Review of Cracked By Author Eliza Crewe

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Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

 

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About this author

Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel

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Review of Cracked (Soul Eater #1)

Rating 5 stars

 

Normally the Main Character in a book is the good person but not in Cracked. Meda is bad, a monster, but a hilarious monster. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much throughout a book. Meda’s inner dialogue was brilliant and I loved her struggle between being good and bad.

 

Here are a few parts I took from book:

 

I consider the many tools at my disposal, eyeing his large blood-splattered frame, and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infrequently used I need to dust it off first.

My eyes fill with tears. “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”

“Demons.” Thanks, Einstein. I got that part. I let a tear trickle over.

He hurries to reassure me. “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you.”

Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating.

 

                                                ****

 

 

❝ A small girl, still young enough to suffer the indignity of pigtails, holds out a dead goldfish in her cupped hand.

Thanks, but I just ate.

“My fish died,” she lisps around missing teeth. She looks at me expectantly.

Ah – catastrophe has struck and she’s in search of an adult to handle it. (…) Fortunately, I know just how to handle this one.

“Flush it down the toilet.”

(…)

What? It’s a fish.

 

                                                ****

“There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom – if she’s the nice sort.

There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom – if she’s the bad sort.

But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you.

I’m the third kind.

I eat souls.

 

The Secondary Characters where just as valuable to the story. My favourite been Jo, she was so angry at the world that it gave Meda so much ammunition for hilarious smart commentary (That went on inside her head) it had me laughing so hard. Uri was sweet, he was a kid who got to hang out with superman – superman being Chi. It was cute.

 

Overall the story captured me not for its plot or world building but because of Meda and her inability to feel compassion for others. Just hilarious. If you want a fun read that will make you laugh and smile then cracked is the one for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight for Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)

 

 

Eden Forest

Book One of the Saskia Trilogy

Aoife Marie Sheridan

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Four banished Angels,

A world created by the hands of God,

A Kingdom on its knees,

A secret protected for centuries,

And one mortal can save them all.

Step into Saskia.

 

 

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.
On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Aoife Marie Sheridan has loved reading from a very young age, starting off with mills and boon’s books, given to by her grandmother her love for romances grew, by the age of 14 she had read hundreds of them.

Aoife had a passion for writing poetry or in her eyes her journal entries. It was something she did throughout her teens and into her twenties. Aoife won first place for two of her poems and had them published at a young age of just nineteen. Realising she needed to get a real job (What writing isn’t) she studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until her passion for reading returned and she found Maria V Snyder. Poison study one of her favourite books has been read and re-read countless times.

Aoife’s first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to be after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born. Now with her first novel published and taking first place for Eden Forest with Writers Got Talent 2013, Aoife continues to write tales of fantasy and is currently working on her third book for the Saskia Trilogy amongst other new works.

To contact Aoife you can email her at aoifesheridan101@gmail.com

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The Saskia Trilogy by Aoife Marie Sheridan

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EDEN FOREST (PART ONE OF THE SASKIA TRILOGY)

 

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Synopsis:

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone’s possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

Purchase Links:

http://synergebooks.com/ebook_edenforest.html

http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Forest-Book-Saskia-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00C43FKHY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388747097&sr=8-1&keywords=EDEN+FOREST

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eden-forest-miss-aoife-marie-sheridan/1113848691?ean=2940016175959&itm=1&usri=eden+forest

 

CITY OF SECRETS (PART TWO OF THE SASKIA TRILOGY)

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Synopsis:

Sarajane finds herself in the middle of a war… a war over her. While in the City of Secrets, she must learn to use her powers that God gave her to defeat a fallen angel, who wants nothing more than to walk on earth. But will she stop Lucian, the fallen angel in time…even with Tristan and Carew at her side?

 

Purchase Links:

http://synergebooks.com/ebook_cityofsecrets.html

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Saskia-Aoife-Marie-Sheridan-ebook/dp/B00HHHPVQM/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388747720&sr=1-4&keywords=CITY+OF+SECRETS

 

STEP INTO SASKIA. 

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Book Tour for Eden Forest and City of Secrets

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TOURS DATES:

 

 

Feb 3 Guest blog
The Book Landers 
 
Feb 3 Spotlight
Claire’s Book Corner 
 
Feb 4 Interview
Nicky Peacock Author
 
Feb 4 Spotlight with Excerpt
The Writerly Exploits of Mara Valderran
 
Feb 5 Interview
Mythical Books
 
Feb 5 Spotlight
Nocturnal Predators Reviews
 
Feb 6 Guest blog
From Pressed Leaf Publishing
 
Feb 6 Spotlight and review
Book Bliss
 
Feb 7 Spotlight
A Night’s Dream of Books
 
Feb 7 review
Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books
 
Feb 10 Interview
Dalene’s Book Reviews
 
Feb 10 Spotlight
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
 
ALL ARE VERY WELCOME. 

