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Fury by Elizabeth Miles - Review

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 10:36 PM PDT

The Synopsis - It's winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year's even better-the guy she's been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there's no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em's best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that's nothing compared to what's really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it's only a matter of time before he's exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls-three beautiful, mysterious girls-are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.

The Cover - This cover is seriously stunning. In person, the white has a subtle shimmer to it that reminds me of snow, and the red stands out so well. I really like the simplicity of it all.

The Review - The cover is what drew me to this book. The synopsis on the book itself doesn't really give too much away about the plot, so initially I thought that this was going to be a paranormal romance. Boy, was I wrong! Fury is a dark and somewhat twisted tale of revenge, the choices we make, and the consequences of those choices.

I loved the cold, wintry feel of this book. Set in icy Maine, Fury is filled with gorgeous descriptions of lush snow and freezing, stormy weather. Living in boiling hot Adelaide myself, I adore any book that can transport me to a white winter wonderland, and Elizabeth Miles did just that. The cold weather is also reflected in the plot; Fury  truly is a story of cold, remorseless revenge, and one that will stay with me for a while.

In many of the reviews I have read about this book, a lot of people have said that they didn't like main characters Em and Chase. While both were flawed human beings who did do some very nasty things, each was well rounded and not all bad. They were both so relatable, and I was particularly interested in Em's story. It's not often that we see things from the perspective of the "other woman" in young adult novels, so having an insight into her tough situation and troubled thoughts was something that did appeal to me. I also sympathised with Chase's story, and as more was revealed about his home life I could really see where he was coming from. All in all, I liked both characters a lot, though I do wish that Chase wouldn't have been quite so whipped!

 A fast-paced, absorbing read, and I was pulled into Fury from the very first pages of that totally intense prologue. The plot never dragged once for me, and I was on the edge of my seat, and honestly pretty creeped out, for much of the novel. I found myself rushing through the last few chapters, and the dramatic ending was not what I expected at all! Though I do wish that we would have learnt a bit more about about the Furies themselves, this is the first book in a trilogy, so I'm sure that there is much more about them to come.

Fury is an electric, exciting story and a powerfully haunting debut novel. I can't wait to see what else Elizabeth Miles has in store for this series, and will definitely be getting my hands on the second book in the series, Envy, as soon as possible!

One of the best paranormal YA books I've read all year. 4 Roses!

Lancaster House Review & Giveaway

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 05:34 PM PDT

The Synopsis - Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house... not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways... and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling - and questioning everything she's ever known. To her dismay, Zoe's actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House... and the love of her life.

The Cover - This is such an unusual, interesting book cover! It definitely has a vintage vibe about it, which fits perfectly with the story itself. I'm really liking the mix of blues and yellows that have been used, and doesn't that tagline just grab your attention straight away?! Love it.

The Review - Wow. Where to start? Lancaster House was one of the most exhilarating, amazing books I've read all year. Maybe even ever. There is an undercurrent of menace and a totally creepy vibe running through the first half of the novel, one which kept me turning the pages and had my heart beating that little bit faster. From the opening pages, you're sucked right into the action, wondering what is going on and what will happen next.

The house itself is as much of a main character as Zoe. A gorgeously dilapidated 1920 Victorian mansion, Lancaster House is to me, a dream come true! I am desperate to renovate a gem from the past myself, and I love the idea of bringing an old house back to life just like Zoe, so this aspect of the story really appealed to me. I also loved the little connection to the Winchester Mystery House, and the role that this played in the book!

I absolutely adored  Zoe and Andre. Without giving too much away, their relationship was so lovely, and both were interesting, unique characters. I enjoyed witnessing the development of their relationship, and I really felt the intensity of their emotions and their feelings for one another. The juxtaposition in Zoe's mannerisms, and the way she could quickly go from being a mature woman who renovates houses for a living, to a young twenty-something racing around a house on piggyback was great! I could relate to her a lot, and throughout the novel I could feel what she was feeling, and this brought me so much deeper into the story. And oh my gosh, Andre! What a dreamboat! He was seriously the perfect man! Well, nearly... He did love throwing guys out of windows a little bit too much for my liking!

I was spellbound by Lancaster House. Ms Dean has really outdone herself with this book. The story was utterly entrancing and completely absorbing.  It was also very smart; it kept me thinking and questioning what was going on the entire time, and even after reading it, I'm still not entirely sure what was real and what wasn't. I love a book that keeps me thinking about it well after I'm done reading it.

Lancaster House is definitely one of the best books I've read all year, and I cannot wait for the sequel! So please, write it quickly Ms Dean! In the last few pages I found myself nearly in tears, and I was racing to get to the end. This book has left me reeling, and I can't wait to see what will happen next.

A must-read. 5 Roses!

Author Bio:
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

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Karice Bolton Cover Reveal

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 01:59 AM PDT

Taken (A Watchers Novella)
by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: December 2012
Prequel to The Watchers Trilogy

Ana and Athen are enjoying the quiet life as a couple with only the minor dark demon infraction to rectify. Cyril and Arie are enjoying the newfound simplicity too. Things are perfect – too perfect.
They soon realize that something far more sinister is taking place in their world, and they must do their best to stop the evil from spreading. Determined to figure out who is tampering with the mortals' fate they are unable to recognize that it's a trap, and one of their own is the target.
This is where it all begins.

Altered Souls by Karice Bolton
Expected Pub: October 2012
The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past. Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities. With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it.  Realizing Triss's ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.

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Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012! Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

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These covers are just beautiful! I especially love the cover for Altered Souls. It's so dark and mysterious, and is definitely one of my favourite book covers of 2012.
I am so excited to read these books when they come out!