Monday, October 31, 2011

New Books This Week....

Crossed By: Ally CondieIn search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again.
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Drink Deep By: Chloe Neill (Chicagoland #5)
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature.
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Cinder and Ella By: Melissa Lemon
After her father's disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn't long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself. What Ella finds there starts a quest that will change her life and the entire kingdom. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other, and one you'll never forget.

Tiger's Voyage By: Colleen Houck (Book #3)
Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift.They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart.
Release Date: November 1, 2011

Dengeki Daisy Volume #7 By: Kyousuke Motomi
Kurosaki decides that he needs to tell Teru the truth, but little does he know that an unsettling fellow called Akira has other ideas. What is Akira scheming, and how will his actions irrevocably affect Teru's relationship with Kurosaki?
Release Date: November 1, 2011

The September Queen By: Gillian Bagwell
Jane Lane is of marrying age, but she longs for adventure. She has pushed every potential suitor away-even those who could provide everything for her. Then one day, adventure makes its way to her doorstep, and with it comes mortal danger...  Royalists fighting to restore the crown to King Charles II implore Jane to help. Jane must transport him to safety, disguised as a manservant. As she places herself in harm's way, she finds herself falling in love with the gallant young Charles. And despite his reputation as a breaker of hearts, Jane finds herself surrendering to a passion that will change her life forever.
Release Date: November 1, 2011

No Holly for Christmas By: Julie N. Ford
Widowed, practically penniless, and banished to an Alabama rural community, ex-socialite- turned social worker Holly Cavanaugh Winter is dreading the approaching holiday season.However, her angst is not due to her husband's untimely death last December 25th,but because of a secret, one she keeps locked deep in her heart.  On special assignment for the DA, defense attorney, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships when his path unavoidably crosses Holly’s. But love at first sight quickly turns frigid when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her.
Release Date: November 5, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Supernaturally By: Kiersten White

**** Spoiler Alert*****
This is a review of a second book in a trilogy.  I may give away information regarding the first book. 

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.

I love Kiersten White!!  She does such a good job creating a great world and characters.  In this book Evie is living in the "real" world, going to school, working a "regular" job at a cafe, she goes on dates with Lend while he is back from school on the weekends.  She now lives with a Vampire and the cafe that she works at is a hot spot for paranormals learning how to live with humans.  Everything is perfect.... should be perfect..... but she is bored out of her mind.  Even having her own locker isn't as cool as she thought it would be. 

One day after school Raquel shows up and asks her to come back to work for IPCA on a case by case basis and the best part...?... No working with Fairies.  But that means no using the fairy paths, right?  No, the IPCA has found a human boy that had lived with the fairies and has actually learned how to use fairy paths.

Lend and his father don't want her to go to work for Raquel and the IPCA but Evie feels lost with her life going no where. At first she decides to do small assignments and feels like she is making a difference.  They way she now sees paranormals has changed she finds herself actually helping the good guys while only "bagging and tagging the bad guys.  After a while things start to go wrong.  Little things happen that don't make since and along the way she also runs into a vampire that has more power then any other vampire she has EVER encountered.

I love Evie in this book. In Paranormallcy she had to come to terms with who and what she is. She had some major prejudices to get over.  In Supernaturally it seems as though she needs to start believing in herself.  She also learns to stand up for herself and the things she wants, without needing to make everyone happy.  She meets up with Raquel again and remembers how much she loved her and missed her.  When a chance to work together and see her again Evie decides that it is something that she wants even though Lend and his father don't want her to do it.  She stands up and gains her relationship with Raquel again. 

Definitely a great book, especially as book two of this trilogy.  I can't wait to see more from Evie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Paranormallcy By: Kiersten White

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

I absolutely love this book.  I have now read it twice.  Once when it first came out and again recently for a book group. 

I love that the paranormal creatures stayed as close to historically accurate as possible.  Evie had the ability to see past the glamour that most paranormal creatures had to hide themselves.  She could see the rotting corpse underneath the beautiful glamour faces on the Vampires.  She could see the discolored skin of elves/nymphs.  This ability helped her with her job in the IPCA.  She could go into a crowd of people and know faster then anyone who was really human and who was pretending to be.  Once the target was spotted she would "bag/tag" them.  All paranormals went into a large database for tracking and or sterilization.   This had been her life and was all she new but she longed for a "normal" teenage life.  She wanted to go to high school and have a locker and meet guys. 

Lend has lived in a paranormal existence his whole life. His father used to work for IPCA but now lived his life trying to help paranormals living around humans.  He was apprehended by Evie at the IPCA headquarters and Evie was the only one that could see him as he really was, he has the ability to shape shift his body to be anyone he wanted.  While he is locked up Evie visits him constantly and they soon develop affection for each other. 

