Saturday, September 27, 2014

RE-LAUNCH

Hello Everyone!!!

I'm sorry I've been MIA for the past few years, my personal life has been a bit hectic and I was truly saddened by the fact that I was not able to post to my facebook page or blog any longer. I'm hoping that things AKA life can slow down for a bit so that I can re-launch my page and my blog. I'm hoping to re-establish my connections with my old facebook friends and all my author friends!!

Stay tuned and I hope that you all can continue to follow me and pages :)

Melissa

Friday, February 24, 2012

Win a COMPLETE Jodi Picoult library of books!





Jodi has a new book out on February 28th called Lone Wolf.

A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?



The two grand prize winners will receive a pre-event meet and greet with Jodi in Toronto, 2 tickets to her Toronto event and backlist of Jodi novels. This is open to residents of the GTA only. The 3 secondary prizes consist of a complete Jodi backlist and a signed copy of her new book Lone Wolf. Anyone can enter but only people in the GTA can win the grand prize!

The Contest ends March 2nd!

Enter for your chance to win HERE!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Revealing Eden Review







Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls book 1) by Victoria Foyt

Revealing Eden was a great read. It's about a world/ society that could possibly happen in the near future. As the planet dies around them, people must hide underground to protect themselves from the sun. The suns rays are deadly, causing severe burns as it penetrates through the atmosphere. The dominate species are what they call Coals; dark-skinned people, those with the darkest skin are the ones most likely to survive. As their pigmentation protects them from the devestating effects of the sun. There are many classifications among the skin tones and that is how people are judged. Pearls are the pale white-skinned people, who are looked down upon and the only thing lower than them are the cottons which are the albino race. The rarest around especially because they kill off the weak species.

Any pearls living among the coals must coat themselves with a type of paint. darkening their skin and hair so as they can blend in more easily. For Eden life is hard but not as hard as most. She works with coals because of her father; a scientist searching for a solution to the problem. All Eden wants is to be like the coals, dark and beautiful. She want a mate and she needs a mate because at 18 if she doesnt have a mate she will be cut off from the supplies needed to survive. The only way to live is to find someone and reproduce, helping society survive. But finding a mate isn't as easy as one would think. Being a Pearl diminishes her odds but Eden has her sights set on one Coal in particular, one who has been keeping his eye on her as well. Secretly talking to each other Eden hopes that he will soon ask her to be his mate but sometimes those you think you can trust are actually not who they seem to be.

When Eden unwittingly reveals secret information about her fathers experiments she jeopardizes everything they've been working towards, forced into an unescapable situation and thrown into a lost society out in the wilderness Eden must find herself and learn to adapt. With Eden's father as their only hope of survival in the hot rainforest, Eden must do everything she can to save him so that he can complete his experiments. As Eden struggle with what to do without technology, and the always present worldband now out of reach she finds comfort in the company of a beast-man. A man who she believes to be her enemy but can't seem to stay away from. With her attraction to Brandford, Eden must try to understand his motives for bringing them to the forest and accept that life will never be the same.

When the secret to Brandford's actions is revealed you be shocked. As Eden and Brandford fight for their lives you feel pulled into their world. The emotions run high in this fast paced book filled with questions, action, and even a little romance. Heart-pounding and devastatingly realistic Revealing Eden will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen. Amazing writing, creative and enthralling story that captivates you. Eden's character was developed beautifully, she's strong, independent but still a girl at heart just wanting someone to love her for who she is. A great story showing that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that beauty comes from within.

Fantastic read I recommend everyone to check out this book, can't wait for book 2! So glad I got the chance to read this book by an amazing author. Loved her writing style and the detail she puts into the story is fantastic. I loved how she took something so real; problems that we're struggling with today, and made a possible world from it, and the concept of rascism in reverse is a fresh take on problems that we as a society have had for generations. I really don't know what else to say but it was amazing. Five Stars.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Clockwork Prince Review


Clockwork Prince: Book 2 in the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

****May Contain Spoilers****

To start I want to say that I liked Clockwork Angel but i didn't think it was amazing but book 2 blew book 1 away. Clockwork Prince was amazing. It was fast paced and the storyline carried so well I just didnt wan't to put it down.

