Friday, 8 November 2013

Lost and found


It's been a while since this blog had anything good on it and I am really sorry for that. I know what it's like to go to a blog and expect something and all you find is air.

I have reasons. They might sound like excuses. It's probably because they are. Firstly, I moved house in December. I know that was ages ago, but moving out of my parents house and into my own apartment was a huge step for me. Except the years at Uni, I've never lived alone. Being twenty-four was probably the right time for me to leave the nest.

So, picture me in a completely empty (somewhat filthy) apartment. No furniture. No one to fix anything if it goes wrong. I'm someone who's big into routines, and I had to change my routine and make myself a new one, along with buying, well, furniture, and keeping myself fed and cleaned while making sure I wasn't living in a dump. So there was that.

Then summer came. You're probably going to think I'm nuts. But when the sun comes out, so do I. When it gets cold, I hibernate. Like a bear. But when the first rays of warmth start to shine, I come alive. And for me it was all systems go all the time. I didn't want to be home. I didn't want to be indoors. I wanted to be out and making the most of the heat (we don't get it often in England). It didn't leave much time for writing. Or reading. I'm so behind on my goal of 80 books this year. I've had to drop it. Still don't think I'll make that.

Summer. I partied a lot. I drank a lot. I hung out at theme parks and regular parks and stayed up all night on the phone to my friends and spent a LOT of money on festivals and concerts. I fell in love. And then got my heart broken. I was hungover. Pretty much all of the time.

And then the sun set. And I applied for a promotion. A two grade jump with much longer hours and a lot more stress. I got it on a three month trial and now that takes most of my time. But, I want to write something new. I want to read loads and review more. And I want everyone who follows this blog to not forget about me. I am still here. Hopefully for good. Let's hope my mojo is back.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

'All Our Yesterdays' review

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this. Didn't love it, but I liked it plenty.

At first, I thought I'd missed something. That maybe this was a sequel. The first chapter throws you right into the middle of the story and it's so different to other books I've read lately where it took FOREVER to get somewhere. This one throws you onto a fast moving treadmill and it's either keep up or get off.

It wasn't long until I realised what was happening and who Em was and the world they lived in. The book is told in two POVs. Em and Marina. I guessed the first twist pretty quickly. At first, this read like two different books. You had the first paced sci-fi adventure of Em and the slower contemporary love story of Marina. I was desperate for the two plots to intermix and when they did, that's when I really became invested.

There wasn't much surprise in the book. No massive twists or head spinning discoveries. It was actually pretty tame for what it should have been. I guess I wanted more against the clock antics and more emotion and pressing urgency from the characters. Sometimes this felt a little empty.

But it was enjoyable to read. I liked the mini adventure (and it was mini) and I did like the explanations of the time travel and the two versions of characters who were the same and yet so different. I liked that it wasn't a perfectly happy ending. I do wish I could have seen a little more of what they were fighting for the world not to become. Maybe that's why I wasn't completely onboard for their mission.

4 stars, but closer to 3.5.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

'Dangerous Girls' review

Dangerous GirlsDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know it's been a while, but I come with a fantastic book recommendation.


That's basically my reaction after having read this book. I'm having ALL THE FEELS and so many and they're all so different and it's so fantastic!!!

Basically, in a nut shell, this book is about a girl named Anna who has a slightly disturbing and unhealthy friendship with a girl named Elise. They, and some friends, go to Spring Break in Aruba where Elise is murdered and Anna is labelled as the main suspect.

The book isn't told from start to finish. It's told out of order and some parts are told before other parts that happened first. But it's not complicated to follow and it all relates to the trial. The book threw me around like I was in a washing machine. One minute I loved Elise. Then I hated her. Then I loved Anna. Then I hated her. Then I thought she was innocent, but then I thought she was guilty. I didn't know what to feel.

Even now at the end, I'm still like 'did that happen?' It has one of the best endings I've read about in a long time and I think it ended perfectly. I wasn't left craving an alternate chapter or needing a sequel. It was perfect.

All the characters were well rounded. The narrative lacked description and detail, but I think that was purposeful. All in all I really, really enjoyed this book. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2013. Without a doubt. I recommend to those who enjoy thrillers and contemps and a 'whodunnit' plot.

