Lorali by Laura Dockrill

 Synopsis

Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

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Review

I received Lorali by Laura Dockrill from The Five Mile Press (Hot Key Books) in exchanged for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts on the book. 

As soon as I read the synopsis for Lorali, I knew that this was a book that was going to be on my to read.
Lorali is a  fun, exciting read, that had me turning page after page.

Lets start with the beautiful cover. This is  a simple cover with a twist it has scales that you can feel .

Normally I am not a fan of books that are told from different POV, but in this case I found it easy to follow and that it added a depth to the story.
Rory the male lead and Lorali the mermaid and ‘The Sea.’  

Lorali’s point of view in particular is  interesting, as all her sentences are short and at times a little unclear. It reminds me of a toddler when the are first learning to put sentences together.   

‘The Sea’ followed a different people and it also gave the reader some back story on the events and people that were brought up through the book. 

I also liked the fact that Laura Dockrill  added a modern element to 5he stiry by adding article s from  newspaper/internet and other forms of media pieces in the book. Which helpped to join elements of the story.

There are not only mermaids in the story but pirates as well. 
There is a group of guys who one would consider borderline  pirates live on a ship called Liberty.  With what you learn about them in the story you could see a spin off story with just them.

I loved the plot, the characters and all the twists and turns. There is so much more that I could go on about, but I won’t spoil it for you.  
This is the perfect book to curl up with on the weekend.  If you TV looking for a mermaid story check out Lorali by Laura Dockrill.

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From blogger to author part 1

After years of reading amazing books by inspiring author’s from around the world, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing.

This started as something fun for me to do at the end of a long day at work to relax. But after I showed a few friends the start of what I had written, they encourage me to keep writing my story.

Over the past few years I have been quietly writing my first novel. Now I have made the decision to submit my book.

There was of course a few little things I had to do first.

♡ Come up with a title
♡ Write a synopsis
♡ Look at my  publisher options

There are some amazing publisher out there to choose from. However as I do not have a agent , I am going to be submitting my book as a unsolicited manuscript.  This does limit my opinion.  So after much consideration I have decided to submit my book to Allen and Unwin Friday pitch.

So I decided that I’m going to document and share my journey as I try to make to jump from a blogger to a published author. In the hopes that I can not only share what the journey is like, highs and lows. But perhaps inspire others to give it a go.

Fingers crossed. I will let you know how I go

The best books of 2015. So far…

This the year already half over and we have already read some amazing books. So before July is completely over, i wanted to share some of my favorites books so far.

There will be lies by Nick Lake

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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

We all Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

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from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

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the Medoran Chronicles

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes – literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities.

Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.

While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.

An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?

Will Alex risk her entire world – and maybe even her life – to save Medora?

Ice kissed by Amanda Hocking

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In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie

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YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…

https://m.youtube.com/user/hauntedsunshinegirl

http://thehauntingofsunshinegirl.com/

Invaded by Melissa Landers

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The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return.

Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Lorali by Laura Dockrill

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Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

Fearless (Avena, #3)by Marianne Curley

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Synopsis
Ebony and Nathaneal were in love before they were even born.… Torn apart and kept in different worlds, will they finally reunite in this exquisite conclusion to Hidden and Broken? 

Ebony was kept hidden on Earth for sixteen years, unaware that she was an angel. Unaware that her true soulmate, Nathaneal, was searching for her. Now ready to claim her rightful place with him, in a cruel twist of fate Ebony is captured and imprisoned in a version of hell.

Knowing that Nathaneal will come for her, Ebony is determined to fight against the evil that holds her prisoner. As long as she has Nathaneal’s love, Ebony has nothing to fear. Can Nathaneal break through the gates of hell? Will these long-lost lovers finally reunite and fulfil their destiny?

 Review

Fearless is the final book in the Avena Series by Marianne Curley.

In Fearless  we see Ebony kidnapped  from Earth and taken to hell. With her world turned upsidedown she now must now deal with the possibility that she may never see the ones she loves again
Jordan struggles with the guilt over his role in Ebonys kidnapping and is willing to sacrifice everything to make it up to the ones he loves. But by far the biggest betrayal will come from someone they never expected.

There are aspects of Fearless that remind me of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Angel taken to hell and must fight to not only keep her wits but for her survival. However unlike in Hades I found that the flow of Fearless was more consistent and kept you engaged.

I found the underlining message in  Fearless to be a simple one Love. Love is what seems to keep the characters together and keep their world turning. Whether it is Nathaneal fighting to bring Ebony home or the love that courses a mother to sacrifice herself  for her child.

Fearless is the perfect conclusion to this beautiful series. 
If you are looking to start to read YA fiction or looking for your first step into paranormal fiction then this is the perfect series for you.

Fearless blog tour Guest Blog Post from Marianne Curley

Welcome to our guest author Marianne Curley. Who has taken the time out of her busy book tour to join us for a guest post.

In the Avena Series, Ebony has a special relationship with her horse Shadow. It began when Ebony was two years old and, not knowing who she was, or that she had the ability to heal, unwittingly assisted in Shadow’s birth. The bond grew and the two became as close as any two living beings could.

Ebony and Shadow’s relationship may be a work of fiction, but the special bond a horse can have with its “owner”, though I hate to use that word, is not unusual. A horse can tell when its human caretaker, or special person, is experiencing pain or sorrow, or is in trouble or danger. It will comfort you and listen to you when you off-load your worries by standing still and quietly beside you, and horses show you their ability to feel joy when they nicker excitedly as you approach.

Horses are magnificent creatures that give us enduring pleasure. It doesn’t matter what we look like, how we talk, the colour of our skin, or how able bodied we are, a horse will love us unconditionally. There is nothing more enchanting than to ride with your horse through a meadow, or meander through a forest, or race across an open field with the wind in your face and your imagination taking the reins. And they give us the speed that allows us to feel as if we’re flying.

I’ve always wanted to feel that, but have never had the opportunity to own or even ride a horse. And that is what is so great about a book. You can use your imagination to experience almost anything through a character’s viewpoint.

While I’ve never owned a horse, I have had the pleasure of knowing many pets in my life. My first was a kitten when I was ten. He was a beautiful grey cat with white ‘socks’. I called him Kitten. (Clearly, I was not so creative in my younger days.) Kitten slept on my bed or on my window sill, soaking in the sun, or afternoon shade. We were great mates until he passed away, unfortunately from an illness he picked up from another animal on the farm where we lived at the time. When I was sixteen I bought myself a puppy that I called Ben. Ben grew into a strikingly handsome tri colour collie dog that I loved to bits. He was smart and protective of his family and loved to run. Since I still lived on the farm in those days, it was the perfect place for him.

Some of the other pets I shared my life with over the years included ducks, hamsters, mice, birds that we kept in a large aviary because I couldn’t stand to have a bird in a small cage, and two dogs named Chippa and Missy. They were great mates and passed away of old age at 17 and 15 respectively. Today I have a young dog named Pixie, a Chihuahua cross Pomeranian. When Pixie was a puppy I had to put a cat’s collar on her with two bells so I wouldn’t trip over her around the house. Thankfully, she’s bigger now, but still weighs in at only three and a half kilograms. Pixie gives me companionship and so much more. When writing my books I spend many hours a week isolated from human contact, but I’m not alone. Pixie is great company. I only have to look at her and can’t help but smile at her adorable antics.

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Thank you for hosting the third stop on my blog tour for Fearless. It’s been a pleasure.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Review

Crown Of Midnight is the second killer book in Sarah j Maas’s YA fantasy series- Throne Of Glass. 

Crown of midnight starts were Throne of Glass left of. At just 18 Celaena Sardothien has beaten the odds and is now the king’s champion. Though  she is far from loyal to the crown.

Celaena knew that being the king’s champion would be hard and would test her resolve . So  when the King commands her to perform a series of executions against those who he suspects are thought to be traitors to the crown, she finds herself  having to make a choice.

There are dark forces  gathering, and threatening all those she holds dear. She will have to face a much darker path .

Nehemia who was such a great support for Celaena in the first book, is still very presentin this. Though we learn more about her agenda. The princess is one of those selfless characters that would give everything up for the sake of her people and the ones she loves. She is what really sets everything in to motion in  this sequel. But in a  shocking way  that will leave you with stunned.

Another surprise is the amount of secrets thats everyone including Celaena.

There is so much I could tell you about this book, but I run the risk of giving to much away. So I will leave you with
There will be lies
There will be secret
There will be love
There will be betrayal

Trailer Crown of Midnight