Thursday, 31 October 2013

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

My Thoughts
When I heard Raine Thomas was releasing another NA contemporary romance I knew I would have to get my hands on it. I have loved all Raine' books and love how she writes both YA paranormal and NA contemporary romance so flawlessly and how she manges to write both seemingly effortlessly. I need to give Raine extra thanks this time as with her latest release Meant for Her, she managed to save me from insanity. I would often turn on my kindle numerous times in the night/early hours while I fed my demanding newborn. It is my belief that her writing skills are what got me through those difficult hours.

Sierra is now one of my favourite female characters, I loved how she was "Too nice" and was always so happy and optimistic, she had an intuition about people too that was rarely wrong.

Evan  is haunted by the death of his mother and as a result is in a dark place, a place where he as vowed never to let himself get close to anyone again for fear of feeling the same depth of despair that his mothers passing caused.
Sierra as other ideas and is determined to break down his barriers into his heart.

I was impressed with myself for figuring out the "bad guy" of the story maybe my brain works differently at 2 o'clock in the morning when I am already sleep deprived which is how I was able to guess correctly it was a great curve ball though.

There was a few moments when I wanted to kick Evan's ass for the way he treated or talked to Sierra but Sierra never gives up on him. 

An amazing story line with amazing characters, especially the hot Aussie ball player Evan *swoon* I can certainly see why Sierra wanted him so much.
It was an emotional roller-coaster at times especially as sierra started to break the cracks in Evans barrier

I loved to see the familiar faces of Everly and Cole from for Everly too although there is no need to for Everly to read meant for her I would highly recommend it as it is also a fantastic book.

Purchase links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FXJ87TO
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/meant-for-her-raine-thomas/1117164890
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/meant-for-her-1
iBooks: Coming Soon!

Goodreads linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18467599-meant-for-her


Author BioRaine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Cover reveal- warrior beautiful by Wendy Knight

TODAY IS THE DAY TEAMNERD REVIEWS AND WENDY KNIGHT REVEAL THE BEAUTIFUL COVER FOR KNIGHT'S NEW BOOK, WARRIOR BEAUTIFUL!! *Eeeep!* 







Warrior Beautiful (Riders of Paradesos Series, #1)
Author: Wendy Knight
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Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Synopsis: Working with the ex you secretly love to save the souls of the innocent
is almost as bad as working with a mighty battle unicorn who would be thrilled
to watch you plummet to your death.


Scout is used to
pain. Her body has been broken, her heart has been broken, and the only thing
keeping her together is her relationship with her younger sister. Lil Bit
believes in unicorns and terrifying monsters she calls soul stealers. But
unicorns and monsters aren’t real…are they?


When Lil Bit falls
prey to the mysterious disease sweeping the country, Scout has two options –
believe the doctors who say it’s a pandemic or believe Lil Bit, who says it’s
the soul stealers. She chooses her sister and goes looking for the unicorns who
are supposed to save them. What she finds aren’t the cute pastel mythical
creatures she expects. Battle unicorns are big and tough and full of attitude.
Who knew?


Unicorns are real
and so are the monsters. Soul stealers are reaping the souls of the innocent,
and the unicorns are fighting to stop them. But to save the world, they need
the help of humans – the enemy they’re dying to protect. And first to sign up
for the fight is the ex-boyfriend Scout’s heart won’t stop loving, no matter
how determined she is to hate him.

TOP TEN QUOTES

*They’d broken up over a year ago.
She didn’t care. She wasn’t still in love with him. She wasn’t still devastated
over his complete and absolute crushing of her heart.
Not at
all.

*She
still used the same lotion — lilac scented. If he lived forever, that smell
would still remind him of her.

*He
watched her, watched those lips, fighting memories again. She’d been his first
kiss. And nothing since had ever felt as good.

*Trey
loved it when she forgot she hated him.

*“I
want someone to make me forget Scout ever existed.”

*Trey
had never been tempted to kiss his brother before, but he was pretty tempted
now.

*She’d
had only a brief glimpse, but it was seared into her brain: a gigantic black
horse with a burning horn in the center of its head.

*Scout
nodded, wishing she wasn’t trembling like a small, hairless dog in a hurricane.
*“Wait!”
Trey ran in front of them, holding his hands up like he could stop beasts the
size of small elephants. “I’m coming. I want to fight, too.” 

“You’re kidding me.” Scout nearly fell off her unicorn.

