Wednesday, August 3, 2011

[Blog Tour] Illicit Magic Tour by Camilla Chafer

Book Excerpt

As I took my place next to her, the window behind me shattered. Glass exploded in every direction as a missile drove its way through and sailed through the space I’d just occupied, missing Robert by mere inches. The missile lodged itself in a fizzing mess in the wall. Like an idiot I waited for the explosion but it didn’t come. Instead, something viscous, thicker than air but not as heavy as smoke, slithered from the bomb and all hell broke loose as those who had been caught by the glass cried out in pain and shock. Some of the gathering had fallen to the floor bleeding and the uninjured had leapt forward to form a barrier around them as the essence undulated towards them. I could hear a low murmur of chanting rising above the moans.
Marc and Étoile lurched into action, grabbing me and, with their arms entwined across my back, propelled me out of the way and into the lobby. We nearly collided with two suited men, our drivers from earlier, as they ran into the room. Voices rang after us, cries of astonishment and anger.
I head a man’s voice say angrily, “We can’t retaliate with our magic until the shields are removed,” but his words were met with angry disproval then the steady of hum of voices in chorus, each chanting in words I didn’t recognise.
I cowered in Étoile’s arms as she hugged me tight, one hand stroking my back in a curiously comforting way as I felt the panic dissipate. “They’re spell casting,” she whispered, her voice tickling my cheek, as she explained, “some are reinforcing our protection. Some are trying to find the culprit. Mostly, they are keeping the magic from that bomb at bay.”
Marc stood in front of us, his face etched with fury, his fists balled as smoke curled out of the room but he didn’t make a move forward.
“What the hell was that?” I whispered, not sure if I should raise my voice.
“That, dear Stella, was very nearly your head,” said Étoile, in an equally horrified voice. It was the first time I’d heard her shaken.




Author bio

Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of Illicit Magic and Unruly Magic, the first two books in the Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series. The series starts with a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out.

I live in London, UK but I try to travel as often as I can - lately I've been to Paris, all over Denmark, Luxembourg, and several US states. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming).









Waiting on Wednesday #4 by TheJay2xA


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Sweet Venom 
by Tera Lynn Childs

Expected publication: September 6th 2011






Description from Goodreads:


Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. 

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though. 

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters. 

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #5 by Era Penera



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Cascade (River of Time, #2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My Teaser:


I hardly had a choice, with him hovering over me. I lowered myself, suspiciously staring up at him. Crazily there were three of him now. All three Lord Grecos moved to the bottom of the cot and unfolded the heavy blanket, pulling it up and over me. They really weren't looking at me with anything more than the eyes of a friend. Maybe they're gay...                 


It was my throbbing head and ribs that woke me first, as dawn lit the outside, changing the color of the tent plum to lavender. Kind of a girly color for a knight, I thought. Maybe he really is gay.              




I turned around the corner of the screen and gasped. Once again, he'd crept in without me knowing. Lord Greco stared at me, his eyes falling from my wet curls to the damp shirt... for the first time letting me know he thought I was something more than a sack of potatoes to deliver. Not gay.          






I know this is too much of a teaser but anyway... I still posted it. Mind you, Lord Greco is not the main protagonist of this story, no. But he is a mysterious villain and I am crushing on him because he's gorgeous and stuffs like that. And anyway, the point of this teaser is for me to say that my beloved Lord Greco is NOT gay! I will not accept it, Ms. Bergren, if you make him that way. I'm just saying anyway, that my knight in shinning armor slash mysterious villain slash a total hottie Lord Rodolfo Greco is a man!

Okay I think I'm done blabbing.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Winners~


Here are the winners for

Overprotected Blog Tour:
Vivien
You won a Tote, T-shirt and Overprotected Book!
Amanda
Won a Choice of Lauren's Books!

Replay Blog Tour:
Denise Z
Won a copy of Reply by Keira Lea

A Warrior's Witch Blog Tour:
DANIELA
Won a copy of Stacey Kennedy's Back list

Delicate Freakn Flower Blog Tour
nanniclover
Won a copy of Delicate Freakn Flower by Eve Langlias

*Winners have been emailed and has 48hrs to reply or ill pick another winner*
Congrats to all the winners! We still have a few giveaway running! Enter while you still have the chance!





It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #10 by Era Penera



It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished


Cascade (River of Time, #2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

What I'm Reading



Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.


Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden, #1) by K.H. LeMoyne

What would you do to save your people from extinction?

What if your race held the key to mankind’s future?

One Guardian will risk hell to change the future.

Descended from a race of Guardians created in the far edges of Eden, Turen’s people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined by plague to Eden’s Sanctum. Risking death to save his people from eternal damnation, Turen chooses capture at the hands of his enemy to seek answers to change the future. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their covenant for mankind, the ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. 

Mia Bowman’s full human lineage decrees her off limits for knowledge of Guardian’s secret race. But her uncontrollable nocturnal visits to Turen’s prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help. She can heed Turen’s warning and stay clear of his people’s problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. As the complications escalate, the two forbidden lovers race to stop a fatal end to the Guardian line. But it may require their ultimate sacrifice to stop the betrayal and save the Guardian race. 




To Read Next





The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

Sunday, July 31, 2011

[Blog Tour] Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens -Final Stop-



I just want to THANK YOU all the bloggers that helped made this Blog Tour a success, it is our first time hosting a blog tour for a book and it was a great experience. It was fun and very hectic for a first time experience but really enjoyed it. All in all I want to thank Jennifer Laurens giving us a chance to host a book tour for her book Overprotected! More power to you Jennifer!

Don't forget you have until tomorrow to comment on all the blog stops for a chance to win:


plus Jennifers Book of Choice!

20 Jennifer - Kick Off
21 Me & Reading - Interview
22 Amaterasu Reads- Excerpt
23 Book Whisperer - Guest Post
24 Reading Angel - Guest Post
25 iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books - Excerpt
26 Reading Little Bit of Everything - interview
27 Fragments of Life - Excerpt
28 Reading Away The Days- Character Interview
29 Teen Readers Diary - Review
30 
A Simple Love of Reading - Character Interview


Saturday, July 30, 2011

[Review] Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Cascade
by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publication Date: June 1, 2011

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition

Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.

But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts?




Man I love this book a lot! It had me smiling from start to finish. There are just a lot of reasons to smile for this book. I mean I’ve been laughed at by my friends at school because I squeak, giggle, laugh, and get my eyes all dreamy because of this book. But it’s okay because I know I got them intrigued with what I’m reading. And so much for that... 

Cascade is the sequel to Lisa Tawn Bergren’s successful first book Waterfall of the River of Time Series. The second book picked up the story more or less than 20 minutes after the Waterfall ending. It was fast but it had to be... I mean you’ll understand when you read it.

I had mentioned in the Waterfall review how in love I am with History and with this book being a historical romance young-adult novel made it an awesome book already. It actually made me more interested with the medieval period. And I am glad for it because it’s an additional information. Now enough with the nerdy side.

I make it to a point that I don’t go crushing with the male lead characters of any book because well they’ll obviously end up with the female lead and I’d be jealous. And I mean even if that’s the case, of my so called making it to a point thing I mean, of course I’d still end  up falling in love with the heroes. But this is one of those few books that I actually fell in love with a villain. Can I mention Lord Rodolfo Greco here? I mean Gabi sees this medieval knight as a hottie already even if she’s in love with Marcello so I’m fairly certain that Lord Greco is that gorgeous. And making him a mysterious villain makes it even a lot better. Not that I’m into the bad bad bad guy type... it was just because I felt something different with him. Even if he’s like a real mean guy... I felt like there’s a reasonable thing in him. And I wasn’t wrong in a way. Yes I fell hard for him. And anyway, if you’re not into that villainous type of guy, you can still read a California surfer dude slash funny type of guy in Luca. And of course, never forget Marcello who is in every way a definition of an Italian hotness. 

(Did I sound like a real creep for being mostly only after those hotties? Because it’s usually what my friends and I search for a book. As teenagers and all stuffs like that, we mostly wanted a real nice story with swoon worthy heroes... and then we can talk about it all day.) 

Aside from the hot guys of course, the story too is brilliant. I tell you this one is full of action, just as how I like it. Really, like from the start to end, it’s all about running and fighting and running and fighting for their lives. And there is of course the occasional flirting. It’s really that exciting. I love this book a lot. It’s the story and the characters and most probably just the entirety of it.

The way Cascade ended made the third book of this series a must read. The second I finished it, I wanted to get a grip with Torrent in the instant. I really am that excited for their next life-threatening adventure. I love this book and I felt like I’ve said that a lot already but anyway... I also love the series... And maybe you guys would too... Nah you will definitely enjoy it.


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CASCADE TRAILER







[Review] Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out
by Maria V. Snyder
Paperback, 315 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin


I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.


-Goodreads
My thoughts?

With a stunning cover and interesting synopsis, I found every reason to read this book. It also happens that Across The Universe, which is one of my favorites, is often compared to this, so without a doubt I knew I'm gonna give it a shot.

The thing is, maybe I should have expected it to be a little complicated. Or was it just me? Okay, I may not have the most creative, extensive and flexible imagination, so I had to google unfamiliar things which I have no idea how they look like from time to time. Maybe I'm just a sucker in these kinds of matter -- since it's a sci-fi material, I want to visualize everything and I'm very keen on small details so I had a hard time digesting the whole thing. I almost gave up reading this because seriously, the first few chapters was like a mad rush of action scenes. Bu then, after postponing this for a few weeks, the quick paced events excited me.

Trella, born as a scrub who lives in the world of Inside and somewhat a loner, is one strong, admirable character to consider. This book with this kind of heroine is just what I've always wanted to dive in. She's a firm, mature character who knows how to contain herself in different kinds of situation, yet surprisingly, she's very brave and fearless. And as events went on, I was amazed how cleverly this book was described, and how characters stand their own identity. It's packed with an extreme amount of action, and you will find yourself gripping hard, and holding your breath from exciting happenings. The romance is also well written, and I love how Trella and Riley had been dragged together in a romantic way, yet not losing the action and exciting aspect.

The ending was even more gripping, and definitely left a big room of expectations on the next book. I have read a few other dystopian and sci-fi ones, and having read this book, I guess I'm setting them into a new higher set of standards. They're just really good! And, Inside Out is definitely one of them. Can't wait to read Outside In!



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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[Review] Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren


Waterfall (River of Time, #1)

by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages.
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition


Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

-Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes & Nobles | Book Depository



My Thoughts?

Oh I love this book for so many reasons. Waterfall is so wonderfully written and the story too was beautifully crafted.

This is the first book in Lisa Tawn Bergren’s young adult series, River of Time. It’s a romantic historical fiction and that’s what really captures me.

I am in love with history. I can so relate to the things that was said or mentioned in this book. I mean, I don’t know all of the things mentioned here exactly, I just feel the familiarity. And that thing makes me feel all so giddy with this book. Like I can totally absorb everything about Medieval Italy. I feel like what happened in this book is so incredible so I can’t help myself fantasizing about being there with them. I think that’s what fascinates me truly. My fondness for history really magnetized me to this book.

But it’s not just that though. The story was also so captivating. Most of us like tough ass heroines. I mean come on, those kinds of female protagonists makes our story really interesting. And for that, that I enjoyed reading Gabi. She’s so twenty-first like lady and yet she was able to actually be like a lovely medieval lass. She is so brave and darn it, she’s so tall too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Oh my gosh, another thing in this book is the Italian hotness going on and about. The Italian knights here are swoon worthy. Marcello is like the god of hotness in my imagination. He’s the every definition of male beauty. I might be exaggerating him but anyway, I’m so darn jealous because it was Gabi who captures his heart. I kind of like how he speaks too. And he’s so gentlemanly, but of course, that is what is expected to every aristocratic men of their time.

Bergren wrote this book with the combination of the present and medieval tongue. It made me feel good actually that I get to read the things the way they were said in the medieval times. I mean I’m not much of a classical type of person. I don’t usually read the classical novels so I won’t have an exact idea as to how they say things, but these kinds of books have it. Bergren wrote the conversation as to how they are supposed to be said in the medieval period. And I like it.

After reading Waterfall, I am positive that I will finish the whole series. I don’t know but I just feel like I have to. It’s something that I must do. I love reading it. I enjoy every moment of it. So it really is a must read... a guaranteed good one too. I wanted to share the joy in reading and the beauty of this book.


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