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The Whispers of the Sprite (The Whispers #1)
When Ania moves from London to Swansea city in Wales she is hoping that her life will get a bit more exciting, after all she is running away from her controlling mother to taste more freedom and feel more independent. Everything seems to be going the way she wanted until she almost dies while taking a quiet walk around the beach in the late evening.
When she opens her eyes, nothing seems the same...
She starts seeing people that no one else is able to notice. An enchanting looking man keeps following her and Ania’s life seems to getting more exciting than she ever wished for. 
After the attack something changes inside her, she has been blessed with the new frightening gift of seeing and hearing sprites all around her... the magical creatures that only existed in folklore, myths and legends of Britain.
Gabriel is attractive and handsome but no ... he is not a vampire. He keeps coming back and Ania feels an instant connection between them but this might get her into more trouble. Supernatural romance is not on her mind right now.
Because he is forbidden to even touch her ... the line between the death and love has never been so thin and the sprites won’t stop whispering until ... she will choose to love or abandon Gabriel. 

The Whispers of the sprite - the first book in the Young adult paranormal romance series, 
(The Whispers series)
If you looking for a fresh new urban fantasy romance filled with folklore, myths, legends, fairies and magic then this is the one to keep an eye on. 
This is a young adult paranormal romance which includes violence and sexual scenes recommended for ages sixteen and up.
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Guest Post:

The Internet is filled with various legends and stories about fairies. After reading so many paranormal romance novels  I wanted to write a  similar kind of book, that  was original and compelling with a heroine that can stand up for herself. Of course there had to be a paranormal element in it.  I researched the market on Amazon and noticed that there were so many books about vampires; so I had to think about something diverse. Whilst researching the Internet I came across changelings and fairy legends. I read a few books that analyzed the old brother Grimm’s tales which gave me inspiration to create my characters. I tend to just write what comes to my mind rather than plan the story.  I knew what kind of leading male character I wanted so I created Gabriel, typical cliché man, tall, handsome with magnificent blue eyes. I thought about fairies for a while and did more research; I found a few different names and decided to choose a Sprite. I finished my first draft, editing until I was happy.  ‘The Whispers of the Sprite’ is a very romantic story which includes violence and forbidden love. The main character tries to break away from her controlling mother, so she leaves London and moves to Swansea in Wales. Ania is originally from Russia, but she has been living in the UK for over six years, she is a normal girl, she tried to keep to herself until the fatal night in Swansea.  The story starts from there, where Ania’s life shifts suddenly, she begins to see Sprites and she is the only human able to see them.
British folklore is always interesting; there are so many legends in England, Wales and Scotland to explore so you will never run out of the ideas but you will always have to research. I am looking forward to completing the Whispers Series. I am hoping to write four books in total and then I have got something else in mind; more violence, gritty, and quirky tale, more for adult readers rather than teenagers.

Excerpt

The light warms a quiet city and is consumed by the looming arrival of darkness. The noise of the sea nearby calms me down. It's after 9pm when I cross the street and enter the sandy seaside, inhaling the air deep into my lungs. I take off my shoes and socks; the sensation isn’t unpleasant when my bare feet touch the cold sand. I notice that the temperature dramatically decreases and I have to zip up my jacket. The cold air attains me so suddenly. I gasp as the saltiness of the sea air catches in my throat. It suddenly feels too thick and somehow intimidating. But the sound of the waves crashing against the shore soon relaxes me. The sea always makes me feel better, more peaceful and tranquil. The beach is enclosed by gloom. The light from the streetlamps shines on the pathways, but the light doesn't reach the beach.
I think about my new life and my mother back in London. Everything is going as I imagined it. My close friend, Gosia, promised to visit me shortly and I am hoping to make few more friends.  Gosia is Polish and only recently started a PhD in Environmental Science. She still lives a very hectic life in London.
 Shockingly my phone hasn’t rung; normally my mother would call me to check if I am all right. It's strange not to feel controlled by her. I walk towards the sea, the air is stimulating yet I am enclosed by absolute darkness. For some reason everything seems to be bizarrely similar to that late night in London when I heard the noises on the street but I quickly tune out those memories.  My feet reach the water and I shiver, the sea is freezing cold but I enjoy the touch.
I start to feel unbearably cold. The thought of going home flashes through my mind but my next step is regrettable; suddenly I feel rendering pain in my right leg. I stop and search for my mobile as a source of light to find out what has just happened. I am in agony and then the screen of my phone indicates that there is broken glass embedded in my skin, a thick dark red fluid covers the sand. I gasp, feeling surrounded by the electrifying thick air. I suddenly notice someone else standing close to me, which makes me jerk back, and the pain in my foot increases. I grind my teeth together and point the light from my phone on the person standing in front of me. It’s a man but I can't see his face clearly. My breathing changes, his closeness to me frightens me and my mind is screaming to get out of here but I can't seem to move. Then he is right next to me and within a few seconds I am lying on the sand; I feel pain spreading all over my body, sand in my mouth and then more penetrating pain evolving inside me so suddenly that I pass out.

