Sunday, 8 December 2013

Avoiding Temptation!!!





Title: Avoiding Tempation
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: # 3
Pages: ???
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 10th 2013






Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.

That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear. Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.

In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.


OMG!!! Who’s excited????
December 10th is only 2 days away
(well here in Australia we actually have to wait till the 11th with the time difference!)

Anyway we definitely are exciting!

If you haven’t yet read the Avoiding series by K.A. Linde I suggest you pop on over to amazon, buy the books and start reading them this very second.



You will be pulled into an amazing story. Linde has developed an intriguing way of telling a story jumping from the present to the past, leaving you on the edge of your seat after every chapter.

This week marks the release date of the final book in the instalment and hopefully the answer to everyone’s question… Jack or Ramsey.

While many books give you love triangles to keep you interest, Linde has given you Jack and Ramsey, and you just don’t know who Lexi will choose. The suspense has been killing us for over a year!!!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass







Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: #1
Pages: 327
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 24th 2012





For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself – and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Ok so I know that this book has been out for a year now, and while Rachel had already read it (and told me it ended with her wanting more), I was hesitate to start it. So as the release date for the second book drew nearer. I knew it was time to take it down from my Kindle bookcase, dust it off (hehe), and start reading it.

And from page 1 I was hooked!!!

I spent the rest of the night completely enwrapped in the story. It drew me into this completely different world, where you just have to keep reading to fully understand what is happening.

America Singer is a Five??? Don’t understand? Well let me try to explain it to you.

In the future after the Forth World War, the United States of America has fallen and a new country has risen to take its place. Ilea, is a young country which uses castes to divide their citizens. The highest caste (the Ones) consists of the Royal Family, while the lowest (the Eights) are the homeless, the dirt under your shoe. The castes were originally decided by how rich you (or your ancestors) were when Ilea rose. The Ones and Twos are given good educations leading them to good jobs and become respectable members of the community. As the castes decrease, so does everything else; their value of education, their jobs, their income. However, not all is lost. Young men who are drafted into the military become automatic Twos; they can end up fighting in the front lines at war or stationed as guards for the royal family. If you are chosen for the Selection (more on that in a minute), and are a lower caste you, and your family, are made a Three. Each caste has jobs which are specific to them, usually determined by their wealth.

Let me try to explain it a little better.

Ones – The Ones are made up of the Royal family and any other religious figure.
Twos – Twos are mostly famous people, movie stars, athletes, singers, models and military men
Threes – Threes are the brains, the teachers, inventors, authors, and any girl in the Selection who was from a lower caste
Fours – The Fours are made up of the shop keepers and farmers and also work in the factories.
Fives – If you are a Five you are an Artist. Whether it be a painter, singer, musician, sculptor etc.
Sixes – A Six is a domestic. They work as maids, servants, secretaries, cleaners, launders, pretty much anything involving housework.
Sevens – The sevens are the manual labourers. They are the builders, construction workers, truck drivers, garbage collectors, and maintenance workers.
Eights – and then there are the Eights. They are the nobodies. People who have fallen from grace, ex-convicts, orphans and people abandoned with no way to prove their caste.

And don’t think that those occupations are by choice either. If you are born into a caste you find a job in that caste, whether you are good at it or not. End of story! You would think that the story is set in the past instead of the future with some of the other aspects of daily life. Only women are able to marry above them into a higher caste, sex before marriage is a criminal offense and will land you in jail, and you are only able to have birth control if you can afford it.

So with most of the country poor and with no birth control and no money the poor just keep multiplying. More children means more mouths to feed, but eventually more people to bring in money for the family. Hmmm…

So anyway the politics is quite complicated. Let’s get back to the actual story.

America Singer is a Five. She has been secretly in a relationship with a family friend’s son Aspen for two years. Why is it such a secret? Well Aspen is a Six. It’s a big No No. The paper work alone in marrying below your caste is enough to put anyone off, not to mention that as soon as she marries, America will be seen as a Six, demoted a caste and forced to live and work as a Six, a servant. But as love prevails America gives her heart to Aspen promising she will love him forever no matter what.

