Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Kiss of Frost + Author Interview

Title: Kiss of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #2
Publisher: Kensington
Published: November 29th 2011
Source: Author for review

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart — the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword — with Logan’s help - I just might die by the sword…

Once again, we're thrown into the magnificent Mythos Academy to spend yet another year with our favourite characters. Gwen's still a terrible fighter…Logan's still dating some other girl…Gwen still hasn't made any progress with her role as Nike's champion… Throw in some death threats, a dangerous ski trip and what do you get? An exciting, action-packed novel filled with the passionate romance and brilliant humour we're used to from Estep! I couldn't stop laughing at this book. From Gwen's hilarious trains of thought to her talking sword's sarcastic one-liners, you'll crack a smile at least once, I promise you!

Where do I start? Gwen's life is taking a turn for the…crazy. With her daily training sessions with the Spartans, Gwen's discovered that she can possess certain skills after seeing the memories of other people. Kiss of Frost is exciting through and through as Gwen isn't a girl to take things lying down. She's always up for an adventure and investigates things herself. Granted, it usually lands her in a lot of trouble but…that doesn't mean it isn't fun! The novel is filled with fight scenes between many different characters and also keeps an air of suspense. Who's after Gwen? Which of her friends is up to something? You'll only find out at the very end ;)

Relationships are plentiful in this book. While Gwen still pines for Logan, who's adamant about keeping his secret hidden from her psychometry, he's stooped to the lows of "dating" Savanah Warren, an Amazon who's gorgeous and knows it. Luckily, a handsome Preston from the New York branch takes an interest in Gwen….and well, that's where things start getting really interesting. Add in Oliver's secret crush and we have one crazy love fest on our hands! I really enjoyed these new additions to the cast. Oliver and Kenzie are Logan's fellow Spartan friends and they've certainly got some interesting personalities! Preston is sweet and mysterious, just the type of guy Gwen needs right now.

Kiss of Frost is a novel that will turn you inside out and take you on a thrilling journey. You'll have a blast picking out the antagonists and forming relationships with the new characters too. While you may predict a thing or two, it's overshadowed by the plentiful surprises that you'll find along the way! A great addition to the series. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Find Jennifer on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Kiss of Frost from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Hi, Jennifer. Welcome to Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me!
Thanks for hosting me on the blog today. I appreciate it.

How would you describe your series in one word?

How is Kiss of Frost different to Touch of Frost?
Kiss of Frost continues the story started in Touch of Frost. Both books are about Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. In Kiss of Frost, Gwen and the other students at Mythos Academy go to a ski resort for the annual Winter Carnival, only there’s a Reaper of Chaos there who doesn’t want Gwen to live through the weekend. So she has to use her wits and magic to figure out who the bad guy really is – before he buries her for good. Basically, Kiss of Frost features the same elements that Touch of Frost does – a smart, sassy heroine, magic, mythology, monsters, and lots of action.

What about Kiss of Frost are you the most proud of?
I like how Gwen grows up a little in this book. She realizes that someone is out to get her, and she decides to fight back and take care of herself. Gwen wants to be worthy of being a Champion, and readers will see her try to live up to that in Kiss of Frost.

What was the hardest part about writing Kiss of Frost?
I would say one of the hardest parts about writing Kiss of Frost is the relationship between Gwen and Logan Quinn, the cute Spartan guy that she has a crush on. There’s a lot of push and pull between them in this book, and I hope readers like where they end up in this book.

How much of the mythology in the book is "real" and how much has been of your own creation?
In the Mythos Academy books, I’m taking gods, goddesses, monsters and more, and trying to put my own spin on them and make them my own characters with their own backstory, magic, and more. So I would say the myths are a starting point, and then I just let my imagination take off from there.

Which character in your series is the most fun to write?
I really like writing Vic, Gwen’s talking sword, just because he’s so mouthy, confident, and bloodthirsty. Vic is just a fun character for me to write because he always says exactly what’s on his mind.

I really loved Oliver and Kenzie - will we be seeing more of them?
Well, I can’t give out too many spoilers, but Oliver and Kenzie are Logan’s friends and they help with Gwen’s warrior training, so they will both be back in Dark Frost, the third book in the series.

In your head, who is the perfect Logan Quinn?
I think Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries would make a good Logan Quinn.

If you were a warrior at Mythos Academy, who would your ancestor be?
I think it would be cool to be a Valkyrie because of their superstrength and the other powers that they develop.

What can we expect from the third book?
Again, I can’t give out too many spoilers, so I’ll just say there’s a lot of action in Dark Frost, as Gwen fights more Reapers of Chaos and gets more involved in the ongoing battles between the Reapers and the members of the Pantheon (the good guys). The book is definitely a turning point in the series, as Gwen learns more about herself, her magic, and what she’s supposed to do with it. Dark Frost will be out in June 2012, while Crimson Frost, the fourth book in the series, is tentatively scheduled to be published in January 2013. Right now, I’m under contract for six books in the series.

Do you have anything planned for after this series is over?
I always have ideas for other books and series, so I’m always thinking about what I want to write next. But I’m having a blast writing the Mythos Academy series, and I hope to be writing about Gwen and her friends for a long time to come.


Favourite book?
There are so many books that I love, but one of my favorite books is Beauty by Robin McKinley.

Favourite TV show/movie?
Again, there are so many TV shows and movies that I love, but one of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable!

Favourite food?
I have a weakness for cheese fries, among many other things.

Guilty pleasure?
Ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies … Basically, dessert is one of my guilty pleasures.

A big thanks to Jennifer for taking the time out to do this interview! Kiss of Frost is released today so be sure to get yourself a copy if you haven't already!

Who's excited about there being 4 more books in the series? Ian Somerhalder? *grins* I am on holiday at the moment so it was a rush to get this whole post ready without computer access in advance! Hope you enjoyed it anyway ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Review: Girl Steals Guy

Title: Girl Steals Guy
Author: Kelly Green
Series: Borrowing Abby Grace #2
Publisher: Backlit
Published: October 21st 2011
Source: Author for review

Dropped into the life of a gorgeous senior with a heartbroken best friend, Abby Grace must navigate high school keg parties, football games and power couples as she discovers that love and revenge are sometimes the same thing.

Once again, Green cooks up a story full of fun deception and mystery. Abby has begun to acclimate to her role as a problem-solving Shadow, finding herself in the new body of a high schooler. We begin from where we left off in the first episode and dive headfirst into the melodramatic disasters of two teenage girls.

What can I say? I loved the plot! It's much more involved than the first and we get to see Abby's detective skills, first hand. Breaking into lockers, rummaging through staff desks, decoding messages…Abby's certainly having a grand time! Girl Steals Guy is written very well with a narrator that's pleasant yet quirky. Abby becomes more and more likeable as the series continues, slowly revealing her true personality through these out-of-body experiences.

In this episode we see Abby's compassionate side, brought out by Heather's need for comfort. Her body's best friend is in the middle of a romantic crisis, with her crush getting involved with another girl. I can't say it enough - I never expect these endings! Some plot points are predictable but there's always at least one that comes out of the blue; something you never expect. It's fantastic! The mystery in this episode unfolds at a great pace and isn't carelessly rushed towards the end.

What a joy this was to read. Green never fails to put a smile on my face with her clever adventures! In the future, I'd like to see more explanations about Shadows and Will but until then, the first two episodes have shot the series to a great start.

The third episode will be available on Amazon in December. Keep an eye out for Teacher's Pet!

Find Kelly on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook.
Buy Girl Steals Guy from Amazon.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Review: Borrowing Abby Grace

Title: Borrowing Abby Grace
Author: Kelly Green
Series: Borrowing Abby Grace #1
Publisher: Backlit
Published: October 16th 2011
Source: Author for review

When Abby Grace wakes up in the back of a van, she has no idea who she is, how she got there, or why anyone would want to kidnap her. After escaping her masked captors, she hurries home, only to discover that she unknowingly left her younger brother behind in the van. Unable to answer the police’s questions with her memories gone, she retreats to the safety of her bedroom where she tries to reconstruct her life. Just as she is settling into the belief that things will one day return to normal, she looks in the mirror—and sees a stranger’s face. As Abby learns next, she has become a Shadow, sent to inhabit the lives of strangers in trouble. With nothing to go on except the vague hints of her cute but maddening Guardian, a 19th century ghostly teenager named Will, Abby sets out to rescue the missing brother. But she will need all of her intelligence, fearlessness, and wit, because if she fails to find him in time, she will remain trapped in this unfamiliar body forever.

In just two words: fun and refreshing. Borrowing Abby Grace is the first episode of what will be a fast-paced and exciting series. After returning to consciousness in the back of a van without any memories, Abby discovers she's a Shadow. Waking up in a new body every few days, she must fix a large aspect of that person's life, otherwise she'll be trapped in the body forever. Gripping storyline, am I right? I've never read an episodic series before so this was a new experience that I really enjoyed.

This first episode follows Abby's investigation of her body's brother's disappearance. Suspects are around every corner but I can honestly say that my theories were nowhere near close to the truth. Borrowing Abby Grace is scattered with little clues Abby must piece together using her quick thinking and steely determination. I loved that we were just as clueless as Abby, in regards to her Shadow situation, as it made the story seem more personal and realistic. While you'll finish each episode in no time at all, you'll be engrossed for that short period of time, hoping for another piece of the overall mystery to be revealed!

Abby is a great narrator, coming off as strong-willed and witty. Although she feels as if she's very alone, Will cheekily hides in the shadows, watching to make sure she's safe. His character is one of great intrigue also. As a Guardian ghost he's very cryptic and of no "real" help at all, but I like the support he shows Abby, even though she doesn't appreciate his frustrating secrecy at all. With these episodes being so short, we don't get to know the characters very well but I imagine, just like a television series, their personalities and histories will continue to build on as the series continues.

For my first read of something like this, I think it went fabulously well. It's almost exhilarating to read something so short, as opposed to my usual 300-400 pages! Mystery lovers will really sink their teeth into this series - just like a true crime show, we have a sticky situation that we're able to solve in less than an hour ;) A great, fun debut series by Green!

Find Kelly on Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook.
Buy Borrowing Abby Grace from Amazon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Fire Study

Title: Fire Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study #3
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Published: March 1st 2008
Source: Publishers for review

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.... Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

The final installment of the Study series is as confusing as ever. As we reach the pinnacle of the story, Yelena is forced to face her fears and take control of her powers, once and for all. This novel is definitely one that takes your mind in circles until the very end! While I didn't enjoy Fire Study as much as the first two books, it was still a great read after the initial slow start.

Once again, the characters are superb. The secrets they've been hiding are finally revealed, and we get answers to the questions which have been burning through our minds since day one. We also meet some helpful characters like Opal, a glassmaker who is able to capture "light" in her pieces. While Opal's role isn't large, you'll be able to familiarise yourself with her before reading the Glass series. Yes, we get to return to this fabulous world in the spin-offs. What a pleasure! Yelena and Valek are as charming as ever. Valek will, as always, make you feel the need to fan yourself and Yelena continues to draw out his sexy side with her mere presence. How tortuous!

Your detective skills will be called upon, as we finally figure out who are the allies and who are the enemies. Some traitors you'll expect…others will take you by surprise. Interested? With threatening messages delivered by a figure in fire, kidnappings, mass murders and betrayals with fatal consequences, your head will be spinning in all directions, trying to keep up with things. In the middle of panic-filled conflicts, you can only hope Snyder will have a heart and not kill off your favourite characters. I must've lost a few years off my life and a cup of tears while worrying myself! *sighs*

While the storylines are amazing, it's the characters that really make the Study series exquisite. You'll feel a sense of loss as you turn the last page and leave Valek and Yelena to enjoy their lives together. What they'll get up to…we can only imagine, but luckily the two will make some lovely appearances in the spin-off series to sate our hunger for more! A fabulous ending to the Study series, filled with love and hope.

Have you read the Glass series? What did you think? :)

Find Maria on Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Fire Study from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Teaser Tuesday: 22/11/11

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

The rules are simple!
  • 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!  

 I'm reading Enthralled and loving it so far! Anthologies are currently getting a tick from me ;) Can't wait to read all of these! What a great line-up of authors.. *sighs*
He couldn't have said that, could he?
"You've hung around on earth for thirty years or so because you didn't want to go to heaven without kissing a girl?"
Aww geez, now isn't that cute? This snippet came from the very first story by Claudia Gray ;)

What's your teaser this week?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Magic Study

Title: Magic Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study #2
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Published: September 29th 2006
Source: Publishers for review

You know your life is complicated when you miss your days as a poison taster... With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be united with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But although she has gained her freedom, she once again finds herself alone - separated from her lover Valek and suspected as a spy for her reluctance to conform to Sitian ways. Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training - especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes embroiled in a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince - and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with her new enemies.

As Yelena arrives in the Zaltana homestead, her parents welcome her with open arms. She is reunited with those she once knew but not everyone is as accepting. Some members of the clan, including her older brother Leif, suspect her of being an Ixian spy because she's "different". Magic Study follows Yelena's journey of exploring her magical abilities and deciding what's more important to her - the friends and man she loves in the North or her family and magic in the South?

Magic Study blew my mind. With conflicts coming from the left and right, you won't know where to look! Firstly, the embracement of magic in Sitia is a complete contrast to the forbiddance in Ixia. The Council consists of four master magicians as well as eleven representatives from each clan. Irys, one of the master magicians, is Yelena's mentor and teaches her about the magic she possesses. With training, Yelena discovers that she has the ability of mind control and...something extra. *wink*

Yelena's internal struggle is almost agonising. Her parents are lovely and compassionate people, but Leif tries impossibly hard to drive her out of Sitia. His hatred stems from his feelings of jealousy, abandonment and guilt, which you'll learn all about as the novel progresses! To make things more difficult, her love for Valek must be kept a secret, as he has a reputation for being a cold-hearted Sitian assassin. Yelena, of course, knows another side of him but something tells her that her family won't listen…..

With battles for power, murderers, soul stealing and strange magical abilities, Magic Study is another great novel in the series. Poison Study will always be my favourite but this was still a wonderful read. Even though Yelena's in the South, Valek finds a way to visit so you'll get a nice dose of excitement and romance, don't you worry!

Find Maria on Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Magic Study from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Poison Study

Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Study #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Published: October 1st 2005
Source: Publishers for review

On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose. Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however ... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she's beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime. In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent withinn her and master the demons of her past. The Commander's life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it.

I never expected to love this series so much. I was blown away by how much I adored certain characters and detested others! If the sizzling romance doesn't do it for you…..perhaps the exciting action and magical plot? Maria V. Snyder has written yet another amazing series I hope everyone will read. Although Poison Study certainly has an adult novel feel to it (minus the adult content), fans of the young adult genre will easily become accustomed to the more mature themes!

19 year old Yelena is a prisoner in Commander Ambrose's dungeon, about to be executed for murdering General Brazell's son, Reyad. She is granted a reprieve when Valek, the Commander's security chief, offers her the position of the Commander's food taster. Valek poisons her with Butterfly's Dust, ensuring that she returns every morning to receive the antidote. Huge nailbiter, am I right? Yelena and Valek's relationship only gets more amazing as the book continues. We see sides of both that we never expect, as they learn from each other and break down the walls encasing their hearts. This coupling…gosh, how much I love it! I could happily read 10 books about their adventures together, it's that good! Along with Valek, Yelena befriends soldiers and other workers in the castle. Janco and Ari are particular favourites of mine but as for everyone else, you'll be questioning their motives and wondering who in the castle is an outsider spy! *gasp*

Yelena is a magic-wielder whose abilities come out in her times of need, something we begin to explore in this first book. Yelena was mentally and physically abused in the orphanage she lived in with General Brazell and Reyad, so we're really able to see her strength of character, as can Valek. Yelena lives in the North, where magic is strictly forbidden, but in the enemy territory of the South she can be taught about her skills, as they embrace magic. Tension between the two lands slowly builds, setting the foundations for the sequels!

Poison Study is a fantastic book with realistic characters you can't help but love. As the plot unravels bit by bit, Yelena and Valek come closer and closer together…. Team Valena badges need to be made! They are absolutely swoon-worthy. This novel will mess with your mind, full of shocking twists and suspenseful action throughout. A stand out read!

Find Maria on Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Poison Study from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

In My Mailbox: 20/11/11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

Crossed by Ally Condie
Yes! It finally arrived and I began reading it last night. I was a little worried about what I would think but I really am enjoying it! :) Thanks to Penguin Australia!

Legend by Marie Lu
Wow, I've been wanting to read this for such a long time. I've heard nothing but good!  *bows down to Penguin*

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This one looks so interesting and unlike anything I've ever read! Really looking forward to it :) Thanks, Penguin!

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I enjoyed the previous two books so I'm eager to see what will happen next. I hear "dark" things happen so that's a little worrying but we'll see LOL. Penguin again!

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
I was over the moon when this arrived. An ARC from the United States?! *gasps* Christina was so lovely to send one of her few remaining copies over to me! Very lust-worthy book! *tackles* Plot sounds amazing <3 I'm in need of a nice forbidden romance ;)

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
This was my WOW a few weeks ago and I was surprised to find it on my doorstep this week! A friend of mine received an unsolicited copy also so I had my fingers crossed ;) Thanks to Murdoch Books!

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Read this yesterday and loved it. Wow...the characters! This book was so well written and I can't wait for the second book. Can I be lame and say IT WAS AWESOME? Will be reading Tera's other books soon, hopefully! Thank you, Harper Collins Australia!

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Many Amazing Authors
*claps excitedly* It's here! It looks quite lengthy and I can't wait to read this anthology. This will be my first and I'm interested to see how it is! Writing a great story of such short length? Should be fun ;) Thanks to Harper Collins!

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
My omnibus of this series should be arriving soon (giveaway) but I'm glad to have received this anyway! I'm a little confused by where it came from through. Hachette Australia published this book...yet it arrived in the same package as Harper Collins ones? Hmmm... Can any Aussie enlighten me? LOL

Phantom by L.J. Smith
I've never read any of the Vampire Diaries books, but I do love the tv series! I don't quite understand how these book series work (Do you read them in order or separately? Are they completely unrelated to the tv series?) but we'll see... Not sure if I want to ruin the tv series with the books! Haha. Thanks to Harper Collins!

Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
I wasn't too impressed with the sickeningly sweet insta-love in the first book and from reviews...I think maybe another love interest comes in this book and...things happen. I'm a little frightened! Should I chance it? ;) Thanks again to Harper Collins!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Huge thanks to Net Galley! So excited to read this. Oh what a gorgeous cover. Can't take my eyes away! Story sounds unique and intriguing ;)

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
I was delighted to find this email in my inbox! Houghton Mifflon Harcourt offered me an eARC and I can't wait to get stuck into it!

House Trap by Mike Mauthor
Received this for review from the author! Sounds exciting! Trapped in a house with a killer? Ooh.

So in love with these books! What about you? What's in your mailbox?

If you entered my Australian giveaway for Muse by Rebecca Lim, the winners are:
Jet W
Skye H
Gabriella M
Harper Collins will receive your details on Monday and you should receive your prizes soon, hopefully! Congratulations :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Touch of Power

Title: Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series: Header #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Published: January 6th 2012
Source: Publishers for review (ARC)

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos. Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....

Maria V. Snyder never disappoints. All of her books are amazing and Touch of Power is right there at the top, next to her Study series. Once again, we join a strong heroine on her dangerous journey to faraway lands. Avry is the only healer left in the world and all sides will come charging in order to gain one of the most valuable, and possibly dangerous, assets one can have in these times of strife. With a bounty on her head, Avry's attempt at saving a life leads to a betrayal and her ordered execution. That's until Prince Kerrick and his four men come to the rescue, needing her to cure Prince Ryne, a man she loathes, of the plague. Join Avry as she discovers her inner warrior and learns what things are most important in life. Can she sacrifice her own in order to help another King reign? Is he really the enemy or are her opinions of him skewered?

The very best thing about Touch of Power is the brilliantly vibrant cast of characters. They're different to each other in so many ways, yet their personalities balance out perfectly. Avry is the stubborn but selfless healer, Kerrick is the hardened but secretly kind earth magician, Flea is the puppy-dog teenager, Quain and Vinn are the monkeys and Belen is the sweet "poppa bear"! While Avry is initially reluctant to travel with these men to her death, the six bond like no other and become a tightknit family she can't imagine living without. Even when given the opportunity to leave, she can't bear the thought of parting with her closest friends. All of the relationships in this novel are beautiful and will touch your heart like they did mine!

Kerrick. Kerrick, Kerrick, Kerrick. The romance had fireworks flaring. You can't not love him and Avry together! It's absolutely stunning to watch them go from hate to love. It's a long process, trust me, but so worth it. Kerrick and Valek (from Maria's Study series) are quite similar so it's no surprise that I fell in love with him! Kerrick isn't exactly Avry's best friend in the beginning, being borderline cruel, but things, of course, change. Many important discoveries are made as the novel progresses and they'll greatly alter your views on everything, but until then...go insane!

The worlds Snyder creates are always detailed and, in a way, very realistic. With the help of maps and vivid descriptions, it's not difficult to imagine the fifteen realms and nine mountains. It's a magical landscape, perfect for a magical story. With gripping mysteries and exciting adventures, I never wanted the book to end! All of these great elements come together to form an explosive novel, so prepare for Maria to blow your mind.

Give me more! Give me more! I need to know what happens next! Maria has done it again, with a new refreshing cast of characters and plot. Previous fans of her novels will fall in love all over again, while new readers will be eagerly scrambling to feast their eyes on her other work. What a brilliant start to a magnificent series!
Maria's definitely one of my all-time favourite authors. Every book she! So cannot wait for more from her <3 I adore this cover. I love the font....the lilies.... Need to get a finished copy soon! Plus, I'm afraid to touch the ARC again. Easily damageable haha.

Find Maria on Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Touch of Power from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Emblaze

Title: Emblaze
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #3
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: October 11th 2011
Source: Publishers for review

Once again Violet Eden faces an impossible choice ... and the consequences are unimaginable. Violet has come to terms with the fact that being part angel, part human, means her life will never be as it was. Now Violet has something Phoenix - the exiled angel who betrayed her - will do anything for, and she has no intention of letting it fall into his hands. The only problem is that he has something she needs too. Not afraid to raise the stakes, Phoenix seemingly holds all the power, always one step ahead. And when he puts the final pieces of the prophecy together, it doesn't take him long to realise exactly who he needs in order to open the gates of Hell. With the help of surprising new allies, ancient prophecies are deciphered, a destination set and, after a shattering confrontation with her father, Violet leaves for the islands of Greece without knowing if she will have a home to return to...

Emblaze is a fantastic addition to this heavenly series. I'm in love with Shirvington's writing and am so proud to be a fellow Australian. She forms strong bonds between her readers and characters, and never fails to maintain a gripping storyline. The conflicts in the novel are epic - "end of the world" kinds of epic. This is a must-read series so go and get started if you haven't already!

There was truly not one dull moment in Emblaze. With so many characters, each with their own stories, we're kept very busy. You'll love the difficult romances, the impossible sacrifices, the bravery, the loss and the gain.. Oh my! So many things happen that'll throw you off your feet. Enticed ended with the recovery of two scriptures, each held by the wrong sides. If the angels give the exiles back their scripture, Lilith will rise. If they don't, the exiles will use the Grigori scripture to eliminate all future half-angels.  It's a lose-lose situation, isn't it? With unpredictable characters, any number of outcomes are possible. This novel will surely get your heart pounding!

Lincoln's willpower is frighteningly unyielding. I can't wait to see him cave and just let his romance with Violet blossom! As always, the Lincoln, Violet and Phoenix love triangle is strong. Lincoln hides his pain and suffering from Violet a little too well, and while Violet's feelings for Phoenix are less than sunny, we're still able to understand the irrepressible connection they share. The prophecies in Emblaze are quite amazing and I really enjoyed how they directly connect to the trio. Their decisions play a major part in the universe's fate so they're in quite the predicament!

Each cliffhanger in this series is more shocking than the last. Emblaze's is a jaw-dropper! I'm very eager to get my hands on Endless because we are at the climax of the series! Everything is in place and ready for a roaring start. Prepare for war!

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Buy Emblaze from Borders and Fishpond.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Review: Enticed

Title: Enticed
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #2
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: March 29th 2011
Source: Publishers for review

Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever. The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

I'm speechless. If you thought Embrace was good, Enticed will knock off your socks and leave you murmuring an endless string of 'wow's. I can't pinpoint exactly why this book is amazing, but it probably has something to do with the wonderful character development and the high levels of action. We're able to dig deep into the history and mythology of the angel world and I absolutely loved it. Enticed provides a rich and authentic experience that promises a fantastic third book!

Enticed introduces us to a slew of new characters. Nyla and Rudyard are partners who are over 400 years old, Zoe and Salvatore are partners who seem to be quite mismatched, while Spence's partner has yet to become of age. What can I say? All five additions to the cast are amazing. Their personalities are different, yet very complementary, and the large amount of characters make them seem like a family; one filled with trust, love, care and deception… Lincoln and Magda have a secret agenda and their personal investigations are the source of much grief. Punching bags may be needed! Luckily, Spence is a wonderful character who provides us with lots of entertainment and a humorous outlet.

Once again, important pieces of information are revealed to us in the conclusion, both very good and very bad. The climax of the novel is written exceptionally well and the build up is spread evenly throughout the book. In fact, Enticed could have been three books since there are multiple important climaxes! The novel ends with hope and Emblaze will be magnificent if we continue at this high standard. The ending is breathtaking as the mysteries all finally tie together!


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Buy Enticed from Amazon and The Book Depository.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review: Embrace

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #1
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: October 6th 2010
Source: Publishers for review

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend? After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner. Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

I had no idea what to expect from this book but I was immensely pleased by what I discovered. Embrace is filled with fantastic characters who are interesting, deep and have some amazing stories to tell. Violet's mother died during childbirth and her father is usually absent, away at work. The person she feels closest to is Lincoln, her trainer and sports buddy, and although he is five years older than her, they have a wonderful relationship with a closeness and affection that only comes from being such good friends. But...they both like each other in a more-than-friends way…what will come of it?

Ever since Violet turned seventeen, things have been different. She discovers new abilities and physical changes, along with the fact that she's in some serious danger. I enjoyed seeing Violet's internal struggle between her desire to be a normal teenager and her destiny as someone who will change the world. The fascinating mythology references some old legends and passages from the Bible, while having unique twists and additions at the same time. The even balance between mythology, plot and romance was excellent!

Lincoln and Violet….oh, what to say about this couple. I wish I could tie them together with some rope and force them to talk to each other! Perhaps I could force a kiss or two? Lincoln is surrounded by an air of mystery and is unattainable. As the two are destined Grigori partners, they can't let themselves like each other romantically, as it will weaken them and make them vulnerable. Then there's Phoenix, an exile who comes without the baggage and rules, and genuinely cares about Violet's welfare. The two men are polar opposites and pull Violet in two different directions. Unfortunately, I love them both and can't decide which I prefer! Sexual tension and unrequited love is thick in the air… This love triangle is written exquisitely and allows both men to have their moments.What's poor Violet to do?

Overall, Embrace is thoroughly enjoyable with a great narrator. Violet's sarcastic and fun voice will easily carry you through this lengthy book and by the end, you'll have been consumed by the steamy romance. After shocking revelations, you'll be desperate for Enticed to see how the compelling story continues!

I love this series. The books get better as they go along! 5 star ratings are coming up ;) Very lucky to be an Australian! <3 I love our covers too. What do you think of the others? How will the US one turn out, do you think?

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November 15th - 30th Releases

Another fantastic fortnight of books! Loved many of these and can't wait to read the rest <3 Which have caught your eye?

