My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy

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Title: My Soul Immortal
Author: Jen Printy
Series: Fated Eternals #1
Edition: Digital Review Copy, 310 pages
Publication Details: February 15th 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once

Review

My Soul Immortal was such a shock to me; I could not put it down, and found it to be a well-written, unique take on the paranormal romance genre, which let’s face it – gets pretty tiresome pretty quickly.

The first book in the Fated Eternals series introduces us to Jack. He’s tall and handsome, he loves books, and he’s immortal…what more could you want?

When Jack gets shot playing the hero in a robbery he has no choice but to pack his (minimal) belongings and choose a new place to live. He can’t risk being found out. A dart to a map decides his fate, and fate it really is, as once there he bumps into Leah (literally), who is the spitting image of his soul mate, Lydia, whom he has spent years trying to forget.

As Leah and Jack realise that their bond is stronger than anything they have ever known, and Leah finally understands that her weird dreams were in fact memories of her past life with Jack, they find themselves in increasing danger, and Jack is not prepared to lose her again.

Like I said earlier, I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in two sittings, over two days and I loved it! I thought the whole past-life, fated eternals thing really made this a different kind of paranormal romance story, and I loved that Jack was simply immortal, not a fang in sight. 🙂

The only slightly negative things I have to say about this book is that at first I thought Jack’s characterisation was a bit off – I think Printy struggled in writing from a male point of view and some of the things he said and thought about didn’t quite ring true to who he was. And the other, was that I didn’t write this review straight after finishing the book (my bad), and when I came to start it, it took me a while to even remember what had happened, so as much I enjoyed it at the time I can’t say it was a memorable read for me.

However, I do remember how hooked I was, and how much I enjoyed Jen Printy’s writing. I hope to read more from her; I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the next in this series!

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This Week in Books 09.09.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Hope you guys are having a good week!

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Now: This Crumbling Pageant ~ Patricia Burroughs// The Turing Test ~ Chris Beckett

I’m trying really hard to get into This Crumbling Pageant, and I’m still going on my lunch-time read too.

Then: The Wolf Wilder ~ Katherine Rundell // The Reckoning Stones ~ Laura DiSilverio

My review of The Wolf Wilder went up on Monday. The Reckoning Stones was a slow-burner but I mostly enjoyed it. I’ll be reviewing it next week.

Next: Vengeance Road ~ Erin Bowman

Really looking forward to this one. Here’s the blurb:

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Winter Place ~ Alexander Yates

Ahhh can’t wait for this one, I love the cover, and it sounds beautiful!

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When a mysterious stranger and his brown bear show up on the same day that Axel and Tess’s father dies in an accident, Axel fears he might be going crazy, especially as only he can see them. However, the strange duo are quickly forgotten when Axel and Tess are shipped off to Finland to stay with grandparents that they’ve never met. But when they arrive in Finland, Axel is stunned when the stranger and his bear reappear. More incredibly, the stranger tells him that his parents are lost and need help.

Desperate to see his father again, and actually meet his mother, Axel follows the man and his bear, disappearing deep into the frozen wilds of northern Finland.

When Tess realises that her brother has vanished she’s distraught. And so begins the frantic search across snow and ice into the dark forest. But as the hours creep by and with no sign of Axel, Tess begins to wonder if her brother has ventured onto a path that she cannot follow.

Delving into the timeless, fantastical world of Nordic mysticism, set against the harsh beauty of a frozen landscape, The Winter Place is an imaginative, beautiful story of loss, love and hope, a story of family, and of a brother and sister who find each other again.

Expected Publication: October 22nd by Simon & Schuster

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I STILL Haven’t Finished

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Series we are yet to Finish.

I used to class myself as the great unfinisher of series…what can I say, I just get bored easily! However, for that reason alone, I’m quite reluctant to start new series these days, so this topic wasn’t as easy as I first thought.

