LAUNCH PARTY!

Resistance (Saga of the Setti, #2) by Stephanie Judice



I’m very excited to be participating in the release blast of my friend  and author Stephanie Judice’s latest book Resistance: Saga of the Setti Book 2. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Rising: Saga of the Setti Book 1, run, do not walk, and get yourself a copy!


Title: Resistance (Saga of the Setti Book Two)
Publication Date: October 15, 2012
Publisher: StudioKae Publishers
Buying links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble



The world is covered in darkness. A constant gray pall reminds the Setti that reapers are still here—watching, waiting, hunting. Gabe, Clara, and their clan must leave the relative safety of Beau Chêne, Louisiana, in order to train with others gathering in the north. No one knows what lurks when night falls. Yet, Gabe and Clara both know that they must chance the danger in order to fulfill a dark destiny.
While Gabe grows in confidence, Clara begins to doubt everything, including her feelings for Gabe. Looming between them is a growing chasm. Clara’s constant defiance against Gabe begins to sever the bond between them. New clansman and fellow Guardian, Michael, steps in all too willingly to take Gabe’s place as her confidant and more. Good-looking and self-assured, Clara finds his charms difficult to resist. She wonders why she should resist at all.
Jessie, now a shadow scout, defies the reapers’ malevolent power. She reaches out to Clara, yearning for the impossible—to be free of the reapers’ enslavement.
Beyond Clara’s battle to save a lost loved one and to keep Gabe close to her heart, another threat stirs, whispering to Clara in the dark. Something evil hunts her. Will she listen to the one who calls to her in nightmares and eventually finds her in the flesh? Will she succumb to his will or will she cling to her human soul and her human heart?


Every day this week, you will be introduced to one of the wonderful characters from this series via a bio and then a short interview! So make sure you come back every day to learn more and more about these awesome characters.

Today, we are lucky enough to have Melanie with us!






Mel’s Bio: HEALER for Homer’s clan.  Mel is kind-hearted, patient, and wise. Her feathers are rarely ruffled, except when the boys behave too much like “boys.” She is the glue of her Setti clan.

Now that you know just a bit about Mel, let’s see what she has to say in answer to a few questions!

Melanie, thanks so much for being with us today. We are excited to have you here to answer a few of our most pressing questions! We hope you can CURE our curiosity.




1. What was your favorite subject in high school?

I liked Math the most, because I like it when problems have a definite solution. On the other hand, I also love English because stories and literature can teach us so much about life.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?

Helen Keller is truly one of my heroes. How someone can be born without sound or sight and still find a way not simply to communicate, but to teach the world such lovely, wise things is amazing to me. She once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” And this is so true, isn’t it?
Another thing that keeps coming to mind lately, since our world has changed into this bleak and sometimes lonely place, are these words of Helen Keller’s: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” No matter what is in store for us in the future, no matter how desolate and dark things become, we must remember
the wisdom of this woman who lived her whole life in the dark.
3. In your Setti clan, who is the most difficult to live with and why?

I would have to say it is a tie between Jeremy and Ben. For some reason, those two love to push each other’s buttons, and sometimes it is so tiresome to listen to their tedious arguments back and forth. However, for the most part, it is not difficult living with my friends at all. I treasure each one of them for their special gifts and for their devoted friendship. They are a family to me.
4. What’s a quote that would represent your philosophy on life?

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” –Mark Twain
5. If you could have a theme song, what would it be?

Interesting, because Jeremy has asked me the same question so many times, and I refuse to give him an answer. But I will tell you.
My Gram used to play these old records when I was little. Yes, actual records on a record-player if you know what those are. And I think one song has seeped into my subconscious. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong really reflects how I see the world. I wish everyone did, even now, with our future so precarious. It still is a wonderful world.

Mel, thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. It was a lot of fun having you here!


Stop by again tomorrow as we welcome Ben to the blog to let us in on some of his most intimate secrets!

COVER REVEAL!!!

Here is the cover of  “APOLLYON”,  book 4 in the Covenant Series by  Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Isn’t it marvellous? Personally I love all the covers in this series and this one didn’t disappoint me at all!

APOLLYON will be released in  April 9th 2013 (published by Spencer Hill Press) so we still have to wait a long time!

Haven’t you heard about this series? It’s amazing and dynamic as everything Jennifer L. Armentrout does. So if you like young adult reads and can’t live without some paranormal romance in your shelves, get your hands on this ASAP! Until April you have time to catch up!

