Cover Reveal: The Dark King by C.J. Abedi

Hello everyone!! Today I am excited to be participating in the cover reveal for The Dark King written by C.J. Abedi and published by Diversion Books!  Thank you to both C.J. Abedi and Diversion for allowing me to be part of this reveal and the wonder that is the Fae series. The Dark King is the second book in a trilogy – you may or may not remember my review of the first book Fae but you can find it here: My Review of Fae by C.J. Abedi. I loved the book and am excited that the second book will be released on May 6, 2014 on ebook and paperback ( so be excited people!!). Also, I’d like to congratulate the authors because it was just announced that Ridley Scott has purchased the film rights to this trilogy!!! SUPER exciting news!! You can read more about that here: Fae movie. Without further ado, I present to you the beautiful cover and synopsis of The Dark King!

The Dark King (Medium)Darkness descends over Roanoke Island in the sequel to the young adult bestseller, FAE.

Devilyn Reilly has crossed over to the sinister world of The Dark Fae, reigning over the realm as its King.  He is to fulfill a prophecy–to unite the Light and Dark Fae once and for all, but those who love him now fear that he will never be the same again, that he can no longer be trusted, that every trace of the Light he once had is gone forever.

Caroline Ellis, the final heir of the Light Fae, must learn to survive without the protection of her one true love.  She must come to embrace her own strength to evade those in the Dark court who seek her destruction—for the power is within Caroline to use Light to change Fate itself…

Caroline and Devilyn’s chemistry is undeniable. Their destiny together inevitable if only they have the will to overcome The Darkness and The Fates.

THE DARK KING, the second installment of the stunning Fae trilogy propels readers into the mystical and magical world of the Light and Dark Fae, where star-crossed love ignites a battle between two powerful kingdoms, one that can consume everything that stands in its path.

AHHH! So if you haven’t read Fae, you should definitely consider picking it up before the second one comes out. If you have read it and remember where the book ended I’m sure you are as excited as I am to pick up where we left off!! Happy reading everyone!!

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: Note to Self by Peter Ward

Note to Self Final (Medium)Title: Note to Self written by Peter Ward
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction Adventure
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #44

“In a world where technology controls everything, sometimes your own handwriting is the only thing you can trust.

Richard Henley is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life, but when he finds strange notes in his own handwriting warning that someone is trying to kill him, he is sent on a journey to places he never knew existed. With an ominous and all-powerful organization on his trail, his only hope is to trust unexpected allies, take control of his life, and uncover the truth about what happened to the girl he loved twenty years ago. A darkly humorous commentary on our app-obsessed culture, if Richard can stay alive, his world will never be the same again.”

Hello all and welcome to my stop on the Note to Self blog tour! I would like to thank Diversion Books and Peter Ward for allowing me to be part of the tour.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. Note to Self does not have a predictable plot which is always a great thing and kept me guessing. I found myself interested in the story that was unfolding before me from the very beginning because it’s original and unique, definitely not a plot that I have ever come across. Although the story interested me from the start, I found it slow going at first but it picks up pretty fast. It really surprised me at how enjoyable I thought this book was!!

I thought this was a fun read because it was basically like we were on a journey with Richard…it was easy to feel like I was running  right alongside him, dodging our pursuers and just trying to stay alive. There were some twists to the plot that I would never have guessed and that in itself was awesome. I found the relationships in this book to be interesting. First with Richard and his ex-wife, Richard and Alice and lastly, Richard and Cassandra. I would have liked to see more of the family dynamic between Richard, Alice and Cassandra but I did like the few very personal moments that we do encounter between them.

I really liked that this book had a little bit of everything that I like in a book…action, romance, suspense. I especially loved the science fiction aspects of the story like the alternate universes and Alice’s experiments. What I like most about the story is that it makes you think and question. When I read this book I started thinking about how we would use this type of technology if it were available to us. Would we act like IDEA has acted? It also made me think about how our society is so reliant on our smart phones in our daily lives and how we use apps for everything from tracking our food intake to keeping track of our schedules. I love that this book is both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.

