Booktube-a-Thon Days 6 and 7

Days 6 and 7 didn’t go so well. I had to work on Saturday and then had planned to go out with my friends. So didn’t get much reading done then! And yesterday I didn’t get a chance to read either!

I failed miserably at the overall Booktube-a-thon as I didn’t really complete any challenges. However, I consider it a great success because I read 3 books in the week despite a fairly hectic schedule that week!

So I read:

-The Edge of Never – J A Redmerski
– House of Decadence – Marina Anderson
– Rule – Jay Crownover

Keep an eye out for reviews of all 3 in the next month!

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BookTube-a-Thon Days 4 and 5

Okay so I was terrible on Day 4 and didn’t read anything at all! However, I did enjoy a lengthy time at the cinema going to see The Cornetto (/Blood and Ice cream) Trilogy aka Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End! It was super awesome!

Day 5 went much better! I’ve read Rule By Jay Crownover.

Total pages read: 327

I’ve completed 3 books now this week so I’m feeling good! However, got a hectic weekend ahead so I don’t know how I’ll do about finishing another book! But, I’m definitely getting back into the groove!! 😀

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Booktube-a-thon Day 3

Books Read:

-House of Decadence (161-311) – Finished

Pages Read: 150

Challenges Completed: 0

Thoughts so far: I’m still working on The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy as I write this but I didn’t want to post the word count on that til I finish reading it for the day!

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Booktube-a-Thon Day 2

Books Read:

-House of Decadence by Marina Anderson (1-161)

Pages Read: 161

Challenges Completed: 0

Thoughts so far: This book is a very easy read but I was quite busy today so didn’t get much chance to read a lot!

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Booktube-a-thon Day 1

Books Read:

-The Edge of Never by J Remardski (Page 177 to 426)
-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Page 1 to 51)

Pages Read: 300

Challenges Completed: 0

Thoughts so far: I’ve been ill recently so it was nice to just relax and finish the rest of my book. I won’t be reviewing The Edge of Never until next week because I intend to do a video of it so  I’ll post a link here when I do!

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Blog Tour – Guest Blog: Mimi Sebastian, Author of “The Necromancer’s Seduction”

 

Necromancers: Good, Evil or Somewhere in Between?

 

I’m not sure the exact moment the character of my necromancer, Ruby, began speaking to me, telling me her story. I knew necromancers could reanimate people, make zombies, but I hadn’t read a whole lot about them. I’d encountered a couple of minor necromancer characters in a couple of urban fantasy books. Neither went into much detail about the mythology for necromancers, so once the idea struck, I became fascinated with exploring this type of supernatural character, more specifically how she manages a dark power.
In reviewing the literature, mythology, and even gaming, necromancers have the ability to bring to dead back to life, but there are multiple classes of the undead. This is an important distinction for my Necromancer Books. At times, Ruby simply reanimates a corpse to get information, then puts it back down, or she makes zombies or revenants. Both are fun to write. Revenants are interesting in that they are basically zombies with their soul restored. They come alive with their minds and emotions intact and can be powerful and, of course, struggle with an insatiable appetite for flesh. The revenant that Ruby creates is Adam, a slain witch. The best part with Adam’s character was exploring how he dealt with returning to life and realizing he was now a nightmarish creature. He was pretty pissed at Ruby, and controlling him proved to be quite a test of her power.
Over the course of the three book series, I introduce various aspects to her power as she uses it and learns more about necromancer history. Without giving too much away, her powers extend far beyond just reanimation to actually using the arcane energy from the dead as a power source. Some other interesting necromancer abilities I’ve come across include: ability to communicate with spirits, travel to the underworld, curse or hex the living, extracting disease from the dead and inflicting them on the living, even remove living souls. Necromancers have created undead armies, and at times, have joined the ranks of the undead themselves, which leads me to my next point. In much of the gaming world and movies, necromancers are bad, which I get. Wielding the power of the dead probably warps a person.
The Hobbit includes the necromancer who Gandalf battles and turns out to be Sauron. One of my favorite necromancers is Evil Ash from the Army of Darkness movie. Evil Ash himself rises from the dead and raises an army of “deadites”. And I can’t discuss necromancers in movies without mentioning Re-Animator. I don’t plan on writing any scenes with reanimated, decapitated heads, because you just can’t top Re-Animator! Their take on reanimation was interesting in that Herbert West is a scientist who invents a serum to bring the dead back to life. (Re-Animator was based on the H.P. Lovecraft story titled simply, Herbert West-Reanimator.)
All of this leads to the best part of Ruby’s character and why she spoke to me so strongly. How does she use her power for good without losing her humanity? Not easily. Her power is almost a character unto itself. It sometimes urges her to use it in ways she knows is wrong, and when she does use her power, it gives her a rush similar to a drug induced high. In my mythology, many necromancers turned evil, succumbed to the temptation to use their power in negative ways.
Ruby is going to stumble quite a bit and be tempted by the “dark side”. But it’s that struggle and how she transcends it, that makes for a stronger heroine and more interesting character.
 
