January 30, 2013

Blog Tour: The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann Review + Giveaway!


The Peculiar
by Stefan Bachmann


Published: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Source: For review
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Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.


In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words.
Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings - Peculiars - and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window.
Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley - Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.


Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.


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The first thing I noticed was the beautiful and colorful cover. It made me think this would be cute story suitable for younger audience, of course I wanted to read this right away!
So I was pretty surprised when I started reading this and was actually scared. I mean can't-read-this-when-there's-dark-outside- scared. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Bartholomew is a changeling who lives his life by one rule: Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Because he's a changeling (half fairy, half human), and neither humen nor fairies accept them.
So nobody really cares when someone starts killing changelings. Until Bartoholomew's little sister, Hettie, is taken. Bartholomew starts an eventful journey with a politician, Mr. Jelliby, to save his sister. Yet it may be too late.

First I have to mention the absolutely fantastic narrator. Like I've mentioned earlier, some books just have the ability to come alive in your head. While reading this, I couldn't help but hear the narrator's voice in my head. Something like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some people probably won't like that, but I happen to love that style.
I also loved Mr. Jelliby. He's a politician, which made me little iffy at first, but he has the ability to get himself in such a trouble you can't help but like him. And sometimes feel a little sorry. He definitely isn't your typical hero, which only makes him more likable. Though I'm surprised he isn't the middle-aged politician I pictured him being.

I'm usually the fan of girly books, and this definitely isn't one. I expected this to be full of action, and I was right, but all the scary parts really surprised me. Okay, I may be the only one who found this scary. But.. Think Professor Quirinus Quirrell and oh-look-you-have-extra-face and scarecrow coming to your room at night and singing you lullaby.. Make's me so scared I'm actually nauseous.

So, if you don't get scared easily, you definitely should check this out. Stefan Bachmann manages to create a whole new world where the natural meets the supernatural with fairies and magic. This isn't pretty story, but that is what makes this stand out even more.







January 28, 2013

Young Adult Giveaway Hop


And yet another hop! I know I've been absent, hopefully this will make up for it!

This time winner gets a YA book of their choice!

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Cover Reveal: The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes + giveaway (UK, US, CA)







The Fallen Stars by
Stephanie Keyes



Expected publication
April 12th 2013




"Imaginative and fast-paced. Couldn't put it down!"
- E.G. Foley, New York Times Bestselling author of The Gryphon Chronicles

"This well-written and intriguing fantasy was a delight to read. I can't wait to read the second novel in this series!"
- Linn B. Halton, author Never Alone on The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes



When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to a Celtic goddess. Now everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside- down when Calienta, Kellen, and friend, Gabriel Stewart, find themselves on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself stuck in the middle of another prophecy that questions everything about him including where his loyalties lie. Plus, Calienta’s more than a bit different; she’s making choices that he doesn’t understand. And Gabe, his best friend? He’s started doing all sorts of freaky things that make Kellen question who he really is.

Kellen and Calienta will fight to stay together and keep the hidden part of the prophecy from becoming reality.

When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?



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January 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor


Blood Shadows
by Lindsay J. Pryor


Published: November 7th 2012
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Ebook
Pages: 380
Source: For review
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For vengeance - would you trust a vampire?

For justice - could you betray your family?

For love - are you ready to question everything you believe in?

Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

Or die.


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Blood Shadows

by Lindsay J. Pryor

Giveaway ends January 18, 2013.

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*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Okay, I don't really know what to say. Unbelievable, I know. I'm so not familiar with being speechless. But I'll try.

The whole book begins with a whole load of action, which kind of.. confused me? There was just so much action and the whole sexual tension thing was even more confusing to me.
It was kind of annoying, since, you know, where's the romance, and hey, you don't even know each other and all that. But luckily I got over this after a while and started enjoying the ride. And you could definitely call it a ride, since there's so much action and.. wow.

I liked Caitlin, but (no surprise to anyone) ended up loving Kane. There's just that something with the bad guy. I mean, he's actually bad. And I'm definitely loving it.

