Sunday, September 30, 2012

In My Mailbox (20)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

Books I received from NetGalley

Book I received for review:

Pure & Sinful by

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adult Review: Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6) by Chloe Neill

The book is with Adult content so please, beware if you're under 18.

Goodread summary:
Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.

No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

I have to say there are spoilers in this review. I couldn't help myself, sorry! 

Oh this was a tough one to read. It begins right after Drink Deep and even though book four was filled with anticipation and anxiety, this was even more so because Ethan was already here and now it was time to determine if he is a zombie or something equally heartbreaking or if he was normal.
Let me just tell you again, that I was absolutely heartbroken when he died in book four and it pained me to see what Merit was going trough and book five was a real pain to read but in Biting Cold I was on edge even more because I expected Ethan to disintegrate at any moment and it was nerve wrecking experience but if you look past that it was a pretty awesome book.
It had everything in it. Happiness of Ethan's return, the usual chaos that is part of Chicago, the problems in Cadogan House were still there, and there were Angels! Enough said! lol...
It was definitely an action-packed read that followed Merit and Ethan all the way to Nebraska and back and there was definitely a lot of unexpected twist and turns, or shall I was bumps on the road.. literally.
“You are mine, Merit.”
Merit and Ethan's relationship was at it's usual state. Merit was eager to be as close to him as possible but Ethan, as gorgeous and as amazing as he is, was yet again reluctant to dive in head first. There was yet another obstacle in the way and he was unwilling to risk Merit's life just for the sake of being with her now and that was both cute and incredibly irritating.
I'm now sure that he loves her and all he is doing is to protect her but he pisses me off sometimes with how unwilling he is. He just thinks too much sometimes.
That reluctance didn't come straight form the beginning. There were some pretty steamy looks and lines for quite a while at first but then trouble happened, AGAIN, and Ethan hit the brakes, AGAIN...
“Like an angel of justice taking them down with his giant sword of righteousness?”
“That sounds like the tagline for a bad porn flick.”

Said angel is the explanation and the cause for the recent trouble in town. Things got really bad at one point and it was yet again a nerve wrecking experience but everything turned out alright, only to go to hell once more.
We got to see why Seth is the way he is, what happened to him, what he is and why he is like that. It's a very complex story, the one of his existence and I was fascinated by it. It was incredibly interesting and I love reading it because so many things started to make more sense. Of course there were more new questions with every answer but it was more informative than not.

“Girl, you’re the Sentinel of this House, and you’ve been trained by Catcher and Luc and Ethan. He’s in the training room right now. Get down there and kick his ass!”

What I love most about Chloe Neill is her ability to make a characters like Merit and Lindsay and a few others, that even in the worst possible time, in the crazy inappropriate moment to make a joke. There weren't a lot of them but they were enough. Well, actually as I think about it, there were quite a few funny moments even though the times were hard.
The characters manage to have a life among all the chaos and that's one of the things I love most about the book.
Now, let's go kill an angel. - like I said, inappropriate comments from time to time...

the book had a little bit of everything and it was a pretty exciting read. I absolutely loved it because A)Ethan was back, and B)the ending was amazing. It felt like an end to the series somehow but I know there's another book coming out so I'm happy.
There is much to be expected from book seven and I can't wait to see what happens. A new leaf was turned with the end of Biting Cold and I can't wait to see what's going to happen with the new position of the House and how everyone is going to react to it.
 I give it:

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (20)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

  Double Time (Sinners on Tour, #3) by Olivia Cunning
Expected publication:  November 1st 2012
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis(from Goodreads):
Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.

Book three in the Sinners on tour series... Oh I can't wait for this one. I already read the first two books (expect reviews later) and I absolutely loved them, so I can't wait to get my hands on this one... It's going to be amazing! Go Mills!

