Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Sarah @ Breaking The Spine.

This week's WoW:

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

This sounds like a very intriguing read, and I can't wait to see more of the Shadowhunter world..

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Goodreads Summary: The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: I don't think I'll ever forget the Lorien Legacies series. The pull, the urge to continue reading, book after book, is so strong all of the time, it's almost impossible to put them down.

Six is one of the most badass heroines I know, and she is easily my favourite character overall. From when she was introduced, I knew she was special.

When Five was introduced, I smelled something fishy. But later, I realised that I'd misread the clues. Pittacus Lore had played me without me realising. This is a skill only very special authors have.

Pittacus Lore has envisioned a richly imagined world , my favourite kind of Dystopia.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of Dystopia and Romance.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Rise of Nine
Author: Pittacus Lore
Goodreads Summary: In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: After every book in the Lorien Legacies series, I open the next. Seriously, it's like levelling up in a game. Each "level" is bigger, better, and stronger. I just can't stop reading, I'm entirely hooked.

In The Rise of Nine, I really saw Six as a character. The Power of Six showed me John, while The Rise of Nine showed me Six as well as unveiling more about the Garde.

Pittacus Lore is very much a fan of killing characters, but for some reason, I haven't minded, and I'm usually quite forward about my feelings toward character killing. The Lorien Legacies series is amazing and deserves to be read and loved.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Dystopia lovers.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Soundtrack Saturday (11) or not

So sorry guys! I misplaced the songs list for this Soundtrack Saturday! I promise I have one coming soon :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy #3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Goodreads Summary: By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: In my years of reading, I have discovered that writing comes with a power; some authors abuse it; some are unsure of what to do with it; and some, like Laini Taylor use it to it's fullest.

I don't have much to say about Dreams of Gods and Monsters except that I kind of hate that I loved it so much. So many different emotions passed through me while I read, and my heart leapt every time Karou and Akiva were together.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters was both a conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy as well as introduction to what comes after a series finishes, what is left to the reader's imagination. I will never forget the journey I went through with Karou and Akiva, and their world will not be forgotten. Laini Taylor concluded the trilogy in he most perfect way possible and still let a door open for what ifs. I will definitely be looking out for Laini Taylor in the future.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of YA Paranormal Romance to do with Angels and Demons (The Angel Trilogy by Lee Weatherston).

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

This is my second time ever doing TTT, yay!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week's topic: 10 Wishes I'd Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

This is a brilliant topic! I was inspired by the suggestion "book character come to life", so that is how my TTT is going to work out.

1. Legolas Greenleaf from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to come alive.
He is amazing! Wake up and be part of the real world, Legolas! (He could play himself in the movies instead of Orlando Bloom, although Orlando is amazing Legolas himself must be better at being himself :) )
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas to come alive.
Celaena would SO be my best friend! That is, if we ever met.. she'd have to land where I live *sob*. I would've done something similar for #1, but Legolas was my main fave from LOTR.
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead to come alive.
Unfortunately, all the Dimitri lovers (including me) would be heartbroken to see him with Rose. But I'm sure they'd prefer him in flesh than just in text.
4. Richelle Mead, get writing! Write more books in the Vampire Academy series.
Wow, I was sorry to see this series end. You've had six giant, full length novels, and you're still grumbling?! Some may say, but in actual fact, VA is just too good to end. I liked it a lot more than Bloodlines, and I definitely prefer the story told from Rose's POV.
5. Let me meet Julie Kagawa.
Book Genie, this is pretty simple. Please bring me to her :)
6. Let me read, write and blog all day long without worrying about life.
Wow, this would be cool, but I like my life too, so it's not too high on my list.
7. Let me be an author for a year.
Wow, this would be fun. The quality of the author's latest work may not be as good though.. They might suspect a doppelgänger.
8. Give me Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas to me as a best friend.
Wow, this would be fun. She'd stand up for me 24/7. and I'd make her teach me to fight.
9. Give me magic.
Well, all of my favorite Paranormal Romance tales have magic in there somehow.. So why can't I have some too?
10. Let me become Tauriel from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This would be amazing! I'd have so much fun, no school, just fun, and hopefully Legolas. <3 p="">
Hope you liked my top ten! Please leave your thoughts and/or a link to your top ten tuesday below.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: The Commander by Emily Wibberley

