Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Carolyn Crane

Last but by no means least, I introduce to you the awesome and amazing author...Carolyn Crane


Carolyn Crane is one of my favourite urban fantasy authors of all time. I only discovered her (via lastbitepodcast) this year and I am so glad that I did. Carolyn is author of the Disillusionist Trilogy. Two books from the series are currently released and I am hungrily awaiting the release of book three =). Please take the time to check Carolyn Crane's website out.

You can follow Carolyn in the following ways;

Twitter: @CarolynCrane


Now on with the crazy quiz...

  1. If you could stop time for one night like Santa Clause, what would you do with it?
    OMG, Naomi, you don’t start with the easy ones. I think I’d sit in front of the fireplace with my husband and read. And have music on. And I would feel like I had all my work done. The cats would be there - behaving, because it’s a magical night. Also, cheese and crackers would be involved.  
  1. If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow globe, what moment would it be and why?
    I’d go for the Christmas when I was six. I think our family was really happy that year. Christmas seemed magical, and my sisters and I believed in Santa.   
  1. When you think of Christmas, do you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside or do you just think ‘it’s just another day and want it to be over with’?
    I don’t think of it as another day at all, and I hate to admit this, but I do sometimes hate Christmas. I wish I loved it like some other people do. Somehow, I never feel like I’ve done enough, or gotten people good enough presents or something. My guilty conscience!   
  1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas and why?
    When it’s over. Look at me! I am always really relieved. Maybe that is why I write urban fantasy! It is the most un-Christmassy genre, besides horror.  
  1. Do you have any Christmas traditions that you always keep to?
    Actually, I love to take a walk with family on Christmas. That is a really important tradition for me, and our family has always done that, like after Christmas dinner, or sometimes, after the present-opening frenzy. I think, just the action of slowing down and being outside is nice, and gives a sort of good holiday feeling about relationships and all that. At least for me.   
  1. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
    LOL. Oh yes yes yes. And I have always felt bad about it. I always feel like the people know!!
7. Tree topper: Star or Angel? Star!

8. Sledge or bin lid? What? I don’t know what either of those things are. Oh, maybe a kind of sled? Like a saucer? If you are asking sled or saucer, saucer all the way!

9. Red or Green? Red red red!

10. Rockin’ Robin or Jingle Bell Rock? Rockin’ Robin, you kook. That is your funniest question.

11. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Day.

12. Mistletoe: Yes or No? Alas, no.


Thanks again Carolyn for taking part...Merry Christmas!!!

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Susan Mann from SUSANKMANN

Now here's a wifie that kens a thing or two aboot a good book, let me introduce ti ya..Susan fae SUSANKMAN!!!

(Translation: Now here's a woman that knows a thing or two about a good book, let me introduce to you...Susan from SUSANKMANN)


Susan is not only an avid book reader but she is a full time mother, wife, worker and aspiring writer. On the side, Susan is also a distributor for the amazing book series 'Of Witches and Warlocks' by Lacey Weatherford. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books in the series, get in touch with Susan. 

In her spare time, Susan takes parts in writing workshops and updates her blog with reviews of anything that affect her life, from books to the latest toys her little boys have got and she hosts giveaways.

You can follow Susan in the following ways:

Blog: SUSANKMANN

Twitter: @susankmann

Now let's get on with the wacky Christmas Quiz...


1. Do you have any Christmas traditions that you always keep to?

Give PJ’s as present and open them Christmas eve to wear them on Christmas morning.

2. When you think of Christmas, do you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside or do you just think ‘it’s just another day and want it to be over with’?

Warm and fuzzy I love, love, love Christmas.

3. If you could stop time for one night like Santa Clause, what would you do with it?

Since I have two toddlers this would probably be sleep. Or read all night. Not exciting but I love to read.

4. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes, I got really nice perfume for my birthday but I already had two bottles of it so I gave one away as a Christmas present.

5. What will your New Year resolution for 2011 be and why?

To keep writing and get my novel ready to submit to an agent.

6. If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow globe, what moment would it be and why?

The last Christmas my dad was alive. Or maybe this one as both my boys will be old enough to enjoy and know what Christmas is all about.

