Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 10-31-12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.


Happy Halloween everyone!! This is a good Halloween pick since it has to do with collecting souls and all that. This week I am impatiently waiting for The Collector by Victoria Scott. Dante Walker sounds super yum-tastic!!


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  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 400
Overview

He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.


Guys!! As if the cover and the overview aren't enough to get me all excited for this book. (and it's from Entangled and I love all the books they put out) I love the Dante Walker website. We get to know him a bit better. I highly suggest visiting. 

What is your WoW pick this week? Leave me a link and I will visit back. (assuming power doesn't get knocked out from the hurricane. Most likely it won't We aren't in a major hit area.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Copy provided by publisher for review
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Overview

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.


My Thoughts

I really don't know how to write this review. I really liked the book. I thought it was wonderful, beautifully written, and the romantic aspect was very sweet. I just don't know how to say what I want without giving away anything. There is so much going on in this book and it had me completely wrapped up in it's pages. 

Jane is a great strong main character. She has the fey curse and must wear an iron mask to keep it contained. She has learned to control the rage within her a little bit, but without the iron to keep in blocked, it affects other people and that she doesn't know how to control. At least she doesn't think she can. On top of that, she feels like she is getting almost nowhere with helping Dorie with her curse and she is increasingly frustrated with Edward as she starts to uncover his secrets. She really keeps it together well though and she has some fierce determination to not let her curse take over her life. 

Although you would think of Edward as a main character too, he really isn't as present as he should be. There is so much about him in the story that it's easy for him to always be in the front of your mind, but looking back, he isn't actually in the scenes very much. It is more the thoughts of him, and the people talking about him, and of course all the events of the book come back to him. He is charming, but not the type of character you fall head over heels for instantly. It's like he has this intrigue about him that you just can't get enough of. He has a lot of stuff going on in his head. A lot of guilt and regret. He doesn't really see himself as a worthy person. He struggles with himself throughout the book. He really isn't a bad person though, it is his past that continues to haunt his present and try to affect his future. 

The creative story that is woven in these pages was just great. I loved seeing Jane try to uncover the mystery about Edward as she is falling in love with him. Both thinking they aren't worthy of each other and pushing each other away. I think the best part of the story was seeing how they change and grow. What they go through when they discover that things are not really what they seem and beyond that, what they are willing to do when they discover these new dangers. I can't really explain the things that happen, but it's a very beautiful book filled with secrets, intrigue, and romance. 3 out of 5 stars
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Tempting the Player (Gamble Brothers #2) by J. Lynn

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  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
  • Publication date: 10/22/2012
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Own / Purchased ebook
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Overview

Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together...or in love.


My Thoughts

So you know those books that have you grinning from ear to ear when you finish? This is that book! I don't even know how to write a review that will express my love for Tempting the Player. I thought I loved Chase and Madison's story, but WHOA!! Chad and Bridget's story is on fire!! I seriously needed a fan!! Chad Gamble has taken the place of Chase as my favorite Gamble brother. I loved everything about this book. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. We still get to see a lot of the characters from Tempting the Best Man, but this one's focus is on Bridget and Chad and I loved their story!! It had me smiling, laughing, fanning myself, getting frustrated with them, and shedding tears.  

Bridget is Maddie's assistant. If you have read Tempting the Best Man you will remember her. She is not the type of woman to go out and have a one night stand. Heck, when they go to the Leather and Lace club where she meets Chad, that is completely out of her element. There is just something about Chad that is irresistible to her though. Besides the fact that he is an all-star pitcher, gorgeous, and rich. She is insecure though and doesn't know how he can want anything to do with her when he can sleep with a different supermodel every night. I loved seeing her let her walls down and let him in. She builds them back up over and over again, but I really enjoyed her coming to certain realizations and totally not being able to deny the off the charts chemistry they have. 

Oh my hottness!! Chad Gamble!! I am getting flushed just thinking about the things he can do!! Oh, he's a player all right, but the thing is, he's not as bad as the public really sees him. And that night at the club when he meets Bridget, something changes in him. He denies it and fights it, but there is no way that he can run away from it. Bridget is different than any girl he has ever met and he is totally intrigued by her. He just wants to please her. In more ways than one. And oh, my does he! Sizzling, Steamy, Sexy... those are just some of the words I have for Chad. 