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Devoured by Emily Snow
 Publication: October 9th 2012

Synopsis(from Goodreads):
Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s posh Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

*This novel contains adult situations and content*

I saw this one at Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy's WOW post last week and I loved it. I really want to read it now and I can't wait. So just to mention it, Thank you Miss Vain for yet another great book I add to my shelf.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adult Review: Devil's Bargain(Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Adult Content, beware if you are under 18

Goodreads summary:
What's the price of a deal with the devil?

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost.

Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.

Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organization, he'll help her save Ben.

But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargain for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too.

And how high a price is she willing to pay?

So, I got an early copy of this book from NetGalley (one from Harlequin MIRA publishing that's coming out early October). I don't really know where to begin. From the summary we get the first picture of the book and it is about Jazz, an ex-detective with no job, little money left in the bank and then we meet her sitting at a bar drinking the little she's got left, net exactly impressive but I was interested to see where things will go from there. It was a brief wait because that's when it all changed. That first night we met her was the night when a man walks into Sal's bar looking absolutely ridiculous in his new leather, looking for her.
That's when Jazz finally had hope that things could get better.
After everything that happened at her work, the trouble with her partner Ben, she was even more suspicious than usual so the totally unexpected visit from a lawyer that she doesn't know, giving her the money she needs to start a PI company is a little too unrealistic.
Jazz is a woman that fends for herself. She fights her battles and she stands her own and she was a pretty interesting and mature character to read about. She has learned from her experience but she is still a hot-headed person that acts first and then thinks about it later. She is just the right combination of sarcastic, serious and mostly angry person and it was a joy to read from her P.O.V
Unlike Jazz, her new partner Lucia Garza is composed, calm and rational... She is also a very strong character and she and Jazz made the perfect team. They didn't over-think their situation, but they didn't rush into things and they worked pretty good together.
Another similarity between them is that even though they signed the agreement for the money, which stated that they would have to take some contracts by the lawyer firm, they soon found themselves questioning the foundation of this agreement more and more. The tasks seemed ridiculous but also it wasn't enough to save a life...
I wasn't sure where things were going with this book and I was just following the flow. It was one of those books I liked but I wasn't sucked into it unable to resist. It was just the right amount of interesting to keep me hooked and I really liked it.
The book was well written and the characters were developed and interesting and even then they were growing in front of us. The book was kind of short but I'm a big fan of Rachel Caine's and I would love to read the rest of the series. I definitely want to find out what happens next!

 I give it:

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Interview and Giveaway: Author Ilana Waters

Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.

No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return. With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.

Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?

 Do you like the sound of this middle-grade novel? Do you want to read it? Continue reading and you will get the chance to win a copy of the book provided by the author.

And now I have author Ilana Waters here with me today to tell us a little bit about herself and her new middle-grade fantasy novel The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia. 

Hello Ilana,, thank you for visiting my blog.

1. Can you tell us a little bit more about your book and how you came up with the idea for it? What inspired you to write it?
I know you probably hear this a lot, but I got the idea for the book in a dream. The
characters came to me in this dream too—the biggest ones introduced themselves by
name! And the rest of it, well, I just made up as I went along.
2. I saw that this is Book 1. How many books do you plan to write in the series?
Thanks for your interest! Three books are planned, making this The Hartlandia Trilogy.
I only have working titles for the others (not real titles), so it’s not quite time to share
those yet. I’m writing the second book now. Without giving too much away, I can say
it involves pirates, vampires, Vikings, witches . . . and a certain librarian named Stanley
who may be lost at sea.
3. What are your favorite book and movie?
Favorite book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.

