Saturday, March 31, 2012

In My Mailbox #24


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by 
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This week we got:

Those That Wake - Jesse Karp
Big thanks to Thomas Allen & Son :)

Tangled Tides - Karen Amanda Hooper Thanks to Rhemalda Publishing

Won/Gifted/Bought:
Signed copy of Meant To Be by Tiffany King from one of her 
random Twitter contests
She is so full of awesome.  Make sure you follow @AuthorTiffany
Thanks Tiff <3

Flame of Surrender - Rhiannon Paille
We went to her event/book signing on Thursday at 
McNally Robinson on Grant and got meet her.  
She is such a sweetie, and we were so happy to meet her!

Tour host package from the super awesome Zoraida Cordova
for her upcoming The Vicious Deep Blog Tour.
Included a wicked ass T-Shirt, stickers, pins and a personalized letter from 
Zoraida, which I thought was super thoughtful!
Thanks Z!  You R-O-C-K!

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Review of Unwelcome (Archangel Academy #2) by Michael Griffo

Lesson 2: The people we love most may be the ones we know least. . .

Archangel Academy is more than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he's found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . .

Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster's charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda.

Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael's past. And choosing the wrong person to trust-or to love-could lead to an eternity of regret. . .
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Alrightie then! The second novel in Michael Griffo’s Archangel Academy series (and I am starting to love all the “UN*insert word here*” titles. Very rememberable if you ask me) which I have been looking forward to reading for the past few months. After the note that Unnatural left off on, I was sure that Griffo would give us something that would top the first novel and become unforgettable. But before I get into what I love love loved about the novel, I want to bring up the one issue I had.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the novel was all of the sexual content between Michael and Ronan. It felt overdone and it made me really uncomfortable really, really fast. It wasn’t like it was descriptive or anything, it was just that there was a lot of: They made out and then they did “it” or he was naked and then Michael got into the shower with him, scenes. That being said, the second Archangel Academy novel might only be for those who don’t mind the repetitive amount of “those” scenes. If you catch my drift.

However, I did find the constant romance found in the novel admirable. Not only did Griffo get into the growing relationship between Fritz and Phaedra, but he also showed that love is in the air for almost all of the characters. Should it be Nakano and his French lover boy or Michael and Ronan, romance definitely played a major role throughout the novel. Which I loved (kind of punny, no?). But not only was there romance but there was also the constant use of the challenges that couples have to go through to become stronger. Hint, hint, I am talking about Ronan and Michael. And it isn’t just romance that is messing around with their relationship, it’s also Michael and his adjustment to being a water vamp/vampire hybrid (which played a key role in the novel as well) and the regular vamps who want to know the secret to walking in the daylight.

As if things couldn’t get any worse for the water vamps at Archangel Academy, there’s a new headmaster with dark secrets of his own. And he isn’t human. Not one bit. He’s David Zachary a.k.a. Brania’s father a.k.a. the big bad head vampire in charge of the normal vampires a.k.a. the guy who wants nothing more than to see all of the water vamps dead. I feel like I’ve forgotten to mention that he’s a total creeper. Yeah, there’s that too.

As the novel progressed, I found that the novel would begin to go into backstories of most of the vampire characters like Brania and David. Personally, my favorite is Ronan’s flashbacks of the night that his father was burned. And throughout the novel Edwige would also bring up the subject of her being raped as the reason behind Ciaran’s existence (this felt like a really deep part of the novel).

Secrets were unveiled, characters true intentions were established and I was finding myself falling deeper into the world of Archangel Academy. If you loved the first novel in the series you won’t be disappointed with the sequel. I know that I can’t wait for the third novel (which I am reading as we speak *la winky face*). Oh and “go team water vamps”!!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Review of Life Is But A Dream by Brian James

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences.

Brian James calls Life is But a Dream "the most intense book I've written. Bringing this unique character to life and seeing the world through her eyes, with all its beauty and confusion, was an immense challenge that I hope is just as rewarding to read as it was to write." Intense--yes. Unforgettable--definitely.
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We were in no way paid for our opinion **

This heart felt story, told in the eyes of main character Sabrina, shows us the world of Schizophrenia and the impact this disease has on everyone in Sabrina’s life.