Okay now onto the actual story. Though the steamy scenes are awesome, we have a fantastic story in there too. Chad and Bridget are fake dating to save his career and her job. The only thing is they are both falling for each other. Hell, they had already fallen for each other before the whole fake dating thing started. They both think that the other only agreed to the arrangement and it has nothing to do with actually liking each other. It's so frustrating to see them get so close and then push each other away thinking that it's all for show. I loved getting the dual POV's because it really helped connect to each of them. His publicist acts like she has to train them on how to behave on dates too. And OMG she was a freaking riot. Oh, she's an evil bitch, but she is good. She knows what she is doing and she became one of my favorite secondary characters in this book.

This book was full of those steamy scenes we are all looking for in a book like this, but it's so much more. I had all the feelings with this book. And you bet it was addicting. I did not want to put this book down for anything. Fantastic characters, sizzling hot scenes, and a sweet romance. This book took me on a roller coaster of emotions and I loved every single second of it. I can't wait for Chandler's story next in Tempting the Bodyguard!! 5 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Recap/Stacking the Shelves (27)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Guys!! It's almost Halloween!! I love Halloween so today my vlog will be in costume!! Yup that's right! All zombiefied!! I am totally rockin' the 80's zombie look and loving it. 
Books Mentioned
People Mentioned
Thanks so much to Brina Courtney, Heather, Momo, and FSG. You all rock!!

Weekly Recap
 Search Terms
  • gravity melissa west - tons of searches for this! It's a great book!
  • gravity melissa west excerpt - I had 2 excerpts on the blog
  • just for now book abbi glines review - Sadly I haven't reviewed this one. I need to read the series ASAP though.
  • review of queen of the dead by ty drago  - I did review this one. See the link above under reviews.
  • susane colasanti mother - I don't know what this is about, but I did read and review Keep Holding On by her and it was fantastic.
  • "with humour and honesty" underdahl "no man's land" - Yes, that is the beginning of the overview for it. I personally didn't see much humor in it, but it was a great book.
  •  alina klein rape girl - This was a really good book.
  • aprilynne pike destined davids letter - I seem to get this one a lot. Read the book guys! The letter is at the end and is spoilery for the book, so read the book first. Don't just skip to the letter. 
So that's what I've got guys! Leave me a link to your post and I will come check it out. As always it won't be until Monday since Sundays I try to stay off the computer since it's family day. Hope you all have a fabulous week and Happy Halloween!!

Book Buzzers (5) 5 sequels you bought and haven't read yet.

Hey Guys!! Welcome to Book Buzzers. This is week 5 and the topic was chosen by me and is "Five sequels you have bought to series you love, but haven't read yet." Don't forget to check out the other fabulous members of the vlogging team.

Monday: Jenni @Alluring Reads
Tuesday: Emily from @Doodle's Book Blog
Wednesday: Evie from @Evie Bookish
Thursday: Justin from @Justin's Book Blog
Friday: Tiffany from @Escaping One Book At A Time
Saturday: Jessirae from @Words, Pages, And Books
Sunday: Amy from @Book Loving Mom (That's me!)
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Once again I uploaded this right from my computer, but it will be posted to YouTube also.I apologize for how loud the intro is and how quiet my talking is. I think I may have to go back to recording vlogs on my phone instead of my webcam because the sound is better on my phone.
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Books Mentioned
The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan
Songs of Magic Series by J.L Bryan
Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
Fever by Lauren Destefano

Are there any sequels to books you have bought and haven't gotten to yet? I would love to know!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sourcebooks Spooktacular Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway

It's almost Halloween and to celebrate Sourcebooks is doing a Spooktacular giveaway of a set of 4 awesome books!! So today on my blog I have my review of Horrid Henry's Monster Movie, a fun guest post from Jeff Strand, and the giveaway for a set of 4 books!

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Source: paperback copy provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Overview

Contains four stories - Horrid Henry's Monster Movie, Horrid Henry's Horrid Weekend, Horrid Henry's Grump Card, Horrid Henry's Olympics





My thoughts

This is a really cute and fun book that is great for kids who want a few short stories that are easy to read. This book contains four different stories of different situations that Horrid Henry is in. 

As a mom I have to say that the way that some of the characters behave is a bit of a bad influence. I had to keep telling my daughter as I was reading it to her that it's not okay to tell people to shut up or to be mean to others. I found eventually I actually started to say hush or be quiet when shut up was mentioned because it seemed to be quite frequent. I did think that the stories were cute and fun though. 