I do still, of course, have some outstanding series that I haven’t finished or caught up on yet…

1. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: I have read 8 books in this series and only have two to go, one of which I own but I just hit a wall with it. I do really want to finish this one though, I love Derek Landy!

2. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I really loved the first book, but still haven’t got round to the second one which was quite a long time ago now, the third is probably on its way already.

3. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett: For ages I thought this was a stand-alone, so ever since I realised it’s a series, I’ve been needing to read them all!

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I’m not sure if I’ll read the last book in this trilogy as I’ve heard such bad things about it. I do kind of want to read spin-off ‘Four’ though.

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5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis: I know this is TERRIBLE considering how much I love the rest of this series but I never read the last book. For some reason as a child I never got that far, and now as an adult, and knowing vaguely what happens I just don’t think I can!

6.The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I don’t even know where I got up any more, book 4 maybe? I had a definite love/hate relationship with these books but I do want to finish them…I think I’d have to go back and read them all over again first though…and who’s got time for that, right?

7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I only made it to the 3rd book in this mammoth series, but I was loving it. I just need to get my hands on the other books.

8. The Immortals by Alyson Noel: I think I read two of these…but two was enough.

I’m sure there’s at least two more but I can’t think of them right now!

This Month in Books: August 2015

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In August I continued my mission to get back on my feet, blogging and reading wise, and I’m getting there, just about. I concentrated on trying to get my outstanding review requests read, and then the same for Netgalley approvals. Therefore the month was a bit low on reviews, but I now have lots scheduled for this month already 🙂

I also went to Germany for a long (beer-festival-filled) weekend to visit my friend who has just moved back there. It was sooo good. Bamberg is lovely – highly recommend it.

August was also the month where I once again became obsessed with The Great British Bake Off, and I watched so much RuPaul’s Drag Race that I’m not sure how I got any reading done at all. So good!

Anyway, back to the blog round-up…

August 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 13 (-3 from last month)

Books Read: 5 (+ 1)
The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey
Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell
My Soul Immortal ~ Jen Printy
Memoirs of a Dipper ~ Nell Leyshon
Beneath the Lake ~ Christopher Ransom

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (1/5); Horror (2/5); Paranormal Romance (1/5); Crime/Thriller (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Digital (4/5); Hardback (1/5); Paperback (0/5); Owned (0/5); Borrowed (1/5)

Most Surprising: My Soul Immortal
Most Disappointing: Beneath the Lake
Most Exciting: Memoirs of a Dipper
Most Swoon-worthy: My Soul Immortal
Most Beautifully Written: The Curse of Crow Hollow

Reviews: 3 (-4)

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (out on Wednesday!)

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Title: The Wolf Wilder
Author: Katherine Rundell
Series: N/A
Edition: Digital ARC, 256 pages
Publication Details: September 9th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Genre(s): Children’s Fiction
Disclosure? Yep! I received an advance copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Review

From appearance alone, The Wolf Wilder is everything I want in a book. The Wintery setting, a pack of wolves, revolution, and adventure…like, seriously everything, so I was pretty eager to start this.

But I’m sad to say it wasn’t quite everything I imagined.

It’s a really adorable story about Feo, who along with her mother is a Wolf Wilder out in the snowy wilderness of Russia. Wolf Wilders are almost like people of folklore, it is in their nature to help discarded domesticated wolves to revert back to their true nature, wild.

There was definitely a lot to like about this book. The setting was beautiful, and the writing matched it perfectly. It was also a really quick read, which is nice, but it just wasn’t very exciting.

If it wasn’t for the pretty setting and beautiful way Rundell has with words, I would have been truly bored. Such a shame! I also didn’t really get the whole Wolf Wilder thing. For one, the book wasn’t really about that at all, and secondly, Feo obviously wasn’t that great at it because her pack of wolves were tame to point where she and her new friend Illya (who has no experience with wolves) can even ride them.

