Friday, 15 March 2013

Review: Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.
Anna Dressed In Blood was one of my favourite books that I read last year, and as soon as I finished it I began immediately chomping at the bit to read the sequel. Now having done so, I was not disappointed.
It was great to fall back into the lives of Cas and his friends as the story picks up once again, six months after its predecessor. It opens with yet another killer line (no pun intended!) which really grabs your attention straight away, and everything that unfolds kept me hooked. Following Cas's quest for answers, some new and interesting characters join the picture, including the mysterious Jestine. The backstory blooms up in a new direction I never anticipated, opening a whole new level of twists and turns that takes us from Thunder Bay to London and into the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. The settings are described vividly, each displaying their own slice of beauty and menace.
To top it all off, everything is shot through with unique cynical humour that had me chuckling on basically every page. Like Anna Dressed In Blood, though, this book does have its fair share of grizzly and gory moments, so the squeamish should probably proceed with caution! But that is part of what makes the entire tale so riveting. This was one of those books where I got so caught up in the story and the turning of pages, I didn't realise how fast I was working through them. Praise be to Ms Blake, and I really do hope there will be a third instalment to this amazing series!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Staccato Publishing 2nd Anniversary!

Staccato Publishing is 2 years old!!!

What do we do when we have a birthday? Have a party!

But instead of getting gifts, we're giving. All of Staccato Publishing's digital titles with the exception of CS Yelle's upcoming release, Taking Angels (3/26/13) are going to be $1.99 through the month of March starting on the 15th. If you've been pondering adding any to your collection, now's the time.

We have:

Second Sight by HK Savage, Book 1 of The Admiral's Elite
Blindsighted Wanderer by EC Hibbs
The Cult of Koo Kway by Jay Mims
My Demonic Ghost by Jacinta Maree
Thoeba by Donna Milward
The Five Santas by Jay Mims
The Path by HK Savage
Life Blood by HK Savage
Empath by HK Savage, Book 1
Bonded by HK Savage, Book 2
Secrets by HK Savage, Book 3

Monday, 4 March 2013

A photo and a link, yay!

Happy Monday, everyone!
I just wanted to share a couple of things. First off, check out these three amazing book thongs that have been made by Crazy Creations!!!
Aren't they brilliant?!
They're up for grabs in the Blindsighted Wanderer giveaway, which will end in 5 days, so if you fancy the chance of winning one, as well as a load of other stuff, there is still time to enter. Good luck!
Secondly, my friend Jacinta Maree, author of My Demonic Ghost, has written a guest post over at Bex n Books. It's tips for aspiring writers, and really worth a read. If you're looking to get published, there are some really good pointers to keep in mind - and they're great for published writers to remember, too!
Hoping everyone is having a good start to the week!