Thursday, 31 May 2012

Feature And Follow Friday (29).

Q: You are a matchmaker — your goal, hook up two characters from two of your favorite books. Who would it be? How do you think it would go?

I honestly sat here for quite a while trying to think of someone, anyone from two of my favourite books, but couldn't so I cheated and picked two characters from a favourite series that will never end up together.
I picked William - The Ever Randy (my favourite, Gena please write his book soon!) and Viola - Keeper Of Narcissism (one of my new favourite characters) from the Lords Of The Underworld Series by Gena Showalter.
Now for anyone who knows this series and has especially read Paris' book you will know that William is extremely vain and so is Viola, so you can imagine they'd be together and all they'd be talking about was their looks.
It may make for an extremely unhealthy relationship but would be extremely funny to read about.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Book Review (90).

The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9)

Publication: 28th February 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 504
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Appropriate: Adult
**Warning Contains Spoilers From Previous Books In The Series**
At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld….Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price. Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die. And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach …until now. Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up. Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally—or tear them apart?
My Thoughts.
I along with a lot of fans of this series were eagerly anticipating Paris' story and while it was good it didn't live up to my expectations, don't get me wrong I gave this book five stars but that also has a lot to do with other subplots going on in the background and the other characters, including my favourite William-The Ever Randy (please Gena write his book next please!!!!).
While I really wanted Paris to be happy and to be that I knew he would end up with Sienna, I didn't find their relationship as exciting as previous couples in the series, but it wasn't all bad Paris the keeper of Promiscuity found that as long as he had Sienna he didn't need to sleep with anybody else, one particularly funny part involving Paris' relationship with Sienna came when all the Lords and their wives/girlfriends held an intervention for Paris to stop him making out with himself (nobody else could see Sienna besides anyone heaven/hell related) so they had no idea it was Sienna he was kissing, Anya's speech was hilarious and with her being one of my favourite characters in the series I'm always happy when she gets a chance to shine.
Of course every couple in this series has their problems they need to solve before their happy ever after comes around and Paris and Sienna was no exception, Cronus told her she needed to gain Galen's trust  and if she didn't that Paris and the rest of the Lords would die but we all know that Cronus is always up to something and in this book he finally gets his come-uppance.
Zacharel an angel who works with Lysander, is sent to help Sienna and try to convince her to join the upcoming angel war, I'm very excited to see what his story will be like which is coming out this year.
Kane finds himself in a very bad situation and I felt so bad for him and what happened to him but he was eventually saved by the Four Horseman and I'm intrigued to find out what happens especially with the female he met at the end.
We were introduced to some new Lords and a new character Viola keeper of Narcissism and minor goddess of the afterlife, I loved her she was like the female version of William with how much she loves herself and her screeching (their form of tweeting), she was just hilarious and has moved in with the Lords and their mates and I love how each of them pawn her off to one another to get rid of her.
Galen kidnaps Ashlyn and offers her in trade for Legion who after her time in hell is afraid of everyone and spends all her time shut away in her room but to save Ashlyn goes to him promises to stay if her doesn't hurt anybody, I can see that this might be the start of a new relationship, Galen seems almost obssessed with her and I'm interested to see how that will pan out.
Ashlyn finally has the twins and their names are hilarious as much as William who delivered the twins tries to come up with substitutes.
And finally last but never ever least William who steals every scene he's in, we finally meet his father and find out a little bit more about him, I really want to read his book and I'm assuming his pairing with Gilly, I loved his whole thing with the hair conditioner trust me it doesn't sound all that humorous but it was.
I love the interactions between William and Paris they're a pretty funny duo when they're stuck together,  now I eagerly await to see who will be the main character in the next book.
I give this 5/5.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Australian Book Cover Reveal.

This is to reveal the cover to the Australian release of Jay Kristoff's book 'Stormdancer'.

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1)

Release Date: 21st August 2012 By Pan Macmillan Australia

The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Waiting On Wednesday.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on....

The Dead And Buried

Saturday, 26 May 2012

In My Mailbox (29).

In My Mailbox Is A Weekly Meme Hosted By Kristi The Story Siren.


Endure (Need #4) - Carrie Jones

A Big Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia For The Book And The Bag.

