Saturday, November 27, 2010

Synarchy Series & The Dead Boys Winners

I know this is late everyone, I'm so sorry about that.

The winner of the first two books in the Synarchy series is:

(claimed =D)

The winner of The Dead Boys is:

Mary DeBorde (M.A.D.)
(claimed =D)

Please contact me back before the end of Tuesday, November 30th. Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaways!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Book Arrivals



Daughter of Darkness :: V.C. Andrews
(October 2010 - Pocket Star)

When I was a little girl, Daddy told me never to fear the dark. “We exist because of the darkness,” he told me. “All of you are daughters of darkness.” Beloved bestselling author V.C. Andrews’s passion for vampires comes to spellbinding life in a long-awaited novel of dark desires as all-consuming—and forbidden—as in Flowers in the Attic. One night, with the sound of a young man’s scream, high school senior Lorelei discovers that her stern but loving father, who adopted Lorelei and her sisters as infants, is no ordinary man. He has raised his beautiful girls for one purpose: to lure young men into their world of shadows. Like her sisters, Lorelei has been trained in the art of seduction and warned never to fall in love. But when she meets a handsome and charming classmate, she boldly defies her family and follows her heart—even if love is a poison. . . . Dangerously enticing and deliriously intoxicating, V.C. Andrews’s Daughter of Darkness will leave readers thirsting for more.

**Thank you Roxanne from Fang-tastic Books

Dark Song :: Gail Giles
(September 2010 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Mark said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator's heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Mark said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.
Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more than anything. Marc, who owns a gun collection. And he'll stop at nothing--even using his guns--to get what he wants. Ames feels her parents have betrayed her with their lies and self-absorption, but is she prepared to make the ultimate betrayal against them?
**Thank you Terra from Yankee Romance Reviewers

Manifest :: Artist Arthur (Mystyx series, book one)
(August 2010 - Harlequin)

When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.

But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener—and everything she'd ever want—except that he was killed nearly a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door—Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an M and, fittingly, call themselves the Mystyx. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?

**Thank you Jessica from Shut Up! Im Reading

Birth of a Killer :: Darren Shan (The Saga of Larten Crepsley series, book one)
 (October 2010 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Before Cirque Du Freak...
Before the war with the vampaneze...

Before he was a vampire.

Larten Crepsley was a boy.

As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his brother as an example to the other children.

In that moment, young Larten flies into a rage that the foreman wouldn't survive. Forced on the run, he sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. And when a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant, Larten takes it.

This is his story.

**Thank you Terra from Yankee Romance Reviewers

The Witches' Kitchen :: Allen Williams
(October 2010 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

When Toad wakes up, dangling over a bubbling witches' cauldron, she has no memory of her former life, not even her name. With some luck, she escapes and sets out on a journey to the oracle of the kitchen. Along the way, she makes friends with Natterjack, an imp who refuses his demon ancestry; Horsefly, a carnivorous fairy; and Pug and Sootfoot, residents of the Kitchen. But the Kitchen and the witch sisters it belongs to, is not a place one wants to end up lost. The Kitchen is pitch black and infinite, filled with furniture that constantly moves when unobserved, making navigation nearly impossible. Its residents are both animals from the outside, unwitting victims of the Witches, and creatures who were born or made in the Kitchen itself - many of whom would not mind eating the Toad and her friends. And let's not forget the Witches themselves, who seem to have a special interest in the Toad. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find self-realization yet - and with it, the power to defeat the mighty Witches.
**Thank you Terra from Yankee Romance Reviewers

Bloodthirsty :: Flynn Meaney
(October 2010 - Poppy/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Some vampires are good. Some are evil. Some are faking it to get girls. Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen-year-old Finbar Frame never gets the girl. But when he notices that all the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel called Bloodthirsty, Finbar decides to boldly go where no sane guy has gone before--he becomes a vampire, minus the whole blood sucking part. With his brooding nature and weirdly pale skin, it's surprisingly easy for Finbar to pretend to be paranormal. But, when he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he discovers that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. This hilarious debut novel is for anyone who believes that sometimes even nice guys-without sharp teeth or sparkly skin--can get the girl.
**Thank you Terra from Yankee Romance Reviewers