This is where the Selection comes into play. The Royal Family have two ways of marrying off their children. A girl is married to a male ally in order to strengthen bonds with other countries, while a boy is offered a selection of ‘true daughters of Ilea’. The Selection is a televised contest in which single girls aged between sixteen and twenty apply to be chosen. One girl from each of the 35 provinces is selected at random to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. Think The Bachelor; they move to the palace, are given makeovers, taken on group and individual dates, then slowly are eliminated until all but one remain. The Prince’s ‘one true love’ and the future Queen of Ilea.

When America receives her letter she isn’t impressed. Happy with the life she has decide on, she ignores her mother’s wishes and refuses to apply. It’s Aspen, who is constantly questioning condemning America to life as a Six, who convinces her to apply. Stating that he simply couldn’t live with himself always wondering ‘what if?’. This, and a helpful bribe from her mother, and America reluctantly agrees, if only in the hopes that it will help her family.

Well surprise, surprise America is selected. We didn’t see that one coming. Well America didn’t, and suddenly Aspen is breakings her heart and she is on her way to the palace to compete for a guy she has never even met. Deciding in order to help her move on, space is exactly what she needs, and with her family (now Threes) being well compensated, America decides to fight to stay in the competition as long as she can to help provide for her family.

I really enjoyed reading the book through America’s eyes. She is a sweet and caring girl who is so confused about her feelings and has no one to talk to. She is just trying to do the right thing for her family and move on with her life. She is thrown into a situation she never even dreamed of, and has gone from a nothing to a royal over night. She is awkward and clumsy and doesn’t always say the right things, but she is humble and she has her heart in the right place. Although sometimes she can be so infuriating, I found myself yelling at her in my head. Can she seriously not see that way that Maxon looks at her?

Maxon is amazing. I completely fell in love with him. He is instantly drawn to America and her refreshing take on his world. Having never lived outside the palace walls, Maxon’s life has been very sheltered and privileged. He is interested in America’s views and keen to understand how the country, he will one day run, is perceived through the eyes of the lower castes. Their instant chemistry is electric, and America opens up about her life and her secrets. But with 34 other girls vying for Maxon’s attention, and America still trying to deal with a secret broken heart will they ever be on the same page?

This is one of those Team Aspen vs Team Maxon type of books. You are either rooting for Aspen or rooting for Maxon. While both have their good and their bad, the suspense keeps you turning page after page until the very early hours of the morning. But don’t expect to get your answer in this book. After all it is a trilogy and what would make us all keep reading?

I am a Team Maxon myself, while Aspen seems to be a very good guy, always thinking of his family, he had his chance with America and he didn’t take it. I’m not one for second chances when there is a first chance right in front of you.

Anyway an excellent books and well worth the puffy eyes I had the next day. The second in the series was equally as good, but that is another review for another day!!!

~K~

TV Adaptation

And for those of you don’t already know, the CW (the network that brought us Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie and many more) have picked up the book and will turn it into a TV series.

Hmmm interesting…

While Aimee Teegarden was set to play American apparently that is not the case anymore, which is a little upsetting, I think she would have done it well. The lead will now go to Yael Grobglas.

Who? I hear you ask. I have absolutely no idea. I think that she is a newcomer, let’s just hope she will do the part justice.

So how will they be turning this book into an entire TV series? Well I’m interested to find out. Obviously we will get to see a little more from other characters in the story as the book is first person narration, there will have to be a little more drama in the completion (maybe America will have to leave her room and the company of her maids a little more), some of the other girls completing may be made into sub characters, we may see Maxon and what he does during the day or while he is on dates with the other girls, we might get to see a little more into the background of the country, not to mention they will properly focus a lot on the dresses, hair and make-up of becoming a princess.

Well I guess that we will have to wait and see.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

We're Still Here!!!


Hey there everyone

Have you been wondering where we have been?? Very sorry we sort of dropped off the radar there for a while as life does tend to get in the way a bit sometimes.

Anyway, we are back and ready to get posting our latest reviews. Welcome to all our new followers and anyone else who is just stopping by. We hope you can spare a couple of minutes to have a browse around to see what we are all about.

We have had a lot of great feedback about the blog so far, and we always enjoy reading what everyone thinks, so definitely don’t hesitate to leave a comment on any post, we read them all!!!

