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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review/Giveaway: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing


Title: What Kills Me
Series: It will be!
Published: June 2012, Jet & Jack Press
Author: Wynne Channing
Format: Ebook provided by Dark Mind Book Tours for review

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Want to buy What Kills me? Fantastic!  While the tour is going on, you can get What Kills Me for only 99 cents!!  That is an awesome deal, so you'd better get it while you can.  Trust me, you WANT to read this book!



“A human girl will be re-born a vampire. She will shed the blood of all who walk in darkness and bring about the death of the entire vampire race.” – Ancient vampire prophecy.

This book caught me entirely by surprise, and in a terrific way. If you like Hostel (without the gore) or Kill Bill… heck, if you like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, add some vampires and a whole lot more, and you will like this book. There is so much that happens within this story that I am shocked that the author fit it all in there. And furthermore, it doesn’t feel like anything is glossed over. At just over 200 pages, you get a whole story – with room for a sequel, I believe. From the very first page to the very last page I was enthralled and could barely put it down.

The beginning has all the makings of a classic girl meets boy and falls in love story, but of course there is a twist. And the twists just keep on coming. This is the life of Axelia, Zee for short. And her life has just gotten flipped and turned upside down, nothing will ever be the same. Ever. And she will probably never eat a fishball again. Ha, I bet you want to see what the heck I am talking about there, don’t ya??

People are dying left and right, and Zee is suddenly on the run, and with someone who seemingly can’t stand her - Lucas. Just great. Of all the blessed luck in the world! When you are a new vampire and you are being hunted down, you don’t exactly get to choose your running mate. There is so much going on underneath the top layer, that you can’t help but sit and watch. First, Zee – she is awesome. If I was a newly turned abomination to the vampire race, I would certainly want to be her. She is witty and intelligent, clumsy and awkward. She is just fabulous. And then her accomplice on the run, Lucas. There is so much more to Lucas than meets the eye, I found myself under his spell right away. I wanted to yell at Zee, “kiss him!!!”. Sigh. The struggles we go through as a reader when we can’t get our favorite characters to listen to us.

On top of an action and drama packed storyline you also get some of the most beautiful and descriptive imagery. At times it is dreamy and swoon worthy, while at others it is rough and edgey, and even more, you get serenity, fear, and pleasure. And I’m only talking about the landscape. This book reads fast, there is a steady rhythm to events, and they keep you moving. I am an instant fan of Wynne Channing’s, and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book in this series.

Now, for the giveaway.  The giveaway hosted by Fictional Candy is US and CANADA ONLY.  But if you aren't in either of those countries, don't fret! There is a tour wide INTERNATIONAL giveaway hosted at Dark Mind Book Tours.  In fact, just click this banner to go there!


Now, for the giveaway I'm hosting!  Wynne is giving away an ebook of What Kills Me and a signed bookmark with a butterfly charm!!  Very cool!  So definitely be sure to enter your information in my Rafflecopter, along with the Rafflecopter over at Dark Mind Book Tours.  The more you enter, the more chances you have to win!


Wynne ChanningWynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist. She loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel "Well" so then everyone would say: "Well written by Wynne Channing." 

Where to find Wynne:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

48 comments:

  1. This looks flippin' AWESOME!!!!!!!! I so want to win this! Thanks, Liz for the opportunity. I don't know what I would do if I had an entire nation of vampires after me. LOL. And now she's a vampire too. It sounds exciting!

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    1. Haha, yes, running sounds like a good option! :) Thanks for coming by Chrissy!

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  2. What a fabulously written review, Liz. You got me all revved up. This book sounds like it has so much going for it: Daphne du Maurier with fangs.

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    1. Thanks Susan! You know I like to rev you up ;)

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  3. Grat review Liz! Sounds like my kind of book for sure! On my TBR list now!

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    1. Naomi, you will love it! Make sure you enter the international giveaway on the Dark Mind site. Or if you can't wait, the book is only 99 cents right now, I believe... which I forgot to add to the post. Now where is my edit button... Thanks for coming by!!

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  4. Thanks for a great review! This is the first I've heard of this book and it sounds awesome! If I don't win, I'm definitely buyin :)

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    1. Thank you for the shout-out! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for the review and giveaway. This looks like an awesome book.

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  6. Wow! This sounds really good. Would love to read and review this! Cover is beautiful! Great giveaway. :)

    Beckyloves2read@ gmail . Com

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    1. I just fell in love with the cover, myself :)

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  7. I love a good vampire story, especially with action and romance! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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    1. This book really has a lot to offer :) Good luck!

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  8. Looks like a great read! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

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  9. oooh, this book sounds really good!! The cover looks awesome. I'd love to get my eyes on this ebook! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Great cover art and the story is very intriguing. I am already drawn in by the excerpt alone:) Thanks for this giveaway. They help me to meet and follow new authors and their books.

    laura thomas

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    1. Hey Laura :) You would really love this story, I know it!

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  11. Looks fantastic, love the cover.

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    1. Definitely a gorgeous cover. Thanks for coming by!

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  12. "What Kills Me" sounds like a really fun read! I LOVE vampires so this book is definitely added to my TBR list! Ms. Channing has an impressive portfolio. She interviewed the talented and gorgeous Alexander Skarsgard *sigh* Thank you for the opportunity and looking forward to reading WKM!

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    1. Isn't that crazy!! I'm sure there are millions of jealous women out there!

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    2. Alexander Skarsgard. Nicest man ever. Not too shabby looking either ;)

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  13. Liz - You always have the most fantastic reviews! You are hilarious, too. :) And yes, I'm curious about the fishball thing. Dangle the carrot and I'll bite. lol

    I've added the book to my TBR list. Wow is all I can say!

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    1. Hahaha, that is so funny :) And thank you so much! I hope you like the book (I'm sure you will!)

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    2. I totally agree. Love Liz's writing voice :)

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  14. Great review! I've never heard of this book but I'm definitely going to be getting it this week

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  15. Oooh! I must read this one! It sounds really good..

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    1. Christy, you must you must! Good luck on the giveaway :)

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  16. Awesome review, Liz. I agree--Wynne penned a helluva book.

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    1. Hey Tom, thanks for coming by! And thank you so much!

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    2. Tom's books Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War) and Vaempires: White Christmas are flipping awesome. His latest drops in October, Vaempires: Zombies Rising!

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  17. Awesome review! Now I can't wait to read this story! For a new to me author this seems like a great rec.

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    1. Hey Yadira! You will love it, I'm sure! I hope you get to read it soon. Good luck!

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  18. This book sounds SO good!! I love the cover! I've already added it to my to-read list! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Hey Elizabeth :) Great name (mine too!) It is SO good! I hope you like it. Good luck!

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  19. The cover is amazing, and I love the twist on the vampire lore.

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  20. This book sounds great! The title and cover are very eye catching as well!

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  21. Sounds like an amazing read - and the cover is so beautiful.

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  22. Thank you again for the review, I love being introduced to authors I have not yet read.

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  23. This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down and I wanted to slap Paolo and then Lucas... but after a few chapters, Lucas was back in my heart! Great review, we surely have same taste in books department!

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