Monday, January 31, 2011

Check out this contest!

I just wanted to let you all know that the fabulous Ednah Walters is holding a giveaway for a signed copy of Awakened at her blog. You can check out my review here.
You can check out her blog here and enter the awesome giveaway!

Review and Giveaway: Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cruz

I've been following the Blue Bloods series for quite sometime now so I was excited for the chance to review this one. Once again Melissa De La Cruz delivers with her familiar characters that we have grown to know and love. (or hate)

I enjoyed the short story format and it was a breeze to read through.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps - the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.

Also, witness the bonding of Jack and Schuyler.

Giveaway:

Thanks to Hyperion and the folks at Authors On The Web I'm able to offer one lucky reader a copy of this book!

-US addy only
-ends Valentine's Day!
-Please leave a comment with a way to contact you.
-+1 entry if your a follower or become a follower
-+1 if you post it somewhere (including Twitter) just leave a link

**Review copy provided by publisher. All opinoins are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My Thoughts on Shadowfever...

So I finally finished reading it...I had been taking my time and savoring...phooey! I loved it of course...but I had to say I was expecting a much bigger BANG to the whole thing. I don't know why? Maybe I was expecting to much...but I still loved it! There were lots of shocking moments when secrets started to come out. I almost felt saddened when I found out that some of my favorite characters were not what they seemed. All in all though, it was another great book by Ms. Moning.

Now I'm moving on to her Highlander series. I've read one or two in the series but plan on starting it from the beginning because I LOVE me some Highlanders!

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.” MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

**Review copy: Personal copy

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hey Friends!

Have you noticed that it's been quite the past few days? I have been SOOO busy since Friday. My MIL had her birthday bash for the big 5-0 and I was the decorator/photographer/head of the clean up crew! LOL! It was fun though!

On Monday I had a million things to catch up on and TODAY is my Birthday so I was shopping! Yes, I did pick up some books LOL!

But do you know what I've been doing in between that? SLOWLY savoring every word of Shadowfever! Yes, peeps...that is why I haven't been online much. I've been spending my spare seconds reading that book.

Now that I've babbled on for a while I'll let you go but we should be back to our regularly scheduled blogging on Thursday where we'll have a special guest and an awesome giveaway!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

YA Review: The Seventh Blessing by Melissa Buell

Loved it! Here's the thing. I totally enjoy indie authors so when I was offered this for review I was excited. It's YA and has Fairies! You can't beat that!

I completely enjoyed this fantasy and the world building that was contained within the pages. I will admit to be slighty confused at first because it's almost like a fast forward to what was going to come. But then once it "slowed" down I was totally drawn in.

I loved the main character Sam, with all her spunk and determination, she made an excellent chick! I think semi-tomboys would probably really enjoy this one.

If you like to support Indie authors then this might be one to check out. Hey...you can buy it on your Kindle for $1.99!

About The Book:
(From Amazon)

When Samantha, Princess of Mittra, discovers the fairy gifts she was blessed with are a lie, she must seek out her true gifts. On the continent of Gymandrol reside both humans and fairies but in separate kingdoms. A young fairy named Dagan discovers his magical ability and the force of that discovery rocks both the human and fairy worlds. Years later, Samantha, Princess of Mittra, discovers on her eighteenth birthday that the fairy gifts she was blessed with at birth are actually a cover up for a blunder made by two feuding fairies, she seeks out the meaning of her true gifts. THE SEVENTH BLESSING follows Sam's discovery as to who she really is while learning to use her "boyish" blessings wisely. Sam uses her true blessings to help a friend in need which leads to her secretly entering the competition circuit of a knight, disguising her princess identity using fairy magic. Her feisty spirit and sharp tongue create problems when she becomes reintroduced to Nolan, Prince of Lagola, her archenemy from childhood, who is also on the tournament circuit. Samantha and Nolan discover the evil fairy, Dagan, still lives and must battle him in an ultimate test of bravery and skill.

