Saturday, 28 April 2012

the witching pen novellas reviews plus giveaway

Whats it about?

 It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart... 

My Review

 WOW AMAZING BOOK. i read this book in one sitting.
the writing style and the way i connected with the characters had me hooked from page one. i loved the way the author keeps you guessing as to what each character is, and i must say my mind was blown away by karl. definitly a adult book as it has swearing and some lovely sex scenes in it lol. but i loved this book and am definitly going straight into the others i have in the series :)
cannot wait to read more books from dianna hardy :)

Whats it about?
Seven days ago, Elizabeth May tried to commit suicide. She was found by Paul, her husband, who took her under his wing and back to their home. But the attempted suicide is not Elizabeth's main problem -- Elizabeth can't remember who she is, or a single thing about her life beyond the past week.

Plagued by nightmares about a familiar black panther, and a terrifying snow leopard, she is convinced that the dreams are trying to show her something important, and is determined to regain her memories, one way or another.

Meanwhile, Pueblo -- the demon blood-bonded to the witch, Amy -- is going insane trying to find her. Amy disappeared one week ago, and it seems not even their bond is strong enough to penetrate whatever magic hides her.

As Pueblo enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to piece together parts of her forgotten life. But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.

My review
 who knew that when i first opened up the witching pen this morning on my ereader that i wouldnt be able to put it down until i had read all 3 ebooks that i had gotten for review.
this series is simply amazing. i love all the characters and their stories. it has some pretty steamy sex scenes in them too :) cannot wait until the 3rd book comes out. and i know il definitly be buying the ominbus when it comes out in paperback. this one is a keeper. and i cant wait to read more books by this author in the future :)

About the Author
   Dianna Hardy is a UK-based, multi-genre author of paranormal things, dark things, poetic things, sexy things, taboo things, and sometimes funny things. She writes about witches, demons and angels.

She's a scorpio, a hermit, she loves nature, animals, walking barefoot, the woods after rain, and summer days.

If you have to put her in the genre box, she writes about what you may consider to be "the paranormal", including paranormal romance, urban fantasy, gothic poetry and occult books.

Where to buy? 

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Now onto the giveaway :)

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 Giveaway details:

1 x eBook copy of The Witching Pen to get you started on the series. International giveaway. Reader can choose preferred format.

good luck and i hope you enjoy the book as much as i did :)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Rebirth of the chosen by Robert S Sadler review

Rebirth of the chosen by Robert S Sadler
I’m finding it really hard to write my review for this book I really hope I can find words to show how much I really loved this book. The book goes into great details which helped the flow of the book. The characters were brilliantly put together and Q was such a simple amazing main Character that I could not help but love him and hope for the best the whole way though. 

While I really did love the book as a whole as a reviewer you normally find that there is something that stands out most for you and for me it was the storyline as a whole. It was not rushed but was greatly action packed and while there was romance it was not over done. I found that I was excited about the way the whole story played out and found myself holding my breath to know what was going to happen next. The characters worked so well together and seems to click into place like puzzle bits and there was such great detail in the action parts that I felt like part of the book and was standing watching the whole thing. I was speechless by the time I finished the book unable to form words about what I had just read and as a book reviewer I take that as a good sign that the book blow me away. 

Another thing they say when evil rises up it’s the people that stand up before that evil without having to that are the real hero’s and I found that Q really covered the whole hero rising. He was something really spectacular and while there were other characters I loved it was him that really shined the brightest. 

The book as a whole was out of this world amazing I will give it 5 stars hands down I would give it more if Goodreads had more stars to give. This book is not for younger readers but for those of you who are looking for an amazing book full of action, dark creatures and a blow your mind storyline you need to read this.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Kim White – Author Guest Post

Best books want's to welcome Kim White to the blog and say a massive thank you for this wonderful guest post.

“Girl Power: Reimagining Persephone”

Thank you, Annemarie, for inviting me to do a guest post for Best Books. I’m excited to be here and appreciate the opportunity.

You asked me to write about how this book came to be. One of the main sources of inspiration for this series was the Greek myth of Persephone. The myth is about a teenage girl who is kidnapped by, and forced to wed, Hades (god of the Underworld). When her mother, Demeter (goddess of agriculture), discovers that her daughter has been abducted, she withholds her gifts and everything withers and dies. This forces the gods to make a deal with her. They agree to let Persephone live above ground with Demeter for part of the year and with Hades the other part.

I’ve always been fascinated and bothered by this story. I don’t like the fact that Persephone is powerless and is not given a say in her own fate. It also gives short shrift to the amazing energy and power young women have. There is more to Persephone than the way she looks, but the myth doesn’t tell you that.

It was exciting for me to realize that if I didn’t agree with the myth I could rewrite it! In my retelling, it’s Persephone (Cora) who has the power to make things grow and she brings it to the underworld, which will cause all kinds of trouble for the bad guys. In the Imperfect Darkness series Hades (who we know as “the voice”) has something to do with Cora’s arrival in the underworld, but their attraction is mutual and he never forces her to do anything. When they finally meet, in book three, Cora is pursuing him (rather than the other way around).

A lot of authors are reimagining fairy tales and myths. And the female characters are refreshingly strong, brave, powerful, smart, resourceful women who are making an impact, and shaping their futures. The girls who were locked away in towers are smashing down the walls and rescuing themselves (and maybe a prince along the way). I’m excited to be one of those authors and hope readers enjoy what I’ve done with Persephone.

p.s. I reference a LOT of other myths and stories in this series, so you’ll see glimmers of other heroines, heros, and monsters. I had a lot of fun riffing on my favorite stories and creating an entirely new world for the reader to explore. 

The White OakThe White Oak by Kim White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book started in a fast paced and drama filled way. Cora is sucked into a sinkhole at her father’s grave within seconds Cora her brother and grandmother are sucked into the blackness of the ground. Cora soon is on the rollercoaster ride of her life after being spite out into a river below the sinkhole that is really the entrance to the underworld. A place filled with danger and death Cora is faced with having to work out what’s going on and will she be able to get out alive before it’s too late.

This book was action packed from the very begging you get the basic story line for the character then zoom your right into an epic story that was not only fun and exciting but nonstop danger and fear. I loved Cora and her brother they made such great characters to read about and the people they meet along the way could only be described as brilliant.

The story was at times dark but the detail and love that went into the book shined through the whole time I could almost see the underworld like I was there myself. Where the book was based in the underworld you would think that much death would bring the book down but in truth I felt that the author wrote the book as death is not the end just a new begging to a story that’s ongoing simply wonderful.

I have no faults with this book and for me it was everything I needed in a book a great start to a new and imaginative series.

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The power of six by Pittacus Lore review

Description from back cover. 
I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us. 
Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together? They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed. I am Number Seven. One of six still alive. And I'm ready to fight. 

After reading book one and absolutely loving it I thought there was no way book two could be any better and boy was I wrong! 
The author introduces a few more characters into this expanding story. I loved that the book followed from the last and did not just go straight to another character like some series do. I enjoyed the way the book moved from one set of characters to the other which in my view kept things fresh and flowing. 

You really learn the extent of the Mogadorian’s reach on earth and how the odds are really against the remaining Lorien race. I felt that I had a lot of questions answered yet i still had more I need to be answered which kept me glued to the book. 

There was a lot of great interaction between characters and the drama and emotion building throughout the book. The more the characters bloom in the book the more danger you feel looming from all sides and it left with this feeling of anticipation for what was to come. 

I can happily say this has to be one of my favorite series i have read so far and i can’t wait to see what the author writes next. This series has so far only gone from strength to strength which give me good feelings about the rest of the series. 

5 stars

Also to celebrate publication of The Power of Six paperback on 12th April, we have created the fantastic THE POWER OF SIX QUEST!

Hosted via a Facebook app, The Power of Six Quest is a gameshow that draws on your knowledge of the books to help the Loriens fight against the Mogadorians and track down one of the characters in the book, Seven. The gameshow is hosted by Daniel Anthony, star of the hit BBC show The Sarah Jayne Adventures.

It’s fun, fast, frantic and points are awarded according to how quickly you answer and how accurate you are. Additional points can be won by recommending friends. And as ever… points mean PRIZES! Up for grabs are… a holiday to Spain for seven nights, an ipad, a kindle, special release hardbacks of Power of Six, advance special release hardbacks of Rise of Nine (published August) and DVDs of the film I am Number Four.

Click HERE to enter the quest…

Also check out the Rise of nine trailer 

I am number four by Pittacus Lore review

This book has one amazing storyline and here a quick sum up of it. Book Decripson from back cover.
In the beginning we were nine. We left when we were very young, almost too young to remember. Almost. And now...Three are gone. We are here to keep our race alive, Which was almost entirely obliterated. We’re just trying to survive. Six are left. But we are hunted, and the hunters won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. They caught number one in Malaysia. Number two in England. And number three in Kenya. I am number four. I know i am next.
The first thing that grabbed me was how fast this book went headlong into the action pack storyline that had me as a reader super excited. Number four was a fantastic lead character you easily felt for him and the fact his life has been full of fear and upheaval. He always struggles to be unnoticed and fit in with the fact his much more than some simple human and the author lets you see and understand what his life is like and I completely loved that. I loved the element of survival and what lengths they have to go to to keep ahead of the race that are going to kill all the Lorien’s on earth.
There was lots of great information about both Lorien’s people and the mogadorians which helped you completely understand the war and how this book followed from that and why you found yourself cursing the mogadorian people.
The book unfolds and builds up in a way that held you're interested as well as keeping you on the edge of your seat. The whole book blows me away but the ending of this book was simply phenomenal!
I will happily give this book 5 stars and would recommend to others and reread the book myself. 

Also to celebrate publication of The Power of Six paperback on 12th April, we have created the fantastic THE POWER OF SIX QUEST!

Hosted via a Facebook app, The Power of Six Quest is a gameshow that draws on your knowledge of the books to help the Loriens fight against the Mogadorians and track down one of the characters in the book, Seven. The gameshow is hosted by Daniel Anthony, star of the hit BBC show The Sarah Jayne Adventures.

It’s fun, fast, frantic and points are awarded according to how quickly you answer and how accurate you are. Additional points can be won by recommending friends. And as ever… points mean PRIZES! Up for grabs are… a holiday to Spain for seven nights, an ipad, a kindle, special release hardbacks of Power of Six, advance special release hardbacks of Rise of Nine (published August) and DVDs of the film I am Number Four.

Click HERE to enter the quest…

Also check out the Rise of nine trailer 

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