Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years!

From all the amazing women here at BooksBooks&MoreBooks, we wish you a very Happy New Years!
Be ready! A great many more books are yet to come! 
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi


Destroy Me (Shatter Me, #1.5)
Destroy Me (Shatter Me # 1.5)
by Tahereh Mafi
Published October 2nd 2012 by Harper


Goodreads Summary

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Nitza's Review

Before I begin, I want to extend a warm holiday greeting to all of our readers. I hope everyone has had a great Hanukkah and/or Christmas and I hope Kwanzaa, New Years, and Three Kings Day are just as wonderful. If I didn't mention the particular holiday you celebrate, I still extend warm wishes to you. 

Now on to Destroy Me. Although it's a short 42 page novella, I feel we are given a lot of insight into Warner's thoughts and world. Most of what Mafi reveals about Warner comes as no surprise to me, but I was blown away by the way it was written. You can almost feel what Warner feels, almost like you are experience everything with him. 

When I read Shatter Me, I hated Warner, but I also felt that there was more to him that what he portrays. I felt that if we were to have an opportunity to look at Warner's world we may have difficulty hating him. Destroy Me proved just that. Although Warner's thoughts and mannerisms all scream psychosis (particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder), when we meet his father, you have no choice but to think "Ahhh, so that's where he gets it." Warner's father makes Warner look wimpy (which is exactly how his father views him).  He's manipulative, cruel, and controlling. For example, when Warner was in bed recovering from his injuries, his father visited him. However, it was not for the reason a normal parent would check on their injured child, to make sure they're okay. His father actually seemed to think Warner was milking his injury. I have to quote some of the text because it's just so well written. 

"Sit up, son. You should be well enough to function now. You were too stupid to rest when you were supposed to, and now you've overcorrected. Three days you've been unconscious, and I arrived twenty-seven hours ago. Now get up. This is ridiculous."

Not an ounce of sympathy to be found. And when he didn't get a response from Warner, he decided to take the time to point out Warner's failures, and didn't seem to think the timing was inappropriate. 

"It's funny...because I told myself I'd wait to discuss this with you. But somehow, this moment seems so right doesn't it? ...To tell you just how tremendously...disappointed I am. Though I can't say I'm surprised…"

My favorite quote throughout the novella was when Warner says in reference to his father "Torture is not torture when there's any hope of relief". What makes this quote so powerful is because it describes Warner’s father concisely. Warner's father gets pleasure out of torturing and intimidating everyone around him, particularly Warner. And his torturous and controlling ways have caused Warner to be obsessed with having control. 

I have an extremely low threshold for disorder; it offends my very being. I shower regularly. I eat six small means a day. I dedicate two hours of each day to training and physical exercise. And I detest being barefoot.

Warner’s biggest obsession is Juliette. He can’t stop thinking about her. He has dreams of her that feel too real. During patrols he thinks he sees her. The more he learns about her, the more connected he feels to her.  He insists that if given the opportunity she will realize that her proper place is with her and not with Adam Kent because Warner believes that he is the only one that can truly understand her, and vice versa. Like Juliette, Warner has never had a true friend. He hates his father and believes his troops want him dead. The closest thing Warner has to a friend is Delalieu, his servant who outwardly fears him even though he’s considerable older than Warner. Although Warner finds fear and obedience both amusing and bothersome, Warner still does not feel comfortable confiding in him. It wouldn’t be right given his rank. Like Juliette, Warner lives a life of solitude, never truly entrusting or befriending anyone.

With this information, it could be difficult to view Warner as an evil villain in Unravel Me. And we still don’t know why Warner and Adam are the only people who seem to be immune to Juliette’s powers. We learn that Warner’s interest in Juliette is not what it seems in Shatter Me; but Warner also does not reveal what his true intentions are.  

This novella serves as a great bridge between Shatter Me and Unravel Me. I highly recommend this to Shatter Me fans. Destroy Me also includes two chapters of Unravel Me. I’ll wait until the full book come to review that.

