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



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