Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Opal (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

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I love the Lux series. By the end of this book I thought I was going to cry I wanted to keep reading so badly. I can't wait for the next one. Daemon and Katy just keep getting better and better. In this book we get to see the two of them really commit one hundred percent to one another, and it's great to see how their relationship develops and how well they both know one another. Everyone is still dealing with the loss of one of their own from the past book, so some of the dynamics between characters are very different in this book. Things between Dee and Katy are strained and it's very interesting to see how they react around each other. It's so different from what the reader is used to, and I liked how throughout the book we're kept on the edge of our seat waiting for their friendship to be rekindled. Like always Armentrout did an amazing job creating this world and sucking my in. She has "show don't tell" down to a T. I'd read thirty pages and not even realize that only a day or two have passed for the characters, that's how enthralling her words are. The ending to this book was a bit more in your face then the last, and left at a point where I feel most readers hearts will be left broken. It definitely leaves you wanting for the next book in the series, that's for sure. I wish there was more I could say about it, but it was so good there's really nothing but AWESOME. I can't even think up a single thing I didn't like. I would recommend to everyone they try this story out, especially if you were a fan of the late TV show, Roswell. It sort of has a similar feel, just with a whole lot more.  


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Window Wednesday #4

Which book would you most like to see made into a movie and why?


Tempest:

I think the book I would most like to see on screen would be Obsidian by Jennirfer L. Armentrout. For one, I would love to see someone portray Daemon, and for two, this book being made means there's a chance that the others will be as well :). The story is really interesting, and sort of similar to the late TV show Roswell, just with the aliens knowing more about themselves. The characters are all compelling and have unique personalities, and there's action, romance, mystery, and comedy in it. That to me makes the perfect movie. The book is about a girl named Katy who moves with her mother to a small town and ends up being neighbors with two alien siblings. The brother, Daemon, is incorrigible, and the sister Dee and her bond almost immediately. Of course then some evil aliens get tossed into the mix. What I like most about this book is that the characters don't fall instantly in love with each other. Their relationship has enough time to develop throughout, and that makes it more believable. The aliens all have cool abilities that would look awesome done through special effects.


Jacey:


So I’m going a bit far back for my pick, and though I was completely turned off by the 5th book in the series, I think maybe some film company should take a crack at the Artemis fowl series, at least the first four. I mean, I haven’t heard anyone try taking on one of Eoin Colfer’s witty and epic works (and if they have then I should have done my research and I’ll get that done soon, you guys just let me know and I’ll hop on itJ ) and I also think a few new things could be brought to the table. Yes, we’ve seen the boy geniuses out there in the cinemas, the mad scientist children who look down their noses with crazy hair; and yet, there’s Artemis Fowl, who though can be a comical character in the series, he’s also extremely sarcastic and his cynicism and wit seems to derive from a 25 year old…when I was 13 reading the first book, I even began forming a mini crush on the 12 year old. I had no excuse after reading the third one at age 16…but even still he was had the suaveness that not even Disney could taint if they made it into a movie. Otherwise fans would riot. I think that would be really cool to find a young actor that could pull this off. Artemis aside, every character in this series is colorful (there are faeries, centaurs, pixies, etc) and also have an added twist (LEPrecon for example is not a specific faerie. It’s an occupation). It’d be really cool just to see these characters on the big screen and also see how Artemis outwits them all J

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea, #3) by Kristen Day

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.


