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?

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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 🙂
 
 

 

Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Elder Races #1
Source: Personal purchase

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.

Why I read this book?: This series was recommended to me a little while ago by the lovely ladies who blog together on The Book Vixen.

What I liked?: I really liked how this book started off. Pia has just stolen, which she was blackmailed into doing, from Dragos and is on her way to deliver the item to the “shithead” (aka her ex). Once Dragos figures out he’s been stolen from he goes into a rage and that is when interesting things start happening.

Pia Giovanni, has spent her whole life trying to keep under wraps that she’s half-human and half-wyr. She’s also spent her whole life purposely trying to avoid drama. She’s been on her own since her mother died when she was 19, she’s now 25. Then she meets Keith (aka the “shithead”) and that’s when her life starts to spiral out of control.

One thing that really drew me to Pia was that even though she is Dragos’ calming force she doesn’t take any of his handouts. She wants to keep her life her’s as much as she possibly can under the circumstances. She’s more than capable of taking care of herself and she makes no bones about showing that to Dragos.

Dragos Cuelebre has been around a long time, like since the beginning of the universe. He’s demanding. He’s also tall, dark and handsome AND VERY MUCH an Alpha. He’s so used to getting his way that he completely flipped his top when he was stolen from. Then Pia comes into his life and he’s thrown for a total loop because she won’t put up with any of his crap.

There is mystery and humor through out this book that kept it engaging and a total page turner for me. Pia’s heritage is revealed in the book and it was a shock to me. Though I will admit to being a little bit confused about whether Pia actually knew what her wyr-half really was. She knew enough that she kept as much information about herself to herself but I wasn’t 100% on if she knew “herself” as well as she seemed to think she did.

The romance in this book was really great in my opinion. In the beginning I thought it started on deceit but once Dragos and Pia got together things started to build at an even keel. What I really loved about the developement of the romance was that Pia didn’t let Dragos push her around and forced him to go at a pace that she was comfortable with.

What I disliked?: I got nothing!

Overall Impression: I think that this book is an excellent start to this series and I really want to thank the ladies over at The Book Vixen for recommending this series!

Rating: 5+/5
The Better Part of Darkness (Charlie Madigan, #1)

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay


Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: November 24, 2009
Series: Charlie Madigan #1
Source: Personal book purchase

Atlanta: it’s the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil….

Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She’s recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.’s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim — but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?

Why I read this book?: I wanted to broaden my horizons and try reading Urban Fantasy. I saw the cover for this book on Goodreads and really liked it. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked.

What I liked?: Charlie! Charlie Madigan is the epitome of kick-ass heroine! She’s a single mom who doesn’t take any crap off of anyone…including her partner Hank, who happens to be a siren. The world that the author created in The Better Part of Darkness in my opinion is just chock full of AWESOME. Since this is my first adult Urban Fantasy series ever, AWESOME is a good thing. I really thought that part of the storyline where Charlie was killed and then brought back to life was very interesting and worked well into the plot of the book. This book is so full of action that it was VERY difficult for me to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Besides Charlie, there is a host of characters that bring a vibrancy to the book, even the bad guys, who knew!? I think the most interesting part of the whole book for me was that there was ABSOLUTELY NO romance what-so-ever. Since I’ve been reading a fair amount of romance lately this was a refreshing sight.

What I disliked?: The only thing that I can come up with at this time is that it took me forever to find this series much less become interested in this genre.

Overall Impression: CHOCK FULL OF AWESOME! Thank goodness I have the other 2 books in my possession as well.

 
Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves #2

Posted: October 6, 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 🙂

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, #3)Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare. . . .

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophesy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

 

Ironskin (Ironskin, #1)

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

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

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

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

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

 

Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm, #1)

In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.

Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever.

Friday Follow #1

Posted: October 5, 2012 in Friday Follow

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different?

Right now I’m just working on building back up a following after taking an extended book blogging vacation.  My goal for my blog(s) has always been pretty simple, keep it light and keep it fun.  When it starts to feel like a job that’s when it’s time to re-evaluate.  In the long term though, I would like to build a decent following, improve my review style and in the future maybe (I’m not going to cry about it if it doesn’t happen) recieve an ARC or two from one of my favorite authors.  There you go.  Me keeping it simple.  What about you?  What are your goals?

If you’re a new follower of my blog please let me know in the comment section below so I can drop by and visit you.  Thank you have a great weekend!

Feature Idea’s

Posted: October 4, 2012 in blogging, Discussion Post

So after viewing several WOW’s this week that hosted sequels to books that I have sitting on my TBR bookcase.  I’ve been kicking around the idea of hosting a feature where you the readers/followers of the blog will get to choose my next read and help me unclutter my shelves.  I haven’t thought of a catchy name for it yet and I haven’t decided when I’m going to start it yet but it is most definately in the works.  I’m even throwing around the idea of giving away some of the chosen books after I read them.

Another feature I’ve been kicking around is “Laci Recommends.”  For this feature I’m getting a little bit personal and letting my furbaby take over the blog for a day.  I used to do a similar feature on my old blog and I really enjoyed doing it so I’ll be bringing it back.  I think until I get some more content up on the blog it will be a once every 2 weeks feature but after that it will be a weekly feature.  The first Laci Recommends goes live next Tuesday.

I’m also kicking around an idea for a once a week (maybe) personal feature. Where y’all can learn a little bit more about me and my other hobbies outside of reading.  I guess the idea for this feature came to me while reading a Bloggiesta mini-challenge, where someone commented about losing the “personal side” to her blog.  I don’t want my blog to turn into book blog “robot” and I definately don’t want it to feel impersonal either.

I’m looking forward to feedback/discussion on these idea’s.  Please feel free to share your thoughts on these idea’s in the comment section below.

Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)

Iron Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 2, 2008
Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Source: paperbackswap.com

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator… Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

Why I read this book?: I’ve read the last two books in this series back to back, which is an extremely rare occurrence, and I really wanted to keep up with what’s going on in Mercy’s life so I just kept going. I think I’m going to keep going until I run out of books:) 2013 you can’t get here fast enough!

What I liked?: As usual, Mercy! She’s got this almost obnoxious sense of loyalty and when Zee gets into deep trouble she just jumps in with both feet to clear his name. That is also the point when shit hits the fan as well. I really liked that in this book Mercy finally chose between Adam and Samuel. I really liked that in this book we learn more about the fae and their folklore, there were some pretty interesting stories that were mentioned in this book. The action and suspense were right up there with the last two books and I really liked how we were introduced to Adam’s “vengeful” side and more of the pack behaviors. Like in the first book, the bad guy wasn’t obvious until the very end and I was really surprised to see that Mercy was wrong about her suspicions.

What I disliked?: This book started off slower than I really liked. It took a fair amount of reading and setting the book down before I got to the point that things started happening and the book grabbed my attention. I also disliked that new characters and plot points were brought into the book but once introduced where never really expanded upon. Maybe they make appearances in upcoming books but I would have liked to see a little more detail.

Overall Impression: This book is considerably more gritty than the last two books. Even though it isn’t my favorite in the series I think it’s still a really good installment and I’m off to start Bone Crossed!

Rating: 3.75/5