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MY DEMONIC GHOST - REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS


Just a small list of recent Reviewers and Interviews that have been completed:



A huge thank you for Annabell, Kristina Yeager, Dawn, Leah, Jean, Tammy, Emma, Jessica Johnson, Ellen, Konstanz Silverbow, Beck Johnson, Raven Reviews, Turning Pages, Lady Amber, Craig Yelle and Emily for being so kind to me and giving me wonderful, honest reviews and exciting interview questions. They are all amazing people and I can not thank them enough.

You can find more reviews here on GoodReads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15768490-my-demonic-ghost


E.C Hibbs:
Review

Rachael and Lock aren’t the only brilliant characters in the book. The entire cast is rife with believability, and an originality that truly marks them as individuals – which I found especially impressive in the case of the Banished Spirits. The appearances of the other unearthly beings, such as Hunters and Reapers, are well handled, too – it’s a large amount of information, but delivered in an accessible way that doesn’t overwhelm at all. The scenes which really stuck with me were those in which the Seven Deadly Sins are involved – Envy in particular – and the way their individual realms related to them was a work of skilled description and imagination.

http://echibbs.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/book-review-my-demonic-ghost.html#comment-form



Mera's YA Books:

A thriller fantasy that came to life. From the start this author captures my imagination with the incredible writing talent and the way scenes were described. This author really does have a brilliant imagination, while reading this story I could clearly see everything talked about in great detail without the author having to drag on about what characters and places look like. This stood out firstly for me and made me keep reading since it started out a bit slowly as the main character was introduced.




Bookend 2 Bookend:
5/5 STARS

Jacinta wrote this book with a perfect pace and never lost her reader. She keeps a hold of you until there aren't any pages left to turn. I'm highly anticipating the second book in the series 'The Reaper'! I must have it NOW! Her descriptions are precise and bold and take your imagination through new unrestrained proportions! Get fired up and let everything come to life for you! You aren't reading a story, you are a part of the story! I rarely pick up a book more than once...I will read this again! I absolutely adore it! I give this book my thumbs up!

INTERVIEW WITH LOCK:
BOOKEND 2 BOOKEND

BookEnd 2 BookEnd: Why do you think it's different with Rachael then with all your other hosts?

 Lock: *A smile breaks his usual brooding demeanor, pinching dimples into his cheeks*

“She’s stubborn but also fun. She doesn’t seem to be scared of me either. Sometimes when she looks at me I can see her eyes soften, like she’s trying to understand me. I know I can be… stupid sometimes and lash out at her. Sometimes I can’t control myself. There’s something about her though, I don’t know how to explain it. I’ve never felt this way before. Banished Spirits instinctively are possessive and protective of their Hosts; we have to make sure they survive as long as possible so we can feed on their life source. But with Rachael, it felt like a different type of possessive and protection, like…. I feel sick with worry when I am away from her, I get frustrated when she’s talks to that stupid Dean guy and my stomach would fill with butterflies whenever she’s near me. I don’t know what to call that. Gas?”

http://bookend2bookend.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/my-demonic-ghost-by-jacinta-maree.html


Lady Amber's Interview:

 If you could be any character who would you be and why??

Sticking to my own mad creations, I would to be a Reaper character from My Demonic Ghost. Why? Mainly because they have giant, demonic pets known as Goons that are not only overly loyal, overly protective and amazingly scary, but have the ability to jump through shadows via electricity and teleport you anywhere you want. If you’re okay with fangs, claws and a bark that can give you the chills, I would suggest getting a Goon of your own. 

 http://ambersupernaturalandya.blogspot.com/2013/06/girl-talk-with-jacinta-maree-author-of.html

Self Publish or Die: Interview

Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?
Most definitely. It’s a private and personal thing, even though I know I can’t please everyone and people have different tastes, it still is daunting to have someone not approve of your work. Especially seeing that you spend so much time in the minds and worlds of these characters, but I am comfortable and confident in myself that, good or bad, this is what’s i am meant to be doing. In the end you have to do what you love.




Second interview: 26/09





No Thought 2 Small:
Interview & Giveaway

Konstanz: How long did it take you to write your first novel?

Jacinta: This book in particular, My Demonic Ghost- Banished Spirits took me 6 years to write. In my defence that was lazy writing. I would spend more time rereading and editing than actually writing. It wasn't till I went to night classes for writers that I finally pushed myself into writing the ending.


· Konstanz: Is the first novel you ever completed published?

