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The Booky Monster

Hi all. 

I'm a complete newbie crossing my fingers I managed to set this up without either breaking  my Goodreads shelves or the computer :)


Hope to talk books soon....

Loving Liberty - Belinda Boring Can I just say WOW! The "Queen of Swoon" has certainly earned another jewel in her crown with her first New Adult offering. Loving Liberty will take you on a emotional ride that will resonate long after the last page is turned. Have the tissues handy and prepare to forget about the rest of the world, Loving Liberty is one of those rare reading experiences where not even the Zombie apocalypse could drag you away from the page.

Boring has a natural flair for characterisation and scene setting. Right from the very first paragraph I found myself transported into Liberty's world and the unfolding story was so compelling and dare I say addictive, that I burnt the midnight oil, desperate to reach the conclusion.

Liberty, in my opinion is the perfect protagonist and Oliver the perfect object of affection. Liberty is so beautifully flawed and realistic you can't help but be tempted to try and fight her battles for her. Oliver, well not only will he raise your heartbeat and bring a blush to your cheeks with all his swoon-worthiness, you will love him simply because he gives Liberty the strength to find her wings. What girl doesn't dream of a guy like that?

Loving Liberty is without a doubt one of the freshest and captivating novels of 2013 and definately one you MUST add to your TBR. Believe me, you will thank yourself for it.
The Mystic Wolves (Mystic Wolves, #1) - Belinda Boring WOW. What a stand-out debut! Boring has expertly blended all that is thrilling and addictive about the paranormal romance genre with a fresh new plot and PLENTY of emotion. In fact her take on werewolves may just be my favourite yet. Why oh why did I take so long to finally read it despite first downloading it on my now-dead kindle??? Some one slap me.

The characterisation is superb and the action perfectly paced. The only reason I didn't give it a five star rating was that I felt a little confused at times on what the intended audience age group was (Adult vs YA).

This is definately one to add to your shelf, I dare you to stop at just one though :)
Faerie After (Bones of Faerie Book, #3) - Janni Lee Simner An epic finale to a thrilling series
The Eternity Cure - Julie Kagawa http://cels-confessionsofabookymonster.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/the-eternity-cureblood-of-eden-2-julie.html
The Rules of Conception - Angela Lawrence Brilliant,poignant and certainly a novel of modern society; The Rules of Conception tackles one of the most confronting questions to face women and takes a new approach to shutting up that internal tick-tocking once and for all.

Whether you agree with the path Rachel chooses or not, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat right from the get go and Rachel is such an adorable and engaging character either way you'll find yourself willing to fight in her corner.

Lawrence has handled such a delicate topic with skill, wit and genuine emotion and her obvious research into the topic shines throughout.Whether or not you are a parent yourself, there is something in Rachel's story for everyone. As life gets more and more complicated, more and more women are finding themselves in similar situations and it is refreshing to see an author take the bull by the horns and put the issue out there with such a strong voice.The Rules of Conception has all the makings to take the world by storm Sex in the City style.

Rachel certainly gets under your skin and her story is one to give women everywhere a little dose of some good old fashioned girl power.

Solid, thought provoking and just a little provocative, The Rules of Conception deserves adding to your TBR asap. 5/5 Stars.

Wind In The Wires - Joy Dettman Review at: http://cels-confessionsofabookymonster.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/the-woody-creek-series-joy-dettman.html
Private Oz - Michael White, James Patterson If you are setting a book in australia and co writing with an australian-for good sakes use the correct terminology!
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling Brilliant dark and delicous trek through the worst aspects of the human condition. J.K still brings the magic without "the magic"
The Price of Fame - Rowena Cory Daniells The Price of Fame is the first foray into the world of paranormal crime for well-known Australian Fantasy author Rowena Cory Daniells, and she has nailed the genre with spectacular results.

Her paranormal element is spot on. It's spooky,mysterious and at times will have your pulse racing so hard you won't dare to peel your eyes from the page in case you look up to see it manifested in your own reality. The crime is perfectly woven and even for those readers, like myself who pride themselves on superior arm chair detective skills- well good luck picking the bad guy. There are plenty of red herrings to throw you off the sent and keep you guessing and the inter-personal relationships between the main players and there own hidden agendas will throw you even more.

Often when novels are set with a mix of the present and past and the action flips between the two, the reader can end up feeling disoriented and the timing ends up left by the wayside. Daniells has brilliantly merged the two times and settings without any of the pitfalls and the imagery remains strong no matter which era you find yourself stepping into.

Fans of Daniells' fantasy trilogies will instantly recognise her unique style, strong characterisation and gift for imagery and although this is a step away from the usual world's she gifts us with, you will still find yourself burning the midnight oil desperate to find out just what comes next. For those of you new to the magic she brings- don't be surprised if after devouring The Price of Fame you find yourself itching to delve into the previous creations.

An astounding 5/5 Booky Monster stars.

Dark Legacy

Dark Legacy - M.A. Anderson Compelling,dark and intoxicating. One of the best indie paranormals I have read
Destiny Road - Melissa Wray Based on the authors own life experience, Destiny Road is one young woman's coming of age tale that will have the reader utterly spellbound.

Wray has managed to write with absolute brutal honesty that very easily could have become too confronting-especially for those that have undergone a similar situation. Nothing is "glossed over" or any emotion down-played but the strength of her characterisation softens the blow from the issues faced. Jessica leaps from the page right from the very first line. Her journey fast becomes your own, and rather than feeling that you are just a voyeur along for the ride, you soon feel fully invested.

The timing is perfect. You have time to catch your breath when needed without ever compromising the flow. In fact the novel has such a polished feel I was surprised that this was indeed her debut into the published world.

Due to the fact that the issues are slightly mature and the emotional content often intense, I would only recommend this for the older YA bracket and up.

Destiny Road is a delightful,well rounded adventure that will linger with the reader and leave you wanting more of Jessica's tale. Definitely one to add to your wish list.
Skylark  - Meagan Spooner Utterly amazing. Fans of The Hunger Games, Starters and The forest of hands and teeth will be soellbound by Lark's world
Assassin - Tara Moss What a brilliant way to end our adventures with Mak! Darker and more dangerous than ever, this will leave your heart pumping and certain that this was the only way it could all end.....
Endless - Jessica Shirvington Oh gosh!Prepare to cry buckets, I just hope this isn't the end
Besieged - Rowena Cory Daniells Wow oh wow oh wow!Rowena has done it again! Full review to come