Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Camellia Resistance: Review



SYNOPSIS

2044. Willow Carlyle is the youngest cultural epidemiology research director in the
history of the Ministry of Health and is on the fast-track for further promotion until
a night of passion shatters her carefully constructed life.

Marked and unemployed, Willow falls in with a band of dissidents. Everyone wants
something. In the process of discerning friend from foe, Willow begins to unravel
secrets that will shake the New Republic of America to its foundation.

 Review

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, I've found a love for dystopian over the past year and so I was excited to get my hands on this book, in fact I remember reading about it being a night of lustful sex that changes Willows life forever leaving her jobless and marked. I assumed she would be pregnant, perhaps the world had reverted to an old way of looking at things - oh how wrong could I be.

My first thought when I found out that the book revolved around Herpes was what HERPES! Honestly I couldn't get this high pitched exclamation of HERPES out of my head - but don't let that put you off.

The Camellia Resistance is set in a society that is ruled by cleanliness, after pandemics have wiped out much of the population, rules surround ever interaction, from the use of gloves at all times, to body condoms to be used when intimate relations happen and of course those only occur between legally partnered people.

A night of intimacy outside the rules leaves Willow suffering from a altered strain of herpes one that affects her nervous system altering it, to give her almost superhuman (could that come later?) abilities - her foray into the dark side leads her to begin to question everything they are brought up with and know.

Personally after getting over my original thoughts I found this a good book, I wanted to know what happened next and felt compelled to keep reading, it is an adult book which includes one graphic sexual scene and many other situations that are aimed at an older reading audience.

However I think this is a great different take on a dystopian novel and one people should at least give a chance, I can't wait to see what future books in the series bring.

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A.R. Williams is obsessed with language and myth, not just playing with words and making up stories, but with the real-world impact that our words have on the way we live. Words are the only puzzle that never gets boring, and writing is the only thing she has wanted to do consistently. Other interests, such as sewing and photography, become alternate means to feed the writing habit.

Ms. Williams feeds her obsession with curiosity: people, philosophy, technology, psychology, and culture. Living in Washington D.C. is a good source of inspiration. From the sublime heights of arts and achievement available for free at the Smithsonian to the bureaucratic banality of Beltway politics and scandals, it is a great city for fantasy, possibility, power, and consequence—ideal fodder for the fictional life. She lives between an ordinary external life filled with time cards, meetings, and deadlines; and an extraordinary imaginary world where anything is possible and everything is fueled by music.

 
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Quick Kindle Freebies

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Discord Trillogy: Review


I don't think I'll ever get over my slight love of all things Vampire related and when a introduction to The Discord Trilogy dropped into my inbox I knew I had to read it.

Tara and her sisters are modern day witches, they juggle the slaying of mythical creatures, using their blood talents and the usual activities of young women; school, work and having some fun. Born as Milunfran half-blood witches, the four sisters hold a powerful attribute - each one of them harness a different element and each wields a powerful ability, one of the reasons the Milufran Twelve gave them back their powers and asked them to fight for them.

The Golden Apple of Discord begins with a bang, seeing the 4 sisters in action, banishing a foe, something they have become pros at after four years practice, business is usual in the first few chapters as we get to know a little about them, that is until Tara is kidnapped by unknown enemies and begins a night that will change not only hers but her sisters lives for ever, for the people who took her are vampires and they need her.

Tara is that night changed into a vampire and only just makes it away from her captures, running through the night to return to her family, which is where the story really begins.

Witches don't fight vampires - they are just too strong for them and while the sisters believe The Twelve can restore Tara to her former state, that is far from the Milufran leaders minds when they turn up at the sisters residences ready to execute Tara and remove the powers from her sisters.

They of course manage to escape but have to disappear into hiding, which they find out soon enough is not just from the Milufran Twelve, but from the vampires as well. To survive Tara has to do one of the hardest things, turn her sisters and as each turns they lose their connection to their element, while their active powers are amplified.

The sisters in their running come across another coven of vampires - three males, Taralie isn't sure they should trust them, but Ann insist they need to and so Tara lays her trust both in Ann and her ability and they follow the three home.

The Severin sisters, learn a lot from there new found allies, with romance quickly blooming between certain parties - however Tara has reservations about Alex - the new covens leader, perhaps they are too alike?

As the book progresses things warm between Tara and Alex a mind reader who can't read Tara's mind making him feel as though he can relax and enjoy the peace and calm around her and while they worry about the two warring sides of vampires searching for the sisters, they come to find they feel like they are at home.

Abomination - While The Golden Apple of Discord was told by Tara, Abomination is told by Alex - the pair are getting ready to wed in a double ceremony with Thomas and Ann, and the girl's father is flying in to be part of the big day.

In fact everything seems to be fine, until Alex and Tara are on honeymoon and come across a coven of vampires feeding on innocents; Tara can't let them kill someone who doesn't deserve it and scares them off, making them run to the Noricum to check on their feeding quota, a small, perhaps lifesaving thing for most, but an action that opens the flood gates from the Noricum and starts a war. A war in which no one will leave the same as the entered.

Sadly the Noricum do the unthinkable to the two covens, something Alex was sure they would never do and something that Tara so far into madness she begins to enjoy the torture and murder of Noricum higher members.

Abomination is a roller-coaster ride through happiness, sadness, madness and in the end abomination for one, when Tara uses her mimic powers on Noricum prince in a way no one expected.

