Wednesday, 30 March 2011

News- Jennifer Estep, Nalini Singh and Chloe Neil

Cover Reveal for "Touch of Frost" by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep's publisher decided to change the cover art for TOUCH OF FROST which is the first book in her Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series due out in August. The back cover blurb sounds great :

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Acad­emy — a school of myths, magic and war­rior whiz kids, where even the lowli­est geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spar­tan guy in school, also hap­pens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jas­mine Ash­ton was mur­dered in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties. Then, some­one stole the Bowl of Tears, a mag­i­cal arti­fact that can be used to bring about the sec­ond Chaos War. You know, death, destruc­tion and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m deter­mined to find out who killed Jas­mine and why – espe­cially since I should have been the one who died …

I really love Estep's Elemental Assassin series so can't wait to read this. The second book in the series will be called KISS OF FROST.


Nalini Singh - Excerpt from Kiss of Snow

I am beyond excited about KISS OF SNOW which is due out on the 31st of May, Nalini posted an except on her website which has made me even more excited. Only 61 days to wait! Mental note to self- take day off work.


Chloe Neill - New title

Chloe Neill posted on her website today the title for the third book in the DARK ELITE series will be CHARMFALL which will be released in early 2012.


Random picture of David Gandy for no reason...

I saw this on Red Nose Day and seem to have spent a fair bit of time just gazing at it since. Is he wearing a kilt? Nice.....

J.R. Ward- Lover Unleashed

I'm currently reading Lover Unleashed (so far so good) the UK cover is a bit well, dull the US cover is way better...

Monday, 28 March 2011

Kelley Armstrong- Sneak preview of The Gathering

Kelley Armstrong has posted a BIG sneak preview (90 pages) of The Gathering which is released 7th April.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Nalini Singh news- Guild Hunter series

Nalini Singh posted on her blog that she will be writing four more Guild Hunter books but has no release dates as yet. She also confirmed she will be writing a novella about Galen and Jessamy. Yaaaaayyyy!!

Cover alert - One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Up on Jeaniene Frost's website today is the new cover for One Grave at a Time which will be released August 30th. Apparently the model for Cat has changed as the previous model no longer does book covers. Jeaniene mentioned that Halloween is the holiday prevalent in this book so its quite fitting the cover has a black cat, spooky fog and orange font ties. I like it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Nalini Singh- new cover alert

Nalini Singh (one of my favourite authors and is therfore an auto buy for me) posted this gorgeous cover on her website she confirms in the blurb:

Lord of the Abyss is part of the Royal House of Shadows continuity that I'm participating in with Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe and Jessica Andersen.
A continuity is a short series where each book is written by a different author, but there is a backstory that runs through all of the books. Here, the stories are connected by four royal siblings and the kingdom of Elden. My book is #4. More information to come in the next few months!

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…
As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.
Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who'd cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.

Sounds good to me.

Review - Nightshade by Michelle Rowen

I really enjoyed this book, I read it in one day and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Jillian is a normal office worker out on the office coffee run when she is taken hostage by a mad scientist type and injected with an unknown serum just before he is shot dead by Declan the cold and cruel assassin who then kidnaps Jillian as the only link to the formula of the serum.

I had no idea at the start that Declan would turn out to be the hero, I was convinced he was the bad guy as he was so cold and scary, covered in scars and wore an eye patch he's not described initially as hero material. We find out that Declan is half vampire half human and has to take a serum of his own every three hours to repress his vamp "urges".

Jillian is a great character, she remains a normal office girl, terrified and out of her depth in the situation she finds herself in. She doesn't develop any super powers or muscles as a result of the serum which I found kind of refreshing. The serum does however have one main effect, it makes her a kind of weapon of mass destruction in the war against vampires. You see, the vamps are instantly attracted to her scent and can't resist drinking her blood, however when they do the vamps immediately breathe fire and then spontaneously combust. Which I found quite cool. Basically, the vamps want her dead sharpish and the mad scientists want to use her to kill off the head vamp Matthias.

Matthias the bad guy (or is he????) comes into the book towards the end which I thought was a shame as he was a great character. The ending is fast paced and exciting, and is left wide open for the next installment "Bloodlust" which should be out in July.