Set in an era that intrigues me beyond belief, Clockwork Prince did NOT disappoint. Picking up where Angel left off. With Mortmain still at large the shadowhunters along with Tessa must find him and bring him to justice. With no real leads on his location, they must find a way to get the information the need in order to bring the magister down. Will continues to sneak off from the institute in order to meet with Magnus in his attempts to get his life in order. With the reasoning behind Will's attitude towards others and life in general coming into focus, he's trying to find a way to overcome the curse set upon him years ago.

As will pushes everyone away; including Tessa, Tessa becomes familiar with Jem. Looking to him for comfort, companionship and understanding, his kindness is a relief to her in comparison to Will's rough nature. After Will's feelings towards her were clearly made in Angel, she protects herself now from the icy shards of Will's heart. Little does she know that everything Will does in his life is actually to protect them all from a terrible fate.

As the story progresses new conflicts arise. Charlotte's position as the head of the institute is challenged by Lightwood, and as the consul sets a seemingly impossible task ahead of her she struggles to find a way to keep things together. She is forced n ow to find and stop Mortmain within two weeks or Benedict will take over the institute. The stress of this seems trying enough, but those at the institute run into even more problems as the story goes on. In their search of Mortmain they come across an unexpected event. Will's family is at risk now, the magister has his hooks in them without them even knowing it. With Will still forced to keep his distance he's plagued with a difficult challenge; how can he keep the ones around him safe.

Also, the Lightwoods have found a way to infiltrate the institute, setting the task of Sophie and Tessa to be trained in combat, Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood are charged with training them. Everyone is on edge and must tread lightly in order to keep the truths around them secret. Jessamine; refusing to partake inand combat training, uses her free time to assist Charlotte with her taks around the institute. Little do they know that she's up to no good all on her own.

When the twists come into play you'll be left in shock. Who you think you can trust you can't, who you think is the enemy might well be your greatest ally, and those you love are the ones most likely to break your heart. As you entwine yourself within the story and into the lives of the characters you love most, you feel yourself drawn into theeir world. Feeling for them in a way I never thought possible, moments where you want to just grab them and shake them, yelling at them "what are you doing!?" These are the worst and also the best parts of the book. Worst in the sense that you feel so attached to the characters that you just want whats best for them to happen.

Some great OMG moments and definitely a few WTH moments. I fell in love with Jem in Angel but I've fallen even harder for Will in Prince. As his true colours come out in this books I don't think there will be a single person out there that wont enjoy his story. I high energy installment that I feel pushes Cassandra Clare to a whole new level of writing. Cassandra Clare has taken this series in general to a whole new level and in this second book she leaves the audience hanging by a thread in desperate need for the next book.


Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fire Wars Contest


Up for grabs this week is a copy of THE FIRE WARS by Kailin Gow!
The Fire Wars was released on October 17, 2011.

The Fire Wars is A dystopian romance that takes place on an island and is the melding of mythologies from two different cultures.

This contest will be fairly easy here's what you need to do:

1. Become a Fan of Fire Wars on Facebook

2. Tweet and/or Facebook post about this contest AND that Fire Wars is now available!

3. Change your profile picture to The Fire Wars book cover! (should be nice because it's an awesome looking cover!)

That's it! Pretty simple. Once you've done the above things just click on this form here and click what you've completed.

Contest is INTERNATIONAL. Contest will run from November 1, 2011-November 8, 2011.

Good Luck everyone and please be sure to tell your friends about the contest!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Metamorphosis Review



METAMORPHOSIS BY DEVON ASHLEY

Book 2 in the Immortal Archives Series

I loved the first book in the Immortal Archives series and Devon Ashley doesn't disappoint with this second installment. Metamorphosis was quick paced, dramatic, and witty. A great continuation of the series.

