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Monday, 25 May 2015

REVIEW - The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen


Thank you to Harper Voyager for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Another day, another disaster about to wipe humanity off the face of the tiny rock we call home.  This pleases me somewhat, I love a good disaster book, any type of dystopian catastrophe that has been put down in writing, I want to read about it!

The disaster today is from space, a meteor heading towards the earth and this book is set in the days leading up to the final evacuation of specially selected citizens.

Our leading lady is Char, 16 years old and not so safely behind bars, the guards have left, Char and her fellow inmates are practically by themselves.  Her parents and brother have given up on her, her wayward ways have widened the gulf between them, will they come to her before the meteor hits?

They do, they tell her they have a place on one of the last ships leaving the planet and heading to one of five Ark's that will hold the survivors, the cream of the population, needless to say Char behind bars does not fit in to that category.

She needs out, she needs to escape from her prison and once she finds herself in possession of a boarding pass that will let her on to the same ship as her family she makes it her mission to get there - will she make it?

She does! Just by the skin of her teeth but she discovers the price that has been paid to get her boarding card (I'm being deliberately vague about where she got it from in the first place - no spoilers!), distraught she  makes her way to the ship and begins her journey to space, will her family want anything to do with her, will she be able to become part of a society she isn't supposed to be part of and what secrets does her strange new world hold?

Now I did enjoy it up to a point, the start of the book where the scene is set, the chaos and terror of the imminent destruction of Earth is well described and as for the moment when the meteor hits, well that is just terrifying, Laura did a fantastic job of setting that scene.  

Char has been mixed up with some bad people and she finds herself once more on the wrong side when she reaches the Ark.  My problem was when she reached the Ark my interest waned a little, don't get me wrong it was a good read it was just a bit more exciting on the ground!

A good read




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Fanfic, the Red-Headed Stepchild of Literature
By Lissa Bryan

My first introduction to fanfic wasn’t a flattering portrayal of the genre. I was reading a review of a novel I had enjoyed, and the reviewer said – in a somewhat scathing tone – that the novel had once been a fanfiction story. I started searching to find out what fanfic was and discovered a whole new world I had never known existed. I found articles and writers who deplored fanfic as a bastardization of everything literature was supposed to be, authors who refused to allow their characters to be “used” in that fashion and seemed to be offended at the very notion of derivative work. But I also found authors who encouraged it, and when I dared to venture in, I discovered one of the most supportive communities imaginable.

Despite the overwhelming financial success of some published fanfiction, it’s a genre that doesn’t get much respect. The term “mommy porn” was used in some reviews of the most famous fanfic novel. Fanfiction is seen as a primarily female preoccupation, and female fantasy has never gotten much respect. But fanfiction has a much longer and richer history than most people know. From our most ancient cultural myths, to Shakespeare, to modern Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, fanfiction is deeply embedded in literature and culture as a whole. Stories are passed down, revived, and reinvented in a multitude of ways.

At its core, fanfiction is everything literature is supposed to be, engaging the audience on the most visceral level. There are stories that touch some indefinable part in us, stories we cannot forget, stories we find ourselves dreaming about in odd moments. There are stories that light a fire in our imaginations. The characters become a part of the reader, transformed and interpreted through the lens of their own life experience. Fanfiction is an expression of that — a tribute, a reformation, an extension, or an expansion — rooted in love for the original tale.

As Aja Romano writes, “Fanfic is brilliant, beautiful … read by thousands of people, redemptive, and transformative on a scale that's hard to describe. Fanfiction becomes an independent collective experience for the people who write it.” Lev Grossman noted the enriching exchange which occurs. “The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”

Sci-fi authors have been renowned for embracing their fandoms and encouraging the audience to imagine their own stories set within the story’s canon. Star Trek is a famous example. Star Trek fan works have been included in the television show and movies, and fanfic
writers have been hired to produce officially-sanctioned novels for the series. Gene Roddenberry said of it, “It took some time for us to fully understand and appreciate what these people were saying. Eventually we realized that there is no more profound way in which people could express what Star Trek has meant to them than by creating their own very personal Star Trek things… Best of all, all of it was plainly done with love.... That is the highest compliment and the greatest repayment that they could give us."

Individual authors, too, have embraced it and encouraged it in their readers. C.S. Lewis once wrote to a young fan, "I am delighted to hear that you liked the Narnian books. There is a map at the end of some of them in some editions. But why not do one yourself! And why not write stories for yourself to fill up the gaps in Narnian history? I’ve left you plenty of hints – especially where Lucy and the Unicorn are talking...I feel I have done all I can!"