We have a few exciting things coming up in the next couple of months. Some book reviews by a few new authors on our radar, some reviews of our old favourites and of some of those sequels/prequels we have been waiting for, some author interviews and hopefully even a few giveaways!!! So don’t forget to follow so you can stay tuned.

Just a reminder if you are in fact an author looking for someone to review your new book just head on over to our ‘Contact Us’ tab and drop us an email.

Ok so let’s get back into it….

Friday, 8 February 2013

Significance Movie!!!

Ok so a follow up from my last post Leap Frog Follow Hop's question, I have just discovered that Significance will indeed be made into a film.


Indie production companies Panoramik Productions and Frame 7 have teamed up with author Shelly Crane to bring this amazing series to life. At the moment they are looking for donation from anyone, fans, authors, actors etc to help to fund the making of the first movie. Check out their Facebook page Significance The Movie

So spread the word and try to get as many people as you know interested and wanting to be apart of making this movie a reality, every dollar counts. J

Click Here to make a donation

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Leap Frog Follow Hop


The Paperbook Princess and Readers In Wonderland have teamed up to present you with the: Leap Frog Follow Hop!

Leap Frog Follow Hop
Click Here for more info



Question:
What is the number one book you wish could be turned into a movie?


Kerry’s Answer:

Well I’m currently obsessed with the Significance series and I would absolutely love to see that be turned into a movie. I think that Caleb and Maggie are my new favourite book couple. It would be so exciting to see who would play the different characters. I think that it would be the next Twilight!!!





Rachel's Answer:

Mine is already happening which I’m so excited for; Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I absolutely love it, if you couldn’t already tell by the review and imaginary cast!!!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Wishlist Wednesday




Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper. Each week you post one book from your wish list that you really want to read.

Well better late than never…

This weeks Wishlist Wednesday book is …

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: #1
Pages: 327
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 24th 2012



For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.



I know that I’m a little behind the eight ball when it comes to this book. I have actually been putting it off a little so that I won’t have to wait as long for the second book. But it is one of those books sitting on my Kindle just waiting to be read…


Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Ok so I'm a little late on my Waiting on Wednesday this week but here it is anyway...


Title: Avoiding Intimacy
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: #2.5
Release Date: February 26th 2013










Be prepared to enter the world of Chyna Van der Wal...










That is literally all the information about the upcoming installment of the Avoiding series. I'm really excited to read about Chyna and hopefully grab a little more information about my favourite characters along the way...

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Safe Haven Movie Soundtrack

We Both Know - Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

I am completely in love with this song from the Safe Haven soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect for the book. I’m so excited about the upcoming movie! I think that Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are going to do an amazing job!



The soundtrack will be released on February 5th 2013

Here is the full track list

1. We Both Know – Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw
2. Say Anything – Tristan Prettyman
3. Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard
4. Summer Child – Dar Williams
5. Sleepy Little Town – The White Buffalo
6. Wrap Your Arms Around Me – Gareth Dunlop
7. Moonshine – Sara Haze
8. The Journey – FM Radio
9. Heart’s Content (Strings Mix) – Brandi Carlile
10. Violin – Amos Lee
11. My Baby’s Got to Pay the Rent – The Deep Dark Woods
12. Canoeing (Katie and Alex’s Theme) – Deborah Lurie



The movie will be released on February 14th 2013

One of my favourite Nicholas Sparks books! What do you think about the upcoming movie adaptation???

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton






Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: NA
Pages: 314
Genre: Romance
Release Date: November 27th 2012







Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

Hmmmm, what to say about this book …

I just don’t know how I feel about it.

The reviews that I have read said how much everyone enjoyed it, and I guess I did too, but there seems to be something missing for me.

I really only continued reading it because I wanted to finish it, but I found the last part kind of boring. Sorry everyone who loves it!

I did laugh throughout the book, and I enjoyed reading about Caroline and Simon. For me when I’m reading though, I like there to be a sad point in the story, then a sudden explosion of happiness. I like the struggle before the happy ending and it just seemed like this story cruised along. I don’t mind a bit of predictability, and a happy ending, but I wanted more and this story wasn’t giving that to me.

I thought the book was good, and would recommend it to anyone who just likes to read though cruisey sort of books. No great struggle, no great conflict. You know who you are!!! You are the people giving this book outstanding reviews!!!