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Just want to make a quick comment on how much I love the new covers for this and the first two books in this trilogy! They look AMAZING! Ok, now that that's off my chest, to the review. I've been in literal love with these characters since the very first book, Forsaken. Stasia is an amazing MC who has a lot of heart and personality, which makes it very easy to fall into her world and not only believe it truly exists, but care for it as well. From early on I felt the exact same pull towards her three best friends, Willow, Carmen, and Phoebe, not to mention her paramour Finn. Stasia is probably one of my favorite female lead characters of all time in fact, and this trilogy as a whole has made it to my top list. That being said, I did find myself liking this book a little less then the first two. There isn't really any one thing I can put my finger on as to explain the why however. All of the amazing characters where there, the great writing, and the action and twisting story line. I think it might have something to do with how everything sort of had to come rushing out in this book in order to be able to wrap the story up. At times I felt like information was being forced on me, and it disrupted the flow of things. Another major issue I had (and this is really just a personal thought then anything else) was that we never really had any closure with her "family" from the first book. We have this horrible step sister and this pushy step mom who clearly doesn't understand her, but they sort of just fell off the map. We have no idea what's happened to them, if Stasia is ever going to see them again (though of course I'd assume so) and how/if she's going to do something about her "sister". Yes, she just faced off a sea goddess but still. I'd like to have a little closure in regards to the first challenge of hers we were presented with, and that was her human family. I thought that it would have been a great way to the end the book if in the epilogue we saw them all together. Another thing is with Selene we also didn't really see anything definitive happen. Did she just give up then? Stasia and Keto fought but Selene basically just stands around. Not very impressive. HOWEVER I loved some of the twists in this book, and like I mentioned before, the writing style. What always drew me in before were those softer scenes between Stasia and some of the other characters which really allowed us to see the connections between them. A few of the scenes with her and Finn in this book were amazing. They were beautiful, detailed, and intensely well written. I literally felt like I was there with them. I also loved how other then the two instances mentioned above, all the other characters got great closure. I was so glad to see all of them end up happy and with someone that they loved. Stasia's progression throughout this trilogy was great, and I could really see all the ways her personality was growing and morphing. I loved that. This is definitely a trilogy I'll read again and again, and Kristen Day has without a shadow of a doubt found another fan for life to add to the growing list. I don't even need to read the blurb's from here on of anything else she decided to gift us with. If I see it's written by her I'll read it.


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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Review By Jacey

A Sacred Oath
A Fallen Angel
A Forbidden Love

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him, against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her that her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to see some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen--and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


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Alright, so after hearing so much about this book, I decided I, too, wanted to get a peek at what everyone was talking about. Additionally, the idea of fallen angels has always been a concept that I've found intriguing (one of my favorite books is Paradise Lost, the main antagonist being a fallen angel and its opening an illustration of the entire court of fallen angels) and loved seeing the alternative perspective that clashes with the right and just order of angels that side with God. When I heard this incorporated romantic elements between angel and human, some part of me was worried that an edginess and awesome sickness that fallen angels seem to exude would be compromised in this. I take ALL of those hesitations and notions back at this time.

As much as I tried, I seriously could NOT put this book down for more than fifteen minutes at a time. I'm usually an incredibly slow reader, and I'll admit I haven't been completely been addicted to a book to the extent that I'd lock myself in my room, accepting meager bites of soup and  sips of hot chocolate since I was still into Harry Potter in 8th grade. This book changed that, and before I knew it, I had read all 391 pages in one day and night. I've complained in previous posts that some authors bomb when it comes to doing the first person view; Fitzpatrick PERFECTS it, giving her protagonist, Nora, a personality that you fall in love with while still completely and wonderfully illustrating her romantic counterpart. On top of that, Patch is not just a bad boy, but one of the most unique that I've encountered. You know from the get-go ok, this guys has a past, he's mysterious, he's got issues, but you're not left with just mystery or a dude who seems like a jerk. This guy IS, 100 percent, a bona-fide JERK. Fitzpatrick, or Patch rather, makes that no secret. And yet somehow deep down, whenever Nora storms off or Patch vanishes from the page, you're just waiting for him to come back onstage. Like....nonstop waiting for him. Vee even, who you're not really supposed to really like, I fell in love with her presence because I wonderfully hated it. Fitzpatrick's characters are just amazing, and the chemistry between them all were a joy to read. 

