Friday, December 21, 2012

Blind to Men - Review

Happy Friday!
I'm still waiting the end of the world :) However, I'm so happy we are still here... let us read, dance and have fun all day long.

Today I have a new review. I won this one a few months ago in a giveaway, I decided to read it yesterday and it's so short that only took me a few hours to read it.

Blind to Men
by Chris Lange

The day has come for Anya to reclaim her life. Protected by an Amazon, she must go to legendary Palance, the city of her dreams.
She has to leave her home without even knowing she was cursed at birth.
She is blind to men. She can’t see them, and they can’t see her.
Except one.

(for readers +18 or younger who like this genre).


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even if you are not a fan of this genre you should read this book. It has a beautiful prose and a really good story.

Blind to Men is the story of Anya, a girl who has been cursed by an evil witch. She cannot see or hear about men, which leads for her to think she goes deaf at times.

When Kylor comes to take her to the palace, her life is put upside down. During their journey she will discover a lot of about her past, the curse and what it has to be done to break it. Side by side with Kylor she will discover a world of passion and pleasure.

Anya is so adorable, funny, curious, everything about her is lovely. She may seem like a naive girl, but she is also really strong and willing.

Just imagine the posibility of not being able to see men and hear about them is really funny and Chris makes an excellent work creating this world of fantasy that never cease to amuse you. There were a lot of moments that made me laugh almost to tears because Anya's reactions and dialogues are too funny.

Like I say, even if you are not a fan of the genre, the eroticism in the book is well used, is never tacky and is wonderfully written.

A short story with great characters that surely will put a smile on your face.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stealing Breath - Review

It's almost the end of the week.
Here is raining today :) which is the perfect excuse to stay in reading.

I have to thank Joanne for the copy of her book.

Stealing Breath
by Joanne Brothwell.

Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning? Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence. Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.



My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Magic, power, stealers of souls and a new guy, all mixed to create a good paranormal book. Stealing Breath has all the ingredients to create a sexy, thrilling and exciting story.

A book that start really fast without further preamble when Sarah is attacked in an abandoned house, escaping thanks to a secret ability, she meets immediately Evan. New in town, Evan is a sexy man who comes to her life only to bring in love and danger.

The book moves to some crucial revelations and the action begins. Sarah discovers a whole new world where Skinwalkers (very danger people) are real and a threat to her because she is more special than everyone thinks. An ancient power is after her and we are drag into a turbulent ride of magic, auras and souls, special abilities, spells and much more.

Evan is this mysterious guy who rapidly falls in love with her and will become part of the action. A secret side of him is revealed and Sarah has to face danger from the most unexpected places, great evil and the scariest nightmares, all of which helps Sarah become a very strong woman.

Stealing Breath is a fast and really electrifying book. The story moves very fast, the bad guys are put out in the open very soon and the whole book Sarah is fighting against them.

The romantic side of the story is really good to read, the love grows faster than you expect but it only adds more condiment to the story. The love between Sarah and Evan is really intense and strong, creating a bond that will help them through the hardest times.

A couple things that could have been better, for example we don’t know much about Sarah and for moments I forgot about her family. She is supposed to have both parents and I understand that she is an adult but a lot happens in her life and her family doesn’t hear about that.

It has a good ending but we have to wait for book two because there are a few things unsolved. Overall, a good reading with a solid base (a bit overwhelming at times).

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


It’s Embrace’s Book Birthday and to celebrate the success of her debut novel Cherie Colyer is giving away a copy of her book plus swag.

Before we get to that, here is a brief excerpt and some information about Embrace.

“I’m beginning to realize I’d do whatever it took to keep someone I care about safe—expose what I am, harness my anger, let my darker side take over. That’s one promise I know I can make without regret.”
I was about to protest when he then asked, “What about you? Just what are your feelings toward me?” I must have hesitated because he laughed, light and warm, yet there was a bitter edge to it. “I just told you I’d embrace the dark to protect you, and you still can’t open up to me?”
by Cherie Colyer

How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta - Review & Interview

OMG!!! I loved this book. I am now a fan of Heidi Acosta and I'll be waiting for the next book in this series.
Just keep reading to know more about Barbie Girl and the author.

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if...moreT dgfdThe only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.
The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him. 
But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you ever judged someone by what other people say about them? There is a saying that goes like: Never have to judge a book by its cover and I think it applies to people too. Not everyone is who they seem to be. Barbie Girl is one of those books that you can't put down. A sweet romance with a lot of drama and a rollercoaster of emotions.

