Saturday, 15 June 2013

Dark Child Book 3 by Adina West


Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them ...

Dead? Kat clenched her fists, her stomach a writhing tangle of knots. Her pulse thundered in her ears.

Had this all been an elaborate ruse to trap her? The platelet study; the offer to come and work at the Hema Castus Research Institute; the special attention from Director Norris ... Surely they’d have had no way of knowing who she was. Still, if the Directorate controlled Hema Castus, and the Directorate wanted her imprisoned, even dead, everything took on a much more sinister light. And anyway, why did the Directorate want her dead?

Kat has always known she’s special. Different. But finding out why is still a shock, especially when she discovers the malevolent Directorate, a clandestine organization of untold power, have put a price on her head.

Forced into hiding in the remote White Mountains, Kat’s life is suddenly in the hands of the wild and dangerous unalil. But trusting her new protectors isn’t easy, since they seem almost as terrifying as the killers who pursue her . . .

My Review

I received this book for an honest review by the author.

In this part of the story we see Kat in danger. We find out a bit of the directorate, the vodkas, and who is connected to Ionescu. Kat is taken to the towers by Char to be protected and meets the Dar, who krafts Kat a rune necklace to help protect her. While at the towers Kat has a few visitors, Anton and John Falcon. John is part of the directorate can they trust him? Kat is then moved for her safety to Anton home and there she meets someone she feels connected to.

I enjoyed this story I like the pace even at times it was a bit slow. I feel that it would of been better as one book, I feel that I just got into it and it stopped, even though it stopped at the write places that kept you hanging on for more. I do feel there a lot this story has to offer but think for me I'm not sure about the length of them. I would like to read books 4/5 though cos I'm interested to see what happens.

I did really like this story and if i had bought it i would of bought the full book not the novellas.

Dark Child Book 2 by Adina West


Kat doesn’t want to question her luck too closely when she lands a fabulous Manhattan apartment only blocks from her new job, even if cab drivers do have a funny habit of driving right past her antiquated apartment building without seeing it.

But the quiet building hides a deadly secret, and when Kat meets Char from down the hall, she’s drawn into a hidden world where humans aren’t welcome, populated by beings as dangerous as they are beautiful. Soon Kat’s neck-deep in trouble and on the run, and discovering the truth about her own unique heritage might just make things worse.

My Review

I received this book for an honest review.

So in this book we meet Kat who has recenlty moved to New York to start a new job. We meet her as she is house hunting, after finding nothing she notices in the window a ornate frame with strange writing on that she can understand. After speak to the girl in the office she move into her apartment, but doesnt see anyone around, even the balconys dont look like anyone lives there.

I jumped straight into this book after reading the first one. I was interested to see who the characters from the first book were and what Kat would face next. The character I was curious about Ionescu, the wolf, the new job, we dont hear anything of them in this book.

In this book its mainly about Kats new flat, the one person she meets who lives there Char, Dom the man she meets in the club, Kat notices things are a bit strange with char and the people who are at the club. It keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next, so again the flow is a bit slow in parts but still keeps you guessing.

Straight on to book 3.

Dark Child by Adina West


Kat can run a marathon without breaking a sweat. Catch anything you throw at her. Differentiate blood types by smell alone. And she’s spent years hiding the fact. But secrets from the past have a way of slipping out when least expected … and a simple blood test is enough to turn her quiet life in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains upside down forever …

Pathology technician Kat Chanter isn’t looking for trouble. On a good day, the most exciting thing in her life is the iridescent violet nail varnish on her housemate Tiffany’s manicured fingers. But lately, Kat’s been craving raw meat, and her dreams – always weird – are getting so realistic it’s scary. When she visits a psychic she’s told her life is about to change forever. Kat isn’t so sure change is a part of her plan, but a blood test at work raises more questions about her unique heritage she has no idea how to answer, so when a fabulous job offer comes her way – one that will give her the chance to research others just like her – she’s tempted to say yes and make the move to New York.

Will her dream job bring answers to all her questions or will it lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine?

My Review

I received this book for an honest review.

In this part of the story we meet Kat, who works in a laboratory. Kat starts to notice some strange things happening to her, she starts feeling sick and goes off her food, she heals really quick, so she does a blood test on her self, and notices some weird goings on with her blood.

