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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Book of Beings by Liz Seach

What if your imaginary boyfriend got you pregnant--for real?

Seventeen-year old Manon knows she's not pregnant. After all, she's never had sex.
Except she is actually pregnant.

Nobody's roofied her. And probably there isn't a pervert on the loose hypodermically impregnating virgins. Manon's going to have to treat the whole thing as an act of God. Either that or an alien abduction. She can't decide which is more preposterous.

Whatever's happened, Manon may just as well give up her struggle to not be the weird girl at school. And she may as well give up on Elias, the mysterious boy who haunts her dreams.

Except it turns out Elias knows Manon's fantasies about him. In detail.

Like he's been inside her head while she's having them. . .

I was asked to review the Book of Beings by the author Liz Seach. I downloaded it while it was free.

I am not sure if I really liked this book or not.

The characters were good, the back ground was detailed, but not so much that I skimmed through it and the basic plot line was interesting. Also the cover is very pretty.

So basically a Very Virgin girl (with a super hymen!) gets knocked up by an imaginary BF… However the blurb of the book is a bit deceiving, at no time in this first section, of what is actually a three part series, does the MC mention having an imaginary boyfriend.

There is a creepy person semi stalking her (first person italics seem to suggest all in his own mind while watching our MC) with phrases like why doesn’t she recognize me? and did I miss read her signs as she lay under me, did I force myself on her, am I a monster? which will probably be revealed/explained in the later parts. I found the MC was not nearly as freaked out by her circumstances as say, I would have been. SAY WHAT? I am pregnant! Omg get-it-out NOW! I mean it could be a son-of-god moment or a horrible monster that will eat through your placenta and kill the world, right?

I enjoyed that when the author mentioned abortion she plays it cool and doesn’t go off on how wrong it is, the character just decides it is not for her, though her reasoning is a bit skewed I feel.

The background set of a girl basically on her own while she works at a Monastery her mother has joined was unique, and Manon’s (yup that’s the MC’S real name) best friend Amanda was a quaint breath of fresh air.

I had a real issue with how Manon figures out she is pregnant. She faints during what I would think is a fairly gruesome biology class and suddenly everyone is all OMG ur so preggo! You know, because there is NO other reason a girl would faint, right? I mean even the school nurse is all, “honey when was your last period, I think you’re in the family way
. I had a really hard time with the start of this novel because as a woman who has had two daughters and several miscarriages fainting is not JUST (or sometimes at all) a sign of being with child. It’s also a sign of low blood pressure, low blood sugar and a dozen other issues.
I also don’t like over romanticism of teen pregnancy, however maybe in the later parts the MC does get serious about the fact she is about the have a kid in high school with no real job or skills…Hopefully the author wrote a few realistic panic scenes about how much a kid costs to raise and how now she needs medical insurance.

However the basis of this series does intrigue me and I might buy the second set after pay day just to see how the story plays out.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Blitz Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell
Release Date: February 2013
Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

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Available from:
Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!

“I couldn't put it down. So I finished it last
night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

I loved how the author took a different
approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present.
I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

I will admit I scoffed at the way it
started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely
untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern.
This story had
such a good plot and the story structure was sound. Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still - despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series 'The Wanderer Trilogy' and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series 'Elemental Killers' before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.


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Happy with the amount of photos I had collected I started to head back out of the forest, still flicking through my shots. As well as close ups, I had taken a few landscapes and as I was almost at the edge of the forest I noticed something in one of the photographs that made me stop.
In the left hand corner was a figure that looked mostly human, but was blurred as if they were moving on the spot.
A cold shudder shot through me.
Looking over my shoulder I became slightly panicked and felt as if someone was following me.
My eyes flicked and searched the shadows. Even though there was no sign that anything had ever been behind me, the forest looked different now - dark and threatening.
Instinctively I broke away and ran, still clutching the camera that was displaying the freaky image. Surrounded by trees I didn’t stop until I was free of the forest and back in the open light and sight of my house.
Throwing open my door, I slumped against the inside of it, regaining my breath from the short sprint. Once I had recovered I looked down at the photo once more, just to make sure that I hadn’t been seeing things. The old saying “the camera never lies,” came into my mind and for the first time I wished it not to be true. Sure enough though, as I looked down at the screen, the figure was still there and this time I noticed a red and orange glow around where its feet should have been. The image almost looked like the person was on fire but I thought I would have surely noticed if there had been a burning man in front of me.


Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a slight twist: the more entries she receives the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:

No matter what = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
and so forth...
So if she gets 1000 entries she will give away $100, there’s no limit!

To enter all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It's only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries she gets the bigger the prize for you so share!