Book Review – Sinister Kisses (SKALS #1) by Adriana Noir

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4 1/2 Star Butterflies

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I’ve officially been blown away. This book. . . is just, wow!

Ok, i just need to start off by saying that this certainly is NOT a normal love story, and most definitely not for the weak of heart.

When i first read the blurb i took the disclaimer as a challenge more than a warning and it made me want to read this even more… in fact im posting the disclaimer here as I don’t want to get into any trouble 😉

**DISCLAIMER** This is NOT your average romance. It’s a dark, gritty, sometimes erotic psychological thriller with a heavy emphasis on plot. It also contains elements of dominance and discipline with dubious consent, psychological conditioning, and mental manipulation. There’s also gunfire and violence. If any of this offends you, this may not be the book for you. Intended for mature audiences only.17670231

Ok so this book totally fucked with my brain, i just don’t know who i am anymore… what WAS that!! It was just about the craziest written ride I’ve ever been taken on in my life. It was just so violent, disturbing, psychotic!

The story follows a young girl named Taylor. Shes had a rough life, abandoned by her parents and left with her uncle and cousin, she’s grown up on the wrong side of the tracks. Shes awesome, and i came to utterly adore her character throughout the story. She was just so completely and utterly human that you just couldn’t help but love her. She had her flaws but she was so strong aswell, just a girl in love. unfortunately for her, her love interest was Sebastian. Don’t get me wrong, at first he was just amazing. A couple of things he said and did niggled me slightly but no ones perfect.

Then BAM!!!

We saw the other side of Sebastian… the murderous, controlling psycho side! The worst thing is, the story was also told from his perspective. So even thought he was completely maniacal and complicated we got to see how his mind actually ticked. This also meant I couldn’t hate him as much as i wanted to, because underneath all the outer bravado and mentalness, he had a venerable heart. I’m not excusing his crazy behaviour, but you get an in site into why he feels like that and you can’t always hate him for the terrible things he put Taylor through.

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All i will say is, if you decide to read this book, then be prepared. Theres a lot of crazy crap going down right here and unless you have the stomach for psychological torment on a ginormous sized scale, you might want to reconsider.

I would love to recommend this book, but i would pass it out along with a firm warning. 18+ readers only.

Also – a big thank you for the review copy of the book Adrianna 🙂

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Want a copy of Sinister Kisses?

Amazon.co.uk- Sinister Kisses Book 1
Amazon.com- Sinister Kisses Book 1

Lily’s Blog 04/06/2013

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Ok yeah woops i just noticed, all review and no blog for like, a month! Apologies if there is actualy anyone out there reading!

So, i thought it would be cool to update here with what books i will be reading next. I can confirm that in the month of June im looking to read 3 more indie titles. I do read these in order that they were sent to me so apologies if yours hasnt come up this time.

17409676 First up is Wanted by Tim Arnot – It was only released May 19th this year so i feel very excited that i will be one of the first to read it! I also received this directly from thr author, so thank you Tim for trusting me with this 🙂

12606631 This is Broken City by D.D. Chant – A dystopian novel written and released in 2011. Looks very interesting as this is one of my favourite genres, looking forward to it! Thank you for the copy D.D. !!

17558175 Last but not least, we have Dark Chatter by Andrew Branch. I have to say the blurb on this really cracked me up and i cannot wait to read it for myself. Again, thank you for the copy Andrew, i appreciate it!

I will also be reading some mainstream stuff inbetween and around the above, but thats only because my brain will not just tolerate one book at a time haha. I hope thats ok with your lovely selves.

So, i hope everyone has a wonderful week and i will be seeing you all around i hope.

Oh, i now also have a facebook page and twitter account if anyone cares to tag along, the more the merrier *grins*!

Thanks for your support as always.

Toodles~

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Book Review – Fuel to the Fire (Fuel to the Fire #1) by David Staniforth

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An amazing 5 stars

(yet again)

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*claps ferociously* I think Mr Staniforth is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. His fantasy titles have not disappointed me yet!

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Blurb: Having spent her entire life disguised as a boy to avoid the risk of being forced into sexual slavery, fifteen year old Davran finds herself transported to a world thought to be legend. With sunlight, an abundance of food and people that trust, this world is everything her home is not. She could be happy, she could disclose the love she feels for Ronyn (the dragon trainer’s son), but when Hesperus (the Keeper-of-Knowledge) discovers her, she may have to return to a world of misery where even suicide is no escape and where the most frightening monster is not the dragons or the razor-hounds, but the tyrannical ruler, Saurian.