Barbie needs a tutor and she asks Dylan for help. Dylan thinks Barbie is nothing but troubles but he is in love with Katie and Barbie can help him get the perfect girl. Since the first moment they set eyes on each other, nothing will be the same for them.

Barbie is the school slut, but appearances are only that. People can say what they want. Barbie has spent her life building walls around herself so nobody gets closer to her and she keeps her life as a secret. Her mother, her little brother and some really awful situations are a world that only Barbie sees.

Dylan is nerdy guy with a hot look. With an average life, a little sister, his best friend, he is trying to go through high school and has been in love with Katie for a while. He and Third are inseparable until Barbie comes to scene. Third is the funnier character of all. He is such a lovely guy with an incredible sense of humor. He surprises at times and takes a relevant part in the story, breaking with the classic best friend role.

The book moves really fast. The relationship between Barbie and Dylan evolves in a wonderful way, is a cliché in some aspect but is beautiful and romantic. They are perfect for each other, even if they don’t know it. Read about how they deal with these unknown feelings is the best part of the book.

There were moments where you hate Dylan for the way he reacts but is perfectly understandable. It feels real and natural. And Barbie too makes some decisions that are terrible. But those things only make them more real, more humans, people are not perfect and neither are any of the characters.

Barbie has a really tough life and the author makes a wonderful job portraying some situations which are really hard to read. Despite it seems a simple romance this book is deep and explores some realities that we don’t see regularly.

It has a very good resolution with a great ending. The end… what a cliffhanger! It leaves you waiting for book two and biting your nails.


Ruth: What inspired you to write Barbie Girl?
Heidi: Barbie was originally a character in another novel I was working on. She had a very small part. She was, uh hmm… well, she was messing around with the main character. She was such a strong character that she stuck with me. I wanted to know why she was the way she was. I obsessed over her for a few days. It was not until I met a friend for coffee and was telling her about Barbie, that she said I had to write her story. Once I started, I couldn’t stop writing about her.

Ruth: How long took you to write it?
Heidi: 3 months, total. 2 months to write, and one month of editing.

Ruth: When did you decide to write more than one book about her and this world?
Heidi: At first, it was only going to be one book. It was not until I got into the nitty gritty of her story that I knew that one book just would not be enough to tell her whole story.

Ruth: How was to create a character like Barbie?
Heidi: Barbie was so much fun to write. She is just herself. She does not care what other people think. One of my favorite parts of writing her was imagining the clothes she wore. She is such a strong character, that strength comes from her drive for the people she loves. You see it with her brother and the way she takes care of him, but also with her mother. Even though she hates what her mother is doing, she still loves her. As for Dylan, she wants him, but knows that she is not right for him.

Ruth: Are Barbie or Dylan based on any real person?
Heidi: Completely fictional. They both have traces of people in my life, but they are completely themselves.

Ruth: There were moments that almost made me cry. How was to write about all the emotions and feelings Barbie has to face?
Heidi: Sometimes it was really hard for me, because I was so emotionally attached to her. I felt what she was feeling. When she was emotionally high, I was right there with her. When she hit low points, I was low too. My husband learned quickly that if I was in a bad mood, something was going on with Barbie. Poor guy! Lol!

Ruth: Did you ever get upset or mad at any of the characters? (For example Barbie’s mother).
Heidi: I never got mad at her mother. I was frustrated with her and wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up and be a mother, but I was never angry with her. There is a reason she is the way she is. However I did get mad at Dylan. I was like, “You stupid boy! Don’t you see what Barbie is? Don’t you know what you have?”

Ruth: Is there anything you like to change about the book?
Heidi: No, I think it had to be told the way it was. There are people really dealing with the issues that Barbie has to deal with. I wanted it to be told that addiction hurts everyone involved.

Ruth: I saw that you are planning to write 4 books in the series, all of them are going to be about Barbie?
Heidi: The second book is Barbie’s story. The other three are other characters from Barbie Girl. Barbie will make an appearance in all the books, but they are not her story. The third book is Katie’s story. The fourth is a character you will meet in Barbie World. I am also planning on writing a fifth book about Everett.
Ruth: Can we know a little about what is going to happen in book 2?
HEIDI: I can tell you this. Barbie World is going to be another emotional rollercoaster. We will learn a little about Barbie’s mother. We will also see Dylan fight for Barbie in the second book. He lost her once and is not about to lose her again!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Best Camp Counselor in the World - Review

Short stories are a good way to travel somewhere, to know new characters and learn or remember some lessons. The best about short stories is that they don't take long and you can read them anywhere at any time.

Today I have to thanks Mike for the copy of his short funny story :)

The Best Camp Counselor in the World
by Mike Ronny.

About the book.
It’s summer 1988 and camp counselor Eddie Fleming’s facing rowdy children, a crazed cabinmate and the return of a dangerous, long-lost enemy.
Then there’s Erika, a gorgeous fellow counselor who seems to like him. Eddie’s girlfriend is miles away, after all, and she doesn’t know what goes on at camp, right?


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Best Camp Counselor in the World is a short, fun, loving story.

In 1988 Eddie is back as a Counselor in summer camp. His girlfriend does not understand why he keeps returning every year. For him this place has become a part of who he is.

Eddie is a twentyish boy working in his uncle’s shop, with an adorable girlfriend, living a quiet life. At camp he meets Ken and Erika, two other counselors, and with them will form an entertaining trio.

This year camp will not be the same; Eddie will have the opportunity to remember some important lessons about friendship, trust, the value of working with kids and the importance of being a good example for them.

Mike Ronny does a good job portraying the 80s lifestyle, the calm and peace wich used to accompany people's life. Mike creates a sweet and funny character to match a story that has the same level of energy during the whole book.

The book has a few higher moments, especially when the son of his former enemy appears and the whole Erika’s situation, but in general has a smooth rhythm.

In my opinion the first part is much funnier than the second. The last half is more a reminder of some values and messages given through Eddie's actions.

Overall is a good, entertaining book recommendable for adults that like fast and funny reading.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The New Kid - Review

December is turning out to be a great month. I've read more books than ever :)

Today I bring the first book in a trilogy written by Temple Mathews. Thanks to Netgalley I got a copy for review.

The New Kid (New Kid # 1)
by Temple Mathews.

Will Hunter is used to being the New Kid; Harrisburg High School is his fifth new school in less than three years. By now, he knows not to be fooled by the bright pep rallies, the wholesome jocks, the innocent cheerleaders. He knows the evil lurking underneath. It's the same evil that took his dad eight years ago: the same evil he battles every day.
Natalie Holand's life fell apart the night her sister Emily disappeared. No one believes her when she tells them what she saw: yellow and green eyes, glowing beneath the surface of the water in which Emily supposedly drowned.
And Emily isn't the only person to go missing in Harrisburg lately. The town is changing, not for the better, and Natalie doesn't know why. What she does know is that, whatever's happening, it's bad, and the New Kid is right in the middle of it. Because Will's got a secret even bigger than Harrisburg's . . . and there's more to it than even he knows.



My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The New Kid has the potential to be the beginning of a great series. A young demon hunter, The Prince of Darkness, the damsel in danger and a lot of blood, make this a good book.

Will has move a lot in the last three years. He is not a normal teenager boy, he does not expend his afternoons like most kids and he has to face situations that would scare to death most people. He is a demon hunter.

Will has just moved into Harrisburg and since the moment he takes a step into the high school building, his life starts to change. He used to live by certain rules, staying away from people, but this time it won’t work. After saving Rudy, the little guy will follow him everywhere. And to make things worse, Natalie will join them to form an interesting trio. Natalie has lost his twin sister in a strange episode and she will do anything to find her. She and Will start to get closer and closer which will lead to a great part of the story.

It’s good to read a book with a male character as the leader. We are used to strong women and a change is always good. Will is an interesting character, he is a bit temperamental, aggressive but has a nice side too.

The book has a lot of action and most of the time looks like a good scary movie or some wicked video game. There is blood and punches everywhere, Will and the demons are not afraid of getting dirty. Will is a genius creating weapons to kill darkness. The book gives you a thrilling sensation that will hook you since the first page.

However, the book describes some stereotyped demons. I don’t understand why the bad guys have to wear black and leather, listen to Goth music and look like some cliché. If we change the way they look, we would have the meanest young demons ever.

The book moves really fast. We have fights in every chapter, a lot of chasing and the end arrives pretty soon. The end is good but it has some parts which are predictable (for example who Will really is).

The New Kid has real potential to be a great series.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blurry - Review & Interview

Today I welcome author Sherri Fulmer.
She has kindly provided an interview. And I had the pleasure to read and review her book.
Just keep reading to find out more about it!

 by Sherri Fulmer Moorer.

