Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My Pick this week is;
END OF DAYS (Penryn and the End of Days #3)by Susan Ee

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

 When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?



To say that I'm excited about this book will be an understatement. I adore this series and CANNOT wait to get my hands on this. The first book Angelfall is still one of my favourite book of all times and the last book which kept me awake until it was morning. The second book, World After was just as good and I'm sure End Of Days will blow my mind.

If you haven't picked up this book, then stop reading and start this series soon. You'll be begging for the end Of Days before you know it.
Me and a few friends have already started a re read of the series so, join us if you like.

Releases on 12th May, 2015  by Hodder and Stoughton


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lane

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An adventure and a journey in more ways than one
Title: There Will Be Lies
Author: Nick Lane
Publisher: Bloomsbury, UK
My ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Released: 6th January, 2015
Nick Lane's There Will be Lies is one of those books that left me conflicted in more ways than one. The best way to get into this book is going in with as little knowledge about the book as possible. It can be enjoyed most when you don't know when the next page will hit you like a train.

It starts with Shelby narrating about her life and how she lives with her mother and has been home school. But before she knows it her whole life gets turned around and she finds her self on the road with her mother and before her journey ends her life starts unraveling.

First of all I have to give credit to Nick Lane he managed to keep my interest up until the very end. I enjoyed the way this book was written and there were two stories running simultaneously and were being flipped between each other. This helped chase the occasional monotone of a story stuck in one place. I also enjoyed how Nick Lane wrote pieces of literature which were profound and yet simple. The narration was spot on and everything was kept in wraps and as each lie was brought in and then shattered to reveal a nugget of truth.

Shelby was a great protagonist. I loved her strength, resilience and and sass even when facing situation which would have broken any regular person.

However I would have enjoyed it even more if there was some more romance in the story. It was hinted at towards the beginning but it never took off from there. Lastly, I wish there was an explanation as to what was the Otherworld? It ended with a bang but an explanation would have been cherry on the cake.

There Will Be Lies was not what I expected it to be. It is not a genre that I read often but it kept me entertained and engrossed with Shelby and her various troubles. It was an adventure and a journey in more ways than one and how selfishness can sometimes lead to love and forgiveness.

Published on the 6th of January, 2015 by Bloomsbury, 2015.




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Obsession in Death (In Death # 40) by J. D Robb

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20th Anniversary Edition; Obsession In Death
Title: Obsession In Death
Series: In Death
Author: J. D Robb
Publisher: Piatkus, UK
My ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Released: February, 2015
J. D Robb’s In Death is one of those classic series which has been either read by every bookholic or has been in their TBR list. Obsession in Death is the 40th book in the series. Yes, you heard it correctly, I said 40. Written by the sensational Nora Roberts writing as J. D Robb. It is a series which has found it’s own niche and place in reader’s heart and has had a steady following from the last 20 years.

Obsession in Death is the 20th anniversary book and it can be read as a stand-alone. Eve Dallas, homicidal investigator in New York City faced with a new challenge of her career. A murderer is on a killing spree to right the injustice of not giving the respect and accolades that the killer think eve deserves. So unless he is happy, he will go on killing to rectify all the wrongs inflicted on eve. To make matter worse he is leaving messages on the crime scene. Soon, this obsessive killer is slowly turning it’s attention to those people who are close to Eve. Until then Eve has to find the killer before the lives of her loved ones is endangered.

Eve Dallas was a tough, no nonsense investigator who get gets down to business when she means it. While I enjoyed her character I felt hard to warm up to her. As the 40th book was my introduction to this series, I think Eve is a character whose back story is essential in sympathising and supporting her. I found her a little de-attached from the people around her. I wish there was some humour sprinkled in between conversations as the few instances felt flat for me. My favourite scene os eve would be the one where she interrogates some street rats who comes on to her. Let’s just say I always wanted a girl to totally do that.

Besides that I felt the numerous amount of side characters popping in and out disconcerting making me bang my head wishing I had read the previous books. As this was one book the side characters had such depth that it made me read more just to dig deep in to Eve Dallas’ world. I have saved the best to the last. I loooved Roarke and Eve’s relationship. While she was so tough and hard on the outside, with Roarke she was a softer, more vulnerable version of herself which left me wanting for more. Roarke was smouldering and sweet and all things wonderful. Taking into account that this started 20 years ago, Roarke must me one of the first book boyfriends for many readers and I think he definitely deserves the love and attention showered at him in the reviews.

Obsession in Death is another solid addition to an already rocking series which has been with reader from the last 20 years. It ticks all the boxes, delivering everything a reader may ask for. It has a kick ass heroine with a faithful side kick, side characters which demand your attention and a love story which makes you swoon with its touching scene.

I believe that Obsession in Death will be enjoyed by regular fans of In Death series but also by new-comers like me who are curious and wondering what is the fuss is about.



About the Author


Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. She published her first novel using the pseudonym J.D. Robb in 1995, with the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts over the world. With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.
 

Obsession in Death released on the 12th of February, 2015 by Piatkus, in the UK. Grab your copy now.



Monday, January 26, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest #bookishWISHES and Giveaway

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I have been awaiting this book for a long time since the time it’s publication was announced and it’s cover was revealed. Holly Black’s latest present to the YA genre is the brilliant, unique and gritty which turns fairy tales on its head.


THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black



FAERIES. KNIGHTS. PRINCES. THINK YOU KNOW HOW THE STORY GOES? THINK AGAIN...


Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


Excited? Let me tell you, the book is as great as it's blurb and in this case this book can be judged by it's beautiful cover.



To celebrate the release of The Darkest Part of the Forest on 5th of Febuary, 2015, I am able to play Fairy Godmother and giveaway a copy of The Darkest Part of The Forest to one lucky person. But as this giveaway is dark fairy tale themed it won’t be as simple as that. The story has a running theme of ‘Be careful what you wish for’, what you have to do is comment below and tell me what you bookish wish is. It could be anything, it could be about the kind of book you want to read, the book you wish an author would write, the fairy tale you wish would be updated/ rewritten, the book you wish you’d written. It’s completely up to you! To give you some idea my wish is that:

My Bookish wish is that I am able to own a library. It may sound lame at first but I literary don’t have   I’ve stored them in boxes and now the situation is so bad that they are piled in corners in and around my room. Having a Library in my home or having a home as a library as my home (I’m not bothered by either way) not only will I be able to stored my books as they should be bur having easy access to them will also enable me to loan out my books to others. As I want to share my love for books and stories with everyone. I think people who don’t read don’t know what they are missing out on.
space in my house for any more books.

Well, that’s two wishes but they both are fulfilled by just one wish. So comment away for a chance to win a copy. For extra points you can also tweet the following: 

@escapismfanatic My #bookWISHES is 

followed by tour book wish. I’ll pick the winner who has the most creative or interesting book wish.
So Comment away. The Last day for entries is 7th February, 2015.

The Darkest Part of The Forest releases on the 5th of February 2015 in the UK by Indigo Book. 




Holly Black is the bestselling author of YA and children's books including being co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles, a NEW YORK TIMES No.1 bestselling phenomenon and hugely successful film. She has been a finalist for the MYTHOPOEIC AWARD, the EISNER AWARD and a recipient of the ANDRE NORTON AWARD and a NEWBERY HONOR. She currently lives in New England in a house with a secret door.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

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Dark, sexy and utterly unputdownable. I want MORE
Title: The Young Elites
Author:Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites
Publisher:Listening Library
My ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Released: 7th October, 2014
Once in a while you stumble across a book which hits all the right spots for you? You think, 'How did this book manage to slip under my radar?' The Young Elites was one such book for me. It slipped right under my radar until I stumbled on it, read the reviews and started it. Adelina is a malfetto, meaning she has scars left behind on her body when she contracted the blood fever which swept the country. The malfettos are blamed for all the ill that befalls the country of Kenetra and a are discriminated and badly treated. even being the daughter of a wealthy merchant does not spare Adelina of that fate. Mistreated and forced to live under the shadow her beautiful younger sister Adelina grows resentful with each passing day until she decided to run away. However she manages to kill her cruel father in the process. Turns out that Adelina is no ordinary malfetto, but an Young Elites. Malfettos who emerged from the fever with supernatural powers had banded together and had been speaking of rebellion and Adelina finds herself among them.

There are a host of other characters notably, Enzo who is the leader of the Young Elites and an exiled prince. Terren who is the leader of the Inquisitors who are working to eliminate all mafetto from the country and Rafaelle, best friend of Enzo and also a male consort. There is a hint of romance with Enzo but that is soon smothered by the dark and gritty story line.

Adelina is somewhat evil. I think, that was my favourite bit of her personality. When she taps into the darkness simmering in her, then only can she manifest her powers. The ill feelings that were born in the mind of a child has been twisted into an bad and dark side of Adelina, the extent of which even Adelina is unaware of. I really enjoyed how Marie Lu portrayed and described this in the story as this was a pivotal point of the story. It is difficult to find a heroine in YA who had shades of evil in her and not the usual immaturity due to being young. Adelina has the potential to be exponentially powerful but only Marie Lu will be able to tell us how she manages to harness the power and the evil smoldering inside her.

What I also loved about this book that it just the right amount to everything, action, friendship, politics, and even romance. The romance was really light but when set against so much that is going on, it packs a punch.

The narrator Carla Corvo did a good job at Adelina's voice but when it came to the male characters voices they were indiscernible from each other. Moreover as the foreign names seemed Latin, they were pronounced in the right way ( I mean in a Latin accent) but at times it felt jarring and interrupted the flow of words.

After my little nit picking, The Young Elites was a high fantasy, adventure novel, with fantastic characters, excellent story line, beautiful setting, exquisite writing and it is a fine example of what YA for older audience should be like. Not more sex but more gory action. I was dark, sexy and deliciously mouth watering. There should more books like this in the market. If you enjoyed Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series or The Winner's Crime, you will most definitely enjoy this.

Now I'm off to find more tittles by Marie Lu while I kick myself for not picking them up earlier.




Monday, January 19, 2015

Cover Reveal: Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

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neO of the best Fantasy YA books that came out last year was Danielle L. Jenson's Stolen Songbird which was everything you could wish for in a YA fantasy. It had romance, excellent world building and nail biting excitement and the way it ended had me screaming for the next book. (Read my review here.) It was the only eventual survivor after it's original publisher Strange Chemistry closed down. Now it has been taken over by Angry Robot Books and turns out that the publication of the second book is not too far off. I'm pleased to reveal the cover of Hidden Huntress, which follows the next chapter after the events in Stolen Songbird. So without much ado, feast you eyes on this beauty and squeal for the Hidden Huntress. I absolutely love it!





HIDDEN HUNTRESS (The Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen


Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…





 

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