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Friday Reads/Currently Reading: Friday Sept. 17/15

Well time for another Friday Reads/Currently Reading post, Over the weekend I intend to:

all books in bold are review books: 1 Direct from the author                                                                                                                                                          2 bloggingforbooks                                                                                                                                                                    3 NetGalley                                                                                                             

  • finish reading
    • Aranya, #1 Shapeshifting Dragons by Marc Suchia (currently at Chapter 7 of  33 Chapters)1
    • The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander (currently at Chapter 7 of 50 Chapters) 2
  • Continue and possibly finish reading the following books:
    • All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (currently at location 256 of 6246)3
    • The Earls Defiant Wallflower, #2 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley (currently at Chapter 4 of 18 Chapters)3
    • Crown of Midnight, #2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass (currently on Chapter 3 of 56 Chapters )
    • Sweet Evil, #1 The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins (currently at Chapter 3 of  31 Chapters)
    • Instruments of Darkness, #1 Crowther and Westerman (omnibus) by Imogen Robertson (currently at location 1637 of  6901)
    • The Minaturist by Jessie Burton (currently at loc. 1033 of 4277)3 
    • Smart, Sexy and Secretive, #2 The Reed Brothers by Tammy Falkner (currently on chapter 3 of 32 chapters)
    • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower, #2 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley 

Friday Reads: Sept. 11

ErWell what do you know time for another Friday reads post, and this week it is my intention to …

finish reading

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

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Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

2. Aranya, #1 Shapeshifter Dragons by Marc Seccha (ebook for Review)

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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom-the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.


 

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The Viscounts Christmas Temptation, #1 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley (Review book from Netgalley)

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Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel… and tumbling head over heels in love.

Regency Era Historical Romance Novella

The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:

  • The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
  • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower
  • The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
  • The Major’s Faux Fiancee
  • The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride

 

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1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (review book from Netgalley)

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

2. (hopefully) Shadow Dragon, #2 Shapeshifter Dragons by Marc Secchia (ebook for review) Chameleon Shapeshifters, uProduct Detailsncontrollable storm powers, and the rise of Sylakia’s Dragon-elite. The battle against evil scales new heights, but the price of victory grows ever dearer.

Once, a Shadow Dragon ravaged the Island-World. Insatiable. Unstoppable. A Dragon-killer. Now the Shadow Dragon has reappeared, on a collision course with Aranya and King Beran’s campaign to liberate the Islands from the scourge of Sylakian tyranny. He is dark, beautiful and deadly, a predator of untold power.

Meantime, Thoralian weaves his web of guile and betrayal right in the hearts of Aranya’s friends and allies. He will bring them to an encounter only he can win.

Incredible aerial battles. An Ancient Dragon bent on enslaving Aranya. The treacherous secrets of Dragon magic. This is the fight for which destiny has shaped a heroine of rare courage–Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Criminal. Shapeshifter Dragon. A woman who will confront evil at any cost. Spite her at your peril.

 

Week in Review #4 (19-25 Jan) – Book Reviews, Currently Reading etc.

I feel like I had a pretty good reading week this week as I managed to finish 3 books and read more of several other books as well as starting to read several new books.


 

THIS WEEKS BOOKS

Read: Collision: The Battle for Darracia, #2 The Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash (review paper back)

Started: 13/1/15     Finished: 19/1/15

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Review

Thank you so much Michael for sending me this book and I loved it because it was a fitting second book in a series.

Michael’s writing and world building in this book was equally as good as in the first book and it really made me feel like I was part of the story. Thanks to this and the fact that I will buy a digital copy of this book to be able to easily re-read as well as buy it & recommend it to others is why I gave it 5 stars.

We learn more about the planet, the other planets in the solar system, the species on Darracia along with the other planets and the main characters in the story.

I particularly enjoyed seeing how the love story between V’sair and Tullani developed even more to the point where near the end they were preparing to get married. It was grate seeing how much they both struggled being away from each other and then how they flourished once they were back together.

It was also interesting seeing what Zayden,V’sair’s older brother, and Staf Nuen V’sair’s uncle who’d left Darracia in the interim between leaving the and returning to the planet.

