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Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Published 31/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               The Goddess Test  
Author:          Aimee Carter
Pages:             349
category:      Young Adult, Fantasy

The story:

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS…

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I love the greek mythology so this book was just the right book for me. I’ll admit that it took me some time to start reading this. But I did loved it from the first page to the last. I loved the story and how it evolved. And I have to admit there happened a couple of things I didn’t see coming.

I really enjoyed the writing style, it made the book move along and it also give you time to get to know the characters. I was never bored and every end of a chapter made me want to read the next chapter.

The verdict of a book addict:

I’m glad I finally took the time to read this book because I really loved it!

Total of Ratties:

                        ratting system 5 rats

 

Review: Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Published 29/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               Seeds of Discovery  
Author:          Breeana Puttroff
Pages:             288
category:      Young Adult, Fantasy

The story:

Quinn Robbins’ life was everything she thought a teenager’s should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she’s just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter’s, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn’t always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I had no trouble getting into this book, it started right away, but as the story evolved I did have some difficulties reading it. The story is great but sometimes it could move a long a little faster just like it did in the beginning.

Although it was a little slow at some points I did really like it! The whole other world was amazing and from the descriptions the author gave I could just picture it in my head. There was also good character building, you got the chance to get to know the characters and learned to love them along the way.

The verdict of a book addict:

A great first novel in a series I would love to read more about.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

Interview with Breeana Puttroff

Published 28/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

 

As part of the Heroines with heart blogtour I had the pleasure to do an interview with Breeana Puttroff. So please give her a warm welcome and enjoy the interview.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure. I’m 35, and I’m a single mom of a goregous little girl, and writing was not my first career.  For eleven years, I was an elementary school teacher, teaching kids to write instead of writing my own stories. I loved my job, and even earned my Master’s degree in Literacy, but as my daughter reached school age, I realized I really wanted to be at home with her and teach her.

So now I’m one of those crazy moms who homeschools and cooks organic food, and drinks way too much coffee, and writes stories.

 2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer in some form or fashion. Even as a little girl, I filled notebooks and papers with story ideas, and started typing them out when we bought our first computer when I was about ten.
Sometime in third grade, I even contracted out an illustrator – since I can write, but not do art.  I proofread and helped him write his story, and he illustrated mine.

These days, I pay the awesome Mallory Rock for her mad skillz in graphic design.

3. What comes first? The story, the charater(s) or the idea for the novel?

Almost always, it’s the idea for the novel/the storyline. Then, as I’m planning, the right characters sort of introduce themselves to me. J

4. What would be your favorite past time activity, when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m hanging out with my daughter and teaching her. We like to hit up museums, zoos, swimming pools and other fun places, or just play games and watch movies.

5. Are there any writers ou there that have inspired you?

I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I tend to suck up inspiration wherever I can find it. Some of the writers I’ve loved FOREVER are C.S. Lewis, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Patricia Polacco, and Sharon Creech.

6. Can you tell a little more about your book: Seeds of Discovery?

Seeds of Discovery is the first book in the Dusk Gate Chronicles, which currently has five books (though the “main” storyline was completed in the fourth book).

It is the story of a teenage girl, Quinn Robbins, who uncovers a mystery about her classmate, William Rose, that changes the course of her life – or maybe it brings her back to the course her life was originally supposed to take.

7. What inspired you to write this story?

A couple of summers ago, my dad and I took my daughter up in the mountains for a day hike and picnic. We were by this river, throwing rocks in, when I noticed the broken base to what had once been a bridge that led, literally, to nowehre. You could see the old supports for the bridge in the rock face on the other side of the river.

I knew there was a story in it. That bridge became the basis of Seeds of Discovery and the books that follow it.

8. Which character did you enjoy writing about the most and why?

Oh, goodness. I really fell in love with a LOT of my characters.  Probably my favorites are Thomas, Owen, and Alvin (who are all secondary characters, interestingly enough).

9. If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you choose and why?

I would love to have dinner with Alvin.  He’s very much an enigma in the books, and I’m sure he would be in real life, so I’d love to hear what he’d have to say to me.

10. Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?

I do. I am fortunate to have a really fantastic group of readers who take the time to send e-mails, chat with me on Facebook and Twitter, and leave comments on my blog.  I probably have the most awesome readers on the planet. J

11. What are you currently working on?

My next project is a stand-alone story, which will be a little different for me after working for so long on a series. The book I’m working on is an alternate-version “re-telling” of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, titled Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter. It’s a “what-if” story, told from the viewpoint of the child Rumpelstiltskin actually did steal, but now she’s 17, and has no real idea about her past.

