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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [12]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Find out more information at their blog http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/.

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Title: Vengeance Moon
Author: Lee Roland
Release Date: June 5th, 2012

Pages: 352 (Paperback)
Publisher: Signet





The Sisters of Justice

We are the Sisters of Justice. For millennia we have served the ancient Mother Goddess. Ashera, Inaras, Ishtar, are but a few of a thousand names they have called the ancient Earth Mother, the Mother of Men. Most of her servants see her as a nurturer, a giver of life. The Sisters of Justice see her darker image. Men will call her Kali—Kali the Destroyer.

She hides that darker face and we are abandoned—save when she needs us. We are the last she calls, when all of her earth witches’ gentle methods fail. We worship her. We despise her. We are her dark angels, her servants. Our blades are sharp and we strike upon her command.

Mother Evelyn
25 January, 1951
(-Goodreads)
Why I am waiting:
I haven't heard of this series before but it looks pretty interesting. I love reading paranormal books, but most are about vampires or werewolves. It is kind of refreshing to see one about witches.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang



Title: A Trace of Moonlight
Author: Allison Pang
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Series: Abby Sinclair, #3

The cover is gorgeous! I am super excited to get this book when it is released.

Synopsis:
"Drinking from the waters of the Lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.

Only one person can make things right again, but to find her Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all." (-Goodreads)

Teaser Tuesday [11]


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from “The Siren's Song” by Jennifer Bray-Weber:
The Siren's Song


"Drake would swear Henri was older than the sea itself and much more moody. Probably would cause even Neptune fits of aggravation."
Page 15

Monday, May 28, 2012

Currently Reading [11]

The Siren's Song


Title: The Siren's Song
Author: Jennifer Bray-Weber









Gilly is fleeing from the man who murdered her lover. When her boat goes down and she's rescued by a pirate crew, she may have found herself in more trouble than she bargained for. The Captain, Thayer Drake, is fascinated by Gilly and can't help but try to protect her even though he suspects she is keeping too many secrets. When she is kidnapped and given into the custody of Drake's arch nemesis, Drake has to act fast. But can he trust Gilly? Will he be able to save her when the stakes are high? (-Goodreads)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist Review


Bath & Body Works has great fragrance mists that are long lasting. There are so many different scents to choose from, but my go to scent right now is Paris Amour. It is complex, yet beautiful at the same time. Find which scent you would like best on their website (http://www.bathandbodyworks.com) or in their store!

Here are the notes in Paris Amour:
  • Top Notes: Sparkling Mandarin, Petite Strawberry, Cassis, Pink Champagne, Apple Blossom, Dewy Freesia
  • Mid Notes: Luscious Peach, Jasmine Petals, French Tulip, Water Lily, Frangipani
  • Dry Notes: French Vanilla, Coconut Milk, Amber Wood, Sandalwood, Creamy Musk
  • Aloe conditions and nourishes skin
I typically do two sprays whenever I use the fragrance mist, one to my decolletage (I've always wanted to say that word), and the other to my hair and I am good to go! 

For a little bit more of a kick, I layer the fragrance mist with the body lotion. It has a longer lasting scent and you feel moisturized!

A neat little trick for the hot summer months is putting your fragrance mist in the fridge and you will get a cool refreshing mist whenever you need. You might get a few odd looks when your friends raid your fridge, but trust me, it's worth it.

Disclosure: I received Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tricked Review

Tricked



Title: Tricked
Author: Kevin Hearne
Rating: 4/5









Tricked is rich with Native American mythology. The book revolves around Atticus and Coyote and a deal they made. In the beginning Coyote helps Atticus fake his death. In return Atticus has to do Coyote a favor. The favor quickly evolves into more that Atticus ever expected. But what can you expect when making a deal with the Trickester god? Skinwalkers enter the scene and everything becomes a lot more complicated.

Atticus O'Sullivan is a druid that has lived for two millennia. He is quick on his feet and very witty. I loved seeing references of Dr. Who, Terminator, and other random pieces of awesomeness. One of my favorite references is from Atticus's hound, Oberon talking about Flight Club.

"The first rule of Sword Flight Club is don't talk about Sword Fight Club."