7. Mistletoe: Yes or No? No

8. Red or Green? Red

9. Real tree or artificial tree? Artificial

10. Rockin’ Robin or Jingle Bell Rock? Jingle Bell Rock

11. Milk or Brandy? Brandy

12. Tree topper: Star or Angel? Angel

Thanks for taking part Susan...Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Jill Myles

Today I get to introduce one of my favourite authors...Jill Myles.


Jill Myles is the successful author or the Succubus Diaries which stars Jackie Brighton as your local and recently turned succubi - which means she has to have sex in order to stay alive. Now you wouldn't think this would be a problem for some people but Jackie doesn't like the idea of having sex with just anyone, so luckily for her she has two hunks to chose from; an angel (Noah) and a vampire (Zane).

There are currently three books int he Succubus Diaries series; My Fair Succubi, Succubi Like It Hot and My Fair Succubi (out in Dec 2010). You should check them out if you like supernatural fiction with a whole lot of sex. Be carfeul because this series is very addictive.

You can follow Jill via the following;


Twitter: @jillmyles

Here's what Jill had to say in response to my crazy questions for this quiz;



1.       Are you a ‘spread-out-present-buying-throughout-the-year’ kind of person or are you a ‘last-minute-present-buying’ kind of person?

I am VERY much a last minute present buyer. Last minute everything. I normally scramble from the day after Thanksgiving until December 24th. This probably explains a lot of the Christmas presents that I give, too. Sometimes great, sometimes totally, completely random. ;)

2.       When do you put your Christmas tree up?

Usually during Thanksgiving week! But we ordered a  new tree this year (the last one wouldn’t light up anymore) so we’re slacking.  J

3.       If you could stop time for one night like Santa Clause, what would you do with it?

Spend time with my family. It sounds corny but there’s never enough time around the holidays to just sit around the kitchen table, drink coffee, and catch up with extended family.

4.       When you think of Christmas, do you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside or do you just think ‘it’s just another day and want it to be over with’?

My husband and I elected to not have children, so Christmas is less exciting for us than those with small kids. If we want a new video game, we just buy it, right? But I have to say that I love the holiday spirit, I love weather, I love the decorations, and I love all the trappings, right down to egg nog.

5.       If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow globe, what moment would it be and why?

Ooh, that’s really hard. I don’t know the answer to that. I guess any Christmas with all my family around me would do. Maybe the first one after I married my husband, because that one was particularly special to us.

6.       What was your favourite Christmas present as a child?

A bike! I had thought for sure I was getting something lame and practical like a blanket, but I got this amazing bike, and I even think it was pink. That was the best Christmas present ever because I was so very surprised.

7.       Toys or sweets? Well, I would say sweets, but my figure tells me I should say toys. ;)

8.       Favourite Christmas Film? Meet Me In St. Louis

9.       Sledge or bin lid? Bin lid, I think! I’m from Texas and we rarely, rarely ever get snow. My (few) memories of sledding involved cardboard boxes and laundry baskets.

10.   Rockin’ Robin or Jingle Bell Rock? Jingle Bell Rock!

11.   Red or Green? Red!

12.   Snowmen or snowangels? Snow men!
I would like to say thank you to Jill for taking the time to answer my quesions..Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Joss Stirling

It's my great honour to introduce...2010 debut author Joss Stirling.



Joss Stirling is the author of Finding Sky - a tale of two soulmates that meet across the pond and face many dangers just to be together. This is a great story and a must read to all yound adult readers out there. To all of those that have read Finding Sky, you will be happy to hear that there will be a sequel in the series called Stealing Phoenix.

Follow Joss via the following:

Blog: Joss Stirling

Twitter: @jossstirling

Here's Joss' answers to my crazy Christmas quiz:

1.    What was your favourite Christmas present as a child?

A big Paddington bear with real yellow wellington boots and a label saying ‘Please look after this bear’ – which I did, of course.

2.    Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Is this a euphemism for ‘got rid of’?  I must have done as I do try and keep a lid on the number of books that stay on my shelf and some Christmas ‘misses’ must now be at Oxfam.

3.    If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow globe, what moment would it be and why?

Nice question.  I’m going to go for Midnight Mass when I was a teenager.  I came out of church with my mum and it started to snow – just like in those Hollywood films.

4.    What is the worst present you received and how did you react when you opened it?

One year I asked my husband for the X-Men films.  He went and bought the X Files boxed set.  Gee thanks, honey.  This was ‘recycled’ to my brother-in-law who was a fan.