Not a bad book, but not a favourite either!

Book Review: Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts





Title: Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: #1 - #2
Pages: 262 - 416
Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica/Romance
Release Date: August 29th 2011 - August 30th 2012





Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Okay, first I’m going to warn everybody that this book is seriously not for the faint hearted! It is a very intense read and also very frightening. I’m going to review both the books at once as they need to go together!

Imagine one day you’re walking down the street and smile at an attractive stranger. Now as a person who smiles a lot I tend to do this without any intention behind it. So imagine what would happen when this stranger kidnaps you and leaves you in a sort of dungeon? Already terrifying enough right? Well wait until you find out the story behind it, it is even more devastating.

Olivia is a virgin who has never had any sort of intimate relationship with a man. She isn’t close with her mother, a woman who insists on calling her a whore on a daily bases, purely because of her own jealousy. However, Olivia doesn’t even dress nicely or wear makeup simply to please her and keep her happy.

Olivia is captured by Caleb, a man who tells her that she is to be sold into sex slavery. She suffers from a little bit of Stockholm syndrome, which helps you to understand the way she was feeling. Olivia is so helpless and has to rely on Caleb to basically survive, so she eventually starts to have some feelings for him. I have to say I was so glad there was a second book because this leaves you on such a cliff hanger. Putting aside the distressing situation I was so drawn to finish these books and find out Olivia’s fate.

The journey that Olivia and Caleb go through will not be for everyone. At times I was wondering why I was continuing to read it, but as I said I was completely drawn to finishing. It was very different from the average stories that I have read and I was really captivated by both the books.

When I think back to chapter one in the second book it makes my toes curl in disgust, but after finishing them both I understand that it just seems like it had to be there.

I loved the internal struggle that Caleb went through. Questioning all of his actions and the reasons behind them.

C.J. Roberts is an amazing, amazing writer. I could really picture myself in Olivia’s shoes, which literally had me feeling sick to my stomach at times. It holds some very adult content and is very descriptive about the sex slave industry.

These books are definitely not for an unforgiving person. Maybe it’s because I’m the type of person not to hold a grudge, but I really loved the story. There were many times I felt my stomach drop with that sinking feeling and ended up in tears just imagining all this happening to somebody.

If you are after a completely different story line than you’re used too, give this one a shot. I’ll just warn you again though, be ready to read about things that you couldn’t even possibly have imagined. It’s one of my favourites so if you think you can handle it, give it a go!

    

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Book Review: Significance by Shelly Crane






Title: Significance
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: #1
Pages: 330
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12th 2011







Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating - barely - and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Up until Sunday I had not heard of this series. I can’t even remember how I found it. I intended to use it for my Wishlist Wednesday this week but as I kept reading the blurb I just couldn’t wait.

I wasn’t disappointed. From the beginning I was completely drawn into Maggie’s world.

Maggie is just a normal teenager. But after her mum picks up and leaves, her dad goes into a depression and her long time boyfriend dumps her, she loses her way. She stops hanging around with her friends, she is forced to get an after school job to support her and her father and her school work suffers. Come graduation day she has no idea what she is going to do anymore, she didn’t even apply for college. Her friend Kyle Jacobson asks if she wants to hang out with him after graduation, and after turning him down so many times in the past, Maggie reluctantly agrees.

On her way to Kyle’s house she saves a guy from walking out onto the road in front of a truck. They have an instant connection, only to find out that Caleb is Kyle’s cousins. Kyle couldn’t be more annoyed! But when Caleb and Maggie touch for the first time Maggie feel her blood freeze and her future with Caleb flashes before her eyes.

Maggie is thrown into a world that she never knew existed; full of Aces, powers, abilities, rival clans and offensive marks. All because of the imprinting; a process in which two people find their soul mate, binding them as one, forever. Maggie finds that she is unable to stay away from Caleb. She is physically, mentally and emotionally drawn to him, and when they touch she can feel his heart beat inside of her.

Caleb’s family couldn’t be more excited about the imprint; it seems that Maggie and Caleb are the first in a very long time. When rival clan, the Watson’s learn of the imprint, they know that Caleb and Maggie will now ascend in the family and gain their powers. After living in the shadow the Jacobson’s and their superior abilities for too long, they will stop at nothing to prevent the ascension.