In the end, this was extremely entertaining read I enjoyed spending time with! And I know, this is very little, but like I said, I was left kind of speechless. So you better just check this out yourself ;)







January 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Normalish by Margaret Lesh


Normalish
by Margaret Lesh


Published: October 5th 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Euterpe Young Adult imprint
Format: Ebook
Pages: 175
Source: For review
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Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.




*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*


Lately I’ve been thinking about “normal” and how there’s this fine line between being an average, ordinary person and being completely out-of-your-mind crazy.

“Normal” is all about perception. I mean, isn’t “normal” what the majority of people do?
So what if suddenly ninety-nine people out of a hundred decide to walk their iguanas down the street while wearing a tutu? Wouldn’t the one guy who didn’t own an iguana and wear a tutu be the freak?

And isn’t it the ones who seem normal on the outside who, in actuality, know where the bodies are buried in the backyard or are secretly in love with their toaster?




After reading that I knew this was going to be my kind of book! Which was great, since I was on page 2. Totally have to agree with Stacy, especially with the part about those who seem normal. Yeah, I've never been "normal", so even the name was appealing to me.

Stacy is fifteen and in high school. And surprise: high school sucks! Her best friend decides she's just not cool enough anymore, and dumbs her. She's in love with a guy who turns out to be a complete jerk. And her best friend, who happens to be a guy, has a crush on her, and that just.. can't be good. Oh, and Stacy's sister is acting up a little strange, like cutting off her sleeves and stuff. And her dad is dead. So yeah, it's pretty sucky.

After realising Stacy is only 15, I was little iffy, thanks to situation with Confessions of an Angry Girl (too much steamy scenes for a little child!). I was so relieved when I kept reading and noticed this didn't have so much steam, but was a story of a girl who doesn't mind keeping her pants on.
Sure, there's romantic situations, but they are sweet and fitting to a girl her age.

Even though high school was a huge part of the story, it also revolved a lot around Stacy's sister Becca and her getting better. Stacy ends up spending a lot of time in the nuthouse. And of course there's a guy involved. A guy who happens to look like a pirate and is named Bobby.
Man, I just fell in love with that guy! Of course I hoped things would go right for him and Stacy, and I was devastated after.. you know what.
Bobby and Stacy just made me laugh and cry, and then I was crying really hard, and then there was some funny parts and I ended up snorting and sounded like a pig and started laughing harder while crying.. So, thanks for that, my husband already thought I'm not completely sane, definitely didn't lessen his suspicions ;)

This was the first book I read this year, and I'm so glad about it. It only took me a day to read this, since I just couldn't stop reading. I definitely recommend this if you're a fan of YA. And you can definitely try this even if you weren't!

And now, check out the giveaway!


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January 10, 2013

Shadow of Time Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway



Shadow of Time
by Jen Minkman


Published: January 1st 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.








Publishing paranormal romance in Europe
by Jen Minkman



Writing paranormal romance in Europe is quite a challenge. Why, you say? Because most of the books in the genre are in English. This means all other European countries usually stick to translating those bestselling books into their native languages, because they are bestsellers and everybody knows who Stephenie Meyer is, even if the book itself is in Spanish, Hungarian or Finnish. Sales guaranteed.
I decided to turn this whole process around. After signing a contract with a Dutch publisher (yippee!) to get my paranormal romance ‘Schaduw van de Tijd’ on the market in the Netherlands, I then took my manuscript and translated it into English so I could publish ‘Shadow of Time’ through Amazon and make sure my book ended up on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, all the other European branches of Amazon as well as all the Kindle stores, including the new one in India. In April, the book will go live on Smashwords as well, making it accessible for everyone without a Kindle. Sales guaranteed (I hope!).

Curious about the whole self-publishing process? Well, read on.
First of all, I spent about three months translating and re-writing my book into English. I am more or less bilingual, but of course I did call on a few other teachers of English (I myself am one) to help me every now and then (those teachers being my dad, my mom and my sister). Yes, we are indeed one such family with a single big talent that we all use to earn a living. ;)
After translating the whole book, I sent it off to an American freelance editor who checked my text for cultural inconsistencies (one notable error was my main character eating pancakes with jam for breakfast – however, Americans use maple syrup!) as well as grammar and U.S. spelling. I mainly speak British English, but the book is set in Arizona, so that would be weird. This is when I found out that ‘no-one’ is actually spelled ‘no one’. (*ashamed*!)
After that, the real work began. I e-mailed so many book blogs I lost count, asking them to run a promotional, giveaway or review for my book. I set up my own blog tour (of which this blog is part), making sure I would have blogs from all over the globe. I ran give-aways on Goodreads, participated in give-away blog hops, and basically tried to sell myself and my book from June till December.

Why did I think this book deserved to be published in English as well?
When I started work on ‘Shadow of Time’, I had no idea it would require me to do weeks and weeks of research about Navajo Nation and the history of the Navajo people. I set out to write a paranormal love story, but ended up obsessing over every last bit of history and culture in the book being flawlessly described. I learned so much about the hardship the Native Americans had to go through, their rich language and culture, and the state that present-day Navajo Nation is in, that I felt I had to share it with the world. Don’t worry, the book hasn’t turned into a major info-dump fest where I flaunt all the knowledge I’ve acquired (all those Umberto Eco-ish ramblings were cut out in the third draft :), but the story does have a background that hopefully gives readers a feel of what life is like on a reservation. I hope everybody will enjoy reading ‘Shadow of Time’ as much as I enjoyed writing it!



And now it's time for a giveaway!
And remember, Shadow of Time will be available on Smashwords from March 14th onwards!

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January 08, 2013

2012 End Of Year Book Survey

I know, it's already 4th.. I mean, 8th of January (s***)! I visited my hometown last weekend, got 1 wedding, 1 christening, 2 birthdays, so didn't write anything..

Best In Books 2012


1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
Impossible! Though if you twist my hand and I absolutely have to name a few..

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White
This won't be out until February, but I already read this, and this was AWESOME. Absolutely different than Kiersten's Paranormalcy series, but still just as awesome!

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole
I was convinced this wouldn't be something I'd like, but holy ****!, I ended up just.. mindblown!



Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
Also thought this wouldn't be my thing, and was, again, mindblown. I probably should start reading only books I think I won't like!

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett
Great contemporary, can't wait for the second book!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
This rocks, kicks ***, absolutely fabulous!

Darkride (Darkride Chronicles #1) by Laura Bradley Rede
Story with a girl, a werewolf and a vampire. You would think you already know how that story goes, but nope! This surprised me with the originality and ended up as one of my favorites! And absolutely can't wait for the second book! (..just a little hint, Laura..! ;) )

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Read the review I posted yesterday.

..and the list goes on and on.


2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
There's a few that comes to mind..

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
High expectations, but.. just not a fan.

The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1) by Lisa M. Stasse
Same again, high expectations, didn't end up liking this.

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler
So did not like this!!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Again, so did not like this!!


3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
I'm going to have to say Poison Princess, Shatter Me and Under the Never Sky, since I thought I wouldn't like these books (mostly because of the genre) and these ended up as two of my favorites!


4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm well this is tough. Since I don't remember the books I've recommended online, yet I don't really have any reading friends IRL to recommend books to. Well that's a pickle.
Well, I've recommended Paranormalcy series to someone IRL!


5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
Again, let's say Under the Never Sky and also look number 1 and 3, since I think every book in those are part of a series!


6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Let's say.. Veronica Rossi, Katie McGarry, Josephine Angelini, Kelley Armstrong, Tabitha Suzuma aaand Stacey Kade.


7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Well this is difficult, since when it comes to books, I don't really have any "comfort zone"..
But like I mentioned earlier, I was little iffy about Under the Never Sky, Shatter Me and Poison Princess, so guess you could say they were out of my comfort zone?
And I never even thought about reading anything from Kelley Armstrong, luckily Patricia recommended her books so much I had to try them out :)


8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
I'm gonna have to go with Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, since I read the whole trilogy in two days :D You could definitely call that "unputdownable"!


9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Because I have the second book waiting in the shelf, but before getting into that I want to read the first book again!


10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?


Starcrossed and Dark Kiss are few of my favorites! Though I have mentioned earlier that I'm not the biggest fan of the Elvis-hair, but otherwise love the cover of Dark Kiss!
And I have no idea why I like Starcrossed so much.


