In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can't survive past the shore

Please close your mouth, I know your mouth fell open at the moment you saw the cover, same happened with me. Isn't it gorgeous??? The girl in red drowning in blue..amazing colour combination, attractive in one word. Breathless is going to be pretty different from Author's another upcoming book Katana which will be released in March 8, 2012.

Breathless is based on mermaid tells where Katana is a fantasy novel inspired from Kill Bill and Buffy, based on samurai legends.
Breathless is releasing on March 27th 2012. So hold your breath and wait patiently for Breathless to hit the market of YA novels.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Exclusive Interview with Tracy Bilen , Author What She Left Behind

Me : Please tell us a few words about What she left behind?

Tracy : Here is the back cover copy:
“Don’t even think of leaving…I will find you,” he whispered. “Guaranteed.”
Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it.
Each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.

Me : What was your inspiration of choosing the story line based on such serious topic like abusive relationship?

Tracy : The idea for What She Left Behind came from an image in my mind of a girl, a suitcase, and a field. From there I had to figure out why she was leaving and who she was running from.

Me : How do you like to describe Sara's character?

Tracy : Sara loves reading horror novels and watching her favorite soap. She sneaks Ritz Bits during English class, plays the “shrunken” clarinet, and hates all forms of organized sports. She’s memorized the Worst Case Scenario guidebook, but unfortunately it can’t help her find her mom.

Me : What would you do in such situation if you were Sara?

Tracy : I would probably do the same as Sara…keep holding out hope that my mom would come back for me, while at the same time doing everything in my power to find her.

Me : Is there going to be any love interest for Sara?

Tracy : Most definitely! Sara falls for Alex. He’s best known for football playing and class cutting, but he also shares her love of horror novels.

Me : Do you personally think awareness against domestic violence and child abuse can really make them less?

Tracy : I think awareness and education can help victims of abuse realize that they are being abused and encourage them to seek assistance.

I would like to thank Tracy Bilen , Author What She Left Behind for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her book What She Left Behind
This interview was taken by Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts

Saturday, 4 February 2012

New Books To Watch For :

In this post each week I will focus on books that caught my eyes. I hope those will draw your attention too.

Auracle by Gina Rosati

On the surface, there’s nothing remarkable about Anna Rogan: She gets average grades, she’s not especially fashionable, she spends most of her time just hanging out with her best friend Rei. But Anna does have a remarkable secret: she has the ability to do astral projection. She uses her out-of-body experiences to explore the universe, until one day when there’s an accident at school and her classmate Taylor gets into her body. Now Taylor’s using her new identity to accuse an innocent boy of murder and she shows no signs of leaving Anna’s body. The only person who knows Anna’s secret is Rei, and as her feelings for Rei grow she must face a future where they can never touch...unless they can find a way to get Taylor out of Anna’s body, stop the murder trial, and discover the true nature of Anna’s power.

Expected publication : August 7th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press

Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) by Anne Greenwood Brown

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Hardcover, 303 pages
Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

From Goodreads : Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Scarlet is wrenching and moving story of love and friendship, bravery and loyalty, a retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, only the voice of narration was Scarlet. Yes Will Scarlet, the most skilled knife- handling young fellow of Robin, in the traditional tales, famous for his hot temper. But he’s not actually what we think he is. He’s no lad; he’s a lass; a girl hiding her true identity in men’s cloth.

Being a part of the merry men, Scarlet was always successful to hide the truth from rest of the Nottingham; of course her companions knew about her. Now the evil thief taker Sir Guy of Gisbourne is terrorizing the Village with violence and fury; determine to catch Robin. But Scarlet knew what he is actually after. It’s her and Guy will not stop until he possessed her and crushed her to the dust. Her secrets threatened to disentangle; painful memories of past are about to unravel that can change everything in present.

Scarlet Fever

Disguised as a boy, Scarlet is secretive, impulsive, strong and mysterious, no less in any quality than an actual lad. She’s one of the bravest and toughest female protagonists I have ever came across, no wonder why Robin called her a worrier woman. Scarlet was Invulnerable to fear or intimidation. She faced and withstands Gisbourne with courage. She helped the people of Nottingham the best she could, she fought for justice alongside Robin, John and Much. She may have a tough exterior, but her interior was made with delicate glass just like an eighteen years old girl, which shattered with each piercing word came from Robin and melted in warm embrace of the same person. As a reader, above all as a girl I was empathetic to her pain and adopted them as mine. Sometime it was really hard for me to hold back my tears. Her feeling and affection was strong for Rob, but the ultimate sacrifice she made to save the person she loved was praise worthy.

I know the readers have already begun to guess about Scar, but if you think I’m going tell you her true identity, sorry to say I will not spoil this enchanting historical story.

The Walking Ghost

“You changed everything. Everything. That day in the market in London, you don’t know what my life was like before that, when I came home and found everything just gone. I had nothing. I hadn’t a soul. And then you appeared with your magic eyes, and you just changed everything.”

Robin Hood, the legendary character, angel to poor, one of the most famous archers in history was just Rob for Scarlet, and I fall in love with him too. A retired heart from Cursed devoted his youth in novel cause to serve people, to save them from being tortured by sheriff, In the process accompanied by a girl with eyes color of moonstone, Rob found himself caring for that brave and rude girl.

