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Sunday, July 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (46)



In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.




For Review:
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia

Bought:
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
I hate to admit it, but this cover has really grown on me. It's just a little bit gorgeous in person. I hold firm that the new cover for Nightshade is positively atrocious, though.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Trading

I've participated in a few book trades with other bloggers lately, and since I have like 873629479362904737284 books just lying around and I probably won't be able to read all of them, I've decided to do a little book trade of my own :)

Books for Trade

ARCs (all in good condition):
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (I have two of these to trade for)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Hardcovers:
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (no dust jacket)
The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Stay by Deb Caletti (no dust jacket)
The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz (signed)
Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan
The Chaos by Rachel Ward
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
Everfound by Neal Shusterman


Trade paperbacks:
The Demon King and I by Candace Havens
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (this one's kind of beat up)
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Flawless by Sara Shepard
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn

Mass market paperbacks:
Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber
Heart's Blood by Gail Dayton (I also have two of these)
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause



Unfortunately, I can only trade within the US. If you see anything you want to trade for, email me at ArcadiaWearsPrada@yahoo.com. The books that I'm willing to trade for can be found here. Thanks in advance!

Waiting on Wednesday (46)




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week, participating bloggers will make a post about a book whose publication they're eagerly awaiting.

This week, I'm featuring Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent.
 
By blood, by word, by magic . . .

Most can't touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend's daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can't rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner...every touch...every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it's over . . .

I loved Rachel Vincent's Shifters series, and I can't wait for her newest adult book! I'm currently in the middle of her upcoming YA If I Die, and loving that so far, as usual for the Soul Screamers books :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

EXCERPT: In the Shadows

In the Shadows
By Julieanne Lynch

Published July 21st 2011
Strict Publishing International 
ISBN 9780857791962

 “In The Shadows”, the first of The Shadows trilogy, is an urban fantasy of vampires and the supernatural, and much, much more.  In the shadows you will find lust and passion, battles for power and for blood, and death and fear around every corner.  In the shadows you are carried away to an unknown future.  Your destiny awaits, and you are no longer who you thought you were.  You have a thirst, for blood perhaps, but a thirst for very much more than that.

Giselle was a normal girl with an attitude common to most girls of her age.  Her family might not have been perfect (whose is?) but she loved them, and her future looked bright.  She had an awesome best friend and a steady boyfriend, but how could she possibly have been so wrong about someone she loved?  And how could she have been prepared for the darkness and for what she was to become?

“In The Shadows is a must read for anyone who loves urban fantasy.” ~Review by Dawn and Wini Book Lovers
“ Julieanne writes so eloquently you can feel and picture everything Giselle is going through, with no question as to what role every character in the book plays.” ~Review by Ada McEwan
“Julieanne is a great story teller with a vivid imagination for the supernatural. I absolutely love everything about it.” ~Reviewed by Firefly and Wisp


And now, for the excerpt you've all been waiting for!


Excerpt from In the Shadows:

