Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons

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Alice in Wonderland like you’ve never seen before!

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis:

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

Oh where do I begin on the wonders that is The Collector’s Society?! Hands down this book was one of the most unique adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I have ever read. I’ve loved Alice in Wonderland for years now and have read many variations on the story, so that’s really saying something. It was about so much more than just Alice’s story too. Heather Lyons meshes numerous classical stories and forms The Collector’s Society: a group with very real classic fictional characters/ family members of those classic fictional characters who have banded together in their plight to save all the lives of the characters living within each piece of treasured literature. A little confusing to wrap your mind around huh?

Alice gets pulled right out of her already topsy turvy world and into the world of The Collector’s Society (which is really what we know as the real world/modern age New York) when she is asked to help save Wonderland from total destruction. Though she is hesitant in the beginning, she soon finds herself in deep with the affairs of the society and a certain someone happens to steal her heart along the way. Despite her best efforts to remain aloof and keep her heart guarded, Alice forms a strong bond (and did I mention steamy?) with the beautiful and talented Finn! When a new enemy surfaces, they must work together in saving the lives of her beloved world as well as the worlds of many other stories.

The Collector’s Society pulled me in instantly, the plot was so different and fast paced, I couldn’t put it down! New developments were occurring all over the place, and as Finn and Alice interacted more I was able to see their feelings for one another grow. Finn is the ideal book boyfriend with all the right characteristics: protectiveness, mad weapon skills, and of course gorgeousness (to name a few). Their relationship had everything a good romance needs: the struggle, the banter, the jealously and some riveting  intensity!

Heather Lyons created an endearing yet very dark and vicious Wonderland in this book that was unlike any I had encountered before. Everything about it was intriguing and sparked my interest, I would love to have read more on the land and characters themselves. The politics and overall dynamic of the land were so bizarre and exciting it made the Wonderland part of the book my favorite to experience!

By the time the ending rolled around I was completely enthralled by the content and characters, and though I had expected a bit more bang of an ending, I was still pretty satisfied by the turn of events and most definitely look forward to reading more books in this series! The Collector’s Society ranks on my top list of reads for 2014 for sure! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary tale!

About Heather Lyons:author pic

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

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 Title: Dead New World
Author: Ryan Hill
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Horror
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: October 13, 2014

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Blurb:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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My Review

Dead New World brought about components from old zombie occult information and mixed it with it’s own unique splash of ingenuity. The zombie outbreak has come and gone and is now a common part of everyone’s lives. People are so deranged by their circumstance that they are willing to follow a man who claims that it is “God’s will” that he lead the zombies and man alike into a new world. Not to mention, in Hill’s version of the zombie apocalypse, not everyone who is bit by a zombie completely turns, they remain half dead half human and are able to control the living dead. However, Soldier Stanley Holt’s world is about to get a little stranger and a whole lot deadlier.

Dead New World started immediately with teeth clenching nail biting action that had me so excited to dive in deep into the world of the undead. I’m usually not a big fan of army books, but Hill found a way to make the story all the more riveting by centering it around soldiers and the war scene. So that was new and different all around for me as a reader. Though the content moved fairly quickly throughout the book, I couldn’t help but notice the somewhat repetitive scenes. It seemed like no sooner Holt and Ambrose were out of one hostage situation they were thrown right back in again, but with a new enemy and new zombies.I just wanted a bit more of change at least in the beginning half of the book than the same sort of conflicts.

I loved that the book’s main goal was rescuing the girl Holt loved (even if I didn’t get to experience much of their romance). It was sweet to read how strongly he felt for her and how determined he was to get to her. His love for Nancy is what kept him grounded and I really like to see those sort of things in apocalyptic books. However, by the time their reunion came around, I barely got to enjoy it before something unbelievably horrifying happened that completely shocked me to the core. I had no idea the author would choose to take such risks with the course of events of this book. It truthfully dampened how I felt about the story overall, and I wish it had taken a different turn.

So despite the few disappointing plot developments in Dead New World, I was still kept thoroughly entertained and felt that it was an overall unique new addition to the zombie world.

Author Bio:

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted inauthor an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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Review: I am Forever (What Kills Me #3) by Wynne Channing

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Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

Her choices have brutal consequences and her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

Bestselling author Wynne Channing’s highly-anticipated sequel to What Kills Me is another heart-pounding thrill ride filled with stunning twists, tragic betrayal and bloody action.

My Review

I Am Forever picked up right where What Kills Me left off: Axelia had just narrowly escaped a brutal death when the vampires discovered that she is (according to prophecy) the Divine meaning that if she is so much as scratched, every vampire in existence will be hurt as well. She dies, they all die! Not so high on the hit list now huh?

Now that the vampires, especially the Empress are playing kiss up to Axelia, everything seems peachy, but things are far from it. In fact the goody two-shoe vampires were really pretty annoying to read about, and I wanted to yell at Axelia “are you really gonna buy this crap?” They praised the very ground she walked on, and the only vampire who really seemed to see through their lies was Lucas (thank goodness). Of course, this put quite the strain on their relationship for the majority of the book which was depressing overall. I so badly wanted to see things work out between them, but as Axelia gets forced further into the Monarchy she also becomes further pulled from Lucas.

