Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Character Spotlight: Villains: Voldemort

First off- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Second- go here and enter the awesome Halloween giveaway I have going on! So, if you have been stopping by the past couple of Saturdays, you may have noticed that I have been featuring some of my favorite villains in order to celebrate Halloween here on the blog (or maybe not, who knows). Well if you didn’t know, now you do. Now I know what you are saying, “Teresa, it is not Saturday.” Yes I do know that, but I also know that it is in fact Halloween *eats candy* and because of that I am doing a super special Character Spotlight on the villain I think is the evilest aka best villain out there. Really, it wasn’t much of a competition, Voldemort wins this contest HANDS DOWN.

I think it is safe to say that Voldemort is one of the best known and most notorious villains in the history of literature, I mean people take classes on this stuff in college. Voldemort is evil personified and he knows it. He has no remorse what-so-ever and he does truly terrible things. I mean, let’s be serious, he is threatened by a BABY and has no problem murdering him.

The worst thing about Voldemort is that nobody is safe from him. This is one of the things that makes him such an awesome villain. Even his followers are not safe, they fear him just as much as anyone else. He has no problem getting rid of or using any of his followers, to him they are replaceable. Human life means absolutely nothing to him and he will get rid of anyone he feels is standing in his way. Case and point for this: Severus Snape.

Good old Voldie takes everything you knew about villains and just exceeds everything you could have ever thought to expect. He has defined evil for an entire generation. I remember being terrified of him as a kid when I first began Harry Potter. Harry Potter then sparked my love of reading and basically defined my childhood; but that is all for another post. My point is, Voldemort cannot be compared to anyone, because there  is no other villain out there who even comes close to the level of evil that he possesses in my opinion. You could never trust him to be really and truly gone and no matter what happened, nobody was ever safe with him anywhere around. Heck, years later I still catch myself thinking "but what if there is one more Horcrux out there."

I could go on and on forever with all the reasons why Voldemort is probably the best villain ever, but I don’t think it would be anything you haven’t heard already. Simply, Voldemort is a villain with a mission who refuses to let anyone stop him. He looks down on others and thinks that he is the best, and in the end that is his downfall. He tries to cheat death, almost succeeds, but in the end his arrogance is his downfall.

If you want to check out the other villains I spotlighted this month, I included the links below:
Avari of Soul Screamers
Jeanine of The Divergent Trilogy
Queen Mab of The Iron Fey
Valentine and Sebastian of The Mortal Instruments 

Waiting On Wednesday #21: Opal by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

This Waiting On Wednesday is all about Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
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"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."

 I don't think it is a secret that JLA is my favorite author and that Lux is my favorite series. So naturally I am beyond excited for this book! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one and see some more of Daemon and Katy. I firmly believe that there is no such thing as too much Daemon Black. As a side note, I was going to pick Deity as my WoW this week, but then I realized that it is only a week away, so YAY for that. I

Opal will be released on December 11, 2012.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #21: Exiled by: M.R. Merrick

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from Exiled by: M.R. Merrick:

"I was tired of him changing topics and tired of trusting him. He had yet to do anything but add to the mysteries that seemed to fill my life, but before I could respond the door opened and Mom entered. "Marcus we need to get going if we're going to...." she stopped and gasped."

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So happy I finally got around to reading this book! It is fab!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Release Date: October 23, 2012
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"Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling Hush, Hush saga.

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?"

My Thoughts:

You all probably know that I am a mega-fan of the Hush, Hush series. From the moment I began it, I just fell in love with it. So to say I had high expectations going into Finale is putting it lightly, I would say my expectations were higher than they have ever been for a book (possibly with the exception of Harry Potter). With my expectations this high, I was worried that Finale would not live up to them, but honestly Finale surpassed every single incredibly high expectation I had. The book is addictive and surprised me at every turn. There were twists and turns left and right, and where Becca Fitzpatrick had the opportunity to go with the typical YA plot points, she didn’t and the book was all the better because of it.

I have always been a fan of Nora, despite what I know others think of her. For some reason I always liked her, probably because I think a female character can be strong without having to kick butt or something like that. Nora is strong in other ways. She is determined and goes for what she wants, she is fiercely protective of her friends and family, she is smart, and she deals well when thrown into paranormal situations she really had no experience with. That being said, she does adopt a little badassery in this one and I liked seeing her come into her Nephilim strength. At the same time, there were moments where I wanted to smack some sense into her. She makes some questionable decisions, but they are understandable at the same time. In the end though, I was happy with her character development.

