No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop

Posted on 5 March, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments

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This is hop for all the people who hate jumping through hoops to enter giveaways.

This is a no strings attached, no requirements to enter hop.



The Prizes


ONE winner will win a book of choice (up to the value of £7/$10)
ONE winner will win a bundle of swag


Guidelines

  1. Open INTERNATIONALLY
  2. Winners will be E-mailed
  3. Winners will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  4. Following the blog is NOT required
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  6. Ends 11th March
  7. Don’t forget to hop along to the next giveaway once you’ve entered!
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Book Trailer, Extracts & Giveaway; Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Posted on 12 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I have for you some exciting things which are all to do with Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black!


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Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .

Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad. Other girls have gone missing too. Can the role be cursed? Vanessa’s new relationship with leading-man Zep only seems to complicate things further. What is he hiding from her and can she really trust him?

Black Swan meets Gossip Girl in this thrilling first book in a new series. Sexy, sinister and full of secrets, readers will be hooked on Dance of Shadows from the first page. Look out for the sequel in 2014.


First up, I am showing you the wonderful trailer for the book.


Secondly, did you know that you can download the first three chapters of this book for free RIGHT NOW?
Simply CLICK HERE


And Finally, I have the pleasure of offering you a chance to WIN a proof of this book! Bloomsbury has kindly offered one proof copy of Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black to be given away to one of you!
The Giveaway is for UK & IRELAND participants ONLY. This is a limitation set by Bloomsbury UK, not by me personally. Please keep an eye out on the blog for more INT giveaways.

Giveaway Rules

  • Open to UK & IRELAND PARTICIPANTS only.
  • You do not need to be a follower to enter
  • Winners will be e-mailed and will have 72 hours to respond
  • Ends February 13th
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Posted on 12 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Book Review & Giveaway; Easy by Tammara Webber

Posted on 10 January, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments

Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January 3rd 2013
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Easy is a New York Times Bestseller – a must-read for everyone who loves Slammed by Colleen Hoover and the New Adult genre. Deeply romantic and utterly gripping, this is not to be missed.

Jacqueline seems to have a knack for making the wrong choices. She followed her boyfriend to his choice of university, disregarding her preference. Then he dumped her. She chose a minor she thought she could combine with her music studies, but she’s falling behind. And then, leaving a party alone one night, she is attacked. If it wasn’t for the timely intervention of a stranger, she would have been raped. Now she must make a choice – give up and give in, or toughen up and fight on. Only the support of the man who is tutoring her and the allure of the guy who saved her from the attack convince her that it’s worth fighting on. Will Jacqueline now have to make a choice between them too? And can she make the right decision? It’s not easy . . .

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We Never Know

It is impossible to be a blogger and not notice the amount of people raving about Easy. I have read a fair few reviews of people who absolutely adored the book and it got me instantly intrigued. It also meant that I started reading the book with a bit of trepidation. I always get nervous when books start gaining popularity as it can sometimes mean that the story isn’t that great, or that I’ll be that odd duck that doesn’t like it. Fortunately, this book didn’t only take a hold of every expectation I had, it surpassed them. I expected to enjoy this book, to love it, and to be glad to have read it, but instead I devoured it, fell head over heels in love with it, and am now worried that this review will not even begin to do the book justice.

How Strong

New Adult storylines are taking the publishing world by a storm. Bloggers have been soaking up these stories lately as publishers and authors push the category further than ever before. These stories have always been around, but at the moment they’re centre stage and because of this, some stories are starting to get critiqued more than ever before. It leaves a worry that some books will be too rushed to meet the demand. The good news is that Easy is a New Adult book that will simply help to define the category. It is full of deep, scarring, emotional, and powerful words and themes, truly awakening the reader to a new way of looking at the world. I enjoyed the journey that this book took me on, was inspired by the twists and turns that I didn’t trust, and found myself hugging the book by the end of it all. Every detail of the plot in this book was well thought out, flowed simply, and felt so true to life that I could probably convince people it was based off of a true story. Tammara Webber certainly has a knack for writing.

We Truly Are

One of the most powerful aspects of Easy are the wonderfully in-depth characters. Webber has created three-dimensional characters that are flawed, loveable, connectable characters that it is impossible not to love. Our main protagonist, Jacqueline is such a strong character. She doesn’t believe it herself, and it takes a lot of convincing, but she is amazing and powerful. She’s also really kind, hard-working, passionate, and loving, and she just really brings wonderful colours to the story. She goes through some horrible things in the book, and it is through her that the readers gain the strength and will power to carry on – that need her to take it in her stride, and to make sure that she always wins. Then we have Lucas. He was the rock that everyone wants. He was protective, gentle, caring, firm, and an all-around great guy. There is a shady past that he is living with, and he is not easy to open up but he is just such a brilliant character that it doesn’t matter in the slightest. Lucas is the full embodiment of everything I’d ever ask for in a boyfriend.

It was not just the main characters in this story that kept it so readable however. Webber’s secondary characters were just as incredible. From Jacqueline’s roommate, who was always there for her best friend, to her new friend in Economics, every secondary character brought something new to the story. They helped our main protagonist to grow, to journey, and they were always there to show her the way. There were a few actions by a certain ex-boyfriend that I didn’t believe would have happened, but these were small and simply personal prejudices against his character really, and did not take anything away from the story.

Until Our Strength

The biggest thing about Easy is the subject of the story. This is a book that deals with rape, it is not a book about rape. It is a book that has a strong, powerful heroine who is a magnificent role model to women. Tammara Webber has managed to take a horrible topic, and write about it in a sensitive manner while making it entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. This is the hardest part of this review, but I feel that Webber has really managed to create something beautiful with this book and her majestic writing. The plot is complimented by the characters and the characters, in turn, were complimented by her unique and gripping writing style. She really manages to pull the reader in, making it incredibly difficult to put the book down so that they could do the mandatory actions of life, like sleep.

Is Really Tested

Overall, this book was one that has struck a chord inside my heart. It has moved me in a way that few books really manage to do and is a book I know will stick with me for many years to come. It is educational, sensational, and just a simply powerful book that I have a feeling will help a lot of people one day. I know that this review seems to praise this book too highly, and I do worry that I have over-done it slightly but I couldn’t help myself because I have truly been suckered by this story. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a good rich, raw, contemporary read, or anyone who wants something that doesn’t surpass the nitty gritty but still manages to keep things beautiful and creative. I have tried very hard not to be corny in this review, but I feel it is essential to leave with just one play on words. I would continually recommend this book to others because it is a book that is easy to love, easy to read, and will easily sweep you off your feet. It is easy to see why so many people love it.

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

five stars

Faye


Because I loved this book so much, I have decided that I want others to have the chance to read it as well and so I have a giveaway for you all!
One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Easy, or if you’ve already read it, another of Tammara Webber’s’ novels!

Giveaway Rules

  • Open INTERNATIONALLY (As long as TBD ships to you)
  • Winners will be E-mailed
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  • Please read my Giveaway Policy
  • Ends: 24/01/2013

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Posted on 10 January, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments


Book Tour Review & Giveaway; Falling From Eternity by Megan Duncan

Posted on 27 December, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

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Hey Guys,
Today I am the tour stop for the Falling From Eternity tour. I’m here today to bring you a review of the book and to giveaway two e-copies of it! Details of this, and a giveaway on Megan Duncan’s blog is at the bottom of the post.

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Author: Megan Duncan
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Nov 28th 2012
Pages: unknown
Format: ebook
Source: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:

For William, life was as wicked and malicious as the beast he was trying destroy. Decades spent living a life of extravagance, domination and ravenous hunger haunted him. But when you live forever, the past never stays buried. And that which wishes to control you, will never let you go. William thought he found his escape, his one and only love, but the thing he fears the most could be the only thing that saves them. Or, it could doom them all.

When You’re Stuck
When I first read the synopsis of Falling From Eternity, I was instantly intrigued and curious. I have read so many vampire stories over the years and the idea of someone being trapped within the constant misery of their condition really intrigues me. I was curious whether or not this book would be like all the others or if it’ll be something new and exciting. Therefore, I was pleased when I found this book to be entertaining and interesting. I am really looking forward to the release of the next book in this series as I really do want to know what will happen next.

In Eternal Torment
When it comes to romance, I am an extremely picky reader. I try not to be, but I just like reading my romance in a particular way, just as others probably do as well. Typically I’m not a fan of the insta-love kind of situation but when it is well written and seems to have a little more depth then what one may think, I definitely enjoy it a lot more. This book could have followed the annoying trend of Twilight where there is no good reason for the main protagonists to fall in love but fortunately this wasn’t the case. There was a sense of insta-love between them but there was also so much more underneath as well. It wasn’t an easy ride for them both and so the relationship felt more realistic to me. There were still a few things that I didn’t particularly like but overall, it was readable and enjoyable and I found myself craving to know what was about to come next. With this part of the narrative working for me, I was glad that the rest came about around it. This book was full of tension and emotion, twists and curves and I can definitely imagine that the next book has a lot more to flesh out, and I’m excited to find it out.

Destined To Be Alone
The protagonist of this story, William, was a character that I really appreciated reading about. He had depth, complications and a brilliant voice. I fully understood what he was going through and liked how he dealt with everything throughout the book. It was all really well described and by the end of the point I truly sympathised with him and just wanted to reach out for him and help him. I wanted to be by his side, in a sense. This all leads to a statement that William was a really very well written character.

On the other side, I’m unsure of how I feel about Autumn. I loved her part in the story and the way her character personality was like. I felt like I knew why she was doing what she was doing and could really get to know her in a way that William couldn’t but I just don’t think I personally liked her. She seemed to just get on my nerves for some reason. I have a feeling, however, that with how things ended at the end of the book that this is something that will turn around for me when this story continues at it seems as though she will start to play a bigger part.

Feeling Like A Beast
I am always very careful when it comes to reading vampire stories. Having read so many of them already, I struggle to find ones that are different than others and use a different voice. Fortunately, I feel that Falling From Eternity is definitely a book that is different from the generic vampire books out there. It has an interesting plot, a forbidden romance, and something much darker going on underneath that really caught my attention. I also found that the vampires themselves were really interesting and unique with how they dealt with all the “lore” surrounding them. They weren’t just the same old ones, and I found it to be quite refreshing to read how they worked and lived.

How Do You Survive?
Overall, this was a book that caught my attention and kept it. I read it quickly because I struggled to put it down and it kept me entertained. It was well-written with good descriptions and really managed to make me emotionally invested in it. I am so curious about how the story will continue and I was truly fascinated by the vampires and the romance in it. This is a book that I would recommend to other young adult readers who love a bit of romance and some good vampires. I feel that those who want a good read and some good entertainment and are good with a light, easy read with a deep story underneath, would really enjoy this book and should pick it up to read immediately.

Four Stars
four out of five hearts

** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye


So, today I have a chance for you to win an e-copy of this great book. And this is a chance for two winners as I have two e-books to giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines
- you do not need to be a follower to enter
- there are extra entries but they are not mandatory
- winners will be e-mailed
- winners will have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen
- open internationally

 

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Posted on 27 December, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments


Author Interview; Amy Joy Lutchen (+ Giveaway!)

Posted on 6 December, 2012 by Faye - 13 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the charming Amy Joy Lutchen, author of Renhala. I will be asking her some questions for you all to read over and enjoy!
Hope it helps you get a better insight into her and her novel!
And she is also giving away some Renhala inspired jewellery as well, all will be announced at the bottom of the post.

Hello Amy Joy and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start with the basics, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I am a gemini, and true to the description! I’m nice and generous, but make me mad and you best go run and hide under a bed. And I also love sweets, and I enjoy sharing them, but take too big of a bite and you best go hide under the table!

I will make sure never to make you mad! Haha. And how long have you wanted to be a writer?
Well, in college I REALLY enjoyed my English classes, and my teachers often tried coercing me to continue on with it because they liked my ideas, but my major at that time was accounting. “Creative” accounting is a bad, bad, thing, apparently . . .

Yes, I can imagine it is! So when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
All sorts of stuff. I have this problem where I have to be productive ALL the time. So when my friends and colleagues sit around and talk about this television show, or that actor/actress, I am TOTALLY lost. I do however, like Fringe, and American Horror Story, but needless to say, I am behind like five episodes on each! I also enjoy metalsmithing and lampworking (the art of making my own glass beads), and am often designing custom pieces for people. Oh, and I like to knit, and cook, and . . .

Renhala is a story that involves some interesting creatures and monsters, can you tell us anything about them?
I can tell you that I am most definitely not under the influence of any hallucinogenic drugs, yet these odd, but entirely engulfing characters/species pop into my head all the time: Renhalan creatures like meeples (soft white bunnies with deadly talons), grebles (six-hundred pound torturing machines) and mooncats (large felines with human-like characteristics).

They all sound fascinating! Is there anything specific that inspired you to write an urban fantasy-type book?
Yes, some really crappy, bad stuff that was happening in my life, and past tragic events that were forcing me into a very dark place. Once I gathered the courage to face all these things and began writing them down, these horrible events morphed into something magical and inspiring: the land of Renhala! It has transformed my life and I am in such a better place right now. I can’t stop!

Writing is extremely therapeutic and I say to anyone needing an outlet for angst, try WRITING! I say prove me wrong that any literary jam session is not going to help . . . Seriously, write it down! See what happens.

Brilliant advice there, I agree! If you had to describe your book in a tweet (in 140 characters), how would it go?
I am not a good tweeter, for some reason. I do my best, but I tend to use lots of adjectives and always end up with those negative numbers. Then, when I shorten it and I read what I have I get tweeter envy and usually cancel it, while making a scrunched-up face.

Often subconsciously, writers sometimes take inspiration from the people they know for their characters, are any of your characters based on friends or family?
I often have people ask me, “Who am I in the book?” or “Can I have a place in your next book?” and I often say, “You don’t want to know who you are.” This often results in a good laugh (from me). I have to say yes, though, that maybe, some of the characters resemble people I know, possibly.

Renhala has had a lot of four star and five star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, how did it feel when you got your first five star review?
OMG! I cry a lot. But in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved my story, but because it had special meaning to me and healing power. Turns out people like it because they like the story! I am so thankful for my readers and their praise, for it brings lots of sunshine into my days.

What is your writing structure like? Do you plan out every scene meticulously, or do you simply let the story take it where it wants to go, or is it somewhere in the middle?
Usually, it takes off running without me. So many nights I wake up to things I have scribbled on tissues in the middle of the night—things that have absolutely no current relevance to my story, but they magically become instrumental, at a later time, in my stories.

Without giving us any spoilers, would you be willing to give us a small teaser of Renhala?
I can tell you about the life pools! Every woman needs a Meadow’s Edge female-designated life pool, for once you exit it, your hair will be fuller and softer (and smelling of lilacs), your breasteses will be perfect, and your skin will be supple and flawless. Want one?

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
Start with what you know.

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?
ebook
day or night?
Night
reading or writing?
Writing
paper or computer?
Paper-specifically post-it notes
tea or coffee?
TEA!! It’s unnatural how much I love it, but not my bladder.
favourite book of the moment?
Actually, right now: I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam (illustrator). So cute!
most memorable book?
Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimenstions by Edwin A. Abbott. Strange, but that’s what makes it memorable :)

Thank you so much for chatting with me today Amy Joy! It’s been lovely getting to know you better – and you certainly made me laugh!

If you would like to get to know more about Amy Joy, check out her blog, follow her on twitter, or like her facebook page!


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Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon for karma from the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and toughens up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a “giver”), balances the egos of two very strong males, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she’ll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey’s realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.


Giveaway!
Now for the exciting part! Amy Joy has been working hard – we already know she needs to keep busy – making some lovely Renhala-inspired jewellery just for YOU!
ONE lucky winner will win a piece of jewellery that will look similar to the two pictures below!

