Jul 30, 2010

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Jul 26, 2010

My Love Lies Bleeding (Hearts At Stake) by Alyxandra Harvey

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My Love Lies Bleeding
(Hearts At Stake) by Alyxandra Harvey
Release: December 2009
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Genre: YA Fantasy

My Cover Blurb: "Witty Good Vampire Fun"

My Summary:
Told from two POV's. First, Solange, daughter of the Drake vampire clan, meant to full fill a prophecy and rule the Vampire Clans. Solange would rather hang out at home with her family and has no desire to pursue the crown. Lady Natasha the current ruler thinks Solange is a threat and will stop at nothing until Solange is dead. Second, Lucy, Solange's human best friend, is a feisty girl and wants to help protect Solange. Both Lucy and Solange find love interests amongst all the action, Solange, a vampire hunter, and Lucy, Nicholas, Solange's older brother. Lucy and the Drakes must find a way to stop the vampires from trying to kill Solange and keep them safe while figuring out how to deal with their blooming relationships.

Pros:
-I absolutely loved Lucy, and I feel that the book could have been written entirely from her point of view. I found the chapters that were from Solange's point of view a little boring and Solange herself was a little flat for me.
-Nicholas, the ever overprotective brother has always had a thing for Lucy but never showed it until Lucy and Nicholas are thrown together. Their relationship makes sense, where I found Solange and Kierin's (the vampire hunter) relationship created just because there had to be a love interest for her.
-The mythology was well formed and the back story for the history of the Drake clan brought to light at a good pace.
-Lots of action in this book kept me reading.
-No complaints about writing style.
-The author get's props for being Canadian!


Cons:
-I couldn't get behind the relationship between Solange and Kierin. One minute he hates vampires, the next he's cutting open his wrist to save Solange. It just didn't seem like a likely pairing.

Overall an enjoyable read. I will most likely pick up the second one and I'm hoping there will be lots more Lucy as she is really the reason I would keep reading the series.

I give this a 3.75 out of 5

Drake Chronicles

Book #1 Hearts at Stake / My Love Lies Bleeding

Book #2 Blood Feud

Book #3 Out for Blood (Dec 2010)

Jul 23, 2010

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Jul 21, 2010

Cover Loving

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Just an FYI you can now follow me on Twitter if you want, or if you're bored because I'm pretty much on the computer all day! Click here to find me. Now onto the new covers I found. I particularly love the first two.

Tutored by Allison Whittenberg
Release Dec 2010

Wendy Anderson and Hakiam Powell are at opposite ends of the spectrum—the social spectrum, the financial spectrum, the opportunity spectrum, you name it. Wendy lives in an all-white suburb of Philadelphia, where she’s always felt like the only chip in the cookie. Her dad, who fought his way out of the ghetto, doesn’t want her mingling with “those people.” In fact, all Wendy’s life, her father has told her how terrible “those people” are. He even objects to Wendy’s plan to attend a historically black college. But Wendy feels that her race is more than just the color of her skin, and she takes a job tutoring at an inner-city community center to get a more diverse perspective on life.

Hakiam has never lived in one place for more than a couple of years. When he aged out of foster care in Ohio, he hopped a bus to Philly to start over, but now he’s broke, stuck taking care of his cousin’s premature baby for no pay, and finding it harder than ever to stay out of trouble. When he meets Wendy at the tutoring center, he thinks she’s an uppity snob—she can’t possibly understand his life. But as he gets to know her better, he sees a softer side. And eventually—much to the chagrin of Wendy’s father and Hakiam’s cousin—they begin a rocky, but ultimately enlightening, romance.

This edgy story about a star-crossed couple features strong African American characters and sparkles with smart, quirky dialogue and fresh observations on social pressures and black-on-black prejudice

Throat by R A Nelson
Release: Jan 2011

A modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She's shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood. Is Emma now a half-vampire girl? One thing soon becomes clear: the vampire Wirtz is fierce and merciless, feared even by his own kind, and won't leave a job undone













The Book of Spells by Kate Brian
Release: Dec 2010

A Private prequel that tells the true origins of Billings House!

Jul 18, 2010

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking - Review

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My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Genre: YA Fantasy
Released: March 2010 (Kindle), May 2010(Paperback)
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "Absolutely Addicting"

Author Summary (Amazon):
Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood...