Now on to Patch. Be warned, this may get a bit fangirly because I adore Patch Cipriano. He is in my top three favorite fictional characters along with Daemon Black and Tod Hudson. If you thought Patch was great in the last books, well then you don’t know anything. He exceeds himself in Finale and I swear this book is just made up of swoon. There were so many moments that I just wanted to read over and over again because they were so sweet and so perfect. Patch will literally do anything to help Nora and it is clear there is nothing and no one who is more important than her in his eyes. That kind of devotion is just something it is hard not to love. He is the embodiment of what it means to be a book boyfriend.

Nora and Patch are a couple that has definitely not had it easy, and the events at the end of Silence just made things a lot more difficult. That being said, they are much stronger couple in Finale. I loved watching them work together as a team. That’s not to say they didn’t have their issues, because they did, big time. The difference was, this time they were willing to work through them together and not make the mistakes they had made in the past. They have realized that they are worth fighting for and that what they have is not something that should be given up on easily.

I could probably sit here all day going on and on about everything that happened in Finale, but I do not want to get spoilery and there is just so much that could be spoiled. There are so many surprises in Finale that you get to the point where you simply do not know what to expect. Things that would never even cross your mind occur. This book is also an emotional rollercoaster. I spent the last one hundred pages in tears because of the multitude of emotions. I would go from happy to sad in a nano second. This book broke my heart at points. I am pretty sure there was one point in the book that killed a little piece of me and I do not know if I will ever get it back. Be prepared for an emotional onslaught.

Finale was an amazing conclusion to one of my all-time favorite series. After I finished, I literally did not know what to do. I was a bit numb to be honest. I had to go back and re-read the last chapter in an attempt to accept that the series really had concluded. I waited what feels like an incredibly long time to read Finale and now that I have, I simply do not know what to do. I am so sad that there is no more to Patch and Nora’s story but at the same time I am glad that I have a conclusion and closure to their story. It is a very conflicted feeling. So to wrap up what I am sure is a rambly review, I loved Finale and I think fans of the series will enjoy it as well. If you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend you go out and get yourself Hush, Hush and meet the wonderful characters that are Nora Grey and Patch Cipriano.

I included the book trailer for Finale because I think it is one of the best ones I have ever seen.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror (Review, Author Interview, and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop in the Fear Blog Tour hosted by Book Me. I have a review and an interview with one of the authors for you guys today. The interview is awesome! Denise was awesome and really took the time to fully answer the questions, plus she is an accountant just like me!

"Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors.

Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.

Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Fear, with forewords by international bestselling authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is released in Paperback and on Kindle, October 3rd 2012."

I am not one to normally sit down and read a gigantic horror book, because I simply do not like the crazy images I conjure for myself in my head. However, give me a giant book of mini horror stories and I’m good to go. I find anthologies like this one to be lots of fun and I am really glad I was given the opportunity to participate in this blog tour.

This anthology is a two volume set and each and every story is worth your time. They are all chilling and creepy and many have a crazy twist of fate to them. This anthology is great because you can sit down and enjoy a bunch of scary stories back to back or you can pick the book up, read one story, and then come back later to read some more. 

So there is no way I can write about each and every story, so I picked out some of my favorites that I wanted to share with you guys.

First we have What Goes Around by Carmen Jenner (she is awesome, by the way and one of my favorite blogger buddies.) This was the first story I read in the anthology, and even after all of the other stories, I could not forget it. Probably because it had zombies, and we all know that I am weirdly obsessed with zombies. Her zombies were vividly described and those descriptions made me cringe because they were so perfectly gross. I also loved the title and if you read the story you will see that it is an apt title for the twist that occurs.

Next I want to mention Of Events At Lowkirk Cemetery by Michael Cail. I loved the time period this story was set in; gaslight automatically makes anything creepier. This story is like a story within a story. We come into it after the events have occurred and watch the main character describe the events to the police. I thought this was a very interesting way to get the story across. I also enjoyed the mention of strigoi, because Vampire Academy freak that I am, it excited me.