The only issue I had with this was by the time the climax rolls around, the reader is bombarded by information that maybe should have been dropped along towards the end, piece by piece. It was like sensory overload, and I found myself re-reading the last few chapters just so I could put it all together in my head. That aside, this book was amazing, and I cannot wait to find out more of Patch's world in the second book.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Unhinged Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Hey everyone! So if you've been here before you've already heard about my new teen paranormal book, Unhinged, which is a story loosely based off of Greek mythology, and most notably the myth of Persephone. I'm happy to announce that the book is complete and has been sent to my editor! In honor of that, I'm doing a cover a reveal as well as hosting a giveaway for three ebook copies! If you'd like the chance to be one of the first people ever to read this book, please join the rafflecopter! :) The giveaway is being hosted on my separate author blog, the link of which can be found at the bottom of this page right after the blurb. Go a head and read it and see if you might be interested then pop on over to check out the giveaway as well as more information on my other books!

Six Months in the Underworld
With the god of the Dead...


Spencer Perry lost everything the day her boyfriend died. Even when he came back as a ghost, she was never able to return to her old self. Determined to find a way to bring both of them back--him from the dead and her from her depression--Spencer hops a ride with a Reaper across the river to the Underworld where she meets the god of the dead. Hadrian isn't what she expected Hades to be like, but when he agrees to a deal that can get her Micah back, she puts all caution aside and accepts. Too bad she didn't realize that she'd also just accepted a lot more then one gorgeous yet frustrating god. Bad things are happening all around her, and now she not only has to worry about keeping Micah's ghost status a secret from their friends, but also figure out who's behind all of the accidents. All signs point towards Hadrian, but something about that just doesn't feel right to her. Something that she hopes has nothing to do with her growing attraction towards him.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Existence by Abbi Glines

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.


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This is a fairly short book, at only 161 pages. In my mind, the fact that I struggled for almost two weeks to get through despite how short it is says a lot. I really wanted to love this book. The idea behind a girl who can see ghosts meeting Death is great. Yet while I loved the concept behind this (and still do) the actual portrayal of it made this book fall short for me. For one, the characters aren't actually all that interesting. I can't really put my finger on why exactly, but it has something to do with the way their thoughts and actions are basically forced to move at a fast pace which leaves everything somewhat unbelievable. Leif's feelings for her, for instance. They start dating and then BAM he's in love with her. Everything moves way too quickly. If it was slowed down, drawn out more so that the reader's given more time to really get to know these characters it would have been much better. As for Dank, his name aside, I can't see any real reason she should be so in love with him. Is he cute? Yes. Does the thought of his voice kind of make me want to swoon? Yes. Am I in love with him? No. All he keeps saying is that he can't tell her things and he's not good for her. But she keeps pushing it anyway, even though she knows nothing about him. The dialogue is another thing. I find it grating half the time and just plain frustrating the most of the time. Everything is either repeated a million times on the same exact page, or they're talking to each other like they've just met. Case in point, I wasted an entire week of time I could have been reading something even remotely good as opposed to wasting my time with this. I'm sorry that I have such a harsh opinion of it, and there are some reviewers who feel otherwise about this book, but if you're into structure, well rounded characters, and to not have to listen to the same sentence repeated a million times, then this book is not for you. I won't be continuing with this series. This is one of those cases where I should have paid more attention to the poor reviews then the average rating above.


Monday, February 18, 2013

K.W McCabe Author Interview/Giveaway:

Hey everyone! So, a few things before we get into it, my new book Unhinged has just been sent to the editor!!! Yay :) In honor of that I've finally revealed the cover as well as set up a giveaway on my separate author's blog, the link of which can be found on the left sidebar! So, everyone needs to go and check it out! ;) Also, some of you may have noticed we skipped over Sunday Salutations this week...Well, that's because there's really not much to say in terms of what we're reading. I've been struggling to get through a few books and have pretty much given up on one of them so be expecting a review. Maybe even later today. We'll see.

Now, down to why you're really here, author K.W McCabe was kind enough to answer a few questions for us as well as give us the link to her rafflecopter, so check it out below and join so you have a chance at winning a copy of her book, Dragon's Call. Here's a blurb and a cover image:

Blurb:

In a war-torn world, a careless act of destruction wakes a creature of myth and legend - a dragon. Mankind unites to battle for survival, but when dragons enter the fray in human form... humans lose.