Favorite movie: Labyrinth. RIP, Jim Henson.
4. Is there a song or a playlist that you listened to while writing your book?
I don’t really have a set playlist, but I have been enjoying many different Pandora stations
that you “create” yourself. I can’t listen to music with lyrics when I write (because they
get confused with the words I’m trying to type. I recently learned that many writers have
this problem!). So I listen to what I call “weird New Age music.” A lot of piano, guitar,
and harp instrumentals. But for some of the fairy scenes, I did listen to
Faun, which is a darkwave/pagan/folk band.
So I’m not going to lie to you; there was some pretty freaky music going on. ;-)
5. Do you have a routine you follow whenever you prepare yourself to write? A special place where you write?
Ha-ha . . . whenever I prepare myself to write! I guess you could say the hallmark of my
routine is procrastination, even though I love what I do. It usually starts with me making
some notes, then being unable to stop and having the notes turn into scenes, chapters, etc.
I have literarily written entire stories this way. I write in my bedroom where the PC is.
I can’t say it’s the most special room in the world, but it’s special to me. To paraphrase
Virginia Woolf, you can’t underestimate the importance of having a room of one’s own!
6. You are a self-published author. Is there some advice you'd like to give to all the young authors out there about how to get their work published?
That is a great question! My advice is actually the same regardless of whether the author
is trying to break into traditional publishing, independent publishing, or a combination of
the two (known as the “hybrid” model). My advice is: be flexible. Don’t get locked into
one story, one business model, or even one idea. Try new things and see what works and
what doesn’t. Also, be careful of how you present yourself online and offline. Reputation
is everything, so always show the best side of yourself!
Thank you so much Ilana for visiting and for the interview. I hope to hear from you again soon. Good luck with you next book! 
And thank you, Martina, for interviewing me. You have a great blog that is lots of fun for people to follow!

Author's Bio

Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason.

Her first book—The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandiais a middle-grade fantasy. It is available at Amazon, Barnesandnoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.

You can contact her via Twitter, Goodreads and her website.

And here's the link to excerpt from the book: Free Sample
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adult Review: Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill

The book is with Adult content so please, beware if you're under 18.

Goodread summary:
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit...

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for both the vampires and humans.

I have to say there are spoilers in this review. I couldn't help myself, sorry! 

Oh I have no idea how to describe this book. It was incredible (obviously... well it becomes obvious in the end) and it was nerve wrecking.
I was kind of stunned after reading Hard Bitten and I was hesitant with investing my feelings into this book as well because the ending of book 4 broke my heart.
“There are nights when the world is completely askew
because he’s gone.”

But there was so much action and so many things were changing and Merit had to change according to the situations she was put in. That transition was even harder because she had to do it without Ethan and that was actually the biggest and hardest change she had to face, working without him, living without him.
No matter how rocky their relationship was in the previous books, they had become pretty dependent on each other and when Merit had to face the new problems in Chicago all on her own she was pretty scared. Good thing, or at least not so bad, was that Jonah was there to help her. He quickly took Ethan's place as her partner at work but don't get me wrong. The transition for Merit wasn't an easy one an most of the time she was feeling like she was somehow betraying Ethan but the situation was out of control and she needed help. Even though Jonah started to show interest she wasn't ready to move on and it was obvious to the readers and to the other characters.
In this book I think Merit realized how much she really cared for Ethan and how much she needed him, but also she learned to use the skills he was teaching her and she was honoring his memory by becoming this stronger person that was fighting for her House, for her city and for everyone in it when she was forbidden to do it. She proved herself to the people in the House and to her new partner and she was really impressive.
And of course Merit, ever the optimist was in play as always:
“I'm working from the assumption it's going to go horribly wrong. If we get out of here with limbs intact and no aspen slivers in uncomfortable places, we're calling it a win."
The plot in the book was incredibly shocking! It was just so many things happening in the same time and things got worse by the minute and all hell was about to break loose and as it turned out Merit had to face a betrayal nobody expected. I was stunned when Mer figured out who was causing the trouble and it was unbelievable....
But something good came from that betrayal and I am actually happy it happened. Yeah it sucks that Merit lost a friend but she got Ethan back so that's good....
“I have been given a third chance at life, even if the circumstances are somewhat disconcerting. You are mine, and we both know it.”
Oh Hell Yeah! he's back!!!! but not until almost the end of the book so there's a lot to happen before that.
There, as usual, was lots and lots of drama following every vampire from Cadogan House.
But there were also some pretty funny moments amidst of all the drama.
“And that’s why we’re sending Boobs McGee.”
I slowly swiveled my head to glare at Catcher. “Seriously. You’re, what, twelve now?”
“Then I guess that settles that,” I agreed. “My boobs and I will go.”

