Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday's Beginnings (75)

How are you faring at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

It's Monday!  I started Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway this week.  I was hoping to finish it up over the weekend.  Well, life happens.  We had several friends over Saturday so I had spent all day trying to get ready for them to come... resulting in no reading on Saturday.  And Sunday was just the normal Sunday where I visit with my father and try to get through other things.  I'm almost done with the book so I'm hoping to get done with it today or tomorrow.  I'm enjoying this YA fantasy read.

I'm going to get started on The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells this week.  This is the second book in Sabina Kane series.  And we are having chats on Thursdays for this book in preparation for the third books release!  Are you curious what our schedule is?  CLICK HERE to go see and hope you join in with us on the chats.

I did get a few reviews up this past week as well.  They are (click the title to jump to it):
   Happy Hour of the Damned  by Mark Henry
   Siren's Call  by Devyn Quinn

~~And there is a special treat from Devyn Quinn coming up this week... tomorrow. :)  I hope you stop back by.

As for my WANT list... I've added 10 books.  And I've added 4 books to the Very Curious About list.  Okay, so I've been slacking lately.  But I will try to do better. ;) Oh, you all are really hard on me with these books.

Received Last Week:
I saw this book and it just stuck in my head for a few months.  So since I couldn't forget about it, I did what any other book addict would do... I bought it!

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the crumbling city of Eloria, there is one indisputable fact: everyone has a price. Protestations of morality and better judgment have little meaning when confronted with the chance to obtain the unobtainable. The only question remaining is just how much a person is willing to sacrifice in order to win their heart’s desire.

Sevy has always been a quick study in the wicked ways of Eloria. She has no qualms about taking what she wants, and when the love of her life is mysteriously murdered, Sevy will stop at nothing to get him back. Elvish black magic, necromancy and demonic pacts are of little consequence if it means she can once again have her beloved at her side. But is she willing to murder her only friend to get the job done?

I've read the first two books of this series and so enjoyed them so I it was a given I would pick up this one too.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The hunter has become the hunted . . .

Without even realizing what she was doing, Genevieve Scelan has made a bad bargain. The Red Sox fanatic and supernatural tracker known as "Hound" for her extraordinary power of scent wishes she could leave magic behind now that she’s eradicated the evil cabal that oppressed Boston’s undercurrent for centuries. But now her talent’s fading, the local adepts’ squabbles are turning ugly, and worse, she’s just discovered that she owes a very large debt to someone . . . or some thing. And in the undercurrent, debts are taken very seriously.

Evie has until midwinter to pay up . . . or else. So when she gets a job that might save her—even if she’s breaking all her own rules to take it—she can’t pass it up. Now, with danger at her back and uncertain allies beside her, she’ll trace the very bones of Boston itself to protect both the city and the people she loves.

Everyone talks about how amazing this author is.  I do have the first book of here Mercy Thompson series on my shelf as well and now I'm adding this one as well.  Now I just need to get to reading them...

Goodreads Synopsis:
Said to be heavily rewritten from the original story of 1993. 

After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. 

Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. 

But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is-or where he will strike next?

I won this book by playing on Twitter.  Yep, that's right.  Do you follow @RKCharron on Twitter?  Well before the holidays we where playing the game of name that book.  And I had a blast!  But the one with the most correct guesses first won a book mentioned by @RKCharron.  And there happened to be two of us at the time.  So now I need to get started on this amazing sounding series.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. 

She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come. 

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir. 

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

So, how are you faring this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here's to wishing you all the best in words and pages.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: Siren's Call

Siren's Call

By:  Devyn Quinn

Publisher:  Signet Eclipse

Publish Date:  August 2010

Format:  Paperback, pocketbook size, 375pgs

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Series:  1st book in A Dark Tides Novel

Recommendation:  Oh Yes! Lovely read with magic and some archaeological expedition, and Mermaids!  Lovely little romance with a wonderful story.

Book Synopsis:
There are some things that can't stay buried - even in the deep of the ocean.

As a woman with a secret, lighthouse keeper Tessa Lonike savors her solitude on the island of Little Mer, off the coast of Maine.  During a violent storm, Tessa spots a man thrashing in the ice-cold waters and dives in to save him, using her ability as a mermaid to easily pull him to shore.

When Kenneth Randall awakens on the beach, he is alone, left with the haunting memory of his beautiful flame-haired savior.  And a year later, when Kenneth meets Tessa again, he's determined not to let her slip away.  Just as the desire between them begins to burn, Tessa's archaeologist ex-lover comes back to town with a tantalizing clue to her murky heritage.

The trio travels to the Mediterranean in search of answers, and what they find there will change Tessa's life forever.  She'll have to choose between the world of her people and the call of her heart...

First Sentence:
Kenneth Randall walked along the craggy beach.

My Review and Summary:
We learn quickly in the Prologue of Kenneth's world shattering loss that drives him to suicide, then the secret Tessa keeps while she lives on the small island owned by her family, with the lighthouse watching over the Bay.  Tessa uses this secret to save Kenneth's life.  Ten months later the book starts with Kenneth who dreads thinking of that dark day, but having a feeling he was not alone in the waters that day.  That he felt a feminine presence with him.  He returns to the island he washed up hoping to talk to the woman how found him in hopes she might add some pieces to the day.  Tessa is a grumpy, beautiful, young woman who lives by herself and is very anxious to turn Kenneth away before he remembers anything.  Yet she finds she is very attracted to him.  Kenneth finds himself offering to help Tessa, for free, to maintain the house and lighthouse which are in desperate need of tender loving care.  Tessa finds she has no choice but to let him with the ultimatum her sisters give her.  As the two are attracted to each other, the other doesn't want to push to far or fast.  Then when things look to be going steamy for them, Tessa's ex-fiancée shows up with news of possible mermaid archaeological history.  Tessa, Kenneth, and Jake make a journey to be the first to find these artifacts, only to find so much more than expected.

I've never really read anything with Mermaids before and loved the mixture of romance, magic, and the adventurous story of the aquatic archaeological discoveries.

I felt the story was well written.  Devyn leaves indications as to explain the quick attraction between Kenneth and Tessa.  And gives you the time you need to want these two together and enjoy the characters they are.  Then just as you start to feel comfortable with them Devyn throws a wrench in the works and the characters have to react.  I have to say the characters really stayed true to their persons.  Even through there where times I wanted Kenneth to do something more or different, he did what he should do and held to his true self.  I really liked that and loved Kenneth for it.  He is definitely a keeper in all women's books.  I enjoyed the romance with Kenneth and Tessa and the challenges Kenneth and even Tessa had to over come.

Yes, you have your romance and love story here but the story is much more than that.  The next part of the story was the adventure to find the artifacts of the lost Mermaid people and city.  The adventure they go on in the Mediterranean Sea is fun and pecked my curiosity.  I enjoyed the adventure in finding the unexpected and the troubles that came from it.  So much to learn and see with the Mermaid finds here.

And the magic!  The mermaids are full of wonderful unknown unexpected magic.  Tessa has a lot to learn.  The story ended with an ending and with a hint of what may be to come in the future books.

I will definitely be looking for Siren's Surrender to be released February 1, 2011.

~~ If this sounds like a book you could enjoy, check back around on February 2 for an interview with Devyn Quinn and maybe a surprise. ;)

I purchased this book for review.

This book qualifies for my Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge, hosted by Book Chick City.

Looking Forward To... (37)

There are so many amazing books already on the shelves and new ones coming out.

For a list of books yet to be released I'm looking to get, you can also look on my right Sidebar at the ever growing list titled Desired Reads - just scroll down. Of course there are tones of other new books to come out that are amazing as well, but these ones are part of series I have already started or for one reason or another caught my eye (and haven't seen much on other blogs yet). But I will highlight one here each week.

(mentioned in order of Release Date then Alphabetical if there are more than one book coming out on the same date.)

Next Book Is...

The Dragon's Path (#1)
By:  Daniel Abraham
Due Out:  April 2011

This is a new book/series for me.  This sounds like a great fantasy read.  One where the hero's are trying to get away from war and not run into it.  But, sounds like they are going to be stuck dead center of it.  And as I am a cover person, this cover has really caught my eye.  Yes, it's very simple, but it speaks mountains to me.  The foursome traveling, the read river (could that be blood from the war the foursome doesn't want to fight?), the dark sky (leaves me feeling an evil presence not yet seen), then there is that beautiful sword.  Yes, I'm a cover sucker.  I've added this one to my list.

