Category: Paranormal


Review: 4 stars to A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey #Witches #YA #London

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired.

Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy.

Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives.

Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?

Review:

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time, but I’m glad I read it. Having been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey for a good few years, there was no doubt that I’d be sucked into yet another of her worlds. Although I suppose sometimes you can’t always be sure.

I needn’t have worried, though. Set in Regency London era, we’re immediately introduced to a character that has a part to play through out, although in retrospect, it would have made more sense to show Emma first, as she is the main character and what the story is set around. Moira is a madcap, a sort of homeless person but who practically lives on rooftops. She steals from the rich and, well, anyone who has anything worthwhile to steal.

Then it goes straight into Emma Day story. She’s a witch, but she doesn’t know it at first, and it’s such a natural journey as her and her cousins, Penelope and Gretchen discover their true heritage. And then there’s Cormac, a Keeper – someone who works to keep the nature of witches a secret from regular humans, and acts as a sort of protector to Emma.  He’s also a really charming love interest who made me swoon quite a lot, also made me want to smack Emma because of how stupid she was. I mean, it was so obvious WHY he was acting aloof about his feelings towards her, because if the Order (kind of like the Witch police) they’d see him compromised. But then Emma would think he hated her, even when it was clear he didn’t. I wanted to slap her and tell her to get real!

There are plenty of amusing moments, mostly coming from Gretchen. Also Cormac’s sisters who make appearances occasionally. The girls are feisty and rare, never bowing down to authority and it’s so refreshing. I couldn’t describe any of them as weak or pathetic.

As far as keeping true to the settings go, I was a little put off at first because there were certain words the British wouldn’t use – like ‘blocks’ to describe an area. We don’t do blocks here. And the spelling of words in the American way…In fact there were quite a few Americanisms that bugged me, otherwise I’d have rated this five stars. I guess that if you’re an author and you have a lot of American readers, you’d be inclined to make it easy for them to understand, but it just doesn’t suit the story to do that.

The pacing and writing style were good, although on the odd occasion I found myself wanting to fast forward because certain chapters involved memories. And the change of font doesn’t help either. I hear there’s a second book to this so I look forward to getting my hands on that soon. Definitely worth a read.

-Kat

four-stars
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#GIVEAWAY!! Win signed #MorganvilleVampires web series poster (plus other goodies) #YA #Vampires #CoolStuff

Posted 27 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Supernatural / 1 Comment

GIVEAWAY TIME

So hands up if you’re a fan of Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series?

Now hands up more if you’re SUPER excited for the web series of these very lovely books?

HANDS UP IF YOU WANT TO WIN A SIGNED POSTER?

BY THE CAST?

Well here’s your chance!

I got to meet the cast after seeing their panel at MCM London Expo on Saturday 25th October, and they showed the first two episodes of the Morganville Vampires web series hosted by Geek and Sundry (will be officially available Monday 27th October on their YouTube channel!!!). They might only be 10 minutes long each but that’s 10 minutes of EPICNESS! (So we got double the fun!)

It’s so surreal seeing it come to life. Now the first two episodes are intense and brilliant and I’m so pleased and proud of this fandom, that we managed to help such a beauty to come alive! ALIIIIIVE!! Here are some (slightly badly taken, but taken nonetheless) pictures while I was in the signing line. 🙂

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Now, do you wanna win…this???

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(Don’t worry, there are the right amount of signatures, just one of them decided to sign in the black area. >_<)

There’ll also be a wristband and a couple of Morganville bookmarks included. 🙂

If yes, then enter below!

p.s. THIS IS INTERNATIONAL! SO ENTER AWAY….AWAAAAAAY and good luck! I will announce the winner on Monday the 3rd November 2014!

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Oh and it’s also my blogs 2 year anniversary! (well, it was on Friday!) so this is my blogiversary giveaway special. 

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan & Slam by Tash McAdam #StoryTime #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal #Novellas

Posted 14 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

RELEASE DAY BLITZ

 

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press. All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

 

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/Zjgx5F

About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1z1XHk1

About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Two Faced by Melissa Pearl #YA #NA #Paranormal

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Two Faced

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TWO FACED BY MELISSA PEARL

RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2014

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 Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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NEW #CoverReveals from Judgement of the Six by Melissa Haag @Imagine2Live @MarkMyWordsPR

Posted 9 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Paranormal / 0 Comments

 

 

 

NEW COVERS

 

 

Judgment of the Six NEW Cover Reveal

Hope(Less), (Un)Wise, (Un)Bidden, (Mis)Fortune NEW COVERS REVEALED

 Books 1-3 Available NOW, Book 4 releases November 24, 2014

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Our world is being judged, and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny glowing sparks that fill her mind and represent the people around her, confirm it.

