Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blog Tour: Inspire by Cora Carmack Review

Hi Everyone!!

I am so happy to be a part of the Inspire by Cora Carmack blog tour because I am a huge fan of Cora!!

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

 
Title: Inspire
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: InkSlinger PR

Review
It is absolutely no secret that Cora Carmack is one of my go to authors. There seriously hasn’t been a book of hers that I have read that I haven’t enjoyed. So naturally when I first saw the description for Inspire I was completely enthralled by the idea of a different type of genre by the always-lovely Cora Carmack!
Whenever I hear or see the word Muse my mind immediately goes to the Muses from Hercules (yes I am a Disney lover) however I never stopped to think about what type of life they must live. Reading through Kalliope’s eyes as a Muse opened my own to the fact that being all mystical and mythological might not be all it’s cracked up to be.  There is a distinct line between Kalli opening up some one up to their full potential and bringing them to the point of madness. This is the struggle she has to face every day of her life, thus her need to move from place to place-and it doesn’t help that Kalli never ages. All throughout this novel Kalli tries to do best by everyone in her life, however she doesn’t count on a certain sexy guy entering her life.

Wilder. What can I say about Wilder other than damn that man is sexy? He is well and truly one of the good guys who I would definitely want in my life.  I absolutely love how we get to read from Wilder’s point of view, he is definitely a welcome addition to the story.  I can say that I think I felt more connected to Wilder then any another character within this book.

The connection between Kalli and Wilder was hot. I thought their scenes just sizzled of the page, and they just worked together so well. All their scenes were intense and sweet and just amazing.

The plot, whilst a bit slow at the start is fast paced and there was no point in the book where I wanted to put it down. I was anxious to turn to the next page every step of the way. Inspire isn’t like any other New Adult book I have read and is a welcome addition to the whole genre. I love the idea of different Muses throughout the world creating and enabling different aspects of life, not just creativity.

That ending though. I wanted to SCREAM at my tablet. I had tears in my eyes and was just like “no, no this cannot be happening” whilst I was reading the final pages! I have to say-be prepared when reading this novel!
Author Cora Carmack has wowed me with her wonderful new book Inspire. It is definitely up there with Losing It as my favourite book written by this amazing author. I can’t wait to see what she brings with Inflict releasing in 2015.

I am extremely happy to give Inspire 5 out of 5 stars!

*Thank you InkSlinger PR for the review copy in exchange for my honest review*

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About Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Buddy Read: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Chapters 10-21

Hi Everyone!



Joy from Thoughts by J and I are still buddy reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I have to say I am enjoying how the book is progressing! Here are the discussion questions from Joy from chapters 10-21.

Do you think Cath has grown as a character in these next 10 chapters?

I think Cath has grown and matured. Probably not as much as I would have hoped since I’m still finding it hard to really connect with her but I have seen some differences which give me hope! I would still like to see Cath open up a bit more rather than try to shut everyone and everything out then have the outbursts of anger.

What do you think of Levi after what happened at the party?    

Hmm this is a hard one because I really like Levi’s character but I thought what he did was horrible. However I don’t hate him, I just don’t love him as much as I did in the beginning. But I do still think that Levi and Cath are a great match. He aids in bringing down a lot of the walls she has built around herself, so I believe that they could help each other in a lot of ways.

What did you think of Cath being given a second chance at her fiction-writing class?

I think it is very lucky of her to get this second chance, but I don’t know how it’s going to play out yet because it doesn’t look like Cath wants this second chance at all (which is a bit disheartening because I believe a lot of people would like a second chance like this). I do hope Cath uses this chance properly though!

Make sure you check out Joy's answers to my discussion questions! 

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Buddy Read: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hi Everyone!

Today I teamed up with the fantastic Joy from Thoughts by J to buddy read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!



I've had all of Rainbow Rowell's books on by TBR list for AGES now and just hadn't picked any of them up yet but then I borrowed Fangirl and Eleanor and Park from my library and it seemed like the perfect time to start one of the books. Joy asked if I wanted to buddy read. Of course I said yes! We have read chapters 1-10 and have asked each others questions.