Product Details:
Review Copy: Author
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145631260X
ISBN-13: 978-1456312602

Friday, January 21, 2011

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Well yet again I wanted to beat Patch and hug him all at the same time. At least I didn't want to throw the book at the wall this time. *shrug* I do love Becca's writing and story-telling skills and I of course, loved this book.

The craziness contained in these pages kept me guessing the whole time and shocked me at the end. If you haven't picked up Hush, Hush and Crescendo yet, then I recommend that you get a move on. I personally can't wait to see where this story goes next.

About The Book:
(From Pub Site)

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home. The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Read more:Browse Inside Crescendo

Product Details
Review Copy: Publisher
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, October 2010
Hardcover, 432 pages
ISBN-10: 1416989439
ISBN-13: 9781416989431
Grades: 9 and up

Thursday, January 20, 2011

How do you organize your shelves?

My dear book-loving, fellow reading obsessed friends....how do you organize your books?
Right now I have one bookshelf that is literally crammed to spilling over and piles all over the floor and misc. areas.
I have an empty bookshelf and plan on getting another. The reason for insane piles is because we are doing some rearranging of furniture. Perfect time to reorganize the bookshelves, wouldn't you say?
So...do you organize by genre, author's last name, etc. I'm thinking I might do it library style and go alphabetically but I'm not sure yet. What say you, lovely readers?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: And One Last Thing by Molly Harper


This was such a great book and it was fun to read. Molly Harper created a great character with Lacey, one that I only could have aspired to be like in my past. I loved her strength and tenacity!

The story itself was a light read and I was done with it before I even realized it! I defenitely want to see more of the secondary characters in this one.

About The Book:
(from Publisher website)

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike's defamation lawsuit.

Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family's lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.

Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review: The Haunting Of Josie by Kay Hooper


I adored this one! It has just a touch of paranormal but not enough to call it a "paranormal romance." Let's call it "old school" LOL! I also love that it was a "sweet" story. There isn't much in the way of explicit scenes between the two main characters so it was a refreshing story. I thought the characters were great...including the cat! The cover makes it appear to be a scary story but it really isn't. It reminded me of a story like Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time.

Now it is an older book that was originally pubbed in 1994 and re-issued in 2008 so you might have to look around a little bit if you want it. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered another of Kay Hooper's books called Haunting Rachel. I think it'll be good!

About The Book:
(From Amazon)

Before writing such New York Times bestselling thrillers as Blood Dreams and Sleeping with Fear, Kay Hooper made her mark with novels uniquely blending romance and suspense. In this new edition of The Haunting of Josie, Hooper brings together the themes that have remained at the heart of all her work—passion, danger, and a touch of the paranormal—in this classic story of a woman haunted by the past and tempted by a man too irresistible to trust.…

Josie Douglas came to the isolated country cottage with her research, a good alibi, and a gun. She hoped that she’d have enough time to unravel the facts behind the tragedy that years before shattered her life. Instead she found herself in a house haunted by its own dark history. A series of strange coincidences, a ghostly visitor, and a mysterious brass key provide Josie with tantalizing clues to a mystery that keeps her guessing at every turn. As does Marc Westbrook—a landlord who embodies the meaning of the term drop-dead gorgeous. Soon she’ll have to trust him with the secret that drove her into seclusion—a secret that has already cost one man she loved his life.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Blogger Spotlight! Two Chicks On Books!

Two Chicks On Books is a new blog on the block so wanted to introduce you to them and get the word out about their site. I really enjoy their reviews so I hope you'll check them out!

1. Tell us a little bit about your blog and what genres ya'll like to review.

Jaime- I read anything really but I'm really into YA, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-FI so that's what I've been reviewing the most of lately. That's why we started the blog to show our love of books.

Patricia- We started this blog as a way to show our love of reading.

2. What made you decide to start blogging?

Jaime- I'm on twitter, facebook, and goodreads and I have tons of blogger friends. I was sitting there reading a review from one of them and I just thought hey I could be doing this. So I asked Patricia if she'd be interested and she said she was. The rest is history :)

Patricia -I honestly had never thought of it. Jaime approached me with the idea of it and I decided why not? So here we are and I must say that I am happy with the experience so far. I've never thought that I'd be blogging about anything.

3. Tell us a little bit about youselves.
Jaime-I'm 34 years old I live in Sacramento, CA. I'm a hairdresser but I quit my job to take care of my grandmother who has terminal cancer so I have tons of free time to read. I have been an avid reader since I picked up my first book Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice when I was a freshman in high school. I enjoy reading, NASCAR, baseball, music, and cooking. I also love going to as many book signings I can. I don't have any kids but I have a brand new beautiful nephew and two step-nephews and one step-niece.

Patricia -I have been happily (most of the time) married for almost 17 years. I have one girl and two boys ages 15, 13 and 7. I get very busy and involved in my kid's goings on such as scouting, their various school activities and church. So I tend to keep busy. In spite of all the chaos I love to read. If I don't read at the very least right before going to bed I can't seem to fall asleep. It is a way for me to de-stress at the end of the day. However, I have been reading much more than at night lately and currently have a goal of reading 75 books this year.

4. What is your current favorite read and a past read that you just can't forget about?

Jaime- Anything by Maria V. Snyder or Jeri Smith-Ready right now. I also love The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. From my past The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle by LJ Smith and yes I did read them when they first came out in the 90's I also love all of Anne Rice's work.

Patricia -I've read so many good books as of late...that is a difficult question. I think that the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder is at the top right now. Maria does such a wonderful job of telling a passionate story of self realization and confronting our fears. Past read....hmmm...Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling hands down. I started reading this series when book two came out. My little brother who was 11 or 12 at the time kept bugging me to read it. I was in my early twenties and felt a little foolish for liking it so much. But the more I read the more I got out of it. The relationships in this series to me are what drive the story forward. The love and loss that one experiences throughout life is what keeps this story strong.

5. Where can we find your blog? (or other places we can connect? Goodreads, twitter, etc?)

Blog here.
Email us here.
Twitter here and here.
Facebook here and here.
Goodreads here and here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Follow Friday!

Normally I don't do a whole lot of meme's but I thought this would be a fun one today! I'm still half asleep so please excuse any typo's...and lack of a compelling post. :)
Thanks a ton for stopping in!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathon Maberry


I was already a fan of Jonathon Maberry if I'm to be quite honest. From little rants about the state the horror genre is in... to reflection on certain writers...to Rot & Ruin. I always like what he has to say so I think I was partial to liking this one before I even started reading it.

I really enjoyed it and I'm so glad that I read it. I've become very taken with post-apocalyptic zombie novels lately and I'll put this one toward the top of my favorites list along with Dust and Autumn.

I could sit here and tell you about the strong characters, and underlying messages, and a story of hope shining through...but instead I'll just tell you to pick this one up and read it. I liked it and I'm sure if zombies are your thing you'll like this one also!

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

**Review copy: Personal copy. Bought by me.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Book Spotlight: Love Of A Stonemason by Christa Polkinhorn

You have to adore this author of infinite patience....I also have this one waiting for a review and I tell you that Christa has mastered the art of patience. No fear though as the review will be going up soon!

In the meantime I thought it would be nice to spotlight this one and give you a bit of a heads up on it!

About The Book:
(From Amazon)

The young painter, Karla Bocelli, is no stranger to loss. When she was five years old, her mother died in a car crash in the south of Switzerland. Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world, and a year ago, her aunt and guardian passed away. Now, at age twenty-four, Karla almost gets hit by a speeding car. As if this wasn't fateful enough, Andreas, the driver, turns out to be a sculptor and carver of tombstones. In spite of his profession, Andreas is anything but morbid. Quick-tempered and intense, he exudes a rough-and-tumble energy. After a tumultuous start of their relationship, Karla comes to see in Andreas the "rock in her life," the perfect antidote to her fears of abandonment and bouts of depression. Andreas, however, wrestles with his own ghosts: an alcoholic father who abused him as a child and his own fits of anger. Together, the two artists must confront the demons that haunt them. Love of a Stonemason is a story about the struggle of two artists with their past, their family, their creativity, and their love for each other. Told from the point of view of Karla, it depicts the world through her painter's sensibility. It takes the reader on a journey full of sights, smells, tastes, and sounds from the south of Switzerland to Italy and the Peruvian Andes.