*It
wasn’t possible. She couldn’t. She wasn’t brave enough. She wasn’t strong
enough.
“But
I am,” 
Ashra said quietly.
*“Forgive
me
,” she read in a whisper, her finger tracing the hard black letters
tattooed on his arm.

*“I
like it better when you call me Princess.” Scout smiled. “Things are a little
too real when you start calling me Scout.”

*My
heart belongs wherever you are. Even if where you are—” he paused and looked
around them, swallowing hard, “—is here.”



About the Author







Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a
wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she
spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no
water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera,
etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis,
watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is
slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.




You can usually
find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heel for
whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will
also be writing.
Where to Stalk Wendy!

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013







Infernal Gates

Author: Michael J. Webb

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Synopsis: Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is the sole survivor of a fiery commercial airline crash that killed his entire family. His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him--and why he alone survived.



He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator. An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent. She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be America's worst homegrown mass-murderer.

Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever. A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation.

Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn into an ever-deeper conspiracy--millennia in the making--and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine. He must overcome his deepest fears and find reserves of strength he never knew he had as he confronts pure evil in order to save himself and an unsuspecting world.






SNEAK PEEK




Less than ten minutes
before we’re all dead,
thought
Ethan Freeman, and there is nothing I can do about it!

The stricken A320
Airbus--originally bound for St. Thomas and now limping back to Charlotte,
North Carolina—shuddered like a bird suffering a mortal wound, then shook
violently.  Shouting and screaming from the rear of the plane drowned out
the prayer of the older couple seated in front of them, “Our Father, Who art in
Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come—”

Lisa, Ethan’s wife,
sobbed beside him.  Across the aisle his eighteen year-old son, Josh,
yelled, “Dad--are we going to crash?”

“No, son,” he lied.
 “We-are-not-going-to-crash.”

Megan, his sixteen
year-old daughter, seated next to her brother, screamed, “The engine is on
FIRE!”

Lisa clung to the seat
arms so hard her fingers turned white and whimpered, “We’re all going to
die--just like Greg,” then moaned, “I don’t want to die—”

Ethan reached for his
wife’s hand as a thunderous explosion shook the plane and slammed him against
the window, knocking breath out of him.  He cried out in agony as the palm
of his right hand was sliced open by a jagged metal clasp sticking up on the
arm rest between him and Lisa.  Blood gushed out of the ugly-looking wound
and splattered the back of the seat in front of him.

The plane banked hard to
the right and the nose suddenly pointed toward the ground, six miles below, as
if the commercial airliner was being plucked from the cloudless, crystal blue
heavens by a giant unseen hand.  Ethan glanced toward the rear of the
aircraft.  A gaping hole replaced the emergency exit.  Loose debris
disappeared violently out of the plane—and there were at least two rows of
seats missing!

Swinging his gaze back
to the First Class Cabin, Ethan noticed that ice crystals now clung to the
windows.  His ears popped as oxygen masks dropped from overhead.
 Shivering, he reached for the oxygen mask dangling in front of him like a
puppet on a string and struggled to place it over his mouth and nose.  He
took several deep breaths, ignoring his bleeding hand, then yelled out to his
family, “Put your masks on!”  

In the next instant, he
was pressed so hard into his seat it seemed as if he weighed four to five times
his normal weight.  Black spots danced before his eyes and he fought for
breath. 

All he could think about
was that he had failed his family—that he had not been able to save them.
 He cried out in desperation, “GOD HELP US—”  

Moments later, a flash
of blinding white light enveloped him as a blast of fiery heat washed over him.



Then everything went black.




About the Author: Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the
University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university.
 Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.



He is a
history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of
the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and
taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also
intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing
extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it
relates to the study of Light.  He incorporates all of the above into his
supernatural thrillers.

Michael
and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.  


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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Cover Reveal, Meant for Her, By Raine Thomas

COVER REVEAL!

Meant for Her

A New Adult Contemporary Romance

by
Raine Thomas

Cover design by Regina Wamba of www.MaeIDesign.com

Cover photos by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton of K Keeton Designs

Blurb

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he's suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn't open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone's eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it's clear he's earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it's one more sign that he's right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he's not careful, she might just convince him that he's meant for her.

Coming October 17, 2013

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Check out For Everly on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and get to know some of the characters making appearances in Meant for Her!

