Friday, November 30, 2012

Review: Clarity and Reason by Rue Volley

Source: ebook provided for review
Rating: 5 stars *****

Blurb:Rue has tasted happiness, felt its warm embrace and had the wind knocked out of her as she faced a tragedy almost to heavy to bear. In the fourth installment of the Blood & Light Vampire Series we re-join these vampires as they struggle with everyday trials and new situations that will shock and delight you. 
Buy it here: Clarity and Reason (Blood and Light Vampire Series)

Lori's Review:

I have devoured most of this series this week. So excuse me if the books seem to blend into one another. Things seem to finally come to a head for Rue and the gang. They are finally getting some of their mess resolved. Finally getting some loose ends tied up and OH MY FREAKING GOD there is a threesome. It was pretty hot. I won't tell you who participates but wow. Wow. 

Oil and Water by Rue Volley

3 Stars ~ Kami's Review

Out of all the books in this series so far, this one has been my least favorite. I struggled to get through the 1st half of it. I hated the mind trip.

I think that this book was more of a filler, than anything. Necessary to hold the other books together, and needed to move forward, but not that great of a story. I spent the majority of the book being severly frustrated.

In the end Rue has matured a lot and I am really happy about that. I love how much closer everyone has gotten. And I love that Jonah and Lily are a part of that.

When Rue and Josh "you know" I was all "Thank god! Finally". That sexual tension was starting to get to me. Since I spent most of last book and this book wishing they would just get it over with already, I was thrilled to finally read about it.

Another sad ending. I wont lie, I cried.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Raft
S.A. Bodeen
Source: Reviewer Purchase
Blurb: Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft. 
And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.
Rating: 3 stars ***
Robie is a girl. With a boys name.

 Ok this book starts out with a lot of promise. Robie is kind of dumb. Well like maybe a lot dumb. Ok. But she is tolerable. Or maybe that was because I knew she was going to crash and be stranded at sea for a while. (Never claimed to be a nice person/hey, she's fictional). But the premise of the book was very promising. It just never delivered. Yeah the twist was kind of shocking, but mostly it was huh? Ok. Robie disregards almost all of the life saving info she has been given and kind of just decides to become a vegetarian...but doesn't seem to search for plant life to eat. I just can't figure it out. 
The writing was good. I think that was pretty much the only thing that kept me going. The descriptions of being stranded at sea were awesome, and I love sharks....although thanks to a certain horror author I am a little scared of them. (Yes, Rhiannon, I am talking about you). Max....what the hell was the point of his character? She could have literally...well nevermind that's a spoiler. Dude if your nose ring hurts take the freakin' thing out. Come on! this point I am just ranting. Anyway. Worth a read if you have an afternoon to kill, but don't expect anything epic or awesome from this one.
I'm outtie 5000.

Smoke and Mirrors by Rue Volley

5 Stars ~ Kami's Review

We pick up at almost exactly where we left off on book 1.
Rue is stuck in Valon with no memory at the mercy of Caine, who looks like Jonathan. Jonathan is stuck in memory, and Josh is in a healing coma of sorts.

Once again these books, and this author amazed me. I simply cannot stop reading them. I just finished with book 4 and I had to make myself stop reading so I could write reviews for the other books.

I did find Rue a little more annoying in this book with her desire for a normal life and being all mopey about it, blah blah blah. I really wanted to shake her, a lot. I still love her and a part of me does understand it. Everyone wants what they dont have, it is a curse. But I just wish that she would accept herself already.

So so so so happy to see the sparks flying with Josh in this book. *sigh* Looks like I might get my wish afterall.

Best chapter in the history of all books is Chapter 11 - Cookie. OMG I was literally rolling around crying I was laughing so hard while reading this chapter. I could not stop laughing. There are tons of times where I laugh outright while reading these books, but this chapter took the cake. I think I would enjoy meeting this author in person one day, she has a great sense of humor.

I like the Rogue's. Yeah they kill and eat people but I love reading about them. LOL

Poor Sara, she is not so lucky this book.

