Sunday, October 30, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
Head on over for more details on how to join!
From the bookstore:

Everything You Need To Survive The Apocolypse - Lucas Klauss
Currently reviewing (courtesy of Simon & Schuster)
Someone Else's Life - Katie Dale
Courtesy of NetGalley
Fallen - Tracie Slatton
Courtesy of FSB Media

What's in your mailbox? I'm a curious monkey... Feel free to leave your IMM link in the comments!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Low Red Moon - Ivy Devlin



Avery doesn't remember anything from the night of her parents murder even though she was there, the only thing Avery can recall is silver moving faster than the human eye can see. Avery wants to know what killed her parents but she can't bring herself to remember that dreadful night, now living with her Grandmother, Avery is trying to piece her life back together again. Then Avery meets Ben, she feels like she can trust him and isn't able to pull herself away from him but there's two things about Ben that Avery is afraid of: The flash of silver that she sees in his eyes- an inhuman silver and the fact that Ben is a werewolf who might also be unable to recall the night of the murder.
Avery needs to know what happened that night and learn what Ben really did...



What attracted me to read this book was . . . the cover! (stares at cover and sighs). It's so pretty! Yes, I'm such a girl, but I can't help it! It's so shiny, and pretty and RED. And don't get me started on the inside. Each chapter has a pretty tree, the word moon is red throughout the book, the pretty red forest footer...see! Everything is so pretty!
This book was a great read. A paranormal murder mystery, one of my favorite types, which didn't let me down. We are introduced to Avery Wood, your average teenager who has gone through the unthinkable...the death of her parents, and cannot remember a thing about it (except for the colour silver), and is now forced to live with her grandmother. A YA novel would NOT be complete without the mandatory sexy, tormented leading man. . . enter Ben. And of course, the fact that she now has a red streak in her which somehow due to her parents death has her targeted as being cursed. (not like Avery's life is stressful enough!)
Throughout Low Red Moon, the reader is left to wonder constantly throughout the book whether Ben (the now new love interest of our leading lady) is somehow connected with the death of her parents because his eyes remind her of the same silver she saw at thier death.
Devlin does a fantastic job of capturing the readers attention, and keeping them guessing throughout the entire book. I mean, seriously, the funnest part of a murder mystery is trying to figure out who did it before the book ends. Well my friends, this book will have you convincing yourself it's one characted, but then you will find yourself changing your mind again, and again, and again! (so fun!)
Not only are we swept up in the mystery, but Devlin does a phenomenal job of sweeping the reader up with the romance between Avery and Ben. (le sigh) Young love, ahhhh so sweet. I loved reading about how their relationship develops and how they overcome the hurtles that are thrown in their way. This book will make you gasp and sigh and smile.
I recommend this book to readers who love playing sleuth and reading about new love. Don't let this book slip through your fingers! A must read for any YA fan.

I loved Low Red Moon for three reasons: 1.) It was a murder mystery, 11.) It had werewolves and 111.) I did not know how it would end! I mean honeslty aren't those the best novels? When they aren't predicatable and you have no clue how things are going to turn out. I wish I could say that I wanted to get Low Red Moon because I saw it at the store and felt some sort of cosmic pull towards it- no sadly that's not how it worked. I looked at the back and saw that one of my favorite authors Melissa De La Cruz (She wrote the Blue Bloods saga) had checked it out and it looked like it sounded like a good and quick read. I expected it to progress slowly and have the word cliche written all over it, surprisingly it didnt, it starts out with a frightening opening sentance and tells us about the night of Avery's parents murder.
Already I was excited and continued reading, the one thing that caught my eye and made me smile was how the word Moon was colored in red whenever it was brought up. The novel begins to progress explaining how poor Avery doesn't remember anything from that horrible night except for the color silver moving inhumanly fast. Ivy Devlin's writing style sucessfully translated all of the emotions that Avery was feeling. I felt so sorry for her, I couldn't even fathom how much it would suck losing your parents then being forced to move in with a relative that you hardly know, then to make matters worse you end up having a crimson streak show up in your hair and everybody at school starts saying your cursed! Talk about your bad day. To lighten things up we get to meet Ben, attractive, mysterious Ben who's eyes sometimes appear silver. The same shade of silver that Avery saw the night of her parents murder, immediatly I assumed that Ben was there and probably killed her parents.
There done. End of Story. No, I'm just messing with you that's soooooo not even close to how everything works out. The minute you think that Ben's the murderer Officer Ron, friend to Avery's parents, starts throwing out names and the twists and turns begin. I loved the romance element in this novel, it kept up the fast pace that the novel was moving and it made my heart melt. Ben is just so intent on keeping Avery with him and keeping the fact that he's a werewolf secret from her. I fell in love with him a little bit (Sorry Patch...).
Low Red Moon has an ending that you won't be able to predict or forget, you'll be begging for a sequal.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday #3

Follow Me Friday is a book meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. #FF is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. In order to join in the fun, all you need is well . . . A book blog
(yay us!) For more info on how to participate, click the button above, seriously you can't miss it
This week's question...

If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat
with and what would you serve?
Good question! I would choose Demitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy series because a) he's hot, and b) he could talk about anything, and I would just nod and smile. . . i'd be to mezmerized by his accent. I would serve spaghetti sans (without) utensils, and hope for a Lady and The Tramp moment!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Interview with John Corwin, Author of The Next Thing I Knew & Giveaway

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of reviewing, author, John Corwin's fantastic novel The Next Thing I Knew. Today, we are thrilled to have him stop by for an interview. To celebrate, we are doing a giveaway of his novel The Next Thing I Knew! John was so much fun to interview. He is HI-larious!


