Dec 29, 2011

2011's Top 5 Reads

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, December 29, 2011 3 comments
I'm making this list out of books that I read this year, so some may not have actually been released in 2011.

5. Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

A fresh take on gods/goddesses in the modern world. Excellent UF.




4. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Another pleasent surprise for me, I was expecting this to fall flat like Fallen and Shiver did for me, but it grabed me and I loved it.



3. Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between/The Renfield Syndrome by J.A. Saare

I read these back to back, and wow can we talk about how awesome Disco/Paine/Rhinnon are!?!


2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Super surprise for me, I was expecting it to be good, but I was pleasently surprised by how wonderful this story was.

1. Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Hands down this was my favorite from this year, absolutely beautiful, I could not get enough of Akiva and Karou!




What were your favs? Agree or Disagree? What are you looking forward to reading next year?









Oct 26, 2011

Review - No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1 comments
No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
Released: Sept 2011
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Sexual Content: A couple of sex scenes
Source: Purchased from bookdepository.com

GoodReads Summary:

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she'll need help learning how to fit into society.

Simon has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell, and Joan may be his perfect revenge. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants her anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn't in it.


My Thoughts:

Overall a good PNR read, I will probably purchase more by this author.

+ Story:

Loved the overall story line. I really seem to enjoy time travel books, and I'm glad I'm finally seeing some in the PNR and UF genres. I think in the past it's been more of a Sci-Fi thing, but lately there has been a lot more cross over in genres it seems to me.


+ Lore:

The demons and the way the dystopian future world that Joan was from was described well. There was enough info for me to imagine it in well enough detail. Since the story pretty much all takes place in the year 1888 there didn't need to be too much description of this and I think there was just enough given for the reader to enjoy.


+ Romance:

I liked that Simon and Joan held off getting together, even though it was obvious to both of them that their was chemistry right off the bat. I hate it when the main characters get together to quickly and I found the timing for this right on. Overall I enjoyed both of the main characters. Joan especially she was committed to her mission and she took all of the changes through time traveling in stride.


-/+ Side Characters:

I don't really have a good or bad opinion of the side characters I don't really have any complaints, nor do I have any over whelming love for them. They were just kinda there.


- Sexual Content:

It seemed to me there was a lot of thoughts about sex thrown in that really didn't need to be there. For example Simon is doing spells alone and the magic gets him all hot and heavy, I figured this would tie in later with some kind of sex scene but it doesn't..I just felt there were a couple of instances like this that weren't necessary.


Nit Picks:

The hero, Simon, seemed to think about his cock a lot. The author really seemed to like this word, as it's mentioned quite often. I didn't like that.

Favorite Part:

Joan learning how to be a lady, being from the future she didn't understand a lot of Victorian England's customs, but she took it seriously because she would do anything to complete her mission.

Series:

Appears to be a stand alone. But there is another book being released by the same author called No Honest Woman due out April 2012


Oct 11, 2011

Review - Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between by J.A. Saare

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, October 11, 2011 0 comments
Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between by J.A. Saare
Released: April 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 212 Pages
Sexual Content: One sex scene
Source: Purchased from BookDepository.com

GoodReads Summary:

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

My Thoughts:

Overall a good UF read, I will be purchasing more in the series. This review won't be too detailed, I've been swamped at work so I haven't much time to write full reviews. Don't let the lack of detail deter you though, I highly recommend to UF lovers, especially those who enjoy Lilith Saintcrow.

+ Story:

The summary does a pretty good job of describing what happens in the book, so there isn't too much more to elaborate there. I enjoyed the pace and the twist at the end!


+ Lore:

Liked the lore. It has similar elements to most other UF stories, so nothing too new here. I did enjoy that most vampires seemed to have a unique extra ability specific to that person. Vampire, Paine, could see someone's past and future by touching them. Joseph could meld his memories to someone else's etc and they all seemed to have some magic type ability like glamours and such.
I wasn't a huge fan of the fluids in the bodies of the vampires being replaced by blood and if you read the book you'll know what I mean....

+ Romance:

Rhiannon and Disco - Their romance was nice, and while I thought Disco was a little too perfect a gentleman, I did overall like their relationship together.


