Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Post: Andy Gavin

Please welcome Andy Gavin to Fantasy Book Chick

Andy was previously a guest when I got to interview him. 

 Now he's back with this amazing guest post! 

There are also links for a giveaway and a $0.99 promo! 

How awesome is that? 

So make sure you read all the way to the end!


About the Author

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes. Find out more here.


Games, Novels, and Story


Storytelling, the old fashioned way
Modern man has a wide variety of "pure" storytelling mediums, like film, long form television, and novels. While these have some very significant differences they all share the same basic focus on plot and character. Typically at least, good stories introduce a character with problems, get you to like them, then chronicle the struggle as they are compelled to change and adapt to overcome these problems. In the end, they either do so, or are defeated to teach us a lesson (a variant we call tragedy).
These elements: character, plot, and transformational arc, are completely central to the normal story (I deliberately ignore weird experimental storytelling). Really, they are the core of what makes a good film or novel.

Roman mosaic showing comedy (right) and tragedy (left)
But with a game, this whole business is secondary. The primary focus of a game is fun. And fun through gameplay. Does Tetris have any character or plot? Did even Doom? No. But they were fun games. Really fun.
Games such as Naughty Dog's Jak & Daxter or Uncharted strive to bridge these gaps by offering both. This is very difficult because they don't really serve each other.
The gameplay in Uncharted 2, for example, has three primary modes: survival gunplay, platforming, and puzzle solving. The player must assess the layout of the level, learn it, and navigate it without getting killed. This involves anticipating the enemies and taking them out first. You use the weapons at your disposal, the mechanics, and the terrain provided to do so. With platforming you need to come to understand what the character can do physical, find your way, and successfully traverse the route.

Some games do focus on story
When these are done well, when the design is varied, the levels pretty, the enemies cool, and the challenges measured, challenging and above all, doable - it's fun. Uncharted 2 is such a game.
It also has a pretty darn good story which is woven in with the design of the levels and the challenges. This adds to the whole thing. Watching the next segment of story becomes part of your reward for finishing a segment. There is a tremendous level of art that goes into getting both of these to work at the same time, but certainly each is constrained at times by the needs of the other.
Content in games is expensive and difficult to make. Therefore it needs to repeat. You really do need to shoot the same enemy hundreds of times. Otherwise the enemy isn't providing enough mileage to justify the labor involved to create him. The player is also in control and therefore the consequences of his play affect success or failure.



My first novel
But in storytelling, success and failure are the carefully monitored heartbeat of any good story. You bring the protagonist up, dash him down, grind him into the ground, lift him up, slam him sideways. I knew this intuitively when writing my first novel, The Darkening Dream. I've read so many books and watched so many films and shows that it seemed "obvious." But at the same time, it turned out to be far from easy. Writing a good story has less constraints than making a good game, but it's still extremely difficult. You need to be constantly balancing the issues of character, motivation, the logic of the plot, and the need to seesaw the dramatic tension. In the end stylistic concerns sometimes overwhelm dramatic ones (to the reader's detriment).
In a game, it's even more complicated, and there is barely a chance of hitting all the right dramatic notes. The player has a lot to say about this natural up and down pacing, so the story-based game tries to separate how well you are really doing from the actual plot. Usually death or failure in the game causes the player to merely repeat some segment of the game (and hence the story), when they finish the level and get the next segment of storytelling, they'll get it regardless of whether they died once or 100 times. The better player merely proceeds faster.
This is different, but even more problematic in a less linear game such as World of Warcraft. There, the mechanics of the game heavily distort the conceits of storytelling. The story is even broadly linked to the chronological evolution of the game in real time. For example, in December of 2009 Blizzard released the Icecrown Citadel patch of Wrath of the Lich King, making it possible for players to finally reach and confront the ultimate boss of the expansion (the titular Lich King). But the fact is, in order to properly maintain the reward mechanics of endgame raiding, each character was and often did, progress through this segment of the story once, or even twice a week.

The Lich King
Now, two years later, the Lich King has been defeated, the world of Azeroth has been broken, yet it's still possible to go back to Icecrown and take on Arthas again. And again. Ditto for any of the several hundred even older bosses. Players accept that they have random access to a long and convoluted story. In fact, the need to generate so much gameplay in WOW has created a body of lore that gives the Silmarillion a run for its money. But the way in which it's experienced mutes the emotional intensity.
What really provides the excitement in WOW (and many other games), isn't the question of whether the dragon queen Onyxia lives or dies, but the - shall we dare say - drama of whether she does tonight, for us, the group fighting her. And more importantly, will she drop the Nemesis skullcap (arbitrary cool piece of loot) one has been trying to get for six months.