Jacinta: My Demonic Ghost is the first novel I’ve taken seriously enough to go through professional editing. It is my first novel to be published and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. This has been such a fantastic learning curve for me, not only am I strengthening my own voice but I get to surround myself with new and fresh authors from around the globe. 


http://nothoughts2small.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/twelve-books-for-christmas-book-ten-int.html
 


Team Nerds: Interview & Review:
4/5 Stars

Review: 4 / 5 Star


The idea of a demon possessing a human is not a new concept but what if the demon didn’t possess you? What if the demon was more like a ghost who opted instead to chain you to them and use your soul to keep them on the human plane? That is the concept to the book and I really liked it. I also liked the fact that the demonic ghosts aren’t as black and white as one would think. They aren’t just purely evil. There’s vulnerability to their characters, especially to Lock’s, even though they have such great power.



The writing style was beautifully done. The world is vivid and described well. The reader has no problem making out what Maree has created both in the human world and the spirit realm. The spirit realm was one of my favorite aspects of the book. The suspense is pretty well done and the action scenes are fraught with tension.









Open Book Society Review: 5/5 Star

I loved the Whitehaven setting. Maree brilliantly paints a picture of Rachel’s surroundings and of the realms of the dead. I was entranced by the way she writes.
I like Rachel’s character. She’s young but brave. She refuses to be a victim. She and Lock choose a dangerous way to solve the problem of getting Lock admitted into the Third Realm. As their journey progresses we meet some fun characters. I especially liked Sabotage and Betrayal, besides the seven sins. The seven sins are grotesquely frightening.
The most hair-raising character was mother the serpent like creature. I think I would have peed myself if I had to face her.
http://openbooksociety.com/article/my-demonic-ghost-banished-spirits-jacinta-maree-obs-book-review/


Mad about Books:
5/5 Stars

Rachael isn't just another Host to Lock though. She's more to his own age when he died, see's him for more than just a demon and wants to help him even if it might be for her own reasons. You journey with the duo and watch them discover themselves.

Very nice YA novel that has the right amount of drama, romance and adventure.
The partnership of Lock and Rachael is very unsteady at the beginning and I did wonder how they would develop as he was very cold and callous towards her but she does persist and he really does develop to the point where I wanted to read the story from his point of view.
Their romance was bound to be doomed as he was dead, she was obviously going to age and ultimately he wanted to move on to the Third Realm but watching it develop was very sweet and sad towards the end.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/473707387

Aaron Michael Ritchey: Interview

Aaron: Every interview, I ask people what they don’t want to talk about, and you were trying to shy away from the religious aspect of your book. But you were a good sport and agreed we could talk a little about it. Okay, just a little. I love this stuff! And yeah, the angel in my book starts off as an atheist, and I myself am a Catholic-Hindu-Atheist. No. Really. Anyway, I’m dancing around the question. So we’ll just go there. You mentioned that the God in your book is corrupt. How so? And could you ever write a novel where you show some sort of divine force in a more positive light?

Jacinta: It is possible, I guess, but it’s not something that interests me. It’s been done to death. I want to write something unique and intriguing. My Demonic Ghost was an experiment for me; can I make angelic beings bad and have an audience cheer for the demons? Are people even interested in a story told from the monster’s side? It would’ve been easy if I had written the Banished spirits as noble, misunderstood creatures but I didn’t want that. I wanted them to be rude, temperamental, vicious and scary. I wanted them to have all these horrible demon qualities as well as good human traits and see if I could make the readers fall in love. The god is corrupted by greed and power, which is funny because that is a very human fault for a divine being to be guilty of.
 



Tam's Two Cents: 4/5 Stars


I also liked that the storyline was complex and detailed, giving us history on the different spirits and insight into their current names. Linking the 7 deadly sins into the story was pure genius right down to the differing eye color of the spirits that linked beautifully with their unique names and backgrounds.

http://tamssbookblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/staccato-publishing-spotlight-author_18.html



Jean Book Nerd + Interview: 4/5 Stars

Author Jacinta has taken demonic possessions into a whole new level. This darkly captivating story will have readers on the edge of their seats. The imagery presented within the pages is creatively vivid as readers find themselves in the midst of this amazing world beside Rachael and Lock. The political outline of the order of the realms with the Royals that consists of diverse levels of spirits and the Hunters is truly astonishing. Readers will appreciate how Jacinta incorporated this unique idea into her remarkable story. The characters are not watered down as Jacinta’s writing style allows them to shine with complexity and practicality even with demons and spirits. Although the story is complex, the details set forth by Jacinta provided clear details with rich history that readers will thoroughly enjoys its fascinating story. My Demonic Ghost is one of those books that truly do not offer anything recycled. Consisting of vibrant characters and a rock-solid plot, it will not disappoint.

