Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One Pink Line - Review

It only took me 4 hours to read this book. I couldn't put it down, every word slipped me more and more into the story and the hours flew by. It was a fantastic way to end the week and now I have a new favorite book.  
Every now and then a book show up and somehow makes you stay up after your bedtime and after finish it, you are left with the feeling that you are not the same and a smile is set on your face. One Pink Line did that for me.... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

I have to thank Dina Silver for sending me a copy of her book and and also to Netgalley.

One Pink Line
Dina Silver

Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line?
This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there's Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.
Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It's a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.

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MY REVIEW.
 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One Pink Line is the story of Sydney and the choices she made on the first years of her adulthood. We meet her right after her graduation from high school. She falls in love with Ethan, this sweet perfect guy and their romance begins. After spending a fantastic summer together they embark to different colleges. Being apart will be a challenge and during four years they will manage to keep the romance going on. Things take a rough path when Sydney ends up pregnant. A simple pink line will change their lives (I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll stop here).

This book is one of those stories that will make you cry, laugh and sometimes do both things at once. A story about love, life changing decisions, forgiveness, friendship, family and above all about how we decide to confront the rocks that life throws on our way.

Sydney is this girl in her twenties, fun, outspoken, who likes to party but is also a great friend and a good student. A character that is far from being a flawless person, with high and lows, she turns out to be more human and real that you would have imagined.

Ethan is a sweet guy, almost perfect at times who loves Sydney more than anything. It’s true that he is a character without a profound personality, his description and actions only lets us see what meets the eye but the story is not about him. His actions and dialogues allow picturing him enough to complete the story and it’s difficult not to love him.

Grace deserves to be mentioned. Her dilemma and the curiosity about her conception are natural and sometimes are the engine that moves the reader to keep going through pages, because as she you want to know more. There are other characters which should be named like Sydney’s family, her mother and sister, her friends and others; each one is great in their role.

With a dual point of view and two different timelines, we navigate between past and present. Is great to have the opportunity to witness the effects of the choices made or the other way around, to have the chance to go back in time to discover why the things are the way they are.

One Pink Line is a book with a written style that makes the reader feel and experience every emotion. A book for the romance lovers and the new adult audience (and others as well).

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wolf Sirens - Interview with Tina Smith

Hello and welcome to day 3 of Wolf Sirens Blog Tour.
Now it's time for a fun interview with the author Tina Smith.

REVIEW FOR BOOK 1: HERE.
REVIEW  FOR BOOK 2: HERE.
 
Keep reading to find out more.

*****
INTERVIEW WITH TINA SMITH.

Q: What inspired you to write Wolf Sirens?
Tina: I love paranormal because it has a harder edge than straight fantasy. In high school I read a werewolf book and I thought I like that! But it needed more, and then twilight came out and blew my mind.  So I channeled my imagination and love of fantasy and parts of my life and somehow made this great story full of myth and desire. 

Q: How long did it take you to write each book? 
Tina: At least three years for the first book, it took two years to write a rough draft of almost both books and then another year to edit the first and fill in details and cut unnecessary stuff. By then I got a lot quicker and edited and filled out book two Fever much more quickly and while I edited that I wrote bits of WS3. 

Q: Why did you decided to self-publish your books?
Tina: It was easier, or so I thought. I was inexperienced and while I was organizing and researching publishing Indie style and traditional and getting rejected by agents I heard about the success of Shades of Grey and I was like that’s it I am self publishing! Then I learnt about Amanda Hocking after I had published. 

Q: How was it that you came to include mythology in your books? 
Tina: I’m not sure really, hard work? Most of the legend I filled out after the book was roughly drafted. I had been listening to stories about Artemis and I researched her because I thought she was really cool. 

Q:
 How was the process of creating each character? Are any of them based on real people? 
Tina: Lila is pretty much a younger more together less intense version of me, with less quirks. Sky is based on an old boyfriend and Cres on an old friend of mine. But don’t tell them that!

