Thursday, 26 September 2013

Blindsighted Wanderer: the Asrae Millennium Giveaway

"Sweet loved one, I pray thee for one loving speech..."
A thousand years might be only the equivalent of a decade for the Kingdom of Zandor, but many of its watery citizens will remember this anniversary with perhaps more reverence than usual.
Even though the majority of Blindsighted Wanderer follows Raphael and Silas in the early 13th century, two hundred years prior to this was an event that set everything in motion. Exactly one millennium ago today in the year 1013, Princess Merrin came to the surface of the lake to meet with Adrian Atego for the final time.
September 26th marks not only the date on which the story ends, but also the date when it begins, with the peasant and his princess. To mark one thousand years, we're holding a giveaway starting today, on the anniversary. Be sure to enter for a chance to not only win some Blindsighted Wanderer swag, but a load of other cool stuff by author Ruthie Kight, to name just a few things!



Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Blog Tour: My Demonic Ghost: The Reapers by Jacinta Maree

I am very honoured to be hosting not one but two stops for the Staccato Publishing Autumn Family Lineup blog tours! First of all, we have Jacinta Maree's new release: The Reapers - the second instalment of her My Demonic Ghost paranormal series!
The day you die is meant to be the end, but for 18 year old Jordon Hastings, his death was only the beginning.
In a dark and twisted world, lost spirits known as Reapers remain behind after death to help collect the spirits from the realm of the living. A new Reaper, Jordon struggles to accept his fate and lingers in the shadows of his mortal life. But when a demon wolf starts to live through his shadow, hunting his family and friends, Jordon has no choice but to leave. As soon as he accepts his new role the truth behind the relationship between Reapers and Angelic Hunters is revealed. His loyalty is tested, making him choose between a corrupted God and a single Banished Spirit.

5 / 5 STARS
What can I say other than this is a brilliant story? The incredibly rich world Maree introduced us to in book 1 shoots into an even greater realm of existence with the Reapers. This is a book packed with great descriptions, utterly believable characters, and a driving atmosphere that really packs a punch.

As soon as I picked it up, I was hooked. The first page threw me headfirst into a completely engaging story, with a great new protagonist in Jordon. Having him as a narrator this time is a refreshing new voice to the series, and he brings to life a side of the twisted supernatural world which couldn’t really be explored in as much detail before. He is a sympathetic character who is very caring and yet humorous, and I found myself really rooting for him, especially in matters concerning his half-brother Evan.

Despite the influx of new characters though, it was great to see some familiar faces from the first My Demonic Ghost book showing up, such as Gargoyle, a couple of the Seven Deadly Sins, Betrayal, and my personal favourite, Lock. The Reapers works well with Banished Spirits; for the first half or so, it acts almost as a prequel before beginning to directly run alongside the plotline of its predecessor. But Maree has achieved that harder-than-it-seems effect of telling a story which isn’t the first instalment of its series, but yet can still stand on its own. The Reapers is such a full story in itself; even as someone who has read Banished Spirits, I knew as I was reading it that I could have easily picked up this book first with no knowledge of its predecessor, and not have gotten lost. And for those who have read the first book, this one offers a fresh new angle on events from Banished Spirits that couldn’t have been explored through the eyes of Rachael.

This is a really clever and well thought-out story. Even if you’re yet to read My Demonic Ghost: Banished Spirits, check this one out. And then go straight back and get book 1! I guarantee this is one paranormal series that cannot disappoint!
Self-confessed chocaholic, Jacinta was born and raised in Melbourne Australia with her loving family of five. Even as a child Jacinta had an itch to write. Writing was the one constant hobby she clung to, also trying her hand at piano, flute, tennis, horseback riding and drama.
Jacinta works full time in the family business and spends her afternoons either playing basketball, reading, writing or hanging out with friends. She is always happy to try something new; getting her real estate license, practising ninjitshu, Zumba and parkour to name a few.
For her future, Jacinta sees herself writing. It is a large part of her identity and something she hopes to continue. Aside from her love of stories she loves Japan and its unique and beautiful culture and history. From their delicious sushi dishes right down to their wooden sandals and kimonos. She is also a huge cat person and loves to snuggle up in front of the fire for a good movie or book. Her favourite genres are paranormal and fantasy but she also loves anything written by thriller writer, Stephen King.
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tragic Silence book trailer

Whoohoo! I've been waiting to share this for about three months and now here it is! The trailer for Tragic Silence!
Thank you so much yet again to Rhian for portraying Bee Farkas in this video!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Review: Taking Angels (The Angel Crusades #1) by CS Yelle

5 / 5
Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.
Taking Angels is a really interesting paranormal romance which follows Britt after her suicide attempt to escape the final stages of her cancer. When she awakens in hospital not only alive, but in the best health and physical shape she’s known for years, a wonderful story of otherworldly powers and new dangers opens up for her. The characters are great and their motivations understandable, and Yelle puts a great new twist on the mythologies of angels. I really liked Britt and how strong she is, and how she always tries to put others before herself. Even the antagonist of the story, Kendal, is an interesting one who I couldn’t bring myself to hate even though he does horrific things. All of them are fleshed out brilliantly with even side characters completely believable.
This is a refreshing story which not only manages to break away from the many other kinds of supernatural creatures often found in paranormal fiction, but does so while balancing against the very real rollercoaster of cancer. It manages to achieve something of a three-way balance of the horror of cancer, the typical lives of teenage girls, and the new supernatural existence Britt experiences. It is a novel of finesse and believability, and I can’t wait to continue the series!

Review: Today Only by D. Love

5 / 5 STARS
In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.
This has to be one of the most beautifully optimistic and empowering books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about it. The characters are wonderfully constructed and entirely believable; the pacing is excellent; and the narrative structure is perfect. When I first picked it up, I was wondering how the story was going to be told and whether it would be all from Rye’s perspective, and I loved how each chapter jumped between the viewpoints of both Rye and Jett. Both of them are great narrators which I really felt for as I followed their journey together.
Every single page of Today Only shines with a magnificent hope that can be very rare to find, not only in books, but in life in general. Its subject is an extremely touchy one but is handled with respect and tenderness. In many ways, it follows the story which many cancer sufferers face in the final stages of life, but highlighting it in the way which Love has, by focusing on the experiences of one sufferer and her support network with an utterly believable, is so beautifully managed that it really sets it apart. I felt for not just Rye, but all her family and friends all the way through. I was crying for about half an hour reading the final third of the book, but the story still ends on an overwhelming positive note, which not only balances the more upsetting scenes but filled me with the same happiness that the ‘today only’ mentality brings to the characters. This is a story with a true message to love life and be thankful for every moment – something which many of us can easily overlook. It is an amazing and heartfelt tale that I would recommend to anyone.