Monthly Archives: May 2013

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May’s Monthly Wrap-Up

This month I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. It was amazing and I was so happy when I found out!

Then I reviewed City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, which I read ages ago but delayed in posting a review of, because I’m lazy.

Frost Burned was another amazing book by Patricia Briggs, I absolutely loved it, with a strong heroine and a vivid world.

Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine was so gritty and a modern take on a zombie read, review is to come soon, but I really enjoyed it, even though it’s not something to read when you need cheering up!

I finally got to read The Fifth Wave which was simply fantastic, it’s the début in a Dystopian trilogy by Rick Yancey and I can’t wait to read more, it took me seconds to fly through it! My review is going to be posted soon, and I’d love for you to share your thoughts if you’ve read it. If not, well then, go away and don’t come back until you have!

I’m getting to take part in Jack from The Book Stop‘s Dystopia Month that is going to be in June, and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s awesome posts and see the banner he’s gotten made!

Also this month, one of my reviews was quoted! :O I was incredibly happy when I found out, because it makes me feel like the work I spend on my blog is appreciated. It’s for Jen Greyson’s Lightning Rider, which was an ARC I really enjoyed. Here is my praise:

“It was appealing to read about a different type of strong and capable, not just the generic, skinny Americans. Evy’s Latina … She’s curvy, hurrah, a real woman … she’s worth reading about … hilarious … reminded me of Bridget Jones with her few quirky antics … I’m excited to see where this series leads.” – Tilly, HardcoreHeroines.co.uk

We had the amazing cast reveals in the Vampire Academy film–most memorable was the casting of Christian as everyone was relieved to finally find out who he was. They started filming four days ago! It’s crazy to think they are actually saying the lines and creating inside jokes as we speak.

This month I got to talk to amazing authors and fellow book lovers and bloggers, which makes me so happy. I now have a little jar and every time something awesome happens, I’m going to put it in there and by next year, I’ll get to read all the nice things!

Tell me, what kind of amazing things have happened to you this month?

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Blog Tour Interview: Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson

A couple of months ago I received an ARC of Lightning Rider to review and I loved it. So I was very excited when I got asked to participate in the Lightning Rider blog tour and jumped on the chance to ask her some questions about it.

A huge thank you to Tilly here at Hardcore Heroines for letting me visit and for taking the time to interview me. Glad to be here, and especially glad to be supporting hardcore heroines everywhere!

 What influenced your ideas for Lightning Rider?

My grandpa was into some crazy stuff—astral projection, pyramidal energy…not your normal guy. One day at a family reunion my aunts and uncles were telling stories about him and the writer’s favorite tool, the ‘what if?’ popped into my head and I started thinking about what if only one family was given the power to time travel and impact events.

Were you always interested in a career in writing?

I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I didn’t seriously consider writing until about 8 years ago when I woke up with a story inside me that would have consumed me if I didn’t write it down. That book is buried in my back yard along with the next 4, but it got me started down this path.

How did you shape Evy’s character?

BAHA! That’s a good one. There’s no shaping Evy. There’s getting the hell out of her way and writing as fast as I can. She pounded herself into my head as this very strong, sassy character and as she developed it was very clear this story was going to get told exactly how she wanted it. Or else.

What book contains your favourite Hardcore (mental or physical) Heroine?

Wow. Just one? I’m going to have to go with MacKayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s FaeFever series. I love all Karen’s books, but this series really stuck with me after I read it (all 7 times).

I love MacKayla! Her character development is amazing, she really grows and becomes such a badass! And of course there’s Barrons…;)

Who was your favourite character to write in Lightning Rider? Why?

Evy. Hands down. She’s and incredibly powerful woman, even when she doesn’t believe in herself. People see it immediately and it’s entertaining to watch the other characters react to her. There’s never a dull or quiet moment with her – she’s 1000% all the time.

Evy is certainly a force to be reckoned with and must have been entertaining to write! I’ve noticed a distinct lack of Latinas in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, were you aware of this when you made Evy Latina?

Sadly, it’s not just in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, it’s in every genre. Latinas are gaining some traction, and I’d love to see a lot more of them. I wasn’t aware of how truly few there were until I started shopping my manuscript around and the feedback started coming in. Personally, I think the genres could use a lot more color.

I completely agree, there needs to be more diversity in the every genre. Evy travels to ancient Spain accidentally, if you could time-travel in the past, where would you go and why?

My number one stop would be the Library of Alexandria. Julius Caesar burned it in 48 BC, so anytime after its founding in 283 BC. Second stop, New York at the turn of the century to hang out with Nikola Tesla.

 That would be incredibly fascinating to visit! Nikola Tesla is also an interesting choice. If you found out you could control lightning, what would you do with it?

Ha. Great question. I’d like to think I’d be responsible, but I’d probably blow some stuff up. I’d definitely see if I could use it to time travel.

Haha, I can see where Evy comes from! Who is your favourite superhero?

At the moment, Iron Man, but that might just be because of Robert Downey, Jr. I’d love a good female superhero, but they seem to be missing—we’ve been relegated to sidekicks. Katniss was a badass, but I’m not sure she qualifies as superhero. Wonder Woman was pretty excellent back in the day, also She-Ra. Hmm…looks like we’re ready for a new female superhero.

Thanks again for having me. I had a great time and this was a great interview. I really really appreciate you taking the time to have me at Hardcore Heroines and I hope your readers will enjoy Evy’s tale.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with Robert Downey Jr, especially now with Iron Man 3 out. Katniss definitely counts as a new-age superhero. We certainly need a new female superhero! Thanks Jen for being hosted on Hardcore Heroines.

 

About Jen:

From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.

Jen also writes university courses and corporate training material when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile. Her new adult fantasy, Lightning Rider, comes out May 31 and features a Latina heroine with some serious superpowers.

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Lightning Rider:

Heiress to a time-traveling dynasty, Evy Rivera is finally claiming her birthright as a lightning rider. Problem is, she’s forced to learn it alongside Constantine, a prickly, obstinate

Roman warrior who constantly challenges her to be the woman he sees in her.

 Thrown back into ancient Spain, Evy must rely on guts and instinct to wield her lightning as a weapon and outsmart Ilif, her quasi-mentor who believes time traveling should be left to the Rivera men.

 During her training, Evy and Constantine battle the push-pull of their explosive relationship, aware the 2,000-year span between their lives is an unavoidable hurdle.

 Caught between a centuries-old battle rife with secrets, Evy must learn whom to trust before she risks everything and the wrong history repeats itself. When the heritage her parents have suppressed mingles with the past, Evy must find answers . . .

 Which history is the right one? And who is she becoming?

I seriously recommend Lightning Rider if you enjoy strong, funny heroines and a refreshing premise!

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It’s also available for pre-order on Kobo (for all devices) and iTunes, everywhere on May 31, 2013

Jen Greyson is also having a launch party tomorrow! Microsoft is hosting in it’s first ever Utah store, but don’t worry if you can’t get there though, there’s also a live stream online where Jen will do a reading and Q&A session. The party is 7-8:30 , with the reading and Q&A starting at 7:30. As thanks, everyone who attends the virtual party will be entered in the drawing for a $200 amazon gift card, and online attendees who ask a question will be entered into a special “virtual” door prize. If you want to attend go here.

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Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #7
Published by Orbit on March 5th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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 Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

It’s widely known that authors don’t choose their covers, but I think Patricia Briggs has gotten very lucky with hers! I love how they’re drawn, and the books have also been adapted into graphic novels which also make her look badass. I think they’re slightly sex-kittenish but I certainly wish I could draw like that, and would choose this cover over the alternative cover any day.

Considering this is book number seven, it’s safe to say I’m attached to all the characters in the Mercy Thompson series, and always watch for the next release. Frost Burned was no disappointment, and all the old characters that I love were involved, which you didn’t get so much in River Marked because Mercy and Adam were on their honeymoon—I still did love that book though. We get Zee, Tad, Marsilia, Stefan, all of the pack and even a guest from the Alpha and Omega series which was a pleasant surprise.

This book is fast-paced and complicated, pulling together both an intricate plot and elaborate characters. Frost Burned jumped right in with action around the second chapter when Adam and the rest of the pack are abducted. This is caused by werewolf politics, because the werewolves have released their existence to the world.