I felt his eyes on me before I returned the look. He knew what I was thinking and, like always, he knew the right way to cheer me up. Best friends where like that, and Alex was without a doubt my knight in shining armour. He was like my shadow, and the last six years proved to me just how dependable he had become.
“We need sugar and lots of it,” he practically shouted, pulling into the lot.
“But we’ll be late for school... I can not have another detention, Alex, and besides, I need to see Marc before class,” I sighed.
“Well, Marc can wait... Strawberry glaze or chocolate sprinkles?” he asked me as he got out of the car.
Alex winked at me, and I giggled like a little girl following him.
“One of each,” I said. “It’s a Monday, I need me some sugar.”
Grabbing hold of his arm, I held onto him and ignored the sneering looks from a group of girls leaving the cafe.
“Still slumming it I see, Alex. Call me when you man up,” the local slut hollered as she walked across the lot with her minions in fold.
I ignored them and their giggles, and walked inside, escaping to our favourite table.
“Bitches,” I scowled, looking out the window. “Who does she think she is?” My face reddened with anger.
“Ignore her, G. She’s harmless.”
“Why are you always defending her?” My voice was now an octave above a whisper.
Grabbing the menu from me, he threw it on the table. “Look at me... They can say whatever they want; they can make as many comments, and it won’t change a thing. You’re my friend, Giselle... And besides, you look way better than them.”
Laughing, I looked back outside and watched Evie with her perfect body driving off in her perfect car, and I felt sick inside.
“Marc seems to think she’s great.”
“Marc’s an ass,” Alex said as he looked over the menu, pouting his lips at whatever he fancied. He did that when something appealed to him.
“Alex!”
“Well, think about it. He’s dating you, and yet he has time for said ‘bitches’. Give me a break. If you were my girlfriend, and this is just hypothetical, I wouldn’t let you out of sight or give them asses reason to pick on you, but that’s just from my viewpoint... Now let’s order. I am starving.”
The small bistro was buzzing with customers. The delicious scent of freshly made coffee filled the air; it woke up my taste buds. Its bright and bold colours hurt my eyes. Shades of orange, lime green and sunbeam yellow had been painted abstractly on the walls, reminding me of summer. Even the ceiling reminded me of the ocean with its cool shades of baby blue. Somehow, it had become a place of comfort to me. The people reminded me that I belonged here and, like always, Marion was the first to come welcome us and take our order.
“Morning, you two. The usual?” she asked. Turning to face me, she smiled and her voice softened. “How is your mother, Giselle?”
“Hi Marion, um, yeah the usual, but can I have a side order of arsenic to go?” I laughed. “Um, mom is good, thanks.”
“That’s great, sweetheart. Give her my love.” Laughing, she walked back towards the counter, shaking her head.
Alex sat forward, his brilliant green eyes staring hard into mine. “Arsenic?”
“Well, it was either that or crushed glass.”
We both burst out laughing, getting the attention of the people on the table next to us.
We were like two naughty school children. Giggling as we ate, we did not care who scowled at us. It was just Alex and me, in our own world and nothing was going to break that bond - ever.
Of course, the ride to school was becoming increasingly uncomfortable. My pain increased with each kilometre the closer we got to school. I knew I had to face Marc at some point in the day, but to be honest I was too pissed off with him to really care about why he had dropped me for some lame party in town.
My stomach spun and I was nervous as I got out of the car. Marc was standing over by his truck on the far side of the lot and there was no avoiding him. He stood with Aaron and Doug, and watched me as I tried my best not to look at him. But it was so hard. He and his beautiful puppy dog eyes always got to me, and I knew I would be putty in his hands.
Yet, I wanted him to squirm just a little while longer.
Alex swung his arm over my shoulder and pulled me in close to him, reassuring me that my impending confrontation would be fine. I wished I had his confidence in me.
“Relax. Just keep eye contact and scowl. Scowl like a mad woman,” he whispered as we parted company. “Laters, Bergman,” and he was gone.
I was on my own.
Marc eyeballed me as I slowly made my way over to him. The bell rang and people bumped past me as they rushed off to homeroom. I, on the other hand, had to lay a few things to rest before I could face my day of boredom and its side helping of bitchiness.