I've heard great things of Daniel Abraham's The Long Price series, and yet to get to it, but this one sounds like a wonderful place to start too.

Goodreads Synopsos:
Summer is the season of war in the Free Cities.

Marcus wants to get out before the fighting starts. His hero days are behind him and simple caravan duty is better than getting pressed into service by the local gentry. Even a small war can get you killed. But a captain needs men to lead -- and his have been summarily arrested and recruited for their swords.

Cithrin has a job to do -- move the wealth of a nation across a war zone. An orphan raised by the bank, she is their last hope of keeping the bank's wealth out of the hands of the invaders. But she's just a girl and knows little of caravans, war, and danger. She knows money and she knows secrets, but will that be enough to save her in the coming months?

Geder, the only son of a noble house is more interested in philosophy than swordplay. He is a poor excuse for a soldier and little more than a pawn in these games of war. But not even he knows what he will become of the fires of battle. Hero or villain? Small men have achieved greater things and Geder is no small man.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. What should have been a small summer spat between gentlemen is spiraling out of control. Dark forces are at work, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path -- the path of war.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who? What? Where? (3)

Who are you with?  Where are you at?  What's happening?

Share with us just a little bit of what is happening in the book you are reading, right where you are now. 

Just a tiny taste of what's happening, remember try to not give spoilers of the book.

(This is a new meme I'm going to try and will tweak as I go. And please don't laugh at my lame attempt at drawing. ;D )

I'm camped with Lyall and Alondo, trying to snatch a little bit of sleep out here in the blazing hot Southern Desert.  But worried about Shann.  She was sent into that compound of Gort to rally the 'tributes' and we weren't able to do anything.  We have to get her out of there.

Book One: The Sea of Storms
By Mark Whiteway

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cover Release

I have to share this amazing sounding book with you.  Yes, it is an anthology. BUT before you turn away from it check out who all the authors are in this one.  It is bound to be a huge success!

Due Out:  June 2011

Here are the authors included: 
Rachel Caine, L.A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Jenna Black, Elizabeth Vaughan, Carole Nelson, Douglas, P.N. Elrod, Nancy Holder

What a line up right!?! 

So what all do they have in store for us here?  Well according to Urban Fantasy this is going to be a book full of heroines kicking butt of vampires, werewolves, demons, and monsters.

I, for one, am looking forward to this one.

To Come...Next Week

Hint, Hint...

I'm excited about this.  I've enjoyed the first book of the series (review to follow by end of the week).  And with this excitement I felt the need to let you know I have a post coming next week in which there is an Interview with the author and she is giving away a copy of a book! And I think there are MERMAIDS involved in it. ;)

Okay, so maybe not the Disney Little Mermaid, but beautiful kind (most of them) Mermaids. :) You'll just have to remember to stop back by for my review and the interview with a giveaway.

So, here is your pre-warning to keep an eye out for the wonderful chance to win a copy of a wonderful mermaid book.  I think February 2nd is the posting date.  Hint, Hint...

Hope to see you all then.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Review: Happy Hour of the Damned

Happy Hour of the Damned

By:  Mark Henry

Publisher:  Kensington Fantasy

Publish Date:  March 2008

Format:  Paperback, pocketbook size 295 pgs

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st book in Amanda Feral series

Recommendation:  Oh Yes! This is full of zombie fun, but you have to have a sense of humor.  Enjoy!

Book Synopsis:

Alive, ad exec Amanda Feral worked hard to wring enjoyment out of her days.  Now that she's a zombie, it's a different story.  Turns out, Seattle is home to glamorous undead of every description, and Amanda - stylish and impeccably groomed even in the afterlife - is swigging cocktails and living large (so to speak) among its elite.  But there are downsides.  Not being able to stomach anything except alcohol and human flesh, for instance.  And the fact that someone is targeting Seattle's otherworldly inhabitants for their own sinister reasons.

Preying on the undead is seriously uncool.  The only option is for Amanda and her zombie BFF Wendy and gorgeous gay vampire pal Gil to unearth the culprit among the legions of Seattle's bloodsuckers, shapeshifters, reapers, succubi, and demons - before they all meet a fate a lot worse than death...

