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Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

July 3, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Book Tour, Giveaways, Read in 2012 3 Comments

I received this book free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon FraterThe Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel by Rhiannon Frater
Published by Self-Published on June 8th 2012
Pages: 283
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Amazon
Goodreads

Also by this author: The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege

four-half-stars

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

After thoroughly enjoying the author’s ‘As the World Dies’ trilogy which was full of super awesome and terribly gruesome zombies, I was all on board for more. The Last Bastion of the Living completely knocked it out of the park for me. Set in a future completely changed and desolate, the zombies have destroyed any chance of survival for the last known group of people on Earth. Grasping at straws, the government makes one last desperate attempt to reclaim the surrounding lands and to solidify the livelihood of all.

Much like her ‘As the World Dies’ trilogy, Rhiannon never lacks for vivid and highly likable characters and an exciting storyline to boot. The main character, Maria, is an extremely strong and independent woman and she can kick some serious ass too. The story also switches up point-of-view with Maria’s boyfriend Dwayne who was also a well written character. One thing that I have to make note of is the relationship between Maria and Dwayne: an incredibly realistic relationship; something that I think is highly lacking in fiction novels these days. The strength of their bond was palpable in addition to how much they loved each other. It was a fabulous addition to the story but didn’t overpower the actual storyline in any way.

And speaking of the storyline… I cannot remember the last time I was reading a book and it created such vivid imagery in my mind to the point where it was as if I was watching a movie reel playing in my head. And what a badass movie it was! The writing didn’t have the feel of a screenplay thankfully, but I nonetheless could definitely see a movie being made from this story.

Only disappointment was the realization that this was a stand-alone novel so the story was over! I could definitely see potential paths that future installments could go with to make it a series but then again there was something satisfying about reading the story in its entirety and being done with it without having to wait for future installments. Stand-alone novels seem to be quite rare these days and I read far too many series so this was a nice change.

With a surprisingly original and refreshing take on the normal zombie tale this was a highly enjoyable thrill ride. Zombie lovers need not miss out on this gem.

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The Interview

How did you come up with the title?
Like the story, it came to me in a dream. I believe one of the characters called the city the last bastion of the living during the course of a conversation. When I woke up, I instantly thought, “I want to write that!” The story, the characters, and the title all showed up in a dream. It was a great jump start on the book, that’s for sure.

Personally, by the time I was finished with the prologue I was totally imagining The Last Bastion of the Living being one seriously awesome movie. Did you envision this as you were writing the book or did that come later?
The huge battle in the prologue was always a part of the story, but the dream started with the first chapter. When I began to write, I started at the same point as the dream did. As time went on I felt something important was missing. There was a lack of urgency in the narrative. Though the characters speak of the final push against the undead, I realized that the reader didn’t really understand how devastating it had been. I had been trying to incorporate flashbacks, but those weren’t working. I kept excising them.

I got very, very sick with the flu and had to stop writing on the book altogether. While I was feverish, I kept dreaming about the great battle where Dwayne and Maria had almost lost their lives. When I was well, I sat down and read what I had written so far. It was during that read-through that I recognized the need for the reader to see the final push against the Inferi Scourge.

So I just rewound the movie in my brain to an earlier point in time and wrote what I saw. I don’t know how it works for other writers, but I always feel I am watching a movie inside my own head and describing what I see to the best of my ability.

What is your favorite part in ‘The Last Bastion of the Living’?/What was your favorite part to write? (If different) 🙂
Well, it’s a bit of a tossup between two scenes as to which is my favorite. I love the ending completely, but I also like the opening of Chapter 1. There is such sweetness and sadness in that opening scene with Dwayne and Maria.
My favorite scene to write was toward the end of the book. There is this massive action sequence that was such a blast to watch in my mind’s eye theater, but was a total bitch to wrestle onto paper.

Do any of your characters names have a special meaning?
Well, Dwayne is named after Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens. Maria is a bit of a Ripley, so why not? Maria’s name just came to me, so that was organic. I did name Lindsey after Lindsey Wagner, the Bionic Woman. I snagged Denman’s name from a former co-worker, and I re-named one solider Cormier after Giselle of Xpresso Reads. She was a test reader and I did it as a tribute to her nitpicking and making the book so much better.

Is this really going to remain as a stand-alone novel?
I have no plans to continue. I don’t want to saddle myself with another series. I have three that are going right now and it’s exhausting. It’s also a bit of a trap. I have a lot of other novel ideas in my head, but I’m obligated to my readers to finish up those series as quickly as I can. For a time, writers could take years to put out the next installment in a series and that was okay. Not anymore. Readers expect a book a year in a series, so I’m avoiding trapping myself with a new series for the time being.
That was the big allure of writing THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING. It was a standalone.

