Monday, April 30, 2012

Dark Passage by M.L. Woolley



Dark Passage (Dark Passage: Chosen)Title:Dark Passage
Author: M.L. Woolley
Rating: 


Goodreads Synopsis:
Jen takes refuge in a rundown mansion when her life falls apart. To escape reality she finds herself choosing between the world of the living and the dead. She begins having vivid experiences with a beautiful male entity who longs to be her soulmate. 


Her childhood friend, 19 year old Ivy, has come from a rough past and has always been different. She learns she has the ability to communicate with the 
dead and as time passes other supernatural gifts emerge. Ivy will stand against 
the evil that would separate a love that transcends time and her true destiny 
emerges. 


Jen & Ivy are drawn into the compelling world of the dark side and propelled on 
the most important journeys of their lives. 


Review:
Wow 'Dark Passage' gave me some serious goosebumps!
You're probably wondering why I would give this book 4 birdies if it was that amazing. Well I'll tell ya. I was a tad bit confused at the beginning because I thought it was a ghost story what with the house being haunted and whatnot but as I kept reading I realized it was a completely different thing.


I had been worried that I was not going to like this books but I was happily surprised that I did (I usually don't read ghosts stories that is why I thought I wasn't going to like it). 'Dark Passage' had a very strong message about belief and believing. 


Jen and Ivy made me cringe a few times because of how they were living and enduring some awful things, but i also felt very proud of them because they managed to change all those that were harming them.


Only one thing I did not like was that at the beginning everything was very confusing because of the constant change of POV's (they weren't really labeled) but I soon understood the different voices of the different characters and it became easier.


I don't want to spoil it for anyone but you HAVE to read this. It is simply extraordinary! Woolley truly has gift and I was not disappointed!


-martha :D

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)Title: Nevermore
Author: Kelly Creagh
Rating:
Goodreads Synopsis:
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. 


Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.


As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.


His life depends on it.


My Thoughts:
Maybe it is becasue I never really got into Edgar Allan Poe and his writing but I did not like this book. The only reason I gave it 2 birdies was because I did catch my attention about halfway through and then it lost it. I hate to skim but I have to admit that I did...a lot.


I felt like it was a bit hard to understand what all the creatures and such were trying to do with Varen and Isobel because it wasn't really explained until almost the end.


I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.
-martha :D

We have a winner!!

First and foremost I'd like to thank Samantha Young for being fabulous and for letting me annoy her with my interview questions ;D As well as for donating a copy of 'Moon Spell'.
You can find her on 

Now before I announce who the winner is, I would like to thank each and every person who entered. I really   appreciate it. For those of you who did not win you can buy it on Amazon

Now drum roll please Mistro (hahah just pretend you hear one will ya)!
Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)

Sharmaine Chan

Sharmaine has 48 hours to answer my email or I will have to pick another winner!
Once again, many warm thank you's to EVERYONE who read, added, tweeted, followed, etc!
Keep a lookout because there will be more incredible interviews, reviews, and giveaways!
-martha :D


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Look at what I just got in the mail...

I am very excited to get in the mail Barbara Rayne's Nette! I read the synopsis on goodreads and it REALLY caught my attention!

Here is the synopsis: " In a world where gender was distinguished by the eye color, blue for female and brown for male, she had the misfortune of being born as brown eyed girl. Being ugly and a freak to everyone was the least of her troubles. Immortal and destined to be a queen, her mere existence was a threat to the king. After everyone she loved was brutally murdered, she had no choice but to pursue the path she was destined. In a world that made it obvious there was no place in it for her, immortal Nette will have to make room even if it means killing them all.

This book is suitable for any age or gender, because it's a story about a girl that has been stigmatized in a society just because she was different. To make it more absurd, the first reason was the color of her eyes. Her immortality just added to the fire! Be it the color of the skin or worshiping a different God;I see hatred in our present society as equally absurd. I wanted to show how different people are treated, how our noble deeds can be overpowered by hate, and I spiced it up with a bit of romance.
Hopefully, readers will enjoy reading as much as I did writing it."

Awesome right! Shouldn't take me too long to read it so I'll be posting my review soon.
-martha :D

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Enchantment (Channie, #1)Title: Enchantment
Author: Charlotte Abel
Rating: 


Goodreads Synopsis:
Sixteen year old Channie Kerns leads an idyllic life of seclusion and magic deep in the Ozark Mountains ... until her family is forced to flee for their lives.


They leave everything and everyone behind to start over in Louisville, Colorado. Magic is forbidden while they are in hiding, but Channie can't resist the temptation to enchant a group of local boys. When her overbearing parents catch her flirting with these "sex-crazed, non-magical delinquents," they slap a chastity spell on her to protect her virtue.