This was an extremely easy read that I found hard to put down. Tricked had interesting characters, a plot full of twists and turns and tons of witty comments. I found myself giggling at some of the remarks that were made. I highly suggest this book if you like engaging male main characters that handle magic.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

TBR Thursday [5]

Here are the next few books on my TBR list!

The Siren's Song
TN Night Seeker
Game of Hearts

What is next on your TBR list?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [11]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Find out more information at their blog http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/.

A Blood Seduction


Title: A Blood Seduction
Author: Pamela Palmer
Release Date: May 29nd, 2012

Pages: 384 (Paperback)
Publisher: Avon





Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world...one who knows nothing of the power she wields.

Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her.

What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself.

But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City...
(-Goodreads)
Why I am waiting:
I love vampire books, I've seen a few bloggers post their ARC reviews and it look good!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [10]


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from “Shadow Bound” by Rachel Vincent:
Shadow Bound


"I am a Traveler. A shadow-walker. I can step into a shadow in one room, then out of a shadow anywhere else I want to go, within my range."
Page 12

Monday, May 21, 2012

Currently Reading [10]

Shadow Bound


Title: Shadow Bound
Author: Rachel Vincent









KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…. (-Goodreads)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Better Off Dead Review



Welcome to my stop on the Better Off Dead Tour. The tour was arranged by Innovative Online Book Tours. Below you can see the synopsis of the book as well as my review. I also had an author interview with Danielle Blanchard that can be viewed on my previous post (or you can click HERE).

Synopsis:
Welcome to Western Europe in 2020.

The International Vampire Council are in the middle of intense negotiations with the Global Six when a mysterious plot is revealed to end Manon's life and thinly veiled lies Mikkel has told his wife will be exposed once and for all.

Manon is sent into hiding with Emmerik as her protector while a deal can be negotiated to spare her life.

As the clock ticks toward a catastrophic outbreak of new virus which seeks to destroy not only the Lycan population but millions of humans along with it, two ancient vampires return prematurely from their time in the ground, and their mood is less than receptive.

What will happen? Who will live? Who will face betrayal? Who will die? Sometimes, the most devastating secrets are better off dead and buried.

This novel is not YA friendly, contains plenty of snark, supernatural creatures included, but not limited to, vampires and Lycans, not to mention a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart.

BetterOffDeadCover Review:
This is a complex soap opera type of book with vampires as the cast. It contains vampire politics, backstabbing, and ulterior motives. Blanchard offers a fresh prospective on vampires that is no where near the norm. If you want to read something unique, I would suggest you pick up this series.

The main character is Manon, she is a Day Walker and able to convert people of her blood line into Day Walkers. After converting a few more family members it is realized that there is a threat to her life. Her husband's son, Emmerik, escorts Manon to safety. While alone together a romance sparks between Manon and Emmerik that cannot be denied. I found myself liking Emmerik more than his father Mikkel and hoping Manon would find a way to be with him.

There is a ton of vampire politics in this book. This is mainly focused around Manon, Mikkel, Emmerik, and the International Vampire Council (I.V.C.). I found it slightly difficult to keep the characters straight, but liked the book once I remembered everyone. I would suggest reading the first book (Death Wish) in this series before reading book 2 (Better off Dead).



Buy the book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Author Interview Danielle Benson

The lovely Danielle Blanchard Benson has joined me for an author interview. Danielle has an upcoming book, Better Off Dead: Book II (The Vamp Saga) that I was very excited to get my hands on. I've always wanted to ask an author these questions, so I'm glad I got the chance to ask.

Don't forget to check out the review of the book HERE.

Have you always known that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known more than three quarters of my life I wanted to be a writer. The seed was planted around the age of seven and since my teenage years, there has always been an intense, almost obsessive need to write something, anything.

I love to explore different parts of the world, people’s lives—whether ordinary or extraordinary—and the many issues which tear us apart but can also bring us back together again. Writing is an exorcism of sorts for me and allows me to explore other people’s issues and resolve them to the best of my ability in the end, if they are made to be resolved, that is!

What helps inspire you when writing? Do certain moments, pictures or phrases help?
More often than not, it is dreams which inspire and fuel my creativity. Another great time for me is right before sleep. I have thought up some of greatest ideas then, including the first novel in The Vamp Saga and another series, The Plague.

I let these ideas stew for a while before I truly know where I want to go with them and then I begin with a loose outline. It allows me to know where the end is but it also allows me to be a panster and write from the heart; I write where my characters take me, not what is written down from some detailed set of notes.

I’d like to think everyone has a different way to explore and write but this is the system that works best for me.

What is your favorite genre to read? Do you find that it inspires you to write?
I don’t have a favorite genre per se but I do read a lot of paranormal, urban fantasy, horror and mystery-thrillers (mostly police procedurals). I really do enjoy all these types of books but more often than not, an idea has formed in my head way before I start a various type of book.

For instance, I was completely into police procedurals (an extremely long and intricate Blake Crouch trilogy followed by J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels series) when I came up with the ideas of the second and third novels in The Vamp Saga and the concept for my new paranormal series, The Hart Family Saga. It is very important my series, regardless what genre they are be wholly original and not copied or “inspired” by any author’s existing work.

Lately, I have been reading more a lot of paranormal but I am just finishing up the third novel in The Vamp Saga and I am re-reading a completed novel which is about to go to print so I feel perfectly okay reading that genre at the moment.

Do you find yourself basing characters off of people you know? If not, how do you come up with your characters?
I used to do this quite often but I finally realized many of the characters I was basing on real-life people were wafer thin and too much like their real-life counterparts. Now, I make up my own characters and have a habit of naming characters after real like people I know well.

I have named characters in my book based upon my daughters’ names, my best friends’ names, family member names and associates’ names. I won’t ever tell which novels contain which person’s names but there is often a clue in the acknowledgments.

A great example is the main character, Manon, in The Vamp Saga. I named her that because I became friends with a lovely, young French woman (by the same name) when I stayed in Versailles June of 2011. She introduced me to the show, True Blood so I thought the dedication was only fitting.

Is there an author that you feel mentors you and helps you grow as a writer?
Not directly, no, but I absolutely love reading other authors’ writing styles. Some have such unique voices, they stay with you long after you have finished their novels. I love the prose of Stephen King, the detailed and sometimes tediousness of Anne Rice; I am also a huge fan of urban fantasy writers like Stacia Kane and Stacey Jay. I love the voices of horror which come from authors in that genre like Blake Crouch, J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn, Jessica Meigs, Kealan Patrick Burke and Jack Wallen.

What is your first thought when you see a newly released e-book/physical copy of a book you have written?
Holy shit, I wrote this! Or, in PG language: Wow, I cannot believe I wrote something coherent and interesting enough people want to read and actually enjoy!

With so many books on the market, how do you feel that yours is unique?
Although I would love to say ALL my books are completely unique, there are books with similar themes or genres but I always feel like I take a different slant on them. I am a romantic at heart so you will always find some romantic tendencies in any book I write, whether it is dystopian-horror, paranormal, urban fantasy or good old fashioned contemporary fiction.

Love is so clich├ęd but at the same time is an all encompassing emotion. We can do so much for love of something or someone; even when an act is pure hatred, there is a love of something or someone that fuels it. I suppose I think too deep but I would like to feel regardless what I write people will always find a shred of hope.

I also like to think that I add my own life experiences. I have visited many parts of the world and I would like to think my attitude is a bit more open and understanding of other cultures.

To quote Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction, “although it’s the same, it’s a little different”. I believe this sums up the unique view one will read when they delve into one of my novels. 

Since you write different series, do you have to take time in between books to channel that character?
Most definitely. I sometimes believe people must think I am schizophrenic because I have so many series going at the same time. I also follow my muse too. I was suppose to write Apocalypse 2012, the second novel in The Plague series but my vamp muse wouldn’t shut up so I gave in and wrote the third novel in that series. Next up, it will be the first novel in my other paranormal series before I go back to The Plague series and there are a few other projects on the horizon this year.
The most important part about writing series is consistency. I also have a great editor who pays attention to everything and is quick to tell me… “uh, re-read the book before because this didn’t happen”. I have an excellent mind but one can’t underestimate the power of a good editor either. 

How much research do you do for your books?
Absolutely, positively tons. I often involve different parts of the world or weapons I don’t exactly have a lot of experience with (expensive hand guns or sem-automatic weapons for instance) and I research everything to make sure I at least sound like I know what I am talking about. I try to stick to places I have actually been but when my mind drifts into new territory, the first activity I do is research as much as possible about the place: temperature throughout the year, the people, the language, et cetera.

For instance, I had to create a whole new world based upon completely different political alliances in The Vamp Saga. I have extensive knowledge about the current unions in place but the ones I set up in my series also had to be relatively believable. I based two of the unions purely on language and/or political ties and I hope someone would read about these new unions and think, “yeah, that could be plausible”.


How do you celebrate a newly released book? Do you buy something, go out and eat, relax with the family, etc?
I’m pretty low key for now. I like to cook one of my favorite meals, have a glass of wine and watch a good movie with my loved ones. I am hoping to celebrate the next couple releases in more style and the ultimate celebration I am leaving to next year when I plan to move to France for three years in April/May of 2013.

Connect with Danielle Blanchard online: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [10]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Find out more information at their blog http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/.

Midnight's Master


Title: Midnight's Master
Author: Donna Grant
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012

Pages: 384 (Paperback)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press





Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland. When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her...

Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…
(-Goodreads)
Why I am waiting:
This looks pretty promising. It looks like the guy will go to the future and risk his life to stop something evil from waking up. She will help him and they will probably fall in love and live happily ever after. Though this type of story isn't totally new, but I am hoping the actual details might be different from normal. I'm excited!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sinful Sirens Blog Hop



It is time for another blog hop!

Giveaway:
I will be giving away a book priced at $10 or less on Book Depository. This means the contest is international as long as Book Depository ships free to your location. Please check HERE to see if they ship free to your country.

The winner will be emailed to see which book they would like and to get their address. Let me know if you have any questions!

My Suggestions:



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Visit the other blogs in the blog hop:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [9]


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from “Tricked” by Kevin Hearne:
Tricked


"<I'm going to need half a yak and an industrial winch to keep my eyes open this morning.> Where am I going to find half a yak?"
Page 18

Atticus and his dog are talking, they have quite interesting conversations.







Don't forget to enter my giveaway! :)

Currently Reading [9]

1. Currently Reading


Tricked 


Title: Tricked
Author: Kevin Hearne




 






Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words. (-Goodreads)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Where There's Smoke Review

TN Where Theres Smoke


Title: Where There's Smoke
Author: Karen Kelley
Rating: 3/5









Destiny Carter is kicked out of Hell and told she needs to corrupt one person or she will not move up in the demon hierarchy. Destiny is sent to Ft. Worth, TX and given a week to meet her goal. One of the first places she sees is a bar, and what better place to meet easily corrupted souls than at a bar? She meets a cowboy named Chance that is hunky and just what she is looking for. Little does Destiny know that Chase is an nephilim (half angel, half human) and has a plan of his own.

Chase plans to convince Destiny that Hell isn't as great as she believes. He has one week to convince her to change her mind and to save her soul. There is a rather large problem, and that is the attraction that he feels towards Destiny is interfering with what he needs to do. Will he be able to not act on his attraction, and save her soul?

This book is a race against the clock since both characters have only a week to get the other person's soul. It shows the human side of Destiny, how she reacts to dates with Chase, how she deals with a nosy neighbor who she befriends eventually, etc. It also shows the strain on Chase since he is trying not to combine business with pleasure, and having such a hard time. I enjoyed reading this book and suggest it if you like this type of content.

Warning: There is a lot of sexual content in this book.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [9]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Find out more information at their blog http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/.

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Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012

Pages: 324 (Paperback)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends





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

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance. (-Goodreads)
Why I am waiting:
I have not run across very many mermaid books and I wouldn't mind reading a few. The blurb sounds decent, though there are some mixed reviews on Goodreads. I'll probably see if my library has it after it comes out. Oh, and do I need to mention that the cover is gorgeous? It is always great to see a pretty cover, I just hope the writing matches it.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [8]


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser comes from “Better Off Dead” by Danielle Blanchard:
BetterOffDeadCover


"Vampire children are possible and have been for hundreds of years. The problem is not every vampire can get pregnant and the vast majority can't."
Page 28-29 (ebook)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Currently Reading [8]

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Title: Better off Dead (Book 2)
Author: Danielle Blanchard




 



Welcome to Western Europe in 2020.