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2012/12/jacinta-maree-author-interview.html?spref=fb


Ellen Interview:

Goodreads





I would love to jump into this interview with some heroic tale, maybe about how during the night time I got by the alias Super woman who defeats crime and brings justice but alas I’m not that type of person. My name is Jacinta Maree and I’m Australian born and raised in Melbourne. Not as cool as I was hoping for.


Aside from the addictive world of reading and writing I really enjoy playing video games, basketball and watching t.v series like the Big Bang. Laugh all you want, but I love collecting tea sets and tea pots, especially if they are decorated with an oriental design. Something I want to do more is travel and see the world.

 

Craig Yelle Review 5/5 stars


Lock, as the story unfolded became more likeable as you understood where he came from and how he ended up in his current situation. He held up his end of the story very well and balanced Rachael perfectly.

All that being said, there is simply no other way to explain My Demonic Ghost except that Jacinta Maree is a talented and gifted storyteller who continually added elements to her story that encompassed myths and legends alike. The way she wove them into the story so believably is evidence that she has a very bright future ahead of her.

Her ability to take characters that I initially despised and make me feel empathy for them is truly amazing.

I love a good story and will be waiting for the next addition to My Demonic Ghost as Jacinta Maree will surely not disappoint me.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/377078696

Book Club Sister: Interview and Review 5 /5 Stars

My thoughts on the book in general:

This book was amazing, I haven't read many ghost stories since I was little and this one was perfect. It has everything you could ask for in a drama,suspense ghost story. This is Jacinta's Debut novel and It has just came out so I'm not going to give to much away. But if you love a good gripping tale,with twist and turns and suspense within, Then pick up this book because it was everything I could have hoped for and more.
http://myescape84.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/jacinta-maree-inteview-review-of-her.html


Bex N Books: Review
5/5 Stars

As a harsh critique of dialogue, I was so very happy by the author's craft. Jacinta Maree created natural flowing dialogue that really helped to shape her characters and the wide variety of relationships evident in My Demonic Ghost. I believed her story, believed in her characters and believed, with out a doubt, that her fantasy world was real.

Jacinta Maree successfully created two main protagonists that I whole-heartedly cheered for. Both Rachael and Lock were movingly real; there were several moments that I felt a rush of pride at their actions, and deep sorrow as aspects of their lives and stories unfolded.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/473534270?fb_action_ids=353101648132733&fb_action_types=books.rates&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22353101648132733%22%3A10151144479168436%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22353101648132733%22%3A%22books.rates%22%7D&action_ref_map=[]

 Interview & Spotlight.

http://bexnbooks.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/author-spotlight-giveaway-jacinta-maree.html?showComment=1359845465373

How did you come up with the title My Demonic Ghost?

You might be interested to know that originally it was going to be called My Demonic God as it was about the idea of a corrupted god controlling us. But as I ventured further into the story and figured out that my focus was not on a god but on a ghost, I decided to change the word God to Ghost instead. The Demonic part in the title was included because of the fact the spirits and demons of this book are labelled as evil, that they are the offspring of sin and impurity. I used the word ‘My’ for the Host’s part in the story, that she feels a sense of possession to the demon spirit that clings to her.
Turning Pages: Interview




  1. What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have? And what is the answer?



Currently I am writing three different stories on completely different genres. One is My Demonic Ghost, which is the paranormal story, one of them is called Dusty Blood where it exists in a high fantasy world plagued with giant Zodiac guardians, mages and other mystical creatures and the last is Mechanical Breath which is a cyborg race of humans turning themselves into machines just to survive on their planet.

My question to myself would be, if I had a choice which world would I pick to live in? Ghosts (My Demonic Ghost), Zodiac guardians (Dusty Blood) or Cyborgs (Mechanical Breath)?

My answer…. Zodiac Guardians (Dusty Blood). Why? The world of the Zodiac Guardians is filled with magic and the chance to meet dragons and fly on the backs of giant birds. Where the word impossible doesn’t exist and you can achieve anything you want once you put your mind to it. Plus, a fiery, stubborn, temperamental and rebellious young man by the name of Sebastian lives there, fighting for your affection and the freedom of the cursed.


