Review: The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club Book CoverThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, published January 2016 by Walker Books.

Read: March 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 496
Get It Now: Wordery

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Goodreads Synopsis: London, April 1812. 18 year old Lady Helen is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London. There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

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Compulsion by Martina Boone Author Interview and Giveaway!

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Compulsion CoverCompulsion by Martina Boone.

Release Date: 28/10/14 by Simon Pulse.

Goodreads Synopsis: Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead – a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Author Guest Post: Writing Paranormal Fiction

C D Gorri QuoteHi! My name is C.D. Gorri and I am a writer! I love being able to state that. I have always wanted to write and in the past year I have made my dream a reality by publishing two novels in my teen Werewolf series.

The idea of writing about Werewolves is not a new one. It is a centuries old concept and can be traced farther back than medieval times, Greek mythology and even Native American myth. Almost every group of people has some history or folklore on the Werewolf or Were-animal. There is so much on the subject that I was able to, quite happily, read extensively about the mythic beast-men before plotting out my series. From the ancient Greek tale of King Lycaon, to the grisly tale of the murderer Peter Stubbe, all the way to Saint Christopher. That’s right, even the Catholic Church has a few Werewolves in the closet!

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Ominous October… for Scaredy Cats

ominous octoberSo, this is my first October in the book blogging community, and as we all love themed months and read-a-longs, it appears October is the month for scary reads, gripping thrillers and spooky stress-inducing page-turners. Ula @ Blog of Erised has organised Ominous October, a bookish event featuring reviews, interviews and features such as this one, you should go check it out for some inspiration.

But what do you do if you’re a scaredy cat?

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Welcome to my world. I shy away from horror movies, hide behind my hands at gory slasher scenes and I will admit to sleeping with the light on after braving Paranormal Activity 2. So it stands to reason that I’ve also avoided scary books. I haven’t even attempted one, and I’m not sure that I want to. If you’re looking for some more “comfortable” reads for Halloween, you’ve come to the right place!

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Review: The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments Series CoversThe Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, all books in this series are released and available for purchase.

Read/Reread: June/July 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased/Won
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I read books 1-5 in this series around October 2013, and eagerly waited for the final installment to be released… I have a lot of mixed feelings about the series, and how it ended, so I’m going to try and make this review as coherent and non-spoilery as possible! I’m in love with the Shadowhunter world that Cassandra Clare has created and I was genuinely sad to say goodbye to these characters. Luckily, I have The Infernal Devices trilogy waiting for me to binge-read when I’ve caught up with a couple of my review commitments, and from what I have heard TID is considered to be even better than TMI, and that excites me!

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Minutes Before Sunset Giveaway!

The third and final post in my Shannon A Thompson Author Spotlight feature is a giveaway (open internationally) of Minutes Before Sunset. Shannon has kindly offered my readers the chance to win one of three copies of the eBook, the first in The Timely Death Trilogy.

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To enter, follow this link to the rafflecopter giveaway. *Update* Giveaway is now closed. The Winners are Hayley Knighten, Aimee Carter and Cait Drews!

Giveaway Rules:
  • Minutes Before Sunset CoverThis giveaway is open internationally.
  • The giveaway opens on Monday 12th May at 9am, and closes Monday 26th May at 12pm (UK).
  • You must be 18 years or older, or have your parents’/guardians’ permission to enter.
  • Entries are verified. All entries will be disqualified if it is discovered that any of the entries are forged.
  • The 3 winners will be notified by email when the competition closes, if the winners do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner(s) will be chosen (please check junk folders!).
  • The eBooks will be sent directly from the author via Smashwords. To receive the eBook you will need a Smashwords account (free, easy and quick to set up). I will share your email address with the author for the sole purposes of contacting you regarding receiving your prize.

Get entering! 🙂

Author Spotlight: Shannon A Thompson

  • Click here to read my review of Minutes Before Sunset
  • Click here to read my interview with Shannon A Thompson

Author Spotlight: Interview with Shannon A Thompson

I recently reviewed Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A Thompson (you can read my full review here), and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise. This interview is part of a new feature on Confessions of a Book Geek, which also includes a great giveaway – more information on that at the end of this post!

R: Introduce yourself and tell us a little about you, what do you do when you aren’t writing/blogging? 

Shannon A Thompson HeadshotSAT: I am a 22-year-old author, poet, and blogger – but my life started on the road. I’ve lived in 6 different states and moved 15 times already, which has allowed me to learn from many types of different of people and settings. In my free time, I am almost always playing with my cat or talking to strangers at a coffee shop. I prefer black-and-white movies, Elvis Presley, and I drive a manual, but this summer, the child in me is looking forward to Sailor Moon returning. 

R: You began writing at a very young age, what do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far? 

SAT: Honestly, returning to the publishing world in 2012 after I dropped out in 2007 feels like the biggest achievement to me because it was the hardest decision I had to make. I had given up. I was only going to write for fun. But one day, I woke up, and it was like my brain clicked – my writing soul knew before I did. I had to go back, and I did.

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Review: Minutes Before Sunset

Minutes Before Sunset CoverMinutes Before Sunset by Shannon A Thompson, published May 2013 by AEC Stellar Publishing.

Read: May 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Source: Author

This review is part of a feature on Minutes Before Sunset that includes an author interview with Shannon and a giveaway of 3 eBook copies of Minutes Before Sunset. I was provided with a copy of this book to review, but all opinions are my own, pinkie swear.

Synopsis: She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her… Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to fight a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival…

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

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