The Veil (Devils Isle #1) by Chloe Neill Review

Title: The Veil

Author: Chloe Neill

Series: Devils Isle #1

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Supplied by Publisher

Release Date: 14 th April 2016

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Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

 

 

My Thoughts

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I really enjoyed reading the Veil, and even though it was a post apocalyptic novel, It did not really feel like it.  There is so much going on in this novel that at times you have to back track a bit to find your self but it is non stop action.

Claire has a secret she is a sensitive , which means she has special powers, unfortunately since a magical war happened seven years before, all sensitives are captured and locked up. lucky for Claire she has some good friends that can help her out and keep her hidden.  While secretly fighting a battle to stop the Veil from reopening.

the world building is a bit tricky I believe that around the Veil where the war was they live in strict rules with containment the major government body and law enforcement. but during the book it hints that outside that area the world goes on like nothing happened. which I find curious, why would you live in that area if you were sensitive or even not. because everything is rationed and hard to get in the area.

 

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book the characters were amazing and only a hint of romance with most of the plot focusing on Claire’s powers and the veil which is a refreshing change, and most importantly no love triangle!

I am really looking forward to reading the next book and continuing the story.  I recommend this book for anyone who loves urban fantasy.

 

Feature and Follow Friday #1

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Since I am blogging again, I decided that I would love to find some new blogging friends and some new blogs to follow, and I have always been a fan of feature and follow Fridays.

So Hi to new friends, please follow me on blog lovin.

This weeks Post Prompt:  Favourite bookish memory.

I use to work in Kmart, Australia my favourite day and most bookish memory was the days when the Harry Potter books would drop, not only would I make sure I got my copy but I would see the long lines of eager fans waiting for the doors to open in the morning to rush in and buy a copy. Then I would spend the whole day dashing between the bookstores in the centre to keep the price the same.

So many happy and excited people would come on those days and they are the best retail experience I can remember no one was cranky that day.

 

 

Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis # Aussie Review

26594217Title: Who’s Afraid?

Author: Maria Lewis

Series: Who’s Afraid #1

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Supplied by Publisher

Release Date: Jan 12th 2016

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Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi’s journey as she’s thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies – this is the start of a series – and a world – you will fall in love with.

My Thoughts

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Who’s Afraid was a great eclectic mix of culture and genre, If you are after a book that is a bit different then pick this one up!

First off the cover is amazing, It really stands out from the shelves and with the bright blue eye catching cover, I wanted to read this book without even reading the blurb.

Tommi is different from your usual softly spoken prim and proper heroine, Tommi has bright blue hair, she is from New Zealand but lives in Scotland. After her mother dies Tommi decides that she will look for her estranged father in New Zealand.

Tommi gets more than she bargained for with her found family in New Zealand they are a different and a whole lot creepy, after a terrifying encounter, and finding out her father is dead, Tommi heads back home to Scotland and tries to put her family behind her except she can’t , she learns that her family are Werewolves and not nice ones either and now her powers have been triggered so she has to learn to control her werewolf side as well as finding out who followed her back from New Zealand and who is murdering people.

There was a hint of romance but not full in your face romance, more focusing on the mystery and Tommi as a person which is refreshing in a urban fantasy novel. Tommi is a lovable strong and intelligent character she is flawed which I love since most heroines are all perfect people to begin with now in books.

 

I am really looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series by a talented Australian writer and I highly recommend it for those who want to read a Urban Fantasy without all the love and mushy stuff thrown in.

Inside the Wall by A. Lotus# Review

Title: Inside The Wall

Author: A. lotus

Series:The war in the wall #1

Publisher:Lotus Books

Source: Supplied by Netgalley

Release Date: July 28th 2015

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What if everyone just stopped caring? What sort of world would we create for future generations?

Letha and Nathan were best friends just as were their mothers before them. Soon, however, two dictators overthrow the city, take the children captive, kill the opposing parents and then brainwash, train, and sculpt these children into soldiers. At first, Letha rejects the new life she leads, staying strong only to protect those younger than her. She is then given the ultimate task: kill Nathan; If she does not, everyone, including herself, will die.

In a world where no one cares, Letha struggles against herself to do the right thing. Ultimately, she has to make a choice, save herself or drown in the codependency of one young boy who has become brainwashed and hardened into the dictator’s web. No matter what choice she makes, she will have to lose someone that she loves.

 

My Thoughts

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Letha and Nathan were best friends when a war broke out, and they find themselves on opposing teams.

I found this book confusing and disappointing I love the Idea of what happens when people stop caring, but I did not find this really incorporated through the novella.

I would have loved more details on why the war happened and why they are using children as soldiers. and what is over the wall?

These questions may be answered in further novellas in the series which would be interesting to see if the books can be improved upon, which I do realise it is hard in novella form.

I found myself drifting more often than not when reading this book, I usually love dystopia novels and especially where there is a new theme such as lack of empathy and emotions.

I would probably read the next in the series but if it doesn’t improve I will probably shelve this series.

 

 

 

A bit Late but 2016 Challenges

I started off this year of reading with low expectations, last year was a bad year for me and I didn’t  get much blogging or reading done. but so far this year has seen me get back into reading and reviewing so I decided to give some challenges a go.

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I have a few series that have gotten away from me in the last year so I really would like to catch up with them, Anita blake and Black dagger Brotherhood are just a couple. so this challenge will really be good for me. I will also add a page just for these books so that it is easy to see.

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I wouldn’t be an Aussie Blogger if I didn’t take part in the Aussie Author Challenge 2016!

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As my fav genre I have to add it into my Challenges for the year.

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So excited for this one.

don’t forget all pics are linked to the host web pages.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday : Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton

I know that I have fallen behind on this series, which is horrible because it is my Favourite and it was released last year. Anyway I am hoping to buy this book soon and get it read it is book #24 from the Anita Blake series.

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed…

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With Malice by Eileen Cook # Review

Title: With Malice

Author: Eleen Cook

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: June 7 2016

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A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

 

My Thoughts

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With Malice was extremely engaging, Jill has everything a full ride to Yale, money and she is looking forward to heading to Italy for an educational experience through a student program. Simone is beautiful and popular she is also Jill’s best friend, when finding out Jill was heading to Italy she decided to join as well.

Unfortunately for the girls, a horrible accident occurs. JIll wakes up in a hospital with no memory of her trip to Italy or the accident.

The story is focused on Jill’s recovery and her trying to remember what has happened, as the world turns on her and rumors start flying, Jill cant refute the claims since she can’t remember what happened, all she knows is that she never would have hurt Simone, she loved her as a best friend.

You really feel for Jill she has lost her best friend and she can’t mourn her because the media is blowing up saying that she is a murderer. We get to follower her small triumphs as she has regular therapy and rehab to regain her memory and mobility.

You really feel drawn in to the story, and Jill is so sweet that you know she is the wronged person in this whole mess, but with circumstantial evidence the Italian police are trying to extradite her to Italy to face charges while her parents and a lawyer try to clear her name.

I loved the story and the characters, the only thing I found disappointing was the ending, it was left some what blurry. I would really have liked a solid conclusion.

other than this I highly recommend With Malice as a great read.

 

 

 

Race Girl by Leigh Hutton # Review

Title: Race Girl

Author: Leigh Hutton

Series: Go Girl Chronicles #3

Publisher: Independent

Source: Supplied by Author

Release Date: April 3rd 2016

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Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.

Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .

When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?

It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!

*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*e their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

My Thoughts

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Race Girl is the third installment of the Go Girl Chronicles, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Race Girl is a highly emotional book that made me cry as well as cheer with joy, and considering that I have been experiencing genre burnout with paranormal lately that a good Aussie Read was just what I needed.

 

After Tully’s mother tragically dies in a horse race, Tully has a lot of responsibility to shoulder, which I think is too much for someone as young as her to have to take on, her father is slipping away and into debt, the next door neighbor is trying to take their farm, and Tully is trying to make money at MC Donalds and follow her dream of becoming a female jockey, against her fathers wishes.

The whole Go Girl Chronicles are about young women overcoming odds to follow their life  long dream. each book is somewhat linked with cameo appearances from characters from the earlier books but  you are able to read them out of order.  I absolutely love this series not only is it Aussie made, but the Author Leigh Hutton is down to earth and contributes from every sale of her books to charity.

There are a lot of Australian rural books out their but not too many based in the Y.A genre. Race Girl features a romance plot as well but it is kept family friendly so younger readers can enjoy with the lightness and not focusing on sex.

Tully is an amazing girl and role model for girls to look up to and I really hope this series continues.

I highly recommend this Aussie read and at 6.99 on Amazon it is well worth the read for young and old, horse lovers and Melbourne cup lovers.  This thrill ride is for you.

Previous books in the series amazon links in pictures.

 

 

Firstlife by Gena Showalter #review

 

25785357Title: Firstlife

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: Everlife #1

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 23 2016

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ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

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First off I loved the cover it absolutely beautiful.  Second The plot is original and highly descriptive as well as full of exciting action.

But….

Ten would rather spend Thirteen months locked in an asylum being tortured by a psycho that is paid by her parents to make her choose between two different realms for the Everlife, which is the real life which starts after death. which is fine but Ten takes so long spending time in the Asylum trying to decide what to do and it seems so long-winded for her to choose without any strong reason that she should have so much trouble to choose.

This book is a good read if you immerse your self in the action and the characters and don’t take the plot too seriously. I love the thought of  the Good Vs Bad afterlife, but Ten was pretty annoying in making her decision.

overall I liked the book, and recommend it to those who like Y.A, and give it a solid 3 stars.

 

 

 

All about you by Joanna Mazurkiwicz #review

 

22448874Title: All About You

Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Series: Love and Hate Series 1

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought from Ibooks

Release Date: March 7 2014

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All About You (Love & Hate Series #1)

I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.
A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me.
Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus.
Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

romantic suspense new adult
dark romance new adult
sports romance
bad boy college romance

My Thoughts

 

 

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Wow the books you find while browsing I books, this book is currently free, and I really enjoyed it for a quick, and different read.

Contemporary reads really need to grab me to keep me interested and as the story played out I was consumed and could not put it down.

Sexual assault books can be a bit iffy for me, the subject needs to be clear and well written and not in a victim shaming or smutty way. Although this book touches on this subject is mentioned in the book it is well written and not a turn off.

All about you, revolves around the love/ hate relationship between India and Oliver. In high school India went through hell at the hands of Oliver’s brother, who she was dating at the time, to cope she became a horrible bully to Oliver until he upped and left. 2 years later they run into each other again in collage and they have both changed but the past cannot be forgotten.

what comes next is explosive chemistry, fireworks and a little bit of distrust.

I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to get some I tunes credit so I can buy book 2 All about Me.