Three decades later, Cecily lives in an enclave with her father and brother. Ignorant of life before the war, she placidly obeys the restrictions imposed by dragonkind.

Stifled by court life, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, commits a petty crime. To avoid punishment and chronic boredom, he escapes to the enclave. His arrival sparks increased tension when he meets Cecily. She realizes the limitations on her freedom, and Derek discovers his life is built on a lie. Their forbidden friendship threatens to splinter the separation between their people, but something more dangerous occurs.

A mysterious killer has kidnapped Cecily's mother - and seems to be stalking Cecily. Derek and Cecily must defy the rules of their society to find and stop the murderer before Cecily is next.

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Interview:

1.) Where did the idea for your book come from? I actually wanted to write a YA paranormal story, but was totally sick of anything to do with vampires, zombies, the undead in general.... So I thought - why not dragons?!

2.) How long have you been writing? Did you know early on that writing is something that you wanted pursue? I've been writing small stories and poetry since I was five (obviously nothing worth reading lol) I never thought about pursuing writing because I actually wanted a career that would leave me financially stable. It wasn't until I heard of authors actually making a living off of their writing, that I decided to focus on it more intently.

3.) Was there a particular scene in the book that you enjoyed writing more then others? I really enjoyed writing Todd's scenes. Just the idea of dragons flying and fighting is really fantastic imagery.

4.) Do you have a favorite character that you've created? Maybe one that you wish was real? If so, why? I think out of all the stories I've written, Thomas Lord of Death is my fave. I really love dark and twisted characters for some reason :-D

5.) Did you model any of your characters off of people that you know in real life? I actually did. Cecily has some characteristics that I based off my younger sister. (Shhhh! Don't tell her that!)

6.) What do you enjoy most about writing? When a knew idea hits you like a brick and you have to write it down. Love that feeling.

7.) Do you have a specific process when you write? Process? Well, coffee first, then plumping up the pillows and blankets to support my back, then I do a little check in with fellow authors, do a blog post, then get to writing :-)

8.) Is there anything else you'd like us to know about your writing or your book that we didn't mention? Not much - the best time to write is when the internet is off though - or really late at night when half the world is asleep :-)


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Saturday, February 16, 2013

All That We See or Seem (The Dreamer Trilogy, #1) by Tempest C Avery

Review By Jacey

Blurb:

All That We See Or Seem (The Dreamer Trilogy, #1)Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or give up her freedom to possibly save her friends? 

And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something that she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily throughout the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan a d risk everything,or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?


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So I was SUPER pumped to begin reading this, having heard Tempest talk about it and also from other readers who raved about it. Additionally as of recent I've been either filling out graduate applications or I've been reading science fiction, so I thought a shift to fantasy would be satisfying. And satisfying it was :)  

First and foremost, I loved the conflict of four seventeen year old's coming home, but not to a world they knew, nor did all of them completely align themselves with. I feel like a lot of authors make an assumption that as soon as people are forced back to a world where they're destined to save its people, there's like two seconds of "omg I don't belong here, I'm not a hero!" Then there's one quick pep talk from the one wise person among them and then the hero or heroes go "oh ok...no biggie." Tempest makes our reincarnated heroes' transition to their home realm Bevain excruciating, while also instilling our heroes with a sense of duty that develops over time, until they finally come to grips with the reality that the fate of an entire world rests on them. The coming-of-age cliches are pretty much absent in this text, which is pretty refreshing :)

What I loved most about the text was how Tempest was able to paint a colorful world of faeries, dragons,witches and shape shifters, while also managing a snappy, fast paced, and modernized dialogue. There isn't an overload of "milords," "miladies" or formal dialogue that sometimes comes off as grating and sometimes dulls the characters' personalities. Tempest not only succeeds in constructing dialogue that snaps you attention, but also characters' whose dialogues are uniquely their own.

Also I loved the couples in this book. The juxtaposition of Bran and Brid with Lily and Larkin make the reader adore both couples, while also pitying one and envying the other. And then there's the Dark King Ronan, who's just plain EVIL to everyone, but the moment you see him interact with the conflicted Lily, he softens, and even after being such a COMPLETE jerk sometimes you're like "aawww but look at that he loooves her!" and twenty seconds later you're like "wait, that KNUCNKLEHEAD!"  After having to witness this double-sidedness of him consistently throughout this book, I just want to leap into his twisted head and see what else is there. I'm hoping I get to see more of what goes on in those dark, oozing brains of his the second and third books! :) 

Simply put, I fell in love with the characters in this book, and though they have no awareness of me screaming at and crying with them while reading this, I feel like I've fought with them in the throes of battle and that i too am roped into the same destiny. Seriously can't wait to pick up the next book!

 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Window Wednesday: #3

Hello all! It is Wednesday! :) Ok, so it's almost over, but figured we'd put up a WW anyway. The topic this week is Couples From Literature We Love in honor of Valentine's day! Be sure to let us know if there's a couple that stood out from a book or series you've read, and why you love them so much! Hope you all have a Happy V-Day!

Tempest:


1.) Daemon and Katy.
Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Yup, I'm mentioning Daemon and these books again, but they're great so... Enough said. What I love most about their relationship is that it wasn't just insta' love like what happens in most teen books.

2.) Irial, Niall, and Leslie.
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr.

Ok, so no this isn't a traditional relationship, and they aren't really even complete a "couple" with each other throughout or anything, but I love them, and I love them together. This is also probably the only teen book I've ever read where three characters all being in love with one another seemed real and believable. It worked without being too much.

3.) Heyerday and Ava.
Dark Dealings by Kim Knox.

Forget Ava, I'm in love with Heyerday. Does he have an...interesting...name? Yes. But I love him. Actually, it's funny, he's probably one of my favorite characters of all time. Literally. And I read A LOT. Anywho, my love aside, I really like the relationship between these two, and how it develops throughout the book.

4.) Rochester and Jane.
Jane Eyre by Charalotte Bronte.

Obviously if you've read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys you probably don't agree with me on this one, but I choose to ignore the horrible deeds done in that book. Lol. Though it was well written. Actually, most of you probably just won't agree period. There's just something about the dynamics between these two that I love though. It isn't that I necessarily like Rochester enough to want him happy at the end, but I like Jane enough to. And besides, for all you Bronte fans out there, at least I didn't say Heathcliff and Catherine. ;)

5.) Adam and Cassie.
The Secret Circle by L.J Smith.

I've a huge L.J Smith fan. My favorite series by her is actually The Forbidden Game but Julian and Jenny's relationship wasn't really...even a relationship. If you haven't read it yet though I totally suggest you do! It's one of my favorites of all time. I think I like Adam and Cassie's relationship just because of all the things they have to go through in order to realize what they really mean to one another. The concept of soulmates always makes me think true love so... :)

Jacey:


1.) Beatrice and Benadick.
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare.

2.) Aubrey and Jessica.
Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

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Clearly I need to read more. Sorry guys :/


Ok, well let us know who you like (and do a better job of it then Jacey ;))! Hope you're all having a great week so far! 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sunday Salutations #3:

Hey everyone! So I don't know if you noticed but last week we didn't have a Sunday Salutations OR a Window Wednesday. We've been a little busy. :/ I've pretty much been sucked into the writing world with Unhinged, which also means that I haven't gotten much reading done this week either what with writing and work. There a a few things that we'd like to share however, so, without further ado here's this weeks Sunday Salutations! As a side note, hope everyone is safe and keeping warm if you're on the East Coast and got stuck in the storm. I can't even see my back steps so...loads of snow. :) Just as a reminder to all...

Cover Contest!

Our cover contest is currently up and running! Not very many people have signed up yet :( Come on guys! Here's your chance to win FREE paperback books and all you have to do is come up with a cover title for an image we've supplied! Just add your comment in the comments section (and make sure it's there because it's been acting weird). At the top of the blog you'll see a link leading straight to the post titled Contests, go a head and click it and don't miss out on your chance! All shipping and everything is completely FREE if you win.

Goodreads Group!

We started a Goodreads group for the blog and all of you should go and check it out! You can join by clicking the link above! This is a great chance for everyone to share what they've been reading or books that they've read in the past and loved! This is also a great way to keep up with the giveaways and what not going on in the blog. There's also a section there for authors to promote themselves. We're thinking about setting up a folder with links leading to cheap books so that anyone who needs a new read can go check it out and hopefully find something. All you have to do to join is be a member on goodreads.com, which if you're not already you should be anyway!

Giveaways!

We have two giveaways coming up! I've fallen behind in sending out the interview questions so I can't tell you exactly when one of them is going to be posted but hopefully sometime before Tuesday. Fingers crossed. The first is The Dragon's Cell by M.W. McCabe. It'll be accompanied by an interview. :) The second will be of the complete set of my trilogy. Yes, it means I'm shamelessly self promoting, but hey. I'm an indie author so... ;) Keep checking back to see when these will be happening. Like I said, I'm hoping to get McCabe's book up as soon as possible! We do also have openings so anyone interested please feel free to send us an email letting us now! Our policy can be found above on the toolbar! We are also still taking review requests! I (Tempest) do have a HIGH TBR pile, however I also choose what I want to read but what catches my interest at the time so... :)

Currently Reading!

Tempest: I'm currently reading the third book in Kristen Day's, Daughter's of the Sea trilogy, Chosen. I've been looking forward to this book since I basically consumed the first two back in September. Seriously, if you haven't checked this series out I HIGHLY recommend it! This might even be one of those series I recommend more then anything else EVER. They're that good. To briefly describe, it's a series about a girl who finds out that she's got a relation to creatures from Greek myths. She ends up having this huge destiny and meets a group of amazing friends (seriously, her friends made my list on the last Window Wednesday) and, of course, a guy. The writing is spectacular, the story is amazing and compelling, and the characters are believable that I've been secretly wishing I really knew them since the moment we were "introduced". The books are REALLY that good. And so far the third one isn't disappointing. It is moving a little slower then the last two, but then again that could just be because I've been so busy it's hard for me to find time to really sit down and get in to anything.

All That We See Or Seem (The Dreamer Trilogy, #1)Jacey: At the moment I'm reading "All That We See Or Seem" the first book in Tempest's "The Dreamer Trilogy!" I've been anxious to begin my colleague's trilogy and so far I have NOT been disappointed! This has all the elements of the fantastical that any fantasy lover would DROOL over: an evil ( and INCREDIBLY hot) king, Fey, shapeshifters, dragons, artful use of Gaelic ..you name it! I'll be writing a review in a few days, so I really don't want to divulge all of its awesomeness just yet. My brief overview of it: Lily is a seventeen year old witch who is not from around here. Along with her three friends, all of which are known as the Four, they are destined to either defeat the Dark King of Bevain, or fall, with Lily at his side as Queen. Will Lily succumb to the Dark King, who has haunted her in her dreams since she was twelve? Or will she lead a rebellion to glory, with the gorgeous Larkin at her side? Stay tuned for the review!!!



On Our TBR Piles!

Tempest: I have a LOT of books that I'm really excited about currently in my To Be Read pile. I'm a massive book collector so that's not surprising. For the most part, I'm not happy unless I'm swimming in a pile of books. As you can imagine, that makes every one around me (mainly my parents) pretty upset, considering there are next to no spaces free of book occupation. Anywho though, I recently finished and reviewed Hush, Hush because I really wanted to know what the hype was all about despite not being a big angel fiction fan myself. Not upset that I did. I loved it. And because of that rushed out and bought the second book in the saga the next day. So there's that. Another book I'm really excited to get to is Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Can I just say that this series is one of the best that I've ever read, like, ever? Because it is. I ordered a paperback copy of Existence by Abbi Glines (the ebook copy is only a few bucks cheaper in this books case so if you're thinking about reading it might I suggest just spending the little extra and going hard copy?) and I'm looking forward to checking that out as well. So far the reviews have been pretty mixed, but the story sounds very interesting and seeing as how I'm currently working on a book of my own about the Underworld, I thought why not give it a try and see someone else's take on death? In this case literally, seeing as how the main character in the book is Death. And then the last book that I'll mention before I completely bore you all to...well, death (ha ha. I know. I'm not actually that funny) is Greta and the Goblin King, by Chloe Jacobs. I've never heard anything about this author before but the blurb for the book sounded way to interesting to pass up! Alright, so I know I've mentioned other books on my pile before and then next thing you all know I'm reading something completely different, but hopefully these are the next ones you see reviews for from me. :) Like I always say I read what I feel like reading at the time, and there's no way of really knowing what that's going to be beforehand.

Tough GirlJacey: so after hearing Tempest rave about "Hush, Hush," I kind of grew jealous...so I'm going to be writing a review for it as well :) I've always been intrigued by the concept of angels ever since I attended church when I was younger and a friend of mine also got me into the Fallen series years and years ago. It's been a while since I've delved in Angel-based literature and I've only heard good things about this series. Cannot wait to start it :) Additionally I'm looking forward to reading Libby Heily's "Tough Girl," one of the books that we hosted a giveaway/author's interview for a few weeks ago. I'm always intrigued by alter-egos-turned-real concepts which the blurb on goodreads seems to suggest, or anything that hints towards something born of the psyche to become real. I'm excited for my mind to twist and turn! :D


Ok thanks for stopping by! And for those of you who did happen to get caught in the snow storm this weekend here's a...

Hot Cocoa Recipe!

Ingredients:

2 cups of chocolate chips.
1 Cup of milk.
1/2 of sugar.
Extra flavoring such as mint, hazelnut, vanilla, etc... This can in liquid form or even using other chips. Once I used caramel chips and chocolate chips together.

Directions:

Heat milk and sugar on stove until boiling. Slowly add in the chocolate chips, stirring while you do so so that they melt. Once everything is completely stirred together, add the contents into a blender and blend for about thirty or so seconds. Careful, this makes it thick and frothy (like cocoa should be) but can also mean it over fills from the blender so keep an eye on it. Pour into cups and add whatever garnish you'd like. :)

Stay warm everyone!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dragon's War (Dragon & Myth #2) By Vered Ehsani

Review By Jacey

Dragon's War (Dragon & Myth #2)Blurb:

Dragon and Myth return in the exciting sequel to Dragon's Mind. How do you stop a war you started? And should you, if humanity's safety and well-being depend on winning at all costs? These are the thoughts that plague Myth as she paces the fortress where she is being kept a prisoner 'for her own protection.' Meanwhile, Dragon is in hiding, hunted by the albino assassin and the city's very systems that he once ran. As his backup reserves are depleted and the clock ticks down to the launch of a global virus, Myth must escape to save Dragon and together stop the war that they launched. But time is running out and the albino is watching. 












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So I was pretty excited to be picking up Ehsani's sequel to Dragon's Mind. It's predecessor was definitely engaging and I definitely expected nothing less from the second. Myth, one of the main protagonists is as witty as ever, and I thoroughly enjoyed following her on her quest to halt a cyber war against humanity. Additionally, my curiosity of the infamous Albino was somewhat satisfied, and I was happy to see even more of her in this novel.