ABOUT THE BOOK.What happens when Little Miss Perfect's life is turned upside down?
Rachel Shull is about to find out. A year ago she broke up with her boyfriend, Danny, over suspicions that he was hiding something from her. Now Rachel's life is full of accomplishment, achievement, friends, and even a boyfriend. It all seems perfect, until a childhood friend dies in a tragic accident.
When it's discovered that Danny had a heated argument with Kirsten shortly before her death, suspicions about his double life resurface.
As the case unfolds and tragedy strikes people close to Rachel, she discovers that Danny isn't the only one with dangerous secrets.
Life in the small town of Woodland, South Carolina becomes blurry with lies and deceit, and Rachel finds herself questioning everybody; even her new boyfriend.




My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What if the perfect world you live in, somehow started to fall into pieces? Rachel is about to find out that her friends have more secret than she knows. After her ex best friend died in a tragic accident, things won’t be the same.

Rachel is a sweet girl, band member, perfect in almost everything. While coursing her final semester at school, she is counting the days to finally go to college. After the death of Kristen things get turbulent. With a new boyfriend and her group falling apart, Rachel has to face some hard times.

Blurry presents a group of friends of different ages. Some of them are Jason, Sasha, Natalie, Zeke and Danny (he is not actually a friend of them but he’s part of the groups of characters). The first time the characters are introduce I had a hard time figuring out whom was who, there were many and it was difficult to keep track of them. As the book moves on, it was easier to difference one young from another.

Is true that some characters lack personality or they aren’t describe in deepness but the main ones like Rachel and Jason are fine. Maybe it would have been interesting to read something from the bad guy point of view. Perhaps a scene from his side could help us understand him a bit more.
The book has some high points, especially with some deaths and accidents. These moments are quite entertaining and made the reading more interesting. However, in my opinion it was obvious who was behind some of the accidents but "the why" was a good surprise.

The end was the best part, aside from who was the villain; “the why” was a good twist. It feels like a solid argument and it makes Blurry a better book.

Overall it is a good reading and I recommend to those who like friendship, secrets and twist in their books.

1 – What would you say if you had to describe "Blurry" in one sentence?
Sherri : Little Miss Perfect’s life is turned upside down by the lies and deceit of those she trust the most – and the least!
2 – What was your inspiration to write "Blurry"?
Sherri: The inspiration was dreams I had while my husband and I built our home. I had recurring dreams about being in high school and college. I had been thinking about writing a young adult novel for a while, and those memories came together into a plot that I knew was the novel I had wanted to write for so long.
3 – How long took you to write it?
Sherri: It took about two years from start to finish. I did a lot of rewrites and edits.
4 – How was to create a group of young people dealing with such hard times?
Sherri: It took some work. I never faced anything like this as a teen, so it took some stretching, both to get in touch with my adolescent self and to imagine how I would react if I faced such situations at age 16, 17, or 18. I read a lot of young adult mysteries when I was a teen, and I actually re-read many of them while I was in the process of working on Blurry.
5 – Was it difficult to write some of the accidents or deaths?
Sherri: Yes it was. I liked all of the characters in that book and it was hard to kill them off. One in particular really troubled me. I spent three days trying to figure out how to get the plot moving without killing this character off, but in the end I realized I was at an impasse if I didn’t do it. I remembered reading an interview with Stephen King one time when he said readers complained about a character getting hurt in one of his novels and he said “but I made them up! They weren’t real, so nobody really got hurt.” I forged ahead with that in mind but it was still hard because I really did like that character and hated for them not to make it to “happily ever after.”
6 – Did you get inspired by any real person to create any of the characters?
Sherri: I wouldn’t say it was one person. It was a combination of people I’ve known, situations I’ve faced, and experiences others shared with me that inspired Blurry. That’s how most of my novels are inspired.
7 – Did you have to do a research to learn about the clandestine racing world?
Sherri: I did have to research it. Street racing is more popular on the west coast, but I brought it here because it’s somewhat unique and is something that young people would find appealing.  Although drug use, family problems, and cheating boyfriends/girlfriends are more common problems amongst teens (and problems I faced myself), I wanted to stay away from the same old cliché problems and bring in a new element that hasn’t been done quite so much.
8 – What was your main goal when you decided to write "Blurry"? There was any message you wanted to transmit?
Sherri: That honesty and integrity always win out in the end. If you stick to your morals and do what’s right, you may suffer for a little while but you’ll always do best in the end. All of the characters in Blurry suffered, but the ones that refused to cave in to “what everybody else is doing” and stuck to what was right fared best.
9 – Are you currently working in something new? Can we know what it is about?
Sherri: “Be careful what you wish for.” That’s the tagline for my current work in progress, Move. It’s about a thirty year old woman named Ruby that’s stuck in a life rut and keeps failing in her attempts to move ahead. In her frustration, she unknowingly makes a deal with a djinn (genie) who takes the concept of reaping and sowing to a dangerous extreme. His help traumatizes the small town of Tanger Falls, Tennessee and cause a chain reaction of problems that leave Ruby in the center of false accusations and suspicion. I’m having a lot of fun working on this novel.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blues in the Wind-Revisited - Review & Interview