Another favorite of mine was Little Darlings by Ginger Nielsen. This one truly creeped me out and I absolutely loved the twist at the end. There were lots of dolls in this one, and dolls freak me out, so this was a great scary story for me. The story did not go the way I expected at all, and I loved it for that. I love when a story surprises me. I also love that the little girl is not so innocent.

I also really enjoyed The Lost Souls by Laura Huntley. This one was incredibly sad, but still had a creepy feel. This one really made my heart hurt. Despite its short length, I really felt for the character and made a connection with her. This is one of those stories that is not happy, but it is good.

Last but not least, I want to mention Life and Death In A Cemetery by Denise Moncrief. I loved that this story jumped right into the action. It picks up after a woman has been kidnapped and she is digging her own grave. This leaves the reader to imagine how she got there and exactly what happened. I loved that the woman had fight in her and refused to back down. The ending to this one is an awesome twist and I was very happy with the turn of events. I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview Denise, so be sure to check that out after the review.

I wish I could mention all of the stories, but then we would be here for days. These stories may have been the ones to stand out to me, but there may be others that stand out to you. Every single story is truly great and worth the read. Horror fans, this one is for you.

Interview with Denise Moncreif: 

First I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. It is a pleasure having you on the blog today. To start, what first sparked your interest in writing?

 I began devouring every book I could get my hands on in high school. I’ve been a prolific reader ever since. All of that reading has fed my imagination. For years my daydreaming made me feel somewhat guilty. I had no problem imagining myself in other places, with other people, doing other things. One day I got the idea of channeling all my daydreaming into a manuscript. That was nine, maybe ten years ago, and since then I’ve been writing practically non-stop with only a few short sabbaticals due to a recalcitrant muse refusing to cooperate and give me a fresh spurt of inspiration.

What were some authors that have had an influence on your work? 
I’m an eclectic reader, so I don’t think any particular author influences my work more than any other. I find that everything I read adds a little something extra to my writing. I might read a mystery, then a historical novel, then a biography, then a romance, then chick lit, then suspense, then something literary or nonfiction. Once in a while, I’ll get stuck on a writer and read everything he or she has written. I started with Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Margaret Truman, and PD James. Then there was John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, and Robert Ludlum. But usually I’ll read whatever entices me based on the story blurb. Lately I’ve been reading independent and small press writers looking for something different.

Few books have made me stop and think, “Wow! I would love to write like that!” I loved the suspense in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca and Graham McNamee’s Acceleration. I enjoyed the paranormal element in Anne Rivers Siddons’ The House Next Door, Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper, and Karen White’s Tradd Street series. I really liked the interwoven contemporary and historical storylines in Christi Phillips’ The Rossetti Letter and The Devlin Diary. I enjoyed Gregory Maguire’s darker retelling of old fairy tells. The only one I haven’t read is Wicked. I’m not fond of best sellers or trendy series. I haven’t read the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight, or Fifty Shades of Gray series. If it’s likely to end up as a blockbuster movie, I probably won’t enjoy the book.

If you were stuck on an island and could only pick one book or series to keep with you forever what would you choose and why?
 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I love the opening line in the book. “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful…” Yet Ms. Mitchell wrote her as irresistible to the opposite sex. Scarlett was a complex character. I strive to write complex and irresistible characters. And also I’d want it with me because the book is sooo long it would keep me reading for a while before I got bored and started my own book by writing with my finger in the sand on the beach or scratching the bark of a palm tree with a sharp stick.

LOVE that answer! What is the best piece of advice concerning writing you have ever gotten? 
I remember well my first rejection. I submitted a series of four stories to a publisher. He very kindly suggested I should continue to hone my skills by perhaps going to a writer’s workshop. It was an excellent piece of advice, because I did as he advised and realized how much I didn’t know about the craft of writing. That was years ago. An author should never believe he or she has learned all there is to know about the art and craft of writing.

I truly enjoyed your story and its twist, so I’m curious, what was the inspiration behind Life and Death In A Cemetery? 
I first wrote Life and Death in a Cemetery to a writing prompt for a contest. The story had to be short and had to be horror or thriller. That meant I had to step up the suspense to a horrifying level. I haven’t written much straight up horror or thriller stories.

