11 Jul 2014

Review for Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Again, I'm a bit late when it comes to block buster movies/books. I know Lea is crazy about this series and it didn't pulled me in at that time. I guess too much vamps at that stage, but when I saw the movie, actually saw this one, I had to read the novel.

Okay so what did I think.

The movie was much better. There is a couple of things in the book that I didn't like, which wasn't in the movie and think if the author written the book like the movie, I would absolutely gave it a five, but she didn't. 

I didn't mind the swearing, I didn't mind the mentioning of sex or the drooling over every second guy, what I didn't like was so much more personal too me and I don't know why writers have to use that word. You guessed it right. Love Stephen King but using the JC word out of contest, or even the G. O. D. word out of contest is a big let down for me. Rather use swearwords, it's better than those two words.

Still loved the story line, loved the characters accept for Rose. The girl in the movie made her so strong, kick ass strong which I absolutely loved, but the one in the novel was slightly annoying, although I did laugh at her funny comebacks now and again.

Will I carry on reading this, you bet. I can't wait to find out what will happen in book two, Frostibite reading blurbs I know someone I really like is going to die in this one, which I don't like, but hey characters do whatever they want and I know the author sometimes doesn't have much control over that.

Now what I loved about this story is that it follows seventeen-year-old Rose Hathaway. She is a Damphir Novice, meaning that she is training to become a Guardian for her Maroi princess and best friend Vasalissa, 'Lissa' which she shared a really deep connection with - just to let you know these connection are very rare.

They ran away from Snt Vladimir's Academy Two years ago, and the Guardians finally caught them and dragged them back to Snt Vladimir's Academy.

It's you typical teenage story, which I love, but some of the characters can get a bit too much in this case, it was Rose, but hey, all books have them. On the other hand she is a kick ass heroin that I would like to know better and hopefully her crush on the gorgeous Dimitri will help her to grow up a little.

It's a novel I think most will enjoy, I certainly did most of the time and if you haven't read it yet, well, go grab a copy and read it.

9 Jul 2014

Enchanted Book Promotions Presents: Cover reveal for the Blue Effect by Rose Shababy


Title: The Blue Effect
Author: Rose Shababy
Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

3 x $10 giftcards

7 Jul 2014

Review for Divergent by Veronica Roth

Okay, everybody knows this series right! Well I only started with them when they made a huge fuss about them with the block buster movie.

And I have to say I was quite surprise. Now everyone that knows me, I'm not a huge dystophian fan. For some reason I struggle to connect with the characters, but I have to say this novel of Veronica Roth blew me away and I can't wait for the movie to come on DVD so I can see what they made of it.

It follows sixteen year old Tris...for those of you that still don't know about the series. Tris grew up in a faction that was selfless, they served others to the maximum extend, but she had many questions, and when she had to go for a test that would show her what type of person she would become,...I suck with names so sorry I can not remember the faction names, except the Dauntless... it showed her multiply fractions.

You think it's good, it's not!!!

Having multiply factions mean that you are Divergent. The people see them as dangerous and Tris has been warned. She made a choice that she was Dauntless. A fraction for the brave that protect others, but only later once that she started her initiation with the Dauntless that they grew from track to what they should be, and most of them a cruel and brutal when it comes to training these initiations.

There is even  a bit of romance between Tris and Four, and if you want to know how Four got his name, well you have to read Divergent.

It is packed with danger and dare devil stunts and a real page turner, although I got to worn you, it didn't hook me from the start and I only got into the story around page 15. I'm glad I did stick with reading it, I haven't read something this good in a long time and I can see why Veronica Roth got a movie deal for this series.

Now all I can do is start reading Insurgent and wait for the DVD to come out and meet all the characters in real life. After all Natalie, Tris's mom is played by my favorite actress, Ashley Judd and she is one kick ass woman, which I think was a perfect roll for her.

Till Later

5 Jul 2014

Cover reveal for Thunderlight book 2 in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods


Title: Thunderlight

Series: The Dragonian Series, book 2
Genre: young adult fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishers

Release Date: 21 November 2014


Book Description:
Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…
All this may seem like old news, but for sixteen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.
Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.   
Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed. 
Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Chapter One
Castle of Etan
Anger, betrayal, and hate turned my stomach acid, it consumed my mind and I watched as bottles, papers and books on the desk, flew off and crushed to the floor.
A maid rushed to my side. She didn’t say anything, but her eyes reflected fear. The dustpan in her hand trembled as she started to sweep up the jagged shards of glass. Rising from the floor she began to straighten the books that had fallen to the floor in a heap. Every few seconds I would notice her eyes dart nervously in my direction as if a mere breath would make me lash out as her with my outstretched hand.
I touched her face gently until my hand reached her neck, tightening slowly as my anger began to rise once again. My grip tightened around her soft, shapely neck as I lifted her up from her position on the floor at my feet.  Listening carefully I could hear her heart fluttering like a bird trapped inside a cage.
“How did I become this way?” I thought, giving voice to my reality softly.
She just stared at me with round, brown unblinking eyes. Her eyes were sunken deep into the surface of her face and her cheek bones were sharply defined.
Looking at her sullen face made me feel worse.  I lifted up my other hand and struck the woman hard across her cheek.
A cry left her mouth and I threw her from me as if she weighed nothing. She skidded across the floor landing in a heap against a wall of cold, unforgiving stone.  If I was a dragon I would blast fire, redeem this wretched place to a pile of insignificant ashes.
Two other maids, hearing the startled cry, rushed into the room. Their eyes were wide as they took in the room and the immobile heap near the far wall. “Sorry, me lord,” the older one said. “She’s new, we will train her better.”
They picked up the maid who had come too and begun sobbing. She clutched the side of her face, cover the huge red hand print where I struck her.
I nodded. The old maid knew her place well, although I still didn’t care for her name, she knew where she stood.
I plunged myself down onto the chair and closed my eyes. A silent roar growled inside of me lighting a fire of rage deep in my core.
The girl had made it.
The Rubicon saved her life, so a part of him was still fighting me. I could still see her eyes searching mine. They bore into my soul, seeking answers. How was this possible! The wall wouldn’t allow any human to go to the other side.
Albert’s laughter echoed inside the castle; a startling reminder that good would always win. He would pay dearly for this. I would find a way, but I promised she wouldn’t live much longer.
I got up, rubbed my face hard and let the emotion of my anger escaped my lips. The rage that emanated from deep within me overpowered the haunting laughter and echoed throughout the entire castle.
“Master,” Cain’s voice interrupted my thoughts.
“Speak my loyal servant,” I said out loud. “What is the news?”
“Everything is in place. We won’t fail you,” his voice said in my head.
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and let it out hard. “We’ll see

About the Author
Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa where she still lives with her husband and two beautiful little girls. When she’s not dabbing into all sorts of genres, written under various different pen names, she’s busy being a mother, and a loving wife. Family always comes first and her hobby has to wait till she gets a chance to write.

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