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Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.

Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister's secret Pandemonium Club.


     I was curious what the Shadowhunter hoopla (yes, I said hoopla. Don't be surprised?) was about, considering the fact City of Bones is becoming a movie this August (thank the trailer. It was the cause of my curiosity, along with a bunch of other stuff). No, I haven't read The Mortal Instruments. Yet. I probably wouldn't have if it didn't become a movie, despite the fact the covers are extremely pretty and practically shouting at me for the last few years with the words “READ ME! READ ME PLEASE!” when I walk by or browse the reading section at Wal-mart.
     As a result of first impressions, I'm pretty much sucked in. But... (there's always a but) I'm not fully sucked in and fangirling. Yet. I'm pretty sure it won't be far off though. Or maybe I'm sort of fangirling, but I haven't realized it yet because the books haven't hit me full force (hey... this is my first time reading Cassandra Clare after all).
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards

Title: Vigilante Nights
Author: Erin Richards
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: July 18, 2013

A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?

After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.

After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.
 Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray


Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Released Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage.
*Warning: Minor spoilers may be sprinkled throughout review*

     Tess Davies is a servant working for the wealthy Lisles in 1912 London, never before having seen anything outside of the city. She has always wanted to be from servitude, and gets her chance when the Lisles are planning to leave for America on the Titanic. There, she meets Alec and enters a world of dark secrets past and present that can eventually separate them forever.
     Ohhh, the Titanic. The majestic ship which unfortunately sank from an iceberg. It's probably the 2nd thing in Historical Fiction that I somehow enjoy reading, next to the Holocaust (I don't know why I like tragedies... non-Romeo & Juliet style). I also found the author's notes at the end helpful, because without it, I'm pretty sure I would've mentioned that a few supposedly dead people in Fateful by the Titanic's journey were well... pretty dead – unless they were a vampire and climbed clawed their way out of their coffins... *shudders*

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Monday, June 24, 2013

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I'm Moving Over to Tumblr... Say What?!

     I really hope no one was having a mini panic attack over this. I'm not exactly moving to Tumblr. Nor is the blog. Let's just say I'm "cross-posting." Okay, and maybe also claiming the URL before anyone else does.

Am I going to start posting over there now?
     Sort of. Truth be told, the blog will be posted to before it'll even be posted on Tumblr. In fact... does Tumblr have a schedule thingy I can use to my advantage? I think I still need to get my bearings on there (despite the fact that I've been on there for quite awhile...).
Consider me lost on Tumblr
     In fact, while the blog may have the posts... Tumblr might not even get the post until who knows when. I'll probably forget to copy my posts over until about a whole year later (that was an exaggeration. Probably a month at the most. I somehow find my way back to Tumblr).

What about review requests?
     I am so not going to post my email on Tumblr for everyone to see. Apparently in my humble opinion, its probably the last place I'll find myself doing. Why? You find the weirdest things there... not taking my chances with spam mail. O_o

     In other words, Tumblr isn't exactly going to have the review policy or the sidebars, or anything really. Nor the pretty fonts. In short, it's basically simple and unfortunately, comment-less (darn...). Despite the layout. But hey, it's just another alternative option. :3

~Happy Monday!
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: By Blood by Tracy E. Banghart

Title: By Blood (By Blood #1)
Author: Tracy E. Banghart
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: February 18, 2013

For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.

Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix. Even worse, there’s (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than   drunk-kissing him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.

But when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, her vacation suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she  anticipated. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.

Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

By Blood is a novel about the ways that blood can bind us to others – or tear us apart.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Book Blitz: The Queen of the Realm of Faerie Series by Heidi Garrett

Title: True Love's First Kill (The Queen of the Realm of Faerie #1-3)
Author: Heidi Garrett
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: June 18, 2013

In the Enchanted World, true love’s first kiss is magic.

Nandana’s Mark, Book 1: When two half-faeries—Melia and her younger sister—are cursed under dreadful circumstances, true love’s first kiss is the remedy.

The Flower of Isbelline, Book 2: Nothing but true love’s first kiss can save Melia’s younger sister from blind ambition and ruin.

The Dragon Carnivale, Book 3: Melia must choose the freedom she cherishes or true love’s first kiss—and a relationship that promises to secure her place in the Whole.

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. She lives in Illialei, a country in the Enchanted World, with her two sisters and their mother. Melia’s father has been exiled to the Mortal World, and her best friend is a pixie.

When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings—she doesn’t have any.

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.

True Love’s First Kiss is a compilation of the first three books in this ongoing series.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

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Blog Tour: Shudder - Promo + Giveaway

Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)
Author: Samantha Durante
Link: Goodreads
Release Date: June 18, 2013

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.
Buy Link: Amazon
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Review: First Kill by Heather Brewer

The Slayer Chronicles #1
Author: Heather Brewer
Released Date: September 21, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Life is Killer on the Other Side of the Stake

Joss McMillan’s perfect life crashes down the night he witnesses his sister’s murder — at the hands of a vampire. He then finds out his family’s secret heritage: They are part of the Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires. Joss is their new recruit. As Joss trains, bent on seeking revenge for his sister, he discovers powers that could make him the youngest, strongest Slayer in history. But there is a traitor in the Society, one whose identity would shake Joss to the core . . . if the traitor doesn’t kill him first.

With over a million copies already in print, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is still sinking its fangs into new readers every day. Now, bestselling author Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad’s former friend turned mortal enemy: vampire slayer Joss McMillan. This is the first in a series of five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own. 

     Joss has always had this perfect life – good parents, a super close cousin that can pass as a best friend, and an ever so adorable little sister – until she was murdered. Then his life goes downhill from there and he discovers a group of vampire slayers that some of his family members are a part of for generations that can help avenge his sister's death.
     I thought The Slayer Chronicles would be a spin-off from The Chroniclesof Vladimir Tod (you know... after that kind of cliff-hanger in Twelfth Grade Bites.) But it's not and now that I think about it... Captain Obvious pretty much slaps me in the face. Of course it wouldn't be a spin-off. Go figure. But I probably already embarrassed myself saying that in my review for Twelfth Grade Bites from earlier this year (oopsies). And even if it's not... at least we get to hear the other side of the story and how Joss – friend, enemy, frenemy? - became a Slayer and crossed paths with our best vampire friend from Bathory, Vladimir Tod. ^_^
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Friday, June 14, 2013

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Cover Reveal: Hallow's Haven by Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Madison

Title: Hallow's Haven
Author: Melissa Brodsky, Nicole Madison
Blurb:

Captain of the cheerleading team, 16 year old Gwen Valiente has it all--the best of friends, a loving home, and a bright future. Little does she know that the people she loves the most have been keeping secrets--life-altering secrets.
When strange things start to happen to Gwen, she is thrust into a magickal new realm called Hallows Haven. Leaving the ordinary behind, she discovers that she can do things beyond her wildest dreams. As Hallows Haven begins to feel more like home, Gwen wonders how she ever felt satisfied with everyday life in Michigan.
Too late, Gwen realizes that even in this realm full of light and magick, danger lurks. Someone close to her is not what he seems and someone will do anything to draw her out of Hallows Haven and into the darkness. Even worse, some of that darkness may already exist within her, threatening her chance to make Hallows Haven her permanent home.
Have Gwen's loved ones continued to keep dangerous secrets? Can Gwen resist the call of darkness?

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Available on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble on June 24.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Justice by Rhiannon Paille

Title: Justice
Author: Rhiannon Paille
Link: Goodreads
Blurb:

How far would you go to destroy yourself?

Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can't respect, elders he can't trust, a curse he can't stop and friends he can't help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.
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Author Bio
Rhiannon writes about things that were lost and while most of her books are fictional you can be sure that her characters are not—fictional that is. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and is a world renowned Metaphysical Therapist. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her.
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~Happy Reading!
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Monday, June 10, 2013

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Blog Tour: Moonlit - Playlist + Giveaway

Tour Schedule HERE
Title: Moonlit
Author: Jadie Jones

Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Review: Changed by Rose J. Bell


The Hunters #1
Author: Rose J. Bell
Released Date: May 2, 2013

In a world where hunters and angels reign, war is a daily occurrence and one girl is destined to save them all.

After the brutal murder of her father, Rosa Petrova has dedicated her life to the eradication of angels and the revenge of her father's death. With the gift of fight, she becomes one of the fastest, deadliest, and greatest hunters in the world.

As Rosa hunts those who caused her father's death, two Nephilim, the children and warriors of the archangels, appear in Boston. Rosa has to find out why a Nephilim named Jason and his friend risk their lives in a city full of their enemies where they could be killed.

Not knowing if she should follow her heart or the hunter’s code she has known all her life, she is forced to make a dangerous decision that could change her life forever. Through all the chaos around her, she finds herself falling in love with the one person she is forbidden to love. And this love could kill her...

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. My review is not influenced in any way.

     Years after her father's death, Rosa is training to be one of the best hunters in the world in order to revenge her father's death. During that time, two of her enemies appear in a city ruled by the hunter clan for reasons of the unknown and Rosa has to make decisions that will follow the rules she has been following all her life or follow what she believes is right.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Blog Tour: Scapemaker - Excerpt + Giveaway

Title: Scapemaker
Author: Steve Cypert
Publication Date: November 19, 2012
Word Count: 122,000
Blurb:

Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high school teacher. However, Matthew does not know that his father is a dreamscaper, whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, Mr. Namely’s students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young and inexperienced dreamscapers.

Following a couple of tragic events—his father’s sudden comatose condition and the unbelievable mysteries surrounding the unexpected death of his best friend, Dobian Brown—Matthew is compelled to investigate and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which, unbeknownst to Matthew, has been in his bloodline for thousands of years). This new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could have ever imagined—and the most deadly and wicked villains he never thought he’d be up against.
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