Sunday, 24 January 2016


Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Cora and the Nurse Dragon Blog Tour




Cora and the Nurse Dragon was an amazing read. And my first middle grade read of this year which had me excited to read more middle grade books. I hope there is a series for the book. I enjoyed it very much. And all the characters are dear to me now.

  And there is extra tidbits about dragons and their different kinds in the book which I'm happy the author H. L. Burke provided me. Thank you!

Check out below to know more; blurb, my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway!





Cora and the Nurse Dragon is a new middle grade fantasy adventure by author H. L. Burke. It follows the adventures of Cora Harrison in a world where Dragons no longer live in nature but are a resource exploited by humans.


Ages 9 and Up.


The book releases January 31st and is available for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents.


Blurb


Cora's a young girl with two dreams: to be a dragon jockey when she grows up and to own a pet dragon now. She constantly buys "egg packs" at the dragon emporium in hopes that one will hatch into a rare pet-sized dragon, but only gets short-lived mayflies. However, when an unexpected egg does develop into something new, Cora may be over her head.


My Review


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was amazeballs and cute! I enjoyed it very much! The story and writing hooked me from the first chapter. Cora is nice but Abry I love her! Her planning and being a bookish person made me adore her. I love them both, their friendship is amazing!
And Cricket! Can I have him he just adorbs! If I would have a pet dragon it would be him! And now I wiah there were dragons lol! Just similar to Abry :D
I want more of this world, hope so there would be. Loved it! Got an arc in exchange of an honest review.

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More about The Dragons of Cora and the Nurse Dragon 

 

Cora and the Nurse Dragon takes place on an alternate version of earth where dragons exist but have become a resource exploited by humans rather than a wild species. In fact, at the start of the story, they have been extinct in the wild for several decades.

Dragon breeding is also illegal outside of DRA (Dragon Regulatory Agency) approved facilities, most
owned by a small group of corporations, most notably Algernon Investments. The two classes of dragons needed for breeding--queen and drake dragons--are illegal to possess as private citizens.

Similar to ants and bees, wild dragons live in colonies with a single queen, who is the mother of all the colony’s dragons. Each class has its own purpose, both within the colony and the eco-system around the colony. Dragons are omnivores. As well as fruit, they commonly dine on plant nectar and encourage the growth of plants around their colonies.

Short-lived, tiny mayfly dragons are pollinators, keeping the area around colonies lush. They also provide a food source for many larger species who in turn become prey for the larger dragons. Mostly green, with some rare color variations, mayflies eat nectar and insects.

The next tier of dragons consists of the “cat-sized” dragons. The comparison to cats came about because these dragons are the most likely to be kept as pets. They are playful, generally docile, and stockily built, with short front legs, bird-like hind legs, and small wings. They are capable of flight only over short distances. However, they are voracious hunters. Cat-sized dragons, like their feline counterparts, can catch small birds, lizards, and rodents, and are responsible for providing food for the colony, especially hatchlings who are too young to hunt. The most common colors for cat-sized dragons are red, yellow, and blue, but green and purple varieties have been documented.

The next dragon class, called the sentinels, are colloquially referred to as “racers,” a term that is gaining popularity in more modern classification guides. With the die-out of wild colonies, their original purpose has been forgotten, and most now know them exclusively for their speed and ability to carry human riders.

They are roughly the size of horses, but with elongated bodies, short legs, and four butterfly like wings. In the wild, they were the protectors of their colonies, standing guard and occasionally bringing in larger game for the queen to eat. They are similar in coloring to their cat-sized counterparts.

Drakes are the drones of the dragon world. Even the largest colonies rarely produce more than a handful of drakes, for their primary purpose is breeding. However, as the second largest class of dragon, smaller only than the majestic queens, and commonly growing to as long as thirty feet, they are fearsome. territorial hunters. They often aid the sentinels in protecting the colony. Fast fliers, but more muscular than the racers, drakes range in color from dark gray to jet black. When a large number of drakes are produced, it is often a sign that the colony is about to split and a new queen will be born, leading a portion of the dragons to a new, less crowded home.

The DRA considers drakes too dangerous to keep in large numbers, even in authorized facilities, and most are euthanized at hatching, leaving queens to be artificially inseminated.

Queens are the largest dragons, living to be a century old and growing up to a hundred feet in length. Larger dragons have been reported, but no evidence has been presented outside of eyewitness accounts.

Queens have flashy, reflective scales, reminiscent of diamonds. Though their primary purpose is breeding, they maintain their strength and agility throughout their lives, and it is said there is no sight as terrible or awe-inspiring as a queen in battle for her colony. While a queen is essential for the function of a breeding facility, they are usually kept heavily sedated due to their power and intractability.

And then there are nurse dragons, rare dragons, considered by most experts to be extinct. What is the purpose of the nurse dragon? Well, you’ll just have to read Cora and the Nurse Dragon to find out.

Author Bio:


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic. 
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are. 
She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled "The Scholar and the Dragon", featuring the books Dragon's Curse, Dragon's Debt, Dragon's Rival, and Dragon's Bride as well as the YA/Fantasy Beggar Magic. Her current projects are a young adult steampunk fantasy and an epic fantasy trilogy.




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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Cover Reveal of Inner Demons by Amanda Strong

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The Sequel You've Been Waiting For.

