Monthly Archives: June 2011

Review: “Hunters & Prey” by Katie Salidas

Hunters & Prey (Immortalis #2) by Katie Salidas


The exciting sequel to Immortalis Carpe Noctem.

Rule number one: humans and vampires don’t co-exist. One is the hunter and one is the prey. Simple, right? Not for newly-turned vampire Alyssa. A surprise confrontation with Santino Vitale, the Acta Sanctorum’s most fearsome hunter, sends her fleeing back to the world she once knew, and Fallon, the human friend she’s missed more than anything. Now she has some explaining to do. However, that will have to wait. With the Acta Sanctorum hot on their heels, staying alive is more important than educating a human on the finer points of bloodlust.




Details:
Kindle Edition
Published November 23rd 2010 by Rising Sign Books
ASIN#: B004DNWEGS


My rating:

Read: 25 June 2011

Whilst definitely better than the first book, Alyssa’s actions are the main reason for my low rating.

Alyssa is incredibly selfish and stubborn, believing she is right and the 2000 year old vampires are always wrong. She doesn’t listen, she doesn’t care about her own safety until her life’s flashing before her eyes. She involves others, namely her best friend Fallon from her former, human life despite knowing there would be serious consequences from being warned enough times to never reveal who she is to any human or show herself to anyone from her human life.

Alyssa deserved a severe punishment for her reckless disregard for the rules but when it came down to meting it out Lysander backed down. I couldn’t believe it! Alyssa’s begging and whining reminded me of a two-year-old child who didn’t know when to let it go all ready. Despite her behaviour, in the end she was rewarded for the trouble she’d caused and the danger she’d put everyone in. Fallon should’ve run from Alyssa and the others after everything they’d put her through. I couldn’t understand why she’d stayed. There doesn’t seem to be much between Fallon and Alyssa other than that they say they’re friends -we don’t know why or how they’re so close.

I believe it’s the same with Lysander and Alyssa. I kept waiting for him to wake up and behead Alyssa. Sex must’ve addled his brain. She’s not worth the pain and suffering she causes. At least she’s going to be trained to act like a soldier now, and Nicholas is not the soft touch Lysander is. I hope he beats the selfish, cocky attitude out of her and drums some common sense into her obviously empty head.

Again, Santino, the villain of the piece, was the character I liked the most. If only he’d killed Alyssa at the beginning when he had the chance. Unable to think rationally before she acted annoyed the hell out of me and completely ruined my ability to gain any enjoyment from this book.

*Although this was a free e-book from the author this did not impact on my rating or review.

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Series Reading Order:

Immortalis Carpe Noctem (Immortalis, #1) Hunters & Prey (Immortalis, #2)  Pandora's Box (Immortalis, #3)

Cover Reveal: Everneath by Brodi Ashton


Everneath (Trilogy #1) by Brodi Ashton

Mini-description from Author’s Blog:

EVERNEATH is partially based on the Greek myth of Persephone: a 17-year-old who’s been banished to the underworld escapes to her former earthly existence with her family and boyfriend. The catch is that she only has six months in the real world before being sent back to Hades, this time forever.

Goodreads’ Description:

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

I love this cover. The smokey fade into the Everneath is well done.

Sneak Peek ~ Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Chicagoland Vampires #5

Visit Chloe’s website to read all of Chapter 1 and part of Chapter 2.


Chloe, you do know how to tease and tempt us! I just finished reading Hard Bitten today, so the timing of your sneak peek into Drink Deep couldn’t have come at a better time. While I normally flip-flop on whether or not to read sneak peeks of upcoming installments, there was no hesitation, I jumped on it.

I’d love to share my thoughts on it, but for fear of having too many spoilers I’ll pass and just say … if you want it, go read it! Will it answer all the questions you had after reading Hard Bitten? No. It’s only one and half chapters long. But, it will shed some light on what Merit and some of Clan Cadogan are up to now. For the rest, we’ll just have to wait until Drink Deep is released on November 1st.


Waiting Sucks!


Series Reading Order:

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ Post-Apocalyptic Mayhem

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


The world, as we know it, has ended …

Ames and I both enjoy a good dystopian post-apocalypic novel.
These are two series out now which we both want to get our hands on.


