February 29, 2012

Iron Fey Book 4

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Ash's Quest!


Finding Grimalkin was more difficult then either Ash or Puck could have imagined, but that was just the beginning. Now they needed to locate someone far more elusive then that tricky cat, they needed to find the Seer. There were few who actually believed the Seer existed and fewer still who knew where to find her. But if they lived long enough to discover the Seer, would they still be willing to go on?

Ash had made a vow to Meghan before she banished him from her iron realm; he swore he would find a way to be with her again. An impossible task for anyone, but Ash would succeed or die trying. That is until a ghost from the past returns, changing all that has been. With this new revelation Ash must decide if going on with his doomed quest to be with Meghan is still really what he wants to do, or if he can find a way to live without her.

The Iron Knight is a journey to the end of the world in a quest for love to gain a soul. But even if a group of fey's make it as far as that, who's to say what suffering will be incurred for such high a prize. A mesmerizing and thrilling excursion awaits the reader of this, the best story in the series to date. If your reading this series this book will be a treat but if your not reading this series you should, just to read this book.
On sale: 01 November 2011
Price (AU): $19.99
ISBN: 9781921794919
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Quest
Re-read it: probably
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five
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February 26, 2012

The Violet Eden Chapters #3

THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS:
Emblaze
by Jessica Shirvington

Opening The Gates Of Hell Has Never Been So Personal!
 

With the scriptures in hand Violet has a terrible decision to make, hand over to Phoenix the instructions to opening the gates of Hell or risk the life of someone she cares for. But after the first failed attempt to hand over a dummy copy to Phoenix, Violet is not willing to risk anyone's life. So, with the scriptures now in Phoenix's possession Violet and her Grigori friends are now on their way to Greece to try to prevent the end of the world, but they don't go alone.

With her every move being watched by both sides, and her soul connection to Lincoln becoming increasingly more painful then pleasure the more they are together, the thought of taking out Phoenix was becoming ever more an option to her, despite what it would mean to her own life. But there is more then just her relationship with Lincoln and her connection with Phoenix to worry about, there is also the thought of what she will tell her father when, or if, she returns home.

Emblaze fires her soul, torturing Violet for denying it the one thing she wants so badly but will never have, Lincoln body and soul. But while she and Lincoln struggle with a true love that can never be, Phoenix struggles with a love that never really was. Rejected and scorn, Phoenix's revenge will be enacted on the world through the resurrection of Lilith. But if Lilith is returning she is not doing so alone. An unashamedly romantic story that is hard to resist.
On sale: 01 October 2011
Price (AU): $24.99
ISBN: 9780734411860
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Hell
Re-read it: probably
Recommend: to those reading the series
Star rating: three out of five
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February 23, 2012

The Birthmarked Trilogy #2

THE BIRTHMARKED TRILOGY:
Prized
by Caragh O'Brien

Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire!


After leaving behind everything she knows and everyone she cares for Gaia braves the wasteland with her baby sister in search of the Dead Forest. Thought only a fairytale by most Gaia knew it was real, it had to be, she was staking her life, and that of her sisters, that it existed. Her hope was to find a place she and her sister might live in peace. But when the fairytale becomes a nightmare, Gaia finds it harder and harder to hold on to what she believes in, and harder and harder to hold onto who she is.

From the moment she stepped foot into Sylum her sister was taken from her. She was then offered a choice, leave now alone before it was too late, or stay knowing that if she tried to leave in the future she would die. It was no choice for Gaia, while her sister remained so too would she. But while this backwards society could seem at times to be most cruel and strange, there were also times where she was compelled to admit that her only choice of survival was to submit to the will of others at the price of her true self.

Prized is a raw and intelligent look at a society on the brink of extinction, with no way out and no way to go on. It is a story that is both harsh and complex in its characters as well as their relationships, where even amongst psychological torture and social injustice love can still blossom. When rules are broken and an outsider takes a stand to defend another, change will be instilled, whether it is wanted or not. A brilliant continuation of a story that highly imaginative and very unforgettable, with the anticipated conclusion still to come.
On sale: 01 November 2011
Price (AU): $16.99
ISBN: 9780857074959
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Dead Forest
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five
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February 20, 2012

The Birthmarked Trilogy #1.5

THE BIRTHMARKED TRILOGY:
Tortured by Caragh O'Brien

It Was The Only Thing Left To Do!