“Hi!” I greeted all three of them.
“Um, morning, G,” Aaron said as he nudged Doug in the arm.
Guys must have some sort of secret code, because without Aaron saying anything, they both looked at each other, then at Marc, and left.
“You took your time coming in today,” Marc said as he slung his bag over his shoulder.
“Yeah, but that’s my business,” I bitterly retorted.
“G, you’re meant to be my girlfriend. Maybe you should start acting like it.”
“What? Are you for real? You’re such an ass, Marc.” Anger began to boil inside me, and I walked on ahead of him.
“Giselle, wait,” he called after me. “I’m sorry.”
“Sorry doesn’t even cut it, Marc,” I sighed. “You blew me off for what? Drinks with the ‘guys’. I went to so much trouble. Can you imagine how dumb I felt waiting for you to turn up?”
“I really am sorry. I didn’t know that Andy was going to some frat house. If I had known, I wouldn’t have gotten into the car. I swear, G, I would have shown up; only, things got out of hand.”
It was so hard staying mad at him. I really wanted him to grovel more and feel like total shit, but I couldn’t do it to him. I adored him and wanted to make up so badly.
“It was our anniversary, Marc. Four years is a pretty big deal... But, you can make it up to me,” I said coyly.
Looking up into his delicious blue eyes, I felt my anger melt and I was more than ready for our make up kiss. Pulling me in close to him, he cupped my face in his hands and gently pulled my mouth to his. I could smell his cologne, and as it danced in circles around my nostrils I kissed him back, our tongues lightly brushing together.
The kiss got a few whistles of approval and a stern mouthful from Mr. Green.
“What is the meaning of this public display of... of...” he stuttered.
“Affection,” Marc tried to finish the line for him.
I held in my laugh as he led us into the school and straight to Principal Brooks’ office.
Standing outside Brooks’ office, neither Marc nor I said anything, but his smile said it all. We were back on track.
“Bergman, Clark, g.. g.. get in here now,” Green bellowed from the doorway.
Marc entered the office first, and I hastily stopped at the door, avoiding eye contact with Brooks.
“Bergman, close the door when you’ve decided to join us,” Green said sarcastically as he folded his arms. His face was red and swollen, and by the looks of things the night before had been a heavy one. Everyone knew he was a little too fond of the booze.
“Giselle, come in and close the door,” Principal Brooks directed me.
Obediently, I shut the door behind me and stood close to Marc, trying my best not to laugh. When I get nervous, I tend to mask my feelings by laughing or making light of the situation, but right there and then I doubted my humour would have been appreciated.
“Giselle, I am very disappointed in you. How many times have we had this discussion? You are always late for school, you’re behind in your assignments and, to be blunt, I am getting quite sick of your casual display of affection with Mr. Clark.”
I could not believe it. He was pinning it all on me.
“But…” I tried to speak.
“Enough of your excuses. You’re on detention for the rest of the week. I believe you should be in English, and if you make it quick I am sure Ms. Royston won’t add to your ever growing record of disobedience.” He ushered me out of the room. “Marc, this game on Friday night...” The door closed and the conversation became nothing more than muffled voices.
As I made my way to class, I could not have felt more pissed off.
Walking into the already quiet classroom was bad enough, but having Evie smugly looking at me as I fumbled through my bag was the last straw.
“When you’re ready, Giselle,” Ms.Royston said.
Sitting down, I looked around for him, and there he sat, smiling at me, showing concern with those luminous green eyes, and instantly I felt calm.
“You okay?” he mouthed at me.
Nodding my head, I tried not to distract Ms. Royston, but failed.
“Is there something you’d like to share with the rest of the class, Giselle?” she asked me.
I could feel my cheeks going red and my heart pounded hard in my chest.
“No.” My voice quivered.
Everyone was looking at me and I could feel Evie’s eyes staring hard at me, but I refused to give in and just stared ahead.
“Really? Well, maybe you can take part in our class discussion. What is Atticus’s relationship to his children like?” She sat back against her desk and folded her arms, waiting for my input.
Oh my God, I thought.
I had read the book, well, only slightly, but God, I didn’t have a clue. My face became redder and redder as I slowly died inside.