5.    Are you a ‘spread-out-present-buying-throughout-the-year’ kind of person or are you a ‘last-minute-present-buying’ kind of person?

I’m a last two months kind of person – I start looking in November.  My husband and I always book in a weekday shopping trip to break the back of the task in late November and to have a relaxed day together without having to do the divert-the-children’s-attention thing when we buy a family present.

6.    What do you want from Santa this year?

Tickets to see a West End musical – Billy Eliot or Wicked.

7.    Real tree or artificial tree? Both – one upstairs and one down in the kitchen.  More the merrier.

8.    Milk or Brandy? Brandy – in the cake.

9.    Favourite Christmas Film? A Christmas Carol

10. Red or Green? Green

11. Mistletoe: Yes or No? Why not?  Come on, what’s Christmas without kisses?

12. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas morning – all the best moments: present opening, going to our church for a fun service with hyper kids, cooking smells, still feeling hungry and not overfed...
Thanks again Joss for taking part in this quiz - Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Angela from SoapBoxInMyMind

May I introduced, the one and only...Angela from Soap Box In My Mind



Angela is a freelance copy editor and avid reader of various book genres. You will normally find her lost in a book somewhere or hanging around Twitter. Angela takes parts in book swaps on her blog if you are interested. Go and check her blog out now =)
You can follow Angela via the following;

Blog: SoapBoxInMyMind

Twitter: @SoapBoxinMyMind


Without further ado, here's Angela's answers to my fun Christmas quiz...

1.    If you could stop time for one night like Santa Clause, what would you do with it?

Honestly, at this point in my life I would use that stoppage of time to get caught up on all of my chores so that I could enjoy everyday a little bit more.

2.    Do you have any Christmas traditions that you always keep to?

We always wear our Santa hats while putting up our tree, and everyone puts up their own “special” ornaments.

3.    When do you put your Christmas tree up?

The weekend after Thanksgiving.

4.    What do you want from Santa this year?

Enough money to pay our bills, and good health and happiness for my family. Not very inventive...I know!

5.    Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes I have! Why waste a perfectly good present that I don’t want? Especially if I know the perfect person it would be great for!

6.    What will your New Year resolution for 2011 be and why?

I don’t make resolutions anymore, because I have yet to keep one...or even start one! However, some hopes/goals for this coming year are to get further out of debt and get healthy. My family needs to shed some pounds of debt, and I need to shed a few pounds from the rear end I’ve been supporting these past few years!

7.    Sledge or bin lid? Whichever is handy!

8.    Toys or sweets? Sweets of course!

9.    Favourite Christmas Film? The Grinch

10. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Eve

11. Tree topper: Star or Angel? Santa

12. Name all Santa’s reindeer (no cheating) Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Vixen, Prancer, Blitzen, (DARN! I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST 2!)
Thanks for taking part Angela..Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Maria from LastBitePodcast

Today I would like to introduce the amazing and cool Maria from SookieStackhouse.com This lady is behind my alter ego Supernatural Bookworm!! 


Maria is the hostess with the mostest AND has ONE of THE most brilliant website ever. Not only is there daily updates with information from all our favourite supernatural tv shows, i.e. True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Being Human etc, but there's also a review page where members of the team post their reviews on books from the supernatural genre and a weekly podcast. The podcast discusses what has happened that week on the supernatural shows, any new information on book releases and tv news. A member from the podcast also reviews a book series each week, so there's always a chance you will learn about a new series that you may not have heard of before.

Maria is the reason I started a blog as she gave me the opportunity to review books for her site, which I still do. And she has got me hooked on Being Human LOL Thanks Maria!!

You can follow Maria via the following;

Website/Blog: sookiestackhouse.com

Twitter: @Lastbitepodcast

On with the questions; and here's Maria's answers!

1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas and why?

The decorations. It's like everyone decides to dress their homes and the city up to the nines.

2. If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow glove, what moment would it be and why?

When my daughter gave me a present for the first time. It was a little puzzle with angels on it and we put it put together on Christmas morning.

3. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes. Look at the following question.

4. What is the worst present you received and how did you react when you opened it?

Perfume, and it was not because it was perfume. It was because it was evident that it was last minute and in all honesty I would have been okay with a hug.

5. What do you want from Santa this year?

An iPad.... other than that nothing really.