I must also mention that the cover is awesome! I love the glowing strings of binary code cascading down the cover. I would definitely be up to reading more from this author as I really like his writing style so I will be purchasing Time Rep soon so stay tuned for a review on that in the future! I ended up giving this book a four out of five because I loved the story and felt it was so unique! Definitely a recommend for Sci-Fi fans 🙂

Author photo_Peter Ward

About the Author:

Peter Ward was born in London in 1980. He was educated at William Torbitt Primary School and Ilford Country High School in Essex, before studying English Literature at the University of Southampton.

He started writing his first book Time Rep in 2002, which took six years to complete. He then left it in a drawer for three years before putting the first draft of it on the internet in 2010. After being downloaded 60,000 times and receiving (mostly) positive reviews, he thought it would be wise to approach a literary agent. This led to a new and improved draft of Time Rep being published by Diversion Books in 2013. A German translation is due later in the year through Piper Verlag GmbH. He began writing his second book Note to Self just as Time Rep was being completed in 2008.

He lives in London with his partner Lucy and a very small cat.

Also make sure to visit his website and add Note to Self to  your Goodreads to-read Shelf!

Author’s website: http://peterwardauthor.com
I hope everyone enjoys Note to Self! Happy Reading y’all!

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Fae by C.J. Abedi

Fae Blog TourTitle: Fae written by C.J. Abedi
Genre: YA Fiction –  Fantasy
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 266
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+)
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #41

“The battle between Light and Dark is about to begin.

Caroline Ellis sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until she begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth is revealed.

Devilyn is the only one of the Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Caroline and Devilyn, FAE draws on mysteries, myths and legends to create a world, and a romance, dangerously poised between Light and Dark.”

Welcome to my stop on the Fae Blog Tour!! I received a copy of Fae from the publisher for an honest review. I would like to thank Diversion Books and C.J. Abedi for allowing me to be a part of the Blog Tour for Fae!

I was really excited to read and review Fae because the story has a lot of elements that I like in a good book namely magic, the struggle between good and evil, fairies and in the case of Fae…mythology! When I started Fae, I knew that these things would be incorporated into the story from the description but I was pleasantly surpised to find that the story is about the Tuatha de Danaan. When I was in college I was obsessed with early Irish literature and coming across the Tuatha de Danaan in this book was such a treat for me.

I really enjoyed my read of Fae. There were quite a few things about it that drew me in and kept me interested in it. The use of mythology throughout the story was awesome and I like the characters the authors have written for us. I especially love Caroline, I think she was easy to relate to and overall just easy to like. I also liked Devilyn a lot even though I was frustrated with him for the way he treats Caroline at first. I really liked watching their romance develop throughout the story and I especially love the romantic moments they have, they’re so real and so sweet.

This book actually made me cry because it involves Caroline and her dog. I’m a fur mommy myself and my dog is literally my everything so their relationship really struck a chord with me. Although I knew I loved the book already, that was the moment that I realized how into the story I was. This is part of a series so I can’t wait to read the rest. I am so curious about how much more Devilyn and Caroline’s relationship is going to progress and how it is going to affect their relationship now that Devilyn is more Dark Fae than light (which is kind of hinted at in this but not really confirmed). I loved the dynamics of their relationship and the heart stopping moments we encounter as it grows and changes throughout the book.

I love the way the story is told – from both Caroline and Devilyn’s perspectives. I enjoy when stories are told that way, it lends a different dimension to the characters in the story instead of having us just experience them through only one characters eyes. I think it makes the story more personal and makes us less biased towards the characters or what happens to them and between them.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Fae. It’s a pretty light read and will definitely be a treat for any YA Fantasy fans out there! As part of the Fae Blog Tour, I am hosting a giveaway of an ebook copy of Fae so you can have your chance to read it asap! Please enter through the Rafflecopter link below!