Other authors not only allow fanfiction, but some provide places for stories and art to be posted on their websites. They recognize that part of the wonder of embracing the fanfiction phenomenon is seeing a generation of new writers stretch their wings.

I take the personal view that fanfic is proof of a vibrant, flourishing literary culture, though it no longer rests in the hands of the elite. At no point in human history has the written word been so accessible to the common people. The ability to share a story with millions of people around the world is limited only by the bravery of its writer. Fanfic is building a generation of writers who engage their audience on their merits alone, and do not need the backing of a publisher’s budget. Not since Gutenberg has there been such a revolution.

We’re living in such an amazing time, and I feel so privileged to witness it. And, by the way, the first person to write a fanfic about one of my novels gets a signed first edition.


LEGACY OF A DREAMER, Allie Jean, Paranormal



Chantal Breelan is plagued by horrible nightmares too realistic to ignore. Her past has been a mystery, and the foster system isn’t providing any answers. Starting a new life alone at eighteen is a challenge, especially when things that go bump in the night appear out of the shadows, and her dreams begin to breach reality. Darkness surrounds her from all sides, but is it only evil that hides in the shadows, or are the answers to her past lingering just beyond?


ZOMBIFIED, Maggie LaCroix, Paranormal Fantasy



Monsters know their place: vampires are sexy; zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. Take Henri—still gorgeous, over one hundred years after his death. And now a hurricane has set him free from a curse.

Enter Josie, a reporter with her eyes on Henri. But falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.


THE SIX, K.B. Hoyle, Fantasy



Darcy Pennington feels like she is an insufferably average thirteen-year-old, but when a change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Camp, she unwittingly stumbles upon a magical gateway. Along with five other teenagers, she will travel to a world called Alitheia. The “arrival of the Six” was prophesied long ago, but will she have what it takes to save Alitheia?


MORE, T.M. Franklin, Paranormal



Haunted by terrifying nightmares and certain she’s being watched, college student Ava Michaels finds an unlikely ally in Physics tutor Caleb Foster. But Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bent on Ava’s capture, and possible extinction. As Ava fights to survive, she learns the world’s not what she thought.

It's a little bit more.


THE SILVER CRESCENT, Debby Grahl, Paranormal



An ancestor’s tale of betrayal, murder and a stolen fortune in silver leads Elise Baxter to Max Holt’s Victorian inn.

She is reluctantly, though irresistibly, attracted to Max. Leery of loving again, Max lets passion overrule caution, tumbling them into an erotic encounter.

Guided by ghosts and opposed by an evil presence, the couple searches for the treasure. But there are others who will stop at nothing to unlock the mystery of the Silver Crescent.


THE MEMORY HEALER, Julie Filarski, Paranormal



When Beth Montgomery reluctantly agrees to carry out a psychic assessment of Carrington House, she is transported to another era, where she sees a date on a calendar that fills her with dread.

Back in the present time and sensing an eternal bond with the irresistible Dr Matthew Jamieson, she wonders whether he was once the darkly handsome but unfaithful Samuel Methven. Beth must regress to the tragic events of 1895 to learn the truth.


HUNTED, Lorenz Font, Paranormal



Disease is ravaging the vampire community in New York City’s underworld. Harrow Gates is sick, alone, and hunted. When Pritchard Tack offers him a new beginning, he is in no position to refuse.

Jordan is a young vampire whose only focus is revenge. In her search for her family’s killer, she meets a man who threatens to pull her heart away from her sworn mission. Is love strong enough to override her thirst for vengeance?


MOUNTAIN CHARM, Sydney Logan, Paranormal



“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;

Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.


REDEMPTION, Lindsey Gray, Paranormal



Life is for living. Afterlife is a chance at redemption. As the only remaining female vampire in existence, Lily attempts to make her way towards her ever after. But with best friend Becca, new beau Ian, human husband Ryan, Archangel Peter, and a host of demons all standing in the way of Lily's chance at a peaceful eternity, how can she possibly survive?


CONVERGENCE, J.D. Watts, Paranormal



Daniella Rossi is a nineteen-year-old college student who sees the world quite differently than those around her. From infancy, she was aware of the beings that walked among her kind who were not like them, as well as her own personal Guardian who watched over her. Dani always knew she was different, but she never dreamed the full scope of her importance. When a new male Guardian comes to replace her lifelong friend and companion, will Dani be able to accept him as she deals with a world full of the other Children of Creation, Angels, both good and evil?