That was a few years ago. The story has grown and evolved since then, but I believe my original thought process went something like this:

What’s the most horrible thing I can think of? To be buried alive.
What if I hadn’t been buried alive yet? What if I knew it was going to happen before I was forced into the coffin? Then that would truly be horrifying.
How would I feel? What would I do before I was buried alive? I would either crumble or fight back.
Wouldn’t the best place to bury a dead body be in a cemetery? Of course.
Who would think of looking there for a missing person? The perfect place to hide a dead body.

Thus the basic premise for the story was born. Then I put myself in the heroine’s place and imagined what it would be like to be forced to dig my own grave.

What is your favorite genre to read and which genre do you prefer to write? 
I love suspense and that’s what I write. I bend and blend genres. My stories are usually suspense and _________. My daughter tells me I can’t write anything without including at least one dead body in the story line. Well, I don’t know, maybe that’s true. Aside from traditional suspense plot lines, I find there’s an element of suspense in any conflict, a moment when the breath catches. I strive to portray that one thing in any situation that will affect the heart rate, tug at emotions, or make the reader anxiously turn the page to read what happens next.

What is your typical writing process? 
The premise usually emerges because something in my environment sparks a question. I see something, overhear a conversation, read a news story, or see a movie that captures my imagination. I have a work in process that began because I wondered why a house had been abandoned in the mountains of Arkansas. My current release with Still Moments Publishing evolved because I asked, “What if I woke up in another woman’s body?”

I imagine the opening scene of the story and decide how the story will end. Between the beginning and the ending I am a pantser. I let the plot evolve as it goes along, letting my characters and their developing personalities decide what to say and how to react in any given situation, as long as they get to the end of the story right where I want them to go.

Thanks again for being here today. 
I enjoyed answering your questions. Thanks for having me here.

Denise lives in Louisiana, United States, with one husband, two children, and one very chubby canine. Her family not only endures her writing moods, but also encourages her to indulge her passion. An accountant by day and a writer of romantic suspense by night, she leads a very busy and joyous life. She’s been writing off and on since she was seventeen, and with several stories already published, she has no desire to slow down.

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In My Mailbox #19

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I toned down the fangirling this week, but I of course still rambled a bit...

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Ruining Me by: Nicole Reed
Persephone by: Kaitlin Bevis
Rockoholic by: C.J. Skuse
Thoughtless by: S.C. Stephens
The Raven Boys by: Maggie Stiefvater
The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa
Finale by: Becca Fitzpatrick

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Character Spotlight: Villains: Valentine and Sebastian (The Mortal Instruments)

So we are coming to the end of my Villains Character Spotlights (wahhhhh). There is only one more after this and that one will be on Halloween and will feature who I think is the best villain ever! This one however contains a very close second to the best villain ever title. (Side note: Warner from Shatter Me did not make this list because I heart him and plan to do a regular spotlight on him soon). Anyway, this spotlight is on two awesome villains from one awesome series; Sebastian and Valentine from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

Both Valentine and Sebastian are truly terrifying villains. It is really hard to decide who the worse of the two is. Both are terrible in their own way. Both are cool and calculated and if you ever see them lose their temper, well then you know you are in for a lot of trouble. They are incredibly smart and have a way of causing lots of trouble. They also both have a mission and it is not a good one. The other thing, they both truly believe in their mission and will do nearly anything to see it succeed.

Let’s start with Valentine since we meet him first. Valentine has always been one of my favorite villains because he truly believes in his goal. Yes, he plans to cause loads of trouble along the way, but he thinks he is doing what is right. I still hate him, don’t get me wrong, but it is a bit easier to understand a character like this. I also like him because he is capable of being funny. While he is a jerk, he still knows how to make a joke. I enjoyed seeing him and Clary fight and I really enjoyed watching Clary surprise him at every turn.

On to Sebastian. Sebastian is simply crazy and just wants to watch the world burn. Frankly, I enjoyed watching him attempt to make the world burn. Do I hate him? Of course! But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watching the journey and the trouble he causes, because let’s be honest a story without a villain isn’t much of a story at all. There has to be that guy you hate, and Sebastian fills that role perfectly. He is truly evil and his mission is to turn the Shadowhunter world on its head and change everything they thought they knew. He also has a weird need for companionship, probably because he never really had it. He clings to Jace and Clary for all the wrong reasons and wants to corrupt them. I am dying to see what he throws their way in City of Heavenly Fire.

