Tuesday, July 31, 2012

WITCH WAY TO TURN by Karen Y. Bynum Promo Stop!

Witch Way to Turn
By: Karen Y. Bynum
Witch Way Series, Book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?

The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.

Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets--one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.

Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.

Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.

WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.

Author Bio:
Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy.  Her novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press.  She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her.  Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte.  But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.

With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head.  They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

DARKLANDS Release Day Blitz tour stop!

Hey guys, I am super excited to bring you the release of Darklands, the fourth book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner!

By: Nancy Holzner
Book #4 in the Deadtown Series
Release Date: 07/31/12

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.

But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.

Buy your copy of Darklands today!

Click read more for an excerpt of Darklands, information on the rest of the series, and an amazing giveaway!

Can't wait for THRONE OF GLASS? Check out these THRONE OF GLASS novellas for only $0.99!

Read these prequels to prepare for the release of Throne of Glass! Click the buttons below to make your purchases.

E-Copy of TRY ME (TAKE A CHANCE) by Diane Alberts, only $2.99!

What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance.

It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.

Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood.

The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?

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E-Copy of WHAT I DIDN'T SAY by Keary Taylor, only $3.99!

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.

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E-Copy of DARKNESS FALLS by Jessica Sorensen, only $0.99!

When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bit.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply?

The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires.
No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.

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E-Copy of EASY by Tammara Webber, only $3.99!


A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

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E-Copy of LADY OF DEVICES by Shelley Adina, only $2.99!

If you like steampunk stories by Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger, you’ll love Shelley Adina’s Lady of Devices!

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . . 

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E-copy of THE AGENCY: THE BODY IN THE TOWER by Y.S. Lee, only $2.99 at Amazon!

Mary’s second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences as she seeks the identity of a murderer. Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing —or losing —her identity. Mary’s adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

E-Copy of THE STEAMPUNK DETECTIVE by Darrell Pitt, only $0.99

The Steampunk Detective is a non-stop adventure story complete with airships, steam powered spaceships and enormous towers that stretch into orbit…

Jack Mason is an orphan wanting a new life. Ignatius Doyle is an aging detective who needs an assistant. When Jack goes to work for Mr Doyle, he has no idea what lies ahead.

With twists and turns and non-stop action, The Steampunk detective has been described as “The best dollar I ever spent.” Another reader said, “It's addictive to read, and smart….characters are lovable, interesting, different.”

Filled with references to Sherlock Holmes and the world of Victorian literature, The Steampunk Detective is an action packed adventure for readers of all ages.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

THE ALCHEMICAL DETECTIVE by Kirsten Weiss promo stop + giveaway!!

The Alchemical Detective
By: Kirsten Weiss
Book Two in the Riga Hayworth Series
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
A psychic has been murdered in an occult ceremony and the police pay a visit to Riga Hayworth, metaphysical detective.  But this time, she’s not a consultant on the case, she’s a suspect.
There’s a storm on the horizon.  Riga’s lost her magic, and has come to Lake Tahoe to recover and spend quality time with her new love.  But life for Riga is never that simple.  A psychic’s been murdered, and the police believe Riga has a connection to the crime.  They’re right.  And if that’s not enough, Riga is drafted as the host of a reality TV show about the local lake monster, and her niece is rejecting her metaphysical abilities.  Juggling demons, daimons, and angry tarot card readers, Riga must catch a killer before she becomes the next target.
The Alchemical Detective is a paranormal mystery that explores a world of alchemy and the imagination.

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Haven't read The Methaphysical Detective (Book 1 in the series) yet? Don't worry, just click the link below to make your purchase!

Author Bio:
Kirsten Weiss is the author of two paranormal mysteries available on the Kindle: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, and The Alchemical Detective.  She is hard at work on the sequel, The Shamanic Detective. 

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone.  Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching True Blood and drinking good wine. 

Author site/blog:  http://kirstenweiss.com 

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Friday, July 27, 2012

GUARDIAN OF FATE by L.J. Kentowski Promo stop + Giveaway!

