Stephanie's books

Clockwork Angel
City of Bones
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Golden Compass
Night World, No. 2
Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn
The Iron Daughter
The Iron King
A Discovery of Witches
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Hunger Games
The Host
City of Glass
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Blog Tour Review- The Hunter, The Bear, and The Seventh Sister

Title: The Hunter The Bear and The Seventh Sister
Authors: B.I. Woolet
Genre: YA Fantasy
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Rating: 4/5

When a beautiful and powerful stranger throws Jackson into the world of Arcas, his predictable midwestern life instantly vanishes into an all-consuming adventure. 
The last kingdoms of Arcas possess enduring youth, beauty, and wealth but have slowly crumbled under the weight of endless apathy and a painful past. 
The rising evil of Gurges Ater now threatens to reopen the ancient kingdom pillars created long ago as passageways between Earth and Arcas. With access to both worlds, Gurges Ater will quickly conquer the weak kingdoms and establish his own throne.
Can Jackson along with a paranoid bear, a lone hunter, and the surviving seventh sister work together to protect both Earth and Arcas?
Or will the unlikely heroes allow their own fears, pain, and past to paralyze them as Gurges Ater opens the pillars and claims the throne?
Leave your own world behind, dive through the shimmering portal, and join Jackson to discover the beauty, danger, and adventure awaiting you in the World of Arcas!

My Review
 I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
Now I must confess I signed up for this blog tour a little while ago and when it was time and I was sent the book I sort of forgot what the story was about and I am one for summary's (I like the mystery), so I just dove in blind shall we say, and I must admit I sure was excited the way things started off, and how quickly it progressed, I had a few little issues as well but we will discuss all that.
I was fond of the Hunter (Rigel) and the Bear (Otava) they were both very rugged and had a tough exterior, they were also fiercely loyal and very brave, giving them both my vote. Now Jackson on the other hand I just could not find myself getting on board with him, he spent days in his backyard battling Dragons and dreaming of adventure, but when he is taken to Arcas and faced with danger he spends a lot of time running and hiding behind things, I know that it's different but it made me question why he would be chosen to go to Arcas and complete the journey, and yes later a bit more info is given about Jackson and a bit more on why he was chosen, but for me it was still not enough to make me excited about him. 
I really liked the world building that was done, the three suns was cool and the different kingdoms were well established, but I felt like a lot of the characters were underdeveloped and I had a hard time connecting, Now that's not to say I didn't like any of them but I was not in love with them.
The ending for sure picked up and I was very shocked by the twist of the "REAL"  threat, so overall this was a fun fantasy and it will be interesting to see were it goes from here.

About The Authors

  B.I. Woolet (Benji and Ila Woolet) is the author of The Hunter, The Bear, and The Seventh Sister, the first book from the world of Arcas series. Benji studied Music Composition leading to a bachelor's in Music. Ila studied English leading to a BS in Education. When they aren't working, writing, or chasing their three little girls around, they are active in their local community and church. The couple enjoys creating lyrical and literary arts, playing music together, and exploring nature. They are happily married and live in Indiana.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Review- Element Part 1

Title: Element Part 1
Author: CM Doporto
Genre: New Adult Romance/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
College freshman, Natalie Vega, offers to be a test patient for several vitamins and supplements created by Kronberg Laboratories, a large pharmaceutical company where she interns. Immediately her body starts going through physical changes but when she runs into her former high school crush, Ryan Garrett, she is unaware of the life altering affects he will have on her.

My Review
I won a paperback copy of this book in a swag pack from a facebook party.
This is not the first book I have read by Ms Doporto and I enjoyed the Eslites so I was interested to see how this one would go, and honestly I enjoyed this book and I read it very quickly as I found the flow to be great and I was very captivated by the very hot and steamy romance between Natalie and Ryan. So why the 4 stars you ask well I will tell you, This book would have been 5 stars if not for two things. First of all I felt a little cheated out of the paranormal aspect that I was sure would accompany this book and yes it showed up here and there and then in a big way later on but I wish there was more, which brings me to my second reason there was so much happening towards the end and I must confess I'm a little miffed I got left hanging like that,I waited so long and endured the build up only to be left hanging when things got really good, but if memory serves me right this is the authors forte and I will give her this I definitely want to come back for more, so well done there. 
Now the romance was great in this book and thank goodness for Natalie's Grandma and her sound advice, I was worried I would have to suffer through her flip-flop for a long time about Ryan, but she took a leap of faith and in my opinion she got a great reward, because let me tell you the hot sexy cowboy definitely had my vote and even more so as time wore on, he captured my heart over and over. Natalie was okay for me, I liked her but I feel like I need more and maybe it's my need for more information on her abilities but I hope I can find out more soon. I'm glad I got time for this and I enjoyed the fun fast paced read.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Review-Child Of Stone (Shardwell Series 3)

Title: Child of Stone (Shardwell Series book 3)
Authors: A. Gerry & C. Hall
Rating: 5/5

I was engineered for war.
As an elite soldier of the Blended Coalition, I go where they tell me. I don’t ask questions. The mission. That’s all there is.
But somethin’s changing’. Gods and magic? That skrit makes my head hurt. Things aren’t what I fraggin’ thought they were—or was told. 
Turns out the Coalition is rotten from the inside. Orders don’t make sense. I feel doubt in my gut. Now I’m stuck, tryin’ to decide what to do.
But somehow, I got the feelin’ that I ain't gonna get a choice anyway.

