Thursday, March 28, 2013

In my mailbox


Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2) 


Face the Dark (Hunters of the Dark #3) 

Dead of Night (Hunters of the Dark, #4) 

  

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

I received free for being part of the blog tour:

The Tomb by Dave Ferraro
 Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2 by Dave Ferraro
 Face the Dark (Hunters of the Dark #3) by Dave Ferraro
Dead of Night (Hunters of the Dark #4) by Dave Ferraro

What did you get this week?


Friday, March 22, 2013

Feature & Follow

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Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

A: Forbidden romance and love triangles.  I'm not sure that I can pinpoint why these two draw me into a book but they do.  I just love when I'm looking at a book synopsis and see that it is one of these.  I'm like yeah this is a must read for me!

 What's your guilty pleasure?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In my mailbox

Runes 

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

This week I downloaded on NetGalley:

Runes (Book 1) by Ednah Walters

*ARC ~ Release date: May 20, 2013 *

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3) 
Book: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Harlequin Teen & NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

My Review:
 
The Goddess Inheritance, the final and possibly best of the trilogy. I LOVED all three books. Each one for me, brought something new and fun. This one was just a fantastic ending to an awesome trilogy.

Kate is still being held captive by Calliope and Cronus. In the beginning her and Henry's child is born. Calliope is not about to let Kate spend any time with her new baby. Kate makes a deal with Cronus that she thinks will save all her family. Can she keep up her end of the bargain? Well you'll have to read the book to find out.

From beginning to end, it is non stop and I didn't want to put it down. Characters from the previous books are here once again and we get to meet some new ones. I would have liked to have had more Kate/Henry moments but what we are given was good. Henry drove me crazy at times though, he just seems to be bossy to Kate and underestimates her. No one seems to think Kate can help in this war with Cronus. I loved James again in this one. He is such a good guy and let's not forget HOT. If Kate wasn't with Henry I would have loved to seen her with James.

Secrets are revealed, some of which I was quite shocked as they were revealed. There is non stop action, suspense and twists and turns. I was saddened when one of my favorite characters died in the end. You'll be surprised who it is. Overall I loved reading this trilogy. I am going to miss the characters and the story overall. Can't wait to see what Aimee will write next.

This e-book was given to me by the author and/or publisher for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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!

Awaken the Highland Warrior (Connor Clan, #1)My Teasers: 

"I should have connected the signs, " Shay said as the truck moved along the scenic drive. "Those blasted necklaces-talismans. But I grew up around men who wore necklaces...wait, are the tattoos part of all this?"

pg. 73 ~ Awaken The Highland Warrior (Connor Clan #1) 
by Anita Clenney 

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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:
The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter

 The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3) 


This week I'm reading: 
Awaken The Highland Warrior (Connor Clan #1) by Anita Clenney

Awaken the Highland Warrior (Connor Clan, #1) 


Next I'm going to read (I think, could change my mind.):

Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1) by Dave Ferraro
 Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark, #1) 

What are you reading?

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature & Follow

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This weeks Question:

Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture.

A.  Well when it is warm weather I love to sit outside/inside on my sun porch.  It is technically outside but is closed in with windows so sometimes it feels as though I am still inside.  When it's warm and sunny out it's so relaxing sitting out there reading. 

 Where is your favorite outdoor reading spot?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In My Mailbox

Emily's House (Akasha Chronicles, #1) 


The Keeper's Curse (The Keeper's Curse #1)

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

This week I downloaded for free on Amazon:

Emily's House (Akasha Chronicles #1) by Natalie Wright

The Keeper's Curse (The Keeper's Curse #1) by Diana Harrison 

What did you get this week? 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dark Genesis Blog Tour

Please welcome Dave Ferraro!


*Make sure you scroll to the bottom for a link to link to a sample post with the giveaway info and synopsis.  Also a blog tour schedule and a rafflecopter link!*

Tell us a little about yourself...
I grew up in Minnesota and went to college at St. Cloud State University, where I graduated with a B.A. in English and creative writing. I grew up reading young adult novels and comic books, watching horror movies and animated films, and I think you can see the influences in my writing. I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and work in a bookstore, where I get to talk to people about books all day long.
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
I read a lot obviously, but i'm also a film buff, and like watching all sorts of movies. Horror films hold a special place in my heart, but I really enjoy all kinds of movies, from foreign films to action, rom-coms to dramas. I still read a lot of graphic novels as well, and have a blog where I talk about comics called Comics-and-More.
When did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was very young, probably around ten years old. I still have notebooks where I wrote out those early novels, which are really, really bad. lol But I feel like the more you write, the better your writing gets, and twenty plus years later, I've definitely honed my craft and found my voice. I used to just devour young adult books, which at the time consisted of slasher novels by the likes of Christopher Pike, Nicole Davidson and Dian Hoh. I remember that I used to look at the covers of the books and read the short synopsis on the back and come up with a story myself before reading them, and I sometimes thought that my ideas were better. I think that's what compelled me to first begin writing my own books.

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

I do listen to music when I write, usually, and just have it on quietly in the background. I listen to a lot of Kate Tucker, Erin McCarley, and Vanessa Carlton - singer/songwriter types. They sort of put me in a certain mindset with the atmosphere of their music. I also have some instrumental standbys: Blood Theme from Dexter, and Bella's Lullaby from New Moon. Otherwise, I tend to write well at night. If I try to sit down and write during the day, I accomlish very little and feel antsy, but when it's dark outside, I usually get on a roll. I also have a candle that smells like fresh-cut grass that I pull out sometimes when I need a little something extra to put me in the mood, and sip on either Pepsi or water.
What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I'm reading "Boundless" by Cynthia Hand currently, the last book in the "Unearthly" trilogy, which is one of the best paranormal romances that I've had the pleasure to read. I'm also about to start Veronia Rossi's "Through the Ever Night." The first book in the trilogy, "Under the Never Sky" is probably my favorite dystopian book, so I'm really looking forward to digging into the second book.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Christopher Pike and L.J. Smith, and they are probably the biggest influences on my writing, particularly Smith's "Night World." Lately, I've been really excited by Rick Yancey ("The Monstrumologist"), Elizabeth C. Bunce ("Star Crossed") and Kiersten White ("Paranormalcy").
What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
I'm currently working on the fifth book in the Hunters of the Dark series, an urban fantasy series that follows a group of monster hunters. I've been working with these characters for almost fifteen years, so I definitely have a bond with them, and have a lot more stories to tell concerning the various characters from these books. I'll probably never stop coming up with new adventures for them.
Why did you choose to write this genre?
Since I grew up reading young adult novels, my writing voice just naturally went in that direction, and I love monsters and magic, so those are the types of stories that I want to tell. I feel like my books have a touch of all sorts of elements from different genres in them: fantasy, paranormal, romance, horror, action, mystery, and a splash of humor. I think it makes for interesting stories that don't get stale. And since I grew up with such a love for comic books and film, my writing has a very cinematic quality to it that I think people are drawn to.
If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
You're asking an X-Men fan what power he could have, and not surprisingly, I've asked myself this question a lot. lol. I think the best power would be to be able to shape-shift into any form I want. I've thought that it would be invisibility in the past, but that limits you to just hiding in the background. As a shape-shifter, you can be involved in the action and you can be ANYTHING. Who doesn't want to look like a model, or fit in in foreign environments? You could have limitless new experiences.
Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
Dark Genesis is a book that will constantly keep readers on their toes. Alyssa is a kick-ass protagonist, but she's also a lost, tragic figure in this world that's completely foreign to her. She wants to get home, but she doesn't even know what home is. She just knows that she doesn't belong, which I think a lot of people can identify with. Dark Genesis also has a great cast of supporting characters, and really cool villains. Since Alyssa is in a world populated by monsters, you get your vampires and werewolves, but you also get new twists on classics. Just wait until you meet the Ticks and Neo-Alchemists. This book is unlike anything out there, and is packed with a great story and memorable moments. It's pretty much awesomeness in book form.

Connect with Dave :