Clueless regarding the reason behind her sight, Gabby struggles to find an explanation. A chance encounter leads her closer to the answers she has struggled to find and into a hidden society where fur is optional. There she meets Clay, the intense werewolf delusional enough to think he has a chance with her.

Gabby escapes back into her old life, but not quite alone. Clay follows her and silently makes a place for himself in her world. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, problems compound when other werewolves, ones with abnormally colored sparks, begin to stalk her.

Instead of gaining answers, her list of questions is growing. What do the other uniquely colored sparks mean? Is she not as alone as she thought?

Judgement has begun…

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Misfortune_ebook

They kept me prisoner for four years, using me for my predictions. They thought they had me subdued, meekly following orders, but they were wrong. I was waiting for a chance to run. I had to be careful, though. They had my brothers, and the leader wasn’t exactly human.

The sudden death of her stepfather gives Michelle the only chance she may ever have to escape, and she takes it. She needs a place to hide and someone to listen to her predictions so her head doesn’t explode. Yet, there’s nowhere she can hide and no one to protect her from the monsters pursuing her.

Then, she meets Emmitt. He’s calm, kind, caring…and a werewolf. If she can find a way to trust him, he might be able to do more than just keep her safe. He might be the one who can help her fight for answers about her gift and the other women like her.

Only time will tell if what she discovers is enough to keep those she loves safe from an emerging evil.

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The dreams start and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. Reliving past lives, where Dog-men chase her and she sees her eventual tormented death, Bethi sets out to find a way to live this time around. The dreams hint at an answer. She needs to be strong enough to find it, or die…

The third installment of the Judgement of the Six answers questions, questions answers, and risks the fate of the world.

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I left home because I didn’t want to end up in a cage like a lab rat. Hitching rides, begging for cash, and sleeping on the ground got old fast. That was the only reason I braved an overgrown path to a group of buildings. I’d hoped to find a bed and a decent night’s sleep. However, what I found was a place overrun by werewolves.

While on the run, Charlene finds herself surrounded by werewolves, creatures she can’t control with her mind like she can humans. Their existence has her believing she’s found a safe place to stay, a place where secrets are okay. However, she soon discovers she’s anything but safe. Charlene must learn how to use her abilities to influence the strange new species because if she can’t, the next bite she suffers might just kill her.

Read how the cycle begins, and have no doubt. Charlene’s past will shape the future of the Judgements.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

MelissaH

Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of a separate six book series. To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at: http://melissahaag.com , and you can connect with her on: https://twitter.com/imagine2live & https://www.facebook.com/author.MelissaHaag

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#SALE Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand #YA #Paranormal

Posted 8 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Mature, Paranormal, YA / 0 Comments

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“Heather Hildenbrand is one of my favorite YA paranormal authors. Her Dirty Blood series is a must-read!” -Ella James, author of the Stained series

DIRTY BLOOD BOX SET & NEW COVER REVEAL

!!!ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME!!!

 PLUS GET AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM BOOK 5, RELEASING IN MARCH 2015!!!

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BOOK 1 – DIRTY BLOOD

 

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And two, I was born to kill them.

 

BOOK 2 – COLD BLOOD

 

Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected.

 

For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they’re kicking your butt in the process.

 

At least I’ve got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De’Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he’s destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn’t going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point’s evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

 

BOOK 3 – BLOOD BOND

 

Hybrids.

If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.

Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

 

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.

 

BOOK 4 – BLOOD RULE

 

Forty-six.

That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.

 

Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.

That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.

 

Sixteen.

That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.

 

Zero.

That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Heather

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

 

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

 

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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Review: True Colors by Melissa Pearl #DNF

Posted 5 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, DNF, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

two-half-stars

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

 

 

 

Review:

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it to 64% so I think I have enough to base a review on. (By the way, the spelling of ‘colors’ makes me want to claw a chalkboard. I wanted to put ‘colours’ on principle but thought better not confuse people)

Unfortunately, I really couldn’t finish this. At the start, it seemed like a good premise. Interesting characters and a decent over all story. But the further in I got, the more I realised Caitlyn behaved more like a 12 year old than a near 18yr old. Not that you have to act really mature at 18, but it just…her attitude and general behaviour was really childish.