RAVEN REVIEWS:
Filled with a world of demon possession and the banishment of souls, My Demonic Ghost is a fresh take on the afterlife. Although we only see a sliver of that cleverly created world, religion is sidestepped for the most part. There is a Creator and a hierarchy of souls and spirits, but since our view is limited to the story at hand, religion is not emphasized nor contradicted. Personally, being religious myself, I really liked this. And can I just say I love that the most powerful spirit in this mythology is a woman?I do!Considering the plot, it seems a little ironic to me that her name is Miira.The seemingly related name Mira comes from the Albanian word “mirĂ«” meaning “good”.It’s not clear to me whether that was intentional or not, but regardless I sure got a kick out of it.
Having a main character as a demon seems riskier to me than say a werewolf or elf.Some audiences may be put off by this. However, this is not our average ghost story. It is modern and presented right off the bat as something that could happen to anyone. There’s this real sense of universal plausibility that is so compelling that it drives the main character forward.This feeling is what identified me with the characters and the story.


    Any reviewers who would like to help me out: please don't hesitate to contact myself on
jacintamaree@hotmail.com.au as I check my email every day, or my publisher on heather@staccatopublishing.com

Thank you so much for your time.

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THE AQUA SECRET: 
L.L HUNTER 



REVIEW:


First off, I would love to comment on the incredible book cover made by Mae I design, it was the perfect cover to suit such a unique and out of this world book. We are thrown into this incredible dystopia world where the waters have completely flooded the earth, driving humanity into the sea. What could've been the moment humanity was washed free from existence actually created a completely new society and a new way of life for those who managed to survive.

We are introduced to the strong headed Pym, who is not only dedicated to her sister and family but has the itch to find out the truth about their world. She, and the rest of humanity who had grown up on the floating city of Aqua were brought up to believe they were the last remaining humans to have survived. The truth and secrets that her father tried to cover is chilling, when Pym and Rush start to find clues that nothing is as it seems.

But Pym's father isn't the only man that is holding onto a incredible secret. Rush, through his entire friendship with Pym, had considered her his best friend and secret crush. But when he hits the water something extraordinary happens that just takes your breath away.

This was such a unique idea, it was fast paced, never stopping as the twists and turns keep coming at me like relentless waves. I especially love l.L Hunter's creativity and the swarm of emotions as Pym and Rush not only figure out their fathers' deception, but attempt to de-tangle the web of love formed between each other.

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TRAGIC SILENCE: 
EC HIBBS

REVIEW: 5/5 



I read Tragic Silence within a couple of days ... THAT'S how captivating the story was. 
We go on this nail biting adventure with our heroine - Bianka - as she tries to out run the very monster she can't get away from. 

This take on Vampires was so incredibly refreshing I actually sighed with relief. We have a real scary vampire here - and not one that kills with a charming smile and sparkly eyes, this vampire isn't afraid to shed some blood to get what he wants. And what he wants now is Bianka ( or known as Bee). 
I immediately fell in love with the friendship between Bianka and Lucy. I loved them together so much that I was hoping against hope that Bianka was able to change the future somehow. Even though I knew what was coming, I still gasped and thought - 'omg no way'. All I can say is WHY??? 

There's just something about E.C Hibbs writing style that has me trapped in her world. She could be writing about her grocery list and I'll still stick in till the end. 

During the course of the book - Bianka tries to piece her life back together the best she can after the accident (an accident mind you that took away her ability to walk properly and forces her onto a cane). She leaves her home in Hungary and travels to London instead but no matter how far she runs, even if she flees to the other side of the world she would still be haunted by the mysterious man. It's more than just her nightmares, he's there always... in her very thoughts. I don't want to give away too much but it's clear that Hibbs had thought through each twist and turn carefully, intertwining all of our characters into a giant web of surprises and excitement. 

Can't wait to read more - fan for life!

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The Garden of Eden
Author: L.L Hunter
5/5 Stars




The Garden of Eden was the exact thing I was looking for, thank you to author L.L Hunter for this gorgeous, breathing taking book about the world of Angels and Demons. Poor Eden Daylesford is just sixteen years old, meant to be in the prime of her high school life but fate has other plans for her. Her mother takes her away to Michaelite Sanctuary in London, in hopes of removing a forming, deadly trait that has been nested inside of Eden since the beginning. A trait mind you that is far more powerful than she could've imagined.