So in conclusion I absolutely loved this book and will definitely re-read it again on a fairly regular basis.

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Product DetailsThe Darracia saga continues with all the key players spread out and searching for answers throughout the solar system. Prince V’sair struggles to hold his fractured kingdom together without help from his family. His stepbrother Zayden is on a vengeful hunt for his evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani navigates her two worlds trying to bring them together. Staf Nuen, the orchestrator of the original coup, is making unholy alliances with nefarious new allies. Like the comet zipping across the horizon, all the different factions are heading for a collision course that will test both their faith and power.

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495273482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495273483

Abouot the Author

see last weeks week in review (link: ) for this information

Forgotten, #3 Fade Series by Kallin Gow (ebook)

Started: 15/1/15           Finished:   25/1/15

Review

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Product DetailsA love that can never be forgotten…

The truth about Celestra Caine comes back in the most shocking way. Everyone knew Celestra Caine was dangerous, but they didn’t know she was THAT dangerous… As Celestra’s memories begin returning to her after being Faded, and her identity is revealed, she learns the fate of the world really is in her hands, and that she, the mysterious and sexy fader Jack, and her handsome ex-boyfriend Gray are more connected to each other than she ever imagined.

In this dystopian ya thriller, where nothing is what it seems, sometimes love can be strong enough to withstand time and space and never be forgotten.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: theEDGEbooks.com; Can Love Survive Thousands of Years? edition (8 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IODQAM

About the Author

For this Information please see last weeks week in review post (link: )

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Read: Half Bad, #1 Half Bad Series by Sally Green (paperback)

1 – 24/1/15

Review

I have given this book a 5 star rating because I loved the cover art and that along with the authors writing style and world building was so grate that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It is because if this that I will re-read the book as well as recommend it to others/buy it as a gift for friends and family who I think will enjoy it.

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Product DetailsSixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141350865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141350868

About the Author

Sally Green was one oof 2014’s debut authors Half Bad being her debut book and the first book in a triloy, published by Penguin in March 2014.

2013 was a whirlwind year for Sally who submitted her manuscript of Half bad to an Agent in the January of that year (and getting accepted by her agent Claire),  and then agreeing a deal with Puffin (UK) and Viking (USA) in March. In April I agreed a film deal with Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt as producer (google her!). Since then Half Bad has been sold to more countries, and I’ve been busy editing Half Bad and have started work on the second book of the trilogy.

Sally lives in north-west England. I love to read, walk in the country and would like to drink less coffee (but I know it’s impossible – I’m an addict)!

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Currently Reading:- City of Stairs by Robert   (Review ebook from bloggingforbooks.com)

Started: 5/1/15

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You’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth – but it is likely to cost her everything.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L7SLSXM

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Currently Reading:- Murderess by Daya Mamin (nertgalley review ebook, 172 pages (pages left to read 169))

19 /1

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Lu Killer never wondered if her name was strange. ‘Killer’. How was she to guess her ancestors fought ferociously against the royal family for generations? How was she to know her family lived in a completely different world called Greywall’d? All that 16-year-old Lu cared for was when she could next listen to her music, next be left to her own devices and when she could truly feel at peace.

But her life changed completely when a young boy with a hat fell from the sky into her train…

Murderess is the first book of ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’ and features the beginning of a spine-tingling story with a new world where Lu will discover that she has a critical part to play in the future of Greywall’d.

Daya Marnin started writing Murderess two years ago when she was thirteen. She is currently writing “Priestess”, the second part of the saga.

  • File Size: 1116 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Morphus VC Pty Ltd (20 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K30ZOVW

About the Author

Daya Marnin  Daya Marnin is a 16 years old fantasy author that had just published her first book – Murderess.

Murderess is the first of six parts of the ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’. The story of Lu Killer (hence the title) and her quest for answers in a world of uncertainty becomes a compelling spring board for a complex narrative that is sure to gratify its readers for years to come.

In her writing, Daya created Greywall’d, a whole new world parallel to Earth, full of imagery, characters and sights that are written in such a level of detail that immerses the reader from the very beginning.

