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


13131625
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


22341147
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
 

CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst

20613812
Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name-but no memories of her past. She's been told that she's in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access-and there is nothing they won't say-or do-to her to get her to remember.
 
At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things-things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed-and she's lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her-but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.


I received this book from Bloomsbury Australia last week and didn't know anything about it. After reading the blurb, I was intrigued. Not to mention that the cover is super freaky. The heart with all those pins reminds me of Pinhead from Hellraiser. Or a pin cushion. Even a voodoo doll.
 
After reading the book, the image makes a lot of sense.
 
Eve has a hard time remembering things. Her mind is empty and she has no memory of her past. She also doesn't recognise herself in the mirror. Everything around her is foreign and new, just like her reflection. So when she moves into a strange house with one of the Para-WitSec agents, she doesn't know what to expect. Aunt Nicki doesn't sugarcoat things and barely seems to tolerate her, but Malcolm is the understanding agent who seems to care enough about her to explain things. Even if he has to do it a thousand times because she keeps forgetting.
 
Eve also loses time. She has magic inside her, and every time she uses it, she passes out. She relives pieces of her fragmented memories, but when she wakes up, she forgets about her waking life.
 
As hard as it is to pass out and lose hours, days, and sometimes weeks, Eve gets on with her controlled life by taking a summer job at the local library. The library director might not like her, but Eve loves being around books, and when she meets Zach--the friendly boy who doesn't lie, talks too much, and isn't afraid to say what he really wants--she looks forward to going to work. After sharing her magic with him during their first kiss, she knows they've got an unbreakable connection.
 
But the agency keeps tabs on her no matter where she is, and Aidan, Victoria, and Topher might be like her in the magical sense, but they're dangerous and have an agenda of their own. Everyone wants her to remember. It's important, because there's a killer out there who has killed many kids from other worlds, and wants to find her. Plus he's killing again.
 
The only person who can lead the authorities to him is Eve, but she can't be trusted to remember anything. It's not until Eve decides to take control of her own life and her own visions, that she stumbles into the multiverse truth, and finally remembers just who and what she really is. But at what price?
 
This book was... amazing. I have to admit that I love characters with amnesia problems. So it wasn't hard to get into this book. Eve's fractured mind makes her vulnerable, so it would be easy to get as impatient with her as the characters do, but I didn't. Not at all. Actually, my impatience and frustration was with the others. I hated how everyone seemed to be keeping secrets from her and wouldn't share any light on anything. As important as they thought it was for Eve to remember things on her own, I felt they could've shared some vital facts along the way.
 
In the end, I loved her journey.
 
Conjured is an intriguing, imaginative, and super creepy book with a conclusion that will leave you breathless. I loved how everything unfolded. I loved Eve and Zach's connection. I enjoyed the touch of magic to this story. I even loved when everything tipped over from a familiar world and into a very dark, alien place featuring a nightmarish carnival setting.

I seriously loved this book! Yeah, this story featured a lot of my favourite creepy things. It's also a great book to read during the spooky month of October!

Conjured, October 2014, ISBN  9780802737496, Walker Childrens

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: All Things Urban Fantasy

Here's my first stop:
 
All Things Urban Fantasy
 
I'm chatting about how I feel now that the series is over and even think back to where it all began...
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

THE FARM by Emily McKay


16829889
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book I've had my eye on for a while. So when I found out it was at the library, I borrowed it. And I wasn't disappointed.

Lily and Mel are twins who live on a Farm. A place that used to be a school and is now more like a livestock farm filled with teens. Life is harsh inside, but it's brutal outside. Creatures called Ticks roam the outside and will kill anyone they can get their hands on. Still, Lily is sick and tired of the place, and since her sister and her are almost eighteen, she hatches a plan to escape

All she wants to do is keep Mel safe. Mel is autistic and can't take care of herself. So Lily is determined to get her to Canada, where she thinks they might find safety. However, the day a guy from her past arrives, all of her plans are thrown into chaos.

Things aren't as straightforward as Lily thought, and Carter soon makes her realise that if she and Mel are going to survive, she'll have to trust him. And a vampire. But Carter has always come across as an arrogant player who knows how to get his way, and even now he's keeping secrets from her.

Wow. I loved this near-future, post-apocalyptic story where blood is currency, teenagers are blood prisoners, and the world has been ravaged by grotesque creatures intent on eating the living.

Lily is a strong character driven by her need to protect her sister. Mel is a seemingly detached teen who sees and feels the world differently. Carter is a hero at heart, but driven by his desire to make the world a better place. Together, they're just what the world needs to find balance. But with an unstable landscape, a Dean intent on getting his way, and a hidden vampire agenda... it's going to be one hell of a fight.

I enjoyed every minute of it. There's a bit of everything in this great book.

Can't wait to read more stories set in this dangerous world!

Friday, 10 October 2014

EXCERPT #3: A STITCH ON TIME



Danger at the Spook Catcher Council...


“Stay where you are, I’m going to check this out.” As soon as Gareth took the first step, the exterior partitions uprooted, ripping free of the bolts securing the base to the carpeted floor.

The walls advanced like one long snake, heading for Gareth. The top smacked him in the back as he tried to get away, pushing him to his hands and knees. Miraculously, he held onto the gun and managed to crawl towards Henry’s shattered office.

The office dividers whipped into the air several times before smashing onto the floor right behind him. The sound was loud, and reverberated beneath my feet.

Gareth rolled over, crab-walking beneath the monstrosity that was about to squash him if I didn’t do something.

My feet were rooted to the carpet, but I couldn’t just stand by and watch this happen. If these office partitions were being controlled by a poltergeist, wraith or something stronger—even demonic—maybe my dark patch would help.

Gareth stopped long enough to aim his gun at the invisible foe. “Sierra, get out of here!” He fired a few shots and the sound echoed inside the cavernous office, the bullets ricocheting off the other wall panels. When he cried out, I knew one had struck him, and that forced me into motion.

Instead of running away from the trouble, I ran towards it. Glass crunched beneath my boots. Screws, bolts and pieces of plastic became obstacles, but the debris wasn’t enough to slow me down.

“Sierra, no!”

I ignored Gareth and ducked underneath the partition—which was still whipping its long frame in the air like a viper ready to strike—seconds before it made one final attempt at Gareth’s life.

When the construct pummeled downward towards its target, I stepped between attacker and victim. “Stop,” I yelled, raising my left palm in front of me. The tattoo on the back of my hand shimmered and the spiraling momentum screeched to a halt.



A STITCH ON TIME will be available on October 14, 2014:

 
Design by Free WordPress Themes | Bloggerized by Lasantha - Premium Blogger Themes | Grants for single moms