Do not think that because Adam is abducted, you won’t see much of him, because there are two awesome chapter in his point of view, which I just lapped up.  We see how Adam views Mercy, the pack bond and how his inner wolf contrasts to Mercy’s inner coyote.

Mercy is such an enjoyable character to read, she’s strong, she has back-story and an intriguing relationship with Coyote. When she’s not fighting for her life, she’s baffled by her pack bond, and saving those she loves. Her voice is really enjoyable to read and every time I hear about a new Mercy Thompson release I jump to buy it–or rather my mum does!

The world Briggs creates is so vivid and complex, with werewolf politics, Fae and Vampires, all weaved into one magnificent plot. One chapter the characters interact with the Fae, the next with Vampire, I didn’t get bored once.

If you haven’t venture into this adult Urban Fantasy world yet, and are looking for something new, I highly recommend this complex, interesting series.

Rating: A

 

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My Summer TBR

There are a *lot* of books that have been recommended to me and books I’ve decided I need to read! Soon I have six weeks of school and then six weeks off, I’m really excited to get some more time to blog and read a ton. Here is my list:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

White Cat by Holly Black

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Kiss and Spell by Shanna Swendson

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

*Update* Jack told me I must read Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield!

I better stop there, because I keep remembering and adding more! That is my list so far and I’m excited to read them, I’ve ordered so many books at my library it’s unreal! Today I was sitting in the sun reading, and that was heaven, so I hope it continues being sunny. :)

What are your Summer TBR? Have you read any of mine?

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Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway: Discussing The Chemistry of Fate with Meradeth Houston

Today we welcome Meradeth Houston on Hardcore Heroines, Meradeth wrote her first book Colors like Memories, and is currently celebrating her release of The Chemistry of Fate with a blog tour.

Welcome Meradeth! So happy to have you on Hardcore Heroines. You started writing at the age of 11, what kind of stories did you first start to write?

Thanks so much for hosting me here today! As random as this might seem, some of the first stories I wrote were about the Sary, the characters in my current books. They’ve changed a lot since then, and I’ve written a lot of different things, but I got sucked into their world pretty young :) .

What is/are your favourite books/series?

My all-time favorite book is A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle and I’m very fond of all her books. I also love the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand, and the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare, along with far too many others!

 I adore the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare and the Unearthly series! What part of Ari and Tom’s character come from your personality?

 Tom’s total obsessiveness with studying is a big part of my personality—definitely no stretch for me to get to that (for better or worse, haha!). In reality, Tom and I are probably more alike than most characters I write, even if he is a guy. Ari on the other hand has a lot of my romantic side in her, which was quite a bit of fun to work with.

 You have a doctorate in molecular anthropology and Tom and Ari study chemistry together, so I assume you like science. It’s quite unusual for authors to have a science background, was science something you felt needed to be included to make Chemistry of Fate personal and possibly unique?

 I didn’t necessarily feel like I *needed* to have some science aspects in the book (honestly, it’s really quite light on the science—I cut a lot of that out!), but as I said, I have a lot in common with Tom, so that was kind of a natural extension for his character.

 Was it difficult balancing work and writing? How did you manage?

 I don’t sleep. :) (I actually told a coworker that the other day, curious what she’d say—I now am sure she thinks I’m crazy!) Actually, I just don’t have a lot of downtime. I’m almost always busy doing something, and often multi-tasking. That’s just how I roll!

 Haha! I admire that, you must be very busy :) . How long did The Chemistry of Fate take to write?

 The first draft: a couple of months. Revisions to make it longer and turn it into the book it is now: too long. Okay, actually somewhere around 6 months.

 Do you have a special room or something that you need to be able to write?

 I write a lot in café’s and other places outside my house. The only thing I really need to have is music. Hot chocolate is always a bonus.

 Hot chocolate always helps! When did you first start thinking about the ideas for The Chemistry of Fate?

 Once I finished with my first book, Colors Like Memories, I had a lot of other Sary ideas kicking around and this one just seemed so fun I couldn’t ignore it.

 Lastly, I’ve got to know, who is your favourite superhero?

 Superman. I love the whole flying ability thing. And I can’t wait for the movie!

 Thanks for such amazingly fun questions!