I’m flattered, but a little overwhelmed with how much demand there is for a sequel. I have no ideas for a sequel. My time in that world pretty much ended with the final scene. Plus, I love where this novel ended. It was such a perfect ending. I have no desire to muck it up.

Would you ever think about revisiting the world you created and simply change the point of view?
Nope. The heart of the story is Dwayne and Maria. I wouldn’t continue on without them. It would feel empty and bland. Those two characters are why I wrote the novel. The world around them was dynamic, but the second those two are out of the equation I lose all interest.

Could you tell us anything about your next big project?
PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS is coming out in the near future. I’m working very hard to get that novel done. Also, I have a paranormal YA coming out with co-author Kody Boye. It’s called THE MIDNIGHT SPELL and I love it so much. It’s a blast. There will be one more AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES volume released this year that wraps up that series. And I have a short story collection that will be coming out later as well called CTHUHLU’S DAUGHTER AND OTHER HORROR TALES. There might be a Last Bastion short story in that one. Maybe. We’ll see.

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The Giveaway!

Rhiannon has been kind enough to offer an ebook copy of The Last Bastion of the Living for giveaway! Open Internationally. Giveaway ends July 17th, 2012.

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Rhiannon Frater

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other books: the vampire novels PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. The first two books in her zombie trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS and FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, are available now in bookstores. SIEGE will be in bookstores on April 24, 2012.

Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astheworlddies
Twitter: twitter.com/rhiannonfrater
Blog: rhianonfrater.blogspot.com

 

 

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Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! Amanda Havard’s Point of Origin

June 15, 2012 Bonnie Book Tour, Giveaways 0 Comments


Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Amanda’s new book ‘Point of Origin’, the second book in ‘The Survivors’ series. A big thank you to Amanda Havard for allowing me the opportunity to read her stories and for taking the time to let me interview her! Be sure and check out the full post for your opportunity to win your own copy (signed!)


Point Of Origin (The Survivors #2)
by Amanda Havard
Publication Date: June 12, 2012

The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming.

One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors’ City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.

The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie’s quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters’ wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick’s warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family’s history even as the elders’ grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors’ beginning just in time to face her end.

My Review

After finishing The Survivors, you’re definitely left with a ton of questions (at least I was). Luckily, a vast majority of these are answered in Point of Origin, yet of course more questions are introduced as well. Point of Origin definitely continued the story nicely with the introduction of new characters, more secrets and more suspense. 

I had a harder time understanding Sadie’s actions this time around though. I also didn’t understand why she continued to stay with Everett (maybe because I totally think she should be with Cole :D) but they didn’t have a happy relationship it seemed. Sadie came across as a fairly strong and independent character in book 1 and it’s almost as if she morphed into a completely different character once they got together. I’d like the strong independent Sadie back for book 3 please. 

My favorite aspect of Point of Origin was the detail given regarding the Salem Witch trials (which I remember thinking when reading The Survivors that I wish more information was given regarding that)  and all of the additional paranormal information obtained through Sadie’s research within the story. The suspense and twists and turns throughout the story were incredibly well done and kept me guessing.

It’ll be very interesting to see how everything plays out in the next book (especially with that ending from book 2!)

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The Interview

1. When did you first start writing?
I probably started writing about first grade. Somewhere in my house there’s a story on those old school pages with space to illustrate on top half and lines on the bottom half. It was a story about three witches who were sisters. Interesting to have come full circle.

2. What was your inspiration for this series?
Everything I’ve seen, touched, read, heard, or felt in the last three years has greatly inspired this series. Survivors is a very multifaceted world, so I can be touched by anything from an academic text on the politics of Puritanical colonies to a Proenza Schouler runway show. I’ve been lucky to pour it all in in one way or another. I’ve been lucky to find the inspiration so easily. 

3. Besides being a writer, you’re also a musician and songwriter. Do you enjoy doing one more than the other?
My gut response is to say the author part is my favorite, but I love music in a very real way. It’s a part of me. In the end, it’s the storytelling I’m addicted to, whether that’s in song form or book form.

4. Is there a special message that you want your readers to grasp?
It doesn’t really work that way for me. I’m sure there are things that I think readers will get — or could, if they’d like to — but I don’t write with an agenda or anything. I put my characters on journeys that will take them down paths that you could learn something from or have them act in a way that might get you thinking. And that’s great. I hope you think. I hope you start wondering about the way they act, why they do what they do, and what happens to them based on all that. But there is no specific message I’m trying to throw out there. Actually, I take that back. There’s one:
At the end of the day, you’re responsible for your own actions.
Get back to me at the end of the series and see if you think that fit.

