Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cover Reveal: Jaye Wells’ ‘Silver-Tongued Devil’

Ames spotted another new cover.  Jaye Wells’ Silver-Tongued Devil, the 4th book in her Sabina Kane series. NOTE: Blurb contains spoilers for those that have not read the previous books in this series.

Details:
Expected publication: January 2012
ASIN#: B004RCNGUI

Life is looking up for Sabina Kane. Now that her scheming grandmother is dead, the threat of war has passed and the rulers of the dark races are about to sign a treaty to ensure ongoing peace. Her relationship with sexy mage Adam Lazarus is strong and all her friends are around her. Even her magic training is progressing further than she ever expected.

The only two dark spots in her otherwise settled life are her guilt over her sister Maisie’s fragile mental state and Sabina’s own sinking sense that she’s got unfinished business with Cain, the mysterious cult leader she let get away months earlier.

When a string of murders rock the New York dark races community and threatens to stall the peace negotiations, Sabina finds herself helping to find the killer. Her investigation leads her down troubling paths that have her questioning everything – and everyone – she knows. And the closer she gets to the murderer, the more Sabina realises this is one foe she may not able to kill.

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Cover Reveal: Gena Showalter’s ‘Twisted’

Gena recently revealed the cover for Twisted, the 3rd book in her YA series, Intertwined.  NOTE: Blurb may contain spoilers for those that have not yet read the previous books in the series.

Details:


Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Harlequin
ISBN#: 9780373210381

SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ADEN STONE HAS HAD A HELL OF A WEEK. HE’S BEEN:

Tortured by angry witches.
Hypnotized by a vengeful faery.
 Spied on by the most powerful vampire in existence.
And, oh, yeah. Killed – twice.

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over . . . changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker – just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

So, what do you think?

Cover Reveal: Rachel Vincent’s ‘If I Die’

Rachel recently revealed the cover for If I Die the 5th book in her YA Soul Screamers series.

Details:
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 20th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN#: 9780749955472

No one wants to be this teacher’s pet . . .

Everyone else is talking about Eastlake High’s gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck, but Kaylee Cavanaugh has bigger things on her mind. Kaylee’s a banshee—her scream is a portent of death.

But the next scream might hit too close to home. Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline has almost run out.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself from her own problems, Kaylee is determined to defend her school against the latest supernatural threat. That hot new teacher is really an incubus, who feeds from the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s delinquent ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human either.

But Kaylee’s running out of time, and those who love her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Soul Screamers: The last thing you hear before you die.

So, what do you think?

Cover Reveal: Larissa Ione’s ‘Immortal Rider’

Larissa recently revealed the cover and blurb for Immortal Rider the 2nd book in her Lords of Deliverance series. I’m a huge fan of her Demonica series. I’m excited to read the first in this series, Eternal Rider, in May!

Details:
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2011 by Piatkus Books
ISBN#: 9780749955472

Sexy, powerful, and immortal, Limos is on a crash course with destiny. She’s been marked as Satan’s bride and her jealous fiancé wants her all to himself. The only way this Horseman can keep herself—and everyone else—safe is to keep her distance. But not even Limos can save herself from the secrets she’s kept . . . or resist the seductive allure of one very brave human.

Arik Wagner knows the saying “love hurts” better than most, yet he never thought stealing a kiss from Limos would land him in Hell. Literally. It takes all his military training to survive the demon torture, but once he’s topside, Arik realizes that the agony has just begun. With the Apocalypse looming and Satan demanding his bride, will Arik and Limos surrender to the desire smoldering between them? Or will giving in to their passion unleash hell on earth?

So, what do you think?

Review: My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)

❝Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood ❞

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Details:
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 17th 2010 by Lulu
ISBN#: 9780557364633

My Blood Approves is the first in Amanda Hocking’s series by the same name. One thing it does well, proves that if you want to write a book, do it! You don’t need to fret over publishers and the like, at least not initially. Get your book(s) out there, gather some momentum, as this series (and others of Amanda’s) has and then go for the gold. Since it’s a self-published book, there are some errors that a good editor would’ve been able to catch pre-release, but not so many that it’s unreadable. In fact, I was surprised my OCDemon didn’t fret more over the ones I spotted.

Another negative, already addressed I’ve no doubt, is the fact that this story has a multitude of Twilight similarities.

Some biggies:
~ Names are very similar. You have Alice, who’s the main vs. sister; Mae, the mom vs. Esme; one of the love interests Jack vs. Jacob
~ Ezra, the long lived dad with medical skills
~ YA staple, a love triangle. But, this time the tri is Human Girl + Baby Vamp Bro + Vampier Bro.
~ Basic gist of human girl who is average in appearance is unusually different from what the vamp fam has come to expect and therefore makes her infinitely more desirable to them. “Yeah,” Jack said sheepishly. “Everyone kind of … reacts to me a certain way. And you don’t. It’s refreshing. So that’s what I’m doing here. With you.”