Title: The Commander (The Last Oracle #1.5)
Author: Emily Wibberley
Goodreads Summary: In this short story addition to SACRIFICED (The Last Oracle Book I), discover Riece’s point of view when he first met his new and beautiful prisoner, Clio, inside Morek’s great pyramid.

This story is best read after Sacrificed but can be read during any point in the series.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: ~I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review~

I definitely remember this scene from Sacrificed. Love that Emily Wibberley has rewrote it from Riece's POV! Short but infinitely sweet.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Anyone who has read Sacrificed.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Forsworn by Emily Wibberley

Title: Forsworn (The Last Oracle #2)
Author: Emily Wibberley
Goodreads Summary: Clio can see the future, but what she doesn’t know about her past could destroy her. 

It’s been a year since Clio made her sacrifice to the Deities and embraced her destiny as the Oracle to save her people.

The only family she has left is a brother who wants her dead.

The prince, her oldest friend, is a king with his own agenda.

And the man who once loved her, now hates her.

All she can do is try to forget about Riece, the enemy commander whose heart she broke to save his life, as she serves the Deities. Her days are filled with Visions and bloodshed in a never-ending war against the Untouched. To add to her problems, she must pose as King Derik’s mistress to conceal her forbidden powers from the Emperor’s spies.

When Riece unexpectedly returns to Sheehan with a new and beautiful ally, Clio knows she must put him out of her mind once and for all, but first, they are thrust together into battle against a mysterious Untouched warrior with otherworldly power. To reclaim her city, she must team up with the man she hurt, the man she still loves but can never be with, and finally confront the questions about her origin—questions with answers that Clio may not be prepared to face.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: ~I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review~

Wow. I loved Sacrificed, and I definitely loved Forsworn. At first, I was rather shocked by the Clio vs. Riece feud, but I got over it with them.

Emily Wibberley is a very skilled writer. She reveals so much more as Forsworn reaches it's ending, and I love all the revelations and secrets brought into light as well as the mystery that accompanies them.

I definitely admire Clio. She is stubborn, brave, and will do anything for the people's she loves. I can't wait for Book III, and I'm excited to see what comes with it.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of Greek Myths and Prophecy related books.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Orange Team Questions

Personal questions

Introduce yourself!
I’m Christina and I blog at

What are your other hobbies outside of reading and blogging?
I write.  A lot.  I have one novel completed and am working on another during NaNoWriMo.  I’m hoping to be published one day.  I also (much to the chagrin of my coworkers) sing all the time.

What do you do for a living?
I work in a lab.  Currently, I run HPLCs for EPA drinking water methods (and now I totally lost everyone).

Blog questions

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in January.

What made you want to start a book blog?
This is tough.  I had been reading book bogs for a while.  And I would talk about the books I was reading to everyone.  Particularly people that didn’t want to hear it (lol).  I had been thinking about starting a blog.  And finally last January one of my old college professors convinced me to do so.

Who are your blogging inspirations?
I think the first blog I started reading was Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf.

What has been your favorite or most memorable moment of book blogging?
Definitely this last week.  It didn’t happen on my blog, but… Jodi Meadows’ reviewer appreciation giveaway.  I WON!  And I think I would have sold my soul for an ARC of The Mirror King. So now I can die happy.

What does blogging mean to you?
That’s tough.  I think it helps me to be a better writer.

What plans do you have for your blog in the future?
I’m hoping to have my blog (at some point) more focused on writing rather than reviews.  I am personally not fond of reading or writing reviews.  But I would like to have more content about my journey in trying to get published.

What advice or tips would you give to new bloggers?
I guess this is said over and over again but…. Don’t be afraid to make new friends.  Comment on other blogs.  Talk to people on twitter.