The International Vampire Council are in the middle of intense negotiations with the Global Six when a mysterious plot is revealed to end Manon's life and thinly veiled lies Mikkel has told his wife will be exposed once and for all.

Manon is sent into hiding with Emmerik as her protector while a deal can be negotiated to spare her life.

As the clock ticks toward a catastrophic outbreak of new virus which seeks to destroy not only the Lycan population but millions of humans along with it, two ancient vampires return prematurely from their time in the ground, and their mood is less than receptive.

What will happen? Who will live? Who will face betrayal? Who will die? Sometimes, the most devastating secrets are better off dead and buried.

This novel is not YA friendly, contains plenty of snark, supernatural creatures included, but not limited to, vampires and Lycans, not to mention a few choice scenes of sex and death. It is not for the faint of heart. (-Goodreads)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Blackbirds

TN Blackbirds

Title: Blackbirds
Author: Chuck Wendig
Rating: 5/5

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Miriam is a bad ass that doesn't take crap from anyone. She has a gift, though she thinks of it as a curse, which allows her to see how everyone will die just by touching them. All she needs is skin on skin contact and she will be able to see when and how someone dies. She is a wanderer, never sticking around in one place very long and never letting her guard down. Her life changes when she gets in a truck with a man named Louis. The brief touch of his hand lets her see that he will die in roughly a month and his last words would be her name.

There are two main men that enter Miriam's life, and they are quite opposite from each other. Louis is a lonely truck driver that wants to protect Miriam from the bad things in life. He is sweet and a little bit naive. He has no clue what fate has in store for him. Ashley, is a guy that she meets in a bar, and you quickly figure out that he knows more than he lets on and he isn't quite who he says he is. I found myself hoping that Miriam would be able to do something for Louis to change his fate. But as she says a few times, fate is set in stone and she is unable to change it no matter how hard she tries.

The bad "guys" in this book are rather interesting. Frankie and Harriet are searching for something that belongs to their boss. They are ruthless in their search and will stop at nothing to get what they are looking for. Their story quickly and cleanly intertwines with Miriam's story. I was fascinated to learn that Wendig actually mashed the stories together has a writing exercise and came up with this wonderful book.

I have to give major kudos to Wendig, the entire time I was reading I was thinking "Wow, this would be a great movie". I have never felt that way about a book before, and probably won't again until I read the second book of this series. This book had the whole dark, gritty thing going for it and a main character that spoke her mind (profanities included). I really loved it, and I highly recommend it if you are okay with books that have profanity, violence, death, etc.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book to review via NetGalley.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dirty Little Secret [5]


Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by us at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and our readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets.  We hope that you will all join us!

To participate in the meme all you need to do is:

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers.
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image (code above) and copy instructions.
3. Answer the question we propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc.
4. Then add your link below.
  

This week's question:

If we were unforgivably rude and snatched your purse from you, what would we find inside?

Oh my, I have quite a bit in my purse.



Make Up
tarte LipSurgence
NYX soft matte lip cream
Mary Kay Lip Gloss
Jouer Lip Gloss Sample

2 checks that need to be cashed
1 purple pen, 1 black pen

wallet
antibiotics (stupid tear duct infection!)

Target sample bag
Cigarettes, and lighter
Cell Phone (used to take the picture)
Staples receipt

After posting this I think it is time to clean out my purse.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [8]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Find out more information at their blog http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/.

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Title: Nightshifted
Author: Cassie Alexander
Release Date: May 22nd, 2012

Pages: 352 (Paperback)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press






From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare. Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond… Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed.  But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this… (-Goodreads)
Why I am waiting:
I love finding new authors that I should read. This book sounds like it will be right up my alley. For some reason I like reading books (and watching tv shows) where the main character is a nurse. Add in vampires, weres and zombies and it is a must read.