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Laced in Deceit cover reveal contest

So, I mentioned this a few blog posts ago, but Riley Gray is hosting a cover reveal contest and for some strange reason, it doesn't have many entries!

Today is the last day and you have a REALLY good chance of winning something. It's so easy, too! So if a free book and an Amazon Voucher appeals to you, well, I'm going to embed the rafflecopter link here for ease. No clicking on other links, no hard work at all!

But if you do want to know more about the LACED series (and you should), the first book is available to buy on Amazon along with it's partner book.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Who should have an opinion? Er...everybody!!

So unless you've been living under a rock lately, you would have seen the uproar in the YA community about a certain post Jezebel published online. It was an article in which an author spoke about feminism in YA and what she thought was a good list of advice to authors who worry about having their female MC be a feminist or not.

It was a decent written novel. Very much a promotion tool for the author's own YA book in which was her debut. But I thought it made some valid points.

Anyway, the point of this blog post is not to talk about the article itself but people's reaction to the article. The most infuriating and incomprehensible being that the author should NOT have been the one to write that article because - shock! - she has only one book out and therefore is not an expert and should not be dishing out advice to anyone.


Seriously? Is that people's mentality these days? That you have to have published over six books and sold over half a million copies in order to have an opinion or offer advice? That's absolute bullshit and I'm disgusted at people's attitudes. Telling someone that they should not have wrote that article and that it should have been another author who did is just...wrong. And then for authors to act the way they do because someone dared share a view?

Shocking. I'm surprised the YA community is still this way, and it makes me sad to be a part of it. There's this real nasty streak in the YA community sometimes where people troll one another and gang up on one another and make horrid twitter remarks and sarcastic comments. Can we just stop?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion and they can post it where they want. It's fine to disagree with it, fine to question it and fine to add your own opinion. What is bad taste is to discount it purely because of number of books sold.

I'm not a professional chef, but I'll advise that you season meat before cooking.

And because I have a splitting headache, this probably wasn't as eloquently drafted. My friend Lindsey Culli has probably said it better.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Prep School Confidential Giveaway!

A good friend of mine is holding a giveaway of her upcoming book, Prep School Confidential!

That's right! I'm like the genie of giveaways today.

Not only is Kara giving away a copy of her own book, but there's loads of other things you can win too.

But what is the book about you ask? Well, I'm here to tell you!

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston.  Determined to make it back to New York, Anne could care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate, Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school. 

When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it.  With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne’s snooping in this fast-paced, unputdownable read—even if it means framing her for Isabella’s murder.

Sounds great, right? So want to know the details of the contest and what you can win?

·       First Prize winner will receive a signed ARC of Prep School Confidential, a signed copy of The Nightmare Affair, a paperback copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and a PSC Swag Pack
·       3-Runner’s up will receive 3 PSC swag packs
·       Open US/Canada only
·       Runs May 29 to June 11
·       No purchase necessary to enter
·       Be sure to read the terms and conditions on the giveaway

Laced in Deceit cover reveal!

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Isn't it beautiful? I really love the colours and the roses.

Bonus - Riley is holding a contest over at her blog and it's super easy to enter. So go do that!

Monday, 6 May 2013

'The Elite' review

Monday, 6 May 2013 21:16 Posted by Chanelle 0 comments
The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been a while since I read The Selection, so it was a little hard to get into The Elite. I couldn't remember most of the characters or details of what had happened in the first book, but I remembered the gist.

This is one of those frustrating books that you read because you have to. I HAD to know who America would choose and I have my clear favourite: Maxon. I wanted her to choose him and I was so, so annoyed when she would go back and forth between he and Aspen. In fact, the sheer amount of back and forthing made me really hate America. She was petulant, and whiny and stubborn and she made stupid decisions all because she couldn't ASK!!

I think I might like her more in the third book, as I started to warm to her again towards the end. I find myself liking her when she's being warm with Maxon and to her maids, but that's it.

