Cover Reveal: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Welcome to my cover reveal for today! Darkness Watching is the first novel is a new series by Emma L Adams. Demons and college life seems like a combination I’d love to read!
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Title: Darkness Watching (Darkness #1)
Author: Emma L. Adams
Publication Date: September 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis (goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..

 
AUTHOR BIO
Author Emma L Adams!

Author Emma L Adams!

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book,Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

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Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Title: Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction, romance, dystopian, young adult
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 2011
Pages: 398
Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
AMY
has left the life she loves
for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her – 
and more if she’ll let him

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

My Review:

I’ve not thought much about cryogenic freezing before. And I never imagined it quite like Beth Revis described it. But from the first scene  – she had my attention and I was with Amy as she left everything she knew to travel three hundred years away to a new life on a new world. But not everything goes according to plan. Somehow Amy gets awakened fifty years before the ship is set to land on the new planet. Attempted murder by non-proper defrosting techniques aside, Amy is made to feel an outsider by inhabitants of the spaceship and ends up in the psychiatric ward. Amy has no one but her new friends Harley – a tortured artist – and Elder – the next leader of the ship – to help her stop the murders of her frozen kindred and work out just why the people of the ship are acting so oddly…

The novel switches point of views from Amy – an Earth girl labelled as “unessential cargo” travelling to a new world with her parents – and Elder – a sixteen year old boy on the verge of manhood who has known his entire life that he is going to be the next leader of Godspeed  and all its people. It’s a time of change for both of them with Amy having to assimilate to a brand new world on board the spaceship and Elder starting to question the decisions of his life-long mentor, Eldest. They do a good job of showing what life aboard the ship is like for a stranger and someone innately familiar with the set up. There’s some interesting/barbaric things about ship life and I found myself liking how things progressed.

Most sci-fi I’ve read is set in the future and what I loved most about this book is how the main character – Amy – is a child of the present. By having her being taken to another place in time and space we get a great mix of the contemporary times in which she came from and the futuristic spaceship she’s now forced to survive in. The ship – Godspeed – is the perfect mini civilisation with many mysteries and diabolical schemes taking place. There’s a great mix of characters and I loved the creative licence that Ms. Revis used to create the environment Across the Universe is set in. There’s nice little differences like the language and technology whilst keeping things similar to the present day.

There’s a bit of a murder mystery and a great set up for the next books in the series. I enjoyed the characters and the plot but I didn’t really connect with either Amy or Elder and found my attention drifting. I had a few problems with the romance angle of the book – it’s a little forced and whilst I know it’s only the first book it felt a little irrelevant and convenient.

Overall I liked the journey that this book took me on and I’ll most likely be reading the second book – although I think I’ll be borrowing it from the library just in case.

 

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Book Review: The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster

The Inevitability Of Stars

Title: The Inevitability of Stars
Author: Kathryn R. Lyster
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Grief
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: August 2013
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.

Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.

In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.

Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It’s here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean’s shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.

Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love.

My Review:

This book starts with heartbreak and for the characters, things are downhill from there on. Rip and Sahara have always had each other in their lives. Even when Rip’s mother died – he has always had Sahara. But she had dreams for more than small town life. So she flees to Sydney to paint and leaves a grief-stricken Rip to try to make his way in the town he’s always lived in without the girl he thought would always be there. Without Sahara, Rip doesn’t want to live. Sahara learns that life without Rip is harder than she thought and begins to lose herself in a world of glitz, glamour and high-profile socialites.

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so spiritual. Rip finds himself on a farm where his work there leads him to discover himself and how to heal his soul. Lead by a collection of quirky characters, Rip finds who he can be without Sahara. And she learns how to survive in a world so different from the small town she grew up in – and without the boy she still loved.

All of the characters are interesting to read – and I liked that they were well-formed and had a life outside of facilitating the journeys of the two main characters. The switching point of view worked well to show how deep Rip and Sahara’s feelings for each other were. The speech took a little getting used to with dialogue being italicized and thoughts being in quotation marks but as I got further into Rip and Sahara’s story I got used to it.

This book is beautifully written and I loved how the story flowed. However I did find the character of Sahara very hard to like and connect with. The settings – of both Byron Bay and Sydney – contrast each other well and the author did a great job of using the environment to show the mental state of the characters. There were small details like the gardenias and Rip’s song that I really enjoyed and thought added an extra something special to their story.

