Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting.
The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.
For one week only, both Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise are 99c / 77p!
“Have you ever
been swimming here?” I asked moving my head to watch his reaction as I brought
my feet up out of the water and folded them beside me.
summers when I came here. We all used to use it as a way to cool off or just
have some fun in between training.”
skinny dipping?” I asked my grin growing due to the thoughts running through my
“Why? You want
to try it?” he challenged.
“Only if you go
first,” I laughed but stopped instantly when he removed his shirt and tossed it
behind us. My eyes widened in surprise and I started to regret my words.
“You’re not being serious are you?” I stuttered as he pulled off his shoes,
throwing them over to where his shirt was crumpled.
“You can’t chicken
out now Rea. It was your idea,” he said smiling as he removed each sock,
teasing me as they ended up with the rest of his discarded garments.
I just stared at
him, my lips moving but not making a sound as I tried to find an excuse.
He laughed at
me. “Relax Rea, I’m just teasing you. Well unless you’ve changed your mind. In
that case I’m being deadly serious.” He had a cheeky grin on his face as he
spoke and I pushed him hard, toppling him into the water below.
There was a lot
of splashing but Kai surfaced finally, taking a deep breath as he flicked the
hair out of his eyes. I was clutching my stomach in fits of laughter as I bent
over. The shock on his face was priceless.
“Oh you are so
dead Rea, so, so dead,” he said, his voice ragged as the cold water and shock
affected his half naked body. I just continued to laugh as he floated in front
of me, his head bobbing up and down in a comical way.
Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) by Mia Hoddell
The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.
Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.
She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.
His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.
What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.
She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.
“I couldn't put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)
“I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)
“In the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)
About the Author
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still - despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.
Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series 'The Wanderer Trilogy' and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series 'Elemental Killers' before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.
Now if you read Breathe (review here) the first book of the pair (not a trilogy sadly but you'd see why in Resist) last year and fell in love with the drama, suspense, romance and heart-ripping-out-and-stomping-on-it emotion... then I'm sure like me you have been anxiously awaiting the release of Resist. Luckily as a reviewer I received it early, so I was checking my emails constantly from September onwards. Somehow in the midsts of starting University.. I have managed to find myself here having read it and ready to type away with all my feelings in time for it's release tomorrow. If you have not read Breathe yet however... let me tell you this... along with the Divergent series (which is obviously amazing and if you haven't read that either the first book is out in March next year on screen so it's good enough to be a movie... that good) Breathe's pair of books are the best young adult dystopian there is out at the minute (in my opinion of course, feel free to contradict). I am a dystopian lover and I have read all I can get my hands on... most dystopian is interesting but theses books leave you with one word on your lips and that is WOW. So... let's actually get to the review hey? (apologies for excess of feelings, I literally just finished it and I'm recovering...) Resist by Sarah Crossan Resistance to the Pod Leadership has come apart. The Grove has been destroyed but so has the Pod Minister. Quinn, Bea and Alina separately must embark on a perilous journey across the planet's dead landscape in search of the rumoured resistance base Sequoia. Meanwhile the Pod Minister has been succeeded by his capricious daughter. Her brother, Ronan, is supposed to advise her, but his doubts about the regime lead to him being sent out of the Pod in search of Quinn. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high. Review Oh where to start with this beautiful, beautiful heart breaking book. Well I knew I would love this book, after book 1 (Breathe) which I adored to no end, I had very high expectations. Not only were those met, but they were exceeded. My mind was blown by the imagination and skill that Sarah must have put in, in order to create such a action packed, believable, solid plot that is like spaghetti twisted together on a plate... complicated and linked to everything else. Crossan brought so much new to the world she had begun in Breathe and it's almost so much you can't take it in... but it's not so much you fall back not understanding or believing in the world. It feels real. The characters who I met in book 1, I felt were so much stronger in book 2. The characters really showed through their aspects which was introduced in Breathe and these difference character symbols in the book created a balance. You're always going to meet different types of people and people who will not agree... Crossan understanding this allowed the feel of reality really seep into her story. Some characters you may hate and disagree with, but that's what she wants you to do. Yet when things go wrong, you still feel slightly sympathetic. However when things go badly to the characters you love and stand behind... your heart will be barely beating on the floor after Crossan has ripped it from your chest. Because you will create a deep connection to certain characters, so you want them to survive and to be happy, as if it was you. And it will feel like you... because Crossan writes each chapter from a point of view. There is one extra point of view (I believe maybe two but the second is only one chapter) in this book than the previous.. which was three (now four). This allows further insight to whats happening at the same time and from the view in which that character looks at things, as it is different depending on what kind of person they are and how they think. I know sometimes we think and we know our world and society isn't in the best shape, but reading a book like this can make you truly thankful. (Maybe scared it could go this way, but lets hope we have more humanity in us) Resist shows that you should never give up, because if you fight and fight with the true belief that things should be different... you can change it. It demonstrates to us that we should care about the future cause they're going to be us one day and if we don't make things better for them, things will only plummet and then what will there be? Resist encourages forgiveness and understanding, people change, people are mislead. (But also that some people will never change) And I know that sometimes we feel we have barely any freedom, but we do, we can breathe in as much as we want without being rationed or charged. We have the right to breathe. We are not restricted to a place, or told what we should do with our lives, or separated and labelled due to wealth. We are not used. But the characters in Resist experience all of this, so reading as them so will you. How about the action... well there is so much action... keeping up isn't a problem, the problem is putting the book down because you need a wee or it's getting so late your eyelids are drifting together and you have to be up early in the morning. The problem is that you will meet action and suspense on every page and so every time you finish a chapter, you must find out what happens in the next (unless you have sheer strength to wait, but who does?). However.. except from making you tired, hungry, bursting... being this way isn't really a problem it is a sign of a fantastic book. Who needs cliffhangers at the end of the book ey? How about in every single chapter... in a paragraph... in a line? Crossan likes to hide things from us, another way of making us want to read on. And it is excellent how all the information eventually comes together and you understand more, come to terms with things. It's such an intelligent plot and I honestly applaud her... and would be up for protesting if there are no film companies after her to put it on screen! I could rant and rant about this forever... but I must stop at some point, let me just leave you with some quotes: 'It'll be better than death. It has to be better than death.' 'My heart pumps oxygen around my body, but the breath doesn't make me whole.' '"I'm all out of hope," she says, and lets go.' 'I stay as still as I can on the floor preserving my oxygen' Do you even need to ask a rating? Of course a big fat old 5/5! My boyfriend has been reading more and more of my books, and a few months ago I gave him Breathe, which of course he fell in love with too. So alongside me he has been impatiently waiting for me to receive Resist in the post. And now that I'm at University he has to wait an extra week and a bit to have the book now I've finished with it (cause mailing books is expensive.) So I got him into these books... and I recommend it to everyone who loves action to romance to comedy to war to politics to freedom! Go out and invest in these books because it is worth it. (There is however an age+ to this book which I'm unsure about but I would guess 14 and up). Go out and buy this tomorrow! Buy here. A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing UK for giving me the pleasure of reviewing this!
