Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop-INTERNATIONAL

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For this giveaway I have THREE PRIZE OPTIONS
And there will be TWO winners!!

Prize Option 1:

J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (Movie Tie-In): The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, the Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions)  [Blu-ray] 
The Complete Lord of the Rings book boxset and movie trilogy (BlueRay edition)

Prize Option 2:
The Hunger Games Trilogy Classic (Box Set)The Hunger Games 
The Hunger Games Boxset and first Movie (standard DVD)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bound by Night by Larisa Ione (review)

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1) 
 MoonBound Clan Vampires:  Bound by Night (1)

by Larissa Ione

Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Adult
Pages: 400
Published: Sept. 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books


Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .


A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever."

Review:  Welcome to Larissa Ione's latest vampire series! An interesting story of slavery, loyalty, revenge and a hot 'n sexy romance.

Nicole is a human woman and New-found CEO of Daedalus Corp. She inherited the company from her parents who were massacred in a vampire rebellion attack when she was a young girl. Her illegitimate half-brother, Chuck, has been ruining it in her place until she was ready to take the reins. But what she thinks she is getting may be more than she expected.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Books That Need more attention Giveaway Hop

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Lots of thanks to Valerie at Stuck in Books for hosting this fantastic Giveaway Hop! 
So many of us have read and loved (or at least enjoyed) a book that no one else seems to be aware of it's existence.  Well this is a chance to help get the word out about them.  
I am going to share some of my favorite lesser known books with you then I have a giveaway below.
These are books that do not seem to be well heard of or acknowledged.  These books have less than 500 ratings on goodreads, and not because they are new titles! Most are under 100 even...
  These books deserve more and come with my recommendation to read.  Click the picture for a link to learn more about each Title!
The Unseen Country   The Adventures of Little Pegleg the Pirate and Friends (Little Pegleg the Pirate #1)   Salvation  Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon: Book One 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Deep Blue (1) by Jennifer Donnelly (review)

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga, #1) 
Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue (1)
by Jennifer Donnelly
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult, Youth
Pages: 368
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Disney
Summary:  "Waterfire Saga is an epic new series set in the depths of the ocean where six mermaids seek to save their world.

Written by Carnegie Medal winning author of A Gathering Light, Jennifer Donnelly.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be about reuniting with handsome Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Instead she finds herself haunted by strange dreams foretelling the return of an ancient evil, and dealing with the deaths of her parents as assassins storm the betrothal ceremony, plunging the city into chaos.

Led only by her shadowy dreams and pursued by the invading army, Serafina and her best friend Neela embark on a quest to avenge her parents' death and prevent a war between the mer nations. In the process they discover a plot that threatens their - and our - world's very existence."

Review:  This was a decent underwater fantasy-adventure that has potential. And yet for all the good it is, there is also some head-spinning vocabulary.

Seraphina is the heir the kingdom and her whole life seems set before her before and attack destroys her apparent path. But just before the attack she has a 'dream' of a prophecy she must help with. For she is one of 6 that must save the sea.

This books word choice and creation had me utterly overwhelmed at first. We are given a lot of made up words, terms, names and places. Seriously, every paragraph seemed to have at least 3 new words. This continues throughout the books but is a little less overwhelming thank goodness. But the beginning was so bad I almost DNFed this. Some were just a play on words (like Merlfriend instead of Girlfriend) . And then others are real words in all sorts of languages! We are given Italian, Qin, Arabic, Brazilian slang, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek...

It gets worse... we also have several made up languages including Mermish, Dracdemara, Rurus, and more!! You know Scuttle from "Disney's The Little Mermaid" and how he calls a fork an dinglehopper? Well there is A LOT of that type of wording happening and it leaves us guessing what they are talking about. Sometimes i just gave up and went with it like I would a Dr Seuss book where it just isn't meant to make sense.

Leaving all that aside, the adventure is quite good. Although I must say the attack on Seraphina's home had me sad. I always put mermaids in a happy place so reading about them dying left a pout on my face. Some of the imagery is pretty like when we hear about Seraphina's room or when they change her look to disguise her.

Seraphina is a nice mermaid but very insecure to her role. Neela, her best friend and companion, is a stronger character that I really liked. We get other characters including Blu, Ling and many others.

There is betrayal, death and action...a small dash of romance...loyalty and friends...all mixed together is a "Save the World" adventure.

I will read the next one. I am curious how it ends but I do warn new readers, be sure to have patience and focus when you start reading this!

*I received a copy of this book from Disney in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.*  

Nisekoi Vol 2 by Naoshi Komi (review)

Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 2: Zawsze in LoveNisekoi Volume 2

By Naoshi Komi

Genre(s): Manga, Graphic Novels
Pages: 192
Published: Mar 2014
Publisher: Viz Media

Summary:  "Though Raku and Chitoge's false love is off to a rocky start, they have everyone fooled! However, Raku's still hung up on his childhood sweetheart and wears a pendant around his neck as a memento. But one big problem prevents him from finding the girl whom he promised to marry—he can't remember her name or face! To further complicate matters, Onodera, Raku's current crush who also harbors secret feelings for him, accidentally overhears the two arguing over their false relationship!"

Review:  Which one is it?! This book adds more complexity as we begin to really question who Raku's promise was with. Filled with humor, hints of romance and a couple beatings we are offered this next installment to the series.

Onodera is so sweet and adorable. I love her. But her shy nature can also be a point of frustration. I wanted to shout "Just show him already!" a few times. She certainly is most likely candidate for the promise, but I don't know...