Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Sunshine Blogger Award



Josie Jaffrey nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award.
If you haven't read anything by Josie yet, you should: Her Solis Invicti series is a really cool post-apocalyptic series with vampires!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a sort of electronic chain letter (for those who are old enough to remember when communication by mail required stamps) and is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their blogspace and/or their social media.

The Rules

The Sunshine Blogger Award does not operate in an atmosphere of chaos, ergo there are rules as follows:
- Name drop and link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
- Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write (or borrow/steal) eleven questions for them to answer.

The questions Josie gave me & my answers

1. Who's your weird celebrity crush and why?

Hmmm... Wierd celebrity crush...
Voodoo Bride's crush would be The Hound in Game of Thrones.
I myself can't think of a celebrity, so does Cassandra from Dragon Age Inquisition count? I love Cassandra! She's a strong woman, a leader and fighter, with a love for Fantasy Romance books. Or would it be Contemporary Romance for her, as she lives in a Fantasy world?




2. You can only watch one film, as many times as you like, for the rest of your life. What do you choose?

Evil question!!!! How can I pick just one?
Does the Star Wars series count as one? Probably not...
The Shawshank Redemption 28 Days Later Labyrinth The Princess Bride...

I think...


3. How many of you does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. I leave work like that to my owner.

4. Coffee or tea?

Tea.
I can't stomach coffee, although I'm not much of a tea drinker either I'll confess.


5. What's the best gig/play you've ever seen?

I think that would be Tanzwut, unless World Fantasy Con in Brighton counts as a gig.



6. You can go anywhere in the world, in any time period, with any person (living or dead). Where, when and with whom would you go?

I'd take Echnaton and Tsar Nicholas II to a pre-raphaelite art show and talk art with them. Should be interesting. Echnaton had some strong ideas about realism in art, and Nicholas was quite the artist himself.

7. What are you reading at the moment and how are you finding it?

Underground by S.L. Grey.
It's about a group of people who lock themselves in an underground complex to be save from a deadly super-flu. But then someone gets murdered...
It's a cool and suspenseful read so far.


8. Dragons or unicorns?

Dragons!!!!
They're like dinosaurs that can fly and breath fire!




9. If you were a chart-topping recording star, what sort of music would you be making?

Either Punk Rock or Industrial

10. The entire world is shortly to be subjugated by a race of giant mutant ants. You have twelve hours before you are put to work in their colossal sugar factories. How do you spend your final hours of freedom?

I'd be fighting to overthrow the giant mutant ant regime until my last breath! Better to die on your feet, than to live on your knees! No ant will get any sugar from me if I can help it!

11. When you were ten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Filthy rich! Ehm... I think I wanted to be a vet.


My Questions:

1. What is your favorite scary movie?
2. Zombies or Vampires?
3. What movie or book do you turn to if you want to be cheered up?
4. If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you want to be?
5. There's a hippo chewing on your electrical wiring. What do you do?
6. What's the scariest thing you ever did?
7. Would you rather be king/queen or the power behind the throne?
8. You suddenly turned into a T-Rex. What's the first thing you're going to do?
9. Star Wars or Star Trek?
10. If you could star in a movie, what kind of movie would you want to be in?
11. What would be the title of your autobiography?



As for nominating:
I'm bad at nominating.
I'm going to put some names down here of people who I think are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers, if you see your name and feel like answering my questions: go ahead, but if you don't want to, you don't have to.

Beanie Mouse
Blodeuedd
Enbrethiliel




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Teaser Tuesdays - Underground

So far this is a cool, suspenseful read.


Maybe it's okay for fun in the sunlight, but down here, in the dark, with people like Brett and Cameron watching... no. I remember how they looked at me when we arrived, how I felt half naked.

(page 174, Underground by S.L. Grey)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 27 June 2016

A Bargain in Silver - Book Review


A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti, #1)
by Josie Jaffrey


What is it about:
If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It's not a deal that Emmy's willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?


What did I think of it:
Mention post-apocalyptic and deadly infection in a blurb and you have my attention. So I was happy for a chance to read and review this book.

I will confess that the infected humans had a much too small part to play in this book in my opinion, but you know I love zombies, and zombie-like creatures.

That aside this is a really cool read.

Emmy is making decisions at times that I thought were much too rash, and dangerous. She really doesn't understand how much trouble the world and she herself are in. Still, she isn't a 'too stupid to live' heroine, more of a 'too ballsy and rash' heroine. But on the other hand she at least doesn't immediately give in to her attraction to what as far as she knows is a dangerous being. Overall she's an interesting, if at times tiring heroine.

I really liked the world building. The Silvers are very intriguing and their 'New World Order' frightening. I like that the Silvers have very different morals and think different than humans. It made them more alien and dangerous.

The story is gritty and Emmy has a hard time staying alive. There's a bit of a love/lust triangle going on, but I could understand why Emmy isn't willing to trust either guy, and is fighting her attraction to both.

All in all this is a suspenseful, cool read. I think it will appeal to both fans of UF and fans of post-apocalyptic reads.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool, post-apocalyptic read with vampires


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Friday, 24 June 2016

Runemarks - Book Review (repost)


Runemarks (Runemarks #1)
by Joanne Harris


What is it about:
Seven o'clock, on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again...

Maddy Smith was born with a rusty-coloured runemark on her hand - a symbol of the old gods and definitely cause for suspicion. For magic is dangerous. Or so everyone thinks. But Maddy enjoys working magic. Even if it is just to control some pesky goblins. And every time her friend, One-Eye - a good-for-nowt Outlander - comes by, he teaches her more and more about the gods and the runes. Now he wants Maddy to open Red Horse Hill and descend into World Below to retrieve a relic of the old gods. Otherwise it is likely to be the End of Everything.

Again...


What did I think of it:
This is a really great read.

For anyone familiar with the Norse mythology it will not come as a surprise who Maddy's one-eyed friend is of course, but that only made me more curious to read the book, to see how Harris uses Norse mythology in her book.

And she does this wonderfully. I was pleasantly surprised to find she has much the same view of the Norse gods as I do, and this made the already very cool and suspenseful story even more enjoyable.

The point of view switches from Maddy to some of the other characters and this gives you a greater insight in what's going on. And there's a lot going on! Maddy is being used by multiple people and has to figure out who she can trust and who might stab her in the back.

I also really liked the new world order Harris created. The Order, which rules the world, is a sinister and mysterious organisation with it's own agenda. Next to using magic it's also forbidden to dream, which created a scary world in my opinion.

All in all this is a wonderful story, filled with intrigue, adventure and suspense. It can easily be read as a standalone, but you can bet I will be reading the sequel.

Why should you read it:
It's a really cool YA Fantasy read.


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Thursday, 23 June 2016

On McPig's Radar - SuperNova


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SuperNova (Heroes of Arcania #1)
by Liz Long


The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.


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~*~ABOUT LIZ~*~

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as "X-Men meets the circus." Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister's soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cold Blooded - Book Review (repost)


Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain #3)
by Amanda Carlson


What is it about:
Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen's doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn't realize is just how soon she'll have to cash it in...


What did I think of it:
This series is getting better and better.

Did I have my doubts about liking Jessica at the start of Full Blooded, I love her now. She's a cool and fun heroine even though she still seems a bit too powerful at times. I also really loved that Rourke had a bigger role in this book compared to the previous book. I think Jessica and Rourke make a perfect team and I very much enjoyed getting to know Rourke better. The scenes between Jessica and Rourke were my favorites I will confess.

The story is intense and full of action. Just when you think Jessica gets a chance to take stock of the situation and recover she and her friends are thrown into danger again. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.

I like how not only Jessica is growing into her powers over the course of this series, but how other characters are developing and changing as well. Apart from Tyler (Jessica's brother, who I just don't like for some reason) I really like the team Jessica has surrounded herself with, and I'm curious what will happen next for them.

The ending was another major cliffhanger, but while this annoyed me a bit in the first book, I didn't mind it in Cold Blooded. It tells me the next book will be another cool, action-packed adventure and it hinted deliciously at the things and dangers yet to come.

Why should you read it:
It's a thrilling and cool Urban fantasy read


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Teaser Tuesdays - The Dinosaur Lords

I'm not reading much at the moment and multiple books. So I'm still working on getting through this book as well. so far I'm enjoying it, but there could be more dinosaurs I think.


Rob emptied his cup. "This won't end well," he said to Karyl.
"It's a mercenary job," Karyl said. "They don't end well. You should know that by now."

(page 325, The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!