11. Most memorable character in 2012?
Derek from the Darkest Powers trilogy, Cole from Everneath, Luke from Darkride and Jackson from Poison Princess. And Evie from Poison Princess!
You thought I'm so pathetic I would only pick some extremely hot (and bad) boys?! Shame on you!
Oh, and Fia from Mind Games!


12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This just instantly came to my mind.


13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
There's so many!!

Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede. I've read thousands of books when I was younger, but it was really hard to find something as good as Twilight or Harry Potter. So I was absolutely thrilled after reading this and realising I'm still able to enjoy books!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Loved the book, and even loved the movie. Which was weird. I've watched and read both so many times, and still love both. Extremely weird.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. So beautifully written. Absolutely wonderful.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I still wish this was mandatory read in every school.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Mainly caught my attention because the author manages to paint a picture when she describes things. Extremely visual book, if that's even possible!


14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Apparently it came out 2001, and I never even noticed it in the library!


15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
Aaaargh. I really can't remember anything right now.


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
Longest — Apparently Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead with 594 pages! Didn't see that coming.

Shortest — Probably A Bite's Tale (A Furry Fable) by Veronica Blade with 155 pages. Loved that book, could've been longer!


17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
First coming to mind is Shatter Me and the scene with Juliette and Warner. You know what I'm talking about.


18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
See the list from "11. Most memorable character in 2012". Probably all of those people and their "partners".


19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously.
Mind Games by Kiersten White!


20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
Patricia and Darkest Powers trilogy!


Looking Ahead…


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
Check the "2013 TBR Pile Challenge"- post. Like every book I mention there! Dang. Except I've already read The Last Echo, yay!


2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?
Tons and tons of books, yet none comes to mind.


3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
I want to break my record in how many books I read per year. I want to really get to know some bloggers, my social life is nonexistent in every possible way. I want to reach 1000 followers (call me insane)!
I'm not sure if I'm able to do all these things, because we have a house to build. Plus we hopefully get a new family member next summer.

Oh there was suppose to be only one thing? Yeah, not possible!




January 07, 2013

Cityglitter Blog Tour: Guest Post by Carla Caruso


Celebrities who may well be magical

by Carla Caruso


Many people love a story with a touch of magic – whether it is in book or film. Me included!

Hence, my new book, Cityglitter, centres on a posse of glam fairies, known as ‘cityglitters’. You can spot this variety of fairy in your midst because they can’t help from wearing a splash of pink amid their outfits, they look like Victoria’s Secret Angels but have actual wings (hidden from human eyes), and they naturally smell like perfume Mariah Carey would put her name to.

It made me ponder which well-known faces, regularly seen out and about on the A-list circuit, could actually be magical, too. You know the types who never have a hair out of place or put a foot wrong on the red carpet. Well, it’s fun imagining it anyway… here’s my list.

  • Blake Lively. She’s always getting about in gorgeous, princess-style frocks and wearing little plaits in her wavy blond hair – very fairy-ish. Plus, she magnetised Ryan Reynolds with her ethereal charm. Who knows? Maybe she’s got a spot of fairy blood in her.


  • Kate Hudson. Her mum’s a little bit kooky and Kate herself has the tinkling laugh down pat. I could so see her in a tutu and pair of stripey socks!


  • Drew Barrymore. She befriended an alien in E.T. and she looks forever-young, like she’s sipped from the fountain of youth. Who’s to say she’s not otherworldly?


  • Miranda Kerr. She’s been a Victoria’s Secret Angel – just maybe the wings she had on display weren’t fake? Plus, with her doll-like face and endless pins, she’s got “perfect fairy girl” stamped all over her.


  • Criss Angel. Uber dark, uber mysterious… perhaps his illusions are actually – deep breath in – real?


  • Channing Tatum. Surely being that attractive can’t be human? We say: fairy bad-boy all the way!


Cityglitter by Carla Caruso (Destiny Romance) is about a gorgeous fairy living a glam life in the big city, who does the one thing she promised herself she’d never do: fall in love with a human.

www.destinyromance.com





Cityglitter
by Carla Caruso


Published: September 15th 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

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Christelle is like any other 20-something living in Sydney, Australia – except for one huge secret. She enjoys cocktails with girlfriends, luxury brand launches, gossip and shopping. For an added touch of spice, there’s also the sizzling connection with her new boss, the gorgeous Jasper.