So as the blurb suggests, this is the story of Davran. Shes a young girl who is just trying to get by in the hateful world she was brought up in. Unfortunately for her, when a girl reaches the magic age, she’s taken from her home and forced into being a slave for the evil ruler Saurian. You really feel for her from the very beginning of the book. From the very start she’s an extremely three-dimensional character which i find lacking in a lot of young adult novels these days. The author really brings Davran and her father to life, letting you share in their daily struggle.

So, Saurian… what an arse. I so wanted something bad to happen to him, seriously, there are loads awful things i would like to call him *shakes fist*. He’s an unbelievable tyrant, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever met such a mean villain before!!! Snake faced miscreants eat your heart out! I think the disturbing scenes were laid out very well, it didn’t overwhelm you with information simply to shock and appall you. It was tastefully done with the right amount of violence to get across the severe brutality of it all.

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I have to say, I loved Davran’s first impression of the world on the otherside and her innocent point of view. I also loved the moment when she decided to chase the rainbows, beautiful acts of nature through an innocent and unknowing mind. It was also incredibly sweet when she unknowingly gained feelings for Ronyn who is Brant (the dragon trainers) son.

Brant quickly became one of my favourite characters when he quoted a line from my favourite film, Labyrinth. Dont take anything for granted.. how right he is! Extremely fitting for this tale.

There was a real sense of family all the way through the story which was extremely wonderful. You could see the bond Davran had with her father and then also later on with Brant and his family. The story never grew stale and was told from the eyes from various characters, it was wonderful and refreshing. I couldn’t put this down till the very end, i just wish it could have been longer. Luckily for me i already have book 2 to read which im very excited about!!

I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who like something a little different. David Staniforth is a wonderful creator of characters and i can never see myself getting tired of what his imagination puts to print. A really well deserved 5 stars from me.

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Would you like to get a copy of your own? Look no further!

Amazon.co.uk- Fuel to the Fire
Amazon.com- Fuel to the Fire
Smashwords- Fuel to the Fire

You can also see my review of Alloria here. Another amazing works by David Staniforth.

The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse (Tales of Finndragon, #1) by Richie Earl

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4 Stars

4buttI had a tough call rating this book. I had a 3.5 in mind the whole way through, but by the time I had read the last 3 chapters they gave the book a boost for the final half of that elusive star (or butterfly!)

So, first off can I say thank you Richie. I was given this book in return for my honest opinion and an honest opinion is what i will provide!

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The blurb: Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
A young adult adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

The story started well, the author jumped strait in with the nitty gritty, introducing the main three charaters of the tale – Emma, Megan and Scott. However, probably my biggest critisism is with these first few chapters. When we finally start getting a feel for the story and it starts kicking off we would suddenly have a charater bio thrown in. I found these very out of place and interuppted the pace somewhat. I feel this could have been integtrated at a slight later stage so it fits in better with the story.

Also, another observation i had was surrounding ‘Dad’. He had no name till we were quite far into the tale. I found this quite strange as everyone else was introduced and crammed in quite early on.

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I love that the author has chosen to write the characters in a very believable manner. No overbearing characters and the children displayed typical sybling rivalry, I thought this was wonderful as it added a great touch of reality to the story. At no point did I want to strangle any of them! There was also a great sence of emotion and comradery displayed by all of the characters, it really made you want to root for them and cheer them on!

I will say that there were lulls in the pace, there was alot of unessesary chatter and times when not much was going on. I think maybe this could have been summarised more rather then going for the step by step account of everyones activities. I would have also liked of seen more substance. It was very A-B and I think the spaces inbetween could have been filled better, I just felt like I was being taken on a long trek some of the time. Like when your traveling accross a long straight road, its nice to sometimes stop and break it up a little bit with something different.

All in all this was a great tale. I would make some changes and shorten it somewhat, however the story was awesome and kept me reading to the end. I would recommend this to maybe a younger age group than mine.

