Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dead Embers (Valkyrie #2) - T.G Ayers, Book Review (159).

I'm delighted to be today's stop on the Dead Embers Blog Tour hosted by I.O Book Tours.

Dead Embers (Valkyrie #2)

Publication: 31st August 2012
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Pages: 398
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Buy It: Amazon   Barnes & Noble
"For a shadow of a second, I stared into his eyes, shocked, horrified he'd do such a thing to me. A thousand fears filtered through my frigid brain. Was he in cahoots with Loki? Or was he Freya's dog all along?

It took an eternity for him to blink. Even longer for me to blink.

Then Fenrir pushed me and I fell off the cliff... into pure white oblivion."

Valkyrie-in-training Bryn Halbrook just can't catch a break. With her boyfriend stuck in Hel and the taunting laughter of Loki still ringing in her ears, she struggles to concentrate on her training and duties in Odin's realm. The last thing she expects or wants is more adventure -- but then treachery, a shocking abduction, and a chilling discovery send her forth on another perilous, globe-hopping mission.

As the ultimate battle, Ragnarok, draws closer, it's a race against time for Bryn, Fenrir and their team to discover who kidnapped her foster brother from the halls of Asgard and what's causing the mysterious deaths of so many of Odin's chosen warriors.

In the exciting sequel to "Dead Radiance," Bryn encounters dwarfs and dragons, new friends and old foes -- but the worst enemy of all may be the person she trusts most.
My Thoughts...
After participating in the blog tour for the first book in this series, I was more than eager to join this one, and to continue on Bryn's story in this fantastic series.
After the ending in the previous book I was on tenterhooks to see how it would play out, and the twists and turns it would take to rectify the situation we were left with.
What I loved was that this second book follows on straight away from the finale of Dead Radiance, and things are not going so well in Asgard, the Retrievals of the new warriors are being thwarted, each and every warrior has been found covered in a black substance that stops them from being able to be Retrieved to become a warrior for Odin, Brody has gone missing, she's not talking to a couple of her friends and one of her friends will betray her and the people of Asgard.
Bryn goes off on another adventure to retrieve an item, that will hopefully fix the events of the end of the last book, and she reconnects with some characters from Dead Embers as well as meeting a few new people, but none as big as Thor, yes the God Of Thunder makes a appearance, and I have to say that everytime he appeared in the book I kept picturing Chris Hemsworth (Which is not a bad thing at all)!
And then the end, wow, I felt so bad for Bryn and I so desperately need the next book now!
A great series that I recommend everyone reads.
I give this 5/5. Giveaway: 1 Signed Print book per tour, and 4 E-Books per tour, signed swag. and a ring INTERNATIONAL Rafflecopter a Rafflecopter giveaway

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) - Meg Cabot

Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3)


Blog Tour & Giveaway: Luminosity - Stephanie Thomas, Book Review (158).

I'm delighted to be taking part in this blog tour for Luminosity - Stephanie Thomas hosted by Itching For Books.

Luminosity (Raven Chronicles #1)

Publication: 13th November 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 296
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Buy It: Amazon  Barnes & Noble

My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since. 

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me. 

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

My Thoughts...
Wow this book was amazing, I've had this on my wishlist for a very long time now and so I was excited to take part in this blog tour.
This book was so much better than I could ever have imagined!
When a Seer is born they are separated from their families and taken to a place called the Institution, it's here where their every vision is recorded by the Keeper, whom interprets their visions to keep the Citizens safe from the Dreamcatchers.

Bea is the strongest of the Seer's, and she has already had a vision that has stopped a threat against the Citizens.
But she suddenly starts having visions and dreaming about the deaths of everyone in the Institution, and the voice of a boy named Echo, whom Bea soon starts to develop feelings for, but she also has feelings for her best friend Gabe, but when Echo tells her that he must save her and she must save him, he lets her know that not everything is as it seems, she starts to wonder and question the real motives of the Institution.

This is such a well written story, I read this in one sitting it is that addictive you don't want to put it down, the characters are well fleshed out and the world building is extremely well done.

I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in this fantastic series.

I give this a well deserved 5/5.

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Author Spotlight:

Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.

Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).

Monday, 29 October 2012

Mailbox Tuesday.

Tuesday's Mailbox.
I've decided that I will stop participating in In My Mailbox, the reason being I seem to get a lot of books every week and it takes me forever to put them all together in one post and link them up.
So I will be doing Mailbox Mon-Fri every week.


The Evolution Of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) - Michelle Hodkin

Mailbox Monday.

Monday's Mailbox.
I've decided that I will stop participating in In My Mailbox, the reason being I seem to get a lot of books every week and it takes me forever to put them all together in one post and link them up.
So I will be doing Mailbox Mon-Fri every week.


I got sent a copy of this from the author to review.
This is the very first cover, some of you might be familiar with this one.

A Big Thanks To Laura.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Elegy (Hereafter #3) - Tara Hudson

Elegy (Hereafter #3)

Vortex (Tempest #2) - Julie Cross

Vortex (Tempest #2)

Sky On Fire (Monument 14 #2) - Emmy Laybourne

Sky on Fire (Monument 14 #2)

Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) - Elizabeth Norris

Unbreakable (Unraveling #2)

Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Dance Of The Red Death (Masque Of The Red Death #2) - Bethany Griffin

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2)

Expected publication: April 23rd 2013 by Greenwillow Books

Cover Reveal: Goddess (Starcrossed #3) - Josephine Angelini

Goddess (Starcrossed #3)

Cover Reveal: A Darkness Strange And Lovely (Something Strange And Deadly #2) - Susan Dennard

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)

Expected publication: July 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway: My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron, Book Review (157).

My Favorite Mistake

Thursday, 25 October 2012

YA Mythology Giveaway Hop.

I'm delighted to be taking part in the YA Mythology Giveaway Hop hosted by For Those About To Read & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

For this giveaway I'm giving a choice of any of the books below, or a book from one of the series pictured below.

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Mailbox Thursday.

Thursday's Mailbox.
I've decided that I will stop participating in In My Mailbox, the reason being I seem to get a lot of books every week and it takes me forever to put them all together in one post and link them up.
So I will be doing Mailbox Mon-Fri every week.

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (Walker Books Australia)

Dead Embers (Valkyrie #2) - T.G Ayer

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Transparent - Natalie Whipple


X-Men meets The Godfather; in which an invisible girl has to stop her dad—an infamous crime lord—from ruining her life.

On the run from her mind-controlling father, the infamously invisible Fiona McClean hides in a small town, hoping to finally rid herself of the crime world she has always known. But playing at “normal life” with a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a boy she can’t stand proves more difficult than she ever imagined. Soon her father is hot on her heels, and it’s up to Fiona to protect not only her family, but the friends who’ve taught her that life doesn’t have to be as lonely and cruel as she thought.
Expected publication: May 21st 2013 by HarperTeen

Mailbox Wednesday.

Wednesday's Mailbox.
I've decided that I will stop participating in In My Mailbox, the reason being I seem to get a lot of books every week and it takes me forever to put them all together in one post and link them up.
So I will be doing Mailbox Mon-Fri every week.


Finale (Hush, Hush #4) - Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon And Schuster Australia)

The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Chronicles #1) - Miles Cameron (Hachette Australia)

Awry (The Archers Of Avalon #2) - Chelsea Fine

Betrayal (The Descendants #1) - Mayandree Michel

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) - Samantha Durante (I was part of the blog tour for this book, I loved it so I brought a physical copy).

Hex And The Single Witch (Vehicle City Vampires #1) - Roxanne Rhoads (Another book that I was part of a blog tour for and wanted a physical copy).

Intangible (Intangible #1) - J. Meyers (Yet another book I did a blog tour for and I wanted a physical copy)

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cover Reveal: Loki's Wolves (Blackwell Pages #1) - Kelly Armstrong & Melissa Marr

Loki's Wolves (Blackwell Pages #1)

Cover Reveal: Gameboard Of The Gods (Age Of X #1) - Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)

Book Review (156): Afterlife (The Dark Gifts #1.5) - Willow Cross.

Afterlife (The Dark Gifts)

Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 18
Genre: Paranormal
Age Appropriate: Young Adult