-Nitza

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fix By Force by Jason Warne
Read from August 17 to 20, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1, pages: 188

GoodReads Synopsis:

Spencer doesn't have a choice.He can't choose to be different than what he is--the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.He can't change the way things are.Or maybe he can.Immediate confidence.Rapid change.Instant hope.These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise--a quick fix.But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards--if "artificial" hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force.  


 Bobbi's Thoughts

Hello Happy Holiday's Readers! Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday and enjoying their winter vacations from school i know i am!!

With that being said, I have a great book to share with you all, but its a little bit of a downer only because the story is so sad! (it does have a happy ending, I promise!). Now i know Martha already told you how awesome this story is, but i'm here to tell you even more how great this story is!

After I finished reading this story, I was  speechless. I wanted to share how great this book was, but I was at a loss for words!. This book played with my emotions so bad that I had to keep flipping through the pages. It was so sad and moving and dark that I'm not sure how to even describe this book, other then i enjoyed it tremendously. The pages are filled with emotion from start to finish. A few pages had me tearing up.

The story follows a 17 year old boy, Spencer, who's father killed the mother of guy he goes to school with (Zack) after drunk driving when Spencer was young. Zack for 8 years follows, bullies and torments Spencer day after day and a few times beats him up so bad he endures substantial injuries. While this happens at school, Spencer endures an unhappy home life as well, drowning him in misery at every turn. All he wants is to get away from his life.

Eventually, Spencer turns to using steroids to give himself immediate change in an attempt to quickly change his appearance so that he will be feared and no longer bullied.

Fixed by Force, follows Spencer on emotional journey through his life and his battles with not only steroids but his family, enemies, and the darkness and resentment that lives within him.  
 

  
5/5---a MUST read!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the story!

See ya later!!
Bobbi   







Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hello lovelies!
From all of us here at BooksBooks&MoreBooks, we wish you a very happy and Merry Christmas!
We hope it's filled with great food and many smiles!
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus, #2) by Kaitlin Bevis


Title: Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus, #2)
Author: Kaitlin Bevis
Format: ebook, 237 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by Musa Publishing
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Some vows can never be broken.

Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong.


The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone's silence.

He wants her soul.


Persephone can't tell anyone about Thanatos' betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa's jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart.


Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger?


Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn't, she could lose them both.


But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?


Excerpt:
I'd been here before. My bare feet glided over the leaf-strewn path, unharmed by the rocks and twigs crunching beneath me. Massive live oaks draped with Spanish moss created a canopy above me, transforming the forest path into a tunnel of speckled sunlight. The air was heavy with humidity. The moist heat pressed against my skin and stole the breath from my lungs. By the time I reached the path’s end, my Eeyore nightshirt clung to my skin.

"Dungeoness." I came to a halt when I recognized the sprawling ruins of the ancient ivy-covered brick and stone manor.

Athens Academy took my class on a week-long trip to Georgia's coastal islands freshmen year. Cumberland Island was a major highlight because of the sea turtles, wild horses, and these ruins.
"Good job, Persephone,” I muttered, kicking at a branch. “You’ve figured out where you are, but how did you get here?"  I knelt to pick up a smooth, white stone, tucking damp tendrils of hair behind my ears so I could see better. The rock looked and felt real. I ran my hand over the smooth stone, turning it over and tracing the shape. The weight of it in my hand reassured me.
I turned, hoping the path held some answers, but it was no longer there. I stood on the grass-covered shoreline looking out to sea. In the distance, a girl stood thigh high in the ocean, clad in a gown of strategically placed sea foam.  Although her back was to me, I could tell she was perfect. The curly ringlets of hair cascading down her flawless cream skin matched the intense orange of the sky as the sun sank in the sea.
I glanced down at my sun-kissed skin, self-conscious. She was really pretty. A movement caught my attention and I glanced up as she looked over her shoulder, aquamarine eyes meeting mine. Then she spoke. I was shocked to hear Boreas' cold voice roll off her tongue. "Zeus lives."
I stumbled backward. Boreas, the god of winter. My mind flashed back to that horrible day in the clearing last winter. Boreas’ cold laughter. His fingers digging in my hair as he pulled me across the frozen ground. Melissa’s eyes widening as she choked on her last breath. The rush of power that gave me the strength to put Death himself, and Boreas, under my control.
A soul for a soul. I’d bargained with Thanatos, the god of death, and killed Boreas without a second thought, saving my best friend.
Now images shoved their way through my thoughts: Cumberland Island, two sunsets, lightning cracking in the sky. My mind screamed against the onslaught.  I gritted my teeth and forced myself to think the word that would make it all stop.
I bolted up in bed with a gasp. A weight in my hand made me look down. I unclenched my fist, revealing the white stone from Dungeoness.