The Inevitability of Stars is a story about the spiritual journeys that two lovers must take when they’ve lost each other. Written beautifully, and yet at times confusing, it’s a lovely book that was nothing like I was expecting from the blurb and yet I’m glad I read it.

Thanks to Harlequin for the review copy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters 

I do love secondary characters. Whether they be there to be a supportive sidekick to the hero or add some much needed comic relief – I love a good secondary character. The ones on my list today are my favourite and whilst some may be more minor than secondary – they’re all memorable to me for various reasons.

Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – She’s eccentric and oh-so odd but somehow she manages to make perfect sense. Maybe she’s the only one who really knows what going on and everyone else is too firmly placed in reality.  There are so many great secondary characters from Harry Potter and some others that I love were: Neville Longbottom, The Weasley Twins, Severus Snape.

Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – He’s cheeky and flirty but when it comes down to it, he does what has to be done. He’s got to be pretty strong to win a Hunger Games when he was only 14. I also love Cinna and Haymitch from this series.

Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor – Zuzana is part fearless sidekick but she’s very funny too. I love her and her antics with boyfriend as they support Karou.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)

Jackal from the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa – Jackal is one of those characters but you can’t quite know where his alliances lie but it’s a lot of fun to speculate what he’s going to do next. Jackal is my favourite thing about this series so far.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Okay, so I may have only read the first book. But he’s brilliant and I can’t wait to see where he pops up next. He’s left quite an impact on me considering how brief his appearance was in City of Bones.

Captain Caswell Throne from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – He’s brilliant! Cocky and self-assured and only slightly incompetent. He is the main reason I’m looking forward to reading Cress when it comes out! 😀 Special mention to Iko who is also a great secondary character and support for Cinder.

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Infinite Darlene from Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan – A former quarterback named Daryl who is now the school’s homecoming queen, Infinite Darlene had some great lines and I loved what she added to this book. I read this book ten years ago and she still sticks in my mind as a great secondary characters…. that’s pretty memorable!

Boy Meets Boy

Jules from the Revenants series by Amy Plum – He’s not part of the Kate/Vincent epic love but he’s funny and I’d read a full length novel with him as the main character.

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)

Nox from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – He may be an assassin who makes a living killing people but he’s a great friend to Celeana. And as a plus – he’s a bff with no romantic interest in the heroine 😀

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

The Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – He’s mad but amusing and a character that I’d read an entire book where he was the main character… 😀

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

 

I adore secondary characters and this list has reminded me of that. There are so many more that I couldn’t fit on my list. I’d love to hear from you and see which non-main characters you love!

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Movie Talk: Divergent

I have to admit that I’ve been excited about this movie since the first time I heard it was announced. I LOVED the book and Insurgent was fantastic too. So what are my thoughts based on the trailer?

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you can check out my review for Divergent here.

I’m thrilled. I wasn’t hugely supportive of Shailene Woodley as Tris but based on this short glimpse – I’m confident she can play the part fantastically.

And Kate Winslet is gorgeous. There looks to be plenty of action but this little snippet of the film doesn’t give away too much of the plot.

Based on this trailer I’m even more excited for the third book and this upcoming movie.

The comments I’ve seen have people thinking that it’s just another – and not as good – version of the Hunger Games. So not true. Being dystopian in nature there are similarities but Divergent stands alone in its brilliant ideas and great plot.

Are you fans of the book? New to the world of Divergent? I’d love to know what you thought.

Book Review: The Originals by Cat Patrick

The Originals

Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Genre: Science-Fiction, Contempoary, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Publication Date: May 2013
Pages: 298
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Ella, Betsey and I look like sisters: triplets, you might think.

But that’s not what we are at all.

We are clones in hiding. We split our lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we’ve always been happy.

But now I’ve fallen in love … and that changes everything.

Because to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me.

