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Book Review – Viral Nation

Published 30/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Viral Nation

Author: Shaunta Grimes

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Intrigue

Release Date: 2nd July 2013

Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.

When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined… and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.

Hmm…

Well lets start with the cover. It’s amazing; really eye-catching and appropriate to the story. If I’m honest, it’s what drew me to the book in the first place.

Then the plotline: It sounded very interesting, which is the second thing I go for in a book, first the cover then the synopsis. I didn’t realise at the time that it sounds a bit like Acid by Emma Pass, another book I’ve reviewed recently, though it was minus the time-travelling and the autistic girl.

Speaking of, this is the first book I’ve ever read where the character has had “special needs”, though I’m not a fan of that phrase. Clover has autism and struggles with a few things, like crowded places and people arguing.

I’ve never really known anyone who has had autism so it was interesting reading it from the characters perspective and how she has to escape almost into herself to overcome these “issues” and how her dog helped her by applying a gentle pressure to her to anchor her in the here and now.

Up to about the 20% mark I was really liking the story and then it got a little boring and then at about the 35% mark it got interesting again. If a longer book cant keep my interest, I wont carry on reading and luckily for this one, it got good just as i was getting bored. That sounds harsh, but this is an honest review. Anyway, after that point I was really intrigued and almost couldn’t put it down.

I enjoyed it and trying to work out the mystery that was unfolding before me with every page.

If you like young adult dystopian books then you will most definitely like this one.

Next review(s): Bound by Night or Trace Elements or Charming

More ARC’s

Published 27/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

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So these four books are the only ARC’s I have left to read. Hopefully I’ll read them in the order above but with me, you never know. Trace Elements was only downloaded today, while I’ve had Charming and Viral Nation a while. Bound by Night is about a week old in my to-be-read list. Just thought I’d update you on the reviewing aspect of the blog.

For those interested in Wolf Claimed the current word count is: 9506   😀

Book Review – Dangerous

Published 27/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Dangerous

Author: Jax

Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Release Date: 5th September 2013

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A body that won’t quit
Clothes that are barely there
Eyes that openly invite him to take what he wants

Devon Candler is nothing like the helpless, vulnerable woman Liam expected when he agreed to provide security for her secluded Catskill Mountain estate. Yet her life is at risk. Her enemies monsters. Her secrets devastating.

Liam Nash is a trained killer who takes no prisoners, fears no man. But to him this woman is seductively, devastatingly. . .

Dangerous.

Something caught me early on with this. It was probably Liam’s “I-know-I’m-good-and-don’t-need-to-prove-it” mentality. The way nothing phased him until he met Devon Candler and everything went right out the window.

Devon could literally be the definition of sex and though she wants Liam she tries to resist him. You cant help but like her, really, with her tough chick attitude. She could certainly look after herself and designed some bad-ass weapons.

That being said, I have to admit I got a little bored in places. It might have been all the description, which I’m not that big a fan of, or the really long paragraphs (also not a fan of) and kept putting it down the more we got into the story, just wanting the plot to hurry up and play out. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good book and I’m glad I read it but there wasn’t any introduction to the new world we were in, that’s my only problem with it apart from the above-mentioned things but they relate to me personally.

It was certainly something a little different to what I normally read and I honestly did enjoy it.

If you like something futuristic with paranormal vibes then this is probably right up your street. Add a splash of romance and you’re all set for an intense journey.

Next review(s): Bound by Night or Charming

Book Review – Along Came a Spider

Published 26/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

 

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Name: Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales, #3)

Author: Kate SeRine

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Mystery

Release Date: 1st August 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Along came a spider…

When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away…

So, as you may have gathered, this series is based on the fairytales, nursery rhymes and other well known tales we were told as children or later read as adults. Trish Muffet being the girl from “Little Miss Muffet” and Nicky Blue from “Little Boy Blue”.

The main thing I liked about this story was how the characters were rarely how they were portrayed in their particular rhyme or story, for example, Olivia “Snow” White running an adult business; who’d have thought?? Haha 😛

It’s brilliant and contains almost all of our favourite characters from Al Addin to Juliet Capulet (she gets mentioned, anyway)

I’m just sorry I missed the first two books in the series though they aren’t really necessary to understand this one, and I presume tell the story of two of the other couples mentioned in this one (Red and Nate and Lavender and Seth). I have to admit the author does a good job of making sure you don’t miss out on much that happened in the previous books by retelling it from another characters viewpoint, though it isn’t quite the same as reading it as it happened, if you know what I mean. It isn’t necessary but it is an advantage to read Red and The Better to See You before this one.

