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  • Yesterday's Daughter on Aug. 05, 2012

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read a lot of vampire stories lately, and although they are all different in their own ways and I have enjoyed most of them immensely there is just something about Yesterday's Daughter that makes me want to re-read it immediately. Unlike most vampire stories you do not find yourself with a strong, confident, all powerful, super being at the start of the story, instead you have Grace, this attractive woman who has escaped from her life in foster care, not knowing where she came from. She is unable to walk in sunlight and has a craving for blood. She suspects she might be a vampire, but refuses to ask for help in fear of being experimented on. When she meets Malachi she finally finds some answers to her questions, including her true identity as Sapphira, as well as some extra questions as to how she came to grow up in the human world. I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd instalment in this series, and I hope at some point we get to hear of Sapphira's lost decades.
  • Project ELE on Sep. 06, 2012

    I normally read paranormal books, but I was given the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review and since books are my drug (Hi my name is Shona and I AM a book addict)I jumped at the chance. I knew nothing of the plot, but I have heard the phrase ELE (Extinction Level Event) before so had a brief idea of what I might expect. From the first chapter I knew this was a book I could enjoy, by the end of the book I am on the verge of stalking the writers to find out where/when I can get the next instalment. The book begins with Willow and her family (mother, father and younger brother) hoping they will be granted entry into the shelter that promises to save those not infected with the virus that threatens to wipe out the rest of the world. Before they can be accepted they must undergo some tests. Its at this point that Willow's family falls apart. Inside the shelter, Willow soon finds herself a small group of friends in Connor, Claire and Alec, and in an effort to stave off the boredom they go exploring the mountain and its tunnels. Its these adventures that lead to Willow discovering all is not what it seems.
  • Yesterday's Daughter on Oct. 01, 2012

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read a lot of vampire stories lately, and although they are all different in their own ways and I have enjoyed most of them immensely there is just something about Yesterday’s Daughter that makes me want to re-read it immediately. Unlike most vampire stories you do not find yourself with a strong, confident, all powerful, super being at the start of the story, instead you have Grace, this attractive woman who has escaped from her life in foster care, not knowing where she came from. She is unable to walk in sunlight and has a craving for blood. She suspects she might be a vampire, but refuses to ask for help in fear of being experimented on. When she meets Malachi she finally finds some answers to her questions, including her true identity as Sapphira, as well as some extra questions as to how she came to grow up in the human world. I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd instalment in this series, and I hope at some point we get to hear of Sapphira’s lost decades.
  • Dark Angel's Ward on Oct. 07, 2012

    I'm actually struggling with what to say here. Its taken me a few days to finish reading this, but that has more to do with my family life rather than the readability of the book. Nia Shay is a new to me author, this is the first time i have read anything she has written and now that i have i can honestly say i will be reading more of her work. In fact the next book i read will be her Ugly Like Me. From the moment I started reading I was hooked. Jade and Zeph's relationship was awesome, I loved that she beat the cr@p out of him when he first showed up even though it was painfully clear that she still loved him, and their back story was revealed gradually rather than being dumped on you all in one hit which would have been too much to deal with. I really liked Brax and I really hope he shows up in later books, even if I'm not sure whether he his a 'good guy' or 'bad guy'. As paranormal romances featuring Dark Angels/Fallen Angels go this is rather superb and is a definite must read.
  • Ugly Like Me on Oct. 14, 2012

    Another great read from Nia Shay. This short story takes place shortly after the events of the first book and ties up the loose ends with Bellyryphan from the first book. Again told from Jandra's POV and we get a glimpse of how she is dealing with her recent discoveries, as well as the effects of her recent interaction with Ryphan. I'm definitely hooked on this series and I desperately need the next instalment ASAP. Please and Thank you.
  • S.P.I.R.I.T. Fire Storm on Oct. 18, 2012

