Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle


Book Description via Goodreads:

Ebook, 319 pages
September 1, 2011, Rhemalda Publishing

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons--but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fade, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can't stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn't, there won't be anything left to save.

Source: Rhemalda Publishing via Teen Book Scene (Thank you!)

My Thoughts:

Witch Song was different from the books that I usually read. I’m used to reading dark witch novels. But this one wasn’t really dark. It was light but it preserved the adventure and the drama. It was full of wonder, magic and innocence that radiated from the main character, Brusenna (aka Senna.)

Senna’s growth as a person and as a witch was evident throughout the novel. From knowing little, being harmed and continuously threatened she became a witch who was sure of her powers. I loved seeing her grow as a character. The Senna in the beginning of the novel was so different from the Senna after the story. In her journey, she was accompanied by Joshen, her guardian. They went through a lot of obstacles and faced danger. Protective and sweet, Joshen added spice to the novel.

The first few chapters of the book reminded me of Crystal Bones. The medieval influence was evident in the novel and it was combined with a world of magic – the world of witches. Although it may sound typical, it was never predictable, never dull. Each destination in the novel had its own traits to brag about. The diverse characters gave life to the world of Witch Song.

What I loved the most was Argyle’s twist in the witch mythology. She connected witchcraft to nature. The existence of witches has been justified with the roles that they perform on earth. The spells in Witch Song were in couplet or poem form. They were so original, far from the usual Latin incantations present in YA books.

Witch Song has magic, adventure, danger and drama, a breath of fresh air and a perfect read for YA paranormal romance readers. With a smooth plot and beautiful writing, readers will fall inlove with this debut. 


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Book Trailer & Giveaway: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo was one of the most anticipated books last year. This year, the sequel, Hades, parades throughout the blogosphere with a treat for readers.

Heaven Help Her. 

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier?s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can?t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth?s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.




Thanks to Macmillan and tara of Zeitghost Media, I have a copy of Hades to giveaway to one lucky reader of Fragments of Life.

I’ll make this one easy since I’m sleepy, tired and I’m feeling kind tonight.

*C L O S E D*

Rules:

Must be a follower.
Leave your email address (so I can contact you if you win)
Open to US/Canada (if you’re an international reader and have a friend in the US/Can who can accept it for you, you can enter)
Ends September 11.

That’s it! 



Waiting on Wednesday: Struck & Tangled Tides


I was supposed to post this earlier today. But guess what? I went home with my best friend. We had a hard time commuting. It was raining hard and the buses were full (maybe because everyone else went paranoid and didn’t want t get wet.) I got home late. And now here I am, 10 minutes before midnight. I have two luscious 2012 books for you.

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR

LA has been devastated by a massive earthquake and the city is full of chaos and shattered lives. Mia Price has a connection to the storm that caused the earthquake but doesn't know why - who should she turn to for answers? The religious Followers prophesise the end of the world and claim to have the answers that Mia is seeking. The mysterious and beautiful Jeremy warns her away from them but he's hiding a more sinister truth. In the end, Mia is to discover that she is part of a power much larger than she could ever have imagined. When the final disaster strikes, she must unleash the full horror of her strength to save them all.

Why I Chose This:

Macmillan got great dystopians for 2012. I can feel it. Struck is one of them. Dystopian with a hint of…paranormal? I’m not 100% sure but that’s what I think it is. Ever since reading this amazing scene from Wildefire with lightning and three girls, I’ve been fascinated with it. Hoping to get my hands on this one!

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1) by Karen Amanda Cooper
Publication Date: 2012 (no set date yet)
Published by: Rhemalda Publishing

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

On her eighteenth birthday a hurricane hits Yara’s small island and with it blows in Treygan, a cocky blue-haired merman who claims he saved her life by turning her mer, but he could also take her life with his ability to turn things to stone, with just a touch… or kiss.

All Yara wants is to return home to her terminally sick uncle and her cool new boyfriend, Rownan. But she quickly learns that she can’t go back because her new existence—and new crush—complicate things beyond belief. Yara must open a sealed gateway between Earth and the sea creature realm, and that can only be achieved with a great sacrifice including friendship, love, and possibly even her soul. Or maybe, she hopes, that sacrifice will open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than she could ever imagine.

Young Adult fans of Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Gorgons will love this tale of the sacrifice one makes for genuine love. Love that lasts forever…love that could be lost at any moment to the ever-changing tides.

Why I Chose This:

Rhemalda Publishing gave me Witch Song – a good witch book for YA paranormal readers. When I discovered Tangled Tides, I knew I needed to read it. I love the abundance of mermaids in YA (I seriously need to read them. *Ripple*) And I’m a sucker for sirens and selkies since two of my favorite novels have these creatures in them. Romance, fantasy, love and sacrifice? Definitely my kind of read.




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Kane Richards Must Die by Shanice Williams


Book Description from the Back of the ARC:

After an unexpected transfer to the States for her senior year, Suranne’s new friends give her just one instruction: stay away from Kane Richards. According to everyone, he’s a heartless playboy concerned only for himself.

With one glance, it’s easy to see why he gets away with it. But things aren’t always what they seem – especially when he sets his sights on her and whispers that she’s ‘different.’

Despite all the red flags, Suranne considers whether or not his intentions are genuine or if she’s simply another name on his list. In the process, she may just uncover the real Kane Richards. But, when it comes down to it, the real Kane Richards may not want to be found.

Filled with raw emotion, Kane Richards Must Die, explores relationships, trust, love, and what can happen when life takes an unexpected turn.

Source: Paul at Lands Atlantic Publishing (Thank you!)

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis, I was curious as to how the author will make a simple concept, of the player falling for the new girl, into something that will be remembered. After reading chapter one, I knew that I would breeze through the novel. Kane Richards Must Die was one of those novels that were never hard to read. The quick pace made it easy for me too.

Suranne was the new girl, the new face, the new target of Kane. She was sent to US to live with her aunt for three months. At school, her first two friends: Lawrence and Kate had warned her not to fall for Kane Richards. He was bad for her. Kane was too charming, seductive and good-looking for any girl to resist. Suranne was the first one to do so. But something happened that made Kane change. There was something about Suranne that led him to his metamorphosis. As the story progressed, the tension, doubt and issues of the couple exploded one by one, testing their relationship and their faith on one another. It was quite fun to read.

Kane Richards Must Die had secrets that were revealed from time to time. I got to know Kane well, on why he had the reputation and what the cause of all the issues was. I was surprised at some of his revelations but I was able to predict the ending. The story was focused on these two lovers. I wished that they had more interaction with other people. I would have wanted to see that. The language, especially Kane’s, was quite modern. It was good since it reflected the ‘modern teen’ but sometimes I found myself distracted with it. But that didn’t stop me from breezing through this novel.

Kane Richards Must Die is a hot, sensual, realistic and enjoyable contemporary. Filled with pain and relief, doubt and trust, hate and love, this novel may appeal to (older) readers of contemporary and of relationship-themed novels.

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