Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Giveaway: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale


Would you like to win my extra copy of Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale?
Of course you would! I have an extra copy up for grabs.
Please note this is open to UK residents only.


All you need to do is fill in the rafflecopter thingy below.
The giveaway ends on Wednesday 8th of February.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Review: Wicked Circle by Linda Robertson


Wicked Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #5
Linda Robertson
Publication date: 27th Dec 2011
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Persephone Alcmedi has helped her waerewolf lover Johnny unlock his powers. Now she must come to the aid of Menessos, the vampire overlord she has secretly marked. Beset by a trio of truth-seeking vampire sisters so dangerous their own kind keep them confined in stone, he now needs her more than ever...and she realizes her need for him. Seph has magical promises to fulfill for the waeres, multiple mundane family challenges to meet, vampire politics to confront, both the supernatural males in her life to balance, a dragon to deal with...and then a government investigator shows up to complicate matters.

I read the first 4 books in this series in January of last year one after the other, they were that good. I liked the gritty witch/vamp/waere combination so I've had Wicked Circle on my "I must buy the minute it comes out" list for a whole year.

It took me a while to get back into the storyline again, I got a bit confused about the minor characters however, by about a third of the way through I was back in business again and wrapped up in Seph's world.

What really stood out for me in this instalment was the internal power struggle waere Johnny was going through. With Johnny's power being unlocked and as he stars to take up his rightful position of Domn Lup, or head waere guy, his wolfyness has become much more dominant and he has to battle hard to reign his wolf in. Inevitably his scary mean side frightens the life out of Seph and puts their relationship in real jeopardy. And Menessos? I still don't quite trust him. He always seems a couple of steps ahead and I could see Seph's feeling towards him change and I didn't like it. I'm still firmly on team Johnny.

The ending of Wicked Circle had me immediately wanting more, I love this kind of gritty urban fantasy.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

in my mailbox #40

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

My mailbox was pretty quiet all week until yesterday, I almost thought I wouldn't have anything to show you! Here's what I ended up with:

 

For review
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
(I'm going to read these two next as they sound fantastic)

The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman
The Broken Road by B.R. Collins
The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe
(I'm not sure these 3 are my kind of thing)

I bought
Someone Else's Life
(I didn't think I was getting a review copy so now I have two
copies which means giveaway time!).
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

I borrowed
A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton
(from Jodie @ Books for Company)

I also got two audio books this week from Audible.co.uk. I still can't make my mind up about audio books they seem to be a bit slow for me, probably because I do read quite fast so I get frustrated at how long it takes for me to finish one. I decided to get 2 older books that I've been meaning to read for ages.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

What was in your mailbox this week?

Friday, 27 January 2012

YA giveaway hop


I'm participating in the Young Adult Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop hosted by



Up for grabs is a copy New Girl by Paige Harbison which I read and reviewed a few weeks ago. It's creepy good.

This giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country.

All you need to do is fill in the rafflecopter thingy below. There are extra entries but they are of course optional.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Review: Fifty Shades Freed by EL James


Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades #3
E.L. James
Publication date: 19th Jan 2012
My rating: 5 out of 5




When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed.

Now, together, they have more – love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.

Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past. 

I was desperate to read Fifty Shades Freed the final part in the Fifty Shades trilogy. The first book Fifty Shades of Grey was one of my favourite books of 2011. It made a real impression on me. I fell completely in love with the control freak millionaire Fifty and quickly added him to my top ten book boyfriends of all time list which is a true honour indeed. I thought it was both funny and sad, hot and delicious and well worth the 5 out of 5 rating.

I genuinely thought about ditching work to read Fifty Shades Freed (I didn't- I'm a big coward) so how do I feel now it's all over? I loved every minute of it and even went back to reread the first book again for another Fifty fix.

I cheered out loud when Ana finally grew a set and stuck up for herself.  Fifty was a complete and utter shit to Ana when she needed him most. Although I've always liked Ana I have felt at times she seemed to get railroaded by Fifty so I definitely had more respect for Ana as a character by the end. And Fifty? Yeah I forgave him in the end (I'm always very forgiving of my book boyfriends) what can I say? his hotness blinds me and his hidden vulnerability makes me melt.

Without giving anything away, I thought the ending was well deserved and felt right to me. I like a conclusion. In saying that, I am sad I won't get any further Fiftyness but I know I can always reread my favourite bits- the snarky email exchange and that first lift encounter *fans self.* so I think I will survive. And (it's just a suggestion) if E.L. James wants to write a "Fifty at the age of Fifty" update/reunion book I know I would buy it. All joking aside, I'm genuinely keen to see what E.L. James comes up with next as she definitely has the knack of writing very memorable characters, and if it's anything like this series I'll be first in line to buy it.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

My book boyfriend #33 Raniero from Jessica Rules the Dark Side

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader

My book boyfriend this week is Raniero Vladescu Lovatu he kinda stole my heart in Beth Fantaskey's Jessica Rules the Dark Side, and actually put Lucius in the shade *shock horror.*

He's an Italian vampire, ex-assassin now chilled out pacifist surfer dude. He owns the sum total of 4 pairs of shorts and 5 t-shirts (one of which has his favourite taco on it) despite his family's enormous wealth. He has longish dark hair and grey-green eyes and a bit of stubble. He loves Mindy Sue (Jessica's BFF) she initially knows nothing about his past as an assassin and dismisses him as a bit of a drifter. But he's back in Romania to help Jessica, Lucius and Mindy Sue and has to face up to his violent past.




"Raniero... who, exactly, are you?
He didn't answer for a long time, and I thought for a second he almost looked normal again. His shoulders kinda slouched, and his eyes got softer, and so did his voice. "Oh, Mindy Sue..."
He was hiding something. Or, like...changing, somehow. But he still sounded like a philosopher- a sad philosopher- when he said, "I am becoming everything you ever wished me to be, Mindy Sue. And that vampire is no one whom you should want to know."


But this was me and Raniero, and right before that bomb blew up, I caught a glimpse of the old Ronnie- the one that used to love me- in his awesome grey eyes, and we exploded in a different way, when he moved closer to me, and I put my hands on his face- his stupid, scruffy beard- and his mouth pressed against mine like he was starving for me, just like I was for him.


Just do what you always wanted to do, Min, give him the hair cut you always dreamed about....
"How do I look, Mindy Sue?"
I didn't have any choice but to finally really look at him, head to toe. And what I saw almost made me sob. I shoulda been an Italian Renaissance artist, 'cause the vampire that stood before me was way more incredible than any statue. His body had always been perfect, but when he finally really stood in a way that showed off just how powerful he was, it made me suck in a big breath. Knocked the wind out of me...
"It is good, yes?"he asked. "You create in me the vampire of your dreams? The Raniero you always wished for?"

I loved how Mindy Sue wanted him to be more than a drifter beach bum but when she finds out he's actually a vampire assassin she wants her old "Ronnie" back.

I thought the model Caio-Cesar would make a great Raniero both as a beach bum and after his Mindy-Sue haircut as a (naked) assassin. *giggles*

Monday, 23 January 2012

Mini reviews: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side & Jessica rules the dark side


Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
(Jessica #1)
Beth Fantaskey

I absolutely loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, it's hilariously funny and never takes itself too seriously.

Jessica is an average American teenager, her adoptive parents are eco-friendly vegans and she's the school mathlete. That is until the gorgeous, if slightly infuriating, Romanian "exchange student" Lucius Vladescu tells her she's not only a Romanian vampire princess but she's his long-lost fiance and he's here to arrange their betrothal and take her back to Romania.

By far my favourite parts were anything involving Lucius (I'm shallow I know) his sarcastic comments and hilarious letters to his uncle in Romania in which he tries to figure out all things American made me giggle throughout.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is a fun read from start to finish. I loved it. 4.5 out of 5.

(Jessica #2)
Beth Fantaskey

I thought Jessica Rules the Dark Side was a little slower than the first instalment. There's very little of Lucius in it (he's in his own dungeon prison accused of vampire murder) but I didn't mind in the slightest as I loved the Mindy Sue and Raniero story line. Mindy Sue is Jessica's BFF who comes over to Romania to help Jessica in her hour of need, bringing vital supplies of chocolate and hair product, and Raniero is Lucius's best man who just happens to be a vampire assassin turned pacifist beach bum. They hooked up at Jess and Lucius's wedding but Mindy Sue ditched him for being too much of a drifter and only owning 5 t-shirts, (one of which has a picture of a taco on it). 

