Sunday, December 7, 2014

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Publication Date: 7th January 2015
ISBN: 9780141357034
Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 400 pages
First Lines: Is today a good day to die?

Synopsis: 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

My Thoughts: 
I received this uncorrected proof from Penguin Australia and I was pretty excited to read this.  When I read it was likened to John Green's novels and Eleanor and Park I couldn't wait to start reading.  As you can tell in the picture to the left, there was so much I loved about this book!  There were those lines that I wanted to savour, and come back to again and again.

I loved being in Theordore Finch's head.  I warmed up to Violet too after a little while, but Finch was my favourite character by far!  His changes in character and dress, his views on the world, his way with words.  They drew me in.  He would be the kind of person that could lift you up in a moments notice.  But he has these moods that pull him down, and make him "Sleep."  And all he wants to do is stay awake.  In the Now!

I was sad for Violet.  For surviving the crash but losing her sister and dealing with the aftermath.  To wake up and be on the ledge, have someone who was in the same boat save YOU, and then be portrayed as the hero.  For falling for Finch, and living again.  

The story itself was beautifully written.  For me there were no "lulls" or boring parts in the book. I enjoyed every bit!  I don't know whether I missed the signs,  but I didn't realise initially, that it was a story that includes mental illness until it is brought up within the book . I knew one of the main characters was fascinated with death, the other grieving for a loved one.  But there was so much more than just this!

There are so many things I want to do now.  Finch and Violet wander their state as part of a school project.  Their own rules being No phones, and leaving something at each place!  There is also mention of epitaphs in the book as well.  Another thing I'd love to have a go at.  I found after reading this that I wanted to do so much more with my life than just live.  I wanted to be something to someone and books like this really make you sit back and want to evaluate the things that you have done and want to do in life.  We are only given so many days in our life before it's too late.  Before we reach our own "Built-in ending" and I guess this has kick started the bucket list for me.

This story is about two teens who have ended up in the same place physically and emotionally and they fall in love.  It's about suicide, and survival, and grief, and love.  It's about finding the perfect day, and being the person you're supposed to be, and to matter!

This book is one that is well worth reading.

Fave Lines:  Just to pick one would be so hard!!
Page 41 - Maybe no one else will ever visit them and appreciate them or take the time to think they're important, but maybe even the smallest places mean something.
Page 315 - We do not remember days we remember moments.



Book received from:  Penguin Australia



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Supernatural Urban Legends by Sherry Soule

Supernatural Urban Legends
Guest Post by author Sherry Soule
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! The next book in the epic Spellbound series, DESTINY DISRUPTED (Older YA paranormal romance) will be published in November 2014.
To help promote these thrilling serial novels, Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.

Hi everyone, I’m Sherry Soule—waving from the Bay Area. Thanks for letting me stop by today and chat about my books. It’s a thrill to get to be a guest and meet fellow booklovers. I have put together a few mysterious and intriguing urban legends about the Spellbound series that surround the cursed town of Fallen Oaks, California…

Urban Legend #1
Some researchers believe that certain demon races are actually the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim. (They are also considered to be Shadow People.) The origination of the Nephilim began with the legend of an archangel named Raziel. Urban legend states that Raziel escorted a sect of angels that were to instruct humans in morality.
Unfortunately, these angels began to educate man in sciences that God had deemed to be forbidden. These subjects included astrology, divination, and magic. The tutelage went on for centuries, until the angels began to pine for the human females.
After the fallen angels, or sometimes known as the Fallen, had sexual relations with the women, their unholy union resulted in the hybrid offspring called: Nephilim, which are the direct descendants of the antediluvian Fallen. Nephilim are also known as the Grigori or the Watchers.
It has been insinuated that one of the main reasons for the great flood, was not only to punish man, but to cleanse the earth of the Nephilim created from the union of fallen angels and human women. The flood banished most of the Fallen and their offspring into a Sheol.
So, do you believe in the Nephilim? What do you think will happen if they are ever freed?