It was a choice he had happily made, his life for hers, his freedom for hers. But now she was out there somewhere, battling the wastelands with precious few supplies and a baby to care for. The chances for survival were slim, but his own survival was not so great either. Punished and tortured for his part in Gaia's escape with the records, he was in no position, or fit state, to go after her. But when given the opportunity there was no way he would let it slip through his fingers. He had cared more for her then he realized and he could only hope that he would find her and when he did that she might care for him in return.

Tortured may only be as long as a chapter but the story contained within answers the questions of what happened to those left behind after Gaia left the Enclave, Wharfton, her friends and Leon behind. Having ensured Gaia's escape, watching her leave with her sister, Leon is now, finally, after so much torture free to follow her, that is if she has survived the harshness of the wilderness. As a stepping stone from Birthmarked to Prized it does well to tie up the lose ends. Written from Leon's point of view if offers fresh perspective on what has transpired and what may yet occur. A must read for those reading this series.
 
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On sale: 01 December 2011
Price (AU): Free
ISBN: 9781466805774
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Leon
Re-read it: to those reading the series
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five
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February 19, 2012

The Rosie Black Chronicles #1

THE ROSIE BLACK CHRONICLES:
Genesis
by Lara Morgan

There Are Always Consequences To Our Actions!


'Five Hundred Years Into The Future' and the world has changed. Society is segmented into the 'Centrals', those living with all the conveniences money can buy, the 'Bankers', those living on the banks of the river and barely getting by, and the 'Ferals', those who live wild with nothing but there wits to sustain them. Though different in many ways they all have one thing in common, anyone of them is susceptible to the deadly MalX, get bitten from the wrong mosquito and there is no cure only death.

Living on the banks, Rosie knows all to well the dangers of MalX.She watched her mother die from the disease, the mutated strain that Mother Nature threw down upon the world. That was why she was always careful in her expeditions to the old city, the dangers not being enough to keep her away from her explorations, besides the items she found she sold and they desperately needed the money. But when she found the box, the dark blue metal box with its distinct and somehow familiar icon stamped onto the lid, she knew what she had found was special, what she didn't know was just how many lives were going to be lost because of what she uncovers inside.

Pip wasn't always a feral, all but homeless with only his wits and a fear of the deadly MalX to drive him. He may be nothing but a feral now but was smart and he had a plan for the future, besides being a feral had its advantages too. He was all but invisible to the world and could therefore go places, find out things that others could not, and others were willing to pay for skills like that, others that were restricted by there place in society. Pip got by on the jobs his bosses gave him, but when asked to go after a girl and a box, he had no idea just how life changing that task would be, and not just for him.

Genesis takes you on a journey from the banks of Newperth through the blackness of space all the way to the Genesis colony on Mars. Having triggered a chain of events that will spark an explosive revelation, Rosie and Pip are drawn deep into a mystery that leaves death in its wake. Through the many layers of deceit and deadly encounters they will uncover a truth but at a great cost. For Rosie it was only ever about saving her family, for Pip is was about loyalty to the only family he had left, but when both are betrayed and hundreds of innocent lives become at risk it becomes about surviving long enough to expose the truth.
On sale: 01 October 2010
Price (US): $24.95
ISBN: 9781921529399
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Genesis Project
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five
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February 16, 2012

Aurora Teagarden Omnibus 1

AURORA TEAGARDEN:
The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1 
by Charlaine Harris

One Real Murder Can Change Your Life!


Real Murders.
The real murderers met once a month to discuss real murders. It's a group made up of people with an interest in murders from the past. It's a place to discuss, investigate and ponder the motives and means behind true crimes. But things begin to take a turn for the worst when Aurora, or Roe as she is known, discovers the victim of a very new real murder and comes to realizes that one of their own really is a real murderer. If she can survive this encounter she may have another situation on her hands with not one but two potential love interests.