Raine Thomas

Brief author bio: Raine Thomas is the author of bestselling YA and NA romantic fiction, including the award-winning Estilorian series. She's a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn't planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida's beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.



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Monday, 29 July 2013

Review; Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Coco Pinchard #2)

The highly anticipated sequel to the hit bestseller The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard!

A year has passed, Coco's career has taken off, and her relationship with the hunky Adam is going from strength to strength... there is even talk of marriage!

Then the day before Adam is due to move in - he ends their relationship without explanation... After the initial shock and anger (and an 'I told you so' from ex mother-in-law Ethel) Coco digs deeper and discovers why. Adam is in terrible trouble, and he needs her help.

Will Adam's mistake come between them? Or will they get to live happily ever after? 

Featuring an exciting cast of characters both familiar and new, and of course a starring role for the wonderfully horrible Ethel! Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a hilarious, heart warming romantic comedy.

My thoughts
woo hoo Coco is back and Author Rob Bryndza does it again in this sequel.

everything seems to be going so well for Coco her career as taken off and with another book in the pipeline she as finally made it. Her divorce from Daniel is done and her relationship with Adam is going great with plans for him to move in when her son moves out. Of course though this is Coco's life and it isn't long until until things begin to fall apart around her in spectacular style.

I laughed I cried and I laughed some more in this second installment, there was even a bit of paranormal activity thrown into the mix.

there was all the familiar characters I loved from the first book, I was pleased to welcome Ethel back into the mix, I just love her character even if she was in my life she would thoroughly irritate me.
there was also a few new characters in the shape of Rosencrantz new flat mates, again, brilliant characters brought to life on the pages.

I finished this book eager for the third installment, hope I don't have too long await 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013




Annabell Cadiz and Bridget Strahin over at TeamNerd Reviews HUGE fans of the Young Adult genre and they decided they would like to dedicate an entire month to their obsession with the genre they love and the authors they love to stalk *hehe*



If you are a Young Adult author, whether you are traditionally published, Indie published or Self-Published, they are offering a number of ways to get your work promoted on TeamNerd Reviews! Just fill out the form below and they'll make sure to add you to the schedule!




They're also hosting I HEART Young Adult Nominations where fans can nominate their favorite author, favorite bad boys, heroines, boy next door, kickbutt heroines and more!



They will also be putting together a BIG giveaway and are adding to it as they go along setting everything up! Here are some of the goodies they have so far to giveaway!!



** 3 Ecopies of Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, #1) by Annabell Cadiz



**Signed copy of Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne which also includes 3 wristbands and a tote bag



**Signed copy of Interred by Marilyn Almodovar and an e-copy of Interred also with two Interred magnets and two wristbands for each winner



**Ecopies of Forged by Greed and Forged by Magic by Angela Orlowski-Peart

**Ecopy of Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon



**Ecopy of The Puppet Spell by Emma Adams



**2 ecopies of Fire (Elements of Power Series, #1) by Heather James



**2 ecopies each of Book of Lost Souls and Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto



**Paperback copy of Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey



**Paperback Supernaturally by Kiersten White



**Paperback of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton



**Paperback of Legacy by Cayla Kluver



**Paperback of Kiss by An Angel (which includes two additional books in the series) by Elizabeth Chandler



**The Trinity Pact by E.M. Shelton



**Paperback copy  of Nightshade and Paperback copy of Wolfsbane by Andrea Creamer



**Paperback copy of Weather Witch by Shannon Delany



**Paperback copies of book 1 and 3 in the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Kaine


Let the fun and nominations commence!



~Annabell & Bridget

Monday, 24 June 2013

Visited, By Janine Caldwell Book Blitz



Visited by Janine Caldwell
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.

Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17984925-visited?ac=1

Author interview

Author Interview 2
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As soon as I was freed from my career job (Intellectual Property Paralegal) and was home starting a family, the burning desire to create was overwhelming. I guess you might consider me to be a late bloomer because I was about 30 when this urgent need came over me. I’ve always been an avid, life-long reader with a BA in English, but I never thought I could do something I love for a job until I started writing creatively. Since then, I haven't looked back. I know writing fiction is what I want to do with the rest of my life.