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C. J. Abedi is made up of the sister writing team Colet and Jasmine Abed who wrote the upcoming series Fae.  They have always had a love of writing and began collaborating on many projects when they were very young.  Their passion for all things creative led them to the world of the entertainment industry where they have worked since completing their education.

Colet Abedi ran development for ITV Studios and is currently Executive Producer on three shows that run in syndication called Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Unsealed: Alien Files and Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito. She was also an Executive Producer on Posh Tots. Prior to that, she was a Head Writer for 20th Television, a division of Fox, for two telenovelas, American Heiress starring Annalyn McCord and Robert Buckley and Fashion House, starring Bo Derek and Taylor Kinney. She alsorecently completed the feature filmFive Souls that will be released next year.

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBC Universal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas(VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

Make sure to add Fae to your Goodreads to-read list and visit the author’s websites!

Links

C.J. Abedi’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FaeTrilogy
C.J. Abedi’s Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cjabedi
C.J. Abedi’s Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CJAbedi/
Fae Homepage: http://www.thefaearecoming.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18142560-fae
Diversion Books: http://www.diversionbooks.com/ebooks/fae

Happy Reading y’all!!

Book Review: Data Runner (ARC) – Sam A. Patel

Title: Data Runner written by Sam A. Patel
Genre: YA Fiction – Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #28

Seventeen year old Jack Nills lives in a society where information has a price. The internet is no longer a public domain but is owned by corporations and information has a value. When his father incurs a pretty hefty gambling debt, faced with no other options Jack decides to enter into the dangerous occupation of becoming a Data Runner – information couriers that receive and deliver often highly sensitive information between corporations. When data runners start to turn up dead it is obvious that a piece of highly valued sensitive information is being couriered and Jack along with fellow data runners must be extra vigilant in their efforts to transit information and keep their lives in the process.

I received an ARC of Data Runner from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the synopsis of Data Runner, I was immediately intrigued and the book cover reinforced my interest that much more. In the past I haven’t read many cyberpunk books (if any) but I love anything Sci-Fi and have always wanted to venture more into this genre and I must say that I am hooked, not only to the genre but definitely to this series.

I absolutely loved reading Data Runner. I love it when an author has the ability to not only tell a great story but to give us a great experience while doing it. Reading Data Runner was an AWESOME experience. This is such a fun book! This story is action packed and the great thing about it is that the action NEVER stops. The action literally starts on page one all the way down to the very last page. I felt like I was on a nonstop roller coaster ride that kept jerking me in my seat and making my heart beat fast and my breath catch in my throat or like I was in a really intense, fast car chase through a very trafficky downtown where we have to bob and weave vehicles. So fun!

Data Runner is the author’s first book and I am stunned…I’m just stunned. I thought it was really well written…usually in ebooks (or physical books even) you get these random typos that sort of impede your reading experience but I never had to worry about that with this book so that left my reading experience just really seamless. I also haven’t read too many books that have a male lead, especially YA books (although this is my second in a week) so I wasn’t sure if I would identify with the main character but I loved it.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour  was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I think the premise of this book is really interesting with the corporations running pretty much everything and information being sold and whatnot. The profession of an information courier itself is highly interesting to me especially since I’m studying to be a Librarian. The idea that information can be owned and therefore sold, is just so interesting and it’s just a really interesting and fun concept in this book.

Lastly, I love the cover to this book!! I really like how he is jumping through the 1’s and the 0’s (literally the “information”). So cool! It definitely drew my eye to it!

I gave Data Runner what I feel is a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this series. I will be on the lookout for book two! I definitely recommend this to fans of YA dystopian novels or Sci-Fi fans. This book I have to say sits side by side with Enders Game on my list of favorite Sci-Fi novels now. It is being published on June 25th (this month, yay!) and you can preorder it through the author’s site (http://samapatel.com/preorder-data-runner-now/). Happy reading everyone and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!