My Thoughts on Daughter of the Earth and Sky:
When Kaitlin asked if I would read Daughter of the Earth and Sky you know I said yes! Especially after reading Persephone and LOVING it! I wanted to know what was going on with Persephone and Hades and all the other characters. This series just getting better and better!

Poor Persephone has had so many thing she's had to deal with. I'm not talking about normal teenager stuff I'm talking about goddess-sized problems! Dealing with other gods who want to get rid of her or want her for the power she posses. Things are tough without all the added mess. Oh plus the added bonus of dealing with a whole new goddess who has the ability to charm other gods (I'll give you a hint: the name starts with an "A".  Hades, because of Persephone, seems to be slowly changing. 

I still had that sense that I was right there, invisible, watching everything play out right before my very eyes, and I appreciated that because it makes it all that much more real for me. For a bit I was confused that there were gaps in the story but then I remembered that there was something fishy going on with this new goddess that is introduced and what with Zeus after Persephone. And just wen you think things are going to get better (and maybe even take a little break to walk out of your room to get food) BAM! something happens that pulls right back because you HAVE to know what's going to happen! I don't usually like roller coasters but this is one roller coaster you'll want to be on! My goodness, the ending! I was so into the story that I just did not see the ending coming! *zombie voice* MUST READ MORE! MORE MORE MORE! That cliffhanger is not making me happy at all but Kaitlin says she's working at it so I'll try to be patient....try. No promises though! :D

Overall, if you haven't picked up this series YOU HAVE TO! It has the perfect mixture of adventure, gods, struggles, and most of all humanity that you'll love! 

I've rated Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus, #2): (5/5)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford


The Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford
The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks, #1)

Published March 8th 2011 by Moonstruck Media 2nd Kindle Edition
Originally Published November 12th 2009

Goodreads Synopsis: 
What does every young girl wish for on her sixteenth birthday? Not to be told she's a witch, that's for sure!

But what if it comes with powers, a hot romance, and exciting adventure?

Of Witches and Warlocks Series Book One, The Trouble with Spells

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

My thoughts on this book:
Ok so I know this isn't even close to being a new book but I figure that there would others out there like me that didn't get the chance to read some books when they first came out and are still catching up. 

The Trouble With Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series. This is the story of Portia Mullins who is just an ordinary girl, or so she thought, until she turns 16. Most teenagers hope for a car for their Sweet 16 but Portia gets quite a surprise when instead of a car she gets told that she is a witch and that her family has been hiding it from her all her life. We follow her as she discovers more about herself and her magic. 

Vance is a warlock that is under the protection of Portia's coven after his mother and him ran away from his father when he was young and he has been running and hiding ever since. I love the romance between Portia and Vance. It is soooooo sweet but also a little scary. They are totally obsessed with each other, more so then the typical teenagers in love kind of obsession. Portia spends a lot of time with Vance pretty much abandoning her best friend. 

Things don't always go smoothly for Portia. Her best friend is acting strange and Vance's father is getting closer to finding him every day. I can't really say much more without giving the whole story away. The book ends with Vance leaving in an attempt to keep Portia and the other people in his coven safe. 

I'm not sure what the paperback version is like but there are quite a few little spelling and grammatical mistakes within the kindle edition. I didn't feel like it was enough to detract from this book though. 


I can't wait to see what is going to happen next and to see what is going to happen to Portia and Vance's relationship with them being separated for a period of time. 

I give this book 4/5 

Catherine

Friday, December 21, 2012

Return to Arethane Giveaway!

Blurb:
16-year old Emily has accepted her fate with each weakening beat of her heart, but after her best friend's brother and sister arrive in town and turn out to be more than what they appear, Emily's life is turned upside-down. When their friendship includes confronting wizards who harbor dark secrets and dancing with an elf prince, Emily discovers there are some things still worth living for.
Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane Book One)
Return to Arèthane (The Elves of Arèthane)
Author Bio:
Kelly Riad is an American writer who graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a degree in journalism. Â Because's she's always been a lucky little brat, her life has taken her all over the world from the hot, humid streets of Hong Kong and the crowded markets of Cairo, to the cobbles of Vienna and the ruins of Rome from where she has shamelessly stolen ideas and material for her stories.
She self-published her first young adult novel, Always Me, in September 2011.  Other Novels include  Return to Arathane and Prince of Arathane.
For more information on Kelly's young adult fiction, visit http://kellyriad.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crushed by K.C. Blake

Crushed by K.C. Blake
The Witch-Game #1

GoodsReads Synopsis
The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.

Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.

But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?

Bobbi's Thoughts

Hello readers! With winter being in full force, which in cali means RAIN :P Its a perfect time to snuggle up with a new book! Crushed would be a great addition to those never ending "Want-to-Read" book lists!


This was a super fun read, and a good find! I was given a free copy by the author to review, and I could not have been more pleased with the story!

The idea of the story interested me and slowly but surely through the first few chapters I got more and more into the story. The story follows Kristen and her two sisters who happen to be witches (cool right?). They use their magic to play a yearly game, although of course their game for senior year doesn't go as planned.

The story transitioned really well and had a great flow. While the beginning was a little slow, about half way through the book was when I started speed reading because it got so exciting!! There were a few scenes that keep you biting your nails, especially the end!

Of course the this story had all the elements that make me fall in love with it, romance, witches, and a villain you just love to hate!

Crushed is fast read of only 262 pages (paperback) but an oh so enjoyable read! Even better is amazon only charges $2.99 for ebook version, for all those ebook users! The author K.C. Blake is also a really nice person and responds to fan email! Super cool chick!


Check out her follow up to Crushed, Witch-Hunt, which is out now!


4/5 birds!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Promo Post | Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Veer (A Clayton Falls Novel)
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Veer
Synopsis: 

Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

Author Bio:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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-Martha

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cover Reveal | Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaprti

Title: The Dracian Legacy - Book 1 (Dracian Legacy Trilogy)
Author: Priya Kanaparti

Blurb:
Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to be difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by forces that are beyond her control, including the leader of the Telalians.
With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

Release Date: February 14th, 2013
This cover is just.....AMAZING! The faint outline of the dragon tattoo on her arm! And the way the pendant is radiating such a beautiful light! This would be one of those books that I would bee-line to if I saw it anywhere! The font of the title? Incredible! I love the softened forest background makes me think something amazing is about to happen! 

What about you? Do you like the cover or no?



Priya Kanaparti was born in India, grew up in Detroit, and is now living in Boise, ID. She attended Wayne State University for her undergrad degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Phoenix for her Masters in Business Administration. Priya works as a project manager in software field during the day and lives in the world of her characters during the nights and weekends. She had found the love for reading and writing early this year, when she stayed home with her year old and needed something to occupy those 'downtime' hours.
She loves playing tennis on a good summer day and chess during the cold winters, but reading and writing has become a year round hobby.
She lives in Boise with her husband, son and a Yorkie. Dracian Legacy is her debut novel.

Contact Priya:

GIVEAWAY
The giveaway starts 12/18/2012 and ends 1/4/2013.  The winners will be announced no later than 1/6/2013 =). With the exception of swag, all the e-books are open for international entries.
As a reminder this giveaway will have 5 winners:
2 winners will receive e-book of Dracian Legacy
1 winner will receive 2 e-books of winner's choice to Shelly Crane's Significance Series
1 winner will receive 2 e-books of winner's choice to Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant Series
1 winner will receive swag from Shelly

-Martha

Monday, December 17, 2012

Chosen by Barbara Ellen Brink

Title: Amish Bloodsuckers: Chosen 
Author: Barbara Ellen Brink
Published: October 1, 2012 independently 
Genre: Action/Adventure, YA Paranormal
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Jael is a normal teenage girl. Going to school, studying, and of course, hanging out with her best friend.