Sarah Englemann: Our Protagonist

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal seventeen year-old. Well that's not exactly true, she's pretty sure she's exceptional, but only when it comes to school and books. The rest of it: fitting in, boys, that doesn't come as easy.
And she certainly doesn't believe corpses can leave their graves and try to kill you!
But the undead can be convincing. Not to mention that she keeps having these horrible visions.
The bookish thing, that she gets from her father. And he isn't exactly Joe cool either — even if he is named Joseph. But things are clearer for him. He doesn't have to fit in, he's got his Rabbi cronies from the old world to hang with. But this is 1913, and Sarah's a modern woman. No way she's going to put up with corsets, no vote, and popping out a big brood.
Again, none of this takes into account what happens when something really old takes an interest in her. A sorcerer who was ancient when Sarah's people crossed out of Egypt has turned his evil eye her way. And Papa Joseph has his secrets too. Turns out the family wasn't the only thing he brought to Massachusetts from Europe. But he's sure all that is ancient history.
However the dead have all the time in the world. The vampire Nasir has been sent to sniff around. And he loves a good hunt.
To further complicate things, this is finally the year when Sarah meets that boy.

A Vampire Novel with Actual Bite! As the modern world establishes itself and pushes the supernatural into the shadows, the supernatural fights back. The Darkening Dream is a chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. The book has received rave reviews and is on sale for only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle from June 25th-29th! Download your copy here. In addition, Andy is doing a big giveaway, including a $100 gift certificate to Amazon, signed copies of his books, video games, posters, and more! The Darkening Dream Rafflecopter Giveaway Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.

Long-time readers of dark historical fantasy (Tim Powers, Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz) will appreciate the weaving together of mythology, occult, and religion, while younger readers and fans of HBO dramas (True Blood, Carnivàle) or urban fantasy (Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher) will be drawn to the twisted imagination, graphic action, and romantic tension. About The Darkening Dream Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs. 1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand. With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal? No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be her very soul. The Reviews Are In "A vampire novel with actual bite." ~The Kirkus Reviews "A gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying tale." ~Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Mr. Gavin has brought something refreshingly new to a genre now suffused with poorly-concealed bodice-rippers which have more in common with Fabio than Bram Stoker: depth. His big baddies are scary, not romantic interests, and the added religious lore is complex and engaging. Don't expect another Twilight -- the story can get downright creepy, so be prepared for a return to the old horror sensibilities of supernatural fiction." ~Amazon Review "With Mr. Gavin's video-game pedigree, I was expecting something aimed squarely at the 18-25 year old fanboy contingent; what I got in The Darkening Dream was something wholly unexpected: A period novel with a female protagonist, a crash-course on Judaism in the colonial years, and multi-layered series of plot arcs featuring a crazy cast of natural and supernatural characters populating turn of the century America." ~Amazon Review "…A perfect blend of mystery, magic and myth. A grown-up Grimm's fairy tale... emphasis on grim." ~Amazon Review

Read the first two sample chapters here.

Get your 99 cent copy of The Darkening Dream today on Amazon only.

A Big Giveaway for The Darkening Dream
This week, through June 29th, Author Andy Gavin is running a big giveaway to celebrate his 99 cent promo sale.

The Darkening Dream Rafflecopter Giveaway
Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.

Thanks Andy for stopping by, it was a pleasure to have you as a guest again!

 


 

Friday, June 22, 2012

In My Mailbox




Dark Seeker (Seeker, #1)

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

This week I purchased:
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare (hardcover)

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate (hardcover)
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead (hardcover)
This week I downloaded free on Amazon:
Dark Seeker (Seeker #1) by Taryn Browning (e-book)

What did you get this week?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Shadows of Kings Blog Tour: Author Interview

Please welcome author Jack Whitsel to Fantasy Book Chick.

He is the author of Shadows of Kings
 (Book one of the Dragon Rising series)



Tell us a little about yourself...
I was born in Fremont, Ca., but moved to Oregon in my early teen years. I can’t imagine raising my sons or writing anywhere else…at least for now.
I’m a father and lover of all things fantasy. I’m known for keeping life simple and I abhor dram. But I’m capable of getting a little crazy, when libations are in order. <wink>
My writing journey has been a long, twisted path – beginning when I could first write with a pencil, through the drafts of books that were never seen, to my debut novel, Shadows of Kings.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
It’s all about my sons. On the weekend, we are always out and about – especially during the summer. I also love movies. Give me a cherry coke, popcorn with a plethora of butter and salt, and I’m in heaven.

When did you begin writing?
I was writing stories at a young age – The Additional Tales of Boba Fett and the Micronauts. I really loved those action figures as a kid. And I always thought Boba Fett’s death in Empire Strikes Back was lame. How could I not write stories about him? <snicker>
In college, my creative writing morphed into lyrics for a rock band I was in. But it was not until after I earned my degree, where I committed myself to writing a novel.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
In general, I don’t have music playing. But there are occasions where I use music to stir the creativity for a particular scene. And coffee…can’t get enough of it.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I am currently reading Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes. It’s not my usual genre, but I enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone from time to time.