Review of A sight to Dream of (Oberon Book 2)

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(4th Review for June)

 

5 star rating

 

While reading Scent of the Roses (Book 1 of the Oberon Series), there was one particular person who intrigued me, one that I would have loved to read about. So when I picked up A Sight to Dream Of and realized it was about Marsha, the woman who had intrigued me, I was delighted, and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed with the plot and madness of the story.

This one was filled with a lot of magic, but where Marsha is concerned, so is magic, murder and mystery. I just loved her and really liked her love story with Sam – what a perfect fit for her. As for her ex-husband, I wanted to strangle him, but his actions allowed us to see Marsha as an insecure person, something I didn’t think possible. She always came across as a busy body, hard, strong woman you didn’t cross. But seeing her as insecure, shy and a bit afraid was a breath of fresh air.

The story also wraps around scouts and Nick’s wedding. Drama, drama, drama… but Lucy is the wedding planner. With the build-up to the wedding and Nick’s family sharpening their pitch forks, another murder takes place. Nick spends all his time trying to find out who killed the reporter Paige, and a new can of worms are open. Once again, I found myself pointing fingers at everyone… always getting it wrong.

Once again, P.G Forte has taken readers on a rollercoaster ride, one I didn’t want to end.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good murder mystery with plenty of drama and the right amount of magic.

 You can purchase this book from http://www.synergebooks.com 

Review of Witch-Hunt

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Witch Hunt

5 stars

(2nd Review for June)

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When I first started reading the book it felt like harry potter, a story written for a younger person, but I was given this book by the author for an honest review so I kept reading.

Wow. What a story, I cried so many times, not just a few tears, at one stage I had to stop reading because it became too much for me. The loss of a loved one in the book was so real and raw; that it felt as if the authors own experiences had been pasted in this book. It tore at me so much. Lauren was a woman cursed in a sense since birth, hardworking, loyal, and loving and what she was subjected to and suffered was heart wrenching, and her vengeance was understandable it was as powerful as her love.

 

The story is told mostly through the eyes of Sabrina a healer growing up in a world where witch craft is forbidden by the Order of Lauren. Sabrina is kind and shy, simple in ways living a protected life, with no knowledge of who she is. Until she discovers she is a relative of Lauren a women who is remembered incorrectly as being evil. As the story develops we see Sabrina conquer her fears, and she grows so much it’s like watching her transform into another person.  The story is fast paced and doesn’t slow down at all, the lands that the author creates are haunting at times, yet so breath-taking like the forest  or the city of Sha’ La’ Shang. The plot is thick with deceit, murder and greed.

The love story between Sabrina and Micah is there through the whole book, but it doesn’t over power the story at all, it alters the future for Sabrina, but I can’t wait to read the second book to see where they end up, and find out what exactly Sabrina will do now that her powers have fully ignited.

 

A wonderful story, one that I would highly recommend, I applaud the author for a tale that made me cry, squirm with unease, and made my heart pound with anticipation.

 

Review of A Vampire’s Saving Embrace

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Review of A Vampire’s Saving Embrace

Rating (4 stars)

1st review for June

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I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

 

When I first picked up this book I thought it would be a romance, but was very surprised to find a lot more went with It. This book reminds me of a mills and boon’s with a bit of action and adventure thrown in. The love story does take the front line and is very strong, at times piping hot.

 

Abby: Abby is the main character and at the start of the story she is strong, feisty and a likeable character. After been attacked by a demon, she is saved by a vampire called Desmond. He takes her to his home to protect her, and it all kicks off from there. Abby is attracted to Desmond straight away and also is enlightened about whom she really is, and also that so much more exists like vampires, werewolves, fey and witches. There is a lot of tug and war between Desmond and her but it just adds to the passion between them. The only thing I hated was she had two catch phrases that I felt like screaming every time I heard them, one was “Holly Hell” and the other was “Cripes”. If I hear does words again I will strangle her.

Desmond: Desmond is a man, a real man, a monster to the world, but a gentleman to Abby. He’s jealous, possessive doesn’t understand any emotions except anger and hate. So it’s cool to see him struggle with his new found emotions around Abby. He had a habit from the start of calling her “pet” which I also hated. But other than that he was yummy. J

 

Plot: at the start I was so confused thinking why did he rescue a stranger? Why was she living in his house? And why were werewolves and other vampires helping to protect her. Then it all made sense and I could hear myself saying “Ahhhhh, that’s why” and I fell into the story seeing there was a purpose of why her. As far as action goes (that is outside the bedroom) it comes near the end of the book in one full swoosh, but this didn’t bother me, like I said I really thought it was just a romance so it was a pleasant surprise.