She was so nosy, prying into people’s business and I know she wanted to help these people, because she could see their real intentions, it got to the point where I was wanting to scream at her to JUST. STOP! The whole “seeing past their masks” thing was cool at first, but then it became ridiculous. It was also cheesy the way she got the ‘powers’ but that’s …meh.

Sure, you can maybe get emotions shown in an expression, but not descriptive feelings. I mean, there are only so many expressions a person can make on their face. Y’know?

I had liked her best friend Stella, but then she also became irritating. Selfish and bratty, but then Caity did realise this and essentially dumped her. Or was it the other way around?

The bad guys were more pantomime bad guys, and I didn’t really believe it. It just seemed pathetic and stupid. Eric Shore was a character I thought would be good for Caity but actually it was weird. He was something like 20 years old and the way he spoke was more like a 30yr old. I got confused, wondering exactly who he was.

Writing style wise, I thought it was well put together, and I didn’t see anything wrong (asides from a few minor errors but nothing worth pointing out). I suppose it was just believability and although this was more a paranormal-ish story, or something like that – it wasn’t plain contemporary – I’d still like some characters I can feel a connection with.

I always feel bad about writing these kind of reviews, but there you go.

Kat

two-half-stars
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#CoverReveal: Story Time #Novellas #Giveaways #YA

Posted 1 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Giveaways, Paranormal, YA / 0 Comments

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press.  All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

 

Today is the cover reveal of two novellas in StoryTime releasing on October 14, 2014:  Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam.

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR Pile : http://bit.ly/YKlnIG

About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR Pile : http://bit.ly/1sLY9Qr

About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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Blog Tour: COURAGE AND OTHER DEMONS by Jill Daugherty

Posted 9 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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presents…

Courage

Courage and Other Demons by Jill

Daugherty is on tour from  September

8-13. We would love for you to join us!

 

Title: Courage and Other Demons

Author: Jill Daugherty

Age: YA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Open Mike Publishing

Release date: January 2013

BLURB:

“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing

it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in

love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to

fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he

was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had

become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It

all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There

were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to

understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me

forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible

choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer

student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how

Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read

about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They

didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your

ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race

and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about

the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters

that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that

she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

 

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 Excerpt:

I walked down the steps of the small plane, my fingers skimming the thin layer of moisture that clung to the rail. A light mist was still falling, dampening my hair and clothes, and the thick fog seeped into the pores of my skin, adding to the general creep factor that had been building inside of me for weeks. It didn’t matter. Creepy fog or no, I couldn’t turn back. I had to move forward and face my new reality, which was wrapped up in the ring and the prophecy and everything else—and by everything else, I mean Simon Brady.

“We’re almost there,” Simon assured me as he reached down and took my hand in his.

I pulled away and tucked my hand inside the pocket of my fleece jacket, not ready to be nice to him. The cold or the fog or the fear of the unknown made me shiver as we walked toward the waiting car. I noticed Simon’s arm twitch, the compulsion to offer me his coat or wrap his arm around my shoulders an automatic response, but we both knew I would reject any offer of kindness he made. I wanted to punish him for being who he was—for not letting me be who I wanted to be—and rejection seemed like an appropriate punishment. He’d challenged the way I saw the world. He’d taken away my security and the view I’d had of myself and replaced it with one I couldn’t come to terms with. He’d made everything around me seem cold and harsh and perilous—including him.

A man I didn’t recognize opened one of the back doors of a black SUV (the apparent car of choice for Simon and the others). Simon acknowledged him with a brief hug before turning to me as I slid into the back seat.

“Sit in the front,” Simon suggested with kindness. “It’ll be warmer up there.”

“I’m fine,” I said.

“Maggie, you’re shivering.”

“I’m fine,” I repeated, not even making an attempt to hide my hostility.

Simon sighed, a look of regret pushing down from his brow and into his eyes, which were clear and blue and reminded me of tropical waters. He nodded and walked to the back of the car where he helped our driver load the luggage into the back. When we were all inside, Simon introduced me to our driver, but I wasn’t listening and missed his name.

“Nice to meet you,” the man said to me in a thick Irish accent.

“You too,” I told him, trying to pull every bit of politeness I had out of me and into those two words. It wasn’t this guy’s fault that I hated the world and everyone in it.