Who are some of your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien will always be the King of Fantasy. George Martin is pretty spectacular too – and the HBO series is fantastic. Science fiction – Frank Herbert. But I also like the classics from Herman Hesse & George Orwell.


What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
Shadows of Kings is the first book in the series, so I’m plugging away at the other installments. I’ll also be working on a screenplay for Shadows of Kings with my brother - a talented actor who has done some independent work. He would make a great Sir Isidore.

Why did you choose to write this genre?
After reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, I couldn’t help but fantasize about building worlds and filling them with characters, battles and intrigue. Nothing like fantasy inspires my imagination. Shadows of Kings could not have been born without my love for this genre as well as medieval history.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
Time Travel. It would not be that hard of a guess where I went first. I’d go straight to the dark ages - but with baby wipes, a bottle of disinfectant hand wash, toilet paper and cologne.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
Prepare for an exciting ride. I’m going to give you knights, magic and mayhem until you can’t take it anymore. I’m not here to impress you…but to entertain you. Shadows of Kings is the perfect blend of medieval grit and High Fantasy – and I’m thrilled to share it with you.



Check out his debut book: Shadows of Kings (Book one of the Dragon Rising series)


Summary from Goodreads:

Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy’s path. Only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know.
Official Site: www.jackwhitsel.com






Thank you Jack for a great interview and for having me be a part of your blog tour!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy #1) by Kimberly Spencer

Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1)


Book: Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy #1)
Author: Kimberly Spencer
Publisher: Kimberly Spencer
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But maybe some truths should never be revealed...


My Review:
First I have to say that I love the cover. This is what first drew me to this book. I love faerie stories, they always seem to bring something new.

Jensen has lived her entire life on the run with her con artist sister Lorlei. Things are going ok for Jensen until one day she meets Liam, a total hottie at school. Things turn upside down for Jensen. She discovers that she can see through glamor, her sister disappears and that's just the beginning for Jensen.

I truly liked the characters. Jensen is a strong, likeable person, Liam is a hot, mysterious faerie and I loved the twins, they are just so different from each other. This novella was well written and the story and world building was good. I could visualise what the author was describing. There was lots of action, some mystery and a little romance. I'm interested in finding out who Lorlei really is and what is next for this series.

It was a good novella that I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love fae, you need to read this novella. This e-novella was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.


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Friday, June 15, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: Willow Rose

Congrats Michelle you are the giveaway winner!

Author Interview & Giveaway

Please welcome Willow Rose to Fantasy Book Chick.


Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself...
I am 35 years old, a mother of two young girls and currentlyliving in Florida with my family. Originally I am from Denmark but three yearsago we chose to leave the cold and move to the sunshine state where every dayis a potential beach-day and where winter-boots are something you wear withyour shorts when they bring in artificial snow in December for the kids to play in. I have written several books in Danish before I started writing inEnglish. My Danish books are published in Denmark, Germany and Norway.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
I go to the beach with my family or a good book. I love the beach!

When did you begin writing?
I have always told stories.I remember telling stories to my friends as a child in school and making themforget that they had to go out and play for recess. Even my teacher wouldlisten in and he told me to keep it up and to  write them down. I wrote severalnotebooks filled with stories that he read. He encouraged me a lot. I went on to become a journalist and wrote my first novel when I was 28. It was published by one of the big Danish publishing houses.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
I have a thing for James Blunt. I always listen to him when I write. Never when I am not writing. It is weird. There is something about the intensity in his lyrics that makes me want to write. Other than that I always drink green tea.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I just finished Water for Elephants which I enjoyed a lot. I have no idea what to read next. I am in the mood for John Irving's newest so that might be it.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Isabel Allende, John Irving, Stephen King - I know it is a weird group but they have different qualities to them.

What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
 I am already writing the sequel to Savage. I am planning to do three books about my main character Christian. It is sort of a family-saga really. In the first book he is in his twenties and so is the woman he falls in love with. In the second book they have kids of their own and are in their thirties. In the last book they will have young teenagers. I am also planning on doing a book about Aiyana, the spirit-filled Native American girl that he falls hopelessly in love with. About her and when she first discovers who she really is. I might also do a book about her sister who does telekinesis and their grand-mother who predicts natural disasters. I love those characters so much that they each deserve their own book.

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I started out writing mystery-novels and that was a lot of fun, but everything has to be so realistic. I have a very vivid imagination and I needed to get that out somehow as well and the paranormal romance/action genre is perfect for that.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to read people's mind like Aiyana. Just to always know what my kids were up to.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
Because they will fall absolutely in love with all the characters. They are so lovable, so adorable and I myself have a hard time letting them go. So will they.