OBVIOUS CHILD, Warren Cantrell, SciFy



In 2015, Sam Grant is chosen to take part in a contest that will choose the world’s first time traveler. There’s just one problem—Sam doesn’t want anything to do with the contest. Yet his deliberately profane public appearances and sabotaged interviews only boost ratings. Now stuck, Sam must plot how he’ll get out of the contest, or if he should embrace it all and become the most famous person in history.


GHOSTWRITER, Lissa Bryan, Paranormal



Unemployed, with her savings dwindling, Sara Howell thinks things are looking up when she lands a ghostwriting job and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925.

Strange things happen, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left. When she finds an old trunk of Seth’s letters, she delves into a world she never imagined, filled with love and a family curse it seems only she can break.


THE STARS ARE FALLING, Michelle Birbeck, Paranormal



Jenny’s life revolves around surviving university, watching the stars, and staring at her housemate, Dale. But as the night sky glows with the light of falling stars, Jenny’s classes and crush seem unimportant. The Stars are retaking Earth, saving mother nature by eliminating the problem. Together, Jenny and Dale can save the world and the human race, but surviving long enough to convince the Stars of that is perilous and may kill them both.


EVERYBODY OUT OF THE LAUNDROMAT, I NEED TO THINK!,
Phil G. Glenn, Paranormal



When the ordinary life of Virgil Blaine crosses the path of the even more ordinary Doug Coulthard, it sets off a series of extraordinary events. Doug Coulthard is a Filing Clerk and the President of the Unpublished People’s Poet’s Party –Political Unit (UPPPPU) where a catastrophe has just happened; two of his long time members have been published. The UPPPPU goes on a recruiting drive by distributing leaflets, one of which finds its way into Virgil Blaine’s pocket. Virgil Blaine, who is a slight poet himself, attends one of the meetings where he meets Forward Slash who offers Virgil Blaine a job. The offer comes with two things Virgil Blaine has never had; a job and a car and on a whim he accepts. The problem is, through no effort of his own, his position is suddenly elevated. Virgil Blaine says the job is ‘messing with his DNA – Deliberate Non-Achiever’ and he misses his old life and so hatches a plan to get it back…


SEBASTIAN AND THE AFTERLIFE, William j. Barry, Paranormal



Sebastian, an average seventeen-yearold boy, has just paid this debt. He awakes in a surreal world somewhere between mortal life and the afterlife, where the Grim Reaper rules and his loyal agents maintain the law. But not all is peaceful in this mystical realm. Axis Red and his soul pirates threaten the future of all who dwell there.

Sebastian soon finds himself at Sapentia, a high school for the departed. There he makes new friends but longs for his lost love, Sarah, who is still alive in the mortal world. Some things are forbidden; some lines cannot be crossed. What will Sebastian risk to be close to Sarah again?

Continue the adventure with Sebastian and the Afterlife Book II - Agents of the Reaper



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Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Sunday Post - #1 - 24th May 2015


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


I'm taking part in my first Sunday Post this week, hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer! I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!













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I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Let me know if you have read any of them!







When you write it down a lot more happened than I actually remember!  Looking forward to this week, with lots of good books to read and review, I can't wait to share them with you all!

I have a day off this week (tomorrow!, lie in yay!) so I am gonna try and finish book one in Kiera Cass's Selection series, I'm late to the series but so far so good!

Happy Sunday!



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Friday, 22 May 2015

REVIEW - Catch Me If You Cannes Part 3 by Lisa Dickenson


Thank you to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

I'm sad today, sad because my time in Cannes is nearing its end (wipes away a tear, picks up the large wine glass), I have enjoyed my time spent so far with the fabulous Jess and Bryony in sunny Cannes, their journey has been full of fun and crepes, snobs and slebs and of course, lots of girly banter.

So part 3, well after the bombshell theory at the end of part 2, which I'm not going in to in case you haven't read it yet, Bryony and Jess try and find out if there is any truth in it.

So to be incredibly vague, part 3 has more crepe eating, lots of romance and sizzling chemistry, yummy food (those crepes are back), megastar confessions and a shed load of laugh of load moments.  

Lisa has done a fantastic job of keeping this story going, each new part keeps the reader engrossed, what will our two leading ladies get up to now and next week it all comes to a end! I have a feeling it is gonna be good!




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Thursday, 21 May 2015

COVER REVEAL - Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Tarnished (Perfected #2)
Release Date: 2015
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Freedom comes at a cost...

Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save...

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Book One:
(cover linked to Goodreads)
Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls

Buy Links:
Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Amazon UK

About the Author:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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