Monday, September 30, 2013

Something Wicked Returns Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to October!  We are coming up on Halloween!  Time for the Ghouls, Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and other supernatural creatures to come out and play! Mwahahahaha!!!
To get the month off to a great start, I am joining the Something Wicked Returns Giveaway Hop!
What do I have for you?  An ARC book about my all-time favorite Supernatural Creature: The Vampire 
 Well, in this case, vampires :)

Here it is:

Cover Reveal! And Giveaway for Sacrifice by Holly McDowell

King Solomon's Wives: Sacrificed 

In this harrowing third episode of King Solomon’s Wives, Hunters have imprisoned Sumarra. Trapped, tortured and missing her final window to become pregnant, she must find a way out or her ancestral line will perish forever. Time and hope might just be running out.

Her rival, Dilara, is the only Wife with the knowledge and resources to rescue her. But Dilara has other pressing problems: Infighting among the clans, the reappearance of a rogue Wife long thought dead, the Hunters’ continuing attacks, and her own haunting mistake. Will Dilara be able to unite the clans and be the leader the Wives so desperately need?

Dilara has always followed and enforced the rules, but in order to save Sonya, Sumarra, and the sisterhood, she must choose to go against everything she believes, even if it means sacrificing her rank, her integrity, and her own life.

Book Blitz and Giveaway -Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell
Release Date: February 2013

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

Available from:
Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (review)

The Summer I Became a Nerd 
The Summer I Became A Nerd

By Leah Rae Miller

Genre: Young Adult, Chick-Lit, Romance
Published May 2013
Pages: 267
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Buy it on Amazon or View on Goodreads
Summary: On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Rambling Thoughts: banned Books and their cohorts

Last week, as many may know, way Banned Book Week.  I wanted to share this with you then, but life intervened.  Regardless, I still want to share my thoughts on this subject.

Biggest thing is that no book should be banned from a county, town. city, state, country, etc.   Government should not tell us what we can or cannot read!   IT should not be illegal to own a particular title.  I don't even think we should have to conform to what we take to read at school, work, etc but being that more directly and impacts others I MIGHT be willing to accept that as a comprominse but event hat is REALLY pushing it and I still am against it.   

My life has been lucky in that regards.  Not too many 'banned books.'   There were certain titles the libraries would not carry, but otherwise it did not effect me for fiction.  The only impact for what was not allowed was in High School.  Bibles were not allowed on campus for any reason.  Yet any other religions book (such as the  Qu'ran or Torah) were acceptable.  Not cool!  Either all religious books should be out, or none!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves 25

  Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources.  Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it. 

I got several that I am quite excited about this week! Take a look!

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For Review

The Dark Elf of Syron (books 1-3) by Laura Lond
Wormholes by Dennis Meredith
Homecoming by Cecilia Robert

Friday, September 27, 2013

TGIF Weekly 23

T . G. I. F.  Weekly  

For those of you who don't know, TGIF Weekly is a Friday post where I share 3 books I have sitting next to me that I want to read soon.  My goal was to always work on at least 1 of these books before the next Friday. 
Now YOU decide what book I read first.  Leave a comment saying which book you think I should focus on and next TGIF post I will share a short blurb about what I think of the book. The blurb will only be for the book most voted for in comments.  Plus I will work on pushing the review out that much sooner.    *Please note that if a book is not read one week in may be on the list the following week!
Sorry for no post last week so the vote win is from 2 weeks ago.  
Last weeks top vote:

Dark Souls (Dark Souls, #1) This was a fun read and I look forward to the sequel.   This was better than I expected to be honest.  Lots of pieces to put together to solve Emily's identity of what she is.  I won't say too much hear, mainly because I already posted the review a couple days ago.  See it here.  Normally this blurb give you a sneak peek blurb before my review but it was due for a tour and as I was unable to properly create post last week, this was done a bit backwards.  I hope that does not happen again!  Thanks, Sarah for the vote!

The Books for the coming week:

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Ashes on the Waves 
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, "Annabel Lee," Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Blitz with Giveaway-Embrace series by Cherie Colyer

Embrace (The Embrace Series #1)
by Cherie Colyer
Release Date: 12/20/11
Omnific Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday 2

Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated by the blogger.  In this case, me.

This week- I am most excited about next weeks release of:
YA meets high fantasy in this lush series debut about a girl who never quite fit in — and the reason why...

Dark Souls Book Tour with review, except and Guest Post!

Dark Souls

(Dark Souls Series)

Volume I
Ketley Allison
Dark Souls (Dark Souls, #1) 
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy (OFFICIALLY)

Date of Publication: July 19, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-615-85755-8

Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 103,000

Summary:  "19-year-old Emily desperately wants a name for what she is. For what is consuming and torturing her. For what is changing her.

But she’s not crazy like her mother. She’s not.

Emily may not be as crazy as she thinks, because her body is no longer her own. Something is stirring inside her. It is soft, seductive, and tells her what to do to survive. As Emily learns that her world has been infected by demons that consume human souls and fit seamlessly into the bodies they empty, she must also accept that she is one of them. Yet, she is different from the rest, because her darkness didn’t inhabit her, it was awakened. And it doesn’t just want the humans."

My Review:  Great start to a series. Ketley Allison has a great debut novel here! The main character, Emily, is a young woman trying to make it on her own in the big city. While her best friend, Macy (who seems a bit shallow at first but grow on you), is living an easier life of college, parties, etc, Emily is stuck working two jobs just to struggle still to make ends meet.

One day, Emily's life is flipped upside down when Macy's boyfriend transforms into a monster and attacks her. Yet something inside Emily knows how to handle it and soon he is dead. When Macy friends Emily she is alone. No body, no blood...nothing. Emily soon finds herself in a world full of demons. One such demon tells her she is one of them. Or is she? For Emily can do more than other demons...

Emily also meets Asher, who she is drawn to, an his sister Gwyn. These two have secrets of there own. I must say, I could not stand Gwyn. She is just plain cruel and nasty! Asher on the other hand I couldn't decide one way or another. Being the book was all from Emily's perspective it was a little jaded. While there is a romantic element, there is no major romance in this book which was nice. While I wanted them to try and be together, it was sweet to see nothing was rushed for it, especially with everything else going on.

I felt really bad for Emily. Certain people knew more than they were sharing with her as she tries to learn about herself. I could not imagine going through what she goes through all alone. Although this is partly her own fault as she too is not truthful with others. Guess honesty is a two-way street here.

The book started off a bit slow for me and it took awhile until I could get into it. Yet once the pace picks up it doesn't slow down again even for a minute. It keeps you guessing who or what Emily is, dropping partial hints throughout the book. It was a fun thing to do while reading. Yet none of the hints give everything away, so you aren't stuck fully knowing what is going on until Emily herself learns the truth.

The ending left me sitting still, starting at the book, willing there to be more. While the book answers the questions needed to finish, it easily leaves things open enough for a second book. This is a great book for older teens and adults alike.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Blitz-To Know Me + Giveaway

To Know Me

Summary from Goodreads:
To know me is to die...

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.

Available from:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kindle Giveaway

Kindle Fire September 


Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7″.
Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway
The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Magi Vol 1 by Shinobu Ohtaka (review)

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 1 

Magi Vol 1
By Shinobu Ohtaka

Genre: Graphic Novel-Manga
Published Sept 2011
Pages: 197

Publisher: Viz Media

Buy it or View on Goodreads

Summary: A young boy, Aladdin, travels a mysterious continent that is home to a mysterious ruin known as the “Dungeon”, in which great treasure is said to lay hidden. During his travels, the young boy meets Ali Baba, and together they attempt to clear the “Dungeon” in order to claim the treasures within. As their quest brings about new encounters and farewells, Aladdin will come to learn of his true destiny.

Review:  A playful manga series based on the stories from Arabian Nights!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves 24

  Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources.  Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it. 

Okay, so I have quite a bit this week as I am playing catch-up for the print books from last week.  I apoligize for bad pictures.  My phone is still acting up. 

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For Review

Friday, September 20, 2013

T . G. I. F. Weekly -On Hold

T . G. I. F.  Weekly

Is temporarily on hold until next week. I have been out for the past week with Vertigo so reading has not really happened and I have been suffering withdrawal from my books.
 Monsters Inc 
The good news:  I am feeling better.  No major symptoms for the past 2 days! 

So I hope to get a lot read this week, but I am WAY behind.  I promise (short of an emergency) to be back to full strength this next week.  Thanks for your patience!