Schizophrenia has always been a mystery to me. I’ve always been curious about it, and the different severities of it. Life Is But A Dream was the perfect book for me to get a grasp on what difficulties individuals who suffer from Schizophrenia go through, and also opened up my eyes to the difficulties that family members go through in trying to also understand it.

What did I learn? That it doesn’t start showing itself until puberty, that things can go seriously wrong if not treated and maintained with medication, that it cannot be cured – only treated.

It was very interested reading about it through Sabrina’s eyes. Seeing how she saw the world, what her thoughts were, and how we slowly saw what the effects are when medication is not taken. The writing style of Brian James did a fantastic job of explaining what Schizophrenia is minus all the medical jargon. As I was reading the story, bits and pieces of the movie Girl Interrupted would pop into my head, with the story basically revolving around life in a Wellness Centre/mental facility. The way that the events and surroundings were described, I could picture everything pretty vividly. When I closed my eyes, I could even see the drawings and art work that Sabrina creates in the book…all the colours and passion of which she used to create her art.

The characters that we are introduced to are unforgettable and will hold a special place in my heart. Especially Alec, who unbeknownst to him, didn’t realize that his actions would have a huge impact on Sabrina and her story. We get to see a very clear glimpse of the impact he has on Sabrina, and the cause and effect. I loved how we were shown brief flashbacks of Sabrina’s life prior to her diagnosis. It really helped to show the progression of the disease, and what signs Sabrina was presenting.

It was also interesting to see how Sabrina’s parents handled her disease. What it took for them to finally realize just how much help their daughter needed. And it was heartbreaking to see how cruel fellow friends and classmates treated Sabrina, knowing that something wasn’t quite right with her and yet playing on her innocence.

If you are just as curious about Schizophrenia as I am, Life Is But A Dream is the perfect book for you. If you are looking for a book that will open up your eyes and your heart, don’t hesitate in reading this one.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga with Giveway

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

The dark thriller, described as Dexter meets The Silence of the Lambs for teens, tells of a boy who uses his killer instinct, inherited from his serial killer father, to help solve a series of murders.

 ** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **


I wanted to check out I Hunt Killers since the moment I saw the cover. With (what I am assuming is) blood splatter all over the cover, I was already in love. What girl doesn’t have a thing for scary looking covers? That is a rhetorical question. Anyhow, even though I didn’t know much about the book just from cover glances, the title was a dead giveaway: I Hunt Killers. Obviously after reading the synopsis, I was already in love and oh so very eager to begin reading. I will admit and tell you that from the first sentence to the final sentence, the novel was perfect and unforgettable.

Everything about I Hunt Killers invited me in; the cover. The chapters. Even the plot. (I’m pretty sure Edward Cullen said something similar to that before…). Anyways, the point is that I Hunt Killers was amazing. It was like reading a CSI novel for teens. And I absolutely loved getting to live inside of Jazz’s head with him and see the horrible life he has to live. To me, Jazz was a character who seemed both real and sad beyond all belief. Not only were we able to experience all of his memories of living with his Dad the serial killer—Billy, but we also got to see all of the things he learned about the art of murder.

But what really had me going was the mystery of the new serial killer around town who is raising the body count—and in a fashion that imitates Billy Dent. Whoa! Unexpected! Did I forget to mention the part where, just for kicks, the serial killer cuts off a certain amount of victim fingers, but leaves behind the middle finger (I’m sure you all know what that means). Did I also forget to mention how there are a few chapters that felt like real treats because we got to see through this unknown killer’s eyes?

You read heard me correctly. We got to read a few chapters that came from the point of view from the new serial killer, who gave himself the name The Impressionist. From what I could gather, every single Impressionist chapter had me finding connections to two certain villains from pop culture. Those two villains being the Riddler and the Joker (hardy ha-ha, this reviewer is a comic nerd). But honestly! The Impressionist had a level of intellect and insanity that made him the perfect antagonist for me! In fact, after Lord Voldemort and a couple other YA baddies, the Impressionist makes my top ten!

