Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 YA Swoon Award Nominees

Now is the time to cast your vote! Who will be the first ever Major Swoon?
You have 2 weeks to cast your votes, then we can tally the votes to see who the winners in each category are. You can win one of two copies of the book that contains this years winning Major Swoon.

Major Swoon
Girl Crush
The Funny Guy
The Bad Boy
The Good Guy
Best Boyfriend Material
Best Kiss
Best Couple
Awww moment


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Major Swoon contenders

The contenders so far, for the 2011 Major Swoon are:

Four - Divergent by Veronica Roth

Aiden Deverill - Elemental: The First by Alexandra May

Ash - The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Christian - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Stark - House of Night (Destined) By P.C & Kristen Kristin Cast

Akiva - Daughter of Smoke and Bone - LAINI TAYLOR ( Fan Page )

Ren - Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Kishan - Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Alex - Delirium by Lauren Oliver


If you don't want your favourite's to miss out nominate them now! Just click on the 2011 Swoon Awards tab at the top.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Interview with Leah Clifford


Welcome to Cotton Candy Reviews, Leah. It’s great to have you here.
 Thanks for having me!

 For those who have yet to read your book, can you tell us about it?
Girl meets boy, boy shows wings, girl dies. Then things get REALLY complicated. ;) You can also find out more on my website at http://www.LeahClifford.com

A Touch Mortal is part of a trilogy, what can we expect from books two and three?
 Book 2, A Touch Morbid, will be out at the end of February.  The story concentrates more on Kristen, everyone's favourite schizophrenic grave robber, and Jarrod, Eden's second in command, will also get a point of view. I think the story is quite a bit darker than A Touch Mortal, and more psychological.  Book 3 is currently being written. All I can say is I hope you didn't get too attached to anyone! ;)

 How would you describe your main characters?
I think a good word would be flawed.  They make mistakes.  They're still figuring out themselves and the crazy world they've been thrown into, so they have to make snap decisions on very serious issues. Sometimes things turn out okay and sometimes they don't.

Can you tell us about the paranormal world you’ve created? How does it differ from others?
 I think it's grittier.  I've been called out for writing "too dark" of topics for teens, but to me, aside from being dead, my characters really aren't any different than normal teenagers and that's one thing that makes my book different.  They have days where they hate their lives and think about ending it.  They have days where they meet someone and everything changes in a split second.  They worry about what their friends think and if they're doing the right thing and they're struggling.

What has your journey been like to become published?
 It's been amazing! That's not to say it was easy by any stretch, but it was totally worth it!

 Have you bonded with your characters on a personal level?
I would hope every writer bonds with their characters, and I absolutely have! They've been my constant companions for years now.  I think that's why it's been so hard writing the final book in the trilogy. I'm going to miss them!

 Describe your ideal setting when writing.
 I move around from day to day. Sometimes I write in bed, or on the couch or next to the fireplace.  I listen to music or watch movies.  I've been known to write in the passenger side of cars on road trips! If I'm at home, I need to have some sort of beverage (usually coffee) and then I'm good to go!

 Book piracy has become a growing issue among our community. What are your thoughts on book piracy?
 The problem with book piracy is that people see it in tiny increments rather than the big picture that authors see. Say I'm seventeen.  The economy sucks, so I can't find a job. This book by my favourite author is coming out, so I ask my mom or dad to buy it for me, but they're broke too.  And then there it is, for free on the internet and all you have to do is click a button. Some even justify that it's just like a library or a friend lending it to them. Or that they'll put up a review and it will get the author sales they wouldn't have had. Or all their friends are getting books that way and no one's gotten in trouble yet. So they start thinking why should THEY pay when no one else does.  What most readers don't understand is how many sales are lost to piracy. If my publisher isn't making back the money they paid me to write, they don't buy my next book.  Perhaps they want me to sell 1,000 copies.  If 25% of my readers pirate my book, then I've only sold 750 copies. If those people had purchased their copies, I would have a career.  Instead, no one gets that next book I'm dying to write. The problem isn't one or two people doing this; the problem is when it becomes one hundred, or thousands. I love writing, but writing is my job. What if you worked in a restaurant, and had to pay out for each table you served. If 25% of your tables walked out without paying, how heartbroken would you be?  I put almost three years of blood, sweat and tears into writing that book and seeing copies of it get pirated, especially by people who don't understand why it's wrong, is a kick in the gut. Please support the authors! Go to your library and request it! Split the cost with a friend! ...Gah! What a sad note to end on!