Is there anything you wish you would have known starting out that would have greatly helped you in your blogging journey?
This blogging thing is like a full time job lol. But you can take a break whenever you want or need to.

Reading questions

What was your gateaway book to reading?
Hmm… I loved to read when I was young.  But when I started getting older, I was such a slow reader that it became a huge chore to me.  I didn’t do well in English in school because I was unable to finish my reading on time.  And because I wasn’t enjoying the reading.  In high school I finally started enjoying it a bit more.  And in college I enjoyed most of the books that the professors picked for classes.  But I still didn’t really read for enjoyment.  It was about my graduation time when my professor (that same one from above) told me I should read The Hunger Games.  I brushed her off a bit.  But a while later I saw it in BJs really cheap and bought it.  It was so different from anything I had read before.  I devoured it in a day.  And that was when I started really reading for pleasure.

Who is your favorite author?
Jodi Meadows

What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Way to kill me.  I will list many, many books.  The Newsoul Series, The Orphan Queen, The Darkest minds series, Graceling, The Winner’s Series, etc

Favorite character(s)?
It changes so much!  I read a new book and I have a new favorite character.

Favorite genre?

What is an instant turn off in a book for you?

Recommend some books that you think everyone should read!
Oh gosh.  I feel like this will be similar to what was above… so… different.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Title: Uninvited (Uninvited #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Goodreads Summary: The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: Wow. Uninvited was a recommendation; I read the blurb, thought it sounded interesting, and got my library to order it.

Davy's tale is mesmerising. I couldn't stop reading as I got further and further into Uninvited. Davy and Sean was pretty much my typical dream romance type. I loved it so much.

Sean is infinitely intriguing and my type of guy; dark, dangerous and mysterious. I was drawn to him with Davy, and it was a relief when heir romance started.

Sophie Jordan really surprised me; I definitely wasn't expecting anything as good as Uninvited. I can't wait to read the sequel, Unleashed, and I'm confident it will be good.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of Dystopia and Romance.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Goodreads Summary: I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight. Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: The Power of Six was exactly what I expected; action packed, thrilling, and so much more.

In the Power of Six, the characters develop a lot, and you get to know them better. There are small, hidden mysteries Pittacus Lore has left for you to solve, and the answers are revealed later in the book.

The Power of Six is definitely the sequel I Am Number Four needed. You definitely don't want to miss it. Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of Dystopia

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Sarah @ Breaking The Spine.

This week's WoW:

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.

This is another anxiously awaited release. I can't wait for book 4 of yet another good series! I often get Falling Kingdoms and Throne of Glass confused, so it's good that this is coming to my attention.

What are your thoughts on my WoW? Leave them below, and leave links to yours as well. :)

Cover Reveal: Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Today is the cover reveal for Saven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Blurb: I’ve fallen hard for an alien.

But he’s harboring secrets.

Massive ones that threaten the very essence of humanity.

How can I give him my heart when his race plan on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person: Herself.

Despised by her family, and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

When Sadie finally learns the truth about why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?
You can find Saven: Deception on Goodreads

You can pre-order Saven: Deception here:

- Amazon USA

- Amazon UK

- Amazon Canada

- Amazon Australia


Please note that this book is currently undergoing professional editing so this is an unedited sample. The final published version will be slightly different.

The stench of stale sweat, unwashed skin, and rancid body odor assaults my nostrils and I gag. The temp in the carriage must be pushing ninety degrees and a steady line of sweat coasts down my spine, gluing my shirt to my back. A craving to crawl out of my skin hits me like a bullet to the chest.

It’s not a new sentiment. It’s an urge I feel at least once every hour.

A potent desire to be anyone but myself.

To live any life but this one.