These are the questions Joy asked me: 

What are your thoughts on Wren and Cath's sister dynamic?

To be completely honest I don't really like their dynamic. Even though they are twin sisters I feel that Cath is too dependent on Wren, which is evidently shown when it comes to interacting with other people. And in return I feel as though Wren takes Cath for granted and doesn't understand how her leaving Cath  for what seems like the first time would affect her negatively.

Do you fault Wren from wanting to be more independent?
I don't fault Wren for wanting to be more independent however the way she went about separating herself from her sister seemed really abrupt. I felt like Wren didn't want anything to do with Cath unless it was the bare minimum while she 'finds herself'. I am all for being independent but if you are that attached to someone to begin with (and I'm 99% sure Wren knew how distraught Cath would be feeling) then there should have been a better way to ease each other out of that type of relationships. 

I am really enjoying Fangirl at the moment so YAY!! (p.s. I want a Levi for myself!)

Check out Joy's post with answers to the questions I asked her!


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Firebird Event: Wrap Up Post + Winners!

Hi Everyone

Well we have now officially finished the Firebird Event!!


I have had such a blast bringing you all posts which I hope helped you to see why you should pick up A Thousand Pieces of You.

I did have a few hiccups with the Spotlight posts however in the end everything worked well!

I have for you the three winners of the awesome giveaway sponsored by HarperCollins Australia (Between the Covers).
Alana
Kelly
Tracey
I shall email you all soon and pass along your details to have your books posted out as soon as possible.

A big thank you to Claudia Gray for an awesome book and for answering my questions.

Another big thank you to everyone who participated and enjoyed these posts. I hope to do this again some time (maybe for Firebird book #2!).

Also a  huge thank you to the Between the Covers team who were very encouraging and sponsored the giveaway and also got my interview questions to Claudia Gray herself!

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Check out my review for A Thousand Pieces of You on Saturday!

*updated: One winner owns a copy already so I chose another winner*

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Firebird Event: Reader Reactions

Hi Everyone!


Today I have for you a few reader reactions for A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray!

So I had been on the edge of my seat eager to read A Thousand Pieces of You from the second I saw the amazing cover (which may sound a bit shallow but can you blame me? I mean LOOK AT THE PRETTY)

However I was so surprised at how much I LOVED this book. My first reaction when I finished was:

I need a higher rating than 5 stars because A Thousand Pieces of You is PHENOMENAL! I am in awe of this book and Claudia Gray. I can't even put into words the amazingness of this book!! This book caused a major book hangover for me!

But I have also seen a few awesome reader reactions out there that I have to share.

Amber from Me, My Shelf and I was tweeting about how much she loved ATPoY

-Thank you Amber for these awesome tweets!

Shaheen from Speculating on Specific also posted a brilliant Early Bird Review and now an awesome full review of this amazing book (http://www.speconspecfic.com/2014/10/20/thousand-pieces-claudia-gray/) 

"The protagonist, Marguerite, is super-awesome. She’s smart and brave and caring. I think readers will love her. She has awesome relationships with her family and friends, and she’s kind of become my hero."

-Thank you Shaheen for your lovely words!

I asked Amanda Diaz (Publicity Manager at HarperCollins Children's Books) for her views on ATPoY

 "From the first chapter of A Thousand Pieces of You, I found myself wondering ‘where have you been my whole reading life?’. It was like the bookish equivalent of true love. This story is a fast-paced, clever cinematic thriller that manages to be intelligent, swoonworthy and action-packed all at once. And it has the best possible cover.  I can’t wait for readers to discover the world of Marguerite Caine."

-Thank you Amanda for sharing your fabulous reader reaction!

Also Author Jennifer Armentrout gave A Thousand Pieces of You 5 stars!

I hope you have all enjoyed these reader reactions! Don't forget to enter the amazing giveaway from HarperCollins Australian (Between The Covers)

(Also there is A Thousand Pieces of You Blog Tour happening right now! Make sure you check it out)

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