Jessica is forced to finally put her big girl pants on and man up, her transition from vampire princess to vampire queen is a difficult one and she never knows quite who to trust, but with the help of Raniero, Mindy Sue and Cosmo's problem page they work together to save Lucius from being destroyed forever.

Jessica Rules the Dark Side has all the humour of the first book, the emails between Lucius and Raniero made me laugh and Mindy Sue is quite honestly the best friend a girl could wish for, solving murders whilst wielding a hair dryer. 4 out of 5.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Tempest by Julie Cross UK giveaway winners



As I ended up with an extra 2 copies of Tempest I decided to have 2 winners.

Congratulations to both  Mel S & kara-karina

I've sent you both an email.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Lesley

And the winner is....


Congratulations to Kelsey Simpson.

You've won a copy of The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton.

I've sent you an email Kelsey:)


Thanks to everyone who entered.

Lesley

Saturday, 21 January 2012

In my mailbox #39


In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

I only got a couple of books this week, yet again I've been unable to stay away from Net galley.

On kindle I bought


From Net Galley

What was in your mailbox this week?

Friday, 20 January 2012

Review: Magic In The Blood by Devon Monk


Magic In The Blood
Allie Beckstrom #2
Devon Monk
Berkley UK
Publication date (UK): 5th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5



Working as a Hound—tracing illegal spells back to their casters—has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn’t about to quit. Then the police’s magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic

"Okay, so far today I'd been haunted, stabbed, strong armed by an ex-con, interrogated by the police, hired by a cursed criminal magic enforcement guy, and threatened and/or invited by a Hound to join a secret union/army/tea party/club thing.

And I'd missed my bus. I hated missing my bus. That, most of all, officially put me in a pissy mood."

I read the first instalment in this series Magic To The Bone a while back and really enjoyed it, I promised myself I would continue with the series but as usual my enormous TBR got in the way. So, with the UK publication of Magic In The Blood on the 5th of January and a nice new updated UK cover I figured it was a good time to dive back into Allie Beckstrom's world. I'm so glad I did. My revised new years resolution is to read more juicy urban fantasy.

Allie is right in at the deep end from the very start of Magic In The Blood, she's paying the price for her magic talent which means gaping holes in her memories and leaves her unsure of who she can trust and her her feelings for the mysterious (but completely hot, magical and zen like) Zayvion. Not only that, she's being threatened by evil drug lord Trager, she's helping the police's magic enforcement division (MERC) to Hound a series of abductions, and finds herself being stalked by scaring beings drawn to the magic in her body. To top it all off her magic has changed and she's now seeing the ghost of her dead father. So quite busy then. Thankfully Allie is still as tough and gritty although she continues to get her arse kicked (which I love as it makes her much more realistic, less super heroish).

I can't believe I've not kept up with this series, and after the cliffhanger ending and hint of more Zayvion to come I want to delve into the next instalment right away. I really hope it includes more of the pack and more Zayvion.

Favourite Allie quote: "Weirdos. My life was full of 'em"

Thanks to Berkley UK for the opportunity to read and review Magic In The Blood.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Finally! Fifty Shades Freed is released

19th of January 2012 has been in my diary, in pen no less, since I finished Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker in November last year. It's finally here. The release date of Fifty Shades Freed the final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy by EL James. I am very much considering coming down with, I dunno, scurvy maybe??? so that I can ditch work and read this instead. (Not entirely sure if I can get scurvy not being a pirate and all. I will need to check this out before committing to it as an excuse).

If you haven't read this series then you are missing out big time. It's smouldering hot and wickedly funny I loved it to bits and cannot wait for some more of Fifty.

As Fifty would say, Laters baby.....

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

My book boyfriend #32- Lucius Vladescu


My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader



This week's book boyfriend is Romanian vampire prince Lucius Vladescu from Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

Despite being arrogant and a bit overprotective Lucius is my kinda guy he's funny without realising it (I loved the letters he sent home to his uncle with his dry, sarcastic comments about high school and teenage life) as well as being tall, dark and handsome. Oh, and he's a prince with his own castle!