Author Bio:


Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.
The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the second book in the series. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series. Website / Twitter / Goodreads

In  the midst of superstorm Sandy, I hope everyone is safe and sound. :/

Okay, this time I won't bother sorting them out according to my preference because these covers are really stunning! There is a lot of blue and purple so I think these colours are really in right now! :)


Shadow of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy #2) by Leigh Fallon

Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.
While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.
New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.
Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

 Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson

A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.
Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.
Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.
 Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard
Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.




 The Chronicles of Fire and Ice (The Legend of The Archangel #1) by L.L. Hunter 

Is love stronger than race?
The world is changeing as we know it, the human race is dwindling, but so are the angels. In order to preserve their bloodlines they have bred with humans, creating a new race called Nephilim. But there is one race that is more endangered than humans or Seraphim, Archangels.
As most people believe the Archangels have become extinct, rumours surface of a Legend; that a baby was born out of flame, the offspring of an archangel.
Dyston Blackbell is tasked to find and protect this child. He sends her strange dreams in hope that she will find him. When he discovers that she has enrolled at his family’s angel academy in Melbourne, he will do anything to protect Scarlett. But when he finds himself falling for her the Heavenly realm rejects him.
But 21-year-old Scarlett Porter realises that being half Archangel has some advantages. She has developed a unique trait, one that marks her as an Archangel. Will she keep it to herself or use it to fight back?
When an old enemy resurfaces, The Lucifites, Scarlett discovers that Dyston’s older brother Lakyn is at the helm of their sinister plans; to destroy the Nephilim race or use Scarlett for their own selfish purposes when they find out who she really is.
And when Lakyn discovers that Scarlett had only seduced him to rescue Dyston from his prison in the Realm of Light, it sends him on a journey of self-discovery and destruction. One that sees him venturing farther off course than his father would like. Will he choose a new life of love or his old life of darkness?

Impostor (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker
CAN TESSA POSE AS MADISON . . . AND STOP A KILLER BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI.
When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep.
Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
(X-men meets The Silence of the Lambs)

 Towering by Alex Flinn

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.
Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.
Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.
Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!
 Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


 Vortex (Tempest #2) by Julie Cross 
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, allthat changes when Holly—the girl he altered history to save—re-enters his life. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents find themselves under attack and on the run.






This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Nope. I won't re-read this.

I won't buy the book.

I hope there wouldn't be any sequel. If there is any, I won't read it.

Now you're asking me, why did I rate this a 5-stars?

Lemme tell you something. First, the cover is gorgeous. That was what drawn me to read this at first. Second, I don't like zombie books. Hmm...let me rephrase that. I refuse to read books such as Warm Bodies and Dearly Departed because I think no one should ever be romantically involved with zombies. Yucks. If you think these books are indeed great, I'll take my chance. I read Tomorrow Land and it was mediocre.

But then, I saw a lot of positive reviews for This Is Not a Test. I read the reviews and re-read the blurb, they still didn't make sense at that time LOL! Anyway, even after I checked it out from the library and read the back blurb by the other authors, I didn't know what to expect from this book. "This Is Not a Test is both sexy and desolate..."? "...the end has never been something to fear."?

Around 20 pages in...

OhGodOhGodOhGod...

I hope for those who have read this book, you would understand why I don't what to re-read this, why I don't want to have it in my possession, why I hope there'll be no sequels. Because this book is so heartbreaking. And impossibly beautiful at the same time. It made me question my own reasons to live, but I really don't want to re-live this book.

I think This Is Not a Test is a perfect dystopian/post-apocalyptic book. I seriously don't want to be in Sloane's world. Like ever.

Gah, I still find it hard to believe that a zombie book could be this devastating. Screw it! I shouldn't be labeling this book as a zombie book. Or a dystopian book for that matter. I could even call this a realistic fiction. But nah, This Is Not a Test is more than that. This Is Not a Test is a genre of its own.

*Silence*

Sheesh, I actually don't know what else to write except I still can't believe how much I understand Sloane given that I have so little things in common with her. Courtney Summers is truly a brilliant author. :)

But again, the only minor thing that bothered me was there were plenty of swearing and as always, they gave me headache LOL.

I don't always put a video music with my reviews but I think this song suits the book perfectly.