About The Author:

Christa Polkinhorn, originally from Switzerland, lives and works as writer and translator in Santa Monica, California. She divides her time between the United States and Switzerland and has strong ties to both countries. Her poems have appeared in various poetry magazines. She is the author of Path of Fire, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press. Love of a Stonemason is her first novel.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Spotlight: Cara Mia and Twilight Of The Gods by Denise Verrico


I have these two book sitting in my review pile and I'm REALLY close to getting to them...like they are next in line. I thought I'd do a little spotlight on them so that my readers would have a chance to check them out! (Links are to Amazon)

Cara Mia - Book One of the Immortyl Revolution

Vampires Mia and Kurt become involved in a deadly mission to harness the power of immortality. Mia Disantini is a vampire whose greatest desire is to walk in the sun again. She is enslaved by her charismatic master, Ethan, and plunged into an ancient, unenlightened Immortyl culture. As Mia struggles for the freedom to live as she chooses, she is trained as Ethan's Bird of Prey. Soon she becomes the pawn of their powerful, enigmatic elder, Brovik, in his deadly games of deception and intrigue against his rival, Gaius, concerning their forbidden science experiments. When Mia is cast out by Ethan she joins forces with Kurt, and together the lovers steal fire from the gods and deliver it to Genpath Laboratories. The company CEO Lee Brooks deceives and imprisons the pair. While held captive, Mia calls upon the aid of Dr. Joe Ansari. The couple is hunted for their crime and time is running out. Will Mia and Kurt escape with their lives and succeed in their mission before their Immortyl enemies harness the power of immortality for evil purposes?


Twilight of the Gods





Vampire lovers Mia and Kurt are on the run from their Forbidden Science rival Gaius Lupus. After narrowly escaping the implosion of Genpath Laboratories, Immortyls Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen go into hiding in a place they think is safe. All too soon they are discovered, and Kurt is captured by Gaius. When he's rescued with the aid of feral child and teen vampires known as sewer rats, Mia witnesses first-hand the charismatic spell her lover casts over these would-be revolutionaries, who vow to join Kurt in his mission to bring down the house of Gaius. Meeting obstacles to government funding to support the research that will one day allow them to walk in the sun, Kurt builds his forces. Mia navigates the minefield of rat politics, where she is distressed to be shunted into the background; viewed merely as an overly ambitious concubine who stands between the beloved "Loki" and his followers. One in particular-the oddly timid but beautiful Arturo, who threatens to sever the deep bond between Mia and Kurt. Will Kurt and Mia defeat Gaius's brutal attacks and realize their dream of a cure for their condition? Will the new order they establish survive betrayal from within? And...will their love adapt to the challenge of a third partner?





About The Author:
(from Amazon)

Denise is a New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since she was a little girl and a fan of Dark Shadows. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and son and her flock of seven parrots.

Visit her website for excerpts of Cara Mia and Book Two, Twilight of the Gods, character profiles and the Immortyl Lexicon at www.deniseverricowriter.webs.com and read her blog at www.ImmortylRevolution.blogspot.com.

**Review copies provided by publisher. All opinions are my own. I was not paid for this post.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Oh the frustration!! When will it end!? Seriously...I don't want it to end but gosh I would LOVE to know how this all ends up. I've been reading this series for a LONG time and just when you think you know what's going to happen....Wham!

I'll just say that I love these books and if you haven't read this series yet then I just don't know what to say. Go out and picked up the first book and try it out. I've been hooked since then. Now I have to eagerly wait until NOVEMBER for the next book. Thank goodness it comes out this year!

About The Book:
(From Amazon)

“My love, speak to me. Tell me everything.” Neferet went to Kalona, kneeling before him, stroking the soft, dark wings that unfurled loosely around the immortal.

“What would you have me say?” He didn’t meet her eyes.

“Zoey lives.” Neferet’s voice was flat, cold, lifeless.

“She does.”