Aftertime (Aftertime #1) by Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: 22 February 2011

Someone once said that all apocalypses are experienced locally. In the case of Cass Dollar, the nightmare occurred with the violent abduction of two-year-old Ruthie, which she vividly remembers. Only later is young Cass assaulted also by the vague, twisting memories of a much wider conflagration that she herself only narrowly survived. A government experiment had turned the entire California landscape into the hunting grounds of zombie Beaters, but Cass can only think of the helpless toddler she is missing.








Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Release Date: 3 May 2011

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Do you enjoy dystopia novels? Read a favorite lately?
Happy Reading!

Game of Thrones: Season 2 – Winter is STILL Coming!

If you’re still coming to terms with the end of season one, then don’t worry. Filming of the second season of Game of Thrones is now under way! The first episode of which is due to air on April 15th, 2012.


Casting

The Tudors’ Natalie Dormer has been cast as Margaery Tyrell, the sister of Loras Tyrell (aka Knight of Flowers, and Renly Baretheon’s lover and supporter in his quest to take the throne from King Joffrey and the rightful heir, his brother Stannis). Dormer played Ann Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, and after 21 episodes was beheaded in The Tudors so she should used to the brutality of this show. She’s also appearing in this summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger as Private Lorraine.


Author/Screenwriter/Producer

George R. R. Martin, the author of ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series of books on which the show is based upon, is also a co-executive producer of the show and wrote episode 8: “The Pointy End“. He’ll be writing another episode, the finale of season 2 which will depict an important event that appears in the second book, A Clash of Kings. [Source]


Location, Location, Location

Although the first season was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta, Croatia and Spain were scouted as possible locations for scenes in season two although it has been confirmed that Northern Ireland will remain as the headquarters and the base of operations for filming. The casting call for extras able to live and work in NI has gone out so if you’re a strong, rough and tough male with long hair and a beard or a lady with long locks go for it! You don’t just have to be a pretty face either, those with skills in archery and sword-fighting, as a butchers, blacksmiths, farmhands and sailors are also wanted.


Interviews

In an interview available on HBO’S website, the creators of the show David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have given some hints as to what we can look forward to when the second season airs next year:

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**


BENIOFF: “[…] we’ve got all sorts of worlds to introduce the audience to. From Harrenhal, this legendary and haunted old castle, to Qarth, the city where Daenerys spends much of the season. And on and on.[…]”

BENIOFF: “A lot of season 1 is about characters figuring out who they are and what they’re after. So in Season 2, you see them starting to fulfil their destinies. Daenerys Targaryen started out Season 1 as this timid little girl and ends it as a warrior queen. Now she’s intent on winning back what’s rightfully hers – the Seven Kingdoms. Jon Snow is marching north with the Night’s Watch to find out what the hell is going on up there and unravel those mysteries. His brother Robb is now the King of the North, and he’s on a mission of vengeance to march south and avenge his father’s death.”

WEISS: “And also Tyrion Lannister, along with his sister Cersei, are two of the most central figures in the second season. He’s always had the privilege of being the wry, sardonic presence who stays on the margins of things and doesn’t need to participate in the exercise of power. And now his father Tywin has thrust him into the position where he has to assume power and rule in his father’s stead, which is probably the last thing he’d want for himself. A lot of this next season details the way that he copes with that and perhaps comes to enjoy it to a certain extent. And I think Cersei is under a lot of pressure, as things are spiralling out of control. Her brother Jaime is Robb Stark’s prisoner, and she’s trying to hold her family together and protect her children, as war hurdles ever and ever closer to their doorstep.”

BENIOFF: “And with the birth of the dragons, magic has kinf of returned to the world. We saw glimpses of it in the first season with the white walkers north of the Wall and obviously the dragons being hatched. This is a world where people haven’t seen much magic in the past few centuries, and they’re starting to think it’s just superstition at this point. And in the second season, it becomes more and more evident that there are supernatural forces at work. There are people who try to channel them for their own purposes, and there are those who desperately try to avoid them – or combat them.”

In another interview:

WEISS: “[…] So there are people offscreen in the book who we are going to write onscreen in the show to make sure people who viewers have fallen in love with are still there in the second season.”

BENIOFF: “[..] There’s fluidity in that certain scenes from the third book find their way into the second season just as certain scenes from the second book find their way into the end of the first season. We wanted to make sure those characters stayed in the audience’s mind and didn’t disappear for a whole year.”


The dragons also pose a problem. The CGI budget is going to have to increase but it seems that the dragons are not the only creatures to be computer-generated. An interview with VFX producer Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor revealed they would be “tackling CG creatures with fur, plus CG fire and water”. And fur means direwolves. Yes!