Rubicon - Changing between Alex and Taralie's views, Rubicon see's Tara being realised from abomination, but the person who comes out is far from the Tara we have come to know over the previous two books.

The war between the coven and Noricum is raging and the sister and their husbands have been joined by an old Noricum prefect - one who defected after he saw the Noricum for who they really were.

This last book sees us follow them all as Taralie fights to work out who she is and as they try to save themselves from the armies Noricum have been gathering to try and defeat the sisters.

So who will win?

There is so much more I could say about these books - the curse, the Greek gods, more in depth taking but I don't want to spoilt it for you - I want you to read these books as I did - griped from one page to the next and often wanting to scream WHAT ARE YOU DOING! At the characters.

While to some these books may at first glance seem reminiscent of Twilight you really are looking at a different vampire love story intertwined with fights for survival of not just the main characters but others that live.

If you're looking for a trilogy to get stuck into this summer, why not pick up these three.


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I'm Lauren Hodge, a chemist turned author with three children, a lot of friends no one else can see, and a swearing habit. Writing is something I stumbled into on accident. I was reading fiction for the first time as an adult and wondered if I could do it. It never crossed my mind to publish until my twin got a hold of my manuscripts and pressured me into it like the cool drug seeking kid from the After School Specials.

Because of that, my books are different. I don't write because I have a story to tell. I write because there is a story inside my head and it's merely using my fingers to get out. I enjoy writing protagonists that are flawed and enemies that aren't. Not everyone is all good or all bad and I love the philosophical process of defining that grey area.

There are two parts of communication. What is articulated and what is received for only the latter can compel action. You, the reader, are more important than me, the author. I relish understanding what you receive from my articulation. To help with that, I have editors - lots and lots of editors. Editors are the heroes authors need, but not the heroes they deserve. As an author, I strive every day to be worthy of professional editors.

I'm the oldest of seven and have an identical twin/perfect organ donor.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Angry Woman Suite Blog Tour


Master storyteller Lee Fullbright weaves three unique voices together in her award-winning psychological mystery about consequences. The Angry Woman Suite is a rare and bold novel; a heartbreaking, hopeful marvel.

"They need to be exercised, hearts do ... to keep them strong."

Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets--and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for.

An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man's quest for justice.

A plot that pulls and twists.

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Lee Fullbright lives in San Diego, CA, on beautiful Point Loma, with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her historical psychological-suspense novel, The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, won a Discovery Award, a Royal Dragonfly H.M., and the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, as well as the SD Geisel Award for "best of the best."

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Deadliners - Rachel Medhurst

After being offered the chance to read fellow blogger Rachel Medhurst's debut offering, The Deadliners, how could I refuse? The concept seemed fresh and original and since I have been in a huge reading slump recently, I thought something fresh would help me out of it. I was right. I have been trying to get this review written up for weeks but I struggled to find the words to say just how much I loved it - plus a number of personal reasons meant posting on my numerous blogs also had to take a backseat. However, here I am - about to tell you why you need to read this.


You don't stop living when you die.

Synopsis | Have you ever wondered what happens when you die?
They're called Deadliners, they're spirits and they play fate with human lives. These 'deadline assignments' have karma which must be cleared by the time they die. What the deadliners don't know is that by helping others they are also clearing karma of their own.

They're a strong family unit who would do anything for one another - until one of them has to take Danny's wife over to the other side. Will they be able to go through with it? The group finds themselves in unfamiliar territory as each one of them faces their toughest lesson since they've died: letting go.

Danny loses control as his friends start doing what they want, instead of their jobs. What was making them forget their training? Was there something darker going on? Never before had a deadliner group been so torn apart by the challenges that each one had to face.



Plenty of books have spoken about what happens after you die but Rachel certainly puts across a different idea in the book. Essentially, the Deadliners live in what I would call purgatory. They are told who will be passing across soon - their assignments - and have to clear the karma of their assignments. Whilst clearing other peoples karma, they unwittingly clear karma of their own - and will eventually pass across to the other side. When people pass across, they either become Deadliners or pass straight across - Deadliners will eventually also pass across.

Having no control over the assignments they have been given can make some assignments very emotional - and you sometimes see Deadliners begging for an extension. Anna has to help her own mother over and Danny gives her extension after extension until she cannot have anymore - yet when Anna is assigned Danny's wife, he begs much the same until it is too late - Anna cannot extend any more. She is then called upon to pass on over the side, she has done all she needs to do.

However, the group is pretty much lost without her. Charlie misses the lady he loves, Danny is desperate to pass over himself. The group soon descends into chaos as Danny loses total control over all the Deadliners in his group. 

The concept of the novel is unique and the storyline is very strong - I believed in Anna and Charlie's potential relationship, Danny's impending self destruction and the passion they feel when it comes to letting go of their loved ones - whilst they may be dead, they don't want their loved ones to pass over before their time - even if it is their time. With everyone neglecting their assignments, it is entirely plausible that Anna should get called back to the group - you instantly tell from the first few pages that she is the mother hen of the group and it only seems right that she is called upon to find the root of the problems.

All in all, I really loved this novel - Rachel has done incredibly well - weaving together a unique concept, a strong plotline and relatable characters into a fantastic first novel. You all really should buy this book now!




Saturday, 21 June 2014

Kindle Fire HDX/Amazon Giftcard/Paypal Cash Giveaway

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