“Lucius paused, turning on his heel to face me. "I grow weary of your ignorance." He moved closer to me, leaning down and peering into my eyes. "Because your parents refuse to inform you, I will deliver the news myself,and I shall make this simple for you." He pointed to his chest and announced, as though talking to a child, "I am a vampire." He pointed to my chest. "You are a vampire. And we are to be married, the moment you come of age. This has been decreed since our births."

I couldn't even process the "getting married" part, or the thing about "decreed." He'd lost me at "vampire."

Nuts. Lucius Vladescu is completely nuts. And I'm alone with him, in an empty barn.

So I did what any sane person would do. I jammed the pitchfork in the general direction of his foot and ran like hell for the house, ignoring his yowl of pain. ”  


“No one's making any decisions today," Mom translated. "It's late, and we're all tired and a little overwhelmed. Besides, Lucius, Jessica is not ready to contemplate marriage. She hasn't even kissed a boy yet, for goodness' sake."

Lucius smirked at me, raising one eyebrow. "Really? No suitors? How shocking. I would have thought your pitchfork skills would be attractive to certain bachelors here in farm country.”  



“You're a wrestler, right, Jake?" Dad asked, passing Jake more saag. My parents were in an Indian food phase. The evening's entree consisted of limp spinach. God forbid we'd throw a few burgers on the grill and just have a barbecue when guests came over.

Jake gave the bright green, mushy contents a wary glance but accepted the bowl. "Yeah. I wrestle. I'm captain this year."

"How Greco-Roman of you," Lucius said dryly, lifting a glob of spinach and letting it drip, slowly, from his fork. "Grappling about on mats.”    



“I want to ask you – in this place where we were promised to one another by mandate – to marry me not because doing so is required of you, but because you love me as I love you,” he says. “I ask you to choose me of your own free will, because that is how I choose YOU, Antanasia. Not to fulfil a pact, but to follow my heart, which will settle for nothing less than a life with you by my side.”





Taylor Kitsch is the perfect Lucius with his longish hair and oh-so-perfectly muscular body.

Make sure you check out my book boyfriend next week as I have Raniero the vampire assassin turned beach bum from Jessica Rules the Dark Side making an appearance and he's dangerously hot!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Immortal Hope blog tour: Author interview, excerpt and giveaway

One of the best books I read over the festive period was Immortal Hope by Claire Ashgrove, if like me you love a bit of a story with your steamy hot romances then Immortal Hope is the very book for you. Check out my review which was posted yesterday.

Author Claire Ashgrove kindly agreed to give a little bit of insight into the world building behind Immortal Hope:


There are three four layers in IMMORTAL HOPE that each took some strategic planning to figure out how they would blend together appropriately.

  1. The immortal Templar Knight – where men are firmly rooted in the 12th Century
  2. The archangels – elements of Christianity
  3. Metaphysical gifts – the seraphs powers
  4. Modern Life – the background of the seraphs and the world the Templars must interact in.
I’ll be honest, it would have been much easier to cut out one or two.  For instance, my seraphs didn’t have to be gifted.  And my knights could have come into Immortality for reasons that were completely unrelated to Christianity.

But really – can you have a Templar Knight without the basis for the Order’s founding?  And surely, the seraphs wouldn’t serve a purpose if they weren’t something special, otherwise they could be just any random woman a Templar passes on the street.  Why would they descend from the Nephilim if they didn’t have some sort of gift?

That actually became the starting place for blending the concepts together.  Templar Knights were Knights who served early Christian ideals.  Which made it a necessary component to make their immortality related to this.

I chose to play upon the question no one can answer – “What happened to the Knights Templar”, and one fact in particular that stood out to me.  When King Phillip eradicated the Order, and locked up key figureheads, an entire fleet of Templar ships vanished from port. 

Now, because every good hero needs a bit of angst, I couldn’t give them immortality because they’d done such a good job at their duties.  So we needed a reason immortality would be a bad thing.  Which led me back to the accepted belief the Templar found something beneath the Temple Mount… and well, it didn’t just tick off King Phillip.  They were cursed for digging there.

