Sunday, February 28, 2010

Review: Absolute Power audiobook

ABSOLUTE POWER (Unabridged)By David Baldacci, read by Scott Brick


About the Book:
The first of the blockbuster thrillers by New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. The book that changed the way you thought about Washington - and power – is now available in digital audio.
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My Review:
David Baldacci is an excellent writer and this is his first book published. (you can tell his writing has evolved) It's a story of political intrique, and while some aspects of the story are "over the top" (IMO) it was good. It kept my attention which is a major factor in what I think of a book.
Political thriller fans should check this one out...I think you'll enjoy it!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

In My Mailbox

Book Summary:
Elwood Pitch is only thirteen years old when he is carried away to the land of Winnitok, in the otherworld of Ehm. Desperate to find a way back home to his family, Elwood's one hope is Granashon, the land's immortal protector. But Granashon is missing, and her power that protects Winnitok is fading fast. When Elwood dreams of the Eye of Ogin, a legendary object with the power to see Granashon wherever she might be, he vows to find it. With his dog Slukee and two newfound companions, Drallah Wehr of Winnitok and her talking raven Booj, Elwood sets out on an epic quest.Legend states that the Eye was lost in the Great Swamp of Migdowsh, a land of nightmare ruled by a horrible frog demon known as the Otguk. The Great Swamp is far to the west, and a vast wilderness lies between the companions and their goal. Many dangers threaten them along the way-hungry nahrwucks, cruel green yugs and their Graycloak masters, a despotic girl queen and the powerful witch who counsels her-but by their wits and courage, as well as an unseen hand that seems to guide and protect them, the companions reach the Great Swamp at last. And then their troubles really begin…Will they find the Eye and Granashon? Will Elwood find a way home? And how will he live with the terrible truth the Great Swamp reveals to him? Patrick Doud brings memorable characters, poetic language, and a driving narrative to this timeless tale that recalls classic epic adventure stories.





Book Summary:


Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.


Book Summary:

It is 1956 and Hemingway has spent much of the year at his home in Key West, hiding from tourists and autograph hunters. But a friend’s sudden death rouses Papa from his idyll. To say that the cause of death is suspicious is to put it lightly. It’s not every day that a part-time smuggler is impaled on a harpoon.
A witty, literate, and action-filled debut, Hemingway Deadlights catches the famed author in his later years, battling to solve the injustices in a flawed world.


Book Summary:

What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie? In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . . At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…” Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.

Book Summary:

When young New Orleans lawyer Bradley Harrington Chester the third lies dying in the street after being hit by a speeding car, it seems that his life is over. But as his spirit drifts away toward a distant light he is approached by an exotic fellow who claims to be both the Count Dracula of legend, and a violin player for The Techno Zombies, a Goth rock band on a world tour.
The Count explains that with the aid of a wizard he has abandoned his dark legacy, and now finds himself in need of a legal representative. So he offers Brad a deal, he can shuffle off into the light wherever it may lead, or he can become his lawyer, and be revived by a transfusion of Vampyre Blood.
The very last thing the young lawyer remembers before dying was his wife asking for a divorce, and prior to that he remembered being handed the prosecution of a mafia kingpin on his first day at the district attorney’s office. He wondered why the DA was so friendly to him, and so nasty to his star attorney Richard Bleddon, and he wondered why Bleddon had arranged a champagne supper at a fancy restaurant for him and his wife. After which, a speedy midget had snatched his wife’s purse and led him out into the street to die.
Becoming impatient the Count presses for an answer to his offer, and after being assured that he won’t become a Vampyre himself Brad accepts, hoping to go back and make sense of the madness that brought him to the brink of death. Populated by loveable rogues, scheming lawyers, and thieving gypsies, Vampyre Blood—Eight Pints Of Trouble, is an insane romp through the human desire to get what you want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.
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*IMM is hosted by The Story Siren who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.


