Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review of Ten by Gretchen McNeil

 My review of Ten by Gretchen McNeil

 Ten

 I really loved this book about a group of ten teenagers who all receive invitations to a house party on an island for the weekend. What they don't realize is that the invitations came from a killer bent on revenge. Even though they all attend different schools they all have a connection that only the killer knows. They were all involved in wronging someone. At least in the killers eyes. As people start mysteriously dying it doesn't take Meg ( our main protagonist ) long to figure out that these deaths are no accident. Somebody is murdering them one by one. Can Meg discover who the killer is before it's too late and can she trust anyone. She doesn't know if the killer is one of the ten, or if there's someone else on the island with them. 
Very cleverly written and the action is non stop. So many twists and turns you don't know what's going to happen next. You'll have a lot of fun finding out though. A definite page turner.

This book was purchased. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review of Order of the Dimensions by Irene Helenowski

 This book was very kindly sent to me by the Author

                         Order of the Dimensions

 Blurb: When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.


 Review: I have to admit I'm not very technical, so there were aspects of this book I just didn't get, Basically a group of scientist's invent a machine that can transport people to different dimensions where the same people live but their lives are usually changed from the other dimension from which they came. Sometimes the differences are small and sometimes things have drastically changed. Jane, the heroine of this book finds herself caught up in the middle of a mad mans obsession. Dr. Anton Zelov wants to take control of the order of the dimensions to create a dimension in which he and the people chosen by him would rule the world and those that defy him would be sent to dimensions where they can be under the rule of the order. In his perfect dimension Jane is his wife, but that's not what Jane wants and so she tries to escape from Anton into other dimensions. This happens over and over again. She gets to the life she wants to have and Anton keeps finding her and pulling her back to his dimension. I found myself getting confused as to which time and place we were in. I did like the idea of the alternate universe or dimension and I found it interesting the way people could easily jump from one dimension to another, but I would have liked it better if they would have stayed in the same place a little longer. Overall I did like the story though. 

Thank you very much to the author Irene Helenowski for providing me with this book.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review of Fear Collector by Gregg Olsen


                      Fear Collector

 Blurb: Ted Bundy. America's most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy's victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison--and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and seduce innocent girls. To kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself. . .


 Review: Fear Collector was a great read. I really loved it. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning as Tacoma Police Detective Grace Alexander is working a case that draws her into her past. Women are being murdered in a way that is reminiscent of serial killer Ted Bundy. Another girl, Emma Rose, goes missing and Grace is determined to find her before she becomes the next victim. At the same time she's trying to find the remains of her sister who many believe, including their Mother, was a victim of Bundy. Her Mother's obsession became Grace's as well and she wants to prove once and for all whether her sister was a victim of Bundy or if she died by someone else's hand. 
Of course there are a lot of reference's to Ted Bundy in this book. I don't know how much was fact or fiction but it was fascinating to read about. I love Gregg Olsen. Every book is better than the last and Fear Collector is no exception. Amazing! Read this book. You won't regret it.

 I gave Fear Collector 5 out of 5 Stars. 


Monday, April 15, 2013

Free on Kindle today, April 15, 2013

 Clear Lake - Awakening by RB Stutz 

          Clear Lake - Awakening (YA - Zombie)

 The uglies came like a relentless scourge. You either survive or turn. When Harley (15) is bitten, her dad agrees to do the necessary before she turns. The last thing she sees before fading from life is her parents being overrun by more of the monsters. Harley wakes to find herself very much alive, recovered from the bite and alone. The world's too horrible to be left alone.


 Freaky Deaky High: Killer Ride by T. D. Rizor

          Freaky Deaky High: Killer Ride

 Supernatural... Paranormal... Freaky Deaky.

Adam is stoked. He just turned 16. He wants a car more than anything, so when he finds a Corvette in the woods with the key in the ignition, he decides to take it.

Bad move. This is no ordinary ride... it's a killer ride. What seemed like Adam's dream car turns out to be his worst nightmare.


 To Disturb The Dead by (a novella) by Brandon Berntson

           To Disturb The Dead (a novella)

 Kathy Mender's obsession with darkness takes her to the brink of madness. So, much so, she longs to unearth a dead body. When Bobby Farks, her faithful lover, gets word, he has to see it for himself. He followers her to Rose Hill Cemetery in the early hours of a frigid January morning. But what they discover is more than unrequited love.


 The Change (Unbounded) by Teyla Branton

          The Change (Unbounded)

 

No Second Chances. Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps.


There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.

Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene. 

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.


 Daughter Of Silence: Daughters Of Alba, Book 1
 by Erin E. M. Hatton

          DAUGHTER OF SILENCE: Daughters of Alba, Book 1

 In the land that would one day become Scotland, three sisters embark on three very different paths ...

Aigneis, the eldest, has always been a dutiful daughter. An arranged marriage to the king is her ultimate test of obedience.

Domhnall Mhor is a great warrior and an imposing man, but inside he is just as timid as his fair young bride. 

In the midst of running a kingdom, will Aigneis and Domhnall find the courage to love or will they let silence destroy their marriage?

 Covers and descriptions from Amazon. 


 

 

 




           

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Top 10 List: Stephen King Books

 Since Stephen King is my all time favorite author, I thought I would do a list of my top 10 books of his. If your a fan let me know if you agree with my list or what you would change.

1. It

    

 2.The Stand

    The Stand


 3. The Green Mile

    The Green Mile


 4. The Dark Tower Series

     The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower

 5. Misery

     


 6. The Shining 

     

 
 7. Under The Dome

     

 
 8. The Talisman ( with Peter Straub )

     


 9. Pet Sematary 

     


 10. Needful Things 

     


 


    


 


    

    

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Deadly to Love Book Tour

Today I will be hosting author Mia Hoddell as she continues her book tour for Deadly to Love. Thank you so much for being here Mia.

       

    Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 9781291319170
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance


                      



Description
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.


What people are saying

"It was a very original idea, not to mention modern. I loved that little twist. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound." ~ Kacii - The Kooky Bookworm 5/5

I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action.  As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn't reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5

“I found that it's surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5

All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.”  ~Brianna 5/5

"This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end. In Deadly to Love the action is constructed incredibly well, it is fast paced but filled with loads of detail that leaves everything easy to imagine and visualize." ~ Billie 5/5

"Mia Hoddell used the senses well to add depth and engage me as a reader, especially during action sequences or heightened moments. I really struggled to stop reading this book!" ~ L. Morgan 5/5

Buy Links:  
Paperback (Lulu) and will be available on Amazon soon





About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.


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                   Deadly to Love Playlist






                         Top 10 Characters I Would Love to Play


I love acting and being able to play somebody else for a short period of time, which is probably why I like writing as well, so here is a list of the top 10 characters I would love to play if the books were ever made into or have become a movie.



1.  Darcie lock (Ringmaster by Julia Golding)
She’s a teen spy that gets to travel to countries I would love to go to. She’s also a strong female lead in a book that’s realistic rather
 than filled with fancy gadgets. 

                              
Ringmaster (Darcie Lock, #1)



2.  Willow (Angel by L.A Weatherly)
She’s part angel and an interesting character that is a slight tomboy and can take care of herself.



ANGEL book cover



3.   Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
OK so being thrown into the Hunger Games in real life might not be such a good thing but the role would be great to play in the movie as there’s a lot of action.



The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)




4.  Faythe Sanders (Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent)
She’s another strong female lead that takes no messing around. Also, she is a were-panther and I love cats. I know I physically wouldn't turn into one but it would be an interesting role.

Stray (Shifters, #1)






5.   Wanda/Mel (The Host by Stephanie Meyer)
Unlike the other characters I have listed Wanda is a gentle soul that wants to help others and it would be fun to play as she is living inside a human.



The Host (The Host, #1)




6.   Valkyrie Caine (Skulduggery Pleasant Books by Derek Landy)
She knows how to fight, has magical powers, is one of the most powerful sorcerers and has a quick wit that never fails to make me laugh. 

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

7.   Sapphire (Ingo by Helen Dunmore)
She is part mermaid and can breathe underwater so long as she is in Ingo. I would love to be able to do that as I love swimming.

Ingo (Ingo, #1)

8.  Liv warden (Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent)
I liked her wit and sense of humour. She is tough but also has a vulnerable side around Cam.

Blood Bound (Unbound, #1)

9.   Tashi (Dragonfly by Julia Golding)
First of all she is a princess and secondly she gets to travel all over countries with a prince that loves her, what girl wouldn’t want that?





Dragonfly


10.   Cassandra Palmer (Touch the Dark by Karen Chance)

She is the most powerful seer in the world and has a lot of vampires around her. She can handle herself and is a strong character.


Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)



Thanks to Rodney for hosting me on his brilliant blog and remember to check out Deadly to Love and the rest of the tour stops here: http://miahoddell.blogspot.co.uk/p/tour-schedule.html!





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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A list of ebooks I found free on Kindle today, April 11, 2013

Invincible (A Centennial City Novel ) by Fionn Jameson

Invincible (A Centennial City Novel)

Her name is Ran Hwang. Schooled from childhood to battle vampires that roam the earth, she knows intimately of the horror that lies behind the beautiful masks they present to the human world. It is her duty to exterminate every vampire she comes across and she does it willingly, without thought, without mercy. Vampires are the scourge of humankind and she will do anything to take them down.

Until one day she meets a beautiful man who turns her world upside down and shows her what she considers evil might not be so bad after all...


The Black Widow by C. J. Johnson

The Black Widow

When Cheryl found out about her husband's affair with his secretary, she was distraught. What if he left her? How could she ever show her face in public again?
The solution was simple.
She'd just have to kill him.

Detective Mike Jamison knows this was no accident, but he has no proof of foul play. The one and only black widow of his career has just got away with murder. 

But someone else knows what Cheryl did. And he's coming for her. 

When investigating the murder of a young woman, Mike crosses paths with Cheryl once again. But Mike is not alone this time. Now, someone else is determined to make Cheryl pay for what she did, and he isn't bound by the rules of the law.

He will do anything, anything, to see Cheryl get what she deserves.


Reckoning by R Thomas Brown

Reckoning

Erik Daniels made a mistake. He was trying to help, but the woman died anyway. He’s spent twenty years living a decaying life, drinking away his guilt and keeping that secret hidden. A secret that has bound his small group together, and torn their lives apart.

The secret is out. 

Reckoning is a crime novel that follows Erik and the people of a small town in the Texas hill country as he struggles to survive, find answers, keep himself out of prison and find a way out of the fetid life he’s made.


Blood of Others by Rick Mofina 

Blood of Others

Pulled over by a cop as she's driving home through the San Francisco night, Iris Wood falls prey to a sadistic killer. In the window of a downtown bridal boutique across town, the prize wedding gown is filled out not by a mannequin, but by Iris's blood-soaked corpse. In just its first 10 pages, Blood of Others grabs you by the jugular, and it rarely relinquishes its hold. The spotlight next falls upon Olivia Grant, another lonely soul seeking to escape her empty social life with the help of the Internet. The theme of spinsters imperilled by men of evil intent lurking on the Net is scarcely a novel one in crime fiction, but Ottawa writer Rick Mofina gives it fresh energy in his third novel. He made a splash with If Angels Fall, nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel, then showed that was no fluke with Cold Fear.


Threads That bind ( The Havoc Chronicles ) by Brant Williams 

Threads That Bind (The Havoc Chronicles)

At 16, Madison has accepted herself for who she is: smart and witty, but overweight with thick glasses and the social life of a Tibetan monk. Everything changes the summer before her junior year of high school when her eyesight inexplicably corrects itself, and she begins to rapidly lose weight. However, her new look comes with an unexpectedly expensive price. Madison’s first kiss with the boy she has had a crush on for years triggers powers she can’t control, almost killing him.

She discovers she is a Berserker, a powerful being chosen to guard the world from the Havocs, ancient creatures brought into our world by magic thousands of years ago. They cause destruction and death, but cannot be killed. Only the Berserkers’ life-blood can bind – and free – the Havocs. One Havoc is free and wants Madison’s blood to free another. Instead of enjoying her new look and popularity at school, Madison must now work with the Berserkers to master her powers and bind the Havoc before it kills her. 

Oh, and if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out she is the first female Berserker since, well - ever.


Defying Mars (Saving Mars Series-2) by Cidney Swanson

Defying Mars (Saving Mars Series-2)

Jessamyn has escaped Earth with food for her starving world, but her troubles are just beginning. She must rebuild her life without Pavel, the Terran boy whose kiss haunts her. Her success is further tainted by the loss of her beloved brother. Ethan disabled the deadly lasers orbiting Mars, but this has created a fervor to re-open trade with Earth which Jess knows would be disastrous. Add into the mix a secret which could launch an interplanetary war, and Jess finds herself at the center of an intrigue where, in order to save the world she loves, she must defy it.


The Keeper's Curse ( The Keeper's Curse # 1 ) by Diana Harrison

The Keeper's Curse (The Keeper's Curse, #1)

After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Is that normal for someone like her? Well, of course not. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.


Forget You ( Demon Underground Series ) by Parker Blue 

Forget You (Demon Underground Series)

Enjoy a free short story from the Demon Underground Series by Parker Blue!
At the end of MAKE ME (Book 4), Shade’s relationship with Val hangs in the balance as he tries to reconcile his own demons of the past with Val’s choices and her new role as Palladin of the Demon Underground. FORGET YOU is a peek into Shade’s past.
Sixteen-year-old Shawn, “Shadow Boy,” is the exact opposite of his sister, Sharra, whose nickname is “Sunshine Girl.” While she sees the joy and bright side of everything, he sees the dark-side all too often. Feels the isolation forced on them by their father more sharply. And chafes under the constant discipline needed to hold their powers in check.
When an argument with his father sparks Shawn’s shadow demon half, his world implodes.



All covers and descriptions are from Amazon.