Alex spoke up. “Atticus is a kind and I suppose loving father. He reads to his children and offers them comfort when they need it. He is also capable of teaching them pretty harsh lessons, like when he allows Jem to come with him to tell Helen Robinson about Tom’s death. But he is also a very wise man, one who is committed to justice and equality, and his parenting style is based on fostering these virtues in his children - he even encourages Jem and Scout to call him “Atticus” so that they can interact on terms as equal as possible. Well, that is what Giselle and I discussed earlier.” He confidently sat back in his chair and grinned at me.
“Well, that was…” Ms.Royston began, but then the bell went and I was out of that room in a flash.
I stood by my locker, defeated by Monday’s usual round up, and I craved my warm bed. I wanted to escape the usual bullshit of school life and wanted nothing more than to run away, live my life far from here on the other side of the world.
“It can’t be that bad,” Alex said as he stood beside me.
“Wanna bet? I have just had the worst morning ever. I was hauled in by Green for kissing Marc, and now Brooks has me on another week of detention. My dad is gonna kill me.” Closing my eyes, I inhaled a deep breath.
“Ouch! But at least you have the prom on Saturday. That is something to look forward to, right?” He tried his best to make me feel better.
“With the way my week’s going, I doubt I’ll make it to Saturday.”
“Oh come on, G, play it cool. Just keep your head down and for God’s sake stay out of Green’s way,” he said as he hugged me.
“Yep, but easier said than done.”
The noise from the corridor began to fade and the bell rang again. I had an awful knack for being late for everything, and at this rate I was more than likely going to be late for my own funeral.
“See you later... I gotta go dazzle the lovely Ms Shultze.” He winked at me and left me alone.
I stood with my eyes closed for a few moments, trying my hardest not to succumb to the overwhelming feelings growing inside me. I wanted to cry. Hell, I wanted to throw a tantrum that a two year old could get away with, but knowing the endless chaos it would bring would probably ruin my school life forever. I played it safe and held my emotions in, like always.
Opening my locker, I searched for my algebra book. “Damned thing,” I cursed to myself. And instead I found a sealed brown envelope, lodged between my music folder and my copy of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.
Pulling it out I looked it over and then checked the corridor for any peering eyes, and opened the blank envelope. Inside, I found a disc and a small note. There was nothing else, and that was when I decided to let my curiosity get the better of me and I skipped the rest of the day’s lessons.
I knew no one would be home when I got there. Dad was away on another business trip and mom was more than likely planning some charity convention with the other contenders for ‘Mother of the year’.
Grabbing a bag of chips and a can of Pepsi from the refrigerator, I casually strolled into the family room, sliding the disc into the DVD player and pressing play.
Sitting back on the sofa, I chugged down half the can and started munching on my favourite snacks. Before I could swallow my mouthful, what I saw caught me completely off guard. Struggling to control the ever-growing knot in my stomach, my eyes filled with tears. I was torn in two, disbelief at what I was seeing and anger that this was no set up.
I wanted to scream, but my voice just would not come out.
Breathe Giselle. Breathe.
That was when reality really hit me and I started screaming, with uncontrollable sobs and tears that fell down my cheeks. My head pulsated as I searched through my bag for my phone whilst the audio played in the background. Her laughter and moans filled my head, and in a rage I threw the controller at the TV screen. It cracked, and the screen went dead momentarily.
Frantically, I dialled Alex’s number and paced, waiting for him to answer.
“Hello?” he answered.
“Alex... Alex...” I sobbed.
“Giselle, what’s wrong?” he asked, concerned.
“Oh God... Marc and... he…” I broke down.
“Where are you?” he asked.
“Home.”
I sat on the floor in the middle of the room, crying. Inside, my stomach churned over and over, and at times I felt like vomiting. But it didn’t happen. Instead, I inhaled long deep breaths to counteract my sobs. Dizziness plagued me as I tried to make sense of what I had just seen. Surely it had been some kind of sick joke, but it was too real. Marc had to have known about this, but I was at a loss as to what to do. If it was true, then things would never be the same again, and inside I could feel a part of me die.