+ Side Characters:

Goose - I found a little on the annoying side.
Paine - I liked...A LOT, I found him very hot and I kind of hope there is some Rhiannon/Paine interaction in the next one.
The Rest of Disco's Family - Enjoyed their brief appearances.


+ World/Setting:

Loved New York City, lately I've read some books that take place in made up cities. It's nice to have a change and read a book that has real places that I actually might want visit some day.


Nit Picks:

I thought Disco to be a little too perfect, he was a gentleman and honorable and everything a hero usually is in your standard historical romance novel, and while I don't mind that particularly it's just not something you normally see in an UF book. Generally the men tend to have some kind of flaw.

The shower scene, I hated this scene, it's just after Rhiannon and Disco have sex for the first time together and he pulls her into the shower, he then proceeds to wash her body and hair. It was a tad on the creepy side, especially since for the entire book up until this point Rhiannon has made a point of taking care of herself and being on her own. I don't think that sex with someone would change this and I think that the Rhiannon I know from this book would have been pissed if someone tried that. If this scene was modified or gone completely I would have given this a 5 out of 5.


Favorite Part: Probably the last line which references Back to the Future, it's one of my favorite movies and the line was just perfect.

Questions For The Author:

Was Disco's mind reading ability specific to him or could all vampires do it?

Rhiannon's Law Series

Book #1 Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between
Book #2 The Renfield Syndrome
Book #3 The Ripple Effect















Sep 30, 2011

Blog Hop Friday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, September 30, 2011 2 comments
Book Blogger Hop

“In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or frequently challenged book”?”
You can also click HERE to view past years and choose from any of those titles

Mine would have to be The Hunger Games! I'm sure lots of parents out there don't like their children reading about battles to the death!


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Sep 27, 2011

Review - Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2 comments
Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
Released: Dec 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Sexual Content: At least one sex scene
Source: Purchased from Book Depository

GoodReads Summary:

Not even death can save her now.

As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead-she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why...

My Thoughts:

Overall a good UF read, I will be purchasing more in the series.

+ Story:

I liked the overall story line, Alex is a grave witch, she can raise the shades (memories) of the dead. She uses her gift to help people get closure or find out who a murderer is by asking the victim. She doesn't make a lot of money at this and is basically broke. But Alex has more on her plate than worrying about her next paycheck, she stumbles into a mystery that may just get her killed. Women are dying and she is not able to raise their shades and find out who killed them, the bodies are covered in a dark magic she's never seen before and there are people trying to keep Alex from digging, so much so that they are willing to kill.
Some of the story reminded me a bit of the Allie Beckstrom series, but I liked this take on a world that knows magic and fey exist.


+ Lore:

I like the lore, it was subtle and not overpowering. Most of the stuff about magic or fae etc wasn't entirely new, I have read it in one book or another, but it was done in a way that didn't feel like it has been over done.


+ Romance:

While there wasn't too much romance in this there was some, and I would say that there were two love interests. First you have Falin, the pompous and sometimes sweet detective that is extremely perturbed to have Alex getting involved in his investigation. Then you have Death, I kind of wish she had a nick name for him, because I don't like calling him Death, but I guess it will do for now. I am all about Death, I am Team Death if you will, I found him mysterious and sexy and he was quite obviously in love with Alex. I wish he had way more screen time and I have crossing my fingers that their relationship develops more in the second book.


- Side Characters:

Caleb/Holly/Tamara - Alex has a core group of close friends, I don't really have any issues with them but they also didn't really stand out either.


+ World/Setting:

Neckros city was awesome, the city is filled more magically inclined and fae folk than any other causing political issues. I liked the whole dynamic of the city, it felt real and believable.


Nit Picks:

My only nit pick is that Death didn't have enough screen time and we didn't get to see more interaction between him and Alex.


Favorite Part:

When Death kissed Alex and then just disappears, I found it so sweet!

