Blog Tour: Monochrome – H. M. Jones

18757452Release Date: August 1st 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Pages: 289
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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How far would you go to fight for your life and all of your most precious memories?

Synopsis:

The cries of her new baby throw Abigail into rage and desperation. Frightened by foreign anger and overwhelming depression, the first-time mother decides to end her life to spare the life of her only child. But before she acts on her dark intuition, she is overcome by a panic attack and blacks out.

When she awakes, everything is blue: the trees, the grass, the rocks and still, scentless sky above her. Everything except the face of the man who stands over her. He is Ishmael Dubois and claims to be her Guide through the dangerous world of Monochrome, a physical manifestation of the depressed mind. But in a place where good memories are currency, nightmares walk, and hopeless people are hired to bring down those who still have the will to live, Abigail starts to wonder if she’ll ever make it back to her family. Despite her growing feelings for her handsome, mysterious Guide, Abigail must fight for the life she once wished to take or fade into the blue.

Review:

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for Monochrome, run by the lovely Sage’s Blog Tours. Monochrome struck me straight away as something a bit different and original, and it turned into a really intense and gripping read. The story deals a lot with the idea of identity, and explores Abagail’s identity as a wife and a mother. I really enjoyed the exploration into what makes a person who they are. The idea of a world between life and death that desperate people slip into – and must pay with their memories – is something I found extremely fascinating, it’s also not something I’ve come across before, so I enjoyed reading such a unique twist.

The idea of memories is explored in detail in the novel – the different kind of memories we have, the kind of memories we hold onto, and how precious these can actually be. There were several times when Monochrome really made me stop and think about my own memories, and how important they really are. It certainly makes for a fascinating, and slightly chilling story.

There isn’t a whole lot of action in the book, it mainly focuses on conversations between the two main characters – Ishmael and Abigail, but that doesn’t mean the story is boring. Monochrome is a very dark and haunting read. The world building is just fantastic, and it is easy to slip into the Monochrome world.

Both Abigail and Ishmael are both really likeable characters, and easily relatable – particularly that of the struggling young mother. Ishmael was probably my favourite – a young man who couldn’t escape Monochrome and so took a job attempting to help others free themselves. A dark and haunting story, Monochrome is definitely one that will stay with you long after you’re finished reading.

As a special treat during this blog tour, Monochrome is on sale for $2.99, so grab it now! The author is also hosting a giveaway, which you can enter here!

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Book Review: The Anonymous Source – A. C. Fuller

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Release Date: June 12th 2015
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 352
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon. 

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A shocking news story, buried evidence and witnesses turning up dead, who is behind this conspiracy?

Synopsis:
One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane–a brilliant reporter for The New York Standard–wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy. 

As he receives tips from a mysterious source, Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray. Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire’s sexy widow, and a washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a $500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger in history.
 
It’s a secret that unearths dark memories from Alex’s past. It’s a secret that leads back to the morning of 9/11. And it’s a secret that could get them both killed.

Review:

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for The Anonymous Source, run by the lovely Sage’s Blog Tours. This book is a really fascinating and exciting read. I must start off by saying that thriller books are not really my thing, but once in a while one crops up that just blows me away, and The Anonymous Source is definitely one of those books. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction, so it was wonderful to read a book grounded in the here and now, and that was something that particularly struck me about this book. It feels real. I felt like I could be in New York at that moment. The detail is brilliant and the author paints a very vivid and real picture of the bustling city streets.

The plot is a pretty fast paced one, but it doesn’t skip over details and definitely keeps the reader entertained and itching to know more. Fuller’s writing is a pleasure to read and it’s easy to get completely immersed in his prose. There were several times where I sat down for a few minutes to read a chapter and before I knew it I’d been sitting for over an hour.The story is an exciting one, lots of clues are left and the reader definitely has to try and root out all the details behind the conspiracy. It’s an absolute pleasure to read and given its setting during the aftermath of 9/11, it adds another layer to an already intriguing and fascinating story.

The characters are also really fascinating ones. Alex Vane is an interesting character to follow around. He’s determined, something of a playboy but ultimately has a good heart.  While Alex is a great character, for me Camilla stole the show a little. Her and Alex make the perfect team and she’s such a great character. I won’t say too much about it so as not to spoil the story, but this one is definitely a book worth reading. If suspense thrillers are your thing, or your looking for something a little different this summer, add The Anonymous Source to your reading list.

Blog Tour: Synthetica – Rachel Pattinson

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Series: Synthetica – Book One
Release Date: April 1st 2015
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 299
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon. 

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The debut novel from Rachel Pattinson is an action packed ride.

This city is falling.

Seventeen-year-old Anais Finch lives in a world where everyone is born beautiful, where every dream is a possibility – and where their every move and every piece of personal information is recorded by an ID picochip inserted behind their right ear. When technology giant, Civitas, finally announces the launch of their highly anticipated Scholarly Learning Programs, which allow people to download and learn any subject instantly, Anais can hardly wait.

