‘Times Twisted Arrow’ by Rysa Walker -Book Review and *Giveaway*

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Times Twisted Arrow (The Chronos Files #1)

Author:

Rysa Walker

Published:

October 1st 2012

Genre:

YA Science Fiction

Book Description:

They weren’t panic attacks. Of that, seventeen year old Kate is certain, no matter what the shrink told her parents. But it’s even harder to accept the explanation offered by her terminally ill grandmother – that Kate has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS, who were stranded in the past by a saboteur. Kate knows that her grandmother’s story could easily be the brain tumor talking, but that doesn’t explain the odd medallion or the two young men – one of them hauntingly familiar — who simply vanish before her eyes on the subway. It doesn’t explain Trey, the handsome stranger who now occupies Kate’s assigned seat in trig class. And it definitely doesn’t explain why Kate is now in an alternate timeline, where leaders of a previously unknown cult hold great power and are planning a rather drastic form of environmental defense.

In this new reality, Kate’s grandmother was murdered at age twenty-two on a research trip to the past, which means that Kate’s mother was never born, her father doesn’t know her and, for all intents and purposes, she doesn’t exist. The only thing keeping her from disappearing entirely is the strange blue medallion around her neck, and the only thing keeping her sane is her burgeoning relationship with Trey. To restore the time line, Kate must travel back to 1893 and keep herself and her grandmother clear of H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who is stalking young women at the Chicago World’s Fair. But that choice comes at a price – she’ll remember the past few months with Trey, but when he looks at her, he’ll see a total stranger.

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My Rating:

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My Review:

This is a very clever book, despite the criticism that I’ll probably inflict on this poor, defenceless book, I must state that it was extremely smart and must have taken someone with a very bright mind to actually get a book like this out on the paper. (Believe me, I’ve tried. Way harder than it looks!) Now that I’ve complimented the Times Twisted Arrow, I can be mean.

I thought that Kate was very trusting in the beginning of this book. She wasn’t asking many questions or raising any issue. I know that the evidence was right there in front of her with the necklace and her being able to see what others couldn’t, but yeah, she seemed to go along with whatever her grandmother told her.

I’ll admit it’s better than most books, where the main character take FOREVER to believe the what is happening around them. You end up wanting to slap them. I didn’t want to slap Kate at any point in this story.

The relationship with Trey seemed to happen WAY to fast. I mean, Kate fainted in front of him and then he drove her across the country? And believed her when she told him about the time travel? Again, the evidence was there, with the picture disappearing, but the romance side progressed at a faster pace than normal. Although, the romance was to be expected. At one point they were talking about bathroom familiarity. Too much!

While we’re on the subject of romance, I’d go for Kieran! Perhaps a little too pretentious with his ‘Of course, LOVE’ but hey, he did spend a passionate year with her.

Romance is almost a turning point in books for me. Either I like the book or I hate it according to how the romance is written. (Obviously others things to, but I love romance.) Thank goodness Rysa Walker can write good love bits! It was only into the first few chapters that we got a kiss from Kieran and Kate!

I sound like such a pervert. Of course, I’m only interested in the kissing parts because of how its written, kay? (Not.)

I got the impression that the characters in Times Twisted Arrow, were either too emotional and crying over someone they have never met, or complete robots.

Also, and I really hate to say this, while reading a section or two of this book it reminded me of Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

(Alright, alright! Stop throwing rocks at me! Let me explain.)

Kate, our heroine, is about to leave to try and save the world (spoilers) and she has one night left with her boyfriend, Trey. They start talking, but then Kate tries to make a move on Trey. Trey tells her that he wants to wait, so he can remember it (Timeline freakiness. Read the book.) Kate starts to cry and has a hissy fit, she feel rejected. Ring any bells? Also, Kate talked in her sleep.

I’m not being unreasonable, because I know there are billions of books out there and nowadays you can’t have a completely new storyline and MAYBE Rysa Walker hasn’t even READ the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I’m just SAYING, it REMINDED me of Eclipse.

Overall I enjoyed it, and if Rysa Walker writes a sequel, I would be interested in reading it! There’s still room for another book if she wanted to go down that route. Maybe she already has a date for book two, three and four.

GIVEAWAY:

This blog is hosting a giveaway for one (1) ebook copy of Time’s Twisted Arrow. Open internationally. All you have to do is COMMENT!

Grand Prize:

$25 Amazon Giftcard and One signed copy of Times Twisted Arrow.

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RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. (Occasionally, she would mix things up a bit and read books to cows.) On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.

When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband, who heroically pays the mortgage each month, and a golden retriever named Lucy. She still doesn’t get control of the TV very often, thanks to two sports-obsessed kids.

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‘Forged in Grace’ by Jordan E. Rosenfeld [Book Blitz] Giveaway + Excerpt

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Today is the book blitz for Forged in Grace! Organised by Xpresso Book Tours.

