Saturday, 9 November 2013

Thank you and Goodbye.....sorta

So I am moving back to my old blog. I hope that you will come join me!

http://severalbooksatonce.blogspot.com

Thank you!
Leona

Friday, 8 November 2013

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

                                                        Summary from Goodreads:


What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.


The cover of this book made me wary as I've found that some books that have awsome covers don't live up to what I tend to expect from them. Oh but this one certainly did!

I began this book wearily, not knowing what to expect but immediately I was sucked into the story of why the characters were where they found themselves. I'm a huge fan of people going into space so this book was right up my street!

I have this tendancy of deciding on wether or not I will enjoy a book or even if I will keep reading it! If you're not a big fan of slow beginnings you have no need to worry while reading this, the action begins very quickly and it gets addictive after that. I stayed up until 3.35 reading it and no matter how hard I tried to stop I just couldn't! I was hooked!

I love Waverly so much. I couldn't get over how brave she was throughout some terrible incidents that would cripple lots of others with fear. She develops beautifully as a character. She started out as a strong character and ended as a hm what word could we use? Well just imagibe something really strong and you have Waverlys character. Amy Kathleen Ryan wrote Waverley in an amazing way that made her relatable and you really connected with her. She is protecive and is wiser than most fifteen year old girls. I suppose living on the Empyrean would do that to you. There seems to be a lot of focuse on the fact that girls seem to be expected to have loads of children early on. It would be difficult to deal with such pressure but somehow she manages it.

Kierans determination really surprised me, most of the characters gave up after a certain incident happened, yet he always had his eye on the goal. He clearly loves Waverly and that makes me love him. He doesn't care what anyone thinks of him as long as he has Waverly. I was shocked by the things that he had to suffer and was more than happy when he got better. I couldn't believe how much he changed thoughout the book (I don't think it was a good kind of change either). 

Seth. Ugh, I hate Seth. He's one of those characters that remind you of someone you know. Lets face it we know at least one person like him, maybe not as extreme as he is but the have many of the traits that Seth has. At the beginning I thought that Seth would be nice, oh how I was wrong. I shall leave it there with Seth so as not to ruin the book.

The events that unfolded in the book were written in such a way that made my heart beat and made me look around my room just to be sure. I love books that do that! Its always enjoyable to read events like that in books even if you get slightly freaked out. I can not get over the little twist at the end! I mean talk about a cliffhanger. It left me turning the next page and going "NO! You can't end it yet!".

Trust me that reading this book will not be a waste of your time!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

I met Veronica Roth


So on Sunday 3rd November my sister and I travelled to Dublin to meet Veronica Roth. I can't even begin to describe my excitement. Dublin is my favourite city and Veronica is one of my favourite authors.

The event was in Easons (an Irish bookshop) on O'Connell street. We went in, got our tickets an were sent downstairs. When we got down there were some staff that took out tickets and then asked us what faction we are. I said Dauntless and they gave us a rubber bracelet and a badge with the faction symbol on it. We also got a bag with different items in it such as an Allegiant bookmark and postcard as well as a catching fire poster. We were pointed in the direction of the Dauntless faction. We were standing while everyone else sat on the ground.

Then another staff member came up to us and asked if we wanted to move over to Amity as there were good seats. We said sure and then he got us a bad and bracelet for Amity. I thought he would take the Dauntless stuff back but he said we could keep them because he didn't want us to have to leave Dauntless fully.

After 3 Veronica came down the stairs and everyone started freaking out. The organiser of the event went up and was talking and saying how he was calm until we started freaking out. 

Then Veronica came up and read for us. She read the moment when Tris jumps, from Divergent but it was from Four's POV. Then we had a Q&A session and my question was the last question that she answered.

And then it was time for the signing!!!!!!! When I got up Veronica smiled at me and asked me how I was. I could barely talk and I was completely starstruck!! She was so lovely and then I told her how I had written reviews on my blog for her books giving them 5* and she seemed so happy!

She was such a lovely person and It was the best day EVER!!!!


Sunday, 25 August 2013

I apologise.

It would seem that I have been severely neglecting this blog and I do apologise. Honestly, I haven't been doing much reading lately as I have been slightly addicted to a number of t.v shows. (I blame Moffat!)