Covenant Series:

Daimon (Covenant # 0.5) Published in May 10th 2011.

Half Blood (Covenant #1) Published in  October 18th 2011.

Pure (Covenant #2) Published in  April 3rd 2012.

Deity (Covenant #3) Expected publication: November 6th 2012.

If you want to know more about the author, just click on her name at the beginning of the post and visit her profile in Goodreads.

I’ll be posting my reviews soon!

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1)

by Karen Amanda Hooper

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: May 25th 2012 

Rating: 5 mega stars!

Synopsis:

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release.

Review:

I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

X- MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY? That says in the description… well… I haven’t read MY NAME IS MEMORY but It must be good because this book was awesome!

I’m glad I had that chance to be one of the first readers of this enthralling story because it really is  marvellous. It evoked many different emotions in me, it had so many compelling moments and at some point I almost cry! I won’t post any spoilers don’t worry! Go ahead and find out on you own!

The plot was very interesting. Although reincarnation may be a common topic, the author gave it some twists and turns that made it completely amazing.
I think the writing was fantastic, the dialogues are great, so smart and there were many original and interesting situations. Their first encounter was keenly awaited, but totally worth it! Magical and funny at the same time.

Maryah and River’s beginning is awesome, they have a true connection and he is so sweet, I admit it! I’m a sucker for love triangles! XD

I loved Carson’s personality, he was funny and the only one giving her some leads to the truth! Meteor! XD
I felt, though, that Maryah was clueless in extreme and maybe Nathan’s efforts to be with her were somehow mild.

Nonetheless it is one of the best books I’ve read this year, it’s only the beginning of a promising series, and it goes straight to my “favourites shelf”. I’m in love with a new series! (as If I my to-be-read shelf needed something extra! lol)

Before I forget and leave you alone until tomorrow: don’t you love the cover art? That picture is gorgeous and those petals and feathers are a perfect addition!

Thumbs up for Karen Amanda Hooper!

 

Anomaly

by  Jessica Marie Gilliland and Kimberly Gourgon

Genre: Paranormal

Published: July 7th 2012

My Review: 3.5 STARS

Five years have passed since Caitlin Tierney was kidnapped from New Haven, a secret facility for gifted children. Deemed a threat to society by the government’s Anomaly Control Team for her empathetic and telekinetic powers, Caity was implanted with a chip meant to neutralize her abilities and keep her on the ACT’s radar.

Now Caity is trying to live the life of a normal 21-year-old but her nightmares are getting worse. She’s haunted by the past she can’t remember, the painful experiments she endured in New Haven and Chase Taylor, the love she lost.

When a mysterious letter arrives one day and promises Caity answers to her forgotten life, she suddenly finds herself thrown back into the world of New Haven…and into the arms of her old flame. For once it seems like everything will be alright, but how much has New Haven really changed? And how much has Chase changed?

While conflicted by the dark secrets she uncovers about New Haven and her beloved Chase, Caity stumbles upon a group of Anomalies who call themselves The Punks. They’re charming and unexpectedly, Caity finds herself drawn into their small family…and to their leader, the quiet, enigmatic Kismet.

Ultimately, Caity must decide where her loyalty lies: is it with her first true love Chase and the cloaked objectives of New Haven? Or is it with the peaceful, nomadic Punks?

And how far over the line will she be willing to go for either one?

MY REVIEW:

In other words: very good but not amazing 🙂

Though… I had a bunch of feelings about it and that’s probably why my review it’s a collection of ramblings!

It felt like I read 2 books instead of one, the beginning was great, then it became a little difficult to me to get into the story but after 50 percent, when she runs into Spaz, Dozer, Headset, Charlie and Kismet, the book turns amazing again.

The story goes around Caity and her friends, which all have special abilities and awesome powers!
Her abilities are simply amazing and she is really funny, she made me laugh and also made me cry and feel her pain. Talking on the phone while using her power to pack might be the coolest thing ever! I could use some of that! lol.

Chase… well, he puzzled me. Couldn’t connect with him and didn’t like him at all. I never understood his motives. Kismet is probably one of my favorite characters along with Izzy and Caity.

The end is somehow SHOCKING, I can’t say I felt sad, actually I kinda like were the story might be heading in the second book, though I’m pretty sure I’ll be surprised!