6. When do you put your Christmas tree up?

So, my family has always put up the tree on Thanksgiving Day, but because we are always at my parents house on Thanksgiving... we've put ours up the weekend before Thanksgiving. By January 6th (Three Kings Day), we consider it another part of the family.

7. Real tree or artificial tree? Artificial


8. Rockin’ Robin or Jingle Bell Rock? Jingle Bell Rock

9. Snowmen or snowangels? Snowmen

10. Milk or Brandy? Brandy

11. Tree stopper: Star or Angel? Star

12. Mistletoe: Yes or No? Yes, of course.

Thanks again Maria for taking part..Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmassy Fun Quiz with...Lyndsey from Heaven, Hell & Purgatory

I would love to introduce to you the awesome and ultra organised (do not take that as a fault..believe me I wish I could be as half as organised as this lady)...Lyndsey from Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.


Lyndsey is an avid reader of the young adult fiction genre and is currently a studying English and Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University. This lady is super organised and always has regular reviews posted so her followers won't be without something to read. There's always something going on over at Lyndsey's blog, if not reviews, then there are great interviews with authors. You should really take the time to check her blog out.

You can follow Lyndsey via the following;

Blog: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory

Twitter: @Fiction_Fan

So without further ado, here's Lynsdey's response so my silly and crazy Christmas questions!!

1. What do you want from Santa this year?

A really hot man would be kind of nice. If that fails though and no one can find me one, I would like any of the books on my Amazon wish list or a unicorn!

2. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?


My Nanna actually buys me and my sister things that neither of us like and we end up swapping them. My Nanna is an Avon lady so we both always end up with a lot of make up which usually doesn't suit our own colourings so we either swap with each other or see if any of our friends want any of it.


3. Do you have any Christmas traditions that you always keep to?


Getting drunk on Christmas Eve. I know that isn't very festive but every Christmas Eve me, Mum and my sister get a few bottles of wine and nibbles and sit in front of the TV and watch cheesy programs and slushy films.


4. What was your favourite Christmas present as a child?


A Mr Frosty. I remember my sister wanting one for years and years but never got one. For some strange reason, my aunt bought me one instead one year and my sister cried for hours. I dont even think I let her use it because I knew it would upset her. I dont think I was very nice to her when we were kids lol.


5. If you could take one moment from a past Christmas and put it in a snow globe, what moment would it be and why?


That would definitely have to be my Christmas in Canada. I dont think I will ever have the chance to see that much snow again and have a perfectly white Christmas. Although it was weird being away from my family, I really enjoyed being out in the middle of now where, making snow angels and a snowman at 7am on Christmas Day.


6. What is the worst present you received and how did you react when you opened it?


I dont think I've ever had a really bad Christmas present. A great aunt bought me some massive Bridget Jones style knickers one time but luckily she wasn't there to see me open them so I just ended up laughing.



7. Rockin’ Robin or Jingle Bell Rock? Jingle Bell Rock

8. Tree topper: Start or Angel? Angel

9. Milk or Brandy? Neither

10. Name all Santa’s reindeer (no cheating) Dancer, Prancer, Rudolf

11. Favourite Christmas Film? Miracle on 34th Street

12. Red or Green? Green


Thanks again Lyndsey for taking part...Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Christmas Fun...


Firstly I just wanted to say sorry for being missing in action for the past couple of weeks. Life has been a little hectic and the weather has decided to go all major wintry on my ass so a lot of my time has been taken up with clearing snow LOL

On with the good stuff -

Over the next few days I will be posting a series of posts with some fun Christmas questions that have been answered by some awesome boggers and authors.
Each person has a series of twelve questions that they will answer.

 
I would just like to take this time to say thank you to all those that have taken part in my Crazy Christmas Feature =) You guys RAWK!! *head bangs*

Sunday, 28 November 2010

In My Mailbox...(17)

In My Mailbox is a meme that is hosted by The Story Siren every Sunday.

I know it's been a while since I have done an IMM but I haven't had much books lately. I have made a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy any more books until I had read all the ones I haven't read yet.


Borrowed From Library


 Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson

Sent for Review

 
Logic of Demons: Tee Quest for Nadine's Soul by Hal Goodman - this book was sent to me by the author for review


What did you guys get?