That being said, the author has a great style of writing and I was quickly dragged into the story. It’s a mix of action, mystery and romance. What more could you ask for?

Next review: Dangerous

Edited for Smashwords

Published 25/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

So I’ve just spent the last hour or so editing Cat’s Wolf so that it can be uploaded to Smashwords and make it through the “meat-grinder” process and not be rejected for one reason or another.

I’ve also just checked Amazon to see when it’s KDP Select runs out and it isn’t until September 12th, another 7 weeks :/ I might upload it a little earlier than that though.

Hopefully, with it being open to a wider audience, I will sell a few more that way. I also saw that it had been a popular search for my blog readers, so I’m doing it for you too. *wink* 😛

Book Review – Beneath The Surface

Published 24/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Author: M.A. Stacie

Genre: Contemporary Romance , Sports

Release Date: 1st August 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of the bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Has Kyran finally met his match? Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

I really enjoyed this book.

The cover is definitely eye-catching and it was that that grabbed my attention in the first place (then it was the description). Let me tell you, if that is what Kyran looks like, then I do not blame Dale one bit for going a little crazy about him. Sure his attitude was a little abrasive at first but he seemed to chill out the more he got to know her.

Maybe it was the banter between the characters and how they sort of bounced their insults back and forth but never to anger each other, more for the laugh. It was refreshing. I liked some of the more playful scenes best, though the hot ones were fun too and fairly often.

It wasn’t all fun and games, there were some darker bits in it too, surrounding Kyran’s brother.

I could honestly have stayed up all night reading it if I hadn’t had to get up for work the next day. It pulled me in fairly quickly within those first few chapters with the sexual attraction between the characters and the progression of their relationship was believable and quite sweet, though Kyran annoyed me a little at certain points. He is one stubborn man.

But Dale kicked arse and wouldn’t put up with any of Kyran’s crap, which I think shows how stubborn she could be too.

If you like both hot and romantic stories then this is for you. You may pull your hair out a bit at certain points but if you’re getting emotionally involved in the story then it has to be good, right?

Next review: Charming or Dangerous or Bound by Night (haven’t decided yet)

Still having problems…

Published 22/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

WordPress still isn’t working properly and takes me about five attempts before it even begins to load and another ten minutes before it finishes and I’m able to even try and write a post. Stupid TalkTalk!!

That’s the only reason why I’m not posting things more often. I also received an email earlier about a book I’m reading Beneath the Surface saying they’re looking for bloggers, readers and reviewers to get in contact with reviews to try and get the book noticed so thought I’d post a blog.

I’m only 10% in at the moment but I’m liking it. Kyran is alpha male and Dale just likes winding him up which is resulting in a rather steamy elevator/lift scene…phew!

Book Review – Shadow Embraced (Haven #1)

Published 19/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Shadow Embraced

Author: Cheree Smith

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery

Release Date: 24th April 2013

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.

No escape.

Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn’t real, but when she’s abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn’t some monster.

She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight.

When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.

The only problem is that she’s not entirely sure she’s innocent.

 

I enjoyed this but we seemed to just jump into the story without any real explanation. I found myself baffled at the beginning; we just start with a fight out of nowhere and I if I’m honest it started a little strange…

I continued to be baffled until we got to the school, that was when it started to pick up for me and I got quite into the story. I enjoyed the mystery of trying to figure out who was behind the disappearances and wondered if Scar had had anything to do with it during her “visions” but no…though I wont ruin it by giving it away.

I did enjoy it, though. It was different and I like different every so often. If you’re into young adult stories with a bit of mystery and intrigue then you will probably love this.

Next review(s): Charming

Should I?

Published 19/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

Now that the problem with TalkTalk customers being able to get back on their WordPress blogs has been somewhat resolved (it’s still terribly slow) I’ll post this, which I wanted to post yesterday.

Do you think I should make Cat’s Wolf available at Smashwords too? That way it’ll be open to a wider audience. Not that just using Amazon isn’t okay, it’s doing really well, but not everyone has a kindle, do they?

Well I was going to include a poll (you know how fond I am of them :P) but the page wont load :/ so comments it will have to be, I’m afraid.

Thanks in advance 😀

P.S. If you’re interested, Wolf Claimed word count: 6,465