Thursday, 23 October 2014

THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
 
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
 
 
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Bloomsbury, and I absolutely love it!
 
When three dwarves go in search of 'the finest silks of Dorimar' to give to the queen as a wedding gift, they discover that on the other side of the mountain there is some sort of plague affecting the land. While stopping by a village inn, they are told that this sleep is sweeping across the land and is making everyone fall asleep. Some say it was caused when a witch cursed a princess. 
 
Meanwhile, the queen is about to get married but she's not excited. Actually, she's not even looking forward to it. So when the dwarves tell her what they have found out, she decides to trek across the land to rescue the sleeping princess and stop the sleeping plague.
 
The three dwarves and the queen make their way  towards the castle, and find it hidden behind overgrown thorns. Everyone they cross is asleep. No one is dead, but they are all in limbo. So when they reach the top of the tower, they think they've discovered the answer to this problem... and instead find something a lot more twisted.
 
This is another awesome Neil Gaiman book. It's short, but it packs quite a punch. It features two very familiar fairy tale characters, and then spins our familiarity with them upside down to deliver a very twisted tale of power and corruption. It also ends up being a story about facing choices.
 
The Sleeper and the Spindle was a dark and very clever reimagining of two fairy tales. I love the strength and wickedness of the females in this story, and that a prince isn't the one who takes charge. The illustrations that accompany this wonderful tale are gorgeous, and enhance it. The actual book is beautiful, a treasure that I can't wait to add to my bookshelf. 
 
Loved it!

The Sleeper and the Spindle, November 2014, ISBN  9781408859643, Bloomsbury Childrens

MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr


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Made for You by Melissa Marr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book listed on the library's database and it sounded intriguing. So I put it on hold and started reading it as soon as it arrived.

Eva is an average teenage girl trying to live a normal life. She has a boyfriend, a large group of friends, and a bestie. Well, she likes to think she's average but in the small town of Jessup the heritage on both sides of her family makes her royalty. So everyone's always watching what she does.

Some a lot closer than she realises.

The night she gets runover and left for dead, her life changes forever. Her face is scarred, she reconnects with her forever crush, and when someone touches her she can see their death. As if that's not macabre enough, someone is killing girls she knows. And leaving messages for her. She might not understand the messages like the killer intends, but one thing is clear: there's a killer and it's someone she knows.

Someone who won't give up until he/she gets what he/she wants: Eva.

I really enjoyed this book. It's told in the first-person POV of several characters so the readers experiences the story from several angles.

Eva is a great narrator. I liked following her struggle and recovery. I also liked that she was straightforward and told people--especially her love interest, Nate--exactly what she felt/thought. No hiding behind teenage indecision. Nate was interesting and had his own issues, while Grace was a nice and loyal friend.

The freakiest POV was the killer's. That sick fuck was seriously disturbed and hid behind religious bullshit to reason out his/her reasoning for doing horrible things and thinking disgusting thoughts.

This really turned out to be a great book with a bit of everything. It's a YA thriller with a dark, mysterious core. It's also got a nice love story, strong friendship, and a touch of the paranormal.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I signed up!
















That's right. I've once again decided to tackle the madness that is NaNoWriMo.

I will be writing the second Sierra Fox spin-off novel. If you read the series, then you'll know exactly who the character is as soon as you see the WIP title.

If you're taking part and want to be buddies, this is me. :)
 
Happy writing!
 
I enjoy taking part in NaNoWriMo:

   http://store.samhainpublishing.com/torn-from-shadows-p-73390.html 
       
           

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour Is over BUT here are all the stops...



To help celebrate the upcoming release of Sierra's fifth and last book, A STITCH ON TIME, I'll be stopping by several places during this month.



October 1: Fallen Angel Reviews

http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/09/free-ebook-patch-of-darkness.html


I'll also be posting these:
October 5: A Stitch on Time Excerpt #1
  
 
                       
October 15: Wicked Little Pixie
October 18: Fang-tastic Books
October 19: The Book Nympho
 
 
I hope you stop by and find out a little more about Sierra's world...

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Team Tynga's Reviews

It's time for...
 
PHEf
 
Check out my Halloween Q&A!
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: The Book Nympho

 Next stop:
 
http://thebooknympho.com/2014/10/q-a-with-yolanda-sfetsos-author-of-the-sierra-fox-series/
 
 It's interview time! ;)
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Fang-tastic Books

Today I stopped by...
 
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com.au/
 
To chat a little about my experience while writing the last book in Sierra's series.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

SWEET DAMAGE by Rebecca James


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After borrowing Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead from the library and really enjoying it, I decided to put this one on hold as well. As soon as it came in, I got stuck into it...

Tim Ellison has been staying with his ex after getting back from Indonesia. But her current boyfriend doesn't want him there, so Lilla pushes him to move out and even finds a place for him. All he has to do is turn up and check it out. The house is huge, the rent is cheap, and he'll be sharing with only one person: the young owner of the house.

Anna London is strange and frail. She can't leave the house and seems mentally unstable. She keeps to herself, doesn't talk much, and spends hours in the attic. None of that matters to Tim because he's got a job at his father's restaurant, goes surfing, and hangs out with Lilla. They might now be friends, but he's still hung up on her.

When strange and creepy things start happening at night, Tim starts to wonder if moving into Fairview was a good idea. He also starts to think that Anna might be going mad. But the more he gets to know his housemate, the more he likes her and starts to realise that while she's definitely got issues stemming from trauma, she's not losing her mind.

So what's going on?

This was another great thriller with a very creepy vibe. I managed to figure out one of the mysteries (Benjamin's story), but had pinned someone else as the one responsible for all the other creepiness. So that was a great surprise.

Loved this book! It's freaky, twisted, and so intriguing I couldn't put it down. Tim and Anna were great narrators. I enjoyed reading Tim's story, while Anna's slowly unfolded.

I'm looking forward to reading Rebecca James's first book. I actually own that one. I really like the way she tells a story, and that there's a certain wickedness to them. ;)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Sizzling Hot Books

Today I'm taking part in...
 
http://sizzlinghotbooks.com/guest-blog-yolanda-sfetsos-giveaway/
 
Where I'm reminiscing about what I used to do to celebrate Halloween in a country where it's not really celebrated.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Wicked Little Pixie

My next stop is:
 
Wicked Little Pixie
 
Where I talk about my research into Legion and how it fits into Sierra's world.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD by Rebecca James


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I borrowed this book from the library, and as soon as I started I was hooked!

When Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, it affects a lot of people. They say he committed suicide, but Cooper's girlfriend--Libby--can't accept it. Her boyfriend was happy, he had big plans for the future, and they were very much in love with each other.

So she starts asking questions, and soon realises that there's a lot more going on. A web of lies and secrets, spanning several decades, slowly starts to surface.

This book was awesome!

I loved the writing style. It's told in the POV of four characters: Cooper, Libby, Sebastian, and Claire. Cooper is the popular, nice guy who died. Libby is his girlfriend, a nice studious girl in Uni. Sebastian is his best friend and has many secrets of his own. Claire is his bitchy ex who just can't let go. I know it sounds weird to mention them in the present tense, but this story goes from Then to Now and back again. So we actually get to meet Cooper before he died, which I thought was quite clever.

The central mystery keeps you reading, collecting all the clues until everything starts to slide into place. It's also very sad to watch Libby's heartbreak, and how the death of one person can shatter so many lives. And it's a great study of just how complicated friendship can become.

I have to admit that I actually solved part of the mystery before the end. The most twisted part. LOL. But not the whole thing. Can't say more than that because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say that I really enjoyed this great story.

I look forward to reading more books written by this author.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

It's Release Day!


The last book in my Sierra Fox urban fantasy series is out today!
 
All it takes is a little death and mayhem to make a spook catcher’s day.
 
Sierra Fox, Book 5
 
Sierra Fox has finally inherited her grandmother’s power to destroy demons, but what good is it when her werewolf boyfriend still lies in a coma? Worse, the decision she’s about to make could save him—but ruin their relationship.
 
If that’s not enough bad stuff on her plate, she’s got a soul to save—the soul of her closest friend, killed by the Lamia that got away.
 
Another untasty side dish: The Obscurus refuse to give up their relentless pursuit, and they’ve upped the ante. Mace is dead set on blowing up the Spook Catcher Council Tower, and the blowback will have devastating effects on Sydney and for Sierra. At least these demon-obsessed freaks aren’t counting on Sierra having a Goddess and a trusty demonic conduit as backup.
 
All of this leads to a one-way ride into the abandoned part of town, where the Obscurus plan to summon Legion. With her demon hunter friend by her side, Sierra prepares for the final battle…because even she knows this will be The End. 
 
 
Product Warnings
Phantasms, wraiths, orbs, demons, all guaranteed to ruin any spook catcher’s day. But you can always count on werewolves, land spirits, and a Goddess. Beware of explosions, demonic obsessions, and the battle that will tip the scales and change Sydney forever.
 
 
 
 
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
 
 
NOW HAPPENING:
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 
 

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Manga Maniac Cafe


My next stop is at...
 
Check out the Top 5 Things I Learned from Sierra.
 
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

 
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