The mystery of the novel and the slight insanity managed to form an equilibrium that managed to make me smile. Not only will you be kept guessing who the killer is until the end, but you’ll also be wondering if maybe just maybe Jazz might not be all that sane. Maybe he is a killer like his father. Maybe he is the serial killer. And of course, there’s always the question of what do Jazz’s dreams mean? I personally thought that, upon the realization of who the Impressionist really is, I wanted that final frontier to be more…climatic. Don’t get me wrong, it already was climatic; I just wanted it to be a longer ending with a few more twists.

However, I do love the fact that I Hunt Killers ends on a high note and left set up for a sequel. I know that if author Barry Lyga does give I Hunt Killers another novel that I’ll be first in line to eat it right up! I would recommend this to fans of the thriller and mystery genre, as well as those of you who just want to read a novel that is unforgettable, well written and an epic tragedy.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cover Reveal: Defy (First Born #1) by Raine Thomas

Thanks for stopping by the blog for the cover reveal for
Defy (First Born #1) by Raine Thomas!

Are you ready for the awesomeness...

Defy (First Born #1)
by Raine Thomas
Release Date:
April 30, 2012

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Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.

Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.

As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.


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Blog Tour: EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington - Review, Giveaway & Guest Post


Thanks for stopping by the blog for my Tour Stop for
EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington, hosted by Source Books!

We are so excited to have Jessica stop by today
and and answers the question "Where Are You From"?

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First, a little something about the book, and our thoughts...



It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before.

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…

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We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I loved this book! One of the big reasons this book was great was that I was introduced to Phoenix *sigh*. He is just all sorts of sexy! I mean, sure, we are introduced first to Lincoln is hot and drool worthy, but I have a soft spot for bad(ish) boys and Phoenix stole my heart. I mean, hello…powers to make kissing and making out feel even more sexy-time? I’ll take some of that please! And the forest scene?! Seriously, go out and get the book and experience that! And how fantastic is her best friend, Steph?

I really enjoyed that the main character, Violet Eden (aka Vi) was not some meek, mindless girl who allowed everyone to walk all over her. Violet is one tough cookie! A little reminiscent of a little someone named Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Phoenix reminds of A LOT of Jace from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments with a pinch of Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush. Although there is a love triangle in this book between Vi, Phoenix and Lincoln, it’s not really the typical kind you would find in other books where the main heroine is with one guy, but sneaking off with the other, or where one guy is pretty much stalking the other couple and cause some havoc. No, because of Vi’s personality and attitude, she pretty much avoids the whole conflict thing…well, as much as she can anyways. Shirvington does a fantastic job writing this “love triangle” that I didn’t find myself huffing and puffing, or rolling my eyes. It was just perfect!

The storyline for Embrace is fantastic! I am in love with the whole angel genre and the good angel, fallen angel twists. I just can’t get enough of it! Shirvington has successfully written her own twist to the angel tales. One that I feel will explode and have fans/readers clamoring to find out more about these unforgettable characters she has created. The world that Shirvington has created in Embrace is one that I completely lost myself in. Everything was described perfectly and with just enough detail that I was able to envision everything around me. I was able to make distinct faces for the characters, which in turn enabled me to grow fonder of the book. There were a few “suspenseful” parts throughout the book that I thought were exceptionally executed, and had me racing through the pages to find out what was going to happen next. Don’t get me started on the twists that she intricately weaved in the book.

I devoured this book in just under a day. I dreamt, ate, slept Embrace. I couldn’t get enough, and I absolutely cannot WAIT to see what Jessica Shirvington has next for these cast of characters in the next installment, ENTICE, scheduled for September 2012. Not only were the main characters unforgettable, but the supporting characters were just as memorable. The only part that probably urked me a little was the lack of parentage. Well, the missing mother couldn’t be helped because of the fact that she is dead, but the father not being a constant because he has to work all the time? Ok, ok it wasn’t that bad. In fact, if it weren’t for that, then the humour in him finally acting fatherly when Phoenix is around wouldn’t have been so hilarious! Kudos to Shirvington for spinning that aspect of the story and turning it into another reason why this book was great.

Fans of angels (fallen, guardian or other) will truly enjoy Embrace. Who is your favorite? Team Phoenix? Or Team Lincoln?