Kailey amethyst necklace 1       Kailey amethyst necklace 2

Being a follower of this blog is the only mandatory entry for this giveaway!
- Open INTERNATIONALLY
- Closes 13th Dec
- Winner will be e-mailed and will have 72 hours to respond
- Please read my Giveaway Policy

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Posted on 6 December, 2012 by Faye - 13 Comments


Ready, Set, Review-A-Thon Wrap Up! (+ Giveaway)

Posted on 1 December, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So the review-a-thon is over! I for one and am actually a little saddened by this, mostly because I didn’t actually reach my target and because it was quite fun to be so motivated throughout the month!
I hope that you all enjoyed the event as well. Here is my final wrap up of my month, and there is a linky at the bottom of this post to sign up to yours as well!

What was my target?
20 reviews

How many have I written this week?
1 review

How many have I written altogether?
9 reviews

What reviews?
Crusher by Niall Leonard
Flesh by Khanh Ha
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Spook House by Michael West
Undertow by Callie Kingston
The Traitors by Tom Becker
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Reviews Left?
11 reviews

So, I didn’t even manage to write half of my target, but this week I was also sprinting through my NaNo which I finished on time (woo!), so I am okay with that. I am now hoping though that December I manage to get my reviews written. I think my new years resolution will be to try and keep on top of my reviews! Haha.

But how well did you do this month? Link up below because I’d love to know!


Was the review-a-thon something that you enjoyed? Didn’t enjoy? I would love to hear from YOU! Please fill out this quick survey and let me know!

Enter the form here


Now for the stuff I’m sure you’ve been waiting for! The Giveaway and a chance to win one of three awards!

Awards
The awards that are up for grabs are;
Most Creative Review
Most Inspired Review
Most Informative Review

Everyone has the chance to send in ONE review to win these awards. The review does NOT need to be posted to your blog already but they will need to be sent via e-mail to me.

There will then be a panel of three judges, who will read all the reviews and vote for the winners. They will be announced on the blog and will be presented with their awards!

If you would like to enter your review, simply send the review to this e-mail, with the subject ‘RSReviewathon Awards’. You can either attach the reviews to the e-mail or send us the links to your blogs if they’re already posted.

The last date to send in your reviews is Monday 3rd December, and winners will be announced on Friday 7th December.

Open to RSReviewathon participants ONLY


Giveaway

There are two prizes to be won.
A Batch of Swag
A book of choice (up to the value of $10)

You must have been a review-a-thon participant to win!
Winners will be contacted via e-mail and will have 72 hours to reply before another winner will be chosen.
Contest is open Internationally.

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Blog Tour; Kiss Off by Sarah Billington! (+ Giveaway!)

Posted on 28 November, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am the tour stop for the Kiss Off book tour! I am very happy to be telling you all about this book and the author.
It all sounds absolutely stunning and I hope that you guys end up looking forward to it!
And at the end of the post, there is also a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!
Enjoy :)

Kiss Off cover FINALWhen sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

Add The Kiss Off to your TBR list on Goodreads!


But the story doesn’t end there! Sarah Billington is writing a second Kiss Off book as well! The cover hasn’t yet been created, but here’s some information on the book, along with some teasers of what to expect.

The money’s in! Poppy’s royalties for penning the accidental hit song The Kiss Off that shot her boyfriend’s band to super-stardom are in and she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing with it.

THE KISS OFF 2 will include:
A road trip with an unexpected passenger.
Camping.
The realization too late that she doesn’t actually like camping.
Sunburns.
A concussion.
Accidental topless swimming.
Paparazzi punch ups.
A news-worthy (yet totally false) love triangle.
Obsessed fan girls.
A stalker.
And an overwhelming request from someone super-famous.

THE KISS OFF 2 is coming 2013.

Add The Kiss Off 2 to your TBR list on Goodreads!


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Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment.

She loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.

Facebook. Twitter. Goodreads. Official Website. Official Blog.

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US. Amazon UK. Smashwords. Book Depository.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

The Kiss Off

by Sarah Billington

Giveaway ends December 07, 2012.

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Posted on 28 November, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Undertow by Callie Kingston (+Giveaway!)