I hope to be able to get back to the blogging world soon but I'm not sure yet if I will.

I thank you for your patience and thank you for staying with this blog.

~Leona

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Blog Tour and Review: Dead and Missing by Chris Myers





About the Author:

Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.







Book Description for Date With the Dead (Book, #1):
Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him. That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It’s quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there’s a catch. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that. She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head
This was a wonderful book! It was very well written and the characters are great as well as the storyline. I loved the whole my best friend is a dead hot ghost and how they relied on each other for a lot of things (even though he was a ghost). I really enjoyed the exchanges between the characters. It was so believable and fun. This is definitely one thing that draws me into a book and this book has quite a bit. I suggest this book to anyone really. It's an all around GREAT book! Looking forward to the next one, even though I'm not sure I like how the person telling the story will change.... I hope it doesn't disappoint because this one sure didn't.

Jolie was a fun girl. I liked her from the beginning because even after the hardships she had been through, she was still strong. Her willingness to help people was heart-warming. I didn't get bored even once while reading this novel mainly because Jolie's POV kept it interesting through and through!






Book Description Dead and Missing (Book #2): 
Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie’s haunt fishing to get him outof Jolie’s hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn’t sure how she’ll tell Jolie she lost her stupid ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn’t hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she’d take to the grave.


I was worried that this book wouldn't be as good as the first one. However, not only was it as good but it was better.Ms. Myers has the talent to mix serious subject matter – even serious narration – with heavy doses of humor, which means the rather heavy topic of death can be told in a way that isn't oppressive at all. Her characters are alive. Especially the dead ones. You care about them, and they seem like real people, never caricatures.
Every character was addictive and I just had to keep reading to know more. It was highly addictive and I couldn't get enough. I am so glad that I got to read this book and I loved them.


 
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Review: Rift by Andrea Cremer

Summary from the back of the book:
Ember has always known her life was not her own. That she owed a debt to the mysterious order of knights who saved her as a baby.

Despite their brutal training, serving the knights is all she has ever wanted. That was before she found love. But finding it and keeping it are very different things.

Little does she know what danger lies ahead. Neither Ember, nor her heart, will survive unscathed.





First line:
Ember brought her sword down without warning and her aim was true.

I haven't read Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series yet, so I wasn't sure of what to expect when starting Rift. I was instantly pulled into this wonderful story and Andrea Cremer had me in her grasp for the entire book. Andrea Cremer has a wonderful writing style that I instantly loved. She described everything in perfect detail and helped us to get a sense of the environment and a feel for the characters thoughts and feeling. In Rift we get a look at the back story to 

Ember is a strong female character that you can't help but connect with. She has a unique and irresistible attitude that is easily relatable. I stayed up way to late to read more of Embers story. It's near impossible to not love her.

The romance in this book is irresistible and I found myself feeling every single emotion that Ember was feeling.

There are several characters in this book that I loved and hated, and sometimes it was hard to decide if I liked them or not. Every character was well rounded and it made the book even more enjoyable. I adored every aspect of this book.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano!



Expected publication: October 1st 2013

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)
Summary from Goodreads:
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.



Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Thank You.

WOW! I just realised that my blog has gotten more than 1000 page views. I cannot thank all of you enough. I really don't know what to say, I never expected anyone to actually look at my blog. I thought that it would just be me reading my own posts but here we are. It means so much to me that you have taken the time to come here and read what I have to say. 

A HUGE thank you to those of you who were good enough to click that follow button. All 22 of you are my new favourite people. It means so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Review: Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick

Red Tears
Summary from Goodreads:
Emily Bowyer is a normal, confident teenager. But beneath the surface she has a wretched secret. Because, for Emily, life isn't as much fun as it would appear. Her friends are going off her and her parents only seem to care about her troubled brother. Tension, pressure, anxiety, anger and self-hatred - where does it go when no one will listen?

This was one of those books that just strikes you and stays with you long after you finish it. It makes you realise that you have no idea what is going on in someone else's mind. It's amazing how relateable Emily was in the book and I found that a lot of things she felt were things that a lot of teenagers feel at that point in their lives. 

