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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer review

I wrote quite the gushy review of book one in the Lunar Chronicles series Cinder. An excellent start to a series, it was a sci-fi, YA read with a fairy tale spin. Cinderella like it was but also weaving quite the futuristic tale with excellent characters.

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The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

I was looking forward to Scarlet, what kind of sequel was I in for I wondered. A good one, this however was more Little Red Riding Hood focused. While enjoyable it was no Cinder a hard one to top for sure.

Scarlet has rather slow pacing and being a rather long book it was some time before anything happened. At first I kept wondering who this Scarlet was, where is my Cinder I want to know about her. The perceptive would switch between between the two and in time Scarlet came to grow on me. Her love for her grandmother who had gone missing and then love interest Wolf coming into the picture but again with the pacing I did not blaze through this one.

Cinder was busy escaping from prison and had a new sidekick, Scarlet was trying to figure out where her grand-mere had disappeared to and this happened over about 400 pages. The last 50 or so was finally when the two met up and we got to know exactly how it is that Scarlet was relevant to Cinder’s story.

I enjoyed this one and naturally want to know how book 3 will turn out. Due to the pacing of this one though I shall wait for book 4 which I believe will be the last in the series and then reread the first two followed by book 3 and 4 as the long gaps between sequels makes for the occasional confusing moment.

Marissa Meyer has created an excellent series and I am hooked on the story. Book two is not as good as book one but I shall see the series through because Cinder is a character who’s story I must know.

Katrina by Elizabeth Loraine book tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Katrina book tour. A vampire tale written by author Elizabeth Loraine.

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Synopsis of KATRINA:

As a vampire, being hunted was nothing new, finding out that I had to protect those hunting us was. Katrina is a young royal blooded vampire from a very old vampire family, chronicles her journey as leader of the Five from the age of seventeen. She, along with young members of each royal vampire family have been called to council. Why? No one knows, but Katrina feels the danger all around them and feels that she will the one called upon to save them all. This fast paced historical saga begins here with Katrina as she begins the journey that will change all their lives forever. It’s full of romance, intrigue, danger and betrayal. To succeed the Five must become the many…Join us.
John Daniels, author writes: “This is a page-turning, swashbuckling adventuure told by a gorgeous seventeen-year-old vampire on the verge of womandhood. Katrina and her companions are girls who love fancy clothes and romantic gossip; but when their race is threatened they becone Women Warriors, using their paranormal talents, lightning speed, and razor-sharp blades to wreak dealy justice. By turns tense, funny and sad, this is a great read for fans of bloodlust.”
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I write YA, or I should say I write YA, mostly for Moms. I started writing three and a half years ago. I cruised the YA/Teen isles of the book stores with my sister and we noticed that they were always filled with other women our age, sometimes with their daughters, but mostly alone.

Since I love vampires and always had, from the days of Dark Shadows, to Twilight. I used to watch all the old B movies too, and loved them all. So of course that was what I was destined to write about, but I wanted something different. No whining girls waiting to be saved, only strong female characters saving themselves, and everyone else around them.

I also was tired of the teen, high school scenario, and set out again to do something different. And my vampires are different too. They’re a born race of Vampire, not the undead, though those vampires also exhist in my series.  The Royal Blood Chronicles has a historical backdrop. Royal Blooded vampires from the finest houses of Europe begins with Katrina chronicling her life from the age of seventeen when she was chosen as the leader of The Five, the protectors of all the peaceful races, including humans. It’s full of elves, wizards, magic, and romance. It’s a fantasy adventure that continues through now nine books.

If Royal Blood Chronicles sounds like something you’d enjoy you can try it free with Marcella, vampire Mage here – http://amzn.to/16nrUcO

Release Date: August 19, 2010

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Genre: YA | Fiction | Paranormal

About Elizabeth Loraine:

I grew up in a small northern Minnesotan town married my high school sweetheart, had two beautiful children and as soon as we could we moved to a warmer climate. I have worked with my husband building and decorating custom homes for years.

After loving every kind of vampire book, movie and series since I was a child, I decided that I wanted to know more. I can write a book I thought, how hard could that be? Well…it was not as easy as I thought, but I stuck to it, and finished my first book Royal Blood Chronicles Book One in August 2009. I now have six books in the series and am about to release book two of my new series Phantom Lives.  My parents always told me that I could do anything that I wanted, work hard, and do it right. I believe that, and live that every day.

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I started writing this new vampire series for teens and their moms because I wanted something different to read. I was tired of all the modern versions of vampire books, there had to be more to these long-lived beings. Where had they been, what had they seen? I wanted; no I NEEDED to know more, so Royal Blood Chronicles was born!  As in Royal Blood Chronicles, Phantom Lives features strong female characters and action and adventure mixed with romance, friendship and a historical backdrop. I hope you enjoy them.