Shelly Crane … what can I say? It was amazing! I was sucked into the world. I fell in love with it all and I couldn’t put it down. It absolutely consumed my life. Every time I put the book down my head would be swarming with thoughts and questions.

The love that Caleb and Maggie share is beautiful. Having imprinted they are able to hear each others thoughts, as well as feel each others feelings. Caleb can feel Maggie’s heartbeat next to his own so therefore can sense when she is in trouble. Every time they read each others mind I would literally melt. They could share visions and memories with each other. It is truly magical.

Caleb’s family is so warm and loving, they believe that family is the most important thing, and would do anything for each other. Gran was one of my favourite characters, she is hilarious and I loved her. Beck, Maggie’s best friend, is a bit more complex. I’m still not sure that I fully understand her. Maybe I’ll find out more about her later. Kyle is a little annoying. While I appreciate his resentment … I mean his cousin is now soul mates with a girl he has been crushing on for ever. He isn’t exactly very understanding of it all, which is the contrary to the rest of his family. He supposedly really likes Maggie, but he isn’t being a very nice friend to her. Chad, Maggie’s ex-boyfriend, is very annoying. I didn’t like him at all. He dumps her at the being of the school year, because he knows that he is leaving for college at the end of the year and it would ‘be easier’ for them both. That I don’t understand. Obviously he didn’t really love her very much. It isn’t until he sees her with Caleb and gets jealous, that he decides he wants her back.

If this review hasn’t made you want to read the book then you are missing out. I suggest you go and read them now! I promise you will not be able to put them down. It is truly amazing, I am already half way through the next one and I don’t see myself stopping until the very end!

Favourite Quotes from the book:

“You don’t love people for what they can give you. You don’t love them because of what they do for you or how good you make them look. Love is blind, love does not boast, love is not vain.” – Maggie

“I’m not a baker, so I’m not about to sugar coat if for you.” – Gran

“Gran, I’m only gonna ask this once. Please don’t have sex talks with me, ok? Especially with Maggie in the room. Do you think we could do that?” – Caleb

“It’s my job as a best friend to make sure he’s not a serial killer. Or an English major, not sure which one’s worse” - Beck

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Book Review: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning





Title: Fae Fever Series
Darkfever Bloodfever Faefever Dreamfever - Shadowfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: #1 - 5
Pages:
309 303 327 362 - 689
Genre: Romance
Release Date:
Oct 31st 2006 Jan 18th 2011





MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Ok so this series has a bit of a story to it …

OMG I loved this series. But first to how I came to reading it.

I have never been much of a paranormal fan (apart from Harry Potter and Twilight – pretty tame!). So when a friend at work recommended this book (Darkfever) and explained it to me I thought it sounded ridiculous!! The words ‘fairies’, ‘monsters’ and ‘druids’, (I didn’t even know what they were!) were thrown into the description I thought it sounded pretty suss. I just politely nodded along to what she was saying, when in my mind I was thinking “I’m never going to read these books. Ever!”

Well apparently I looked very interested and the next day at work she was lending them to me with this excited look on her face,
“Thanks Krystal! I can’t wait to get started on these!!!” … I was raised to be very polite. I had a feeling the she wasn’t going to give up easily so I decided to give them a try.

So it begins….
As I started reading, the book ticked off one of my favourite things about the heroines.

Can you guess it???

Probably not! As Kerry says to me nearly every day, ‘you’re a complete weirdo?’

“Thanks Kerry, I love you too!”

I loved it already because MacKayla (the main character) was blonde J lol!!!

Okay so she’s blonde … tick … good start. From then on I was completely obsessed. I turned into a zombie to the outside world. Now Krystal only gave me the first three books and I’m not joking, I read them from Friday night to Saturday evening. As I was finishing the last pages of the third book I went into full and complete panic mode…. I needed the rest! I needed to know what was going to happen! It had taken over my life and I needed more! I was addicted to it! I was having withdrawals already!!!

So this is how my mind works …
“Okay Rachel … breathe … it’s cool, you can wait until Monday at work … it will be fine!” “MONDAY … AT WORK … I will have to wait until Monday, then all day, and then I have to drive home before I will be able to read them!!!!” “OMG!!! It’s not fine … aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggggg I need to read the rest now …. Panic, panic, panic, panic …” Then I lay down and started rolling on the floor! (I hadn’t had much sleep as you can imagine!)