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Where Are You From?
By Jessica Shirvington


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In my first draft of EMBRACE (there were eight!), I didn’t set the city. I was in two minds the entire time. I suppose I was drawing on all the places I have been around the world. Although I now live in Sydney, when I started to write EMBRACE, my family and I had just moved back from six years living in London. And prior to that, I’d spent quite a lot of time travelling to many cities around the world – so much so, that when I was writing scenes in EMBRACE, I found myself thinking of different cities around the world and never being able to truly decided which one most suited Violet’s world.

In my second and third and fourth drafts, I chose different cities (I’ll never tell) from around the world and set Violet’s story there. But each time, it felt forced.

I wanted her to live in a city, as opposed to some small town where all these major apocalyptic events just miraculously found her. To be believable she had to be in a metropolitan environment, but which one?

In the end, the answer was … any of them, and none of them. It wasn’t that the cities I chose didn’t work; it was that in my mind I’d amalgamated them into what I needed for her story to work for me. So I made the decision to give that option to all of my readers and simply called her city, the City.

It isn’t the ‘done thing’ usually, but I believe for this story, it works. I want readers to be able to put this story where they know. If they live in a city, it can be there, if they live in a rural area, then it isn’t a stretch for them to imagine a city nearby. It is an element of control that I wanted to give to the reader.

That said, I like a little control myself … and I discovered that by giving this open setting for Violet’s hometown, it also opened up the possibility to use other locations around the world that would really pop off the page.

In ENTICED (the sequel, out in September!), Violet and her friends find themselves travelling to Jordan – on a quest to the place of Moses’ death – Mount Nebo. In EMBLAZE (book 3, out March 2013) they travel to the island of Santorini in Greece, which is small and stunning, and holds terrors that none of them are prepared for.

Each book I take the characters somewhere new and as I write the series, I have discovered how very important this is to me. I want my characters to go to the world, to find the problems and be part of the solution, rather than the fight always, and too conveniently, finding them.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Velveteen by Daniel Marks



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,
and specifically spotlights upcoming
novels we can't wait to read.

Our WoW for this week is...

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.
Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.


Expected Release Date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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Review of The Haunting of Tabitha Grey by Vanessa Curtis

The Haunting of Tabitha Grey
by Vanessa Curtis
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Publisher:
Egmont Books

I’ve just moved into a creepy old manor house with my family.

And it feels like the house is waiting for something. I can’t explain all the things that are happening here. I hear maids sobbing, there are old ladies that stand in the hall.

Are they real? Then there’s cold breath of life-or deathin the air. I can’t tell Dad or Mum. But least I’ve got my little brother Ben to talk to.

This is a ghost story unlike any other-it will leave you chilled to the very last page.
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**This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
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One word comes to mind when I think of The Haunting Of Tabitha Grey…creepy! If you are looking for a book that will make you jump at sounds in the middle of the night, this is it.

Vanessa Curtis does a fantastic job of allowing the reader to see the world in the eyes of Tabitha Grey, a young girl who seems to have the gift of seeing the ghosts of the dead. Not only does she have the stress of that, but she also bears witness to the downward spiral of her parent’s marriage, with a mother who suffers from migraines and depression, to a father who has wandering eyes.

Once I was able to buckle down, and commit myself to reading this book on its own, I completely devoured it. The world that Curtis portrays is one that is haunting and mysterious. It was as though I was reading/watching an episode of “Paranormal State”, minus the ghost hunting, and more focus on the actual haunting. I was a huge fan of that show, and so to have had the opportunity to read this book and review it was totally awesome.

Anyone who reads The Haunting Of Tabitha Grey will clearly see just how phenomenal a story teller Vanessa Curtis is. Her writing style had me reading with my eyes wide open, waiting in anticipation for the next paranormal encounter. Her descriptions of the events as they unfolded, including smells and sounds made the story seem even more believable. As she describes an upcoming encounter with the sound of static, it reminded me of how in the “Paranormal Activities” movies where something was going to happen there was that rumbling sound. As soon as the mention of the static starts, my heart would quicken, and I would start to read faster!