Readers have been waiting patiently for the sequel to the best-selling young adult novel— Hidden Monster. Reviewers boasted about the surprise twist, the romance, and the uniqueness of this paranormal romance. Now the sequel by Amanda Strong is nearly here. Check out the official cover reveal for Inner Demons— the second book in the Monsters Among Us series. Inner Demons is scheduled to release on February 15, 2016. If you haven't started this series yet, now is the time! Hidden Monster is on sale for $2.99 through January 15, 2016.

 

INNER DEMONS

 

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Release Day: February 15, 2016

 

HIDDEN MONSTER

Read the first book today for only $2.99.
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For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won't know who he is... until it's too late.
Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all... or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.

 

ABOUT AMANDA STRONG:



Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. Because of The Awakener's success as a non-published book, she was asked to talk on 1400 KSTAR about her story.
In September 2013 Amanda Strong signed with Clean Teen Publishing for publication of The Awakener, which is scheduled to release in late October of this year. The Awakener is the first book in an all-new young adult paranormal romance series called: The Watchers of Men.
When Amanda isn't writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Review: Strikers by Ann Christy

Well today is last day of my holiday. Tomorrow onwards the longing for weekends will start. Lol! I'm already looking for Friday to come fast. Hate Mondays! But I'm happy to have my mind filled with the recent book Strikers which I finished today. 
I'm in love with the cover. I just love it! Check out about below.

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Title: Strikers

Author: Ann Christy

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 Synopsis 

One hundred and twelve years after the fall, the Republic of Texas is built on two foundations: total freedom and total responsibility. A law broken means a strike against the lawbreaker. Five strikes means execution. The only hope for the law breaker is to escape Texas—to go Striker—before justice comes for them.

Sixteen-year-old Karas Quick has never had it easy. The daughter of a Striker and an alcoholic mother, she’s gotten everything she has the hard way — even the strike on her neck. Yet try as Karas might to stay above-board with the authorities, there are some things you just can’t plan for.

Like seeing the face of her long-lost father paraded through the town square in chains.

In the blink of an eye, Karas’s life changes forever. Potential strikes be damned, she has to see her father one last time. What she discovers propels her upon an unimaginable journey, one she can only hope she’ll survive.

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My Review


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cool!!!! Enjoyed the book very much. Some of the scenes had me holding my breath... it was intense like anything can happen. And shouldn't let my guard down along with characters. I loved Karas then the sunshine personality of Cassi.
Just at some things I couldn't connect Karas when she compared things form her past life and what she was seeing or been told in present. Cuz I didn't get to know Karas and others what their lives where there. So I couldn't connect with that part.
But enjoyed the book and look forward for the next one. This book do stand alone and I felt it to be one but the stalker (a safe one) of authors I saw there is second one being WIP so cool!! Looking forward for it!

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AnnChristy2014SuperSmallI’m a recently retired Navy Commander and secret science fiction writer. Since retiring, I work on my books as obsessively as I worked for the military and I still can’t figure out what I should wear if I can’t wear a uniform. I live by the sea under the benevolent rule of my canine overlords and a variety of unruly family members.
My first published series, Silo 49, cemented my desire to write fiction and it’s paved the way for a whole slew of new books. Strikers, Yankari: A Talking Earth Tale, The In-Betweener as well as a bunch of creepy (or creepily-cool) stories in published anthologies have already come out. And there is so much more to come.
I love to hear from readers so drop me a line! (No, really, I’m not even just saying that to be nice. I really do love to hear from readers!)

 

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Top Ten Books of 2015.....or Nineteen :P


Okay why nineteen? Well I couldn't decide just ten books. It's hard and took me time to come up this. Excuse why I didn't post it yesterday--- Was reading a book :D An acceptable excuse from a book nerd. So here are the top ten books that I read in 2015.
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Posthumous is cool novella in this awesome world of Perfect Partners (PePr) world. Cool new AI series!
Sea of Despair is the second book in Donegal Sidhe series. Cute Leprechaun or just one, banshees and many more!

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Dead Girl Blues is my intro into mysteries and cozy-mysteries and cool book! 
Sherwood's End is the last book in Robbin' Hearts series and an amazing end to trilogy!

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 Solace and Transformed just makes me think too much and have just made a place in my heart with plot of solace and unique concept of Transformed.

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Silverleaf Chronicles is cool, the writing is what hooks you in and the story flows... A Must Read!
Zero Echo Shadow Prime was  the coolest and awesome sci-fi book. The concept and story thumbs up. 

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 Scent of A Killer was the most awesome suspense and mystery novel. My fav!!
Twin Souls is awesome YA paranormal book!

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Crystal Deception is an amazing sci-fi which blends my two fav Will Smith movies I, Robot and Independence Day. 
The Future Chronicles is one of my top fav anthologies of The Chronicles I've read!

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 The Universe Builders is good middle grade read and just make you think if it could be true. And The 5th Wave, just thinking about if it could be true you don't wanna that to happen. So looking forward for the movie!

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The Five Kingdoms of Severi and The Treemakers just blew my mind cuz what I expected and what I got... I was content and excited to read other books by authors. 

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Tasty Dragon Meat is an awesome tea time read. It is short story but so freaking awesome!
Dengeki Daisy is a manga which I'm really happy to stumble upon. Fun, mysterious and cute read!

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Anne of Green Gables is on top. This is the first classic I've read and am really happy! I picked it up cuz there was another book which has references to Anne of Green Gable. The best book I've read in 2015. Love it! If you haven't read it just pick it up! 


This are my fav books of 2015 and definitely all are A MUST READ! Check them all!