Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review: Magic Shifts [Kate Daniels#8] by Ilona Andrews

Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: 4th August 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Monday, 12 October 2015

Book Wars! The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (103)

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By BooksMuch 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 UK, 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 Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley is...UK!!!!!!
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: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
US -HarperTeen, 336 Pages, (October 6th, 2015),
UK - Walker Books, 343 Pages, (August 27th, 2015),
Add to Goodreads:USA Version | UK Version
Order online here:
USA:Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK:Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

About the Author:
Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

Find Patrick Online:
Website | BlogTwitter| Facebook Fan Page

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favourite cover.
It's funny that Michelle's picked this cover for this weeks "Wars" because I was JUST reading about it in an email I'd received and thinking that the US cover is not only different but I really can't wait to see it in person.

Yet when you look at the UK version... it's interesting but no where near as eye catching as the US cover. At least that's what I think when I look at them side by side. So without a doubt, the US cover gets this weeks vote from me.

What about you? Which one will YOU be voting for? Click below to let us know YOUR favorite.
I initially thought this would be an easy choice for me, but looking at these covers next to each other I have to admit it's harder for me to actually decide.

The UK cover is dramatic and focuses the cover on the whole beam of light on this town. However, the USA cover has a variety of different characters, with the protagonists featuring more strongly against the others, making them stand out of the crowd.

After some deliberation my vote today is going for the USA cover. I prefer how relevant this is to the story itself, more than the UK cover is. I think it represents the characters and the idea behind the story better.

Which cover gets your vote? Vote below.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness NOW!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Sunday Post (36)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, to recap the past week on my blog, showcase books and things we have received.

New arrivals this week......

Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: When I Was Me by Hilary Freeman

Title: When I Was Me
Author: Hilary Freeman
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 3rd September 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
One girl, two lives. Which is real?

When Ella wakes up one Monday morning, she discovers that she is not herself and that her life is not her own. She looks different, her friends are no longer her friends and her existence has been erased from the internet. Even worse, years of her history appear to have been rewritten overnight. And yet, nobody else thinks that anything weird has happened.

A tense and dark psychological thriller full of unexpected twists and turns about the random events and decisions that make us who we are. If you can't trust your own memories, then who can you trust?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Review: Menagerie [Menagerie #1] by Rachel Vincent

Title: Menagerie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Fiction, Adult
Series: Menagerie #1
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: 29th September 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.
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