 
1 - How did "The Next Thing I Knew" come to be?

Oddly enough, The Next Thing I Knew was indirectly inspired by The Lovely Bones. After reading that book and seeing the movie I felt let down by the blah execution of a great premise. The afterlife has always fascinated me as well so I sketched out some rules and the next thing I knew, I was writing The Next Thing I Knew. :)

2 - Where do you get your inspiration from?

My doctor says that my inspiration comes from a deep need to satiate my god complex and to complete my evil plans for world domination. While world domination is on my bucket list, I'm content to create my own worlds in novels for now. I've always enjoyed getting reactions from people. I started out small scale in 6th grade by writing ridiculous short stories for my classmates to pass around and read. Now I'm going for the masses since they won't let me attend middle school anymore and I have to act all grown up. *sigh*

3 - Any sort of rituals you do prior writing a novel?

Just before writing, I stand on my head for about 5 minutes to concentrate the blood in my brain. I'm not a doctor or anything but I'm pretty sure that having as much blood as possible in your head is really good. When I stand up it usually takes a few minutes of staggering around before I can find my computer chair and start writing. Also, a nice large cup of coffee helps.
Before anyone takes this to heart, I don't really do that. I actually don't have any rituals except sketching out the story and then filling
in the blanks.

4 -Is there a message in the book that you want your reader's to understand?

I don't usually put messages or any after-school special morals in my books but we all have our own world views and no matter how hard a writer tries, some of that is going to come through. I'm not a big fan of fanaticism and I think that comes through in The Next Thing I Knew. I also think that humans limit their potential because of a lack of belief in themselves and I guess I'm basically an optimist so I think the best about someone before I believe the worst.
If a reader takes those messages from the book, then cool. So long as the subliminal messages about meekly accepting my authority when I take over the world get through, I don't really care
. ;P

5 - What book are you reading right now?

Do picture books count? Because I can totally read one or two of those in a day. If you're asking about a big-boy book, then I'm reading book 4 of the Vampire Academy series. It's pretty good even if it doesn't have pictures in it.

** we love that series John! Nice pick**

6 - What song is next on queue to play in your ipod/music player?

Sunshine Day by the Brady Bunch. It really makes life groovy. Actually, I've got MGMT next on the playlist and after that, a whole lotta Muse.

7 - Do you get any inspiration to write from music? If so, what musician influences you the most?

I don't usually get inspiration about writing novels from music but I compose my own stuff in my head all the time. I'd planned to be a music major with aspirations of writing music for blockbuster movies. Then John Williams and his henchmen paid a visit to me one night and taught me a lesson. He owns the movie music scene in Hollywood. So I switched to a business degree.

8 - Any current projects in the works right now?

I'm currently working on a novel with the working title Sweet Blood of Mine. It's about a teenager, a hopeless romantic, who believes in true love Princess Bride style only to discover he's an incubus, a soulless demon spawn and has to face the tough question: How can you have a soul mate if you don't have a soul? And then he falls in love with a girl he goes to school with. Turns out she's a Templar in training.
I know it more or less sounds like real life teenage high school dating, but the main character can also walk on his hands and that's something most high school students cannot do! Hopefully that'll give it the paranormal twist that puts it over the top

**Ooooo Sounds like it's going to be a good read!**

9 - Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?

If you're an aspiring writer my advice would be: Write about vampires and werewolves. It's totally unexplored territory and nobody is doing it right now, but it has the potential to be BIG. I had an idea I was going to write about, but I'm going to give it away for free right here in this interview. The premise: A teenage girl falls in love with a mysterious guy. Turns out, he's a vampire!
Pretty cool huh? Don't say I never gave you anything.

**haha! A totally original idea, John. We thank you for that. lol **

Thanks so much for the interview, MaryAnn! I promise when I take over the world, I'll save a really important position for you. :)

I'm gonna hold you to that John! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule in achieving world domination and chatting with us! We look forward to reading more of your books :)
What a great guy . . . and funny to boot!


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Next Thing I Knew - John Corwin



When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is.
She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing.
– Synopsis from the book
There is no book trailer, but love this song, and kinda went with the book


This book was great! I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It was a mixture of paranormal with a dash of sci-fi. I knew this book was going to be good after reading the first few pagess. When the first giggle escaped my lips, I was hooked. Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humour throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie).
I really enjoyed reading about Lucy, and seeing her evolve from an innocent teen to a strong, dependable heroine…even if it all happens in the afterlife, in a little place called “Heavenly”.
Reading her interactions with Chris is so adorable. You can’t help but smile at her discoveries about life and about herself.
There are so many twists and turns in this novel. I found myself gasping and saying “what?” in various points throughout the book. Once I thought that it was all figured out, and that the characters had their game faces on, Corwin would throw in another twist, and I’d be “what”ing all over again! It was fantastic! I love books that do that, that constantly leave you on your toes and guessing what could possibly come next! I mean, what doesn’t Corwin include in this book. We’ve got space ships (yup!), we’ve got giant bugs (omg – side note: I’m deathly afraid of bugs, so when this part came up, I eeeeked!), we’ve got angel/demon things . . . as the story progressed, things kept getting curiouser and curiouser! Loved it!
My favorite parts in the book were Lucy and Nick’s interactions. It was so interesting to see what would happen when they merged. I was always curious about what was going on between them. My heart went out to Nick when he thought he was going crazy during his video diary episodes. To see how he deals with the realization that there will be no rescue in sight for him was beautifully written.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi reads, for anyone who loves paranormal romance, and who likes a healthy serving of humour in their stories!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox #2