Book Summary:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris audiobook

THE UNNAMED (Unabridged)By Joshua Ferris, read by the author








About the Book:


A daring new novel from Joshua Ferris, author of the National Book Award finalist THEN WE CAME TO THE END.In a world filled with every comfort and convenience, one man discovers that nature, and his own body, will always have the upper hand.



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My Review:


It was definitely interesting to listen too! I, at times, was completely confused and at other times I was frustrated FOR the character and wanted him to overcome his issues. There is a lot that gears toward the love of family and how far you will go or what you will sacrifice for your loved ones. I certainly don't think this book is for everyone, but I do think it was a good story.


For example...My husband and I listened to this while driving to and from vacation. I liked it but he LOVED it. He thought the book was fantastic and went so far as to recommend it to the people at his office.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Review: The Swan Thieves audiobook

THE SWAN THIEVES (Unabridged)By Elisabeth Kostova, read by Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, Sarah Zimmerman, and John Lee




About the Book:
A sweeping novel of historical intrigue spanning centuries and continents, with a beautiful woman, a mysterious painting, and an ancient secret at its heart.
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My Review:
This book has gotten alot of mixed reviews. I'll put myself in the middle group as I can tell why some people loved it and some disliked it. Like I said, I was in the middle. I thought it was enjoyable to listen to and an overall good story. There were slow moments (which I think is what most people had a problem with) but I expected that. "The Swan Thieves" was based around art, love, and obsession in various ways.
Overall...it was good but not necessarily my cup of tea.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Dual YA Review: Wondrous Strange and Darklight by Lesley Livingston



Book Summary:
(from Lesley's site)
Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she's an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley's about to step into the role of Titania the Fairy Queen in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man will plunge her into an adventure she could never have imagined.
For Sonny Flannery, one of the Janus Guards charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the lands of Faerie that lies within Central Park, the pretty young actress presents an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker and he can't get her out of his mind. As Hallowe'en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.
This debut novel that puts a fresh new spin on classic fairy lore. Wondrous Strange blends a gripping plot with fully-believable characters, fascinating ideas and just the right amount of romance to create a story that is vivid, thrilling and engaging. Readers of Herbie Brennan, Holly Black and Melissa Marr will find a new favorite in Lesley Livingston.




Book Summary:
(From Lesley's Site)


In this sequel to Wondrous Strange, Kelley Winslow finds her NYC acting career blossoming as she takes the lead in Romeo and Juliet. But she also finds herself desperately missing Sonny Flannery—who was forced back to the Faerie Otherworld, charged with a dangerous mission by Kelley’s father, King Auberon.


When Kelley finds herself thrown into the Otherworld following a deadly chase in Central Park, her passionate reunion with Sonny is cut short. Ancient magick is stirring, and a dangerous enemy has Sonny and Kelley caught in a web of Faerie deception that could tear their love apart.




My Review:

Since I read them back to back I decided to review them together. I'm a big fan of Fairy books so I picked these up and I'm really glad I did. I was initially concerned that they would be too similar to the Wicked Lovely series. But...nope, definitely stands as an independent and different series. I enjoyed following Kelley and Sonny's story and all the shocking revelations they faced throughout both books. I can't wait for the next book in the series!




**This is part of the Bottom's Up Challenge**
http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/2010/02/bottoms-up-february-link-up.html



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blog Tour Review: Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass


Book Summary:
For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her.
Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside-down in search of a four-millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner-a near-immortal 4000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit. looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow force, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever. . . .
My Review:
*sigh* Well what to say here...I liked it. I really did like it but (yeah we always hate the but part) I think there could have been a few things done differently. I thought the storyline was great and the character's are strong. I think this has a ton of potential as a series. I think that they had some areas in the book that were just a tad slow for an urban fantasy, otherwise I had no real problems with it, and thought it was a good story.
Overall it was an enjoyable read that I think has TONS of potential for a series. I WILL be looking for more from Seressia Glass because I think she has something with this one. I would say definitely original.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep


Book Summary:
My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way -- good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.
My Review:
Well I don't have a whole lot of literary nonsense to babble about with this book so I'll keep it short and sweet.
Gin kicks Butt!
I love a strong female character who doesn't NEED rescuing and that's definitely the "Spider." There was a ton of action that kept the story exciting and then closed up the book well but left a good opening for the next Elemental Assassin book "Web of Lies."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pocket Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review: Dare To Surrender by Lilli Feisty


About the Book:
HE MEETS HIS MATCH. SHE MEETS HER MASTER. Art gallery curator Joy Montgomery has never liked her body's generous curves. And she's always been too shy to explore her wild side. But tonight, everything is going to change . . . Desperate to save her job, Joy approaches bad-boy artist Ash Hunter and asks him to exhibit his erotic work at her gallery. Ash agrees on one condition: Joy must pose as his model. But business soon turns to pleasure, as Joy experiences a passion beyond her wildest imaginings and Ash finds more than just inspiration in his voluptuous new muse.
Check out the author's website at LillianFeisty.com
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My Review:
Well this book was everything I hoped it would be and more! Lilli's story was excellent and kept my attention the whole way through. "Dare to Surrender" was sensual, erotic, romantic, and sweet all rolled in to one. It's hard to say that about many romance books but this one was fantastic in my opinion. I really loved the main character (she was NOT a size 2 and worried about her body) and I think alot of women can relate to her and her feelings. I also enjoyed that there was a second smaller romance happening during the course of the book but not enough to overwhelm the main story line.
Overall I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to romance fans who like some steam in the reading!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Giveaway: The Moon Looked Down

THE MOON LOOKED DOWN By Dorothy Garlock
About the Book:
The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII. Sophie Heller's family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller family is blamed. Coming to Sophie's rescue is a teacher from the high school, and despite their cultural differences, a romance starts to bloom.
Learn more at DorothyGarlock.com
Thanks to Anna @ Hatchette I have 3 copies to giveaway!
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Audiobook Giveaway: Worst Case by James Patterson

WORST CASE (Unabridged)By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, read by Bobby Canavale, John Glover, Orlagh Cassidy
From the bestselling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, WORST CASE will leave you gasping for breath until the very end.
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Thanks to Anna @ Hatchette I have 2 copies to giveaway!
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Audiobook Giveaway: Black Hills by Dan Simmons

BLACK HILLS (Unabridged)By Dan Simmons, read by Erik Davies and Michael McConnohie
In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army.
Thanks to Anna @ Hatchette I have 2 copies to give away!
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Hasta La Vista Lola by Misa Ramirez



About the Book:


What’s a girl to do when she finds out she’s been killed? Pinch herself to make sure she’s not a ghost, for starters. When Dolores Cruz comes home to her parents’ house to find every relative she has mourning her death, all hell breaks loose. With the help of on-again/off-again love Jack Callaghan, and juggling a new case thrown at her by muy misterioso boss Manny Camacho, it’s up to fledgling detective Lola to find out who’s behind the identity theft and suddenly wants her dead.







My Review:

This was a funny, intriguing, and humorous mystery. I really enjoyed Misa's quick wit in her writing, and I love the fact that she made such a strong female character with Lola.

The mystery in the book was good and kept light which I really enjoyed. Her characters were all very interesting with well made and assorted personalities.

I really enjoyed this one and have only one complaint....why oh why did you leave me hanging at the end?! *cries* I know why LOL but I REALLY want to find out what happens with Jack and Lola...like NOW!

Misa...any chance you'd love to give me a hint? *winks*

And let me just add that the men in this book sound mucho hot! LOL








About the Author:

Misa Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series: Living the Vida Lola (January ’09) and Hasta la Vista, Lola! (2010) from St. Martin’s Minotaur. A former middle and high school teacher, and current CEO and CFO for La Familia Ramirez, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola on her many adventures. Whether it’s contemplating belly button piercings or visiting nudist resorts, she’s always up for the challenge. Misa is hard at work on a new women’s fiction novel, is published in Woman’s World Magazine and Romance Writers Report, and has a children’s book published. You can visit her website at www.misaramirez.com.

Now thanks to the Author (?) I have one copy of this book to giveaway! So if you want to enter leave a comment or question for the author and please include a way for me to contact you.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Review: Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri (blog tour)




About the Book:



Moonlight Falls is the Albany, New York-based paranoid tale (in the Hitchcock tradition) of former APD Detective turned Private Investigator/Massage Therapist, Richard “Dick” Moonlight, who believes he might be responsible for the brutal slaying by knife of his illicit lover, the beautiful Scarlet Montana. The situation is made all the worse since Scarlet is the wife of Moonlight’s boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana.

Why does Moonlight believe he might be responsible?

He’s got a small fragment of a .22 hollow point round buried inside his brain, lodge directly up against his cerebral cortex. The result of a botched suicide attempt four years prior to the novel’s start, an operation to remove the bullet frag would be too dangerous.
But the bullet causes Moonlight lots of problems, the least of which are the occasional memory loss and his rational ability to tell right from wrong. The bullet frag also might shift at any moment, making coma and/or sudden death, a very real possibility.

Still, Moonlight has been trying to get his life together as of late.
But when Scarlet begs him to make the trip over to her house late one rainy Sunday night to issue one of his “massages,” he makes a big mistake by sleeping with her. Later, having passed out in her bed, he will be rudely awakened by a garage door opening and Jake’s unexpected and very drunken homecoming. Making his impromptu escape out a top floor window, Moonlight will seek the safety of his home.

Two hours later however, he will receive another unexpected visit from Jake Montana. This time the big Captain has sobering news to report. He’s discovered his wife’s mutilated body in her own bed. She’s been murdered and now he needs the P.I. to investigate it in association with Albany ’s “overtaxed” Special Independent Unit before I.A. pokes their nose into the affair. Moonlight takes a big step back. Is it possible he made a second trip to the Montana home-sweet-home and just has no recollection of it? Once there, did he perform a heinous crime on his part-time lover? Or is this some kind of set up by his former boss? Is it really Jake who is responsible for Scarlet’s death? Does he wish for Moonlight to cover up his involvement, seal the case before Internal Affairs starts poking their nose into the situation?

There’s another problem too.
Covering Moonlight’s palms and the pads of his fingers are numerous scratches and cuts. Are these defensive wounds? Wounds he received when Scarlet put up a struggle? Or are they offensive wounds? Wounds he couldn’t avoid when making his attack on Scarlet with a blade? The answer is not so simple since Moonlight has no idea where he acquired the wounds.
Having no choice but to take on the mission (if only to cover his own ass), Moonlight can only hope the answers to his many questions point to his former boss and not himself


My Review:
Let me start off by saying I'm now a fan of Vincent!

I loved this book for so many reasons but I'll start with the main character Moonlight. He was such a well built character that no matter what dastardly deed he did in the story, I found myself still rooting for him.

Now "Moonlight Falls" is categorized as a thriller but I definitely think it can fit into other genres too.

There were so many plot twists and turns that Vincent Zandri keeps you on your toes! Murder, dirty cops, affairs, you name it and this book has it.

Now this was a great thing for me...most of the time I can figure out the killer about halfway through the book but this one kept me guessing till the end...you wouldn't believe who started it all!

I'll give it five stars and say that thriller and suspense fans should check it out!


About the Author:

Vincent Zandri is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called “Brilliant” upon its publication by The New York Post.

The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks.

Moonlight Falls is his fourth novel. He is the author of the blogs, Dangerous Dispatches and Embedded in Africa for RT ( Russia Today TV) which have been syndicated and translated in several different languages throughout the world.

He also writes for other global publications, including Culture 11, Globalia, Globalspec and more. Zandri’s nonfiction has appeared in New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, Game and Fish Magazine and others, while his essays and short fiction have been featured in many journals including Fugue, Maryland Review and Orange Coast Magazine.

He holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and is a 2010 International Thrillerl. Writer’s Awards panel judge. Zandri currently divides his time between New York and Europe. He is the drummer for the Albany-based punk band to Blisterz. You can visit his website at www.vincentzandri.com or his blog at www.vincentzandri.blogspot.com.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (Vacation Edition!)

The Review Books:



I won't list em all (I'll do that in the reviews) but as you can see I got several! (and some good ones at that)



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Won or Gifted:

Thank you everyone for all the awesomness!

I got lots of great autographed stuff right here!

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The Bought:

So I was on vacation in Pigeon Forge and found this awesome place called the Book Warehouse! So of course I picked up a few things there well because...the prices were great! The other ones I got at Wal-Mart.

So that was my vacation edition of IMM which includes 2 weeks of books. What did you get in your mailbox?

Guest Post and GIVEAWAY! by Author Roxanne Rhoads "What's next in the Paranormal Craze?"





What’s Next in the Paranormal Craze?

Guest Blog by Roxanne Rhoads

Since the whole Twilight phenomenon has had paranormal books flying off the shelves everyone is trying to get in on the game and figure out what’s going to be next big thing in the supernatural line up.

Werewolves and other were-creatures came in second after vampires, which they always have. Many love the furry but they have never won the top spot. Poor Wolfman has always played second best to Dracula much like poor Jacob plays second to Edward in Twilight (personally I am on team Jacob- he’s so hawt!).

Then zombies were slated to be the next vampire with a rash of movies and books dedicated to the brainless monsters and a new book recently hit the shelves My Zombie Valentine. Come on, really? A rotting corpse as the next hero hottie? Not in my book. Honestly I can’t see zombies being as popular as vampires…ever.

A whole lot of other supes (supernatural types) are being tossed into books from witches to demons to fairies and now…Angels.

It’s all over the place, angels are the new vampires. Hmmm…I admit angels have their appeal but I really can’t see them having the same charisma or seduction factor. Plus they are so wrapped up in religious connotations that may make some people squirm. Seriously who wants Angels of God as super sexy characters in a paranormal erotica book?

I think J.R. Ward might have started the angel thing tossing that sparkling angel guy into her Black Dagger Brotherhood series then starting a whole new series solely about angels. Now two new books are hitting the shelves including and Falling, fly by Skyler White and Angelology by Danielle Trussoni and there’s a handful more angel books out there ready to read.

But are they the new vampires? Will they take over the top spot? Not likely. Of course I am a diehard vampire fan from way back. While I love paranormal characters of many flavors vampires will always have my heart and be in my top spot.

What about you? Which supernatural creature is your all time favorite?

One commenter will win a signed copy of my erotic romance book Eternal Desire.
open to US residents only/ends FEB 27th



Big thank you to Roxanne for jopining us today. I personally...have started to become a fan of the whole fallen angel thing, BUT I always love a good vampire!



You can check out more with the author at her blogs. I love 'em!
http://www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com/
http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/

ARC Review: The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker (blog tour)




Book Summary:

FBI Special Agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace.

Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.

As the Bride Collector increases the pace and volume of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target. The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?




My Review:
WOW! This book was as insane as it was awesome. The plot of the book grabs you from the start and keeps you wanting more. Dekker's writing is just brilliant and sucked me in. I read the book within a day because I just couldn't put it down.
"The Bride Collector" is definitely a haunting thriller that will keep you glancing over your shoulder. The major lesson from this book? People are not always who they seem!
I give it a five star rating and recommend that you run (don't walk!) and snatch it up when it hits the shelves!
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review only an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Friday, February 19, 2010

Lots Of Winners! (please see if you're here!)


If you are here PLEASE email me with your mailing address and include the book title in the subject line...it makes it so much easier for me!
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Crazy School
dor
Elie
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Last Song
Andrea I
inthehammockblog
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Tragic Magic
StacyStew
debbie jackson
E.J. Stevens
Jasmyn
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Dare To Surrender
Robin K.
409cope
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And don't worry if you didn't win anything here because I have 5 new giveaweays coming up!!!!

ARC Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (March 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 006172680X

ISBN-13: 978-0061726804
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Book Summary:
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
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My Review:
I actually have a lot to say about this book...hopefully no one wants to ring my neck after LOL! First off...at the beginning of the book I thought it was a tad slow to get going. It of course reminded me of the the old groundhog movie (which of course is mentioned in the story). BUT then it really picked up and you could see where the author was going with the story. I really enjoyed the "meat" of the book, and thought that the truth was written in well. We never realize how we are all connected until it's to late and you can't take back what you've done. The lesson taught in the book is timeless in my opinion. Lauren's writing style flowed well and really kept me interested once I got into the story. I could picture her characters; I think we've all been them or tortured by them in school. (I was the ignored middle group) It was an excellent YA story but the only other issue I had was how the book ended. What happened? Is there a part 2 coming. I feel like I was left hanging....I want to know more!
Overall...I thought it was fantastic (besides my 2 little things) and had a great lesson in it without feeling like you were being taught something. It made me reflect on my school years, and even double check myself now that I'm older. Definitely a book for teens to read. (I also think teens might get the end better than I did...maybe catch something I missed?)
** I was provided this book from the B&N first look book club

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book Feature: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep



I'm doing a feature on this book but a review will be coming shortly!

Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439147973
ISBN-13: 978-1439147979

Book Summary:

My name is Gin, and I kill people.


They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.


Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way -- good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

Sounds good right! Have you read it yet? What did you think?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 7) Lover Mine *squeeee*


Hardcover: 528 pages

Publisher: NAL Hardcover (April 27, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0451229851

ISBN-13: 978-0451229854
Book Summary:
Well I didn't see a handy summary but no matter.......I'm a raving fan so I'll buy it the second it hits the shelves!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 6) Twilight: The Graphic Novel


Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Yen Press; Original edition (March 16, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0759529434

ISBN-13: 978-0759529434
Book Summary:
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...
Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.
I want this one! I admit I'm a Twilight freak and love all the books that center around it. *blush*

Book Feature: Eternal On The Water

I'm doing a feature for this one but stay tuned for a review coming shortly!

Product Details

Pocket, February 2010

Trade Paperback, 368 pages

ISBN-10: 1439168334
Book Summary:

From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily...and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting -- a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love's power.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 5) Linger


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545123283
ISBN-13: 978-0545123280
Book Summary:

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 4) The Reckoning


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061662836
ISBN-13: 978-0061662836
Book Summary:
Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I'm on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We're hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We'll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we'd left behind and take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 3) Wings by Aprilynne Pike I want your Opinions!


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 294 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st edition (May 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061668036
ISBN-13: 978-0061668036
Book Summary:
Laurel is a seemingly normal girl who discovers she is a faerie. When she’s thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she’s torn between a human and a faerie love. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
So tell me your thoughts on this one...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 2) I want your book opinions!


Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (December 29, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0345513657

ISBN-13: 978-0345513656
Book Summary:
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.
To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors.
Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?
**Have you read it? What did you think?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wishlist Week (Day 1) I want your book opinions!


Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 22, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1416984488

ISBN-13: 978-1416984481
Book Summary:
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.



But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.


The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me.


So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.


Critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey has written a gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?


**If you've read it I'd love to know what you thought!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Review/Q&A: 13 Ways to tell you ancestor Stories by Dr. Bill




Book Summary:

13 Sections suggest a variety of ways to tell your ancestor stories; each section has a Planning Worksheet to assist you in doing it most effectively. The content of our telling of ancestor stories includes your life as well as the lives of your two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great grandparents, etc., and their sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ancestor stories include the social context in which these folks lived, their clothes, their farms or ranches, their religion (or not), their occupations, their loves and antagonisms, their education (or not), their friends and neighbors, and the mundane details of their daily lives. Preservation and interpretation of your ancestor stories will occur most effectively if each of us use multiple approaches to telling our ancestor stories to our families and interested others. This is the purpose of this book.



My Review:



Dr. Bill definitely packs a big informative punch with this book. It includes GREAT info on putting together what I would refer to as your "Family Tree." He shares numerous ways to collect, research, and archive your stories for future generations (and even for extended research).

The section on blogging your ancestor's stories really caught my attention. It has several ideas for daily post (or memes) which I though were an ideal way to share and possibly learn a lot of interesting info on your heritage.

Besides blogging, Dr. Bill gives several other ideas to record your stories. A few include books, websites, videos, and scrapbooks. (that's the one I do!) Along with each section is also a handy planning worksheet to get everything together.

Overall I'd say that this was an excellent guide. The readers get a detailed yet understandable way to record history; along with many valuable resources to help them along the way. If you are into genealogy or simply want to record your family's history I'd recommend this book.







And now a Q&A with Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a life-long learner, along with my entire family. I read and write and seek feedback to learn more about myself and the world around me. I am now retired from my university professor life of fifteen years. I was past fifty when I returned to the University of Arizona to earn my Ph.D. Earlier I was involved in a variety of businesses, government and not-for-profit organizations. I was in the Air Force, served on the personal staff of the Governor of Iowa, worked for General Electric and had my own business for many years. All of this experience was useful in teaching business management at the university. My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary; we have three grown daughters and two young grandchildren, a boy and a girl. Life is good!
What made you decide to compile the information (about geneology) together into this easy to understand book?
Actually, I originally was going to write a longer book about genealogy itself, and may yet. However, some recent work with the National Park Service and their National Heritage Areas got me onto the concept of "preservation and interpretation" - which I decided could be easily and meaningfully applied to my passion for family history - the exciting stories you learn as you study your ancestors and the social history they made as they lived out their lives. Those stories need to be recorded and shared. This book came from that desire to share the concept.
What do you consider YOUR favorite way to tell your stories?
Right now, my "Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories" blog[http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/] is my primary venue. I am very active with the GeneaBloggers.com group of some 800+ bloggers. I have also used Lulu.com to self-publish three non-fiction family histories of branches of my family with a fourth forthcoming. These include literally hundreds of surnames and are available at my storefront:http://stores.lulu.com/drbillshares and my Book Blog: Dr. Bill's Book Bazaar [http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.com/]
Do you have any other guides like this in the works?
I just finished a series of 7 blog posts, Seven Steps, over seven Sundays, on preparation of your Ancestor Stories, [http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/2010/01/preparation-sunday-step-7-of-7.html] so you can be ready to share them in the 13 Ways. Whether or not I expand that into another booklet, I haven't yet decided. The 7 Steps have been very well received, so, we will see where that goes. I am always open to suggestions, as well!
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Review: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks and Giveaway



Book Summary:

Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.



Reading Group Guide

My Review:

Mr Sparks...why do you insist that I cry every time I read your books? *sigh* The Last Song is just a beautifully written story of love, loss, and forgiveness. It of course wasn't at all what I expected as most of Nicholas Sparks books throw you for a curve. It was a remarkable story about a father, his children, and the love of his daughter. It was extremely touching and makes you reflect on your own life. I highly recommend this book even though Mr. sparks needs no recommendation since he is such a wonderful writer.

Pick up the book and a book of Kleenex because you will need it if you read "the Last Song".

Giveaway info here:
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”