Meanwhile there is something out there killing paranormals.  Something is going on with the Fae and especially one fairy's fascination with Evie.  Everything starts going downhill very quickly and it looks like the only one that will  be able to save the world is Evie. 

I loved the relationship's Evie has with everyone.  Her best friend Lish is a mermaid that has a computer translator that won't swear and they talk about everything.  Her supervisor Raquel is also her mother figure and communicates with a series of well learned sighs, but she really does love Evie and you can feel it.  Reth, the ex-boyfriend fairy is confusing to me.  I can't decide whether I want him to be a good guy or the bad guy but I love the parts of the story that he makes appearances in. 

This is a great/ Clean Young Adult paranormal that is a fun read for adults and most likely I will be re-reading it again in the near future.

In my book group we had the opportunity to speak with Kiersten about this book and I took some notes on what was asked and the answers that she would give us, these are not word for word just my notes on the discussion ....
Note:  If you haven't read this book go and finish it before reading further... there are MAJOR SPOILERS for the ending.

***** SPOILER ALERT******

Q. Why did you kill of Lish? We are so upset...
A. I was really upset with it too. Everytime I was editing the chapter it made me sick. I didn't kill her, Vivian killed her.  I didn't want to kill her, I loved her. From a storytelling point of view it had to happen for Evie to move on. Lish was limited to a tank and wasn't logical toward the end.

Q. In the story Vivian and Evie need to steel soals to fill themselves. But evie hasn't ever stollen any soals.... why not?. Is it lend? Is she finding herlself?
A. I can't tell you... those are some really good thoughts.... you should read the other books. I love your theories and that you are talking about it.

Q. How much do the creatures come from your mind or mythology?
A. Evie and Lend are the only creatures that I created. Everything else was pulled from mythology or regional mythology

Q. I love lend and the idea of the shapshifter... I love to hear about how you molded him
A. He felt like no one ever really saw him or knew him... He can look like anyone but worries that if they knew what he looks like they wouldn't like him. He has a foot in both worlds to be a bridge character to help Evie into the real world.

Q. When you are lookking at the finished book, what are the changes like from the rough draft to final copy? what do they (publisher) ask you to do....
A. I write complete first drafts so not alot actually changes. I go through the dialog to make sure they keep their voice. If the chapter isn't moving anything forward then it shouldn't be there. I send it to my editor and she finds what is good and requests was to make the story stronger.

Q. How long did it take you to write this story?
A. 3 weeks...  personal edit a couple months...

Q. we teach the kids to write what you read... who ispires you?

A. I read a lot of middle grade for younger readers. It is playful... it doesn't take its self too seriously Unfortunate Events, Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. I like to pull the middle grade to YA. I have a hard time enjoying YA because I have a hard time turning off my internal editor. Likes sort of magic found in real life like in Book Thief, If I Stay, Anna and the French Kiss., and  The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.. phenominal writing. Dream dark- author can write third person with more voice then most people in first person.

Q. with the paranormal being stuck between heaven and hell where to their souls go when released?
A. Their souls aren't supossed to be released... I see them going to the same place that a human's soul will go. There is more information in the third book.

Q. What's the deal with a movie
A. A movie option has been sold. Ray Kay is the director that has been attached music video director. worked with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. This would be his first feature film to direct. The screen writer has been attached and should have a screenplay shortly. When you sell a movie option you have to be ok with someone taking your creation and making it totally different. Should hear in the next few weeks.

Q. Do you outline or just sit down and type?
A. If i know everything that is going to happen in the book I will get bored and stop writing. Part of the fun for me is the discovery... all of my funniest lines and best scenes ALWAYS happen in the first draft.

Q. Was social networking thing something you were doing already or did your editor encourage you to do it?
A. I have always been doing it. I have been blogging to entertain myself. I do it for myself and I think that is why it works. It is great that it has helped me in my career.

Q. How did you deal with the no's before your yes'?
A.I gained ten pounds... not really proud of it. You have to right just for the sake of writing. There are rejections in writing and through all stages of writing. If you do want to be a writer surround yourself with other positive people that like to write... we are crazy and sit home at night listening to imaginary voices and writing down the things they say... and then you fall in love with the imagionary people in your head and when other people don't want to read that they imagionary people have to say we take it hard.
The path to publishing is filled with rejection.
Eat a lot of chocolate.
Q. We liked your made up swear words... Bleep..... your sense of humor comes out in Evie.
A.Humor is an interesting thing.... it was very important for me to write a book that is accesible and I don't swear in real life and I had characters that wanted to swear and I would fight with them... then enter Lish and wanting to swear and it worked and made everyone happy.
Q.What about the 4 book deal with harper?
A. It is 2 books a year publishing schedule in 2013 and 2014
Mindgames Series. It draws from a world I set up in a previously unpublished work. I wrote it in 9 days this June. Mindgames dark thriller paranormal.. mind readers and enpaths and corporations are using these women in espianage against their will. Dual points of view with current events and past events.