Then Christelle’s younger sister, the hapless and na├»ve Trixie Fifi Panache, arrives unannounced, and things begin to fall apart. Not only does Christelle have to deal with her sister’s exploits and embarrassing mistakes, but she also has to live with the fear that her escapades will reveal the truth: Christelle and Trixie are half fairy, half human, and hidden beneath their clothes are a pair of gorgeous wings. To make matters worse, Christelle has fallen for Jasper, but knows that taking the relationship any further threatens exposure. And no love could survive that, could it?

Cityglitter is a charming, magical romance that leaves in its wake a glitter of fairy dust. With inner-city fabulousness and sophistication, this fun celebration of love will add more than a touch of sparkle to your life.






January 02, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White

I know, I know, this was suppose to be up yesterday! But we went ice skating and eventually I was so tired! I was asleep by 9 PM :P But here you go!




Mind Games
by Kiersten White


Expected publication:
February 19th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Mind Games #1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Source: Through publisher
for review purposes
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Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right.
Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her — except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways... or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other — no matter the cost.



*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
First I have to introduce Mind Games' UK cover, though I'm sure this is no news to anyone.



I really can't say which cover and title I like more, cause they're just so different and both suitable on their own way.

I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I first heard about it, except of course some sort of epic awesomeness, thanks to author.
We have two narratives, Fia and Annie. They're sisters, but that's probably all they have in common. Annie is blind, but sometimes she has visions. But due to her blindness she's also pretty helpless and that makes her an easy prey. And that's the best way to control Fia; threaten Annie. Since Fia has the flawless instincts, she makes a great assassin (hint, the UK name!).

I wasn't a huge fan of Annie. She's blind, but sometimes I got the feeling she really is using her sister. Fia wouldn't have gone to that school if it wasn't for Annie. Fia wouldn't be used, if it wasn't for Annie. And it takes Annie years to realise this. I just feel she uses her sister sometimes too.
But Fia.. I have a total girl crush! And I haven't have one of those in a long time. She's absolutely kickass yet.. she's in her breaking point. She just wants out, but there really isn't way. Until she comes up with a hopefully awesome plan.
There's also some romantic action; the whole story starts when Fia doesn't kill Adam, and she hopes there could be something there, but there probably won't be. And then there's James, who is presented as a villain, but Fia actually really cares about him, even when she knows she shouldn't. And in the end, we might have been wrong about him all along.

Why I chose this to be the first review of this year is because this was one of my most anticipated books coming out in 2013, and I was so happy when I got to read this in 2012! I absolutely loved Kiersten's Paranormal series (and absolutely adored Evie), and couldn't wait to read more from her.
But I must say I was completely taken by surprise when I realised how different Mind Games was from Paranormalcy! Paranormalcy was mostly just absolutely hilarious, so of course I was expecting more of that. But Mind Games.. it's nothing like Paranormalcy. It's dark and sad and even awful sometimes, yet it's amazing. Kiersten has her unique style of writing which captures you from the first page and keeps you glued to the book until you're finished. And then lefts you wishing you already had the second book. And the cliffhanger really doesn't help with that.


My thanks to HarperCollins and Christine!







January 01, 2013

Happy New Year and a Giveaway Hop Winner!

Let's start with HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's already 7.50 AM here, so my new year is done by now. Though I was asleep by 11 PM, I'm old and everything :D
How was your new year's eve?

Okay, it's time for the giveaway winner! This is awesome: TOTAL OF 1019 ENTRIES!



That's just pure awesomeness!
There's other things I should be doing today too; There's suppose to be review of Mind Games out today (cause it was so awesome, so what's a better way to start the new year?), and I should post the "End of 2012 Survey" in some point.. There also was bunch of challenges, so I should probably write a recap of those, too..

And I'm suppose to go ice skating today!! So much to do, so little time! Though I was so wise I took some holiday from work, so it's a week of freedom ahead!

Okay, I'll end this torture now, it's time for the winner!

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I will email you ASAP, congrats and happy new year!




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