The spell is triggered by lust, so just navigating the halls at her new school is an ordeal. She can't even touch a boy she's attracted to without blasting him with a jolt of magical energy that feels like a taser.


When Channie falls in love with Josh Abrim, a BMX racer with dangerous secrets of his own, she rebels against her parents and turns to dark and forbidden magic to break the chastity spell ... with disastrous results.


My thoughts:
I am not sure if Abel wrote this book intentionally funny or not but I thought it was pretty funny. All the awkward moments of first times and love and just being a teenager and everything that comes with the territory fused with magic made 'Enchantment' and incredible read!


Channie and Josh go through this whirlwind friendship/relationship even with all the curses he keeps getting knocked on his bum with. Josh, I had to very much admire because even though he kept getting hurt time and time again he kept enduring it to be with Channie. Channie, I understood, had almost no control over these curses that kept escaping her and hitting Josh.


I read it less then a day because I was fascinated to see where the story would take me. There was so much adventure that I couldn't put it down (for which I now have the oh so amazing bags under my eyes). Every time I thought I knew where this story was headed, I was wrong and instead I was taken in a complete different path then what I had thought.


I did feel as though their relationship was a bit rushed but then again isn't that how pretty much every hormonal ridden teenage relationship goes. Now throw in some magic and a crazy family out to kill Channie and her family and you have 'Enchantment'.


Trust me, you want to read this book!! It is an awesome read and you won't be sorry!!


-martha :D

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moon Spell Review & Giveaway!

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)Title: Moon Spell
Author: Samantha Young
Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

Teasers:
"Wha..." She jumped, turning to face him, her hand floating to her heart in reflex.
Dammit, she breathed closing her eyes. She did not want him to know how much he unnerved her. She opened her eyes at his gentle mocking laughter.
"Didn't mean to scare you."
"Yeah, well, if your intention is not to scare people don't sneak up on them."
"I though you would have at least smelled me. I picked up on your scent, that's how I knew you were out here."

She laughed again, and he leaned conspiratorially across the table towards her.
"Who do you think would win in a fight? Lucien," he indicated their Pack Leader with a tilt of his head, "Or Lucian?" he referred to the 'lycan' leader of the film franchise.
"What?"Lucien asked dryly. She suspected he didn't like being out of the loop on anything.
"Hmm." Caia pretended to think. "Lucian is pretty tough...he can squeeze bullets out of his head. I don't think even Lucien can do that?"
"Yeah, but silver hurts Lucian. Lucien would just laugh at a silver bullet."
"That's true."
"What the hell are they talking about?" Lucien grumbled to the rest of the table.

He was glad she was as unsettled by whatever was between them as he was. Bowing back at her, a chuckle erupted hoarsely from the back of his throat, and he looked up in time to see her fur bristle at the sound of his laughter. Caia turned as if to leave and his heart stopped. She couldn't leave. He threw himself into her side to stop her, and pulled her unwillingly (at first) into a tussle with him. Like their first run together she smacked him back and nipped playfully at him.

Review:
When I read the synopsis for 'Moon Spell', I though "Eh, just another werewolf story, I'll give it a shot." Good thing I did because otherwise I would have missed out on a GREAT book.

Caia is a 17 year old girl, who has been protected from an evil man bent on killing her known only as "the Hunter" in the first half of the book. It becomes decided that she and her caretaker, Irini, should finally move back with the pack. That is where she meets Lucien, Pack Leader of Pack Errante. As I read this book, Caia reminded me of my younger sister. How they are both quiet, and reserved, unlike myself who would probably fit very well with the rest of the loud, boisterous pack. So, basically I felt Caia could have been my sister (except my sister had brown hair and eyes, whereas Caia has long, pale blond hair and green eyes). I felt like I could gone to Caia and talked to her like she did with Jae.

Lucien Lucien Lucien. My goodness I have a crush on Lucien (shame he isn't real!). :D He is so frustratingly clueless (aren't most men though, you'll have to read the book to find out why I say this). Ryder, became one of my favorite characters, especially when he argues about putting Saffron is a cup (serisously go read it, it's hilarious) because he made me laugh so hard my mum came into my room to ask me what was wrong!

The plot flowed and not once did I feel like I was being rushed into the climax of the story (as some other well known authors sometimes do), nor did I feel I was missing any bit of information because it was all explained. There was one thing that I appreciated very much that young added into the book and that was several characters point of view. It's always fun to read a male's point of view.

I highly recommend this book to everyone! Especially if werewolves, magic, and romance are your cup of tea. 5 birdies are well deserved for 'Moon Spell' so come on guys, read it!

