Thoughts On: Evo Nation by K.J. Chapman

It is always great to hear someone who is new to the series is enjoying my books. Thank you, Rebecca Howie for taking the time to read and review.

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Minor spoilers ahead.


Earlier this month, K.J. Chapman was kind enough to give me an ARC of her latest novel, Evo Ghost, the final instalment in her Evo Nation series. I downloaded Evo Nation the last time I went through a phase of using my Kindle, but when I bought yet more books, the Kindle was forgotten.

Until now.

Evo Nation surprised me continually from start to finish, and I’m so relieved that I can move onto the second and third books without having to wait for answers.


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Title : Evo Nation

Author: K.J. Chapman

Published: 2015

Genres: Fantasy, superhero, genetic engineering

Buy from: Amazon


Blurb:  The government tortures her, her own kind use her, and she is learning the true meaning of ulterior motives. Teddie Leason has been dragged into the festering underbelly of the secretive world of EVO; a world about to be blown wide…

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Crimbo Book Shout Out #3

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Have you been waiting patiently for the final Crimbo book shout out and giveaway? Of course you have! The winner of last week’s Cass Michaels giveaway was Laura Carter. Congratulations!


This week’s Crimbo book shout out is for a Christmas horror book, Merry Murder by Angel Gelique…

33555243Poor Paul McKenna. He just wants to enjoy the holidays. But with an obstinate teen-aged daughter, Heather, and an unreasonable wife who enables her, Paul is anything but jolly. Heather has her heart set on getting the latest cell phone for Christmas. The only problem is Paul can’t find one within the acceptable price range. He simply refuses to fall victim to holiday price-gouging. He has every intention of buying the phone weeks after Christmas when it’s half the price. Surely, Heather will understand…right?

In this tale of vengeance, a well-intentioned father will find that sometimes it’s better to appease an incorrigible teen daughter—no matter the cost—rather than incur her wrath.

Would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Merry Murder? All you have to do is share Angel Gelique’s Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find more information here.

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Crimbo Book Shout Out #2

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Who’s ready for the second Crimbo book shout out post and giveaway? I know I am. The winner of last week’s K.C.Jane giveaway was Angel Gelique. Congratulations and happy reading.


Today’s shout out is for Chasing Winter by Cass Michaels.

ChasingWinter PRINT 5(1).jpgDear Santa,

I think Daddy needs a girlfriend. He needs someone to take care of him. She has to cook and like outdoor stuff. She has to like kids, ‘cause I have a little brother. And she has to be pretty, like the Christmas Princess. I love that movie! I want Daddy’s girlfriend to be nice like the princess and be good to everyone. She can’t be mean, like the Ice Queen!
Oh, and there’s another thing I want. I’ll tell you when I see you at the Christmas Pageant!

Love, Jennifer

Grading the students’ papers, Noel Winter lays the child’s Christmas letter down on her desk and wonders exactly what surprises might be in store this Christmas… Jennifer’s father, Rex Presley, made quite an impression at Parent Conferences. And it had nothing to do with his plaid coat or ruggedly, handsome good looks. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and his hands full, raising two kids on his own. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Chasing Winter? All you have to do is share Cass Michaels’ Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find the post here.

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Review: Tipsy by C.J. Hunt

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Tipsy (The MacAllisters #2) by C.J. Hunt 5/5

6tag_031217-205617When old secrets and new passions come home to Rivers End…

LUCAS HEYES is a man with a plan. Move back to Rivers End. Fix his broken relationship with his ex-brother-in-law Isaac MacAllister, and be a good uncle to his niece Sara. Oh, and open Higher Ground—the coffee shop he’s been dreaming about for years. There’s only one hitch: Shannon MacAllister—Isaac’s younger sister—is back in town too, and living across the hall from him. Apparently, his time away did nothing to temper his feelings for her. After what happened five years ago, he’s sworn never to keep secrets from the MacAllisters again. Will Shannon convince him to break that promise and keep what they have between them a secret?