One thing that really disturbed me, and kinda made me feel sick, was how people reacted when they found out about Emily cutting. What her school did made me feel physically sick and it seemed as though no one wanted to help her they just wanted to cover up what she was doing and didn't really want to see the reasons for why she did this to herself. I have full sympathy for Emily and I just wanted to hug her and try and help her through it. The way her mother reacted to it made me so mad. It was as if it was happening to her and I just wanted her to stop being so selfish and help her daughter. 

Joanna Kenrick's writing style was so easy to read and you could feel every emotion from Emily. It was sad and disturbing but you couldn't stop reading because you wanted to see if Emily would be able to get through it. I have to say that the ending was just perfect. I think was a beautiful way to end and it left you with a feeling that things get better and that if you are going through something difficult that things do get better even if it doesn't feel like they will.

It was a thought provoking book that will stay with me for a long time.



Sunday, 21 July 2013

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went
Summary from Goodreads:
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


If I Stay was one of the best books that I have ever read so I was very eager to read Where She Went. I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as I hoped it would be. I was wrong, it was brilliant. When I heard that it was from Adams POV I was so excited as I adored Adam in If I Stay. Can I also say that the girl on the cover looks a bit like Emilie De Ravin.


I adored every single aspect of it and when I started reading it the world around me disappeared. I was completely entranced by Adam and the story and I just couldn't wait to read what happens next. Every moment of his story was heart wrenching and wonderful. I was so completely and utterly entranced by every single moment and it was so hard to stop reading. It was impossible not to feel for Adam every step of the way.


Hands down one of the best book that I've ever read. I adored this book. And I will always treasure these characters. I'm not going to spoil anything by telling you if they get there happily ever after, but I will say that this is worth every single second of reading. Fans of If I Stay will not be disappointed, this is one journey your not going to want to miss out on.



Saturday, 20 July 2013

The Walking Dead


I have just watched the trailer for the fourth season of The Walking Dead and I cannot wait to watch it! The Walking Dead was one of my favourite t.v shows ever. 


I remember when I watched the first episode on the t.v and I became completely captivated and addicted. Every episode was tense and you just couldn't look away. There was the constant threat of walkers and it helped to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire way through. When it ended it felt like years until series 2 came around.

Ah series 2. What can you say about series 2? It was pretty much the BEST series of any t.v show EVER. Every episode was even more tense and had more action than series one did. The whole thing with Sophia was gripping and full of questions.We had the welcome edition of the farm and its inhabitants. The series 2 finale was Oh My God good!!! It was one of those things that you just couldn't help but watch over and over and over again and still be surprised. When I looked up clips of the finale before it was released the announcer stated "Due to the intense nature of the finale this will be the only clip released." 


Then there was series 3. Sigh. Ah series 3, what happened? You had so much potential but then we got to about episode 3 or 4 and it was just so blah. Dull and boring, nothing tense or exciting. Far too many people and far too little walkers. It just got very boring. That's not to say that there wasn't some good moments. There was some very heart-breaking moments but overall just failed to deliver. The finale was so dull, in my opinion anyway. There was no tension and I found myself starting to fall asleep while watching it. 

But series 4 seems to have the welcome return of lots of WALKERS!!!! YEAH!! I, personally, cannot wait. 

How about you? Do you like The Walking Dead? What did you think of series 3? 

Watch the series 4 trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxg27QsaIEY

Review: Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Summary from Goodreads:
Ugly people don't have feelings. They're not like everyone else. They don't notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn't hurt them. They're not like real people. Or that's what I used to think. Before I learned...


After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan's a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn't believe her; he can't imagine why this place shouldn't be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found.. 



Skin deep is a book that I have been wanting to read, so I was very excited to see it in my local library. I'm not the biggest fan of romances that don't have a paranormal edge but I quite liked this one.  Skin Deep is a book that isn't just about love against 'the odds', it's about overcoming what people think of you. 

Jenna is struggling to recover from the car crash that left her best friend dead and her with a disfiguring scar  on her face. Jenna is very self conscious about her scar and ts understandable especially as one of the boys that was in the car with her that night taunts her. She can't bear anyone looking at her. Then she meets Ryan, who faces prejudice and abuse because of his background. Ryan is a traveller and understands what its like to be judged and stared at. The two seem perfect for each other and I loved the interaction between them.