Thank you Meradeth, I can’t wait for the movie either ! I enjoyed having you on here today :)

 

The Chemistry of Fate 333x500“They are everywhere, can be anyone, and are always the last person you’d expect.” When Tom stumbles across his grandfather’s journal, he’s convinced the old man was crazier than he thought. The book contains references to beings called the Sary, immortals who are assigned to save humans on the verge of suicide. They certainly aren’t allowed to fall in love with mortals. Which the journal claims Tom’s grandfather did, resulting in his expulsion from the Sary. As strange as the journal seems, Tom can’t get the stories out of his head; especially when he finds the photo of his grandfather’s wings.

Tom’s only distraction is Ari, the girl he studies with for their chemistry class.

Ari has one goal when she arrives in town: see how much Tom knows about the Sary and neutralize the situation. This isn’t a normal job, but protecting the secrecy of the Sary is vital. If Tom is a threat to exposing the Sary to the public, fate has a way of taking care of the situation, usually ending with the mortal’s death. While Ari spends time with Tom, he becomes more than just an assignment, but how far can a relationship go when she can’t tell him who she really is? When she finds out just how much Tom actually knows about the Sary, Ari is forced to choose between her wings, and her heart.

THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE is a companion to COLORS LIKE MEMORIES and is set before the latter takes place. It is geared toward an upper YA, or New Adult audience.

Giveaway!

Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a lovely leather journal that fits with The Chemistry of Fate and a $10 Amazon voucher!


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About Meradeth

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

She’s a Northern California girl, but now lives and teaches anthropology in Montana.

When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!

She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!

If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

The Chemistry of Fate is currently on offer everywhere for $2.99, so be sure to check it out!

 For more information about Chemistry of Fate:

Chemistry of Fate on Amazon

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Meradeth Houston’s website

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Film News: More Vampire Academy casting–including Christian!

I apolagise for the lateness of this post, I was away.

We *finally* have our Christian, who is Dominic Sherwood and I’m really pleased!

In addition we have Victor Dashkov, Natalie Dashkov and Queen Tatiana, here’s a cheat sheet to show them all:

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I’m so glad the film is finally coming together! We pretty much have everyone important and filming is just next week! Some of the cast I didn’t imagine to look anything like the characters in my head, but I believe they got the main cast mostly right. I do think though, that I will always try and remember how I view them all in my head, because I never want to forget how I viewed all the characters when I first read the series.

I hope you are all happy, here are some pictures from the cast’s Twitter that have been circulating:

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There are so many more photo’s circulating, simply go on all the cast’s Twitter, it’s so much fun looking a them!

 

Lastly, here is a teaser from the OVAM Facebook page:

Sneak Peak! #productionoffice

We can vaguely see the pictures, but not actually the names, that’s mean OVAM!

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Fictional Characters from The Morganville Vampires I wish went to my school

I sit in my classroom at school, quite bored and thinking about books. This is probably in Maths, because I’m so bad at it! Anyway, I was reading Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires #13)  and I couldn’t help but think school would be so much more interesting if some of the fictional characters in this series I love so much, came to my school.

Claire is geeky and really intelligent–maybe she could give me the answers for the Maths questions! Being her friend would involve a lot of studying and a lot of fun, because I like her sense of humour. She’s the kind of person you’d want to be best friends with once you got to know her.

Also in The Morganville Vampires is Mynin, who is a pretty crazy vampire. He wears vampire bunny slippers and floppy hats, he would be hilarious and entertaining to have in class. I actually searched for the slippers and found some, I’ve been pondering buying them ever since! He’s insanely clever as well and the best mad-scientist vampire ever. Although, he has a pet tarantula called Bob. Needless to say I wouldn’t let the thing near me!

Shane and Michael would be very interesting because Michael is an attractive blonde musician, so he would be quite popular. Shane is an attractive athletic and I imagine he would back-chat teachers a lot.

Monica would be the Queen Bee and horrible, she’s probably the only one I’d hate to go to school with. Monica and her gang of friends would bully everyone in the school. She is Claire’s main nemesis throughout the series, and what I enjoy about her character is the depth. She goes through a lot and you see her vulnerable side. She’s not simply black-and-white evil, because that would be boring.

As for Amelie and Oliver, I simply cannot imagine how they would act as teenagers at school. They are hundreds of years old!