Metamorphosis follows the POVs of Abby, Emily, and Noel. It starts with Emily's full transformation process and continues on with her acceptance of the life she now lives.
As Abby and Noel get Emily adjusted to her new life, they must train her to become strong and accustomed to her new powers. Emily learns to heighten all her senses and must learn to let go of her past life; nothing is the same now and with her new abilities she needs to rely on her vampire senses and not her human ones to survive.

Abby on the other hand, is still recovering from her battle even though all her injuries are healed on the surface and all her powers have returned her immortal heart has not stopped beating; which gets both Abby and Noel worried that something might be terribly wrong with her. The heart does not beat unless the pure vampire is injured and it needs to heal the body but with nothing obvious plaguing Abby she can't figure out why it wont stop.
Abby also begins to experience some strange symptoms; in the case of an immortal, headaches, stomachaches and a craving for junk food. I had a feeling of what could possibly be wrong with her and once I found out what it was it's a definite twist in the right direction. It throws everything for a loop and put even more pressure on Abby to stay healthy and stay alive.

Now i'm not a fan of giving away parts of the book; I hate spoilers I think they ruin books for people but there is a part in this book that I wish I could totally say OMG this happened and I thought I was going insane I couldn't believe it. BUT I won't. Midway through the book there is a HUGE twist in the story involving Noel, and for those who have read Ordained, you probably fell in love with his character. Metamorphosis almost had me hating him! The beginning was great but like I said once you get to the middle of the book, your feelings will change just as mine had but through the whole reading process I kept thinking to myself 'No, this can't be happening, this isn't real.' And that's all i'll say on that, it's a great twist and everyone will love it.

There's no true villain in this book but there are plenty of characters in it to keep the heroes busy. One character that comes into play will definitely be in the next book, and he's a real piece of work, as well as two new additions that surprise you at the end.

Metamorphosis was a great read, I love the characters and the attitude they have, they're strong but funny and they keep the book interesting. There's plenty happening in this book that you will NOT be bored in the slightest bit.

Metamorphosis will be released on November 15, 2011 So be sure to get your copies today. AND if you haven't read ORDAINED, definitely check that out first, The Immortaal Archives is a great series and I recommend it to everyone!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Win a COMPLETE Jodi Picoult Library of books!!



Hey Guys! Simon and Schuster is hosting an amazing contest where you can have the chance to win a complete set of books by Jodi Picoult. This is a great opportunity for you to add some great reads to your bookshelf so check it out and enter today!

Check out the contest here at : Simon and Schuster

Jodi has plenty of amazing books to satisfy everyones bookish needs. Books including:
My Sister's Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
The Pact
Plain Truth
The Tenth Circle
Vanishing Acts
Change of Heart
Handle With Care
House Rules
Keeping Faith
Salem Falls
Perfect Match
Picture Perfect
Second Glance
Mercy
Harvesting the Heart
Songs of the Humpback Whale

Sing you Home--
which comes out in paperback mid-october!
AND
 Lone Wolf
which will be coming out  February 28, 2012.

If you're already an avid Jodi Picoult reader and are excited for her new book Lone Wolf here's a little description of the book to tempt your tastebuds :)

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?


Want to check the book out for yourself? Go take a look at it's page at Simon and Schuster !! OR you can go right to the source and check out Lone Wolf as well as ALL of Jodi Picoult's books at HER website: www.jodipicoult.com

Jodi Picoult is a Bestselling author with over 14 million copies of her books published worldwide. If your attracted to books that make it to the bestsellers list check out Jodi's books. Her book Nineteen Minutes (which is about the aftermath of a school shooting) was her first novel to debut #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. She went on to write another book Change of Heart which was her second novel to debut at #1 on the NYT best seller list.

Not sure if you want to read Jodi Picoult's dramatically realistic novels? You can get a feel for her writing style by watching her book to movie adaptations such as:
The Pact (2002, lifetime movie)
Plain Truth (2004, lifetime movie)
The Tenth Circle (2008 lifetime movie)
My Sister's Keeper (2009, feature film)

So good luck to everyone who enters; which I hope is a lot of you, because this is a great contest and a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful books by a great author. Either click on the link I provided for you or just click the contest photo in the sidebar which will link you directly to the contest!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf