Monday, May 30, 2016

Cover Characteristic: Benches


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Cover characteristic is a meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!
To find out more and participate check out their posts here
 

Today's Characteristic: Benches

 

I had a really hard time finding books with benches on the cover this week. I mean I spent hours scouring my calibre library and Google looking for books. I finally found those four above, then I came across this:


It's not a book cover, but it's a book bench! I am absolutely in love and want one in my garden.


What are your favorite books with benches on the covers?





The upcoming themes:

 
lipstick, arrows, classrooms/schools, ladders
 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stellar Evolution by Sadie Grubor

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Title: Stellar Evolution
Author: Sadie Grubor
Series: Falling Stars
Publication Date: Oct 2012
Publisher: Book Nerd Revelation
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 402
Format: ebook
Source: Author supplied Review Copy
Find the Book: AmazonGoodreads



In Falling Stars, you were introduced to The Forgotten and Hush (Hushed Mentality), their lives written for the world to read. In this follow up novella, find out what happens after the tours have ended.
Who can persevere under the pressure of love in the public eye? Who will fall apart? And who will become almost unrecognizable?

Some stars last for an eternity, some stars fade, and others evolve.


*If you haven't read book 1, Falling Stars, please read it first, this one won't make much sense otherwise!*

   So this has nothing to do with my review itself, but I am totally confused by the publication dates listed for this one and book 1... nevermind... it doesn't actually matter

   I really liked this one. It wasn't as heavy and intense as the first one (not saying I don't like heavy and intense... I really do), it was light, quick, and fun! And by quick, I mean my Kobo says it was only about 94 pages, so super short (But hey, it's a novella. It's supposed to be short!). And because it was so short, there's not a whole lot I can say without revealing too much of the story.

   Writing wise, the p.o.v. shifts were so much better than in the first novel! I didn't see the repeated dialogues and scenes like were present in Falling Stars. Ebook formatting was great as was the editing.

   Loved this one, it was a great way to follow up with Mia and Chris and to set up for book 2!

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*
*This review can also be found on Bookworm's Book Blog



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Falling Stars by Sadie Grubor

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Title: Falling Stars
Author: Sadie Grubor
Series: Falling Stars
Publication Date: Aug 2014
Publisher: Book Nerd Revelation
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 402
Format: ebook
Source: Author supplied Review Copy
Find the Book: AmazonGoodreads



Christopher Mason, front man of the band The Forgotten. He's hot, he's famous and everything a famous rock star can be. But despite his fame and bad boy look, inside he battles demons. Demons so powerful they may destroy him. All hope seems lost. Slowly, his star is falling.
Mia Ryder, lead vocalist of the band Hushed Mentality, enters his life. Energetic, fun, and laid-back, Mia is just about everything Christopher isn't. And he definitely doesn't want her on his tour.

But one night changes everything. For the first time in his life, Christopher Mason becomes sure of one thing, and it's the one thing he's tried so hard to push away.


   It took me a while to get into this one. And even once I was too hooked to put it down it took me forever to read it. Which, for me, is curious. I call myself the "Devourer of books," but this one was more like the "nibbler of books" until I got through it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I did! It's just not a light and quick read if that's what you're looking for.

   There were probably a hundred times that I wanted to throw my Kobo at the wall because of something one of the characters said or did. Especially Christopher. He pushed my limits. With any "arrogant asshole prick" type characters, there is just a point where no matter what they do for the rest of the story, they have become completely irredeemable to me. No matter what they do from that point, I don't care, I hate them and wish they would die. And it pretty much ruins a story for me, because at that point, I have absolutely no vested interest in the outcome of that character's story arc. Well, Christopher came excruciatingly close to that line. As in a small breeze could have pushed him over it. For most of the book, I hated him. Then, somewhere about two-thirds of the way through, the tables turned and it was Mia I couldn't stand anymore. Mia gets stuck, like a broken record, saying "it's my body, it's my decision." Well, okay, I'm not here to discuss the whole pro-life/pro-choice thing. But SHUT THE FUCK UP Mia! Yeah, you let everyone know. You made it known that you wanted to "consider all of your options," but for real? Had that been said one more time, I really would have put the book down and completely quit reading it. I get it, she was scared and emotional. But I can't stand whiny bitches in real life, much less in my books!