I've also read book two the the Tale of Lunamorte series, 'River Cast' and reviewed it as well. Click Here to read the review.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Today we have the awesome Samantha Young! Author of 'Moon Spell' 
*crowd goes wild* 
Moon Spell seems to be doing really well. How did you come about with the idea of Caia and the Pack?
I was sitting in a Classics lecture at university and it suddenly hit me. I imagined that the supernatural world was the result of the machinations of the Greek gods and how thousands of years later one girl and her werewolf pack would be at the center of a war the Gods had inadvertently created.
Describe your writing style twitter style. 140 characters or less. Go!
Modern and unaffected with a dash of lyricism and a soup tureen of sarkiness.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely imagination?
I guess to a certain extent I do bring my own experiences into the story… as far as getting inside the head of a character and understanding what an appropriate reaction to certain circumstances might be. But there’s nothing specific in Moon Spell that is directly based on anything that happened in my life. Unfortunately that includes no hot Alpha werewolf guys :-P
Tell us a random, interesting fact about yourself!
I say ‘Dude’ and ‘Awesome’ way too much for a Scottish person. And some might say, way too much for a 26 year old. The side effects of writing YA :-p
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What about the best compliment?
 I think the toughest criticism for me is any criticism I’ve received that wasn’t constructive. I like to use the constructive stuff to make me a better writer but when someone just writes ‘the book sucked’ or ‘she can’t write’ I want to know why they think that? Just ripping someone’s work apart for the sake of it bums me out. I’d prefer a reader to tell me what their issue was and if it’s something fixable then great! If it’s something that just happens to be a matter of taste and preference then I just take that on the chin, because you can’t please everyone.
If you could pick any character in any book to be real, who would it be? ;D
Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy. Definitely someone I’d like to get to know better ;-)
How do you fill up your time when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m usually answering emails, doing interviews, chatting with readers on FB and Twitter. Outside of the work part of my life I love to read (I have too many books to count), I love hanging out with friends and family and just relaxing. I’m pretty low-key :-p
 Hypothetical Scenario: You're going to be living alone, on a deserted island for 6 months. You're allowed to bring only 3 things. What would they be?
A water purifier. A box of canned goods. My complete collection of Edgar Allen Poe because I've yet to make my way through it and I reckon that will keep me going for a while :-)
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The first time the reader witnesses Caia’s transformation into a wolf. It was one of the few scenes from the very first draft that actually survived. I had so much fun imagining the transformation and it came out exactly as I wanted in the first write (which is unusual for me!). It’s still to this day my favourite scene from book one.
What is your favorite part about being an author?
I have two favourite parts, and they’re favourites in equal measure. I love the actual creative writing part. I’ve always loved dreaming up new worlds and characters and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that. And secondly, I love chatting with my readers. There is no feeling on earth like a reader telling you how much they enjoyed your book. And it’s really cool getting to know my readers. Most of them are book addicts too so they’ve recommended amazing books that I would never have found without them :-)
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My upcoming book is Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits #3). It’s the third book in a six-part series about the Jinn world. It centres around Ari Johnson, an eighteen year old girl from Ohio who discovers the Jinn and how intricately threaded her destiny is to the very fabric of the Jinn realm and all the others. 
Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
You. Are. Awesome.
Thank you.



Well ladies and gentlemen that was Samantha Young. Ain't she just the bees knees? Anywho, she has generously donated 1 copy of 'Moon Spell' for a lucky follower, all you have to do is do what the rafflecopter asks and BAM! you might win the copy. Good luck and happy reading everyone!

-martha :D

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cape Ingenue by E. Bard

Cape Ingenue
Title: Cape Ingenue
Author: E. Bard
Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis:


Set in the small town of Schill Harbour, the story follows the misadventures of sixteen year old, Sandrin Hawkes. With the discovery of a classmate’s body at a local swimming hole, the girl is thrown into an unsettling mystery, a nest of long buried secrets and maybe even a treasure hunt. Could her classmate’s death have been more than just a terrible accident?
When Sandrin teams up with an unlikely partner, local juvenile delinquent Colt, the two soon uncover more than they ever imagined.


Teasers:
It was obvious that the rectangular cut in the cover had a purpose, so after considerable struggling, Sandrin managed to remove the piece. At first, the girl couldn’t see the point of all that work. The cover was just a double layer of something. Cardboard the girl guessed. It was only after a closer inspection that she realized there was a folded piece of paper inside the cut.




The officer seemed to be relaying instructions of some sort to Colt, and the boy just nodded, making the occasional agreement noises. As the boy started to get into the vehicle, he lifted his head for a second, making direct contact with Sandrin’s gaze. The girl waved, but Colt made no signs of acknowledging her and settled himself into the car. He stared straight ahead, not even showing the slightest interest in looking back in Sandrin’s direction.


