Promotional: Fifty Percent Vampire by D. K. Janotta

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Release Date: 5th September 2015

Pages: 281
Genre: Young Adult


FIFTY PERCENT VAMPIRE

TEENAGE GIRL FLEES THE UNDEAD !!!

Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She’s desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom – well, the less we say about Mom the better.

And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she’s in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.

So it’s off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it’s far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that’s just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein’s schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.

Peasants-schmeasants! It’s when the full moon rises that Astrid’s real troubles begin …


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ABOUT D. K. JANOTTA

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D. K. Janotta lives up the mountain from Lake Geneva in Switzerland with his uncannily beautiful Romanian wife and two white mice both of whom have extraordinarily long teeth. On sunny days he runs wild over hills alive with the sound of yodelling. On rainy days he stays home and builds monsters.

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Promotional & Giveaway: The Awakening (Emerge, #1) by Melissa A. Craven

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Release Date: 1st April 2015

Pages: 424
Genre: YA Fantasy

2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist


EMERGE, #1: The AWAKENING

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born.
You live.
You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.


The Awakening is on sale for $1.99 during the tour. The sequel, The Edge, is on sale for $0.99.


 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa A. Craven via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

First thing that I noticed was the very attractive and crisp formatting of the novel. A lovely family tree line was established on the first few pages in the novel. There was really nothing special about the beginning and it seemed slightly too average for my liking. There was no bang or anything that really intrigued or made me feel like this book was something. It was also very typical in the sense that the girl is a high schooler who had dated a guy and then left him. Then a SECOND guy and then ANOTHER came into the picture and it’s officially a love triangle. Call me overwhelmed and totally guy bamboozled! There were too many guys!!! I didn’t like either of Allie’s new love interests and they both seemed like genuine guy body-parts – too selfish and arrogant.
I really disliked Allie in the beginning of the novel. She seemed like the sort of girl who could be a real, downright female dog when she wanted to be and didn’t really care for anybody else but herself. She could also REALLY trample an innocent person if she wished to. Allie was also overly sarcastic and bitter for me. I really didn’t understand what her problem was. The way she talked to and about people wasn’t something I favoured and she seemed to put herself on a pedestal above other characters.
There was simply too much going on in the beginning of the novel. Leaving people behind; attraction to two separate guys; a bonfire gone wrong leaving a girl severely burnt… It was all just a bit too much for me to process in a very small amount of time. The author seemed to want to make drama and tension to make the novel interesting but it felt like too much was squished together and it was all overdone. This was really unappealing to me.
After the first quarter, everything started to reveal itself and gradually calm down enough for me to make sense of everything. It was an interesting idea that the author introduced and I enjoyed that it was original yet unique and special. The “powers” these characters have are different from the stereotypical elemental ones or the overused magical ones. These are far more complex than that and have a system to them. It was a nice change from the vampire or fae fantasy creatures that usually fill this genre. I started to enjoy reading about Allie more but I still couldn’t entirely connect to her on a basic and emotional level. It really left me put of the loop for most of the story and I sorely regret that.
Allie grew on me as time passed. She seemed to evolve into this completely different character the longer I read about her. She would grow smarter, more capable and mature. She was still sarcastic and humorous but it was now something I didn’t find completely irritable.
Character development was done quite well. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and variety of characters which filled the novel. Each was unique and with a history, full of personality and character. I could grow attached to those I loved and seriously detest those that I didn’t.
World building done by the author was something I also enjoyed quite well. The author created a realistic world that merged with made up history of the Immortals. The immortal world then was well connected to co-exist alongside the human/mortal world in a wonderful blend of the two. I loved all the history which the author made up to create a sense of authenticity. My only regret was that it wasn’t explored as deeply as I would have liked.
The end wrapped up well and overall, I really enjoyed this first novel. I felt as if most of my questions were answered but that it left others unanswered which would lead to a GREAT sequel! There wasn’t much in the way of an epic cliff-hanger but there was a great revelation that I will enjoy exploring in the later novels. I can’t wait to see what will happen later!
There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Grammar was excellent and the authors writing style was unique and fun.
Congratulations to Melissa A. Craven on publishing a great start to a new series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!


ABOUT MELISSA A. CRAVEN

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Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.

Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”

She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.

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Review: Fifty Percent Vampire by D. K. Janotta

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by D. K. Janotta via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

I absolutely adored the cover! It had such beautiful colours and created a very enchanting image. The blurb also really intrigued me and I had high hopes and expectations for this novel and couldn’t wait to see how it would all go down.
The novel starts off quite well. It begins with a smooth and easy introduction into Astrid’s vampire world and her dreams to enter the human civilisation. The reader gets introduced to multiple characters, all whom hold important places in Astrid’s life. Already, I was intrigued and compelled to continue reading by this gentle yet demanding curiosity to discover how this most recent vampire-themed novel would reveal its story.
It was slightly stereotypical with all the vampiric banaza about holy water and bibles being able to harm or kill vampires was proven to be true for this novel’s story. I found this upsetting and subpar as it is SUCH an overused idea and greatly in need of diversity. I disliked that the story seemed to be so stereotypical and average in terms of plot and creativity, as well as world building.
I disliked the mother as a character. Even though she was a good mother and a kind character, she seemed utterly fake to me. The way she spoke and the way she acted really annoyed me as it was so unrealistic and just…annoying. She didn’t feel like a solid and real character whose emotions I could feel and whom I sympathised with. Her relationship with her daughter was too…weird…I really can’t think of a better way to describe it. She felt kind of immature.
There was too much teenage angst in this novel, too. I mean! It literally permeated the whole novel from cover to cover. The main character, Astrid, also seemed to act a LOT like an average stereotypical novel girl but it was as if the author had tried to disguise that by make her half vampire. A real downer if you ask me.
The main character herself was yet another stereotypical girl with too many supernatural/stereotypical problems that may/totally have been exaggerated beyond reason. She was weak and silly, crying and vulnerable, boring and unoriginal. *sigh* Really, she could have been a little bit better constructed. Astrid Sonnschein was basically a cut out character archetype. I saw little to no evolvement on her part throughout the whole novel. The story was overrated and very predictable. I wish I could say more about it except that it had the necessary introduction, complication and resolution you would expect and little else.
The conclusion of the story was very…uncertain…in my opinion. It would start to wrap things up and close the loose ends but then introduce something new and continue whilst wrapping other problems up. It left the ending far to open for my liking and I found this incredibly confusing for one reason: this was supposed to be a standalone novel.
Tension, drama and anticipation were all quite weak. I couldn’t feel any of the three DESPITE the incredible murder mysteries that made this novel a consuming one to categorise, and the various drama that occurred besides. I felt as if the author wasn’t able to convey the strong and important emotions from his characters and that, as a result, the novel suffered greatly.
‘Fifty Percent Vampire’ is writing in third person past tense, narrated most often by Astrid herself and she adventures into the unknown. Astrid’s mother also had chapters told in her perspective for every few of Astrid’s, as well as Mike Hanson, a local town cop, and Angus, Astrid’s adopted older brother.
The authors writing style was nothing that really stood out in my eyes when compared to the MILLIONS of self and independently published authors out there. The writing and phrasing was sometimes stilted and unbelievable in the way the characters spoke. I would greatly recommend the author work greatly on his prose as it really drew back from my opinions of the characters and story when I read. Grammar was well done, and I didn’t see any spelling mistakes though there were a couple of typos. Overall, this was a precarious three star.
Congratulations to D. K. Janotta on publishing his debut novel!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Awakening (Emerge, #1) by Melissa A. Craven

The Awakening (Emerge, #1)The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Melissa A. Craven via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