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Not Pretty Enough book tour – guest post and giveaway

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Welcome to the Not Pretty Enough book tour. I have a guest post by the author to share.

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Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!

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“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

Top Five Jaimie Admans New Year's Resolutions
1: Write more.

I think most writers will tell you that they spend most of their time doing marketing, promotion, editing, fiddling around aimlessly on the internet or doing any number of other little time-consuming but necessary jobs that all take away from their writing time. It’s certainly true for me. Since my first book came out, very little of my time has been spent actually writing, and of course my favourite part of being a writer is the actual writing! Nothing beats the feeling of whizzing through a first draft, allowing yourself to write anything you want to, and knowing that the book is going well. It’s something I want to do all the time, I just don’t have time. Next year especially, writing more will be my priority. I have plots in my head, screaming to be written down, and pages full of notes about them. All I need to do is write more often!

2: Read more.

Like writing, reading is important to any writer, and it’s one of my favourite things to do. I love getting lost in a good book. I try to read a little bit every night when I go to bed, but it doesn’t always work out. I’m also quite a slow reader, so it takes me ages to get through books, no matter how good they are! The other problem is that as a writer, you meet a lot of other writers whose books sound amazing and book bloggers whose recommendations sound amazing, and I’m adding books to my to-be-read list left, right and centre, and there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get through them all! My TBR list is ever-increasing, and I want to read every book on it, so I always make reading more a resolution!

3: Lose weight/Get fit/Eat less.

I’m afraid this one is the same every year! Like most people probably, I start January thinking, ‘Right, this is it. All the chocolate I bought for Christmas is gone, I’m going to walk every day and eat normal-sized portions of macaroni cheese. Wait, I won’t even have macaroni cheese anymore because it’s unhealthy.’ Then I go into Tesco and they’ve got Jaffa Cakes on offer, and it’s cold or raining so a walk is out, and there’s a block of cheese in the fridge just begging to be used. It’s always the same! One year I’m actually going to stick to it, I swear!

4: Stop spending money.

Like the ‘lose weight’ resolution above, this one is the same every year too. I have a very bad habit of spending money I don’t have on things I don’t need. Books, of course. And stationery. And scented candles and perfume. I love candles and perfumes, and I certainly don’t need any more of them, but I can’t help myself when I smell a new one I like. I justify purchases with the most ridiculous reasons. It’s got to stop, or I’ve got to win the lottery – either one would work!

5: Learn to have confidence.

I have very little confidence in anything I do. From my writing and my books to my personal life. I find it very hard to take compliments, and being proud of a book isn’t enough. When someone tells me they like my book, I convince myself that it’s because they know me, or because they’re just being polite or because they wouldn’t tell me they hated it even if they did. I find a million reasons to convince myself why someone would tell me they enjoyed my book when they really didn’t. As a person, I’m always terrified of saying the wrong thing or putting my foot in it at the wrong time. It’s got to stop! I know that I need to develop confidence in my work and in myself as a person, so that’s definitely a resolution to add to the usual ones!

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Ninety-Five Percent Human by Suzanna Williams book tour

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Welcome to the Ninety-Five Percent Human book tour. Written by author Suzanna Williams this book is YA/sci-fi and the first book in a 2 part series. Thank you to Suzanna for the interview.

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Teenager, Joe Kendrick, thinks he’s got problems. The farm he’s looked after since his father’s suicide is failing and his brother wants to sell it, his girlfriend has dumped him and his normally down-to-earth Nan starts muttering about seeing UFO’s. And all Joe wants is to live a ‘normal’ life.

Then he saves suicidal stranger Sarah from drowning. What Joe doesn’t know is that Sarah is a human/alien hybrid, sent to test viability of life on Earth, and, as she’s survived, hostile aliens are already planning their attack.

Ninety-five percent Human is the first in a two book, sci-fi adventure set amongst the Welsh mountains.

 

 

  1. Thanks for taking part in the interrogation Suzanna, can you share something about you that no one know? –

I’m a bit OCD about cleaning my teeth: can’t stand eating and not brushing and I’ve actually worn part of my front tooth away.

  1. What book are you reading now? –

I’m reading ‘A Million Suns’ by Beth Revis. I loved ‘Across the Universe’ and, so far, it isn’t suffering from middle-book syndrome.

  1. What are some of your favourite books and who are your favourite authors? –

Normally, I don’t admit to having a favourite author. Sometimes an author writes a great book I love, sometimes they don’t. But these are the books I’d pack to take on holiday.

Where She Went, by Gayle Forman. Six Years, by Harlan Coben. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

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  1. What book are you dying to get your hands on? –

I’m excited that Champion, the final book in Marie Lu’s Legend series, is coming out in November. I have to admit I was starting to get a little fed-up with Day’s I’m-not-good-enough-for-June-self-doubt-wingeing in Prodigy and I didn’t like the ending much, but I’m hoping Champion can turn things around and be as great as Legend was.

