Monday, October 31, 2011

Betrayed Cover Reveal

Check out the new and improved cover for Betrayed 
by Ednah Walters!

Smoking hot right?!

I was asked to post the new cover by Spencer Hill Press.  I was told that Ednah just joined Spencer Hill Press and they are going to be re-releasing it next June.  Such exciting news for such an amazing author.  

So congrats to Ednah!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tears Blog Tour

Fourteen-year-old Lelea is insane. A military project since age two, she endured surgery after surgery forging her into the ultimate soldier. Somewhere along the way, the dreams haunting her nights spilled into her days, and now she talks to creatures long dead and hears music in silence.

Through her visions, Lelea discovers her sanity isn't the only thing in danger. Her dreams call her to save the world from General Sythe, a power-hungry monster, but the secret to freeing her people lies in restoring dragonkind to the world. An impossible task since dragons have been extinct for thousands of years, if they ever existed in the first place.

Stealing a spaceship, she searches the galaxy for ancient scrolls leading to a stash of dragon eggs, but instead she finds a group of rebels and a budding romance. With the General in pursuit, she must convince her companions to trust her. If only she could overcome what is broken inside her…

Excerpt from book:
“This mission is suicide,” Jaak grumbled. Hot air burned against his back, scorching his skin, and sand stirred in the wind, stinging his eyes. Once again, he wished for the comfort of his cool cave. He lay on the top of a sand dune, looking out over the army compound nestled between the desert and the field of giant, carnivorous trees.
    Brick buildings burned in the setting sun, a bright spot against the dirty brown sky. Soldiers bustled about the compound—tending equipment, loading ammo, scrubbing trucks, directing spaceships down the runway, marching about the perimeter. On the far end of the compound sat their destination: the storage hangar.
    No way would he climb through those trees. When darkness came, they must make it past the sentries, across the yard, through a thousand soldiers.
    His dirty military fatigues, his shoulder-length hair, his filthy nails—he’d never make it through the patrol looking like this. No one would take him for a soldier. Not anymore. His companions were no better:
    Scrap. Also dressed in torn fatigues, greasy black hair, an angry scar across his right cheek.
    Chester. A girl with long hair, wearing a dress made of rags, and nothing soldierly about the sway of her curvy hips.
    Aren. Braids tied with leather bands, which marked him as desert-born. 

    “What do you see?” Scrap lay down beside him.
    “That there’s no way in. We’re going to get caught.”

   Scrap slapped him on the back of the head. “Of course there’s a way in. You’re just not using your head. What’s the straightest shot through the compound?”
   “We’ll never survive.”
    Scrap grinned. Insane, smart, balls of brass, which is why Jaak would follow him anywhere. They met in the Reconsitution Chamber. The Hole. In the darkness, madness nipped at the corners of his mind, stirring, whispering, laughing, but when the stranger in the locker next to him spoke of rebellion, Jaak listened.
    When they met again in the mess hall, this time face to face, Scrap talked of escaping the planet. Insanity sparkled  in his eyes, but still Jaak listened.
    “When do we move?” Jaak asked.
    “After dark.”
    Sighing, Jaak squinted at the bright orange sun burning against the barren land. It would set soon.
    He hated waiting. His skin tingled with suppressed adrenalin, heart pounding in his throat, the thrill of adventure burning in his chest, the fear of getting caught boiling in his stomach. He wanted to move. Anything but to sit still and wait.
    The sun sank below the horizon, leaving emptiness in the heavy sky. Today, he would either be free or would die trying. Either way, the struggle to survive would end. They would travel the universe, finding adventure, pirating from the two armies, making their fortune, living like kings. Love, freedom, life, happiness. Everything would be perfect.
    Jaak glanced at his teammates. Aren’s eyes burned, ready for battle. Chester fidgeted with her hair, tucking it behind her ears, her hands trembling. She glanced at Jaak, and he gave her a small smile.
    “Stick to the shadows,” Scrap instructed.
    Fear burned its way up into Jaak’s chest, strangling his throat. But he nodded with the others, and when Scrap led the way, Jaak slid down the embankment behind him.
    The compound walls loomed before them, and in the towers, men and cameras and bullets watched the paths. If the guards spotted them, they would have no chance to defend themselves.