The ending, holy crap, I am freaking out here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: Oil & Water by Rue Volley

Rating: 4 stars
Source: Author provided ebook

Blurb: In this 3rd installment of the Blood & Light Vampire Series we follow Rue deep into the rabbit hole as she tries to fight her way out of "memory"...a purgatory of sorts for immortals, and the last place a vampire wants to find themselves trapped in. This 3rd year in the lives of these vampires takes a closer look at their ability to portal through mirrors, the spells they conjure and the love that becomes more intense between Rue & Joshua. In the end you will be left speechless as the story takes yet another twisted turn and leads you into book 4, “Clarity & Reason.”Oil & water is psychological in nature and pushes the boundaries of what is real and what is illusion, as not everything is what it seems to be. far can the mind bend, before it is broken?Find out as you continue your journey with these vampires who bite.
 This book...ok so I said I hated Johnathan and that I wanted him to go away. Well, let's just say after bawling my eyes out last night I TAKE IT BACK!!!! I do, I do take it back. I don't know how much more I can expand on my review. I LOVE THIS series. Love it! 
I gave this one only 4 stars because I felt that there was a lot of tease and no actual action in the first 50% of the book. I was very quickly frustrated with "memory". I wanted my characters out of it. And NOW. All personal and subjective. But really, isn't that what reviewing is. This book was necessary to continue the story line but I feel like she could have cut at least 25% or more and I still would have been satisfied. I might have even given it another 5 star rating. Editing was great. The story flowed well and there were very few typos to speak off. The characters seem to maturing a lot in this book. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I kinda dug the immature snark or Rue and Josh. Theo, Sam, Kai, Lily, Jonah: I love them all. Caine earns loads of complexity in this book and Sophia is a f*ckiing hag from hell. I HATE her. 

Cover Reveal: Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Cover designed by Phatpuppy Art.

The Midnight Spell - Publication date: February, 2013
Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas.  The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Release Day Blitz: Devada by Tich Brewster

Devada ~ Book one in the Angels & Demons series: Angels and demons, God and Satan, heaven and hell ~ What do you do when you find out that these things are not some made-up fantasy but they are real? And not only are they real but you were created to fight in warfare against the demons?
Hannah’s life is turned upside down when she discovers that everything she thought was fictional is actually real. Everyone she loves is in danger and to top it off, she learns that she is a Devada. She was created to kill demons.
Will she be able to learn and master her Devada abilities before the demons find her? 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Smoke and Mirrors by Rue Volley

Source: Reviewer Purchase 
Rating: 5 stars *****
Blurb: Book two in the Blood & Light Vampire series takes Rue, our teenage vampire, even deeper into the rabbit-hole that has become her life. This book introduces a deeper look into the vampire city of Valon, that all vampires derive from. It begins taking a darker turn as you are invited into their world and their lack of compassion for the human race and, even in some cases, a total disregard for their own kind. As the story twists and turns, you are also introduced to two new vampires, Jonah & Lily. They are the sister/brother team, who run a traveling carnival, luring unsuspecting humans into their lair, not only to seduce…but to feed upon. 
Rue faces many dangers in this addition, not only from her own kind…but this new vampire breed…that of the rogues, who serve no one but themselves and their own desires. Rue also struggles with her want to be "normal", as she comes to terms with the fact that she is indeed a vampire of great importance. As she navigates her way through this, she is also coming to realize that Joshua Barrington has seduced her and perhaps stolen her heart. 
Please join us as you find yourself sucked deeper into an epic story in the life of one girl, who has good intentions but may indeed be her own worst enemy. Book two is more graphic in nature…with language, sexual situations, and violence. Sure to make you laugh, cry…and realize that sometimes you find yourself standing at the corner of WTF and OMG.

OMG. I just want to read book 3 and say screw taking the time to properly review this one! This book starts pretty much right where book 1 leaves off. Rue is in Valon etc. etc. etc. I can't really say more without ruining book 1. GO READ IT!!!

