Thursday, December 27, 2012

Major update and a Tag

Okay it's Been a while I know, bad blogger.

Anyway First and foremost I hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year to come! I got entirely swamped by Uni this year which is why I had to stop reviewing but I didn't stop reading (apart from a small reading slump that we won't get into.)

Anyway I was tagged awhile ago by and I am so sorry that I couldn't get this done. But thank you for thinking of nominating me for this award as well :-)

The rules that go along with this award are:
1.) Each person must post 10 facts about themselves.
2.) Answer 10 questions the tagger has given you and give 10 questions for the people you tagged.
3.) Choose 10 people and link them in your post.
4.) Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5.) Remember, no tags back.

Anyway let's go into the facts.

1) I live in New Zealand
2) I'm Left Handed
3) I've only travelled outside of the country once when I was 18 months old though I do want to travel soon
4) I've nearly completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media Studies
5) I have no idea quite what to do with it although I'm thinking about doing a years work and taking a course in Interior Design.
6) I love Dolphins
7) I used to love reading as a kid but grew out of it and have now grown back into it.
8) I love to write as well
9) my favorite television shows are: The Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, Glee
10) I hardly ever wear makeup 

1.) What is your favourite type of music and who is your favourite artist in that genre? Honestly a bit of everything I like pop rock and my favorite bands (can I cheat and have two?) are Simple Plan and McFly
2.) Where is your favourite place to go on holiday? Auckland, New Zealand
3.) What place would you like to visit if you could go anywhere? Hong Kong
4.) What is your favourite sandwich filling? Egg and Ham
5.) Who would you like to meet if you could meet anyone? um... David Tennent.
6.) What is your favourite television show? The Big Bang Theory
7.) What's your favourite website? Youtube and
8.) Do you have any siblings? One older half brother who is 12 years older than me and an Actor
9.) What's one of your favourite movies? The Wizard of Oz
10.) What's your biggest fear? Heights

As for Reviews I have a bunch coming up. The ones that I am planning to put up over the next couple of days are as follows:

1) The Red Pyramid by Rick Rodrain
2) Everneath by Brodi Ashton
3) Across the Universe by Beth Revis
4) A Million Suns by Beth Revis (these two will probably be in the same post)
5) Jane by April Linder

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cover Reveal Frozen Heart

I am pleased to announce that I am apart of the cover reveal tour for Frozen Heart. 

Title: Frozen Heart
Author: Annabelle Blume
Genre: SciFi Romance
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?
Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

Author Bio:
Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author. That is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Her dogs bark too much and her husband thinks there are too many dogs shoved into their tiny house out in California, but she believes their life is awesome if only because they live so close to Disneyland – which she loves with the tenacity of a nine-tentacled octopus.
She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.
Read about her adventures in writing at
Follow her on Twitter @AnnabelleBlume and like her on Facebook at

Doesn't it look amazing???? I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing tour :-) 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Haul /In my mail box #2

A bit late in the week but here is the last couple of books that I've gone out and brought.

This is just so I can have a full copy of the series as I got it out from the library the only problem is that my copy of Need is Hardback and my copy of Captivate is paper back and that is going to irritate me immensely. 

I've got the hard cover of this book and quite honestly? The cover in this picture does not do it justice. It is amazing in person. A book review will be going up shortly on this as I've already read it and LOVED it.

I have this in hardback. I haven't read it yet but I'm going to at some point. It sounds amazing. 

I've just started reading the above one and I've got to state here I have not read the Percy Jackson series. I decided this month was going to be "Egypt Month" as I spotted this when buying Cleopatra's Moon I went out and brought these two the following week. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stand Alone Novel Challenge

Blue Button

1) This is Not A Test (Courtney Summers)
2) Katana (Cole Gibsen)
3) Immortal City (Scott Speer)
4)Glimmer (Phoebe Kitanidis)
5)Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein)
6)Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator (Josh Berk)
7) Forbidden (Syrie James)
8)Tiger Lily (Jodi Lynn Anderson)
9) Tokyo Heist(Diana Renn)
10)The Demon Catchers of Milan (Kat Beyer)
11) Lost Girls (Ann Kelley)
12) Scarlet (A.C. Gaughen)
13)The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken )
14) Graffiti Moon
(Cath Crowley)
15) Faery Tales & Nightmares(Melissa Marr)

Book Review: Need Series.

