Archive for October, 2012

Feature Friday

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Friday Follow
 
Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.
 
Here is my list of devices that peeve me off when it comes to books (hopefully this makes sense, I’ve been up all night working)….
 
1. Unlikeable main characters – I’ve read a couple of library books recently (of a couple of recent YA releases) and I was really irritated by the fact that the authors wrote there main characters unlikeable.  I have to connect on some level with the characters and it bothers me when a main character is completely unrelate able much less like able.
 
2. Can’t tell who’s speaking – A few weeks ago I started a book where I could never tell who was speaking.  It seemed to be alternating POV but I’m not 100%, needless to say I was not able to continue on with the book.
 
3. Insta love – Yeah no.  I’ve been know to get rid of books that feature insta love.  It could be the “best story ever” but if there is insta love it’s out the door.  I see red when I come across it.  NOBODY meets and falls MADLY TRULY DEEPLY in love in the span of a paragraph.
 
Well those are my top 3, what about you?
 
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This morning while I was trying to figure out what to do with the excess books I have on my bookcases and through out my house I had a small “brain child.”  I just realized that we are heading into the season of giving and then I started thinking about how I could give.  Then that thought turned into wouldn’t it be cool if I (if anyone else likes the idea and wants to team up I’m game) could come up with an event that Book Bloggers could participate in? The it came down to what hasn’t been done (at least as far as I know anyway) in the book blogging community?  There are TONS of Giveaway Hops and Giveaways so those kind of got pushed to the side.  Then the more I started thinking about it the more I thought that it could still be a Giveaway but in addition to a cool prize you get to help someone else out too. Like a charitable auction maybe?  An unconventional giveaway 🙂  Bid on a prize and the winner’s winning bid goes to their choice of charity or library?!

Then that turned into IF I were to do something like this how exactly would it work?  Would it be strictly bookish related things or could the items be anything?  How would I “advertise” the event (since I’m starting over and I’m a small fish in a great big pond)?  Would anyone out there even want to donate items?  Is it even a good idea to being with?  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I’ll spare you the full length novel diatribe of questions I came up with.

So what are your thoughts bloggers?  Is this something that you would participate in?  Is this something you would consider donating too?  Let me hear it peeps! 🙂

Have a great day!

The 25 Follower Giveaway!

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Giveaway

It’s giveaway time!  This is the first one that I’ve held since I came back to blogging so I’m kind of excited about it 🙂  I hope you are as well?!  For this giveaway I am going to do an Adult prize and a YA prize since I know that everyone has different reading tastes.

Adult Prize
 
Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)
 
A pre-order of Lover at Last (out March 26, 2013)
 
 
YA Prize
 
Prodigy (Legend, #2)
A pre-order of Prodigy (out January 29, 2013)
 
 
Rules:
 
1. You do NOT need to be a follower, though it is really cool if you want to become one.
 
2. Open to where ever The Book Depository ships too… YEAH INTERNATIONAL!
 
3. MANDATORY – Please leave your email address and the answer to this question (What 2013 release(s) are you most looking forward too?) in the comments section below.
 
4. Contest ends November 15 at 11:59 pm cst
 
5. Winner will be drawn by random.org and will be posted on November 17.

Stacking the Shelves #4

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Stacking the Shelves

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Hosted by Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews.
 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 
This week I’m short on time.  I’m off to my grandma’s today for her 70th birthday and I’m casting on my next knitting project….a sweater for myself.  So I’m going to only show you the books that I purchased this week.  Next week will be a MASSIVE Stacking the Shelves.  It will be the week of Holy Library Holds Batman!  Have a great weekend everyone!  Please feel free to leave me links to your posts in the comments below 🙂
 
Bound Books
 
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

 
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
 
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)
 

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…
THEY GET EVEN.

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she’s ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.

 
 
 
Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
 
 
Book Stats:
 
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: January 26, 2010
 
Series: Elemental Assassin #1
Source: Personal Purchase
 
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.

Why I Read this book?:  I had been wanting to read this series for a long time.  I saw that The Book Vixen was co-hosting a read along for this series and though I’m not actually participating I decided to start reading this series.

What I Liked about this Book?:  I loved pretty much everything about this book.  I really was sucked in from the first line “My name is Gin, and I kill people.”  It’s catchy and it had me extremely excited to see what was going to happen next.  Gin is a very like able character even though she has a pretty despicable job.  The host of secondary characters were really great too.  Besides Gin I loved her makeshift family very much – Fletcher, Finn Sophia and Jo Jo, and in my opinion bring a little something extra to this story.

I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Donovan Caine and Gin.  He’s a straight laced cop in a police force pretty much owned by Mab Monroe, one of the villains of the book.  Gin did something in the not so distant past that Caine can’t seem to see past and that mixed with his morals makes the whole relationship VERY interesting.

The action in this book was AMAZING!  Right from the very first couple of pages through the end it was an action roller coaster.  One thing that really attracted me to the story initially was that the REAL bad guy wasn’t obvious.  You think you have it figured out and then things change and you weren’t even close.

Overall, I’m really kicking myself that I’ve waited as long as I have to start reading this series.  Gin is an AWESOME heroine who has her own set of issues.  I can hardly wait to see how Gin and her family grow through the rest of this series.  If you haven’t started this series yet I definitely recommend Spiders Bite.

What I didn’t like?: At time’s I thought there was a little bit too much detail when Gin was doing her thing.  That was really the only fault that I could find with the book and it was only on a couple of occasions.  Other than those occasions I can’t really think of anything else that I didn’t care for in this book.

Rating: 5/5

 

A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair, #1)

A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: E-Book
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Series: Abby Sinclair #1
Source: Personal Purchase

The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

Why I read this book?: I saw a review for this book on Mindful Musings and decided that it was something that I wanted to try.

What I liked?: Abby Sinclair! She’s just full of awesome as well as piss and vinegar. Abby is the TouchStone to the Protectorate and is suddenly put in charge when Moria, the Protectorate, goes missing. I also enjoyed all the mystery that was included in the book. When Moria goes missing more disappearances are brought to light AND THAT is when things get a little crazy. Oh and let’s not forget all the humor that is through out this book as well. I really enjoyed the host of secondary characters as well. Especially Phineas, the horny little unicorn.

What I disliked?: I didn’t really care for Brystion. I don’t know what it was exactly about him that I didn’t like but it definitely had an impact on my overall feel for the book. As a result of me not really liking Brystion, I really did “feel” the romance between Abby and Brystion. I also didn’t care for how Moria really let Abby down. I didn’t really like how certain characters in the book treated Abby at the beginning of the book and then had a complete turn about at the end either.

Overall Impression: I really enjoyed this book. It’s chock full of humor and mystery. This book from what I can tell is classified as a Paranormal Romance but to me it read more like an Urban Fantasy. It just didn’t read like a PNR, if that makes sense at all.

Rating: 3.75/5

Stacking the Shelves #3

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews. This is our opportunity to show off all the lovely books that we got during the week. Please feel free to leave links to your STS/IMM in the comments below and I’ll drop by and check it out 🙂  I have decided to post the books that I got for both of my blogs in 1 STS post to save myself a little time.

Library Books
 
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

 
Through My Eyes
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume–winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

Now, in “Through My Eyes,” Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell–from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

At every step, Tebow’s life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. “Through My Eyes” is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

 
E-Books
The Marriage Trap (Marriage to a Billionaire, #2)
WIFE WANTED…

Italian billionaire seeks faux fiancĂ©e. Willing to agree to anything in return…

In order for his sister to marry, Italian billionaire Michael Conte has to find himself a bride – and fast! When he learns that photographer Maggie Ryan is going to be in Milan, Michael hatches a plan to introduce her to his family as his “fiancée.” Never mind that Maggie is confident, independent, and a control freak. Never mind that she’s everything he doesn’t want in a wife… and everything he wants in his bed!

Convinced that Michael is in love with her married gal pal, Maggie agrees to keep up the ruse if he’ll keep away from her friend. Besides, she’s not attracted to charming, ridiculously hot billionaires who drive her nuts. Once they’re in Italy, however, everything changes – and the sexual tension between Maggie and Michael goes from simmer to naked nuclear meltdown!

But have they found the perfect arrangement… or are they trapped in a make-believe marriage?

 
Down for the Count (Dare Me, #1)
Truth or dare…

When Lacey Garrity finds her groom in flagrante delicto in the reception hall closet with her bridesmaid, she’s saved by her best friend’s older brother—childhood tormentor, crush, and boxing bad boy Galen Thomas. Galen’s solution is both exciting and dangerous. What better way to forget the mess of her life than go on her honeymoon with a hot guy who can’t promise anything beyond today?

…or TKO?

Galen had been counting on Lacey’s wedding to put her out of reach—and out of his mind—once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey’s embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey’s resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.

 
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

The Hunt

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuor

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Urban Fantasy/PNR
Format Reviewed: EGalley
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Series: Currently Untitled #1
Source: Netgalley

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Why I read this book?: I recently saw that this book was in a lot of IMM’s and I really thought that the premise of the book was very interesting. I found that it was available on Netgalley and put in a request to read the egalley.

What I liked?: I really enjoyed that the premise of this story was completely different than anything I have read recently. Usually we read about us humans being the hunters and the paranormal beings being the hunted, the roles are completely reversed in The Hunt. I think that I was able to connect with the characters of this book because it was so different. In the beginning of the book we don’t now what our main character’s name is, he’s known by a number really, it isn’t until later in the book that we learn that his name is Gene and he’s spent the vast majority of his life trying NOT to act like a human just so he can continue living. The announcement of the last heper (human) hunt, humans are virtually extinct now, set’s the ball rolling for an action packed fast paced YA debut. I think my favorite part of the whole book was the author took some shots at the Twilight franchise, I don’t know if it was intentional but I really liked it.

What I disliked?: In the beginning of the book was I was worried that The Hunt was going to be another version of The Hunger Games. There were a fair amount of similarities between both books but then there was a scene that changed my mind entirely. I’m glad that scene was there, if not it would have affected my review and rating. Have I mentioned that I have a growing dislike for cliffhangers?!

Overall Impression: My overall impression of this book is that I will for sure be buying a finished copy of The Hunt once it is made available to the general public. I LOVED this book and I think it is a wonderful beginning to this series.

Rating:  4.75/5

The Lightning Thief    

Book Stats:
Reading Level: YA/MG
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Publishing Date: May 5, 2009
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s #1
Source: Personal Purchase

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

Why I Read this Book?: I saw the movie shortly after it came out and thought it was alright. Everyone I know who had read the books first then saw the movie told me to read the books because they were so much better. So after many moons I finally read The Lightning Thief.

What I Liked?: I liked that even though this book has a male main character this book can be enjoyed by the female population as well. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE mythology?! Especially Greek mythology?! There’s also plenty of action and humor in this book as well.

I really liked Percy. He thinks he’s just your typical 12-year-old with Dyslexia and ADHD. Little does he know!? He’s actually a demi-god. A son of one of the BIG three. He learns all this after being attacked by a fury. He also learns that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr and one of his professors is actually a centaur.

Zeus’ lightning bolt has gone missing and Percy is being blamed for its disappearance. Things get worse after Percy is claimed by his father. Percy MUST find and return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or WWIII will ensue.

Along the way Percy meets a whole camp of new demi-gods, one of which goes along on his quest to find and return the lighting bolt. Makes new friends, makes a few enemies and takes out a bunch of monster’s. He at times makes it look so easy!

What I didn’t like?: I only had one qualm about this book…I thought that at times the pace would pick up then it would slow down and it kept up like this for a good chunk of the book. That is all….

Overall Impression?: Though it’s not my favorite book of the year, I think that The Lightning Thief is a great beginning to the Percy Jackson series. I’m really hoping that the timing in future books evens out a little bit.

 
Rating: 4/5
 

Hi I’m Laci. I own my human Jamie who blogs here on The Paranormal Palace, as well as her new venture The Romance Palace.  My human has decided that I get to have a day here on the blog to recommend some reads to our readership.  For my first pick I am choosing an Urban Fantasy that my human really enjoyed very much. 

This weeks pick is….

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1)
 

Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

 
If you haven’t read my humans review of Moon Called you can read it here.  Personally, I don’t see the fascination with all these Werewolves and Coyote shifters.  She already has me but what more does one need?!  Moving on… My human really enjoyed this first book in the Mercy Thompson series very much.  There is a ton of humor, action and everything that really makes my human happy when she’s reading a book.  If you haven’t checked out Moon Called or the Mercy Thompson series you should.  My human says it’s really good!
 
Well I’d better sign off for now.  I’m off to make my human take me for a walk.  Happy reading everyone!  Until next time 🙂