Sorry it's been a while! I'm at Bath Spa University now! I moved in last Saturday (21st) and have been spending the week getting to know where I live, my flatmates, enjoying freshers and going to introductory classes! I don't actually start learning until tomorrow, although a lot of people start today - as I have Monday's off weekly (great for when I wanna go home and have a long weekend!)
My uni room is stacked with books of course... five boxes (all of my books basically) I brought with me... barely fit in the car!
Here's my room, you may be able to see the stacked book shelf with books behind books and books on top of books!... Also the ones in the corners and over my desk and right there on my bedside table (as well as in the little space under the draw which you cannot see)... yep they're hidden every where!
I love it here, though its hard being away from family and my boyfriend!
My first post arrived... guess what... it was Resist by Sarah Crossan... second book of Breathe! I loved the first book so it jumps right to the top of my reading list, be expecting that review soon!
Warner Bros. Announces Expanded Creative Partnership with J.K. Rowling
Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.” (Expanded Rowling quote at bottom of release.)
“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”
In addition to the film series, “Fantastic Beasts” will also be developed across the Studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling’s digital online experience built around the Harry Potter stories.
The Studio’s expanded partnership with Rowling also covers the continued expansion of its Harry Potter activities, including the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in conjunction with partner Universal Parks and Resorts (currently in Orlando, FL; opening in Hollywood, CA and Osaka, Japan), digital initiatives (including Pottermore), video games, consumer products and visitor attractions.
In addition, Warner Bros. will serve as the worldwide TV distributor (excluding the U.K.) of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming television adaptation for the BBC of “The Casual Vacancy,” her best-selling first novel aimed at adult audiences. This miniseries begins production in 2014.
The relationship will be managed in London by Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership, Rowling’s literary agency, and Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who will serve as Warner Bros.’ chief business contact for all J.K. Rowling initiatives going forward.
Rowling’s expanded quote regarding “Fantastic Beasts” is below:
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
Stardust is an utterly charming fairy tale in the tradition of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story. Neil Gaiman, creator of the darkly elegant Sandman comics and author of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, tells the story of young Tristran Thorn and his adventures in the land of Faerie. One fateful night, Tristran promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her from beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (called, appropriately, Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall except to attend an enchanted flea market that is held every nine years (and during which, unbeknownst to him, Tristran was conceived). But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his love. Review Stardust has been one of my favourite all time films that I have watched and watched again, because it makes me happy. Then in town the other day I stumbled across this little version of the book the movie was based on, and although I tried to walk away (as my hands were already stacked with books) I just couldn't, I mean how adorable is this cover? I knew I had to read it. And sure enough not long after my purchase I put this book at the top of my TBR pile (oops) and read it in a day or two. I found it slightly unnerving how different the book was from the film version I knew so well, for starters there is much more detail and background about Tristan's father at the beginning of the book, where the film features him for so little a time. However, cautious as I was, wondering whether for once I would love a film version of a book more than the book itself (a no no for us readers it seems?)... I enjoyed the book with it's differences and quirks and extra detail and much much more action. Also the magical element I find is slightly more increased as well as the whole idea of the moon and the stars and their nature... which gives the whole story more stability. I cannot tell which I love more, as I have read the book only once and watched the film a dozen times, but I think I love each version equally in their differences. I find that the book was slightly harsher, colder and built with more suspense where as the film was to me a soft, warm fantasy full of romance and magical feelings. This is due mostly to the characters themselves and how they act in the book and the movie. This is particularly shown through each version's ending, the book ending... I was not expecting, having falling in love with the lovely, no loose ends, gushy ending of the film. It broke my heart, I must say... but isn't that what all great books do in the last page? And isn't feeling gushy after a romantic fantasy movie how you're suppose to feel? So therefore i conclude.. each version is magnificent in their own rights. I know I will read this book till the bind is broken in so many places the cover may start to peel... and I will watch the film too... as much as possible I'm sure. (Think this is a DVD purchase awaiting). I'd love to know what you guys think... if you have read the book or seen the film and which you preferred or if it is one of your favourites. And if you haven't stumbled across Stardust yet... or have never given it ago... I say please do... it comes at a high recommendation above a lot of stuff out there from me!
5/5 of course! I shall end here with a film still from the movie... to entice you into watching! Have a lovely day!