Simon turned around and looked at me. I wasn’t fooling him. I looked away and rested my forehead on the cold glass of the window. It was dark outside, and the farther we drove from the small airport at the northern tip of Ireland, the darker it became. I could see the faint glow of the moon as it strained to be seen behind the thick cloud cover, and a few stars made brief appearances in the breaks in the clouds, but it wasn’t enough light to show me what was waiting for me here.

I watched Simon for a few minutes as he stared out the front windshield. I knew the sweet and kind boy I’d first gotten to know was still there, but I also knew there was so much more to him. Whose fault was it that I hadn’t seen the rest before? Had he deliberately hidden the prophecy and everything I’d have to do and everything that he was? Or was it my fault for turning a blind eye so I could focus only on what I wanted to see? There had been signs, I know that now, but had those signs been enough for me to figure things out sooner? It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.

I didn’t want to think about any of that or sort through all the incongruous information that was constantly shifting inside my brain, so instead I leaned back against the seat and willed myself to fall asleep.

About the author:

 JillDaugherty

Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world’s cutest puppy. By day, she

works with gifted children and their teachers, but somewhere on the drive home

every evening, she transforms into a writer. When she’s not working, writing

or cleaning up Bailey’s latest mess, she likes to…uh, no, that’s pretty much her

life.

 

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Review: 4.5 stars to Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl #YA #Aliens

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

 

Review:

Completely intense and gripping, this sequel to Icons blew my mind. There are reasons why I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but I’ll get to those later.

First off I want to point out how well paced this story is, and how diverse the characters are. Also, the development! Crazy.  I found myself questioning everything, thinking I’d solved one mystery only to find out I was wrong. It had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible simply to find out what the hell was going on. Granted, it took me longer than I wanted to read this, but that was due to not reading it continuously. Y’know, I like to sleep and eat and take breaks. So sue me!

The book starts off with Dol, Ro, Lucas (<3 him!) and Tima with Fortis crashing a helicopter (or is it a plane? I can’t remember.) And from there we’re led on their journey to escape Sympas chasing them and the Icons that threaten to invade their world. Wherever they go, they’re not safe. Fortis goes missing and suddenly four teenagers are alone, lost, and out of water and food. They travel across deserts. They have to do a number of crazy things that nearly get them killed. It’s quite a journey. Dol finds out her family might not be completely gone, and also who to trust. And who not to.

I found that I both liked and hated Fortis. He was mysterious, for sure, but there was also a sense of caring. He seemed like he actually did care for these kids and even though he had his reasons for what he did and what he plans to do, he wouldn’t have hurt them. At least, I’d like to think so. Knowing the ending, however, I’m not sure. I don’t know how to feel.

Doc, the Virt, as they call it, was just as entertaining as in Icons. I like the humour that eased us from the tension.

Now, there were a couple issues that bugged me, and the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars was because…well you know my feelings – sort of – about Fortis, but that is why the rating. He was too complicated to understand at time. Also, Ro. His behaviour was pathetic. Towards Dol and Lucas and just everything. I get he’s got anger issues, but it just got a lil irritating. Lucas and Dol were so sweet together and I didn’t even think of Ro being an option. He’s like family to Dol, so yes she can love him but it’s obvious she feels in love with Lucas. They all have so much chemistry and such life threatening moments, of course they’d  feel things for each other. Love triangles don’t bother me, because usually I only feel something for one of them.

We encounter a new character – actually, two – Bibi, and a fifth Icon Child – Sparrow. There is a lot of mystery (That word is used a lot, but it’s true!) around this character and it’s intriguing. I wanted to know who she was because Dol dreams about her once. Bibi is a kind of Monk that is involved with the story behind how the Icon children came about. Then there’s Null. There’s so MUCH to think about and talk about. But I won’t spoil too much.

The ending was well done. It led up to something epic and tragic, but I didn’t know what would happen, and I liked that. That it wasn’t at all predictable. They find out who they are, what they are, how they were made and it’s 100% mind blowing (well, for me) and I cannot wait for book three. I need conclusions. I need to find out how they take down the Icons (because I assume they do) Also the major thing that happens at the end was heartbreaking and I have my theories but argh.

Margaret Stohl is a genius in the making at writing books that leave you wanting more.

Definitely worth reading (even if you didn’t like Icons. Read this.)

Kat

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