Here's an excerpt from Dark Genesis

“Ugh,” Alyssa put a hand to her head, its throbbing making her nauseous as she tried to sit up.  Tentatively, she reached back and touched the back of her neck, where a large welt screamed in protest from her delicate probing.  She winced and looked down, noting the chain on her right leg.  She touched the cold metal and frowned before looking up at a white room with several stone slabs, an alter on raised ground at the back.
On the stone slabs before her, she saw her friends tied down.  Vessa, Parker, Eric and Lace.  Ambrosia was also in the room, but muzzled and chained by its neck to a nearby wall, struggling against the metal.
Alyssa’s blood ran cold at the scene and she pulled on the chain at her ankle, as if she would be able to free herself with pure force of will.
“You’re awake,” Mia observed, sitting a few feet away, her back to the wall.  “You were unconscious for a long while.”
Alyssa nodded, putting a hand to her forehead.  “What did I miss?”
“Everyone being tied down by two men from the coven.  The hags have come and gone several times.”
Alyssa leaned her head back.  “Great.”  She winced as the stone touched her welt.
Mia frowned.  “I tried to heal your wound as I did your friends.  For some reason, my magic doesn’t work on you.”
Swallowing hard, Alyssa nodded.  “Yeah.  It has advantages and disadvantages.”
The sound of footsteps could be heard coming from a doorway near the altar, and Alyssa struggled against her chain again, to no avail.
Two appeared, smiling, a bounce in her step like she were about to go to an amusement park.  She breathed in deeply and nodded to herself, as if satisfied with something.  Her eyes fell on Alyssa and Mia and she turned to the two men who’d just accompanied her into the room.  “Tie down the pretty one next.”
Alyssa clenched her jaw and braced herself for their arrival, watching the mens’ slow procession.  One of them dragged his right foot behind him, as if he were injured.  Her eyes narrowed at the grins on their faces.  She wouldn’t mind handing them a few bruises.
She kicked hard when they reached her, aiming for the man’s bum leg, but they seemed prepared for her attack, and quickly detained her, holding her arms and legs so tightly that she felt her circulation cut off.  Two laughed, then undid the chain.  “A lot of spirit in you,” she said as she followed the men to an unoccupied stone slab.  “We’ll fix that right quick.”
As the two men held her down, Two began to wind twine around her midsection, with very careful motions, almost lovingly, tightening her arms against the stone.  Alyssa bit down her terror as her legs were twined together, and continued to struggle, although she could feel herself tiring quickly in this losing battle.
She struggled against her bonds as the men left her to do the same thing to Mia.  She felt claustrophobic, like the twine was smothering her, and each breath she took wasn’t enough.  Sweat began to gather on her forehead as she started to panic.
“Take deep, slow breaths,” Parker’s voice came to her.
Alyssa glanced up and saw Parker’s head not far from hers, on the slab behind her and to the right.  “Not that it’s going to do you much good,” Lace called out.  “They’ll finish us off soon enough.”
Parker shook his head.  “Don’t listen to her.  These people aren’t murderers.  They’re just scared.”
            Alyssa blinked, then laughed, a noise that sounded a little hysterical, even to her own ears.  “They’re scared?  That’s rich.”


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand 

Book: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book ~ won

Summary from Goodreads:
 For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

My Review: 
I LOVED Unearthly. So when Hallowed came out I was really looking forward to reading it. I mean I loved Tucker and Clara's relationship. But then I started reading and was somewhat disappointed with the story. Don't get me wrong there were parts I loved but for the most part it was just ok for me.

The second book in a series is usually one that drives me crazy. This one did that. I mean why do authors always mess with a good relationship? In Hallowed Clara has to face a lot of challenges. She finds things out about her family that I was even shocked to discover. She thinks that there is more to her purpose and then there is Samjeeza. I have mixed feeling about him. We meet a lot of new characters and learn more about some of the characters from Unearthly.

I felt the struggles between how Clara felt about Tucker and doing what she feels is right. Then there is Christian, who I wasn't sure about in the last one. I mean I liked him but I was all Team Tucker. But this time around I really started to like him and am starting to think that maybe he is the better choice for Clara. I can over look some of the stupid selfish things that he does in this one. The way he is there for Clara at her most vulnerable times just melts my heart.

There is suspense, action, heartbreak and a love triangle is forming. The ending is kinda crazy, I was like WHAT when we learn what Jeffery did. Yeah there are things I liked and things I didn't in this story. Overall I give it 3 stars. I will being reading Boundless because I have to know what happens.

Connect with the author: Goodreads  Blog  Twitter  Facebook  

Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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:

"We'll go to the council about it immediately after we find Rhea," promised James. "But right now I need to talk to you, and we can't do it in front of him."

26% on Kindle ~ The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter
 

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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: Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2) 

This week I'm reading: The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter
 
The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3) 

Next I'm going to read either: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead 
or
 Awaken The Highland Warrior (Connor Clan #1) by Anita Clenney

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) 
 Awaken the Highland Warrior

Friday, March 1, 2013

Feature & Follow

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Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?

 

Oh my biggest sin as a blogger is accepting review books.  I was getting so many great ones that I just couldn't pass up.  Now I have so many I don't know when I will ever get caught up.  I have had to stop accepting for the most part until I can get caught up.  My other thing is not posting enough.  I know I still struggle with this today, I just can't seem to find enough time in the day to do everything that needs done.  Blogging comes in last on my to do list.  I don't like this but that's life I guess.