Though there wasn’t a whole lot of plot movement in book two, Channing still found a way to throw in action right when I needed it! Things got heated once Axelia found the truth behind the deceit the Monarchy was bathed in. Her relationship with Lucas followed suit by taking a turn for the better, which I was oh so pleased about! Those two are adorable, though I will say that I definitely did not get any steamy moments that were much needed after a first book of little to no romantic progression, so that was a little disappointing. The climax of the book though was fantastic! It was just enough action, gore, and suspense to have me craving more. Axelia proved herself to be one badass Divine vampire!

Overall, I enjoyed I Am Forever, and was satisfied with the ending of the book! I am still in the process of discovering if there will be a book three, because there is definitely the potential for more! The sequel didn’t necessarily end with a cliff hanger, but I could see there being more to Axelia’s story.

You can buy I Am Forever on Amazon here!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (fictional or real)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (fictional or real). I love this topic, because it is the epitome of why I named my blog Escape Inside the Pages. When you read you can go anywhere, escape into anyone else’s lives and go on the greatest adventure in the most bizarre and beautiful locations the imagination can think of.

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1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts: Naturally! Do I need to even say why?? The most gorgeous castle ever, magic, amazing meals, strange creatures, etc. etc.

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2. The Grey  Wolves Series: Romania: I’d love to meet some wolves ;)

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3. Shadow Falls Series: Shadow Falls Camp: I want to train/go to school/be awesome with vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and shape shifters! Sign me up!

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4. The Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth: Yes it has it’s share of dark creatures, but it also has it’s share of amazing: the rolling hills of The Shire, Rivendell, (no thank you Mordor), and the mountains! Yes please!!

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5. Twilight: Forks, Washington: Yes, I was/am the girl that wants to go to Forks, Washington still because of Twilight!

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6.Alice in Zombieland: Wonderland: Though Wonderland really isn’t a part of The White Rabbit Chronicles, that didn’t stop it from making me want to fall down a rabbit hole and have my own adventures there!

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7. Elsker: Wales: Who wouldn’t want to go to college in Wales and meet a god?? Either way this country would be fantastic to visit!!

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8. Eragon: Alagaesia: Once again, I would love to see all the creatures (especially the dragons) and the land itself is just so different and sounds absolutely wonderful to see!

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9. The Chronicles of Narnia: Narnia: Who didn’t want to go to Narnia growing up?? I think I want to go just so I could talk to all the animals!!

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10. What Kills Me: Italy: So what if Axelia “dies” in Italy, I’ve been wanting to go there all my life, and this book just reinforced that! I am 100% Italian, so naturally I want to go to Italy with a burning passion!! The culture,the architecture, the food, the men, need I say more?

Oops! Wednesday was Yesterday Post! (WWW Wednesday 10/8/14)

This meme is hosted by Should Be Reading.

WWW Wednesdays (Oct. 8)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

So I realized a day late that I totally forgot to post my WWW Wednesday, well better late than never right?

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I Recently Finished Reading: I was overall disappointed by the abrupt turn of events too :((( review/blog tour stop to come

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What I Think I’ll Read Next:

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Blog Tour: Review &Excerpt: Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson

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Book Blurb:

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she’s left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel.   

With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.   

Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A’nwel and protect the family she never knew she had.   

What she doesn’t know is that Archangels have secrets too.

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

I have read many an angel book in my lifetime (cause I’m ancient I know) and Divinity still found a way to be different then any other I had read before. Julia is not the child of just any angel, she’s the child of the Arch Angel Gabriel himself. With this news brought into her life, her world gets turned completely upside down as she experiences loss likes she’s never felt before and encounters the darkest of creatures this world has ever unleashed.

Divinity pulled me in instantly with a sweet romance and the introduction of supernatural entities right away. Julia was a heroine that I could appreciate and admire for her constant strength during the worst times of her life. This poor girl goes through so much in this book, too much if you ask me. One particular death in this book killed me inside and dampened the rest of the story for me. It was so sudden and completely tragic, it just wasn’t the route I wanted for the plot line.

The rest of the story had plenty of angelic awesomeness that I hadn’t experienced in a book before. The creatures were new and there were some high intensity moments. However, by the time the final epic battle came to a head I was ready for an awesome showdown, but it ended no sooner it started. What happened I definitely liked, but I just wanted  a little more action/gore/suspense. I will say, that I did see a potential new romance growing between Julia and a certain angel by the ending, but I won’t name names (fingers crossed). Overall, Divinity was a good supernatural read filled with new and exciting elements.

 

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Excerpt:

Julia slipped her hand under the table to give Alex’s a gentle squeeze, but missed, grabbing the inside of his thigh. His face erupted into a beaming grin. Julia flushed crimson and snatched her hand back.

“We were talking about your father,” Julia said, shifting her gaze back to the portrait. “And how the handsome devil gene seems to have been passed down.”

“Lucky for me, then, if that’s how I landed you.”

“Really, Alex,” Mrs. Williams scoffed. “Landed? She’s not a fish.”

A smile played on Julia’s lips as she watched the exchange. Though she enjoyed their banter, she felt a pang of jealousy. Even when her adopted family was alive, they never got along that way. In fact, the only thing she had heard about them in the last ten years was that they had died six years ago.

Author Bio:

authorMichelle L. Johnson is the author of DIVINITY, a supernatural urban fantasy, and the author of THE FOOTLOOSE KILLER, a mystery. She’s also a literary agent, a coffee lover beyond reason, and has a fascination with the workings of the human mind.

Her key influences have been Stephen King, Anne Rice, and C.S. Lewis, but is inspired by every author to put pen to paper.

Michelle lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her muse and her rambunctious Cocker Spaniel, Sammy.

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