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Review of WitchHunt

30 Nov 2013
This is book 4 in a series, you can read my review for book 1 here - http://bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/review-of-witchblood.html

WitchHunt by Emma Mills



Synopsis

As the Christmas season is ripped apart by the news that Jess’ old friend Alex has been turned into a vicious killer, festivities are dropped, Jess returns to England and the hunt begins.

But Alex isn’t the only one being hunted, for Mary has found a way to extinguish the entire bloodline of Malden witches, and it is Jess’s book of shadows that’s the key.

As things hot up, Jess finds she must leave Daniel and the safety of Manchester in a final hunt for her nemesis, Mary. In a fight-off that only one of them can survive, loved ones will fall… daemons will rise… but who will survive?

Review

It is always hard to say farewell to a beloved series. It often also hard to read the final book because of the worry that you won’t like the ending and it won’t do the series justice. You don’t need to have those worries with WitchHunt.

The ending is very satisfying and ties up all the loose ends from the previous books into a perfect little bow. It is a shame to say goodbye to these characters and this world but the book does end in a way that means it could possibly be revisited in the future if the author chooses to write more books. (Fans can cross their fingers and hope.) Personally I would love a book or two about Britt and what she gets up to next. That girl obviously can’t stay out of trouble!
My only slight disappointment is how things ended with Alex. Not only was it not what most people would have liked but it felt really rushed and I simply wanted more.

Overall this is a great end to a fantastic series and if you haven’t yet read Witchblood then I highly recommend you do!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

About the Author


Emma is one of the new wave of successful indie authors. Her first YA novel, ‘Witchblood’, has been nominated for the CYBILS (Children & Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards) and has also been in the Top Ten Kindle Download Charts for its genre. Since January 2012 she has gone on to publish ‘WitchCraft’ and ‘WitchLove’ which have respectively hit the top ten charts and have sold 20,000 copies in their first year. She is currently relocating her family from Manchester to Somerset, and is a stay-at-home mum to her two children. WitchHunt is the fourth and final book in the series.

Feature Friday - Interview with Karli Perrin

29 Nov 2013
Feature Friday is a new item on Bookish Treasures. Every Friday I will be featuring an author through either an interview or a guest post. If you are interested in taking part please send me an email.

This week I am featuring British New Adult author Karli Perrin. Karli has a Christmas novella releasing in a couple of days and is also releasing the highly anticipated sequel for her debut novel April Showers next month.

April Showers by Karli Perrin



Synopsis

What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions?

April Adams is about to find out the hard way.

When April enrolls at Manchester University, it feels like a whole new life. New city, new house, new friends...new crush.

Isaac Sharpe is the hottest guy on campus - with an even hotter reputation. After a chance meeting, April quickly finds herself wrapped up in all that he is. But what if all that he is isn't what it seems?

Caught up in a battle between what she wants and what she thinks she needs, April meets Lukas Roberts. Lukas is the security blanket that she craves so desperately and she finds solace in their friendship. But what happens when she finds more than she bargained for?

April has always been a big believer of fate, but will she learn that she's in control of her own destiny before it's too late?

Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.


Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

My review - http://www.bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/blogaversary-celebrations-april-showers.html

Interview with Karli Perrin


Why did you decide to become an author?

I have always loved reading and writing but it wasn't until last Christmas that I finally gave writing the time and attention it deserved. It was the best decision I have ever made.

How do you balance writing with other things in your life?
It's really difficult. Even when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. I've always worked full time as well as writing which is really hard. I try to write whenever I can without ignoring my family too much!

What is your favourite thing about being an author?
Talking to my readers. I can't even explain how happy it makes me to talk to people about the characters that I have created.

What are your favourite books?
 I love reading New Adult as well as writing it. Some of my favourites are Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Slammed and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I'm also a huge fan of Divergent, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter!

Are there any books/authors that inspired you to write?
I have always been a huge book nerd so I would say that every author has inspired me. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and think that J.K.Rowling is a genius!

Describe your book in one sentence 
A rollercoaster ride of love and loss.

Where did you get the idea for your books? Did anything inspire you to write them?
The Gift - I wanted to write a fun, flirty, festive short story which was fast paced and packed full of emotion. I got the idea for April Showers when I was working in a school - it made me think back to my time as a student and I thought it would be fun to write a story where my MC was starting University. I wanted to explore April's new environments, new friends and new crushes ;)

What made you decide to write a New Adult romance novels?
I am a huge fan of NA and believe that my style of writing fits in perfectly - it's fun and edgy.

