Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy #1) by Megg Jensen

Sleepers (The Swarm, #1) 

Book: Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy #1)
Author: Megg Jensen
Publisher:  Megg Jensen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

My Review:
Sleepers is SO GOOD, a definite five star!!! I was hooked from the start and found myself reading late into the night. Megg just has a way with drawing you into a story, she is an amazing writer.

Lianne is an adoptee living in part of a realm separate from her people after a war between the two. She and two others were sent here when they were babies to live until they turn a certain age. She is content with being the handmaid to the queen, who is secretly her best friend.

When three men from Lianne's part of the realm show up to speak to Lianne I started wondering what was going on. But they never get a chance to speak to her because they are caught and ordered by the king to be killed. I thought wow this king is ruthless but this is only the beginning.

Things start to spiral out of control. Lianne's birthday arrives and she is "awakened". She has a burning rage inside her that she can't control. She has been secretly learning to fight for years now and is caught in a love triangle with two guys. For most of the story I was trying to figure out who to trust and who not to. There are a lot of twists and turns that will leave you wondering and wanting more. I would love to say well this happened and oh my gosh this but yeah I'm not going to spoil it for you. The entire book was awesome but the last part was wow for me. I did not see any of that happening. This is a must read! Excited to continue with this trilogy.

This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Zebra Like Me by Amy Maurer Jones

Thanks so much, Fantasy Book Chick for hosting me today. I'm excited to announce that I have a new YA book coming out this winter! It's a stand alone YA contemporary entitled, A Zebra Like Me. It's my first stab at contemporary and the subject matter hits close to home so I am more than a little nervous about it. 

The cover art is by Kelsey Keeton of KKeeton Designs and it is gorgeous but you don't have to take my word for it, see for yourself! 


Here's the blurb on the back of the cover.

Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra.

Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance.

With the guidance of her guardian angel, Maybelle finds her way out of emotional and physical isolation to discover lasting love and amazing friendships.


A Zebra Like Me is the story of one teenager’s battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder affecting one in five thousand people. 

Sneak Peak - Here's a glimpse into Maybelle's world in pre-edited form. Please forgive my typos. It will be edited professionally prior to publication.


Maybelle

I sat on the soft, green grass staring out at the lake behind my house. The breeze was cool and soothing against my sun kissed skin. Tomorrow is the first day of school. A sour feeling invades my stomach. I barely passed last year. The pressure of my reality is consuming. Now, in the waning heat of August, after a summer filled with rest and relaxation, it’s easy to pretend this year will be better, but I know the truth. Soon, a daily routine of torture will overwhelm me. Pain-filled days spent trudging up and down concrete floors and flights of stares. Agonizing hours of stillness trapped in the unforgiving frames of wooden desks. Neck-breaking, never ending minutes straining to see what my teacher wrote on the board and overhead projector. And, the paralyzing stress of knowing it’s getting worse and I can’t handle it. I feel helpless and defeated and have yet to step through the school’s front doors.
            “I’m a zebra. No one understands me.” I whisper to myself.
            I take a deep breath as the air stirs. My focus is distracted by a shimmering glint of light. A silvery, white slip of paper floats down from the clear, blue sky. I stretch out my open palm and clasp my fingers around it. It’s folded neatly into quadrants. I unfold the square of paper to find out what is written inside.
            You’re not alone, Maybelle.
            I search the empty space around me and find nothing out of place. Everything is the same. My grandmother’s ferns dangle from their baskets on the back porch. The heavy, faded wooden rocking chairs are still, immune to the feeble breeze. The vegetable garden and the locked shed beyond it are undisturbed. An occasional boater drifts by on the lake but otherwise all is quiet. I am alone.
I reach for my backpack and retrieve my make-shift diary, a simple spiral-bound notebook. I tear out a piece of paper.
“Prove it.” I say the words as I scrawl them onto the slip of paper, fold it into a square, and toss it toward the heavens.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Indie Credible Author Tour: Author Interview: Kait Nolan

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Please welcome Kait Nolan to Fantasy Book Chick

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you’d want to sweep you off your feet…or eat your boss.  When she’s not working or writing, she’s in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots.  You can catch up with her at her blogTwitterFacebook, or  Goodreads

Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself...
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?  
The same thing I do every night--try to take over the world.  What?  We all need a hobby.  When I succeed and establish my new world order, the option for a daily nap will be reinstated for adults across the world (c'mon, you know you've been envying your kindergartener).  Also, I shall abolish Daylight Savings Time.  We will pick one and LEAVE IT.  I know this is a radical concept.  I can't imagine how the planet survived centuries under exactly those conditions.  When not planning world domination, I'm probably sleeping or cooking.  I'm a major foodie, and I really love coming up with new recipes and trying new foods.  My husband is an extremely good sport about this habit!  I also love movies, reading, and walks with my dogs.
When did you begin writing? 
I started my first book back when I was in sixth grade.  My BFF at the time and I decided it would be a great project.  Naturally we were the intrepid heroines.  After being rewritten and updated annually as we ourselves aged, the book fell by the wayside, but the writing bug had definitely struck.  I wrote all through school and college, but I didn't start seriously pursuing professional writing until I finished grad school.
Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?  
For me, it's all about the movie scores.  I can't listen to anything with words when I'm writing or I'll end up singing (sometimes dancing...what happens behind closed doors...We aren't even gonna talk about how many times I've seen Pitch Perfect and the fact that I know almost all the songs from Glee) and generally not focused on the task at hand.  But movie scores are awesome mood music.  There are gobs of them out there that can really help me get into the right headspace for a scene.  Spotify keeps me from going broke listening to all of them.  As to beverage, the correct answer is always a cup of hot tea.  Brewed strong enough to stand up and dance on the table, cream and sugar, please.
What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next? 
I've been doing a lot of reading this summer.  I recently finished all of Donna Kauffman's Cupcake Club series.  I've been listening to Nora Roberts's Key of Knowledge in audio.  And I am about to start Katie MacAlister's Steamed.
Who are some of your favorite authors?   
Nora Roberts, Nalini Singh, Kelley Armstrong, Maggie Stiefvater, Julie Kagawa, Susan Bischoff, Claire Legrand, and Meljean Brook
What other projects are you working on or have coming out next? 
 I am just about to release the next book in my Mirus series, Riven.  
A permanent injury in the line of duty effectively ended Ian Ryker's career as a Shadow Walker for the Council of Races. Being posted to a safe house in Brookland was one step short of forced retirement--until the day Marley Weiss, a local human woman, witnessed something she should never have seen. According to Mirus law, that glimpse of their world makes her life forfeit. Another time, Ian might have followed orders to take her out. But not this time. 
This is a departure from the characters we've met in the prior stories, and I hope readers enjoy this new crew as much as they've loved the old.  That said, I promise I'm not abandoning the other characters!  Next, I'm finishing up my first foray into the contemporary romance genre, Be Careful, It's My Heart, a novella that I hope to release in time for the Christmas season.  
Why did you choose to write this genre?   
As a general rule, I find real life excessively boring.  I spend most of my time in staff meetings at the Evil Day Job imagining alien invasions or ninjas interrupting the meeting (anything to break the monotony).  I find that it's so much more fun to imagine the possibilities of Other, and I prefer to think that Hamlet was right when he said that there are more things in heaven and earth.  
If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why? 
I want the ability to be a human Time Turner.  Because it doesn't look like we're any closer to colonizing a planet with a 36 hour day, and it seems like that's the only way I'll ever get everything done AND have time for a nap!
Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
In a market flooded with vampire fiction of all kinds, fans tend to like my Mirus series because it's a unique world, based on a great many mythologies that aren't commonly known.  I think they like the element of surprise that comes from that.  In terms of this particular book, Riven gives us new creatures, new characters, new challenges, as well as a deeper look into the world of the Shadow Walkers.  And it will, I hope, keep them on the edge of their seats!