Blood and Light by Rue Volley

4 Stars ~ Kami's Review

This is another book, and I will have to agree with my friend Lori here, where I am probably rooting for the wrong guy in the triangle of love. I love Josh, I dont really care all that much for Jonathan.
This was a great book! It is an interresting new twist with vampires. Odly enough I didnt think of them as vampires while reading the book until one of the characters would say the word. Vampires are my thing, and while sometimes I need to take a break from them, I always end up coming back to them in the end. I chalk this up to my childhood obsession with The Lost Boys.

I like Rue, dont get me wrong, but sometimes I really could have strangled her. Sometimes she just made me so mad and I would find her incredibly annoying. I liked reading her grow throughout the book and towards the end she really wasnt so annoying except for her obsession with Jonathan that I hated, LOL.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Feature: The Dragons Call by KW McCabe

K.W. McCabe is a Californian transplant to Minnesota. She lives there with her family where she tries very hard to stay warm in all the snow. She has loved fairy tales, Sci-fi, and fantasy all her life, and has been writing stories and poems of that nature since she could first spell. She has worked, in the past, as a library assistant, a baby sitter, a counseling hotline intern, and as a case manager. She maintains that art and writing can only be done when inspired, and inspiration comes from a sufficient amount of laziness. Currently, she is working on Dragon Kin.
For more information on her upcoming works contact her at:!/kw_mccabe!/kywmccabe
Book: The Dragon's Call

In a thoughtless final act of destruction, humans wake the one creature of legend they have no protection against.

Years after the complete subjugation of the human race, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, and Cecily, create a tentative friendship.

But something or someone is stalking the human enclave. Cecily and Derek must find out who and why before she's next.
Book info:
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: FantaFire Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479278386
    • ISBN-13: 978-1479278381

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    Taken By Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    2 Stars ~ Kami's Review

    I only hated this book slightly less than I hated Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer, the 3rd book in the Nightshade Trilogy.

    Yep, I went into this book with high hopes, only to have them crushed and scattered never to be seen again.

    I dont get it!

    I have read what the author has said about ending the series, and why she ended it the way she did, and I still dont get it. This is why I read cheesy romance novels, at least the guarantee me some happy endings. Books like these are going to be the death of me. I am not going to sleep tonight because all I will be able to think about is this damn book.

    I will never ever read a book in which a character is named Shay, nu-uh never again. That name is cursed, I swear it. If I ever meet someone in real life who is named Shay I will probably punch them in the face.

    *sigh* the series was good, the books were good, the writing was good right up until things went to hell. Some people liked the ending, some people loved the book. I however did not fall into that category. Proceed and read this series at your own risk to your mental health. Books like this really should come with disclaimers.

    Release Day: Downpour Party aka Giveaway!!!

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    So most bloggers are probably taking this day off to be with their families, and eat lots of amazing food. Well, at least the bloggers in the US. Me, well, I have to go to work in 2 hours and my daughter is watching Tangled for the 300th time. So I have a few moments to spare to write up a quick post about all the things and people I am thankful for!

    1.) My beautiful daughter. Who brings me so much laughter and love. She tells me I am beautiful once a day. My parents. I would not be me without them.
    My sissy. She's kinda mean to me, but she is also very supportive and does everything she can to help                me out!
    2.) All of the wonderful bloggers that I have met this year. Ren, Tamara Beard, and Krystal. Lindsay, Stacy, Donna and Kami for being my co-bloggers of awesome. Rachel @ Parajunkee for giving me a shot to review on her awesome site.
    3.) All the amazing authors that I have friended. Tamara Rose Blodgett, Alexia Purdy, Annie Walls, Rhiannon Frater, Kody Boye, Emily Goodwin are just a few of the ones that have supported me and this blog.
    4.) You the readers of this little blog. I love all of you. Some of you have become friends through facebook and I love interacting with you. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING
    5.) My kindle. Yes I am thankful for it.

    Have a wonderful day!!!