Heat rolls off the large body pressed into me from behind and the man grunts loudly. The desire to shed my skin accelerates and I shudder uncontrollably. Everywhere I look I’m confronted by a sea of grimy, male chests in dirty, sweat encrusted work wear. Being short sucks almost all of the time, but being stuck in the middle of an overcrowded, bursting-at-the-seams subway carriage, during one of the hottest heatwaves New York has ever known, sucks butt on a stratospheric level, and has me cursing the genes that stalled my growth at five feet one.

Claustrophobia swoops in, surrounding me in an anxiety-laced cloud, and I know I’ve reaching my tipping point.

I can’t bear this a second longer.

With my lungs screaming for air, I push my way forward, shuddering as I squeeze past more disgusting, heaving forms.

I fling myself out onto the platform in the nick of time. The train eases out of the station as my legs make a break for freedom. Bounding up the stairs two at a time, I thrust my tiny frame forward, propelling my legs as fast as they can go. My entire being strains for release.
SiobhanAbout the Author:

Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.

A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.

Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

Contact Siobhan at:

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website

- Blog

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Google +

- Goodreads

- Amazon

- Newsletter

Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

I've been meaning to start on these posts in forever, and finally have done so! Hurray for me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme: Top Ten Author Duos You'd LOVE To See Write A Book Together

This was a tough one, but I pushed myself, and eventually got seven. I was mainly thinking of books they had written and how the books combined would be like. Here they are:

Warning, may contain very minor book subject spoilers.

1- Richelle Mead and Julie Kagawa. As two of my all time favourite YA Paranormal Romance authors, I'd like to imagine a collaboration would be epic.

2- Cassandra Clare and Veronica Roth. They both write completely different genres, but don't you think Steampunk meets Dystopia would be cool? After all, they are pretty much opposites..

3- Rick Riordan and Kelly Keaton. Uncle Rick, master of mythology paired with Kelly Keaton, greek Mythologist? I reckon this would be pretty cool. They both write greek mythology, so I don't know what their book would be like.

4- Pittacus Lore and Dan Wells. Why Dystopia and Dystopia you ask? Well, their versions of Dystopia are quite unique and different from the other. Imagine a world with Aliens and Mass Destruction. How awesome would that be?

5- Laini Taylor and Josephine Angelini. I'm mainly referring to Starcrossed with Josephine Angelini. I was thinking Angels, and then I thought Josephine Angelini for no particular reason. Greek Mythology (again) with Angels and Chimaera and two pairs of starcrossed lovers? Now that would be pure fantasy.

6- Tara Hudson and Jonathan Stroud. I was thinking about the opposite of ghosts, but all I could think of was ghost vanquishing. This collaboration could be a total success or failure..

7- Ally Condie and Lois Lowry. Two different perfect utopias.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Celebrate Halloween 2015: Post #3: Murder

Today we have Cameron Jace for an interview. He is giving away the first two books from his Insanity series, see the grand giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Title: Insanity (Insanity #1)
Goodreads Summary: After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland's real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
Purchase: Amazon


Title: Figment (Insanity #2)
Goodreads Summary: After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it's clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer's puzzles before a horrible event threatens the death of millions. Then Jack Diamonds appears again. This time, Alice must know who he really is.
Purchase: Amazon

Title: Circus (Insanity #3)
Goodreads Summary: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...
There is a loose rabbit with a ticking bomb in the streets of the London.

Come closer, you won'd believe your eyes...
Alice & the Pillar follow a set of clues, meticulously weaved by the most mysterious Wonderland Monster of all.

Here is the Maddest Show on Earth ... The Circus!
Where Alice's most unexpected secret will be revealed. 

A secret that will turn tables on good and evil, and complicate Alice's struggles with life, love, and sanity. Will Alice regain part of her sanity back? Catch a bigger monster? Maybe find love in the most unexpected places of all? Purchase: Amazon

Title: Hookah (Insanity #4)
Goodreads Summary: A Plague Scarier than Death 

Alice and the Pillar have to stop a Wonderland Monster who'd lashed out an incurable disease onto the world. Their biggest challenge is that the world loves this monster so much.