There were several things in this sequel though that I was surprisingly disappointed with. For one, I missed out on the witty banter that went on between the charming yet sharp Dragon and the just as edgy Myth. Though admittedly, Dragon is required to not be around Myth for a good portion of the story, I felt the absence of their awesome chemistry that Ehsani illustrated in the first book. And though the separation of Myth and Dragon was conducive to the plot, Myth and Dragon just barely constructed relationships with any of the other characters in the novel. Even the relationship between Blade and Myth, where Blade is portrayed as protective of Myth, doesn't seem to surface enough. Dragon too doesn't exactly connect with anyone, not even the other super computers that he encounters in the novel. I felt that given the space that they had from one another in this novel, Myth and Dragon would have filled the gaps where their banter would have gone (which at times had been overpowering in the first book) with new friendships and lessons learned. It didn't feel like either of them attempted that. Additionally I felt that the author reused way too much material from the last novel, such as Darren cracking his knuckles on every single page (we got it, it's an icky habit he does, we knew this) and Myth retelling her personality. I mean, if someone were to open the second book after having not read the first, then yes, Myth repeating that she doesn't like crying or she hates being a sniveling wimp would be something for them to know. For someone who already knows Myth though, he or she would just be EXTREMELY annoyed having to hear her say it again, and it just makes her character look even weaker.

What made me most upset though was how themes on humanity and what it means to be human were presented in the sequel. In the first novel, I was incredibly intrigued by Dragon's musings on his existence and on Myth's struggle to accept and acknowledge that her best friend is indeed a living. intelligent entity. In this however, those ideas were so blatantly written, I felt that the voices of the characters were lost, namely Dragon's. There are some moments where I wondered if it was in fact the smooth-talking MindOps that I met in the book who i wanted to fall in love with Myth. Instead, I felt like i was reading a critical analysis in the first person. It wasn't until towards the end that I heard the voice that had amused me so much in the first book.

The book does have some exciting sequences and there are a few things you get to learn about the seemingly crazed assassin the Albino, but even her character seems a bit rushed in this sequel. Though some facts are revealed about her, she really just seemed to be used as a button man rather than someone who was trying to lead a full scale cyber war. Though some awesome wit remains, I feel like I missed out on seeing Dragon evolve and achieve self-realization first-hand. Hopefully maybe we can see this in a possible third book.

  

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


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I put off reading this book for a really long time because I didn't think I was going to like it. I more then liked it. I pretty much loved it. I'm really picky about books that have angels in them, just because there's a fine line between captivating and cheesy, but this book was definitely the first. I loved the characters and how well rounded each of them were. They had their own distinct personalities, their own way of talking and acting, and it was very easy to pick up on that. Nora was an interesting main character with a back story that I was always happy to learn more about. A lot of the times authors don't know when to place that sort of information, and the reader is left with just a lot of stuff on the past that isn't necessary for what is currently going on. That wasn't the case here, and I found it refreshing to find that Fitzpatrick knew just when and where to place these details. It's the same with Patch's character and finding out more about him. We aren't just bombarded with info on him, and what's more, he and Nora don't just fall instantly in love with one another. They're attracted to each other, and that's obvious, but there's this great give and take that goes on between them. Patch also isn't the typical cookie-cutter "hero" either, which works perfectly. I love that he's snarky and has an attitude. I also really like that we don't always know where he stands. He fits into the role of a fallen angel, not all goody-goody, but not a horrible person incapable of redemption either. A lot of stuff happens in this book, so there's always something going on that draws the reader in. I found that a single event could take up thirty pages yet I wouldn't even notice because it was written so well. It was so easy to engage in this story, and I love the way Fitzpatrick easily draws us into Nora's head from the get go and keeps us there, even when we're totally frustrated with her for her less then fresh decisions. That was pretty much my one problem with this book. Nora was constantly stepping up only to back right back down a second later. She'd ask an important question, and then a second later go, "I have to leave", without even getting an answer. Those kind of details I feel could have been given to us a little more fluidly. I don't mind not knowing a major piece of information until the very end, but I don't constantly want it dangling in front of my face, one minute making me think I'm going to find out and the next proving otherwise. Other then that one thing though, I loved this book. I'm pretty surprised by how much, especially because the past three or so I've read got only three stars from me. I even went out yesterday and bought the second book just so I can keep reading! I would without a doubt recommend this, even to those who, like me, think it might not be their thing. I gave it a try and I wasn't disappointed. I love it when authors prove me wrong.



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