SHANNON MACALLISTER has one wish: to get kissed on New Year’s by a man nothing like her fiancé—make that ex-fiancé—before she tackles a new chapter in her life back in her hometown. She gets her wish. But along with it comes a whole whack of complicated. Her body wants Lucas, but her mind can’t help pointing out that while he’s sexy as hell, he’s a liar, and she’s not about to go back to that place. It’s bad enough that they share a family as well as an apartment building. The MacAllisters went through hell once before because of the Heyes family. Will Shannon trust enough to open her heart and risk trying again?

Review:

I am now a huge C.J. Hunt fan. Book One, Silver Bells, was not just a fluke of narrative. I utterly enjoyed Tipsy and plan to catch up on the rest of Hunt’s books as a result. It’s great to find a romance author I totally dig. The writing is believable, and the character arcs handled well. Insta love doesn’t feel like insta love, and happy ever afters are hinted at. I love a good happy ever after.

The backstory between Shannon and Lucas was touched upon in book one, so their blossoming romance is far from out of the blue. The awkward beginnings are true to book one and make the whole ‘getting together’ all the more worthwhile.

If you haven’t read any C.J. Hunt books yet, and are a romance fan, then what are you waiting for?


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Crimbo Book Shout Out #1

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Welcome to the first of December’s Crimbo Book Shout Out posts. I had to add a little festivity to Writerly Bookish Stuff, and what better way than by highlighting some Christmas reads. There are even some simple to enter giveaways thrown in for good measure…


Today’s shout out is for K.C.Jane’s Christmas Novellas: With Bells On and The Christmas Riddle.

new christmas riddle coverWhen her mother decides on secret santa gifts at the annual Christmas party, the Christmas holidays take an unexpected turn for Ronnie. Who would have given her an empty box with nothing more than a riddle inside, and why does the bizarre gift play on Ronnie’s mind?

Is there more to the gift than what meets the eye, and can she discover its hidden meaning in time for Christmas?

Copy of With.pngMona is a perpetual singleton, but not for lack of trying. Is it simply bad luck, or her knack for finding herself in the most awkward, yet hilarious situations, that sees her romance-free at Christmas?

Maybe the right man isn’t out there. Or maybe she has been looking in the wrong place this whole time.

Could a game of bingo and a cantankerous Nanna lead Mona to her Christmas romance?

K.C. Jane has recently held a free promotion for both these books, but has generously offered to provide an e-copy of each book for the giveaway. All you have to do is share K.C.Jane’s Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find more information here.

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Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab

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A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab 4.5/5

6tag_070917-204220It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

Review:

Book two surpassed book one and left me wanting more. Once again, Schwab’s world building and character development is spot on. Building on the foundations laid in book one, this book took us deeper into the life of the Antari, the royals, and the magic.

The relationships in this book are subtle yet solid, heartfelt yet not fluffy. The anticipation of Kell and Lila meeting again was almost too much for me. I was pretty happy with the outcome. *No spoilers*.

The Essen Tasch was brilliantly flamboyant. It made me think of the Triwizard Tournament and the Quidditch World Cup rolled into one. The performance, the fights, and the parties are effortlessly written and incredibly visual.

My only niggle was the slow pace at the beginning. I had the same issue with book one. However, when it picked up, it took off like a rocket and I didn’t want to put the book down.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

K.J Chapman – Fangirl and Geek

Had the pleasure of doing an author interview over at Melanie Mole Books. Read on for insight into KJ and my books.

Today I am pleased to introduce author K.J Chapman to my blog. Welcome K.J!

Thank you for hosting me today.

So, K.J, in your own words you are a self-proclaimed fan girl and geek; a lover of everything science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal. Have you always liked those genres?

As a reader, I have found myself drawn to those genres, so it was only natural to want to write what I like to read. I enjoy the scope of writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres and letting my imagination loose.