Egyption mythology. Modern day daughter of egyption gods. All about family dynamics murder, infidelity of these gods. Daughter has had it and has to deal with where she stand with mythology drama. Every teenager goes through the moment when they realize that their parents aren't perfect... her mother is the godess of motherhood.

2014 book no clue what it is yet.
Q. How is book three comping along?
A. Endlessly (book 3) is in copy edit now.
We had such a good time talking to Kiersten and she has such a great personality.  You can really see why her characters are so endearing to us when you talk to her.  I can't wait to read her upcoming books!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Books this Week...

The Iron Knight By: Julie Kagawa
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing. Unless he can earn a soul.
Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive. With the company of Puck and Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side. To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
Release Date: October 25, 2011

Between the Sea and Sky By: Jaclyn Dolamore
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
Release Date: October 25, 2011

The Shadow Reader By: Sandy Williams
Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master. But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court. McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
Release Date: October 25, 2011

The Poison Diaries | Nightshade By: Maryrose Wood
A dark, gothic tale of romance… and murder.
The latest book in the grippingly dark series, The Poison Diaries.

Our heroine, Jessamine, has lost her faith in the men she loved, and her innocence as well. She turns to the dark side and plots to kill her father, using his own poisons, before becoming an assassin, a poisoner for hire. Can she recover from her heartache and reunite with her true love, Weed? Find out in this thrilling story where poisons, darkness and horror are a part of everyday life, and love is the only cure.
Release Date: October 25, 2011

Destined (House of Night #9) By: P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow. But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Damned (Crusade #2) By: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
There is a fine line between love and sacrifice…. Antonio would do anything for his beloved fighting partner Jenn. He protects her, even suppresses his vampire cravings to be with her. Together, they defend humanity against the Cursed Ones. But tensions threaten to fracture their hunting team and his loyalty—his love—is called into question. With an even more sinister power on the rise, Jenn must overcome her personal vendettas. Antonio and Jenn need each other to survive, but evil lurks at every turn. With humanity’s fate hanging in the balance, they must face down the darkness…or die trying.
Release Date: October 27, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ecstasy Unveiled By: Larissa Ione

A DEMON ENSLAVED Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master's assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister's life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.

AN ANGEL TEMPTED Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She's determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary-even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.

Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.

I love these brothers!  They have all had really hard lives and still just want to do good.  And for a demon that is saying a lot!!  Lore is forced to choose between finishing an assignment from his master and the only woman that has ever made him feel love.  Idess is put between a rock and a hard place when she is trying to keep everyone alive.  I like that Idess was a really strong female character.  She could hold a sword/dagger and fight with the best of them and she didn't stand down from a challenge or opponent.

Usually in romance stories there is a ton of he said she said and both parties usually miss the point, but with this story I didn't really notice it as much.  I don't know if there wasn't as much back and forth as other books or if I just loved the characters enough to not mind. 

There is also a lot of story told from the other characters so we still get to see into E's mind and the bad guy and there is a lot more history told about the angels and what they can and can't do.  Plus Reaver makes a couple appearances in this book too. 

Warning, this book includes strong language and sexual situations.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

After Obsession By Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Wow!!!  I loved this book!  I am a definite fan of Carrie Jones and her Need series and her teaming up with Steven Wedel was a great idea. 

I loved Aimee and Alan and even though crazy things were happening they were able to see past the ridiculous and do what was needed.  It was interesting to see the changes that the people in town were going through throughout this story.  It started of small with adjustments in attitudes to full on 180 degree changes.  People that were normally friendly to everyone were suddenly starting fights with strangers.  I liked that we were slowly put into the craziness instead of just thrown into complete chaos.

I really liked the Native American aspects that this book had.  Alan was sure he was Native American but not 100% on which tribe, although he believed he was Navajo.  Because of the uncertainty of the tribe he was able to draw on legends and customs of a lot more tribes and I liked that. 

This is definitely going to be a book that I will re-read many times over.  Great Read!!

Read on October 5, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

New books this week...

