Blog Tour Review And Giveaway | Sunkissed by Carys Jones

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Sunkissed by Carys Jones.

Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for sending me the eBook to read and share my thoughts.

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 15 January 2016

“Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn’s fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.

MY REVIEW

How far would you go to save the one you love? This was the question that entered my mind not long after I started Sunkissed. I also couldn’t help but notice the mysterious atmosphere, it felt dark without me being able to establish exactly why it felt that way.

Dawn and Thomas were a curious couple who became caught up in something sinister. I was particularly interested to see where it would lead them as they both seemed to have a very different view on the situation. I didn’t have to wait long to get my answer.

I loved it when the storyline jumped to the present day, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters had grown and changed over the years. What followed was my favourite part of the book, I guess because I could relate to the modern-day aspect more easily. During this time the author created a strong feeling of suspense with her words, I just knew something was about to happen. And happen it did!

It had quite a fast pace and as the story unfolded I found myself flying through the pages – I couldn’t put it down.

This was a mysterious, quick read that held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

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GIVEAWAY

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BLOG TOUR

Fri 15th: Lynsey James | Lil Novelist
Sat 16th: Ali – The Dragon Slayer | Book Review Café
Sun 17th: Book Lover Worm Blog | Lilac Diaries
Mon 18th: Me, My Books and I | This Chick Reads
Tues 19th: Bookabie, Gina Dickerson
Wed 20th: Shaz’s Book Boudoir | Aggies Books
Thurs 21st: Sky’s Book Corner
Fri 22nd: Amanda Oughton

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Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

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“Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma has no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.

Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer than she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They’d almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home?”

MY REVIEW

I bought this book ages ago after reading Wake (review here), I had been looking forward to getting stuck into the second instalment of The Watersong Series ever since but seeing as I had many MANY other reading commitments I just hadn’t managed to get round to it.

It began with the aftermath of what had happened at the end of the previous book, it briefly recapped the main events so that I was able to pick up the storyline easily.  As with the first book I have to say that it didn’t fully hold my attention for the first half of the book, I found it very easy to put it down at that point because it felt rather slow.  Towards the end it became much more exciting and held my interest completely so once again the book redeemed itself by the end.

One of my favourite moments was a road trip that involved Harper, Daniel and Alex – it was during this trip that I really felt like I got to know these characters on a deeper level.  Another part that was particularly enjoyable for me was the bond between Harper and Gemma, they were so connected as sisters and I have a feeling that there may be more to this than meets the eye.

The storyline had a dark edge to it with a lingering sense of danger but this was lightened by a hint of romance, firstly between Gemma and Alex and more exciting, for me, between Harper and Daniel. Theirs was a slow building relationship that continuously teased me with ‘will they, won’t they’ moments.

This was a dark read with some lovely characters, I look forward to finding out what happens next!

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The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

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The Star Catcher (The Star Child #3) by Stephanie Keyes

Paperback, 436 pages

Release Date: November 10th 2013 | Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

“Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.

Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?”

“One of the best endings in a trilogy I have seen in a while. Fans will not be disappointed!”-Jackie Jackson, The Book Maven

My Review

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I’m a big fan of this series and you can read my previous reviews here.

This final book picked up where book two, The Fallen Stars, left off.  Cali had been taken and Kellen was desperate to find her.  In no time at all I was pulled back into the magical storyline, once again filled with danger and romance.

Even after two books the characters were still developing right before my eyes as they learned more and more about themselves and their families.  For me the characters were all likeable, especially the strong supporting characters and even the bad guys seemed to spark something in me!  This meant that I had my fingers and toes crossed for a good outcome as I read through the many ups and downs they faced. Singer was a great addition to the already fantastic cast, I liked her personality and I loved what she brought to the storyline.

In the middle of all the danger was a moment of peace which indulged my romantic side, I really enjoyed this little break but was excited to get back to the action!  Something I had been looking forward to was their return to Faerie, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen there.

As always the writing style was beautifully descriptive and enabled me to visualise each scene easily and clearly.  I particularly enjoyed the detailed battle scenes that played out in my mind like a movie.

A fabulous epilogue ended this series in a satisfying way.  It’s always sad to say goodbye to characters who I have taken to my heart but I felt that the author rounded everything up perfectly so I finished with a smile on my face.