Pros:
-The characters are really what make you want to read this story. I loved them all.
-The plot centers around the triangle of Peter, Jack & Alice. The emotions where well described and at times heart breaking to read.
-The vampire lore was realistic. I know that sounds silly, but basically I mean if vampires were real I kind of imagine they would be something like they are in this story.
-I love the character of Alice, she was very real and believable.
-Loved this beginning middle and end.
-The author gets props for all of her awesome pop culture references. A lot of books don't have those, keeping things generic. I'm glad specific songs and clothing was described it gave a clear picture in my mind.

Cons:
-It's not the most well written novel I've ever read. But I believe that would improve over time as this is a debut novel.

Overall I give this a 4 out of 5, and I would highly recommend to any Twilight fan.


My Blood Approves Series

Book #1 My Blood Approves

Book #2 Fate

Book #3 Flutter

Book #4 Wisdom (not yet released)

Jul 16, 2010

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Jul 15, 2010

Cover Loving

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Dead Beautiful by Yvone Woon
Release: Sept 2010

A haunting love story about desire, danger, and destiny.

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul


Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
Release: Oct 2010

Fifteen-year-old Finbar Frame seriously missed out in the gene-pool stakes as his twin brother Luke got the good looks, athletic ability and pigmentation. Finbar is tall, skinny, pale and pretty much allergic to the sun - and sadly, teenage girls don′t appreciate Finbar′s sensitive skin or his sensitive soul. But when a move to a new school converges with a cultural trend romanticising vampires, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He′ll become a vampire! Or at least fake it ... to get a date.

Wickedly smart and laugh-out-loud funny, Bloodthirsty heralds a brilliant career for this new young author.



Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
Release: Dec 2010

See Jane run. See Jane die.

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit and run.

Everyone thinks it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane's boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface--not just from the party, but from deeper in her past...including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she is forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller

Jul 7, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate - Review

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Fallen by Lauren Kate
Released Dec 2009
Genre: YA
Rating 3 out of 5

My cover blurb: "A dark, emotional tale"

Summary:

Fallen

Some Angels are Destined to Fall

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


Pros:
-Written in 3rd person, which I prefer.
-The cover is amazing, I may just have to buy book 2 for the cover alone.
-I really enjoyed the supporting characters, Gabbe, Penn, Arriane.
-Angels are dead sexy these days. I've always had a fascination with them. But sadly there was not enough winged action in this book.
- Cam & Daniel were well thought out and were enjoyable to read.
- Well written, flowed nicely.

Favorite Quote "Her heart was pounding impossibly fast. Then she realized She was feeling both of their hearts, racing each other. A kind of desperate conversation, one they couldn't have with words."

Cons:
-While there was nothing really overly wrong with this book, it felt like I have read it before, like it's the same old thing out there.
-I was so completely frustrated that Luce learned nothing, so we, the reader, learned nothing. Anytime that Daniel would attempt to explain anything it was all very vague. And any explanation was already 2/3 through the book. Not a lot happened near the beginning. I was hoping for a more "fantasy" type book. You would not even know that the book had anything to do with angels until around page 400, other than it being written on the back of the book.

After reading two books I really enjoyed that had a lot of action, this seemed like a let down for me. But I do think this was a well written book and many would enjoy, especially for those of you who liked Twilight and Hush Hush.

I give this 3 out of 5

Book #1 Fallen

Book #2 Torment (Sept 2010)

Jul 5, 2010

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch - Review

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Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Released April 2010
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb "After reading this you'll want to be touched by an alien too."

My Summary:
Katherine "Kitty" Katt was just finishing jury duty when a man in front of the courthouse raged and turned into a hideous beast. Kitty reacts instinctively and stops the monster. When what she assume are government officials show up.. all very attractive government officials, she's gets involved more than she's bargained for. They are aliens from another planet trying to stop a parasitic race from turning humans into monsters. Kitty and alien agent Jeff Martini must team up to save the world.