Alex Craft Series

Book #1 Grave Witch

Book #2 Grave Dance

Book #3 Grave Memory (July 2012)

Sep 21, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 21, 2011 14 comments
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating


This weeks pick:

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Release: Dec 08, 2011


A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Sep 19, 2011

Early Review - Kiss Of Night by Debbie Viguie

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, September 19, 2011 1 comments
Kiss Of Night by Debbie Viguie
Released: Oct. 07, 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: UF/PNR
Pages: 304
Sexual Content: Some Kissing
Source: NetGalley - Publisher: FaithWords

GoodReads Summary:

Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a Crusader has been stolen by a rival vampire who has recruited an army of soulless underlings to aid him in spreading evil. At the time he learns this, Raphael has been hunting this vampire for nearly a century, and it seems the final battle is destined to take place in Prague.br For help in this quest, Raphael must enlist the aid of two humans, David and Susan, who suddenly find themselves immersed in a world they never imagined, entangled with supernatural forces they can't control. Susan, in particular, finds herself conflicted as she struggles with her inexplicable attraction to Raphael. In the end, both Susan and Raphael will be called upon to exercise courage and faith, and in the process, the question, "What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God?" is answered.

My Thoughts:

+ Story - I loved this story line. A war between good and evil is coming and Susan's family has long been at the heart of it. I'm not yet clear on why Susan must be involved and why she's so important. But I guess I will find out more in the sequel.

+ Lore - The vampire lore was awesome. I loved the fact that in order to have been chosen by a vampire to be turned, you had to of been so evil. Being a vampire is a curse. Only bestowed on ones so evil that they had no hope of ever becoming good in a normal human life. The idea is that a vampire will live longer and eventually see the error of their ways and become good. I loved that their were hints that Paul, Raphael's Grand-Sire, may have been Paul from the bible. I loved all the little bits of Christianity added in.

+ Romance - The relation between Raphael and Susan starts off slow. Susan doesn't quite trust him, after all he is a vampire and he openly admits to having been super evil enough to have been cursed a vampire. But she soon sees that Raphael is far better than some, and eventually he realizes that he'd do anything to protect her. I especially loved that when Susan's life was in danger, Raphael lost it, and threatened to kill. I liked that he still had a little badness in him.

- Side Characters - David & Wendy. Now this book is written in 3rd person (books written in 3rd person are so much better!), so there are some scenes that Raphael and Susan aren't in and they have David's story line. Personally I have no idea why David was in this book. I found his path to be a little boring and he just didn't do it for me. I think it could have been fine with out him. On the other hand though I did enjoy Wendy, Susan's cousin, a little romance started to bloom between David & Wendy and I did find it sweet, but still I would have been fine without it.

+ World/Setting - Prague - I loved this! I don't think I've read an Urban Fantasy that has taken place in Europe before, and this was just a breath of fresh air! The side trip to France was also nice.

Favorite Part: Probably when Raphael got so mad at the innkeepers for giving them away.


Nit Picks - While I didn't have a problem with the bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, I would have appreciated it if they had been in a more contemporary version, so they would have been easier to understand.

Kiss Trilogy

Book #1 Kiss Of Night

Book #2 Kiss Of Death (2012)

Book #3 Kiss Of Revenge (2013)

Sep 16, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, September 16, 2011 9 comments
Book Blogger Hop

Is a weekly event hosted by Crazy for Books, designed to connect bloggers and blog readers across the globe.

This weeks questions:

As a book blogger, how do you introduce yourself in your profile?


Not very well! I've never been good at introducing myself, for starters I don't even like my own name! Mostly I'd prefer if anyone wants to know anything about me they just ask I'd answer anything. I'll leave you with a fact about myself: I love eating dessert for breakfast...most people think it's nuts to have cheesecake at 6am but not me!
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Sep 14, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11 comments
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating

This week's pick:

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
Release: Dec 06, 2011


Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, outhouses, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring. Until I spotted my hot neighbor with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marked me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and the mark he left on me has me lit up like Las Vegas strip to the bad guys. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is.
And then things got really bad…

Sep 13, 2011

My Fall TV Guide

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3 comments
Thought I'd share my giant list of shows I'm going to be watching this fall.

Pink are new ones I'm going to try out.
Blue are my must see
The rest are show I watch but I'm not too worried about missing an episode or two

What about you? What are your must sees this fall? Is there anything on my list I'm missing you'd think I'd like?

Day

Title

Time

Premiers

Sunday

Lost Girl

9pm

Sept 03


Once Upon A Time

8pm

Oct 23


Pan Am

10pm

Sept 25


Downton Abbey

?

Sept 18





Monday

The Lying Game

9pm

Aug 15


How I Met Your Mother

8pm

Sept 19


Terra Nova

8pm

Sept 26


Warehouse 13

9pm

July 11


Hart of Dixie

9pm

Sept 26


Two Broke Girls

9:30pm

Sept 19


Alphas

10pm

July 11


Castle

10pm

Sept 19


Hawaii Five-0

10pm

Sept 19


The Playboy Club

10pm

Sept 19





Tuesday

Ringer

9pm

Sept 13


New Girl

9pm

Sept 20


Unforgettable

10pm

Sept 20





Wednesday

Revenge

10pm

Sept. 21


Free Agents

10:30pm

Sept. 14





Thursday

The Vampire Diaries

8pm

Sept. 15


Charlie’s Angels

8pm

Sept 22


Community

8pm

Sept 22


The Big Bang Theory

8pm

Sept 22


The Secret Circle

9pm

Sept 15


Person of Interest

9pm

Sept 22


Bones

9pm

Nov 03


Whitney

9 30pm

Sept 22





Friday

Nikita

8pm

Sept 23


Supernatural

9pm

Sept 23


Grimm

9pm

Oct 21


I'm also looking forward to The Finder and Alcatraz which I believe are midseason replacements, lets see who makes the cut this year!

Let me know if there are any broken links!
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Sep 12, 2011

Winner! HADES by Alexandra Adornetto

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, September 12, 2011 1 comments
The winner is:

Amy S!

The winner has been contacted by email

Sep 9, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, September 09, 2011 11 comments
Book Blogger Hop

Many of us primarily read one genre of books, with others sprinkled in. If authors stopped writing that genre, what genre would you start reading? Or would you give up reading completely if you couldn’t read that genre anymore?


I would be extremely disappointed if there were no more Urban Fantasy books written, but I wouldn't give up reading, I would probably end up reading more historical romance instead


Don't forget that there is still a copy of HADES up for grabs HERE
(ends Sept 11, 2011)
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Sep 7, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, September 07, 2011 6 comments

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating


This Weeks Pick:



Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
Release: Oct. 18, 2011

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.


Don't Forget To Enter the Giveaway for a Copy of HADES, open until Sept 11, 2011 click HERE for Details

Sep 2, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, September 02, 2011 10 comments
Book Blogger Hop

What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season?

Fall is my favorite time of year! Mostly because of the falling leaves, and the way the outdoors smells during fall! I also love Thanksgiving (which is in October for Canada) and just eating a ton of food with family and friends!

Also don't forget to enter to win a copy of HADES by Alexandra Adornetto (Canada/US only). Contest details HERE
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Sep 1, 2011

Giveaway! HADES by Alexandra Adornetto

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, September 01, 2011 1 comments
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto Giveaway!

Bethany and Xavier are even closer since battling Jake Thorn and his evil influence (in Halo) and Beth and her angel siblings must still protect Venus Cove from the Dark Forces.

When a party game – a séance – inadvertently releases Jake from the Underworld, he disguises himself and tricks Beth into taking a ride on his motorcycle. When the highway opens up and swallows them, Beth learns too late that she’s now a prisoner in hell. What happens to angels there? As her archangel brother, Gabriel, her sister Ivy, Xavier, and her best friend, Molly search for her, Beth must weigh Jake’s bargaining for her freedom: one night with him, and she will be released back to Earth.
Can Jake be trusted in this wager? And is he also using Beth to engineer the fall of the archangel Gabriel? Xavier has already lost one love – when Jake tricks him into thinking that Bethany is dead, his grief and anger result in a betrayal that will leave Bethany – and readers – wondering if he is so good after all.

It will be up to Beth to use everything she’s learned about her powers as an angel – and about love – to free herself and those she loves from the clutches of Hades.

Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Zeitghost Media, I have one copy of HADES to giveaway!

Rules:

Winner Must have a Canadian or US address

One Entry per person

No need to follow but is appreciated!

Contest ends 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Sept 11, 2011

Winner will be announced shortly after. I will send an email to the winner asking for Name and Address which I will forward to
Zeitghost Media as they will be sending out the book. Winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.

To Enter you must fill out the Form below. Comments are welcome but will NOT count as entries



See Alexandra Adornetto on tour this Fall


Hades Facebook Fan Page






If for some reason you can't view the form above you can also access it by clicking HERE

I reserve the right to make any changes to this giveaway without notice

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Aug 31, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10 comments

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating

My Pick This Week:


Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Release: Feb 7, 2012

Exiled from her comfortable home, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – called the Death Shop – are slim. Violent energy storms can strike suddenly, and even the very air she breathes might kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous – a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Because Aria alone holds the key to his redemption, Perry needs her, too. Their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Debut author Veronica Rossi is accumulating fans from all over the globe—the book has already sold to more than twenty countries. It’s not surprising that foreign rights for this title have been flying off the shelf. It’s a tantalizing romance in any language.


Also don't forget to check my recent review of Daugther Of Smoke and Bone

Book Trailer - Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 31, 2011 0 comments


Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier?s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can?t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth?s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

Aug 30, 2011

Early Review - Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 30, 2011 2 comments
Released: Sept. 27, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 and a mark as one of my favorites!
Pages: 432
Source: Won ARC, Supernatural Snark Giveaway.
Sexual Content : Sex, implied, not shown.

GoodReads Summary:
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Thoughts:

This review will not do this book justice, this is one of those epic stories that you'll want to read again and again, if you even have the slightest interest in this book, definitely buy it! I know that even though I already have an ARC I will be purchasing a hard copy of it. That's how much I like this book!

+ Story:

I loved this story line. It is so much more than a war between good and evil. It's so much deeper than black and white, there are so many levels of grey. I don't know who is good or evil anymore or which side to cheer for. At the heart of the story is the war between and animal/human hybrid race called Chimera and an angel type being called Seraphs, but above their war is a Romeo and Juliet story that is so beautifully tragic, so wonderfully bittersweet that you'll be begging for more when it's over. This is a story between a man and a woman from two different sides and against all odds fall in love.

+ Lore:

Fantastic! I'm haven't done any google-ing or anything so I have no idea if the background of Chimera or seraphs or the whole Elsewhere/Eretz world is based on actual myths or anything, but it doesn't matter it was fascinating. So detailed I wanted to believe it to be true, that I could knock on a door and it be opened into another place and I could step right through. Definitely a breath of fresh air!

+ Romance:

Akiva and Karou
OH. MY. GOODNESS. This romance surpasses Romeo and Juliet. So much heat and passion on these pages that I thought I would singe my fingers just by holding the book. I had tears and laughs, and many many sighs of overwhelming love for the love that the characters share in this story. I can't remember the last time I was this emotionally invested in a book.

+ Side Characters:

Zuzana - Can I just say how awesome Zuzana is! She spunky and fun and the best side kick friend a girl could have. I sure do hope we see more of her in the next book.

Issa, Twiga, Brimstone, Yasri - I loved Karou's make shift family as soon as I was first introduced to them. All the characters were well described and well rounded. I could easily picture their family dynamic and what Karou's life growing up there was like.

+ World/Setting:

Prague - This is the second book I've read that took place in Prague and can I just say how beautiful the city was described in this! The writing is wonderful, detailed, and lyrically beautiful, enchanting.

Elsewhere/Eretz - I guess you could call this a parallel universe. Portals between the earth and Eretz exist, Karou, human, doesn't know how she came to be with the Chimera but it's the only family she's ever known, she did not know about another world, only having ever seen Brimstone's shop that kind of exists in between the two worlds. But once Karou gets a glimpse so much more opens up and some of the mystery of her existence is answered. The parts of the story that take place in Eretz are some of my favorites. Especially the masked ball, where we get the cover image from.


Nit Picks:

Cover/Title - I understand why the title of the book is what it is, and I think that the cover art does suit the book once I read it, but I think if I was just browsing in a book store I would have walked right past this one because it doesn't immediately jump out at me.