There were, however, differences that helped create enough “what’s going to happen next” to keep me reading. I very much liked the addition of Alice’s younger brother by two years, Milo. And, I say addition because to me, this reads like well done fan fiction, which isn’t a bad thing, just not what Amanda was shooting for, I’d imagine.

In addition to Milo, Amanda has a nice take on why her vamps are not stark white (thankfully they do not sparkle). “We don’t change from when we were turned, and I skateboarded a lot so I was out in the sun. When I turned, my was full of melanin, and now it always will be.”

There were enough differences to keep me entertained. The book was a quick read, so it’s like many hours/days wasted, if you’d like to give it a go. I will be reading #2, mainly because of Amanda’s inclusion of a snippet at the end of this book.

View all my reviews @ Goodreads

Blog Under Construction

I’ve asked Ames to join me in this blog adventure and she accepted! 🙂 So, now we begin some construction to turn my para-rambles into a joint blog. If you’ve subscribed, THANK YOU! Please be patient with us as we tweak some things here and there. We are excited to get started bloggin’ together and are working out the kinks, distance apart (UK & Japan) being one of them.

We hope you will stick with us and will be joint bloggin’ soon.

New Car Smell? Ok, but Book Smell!?

Julia Rubin with Styleite talks about a rumor that Karl Lagerfeld is possibly coming up with a new fragrance …. that smells like books. They state

❝Rumor has it Karl Lagerfeld is coming out with a fragrance — a fragrance that smells like books…! Lagerfeld has teamed up with Steidl (the company that publishes his photography books) and German perfumer Geza Schön for the scent, which is called Paper Passion.

We’ve seen pictures of Lagerfeld’s impressive library (he allegedly owns over 300,000 books, by the way), so we’re confident he could do a book-scented perfume justice. And just to make things super fancy, “the fragrance will be sold encased within a hardcover book entitled Paper Passion.” This is certainly the perfect project for the Kaiser, who owns a Parisian publishing house and bookstore (and who is planning to open another stateside in the near future!).❞

Now, I can understand people looking to replace their new car smell. And, I love books, but do I want to smell like a book? And, what does a book smell like anyway? How would you bottle that? Would you buy such a fragrance? I think I’d rather spend my money on actual books vs. bottled book smell.

Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

❝Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie’s lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.❞

Read: 21 Apr 2011
Rating: 4/5✰

Details:
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Orbit Books
ISBN#: 9780316056588)

Review:

I had a hard time connecting with Jane initially. While the loss of her first love was obvious and the town’s treatment of her was terrible, I just wasn’t, well, interested. Until Jane makes a discovery in the ocean which sets things in motion that change her life forever. And, the addition of one hot vamp, Ryu, didn’t hurt a bit either.

In Tempest Rising, the first book in the Jane True series, we are introduced to Jane. She lives with her father in a very small town, Rockabill, Maine. Many people in the town think she’s strange and they don’t keep their feelings to themselves. But, she continues to go about her life, working in a bookstore ‘Read it and Weep’ (love that name), indulge in her favorite pastime, swimming in the ocean and taking care of her father, doing her best to ignore them.

She knows she needs to get life, but she cannot seem to move on from the loss of her first love. That is until Ryu, a vampire who’s in charge of investigating the death of a tourist, comes to town to talk to Jane. While Ryu and Jane’s ‘relationship’ does seem to move fast, you can’t blame her b/c she’s held back for so long and he sets her hormones a blazin’.

Jane learns that everything, including her family history, is not as it seems. She’s introduced into a life full of the supernatural.

Jane’s internal dialogue was a hoot. She has a witty sense of humour despite all she’s dealt with in the past. It’s fun seeing the “real Jane” come to the foreground.

I loved all the supes in this story. Many of which I’d only ever seen in the movies. I thought they were all written well, many of them are funny and colorful, some are scary, while others are just small-minded. The world building, while slow to be built, was one that I look forward to return to soon.

Once the story picked up, I couldn’t put the book down. I really, really enjoyed it. Had it not been for the slow start, I would’ve rated it 5★. I’m very anxious to read the rest of the series and happy that I have the next two handy right now.

You can read Chapter One of “Tempest Rising” at Nicole’s website.

Series Reading Order:
Book#1 Book#2 Book#3 Book#4
**Book #5 will be called “Tempest’s Fury”; no release date has been set

“It All Ends” ~ Harry Potter, the Final Chapter

Minor Spoiler Warning ~ This Discussion is about Part TWO of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Part Two ~ Airs 15 Jul 2011