Here's Kait new book Riven, check it out!
 


Riven

A permanent injury in the line of duty effectively ended Ian Ryker’s career as a Shadow Walker for the Council of Races.  Being posted to a safe house in Washington, D.C. was one step short of forced retirement–until the day Marley Weiss, a local human woman, witnessed something she should never have seen.  According to Mirus law, that glimpse of their world makes her life forfeit.  Once, Ian might have followed orders to take her out.  But not this time.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: Ecstatic Evil by Amanda McNeil

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Book: Ecstatic Evil
Author: Amanda McNeil
Publisher: Amanda McNeil
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Adult ~ a bit of erotic
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Tova Gallagher isn't just your average tough as nails, intelligent Bostonian. She also just so happens to be half-demon, and halvesies have an important role to play in the supe world. Whether they choose to go with the instincts of their demon or human half is supposed to predict the outcome of the endtimes, and now Tova has a deadline to choose sides. But all of that is hard to care about when she's just met a sexy stranger on the edge of the Charles River.

My Review:
 Ecstatic Evil is a short story with a hot paranormal romance.

Tova is a halvesie, half demon, half human. Her father is a demon and her mother a human. Her whole life she has been caught in the middle between the demons and the fairies.

Tova and her friend own a bookstore in Boston. One night while on a walk Tova runs into a guy who turns out to be a werewolf. They soon become a couple and have some hot, steamy romance. Decision day is coming soon where Tova will have to make the choice who to side with, the demons or the fairies. Her demon cousin Barley wants her to embrace her demon side and use her powers. While Fae, her fairy friend wants her to forget the demons and live as a human. What will she decide?

I liked reading this, it had a good plot and likeable characters. With demons, fairies, werewolves and magic, it has all the supernatural elements you could ask for. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

This e-book was provide to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Swirls (Outsiders #1) by F.A. Hershey

Swirls (Outsiders #1) 

Book: Swirls (Outsiders #1)
Author: F.A. Hershey
Publisher: F.A. Hershey
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
 Sixteen-year-old Julia finds herself leaving her London life behind to move with her parents to the Amazon jungle.

A native descendant, she becomes familiarized with her own roots for the first time in her life. However, she never imagines she is about to discover much more than her own past but also just how crowded our little planet is...

This is a present time sci-fi/ fantasy story about trust, friendship, love and self-discovery.

This book falls into the category of YA fiction, though not unsuitable for younger readers.

My Review:
Swirls is so much more than the summary provides. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading the book. By the end I was hooked and am looking forward to reading book number two.

Julia is living in London with her family when she starts having strange dreams that always involve a woman with red hair. When she finds out that her dad is moving the family to the Amazon Julia and her mom are not happy at all.

When they arrive Julia meets a girl, Halola, working at the lodge where they are staying. It seems like they have an instant connection, friendship wise. Once they get settled Julia starts to learn more about her native roots in the Kanuayed Tribe. She also learns that she is gifted as a guardian. She needs to figure out how to use her powers to save herself and the ones she loves. Julia is surprised to find out that there is more than just the human race living in the area. It's not long before a new guy, Gabrial arrives who Julia to falls for.

There is so much more to this story but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It is a good, interesting story that I enjoyed reading. It's more of story and scene building than really getting more into the story. There is a little bit of action and romance. It's a good first book and I'm looking forward to getting more into the story in book two.

This e-book was provided to me from the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
 Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 



Ecstatic Evil
 My Teasers: "Quit playing at this human ruse and come torment humanity with us.  We can help you silence your human side, you know."

Page 5 ~ Ecstatic Evil by Amanda McNeil

Monday, September 2, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Last week I read: Swirls (Outsiders #1) by F.A. Hershey

Swirls (Outsiders #1)


This week I'm reading: Ecstatic Evil by Amanda McNeil

Ecstatic Evil  

Next week I'm going to read: 
Well I'm not quite sure at the moment.  :)

What are you reading?