Q: Lila has a secret past and not much is told about it. Are you planning to reveal more of her past or do you think that what was said is enough? 
Tina: I think we have heard enough about her past. That would be a different edgier tale without werewolves or anything out of mundane normality. Just a young chick with a bad attitude having fights at school and acting out because her home life is unstable. Throw in a crush, a bad ass older brother and some illegal substances and you’d have the story – in fact it doesn’t sound too bad...

Q: How was it to deal with all the feelings and emotions present in the books? Because some of them are really strong. 
Tina: Easy in a way because like I said I am fairly intense myself – so I just had to dip into the well. I’m a Piscean and I have been through a lot of torment – most self inflicted. 

Q: Lila has a transformation, between book one and book two, she becomes this darker version of herself. How was it to write about that? 
Tina: Great. I loved it, she became my evil doppleganger. She was easier to write for I guess, because I could relate to her more in Fever. It’s like as you get older the more you shut down. The less emotional she was, the simpler she was to write for. And she gets darker as you might imagine because she has to harden up to deal with being a huntress in a dog eat dog world. She gets progressively angrier. But don’t worry I am going somewhere with it all. 

Q: Wolf Sirens Fever has a darker tone than the first one. Was it something you search for or it just happened? 
Tina: It was organic, and deliberate. It’s was all part of her metamorphosis into the huntress. I love seeing how she is going to become a hardened war machine – but the twist is she has feelings and she might be able to cover them but she is still human and vulnerable and in love. I think maybe she will learn it’s okay to be that way because love is more powerful than anything. 

Q: What can we expect from the third book? 
Tina: Aha! Lots. I plan on doing six. So we will be mid way in the story line. I am introducing more characters – wolves primarily. The baddies (the Cult pack) have to be taken out. We learn about them. In all, the story leads Lila into a situation (no spoilers). She is reunited with someone (no clues here). Some heads will roll, some will die some will live and there is a surprise, but that will be blown out of the water by WS4. 
  
Quick test: 
  • Would you like to be a werewolf? Yes, I think it would be liberating and fun.  
  • Would you like to meet a werewolf? No, not unless he is super hot. 
  • Favorite male character? Sky, he’s hot and brooding and so in love with Lila.  
  • Favorite feminine character? Cres, she is fierce. 
  • If you were The Hunter, who would you kill first? Sam, I would blow her brains out. :) Then Narine, she causes some big problems further down the line.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wolf Sirens: Fever (Review)

Welcome to the Wolf Sirens Blog Tour.  It's time for DAY 2. 
As you know, I'll be posting a review for each book (one per day) and on day 3.... I will feature a wonderful interview with Tina and an awesome GIVEAWAY!!!!!
So now you know, keep visiting my blog and find out more about this wonderful series. 

You can read the review for book 1: HERE.

Wolf Sirens: Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn.
 by Tina Smith
 
Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire…
A shadow has fallen over the heart lands of myth and reality. Prophecy says Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the enemy and the predestined struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rival.
The wolves and hunters are cursed to a mutual attraction, powerful enough to tear two worlds apart. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief.
Devastated Lila trains tirelessly as the chaste assassin never conquered by love. Forsaken, she must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.
But is it love or revenge which motivates her?
Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The history of the wolf pack is revealed and the intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. Devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.
If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will.

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*******  
MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After falling in the darkness, Lila is back, stronger and with thirst for revenge. Wolf Sirens Fever starts right where the first book ended, this sequel is darker and more exciting and above all this book shows us the breaking point in Lila’s life.

This is not the typical sequel where we continue the story of the previous characters. In order to really comprehend how we got here, the author takes the opportunity to tell the story of several characters, making the book a mix of present and past. A wonderful journey through different moments in time and their intersections, showing us the scenes that define the present as we know it.

Mythology is more present than ever, in this installment the magic behind the wolves creation is present on each chapter giving the series a magical atmosphere.

Each story is different but they all are intense and exciting to read. Getting to know the past, the secrets, and the essence of the characters really helps to create a wider and complete idea of this world and the people in it. It makes them more solid and real.