A Cure Larger than Life 
The only way to save the world is to travel to the other side of the globe, and peek into one of Lewis Carroll and the Pillar's darker pasts.

A Truth Madder Than Fiction 
This time, the price of saving the world is too high. Alice will have to live with the consequences of the maddest logic of the world surrounding her.

Will Alice find who the Pillar really is? What he wants? Is she brave enough to handle the one Wonderland Monster she'd thought was a good friends? And even so, is the world ready the truth?
Purchase: Amazon

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Announcement: New Banner and Button!

Yes, that's right! Surprise! Paranormal Books now has a new banner and button:

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below. <3 p="">

Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Title: I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Goodreads Summary: Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books--but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.
5+ Stars
Review: Wow. I have been meaning to read the Lorien Legacies series for quite a while now, almost a year in fact. I've been meaning to read them since I read Partials by Dan Wells and saw Pittacus Lore's starred review.

I have heard a lot about the series, but I never thought I am Number Four would be as good as it was. John's story is enthralling, and must be told. I definitely enjoyed reading, and can't wait to read The Power of Six. I am Number Four was nothing but stunning.

Lorien and John's world is richly imagined, my favorite kind of Dystopia. Pittacus Lore is an incredibly talented author.
Purchase: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of Dystopia.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Movie Review: The Scorch Trials

Title: The Scorch Trials (based on the novel by James Dashner)
IMDB Summary: In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet; searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WiCKeD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WiCKeD's vastly superior forces and uncover it's shocking plans for them all.
Review: I loved The Scorch Trials more than The Maze Runner. Although I wasn't a big fan in The Maze Runner, Dylan O'Brien (Thomas) smashed it in The Scorch Trials.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Celebrate Halloween 2015: Post #2: Ghosts

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Author: Nancy Ohlin
Synopsis: Nothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic tale of infatuation and possession, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.

Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy, insecure, and ordinary—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.

Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except it won’t be easy. Because Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go…

Now for Vivien's Interview: Please note, Nancy's answers are in bold.  Rebecca, the book is marked with italics and Rebecca the character is not. Thorn Abbey the book is marked with italics and Thorn Abbey the boarding school is not. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you.

Thank YOU!

Always, Forever (Thorn Abbey as I know) was one of the books that got me obsessed with reading. It's inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Thank you for writing it!

So happy that it got you obsessed with reading!
1. How did you come up with the idea? I found it interesting that the story takes place at a boarding school.

Rebecca has always been one of my favorite novels.  (I also love love love Alfred Hitchcock's film, which is based on the book.)  I really identified with the narrator:  a shy, awkward, working-class girl who finds herself in over her head when she marries a mysterious millionaire and has to fit into his world.  (Well, maybe not the marrying the mysterious millionaire part ... that never happened to me!)  As if that weren't difficult enough, she discovers that her husband's ex, Rebecca, was this perfect, sophisticated, beautiful socialite--everything she, the narrator, isn't.  And that Rebecca died under strange circumstances.

All those elements came together for me in creating Always, Forever.  A fancy boarding school seemed like a natural stand-in for Manderley, the English estate where Rebecca takes place.  My main character, Tess, is a shy, awkward, working-class girl who is given a scholarship to the fancy boarding school, Thorn Abbey, and finds herself in over her head as she tries to keep up with the rich kids around her.  She also falls for one of the rich kids, a mysterious boy named Max whose perfect, sophisticated, beautiful, socialite girlfriend, Becca, died under strange circumstances.
2. Was it difficult reimagining Rebecca?

No, and actually, it was great fun!  I love retellings because you can totally immerse yourself in the original book (or film or whatever) and make it your own.  The characters in Always, Forever--Tess, Max, Becca, Becca's best friend Devon, and the others--all came to me very naturally and easily.  (They then took up residence in my brain--haunted it, really--for many months while I wrote the first draft.)

3. I haven't finished Rebecca, but I know that the narrator's name goes unmentioned. Did you consider doing that? I find it so tricky.