Review:
To be very honest I felt the story lagged. Some books are too quick, but this was the opposite. I read about 5-8 pages where the author did almost nothing at all. I literally had to force myself to keep on reading. I saw the direction this plot was going to take from the other side of the world. 


I was very excited when I first started 'Cape Ingenue' because right away there was intrigue but as I read on  it seemed the author sort of ran out of steam and just splashed on a few more chapters and called it quits. 


There are a few errors here and there and Sandbox (hehe I couldn't help myself, it's so catchy) and Colt were very shallow characters in my opinion. 


I guess, overall, I felt I ad read this book before. I felt two birds out of five is a good rating for 'Cape Ingenue'.


-Martha :D



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

River Cast by Samantha Young

River Cast (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #2)Title: River Cast
Author: Samantha Young
Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance... 

Swept into the world of the Daylight Coven, Caia is caught between her loyalty to the Daylights and her new insight into the hearts of the Midnights. As more obstacles are thrown in her and Lucien's way, Caia is pushed further adrift from him and Pack Errante. With no one to turn to, Caia has to make the most difficult choice of all... 

Who does she truly belong with? The Daylights or the Midnights?

YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.


Teasers: 
"Well, forget about the verbal arm wrestling! Why don't you just pee on me and everything I own?!"
He smirked and turned away to saunter into the bathroom. "I will if it comes to that."
"Arrghhh!"
Ryder laughed, ducking the shoe that flew at his head as he closed the door on her.


He chuckled and took hold of her hand, leading her out of the fairly quiet gymnasium. "If you're going to be this bad mother-you know, then you are going to have to start sounding like you're aware you're the bomb."
She snorted. "The bomb?"
Lucien turned to her as they walked across the parking lot. "Was that wrong?"
"So wrong it was painful."
He shrugged, unfazed. "Well, you know what I mean."


"You like saying that, don't you?" Ryder grinned. "My mate."
"Yeah, but that's beside the point."


Review:
River Cast takes off where Moon Spell left off, with Jae leaving the Pack and meeting Reuben and Caia and Lucien trying to figure out their mates/not mates relationship.


Jae amazes me(and it seems Ryder as well), after everything she went through she is still a very strong young woman. Yes she is still haunted by what Ethan did to her but the time away from her family/pack did her good. Having Ryder get her through most of this is also a plus.


Caia and Lucien frustrated me a whole lot in 'Moon Spell'. They were clearly in love with each other and yet they were both to stubborn to admit/talk about their feelings! In most of this book they also frustrated me but I'm happy with the end result. Now lets just hope Lucien doesn't go on a killing streak (we'll have to read the next book 'Blood Solstice' to find out). I was proud with Caia keeping her ego in check when shes at the Center as well as her temper with Lucien and she who shall not be named.


In the first book I was a bit thrown off when Ethan's POV would pop up but now I kind of enjoy reading the villain's POV. Kind of like Caia's trace, we get to tap into their heads a bit to see who they're scheming and plotting with.


The Tale of Lunamorte series is shaping up to be one of my favorite series with down to earth, Caia, Lucien, Ryder and the rest of the characters in the series. I defenitily recommend everyone to read this awesome book! 


'River Cast' is available on:
amazon 


-martha :D


P.S. I will be interviewing author of 'River Cast', Samantha Young, as well as hosting a giveaway with maybe more then 1 winner!!

New this Week #1

Well I have a many, many books that I am excited to read. Most are from Indie Authors, which are authors and books I will be focusing on for a while. I'm going to try and read the books I've borrowed from the library as quickly as I possibly can so that I can focus on the Indie books but it'll probably be a couple weeks before that happens.


To your right you can see what books I am currently reading or you can go to my goodreads to see it there and the progress so far.



Coming up I will be Interviewing Author Samantha Young (if you don't know who she is here is her goodreads page), which I am very excited about!


Also I will be hosting another Giveaway when I reach 100 followers! *Spoiler* There might be more then 1 winner!



Read to Review Books:
Cape IngenueDark Passage (Dark Passage: Chosen)Enchantment (Channie, #1)Taken (Channie, #2)


Books I Bought:
River Cast (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #2)Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #3)


Books I've Gotten From Ereader News Today:
Uprising (The Fall of Haven, #1)The 19 DragonsThicker Than Water (Blood Brothers, #1)WitchbloodTurned (The Vampire Journals, #1)


Books from the library:
Try Not to BreatheMy Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)Fallen in Love (Fallen, #3.5)Original Sin (Personal Demons, #2)Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires, #11)Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1)


Books I've won and been gifted by authors:
Immortal Prophecy (The Immortal Prophecy Saga #1)DIES IRAE (Requiem Series, .5)Whispering Hills (Whispering Hills, #1)


-martha :D

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