Monday, February 21, 2011

Jaime's Review of Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .
Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .  Excerpt from Goodreads.

Jaime’s review
   Just when I thought I had a story line figured out Adrian throws us another curve ball. I knew that since there are more books to come in this series that everything wasn’t going to be all happy hearts and teddy bears but, OMG I never saw what was coming in this book!
   Etched in Bone picks up pretty much right after Beneath the Skin ends with Heather and Dante going to find Lucien in Gehenna. The story is so fast paced and told by so many different perspectives that sometimes it’s hard to keep up but, if you’ve read the other books you’ll remember character names and their places in the story line. Basically all hell breaks loose in this story and no one is safe including our two leads Dante and Heather. There were some parts of the book where I really wanted to throw it against the wall and just yell at these people “Leave poor Heather and Dante alone!”
   What I love about these books and characters is the bond between Heather and Dante it’s not one sided where she’s all googly eyed and needs him he very much needs her too they balance each other completely. The other characters as well hold a significant place in my heart I especially love Von and Silver their comments always make me smile. There’s so many bad guys in these books sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who’s truly bad; some of these people have flipped sides so many times you get whiplash.
   Adrian has written another hit! I cannot wait for book five in the Maker’s Song series because this one left us with a total cliffhanger. So if you’re a fan of Adrian’s books or looking for a great new series to read I suggest picking up the Maker’s Song series and book 4 Etched in Bone comes out in stores tomorrow 2/22/11. Happy reading!

Note: This review was possible because the amazing Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy gave me the book to do a guest review on her blog. She will be posting my review soon here's her site so be sure to check out my review there also.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jaime's review of Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

   The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
   Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle.         
   And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.
   Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
   The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless. Excerpt from Goodreads.

Jaime's review....

Words cannot explain how I feel about this book but I will try.
   Darkest Mercy the final book in the Wicked Lovely series is amazing! It completely wraps up each of our beloved characters story lines. Throughout this book you’ll laugh, cry, scream out of frustration, want to poke something with a hot fire poker, and then cry some more.
   Melissa’s world of Huntsdale is a place where I want to live. I would be in the Winter Court of course because of my love for Donia but, I do really enjoy the other courts especially the Dark Court.
   So in this story Bannanach (War) who by the way is completely evil; attempts to split the courts apart and start a war; what she doesn’t realize is the relationships these other characters have forged. Winter, Dark, and Summer along with a few solitaries band together to take War down and kill her and stop her followers from destroying all Fey. We do see a small bit of Fairy but as their story was pretty much wrapped up in Radiant Shadows, this one take place almost solely in Huntsdale. For those of you who have read all of these books and formed attachments to the characters in this book be warned no one come out unscathed Melissa has no problem torturing or killing people in her books. There were some moments in the book where I was like “how can you do this?” but then I realized the reasons for it. There was one couple that throughout the series I had a feeling would end up together others I was not too sure of. Even though some of couples surprised me I was completely happy with who ended up together and how. I don’t want to post spoilers so no there will not be hints.
   Melissa has created a Wickedly Lovely set of stories and with the finale of Darkest Mercy you will not be disappointed. So go buy Darkest Mercy in bookstores February 22nd. Huge thanks to Melissa Marr for letting me enter a wonderful contest and win this ARC.
   Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Swag Giveaway Winners!!!!!

Hello Everyone Happy Valentines Day <3 The winners have been chosen and contacted. You have two days to get back to us or we will chose another winner. So on to the good news the winners are....

1st prize Victoria
2nd prize Alyssa
3rd prize The Total Book Nerd

If you didn't win better luck next time there will be another giveaway when we reach 100,books this time. So if you want another contest sooner than later spread the love about our blog :) Have a great V-Day everyone!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

50 Follower Swag Giveaway

   Hey everyone! We promised that when we reached 50 followers we'd have a giveaway. Well we did it :) we're at 52 and hope to gain some more.
   On to the giveaway. Since we're new we don't have any books at this time to give away but we do have swag! So here goes there will be three winners.
Grand Prize- 1 signed Angelfire bookmark by Courtney Allison Moulton, 1 signed Original Sin bookmark and a tatoo from Lisa Desrochers, 1 Haven bookmark from Kristi Cook, and several bookmarks by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Second Prize-1 signed Original Sin bookmark and a tatoo from Lisa Desrochers, 1 Haven bookmark from Kristi Cook, and several bookmarks by Jeri Smith-Ready.
Third Prize- 1 Haven bookmark from Kristi Cook, and several bookmarks by Jeri Smith-Ready.

How do I enter you ask? It's simple just comment below remember to leave your e-mail address so we can contact you and, if you're not a follower we'd love to have you join us. Contest ends on Valentine's day yep February 14th so get your comments in and good luck! Contest open internationally this time seeing as postage will be affordable.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Author of the Week!

Here's Julie's Bio from her website:
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.

Well, I (Patricia, in case you're wondering) just finished reading The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa and so since it's my turn to choose Author of the Week, it's a perfect time  to select Julie Kagawa.  I chose Julie mostly because I truly love her writing. The way she tells a story makes you think that you are truly living it. I love that one minute her characters make me laugh and the next I am swooning over one of  my favorite bad boys, Ash while the next I am crying like a baby. It's like being in an emotional rollercoaster and I'm loving the ride.  I love how her characters grow and evolve over time. Meghan, the main protagonist, is such a great example of this. I am totally addicted to her books!
Julie has written The Iron Fey Series, which includes: The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, Winter's Passage (a short story) , and The Iron Queen.  Next  to come will be a novel from Ash's POV called The Iron Knight. I am anxiously awaiting for this one.  Thanks, Julie, for giving us all such a great escape from the mortal world and sharing with us the wonders of Faery. I can't wait to see what else you will come up with.
A special thanks to my blog partner and friend, Jaime, for pointing me in the right direction and introducing me to these and other wonderful and imaginative stories. You were right I do love these books. What would I do without you?
Also check out my review of The Iron Queen, as well as, Jaime's review of The Iron Queen below. :)