Hurting Scar was the best way to punish himself, and of course Rob was not very proud of that. In spite of every effort he made to deny his own feelings for Scar, I could see the warm compassionate feelings in his stormy eyes. Out of all the things he had done, he loved her more, protected Scar with all his life and knocked down every danger intend to hurt her.

The Merry Men

Right hand of Robin and an excellent swordsman Little John had always been a charmer and he charmed me as well. I liked how the author painted his character with colors of fun and sincerity in equal measure. Scarlet is definitely not a love triangle but John’s growing fondness and likeness for her spiced up the story a little bit. He’s appearance throughout the whole story was remarkable. When it came to loyalty and devotion to Robin and his band, no one was fierce as him.
Much was always like a brother to Scarlet, the only person Scarlet was most comfortable with. Sometime I felt sympathy for him, but he proved he doesn’t need anyone’s sympathy. In spite of having one good arm, Much has a quality of spirit and will power that enabled him to fight.

As a debut author A.C. Gaughen brought us that secrets and hidden fact behind one of the most famous legend of history. Sometime untold truth buried beneath the history, we just need to dig that deep. The writing was very touching and mesmerizing that I applaud her efforts. The ending was completely unexpected and my heart skipped a bit. Series of turns and twists, secrets and actions, Scarlet will leave you speechless. This book is Capable of arousing and holding the attention.

I have been searching around trying to figure out if this was a stand alone or a series? Scarlet left lots of question running in my mind. I am hoping that this will be a series because I would love to read more about the romance and where it turns from here. But right now I’m down with Scarlet fever. Are you?

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Hope's Daughter by Melanie Cusick-Jones

Please Note : This book was reviewed by Rebecca, my very good friend and contributing reviewer of my blog

From Goodreads : Life should be simple for Cassie.
For the small population of Earth survivors who live on the Space Station Hope everything they do is planned and scheduled, down to the cyclical food menus, their roles in the station, even how many children they have.

Despite rigid controls directing her life, Cassie feels more out of synch than ever and worries she won’t find a place for herself within the station community. Perhaps that’s because she’s hearing things inside her head that can’t possibly be real. Or maybe it’s the regular elopements of her peers, heading off to a romantic future in the Married Quarter of the space station, whilst she’s never even been attracted to a boy – no matter how hard her best friend Ami pushes them at her. Then there are the odd questions her work placement partner Balik keeps raising. His questions are just as troubling for her as his distracting smiles and eyes that seem to see inside her.

As Cassie draws closer to Balik she finds that everything else in her life begins to shift. He tells her things that call into question the system they live within. She can't believe he is right, but at the same time she finds it hard to deny the sincerity of his ideas. Could there be a connection between Cassie’s problems and Balik’s questions? The truth will drag them both to a terrifying and deadly conclusion beyond anything they could have imagined.

Rebecca's Rating : 5 of 5 stars

Rebecca's Thought : This book was an extremely pleasant surprise. It was wonderful! It started out calm and sweet, with beautiful prose and a pleasure tone. In that respect reminded me of Matched (which I loved by the way). But it didnt take me long, by the time I started the second chapter, to realize that this was not Matched. This was its own unique story. I started to notice small things that didnt seem right. Like Cassie's strangely distant but extremely interested parents who questioned her every action. The tone quickly changed to something creepy and uneasy. There was something seriously wrong with Cassie's world.

Hope's Daughter is set in the distant future, after Earth was destroyed by global warming, and the few surviving humans live on a space station named Hope. The population is separated for living quarters according to family situation. Family Quarter for families with children, Married Quarter for those without children, and Retired Quarter for those whose children are married. As Cassie approaches the age where marriage is a possibility, she realizes others around her are beginning to disappear. They have "eloped" to the Married Quarter without a word or a good-bye. She knows this is the way it has always been, but now that it is happening to her friends she realizes how wrong it is. Then she meets Balik. After the barcode on her and Balik's wrists turn from black to red, they have to idea what caused it, but they know what it means. They're next.

For a good three quarters of this book my mind was racing, trying to make sense of the strange series of events. A constant mystery and sense of impending danger. I could not put it down! And Balik was great. At first I just saw that he was withdrawn and quiet, but thoughtful and sweet. A nice combo, but its been done before. But I eventually realized that I had misjudged him. I was really impressed with him as he opened up to Cassie, and I realized that the version of him I saw at first, was just the version he showed the public to hide the fact that he was dissatisfied with the world around him. Balik was willing to ask Cassie challenging question, forcing her to look at the world differently. He is strong and confident, and physically capable, when no one else in their world is. These qualities are even more impressive when you consider their upbringing on the station. Balik was pretty much a godsend, just what Cassie needed to get her through the hard times ahead, to make her the person she needed to be, and just what I needed too. ;)

And the ending did not disappoint. I knew it would be a make or break ending, after all the questions that were raised. But thankfully all was explained in an interesting, if not entirely shocking, way. The immediate threat was removed and I was satisfied enough with the ending to be pleased, but it left just enough hanging to make me want to come back for more, and I am very pleased to inform you that the book ended with the words, "The Story Continues in 'Outlanders'", which is not yet on Goodreads, but it will be a series.

My Note : Hope's Daughter was given to me by the author herself, and I would like to thank her for considering my name and my blog worth for it.
Hope's daughter was reviewed by my very good friend and contributing reviewer Rebecca. I would like to thank her for writing this amazing review on my blog.
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