Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway): Moon Chosen by P. C. Cast

About the book

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Moon Chosen

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

My Blurb

That is not a wolf on the cover… it’s a German Shepherd! It is so obvious that I wasn’t paying that much attention to the cover before I read the book! This is not a paranormal novel as I expected but a book of Tales of a New World– stories set in a post apocalyptic world with a supernatural angle. Even though this divergence from my expectation threw me off a little, I have actually enjoyed this fascinating new world.

The world has changed in so many ways and so has its people. Some have attached themselves to the Earth, others to the trees and dogs, and I believe, there are yet others to come in later books. Each of these groups has found a way to survive and even flourish. However, each group also have their own unique threats to their lives. And still yet, they are isolated from each other with distrust growing from the unknown. Things are about to change, however, as Mari and Nik, both seen as being different from their own Clan and Tribe respectively, are about to come across many things that will change their perspectives.

Both Mari and Nik struggled with their being different from their own Clan and Tribe respectively. In that way, they are prepared to think outside the square. At first, I wasn’t too keen on Nik for a particular obsession of his at the beginning. As I got to know him though, he’s proven to be loyal to a fault, loving, and actually quite humble. Mari, on the other hand, was very easy to like despite her insecurities at the start but that is all very understandable and she grew quite quickly into her power and confidence. It took sometime before these 2 actually crossed paths but when they have, the story move quite quickly.

Moon Chosen reads rather like a historical fantasy because of the way these characters are living. However, it is also a captivating blend of post apocalyptic and the supernatural. I, for one, can’t wait for the next book as I really want to meet the other survivors and their chosen ways of lives.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

Quick Q&A

1.       Dogs play a large role in Moon Chosen. Are you a dog lover?

PC: I’m an enormous dog lover!  The entire series was inspired by my working dog – an Eastern European German Shepherd named Badger, and a plethora of Scottie dogs! 

2.       What’s the one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

PC: That I’ve been vegan for about 3 ½ years.

3.       Out of all your books, which would you say is your favourite cover?

PC: This one!  I love love love the MOON CHOSEN cover!  

About the author

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Find PC on: goodreads  |  website  |  twitter

Giveaway (AU only)

I have 1 brand new copy of this book to giveaway but Australian address only (sorry, peeps, can’t afford overseas shipping :/). To enter, simply leave me a comment.

I will contact the winner on Monday, 5th December for his/her postal details.

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Review: Witch’s Pyre

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Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Lillian believes our experiences and our worlds make us. I believe our choices make our experiences and our worlds.”

The world is full of, what if or if only… It is one of the reasons why I enjoyed fantasy or alternate worlds/history novels. How does one little change affect the world’s history? It’s really quite hard to see how our decision could have a worldwide effect but sometimes, it’s a domino effect. It is therefore important to make the right decision. What is the right decision though?

I am amazed by Lily and the strength of her conviction. She’s afraid of pain (but who isn’t!) and so has developed a protective hard shell around herself. Can she save the world without saving herself first? Rowan, on the other hand, was frustratingly perfect, bleh! It’s pretty obvious I’m on the wrong team here (even at the reveal at the end, I’m still cheering for the other team!). And you know what, I think I like Lillian better too despite all her flaws and brokenness.

This final book in the Worldwalker trilogy opens within seconds of the ending of book 2 and we are shown a new sort of world or rather a city set apart, protected by the Hive. Things are never as they appear though as Lily and her friends discovered. The ending was a little bit anticlimactic to me… it ended the way it should, the way Lily wanted it to be but… this is my problem, I like the wrong characters and the wrong sort of plots! Nevertheless, it was still a fairly good read with some surprising twists I enjoyed.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

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Review: The Star-Touched Queen

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There have been many fantasy books written on basis of mythology but not that many in relation to Indian mythology. I read one that I remember of, and only because it was rather awful, but then this one was rather beautiful.

I’ve really enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen for the gorgeous world it conjures in my mind especially with the saris and accompanying accessories! I love the dreaminess of it all though not everything is quite right. There were twists upon twists, deceptions and betrayals amid the bloom of true love. And through all these things, Maya needs to trust in her instinct and discover herself.

I don’t know much about the Indian mythology so I don’t know how accurate or loose the interpretation of this in the book. But what I can tell you is that The Star-Touched Queen is a very easy book to lose yourself in; filled with magical creatures, wise words, and secrets, you won’t want to put it down.

Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for copy of uncorrected proof in exchange of honest review

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Blog Tour: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine has a talent for cooking magical confections that can alter a person’s emotions. All she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. As a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts – such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

She will do anything to avoid this fate, particularly as she finds herself falling in love with Jest, the mysterious new court jester. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Blurb

It’s not a secret, everyone knows The Queen of Hearts (and if you don’t, where have you been!?). What we don’t know is where she came from and how she became who she is. And this is Marissa Meyer’s gift to us in Heartless. Since we know what The Queen of Hearts is like… we know this is NOT going to be a pretty tale.  But it’s oh so scrumptious! And it began with

“three luscious lemon tarts…”

I think I have to warn you that you’re going to need some delish sweets to help you through this book because all the description of Cath’s marvellous baking made me run to the first cake shop I can find. Cath is not a thin baker. She loves tasting the goods just as much as she loves to make them. As impossible as it seems, she will not give up on her dreams of opening a bakery with her best friend. As much as I love this trait of hers, I was also a little frustrated because it feels that she wasn’t being realistic. It also became even more impossible when the King shows his preference for her. And to make things even more interesting, she was being pulled towards the new handsome and mysterious court jester. Who is he, where did he come from, why is he here?

Heartless was an easy world to lose myself in. From the very first few letters (see above), I was already drowning in the sweetness of this fantasy kingdom where everything must be pleasant. It is a beautiful world but with enough quirkiness to reflect that of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with a love story to touch the heart and some spins & twists to delight the readers.

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

About the author

Marissa Meyer in the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child.

Find her on: goodreads  |  website  | pinterest  |  twitter  | facebook  | youtube

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First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

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Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Introsto share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book that she’s reading or planning to read soon.

The house is a single-storey, chipped white weatherboard, and stand on the edge of a dusty road. It’s set on stilts, unusual for around here, with a rickety staircase leading to the doors. French windows open onto a verandah, dappled by eucalypts and crammed with tables. In my sketchpad, I’ve always managed to make the house look adorable, in an Oklahoma! meets Smallville sort of way. In reality? It kinda looks like it should be harbouring survivalists hoarding Spam and toilet paper and stuff.

But it’s beautiful. And it’s my favourite place in the universe.

cinnamon-girlThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

I saw this cover. I read the title. And I’m in luuurveee… Needless to say, I’ve very high expectations! I hope this going to be a fabulous read. Please note, however, the target audience is 12-15 y.o.

 

Review: Snow Country

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Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It seems to be the norm in Japan for a married man to go on a holiday, away from his family, by himself. It appears also to be expected that ‘entertainment’ is to be procured. Or that is the impression I’ve got from this novella (and also some other historical Japanese novels I’ve read but this novella, in particular). I find this custom somewhat strange but I don’t think it’s actually that strange for that time setting… it’s just strange for me in my current time period & modern culture.

Shimamura, a wealthy man, goes to an isolated mountain hot spring for a holiday and met Komako, a poor woman turned geisha. Something about Komako attracted him and he continued to return year after year. Komako herself gave her all to this family man knowing nothing good will ever comes of this affair. She can’t seem to stop herself though and continues to run to him each time she finds the slightest chance and even as she surrenders to this passion, she sinks into despair that they will never be together. Shimamura himself cannot or will not give her up…

Honestly, I couldn’t really stand both characters. There was too much fluffing about. I can spare a bit of sympathy for Komako, being poor and somewhat stuck in her position, however, the way she conducted herself, I found, distasteful (undignified?). Other than that, I do so love the atmosphere of the hot spring & the little mountain village!

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First Chapter, First Paragraph: The Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

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Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Introsto share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book that she’s reading or planning to read soon.

When Cate Christie has left the city, she had known it wasn’t going to be for good. And when she drove her tiny car through the vast, open paddocks of wheat and sheep, she knew that she wasn’t going to stay. That this was just temporary. And she knew that, no matter the distance between her and the bright, shining lights of the city, Brigit was still dead, and that she was going to be dead forever.

the-drifterThe Drifter by Anthea Hodgson

Cate Christie is a party girl, unable to commit to anything, until she is involved in a tragic accident that changes everything. To escape her guilt and her parents’ bitter disapproval, Cate leaves Perth for her aunt Ida’s isolated farm in country Western Australia.

Henry is a drifter, a young swagman-like character who wanders onto the Christie family property and takes up residence in a disused shed. With secrets of his own, the last thing he wants is to get tangled up in Cate and Ida’s lives.

Against their own better judgement, the fates of Cate and Henry and Ida inexorably intertwine and they learn to face the realities of life, death and letting go.

A witty, charming and moving debut rural romance about what makes a good death and, more importantly, what makes a good life.

Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?