I did like this book, although it was very much a set up for the next one. The next one will feature resistance and sabotage from the King and that's quite exciting. In a horrible way, I'm glad America will have to face this. It might make her more grateful for the amazing experience she had been given instead of complaining about it.

But I tore through this book. Much like I remembered in the first. While nothing really happens, plot wise, and the characters aren't massively simulating, this book attracts my wishful side and it's entertainment factor is incredibly high.

4 stars.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Guess what's out today?


You guys, you have to buy it. And if you've never heard of Riley Gray before, you need to run out and buy Laced in Malice and then buy the companion novel, Written in Malice! It's dark, its hot, it's full of...malice! 

Like Cruel Intentions? This is the book for you.

So what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

'Arclight' review

ArclightArclight by Josin L. McQuein

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this had the potential to be something amazing...instead, it was mediocre.

Save from Across the Universe, this probably had one of the most exciting first chapters that I've read in a while. Ignoring how utterly and completely confused I was, I was very intrigued and couldn't wait until it was all explained...

Fast forward six or seven chapters later and I'm still confused. Fast forward six or seven chapters after THAT and I'm still confused. I know that part of the allure to this book is that we have an unreliable MC. She has no memory of her time before the Arclight and therefore is unable to tell us a lot of thing. But information on the hook to this book would have been nice.

I found this book so confusing at times that I think I lost the main point of it. The sentence structures were all over the place, and I know that I had an ARC but the errors were offputting in a big way. It took a lot of piecing information together myself and even then I wasn't sure if I'd come to the right conclusion.

However, in all it's faults I found myself utterly determined to get to the main crux of the plot and I was fascinated by this new world - if only I could really understand it. I did, in a way, like that there weren't huge chunks of back story and explanatory narrative. But I think it needed to find a healthy medium.

The main character was likeable and I understood her decisions and thoughts and the twist at the end, while obvious, was handled well. What I really didn't like was that the Fade - who were awesome - turned out not to be the bad guys and instead were fluffy type good creatures which really ruined the book for me. Can we keep our evil creatures evil, please?

The first half of the book was better than the second. I think, if I could get this book changed I would ask that a lot of unnecessary words be cut (sentences were too long and often didn't make sense. Way too chunk of a book for what it was) and that description was focused on slowly rather than quick dashes of words. The Fade should have been really developed through this and instead weren't.

3.5 stars.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

'Taken' review

Taken (Taken, #1)Taken by Erin Bowman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I loved the cover and I was excited when I was sent the book for review.

At first, this was a great read. I loved learning about the town enclosed by a wall where boys are taken at 18 and escape leads to death. There was a great mysterious atmosphere where the main character was trying to figure out what the Heist meant and why he seemed to have beaten it.

And then the book changed. It went from being something original and unique to your run of the mill dystopian's. The mystery of the town took a back seat and it turned into a story about corrupt government leaders and unveiling the secrets behind that.

Then it changed once more! It went from the dystopian community to escape and training and war.

It felt very unstructured, all in all. Just when I started getting used to one plot, it changed to another. This felt like 3 books in one and because of that I felt that a lot of questions weren't answered and plot holes were just quickly half filled. I wanted so much more from this book, which I thought we could have got if this hadn't have changed so quickly. It didn't feel natural or smooth.

I was also unconvinced by the main character. I liked that it was told from a male POV. I even liked that he was a black sheep and despite not being as good as his brother, still managed to succeed. He was stubborn and rash and rude. But there was one scene at the start which meant I couldn't fully get behind him, and then again at the end.

It is NOT okay for him to attack a woman. It isn't. This was one of the first scenes in a book. He pounds upon a girl who is taunting him and he isn't the least bit sorry about it either. And then towards the end of the book he plays with one girl's feelings for him to make another jealous. But he does it in such an awful way. To purposefully almost have sex with a girl on the other side of the fire to the girl you're in love with. Not cool.

So yes, I was torn about this book. Because despite all the bad points I just wrote about, I tore through the book hoping for something that wasn't there. I did enjoy reading and the pace was fast. But I think I wanted this to be something that it wasn't.

3.5 stars.

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Cover of the Week (30)

I have another great cover of the week for you all! And I swear, I will actually try to have these done once per week like I intended.

So this week we have...

ALIENATED by Melissa Landers!

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

This sounds like a really fun Sci Fi.  Not only does the story sound great, but I just love, love, LOVE the cover. The colours pop and I like that the girl is in normal clothing instead of a beautiful ball gown (though I admit, ball gown covers are a guilty pleasure of mine). I love that she's on the ground and he's up in the sky. It looks great, right? What do you think?

Monday, 18 March 2013

'Second Verse' cover reveal!

You guys know how much I love doing cover reveals, and this one is extra special because the author is a friend of mine and she. is. awesome!!

Plus, not only do you get to see an amazing cover, but you could be in for the chance to win a giftcard, an ARC or a signed bookmark too!

So, without further ado...


Isn't it beautiful?

You want to know what it's about? Sure you do!

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.
Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.
Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.
Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

Murder - who doesn't like murder?! Not only is the cover amazing but the story is great too. Trust me, you guys need to get your hands on this. So, what do you think?

Oh, and before I forget, here's the link to go win yourself some great goodies. And the Goodreads link too.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

'If You Find Me' review

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was AMAZING. The kind of book I've been wanting to read for a very long time, without knowing it. It was so real and raw and honest. I loved that it wasn't all sunshine and roses. There was real struggle, even after they found paradise.

The story is told from Carey's point of view. A young, teenage girl who looks after her six year old sister, Janessa. They live, like scavengers, in a camper in the woods where their mother left them. Their mother who comes and goes, leaving them with scraps and beans. Their mother who does awful things to her girls in order to fund a meth habit. The story starts with Carey's father and a social worker finding the girls and continues in three sections.

The first section focuses mainly on Carey and Janessa's reintegration back to civilisation. Back to plumbing and restaurants and soft beds and a family home. It shows Carey's gratitude yet confusion over missing a place that wasn't meant for survival, but a familiar and comforting home. The first section was my favourite part. I was absolutely hooked. Reading as these two poor girls are swept back into modern first world life and completely unprepared for it. Fantastic.

The second section focuses on Carey's development and character. Now that she's settled into her new home (mostly) and has a new step-mother who can take care of her little sister, Carey is left to look after herself. She goes to school and learns to navigate the cruel and strange hallways of a high school. She meets a boy. She learns about fashion and parties and friendships. It was lovely and sweet to see how she reacted to it.

And the last section focuses on revelations. It uncovers the secrets that have been hinted at throughout the other two sections. The reason why Carey's little sister no longer talks. The reason Carey can't quite let go enough to enjoy being back at home. The reason why she can't let herself bond with her dad. And it does not disappoint.

There were a couple things I wanted answering that never were...but that's life, I suppose! Not everything has an answer there and then. I would love if there were a sequel to this. The end is very unsure and if would be great to see the fallout of the revelations.

5 stars. Without a doubt. I would recommend EVERYONE read this.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Cover of the Week (29)

I'm back with another Cover of the Week!

This week we have...


There's no description up yet for this one, but I'm really excited for it. This is the sequel to Renegade, a story about a girl brought up in an underwater world where she's told that it's no longer safe above the surface. Turns out, it's not much safer below it either. I love the colours of this cover. How the font matches the sunset, and the ruins of the pier. The ending of Renegade makes me think of this cover and it's just beautiful.

What do you think?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Cover of the Week (28)

It's been a long time. I know it has. I should apologise, but no doubt this'll happen again and then I'll have to apologise again and then...

Yeah. I'll try not to need to apologise in the future :)

Anyway, I come with a lovely cover!!

My cover of the week this week is...

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Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.

So I was a HUGE fan of Hemlock.  See my review of it here. I am SUPER excited for this sequel to come out. I have huge hopes for it and I know Kathleen won't fail to deliver (that and because I'll hunt her down and see that she answers some very strong questions). I love this cover. I think it goes perfectly with the first and you can tell that it's a set. I think the plot of this one sounds great too. What do you think?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

'Nobody But Us' review

Nobody But UsNobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bonnie and Clyde, eat your heart out.

I really enjoyed this one. It was one of those books where if I wasn't reading about it, I was thinking about it. It had this raw innocence to it, this kind of realistic, heartfelt need. And I was sucked right into it. I craved it, more and more.