Guardian of Fate
By: L.J. Kentowski
Fate Series, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Fear of death is all too common. Visions of it chill the bones and skip heartbeats. Seeing it coming and knowing only you can rescue the soul of the victim from the fiery bowels of hell…that’s downright life-altering.

Cassandra Cosgrove’s life was altered at the age of sixteen when she found out that it was her responsibility to save the lives, and ultimately the souls, of innocent victims targeted by Hell’s demons. As impossible as it seemed at first, she was able to live a fairly normal life, while secretly fulfilling her obligation as a Guardian of Fate.

But years later Fate has its own plan when her visions begin drastically changing at the same time two mysterious men appear in her life. Cassandra suddenly finds herself caught in a battle between good and evil, with her own soul on the line. When it seems everyone in her life has a secret they’ve been hiding from her, who can she trust to be the Guardian of her Fate?

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Author Bio:

L.J. Kentowski is living in disguise as the author of her debut novel, Guardian Of Fate, working diligently on the subsequent novels in the Fate series. Her true identity as Supermom and Superwife, living in the Midwest with SuperDog must never be revealed without security clearance. Every day, after tucking in her 6yr old talking prodigy, she rips off her cape and delves into the world of angels, demons, and the in-betweens.

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Follow Friday #21

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

If you can't follow via GFC, then please follow via NetworkedBlogs or e-mail! :)

Please state in the post if you're a new follower or old follower. If you don't tell me that you are following, then I don't know that you are. Therefore, I'll not follow you back. I would like to follow each and every one of you back, so it is important that you clearly state that you are following me and not just stopping by. When someone says, "just saying hi!" or "just hopping through!" then I have no idea if you are following or not. That means that I may or may not return the visit, depending on how much time I have. The people who state they are following me will definitely get a visit and follow back. Also be sure to leave a link back to your blog, otherwise I won't know where to go to follow you! Thank you.   

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

A: I'm going to answer this with college instead of high school and say The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I love Alexie, and I love that book. It was great to get to re-read it for class.

What about you?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon
Anna Banks

Rating: A
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . 

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

My thoughts on the book:
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Of Poseidon. I didn't know if it'd be "another mermaid tale," or if it'd stand out from the crowd. I was pleasantly surprised, and Of Poseidon definitely exceeded my expectations. Banks has a unique writing style and voice. I enjoyed the alternating POVs (first person for Emma and third person limited for Galen). The sense of humor makes this book a light read, and I laughed out loud more than once. The plot is intriguing and the world that Banks created is captivating. 

Of Poseidon is written differently than any book I've ever read. There is no action to speak of, other than one event in the beginning and a girl fight a little later on. Even the climax of the novel has no action, but it does have a big reveal. There really was no "bad guy." It's an interesting concept that I found myself actually liking. The lack of action didn't bother me. I wasn't bored once. This novel grabbed me on the first page and did not let me go until the very end.This is a fast paced read, and I lost track of time as I submerged myself in Banks' world. 

Emma is a likable character. She's feisty and clumsy, both traits come across as charming instead of annoying. She goes through some terrible things, but she comes out stronger for it. She doesn't dwell on the past and whine about it. She takes charge of her life and makes the best of each situation that's given to her. I really admired her for that, and for the fact that she isn't willing to give up her dreams for some guy. It was fun being inside her head because she has such a unique take on the world. Any time a leading character describes herself as being as clumsy as "an intoxicated walrus," you know she's going to be a fun narrator. 

Galen is also likable, and while he's a bit disconnected from humanity, he still has some very human reactions. He makes some pretty dumb mistakes, but overall, he's a good guy. I was rooting for him the entire time. I really liked seeing things from his view as well, and I'm glad that Banks didn't do first person with him, too. It helped keep the two POVs separate.

The secondary characters are also well-developed and complex. I'm not sure what makes any of them tick really, but they're all interesting and add a lot of layers (and humor) to the story. 