   The flow of scenes from one P.O.V. to the next definitely could have been handled better and in the first half of the book, especially, there was a lot of repeated information between Mia's and Christopher's scenes. There were a few grammar issues and a sentence or two missing words here and there. I definitely noticed several formatting issues, though those may just have been because I was reading a "review copy." I did have an issue with the epilogue-- it felt clunky and didn't really flow with the rest of the story.
 
   I absolutely loved the story itself though! When I was younger, I totally wanted to be in a band. I never got my band, but I was able to be uniquely involved in the underground music scene. So a lot of the scenes describing backstage and after parties took me back to my experiences. Not to mention the whole "asshole with a tortured soul gets a girl pregnant and actually steps up to the plate" thing is so reminiscent of  my own life. Actually, maybe that's why Christopher and Mia pissed me off so badly... they just hit way too close to home, they're way too much like my hubby and I.

   All in all, it's a compelling story with a great author!

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*
*This review can also be found on Bookworm's Book Blog



Friday, May 27, 2016

Feature & Follow: Funny Blurb

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The idea of this hop is to answer a weekly prompt provided by the hosts, Rachel from Parajunkie.com and Alison from Alisoncanread.com.

(I love follows through Bloglovin' and email... links on the sidebar :) )


This week's prompt:

“Give a funny blurb to a book that will “tickle” those who haven’t read the book yet.

My Answer:

A young, impressionable, four-eyed boy gets the ride of his life after hopping on a non-existent train destined for a school full of "unique" individuals. What he thought would be a great escape from his horribly behaved Aunt and Uncle and their equally misbehaved lout of a son, turns into a fight for his life with Hades' favorite dog, the white queen, and a two-faced man...all over a rock.


 Can you tell me what this one is? Let me know in the comments!

I'm A Social Butterfly!

So, yeah... that's a lie. I'm definitely not a social butterfly. I'm more like the sometimes-social cat. You know how cats are-- they want to cuddle and be petted and "socialize" when they feel like it, but if you even look at them when they aren't feeling it, the claws come out-- literally!

But because I love you all, my dear readers, I've finally created a Facebook page to go along with my blog. Ok, so, maybe I created the page because someone told me, in lots of SHOUTY CAPITALS this week that I DESPERATELY needed a FB page.

Oh! You might find me sneaking around on Twitter occasionally too!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut -- Bookworm's Book Blog

   I review in lots of different places... too many on some days. One of those places is as a member of the Bookworm Group on Facebook. Well, that group has expanded from FB to also maintaining their own blog too. So check us out over there, you'll totally regret it if you don't. 9 out of 10 authors will agree with me on that... and that last one doesn't count anyway. But seriously, check out the new blog as well as the Facebook group page. There's lots of really cool stuff on the way, including something really fun that I want to spill the beans about, but my lips are sealed for another week or so. You'll just have to follow both blogs to find out ;)

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
    I’m sure some of you would be thrilled to know that I almost titled this post, “Read My Book, Bitch,” but then I remembered, I don’t write books, I read them… and then review them. And that’s what this is, a blog chock-full of reviews from none other than the awesome reviewers over at the Bookworm group on Facebook.
    Never heard of Bookworm? Well, find out more about us from the Bookworm Group and the Meet the Team page.
    We’re all avid readers and love the worlds that books can take us to, the adventures they give, and the lessons we learn. We believe that books are an amazing way to escape reality and delve into another life.
    Writing reviews is our way of giving back to the authors that have given us so much! We support them and the work they do because without them we wouldn’t have books or the experiences that they can give us. Getting to know the authors and promoting their work is our way of helping other readers experience this too.
    Stalk Follow us right here on the blog, join the group on FB, and find us on Twitter and Instagram. You might just discover some amazing new reads, remarkable authors, and maybe even a few new friends along the way!

via Bookworm's Book Blog

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Write On Review-a-thon

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The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 10 – if you write a review, you’re in.  Join this month’s challenge here.

