Jun 30, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, June 30, 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:

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

Why I Really Want To Read This:

I'm telling you Allison van Diepen stole my idea! Ok not really. But I toyed with an idea so very similar to this a long time ago. I write here and there. I've got a few projects on the go but nothing I really stick to. It's not something I'm going to pursue as a career or anything, my writing is strictly for me to enjoy, and I wrote a few thoughts about this idea of characters from a book getting out into our world. So when I saw the summary for this I just had to buy it.



Summary:

What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

Jun 29, 2011

Review - Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, June 29, 2011 0 comments
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Released: Sept 2010
Genre: Paranormal YA
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Pages: 224
Source: Christmas Gift
Sexual Content: Not much

My Cover Blurb: "Perfect Summer Time Story"

Summary:

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her step-mother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior. Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges, III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing’s for sure, that pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again

My Thoughts:

A cute fun summer read. Nice and short, I find I almost always get some enjoyment out of a novel like this as long as it's kept short and light and not too much depth. Kind of gave me a more middle grade feel than YA. As far as werewolf action, it was minimal. This was more about Shelby coming into her own than about a love story. I thought the ending was sweet and fit well, it is open for a sequel, but enough ends were tide that I would consider it a stand alone. Not sure if I'll pick up more in this series because I didn't feel the need to read more of Shelby once I was done, but I may change my mind one day.

Reminded me of the Dark Guardian novels by Rachel Hawthorne and would recommend to anyone who read these, or someone who's looking for a book to while away a summer afternoon.


Never Cry Werewolf Series

Book #1 Never Cry Werewolf

Book #2 (Novella) Sometimes By Moonlight


Jun 27, 2011

Lovely Covers

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, June 27, 2011 1 comments


Slide by Jill Hathaway
Out Winter 2012

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.


The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye....


Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand
Out Jan 2012

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning

Book Giveaway!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, June 27, 2011 2 comments
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


I've decided to have my first giveaway! I would have had it sooner except the postal workers were on strike and they are just back to work this week so it didn't make sense to have a giveaway then not be able to ship it!

I have one copy of Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith up for grabs

Summary:

For three seventeen-year-olds, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep.

Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her meager home with blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix St. Michael sees halos of light around people about to die. At a secret summer rave in the woods, the three teenagers learn of their true origins and their uncertain, intertwined destinies. Riveting, unflinching, and beautiful, Betwixt is as complex and compelling as any ordinary reality.



(I have read through this copy once)

Open to Canada and the US only

No PO Boxes please.

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Leave a comment with your email address

That's it!

Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Pacific time July 6th, 2011. Winner will be announced shortly there after. Winner will then have 48 hours to provide a valid shipping address (again no PO Boxes)

WINNER - Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Jun 24, 2011

Follow Friday

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, June 24, 2011 3 comments
(click on the above picture to participate)


This weeks question:
In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
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Jun 23, 2011

Lovely Covers

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, June 23, 2011 0 comments
Alien Proliferation

Release: Dec 2011

Jeff and Kitty Martini are expecting their first child, but inter-species deliveries are hard on humans. After almost losing Kitty in childbirth, the last thing anyone in Centaurion Division needs is the discovery of a conspiracy to kill the heads of the ETD and P.T.C.U., otherwise known as Charles Reynolds and Kitty's mother, Angela Katt. Now all of Alpha and Airborne teams, as well as Kitty's old friend, Amy Gaultier, have to figure out what's really going on, and if the new drug Surcenthumain and Kitty's transformation into a superhuman are connected -- before the baby shower.








They've redesigned the Mercy Thompson covers which I think are awesome, but aren't as good as the Dan Dos Santos originals. Click HERE to see the rest of the redesigned covers

Jun 21, 2011

Review - Greywalker by Kat Richardson

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2 comments
Greywalker by Kat Richardson
Released: Oct 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Source: Purchased from The Book Depository
Sexual Content: Not much, some references to sex

My Cover Blurb: "Enter the fascinating world of the Grey"

Summary:
Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Seattle Private Investigator Harper Blaine develops the ability to move through the Grey: the realm of ghosts, vampires, witches, and magic that exists between our world and the next. Harper wants her life to return to normal, but when her clients turn out to be paranormal, the reluctant Greywalker is drawn into the affairs of ambitious vampires and angry ghosts. As her cases converge, Harper uncovers a plot that threatens Seattle’s Grey world and must choose between honor and survival.


My Thoughts:
It's always great when I take a chance reading a new author and get more out of it than expected. I loved Greywalker. Granted, some of the story was way way over my head. I couldn't wrap my head around some of the mythology and I had a hard time picturing what the world of "Grey" looked like, but from what I did understand I enjoyed. Harper is a strong woman, self reliant and independent. She is a PI that had a case turn bad and ended up with her being dead for a few minutes. Ever since then her cases turn out to be something from the "Grey", which is another way of saying something supernatural. She gets in the middle of a vampire tiff as well as a malevolent ghost looking for a powerful object. I loved being taken along Harper's journey, she didn't just accept the Grey right on. It took her a while to fully believe that this other world existed all around her and for her to figure out what she could do in it. She's got a lot more to learn I think and I look forward to finding out what's next for Harper in book 2.

Would recommend to any urban fantasy fan especially fans of Jenna Black's Dark Descendant.

Greywalker Series

Book #1 - Greywalker

Book #2 - Poltergeist

Book #3 - Underground

Book #4 - Vanished

Book #5 - Labyrinth

Book #6 - Downpour (Aug 2011)

Jun 17, 2011

Blog Hop Friday!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, June 17, 2011 1 comments
Book Blogger Hop

Question this week:
How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?