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Saving Max and Dewey's Nine Lives Winners

The winner of my ARC copy of Saving Max is:

(claimed =D)

The winner of Dewey's Nine Lives is:

Julie Laws
(claimed =D)

Please contact me back before the end of Saturday, November 13th. Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaways!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign Review: Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery

Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery
Dr. Barbara Sinor

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Release Date: April 2010

Publisher: Loving Healing Press

Pages: 214

Author Site:

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Received for review from Eco-Libris


Whether addicted or not, we all have stories to tell

The stories of tragedy and redemption found within Tales of Addiction are not about the well known celebrities you find in the usual tabloids. Rather, these stories are true-grit tales told by people you will never meet but whose words will haunt you for months, years maybe. The author collected the stories for over two years through a "call for stories" she put in journals, workshops and lectures. Interwoven throughout, Barbara and her son share their own story of pain and struggle. In this book, you'll learn:

•How an addict's life begins
•Understand the difficulties in taking initial steps to uncover denial
•Intimate details of how many stay straight and sober
•Gain a new perspective about our national addiction population
•Learn why that Something More means so much to so many
•What happens when the addict or alcoholic loses their battle
•How you can help
This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

When I was asked to join this campaign I jumped at the chance. Being more eco-friendly and "green" is definitely important to me. However, I can only imagine how difficult it is for authors and publishers to go completely "green". This campaign isn't asking for a totally "green" ideal setting where ebooks and eReaders rule the book world and no trees or paper are used. Instead, this campaign is shining some light on those publishers and books who use recycled or FSC-certified paper in hopes to get others to follow suit. It's a wonderful, responsible, and just fantastic idea! I'm honored to be a part of this campaign.

The book I chose was about a subject I had no direct personal relation to. However, I've seen enough movies, read enough books, and heard from enough people the horrible effects of addiction on those participating and their families. Tales of Addiction is not just a collection of alcholic and drug addicts talking about their lives. The book brings the stories of loss, hopelessness, pain, courage, and dedication from all of those affecting by an addict's life - including the addict themselves. Dr. Sinor even shares her personal story with her son's addiction throughout the book.

You don't have to be an addict to find this book inspirational. There's a passage where Dr. Sinor talks about the habits people have in their lives - from driving the same route to a certain destination, to ordering the same kind of food and related it to an addict's decisions. Habits can easily transform into addictions and that fact made so much sense to me. I have so many habits, be they good, neutral or bad, that made me think twice about why I do them and how I've let them become habits. I may not be an addict in the sense one would think of when reading the title and synopsis of this book but I found myself reflective on my life a lot while reading the journey others have taken in their own addiction-ruled life.

The collection of stories are filled with the heavy emotions of each writer and the reader can easily find themselves wrapped in the pain that substance addiction can cause. This book is one of many ways to find hope in recovery. Recovery is a process that can take a lifetime to acheive and still may not be fully gained. I learned that one must have the courage to keep fighting their addiction to live a happy life. I came to really appreciate the compassion the author provided in collecting these stories and adding her personal touch to the book as well. I think a lot of readers can find hope somewhere in this book - regardless if they are a substance abuser or not. There is true inspiration within the pages for everyone.

**Side note- Please visit the Eco-Libris site for more information about its cause and the great campaign they are running. I'm definitely hoping to participate next year and I hope you'll consider joining me!

Waiting on Wednesday [66] - The Hunt of the Unicorn


Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.
Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.

Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!

But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.


Reason: I have yet to read Rampant by Diana Peterfreund or any other unicorn-related novel, although I plan to. However, I have always had a love for the Unicorn (and Pegasus too but that's another story) so I'm definitley looking forward to hearing more about this novel and getting myself a copy when its released.

Cover Discussion: Eye-cathching, and lovely detailing. I think it suits the synopsis very well =)

The Hunt of the Unicorn will be released March 8th!

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Book Arrivals

My neice (Jade) loves to play with my books. I hope that means she'll be interested in reading. She's 3, knows her ABC's and is somewhat interested in books right now. She was playing with my book arrivals last night so I included her in my photos =)


For Review

The Unidentified Redhead :: Alice Clayton (Redhead series, book one)
(February 2010 - Omnific Publishing)

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actor, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best friend and agent, that dream could become a reality, but at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? Will an unexpected sizzling romance with the entertainment industry's newest 'it' boy shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life?
Alice Clayton spins a playful and erotic May to December romance in this, her debut novel. Clayton's funny, borderline neurotic heroine is perfect in her imperfections, and the off the charts sexual chemistry between her and her charming, yet blissfully unaware leading man are the true heart of The Unidentified Redhead. With laugh out loud dialogue and a super steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the Paparazzi has never been so fun.

The Redhead Revealed :: Alice Clayton (Redhead series, book two)
(September 2010 - Omnific Publishing)

As their careers catch fire, Grace and Jack -- everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, funny, and feisty couple -- find themselves on opposite coasts. Grace has landed in New York City, where she loves being onstage again, particularly because she’s playing a fabulous character in a musical written by her old college flame, Michael. Their rekindled friendship makes exploring the city that much more fun.
Wait, it’s just friendship, right?
Meanwhile, in L.A., Jack can scarcely keep up with the swirling throngs of women who track him everywhere he goes, the endless press appearances, and the ridiculous rules his manager, Holly, keeps concocting for him -- all part of the buildup to the release of Time, his steamy new film.
Thank goodness for phone sex.

But even when their schedules allow them to connect, Grace and Jack must keep their relationship off the radar and away from paparazzi cameras. Sure, the sex is sensational, but can this duo survive swirling rumors, the demands of their chosen professions, Grace’s raging internal battles, and a whopping nine-year age difference?

Tick-tock, the clock is ticking. Isn’t it?
Alice Clayton brings the second installment of a tale told with her magical mix of humor and heat, so cuddle up under the sheets and flip on the Golden Girls. Grace and Jack are at it again.

Shameless Wonders :: A.P. Stephens (The White Shadow Saga, book two)
(October 2010 - Fanda Books)

SHAMELESS WONDERS continues the quest of Randor Miithra, wizard and servant to the elf-gods, as he leads his followers in search of the missing moon, Beldas. Across the troubled lands of Londor, the shadows of a relentless darkness have reached the broken borders of many kingdoms. Evil forces seek to manipulate and enslave the land and its people, with enemies both new and old vowing to yield to no one until victory is had. As Randor and his company hasten into the south toward the dark realm of Valadure, the origin of the world's downfall, they experience firsthand the treacheries of evil. Yet in their search to restore balance to the world of Londor, they must overcome more than the banners of darkness that stand before them. As internal discord and tragedy drive the company members apart, it seems they are farther than ever from returning Londor to the peace and prosperity it once knew. Prophesies are realized, deceit is revealed, and dreams are cast asunder. Not all is what it seems to be. With the greatest of evil in their midst, can Randor Miithra and his companions overcome the power of the one who holds the key to healing Londor? One night can change the fortunes of all.



The Raven Prince :: Elizabeth Hoyt (Princes trilogy, book one)
(November 2006 - Grand Central Publishing)

Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant male on horseback nearly squashes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. What is a gently bred lady to do?
The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. Dammit! How hard can it be to find a decent secretary?
When Anna becomes the earl’s secretary, both their problems are solved. Then she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London for his “manly” needs. Well! Anna sees red—and decides to assuage her “womanly” desires . . . with the earl as her unknowing lover.