I've got quite the list of books that need to be reviewed, but I haven't finished reading all of them, so the ones that are ready to review are:

  • Scrapper by Chloe Ellison (written, posted)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (written, scheduled)
  • Falling Stars by Sadie Grubor (written, posted)
  • Stellar Evolution by Sadie Grubor (written, posted) 
  • Rescued by Hazel Hunter (written, posted)
  • Half Wolf by Aimee Easterling (written, scheduled)
And I want to write up my Quick Lit Review post for the middle of June:
  • Alpha Werewolf Mates series by Emma Alisyn
  • Dark Hunter's Touch by Jessa Slade
  • Alpha's Captive series by V.M. Black
  • Princess' Dragon Lord by Mandy Rosco
  • Alpha's Darkling Bride by Linda Barlow
  • The Zrakon's Curse by Linda Barlow
  •  The Zrakon's Bride by Linda Barlow
  • The Alpha's Kiss series by Lynn Red

So...yeah... that's quite a lot of reviews to write, but the Quick Lit reviews are really short. So, I think I can get all of these done this weekend. What about you? What are you reviewing? Do you do review challenges to help you catch up when you're behind?

Calibre: (Still) the Best App for Your Elibrary Management

   I've been using calibre for years. It's not pretty and shiny like the Kindle app or iBooks, but it does its job damn well. Better than, dare I say it, any of the proprietary ones out there. iBooks is limited to Apple devices, Barnes and Noble no longer supports a PC version of its Nook app, Kobo has been having "software issues" recently, and Amazon, while I don't think any of their services are going anywhere any time soon, seems to heckle publishers, authors, and consumers just for the heck of it.

   Calibre, on the other hand, is open source meaning that even if Mr. Goyal decided he no longer wanted to maintain or support it, someone else could easily step up and do so. It supports pretty much any document you throw at it as well as comics, graphic novels, and audiobooks. Got a mix of .ibook, .azw3, and .epub files spread out over different reader software? No problem, calibre can read them all. What about those old defunct Microsoft .lit files? Calibre can read those too. It can even work with .zip and .rar files! And I've yet to come across an eReader or eReader App that calibre can't load books into.

  Most importantly, calibre has the ability to do something that none of the proprietary software will allow: with the right plugin, calibre will allow you to strip the DRM off of any ebook you own. DRM is its own brand of nightmare that extends far beyond ebooks, but that's a different post. DRM has, however caused tons of nightmares for ebook readers. Amazon, for example, has on multiple occasions removed ebooks from customer accounts and ereaders with absolutely no warning or explanation. Removed them, ebooks that these customers paid for. That's like buying a new couch then having the store come to your home and taking it back for absolutely no reason and without refunding your money!

   DRM has also been an issue in cases where an ebook supplier has been bought out by another one. It's happened when B&N purchased Fictionwise as well as more recently when Kobo purchased out Sony's ebook division. Some customers lost hundreds of books because the new owner chose not to honor book deals made by the former owners. Kobo does claim they are trying to fix whatever they can on their end, but we'll see how that ends...

   Now, I'm not copping to breaking any laws. This part is all in theory, mind you, as it is technically illegal to strip DRM from purchased digital goods. But, frankly, choosing to follow the letter of the law here is stupidity on any consumer's part. Unless, of course, you don't mind hundreds of dollars worth of purchased books being removed at any time without your knowledge, permission, or even the return of said hard earned dollars.

  Apprentice Alf's plugin will help with all formats except Kepub (Kobo's proprietary format). For that one you'll need to visit The Digital Reader

  Enough about DRM. What else can calibre do?
  • Well, it can convert almost any format into any other format. So if that new book you want is for sale on B&N, but you've only got a Kindle, go ahead and buy it, calibre will convert it from .epub to .azw3. 
  • You can add any amount of metadata you want to your books which means that you can sort them by an almost infinite number of options. Say you want to sort your books to show you all the books with a picture of lipstick on the cover, well, if you've tagged those books with "lipstick," guess what? It'll show you those books! (Hint hint to anyone that participates in Sugar and Snark's Cover Characteristic meme). Or, if you've been tagging your books with the date you finished reading them and you'd like to find all of the books you read in September, it'll do that too.
  • You can add link metadata that will create links to the book's page on Goodreads, Amazon, or any other site you might want to link to. 
  • Add the right plugin and you can take that humongous anthology with 256 different stories in it and split them up into separate books. 
  • Or do exactly the opposite. Have a series you'd like to have all together in one big book instead of 5 or 6 smaller ones? Well there's a plugin so that you can merge them too. 
  • Auto update and sync your Goodreads shelves so you don't have to search for each and every book after you read it.