People have many theories about why the narrator in Rebecca has no name.  In the book, her name is described as being "very lovely and unusual," but that's it.  I considered doing that in Always, Forever but ultimately decided against it because it felt too complicated, especially in scenes where multiple characters are having a conversation.  (Little known fact:  Tess was "Anna" for the first few drafts of Always, Forever.  I changed her to Tess when I realized that I already had an "Ana" in my previous YA novel,Beauty.)

4. For those who loved Rebecca, what can they expect from Always, Forever?

Romance.  Mystery.  Mean girls.  Vengeful ghosts. 

5. If Always, Forever was to become a TV show or movie, who would you want to play who?

Emma Watson as Tess!  Nick Robinson or Taylor Lautner or Tyler Posey as Max.  Annasophia Robb as Becca.  India Eisley as Devon. 

6. What are you currently working on and what new books can we expect from you?

My new YA novel, Consent, releases on November 10.  I'm really excited about it because it's a contemporary realistic novel about a super-controversial subject--and it's a love story, too.  I'm currently working on new YA and middle grade novels; I'll let you know as soon as I'm ready to share details!

Happy Halloween!!!

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Book Tour: Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin

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Title: Divine Vices (Divine Vices #1)
Author: Melissa Parkin
Synopsis: The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop 
him from finding her. 

Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself in over her head and drawn in by his allure. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse? 

Find Divine Vices on Goodreads.

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Author Bio: Melissa Parkin is a Chicagoland native who feels weird referring to herself in the third person. When she's not binge reading, taking photographs, breaking the first rule of Fight Club, or playing music too loud, she's writing young adult paranormal romances.

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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme by Sarah @ Breaking The Spine.

This weeks WoW:

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I have been anxiously waiting to read Winter so it was the perfect fit for my first WoW post.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October Schedule

So, I feel like I haven't been posting enough since like forever. To try and stop that, I created a schedule for October. I have pasted it below so you know what to expect each day.
12 Halloween Post 3
13 Top Ten Tuesday (my first ever!)
14 Waiting on Wednesday (a first again!)
15 The Power of Six Review (finally posted here)
16 Uninvited Review
17 Halloween Post 4
18 Forsworn Review
19 The Commander Review
20 Top Ten Tuesday
21 Waiting On Wednesday
22 Halloween Post 5
23 Dreams of Gods and Monsters Review
24 Soundtrack Saturday (a first in ages!)
25 The Rise of Nine Review
26 The Fall of Five Review
27 Halloween Post 6
28 Waiting on Wednesday
29 The Revenge of Seven Review
30 The Fate of Ten Review
31 Halloween Event Wrap-up

Friday, October 2, 2015

Celebrate Halloween 2015: Post #1: Vampires

I've teamed up with Vivien @ Reading in Wonderland to celebrate yet another holiday: Halloween! Do you remember our Celebrate 2015 posts in honour of the new year? This event with be similar. We are celebrating books with a paranormal twist, and we have a grand giveaway for you to enter, which will be up soon. You can expect posts here on October 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th at 12:00 P.M. EST. Each post has a theme, and this post is themed vampires. Enjoy!

Title: The Unearthly (The Unearthly #1)
Author: Laura Thalassa
Synopsis:  The first time I was declared dead, I lost my past. The second time, I lost my humanity. Now I’m being hunted, and if I die again, my soul is up for forfeit.
       After enrolling in Peel Academy, an elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, the last of the sirens, Gabrielle Fiori, only wants to fit in. Instead, the elixir meant to awaken her supernatural abilities kills her.
       When Gabrielle wakes up in the morgue twelve hours later, something wicked is awakened in her, something even the supernatural community has never seen before. Now the only person who can help her is Andre de Leon, the community's infamous bad boy and the king of vampires.
       Yet even his help can’t prevent the repeated attempts on Gabrielle’s life. Someone is after her, and they will stop at nothing to end her short existence. Only Gabrielle cannot let that happen now that her soul hangs in the balance, because she may have met the devil. And he wants her. Bad.