The true gasping moment was the end, of course. I did not see it coming, and quite literally gasped! All eyes in the room were on me, I was so loud. With a wave of my hand to fam., I was able to finish the book and walked away with it still blowing my mind. Trying to figure out how I didn’t see it before, and what clues I could have missed. Loved it!

Fans of The Sixth Sense, and anything paranormal will completely devour The Haunting of Tabitha Grey.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl - Review and Guest Post


Thanks for stopping by the blog for my Tour Stop for
The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski, hosted by ATomR Book Blog Tours!

We are so excited to have Gemma, the heroine of Golden Blood, stop by
and talk to us a little bit about LOVE!

First, a little something about the book, and our thoughts...


Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected.

Gemma's parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be "used and abused", as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew... Harrison Granger.

Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can't stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his new found love and his life.

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Let me just start off and say that I loved everything about Golden Blood; the characters. The plot. The Time Spirits and obviously the romance. Anyhow, I started Golden Blood a little bit blind. All I knew was that there was time travel involved and that was about everything. But after reading the opening chapter, I was already falling in love with the novel. What made me fall even harder was the way that the novel switched POV’s between both Gemma and Harrison, the two main characters who are falling into a forbidden romance.

To me, it was the total air of mystery and secrecy that Gemma has that made her a totally but kicking main character. Not only does Gemma come from a strict family of Time Spirits, which are basically people who are able to turn their bodies into golden dust and travel backwards (and only backwards) in time, but she could also beat people up. Literally. Author, Melissa Pearl described Gemma as a dangerous girl who could break every bone in your body if she wanted to. I know what you’re thinking: Are you being serious? Yes. Yes I am. In fact, Gemma reminded me of a non-dhampir Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series.

Now to the good stuff, the romance. When Harrison and Gemma first meet, I was filled with a series of “Awwwwwww” and a few more “Awwwwww’s” (or whatever the plural form of aw is). Again, Melissa Pearl managed to describe it in this perfect way where I could easily imagine the warmth that Harrison felt whenever he was around Gemma or that first time when he accidentally sees her go “across the line” and vanish into the past. The relationship between Harrison and Gemma is one that I could easily compare to Edward and Bella or Jace and Clary. It’s definitely one of those character romances where you can’t find anything wrong with it.

While Pearl did describe the world and setting around all of the characters with great fluency and kept up a consistent pace, I only had one complaint and it is that I wish there was more conflict. Don’t get me wrong, the ending is gasp-worthy, it’s just that I wished there was a bit more of a bigger picture. Though, I’m assuming that that gets introduced in later novels considering the last few paragraphs that Golden Blood finished with.

I would recommend this to anybody who wants to read a very unique novel and wants to spend a few chapters living in the past. Fans of the supernatural and of romance will definitely be falling in love with Golden Blood.




Let's Talk About Love ... with Gemma Hart

1 - Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes I do. Having experienced it personally, it's easy to say that. But I have actually heard of people who saw each other and within a few short months were married and have stayed that way. It doesn't happen for everybody. I feel very lucky that it happened to me.

2 - What qualities do you look for in a guy?
I like someone who is quietly strong, who can make me feel safe and protected. I mean, I can physically look after myself, but sometimes you just want I guy to tell you that he cares about you and you don't have to fight on your own. I also think finding someone you can talk to about anything is important. Someone who makes you feel comfortable and good about who you are.

3 - Describe what your perfect date would be.
Somewhere quiet, without an audience. Like going to an isolated beach or hiking somewhere where no one can find you. Take out dinner - maybe a pizza or something. Just hanging out, talking, star gazing. I don't know... just something simple.

4 - Do you believe love can still work as a time traveler?
I like to believe it can, but if I'm really honest, I'm not sure. I don't know if this can last. I know I want it to, more than anything, but I don't control my life, my father does. If he wanted to, he could pull me anywhere, keep me anywhere, change whatever history he wanted to. He could make everything I love disappear. So - all I can do is enjoy now and just... hope.

5 - Hypothetically speaking, do you think you could fall in love with a historical figure from before your time?
Yes. I think it would be very easy to fall in love with someone from another time... especially if you were in that time long enough. Like I said before, I believe in love at first sight, so it's always a possibility.