In  My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story  Siren
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Dearly, Departed - Lia Habel (Currently Reviewing)
Courtesy of NetGalley
Fracture - Megan Miranda
Courtesy of NetGalley
Farsighted - Emlyn Chand
Courtesy of the author

Feel free to leave a link to your IMM!  We'd love to see what you're reading.  Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a copy of My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult here!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Elemental, The First - Alexandra May



Rose Frost receives a bracelet on her sixteenth birthday, a parting gift from her mother who claims it is a family heirloom. From that night Rose starts having vivid dreams and strange visions.
Days after, her family separate and Rose moves into her grandmother's house. Her dreams start to involve a woman called Halíka Dacomé. Is she a legend or a figment of her imagination? - Synposis from the book



 I found this book to be very slow in the beginning. Quite literally, the halfway point was where the story started to pick up for me. The author did a nice job with the interaction of all the characters. I was honestly, a ping pong. Yes you heard me. I couldn't decide who I liked more! At first, obvious choice was Aiden, but then helloooo Morgan. Both equally sexy in their own ways.
I was annoyed with Rose quite a bit in this book. I felt that she flew off the handle way to quickly, and acted like a pouty brat most of the time. I mean, if I were Morgan, and this chick kept flipping out on me because she did something wrong like break into my house, I wouldn't even bother. The end had to be my favorite. That's when all the fun starts to happen. Secrets revealed, deception, heart ache. It was wonderful, and it ended perfectly for a second book.      

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday #2

 
Follow Me Friday is a book meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. #FF is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. In order to join in the fun, all you need is well . . . A book blog
(yay us!) For more info on how to participate, click the button above, seriously you can't miss it

This weeks question...

What superhero is your alter-ego?
It would have to be BATGIRL! (dun dun dunnnn). Why you ask? Because we are both very independant females, we both believe in justice, and we both think Batman is hot!! (errmmm yes, I just said that!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HBD Gabby Giveaway!

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To celebrate Gabby's birthday, we are  giving away a copy of "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.

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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older  sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since
  childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now.


Click here for details and to enter

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Dark Divine - Bree Despain



Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
- Synposis from the book


I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book.  I'll admit, the first thing that came to mind when my daughter presented me with this book to read was . . . what is up with the bold print and large font?  What am I getting myself into?  I'll also admit, that it took me a bit to get into this book.  I think the print in itself was throwing off my reading groove.
BUT (!) get past that, and this book was actually not bad.  Paranormal Romance (check), bad-boy (check), unconditional love (ummm check).  Sounds familiar you ask?  Think Twilight-esque.  With some slight differences.  As you read the book, you'll find yourself comparing the two stories.  Despain does have a way with making her characters come to life in her writing.  You will come to adore her characters, and enjoy the love story that unfolds.
 
Two words Ah- Mazing. Or maybe that's just one word... ah! Either way the book was everything I could have asked for and more! I had seen it every time I would search for a book at the bookstore but I would always pass The Dark Divine up for something else, well sadly those books don't even compare to the novel. From the first page I was hooked, I spent two consecutive nights reading before I finished. My friends even began laughing at me when I spent all my time reading during lunch hour (and even during class...), I just couldn't help it. The plot itself I found very interesting, especially with the fact that Daniel had just popped back into Grace's life after years of being gone- yet nobody wants to get involved with him, especially Grace's older brother Jude who thinks of Daniel as somebody who's already dead to him. I mean harsh much? The two used to be best friends.
    At certain points of the novel I will say that it did begin to slow down and I would start to doubt that anything exciting would happen.  I have got to say that I think Bree Despain did that on purpose because the moment you start to think that it's slowing down the novel suddenly takes an unexpected twist. I would end up putting the novel down and think 'That just happened?' before continuing on reading. I loved how Despain's writing style managed to stir up emotions in me.  I would find myelf annoyed with Grace for being a stalker, I would hate Daniel for when he would suddenly shun Grace and of course her brother who tried to ruin Grace's romance with Daniel. Though at first I was thinking this was playing out like a teen romance without any paranormalcy *Sad face*, then I end up getting to learn that Grace is forbidden to be with Daniel.
   What?! Why? Well I'm not telling you because I really don't want to ruin the surprise for most of you lovelies, though I would recommend this to honestly anybody who wants a paranormal romance with so many dark unexpected twists that your bound to love it. I have to say that this is one of the few novels I've read that are ranked up there with the Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games. Did I forget to mention that it's ah-mazing?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Radiance - Alyson Noel



Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she's summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can't quite figure out.
Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he's never met Riley...
 