Great start for a series!!

The Lodestone Trilogy by Mark Whiteway

Genre: Sci- Fi

Published: December 20th 2011 by Mark Whiteway

Rating: 4 STARS!

On a distant planet ruled by a brutal tyrant, an alien girl comes to the aid of a stranger and is plunged into the midst of a titanic struggle that will decide the fate of her world.

For the first time in a single volume, this limited edition version includes all three books of the first Lodestone story arc, including a revised and updated version of Book One, a unique cover featuring a scene from the second book, and a special chapter navigation system. The combined 360,000 word epic is available for a limited period only.

Lose yourself in the astounding world of Kelanni!

MY REVIEW:

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure about my choice, mainly because it was a trilogy and it was long. Sometimes I like to take a brief moment between one book and the other so I thought it was going to be boring but it wasn’t whatsoever!

The first 2 chapters were hard to read, I admit it, there were so many new names and artifacts that several times I had to ask , ‘what did this mean?’ and found myself going back to the previous pages often, but after that little inconvenient, I found it fascinating.

The world Mark Whiteway created is unique and mesmerizing. The books have tons of action, no time to get bored. It’s a fast paced story but not for lack of details, on the contrary, everything is perfectly explained. The plot is rich and the characters are fantastically developed.

“The key to defeating a tyrant -any tyrant- is to understand the source of their power. Once you do that, you can manipulate it; even use their own power against them”

All the story goes around schemes and lies comitted and said at the behest of the Unan- Chinneroth, or simply “The Prophet”, which slaves people called “tributes” to keep the Lodestone supply.

What is lodestone? A desired material with many impressive properties.
Why do “The prophet” needs it? Read the books and find out! lol

The trilogy is totally based on physical principles but certainly it requieres imagination. And it’s great to see the use of physics as a door to a magical world. (believe me, I hate physics, but reading this made it sound appealing)

As Nathaniel Hawthorne said: “Easy reading is damn hard writing” .

BOOK 1

Spins around five main characters: Lyall, Shann, Alondo, Keris and Boxx. All of them with opposite and varied personalities and different background.

Shann is a determined and brave girl whose parents were taken as tributes and desperately wants to see them again.(no spoiler here, that information is released early in the book)

Lyall is also brave and the leader of the group but he is always haunted by his past.

Alondo is at the same time, the heart and the brain of the group. Extremely clever and so caring and carefree.

Keris is a smart and sharp woman whose beliefs were totally changed after some specific event I can’t reveal without writing a spoiler so…

Boxx is a Chandara. It’s both cute and wise and the bonding between it and Keris is amazing.

This peculiar group begin a journey to achieve the Kellani’s well being. The first book consists in their adventures to cross the Barrier of Storms in the Aronak Sea.
BOOK 2:

When I thought the story couldn’t get better, I started the second book and I was immediately hooked. Again marvelled by an advanced and wonderful world the author created.
New adventures awaiting. The second book is about what lays beyond the barrier.
I don’t know how to review this without giving away much of the first book but…
Here appear other important characters such as Rael and McCann. We learn a lot of the Chandara’s history. It’s a quest to find the four components that Annata told them, to build a device that will destroy The Prophet’s weapon. Personally that was my favourite part of the books and didn’t wanna drop it.
The end of book two… what a cliffhanger! No way to stop the reading at this point.

BOOK 3:

It begins a little slow for my taste. After an impressive final for book 2, I was expecting more. But then it gets truly better.
Likewise there are new alliances made and some broken, we discover long expected truths, about who The Prophet is, what are his motives and also about the “mysterious” destruction of the Chandara Forest.
We get to know McCann from a different perspective. And find out that not everything is black and white as it was pictured in the previous books. There is a huge turn of events, there is a lot of betrayal and at some point you really wonder where the characters loyalty lays. A lot of suspense!

To sum up: many details and a clever plot combined with excellent writing skills. The end is up to a very good trilogy. Though I heard there is a fourth book coming up! Looking forward to reading it!
I would totally recommend this books!

Whisper Walker (Whisper Walker Series #1)

by London Cole

Genre: Dystopian Paranormal

Published: April 7th 2012 by LC Books

Rating: 4 STARS!

Seventeen year-old Acquisitions Specialist Drake Adair is legendary at his job: he can obtain anything from anyone and from anywhere, without getting caught. At least, he’s never been caught before.

