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Friday, November 28, 2014

Review: Resonance

Title: Resonance
Author: C.L. Davies
Release Date: January 4th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, BN

Oscar DeHaven screwed up his life. Luckily, he’s rich enough to try again. With the services of the mysterious, utopian Forever Foundation, he is reborn a century later with a new body, a new identity—Jake.

Kate never expected love to live up to her fantasies. But there’s something about Harry’s ice-blue eyes that draw her in, even as she begins to see the darker shades of his true colours.

The Foundation is elitist and exacting; mistakes cannot be borne. From its cold grasp Milly rescues Faith, a baby who shouldn’t exist, and sets out to redress the Foundation’s legacy of suffering and sadness.

Everything seems perfect—except for the nightmares that wake both Faith and Jake, pursued through their dreams by a faceless evil. And there is something lurking inside of Harry, too, gathering like storm clouds, with consequences too far reaching for anyone to predict. As six lives entwine in a web spun of deceit and lawlessness, secrets are uncovered that invoke a timeless, troubling question: Are we defined by nature or nurture? 

And who says you only live once?
Resonance is a bit different from other books I've read. It was rather nice to read something out of the Urban Fantasy kick butt women with vampires, shifters, etc. Resonance revolves around a few different people's stories. The bulk of the book focuses on the Forever Foundation, a company that gives people the ability to be reborn into a new body once they pass away.

One of the first characters we are introduced to is an elderly gentleman named Oscar. He is very wealthy and has signed up to be reborn into a new body when he dies. It basically gives him another chance at life, though he doesn't retain memories. He is born again as Jake, a baby that is adopted by a loving couple. But something is off, once Jake gets a bit older he begins having dreams and is starting to remember things he shouldn't know. I found his story one of the most interesting. Through out the book you see Jake grow from youth to adult, and it begs the question of nature versus nurture. His adopted family are very loving, yet Jake begins to grow more and more like Oscar as he ages, a cynical man.

Another character is Milly, she is one of the nurses that works for the Foundation. She cares for the babies before they are reborn, and is one day able to gain the one thing she's always wanted but could never have, a baby of her own. She asks to have the rejected baby she has been taking care of, and since imperfection is not allowed in the Foundation, the baby would not be used. They allow her to have the baby, but tell her there is no guarantee at the baby living past a certain age. Since she accepted the deal she is swiftly let go from her job, but she doesn't really care, she has the one thing she's always yearned for in her adult life. Milly names the baby Faith, and you read her story as she grows as well.

Then we have Kate and Harry, a couple that meets at Harry's job and it is love at first sight. The two are sweet together and I was wondering how they would contact one another since neither exchanged information when they were chatting on the light bulb aisle. You follow their relationship, with its ups and downs.

Resonance is a read that will leave you pondering. I loved that multiple characters were written in and the stories for each were easy to follow. It is well written, and I enjoy C.L. Davies's books. I recommend this book if you're looking for something unique.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [88]

$1.99 - $2.00
Ticker - Lisa Mantchev
Sweet Filthy Boy - Christina Lauren
Beautiful Oblivion - Jamie McGuire
The King - J.R. Ward

$2.50
Shadow Spell - Nora Roberts

$2.99
Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler

$3.75
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

$3.99
Written In Red - Anne Bishop
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

$4.74
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WoW [132] - Wickedly Wonderful

Wickedly Wonderful - Deborah Blake
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them...

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life...
Why I am waiting:
I have book one on my TBR and still think Baba Yaga is such a unique character to include in the Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy genres. This one is on my TBR list and I can't wait to see some reviews.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Archangel's Kiss

Title: Archangel's Kiss
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #2
Release Date: February 2nd 2010
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They've barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Releases 11/25/2014

Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler
Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself.

If she can remain unBound, Leila's curse will soon be over. But Ozan Sawyer, a Magi with the ability to See, Call, and Bind jinn has other plans.
Oz needs Leila to help him penetrate Pittsburgh's steel-soaked magic, a juice potent but poisonous to supernatural creatures, in order to find a missing girl with her own mysterious connection to Kouros. Unfortunately for Leila, becoming Bound to Oz may risk more than just her chance to be human once more—it could risk her very soul...

Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler, set in a world of immortal curses, powerful jinni and belly dancing.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blogging - Tracking Stats

I recently had a chat with a few fellow bloggers to see how they tracked their traffic on their blogs. There were multiple ways, some more accurate than others so I thought I'd do a post and just let you know what I use and recommend.

My Picks:
1) Google Analytics - By far, Google Analytics is the most "accurate" on gathering details on how many visits I had during the month. The unique visitors is counted by Google putting a cookie on the visitor's computer so when they return to view the blog again it doesn't count another unique visit. It does however add it to the total page views. While this doesn't take into account people clearing their cache and cookies then revisiting, it gave numbers that were consistent with other months so I'm pretty positive this is the best choice, at least for me.

2) StatCounter - Since I started blogging, I've used StatCounter as my main and used Google Analytics as my back up. The reason I like it better is it emails me weekly to give me an update on the weeks stats. The numbers compared to Google Analytics were quite similar, within 100 in each section.

Wouldn't Recommend:
If you're looking for actual stats, don't use Blogger Stats. I've always known it skews the data. While yes, you can press the "Don't track my views", it still gives highly inaccurate numbers. When I compared the three, I was really shocked to see that the total views was 5x higher on Blogger Stats versus the others.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spotlight: The Drowning Sorceress by Anya Breton

Yay! I've been a long time fan of Anya Breton's books so I had to share this newly released book. If you're looking for a paranormal read, I highly suggest this entire series.

Title: The Drowning Sorceress
Author: Anya Breton
Series: The Only Sorceress #3
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Buy: Amazon, BN, iTunes, ARe, Smashwords

Kora, self-proclaimed sorceress and new business owner, would love to concentrate on her bottom line instead of doing her divine mother’s bidding. But keeping her head above water is almost impossible with the goddess of magic’s past favors still haunting Kora. Especially when a Water witch begins drowning victims on dry land and their high priest—the beautiful Desmond—isn’t to blame.

Fighting off sultry vampire Maximo’s advances in between her nemesis’s temper tantrums, an upsetting funeral, and the arrival of vampire investigators hunting for the undead Prince of Persia leaves Kora little time to focus on her mother’s bigger picture. And Desmond stepping in to save the day has Kora on uneasy footing. But it’s his assistant who steal’s Kora’s marionette strings. This time Kora’s soul isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance.
About the author:
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. She lives in the Midwest with her significant other.