But not everyone is pleased with society’s progress, and not everyone wants to fit in. When Anais witnesses a brutal murder on an innocent citizen and is implicated in the crime, she becomes determined to uncover the truth, especially when others like it begin to occur all over the city. But it may already be too late for Anais to stop the man who calls himself ‘the Hacker’ before he commits his most appalling crime yet.

This is such a fun and exciting read. As soon as I read the plot I was hooked. Straight away it sounded like a Young Adult/Science Fiction/1984/technology taking over mash up of entertainment, and it completely is. Synthetica will have you caught up straight away, and leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel.

The other thing that completely caught my eye was the cover. It’s such a stunning one and incredibly well designed. It peaked my attention straight away. I would definitely add this one to my favourite covers of 2015. The premise is also a really interesting one. Anais witnesses a brutal murder, but instead of being killed also, she is implicated as the criminal. As she continues to be brought to the attention of the police, she has to fight to uncover the true murderer. I recently read Darkhaven, which also focuses on an innocent person being blamed for a crime, so I really enjoyed reading this so soon after Darkhaven, as it follows a vaguely similar idea, but takes it in a completely different direction.

The characters have plenty of depth in them and are believable, if a little cliché with the overly inquisitive teenage girl. I did really like Anais though, and while there could have been more character growth, I enjoyed reading about her and Xander. There is some romance tangled up in all the action going on, which definitely adds another layer to this exciting read.

I loved the world building and all the technological improvements. Pattinson put a great amount of detail into building a world of the future and it was really interesting to see someone’s interpretation of that. The idea that a job can be chosen for you and you will have it for the rest of your life is a pretty scary one, especially if it ended up something you hated. This adds another layer to a really enjoyable, action packed read that fans of Young Adult Sci-fi will just love!

As part of this tour run by YA Bound Book Tours, Rachel is kindly giving away a $10 Amazon Giftcard, open internationally click here to enter!

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Blog Tour: Crossfades – William Todd Rose

23395412Release Date: May 19th 2015
Publisher: Hydra
Pages: 129
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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Albert only wants one thing in life – to be the lord of his own private hell and eternally torture his victims. And he knows exactly how to get it.

Chuck is hoping for a promotion in his mysterious career – a Recon and Enforcement technician. He rescues souls caught between this world and the next, spending their days in mini-hells known simply as crossfades.

Lydia’s life is full of nightmares. There is no escaping the realm of terror she lives in, unless Chuck can rescue her. But this will be no easy mission. Albert will not let any escape his wrath.

Welcome to the blog tour for Crossfades, run by the lovely TLC Book Tours! The first thing that struck me about Crossfades, as soon as I opened the email about it was the killer synopsis. I knew as soon as I read the first few lines that I had to get my hands on this book, and I definitely made the right choice.

Crossfades is a short book, being just over one hundred pages, but it packs a lot into such a small space. There’s so much going on – I won’t say too much about what that is because I don’t want to spoil the story – but this book is dark, at some points even scary. There’s plenty of graphic horror, as well as a bit of that hair raising, make you need to switch the light on kind of horror too. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Crossfades is definitely the book for you.

I love horror fiction, but sometimes I think the genre can get a bit repetitive – that’s absolutely not the case with Crossfades. It’s dark, different and completely draws you in. It also feels very realistic and believable, there’s a great amount of emotion and depth in the characters, even though we don’t get to delve into their minds for long. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is one hundred percent worth the read.

While Crossfades is only a short novella, there is a sequel entitled Bleedovers, due for release in September. I am immensely looking forward to this, and can only imagine how horrific and fear filled book two will be. If you’re looking for something more exciting than a summer beach read, then I sincerely recommend Crossfades.

As part of this tour William Todd Rose has been kind enough to hold a give away of a $25 giftcard as well as an ebook copy of Crossfades. To be in with a chance of winning simply click here to enter! Thanks for checking out my stop and be sure to stop by the other tour stops for Q&A’s, reviews and more!

Book Review: Silent Orchids – Morgan Wylie

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Series: The Age of Alandria – Book One
Release Date: 2013
Publisher: American Majestic Entertainment
Pages: 238
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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An ancient evil has been unleashed in this dark and exciting high fantasy.

The realm of Alandria is in great danger. Daegan, one of the elite warrior fairies, has been charged with the responsibility of finding the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious power that will restore hope and safety to the people of Alandria. Though Daegan carries out this mission, he does not trust those he serves, and fears the result this Sol-lumieth will bring.

Kaeleigh is a young girl just turned eighteen, abandoned as a child in Montana. Now as she reaches adulthood she is desperately trying to find out where she belongs. Having know idea who her family is, she embarks on a journey to discover her past, but she might not like what she uncovers.

I really loved the premise of this book. Alandria felt like a Middle Earth setting, with fairies and other creatures thrown into the mix. The idea of a mysterious power that would save the dying realm intrigued me, and definitely kept me wanting to know more. I preferred the Daegan elements of the story more than Kaeleigh’s, but it was interesting to see how they weaved together. The abandoned at childhood with an unknown past felt a little predictable, but it was still executed well.