This time things go differently. He ends up on the run from the enemy Guild and takes refuge in a cave, only to get stuck in a pit in the back of the cave. He might be the only living human in there, but he’s not alone.

Kelsie, Drake’s roommate and closest friend since she fled her filicidal father, has secrets. Secrets she keeps even from Drake. Sneaking outside the Gates into the wild, she risks everything for a little excitement. Her lies now threaten everything she cares about most in her life.

Drake unearths a plot by an enemy Guild to tear apart life as he knows it. The very people closest to him may be pawns in the grisly scheme, leaving Kelsie and Drake with no one to turn to as they struggle to find answers before it’s too late.

Set eighty years after World War III, Kelsie and Drake pair up to protect the only life they know in a harsh and unforgiving world. They must each come to grips with his abilities, her secrets, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will they make it? Or will the very foundations of their lives be ripped from beneath them.

MY REVIEW:

— I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. —

At first I didn’t know what to expect of “Whisper Walker”. The cover didn’t say much and I just jumped blind into it.

And now, after reading it, I still find it difficult to tag it in a specific category or genre. It has mystery and dystopian elements but also paranormal components and a little bit of romance. Therefore it is a perfect combo for me XD

I have to acknowledge mr. Cole’s ability to make them fit perfectly. He did a terrific job.

At the beginning I found the approach similar to “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi, not the technological stuff (which is absent here) but the idea of civilized people living inside a fence and the “mutants” living outside, making it dangerous to cross the barrier and go to the woods. But then it was developed in such an original way that I forgot about my previous thoughts.

Regarding the characters, the main two are so STRONG and defined teenagers that you can’t get enough of them. Kelsie is such a bad-ass and Drake is tough and sweet at the same time. Although the real role that Kelsie plays it’s explained further in the story, you just love her from the start! (at least I did)

However, there were things that prevented me to give this book a 5 stars rating and those were for example the main characters sleeping together and showering together. Not that I’m a prude or anything (XD) but seriously? Saving water and time… that’s like the oldest trick in the world! lol.
On the other hand, those parts were perfectly executed and weren’t offensive or scandalous in the slightest. Personally I believe they added interest to their relationship but I’d recommend you to be careful with the kids though!

Likewise, I’d loved to read more about why the mutants were mutants (we only have a tiny reference) and also about the Guild, and the way the live.

Anyhow, the book is totally worthy! And the end is just fabulous! Besides, it’s only the start of a series and it’s so promising!
I totally recommend this!

Lacrimosa (Requiem #1)

By Christine Fonseca

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: March 5th 2012 by Compress Press

Rating: 4.5 stars!
It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

My Review:

I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book in the R2R list, I couldn’t help myself! I jumped into it in a second! Everybody said it is awesome, and all of my friends gave 5 starts to it.
How could I not read it?

My first impression was: Wow! I’m in love with this book! Starting with the beautiful cover and after reading the first two chapters I was captivated. Totally drawn into the plot.

But after a few chapters, it became a little disappointing. WAIT! before you start throwing things at me let me finish the idea XD
Disappointing because after hearing so many good things I was expecting more, like a mind blowing story… and it was good, really good actually but not amazing…

Nesy was confusing, sometimes she was a kick ass Sentinal and after that her head was a mess. Going back and forward with the same thoughts over and over again.

Aydan was cute but I didn’t get to know him enough, though I could relate more to him than to Nesy.

Maybe the biggest issue for me was that the timeline was so short. The whole story happens in 4 days! And I would have loved more. We get to know their previous story through flashbacks but it didn’t feel enough.
For instance, Aydan’s motives to join Azza didn’t feel clear for me. I won’t say anything to avoid spoilers.

At this point it was a 3.5 rating book, which is not bad at all, but I know by now you may be wondering why did I give it 4.5 stars then?

Well, ladies and gentleman (XD), the end did it for me!
It was in-cre-di-ble! I wasn’t expecting that at all! The kind of twist that makes you spin around the room in awe! 

The last 15% of the book was simply OUTSTANDING! heart breaking at some point and then giggle worthy!
No doubt it left me wanting to read more. I believe the story is just about to begin.

The writing is impeccable and the cover is to die for! Beautiful!

I can’t wait to read the next book!
Thanks Christine for giving me the chance to read this!