Friday, 31 October 2014

Blog Tour: The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts [review + giveaway US/CAN]


Title: The Bodies We Wear
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Author Info: Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 23rd September 2014

Tell Me About It
A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.

People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.

Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye's plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she's become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Morganville: The Series

Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween
Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up


Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.

Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.

Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!

Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did, ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, “The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was to write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.”

Fans might be wondering how a 10-day- shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, “For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.”

To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series.

http://www.morganvilletheseries.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/geekandsundry
http://www.morganvillevampire.com/
http://www.rachelcaine.com/

Morganville: The Series – The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin). It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink and Continuum, the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.

Rachel Caine – is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.

Watch the trailer below:


Episode 1 -- Glass House -- http://youtu.be/fcoe2nCFYuQ
Episode 2 -- Bite Me -- http://youtu.be/sRhZwjrIKYg
Episode 3 -- Sucks to Be You -- http://youtu.be/WELLA-_y4Cw
Episode 4 -- High on Life -- http://youtu.be/n9npivV3jHA


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine.
It is a way to spotlight upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating, or books that are already released that I still need to own.

This Wednesday I am waiting on...

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Blog Tour: Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin [review]


Title: Here With Me
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: New Adult
Series: The Archer Brothers #1
Source: InkSlinger PR as part of the blog tour
Publication Date: 23rd October 2014
Purchase: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Amazon UK

Tell Me About It
Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Quickie Review: More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs


Title: More Than Exes
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Author Info: Blog|Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr
Genre: New Adult
Series: Chasing the Dream #0.5
Source: Author for review
Publication Date: 28th October 2014

Tell Me About It
Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

Book Wars! Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!


It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the US, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So,Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!


Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for The Pledge by Kimberly Derting is.....USA!  Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.



Left: US - Right: UK

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
Series: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher:
US - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 513 Pages (November 6th, 2012)
UK - Hodder & Stoughton, 513 Pages (November 8th, 2012)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version

Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?




About the author:
Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

Find Laini Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Lisa
Would it be weird to say that this week is a tough choice for me? Well, it is! I'm loving BOTH of these covers for such different reasons. The look of the US cover and being up close and personal with the details on the face. And the UK cover with the flames that appear almost to dance across the paper and the stars... let's not forget to mention the stars. If I wasn't so creeped out by eyes... well, when I'm getting an up close and personal view of them they really creep me out. Bad. (I'll blame Michael Jackson's Thriller for that.) However, I LOVE the text on the US cover, but I just can't get the UK cover out of my mind.

After spending some time really taking a closer look at both covers I think this weeks vote, for me goes to the UK cover. It's simple yet beautiful. It's dramatic in it's simplicity and I just think it's pretty amazing. So, UK for me! What about you? Please take a second and VOTE below!
Michelle
We really do need to stop making this so hard for ourselves. I love both of these covers but for very different reasons. The UK one is definitly eye catching and very dramatic, but the USA one has so much detail in just one place.

After much deliberation my vote goes for the USA version. I love the detail gone into the design around the eyes, I love how appealing and eye catching it is ;) It is also dramatic in its own way and really draws your attention to it.

Want to know what I thought of this book, check out my review here.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Days of Blood and Starlight NOW!






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