Favorite Part:

The mask ball, specifically when Akiva uses magic to cause moths to gather on Madrigal and makes a shawl for her. It was so romantic!


Daughter Of Smoke And Bone Series:

Book #1 Daughter Of Smoke and Bone

Book #2 TBA (I'm assuming there will be one)

Aug 24, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11 comments

Weekly Event Hosted by Breaking The Spine

Katana by Cole Gibsen
March 8, 2012


Kill Bill meets Buffy in this supernatural samurai tale.

Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn’t explain her dreams of fifteenth century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana--a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her

Aug 23, 2011

Lovely Covers

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Royal Street
Suzanne Johnson

April 2012

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. Her boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the other world crumbled. Now, the Undead and the Restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and an undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love serves up one bitter gumbo.




Tokyo Heist
Diana Renn
June 2012

Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt. Her father’s client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas’ Seattle mansion, and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting. The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger.


Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late



A Breath Of Eyre
Eve Marie Mont
April 2012

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

Review - Matched by Ally Condie

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2 comments
Matched by Ally Condie
Released: Nov. 2010
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pages: 384
Source: Public Library
Sexual Content: None

Summary:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


My Thoughts:

I had really high hopes for this book based on so many excellent reviews, but I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. It reminded me quite a bit of A Brave New World which I read in high school English class long ago. I think I have come to accept that dystopian books like these just aren't for me. Reading about a society with so much control over the people made me feel claustrophobic and it just not something I enjoy. I love strong, tough, kick ass heroines, and in a setting like this that would be impossible. I didn't enjoy the voice of the story either. Reading from Cassia's point of view felt like reading from a 12 year olds POV, when she's supposed to be 17. I'm not sure if that was intentional, because of the way people are raised in this world. Everything is mapped out for you, you have no choice, no knowledge of anything outside of what is chosen for you, I suppose it would make a person sound more innocent, more "young", but it bothered me.
Another pet peeve I had about this book, were the words that were capitalized. Words like, Official, Officer, City Hall, Society, Match, etc. I understand that it was to show the importance of the words in this world, but I still thought it was unnecessary. Overall the story line was just not something for me, but I think fans of The Hunger Games would definitely find this entertaining.

Cover Thoughts:
I love the look of this cover and it is partly what drew me in, also the cover for the next book, Crossed, is gorgeous.

Matched Series:

Book #1 Matched

Book #2 Crossed (Nov 2011)

Book #3 TBA (2012)

Aug 22, 2011

Book Trailer Escape from Furnace Series by Alexander Gordon Smith

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Aug 19, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 19, 2011 4 comments
Book Blogger Hop

Don't forget to enter my current giveaway here!

This weeks question:

What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?

I don't actually want to admit this, but according to my goodreads shelf the book I've read on there with the most page numbers is Breaking Dawn at 754 pages. I'm hoping that there is a book out there that I read long ago that had a bit more substance that I haven't added to my goodreads list yet.


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Aug 15, 2011

Guest Blog with AC Ruttan and Giveaway!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 15, 2011 0 comments
Please welcome author A.C. Ruttan! Thanks A.C. for taking the time to visit my blog! (P.S. My thoughts are in red below)

I want to thank Rebs for inviting me to guest on her blog. I am deeply honoured.

Of course then I had to think of something to actually say. ACK!

So I thought I would talk about who I would cast, what actors I would have play my characters from my release Incarnate.


This is an easy casting call for me because when I was writing Incarnate the characters were pretty much clear in my head.

Cia. I would cast Cia as Liv Tyler. She has the perfect look. The dark hair, the eyes, and the complexion it just fits so well with my heroine. The only thing I would change is … well Cia has long red streaks in her hair. So that’s the only thing I would change about Liv Tyler’s appearance for the sake of my character.


(Can I just say how much I happen to love Liv Tyler! Awesome pick A.C.)

Next up is Arthur. Cia’s ex-husband. This is the guy everyone thinks is the murderer. Cia is trying to protect him…did I also mention that he turns into a demon when he gets really worked up? Umm yeah. Anyways, the perfect fit for Arthur is Henry Cavill. Just that jaunty, devil may care attitude about him and did I mention he is delish?