Author Bio
Willow Rose writes YA Paranormal Romance and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.



SAVAGE:
The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a young adult title with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up
Now for the giveaway!

Willow is kindly giving away a print copy and a e-book copy of her book Savage.  I am assuming the print copy is U.S. only and the e-book copy is international.

*Contest/Giveway ends June 18, 2012*
I would love if you follow me but not required. 
Extra entry points if you follow Willow on her blog, Facebook page and/or Twitter!




Please leave your email, if you live in U.S. or are Int. and links if you follow this blog or Willow in the comments section!

Contest Rules/Guidelines

You must be 13 years of age or older to enter.

A valid email address is required (only used to contact the winner and/or send e-book or coupon code).

All winners will be chosen randomly using Random.org.

Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply with your shipping address or any other requested information. If I do not get a response within 48 hours another winner will be chosen.

Winners will be posted on blog as soon as possible.

I am not responsible for items lost or delayed in the shipping.

I am also not responsible for e-books or coupon codes lost in cyberspace.

I am not responsible for prizes being shipped or sent from a 3rd pary.

I reserve the right to change these guidelines or prizes at any time.

I reserve the right to end a contest/giveaway early.

I reserve the right to cancel a contest/giveaway.



Good luck everyone!














Thursday, June 14, 2012

In My Mailbox



River Cast (The Tale of Lunarmorte #2)

Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3)
Valor (A Greystone Novel, #1)

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

This week I received for review per my request:
River Cast (The Tale of Lunarmorte #2) by Samantha Young (e-book)
Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3) by Samantha Young (e-book)
This week I downloaded for free on Amazon:

Valor (Greystone Novels #1) by Taylor Longford (e-book)

What did you get this week?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Angel Fire (Angel, #2)My Teasers:

"Is this another girl thing?  I've never seen someone look so happy over a pair of shoes before."

pg. 39 ~ Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?





Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Last week I read:

Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1)


This week I'm reading:

Angel Fire (Angel, #2)


Next I am going to read (maybe):

The Dream Crystal (The Dream War Series, #1)

What are you reading?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Familiar

Familiar by Michelle Rowen
Book: Familiar
Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Michelle Rowen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:

When reluctant teen witch Brenda Collins is sent by her mother to a magical pet shop to pick out her animal familiar, she settles on a small tawny-striped kitten not realizing it's a shapeshifter currently in hiding. Discovering the gorgeous but troubled Owen's secret plunges the witch-in-training into a dangerous and romantic adventure that will test her magical abilities like never before.

Familiar is a stand alone 10,000 word YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY, originally published in the "Kiss Me Deadly" anthology.


My Review:

Familiar is a short but really fun read!

Brenda is a witch in training who thinks she picked out her familiar, a kitten. Only to find out the her adorable kitten is really a hot shapeshifter on the run from the bad guys.

This was a short story that I read in like an hour. It is a quick read and there is not enough time for much background information or character development. This did not keep me from loving the story though. The plot and the characters were well written. I loved the cute romance that developed and how the story flowed along. I would love to see this written into a series, it's that good. This is a 5 star in my opinion and one of my favorite short stories.

This e-book was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review: Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1)

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)


Book: Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1)
Author: Samanth Young
Publisher: Samantha Young
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...
Moon Spell. A YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

My Review:


I love werewolf stories and this was a fantastic one! Moon Spell is somewhat different and fun.

Caia is returning to her pack after being away from them for ten years. Most of the pack welcomes her home while others want nothing to do with her. She has a difficult time adjusting to living with the pack again. Then Caia finds out the she is half lykan and half magik. There are secrets, a love triangle and a war going on to add to the mix.

I loved Lucien, I mean who wouldn't? He is the hot alpha male leader and did I mention he is hot? LOL The tension between him and Caia builds up throughout the book and then... well you'll have to read to find out. Caia is a kick butt kinda girl. She stands up for herself and her friends. She doesn't take crap from anyone, even Lucien. I also really like Sebastian, he is a really good guy and a great friend to Caia. Saffron, the fairy, loved her. She was so funny and just kinda popped up with these one liners. All the characters were well written, these were just some of my favorites.

The author really brought this story to life. I connected with the characters right from the start. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to stop. I love how the author brought so many things to this book. There are different paranormal/mythical creatures, mythology, romance, suspense and humor. I liked how it took some time for things to build up, it just made the story more fun to read. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

This e-book was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.  

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:
Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1)
"For starters, compulsion doesn't appear to work on you.  Why didn't you scream in the hallway?"

42% on Kindle ~ Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer 

Monday, June 4, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Last week I read:
Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)

Familiar

This week I'm reading:
Shimmerspell (The Shimmer Trilogy, #1)


Next I'm going to read:
The Dream Crystal (The Dream War Series, #1)

What are you reading?