My Review:

Three girls, one life. For the past decade Lizzie, Betsey and Ella have been sharing the life of Elizabeth Best. One taking the morning shift, one the afternoon and the final girl being the one to take the evenings. But Lizzie is sick of having their mother control their every move. Each taking a third of the same life with none of them getting to live their own life at all. But this is the way things have been for years and their mother says it’s for their own protection – that no one can know they aren’t sisters but rather clones. When Lizzie falls in love with Sean she doesn’t want to share him with her sisters or be forced to “date” the boy their mother chose for them. So it’s time to find out just who they’re hiding from and what secrets their mother has been hiding from them…

The idea behind this book is brilliant. Ella, Betsey and Lizzie all sharing the one life and only being allowed to leave the house when their mother permits it. I’ve not read many books regarding clones and I loved how Cat Patrick approached the subject. I loved that the girls are the same and yet so completely different from each other.

Lizzie is a great narrator. She’s sweet and trying to navigate life the best way she knows how. A bit difficult when you only get a few hours each day outside. But somehow Lizzie manages to fit in with society and set herself aside from her sisters. Sean is adorable but a little too accepting and perfect to be entirely real. Betsey and Ella are fantastic at supporting Lizzie and showing how their circumstances effect all three girls. I would have loved to have read parts of this book from the sister’s perspectives but  even just with Lizzie’s thoughts this book is complete and interesting.

I loved how the characters grew throughout this book and how the plot developed as the girls learned more about where they came from and who they were. There’s a lot of mystery and tension as things get revealed and secrets come out. Sean was a great catalyst for the triplets searching for the truth and their own lives. I felt a little let down by the ending but the build up and characters more than made up for it.

I’ve not read a Cat Patrick book before but after reading the Originals and enjoying her writing style – I’ll be looking forward to reading her other books.

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Book Review: Piece of Cake by Kate Forster

Piece of Cake

Title: Piece of Cake (from the Smitten series)
Author: Kate Forster
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Realistic, Fun
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Publication Date: August 2013
Pages: 235
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
On the morning that Lola is due to fly to London, her dad’s in an accident. There’s no time to whinge about ruined plans – Lola has to just unpack her bags and act like an adult by taking over her dad’s cafe.

Finding a new chef and working seven days a week is not the gap year Lola had in mind. But then she meets Sam, a hot backpacker and cook extraordinaire with a tragic secret past.

In a whirl of perfect pastries and delicate cupcakes, Lola and Sam start to realise that it’s not just the kitchen warming up. But can their romance handle the heat?

My Review:

Lola loves nothing more than dancing the night away and creating gorgeous cupcakes. But when her father is involved in a car accident she has to step up and take responsibility for her father’s business. Cafe Ambrosia is losing business to the new coffee stop up the road and Lola need help. Luckily one of the waitresses knows a brilliant English chef named Sam, who is currently backpacking his way around Australia and can drop everything to work in Lola’s father’s kitchen.

Things are changing everywhere and Lola isn’t sure if it’s all a good thing. With bills needing to be paid, secrets which have been buried for eighteen years finally coming to light and feelings for a boy she can’t have, Lola has to grow up – and quickly.

This is such a sweet story – and not just because of the sugar filled delicacies gracing the cover. Lola is fun and creative. Whilst she may not be passionate about working in the cafe, she’s brave and would do anything she could for her dad. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to ask for help when she needed it and isn’t too proud to take advice from others. Her passion for baking is infectious and had me craving some of her pavlova inspired desserts.

Sam is a gorgeous character too – body and soul. He’s hurting and come from London to Australia to grieve and try to find himself. I loved how he interacted with Lola and the other characters in this book as well as his well-meaning intentions – he’s not afraid to take the hard road when it’s necessary. His chemistry with Lola was a delight to read. The progression of their relationship – from meeting, to friends to possibly something more was paced beautifully. I liked seeing how things would develop and looked forward to reading their shared scenes.

Babcia, David, Jane and the other supporting characters do a great job of keeping the plot flowing and adding a sense of realism to Lola’s story. These are fun characters who have a life outside of the main character and it was great to see them embrace their lives and living each day to the fullest.

I was impressed with how the plot evolved over the novel. This is not a book with any crazy plot twists and unrealistic drama. Rather – its strength lies in the authenticity of the characters and their down-to-earth problems. Kate Forster does a great job at writing a beautiful story that feels like it’s happening to friends – rather than fictional characters.

Piece of Cake is a fun and sweet novel about a young woman finding her place in the world and perhaps a chance at love too. I’ve not read any other of the Smitten series but after enjoying Piece of Cake so much I know that I’ll be reading more of this series.

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