This was a great first taste to a great series, I was flipping the pages in my disbelief that it was over. I. Love. Asher!
Oh my god, he is everything a book boyfriend should be and more. I also loved their relationship, and how Eden and Asher interacted with each other. They were just so cute, I was biting my smile and giggling almost half the time.

Everything was just so unique, the characters were loveable I seriously felt for Eden and her hard choices. Absolutely gorgeous book, great read, loving characters and a twist to kick you out of your chair! Five Stars all the way!!

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Taking Angels
Author: CS Yelle
5/5 Stars



My review: 5/5 Stars

Taking Angels is a paranormal adventure where we follow the life of 18 year old Britt Anderson. From the very beginning, my breath as well as my heart was stolen by this courageous and unfortunate young woman, who should’ve been enjoying her senior year of high school but instead was suffering through the agony of cancer. The moment when her father eased her body into the water, completely unaware of her intentions, was just so heart breaking I almost felt myself tearing up and THAT was at the beginning on the book.

As the waters cradle her body away from the shore Britt is relieved, unable to bear another moment of her suffering until memories of her family and friends suddenly make life feel not so unforgiveable. In an desperate attempt to paddle herself back to shore and cry out for help, the current proves too powerful against her fragile frame and throws her from the rocks and into the darkness down below. When she awoke from an the plunge that should have killed her, Britt instead finds herself in the company of two shadowy figures, whispering in melodic voices about disastrous consequences , but she just couldn’t understand them. If that wasn’t strange enough, her body that had been long tormented and broken down by cancer is miraculously cured. We’re talking more than just the cancer cells, every imperfection, every scar and mark on her body had completed recovered as if cancer have never touched her in the first place. Free from cancer and opening her arms up to a life she had thought she had lost, Britt plans to take every day as a gift and live to the fullest.
That’s when we’re introduced to the lovely brother and sister Allister and Angelina Parks who are the new kids at Britt’s high school. Giving off an impression of preferring solitude, they elect to remain recluse from all interaction with the rest of the school until Britt, who was already fascinated by them, matches their voices back to the fated incident at the bottom of the waterfall. She starts to question everything around her. Who are these people? Are there such things as Angels? Was it just a coincidence or do the newcomers actually have a deeper secret of their own? A secret that can explain everything that had happened to Britt’s body and how she was able to not only get up from her fall but reappear 100% renewed! Their secret exceeds our known world and plunges waist deep into the word of guardian angels. But when the gift of life is bestowed upon them there couldn’t have been a more tragic consequences and Britt learns this hard way.

I have to congratulate C.S Yelle on his incredible ability to capture the voice of not just our main characters, but also every single side character that appeared along the way. Each had their own tone and voice; each had their own characteristics, their own background and personality that really allowed the book to breath. It was multi-layered and beautifully crafted. There’s absolutely everything in this amazing book, we have action mixed with the right amount of romance and suspense. Not only that but I absolutely loved the heroine’s introduction to the story, and how she had started off seeking death only to be rewarded with the gift of life and a love that’ll make you squeal into your pillow.

A heart felt and beautiful story to match an amazing front cover, Taking Angels is definitely on the top of my favourite books of 2013.


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Blindsighted Wanderer
Author: EC Hibbs
5/5 Stars


The Wall has long kept Elitland Valley safe from the demons on the other side. For centuries the villagers have avoided speaking of the Wall or the creatures it protects them from.

Upon their return from the annual Country Fayre, the older Atego brothers learn of their father’s passing. When fifteen year old Silas Atego learns the mysterious illness that took his father might have been a curse from a demon, his need for answers draws him to the one place he must not go. The far side of the Wall.

When Silas is still missing days later, his older brother Raphael sets out on his own to bring him home. On his journey, Raphael learns how it was his ancestor who was cursed by a demon creature from the Lake and had the Wall built to keep them out. More desperate than ever to find his brother, his search draws Raphael to the same terrifying barrier.

Along the brothers’ individual travels they face their greatest fears, make lifelong friends, and more importantly, learn the truth of what happened centuries ago.

Blindsighted Wanderer is a tale about how truth and forgiveness will set you free. Where myths are transformed to legends that last a lifetime. The brothers leave their home as desperate boys but return to their family as honorable men.

MY REVIEW:


Blindsighted Wanderer has been labelled as a story of pure genius and a coming of age masterpiece; once sitting down and devouring this book I have to agree to everything that’s been said about it.

This was just one of those stories that I found myself leaning back into my chair and saying, “whoa!” I barely had time to come up and take a gulp of fresh air before I was pulled under the excitement and adventures of our leading characters, Raphael, Silas and the royal mermaid Merrin. From the beginning Hibbs paints us a backdrop of a world filled with wonder and fantasy but also with an element of mystery when referring to ‘the wall’ and the family curse.

Hibbs opens up her first scene to a picture of two lovers’ secret rendezvous during a late night in the middle of the lake. Here we meet a young man named Adrian and the mermaid princess Merrin. What I had perceived to be an intimate encounter quickly and shockingly turned into one of the highest betrayals, costing Adrian’s not only his life but also placed an ongoing curse onto all the boys belonging to his bloodline. We are then shifted to the present day where we are introduced the Artego brothers, Raphael and Silas who are descendants of Adrian.

Obviously a lot of thought went into Hibbs’ characters, giving them a multi-layered design that felt so real I was sure I was going to put the book down and find them standing in the room continuing on their conversation. Her ability to breathe life even into the smallest of details from the Country Fayre in Elitland Valley down to the gentle rain during their father’s funeral was inspiring.

From the first exchange of words I felt the brotherly connection between Raphael and Silas bloom like an open flower, and in turn I immediately cared for them as they obviously cared for each other. They were faced with the tragedy of their father’s passing, prompting Raphael to step forward and become the new man of the household. It was this event that got Silas’ mind ticking about their family misfortune, and after speaking to the priest about the curse he’s hunger for the truth becomes so extreme that he must go against everything he’s ever been taught. Silas leaves to search beyond the wall and into the depths of the unknown. Distraught with concern as Silas remains missing, turning hours into days, the older brother Raphael quickly pursues after him.

Back to our mermaid princess Merrin, Merrin isn’t just perceived as the nasty, scoured woman who’s intent of holding onto her vengeance till the end of days but as a well-rounded character who deep down doesn’t want to only remember her hate. We see a softer side of her, a more vulnerable and insecure side especially when the title of ruler is passed down onto her and her fears of being an unfit ruler presses to the surface. I haven’t read any mermaid books before now and I feel Hibbs was a promising start to a new fad.

With twists and turns pulling me through their adventure I was constantly sitting at the edge of my seat, laughing and holding my breath when unexpected encounters occur during the storyline (I don’t want to reveal spoilers by accident, sorry for my vagueness). The characters were able to learn from one another, especially between Merrin and Raphael as I loved all of their scenes together. Hibbs had the ability to switch from each character’s focus and not lose her momentum. Her writing style was easy to follow with a natural flow, I even found myself thinking ‘wow it’s like reading poetry’; it was THAT impressive. I felt her pacing was beautiful, allowing me to really breath in the surroundings and get to understand the Artego family before the curiosity of the ‘wall’ dragged the two brothers towards a truth they weren’t expecting.

It’s a story of learning, forgiveness and overcoming your inner demons. A truly beautiful and inspiring book that I can see myself reading again and again.
   

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Half Blood
Author: Lauren Dawes
4/5 Stars

"Swallowing her pained sounds, she forced the fear from her eyes. ‘You killed me,’ she breathed, swallowing down on the hard lump in her throat. It wasn’t often that someone got an opportunity to come face to face with their killer."

A battle for werewolf territory and rights has Rhett fighting for his life and for the survival of the pack. The last half blood—a half human, half vampire hybrid—has been found and Rhett has been chosen as her unlikely Guardian. The pack’s survival hangs on her completing her transformation, but a Sicarii—a vampire assassin—is hunting her to ensure that never happens …

Indigo’s hard exterior is nothing compared to the dark secret she carries within her. Her haunted eyes alone tell of her struggle and desire to live. But what she doesn’t know is that she is hard-wired for survival; the very blood in her veins and the legacy of her father demands it. But when her life takes a violent turn, her heritage and her fate may be the very thing to get her killed …


Half Blood starts off with an explosive beginning, a perfect picture that creates a mood of fear intertwined with a taste of murder and hot romance. Lauren Dawes has a fantastic sense of humour that is hidden in her work like Easter eggs among the garden; you just stumble upon them unexpectedly. For example she called the media 'Rubberneckers' which actually made me laugh out loud I even had to highlight it.

Indi came into the story packing punches, quickly introducing me to the norms of her life. Rhett is her best friend and protector, a sincere and beautiful character that I felt myself clutching my heart every time he entered the scene. Poor Indi is a girl stuck with handling sleazy men that seem to chase after her with lustful eyes all of her life. From foster home to foster home, betrayal after betrayal there seemed to be no one who deserved Indi’s trust. No one except for Rhett, her friend Beth and step brother Jerry.

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a jerk get punched out by a girl he’s been harassing. There is some serious girl power here. But her tough exterior wasn’t just born into her blood; it was carved into her by an act so awful that it has caused a massive rift in her heart. Dawes has done a terrific job with finding the core of fear and painting the room with it, I don’t usually get scared in books but with Dawes’ Half Blood I was chewing through my finger nails like a rabbit through carrots. It’s easy to see how this is a favourite of so many readers, especially at the end where we are left with a massive cliff hanger before Dawes pulls the curtains close on us. I was left thinking… ‘what? Noooo!’ Talk about having the rug pulled out from underneath your feet, you think you have it all worked out then BAM there’s another twist.

Half Blood is from a completely different genre to what I am used to reading, I am more focused on YA work so when I stepped into this very adult world of murder, werewolves and revenge I was very easily taken aback. I was blushing every time a cursive word was used. Her style of writing was beautifully graphic; it was very descriptive that I found myself pulling faces at the book whenever there was a vivid section about blood or violence. It actually felt like I was there, watching it unfold in front of me. I don’t usually read books with such adult content but in Lauren Dawes novel ‘Half Blood’ I found myself clued to the pages like a fly to a web. This is a fair warning, this book isn’t for the faint hearted. It is a bit violent for my taste, but I really enjoyed her style of storytelling.
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A Midsummer Night's Fling
Author: Belinda Boring
5/5 Stars
Enchanted Hearts (A Midsummer Night's Fling) felt like a fairy tale novel that explores the lives of two intertwining worlds of the Human and the Fae. The hero and heroine are brought together by a strong magnetic love that seems as perfect and as natural as nature itself. In the world of the Fae it is widely know and understood to not cross the barrier into the human plane or to converse with the humans that dwell there; the old tales of previous Fae people having lost their souls to humans. Similar on the human side, to tangle with a Fae has has its own dangerous path and children are taught to avoid them. The Fae have this unique glamour effect that can cause a human to become obsessed with them. Most children outgrow believing in the tales of the woods except for Aithne who carries an innocent curiosity about her.
The gentle love between our heroine Aithne and the Fae prince, Hadrian, step through the restriction tape and right into each others arms. What girl doesn’t swoon when forbidden romance sits like the last piece of chocolate? It’s almost impossible to resist. Let’s throw in a love triangle and we have a recipe for romantic drama. We have a second man in the picture, the blacksmith’s son William who also has eyes for Aithne. As soon as he was introduced into the story I felt heart break for him, after reading the dialogue between Aithne and Hadrian poor William was walking into a losing battle. Even so, I found myself jumping from side to side, cheering on William then quickly switching back to cheering on Hadrian. It was emotionally exhausting, I felt as Aithne must’ve felt when trying to understand her own feelings between two almost perfect matches. There wasn’t an obvious answer which made the ending exciting. Both William and Hadrian were able likeable characters. From the moment that we are introduced into this tale, we are welcomed by the sweet mumblings of an obsessed Prince who can’t seem to move his gaze from the human girl Aithne. During the entire book Belinda’s writing style had an easy flow, never really allowing me a chance to put the book down. It was easy to get lost in the beauty of the Fae world, everything that dripped from Hadrian’s mouth was almost perfect, but I suppose he was a fae (a royal fae) so perfection shouldn’t have been a surprise. It had a very Romeo and Juliet feeling to me, which is where the title comes in I suppose, where even though they had only know each other for such a short time they pledged their unwithering love for one another as if they had been smitten for a lifetime.
I had thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a very quick read for me filled with soft romance and light hearted flirtations. I would recommend this story to anyone who just wants to sit down and say ‘awww’ for the next few hours.
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Deadly Road - 4 Stars












By Author Tara Neideffer




Blurb:
What happens when the dead seek revenge?

After a night out with friends turns bad, Lizzie drives home upset, exhausted, and a little tipsy. She ends up making a terrible mistake that leaves her with a dark, disturbing secret.

She is traumatized by what she's done and desperately wants to find a way to make amends with her wrong doing. She soon becomes surrounded by an evil she never knew could exist, and finds help from a dying woman in hospice.

This series of events make her realize that everything in life happens for a reason, and sometimes you have to search the darkness for the answers.

My Review:

Talk about hitting the ground running, Deadly Road started off with one of the most serious mistakes a person can ever make and a test of their morals. When the accident happened, knocking over Lizzie's once controlled world into a living nightmare the horror of her choice floods her dreams with savage wild coyotes and flickering ghosts.