Beautiful Chaos By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange events happening in Gatlin. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories.
Release Date: October 18, 2011

Half Blood By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery.
Release Date: October 18, 2011

Dearly, Departed By: Lia Habel
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 aunt, 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. 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.
Release Date: October 18, 2011

Crave By: Melissa Darnell
Savannah cannot deny her instinct to get close to golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail. For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever.
Release Date: October 18, 2011

Dark Parties By: Sara Grant
Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says... Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.
Paperback Release Date: October 20, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Winner Winner!!!

Congratulations to Joanne!!! 

You are the winner for this Blog Hop.  I have had so much fun this round.  I can't wait to read/review more books for everyone and I hope you let me know what books you like so I can add more to my list to read.  Stay tuned for the November Blog Hop.... It's going to be Epic!!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October Blog Hop!!!!

Welcome to the October Blog Hop, where you can visit new blogs, enter to win prizes, and have a great time!

At the bottom of this post, you'll see a list of participating blogs. Just click on each link, check out the prize, and follow the easy instructions to enter. You can enter on each blog, so it's possible to win multiple times. It's frighteningly easy.

On this blog, you can win ...

A $20.00 Gift Card from (US Only)

or a copy of Choker By Elizabeth Wood

or a copy of Wolves, Boys and Other things that Might Kill Me By Kristen Chandler

To enter, all you need to do is:

1. Become a follower of my blog.

2. Leave a comment on this post and tell me why you'd like to win this prize. If your e-mail address isn't visible through your Blogger profile, please also leave it with the comment so I can notify you if you win. You can enter until midnight MST on Saturday night, October 15th.

That's it! You are now entered. Now please go visit all my friends on the list below. It's almost like trick or treating!

October Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston
2. I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
3. Bonnie Harris
4. Michael D. Young
5. Misty Moncur
6. Debbie Davis
7. Mandi Tucker Slack
8. Mary Ann Dennis
9. Deanna Henderson
10. Laura Bastian
11. Kristy Tate
12. Kristy Wilson
13. Jennifer Debenham
14. Jenny Moore
15. Elizabeth Hughes
16. J. Lloyd Morgan
17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
18. Billy Boulden
19. Scott Bryan
20. Maria Hoagland
21. Shirley Bahlmann
22. Shelly Brown
23. Marcy Howes
24. Lynnea Mortensen
25. Jaclyn M. Hawkes
26. Diane Stringam Tolley
27. Gail Zuniga
28. Betsy Love
29. iWriteNetwork
30. Canda's InkBlast
31. Stacy Coles

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blood Rights By: Kristen Painter

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

Ok, so I basically loved this book.  There is a complete world that Kristen Painter has set up with new species and new myths and histories.  I loved the Comarre, they have beautiful gold tattoo's along their body to make their blood more pure.  They cost a fortune for a vampire to purchase the blood rights and they stay with that vampire until they are freed by the will of their patron or they may request a duel to the death for freedom. 

The main characters in this story are very lovable.  You of course have Chrysabelle the strong independent Comarre that fighting for her lift, Mal, the cursed vampire that has to kill everyone he drinks with and then have the voices of those he kills trapped with him forever, Fi a ghost (sometimes corporeal) attached to Mal (the kill that started the curse), Doc, a leopard shifter that can only shift into a house cat. 

The villain in this story, Tatiana, is a woman that you really want to bring down.  She uses and abuses everyone near her and her only thoughts are of obtaining dark power.  She will stop at nothing to find Chrysabelle and turn the world upside down. 

This is a first book and now I find myself itching to read the rest of the series to see how it ends and what happens with everyone.

Read on October 4, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Books This Week.....

Awake at Dawn (Book 2) By: C.C. Hunter Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold. To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point.
Release Date: October 11, 2011

Deadly Cool By: Gemma Halliday
First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?
As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.
I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.
Release Date: October 11, 2011

Devoted (Book 2) By: Hilary Duff
Since Sage was kidnapped, Clea has no way of knowing if he is alive or dead. And even though she has only just discovered they were soulmates, she feels like a part of her is lost forever. What’s worse, she can’t even turn to her best friend Ben—because every time she looks at him, all she sees is his betrayal.
But waiting for something to happen is not an option, so Clea is ready for action. Suffering through dreams of seeing Sage with another woman, she makes an uneasy alliance with Sage’s enemies and sets out to be reunited with this life or the next.
Release Date: October 11, 2011

Frost (Book 2) By: Wendy Delsol
Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn’t have time to question Brigid’s motives or deal with Jack’s increasingly cold behavior. But Katla’s suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save Jack.
Release Date: October 11, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Seeking Persephone By: Sarah M. Eden

Persephone is the oldest of her siblings and took over the mother role when her own mother died after the birth of the youngest daughter. Her family wasn't wealthy and soon they wouldn't have anything to help her brothers or dowry for her sisters to entertain marriage prospects. One day an invitation of marriage comes for her from a Duke. This letter simply states that he would like to marry her and to come right before the ceremony.