Thanks Rita for inviting me to be part of the Tears blog tour!

Make sure you check out Rita on her blog , Goodreads and Facebook !

Thursday, October 27, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I received for review:
Failing Test (Book one of The Shadow Series) (e-book) by J.M. Pierce

This week I purchased:
Cursed (Demon Kissed #2) (e-book) by H.M. Ward

This week I got free by promotion:

Soulless: The Story of Shayan (Prequel to The Soul Quest Trilogy) (e-book) by Amy Jones

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kiss of a Star (Artemis Lupine #2) Review

Book:  Kiss of a Star (Artemis Lupine #2)
Author:  Catherine Banks
Publisher:  Catherine Banks
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Purchased e-book

Summary from Goodreads:
Artemis’ life completely changed when she met Ares and learned of her true genetics. Achilles comes to her and her life is changed yet again as she learns more about herself and Ares’ past. Now nothing is simple and life is anything but calm. As she adjusts to her new life she learns that shedding a little blood is more than necessary and that she must do whatever she can to stay with her pack and her mate. Can she figure out a way to protect her pack and stand against the man hunting her? Or will treachery and deceit separate her from the first family she’s ever had?

My Review:
Kiss of a Star is one of my favorite sequels. It's a definite 5 star! There is so much packed into those pages.

Artemis now knows that she is half wolf and half fairy. She has two gorgeous guys vying for her attention, although she seems to just want Ares. Now she just needs to learn to fight and use her powers to protect herself and the ones she loves. Her father has turned against her and is now working with the king of the vampires. As if that isn't bad enough she has her fairy fiance's mother trying to kill her, female wolfs trying to take Ares away from her. And to top it all off Ares, her wolf mate still keeps things from her that she could use to protect herself.

I don't want to say much more and give away any plot spoilers. I love how Banks keeps the romance between Ares and Artemis going strong without giving away too much. I would like to see something more develop between Artemis and Achilles. I love Ares but I think he is just to uptight while Achilles is more laid back and I think he would be more fun. A lot of questions are answered for Artemis and for the reader but so many new ones are waiting to be answered in the next book. The ending threw me a curve ball though, didn't see that happening. Still wondering where these new characters are going to fit into the story what is going to happen next. I can't wait for this series to continue!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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:  My arms wide, I test my wings.  A gust catches me, and I float above her, a ship sailing in the heavens.

pg. 14 Tears by Rita J. Webb

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey

Last week I read Kiss of a Star by Catherine Banks

This week I'm reading Tears by Rita J. Webb

I'm going to read Catalyst by Marc Johnson next

What are you reading?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

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

This week's question:
 “What is your favorite type of candy?”
My answer:
 I love Milky Ways, I always have them in my fridge.  I also like Kit Kats, Hershey Plain and Snickers.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I received for review:

Jaunten (Advent Mage Cycle #1) by Honor Raconteur (e-book )
Tears by Rita J. Webb (paperback - signed & e-book)
Between Worlds: Nekkel Ace by Yianna Yiannacou (e-book)
Flame of Surrender (The Ferryman & The Flame Book 1) by Rhiannon Paille (ARC e-book )
Castigate My Sins by Elicia Clegg (paperback)

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Song Of The Moon (Artemis Lupine #1) Review

Book:  Song Of The Moon (Artemis Lupine #1)
Author:  Catherine Banks
Publisher:  Catherine Banks
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Bought e-book

Summary from Goodreads:
What if you found out that there was another world inside your own? What if all of the things you thought made you weird, actually made you powerful?

Artemis's life is changed forever when the mysterious man from her dreams, Ares, comes to claim her as his mate. The seventeen year old girl must find a way to adapt to her true life and accept her fate or run from it. She must overcome her fears and human ideals to give her self to the dangerous world, and man, that is her destiny.

My Review:
Song of The Moon is one of those books that draws you in and doesn't let go.

The way the story starts out I thought it was going in a different direction that it ended up going. The author blew me away with the story and the characters. Artemis is a strong, independent chick. She hasn't had many friends except for her best friend Brett.

I liked Brett in the beginning, he's a good friend but somewhat overprotective. His story line just kinda ends so I am wondering if he will reappear sometime later in the series. When Ares comes along, I totally forgot about Brett. I mean he is like a God, so hot and romantic. Whew I was wishing I was Artemis lots of the time. I mean she has this Godlike werewolf mate plus two more super hot werewolf twins Koda and Matt in the pack. What more could a girl want? At first she is not sure if she should feel the way she does so quickly towards Ares, she falls fast and hard for him. I would too if he came my way.

Ok yes there are really hot werewolves and I mean really hot, vampires and sidhe (fairies) but there is so much more to the story. The plot is well written, the characters are all so likeable and the ending will leave you wanting more. It has everything I love in a paranormal romance... action, romance, hot guys, kick butt heroines and a cliffhanger ending. Did I mention lots of romance and hot guys? LOL

I am reading the sequel right now and it does not disappoint, it is so good too.! I can't wait to continue with this amazing series. A truly spectacular read for any young adult paranormal romance fan!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading
Grab your current read
Let the book fall open to a random page
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
 My teaser:

"Something's not right with him.  He's been different since we came back from the vampires' place."

Kiss of a Star (Artemis Lupine #2) by Catherine Banks

40% of Kindle version

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey 

Last week I read Song Of The Moon (Artemis Lupine #1) by Catherine Banks:

 I'm currently reading Kiss Of A Star (Artemis Lupine #2) by Catherine Banks:

I'm going to read next: Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire Book 1) by Marc Johnson

What are you reading?

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Black Orb Review

Book:  The Black Orb
Author:  Sabine A. Reed
Publisher:  Uncial Press
Rating:  3 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC Review Copy from Author (e-book)

Summary from Publisher's Website:
Aria is a young conniving thief and a con artist, living in the city of Kalaba. When her brother Marcus is taken prisoner by the Queen of Azmeer, Aria embarks on a desperate quest to free him. To save her brother, she has to enlist the help of an old wizard, Bikkar, who is critical of her thieving habits. The way to sever the power of the Queen is to break her magical weapon, the Black Orb, with which she plans to enslave not only her own subjects but other kingdoms also. In order to gain access to the Dragon Claw, the only weapon that can destroy the Black Orb, Aria has to travel with Bikkar to the end of the kingdom and enter the mythical Forest of the Drayds, fight with the stone warriors and endure the company of the old man whom she secretly despises.

My Review:
The Black Orb is a short story of 134 pages I believe.  Aria survives day to day by being a thief and a con artist.  When she finds out her brother Marcus is missing she sets out to find him and bring him back to his family.  Along the way she meets an old wizard Bikkar who helps her make her way to where her brother is being held.  Aria finds out that the Queen has her brother and many others under her power using the Black Orb, a magical piece that only the Queen controls.

Bikkar tells Aria that she is the one who can save Marcus and all the others but only with the Dragon Claw.  It is the only thing that can destroy the Black Orb.  Along the way they meet a few new characters but mostly the story just focuses on Aria and Bikkar and making their way to find the Dragon Claw.  There is some action and adventure, no romance really.  It's a good short fantasy just nothing spectacular.  I liked the ending,  just thought it would have told what happened after they leave the kingdom. 

The summary pretty much explains the story.  I agreed to read this as an ARC thinking that I would enjoy it.  I was expecting to read it in a very short time.  It just didn't keep my attention and seemed to take me forever to read it.  It will appeal more to readers who love fantasy.  I enjoy reading fantasy but lean more towards urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  This also didn't have romance or a dominant male character, except for the old wizard.  All in all it was just okay for me.