About the Author:

Fiery Librian Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Northern Ireland, Julieanne now lives in Ireland, where she works on her Shadows Trilogy and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.

Find Julieanne online:

Friday, July 22, 2011

REVIEW: Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh


Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don't come true in the real world. One Sunday afternoon, she meets a movie star. Tom Abramson is intelligent, charming, and impetuous. In other words, he plays the role a bit too well. She isn’t falling for it. She knows better. All British men are not descendants of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and movie stars are genetic mutations gone awry: X-Men with statistical disadvantages and emotional handicaps. Keep your knight in shining armor. A modern girl can rescue herself, thank you very much. After all, dreams are for the foolhardy, nightmares are just a part of life, and . . . this is not your average fairy tale.

Book: Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Contemporary/Adult
Series: Standalone
Obtained: For a blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

Let me just say one thing real quick: This summary is terrible. And weird. And confusing. I have no clue what the person who wrote is was smoking, and I'm sure they never actually read the book, because this makes no sense whatsoever, and does this amazing book absolutely no justice.

Cris was an awesome, strong, and wickedly funny, and I loved reading her story! The way she dealt with some issues kind of bugged me, but she was overall pretty damned awesome.

The love interest, Tom, was kind of awesome, too. He was funny and cute and intelligent and BRITISH! You all know how much I love those Brits XD (Ahem, Noah.) Anyways, he was really cool. And a movie star.

I loved Fanfare, and can't wait to read anything else that Ahdieh chooses to write. Like shopping lists. And little post-it note reminders. Fun stuff like that.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mailbox (45)

The Story Siren


In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.


For Review:
Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
The Cowboy and the Vampire by Clark Hayes and Kathleen McFall

Won:
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Bought:
Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Friday, July 15, 2011

GUEST POST: Christy Dorrity - Book Blogger's Cookbook - Kindle Contest!

Christy Dorrity put together an awesome cookbook for people who love good food and good books, and she was kind enough to do a guest post for us today, too!
Here's a link to the launch website. Anyone who comments and promotes the launch will be entered to win an Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi! For more details, visit the launch site.

 

5 Tips for “Reating”-the Fusion of Books and Food.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is the combination of good food and good books. When all of the kids are in bed and the lights in the kitchen are off, get ready for some “me” time. Snuggle up with a good book and something yummy! Some people say that it is unhealthy to eat while you are reading, but if you follow these helpful tips, you can give yourself permission to enjoy the fusion of great reads and great eats. 

5 “Reating Fusion” Tips:

1.     Choose a Great Book—one that you can’t wait to get into. If you need help choosing a read, there are loads of great book bloggers out there that give honest reports about what’s great and what’s not.
2.     Pick a food that is a treat for you. My favorite reading treats are chocolate, if I’m craving sweets, or chips and salsa when I want something salty. My husband prefers to have seconds of dinner for his dessert—especially when we have tacos.
3.     Portion out your treat into a serving size that makes sense for you. If you are going to have a treat that comes in a large container, such as a bad of potato chips or a box of malt balls, take out a sensible amount and put away the extra. That way you won’t mindlessly munch during the intese action scene in your novel.
4.     Find a comfortable place to snuggle up. Some of my favorite spots include bed, a cozy couch with a soft-glow lamp, the back deck, a bench in the forest or park, and a hammock on the beach (I wish!).
5.     Relax and enjoy yourself. Immerse yourself in the experience of a tasty read and adventurous foods. 
What’s your favorite Reating Fusion blend?

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blogfest 2011 Giveaway


For my Blogfest giveaway, I have one (1) finished copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight up for grabs!



Rules:

1. Comment with your name, your favorite mythological god or goddess, and your email address.
2. One (1) extra entry for following, one (1) extra entry for tweeting or blogging. Make sure to post a link.
3. US only, unless you're willing to pay the international shipping.
4. Giveaway ends 11:59pm, July 17th.


You can track which giveaways you've entered here, and possibly win more prizes!

The next five blogs in the hop are:
Budget Savvy Diva
Cate Masters
Chasing Dreams
Chick Loves Lit
Christmas TV History


Good luck!

REVIEW: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey


Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?


Book: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult/Historical
Series: Standalone
Obtained: For a blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

Like most historical fiction that I've read, Haunting Violet has a bit of a slow start as introductions are made and the setting is established. Unlike most historical fiction that I've read, Haunting Violet's slow start is interesting and quite enjoyable. The setup is entertaining and informative at the same time, and when the action finally comes, it comes big and grand!

Violet is a strong-willed, but not too-stubborn lead, and absolutely amazing to read about, and she definitely made the book for me. I loved her not-so-traditional take on the love triangle aspect of the story, and it was nice to have a character actually choose the guy that I was routing for.

Since I just said that Violet picked my guy, I won't say anything about the love interests, Colin and Xavier, because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that they were both fulfilling and awesome in their own little ways, but one of them really stood out for me.