First thing that I noticed was the very attractive and crisp formatting of the novel. A lovely family tree line was established on the first few pages in the novel. There was really nothing special about the beginning and it seemed slightly too average for my liking. There was no bang or anything that really intrigued or made me feel like this book was something. It was also very typical in the sense that the girl is a high schooler who had dated a guy and then left him. Then a SECOND guy and then ANOTHER came into the picture and it’s officially a love triangle. Call me overwhelmed and totally guy bamboozled! There were too many guys!!! I didn’t like either of Allie’s new love interests and they both seemed like genuine guy body-parts – too selfish and arrogant.
I really disliked Allie in the beginning of the novel. She seemed like the sort of girl who could be a real, downright female dog when she wanted to be and didn’t really care for anybody else but herself. She could also REALLY trample an innocent person if she wished to. Allie was also overly sarcastic and bitter for me. I really didn’t understand what her problem was. The way she talked to and about people wasn’t something I favoured and she seemed to put herself on a pedestal above other characters.
There was simply too much going on in the beginning of the novel. Leaving people behind; attraction to two separate guys; a bonfire gone wrong leaving a girl severely burnt… It was all just a bit too much for me to process in a very small amount of time. The author seemed to want to make drama and tension to make the novel interesting but it felt like too much was squished together and it was all overdone. This was really unappealing to me.
After the first quarter, everything started to reveal itself and gradually calm down enough for me to make sense of everything. It was an interesting idea that the author introduced and I enjoyed that it was original yet unique and special. The “powers” these characters have are different from the stereotypical elemental ones or the overused magical ones. These are far more complex than that and have a system to them. It was a nice change from the vampire or fae fantasy creatures that usually fill this genre. I started to enjoy reading about Allie more but I still couldn’t entirely connect to her on a basic and emotional level. It really left me put of the loop for most of the story and I sorely regret that.
Allie grew on me as time passed. She seemed to evolve into this completely different character the longer I read about her. She would grow smarter, more capable and mature. She was still sarcastic and humorous but it was now something I didn’t find completely irritable.
Character development was done quite well. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and variety of characters which filled the novel. Each was unique and with a history, full of personality and character. I could grow attached to those I loved and seriously detest those that I didn’t.
World building done by the author was something I also enjoyed quite well. The author created a realistic world that merged with made up history of the Immortals. The immortal world then was well connected to co-exist alongside the human/mortal world in a wonderful blend of the two. I loved all the history which the author made up to create a sense of authenticity. My only regret was that it wasn’t explored as deeply as I would have liked.
The end wrapped up well and overall, I really enjoyed this first novel. I felt as if most of my questions were answered but that it left others unanswered which would lead to a GREAT sequel! There wasn’t much in the way of an epic cliff-hanger but there was a great revelation that I will enjoy exploring in the later novels. I can’t wait to see what will happen later!
There were a few typos but no spelling mistakes. Grammar was excellent and the authors writing style was unique and fun.
Congratulations to Melissa A. Craven on publishing a great start to a new series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Diverging Cadence (Cadence, #2) by Katie Hamstead

Diverging Cadence (Cadence, #2)Diverging Cadence by Katie Hamstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Diverging Cadence’ is the last novel in the ‘Cadence’ duology and one I couldn’t be happier to read. After the great FIVE STAR first novel ‘Deceptive Cadence’ I had high hopes and great expectations for this sequel. I am so EXTREMELY glad that the author chose to do a duology; I don’t know how I would have survived if she didn’t.
‘Diverging Cadence’ starts right where ‘Deceptive Cadence’ left off. Cadence is really conflicted in this novel. She loves James, who has dominated her life and with whom a future is uncertain, but her hearts still remembers Austin, who offers her the life as lost and the one she has travelled back in time for to rebuild. But as she falls deeper and deeper in love with James and starts to seriously consider marrying him, she has to make a big choice: Stay with James and risk losing Melody, her beautiful daughter, or wait for Austin and never risk losing her.
This time round reading from Cadence’s perspective was not so strange or weird for me. She had grown up and was older so I felt more comfortable reading from her perspective and about her romantic life. I remember being slightly weirded out because I felt that the stuff that Cadence did in her first novel from the age 14 and onwards was slightly too mature for her. It all even out in the end, and I was left happy.
Plot progression was just…WOW! The author created such an enchanting story and planned out everything to the detail. I felt like there were no loose ends when I finished reading and literally DESPAIRED with its conclusion. This series completely enchanted me and I grieved its ending. There were also so many surprises in this novel that reading it was no bore. There seemed to be a twist and turn at every corner of the novel. A big, MASSIVE secret about an identity of a character was revealed and I laughed out loud with joy and then wiped away a tear when I found out who it was. The thing was I NEVER suspected. Seriously, the author is like the mastermind of hiding secrets in plain sight!
Katie Hamstead is an evil woman and author. She left me wondering who Cadence was going to end up with for sooooo long! I was left on the edge of my seat wondering like CRAZY and I could NOT put the book down until I finished it. There was a constant dramatic suspense that lingered all the way from the beginning of the novel till the end. I COULDN’T COPE WITH IT! ARGHHHHHH! It was either James or Austin, Austin or James. And then all of a sudden the author would lean the character towards one and I would KNOW but then…she CHANGES HER MIND! I think I pulled all my hair out trying to figure out who it was going to be and going absolutely NUTS in the process! Seriously, this woman could write one epic crime/thriller novel if she wished. Pray that she doesn’t because I swear to you, you will not live sanely until the end!
Katie Hamstead was also a master manipulator and conveyor of emotions. There were so many times I looked like a total weirdo grinning at my kindle app when something sweet/romantic/hilarious would happen. There were also many times that I would tear up whenever Cadence would cry or something tragic/emotionally touching would happen to her. I felt her conflict between choosing James or Austin as if I was trying to choose myself! Seriously, this author is like…a writer genius or something!
One thing that upsets me about this series are their covers. I feel like the covers aren’t deserving of these novels! Though they do perfectly capture the essence and atmosphere of both novels, I feel like they could have been more.
The grammar was outstanding and there were no spelling or typing errors that I could spot. I have to commend the author for her great prose as it made the novel so much better!
Congratulations to Katie Hamstead on publishing a spell-binding sequel in the ‘Cadence’ duology! I can’t wait for more of your writing!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Deceptive Cadence (Cadence, #1) by Katie Hamstead

Deceptive Cadence (Cadence, #1)Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Katie Hamstead via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Deceptive Cadence’ sounded really intriguing to me right from the go; sort of like a mix between the earthly and heavenly which I found absolutely captivating. I was incredibly eager – some may say over-eager – to read this novel as the whole aspect of being given a second chance and going back in time to right wrongs was something I couldn’t deny.
I also must strongly recommend this novel and its sequel for mature and older young-adult readers. There are some pretty hot and heavy moments in the novel so this is a warning to the people who would like a cleaner novel to read. The chemistry between James and Cadence is THAT GOOD!
The novel starts off nicely but I felt like it was slightly unbelievable and a bit of a pretence. When Cadence reacts to the death of her husband and eighteen-month-old daughter I felt like it was too stereotypical and unconvincing.
Surprisingly the novel got better and better. I must admit that it felt slightly strange reading from the perspective of a fifteen year old in high school because stuff happened to her that was more likely to happen to a seventeen year old. The fact that she behaved like an adult most of the time even though she was a teenager didn’t put me off. Instead, I really admired the character for her matureness though Cadence most likely acted like a silly girl before her traveling back in time. The author seemed to build and build on the events that happened previously and steadily increased the amount of drama and emotions that enhanced the plot.
I loved the diversity of characters and their dynamics. I felt that the variety of her friends perfectly captured the ones we readers most often shared ourselves when we were in high school. The stuff these characters said were also pretty impressive: the author managed to effectively capture the most stereotypical yet true words of teenagers who are influenced by the advertising media and social norm around them. It made the story and Cadence’s traveling back in time so much more realistic!
Cadence herself, as I said previously, was a great character. This WAS mainly because of her mature and grown-up behaviour in the novel but I also liked how she was so willing to change her past and didn’t seem to take advantage of the fact that she was younger and therefore had a longer life to live. Cadence did seem teeny-tiny bit too good at times but I still like that about her.
James Gordon…well, what can I say about him? I absolutely LOATHED and HATED him at the beginning of the novel. He was such a *insert expletive here*!! He did drugs and smoked; he dressed like a bum (that was a direct quote from the novel) and drank alcohol. He seemed very pushy and misogynistic as he tried to get Cadence to date him and I strongly disapproved of his physical contact with her at first. But then… Well, I’ll leave you to ponder over what happens but it is VERY EXCITING! I loved this turn of events and looked forward to the follow-up action INTENSELY! To put things simply: I REALLY enjoyed reading about James afterwards.
Cadence and James also have this palpable chemistry that seemed to radiate from them whenever the two were together. I was very surprised at the spark they produced as James’ initial appearance put my off. The drama was also quite…DRAMATIC… The characters seemed to face something new at every turn and that made the plot progression steady yet interesting.
Besides the many wonderful things I’ve listed above in this novel, there was also something inexplicably ATTRACTIVE about it. For some reason I couldn’t stop reading whenever I picked the novel up. I would just keep on and on and on – okay, you get the point. I stayed up SO LATE finishing this novel, absolutely exhausted, but I couldn’t be any more happier that I did! 🙂
I loved the author’s unique style and the way it seemed to let the best and worst parts of the story really shine through. I spotted no spelling mistakes or typing errors. The grammar was EXCELLENT! But all this was expected as I received a complete and finalised ARC/RC.
Congratulations to Katie Hamstead on publishing a FIVE STAR novel, the first of a duology!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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