The Necromancer’s Seduction
The Necromancer Series, Book One
Mimi Sebastian
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Cover Artist: Patricia Lazarus
Book Description:
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.
She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
About the Author:
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

 

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Review – Devil’s Bargain by Rachel Caine



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Having never read any novels by Rachel Caine, but aware that she has written Vampire fiction, I was intrigued to pick up her book Devil’s Bargain. It’s a book that combines the power of string theory and psychic ability to create a mysterious investigative duo.  Not to mention the steamy moments too!
Jazz Callendar, an ex-police officer, never expected to find herself on the end of an unbelievable offer that enables her to start her P.I. business to save the name of her partner, Ben. When James Borden, attorney for Gabriel, Pike and Laskins LLP., offers her the chance of a lifetime, her instincts kick in. The catch? Their cases get priority and she has a new partner. Lucia Garza, sexy, sulty spy, who is just dying to get out from under the government’s thumb.  But they both find themselves in over their heads when not everything is as it seems. People are either Actors, Leads or they are not. Who will you be?
This book was a constant mystery to me, which I liked. The thrill of not knowing what Jazz and Lucia would face next and if they would be able to save the people that they didn’t even know existed prior to a letter from Borden. Ahh, Borden. The tension between him and Jazz was practically breathable and I was not disappointed.
If you enjoy a good conundrum and have an interest in psychic ability and its fallacies then I would definitely suggest this book. I would like to commend Caine on a well-researched novel, her detailed knowledge of the forces and law were very believable and gave the novel a new found authenticity.
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Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

The Madness Underneath Maureen Johnson

 


I enjoyed this book, but felt I could have gained more from this plot wise. 

The book lifts off three weeks after the end of the first book and Rory is dealing with many emotional things as a result. She is home in Bristol and receiving therapy for what everyone believes to be a Ripper attack, when in actual fact, Rory is the only one around her who knows the truth. That Alexander Newman, the Ripper impressionist, was a ghost and because she killed him (again) she was now a terminus herself. Cut off from Stephen, Boo and Callum, Rory is finding it difficult to deal with but is sent back to Wexford at the beginning of the novel.

This book mostly consists of us discovering more about Rory as a character, as she deals with romance issues, dropping grades and a bucket full of ghosts to boot!

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys ghost fiction or has read the first book.

I feel that this book shifted to a character driven narrative and the plot took a sideline, I would have liked there to be more of a balance between the two elements.

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Review: Caleb Williams by William Godwin

Caleb Williams William Godwin

 
This review will look at the entirety of the books contents because it is a classical piece. I don’t, however, what to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read the book so if you wish to continue it is at your own risk with the knowledge that spoilers will occur.
Caleb Williams follows the protagonist through his discovery of a big secret his master, Falkland, has kept from the world. It also looks at how this affects Caleb’s life after this discovery and also focuses on the power of the mind, especially when he is imprisoned. Caleb is framed by Falkland because of his discovery (which I will avoid mentioning if at all possible so there is still an air of mystery to the novel) and taken to jail, where his character grows and learns how his curiosity lead him to this point.
One of the big parts of the book is that the main characters in the novel all have a different hubris. For Caleb it is his curiosity; for Falkland, his pride; and for Tyrrel, it is his anger. These dominant characteristics are what leads to the downfall of each character and they are all very human, very ‘sinful’ flaws. But the difference lies in Caleb’s self-reflection during his time in prison, where he maintains his homosocial affection for Falkland despite their disagreement.
One part of Caleb’s personality that I find oddly admirable is his loyalty towards Falkland. It isn’t until the very end of the book where he reveals the secret, which inevitably leads to Falkland’s death. He keeps this despite all of the torment he is being put through and this is something that I find both very stupid but very loyal.
The book is sectioned into three parts and the first details many circumstances that led up to the happening of the secret and in this time, I grew to favour the character of Emily. She is Tyrrel’s ward and her personality is very kind and likeable but also very passionate. She defies Tyrrel when he wants to marry her off, to the extent where she runs away. However, this ordeal leads her to fall ill and unable to recover. I sympathise with Emily because she stands up for her beliefs in a true feminist fashion but she is persecuted by Tyrrel for doing so. This could also be where my dislike of Tyrrel comes from.
Overall, this book illustrated to me the power of wealth and the mind but also that pride can be a melancholy attribute.
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