Thursday, July 28, 2011

In My Mailbox





In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I received for review:

Sleepers (The Swarm Trilogy #1) by Megg Jensen (e-book)

Loramendi’s Story (Lords of Shifters #1) by Angela Carlie (ARC e-book)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (ARC paperback)

The Glassheart Chronicles by Multiple Authors (ARC e-book) *Amy Jones gave me a copy*


Thanks to:

Megg Jensen
Angela Carlie
Razorbill Publishing
Amy Jones

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In My Mailbox


In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I received for review:


Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days by L. Carroll (e-book)
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Cafe Series #1) by Rose Pressey (e-book)
Rock 'N' Roll Is Undead (Veronica Mason #1) by Rose Pressey (e-book)
Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan (ARC e-book)
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (ARC e-book)
Eve by Anna Carey (ARC e-book)
Swirls (Outsiders #1) by F.A. Hershey (e-book)
Descendants (The Descendants Saga #1) by R. Lynn (e-book)
Ecstatic Evil (Tova Gallagher Series #1) by Amanda McNeil (e-book)

Thanks to:
L. Carroll
Rose Pressey
Harper Collins
NetGalley
F.A. Hershey
R. Lynn
Amanda McNeil

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Veiled Innocence (The Soul Cycle #1) Review






Book:  Veiled Innocence (The Soul Cycle #1)
Author:  Krystle Jones
Publisher:  Pesante Press
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review Copy from Author

Summary from Goodreads:
Vishka should have died the night her empire fell. Alone and desperate, she makes a pact with a beautiful stranger for the power to avenge her people. But every bargain has its price...
Lianora never placed much stock in the gods; she especially never believed the Accalian lore that spoke of a lost ancient magic, a magic woven from the fabric of people's souls. So when she discovers the teardrop necklace, she thinks it to be nothing special - until the visions begin, glimpses of a legendary empress's past and the approach of a great evil. One that may be far closer than she realizes.
What Rowan wants more than anything is freedom. More by force than choice, he serves the crumbling gothic metropolis of Accalia as Black Knight, charged with the protection of the city. When a vicious murder occurs in the dead of night, he never dreams the beautiful woman with dark eyes and flowing, black hair could be a prime suspect. A woman who hasn't aged for over one thousand years, driven to Accalia in pursuit of an avenging god of death bent on rebuilding his usurped kingdom with the souls of the living.
When Accalia falls prey to a devastating attack, the three unwilling allies are forced together. Now they must figure out how to kill a god. But how do you kill the embodiment of Death?


My Review:
First of all I love the cover, very pretty. The story focuses on three main characters, Lian, Rowan and Vishka. This story starts off with a teenage girl Lianora, often referred to as Lian. She is living with her father, sister and many servants and knights in a palace. She never has felt that she belongs and doesn't get along with her family. Then there is Rowan, a knight who is trying to live up to his abusive father's standards. At first I wasn't sure if I liked him but by the end I think he was a strong character and likeable. The third main character is Vishka. She is an immortal who has regretted her decision for many years. There were times when I wasn't sure if Lian should trust her or not.

I liked how it started out with Lian training with a gorgeous knight. Their love story started to build and then the story gets completely changed up. Lian finds a necklace that changes her life. After she puts it on she starts seeing visions and doesn't realize that she is seeing things in the future. She is not sure who to trust or what to think of the visions. After a tragedy at the palace, Lian, Rowan and Vishka come together to fight against more tragedy to come.

We meet so many different characters along the way, I was trying to keep track of who everyone was. At times the story seemed to slow down and would lose my attention but then something exciting would happen and grab my attention again. Some of the characters who we thought were lost turn up towards the end of the book while others I hope reappear in the next book. The characters started out alright for me but throughout the challenges they faced made them stronger and closer to one another.

I will give it between a 3.5 and a 4 star rating cause there were parts that I loved and others I thought were alright. The ending left me wondering what is going to happen next. The author builds up this world and events happening and then it ends in a cliffhanger, which I love. I will definitely read the sequel. I want to see what else this author has in store for us. I think she wrote a great debut that will keep getting better. I'm excited to read future books from Krystle Jones.

This book was given to me as a review copy from the author. This did not affect my review in any way.


Thank you Krystle Jones! 

Find the author:  Blog   Facebook  Goodreads

Buy the book:  Amazon  Smashwords

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) Review






Book:  Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher:  Scholastic Press 
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC Review Copy From Publisher Scholastic Press

Summary from Goodreads:
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater

then.

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.


My Review:
I absolutely love this trilogy. Maggie has such a unique writing style in all her books. She draws you in from the first page and doesn't let go. The characters are so real it's like you are really friends with them and are there throughout the book. Sometimes I forget that they are supernatural beings and not entirely human. They deal with everyday issues along with their lives as wolves.