Title: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsberry
Pages: 306
Synopsis:Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.
With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages.

Review: Characters: I liked Zara. I loved the little tiblets of phobia's that she manges to give through out the novel I also loved Issie. The males in this beginning of the novel... I didn't really connect with. It very much introduced us to the start of the characters and they do manage to grow through out the three novels. (Also presuming the fourth novel which is going to be out sometime soon. I may buy all four books once the novel is out)

Plot: It was very much the starting steps to the world. Zara becoming involved in a completely new world. Starting to become a leader. She's almost Buffy of the pixy world if that's possible. It gives us the background without over flowing us with information which is always good in a beginning novel. I managed to follow the story without getting lost which is another plus.

Couples: I'm not sure why but Nick and Zara.... they just don't quite bode with me. I prefer the other staring couple but as that's a spoiler I won't post that until I get to Captivate.

Overall thoughts: I enjoyed this novel. Not my favourite beginning novel, but an interesting start non the less.

Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsberry
Synopsis:Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Review: Characters: Zara grows a lot in this book. The only down side is that she's so focused on Nick she does tend to leave out everyone else which isn't always a good thing. While I liked the information on phobia's on the first book the second books pixie tips seemed a little flat to me.

Plot: The bridge book. The book that lays the start paving works to the end of the series. (if it is a three/four book novel) It very much felt like that. This focused on introducing the second love interest Astley who I do like I find I would enjoy him even more if he'd been introduced in the first book I think.

Couples: I prefer Astley and Zara together as opposed to Nick and Zara. I just think if you're willing to change someone to save their boyfriend.... that's a big strength while I think that Nick and Zara may end up end game.

Overall thoughts: I didn't enjoy this novel as much as I did Need. I did like it however

Title: Entice
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsberry
Synopsis:Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever.
But that's not quite how things have worked out.

For starters, well, Nick is dead.
Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned...she's Astley's queen.

Review: Characters: This book is very much another stepping stone to the final book. The books are laying a map in place and the characters are getting more and more loved. I think the reason why everyone seems to prefer Astley is because he seems to be in it a lot more than Nick even though the plot lines are very much there for Nick.

Plot: Again another bridge book. However this one felt that it had more purpose to Captivate. It focused on Zara rescuing Nick. Zara becoming the leader that everyone knows she is apart from her. Also having her start to believe it herself. I was slightly disappointed with what happened with Betty as I love her character. As well as Mrs Nix.

Couples: Keeping this the same as Captivate I'm very much Team Astley in this novel.

Overall thoughts: I'm still not one hundred percent sure what to say without giving endings away. But I am glad that there's another book coming out and I'll be interested to see what happens next.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Empty my wallet (In My Mail Box #1)

I didn't get any books in my mail box this week but I have brought some new ones so here goes.

1) Ever- Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 244
Published Date: May 1st 2008
Falling in love is easy . . .

. . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. Together—and apart—they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning world of flawed gods, unbreak

able vows, and ancient omens.

Her story of love, fate, and belief is spellbinding.

2) Subject Seven- James A. Moore
Publisher: Razorbill
Published Date: 25 Janaurary 2011
Pages: 228

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now, Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.
Hunter, Cody, Gene, Tina, and Kylie: five teenagers leading typical lives, until the day they each receive a call from a mysterious stranger - and learn that their destinies are intertwined. Subject Seven holds the key that connects them all. And a vicious, bloody battle for their lives is just beginning

3) Feed- M.T Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published Date: 23 February 2004

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with
some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now

4) Crossing Over- Anna Kendall
Publisher: Viking Juvenille
Published Date: October 14 2010
Pages: 368
Roger Kilbourne has the ability to "cross over" into the land of the dead and speak with its residents. It is a startling gift, and not a pleasant one. Roger manages to escape his brutal uncle, who has exploited his talents for years; after he gets a job in the palace laundry, he thinks he will be safe. Instead, there are worse dangers.

