October 24, 2014

Cover reveal: A Court of Thorns and Roses


I cannot wait for these books to come out! Sounds so good, looks so good, and we all know Maas' writing will be exquisite!

Beauty and the Beast blends with faerie lore in this steamy new offering from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

When nineteen-year-old Feyre plucks a forbidden rose from the ground, a wolfish creature arrives to punish her for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. And as she learns more about him, her feelings for Tamlin transform from hostility to a fiery passion. But the threats against the faerie lands are growing, and Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse . . . or lose Tamlin forever.

This first book in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series is salacious, action-packed, and impossible to put down!

October 23, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

If there is one thing you could change about Harry Potter, what would it be?

Hm... there's not much that bothers me about this series. I understand most of the time why certain events had to happen - or did not - for Harry to meet certain fate... I am not all that happy he had to live with the worst family possible. How the hell did every other relative just not exist!? I understand that paved the way he'd walk later, and shape him into who he was, but it was still a bit bothersome. I also get some of the deaths, some of the stupid decisions... the lot. But still!
Now I have no idea whether this is a character thing or a series thing... I'll just pick a moment for both of the options.

If it's about Harry the boy
Harry being so dumb/annoying/rash

Because he was really dumb. He was rash and stubborn, which got him into so much trouble. Like he needed that on top of the regular trouble that found him just because he was who he was. His feeling that he needed to help/save/solve the puzzles like they were his own exclusive problem (some where, but not all). That bothered me most - taking it all on his shoulders, than risking his life, putting himself in suspicious places and hiccups, then getting pissed about it at everyone... He made me really really mad very often, which is why he was never my favorite character in the series. Sometimes I found him too much to handle.

If it's about Harry the series
The deaths

All the bloody deaths of people, elves, animals, you name it. So many characters died, it's insane! No need for Fred, for one! Or Hedwig, for that matter. Just generally a bunch of crap.
It was so cool when we learned that Sirius is a good guy and Harry's godfather, on top it all. It meant Harry wasn't alone, he'd finally be a proper wizard living in that community with someone that loved him. It meant no more Dursleys, someone to worry over him, write to him, sign his permission etc. Plus Sirius was such a mischief they'd have loads of fun, relieve some stress Harry was feeling on daily basis... BUT NO. -.- Sirius dying is something I'll never forgive.

Oh and additionally, the lack of punishment for bad guys, like Mafoy. He was an ass all through the books, he joined Death Eaters, he committed crimes with his parents... Some things were mostly due to fear, but it had to start somewhere, when they all thought Voldemort has the right ideas and visions! So the fact that he was at the station at the end of the last book made me livid. Plus he was still pretty snotty, after Harry saved his life. Ungrateful brat. I'd lock him up.

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October 22, 2014

Ominous October Teaser: Cut Me Free by J R Johansson

Today's post is brought to you by J R Johansson, author of YA horror/thriller novels Insomnia and Paranoia. Her new standalone thriller Cut Me Free is coming out in January 2015. I am thrilled to announce that we have a teaser excerpt for you here today!

"The city embraces me. Shiny rectangles so tall I can barely make out where they end and the sky begins. They wrap me in shadow. Hiding me. Holding me. In this single moment, I feel safe here, and I don’t remember the last time I felt safe anywhere. The sun sets against an unseen horizon, but I don’t head back to the hotel. No one waits for me there.

The sounds and smells of this place are like a different world. It smells like people, so many people. I’m accustomed to the smell of emptiness, but it would be foreign in a place so full. No, it’s more than full. It is bursting with life. The scent of Rittenhouse Square fills the air around me, green and lush. I’m encircled by millions of breaths taken at once—surrounded by life. The best thing the Parents ever did for me was to go down without giving me much trouble. At least I only had to escape once. I’m not positive that they’re dead, but I certainly tried. And I really can’t think about that now.

Instead, I need to live. Everything I’ve ever known is death and pain; being drenched in life feels good.

Closing my eyes, I extend my arms and the warmth of the city flows around me, flows through me. No more pain. No more clawing fingers dying to break another bone or raise another bruise on my pale skin. No more cruel eyes and words twisting my world. Now they are dying. Now they are dead.

And I don’t regret what I’ve done.

