Excerpt from : Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell

An Excerpt from MAKING YOUR MIND UP by Jill Mansell

 

The lane that ran alongside the garden of Hestacombe House was narrow and banked high on both sides with poppies, cow parsley, and blackberry bushes. Turning left, Tyler Klein worked out, would lead you back up to the village of Hestacombe. Turning right took you down to the lake. As he took the right turn, Tyler heard the sound of running feet and giggling.

Rounding the first bend in the lane, he saw two small children twenty or thirty yards away, clambering over a stile. Dressed in shorts, T–shirts, and baseball caps, the one in front was carrying a rolled–up yellow-and-white-striped striped towel, while his companion clutched a haphazard bundle of clothes. Glancing up the lane and spotting Tyler, they giggled again and leaped down from the stile into the cornfield beyond. By the time he reached the stile they’d scurried out of sight, no doubt having taken some shortcut back to the village following their dip in the lake.

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Blog Tour and Book Review: The Tenth Saint

Today I’m happy to take part in the blog tour for The Tenth Saint by D.J. Niko.

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More info and my review after the jump….

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

You know how I gushed a few weeks ago about this book?

One part Harry Potter, two parts Hunger Games with just a dash of LiraelThe Bone Season just might make you forget that you wanted another Rowling novel.

Well, today I’m at it again for the official blog tour! Since reading the galley I’ve started listening to the audiobook and I have a whole new perspective on it

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Though I’ve always loved re-reading books, I don’t think I’ve re-read a book so quickly since the Harry Potter books. The first time through you’re racing to get through the story, to find out what will happen. The second read is more leisurely, with plenty of time to enjoy the prose and revel in the rich descriptions.

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Book Blitz: Aberrant by Ruth Silver

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Today I’m happy to be a part of the book blitz for Ruth Silver’s Aberrant! The book looks like a lot of fun.

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Check out an excerpt below:

We rounded the corner and my eyes caught sight of a line of young men stretching around council hall, extending for blocks. “What’s going on over there?” I asked.

Landon’s face perked up, a hint of a smile playing on his lips, “they’re here for you, Olivia.”

“Me?” I felt nervous and swallowed the bile rising in my throat.

Landon patted my back, as if he had the ability to reassure me. His touch was repulsive. I pulled away slightly from his grasp, my gaze still attached to the hundreds of young men lining up along the edge of the building and pushed back down into the street. “They’re submitting their applications to date you.”

“You’re joking?” My eyes wide and mouth agape, I couldn’t believe this was happening.   “This is because of Joshua yesterday, isn’t it?” It had to be the reason they found it necessary to punish me.

Landon sighed. He seemed agitated with me, short-tempered. “We’ve told you, Olivia, you can’t be with Joshua.”

I rolled my eyes, “yes and you’ve also told me I have three years to decide. What’s all this!” I gestured towards the young men as I pushed them aside to walk through the main entrance, they were in my way.

“Hey! No cutting in line,” one of the young men yelled before his voice faltered off realizing I wasn’t there to apply. “Are you Olivia?” His voice echoed against the building as he took another step, further inching towards the foyer.

“It’s none of your damned business!” I shouted back, my eyes glaring as I knocked Landon hard with my elbow. I knew it wouldn’t win me any brownie points but I didn’t care. I was beyond pissed. My feet clanked over the marble flooring. In the center of the room a table had been set up where the young men were fast approaching, one after another. “You’re wasting your time,” I called back to the woman hosting the event as she recorded their information in an oversized book.

“This way,” Landon escorted me away from the line of bachelors towards the open door.

“Please, come in,” the older wiry-haired woman gestured us inside and shut the door promptly behind us. All the noise and commotion from the main foyer disappeared inside the room.

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