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Monday, 25 February 2013

Teaser Tuesday #50






Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My current read is Shadow bound by Rachel Vincent and my two lines are from page 175:

...chuckled, but his eyes weren't laughing. "So you can handle this on your own, then?" he said, and that question had only one acceptable answer.

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light...

Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she's ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else....

The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.

Ian's ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he's on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower's top Binder: Kori's little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they'll have to choose between love and liberty....

Goodreads | Book Depository

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link  to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Review: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter


Title: The Goddess Inheritance
Author: Aimee Carter
Published: 26 February 2013
Source: HarlequinTeen via Edelweiss
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: *** 3/4

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity..


Add to Goodreads  Purchase:  Book Depository 

Review: 


I have loved this series so was incredibly excited to get the next instalment but at the same completely devastated that the series was ending.

This story doesn't start immediately where the last one left off but 9 months later as Kate after spending her entire pregnancy in captivity is almost ready to have her child.

As the mother of an 11 month old baby myself, I was a little apprehensive in the beginning few chapters wondering where the storyline with the baby would lead and questioning a little the mindset of Kate as she is weighing up her choices with regards to Henry, the baby, and indeed the fate of the world. Thankfully Ms Carter lay my fears to rest in that regard finding a good balance to make Kate's relationship with her baby son, and actions as a result both believable but not too cliched.

The writing of this novel drew me right back into Kate and Henry's world where Titan Cronus is just about to break free and the rest of the Gods of Olympus are fighting to stop this from happening.  There are equal parts action and inaction in this story and were both were just as compelling as the other and I found myself flying through the pages towards the conclusion.

I believe this was a satisfying conclusion to this series, while still being sad that it is all over.  What I liked most was the characters, more specifically the fact that that while the characters themselves grew, they also stayed true to their essence.  This was especially true for Kate.  She grew as a person but her overall essence stayed true.  This helped to round out the story to the satisfying conclusion I mentioned above.

Last of all, this story and the writing evoked many emotions including both tears of joy and sadness and then left me with that numb," it's all over, what do I do now?" feeling that a good story or series can do and like I have said goodbye to friends who I will miss.

I give this story 3 3/4 stars :)

Sapphired Dragon xx

Saturday, 23 February 2013

In My Mailbox #54


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Welcome to  In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what's in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don't forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what's in your mail box this week.

Amazing week book wise.  I requested a whole heap of books on Edelweiss, not expecting to be approved for most of them and then had 6 approved in one go.  So now its time to put my reading/reviewing hat on and get to it:

For Review (Via Edelweiss): 


Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike




Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel




Towering by Alex Flinn




At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!




Reboot by Amy Tintera




Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.



The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter




Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.



Born of Illusion by Teri Brown




Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?




Arclight by Josin L. McQuein




No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?


Library(E-Books): 
Good run again at the library this week :-) Gotta say, my library is awesome!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl



Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl



Library(Print Books): 





Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3) by Sara Shepard

Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars #4) by Sara Shepard

Killer (Pretty Little Liars #6) by Sara Shepard


The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy #1) by Polly Shulman

Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer


The Secret Circle: The Captive part II & The Power (The Secret Circle #3-4) by L. J. Smith



So what was in your mailbox this week?


Thursday, 21 February 2013

On My Wishlist #10



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Welcome to On My Wishlist!


On My Wishlist is a meme that was originally created by Book Chick City and is now hosted by Cosy Books where we can showcase (and squee about) books that are on our individual wish lists whether already released or still awaiting publication.


For more information or to get involved yourself, head over to Cosy Books and check it out!


Lastly, don't forget to comment and let me know what books are on your Wishlist this week.




School Spirits (School Spirits #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as theNew York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!



Publication Date: 14 May, 2013

Pre-Order:Book Depository

Comment: I loved Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall series so cannot wait for this spin off series :-)

What has gone on your Wishlist this week?

Saturday, 16 February 2013

In My Mailbox #53










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Welcome to  In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what's in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don't forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what's in your mail box this week.

Busy week this week in books, not so much with the blog.  Real life crept up a bit so wasn't able to get eveything done that I wanted with it.  However got some awesome books this week including one from my favourite author...

For Review (Via Eidelweiss): 



The Scrivener's Tale by Fiona McIntosh




An action-packed standalone adventure moving from present-day Paris to medieval Morgravia, the world of Fiona McIntosh's bestselling QUICKENING series.

In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant… until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe’s life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

Soon, Gabe’s world will be turned upside down, and he will learn shocking truths about who he is . . . and who he can - or cannot - trust.