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Review: Love Sucks by Lauren Hammond

My Rating: G, O, R

Published: 2010
Publisher: Punkin House

Author's Website: laurenhammondnovelist.blogspot.com

Purchase @ Amazon.com punkinbooks.com

In England during the seventeen hundreds, Cara Jones had her human life ended for her and she became a creature of the night. One moment she’s an adolescent young woman living her life, the next she’s lurking in the streets at night looking for her next meal. The vampire slayings in England became so brutal the whole race was nearly wiped out.

So Cara and the clan she called her extended family fled to the U.S. to make a home. They kept to themselves and stayed out of trouble by feeding on recently deceased corpses and cleaning out blood supplies at local hospitals. When one of the clan members makes a mistake, they are once again being hunted and Cara is the only one who makes it out alive. Cara is officially the last vampire on earth. So when Cara awakes from nearly three hundred year slumber, she awakes to a new city, new people and a new way of life. Cara sets out on a journey to find her soul mate, the one person who is designed for her. Along the way she encounters a zany new friend, a jealous co worked, and a man whom she can’t live without. Dr. Jared Sayers is her destiny. Will Jared give up everything he knows to be with Cara? Or will she wander the earth for the rest of eternity along?


Love Sucks is Lauren Hammond’s debut novel. It’s the tale of a young female vampire who finds herself in a whole new world and is setting out to find her one true mate.

I was quite excited to read this book as I love vampires and I love a good romance story. To begin with I really enjoyed the historical elements and I enjoyed learning Hammond’s transformation of her vampires. Hammond’s vampires are attacked and when they wake up they are thrust out into the world on their own with no guidance or training on how to not get caught by the humans.

Unfortunately about half way through the book was when the book started to dissatisfy me. I was finding that I wasn’t sure of the timeline anywhere in the book. I felt as if I was being dragged from one day to the next and then all of a sudden it’s a year later without any warning. Also, I personally wasn’t impressed by the character development in the second half of the book. It all felt a bit rushed and I felt as if the lot was too predictable.

Don’t get me wrong, Love Sucks was an enjoyable read but just not my cup of tea. I wouldn’t let my view of the book put anyone off reading it. I would recommend it to younger readers as I think it would be better suited to those of the teenage persuasion.

Disclaimer: I was sent this e-book via SookieStackhouse.com to review. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Review: Frostbite by RIchelle Mead

My Rating: E, P, B

Published: 2008
Publisher: Razorbill

Author's Website: richellemead.com

Purchase @ Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com

Rose Hathaway’s got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head whilst she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.

Then a massive Strigoi attack puts St. Vladmir’s on high alert, and the Academy crawls with Guardians – including the legendary Janine Hathaway...Rose’s formidable, long-absent mother. The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks. This year, St Vlad’s holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winder landscape and the posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagine...


Frostbite is the second instalment in the ‘Vampire Academy’ series by Richelle Mead. Teenage angst brewed with a heavy dose of lust and amazing fighting scenes makes for a great read.

Rose is still undergoing her training to become a Guardian, in particular Lissa’s guardian. To do all this she has to take extra training lessons as she missed so much when she and Lissa took a much needed two year holiday from St Vlad’s. Her extra lessons are to be taken with the gorgeous Dimitri and Guardian extraordinaire. The sexual tension keeps mounting between the two and looks like it’s very close to cracking. Out with the drama of St. Vlad’s, trouble is brewing in the form of the Strigoi. They have started to become more organised and are uniting to take out the Moroi royals. During all the commotion, some students get loose out in the world and try to take on the Strigoi themselves. This leads to Rose and Christian going on a rescue mission where they get much more than they bargained for. This mission will change them for life – if they come out alive.

I thought Frostbite was a great sequel to Vampire Academy. I am a bit put out that there weren’t more intimate and emotionally revealing scenes between Dimitri and Rose. There is a lot of emotion and tension between them that is yet to be unravelled and I am sure that Mead will be keeping it all locked up for following books in the series. I was really happy with this book overall and I couldn’t put it down. The fight scenes were amazing and it made me feel like I was there watching their every move. Mead has this way with words that make you connect with the characters in her novels. I felt so connected to them that I felt as if I was feeling exactly what they were feeling, I wanted to cry when they cried, scream when they screamed and to kill when they killed. Being able to engage readers with the characters is one of the reasons that Mead is such a superb writer.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book and it’s prequel to anyone interested in vampires. It has everything you want; power, magic, love, tension and amazing action scenes.