I have loved Grace and Sam since the beginning in Shiver. That was the start of such an amazing trilogy that I could not get enough of. While they are still teenagers their love has been tested so many times and has just continued to grow stronger. I liked how when they first met and it was all teenage love, boy meet girl. Then it evolved into something so much bigger. Their struggles with friends, family and each being a wolf just brought more to the story. Then add in Isabel and Cole and the story gets even more interesting. I thought Maggie did such a great job with these two characters. I loved their whole love/hate relationship. How they came together to save Sam, Grace and the wolves was truly spectacular. I liked how Isabel and Cole's family science background was brought in without it sounding all scientific. It was really interesting and I'm not into science at all.

I was surprised and sad that some of the characters did not make it to the end. The part with Sam and Beck was well written, not going to give away any spoilers though. I was really shocked and was wondering the entire time about the Sheriff. I kept thinking he is just setting them up but happy how that turned out. I also liked how Cole was able to communicate with the wolves while he was human. That was an added bonus. There were just so many moments that I could list that I loved throughout this book and the previous ones. I have read and own all the books Maggie has published, I just can't get enough of her writing. She is truly an amazing author. If you haven't read her books, well you need to, you will not be disappointed. While I am sad to see this story end I'm looking forward to reading Scorpio Races and anything else she writes.

This book was given to me as a review copy from the publisher, it did not affect my review in any way.

Thank you Scholastic Press!

Find the author:  Website  Blog  Facebook  Twitter

Buy the book:  Amazon  Book Depository

Monday, July 18, 2011

Author Interview w/Sherry Soule




Please welcome Author Sherry Soule to Fantasy Book Chick.



Tell us a little about yourself…

Sherry Soule has won numerous awards for her short stories and now writes full-time. She adores cats, loves scary movies, and lives on peppermint mochas. Sherry writes young adult, horror, and paranormal, but no matter what genre she's writing, there has to be an element of romance. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and her black cat, Charm.

FBC:  What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
SS:  Watch scary movies or catch up on my favorite TV shows. I watch SUPERNATURAL, Vampire Diaries, TrueBlood, Game of Thrones, and I can’t wait for CW’s new series “The Secret Circle” about witches. Yay!

FBC:  When did you begin writing?
 
SS:  Age seven

FBC:  Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
 
SS:  Not usually. I prefer it quiet. Don’t like outside distractions. Except when my kitty needs a lap.

FBC:  What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
 
SS:  HOLLOWLAND by Amanda Hocking. Normally, I’m not into reading about zombies, but it was so freaking good.

FBC:  Who are some of your favorite authors?
 
SS:  Elle Jasper, Marjorie M. Liu, Rachel Vincent, Amanda Hocking, and Anne Rice

FBC:  What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?
 
SS:  The sequel, BEAUTIFULLY HAUNTED will be released November 2011 and an adult paranormal romance novel, FOREVER KNIGHT being published in December 2011.

FBC:  Why did you choose to write this genre?
 
SS:  I’ve always had a morbid fascination with ghosts and haunted houses.

FBC:  If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
 
SS:  Vampire and practice magick. J Because that would be uber cool!

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN is a twist on the young adult, boy meets girl, novel. This time the boy is the “normal” one and the girl is the supernatural and angsty teenager.
Quirky, Shiloh Ravenwolf is a sixteen-year-old heritage witch that lives in the gloomy town of Whispering Pines, where teenagers have mystically disappeared for years. When construction on Ravenhurst Manor unleashes a sinister evil, the body count rises. And Shiloh's would-be boyfriend is next on the supernatural hit list. Shiloh decides it's her duty and Destiny (Yes, with a capital "D") to find out what is causing the unexplained phenomena before it claims another life...
 
Where you can find Sherry Soule:
Official website: http://sherrysoule.com/
Her blog: http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/writersherry
Book Trailer/YouTube: http://youtu.be/5uqVXKygvUs
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11634793-beautifully-broken


Thank you Sherry Soule for having me participate in your awesome blog tour!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

In My Mailbox






In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.


This week I received for review:

My Mother, the Lycanthrope by W.W. Lengeman (e-book)

Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper (e-book)


Gypsy Knights (The Gypsy Knights Saga) by Two Brothers Metz (e-book)


Betrayed by Ednah Walters (ARC e-book) Release date: August 1st


The Buried Covenant by Shawn Keenan (e-book)


The Guardian of Souls by Amy Jones (ARC e-book) Release date: August (To be announced)


Thank you:
 

W.W. Lengeman
Amy Tupper

Two Brothers Metz
Ednah Walters
Shawn Keenan
Amy Jones

Friday, July 8, 2011

Please welcome L. Carroll to Fantasy Book Chick.

