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Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Blog Design!


Hello lovely followers/readers of my blog!

I don't know if you have noticed, but I have a new blog design.
This design was done by Lisseth from Read-a-Holicz, she is very talented, so check her out if you want a new blog design too!

The header is now less flashy and the whole blog is just a bit more toned down and clearer.
I really love the pastel colours Lisseth used. Overall I'm really happy with it, thanks again Lisseth!

I wanted to ask you if you have any comments/criticism on the design or just anything that you think can be improved on my blog.

PS: I also started using Disqus for comments, so people can actually read my replies :) Do you guys find this a good comment tool?

Thanks!



Friday, 19 July 2013

EXCERPT of in Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni


In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni



Title: In Between Seasons
Author: Cassandra Giovanni
SeriesThe Fall #1
Genre: YA post-apocalyptic romance










Blurb:


At eighteen there is one thing Kate Ericson is certain of—the world is at war and has been since she was two years old. That was when her father pulled her family and a group of close friends to a God forsaken place in the middle of nowhere. For Kate there is no escape from the sea of lies she is drowning in until her world collides with Hunter Marks—the son of her father's biggest opponent. An opponent that Kate didn't even know existed. What Hunter kidnaps Kate for, and what her family will try to kill her to keep secret, is a knowledge that she doesn't have. Now Kate’s innocence seems to becoming undone at the seams of reality. Hunter then finds himself fighting the hopelessness that is creeping into the edges of her heart as she learns more about the corruption that has devoured their lives. As Hunter and Kate forge a strong and unique relationship it becomes clear that their love is something that the bureaucracy never expected, and that Hunter's father will do whatever he can to destroy it. Hunter believes he must sacrifice love in order to teach Kate that the world's deadliest weapon is her. Hunter and Kate will have to find the strength to rise above a deception that is so great, even the ones who created it don't realize its depth.
In Between Seasons is a new kind of post-apocalyptic novel, one that focuses on the characters and uses the lack of understanding of a corrupt world as the backdrop to shape them into who they are as people.


Excerpt:


“I guess you don’t have to sleep with stinky old me tonight,” I observed as I tried to keep my tone controlled.

 “Nope, you can take a shower and not smell anymore,” Hunter retorted, and I tried not to notice that he hadn’t said we weren’t sleeping in the same bed. I wasn’t sure if it was an invitation, but I knew I was blushing at the thought.

“Yeah, as if you’re just a bushel of roses,” I teased as I tried to stop my brain.

“My sweat smells sexy,” Hunter commented with a smirk as I flopped on one of the beds. I couldn’t help but stare as he lifted his shirt off and tossed it in the pile to be washed. I had known he had defined muscles just from the way he looked in a t-shirt, but without his shirt on was a whole different story. His chest was defined in a way that almost left me breathless and his stomach was flat with a slight definition of the individual muscles that lead to his striking hip bones.

“Don’t tell me you’ve never seen a guy without a shirt on?” He teased with a slight, yet painful smirk.

I stood and stepped forward in the silence. 

“What are these from?” I asked, placing my hand on a large scar on his chest and looking at the many more that marred his perfect body.

He placed his hand over mine as he bowed his head, his eyes darkening. His Adam’s apple rose and fell before he managed to speak, “I told you war wasn’t glorious.”

“I thought generals only gave the orders.”

He shook his head again, his skin hot against mine, “I’ve fought on the front lines. I’ve killed too many people without a thought. My hands are permanently covered in blood.”

“War leaves its mark on everyone,” I said, looking into his eyes as the whole world blurred around me.

“I’ve killed a lot of people Kate, and these marks are all I have to show for it,” his hand tightened around mine, “The more you know about me the less scared you seem to be when you should hate me and run away as fast as you can.”

“Is that it? You think I’ll hate you if I know who you really are?” I replied our faces inches apart.

“You should…”

“I won’t. No matter what you tell me…I won’t.”

His eyes dropped, “You can’t know that.”

“Why?”

“Because you don’t know what I’ve done,” he said closing his eyes and taking a deep breath his hand still tight over mine, “I don’t even know why I’ve done the things I’ve done. I’ve done them because I was told to. I could have killed you…”

“But you didn’t Hunter. It shows that you are still a good person. I don’t understand these wars…or what they are about--” I began.

“I wish I could explain to you what they are about, but I can’t because I don’t know. My father and your father shared the same opinion about whatever happened—that forming a tribe, and their own personal armies was the only way to stay safe—to keep what they thought was theirs,” Hunter sighed, “but I never had to go along with it…I should never have gone along with it.”

“You’re a victim of these wars. You did what you had to do. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done Hunter. You are who you are,” I reassured him as my heart raced It felt as though our bodies were magnetically charged, reaching for each other subconsciously.

“Being a victim is only an excuse that we use to justify our own cruel actions. I’m a beast, Kate. Everyone sees it but you,” his eyes searched mine for a realization that would never come.

“Hunter, you’re not a beast, and I will never be able to see you that way no matter what you tell me,” I clarified, my breath catching in my throat and the words coming out breathless.

“Why?”

I bit my lip and looked away, “You’ll never understand what you saved me from.”

“I could Kate, if you would only let me in,” he pushed, and our eyes met again as his other hand went to my face. I jumped away before the heat of his palm could set in, as I heard the basement door open.

“Did I interrupt something?” Collin asked, his glasses rising as he looked between Hunter and I.

About the Author:


Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Just One Cup, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Parasite (Parasitology #1) - Mira Grant [Review]


Parasite by Mira Grant


Title: Parasite
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
SeriesParasitology #1
Release Date: October 29th 2013
Pages512
Rating: ★★★★











Blurb:


A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #7

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi


Series: Under the Never Sky #3
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 





Unfortunately there is no blurb yet, but I love the released cover.
The world needs them. They need each other.  Sounds exciting!

I read the first 2 books and the novella all in one week, I just had to know more (here's my combined review). I can recommend this series to everyone and I cannot wait to read the third (and last?) installment in the Under the Never Sky series!

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #7


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

These authors are probably known in the book blogging world, but not outside of there. And they should be, because their books are awesome! The list is not in any particular order.

1. Veronica Rossi

I absolutely love her Under the Never Sky series!

2. Tahereh Mafi

The Shatter Me series is just amazing. Warner....

3. Susan Ee

Angelfall is probably the best self-published book I've ever read.

4. Michelle Hodkin

The Mara Dyer series is so confusing and mysterious and brilliantly written, love it!

5. Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha series is one of my all time favourites, everything is just perfect.

6. Sarah Maas

Throne of Glass was amazing, I can't wait for Crown of Midnight.

7. Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave did justice to its hype, I loved it. This writer is one of the few who have written a good 'multiple POV' book.

8. Amy Plum

I just read Die for Me and I can't wait to read the rest of her Revenants series. Her descriptions of Paris were just amazing.

9. Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds was a great sci-fi/dystopian book, I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

10. Mira Grant

I'm currently reading her (first) book Parasite, it's really good until now.


Put the link to your Top Ten in the comments!

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken [Review]

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
SeriesThe Darkest Minds #1
Release Date: December 18th 2012
Pages488
Rating: ★★★











Blurb:


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.

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