Disclaimer: I do not own this book, I was loaned it from the great Lynsey Newton, a fellow book blogger. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Blog Hop...(18)

Blog Hop is a meme that is hosted by Crazy For Books each Friday until Monday.


Book Blogger Hop

This is my eighteenth hop and I am still finding great blogs out there and loving the weekly questions!!

Blog on =)

Question: Since Thanksgiving is coming up next week, let's use this week's Hop to share what we are most thankful for and what our holiday traditions are!

Answer: As a UK blogger, I don't celebrate Thanksgiving but that doesn't have to stop me saying what I a thankful for.

Firstly I am grateful for Maria at SookieStackhouse.com as she is the one that gave me the opportunity to review books for her website which led me onto creating a blog.

Secondly, I am thankful for all the kind bloggers out there that have made my introduction to the world of blogging so fun and easy. Without you guys I wouldn't have known where to start, so thank you having takeingthe time to write out posts to help other bloggers get started.

Thirdly, I am hugely thankful to all my followers. You guys rock and I love the comments you leave, even if I dont' get a chance to reply to them all, I do read them.

And last but by no means least, thank you to all the wonderful authors out there. Don't ever stop writing as it's you guys that create the books that gives me something to ramble on about in my reviews. Plus they give me endless of hours of reading and enjoyment.

Have a great weekend =)

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

My Rating: E, P, B

Published: 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Author's Website: karenmoning.com

Purchase @ Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com

MacKayla Lane lies naked on the cold stone floor of a church, at the mercy of the erotic Fae master she once swore to kill. Far from home, unable to control her sexual hungers, MacKayla is now fully under the Lord Master’s spell. In New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning’s stunning new novel, the walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. And as Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest – and most erotically charged – adventure of her life.

He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister’s murdered to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac’s every thought – and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desire but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V’lane vie for her body and soul, as she rallies the sidhe-seers to fight an impossible battle and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac’s greatest enemy delivers a final challenge...

It’s an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an ever darker threat awats. Wither her parents missing and the lives of her loves ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth – about herself and about the worls she thought she knew.


Dreamfever is the fourth book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Insatiable and seductive to a tee, the Fever Series is highly addictive and will always have you craving for more.

Mac is still on her quest for vengeance against her sister’s murderer, the Lord Master. But before she can exact her revenge she must first overcome her sudden sexual cravings that have made her lose her mind. On the brink of death, she is saved and carries on her battle, stronger that ever, against the Fae that have invaded her world.

I was so happy with this book to begin with. I thought everything would work out and we would finally see Mac catch a break. But no, Moning is no dream-satisfier. Although, she did make one of my wishes come true but I won’t elaborate as it will spoil the book for you. We see Mac finally fighting back against her allies and demanding the truth and if they don’t provide it, she has other means to getting the truth. Mac teams up with the other sidhe-seers to try and take down all the Fae but collaborating with the strong headed leader of the sidhe-seers proves just as difficult as Mac anticipated it to be.

Dreamfever ended on such a horrible cliffhanger that it should be against the law and left me and, no doubt, millions of other readers frustrated. It has left me wondering and theorising each and every character we have met throughout the series. I have a few theories but I know they will be a million miles off. However, I am glad to see Mac overcome everything and become stronger through it all. I can’t wait for the next, and final, book.

Disclaimer: I do not own this book, I borrowed it from my local library. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

My Rating: E, R, B

Published: 2010
Publisher: Harper

Author's Website: sophiejordan.net

Purchase @ Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki – a descendant of dragons whose greatest defence is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner drake is slowly slipping away – if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


Firelight is a young adult debut and first in a paranormal series by Sophie Jordan. Full of daring dives, teenage romance and gorgeous Draki. The ultimate young adult fantasy/paranormal book.

Jacinda is the pride’s only fire breather. This causes her to be involved in a lot of the pride’s future plans whether Jacinda likes it or not. After a near death experience with some hunters, Jacinda’s mother and sister leave the pride taking her with them. Jacinda and her draki detest being away from their pride or being unable to manifest without fear.