For the many reasons I listed and oh so many more, Sebastian and Valentine are two of the best villains out there and the same great lady created them both! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Book Review: Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness #2) by: P.T. Michelle

Release Date: July 9, 2012
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"Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.
During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.
While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t."

My Thoughts:

Lucid is a wonderful follow up to Brightest Kind of Darkness. The story keeps you guessing and the plot moves along at a nice pace. However, Lucid did not grab me the way Brightest Kind of Darkness did. I was invested in the story and eager to know what was going to happen, but when I put the book down there was no overwhelming desire to pick it back up. Maybe I was just in a weird mood, but Brightest Kind of Darkness was a book I just could not put down where I did not get that feeling with Lucid. I am attributing this to the lack of Ethan.

I loved Ethan in Brightest Kind of Darkness, so when he wasn’t really in Lucid I was a bit upset. I really missed having his character around and I missed his interactions with Nara. Sadly, Ethan does not show up until the end, but when he does show up it is great. While I adore Ethan, I did want to punch him a little bit in this book. While he was off, it is obvious he was up to something. Did he share with Nara? Of course not, why would he do that. I mean he only expects Nara to share everything with him and gets mad when she doesn’t, but he is still holding back. It seemed like a bit of a double standard to me. Aside from this though, I still really like his character and I am hoping he is much more prevalent in the next book.

Nara goes through some changes in Lucid and I think they are for the better. She becomes kinda kickass and I loved that. She learns to fight and defend herself. I also liked the way she dealt with Ethan’s absence. She was upset and clearly missed him; however she didn’t focus on that. Nara found ways to distract herself and found her own ways to stay close to him. A lot of her distraction comes with the help of the new Welsh transfer student Drystan. While Drystan was not Ethan, I liked him a lot. He is funny and witty and has a swoon worthy accent. However, he too had his moments where he grated on my nerves. He was determined to make Nara trust him so she would share her secrets with him. My question is; why did he need to know? Someone can trust you without telling you every single deep dark secret they have. Trust is a two way street; Drystan wants Nara to trust him, but he should also trust her to tell him what she feels is right for her. Sometimes people like to keep things personal. Also, not all secrets are hers to share, like Ethan’s for instance. Now I just need to take a quick second to talk about Nara’s BFF Lainey. Lainey can be incredibly annoying. She can be incredibly self-centered, especially in the beginning of the book. She drove me nuts, but she does make up for it in the end.

Lucid has numerous interwoven plot lines. Fate is still around but now there is someone or something else out there that is interested in Nara and Ethan’s connection to the ravens. These people are willing to go to extreme lengths to figure this out and get to them. I found the raven plot line to be incredibly interesting, but I was left with a lot of questions about it and I am looking forward to learning more about that in the next book. The one downside to the plot was that I was able to guess some of the ending, where with Brightest Kind of Darkness I could not guess anything.

My favorite part about Lucid is that it leaves all the angst behind. I mean, of course it has a tiny presence, but it is not overwhelming. Also, there is no love triangle. At least I didn’t feel like there was one, although I think some people could argue this point. There is someone else interested in Nara, but it is clearly one sided, so I don’t consider it a triangle. If you want to consider it a triangle, well then there are much worse ones out there, this one is good. I am hoping this stays this way and that the next book does not introduce one, because I am so fickle with love triangles.

All in all, Lucid is a good read. It has a great paranormal story, one that has not been done before and despite the relationship being long distance there is still a very romantic aspect to it. Fans of BKoD, you will not be disappointed with this one.

Cover Reveal: Blood Bound by: Keshia Swaim

Hi everyone! So I have a new cover from the lovely Spencer Hill Press today (aka the awesomesauce people that first published JLA). Blood Bound will be Keshia Swaim's debut novel and guys, it sounds fabulous! Let us take a look at the summary.

Starting college a year early is hard. 
Starting fae college and learning to protect the world from the Unseelie is harder.
Brielle Reed has always been an over-achiever, but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Between her crash course in fae politics, struggles to control her new mind-reading ability, training sessions with the demanding Dr. Schwartz, and discoveries about the father who is still a mystery to her, Brielle finds herself longing for a chance at a normal life.
But she may not get that chance. Or chance at a life at all, for that matter.

