Monday, September 20, 2010

: September Giveaway :



The Prize? Your choice of Book up to $20.00 value - to be chosen from the BOOK DEPOSITORY website, and delivered by them directly to you, so before you enter ... make sure you check their site and see if they deliver to your part of the world.

Now all you have to do to enter ... is tell me what you prefer to read about .... Vampires, Werewolves, Fairies or Angels ... and if you feel like it ... tell me why! :)

Winner will be chosen by ... Giveaway closes on October 1st.

Good Luck and looking forward to your responses.... this was a popular Giveaway last month!

: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto :

First Published in 2010 in Australia
Paperback - 484 pages
ISBN : 978-0-7322-8989-8

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Archangel Gabriel and his sisters Ivy and Bethany come to Venus Cove - to help bring the light back into people's lives, and send the darkness packing. That in itself should tell you that there will be some issues, as the dark never goes peacefully.

This story was interesting - as much as it falls into the category of everyone wanting to have the next 'Twilight' hit on their hands, but it has it's own little bits and pieces that set it apart, nothing major but enough to keep you reading.
We have the female lead ... makes a change from the male being of the supernatural world. And we see the modern day lifestyle that the 3 angels have to learn to deal with - Bethany's complete fear of trains made me laugh - something we take for granted, but frightened the heck out of her.
And we have the inevitable love story - between Bethany and Xavier. Her feelings for Xavier, and her honesty take her to a place where she feels if they are to stand a chance together, he needs to know what she is.
So ... just when everything is going fine ... along comes Jake, the new kid in town ... good looking and a sense of the bad boy surrounds him. Bethany feels it from the first moment she meets him, but doesn't understand just the amount of danger that she is in, or the danger her actions can have towards her friends.
The story flowed really well ... it never once bored me, but on occasion there was way too much description of the surroundings. Thankfully, that doesn't happen too often. The story has been left with some unanswered questions but true to form, that means there has to be a second book and maybe a third.
You won't be disappointed if you read this book - but if you are looking for a lot of action in the storyline, you won't find it ... until the very end of the book.

The one down side to the story, from my point of view is that the confrontation between Jake and Bethany reaches it's fever pitch and then fizzles out too quick for my liking. As much as we all like a happy ending, we all seek that thrill of the chase, the fight and the hero at the end. For me, that just came and went too quick.

RATING : 7/10

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Chatter - September 3rd 2010

Ahhh ... it's been one of those days ... thankfully now I can sit back and chill out.
I have done the grocery shopping, held the Meditation Class and very soon, will be zipping out to get my son from the train station.

I have spent the last couple of days trying to get my Denz Designz blog updated with a new layout ... what a nightmare - nothing would work right, but finally it all came together this morning. Head on over and check it out if you like ... no books/movies/music there ... it's all Paint Shop/Tag related.

The exercise program is going well ... eating healthy and feeling a bit better for it.
My footy team the Western Bulldogs play in a final tomorrow night - keep your fingers crossed - we are playing the top of the ladder Collingwood, and my team has more injuries than fit players!


Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
(I have read this before but it was a borrowed book - plus there are other books in the series)
TWTWB has just been released as a motion picture - opened September 2nd ... here is the trailer if you want to check it out.

My Friday " Book Share "
Feel free to share back with me ...
Just open your book up - and post a sentence or two (a little more if you want) ... from anywhere in the book. Oh, and share the book title and author please! Thanks xoxoxo

Those first weeks were spent hibernating and getting our bearings. We took stock, waited patiently as we adjusted to having a physical form and immersed ourselves in the rituals of daily life. There was so much to learn and it certainly wasn't easy. At first we would take a step and be surprised to find solid ground beneath us. We knew that everything on earth was made up of matter knitted together in a complex molecular code to form different substances : air, rock, wood, animals. But it was very different experiencing it.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto ... Page 5

Thursday, September 2, 2010

: August Competition Winner :

Sorry that I was late getting to this ... but the winner has been selected

The winner is .....

That's right - no name left, but I do have the email addy to contact them.

The winner will have 48 hours to get back in touch with me, or a redraw will be done.

This seemed like a popular giveaway ... so will probably do the same thing for September