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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This week’s cover characteristic: Luscious Legs
5. Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
I always love the combination of white and purple!
4. Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5) by Ann Brashares
This is a creative angle for a book cover, isn't it? :)

3. Deadly Little Voices (Touch #4) by Laurie Faria Stolarz
I love the swirly box surrounding the title font. And this series also has among the best book titles.
2. Book of Love (Knight Angels #1) by Abra Ebner
Love the contrast and the body language of the model

1. The Lost Saint (The Dark Divine #2) &The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1)  by Bree Despain
Once I laid my eyes on The Dark Divine I know I have to read it. And now I finished the whole series LOL. That's the power of book covers.


Expected Publication: October 30th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war. Purchase: Amazon
Author Spotlight:


Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange. Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads



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Kuroshitsuji - Black Butler by Yana Toboso
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just a stone's throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria's faithful servant...and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master's wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London's underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true...or at least, too good to be human...

Ah, sorry guys for the lack of updates. Hate to make excuses but yes, I've been super busy with Uni stuff. But hey, here's a mini review for my ever favourite manga. I think this review is meant for the entire series LOL.

Bite me, but I do have a maaaaaaaajor crush on Sebastian. Oh wait, he's a demon? But he can cook and he fights with silverware. Can we just forget that he is...ermmm...a demon? I always wondering, wouldn't it be better if Ciel is not a boy but is a 18 years old girl. That would save me some sanity. Honestly, somehow by watching this series, being a gay pedophile doesn't seem like a distant idea.

Anyway, back to the series, I can hardly believe my luck, stumbled across this manga. 19th century London setting? Check! Epic wardrobe collection? Check! Paranormal twist? Check! Flawed, revengeful yet cute Ciel? Check!

In short, it's hard not to be a fangirl when you constantly have a constant nosebleed throughout the series. Beware of Grell Sutcliff, even he is certainly not going to cause you a nosebleed, you'll adore him...or her? Nevermind!

And I started drinking the exotic Earl Grey tea because of the series! Now, it's my favorite tea flavour!

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We Are Savages
We Are Savages is the story of 12 year old Tris and what she finds when she runs from the responsibility of her household and descends through a rain grate into the child run world of Nowhere. "You go to bed angry or sad enough you can wake up just about anywhere," the Savages tell her. It is a brick utopia hidden in the sewers; made up of sweets, sports, hammocks, and fireflies. But even this haven, free of parents and protocol, is not everything it seems. Haunted by dark specters known only as Phocydes, feared for their reputation of consuming children whole, Tris works both to hunt and to hide from these hooded shadows. But something about them is familiar; something about them fires her curiosity more than her fear. And Tris slowly begins to realize that, no matter where you go, fear and responsibility are not things you can escape, the only thing to do is face them.

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Author Bio: 


Jessie Atkin lives in Upstate, NY, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. She received a B.A. in English Literature. Besides reading, she was also involved in theater during college, working as an assistant stage manager and even trying her hand at acting in a single show.
Jessie learned to read later than most, but her sudden ability coincided with the release of the first Harry Potter book in 1998, and an obsession was born. Aside from Harry Potter, she also learned to love comic books, with a particular affinity for superheroes. Other than young adult fiction, Jessie also writes plays in her free time. We Are Savages is her debut novel.
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Teaser/except: 

Tiptoeing, as only children seem capable of doing, Tris placed the collection of dolls, accessories, and magazines at the threshold of her parents’ room at the other end of the hall. She couldn’t face them, but she would leave her mark. To further emphasize the statement she intended the pile to make, Tris pulled off her name bracelet, a gift from her mother a long time before Tris would have any memory of being given it, and placed it atop the pile. Perhaps if her mother returned it to whatever store she’d bought it from, she could then use that money to pay for the light in the hallway she so desperately wanted repaired.
Mars neither barked nor begged as the pair made their well-practiced way down the stairs. The hallway was once again empty and free of glass. Nighttime excursions were no novelty where Tris and Mars were concerned. Spies work better in the dark, and, if you set the volume right, you can watch whatever you like on TV. It was the front door that the pair had never needed to work with before, and Tris struggled to find the right key on her father’s ring. But Mr. Simon only had so many keys, and eventually the door had to click.
Tris let Mars out first and followed without so much as a second glance at the hallway behind her. The door snapped shut. It didn’t sound loud or disturbing, but resolute and final. The air outside was still as death, and silent as it too. The rain hovered above, unable at this late hour to free itself once more. There was not a star in sight. The ground remained slick underfoot as Tris and Mars headed together toward the end of the driveway, Mars stopping every few paces to make sure Tris was still behind him.
The neighborhood was dark, as any obedient suburban street should be at such an hour. There wasn’t a lighted window or car in sight. It was only by the streetlight that Tris could be sure to step on every crack in the sidewalk as she went along. Every good memory Tris possessed seemed to have taken place within five miles of her home address. Her first day of school, bike riding, learning to swim, birthday parties, finding Mars—everything existed in the bubble that was five miles around. Outside of that bubble lurked Mr. Simon’s bank, Mrs. Simon’s lunches, the doctor’s office, and the department store. Tris could tell the bubble was slowly beginning to burst, and she was prepared to move both herself and Mars out of its path.
Tris turned onto the main road leading toward her school, continuing to stretch for each sidewalk break. Mars seemed to be stretching for every puddle. Tris could feel the tops of her socks slowly soaking through to her skin. The splash of the puddles and the click of Tris’s sneakers created a comforting rhythm among the dead night air, so it was a few moments before Tris heard the trickling of water clearly.
Spotlighted in the streetlight ahead was a large drainage grate that sparkled and gurgled through its round, covered mouth. Mars trotted ahead to take a sniff. His fur seemed to glow in the spotlight and the watery mist that hung in the air. Tris stood mesmerized by the great breaks in the lid, opening purposefully into the gutter below. She began to skip toward her target.
“Don’t step on a crack or you’ll break your mother’s—”
Tris pounced for ultimate effect and felt the ground disappear. There was nothing but air around her feet, no solid substance of any kind. The grate had given way beneath her, seeming to swallow the street and the lamppost with it ...

Unresisting by Shane Morgan

Release date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Createspace (Independent)


Synopsis:
Seventeen year old Natasha Johnson is having a rough year. Her twin brother, Sean, died last summer after a car crash, and her parents decided to pack up and leave the only home she’d known all her life. It's a lot to take in, and Nat has decidedly given up on the world, until moving to Stetson Valley and meeting high school ‘outcast’, Chace Owens.
Chace's dark and mysterious aura is not exactly seen as 'normal', but Nat already knows that not a lot of things are of the norm when it comes to her life. She soon finds herself unable to resist Chace's strange pull on her heart, unleashing a sudden attraction to the unnatural forces that have always been burning within her. But with uncovering her true self brings forth great danger, as Nat learns that her brother's death had a lot more to do with the side she's unable to resist.
Can Natasha calm the blazing flames and withstand the threat of danger, or will this new found power destroy her?

And now for the cover reveal:


Didn't I ever tell you that I have a thing for red-headed girls. Trust me, I'm not gay, I'm just so in love with fiery hair LOL!

This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic.

This week’s cover characteristic: Forest/Woods
5. Sleepless by Cyn Balog
I like the simplicity and the contrast of the cover. :)
4. Spy Glass (Glass #3) by Maria V. Snyder
Is that a bladed sai? Gimme gimme gimme.

3. The Luxe (Luxe #1) by Anna Godbersen
I think you have to sleep with the devil in order to get that dress.
2. Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls #3) by C.C. Hunter
Born at Midnight was a trainwreck for me so I won't go any closer to ANY of the books in this series but my oh my, every book in this series has an awesome cover.

1. Wisdom (My Blood Approves #4) by Amanda Hocking
I haven't read any books by Amanda Hocking but I do notice that they always have great cover except Wake #3 (Can't remember the title).

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. Its aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.

It's been a quiet week on QWERTY. However, I managed to grab a bucketload of Kindle and Smashwords freebies. So it's not too bad. :)

Review Copies
1. Gravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West
2. Reflection (Reflection #1) by Jessica Roberts
3. Ember (Death Collectors #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Freebies

1. A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series) by Penelope King
2. The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse #1) by J.A. Templeton
3. Guardian of the Moon Pendant (Highland Secrets) by Laura J. Williams
4. Madly (Madly #1) by M. Leighton
5. Ordained (The Immortal Archives #1) by Devon Ashley
6. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides #1) by Jody Gehrman


What books did you get this week? Link me up!
And don't forget I'm still running this giveaway

Ehem...it's one of those weeks again; so many exciting cover reveals to choose from! But here're my personal favourites;

5. Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder
Hunted, Killed—Survived?
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avery of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avery is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Though she should be in hiding, Avery will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.
War is coming and Avery is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.
I've meaning to read Poison Study by the same author since forever. I hope to do so by the end of this year. :/

4. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood 

A gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series!
Everybody thinks Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe--not even from each other.
Ah, I still prefer the default cover but this one is gorgeous as well.



3. The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray 

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when seventeen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die.
This is what I'm talking about! Awesome cover + awesome blurb.


The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa 

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
It pains me to say this but yes I haven't finished with The Iron Fey series so, it may take a while before I'm able to enjoy Ethan's story.


1. The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clarke 

No official blurb yet.
Yes, the cover isn't official yet. And yes, I may be biased because I'M FLIPPING IN LOVE WITH THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE. Hehe. Ah, yes, I already pre-ordered this. :) 

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