And I guess that was my main problem with this book – it just wasn’t believable in the slightest. I’d love to believe a 12 year old girl could start a revolution because the Tsar asked her to shoot her wolves, and that the Tsar would then become obsessed on finding her, this little girl. Bit weird.

However, I did like the whimsical nature of The Wolf Wilder, and how strong Feo was as a protagonist; I think young girls will love her and she’s definitely a good character to look up to.

It might work for the age-group it’s aimed at, but for cynical adults like me (apparently) the plot was just too far fetched. This book tries to give a real, important voice to children though, which I found wonderful.

I’d love to see the illustrations as well, as they weren’t included in the advance copy – I’m sure they will make the book even more beautiful than it already is.

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Lazy Saturday Review: Beneath the Lake by Christopher Ransom

I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy and concentrate less on the plot and writing and more on my general feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

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Title: Beneath the Lake
Author: Christopher Ransom
Series: N/A
Edition: Kindle, 449 pages
Publication Details: September 10th 2015 by Sphere
Genre(s): Horror
Disclosure? Yep! I received an advance copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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Thirty Years Ago: On a camping trip by a remote lake, the Mercer family enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime – until a violent tragedy forced them to make a decision that would haunt them for ever.

This Summer: When the younger Mercers learn their father is dying, the family reunites at the lake, seeking a second chance to put their lives back together. But something is waiting . . .
Four Days of Hell: Also arriving at the lake are estranged son Raymond Mercer and an alluring stranger, Megan, both ignorant of the family’s secrets. Within hours, they are all trapped in a relentless nightmare and fighting for their lives. Some places are better left. Some secrets are better forgotten. Some people are better dead.

Review

Oh, I wanted to like this so much…but it was a bit of a let down. I really liked Ransom’s debut The Birthing House, but I’ve tried a few of his other books and they haven’t had the same impact on me…(that was one creep-ass read). Unfortunately, Beneath the Lake was a similar story for me.

It started off so well! The opening was full of unexplained, extremely bizarre happenings which urged me to read on. Then we are catapulted 30 years ahead without knowing what actually happened that day at the lake- but knowing it was something terrible- and now the estranged Mercer family are planning a reunion there.

It all sounds good right? Well, it was for a while, but intrigue turned to boredom somewhere in the middle and I found it a struggle to get to the end. It just fizzled out for me I’m afraid.

I thought this had an interesting plot, but it peaked too soon, giving way to bad pacing. It did succeed in keeping me guessing for a while, and I did detect a constant uneasiness, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me hooked.

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Release Day Promo: Summer on the Cold War Planet by Paula Closson Buck

Welcome to another book promo on Lipsyy Lost & Found, where I’m always thrilled to support independent authors and publishers.

Summer on the Cold War Planet is Paula’s first novel which echoes the lyricism of her poetry while maintaining the spirit of cold war Berlin. It releases today, 03/09/2015

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Summer on the Cold War Planet

Author: Paula Closson Buck
Editions: Paperback/Kindle/e-Book, 357 pages
Publication Details: September 3rd 2015 by Fomite
Genre(s): Literary Fiction

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“Each story shed about as much light as a match and made all the dark around it worth wanting to know…”

The summer before the Berlin Wall collapses, a young American art historian whose husband has disappeared returns to the divided city seeking truths she believes he might have kept from her.

There, she falls again under the spell of an exiled East German artist whose stories of Greek mystics once made him as irresistible as he was forbidding. In this novel of conflicting allegiances played out between a richly realized late Cold War Berlin and the stark beauty of the Cycladic islands, travellers, natives, and refugees circle one another warily, their fates hanging on the question of which trusts if any, will remain unviolated.

Meet the Author

paulabuckPaula Closson Buck is the author of two books of poems, The Acquiescent Villa (1998) and Litanies Near Water (2008), both from Louisiana State University Press. Summer on the Cold War Planet, is her first novel.