Later this year, I will be adding some more stories to the Dusk Gate Chronicles that fall outside of the main story line, and explore some of the other characters.

 12. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you so very much for sharing your precious time, and taking the chance on reading my books.  If it wasn’t for my great readers, the books would not be what they are.

If you aren’t yet one of my readers, but would like to check out my books, the e-version of Seeds of Discovery is currently free at almost every online retailer.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog!

Thank you so much for taken the time to answer my questions! And here is a little bit more information about Breeana Puttroff

After eleven years as an elementary school teacher, I have decided to reinvent myself (whatever that means).

Now I run my own business, play with and educate my beautiful little girl, Little Goose, and write books for young adults that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The first three books in my original fantasy series, The Dusk Gate Chronicles, are now for sale in Kindle format at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnesandnoble.com, in the iBooks store, and at most other digital retailers. The books are also in paperback at a number of online retailers. Also, visit her at http://www.breeanaputtroff.net/.

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Published 26/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               The Raven Boys 
Author:          Maggie Stiefvater
Pages:             454
Catagory:      Urban Fantasy

The story:

Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

Maybe I can’t give an honest review about a book written by Maggie Stiefvater because I just love everything she writes. There are always writers out there that write the most amazing stories and you’ll love the book no matter what it’s about. Well Maggie Stiefvater is my favourite author, she is my rockstar.

But it did take me a while to read this book, simply because there are so many books on my to read list. I have to say that it took me a couple of chapters to figure out who everyone was in the story but that didn’t bother me one minute. The story is very interesting, I just love the whole ley-line story and the legend about the sleeping king.

What can I say about the characters, I just really like how you come to like the bad boy of the story. How you can see his other side. I can’t remember one character in this book that I didn’t like. You get to know them and love them as the story goes.

The verdict of a book addict:

Another great book by Maggie Stiefvater, I can’t wait to read the next book!

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Follow Friday #3

Published 25/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Follow Friday #3

So it’s Friday again, almost weekend and of course I’m joining the Follow Friday fun! Here is this week’s question:

Q:  What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

Well I do try not to stay up to late because my little girl never lets me sleep in haha. But the last book I just had to finish was:

The raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater, the story just kept me on the edge of my seat.

Review Rest for the Wicked by Cate Dean

Published 24/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

 

Title:               Rest for the wicked 
Author:          Cate Dean
Pages:             135 ( on my e-reader )
Catagory:      Fantasy, Demons

The story:

She’s running from her past. And running out of time.

Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop in an ordinary California beach town. But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.

A past that is about to explode into her present.

When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past – and become what she left behind in order to save them.

NOTE: This is a short novel, at just over 40,000 words (125 pages), and has graphic scenes not suitable for the under 17 readers. As one reviewer stated: “This ain’t no Harry Potter.

( Taken from Goodreads )
The view of a book addict:

I have to be honest, when I first started this book I didn’t know if I was going to like it. The information I’ve read on goodreads made me interested in this book but as always it’s a gamble to try it.

But I didn’t have to worry! Because I really liked this book, the story moved along in a fast pace this made me want to turn the pages faster and if I had the chance I would have finished it in one sitting. Just because I just really loved the story and it’s characters. The mystery about who or maybe even what the main character was made me want to keep turning the pages to find out.

I loved the writing style and although you got to read the story from the view of multiple persons it wasn’t confusing at any time. It just kept me comming back for more and gave more insight in all the characters.

The verdict of a book addict:

If you ask me I would tell you te imediatly get your hands on this book and start reading it!


Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Heroine with heart blog tour: Excerpt for Rest for the wicked by Cate Dean

Published 22/01/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

So this month I joined the Heroine with hearts blog tour so first of al a little information about the blogtour:

Heroines With Heart is a massive blog tour that runs throughout 2013, that features books with strong female protagonists. We have authors from several different genres, including young adult, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and Christian fiction. We are also giving away fun digital prizes and sharing new and noteworthy books throughout the year. Want updates?

As part of this blog tour I’ve read Rest for the Wicked by Cate Dean. The review for this book will be posted on Thursday. Today I’m going to share an excerpt from the book. Enjoy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of al the blurb for this book so you all know what it’s about:

Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop, The Wiche’s Broom, in an ordinary California beach town. But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.

A past that is about to explode into her present.

When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past – and become what she left behind in order to save them.