It was like watching half of a really good movie, then switching it off to come back in a couple of days! You just don’t do it, especially if you love every part of it!

I desperately text Krystal to see if I could come and pick up the next one … when she said she was out I started freaking out even more … Well who was the lucky person who got a phone call? Yay Kerry. Thank God Kerry listened to my ramblings about phoning 10 different places to get a copy of number four. (and by the way, no one had even heard of them). So probably just to shut me up and get back to her own life, Kerry bought them off Kindle and lent me her iPad. Absolute Legend!

Now I’m a very fast reader and sometimes when I finish reading a book I forget some of the freaky fine details (a bit like I did with 50 Shades). There are some parts of this book that I know will probably creep some people out … and I’m not saying it didn’t creep me out either. Death-by-sex Fae … hmmmm .., but I was far too engrossed and too in love to really notice how weird some parts where.

Hahaha, ok so a little bit about the actual book.

The basic storyline revolves around MacKayla, who travels to Ireland to find her sister’s killer. When she meets Barrons (OMG!) she discovers that her life is not what she thought it was. MacKayla is a Sidhe-Seer - she has the power to see Fae. As she learns more and more about her sister’s murder she finds herself deeper and deeper into the dark world of the Fae.

Holy mother of God I love Barron’s so much! He is a badass and so dam hot. MacKayla is amazing as well. I love her too (not the Fever Moon comic book version of her though, where she looks like a cougar!)

The writing was so involved and in depth. Everything had such great detail that you could imagine it all without having to try that hard.

I was a little sad once the series finished because I could have read more about them and all their adventures, but I’m glad it ended how I wanted it too … well kind of … I wanted more, but if you have read it already you would know that what I wanted to read about is not how Barron’s rolls.

Definitely, absolutely, positively, with out a doubt one of my favourite series…


Favourite Quotes from the book:

“A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you a pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park you own car out the front.” – MacKayla Lane

"One must break with one's past to embrace one's future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is." - Jericho Barrons

"I learned that you can discover just as much from what people don't say to you, as what they do. It's not enough to listen to their words. You have to mine their silences for buried ore. It's often only in the lies we refuse to speak that any truth can be heard at all." - MacKayla Lan

"Womankind's greatest mistakes: falling in love with a man's potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it." - Jericho Barrons


UPDATE!!!

I have just read this on Karen Marie Moning's blog…

"Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that (i.e. the Fever spin-off trilogy). Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!

Because I know you guys, I know this is going to make some of you as nervous as it makes you excited. Trust me. I’m making no compromises with the characters or the story. It’s all unfolding exactly as it should, true to itself-which means, it’s a sometimes rocky road. Dark times ahead, guys. But I write it all with genuine love for the characters, the world, and you the reader."

How exciting, unfortunately we are going to have to wait until 2015 and 2016 for these next two books L

ANOTHER NOTE:

If you didn’t know there is a chapter in Barron’s POV that was released on the 21st July 2011. It is set at the beginning just after Mackayla and Barron’s met for the first time. It was amazing and was like everything coming together. I think my mouth hung open for about an hour after I read it (and reread it and reread it…). It has an AMAZING twist. You can find it here…


                                                              

Wishlist Wednesday



Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper. Each week you post one book from your wish list that you really want to read.

So my Wishlist Wednesday book is …

Title: Accordance
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: #2
Pages: 314
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September15th 2011




In the sequel, Maggie learns much more about all the strange things that happened to her, and has to face new ones. She rebels against it, but ultimately, must face it for her new families sake and maybe even her life.

Bish went from being her biggest supporter to her biggest pain in the butt and Kyle's intentions to attract her interest may not be so innocent.

Caleb and Maggie face many new obstacles together and fight to work through them but will one that should be a good thing be too much for Maggie to handle?




I only found this series the other day on Goodreads and I have no idea why I haven’t heard about it before. I read the first one and couldn’t put it down so I’m so eager to get to the second one. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

I’m been being very careful about reading too much about it online though because I don’t want to spoil it for myself!