2012 was not my best year reading wise as you can see below however I did still manage to complete the Aussie reading challenges which only goes to show there are some great Aussie authors out there. Looking forward to more books next year...
She Has Never Been In More Trouble, Nor Looked More Stylish!
has only been in Manhattan for only a few months but already she has
faced sanguine, zombies, ghosts and a goddess. Now she is looking
forward to doing something normal, she has a date, albeit with a ghost.
Once a month with the full moon the ghost of Civil War soldier
Lieutenant Luke Thomas becomes human, well as human as you can get after
being dead for over a hundred years.
Pandora had been
looking forward to this night all month; it was going to be perfect. But
Pandora soon learns that nothing ever turns out as planned when her
date is spoilt as event after event leads to an attack of a green eyed
monster. Abandoned, attacked and alone, Pandora is finding life ever
more dangerous and her love life ever more complicated.
one strange date would lead Pandora to meet her destiny. As many truths
about her new home and her own powers are brought to light, Pandora must
stand alone to fight an army of the dead that threats to ruin a
perfectly pleasant, if not a little awkward, date, brings immanent
danger to her Great-Aunt Celia, and overruns Manhattan, not to mention
Spektor, with their rotting corpses.
The Skeleton Key opens
the door to hell and brings with it all manner of trouble for our
inquisitive yet naive heroine. It is not so easy to save the world when
you are still unsure of your own powers. However Pandora faces her
greatest challenge yet with courage, intuition and a stylish wardrobe. A
gothic love triangle that is fun, fearful, fashionable and full of tea.
is no ordinary princess. Infected as a baby she has spent her life
resisting who she was, partly because she had no idea what she was, but
now she knows the truth and has accepted she is different. But that
doesn't mean she is happy about it, nor will it stop her from killing
everyone of her kind, all but Rodden that is. He is the only other
person in the world like her, the only person who understands her;
however she still does not understand him.
a princess Zeraphina has curtain responsibilities and expectations she
must live up to, such as marrying a prince as her mother constantly
reminds her. But as a harming she is dangerous. More then just her need
to consume blood and her slaying of the Lharmell leader, Zeraphina is
determined to see an end to this despicable race and to save as many
innocents from facing a fate such as hers, or worse. However the only
way to fight this enemy is to runaway.
the rest of the world believes that a princess has runaway to be with
her lover, there are a few who know or even believe the truth. That she
has left on a mission of great importance that will culminate in the
death of many, whether that be innocent lives or that of the enemy that
is yet to be determined. The only thing she knows for sure is that this
is her fight and even if it means her own death she must see it through
to its end. On a life and death mission someone is not going to survive.
Blood Storm rains
trouble from all sides as a Princess is caught up in courtly politics
while a girl in love struggles to maintain her feeling in a dangerous
mission that takes her across land, sea and sky with the man she loves,
if only he felt the same for her. An exciting and eventful adventure
that delves deeper into this strange world and its unique inhabitants. A
story of love, blood and death that answers many questions but still
leaves you wanting more.
is fast learning there is more to life then fashion; there are blood
sucking models, a handsome dead ghost and now spiders. Lots and lots of
spiders. Surviving the undead, inhuman and otherwise otherworldly was
turning out to be hell, but surviving the New York fashion scene was not
all that much better.
There is a mystery brewing as the number
of fashion designers who are disappearing increases, however despite
their popularity no one in the fashion industry seems to think much of
this. Pandora, although curious, is unwittingly drawn into this mystery
by forces beyond her control and she soon discovers just how deadly
fashion can be.
Pride and envy are the biggest flaws in
the fashion world and as Pandora finds out, in goddesses. But Pandora's
troubles are only just beginning as she faces her nemesis Athanasia,
battles millions of creepy spiders and discovers that there are more
beings of darkness and death just waiting for their chance to battle the
Seventh and step into the light of day.
The Spider Goddess
brings Pandora face to face with mythological beings, artefacts from
the past and the magic of the moon. As Pandora discovers more about her
family history and her own future, more questions are raised as to what
her destiny involves and her ability to do what must be done. This
gothic tale is a web of mystery wrapped in an increasingly romantic and
Silo, a hundred and forty levels where people work, shop, play and
live. It is home to hundreds and the only world they have ever known and
all of it is underground. There is nothing else, no one else, just the
death of outside and the knowledge that they are alone. They are the
last people in the world.
It is forbidden to speak of the
outside world, forbidden to question the laws of the Silo and those who
do are punished, sentenced to eviction from the Silo and shown a
horrifying truth, a beautiful lie. Strapped into suits, pockets filled
with scrubbing brushes, they are cast out of the safety of the Silo and
sent forth into a poisonous world. No one who has been cast out has
failed to clean the sensors of the silo, gifting its residents a clearer
view of the outside world. No one has failed to die moments later, only
meters away from a freshly scrubbed view.