That's definitely just the very basic of what calibre is capable of. If you're a serious ebook fiend like I am, it's really worth looking into and learning to master. My e-library is (at the moment) sitting at 7,575 books (that is likely to increase by the end of the day). Try managing that many books on a Kindle!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bound By A Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins


Title: Bound By A Dragon
Author: Linda K. Hopkins
Series: The Dragon Archives
Publication Date: May 18th 2014
Publisher: Self published
Age Group: 16+
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 260
Format: ePub
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes


At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, and quickly, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not looking too good. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice. Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?


   Ok, wow. What to say about this one? It was pretty freaking awesome, that's what. I loved, loved, loved this book. I'll be honest, I didn't know a thing about this one when I first purchased it. I'd never heard of Linda K. Hopkins, either, but she's definitely got a new fan. Back to the book though, I picked it up because: a) it was free on Amazon and b) because I've been on a dragon shifter kick recently and this is a dragon shifter romance. Beyond that, nope, didn't know anything... I mean, before I started reading, I hadn't even read the blurb! Frankly though, I've discovered that I find a lot of my favorite reads that way.

  There's really one word that best describes this one for me: cute. It's short, sweet, and the plot is simple. There's no major drama or unexpected plot twists, but I think that's part of what drew me in. Books often feel like an emotional roller coaster ride, which are certainly enjoyable, but sometimes it's also fun to sit back and ride the kiddie coasters. Sure, there's no loops or dead drops, but hey, at least you didn't pee your pants, right? Like that kiddie coaster, this is a great one when you're not in the mood to put yourself through an emotional wringer.

  Another thing that was conspicuously absent from this one was the raunch-factor that has found its way into most of my most recent reads. It was actually really refreshing to read something that focused on something other than the copious amounts of sex going on between the main characters. There was plenty of turn up the heat kissing, but Hopkins chose to fade to black for anything too far beyond locked lips. I don't know why she chose to fade to black rather than write those scenes, but their absence doesn't affect the intimacy that is seen between Aaron and Keira.

  I definitely recommend you all go to Amazon or whatever online retailer you buy your books from and get this one! I, for one, am off to read the rest of the series right now!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cover Characteristic: Only the Back (of People)


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Cover characteristic is a meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!
To find out more and participate check out their posts here
 

Today's Characteristic: Only the Backs (of People)

 


5. Dex by Jayne Blue
4. Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast
3. Dog With A Bone by Hailey Edwards
2. Fear of Flying by K. De Long



1. Beast by Sam Crescent and Jenika Snow... Minus the tattoo, this guy's back reminds me of my hubby's very sexy back.




The upcoming themes:

 
benches, lipstick, arrows, classrooms/schools, ladders
 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Soul Journey by Miranda Shanklin


   
   Title: Soul Journey
   Author: Miranda Shanklin

   Series: Soul Series
   Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2014
   Publisher: Eclectic Bard Books
   Age Group: YA 14+
   Genre: Paranormal, Coming of Age
   Pages:
   Format: Ebook
   Source: Review Copy from Author
   Buy the Book: Amazon
   Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes




It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.
The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls' journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.


I really wasn't sure about this one when I first started reading. I wasn't as captivated as I had hoped to be, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. Shanklin has an excellent ability to build worlds and backstories. I truly loved the premise and the way she handled magick. This was a refreshing and unusual take on witches, which I definitely appreciated.

I do wish, however, that the characters had seemed a bit more three dimensional, they all seem flat. We never really see any of them make any mistakes or really act out through their emotions like teenagers tend to do (save one chapter). The exception was Rayne, she felt more real than all of the other characters. Most of them seemed to have a very laissez attitude toward everything: our 16-year old kids are sleeping together ala Dawson's Creek, sure, no problem; you want to throw yourself to the mercy of a psychopathic, magick-weilding killer, yeah, we're cool with that; we've been together forever, but you're breaking up with me for the new guy, that's cool. A lot of that required a serious suspension of disbelief. 

The writing style, itself, I found distracting. It is written from the first person p.o.v. of Annisa, but the writing seems far to proper for a just-turned-16-year-old girl. Even the dialogue between characters felt a bit unnatural. There were some places that I felt things were being over explained and other places when I felt more detail was necessary. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Shanklin isn't a good writer, on the contrary, I believe she is an excellent writer. However, the tone and style just weren't appropriate for first-person-hormonal-teenage-witch.

