Friday, 24 March 2017

The Division #2 Through the Ashes by Connie L. Smith (Young adult, Urban fantasy)

ISBN: 978-1-945910-09-8

Book summary
The war has begun. The battle’s unfolding. And victory feels so distant…

The Essenced had prepared and trained, but never imagined the true horror of watching demons tearing through the Division to invade the realm. Every claw is horrific—every snarl disgusting—and the responsibility of keeping that vile terror from expanding beyond the battlefield’s borders rests in the teenagers’ hands. They thought they were ready for that challenge… 

But then their confidence is shaken when a deadly new weapon emerges from the enemy’s arsenal, and well-kept secrets from the Essenced’s angelic superiors begin to surface. 

In the midst of the carnage, can the teens find the strength within themselves, and among themselves, to grasp victory in blood-tainted hands?

Nayu's thoughts
This isn't a review as it's not my cup of tea at the moment, but I've enjoyed Connie's previous work, did a cover reveal for this book and  book #1 too. 

So this post is all the details you need and an excerpt. Enjoy! 

 Excerpt #1
there aren't more than 1, it's just the excerpt I decided to use)
Rightfully interpreting the sudden urgency of her hold, he soothingly traced his hands up her back and through her hair. “I’m not going anywhere.”

After pinching her eyes closed against her fears, AJ reopened them and pulled back to give him a hard, unblinking stare. “You’d better survive this war, Julius. If not, I’m gonna get Clint to yell at you. I’ll write an angry speech and everything.”

He smirked at her words, even chuckled. “Yeah, I didn’t think you’d let something as tiny as death get in the way of arguing with me.”

“I’m serious,” she insisted with a glare that contradicted the smile hinting on her lips.

“I know you’re serious, and saying how heartbroken you’d be if I died would be much too normal to fit into your ‘you better survive’ lecture.” He shrugged lightheartedly. “Truthfully, I’d have been a little disappointed had you chosen that angle.”

She kept the harsh expression, but had to keep wrestling back her grin.

“And you might as well go ahead and smile.” He tapped the right edge of her mouth with his index finger. “I can see it practically begging to spill out.”

Finally caving, she let her smile blossom, but rolled her eyes in mock irritation. “I’m still serious. You better survive.”

“I’ll survive if you will,” he softly told her while his right hand trailed over her brow, down her cheek, and to her neck.

With a hum of agreement, she collapsed against his chest and hugged him with all the strength she could spare.

Tugging her closer, he gave her a whole new wave of strength to dip into.
About the Author:
Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Blog Tour Competition + Review: Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter and Izabela Ciesinska (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

Check out the other stops in the tour!

So cute!!!!!
8th March 2017, Big Sunshine Books, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Book summary
Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with 'lean, mean flying machine' Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates 'Girl Power' and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!

Nayu's thoughts
As well as a spotlight post this is a review too as I managed to read it in time! I was drawn to the super cute cover and then the description of the tale. Jane is adorable! More so because she has plaits which I like a lot. Encouraging girls to aspire to be a pilot is really important as it's predominantly a male profession. I don't have the stomach or energy to become one, but I think it's a super career to have. If only planes were pink in real life...but there is a Hello Kitty plane in Asia!
See more on the dedicated website & by searching for Hello Kitty Plane (of which there are 7 with different styles!!! AWESOME!)
Back to the book... I'm love the girlyness of the plane and the sheer fun Jane has with Rose. It's a motivational read, showing that even when you make a mistake in what you eat and can't do something exactly as you'd planned it can still be a fun adventure. I like the way that prejudice towards female pilots is addressed, proving girls can fly just as well as guys. I love how happy and relaxed Jane looks at each destination, and how Rose is a living plane with feelings and needs. It makes sense as I tend to anthropomophise things (thats the word where you give objects human qualities, right?) and it makes the planes easier to relate to, and use prejudice without humans being directly involved (making it a lighter read.) Please ignore anything that doesn't make sense as I'm putting this review part in when I'm loopy from mega strong meds. Only doing it as I don't know how I'll be tomorrow (Sat) & want it to go out on time!)

Author info
Caroline at a book reading

Caroline Baxter lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children. From an early age she always had her nose in a book – and now does so for a living! Caroline grew up in South Wales and, after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University, held a variety of management roles at UK universities including, most recently, at the University of Oxford. The Bear Cub Bakers, her first book, was written while on maternity leave with her daughter. Her second book,Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane, was published recently on International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). Caroline loves travelling, yoga, baking (and eating) cake, dogs, days out and snuggling up with a good story.
UK only competition 

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