 

Overall a very enjoyable read and one I would recommend for lovers of vampire romance. 

Review of The Eternity Cure

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The Eternity Cure

(6th Review for May)

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Star rating: 3 stars

 

I must say I loved the first book and had high expectations for the eternity cure but it didn’t quite reach the bar.

The plot was strong and very interesting I couldn’t fault it in anyway, and it thickened throughout the book.

 

But in saying that I just HATED that no-one died. We have people on their death beds several times and yet they survive. “Remarkable”. By the end I get my wish “about time someone died” Hmm no wrong again. Sigh.

I didn’t like the love story. It was bland or maybe I didn’t like Zeke he was so soft and girly, not a masculine bone in his body, he ran after Allie, like a little lap dog, I ended up skipping  all their “moments”.

 

CHARACTERS:

Allison:  to be honest I preferred her as a human, she had more of a fight in her. As a vampire it seems that it didn’t just change her physically but it changed her personality too, I know that would be expected considering her transition, but it left me feeling unsure about her it was like a new character that wasn’t developed much. The only time I could see the true Allison was when Jackal was around, he just rubbed her up the wrong way. J

 

Jackal: O god did I love him, Jackal the King of raiders. What a character.  I would read a book entirely based on him. He was just so cool, every time he was in the book I would just get lost with him. His sense of humour, dry sarcasm was priceless. He was so disloyal an untrustworthy but he made me smile. JUST LOVED LOVED HIM.

Sarren: O Sarren, Sarren, Sarren, why won’t you just die already?. Every time  Sarren is caught  he escape,s he just won’t die and always gets away. “JUST DON’T CAPUTRE HIM” really it would make the story good, we will just hunt him and when we get him, and then we can unleash hell, not a few rounds of a sheep fighting off the wolf. So god-damn frustrating. What I did like about Sarren was his gift at torturing Kanin, it was cruel, vicious yet interesting.

 

 

Any way in saying all that I will still get the third book, but only for you Jackal. J

 

 

Spotlight for The Pull by Brooke Morris

The Pull

Raised in the World of Men, 18 year old Maggie has just discovered that she is a forbidden half-breed, a cross between fairies and demons that should have been annihilated before she was even born, before her mother could escape with her into the New World, the World of Men. She soon learns why her kind are so feared as she races to save a world she has never known yet feels intimately connected to. Will Maggie be able to save the Old World from a long dormant evil that will turn everything to ash and dust.

Where can I purchase this book?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble 

Smashwords 

Kobo

About the Author:

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours (who am I kidding?- a few days) than getting lost in a good story. With just the right plot twists and character development, an author can pull you out of one world and into another.

Living in the PNW for the better half of a decade has greatly influenced my writing. The lush beauty of the natural world often provides the backdrop for my fantasy novels. I enjoy examining what it means to be human and playing with the wide array of possibilities that opens up in my writing.

While I would love to eat, drink, and breathe writing I have a little beagle who reminds me about the important things in life…mainly throwing his squeaky tennis ball until my arm falls off. That and of course the all important food- for anyone who has ever had a four-legged friend of the beagle variety, you know full well how high food ranks in their world. Truthfully, I am pretty sure he would sell me down the river for a mere whiff of peanut butter. But hey, at least I would have a good story of how I came to be homeless and panhandling (my beagle made me do it, I swear!).

I am releasing my first book soon through Smashwords and I hope you take the time to read it and review it!

Where can we find you?

Goodreads

Website.

Review of Fractured

 

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Review of Fractured

(2nd Review for May) 

Rating 5 stars

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O I loved Slated and was so not disappointed with fractured yes along the way I was actually getting confused and annoyed but that was only because I was eager to know WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON. It’s a game of too trust or not to trust. A few I seen coming and others took me by surprise.

 

Kyla the main character is so so brave while reading it there was so many situations I was screaming for her to run, or just let it go, live a simple life why spoil it, but she has a curious mind and won’t let anything go. Her loyalty to ones she loves is unwavering and I admired this so much in her, especially with Ben.

 

I found this one sad compared to slated as it was just a warm up, but my heart broke a few times through this book.

 

It ends with a new beginning and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, just not sure who exactly I will be reading from. Lucy, Rain or Kyla or maybe all three.