You have written three books now, which is great. How long does it take you to write each book, and where do you get the ideas from?

Writing the first draft and editing takes me an average of ten months to a year. Zombie Playlist is a 25k word novella, but as I was writing it alongside other…

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Book Review: EVO Shift (EVO Nation Series: book 2); by K. J. Chapman

Always lovely to see a shining review for one of my book babies. There is even a link to the EVO Nation review within this post.

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Book Review: EVO Shift by: K. J. Chapman

She killed him, but did it make a difference?

Her kind has been exposed, abused, and segregated, and now Teddie Leason is top of Britain’s most wanted list at just nineteen. Teddie has to decide whose side she is on, what she fights for, and whether it’s worth her life.

How can she protect the man she adores, the Uncle who has taken her under his wing, and her unfaltering friends, when she can barely take care of herself? Dealing with new power and a history that has long since been forgotten, has rendered the world’s most powerful EVO vulnerable and at risk.

When will she be dealt a winning hand? Could a clandestine, renegade group of EVO change not only her fate, but that of everyone affected by this unprecedented war? And how does Teddie fit in a world bracing for…

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Review: A Shining in the Shadows by Beverley Lee

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A Shining in the Shadows (Gabriel Davenport #2) by Beverley Lee 5/5

6tag_130817-200747Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive .

In a small seaside town, Gabriel’s maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on The Bloodvyne, the mental web of linked vampire consciousness. Whispers about a cleansing, about the ruling council hunting vampires with impure blood.

Gabriel finds himself thrust into a new nightmare, where the hunter becomes the hunted. When his maker is taken, he must battle to untangle the mystifying clues laid out in an uncovered labyrinth to find the only creature strong enough to fight against those that hunt his new-found family.

Gaze long into the darkness, and you’ll find old vampire foes out for revenge, new ones with their own agenda, and a witch who holds the key. But just who is the monster in the middle?

Review:

Another masterpiece from Lee. After relishing Lee’s effortless writing style in book one, I was yet again sucked into Gabriel’s world and led like a sleepwalker through the pages and plot twists with ease. Lee makes writing seem easy. The pacing, narrative, and character development has a superb flow, and as a reader, you wake up at the end wondering where you are and how you got there. Book hangover!

Some points that I have to mention:

  1. The relationship dynamics are on fire. There are some curve balls, and then relationships that blossom organically, despite initial thoughts.
  2.  Plot twists are subtley woven into the narrative. The ending is a weaving together of story pieces. Writing tapestry.
  3. Character development is a huge part of my reading experience. When you’re rooting for anti-heroes of sorts, you know the writer has got it right.

In summary, this is a vampire read that isn’t cliche. The characters and relationships are well crafted, and the story is littered with breadcrumbs that tie up effortlessly at the end. I highly recommend this series.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Thoughts On: Zombie Playlist by K.J. Chapman

Thank you to Rebecca for taking the time to read and review an ARC of Zombie Playlist…

REBECCA HOWIE BOOKS

Minor spoilers ahead.


My second ever ARC read, Zombie Playlist completely lived up to what I’d been expecting after reading K.J. Chapman’s entries for the #FICTFBFEB17 challenge on Instagram, and from what I’ve seen, the rest of her ARC readers agree that this is one indie novella you don’t want to miss this year.


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Title: Zombie Playlist

Author: K.J. Chapman

Published: 2017

Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Short stories.

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Blurb:  Dagger has survived the zombie apocalypse with nothing save a metal bat, blades, and assholery. With the company of an IPOD she attained courtesy of Dead-Dude, and King, the Bunker-Boy straggler she somehow acquired on her journey, she travels to the coast, putting down zombies, blowing up high-grade assholes, and teaching King how to ditch his pre-apocalypse conscience and keep his yellow ass alive.
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Premise: ***

I’m going to be honest here and admit I’m…

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