Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Timekeeper- Audiobook tour


Author: Tara Sim

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 8h 50m

Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

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Two o’clock was missing. In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
 

Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
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Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn't looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek's production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over. He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
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Mar. 19: The Book Keeper's Secrets (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Interview) 
 Tales of the Ravenous Reader (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)  
Mar. 20: Reading for the Stars and Moon (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, & Giveaway)
Next Page Please (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 21: Candid Ceillie (Review & Interview)
Gota Love Books (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 22: BookstacksAmber (Review)
Mar. 23: Book Crushin (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, & Giveaway)
Lilly's Book World (Review)
Mar. 24: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt) 
 BookstacksAmber (Interview)  
Mar. 25: Chapter Break (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway)
Mar. 26: Dab of Darkness (Review) 
Blogger Nicole (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 27: The Madhouse (Review & Giveaway)  
Mar. 28: Rolo Polo Book Blog (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)  
Mar. 29: Mama Reads (Review & Guest Post)
Mar. 30: Novel Ink (Review)  
Mar. 31: Glorious Panic (Review & Giveaway)  
Apr. 1: The Broke Book Bank (Review) 
 A New Look On Books (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)  
Apr. 2: Jories Loves A Story (Review & Interview)  
Apr. 3: The Hermit Librarian (Review) 
 Up Til Dawn (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)  
Apr. 4: Here's to Happy Endings (Review)
My World In Words and Pages (Review & Giveaway)  
Apr. 5: Hall Ways (Review & Giveaway)
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Apr. 6: A Book and A Latte (Review)  
Apr. 7: Desert Rose Reviews (Review & Giveaway)
Bound 4 Escape (Review & Giveaway)
Holed Up In A Book (Review & Giveaway)  
Apr. 8: Zach's YA Reviews (Review)
The Autumn Bookshelf (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Guest Post)
The Queen Reads (Review) 

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Review- Soul Rights- Liberty Gilmore


Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore
Released: May 3, 2016
Pages: 99
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Stood a long way from the edge of the crowd, faces twisted by the heat and the violence staring down at me, I feel more than a little vulnerable. Which is why it’s a damn good job I always carry my sword with me.

Cadence Hart has come to a dead end in her investigation into the supply of the Demon Blood drug. Any leads from the phone she recovered from the warehouse have all been buried. Even with the help of her new partner, Matthew – a Soul escaped from Hell – she’s getting nowhere fast.

When riots at a Soul Rights rally clear and a body is left in their wake, Cadence and Matthew are brought in to speak to the Souls who might have been witnesses. But investigating the murder puts them up against more than just a DI who’s not too happy to have Cadence on the case, and things needs to be solved quickly, before anyone can claim the murder had a political motivation.

In the centre of a political debate that could destroy the fledgling partnership between them, Cadence and Matthew will have to face a few demons of their own before they can bring a killer to justice.

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Soul rights is the second book in the Hart & Soul series.  While it was a little short, it still left me feeling excited to see what will happen next.  It definitely hooked me in.  Souls rights begin with Cadence and Matthew trying to discover who is supplying the demon blood drug.  When they hit a dead end the two help investigate a death of a man who died during a rally for soul rights.

It went off from the main investigation of New Dusk, it was still great story.  We get to discover more of Cadence's past which was great.  It was a great shock but still made lots of sense. Still left me wondering what Matthew did to end up in hell.  They both still made a great team but faced a couple of problems that could drag them apart.

Though it short it is action packed and has a good sense of mystery.  I still really enjoyed the writing and it was very engaging.  Still really enjoyed the characters and the writing.  I thought to was a great book in the series and I am really excited to read the next book. 

I gave their book a 4/5

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Missing Heir of Mandralay

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Blog Tour ~ The Missing Heir of Mandralay 
Author: Braden Bell 
Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy 
Dates: 20th – 24th of Feb 
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

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 A heartless monster. An innocent girl. He holds her life in his paws, but she holds his soul in her hands. Thirteen-year-old Tallie has a strange new power. While experimenting with this power late at night, she is discovered by Mother Kyraisa, the ancient nun who runs the orphanage where Tallie lives. Terrified of something, Mother Kyraisa evacuates the orphanage and burns it to the ground. The pair flees into the desert with only a wagon and a lead-lined coffin to protect the girl from the unspoken danger that pursues her. With no memories, no heart, or even a name, X is a monster. Fiercest of the Bestials, his predator’s instincts are controlled only by powerful spells binding his life to the regent’s will. When a flash of apostate magic betrays the hiding place of the late queen’s daughter, the regent dispatches X to kill the child—her niece and the long-hidden heir to the throne. Following the child’s magic, X tracks Tallie to her hiding place. He prepares to kill her, until Tallie surprises him with a sincere request for help. Tallie’s innocence and trust awaken a small spark of humanity inside X, and he tries to help her. But he remains a monster, bound by instinct and unbreakable oaths. Helping Tallie triggers a ferocious battle, as X fights his primal nature for her life—and his only hope of redemption. Meanwhile, Tallie grapples with the tragedy of her past and her identity as crown princess. As royal heir, Tallie finds access to immense power—enough to destroy her enemies, but possibly her own soul as well, turning her into a monster far worse than X.

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Braden Bell (who writes Young Adult novels under the name Brandon Gray) holds a Ph.D. in educational theatre from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. To read about his YA novels, check out: amazon.com/author/brandongray 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

February TBR

It is a little late but these are the books that I am planning on reading in February.  Currently I am reading A Court of Mist and Fury.







1.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)- J.K Rowling
2. A Court Of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)- Sarah J. Maas
3.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)- J.K Rowling.

I am planning on continuing my Harry Potter re-read this month.   I only have two more in the series till I am finished.  

Have you read any of these?  What do you plan on reading this month?

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

January wrap up

It is the end of January.  It was a good start to the year.   I ended up reading 4 books this month.   Only one of those books was on my tbr which you can check out here.


1.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)- J.K Rowling- 5/5
2.  Once Lost Lords (Royal scales #1)- 4/5 Review
3.  Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire (Harry Potter #4)- J.K Rowling- 5/5
4.  The Bronze Key (Magisterium #3)- Cassandra Clare and Holly Black- 4/5

I also made a post about my favourite books from last year,  which is here.  

What books did you read this month? Any favourites?

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Errant spark- Audiobook Tour

Author: Ronelle Antoinette

Narrator: Ginny Ross

Length: 10h 25m

Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette⎮2016

Series: The Elemental Trials (#1)

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Release date: Nov. 01, 2016

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In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years. Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas. They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.
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Ronelle Antoinette was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in beautiful Colorado. She currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, two sneaky cats, and one dog-who-believes-he's-a-person. While she’s a mother to none, she’s an auntie to a small army...the newest recruit joined them in April 2016. Ronelle dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as her major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.
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Ginny Ross was born and raised in England where she had a passion for Musical Theatre and Fantasy books. She loved spending time in the Theatre but found that she wanted to travel. After traveling around Europe she took a job as a nanny in Canada and continued her acting. Her love of children played a huge role in her life and became her career for the next several years. She married Clarence and moved to the States where she resides today. Her life is much less hectic than it was, as she is raising her two children and works for the local school district. Ginny was very excited when she was offered the opportunity to use her acting skills once again from the comfort of her home by narrating books.
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 Errant Spark mostly kept me entertained.  I really enjoyed the plot for the book.  It was filled with some great characters as well as those who I did not like. It was wonderfully written and for most of it kept a good pace.

Though it started very slow, once it picked up it was fantastic.  It was hard to put down once I reached chapter 7 or 8.

There were some great characters but my favourite would be Jex Xander.  He often got himself into trouble but also had a great sense of humour.  I also really enjoyed the relationship betwen Jex and Enari.  It did not feel forced or rushed. 

Ginny Ross did an amazing job narrating this book.  The was a clear character distinction through most of it.  She did a brilliant job with the different dialects and genders.   It was also easy to imagine the different environments and actions.

Overall Errant Spark translated really well into a audio.  It had a great sound quality.  Though I only listened to the audiobook,  nothing seemed to be lost in translation and as a whole very enjoyable.

In the end it was a fantastic read.  It had a great story, characters and kept a good pace throughout.  It was a great start to this series and left me excited to what will happen next.  I gave this book a 4/5.
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Jan. 23: The Book Junkie (Spotlight) 
Jan. 24: Buried Under Books (Spotlight) 
Jan. 25: The Book Junkie (Review & Audio Excerpt) 
Jan. 26: 2 Girls And A Book (Review) 
Jan. 27: Lady With A Quill (Audio Excerpt) 
Jan. 28: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt) 
Jan. 29: Hall Ways (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt) 
Jan. 30: Carly's Cozy Corner (Review) 
Jan. 31: The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight) 
Feb. 1: Holed Up In A Book (Review)  Avid Book Collector (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt) 
Feb. 2: A Book Nation (Review) 
Feb. 3: Gotalovebooks (Review & Spotlight) 
Feb. 4: Lynn the Romance Enthusiast (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt)
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ronelle Antoinette. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Review- Once lost lords by Stephan Morse

I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

Once Lost Lords by Stephan Morse
Released: January 12, 2016
Pages: 318
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Humanity hasn’t been alone for almost two thousand years. Elves, wolves, vampires, all joined together with mankind to eradicate the ‘darker’ races and maintained a tentative peace until modern times. Society adapted, everyone has rules that help keep the peace in this modern era. Yet, absolute genocide is impossible when talking about creatures beyond the pale. Some hid, some buried, other were re-purposed.

Some, like Jay Fields, pass for human with a little bit extra. His abilities didn’t belong to one of the major races, but any information was buried along with the long dead boogie men. All Jay cared about was those closest to him and a job that let him hit people. He used to be a bouncer at a bar, a part-time enforcer for a loan shark, and even a fight club champion. That was four years ago, before betrayal by someone close sent him packing.

Now he’s back and trying to recover a life he left behind. Questions of origin aren’t his only problems. His ex-girlfriend is a vampire. His part-time boss doesn’t think he’s up to snuff anymore. There’s a missing elf who might have some answers, and Jay’s best friend is caught up in something dangerous



I really enjoyed reading this book.   It was off to a great start it got me interested in the characters and the story. I was invested for most of the book.  It took a few fantastic turns and had a great mystery surrounding it.

I felt that it was dragging on a bit in the middle and was a little confusing.  It definitely picked up again in the last part of the book.

The characters were great.  Each adding to the story.  A couple of characters annoyed me at times, like Daniel and Evan.  Overall they all kept me excited over the story.  The main character Jay Fields, who seems Human, has a special gift of tracking others.  Soon tries to figure out why an Elf he is tracking called him a Lord.  He was a wonderful character to follow and was definitely my favorite.

In the end, I found Once Lost Lords a great story, filled with interesting characters that I was excited to know more about.  I gave this books a 4/5.

Have you read Once lost lords?  Did you want to read it?

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