True fans of The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel will love this spin off book told in the eyes of Ever's deceased sister, Riley. 
This story is about Riley's existance into the afterplace, after leaving her sister's world of the living.  In true Noel style, you are captured by the fantastic way she unravels a story right before your eyes, with chapters and ideas flowing smoothly from one into another.
I loved that we are introduced to what life is like in the afterlife.  Grant it, it was an extremely quick read, but it also provided just enough for the reader to want to continue with Riley's story.  In this story, Noel shows us how strong, intelligent, and mature Riley is, having to come to terms with her death, as well as having to deal with a not so cooperative ghost known as the "Radiant Boy". I've run into some books that were suppose to be told from the eyes of a tween or even younger, and then to see them using these big words that I don't even use, or solving a mystery that even the smartest detectives would NOT have been able to fighter out, it kinda throws off the whole effect of the story.  I have to give Noel props . . . she kept the dialogue and narrative to simulate that of a 12 year old.
It doesn't compare to the entire Immorals series (which I totally and completely adore!), but that's just it.  It's not meant to compete with that book.  It's the story of Riley, and to expect more than that . . . well, what were you thinking?
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good, quick read, and for anyone who wonders what life after death could be like.

 Being a fan of Alyson Noel's, The Immortals Series, I couldn't wait to start reading the story of Ever's younger sister, Riley. Riley, who has died in a car accident is thrown into the afterlife. That was the one thing that caught my eyes, most YA novels out there just don't have a main character who is... you know... dead (I mean unless you count Vampires, Mummies and other creatures like that). Noel gives us an inside look at what happens after you die, the first interesting thing was that Riley ends up in Here. Not Heaven or any other religious after life place, just Here. After reading what happens around three or four chapters in, I just wanted to know when things would get interesting. Have you read the synopsis? I wanted to get to the ghost hunting and learn more about Here and Riley's future as a ghost, after reading the synopsis I also guessed that it would be a simple "Hey you, kid. Go get that ghost." Situation.
   But instead it turns out that Riley's entire after life is going to be full of hunting ghosts before she can start having fun with it, I fell in love with her partner, Bodhi (I still can't figure out how his name is pronounced, body?), he's supposed to be  nerdy but I imagined him kind of cute and I even found him funny at certain points of the novel. Just like in The Immortals Series, Alyson Noel managed to pull me deeper into the story leaving me wanting to read so much more. It's also a generally quick read, I finished it a day after I bought it and have to say that it's amazing- even if you've read the Immortals novels or not (I pinky promise it will still make sense).
   I recommend this to anybody who has recently finished the Immortals Series and want to read more about the world that Noel created (much like myself). I would also give this to anybody who wants paranormal fiction without it being so gothic or somber. It's great!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

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In  My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story  Siren
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Elemental: The First - Alexandra May - Currently Reviewing
Courtesy of Goodreads
Fractured Light - Rachel McClellanCourtesy of NetGalley
Death Watch - Ark Berk
Courtesy of  Simon & Schuster

What's in your mailbox?  I'm a curious monkey... Feel free to leave your IMM link in the comments!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Lazy Saturday...Why Not Make A Wish List!

Books that we just cannot wait to get our hands on!

Mae's picks:

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Official Site
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life

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Infernal Devices site
In   the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last   found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting   when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte,   replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position,   Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious   Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely   devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the   Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy   that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio   journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold   horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had  
imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for   Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and   that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for   Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something   is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling.   Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the   answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the   friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they   can corrupt even the purest heart.

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Author's site
After their beautiful yet brief bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force are forced to separate. To fulfill the Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler travels to Alexandria to search for Catherine of Siena and the Gate of Promise. But Schuyler quickly discovers that everything she believed about the Gate to be wrong. Meanwhile, Jack makes the difficult decision to return to New York to face his twin and former bondmate, Mimi. But instead of a bitter reunion, he is faced with a choice for which there is no good option.
Mimi, with a most unexpected travel companion in Oliver Hazard-Perry, jets off to Egypt, too, to search for Kingsley Martin, her long lost love. With all roads leading to Hell, Mimi learns that not all love stories have happy endings. But she'll have to put her own feelings aside if she's going to save her crumbling Coven.
Packed with heartache, twists, and vampiric folklore, Lost in Time is sure to satisfy hungry fans' cravings for more Blue Bloods adventure.

Gabby's picks:

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Author's Site
When a stranger offers her a small fortune to break into a traveling magician's wagon, Kim doesn't hesitate. Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn't above a bit of breaking-and-entering. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But when the magician catches her in the act, Kim thinks she's done for. Until he suggests she become his apprentice; then the real trouble begins.
Kim soon finds herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all while trying to learn how to become both a proper lady and a magician in her own right. Magic and intrigue go hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward, two fast-paced novels filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.

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Author's Website
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues:  Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused  by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed  by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered.  Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind  in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. 
Violet  has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to  find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial  killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls  he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can  stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly  agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved  to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But  even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to  discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

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Author's Site
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her  life—and memories—behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For  Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of  books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious,  charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice  around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall  in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant—an undead  being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to  save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a  centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to  murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she  may never be safe again.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday #1

 
Follow Me Friday is a book meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. #FF is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. In order to join in the fun, all you need is well . . . A book blog (yay us!)  For more info on how to participate, click the button above, seriously you can't miss it

This weeks question...