So the archangels had to come into play, as the archangels are typically understood as the angels who interact with man most commonly.  They have the power to curse.  But as the initial concept went further, I realized I needed to limit them somehow as well.  Otherwise, if they were completely all powerful, there’s no need for immortal Templar Knights.  Enter the specific assignment of duty that the archangels I chose possess.  They are not allowed to act outside of their little “box”, and each is skilled in something entirely different.

I knew from the get go that I wanted the women to be contemporary women.  Otherwise, the series would have turned out to be a historical series.  This gave me a set of challenges to work with.  Modern women don’t fall into the role of a 12th century woman.  We're more "do it yourselves" kinda gals. And that whole "here's your place"- not so much. There's nothing more certain to set a 12th century knight on edge than a woman who speaks her mind and refuses to fall into line because of her gender. Like Anne, who has a very distinct reaction to Merrick's initial order, "Take off your clothes." And while 900 years ago he might have gotten away with removing them for her, he knows times have changed, and he can't just strip her bare without permission.

Given the knights various backgrounds and personalities, this made internal conflict, and romantic conflict very easy to develop.  Also given that modern women (and men) aren’t as prone to accepting ‘fate’ or ‘higher powers’ controlling their lives, that presented a grounding point for external conflict as well.  They aren’t going to hear their role and necessarily accept it without hesitation.

The setting was frankly the most enjoyable.  Because my Templar knights are rooted in the 12th century, their ideals, beliefs, and goals are already ingrained by the time we reach 2012.  The world around them is going to make them uncomfortable to some degree.  Sure, they have made concessions when they have to – such as driving vehicles and using cell phones.  But going to the movies, trendy clothes, fancy meals and guns aren’t things they embrace.  I get several good laughs in when I have to force my knights into contemporary society.

As I said, it would have been easier to pick one or two layers to merge.  But in the end, blending so many proved immensely enjoyable, despite the challenges. 

And to illustrate that, here’s one of my favorite scenes from IMMORTAL HOPE:




He took a deep fortifying breath at Anne’s door. A small portion of his soul demanded he let himself inside and take the liberties he would have enjoyed had she wandered into his life nine hundred years ago. Whilst he shared the residence with many others, the simple fact remained, she resided in his house. Once he had dreamed of such a circumstance. Now the fantasy only created a bitter taste in his mouth. Resigning himself to reality, he knocked twice upon her door.

She answered as he lifted his hand for the third, concurrent rap. Briefly, she stared, bewildered. Then, her gaze fell to his armload of supplies, and her porcelain features lit with such delight a fist clamped around Merrick’s heart.

"My things,” she murmured as he moved past her. “Oh, Merrick, you brought my radio.”

The whimsical quality of her voice, the gratitude that turned her words into music, swelled his chest. Damnation. She had turned him as soft as butter. This trial of loyalty would surely be the death of him.

He set the bags down, unwilling to look at her for fear she would see how deeply she affected him. “I brought what I thought you might desire. Should you find something missing, we shall discuss it in the morn.”

Oh. You’re leaving again?”

His back to her, he closed his eyes. The touch of disappointment that fringed her question disturbed the accursed hollowness in his gut. “Aye.”

Before he could fully shrug off the thick straps digging into his shoulder, her hand settled against the small of his back. “I’d hoped you might stay with me for a while,” she murmured.

Her fingertips slid up his back, warming his skin. As he righted himself, she ducked under his elbow and looped her arms around his neck. Stepping in close, Anne pressed her body to his.

Everything inside Merrick coiled tight. Her warmth, the feel of her breath upon his neck, the perfume in her hair, she overwhelmed him in a heartbeat. He battled with the urge to slide his arms around her waist and draw her even closer. The longing to capture her mouth and drink from her honeyed lips assailed his senses with the force of a battering ram. Like a strangled man desperate for one gulp of fresh air, he disentangled himself from her embrace and took a step away.

He knew only one way to combat the fierce desire she awakened. “I must fight tonight.”

So, for fun – what would you do if you were born and raised in a different era, and one day woke up in ours?  I’m very curious how you’d answer.  While I love the world I live in, I have to say I think I’d be looking for the quickest ticket back home.

