Saturday, 5 November 2016

Review Rant: Dear Charlie by ND Gomes


Release Date: 20, October, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Mira Ink HarperCollins
Pages: 222
Genre: Contemporary 
Rate: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.

Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.

REVIEW

OMG!! What the f*** did I just read!?!? This story was soooo good!!!! It revolves around a teenage, Sam & his brother Charlie. Charlie killed some kids at school with gun. After the shooting, the school starts treating Sam badly. After Charlie's death, Sam is all alone. With mom in depression and a rude father, will he survive this all alone?
My most favourite character was obviously Sam. The character development of Sam was on point. I was amazed at how Sam fought all his battles and how he dealt with a depressed mom and bitchy friends. I really hated his father, he didn't knew how to be a good father. Due to him, Charlie used to be so depressed.
Overall, this novel is a great family read. Parents should give time to their kids and discuss their problems. 
Happy Reading! <3

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Review Rant: Under A Million Stars by Rita Branches


Release Date: 8, August, 2016
Pages: 342
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Rate: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces? 

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding. 

Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from. 
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

*It's a Stand-alone*

REVIEW

Under A Million Stars revolves around Charlie and Jake. Both are ex best friends parted by a tragedy in Charlie's life. After Charlie's family dies in an accident, Charlie is all alone at 17. Plot twist, she finds herself in Parker family and has to face Jake on daily basis. Does their heart still beats fast when they look at each other? Will everything be ever normal for Charlie or she'll always remain in the black hole of depression?
This was another mental illness kinda book which was AHMAZINGGG! I swear the plot was so intriguing and the character development was on point. I loved how Charlie fought the hardships in her life and slayed them all. Plus Jake was no doubt a bitch but he starts helping her a little bit. My heart broke again and again when they both ignored each other. Like mannn staaappp making me cry. It was such an emotional and powerful read. Depression has been portrayed in such a good way in the novel. I really loved THAT ONE BIG plot twist. I swear you'll be swearing when you'll read that part! 😅
Overall, truly amazing light and emotional read. I recommend it to YA romance readers!
Happy Reading! <3

Friday, 21 October 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Skye by Kimberly Loth


Skye
Kimberly Loth
(The Dragon Kings, #4)
Publication date: October 19th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Rowan Winters is completely in love. With a shifter dragon.
But the drop-dead gorgeous Skye only thinks of Rowan as her best friend. But when she turns up in his room in the middle of the night in tears, he yearns to do whatever he can to help her. Even if that means running away and letting his family think he’s dead.
Skye’s entire world turns upside down the day her scales turns black. She knows she’ll have to flee to find answers. But she wasn’t planning on Rowan coming too. She just wanted to say goodbye. He is so eager to help that she can’t leave him behind even though she knows she’ll never be able to love him in return.
Together, they fight off murderous dragons and uncover sinister plans. But can they find the answers Skye so desperately seeks? And can Rowan sacrifice everything he knows to win her heart?
EXCERPT:
Skye was a coward. She knew that, but she couldn’t bring herself to stay and watch Sid and Aspen commit suicide. There was no way the council would allow Aspen to become queen.
Not to mention that then Skye would have to know the exact moment when she died, because anyone who pledged loyalty to Sid would die the second he did. No, running away was better. She should have enough time to get to her parents before death came. She’d able to say goodbye.
This was her fault. Pearl had told her to keep Aspen safe. Instead she’d gone and made everything worse. Maybe if she’d kept Aspen at home, Sid would’ve been fine.
If she’d never given Sid that damn loyalty seal, she wouldn’t be this close to death. She wasn’t sure what she was thinking at that time. Part of her thought he’d make it. Another part didn’t care whether she lived or died. It wasn’t like she’d have much of a life anymore.
When Sid became King she found Everett and begged him to remove the seal that marked how much she loved him. He did and now she longer had a swirl of gold on her ankle. But Everett warned her there would be a price to pay. She gladly paid it at the time, but but she hadn’t expected to feel so empty.
For a half second she thought about heading to Everett’s instead of her parents. Maybe he could remove the loyalty seal before she died. She shook her head. How cowardly of her. The price would not be worth it. That was for sure.
She was only fooling herself though. She would make the same decision if given the choice. Aspen was the only way they could possibly survive. When Skye dropped Aspen off , there were three possible outcomes. One, she and Sid would die and all those with loyalty seals would as well. Two, Helios, the final dragon that Sid needed to secure all the loyalty seals got to him before the council had a chance to killed him. Or three. Aspen could be become queen. She’d have to convince the council that she should be queen and pass the queen’s tests She hoped Aspen could do it.
She felt her wings tiring. This could be the beginning of her death. She hadn’t known anyone who had died because of the loyalty seal and didn’t know how it worked. She spotted a lake below her and decided to stop and get a drink. She had to make it home.
Skye landed a little rougher than normal. This had to be the end. She staggered over to the water and took a deep drink. The water sparkled under the full moon. Skye stretched her wings out and swiveled her neck around to scratch her nose. She froze. Her wing was no longer silver.
This must be part of her death. Or at least that was what she tried to convince herself of. Adrenaline coursed through her veins and she no longer felt tired. Dragons didn’t change color before they died. In fact dragons never changed color. Except when they became king. Then they turned black.
Skye spun neck around the other direction. It was more than her wings that had changed. Her whole body was now a deep coal black.
This was impossible. There was no way she could become king. Sid was king. Unless he died. Then someone else would take his place, but that someone had to be a full royal dragon and male. Of which she was neither. There had to be some huge mistake. This had to be a dream. She stuck her head in the cold water and came out again. Still black. This wasn’t possible.
Unless.
That stupid prophecy.
The one that said three kings would rise. The one that said they could come from other races. But she was still female. Something was definitely wrong. She was also still very much alive. She couldn’t go see her parents now, not like this. No, she had to go see the one dragon who could explain how this happened.
She wracked her brain trying to think of everything she’d learned about the prophecy. She loved history and so she studied a lot, but this baffled her. Nothing in the prophecy said anything about a girl. She’d spent hours listening to Everett’s boring details about the prophecy, yet he hadn’t mentioned that females could become kings. He was so in for it.