Posted on 19 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am the tour stop for the Undertow book tour! I have for you a review in which I explain fully why this book is one you should read, and then there is also a giveaway for you to enter and win your own copy of the book.
Enjoy!

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Author: Callie Kingston
Publisher: Carolwood Press
Published: Jan 1st 2012
Pages: 286
Format: Ebook
Category: New Adult/Young Adult
Source: Complimentary Copy from Author for tour
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords

Summary:

While she sleeps beside a log on the wild Oregon coast, a rogue wave pulls Marissa into the sea. Now she dreams each night of a merman who rescues her. Obsessed with returning to this beautiful creature, she again risks her life in the frigid ocean.
Will Marissa remain lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or can real love save her from the abyss? Sometimes, the dangers which lie within are the deadliest.



The Tide Rolls In
It would be impossible to start this review without mentioning that this book is not what you may expect it to be. Or, it wasn’t what I expected it to be, but in a good way. With my expectations blown out of the water, excuse the pun, this book took on a powerful and intriguing tone that had me truly captivated. I found myself needing to know what was going on, how would it all end up? I practically read this book in one sitting because I simply had to know. The story, the words, the characters, all had me completely and utterly mystified and I loved every second of the journey it took me on. There were a few issues I had with the book, but over all, it was one that kept me fascinated and interested and as soon as I finally finished it, I was left with a smirk on my face and a strong feeling towards the book I had just read.

The Waves Rush Over
There are some books that we read, that are intentionally trying to get us to think, they’re trying to point us in a direction and to give us words of advice and wisdom. Then there are the other books that simply do this by accident, leaving the reader stunned and mystified. In my opinion, Undertow, is the kind of book that creeps up on the reader at the end, not one that has a blatant message throughout it. This is what I liked about it. It wasn’t obvious or in your face, there were a lot of questions that the reader needs answered and these make it impossible not to turn the page and continue reading. Callie has definitely managed to write a story that allows the reader to be mystified by everything, not entirely certain as to where things are finally going to end up. It was well and truly captivating.

Weak Swimmers Drown
One of the things that I feel can make or break a novel, is the characters. While I wasn’t particularly fond of some of the secondary characters, I found Marissa to be truly fascinating to read. It was interesting to read a book in a perspective such as hers, to feel like the world is looking at you, thinking you’re acting crazy while showing the reader how sane it seems to the person. It was so interesting and intriguing and really made the story for me. Marissa had issues, she had recurring dreams, a horrid past and she was just trying to get through her life without drowning – both physically and emotionally. I loved her strength and her weaknesses and how it was possible to see through it all. She had a lot to deal with and she did it admirably.

Pulled Under
There were parts of the plot that I had issues with, the way that the characters handled our main protagonist irritated me, but I feel that this was supposed to happen. I only hoped that there could have been more of a way to see that things were changing at the end. I also wasn’t a fan of the way that Jim and Marissa got together. It wasn’t insta-love, which is one thing I really can’t stand, but it didn’t feel very natural to me and that was a little off-putting. Fortunately, however, these small snags with the plot didn’t stop me from reading and I feel that they’re likely to be cherished by other readers as the problems I had with them were all wholly personal. I also felt that it got a little slow towards the end of the book, I understood by the end that it was necessary, but I was tempted too many times to put the book down and not finish as I was nearing the end. It simply didn’t work for me at all. Until, that is, I got to the end and then everything that went on before it changed entirely as the ending was completely and utterly stunning.

By The Current
All in all, Undertow, was a book that I found entirely fascinating and one that I would recommend to others. It had its flaws and I can understand that this story is definitely one that will not be for everyone, but I personally found it to be a captivating and thought-provoking read. It kept me entertained, it was mysterious and it also dealt with a very serious and heavy topic. It may not be my most favourite read this year, but it is definitely one that will stick with me for a while and I feel it is one that others should at least give a go. I’m glad that I read this book, and I have a feeling that you will be too. It is a story that makes you think, with a strong protagonist, an interesting and intriguing plot and an ending that truly packs a punch. The writing and characters felt a little forced at times, but these are simply minor blips on the radar.

Three Stars
three out of five stars

** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye


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Posted on 19 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments