Friday, 4 September 2015

Queen of Shadows Contest Winners!


Queen of Shadows

Well, it's time to announce the TWO winners of the QUEEN OF SHADOWS contest. I picked the winners by using Random.org.

They are: 

 Hailey Wood 

and

Mehray


Congrats!

Send me an email to yolanda(at)yolandasfetsos(dot)com with your name and postal address. I will then pass the details onto Bloomsbury Australia so your copy can be sent out. Yay.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Have a great weekend. :)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My daughter borrowed this book from the library and read it very quickly. She also said it was great, so I decided to read it too.

Minnow has spent most of her young life in the wilderness, living away from society in the Kevinian cult. The Prophet tells them what to do, how to think, and manipulates everything by using the name of God. But Minnow has lots of questions, and the Prophet doesn't have answers.

Luckily, she finds other sorts of answers in the woods where she meets Jude. A boy her age living in his own version of the wilderness. Together they form a bond, a strong friendship that blossoms into more when they get older.

But the cult has other plans for her. Plans that include marriage and stealing something no one has a right to take--her hands. What follows is a nightmarish night that ends up with Minnow committing a horrible act of violence that sends her into juvenile detention.

She goes from one prison to another, but this new one might be just what she needs. With the help of a friend and a doctor who wants to help, she might end up discovering her own meanings about life and the world she lives in.

OMG. Wow.

This book is powerful. Seriously. It's so well written, and Minnow's tale is so captivating, that I was hooked from the very beginning. It was so sad to watch this poor girl relive the awful things she was forced to live with because of her parents' blind faith. And then have to suffer the consequences because the trauma pushes her over the edge. Still, her development is amazing. I loved how she goes from a scared, mixed up girl to someone who can face the past and accept the future. Even if it means giving up what she thought she wanted.

I really enjoyed this book. It was SO freaking good!

The only frustrating bits were the ones that dealt with the Prophet because this might be fiction, but assholes like that really exist in this world. It's awful how these cults preaching the word of God always have two things in common: oppressing women and using religion as an excuse to abuse young girls. It's despicable and makes me sick!

And that's another reason why this book is so amazing. It captured everything so vividly, and honestly. I also liked how the girls in juvie were portrayed.

Yep. Such a powerful story!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

HORROR BLOCK


Check it out:

 

The August HORROR BLOCK box arrived yesterday afternoon!

This time I had NO idea what was going to be inside. So I couldn't wait to find out...

This is what it looked like when we first opened it:


Can you guess what caught my eye first? Yep. It was this guy:


You all know how much I love Jason Voorhees, and this plushie is adorable. Besides, without his machete he's also harmless. ;)

Anyway.

This is everything that was inside:


There were so many cool things this time.  And I shared them: daughter got the tee (I'm not a Beetlejuice fan) and hubby got the movie (he's a Danny Trejo fan).

Loved this box!

Horrorlujah.



Monday, 31 August 2015

CRESS by Marissa Meyer


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Winter being around the corner, I couldn't put off reading the third book in this awesome series any longer...

Cress is a Lunar, but she's a shell. So she's lived all of her life away from her parents, believing they didn't want her. And for the last seven years she's been living alone on a satellite. She's a gifted hacker and has helped Cinder & Co stay off Queen Bitch's radar. Sorry, I mean, Queen Levana. Cress also has a bit of a crush on Captain Thorne. Okay, it's a big crush.

The day these wanted fugitives intend to save Cress from her lonely life, everything goes to hell. The group gets separated, but I won't tell you who ends up with whom because I was really surprised as the events unfolded and loved following the story to see what was going to happen next.

This book is once again told in the POV of multiple characters, which opens up the world and shows you what's going on all over the place. I love that! SO MUCH happens in this instalment. A lot of awesome things, some very bad things, some LOL moments, and even cute stuff.

I love Iko--she's adorable and makes me laugh. And Cinder's so kick-ass. I felt bad for Wolf, but I still have a soft spot for him. Scarlet, oh, Scarlet... :( Cress was a little naïve, but sweet and very clever. Carswell is still a scoundrel with a heart. I really liked Kai in this one. I didn't like Jacin, at all. And Winter is batshit crazy. O.o

I LOVE this series. Can't wait to read the next book...