Altogether, the historical setting and ghostly mystery came together to form an artfully spooky, wonderfully entertaining book that no YA reader should miss out on.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011: Den Třetí

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





These are my plans so far for the third day of the read-a-thon:

  • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
  • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them (or not).
  • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
  • Browsing through participating blogs.
Today, I hope to finish only one book:

1. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - 289 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




UPDATES:
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  • Started Hounded @ 10:37 PM Monday night.
  • I got absolutely no reading done on day 2 because real life hates me :'(


Mini-Challenges:
  • Wicked Awesome Books challenged us to play matchmaker and pick two characters who should be together.
    • My choices are Niko from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series and Cassie from Karen Chance's Cassandra Palmer series because they both hate being lied to and because Niko could possibly make Cassie a bit less of a scatterbrain XD
  • Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing challenged us to recommend two books, which I will post in the near future.
    • Book 1: A book that I would recommend just because is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Part psychological thriller, part paranormal romance, Mara is non-stop action and impossible to put down. I loved the characters and the fantastic plot, but my favorite part was unraveling the mystery of what really happened in the prologue.
    • Book 2: The read-a-thon book that I would recommend is Chimera by Rob Thurman. Chimera is the literary version of a comic book, with the craziest possible twists and turns, but still believable. I would like to call it urban sci-fi in the sense that it really reminds me of an urban fantasy where the fantasy aspect isn't exactly fantasy. Any fans of stories exploring family relationships will love this one, and anyone who likes a good, fun action thriller.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011: Jour Deux

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





These are my plans so far for the second day of the read-a-thon:

  • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
  • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them (or not).
  • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
  • Browsing through participating blogs.
  • Watching Teen Wolf. What? I can't help it.
Today, I hope to read two books:

1. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - 289 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




2. Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson - 256 pages - GoodReads - Amazon

A ghost story in which a young girl's parents ship her off to a boarding school where, after some snooping around the gothic old estate, she meets a group of similar outcasts that can finally relate to. Unfortunately, her new friends turn out to be the ghosts of students who died in a horrible dormitory fire. Things go from weird to worse when her new ghostly schoolmates start disappearing and she realizes that she is the only person, living or dead, who can help them. 








UPDATES:
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  • Started Hounded @ 10:37 PM last night.


Mini-Challenges:
  • The Bookish Type's challenge was to write a fake synopsis for one of our read-a-thon books based on the cover.
    • Hounded by Kevin Hearne: Half-man, half-goat, this sword-wielding red-head is really Irish. Red is generally a nice dude, but he takes himself a bit too seriously and is on an epic quest to get laid so that he can stop staring sulkily into the distance. Also, he would like a razor to get that long goatee under control. Can he do it all before those ominous storm clouds start pouring bunnies and budding flowers? The world may never know.
  • YA Bliss' challenge is to list your top three love triangles.
    • Marc v. Jace from Rachel Vincent's Shifters series,
    • Will v. Jem from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series,
    • and Delilah v. George from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Día Uno

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon





These are my plans so far for the first day of the read-a-thon:

  • Reading the books I chose for this year's read-a-thon. (The list can be found here.)
  • Posting reviews of the books as I finish them.
  • Participating in mini-challenges and other read-a-thon related activities.
  • Browsing through participating blogs.
Last year I made the mistake of picking some longer books just because they looked interesting, but this year all I'm trying to do is get through as many books as possible, so I picked the shortest books off of my bookshelves that I thought could hold my interest right now. Hopefully I made good choices!
If you're participating in the Read-A-Thon, then leave a link and I'll be sure to drop by and comment on your posts :D Happy reading!
The first book of the read-a-thon shall be:

1. Chimera by Rob Thurman - 337 pages - GoodReads - Amazon
 
New from the national bestselling author of Roadkill

A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...

What makes us human...
What makes us unique...
And what makes us kill?


Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him . . .

Has anyone else read this? I've read and loved Thurman's Cal Leandros series, and I've been meaning to get to this one for quite some time, but just never did. It looks like it's right up my alley, and it isn't all that long, so I figure it was a pretty good read-a-thon choice :)

    UPDATES:
    Chimera by Rob Thurman
    • Started Chimera @ 12:02 AM. Will read for an hour or two and then go to bed.
    • 2:14 AM: 25% into the ebook. I'm gonna get ready for bed now, probably won't get any more reading in until morning.
    • 3:04 PM: 50% through. I knew I shouldn't have slept in. Oops. Chimera is really good so far, though.


    Mini-Challenges:
    • 3 covers left to find for The Musings of ALMYBNENR's challenge. This is a hard one!
    • 2:24 AM: Finally finished my first challenge of the read-a-thon! This time I'm actually going to go to bed. 
    • IB Book Blogging's challenge is in two parts.
      • Part 1 - What is your favorite type of myth? I love Norse mythology, and Native American comes in at a close second.
      • Part 2 - What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it? Oddly enough, Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Greek mythology is usually one of my least favorites, but DBH was just so awesome that it had to be my favorite.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    In My Mailbox (44)

    The Story Siren


    In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren that I participate in regularly.  All you have to do is post whatever books you've received in the past week, bought or for review, and any cool swag you want to mention.



    For Review:
    Dark War by Tim Waggoner
    Dark Souls by Paula Morris

    Bought:
    Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray 

    What did you get in your mailbox this week?

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Back From Hiatus

    As you can see, I've finally returned from the epic hiatus of doom! I had family visiting from out of state after finals, and then my birthday on the 4th and some other personal craziness, but now everything should be pretty much back to normal.

    I've missed blogging so much, and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things!

    P.S.: While I was gone, I finally hit 300 followers, and I love all of you guys so much for that! Totally the best early birthday gift ever! I'm hoping to host a contest in the near future as thanks for all of you awesome readers who have supported me and my blog for the past year, so be on the lookout for that soon :)

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2011

    Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
     
     
    Starting Monday, I will be participating for the second time in the fabulous Once Upon A Read-a-Thon. I had so much fun last year, and I couldn't help but do it again this year!

    Last year, I posted my usual reviews and memes alongside the read-a-thon updates, and that was kind of weird and cluttered, so I don't think I'll be doing that this year. I'll just post my min-challenge entries, updates, etc., and hopefully it won't be so wacky this time around.

    I'm going to have a list here of the four books I'd like to get read during the read-a-thon, but that is definitely subject to change. I am ashamed to admit that, out of the four books I had on my original list last year, I still haven't read two. I fail at life XD

    So, here are my four read-a-thon books for this year:





    1. Chimera by Rob Thurman - GoodReads - Amazon
     
    New from the national bestselling author of Roadkill

    A sci-fi thriller that asks the questions...

    What makes us human...
    What makes us unique...
    And what makes us kill?


    Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak's younger brother was kidnapped. Not a day has passed that Stefan hasn't thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him. But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a trained, genetically-altered killer. Now, those who created him will do anything to reclaim him. And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him . . .


    2. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby - GoodReads - Amazon

    From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

    I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

    Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

    While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.










    3. Among the Ghosts by Amber Benson - GoodReads - Amazon

    A ghost story in which a young girl's parents ship her off to a boarding school where, after some snooping around the gothic old estate, she meets a group of similar outcasts that can finally relate to. Unfortunately, her new friends turn out to be the ghosts of students who died in a horrible dormitory fire. Things go from weird to worse when her new ghostly schoolmates start disappearing and she realizes that she is the only person, living or dead, who can help them.
    4. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - GoodReads - Amazon

    Tempe, Arizona is as far removed from paranormal activity as is possible. And that’s where Atticus O’Sullivan, rare book salesman, herb peddler, and 2,000 year old Druid the last of his kind has decided to set up shop. He’s been on the run, guarding a very powerful sword from a very angry ancient Celtic god for over two millennia now. But while these years have been good to him Atticus has become more powerful than he could have possibly imagined The Morrigan, a very old god of death, has predicted death and doom for our hero, and it’s up to Atticus, with help from a pride of werewolves, and a gorgeous bartender possessed by an Indian witch, to stay alive, hopefully for another thousand years.




    I hope that all of you who are joining me have a great read-a-thon!

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Book Battle Results

    Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and I had the pleasure of judging a bracket in round two of the Alyssa's Book Battle, which was between Stork by Wendy Delsol and The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle. After careful consideration, we have decided that the book moving on to the next round is . . .



    Stork by Wendy Delsol!





    Because of its original concept, general readability, and totally awesome main character, Stork is the clear winner of the two! I'm really looking forward to its sequel, Frost!