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Review: Blood and Light by Rue Volley

    Rating: ***** 5 StarsSource: ebook provided for reviewBlurb: Enter into the world of 16 year-old Rue Volley...who, up until one fateful night, thought she was "normal" or as "normal" as she could be. But "normal" does not include being a vampire...a truth about herself that she will soon discover.
    Rue Volley lives in the quiet little town of Calvary, Minnesota...nestled in the thick woods lining the Great Lakes. Rue, along with her brother Kai, have lived an otherwise calm life up until their Mother was commited into Rolling River Asylum, after she mysteriously stopped speaking to anyone. Rue is convinced by her brother to attend a party on her birthday, and after she experiences something that she cannot explain, she and everyone in her world is thrown into madness. Join Rue on this epic journey, 6 books in all, as she struggles with grief, love, humor, old crushes, newfound infatuations, hot boys, AND vampires, lots and lots of them.
    This first book in the series starts you on a journey that you will find hard to ignore and once you start reading you will be hooked...or perhaps bitten.

    Lori's Review:
    Where to start? I loved the story. Or maybe it was just Josh, but mostly it was the story, and Rue (the character). And Josh.
    The story starts with Rue acting like a normal book worm anti-social teenager. (Hello, Lori Parker 11 12yrs ago). <--- Don't do the math. I beg you, do not do the math!!!
    Of course, she can like"flick" static electricty off of herself. Oh and her parents are never around, for various reasons, and her brother is a shitty cook. Ok, so her mom is in the mental hospital. That's a pretty legit reason for not being around. Her dad is working in the first few pages? I don't know. He's not home. Then he kinda gets sucked into...well I am getting ahead of myself. You don't need or want me to retell the story, do you?
    Do you see where I am going here? This book was full of so many laugh out loud moments, filled to the brim with sarcasm and wit, and dark humor. I can't keep the sarcasm out of my review. It was like feeding into my sarcastic, dark humored soul. It was tasty.

    "'Yea I umm, my neck hurt.' Really Rue? Your neck hurt what are you, eighty years old!) 
    Seriously that quote had me laughing for like 15 mins. Yes, yes I am a little "touched" in the head.

    Death Signed: A giveaway!!!

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    OPAL book trailer reveal!!!!!

    No one is like Daemon Black.
    When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
    But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

    After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
    Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Still plenty of time to sign up for this awesome Blogger's blog tour!!!

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    Cover Reveal: Escape by Kenya Wright

    A domina’s only purpose is to birth vampire children for the Quiet King. Brie has been a domina for two years. After witnessing the slaughter of babies, she plans to escape and seeks help from Samuel, a vampire known for aiding many out of slavery.However, Samuel has only one policy. He won’t help dominas run away from the king. The penalty is too high and their blood triggers powers in him that he doesn’t want released. So Brie is forced to lie and Samuel is lured in by her blood. Something emerges within them that they can’t deny, overwhelming their every cell and igniting an all-consuming hunger that neither can escape.Publisher: Secret Cravings PublishingDate of Release: January 2013

    Author Bio:
    Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night. She is the author of the dark fantasy bestselling books in the Santeria Habitat Series (Caged View, Fire Baptized, and The Burning Bush).
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    Release Day: Prophecy Girl

    Title: Prophecy Girl Author: Fait McKayPublished: Nov. 20th, 2012Blurb: Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.
    Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
    While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    Book Blitz: Breathe by Suzanne Cox + Giveaway!

    Breathe (Atlantis #1)by Suzanne CoxPublished: October 22nd 2012 by Suzanne Cox Books
    17 year old science prodigy, Laney Brookes, is looking for two things: a cure for the flu virus that’s ravaging the world and the truth about what happened to her father. Using clues from her father’s secret journals, she and her two friends Kate and Carter follow what she thinks is the path to the answers. 
    It’s a path that lands them in the lost world of Atlantis, a world struggling to survive. Laney finds more than just answers in Atlantis. She finds love. To get her friends and herself home, Laney will have to travel into enemy territory, led by Andrew a young Atlantean determined to return his people to power. In the process she’ll even unravel the mystery of her missing father. But first, she’ll have to figure out who the real enemy is. 

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

    Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

    Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

    Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

    So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

    When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

    And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

    This book has been on my to-read list for forever! I am so glad that I finally had the chance to squeeze it in to my busy schedule.

    Firstly, I just wanted to mention that for some odd reason, my kindle copy had strategically removed the letter L throughout the whole text. Not the end of the world, but it was a little distracting. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, but it is certainly worth mentioning.

    Moving on.

    Kendare Blake has created such a unique voice for the main character, Cas. Or more precisely, Cassio Thesseus, but since that is such a mouthful, and dreadfully time consuming to type, I think I'll just stick with Cas from here on out. Cas is just your typical ghost hunter, driven by revenge. If he can only beat Anna Korlov, Anna Dressed In Blood, then he will be ready to face his father's killer. But she was not what he expected.

    Just as this book wasn't what I expected. In a good way! I am notorious for knowing next to nothing about a book when I start reading it. And that's just the way I like it! I try my best to avoid spoilers, and ignore reviews, negative and positive alike. I even go so far as to merely skim the jacket description. In doing so, I had very little to go on when I dug into this book. For some reason, I was expecting the protagonist to be a girl. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Not only is Cas a boy, but he is also sarcastic and cheeky. My favorite kind of hero!

    I live a crazy, hectic life. And I can often be found at the end of the day, asleep with my face on a book. With Anna, though, I was feverishly e-flipping the pages, trying to fit in just one more chapter before I had to turn out the light. There were scenes that are so dark and twisted, but tempered with light banter. It was a well-balanced combo.

    I would definitely recommend this if you're in for a fun, freaky read. Just keep in mind... Cas is a boy. Got it? Not a girl.

    Review: Deep into the Soul by J.L. Vallance

    Title: Deep Into the Soul

    Author: J.L. Vallance

    Published: October 3rd, 2012Source:

    Author provided review copy

    Rating: 4 Stars ****

    Goodreads blurb: At age sixteen, Vivienne Drake’s life completely changed in one devastating moment with the murder of her mother. Now at age thirty, she continues to struggle with the aftermath of that day and the nightmares that began to haunt her following it- nightmares where she is forced to watch the torture and murder of a new victim, all while she endures their pain and terror; prisoner to her own subconscious.Her life becomes more complicated after meeting the mysterious Calum McCort and learning of a world she’d never imagined existed; a world of Daemonium, Guardians, Lucifer, and The Guild. Not to mention Aedan, Lord of the Daemonium who’s on a mission to abduct her.Now she’s running from demons she never knew she had, hiding from demons she never knew existed, and searching for the answers to her mother’s past to find the key to her future.
    Lori's Review:
    This book is not at all what I expected. I think I thought it would be another dime a dozen coming of age YA novels. And it is that, sort of. But not really. Unlike those other coming of age sagas this one features a woman who is 30 and is coming to terms that life is just not what she thought it would be. She has endured a distant relationship with her father, her mother was murdered when Vivienne was 16, and she went through a horrible break up with her fiance. She lives with her friends in their spare bedroom, and works two part time jobs. Hmmm Vivi and I have a lot in common. (Well my mom is still alive and I see my dad everyday). I think most people my age (29) are going through this same sort of thing. I don't know that a lot of me peers are where they imagined themselves to be 10 years ago.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Cover Reveal: To Save Myself by Krystal Marlein

    Title: To Save Myself
    Author: Krystal Marlein
    Cover Artist: Airicka Pheonix
    Blurb: For 15 year old Jade, everyday is a struggle.
    To pretend she's happy.
    To keep her secrets hidden.
    To live.
    To die.
    Anorexia. Depression. Abuse -- her secrets, her demons. Can she hold on long enough to learn how to live? When the one person in the world who should be her greatest ally is her worst enemy and biggest tormentor, how long can she hold on? Can she save herself before it's to late?
    With one act of rage her world is ripped apart. Hearts will be broken, lives changed forever. Will it be to late to fix the damage?

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    It's the end of the world....

    It is absolutely no secret that I love books about the end of the world. Dystopian/Post Apocalypse. I don't care. I love them all. Here is a list of some of my favorites. Of course, there are some repeats of Zombie with it. In no particular order of course. *note each book contains a link to purchase from amazon cuz I know you will want too!!!