What would you say makes your book unique and worth reading?
It's fast paced and has lots of plot twists. I love reading reviews where people have been surprised by the plot!

Is there any specific message you wanted to convey in the book?
The Gift - I wanted to convey the message that life is the greatest gift of all. We should try not to take things for granted and just live life to the fullest.  April Showers - I didn't write the book with a message in mind but I think that 'no rain, no rainbow' is conveyed throughout the story. Life isn't always going to be easy and sometimes you have to go through tough times before you can find happiness. 

What are your plans for future books?
The Gift and April Fools are releasing in December and then I have a couple of NA standalones which I'm going to work on.

Do you have any hobbies and Interests unrelated to books?
Is twitter a hobby? ;)

Would you ever consider putting these into any of your books?
Twitter? Absolutely, haha.

FUN STUFF

If you could meet any one author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
J.K.Rowling. I would be a total fan girl! I recently met Colleen Hoover and Samantha Young which was awesome.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
I met Anthony Horowitz when I was 13 - he read a chapter from one of his novels and had a signing afterwards. 

What is your favourite food?
Pizza, I would eat it every day if I could.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?
I climbed Mount Snowdon last year!

If you could be any supernatural creature which would you choose?
A vampire. Everybody says that I look like Kristen Stewart so I'm half way there!

About the Author


Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and was inspired to write her own - April Showers.
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She truly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.

...Hogwarts is plan B.

Review of Remy (with Ipad and autographed paperback giveaway!)

28 Nov 2013

This review is for book 3 in a series. Check out my review for REAL here and my review of MINE here. You can also check out an incredible excerpt from REMY on my blog here.


Synopsis

In REAL and MINE, Brooke introduced you to Remington Tate. Now witness their story through his eyes.
 
Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.
Review

Yet another amazing book by Katy Evans! At last we got to see inside the mind of the incredibly sexy, possessive and protective Remy. This book starts at Brooke and Remy’s wedding and is mainly Remy reminiscing on how they met and everything they have gone through up until that point. It is mainly a shortened retelling of REAL and MINE but has several never seen before moments.

I think I love Remy even more after having seen his thoughts, feelings and his internal reasoning about his actions. All this makes the previous books even stronger and it also makes it easier to say goodbye to these characters. This book completed the characters story so perfectly and was like a final farewell.

REMY is novella length making it a quick and sexy (very sexy!) read. This book has the same sexual chemistry and passion as the first two but everything seems even more intense through Remy’s eyes. Katy Evans did a great job at capturing his essence, wild and animalistic who also feels emotions very strongly.
I DON’T recommend reading this book unless you have first read REAL and MINE. Whilst this book is mainly REAL and MINE from Remy’s pov it misses out several things (presumably as it is assumed that people have read books 1 and 2 first) so you will probably get confused. You also won’t get the full experience that you would if you read all the books in order.

I loved this book, I love this series and I can’t wait to see what Katy Evans will bring next. I recommend this book to fans of the first two and if you haven’t read Real yet then you must!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*


Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK 
Laura 

Giveaway

 
To celebrate the release of this amazing book enter the tour wide giveaway to win one of many signed paperbacks of Mine or an ipad mini!
 

Review of Dangerous Depths (With Giveaway)

26 Nov 2013

This is book 2 in a series. To see my (really old - do not judge me!) review for book 1 go here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/304243944

Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper



Synopsis

Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Yara wants to bask in the glow of her budding relationship with Treygan and explore Medusa’s world, but as the new leader of Rathe her powers are needed to save a sea creature she’s never met.

Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home to be reunited with his wife, Vienna, only to discover she’s gone. She travelled to the evil realm of Harte to find another gateway to Earth and was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he would go through hell to be with her, and now he must prove it.

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan will put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of all. Love is supposed to conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.


Review

This really was a beautiful book. Karen Amanda Hooper is an incredible author so I had very high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint. I loved that this book didn’t simply drag Yara and Treygan through unnecessary relationship drama just to add a second book. In fact I liked that whilst they were both very important and crucial characters in this book, the focus of the storyline revolved around Rownan.

Dangerous Depths was a great follow up to Tangled Tides that brilliantly expanded on the world created in book 1. We got to see the characters we loved in the first book as well as be introduced to several new equally amazing ones. All of characters that Karen writes just have this very special quality that makes you want to read about them all day.
Again I am in love with how unique this book was. Whenever I read one of Karen’s books they are always a complete breath of fresh air and I love that. Dangerous Depths brings together different types of mythology and paranormal creatures as well as the authors own imagination to create something very individual.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of YA novels especially those who want to read something new, fresh and exciting.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*

Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

About the Author


Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.


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Giveaway


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Review of WitchLove

25 Nov 2013
This review is for book 3 in a series. You can find my review for book 1 here - http://bookishtreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/review-of-witchblood.html


Synopsis

With the reappearance of a lost love, Jess flees to the only people who can help her control her increasing powers and gain independence – her family’s coven.

But with a bruised heart can Jess learn to forgive or will she find new love in the United States?

Witchlove, the third installment of the Witchblood series, is a new adventure that takes Jess from New England to Voodoo country in the South.

Review

This review may contain minor spoilers for book 1 and book 2 as well as some spoilers for the very start of book 3 (sorry but it is impossible to review the book otherwise due to a huge twist at the start. I don’t say what happens but you will be able to guess simply from the characters I mention etc. To be honest you will probably guess it from the book’s synopsis anyway.)

I have loved this British UK/NA vampire series since first reading WitchBlood and WitchCraft was equally fantastic. The ending of book 2 left me very anxious to read WitchLove as several big events occurred that would obviously greatly affect the series and I wasn’t sure if I would love or hate the direction things seemed they would take.
Daniel has always been my favourite character in this series so I didn’t love this book was quite as good as the others due to thing concerning him. I don’t ever want to start loving the hero less; luckily I felt that he redeemed himself later in the book.

Despite missing some of my favourite characters I enjoyed the fact that Jess was away from them all in America for most of the book facing new challenges. Also despite partially wanting more of Daniel, I liked that this book focused more on Jess discovering who she truly was without his presence or their blood bond getting in the way.
Britt proves herself to be a kick-ass character in this book and to also have a huge heart even though it wouldn’t have seemed that way when we first met her in book 2. This book also redeemed a few other characters who had less than dazzling starts and introduced a few more great ones such as Noah.

Overall I thought this was a great continuation to the series and I have very high hopes for the fourth book WitchHunt which I believe is the final one in this series.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*
 
Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK

Laura

Stacking the Shelves / Showcase Sunday #39

24 Nov 2013
Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky @Books, Biscuits, and Tea and Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and they both give bloggers the opportunity to share the books they have received in the past week.

Ok so due to be so busy over the past few weeks this Stacking the Shelves post covers the last 3 weeks. As usual if you click on the book cover you will be linked to Amazon. (Recently a few people have commented that they cant see the images in these posts. I think it is due to the fact that these images are Amazon links. I am trying to find a way to fix this without returning to the formatting problems I used to have, for now I will comment the titles)
 
Review

I have lots of wonderful books this week. I have already read (and loved!) Forever Jack and I can't wait to start on some of these others. Quite a few of these books are ones accepted for review here on Bookish Treasures that will likely me read by Katie rather than me. However I think they all look fantastic! Several of these are also arcs of books that are releasing very soon so you should keep your eyes out!

Ebooks

The Fine Line
At Any Price
 
Forever, Jack
Slide
The Fine Line, At Any Price, Tease, Dare To Breathe, Tethered, Forever Jack and Slide. I also received The Book of Shade by K.C.Finn and Triton by Dan Rix.
 
NetGalley
 
 Due to the current trend of publishers sending e-arcs for tours etc. from NetGalley instead of directly, I got several books from NetGalley despite only having requested one. I also got Elect (the one I requested) which is the sequel to Elite which I enjoyed.
 
 
 
 Elect, Remy, Autumn Rose, Positively Mine, Pride's Run and Until We End.
 
Freebies
 
I got a couple of nice looking amazon freebies this week. I think a few of these are still free too :)
 


Frostbite, Sexy Berkeley, Wall of Doom, The Nightlife Paris, Meeting Trouble, All My Life and Dark Wine And Dark Blood.

Bought

I also bought a few books over the past 3 weeks though not many as I managed to restrain myself quite well (mainly because I am running out of my student loan and wont get any more money until January :P)
 
Ebooks
 


Crushing Summer, Wish I May and Epilogue.
 
Paperbacks
 


The Fiery Heart.
 
So what do you think? Have you read or want to read any of these books? Feel free to link to your own Stacking the Shelves or similar post in the comments.