Leah Clifford currently lives in Ohio with her (mostly) blind cat and her roommate, who she's been friends with since sixth grade. In her spare time she loves to travel and has been known to drive over two hours to get kickass quesadillas. So far for jobs she's sold corn at a roadside stand, been a pizza delivery girl, a camp counsellor, an extreme cave tour guide, a flight attendant, a waitress (x3), a grocery store clerk and a writer. Out of all of them, writing has been the most fun. She's pretty sure she's gonna stick with it.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sneak Peek: 2011 Swoon Awards!


This year I am going to host a new award for YA books. It's the 2011 Swoon Awards! There are 9 categories that you will be able to vote in, with the top five chosen from your votes. Then you will vote again out of the top 5 categories, so when can get our winners.
I am hosting these awards with a fellow Australian blogger. We are still hashing out the finer details and hopefully voting will start next weekend!

Here are the categories:

Major swoon of 2011

Girl crush

The funny guy

The bad boy

The good guy

Best boyfriend material

Best kiss

Favourite couple

Awww moment



So who will be your swoon of the year?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger's Voyage
Author: Colleen Houck
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: November 10th 2011
Publishers: Hachette Australia
Available from: Amazon
Amazon UK
The Book Depository
The Nile
I received this book from the publisher.



With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections - leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

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The third installment in Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse series is a thrilling and emotional read. Kelsey, Ren and Kishan are some of the best characters to read. They're vivid and alive, and you just get tangled up in their story. I enjoy how real Kelsey's character is. She's a great mixture of stubborn and vulnerable, with the same insecurities we all have. It's hard not see parts of yourself in her. Then there's Ren and Kishan. Not one, but two gorgeous Prince's that vie for her attentions. These two are why I read YA. They're strong, protective, a little possessive, and have always got Kelsey's best interests at heart. Ren and Kelsey have an electric chemistry, that leaps off the pages. Theirs is a heartbreaking love story. I swear I cried at one point, thinking how unfair their lives are. Why can't they catch a break!

It takes you on a journey of epic proportions, dragging you through the pages. I love how Colleen describes everything. For me it gives the story life. Their journey is fraught with danger, trying to break the curse. The dragons they need to find are deceitful and tricky, forcing the trio into challenges for their help. I relish the adventure I am taken on in these books, so much so it was difficult to drag myself away from the pages. The ending is action packed, and has me hanging on by my fingertips for book 4!

Tiger's Voyage is an engrossing, irresistible read. There's something for everyone; fantasy, romance, adventure and compelling characters. You are certainly missing out if you haven't picked up this series. I can honestly say I adore this series. 
5/5

Monday, October 31, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Jessica Shirvington!


Welcome to Cotton Candy Reviews, Jessica. It is great to have you here.
Thanks so much!

For those who are yet to have the pleasure of reading your books, could you tell us about them?
Book 1 in The Violet Eden Chapters is called EMBRACE. It is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl, Violet Eden, who discovers that she is caught up in this ancient battle between exiled angels that are on earth and angel-human warriors that fight against them called the Grigori. Violet discovers her destiny is entwined with this eternal battle and must make her choice – to follow the path that has been set for her, or turn her back on her destiny. At the heart of the story she is also torn between the two men in her life; Lincoln – her long time crush who is the one to tell her nothing will ever be the same, and Phoenix, an exiled angel who, despite his more frightening attributes always happens to be there when she needs someone.
Book 2, ENTICED, follows on from Embrace and we see Violet come into her powers and also begin to take charge of her life. New characters come in from the Academy in New York and new friendships are forged. But old enemies return, too, and Violet quickly discovers that she is more vulnerable than ever. It is in the sacred mountains of Mt Nebo, in Jordan, where the ultimate secrets are revealed and Violet must step up and make one more very difficult decision.
Book 3, EMBLAZE, has just come out. A lot has happened and Violet’s life has changed so much she sometimes barely recognises herself. She has had to face so many battles, but she knows her biggest is coming and she must ultimately face Phoenix. The trouble is, Phoenix always seems to have the upper hand. When he double crosses them and takes something very dear to Violet, she realises – the games are over. If she wants to protect the people she loves, she has to fight Phoenix – even though she knows, there is little chance of her coming out of it alive.