Title: Forged in Grace

Author: Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Publication date: February, 2013

Genre: Psychological Suspense (Adult w/ YA and NA crossover appeal)

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Book Description:

Grace Jensen survived a horrific fire at age 15. The flames changed her: badly scarred in body and mind, Grace developed an ability to feel other people’s pain. Unable to bear human touch, she has made a small life for herself in Northern California, living with her hoarder mother, tending wounded animals, and falling a little in love with her former doctor. Her safe world explodes when the magnetic Marly Kennet reappears in town; Grace falls right back into the dynamic of their complicated friendship. Marly is the holder of many secrets, including one that has haunted Grace for over a decade: what really happened the night of the fire?

When Marly exhorts Grace to join her in Las Vegas, to make up for the years they have been lost to each other, Grace takes a leap of faith and goes. Although Marly is not entirely honest about her intentions, neither woman anticipates that enlarging Grace’s world will magnify her ability to sense the suffering of others—or that she will begin to heal wounds by swallowing her own pain and laying her hands on the afflicted.

This gift soon turns darker when the truth of Marly’s life—and the real reason she ended her friendship with Grace—pushes the boundaries of loyalty and exposes both women to danger.

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GIVEAWAY:

This blog is hosting a giveaway for one (1) ebook copy of Forged in Grace. Open internationally. To enter, all you have to do is Comment Below. Smileys not counted 😦 I will contact you via email if you win.

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About Author and LINKS:

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Jordan E. Rosenfeld learned early on that people prefer a storyteller to a know-it-all. She channeled any Hermione-esque tendencies into a career as a writing coach, editor and freelance journalist and saves the Tall Tales for her novels. She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the author of the books, Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books) and Write Free! Attracting the Creative Life with Rebecca Lawton (BeijaFlor Books). Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in such publications asAlterNet.org, Publisher’s Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. She lives in Northern California with her Batman-obsessed son and Psychologist husband.

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Prologue

 

I feel swimmy, high, adrenaline on full tilt, though I haven’t consumed a drop of alcohol. “We need to subdue him first,” I hear myself say. “Can’t just slap a hand on his face and hope it knocks him out.”

Marly nods, though she is too encumbered to move quickly, and me—there’s no guarantee of what I can do.

“I have pepper spray,” she fidgets with her purse as though she’s about to withdraw it. “And it’s not like we have to break in, Grace. He’ll let us in, when he sees it’s me. Think I’m coming to talk.”

“Okay, then,” I say, before I lose my nerve. And we get in her car and drive.

We park and walk four residential blocks. The streets are lit by yellow halogen lamps, but there’s also a nearly-full moon. Its bold light makes me feel bolstered, sanctioned. Marly points to his condo, one square box among many in a beige world of homogenous residences.

“This could have been my life,” Marly whispers, her face a portrait of disgust. “I should be in that kitchen right now making dinner, then go spread my legs for him. I can’t believe he thought he could get away with what he did to me.”

The guilt surges through me again. If only I hadn’t healed away the evidence. But we didn’t know. Nobody could have known.

“Let’s do it soon, before I chicken out.” My palms have begun to ache with heat.

“Damn straight,” she agrees, and the toss of her hair is so familiar it’s like we’re fifteen again.

Simultaneously, we take a deep breath.

Marly repeats her lines, “I’ll say we’re here to talk—that I brought you as my friend and witness. That will put him on his best behavior. And you?”

I choke a little on my own saliva, cough, and answer, “I’ll ask for a glass of water, say I got too much sun today. He’ll take one look at me and have a hard time refusing, right?”

Marly pats her purse. “Let’s go.” She’s always one step ahead of me.

‘Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings’ by Kristy Brown – Book Review

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Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings

Author:

Kristy Brown

Published:

October 17th 2011

Genre:

YA/MG Fantasy

Book Description:

Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different.

For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.

Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined. As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince.

Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?

Book Links:

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My Review:

(The author contacted me and gave me a PDF copy of her book for an honest review. Yay! Usually it’s me begging authors to send me stuff!)

4/5 Stars

This book started off really well! It was exciting and full of action that made you want to read more!

Zakk, the prince of Zantar, has been thrown into our world and turned into a plastic doll. Also, the Witch Queen is after him and two rings, so that she may rule the earth! It wasn’t the most original of ideas, but I haven’t read a book like this in a long time and was a nice difference!

Kiera had been abandoned by her mother so that she could pursue a singing career. Instantly, you thought ‘Poor Keira!’ She lived with her uncle and worked in his shop, so she wasn’t completely alone but still.

During the book, I thought that Keira was a little dramatic. She practically threw herself off a train, she turned on her best friend because she thought she was plotting against them…

Also, Zakk got lost quite often in the story. It seemed like a recurring theme. At least three times, if not more, he got lost. This was only a 75 page book, so it was quite noticeable.

I liked this quote, it made me laugh. “Jack took a run at his dark rival, whom he once called Brother”. It’s not bad writing, it’s just not really suited to this kind of novel. And…it’s only one more thing, don’t worry!

Kiera flashed her friend Jack, a flirtatious smile whilst running for their lives. I can imagine flashing a smile, because of the craziness, but flirtatious?