A fantastic, action-packed adventure starting in Paris and returning to Morgravia - this wonderful epic adventure grabs the reader from the first paragraph and doesn't let go.




Blood of Dragon (The Rain Wild Chronicles #4) by Robin Hobb




The dragons' survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling final volume in the acclaimed River Wilds chronicles fantasy series

The dragons and their dedicated band of keepers have at ast found the lost city of Kelsingra. The magical creatures have learned to use their wings and are growing into their regal inheritance. Their humans, too, are changing. As the mystical bonds with their dragons deepen, Thymara, Tats, Rapskal, and even Cedric, the unlikeliest of keepers, have begun transforming into beautiful Elderlings raked with exquisite features that complement and reflect the dragons they serve.

But while the humans have scoured the empty streets and enormous buildings of Kelsongra, they cannot find the mythical silver wells the dragons need to stay health and survive. With enemies encroaching, the keepers must risk "memory walking"- immersing themselves in the dangerously addictive memories of long-deceased Elderlings - to uncover clues necessary to their survival.

And time is of the essence, for the legendary Tintaglia, long feared dead, has returned, wounded in a battle with humans hunting dragon blood and scales. She is weakening and only the hidden silver can revive her. If Tintaglia dies, so, too, will the ancient memories she carries - a devastating loss that will ensure the dragons' extinction.


Giveaway/Exchanges:


Got a book I have been dying to read for ages this week in my online Mother's group Valentines exchange and my daughter received a pretty dress ( as per below) :-)


Once Every Never (Never #1) by Lesley Livingston




Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager.

On the surface.

She's smart, but a bit of a slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker, but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes.

Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there's still time, literally, maybe even get a date.

This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every, never.



Purchased:

Another purchase arrived in the mail this week.  This one from my favourite author Traci Harding.  Can't wait to read this one!


Dreaming of Zhou Gong by Traci Harding



Set in ancient China, DREAMING OF ZHOU GONG is a beautiful story of Hudan, one of the mysterious Wu who lives on the sacred mountain of Li Shan. The Wu have been living in isolation for decades while the Shang Emperor and his enchantress have ruled the land. It has been a terrible time for the common people and the noble Ji brothers are keen to bring the emperor′s arrogant bloodthirsty reign to an end. They believe an ancient prophecy has predicted the fall of the Shang emperor and they are keen to enact it, but first they must journey to the mountain and seek out the Wu.

When the Ji brothers join forces with the beautiful, enigmatic Hudan and her equally mysterious tiger sister, they begin a powerful journey of love and adventure.

But the Shang emperor is not their greatest threat. There is a dark curse that has plagued the rulers of the land for generations. And the mysterious Sons of the Sky who visit Hudan in her dreams have a plan to destroy it. Can Hudan trust them?

DREAMING OF ZHOU GONG is a beautitful, evocative journey through ancient China.





Library: 





Shift (Shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready 

Hard bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4)  by Chloe Neill 




The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles #1) by Robin Hobb


Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles #2) by Robin Hobb


Blood of Dragon (The Rain Wild Chronicles #3) by Robin Hobb


Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders #3) by Robin Hobb


So what was in your mailbox this week?

Monday, 11 February 2013

Teaser Tuesday #49









Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My current read is Splintered by A. G. Howard and my three lines are from page 192:

"Don't," I murmur, in a daze.

He draws back, eyes heavy and dark. "You want me to stop?"




This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Goodreads | Book Depository

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link  to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

In My Mailbox #52









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Welcome to  In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what's in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don't forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what's in your mail box this week.

Busy week this week.  Job interviews, play groups, general running round etc so was glad of some scheduled posts and reviews as didn't have too much time to work on blog this week.

In terms of books, it was a pretty good week.  Another of my pre-orders arrived and I had some good finds at the library. plus I managed to get a bit of reading done :-)

Haven't really requested much for reviewing as want to make sure I finish and review what I have so far.


Purchased:


Another of my pre-orders arrived this week.  Such a pretty cover too. I must admit I have already finished reading it :-)


Splintered by A. G. Howard




This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.





Library: 

Didn't go quite so crazy this week.  just picked up a few things up with a couple of pretty good finds :)






Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

By Midnight (Ravenwood Mysteries #1)  by Mia James 

Darkness Falls (Ravenwood Mysteries #2)  by Mia James 



Shadow's Claim (Dacians #1)) by Kresley Cole

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1) by Sara Shepard


So what was in your mailbox this week?

Friday, 8 February 2013

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Published: 5 February 013
Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books via Netgalley
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: ****

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others. In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.



Add to GoodreadsPurchase:  Book Depository 

Review: 

This book was really uncomfortable to read in a surprisingly good way.  At first it is just uncomfortable, jarring and creepy.  Jarring because it tends to leap between the past and present which got a little confusing at times, uncomfortable because this is the feeling between the main characters and her parents and friends, after what happened with her boyfriend and this seeps through in the writing   and creepy because you don't know how much of what Mallory is experiencing is real and how much is not.  Having read Megan Miranda's previous book Fracture , I somewhat expected this uncomfortable, creepy vibe and knew that generally it led to good things so continued to read.

As the story moved along, the backwards and forwards nature of the story began to make more sense and the pace of the story picked up and kept me glued to my kindle until the story was over.

I liked the suspense of the novel and and the way the author slowly revealed what had actually happened that night, which of course added to the suspense. Add in the creepiness of the school and I was literally on the edge of my seat reading at times.

The story itself is tight and clever.  There are twists and turns but these are not over the top so the ending while not completely unexpected, made sense and satisfied the story.

I love Ms Miranda's writing as it really seems to convey the moods and feelings of her main character and what they are experiencing.  This is part of what makes this book especially when you realise all may not be as it seems...

This book is just as good if not better than Fracture.

I give this book 4 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead




Title:
 The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 12 February 2013
Source: Penguin Books Australia (via Netgalley)
Reviewed: Sapphireddragon
SapphiredDragon Rating: **** 1/2



10. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

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Review: 


What I love about Richelle Mead's books is that you never know where they are going to go except that it won't necessarily be where you expected. The Indigo Spell is no different.

This book took me a little longer to read than the previous two bloodlines books but I think this was partly because of just how much was packed into it. Not that this was a bad thing. Ms Mead manages to expertly weave an astonishing number of story lines and elements together and it is literally not until the last page that you realise just how brilliantly this has been done, as the ending is absolutely perfect. It leaves the reader delighted at where the story has gone and eager for the next instalment, to see where Ms Mead will take the story journey next.

I love Adrian and Sydney and the chemistry they have together and I loved seeing how their journey progressed also. While there are a lot of things going on in this book, what was most visible was the growing Sydney does as a person, both learning about herself and learning to trust her feelings and reactions.  This book out of the three Bloodlines books shows most growth so far for Sydney and that made it all the better.

I did get a wee bit lost in the middle and a little bit overwhelmed with all the different things going on but it all came together in the last few chapters making it all entirely worth it.

As usual, Ms Mead has provided an awesome read!

I give this book 4 1/2 stars

Sapphired Dragon xx

Monday, 4 February 2013

Teaser Tuesday #48








Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too muchaway! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My current read is The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead and my three lines are from location 164 of 4458:

"The wind whispered around us, blowing some of the dried leaves and flowers from my hair. The shadows we cast took on an ominous feel, and the moonlight and starlight that had seemed so divine earlier now felt cold and harsh.
"Because," Ms Terwilliger said. "It's for your protection."



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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.


Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

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Saturday, 2 February 2013

In My Mailbox #51








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Welcome to  In My Mailbox, a meme run by The Story Siren where each week over 200 bloggers post on their blogs the books they have bought, received to review or won in the past week.

To find out more information, get involved yourself or see what's in other bloggers mailboxes this week head over to The Story Siren or to find out what is in my mailbox this week, keep reading.

Don't forget to comment and post your IMM link or just let me know what's in your mail box this week.

My pre-orders came in this week along with some other parcels - not all of which were from me this pic was an awesome sight to come home to one day :-)


Purchased:


But Pre-orders! Yes my copies of Boundless and Everbound finally arrived!!! Aren't they pretty.  Can't wait to read them but trying to be good and get some recview stuff read and reviewed first. Though it is very very difficult...:-P


Everbound (Everneath  #2) by Brodi Ashton



Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.




Library: 

Went a little crazy at the library again this week.  It turns out a couple of the books I borrowed were later books of series so I reserved and borrowed the earlier books plus as normal came across a few exciting extras :-)






Harvest Moon (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5) by Mercedes Lackey

Awakening & Spellbound (Sweep Omnibus Editions #5-6)  by Cate Tiernan 

The Calling & Changeling (Sweep Omnibus Editions #7-8)  by Cate Tiernan 

Harvest Moon (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5) by Mercedes Lackey

 Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey

Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #4) by Mercedes Lackey 

The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters #2) by Mercedes Lackey


So what was in your mailbox this week?