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    Fractured

    Fractured (Slated, #2) by Teri Terry How do you know where to go when you don’t remember where you came from? Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. Or so she thought. Kyla shouldn’t be able to remember anything. But she can – and she’s beginning to realise that there are a lot of dark secrets locked away in her memories. When a mysterious man from her past comes back into her life, she thinks she’s on her way to finding the truth. But the more she learns about her history, the more confusing her future becomes… (goodreads.com) I am at the point where I wish I could just update this blog telepathically. I compose numerous blog posts in my head as I am falling asleep – both about the books I have read and just random posts I should be posting on Beyond Elsewhere. Alas, I am just not around the computer as I am snuggling down into my pillow and drifting off to nightmare land (I don’t dream. I epically night terror.) Reading, blogging and many other things are just tiny parts of my life right now. I can’t seem to find enough time in the day for everything I want to do. I need to quit my job and become independently wealthy and that might help with my time management issues. 😉 SO… Fractured is the sequel to Slated (which I adored). It’s out in the UK now but not in North…

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    House Rules

    House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7) by Chloe Neill In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps. At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before. It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined. (goodreads.com) You know what I am going to start with? I’m going to start with the cover. I mean, look at this cover. You might not notice much by just looking at the tiny image on my blog, but in real life this cover is just abysmal. The photo of the cover model is so horrible, it’s like someone made an Awkward Photo mock up cover as a joke and it accidentally got printed. The entire photo is just completely lacklustre. I know the UK covers for this series are sort of cheesy, what with the glowing cover model, but I kind of like them. This one is just so bland and embarrassing. Nothing about this photo…

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    Biting Cold

    Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6) by Chloe Neill Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on. (goodreads.com) After the whirlwind that was Hard Bitten  I was really excited to get my hands on Bitter Cold and I had pre-ordered it months ago. Yet… I found I was underwhelmed by this sixth book. A ton of stuff happened, yes, but for some reason it just didn’t click with me like the other books have. I found it sort of boring. I am totally distraught by this realization though because the stuff that went on in the book was so far from boring! Maybe I just wasn’t in the right head space for the book? Of course I seem to be on a constant up and down with this series, I will adore one book and find the next one all meh. Maybe I’m…

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    Code Name Verity

    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do. That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again. He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team. (goodreads.com) It might seem rather odd for me to jump from All Things Fantasy into historical fiction about World War II, but I did. Another odd thing is that I even bought this book and wanted to read it. It’s very much not my regular cup of tea, but as I read reviews around the Internet and as my interest in reading war-time historical fiction has increased in the last year (no idea why), I knew this was one book I didn’t want to miss. And HO-LEE COW was this an amazing story. It was gripping, heart-wrenching, breath-catching,…

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    Legacy

    Legacy (Wintercraft, #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw The veil which marks the division between life and death is falling. Lost souls are seeping through to roam Albion’s graveyard city of Fume. Kate Winters’ recent memory is lost. Relieved to be heading home to Albion, Kate can’t shake the feeling that Dalliah Grey, the woman she’s supposed to be working for, is not to be trusted. Disgraced warrior Silas Dane plans to rescue Kate and save Albion from the advancing armies seeking to profit from the confusion. But the veil will not be easy to repair and Silas knows sacrifices have to be made. Kate must return to the dark secrets detailed by her ancestors in the ancient book of WINTERCRAFT and learn from their mistakes to save herself. (goodreads.com) So, true story, I had just finished watching season one of Game of Thrones and it’s going to be a very long time before season two is available on DVD and I might be going through some serious withdrawal, and seem to always be talking to my dogs and husband in a really bad British accent, because after watching 10 episodes of GoT I only want to talk with a British accent. ANYHOW because of this, my brain is all obsessed with GoT and all it’s awkward, graphic, BOOBIES, fantasy porn world with swords and horses (I SO want to star on a show where I get to ride horses all the time. I do NOT want to be a show where I…

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    Poison Heart

    Poison Heart S. B. Hayes An idle glance through the window of a bus changes everything for Katy Rivers. A mysterious girl, with luminous green eyes, stares back and from that moment on she haunts Katy and appears to know her every move, even what she is thinking. What is the strange connection between them? And what is the power of the emerald pendant which the girl bestows on her? ‘I’m everything you’re not and I’m going to take over your life… I’m your worst nightmare.’ These chilling words mean that Katy is gradually backed into a corner, alienated from everyone she holds dear, even her own mother. Only her best friend Luke, keeps faith and together they must find a way to defeat the girl who is determined that she will be with Katy…even until death. (goodreads.com) I need to learn that just because I see a pretty UK edition of a book that I shouldn’t always trust that the story will be epic. =P The summary for Poison Heart sounded so promising and just look at that cover! The book is even more beautiful in person, I tell you. Sadly, the execution of the story just didn’t live up to my hopes. I have been trying to figure out how to write about what I didn’t like without sounding too negative because in the end, the story kept me interested until the end. My problems were mostly with the dialogue which always seemed awkward and forced. The characters spoke…

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    A Witch in Winter

    A Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy, #1) by Ruth Warburton Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that’s controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain. (goodreads.com) Hmm. I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. First thing I did was try to throw off my jaded view of paranormal literature these days and try to enjoy the story as I would have at 14 when I was head-0ver-heels in love with LJ Smith’s Secret Circle series. Once I did that, I had a little less trouble with the story. The concept of moving to a small town, leaving your life behind and not knowing who one of your parents are isn’t really original, but I will say that A Witch in Winter doesn’t do too shabbily at trying to make this concept its own. There was a very fine line between instalove and not really instalove that I found tricky.…