In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
A Note From Amy
I nabbed this beauty, plus 6 others, from my public library. After talking to a few blogger friends on Twitter, I decided to read this book first. You know that I’m a horror lover, so it should be a surprise that although I’m not very far into the story, I’m hooked. Megan Shepherd has a clever way with words that grabs the reader immediately. My eyes are on the next book in the series, too!
My blog began as a way to post reviews.
And review I did. I even received requests in my inbox that I accepted.
Until I turned my focus onto my own writing. Then my review became nonexistent here. Part of the reason for this is that I began to say ‘no’ to requests. First of all, I stopped reviewing eARCs. I am TOTALLY a book person. Actually, I gave my Nook to my daughter. I hate it!
I usually don’t post personal things about myself, but I have a weird eye condition which has gotten progressively worse over the past few months. No worries, I have surgery scheduled for April 2nd to fix my eyelids. I had the very same surgery 10 years ago, so I’m confident all will be good. This is the main reason I don’t read digital ARCs. I do enough on my computer and this type of reading strains my eyes.
Moving on…I decided to only accept requests that interested me as a reader. I mean absolutely and truly made me salivate at the thought of devouring the text.
Now this put me into a bad spot, because I honestly LOVE helping authors promote their books. So, instead of reviewing I’ve been posting a lot of cover reveals and touring info. This way, I can not only help other writers get the word out about their books, but also focus on my writing.
You’ll see a few reviews coming in the near future. These are stories I was DYING to read and the authors allowed me to get my grabby hands on their ARCs.
I’m busier than ever, what with reading and critiquing CP stories–4 to be exact–and all. But I love keeping this blog. But I know that sometimes I have to say that dreaded ‘no’ so I don’t overextend myself. And my blog continues to grow as a place to talk about not only my reading, but also writing.
Any other bloggers out there feeling the same thing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Series: Otherborn, #2
Author: Anna Silver
Release Date: February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback, ebook
Subgenres: dystopian, science fiction
London and her friends are fugitives in a reprocessed world where anything New is illegal. But as Otherborn, they’re different. They can dream and create, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. After fleeing Capital City with an assassin on their heels, the Otherborn found nothing went according to plan. Now, they are down by two and on the run in the Outroads, but the Tycoons keep mysteriously gaining on them. And seven months later, London is no closer to her promise to go back for Rye, if there is anything left to go back for. But Zen is teaching London that there may be more to her heart than the pieces she left behind, and London can’t help but feel guilty about not looking back since they fled New Eden. Should she hold on to hope that Rye is more than just a memory, or embrace a new life and love with Zen?
In their race to outrun their enemies, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: they can only run for so long. Eventually, they’ll have to face what waits when the road runs out. Eventually, their fates will catch up to them.
Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She’s freelanced for private clients and small publications like the Hill Country Current. OTHERBORN, her first published novel, has been featured on 2 of Amazon’s “Bestsellers” lists. She is represented by Rebecca Podos and Nicole LaBombard of Rees Literary Agency.
“What’s her world like?” he asked, suddenly serious.
“Si’dah’s?” London didn’t like where this was going. It was a conversation just like this one that had led to her and Rye’s first kiss.
“No, the Queen of Old-England’s.” Zen cut his eyes at her. “Of course, Si’dah’s.”
A year ago, this subject was taboo. But by now, they’d all had long looks at one another’s Others. There weren’t many nights that went by that didn’t find them in the Astral, training with Hantu-Degan and puzzling over how they could overpower the Tycoons. It was a slow, halting process. They hadn’t made much progress, not nearly as much as they needed in order to face the Tycoons. After Avery’s defection was made public Astral knowledge, they’d decided against meeting with the rest of the Circle again. Instead of visiting the safe and sacred space of the grove, Hantu was training them alone in the abandoned meadows and misty Astral plains. But Hantu was limited himself. There were a few well-placed holes in his own memory and being trapped there made him only half the teacher they needed. Everything was grand in the Astral. They felt infinite and strong, but as soon as they woke up here, the reality slipped and they were just a bunch of human kids with little to no control. Pulling the Astral into this world was proving harder than they ever thought.
London took a deep, conceding breath. She was trying to keep Zen stable after the shock he’d faced that morning. And she had nothing to hide. Not anymore. “It was beautiful. Verdant,” London told him.
“Green,” he said dreamily.
“Like the Outroads?”
“Different,” she said. “Thicker. Wetter. More vivid. There was no distinction. No walls anywhere. We had our territory, but really, the whole place—it was our home.”
Zen rolled to his side and propped his head on an elbow, facing her. “What else?”
“There were no wars.”
“There are no wars now,” he said. “No one to fight when the Tycoons own everything.”
“There was no ‘own’,” London told him. “We didn’t have concepts like that. Mine. Yours. Everything was shared. Everything was ours.”
“Sounds perfect,” he said with a sigh.
“Not at all. But it was a heap better than this mess.” She shrugged.
“Were they all like Si’dah?” he asked her.
“No. Only a Si’dah can travel. Only those born with the black eyes.”
“You mean, there’s more than one Si’dah?” Zen sat up.
London tugged a curl. “It’s a title, not a name. It means Traveler. Every clan or tribe, whatever you want to call it, had their own. Always born among the females.”
“So what was your real name then, when you were there, before you became the Si’dah for your tribe?”
Uh-oh. Now this was encroaching on forbidden territory. London had never told anyone her name before she became known simply as Si’dah. Not even Rye. She remembered, in her world before this one, that Si’dah had been expected to give that name and identity up completely once she took her mentor’s place as Traveler. Even here, in this new body, among this new world, she felt like she was breaking a rule.
“You don’t have to tell me,” Zen said, shrinking back. His eyes went soft as pussy willow catkins and his shoulders rounded.
London shook her head. She had never been one to follow rules, not here anyway. Si’dah would just have to understand. “Anya,” she said quietly and the world didn’t stop spinning and the sky didn’t break open. She looked at Zen and exhaled, a smile brightening her face. “My name was Anya.”
“Beautiful,” he whispered. “Like you.”
Astral Tide Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20572253-astral-tide
Astral Tide book trailer on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbehpsKV4zA
Astral Tide excerpt on my website: http://www.annasilverauthor.com/astraltide.html#excerpt
Astral Tide paperback listing on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/149599919X
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“You can expect wicked action and emotionally engaging characters in this deeply satisfying read. Anna Silver has limitless potential and this spellbinding sequel is proof. From her breakthrough style to her genuine characters you can’t help but fall in love with ‘Astral Tide’.” –Emma Micheals, Author of the SOCIETY OF FEATHERS series
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Happy Tuesday everyone!
I have something special for you today…Heather Marie’s cover reveal. For those of you who don’t know her, follow her on Twitter @HeatherMarieYA.
I have been keeping a secret.
I’ve read THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME! My review is below, but first–here’s the cover:)
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.
With the threat of the Dark Priest’s resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest’s curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.
As Heather Marie’s debut, there is no doubt that we have another great YA story teller on our hands.
In GATEWAY, It’s normal for Aiden to see the dead. In fact, he lives to help the Bleeders cross over. There is no question in his mind that he’s doing the right thing, until he find out there’s more to him than he ever knew. He has two best friends, Trevor and Evan, and even they question Aiden’s sanity a few times, but it’s their loyalty/faith that helps to keep him together. Not to mention they’re always there to help him once he passes out from the effort of passing over a Bleeder.
The twist that come after this, one I won’t share with you, is amazing. Just when I thought the plot would be wrapped up tightly into a nice little ball, Heather threw me a curve ball. One that kept me guessing until the very end. And at the end I wanted my hands on the next book!
THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME is a fantastic read for those who enjoyed: CROAK by Gina Dimico or SUPERNATURAL.