**Thank you Marq from Love To Read For Fun

Hot Wheels and High Heels :: Jane Graves
(July 2007 - Grand Central Publishing)

Trophy wife Darcy McDaniel has just discovered that, thanks to her embezzling husband, her posh, upper-class life is gone for good.Now she's trading her suburban palace for a trailer park and her weekly salon appointments for a job.Darcy needs a new man--fast--one who'll keep her in the manner she darn well deserves.Problem is, the hottest prospect around is the my-way-or-the-highway hunk who's making off with her beloved Mercedes!Ex-cop turned repo man John Stark is sure that hiring the furious blonde in his headlights is a colossal mistake.He knows Darcy's high-maintenance, designer-labels-only type--after all, he's used to taking their cars.But he never expected this hellion to have the smarts and the spunk to go from receptionist to repo agent in record time...or to drive him insane with desire.She's the last thing this tall, dark, and dangerous loner needs...and everything he never knew he wanted.

**Thank you Marq from Love To Read For Fun

A Hint of Wicked :: Jennifer Haymore (Tristan Family series, book one)
(June 2009 - Grand Central Publishing)

Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his best friend and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.
Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.


**Thank you Marq from Love To Read For Fun

Last Night's Scandal :: Loretta Chase (Carsington Brothers series, book five)
(July 2010 - Avon)

After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family....and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendent of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him, and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes.
Olivia may be Society's darling, but she's aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can't wrap around her finger: but really, she only wants to help…

Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers...and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.

**Thank you Kristi from The Story Siren

Shrinking the TBR Pile [1]

So what's the purpose of this meme? I know a lot of us have a towering pile of TBR books and it's tough to choose which book to dig in to next. So why not number the books and randomly choose a couple to read for the upcoming week?... Super smart huh?

I have a lot of commitment books to be read for review at the moment so I'm only going to be picking one book (instead of three) each week for right now until I can get that specific pile o' books down (too many piles of books in my room, trust me).

The lucky winner in this week's draw is:

Corresponding book:

Glass Houses :: Rachel Caine

Now the question is will I get to this book??
 I'm hoping when the new year starts I'll be more smart about picking the books I accept to review. I do know that I'll be concentrating way more on getting my TBR pile down though.

**This brilliant meme was started by Ashley at What's Your Story? Be sure to visit and participate. But not only is she a genius for making this meme up but she also has a pretty great blog! I highly recommend you go check her out.**

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Enchanted Ivy Winner

Congrats to:

(claimed =D)

Please contact me back before the end of Monday, November 8th. The turnout for this was amazing!! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday Finds [41]

I usually add a lot of books on my TBR list throughout the week. This is just a small glimpse into the ones that were added on recently. Maybe you'll find something you like =)

Please let me know your thoughts on a book you've read from the list. Or tell me about a good book you've found this week.

My Finds This Week:

Sandpiper :: Ellen Wittlinger
Manifest :: Artist Arthur

Starlighter :: Bryan Davis
Balancing Acts :: Zoe Fishman
Heart of the Matter :: Emily Giffin

If You Follow Me :: Malena Watrous
Secret Daughter :: Shilip Somaya Gowda
Tempt Me With Darkness :: Shayla Black

The Leaping :: Tom Fletcher
Watermelon :: Marian Keyes
The Crescent :: Jordan Deen

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Giveaway: The Dead Boys


Thanks to Planned Television Arts I have one copy of The Dead Boys up for grabs for one lucky reader!

To enter simply fill out this form.

 Giveaway ends November 17th and the winner will be announced November 18th. US Entrants only, book will be mailed straight from Planned Television Arts.

Good Luck!

Waiting on Wednesday [65] - Lost Voices


What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?

Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.

A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?

Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.
Reason: Wow, talk about a good blurb. I haven't really delved into the mer-people world yet although I have some on my TBR list. Lost Voices sounds very unique though and I'm very exciting about getting a chance to read it.
Cover Discussion: Very pretty but it doesn't knock my socks off. It seems a little solemn and sad but that goes very well with the description of the girls before they transform into mermaids.

Lost Voices will be released July 4th!

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