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book (Rematch) took the longest. It took 4 years of hard work and many, many (many!) drafts before it became what it is today. The second book (Double Fault), the followup to Rematch, materialized much quicker. It was so much easier with the 2nd book since, not only did I know my characters and the plot line of the story on a deeper level, I also figured out my writing style. Visited, my latest release, also took about a year to write.
3. What do you think makes a great story?
For me, there has to be a deep connection with the main characters. I want to feel what they're experiencing until I get so involved, I start to become mixed up about whether the story is happening to them or to me.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I mostly do all my writing in the hours between 9:00am and 4:00pm. If I'm in an exciting point in the story, sometimes I'll come back to it again at night, but I'm usually too spacey by then. Weekends, too, I might work a few hours, but my family usually keeps me too busy.
5. How do you balance family and writing?
Honestly, it's difficult not to get frustrated at the demands of my family life when all I want to do is work, but during those times I have to remind myself that this career choice isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. My project isn't going anywhere, Twitter won't disappear if I miss tweeting a few days, and Facebook will take me right back as if I never left. At times, I get so wrapped up in writing my story or promoting my books, it's easy to forget what's important in life. Thank God I do have a husband and kids because I would probably become a complete hermit, never wanting to leave my quiet house.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

So far, I think the ideas have all been planted in my brain by God. That's the only way I can explain it. It's like little messages from a song or a news story on the radio or TV will reinforce the beginnings of a theme in my head. When I sat down to write Rematch, I was aware of the elements I liked in YA fiction, so I knew I had to create a story with a supernatural side to it, that there had to be a love story in there, and that the plot had to be unique. I live about an hour's drive from Sedona, Arizona. As my series is called The Vortex Series, it was my visits to Sedona and its vortexes that ultimately inspired the fantasy element in the series. There is something truly magical about that place. It feels out of this world, fragile. I knew I had to create a story that led my characters to this incredible place.


7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I just don't get sick of doing it. I can work on a book for hours at a time, but it will feel like only a short time has passed.


8. How many books have you written? I have three published novels. Which is your favorite?
I guess a writer will always feel something special about their first baby, so I have to go with Rematch. Although, I'm starting to have some readers tell me their favorite of the two in the series is Double Fault. Encouraging sign they'll want to read the final book in the series (Deuce) when it's released.
9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
There are elements of friends of mine, famous musicians (Brandon Boyd and Dave Grohl for example), students I've known over the years in my time as a youth group leader, and a little of myself in all the characters. In the end, though, each character becomes their own person by the time I'm done writing the story.
10. Do you have a favorite place you love to write?
I'm the most productive in my office at home, butt in chair, and complete quiet in the house.
11. How hard is it to get published?
To be traditionally published, it's incredibly difficult these days. Unless you're a celebrity or a proven best selling author, you most likely won't get a sniff by any agent as a new writer on the scene. You have to absolutely floor an agent in two paragraphs of your query letter for them to consider reading the first 50 pages of your work. Agents tell us they receive hundreds of query letters in a month. It's a freakin’ miracle if they happen to choose your query letter as one they will followup on. The good news is that self-publishing is not quite as painful. Oh, to do it well it's not exactly easy--finding a solid, reputable editor, hiring the right cover artist for your story, and then affording all these expenses on your own, can be nerve wracking and stressful to say the least. However, in the end, your labor of love is out there for the world to receive instead of being shoved into a drawer of failed dreams.
12. What do your family and friends think about your books?
They have all been wonderful supporters of my writing career and have been surprised by how much they now like YA fiction. My kids, especially, were so proud when I got invited to speak at their school and can now find copies of my books in their school library. Most of my friends and family have known that this was a lifelong dream of mine and are thrilled to see it begin to take shape into a tangible thing.
13. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I do like to exercise--Vinyasa yoga, tennis, running with major tunes blaring in my ears, or hiking mountain trails are a few of my favorite activities. When I get my exercise done, though, I love to read (surprise, surprise). I love YA books just as much as any blogger and Goodreads user out there. And if I have any time left on my hands, which is rare, I love, love to play drums. I would say I play at an intermediate level, but I fantasize I'm keeping up with Jose Pasillas of Incubus and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. My husband tells me to "dream on."
14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they?
My best advice is to continue reading as much as possible, and not just the genre they write in, but in all genres. Don't let too long a stretch of time unfold without doing some sort of writing while you're plotting your masterpiece in your head.
15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I have to admit, I just don't remember. Is that terrible? Besides being a

 AUTHOR BIO
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.

