Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Beyond The Fence (The Dartmoor Chronicles #1) by Jen Minkman

~Synopsis~

"People turn their heads when I walk past them. They know where I’m going. My feet almost stumble on the uneven pavement of the cobblestoned street when I sense Mark’s gaze on me. This is the only time he takes notice of me, and it’s for a reason I wish didn’t exist. All the other times I want him to see me, his eyes skip right over me. I’m a wolf in sheep’s clothes to these people. A potential threat.


I already know what will happen once I get to the Clinic. I’ll have to talk to that clueless psychiatrist so he can measure my possibly violent tendencies. Because that stigma has been on me ever since I turned twelve and the person I loved most in the whole wide world was Purged from this city.

My name is Sarah, and my father was a violence offender."


Return to the world of the Island series and meet Sarah, resident of Dartmoor City. She's bitter, she feels trapped, and she wants nothing more than to venture beyond the fence that's keeping her in. She just has no idea how to. But when she discovers a secret that President Jacob would rather keep under wraps, Sarah is forced to make a move for freedom - because she meets a guy who is evenmore of a prisoner than she is, and he desperately needs her help.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~My 5* Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
 
Sarah is a red stamp living in Dartmoor City. She lives with her mother, her father was purged from the city because he was a violence offender. It is because of her Father's actions that Sarah is a red stamp.

Red stamp's are people who have been deemed to be a risk to Dartmoor's peace. They are monitored at the clinic and given medication to help them control any violent thoughts or behaviour.

Sarah longs to be free of Dartmoor and the red stamp labelling. She feels trapped and longs to explore the world outside the fence. Sarah becomes determined to do this after she meets Jinn at the clinic. Jinn is being held prisoner at the clinic by President Jacob. Jinn is being used as a medical research subject.

Kian on the other hand isn't a red stamp and is free to come and go as he pleases. That said Kian is searching for answers regarding his Uncle Tony. Tony embarked on a pilgrimage to Exeter and supposedly died but no one has seen his body and the requests to return Tony's remains to his family are constantly being denied. Kian doesn't believe that this is the truth and he is determined to find out what really happened.

Sarah and Kian meet when they both break into the clinic. Kian is there searching for information and Sarah is breaking Jinn out. As it turns out Jinn knew Kian's uncle Tony. So the 3 of them set out to leave Dartmoor and head off to find Jinn's home.

Beyond the Fence has been well thought out and the detail is fantastic. The characters all link together so well and their personalities compliment each other and cause friction too; just as real people do. The mystery and secrets keep you guessing until the very end. The way that Jen has written this draws you in and makes you feel a part of the story, learning everything alongside the characters.

The characters are full of emotion and depth, there is clear development in each of them. Even the smaller characters; such as Michelle; have key parts and show personality too.

There is no arguing that Beyond The Fence is full of twists and turns that have created an intricate web in which to snare the reader and keep them captive until the very last page.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Beyond The Fence and I'm more than happy to give it a 5 star rating. I'm incredibly grateful to Jen for allowing me a free ecopy to review. I'm definitely hooked and looking forward to book #2 in this series.


~About The Author~

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).'


~Places To Find The Author~


Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Annihilation (Chronicles Of The Uprising 6) by K.A. Salidas

~Synopsis~

 

Death is the easy way out.

Still clinging rabidly to power, the Elites spin lies of prejudice and hatred, stoking the flames of war.

The sole driving force toward peace, Mira, had sacrificed everything. But her strength alone was not enough.

It will take the strength of many to finish what she started. As the world lurches toward war, each party has much to lose. Human. Vampire. Otherkin. The only outcomes are peace… or death.









 

~Book Links~


Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads

~My Review~
 

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thought and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Annihilation is the final book in the Chronicles of the Uprising series by Ms Salidas. And what an ending. I can honestly say that I did not see this coming! But I'm jumping ahead of myself...

I've followed this series religiously from the very start, I'm even following the audiobook version too. :) Annihilation rejoins Mira, Stryker, Lucian, Katerina, George and all the other beloved characters in their battle for peace for all Otherkin.

We're taken back to the Capital Lone Star where Stryker, Justine and Mitchell are trying to find a way to save Mira and escape the chaos that has gripped the Capital. After taking down the Magistrate the group must find and stop the Regent; Marshall; from taking the Magistrate's place if they hope to achieve peace.

Meanwhile back in New Haven Lucian, Katerina, George, the humans and Otherkin are preparing to face and fight the forces that were sent out from Lone Star.

Can peace and equality between the humans and Otherkin really be achieved?

I have loved every page of this book. The characters are incredibly realistic, their personalities have developed and grown so much throughout, I feel as though I know each and everyone as a friend. Each character plays an integral role in the overall plot. 

Annihilation is told from different POV, each chapter has the name of who is telling that particular part of the story. So it's never confusing and allows a deeper level of connection to each character. The emotion that is contained within the characters and the plot itself is palpable and for me adds to reading experience.

The storyline is clear and well laid out, it's clear that there has been a lot of thought and hard work involved in the writing process. Ms Salidas' writing style is easy to follow and engages the reader from the get go. I felt the more I was reading the further into the action I was being taken, I honestly didn't expect or anticipate the twist that is included!

This was a very fitting end to an amazing series. I'm definitely going to miss Mira, Lucian, Stryker, Katerina, George and everyone else.

Annihilation was a pleasure to read and I'm more than happy to give this a huge 5 star rating from me. If you haven't read Annihilation I'd really recommend it. If you haven't yet started this series I'd grab a copy and come meet the gang!!!

~About The Author~
 


Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

Find out more about Katie by visiting http://www.katiesalidas.com/

~Places To Find The Author~
 

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Friday, January 08, 2016

Cover Reveal: Marked, A Twisted Story by Rebecca Sherwin

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Title: Marked, A Twisted Story
A standalone Novel
Author: Rebecca Sherwin
Genre: Dark erotic suspense
Release Date: February 12th, 2016
Marked - A Twisted Story Ebook
Synopsis
I couldn't live without pain.
I'd been born into a life of torture and I walked the lonely road of torment, praying for mercy. I was scarred mentally. I was deformed physically. I was mutilated emotionally.
I was a sailor lost at sea, a soul lost in limbo, a shell of a man with no hope.
Until I found her. My fiery-haired, crystal-eyed little one who brought light to a life that knew nothing but darkness.
But she had dark shadows of her own. A past filled with anguish and brutality. A future that promised nothing but the barren life I understood too well.
We were two victims. Two loveless souls searching for something to live for. We were monsters. We were evil. We were doomed.
Our scars ran deep and our grasp on each other depended only on the search for punishment - for the next slice of pain that made us feel alive. We lived for the hurt, we lived for the anger. We lived to mark each other with intensity, belonging, and our own messed up version of recovery.
This isn't a love story. It's a story that cuts. It's a story that captivates. It's a story that questions morals and crosses the line of sanity.
***Please be advised - Marked contains content that some readers may find disturbing.
**Marked is a STANDALONE novel**
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About the author
Rebecca is a London born and bred mother, writer and psychology student. She is the mother of a superhero (who is currently growing his hair like Thor!) and spends her days with her nose stuck in a textbook, her fingers tapping away at the keys...or she’s building forts and eating gummy bears.
She is the author of summer romance, Second Chance Hero, and the psychological romantic-suspense series, Twisted. An avid reader and lover of stories that keep you guessing, Rebecca writes tales that will challenge your perceptions and toy with your emotions. Rebecca’s stories invite you to open your mind and dig deeper into the meanings of the lives of each and every character you meet. She entices you into their world – to feel with them, to grow with them, to love with them. She asks you to become a part of them and allow them to become a part of you.
Connect with Rebecca
Other Books by Rebecca
Second Chance Hero (A Seaside Romance)
Amazon universal link: http://mybook.to/SecondChanceHero
The Twisted Series
Survival (Twisted #1)
Amazon universal link: http://mybook.to/Survival
Revival (Twisted #2)
Amazon universal link: http://mybook.to/Revival
Thrive (Twisted #3)
Amazon universal link: http://mybook.to/Thrive
Allegiance (Twisted #4)
Amazon universal link: http://mybook.to/Allegiance

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Blitz: The Boundary Stone (The Stockbridge Series # ) By- Gail Avery Halverson


The Boundary Stone
The Stockbridge Series # 1
By- Gail Avery Halverson
Genre- Historical Fiction/Romance


Bound since childhood to an arranged marriage with the restless and irresponsible heir of Houghton Hall, Viscount Miles Houghton; Lady Catherine Abbott, now grown, finds herself torn between duty to her family and her smoldering ambitions. Possessed of a nimble, curious mind, a love of science and the natural world, and a singular talent for illustration, Catherine desperately longs to accomplish something before she resigns herself to a loveless marriage and the idle, aristocratic whirl of parties and social gatherings within the confines of the palatial Houghton Hall.


Banished before his final year of medical training for pushing harder on the boundaries of scientific knowledge than any student at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, the mysterious and driven Simon McKensie has blurred the lines between research and criminality and must now choose between exile to the rural country village of Wells, or the hangman’s noose.

When the terrifying Great Plague of 1665 spreads from London to Wells, the town’s very existence is threatened and Catherine must confront her fears, her place in the world – and the burning passions she has long held inside.