Title: Blood Bound
Author: Keshia Swaim
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press 
ISBN: 978-1-937053-45-1
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Formats: Paper, e-book

Now, I know what you are thinking... Why is there two covers? Well, that is because you, yes I mean YOU, get to help pick the cover for Blood Bound. SHP wants to know which one you guys like better, so let them know in the poll below. Personally, I am a fan of the first cover, but do not let me persuade you in any way. Voting will remain open for about a week, so vote and then grab your friends and make them vote too!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Swoon Thursday #18: Clash by: Nicole Williams

Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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This week my swoon-worthy moment is from Clash by Nicole Williams:
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"But I want you, Lucy Larson. Bad. I want you forever. The kind of bad I have for you isn't the kind that goes away." 

and because I just could not pick one!

""And I didn't used to do girlfriends, flowers, or dates. And then I met you. So I changed for you. And you changed for me too," he said taking me back in time and keeping me right here in the present, and, looking into his eyes and feeling my lips on his, I felt the future too. It was surreal. The real kind that few people rarely experience."

This book was oh so painful but oh so good! You really need to meet Jude Ryder!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Review: Pure & Sinful by: Killian McRae

Release Date: September 19, 2012
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Statistician Riona Dade knows all about probabilities. Still, even she'd tell you the chances of discovering you’re a witch, being appointed to the demon-slaying trio known as the Pure Souls, and finding yourself sinfully attracted to a catholic priest who uses amen and other four-lettered words with equal enthusiasm are pretty slim. Also learning your ex was once Hell’s first-round draft pick, and realizing you're a prize catch for Satan’s soul-damning quota leaves a girl feeling like she just won the lottery while being struck by lightning while riding a unicorn across Atlantis.

Trying to keep her mind off role playing the Thornbirds with Father Angeletti, Riona leads the Pure Souls against a maniacal menagerie of Mephistopheles’s minions plaguing greater Boston. Giving in to lust is a direct flight to damnation for both her and the priest, leading Riona to distract herself by striking up a romance with her new, foxy neighbor, Lucy. But she can't shake her attraction to Marcello, and as the tension between them grows thicker than a lumberjack’s beard, temptation may become too difficult to resist.

How long can they deny the pull growing between them, knowing there will be Hell to pay?"

My Thoughts:

Pure & Sinful was a book that I liked and enjoyed reading but just did not love. This novel focuses very much on the balance between good and evil and how those lines blur and it felt to me that much of the novel was very sexually driven.

The characters in Pure & Sinful were good, but I would not say that they were memorable. I liked them but there was nothing about them that made me go wow. Our main gal Riona is very spunky and the kind of character that can take care of herself. However she has the tendency to be annoying. Another character who annoyed me was Marc. Marc here is our forbidden love interest. I found it very hard to see what Riona saw in him, because all he did was make me crazy. Okay that is a bit of a lie, I saw what Riona liked in him, but for me he just still made me crazy despite that. My two favorite characters were Jerry and Ramiel. Both of them were just simply funny and had a very witty attitude. They also seemed the most real to me, which is funny because neither are human. 

The plot in Pure & Sinful was very intriguing with numerous twists and turns. However, I also found it confusing at moments. There were times when it was hard to follow where it was going or why it was going there. The story does come together and everything does make sense, but there were moments I had to re-read in order to process. The book is written in the third person and we all know I really enjoy this writing style. The writing style allowed me to understand each and every character and to really see where they were coming from. However, it was sometimes confusing following the switch from one character to the next. 

My biggest complaint with this book is that I felt all roads led to sex. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy steamy scenes as much as anyone else, but I felt a bit overwhelmed with this one. Not because they were overly descriptive (I’ve read much more descriptive) but because I felt like 90% of conversations somehow led to an innuendo, a steamy make out session, or someone taking their clothes off. It was just everywhere and I thought it didn’t need to be everywhere. The story and plot would have been good without any of it.

One aspect I did enjoy immensely was the blurring of moral lines within the story. I liked how a sin for one person may not be a sin for someone else. It shows how morality can be subjective. I liked that sin was the undertone for the book and how one action can change everything forever and also that sacrifice is sometimes necessary. It wasn’t a particularly happy book, but that made me like it more. 

