Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WWW Wednesday #47, February 29th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing for starting and hosting this meme!

I'm currently reading Clockwork Prince, and it's amazing! At the Charlotte/Henry scene where they talk about that Henry asked for her hand!!!!
 Also reading Lord of the Wolfyn as an ebook, already read the 4th! Oops! It's good though!
I finished rereading Clockwork Angel, and yeah, it was amazing! Loved it again!
I'm going to read Everneath next, I can't wait, it looks really amazing, and I've read the first few chapters in a preview thing, can't wait to read more!!!!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Waiting on Wednesday #43, February 29th

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Expected Publication: May 1st 2012
From Goodreads:

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil. 

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. 

A cross-country trip forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Oh, that sounds like a really great book! And it's a debut novel of 2012, so people, add this book to your lists!!! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #47, February 28th

Teaser Tuesday 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!

Today's teaser comes from Nightwalker by Heather Graham, page 10.

"It wasn't out of meanness. Out here, it meant survival."

Well. That sound menacing!!! But he is talking about all the weapons he has on his person, so yeah. What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, February 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #38, February 27th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #37
Teaser Tuesday #46
WWW Wednesday #46
WOW #42
Will the Time Come #38
Third Sentence Thursday #29
Random Reads #13
First Lines Friday #34
Follow that Blurb Reading Challenge Update 35
A-Z Book Challenge Update 8
The Reward Challenge Round 29
Follow Friday #16
2012 Dystopian Reading Challenge Update 8
In My Mailbox #37
I Have An Update #36

Week 8 Reviews:
Legacy
Spellbound
The Woman in Black
The Luxe
Lost Souls
Born in Sin
 
Tour:
The Guardian's Wildchild: Review
Henry Wood Detective Agency: Guest Post
Henry Wood Detective Agency: Review
Finding Alice: Review

Random:
Buying Books

OK, so I got 24 posts in 7 days, which is pretty darn good considering I'm not home right now and all!
 
So this week I want to read Lord of the Abyss, Taming the Scotsman, Need You Now, The Death Dealer, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Everneath, Under the Never Sky, Jessica's Guide to Dating the Dark Side, Grave Mercy, Nightwalker, Lord of the WolfynI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, and Henry Wood Detective Agency.
 
Currently Listening To: Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie
Currently Reading: The Death Dealer by Heather Graham
Currently Watching: All my shows!

 Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.
 To avoid the dreadful fate of marriage to a man she does not love, Nora, niece of Eleanor of Aquitane, implores Ewan MacAllister, a man that both her father and betrothed fear, to help her seek protection with her aunt. Against his better judgement, Ewan agrees to whisk Nora away to England, fully intending to hand her off to his brother. Despite Ewan's tortured past and Nora's perilous situation, they soon find themselves helplessly drawn to each other. Dare they risk the wrath of clansmen of Nora's powerful father, or are they willing to chance all for the promise of true love?
 Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a sixty-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world's largest Swiss bank, Cushman's fall has unexpected-and deadly-repercussions. His girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman's most dangerous "victims," a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are shrouded in secrecy. What Lilly knows can get her-and Patrick-killed, and now the pair are in a run for their lives that leads to the heart of secret operation, and to a cabal of powerful government officials determined to keep their agenda secret from the public.

With no place to turn and no one to trust, Patrick and Lilly must uncover the truth before they become collateral damage in a "financial war" where casualties are no longer measured in dollars and cents.
Genevieve O'Brien knows all about nightmares. She survived for two months as the prisoner of a deranged killer. Now a new menace is stalking the streets of New York.

The media are buzzing about the Poe Killings, a string of homicides mirroring the author's macabre stories. Almost without exception, the victims have been members of a literary society devoted to the master of crime fi ction--and Genevieve's own mother may be next.

Spooked by the bizarre slayings, Genevieve turns to P.I. Joe Connolly, her rescuer, her friend and...? She wants him to be much more, but he's been avoiding her since her ordeal, and she can't seem to get close to him.

Joe isn't sure there even is a case. But as the body count rises and their investigation leads them miles from Manhattan, he has to admit that there's a twisted new serial killer at work.

Even more unsettling is the guidance Joe is receiving from beyond the grave. People he knows to be dead--his cousin Matt and Matt's fi ancee, Leslie--are appearing to him, offering new clues and leads, and warning him of terrible danger ahead.

But not even otherworldly intervention can keep Genevieve and Joe's new nightmare from becoming terrifyingly real--and putting them squarely in the crosshairs between this world and the next.

 Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
One night, desperate for money to support her grandfather, Jessy Sparhawk places the bet that will change her life forever. Just as she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd, a knife protruding from his back, and crashes into her, pinning her to the table.

Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf finds himself fascinated by the gorgeous redhead who'd been trapped beneath the victim--and by the single word the dying man had whispered in her ear. "Indigo."

One murder leads to another as Dillon and Jessy realize that the nightmare is only just beginning--and that the dead still have a hand left to play.
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.
To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.

Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox #37, February 26th-February Week 4

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to talk about the books we got in the mailbox or inbox as the case may be!

So this week I got:

For Review:
Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice
Bound to Remember

Library:
Clockwork Prince
Everneath
Under the Never Sky
Legend
The Near Witch
Soul Thief
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Clarity
The Goblin Gate
The Goblin Wood
Scored
The House of Dead Maids
Ripple

Mesa Apachy Library:
Taming the Scotsman
Born in Sin
Lost Souls
The Death Dealer
Dead on the Dance Floor
Nightwalker

Bought:
Missing You
Legend
Oceans of Fire
Wild Rain
No One to Trust

NetGalley:

Solitary
Temptation
Viral
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
White Witch
Moonstone
Moon Rise
Moon Spun
Shadow Moon

OK. I got some really amazing books!!! Now to read them!!!! I got more, but I'm going on a hike, will edit post when I get back!!!!!!!!!! Happy reading!!!!

I Have an Update #36! February 26th

New Titles: None.

New Plots: None.

Monthly Word Count: 0. Still 0. Bad, bad, bad!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Week 8 Review: Born in Sin

From Goodreads:
Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous 'Lord Sin'. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight – less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes – she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse. 

Banished as a child, 'Sin' MacAllister learned to despise his Scottish heritage. Yet now, to unmask King Henry's foes, he must return to the hated Highlands - wedded to a bewitching lass whose flaming red hair matches the fire of her spirit. A cold, hard heart has always been the key to Sin's survival, but this beauty awakens in him a perilous need he's never known.


My Review:
I hadn't been meaning to read this book, But when I found it at the library near my grandparent's place down in Mesa, well, I just couldn't resist! I mean, it's by Sherrilyn Kenyon, which makes it an automatic must-read book!

Things just don't seem to go right for these 2! First his life is a first mess, and Sin's never had anyone who cared for him, and kinda suddenly, he's forced to marry Callie, and take her and her brother home, and yeah, it just becomes more complicated!

The thing that I love so much about this book? Is that even when things are down, and bad, that these characters still take time to inject a bit of sarcasm and/or humour in the situation, and it takes a strong person to do that!

Wow, did I love this book, it was just so darned entertaining! I can't wait to read more!

Author: Kinley MacGregor (AKA Sherrilyn Kenyon!)
Series: MacAllister #3
Read: February 24th, 2012
Source: Mesa Grandparent's House Library
Reason Why: Love Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing!
Publisher: Avon
Published: January 1st 2003
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Lost Souls

From Goodreads:
The war against humanity has begun. In the dead hours of the night, a stranger enters the home of the mayor of Rainbow Falls, Montana. The stranger is in the vanguard of a wave of intruders who will invade other homes . . . offices . . . every local institution, assuming the identities and the lives of those they have been engineered to replace. Before the sun rises, the town will be under full assault, the opening objective in the new Victor Frankenstein's trajectory of ultimate destruction. Deucalion—Victor's first, haunted creation—saw his maker die in New Orleans two years earlier. Yet an unshakable intuition tells him that Victor lives—and is at work again. Within hours Deucalion will come together with his old allies, detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison, Victor's engineered wife, Erika Five, and her companion Jocko to confront new peril. Others will gather around them. But this time Victor has a mysterious, powerful new backer, and he and his army are more formidable, their means and intentions infinitely more deadly, than ever before.

My Review:
Oh, how I enjoyed this book so much! I've enjoyed the first 3 books, and yeah, it was nice to read this one, because I thought the 3rd was the end of the series! But it's not, and yeah, it's great that we get to spend more time in this world!

I really enjoyed checking in with Cardon and Michael, with their life together, and yeah, even though it's changed, they are still their sarcastic witty selves, and I just utterly enjoyed reading about them some more!

And yeah,there's Erica Five and Jocko, who are just great, and how they, and Deucalion deal with the fact that Victor is back, and yeah, there were all tons of complications there, because they thought that they'd gotten rid of him. And it sucks that they didn't for the world, but not for our entertainment!

Really enjoyed this book, and this dip back into this world again, it was so good!

Author: Dean Koontz
Series: Dean Koonz's Frankenstein #4
Read: February 22nd-24th, 2012
Source: Mesa Grandparents Home Library
Reason Why: Wanted to read more of the series!
Publisher: Bantam
Published: June 15th 2010
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: The Luxe

From Goodreads:
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. 

Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. 

White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. 

This is Manhattan, 1899. 

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future. 

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear... 

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. I don't know why, really, besides the fact that it's a YA book, because this was the story of the popular girls, even if it's 1899 mean girls. It's not what I'd expect to like, usually you root for the one being crushed by the mean girl.

Expect that Elizabeth and Diana aren't really the top mean girls, and were in turn, bullied, basically. Which is not fun, and bullied not how it is now, but the equivalent of the times, for a family  that had money, and may still, but maybe not.

Yeah, if people just communicated just a little bit better, then half of the events of this book, wouldn't have happened, because they wouldn't have been going around without all the information, or with some lies with the truth. It just made things complicated.

This was a pretty great book, loved how it ended, and I think I'll have to check out the rest of the series!

Author: Anna Godberson
Series: Luxe #1
Read: February 22nd, 2012
Source: Library
Reason Why: Looked interesting, and YA Historical Fiction novel!
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 20th 2007
3/5 Hearts
0/5 Books
0/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: The Woman in Black

From Goodreads:
Set in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again, plus he also hears the terrifying sounds of adult and child passengers sinking into the quicksand on a pony and trap.

Despite Kipps's experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil hi professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Rescued by Mr Daily, a friend he met on the train, Kipps discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with tragedy, with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.

My Review:
This book was quite boring, I'm sad to say, and nothing really happened. He was scared, but the sentences were so long and dragging that it felt like it took a whole page for him to describe a small incident of fright.

Which kinda sucks, because I read it because Daniel Radcliffe is going to be staring in the movie adaptation, and I wanted to enjoy the source material. But I guess that's not going to happen! Oh, well!

Though this book was pretty creepy! I mean, what with the title being The Woman in Black, though it is told back and forth between the creepiness, and the guy near the end of his life, which wasn't as interesting. But the creepy parts, they were kinda really terrifying!

All in all, a book I won't read again, but one that I think should be read along with seeing the movie!

Author: Susan Hill
Read: February 21st, 2012
Source: Library
Reason Why: I want to see the movie!
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: October 10th 1983
3/5 Hearts
0/5 Books
0/5 Stars

Week 8 Reviews: Legacy, Spellbound



From Goodreads:
Destined to Fail
Holly Cathers and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole, are college students who are also the last descendants of the medieval witches of the House of Cahors. Forming a new coven, they ally themselves with the forces of light and set out to end the vendetta that has ruled -- and ruined -- their family's history for centuries.

Holly has traveled to England to save her imprisoned soulmate, Jer, who is a member of the House of Deveraux -- and the Cathers' worst enemy. But following dangerously on her heels is Michael, Jer's father and head of the Deveraux coven, who is looking to derive ultimate power from a witch consort.

Now Holly learns that her uncle and her mother's best friend are in grave danger, and that she must enter the Nightmare Dreamtime and battle demons and other forces of darkness in order to save them. But can Holly successfully fight these horrors, "and" safely return home?

From Goodreads:
After months of battles and betrayals, Holly Cathers's coven of Light, the Tri-Coven, is in disarray -- Eddie, Kialish, Silvana, and Alonzo are dead; Nicole is trapped on the island of Avalon; and Holly -- delirious from being pulled out of the Dreamtime -- has turned herself over to the leader of the Deveraux coven, Michael Deveraux. Now it is Jer's turn to attempt a rescue of his soul mate.


But a new warlock has arrived in Seattle. Alex Carruthers has power, looks, and charisma. Will he turn the Tri-Coven in a new direction? And will he sacrifice Holly to the greater good?

My Review:
Legacy, I had a hard time getting into, because Holly isn't herself, she's done some pretty bad things, by killing the cat, and then sacrificing members of her Coven, but she regains herself, only to lose herself again to having all these demons inside her head, and under the control of Michael, and there's betrayals, and lots of travelling, and new characters, and changes, like Nicole is suddenly about to give birth pregnant, because of changes made by the guy who they think is Alex. And there's lot of action and fighting, and yeah.

I enjoyed Spellbound better, it redeemed the characters, and almost brought them back to where they were at the first book, but they were smarter, and they've lost some people, but they've gained others, and there's been other changes, and there was more bits of history of other Cathors and Deveraux, and conflict that explain what Holly is afraid of death by water for her loved ones, and yeah.

At the end of them both, they were weakened by the fighting, and they've gained some things, and it might just be better, what with the deaths of 2 heads of families on the warlocks side, and the ending of Spellbound, well, it just makes me want to read the last book!

These were 2 pretty good books, that I enjoyed reading, after they got past the not so good parts. Yep. Can't wait to read more!

Authors: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Series: Wicked #3, 4
Read: February 19th, 2012
Source: Library
Reason Why: I wanted to, and to finish the series!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 1st 2003, September 1st 2003
3/5 Hearts
0/5 Books
2/5 Stars

Finding Alice: Review

From Goodreads:
Cursed with an intense version of empathy Alice runs from a wasted life to start a new one somewhere no one will know her; Hell, Michigan. Alice works at a hole-in-the-wall bar in the middle of nowhere mostly keeping to herself to avoid the overwhelming emotions of those around her. Alice allows her best friend to convince her into taking a few college classes without realizing it would drastically change her life forever. From her first day of class she was hooked on him; his scent, his eyes, the way he talked to her inside her head. 

Throughout her struggles she learns about true love, true pain and the truth of her own heritage. Alice must quickly find out who she is because after all everyone else is out to find her. With Angels and Bounty Hunter's in constant pursuit she finds protection within a group of Fallen Angels. These Fallen Angels vow to do anything to protect her; for it is their belief she will save their kind and all of mankind. 

My Review:
This was a really good book! It has angels and Nemphilim, like Cassandra Clare's series, and action, and romance, and a bit of mystery what with people trying and succeeding in beating her up, but that's before she was told what she was. And that is that she is a Nemphilim, and yeah, that adds to a lot of conflict because the Angels and Bounty Hunters want them dead. So they have to fight. Especially since the Nemphilim are the only ones standing between the Fallen and a very bad fate.

I really enjoyed the romance, because it was there and back, yes, no, I don't know you, I don't trust you, secrets, half truths, and maybe maybe not, and it was thrilling, and it was special! And I really enjoyed reading it!

The action was really good, and how they had to be taught to fight, and how much pain they might go through, and how they had to protect the little kids, because they were all gathered, and that end battle was pretty darn big! And it was a really great fight! I can't wait to read more!

This was a great book, I hope to read the next book, and yeah, hope you check this one out!

Author: Andrea DiGiglio
Series: Alice Clark #1
Read: February 24th-27th, 2012
Source: Virtual Tour Cafe Review Copy
Reason Why: It sounded interesting!!!
Published: February 19th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars
Bio:
Born and raised in Michigan, I have always been a writer at heart. Over the last decade I have written, starred and directed in many screenplays. In the last few years I decided to venture back into writing novels. I haven't looked back since, giving my work my full attention. I am very excited to share the worlds I create, with all of you dreamers.

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Stops on the Tour:
February 2 - Meet & Greet at VBT Cafe' Blog
February 6 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
February 8 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc
February 9 - Reviewed at Kindling The Fire

February 10 - Reviewed at E-Reading on the Cheap
February 13 - Guest Blogging at Wise Words
February 15 - Author SpotLight at This Author's Life
February 16 - Interviewed at The Detroit Live Show 10am

February 17 - Reviewed at Persephone's Winged Reviews
February 19 Book Release Party 5pm 
February 19 - *Release Day* Guest Blogging with Ami Blackwelder
February 21 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
February 22 - Reviewed & Guest Blogging at Ce's Ce's Garden of Reviews
February 25 - Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
February 27 - Interviewed by Louise James
February 28 - Guest Blogging at Mad Moose Mama
February 29 - Reviewed & Interview at Ink Spots & Roses

March 2 - Reviewed at From The TBR Pile
March 6 - Reviewed & Guest Blogging at Book Reader Addicts
March 8 - Interviewed at Unnecessary Musings

Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 Dystopian Reading Challenge Update 8

The 2012 Dystopian Reading Challenge is hosed by The Non-Relunctant Reader! So this week I read The Guardian's Wildchild, which is about after all this bad stuff has happened to the world, and there was martial law, and there are private executions, and stuff like that. Yep. I've now have 14 of 20 read! Yeah!

A-Z Book Challenge Update 8


OK, so this week I read .nothing. Bad me! Yep.


20 of 58 books read thus far.

A-Z Book Challenge is hosted by Babies, Books, and Signs! Here's my start up post!

The Reward Challenge Round 29

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It's hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her!

OK, so I have 26 counts already for this round. This week I read Legacy, Spellbound, and The Woman in Black. My reward is Dancergirl!

I also read Lost Souls, and Born in Sin. So that's 2 counts for round 30!