At least, that's what she used to think. That was before she discovered that she's the Chosen One: specifically selected by fate to slay vampires and protect her town. 

Review: 

Let's get this show on the road! All right, so we have your average teenage girl; slightly rebellious, crushing on the high school jock, drinking gallons of Coke, and eye-rolling at the dorky things her dad says. Pretty normal, right? Except it's not. Dun dun dun dunnnnnn.....see, Jael never really took much notice before, but the clothes that her parents get her: they're pretty plain. They don't really have a whole lot of updated technology around the house--or any at all, as a matter of fact. They keep Jael secluded from others out in the middle of nowhere, and isolated from events and school dances and sleepovers and such. And don't even mention the dating topic.

What does it all mean? Is she being held captive in some sort of cult? Does she have some sort of mental disability and her parents are protecting her from the big bad world? Are her parents evil cannibalistic serial killers planning to chop her up and eat her?

Nope. She's Amish. She's been Amish her whole life.....Without. Even. Knowing. It. How does that work? Before I progress with the storyline, I want to make a point about the "Amish" aspect of the book. Personally, I don't think it was incorporated very well. Jael is Amish, but she attends regular school (where there are undoubtedly computers with access to the Internet, not to mention water fountains, phones, electricity, and other such modern comforts that the Amish abstain from), often hitches rides in her friend's car or her parents' car, has a cell phone, has a refrigerator in her home, the list goes on. 

It was stated at one point that Jael's parents had packed up and left their Amish community when she was ten, to escape vampires. Does this mean that they also abandoned their Amish lifestyle? Jael's parents say no, but the facts say otherwise. 

Additionally, why are the "bloodsuckers" Amish? Did they inject themselves into the Amish community because they believe them to be easy prey? Is the technology of the modern world too confusing for their ancient immortal selves? Or is it just this particular colony of vampires that happens to be Amish? I don't know how the whole Amish thing plays into the grand scheme of things! My tiny noggin can only handle so much discombobulation. And then I just get stupid and start drooling. 

Enough about that though. In about maybe chapter two(?), Jael gets into an argument with her parents about hanging out with her friends (because they keep her at home all the time), and then the truth comes out about her heritage as a kickass killing machine.

I felt that this part of the story--the beginning--was much too rushed. I mean, the story begins, and barely has time to make a place for itself before BAM! Jael: you're a vampire slayer. Here's a stake. Go kill something. Not enough time was spent establishing Jael as a character before the big revelation comes around and knocks her on her butt.

And not to mention: her parents. Oh, I could go on for days about how stupid they are. I'm sorry, I just have to get this out of my system. So, to "protect" her, Jael's parents basically lock her up in the house, save for schooling and vampire slaying. They keep her in the dark about her true identity as a slayer until just a few months before her sixteenth birthday. And even after that, they don't tell her anything else without Jael prying their teeth out for the information. Holy falafels, it is Basic. Parenting. Logic: The tighter you constrict your child with rules, the more rebellious they will become. If you have no rules at all, what is there to rebel against? Nothing. 

Now, I know that she's supposed to be incredibly sheltered, to contribute to her naivety and all...but ugh! 

Okay, moving on. So after her epiphany of epic proportions, she goes on for several months to train 3 hours a day to perfect her kill technique (picture Giles and Buffy). Of course, she can't reveal her nightly activities to her best friend Brianna, so she has to keep everything hush-hush. 

And then Shadow comes in. He's supposed to be a bad boy type character, but really he just wears lots of leather and hangs out in the back of  other people's cars. He gets "officially" added into the mix when he helps Jael and Brianna avoid getting drugged and raped by a bunch of horny teenage guys (<--completely separate from the whole Amish vampire slaying gig). We discover that Shadow is actually a "tracker." A tracker, if I understand correctly, is someone who can smell slayers and talk to wolves (I have a feeling the whole "wolves" thing will come up later in the series).

He helps Jael out a lot in her ceaseless war against the Bishop and his army of Amish vampires. The Bishop? Well, in Amish communities, a Bishop is a religious leader. Here? I don't know. Leader of the vampires is what I deduce; but mannnn, how did this Amish town get so vampire-infested?

