Thursday, 11 February 2016

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

Book: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Book Four)

Author:  Cassandra Clare

Source: Purchased from The Book Depository (TBD)

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Supernatural

City of Fallen Angels

Summary: Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and prepare to be hooked ("Entertainment Weekly") now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! "City of Fallen Angels "is a Shadowhunters novel. The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And most importantly of all she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary s best friend, Simon, can t help her his mother just found out that he s a vampire, and now he s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series."


Review: While I love The Mortal Instrument series sadly I must admit things have started to fall a part a bit after the second book City of Ashes. The third book City of Glass was a rough read for me and months later when I got this book, the fourth, it also took me a long time before I really sat down and read it. In the fourth installment Clary, Jace and Simon have to face new challenges in their lives as the world moves forward. Marriage is on the horizon, love is in the air and unfortunately so is murder and someone using demon blood on the innocents. There are many twist and turns, some good others are either meh or really confusing. I intend to read the series to the end but sadly I must admit that probably Clare's best work in this series ended after City of Ashes. I can only recommend this book to fans of the series, especially of you got through book 3. More so if you loved it because then this book will be a breeze for you.



So at the end of the day while this book stands up enough to let me continue unto the last two books in the series. I am still somewhat disappointed at the loss of the amazing story I read in the first two books. While I understand there are people who are not fans of the author, she is a great storyteller. Sadly not even her great story telling  skills could bring back the magic from the beginning of the series. Yet I will say this is a good read. Just not a great one. At the end of the day I'm still a fan of the author and excited for the new Shadow Hunter series Lady Midnight that is coming out this year.





Rating 3.5 Stars


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court


Waiting on Wednesday is held weekly by Breaking the Spine. This event spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are excited about. So without further ado here is my pick.

The Glittering Court

Book: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Summary: A dazzling, romantic new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of "Vampire Academy." Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, "The Glittering Court" tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World.Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court. When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide s deception. Complications soon arise first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . ."


This is the start of the latest series by Richelle. Other than Soundless I have found out about her books long after they had been released. I want to be at the head of the line with this new one. My hardcopy should be pre-ordered by March.

Thanks for stopping by and sorry about not posting yesterday. I was unwell and fell behind. Also I am not comfortable posting when I'm not able to visit other blogs. Book reviews will go up tomorrow and Friday.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Mish Mash: Week Four



Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme sharing your thoughts and happenings. You just grab a button and create your post. Sure I guess I write it differently from most but moving on....

1. Freelance Work is a go and I'm working with one regular customer and two new ones. I'm excited since one of the new ones wants to do a major project. We'll see but if they decide to continue I'll be getting some good bank. Never bad for a freelancer.



2. I am very excited after getting thirteen new books for my kindle. I helped an author last week and in return was given an Amazon Gift Card. The books I got include: The Undead Road by David Power King (yup paid full price but isn't our lovely David worth it), Dissilution by J.L. Campbell, Midwife to Destiny (Destiny African Romance #1) (Destiny African Romance Series) by Nana Prah and Dracul (Dragon Eye Book 5) by Finley Aaron.



3. Doing a book promo this week for a blog tour. Keep an eye out this week to find out which book.




4. Right now I am reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard which arrived last week via my mailman. 

Truthwitch

Trust me guys this book is really good and the author knows how to create a very intriguing world. 

                                   

What will I tell you? Bloodwitches are scary as shit, if that became real the idea of zombies (not a hoard) might actually sound appealing. Plus I now have more paperback pretties and that is always a good thing.


See you guys tomorrow with my latest book review. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

IWSG: Putting Yourself Out There


Today is the monthly IWSG hosted by Alex and his interchangeable minion squad of online ninjas. Every first Wednesday participants gather to share their insecurities and other thoughts out in the open. It is is an amazing catharsis and fun gathering to be a part of. So here I go with my post.

One of my insecurities has been getting more involved online. When I started this blog I had already tried others with varying degrees of success and failure. Yet I was willing to try again and as you can see a couple years down the road it has paid off.

Then there was Facebook which at first was this crazy fun playground but soon became an overcrowded junkyard I could barely get a word in. I left it for awhile a while for Twitter last year. While I have returned it is still a struggle and not one I'm currently really struggling with as I have found my social media soulmate.

Now that takes me to Twitter. When I first started I have to admit I misjudged twitter. All those short quips and people maybe throwing one back? What the hell is this? Off to Facebook where I can participate in real communication. Oh the irony when I went crawling back and by 2015 I was on a roll. I live tweet on some shows, share writing thoughts and chat it up with various authors and even some nice individuals from the world of Entertainment. I have really found my center here and it will be a vital part of my marketing campaign when it's time to promote my book.

Youtube. Funny most would think you can't make an impact on Youtube if you don't create videos. WRONG. I don't create videos but what I do is comment and communicate with those who do. Bobby Burns and Grace Reynolds are two avid professional Youtubers I have a strong fan relationship with because we don't just chat videos but also about our own thoughts and media. Recently one of my tweets made Grace Reynold's channel Movie Math. Now this was not planned. I had just read an article that burned me up because DC decided to drop Wonder Woman's age and kind of allowed it to be made a big deal. Something I noticed was not done with other superhero characters like Thor (yes I know Thor is with Marvel but let's not forget how sexualized Black Widow is versus Bruce Banner/The Hulk. It has long been an issue that females in movies are often not given the same respect and due process as males). Plus in retrospect who went around dumping the ages of Batman or Superman in Batman vs. Superman (and I don't count saying Batman is older and more jaded. I get older every year I'm alive and that does not reveal jack about my age). So I tweeted Grace like a number of fans and subscribers do. Not too long after that I got to see her mention me and talk about my very tweet and more about Wonder Woman. It was frigging awesome!

Here is the video below. If you look to the left as you watch the video you'll see thumbnails. The one with Wonder Woman beside the birthday cake over stacked with candles is the story I'm mentioned it. If you don't want to watch the entire thing but are interested in hearing about the tweet by yours truly you can click that to skip ahead. Still there are other cool stories including a detailed talk about the movie Birth of a Nation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens struggling in China and the viewer question involving the chances of a live action Pokemon.


Instagram and Tsu.co are two others I want to utilize as well as both places I chat with others online as well as potential marketing tools. But getting to communicate and enjoy time with others is priority for me. I love doing freelance writing despite the load sometimes getting heavy reminding me that it's also a job. While I can't say loving what I do never feels like work, I can say I never go through life always hating what I do. Oh and I updated my Linked In during January and need to get on that.

So yeah it's important to have an online presence but try to make it fun too if you can. There is always a way to get yourself out there and make friends where you can. Thanks for stopping by and see you dear readers again on Friday.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Mish Mash: Week Three and Stealing Snow Cover Reveal



Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme sharing your thoughts and happenings. You just grab a button and create your post. Sure I guess I write it differently from most but moving on....

1. Catching up on some reading with Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and Triangles by Ellen Hopkins.

2. Made a private list on the priority manuscripts I need to finish this year.

3. Set things up so I can publish my first book by June. No more delays.

4. Getting posts ready for April's A-Z. I'm participating with two blogs. More on that in the week.

5. Watch the sinking of Shadowhunters series on Free Form. Did not enjoy this from the start and now even the most dedicated fans are starting to turn on it. The numbers have been steadily declining from a start of nearly two million viewers to under a million by episode 3. Netflix was where I slowly watched the first two and then risked the third one live. Will watch the next one just to be part of the group able to say "Should have kept the movie." I know it did not make much but it was not nearly this bad. If anyone disagrees feel free but in my opinion the show is just not good.

Stealing Snow Cover Reveal

Danielle Paige has started a new book series coming out later this year. On January 28 the cover was revealed and I must say it was quite a beauty. Even better there was an excerpt along with the reveal but first feast your eyes on this.


Summary: Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. But deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree, she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid—her true home—with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.
This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.




So exciting and while September might seem a while away there is no better time start reserving some book buying money than before the release date. For February this hardback is on my list. Paperback (and kindle) is also available for pre-order.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Book Review: The Night Children

Book: The Night Children

Author:  Sarah Tsiang

Illustrator: Sami Suomalainen 

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Picture Book



Summary from Amazon: What happens when the sun goes down at the end of the day? When the streets are empty and kids are called home for dinner and put to bed, the world becomes a magical place. It’s only then that the night children emerge from the shadows, ready to play. In this evocative and lyrical picture book, it is the night children who rule, taking over the world that the day children have left behind. The mischievous night children frolic in the twilight, rummaging for treasures and scattering surprises, stealing slices of the moon and dancing on rooftops. Only when dawn breaks do they tuck themselves away. But if you look very closely, you might just catch a glimpse of them disappearing as you wake up. Were the night children ever really there, or did you dream them? Complemented by beautiful, glowing artwork, this poetic story about the allure of a world unknown and the parallels between imagination and reality will ignite the creative souls of children everywhere.

Review

This book had me awed from start to finish. I know this book is for children but I intend to get a copy for myself just so I can cuddle up and stare at the masterful drawings. The prose is also a lovely combination of storytelling and poetry. This is a must for children who will enjoy listening to the story of these mysterious night children that live among us unknowingly. Parents might actually get pulled into it themselves like I did. Trust me the cover is just a taste of the beauty within this book. I downloaded a copy for Adobe and I'm just jaw dropping over this. Get it.

I'll end this review with a line from this masterpiece: Wake up, little one, and find the house in it's foggy softness of not quite night and not quite dawn.

Rating: 5 Stars of Infinity

Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository



P.S.: I kid you not I went straight to starting a story I had been muddling over a long time. This book really gets your creative juices going. I personally recommend it to every person on the planet.

Oh and I checked on Netgalley and the archive date for this book is not set. If you want to see what I'm talking about before you commit go right HERE. Love you all and see you on Friday.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Death To the Undead Cover Reveal

Today I will be sharing a new cover reveal in partnership with Xpresso Book Tours. Enjoy.





Death to the Undead
Pembroke Sinclair
(Life After the Undead, #2)
Publication date: February 16th 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Zombies
The battle that began in Life After the Undead continues.
Zombies changed her life completely…
Tough teenager Krista escaped to the safety of Florida after her parents were killed by the zombie horde. She united with General Liet, a distant cousin, and moved with him to North Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West. Krista fell in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they freed the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.
But zombies aren’t the only enemy they have to face…
Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using the zombie apocalypse to control their people. Florida is ruled by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of the zombie horde to coerce their populace. Krista and Quinn hatch a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people revolt. Krista and Quinn, labeled as rebels run for their lives when the Families attack North Platte. The Families want them captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors want them dead. Caught in between powerful forces, they must survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into action, all while trying to solidify their new relationship and trying not to self-destruct in the meantime.
Sequel to:

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Author Bio:
Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming--the home of 56 nationalities--it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

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