I wasn't sure about this when I read the synopsis, and wasn't sure about the cover. But I was wrong about both. I am intrigued by the characters, kat what is her story is she a supernatural creature? Who is the girl in chains? And Ionescu who is he? And what does the wolf have to do with it all.

The pace was a bit slow to start, but once it got going,it settled to the right pace. This is in three parts and I can't wait to read the next one to see was beholds Kat, and who is her father ?

About the Author  

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Adina West grew up on a remote property on Australia’s east coast, in country New South Wales. She spent most of her childhood curled up with a book, and her first teenage job was shelving books at the local library, where she was cautioned more than once for reading them instead of putting them away.
Her first stories were laboriously typed up with two fingers on her parents’ old typewriter. Her dream of one day being a published writer progressed much faster after she learned to touch type and switched to a computer.
Now, Adina lives in Sydney’s leafy north-west with her IT guru husband, two children, and a couple of unwelcome possums who really don’t know how to take a hint. Her debut novel Dark Child, a new-age paranormal fantasy, is being released as a serialised e-novel by Pan Macmillan’s Momentum books starting February 2013. It’s an eclectic mix of ancient cultures, modern cities, tarot, lunar astrology, suspense and romance, and she loves that writing it made watching Vampire Diaries necessary research.


This week

I feel like this week I don't know we're the week has gone, I think I blinked and missed it. This week I've had a read 4review to do for goodreads, Dark Child by Adina West, look out for my review later. I'm currently sat in an adventure play centre with my youngest child.

So I have just started reading Quinn Loftis's new book Call Me Crazy, I'm so excited to read this, this is a totally different genre of book to what Quinn usually writes so watch out for my review. As I said in my last blog I will also be reading Sylvia Day's Entwined with You, and my review of until I break by Michelle Leighton.   

Monday, 10 June 2013

Winner of Tina Pollick Giveaway

Thanks to all that entered this awesome giveaway. The winner is

Nadine Christian

Well done Nadine

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Jet (Marked Men#2) by Jay Crownover


With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

My Review

Ive had Jet on my To Be Read pile since it came out but haven't got round to reading it - it was worth the wait.

I had read Rule the first book in the (Marked Men) series and LOVED it. As a rule men with tattoos have just never done it for me till now. I am always a bit scared to read the sequel of any book in case its not as good as the first. This is not the case with Jet.

Ayden is one the best friends of Shaw the girlfriend of Rule. And Jet is the lead singer of Enmity. Jet looks like the typical rocker piercings, tattoos, chains, skin tight jeans. Ayden has long legs and a gorgeous figure and secrets that no one knows about. the whole gang is protective of each other.

After one night watching the band, Ayden is taken home by Jet and she makes a move on him, but he turns her down because he thinks she is too good for him, he's got his own secrets.  Jet, Ayden and Cora all live together, and Ayden and Cora give the groupies who do the walk of shame the next day points out of ten. Ayden secretly finds this extremely hard because of her feelings about Jet.
After someone breaks in to their house while Cora is home alone, things start to happen between Jet and Ayden and secrets threaten to destroy them.

I cant say anymore, you guys know i don't like giving spoilers out and if i say anymore i will. I almost cried when the secrets were on the verge of coming out. My favourite line is from Jet

" I'm not letting you go Ayden, and I'm not going to give you any kind of room, so you better be prepared to deal with all of that for a long time. You promised forever and I plan on holding you to it."

I LOVED this story I couldn't put it down. I love everything about it the characters, the way the story pulls you in and you can clearly picture whats going on, thanks to Jay's Fantastic writing skills. I can't wait for Romes story which is on sale January 2014, which is too far away for me.

I strongly recommend you guys read this. 
I am going to give this book 5/5. And 3/5 for movie moments.

About the Author

Jay is a chick, and feels she  didn't need to have this in an about you page but after the emails she received, she felt it was good to let readers know Jay is short for Jennifer. I'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair colour in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that.
I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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Jay Crownover

Remembering Love By Nadine Christian


When her beloved foster parents pass away, Holly discovers a past both shocking and heartbreaking: the murder/suicide of her biological parents on the South Pacific island of Pitcairn, famous for the HMAV Bounty mutineers. Travelling to a home she does not remember, Holly reconnects with long-lost childhood friend Jack. An old friendship quickly becomes more…until a dark secret is uncovered.

Will joyous love remembered become heartbreak? Can she find out the truth before someone else is hurt?