A Bone To Pick.
Getting over a broken heart is never easy, especially when having to attend the wedding of the one who broke it. But Roe has other matters to attend too such as dealing with three weddings, a funeral, a break-in, a birth and a very unwanted mystery involving a murder and a headless corpse. The one good thing in Roe's life, a newly gained inheritance that should have been cause for celebration, was beginning to be more trouble then it was worth, and considering the sum of that inheritance that was really saying something.

Three Bedrooms One Corpse.
After giving up her job as a librarian, Roe decides to try her hand as a real estate salesperson; after all it was a business she was expected to inherit from her mother, so she may as well give it a go while she had the time. However after her first experience Roe just knew it wasn't for her. It had nothing to do with strikingly handsome man she was dangerously attracted to, nor had it anything to do with the dead body they discovered within the house. The job just wasn't for her. But in the middle of house hunting, falling in love and fighting for her life she may just manage to solve a murder or two.

The Julius House.
The Julius house was an old mystery, six years old in fact. In one day the Julius family had disappeared from that house, no warning, no clues and no reason behind the disappearance. Now the house was Roe's as was the mystery. Just how had one family disappeared into thin air? It is a mystery she cannot resist, unfortunately there is another mystery Roe must solve, one much more frightening and extremely more important to her personally, that of her fianc├ęs past. But while solving one mystery may be a matter of pure curiosity, the answers from the second mystery will change her life.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 1 is an intriguing collection of the first four books in this murder mystery series. Aurora, or Roe as she is known, is a shy librarian, a failed real estate salesperson, an extremely curious woman and an intelligent but stubborn lady. With a little too much time on her hands and an interest in real murders, all this equates to a woman who will and has found herself in more then one dangerous and troubling situation. Despite her drawbacks, following Roe through a series of mysterious murders has been as fun and entertaining as it has been thrilling and clever.
On sale: 01 December 2010
Price (AU): $35.00
ISBN: 9780575096479
Recommended age: 18+
In a word: Aurora / Murder
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five
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February 6, 2012

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know
by Kay West
with John Bridges & Bryan Curtis

'Good Manners Never Go Out Of Style'


While most of what's in this book may seem to most to be nothing more then simple common sense and polite manners, sadly in today's impersonal society these most basic of skills and knowledge are becoming lost. The simple thing like 'please' and 'thank you' never go out of style, and no matter what anyone said, it is never cool to be rude.

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know is a guide book that reminds us all that the simple acts of kindness and courteous manners are worth more then money can buy. This is the kind of book that belongs in every home, teaching young ladies social skills that they can't learn in schools, and may not be learning at home, skills that are simple, practical and will serve them their whole lives.
On sale: 01 November 2011
Price (US): $16.99
ISBN: 9781401600648
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Etiquette
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: five out of five
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February 3, 2012

The Brookehaven Vampires Book 2

THE BROOKEHAVEN VAMPIRES:
Darkness
by Joann I. Martin Sowles

Desire In Darkness!

After surviving the most frighting and dangerous night of her life she now finds herself housebound in a home that is not her own with vampires and not all of them are friendly. If she thought his family were a problem before she had never tried to live them. But hers is not the only life in danger.

As death and destruction rain down around her she is realizing more and more just how little she knows about the boy she has fallen for and his deadly world she is now a part of. But more and more she is realizing she doesn't care, she loves him and is ready to be with him. Forever.

Darkness overshadows her world as the deeper she falls for her vampire the more she wants him. Although there is grief, betrayal and a drunken night of stupidity there is also lust and desire as this star crossed couple can't seem to keep their hands of each other. If you are a fan of Laney, then Darkness is for you.
On sale: 01 December 2011
Price (US): $15.99
ISBN: 9780984486748
Recommended age: 16+
In a word: Darkness
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: to those reading the series
Star rating: three out of five
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