Short stories drawing on her travels in India have appeared recently in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Southern Review. She has been awarded three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist grants and a Fulbright fellowship to Cyprus, where she worked collaboratively in poetry with two Cypriot visual artists. A former editor of the literary magazine West Branch, she directs the creative writing program at Bucknell University. She is currently at work on a third book of poems and a new novel set in Venice.

Advanced Praise

An international romantic tragedy glowing with polished prose and poetic highlights”.

–Kirkus Reviews

Paula Closson Buck animates a fascinating set of characters whose lives both represent and resist the larger sociopolitical and generational sweeps they are carried by. The result is a rich and provocative exploration of freedom, allegiance, and betrayal–and the sense that history matters but so, too, do our individual stories. –Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger and The Lower Quarter

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This Week In Books 02.09.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

I’m keeping it short again this week as I haven’t bought any new books or put any requests in…boo to busy life!

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Now: The Wolf Wilder ~ Katherine Rundell// The Turning Test ~ Chris Beckett

I’m liking The Wolf Wilder so far – it’s really getting me in the mood for Autumn. Get the blankets out! I’m still going on my lunch-time read too.

Then: Beneath the Lake ~ Christopher Ransom

This left me a little deflated after a great start 😦 My review will be up on Saturday.

Next: ???

I still need to start This Crumbling Pageant by Patricia Burroughs as part of my review request mission, but I also have lots of September releases on Netgalley to get through. Busy, busy.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Thanksgiving ~ Mary R. Arno

I like the sound of this one.

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New Orleans, Summer 1965: Nancy Drew, the Beatles, Hurricane Betsy. For four young people, it is a time for sailing lessons, clandestine cigarettes, facts of life, guilty secrets. Playing girl detectives, Peg and Emmaline hitchhike to the Winn Dixie, where Emmaline hopes to find her runaway sister. Harry, Emmaline’s brother, lurks on the edges of their toxic, disjointed family. Meanwhile, Mimi catches the measles at her family’s summer cottage. Sent home with the family’s housekeeper, she gets a taste for grown-up adventure and a glimpse of the compromises and deceit that come with it.

As seasons and years go by, each of the four must come to terms with what happened that summer and what they did—or didn’t do. Thanksgiving slowly reveals the adult ugliness festering beneath the summer idylls of childhood.

Expected Publication: November 26th by Koehler

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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Top Ten Tuesday: I don’t think we should be friends…

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Oh OK, that’s how it is, is it?

Hmm this topic is so hard because it’s hard to remember those characters you didn’t really get on with as compared to those that you love and want to be your BFF! But I’m going to give this a go…

Celeste (The Selection series by Kiera Cass): Yeah OK, so she turned good in the end but even then I just couldn’t!

Rosalie (The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer): Again, she got better as the series went on but it was too little too late for my liking. Plus, she’s way too beautiful to stand next to me. Go away!

Edmund & Lucy (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis): Ugh these two. Edmund was an idiot and made me furious a lot, and Lucy was sweet but a bit too whiny. I much preferred Susan and Peter from the early books.

Natalie (Sixteen Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas): I just couldn’t get on with how stupid Natalie was to allow herself to get into the horrible situations she did – her age was not a good enough excuse!

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Oliver Gooch (Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory): Oliver was such a strange, troubled character…I’m not sure I could handle being his friend, but I would like to visit his gothic bookshop!

Jorg (Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence): We’re really not supposed to like Jorg, but even as a anti-hero he didn’t do it for me. I never want to meet him!

Tally (The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld): Man, she was irritating. I really enjoyed this early dystopian series but for most of it I didn’t get on with Tally at all. We made friends by the end though.

Violet Lee (The Dark Heroine series by Abigail Gibbs): Violet was fearless bordering on stupidity and a bit self-involved so I’m not sure we’d get on.

Peter Pan (by J.M Barrie): Oh Peter. He’s the ultimate bad boy isn’t he? He promises the world with his magic and adventure but HE WILL NEVER LOVE YOU! SOB! Poor Wendy.