(ARC) Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy #2) - Ednah Walters

A Big Thanks To Spencer Hill Press For An Unnexpected But Totally Welcome Package, Not Only Did I Get The Book But 3 Bookmarks For Upcoming Books And  A Guitar Pick For The Next Book In The Jennifer L. Armentrout Covenant Series (Deity).


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Book Review (89).

Celtic Storms (Celtic Steel #1)

Patrick also arrives with a young boy Braedan in tow with his nanny who has a connection with the O'Malley clan unbeknown to either him or  the O'Malleys's which I thought was a great twist and added another layer to the story.
And there is a subplot involving the spurned woman who put a curse on the clan, Odetta who sacrifices young boys  in order to use black magic to start a war.
I can't say enough good things about this book I loved it and if this sounds like your kind of thing then definitely check it out.
I need to definitely hunt the next books down in this fantastic series.
I give this 4.5/5.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Waiting On Wednesday.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on....

Dualed (Dualed #1)

Would you live through the ultimate test of survival?

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

The Program (Program #1)

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Book Review (88).

Fury (Mercy #4)

Publication: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Pages: 384
Genre: Paranormal
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
**Warning Contains Spoilers From Previous Books**
Heartbreak. Vengeance. Fury.

Mercy is an exiled angel cast down to earth and forced to live out thousands of different lives for her own protection. Betrayed by her eternal love, Luc, Mercy burns with fury. The time of reckoning is here and now she must wage open war with Luc and his demons. Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, but loving an angel is mortally dangerous. As their two worlds collide, Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice.

Hell hath no fury like Mercy ...
My Thoughts.
This is the final book in the Mercy series, a thrilling end to a fantastic series that was very hard to stop reading.
We come to the battle that the first three books in the series have been working towards, I found the start of the book to be pretty slow going I didn't finish as fast as I did the previous books and I kept picking it up and putting it down even reading another book in-between which I never do, thankfully towards the middle of the book it starts to pick up and we get a bit more action and excitement that I became a fan of in the other books.
The book takes off straight after the ending of the previous book and Mercy and Ryan take refuge in a church while they wait for the demons to disappear.
Mercy gets to spend a lot of time in her own skin so to speak after having spent centuries possessing other people's bodies, she and the Eight Elohim are at war with Luc (Lucifer) and his army of fallen angels
Luc needs Mercy to help destroy the world but in the last book she came to realise he doesn't love her and was just using her, not only that but he was responsible for her exile. 
Mercy spends some time in this book freeing some of the Eight that have been captured by Luc and been tortured in hopes to gather together and destroy Luc once and for all.
Mercy and Luc's relationship was quite a bit up and down in this book,  it was a bit back and forth on Mercy's part of deciding whether or not to break up with him to save his life and I wish that they could have been a bit stronger together as a couple.
We also welcomed back some characters from the previous books: Lauren (Ryan's twin sister) from the first book who finally gets to meet the real Mercy and Gia from the previous book who was Irina's assistant and one of my favourite characters from the series.
I would have loved to have known more about the Eight I think that they were very interesting characters and would have liked to have read more about them.
I was very happy with how the series finished it was exactly what I wanted, now if only we could get a series about the Eight I'd be very happy.
I give this 4/5.
A Big Thanks To Lara @ Harper Collins Australia.

Monday, 21 May 2012

(Arc) Book Review (87).

Team Human

After professing their love to each other Cathy and Francis after only being together not even a month decide that they want to be together forever and so Francis asks Cathy to change into a vampire and she agrees.
The problem is there is a 10% chance that Cathy could become a zombie, yes in an original idea in a vampire book,  in turning a human if it doesn't work you die or turn into a zombie who then gets destroyed.
So Mel teams up with Kit who has some classic lines in never having associated with humans before he knows only what he's seen on t.v and his reactions to things had me laughing out loud, to change Cathy's mind.
We also have a subplot in which her friend Anna is worried about her mum who is the school principal acting suspicious so Mel investigates sometimes with Kit tagging along.
I loved Mel as a character she was a tough tell it to you straight kind of person who would do anything for her friends and I can't wait to continue on with her other adventures in the next book being released next year.
I highly recommend you pick up this book  it puts a spin on your classic vampire stories and it's full of action and humour and may even get you thinking that if you had the chance to become a vampire would you take it?
I give this 4/5.
A Big Thanks To Allen & Unwin Australia.