No one has ever
voluntarily asked to become a cleaner, to willingly accept the death
sentence that accompanies the opportunity to venture outside the Silo,
at least that anyone can remember. Then in three years two people had
asked, insisted, to be let outside. Despite choosing to leave, they too
clean as the others had, and die as the others had. But what drew them
to this decision will start a chain of events that will lead to the
impossible, a person cast out who refuses to clean and instead of dying
just walks away, disappearing from view.
one sent out to clean has ever made it beyond the horizon, no one ever
should. The repercussions for the Silo are disastrous and the only
outcome is war. The people have been lied to long enough, they want the
truth, they want a different sort of leadership, a new and better world.
But those in power are better prepared, know what is coming and death
is the only justice they believe in. While outside, beyond the horizon
one person is learning just how deep the lies run, just how dangerous
the world can be.
Wool is the story of the future, of
people not set adrift on an ark but kept in the dark and buried deep
within the earth. The hope for a brighter future being lost amongst the
dirt and layers of lies, as the years pass over generations with no
sunlight, no warmth and no illumination. As humanity strives for truth,
for light, they find they are chocking within the confines of the earth,
longing for colour, life and wide open spaces. A story that speaks to
the nature of humanity, drawing you into an unimaginably frightening
world that seems all to real, a future that is all too possible. A
riveting story that should not be missed.
Blog Tour - Dance Of Shadows Margaret Alder's Diary Entry Guest Post by Yelena Black
Where is Margaret Alder?
too long ago, Vanessa was informed that her sister Margaret had run
away from the New York Ballet Academy. The school said Margaret left
NYBA because of all the pressure, but Vanessa knows that her sister
wouldn't give up on her dreams like that.
After driving down to
New York City to look for her, her parents found pages of Margaret's
diary in her dorm room. Vanessa is convinced that if she can find more
of these entries she will discover something about her sister's
day, another creepy exchange with Anna and Chloe. They pointedly were
doing their warm-up stretches right behind me, talking loudly. (They are
about as subtle as bricks, these two.)
Anna: You know, I’d really love to have some light reading.
Chloe: You mean like a novel?
Anna: Maybe. Or, you know, a, like, reality book.
Chloe: Oh, you mean like a journal!
Right. Like a diary! The one I’m thinking of would be covered in, like,
orangey leather, and have a tiny little locked clasp.
Chloe: Locks like those, you just look at them funny and they pop open.
Anna: Or you drop them on the ground, and oops! The clasp broke!
Chloe: You may as well post your innermost thoughts on a blog.
Anna: Or Facebook.
Chloe: Because really? There’s no such thing as privacy.
There’s only one way they could know about you, Diary. I am going to kill Maddy.
She's Just A Writer Who Sees Things As They Truly Are!
year old Pandora has big dreams, dreams that involve getting away from
her stuffy small town and moving to New York, and luckily for her that's
just what she is doing. Stepping of the plane, being met by a
chauffeured driver, having an interview with her dream job lined up for
the morning, Pandora couldn't be happier.
But then she discovers
her new home to be a strange old building in a suburb that no one seems
to know exists, she is awoken in the night by a spectre who is as
surprised to be seen as Pandora is to see him, and her interview for Mia
magazine that was to be her big break into fashion journalism turns out
to be a disaster.
Despite the setbacks Pandora manages to
find a job with another fashion magazine. She also exposes an age old
secret to youthful beauty and in doing so manages to make some powerful
enemies, inhumanly powerful enemies who have been a long time dead.
Vampire is such a nasty term for these beings, but then some of these
beings are particularly nasty.
The Blood Countess
introduces Pandora to the world of fashion, journalism and the undead.
The sanguine (vampires) are making a profit from the lives of the
innocent and taking over the New York fashion scene. Pandora, like her
name sake, is a girl with hidden gifts, gifts that she is only now
starting to understand. A somewhat naive but very likeable female leads
in this fun new gothic series.
child Zeraphina had suffered a grave illness, an illness that caused
changes in her. However there was no illness she knew off that could
change your very features; turn hair red gold to deepest black and eyes
green to icy blue. There were also the changes people couldn't see, the
ones she was careful to keep hidden, the blood lust and the voices only
she could hear that travelled in song on the wind and called to her.
She was being called north, for what purpose she didn't know but she
knew one thing, to unravel the mystery behind who or what she was she
would have to follow the voices on the wind. There was only one problem,
what reason would a princess have to leave her home to travel. And then
the news came, her older sisters was to marry a prince from the north,
and with that came her excuse to travel and her chance to find answers.
arriving in the kingdom of Pergamia, Zeraphina finds more questions
then answers. Who are the Lharmell's who occupy the mysterious country
to the north? Why are they so feared that it is even forbidden to speak
of them? What possible link is there between these foul creatures to
herself? And who is the strange and hostile boy who seems to know more
about what she is then she does?
Blood Song calls a
princess far across the land, to a distant and feared kingdom, to a
place that is home despite her never having set foot in there. A kingdom
filled with fearful subjects, the skies filled with unknown creatures,
and a boy as strange as he is dangerous who holds the answers she is
searching for. An interestingly new tale of blood drinking beings and an
unusual girl who is determined to discover the truth.