When I say this book is darker I’m referring to the process Lila is living. We see her going through a hard time, doing her best to figure out her destiny and discovering some major life changing truths. She is in a dark hole and it will take a lot of determination and the desire to finding the true to getting out of there.

Cresida is now a major character. She is there for Lila and will be the key to the story. Ray takes a different role than the first book and new characters will be added to the story.

The book can we divided in two parts. The first part is much sadder than the second, with lots of regression into the past and with Lila almost as a zombie going through life. The second part is more active, with lots of adrenaline rush, exciting moments and decisions that will change the course of the series.

This is a must for the lovers of the first book. Wolf Sirens Fever has not the same rhythm as the first book but it is written in the same or even better writing style.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Another 365 Days - Review

WELCOME BACK:)  HAPPY MONDAY!!!
No, I'm not high or anything like that I'm just happy :) 
I hope you are all having a wonderful week. 

I received a copy of this book via NETGALLEY. I have to thank the publisher for giving me a copy. 


ANOTHER 365 DAYS
by K.E. PAYNE

Life’s sweet when you’re seventeen and in love, right? Clemmie Atkins certainly thinks so! She’s still madly in love with her girlfriend, the hot and super-confident EMO, Hannah Harrison, and her irritating sister, HRBH, will soon be leaving home to go to university.

But just when it seems that life is finally pretty darn cool, a new distraction at school threatens to upset everything, and the return of the enigmatic and sexy J with a startling confession confuses things further...

Clemmie has another 365 days to try to get her life back on track...but will it be enough?

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Written as a diary "Another 365 Days" is the story of Clemmie. A simple way to put it is to say that this is the story of another 365 days in Clemmie’s life, a year that takes us in a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. From love to heartbreak, we wander through deception, betrayal, pain, laughter, fear and a lot of hormones.

Being in love as a teenager is never easy and it is a lot harder if you are not what people expects you to be. Clem is a gay girl who has been in a relationship with Han for a year but nobody knows because they keep it as a secret. She has to live and deals with her feelings in private and with nobody to trust. In order to get some help she starts coming out to people, which I imagine is not an easy task, there’s a lot of fear and doubt involved, and I think the book makes a good job portraying the situations.

The book moves fast because of the style, as a personal diary it not always has daily entries. Sometimes there are short glimpses of her life and others we can read more when something meaningful happens in her day. This allows us to get close to Clem but we only see her point of view. We only get to know the other characters from what she writes, which is why sometimes it’s hard to form an opinion about them but it doesn’t make it any less entertaining.

Clem is way too dramatic at times and because of the strangest circumstances, she has a tendency to make a big deal out of everything and has a hard time making decisions. Besides all this, she is a funny character.

Another 365 Days is a sequel but you can read it as a standalone book because is easy to figure out what happened in the first book. It is a fast reading, funny at times and a with a believable argument about the teenager-gay world.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Persistence of Vision - Blog Tour (Review & Interview)

It's time for a new blog tour.

Persistence of Vision is a sci-fi dystopia written by the wonderful Liesel K. Hill.

Liesel was kind enough provided me with a copy of her book, which means I have a review for it.  If you want to find more about her and the book just keep reading!!

*****

ABOUT THE BOOK.

In a world where collective hives are enslaving the population and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper, and independent 21st Century woman, must find the strength to preserve the freedom of the future, but without the aid of her memories.
After experiencing a traumatic time loss, Maggie is plagued by a barrage of images she can't explain. When she's attacked by a creep with a spider's web tattoo, she is saved by Marcus, a man she's never met, but somehow remembers. He tells her that both he and her creepy attacker are from a future in which individuals are being murdered by collectives, and Marcus is part of the rebellion. The collectives have acquired time travel and they plan to enslave the human race throughout all of history. The flashes Maggie has been seeing are echoes of lost memories, and the information buried deep within them is instrumental in defeating the collective hives.
In order to preserve the individuality of mankind, Maggie must try to re-discover stolen memories, re-kindle friendships she has no recollection of, and wade through her feelings for the mysterious Marcus, all while dodging the tattooed assassins the collectives keep sending her way.
If Maggie can't fill the holes in her memory and find the answers to stop the collectives, the world both in her time and in all ages past and future will be doomed to enslavement in the grey, mediocre collectives. As the danger swirls around her and the collectives close in, Maggie realizes she must make a choice: stand out or fade away...