Overall I would give Nightshade 4 stars it had everything in it- evil mad scientists, a down to earth heroine, a cold and harsh hero who turns out to be rather hot when he is off the serum (and has a nice side- he loves his one eyed cat), a hint of a vampire secret society and loads of action. The romance between Jillian and Declan builds up nicely although its not all smooth sailing between them. I definitely want to read the sequel in July. Keeper shelf? Yes.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Review- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

This book won't be for everyone. The taboo subject of incest will surely result in some people refusing to even pick up the book. I can honestly say that I have never ever read anything like it, it was an emotional roller coaster of a book I cried, in fact I sobbed three times reading it. Despite the difficult subject matter it was not a difficult read for me as it was so well written. This is no ordinary YA book.

The book centres on brother and sister Lochan and Maya who at a young age have been forced to take on the role of surrogate parents to their three younger siblings as their father moves to Australia after remarrying and their feckless and utterly deplorable mother abandons them preferring to relive her youth with a younger man and slides into alcoholism.

Lochan aged 17, has basically brought the family up since the age of 13 juggling school with being a full time parent with all the heartache and stress that this involves. Some of the most heartbreaking moments in the book for me involved the simple things- Lochan trying to make ends meet, pay the bills and feed the children whilst the mother spends the money on socialising and "forgets" to leave them money for Asda. He also has to help the younger children with their homework and tries to ensure their threadbare school uniforms are clean for the next day at school. These parts were so convincing that my heart ached for the family especially Lachan who shouldered the responsibility in an attempt to make a "normal" life for his younger siblings.

To me, the story wasn't just about a brother and sister who were best friends and soul mates who then happened to fall in love (I didn't at any point feel disgusted by this it was handled so well), there was also the very powerful and often gut wrenching parts about Lachan's insecurities and extreme shyness which resulted in full blown crippling panic attacks which were so realistic I could feel my own heart racing. As the story of Lachan and Maya unfolds their fear of being discovered which they know would result in the children being taken into care and the need to remain under the radar of social services at all times results in more and more pressure for Lachan which leads him at times to question his own mental health. This was handled so sensitively and was so completely realistic- there is no YA frothy self doubt in this book at all.

Like many other people who have picked up this book I don't know if I could read it again but I genuinely believe that I will never forget this story it was unique, it was beautifully written and was an amazingly powerful read.

Five stars doesn't honestly do it justice.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Review - A Lot Like Love by Julie James

This was my first time picking up a Julie James book but I can guarantee it won't be the last time, I will be off in a minute to find out what else she has written. Nalini Singh had mentioned how good this book was on her website and as she is one of my favourite authors I thought I would give it a go. I am so glad I did.

Not only does this book have a "tall, dark and smouldering" undercover FBI agent and a down to earth billionaire heiress (who would have though such a thing existed?) it also had loads of delicious wine references in it, I mean what else could a girl want?

I liked the fact that Jordan and Nick didn't just jump into bed together on page four, instead they had loads of sarcastic banter and hilarious one liners whilst the sexual tension built up and up and UP!

I absolutely devoured this book, I don't usually read a lot of contemporary romance but I loved this it was fantastic. I am hoping we get to see more of Jordan's brother Kyle in the future the "Twitter Terrorist" who was taken to hospital for being "stabbed" with a fork. Hilarious.

5 stars- I LOVED it. It's on the keeper shelf with pages folded down for easy reference.

Review - River Marked by Patricia Briggs

I loved Adam and Mercy in the previous books, I always wanted them to get together and when they did I wanted to read more about them being together. River Marked was pretty much all about Adam and Mercy so why didn't I love it? I enjoyed the surprise wedding and the initial part of the honeymoon but overall I missed Warren and the other wolves and I missed Stefan (his appearances were far too brief). My attention sort of dropped off about half way through , whilst the parts about Mercy's heritage were beautifully written by Patricia Briggs it slowed down the whole book for me, I need more action in my books.

Will I add it to my keeper shelf? Yes I will, but only because books 1-5 are already there and the tidy control freak part of me likes to have a full set of books. Will I pick it up again and re-read it? Have I folded down any pages to remind me of the "good bits" (and by that I mean smexy bits) No and No. Shame really, as I said I love Mercy and Adam but the most interesting part of this book was the cover.

3 stars (cos I'm generous)