Category: Adventure


#Review: 5 stars to The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken #YA

Posted 29 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Review:

I can’t believe how many books I’ve had to start and quit early before I got to one I really really liked. I’ve been in a reading slump for quite some time and only when I finally bought The Darkest Minds did I think, yes, I’ve found the ONE!

I loved everything about this book, though in some aspects it reminded me a bit of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. But that could be just because of the whole ‘super powers’ thing and that Ruby doesn’t want to touch anyone for fear something bad will happen. It’s really quite unique in its own way, and scary in parts. Especially the chapter on Ruby’s parents and how what happened..happened. I won’t spoil, because it’s all part of the journey, but it’s really something.

Ruby and Liam made the perfect couple in my opinion and DAMN, why you have to go and write THAT ending, Alex? *sobs* I can’t wait to read Never Fade, as I need to find out what happens next. 

The only person I really couldn’t stand was Clancy, but I think that was probably the point. He was manipulative, temperamental and sleezy in all sense of the word. At first, I thought yeah maybe I could dig this kid, but then after about a page I was like NO! There were times when I wondered if Ruby and her group (Zu, Chubs and Liam) were stupid, with the situations they ended up in. 

Chubs is probably my favourite character. And that’s saying something because it took a long time for him to soften to Ruby, but I liked the fact he stuck by his guns (metaphorically speaking) and knew what he wanted out of life. He knew, when they ended up at East River, that things weren’t all that they seemed, and yet no one listened because…well…why would they? Everyone else was having a grand old time. It made me appreciate just how much outsiders listen and observe more than those that instantly fit in. I’ve always been an outsider myself, and I tend to grasp what is happening to others before they do, and it helps when someone suddenly realises and I’m like HAHA NAILED IT! Just kidding. I’m not that shallow. 😛

Anyway, this book had everything I wanted. Action, romance, a bit of amusement, drama, tales of woe…just everything. POWERS! I love books about super powers. 

I saw Alexandra Bracken at SDCC, though from a distance, and I wish I had bothered to get the book then to have it signed because man, it’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

YAY!

 

-Kat

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#Promo: Extraordinary Sam by Kevin A. Springer #MiddleGrade #Fantasy

Posted 14 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Fantasy, Middle Grade / 1 Comment

Today on the Book Nerd Blog, I want to promote something a little different. I don’t often have MG here, but that’s about to end.

Check THIS out!



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In EXTRAORDINARY SAM, Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12 year-old boy, but the discovery of a mysterious box from his missing grandfather changes his life forever. He soon finds himself in a strange world full of adventure and magic where he must battle pirates, giant spiders, and a fire-wielding tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve the riddles, and most of all, be Extraordinary.

If this sounds like something you just can’t wait for? Good news. Extraordinary Sam is released:

March 17th 2015.

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You can find this on Kindle and Paperback via UK Amazon and USA Amazon

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About The Author

Kevin_Springer_3_400x400[1]Kevin A. Springer grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits. As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while telling bedtime stories to his two young boys. One such story evolved into his debut book, Extraordinary Sam& the Adventurers’ Guild (March 2015, Bookfish Books LLC.), which tells the tale of an ordinary boy who finds a hatbox and discovers a world of adventure and self-discovery.

Kevin is a self-proclaimed dreamer and a kid at heart. When he’s not writing or reading, he is coaching soccer or helping with homework. He lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs. He is the co-founder of the Middle Grade Mafia Blog (middlegrademafia.com)
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#BlogTour: The Fire Mages by Pauline M. Ross

Posted 20 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the Fire Mages book tour.

 

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Title: The Fire Mages

Author: Pauline M. Ross

Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure / Romance

Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.

Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.

While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed–or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.

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The highway was lined three or four deep in honour of the Kellon’s arrival, despite a misty rain. I was there with my whole family – Mother, Father, three sisters, two brothers, and my eldest sister’s husband and children. The procession arrived an hour or two later than expected. A long train of horsemen in the local colours preceded several fine carriages, wagons of luggage and finally the open carts for the servants. The Kellon and most of his retainers would stay at the village guest house, with the overflow squeezed into the inn.

The Kellon himself rode near the front, his armour loose enough to accommodate his belly. Guards surrounded him, and behind came several men in leather riding trousers and long coats, the full skirts trailing over their horses’ rumps. I spotted the bulk of the Kellon’s Steward, and one man was recognisable as a mage by the tattoo on his forehead. The others were indistinguishable older men with serious faces looking straight ahead, either uninterested in the village peasantry or with their thoughts fixed on weightier matters. Or perhaps focused on their stomachs, since they were late for the noon board.

One man was different. He was younger than the others, only a few years older than me, and since he wore no riding scarf, his dark hair jumped out of the array of blond heads around him. Odder still, as he passed by, he turned towards me and stared directly into my eyes, as if, somehow, he knew me and had picked me out from the sea of identical women. Yet I had never seen him before.

“Well, that was peculiar,” said Alita, my next oldest sister. “I’ve not seen him here before. Why did he look at you in that way?”

I could only shrug. I shivered, suddenly chilled from standing so long in the drizzle.

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Author Bio

Pauline lives in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland with her husband, her grown up daughter and a mad cat. She likes chocolate, whisky, her Kindle, massed pipe bands, long leisurely lunches, watching TV with her daughter, chocolate, going places in her campervan, eating pizza in Italy, summer nights that never get dark, wood fires in winter, chocolate, the view from the study window looking out over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond. And chocolate. She dislikes driving on motorways, cooking, shopping, hospitals. ‘The Fire Mages’ is her second published work. ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ was published in September 2014.

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#CoverReveal: Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith #Historical #Romance @Keely_keith

Posted 13 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Mature, New Adult, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

Want to see the cover for Keely Brooke Keith’s upcoming sequel to Land Uncharted?!
Well…here we go!
Title: Uncharted Redemption
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press
Description: Levi Colburn, resentful of his father, haunted by his
mother’s tragic death, and pained by his love for the unattainable Mandy
Foster, breaks from the Land’s tradition and begins to build a life of his own.
When rebels tear through the village of Good Springs, Levi vows to deliver
justice and restore the woman he loves. As tradition stands in the way of
redemption and threats from the outside world begin to appear, Levi must learn
his greatest battles cannot be fought with his fists. Romantic, suspenseful,
and filled with adventure, Uncharted
Redemption
weaves dramatic new layers into life in the Land.
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is the second book in the Uncharted series. If you haven’t read The Land Uncharted, it’s best to start here:
The Land Uncharted

Book One:

Title: The Land Uncharted
Author: Keely Brooke Keith
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press

 

Summary:
Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
 
Naval Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war. A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 
 
Lydia risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.
 
Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.
 
As Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to survive?
 
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Advance Praise for The Land Uncharted:
“Not only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of ReverieThe Land Uncharted captured my interest from the opening lines. Keely Brooke Keith skillfully weaves an engaging story that explores the possibilities of a simple, peaceful existence in a society set apart from a world ravaged by conflict. Equal parts suspense and romance, this debut novel is a compelling read.” -Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled

 

About the Author

Keely is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 
 
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