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Review; When the Silence Ends by Jade Kerrion

When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for change. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives, the clones, in vitros, and mutants, society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Which path will it choose, and can a mere human, her sassy attitude and smart mouth notwithstanding, light the way to a better future?

In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will learn what it means to be extraordinary. When the silence ends, the celebration of life, love, joy, and hope will inspire feet to dance and hearts to sing.

My thoughts
I am already a big fan of the Double Helix story so I was excited to read this spin off where we follow the story of Dee and Dum, I wasn't in the slightest disappointed. As always Jade Kerrion creates a story of intense drama  and intrigue.

Dee is a strong willed girl with a smart mouth and an attitude to match, when the Mutant affairs council seem to no longer be willing to help her Mutant brother Dum she takes matters into her own hands, she searches out Danyael, a class five Mutant who helped them once before.
At first unwilling to put them at risk Danyael refuses but Dee convinces him otherwise. I was thrilled that Danyael was part of the story  I'll admit I have a slight crush on Danyael, there was a few other familiar faces I was happy to see in the story too

wanting nothing more for her and her brother to have a normal life she takes a stand against the ones that would shun them and fights to make changes to the world he fight to live a normal life doesn't end with her and Dum though, she includes all Mutants, clones and In Vitros  in her fight.

This book had me on the edge of my seat when truths and secrets are revealed and lives are in danger, It was equally just as emotional and by the end of the book I had shed many tears. 

I cant wait to see what else  Jade Kerrion as in-store for the Double Helix series and  its characters.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review; Spellbinding by Maya Gold

There's more than one way to be powerful . . .

It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva--sixteen and nearly friendless--makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.

Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush--and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there's Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.

A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history--and her heart--before she can face the powerful truth.


My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book, although it was similar to other ya fantasy I have had read, it was a bit like slipping inot your favourite little black dress, comfortable but still enticing.

Abby is your usual high school girl, kinda of invisible to nearly everyone but this as never really bothered her, after her 16th birthday she starts having strange dreams and bad headache. 
As part of a school project she begins to trace her family tree and discovers she is related to Sarah Good, a woman accused of being a witch during the Salem witch trials.
Not long after she meets Remy a gorgeous and mysterious boy who already seems to know Abby, she reconises him too as a man from the strange dreams she as being having.
When strange things begin to happen around Abby she realises she could be a witch, with the help of a spell book that some how finds it's way into her bag she begins to experiment.

Abby although is likeable does in fact abuse her powers to begin with in not such a nice way, she in no way does anything evil but she does use her powers to greatly benefit herself, having said that what teenage girl wouldn't especially when it comes to a boy she as had a crush on since she was a child.

all in all I enjoyed reading this book and will be keeping an eye out for other books from Maya Gold.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Review; Elemental: The First (Primord #1) by Alexandra May

Just who is Halíka Dacomé?

To Rose Frost, moving house every six months is normal. Another new town here, another new school there, her ability to adapt is as easy as breathing. But everything changes when her parents go overseas and Rose moves in with her grandmother. She enjoys meeting new friends and catching up with old ones from her childhood holidays — except now she must hide a precious secret from everyone, a gift from birth that defies modern day science. 

Her dreams become riddled with a warrior woman called Halíka Dacomé, but are they visions or messages from the future? She starts her own investigation but encounters more questions than answers. Living right on the edge of Warminster in Wiltshire doesn’t help with its folklore and myths about strange lights in the sky and ghost stories of the Salisbury Plain

Not only that, her troubles really take hold one night when the mysterious Aiden Deverill with his alluring smile, his gorgeous dark looks and hypnotising blue eyes, saves her from a freak fire. Or did he? 

For Rose, her new life is beginning but she soon realises that despite assurances people are not always what they seem. What she always believed to be a happy family and a friendly town soon turns on its head when she discovers that her family secret, Aiden Deverill and the truth behind Halíka Dacomé is at the heart of the whole conspiracy.

My thoughts
Rose is like any other teenage girl, except she as the power to heal herself and others. when her parents move away Rose moves in with Grandmother, this is where everything changes. She begins to learn there is much more to her unique powers than she first realised and that her Grandmother may no more than she is letting on.
soon her dreams start to become more intense and filled with a woman named Halika Dacome.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it was a fairly original story and Rose was a likeable and down to earth character.I loved the mystery and myths that surrounded Halika Dacome and the village and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of the disappearances with Rose and her friends. I was surprised by the truth of her friends and family and look forward to the next instalment