I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Friday, June 29, 2012

T.G.I.F (38)

TGIF is a fun little feature hosted by Ginger @ GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’ question is: Best I’ve Read So Far: We’re halfway through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you’ve read so are this year?
As always Ginger asked a very good question.


Love this question.


Seriously hard!!!! As of right now I’ve read 218 books this year and there are some really good one. Now I’ve went through all of the books and keeping up with only three is so hard. I narrowed it down to my nine favorites. Now picking only three of the nine, so hard!!

Otherkin by Nina Berry.

Amazing. The action started right away and didn’t let up at all. I did not put this book down at all. I started and didn’t stop until I was finished. My review is the on the way but this book might be my favorite book of the year, or maybe even all time.




Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout.


Book three in the Covenant series and the best one yet. I can’t give anything away because it isn’t out yet. But seriously if you haven’t read this series yet, DO IT!!!!



Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Teppetts


I loved this book! Honestly it was seriously good. It wasn’t just some fluffy, cute book about a girl and movie star. It was everything! I just loved it, mainly because it surprised me and rarely does a book that anymore. You can check out my review of it here.



The rest of the nine

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Here Be Sexist Vampire by Suzanne Wright
Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Easy by Tammara Webber


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Loki’s Daughters Review by Christine Kane


Loki’s Daughter
Delle Jacobs
Paperback, 294 Pages
Publisher: Awe-Struck
ISBN: 9-781-58749-264-8
Release Date: March 13th 2002

Summary:

           A Celtic woman nurses a wounded Viking back to health, fearing an attack on her defenseless village if he dies. What she doesn’t know, however, is that he came to the village looking for her. Many years before he had saved her from a Viking raid, and now that he is a leader he has come back to claim her.
            To complicate things, the woman hates Vikings with a passion because they killed all the men in her village, blinded her sister, and now she is left to keep things running in a town of old men, women, and children.
            Now, on his feet once again, the Viking and his friends decide to help the women… by marrying them and taking over the village. The women fight them at first, but through kindness and more than a little manipulation, eventually the Vikings win over the stubborn Celts, merging their cultures and families.

My thoughts:

I love historical novels, and the detail that shows up in this book adds so much to the tale. The characters are realistic and relatable. Plus, how often do you see disabilities like blindness in a romance novel?
            While I felt it got a little silly towards the end, I really felt that the plot kept moving quickly and the supporting characters were well fleshed out. The woman made me laugh in their passive-aggressive fight against the men, and the men made me laugh with their reactions to the women. There is nothing like Celtic fire and Viking steel going head to head!

Author Bio

This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.

Waiting on Wednesday: Just For Fins


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

JUST FOR FINS BY  TERA LYNN CHILDS
HARDCOVER 272 Pages
Fins Book 3
Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
July 3rd 2012

From Goodread:

            When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.
            But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.
            Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!

In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves. 


To learn about Tera Lynn Childs and her books please visit her website

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (65)


Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads. It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what other are listening to. If you want to be a part of this head on over to her page and link up.

This week my tune is a good message song.

Is Anybody Out There? by K’NAAN ft Nelly Furtado




Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 

Anyone can play along by doing the following. Grab your current read open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 

Please no spoilers (make sure what you shared doesn’t give away too much! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR list of they like your teaser!  

Dad shrugged. “A little apocalypse never caused permanent damage. Heck, my brother God threw a temper tantrum years ago and flooded the mortal plane. People called it the end of the world at the time, but what do you know, humanity made a comeback with the help of that Noah fellow.”

50% Hell’s Revenge (Princess of Hell #3) by Eve Langlais

“You cannot live in fear forever. After I accidentally killed Remy’s father, I was crazy with grief for a long time. And when Jacko came along, I also didn’t want to let myself love. But he wore me down, and now, even though I’m still insane, I couldn’t be happier.” Remy’s mother beamed. “Oh and my husband says thank you for getting me up to date on the latest fashion trend. He loves my new pantyless state.”

86% A Demon and His Witch (Welcome to Hell #1) by Eve Langlais

Echo Review


Jamie McDougall
Ebook Format
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9-781-46366-404-6
Release Date: July 15 2011
Overall Rating: 4/5 

            Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.
            After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O'Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack - his pack - is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.
            Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.
            Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?
            As soon as you start the book you’re already threw into the fray, your heart pumps faster as the main character Phoebe runs for her life from an unknown enemy. It was great the way the book started, though a bit unexpected. Arriving in Echo Falls Phoebe is running from something in her past as well as something chasing her. She’d saved by Aidan alpha of the wolf pack and can I just say. . .yum I want one. From there we meet a few key members of the pack. Though we don’t get to really know them all. We also meet Mia, can I just say eww. She’s your typical mean girl, who deep down hates herself more than she hates you.
            I love shifters, which was the reason I wanted to read this book and I’m glad I did. Echo Falls as a whole was really good and fast paced. Each character had a specific role they had to play in the story, and it was easy to figure out what roles was being played and by whom. I really liked that fact that when you thought it was going one way it went the other, though there were things that were easy to predict, but that didn’t take away from the story. A suspense thriller with a supernatural take that made me never want to put it down. There’s action, secrets, murder, and romance so do yourself a favor and read this book.

About the Author: 

            Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. 
            A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women’s fiction, urban fantasy and more – all with a touch of romance. 
            She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing the So You Want ebook series for authors looking to establish their names online. 