It's a simple plot. Boy meets girl. Boy wants to save girl. Boy and girl run away together. Cue wacky drama. But what's different about this book are the characters.

Will has just turned eighteen. He never met his dad and was given to the state by his Mum, but no one could adopt him because she disappeared. He's spent most of his life in care and fighting both physically and mentally to survive. When he meets Zoe, he knows he wants to save her and so together they run away to Vegas.

Zoe is fifteen. Her dad beats her up. She doesn't have a back bone and is too responsible for her own good. She thinks Will can save her.

Separately, they're an annoying couple of characters. Will is one angry kid. He is quite demanding and condesending and he makes the stupidest choices ever. I mean, how did he think running away with a fifteen year old would work? He couldn't wait a few years? And Zoe? Well, she acts like she's about 10, doesn't stand up for herself, is a bit of a tease and also makes really bad choices.

And yet, and yet I loved them. I wanted them to be happy and end up together. I wanted a happy ending for them. I winced as they made mistake after mistake after mistake, but I enjoyed their roadtrip almost as much as they did.

Wasn't a fan of the ending. I thought it was quite rushed and emotionless. I also thought that Zoe's inner monologue was quite different from the way she was described in Will's POV.

4.5 stars. Because this grabbed my attention from the start and I never wanted to let go.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

New Year, New Changes

It's been a bit quiet over on this blog lately, and I know I've been pretty cryptic about what's happening and not really saying much, but I'm finally here to reveal all!!

Firstly, some bad news.

My Heart Be Damned won't be available to buy for the foreseeable future.
Why? Because I cancelled my contract with Knight Romance Publishing (or Mitchell Morris Publishing - take your pick). I'll talk about that further below, if you want all the ugly details. But I want to say here and now that I am so grateful for everyone who wanted to read it, everyone who reviewed advanced copies, everyone who wrote to me or commented on posts or just thought 'oh that sounds interesting'. You have no idea how much I appreciate it, and whenever I get a little sad that MHBD won't be in the world, I read those posts and I'm happy.

Some more bad news (now you can see why it's been quiet around here!).

I am no longer represented by Victoria Marini. Why? Because our interests no longer aligned. Victoria wanted stories I didn't want to write, and I wanted to write stories that Victoria didn't want. So we both agreed that it was best to part ways rather than continue to try to shove a cube into a circular hole. But I encourage people to continue to query Victoria, because she is great!

Some good news!

I have found my calling in thrillers. I'm a huge horror and thriller fan. That's what I'm currently writing too. Dark stuff. Edgy stuff. Scary stuff! Yay! Hopefully, you'll see some of that soon.

And even better news?

I am now represented by Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency and I couldn't be happier with this. Lauren has always been a dream agent of mine and when she emailed me to tell me that she would love to represent me, I thought I might burst with happiness. Literally.

So that's the short story behind the changes. If you're willing to get a taste of my writing (which is long and why I can never write short books), keep reading.

A little while ago, Victoria wrote a blog post about why sometimes having no publisher is better than having a bad publisher. I was the caution behind that tale.

I have nothing against small publishers. Nor will I ever. And I'm firmly under the belief that everyone has to start somewhere. Every big company had to start small before they became successful, and therefore people needed to take a chance there. I took a chance with KRP and it turned out to be a bad move, but it has taught me a lot.

Maybe one day KRP will be a great publisher. Today is not that day. They made a lot of promises to me that they couldn't/wouldn't keep and all the promotion my book got was my own doing. I got no help from my publishers at all (they couldn't even spell my name correctly most times). I was given a very unprofessional booklet of ways to promote my book (including leaving copies in doctor surgery waiting rooms, though where I'd get these copies from was another matter). I'd been promised 5 ARCs (yes, only 5) and got 1. I was promised Kirkus reviews and magazine reviews and got none. I was told B&N would shelf my book. They wouldn't. And then there were rumours of money not being paid and royalties being ignored and I knew something was very, very wrong.

The final straw (and I'm leaving A LOT out of this story) was when they signed MHBD up for Amazon KDP, having already received a request from me to NOT do that, and put the book out early for free. So yes, I decided to cancel the contract and am focusing on other works now.

Maybe one day, I can put MHBD out there (even if I have to self publish it). But my energy needs to be elsewhere for now and once again I thank you all for sticking with me.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

'Pretty Girl-13' review

Pretty Girl-13Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On the surface, this was a five star book. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. When I wasn't thinking about it...well, that didn't happen. Too many books focus on the kidnap itself. The time spent being kidnapped. I liked that this looked at the after effects. I liked that it focused on Angie coming home. Because there's trauma there too. Different, but still trauma.

The book starts with Angie's return home. It's been three years since she was taken, but to Angie, no time has passed at all. In fact, she still thinks she's thirteen, still thinks she was camping with her friends, still thinks that it's August. She can't quite believe what her stunned parents tell her, and the face in the mirror just isn't hers. But with the help of a psychologist, Angie learns the truth: she has DID (dissociative identity disorder) and there are a number of Angie's, but which one you'll get depends entirely on the circumstance.


Like I mentioned above, on the surface this was fantastic. It was interesting, haunting, emotional and tragic. But, unfortunately, the second half of the book led me to a few problems and though I was enjoying what I was reading, in the back of my head I was very disbelieving and quite irritated.

A lot of the big twists are revealed and then forgotten. Some of the twists were good ones, ones with a lot of fallout after. With 90% of these cases, the fallout wasn't mentioned. It was skipped and we were briefly told what happened later. It wasn't good enough for me.

My biggest complaint of this was after Angie attacks Yuncle and her parents find out what had happened. I expected this huge emotional scene, especially a confrontation between Angie and her father, and instead that wasn't explained. We're later told her parents accepted it and now her Grandma won't come to Christmas? It felt to me like a cop out.

Another complaint...when Angie manages to mould two of her alters with her own personality, she gets back all of their memories and isn't affected one tiny bit by it. The girl was held captive for 3 years and terrified of her captor, not to mention the incident that caused her to have an alter in the first place. But she doesn't think about it or react to it at all. She carries on dating and babysitting and going on with life as though none of that never happened. For me, that was really unrealistic.

There were more things I had a problem with, but I won't go into it. Because at the end of it all, I still really enjoyed reading it. I devoured the entire book and finished it quickly. I wanted more and more and more. And actually, maybe I'm so annoyed at the parts missed out because in fact, I just wanted to know more and that's a sign of a good story. If I didn't care about the book, I wouldn't want more!

4 stars.

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Saturday, 5 January 2013

'Splintered' review

SplinteredSplintered by A.G. Howard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I had NOT expected this. It was like an emo Alice in Wonderland!!

This was a mammoth book. And just when I thought it might end, it didn't and a whole new plot rolled out. BUT this was good! Good because I was so invested in the characters and their development and just READING about them, that I didn't want the story to end.

Alyssa is the great, great, great granddaughter of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. But what the story didn't say was that when Alice came back from Wonderland, all her female descendants would be cursed. A curse that would then turn them insane. Alyssa has just started to experience the things that has her mother locked away in an Asylum and heads down the rabbit hole with the boy next door to try and end the curse.

There's a love triangle. Sometimes I hated it and was just wanted it to be Jeb and Alyssa forever. And then I liked it. Morpheus had more layers than an onion. And more secrets than layers! You never quite knew what was happening.

The writing was amazing and very visual, which helped for this type of story. I could picture everything well and this would make an amazing film. But this wasn't the Wonderland you thought you knew. It was creepy. The characters were evil. Everyone had their own motivations. It was fantastic.

I would definitely recommend this to people who like reading about fantasy adventures with some hot romance and creepy creatures! 5 stars.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Bring it on, 2013!


So, it's officially 2013 and I don't know about you, but I have some goals (not resolutions!) that I'd like to achieve this year. I also hope to be able to tell you some My Heart Be Damned related news: thank you SO much for sticking with me through this fiasco!

Anyway, here are some of my goals.

Write a couple more books
Get another book deal
Get promoted in my day job
Read 100 books
Finish decorating my new apartment!

How about you? What are some of your goals for this year?

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