Excerpt: 

Chapter 1
Claire Wiche guided her unhappy customer through her shop, one arm around the woman’s hunched shoulders.
“You know I don’t do love spells, Mildred.”
“But I know if he could see me, really see me, he’d fall desperately in—”
“Would it be real, if he’s under an enchantment?”
Mildred pouted, not a pretty sight on an eighty-year-old woman. “What happened to the customer is always right?”
Biting her lip on a smile, Claire walked her through the open door.
“Never been my policy. And I have good reasons for that.” She rubbed the old woman’s arm.
“You go on home now. I’ll phone you when my new shipment of crystals shows up.”
Leaning against the narrow porch post, Claire watched her toddle down the sidewalk, sunlight bouncing off the thin silver poodle curls. The morning gloom had burned off early, and it looked like the start of another beautiful day.
She crossed her arms, cold despite the sweater she slipped on earlier. It took longer to warm up lately, a fact she did her best to ignore.
“Are you cold again, Claire? It’s got to be at least 80 in the store.”
Unless, of course, a well-meaning friend shoved it in her face.
She turned around, forced a smile. “Is it, Annie? I must have forgotten to turn it down this morning.”
“How could you not notice? The candles are sweating.” Annie Sullivan—the lively, noholds-barred friend Claire never expected to have in her life—stepped across the small porch that ran along the front of the shop, her almost six foot height topping Claire by a good ten inches.
She caught one hand before Claire could shove them in her pockets. “You’re like ice. Again.”
She looked down at Claire, concern in her warm brown eyes. “And you’re avoiding. Again.”
With a sigh, Claire squeezed her hand before easing out of it. The warmth in Annie’s fingers made her skin tingle, yearn.
“Time to turn that heat down before the candles become a puddle.”
Annie followed her back inside, hovering while she adjusted the thermostat to a more reasonable temperature. She would need a heavier sweater.“Come on,” Annie said, hands on her hips. “Give.”
Shaking her head, Claire smiled, a real smile this time. “Would I’m just cold and tired do it for you?”
“Hardly.” Annie stood in front of the counter, looking like a golden Amazon ready for battle.
“But it’ll have to until I can get you drunk and pry the truth out of you.”
Laughter burst out of Claire. “I’d like to see that.”
“Yeah, so would I. If you actually touched the stuff.” She gave Claire a wicked smile. “I could always slip you a mickey.”
“You could—if I wasn’t able to smell it from across the room.”
“Slapped down again. Hey—what if we just tried—”
“Not again. Never again.” Claire still felt the residual agony from her one failed attempt at social drinking.
“How do you do that?” Those warm brown eyes narrowed as they studied her. “How do you always know what I’m going to say?”
Claire reached up and patted her cheek. “I’m a witch, sweetheart. It’s what I do.”
“Wait.” She grabbed Claire’s hand, pushed her sleeve up to reveal the bandage that peeked out. “Is that another tattoo? What is it this time?”
Claire flushed. The second reason she put on a sweater this morning.
“A triquetra.”
“More protection? Jeez, Claire, the pentacle on your hip isn’t enough?”
“There is no such thing as too much protection.” She pulled free and walked around the counter. “And the subject is closed.”
“Okay, I can take a hint. I’ll drop in sometime tomorrow, see if you need any help during the festival madness.”
“That will be most appreciated.”
Annie strode to the door, her long legs taking her through the small shop in a few paces. She paused in the doorway. “Hey, Claire—I’m worried, and I poke when I’m worried. I’ll leave it alone for now. But if you don’t get better, I’ll do more than poke.”
“Annie.” She stuck her head back in. “Don’t you even think about taking on Mildred’s love spell.”
Color rushed into her cheeks.“I wasn’t—”
“I mean it. Last time you nearly had your victim falling in love with her cat.”
“Never gonna let me live that one down, are you?”
Claire smiled. “Not if it keeps you from trying again.”
Annie cursed under her breath and stalked out.
Chuckling, Claire made a mental note to put feelers out. Annie had more than enough power, and just enough knowledge to make her dangerous.
Without warning the pain stabbed her; a blade of ice in her gut.
Bracing her hands on the counter, she fought to breathe, fought to keep herself upright.
Shaking so hard her rings clattered against the granite countertop, she gained enough control to lower herself to the chair that she recently added, out of necessity.
“God above—” She pressed both arms against her stomach, prayed for a slow morning. If she believed God would actually listen to her, after all this time, she’d ask the single question that haunted her.
Is this how it feels to be dying?

A little information about the Author:

Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on. Also, visit her athttp://catedeanwrites.com/.

 

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