“Then you owe me the subservience of your immortal soul.” She started to walk away from him.

“Where are you going? What will happen next?”

“It is quite simple. I will ensure Zoey is drawn back to Oklahoma. There, on my own terms, I will complete the task you failed.”

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?
In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

**Review copy-personal copy bought by me

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Early Review: The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

I just know that 2011 will be a great book year! I was recently wowed by Across The Universe and now I've been pleasantly surprised with The Book Of Tomorrow.

I loved this book. It's very much about growing up and taking a long hard look at yourself. There were tons of mysterious and intriguing aspects to the story that kept me racing through page after page.

This book left me with a satisfied feeling and the urge to find more of this author's books.


Just to give you an idea...it reminded me of say...a modern YA similar to the style of The Thirteenth Tale? If you like that style of book then you might enjoy this one. (I personally loved That one!)

About The Book:
(From Publisher)

Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she′s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She′s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow.

But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara′s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gate house is a world away from Tamara′s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.

When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

Told in Cecelia′s imitable style, THE GIRL OF TOMORROW is a mesmerising and magical story for this autumn

Friday, January 7, 2011

Can you help a blogger out? Me?

The great folks at TLT publishing are trying to get to 1000 followers on Twitter so they are holding a fun little contest for us bloggers. When they hit 100 they will see which one of us sent the most new followers there way and we'll win some awesome signed books from them!
So here's the part where you can help me....
Follow @TLTPublishing and Tweet @KrisLovesBooks sent me!
Thanks so much for your help!

Review: Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs

I have to tell you that one of the first ARC's I ever got to review was a cozy mystery by Laura Childs....I've been hooked on her and cozies ever since. It was a whole new genre to me and I never knew what I was missing!

The awesome lady that she is; she sent this one over my way. I was so excited when it came in because I love the tales she spins. They are so YUMMY! (In the good book with lots of good food way!)

I was not disappointed at all! Of course she had great characters, a great plot, and always a good mystery. Another thumbs up book for me!

I have to get myself on a roll and read Fiber and Brimstone (A Scrapbooking Mystery) also by Laura Childs. If you're a cozy fan and haven't read any of these yet you should check out one of the series.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

The ladies at the Cackleberry Club café are busy preparing for Halloween. But someone's jumped the gun on the tricks. As mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler leaves the café, he gets struck with a crossbow arrow and is killed instantly. And when another murder occurs on the historical society's Quilt Trail, the Cackleberry Club needs to sniff out the bad egg-before he strikes again.

**Review copy received from author. All opinions are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Another fun contest!

Veronica Roth, the author of Divergent, is also holding a fun contest! You can find all the info here. I'm putting my name in the hat but I figured instead of me being indecisive...I'd post one of my little one being indecisive. Seriously, is that not funny!?
So that's my entry! Don't forget to hop on over there and check out Veronica's blog!

Are you a Blue Bloods fan?



Melissa De La Cruz, the author of the Blue Bloods series, is hosting a really great contest. I had to put this out here even though it has a VERY goofy Christmas morning picture of me on it. As you can see in the picture I'm holding up Melissa's wonderful books! I'm willing to embarass myself a bit to enter so here you go...
It's a scrapbook page that I made!
Scrapbooking is my second favorite hobby....
Stop by Melissa De La Cruz's site and check out all the info here.

Review: Getting Revenge On Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook

I've thought a lot about this one since I've read it. I've wondered what I should say about it. I think I'll start by saying that my mature adult self saw a lesson in this one while my junior high self was doing a fist pump and cheering for Helen.

Yes, I may be on the immature side but I was cheering for Helen everytime she got her revenge. (Like I said...I got the lesson but the teenager in me was going "Screw the lesson get that witch back!" )

Anyway, it was a great book and I totally enjoyed it. I read it all in one day just for the pure fact that I couldn't put it down. I wish the ending would have been more climactic and we could have seen more into the "after events." That's my biggest complaint...other than that it was a intriguing YA read.

About The Book:
(from Publisher website)

Popularity is the best revenge.

In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls--and now, at the start of her senior year, she's the cheerleading captain, the quarterback's girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she's ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend.

But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she's moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn't dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that's ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend.

Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Review: Death Notice by Todd Ritter

This one was good! I personally think that a different cover would be better but the meat and potatoes of the story made up for it.

Tons of mystery and suspense are contained in Ritter's book and I was pleased with the fast pace. I was actually shocked for once that the killer was no one that I suspected. That's how I like 'em....it's always frustrating when you know who the killer is right away.

The only thing I regret is how long this one was waiting in my TBR pile. I should have read it sooner!

About The Book:
(From Publisher website)

erry Hollow, Pennsylvania, has never had a murder. At least not as long as Kat Campbell has been police chief. And the first is brutal. George Winnick, a farmer in his sixties, is found in a homemade coffin on the side of the highway with his lips sewn shut and his veins and arteries drained of blood and filled with embalming fluid. Chilling as that is, it becomes even more so when Kat finds that the Perry Hollow Gazette obituary writer, Henry Goll, received a death notice for Winnick before he was killed.

Soon after, the task force from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Investigation shows up and everything takes an irreversible turn for the worse. Nick Donnelly, head of the task force, has been chasing the “Betsy Ross Killer,” so named because he’s handy with a needle and thread, for more than a year. Winnick seems to be his fourth victim. Or is he?

Kat has never handled a murder case before, but she’s not about to sit by while someone terrorizes her sleepy little town or her own son. But will her efforts be enough to stop a killer and bring calm to Perry Hollow.

A portrait of a small town in turmoil, where residents fear for their lives, Todd Ritter’s Death Notice is a gripping debut from a terrific new talent in crime fiction.

**Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own. I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.

Guest Post: Vampires - overdone and on the wane by Shawn Lamb

I must tell you that some of you may have strong opinions on this either way...and I would LOVE to hear your opinions! I was browsing the Book Blogs website when I saw that someone had asked a question about the popularity of vampire books. I saw Shawn's answer which really stuck out with me. I asked for a guest post and I got an awesome one. While I am a Twi-Hard...I'll admit, and I still read vampire books, and I still have many in the TBR pile... I do agree with majority of what's said. Take a minute to read and share you thoughts!

Author of ALLON - a YA fantasy series
& former children's television scriptwriter
http://www.allonbooks.com

Just Google the word "vampire genre" and the two top names that come up are Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer. One is an accomplished, well-known writer who took the genre to its height decades ago, and the other a woman who never wrote a lick before Twilight. I won't even dare go further into the comparison since I admit I am not lover of the genre or admirer of either author. In fact, I don't read horror, but as a former scriptwriter in Hollywood and a YA fantasy author, I have seen what takes place in both industries and how they affect what is published and available for people to read or watch. On this aspect of the 'vampire' craze I can comment.

Anne Rice led the charge of the vampire and gothic genre for decades. Yet, as with all genres, there is a cycle of life. Whereas it may not totally die, it will lie in wait for a new heir apparent to appear and resurrect its popularity. Meyer was that catalyst. The crazed popularity of the movies based upon her books caused vampires to even invaded the Christian market, which has me scratching my head in befuddlement since most consider vampires dark and evil, the direct opposite of the market.

Both publishing and Hollywood follow the money, thus is it no surprise that Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series became a hit despite her poor quality of writing. When a big name publisher or Hollywood producer grabs unto a property they run with it. Ever wonder why a glut of vampire shows cropped up overnight or where the numerous vampire stories came from?

The visual media of movies and television plays a mighty roll in propelling a single book or entire genre to the forefront. This phenomenon creates an environment ripe for copycats hoping to capitalize on the success generated by a hit. However, of the course of a few years since Twilight began, the glut of vampire fiction and shows is causing what is known as market fatigue.

Being an author, I very often visit kids in schools and what I learned and observed this past year confirms the wane of the vampire genre circulating within the publishing industry. Most kids are looking for a new adventure. Anything that is overdone can wear out its welcome. Publishers and Hollywood knows this and will take cues from trends. They may stick with Meyer - a hot commodity to some - but taking on more vampire authors is unlikely to continue as the market goes tepid.

The ability to self-publish has opened up a door to those crazed fans of the genre that can't get enough and even want to try their hand at writing. Having achieved a sub-genre status, vampires will continue, but don't be surprised when they crawl back into the shadows where mass appeal is concerned.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Early Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

I don't read a whole lot of sci-fi or dystopian fiction because sometimes I just can't get into it. I read Matched and didn't really love it (just liked it) so I was not sure what I would think about this one. I am so GLAD that I read it!!!

It's been a while since I've been completely and totally impressed with a book of this nature. I have to say that this one really did wow me in more ways than one. The story is very intricate and touching. It touches on so many things that affect our current world and really makes you stop and think for a minute.

I was impressed and think that others may be also. It's certainly a great start to the 2011 young adult novels and I hope to see more great work like this.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

About The Author:
(from Goodreads)

Beth Revis wrote her first books as a student in classrooms, when the professors did not hold her interest and she jotted down stories instead of taking notes.

Beth writes science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Her debut novel, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, will be published by Razorbill/Penguin in Spring 2011.

Beth is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House. Beth also runs a blog on writing (http://bethrevis.blogspot.com) and is a participant of a group blog by debut dystopian authors (http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com).

Monday, January 3, 2011

Crud! I'm joining another challenge!


I found this one and well...I LOVE books about fallen angels, angels, and the like so I just HADDDD to sign up. It's being hosted by Books Over Boys and Lady and The Books. Go check it out and sign up!

Oh and here are a few of the rules:

The challenge is to read twelve books that have at least one angel as a main character or have angels as the main focal point of the story. The books could be old releases or new releases! They could also be cross-over reads (angel books that are being read for other challenges) and/or re-reads! Sequels, prequels, etc. all count! Adult books may count - as longs as they one angel as a main charater or have angels as the main focal point of the story! Only books read in 2011 will count towards the challenge! The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st of 2011! On the 1st of each month, Anaiz will make a post for the challenge with a Mr. Linky for those of you who want to post and share your review. You do not have to have a blog to participate; you can post your reviews on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, and/or B&N.

Review: Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

I'm a sucker for a good animal rescue story and this one really touched my heart. I very much enjoyed following Oogy's story through the book and suggest this one for dog lovers. It was uplifting for me to see a great dog get a second chance at a good life surrounded by people who love and care for him. I give it two thumbs up!



About The Book:
(From Amazon)


In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.


In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.


Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.


*Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own. I received NO monetary compensation for this post.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

MG Review: Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

Zan-Gah And Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country


This is a series that I think is appropriate for 5th or 6th graders.

It’s about a nomadic tribe in prehistoric times. Even though it takes place a long time ago children can find ways to relate to the main character.

The main character has a lot of struggles to face through both books, but somehow finds a way to make the best of every situation. He has to live through some of life’s hardest lessons, but through it all he maintains his compassion and sincerity.

I think definitely a book geared towards middle school aged boys.

About Book 1:
(From Amazon)


The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people.

About Book 2:
(from Amazon)
The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land.
About The Author:
Artist, teacher, author, and historian Allan Richard Shickman was an art history professor at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. His first novel, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure won an Eric Hoffer Notable Book Award and was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award.
**Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own and I received NO monetary compensation for this post.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Treasures...at a garage sale!

I decided to skip a regular old mailbox because I was so excited to share this great find! One of the local churches was having a garage sale to raise money. (Apparently not checking book content LOL!) On the second day of the sale my mom convinced me to take a ride with her and much to my surprise they had books. Well...everything was also half price the second day and I picked up ALL of these books and those cute book ends for a whopping total of SIX dollars!

FIFTY TWO books for SIX dollars! Can you tell I'm ecstatic about it! (I actually think that I left some on the bookshelf when I took the pics but you get the idea. *smile*)




























































I thought I was done with challenges...

but then I found this one which is being hosted by For The Love Of YA
I do love reading YA so I think this one will be a winner for me.
I'm going to participate in The "Fun Size" YA Reading Challenge – Read 20 Young Adult novels.
I can certainly handle that. :)