All in all Pure & Sinful was an enjoyable read with a very Thornbirds feel to it. It is good, but not a favorite for me. Despite my complaints, I did enjoy this book and I do plan on reading the sequel.

Waiting On Wednesday #20: The Collector by: Victoria Scott

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

This Waiting On Wednesday is all about The Collector by Victoria Scott:
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"He makes good girls...bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried."

As a newly inducted member of the #VMafia I just had to feature The Collector as my WoW. Dante sounds like someone that I need to meet. I think I love him already! I am clearing a spot for him on my book boyfriends list! All of you should add The Collector to your to-read lists and prepare for what I am sure will be an awesome time! Click here to learn some more about the book!

The Collector will be released on March 12, 2013.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #20: Bloodspell by: Amalie Howard

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from Bloodspell by: Amalie Howard:

"They stood there for an eternity, neither of them noticing the lone figure standing in the darkest shadows across the street, silently watching, his face contorted with rage."

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I actually meant to post this teaser a while ago, but I guess I forgot to. So I am posting it now, enjoy!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: Ceaseless (Existence #3) by: Abbi Glines

Release Date: September  18, 2012
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"Can he make her fall in love with him… again?
When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death’s devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her.
But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him.
When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other’s destiny. It’s time for Pagan’s soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death’s side or if she wants the mate created just for her.
Dank didn’t think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged. Until he realized that every kiss, every touch, every moment of their time together would be washed from her memories. He would have to win her heart all over again and prove to her soul that he was where she belonged.
If only her soul’s mate wasn’t right there standing in his way."

My Thoughts:

Ceaseless was an emotional rollercoaster and one that I loved. It was by far my favorite in this series and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Also Pepe is on the cover so let us all take a moment to appreciate his lovely appearance. Any book with Pepe on it immediately draws my attention. 

If I am being completely honest (which I always endeavor to be with my reviews) I was very leery going into Ceaseless. After reading the summary I was all "oh come on! Really?" The last two books had a love triangle and then we finally get rid of Leif and then we have to deal with Jay now. I felt like it was such a typical way to go and just another way of including the ever annoying love triangle. However I am happy to admit that I was wrong. Abbi did a fabulous job with this and while I was frustrated at points with the characters I did love the story.

I think the reason I was able to enjoy this love triangle was the way Abbi handled it. By having Pagan lose her memories, it made it understandable. If the love triangle had erupted with Pagan remembering everything about Dank it would have been ridiculous. I would have never believed for a second that Pagan would have second thoughts concerning Dank after everything they had been through together. However, because she couldn't remember, it made it believable that she might have her attention divided. It also made her moments with Dank sweeter. Oh and speaking of Dank, watching him was heartbreaking. He had to see Pagan go on dates with another guy and he had to watch her not remember anything about him. I just wanted to hug him for the majority of the book.

One again Pagan and Dank have an incredibly sweet romance, despite the obstacles in their way. Dank is 100% devoted to Pagan and that just makes him very sexy and endearing and lovable. However he does have a tendency to be very dark and broody, but that just adds to his charm I think. He is damn near perfect in the paranormal fictional boyfriend department.

Like I said, this book is an emotional rollercoaster, but in the best way possible. You will go from happy to sad to frustrated over and over. There are moments that will break your heart and then moments that will turn you into a puddle of goo. I loved every single change in emotion I experienced and it is easy to become absorbed in this story. I am sad to see this series end, but the way it ended was absolutely perfect in my opinion.

All in all this is a great book and a great series in general. Abbi created a great world where Death is a person and she crafted a wonderful story around it. I will forever be thankful to the list on goodreads with all the books that have Pepe and Sztella on the cover. It is what first introduced me to this series and I immediately loved it. Please do yourself a favor and read this series.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

In My Mailbox #18- The One With My New York Comic Con Goodies!!!

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Warning: This vlog contains extreme amounts of fangirling and crazy! Also, I could not seem to sit still. You have been warned!

Goodreads Links:
Hounded by: Kevin Hearne
Altered by: Jennifer Rush
Morganville Vampires by:Rachel Caine
The Zombie Combat Manual by: Roger Ma
Etiquette Espionage by: Gail Carriger
Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Unravel Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Dearly Departed by: Lia Habel
Dearly Beloved by: Lia Habel

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