on Oct 31, 2012

Guess what hit your digital book store today?

VIPER'S CREED
T. L. SHREFFLER
 

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 "Fantasy that is out-of-the-box!"


 

 THE FANS ARE RAVING!

"I loved the inner-workings of this novel. Every page is written with purpose and each discovery adds richness, depth, and growth to the characters and their journey. I can still picture the cities that the group stumbles through, the smells, the people, the buildings, just brillant." ~Jenna @ Between the Bind
"The Cat's Eye series is riveting. It seemed so different than most books that I have been reading lately. Especially the romance. I loved it and I would put my review pile on hold if I had book 3 right now to read it right away." ~Michelle @ Book Briefs
"After staring at the [last] page and realizing I don't have the magic to summon book 3, I turn back to page one and start over because it's that good!" ~Jessy J. @ Bookend 2 Bookend
"The best part of this whole series is the imagination and creativity that went into building this world.  The different races, the mythology that surrounds them, and the world itself are so well done that you will question whether or not this is real...I questioned my own sanity once, or twice, while reading.  I fell into this world head first and it is now a second home." ~R&M Book Reviews
"I definitely recommend this series for those who like dark fantasy or fantasy that is out-of-the-box." Lizzy @ Lizzy's Dark Fiction




Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: The Cat's Eye Chronicles #2

Blurb: Sora is having visions. Strange, terrifying visions brought on by her Cat's Eye necklace, an ancient and magical device. Spurred to action, she leaves her mother's cabin to find Crash, the mysterious assasin who once changed her life. She is certain that together, they can discover what the necklace is trying to tell her.

Crash is still on the run from the dark sorcerer, Volcrian, but now a plague is spreading across the land. Volcrian's quest for vengeance has awakened something far more evil than himslef; a force that could destroy the entire kingdom. Together, he and Sora must harness the power of the Cat's Eye and kill the sorcerer before it's to late.





Review: I was anxiously awaiting Viper's Creed since finishing the first book, Sora's Quest, and it did not disappoint!

This book takes place one year after Sora's Quest ended, in that time Sora has grown up quite a bit since the first book, her fighting skills have improved as well. She finds Crash, and they begin a journey, with friends both old and new.

Crash is just as mysterious and interesting as ever, though parts of his past are beginning to reveal themselves. There are several subtle changes in his and Sora's relationship, they become much closer and Crash will still have fans swooning over his dark and dangerous persona.

We are introduced to new races, as well as taken to new places. The adventure and fantasy elements just jump off the page (err..kindle). There were also more displays of magic, that were pretty incredible. Perhaps a creature of some sort.. that's all I'm saying. ;)

Sora, though older, is still a young woman with a lot of responsibility. She rises to the challenge but comes across as very real in the doubts and worries that she has.

One more thing that I love about this series, is that each book doesn't really end (in an awesome way), that is to say, it comes across as one large story. As opposed to each book ending completely, then the next book having the same characters but some new problem. It reads like one large book seperated into several smaller books, sort of like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I really love the way T. L. Shreffler she has made each book flow seamlessly to the next.

Viper's Creed was amazing and this series is definitely one you don't want to miss!





About the Author:
T. L. Shreffler lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves diversity, fantasy, romance, iced tea, long walks, philosophy, and thrift store shopping. She recently graduated with a BA in Badass (Creative Writing) and her poetry has been published consecutively in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and The Northridge Review. She works as the assistant editor for the funky and fantastic Tinsel Tokyo Magazine!








About the Reviewer: 
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys readng, drinking tea, gaming, writing, and watching Doctor Who. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab

on Oct 30, 2012
In celebration of the release of Defiance, Book One of the Priestess Trilogy, it will be FREE on Amazon Kindle November 5th thru the 7th! Defiance is an Irish fantasy adult romance with love, war, and DEFIANCE! Be sure to grab your free copy while it lasts!

Also, you can enter to win one of two signed copies of Falls the Shadow, Book One of the Chronicles of Midgard, an epic fantasy adventure with magical items, airships, pirates, mythical creatures and races, an empire seeking to free the dark god Loki from his prison, and the unusual group of friends trying to stop them! Falls the Shadow is the first installment of Melissa Sasina's new five book series!
 

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Falls The Shadow by Melissa Sasina

Falls The Shadow

by Melissa Sasina

Giveaway ends January 24, 2013.
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on Oct 28, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

Series: Aranea Nation #2


~ Advanced Readers Copy - Release Date: December 18th 2012~


Synopsis: Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she's shocked. Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies. When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best-and only- chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead.




Review: Mana and Vaughn were two of my favorite characters in A Hint of Frost so I was really excited that they have their own story in A Feast of Souls!

A Feast of Souls continues the plot that was begun in A Hint of Frost, the plague is still spreading and there is still debate over what to do with Pascal. Rhys and Lourdes also make an appearance, however brief it is. Pascal also plays a significant role in the beginning and I suspect we'll see more of her as the series continues.

Vaughn and Mana make a great couple. Vaughn, as we saw in the first book is arrogant, a bit of a loner and well, sometimes a jerk. But in this book much of his past is uncovered, and while it isn't pretty, you have to feel a lot of sympathy and understanding for what he has gone through. He proves himself quite the hero in the end. The reader also learns a lot about Mana's abilities as a spirit walker. Which affects her relationship with Vaughn is several ways, both negative and positive. There is the added fact that Mana and Vaughn have known each other since they were children, it made their love story even sweeter because it was a long time coming. :)

A Feast of Souls has all of the incredible fantasy elements that were introduced in A Hint of Frost. This book delves more into the Mimetidae Clan, who were introduced before but this time we see more of the inner workings of this clan that all the others seem to fear so much.

I cannot wait to see what happens in A Cast of Shadows, Areneae Naton #2.5!



About the Author:
Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her desire to explore without
leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch
for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her kindles screen
or squinting at her moniter as she write her next happily-ever-after.
Check out her website at http://haileyedwards.net/



About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. She reviews indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. Her time is spent reading, gaming, drinking tea, and writing. M lives in Upstate New York with her family. Connect with her
on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 24, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal


Series: The Ethereal Crossings #1



Blurb: It's been one year since the creatures of Shadeland have exposed themselves to the world, but 17-year-old Liv doesn't really care; she knew of them long before anyone elsedid because her best friend Luke is one. But when woman begin dying in her hometown, Luke gets blamed for the killings because he isn't human and it sets Liv on a mission to find out who the real killer is, or what it is.





Review: I totally loved this book! In Liv's world Eidolons (supernatural creatures) revealed themselves a year ago, resulting in a revolution that still causes pain today. The concept of supernatural creatures having willingly and openly revealed themselves was quite different from most fantasy/paranormal novels, and the fact that the reveal resulted in a revolution was especially interesting.

After reading Shadeland, I am fairly certain that Liv is one of my favorite main characters of all time. D. L. nicely avoided the stereotypes that many YA main characters are made of. Liv comes across as a very real, relatable seventeen-year-old girl. I also enjoyed that her best friend Luke was an Eidolon, because of this the two have a very special relationship and compliment each other very well.

The rest of the characters were quite fascinating as well. The bounty hunter, Jared was very awesome and I'm seriously hoping that he is in book two. We meet many other Eidolons as well, both good and bad. D. L. Miles breaks away from the common and presents unique creatures that aren't very well known in the paranormal genre right now.

To sum it up, this book was so good that I couldn't put it down! You definitely want to check out this novel! :)

Shadeland is available on smashwords for free!  


About the Author:
D. L. Miles graduated from Sheridan College and currently resides
in Southern Ontario. She enjoys Doctor Who marathons with her brother
or perusing hair day at the local drug store with friends. She is a young adult
 author, always in fantasy and the like.
She currently has two series in progress and two more in the works.
Check her out at her website: http://dlmilesbooks.wordpress.com/



About the reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. She reviews indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. Her time is spent reading, gaming, drinking tea, and writing. M lives in Upstate New York with her family and six pets. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 22, 2012
Hey everyone! Tam's 2 Cents book blog has put together an awesome blog tour for Viper's Creed.  If you're looking for more reviews, giveaways, character interviews and spotlights, here you go!

Check out ANY POST below for a book giveaway! You can also win a FREE illustration from yours truly! :)

-T

VIPER'S CREED BLOG TOUR DATES












 
on Oct 10, 2012
Genre: Fantasy / Romance





Review: A Hint of Frost was amazing!

The story revolves around a young woman named Lourdes, who is forced to become the leader of her people, the Areneidae, when her parents are murdered. When the traitor is identified Lourdes must follow her new mate, Rhys, to avenge her parents. 

Lourdes was a lovely main character to follow. It was incredible to see the sacrifices she made for her people. She was very brave and yet you could understand how overwhelmed she was. I really enjoyed the relationship between Lourdes and Rhys. Th fall in love slower than most novels but it was better because you could tell how they made their unexpected situation work. 

The fantasy was quite unlike most books. Mainly the Areneidae Clan, who are able to spin silken thread from their fingertips. The world that Hailey Edwards has created is unique and intriguing! 

One small note, at times I wasn't sure where the characters were, space wise, sometimes I wasn't sure if Lourdes was close to Rhys or far away, that sort of thing. Perhaps a little more description would help the reader picture that a little easier. :)

Overall, I loved A Hint of Frost and will definitely be reading it again! 





About the Author:
Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her desire to explore without leaving
the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for 
adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle's screen
or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after. 






About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and ardently shipping RumBelle. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 6, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: Anumal Empire #1

Blurb: 






Review: Anumal Empire: Lazarball is unlike any other book I have ever read. 

The book takes place in a futuristic Earth, only the humans are extinct and Anumals are the reigning species. The story follows Clinton Narfell, a lion, as he fights for survival in this harsh world. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. The fantasy world that the authors have created is very vivid and distinct. There were a lot of mysteries, the biggest, probably being Dallas' hatred of Clinton. It is never really explained until the end of the book. While that was a tad bothersome during the beginning of the book, the way in which it is revealed is great. And overall this is the first book in the series, so it really seemed to be setting up the larger plot. 

Clinton was a interesting main character, no matter how many times he was pushed down, he stood back up. His devotion to his little brother is also really sweet.

Anumal Empire: Lazarball definitely stands out from the crowd! 



About the Authors:
Darren Jacobs
After finishing his A-levels, he studied Performing Arts in London on scholarship. Since then Darren has been lucky enough to travel the world, meet lots of interesting people, and do the kind of acting jobs he always wished he could as a kid. Recently, Darren won a scholarship to study Film Acting in New York City. Afterwards he decided to get his US work papers, and now lives in Los Angeles.
David Ayres
David is one of the authors of Lazarball, which is book one of the Anumal Empire series. Further books in the series are currently in production. Having spent some of his youth on stage and on the TV, he also writes television and film scripts. And is due to be awarded his BA Honours in English Language and Literature very soon.
on Oct 2, 2012
The door of the Valkyrie has been opened...

Maeja and her unlikely band of rebels and sky pirates have finally arrived at Brightstone. They need to get to the next treasure of the Gods, Thor's hammer, before the Empire does. If they can't get the hammer first, then the Empire is one step closer to awakening the dark god, Loki.

Seeking to get their hands on Thor's hammer, brothers Connor and Linkyn agree to enter the Honor Battles and publicly reveal themselves, as well as Maeja, to the Empire which hunts them.

However, the Empire proves to be only part of their troubles. There are murmurs that they have been followed to Brightstone by someone whose heart is far darker then the Empire...someone with eyes set on Maeja....


Genre: Fantasy





Review: Melody of the Dark picks up right where Falls the Shadow left off, Maeja, Ril, Conner, Linkyn and Mjrn are on a mission to save Midgard from a second Ragnarok. 

The epic fantasy continues with all the detail, adventure and mythology that the series began with. In this installment we are lead to more places in Midgard, including Dverdar cities and the Dokkalfar kingdom of Azrith. Many secrets of the empire are revealed, including several things about Severus. Readers will also be captivated by the Valkyrie, an especially intriguing part of the book. 

In this second installment the group has gotten passed introductions and we see them begin to blend together, work together, and occasionally . We learn a lot more about Boss, which was exciting. Also, we learn about Ril's past, the pirate is more than what he seems. 

The pacing was very good and I found this installment to have even more action and adventure than Falls the Shadow. 

The Chronicles of Midgard is a series you can't put down!

By the way, those of you on Team Ril will not be disappointed. ;)      


~ Important Links ~
Read my review of book #3 (Coming Soon!) 



About the Author: Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa has always been an avid lover of fantasy. 
The first book She began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. It is currently undergoing reediting and will be re-released as both the individual books and as a one book collection, The Priestess: A Complete Collection. Her current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.









About the reviewer: 
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, fangirl, and writer. Since early 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at runawaypen.com. She enjoys reading, drinking tea, gaming, writing, and singing in the shower. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab
on Oct 1, 2012



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)


Now begins the Viper's Creed Book Tour, hosted by These Paper Worlds Book Tours. This is the first of two book tours that will be taking place during the month of October. Release date is October 31st! Gear up for reviews, excerpts and giveaways!

A star marks a chance to WIN a free copy! Be sure to enter our giveaways!

Here's our tour lineup:

Week 1
10/1/2012    Book Spotlight and Viper's Creed Giveaway
http://splashofourworlds.blogspot.com/

10/2/2012    Tour List and Book Spotlight
http://thesepaperworldsbt.blogspot.com/

10/3/2012    Author Interview
http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/
  
10/4/2012     Excerpt
http://cheerfulreviews.blogspot.com/

 10/5/2012    Review (both books)
http://splashofourworlds.blogspot.com


Week 2
10/8/2012    Excerpt Reveal  
http://inbetweenwritingandreading.blogspot.mx/

 10/9/2012    Review of Viper's Creed
http://erlessard.wordpress.com/

10/10/2012    Book Spotlight
http://whoopeeyoo.com/

 10/11/2012   Guest Post - First Crush
http://www.coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com/

 10/12/2012   Author Interview and Sora's Quest Giveaway
http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.jp/


Week 3
10/15/2012    Review of Sora's Quest (Book 1)
http://www.blogofabookaholic.blogspot.jp/

10/16/2012    Top Ten
http://www.sithereandread.com/

10/17/2012    Review of Viper's Creed
http://jennreneeread.blogspot.jp/

10/18/2012    Excerpt Reveal
http://wingedreviews.com/

10/19/2012   Review of Viper's Creed (Book 2)
http://www.blogofabookaholic.blogspot.jp/  


Week 4
10/22/2012    Review of Sora's Quest (Book 1)
http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com/   

10/23/2012    Author Interview
http://www.blogofabookaholic.blogspot.jp/
    
10/24/2012   Review of Viper's Creed (Book 2)
http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com/

10/25/2012   Review of Viper's Creed
http://turningthepagesx.blogspot.com/   

10/26/2012    Review, Excerpt Reveal of Viper's Creed
http://www.readergirlsblog.com/