This was another imaginative read that captivated me throughout, a wonderful finale!

Read the books that started it all… Click on each of the covers below to learn more…

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The Trailer

Interested to learn more about The Star Catcher? Check out the cool trailer from the award-winning, Kristen Kress of BrainFry Productions!

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The Giveaway

So for this giveaway, we’re releasing several cool items. Let me tell you about them!

  • 1 The Star Child series E-book Pack (includes all three novels, plus the novelette, After Faerie)
  • 2 The Star Catcher e-book
  • 1 The Fallen Stars custom faerie bookmark
  • 1 The Star Child series swag pack (contains bookmarks, and more!)
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The Book Tour

The Star Catcher tour is running through November 29th, so check out some of the great sites that’ll be participating!

About the Author

I think my face is frozen. Yup, definitely frozen.
Stephanie Keyes, author of The Star Child series

Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy Ending.com.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and the soon to-be-released finale, The Star Catcher (November 2013), all from by Inkspell Publishing. Mrs. Keyes is hard at work on a new YA Paranormal Romance.

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Antigoddess – Kendare Blake

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“He was Apollo, the sun, and he’d burn down anything that tried to hurt her… Cassandra and Aidan are just your average high-school couple. Or so Cassandra believes. Blissfully unaware that she was once a powerful prophetess, Cassandra doesn’t even know that god exist…Until now.

Because the gods are dying – and Cassandra could hold the answer to their survival. But Aidan has a secret of his own. He is really Apollo, god of the sun, and he will do anything to protect the girl he loves from the danger that’s coming for her. Even if it means war against his immortal family…”

Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  It sounded like my kind of read because I’ve always enjoyed anything to do with Greek Mythology so I was really looking forward to getting started.  Unfortunately I struggled to become truly hooked during the first half of the book but the second half was fantastic and captured my attention completely!

When I first met Cassandra and Aidan it was clear there was something special about them and I wanted to know more, although I did have a pretty good idea as to who they were. To begin with their story ran alongside the tale of the Gods – I was intrigued by all the ailments of the Gods and Goddesses, feathers and stretching were just two of the horrible ways they were being tortured! Eventually the two stories intertwined and that is when it got really interesting for me.

I loved the idea of bringing the powerful Gods and Goddesses into the present day, I enjoyed finding out about their modern characters and imagining them living in today’s world (lets just say that I certainly wouldn’t want to meet some of them in a dark alley).  They brought a feeling of power to the storyline but also created a feeling of desperation, it was like I could feel them through the pages.

There were a few humorous moments that lightened the intense atmosphere, the excitement and tension grew massively towards the final pages leaving me wondering just how it was all going to end.  Then came a completely unexpected event that I just hadn’t seen coming, I hoped something would happen that would tell me it wasn’t true but the epilogue confirmed it and left me shocked!  I’m now hoping the next book in the trilogy (Aristeia due to be released in 2014) will bring more on this event.

This was an enjoyable read that would make a great movie, if you enjoy Mythology this is definitely one for you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

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Antigoddess is published by Orchard Books and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen – L.J. Smith

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“They will never be safe…

Now that the lethal properties of Elena’s blood have been discovered, Stefan has been risking it all to destroy the almighty Old Ones.

But when Elena is almost killed in a car accident – one that was very clearly not an accident at all – she realises that the most deadly Old One is determined to take her down. 

And he just might be powerful enough to do it…”

Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I have read and enjoyed all of the previous Vampire Diaries books (even when the ghostwriters took over) so I couldn’t wait to get started on this one.

This is a great series and I love everything about it – the vampires, the danger, the romance/love triangle etc.  In the last book I discovered that Elena was a Guardian and she also became connected/linked to Damon (thanks to the other Guardians), he then left because Elena chose Stefan!  But that isn’t the end of it…

This book picks up the story four years later and began with an email from Elena to Damon – she was warning him of an unknown danger that she felt was coming his way.  It was clear from the email that she missed him even though she was able to feel his emotions because of their newfound connection.  This connection between them was one of my favourite parts of the book because I loved seeing how each of them reacted to the others emotions.

A near fatal car accident involving Elena introduced Jack to the story and he intrigued me immensely, I came up with all sorts of ideas as to who he might be but it turned out that none of them were correct and the truth was even more exciting!

The characters have all grown so much throughout the series and they continued to do so in this book, I particularly enjoyed Bonnie’s witchy trip where she learned more about magic and how to use it.  There were all the usual elements of the story that I love so much (danger, fighting scenes, old vampires) with some added extras (strange new vampires, a couple of very unexpected deaths and a shocking twist at the end that I hadn’t seen coming).  I just couldn’t put the book down and ended up reading it in one day, I’m really looking forward to the next instalment!

This was another great read from this series, I was enclosed in a little Vampire Diaries bubble from start to finish.

Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen was published by Hodder Children’s Books on 2 May 2013 and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

The Fallen Stars – Stephanie Keyes – Blog Tour Including Giveaway

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The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

The Fallen Stars (The Star Child #2)

by Stephanie Keyes

“When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?”

Paperback, 530 pages| Expected publication: April 12th 2013 by Inkspell Publishing

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My Review

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me an e-copy of this book and Fiction Addiction Book Tours for allowing me to be part of this brilliant tour!

I really enjoyed The Star Child (you can read my review here) and as always I felt a little bit concerned that the second book might not live up to my expectations – clearly I shouldn’t have worried because somehow The Fallen Stars managed to exceed all my expectations, it was fantastic!

The prologue hinted at more trouble for Kellen and Calienta, I was excited to see where this would take them so I quickly moved on to the first chapter and it seemed that there was a wedding about to take place.  This was a lovely way to start the story but when it suddenly turned into a dangerous situation I knew that the adventure had begun!  In no time at all I fell back into the storyline aided by gentle reminders of what had happened previously.

This time the story was predominantly set in the real world with the young couple, and Kellen’s friend Gabe, on the run and afraid of what the future held.  With the second part of the prophecy hanging over their heads and magic weaving through their every move, they attempted to go into hiding.

There was lots of tension, firstly between Kellen and Gabe (something that intrigued me immensely) and also between Kellen and Calienta (but that was a different kind of tension altogether).  Their relationship was much more intense this time and so wonderfully written to be exciting yet complex – this author really knows how to write a good kissing scene so watch out for those!  The introduction of William complicated everything further and this was a twist that I particularly enjoyed.

Throughout the book the subject of trust was highlighted, Kellen and Calienta just didn’t know who to trust and I have to admit that I struggled with this too – I’m normally quite good at guessing who the bad guys are but I was stumped.

Towards the end I was pleased to discover lots of interesting new facts about Kellen, some of which were rather surprising.  It led nicely to the ending which totally left me wanting more and hints at an amazing adventure in the next book – I can’t wait!!

This was a compelling and imaginative read that reeled me in and wouldn’t let go.  Another hit for Stephanie Keyes 🙂

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steph17mAbout the Author

Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years. Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher. (Author photo courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photography)
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Die For Her – Amy Plum

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“Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives.

He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent.

Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.”

First of all I’d just like to mention the gorgeous cover and how the colours fit so perfectly with my blog :), I’d also like to say that I am so relieved to finally get the answers I have been waiting for because if you’ve read my reviews of Die For Me and Until I Die you’ll know just how intrigued I was about Jules’ feelings for Kate!

It was so easy for me to fall into the storyline, I loved going back to the beginning and reading it from a different viewpoint.  Reading about Jules’ true feelings and the clever (or not so clever depending on how you look at it) way he hid them was just what I had been waiting for.  I felt sad for him but there was a part of me that felt excited about the future – I’m pretty sure all will be revealed at some point and I can’t wait for it to happen!

I also learned more about Vincent’s obsession with Kate and the depth of his feelings for her, this was something that hadn’t been explored in quite so much detail in the previous books so I enjoyed that part too!

The storyline went slightly further than Until I Die and gave me a little bit more of an insight into what happened at the end – I still can’t quite believe what did happen though and this brought it all flooding back (arrgghhh I can’t wait for the final instalment in the trilogy!!).

This was a fantastic read that I finished in just a couple of hours, if you enjoyed the first two books you are going to LOVE this novella!

(Please excuse all the exclamation marks in this review – I confess that I was extremely excited about the book!! :))

Die For Her is available to buy now from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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