First Sentence:
Saturday night is all about the Well of Souls - see and be seen is the rule - there is no excuse for an absence, least of all a bad hair day.

My Review and Summary:
Amanda's had a rough life, and it's not held her back one bit.  She's serious about life and a successful partner in an Advertising firm and is serious about life.  Until she smells the stinky breathe of that man in the elevator and has a clumsy accident afterward.  All to find out... she is now a zombie.  So what is a beautiful, successful woman to do now that she is one of the undead?  Why, enjoy life to the fullest!  But first, to find make-up to take care of the pasty pale skin. But when a friend goes missing will Amanda go in search or try to save her drying skin?  Amanda ends up on a mystery case looking into the incidents of what happened to her friends, just to stumble upon a bigger mystery with the pesky mistake zombies showing up in herds at Starbucks.

Amanda is a character I enjoyed.  She is hard, bitchy, and self-centered.  Amanda makes flying leaps at growth in her character in this book.  She makes friends with others similar to her in her manor of thinking.  We learn how Amanda meets each of these characters through their fun incidents in the first section of the book.  Then after we get to know them we find somewhere along the way Amanda has started to worry about them.  And starts to enjoy life.  Amanda and her friends make comments and jokes of things that many might find mean, but it is said in fun with these characters.  I had to chuckle many times with the jokes made and the priorities of the characters.  Oh, and who would want to break into a funeral home?  I loved that scene.

I enjoy the writing style in this book.  Mark Henry uses a unique writing style as we are getting the story from Amanda's view.  There are footnotes sporadically through the book in which Amanda makes comments to add her inner thoughts at the moment.  For me this was fun and a humorous way to get to know Amanda's character a little better.

I will definitely be picking up the second book, Road Trip of the Living Dead.

I purchased this book on my own for read.

This book qualifies for the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.

Teaser Tuesday (59)

Teaser Tuesday

is a weekly event
Sponsored by MizB of Should be Reading

Here's how it works:
Grab the book you are currently reading (anything at all)
Open the book to any random page.
Share 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on the page
Please Make Sure They Are Not Spoilers!
(Don't Give Too Much Away)
Just enough to pique our interests

This Week:

Shann picked them up and did so.  There was a strong repulsive force between them, getting stronger the closer she brought them together.  She frowned again.  "I can't do it."

Book One: The Sea of Storms
By Mark Whiteway
pg 35

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nicole Peeler Cheerleaders

Okay, are you a Nicole Peeler fan?  Or a fan of Nicole's series of Jane True? 

Well Jessica, The Spinecracker, is having a giveaway of Tempest Rising

BUT, even if you are NOT going to enter for the book, you have to still stop over and check out the Peeler Cheerleaders.  Yes, Jessica created a picture and pasted faces on it.  And I am one of the faces.  It is hilarious!  And I love it!  I would share it here, but I think it is all the best if you go to Jessica's Blog to check it out.  :)

So, CLICK HERE to go visit the wonderful picture she has created.  Enjoy!

Monday's Beginnings (74)

How are you faring in reading at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

Well... it's Monday... Not much to say about it as it's just a typical Monday here.  Not good but not outstanding either.  So, just Monday.  I finished reading Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry, and really enjoyed the story about Amanda Feral.  Got to love that zombie. ;)  Do you want to join in the chat for the book?  CLICK HERE!  We would love to have you join in.

Speaking of the Book Chats we have the next book picked and scheduled out.  I think you all would love to join in as it is the second book of Sabina Kane by Jaye Wells - The Mage in Black.  We are hoping to gear up and read for the prepping of The Green-Eyed Demon coming out March 1st.  So stop by HERE to see the schedule for February and join in.

And I finished reading Siren's Call by Devyn Quinn.  Another great read with Mermaids and Magic.  I've started typing up these reviews, so hope to tweak them this week and get them posted for you.

I did get the review for The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman posted over the weekend.  If you would like to read it you can do so HERE.

I'm getting ready to start Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway.  I received this book for review and I'm looking forward to getting into it.  It sounds very interesting with the magic.  And I think it's a young adult book as well.  Which I enjoy reading.

My WANT list... I've added 10 books.  I know, not many as compared to before.  But I am really trying to calm down. Ha! Ha! Well, I'm going to be in big trouble one of these weeks as I'm really going to add loads of books.  Boy, I wish I could read as fast as I add them!

Received Last Week:
For Review:

Goodreads Synopsis:
Explore the emotional upheaval that is the transformation from human to vampire.

Bleeding to death after brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, Twenty-five year old Alyssa, is rescued by the cold and aloof, vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift-and curse-of immortality. She awakens as a vampire and is soon devastated by harsh realities of her new way of life: An unyielding thirst for blood as well as the loss of her friends, her independence, and her humanity.

As if having her humanity stripped away was not enough to make life interesting, Alyssa finds out her "turning", did not go unnoticed by the rest of undead society. Old enemies; an ancient sect of vampire hunters, known as the Acta Sanctorum, as well as a powerful Vampire mistress, each set plans in motion to destroy both Alyssa and Lysander.

Only by accepting her new-found immortality, seizing the night, will Alyssa hope to survive. She and Lysander must fight together against two sets of enemies bent on destroying them both.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Becoming a vampire saved Alyssa from death, but the price was high: the loss of everything and everyone attached to her mortal life. She s still learning to cope when 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 friend she s missed more than anything.

Alyssa breaks vampire law by revealing her new, true self to her old friend, a fact which causes strong division in the group that should support her most: her clan.
Worse yet, her revelation entangles Fallon in the struggle between vampires and hunters and The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again, with a new army of hybrid creations: the Frenzy Soldiers. 

If Alyssa hopes to survive and keep her mortal friend safe, she ll have to be willing to make a deal with the enemy, and regain her clan s support. It will take everyone working together in a precarious truce to fight against the Acta Sanctorum s new threat.

Oh and for my shopping.... I've started again. :) Yeap, I picked up a few books today which will show up on next weeks Monday's Beginnings and ordered another from Amazon.  If the Amazon book shows up in time it too will be on next weeks Monday's Beginnings.

So, how are you faring this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here's to wishing you the best in words and pages.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Book Blog Chat (8)

We have our next chat pick!  And it is in anticipation of the third book being released March 1, 2011.  So, we are rearing up and getting ready for Sabina, one of our favorite sassy vampires, again.

In case you would like to know, it is The Mage in Black we will be reading in February.  The Third Book, Green-Eyed Demon is being released March 1st.  So this would be a great way to refresh before you dive into that new book. :)

The schedule:
Stop 1 ~ February 3, 2011 - end of Chapter 11 pg 105
Stop 2 ~ February 10, 2011 - end of Chapter 22 pg 213
Stop 3 ~ February 17, 2011 - end of Book

The Mage in Black
By  Jaye Wells
Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back.

Book Review: The Half-Made World

The Half-Made World

By:  Felix Gilman

Publisher:  Tor

Publish Date:  October 2010

Format:  ARC paperback, 479 pgs

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  1st book in series

Recommendation:  Maybe. If you like world building with a mix of demons and industry.

Book Synopsis:
THE WORLD IS STILL ONLY HALF-MADE.  Between the wild shores of uncreation and the ancient lands of the East lies the vast expanse of the West - young, chaotic, magnificent, war-torn.

Thirty years ago, the Red Republic fought to remake the West - fought gloriously, and failed.  The world that now exists has been carved out amid a war between two rival factions: the Line, enslaving the world with industry, and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence.  The Republic is now history, and the last of its generals sits forgotten and nameless in the madhouse on the edge of creation.  But locked in his memories is a secret that could change the West forever, and the world's warring powers would do anything to take it from him.

Now Liv Alverhuysen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels west, hoping to heal the general's shattered mind.  John Creedmoor, reluctant Agent of the Gun and would-be gentleman of leisure, travels west, too, looking to steal the secret or die trying.  And the servants of the Line are on the march.

First Sentence:
The General lay flat on his back, arms outflung, watching the stars.

My Review and Summary:
Dr. Liv Alverhuysen, a young widowed psychology doctor is going to the edge of the made world, or close to it.  Out West.  To help with victims of the four century war between The Guns, The Engines, and Hill Folk.  All of the victims including the ones who had their minds shattered.

Creedmoor, we meet while he is traveling on a gambling boat.  To the edged of the world he is sent by his masters, The Guns, in search of a mad man.  Creedmoor's character will have you curious of his history right away.

Lowry, a Sub-Invigilator for the Line and servant to the Engines, is sent to extract the General, from the West.  Lowry will not stop for anything and will not fail his mission and the only thing at the end of failure is death.

This is a hard one for me to review as I have mixed feelings on this book.  I enjoyed the blend of demons and guns, the engines and demons (which may be what many consider steampunk), and the un-made world not yet ready for time and so many new creatures - the Wild West we could say.  This idea and world was unique to me, and made me curious about the connection of the two.  I even liked the idea of the general having a knowledge that could end all, but felt that I never got any more information to move the story plot further forward.  I felt it kind of stalled in the plot movement for me.  The story telling style reminds me of a similarity to Joe Abercrombie, yet different as it's not as abrupt with battles nor character drawing for me.

I enjoyed two of the characters out of the whole cast: John Creedmoor and the General.  Yet, as much as I enjoyed reading of the scenes with John Creedmoor or seeing if the General will get better, they seemed to be the only characters I could get into.  John Creedmoor and his attachment to the Guns was one of darkness and yet almost feel as he's fighting for something that just might be good. 

In the end I new more of the world and characters created here, but nothing more of the happenings of the story plot.  I might pick up the next book to see if I can find more out.

I won this book through Goodreads as an ARC for review.

This book qualifies for me Speculative Fiction Challenge of 2011, hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Looking Forward To... (36)

There are so many amazing books already on the shelves and new ones coming out.

For a list of books yet to be released I'm looking to get, you can also look on my right Sidebar at the ever growing list titled Desired Reads - just scroll down. Of course there are tones of other new books to come out that are amazing as well, but these ones are part of series I have already started or for one reason or another caught my eye (and haven't seen much on other blogs yet). But I will highlight one here each week.

(mentioned in order of Release Date then Alphabetical if there are more than one book coming out on the same date.)

Next Book Is...

The Green-Eyed Demon
By:  Jaye Wells
Due Out:  March 1, 2011

I've read the first book in this series of Sabina and enjoyed the half vampire, half mage sassy flaming red head.  She is strong and determined.  Not easily swayed.  But I am anxious to see what happens with here and that man. Ooo, that other girl too. ;D Not sure what I'm talking about?  Well, check out the first book.

Review for Red-Headed Step Child, CLICK HERE.

And just a little FYI Robyn of The Bookoholic Zone and I will be reading The Mage in Black for our February Book Chat.  Hope you join us. :) Keep an eye out for the schedule to soon follow.

Goodreads Synopsis:
1. Rescue sister.
2. Murder grandmother.
3. Don't upset the voodoo priestess.

The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes.

Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks--a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon--head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister. Once there, they must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-wielding vampires and--perhaps most frightening of all--humans.

But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won't be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.

Who? What? Where? (2)

Who are you with?  Where are you at?  What's happening?

Share with us just a little bit of what is happening in the book you are reading, right where you are now. 

Just a tiny taste of what's happening, remember try to not give spoilers of the book.

(This is a new meme I'm going to try and will tweak as I go. And pleas don't laugh at my lame attempt at drawing. ;D )

Today I'm diving to the deepest depths of the Mediterranean sea.  So deep no person or machine can go.  I'm with Tessa, the mentally strong mermaid.  Her boyfriend and ex-fiancée are waiting in the boat above to hear the news of what great lost artifacts of Ishaldi we find.  But we cross more than what we where hoping for.  A surprise I'm hoping to learn more about.

Siren's Call
By:  Devyn Quinn

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Chat (7)...Happy Hour of the Damned

We have finished the book and now to our last chat.  I know there are many of you out there that has already read this book.  Please join us!  We would love to hear your thoughts on the book.

So, pour yourself a stiff one and settle down in front of that computer.

Are we ready to chat?  Let's get started...

Do remember there will be spoilers in the comments, and possibly idea spoilers in the questions.