First, he falls hopelessly in love with the bewitching, willful Lady Cecilia; next, he is pulled into the midst of life-threatening court intigue.

Soon Roger is using his gift as a way to get the life he dreams of-even if it means bringing the dead back to the land of the living

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Interview: Susan Hira

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Susan Hira, she has written an story called The Werewolf on Eagles Nest Mountain a story about some young boys who go on holiday to do some Snowboarding and find themselves in the middle of World War Two!

It is available at in Kindle and Paperback here and available at Paperback here at The Valley Bookstore. Feel free to read (and follow) her blog here

Anyway here is the interview.

Thank you Susan for taking the time out to do this interview firstly could you tell us what is your book about?

All Nick, Jack, and Mike wanted to do was have an epic snow session at a large resort. But due

to budget constraints, their new history teacher insisted that the ninth grade winter class trip be held at the Eagle's Nest Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort, a dilapidated dump with only three lame lifts. When the kids attempt to shred the prime fresh powder in the Arctic Bowl at the top of the mountain, a sniper attacks and forces them to jump from a lift in mid-air.

Before the assassin can strike again, the boys decide to investigate and discover a secret lair inside the mountain used to warehouse and redistribute stolen goods. They realize that all clues lead to an elite guerrilla movement started near the end of World War II known as the "Werwolf" organization and the long-lost gold and art plundered by the Nazis during the war. The ringleader of the newly formed gang, a direct descendant of a Hitler Youth Werwolf, is raising money to fund the new regime. Like an assault rifle firing at close range, the boys' beliefs of good versus evil are shattered as they navigate the emotional fallout from those trying to live down the infamy of their ancestors, some with pride, while others with shame.

As Nick, Jack, and Mike battle for their lives armed only with skis and snowboards, they must figure out whom to trust--or their electrifying ride down the mountain will be their last.

What inspired you to write about World War Two and snowboarding?

I wrote this book when I injured my knee snowboarding and had to take a season off to heal. Without snowboarding, I had quite a bit of free time! Also, my father and I always hit the slopes together, so we missed talking and goofing off when I was sidelined. Since we couldn't snowboard together, I thought working on a book would be a good way to still have fun.

My father has been studying World War II his entire life, so he served as the historical editor on the book. He gave me plenty of ideas including using Werwolf members as the bad guys. I think we both impressed each other with our contributions to this book and continued to challenge each other through the writing process.

Writing the snowboarding/skiing scenes was a blast! I felt like I was on the slopes again; it made missing the snowiest winter in years bearable.

Which character did you have the most fun writing?

Certainly J.D. Dawson the journalist. He’s inappropriate, rude, greedy, and handsome but has a weakness when it comes to love. I really enjoyed writing his newspaper articles.

Why did you choose to self publish your book instead of going through a publisher?

I didn’t feel I’d have any success getting a publisher since I am a first time author with only minor magazine and technical writing experience. Plus, I didn’t think that they would be receptive to the topic of World War II for the young adult / middle grade age.

What do you find most challenging about being a self published author?

Selling the book!

Are there any authors that have influenced your writing style?

My favorite writers / poets are Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. However, I’m certainly influenced by the Indiana Jones movie series, Carol Burnett, the cast of In Living Color & I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, The Little Rascals, Casablanca, and the vintage Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys book series. I also find books like Shadow Divers and Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster fascinating. A bit of an odd mixture, but if you read the book, you’ll find seriousness mixed with absurdity.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Tell everyone you meet that you’re writing a book. They may have great promotional ideas!

What are your current projects?

This month the manuscript for the sequel to The Werwolf on Eagle’s Nest Mountain goes to an editor for review. This will start the publishing process on that book. I hope it will be in paperback and Kindle e-Book by mid summer.

I am also thinking of my next YouTube video topic for my World War II Collecting Channel for Beginners:

On March 24th, I’ll be talking about self publishing at the Bloomington Book Fair. At least one Sunday a month, I set up at a military show in the area to sign books and meet people. Finally, I am starting to outline the third book in the Werwolf series. Now that year end is over (my day job is accounting), I can focus on writing J

Thanks for the interview!

Thank you again Susan for the interview and look into self publishing.