I open my eyes and squint at the statue across from the bench I’m sitting on. It depicts a battle—fierce combat, lives at state. A massive lion crushing a serpent beneath his claw in the final victory of a fight to the death. In some ways, I relate more to these animals than to the people in the park around me. I struggle to move past my own battle, still remembering every moment of the fight for my life yet never able to celebrate the triumph.

Lifting my wrist, I check the time on my watch. It’s a digital one I found in a kids’ section of a department store. I haven’t quite figured out the twirling hands of its more confusing counterpart. And the adult ones were all loose on my too thin wrists. There aren’t many people in this section of Rittenhouse Square, and all of them were here when I arrived fifteen minutes ago. He’s late. Only five minutes, but that’s five minutes too many. There is nowhere I need to be, but it doesn’t matter. He’s my fourth attempt. The first didn’t show up. The second, I left the minute he let his eyes wander a little too freely. The third didn’t seem intelligent enough to entrust my future in her hands. If I’m going to hire this Cameron Angelo person, I need to be sure he will do what I ask, when I ask. I need to be certain he knows his business.

If this doesn’t work out, I’ll move on to the next name that my money can buy me in a shady bar or dark alley. Illegal services are easy to obtain, especially in a big city like Philadelphia. If you can find the right places to search and are okay with paying for the information, you can get anything. The books Nana used to slip me in the dead of night were more educational than I ever imagined. The ones she’d let me keep taught me the most—Flowers in the Attic, Oliver Twist, and Kidnapped. She’d been planning my escape for a long time, but neither of us thought I’d be doing it alone.

We’d shared a favorite quote. The paper that held it had been as yellowed and wrinkled as Nana’s hands, but I still wish I’d brought it with me. She’d ripped it from an old tattered book of English poets. Only two lines from a poem, but Nana said it should bring me hope.

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

I mutter the words three times under my breath, my heart holding tight to the quote with a grip stronger than my fear. There is nothing I need more right now than hope."

"I have two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than my cat, Cleo, I'm nearly drowning in testosterone. My family is a handful, but they always keep me busy and happy.

My B.S. degree is in public relations and I have a background in marketing. My abnormal psychology minor inspired many of my characters.

When I'm not writing, I love reading, playing board games, and sitting in my hot tub. My dream is that someday I'll find a way to do all three at the same time.

I currently live in a valley between majestic mountains and a beautiful lake where the sun shines nearly 300 days per year.

I'm represented by the lovely Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency."

The Night Walkers series


October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

Awesome topic! I have so many series I want to start that I haven't yet. I heard so much about these books that I hope to get to them as soon as I can. Some seem pretty old but I am very much behind, so... Here are the covers for every first book in the series:

With a few others I haven't mentioned: Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, more Rick Riordan... I have a loooooong list.

This weekly meme is from The Broke and the Bookish.

October 19, 2014

Ominous October Game: Guess the Covers + GIVEAWAY!

The first game of Ominous October is here! I hope you are having fun this month and reading some good books as well as taking breaks with spooky movies! I am a bit behind but will catch up soon!

Here are some posts we've had so far in the Ominous October event, in case you missed them:
Lauren Oliver answered some questions on her writing and newest novel Rooms, J F Jenkins talked about nightmares and writing inspirations, and Tash McAdam answered questions on her latest novella SLAM and research (that includes burning shoes!). You can also win a copy of SLAM, so check that out!

Okay, now let's play a game! I prepared eight book covers for you to guess. The winner of the game will get one of these books in paperback as a reward! I hope you are ready!

Here are some tips:
- All books are tagged 'Horror' on Goodreads
- All books are yet to come out (this year or start of 2015)
- They are both YA and Adult fiction (here I don't mean sexy, just books that are aimed at older audiences, non-teens, you sly dog!) so beware of that and don't limit yourself

New tips:
- Only 2 books are adult
- 6 of them feature humans
- 6 of them have female writers

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8

- You have to correctly guess all eight to be eligible for the prize.
- You MUST NOT post answers in the comments - we have Rafflecopter for that! Do not comment on what book you'd pick as that is also a clue for other players!
- You MUST provide book TITLE and book AUTHOR both so your entires count!
- There will be 1 (ONE) winner, and they will pick 1 (ONE) book of their choice FROM THE LIST of books IN THIS GAME.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or I pick another winner.
- I am not responsible for lost items in the post as the prize will be sent to you directly from The Book Depository.
- Open INTERNATIONALLY as long as TBD ships to you (CHECK THAT!).
- I reserve the right to disqualify anyone breaking any of these rules!