Daya started writing Murderess over two years ago when she was 13 and is now writing the second book of the saga – Priestess.

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Started reading: The end of All Things, #1  The end of All Things Series by Lisa  (bloghop review request ebook/264 pages)

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Product DetailsAfter a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612131417
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ZK9QA

About the Author

Lissa Bryan

   Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…. though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of four novels, Ghostwriter, Under These Restless Skies, The End of All Things and its sequel,Land of the Shadow. She has short stories in Romantic Interludes and Tales from the End.

Lissa is also a fanfiction author, whose stories can be found here:
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3300533/L…

http://www.lissabryan.com
http://www.facebook.com/lissa.bryan
https://twitter.com/LissaBryan
http://lissabryan.tumblr.com/

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Started Reading: The Hawk and Dove, #1 The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock (netgalley ebook review/

Started: 21/1

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At the start of the first novel Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot, at the age of 45. Father Peregrine, whose name in religion is Columba, is an arrogant, impatient man, a hawk trying hard to be a dove, whose struggles to manifest the character he considers to be expected of an abbot provide much of the narrative. He is surrounded by a company of flawed, human monks who are – for the most part – also serious about their calling, and who – again for the most part – come to love their driven and hard-driving leader. They lived six centuries ago, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.

Lion Hudson Plc

Publish Date:  Feb 2015

About the Author

Penelope (Pen) Wilcock is the author of over a dozen books of  fiction and poetry, including The Hawk and the Dove trilogy.  She lives a quiet life on the southeast coast of England with  her husband and is the mother of five adult daughters. She  has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has  worked as a hospice and school chaplain.

 

 

 

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Started Reading: The Crown, Vol. 1 The Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (KindleUnlmited Ebook)

25/1

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As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts–and the love of her life. When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe. Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinah’s furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But be warned…not every fairytale has a happy ending. This is the story of a princess who became a villain.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: SparkPress (a BookSparks imprint) (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IESMYXQ

Author Biography

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, decluttering or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.

You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.net or at her very lengthy and sometimes embarrassingly personal blog, The Ranunculus Adventures:
http://ranunculusadventure.blogspot.com/

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Currently (continued) Reading: Hallowed, #2 Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (31 pages read)

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The heart-wrenching, unputdownable sequel to Unearthly.

Part-angel Clara is still reeling from the choice she was forced to make amidst the vicious forest fire of her nightmares. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and a destiny that will separate them, Clara is faced with another shocking revelation: someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows is that the fire was just the beginning.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061996181
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073HNMQM

About the Author

Cynthia Hand  Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.

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Started Reading: Day 21, #2 The 100 by Kass Morgan (15 pages read)

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It’s been 21 days since The 100 landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries… or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J379GCE

Author Bio

Kass Morgan Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.

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Started Reading:  Red Rising, #1 Red Rising Trilogy) by Pierce Brown (3% of book read)

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The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all al lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1468 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIUG3ES

Author Bio

Pierce Brown Though Pierce Brown was born in Denver, Colorado, his origins are a little more diverse, having called seven states home (Colorado, North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Washington, and California). Now twenty-four, he splits his time between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Brown spent time working as an executive aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign, a script runner at ABC, a freelance web producer, and eventually an NBC Page. His degree from Pepperdine University is in Economics and Political Science.

You can find him on Twitter @Pierce_Brown and Facebook, or visit his blog: www.pierce-brown.com


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Strange Magic   The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5)

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Book Review/Tour: Moonfall by Vanessa Morton

BOOK INFORMATION

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  •    Formats: Kindle Edition ASIN: B00K1LMG
  •                                File Size: 454 KB
  •                         Hardcover  ISBN-10: 1909958166/ISBN-13:978-1909958166
  •                         Paper Back
  •                               Print Length: 245 pages
  •    Publisher: WEbook (29 April 2014)
  •    Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  •    Language: English
  •   Synopsis

When sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple’s forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in         the death of a priestess. But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night – the                               kingdom’s powerful goddess – as restitution, Rachav’s identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for                   joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin’s place. But choices have consequences. Now Rachav’s            family is in danger. As she uncovers the shocking reason why, she finds an ally in Salma, a brooding                nomad who wields an ancient force powerful enough to destroy the entire kingdom. While the epic                        showdown rages above the city, Rachav plays a dangerous game of her own. Can she rescue her sister and          right the wrongs of that fateful choice?  Or will the king succeed and trap her in the doomed city?