5. What books/authors have influenced your writing most?
I honestly think that every book I’ve ever read has been a major influence on my writing and the way I build stories. At the end of the day, I think I’ll pick some favorites (J.K. Rowling, Curtis Sittenfeld, Janet Fitch, and so on), but realistically every time I read a new great book, I think really hard about what positives I could take from that story and apply to my own. So in that way, they all do.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m sure there will always be things I’ll think of, but right now I’m very happy with it.

7. What’s one fun fact about you that you’d like people to know?
I’m sort of obsessed with style. I think people often take that to mean that I just like clothes or buying stuff, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. I like fashion, sure, but style is a way of life. It’s a way to carry yourself, to communicate to the world around you, to take control of your life. You can style yourself into the person you want to be, and then become that person. It’s incredibly empowering. Getting into style has changed my whole outlook on my life, and it’s given me the ability to put forward the persona I’d like to at any given moment. It doesn’t matter where the clothes come from, how much they cost, or who made them. It matters that they portray what you want to portray to the world.

Does that mean my love of all things couture, runway looks, or expensive shoes is any less? Of course not. But it does mean that you shouldn’t sell personal style short by thinking it’s about being shallow or caring about what designer people are wearing. It’s about inspiration and independence. It’s about asserting control of the life you want to live. Believe me.

8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m really into fashion, so I love to shop or keep up with style blogs and all that jazz. I love music, so I spend a lot of time searching for new music, and I recently (finally) got into vinyl. I also love to cook (I’m into sourcing my food locally and organically! What what.), I love to do Pilates. I dig travel and wish I did it more for pleasure instead of work. And I love to daydream. 

9. What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. I’ve been on a literary adult lit kick lately, though I’m about to finally start Graceling (long overdue, I know). I read a very wide assortment of things.

About the Author

Amanda Havard has been telling stories since before she could write. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her first book was published in her elementary school library at age 7. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her baby grand piano and more story ideas than she could tell in one lifetime.

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Masters of the Veil Book Blast – $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

May 23, 2012 Bonnie Book Blitz, Giveaways 0 Comments

 
by Daniel A. Cohen
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012
Page Count: 300 pages
Life can’t get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who’s the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who’s pretty sure Sam’s an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam’s meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.

Praise for Masters of the Veil

“This Book was brilliant, creative, and completely magical. If you want an amazing book to read in 2012, I would suggest you go to the bookstore and pick up a copy of Masters of the Veil.”
~Julia @Inkbitten

“I loved this book. I could list all the reasons, but there is one piece of praise I think sums up the book best. My son grabbed it as soon as I was finished reading it and hasn’t put it down since. Dan Cohen has a winner with this series.”
~Author Michelle Pickett

“A funny, imaginative, and delightful read!”
~Author Kate Kaynak



About the Author

Daniel A. Cohen was just your average business student. Microeconomics, finance, marketing… you name it, he had to do a PowerPoint presentation on it. One dark and stormy night, he was bitten by the radioactive realization that memorizing business jargon could possibly be the most boring activity known to man.

After gaining eagle-eye vision, abs that could grate cheese, and a talent for imagining things (including his cheese-grating abs), he wrote his first novel and began his epic battle against the formidable business jargon. He continues to fight the good fight by playing saxophone and writing YA fantasy, forever hoping his Veil trilogy will help inspire others to join his cause.

Author Blog:  http://whyfiction.blogspot.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Masters-Veil-Book-Trilogy/dp/1937053024/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/masters-of-the-veil-daniel-a-cohen/1110931917?ean=9781937053024
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11035999-masters-of-the-veil

Giveaway Details!Author Daniel Cohen is offering one lucky person a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card
Ends 5/31/12
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Rock of Ivanore Book Blast – $50 Amazon Gift Card

May 15, 2012 Bonnie Giveaways 0 Comments



The Rock of Ivanore
by  Laurisa White Reyes

Publisher:  Tanglewood Press

Release Date:  May 15, 2012
Ages:  8 & up
Page Count: 356

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is as it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.


Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.


Praise for The Rock of Ivanore

“This is a swift and compelling epic that readers of high fantasy will love!”
— Tony Abbott, author of The Secrets of Droon
“Magic! Swords! Mysterious cloaked figures! A good choice for middle-grade fantasy lovers.” – Marissa Burt, author of Storybound
“Fast paced and very engaging.” – So Simply Sara
“Elementary school libraries and middle school libraries can confidently add this book to their collections.” – Cerulean Librarian


About the Author

Laurisa White Reyes has been writing since the age of 5 when she wrote her first poem on a scrap of poster board. After earning a degree in English at California State University at Northridge, she spent thirteen years writing for various magazines and newspapers, working as a book editor, and teaching creative writing. She gave up all that six years ago to follow her lifelong dream of writing novels. Her first book, The Rock of Ivanore, will be released in May 2012.