The first story is a competition of sorts between Horrid Henry and another girl to make the best monster movie. It is funny what he tries to make his brother do for the film. He is really mean to his really well behaved, nice brother. Though I almost can't blame him. His brother is a little tattle tale. 

The next story is about a weekend at his awful cousins house. His cousin is Stuck-up Steve. He is exactly as his name says. He will go out of his way to pick on Horrid Henry and get him in trouble. Horrid Henry has a plan of his own though and his cousins plan to exclude him totally backfires. 

In the third story Horrid Henry tries to trick his brother, Perfect Peter into giving him some Grump Cards. (Which are like get out of jail free cards to his parents) He is mad that he doesn't have any and he thinks he should have some. His brother has so many and never uses them since he is so good. Horrid Henry just wants to be a brat and get away with everything. 

And the last story in the book is Horrid Henry's Olympics. The school decides to have their own Olympics, but Henry doesn't like the events so he creates his own and lets people pay to join his. Of course being the Horrid person he is, things don't go as planned. 

Overall this is an easy to read book that I think kids will enjoy. I wish that there was more of a lesson to the stories that being bad never gets you anywhere. Some of the stories he gets what he deserves, but with how horrible he acts, it's almost like he gets away with being a mean and bratty child. Of course that is the mom in me speaking. The intended audience I am sure would love this book. My daughter did. She has has me read it to her twice already.  3.5 out of 5 stars. 


Guest post from Jeff Strand

Rewind

In A Bad Day For Voodoo, the narrator, Tyler Churchill rewinds a scene in the book to feature a
more dramatic alternate version. Find out the top three moments Jeff would rewind and create
and alternate version for in his life.

1. My birth. Aside from the whole "miracle of birth" thing, there was nothing really dramatic
about it. I mean, yeah, my mom thought it hurt and I was crying and somebody was going "Push!
Push!" but for this moment to really have dramatic impact I should have come out singing "Born
This Way" by Lady Gaga. Then doctors would have been screaming "This child is unnatural!
Destroy it! Destroy it!" but my dad would have stopped them from squishing me between the
defibrillator paddles. After fleeing the hospital, my parents would have tried to get me to sing so
they could make millions from the miracle singing baby, but I would've been like the frog in the
cartoon and ONLY sang when there were no other witnesses around. Ha!

2. That one time in high school when I broke my arm. Here is how I broke my arm: I was
playing soccer, and I ran at this guy who had the ball, and we collided, and I hit the ground.
Crunch. The thing is, soccer is primarily known as a sport you play with your feet. I mean,
they even call it football in other countries. So when you tell people that you broke your arm
playing soccer, they're all like "Huh? What? How do you break your arm playing soccer?" It's
embarrassing. If I could rewind, I could have broken my arm in a sport where you actually use
your arms, like bowling.

3. Writing this guest blog entry. I'm writing this on my back porch. My cat is asleep. None of
my opponents have made a move in Words With Friends for the past half hour. Yaaawwwwwn.
If I could rewind, one of my opponents would have played a really lame word, like IT, but then
I'd use their "I" and play QUIZ, where Q was on a Triple Letter Score and Z was on a Triple
Word Score, so I'd get 129 points and even if they had the J and the X they'd never beat me!
Ooooh, such glorious drama!

And Sourcebooks has been nice enough to offer up a set of 4 books for this Spooktacular giveaway!!
  • Horrid Henry’s Monster Movie by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
  • Horrid Henry & the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross
  • Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
  • A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand

 Giveaway is US/CAN only
Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
I am not responsible for lost or damaged items


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Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

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  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 464
  • Source: own / purchased
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Overview

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?


My Thoughts 

Not being a big fan of angel books I was really a bit hesitant to read this. If not for all the fabulous reviews from fellow bloggers, I don't know if I would have to be honest. Well, I am so glad that I did. This was fantastic. It was not your typical angel book at all. I loved how there were the Dukes for all of the different sins and that the nephilim had to "work". Like Kaidan has to engage in sexual acts since he is the son of the Duke of Lust. It is their to make the humans give in and commit these different sins. Only Anna isn't quite like them. 

Anna was an okay character to me, but I didn't love her. She totally fell for Kaidan way too quick and was easy to fall to pieces. She is tough, but still weak too. She is strong when it comes to controlling her draw to her sin and she is good at keeping her over sensitive powers (like hearing, smell, sight...) in check, but when it comes to anything that is emotional she really just loses it. I do get that she is a bit sensitive in that area, but OMG I wanted to just smack her at times and tell her to man up and stop freaking crying! I liked her humorous side though. She was really fun and most of the time put Kaidan in his place or at least kept him at arms length. Most of the time....

Kaidan is the guy who it seems everyone who has read this is totally swooning over. Dude! I don't get it. Is it just me? I don't dislike him or anything, but he's not turning me to a puddle of goo. I thought he was an arrogant jerk. I like that he was up front with Anna, and I know that he is the son of lust and all that, but he is so hot and cold and it really just pissed me off. I mean I get where he is coming from. They can't be together, but it's obvious he cares for her. Blah, Blah, Blah. He was a total tool most of the time. Yes, he had some sweet moment, and some pretty hot moments, but he just doesn't do it for me. Every time I started to think I might start falling for him along with everyone else, he would do something to get me back in my right mind. By the end of the book I liked him, but I'm still not swooning. 

The other characters were so much fun! I really loved Patti. She is just so sweet and awesome. I loved that there was a parental figure that was a major part of the story too!! That always makes me happy. I also really liked the twins, Blake, and Kope. And who can forget about Jay. He is such an awesome BFF. I had a guy BFF kinda like him when I was in school. Anna's dad is pretty awesome too. He is quite intimidating and it is made very clear that he is someone to fear, but he cares for Anna so much and that makes him so likable despite any other things about him that may not seem so great. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole idea of it all. It held my interest until I read the last words and left me wanting more! As I said before, I am not a big fan of angel books normally, but this one is a win!! Sweet Evil was definitely a book that exceeded my expectations and I am going to go insane with anticipation waiting for Sweet Peril! 4 out of 5 stars

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

I am so super excited about this cover reveal I have for you guys!! I know, I am full of cover reveals today, but OMG guys!! This... this is so pretty!!! Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins!!

Book Description

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.


When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication Date:  April 30, 2013


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OMG guys!! I am totally loving the cover for this!! It is gorgeous! (For those who know me, you know I am a sucker for red and black, even though this is a more smoky, dark, pinkish, orangey red...anyways) Dude! I just really love this. I think it rocks!! 


Look at them looking all pretty together!! And in case you have been living under a rock, this will be a trilogy!! The third and final book of The Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is slated for spring/summer 2014.

 About the author:

Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

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Cover Reveal: Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim

Hey guys! Today I have a really fun cover reveal for you from Spencer Hill Press. Not only is this a cover reveal, but you the readers get to pick which cover is your favorite! That's right, there will be a vote for the cover. The covers you will  be voting on are for Blood Bound by Keshia Swaim

So first I will give you the book description, then you can scroll down to see each cover and the vote.

Blood Bound

   Starting college a year early is hard. Starting fae college and learning to protect the world from the Unseelie is harder.
   Brielle Reed has always been an over-achiever, but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Between her crash course in fae politics, struggles to control her new mind-reading ability, training sessions with the demanding Dr. Schwartz, and discoveries about the father who is still a mystery to her, Brielle finds herself longing for a chance at a normal life.
   But she may not get that chance. Or chance at a life at all, for that matter.

Title: Blood Bound
Author: Keshia Swaim
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com)
Formats: Paper, e-book

Hand Cover

 
Girl Cover



So which one do you prefer? Take the poll below to choose your favorite of the two. Need a side by side comparison?




Sweet Evil Read-Along Week 4: Halloween


The final week of the read-along and I can't believe I did it!! I was horribly behind last week and I managed to catch up and get all my reading done for both last week and this week. Yay!! So this week the theme is Halloween!! I love Halloween so this is a great topic. Fist I will talk sweets, then I will talk costumes!!

Candy

I love candy corn!! I know that a lot of people are very turned off by it, but I honestly can't get enough of the stuff. Especially the yummy caramel apple candy corn. 

Next up is skittles. Those little Halloween size bags of them won't really last long around me. I will devour them all. 

The Halloween Kit Kats! They are white chocolate Kit Kats, but they are orange! They are yummy!!

Mary Janes. Do they still make those. I feel like I haven't seen them in forever, but I totally love those. The little crunchy peanut buttery inside. It's love at first bite!!

Can't forget about anything else Halloween themed. Gummy bugs, Gummy fingers, bags of blood that are really just some yummy syrupy goodness!! 

I am not typically a big candy person most of the time with the exception of gummy bears and twizzlers, but Halloween turns me into a candy maniac. I am like the Candy Monster when it is Halloween time!

Costumes

I have been many different things over the years. Most years I am actually two things. One for a Halloween Party that I usually go to and then another thing on Halloween day. I have loved Halloween since I was a kid and I have dressed up every single year since. (Well except in 2008, but I was about to have my daughter any day and was actually crossing my fingers it would happen on Halloween. She waited a few more days though. Anyways, the point being is I was huge and there was no way I was trying to dress up that bump.)

I will show you pics of me and my daughters costumes from last year. 

 She made such a cute candy corn witch
 
Me and then me and my sister and law

 I was too lazy to do the gray all over, but this year I am going all out!


Yup, totally in my pj's, but I think it makes me look creepier. 

So I kinda have this thing for zombies. This year I am going as an 80's zombie and my costume rocks!! I am actually going to a Halloween party tomorrow and I will most definitely have pics, so keep a look out on twitter, and my StS post on Sunday! 

Also, I have a lot of posts going up today so my full review for Sweet Evil will post tomorrow! I will say that I don't dislike Kai as much, but I'm still not a fan. I really thought I would love him like everyone else seems to, but sadly I just don't see it.

Don't forget to check out the tour hosts sites and see all of the past weeks read-along posts!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: No Man's Land by S.T. Underdahl

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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. (Flux Books)
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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Overview

With humor and honesty, neuropsychologist S. T. Underdahl explores the timely topic of post-traumatic stress disorder

If life were a movie, Dov Howard's role would be Emo Kid/Family Loser. His brother Brian would star as Master of the Universe. But that's okay. Dov's got great friends-and possibly a new one named Scarlett. Like everyone else, Dov loves his brother and is thrilled when Brian, a National Guard soldier, is sent home in one piece. Then things get weird. Talking to his jumpy brother is like juggling grenades, and Dov can't help but notice Brian's new best friends: Jack Daniels and the pistol he sleeps with. What will it take for his family to wake up and see the ugly truth?


My Thoughts

I have been really into issue books in the past few months, and I have friends who have dealt with loved ones with post-traumatic stress, so when I saw this book I really wanted to read it. This book was very honest and does not gloss over anything. It is a very tell it as it is story about not only dealing with a family member with post-traumatic stress, but dealing with your own personally struggles too. This was book is full of many issues, including bullying, depression, abuse, and other things. It is a book that really makes you think. 

Dov is a high school boy who has always lived in the shadow of his perfect brother. He has a few close friends, but his brother was Mr. Popular, does no wrong, and loved my everyone. Dov loves his brother more than anything and when he gets sent over to Afghanistan he goes into a depression. He dresses all in black, dyed his hair black, and is very emo. He has conversations with his pet gecko which is weird, but it shows that he has his own issues beyond all the other stuff going on. He also tries to befriend a new girl at school named Scarlett and I really liked how that goes. The thoughts he has when trying to figure her out really help you get to know him. When Brian comes back Dov hopes things will get back to normal, but instead they spiral further out of control.   

His family is a total mess. Even before Brain was in the National Guard, things weren't right at home. His father is a trucker and is gone for weeks at a time. Even when he is home it's not like he acknowledges Dov unless it's to put him down or yell at him for something anyways. Dov has never been the child to get attention. His mom is there, but she never treated Dov the same as she treated Brian. It's like Dov is always an afterthought. 

School isn't much better. There is a group of kids who are always picking on Dov and his friends and making emo jokes. He tries his best to ignore them though. His real escape is art. He loves art and is good at it. It also doesn't hurt that his teacher is really pretty and he has a silly crush on her. 

This book was emotional and touching. We are in Dov's head and we watch as things fall apart all around him and watch him try to fix them. Not only his broken family, but his friends and himself too. This wasn't a book that makes you want to grab a box of tissues and cry, but it is one that leaves an ache in your heart. It's hard to read about the struggles that Dov faces. It's harder to read knowing that he is trying so hard to do something about it, but no one hears him. No, they hear him, it's just easier to ignore the problems instead of address them. This was a very honest book that shows us a peek into the life of someone affected by many issues including post-traumatic stress. If you enjoy issue books, this is a book for you. 3 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Two and Twenty Dark Tales Interview with Shannon Delany & Giveaway


Hello all my lovelies!! Today I am taking part in the Two and Twenty Dark Tales Tour. My apologies for being so late getting it up. Blogger has still been giving me a lot of issues to the point where it was almost impossible to actually make a post. It seems to be better for now. So I will get on with this. Month9Books has put together this awesome tour for Two and Twenty Dark Tales which is an anthology of Mother Goose Rhymes. I had the honor of reviewing Shannon Delany for my stop. For the full tour schedule you can click on the banner above. I will give you the book info first and then onto the interview. Stop back next week for my review of Two and Twenty Dark Tales.

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  • Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 340
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Overview

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.




Interview with Shannon Delany

Hi Shannon. Thanks for taking the time to do an interview.

My pleasure! Thank you for participating!

Two & Twenty Dark tales is a compilation of dark re-tellings of some already pretty dark and disturbing nursery rhymes. What made you want to take part in this?

I actually like dark stories, poems and music and when I saw that Georgia McBride was involved in this anthology I knew I wanted to write for it.

What were some of your favorite fairy tales growing up?
I liked most of the traditional ones: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, and Rapunzel. But I grew up slowly so in high school I discovered Andrew Lang’s work and in college I started exploring Eastern European fairy tales, Northern European myths and legends and those of the Far East. I also dug deeper into Western fairy tales and am waiting for the right time to retell one of those in particular.

How different is it writing a short story from a nursery rhyme and writing a full length novel?

Writing with this project’s co-writer, musician and songwriter Max Scialdone, we wound up with so many ideas and so much that surrounded “Pieces of Eight”that we basically had a novel (or potentially three from all our brainstorming) that we needed to pare down. So the brainstorming was the same (plus Max). The writing for a short story was more intense because we had so much we wanted to fit in and yet had so few pages by comparison. I’m naturally verbose so we had to trim, cut and edit our ideas whereas with my novels, I have space to allow for a larger more flowery world.

What gave you the idea to take Sleep Baby Sleep in the direction you went with it for the anthology? It was really great.

Thank you! Max and I both had the feeling that Sleep Baby Sleep was a lullaby being sung by a mother trying to shield her child from an awful reality. We both wanted to try something dark and we knew we wanted to bring music into it somehow and use some myth and legend from this region, too. I’ve always thought music is magical—it soothes people, it unites people in causes, it can change your mood and your perception. For Max, music is second-nature—it’s what he does and how he survives: by making music. He even has a debut solo album releasing in November! I tried to keep all of that in mind: music is second-nature for some, life-sustaining for some, and absolutely magical. Then we designed our characters and let them lead us on an adventure that protagonist Marnum didn’t want to be part of.

When you first wrote the first book in your 13 to Life series, did you plan on it being a series?

No—not at all! I thought I had one book but my agent at the time asked if I thought I could get a series out of it. I thought about the characters and plot and realized I could probably do four or five books in a series but I said I would feel safest doing three. So we got a trilogy deal that quickly enlarged into five books because 13 to Life did so well.

Speaking of your 13 to Life series, you won a textnovel award for the first book. Can you tell us a little about that?

Yes, in 2008 in a fit of rebellion, I did exactly what my critique partner told me would ruin me: I entered a contest. I started writing 13 to Life November 24th and had to be finished by December 31st. I wrote and posted two sections a day and built a following there that supported me and helped me win (popular vote was important). I won some money, an agent and after putting out a press release, a publisher contacted us. It was bizarre, but fabulous, and it’s one reason I suggest aspiring authors seek out different ways to get their stories out there because you just never know.

Your new series is steampunk. What made you want to go into that genre?

The Weather Witch series is steampunk—sorta... Readers will understand when it comes out. It’s set in the normal steampunk era but my technology is different—steam’s development has been delayed. Why’d I want to jump into steampunk? I’ve always loved history and I understand we regularly revise it from the perspective of the winner or survivor of any given era. It’s a skewed view of history we have. So I have no qualms with revising it in my own special way. Weather Witch allows me to integrate my love of history and certain key cities (sorry, Baltimore!) with a special set of dark and dangerous characters.

What made you want to write? Who were your inspirations?

My parents and elementary school teachers were my most direct influences. They encouraged me to follow my imagination and create my own voice (which was especially important to me in middle school where I was bullied). Authors who inspired me were Edgar Allan Poe, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey and Orson Scott Card. They were/are amazing and have vastly different voices.

Random:

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee.

Heels or Sneakers? Sneakers.

Oceans or Mountains? Sorry—I can’t choose between them. I love them both.

Sweet or Salty? I’m not quite like my brother (who salts cookies and icecream) but I love one more than the other only depending on my mood. It’s a toss up.

Truth or Dare? Truth.

Thanks so much to Shannon for doing the interview!! It was a pleasure having you! 