The plot is intriguing and mysterious, even if there is no action or "bad guy." There's still a sense of urgency because Galen's entire race is on the verge of a giant war that would likely make all of them extinct. Since Galen is likable, I didn't want that to happen. I also wanted Galen and Emma to get together, so I wanted things to work out for them, too. The ending is a cliffhanger, and a bit of a surprise. I tossed the idea around some, but I wasn't sure until the very end if I was right or not. I hate cliffhangers (hence the A instead of A+), but I feel that enough questions were answered that I'm looking forward to the next book without a sense of bitterness. 

The one thing that did bother me about Of Poseidon is that it kept sounding like Banks was calling dolphins and whales fish. I'm pretty sure she meant marine life in general, since she included turtles, otters, and penguins in with Emma's gift as well. Still, though, she kept saying fish right after a dolphin or whale encounter and that bugged me. There has to be a better way to specify the difference between mammal and fish, though I'm not 100% sure what that might be. 

Overall, I'd recommend Of Poseidon to anyone who wants a good summer read. If you enjoy mermaid tales or love stories, then this book is for you!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

FROZEN HEART Promo Stop and Guest Blog!!!!

Frozen Heart
By: Annabelle Blume
Release date: August 7, 2012
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

About the Author:
Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.

She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.

Twitter: @AnnabelleBlume

Writing Advice
Hey Annabelle, welcome to Fall Into Books. Thank you so much for being here today!

Thanks, Amber, for having me on your blog today! You and I have a lot in common, including our love of our Keurig coffee brewers, our Kindles, and our passion for writing stories. Since I’m asked often about how I decided to write a book, I’d like to share with your readers today my experience in writing my first novella Frozen Heart.

It was a dark and stormy night...

No, not really. I’m totally yanking your chain. I was working as a freelance journalist and I knew I wanted to write a book. Countless hours of online research about the publishing industry and all the new fangled options available to writers today left me overwhelmed but excited. Simultaneously, I infiltrated the Twitterverse of romance writers, learning as much as I could from the amazing authors who share and teach and encourage those around them. And after all of this research, the countless hours spent looking for the secret to success in the publishing world, the painstaking dissection of other authors’ climb to the top of the slush pile, I walked away with one clear answer.

Do the work.

Now, you can take this to mean you have to actually do the writing part (which, is kind of, well, DUH), but “the work” so much more than just writing. You have to learn how to do the hard, back breaking, ego crushing, and very UNglamorous work. Conclude the nice little pat on the back you gave yourself for getting to the finish line of word count and grab your big girl/boy undies, because writing a first draft is not the finish line, it’s the loud bang of the pistol at the beginning of a very long marathon.

There are edits to be made (I recommend 5 times at a minimum), synopses and query letters to be written, and submissions guidelines to find and follow. None of these things can be skipped. There are no shortcuts. Do not pass “go”. Do not collect $200. You catch my drift? This is the work that, if done correctly, gets you past the gatekeepers and onto the desks of Those Who Choose the Books.

Only when I understood the true undertaking of my endeavor did I muster up the courage to write Frozen Heart. Because even after seeing all of the work I’d have to do  outside of telling the story, and how much of it would go unrecognized even in the event that my book was published (and YAY because it is), I still wanted to write it. And that, my friends, is when I decided I wanted to write a book. 

Happy 6 Month Anniversary Shatter Books!

Shatterbooks: 6 Month Anniversary Giveaway!

Shatterbooks is holding an awesome giveaway for her six month anniversary! Go check it out!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

E-Copy of PARANORMALCY by Kierstin White, only $2.99!

For the rew people in the world who haven't read Paranormalcy, you are missing out! This is a fantastic trilogy, and the third book is coming out on July 24. What are you waiting for?! Here's your chance to catch up on this series before Endlessly comes out! Click the button below to make your purchase.

E-copy of POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil, author of TEN, only $2.99!

Are you excited for Ten? Are you counting the days? Well while you wait, why not check out Possess, Gretchen McNeil's previous book?! Click the button below to make your purchase.

E-Copy of HEARTS AT STAKE by Alyxandra Harvey, only $0.99!

As you guys know, I LOVE the Drake Chronicles. I am so excited to spread the love for this book by telling you about this deal. The first book of the Drake Chronicles, Hearts at Stake, is on sale at Amazon right now for only $0.99! If you haven't read this series yet, you must go get this book immediately. Click the button below to make your purchase.

E-Copy of EVERBLUE, only $0.99!

Got any mermaid fans out there? This book is for you! Please click the button below to make your purchase.

E-Copy of A BEAUTIFUL DARK by Jocelyn Davies, only $2.99 at Amazon!

Hey guys, this is a fantastic deal! A Beautiful Dark is one of my favorite reads of all time! You don't want to miss this book. This is for all you angel fans out there. Click the button below to make your purchase.

E-Copy of HALF-BLOOD by Jennifer L. Armentrout, only $3.99!

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors. She is right up there with Kelley Armstrong (my absolute favorite), and this is the book that started it all for me. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading the Covenant series, I suggest you do so IMMEDIATELY! The e-copy of Half-Blood, the first book in the series, is only $3.99 right now, so you have no excuse not to try it! Click the button below to make your purchase.

E-Copy of ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton, only $2.99!

Angelfire is one of my absolute favorite books, AND it was my first review EVER. If you haven't read this series yet, you are missing out! So head on over to Amazon and get your copy today! Please click the button below to make your purchase.

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD only $2.99 at Amazon!

Have you been itching for something new to read? Have you heard amazing things about Anna Dressed in Blood, but haven't gotten the chance to pick up a copy yet? Well here's your chance. For a limited time, an e-copy of Anna Dressed in Blood is only $2.99 at Amazon! Just click the button below to make your purchase!

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire only $1.59!

Do you have a Kindle? Have you not read Hourglass yet? If these two questions describe you, then you need to click the button below and head on over to Amazon to buy an e-copy of Hourglass while this amazing price lasts!

Not sure if Hourglass is for you? Check out my review here before buying! But be sure to click the button above to make your purchase! Thank you!!

Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the course of the past week. 

This week, we apparently decided that we wanted to change our pose, so ignore the upside down cat in the photos, haha. He's such a little ham. 

E-books for review:
The Demon Catchers of Milan
By: Kat Beyer
Release Date: 08/28/12
A big thank you to EgmontUSA and Net Galley!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and only saved by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins Emilio and Giuliano say the only way to keep her safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever, in this stunningly well-written novel about an American girl who, fleeing an ancient evil, finds her only salvation in her ancestral home

By: Melissa Darnell
Release Date: 09/25/12
A big thanks to Harlequin Teen and Net Galley!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming...and not everyone will survive.

Hard Bitten
By: Chloe Neill
A big thank you to Lyndsey for trading with me!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Chicago is beset by supernatural tensions, and Merit-vampire protector of a safe haven called Cadogan house-is worried that the humans will be reaching for their pitchforks any minute. It doesn't help that yet another vampire rave is broken up by the mayor, and a new inhibition- reducing drug is circulating through the community.

It's up to Merit to put her house in order-literally. And if that takes getting a little blood on her hands, so be it.

From the library:

Dying Wish
By: Shannon K. Butcher
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Jackie Patton has been rescued by the Theronai from her captivity and torture at the hands of the Synestryn, only to learn that she’s a potential match for the Theronai warriors who need a woman to literally save their lives.
Forced to choose, she unexpectedly selects Iain, a cold-hearted warrior who doesn’t want to be saved. Iain is convinced that it’s too late—that his soul is already as dead as his former betrothed, killed by the Synestryn. Still, he is the only man Jackie feels a measure of peace around and the only one she wants. But is Iain indeed beyond saving?

By: Amanda Hocking
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

Of Poseidon
By: Anna Banks
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen — literally, ouch! — both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . 

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

What are you stacking your shelves with this week?

Friday, July 20, 2012


Dearly, Departed
Lia Habel

Rating: B
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie? 

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. 

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

My thoughts on the book:
This novel started out a bit slow, but I enjoyed Dearly, Departed after I got through the first few chapters. Habel's unique world drew me in, and the dynamic characters kept me intrigued. I had a hard time putting this book down. The one thing I didn't like was the fact that there were five narrators. If it wasn't for that, then this book would have gotten an A from me!

The multiple narrators really annoyed me. I don't feel that we needed a chapter with Wolfe's POV, nor did we need Pamela's POV. I think we could have learned about what was going on in New London from Bram's POV, when he spoke to Wolfe or heard something new. Victor's POV was necessary, I think, as were Bram's and Nora's. I liked all of the characters fine (even the villains were interesting), but the multiple POVs just annoyed me. Everything was first person, too, so the multiple POVs could have also been eliminated with a third person omniscient POV. 

Nora was a pretty awesome heroine. She was strong, stubborn, and an all around good person. I really liked the fact that she thought Bram was attractive even though he was dead (and in some ways looked dead). She seemed to love him because of his imperfections, not in spite of them. That within itself was a beautiful thing. Also, her loyalty and bravery made me like her even more. I am really looking forward to reading what happens to her next. 

Bram was super sweet and amazing. He was never angsty or emo, and he had reason to be. He treated Nora like a person, too. He stood up for what he thought was right, and I admired him for that. He was also pretty funny. I liked his sarcastic, snarky sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from his perspective, and he completely won me over. Team Bram all the way!

I wasn't Pamela's hugest fan, but she was all right. I usually get annoyed with the best friends, so the fact that she was all right in my book says a lot. She really cared about Nora, and she was selfless. She was just clueless at some points, and the way she threw herself at Michael irritated me. As flawed as she was, I was rooting for her, and I hope the next book brings her happiness.

Victor was an interesting character, and I'd like to know more about him. I'm not going to spoil this for those who haven't read it, but he was very intriguing. 

The first few chapters were world-building chapters, and Habel did a terrific job of describing the futuristic society that she created. I particularly liked the hologram movies, and how when they used modern colloquial words, they said "as our ancestors used to say..." before it. That really made me feel like I was in New Victoria. I also liked the small touches, such as the parasols with the lights on top that indicated if the girls were practicing the "antiquated ritual" of dating, if they had been betrothed, or if they were gay. Items like that showed that this was a futuristic society and not historical Victorian society. Another thing that really stood out to me was the punks and how they were like futuristic steampunks. I enjoyed reading about them and hope to learn more about them in the sequel. 

Overall, I'd recommend this book to steampunk, dystopian, and zombie fans. Dearly, Departed is a unique and touching love story that you don't want to miss. 

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Follow Friday #20

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

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Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?
A: AHH That's a tough decision. I have been dying for Hemlock for a long time, so probably that one and Everneath

What books would you guys pick?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins Blog Tour Sign-up!

Hey guys, have you read Sweet Evil yet? Do you absolutely love it (and Kaidan)? Do you want to tell the world about your love for Kaidan... err... I mean Sweet Evil? Well, here's your chance. I'm arranging my first ever blog tour, and I want you guys to participate! This will be a month long tour, and it will run from 8/15/12 - 9/15/12. I've talked to Wendy, and she's willing to donate signed bookmarks and supply us with guest posts, author interviews, and character interviews. This is sure to be a lot of fun!

As many of you know, the sequel to Sweet Evil may or may not be published by the company that published the first book. I know that if more people heard about the book, then they would love it as much as I do. Because of this, I decided to create my first ever blog tour in an effort to spread the word about this amazing book!

To participate, you simply need to have a blog! That's it! If you haven't read Sweet Evil, but have been wanting to give it a try, check it out from the library and review it! Unfortunately we can't provide any review or giveaway copies of the book, but you're more than welcome to self-host a giveaway for the book or buy a copy to review. It's completely up to you how you host this tour. All that I ask is that you keep me posted so that I know what's going on.

Click here to see the list of dates!

Sign-ups are now closed!

We have 35 participants. I will put two participants on a few of the days in order to give everyone a chance to help out. Thank you to everyone who signed up. I'll be in contact soon.

Feel free to grab the button and spread the word!