I couldn't even tell you. 20 maybe? But really it's endless because I'll never stop adding to it.
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Jun 15, 2011

Lovely Covers

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3 comments
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship–or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word…especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood–not even from each other.




Bloodrose Feb 2012

Jun 14, 2011

Review - Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, June 14, 2011 0 comments
Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson
Released: Dec 2009
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating: Did not Finish
Source: Purchased/Used Book Store
Sexual Content: At least one sex scene, but DNF so not sure if there was more.

My Cover Blurb: "How Bout 'Boring Circle'"

Summary:
Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven -- now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers -- ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to participate, if only to prevent snooty Hunter Hopewell, an obnoxious but talented witch, from ending up in the winner's circle. Can Seph hide her secrets -- including her connection to the master vampire-wizard Menessos -- from the terrifyingly wise judges? Plus, there's her rock 'n' roll werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, and some angry fairies to deal with....

Once the competition begins, a finalist turns up dead. It looks as if one of the contestants is willing to do anything -- including murder -- to win. Suddenly Seph has even more on her plate than she thought: from solving a murder to working out what her new powers really are...and exactly why they're creating so much havoc in her love life.


My Thoughts:
I liked the first book in this series well enough, but this one was just utter crap! The writing is fine, but the story line took a serious turn to boring and I had to skim the last half. Also I hated the way Persephone handled Johnny's kiss with another woman, granted I only half read that part but I thought she forgave him rather easily, especially since it sound like Celia was the one getting mad at the woman who kissed Johnny and not Johnny himself. And whoa, if I had to read Persephone complaining about that damn stain again one more time! Seriously how many times does she have to mention it, we get it, you're unsure about the vampire stain, get over it already! I will not be buying anymore in this series!

Persephone Alcmedi Series:

Book #1 Vicious Circle

Book #2 Hallowed Circle

Book #3 Fatal Circle

Book #4 Arcane Circle

Jun 8, 2011

Review - Child Of The Grove by Tanya Huff

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, June 08, 2011 0 comments
Child Of The Grove by Tanya Huff
Released 1988
Rating 5 out of 5
Sexual Content: Not much to mention, but there was some violence.

My Cover Blurb: "Action Packed Magical Whirlwind"

Summary:
When the world's last wizard threatens the people of Ardhan with destruction, the Elder Races break their silence to gift the kingdom with a child (Crystal) whose magical powers represent her land's only hope.


My Thoughts:
Tanya Huff is one of my all time favorite authors. So far I have not read a book by her that I have disliked and this one is no different. I'm always impressed by how much I can get involved with the characters and the story she writes. Something about the way she writes really appeals to me. I think it's because you always get to know more, and I always hate it when you read a book and only learn about one or two characters. In Child of the Grove you get to learn about Crystal, the main character, as well as many of her family and friends. I've come to realize that Huff is not afraid to take risks, but I'm still always shocked when a favorite character dies or something happens. I won't say who but it's always someone I miss once they're gone. This is very much a fantasy novel, with centaurs, wizards, magic etc.

I can see why some who may be used to the way YA fantasy is written today would not be interested in this, as there is quite a bit of back story before the main character is even born. That was really a plus for me, and I liked that as I mentioned. But I guess some may say the story is slow to start. Although there is constant action in this book.

The world building in the book reminds me quite a bit of the Tortall written in Tamora Pierce's books, especially the early ones. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Song of the Lioness trilogy.

Wizard Child Series

Book #1 Child Of The Grove

Book # 2 The Last Wizard

Printed now in a combo Wizard of the Grove

Jun 2, 2011

Review - Meridian by Amber Kizer

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, June 02, 2011 3 comments
Meridian by Amber Kizer
Released Aug 2010
Genre: Paranormal YA
Rating: 3 to 3.5 out of 5
Sexual Content: Some kissing.

My Cover Blurb: "Cute, Warm Drama"

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has always been surrounded by death. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders burrowed into her bedclothes to die. As she grew, the animals got bigger, and soon they were finding her at school to die in her presence. Meridian became an outcast, labeled by her classmates as Reaper, Gravedigger, and Witch. Each death she witnesses weakens her body, and loneliness weakens her spirit.

On her sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a deadly car crash. Though she’s untouched, Meridian's body explodes with the victims’ pain.



Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she's a danger to her family and rushed to her great-aunt's house in Revelation, Colorado. It's there that she learns the secret her mother has been hiding her entire life: that she is a Fenestra, the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. It's crucial that she learn how to transition human souls to the afterlife and preserve the balance between good and evil on earth. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos. Dark, lovely, and lushly romantic, MERIDIAN introduces a powerful heroine who will entrance readers



My Thoughts:
A cute read. The writting was fine, nothing stands out as good or bad. I did enjoy Meridian as a character as well as Tens and Granny too. Meridian's power was pretty useless though, helping the dead cross over to the otherside wasn't all that exciting. I kept hoping she'd discover she could do something more but nothing came. I thought it took them too long to figure out that the head of the local church cult was the bad guy, when it seemed so obvious that he wasn't a normal human and there was something supernatural about him. Then when you actually think something exciting was going to go down, it lasted 5 seconds and Meridian didn't do much some random guy from the beginning of the book ended up saving her and Tens. Overall still an enjoyable read, but I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next one. I wanted more action and instead got more drama. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a slower drama with a hint of the paranormal.

Meridian Saga

Book #1 Meridian

Book #2 Wildcat Fireflies (July 2011)

Book #3 Speed Of Light (Fall 2012)

Book #4 Counting Tens (Spring 2013)

Book #5 Echos Of 1492
 

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