Overall plot summary, per Wikipedia: “Following Dumbledore’s death, Voldemort completes his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts to hunt and destroy Voldemort’s remaining horcruxes. They isolate themselves to ensure their friends and families’ safety. They have little knowledge about the remaining horcruxes except the possibility that two are objects once belonging to Hogwarts founders Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, and the third may be Nagini, Voldemort’s snake familiar. The whereabouts of the two founders’ objects is unknown, and Nagini is presumed to be with Voldemort. As they search for the Horcruxes, the trio learn more about Dumbledore’s past.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione recover the first horcrux, Salazar Slytherin’s locket, by infiltrating the Ministry of Magic. Under the object’s evil influence and the stress of being on the run, Ron leaves the others. A mysterious silver doe leads Harry to the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, among the few objects able to destroy horcruxes. When Harry attempts to recover the sword, the horcrux attempts to kill him. Ron reappears, saving Harry and using the sword to destroy the locket. Resuming their search, the trio continually encounter a strange symbol, which an eccentric wizard named Xenophilius Lovegood tells them represents the mythical Deathly Hallows. The Hallows are three sacred objects: the Resurrection Stone, with the power to summon the dead to the living world; the Elder Wand, an unbeatable wand; and an infallible Invisibility Cloak. Harry learns that Voldemort is seeking the Elder Wand, but is unaware of the other Hallows and their significance. Harry decides that finding Voldemort’s horcruxes is more important than procuring the Hallows. They break into a Death Eater’s vault at the Wizarding Bank Gringotts to recover another horcrux, Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. Harry learns that another horcrux is hidden in Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the school and find the Horcrux, the Diadem of Ravenclaw, and destroy the cup and the diadem.

Voldemort and his followers besiege Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, their allies, and various magical creatures defend Hogwarts. Several major characters are killed in the first wave of the battle, including Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Fred Weasley, and Severus Snape. Harry discovers while viewing the memories of Severus Snape that Voldemort inadvertently made Harry a horcrux when he attacked him as a baby and that Harry must die to destroy Voldemort. These memories also confirm Snape’s unwavering loyalty to Dumbledore and his role as spy in Voldemort’s camp. Harry surrenders himself to Voldemort, who casts the Killing Curse at him, sending Harry to a limbo-like state between life and death. There, Dumbledore explains that when Voldemort used Harry’s blood to regain his full strength, it protected Harry from Voldemort harming him; the Horcrux inside Harry has been destroyed, and Harry can return to his body despite being hit by the Killing Curse. Harry returns, the battle resumes, and after the last horcrux is destroyed, Voldemort is killed, and the wizarding world lives in peace once more.”

We’ve watched Harry, Hermione and Ron grow up on-screen, from the beginning of their time at Hogwarts. And, now it will all end with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part Two airing 15 July 2011. In part one, we followed the threesome as they searched for Voldemort’s final horcruxes. Part one ends with Voldemort breaking into Dumbledore’s tomb retrieving his wand, which we’ve learned in one of Voldemort’s horcuxes, the Elder wand. To date, I have only read books #1-4, so I was saddened to see Dobby died. I’m anxious to see the conclusion to the “story that captured the heart of millions”.

To learn more about the movie visit:
* Harrypotter.com for information about Part One on Blu-Ray
* WarnerBros.com for a sneak peek at scenes from Part Two
* IMDB.com for detailed information on cast
* Wikipedia.com for information about the movie and book

‘Hunger Games’ Tributes Being Cast

After receiving several nudges to check out Suzanne Collins’ young adult ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, I finally gave in and read it. I wanted to send a big Thank You care package to those that pushed me to start it. That rarely ever happens. I have always been a fan of dystopia, probably going back as far as my first time reading George Orwell’s ‘1984’. Since then, there’s no shortage of them. However, there is something to be said for any young adult novel, trilogy or series that can draw as many adult fans as they do young adult fans.

In less than a year, on 23 March 2012 to be precise, we’ll all be able to see our favorites on the big screen. Is that a good thing? Myself and others wonder … Have they cast actors and actresses that will fully represent the characters we’ve come to love? Everyone creates a picture in their head of the characters they read about, based on the author’s descriptions. But, sometimes the mark is missed.

Here are the updates on the cast members so far. What do you think? Good job or mark missed? Do you have alternatives you would’ve preferred to see? And, once the movie is released, will you be watching the movie? Or skipping it?

Follow the rest of Liongate’s tribute casting on their Hunger Games Official Facebook Movie Fan page and get a look at the cast so far on Entertainment Weekly’s Hunger Games cast gallery.

Per Wikipedia, As of February 11, 2010, The Hunger Games has sold 800,000 copies and 26 foreign editions. Rights to the novel have been sold in 38 territories, and there are over 2.9 million copies in print. The book is a USA Today and The New York Times Best Seller. It was on The New York Times list for over 100 consecutive weeks as of September 2010.

Per Goodreads, the trilogy has won the following awards:
British Fantasy Award for Top Ten (2009), Georgia Peach Book Award (2009), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2008), Cybils Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), Amelia Bloomer List (2009), An ALA Notable Children’s Book for Older Readers (2009), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (2008), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2010), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2011), Red House Children’s Book Award for Older Readers & Overall (2010), New York Times Notable Children’s Book of (2008), Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of The Year, South Carolina Book Award for Junior and Young Adult Book Awards (2011), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (2010), ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2009), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2010), Sakura Medal for Middle School Book (2010), Silver Inky Award (2009), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2009), Florida Teens Read (2009), Iowa High School Book Award Nominee (2011), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2009)

If you are one of the few that haven’t read it, what are you waiting for??  Trust me, you should read it!  🙂

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