Persephone marries Adam and goes about her new life in this huge castle all by herself. Adam is known by many to be angry, rude and sometimes violent and she doesn't know how to approach him and start a relationship with him. The only person consistently by his side is a childhood friend, Harry, and even their relationship is difficult with Adam always threatening Harry with death. All Harry ever does is laugh it off and go about his way. Persephone learns from observing Harry and Adam that she must be confident and show now weaknesses and he "might" let her into his life.

Slowly Adam and Persephone start to share a bond as they learn all the ins and outs of each other's personalities.

I love this story... It is sort of a prequel to Courting Miss Lancaster and I love how we get to see Harry and Adam's relationship. They are hilarious together because Harry is always pushing at Adams patience and Adam is constantly threatening him with throwing him out, duellings or death. I loved how Persephone saw past Adams disfigured ear and bad attitude and she saw the man underneath that no one else was willing to see.

I laughed out loud a lot reading this book. Overall this is just a fun, quick, clean read.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vanish By: Sophie Jordan

Spoiler Alert.... This is a review for a second book in the series.  If you have not read the first book go and read it now!
Jacinda is on her way back to her pride with Cassian, me mother and sister.  Along the way they are stopped by hunters.  Unexpectedly her sister, Tamra, manifests into a dragon.  Not just any dragon, she is a shader.  They have the ability to throw out a mist that confuses humans and keeps them away.  They are also able to remove memories.  Perfect timing on manifesting because that is the distraction that they all needed to get back to their village.

Once at the village Jacinda's problems just start.  She was already in trouble for when she and Az got spotted by hunters in the first book. Instead of taking consequences she left the village without permission and tried to run away with her mother and sister, but she has also done the most forbidden thing a draki can do, she shifted into a dragon in front of humans.  And not just any humans, a bunch of hunters.  She also can't rely on her being the special fire-breather because now her sister is just as rare and special as she is. 

The other villagers wont speak to her, including her best friend, she has been demoted to being a fish-gutter for her job and the boy next door keeps hitting on her.  Luckily she has Cassian and Tamra because they are the only ones that will spend time with her. Her mother is also not doing well.  She has been drunk everyday and doesn't eat unless Jacinda forces it on her. 

Cassian and Jacinda have a instant physical attraction and she finds out that he actually likes her for being her.... not just because she is the pride's fire-breather.  Will shows up pretending to be a lost hiker and it sends her heart into flutters.  Now she must choose between a life with Will or her perfect life with Cassian. Plus Hunters attack while she is out in the open with Cassian's sister and they get taken!!!

So, I like this book, but again, my favorite partner match for Jacinda is Cassian but I don't know where the author is taking the love story.  I can't wait for the final book to be released next year to get the ending settled.  This story ended on a huge plot cliffhanger and there is a lot the finish up in this next book.

Read on September 24, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Giveaway to enter....

My mom and sister are a part of a new group for writers.  For their launch they are doing a giveaway with some really cool things.  You can get a link to the new website (iwritenetwork) from their blogs.  Go check them out!!

Deanna does a great Friday Feature on new music that she finds.  She also give great ideas for your writing projects.

Canda blogs on books that she is reading as well as ideas for teaching and writing.  She also posts some great desserts (pictures and recipes).

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Books This Week....

Blood Rights By: Kristen Painter
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.  Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Release Date: October 1, 2011

Vampire Kisses: Graveyard Games By Ellen Schreiber
Things might finally be back to normal for Raven and Alexander— as normal as they can be for a goth teen in a small town and her dreamy vampire boyfriend. The secretive couple soon discovers that Alexander’s now full-blooded vampire cousin Claude and his friends are still lingering in Dullsville. And when they all become involved in the same local production of Cinderella that Raven is costume designing, once again their worlds collide. Raven suspects Claude and his dubious crew must be up to something, especially when Claude shows interest in the play’s leading lady.
Release Date: October 1, 2011

Bleeding Hearts (Book 4) By: Alyxandra Harvey
Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town. But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake.
Release Date: October 3, 2011

Silence (Book 3) By: Becca Fitzpatrick
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
Release Date: October 4, 2011

The Son of Neptune (Book 2) By: Rick Riordan
Three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Who are the other four mentioned in the prophecy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...
Release Date: October 4, 2011

Eve By: Anna Carey
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart.
Release Date: October 4, 2011

Past Perfect By: Leila Sales
All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Villagen, it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new. Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love.
Release Date: October 4, 2011