You can connect with her at her website, http://www.inkyblots.com and on Facebook.









Sunday, June 24, 2012

In My Mailbox (63)


In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, or they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started.




Brought:

Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover {ebook}

            Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. 

            Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
            Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. 

Point of Retreat  (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover {ebook}

            Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart. 
            Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’




For Review:

Otherkin  (Otherkin #1) by Nina Berry

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

            Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed.
Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself.
Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.
            Everything is about to change -- and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Death and the Girl Next Door  (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones

            Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.
            High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?  
Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.





NetGalley:

Vacation with a Vampire  by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs

A holiday with tall, dark, handsome…and immortal!

            Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during the summer. After all, what’s more relaxing, and more romantic, than a midnight stroll through Paris? Or the way the moon reflects off the ocean? And if your mesmerizing, sexy date happens to be ready to nibble your neck, who would want to say no?

Vacations are a perfect time to indulge, so why not spend a little quality time with these immortal hunks in three luscious tales of hot getaways. Treat yourself to a little bit of summer moonlight with these tales brought to you by Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle and Lisa Childs.

Blade Song  by J.C. Daniels


            Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
            So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.

            Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.
            If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…


            Got Free From Amazon:


Click the title to be taken to the buy link on amazon

           
Mind Games  (Dulcie O’Neil #1) by H.P. Mallory

            The murder of a dark arts warlock.A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.
            Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

            When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.
            Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.
            Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.
            As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

Mind Games  by Harper Alexander

RECRUITED...

          I have never known anything but the quaint legacy of Candleshire. As Mrs. Larkley would put it, "a homestead of community where everyone knows everyone". 
          I never prepared myself for a stranger in our midst. Someone who wouldn't knock. Someone who wouldn't stay for tea. Someone we wouldn't see at all. 
          But someone who would leave a most peculiar footprint. You've never seen anything like the silent brand I awoke to, marked by some stealthy artist in the night, tattooed without a whisper for something not of my making. 
          I would like to say I didn't wake up one morning victim to a stranger's unleashed conspiracy, harnessed for unknown treachery beyond my capacity. 
          
But it would be a lie, if I still belonged to a world in which lies carry any weight. ...OR REDEFINED?

Friday, June 22, 2012

T.G.I.F (37)


TGIF is a fun little feature hosted by Ginger @ GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’ question is: Authors Are Our Celebrities: Have you ever contacted an author you admired? How did that experience go? If not, which author would you love to have a chat with?

As always Ginger asked a very good question.

Love this question.

Honestly yes!!!! I’ve exchanged emails, tweets, and chatted on Facebook with authors I’ve admired, and I’ve even met a few. How I went about that? Blogging about books makes it super easy to interact with authors. And praise the powers that be for the internet, seriously what would I do without that? Websites make it easy email an author who loves to hear about how much you enjoyed their books.

Shelly Laurenston (I swear I talk about her in every post) I think I might a little crush on her. When I first started to read her books I quickly sent off an email saying how much I LOVED her books and I do. Every last one of them, there isn’t a book of hers that I didn’t enjoy.

Facebook and twitter are a great way to interact with authors. The amazing Jennifer Laurens who wrote the Heavenly series is seriously sweet and super nice to fans.

To meet authors are who I would go fangirl for, forget singers and actors. In my world authors are a big deal. It’s an amazing feeling I get when I contact an author and I get a reply.

LM Preston, isn’t s well known as some other authors but she super nice and approachable. We’ve exchanged some emails when she sent me her book Bandits to review and she did a guest post on The Bo0ki3 (click here for review). Recently I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at BEA and she was wonderful. It was a brief chat but the next day she contacted me on Facebook and we talked for a while and before signing off she told me to drop her a line anytime she was online.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spectral Review


Spectral
Shannon Duffy
Ebook Format
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN: 9-780-98374-187-9
Release Date: April 10th 2012
Overall Rating: 4/5

            Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along. 
            As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

            So. . . My thought after finishing this book was holy crap did I just read that? So much happened. Jewels or True or whatever her name is this week was a trooper, she took certain things with a grain of salt, and she didn’t lose it like I would have. Traveling all over the world sounds like a good time but in Jewel’s case it wasn’t. There were many things about this book that I really liked and a few things I didn’t. One thing I couldn’t stand was the love triangle that started to form, I hate those with a passion, but I’m the powers that be that this one wasn’t as bad the others. I don’t think I could have dealt with that. Another thing I didn’t enjoy was Jewel’s aunt and uncle, man if I could reach into the book and slap some sense into them I would. Pause for a second and imagine doing just that to a character in a book. Feels good doesn’t it?
            What I really enjoyed was the fact that you could relate to Jewel no matter what you’re going through, the feeling of being unsure and confused hits us all at one time or another. In a short amount of time Jewel’s learns more about herself and the people around her than ever before. She finds out who and what she really is and who she trust. I enjoyed discovering all with Jewel instead of just being told about it.
            There is so much I want to say about this book but don’t want to give away anything; but I will say this was an amazing story. They way the tale was spun had me at the edge of my seat, grasping in disbelief. Honestly Spectral was so much better than I thought it would be, and I’m glad I took a chance on it. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself and see.


Shannon Duffy's Bio:

Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.

You can Spectral at these places
Amazon - $2.99
Barnes and Noble - $4.95
Google - $3.79
Smashwords - $4.99
PDF - $4.95