Links:

Goodreads TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13594857-two-and-twenty-dark-tales
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Waiting on Wednesday 10-24-12

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.

After seeing the gorgeous cover for this book I knew I had to use it as my WoW post. I mean it sounds awesome too, but the cover is to die for!! Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

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  • Expected publication: June 27th 2013 
  • Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
Overview

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.


Tell me you don't think that cover is super pretty!! (No, really don't tell me that because I will give you the evil eye.) Besides the fact that I am pretty much in love with that cover, it sounds awesome!! Mention Poe at all and it's almost guaranteed to be a must read for me. 

So what are you waiting for this week. Leave me a link and I will stop by. :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: Gravity by Melissa West

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  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 400

  • Source: eARC provided by publisher for review/tour
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Overview

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.


My Thoughts

From the first time I saw the cover and read the synopsis for this book I had been pining to read it. I am so glad that I got a chance to read this as part of the blog tour because it was really great. I have been reading a lot of sci-fi lately and have found that I really enjoy them. There aren't really many limits to where you can take a story when it has that element to it. I really loved what Melissa did with this story, and though I still have a lot of unanswered questions, it didn't have an impact on my enjoyment of this. 

Ari is awesome! You want a tough badass character who can handle herself? Well she's it! She has is the daughter of the Commander so she has been trained by her father to be able to take over the position when it is her time. She is fierce, smart, and has a great sense of humor, but she is still vulnerable. She has always done what her dad says and has never thought to defy him before. That is until she learns of what he and the other people in charge have planned for the Ancients. They are about to start an all out war and no matter how much Ari knows she is risking, she can't let it happen. She will go against her family if it means saving innocent lives. 

Jackson was one of those characters that I think you are supposed to fall head over heels for, but I just didn't. I did like him, I could tell that he really cared for Ari and some of the things he said seriously melted my heart. But, he seemed like he could do no wrong. I mean yeah, sometimes he kinda blows her off and is a little cocky, but he didn't really have many flaws. Maybe Ancients are just supposed to be near perfect. I mean they are aliens of a sort, so why not, right? Anyways, he really was an awesome character and I loved what he was willing to do for not just his race, but for Ari also. That kind of dedication is just an instant win for me. 

Now, I know I said that I really enjoyed this book, but I do have a slight issue with some things. For one, we don't really get told why it is that the Ancients have to do the Taking. I know they need to replenish their nutrients and such, but what I don't understand is what depletes the nutrients so much and why they need to take them from humans. On their own planet do they lose their nutrients too? Is that one of the other reasons they are traveling to Earth? Anyways, then there is the whole insta-love thing. I totally get it on Jackson's side of things because he has been pining over and falling in love with Ari for a long time, but Ari has just really met Jackson and it's like a few days before she is in love with him. I know she has dreamed about her Ancient and whatever, but it still remains that she doesn't know anything about him really. Besides those things I don't really have any other issues with the story. 

This book was hard to put down once I got into it. It was off to a bit of a slow start, but I never felt bored with it or like it was drawn out. I liked getting to know the characters, and slowly finding out what was going on. I think it was very well done where we get just enough action and discovering things. The romance was nice. It did start to seem like it was taking over a bit, but it never reached the point where it was too much. With the way this one ended I am really looking forward to what will happen in the next book. This was a fantastic start to what I think will be a promising series. 4 out of 5 stars

*My apologies for any missing images or formatting issues. I keep getting floating boxes and broken images and blogger apparently doesn't know how to fix the issue.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Undertakers Takeover Tour: Review of Queen of the Dead by Ty Drago, Guest Post, & Giveaway

Hello everyone!! Today I am participating in The Undertakers Takeover blog tour from Sourcebooks. The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead is the second book in the Undertakers series, and I will be doing my review for it and hosting a giveaway for one paperback copy of the book for US/CAN.

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  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review/tour
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Overview

 Twelve -year old Will Ritter and his rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters may have triumphed over the Zombies last time, but that's the thing about the dead: they keep coming back.

A new Corpse leader has crossed the rift and taken command of the invasion: The Queen of the Dead is even more brilliant and ruthless than her predecessor, and her ambitions are even deadlier. Will and the crew must somehow rescue his mother, prevent an assassination, and show FBI Agent Ramirez the truth about the Corpses-and the danger the world faces.

But how do a bunch of kids prove to a grown-up that monsters are real?


My Thoughts

This is a sequel and though you could read it without reading the first one, you will be missing a lot of information from the first. This was a very fun, action packed book. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Will is a tough kid, and The Queen of the Dead is one awesome villain. This book had me completely sucked in. With more danger and higher stakes, this was one heck of a ride!

Will is still getting used to things as an Undertaker. He really misses his family and is scared of what the future holds. He knows that The Corpses are trying to take over and that they need to try to stop it. He is somewhat of a legend being that his father was the one who founded the Undertakers. He was the only adult to have the Sight. He was also victim to them two years ago, and now Will is part of the fight. Will really grows in this one. He takes more chances and he is very selfless when it comes to others. He doesn't even give a second thought to putting himself at risk if it means saving someone else. For a thirteen year old boy he is facing a lot tougher things than most adults face and dealing with it all pretty well. 

The other characters are just as great. I really loved Helene, Dave, Sharyn, and Tom. They are so great. There are plenty of others too and I really like that we get to know such a wide variety of characters. They all play a major role in things. Then there is Lilith Cavanaugh, who is the Cover that The Queen of the Dead takes on. That is one brutal and scary woman. She likes her corpses fresh so she actually has young women killed just so she can take over their body when the one she is using decomposes too much. She plans on taking over since Kenny Booth failed that mission when Will stopped him months ago. 

This book is almost non-stop action from beginning to end. It's one battle after another, break-ins, recon missions, and the most important, stopping The Queen of the Dead from succeeding in her takeover. Now remember, the Undertakers are all kids and teenagers, but they are very smart, super dedicated, and most of all really brave. They don't let the fear rule them. They are dedicated to the cause and will keep fighting to stop The Corpses from taking over. I really connected with a lot of the characters even with them being so young. The writing is just so fabulous that I felt like I fell right into the story and I didn't want to climb back out. A solid second book in the series! I will be looking forward to the next one! 4 out of 5 stars

*Update 10/25/12 I have a guest post from Ty to add to this post.

Ty's Top Ten Scary Movies  

Books rock. But I admit I'm also a movie nut. So, until such time as THE UNDERTAKERS gets made into a movie (fingers crossed!), here's my list of my top ten favorite cinema scares.

“Night of the Living Dead” — George's Romero's 1968 classic is still incredibly scary. Unlike other horror films made in the period, this one's still edgy, still suspenseful, and still really gross!

“The Blair Witch Project” — Okay, yes it did have an amusing promotional campaign. How many of you went to the movie thinking it might actually be real? Come on. Admit it! But real or not, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez' low budget masterpiece is frightening in the extreme.

“Silence of the Lambs” — Some folks will try to tell you this is a crime thriller, not a horror movie. But Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, wearing that poor guard's face? That's way beyond anything Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees ever pulled.

“Psycho” — Alfred Hitchcock directed more than sixty movies, some of them great. But this remains his only true horror movie. Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh certainly redefined the term “shower scene”. Mrs. Bates is still one of the scariest villains ever crafted.

“Alien” — Ridley Scott reinvented the sci-fi horror film with this claustrophobic and elegant monster movie. Not until the last couple of minutes to we get a clear image of the thing itself. The movie made Sigourney Weaver a superstar, and didn't do any harm for the alien either. Five sequels and counting!

“Ringu” — Somewhere along the line, the Japanese got really good at scaring the crap of people! And, of that bunch of modern classics (many of which later got turned into mediocre American versions), Hideo Nakata's masterpiece reigns supreme. Watch a video and die in seven days. Jeez!

“The Exorcist” — William Friedkin's classic 1973 story of demonic possession made Linda Blair and pea soup household words. It's said that barf bags were actually provided when this one hit the theaters. I know it still make me a little queazy!

“Les Diaboliques” — This one's been remade a few times, but none of them comes close to the original 1955 french film by Henri-Georges Clouzot. This one may seem more like a Hitchcockian thriller than a horror film per se. But check out the ending!

“The Shining” — Stanley Kubrick set out to create the first “epic horror film” and he almost succeeded. More style than substance, this loose adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece is atmospheric, brilliantly filmed, and genuinely terrifying.

“Jaws” — The monster movie of the second half of the twentieth century, Bruce of Shark did more than terrorize great actors in a brilliantly scary movie based on a best selling novel. It also defined Steven Spielberg as the most successful and commercial director of his generation.


Thanks so much for sharing with us TY!! I have not seen Les Diabloques, but I have seen all of the other ones numerous times and have to agree that they are awesome!!

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