Author Bio:
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina.
She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. After living in Cairo, Egypt for 2 years, she's decided to go to the Far East and currently calls Shenzhen, China home. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Blog Tour: Moon Chosen by PC Cast | Interview



Moon Chosen
by PC Cast
St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 608
Release Date: 18, October, 2016

SYNOPSIS


This Fall,  P.C. CAST brings us her much-anticipated new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed -- in MOON CHOSEN, on sale from St. Martin’s Griffin October 18, 2016.   Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…  Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

With a fantastic storyline, fascinating protagonist, and swoon-worthy love story, MOON CHOSEN is sure to hit all the sweet spots readers love.

INTERVIEW


Q: What 3 words would you use to describe your book?

EXCITING – HEARTWARMING – UNIQUE

Q: Writing a fantasy book seems like such a daunting task.  How did you plan out the world? 

It is a daunting task, indeed!  Well, the inspiration for the plot came from the bond between my amazing personal protection dog, an Eastern European German Shepherd named Badger, and me.  He’s my hero, my Warrior, and my confidant.  He loves me unconditionally and would give his life for me.
Then a move to the northwest (Portland, OR), lit my imagination on fire.  This part of the world is so incredibly beautiful!  So, I had my setting and my basic plot inspiration.  Then I called one of my best friends, Christine Zika, who was the editor for my Goddess Summoning Series.  She and I had an old fashioned brainstorming session, and from that I wrote a loose outline.  I did a lot of research about the NW (including fabulous hikes!), and of course I asked for my dad’s help with creating the biology of my post apocalypse world -  and then dove in!

Q: What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, etc?)

My tread desk!  Yep, I walk and write at the same time (it’s actually awesome and easy – google it!).  I write in silence.  Well, except for four dogs and a Maine Coon cat who tend to either sleep like the dead or create chaos.  I brew a big pot of either green tea or herbal tea and get to work surrounded by my fur babies, research books, crystals, and infused candles made specially for me by the wonderful Sage Goddess (you can find her on Etsy).

Q: I'm intrigued by the idea of a totally different world with animal allies and Earth Walkers.  Where did you get your ideas for this book?

Thank you for asking!  The idea of animal allies and the bonds formed between animals, at first specifically canines and humans, was inspired by my bond with my working dog, Badger.  I had something scary happen in my life about four years ago, and I decided to invest in a personal protection canine.  I’ve always had a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc., etc., but I had no experience with working dogs or German Shepherds. They delivered Badger, my personal protection canine, and the moment he and I met we had an immediate connection.  It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before, and was so profound that I knew it must be the foundation for a new adventure – for me and for my readers!  I, of course, had to include other fabulous canine familiars, as well as a variety of felines, equines, and many other surprises.  
The physical setting was inspired by my move to the northwest.  The beauty and wildness of the landscape surrounding me set my imagination on fire, and as usual, I turned to my brilliant father who helped me extrapolate what might happen to our world if it had survived a series of massive solar flares that changed the atmosphere, topography, flora and fauna – as well as humans.  Then I added a big dose of goddess magick! 

Q: What was the last book you read that you just couldn't put down?

SCARLET RAIN by my talented daughter, Kristin Cast.  The book rocks!  But that’s not why I couldn’t put it down.  I couldn’t put it down because she based the mom character in the book on me and what happens to “me” in that books is…well…you’ll have to read it to see!

Q: Do you have a favorite place to write? 

Yes!  My home has three floors, and I’ve turned the bottom floor into my writing office.  I love it so much!  I’ve filled it with books and art, crystals and candles.  My dogs have beds surrounding my treaddesk (I always write while I walk) and my cat has a cat condo she perches in (when she’s not terrorizing the dogs).  All is right in the world when I’m down there, focused and creating worlds and adventures and magick!

Q: What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
Well, I destroy all of Portland’s bridges, so I had to do lots of research about how they were built so that I could properly tear them down!  My father taught biology for about half a century, so being sure my ecosystems work is imbedded into my DNA.  This series merges biology and fantasy, which means I have to be sure the biological foundation of my world is solid so that it can remain believable when I add fantasy.
I also had to do quite a bit of research about treehouses for the Tribe of the Trees.  I even went to Washington state and stayed in a treehouse B&B (it was fantastic!).

Q Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

From another author – Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series.  From my own books – ClanFinan from the Partholon series: DIVINE BY MISTAKE, DIVINE BY CHOICE, and DIVINE BY BLOOD.

Q Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Absolutely!  I’m a proud supporter of Bitch Media, a non-profit, reader funded platform for feminist ideology. I also support Tulsa Street Cats and various other animal and vegan charities.

Q: What’s up next for you?
Finishing SUN WARRIOR, book two in this series.  Also, Kristin and I are going to begin a new YA series called THE DYSASTERS, which we’re super excited about!  The first two books will be released spring and summer of 2018.  And hard at work on a 10th anniversary House of Night surprise for our fabulous fans!

LIGHTENING ROUND


Twitter or Facebook? Facebook

Favorite Superhero? Wonder Woman and Superman – I love them equally.

Favorite TV show? Currently Outlander

Sweet or Salty? Salty

Any Phobias? Birds and big things under the water – like the bottoms of ships. (shudder)

Song you can’t get enough of right now? Buffalo Springfield’s For What it’s Worth

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to? WONDER WOMAN!!  But, it’s not out until 2017 (it was the first movie I thought of).

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? PASTA!

Thanks for being on the blog! :)

PC CAST



PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.Her latest release, MOON CHOSEN, book 1 in the TALES OF A NEW WORLD series debuts October 18th!




Thursday, 13 October 2016

Blog Tour: Nika by D H Gibbs | Review & Giveaway



Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs Genre: YA Fantasy 
Pages: 96 
Release Date: March 1st 2016  
Rate: 4/5


SYNOPSIS

Taken off the streets Nika is thrown into an unknown world where she's held captive. As an orphan, she has been on the run and must find her way out before they discover her secret. But these people held the knowledge of her family and who she is. Will she be able to find out before her secret is revealed? After hundreds of years, Demyan has finally found the rightful ruler of his race. Unfortunately, she doesn't know who she is and is doing everything in her power to escape him. Time is running out and Demyan has to convince Nika to take her rightful place otherwise the battle will be lost and his race extinguished. 

REVIEW


The story was really short and straight forward. The story kicks off with Nika's kidnapping and she finds herself in Seychatka. There she discovers about her true self and immortality.
I really loved the plot and the characters. The story was really short and I finished it in a whim. There was a great chemistry between Nika and Demyan. The love was too sudden but still it was good. I'm really excited to learn more about her brother whose also her enemy in the next book. 
Overall, a gret short novella that'll make you WANT the first book fast! 

D H Gibbs


With an active imagination and a love of art D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating books. She writes for both the children and young adult genre, where both of her debut books has been published and is available on amazon. Her new children’s book will be coming out in 2016.  D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paint and travel when she can.


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