(I'll have to agree with you on this one, he looks good enough to eat, lol)

Now for the villain, well, he’s not really the villain because if I talk about who I would cast for the real villain then that kind of gives away the book and that’s no good *insert evil laugh*. Nicholas is a pretty antagonistic character and fallen angel and I would have to cast Jude Law as him. The plumy accent, the polished veneer, Jude would be the perfect Nicholas.

(Another very good choice, I'm beginning to think I would be first in line at this movie!)

Next up is Michael. Cia’s boss. I really can’t say a whole lot about him, because it would also give away the book, but I would cast Michael as Gerard Butler in a heartbeat.


Okay, I will admit that I would cast Gerard Butler in anything if I could.

He played the Phantom of the Opera and that’s what did it for me. That’s when I became twitter-patted with him. Especially as a character actor.

I will stop talking about Gerard Butler now. I could start rambling here for a long, long, LONG time.

So that is who I would cast if Incarnate was to be a movie and if I was given free-range. I find when I do write I troll actor’s photos when I picture my characters. It helps keep them real in my head and helps with the writing process.

Even in reading I can picture the characters and who I would cast. When I read the Harry Potter series and heard they were making a movie I went instantly to the movie page and saw who would be playing who.

I was spot on for four actors. One was never shown in the movie … which SUCKS because Peeves the Poltergeist would’ve been AWESOME.
Anyways, I pictured Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall. Robbie Coltrane was spot on as Rubeus Hagrid and when I was reading the series I always pictured him. He actually played a similar looking and sounding character in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, but I digress. Robbie Coltrane is who I picture. Severus Snape, spot on with Alan Rickman (I also have a huge fan girl like crush on him too. Especially in Sense and Sensibility and the moment he sees Marianne Dashwood *sigh*) and the last was of course the guy they wanted to play Peeves, but ultimately cut from the movies, Rik Mayall. He would’ve been perfect as Peeves.

Once I saw the others, I understood the decision. I did enjoy Richard Harris as Dumbledore, but Michael Gambon did a fantastic job afterwards. Sorry, rambling again. Rebs will never want me back here. *grin*

So, my question for all of you is have you ever read a book or written a book where you pictured who you would cast?

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Incarnate is available here

About the Book:

Cia is serving her sentence in the Canadian Arctic, guarding one of the many portals that seal off Earth from Heaven and Hell. She doesn’t mind the cold. What she does mind? Someone’s bumping off other Incarnates, the dual-souled beings who hold the Apocalypse at bay. And she’s next on the list.

Worse, she learns the prime suspect is Arthur, her ex. Arthur is many things, but despite their history, he’s no murderer. Cia has only thirty days to find him and prove it before the Wrath is unleashed to mete out justice.

It’s no relief when he shows up in her truck’s headlights on the side of the ice road. He stirs turmoil between her volatile old soul and the younger one that keeps it in line. Worse, he shows all the signs of turning into a demon.

The closer they get to Yellowknife, the more rogue demons pour out of Hell, dragging with them a past she thought would never haunt her again. Another murder, and the elders prepare to summon the Wrath ahead of schedule. A move that will, literally, let all Hell break loose. Unless Cia makes a soul-tearing choice.

GIVEAWAY!!

A.C. Ruttan has been kind enough to offer a e-copy of her book Incarnate to one commenter, this is in e-format so giveaway is open to everyone! Just leave a comment for A.C. and a way to contact you, email, twitter etc and you're entered! Giveaway ends Sunday August 21st.


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Aug 12, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 12, 2011 4 comments
Book Blogger Hop


This weeks question:

Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet

I always thought this was a fun title:



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Aug 11, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 11, 2011 2 comments
In which I post a book that I currently own and I can't wait to read but just haven't got to yet

This week's pick:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Why I Really Want To Read This:

I won an ARC in a giveaway a while ago and I've been dying to read this ever since. I've heard such good things about this one so it's got big shoes to fill. Hopefully I'll get to it next week, I've got vacation finally so I want to catch up on some reading!


Summary:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
 

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