So far there are three books in the Violet Eden chapters. How many books are planned for the series?
Definitely 4 and probably 6. I am writing book 4 at the moment and I have always promised myself I would let the story build and end organically and at the right time. I am not interested in telling the same story over and over – but also, I don’t want to cut the character progression short or just give a predictable ending – so I am leaving myself open to find the right place to end. Of course, I think I have a good idea, but sometimes when you start writing you just discover a better way and I want to be in a position to take that better road if it presents itself.

How would you describe Violet?
I’d describe Violet as strong and independent but also fragile and flawed at the same time. Some of her actions are forced from a place of fear rather than strength. She is not always as strong as she likes to appear and I think that makes for some interesting scenes. At other times, when she is put in the most frightening of situations her real strength comes through and then you can see her potential. I guess you could say ... she’s complicated. Like most seventeen-year-old girls.

What are the differences between Lincoln and Phoenix?
Many. Lincoln is grounded. He knows who he is, had a stable upbringing. His morals and ethics are well developed and though he makes mistakes he has an inner strength that makes him an incredible person. On the other hand, he tends to overthink things as well. Sometimes I just want to grab him and shake him and tell him – he doesn’t have to always take the hard road.
Phoenix is quite different. His upbringing has been completely unique. No other being in the world is like him. He has been tossed aside so many times as if no one would claim him as one of their own. He has learnt to function, to take and to please himself when he wants, but you can see that has left him wanting in other areas. As opposed to Lincoln, Phoenix’s innate tendencies make it difficult to simply to the right thing. It is as if, even when he tries, he can’t help but chose the most questionable way to get there. I feel like shaking him a lot too!

How do your angels differ from other angel books that are out?
First of all, my angels are non-corporeal – and they are forbidden from visiting the earth. That also means that my exiled angels have to adjust to having human bodies when they fall to earth – it is a huge thing for them to become accustomed to and they never really do. As a result, they can’t process the physical restraints and the emotional responses that come with having a human form and they gradually become more and more insane.

Are the Violet Eden Chapters set anywhere in particular, or have you created a separate universe?
They are set in our world; however, I never name the city that Violet lives in. In book 2, they go to Jordan. In book 3, they go to Greece. In book 4, they go to New York. However, when I wrote the early drafts of Embrace I found myself simply referring to Violet’s home city as the ‘City’ and quickly realised this was the way I wanted it to stay. I want the readers to be able to fully submerge themselves in Violet’s world and that means imagining it as if they were there. I imagine a version of the places I have lived in my life and around the world and readers should do the same – whether they imagine a place they live in or have been to.

Was there anything in particular that sparked the idea behind your books?
I loved the idea of the angel hierarchy and I used that to help create the premise for the world rules. The idea that there are these nine ranks of angels – each with a purpose, power and function. It made sense that they would be broken up this way. Also, I liked the idea that angels were completely flawed, just like us. This led to a lot of my story threads.

What is one thing you wish you had the talent for?
Music. I love music so much and listen to playlists all the time in between writing. I am always singing along in the car – people point and laugh at the traffic lights! And my kids are always blocking their ears. I think they would like it too, if I had a talent for singing.

Do you have a favourite flavoured Tim Tam?  (I prefer the dark choc mint version.)
Hmm ... To be honest, I haven’t explored the flavour options. I’m pretty traditional when it comes to Tim Tam buying but my favourite ice cream is mint choc-chip so I like your suggestion.


Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of nine years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.

She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.


You can find out more about Jessica and her books by visiting her website: http://www.jessicashirvington.com/

Liking The Violet Eden Chapters on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/violetedenchapters

And by visiting the official Violet Eden Chapters website: http://www.violetedenchapters.com.au/ 

To win a copy of EMBRACE, just leave a comment with your email! If you don't follow my blog I would be most appreciative you did. Giveaway is international as the book will be shipping from the Book Depository.  (The English covers are also different.)
Giveaway ends Friday November 11th.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Available from: Amazon

Amazon UK
The Book Depository
The Nile

I received this book from the publisher.