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INTERVIEW WITH LIESEL K. HILL
 
Q: How did you come out with the idea for Persistence of Vision?
Liesel: The beginning of chapter one, where Maggie and her brother lose time in Vegas is based on a true story. It happened to one of my sister’s co-workers and her husband. They fell into some sort of tourist trap and woke up the next day in a strange hotel room. To this day, they don’t know what really happened to them. As a writer, my imagination simply takes off. Meanwhile, during a literary sci-fi class I took in college, I started thinking about collectives and what would make a collectivist break away from his hive. Those two ideas combined to bring this story to life.

Q: What would you say if you have to describe your book in just one sentence?
Liesel: In a world where individuality is a luxury, this is the story of people fighting for the right to maintain their own uniqueness.

Q: How long took you to write it?
Liesel: I’m unsure of the exact date I started, but I usually go with a year, give or take. Probably a bit less than that for the first writing—eight months perhaps?—but after all the editing and re-writing, it would have been slightly more than a year.

Q: Was Maggie inspired by any real person?
Liesel: Not in particular. Because she’s the main character, she has a fair amount of me in her, but she’s not me, overall, nor is she anyone I know.

Q: How was to imagine a future world like the one in Persistence of Vision?
Liesel: It’s a bit scary to imagine such a world, but not that hard to do it. One comment I get often from people who read the book is how easily this futuristic dystopia could become reality in our near future. We are destroying our society to such an extent today that I genuinely believe that this or something like this could be in our future. Therefore, it wasn’t hard to imagine.

Q: How many books will be in the series?
Liesel: Probably five. The story isn’t plotted in complete detail, yet, so don’t hold me to that, but it’s what I’m aiming for.

Q: How did you feel now that your book is out in the world? Is everything as you expected?
Liesel: You know, when you’re still writing your first novel and dreaming of publication, you tend to think that when it actually happens it will be this spectacular even with fireworks and popping corks. Yet, it’s such a long time in coming that by the time it arrives, you’ve more than made your peace with it. It’s surreal, but not un-expected. I tried not to have too many expectations so I couldn’t be let down. Given that, I think it’s safe to say that everything has gone as expected. ;D

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine if somehow a whole year of your life was deleted from your memory. And now, imagine finding out that you have spent that year in the future, fighting a threat to humanity. I don’t know about you, I would probably freak out or run away screaming.

Maggie suffers a mysterious attack in Vegas with her brother; she has a blackout and has no memories of twelve hours of her life. A few months later a scary man with a tattoo on his face tries to kill her and the story begins exactly the moment Marcus saves her life and takes her to the future.

A future where individualities are at risk and a small group of people is trying to bring down the collectives. Maggie will discover what happened to her the first time there and will re-learn to use her brain and the energy around her to save the humankind.

Maggie feels real because as any other real persons she is not perfect, she has flaws and strengths. She accepts easily all that Doc says but still hesitates. She is a bit uncomfortable with everyone knowing things about her, but she doesn’t freak out. She is just a little curious about what she did the first time there but she is precautious about what and when to ask.

Marcus is an enigmatic character. At times I would have liked to see more of him or read more dialogues that show what kind of man he is, but after learning why he acts as he does around Maggie I fell in love with him. I understood why he tries to give Maggie space, he loves her but she has no memories of him. Imagine that! Given the circumstances he acts like a mature, rational, sensitive and loving person and it is difficult not to like him.

One of the secondary characters worth mentioning is Karl. This guy is amazing, is the typical guy that would scary you for his looks but is really funny, with a big heart. The rest of the characters are well described, each one with a well define personality and with a role in the story.
The science-fiction in the story is not overwhelming, which I loved it, the argument of the collectives is easy to understand and believable. All the brain functions, the way they sense energy and use it, is explained in simple details and anyone can follow the idea.

