23 October 2014

Title: Gideon Lee (The Starlight Chronicles #1)
Author: Lisa Orchard
Publisher: Eskape press, 131 pages (October 21st 2014)
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Format: e-book ARC
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Synopsis: Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?

Review: 3 stars - Lark Singer is a 17 year old girl with a passion for music and a will to succeed. She sings and plays guitar in a band with her 2 friends Bean and Stevie.
They are preparing for a competition in a few weeks time and things are becoming a bit stressful. Bean is Lark’s best friend, the one person she can talk to about everything. But recently he’s acting out of character and Lark finds herself not wanting to share her secrets with him, because he’s being secretive himself. Lark is constantly falling out with her Mum; they have as Lark describes a “rubber band relationship”. A girl at Lark’s school who would normally ignore her has started talking to her. Does she have an ulterior motive?

This coming of age novel covers a lot of different subjects. Although some are only briefly mentioned, I think teenagers will be able to relate to Lark’s struggles. Making new friends, secrets, trust issues, uncovering your true self and bullying are all things that can make your teenage years difficult. Although the book isn’t written as a diary, at some points when reading it I read it that way. Lark’s inner monologue tells us what she’s really feeling. It helps you know Lark what’s really going through her mind.

An easy to read story, Gideon Lee is the first book in The Starlight Chronicles series.  I’m intrigued to read the next book in the series and find out how the band get on in the competition; what secrets Bean is really hiding and can Lark establish a stable relationship with her mother.

A quick mention on the cover because I love it. There’s something about the girl and the guy with a guitar that I love. I also really like the cloudy background and the colours.


 


Title: Filthy Beautiful Forever (Filthy Beautiful Lies #4)
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: (January 12th, 2015)
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NOTE: This is a Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Collins Drake exercises control over all facets of his life. From his business, to satisfying his physical needs … it all happens on his command.

So when a woman shows up at his door and reminds him of a promise they made each other when they were just ten years old, it shouldn’t have the ability to rock his entire world. 

Yet it does. 

Because Mia Monroe wasn't just his childhood best friend, she wasn't just the girl he lost his virginity to and hasn't seen since, she's the one exception to his perfect control. And piece by piece, she's about to tear apart his carefully laid plans.


Filthy Beautiful Lies:


Filthy Beautiful Love: 

Filthy Beautiful Lust: Release Date Nov 10, 2014



About the Author:

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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Title: Entity (Divinity #2)
Author: Patricia Leever
Publisher: Omnific Publishing (November 11th, 2014)
Genre: Supernatural Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult"/Adult novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Sometimes I liked to imagine, just for a second, that I was plain old Evelyn with nothing better to do in the morning than lie here with her man.

But that’s not how it was. That’s not who we were...

Evelyn Brighton and Daniel Summers are demon hunters, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Or would they, given the choice again?

Los Angeles is crawling with demons in disguise, and Evelyn and Daniel are a dynamic and fearless demon-slaying duo. Under the authority of Lebriga Corporation and protection of their Divinity blades, this duo has never felt more ass-kicking against evil or more in love with each other.

But something is rotten in the state of home demonstration parties—and it’s not because a seal’s broken in the Tupperware. Beautiful Illuminations is the latest rage in home-consulting cosmetics, founded by Annabelle Simmons. But beneath the layers of makeup and human flesh lurks Anabael, a disembodied Spectoral demon that inhabits people and steals their physical form. To a spirit like that, an ageless demon hunter has a body to die for.

And Evelyn just might.

As Lebriga battles Anabael mind, body, and soul, Evelyn and Daniel must draw on the strength of their relationship to win the war against the Spectoral menace. But what if winning the war means losing their love?


About the Author:

Patricia Leever is a wife, stay­at­home mom of four and owner of one dog and one really old cat. On the average school day she runs about town like a lunatic picking up and dropping off kids and trying to find a moment of quiet to write down a word or two. She's a sci­fi geek that loves to dress up like a zombie and participate in the local zombie march down Main St. and laugh as much as possible; laughter frees the mind and heals the soul.
Live. Breathe. Write.

