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Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) by Ruth Silver

Published: November 25, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope

 

Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

 

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Excerpt

 

“Listen, kid, I don’t care what you believe in. It’s not for me to say what’s true and untrue, real or unreal. My assignment was you. You get to be one of us, if you want it. Otherwise, you move on, life is over, kaput.”

Ophelia backed away from the stranger. For the first time, she realized she didn’t feel cold and wasn’t shivering. Is this what being dead was like? “One of you?”

“A grim reaper.” He held out his hand to properly introduce himself. “Edon Montgomery, head reaper and old soul.”

 

Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)

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Author Interview

Do you have any plans to write a spin-off for Aberrant?

Yes! I am currently working on an untitled project that is a prequel, spin-off. I haven’t spoken much about it, but I will say there is plenty of action and a world to explore that we’ve barely touched in the Aberrant trilogy.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve got several writing projects underway. Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2) is in edits right now with an expected Spring 2015 release. I’m also writing steamy adult fiction under the name Ravyn Rayne, which will be available this year as well. You can find those projects on Ravyn Rayne Reads.

Do you have a full-time job?

Writing and marketing my own novels is my full-time job. It involves far more than 40 hours a week, but I love it, so I don’t mind.

 

About the Author

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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her book blog Write Away Bliss.

Teaser by Burt Weissbourd #promo

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The sequel to his book Inside passage is out with the third book in the series coming in 2016

 

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Teaser, the sequel to Inside Passage, takes Corey and Abe into the interconnected worlds of private school kids and the runaways who roam Seattle’s streets. Billy attends the Olympic Academy, where two friends, Maisie and Aaron, are experimenting with sex and drugs. They’ve become close to Star, a streetwise seductress who leads them down a treacherous path. Despite the best efforts of Abe and Corey, Maisie is abducted by the diabolical “Teaser,” a man determined to take revenge on her father, his former cellmate. Teaser is a mystery to everyone except Abe and Corey, who alone realize what they must do to rescue Maisie. They contrive a plan that shocks even them.

Author HeadshotBurt Weissbourd writes character-driven thrillers. Reviewers describe his work as “brilliantly detailed, evocative … thrillingly suspenseful.” “His descriptions are luscious.” “An incredibly strong and intelligent female protagonist.” “[His] dark characters rank with some of Koontz’s and King’s worst imaginaries.”
Burt began his career producing movies, working closely with screenwriters, then writing his own screenplays.
A newcomer to Hollywood, he approached writers whose movies he loved — movies such as “Klute,” “Two for the Road,” and “Ordinary People” — and worked with those writers and others, including working with Ross Macdonald, a legend in crime fiction, on his only screenplay.
This was the “New Hollywood” (1967 – 1980), and he found writers whose work grabbed viewers viscerally, not with explosions but with multi-dimensional characters who would draw you into a deeply moving story.
Savvy actors wanted to play finely drawn characters in compelling stories, and before long, Burt was developing screenplays, working directly with Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Sally Field, and Jill Clayburg, among others.
As a producer developing a screenplay, he looked for stories with strong, complex characters and a “rich stew” — that is to say, a situation with conflict, emotional intensity, and the potential to evolve in unexpected ways. This is exactly what he tries to create for the books he writes.

Burt can be found online at Web Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

The Vegetarian by Han Kang #review

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Title : The Vegetarian
Author: Han Kang
Published: Portobello April 11, 2015
Pages:: 160
Format:: Paperback print

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree.

Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

I requested this book for review from Allen & Unwin as I loved the sound of it and I’ve been wanting to expand my translated fiction horizons. The Vegetarian is a bleak, raw, sensual tapestry of emotion. So stark but so engrossingly addictive, I loved this book and what I interpreted as the protagonists desperation to transcend. This book is a sad but beautifully written bit of fiction and so wonderfully translated from the original Korean. I don’t know what the original is like obviously but the translated version is a mesmerising tale about a woman who’s desire to become a vegetarian morphs her into something unrecognisable and not normal to those around her. I wondered as the tale unfolds about her sanity certainly but also of the sanity of everyone around her. Does crazy attract crazy?

This book is unique and I highly recommend it to those wanting to give some translated fiction a go.

This book counts towards the Books in Translation reading challenge.

Haterz by James Goss #review

Haterz

 

Haterz : Haterz
AuthorJames Goss
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PublishedSolaris Feb 24, 2015
Pages:: 448
Format:: eARC

 

Is there someone online who really grates on you? That friend who’s always bragging about their awesome life and endlessly sharing tired memes, and who just doesn’t get jokes? Look at your Twitter feed: don’t you get cross at the endless rage, the thoughtless bigotry and the pleading for celebrity retweets? Meet Dave, a street fundraiser and fan of cat pictures. He’s decided that unfollowing just isn’t enough. He’s determined to make the internet a nicer place, whatever it takes. When he killed his best friend’s girlfriend, he wasn’t planning on changing the world. She was just really annoying on Facebook. But someone saw, and made him an offer. Someone who knows what he’s capable of, and wants to use him to take control of the darkness at the heart of the internet. And now the bodies – the comment trolls, the sexual predators, the obnoxious pop stars – are starting to mount up…

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I must say I found this book to be a big disappointment. I went into it expecting one thing and getting another. This has happened previously and has turned out well so getting a different book from what one was expecting is fine, this however just didn’t work for me. I requested the book on Netgalley because it sounds great and the cover is cool. I thought it would be more about cyber bullying and as I’ve got friends who’ve experienced this and its important topic that should be covered, I thought I’d give it a go. It is a dark crime novel so I thought it may be a bit edgy and it certainly was that, the main problem is the protagonist. I didn’t like him.

Told in the first person, he’s well a douche. Dave kills online annoyances. Beware trolls he’s out to get you. I was quite amused by this in particular the portion on the author who is a jerk and doesn’t take negative reviews well. As a book blogger this really perked me up but I ended up skimming that whole section because it didn’t capture my attention.

The beginning I found annoyingly sucked in by and yet I thought numerous times I should put it down. It’s like 50 shades of bad reading. You don’t want to read it and yet you’ve been sucked in and can’t put it down. It starts off with Dave killing his friends girlfriend but his describing these events grated on my nerves. As I was saying, as I was saying. Really this is how you get into the “juicy” bits? The book is badly in need of editing and I did get an unedited proof copy so I can’t say anything in that regard other than I do so hope its sliced and diced before publication because it needs it.

Some parts had me sucked in and were hilarious and I was mad to know what happened but often I wanted to stop but couldn’t resist continuing. Clearly the book has appealing parts but overall it was not a satisfying read. The protagonist is a nut job serial killer and you would think this would be interesting and yes some of it was but other parts I skimmed or skipped over completely. I didn’t find the ending satisfying either. Overall it was not a read I would recommend or would ever reread.

 

Year of reading

I haven’t done as well as I’d have liked in my reading. I have been studying like mad though and I hope that a course being almost complete will give me more reading time in the new year.

While I don’t want to feel pressured to meet reading goals I can’t seem to help but set them.

I would love to read more and not just school books. Aim 1.

I would like to read more from my own book shelves. Aim 2

Clearly I need a tbr challenge to get some of the books on my own shelves some attention.

I have a few book challenges I’d like to complete despite the fact that I keep not completing them. This year I came close to completing the literary reading challenge and think I will try the easy one again.

What I plan to do differently in 2015 is list ahead of time the books I want to read for challenges. This may change obviously but it couldn’t hurt to try something different.

I’d like to also complete a chunkster challenge as I have plenty of big fat books that need reading.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Helldiggers by Neil Asher

A ton of Clive Barkers books

And perhaps a book by Dan Simmons. Unsure which yet.

The books in translation challenge with the beginner 1-3 books being of interest to me. I’ve enjoyed some great translated fiction so I hope to continue with more in the new year.

At least one or two from the following list but it may change

The Piano Teacher by Elfiede Jelinek

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

The Door by Magda Szabo

The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Real World by Natsuo Kirino

The banned book challenge is also one I’d like to do as I have a couple that I own and would like to read.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I also would love to promote and share about some great Australian authors so the chance to take part in the Australian Woman Writer challenge as well as the Aussie Author challenge Wallaby level would be great ones to be involved in.

As for last year I’ve read some great books and some of my faves of 2014 are

Lakebridge Autumn by Natasha Troop

The Explorer and The Echo by James Smythe

The Martian by Andy Weir

If you haven’t read then I highly recommend adding them to the 2015 tbr.