Happy Sunday!
Today I welcome author Whitney J. LeBlanc.
He was kind enough to send me a copy of his book and also has provided an interesting interview.
Keep reading to learn more about him and his book.

by Whitney J. LeBlanc

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tales of the Macabre - Review

Thanks to Netgalley we all have the opportunity to read some excellent books.
Today I have the honor to review one of those book that all book lovers should have.

by Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire (contributor), Benjamin Lacombe (Illustrator).


A luxurious edition of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s best works, lavishly illustrated with macabre style by Benjamin Lacombe. From The Black Cat and the Tell Tale Heart to The Fall of the House of Usher, along with Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works.

Published by Archaia Entertainment.

(I received a review e-copy from the publisher via Netgalley).


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is hard to rate a classic. And when the author is Edgar Allan Poe there is not much you can say that hasn't been told. Tales of the Macabre gathers some of the best tales by Poe and creates a wonderful world with the help of the illustrations of Benjamin Lacombe.

There are many reasons why Edgar Allan Poe is considered a classic of literature, a master in his area. And these tales show us why he keeps alive nowadays. With stories like Berenice, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat or Morella, his words have the power of give us chills and keep us awake at night.

And the best part is that this edition combines Poe’s stories with the work of Benjamin Lacombe.
Benjamin deserves the greatest round of applause because he has the ability to capture Poe essence and create the most wonderful illustrations. You can feel and see Poe’s influence in his creations and it is impossible not to stay lookin at each piece more than a minute by how perfect each one is. The drawings will catch you and will immerse you in a dark and scary world.

To create a more complete work, this edition has Charles Baudelaire’s essay on Poe’s life and works. An essay that will help you understand more about what lay behind some of Poe’s characters and is also a opportunity to get to known him.

If you want the complete list of the tales included in this edition here it is:
  1. Berenice
  2. The Black Cat
  3. The Island of the Fay
  4. The tell-tale heart
  5. The Fall of the House of Usher
  6. The Oval Portrait
  7. Morella
  8. Ligeia

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Luminaire - Review :)

It's time for a new review!!!
Luminaire is book 2 in an excellent series written by Ciye Cho. You can see the review for book 1: HERE.

There are so many reason why I loved this series! Just keep reading and learn more about it :)
I have to thank Ciye for the copy :)
LUMINAIRE (Florence Waverley # 2)
by Ciye Cho
 Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.
The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?
Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.
("Luminaire" is the second book in the Florence Waverley series.)



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luminaire is the perfect sequel in the adventures of Florence. After seeing this young girl discover the wonderful world of Niemela, now in book two we see her confront the scariest creatures and discover her place in the mermaids’ world.

Florence has decided to stay in Niemela. Ron is avoiding her and she feels more out of place than ever. And now she has offered to enter the Life Path tournament just to help Yolee.

The Maze where the tournament takes place is the ultimate test for Florence fears. There she- among the other novices- has to face the Darkness and some evil mermaids. All the chapters that tell the adventures inside the Maze are really intriguing, full of action and danger. All of these facts make it hard to put the read down.

In Luminaire we get to know more about Florence’s past and we see more sides of her personality. It is really easy to love her and feel relate to her. She is just a really strong, beautiful and loving girl living in a different place.

Rolan is still learning to be the King and the weight of this position is hard to bear. The feelings he has for Florence are totally new for him and are part of the greatness of the book. Their relationship is evolving and is good to see how they both deal with it.

Two new characters appear in this book, Wynn and Marilenna that complete the group along with Florence and Yolee. They are so funny and totally opposites. Wynn is a sweet, intelligent guy and Marilenna is a tough girl with a big attitude. And Yolee continues being the most adorable girl in the books.

The thing I love the most about this series is how well described the bottom of the ocean is. You can picture the colors, the forms, the variety of life and even the smells. Ciye Cho has the ability to put into words a fantastic world that never ceased to amaze you. Everything seems real and is easy to immerse in an exciting realm.

A fast and thrilling book with a rollercoaster of emotion that will leave you waiting for more.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Jealousy Glass - Blog blitz

The Jealousy Glass  is out :)
The Jealosy Glass (Artifacts of Empire #2) is book two in  the series written by Gwen Perkins.
Here is all the info you need. Make sure to check it out :)



"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia.  And it seems the war has come to us."

Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia's new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur. Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.

Will they be able to uncover an assassin's plot before it's too late? Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission? Will Cercia survive its own revolution? In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.



Gwen is hosting a giveaway for the first book at Goodreads. Make sure to enter. It's an autographed, first edition paperback of The Universal Mirror.
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The giveaway officially ends on December 21, 2012.

Gwen Perkins is a museum curator with a MA in Military History from Norwich University. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications.
Her interest in history fueled the creation of the world of The Universal Mirror, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods.



From Chapter 1

The white monster swooped down.
All that Asahel could see was a cloud of pale feathers as the Rukh lashed out at the cannon that had fired.  Screams throbbed around him as the Rukh lifted, golden talons now rusted with blood.  Broken bodies lay on the wood, ribs smashed by the weight of unearthly claws.  The men were too distant for Asahel to put faces to as he fell to the deck, heart pounding at the sound of the wings beating once more.
The Rukh dove again, its beak rending the ship's prow.  The heavy timbers cracked like bones against the pressure.  A slow tearing sound cut through the haze of chaos settling over the ship as panic took hold.  Spice spilled out of the hold the beast had torn open.  Pungent scents of oil and cedar clouded the air as chests smashed against the bow, breaking apart into the water below.
Asahel crawled on his knees toward the heart of the battle, his eyes stinging red from the spices in the air.  The Rukh thrashed as another cannon fired its shot, black powder belching into the fading light.  Angry cries from the monster above filled his ears as it lurched down, plucking a sailor off the deck and squeezing its talons tightly around the man's midsection.  Another series of screams began as the ship's port side blazed into flames, but he kept moving toward starboard, trying to reach the first cannon that had been fired.

Zuane!"  He called, hoping that the captain was near.  When that failed, Asahel shouted out for others.  "Felix!  Nicolas!"  His knee edged forward as he crawled, the coarse wool of his trousers suddenly damp.  He looked down to see the blood of the fallen pooling in the cracks of the boards.
He was near the side of the Serenissma.  Asahel stood, crouching each time the Rukh let out another shriek.  Black smoke surrounded him, choking his lungs as he turned.  The white beast had grown dim as the wall of fire leapt up, flames feeding on the ship's planking.
Asahel turned but did not see who could have called him.           

"Where are you?"  He whispered, afraid to raise his voice.  He saw a pair of hands gripping the railing.  He reached out, his own strong fingers clutching them and pulling the man toward the deck.  He could feel Felix shudder as he came up over the rail, his thin body battered.  The older man began to cough almost immediately as Asahel helped him back to the deck.  They stared through the flames at the carnage.           

The Serenissma wrenched sharply to the right.  The Rukh cawed as it rose, white wings blotting out what was left of the sun.  Water splashed across the wood, shooting up from the hold as the lower decks flooded.           

"We've got to get out of here," Asahel said.           

"There's no rafts." Felix coughed and leaned back against the rail.  His eyes were bright with a fear the other man had never seen.             

"Aye."  The fire was close enough to warm them both.  Which will it be?  Asahel thought.  Burning or drowning?           

"I can't swim."           

"Sure, and now you tell me."  Asahel steadied his expression for Felix's sake, more nervous than he let on.  The Soames family had been merchants and traders for generations.  Unlike Felix, Asahel had been raised at water's edge.           

"I never expected it to come up."  Felix grimaced.  "I know.  We're on a boat.  Clearly, I was being an optimist."           

"Ship," Asahel corrected gently, looking over his shoulder at the waves.           

"Grave—if we don't do something shortly."  Felix inhaled, his body clenched as he turned his back on the flames.  The Serenissma was moving downwards rapidly.  The remaining sailors leapt from the deck, disappearing into the churning tides as they plummeted through the darkness.  He looked at Asahel, his mouth twisting into a crooked grin.  "No time like the present."           

Felix climbed back up on the railing, sweat trickling down his forehead, his skin mottled with bruise and shadow.  Asahel followed, his own ungainly body slower to take action.  The two men looked at one another a last time, then back at the burning ship.           

With one breath, they jumped. 

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