    Other than the name I knew nothing of this book when I started reading it. I had picked it up as part of the publishers read and review book club. And I'm glad that I did. Now maybe I have been stuck in the YA paranormal world for a little too long, but I assumed this was also a YA novel... oh I was wrong. This is definitely for adults which i discovered fairly quickly. The story centres around Sam and Zander. One minute Sam is stood in her bedroom the next she is outside a church hundreds of miles away from home about to be trampled by a group of people fleeing a the burning building but rescued by Zander, who works for the military in the paranormal field. Who then tries to help her work out what happened to her. The first couple chapters are a little confusing as there is very little back story, so you are not always aware of what's happening, but you are soon brought up to speed with your feet on the ground and running.... because this story does not let up. Yes there are a few moments when they are not out on the job and are tucked up inside 'exploring each other', but when they are working the story just motors along and drags the reader along with it. There is no putting this book down.
  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Nov. 11, 2012

    I read this as part of a book club on facebook. I'm not sure if it is something I would have picked up by myself and if that's the case I would have seriously missed out because this was freaking amazing. The first chapter or two was a little slow, and honestly most books are, but this laid the foundations for a great story that did not let up until the very end. The book follows Jen as she learns about Magics. Werewolves, Vampires, Mermaids, Witches and more. Be prepared to learn yourself as these magical creatures are different to the ones we are used to. This is the first book in a while that has had me laughing and crying as I read. As soon as I finished reading this I immediately did an amazon search for the next book in the series as I want to read it NOW! but alas for me I shall have to wait :'( but if it is anything like this one it will be worth the wait.
  • Exposing ELE on Dec. 17, 2012

    This is the third instalment of the ELE series, if you haven't read the first two (Project ELE and Finding ELE)yet then what are you waiting for? Seriously! Go pick them up and read them. You will not be disappointed. I cant believe I literally stumbled upon this series with absolutely no knowledge of what they were about. From the very first book this series has hooked me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. And has found its way onto my (rather short) list of favourite book series. This book starts off right where Finding ELE ends outside the mountain trying to protect people from Zack and his father. During the conflict Willow's parents and Tony are captured, presumed dead. Willow feels guilty and runs off to try and save them... with disastrous results. Once again this book ends on a cliffhanger. And that's something I'm getting used to with this series (doesn't mean I have to like it) but hopefully it wont be too long before the next instalment in the series is out.
  • The Brown House on Jan. 09, 2013

    This book started out slowly, but it soon built into an enjoyable comfortable read. After her father loses his job Brylee finds her life uprooted when she has to leave her home and travel across country to her new house. She has an instant dislike to the house, but soon warms to it when she gets to know the neighbours, even when she finds out the house is haunted. The story was well written and it did grab me (after the first few chapters) but I felt it needed a little more ghost involvement. I was always waiting for something to happen, then being a little disappointed when nothing did.
  • Surviving ELE (ELE Series #4) on Feb. 10, 2013

    Surviving ELE is the fourth book in the ELE Series which centres around 16-year-old Willow Mosby. Since we first met Willow in Project ELE she has grown so much more than she thought she would. At every turn she has faced new hardships, heart ache and despair. But she doesn’t let that keep her down for long. When we left her in Finding ELE she was running for her life, from the man she was falling in love with, a man who was being controlled by Zack. True to form Willow fights back and refuses to give up on the man she loves and vows to get him back. Gober and Nuckles have once again delivered in the series that never fails to amaze me. Just when you think you know where the story is going they blind side you with something completely different. At one point whilst reading I had this awful thought that this would be the last book in the series and it certainly looked that way for a bit, but I am pleased to report there will be more to come. Once I picked this book up I literally couldn’t put it down and devoured it in one sitting. Now I have the agonizing wait until the next in the series is released… but as I have found out the wait is definitely worth it. If you haven’t started this series yet then you should.
  • Purgatory Reign on Feb. 17, 2013

