Something for the Weekend – Book Blast & Giveaways!

There have been some great Giveaways in book world this week, so here is my pick of the best.

Some time ago I did a Cover Reveal and Review for Amber Skye Forbes’ dark and gritty YA Paranormal book When Stars Die. Amber is giving away a signed copy via Goodreads, and also hosting a great Rafflecopter Giveaway.

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“Yet, even when stars die, they leave a lasting impact through their light, their diamond brilliance as they scatter their material to form new stars. When people die, they leave the same impact with the footprints they leave on people’s hearts. Even the ones who feel insignificant go out, leaving behind dust that can nourish the world anew.”

Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

If you fancy your chances, here are the links:

Rafflecopter Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway: Signed paperback (International – check countries before entering – Ends 25/02/14)

Other YA Giveaways:

As you should know by now, I’m a huge fan of the work World Book Day does, and once again they have some great giveaways this month. All Giveaways end 31.01.14

One Safe Place by Tara Unsworth

One-Safe-PlaceA disconcerting vision and a beautifully imagined novel of suspense and adventure from debut author, Tania Unsworth. Already garnering praise from advance readers and reviewers, THE ONE SAFE PLACE is a tale of a world post-disaster, where the rich are very rich, and the poor – and children – are the forgotten and lost.

Devin loses his beloved Grandfather and with him the safety of a back-to-basics but happy rural existence, and is driven to civilisation to counter the possibility of never-ending loneliness. A rumour of a place of greater safety appears to be urban legend, until suddenly, it becomes a reality: the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood is welcoming of special children – those with something about them. Devin is synesthetic and is regarded as prize, but it takes some persuasion for his friend Kit to be able to join him. But isn’t it the case, that something that looks too good to be true, often is too good to be true and here, perfection conceals the darkest of secrets…

Publishers Orion are giving away 10 copies of The One Safe Place.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

If-You-Find-Me-pb IF YOU FIND ME is Emily Murdoch’s haunting and highly acclaimed debut—a gripping contemporary mystery and a slow and winding unravelling of the truth. If You Find Me looks at modern life through the eyes of a narrator with another life perspective. A tale of hardship, tragedy and a coming to terms and moving on, a tale of sisters, of family and growing up, of bravery, resilience and hope. A book that will resonate with older teen and adult readers alike.

Living in the woods with her young sister, Carey’s life is hard and survival is the priority. But when her mother goes missing, the food runs out and the strangers arrive searching for them, life is about to take an unexpected turn. Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn’t, will she ever be free?

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THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
A Coldtown is a dangerous place; a glamorous cage. A prison for the damned – and anyone interested in spending the rest of their lives partying with them…

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It’s an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day. A modern world, a society self-aware and turning a dark mirror on itself with endless up-close social media, but twisted a degree from today – where a deadly virus can mean the end of life as you know it, if not life itself. Tana has dark secrets in her family’s past, but her future is the most pressing concern – and it’s not going to be headed in quite the way she expected. The consequences of her attendance at a blow-out sundown party mean that her choices are shrinking fast… Let Holly Black subvert your expectations and lead you, along with Tana, along a dark and complicated path – it’s well worth the journey!

Publishers, Indigo, are giving away 10 sets of these two brilliant and very different books.

Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill

LATS-coverAmina’s homeland has been ravaged by war for many months, but so far they are safe, together. When a so-called liberating force arrives in the country, the family think their prayers for peace will soon be answered, but they are horribly wrong . . . The country is thrown into yet further turmoil and Amina’s family is devastated . . .

The woman of the family – Amina, her two sisters and their mother – have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp.

But there are even more challenges ahead . . .

10 copies of this fantastic and heart-rending book are up for grabs!

Good Luck!