Trivia

  • In episode 8 “The Pointy End” we got an eyeful of Hodor’s goods. It was a fake, a prosthetic. I’m not sure whether I should be disappointed or relieved. [Source]
  • After each episode the show’s creators, Weiss and Benioff, receive a report card from George R.R. Martin to keep them on their toes and ensure they stay on track. [Source]
  • Each episode title sequence is subtly different, as it shows the kingdoms of the world that are featured in that particular episode. [Source]
  • Author George R.R. Martin was asked if he had a resolution or ending to the seemingly endless conflict. He replied that the end would be a cloud of dust or snow being driven by the wind across a vast graveyard full of tombstones. [Source]

  • Whilst we’re waiting for season 2 to hit our screens you can:

  • check out the HBO’s Official Production Diary
  • see whether you have what it takes to seize the throne in the game ‘Battle for the Iron Throne‘.
  • watch the rather touching ‘One and a Half Man‘ video depicting Tyrion and Bron’s friendship. Aww.


  • Or you can take a gander at the Game of Thrones Muppets mash-up posters, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado and their slogan is: “You wink or you die.”




    Recap: True Blood ~ S4, Ep1 “She’s Not There”

    TB Recap & Review Header by StephB


    “She’s Not There” starts Season 4 off
    with a plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh … WTH?!


    I know I can’t be the only fan of the books and the show who was left wishing we could throw something heavy at the ending credits without destroying our sweet big screen TVs. HBO’s “First 8 Minutes” clip really should have been my clue, if the first 8 minutes didn’t wow me, the rest of the episode wouldn’t either. But, no, I went into it with high expectations and a big bowl of popcorn. Didn’t take long for my expectation bubble to burst and my floor to be covered with popcorn. (Figured it was safer to throw popcorn at the screen instead.)

    As shown in the first 8-minutes clip, Sookie is transported to Freaky Fairyland by Claudine, who tells her that she’s her fairy godmother. There she runs into telepathic bellboy, Barry, from Texas and long-lost Grandpa Earl. Grandpa believes he’s been hangin’ with the fairies for only a week, not twenty years. Sookie alone realizes something’s not right and refuses to eat the magic mangoes. Good thing too (phew, that was really close) because Mab announces that they are done mixing and “now it is time to harvest”.

    Oh, Mab, you're so purdy


    Mab tries to force Sookie to eat, when BLAM! Sookie uses her super powers to throw her back into a tree. (And, tell me, how IS that possible? Sookie’s been eating her magic Wheaties, I guess.)



    "You're still alive..."


    Go Claudine! Sookie tells Claudine, “If your job is look after me, can I just say, you suck?” And Claudine points out, “Well, you’re still alive, aren’t you?” (I’m sure she’s thinking, “Why, you ungrateful, trouble-seeking, vamp-loving, little …”)


    Claude helps Grandpa Earl and Sookie jump to safety, where boo-hoo, Grandpa poofs into nothing (shouldn’t have eaten all those magic mangoes), but not before leaving his pocket watch behind for Jason. When Sookie gets home, she finds the house being remodeled. The first person she sees is Jason, who’s bustin’ out of his copper’s uniform, literally, and can’t believe she’s alive. Turns out Sookie wasn’t gone for minutes, but 12½ months!


    And now, the best and worst of the rest

    Best: Eric and Bill zip over to Sookie’s and start in with “I missed you” and “No, I missed you more” when we learn, from Bill’s order for Eric to go, that Bill now has authority over Eric. But, before leaving, Eric tells Sookie, “Understand this, everyone who claims to love you, your friends, your brother, even Bill Compton, they all gave up on you. I. Never. Did.” (Ahhh, my heart’s all a flutter.)

    Worst: Andy shows up and immediately starts screaming about all the time and money he’s spent over the last thirteen months trying to find her. Bill offers to reimburse him for the costs, provided he clear his name for Sookie’s (presumed) murder. Does that calm Andy down? Only for a split second, then he starts in on how mad he is for losing a crime-free county plaque to Webster Parrish. Andy’s not himself lately, ya see. He’s gotten himself hooked on V but good. Seems Jason has become Andy’s conscience.


    Oh, hell no!


    Best & Worst: Jesus and Lafayette are still together. Yay! But, now Jesus is trying to pull him into his coven meetings. Lafayette agrees to stay for “five minutes. Ten, if they got dranks.” Seems he’s found the spot where “old air fresheners go to die”. That’s not all, Marnie, head of the wiccans gathered, calls forth the spirit of Eddie and offers him a rose. Understandably, Lafayette freaks, gets pissed off at Jesus, thinking he’s told them about his past, and scurries on outta there. Later, while they are reconciling, Jesus talks him into giving it one more chance. He agrees, only this time, he becomes part of Marnie’s attempts to resurrect her dead bird, Manerva. When the rising is successful, mainly because of Lafayette’s participation, Marnie is thrilled with the possibilities. (Poor Lafayette. Of course, one of the things I really like about the show is that he’s still alive to be in it.)


    Welcome Home, Mommie

    Best: Arlene comes home to find baby Mickey surrounded by a bunch of Barbie heads. The sight just adds to her conviction that the baby of her dead ex is evil. (She plays freaked out well.) Terri, bless his heart, tries to convince her that he’s just doin’ what boys do, no harm, no foul. While Arlene tries to explain to her infant that “killing is wrong”.


    Caged Cat Fight!

    Best: Jump to New Orleans where we find Tara cage fighting like a master UFC fighter. Is it a surprise she wins? Nope! Gotta love that smile! She always did have a lot of pent up anger. Least she’s found a constructive way to release all that hostility. Seems becoming Toni has not only offered her some much needed anger release, but some sexual release, of the lesbian variety, as well. (Didn’t expect that!) Go, Tara!


    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!


    Best: Back in Bon Temps, Hoyt comes home to Jessica and chews her out for never cooking him dinner. She reminds him that vampires do not eat food.

    “Do you understand how gross human food is to a vampire? It’s all dead. Permanently, forever dead. Going to the Piggly Wiggly for me feels like going to the morgue for you.”

    “You think bleeding out into your mouth wasn’t gross for me at first? You get used to it.”

    Hoyt insists it can’t be all that hard for her to make him some eggs now and then. So, she agrees, throwing it all together, shells and all, into a sloppy mess which he tries to eat. They both laugh it off and eventually apologize, promising to do better.

    FAVORITE SCENE: Pam sits in her pink business suit delivering lines about how humans have nothing to fear from vampires, but she’s a bore according to Nan Flanagan, the face of the American Vampire League. “It’s a post-Edgington world, people!” Pam’s a hoot though with her lines, “Everyone’s welcome. Come on down. The blood’s warm and so is the service.”, delivered in that I-could-give-a-shit kinda way that she does best. Eric takes the clip mic and delivers the perfect PSA.


    "We're always more than happy ..."

    “Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Eric Northman. I’m a tax-paying American and small business owner in the great state of Louisiana. I also happen to be a vampire.”
    “We’re always more than happy to serve humans here at Fangtasia, and I don’t mean for dinner.”



    Meanwhile, Bill is at the dedication for the Caroline Compton Senior Citizens Center where “He’s grateful to honor his wife …”.

    WORST: Sam’s brother, Tommy, has, at some point, taken up with Hoyt’s crazy mama, Maxine Fortenberry and is milking Sam for physical therapy for his leg. (Sam shot Tommy for stealing from him in the finale.) When Tommy and Maxine come to Merlottes he’s all clean-shaven and praying before their meal. When Sam asks how the PT he’s paying for is going, Tommy shoots back asking how Sam’s anger management is going. Sam’s “anger management” group is two new chicks, one named Luna and a dude named Emery. Turns out they are all shifters with “high cortisol levels”. They decide to strip down and head out for a nightly run … as horses.

    SNORE: Sookie has hired a lawyer, Andy’s sister, Portia Bellefleur, to help her contact AIK, the company that bought her house. She’s looking to buy it back.

    SNORE: Jason, left in charge of the wildlings over in Hot Shot in the finale, heads over with some grub. While there, he’s lured into taking a look at the icebox. One of the kids pushes him in and locks the lid. (Seems it’s true … no good deed goes unpunished.)


    “She’s Not There” could refer to the fact that Sookie is “not there”. She’s in less than 1/2 of the scenes in this episode as we catch up on what everyone’s been up to while she’s been off in Fairyland.

    As I’ve watched the show for the past several years, I’ve tried very hard to separate Harris’ books from Bell’s show. That’s not always an easy task. It seems that every year I’m ecstatic about the new season premiere and, without fail (Thank you, Mr. Bell), I’m always pissed by the end of it. Why is that? Is it just me? I’m tellin’ ya right now, they had better do justice to Eric and his witch-induced amnesia or …. I want to say I’ll stop watching. I really do. But, damn it all, Alexander Skarsgård is just too yummy to pass up. I’m so weak.

    For a show that’s been known to shock and awe with it’s nudity and in-your-face sex scenes, this episode was rather tame with a couple of brief scenes with Tara/Toni and her lady love. Called “chocolate vanilla swirl” by a drunk ass in an alley, it proved to be one of the episodes biggest surprises. She’s finally taking charge of her life, living it to the fullest. It’s nice to see Tara not bitching and complaining for once.

    Another surprise, after, presumably, besting the Queen, Bill is now the King of Louisiana. Reclining in his posh office as he receives a visit from Katie, “Ms. Pellum”, one of the members from the coven, who is obviously spying for him.

    Finally, Sookie is changing for bed following a shower when she tosses her robe over her shoulder (who does that?!) and it doesn’t land on the floor, but in Eric’s hand. Upon seeing her nekked, he says what every girl would love to hear.

    Hmmmm. *shiver* Such a strange sensation when reality matches what you pictured in your mind so precisely.

    He reveals he’s the one that bought her house. When she asks why, he says, “Because I always knew you were alive. And, if I own the house, well, then I would own you. Sookie. You. Are. Mine.” *jealous*claws pop out*

    PS: Did anyone else, but my OCDemoness, notice it when Sookie moves her bed a little to the left to center it under her frames? >:D


    THE END


    Check out the HBO’s “Inside the Episode” for their recap, “Weeks Ahead” clip and preview for next Sunday’s episode “You Smell Like Dinner”:


    Cover Reveal: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

    Bloodrose (Nightshade Trilogy #3) by Andrea Cremer

    Expected Release Date: 21 Feb 2012


    All of the covers for this trilogy have been stunning. This one is definitely no exception.
    Andrea has a fun, interactive website and a blog. She also has a website dedicated to the books in the Nightshade trilogy. Be sure to check those out as well.


    Let the eFreebie Scavenger Hunt Begin!

    There are some great eFreebie offers out there!

    You just have to know where to look.

    Sometimes nothing on your leaning tower of TBRs sparks your interest. Not to fret. There are lots of hidden gems to be found on the web.  Here’s a spot I frequently scour for “the next great book”. Please share your eFreebie hunting spots with us too! 🙂


    eReader IQ updates their list of Kindle eFreebies hourly!

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    Happy Reading!

    Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ They Call Me Nasty

    MM-DBR


    Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


    Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved Trilogy #1) by Cate Tiernan

    Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something’s got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

    Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe–until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

    Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.




    “Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

    Opening Line: “Last night my whole world came tumbling down.” {Nastasya}
    Closing Line: “I was done running.” {Nastasya}


    “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter


    Immortal Beloved drew me in right off the bat. Clubbin’ immortals that take their “we can do anything” mentality to the extreme, who wouldn’t be interested in reading more? Nastasya (Nasty, as she known to her friends) can’t believe her eyes as she watches her immortal mates take things a bit too far. She’s shocked and doesn’t want to be a part of their games any longer. She’s about to hit bottom and realizes she needs to get away. But, where to go??

    She packs her bag and heads off to a place she remembers someone telling her was a sanctuary for immortals called River’s Edge. From there it’s like an immortal rehab story, but one that you enjoy reading, not like “Celebrity Rehab” where you gape and shake your head at their foolishness. Well, not too much like it anyway.


    Rating:



    “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

    Cate Tiernan was a new2me author.


    “That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

    Only complaint was Nasty’s tendency to become Wendy Winer. But, after living for more than 400 years, I cut her a bit of slack. I enjoyed the interesting take on immortals and the older YA feel of the story.


    “Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

    “The good thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, as frat boys can. The bad thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, so you wake up the next morning, or maybe the day after that, and you feel everything you would be spared feeling if only you’d been lucky enough to die.”
    {Nastasya}
    “Being good is something that you must choose over and over again, every day, throughout the day, for the rest of one’s life … A day is made of a thousand decisions, most small, some huge. With each decision, you have the chance to work toward light or sink toward darkness.”
    {Asher}


    “We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

    This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for introducing me to a new author and YA series that didn’t suck. I am looking forward to the second book, Darkness Falls due out the 5th of September 2011.




    Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


    Weekly Overview (Jun 26th)

    In the last week…

    The following have been posted here @ Random {Para}normal Musings: