Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: A Shade of Vampire

First of all, this cover is captivating! If the summary doesn't draw you in, the cover definitely will! I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down until the very end (and it was difficult to put down even then because I did not want to wait to read more...). Make sure to read my review below and then go read the book for yourself! You can read an excerpt if Bella Forrest's A Shade of Vampire here.

A Shade of Vampire was great! It was extremely fast paced, interesting, and exciting. I loved the characters and the idea of there being an unknown kingdom of vampires just hiding away on an island somewhere. I loved reading about the different dynamics between the different characters and how the author was able to show how different some people really are from each other. Even siblings are never alike. This book was only 147 pages and that is honestly the only thing I disliked about it.  I would have loved being able to read more about Sophia and Derek, but I guess that's why she has a sequel coming out. I fell in love with this story and I cannot wait to see what happens next as Sophia’s story continues.
-A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Identified: The Maya Price Story

This quick paced story is set in the real world and in the world known as Leets. Maya Price is taken to a different dimension and told that she is a shifter, and that she is pivotal to a prophecy that could bring peace to their land.

I absolutely loved this story. I enjoyed all of the characters and all of the friendships that were forged. I enjoyed the fact that the characters were well created and relatable. The world that was created was rich and vibrant and I loved the idea of being able to control the four different elements. This story is full of action, loss, and friendship.  Maya Price is left reeling over the choices she has made and the position she has been put in based on a prophecy that was created years ago. Told through diary entries, memories from characters in the future, transcripts, and Maya’s own narrative, this story is a breath of fresh air in the young adult fantasy market. It is a quick read and is well worth your time. Read it! You don't know what you're missing!

This story is great from beginning to end without a moment of boredom.  The ending is full of shocking turns that will leave you begging for the next installment.

Buy it now on Kindle and in Paperback from Amazon. 
Get to know the author, Faith A. Rice-Mills, on Goodreads, Facebook, twitter, and her website.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Special Edition Cover Reveal "While he was Away"

Karen Schreck's book While he was Away has a beautiful new cover! I love how it is black and white with the slight touch of pink for the title. It's perfect!

If you have yet to read this book, the summary is below!

Want more information on While he was Away? click on the following links
Goodreads, Walmart, Amazon Paperback, Amazon Kindle Edition, and Barnes and Noble

Now, for a special treat! The author, Karen  Schreck, has written a guest post she wants to share with you! Ever looking for a bit of inspiration but not sure where to find it? She has written a post to show you how inspiration can come from anywhere you just have to be on the look out and she includes her inspiration for her story, While he was Away.

While He Was Away Walmart-Exclusive Cover Reveal
 and How Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere:
Even a Trip to the Grocery Store and a Handful of Long-Lost Photographs
By Karen Schreck

I sometimes wonder what my mother would say if she knew that her story—one of the saddest, sweetest love stories I’ve ever heard—was retold in a new way in my young adult novel, While He Was Away.
Now Sourcebooks Fire is sharing the story yet again, in a second, exclusive edition, released nation-wide at Walmart.  The fact that Sourcebooks believed enough in While He Was Away to bring it to life the first time felt like a much-needed confirmation of years of hard work.  The fact that they are standing behind my book again in this way . . . well, it feels like a miracle.  I’m truly grateful.
I wonder what my mother would say to this incredible news? I like to think she would be grateful too.  I like to think she would be happy.  She wanted her story heard after all.  So much so that it was one of the last things she told me, just before she died.
One rainy night when I was fourteen, right before cancer left her to ill to talk, let alone drive a car, my mother said, “Come with me.  We’re going shopping.”  We drove to the little local market and wandered up and down the aisles, as she threw in a can of tuna, some dishwashing soap, and other little things we didn’t need.  We paid for these little things.  She looked anxious and tired, still she hadn’t said a thing; we hadn’t spoken a word.
It was only when we were parked in our driveway again that my mother said, “I was married once before when I was very young.  He died a hero in WWII.”
And that was that.  Soon after, she died.
I thought about my mother’s mysterious love story for many years.  I talked to relatives, found long-lost photographs.  The story took seed in me.  It flowered into a novel about a young women whose boyfriend leaves for the Iraq War.  In her loneliness, she seeks out a grandmother she’s never met, whose first husband died in WWII.  She seeks out a character inspired by mother.
A late night drive, a few words spoken in the dark.  Even things as simple as this can inspire a novel.