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Whats that? You want to buy a copy? Look no further!! :

Amazon.co.uk: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse
Amazon.com: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse

Marked – (House of Night #1) by P.C. & Kristin Cast

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3 Butterflies

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Ok, today i am reviewing a Young Adult novel entitled Marked. It’s really interesting actually that this series was written by Mother and daughter duo P.C. & Kristin Cast. I dont know if its just me, but i found myself alot of the time wondering who had written what & who’s idea certain plot themes were etc! Either way it was an extremely entertaining read! …. oh but without spoilering anything, this idea may freak you out when your a few chapters in, theres a certain scene where… well, teenagers eh? *rolls eyes and cringes* I wonder which of them decided to write this in.

Anyway, onways and upwards. I will do my best not to give anything away… well, anything important anyway.

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Blurb: After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

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So this is actually a second time read for me, i think i enjoyed it more this time around aswell. I actually lost touch with the series when it first started, books were slow coming out and life intervened with my reading for a while.

Its pretty much as i remembered, we have the protagonist Miss Zoey Redbird (lovely name might i add) a 16 year old student who is marked by a tacking vampire at her highschool. This pretty much sucks for Zoey because from this point onward everyone in the human world will consider her a freak. Mean huh? Personaly i think thats just vampir…..ism? Uh… vampist? You get the idea.

So stuff happens and basicly Zoey ends up attending a new school full of fledgeling vampires called the House of Night (cue the twilight zone music). She meets a group of awesome friends, my favourite being Stevie Rae…. i want my own SR, shes just adorable!!! I have a soft spot for the Oklahoma accent and i can hear her  voice in my head whenever she speaks (in a non creepy messed up going crazy way). The only person who annoys me in the group is Damien…. hes…hes…. over gay. He’s been written as a cliche and it just annoys me. I’m gonna leave it light that before i start off on a rant.

The main thing I noticed about this book which was really annoying. Every person who was not white skinned was compared to some kind of caffeinated product. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m caucasion English, to be honest I don’t want to be compared to a weak cup of English breakfast tea. Why people have to be described as a cappuccino or a latte, god only knows. In these kinds of circumstances I think cutting to the chase and getting to the point is better for everyone.

“Oh Mr Smith, you look like a delightful frappuccino, may I have a bite of your biscotti?” *growls coquettishly*

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So blah blah, Zoey goes through the change (the vampy kind), contends with the usual teenage angst, meets a cute guy… has an ex-guy (i know… very original plot so far *rolls eyes again*) and also we cant forget the antagonist of this teenie tale, Aphrodite. I LOOOOVE her name, it makes me forgive her personality a smidge, but shes basicly a class A betch and hoe-bag, or hag even.

This concludes a mediocre read for me, i hope you enjoy it if you choose to select this title yourself, toodles!

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Want to get a copy of this bookalicious peice of 3 star kahoonie?

Amazon.co.uk: Marked
Amazon.com: Marked

Book Review – Forever Fae (Forever Fae #1) by L.P. Dover

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Fantasticle 4 Stars

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Ok, this is the first fantasy romance I’ve read in AAAAAAAGES and I totally forgot just how much I loved them!!! I also read this book with my WONDERFUL *squeezy huggy* Book Buddy and reviewer extraordinaire, Miss Branwen *bows her into the room*. You can find her review of this book linked below.

Ok *cough* review-ish time *grins*

Forever Fae is a fantasy/romance novel about a Princess of the Summer Court in the land of the Fae (far-far-away). The lead character and said princess is named Calista. Shes a frickin awesome heroine and sex-betch who can just about kick anyone (or anything’s) butt.

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Blurb: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect……….We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

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So, the book starts when Calista turns 18 years old and is paired with her new guardian and best friend Merrick (WOOOO MERRICK I LOVE YOU *throws panty-ho’s*). Together they are blood bonded and he is trusted with the duty of protecting Calista for the rest of her life, it also helps that he’s madly in love with her. Then enters…dun, dun …..dunnnnnnnn, drop dead gorgeous Prince Ryder from the Winter Court. Of course he and Calista fall madly in love (awkward triangle emerging), under the watchful eye of their enemy Alasdair (how ominous!).

I have to say, this book thrilled and surprised me with its twists and turns… alas it even broke my heart at one point *sulks*. It truly is a novel which displays a great deal of love, happiness and sorrow. Though saying that, there were a lot of icky bits aswell. Yes, im talking about you evil wizard Alasdair. Oh god he was so creepy, i felt like washing myself repeatedly whenever he made an appearance.