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22 October 2014


Title: Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1)
Author: Danielle Ellison
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press, 368 Pages (October 21st, 2014)
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Synopsis: The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.

Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

Excerpt:

62 Days Before Escape

There’s an echo as I move down the stairs and into the dark depths of Xenith’s quarters. Mint lingers around me as if he’s painted the walls with his familiar scent. In all my life, I’ve never stepped into his quarters. I know that being here means something more than I ever expected to give in this fight. There’s no turning back after this. But I can still hear Thorne’s screams in my ears, feel his pain again and again. I’m doing this for him, for my father, and for all the people the Elders have ever hurt. I have to stop them.

Xenith is hunched over a table, his blond hair falling in his face. His hand moves fiercely on the paper spread across the table. I can’t help but stare at him. He isn’t Thorne, whose beauty is simple and holistic, olive and dark, but Xenith is undeniably attractive. He has a strong chin, a sharp jawline, and blue eyes, dark and vast like the ocean. They always seemed much older than eighteen, wiser maybe, undeniable. I’ve always liked his eyes, ever since we were kids. The truth was always swirling in them, even when I didn’t want to see it.

“Neely,” he says without looking up from whatever he’s working on. “Are you lost?”

“No.”

Xenith moves the paper over to a different stack and continues writing. The pencil in his hand moves quickly and I try to see what the words are, but they aren’t in English.

“I’m here because—”

He holds up a hand to me, and I bite my lip, waiting. His hand moves across the paper on his table, never pausing and never faltering. He doesn’t look up, so I wander around the room. To my left is a shelf full of trinkets. One is a small, round glass object with faint white lines etched into it. I reach out a hand, but Xenith says my name as a warning without even looking up. I step away from it like I’ve been scolded and feel childish. Alone and lost in a big world. I move toward another shelf, this one filled with books. My fingers graze one of the spines as I wait for him to stop me. He doesn’t.

I watch him as he brushes his hair out of his eyes, leaning over the counter and writing like a madman on sheets of paper. Maybe he is a madman. A crazy, dangerous, genius of a madman. For someone who’s only eighteen, sometimes I feel like he’s so much more than I can ever be. As if he knows more than I can begin to understand.

I shouldn’t be here with him. If Thorne or my father found out, then I’ll be in more trouble. I can find another way. I step back toward the stairs and hear him slam his hand on the table. When I turn around, he has a smile on his face.

“Sorry. I was in the middle. Some things you have to finish before you can start others,” he says. He moves toward me and raises an eyebrow. “Leaving so soon?”

I shake my head. “I need to talk to you.”

He laughs. “I figured, since you’ve never set foot in my quarters before.”

“It’s important.”

Xenith nods his head at me and points at the far side of the room toward a beat-up leather couch. I lead theway, and we sit, me on the couch and him in a chair next to it. My heart dances in my chest, trying to escape or make too much noise and tell on me. I shouldn’t be here. Thorne wouldn’t like me trusting Xenith. He never has.

“Do you want a drink?”

I shake my head. “I’d rather get this over with.” My mouth is cotton, but I’m more scared of accepting anything more from him than I am about to.

“What can I do for you, Neely?”

His voice is smooth, confident. I know he’s been expecting me. Xenith has a way of knowing things that others don’t—especially with me. I inhale so a deep breath fills my lungs and calms me down, then clears my head. I’m here because I have to be.

“I need to leave the Compound,” I say. “As soon as possible.”



About the Author:

Danielle Ellison spent of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is usually drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. Danielle is also the author of SALT and STORM, a series about a snarky witch without magic. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

Find Danielle Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Title: Love and Other Theories
Author: Alexis Bass
Publisher: HarperTeen, 384 Pages (December 31st, 2014)
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Synopsis: Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel . . . and the romantic comedy.

Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak--they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.

With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss.

YAY for awesome sounding books AND debut authors! I'm really looking forward to this title.

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