If you could have characters from a book meet and form an epic storyline with  characters from a TV series, which characters would you choose and why?
We would have to go with the characters from the T.V. series "Roswell" and they would end up meeting the characters from the Mortal Instruments Series.  This would be an epic pairing because not only do the Roswell teen have alien hunters and their own parents hunting them down, but throw in some shmexy Shadowhunters who mistake the alien's powers as some form of demon magic, and have them chasing you down also!  Just can't catch a break, can you Max Evans

Silence (Hush, Hush Saga) - Becca Fitzpatrick

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever. - Synopsis from the book




Alright, first off, this has been my most anticipated book of the year!  The days were just not coming fast enough.  And let me tell you, the wait was so worth it.  The love story of Patch and Nora has been so addicting, I just can't get enough! And you know me, such a sucker for forbidden love.
I fell in love with Patch all over again! I devoured every page in Silence.  I knew it was going to be an amazing read right from the opening.  I went through so many different emotions, in the span of couple of chapters.  Anger . . . Pain . . . Sadness . . . Relief . . . It was easy getting back into this storyline.    Already, Fitzpatrick has weaved her web of mystery, and has literally hooked me from the get go.
She does an amazing job describing the events that transpire.  You can't help but feel what Nora is going through - confused, alone, lost, her frustration, heartbreak (sigh), as well as feel the emotions Nora's mother goes through - relief, concern, happiness.  Fitzpatrick includes so much detail in each chapter that you can basically see the movie in your mind.  She made the scenes, story and all the characters become more real and provided mor depth for the reader.  And who didn't love the actually visual of the texting going on throughout the book.  I loved it!  Nice touch in making it more believeable for the reader.
In Silence we are introduced to new characters, as well as a visit from characters we have already grown to know and love (or hate?!).  There were a few points in the book that had my heart pumping (love it!).  One that really sticks out in my mind is the scene when we are first introduced to Gabe.  It was so exciting.  Fitzpatrick did such a great job writing that part (and other exciting scenes), that I was simply caugh up in the moment.  I was urging Nora to run faster!  To find a better hiding spot (seriously!), to be quiet (come on!) and to just get "the heck outta Dodge!"
I can also pinpoint WHEN I fell in love with Patch again . . . dancing at the club.  The whispers, and the twirling, and the sexy half smiles, and the hands (squeeeeee!)  There was one line in the book, where I had to put the book down, and just smile and sigh.  I won't say what it is, but when you come across it, you'll do it too!  And honestly, I found myself giggling like a school girl at certain parts.  And yes, they revolved around Patch's unforgettable one liners.  You know the ones!
Fitzpatrick has done it again!  Whether you are just beginning this sage from the beginning, or are in anticipation for book #4, (yes, you heard me!  Announced by Simon & Schuster on September 29/11 - here) you will be so engrossed in this story, and wish for your own Fallen Angel.

With the MAJOR cliffhanger that Becca Fitzpatrick's Crescendo (Sequal to Hush, Hush) came to an end, I spent days and days, that managed to turn into weeks, that went into months wondering one thing: What happens next? In my mind I didn't expect what I read in the synopsis, I mean you know a novels good when you look at the synopsis and you think Excuse me? Am I reading this right? Is that what happens because I didn't see that coming. I got Silence the day it came out, I just couldn't wait to see what happened especially since I have the largest crush on Patch more than any other girl on the planet. Anywho, Silence starts out with an epilogue that pulled me in from the first sentence, it was creepy and dark and just so-so-so Hush, Hush like!
As I kept on reading and finished the epilogue, I was already freaking out and racing to see what happens next I mean especially after Nora forgets everything including her (and my) boyfriend Patch. I was following Nora through the story wondering when and what she would remember, piece by piece we follow Nora through her transition back to what was once her life. Of course ever since the secrets that have been unlocked in Crescendo, I can speak freely when I say that everybody was creeped out by Hank who is now dating Nora's mother. He even has a secret and knows exactly why Nora can't remember a single thing about the past few months of her life. As I was reading I found myself wondering the same thing everybody else was WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE PATCH?! Instead of seeing the lovely, bad boy, fallen angel, Patch we meet the strange, mysterious and sexy Jev who has more secrets that take place in Nora's past than anybody else. When I learned who Jev really was I found myself on a whole new level of OMGoodness!  I have to say that I loved Silence more than the other two novels that came before it, this one had so much more action, secrets, magic and so many exciting twists that I managed to finish it three days later. The only issue I had with this novel is that it there weren't more pages!!  If you've read the first two novels then I know that after reading this you sure want to read the third novel in the Hush, Hush novel. And personally after the high note that Silence ends on, I just can't wait for the fourth novel to see if Nora and Patch can really be together or if there will be Hell to pay.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater



For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever - Synopsis from the book


Ok, so this book . . . this book made me fall out of love with vampires, and fall in love with the wolf.  Shiver was simply, just one word, Romantic, the entire series actually.  I loved it.  I smiled at so many parts in this book, I rolled my eyes at myself. 
So, as the story goes, we have Sam.  Book keeper person by day (aka summer), wolf at night (aka winter/colder weather).  Enter Grace.  Back story?  She was attacked by wolves when she was younger, but was saved by a wolf from that pack.  The wolf bites resulted in a dangerously high fever, whereby her not so brilliant father locks her up in the car on a hot day while he gets some medicine for her and pretty much bakes her, which ironically enough, saves her life.  Grace eventually finds out Sam is her wolf, but this is Sam's last year as a human, and they race against time to find a way to keep Sam human.  Pretty much it in a nutshell. (give or take a fact here or there) Stiefvater's writing style is like reading a poem.  Everything . . . every word, every description, every word that leaves the characters lips were poetic.  The hopeless romantic in me couldn't help falling in love with this story.  You will literally experience so much emotion reading this book.  I (again!) had to pull out my good friend, tissue box.  I was just so caught up in the build up to this ultimate love, that I cried in the end (or close to the end). 
Stiefvater captivated me with the story of Sam and Grace.  Throw in that she writes in the eyes of both Grace and Sam, there's no way you don't get swept up in the drama.  I love reading through first person perspective.  I feel more of a connection with the character, and feel that it's easier for me to understand what they are going through, how they think, and how they come up with their decisions.
Shiver (as well as the rest of The Wolves of Mercy Falls novels) are a must have on any true Chick Lit fan's bookself.  And helloooo (!), how cool is the different coloured ink per book? Blue for Shiver, Green for Linger, etc.  You're totally gonna go check now, aren't you?!

Like any good reader I made an assumption on the novel right after reading the first chapter, I assumed that the entire novel Shiver would basically be about Grace and Sam being unaware of each others existance (yes even at school) until the full moon or something silly like that. Sadly *plays worlds smallest violin* my assumption on the novel was one word: WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! (Okay so maybe not one word as a sentance but it's still that one word). As it turns out, after reading the epilogue that will literally make your heart pound from the action that it starts with, I began to wonder why exactly she has no idea that the wolf who saved her watches her every summer.
  Suddenly my head was swimming with questions: Why was it that he was only out and about every summer? Why hadn't Grace been turned into a werewolf after being bitten? These questions had me tearing my hair out at the sides! At certain points of the novel I will admit that I got bored, I would be reading and reading but for some reason I just couldn't get into it as much as I was hoping too (of course only at certain points). I did enjoy the fact that once I got into the novel it didn't take long for something to be tossed in the way of the story, jutting it out in a different direction.
  One minute I would be thinking that everything would be alright for Sam and Grace, that is except for the impending seperation of the winter, then suddenly Steifvater would throw something else at me. Then just when I would believe that my questions would never be answered... she would throw a shocking twist into the mix that would end up being the answers to all of my questions!
  I would reccommend this to anybody who wants to read a werewolf story with new changes on their usual folklore. Especially if they want a love story that I have to say was pretty freaking awesome! Now I'm going to use my bookworm magic and say that you are thinking that this sounds like something you want to read...!
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Every Other Day - Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human. And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely. Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.
When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive
. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process. – Synopsis from the Novel

 No book trailer for this one, but Gabby recommended this song.

 ** This book was provided to us by the publisher, and we were in no way paid for our review.  The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author's works**

Supernatural Hunter + Popular Cheerleader + one social outcast = one unique team of teenagers.  I mean bonding over a Chupacabra bite?  Is there really any other way to form a lasting bond?  Seriously!  Love it! It’s interesting to see how these character’s develop and interact with each other.  To see how their relationships with each other unfold.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  There is action right from the very first chapter. Throughout the novel, we see the main character, Kali D’Angelo battle many supernatural creatures.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ descriptions of each battle are vivid and action packed, with a different twist throughout the book, and secrets to be revealed, the readers will be left guessing until the very end. And so much excitement, it will make your head spin!  Plus add in the effect of a countdown timer, and you can literally feel your heart pounding.
There was one point in the story where I was reading all nice and quiet,and then all of sudden “BAM!” something major is revealed, and I literallywhispered (pretty loudly I might add) “WHAT???!?!!” You’ll have to read it to know what I’m talking about, but when you get to that part, you are totally going to say “what??!?!?” too!
There were a lot of humorous lines and scenes throughout the book, which I felt made the characters feel more real.  Although Kali is seen as a tough, no holds barred, show no fear, come and get me type of girl, Barnes portrays another side of her that will catch readers off guard and love the character even more.  You can’t help but feel sad for Kali, seeing her struggle with trying to get her father to notice her, her desire to live a normal life but having to accept who she really is, or what she really is…
My favorite part in the book is how the author builds up to Kali’s change. Barnes carries it out making the reader hang on to her every word.  She makes you feel how Kali is feeling, hear what she hear, experience the changes going on throughout her body.  And the hunting scenes…. Wow!  Everything is described in amazing detail.  Her clever one liners were classic.  There were times where I felt like I was literally inside Kali’s head as she plans her next attack, like how she is going to survive a horde of zombies (zoink!)
And then there is the mysterious Zev.  Yes, I have a crush on him.  I couldn’t help it.  I won’t give away the secret why, but all I have to say is *sigh*.  There are points throughout the beginning of the book where Zev is downright creepy, but I loved it! (yes, yes...weird) For example, the scene in the care with Eddie!  (gasped and sighed at the same time! – read it, you’ll see why)  But once you get past the creepiness, Zev is so sweet.  And the way Barnes allows the reader very brief glimpses through Zev’s eyes was eerily addicting.  It was just enough of a tease to keep the reader’s attention.  And the secret about Zev! (Yowzah!)  I gasped out loud.  For real! The story just got a whole lot more intriguing for me at that point.
This book made me laugh out loud at times, and it made me teary eyed at certain parts.  The only negative I have about the book is that the word “preternatural” was used way too much throughout the book.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves supernatural stories. 
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Academy, Strange Angels, or enjoys heroines that kick butt, will love this book. 
I am hoping that there will be a follow up book coming soon.  Kali D’Angelo is my new favorite hero.