Are there any fictional characters you wish went to your school, or did when you went?

 

 

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Review: City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #2)

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published by Walker on 7th July 2008
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation
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*WARNING* Do not read, if you haven’t read City of Bones! There are no spoilers for City of Ashes, but there are from City of Bones. *WARNING*

Did you think it was strange that Clary’s brother was called handsome in the blurb, yet Simon was barely mentioned? Well that’s because Jace and Clary were attracted to each other in City Of Bones and then they found out they were related to the same evil Valentine. I’m a little surprised to see the turn this series has taken and I think Clare has taken forbidden love too far. I don’t understand why she thought this would be a good idea, because frankly it just annoys me. ‘Angsty’ looks across the room, because they can never be together, but they can’t help their feelings. No. Sick of this storyline, if it was anything but being related, I’d love it. The chemistry between Jace and Clary is palpable, and I have really grown to like both characters. Forbidden love is awesome, but not this.  And it’s also a bit irritating because you have this great book about gay warlocks and faeries and then…some weird romance thing that is out of place.

I actually still enjoyed this book, although the romance was getting silly. Magnus, Luke, Simon and Maia are all minor characters but I love them all. Magnus with his flamboyant but powerful attitude is incredibly entertaining, his and Alec’s relationship is something I wish was explored more. Alec and Magnus are both attracted to each other but Alec doesn’t want anyone to know he’s gay. I really enjoy this storyline and wish Cassandra Clare would focus on them more. All we get are little snippets and I love their relationship!

I’m glad Jace has an inner conflict with Valentine, because it would be unrealistic if Jace wasn’t confused about his relationship with his evil father who brought him up until he was eleven. I like to read about his vulnerability, I’m glad he’s not the perfect guy, his complexities make him more interesting.

The love triangle has a weird dynamic here, but I don’t want to ruin anything about that, and Simon is as awesome as ever, his character is a favourite of mine in this series. His geeky one-liners are present throughout.

I found City of Ashes surprisingly gripping through most of it, but towards the climax- the area where I’m supposed to be gripped the most- I mostly lost interest because one again, it’s them against Valentine and seemed very samey-samey.

World-building was once again extensive, and I enjoyed it, rating: 4 Stars

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Film News: Vampire Academy casting–Mason, Jesse, Mia and Karp!

We are finally getting news on the more minor cast and now we have Cameron Monaghan as Mason, Sami Gayle as Mia, Ashley Charles as Jessie and Claire Foy as Sonya Karp.

This film is finally coming together! I’m fairly happy with the news, and I think it could have been a lot worse, but most of all, I think we all want casting news on Christian and Eddie. They are planning on starting to film in London on 27th May and Zoey Deutch flew out today, so yay!

What do you think of the casting?

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Book Tag: The Apocalypse Survival Group

The Apocalypse Book Tag is something I’ve made, so I hope you enjoy it! I’ve not seen an apocalypse book tag before, so if someone else thought of it before me, I didn’t realise!

In the event of an Apocalypse, which fictional characters would you choose to ensure your survival? In these series of questions, I will choose the people I believe would keep me alive.

Question 1: Who would you choose as the group’s body guard/protector?

Now, I realise we would all like to kick ass and be strong, but lets face it, if there was ever an apocalypse, we would want someone to protect us. The person I would choose is Shane from The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. Shane’s experienced–especially with dealing with Vampires– he can fight and protect in emergency situations and he’s incredibly loyal. He’s also human, and therefore if any species gets corrupted and goes against humans–he’ll still be on our side. Oh, and he has a flame-thrower which could come in handy.

 

Question 2: Who would be the experienced survival expert?

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, because she knows a ton helpful things, such as how to make a fire and survive in the wilderness. She could impart her wisdom, because it’d be stupid if Shane saved us from flesh-eating zombies or robots, only to be killed by poisonous berries.

 

Question 3: What magical person/creature would you choose?

Magnus from The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, because he could reliably obliterate just about anything for our survival group. He’s one of the most powerful Mages, and he’s immortal, so he’s incredibly wise. We’d have to raid a nearby beauty shop for glitter eye products to entice him into helping us, though!

 

Question 4: Who would be your strategist and the brains of your survival?

