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

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3 comments

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


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

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 22, 2011 0 comments

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.

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?

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.


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.


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:

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!


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?

Aug 5, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 05, 2011 6 comments
Book Blogger Hop

This week's question:

What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

Release: Sept 1, 2011


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.
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Aug 4, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 04, 2011 1 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:

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris

Why I Really Want To Read This:

I know I should never pick a book based on a cover, but I sorta did with this one. I'm really into the whole steampunk look lately so when I saw this at the bookstore I just had to have it! She also has a bulletproof corset, how awesome is that! Plus I always find it interesting when I find a book co-written by a man and a women. I think it offers a well rounded experience!


Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!

Aug 3, 2011

Review - Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 03, 2011 0 comments
Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Released: July 2008
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pages: 352
Source: Public Library
Sexual Content: References to Jill's streetwalker past but no actual sex scenes.


Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift…

Jill Kismet is a professional hunter, they hunt all things supernatural. The general public aren't aware but the police force and some government officials know, and they are the ones that call Jill in. Jill is also special, she's made a deal with a hell breed, he gives her extra strength and speed in return she must speed some time with him doing whatever he asks. When a particularly bad rogue-were starts ripping up people in her town Jill and a were tracker, Saul Dustcircle are called in to put a stop to it. But there is more going on with this were than anyone could have guessed.

My Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this one. One the one hand I loved Jill Kismet, she was tough, gritty, and a no nonsense kind of women, exactly the kind of heroine I want to read about. She also has a little bit of softness just underneath her hard shell. It felt like I was there when she had flashbacks of her teacher and her hard life as a street walker before she became a hunter. I like that she showed a little of this softness even though she tried her hardest to keep it hidden from her friends.

On the other hand, the world this story takes place in I had a hard time wrapping my head around. I spent the first half of the book thinking that I was not reading the first in the series that I was missing some part of the story that explained more about this world. When I finally accepted that there wasn't any previous books and just let it wrap around me I found I started to like the world more and more. There were times when reading I couldn't decided if I loved this or hated it, it kept me shifting my emotions which I think was a good thing, because it kept me guessing and I didn't know what was around the bend.

The ending was bittersweet, Jill knew that the hellbreed and rogue-were that she was hunting had to be stopped but at the same time she understood there was more to them than first met the eye and it was hard to watch (read) as their lives came to an end.

Overall I really enjoyed Night Shift. Mostly for the characters themselves, especially Jill and Saul. I would recommend this for those who love hard core action urban fantasy, there was quite a bit of violence and not much in the way of romance. I will definitely be buying this series and will be trying others from Saintcrow.

Jill Kismet Series

Book #1 Night Shift

Book #2 Hunter's Prayer

Book #3 Redemption Alley

Book #4 Flesh Circus

Book #5 Heaven's Spite

Aug 2, 2011

Book Trailer - Happy Book Birthday to Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 02, 2011 0 comments
Happy Book Birthday

Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon


...Harm no human…

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief- Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters...

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