My Review
I received a paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was also sent book one and two and I instantly fell in love with this series and I was very very very excited to read this installment, and in true form the authors did not disappoint and I love love loved this book and it has become my absolute favorite of the series and also my favorite of the year (of which I include 2013 cause it is early 2014). I really can not express how perfect this book is, it had everything anyone could love in a book and then a little extra, just because that's how awesome these authors are both in imagination and writing style. If you have not read this series it should be a must read for all, and if anything you should at least read this one but the whole series is fantastic and well worth the read. *This may contain spoilers*
So when I first started this book I was a little confused I mean book 2 left off in a whole other land and now we are in space with sexy Lieutenant Lance Kyleren a GAEL VIC soldier with bonded living tech that makes him a super soldier, well thank goodness the confusion was short lived as I was quickly sucked into Kyleren's world and then rewarded with the return of Raeylan and Margariete, I was so glad to see them return and even more entertained by the beautiful execution of how each character interacted and had their fates entwined.
I love the idea of the struggle between peoples belief in science and uncertainty of magic, but unknown to many it may really be one in the same:
"Gene snorted. Margarite called it magic; he called it science. So was he proving that magic was a force of reality? Or was he merely reclassifying that power into a branch of science? The paradoxical nature of the argument made him cringe. Perhaps it didn't matter. His art was of discovery. to define truths that could be classified, organized and manipulated."
It was so fun to watch them struggle with what they were told and what they were witnessing, we could all use a little belief in magic.
I loved how detailed and imaginative this world was, the fantastic mix of mythology, Scientific advancement, and magic was very captivating and I am in such awe of how wonderfully this world was built and how perfectly the story was executed around it. From the bottom of my heart I hope there will be more to this series and soon because I am even more excited about the journey yet to come for LAMIE and her crew of misfits ready to take on Kirion and save the Shards.
As happy as I was to have the return of Reaylan and Margariete since they stole my heart in book one, I was so excited for the addition of Lance Kyleren, I mean yes Raeylan is cute in his brooding protective way, but I loved Kyleren's wit and his strong personality that was able to match that of Margariete, I really hope that she will finally let down her guard and let Kyleren in they need each other even of they don't know it yet. The supporting cast of characters was also great but how could I expect anything else :). I found a particular interest in LAMIE the adolescent ship that was more a part of the crew than some of the Aon squad. She had a very interesting personality and a loyalty that I never really expected.
The depth of the underlying plot of this story is so perfectly written that I am so happy to be along for the ride. The complexity of the shards, the fracture, and the fight to prevent Kirion from attending his God like status over all the shards it is so easy to fight for their success, I could not ask for any more out of this book or series except that is continue forever and ever, and after reading this book I have decided I will fins a way to fit in re reading this series because it is so worth another go round. I love this book I love this series and I hope with all my heart more people discover this series and it gets the credit it deserves.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Blog Tour Review- ARV-3 by Cameo Renae

Title: ARV-3
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA post-Apocalyptic/dystopian
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Rating: 5/5
June 6 1024: The beginning of the end. The Apocalypse.

A nuclear fallout wiped out every living thing on the planet, except for a few thousand of us who took shelter in underground bunkers across the globe. Now, after thirteen long years, we were finally able to return to the topside to begin to rebuild.

We thought we were alone. We were never more wrong.

Before the fallout, scientists had worked on creating an anti-radiation vaccine (ARV). The first two attempts failed, but despite the incomplete tests and results, the government approved and distributed the third serum to the masses in an effort to aid those who had no shelter.

It worked, keeping those who remained on the topside alive, but it also altered and mutated them. This new and infectious threat had completely outnumbered us. Now, we not only had to rebuild our planet. We would have to fight for it.

My name is Abigail Park. I’m seventeen, and this is my story.