Sydney Sage from the Bloodline series is so intelligent, I don’t think the group could survive without her. She’s knowledgeable on pretty much everything, and she’d think of a strategic plan to help us stay alive!

 

Question 5: Who would help you, er,  re-populate the earth? ;)

Well, if I were duty-bound to re-populate the earth, I would choose Daemon from The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because he’s, ahem, very attractive and witty. Alas, he’s probably too busy with Katy…

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag, it was fun to write. I tag anyone and everyone who wants to have a go! If you do decide to do this tag, tweet me and/or comment on this post, your Apocalypse Survival Group post and I’ll be sure to take a look!

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Book News: New City of Bones posters

I’ve seen a lot of amazing fanart posters for City of Bones, and I honestly don’t know how people edit photos like that. However, the actual ones have been released, and I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on them!

 

"The new UK Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie poster! Pretty!"

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I personally like the top one, with both Clary and Jace. It just reminds me how close we are to the film, if you haven’t read City of Bones, I seriously advise you to, like, right now.

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Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout Cover Reveal

When I saw the post to take part in this cover reveal, I got pretty excited and signed myself up straight-away. I really enjoyed the first two books in her Lux series, but I have not yet read the third because I hear there’s a major cliffhanger and I want to read it closer to the release date of Origin (Lux #4).

Voila, here is the beautiful cover, Armentrout’s books always seem to have very attractive couples on them!

 He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

I cannot wait for this to come out, to pass the time, I’m going to read the novella set before this called Shadows. It’s a spin-off from the Lux series, set in the same world, but with different characters. It releases on the 31st May

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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ARC Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Age of X #1)

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X #1
Published by Penguin on June 4th 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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 Hardcover: 464 pages

Publication date: June 4th 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

ISBN: 052595368X (ISBN13: 9780525953685)
Other series written by Richelle Mead: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. 

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such mega successes: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

If you didn’t know, Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors, so when I got accepted to review this ARC, I did a little dance around my room…YAY! Thank you Penguin Dutton Adult publishing house for giving me this ARC copy. *That has in no way affected my honest review—Richelle just happens to be an awesome writer*

Gameboard of the Gods completely lived up to my expectations, it was simply amazing. The world Mead has built is so extensive and intricate, with every page turn revealing new, exciting aspects. Due to this, the world-building is laid on pretty thick and it wasn’t something I could skim over or half-read, it’s something that was needed to know to understand the overall plot. That is expected in this genre, because it’s the first book, but be warned–there’s a lot of it. Gameboard of the Gods is vastly different to anything Mead has written before, with this delving more into the Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy realms.

It wasn’t just the world that was captivating, the characters were also.  Justin uses vices like drinking, drugs and woman, and Richelle did a very good job of still making making me actually still like his character. He’s incredibly smart, and is used to being able to watch people and read their body language, which caused Justin and Mae’s working relationship to chafe because of her hard exterior. He also has two ravens making sarcastic comments inside his head, which made for funny entertainment and was incredibly creative.

Mae grew up in fairly wealthy surroundings, she was destined to be married off and give up her own athletic dreams, but contrary to what was expected, she joined the military and became lethal and agile with heightened reflexes and speed. She’s very tough, with impenetrable emotional armour, as she refuses to let anyone get close, which made her character grow throughout the book. She’s certainly a ‘Hardcore Heroine’.

Gameboard of the Gods is in third person, and as well as following Mae and Justin, we also follow Tessa. After having a couple of exciting chapters in Mae and Justin’s point of view, I was worried Tessa would bore me . This was not the case, I got to understand how the RUNA was perceived in a different, intimidating  light in contrast to Justin and Mae’s admiration. Tessa is 16 and from Panama, which has different views on women and their future, and is less technology advanced than the RUNA, so despite that it was a jarring change, she also had more freedom.

There are romantic elements to Gameboard of the Gods, which I thought were nicely added and well-written, I’m anticipating how that’s going to continue in the next book.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it!

Rating: 4 Stars

If you’re interested in finding out more about Gameboard of the Gods, Richelle has put on the first two chapters and some character info on her blog, here.