    No list about the end of the world should EVER be made without this book:
    THE STAND BY STEPHEN KING: To be honest I prefer the mini-series to the actual book but the book was good.

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Cover Reveal: Destined (Desolation #3) by Ali Cross

    Destined (Desolation #3) by Ali Cross
    Expected Pub: December 2012
    Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong one, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans meaningless collateral. While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.

    Goodreads series link: 
    Author Links:
    Ali Cross, award winning children’s author on facebook | twitter | blog | the writer’s dojo
    Buy links:
    BECOME (Desolation #1) YA paranormal romance on amazon | barnes&noble | goodreads
    DESOLATE (Desolation #2) YA paranormal romance on amazon | barnes&noble | goodreads

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Revew: Cthulhu's Daughter and Other Horror Tales

    Title: Cthulhu's Daughter and Other Horror Tales
    Author: Rhiannon Frater
    Genre: Horror
    Source: Author provided test copy
    Rating: 5 stars *****

    My Review: Rhiannon sent me a copy of this to test read before it's upcoming release. Which I believe is very very soon. While some of the stories have been released in other anthologies all were new to me. The opening story is a new one and was just all around CREEPY...Cthulu's Daughter sets the tone for the rest of the collection. The story opens with a young girl on a pier as she contemplates the dark waters and why they call to her. What happens next is haunting and dark.The closing story (in my copy) is a subtle horror that is epic in darkness and scare factor. It's source of horror is surprising and exciting. I really hope that she is able to expand this story in the future. I can see the scope and epicness of it outdoing some of her more popular works. It might even be my fourth favorite Rhiannon read. Which are:
    • Tale of the Vampire Bride
    • Dead Spots
    • Last Bastion of the Living 
    • The Key (short story) 
    Each story in the collection has a monster in it. Sometimes the monsters are easy to spot but mostly they only show parts of their true faces, and a select few are monsters you would not see coming. What I like more than Rhiannon's monsters are her heroes. They always come in unexpected and wonderful packages. Overall this is a must read for anyone who wants a quick horror fix. There is a little something for everyone. Zombies, werewolves, robots, other worldly beings are all present. 
    I recommend this for all horror fans and for all Rhiannon fans. I simply loved it. 

    Lori's Review: Undeadly by Michele Vail

    Title: UndeadlyAuthor: Michele VailGenre: YA/PNRSource: egalley from netgalleyRating: 4 stars ****

    Goodreads Blurb: The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird... Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper-and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.

    Undeadly follows a young girl as she learns that she is no longer the normal teenager that she strives to be. She is a necro. Meaning she can make zombies. But on the eve before her 16th birthday she is visited by Anubis and chooses to be in his service. What does that mean for Molly, who so wanted to be normal?
    Well it means her life is a bout to get very very difficult.

    I was surprised to find myself loving this book by the end. I had started it about a month ago and put it down to do some review requests. I was not going to pick it back up but honeslty, I had to. I loved the cover so much and the description caught my interest. So I figured I would finish it, or regret not finishing it.

    Molly has a tendency to piss me off. She is very immature. While I appluad the efforts that the author made to make Molly sound like a real teen sometimes they just sounded corny. Molly likes the use the world 'killa' to describe things (ie I had a killa room). Not a big deal, and teens probably do say this. And I would probably think it sounds stupid coming out of their mouths too. But every time Molly would start to piss me off she would come up with some super amazing sarcastic comment and I would fall in love with her again.

    No surprise that the real star of the show for me was Rath. I wasn't really into Rick. But Rath...yep, he's my kind of boy. Dark, delisicious and dangerous. He was just as sarcastic as Molly and their banter had me LOLing quite a bit.

    While Reapers have been done (Rachel Vincent) and I got the whole raising the dead thing covered by my Death gang (Tamara Rose Blodgett) the author did manage to make this a whole new story by adding in elements of Egyptian mythology. Which I loved. (Hello, I'm a geek). Overall I was surprised by this book. It rocked my world. I can't stop thinking about it. I want the sequel now, and the first one isn't even out yet. (Nov. 20th)