    When I agreed to read this book I knew nothing about it. I literally gave the synopsis a quick peek but I didn't really take it in. Can I just say that this has to be my most favourite way to read books, I seem to find the best books this way. Preston's world building is fantastic and it draws you in from the first page, I seriously struggled to put this book down and when I had to put it down I struggled to keep my mind off it. Once this book starts up the action doesn't stop until the very end. Peter is understandably confused when his guardian Pastor Finn sends him on the run after Hanna's death, he has no idea who he is running from or where he is running to. Peter believes that anyone who gets too close to him will also die, but he doesn't understand why. He just tries to keep people away from him. Until he meets Angel. While searching for the answers to his questions Peter makes a few friends, friends who will save his life, give him purpose and stop him from feeling alone in the world. And unlike in plenty of other books it isn't an insta-friendship. These friendships take building, take earning of trust and is believable. The book built towards this big climax which seemed to be over really quickly, almost too quickly really. So I re-read it. Only to find that I had in actual fact skimmed some of it to find out what happened next as it was so gripping. Put this on your TBR list because you will not be disappointed, this book has it all: Secret societies, demons, romance, friendship, danger, blood and sacrifice. You will not be disappointed. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Element, Part 1 on April 26, 2013

    This book starts out slowly, introducing you to the characters and the world they live in. I don't remember there being a specific date in question, but whilst reading you get the impression it's a little way in the future with the world suffering heavily at the hands of Global Warming. Natalie, our heroine, is a likeable character. Her friend Lise, not so much, she grated on me and I sometimes wondered why someone as nice as Natalie would be friends with someone like Lise. Her budding relationship with Ryan is both sweet and fiery. Their chemistry is amazing, and I have a sneaky suspicion that may be related to the vitamins and supplements Natalie is testing for Kronberg laboratories, though I have no proof so don't hold me to it. This is a really enjoyable story and I honestly cant wait until the 2nd part is released.
  • Danio's Prelude on Nov. 23, 2013

    I'm a follower of Kirke's Facebook page for the More Than Magic series and so I knew this book was in the making and have been eagerly awaiting it. I mean, its part of an awesome series but it also happens to be about one half of one of my all time favourite couples Whats not to love?. What I didn't know (until I bought it) is that this book is a collection of short stories, told out of sequence, from other peoples perspective. Now all you Danio fans needn't panic. While we may not get into Danio's head (which is what I was expecting we still get a whole lot of Danio. The More Than Magic series is definitely Young Adult, this novella is most definitely Adult.. And I loved every single bit of it. I loved this side to my favourite characters... don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed the MTM series but this gives us a whole lot more. From start to finish I was torn. I wanted to whizz my way through and devour the book, but at the same time i genuinely wanted to savour it and for the first time in a ling time i limited my time with this book and gave it the attention it deserved. I refused to read while the children were around because they have this pesky habit of asking for food and things when I read.. so I found myself at night curled up under my duvet learning about Danio into the wee small hours of the morning. And there was so much to learn about Danio and his life. Kirke has done an amazing job at filling in some of the blanks in Danios history, revealing some of his secrets (and some his friends secrets) without giving everything away.
  • The Eslites (Prequel/Short Story) on Feb. 25, 2014

    When i first read this i was quite disappointed, this little book has great potential and deserves to be a full length novel, not just a short story. What i hadn't realised was this is only a prequel. There is more to come and if it is anything like this then it is going to blow your socks off.
  • Ivy on March 23, 2014

    Ivy picks up 4 years after the events of [book:Fern|17918450] and from the first few pages the book hits the ground running and you run along head first into the story with Willow and her pack. And really there's no better place to be. In the past Willow has been hesitant to fully embrace her responsibilities, and in Ivy although she has fully accepted her leadership role she sometimes struggles with her self esteem and her ability to reliably lead her pack of wolves. Willow is not some super female who magically knows the how and the why of everything. She is still a young woman who is still trying to find her feet in the werewolf world and she does it magnificently. When it is required of her she realises that she has the strength to step up and do what needs to be done and while she still feels like she may not be good enough, she realises that its more than just her pack that needs her. The Willow we leave at the end of this book is not the same Willow we meet in the first book of this series. She is so much more, so much better. Richie's writing has this amazing hold on you that keeps you hanging on every word. Even when I wasn't reading I was in Willow's world, I was thinking over what I had read and was wondering what was going to happen next. One of the things I love about this series is despite the serious tone of the stories, Richie manages to bring fun moments into them and this one is no exception. This, combined with a story that flows effortlessly and characters that are flawed but real, gives us a wonderful 5 star book to end what has been a 5 star series.