Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Review - The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, #1) by Mary Weber




Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, #1)
Author: Mary Weber
Pages: 352
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: 6th June 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she s convinced he s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel Earth s charming young playboy the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

From the award-winning author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, step into a diverse cast of characters spanning from the electric metropolises of earth to the chilling alien planet above, in a story of re-finding yourself in the midst of losing the one thing you love. Before it all evaporates.

 










My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Fiction and NetGalley*




Eleven years ago, a new planet appeared in the solar system. The Delonese put an end to the Fourth World War and helped restore the Earth. Now instead of governments, corporations rule the Earth. Sofi Snow's mother is CEO of Corporation 30. Sofi is a gamer, one of the best. Her brother Shilo is a contestant in the Fantasy Fighting arena, and as part of his team, Sofi will do everything she can for Shilo to win. But when a bomb goes off in the arena and players die, Sofi finds herself under suspicion. With Shilo missing and presumed dead, Sofi endeavours to track down her little brother, even if it means going to the Delonese planet.
Miguel is an ambassador to the Delonese. He uses his charm and good looks to learn secrets, but someone has learned one of Miguel's own and is blackmailing him.
With everything that Miguel has worked for now threatened, can he go through with his plan?
Will Sofi find her brother and the person(s) responsible for the attack?


The Evaporation of Sofi Snow had some very intriguing elements, but was slightly disappointing.
I liked Sofi and Miguel, and enjoyed reading from their points of view.
The plot was a mixed bag - there were some twists that I did see coming, but there were also some that I didn't - but it held my attention.
The writing style was mostly good but there were times where things felt a bit vague. For example, I would have liked more information on AIs - there was an AI character but there wasn't any background on how long AIs had been around or how they worked, or even how many there were. There were also times when I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be imagining, like at the beginning where it felt a bit like I'd been thrown in the deep end. I know that people don't like info dumps, but it would have been good to have some more detail about the equipment in the room that Sofi and the other team members were in at the arena.


Overall this was an enjoyable read but it fell slightly flat.
 




Monday, 14 August 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) by Aden Polydoros


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Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1)
by Aden Polydoros
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen


Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...








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Aden Polydoros grew up in Long Grove, Illinois, the youngest of three children. Aden’s family moved to Arizona when he was in second grade. As a kid, he spent much of his time exploring the desert near his home. When he wasn’t searching for snakes and lizards, he was raiding the bookshelves of the local library. As a teenager, Aden decided that he wanted to be a writer. He spent his free time writing short stories. He was encouraged by his English teacher to try his hand at writing a novel, which inspired him to begin PROJECT PANDORA. The YA thriller is set for publication with Entangled Publishing in Summer of 2017. He is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada US.




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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway - Crescent Calling (The Crescent Witch Chronicles #1) by Axelle Chandler


Crescent Calling (The Crescent Witch Chronicles #1) by Axelle Chandler
Publication date: August 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy


Skye Williams is an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life.

Or so she thought.

When she receives news of her estranged mother’s death, she must go to Ireland to claim her inheritance, but when she arrives in the tiny village of Derrydun, she isn’t prepared for what she finds nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle.

Lumped with a funeral, her mother’s crystal shop, a moody goth girl for an employee, and a crumbling cottage with horrible floral curtains, selling up and getting out sounds like a great plan, but everything and everyone seems determined to keep her from going home.

Skye doesn’t want any part of her mother’s life or the people of Derrydun until she sees the hot Irishman she’s been crushing on turn into a fox.

More absurdly, he tells her her dead mother was a witch who battled evil fairies, there’s magical trees growing in the centre of the village, there’s a parallel universe where the fair folk live, and she’s meant to be the last defense of the magical peoples of Ireland.

Turns out Skye Williams was never an ordinary woman. Not by a long shot.

She’s the last Crescent Witch and has a destiny to fulfil.

Whether she likes it or not.


The Crescent Witch Chronicles is a series stuffed full of Irish charm, myth and mayhem. Come on an adventure fraught with danger and forbidden romance…and the ultimate battle to save magic before it’s gone forever.








EXCERPT:

That night, as Buddy kept me company, I fell asleep to the sound of wind howling through the trees outside. Plagued with dreams of wolves, I tossed and turned until I slipped into a deep slumber.
When dawn finally broke, I was covered in a thin sheen of sweat, and my head was stuffed with cotton wool. I’d slept but not really. A heavy burden was over my heart, and my body had become twisted in the quilt, my feet trapped.
Ugh, I was all hot and sticky. I kicked, trying to shift the uncomfortable weight and turned over, but it didn’t budge. Lifting my head, my eyes cracked open, sleep still clogging my head. That was when I saw a lump at the end of the bed. A very large, man-shaped lump.
Now completely awake, I screamed, scrambling up the bed. It was Boone. A very naked Boone.
He started, his head shooting up, and when he saw me, he rolled and fell off the end of the bed, hitting the floor with a thud. Scrambling to his feet, his face turned a deep shade of crimson.
“Oh, shit,” he cursed, covering his junk with his hands. “Oh, cac.”
Cac?” I yelled. “I’ll give you bloody Irish cac!
Grabbing the lamp on the bedside table, I pushed up onto my knees and swung it with all my might. The plug popped out of the wall, and the shade barely missed Boone’s face, but the cord came around and whipped him directly on his bare ass.
He howled in pain and retreated across the room.
Pervert!” I shrieked.
“Let me explain,” he said, holding up his hands and leaving nothing to the imagination.
“Explain? What’s there to explain?” I shouted, trying not to look at his you-know-what. “You were asleep on the end of my bed…naked!” I swung the lamp at him again, barely missing his head. “You’re still standing there. I can see your meat and two veg!
“Oh, cac,” he said again. “I didn’t mean for you to find out this way…”
“Find out what? That you’re a pervert, who sneaks into women’s homes butt naked?”










Author Bio
 Axelle Chandler is an Australian Urban Fantasy author. She lives in the western suburbs of Melbourne dreaming up nail biting stories featuring bad-ass witches, hunky shape shifters and devious monsters. She likes chocolate, cat memes and video games. When she’s not writing, she likes to think of what she’s writing next.








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