~Claire

Giveaway!
Claire will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a second $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificate to a second randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour.  Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Click here for a complete list of blog stops.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Review: Immortal Hope by Claire Ashgrove

Immortal Hope
Claire Ashgrove
Tor Books
Publication date: 3rd Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5

Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

"If things were different, she'd be in heaven. This place was a made-to-order catalogue for single women. Pick hair color, eye color, and the rest of the package was waiting and ready. Assuming one could ignore their surly attitudes"

Immortal Hope is my kind of book. I'm a complete sucker for a gorgeous but slightly grumpy tortured warrior who is saved by the love of a good woman, so introduce me to six potential tortured warriors and I'm so there. Immortal Hope definitely has the feeling of a really good series, it reminded me a little bit of J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (which is one of my all time favourite series) where each book will focus on one warrior finding his HEA. So if you are a fan of BDB then this is right up your street.

I really enjoyed the historical background which was brought right up to date and given a little paranormal twist. Merrick is the last of the original 9 Knights who rode to the Holy Land becoming the Knights Templar, it looks as though the rest of series will concentrate on five Knights who swore their loyalty to Merrick. These Knights have spent eternity battling Azazel's demons but with each kill more darkness enters their soul so they are all in a race against time to find their Seraph. The female descendants of the Nephilim, Seraph's are the only thing that can heal the souls of their fated Knight. So these six mighty warriors are desperate to see if the first Seraph Anne is their chosen one.

I loved the fact that Merrick's Seraph Anne was no push over, she's been completing her thesis on the Knights Templar and was absolutely itching to find out Templar secrets after being brought into their world. She's pretty gutsy and determined and with one eye on the future she was my kind of gal as she decides to take notes on the Knights distinguishing marks which will match their fated Seraph's. I could almost see her documenting it all in a spreadsheet! Anne's mark matches Merrick but she's too afraid to tell him as she believes it will lead to his death and he doesn't want to tell her that he's in a desperate race against time as evil is taking over his soul. On one hand, I honestly don't know how many times I wanted to shout out loud "just tell each other!" but on the other hand the slow burn was absolutely worth it.

I really can't wait for the next instalment Immortal Surrender in which Anne's sister Sophie finds her Knight, I'm holding out for Tane!

Claire Ashgrove will be stopping by le blog tomorrow to give a bit of insight into the world building behind Immortal Hope and she has a cool giveaway ongoing as part of her "Chivalry Never Dies" blog tour so make sure you come back tomorrow.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

In my mailbox #38


In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

Hope everyone is having a good week, I went back to work *le sigh* after the festive break full of good intentions that I would remain calm at all times and think positive thoughts. That lasted about 20 minutes.

I've also pretty much blown my New Year book resolutions too, which were as follows: 1. Don't request so many books from Netgalley and 2.Write the review immediately after finishing the book. So after only two weeks I've requested 8 books from Netgalley (OMG 8!) and I have 7 (arrgghhh) reviews to write!

Here's the book goodness I received this week.


For review
Advent by James Treadwell
Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
(I have Grave Witch somewhere so I will need to dig that out first)
Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Berkley UK

I bought
Lothaire by Kresley Cole
(I couldn't put it down, Lothaire is such a baddie!)
Winging It by Deborah Cooke

From netgalley

 Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
(Pretty excited about this one, it was on my wish list and will count towards my 2012 Debut authors challenge!) 
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby
Spin by Catherine McKenzie
Touch Me by Callie Croix
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle

 RAK
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
This is one of those books I've been meaning to read for ages and the lovely Jodie @ Books for Company who is one of my favourite book swappers sent me it as a surprise. Cheers Jodie!

Leave a link so that I can see what you got in your mailbox this week:)

On my wishlist this week..

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City.

The two books on my wishlist just happen to have big red dresses on the cover, I didn't plan it honest!

Grave Mercy
His Fair Assassin #1
Robin LaFevers
Publication date: 3rd April 2012




Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I love how at first glance it's a girl with a big dress on the cover and then you look a little bit closer and realise she's wielding a big giant crossbow! I'm pretty intrigued by this blurb I think it sounds epic.



Wendy Higgins
Publication date: 1st May 2012


What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Anna, a tender-hearted southern girl, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip forces Anna and Kai to face the reality that hope and love are not options for their kind. When it's time for Anna to confront her demons, will she choose to embrace her halo or her horns
Yeah I know, another big red dress! Wouldn't it be amazing though if she actually chose her horns instead of her halo??