Ryan treats Jenna just as she wants to be treated, as if she was a normal girl with no scars. Ryan understands how she feels being stared at in the street and he makes sure that she feels normal when she's with him. 

The one thing that I found hard to understand was the age of the characters. Jenna is FOURTEEN and her family allows her to go out at all times of the night!

The story with the body was very interesting. A nice turn in the plot. I shall not reveal who was killed, you have to read it for yourself!

Laura Jarrat writes a book outlining prejudices that are rife in society, but she deals with them in a sensitive way. 

Overall this is a cute, fun book to read! 



Thursday, 18 July 2013

Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Summary from Goodreads:
Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.



W.O.W! This book is AMAZING! I spent so long waiting for it to arrive in the Library....and then it finally came in! 

Katelyn
I was immediately hooked with Katelyn's story and I really felt for her. She is so strong in situations and that's why I love her. Katelyn is definitely one of my favourite heroins! I love reading books with strong female characters and Katelyn is definitely one of them. She is unpredictable. When something happened I didn't know how Katelyn would react and that kept me reading. She is definitely on my top heroins list along with characters from the Night World series by L.J Smith.

Cordelia and the Fenner's
When we first meet Cordelia I didn't know what to think of her. She is mysterious and slightly twisted, but not in a bad way. She changes her mind ''like a girl changes clothes''. (yes I am aware that it is a Katie Perry song but its right for Cordelia.) The Fenner have to be the strangest fictional family that I have ever read about but that's why I kept reading, I wanted to find out why they were so strange. Even when we find out why Cordelia changes her mind so much and why the Fenner's are so strange I was still wary of them. Cordelia is sweet but she is so difficult to understand. She says something and you don't know how to take it. Justin. How do I describe Justin? Well hes brilliant! I completely understand Katelyn's reaction to him, I felt that way just reading about him! 

Trick and Katelyn's grandfather
I love Trick and I think that he just wants to protect Katelyn. How many guys would you find that are like that? Katelyn and Tricks 'relationship' kept me hooked and I couldn't stop reading! Katelyn's grandfather is a bit of a strange man to me. I felt the way Katelyn did towards him. He's nice and he just wants whats best for her and I'm glad that he was featured as often as he is. A lot of books feature the parents/guardians of the main character in about 5% of the book and it was nice to have him in for more than that.

I am so glad that the love triangle in this book was so real and believable. I could fully understand Katelyn's feelings about each boy. I myself wouldn't know which to pick!

I loved the ending. I think it ended amazingly! It kept me wanting more! I cant wait for the sequel!

This book is an amazing read and it kept me up all night. I can't wait for the next book as I want to see what happens to Katelyn and the rest of the characters.

The bad news just kept coming in Wolf Springs.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

Summary from Goodreads:
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn't realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

When I first read the summary I thought this would just be another book about vampires, and that genre is written about way too often. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

When I began to read Taste I was completely taken in. It all begins when Phoenix McKay breaks Barinkoff Academy one and only rule: no students on campus after curfew. When Phoenix firsts meet the  night students it was a scene that for some reason I just couldn't get out of my head. Maybe it was the way it was written or it was the idea, whatever it was I couldn't stop thinking about it.

I hate books with weak characters, but with Taste I didn't have a problem at all with any of the characters. From the moment we meet Phoenix I knew that I would like her. She never annoyed me which is a big deal! I am very easily annoyed with characters but Phoenix didn't at all!

The cover of this book is gorgeous! I am a sucker for a gorgeous book cover. However, my problem with pretty covers is that you get all hyped up about it and you end up being disappointed! It was not the case with Taste. 

If you hate books that have a slow build up then you will love Taste. I was excited at the beginning and I was excited at the end! 

Go read it NOW!


Friday, 12 July 2013

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Summary from Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. 

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


As soon as you start The Selection you are overwhelmed with information. I found it hard to concentrate on the rest of the book after reading the first chapter. It felt like the author wanted all this detail out of the way so she threw it at us all at once without giving us a chance to digest it. 

When I read about this book my head screamed "The Hunger Games". However when I began reading I knew that it was a lot different compared to The Hunger Games. The feel throughout the book was much lighter in The Selection compared to the dark theme of The Hunger Games. 

America Singer is, well, a singer. I'm firstly going to comment on her name, I don't like it. Moving on, America was just not my sort of character. She spends a lot of her time saying how normal looking she is especially when people call her pretty. She was rather whiny and seemed to be a bit of a shell character without much of a personality of her own. At times I did quite like her though.

The world that they lived in didn't feel very real to me. It may have been the fact that information is thrown at us all at once rather than gradually that made it unrealistic. I just could quite grasp the concept of the world of The Selection at all and it made the book harder to read.

We have quite a lot of secondary characters. I just wonder if there was a need for some of them to be there. They didn't really play much of a role in the plot. 

On the other hand, there was a few moments that I did actually enjoy. The Selection was, at times, an enjoyable read. It wasn't really for me.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Author Interview: Cat Patrick


Today I have the pleasure of having Cat Patrick author of Forgotten, Revived, The Originals and co-author of Just Like Fate with Suzanne Young.

Hi Cat. Thanks for being here.
Thanks for having me!

What is the first thing you do when you sit down to write a book?
I obsess about the character’s names. I take my time naming them: looking up meanings, creating nicknames, etc. I will have to spend a lot of time with those names, so I want them to be right. I’m not an outliner, so from there, I just pretty much start writing.

All of your books have had very unique ideas. How do you come up with them?
Inspiration really does come from everywhere: You just have to be open to noticing the people, places, things around you. Specifically, the idea for Forgotten hit me when I was thinking about amnesia; I thought: What if you could remember forward instead? The concepts for Revived and The Originals were both products of my reading strange science news on the internet and letting my brain run away with the ideas. Just Like Fate is similar in concept to the movie Sliding Doors: I’ve long wanted to explore the “what if” moments in life in that way, but it took for me to meet Suzanne Young to really get that idea right.

All of your books, so far, have been stand alone. Do you plan on writing a series?
Yes, the (unsold) book I’m writing now will be the first in a series.

Of the books that you have written, which is your favourite and why?
That’s like asking me to choose between my babies! I love them all for different reasons: Forgotten for being the first, and for its twist; Revived for the emotional side of it: Audrey’s story was inspired by a family friend’s; The Originals for its exploration of the bonds of sisterhood; and Just Like Fate for the new—and amazing—experience of writing with another author.

What would you like to do in the next 10 years?
Be the best mom I can be. Travel. Write a TON. Sell a series. Be healthy and happy and spend time with people who make me laugh.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Well, write. We all make excuses for putting it off, but the way to get better is to write all the time. Also, read. I get so much inspiration from others’ amazing work. 


I would once again like to thank Cat for being here! Make sure to check out her books.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Wating On Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Infinity Glass by Myra McEntire, the final book in the Hourglass trilogy!!  Expected publication: August 6th 2013 



Summary from Goodreads:


The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?

What book are you waiting on this week?

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff


Summary from Goodreads:
Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed princess. He is a replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs. 


When I read the blurb for this book I was so intrigued. I have never read a book like this before and it was a nice break from the usual vampires, werewolves and witches that are so popular nowadays.

Brenna Yovanoff created a story line that was very unique and slightly strange. Some of the details were hard to grasp and left me slightly confused.

I expected this book to be really eerie but I just was creeped by it. I expected the replacements to be scary but since we reading from the POV of a replacement this idea was lost. It was also nice to read a YA book from a male perspective and I really enjoyed it. 

The book was really about Mackie's journey of self discovery and that kept me reading. I wanted to find out everything about Mackie. Even though we learn a lot about Mackie I just didn't see the reasoning for a lot of the things that he did.

I never bonded with any of the characters within the story. There was something missing for me, I just didn't feel any connection towards any of the characters. It was like watching a film with bad acting and you can't connect with the characters or get a grasp on their feelings.

Having said that the idea for the book was brilliant and I liked it, I just didn't love it. Doesn't mean you won't!