My Review
 I received this book from the author for an honest review as part of a blog tour/blitz.
 This book was not at all what I expected and I mean that in the best possible way. I went into this book thinking I knew what would happen, but I had no idea what I was in for. This book was so full of excitement I has a hard time putting it down and I was very shocked when it was over, I was so invested and I was left hanging by the way, I just could not believe my journey in this world had come to an end, lets just say I needed a few minutes to recover.
 I really liked the bond and sense of family that the members of Abi's original hive had, and it was very interesting to see how after 13 years around the same group of people and shut off form the world adjusted to a much larger space and group of people. That also brings me to say that I am very suspicious of "the white city" and  hope that as a family Abi's hive will figure out what the heck is going on there. I was very blind sided by a certain political figure, I thought he was a good guy, but apparently I was very very wrong.
Cameo Renae created a very interesting post-Apocalyptic world and the idea behind the Arvies (which you need to read about to realise just hoe genius this is) was so cool and fresh in a world filled with zombie Apocalypse stories.
"They were akin to zombies, except the Arvies hadn't died. They still had a heartbeat, and blood flowing through their veins. They were still very much alive."
I am still thinking about them I feel bad, yet they are trying to extinguish the human race, I think that it is very sneaky and smart giving the reader a soft spot for the enemy. Not only did she create a great and terrible world she also created great and terrible characters, I was angry with some, some made me smile, and on more than one occasion I was made to cry. Abi was a great main character she was strong willed, loyal, and had great wit, but she did tick me off with her quick and awful decision with Finn, but thank goodness she came to her senses. Finn wow what do I say....can I please have one???, he was strong, brave, funny and if I'm correct by the image in my head he is insanely HOT!
There were so many other great characters on both the side of good and evil and even the unknown side. So read this book and discover them all.
After reading this book and loving the style I will for sure be making time to read the Hidden Wings series also written by Cameo Renae because I really love her style.

About The Author
My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I love reading great books that whisk me away from reality, even if for a little while :) Writing is my passion. I love creating new worlds and new characters, and taking wondrous adventures with them.
In my Dreams & Hidden Wings were both recently published through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.
One day I will find my magic wardrobe....and ride away on my magical unicorn...until then...I'll keep writing!:)

Twiter: @CameoRenae
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Blog Tour Review- Copied

Title: Copied
Author: S.M. Anderson
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Release Date: December 11
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Target Audience: 14 and up
Distributor: Ingram
Rating: 4.5/5

Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy,
BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips. When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuaded to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.

Copied will find a home in the hearts of readers who enjoyed Divergent and the
TV show Heroes. The novel contains enough action to engross male readers with a
romantic subplot that will captivate the fairer sex. Although Copied’’s main target
audience is teenagers the core of the story deals with ethical dilemmas that will trigger
a crossover appeal to more mature readers.

My Review
 I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour. 
When I first started this book I was not sure if I would like it or not, but with a crazy cool concept I was on board I was also pulled it with its informative nature and the deep thoughts this book made me have. The moral dilemma of cloning and genetic enhancement was definitely addressed in this book and I think it was done beautifully with the contrast of Xan and Beta, their differences were by no means physical or genetic but they were so different I had to remind myself they were both copies form the same DNA. I absolutely loved the moral dilemma and the depth of the story that had me in constant thought and I would have given it 5 stars, but something about the ending felt rushed and has me feeling left without true closure. But now I want to tell you the many reasons I enjoyed this book and why I think many others will too.
 Of course the issue of clones and "playing God" has been brought to every ones attention, but what I really liked about this book was it's complex simplicity, and yes that is an oxymoron so let me explain. There is obviously a lot of science and medical jargon involved in this idea and I have sometimes felt talked down to when reading books with such content, well not in this book the author found a way to speak to me on my level but still include the complexity of the explanation attached to cloning and genetic altering.
You would think having two characters with the same DNA would be repetitive, well you would be wrong. I think this book this book proved that a lot of who we are is based on our environment and the choices we make:
 "Brought up as he had been on the training compound, it was guaranteed that he would reach his potential. With parents, it was like throwing a pair of dice." (Beta)
I found myself attached to both Beta and Xan for different reasons and I also felt sorry for both of them for very different reasons, but the one thing they did have in common was how much I really wanted them to be able to find themselves and be happy with that person they find, I believe they both deserve that.
"His stomach twisted into knots as Xan staggered back toward the door. I am the monster" (Xan)
"Beta swallowed hard. He had never regretted hurting someone before." (Beta)
They both struggled so much with who they were and who they might be becoming, they had so much growth throughout this book I was glad for who they had become by the end and I hope they both will finally find freedom.
This book really had my wheels turning, and I really enjoyed the action, intelligence, and depth. I think lovers of Sci-fi, adventure, and mystery would enjoy this book and who doesn't enjoy those things so I suggest you read it ASAP.

Author Bio
S. M. Anderson (Sarah Anderson) was born in Lima, Peru. She has lived in seven different countries, on five continents, and speaks a smattering of languages. As a child and even young adult, writing and reading were
difficult for her, so difficult that she received extra help outside the classroom and was diagnosed with a learning disability. However, she always loved stories, especially ethnic folktales from the countries she lived in. It was the desire to create stories of her own that fueled her determination to overcome the challenges that came with writing. She has a BA in Art Education from BYU, with a minor in Russian, and a love of power tools. She has a growing family of three kids and currently lives in Springville, Utah.

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