Pros:
-I'm not generally a fan of books with aliens, but I'm definitely glad I gave this one a try. It had similar vibes to a lot of urban fantasy books
-This was a fast paced, hilarious good fun, girls kick ass adventure. Loved every minute of it. Could not put it down.
-Gini Koch can write, everything flowed together nicely and she clearly has a great eye for detail. While there were some parts that I think went over my head I was still impressed by the imagination of this author.
-The characters were great, every one of them from the hero and heroine, Jeff Martini and Kitty Katt, to the side characters, Christopher, Paul, Reader, Mr and Mrs Katt and so on. I don't think there was a character I didn't like. Well, except the ones you're supposed to hate, i.e Yates, Beverly.
-I loved the Christopher, Jeff, Kitty triangle. I almost kind of wish Christopher ended up with Kitty, but I know it never would have worked out between them, but I hope that Christoper gets a happy ending one of these days.
-Love this cover art done by Dan Dos Santos, you may recognize it as he has done the covers to the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs


Cons:
-Felt that Kitty and Jeff had sex too quickly after meeting. I would have liked Jeff to have to work for it a little more. I mean if I just met a man from an alien planet I'd probably put a little more thought into it, especially if during the first few days our meeting we were fighting for our lives. I think sex would be the last thing on my mind. Not to mention you wouldn't be aware of any species issues, like does human birth control even work with an alien man?
-Too much sex for me, I like some but only to the point where you got to use your own imagination to fill in the rest. I guess I'm just a prude that way.
-Jeff calls Kitty "baby" as an endearment, let me tell you this one of my biggest pet peeves, I find it kind of derogatory and if anyone called me that I would smack them upside the head

Other than the few mentioned cons, this book was great and I will definitely be picking up the sequel. I would recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of Patricia Briggs or Linda Robertson. I give this 4 out of 5

Book #1 Touched by an Alien

Book #2 Alien Tango (Dec 2010)

Jul 2, 2010

Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson - Review

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Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
Released: June 2009
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rated: 4 out of 5

My Cover Blurb: "A Supernatural Emotional Rollercoster, with Oreos on Top"

My Summary: Persephone 'Seph' Alcmedi is just your average witch, she owns her own home, which she now shares with her Nana, and makes her money writing a newspaper column about the supernatural world. In this book the general public are aware of the supernatural. She also makes a little money on the side kenneling werewolves on the full moon in her old cellar. Seph's good friend who is also a werewolf is murdered and a fellow witch pays Seph to take out the so called murderer. It's not like Seph is a killer for hire but she feels it's her duty to stop the murderer from getting away with it. Since the police don't care much when it's a werewolf that get's killed, they aren't well liked by the public. She asks her friends Theo and Johnny, also weres, to help out. Theo runs a background check service and looks into the murderer's background for Seph. Theo almost gets killed looking into the murderer's past and Johnny, Seph, Nana and other were friends need to get to the bottom of the murder and Theo's "accident" and find a way out of the mess fast, without anymore deaths.

Pros:
-I loved Persephone, she was an awesome heroine. She knew when to fight and when not to fight. She was strong and soft at the same time and she was one bad ass witch.
-Johnny was also excellent, he was bad ass too, but he could also cook and was in a band. I wasn't a huge fan of his look, covered in tattoos, piercings, and long hair, some of that is great, but it was too much for me. He also had to make more dirty innuendos than was necessary. Again some is great, but it was bordering on too much. But I'm glad Persephone didn't just give in to his charms right away, she stood up to him and only slowly let him into her life.
-The plot was good, there were parts I totally didn't expect which was good.
-Definitely ended well enough that I will pick up the sequel.
-This book is classified as Adult, but other than the innuendos and some kissing the sexual content was minimal. Which is exactly what I like in my books, enough to get the imagination going, but the book isn't centered around getting the heroine into bed.

Cons:
-There was one story thread I didn't think was necessary, Persephone's relationship with her old high school friend, with all the supernatural action that was going on in the book it seemed weird that the heroine would go rushing off to hang out with a friend she hasn't seen in years. I understood why the author put it in but I felt it caused the story to drag a little. Which is the only reason this book is getting a 4 rating instead of a 5.
- I wasn't the hugest fan of Persephone's Nana. She got a little annoying, but she did seem to get less annoying near the end of the book.

This book gets a 4 out of 5

The Persephone Alcmedi Series

Book 1: Vicious Circle
Book 2: Hallowed Circle
Book 3: Fatal Circle
Book 4: Arcane Circle (Dec 2010)

Jul 1, 2010

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Happy Canada Day!

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Hope all you Canadians enjoy the holiday, and while I'm at it I hope all the Americans enjoy their Independence day that's coming up!
 

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