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

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

These are the books that I got over the past couple weeks:

Song to Wake (Levels: Book 1) by JD Field (free on Smashwords)
The Pull by Chelsie Shakespear (e-book review copy from author)
Vampires Rule (The Rule #1) by K.C. Blake (free on Smashwords with coupon)
Embrace the Highland Warrior (Conner Clan #2) by Anita Clenney (ARC e-book review copy)
Through the Portal    (Through the Portal Trilogy #1) by Justin Dennis (e-book review copy)
Happy Birthday To Me Again (Birthday Trilogy #2)  by Brian Rowe (e-book review copy)
Fate Fixed (The Erris Coven Series #1) by Bonnie Wheeler (e-book review copy)
Between The Land and The Sea (Marina’s Tales #1) Derrolyn Anderson (e-book review copy)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stepfather (ARC Paperback Review Copy)
Tales from Frewyn: The Opera by Michelle Franklin (Arc e-book review copy)

Thanks to:

J.D. Field
Chelsie Shakespear
K.C. Blake
Anita Clenney
Justin Dennis
Brian Rowe
Bonnie Wheeler
Derrolyn Anderson
Scholastic Press
Michelle Franklin

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eve (Eve Trilogy #1) Review

Book:  Eve (Eve Trilogy #1)
Author:  Anna Carey
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating:  4 STARS
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC Review Copy Harper Collins & NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust... and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

My Review:
What I love about dystopians is that they are always different from another one that I read. Each author I read seems to have a different take on how things could be in the future. This one is not one that I would ever want to live through.

Eve is about to graduate from her all girls school and cross the bridge to bigger and better things. Or so she thinks. She has been living at the all girls school after her mother died from the virus that took out most of the world. The school is very strict and teaches it's girls that they should stay away and fear all boys and men. They are taught that they only want one thing from all women. One night when Eve sneaks out and crosses the bridge she finds out that it is not what the girls have been told. She decides that she needs to get out and fast.

Soon after Eve makes it out of the school she is in the wild and becomes friends with someone neither thought would ever happen. Along their journey they come across a boy named Caleb who saves Eve's life.

I liked how Eve just didn't fall for Caleb right away, she has been taught to fear boys. It took time to gain each others trust. The love story is there but it's not the center at all times. The King's men are after Eve because she is wanted by the King. All the twists and turns, so much action, suspense kept me reading until the end. I was shocked by the ending, I didn't expect it at all. This is one dystopian that you need to read. It's really good and interesting. There is so much more to the story but you'll have to read it to find out.

This book was given to me by the publisher for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

A Beautiful Dark Review

Book:  A Beautiful Dark
Author:  Jocelyn Davies
Publisher:  Harper Teen (Harper Collins)
Rating:  5 STARS
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC Review Copy (Harper Collins & Net Galley)

Summary from Goodreads:

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.

My Review:
Simply amazing is what I thought. I knew I wanted to read this right away after reading the summary. It did not disappoint at all.

It's about this girl Skye, she's smart, pretty and a great friend. The one thing she doesn't know is that she has supernatural powers. She thinks she is just celebrating her birthday with her friends at her favorite coffee shop. Strange things happen right from the start and you start to wonder where is the story going to take you next.

Jocelyn Davies, I am now a fan of your writing. What a story she has written. I was so into the story and the characters I did not want to stop reading. It's such a smooth and well written story. The characters are so genuine it's like they become your friends within the first chapter. Then there's the two mysterious guys who show up in town. I loved Asher, while the author was giving Skye the choice of each of them. With their distinct personalities and the way they each feel about Skye brought the romance to a new level. I read so much paranormal romance and urban fantasy that sometimes it feels as though you know what is going to happen next. This time I didn't. Skye is very independent and doesn't just trust or believe anyone right away. It takes some convincing for her to truly come to terms with her powers.

There is mystery, suspense, action and just enough romance. I loved the entire book and was left with a cliffhanger ending. I can't wait to see where the story goes next. I hope there is a sequel because I need more of this story.

This book was given to me by the publisher for review.  This did not affect my review in any way.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

I'm Back!

Hey everyone, I'm back!  I know it's been a while since my last post.  I didn't realize how much there was to do when moving to another state.  I am pretty much done, just got my driver's license and license plates the other day.  Now it's time to get back to blogging.  Over the past couple weeks I have gotten some great review requests.  I will be posting them probably Thursday for In My Mailbox.  I am happy to see that everyone has stuck with me and I've gained more followers.  I have some reviews to write and post so keep an eye out for them.  I'm slowly getting back to normal and will be posting on my blog I hope everyday.  Stay tuned!  :)  Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook