Tuesday, 16 July 2013

COVER REVEAL: Messy and Shattered - Mercy Cortez


Synopsis

I looked at the man in front of me, he didn't look scary or threatening, to anyone else he looked harmless. He had a wide white smile that could make any girl melt, he had shaggy long blonde hair and innocent baby blue eyes. His Australian accent added to his worldly charm. He looked like a sweet and kind surfer but with a jaw gripped tight that showed anger. I looked down at the blade gripped in his palm and the blood dripping from the edges. His face read that of almost sorrow, but only almost. I looked at the floor, my voice lost in a scream. 

I looked down at her soft cheeks, her auburn hair and her still green eyes. She wasn't blinking, she wasn't breathing. I saw the crimson red spread from her cut throat all over the Italian marble floor. It seeped into the cracks. This girl, this fifteen year old girl with blood staining her favourite floral dress... She couldn't be my sister, I wouldn't believe it. 

I foolishly thought this day would be the worst day of my life.

That was the day I was taken, that was the day I met Draco.


**Please note that this storyline contains heavy violence and non-consensual sexual activity**

For an exclusive of Chapter Two click here

To be released in September 2013

Credit to  Beth Syler (Cover Artist) and Kris Krüg (Photographer)

Carrie - Stephen King

Synopsis

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

Review

Many years ago I read Firestarter and wasn't really that impressed with it, at the time I found it a bit too slow for my liking. So after watching an interview with the man himself, I finally decided to pick up Carrie and was I glad I did.

This book is simply amazing, there is simply no other adjective that could describe it. I have read many books that have been described to be ''horrifying'' and I have to say that I have never found myself so disturbed as reading the respective of Margaret White. This is not a slasher type horror that scares most people rather the sense of impending doom that plagues the book from the very book.

Looking past the rather horrifying extent of Margaret White's religious mania, this is really a heart breaking story. From the moment Carrie was born, she really didn't have a chance. Forced into a constricting ideologies  and made to hate her body by her mother and bullied by her class mates until then she was forced to breaking point. For a book intertwined with supernatural element, I was always surprised by how realistic it came off. This possible reality scared me more than any post apocalyptic zombie horror could every would.

Despite having never read Carrie, I would have sworn that I knew the story pretty well but Stephen King constantly surprised me with many twists and turns.  I was also surprised by how well King writes about subjects that would make most men very uncomfortable, in fact reading the shower scene, even I was extremely uncomfortable. This book forces you to examine society and it's views on religion and the sexuality of women in the eyes of religion. It is a very confrontational book and I bloody well loved it.

I will definitely be reading more of his works. I give this book 4 out of 5 starts.








Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Interrupted (Progress Series #2) - Amy Queau

Cover Rating: 6 out of 5!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

After the emotional turmoil that was ‘Jesse’ subsides, Charlie manages to find peace with her decision to leave him, despite her conscience telling her otherwise. Saying goodbye to the drama proves to be an easier task than she anticipated.

And although Charlie’s life continues to test her strength, her will, and her motivation to pick herself up and dust herself off, she carves a new path. Making positive changes in her life, she gets a new job, a new apartment, and a new guy; everything is nearly perfect. Nearly.

Hundreds of miles away, Jesse isn’t faring too well in their aftermath. But within his darkness, he finds a purpose and reconstructs himself with one goal in mind:

He needs to find his Charlie.

Interrupted is the second book in The Progress Series.

Review:

My God! So emotional!


This starts off slow and right where Progress left off. 

There is so much drama in poor Charlie's life, she works hard to make it all work and to find happiness in herself. 

She has everything she could ever want and although it took a long time to get it she has it all. 

That's when Jesse comes back, in book one I loved his angsty approach, I found him hot and desirable... 

Book two I hate him, I just want Charlie to be happy.

We find out many more answers to questions left open in progress. 

The end... The bloody end! Charlie, I could have beat her with a mallet, I was in shock and my heart was racing. 

I hope that a happy ever after happens in book three; for everyone. 

I recommend this when it is officially released, you may want a lot of tissues at hand though.

Amy... Get writing, book three is needed :p especially reading one chapter of it... Tease ;)

Thanks so much for asking me to beta read, Amy. I wouldn't change a thing! Epic. 

Progress (The amazing first book in the series which I reviewed here) is currently 99 cents on Amazon, so go pick yourself up a copy!

Interrupted will be released on the 15th July 2013!