And there was this crazy stupid and annoying as hell receiver that was walking around the house like he owned everything and everyone in it and he was practically making everybody's lives a living hell and he was making so many changes so soon after Ethan's death. I was seriously surprised somebody didn't kill him.
Also even though a lot of people blame Catcher for not noticing or not doing something about what Mallory did, I don't blame him and I actually just noticed that he was involved in some of the lol moments and even though he was grumpy as always he was somewhat helpful.

All in all the book was kind of frustrating but still interesting. I had of course read a spoiler so I was dying to reach the moment of Ethan's return. The book was somehow just not as good when he wasn't there but the anticipation was building more and more with every next chapter and I enjoyed it so much!
That's why I'm giving this one 5 stars even though it had it's weak spots..
I can't wait to start the next book. It just came out so that's good.

 I give it:

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

  Shade (Shade, #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Expected publication:  May 4th 2010
Simon Pulse

Synopsis(from Goodreads):
Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

I know it's been a while since this one came out but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. I find this one very interesting and I would love to read it soon. If any of you have reviews of the book feel free to leave me links of them along with your WOW link.

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Blood Type by Melissa Luznicky Garrett
 Publication:  January 1st 2012
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Synopsis(from Goodreads):
Since getting attacked by a vampire, I didn’t believe in beginnings. Only endings. Every person born to this world comes with an expiration date, but I had never considered mine. At least not until I met John.

Now the end was all I ever thought about. I woke up every morning wondering if that day would be my last. Venom pulsed in my veins and seeped into my bones, infecting all my vital organs and changing me from the inside out. Slowly killing me.
But I’d welcome death in the end, if only because the alternative was even more frightening.

Popular girl Blake Ehlert has it all: a prime spot on the cheerleading squad, a jock boyfriend who’s strong and sensitive, and the winning vote for Homecoming Queen two years in a row. But when she strikes up a conversation with loner John Kelly, her entire world starts to crumble.

John Kelly is a vampire—what’s known to his kind as a Compeller. It’s his job to recruit human Donors with a particular blood type.

And Blake is his next target.

This one has been already released but I just saw it today and I really liked it. I will find a way to read it soon.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

YA Review: Matched (Matched trilogy, #1) by Ally Condie

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!

Goodread summary:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. Oh I've heard so many things about these books. I've seen the reviews, positive and negative(saw the raiting), I've seen the posters of Team Ky and Team Xander but I didn't know what it was all about. I knew the covers when I saw them, I just didn't know anything about the story and one day the book was on sale and I bought it. Now I am mad at myself because I bought just this one and not the second one as well.
I have this new love for dystopian novels and I really liked Matched!
There are some books that make me go crazy obsessed, this one wasn't like that, but I kept my head clear and focused and I enjoyed reading it. It was interesting and I loved the characters and the story and I felt the unexpected and unusual bursts of anger from Cassia and pretty much every other emotion she felt.
The book and the story felt real and very, very possible and it was exciting to visit this new world where everything it 'perfect'. Where everything it controlled by the Society and you live the life of a brainless creature just a healthy one because the Society don't allow you to slack off. You do what you're told, you get your life's decisions handed to you and you don't complain, you thank them for the effort.
The author has built such a realistic world that just made sense. For a while there I was thinking what it'll be like to not have to worry about money and providing food and school and all those things we want but don't really need. It sounds compelling... Only that it goes against every instinct in us, against human nature.
I definitely loved reading this book and as I said I'm mad at myself for only buying the first one and not the second one as well. I'll make sure I get book two soon so I see what happens next!
 I give it:

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