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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Review: A Promised Fate- Cat Mann

Title: A Promised Fate
Author: Cat Mann
Series: A Beautiful Fate #3
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Devotion, passion and promises are no longer enough. Everything Ari has built his universe around threatens to come to a tragic end. Ava's seven Kakos foes have been vanquished, but a new and even deadlier terror threatens the Alexander home. As Ari struggles with his role as a deity, he is forced to reveal to Ava his true lineage and what his identity means for their future together. The Zilotis, an occult group of surviving Kakos extremists, rise up to set themselves against the Fates...and no one is safe, no one can be trusted. Ari’s fears control him. Trust crumbles and promises lose all meaning as Ari comes to grips with his past and the vows made in the past in his name. Ari will do anything for Ava, even if his devotion means his own death. Secrets are rampant, lies and new nightmares emerge. Will Ari be the man he promised he would be?
Review: This is the third book by the talented Cat Mann that I have had the pleasure to read and review. I love this series and I can't wait to see where it will go next. One of my favourite parts of these novels are the covers, they fit in well with the story and I love how simple yet meaningful they are. My favourite part of the stories are the Greek mythology aspects. I love Greek mythology so any story pertaining to it is exciting in my books. But I also love the fact that this story contains mythology that may not be as popular as some other well known myths. 
I love the ride that these characters are on. I also enjoy that despite the characters not being your average humans, I like that their relationships are very human-like. They have that amazing connection and love but they also fight with each other. In other words, they aren't perfect but they are realistic. 
The ending wasn't a cliff hanger but it leads the reader in a direction that I for one don't like haha, only because it is going to stir shit up. It's a bittersweet ending but only half of the characters know that at this point. I look forward to reading the next book and find out what is going to happen. If you are a lover of mythology you should check out this series.

About this author

Cat Mann is an Illinois author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a genius of a man and together they are raising two beautiful daughters.
With her dog at her side, Cat obsessives over French music, witty films and lengthy novels.
Cat’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Amazon Top 100, Literature & Fiction Fantasy Based Novels, as well as being a top contender in Mythology & Fairy Tales.

To find out more about Cat’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcat.mann and follow her blog, http://authorcatmannblog.blogspot.com/.

Monday, 5 January 2015

ARC Copy Review: Sway by Kat Spears

Title: Sway
Author: Kat Spears
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC copy
Synopsis: In Kat Spears’s hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or "Sway," as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want---term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVERlets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.

But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?

A Cyrano de Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse’s point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor, his observations about the world around him untempered by empathy or compassion---until Bridget’s presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel something again.
Pages: 308
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Review: I received this book free at Book Expo America 2014. 

I am finally getting around the reading this novel after a very long reading slump that lasted almost 6 months. I was drawn to this cover even though my cover was not what was as used as the final cover. I read some other reviews and people said that the new cover suits the book better because the ARC cover is more for a love story. I feel like those people didn’t actually read this book. If you read the book right to the end you would realize that yes indeed, Sway, is a love story it is just portrayed in a messed up way. Not in a messed up way that I didn’t like the book but in a way that I feel teenagers can relate too. 

I don’t really have anything else to say lol. It was an okay read not the greatest but not the worst. It held my interest and I liked the flow of the story. I would recommend this novel to contemporary lovers. 

About this author

I am a novelist, bartender, mother of three freeloading kids, non-profit management guru, and, apparently, the only person on the planet who reads in the shower. I am not a role model. My debut YA novel, SWAY, will be released in September 2014 by St. Martin's Press. Follow playlists for all my characters and the soundtracks to my books on Spotify under katbooks. Some of my characters have better taste in music than others, but if you like the character, chances are you will like their playlist.