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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Fool For Books Giveaway Hop (INTL)

Did not win the last time? Here is another chance! Win Your Choice Of Book From Our Fool For Books List!

The Fool For Books Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. It takes place on April 1st to the 7th.

Each blog will host their own giveaway. There is no requirement on the minimum or maximum value of the giveaway. It can be books, swags, amazon gift cards, or anything else that has to do with books. All participating blogs will be linked up through a Fool For Books Giveaway linky.

This is what you can win here at Cherry Mischievous:
Prize: Winner's choice of book from the following line-up:

Interview With The Vampire (Book 1) by Anne Rice
(Dark Fantasy)

Unholy Ghosts (Book 1) by Stacia Kane
(Urban Fantasy)

Dead Until Dark (Book 1) by Charlaine Harris
(Urban Fantasy)

Magic In The Blood (Book 2) by Devon Monk
(Urban Fantasy)

Death's Mistress (Book 2) by Karen Chance
(Urban Fantasy)

Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur
(Urban Fantasy)

Succubus Revealed (Book 6) by Richelle Mead
(Urban Fantasy)

Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido
(Urban Fantasy)
(Please note that this book is one of the used ones with a notch at the bottom of the spine.)

Hunger Like No Other (Book 1) by Kresley Cole
(Paranormal Romance)

Rises The Night by Colleen Gleason
(Paranormal Romance)

Covet (Book 1) by JR Ward
(Paranormal Romance)

Dark Lover (Book 1) by JR Ward
(Paranormal Romance)

These other titles from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series also available for picking: Book 2: Lover Eternal, Book 3: Lover Awakened, Book 4: Lover Revealed, Book 5: Lover Unbound, and Book 6: Lover Enshrined.

The Darkest Kiss (Book 2) by Gena Showalter
(Paranormal Romance)

The Darkest Pleasure (Book 3) by Gena Showalter
(Paranormal Romance)

Maze Runner (Book 1) by James Dashner

The Iron King (Book 1) by Julie Kagawa

Shiver (Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Glass Houses (Book 1) by Rachel Caine

Skulduggery Pleasant (Book 1) by Derek Landy
(MiddleGrade UF)

Eragon (Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
(Epic Fantasy)

Wolf Brother (Book 1) by Michelle Paver

Spirit Walker (Book 2) by Michelle Paver

Soul Eater (Book 3) by Michelle Paver

A Thief In The Night (Book 1) by David Chandler

Naked In Death by JD Robb
(SciFi Crime Fiction)

Every Dead Thing (Book 1) by John Connolly
(Crime Fiction)

Deja Dead (Book 1) by Kathy Reichs
(Crime Fiction)

Twister by Chris Ryan
(YA Thriller)

Awakening by S.J. Bolton
(I think this might be Crime Horror, but I'm not sure [haven't read this book yet]. If you know what genre this book actually belongs to please let me know.)

Kiss Heaven Goodbye by Tasmina Perry
(Contemporary Drama) [I think]

Please note that some of the genre assignment might not be accurate. The cover art used in this post may not exactly match the book you will receive. Some of the books in the list are used and some are brand new.
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Friday, 29 March 2013

Review: VIRALS

Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Book 1 of the Virals series
Read by Cristin Milioti
Genre: YA science fiction thriller
Format: paperback & audiobook

About Virals:
Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is as fascinated by bones and dead bodies as her famous aunt, acclaimed forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. However living on a secluded island off Charleston in South Carolina there is not much opportunity to put her knowledge to the test. Until her and her ragbag group of technophile friends stumble across a shallow grave containing the remains of a girl who has been missing for over thirty years.

The question is, did whoever was responsible for the girl's death have anything to do with the sick puppy they rescued from a secret laboratory on the same island? With the cold-case murder suddenly hot, Tory realises that they are involved in something fatally dangerous. But events take a turn for the bizarre when they escape some would-be attackers by using physical powers more akin to a dog than a human... Could the puppy hold the key not only to the murder, but also the strange changes that are taking place in their bodies?

©2010 Brennan NextGen, LLC. (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
Source: Info in the About Virals was taken from http://www.audible.co.uk/pd?asin=B00AWSA7DU on 25/02/2013.

The reason I picked this book up was because I wanted to give Kathy Reichs another go after the disappointment with Deja Dead. And once again we see snarky and humorous remarks here that I liked about Deja Dead. In fact we see more of it here than there ever was in Deja Dead, so not a bad start. Not bad at all! I don't know whether that was Brendan Reichs' influence or Kathy Reichs just upped the humour. Or a combination of both. Either way, it brought this book's rating up a notch. By the way, speaking of Brendan Reichs, he is credited to be a co-author of this book and of this series by some sources but my paperback copy of this book does not mention him at all. Maybe later editions of this book bears his name and I must have bought an earlier edition or something. But it sure feels weird though that my book does not have his name in it. Whether or not it is Brendan's influence, this book has restored my faith in Kathy Reichs' work. Maybe Deja Dead was not her best and hopefully she improved as a writer as she wrote along, so I would read another of her work again.

Another thing good about this book is the narration. I like Cristin Milioti's voice. It sounds young and fits a YA book. The words are clear and the diction perfect. She also reads with her own brand of pizzazz which adds an enriching flavour to the listening experience! At the end of it, I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = N/A (9 hrs and 41 mins of listening time)
Plot = 4
Narrator = 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

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