Imagine being in a world where it's normal (more or less) for there to be zombies that might occasionally stroll into your house, sure they'll still try to eat you but it's not as unusual as you would think, now bear with me here but imagine there being more than hundreds of different types of monsters, that should (in my opinion) in novels where they belong, and you being one of the few people who can kill them without human error?
Well lovelies, in Ever Other Day from author Jennifer Lynn Barnes, that's part of her usual routine. Killing the monsters are just a part of who, or whatever, Kali is. She even has supernatural healing and other strange abilities like her affinity for weapons, but of course Kali's awesomeness has a catch: She's only an awesome, monster hunting, butt kicking machine until every other day. On a normal (for her) day she's a normal human girl for the next twenty four hours, at first I assumed that from what I read on the synopsis that this novel was going to be one word. Boring. I mean in my mind I thought that this was a novel taking place in a period of twenty four hours and I swore that if I had to read a book about a normal girl trying to save another normal girl all while being in her 'human' form I was going to be disappointed but after reading the first chapter I was reeled in. I found that my one fear, which is found above (I don't have the energy to re-type it), wasn't something to worry about!! The novel kept up it's pace, especially with the way the story was written. I found my eyes widening at certain points, I found myself laughing at others and once or twice I even felt sad about Kali's relationship with her father who acts like she doesn't even exist.
Continuously in this novel I found myself biting my lower lip and putting connections to how this novel was almost in the exact setting I had wished that the Strange Angels series could have been and that would be a world where everybody already knew the monsters existed. I don't know why but the more I read this novel I finally had my expectations met. Barnes' novel had an amazing plot with enough details that I managed to form everything in my mind and was full of so many twists and turns that I was tearing my hair out wondering why I hadn't seen that coming. When I finally thought I figured everything out- BOOM! There would be an unexpected twist that I didn't see coming, especially near the end where I was being backhanded with so many twists my head could have fallen off. Which is, trust me, a really good thing.
 I recommend this to anybody who wants action, the supernatural and a unique novel all together. It will change your view of the unnatural forever.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mina's Daughter, The Harker Chronicles - S.L. Schmitz (Review & Author Interview)

Today, we are happy to review "Mina's Daughter, The Harker Chronicles" by S.L. Schmitz.  Not only are we going to review this fabulous cliffhanger series, but we are thrilled to also have S.L. Schmitz join us for an interview.
Visit her website at www.thedeadgirl.com and contact her at Stephanie@darkcontinents.com
1 - How did you come about wanting to write "Mina's Daughter: The Harker Chronicles"?

The vampire story is so engrained in our culture now, that to write a new story with new information is tricky. After I began to do some research on Stoker’s Dracula, and took the time to re-read the original “Dracula” novel, I became immersed in the strong female character of Mina. I assumed that a continuation of Mina’s story must already exist somewhere, so I proceeded to Google the name to find the novels and short stories that I assumed were in existence. What I found was… almost nothing! There are one or two stories about Mina, but not the huge backlog that I was expecting! Once the seed was planted, I realized that I had stumbled upon a missing literary link; what happened to the Crew of Light in the next chapter of their lives? Little by little, Mina’s Daughter: The Harker Chronicles emerged.

In Stoker’s original afterword, he indicated that Jonathon and Mina Harker had a son named Quincey. While I found that useful, it was not the connection to the story that I was looking for. I wanted Mina to have a daughter, someone who would inherit all of the “man’s brain” PLUS some of the vampire blood and powers from Dracula. In addition, I envisioned an alternate history Steampunk component, bringing a new dimension to Stoker’s vision of technology and communication. Pulling all of these components together, while setting the novel in the Edwardian age and bringing in a little romance, Mina’s Daughter born!

2 - Why did you decide to make "Mina's Daughter, the Harker Chronicles" a series of short stories rather than a full novel? 
Actually, it is a full novel. The difference is that it is being released by Trestle Press in installments –think of the old cliffhanger model of story writing. What better way to engage readers than to give them a familiar story that generates lots of interest, and then stop at critical exciting points? Cliffhangers create buzz and sensationalism – it builds an audience and enables the reader to consider the next part of the story on their own terms.

“Mina’s Daughter: The Harker Chronicles” is an e-book that drops a new 2-3 chapter installment  the 15th of every month for a 99 cent download. It is available wherever e-books are sold!
In addition, I have a novel called “Let It Bleed”, which is available in both e-book and softcover. The novel is out now, but the ones available via the Alternating Press publisher will soon be collector’s items, as Let It Bleed will be transitioning over to Dark Continents Publishing in January 2012. That novel is much darker and deeper than Mina; it is a modern day re-telling of the biblical Joseph and Mary story, with a 1980’s gothic and punk soundtrack. 

3 - Where do you get your inspiration from to write?
 Inspiration comes from everywhere! I will be honest, though… I am drawn to themes that are dark, mysterious, otherworldly. Internal conflicts can be just as rich and disturbing as external conflicts – consider how Poe’s tale of the “TellTale Heart” was told exclusively from the point of view of a man in the middle of a mental breakdown.  I adore twist endings and characters that have multiple layers. Another thing that inspires me is conspiracy and conversations that push against typical social mores – I want to introduce a level of uncomfortableness in my writing that forces the reader to ask questions and force them to confront their biases. Religion figures into my  text a lot, as well as alternate historical interpretation and such hot button  issues as prejudice, abortion, and assisted suicide.

4 - Any advice for aspiring writers?

Network, network, network.
Use social networking to get to know other writers. Get to know the readers, reviewers, bloggers, and industry people that are relevant to your genre. Join writer groups – I’m not talking about reader workshops or conferences because that is a whole other kind of support. I’m talking about writing groups like Broad Universe (a women’s organization for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers),  SavvyAuthors.com, and the HWA (Horror Writer’s Association). I champion local  author groups, such as the North Carolina Writer’s Association and my local chapters of the Women’s National Book Association and The International Reading Association, which provides support to young authors.

Not sure how to get started networking? Start by Googling for blogs that are on your topic or genre. Once you find a blogger/reviewer that you like, look on the page to see if that person has a list of “recommended link” or “blogs that I follow”. Start opening up and reading those blogs. Continue drilling down, joining the different mailing and Facebook opportunities. Ask to friend the writers and bloggers and reviewers that you meet. You will be amazed at how quickly you can enter into a conversation with someone whom you’ve met in a social networking community.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule and spending a few moments with us!  Good luck with all your future endeavours!  And now...On to the review!
** This book was provided to us by the publisher, and we were in no way paid for our review.  The review was done simply because we support and believe in the author's works**
Ever since she turned eighteen, Katherine Wilhelmina Harker has  been keeping a horrible secret; she craves human blood. But she has no idea where this terrible thirst comes from - all she knows is that her father is  dead and her mother passed away last year in mysterious circumstances. Katie lives in the London apartments of her guardian, Dr. Seward, and does not want to let anyone know about the dark stranger who sometimes visits her at night.
Now a teacher at the same academy her mother attended, Katie dreams of a world beyond London society, but is too frightened of her odd, newly-developing powers and her desire to drink the blood of all of the young gentlemen who call on her. She knows that there has to be more to the story of her birth than anyone will tell her, so now, to find out who she really is, Katie sets about locating the whereabouts of the missing Dr. Van Helsing to get the answers…
- Synopsis from the Book


No video for this book, but this song went well with this book.



If you are a fan of cliff hanger series’, then this is the book for you!  In this story we are introduced to Katherine (Katie) Harker, daughter of Mina Harker who passed away last year. We start the story with Katie and her friends at the zoo, having a picnic.  But the picnic is anything but normal.  A large alpha wolf has decided to crash their party!  I had a vivid picture in my mind of three proper ladies dressed in their fancy clothes, not making any moves except for their lips as they throw verbal jabs at each other.  I caught myself chuckling out loud.  I was anxious to see what was going to happen and was already curious about Katie because of the way she handled the wolf.  It was a great way to start the book.
Schmitz did a great job describing Katie’s firstencounter with her blood lust.  I could picture each moment in my mind, the freeze frame, the desire to drink her admirer’s blood, the look on Sara’s face when she walked in on them, and leave off with Katie receiving an unexpected note in her bedroom.
In the second installment, we find ourselves where we left off in the first, with Katie contemplating how the note could have been placed into her room.  We see more of the blood lust in Katie, and the paranormal experiences she encounters.  We are also introduced to a member of the Van Helsing family who comes to the family home to discuss business related to another member of the Van Helsing family.
Schmitz has an addicting writing style that gives the readers just enough information to keep them interested and craving more.
Mina’s Daughter, the Harker Chronicles was wonderfully written, with a cast of characters that were equally enjoyable.  True fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula will really enjoy this cliff hanger series that shows us what happens after the original story.  I am really looking forward to what S.L. Schmitz has in store for us with this fantastic story.
I fell in love with the story from the first sentence of the first installment of the Harker Chronicles. At first I didn't know if I could get into the story, mainly because it was a short story and I find that short stories usually don't have any of the eye popping details that novels do. Strange enough I found myself pulled so deeply into the story that I forgot all of my doubts, each word was beautifully crafted and each emotion was expressed perfectly. I constantly found myself watching the story in my head especially in the beginning with Katie and the wolf, and at the End with the mysterious note... The most interesting part about Katie is that she is the daughter of Mina from Bram Stoker's Dracula (hence the title, duhr).
The one strong thing that I feared when I was about to read it was that the short story is placed in the past and I was worried that I would spent hours wondering what the heck some of the words meant (you have to understand I am a teenager). Nope! I somehow managed to understand every part of it, and even found a few hints of humor in the novel (something that was impossible when I read Pride and Prejudice...and Zombies). The most engaging part (for me) is when we learn that Katie isn't all that normal when she ends up having an unwanted thirst for, wait for it, blood.
If that doesn't kind of make you interested then it will take a lot for you to be.
In the second installment I was drawn in the moment that Katie looks into the mirror only to have a great surprise when she sees her reflection. I won't say much so that I don't ruin it for you, but the one thing that made this installment rememberable was the mysterious and the way that I imagined him (tall dark and I don't know...gorgeous?), Wolfgang Van Helsing (grandson of Dr.Van Helsing, ring any bells?) definitely knows something that we don't, but hopefully we will find out more about him in the next installments in the Harker Chronicles?
A great and quick read, I just cannot wait for the next installments. I recommend this to anybody who wants to know what happens after Dracula ends...
Thumbs up!
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