The first half of the book felt a little slow, but it definitely picked up in the middle chapters. Kaeleigh’s character is a really interesting one. Everyone pins so many ideals on her and she is not what everyone expects her to be. I also really liked her two best friends, Finn and Chel. The three made for an interesting dynamic and I enjoyed their musketeer like adventure.

The story features a wide array of creatures, not just elves and fairies but shifters and many others in between. I felt that it was a bit of a unique take on the high fantasy story, as it can get a little played out, but there was plenty of action and lots of interesting dialogue. Sometimes the writing style felt a little rigid, but it didn’t detract from the story too much.

Wylie has definitely paid attention to all the little things in this novel, and as a reader that is always something I appreciate. From maps to glossaries, the world is very easy to immerse yourself in, and that detail just makes it that much more realistic. If you’re a fan of high fantasy, this is definitely a series to watch out for.

Blog Tour: Let Me Die in His Footsteps – Lori Roy

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Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 336.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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A dark and spellbinding story.

On a dark night in 1952, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone in the village knows that her family doesn’t go near the Baine place – not after what her aunt did to Joesph Baine. As Annie runs through the lavender fields she comes upon a well, one that tradition tells will show her the face of her future husband. On reaching the well she does not see any face, but something much worse. Come morning, it will change Annie’s life forever.

Welcome to my stop on the Let Me Die in His Footsteps blog tour, run by the lovely TLC Book Tours! This book had me hooked from the outset, and I absolutely loved it. This is the sort of book that I wish I could say nothing about, but urge you to read it anyway. It’s a mystery and one that should be discovered all on your own.

This book is dark and mysterious – perfect for fans of Southern Fiction. It has that right amount of history, and a small touch of something paranormal. It jumps between the events of Annie’s time, and the the series of events that occur between her aunt Juna and the Baine family. The reader is slowly taken on a journey, receiving little snippets of information bit by bit.

The characters are well crafted, and the book was well paced. I found Roy’s writing style very different, but also very engaging. This is my first time reading one of her novels, but I will definitely be adding her other books to my list. This book is gripping, tense and chilling. It’s definitely a book that will stay with you long after you’re finished reading.

One of the interesting things about this book is you don’t quite know what you’re getting yourself in for when you pick it up. Reading the blurb it almost sounds like a simple historical fiction novel, but in reality it is so much more. Prepare to be sucked in almost instantly, I know I was.

Also I must mention the glorious cover. It perfectly sums up the novel, dark, beautiful and a little strange. This is definitely one of my top books in 2015 so far, so make sure you add it to your reading lists, you won’t regret it. That concludes my stop on the tour, and be sure to check out the other stops as well, which you can check out here!

Book Review: Tess of the D’ubervilles – Thomas Hardy

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Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: May 2003
Pages: 518.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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Tess of the D’Ubervilles is a beautiful, haunting masterpiece.

When Tess’s family fall on hard times, Tess is forced to go and see family she has never heard of before – the well off D’Ubervilles. On arriving she is met with Alec D’Uberville, the man who will be her downfall. After losing her child to illness, Tess receives employment as a milkmaid, and falls in love with Angel Clare, but will Tess be able to tell him about the dark past that she has so long kept secret? And if the truth is revealed, will Angel Clare still feel the same way?

I absolutely loved this book. I’m actually sad that I haven’t read it before. I read if for classes, but so many of my classmates had read it before, and I envied being able to read it without studying it. It’s such a beautiful book with such an immense plot. I kept having to put it down and come back to it, purely so I could give myself time to process what I’d read. Hardy has that ability to describe something in detail, pages covering the same thing, but it’s never repetitious and it’s never boring.

Tess of the D’Ubervilles is famous for being scandalous and shocking when it was first published, and I can see why. Though not really shocking to us now, I can imagine the horror at a story of women with a child out of marriage, and the idea of concealing that child from her suitor. Hardy certainly has a lot to say about social conventions and the way women were treated at that time.

I think Tess is a really fascinating character, she’s strong willed, stubborn and utterly loyal. She makes lots of mistakes throughout the story – and more often than not she pays the price for them. Her story is an immensely sad one. She is a survivor, continuing on even when her life seems the most hopeless.

No matter what I write about Tess of the D’Ubervilles, this review will be woefully understating how wonderful this novel is (but that’s not going to stop me trying!) The language in the novel is beautiful and poetic, and I loved the descriptions of nature. Tess is closely linked to nature throughout the plot – something I found particularly interesting. She is seen as almost part of nature herself, a pure, earthy country girl.

It’s a very bleak and depressing story, but it is definitely worth reading. This was my first outing in the novels of Thomas Hardy – although I am told The Mayor of Casterbridge is by far his best novel, I really enjoyed Tess of the D’Ubervilles and all its wonderful comments on society.