So to get us started we have a few questions.  Please remember and questions you want to chat about or any ideas on the book, just start in the comments.  We will pick up and run with it there. :)

Robyn's Questions:
1.) Did you see that coming with Shane?
2.) I still feel like we should watch out for Elizabeth.  What do you think?
3.) This was only the first book.  What do you think is in store for Amanda in future books?  What questions do you have, that weren't answered?

Melissa's Questions:
1.) Do you think the missing amulet could show up in a future book?  Maybe with a bad guy?  Or a "good" person?
2.) How much do you think Amanda changed from the beginning of the book?
3.) How about the zombie breathe affecting other creatures of the night?  What do you think about that?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blog Giveaway Hop to come...

I have decided to join in on a Giveaway Hop.  Or at least be one of the many stops on the list.  So what Giveaway Hop am I joining in on?  Well, here it is...

It is coming up soon.  Yes, February is just around the corner.  Hard to believe...

But, I have not decided yet what to give away.  It will be open to US & Canada, as of now.  If I come up with some amazing brainstorm, I will add it to the post when I do it for February 8th.  

Hope you remember to stop by!

Winner! Repull

Well, I heard back from the winner and to a funny coincidence she has won the book on another blog as well. :D  So, she suggested for me to pull a new winner.  Thank you for being honest Melissa!

So, now to the new winner of Never Tempt Danger.

There were a possible of 32 entries.  With the help of the winning number was... #10.  Who was that number you ask...

Congrats you won a copy of the book!

Please send me an email at MyWorldinwordsandpages {at} gmail {dot} com within 48 hours from January 19th 3:15pm EST with your address so I can get the book mailed out to you.

Cover Release ~ Feast

I need to get to the first book she has out as I love the premises and sounds of it.  But Merrie Destefano has shared the cover for her next book: Feast: Harvest of Dreams a stand-alone novel. (Can I say I love this idea! With all these series going around, which I love, it's hard to keep up with them at times.)

Merrie posts about the book at Supernatural Underground, so if you would like to learn more about this Urban Fantasy read, CLICK HERE.  It sounds like it has a touch of everything to it, fantasy, mystery, and romance too.  

Due out:  June 28, 2011

This is another cover that I enjoy looking at.  Look at the face of that man in the background.  Almost spooky!  Enjoy!

Cover Release ~ Shadow's Lure

Do you remember my Review and Favorite Fictional Character of Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk?

No.  Well here are the links, go check them out as I really enjoyed this first book.

Well, I just saw the cover ~ which according to Jon at his blog is still a work in process.  But this cover is just amazing.  And follows the theme of the first book too.

I love looking at new covers and thinking what they might be hinting at.  And this one has many great hints.  We have Caim and his knives along with Kit, who is always tagging along with Caim.  And you see the shadows swirling through the picture as well, Caim's little secret and escape. (curious now? go get the first book!)  And the scene, its winter and there is a tree.  So, maybe we are out in the wilderness in winter searching for Caim's heritage.  Just a few thoughts...

Can't wait to get this second book in my hands.  And love the cover!


We have our winner for Never Tempt Danger by Denise Robbins.

But, first I want to thank everyone who entered!  And those of you who didn't enter, you don't know what you are missing.  This was a great Techno-Romance Suspense read.

Those of you currently stopping by, if you would like to stop by the review to check it out, please do.  HERE

Now, back to the winner of the giveaway...

There were a possible of 32 entries.  With the help of the winning number was... #20.  Who was that number you ask...

Melissa of Books and Things!

Congrats you won a copy of the book!

I will be sending an email shortly and you will have 48 hours from January 19th 10:20am EST to respond with you address so I can get the book mailed out to you.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (58)

Teaser Tuesday

is a weekly event
Sponsored by MizB of Should be Reading

Here's how it works:
Grab the book you are currently reading (anything at all)
Open the book to any random page.
Share 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on the page
Please Make Sure They Are Not Spoilers!
(Don't Give Too Much Away)
Just enough to pique our interests

Okay, I know I did a teaser from this same book last week.  But I'm now reading it and enjoying it, so had to share another snippet with you.  Hope you enjoy as well...

This Week:

Tessa released a tremulous breath.  Uncertainty hovered beneath her calm facade.  The subject loomed between them like an invisible wall.  "It's been a long time since I showed my tail to a strange man."

Siren's Call
By Devyn Quinn
pg 79