It has some different rhythms, sometimes the story goes really fast and at times it goes slower. The final chapters are full with actions and discoveries; these are the high moments in the story. We are blown away with some encounters and the revelations they bring.

Overall, Persistence of vision is a well written sci-fi dystopia with great characters and the potential to be a great series. And surely will leave you waiting for the sequel.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time After Time - review

Time After Time

by Marc Nash

The Yoni Civilisation ruled by women. A civilisation without war and conflict which has left men feeling emasculated. They send an assassin back through the web of time, seeking to kill the mother of the future. To prevent her daughter and her ideas from ever being born, to prevent them from ever existing. And thereby to re-establish the dominance of men once again, turning herstory back into history.

The assassin has several impediments to overcome. He has no weapons to bring with him. He has had no exposure to violence. While his target lives on a sink housing estate in the early twenty-first century, so that he is going to have to battle through his belligerent male ancestors to get to her. The estate is controlled by two brothers, one a criminal overlord and the other a pirate radio DJ who serves as his eyes and ears and communicates to their foot-soldiers through his broadcasts and musical selections.

Yet the greatest hurdle the assassin faces is how to get close enough to the woman. Before he can utilise his lethal if theoretical training to dispatch her, first he has to figure out the yet darker arts of seduction; how to make her even notice him. Thus ensues a hilarious spectrum of seduction scenarios between the same man, the same woman, the same opening chat up lines and a myriad of outcomes. For the most difficult aspect he has to contend with, is that due to the nature of time and its paradoxes, he has to be successful many times over in parallel universes. This is the only way he can fuse all the different potential versions of history into a single definitive thread. And as Chaos Theory and The Butterfly Effect suggest, even the tiniest change in the starting conditions of any scenario, can radically alter all that follows.

"Time After Time" is that rare thing, a science-fiction dark comedy. It explores the minefield that is the dance of male and female around one another in an uproarious way, but always against the background of a menacing urban landscape and of course, with the ultimate aim of the seduction being one of murder. It uses science in a light way, though its very structure embodies the notion of parallel universes and the theory of The Butterfly Effect. It also tackles head on the mind-blowing paradoxes of travelling back in time in order to alter future outcomes. But perhaps the most radical element is that of the DJ himself. Spinning records that not only seem to soundtrack the narrative, but to influence it and to actually determine the fate of the leading players themselves. The novel has a Spotify playlist link to all the songs featured within it.

"Time After Time", where "Terminator" meets "Attack The Block" with a DJ providing the soundscape.
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*****

MY REVIEW.


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time after Time is different to say the least. This is the story of F-10, a curious man from the future who is sent to the past to change History. The future is ruled by women and by ruled I mean they are the genre in charge, they are no longer the weakest sex. The men are in an inferior position and are treated like almost like slaves. Everything is done according to what women say and they are a little evil for what we can read.

F-10 is contacted by Roger and he convinces him to go back in time and kill the Prophet, the woman who initiates the movement that brings this new world. Easy to say, hard to do for a man without violence experience and with no gun.

The story doesn’t have a lineal course. Set in parallel universes, the story goes forward and backward to show us how little details can change the final result. When story start repeating itself I was surprise to see how a word could create a different story. This is what is magnificent about the butterfly effect, life is a chain of decisions and each one presents its own future.

The book is supposed to be a humor story and it is at times. There is more than one funny dialogue and some hilarious situations. Some scenes between Haley and F-10 are amazing and make you laugh out loud, especially because he is naïve and is like a child seeing the world for the first time.

However, I had a hard time trying to read the slang from the Dj and his brother, I am absolutely sure that they are perfectly written but I think the problems was that English is not my first language and I couldn’t really appreciate and enjoy their dialogues. I understood most of it and find it fun but not as gracious as I imagine it is intended to be.

Another good thing is how music helps telling the story. The songs are placed in the correct places and made the reading more gratifying. The cover is BEAUTIFUL and captures the book essence.

In general is a fun book, with good quality of writing and a sincere and innocent main character.

*** I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

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