Will, a hunter, is Jacinda’s only saving grace as he keeps her draki alive. She knows what and who he is but still can’t help falling for him. Such a typical teenage reaction; falling in love with the one thing that is bad for her. At one stage in the book I am unsure as to who is the greatest danger, Jacinda or the hunters. Jacinda is a fire breathing draki and could kill a lot of people with one puff but on the other hand the hunters are their enemies and have the technology to track and take down the draki with immense swiftness.

I felt so torn whilst reading Firelight. I was fighting alongside Jacinda when she was arguing with her mother against leaving the pride and I really felt for her when the one thing she wanted to do, the one thing that was so natural to her – flying - was taken away from her. But on the other hand, I understood where her mother was coming from by getting her safely away from the pride. The way these two characters, Jacinda and her mother, interact is very relatable as is Jacinda’s relationship with her twin sister. Jacinda doesn’t realise how un-at-home her family really were when they were living with the pride until they had left. This makes her realises that it’s not all about what she wants.

The whole idea and imagination behind the draki was amazing. I was absolutely blown away by the descriptions of the draki’s skin, their wings and the way they take flight. They are absolutely gorgeous and I wish they existed, just so I could see them in all their glory. They would be a magnificent sight. Makes me wonder why on earth anyone would want to hunt them down.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Firelight and I can’t wait for the sequel. Firelight is a definite must read by the young or old. As long as you have a good imagination, you will be stunned and blown away by this mythical story. I know I was.

Disclaimer: I own this book and bought it courtesy of Amazon.co.uk. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

My Rating: E, P, B

Published: 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Author's Website: beccafitzpatrick.com

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Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at leas she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever and, even worse, she’s started spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawing to him – despite her lingering feeling that he’s hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.


Crescendo is the second novel in the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Delving further into the world of anything angelic should be all holy and enlightening but Crescendo has a dark edge to it that won’t have you thinking of fairy wings and bright lights.

Life couldn’t get more interesting for Nora Grey if she tried. She has a gorgeous guardian angel for a boyfriend, Patch, and life is good. That is until Patch becomes more secretive than usual which puts Nora in an uneasy predicament. She wants to trust Patch but there is so much he isn’t telling her and then when he starts hanging about with her arch enemy, all hell breaks loose.

I really enjoyed having another piece of the puzzle of the life of Nora and Patch but at the same time I was frustrated by the characters actions. I was annoyed at Nora for being needy, jealous and untrusting but at the same time I was pissed off with Patch for being an eluding, teasing jerk. One minute he is all over Nora and the next he just stops and leaves her questioning whether Patch is attracted to her and if he truly wants and loves her.

I loved the storyline that Fitzpatrick has created. Just when you think the story is getting clearer as you pick up the clues, you are blown away by another piece of information that makes all your theories look like you are an uneducated fool. Well that’s how it felt for me anyway.

I really hope Tempest, this book in the series, unveils the answers to my questions about the series and I really hope Patch and Nora manage to work things out. Also, would it kill the guy upstairs to give Patch a break? What is REALLY wrong about an angel and a Nephilim descendant falling in love?

Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about Fitzpatrick’s angel system and the back stories as to how our characters came to be about, i.e. their histories.

Disclaimer: I own this book, I bought it with my own money from Amazon.co.uk. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Review: Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

My Rating: G, R, L

Published: 2010
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins Publishers)

Authr's WEbsite: teralynnchilds.com

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Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realised why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on lad and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbour, Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t the casual dating type- the instant they “bond”, it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.



Forgive My Fins is the first novel in the ‘Forgive My Fins’ series by Tera Lynn Childs. This book will have you splashing about trying to become the queen of the waves.

Lily is unlike any other teenager at her high school. She doesn’t have the incessant worries about school work or worry about being the most popular girl in school. Lily’s main worry is getting the most popular guy at school, Brody Bennett, to see her as more than just a friend so she can reveal her big secret; that she is a mermaid princess and she wants him to go live with her and rule Thalassinia as her husband and King.

Her next door neighbour, bad boy Quince Fletcher has other ideas. He enjoys tormenting Lily, spying on her and showing up at all the places she goes to. Quince is a steady pain in the fin to Lily but he somehow becomes a constant person in her life. Can she put up with Quince for much longer? You will have to read to find out.

Overall, Forgive My Fins was a good read. I would recommend it for teens as it’s truly a young adult book. The plot was kind of predictable in places so it took some of the mystique away from it.

Disclaimer: I do not own this book, I borrowed it from my local library. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.