My Review

Debut Book

I know i keep saying this about debut author, but i think the danger of a first book is a risky one. Is the writing ok, the pace, the story, will people like it? I really don't think Nadine Christian has anything to worry about because I think this book is going to be a hit.

We meet Holly after her Foster parents die. And she is sorting through their things in the attic. Holly finds a box with all stuff in about her and her parents. She discovers the awful truth about how she ended up on her own.

Holly then finds herelf on the island of Pitcairn, where she meets Jack a childhood friend. Holly does not remember Jack or the island of Pitcairn, but her and Jack have an instant attraction. Holly meets some very interesting people on Pitcairn, were the population is about 60 people so everyone knows everyone and the secrets behind Hollys parents.

I loved this story. I loved how Holly's and Jacks characters were toward each other, and how Jack tried to get Holly to remember him. I liked all of the characters except Masie, who i think we all know someone like this in our own lives.

I would reccomend this book to anyone to read its a great story.
I would give this 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Nadine Christian lives on Pitcairn Island, a small isle in the middle of the South Pacific, with her husband, five children, four goats, two cats and thirty chickens. With its rich maritime history, Pitcairn’s romantic past comes alive in her novels, capturing the taste of life on an isolated tropical island, miles from the rush and bustle of normal city life.

Author Interview

I want to thank you Nadine for letting me read such a fantastic story, and taking me to your island through your book, and taking part in my Author interview.

What did you do before you wrote your first book?
Mothering took up all my time. I've got five kids, all two years apart. Obviously it's still an ongoing thing, but now they're past the baby stage it's much easier to juggle time to write and kid wrangle!
What was your inspiration behind writing your book?
My island. Pitcairn is the most isolated -- or one of them -- islands in the world. In pristine waters and pollution free land, it's a great setting for my novels.
Are any of the characters based on anyone you know?
No... but I draw from the culture of Pitcairn, using their customs, language and everyday things that they do to cope with life, whilst living in the middle of nowhere!
Who is your favourite character and why?
Masie. She's so horrible, and she was so much fun to write.
Which character do you dislike the most?
I don't really have a character I dislike. I've had one do something surprising to me though. I was planning on this character to do something and a plotline for him to follow. All of a sudden he said something and I went "Oh"... story was never the same... Good though. Just exciting to have to change what I was doing to accomodate this one character! LOL
Are you like any of your characters?
I'd love to be as strong as some of my female characters -- and be able to remember some of the smart comeback lines they use.
Tell us about Pitcairn island.
Pitcairn Island is a British Oversea's Territory situated in the South Pacific. Home to the mutineers of the HMAV Bounty, we're all descended in some way from those men. Christian, Young, McCoy, Quintal... they are all names you can hear on island. With a population of about 60, we're a very small community, and have no airport or shipping terminal. The only way on or off the island is by a large longboat. Supplies come every three months, so you have to order in advance and in quantity! I wouldnt live anywhere else...beautiful seas, land and people!
Which is your favourite time of year and why?
Midway between Summer and Winter. It's either hot or not so hot here... so the cooler months are great.
Every book has a message in side, What is the one thing you want your readers to take from your book?
Not to let anyone take you down -- mentally or physically. Be strong. No matter what -- you are a precious being and treat yourself as such!
What was your favourite book as a child?
Enid Blyton! The Famous Five stories were my favourite!
Who was your favourite author?
Now? Nora Roberts, anything with a bit 'o' lovin'! Mystery, horror.... you name it, I'll read it!
What book are you reading at the moment?
Tisha. An teacher goes to the Yukon to teach and finds love. Brilliant novel.
What's next ?
I have two more novels due out. In August I have Quintal's Return, and November, Home Again, Home Again!
Are you up for fun questions?
Favourite colour?
 Blue -- actually, blue/purple. The colour of the ocean some days here is just an amazing mix of these hues!
Favourite tv show?
I have the full set of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S show... loved it. It's something you can watch over and over.
Whose your best friend?
Heather Menzies. She's such a support and great person to have around....
Reading or writing?
Both!!! I love to read, and love to write!
What is your pet hate?
That person who forgets to change the toilet roll and you don't notice there is none until you go to use it! Argh!
What do you love most in the world?
My kids.
Tell us something we don't know?
I also write Young Adult novels!

You can visit Nadine at her website
                                   on twitter @pitcairngirl