Urban Legend #2
One haunted house claim that continues to be an urban legend is the infamous, Ravenhurst Manor in Fallen Oaks. Books and stories have been written based on its hauntings and its reputation as one of California's most ghostly places.
Ravenhurst Manor’s first owner was a woman and dark sorceress named, Rowan Broussard. After her death, the estate was used as an all girl’s boarding school for many years. The sixty room Gothic mansion was listed for sale with the resident ghosts. Other odd things that occurred in in this house were: doors and windows that opened or closed on their own, cold drafts, whispering voices, and some visitors even claimed to see a dark shadowy figure roaming the halls.
However, Ravenhurst is most famously linked to the disappearance of six children during the years of 1964 through 1967. (After the school was closed, the estate became the property of the town before it was sold to an wealthy, oil magnate.) After the children’s' bodies were discovered buried within the walls of the house, obviously from less than peaceful circumstances, the town buried them in Silent Hollows Cemetery.
Did these Children buried on unconsecrated ground, lead to the strange tragedy that would make this mansion so famous?

Urban Legend #3
Ah, let’s move on to the zombie apocalypse!
Another interesting urban legend states that on September 28, 1941, during an eclipse, a zombie was spotted in Fallen Oaks. To make matters worse, a fire at the local mill had swept through town. As day turned to night, more zombies appeared. Many townsfolk mistook the undead for dazed mill workers. After the residents received hugs from the zombies, they were bitten by these paranormals, and soon the epidemic spread across the town like wildfire. 
To make matters worse, the roads and bridges connecting Fallen Oaks to the rest of the Bay Area had burned in the fire. The townsfolk had no way to escape. Scores of people become lost when they chose to venture into the dark depth of Deadwood Grove rather than face the insatiable zombie menace.
Within days, the Paranormal Research Group (PRG) converged on Fallen Oaks in a variety of aircraft. They established a base on the south side of the forest and went about the process of extermination. It took two weeks to secure the town. A total of 500 people were plague-ridden, an enormous number considering that there wasn’t a zombie vaccine available at this time.
Whatever the case, Fallen Oaks’s zombie outbreak affected just under 600 people, making it one of the worst cases in U.S. history.
Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? What if zombies start showing up again?

Thank you so much for letting me chat up my YA series with all of you. It’s been an honor to share the eerie urban legends associated with the Spellbound series. If you haven’t seized your copy yet, please do so. Many thrilling and extraordinary adventures await you!
Places you can cyberstalk, Sherry Soule:
Official Spellbound Series Blog: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com
Twitter: @SherrySoule: http://twitter.com/SherrySoule

Hunting Demons is One Thing…Dating Them is Another.
Life sucks for Shiloh Trudell. And being a demon hunter who’s in love with a cocky half-demon makes things even suckier.
Especially when she discovers that Trent, her sinfully hot boyfriend, is hiding a few dangerous secrets. Like the fact that he’s losing his humanity.
To complicate matters, witches from the local coven are mysteriously turning up dead, and as Shiloh searches for answers, she confronts her worst nightmare…Trent is being blackmailed into becoming the next leader of the Underworld.
But Shiloh is still convinced that she can save him, even after the impossibly gorgeous, fallen angel Raze tells her that a relationship with Trent is forbidden now. Warned to stay away from the only boy she’s ever loved, she can’t ignore the sizzling attraction that ignites whenever they’re around one another. Especially after a swoon-inducing night of stolen passion.
As Shiloh’s world begins to unravel around her, it soon becomes obvious that her destiny lies in one of two choices: vanquish Trent or join him in the Underworld.
DESTINY DISRUPTED (book 5) ASIN: B00OJQHU5O
Pre-Order your copy today and get it delivered to your reading device on November 28th! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJQHU5O


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Guest Post of my "Dream Cast" by Sherry Soule



“Author Sherry Soule’s DREAM CAST”
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! The next book in the epic Spellbound series, DESTINY DISRUPTED (Older YA paranormal romance) will be published in November 2014.
To help promote these thrilling serial novels, Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.
So without further ado here are Sherry’s top actor picks...
My kickbutt heroine, Shiloh Trudell is a tough one. For me it is between these lovely and brilliant actresses: Nicole Anderson or Malese Jow.
Quirky, SHILOH (who never leaves the house without her fav hot pink Doc Martens) has a habit of engaging her brain before her mouth. She has seen shadows for as long as she can remember, and they always turn up when something bad is about to happen. Shiloh decides it’s her duty to find out what’s causing the mystical disappearances in Fallen Oaks before the evil claims another innocent life. Yet even as a witch-in-training, is Shiloh worthy to combat the forces of darkness? Or is she just another teen destined to befall the town curse?
  



For the part of the arrogant playboy, Trent Donovan, I think this dynamic actor / model would be great, Luke Guldan:
After seventeen years, TRENT and his father return to Fallen Oaks and are instantly under speculation. Especially when construction on their mansion awakens an ancient evil, and the vanishing of a local teen has everyone murmuring about an old witch’s curse. When Trent meets Shiloh—sparks fly. Shiloh and Trent have an almost instant connection. As their friendship changes from mutual lust to real affection, they achieve an emotional closeness rarely found. He finds Shiloh’s willful determination a challenge, but he still has a hard time expressing his feelings. Will Trent be able to survive the town curse in time to tell Shiloh how he feels?  


For Shiloh’s so-called mother, Darrah, I like this amazing actress: Kelly Lee Carlson (she would be so freakin’ perfect).
Shiloh’s mother, DARRAH BROUSSARD is an incredibly beautiful yet cryptic woman. She has never really been the “motherly” type. When she starts dabbling in Dark Magicks, she slips further away from her family. Jillian has been embracing darkness, and straying from the path of her ancestors. Will the cost of her driving ambition come at a deadly price? 


For Shiloh’s father, Jackson Trudell, this wonderful actor might be great: Oded Fehr.
JACKSON TRUDELL is Shiloh’s father, and he only wants peace within his troubled family. He is a kind-hearted man who tends to be swept up in Shiloh’s drama. He does not believe in the supernatural. Not in ghosts or hauntings or mysterious happenings as well as psychic abilities. He thinks the rumors about witches are ridiculous. Still he’s worried that Shiloh will discover his secret. Will he finally find the courage to tell Shiloh the truth about her heritage?


For Shiloh’s sassy best friend, Ariana Parsons, this remarkable actress would be fantastic: Britt Robertson.
Smart and feisty, ARIANA PRESTON is Shiloh’s best friend. Her outgoing nature, along with her snarky and blunt personality are Ariana’s most endearing qualities. Upon learning that Shiloh is actually a powerful thirteenth witch, she dedicates herself to aiding her friend in the battle against evil. But after playing around with the occult, Ariana develops a taste for the dark arts. Will her interest in the Craft only cause more havoc and mayhem in a town that is already cursed by dark magick?


For Anthony Evans, Shiloh’s mentor, I like this gifted actor best: Matt Davis.
ANTHONY EVANS is a Victorian restoration specialist and part-time paranormal investigator, with the gift of Sight. After the death of his wife, he moves in with his brother-in-law, Maxwell Donovan and his nephew, Trent to help cleanse their haunted house. After hiring Shiloh as an assistant, he decides that it’s his duty to educate Shiloh in all things supernatural. But will teaching her magick be enough to stop the evil from killing the other teenagers in town? 


For Shiloh’s brave and loving aunt Lauren, I like these outstanding actresses, Gwyneth Paltrow or Charilze Theron:
LAUREN BROUSSARD wants to help Shiloh deal with her newfound powers. Although, continuous, heated disagreements with her sister, Jillian about Shiloh’s upbringing resulted in her being estranged from the family. But what can Lauren say when Shiloh starts asking questions about the Broussard family’s dark past?


Only one actor comes to mind that could portray the dashing and ruthless, Maxwell Donavon – Australian actor and model, Julian Dana William McMahon:
Millionaire, yuppie, MAXWELL DONOVAN shares his son Trent’s intensity, articulacy, and conviction. Maxwell was married to Claire and stole not only her heart, but her sanity as well. Rumors abound after he is accused of murdering his wife. Is he really a heartless killer or is there more to this enigmatic man? 


For the Trendies aka mean girls, Ashley and Kayla, I like these young, talented actresses: Victoria Justice and Olivia Holt:
BRITTANY WITHERIDGE is the mayor’s daughter. She is the Queen Bee at Fallen Oaks High. Always calm and poised, and perfectly coiffed. She is Shiloh’s best frenemy. Ashley is very loyal to her friends while still being independent. When an unstoppable beast invades the town, will Ashley put aside her differences to join forces with Shiloh?


