Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover reveal: I Am Forever (What Kills Me #2) by Wynne Channing

I Am Forever - lo-res

Introducing I Am Forever, the highly-anticipated sequel to Wynne Channing's best-selling debut novel What Kills Me. Check out the teaser synopsis for the second book in the series which is due out in Winter 2013:
The prophecy said a girl would kill them all. Against an army of vampires, Axelia fought back and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. But she is not safe. The empire is rife with danger and deceit — and Axelia and her companion, Lucas, are caught in the middle of a bloody war. With everyone's lives at stake, Axelia must battle to protect those she loves.
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Below is a short video of Wynne discussing the cover of I Am Forever:



If you haven't yet read the exhilarating first book, What Kills Me, which has an impressive 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Amazon (179 reviews), buy it here: Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads
 
What Kills Me Cover SmallAn ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?  

Connect with Wynne:
 
• Email: wynne@wynnechanning.com | Twitter: wynnechanning
 
cropped headshot About Wynne:
Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

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I don't know about you guys, but I am LOVING this cover so much! I can't wait for I Am Forever to be released!! If you haven't read the first book, What Kills Me, I highly recommend that you do so immediately because it is absolutely fantastic. =D
 
Please feel free to leave some lovely comments for Wynne Channing below!! 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Nomad by J.L Bryan


 
Synopsis:
 
They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
 

Hello everyone! If you didn't already know, J.L. Bryan just released his latest novel, Nomad, earlier this week. This book is phenomenal and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's a time-travel dystopian and it's incredibly kick-ass. You can read my review HERE if you like.
 
JL has been kind enough to give away an ebook copy of Nomad (mobi or epub format)! To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment on this post, and I'll pick a winner via random.org in two weeks time (August 10th). Please be sure to include your email address in your comment, so I can notify you if you win!
 
*Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is chosen.
 
Good luck!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Early review: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Expected publication: July 26, 2013
Format: eARC
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Description from Goodreads:
 
They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
 
Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed and mind-blowing book I've read all year! J.L. Bryan has cleverly constructed a novel that is so descriptive and engaging that throughout the book he literally had me cheering, laughing, and yelling in a rather loud fashion. He writes in such a way that it's like a piece of you merges with the characters and you can't help but be completely swept up in their emotions. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book!

Another reason to fall head-over-heels for this novel is the fact that its premise is so unique. It's a time-travel dystopian that features a kick-ass chick named Raven, who is a "Nomad". The entire concept and explanation of what a Nomad is will probably leave you feeling brain-banged, but in an awesome way, if that even makes sense! Just be prepared for the mind explosion. Raven's Nomad status definitely adds to the allure of her character.

Raven is amazing: she's a highly intelligent young woman who has seen and been through so much. She's from the future where an evil dictator, named Logan Carraway, reins over the U.S. and he's turned the states into a terrifying, heinous place. Raven has been tasked with the duty of traveling back in time, to the year 2013, to assassinate this awful man when he is young and hasn't done any damage yet. But things get incredibly complicated in more ways than one when she crosses paths with this man!

When Raven makes contact with her target, Logan, some very unexpected things happen. I had a lot of confusing and conflicting emotions towards Logan. I know, and Raven knows, that he will evolve into a tyrant that is largely responsible for the fall of the U.S. and the deaths of many. Yet when Raven meets him, he's just a regular college guy. He's annoyingly cocky, but still, he's just a regular, charming and vivacious fellow. He hasn't done terrible things yet. Raven's entire plan and thought process changes when she meets him, and so does mine. The things that transpire between these two feels warped and kind of dirty, but I still liked it. This is what J.L. Bryan does: he extracts emotions from you that you never expected to feel, which leaves you stunned and surprised!

There's excitement at every turn in this book, and the ending was no exception. Raven sacrifices a lot to save the future of the country, and the magnitude of her actions are palpable. I was simultaneously shocked and pleased by the last events of the story, and everything felt very bittersweet.

There is SO MUCH going on in this book, it's insane, but in a good way. I was completely consumed by all of the action, information, terror and romance being thrown my way throughout Raven's journey. It's safe to say that her character and this book will not be easily forgotten by me.

*Special thanks to J.L. Bryan for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule

Published: June 7, 2013
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
Format: eARC
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Mystery, Murder, Manolo Blahnik

A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .

When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.

Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.

Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.

Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
 
Immortal Eclipse is a novel cloaked in mystery and rife with unexpected concepts! Sherry Soule has pieced together a story that is part murder mystery and part romance, with a little extra something thrown in to give you literary whiplash!
 
Skylar is the heroine of this novel and she's a strong-willed fashionista that is quite likable. The book centers around her traveling to California after she inherits her late uncle's estate. Sky has some unexplained occurrences before her trip to CA, and to say that her experiences intensify after her arrival at her uncle's mansion is an understatement!
 
The circumstances surrounding the death of her relative are bizarre and frightening enough, but when Sky comes into contact with the eclectic group of people staffing her new home, things get even crazier. Some of these characters were sinister and downright creepy! I really never knew who to trust.
 
This was definitely a stimulating read for me in the fact that I was trying to play detective right along with Sky as she searched for clues as to who possibly murdered her uncle. As the facts finally started to add up, the plot seemed to thicken even further, and I was pretty impressed by the outcome!
 
The only thing that bugged me off and on throughout the book was the back and forth between Sky and her love interest, Dorian. Dorian is a dreamy fellow, but every time things seemed to heat up between him and Sky, it was like ice water rained down upon them, crushing their connection. I know why things played out the way they did, but I can't help but wish I got a little more from them. I'm greedy like that! Hehe...
 
But seriously, this is an interesting novel to check out if you're a fan of unique concepts, hot men, spunky women, and a plot that will keep you guessing!

*Special thanks to Sherry Soule for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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