So, things progress; when Jael and her parents believe themselves to be under threat of attack from vampires, they pack up and get the hell outta Dodge. Then they come back when Shadow gives the all-clear. A bunch of other vampire-related stuff. 

I'm not going to give spoilers about the climax, in case you actually want to read Chosen. That said, I believe here is where the breakdown endeth. 

The humor depicted in Chosen was a tad too juvenile for my taste. But then, everyone is different, and you never know, you may find it amusing if you decide to read it. I will admit, at one point I found myself getting into the story for the "adolescent adventure" feel it gave off at times. It's every kid's dream to go off and have an adventure, isn't it?:)

Another thing I noted, and you knew that this was gonna pop up eventually: the similarities between Chosen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes. I said it. Someone had to. I mean, c'mon: a teenage girl chosen by fate to slay vampires and protect the humans? Spends hours everyday training with her superhuman abilities? She even had an out-of-body experience where she briefly lived in a moment in the life of the original, Biblical Jael. Hey, I'm all for drawing inspiration from Buffy. Pretty much everything in the world is created using a mixture of various sources. But, in this case, it's a little bit too similar for me to be comfortable with.  

I didn't particularly like Chosen, but I can't help but wonder if it's my apathy towards vampire books in general that's hindering my liking for the book? I don't know. Maybe another blogger will read Chosen and absolutely gush about it in their review. I'm reading less and less popular YA these days, so I'm not sure if this is something that teenagers will like. (<--I'm 14; I really shouldn't be saying that).

Guess you'll have to read it and find out for yourself, won't you?

-Hannah

SS&2TP | Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)
Title: Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Source: I own a copy.
Format: Hardcover, 1st Edition, 489 pages
Published: May 18th 2010 by Razorbill

Goodreads Synopsis:
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.

My Thoughts on Blood Promise:
I can't help but be so happy that everything turns out the way it turns out. These books keep getting better and better. The fighting, the mishaps (mostly from Rose) and then Rose looking for a way to fix the mishaps. Never a dull moment with this series. Rose is just one of a kind character. She'll kick your bum from here to Timbuktu and back but will help you with the biggest issue if you are a friend no matter how big. She'll risk her life (as she does time and again for Lissa), I definitely wouldn't mind having her watch my back if I was in trouble. Come on people! What are you waiting for to read and immerse yourself in this world!? Nothing thats what! So get on it!! 
I've Rated Dies Irae (5/5) birds.
-Martha

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Cornerstone by Kelly Walker

Just quickly before I get started I wanted to say a quick Thank You to Martha for allowing me to be a part of her blog and to Martha, Hannah, Nitza, and last but not least Bobbi I look forward to getting to know you all better and look forward to reading your posts. 


This is a review of Cornerstone by Kelly Walker 

I gave this book 3  

I got this book from Amazon in Kindle format. 

Published: 1st Oct 2012

Review by: Catherine 


It wasn't easy for me to decide exactly what to rate this book as I have so many mixed feelings about this book.  I think if I could I would have given it 3 1/2 stars if I could. There were parts of this book I really liked but there were also parts that bugged me a little. 

This story is set in an unknown time, no year or even century is given though they have a formal way of dress and formal customs of times past. The story revolves around 16 year old Emariya Warren, known to her friends as Riya. Her family holds the High Seat of the Great Council which rules over Eltar. Her brother Reeve has sat in the family seat ever since their father went missing a few years ago. 

The book starts out with a scene from before Riya's 1st Birthday, the death of her mother, Lady Valencia Warren. Her mother knew what was going to happen and ordered her handmaiden to hide herself and the children into a celler and then concealed its location keeping them safe from harm. We then jump to present time and Riya's story begins. 

The land known as the Three Corners is broken up into 3 areas. Thalmas, Eltar and Sheas. After the death of Lady Valencia, who was originally from Sheas, trade between the 3 areas was very limited. Sheas deciding that Eltar was to blame for her death has started to prepare for battle by having ships outside of a fjord in Eltar waiting for spring when they can land. Eltar lacks the weapons or experience to hold out for long if it does become a battle so when a letter comes from Thalmas requesting Emariya's hand in marriage to Prince Torian Ahlen of Thalmas, Reeve sees it as a wonderful opportunity to form an alliance between the 2 areas. He can gain the weapons he needs and in exchange he can send food which is needed in Thalmas. 

Emariya isn't so keen on the idea of marrying some she has never met and resists the idea. When a man is found on a trade route badly injured, he is taken to a local healer. He is dying but keeps saying that he has something he has to tell Riya about her father. When Riya arrives he can barely stay awake but manages to tell her what they suspected all along, that her father was in a Sheas prison cell. When Riya finds out about this she changes her mind about the marriage seeing it as a way to get the things she needs to rescue him. She sets off almost at once with only her handmaiden Jessa and a guide and protector Khane. 

On their journey they face many dangers including being shot at, and kidnapped. She also learns more about herself and discovers she is no ordinary girl, she is a stone. One family from each of the areas is given a gift and it is passed down through the family. Not only has Riya got one gift but she has 2 making her and her brother really special. When she is kidnapped she learns of a really old prophesy and begins to question Prince Torian's motives. 

Lots of other things happen but I don't want to spoil the whole book. 
At first I found this book a little hard to get used to especially with it jumping from formal to relaxed speech depending on if they were in the company of other people or friends. I also found it a little confusing trying to work out where all the places were but as the story went on I began to get a better idea. 

The story is told from several different characters views and I found it pretty frustrating trying to work out who we were hearing from in the beginning but towards the end of the book the reason becomes clear, it adds to the mystery of who is trying to bind the lines of the stones. Although I liked most of the characters well enough by the end of the book I still didn't really feel as though I really knew any of them. 

Once I got past all the little things that annoyed me, I quite liked this book. I liked where the story was going towards the end and will definitely be interested in reading the next book when it comes out in February 2013. I wouldn't say it is a must read book but it is still worth the read if you like YA Fantasy novels. 

I am new to blogging so any thoughts or suggestions on how I can make my posts better will be appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. HAPPY READING!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Interview with 'Chosen' Author Barbara Ellen Brink

Bonjour, joli et magnifique lecteurs!

It is I! You know who I am right? No? Oh yeah. We have 5 bloggers now. I must make grand introductions at the beginning of every post (yessssss *fist pump*) so you know who is speaking to you. It's Hannah!:D

Because we have 5 bloggers now, we are working on a rotation schedule so things don't get all muddled up and messy. If I understand correctly (I am an easily confused person, so if I got this wrong, please don't stone me), the rotation is as follows: Martha, Bobbi, Nitza, me, then Cat. Memorize that order if you want to  know who'll be posting on what day:)

Alright, enough of that. Time's a wastin'! I am here to do my very first author interview. Yay! *applause* I received a copy of Barbara Ellen Brink's book 'Chosen,' (basically about ninja assassin/death machine/vampire slayer/Buffy-type character) and I'll be reviewing it later today. But first! An interview with this lovely woman. -->

1) Tell us something about yourself, Barbara.

     I am a full-time writer, wife, cook, housekeeper, dog-walker, and laundry fairy. I grew up on the West coast but have lived most of my adult life in the great northern state of Minnesota. My husband and I take our motorcycles on road trips when it warms up enough to avoid frostbite. We have two adult kids. My daughter is the graphic artist who drew and designed the covers for the Amish Bloodsucker trilogy. We also have two mutts who keep me company when I write.

2) What got you interested in writing?

     My love of books started at a very young age. I used to beg my mom to let me buy those little paperbacks from school once a month when the teacher handed out an order form for the Arrow book club. I think they were about 50¢ each. What a deal, right? I never really liked school much but I lived for the times when a teacher would ask us to write a story about anything we wanted. That I could do.

3) What was your first completed piece? How old were you when you wrote it?

    I've written many short stories over the years, but the first one I actually felt confident enough to enter into a contest was called, Reliving Love. I entered it in the Pacific Northwest Writers' Assoc. adult short story contest and won 2nd place. I think I was 39. Shortly after that I completed my first novel.

(<--le cute doggy and author's novels) 

4) Are there any writers you look up to?

     Certainly, there are lots of writers I think are amazing. Diana Gabaldon, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa T. Bergren, Sally John, Sibella Giorello, Steven James, Nicholas Sparks, and Iris Johansen are a few authors I've read multiple books from, so I suppose you could say they're favorites.  

5) Considering the similarities between Chosen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, does that mean you are a big fan of the show? Was it the main inspiration for Chosen?

     I've never actually watched the entire Buffy series. I think I stopped after about the first three seasons. I did love the show when it first started and the kids were younger and a little more innocent. The humor and interaction between best friends, sarcastic put-downs of the undead, and fight scenes interspersed between teenage angst with relationships at school and home, was awesome. Although it's been years since I've watched an episode, I'm sure a lot of my inspiration came from Buffy. I wanted to write my characters with that same sense of innocence starting out. In spite of Jael's fighting abilities, she was raised in a protected and sheltered environment, so I think the whole good versus evil is even more obvious. 

6) What is your usual writing process? Some authors have certain places or schedules to write. What's yours?

(le office + a plethora of books-->)     

     When I'm engrossed in finishing a novel, I tend to work full days, but if I'm still at the "floundering for inspiration stage" or the research stage, I am easily distracted. Laundry, unwashed dishes, or my dogs sad faces begging for a walk, have been known to take my attention away from the task at hand. I try to write in the morning or early afternoon hours when no one else is around. With the house to myself, I am usually more focused on my characters and story. 

7) What are you doing when you aren't writing?

     When I'm not writing I like to go to the movies, read books (of course), ride my Ninja, take the dogs hiking, do lunch with friends, and spend time with family.

8) Are there any books that have made a great impact on your life or career?

     I couldn't point at just one book. Books in general and my love of reading has certainly impacted my decision to write. I was a very introverted child and reading was my escape into other worlds where I could do anything or be anyone I wanted to be.

9) Which character in Chosen would you say is your favorite?

     In Chosen I was just getting to know all of my characters. I feel the closest connection with Jael, but I enjoyed writing about Shadow. His name sort of says it all. Jael doesn't know whether to trust him or not. He's the proverbial badboy persona with a heart of gold. 

10) What do you like most about being an author? Least?

(<--le chic motorcycle gear)

     I like being able to work at home, write what I want, on my own schedule, and still be able to run off and meet a friend or something if the opportunity comes up. Promoting myself and my books doesn't come naturally to me. I'm more of a behind the scenes writer. So, while I do book signings and promotion when I can, and appreciate the opportunities, I guess you could say I'm just more comfortable living in the heads of my characters. 

11) Is there any advice you can give to all the aspiring writers out there?

     Don't give up. Keep writing. It takes years to master a craft. It's something you continue to work on your entire life. Rejection letters are par for the course and make creative wallpaper. (<--Awesome! Best writing advice ever!:D)

12) How long, on average, does it take for you to complete a book?

     The Amish Bloodsuckers have taken me about three months each. Longer books can take up to six months depending on how many edits they go through. 

13) What do you do to relax? Are there any movies or TV shows you like to spend the evening watching?

     I started watching Revenge last season and now I'm addicted. I also like Person of Interest and Grimm. For laughs, you can't beat The Middle

14) Are there any books/stories of yours coming up that we can look forward to?

     The second Amish Bloodsucker's, Shunned, is already available. The third and last Amish Bloodsucker's book, Reckoning, will be available for Christmas!

(le author and daughter-->)

15) Anything else you'd like to say to your readers?

     Thanks so much for having me today. The Amish Bloodsucker's Trilogy has been so much fun to write and share. If you've already read Chosen, I hope you'll pick up the rest of the series. Jael has a big job ahead of her when she takes on the Minnesota Loon Lake Amish Community's infiltration of vampires. The Bishop is in for a Reckoning. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Awesome! Thanks for doing the interview, Barbara! It was great having you here. It was really, really, really fun interviewing you! So sad I couldn't have done it in person:( But now, I need to go find me some more authors to interview! (<--hmmm....prediction of the future? Does Hannah have an author interview lined up for her next post? We shall see....)

Anywho, I need to work on putting the finishing touches on my review of Barbara's book Chosen! Coming later today, I pinky swear it!:D

-Hannah

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