KAYLA BISHOP is Ashley’s best friend and captain of the cheerleading squad. At times, she can be spontaneous or cautious—whatever the situation calls for. She’s tougher than she looks, but can a bit of an airhead. Will Kayla surprise herself with her own insightful contributions to the fight against evil?


Okay, so there you have it, Sherry’s favorite actor picks. If you’ve read the Spellbound series, what actors would you pick for the leading roles?
Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:
Official Spellbound Series Universe: http://thespellboundseries.blogspot.com/
Twitter @SherrySoule: http://twitter.com/SherrySoule


Hunting Demons is One Thing…Dating Them is Another.
Life sucks for Shiloh Trudell. And being a demon hunter who’s in love with a cocky half-demon makes things even suckier.
Especially when she discovers that Trent, her sinfully hot boyfriend, is hiding a few dangerous secrets. Like the fact that he’s losing his humanity.
To complicate matters, witches from the local coven are mysteriously turning up dead, and as Shiloh searches for answers, she confronts her worst nightmare…Trent is being blackmailed into becoming the next leader of the Underworld.
But Shiloh is still convinced that she can save him, even after the impossibly gorgeous, fallen angel Raze tells her that a relationship with Trent is forbidden now. Warned to stay away from the only boy she’s ever loved, she can’t ignore the sizzling attraction that ignites whenever they’re around one another. Especially after a swoon-inducing night of stolen passion.
As Shiloh’s world begins to unravel around her, it soon becomes obvious that her destiny lies in one of two choices: vanquish Trent or join him in the Underworld.
DESTINY DISRUPTED (book 5) ASIN: B00OJQHU5O
Pre-Order your copy today and get it delivered to your reading device on November 28th! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OJQHU5O


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Morganville Vampires Web Series EPISODES 4-6

Looking forward to watching more of this!  Hopefully they make more!!






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Morganville Vampires Web Series EPISODES 1-3

I'm so excited to be able to help share these awesome episodes.  Morganville Vampires is now a web series and depending how much they are watched .. could mean there will be a round two.

Awesome stuff!!









Thursday, October 23, 2014

Morganville Web Series

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm SUPER excited and can't wait to see the first episode in the web Series Morganville Vampires.

Here is a preview:



Mark the 27th of October on your Calendars people!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey


Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Publication Date: 27th August 2014
ISBN: 9780141345840
Stand Alone/Series: The Fifth Wave #2
Pages: 336 pages
First Lines: There would be no harvest.  The spring rains woke the dormant tillers, and bright green shoots sprang from the moist earth and rose like sleepers stretching after a long nap.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST BOOK!
Synopsis:How do you rid the earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
Cassie Sullivan and her companions lived through the Others' four waves of destruction. Now, with the human race nearly exterminated and the 5th Wave rolling across the landscape, they face a choice: brace for winter and hope for Evan Walker's return, or set out in search of other survivors before the enemy closes in. Because the next attack is more than possible – it's inevitable.
No one can anticipate the depths to which the Others will sink – nor the heights to which humanity will rise . . .

My Thoughts:
I must admit I was super excited when this rocked up on my doorstep.  Completely over the moon.

I started reading and the first chapter in had me hooked completely.  Drew me in to this group but wow by the end of the chapter I was shocked.  I knew that this would play a part further into the book so I kept reading wondering when this would pop.

The story itself is told through various characters: Cassie, Ringer, Evan Walker, some in first some in third.  This itself caused me a bit of an issue at the beginning when I thought I was in Cassie's POV then found out it was Ringers.  It wasn't made obviously clear to begin with but I did eventually tell the two apart. Especially towards the end of one of the scenes with Ringer and Teacup.

The one problem I had was that I was confused a bit of the time.  It had been so long since I'd read The Fifth Wave and when there were references and things that came up I felt a bit lost.  So if you intend on reading this, I suggest refreshing with the last couple of chapters of The Fifth Wave before moving on.  I think I have to blame this a little on the fact I read way too much lol.

I'm interested to see where Rick takes this story.  There were a few revelations and we find out a fair bit about the main characters in the book including a few new characters!  So I'm itching for the next book.

I must say the only thing that bothered me a little was that this seemed be more Ringer's story than Cassie's.  I felt like we spent alot more time in her head than Cassie's.  I begun to really like her but I wonder how the third book will turn out!

Good read!

Book received from:  Penguin Australia



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