September 2013 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Monthly Round-Up
September 2013

Total Posts: 28

New WP Followers: 34

Books Read & Reviewed (7):

  • Frost Hollow Hall – Emma Carroll, 4/5 (Review)
  • Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy, 3/5 (Review)
  • City of Bones – Cassandra Clare, 4/5 (Review)
  • Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld (Guest Post) (Review)
  • The Eye of the Moon – Anonymous, 4/5 (Review)
  • Daughter of Camelot – Glynis Cooney, 4/5 (Review)
  • When Stars Die – Amber Skye Forbes, 3/5 (Review)

Favourites Fridays:
Most Fridays I have been posting about my favourite books or authors

Most Viewed Posts:

  1. Chastity & Chainmail: Daughter of Camelot by Glynis Cooney (View Post)
  2. WWW Wednesday 11/09/2013 (View Post)
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Books Purchased: 
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ARCs:
The Wolves of Midwinter – Anne Rice
Let the Games Begin – Niccolo Ammaniti
Words Once Spoken – Carly Drake
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches – Alan Bradley

*BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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*COVER OF THE MONTH*

*MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH*
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WWW Wednesday! (25-09-13)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: The Polaris Whisper by Kenneth Gregory

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I’ve only just started this so not much to report yet!

Recently Finished:

I knew my productivity couldn’t last for long. I had a friend staying over for the weekend so didn’t get any reading done; I only finished one book – When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes. My review is here.

Up Next: I have lots of awesome titles lined up for Horror October including…

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Sinners & Shadowmen: When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes

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Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

I have been following Amber Skye Forbes’ blog for a short while but I hadn’t read much about the actual plot of her forthcoming debut When Stars Die. What I did know is that Amber’s all into ballet and stuff, the title sounds magical and the cover is pretty so when the opportunity came up to get an advanced copy to review I was thrilled and as soon as I started reading I knew instantly that this book was absolutely nothing like I was expecting.

From the very beginning it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a happy, soppy love story. Amber created a dark, mysterious and ominous atmosphere right from the get-go and I was entranced. Amelia is at Cathedral Reims -such a great name- where she is undergoing trials to prove that she deserves to be, and can handle the life of a nun. Straight away I was glued, the main leaders or teachers (whatever you’d like to call them) Mother Aureilia and Theosodore came across as incredibly sinister and cold, and the trials themselves were a lot nastier and darker than I would have first imagined.

And then, as you’d imagine, the plot thickens!

I loved the idea of the Shadowmen prowling around Cathedral Reims looking for witches and when Colette bursts into flames I had surprised cat face for at least 5 seconds. We soon come to realise that this world is nothing like ours.

People are born witches as a punishment to parents who have sinned, so basically there’s a whole lot of witches! And when witches die they become Shadowmen, and the whole thing is driven by the evil, manipulative God Deus. Now, I’m not religious but I am fascinated by it and I thought the ideas and themes here were really interesting. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything quite like this, which is something you don’t get to say very often.

That being said, there were a lot of things that hindered my enjoyment as the book went on. When Stars Die is set in the 1800s but it’s written in a modern style. I’m not usually a stickler for things like that but I frequently found words and phrases that I couldn’t help but go ‘surely that wouldn’t have been said in the 1800s?’ It distracted me a little.

I also felt the dialogue let it down slightly as it didn’t seem very natural to me and I wished I liked Amelia more as a protagonist. She didn’t really do anything wrong but I felt I couldn’t warm to her because other than being there to save her brother’s soul I wasn’t convinced by any of the motivations for her actions. I never really got to know her as a person.

I wouldn’t classify this as a paranormal romance, as it was a pretty bad romance but the setting and Amber’s descriptions of the world she has created here were really what made this book for me. That and the genius idea to use first person – present tense really made it stand out. It was a unique read and the Epilogue has certainly intrigued me enough to look forward to the sequel.

Details: E-book, 267 Pages. Released 22nd October 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing
Unicorn Rating: 3 out of 5 (if I could chop one in half to make it 3.5 I would, but I can’t chop up a unicorn)
Is it a keeper? Yes
If you liked this try: I don’t know why but Gormenghast was the first thing that came to mind. So I’m going with it.

*Cover Reveal* When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes

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Title: When Stars Die
Author: Amber Skye Forbes
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release: October 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing
Book Design: Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Art

Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

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