Neiderffer had done a wonderful job bringing forth the terror of Lizzie's mind, having her question her reality as the images of the man she killed started to appear during her waking hours. It's a scary thought to really think about what you would do if you are put into her shoes, even after considering herself such a high morale person, to leave a body in the middle of the woods is a serious decision. Poor Lizzie panicked in the split moment that her world came unfolded and now she is tormented again and again for it. Even despite her faults Lizzie was a really likable and strong character.

For a bit i couldn't understand what the little girl had to do with the story, but obviously as the story progressed so did the truth behind the pair come into light. It was a very enjoyable read!

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HOW TO DATE AN ALIEN - REVIEW












By Author Magan Venon

4 / 5 Stars

Blurb:
High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war?

My Review:
How to Date an Alien was a fun light and very easy read. We are introduced to a very lovable heroine, Alex with her dorky glasses, social awkward skills and military father. The story was very fast paced, wasting no time with introducing the aliens and the dangers that they possess. I loved Alex from the very beginning. She did have flaws which she admitted and accepted, and didn't let other interns push her around and give her a hard time. She had a slight distance in her relationship with her father, who was the one who got Alex into the programme to help boost her extra curriculum and hopefully get into the college of her choice.

There is a slight love triangle in the story involving the hot alien Ace and attractive and eager Gavin. Gavin got on my nerves a little, especially how he wouldn't take a hint and leave poor Alex alone. I had to laugh a few when trying to picture their awkward space suits; I couldn’t stop imagining the same clothes the worms from Men in Black strut around in. I also thought it was a cute attributes how the alien ranking system was similar to high school, but unlike Alex’s human high school where she was regarded on the bottom of the food chain, in an alien institute she was instantly put on the top.

The only down fall I could see was the repetition in the story, I didn't like the whole stalkerish side of things and how Ace kept staring at her and watching her from across the room. Putting myself in Alex's shoes, that would've had me running in the other direction and not trying to get some alone time with him. It was beautiful and sweet romance, one that was built upwards with witty and playful character banter.
I enjoyed reading this book
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CROW'S ROW - BY JULIE HOCKLEY
5 Stars out of 5
Blurb:
For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill's grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she's been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She
understands it's a forbidden love and one that won't allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.
My Review:
This was one of those books where one free sample just wasn’t enough; I sped right through the chapters and was clicking the download button within moments.
Crow’s Row kept my interest largely because of the humour involved with the dialogue; I loved the banter between the characters as it felt real and natural not like a lot of books I’ve read. Emily has an interesting view of herself and of her environment, picking up on details of her settings with a keen eye though at times I just skipped paragraphs when they started listing the grocessors in the cupboard or the clothes in the draw. I don’t think that was really necessary.
Her love and devotion to her 'not-so-perfect' but lovable brother Bill was amazing, even though he obviously had his own problems, the two siblings had a powerful connection that only intensified with Bill's death.
Over all this was a brilliant, easy and fast paced read, even though the ending had me gripping at my seat with such strength I could almost punch my fingers through the wood, I still loved every bit of this.


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REVIEW - 27/08/2012                            JACINTA MAREE                                          REVIEW
LIFE BLOOD - H.K SAVAGE -



Rating: 5/5 STARS




Blurb:

Plagued by self-doubt and paralyzed by indecision her entire life, Ava is lost -- until a chance encounter with a stranger brings forgotten memories of a childhood abduction flooding back. Emboldened by the need to know what happened, and to know if the stranger has been the hero she's dreamed of she follows him into a struggle she never knew existed -- nor the part she unwittingly plays.

Author: H.K Savage

Publisher: Staccato Publishing



I instantly fell in love with H.K Savage's character Ava, from her slight social awkwardness down to her stubborn strength in finding out the truth about her strange, constant dreams. Savage has written Life Blood with an interesting spin on the myth of 'fountain of youth' that it even had me sitting back and thinking 'whoa!'.

Every character has been created with such depth, stepping away from stereotypes and letting the character actually come alive that I could almost feel them sitting beneath the ink of every page. H.K Savage has woven a wonderful adventure with suspense, romance and action all packed into this one book, not letting the reader a moment to put the book down. The life of Ava is spinning out of her hands at the introduction of Ben, keeping the storyline fast paced and kept me on my toes - I strongly recommend this exciting read for all lovers of books.

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