  1. What is your work space and writing routine like? –

My best writing time is in the morning. I like to get up early and write before I get distracted by boring ‘ordinary life’ stuff, like work. I have a little office with a desk but I mostly sit on my comfy chair with my laptop.

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  1. For those not familiar with your work what do readers have to look forward to? –

I like to imagine all those ‘normal’ people you see in the street everyday have dark secrets and wild talents, so in my books you will find extraordinary things happening in ordinary places. I mean, can you really be sure that your best friend isn’t telepathic and knows exactly what you’re thinking? Or that neighbour who just moved across the street isn’t from another planet?

My book characters need to have a really hard time, fighting impossible physical and mental odds, and I also prefer Romeo and Juliet stories to love triangles.

So that’s what you get, with me.

  1. Do you ever think you’ll try writing a different kind of genre? –

Well, I’ve had an idea for a new book rattling round my head for a while now. The protagonist will be more NA than YA but it’s a sci-fi time-slip adventure. However, I want to finish the series I’m currently writing before I move on. Wish I could write faster.

  1. What kind of reaction do you think you’d have should you meet an alien? Take it to your leader, invite it home for dinner perhaps? –

That would depend on the alien.

If it was a normal-looking, friendly type of alien, I would definitely invite it for dinner and insist it tell me all about the planets it had visited and what it’s like travelling through space. I probably wouldn’t take it to any Earth leader because I couldn’t guarantee that they wouldn’t want to annihilate it.

However, if it was the ten-feet tall, green, slimy, human-eating sort of creature, I’d probably scream like a girl and head for the hills.

  1. Can you tell me about Ninety-five Percent Human please? –

Ninety-five percent Human is a YA sci-fi about sixteen year old Joe Kendrick, living on a struggling Welsh hill farm, who saves a girl from drowning only to discover that she’s a human/alien hybrid from another planet sent to test the viability of life on Earth. As she’s survived, the aliens are planning their take-over … which kind of makes Joe responsible for the impending invasion and death of the human race … and he thought running the farm after his father’s suicide was tough going.

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  1. What do you have planned next for readers? – 

I am writing notes for the sequel to Ninety-five percent Human. I do a lot of plotting before attempting a first draft. But I am also writing the second book in my ShockWaves trilogy. ShockWaves is action-adventure with a telepathic twist, full of parkour and crazy car chases. I’m having fun with that.

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Suzanna Williams is a perpetually eighteen year old YA author who lives in the wild, wet, Welsh borderlands surrounded by ruined medieval castles and Celtic mythology where she looks for UFO’s amongst the stars and imagines all the people she meets have dark secrets.
When she is not inventing radical problems for her unsuspecting heroes and plotting their escape, Suzanna is a serial collector of random badly paying jobs and has never found a use for her BSc in Psychology whatsoever.
As a child, Suzanna filled notebook after notebook with stories and her first taste of writing success was a poem published in the local newspaper aged just nine years old. She has written and directed several plays and pantomimes before publishing her debut novel, ShockWaves, in 2012.
Suzanna loves sci-fi action adventures, playing the piano, believes Romeo and Juliet should have talked more and considers sarcasm to be the highest form of wit.
She has a daughter who is a drummer, another daughter who is a driving instructor, a son who is a dancer and a ‘nearly’ grandson she’s dying to meet.

Suzanna can be found on her web site / Facebook / Twitter / You Tube

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Elizabeth Sharps Forces of Nature series – book tour and giveaway

FoNbanner   Welcome to the Forces of Nature book tour. This series is available now and mega cover whore that I am I’m totally in love with the new covers.

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What do you do when you find out your family isn’t your family, death is knocking at your door, and that guy you can’t stop thinking about knows more about who you are than you do? Amelia Hoffman was just a normal 15 year old until she found out the truth. Now ancient myths, supernatural beings, and murder have changed everything. Tests and school dances are no longer the biggest worry in her life– she has to figure out how to save everyone she loves and accept the future in front of her before its too late.

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Amelia Hoffman always knew she would be with Nathaniel Peplow forever, but after they bonded everything started to go wrong. Nate treats her like the enemy, her siblings are in danger, and an old threat grows closer. As Nate pulls away and Amelia’s burgeoning friendship with a handsome stranger blossoms, she worries she made the biggest mistake of her life. If sorting out her love life wasn’t enough, a new drug emerges that not only threatens the ones she loves, but seems to be part of something larger than she could ever imagine. Amelia’s new and old friends must work together to not only save themselves, but the whole world.

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Everything in Amelia Hoffman’s life has led to this. An evil plot threatens to destroy humanity and the future of the human race lies in Amelia’s hands. Working through the tensions between Otherworld species, torn between two men and squabbling with her siblings—all while trying to get a college degree. The pressure is a killer—literally. Does she have what it takes to save the world?

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