Friday, 26 April 2013

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster Book Blast & Giveaway!

The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.


About Alicia Wright Brewster

Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero. (Please don't ask what her superpower is; that's not very polite.)

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.

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A metal plate occupied the wall to the right of the door. Loken pressed his hand to it. The door slid away and disappeared into the left side of the doorway. Loken stepped through and down the stairs on the other side. His footsteps clanged against the metal steps as he descended.

Unlike in the overly bright training room on the other side of the building, dim lights filled this room with shadows. The team clustered at the bottom of the steps, blocking my view. As they shuffled slowly out of the way, I caught sight of what had stopped everyone else in their tracks.

A glass wall separated us from what looked like a large cell. The only entry point into the cell was another thick metal door with a security pad next to it. Behind the glass, three people stood as far away from one another as they could possibly get within the enclosed space: a hugely tall man, a woman with blond hair that hung past her waist, and a smaller man. All three were nude.

They looked human but . . . wrong somehow. Despite their lack of clothing, they made no effort to cover themselves. The larger man’s muscles bulged in odd places. While the woman wasn’t as massive, her body was more toned than any woman I’d ever met, more so than even Elder Ethereal.

From across the room, their black eyes cut through the darkness. A chill raced up and down my back like icy fingertips.

I stared at the smaller man. His eyes bore through me. I wondered if he saw me at all, or if he just happened to be looking where I was standing. At first glance, I’d thought him to be relatively slight. Although the other man dwarfed him, his thin arms were as tight as a predator’s, coiled to strike. The sharp planes of his face only emphasized the eerie black of his eyes, sunken into their sockets.

Loken’s voice startled me from the man’s hypnotic gaze. “In case you haven’t guessed it, these three are—”

“Mages,” I whispered.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Blog Tour: Lord of Prophecy - Michael A. Rothman

Short description

Lords of Prophecy (The Prophecies, #3)The Riverton brothers have completed their training, and despite their own personal skills, they worry about the forces arrayed against them. Knowing the barrier that’s kept the people of Trimoria safe for over five centuries is weakening, the brothers ready their ragtag army of humans, dwarves, and elves for battle.
In the meantime, on the other side of the ancient barrier, a growing army of demons have readied themselves for the final battle against the people of Trimoria.
As the barrier weakens, Ryan is struck by bouts of debilitating madness. As the barrier crumbles, so does the hope of Trimoria’s citizens.

My opinion

Ryan and Aaron who were just boys at the beginning of the first book have grown up. It’s been five years since they left Arizona and entered Trimoria by accident. I really like how you could see them grow throughout the books. In this book they are preparing for the huge battle between good and evil. I mean there is no in-between, you’re either a hero or you are a villain. And when it finally came I couldn’t put the book down. There were  new characters introduced, but there were also characters from the previous books. And I loved that after three books there was still a lot that we could learn from them. As in all the previous books, the book was a mixture of fantasy, action and romance. That’s what I loved about it, because you never get bored of the books. There is always something else that will turn you upside down. I also loved the setting of the book, the author made it easy to envision it and the map in front of the book definitely helped.

The book can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s recommended to start with book one. That way you can see the characters develop throughout the series. And even if the book is categorized as a middle grade book I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy books. This series was just amazing.
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About the author

I am an Army brat and the first person in my family to be born in the United States. This heavily influenced my youth by instilling a love of reading and burning curiosity about the world and all of the things within it. As an adult, my love of travel allowed me to explore many unimaginable locations. I participated in many adventures and documented them in what will be a series of books.

Some might put these books in the Fantasy genre, and I never had issues with this label. After all, the adventures were, without any doubt in my mind, fantastic. I simply quibble with the label of "Fiction" that some might put on these tales. These tales should be viewed as historical records, more along the lines of a documentary.
I've learned one thing over the years. Magic is real. Keep exploring, and you too will find your magic.

Author: Michael A. Rothman
Publisher:  M & S Publishing
Publishing date: April 10th 2013
Pages: 460

Other Books:
  • Heirs of Prophecy
  • Tools of Prophecy
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

See you later xx

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Stacking the Shelves #7

Showcase Sunday's/Stacking the Shelves aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. This Sunday meme is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea and Tynga's Reviews

The Testing (The Testing, #1)


Heirs of Prophecy (The Prophecies, #1) Tools of Prophecy (The Prophecies, #2) Lords of Prophecy (The Prophecies, #3)

Finding Sky (Benedicts, #1)Stealing Phoenix (Benedicts, #2) Seeking Crystal (Benedicts, #3)
Chosen (House of Night, #3)Untamed (House of Night, #4)Nothing Can Keep Us Together (Gossip Girl #8)
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) Bloodrose (Nightshade, #3)

See you later xx

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #7 - The Testing

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that we are anxiously awaiting is:

The Testing (The Testing, #1)
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
Another dystopian novel. And I don't know why but when I read the short description it reminded me a bit of The Hunger  Games. Maybe it's just the cover. But anyway I'm really exited about this book.
Release date: June 4th 2013
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See you later xx

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Releases in April

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) The Elite (The Selection, #2)

The second book in the His Fair Assassin series.I haven't read the first book yet (Grave Mercy), but I read many great reviews about it.
Release date: April 2nd
The third and last book in the Darkness Rising trilogy. I only read the first book in this series, but I'm planning to read the others as well.
Release date: April 2nd
The second book in The Selection series. I still need to read the first one, but reviews that I've read are very mixed. You either love it or you hate it. So I'm hoping that I will love the books.
Release date: April 23rd
Apollyon (Covenant, #4) Life After Theft Belonging (Temptation, #2)
The fourth book in the Convenant series. I read the first book and I liked it, but it felled like a Vampire Academy ripoff. So I don't know if I will read the other books.
Release date: April 9th
A total new book by Aprilynne Pike, defenitely got to read it. I really liked her Wings series, so I hope I will love this book as well.
Releas date: April 30th
The second book in the Temptation series. I really loved the first book, so I'm looking forward to reading this book! You can read my review of Temptation here.
Release date: April 30th

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) This Is What Happy Looks Like The Shadow Girl
The second book in the Blood of Eden series. Again I haven't read the first book yet, but I'planning to read it.
Release date: April 30th
The short description looks good and I just love reading contemporary books.
Release date: April 2nd
The description of this book is really intresting, it really makes me want to read this book. And look at the cover of the book!
Release date: April 9th
See you later xx


Monday, 1 April 2013

Read in March

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) - Maggie Stiefvater
Heart Like Mine - Amy Hatvany
The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War #3) - Philippa Gregory
Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) - Miranda Kenneally
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Vacant - Evelyn R. Baldwin
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) - Marissa Meyer
The Hangman in the Mirror - Kate Kayley
Destined (Wings #4) - Aprilynne Pike
Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) - Tahereh Mafi

The best book that I've read this month is defenitely The Fault in Our Stars. It was really beautiful, so you can expect a review off this book.

What did you read this month?

See you later xx