Blog Tour: Review + Author Giveaway ~ The Wolf’s Cry by Natalie Crown

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 The Wolf’s Cry (The Semel Trilogy #1)
Author: Natalie Crown
Published: December 16th 2013 by Natalie Crown
Type: Fantasy
Ebook

Book Links: Goodreads |  Amazon 

Summery: Kammy Helseth’s idea of adventure never amounted to more than getting a boat across to the mainland and finally escaping to London. That was until she stumbled through the mouth of the forest into a world beneath our own, the world of the Semei.

Her only wish is to find her way home but when Jamie, her best friend, is taken into this new world of shapeshifters and Crystals she has no choice but to stand up to her fear and to remain beneath the surface. Hunted by Bagor, King of Alashdial, and those that are loyal to him, Kammy finds herself in the company of a group of outlaws led by Jad, a Prince with a bitter past and a similarly bitter demeanour.

They overcome age-old prejudice to find a way to work together. But Bagor knows a secret about the Crystals that threatens to change everything. Kammy and Jad must find a way to thwart the king and to save Jamie, but that is just the beginning. For Kammy is in possession of a Key and the fate of countless lives, both human and Semei, may rest in her hands.

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The Wolf’s Cry was more then I could ever imagine. I short of knew the book was gonna be good cause of the summery but I just couldn’t wrap my head around how epic and amazing the story really was. It just blew my mind how good it was and shocked that this book isn’t huge. I feel like everyone should read this book.

Threw out the whole book I was shipping Jad and Kammy hardcore. Noting really happens between them two but I just kept hoping for that kiss but sadly I didn’t and it really just frustrated me. You knew they have thing together but neither one of them over make that move or hint to it. Maybe it’s because both are just so oblivious to the matter or maybe it’s because people like me to squirm.

I did like how it wasn’t this huge cheesy love story and it mostly surrounds the overall plot of the story and wasn’t rushed. But I just needed something for my poor little fan-girl heart. Of course knowing how this series is going I will get that hopefully soon and then I will jump and the air and sequel. I need Kammy and Jad action or I might just lose it.

The Characters in the book was just amazing. I just love how the story doesn’t surround the life of just one character even tho Jad and Kammy where the main of the story but you really got to understand all the other characters and get that connection and without that you would lose that importance to the story they bring.

The story does get a little fast paste and slow downs but it always has something  going on in the book that will have you always wanting more to the story. It was such a great concept and a very unique story line. There is just so much action that always kept the heat pumping. And then Plot twists that will give you a heart attack and question the overall story.

I really am shocked this book isn’t well known and huge in the book world. It has everything that makes a great story, Amazing Characters and Unique Plot.  The story is epic and stays epic to the beginning to the end. The ending will make you rage for more on it’s HUGE freaking cliff hangar that still has my mind going crazy. I really do see this Author rising in the world and I wouldn’t be suppressed seeing more people reading her work. I TOTALLY recommend this book.

Overall: Powerful Characters and a Epic adventure. The book is so much more then meets the eye. I overall loved the book but just so annoyed that Kammy and Jad never kissed and it just freaking makes me fan-girl flipping crazy.

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BorderAbout the Author:

I grew up in a village called Swilland, in the countryside of Suffolk, England. There wasn’t much around, other than farms and fields, but for the most part I loved it, and I still do. I’m a passionate person by nature. I don’t just LIKE things, I LOVE things. Whether it’s a book, a film, or a sports team. Once I decide to enjoy something, I enjoy it to the MAX.

I’m a terrible cook. I prioritise essential social media work over keeping my flat tidy, because I know best. I

Onto my love of reading and, consequently, writing – it was my dad that played a big role in encouraging me to read. He didn’t push me towards books necessarily; he simply read a lot himself. Then I would pick up his books and read them after him. I was reading high and epic fantasy from a very young age. I guess that might explain why I have always loved adventure stories with magic and intrigue and princes and princesses in.

I was aware that I wanted to ‘be a writer’ from a very young age. I was convinced I would be the first best seller that hadn’t reached double figures in age yet! I wrote about the Danshees, furry creatures that lived through a mirror. I wrote about a Sand Bottle that transported a boy into a world of magic. I wrote about a sick girl finding a music boy that healed her, but transported her back in time. (Wow, I always have loved alternate universes…)

When I was eight I wrote my first novel called The Land of No Return. Despite the title, I am determined to return to it one day. I feel like I owe it to my past self. So, as you can see, I have always been writing. There have been times when I have gone weeks without scratching down a word. Then there are days where I churn out multiple chapters and only my body’s silly desire for sleep and/or food can stop me.

I write because I enjoy it. I write fantasy because I enjoy it. I try my hardest to put something of myself into my writing. I like to think my characters have depth, I like to think that my fantasy worlds reflect upon the real world in some way. You guys will be the judge of that but even if you don’t agree I know that I at least try and I can do no more than that.

These days I live in North London and I love it. I work full time and London is a hectic city. Juggling work, writing and a social life is tough but nobody is forcing me to do it so I can’t complain. The dream is that writing will be my career one day but it doesn’t matter if I never quite make it. I love writing too much to ever pack it in.

I am desperate to get a dog. My mum suspects I miss my cats at home more than I miss her. I am a devout Arsenal/Ferrari/Rafael Nadal fan. I get all mad when confronted with a case of social injustice and then I get all mad when people take the fight for social justice too far. I mostly keep those thoughts to myself and simmer with rage. I watch good TV and bad TV, because I can. What I can’t do is enjoy bad books (subjective opinion of course). I just can’t.

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Kimber Leigh Writes – Interview
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Crazy Four Books – Review & Excerpt

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Let’s Talk About Books – Review
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Bookish – Guest Post
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YA Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

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Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
Type: Fantasy
Hardback

 

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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* I won this copy from Inspiring Insomnia in a Giveaway. Thank you a BUNCH!

When I was child I was obsessed over Alice in Wonderland cartoon and later on read the book and just loved it. The story of Alice has always caught my eye. I just loved her and the Madness of wonderland. When I was child I would day dream of wonderland and I just would Imagine myself as Alice. When I heard about this book I knew I just had to get my hands on it. I have had this on my TBR list for ever. I am soo happy to have the chance to win this book and FINALLY read it. Already knew the book was gonna be amazing by all the wonderful reviews out there. There was a HUGE hype around this series, so I had some high hopes.

Now, yes the book is based on Wonderland but you don’t really follow Alice. The book is more based on the future and you read about Alyssa. She thinks she has this curse and the way to fix it, was to fix Alice’s mistakes when visiting Wonderland. Oh and her mother is in a asylum because of this curse. Wonderland has became a mess and more crazy and disturbing then what we all have watched and read. Alice in wonderland has always had that bizarre feel to it but this book takes it to whole new level of madness. Splintered takes a whole different twist to the story that I just fell in love with.

The whole concept to the story and the plot. The story is hard not to fall in love with. The writing is just beautiful. and the way the author wrote the characters was just amazing. I fell in love with Alyssa and her personalty. how she was written I just imagine her to look like Alice but more like a Skater Alice. but with all the characters, I fall in love with Morpheus the most. He was so misunderstood. and I just felt so sorry for him threw the whole book. I was rooting for him so much and still rooting for him. I just had so much feels all bottle up for Morpheus.

There is a hint of a Love triangle but it wasn’t wrote to be so annoying. It doesn’t affect the overall plot to the story like most. It didn’t make the story Dull or boring. There was so many plot Turns and twists to the story that will have almost everyone hooked to every word of the story.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the second back and jump back into Alyssa world and just read every part to the story. And of course get more of my Morpheus. If you haven’t read Splintered I definitely recommend you go out to your local book store or online on amazon and buy this book. Totally worth every penny. The book was just amazing from start to finish. I definitely see my self reading more of A.G. Howard in the future.

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Waiting on Wednesday (15) ~ Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

Before we get to WoW, i wanted to let everyone know that YAreview.com is open. so save it and visit! let everyone know. With a little warning the site might seem a little out of place. I am moving things and adding to the site and so and so fourth with the help of my mother. I will be making a new star chart for YA Review and all that fun stuff on my handy Gimp program. I am hoping to making everything better and cooler.

Now here is my WoW of the week. Enjoy.

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Title: Where The Rock Splits the Sky
Author: Philip Webb
Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Chicken House
Type: Science Fiction, Dystopia

Goodreads: The moon has been split, and the Visitors have Earth in their alien grip. But the captive planet? That’s not her problem. Megan just wants to track down her missing dad…
The world stopped turning long before Megan was born. Ever since the Visitors split the moon and stilled the Earth, permanent sunset is all anyone has known. But now, riding her trusty steed Cisco, joined by her posse, Kelly and Luis, Megan is on the run from her Texas hometown, journeying across the vast, dystopic American West to hunt down her father. To find him, she must face the Zone, a notorious landscape where the laws of nature do not apply. The desert can play deadly tricks on the mind, and the quest will push Megan past her limits. But to solve the mystery of not just her missing father but of the paralyzed planet itself, she must survive it–and an alien showdown.

Thoughts: I came across this book by random and just stopped and read the summery and i just had to know more about it. It sounds so different to the books i have read but still has those hints of the things i like in books. This book screams ” READ ME “. I love the fact it’s not some stupid love story and the fact it is just gonna be epic. I am HUGE, I repeat HUGE into Dystopian and Science Fiction. It’s in my blood. The book just sounds amazing and just looking at the cover you know it’s gonna be awesome and the fact there is ALIENS! yeah you heard me. The whole concept of the story is just a must read.

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YA Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

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Title: Witch Finder (Witch Finder #1)
Author: Ruth Warburton
Published: January 2nd 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Ebook, Netgalley

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Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

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I am gonna be honest here and say i did grabbed this copy because of the cover..mostly because of the background more then anything. But when i did read the summery i was more interested in it. I knew by the sounds of it, it was gonna be pretty crazy and well i do have to say it sure did get crazy at times. Now it wasn’t what i was expecting but i did like the concept of the story and loved the writing. I did feel like there was something missing in the story.

The story does have a unique feel to it, and has a lot of historic history in the mix that did make the story pretty cool. Witch Finder is a love story but i mean what story doesn’t have a hint to a little romance but the book really doesn’t follow up to it until it later on in the story. It did feel realistic..well as much realistic you can get with fantasy.

Out of all he characters in the book that was mention a lot, was Luke. He always had this hatred for witches and has pretty much was set on ravage of the death of his parents that was killed by a witch. Luke joins this cult brotherhood of witch hunters, but the only way to fully join was to kill his first witch, by randomly picking a name out of a book of witches. And of course he picks Rosa. You really got to feel and understand the character reading. But with Rosa.. i just couldn’t understand who she was as a person. She would try to-do the right thing but she still just came out like a brat. Maybe its just me, i don’t know. Not that i really hated the character.. i did feel like she was a important part of the story.

There was a character in the book that i just grew of hatred, not because he was written bad in the book or anything like that. But it was more like Ruth made a perfect piece of a crap Villain. there is a certain scene where i just complate lost it. Did NOT like him at all.

The book is based in the 1800’s of London so to me that’s always a plus, because i love reading about that time period. I have always have a interest in it. and the older i have got the more interested in it. Like i said there is a lot of historic reference in the book, that anyone who is a fan of that will enjoy about Witch Finder. The story is some what a short read, which i would have loved it to be a little longer cause i did feel like a lot of parts in the book was rushed. But the book was really easy to follow along with and simple read.

I did like Witch finder but i didn’t LOVE it as much as i would have liked. Like i said earlier in this post i did feel like something was missing, but i can’t really say what really. I think maybe it had something to with the fact it didn’t have that much action. it did feel like i was just running around the story until a plot was thrown down. Witch Finder just felt like a calm read and maybe TOO calm. It just needed more, it would get dull at times. But i still totally recommend it! cause i did like a LOT of the book but not all of it.

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Stacking the Shelves #21

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

I haven’t posted STS in 2 weeks, The first week was all laziness and the 2nd week i was at CONCAVE 35!! Had a lot of fun. So with all that, i have tons of books collected in the past 2 weeks. And remember soon we will be moving to a new site. everything is in progress and not finished but keep your fingers crossed.

Now i probably wont be able to post as much reviews this week, but don;t worry i am still reading and putting down notes. And also don’t for Get i have a contest, The Elementals: Fire by Day Parker. so check that out —-> Click Here

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Bought

  • Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy #1) by Andrea Cremer [Hardback] – ANDREA CREMER! I mean come on! her Nightshade series was just amazing, loved it. I am really excited to read more in the series and i am praying it’s gonna be good.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [Ebook] – I read Fangirl and loved it, and related soooo much to it. I have heard about many things about this book and in some places it’s banned. Keeping my fingers crossed.
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green [Ebook] – Do i really need to say anything for this? i mean come on John Green is like a god in YA world. Go Nerdfighters.

 

For Review

  • The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy #1) by Laura Howard [Ebook] – Finally got this baby from Netgalley, i was on the pending list for ever. I hoping to have the time to read this one soon, looks like a really good read.
  • Divergent Thinking by Multiple Authors [Ebook] – I am really excited to read this one, I am a HUGE, HUGE! fan of Divergent and Veronica Roth. This one seems intereting and i really would like the thoughts of other authors on Divergent. Also Snagged from Netgalley.
  • ARV-3 (The after life saga #1) By Cameo Renae [Ebook] – This one just screams Spooky and can’t wait to read it. and if you haven’t guess already i snagged this baby on Netgalley.
  • Hexed (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys [Ebook] – Now out of all the books i got off of Netgalley this one i am the most excited to read. I have heard so many good things about this one. Super happy i got this one.
  • The Here and now by Ann Brashares [Ebook]- Netgalley Pre-approved this one, and i haven’t heard anything about it or if it’s any good but it sounds good and the cover is pretty.
  • Aquifer by Jonathan Frisen [Hardback] – I got this hardcover for review from Booklooks also used to be known as Booksneeze. It has this futuristic steampunk feel to it and looks really good.

HUGE NEWS!! New Updates and New Blog.

My Blog will be having some major changes coming soon! so there might be some issues here and there but don’t worry everything will be okay. I am probably not gonna be as active as i should be but it’s for the good of the blog and when everything is done, it’s all gonna be worth the wait.

My blog will be moving to a new domain but i will still be going threw wordpress. I am getting rid of the old and bringing in the new, With the help of my mom. My site will be called YA Review instead of YA book Reviews. And a really awesome new theme! There might be some bumps along the way but just ignore them.

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