Besides writing, Laurisa is also a voracious reader. She also loves musical theater, chocolate, sushi, ancient history, bearded dragons, and rain storms.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, 5 children, 4 birds, 2 lizards, 2 turtles, 1 fish, 1 dog, and a partridge in a pear tree.




Author Website:  http://www.laurisawhitereyes.com
Author Blog:  http://1000wrongs.blogspot.com
Tanglewood Press:  http:// www.tanglewoodbooks.com
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Ivanore-Celestine-Chronicles/dp/1933718609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328595780&sr=8-1
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Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5244611.Laurisa_White_Reyes


In celebration of the release of The Rock of Ivanore, the author will be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner! This bookblast will run from May 15th to 22nd.

Giveaway Details
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Open to anyone 13 or older who can legally enter & use an Amazon.com Gift Code
Ends 5/22/12


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Team Abnegation Giveaway – Insurgent or a $10 Amazon Gift Card

April 21, 2012 Bonnie Giveaways 1 Comment



Today’s TeamAbnegation Giveaway is for a finished copy of Insurgent or a $10 Amazon Gift Card (winner’s choice)!



If you choose a copy of Insurgent you will be contacted on May 1st.  As soon as your mailing address is received a copy will be ordered from either Amazon or The Book Depository.  If you choose the Amazon Gift Card it will be emailed to you.


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Team Abnegation $100 Amazon Gift Code Giveaway!

April 18, 2012 Bonnie Giveaways 0 Comments

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Book #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins
Release Date: May 3, 2011









Book Summary

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.


During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.


Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

COMING SOON!

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Book #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins
Release Date: May 1, 2012











ONE CHOICE
A CHOICE BECOMES A SACRIFICE
A SACRIFICE BECOMES A LOSS
A LOSS BECOMES BECOMES A BURDEN
A BURDEN BECOMES A BATTLE
WILL YOU SURVIVE OR WILL IT DESTROY YOU?

To celebrate the release of Insurgent, Harper Collins is sponsoring a click through challenge. 50 Blogs have been selected to promote the release of Insurgent by driving traffic to specific links.


Team Abnegation’s goal is to get the most clicks to these links:


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To help Team Abnegation reach our goal I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has organized this giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Code.


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Review and Giveaway! Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail Carriger

April 16, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Giveaways, Read in 2012 0 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review and Giveaway! Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail CarrigerTimeless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #5
Published by Orbit on March 1st 2012
Pages: 416
Genres: Romance, Steampunk
Format: Paperback
Source: Netgalley, the Publisher
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Also by this author: Prudence

four-half-stars

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

Parasol Protectorate Series

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4)

Timeless, the fifth and last installment in the Parasol Protectorate. And the final adieu to Alexia, Conall, Ivy, and all the other colorful characters we’ve grown to know and love. This was actually my favorite installment out of the entire series surprisingly enough. Usually I don’t care for when a series that I’m quite fond of ends; however, it was done so well and was so much fun that I was sold. If you haven’t picked up this series yet and are looking for something incredibly original this is it.

Timeless opens several years after Heartless with Alexia and Conall’s daughter Prudence having been adopted by Lord Akeldama in order to guarantee the safety of the entire family. Prudence had me laughing out loud on several occasions as she was such a handful but such a wonderful addition to the story. The entire family travels to Egypt when the God breaker Plague becomes an issue once again as it has started expanding at an alarming rate.

With Alexia and the family in Egypt, Lyall and Biffy are left behind in London so there are POV shifts between the two locations. I can understand the need for this in retrospect but at the time I couldn’t help feeling it took something away from the story, especially with the focus on the budding relationship between Lyall and Biffy. All in all though? Extremely well done and truly enjoyable. Hands down my favorite steampunk book/series I’ve ever read.

Luckily, we may not have heard the last of The Parasol Protectorate as there is a planned series called The Parasol Protectorate Abroad with the first story entitled ‘Prudence’. Sounds like Lady Alexia will be passing her Parasol along to her daughter – I can’t wait!

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Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card Courtesy of Team Abnegation

April 14, 2012 Bonnie Giveaways 0 Comments


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Insurgent ARC Giveaway!!

March 31, 2012 Bonnie Giveaways 0 Comments




Insurgent will be released May 1, 2012 but here’s your opportunity to receive an ARC of this highly anticipated novel!!


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