I also loved how the story was told in turn by each of the main characters, it really gave you a good insight into their inner thoughts and feelings. This is SO important for a book for it to be successful, in my eyes. If you can’t love the characters, or create any kind of bond or emotion toward them, then how can you love the book. You need to know how they feel and see the inner battles and expressions come out and be displayed upon the pages in front of you. L.P. Dover really got this aspect 100% right and i could already tell from the first chapter i would love this book.

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Ok, so I mentioned a love triangle yes? Ok, before you start thinking “oh FFS not another one!!” ITS NOT THE SAME, STAY HERE, READ ON & TRUST ME!! This is different and if you give the book a chance you will totally see what I mean. Calista isn’t like other whiney heroines I don’t care to mention (*cough*sparkley vampires*cough*) she’s decisive and doesn’t string along the opposite sex, which is another reason why shes awesome 🙂 !

This was a refreshing change to the dull-ness of recent fantasy romance and totally deserves a 4-star rating!

Oh… yeah im meant to be critical about something arent I? … *thinks* …. OH YES!! That’s one gripe I had, the blurb stated this was an adult romance and most certainly was not a YA *wags finger*. However I didn’t think anything was that bad, in fact it could have been steamier. I can see you wouldn’t want a child reading this, but adult teens, I don’t see a problem 🙂 .. considering the book was about an adult teen 😛

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Ok, want to get your wonderful mits on a copy?
(go oooooon ;D)

Amazon.co.uk: Forever Fae
Amazon.com: Forever Fae

Review by the wonderful Branwen: Click meee!

Book Review – Everville by Roy Huff

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3 Stars!!

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Firstly, thank you Roy for providing me with a free copy of your e-book for review 🙂

I feel I need to justify my rating on this book. I’m giving it 3 stars but as i keep trying to stress, this isn’t a bad rating. The book was good, I liked the imagination. It just wasn’t 100% to my taste, but you can’t expect everything to be.

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Everville is described as “Somewhere between here and there, sometime between yesterday and another day”.

Blurb: Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

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With regards to the story, it was ok. It was very unique and told from the perspective of Owen Sage, a freshman at Easton Falls University. The story dives in head first and follows Owen to his first explorations of Everville, which he begins visiting through his dreams. He has two best friends, Dante and Anika, who are with him from the very beginning and help him along his journey (never actually following him into the world however). I would go into more detail about the rest of the characters but I’ll be completely honest and admit I don’t really remember any of them. None of them really got my attention and I found them very forgettable. (sounds mean but its true!)

To me the story felt like it was being told from Owens mind, which is all very nice but there wasn’t a lot of character interaction. I thrive from getting to know the characters and establishing a bond with them, yet I did not receive any of this which to me was very disappointing. Also I did notice (what little dialect there was) was quite scrambled and I struggled to tell who was actually speaking at times! Owen was average and uninteresting at best, I got the feeling his view of the world was very grey. Nothing seemed to interest him or create any flux of emotion within him.

Then there was the keeper. I cannot seem to recall him speaking very much either, however you got to witness his journey as a ‘Fron’ in his own adventure in the past. Owen is transported through a mind device into the memories and we live this tale along with the current story. I thought this was actually a nice feature of the book and I actually found this story more interesting than the main tale! *nods*

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Ok, let me start on the ‘Fron’. Everytime they popped up all I could think about were them little guys from ‘Despicable Me’. I found it quite hilarious. They were also the main reason I stuck with the story to the very end as I found them to be the only likable characters. Oh and considering the Fron were meant to be hairless, I cant even begin to imagine what a female one would look like! Holy heck, I can’t see them winning any beauty contests, hah!

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I also couldn’t get to grips with the obligatory ‘bad guy’. They were called Them and lived in The Other Inbetween. I couldn’t get my head round their lack of presence. Dont get me wrong, they were mentioned a lot but they never interacted with the main storyline or the characters. They were always just lurking around in the background somewhere.

In summary…..the concept was great, the side story was good and I finished the book! There was a point when I almost classed this as a ‘did not finish’, however I said I’d read this book and provide my honest opinion. This is what I have done.

If you’re not a massive character buff (unlike me) then this may be the perfect book for you. It’s an easy read and has a lot of redeeming qualities. Roy Huff has created a lovely imaginary world full of unique places and magic. I can honestly see it being made into a successful children’s TV series. I’ll keep my fingers crossed

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Would you like to get a copy?
(Its free until the 16/05/2013)

Amazon.co.uk: Everville
Amazon.com: Everville
Unfortunatly it does not appear to be avaliable on Smashwords at present.