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting - 15th November
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead - 15th November
Sink your teeth into the perfect holiday gift and must-have collector's item for every fan of Richelle Mead's totally addicting Vampire Academy series. Discover the history of St. Vladimir's Academy, explore the dark psychology behind Rose and Lissa's spirit bond, and find out even more illicit secrets about Moroi society. This ultimate guide will feature everything readers want and need to go even deeper into the world of Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice . . . every heartache, every betrayal, every sacrifice, and so much more!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - 15th November
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 
Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman - 15th November
A friend posted a video of me dancing online and now I'm now longer Alicia Ruffino. I'm dancergirl—and suddenly it's like me against the world—everyone's got opinions. My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he's acting weird. And some stranger isn't content to just watch anymore. Ali, dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you've seen me online, I've trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler - 21st November
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

Legend by Marie Lu - 29th November
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep - 29th November
I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

What is your favourite book of November? 
Or which November release are you looking forward to the most? :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Born at Midnight

Title: Born at Midnight
Author: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls #1
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Published: 1st July 2011
Source: Publishers for review

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

If you look under "entertaining" in the dictionary, you'll find Born At Midnight printed in big letters. The idea of a supernatural teen camp is so intriguing and Hunter definitely follows through with her brilliant concept. You'll fall in love with the characters and their abilities so...come join me as a big swooning mess?

Kylie's parents are divorcing, her jerk boyfriend's dumped her for someone else and she has a crazy stalker no one else can see. Things can't get any worse, right? After being caught at an unsupervised party, Kylie's therapist tells her mother to send her to a "camp for delinquents". I think we all know what comes next. Kylie begins an exciting journey at Shadow Falls Camp, learning more about herself than she ever would've thought possible. This will be just as much a learning experience for readers as it will be for Kylie. You'll have the time of your life and wish you were a little wrong in the head yourself!

Kylie is a brilliant narrator. She's hilarious in typical teenage fashion. She forms lasting friendships, has issues with her parents (but rightfully so!) and meets two boys she just can't resist. They're both amazing in their own way and I honestly can't decide between them. I can't imagine how Kylie will! Pick a name from a hat? Eenie meenie miney mo? Close her eyes and point? I'm dreading decision time! Derek is the sweetest and most persistent half-fae on the planet and Lucas is a seductive werewolf with an undeniable soft spot for Kylie. Lucas' past with Kylie is quite shocking but you'll have fun peeling back his layers and seeing what's really underneath!

The mythology and mystery in this book are great. All of the students have a unique ability and all were born at midnight. *ghost noises* Shadow Falls Camp was originally formed so that the different races could learn to cooperate with each other. I loved seeing them all interact, sometimes as best friends and sometimes as enemies… Old habits die hard! What's my favourite character, you ask? Perry, the most talented and obnoxiously flirtatious shapeshifter in the world. He turns into a unicorn…he turns into a cute kitten to cuddle up to Kylie's breasts…need I go on?

The ending of Born At Midnight left me with so much hope. The sequel will be amazing, thanks to some interesting developments, and I can't wait to explore! The friendships are heartwarming, the mysteries slightly bloodcurdling, the romance smoking and the plot magical. What else could you possibly want or need?!

Was this a fantastic book or what? Cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel! I know it's out in America already...Australian date is pending...

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Buy Born at Midnight from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Official Trailer

Did you guys all see the Hunger Games trailer?! It was amazing. I muffled my screams in my palm. I couldn't breathe. I cried. All of the excitement got to me and it just poured out in the form of intense emotions. After countless re-watches, I attacked Twitter. Oh how we were all freaking out.

The trailer was so impressive. I think it captured the really important moments. It lures in a new fanbase and pleases the existing one. Who agrees?! *squeals* The acting really exceeded my expectations. It looks fabulous. The sets look perfect. The romance isn't overdone. It's intense. It's packed with action. It'll make our hearts race and our little bottoms edge off the seat. This will an amazing film. YES!

What was your favourite part? What else did you want to see? Personally, I loved the reaping. Katniss volunteering for Prim made me cry, as did the 10 to 1 countdown (goodness knows why!!). Sure, a cave scene would've been good but I get that they have to set the scene for new viewers!

*runs away to fangirl some more*

//End frightening post. Wrote this after the trailer aired. 
//End blame.

Review: Forbidden (Soul Thief)

Title: Forbidden (Soul Thief)
Author: Jana Oliver
Series: The Demon Trappers #2
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 1st September 2011
Source: Pan Macmillan Australia for review

Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones.

The sequel to Forsaken is noticeably more "put together". While the threads of several storylines were established in the previous book, I felt that they all tied together in Forbidden, making it an exciting read. We have the addition of several new characters and they certainly spice up the plot. If you're looking for some adventure, action, romance and mystery, this will be a pleaser!

Angels...that's what you can expect. I won't tell you who fits into this elite circle but let's just say they'll get your minds turning with their secrecy and schemes. In addition to that, demon hunters (who kill rather than capture demons) swarm Atlanta city after the Guild is deemed incompetent of protecting the city. What rubbish! Those silly civilians... *sighs* Unfortunately, hunters are ruthless and quite frightening. They really change the dynamics of the city with their complications, so the novel ends up being much more exciting than the first!

Riley's dilemma with her men is at its absolute high. Simon hates her, Beck's showing her a kind side she's never seen before, and new guy Ori's driving her insane with his attention. Again, the romance in the novel doesn't dominate. Yes, Riley would love to work out her feelings and issues for all three but these guys get put on the back burner, as we have some more pressing issues at hand!

It's as if Oliver poses more questions than she answers. Suddenly we're wondering about rogues, hunting scams, impossible conspiracies and personal betrayals. Goodness me! Forbidden ends on yet another high note with new information revealed. I'm sure you'll be looking forward to Forgiven to see what will happen next!
A little disappointed with the US Forgiven cover! Why not stick with the same style? :(

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Buy Forbidden from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Review: Forsaken (The Demon Trapper's Daughter)

Title: Forsaken (The Demon Trapper's Daughter) 
Author: Jana Oliver
Series: The Demon Trappers #1
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 1st January 2011
Source: Pan Macmillan Australia for review

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen. But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

If you're a fan of shows like Supernatural, this is the series for you. It's filled with dangerous hunts, a badass heroine and tons of supernatural creatures you wouldn't want to run into at night! The story is unique and gripping, centring around Riley Blackthorne who is apprenticing as a demon trapper. After a simple hunt turns nasty, the Guild is knee-deep in suspicious activity, dealing with corruption, fatal sabotages, illegal dealings and more!

Riley is a strong character - when your dad's a famous trapper, you kind of have to be - and while she does make some questionable decisions throughout the novel, she's a good leading lady. Tragedy strikes right at the beginning of the novel and I admire her for continuing to do her job and deal with the consequences. She has so many things on her plate that I felt my own hair falling out just thinking about it! In saying that, I couldn't really connect with Riley on a personal level. Yes, she's "cool" and witty, but the emotional link just wasn't there for me. I have read the sequel, though, and can tell you that the characterisation does improve!

The novel is set in Atlanta, a city so poorly funded that kids are being schooled in grocery stores and at the back of old tattoo parlours. It's an area of great demonic interest so the Guild has their work cut out for them. If you've watched Supernatural, you'll know that the Winchester brothers have to do their job in secret and never get recognition for their good deeds. But these hunters? The public is aware of them, so hunters are hired and able to operate freely without the secrecy! People are fascinated and there's even a popular tv series called Demonland, in which gorgeous actors "hunt". Fun, right? If only real hunting was so glamorous and simple!

While the romance isn't a main part of the book, it's certainly there. When she was 15 and Beck was 20, Riley was completely enamoured with her father's trapping partner, but after Beck gave her the brush-off (she was underage!) the two settled to hate each other. Kind of. Beck secretly thinks she's beautiful and strong but he's not about to tell her that! Riley isn't too fussed at all, with her own demon-trapping boyfriend, Simon, who's quite the friendly goody-two-shoes. I liked both men, but again, there was no strong emotional response to either. Obviously, we're positioned to want a Beck/Riley relationship but that'll have to wait for the sequel!

Forsaken ends on quite the cliffhanger. After a nasty battle with lives lost, some strange things begin happening to Riley... Wouldn't you like to know! There is mystery throughout the novel and it's written in a way that you can't guess how it ends. Anything can happen, really! It's a very unpredictable book. Overall, a strong plot with characters that just need a little bit of tweaking.

Which cover and title do you prefer?

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In My Mailbox: 13/11/11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. Let us know what books you've bought, borrowed or received for review!

Eve by Anna Carey
Really loved this book! Made me cry a few times *sniffles* Need the sequel now! Big thanks to Harper Collins Australia for the gorgeous hardcover.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Another great book that I need the sequel of! Check out my review! :) Thanks to Harper Collins again for the hardcover!

Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide by Michelle Rowen and Richelle Mead
I've had a flip through of this and it looks great! Can't wait to look at these exclusive Richelle tidbits ;) Michelle's actually an author herself and her summary of the series looks to be quite fun and humorous! Looking forward to reading some of her future books!

Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia. Really looking forward to reading this! Might start today! Looks hilarious and filled with fun!

Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington
Are you Americans jealous? Yes, book #3! I'm glad you guys are finally getting the first book! My poor Hachette Australia publicist had to send this three times. Three! The first two disappeared into outer space but she was lovely and kept trying :) Read this immediately, loved it, dying for the fourth and final book!

Deception by Lee Nichols
Read this yesterday. Another fabulous read! Loved the characters and ghosty plot. Thank you Bloomsbury Australia! Looking forward to the sequel next year! I was also sent a copy of this last week but oh well.

Maria V. Snyder
These aren't pictured (I don't have four hands!) but I received three signed bookplates (plus bookmarks!) from Maria for my Study series! My Insider series are autographed by her too so once I read her Glass series and get my hands on a finished copy of Touch of Power....most definitely getting bookplates for those too ;) YES, I am so in love with all of her books.

What's in your mailbox? 
And what did you think of these books? Read any? :)
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