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Sidekick Saturday #1

Sidekick SaturdaySidekick Saturday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC’s Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn’t have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week’s type
• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don’t include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment

 

Favourite sidekick shifter

My favourite sidekick shifter would have to be werewolf Jeremy Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I love his character because he’s so understated, and powerful, without being arrogant. He’s the Alpha of the entire North American pack, which is impressive in and of itself, let alone that he’s incredibly witty and an artist. Every snippet I get of his character, makes me love him even more.

“Although Jeremy could never be considered the best fighter in the pack, he possessed a strength that was even more important for the survival and success of the modern pack. Jeremy had absolute self-control. Being able to muster his own instincts and urges meant he could see the problems the pack was facing and deal with them rationally, making decisions untainted by impulse.” -Elena Michaels.
“Other parents warn their kids not to talk to strangers. I had to warn mine not to eat them.” – Jeremy Danvers
“One did not argue with Jeremy. You could cuss, scream, throw things at him and he’d wait until you were tired. He would then calmly disagree with you and walk away.”- Elena Michaels.

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Geeky Boys in YA

As I posted earlier on my Embrace Your Inner Geek post– feature by Lucy at Queen Of Contemporary–I’m a proud geek, and this led me to thinking who my favourite geeky male character in a book is. I came to the conclusion that it’s Simon Lewis from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. He’s witty, he’s cute and I’m imagining him as Robert Sheehan (who’s been cast as Simon) which undoubtedly helps.

Apart from the fact that he’s amazing, the main reason I picked Simon is because he’s the only one that popped into my head, as I haven’t read very many geek love interests in YA. There’s always popular jocks, or arrogant bad boys, but not many geeks. That’s not surprising, as I enjoy reading books where the ordinary, but slightly witty/nerdy/cute girl meets confident and hot/fighter/jock male love interest, and this is a fairly common set-up. However, Simon Lewis makes Star Wars and X-Men references, and I find that just as attractive as I find Jace’s fighting ability and self-assuredness.

“That’s why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don’t say anything, they just nod. The nod means, ‘I’ am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,’ but they don’t say anything because they’re Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.” -Simon Lewis

So my question to you is, who are your favourite male nerd love interests? Did you have to rack your brain as much as I did when I thought about it?

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April Wrap-up

This month I read the last in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series–City Of Lost Souls, and I will post a review of that, and a review of City Of Ashes, City Of Glass and City Of Fallen Angels. In addition, the City Of Bones international trailer has been released and even though it’s very similar to the official trailer, it has extra exciting scenes involving Simon and Valentine! Watch it here.

I also read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, which I loved–despite the fact I cried, read my review here. I have now become a nerdfighter and I’m a big fan of the Vlogbrothers on YouTube. Therefore, I bought Paper Towns and An Abundance Of Katherines, both by John Green, which I look forward to reading. I started reading Paper Towns but had to stop to read an ARC. That ARC is Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. I am a HUGE fan of Richelle Mead, so the fact that I got accepted for the review on NetGalley was simply amazing, I dived straight into it. Although it’s really hard because I’ve got massive amounts of revision and homework at the moment, I’m speeding through it and should be posting a review by next week.

Plus, I read the book everyone’s been talking about: Divergent. They’re filming currently and I really enjoyed the book, so I’m excited to watch the film adaptation and look forward to reading Insurgent. Furthermore, I posted a review of The Golden Lily, Bloodlines #2, read it here, and The Indigo Spell Bloodlines #3, read it here.

I read Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs #7 in the Mercy Thompson series, which is Urban Fantasy and a review should be coming soon. Along with that I read Vampire Shift by Tim O’Rourke, and I should be posting a review of that soon as well.

Dead Everafter, the last in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris is coming out on the 7th May, even though there’s been a leak on the ending, I’m avoiding the spoiler and can’t wait to read Dead Everafter. Who is Sookie going to end up with? So many choices. I also bought Everafter by Kim Harrison, #11 in The Hollows series and want to read that sometime soon.

I took part in Beth Fred’s spotlight in her new release The Other Marlowe Girl, read the post here, and I took part in the Embrace Your Inner Geek feature by Lucy at Queen Of contemporary for her blogoversary, which was a really fun post to write. It’s Sophie’s blogoversary at A Day Dreamers World as well so go wish her a happy blogoversary!

What books did you read this month and what releases are you excited about?