The noise between Patch and Nora has gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for - and their love - forever.
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What a thrilling third instalment in the Hush, Hush saga. I absolutely adore this series and was not disappointed with Silence. Becca Fitzpatrick is truly a master storyteller.
Patch and Nora’s story is captivating. They are both intense, multi-dimensional characters you can almost reach out and touch. I love Nora’s fierce personality in this book. She faces huge obstacles in Silence but never gives up. She can come off as quiet and unassuming, but has a steel core. Patch is just amazing. He’s a bad boy with a tortured soul, who protects Nora with a powerful devotion. The chemistry between Patch and Nora is like an inferno; you just can’t help but be sucked in. Theirs is a truly epic and romantic love story.
Becca has created a fantastic host of secondary characters that help bring this story to life. Vee is Nora’s best friend, and she always has something to say. She’s definitely one of my favourites.
From the very beginning of Silence I was left awed. It caught me off guard and I had no idea how the story was going to pan out. Silence seduced me with a mesmerising tale that had me gasping for more. Addicting is an understatement. If you haven’t read this series, you’re completely crazy. Living under a rock is no excuse for not reading this phenomenal series. Absolutely cannot wait for book four!
5/5


Visit www.ilovepatch.com for great information on the books, Becca and her upcoming Australian tour! You can even attend The Black Hand Ball.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Haunting Violet
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: July 4th 2011
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Available from: Amazon

Amazon UK
Book Depository
The Nile

I received this book from the publisher.


Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fraudulent medium for a decade. Violet has taken part in enough of her mother's tricks to feel more than a little jaded about anyhting supernatural. The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she's been seeing them everywhere. One ghost in particular needs Violet to use her emerging gift to solve her murder ...and prevent the ghost's twin sister from suffering the same fate.
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I love reading about Victorian England, and it is such fantastic setting for Haunting Violet. The scenes are rich and vibrant, and I felt transported in every scene. Violet has been an unwilling participant in her mothers fake seances. She is a true skeptic, and I enjoyed the irony behind her ability. I thought Violet handled the whole thing very well. Violet is a such a likable character. She's caring and is determined to help others no matter the cost to her own safety. Colin is an Irish orphan, and has lived with Violet and her mother since his own passed away. I really enjoyed Violet and Colin's relationship progression. Violet has come to see how grown up Colin is, and begins to notice a little bit more and more about him. You can't help but dislike Violet's mother, but you also feel compassion towards her. Mind you, she doesn't do much to make you feel for her. I was entertained throughout the entire book, with Violet's best friend Elizabeth providing some entertaining scenes. Haunting Violet is a murder mystery first and foremost, but the paranormal aspects add an extra layer. I loved the suspense and intrigue, and was constantly trying to guess who the murderer was. I haven't read any of Alyxandra's Drake Chronicles, but if they're anything like this, I'm adding them to my TBR.
4/5

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Title: Glow (Sky Chaser's book 1)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: October 1st 2011
Publishers: Pan Macmillan Australia
Available from: Amazon

Amazon UK
The Book Depository
The Nile
I received this book from the publisher.



What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival-not love-the issue?
A ship heading for New Earth is halfway through its incredible journey across the galaxy.
On board, sixteen year olds Waverly and Kieran are part of the first generation born in space.
They are in love.
They believe their future is written in the stars.
They have never seen a stranger before...
... until the day they are wrenched apart and suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives.
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Glow is a dystopian set in the vastness of space. I was immediately drawn into the story of Kieran and Waverly, and their trek across the universe to save the world. Glow is almost  Lord of the Flies, set in outer space. With the attack on their ship and the disappearance of all the adults leaves the children with a great burden to carry. The characters have strong personalities, and the trials they face and the decisions they have to make really test their mettle. They feel lost and are looking for leadership, with Kieran and Seth being the oldest, these two boys are shoved into the roles of protector and leader. The fate of humanity sits on their shoulders and some rise to the challenge better than others. Waverly is also cast into a similar role, but although she understands her responsibilities she is a little resentful.
There is plenty of tension and drama throughout the book. The most interesting part of Glow was seeing how the characters grew and matured under the pressure. The politics of the adults in the book added another dimension to the story, and it makes you think about what happens to Waverly. Understanding both sides of the story was easy, and you can't help but wonder what you would in the same situation. 
Glow is a riveting tale of life, death and the future of all humanity, which rests on the shoulders of such young and inexperienced characters. I look forward the the next installment of the Sky Chaser's.
3.5/5



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Title: Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)
Author: Elizabeth Miles
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: September 1st 2011
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Available from: Amazon

Amazon UK
Book Depository
The Nile
I received this book from the publisher.

Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen.

*****
I have to say I was quite disappointed with Fury. I found most of the book slow and relatively uninteresting, but there was just enough happening for me to keep reading otherwise I would have put it down. The blurb pretty much sums up the whole book, which I didn't like. I also didn't really like any of the characters. Em is the not-as-good looking best friend to Gabby, who of course is popular, beautiful and dates the hottest guy in school Zach, who Em has her eye on. Em takes her friends absence as some sort of go ahead to spend time with Zach and knows full what she is doing but tries to constantly justify her actions. It made her seem very immature, and only seems to try and rectify her wrongdoings after a visit from those mysterious girls, when she finds out who they are. Gabby seems all flash and no substance but is probably the most genuine character in the book. Chase is just as bad as Em, although the truth behind his actions takes a little while to come out, you know he's done something bad. They do second guess their actions, but it didn't feel right to me. I just felt like they were bratty, annoying and shallow. I do have to say they realise their wrongs but it comes too late. Only at the very end did I begin to like Em. She did grow as a character, and I will say the last 50+ pages were the best.  I did enjoy the idea of the book, but just wish it was better. I know I shouldn't have, but I judged a book by its cover. The cover is beautiful and I gave Fury an extra half point because of it.
3/5

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vampire Academy Giveaway!!

A few weeks ago I was able to get my hands on 10 copies of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. With the release of Bloodlines, the new VA spin off, I am having a giveaway. Ten people will a copy of Last Sacrifice, with one winner also winning a copy of Bloodlines!! So, what do you have to do to enter? Well, being a follower of my blog is mandatory, but for an extra entry each, follow me on Facebook, twitter & Goodreads. You can also get extra entries by tweeting and posting about the giveaway on Facebook. Leave a comment with all your entry links and email, so I can contact you if you win.


When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.



I have 5 copies for Australia & 5 copies to giveaway internationally! Giveaway ends September 30th.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Title: Hades (Halo #2)
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: August 30th 2011
Publishers: HarperCollins Australia
Available from: Amazon

Amazon UK
Book Depository
The Nile


I received this book from the publisher.


Jake Thorn and his demons have been banished and Xavier and Bethany settle down to resume a normal life. But on the night of Halloween, a childish prank goes terribly wrong and Jake is summoned back to the sleepy town of Venus Cove. Bethany is deceived and like the mythical Persephone she finds herself dragged into the nightmarish underworld of Hades. While the angels call on higher powers to help recover Bethany, Hell decides to play dirty and goes after the one thing she loves more than anything. But to spare Xavier's life, Bethany must make the ultimate sacrifice. Will she make a deal with the Devil? And what will happen to an angel in Hell?
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Miss Adornetto is a very talented young lady. She has written a captivating and beautiful story, with well defined characters. Her powers of description weave such a potent picture, drawing you into Bethany's world. 
Hades is told from Bethany's point of view, and she has a compelling voice throughout the book, lending it a constant depth. Bethany is human in many respects, and yet is vastly different. Even though she spends most of her time in Hell, we get to see more of her as a character. Her compassion is not hindered by Hell, the whole experience setting her foundations to make her stronger. 
Xavier can sometimes seem too perfect, but he has this quality that makes him stand out. He has a personality that makes him very approachable, and you just can't help but like him. If you were to pit him against the various YA male leads, his light would probably shine the brightest.
I really enjoyed how the story developed, there was always something that would keep me from putting the book down. The ending is momentous, in more ways than one. I am already eagerly anticipating the next book.
4/5



Saturday, July 2, 2011

Winners & Announcement!

I have been a little MIA over the last week or so. I attended the Supanova Pop Culture Expo last weekend, and it was so awesome. I met Amy Acker, Sean Maher, Tom Felton and Corin Nemec. I even got photo's with Tom and Corin! 
 SEE!
SEE!

Announcement time:
Myself and several other Aussie bloggers are planning an event in August, so we're trying to sort out details for that. I hope you'll stick around because I think it's going to be pretty great!


Let's move on to the winners from my What I'm Reading giveaway. I'd like to thank everyone for following my new blog. It's great to have reached over 60 followers now! Thanks for entering. Now,
*drumroll*

The first winner is Spav, who gets to choose 2 books.
Skye (In The Good Books) and Ivana choose 1 book each. 

Woohoo *throws confetti*
Please contact me within 48hrs or another winner be chosen. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Follow Friday #1

This is the first Follow Friday post for Cotton Candy Reviews. Follow Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee. This meme is to help all us bloggers out there get to know one another. There is also a weekly featured blogger and this week is Mickey from I'm a Book Shark.

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

I have three. Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, Barrons is just so yummy. I also love her Highlander series, and that's how I got into her Fever series. Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey, I love how it has characters based losely on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely. Her books are just that little bit darker.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 4

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.


Tiger's Voyage (Tiger Saga #3) by Colleen Houck
Publication Date: November 2011

In the third installment of the Tiger series, Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift—an object of power that will help break the curse that causes them to live part of their lives as tigers.

They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. With Nilima, Mr. Kadam, Ren, and Kishan at her side, she soon learns that the task ahead will be even more difficult than the others. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to set her feet on a new path, she is yanked back with a jolt to the one she's determined to leave behind.

The jarring tug-of-war that ensues for Kelsey's heart leaves her anxious and confused. Combined with the stress of almost being killed every other day, it would appear that saving the tigers is almost more than she can handle. Still, she presses on, knowing that a choice is looming on the horizon. One she cannot put off making for long.

Tiger's Voyage is an irresistible romance with a barrage of action on the high seas, where a reader will find a treasure chest full of dragons, sea monsters, knights in shining armor, fabled weapons, and enduring love. The tropic waters of India create the backdrop for the latest installment in the tiger series. This novel, a multicultural take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, delves into the complex emotional turmoil and pressure associated with not only making the best choice for a nation but also the best choice for yourself.

I'm going a little crazy for this series at the moment.  It's not a complete cover but, I can not wait until this is released! What are you waiting on?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger's Curse - The Tiger Saga #1
Author: Colleen Houck 
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: January 11th 2011
Publishers: Hodder
Available from: Amazon
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The Nile

Passion. Fate. Loyalty. 

Would you risk it all to change your destiny? 

The last thing 17-year old Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever. 

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.



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I had heard a few people discussing this books for several months and I decided to finally get a copy. I am so glad I did. Tiger's Curse is a wonderful story that features a young woman who is swept into an epic story featuring two dark, gorgeous brothers and a curse that has kept them as tigers for over 300 years. Colleen Houck has created an enchanting tale that had me glued to the pages. Kelsey is the young heroine who has been in foster care since her junior year after the death of her parents. She's a character that is easy to relate to. I have to say she is one of the better YA female leads that I have read in a long time. She's humble, quite self conscious and is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of girl. Ren is an Indian prince cursed to walk the earth as a tiger, after his brother betrayed him.. To say he's good-looking would be a gross understatement. Cobalt blue eyes, dark golden skin and black hair. I fell in love with him. He's warm, honest, caring, compassionate, noble and admirable. Then there's his brother Kishan. He's the darker of the two and brings humour to the story. He's sarcastic, and likes pushing Ren's buttons. I love the tension between the brothers. It adds a little extra to the story. Who doesn't have a soft spot for the bad boy? Damon, anyone? They're both fiercely protective of Kelsey, and it makes me feel all warm and mushy. I think I better stop now or I'm going to ramble on and on. 
I love the history and mythology that Colleen Houck has woven into this book. Fraught with danger, adventure and a breathtaking love story, Tiger's Curse is definitely one book you have to pick up this year. 

I have to share one quote from Kelsey: "Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make."  
4.5/5