But, there were so many things that were so good about this read, that I'm willing to overlook quite a bit. It was probably one of my favorite takes on the whole coming-of-age trope. And, again, I really loved her take on magic. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't yet read it, but it was so unique as far as the origin of witches and how they come into their power.

All in all, I did enjoy this book and look forward to reading the second book in the series, Soul Redemption.



*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dirty Bastard by Emily Minton & Shelley Springfield

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Title: Dirty Bastard
Author: Emily Minton & Shelley Springfield

Series: Grim Bastards MC
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Publisher: Self Pub
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance
Pages: 236
Format: ePub
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes


She's a biker chick with an edge.
Daughter of an MC President, Trix Slade is used to living on the wild side, but nothing prepares her for being kidnapped by the Grim Bastards MC. Hell bent on getting back home, Trix will do anything to get away from her captors—anything. There’s only one problem. Boz is as sexy as he is wild—a tempting combination for a woman like Trix.
He's a bastard with a soul.
The Bastards’ president, Boz Creed, wants to bring Trix’s father down and knows the best way to get to him is by using his precious daughter. Determined to get the revenge he seeks, Boz is willing to do anything to get what he wants—anything. There’s only one problem. Trix is as sexy as she is stubborn—a deadly combination for a man like Boz.

Can love between two rival clubs survive without someone taking the ultimate fall?


   So... let's start with the cover on this one. Um, hello? Can you say yummy? I seriously love the cover on this one. It's absolutely perfect, a lot of book covers, especially romances, are gaudy, cluttered, or not very representative of the actual story. This one is none of those. The model's not quite what I pictured when I thought of Boz, but he's pretty close and I adore the splash of color on the otherwise black and white image.

   MC (motorcycle club, for the uninitiated) Romances are very hit or miss for me--there's no middle ground. The last ones I tried to read were very miss, so I'm ecstatic that this one was a hit! It was an almost perfect balance of love life meets club life. I especially like that they don't try to romanticize that lifestyle. A lot of authors do and that completely baffles me. I know people who are part of that lifestyle, hell, I dated the son of one of them, and there's nothing romantic about it. So, they get tons of points for that.

  The authors did a phenomenal job jumping back and forth from Boz's to Trix's points of view. Jumping p.o.v. can feel really disjointed and confusing, but they made it flow from one to the other really well. As characters, I love them both. I'm pretty sure Trix just made my list of all-time favorite female leads. And it's a very short list, not just any female character meets my expectations. Boz was everything I expect from my alpha males without all of the "I'm God's gift to women" cockiness that I can't stand. And oh my goodness, some of the things that come out of his mouth are absolutely panty melting!

   Definitely an amazing book from a couple of amazing authors. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Filthy Bastard releasing next month!



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Feature & Follow: Why I Love my Fave Genre

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The idea of this hop is to answer a weekly prompt provided by the hosts, Rachel from Parajunkie.com and Alison from Alisoncanread.com.

(I love follows through Bloglovin' and email... links on the sidebar :) )


This week's prompt:

10 Reasons why I love my favorite genre.

My Answer:

1. This:

2. And This:

3. And This:

   ...................


   Kidding, but really, when almost every guy is described to look like that ^^, I mean, come on now, the mental image eye candy is totally worth all 10 spots!


4. I'm a hopeless romantic, always have been. Sure, I'm lots of other things... most notably the scary kid, so I guess:


5. Suspension of Disbelief:  I have a really hard time when out of the blue a story requires a sudden suspension of disbelief. I mean, really, a normal, average Joe is not going to find themselves in the middle of some mafia drug war or suddenly on the hit list of the world's greatest assassin--it's a huge issue for me when authors do those kinds of things. Well, the Paranormal part solves a lot of that for me. I'm already reading about vampires, witches, and werewolves, so as long as a character's not suddenly doing the tango when they've already admitted to not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time, my disbelief is already pretty well suspended.

6. Escape from reality: This kind of ties in with the last one. The fact that it's already so far removed from reality means that I get to enjoy it more and allows me ignore the real world for a while-- exactly what I'm intending to do when I'm reading. Historical, contemporary, or most of the others don't allow me the same level of escape.

7. To quote Angelina Jolie, "When other little girls wanted to be ballerinas, I wanted to be a vampire." Seriously, though, reading paranormal romance is the next best thing to paranormal beings actually existing.