Good luck!

October 18, 2014

Book review: The Clearing

Thank you Angry Robot for the copy!

Goodreads synopsis
“This childhood nightmare never went away…”

In 1971, four boys walked into a jungle. Only three came back alive. They blamed what happened on a mythical monster, but no-one believed them. Forty years later, the truth is finally coming out…

Journalist, Nate Mason, is one of the survivors. Haunted by memories he doesn’t fully understand, he returns to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to unravel the tragic events of his childhood. Back then, as the son of a diplomat, Nate was part of an elite social circle. This included the island’s “royal family”, the De Villiers, who owned a decaying mansion deep in the jungle, staffed by the descendants of slaves.

It was here, during a weekend of whispered childhood secrets and dares, that Nate’s innocence was torn apart. But Nate’s not the only one obsessed with the demons in his past. Within hours of arriving back on the island, he becomes convinced he’s being followed. But even though he soon realizes he’s risking his sanity as well as his life, he can’t stop himself from searching for the answers he came here to find. Can childhood nightmares haunt you for the rest of your life?

How much do you need to believe in a monster for it to become real?

I love the synopsis for this book. It's spooky, sinister, and happening in the Caribbean! I don't think I read a book set there at all before and I was most excited for that. It just sounds so different and so appealing at the same time.
The writing was very well done. It was easy to read, but it was also fluid and so vivid, I could imagine the island and the people very easily. There was a mix of present and past and it was all well connected, spaced apart but it all made sense. I really enjoyed the book because no matter the period the book was describing, it was always interesting and there was always this build-up to something that slowly approached the peak as you near the end of the story. Sometimes it was just a bit too descriptive and made me think that I do in fact know how pulling pants up works so no need for two paragraphs of that, but other than that it was an easy engaging read.
The book absolutely surpassed my expectations even though I didn't have a bad thought before starting this novel. I loved the descriptions, the anticipation, the new-to-me world and legends, that was probably the best part. And it seemed so real and pristine, probable because the author himself lived part of his life in the Caribbean! It's a wonderfully mysterious story that feels alive!
The characters were quite diverse which I loved. The setting provided for an equally present black and white characters, it was a nice tie and it was really good reading such a diverse book without flouncing it around that it was diverse. I was a bit bothered by the actions of those boys between 11 and 13 because they acted too mature, and I felt that they weren't channeled as boys the right way, but other than that, the characters were good.
The only other thing that bothered me was the lack of scary factor. I thought it'll be far more spooky to read this book, especially with the dark magic jumbo that seemed to be happening on the island. It was constantly peaking and approaching this hight point, and then nothing big happened. The ending was well done though, because it was the 'was this really how it happened?' sort of ending that gets you thinking, and I really wanted the magic or whatever part to be true! But I still found the story a bit flat in horror department. I also expected most of the things that happened so it made it a bit less exciting. It did nicely show that in the end, the one true evil that humans face are other humans which I liked a lot. 
All in all, it's an engaging read, but a bit too mellow. If you are just starting the spooky books business because you are too scared to read them otherwise, this would be a great start!

A good read!

October 16, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Where would you live as a witch/wizard?

I think I'd prefer either all-magical village or something where Muggles live harmoniously along with wizards. So either Godric's Hollow, that would be totally cool, or Ottery St. Catchpole, like Weasleys and sort of Lovegoods as well. As much as it'd be nice and convenient to live someplace near needed amenities, we would be wizards and would therefore be able to apparate or floo around. 
I think as a wizard, living more on the countryside and with vast amounts of space around is preferred as we'd love to play Quidditch around the house and such. City living could be magically approved (like Grimmauld place) but I've always been a country lass anyway so...

Magical Countryside
(aka The Burrow, under some bed - not too fussy as long as it's not Percy's)

Wizard villages are places in which wizards and witches live in secret. They may or may not be inside a Muggle village, but most likely are. Or, as Hermione Granger once said, "communities within a community". After the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy was enacted in 1689, wizards and witches had to find places to live without muggles bothering them, so they made villages where they could live together in peace. The only all-wizard village in Britain is Hogsmeade, which is located near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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