REVIEW

I’d like to  start  by thanking Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this book as well as Samantha Lien for the book tour asking me to take part in the book tour as it gave me the pushed me to finally read the book.

I thought it would be nice to start my review by including some of the advanced praise for this book, so here it is:

D. Donovan, e-book reviewer for Midwest Book Review: “There’s a journey, there’s danger, there’s sibling interactions from rivalry to love, and there’re political and spiritual threads throughout to keep readers riveted on characters and confrontations. It’s a pleasure to see quasi-history reinforced with a believable scenario (naughty teens stealing something forbidden, caught, and paying for their transgression); and it’s also satisfying to see ‘Moonfall’ evolve into a much wider story than that of simple teen rebellion.”

Jennifer Sadler-Venis, Concourse Online:  “‘Moonfall’ by Vanessa Morton is written as an embroidered historical Biblical fiction, yet it reads as a fantasy and delves into the lives of previously unexplored individuals. A thoroughly enjoyable story that proves itself to be both authentic and engrossing – action packed as it was, by the end I was left wanting more.”

Fay Lamb, author of “Stalking Willow,” “Better than Revenge” and “Charisse”: “Vanessa Morton has infused Biblical history with fiction to produce a novel that brings to life the history surrounding Israel’s entrance into the land of promise. Peering inside both the camp of Israel and Jericho, the clash of societies meet, and God’s promise is fulfilled. The author’s imagination intertwines with fact and tells a story that is not soon forgotten.”

Cynthia T. Toney, author of “Bird Face”: “Through the lovely young Rachav’s eyes, Vanessa Morton gives a stunning, accurately detailed portrayal of the life and times surrounding a real Biblical event in 1406 B.C. The fictional Rachav comes to life and represents women of courage and selflessness – from anywhere and any point in history – who accept and endure difficult challenges presented to them. With beautiful language and poignant
storytelling, Morton inspires today’s young women to be strong in faith and love.
Congratulations to this debut author on a satisfying and memorable read!”

This is an amazing fantastically well written book which was a joy to read. The development of the characters, plot and world was brilliant and evocative which made it a true page turner.

Some of the descriptions of scenes and events happening were so well written that I felt like I was an onlooker in the story, for example when ever the use of incense was described it was done in such a vivid evocative way that I actually felt like I was smelling it my self.

Rachav (according to the bible Rachav was the woamn (protitute) that helped the Isralites to capture the city of Jerico in the Promised land) and Zaron’s parents Ephron (a hitite that sold a cave to Abraham according to the bible) and Isus (an Egyptian goddess) were really strong and important characters who were real family people, their lives revolved around their family. Especially Isus even though she was really Ill through the majority if the book. I loved the way that by the end of the book Isus was almost fully recovered from her Illness and so back at the centre of the family again.

The Journey that Rachav goes on, after getting her twin sister to attend the temple to become a priestess instead of her (her punishment from the King for drinking the temples sacred wine and causing the death of one of the priestess’s), to find her friend Nuzzi to stop him selling his goats to buy her freedom from the temple for her is really interesting. And I loved the way that it became even more interesting from the moment Salma (a feminine given name derived from the Aramaic/Syriac word “shalmana” meaning “peaceful, righteous, honest”) found her unconcious on a rocky outcrop having been attacked by vultures.

All in all this book was amazing especially for a debut novel and the first book in a series, and I would not hesitate to read it again. So as you can probably imagine I can not wait for the next book and would not hesitate to recommend it to other people.