Other than the very few things mentioned above that kept me from rating it a five star, i enjoyed this book! It didn’t take long to read, seeing as it was only 75 pages in PDF format. The ending was left open for another book in the series, (I know there is a second and a third sometime in the future.) Would like to see some more background on Zakk and the Witch Queen in the upcoming books!

Thanks for letting me have a copy of your book Kristy!

Book Two:

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Kieras Quest: Sacrifices

Kristy Brown

 

 

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Hi I’m Kristy and I live in the U.K. I have always written short stories and poetry. I went to university to study acting which I loved, but my real passion has always been writing. So now I write the kind of stories I would have wanted to read when I was a teen. “Kiera’s Quest-Awakenings” is my first ebook. There will be four in the series. Book two-“Sacrifices” came out August 2012(Muse It Up Publishing) Book three is now completed and due out this May. My dream is to have them in print someday! I love reading YA angels,vamps etc. I love my kids and hopefully one day they will enjoy my crazy tales!xx

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Weekly Wrap Up #3 18th – 24th Feburary

I gained eleven new followers this week! It’s not a lot of people but it does mean a lot to me, so thanks guys! 😀

Books Read This Week:

Rising Calm by Haley Fisher [Goodreads] [Review on 27th March]

Obsidian by Jennifer E. Armentrout [Goodreads] [Review 11th March?]

Book of The Week:

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It wasn’t difficult to pick! 5/5 star, review soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks – Book Review

Tuesday:

His Allure, Her Passion by Juliana Haygert – Book Blitz

Wednesday:

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough –  Tour Blitz

Thursday:

Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta – [Tour Stop]

Friday:

Awakened by Inger Iversen – Release Day Blitz

Disconnect by Imran Siddiq – Release Day Blitz

Saturday:

Stacking the Shelves #5

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Stacking the Shelves #5 (6 Books)

Not as big as last week I’ll admit, but its been a busy, busy week for me! Because I have time on my hands, I’ll list the books I’m most excited about in order. Click the cover to be taken to Goodreads 🙂 (Yes, i’m still lazy.)

Feel free to comment and tell me whether you’ve read any of these books. Liked them, hated them?

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Library:

obsidian So excited to read this one! Amber (BooksOfAmber) liked this one, and I’d seen it on goodreads a few times and thought ‘why not?’ I reserved it at my library about two weeks ago and it’s here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love a good historical romance! It’s been on my Goodreads, ‘To-Read’ shelf for ages now. Finally got round to reserving it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not really bothered by this one. Some liked it, some didn’t….eh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sapphique

 Read the first book last year in January. Felt guilty that I hadn’t read the second one, and it had been on my ‘To-Read’ shelf for a while. Not sure if i’ll be able to remeber characters introduced to me a year ago, but I’ll give it a go!

 

 

 

 

 

For Review:

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Got it this morning! I review it on 26th March 🙂

Thanks to Kat Clayton and Giselle for providing me with a paperback copy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah. Bit romancy, love a romance. I review it in April or something.

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‘Disconnect’ by Imran Siddiq – [Release Day Blitz] Giveaway + Excerpt

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Today, Disconnect is released out into the world! This is the Tour Blitz, on March 21st I will be reviewing this book. Check out the tour HERE and stay tuned!

Title: Disconnect

Author: Imran Siddiq

Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1

Published: February 22nd 2013

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

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 Book Description:

In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

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GIVEAWAY:

This blog is hosting a giveaway for one (1) ebook copy of Disconnect. Open internationally. All you have to do is Comment below! Smileys not included 😦 Winner will be notified by email if they have won. Thanks!

EXCERPT:

You can read the full book on Goodreads! Just click the Goodreads link above and look under the cover art!

There is also a trailer for this book!

About Author and LINKS:

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Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories.  At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre  is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.

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‘Awakened’ by Inger Iversen – Release Day Blitz + *Giveaway* + Excerpt

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Awakened (Few Are Angels #2)

Author:

Inger Iverson

Published:

February 14th 2013

Genre:

YA Supernatural/ Romance

Book Description:

What must he overcome to protect her?

With no clue of what to do next and the responsibility of looking after Alex and Mia as promised, Kale is up to his ears in problems and no solutions. How will Kale save Ella, keep Alex and Mia safe, control Jace as well as control the Bloodlust that creeps beneath the surface waiting to be released? Will Kale be Ella’s savior or will he convict her to a fate worse than the one Laurent has already promised her?

What truths will she learn?

 Ella knows that the choices she makes affects not only her but everyone else around her, but what about the choices made to find her? Ella learns the truth about the death of her parents, learns that the ones she thought she could trust aren’t so trustworthy after all.

How will Ella handle these betrayals, and will she be able to sacrifice what is necessary to obtain eternal life?

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GIVEAWAY:

There is a giveaway of this book currently being hosted at Goodreads. Includes US, CA, GB, AU.

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Grand Prize:

Giveaway is for 1 print copy of Few Are Angels & Awakened by Inger Iversen. Giveaway is open to US ONLY. Starts on Friday 2/22 and will end on Monday 2/25.

EXCERPT:

Read an excerpt HERE at Inger’s website:

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