Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question is:

Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

My answer:

Wow, just 10 books?  I would have to take:

Vampire Academy series 1-6 by Richelle Mead 

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

This week's question is:

 "Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"
My answer:
I'm torn between these three:
Original Sin (Personal Demons #2) by Lisa Desrochers
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer 
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I purchased:
The Twilight Saga:  The official illustrated guide by Stephanie Meyer
The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre
Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black
Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) by Kelly Keaton

This week I received free via author/promotion:
Fire Girl (Tales of Ever) by Jen Wylie (e-book)
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1) by Maureen Johnson (e-book)
Blind Sight by Kait Nolan (e-book)

This week I received from author/publisher for review:
Uncommon Magic by Michelle Scott (e-book)
Blood Sisters by Michelle Scott (e-book)
Lover's Betrayal by J.E. Hopkins (paperback signed)
Acadia: Book 1 The Lost King and The Goddess of Time by Ali Naqvi (e-book)
Lon Minis: The Kiss by Jarius Raphel (e-book)
Lon Minis: The Taken by Jarius Raphel (e-book)
Legend of a Ninja: Beneath the Shadows by Jarius Raphel (e-book)
The Gifts (The Gifts Trilogy #1) by Patria Rowe (e-book)
The River King's Road: A Novel of Ithelas by Liane Merciel (paperback)
Heaven's Needle by Liane Merciel (paperback)

Monday, April 25, 2011

LoN Minis: The Kiss Review

Book:  LoN Minis: The Kiss
Author:  Jarius Raphel
Publisher:  Legend of a Ninja
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review Copy from Author/Publisher

Summary from Goodreads:
The Kiss clan is known for its honor and patience. When they receive a rare treasure that could possibly be the Tome of Shadows, they inform The Order immediately. But when they become involved in a terrible dishonor, they will do everything in their power just to survive the judgment of The Order.

Legend of a Ninja is a new series that shows the world of the ninjas at its deepest, most secret level. The everyday life of a ninja behind the masks and shadows that they work in.
In a time long forgotten, when dragons roamed the skies above and knights served their kingdoms, there was a world within the shadows, unknown to those not living in it. Ninjas have always lived there. That world beneath the shadows.
Authored by Jarius Raphel, Legend of a Ninja is a collection of books and short stories (minis) where you are invited to see the ninjas through their own eyes. Welcome to the shadows.

My Review:
I received this as a review copy from the author/publisher. This did not in any way affect my review.

This was my first ever read about Ninjas. I had no idea what to expect and at first I wasn't sure I even wanted to give it a try. I'm so glad I did though. The author was kind enough to send me some info about it and an e-book copy of the book.

It's about this teenage girl Auro who wants nothing more than to be part of The Kiss, a Ninja clan. So when she gets asked to a meeting with them she is all for anything they will ask of her. Well the only requirement to join them is that she has to inspect the contents of a very ancient book. They believe it maybe the Tome of Shadows book. If it is that indeed then Auro will die just for looking at it, if it turns out not to be the Tome of Shadows then The Kiss clan will have a rare treasure and Auro will be a new member of The Kiss. She is given a short time to make her decision. Even though she would die an honorable death if it is the Tome of Shadows she does not want to die, so she comes up with a plan. She decides that she will just open the book up, skim through it and tell them that it is just a book. Her best friend and a Kiss member Piette thinks it's a terrible idea.

The Kiss clan hands Auro the book and she puts her plan into motion. The only thing is that The Kiss know she is lying and order her to die. Zyonel is sent from The Order to kill Auro. When he captures her and hears her story he decides that he cannot kill her. Anyone that stands up to The Kiss is someone valuable. He does kill all the members of The Kiss clan though except Piette, because she was not there. Now Piette has to start forming The Kiss again with new members.

This is a short story and part which is part of LoN Minis series. I read it in a half hour. I really liked it, the characters were well written. The story was good, and I can't wait to read more from this series. Even if you haven't read books with Ninjas I recommend that you give this a try, it's good.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkke's View.

This week's question is:  What is on your current playlist right now?

My answer:  I haven't been listening to a lot of music lately but it would be something country or rock.  Some Taylor Swift or Kid Rock.

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

This week's question is:  "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

My answer:  Oh my goodness yes!  I get right online and search for all the books the author has and put them on my TBR list on Goodreads.  I am kind of obsessive about that.  If I find a good author I want to read all I can of their books.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wake Unto Me Review

Book:  Wake Unto Me
Author:  Lisa Cach
Publisher:  Speak (Penguin Group)
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC from Publisher

Summary from Goodreads:
A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

My Review:
I received this as an ARC from the publisher Speak (Penguin Group),thanks to the author Lisa Cach. This in no way affected my review.

Caitlyn doesn't feel like she belongs among family or friends in Spring Creek. So when she get an opportunity to go to a school in France, full scholarship she jumps at the chance. Once she arrives she feels like this is the place for her. She still has nightmares of Screechers and ghosts. Then she starts to dream about her Knight of Cups Raphael. Their love story begins in her dreams and is somewhat of a time travel. He lived 400 years ago. They know that they are meant to be together although it doesn't happen at first. Their romance takes time and is innocent and sweet.

It starts off a little slow and has some slow moments but the author tells a really good story. I loved all the history of the castle and of Raphael's life. I wish we could have learned more about the side characters cause I really liked them. I also really liked the time travel parts of the book. The small romantic gestures throughout and the ending. That was such a great ending to a wonderful story.

I thought this was a well written book. The author took her time with the research and wrote a wonderful tale. There was a lot of twists and turns, sometimes I didn't know who was alive and who was a ghost. It's got romance, action and lots of adventure. There's even a treasure hunt throughout.

I really enjoyed reading this and it's a quick read. I hope that someday Lisa writes a sequel to this. I would like to read more about Caitlyn, Raphael and their friends.

Liane Merciel Books Feature

Title: Heaven’s Needle
Author: Liane Merciel
ISBN: 9781439159163
Price: $7.99 ($9.99 CAN)
On Sale: 04/26/11


The second book in an epic fantasy series, in which the fate of a world rests in the hands of a woman who must rescue the knight she loves…

Six hundred years ago, an unknown force destroyed one of the greatest fortresses in Ithelas, slaughtering its defenders so swiftly that none survived to say what befell them.

Now, in the shadow of those ancient ruins, something malign is stirring.

Kelland, a divinely blessed Knight of the Sun, is charged with the duty of confronting the fell powers of the world. But his only chance of stopping this evil may be to ally with another -- even as Bitharn, his companion, betrays their faith in the name of love. Meanwhile, three young novices from the Dome of the Sun, accompanied by a scarred and taciturn swordswoman, venture bravely but unwisely into the heart of danger, seeking a holy artifact that, they pray, might end it. Their paths converge in Carden Vale, where nightmare awaits.

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Title: The River King’s Road: A Novel of Ithelas
Author: Liane Merciel
ISBN: 9781439159156
Price: $9.99 ($9.99 CAN)
Available Now!

A thrilling new voice in fantasy makes an unforgettable debut with this "intriguingly twisted tale of treachery and magic" (New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.). Liane Merciel's The River Kings' Road takes us to a world of bitter enmity between kingdoms, divided loyalties between comrades, and an insidious magic that destroys everything it touches. . . .

The wounded maidservant thrust the knotted blankets at him; instinctively, Brys stepped forward and caught the bundle before it fell. Then he glimpsed what lay inside and nearly dropped it himself.

There was a baby in the blankets. A baby with a tear-swollen face red and round as a midsummer plum. A baby he knew, even without seeing the lacquered medallion tucked into the swaddling—a medallion far too heavy, on a chain far too cold for an infant who had not yet seen a year.
A fragile period of peace between the eternally warring kingdoms of Oakharn and Langmyr is shattered when a surprise massacre fueled by bloodmagic ravages the Langmyrne border village of Willowfield, killing its inhabitants—including a visiting Oakharne lord and his family—and leaving behind a scene so grisly that even the carrion eaters avoid its desecrated earth. But the dead lord's infant heir has survived the carnage—a discovery that entwines the destinies of Brys Tarnell, a mercenary who rescues the helpless and ailing babe, and who enlists a Langmyr peasant, a young mother herself, to nourish and nurture the child of her enemies as they travel a dark, perilous road . . . Odosse, the peasant woman whose only weapons are wit, courage, and her fierce maternal love—and who risks everything she holds dear to protect her new charge . . . Sir Kelland, a divinely blessed Knight of the Sun, called upon to unmask the architects behind the slaughter and avert war between ancestral enemies . . . Bitharn, Kelland's companion on his journey, who conceals her lifelong love for the Knight behind her flawless archery skills—and whose feelings may ultimately be Kelland's undoing . . . and Leferic, an Oakharne Lord's bitter youngest son, whose dark ambitions fuel the most horrific acts of violence. As one infant's life hangs in the balance, so too does the fate of thousands, while deep in the forest, a Maimed Witch practices an evil bloodmagic that could doom them all. . .

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**I was asked by a representative from Pocket Mass Market at Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Division to feature these books on my blog.  I have not read either of them or anything by this author.  I was just told that I am being sent both books....yay!**

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I purchased: 
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare  (signed, w/letter from Jace to Clary)
Demon Kissed (Ivy Taylor #1) by H.M. Ward
Clarity by Jenna Kay (e-book)
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen (e-book)
Released (Agents of Evil #1) by Megan Duncan
The Cries of Vampira: Bloodlines (The Cries of Vampira #2) by Sean H. Robertson

This week I received from Authors for review:
Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire (e-book)
Veiled Innocence (The Soul Cycle) by Krystle Jones (e-book)
Karma & Melodies by Katie Salidas (e-book)
Lor Mandela: Destruction From Twins by L. Carroll (e-book)

Blogger Lift

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to let you know that today my blog is being featured with Q&A's over at In Between Writing and Reading .  It's a new thing that Jude started about a month ago that features a different blog each week.  It helps get the word out about all the great blogs out there and you get to learn more about the person behind the blog.  Make sure you all go and check it out and follow Jude, she's great!  :)

Here's the link to my feature:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question: 

Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

My answer: 

Well I really don't have anyone to discuss books with IRL.  There is one woman at work that reads the same kinds of books that I do but she doesn't read all the time.  So when she does then we talk about them.  I guess that's why I like talking to other bloggers and readers online.

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.

This week's question:
"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."

My answer:
Amelia from Hereafter by Tara Hudson.  Amelia is an 18 year old teenager that has been a ghost for 10 years.  She starts off as just a ghost wandering around, not knowing much about the "hereafter".  By the end she is stronger as a character and falling in love with Joshua, a human.  I liked her character and her willingness to achieve more.  I just think that the author could have done more with her, but maybe in the next book.  To learn more about what I thought check out my full review.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hereafter (Hereafter #1) Review

Book: Hereafter (Hereafter #1)
Author:  Tara Hudson
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Rating:  3 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC (e-book) Review Copy from Harper Collins through NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

My Review:
I received this as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my review.

First off I'm going to say that I loved the cover. That is the first thing that pulled me in. I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I had high expectations for this and it just didn't happen. I'm giving Hereafter a 3 Star rating because it was alright.

It starts out with this girl Amelia who is a ghost and died when she was 18. She relives her death in nightmares and wanders around always ending up back at the bridge where she died. One night while wandering at the bridge she sees a young man, Joshua in the water and saves him. He is the first person human or ghost that has been able to see her. It is love at first sight. A short time later Joshua returns to the bridge of his near death and sees Amelia again. From then on they spend their days together and continue to fall more in love. All the while Eli, an evil ghost is watching and waiting to bring Amelia over to the dark side with him. Then there is Joshua's grandmother who is a seer and can also see Amelia and thinks she is evil and wants to exorcise her.

It sounded like it's was going to be really good with a love story and action filled but I didn't think it was. It's really slow moving and not much happens. It was like the same things happen over and over throughout the book. Amelia is not like other ghosts, she can't walk through walls, car doors or really do anything supernatural. We didn't really learn much about either of their families or about Amelia's past. I'm hoping that in the next book we learn some more. I will read the next book to see what happens and I'm hoping for some more action and romance.

Overall it's a nice calm and relaxing read. I liked it, just didn't love it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I tried to post the pictures of the books but for some reason it's not working and I don't feel good so I'm just going to post the titles and authors.  Hopefully next week is better.  Sorry about this!

This week I purchased:
Slow Burn by E.B. Walters (aka Ednah Walters)  E-Book
Guardian by Elita Daniels  E-Book

This week I received for review from authors:
Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe E-Book
The Advice Girl by L.A. Shaw  E-Book
Lover's Betrayal by J.E. Hopkins  E-Book
Moon Spell:  Part One in the tale of Lumarmorte by Samantha Young  E-Book
Ravenwild by Peter J. Plasse  Print version

I also received these wonderful trading cards from E.J. Stevens!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Follow Friday

Q. Do you judge a book by it's cover?

A.  I have to admit that the cover is the first thing I look at and almost decide right then if I even want to read the description.  I have loved some books that I almost passed up by judging the cover first.  

Thursday, April 7, 2011

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) Review

Book:  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

My Review:

This was originally going to be the end of a trilogy but thankfully the author has three more books coming out in this series. So excited about that. City of Glass was such an amazing book. This series is one of my favorites of all time.

The other two books took place in New York but this one takes place in Idris. I loved the setting and getting to see where the Shadowhunters originally came from. I was once again drawn in from the beginning and could not put it down. It is a real page turner for sure. It had some new characters that I didn't really care for but can't like them all sometimes. It had so many twists and turns, murder, mystery, action, adventure and romance. The story flowed along perfectly. I loved how the characters relationships developed throughout the book. The way that some of them became couples and others I'm wondering about for future books. I was happy to finally learn the truth about Clary and Jace's families. I liked the way that things worked out for everyone. There were some special moments between Clary and Jace that were both romantic and heartbreaking at times. I'm still wondering what the Seelie Queen wanted as a favor. The ending was lovely but it kinda left me wondering what is going to happen next. Thankfully I get to find out with three more books coming out! Yes I already mentioned that but I'm so happy to get to fall back into such an amazing world with characters I love!

I'm looking forward to reading Jace's letter to Clary and seeing how their relationship plays out. In my opinion this is one of the best series out there, and I'm recommending to anyone who hasn't read it to read it now!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I received for review from the author:

Zaftan Entrepreneurs by Hank Quense (e-book, kindle)
The Eden Factor by T.L. Peters (e-book, kindle)

This week I purchased:

 Lemniscate (Angel Star #2) by Jennifer Murgia
XVI (XVI #1) by Julia Karr
Born At Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) by C.C. Hunter
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Unnatural (Archangel Acadmey #1) by Michael Griffo
Chime by Franny Billingsley
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
She Smells The Dead (Spirit Guide #1) by E.J. Stevens (e-book, kindle)
Spirit Storm (Spirit Guide #2) by E.J. Stevens (e-book, kindle)
The Undead Heart (The Blood Thirst Series #1) by Tate Jackson (e-book, kindle)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pretty Postcard

Yay!  Yesterday I received a pretty postcard from E.J. Stevens.  I had signed up for her email subscription and received this as a bonus.  It's from The Spirit Guide Series.  I am looking forward to reading her books.  This series sounds like it's going to be a good one!  If anyone has already read any of the books in this series let me know what you think.  Have a great weekend everyone!  :)

Bumped (Bumped #1) Review

Book:  Bumped (Bumped #1)
Author:  Megan McCafferty

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins)
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Source:  ARC from Harper Collins through NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

My Review:
I received this as an ARC e-book from Harper Collins through NetGalley. This is no way affected my review.

This is the second dystopian book that I have read. When I first read the summary for it I knew I wanted to read it. It sounded interesting and different. It was both of those and more. I am giving this a 4.5 star rating. I will admit that at first I was thinking this was going to be some government thing where they make it a law that you have to "preg" before 18. That is not at all what this book was about. There is a virus that makes everyone over 18 not able to produce children so teenagers "bump" and get paid for "pregging".

It is about twin girls that are separated at birth and grow up in two completely different ways. Melody has been raised to "bump" and get paid for "pregging". Harmony grew up in a church setting where groups of families live in the same household and marry when they are young. Melody has an agent and is all set to bump with the perfect guy when her twin Harmony shows up on her doorstep. Melody is not too happy by this at all and Harmony is hoping she can change her sisters way of thinking and make her "churchie". The story takes place with a couple of days. Harmony gets mistaken for Melody one morning by her agent and decides to just go with it. I don't want to give any spoilers away by really telling the story.

I will say that I loved their slang and all their gadgets. I was laughing throughout. While it is funny there is a great story that is told and it makes you think. Bumped is a well written, well thought out story that I enjoyed reading and had a hard time putting down. Each chapter is told by either Melody or Harmony. The end of each chapter, which is told by the author left us with a mini cliffhanger. You had to read what was going on with the other sister before it went back to the previous sister in the next chapter. I loved this and it made me want to keep reading to see what happened next. By the end of the book I was shocked about what had happened and was like darn it I don't want it to end. I ended up liking Harmony and Jondoe more than I did in the beginning. Melody and Zen I just loved the entire time. I really liked who the characters became at the end of the book and cannot wait to read the next book in the bumped series. I know it's going to be great! I am recommending this to everyone, it's that good!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

Q. What is the book that you really don't want to admit to loving??

My answer:  I can't think of anything that I wouldn't want to admit to loving.  It seems that before I read a book I just can tell if I'm going to enjoy reading it or not.  If it's not  my thing than I don't bother reading it.


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

"Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"

My answer:  Well I can't think of anything that I have did or any of the past pranks played on me.  But today just a little while ago I'm here typing on my keyboard and my dad comes running down the hall.  He comes into my office and is like oh my gosh, I just cut my hand.  There is what looks like blood all over his hand and I think my heart just stopped for a second.  Then I realized today is April Fool's Day.  He starts laughing and can't pull that one on my mom cause she knows him too well.