CONTEST: Win a copy of Queen of Shadows



Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia, I'm giving away TWO paperback copies and bookplates of QUEEN OF SHADOWS
 
Queen of Shadows
 
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past...
 
Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
 
  Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.
 

I've read this awesome book, and absolutely loved it! This series gets better and better. 
Trust me, this book is epic.
 
 
For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this post.
I'll pick the two winners and post them here on Friday, September 4.
So don't forget to check back.
 
Good luck!
 
 
::CONTEST IS ONLY OPEN TO AUSTRALIAN ADDRESSES::

Friday, 28 August 2015

I have a new cover!


Hey!
 
I've been so caught up working on HELL OF A RIDE first round edits during the last few weeks, that I totally forgot I hadn't shared the awesome cover yet.
 
So... here it is:


What do you think?
 
I think it's kick-ass awesome.
 
Kanaxa has done it again! She made all of the Sierra Fox covers, so she knows what I'm looking for better than I do. Seriously, she came up with this exciting concept. It might be a spin-off book, but it stands on it's own. That's for sure.
 
I love Lavie's stance, and that she's holding her wicked machete. Not to mention her scars.
 
Like I said: Awesome!
 
This is one of those covers that I like more every time I see it. It's SO cool.
 
I haven't got the final blurb yet, but this is how I summarised Lavie's story previously:
 
This is a road trip story about a kick-ass demon hunter with a bunch of issues, a hunky demon with mischief on his mind, and a gorgeous red & black VW Kombi. Not to mention, a whole LOT of demonic trouble.
 
This might be Lavie and Saul's stand-alone story, but if you've read the Sierra Fox series, you'll recognise a bunch of people in it. ;)
 
If you're interested in finding out more about Lavie Grye before the release of her book, she's in every instalment of...
 
THE SIERRA FOX SERIES:
https://www.samhainpublishing.com/books/series/338/sierra-fox
 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

My TBR Jar


I'm not actually on Tumblr, but I do enjoy checking out posts featuring books, notebooks and bookshelves. There are some really pretty pics posted on there. There's also a trend that caught my eye. It's the TBR Jar, which pretty much consists of a nice glass jar with bits of paper inside. Each strip of paper features the name of a book you want to read. 

I can certainly relate to this process. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what to read next because I have SO MANY books on my bookshelves, Kindle and Kobo that I often forget what I actually have. Besides, other times I just don't know which to tackle next.

Too many books and not enough time.

Anyway, a few months ago I bought a jar filled with blue paper clips because it was cute and had a foxy lid. :) When I decided to start a TBR Jar, I knew this was the perfect jar for the job:


Next, I cut strips of red paper and got my daughter to write book names on them...


And then we folded each one and threw them all inside:


Next, hubby pulled out a name, and this is what it was... 

 
Okay, this turned out to be a bit of a problem because it wasn't a book I actually wanted to read. My daughter snuck it in there. :/

I gave it a go... but couldn't get into it.

So hubby picked another one:


This was a book I'd been looking forward to reading for a while, so I grabbed my Kindle and got started... and didn't like it. :( I got a few chapters in before I decided to put it aside and call it a DNF.

So far I've found this jar to be helpful in eliminating books. LMAO.

I don't intend to let the TBR Jar tell me what to read all the time, because I often get review books or get a craving for a certain book. This is just for when I can't decide for myself. :) 

And these are the books that are next in line:
 

They're two that I'm looking forward to reading, so I hope they work out...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

HORROR BLOCK


Here's the July's box:


Can you see TWO T-shirts this time?


 Yep. They threw in two very cool tees...

 

I kept An American Werewolf in London--because, werewolf--and hubby took the Comic Book Guy. :)

Oh, and check out my Spike:


 This Spike figure is seriously cool. I always liked Spike, so receiving this was awesome!

As you can see, this was another great box.

Hope your day is horrorrific.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

VINYL PALOOZA


This is something we couldn't resist:


Who doesn't want to receive a box full of vinyl surprises?


Check it out:


I was especially excited about this one:


 The Tenth Doctor is my most fave, and this vinyl looks AWESOME.

He's so darn cool.

I'm so glad we grabbed this!

Monday, 24 August 2015

HORROR BLOCK


Um, okay, so I've fallen behind on posting these but they've all been arriving on time.

Actually, HORROR BLOCK is my favourite subscription box. It's always filled with cool surprises, and the admin is pretty cool too.