8. I get to enjoy my alpha males without the sheisty ego that usually comes along with them in the real world.

9. Go back to number 1 ;)

10. Because of quotes like this:


Your turn, what's your favorite genre? More importantly, why? And if you say "man candy," I want to see some pics!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Taken by VM Black

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Series: The Alpha's Captive

Publication Date: May 4th, 2014
Publisher: Swift River Media Group
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance Serial
Pages:
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes



Running for his life, he takes her along for the ride….

Biker werewolf Levi Harris has a habit of going off half-cocked and getting into trouble. But this time, the trouble just might prove fatal. He’s stolen a trove of information from a powerful vampire mafia network, and they won’t rest until they get it back—and get revenge. His only chance of survival is to extract the information and put it to use before the bad guys catch up with him.

Curvy bombshell Harper Bailey is a good girl with a weak spot for bad boys. When Levi appears, she thinks her dreams have just rolled up on the back of a motorcycle. Little does she know that he’s about to hijack her car and take her straight into the crossfire. But Levi himself might just prove the greatest danger of all….


Ignoring my love/hate relationship with serials, I found only one issue with this read: there were numerous editing issues... at least with my copy. But the story itself was really good, I mean, good enough that I was willing to overlook the editing errors--something I am rarely willing to do.
The story line was interesting and I really look forward to learning more about the characters, though there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief required regarding Harper, a completely human female. For me, personally, she's a little too perfect. I prefer a female lead that's a little more flawed and a little less "voted person most likely to go though a tornado and come out looking like she's just been to the salon." Levi, on the other hand, hot, hot, HOT! I'll take two of him please, for a Levi sandwich!
I can't wait to read the next installment!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cover Characteristic: Silhouettes


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Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
 

Today's Characteristic: Silhouettes

 


5. The Assassin's Curse
4. Change For Me
3. Halo
2. To Kill A Mockingbird 



1. Bargain- This is actually not one of Armstrong's "professional" covers as this was originally released as one of her web freebies, but it's freaking awesome nonetheless. That's Jack the Ripper and his famous "From Hell" letter!




The upcoming themes:

 
22nd May – only the back of people
 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Feature & Follow: Blurb Hooks

Hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
The idea of this hop is to answer a weekly prompt provided by the hosts, Rachel from Parajunkie.com and Alison from Alisoncanread.com.



This week's prompt:

10 book blurbs that got you hooked.

My Answer:

Can I cheat and say, "All of them?" Ok, I guess not.



1. Wicked Ties by Shayla Black

She didn't know what she wanted...

Until he made her beg for it.
 A willing player in Jack's games, Morgan knows that his motives aren't pure, but she has no idea how personal they are...





2. Three by Ted Dekker

Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy.
Kevin Parson is alone in his car when his cell phone rings. A man calling himself Slater offers a deadly ultimatum: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you're driving will blow sky high. Then the phone goes dead.
Kevin panics. Who would make such a demand? What sin? Yet not sure what else to do, Kevin swerves into a parking lot and runs from his car. Just in case.
Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness. And that's only the first move in this deadly game.


3. Wild Wolf Claiming by Rhyannon Byrd

She. Was. His.

Werewolf Elliot Connors had come to the sleepy town of Charity to stop a madman from claiming his next victims for his macabre collection of sex slaves. After saving Skye Hewitt from being kidnapped, Elliot desires the diner waitress more than his next breath. All his senses scream that Skye is his life-mate. But his past has taught him well that nothing worth having ever comes easy. Now things are about to get bloody, dangerous…and wild.

4. The Alpha's Toy by Sam Crescent
To spare an innocent she has to become his plaything.
When Zeke attacks her pack, Mary, a half-breed wolf, wants to save a young wolf, but to do so, she has to accept his bargain. She must be his toy until the next full moon.

Even before the end of the month Mary becomes all he can think about, and he’s determined to keep his toy safe. Then a twist of fate lets him know she’s more than a toy. Mary is his mate. Can he overcome her fear of him and convince her to stay when her month is up?

5. Inferno by Adriana Noir

The lines are drawn. After stumbling across news of Project Blue and all it entails, Sebastian is left reeling.

The drums of war beat louder. Only time will tell who, and what, will remain standing in the end.






6. Explicit Instruction by Scarlett Finn

'I wouldn't do that if I were you.'
Stranded and searching for a phone, Flick inadvertently walks into danger.  But an unexpected reprieve comes in the form of a stranger, a looming silhouette more terrifying than the evil that captured her. From him she learns that danger has an alias, Rushe. He is abrupt, crude, domineering...and her only hope for survival.

7. Across A Moonlit Sea by Marsha Canham

A rip roaring high seas adventure set in Elizabethan England when dashing privateers known as sea hawks banded together to guard their country and their queen against the Invincible Armada being amassed by Spain. Simon Dante, the Pirate Wolf, meets his match in battle and in love when he crosses swords with Isabeau Spence. Together they join forces with Sir Francis Drake on a daring attack on Cadiz.




8. Shadowfae by Erica Hayes


Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell's minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she's ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

9. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

10. Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts

Relly’s band is called Scorpio Bone. Screaming guitars, crusher drums, and a singer wholooks like a golden god. Along comes a girl named Zee, with a bass guitar, a notebook full of strange lyrics, and exactly the right attitude.
Zee joins Relly’s band, and immediately their sound is unbelievable; it’s like silence screaming. As the band bonds together, inexplicable things start happening and Zee begins to learn her true role in the group. She finds she is the last piece in a tetrad that, once formed, gives the group supernatural powers—each teen in the group represents one of the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. At their first gig, she realizes that music isn’t all there is to Scorpio Bone . . .




What about you? Which blurbs made it impossible for you to put it down?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blast from the Past


Remember all those books you read as a kid? Not picture books or See Spot Run or even those beloved Golden Books, but the ones you read. Whether for entertainment or because you had to for school? Well, I'm on a quest to search out the ones I read (or can at least remember reading) and simply answer the question, "Would I read them again and why?"


I'll start with one that, for whatever reason, has been on my mind lately:


Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

I read this the summer after 5th grade. I remember that the "smart kids" in the academically gifted program made a big deal out of the fact they were reading it, and being the big reader I am, I got jealous. I made a point out of getting my parents to buy it so I could read it. I loved it and I think it is really the first book that I really "devoured" like I do with books now. It also started me on my Scott O'Dell kick.




Which leads me to the next book:

The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell

I read this one right after Island of the Blue Dolphins.  I wasn't as thrilled with this one. I've considered reading it with my son, but I don't know that I actually will.



And finally for today, one that I actually can't even remember the name of. I have googled and googled everything I could possibly think of to find it, but alas, I apparently disliked it so much that I have completely blocked out everything about it save a few details. I know the book was a biography of a man who lived through Apartheid in South Africa. I know I went to school with his nephew. And I also know that he later wrote another book, though I couldn't tell you the first thing about that one.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Soldiers of Wrath MC by Jenika Snow & Sam Crecent

Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
Series: The Soldiers of Wrath MC

Publication Date: June 15, 2015 (box set)

Publisher: CrescentSnow Publishing
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages:
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes

The Soldiers of Wrath MC is filled with, vicious, dangerous men who’ll move heaven and earth to get what they want. Demon, The President, takes a woman to fulfil a debt, but can he give her his heart? Can Joker, the Vice President, help his woman overcome her past nightmares and come to love him? Steel, is determined to make Eloise his, even if it means taking her against her will.


I intend to eventually finish reading the remaining books in this series, but for now, I'm shelving them again. The story line seems to repeat novel after novel: boy meets girl, girl is afraid of/can't stand boy, girl has has some kind of terrible trauma in her past, boy coerces her into bed where his sexual prowess makes her magically fall head over heels in love with him. Ok, sure that sounds like the premise of every romance novel ever, but it's not just the story line that repeats.... sometimes entire paragraphs of text repeat as well. As in the author has a repository of text chunks and just throws them together at times, just changing a noun/pronoun and expletive here and there. And that really sucks, because this series has been in my TBR pile for a long time and I was excited to finally getting around to reading it. Alas.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cover Characteristic: Maps


Hosted by Sugar and Snark
 
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
 

Today's Characteristic: Maps

 


  1. It's a Big Big World Atlas- Can't help it, I loved this thing as a kid, wish I still had it for my son now. I learned all about the world from this book and it was great for pretending my barbies were going on an adventure!
     
  2. Paper Towns
  3. On the Map
  4. 1493
  5. Zone of the Marvellous  
*In full disclosure, I have only ever read the kid's atlas. I simply thought they had really cool map covers.*


The upcoming themes:

15th May – Silhouettes, 22nd May – only the back of people
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

On the Accidental Wings of Dragons by Julie Wetzel


Series: Dragons of Eternity
Publication Date: June 9th 2015
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 237
Format:
ePub
Source:
Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Add to: GoodreadsBooklikes


When Michael Duncan is sent to investigate the disappearance of several dragon subjects, he finds himself in a bind. Locked in a dungeon, his only hope lies wrapped in a bundle of cloth tossed at his feet. One kiss and his life is changed forever. Hunted by his own people for crimes he didn't commit, Michael has to learn a whole new life at the hands of a beautiful woman. Can she help him clear his name, or will just being in her presence get him sentenced to death?
Carissa Markel doesn't know who this man chained to the wall is, but he's her only chance for escape. She has power, but, born without a voice, she lacks the means to wield it. One choice, made in desperation, sends them running for his life. Does she have the strength to help him clear his name? And what will her brother, the King of Dragons, do if he finds out what she's done? That's immaterial, the real question is… can she keep her hands off him long enough to find out?


This was a super short read, but, amazingly, was still a complete story. I was left with a few questions, but considering this is part of a larger series, those questions may be answered in the next books. I certainly intend to read them to find out.

I found Wetzel's take on dragonshifters to be unique and refreshing. Not to mention her descriptions of them in their "lesser" forms painted a mental picture that is just too darn cute! There were a few times I wish she had gone a little further with the story and found myself frustrated with the fade-to-black after the build up to the characters finally getting into each others' pants. One other thing I didn't like was how Michael started to remind me of the obnoxious seagulls in Finding Nemo.



Beyond that, Wetzel is an amazing author. She has such a way with words! I truly look forward to reading more of her work! 



Friday, May 6, 2016

Feature & Follow: Fave Genre

Hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
The idea of this hop is to answer a weekly prompt provided by the hosts, Rachel from Parajunkie.com and Alison from Alisoncanread.com.



This week's prompt:

What are your favorite genres in books?

My Answer:



Paranormal Romance

I love me some alpha male wolves, vampires, monsters from the black lagoon, you name it. I do draw the line at gelatinous blobs, though I haven't yet come across anyone who's tried to rewrite "The Blob" into a romance...




Dystopian

In general, I absolutely love dystopian novels, though the recent(ish) success of novels like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Cinder, there's been an influx of not-so-great reads also. Just... please don't ever make me read Anthem again!




Psychological Thrillers

This is about as close to horror as I get. At least what counts as horror today. I'm totally not into bloody gory messes. But I definitely love to read a good mind f*ck every now and then, one my favorite authors being Ted Dekker.




What about you? What are your favorite genres? 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Love-Hate Relationship with the Series

I love reading a book series. It means I get to read more about the characters. I get to learn more about their lives, their dreams, and their nightmares. I get to travel with them longer. I get to partake in more of their adventures. I get to live their lives vicariously for another 600 pages. But I also hate them. Vehemently. With a passion.

Why? Because I am a very impatient person. I hate the wait between one book and the next. It always seems to take authors forever to release their next book (though I think that the publishers are really at fault for this). And then there’s the fact that when I’m done with a series, it feels like I’m missing a part of me. I’ve spent a rather large part of my life with these people and now they’re just ripped away from me, never to be heard from again. Occasionally, I run into a series from which I choose to drift away. I find that sometimes a series, like movie sequels, drifts so far away from whatever I fell in love with in the first book that I stop reading it. I may read it, for a while, out of a strange sense of guilt I feel, but eventually, I will put it down.

 There’s also the occasional series that just goes on too long. That emptiness I feel when a series ends and the characters ripped out of my life... that’s part of what makes those books so special to me, I think. Sometimes, when an author hits book number 12, or book number 37, or even book number 5, they’ve unfortunately crossed a threshold where the series has either played out its arc too many times or it has gone so far out into left field that it doesn’t even resemble the first one anymore. Sometimes, it’s just time for a series to die.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Blog Ahead Mini Challenge

Blog Ahead


My hope is that I don't drop the ball... again... I've had blogs in the past and never keep them going. So, in an effort to help myself out, I am participating in The Herd's Blog Ahead Mini challenge. The goal is to increase the number of posts I have scheduled by 15. And I have until May 15th to do it. Right now, I have 2 scheduled posts left, so by the 15th, I should have 17.

So, here goes! I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!