6 - Do you think love can conquer all?
I wish I could. I really, really wish that love could conquer all, but I just don't know. Harrison believes it, but I'm just trying to be realistic. Hope, as much I cling to it, is fragile. I think if my parents could love Harrison... or the idea of me being in love with Harrison then maybe love could win. I want my answer to be yes. Love should be able to conquer all.


Thanks for stopping by Gemma!

About the author:


I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.
My first trilogy is being self-published through Smashwords & Amazon.
Golden Blood was released in November 2011 and has been getting great reviews, along with Black Blood (Bk #2), which came out in December 2011. Pure Blood (Bk #3) is due for release in February 2012.
It has been a totally thrilling ride and I can't wait to keep putting my stuff out there.
I live in New Zealand with my husband and two sons, but we are moving to China in August, as my husband has scored a great job working at an international school in Suzhou. It's going to be a busy and exciting year :)

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Cover Reveal: Water (Elemental #3) by Shauna Granger

Thanks for stopping by the blog for the cover reveal for
Water (Elemental #3) by Shauna Granger!

Are you ready for the awesomeness...


Water (Elemental #3)
by Shauna Granger
Release Date:
June 19, 2012

Cover Design by:
Stephanie Mooney








Shayna's first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.

Compelled to answer the sirens' call, the boys of Shayna's town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it's too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review of Slide by Jill Hathaway


Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
**This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review. 
We were in no way paid for our opinion.  **


If you’re looking for a quick read that will hold your attention throughout the whole book, Slide would be it. Not only was the premise of the book intriguing, but add in the completely addictive smooth flowing writing style of Jill Hathaway, and you've got a sure hit.


What was really interesting about this story, was that the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end of the story. Who doesn’t love a good mystery to solve? I was trying to guess who did it, and was actually surprised with how the story turns out. Although there are parts in the book where the series of events were predictable, the identity of the killer was interwoven into the pages like a professional.

Another part that I really enjoyed about Slide was the many different songs that are mentioned…many of which I absolutely adore! I mean, come on…Smashing Pumpkins?! LOVE! If you don’t know the most awesome music styling’s of this group, you better get on it. I could hear so many of the songs playing in my head a I was reading…each song picked perfectly to match the mood.

Hathaway did a very convincing job of explaining and showing the reader just what “sliding” is, and does an awesome job of twisting the story to allow us a rare glimpse into the eyes of the person of which main character, Vee Bell, has slid into. Not only is Vee such great character to read about, but all the other characters that we are introduced to are equally unforgettable…Sophie, Zane, Rollins to name but a few.

It’s also very apparent that Hathaway has poured a lot of personality into these characters. Not only are we looking for a murderer, but we are also shown the world of suicide and what the cause and effect of this does to the characters in Slide. Hathaway also did a great job of showing us the flipside of being unpopular after being a part of the “in crowd”, and in conjunction with that, she sure can write a totally convincing “mean girl”.  As well, she totally pulled on my heartstrings with the thoughts and views of a child after the death of a parent, and the impact it has on them and the rest of the family.

Fans of Lisa McMann’s wake series will totally love fall head over heels in love with Slide, and will also find a new favorite author with Jill Hathaway.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

In My Mailbox #23


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by 
Kristi over at The Story Siren.  

Head on over for more details on how to join!
Click on the titles for links to Goodreads :D


This week we received:

For review

Of Poeidon - Anna Banks (Thank you Raincoast)
Among Others by Jo Walton (Thank you Raincoast)

Flutter by Gina Linko (Thank you Random House BFYP)
The Immoral Rules by Julie Kagawa (Thank you Harlequin Teen)

Won



Signed copy of Croak by Gina Damico 
with bookmarks and a scythe pendant 
Won from a Twitter Chat with the Apocalypsies
Our review can be found HERE!

Gifted

Very cool swag from Lissa Price.  After I had posted our review of Starters
I was completely floored to find an email from her waiting for me!
She asked for my mailing address so that she could send me some Starters Swag.
How awesome is she?!
Includes:
Cover Slip, First chapter booklet, 2 bracelets, 5 bookmarks, 
4 postcards and 2 pins!
She is just all sorts of awesome.
Thank you Lissa!

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