 

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Vanessa Morton

Vanessa Morton is an archaeology junkie and virtual time traveler. She holds a BA in History and studied writing at UCLA.  Morton developed her love for Ancient History in Middle School when she spent a hot summer in her local library where she could  be found reading Greek, Jewish and Persian legends. Now she is living the dream When  she’s not writing stories or exploring  ancient ruins, she can be found with her husband and two daughters at their vineyard in East Texas. www.vanessamorton.com

 

 
Q&A with Vanessa Morton
As part of research for “Moonfall,” you actually visited the ancient city of Jericho. What was that like?
No high-rises or industrial compounds mar the surrounding landscape today, which gives the sense that little has changed over the millennia. Inside the city fortifications, archaeologists have exposed structural walls that would have been coated with smooth plaster and a wash of bright colors.
It was easy to imagine my characters partying by torchlight, while musicians entertained with throaty flutes, pounding drums, and hand-plucked strings. The experience was surreal.

What fascinates you most about the Late Bronze Age?
Sky gods were highly revered, especially the moon god, whose appearance marked the arrival of cooler temperatures each evening. Celestial phenomena regulated even the most mundane activities, for example, digging up certain flowers was only done after sunset.

Do you have to know a lot about history to enjoy reading “Moonfall?”
Open the book armed only with a desire to be entertained. My teen daughters were my initial audience, so Moonfall’s primary focus is on the lives and adventures of two 16-year-old twins who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. As an added perk, Moonfall will immerse you in the exotic culture of
the ancient near east.

In what ways will modern teens relate to sisters Rachav and Zaron?
Regardless of the era or realm, teens face many of the same issues and have similar concerns, for example: am I attractive; can I trust my friends or even my family; or why should I comply with rules that make no sense? Some feelings are hard-wired into our nature: jealousy, loyalty, and the
longing to love and be loved. Then as now, the transition into adulthood is at times awkward, emotional, and downright exhilarating.

What will surprise readers the most about “Moonfall?”
The characters’ resistance to conformance, how they handle the pain of betrayal, and their determination to carve their own path in an adult world, all played out in a mystical realm, where supernatural forces are not only accepted, but expected.

As a world traveler who visits archeological sites, where is the most interesting historical place you’ve explored?
I am intrigued by the enigmatic aura of Jericho, but I also admire the ingenuity of Roman fort construction along Hadrian’s wall in Britain and the haughty desolation of the Mayan pyramids near Cancun. Even newer sites, such as the settlement at Jamestown or the medieval castles of Europe, are
fascinating. It’s impossible to pick only one!

The end of “Moonfall” leaves readers wanting more. Are you working on a follow-up to the story?
Moonfall is the first installment of the “Tales from the Levant” series, and the second book will be coming in 2015. Readers will be happy to see one of their favorite Moonfall characters return for an exciting new role.

 

 

Review: Book 1 The Iron Fey – The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey - Book 1)

Book 1 The Iron King

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2253 KB
Print Length: 363 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373210086
Publisher: MIRA Ink (1 Feb 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
ASIN: B004JZYB5M
Text-to-Speech: Enabled 

Book Synopsis: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined. . . Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school. . . or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth— that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face. . . and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Review

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Opening Paragraph: Ten years ago on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.     No, He didn’t leave. Leaving would imply suitcases and empty drawers, and late birthday cards with ten-dollar bills stuffed inside. Leaving would imply he was unhappy with Mom and me, or that he found a new Love elsewhere. None of that was true. He also did not die, because we would have heard about it. There was no car crash, no body, no police mingling about the scene of a brutal murder. It all happened very quietly.

I started this book when I first bought it in 2012 but then got distracted from reading it with other books and life in general so am glad that I have finally finished reading it. I have to thank the goodreads reading anything and everything group for pushing me to finish reading this book finally as it was one of their books for the month (January).

Julie Kagawa’s writing kept me hooked on the book once I started reading it again her descriptions of both characters and scenes were really detailed and made you feel like you were actually living the story yourself.  All the way through the book you really felt for Meghan because she not only had to come to terms with the fact that she was half fairy but was also desperately  trying to find her baby brother Ethan who had been kidnapped by one of the Fay Courts. Although all the trials and tribulations she went through while trying to find her brother were  really character building as well as enabling her to start to learn her powers.

I absolutely loved this book, thus why I gave it a five star rating, and fully intend to finish the series during the year as well as recommend it to other people.

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