Tell us a little about yourself…

First of all, I want to thank you, Jamie, for having me on your blog today, and for your participation in the "Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days" Blog Party!

Now then, about me… Well, I'm a wife, and a mom of five, who writes because if I pretend to travel to magical worlds, make up wild tales, and carry on conversations with the voices in my head, it's considered mental illness. BUT, if I pretend to travel to magical worlds, make up wild tales, carry on conversations with the voices in my head, AND write it all down, it's a perfectly normal "author" thing to do. I am the author of the YA fantasy series "Lor Mandela". Book #1, "Destruction from Twins" released in February 2010, and the second book, "Four Hundred Days" will be making its debut on July 15.

Interview:

FBC:  What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
L. Carroll:  Prior to writing, the bulk in my career was spent in retail home d├ęcor and landscape design. Decorating and designing landscapes are still activities that I thoroughly enjoy. I also like to chill with my family. We're all wacky enough that, when we're together, we're usually laughing ourselves silly.


FBC:  When did you begin writing?

L. Carroll:  I started to write about seven or eight years ago. Really, I just wanted to see if I could do it. Now, I'm hooked. I've always been a daydreamer and it's wonderful to be able to use that tendency in a productive way.

FBC:  Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing? 

L. Carroll:  About the only ritualistic thing I do while writing (or rather, just prior to writing) is that I act out each scene before I write it. I've found that it helps the believability and flow of the story. I do, on occasion, listen to songs from epic soundtracks, (Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia, Batman, etc.), while I'm acting…to add to the mood and to how ridiculous I look!


FBC:  What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

L. Carroll:  I just finished reading "Persuasion" by Jane Austen, and am just a few pages into the book "Stay" by C.C. Jackson.


FBC:  Who are some of your favorite authors?

L. Carroll:  Jane Austen tops the list, along with J.K. Rowling. I'm also a fan of C.S. Lewis, Lucy Maud Montgomery and D.H. Lawrence. (In case you can't tell, I like the classics). There are a couple of great "Indie" books that I've read recently, too. I'm excited to read more from Lisa J. Flaus, author of 2012 The Final Revelation, and Court Ellyn the author of "The Mists of Blackfen Bog".


FBC:  What other projects are you working on or having coming out next? 

L. Carroll:  Well, book #3 in the Lor Mandela Series is what's in the works presently. I have also started work on a paranormal/romance/thriller called "The Sleeper's Secret".


FBC:  Why did you choose to write YA paranormal/fantasy genre?

L. Carroll:  Based on my favorite author's list, you'd probably never guess it, but fantasy (when it's done right) IS my favorite genre to read. I love when magic and the fantastical mingle with what we call reality. I guess it has something to do with that feeling of escaping normal, every day situations into the extraordinary. It speaks of the potential greatness that we all possess.


FBC:  If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

L. Carroll:  After much thought, I've decided that I would like to be able to have the power to control people's actions with my mind. Just think how convenient that would be. "Clean your room!" Done. "Take out the trash!" Done. "Buy my book!" Done! The possibilities are endless….

FBC:  Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

L. Carroll:  Today's reader has a HUGE selection of books to choose from. If you are even considering adding the Lor Mandela Series to your "to be read" list, thank you!

Rather than taking my word for it, though, here's what others have said about book #1, "Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins":

A wonderful read, full of surprises and unexpected turns! - Amazon Review

For someone that is extremely hard to please this book has succeeded in not only capturing my interest, but now I am begging for more. - Amazon Review

Immediately, I sensed I was holding an epic, entertaining read in my hands. I can tell you that Lor Mandela did not disappoint. - Reader's Choice Reviews


You can find L. Carroll:

Website  Blog  Twitter  Facebook

Buy Lor Mandela: Destruction from Twins at Smashwords




**Lor Mandela: 400 Hundred Days Release date July 15, 2011**



Thank you to L. Carroll for having me participate in this awesome blog party!





Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days Cover Reveal



L. Carroll just released the cover for her new book Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days!


Isn't the cover just gorgeous???!!!


This is the 2nd book in the Lor Mandela series by L. Carroll.  The first book Lor Mandela: Destruction from Twins is so amazing!  If you haven't read it you need too.  You can read my review here.  I CANNOT WAIT to read Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days!

**Lor Mandela: 400 Hundred Days release date July 15, 2011**

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In My Mailbox






In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I downloaded free on Amazon (Special Promo):
Summer Wishes (Desire 1.5) by Kailin Gow (e-book)


I won on Library Thing:
Shelter (Blood Haze: Book 1) by Tara Shuler (e-book)


I received for review:
The Black Orb by Sabine Reed (ARC e-book)
**Release date October 14, 2011**

Thanks to:
Kailin Gow
Tara Shuler
Sabine Reed


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