So, this is the June box:


And here's a peek at what's inside:


And once we took everything out:


I really liked the Scream addition to this box.

And we now have Alien heads ice cubes in our drinks all the time. :)

Horror later!



Thursday, 20 August 2015

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG. This was such an excellent book! I loved it.

My daughter borrowed it from the library and read it in one sitting. She also told me that I would probably like it. So, I decided to give it a go.

After finishing QUEEN OF SHADOWS, I needed to read something fun and light.

This book covered both of those, but it also had substance.

Simon is gay, but hasn't told anyone. Well, he told his email buddy, Blue, who is also struggling with coming out. But when a classmate reads an email exchange and tries to blackmail him, Simon's life becomes a little more complicated. Now he has to meet the demands of an annoying guy, while trying to get on with this everyday life. At least he has Blue to chat to. Though even that situation becomes complicated...

This was such a sweet love story, with a twist of mystery. It's also a nice story about friendship and crazy family members. How it's sometimes hard to balance everything, and while Simon does, he ends up hurting others. Even though that wasn't his intention.

Really enjoyed this charming story. It was a fast and fun read, and I loved Simon's voice.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past . . .
 
The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
 
  Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
 
Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.
 
 
This is one of my favourite series. So as soon as I received this book last week--thank you so much to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy--I got stuck into it. But I took my time. I wanted to savour every moment, note every detail, and lose myself in the story. Until I reached the last 200 pages, and had to race towards the end.
 
Celaena Sardothien used to be an assassin, and the King's Champion, but she's now accepted her true destiny. She has become Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir of fire and Queen of Terrasen. But there's a lot to do before she can claim her crown, and it all starts by returning to Rifthold.
 
Aelin must once again slip into the role of Celaena to settle some old scores and rescue her cousin from the King's clutches. To do that, she has to work alongside the man who trained her to become a ruthless assassin. The man who ruined her life and still thinks he owns her. Arobynn Hamel is the King of the Assassins, and as much as she despises him for what he did to her beloved Sam, she must now work with him in order to defeat a much darker enemy--the King of Adarlan.
 
The King is building an army of Valg demons and has even enslaved his own son, Prince Dorian, with a collar. And he has other depraved plans in Morath. A place in the mountains, where something awful and sinister is going on, and where the Ironteeth witches aren't the biggest threat.
 
As Aelin's plan slowly comes together and she connects her old life with the new one, everyone and everything she cares about could be at risk. Aelin has a lot of decisions to make if she's going to bring an end to the ruthless King so intent on destroying everything, and magic is the key...
 
OMG. OMG. OMG. This book is AMAZING. It's also very hard to summarise without revealing spoilers. There are SO many surprises and revelations in this book that I was left breathless. The rollercoaster of emotions in this instalment is deliciously cruel. I was happy, then sad, and angry. Then I started feeling frustrated, and was back to happy again before anger took over.
 
Seriously, this world toys with your emotions, but I loved every minute of it!
 
Once again told in multiple POVs, the reader gets the full scope of what's going on from several very interesting angles. This story throws you into the middle of the action and slowly peels back the layers, giving you small glimpses of what's going on before everything is revealed.
 
I said it while reading Heir of Fire, and I'll say it again: I love Manon Blackbeak and her wyvern Abraxos. I'm so intrigued by this character, and the story of her Thirteen, that I absolutely loved every time it was her turn to step into the POV spotlight. There are so many other characters that I love in this series, and every single one of them gets their chance in this book, which made me very happy indeed. And sad, too. :/
 
Queen of Shadows is incredible. It's a breathtaking rollercoaster ride. It's a heart-stopping story. It's wickedly violent. It's an explosive tale that toys with your heartstrings. It's so addictive that you become consumed by what's going on and can't stop reading. Once you strap yourself in, there's no turning back. It's the kind of book that sinks its (iron) claws so deeply into you that every single thing that happens affects you deeply. Celaena/Aelin is an awesome character who will do whatever needs to be done, no matter what. She's brave, passionate, loyal, tough, kick-ass, and gets the job done. But she's not the only intriguing character. This world is massive, and this book is totally epic!
 
This is one of my favourite series, and I can't wait to read more! 
 
Queen of Shadows, September 2015, ISBN 9781408858615, Bloomsbury Childrens 

 
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