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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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Terrie’s Obsession – Review & Excerpt
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Stories From the Trees – Review & Excerpt
Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys– Review & Excerpt

3/13
Whimsical Nature – Review
Curling Up With a Good Book – Interview
A Flurry of Ponderings – Review and Interview
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews – Review

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Kimber Leigh Writes – Interview
Kay’s Book Blog – Review
YA Fantasy Book Junkie – Excerpt

3/15
Crazy Four Books – Review & Excerpt

3/17
Breezy Reads – Review & Top Ten
Book Lovers Life – Top Ten
Mythical Books – Review & Excerpt

3/18
Let’s Talk About Books – Review
Books A to Z– Excerpt
Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews – Excerpt

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Bookish – Guest Post
Buried in Books – Top Ten
Deborah Jay -Excerpt

3/20
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YA Book Reviews – Review
Fantasy Book Lane – Interview
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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.

Stacking the Shelves #20

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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

 This week i got a lot of goodies to share. One book specially. It has been a book i have been waiting to come out for like ever.

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Bought

  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer [Hardback] – This was the book i was talking about. I have been waiting and waiting for this book even had it on Pre-order. I got this baby in the mail yesterday and i am SUPER excited to read it.
  • Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) by Kristen Simmons [Paperback] – I really enjoyed the first book in the series and have been waiting for this one to come out in paperback and the day has come and i just had to buy it. Just like Cress i am also super excited to read this one.

For Review

  • Clan by Realm Lovejoy [Ebook] – I got this copy for a honest review and i have to say i am really interested this book will turn out. I am hopeing to read this one soon.
  • The Wolf Cry (The Semei Trilogy, #1) by Natalie Crown [Ebook] – I got this copy for Next month upcomeing Blog Tour so keep a look out in March for this review.
  • The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine [Ebook] – I got this on NetGalley, i really hope to have the time to actually read this one. Seems really interesting.
  • The Elementals: Fire by  Day Parker [Paperback] – I was ask to review this copy from the Author and will be posting a review soon and a little giveaway.

Won/Trade

  • XGeneration 1: You Don’t Know Me (XGeneration, #1) by Brad Magnarella [Ebook] – I won this Ebook copy on Librarything.com. I will be reading this one soon. The summery of he book seems very intense so i can’t wait to see how this book goes.
  • Glass House (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine [Paperback] – I decided to start on this huge series. I am hoping this book is good. If not then i wont be reading the whole series. This was a Trade on Papebackswap.com

YA Book Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquiest

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Title: The Princess in the Opal Mask
Author:  Jenny Lundquiest
Published:  October 22nd 2013 by Running Press Kids
Type: Fantasy
Source: Won copy from Elana Johnson
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Orphaned as a child in the crumbling village of Tulan, Elara is determined to learn her true identity, even if it means wielding a dagger. Meanwhile, in Galandria’s royal capital, Princess Wilha stands out as someone to either worship or fear. Though no one knows why the king has always made her conceal her face–including Wilha herself.

When an assassination attempt threatens the peace of neighboring kingdoms, Elara and Wilha are brought face to face . . . with a chance at claiming new identities. However, with dark revelations now surfacing, both girls will need to decide if brighter futures are worth the binding risks.

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First Thoughts: The Cover is very eye catching. I love how the colors blend in and how perfect they go togather. I also LOVED the fact it wasn’t someones face zoomed in and you just got a pretty cover with the mask. It fits with the story. When i read the summery for first time i thought ” Wow This sounds like it’s gonna be pretty good ” I just sounded a little different then books i have read. Tho the book did have similarity’s to other things but the author twisted to her own and i thought that was pretty cool.

The Basics: The story starts off with Elara, she was an orphan when she was child and soon taking by a family that well doesn’t treat her all that well. She never knew anything of her real parents or even her name. She gets treated like a maid and lives the ” Poor Life . Living the life made Elara Brave and pretty tuff but she kept her feeling bottle up growing up.

Next you get The Mask Princess Wilha. Living a different more rich lifestyle of a princess then Elara she is left with a burden. She has worn masks since she was a child, sworn to never take it off. Most believe if you stare at her you will be cursed and saved.

Elara and Wilha life’s combine, and Elara most become Princess Wilha Decoy. Elara tying to find out her family past comes across more secrets then she wanted. They both discover that they have more in common then they thought. Now there is a lot more to the story then that but that’s the best you are gonna get out of me of the story. Lots of Eye candy for the lady’s..no joke good luck trying to pick.

Final Thoughts: I love both sides of the characters in the story, it helped bring the story together. I loved how they both had different personalty’s but the same. Elara is more loud spoken while Wilha is more calm and responsible….for the most part ( you kinda watch her come out of her shell ).

I loved how the story was about love and the life of being a princess but it was soo much more then that when they story goes on. it had a lot of “Kick-ass” moments with some suspense sprinkled in. The way the book ends is just my gosh mind blowing. I read the book fairly quickly i loved how it was fast paste. Defiantly a page turner. Good luck finding a dull moment because there is none.

overall loved the story, the characters and the beautiful cover. The story had kinda of a mix of Cinderella and the parent trap ( once you read the book you will understand ) I throw all my stars on this book. Amazing just pure amazing. I don;t understand why not a lot of people haven;t read this book? It’s really good i 100% recommend this book to readers out there.

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( US only ) No String Attached Giveaway Hop ~ Starling or Bloodlines

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I am giving away ONE winner to choose between Starling by Lesley Livingston or Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Both books are Hardcover.

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YA Book Review: The Shadow Garden by Allen Houston

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Title: The Shadow Garden ( Nightfall Gardens #2 )
Author:  Allen Houston
Published:  October 30th 2013 by Flycatcher Books
Type: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: From the Author for a honest review
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With the help of her younger brother Silas, the dusk riders and her best friend Cassandra, she must protect Nightfall Gardens and ensure that the fairy-tale monsters, old gods and deathly shades stay separated from humanity.

But now, the creatures bound to the Gardens are gaining strength and threatening to break loose. Bemisch, a malevolent witch, has escaped into the mist land to join forces with Eldritch, a powerful nature god. The mysterious Smiling Ladies hold the key to a dark secret from the Blackwood family’s past, and something once again roams the halls of the manor, trying to kill Lily.

Worse yet, her fourteenth birthday is approaching and with it a dangerous rite of passage. Lily must enter the Shadow Garden, home of all that is nightmarish, and come face to face with her most terrifying threat yet.

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The Shadow Garden has to be my favorite! it was just packed with more action and adventures and you  got more on both Characters of the story and more. I loved the creepy and scary creatures more then the first book. My lights are always on when reading the book…specially when i was home alone..I loved ever minute reading this and was shocked how great the book series ended up being then what i thought. Also i wanted to point how creepy the cover is but perfect all the same. It fits the overall all story of the Shadow gardens.

The beginning starts off with a good start but also heart pounding. you get thrown right from where it leaves off from the last book. Silas and the rest of the group set off in the Shadow Gardens dealing with wolfs and witches. They head off to a village his mother once lived. But was no easy task let me tell you, and geting there wasn’t any better.

And then you get his sister lily in the next chapter. Now i enjoyed her soooo much more then i did in the first book. I had more of connection in this book. and i love her story. lily has grown into something much bigger then the start. I love how she has grown to care for the people in the gardens who did no wrong or has no say. Tho she still has issues with trusting people she should not trust. She grows a bond with Cassandra and they become more then friends but like sisters. She seeks out to find out about the curse and tries to stop it. She becomes more wise then her age while staying in the castle.

I official LOVE Silas and Cassandra. them together make me smile and laugh and cry. Cassandra falls for him even when she tried so hard not to because of her curse. Even when they are separated there feelings grow. when she touches a human they die. Silas has no clue about  it and watching her wanting to tell him made my heart break. they will be my ship of all ships…( i gotta stay off Tumblr )

I have grown more attached to lot of the characters in the book even the big meany ones but have grown to love them, and of course you get to meet  new characters in the book that i just adored. But not all were good and the scary factor in this book rises then the first book and i wasn’t disappointed at all. The last book i felt like there was something missing and that was the scary and creepy, things that bump in the night. It did have those things but it just wasn’t as scary as i would like, but oh the second book..reach that level i was wanting and i was HIGHLY pleased.

The overall plot and the story with just a little mix of romance was perfect for my taste. I couldn’t find a flaw in this book and it is better then the first book and to me that is rare. I love how the story gets better and better threw out the whole book and the mystery that surrounds it.

Overall i recommend this series. once you get to the 2nd book you will just FALL in love with the story. I’m really happy the Author asked me to read his books. I do not regret at all.

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