Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Fling Giveaway Hop

I'm so excited to be participating in the Spring Fling Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer & Eve's Fan Garden.  I am giving away the first book of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, as well as a signed bookplate and some bookmarks.  I just love sharing my favorite books with people.   Make sure to visit the other giveaways on the links below.  Let's have fun and win lots of prizes people!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review - The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

I don't normally read YA.  I do have a couple of exceptions though.  Hunger Games of course was number one.  There was just way too much hype on that one.  When there are that many adult fans, I just had to see what it was all about.  Somehow, despite my love of the paranormal, I've been able to resist the whole Twilight phenomenon.  My first few paranormal series included Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.  When  they each came out with  their YA series, loyalty to two of my favorite authors spurred me to read them.  

The most current book, The Calling by Kelley Armstrong was released this month.  This is the second in the Darkness Rising trilogy.  The relief of rescue dies as Maya and her friends find themselves in the woods of Vancouver Island. They battle man, nature and beast to try and get back home, but will there be any home to go back to?  

I really liked this book.  It was action non-stop. There weren't a lot of spots where I could sit back and relax for a minute knowing they were safe, it was one thing after another for them.  I raced to the end only to find no more pages to turn.  I flicked the screen a few times on my Fire, willing more of the story to be there, but alas, I had reached the end of this one.  Can't wait until the next one!

I just noticed that the Kindle version of The Gathering is on for $2.99!  Wow!  Click the link below and grab this deal.  Darkness Rising is a great Trilogy and you can't pass up that deal!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #1

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This week's question: 

If you could visit any country with a fictional character as your guide, who would you pick and why?

My Answer:

I hear Ireland is gorgeous and I would love to visit there.  Probably the best guide for Ireland would be Barrons.    No that would be wrong.  If Barrons was my guide, I would never see Ireland at all!   I guess that leaves Mac.  She's been in Ireland long enough to know of all the really cool places to hang out.  She also has some connections with locals so not all of the places I'd see would be the regular touristy stops.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

I'm going to put in a warning right now that if you have not read the other books in the series, there are probably going to be spoilers.  You should probably stop reading now.  To start the series from the beginning, go ahead and enter the contest below today, it's the last day so make sure you get those entries in!  You can also purchase the books from my store, either with the link to the right, or from the tab at the top.

Lover Reborn is Tohrment's story.  Tohr is in hell.  After losing his shellan and unborn child, Tohr's only purpose is to avenge them.  He puts himself out there not caring about himself with the notion that someday the enemy will best him and he can be with Wellsie in the Fade.

Tohrment's story is so hard to read.  The agony he is going through just breaks my heart.  But so does No'one's, so their relationship leaves me wondering if either one of them is ever going to be happy.  (Of course you find out at the end, but only after some pretty intense scenes!)  Tohrment's fears are understandable for someone in the grieving process, but is his grief so consuming that he can't see what his fears do to others?  I don't mean just to No'one either.  The impact his grief and self-destructive attitude makes it hard for the other Brothers to trust his ability to back them up in fighting situations.

I thought that Lassiter's job was to bring Tohr back to the Brotherhood, and that he did that but enjoyed irritating them so much he decided to stay.  Now we see what his real purpose is, and in this book, we see that time is running out for him.  He needs to stop watching his talk shows for awhile and get to work!  I love Lassiter.  He makes me laugh with his commentary and tv preferences.  I wonder if we will ever see him with his own book.

This book also tells us about the struggles John Matthew is going through with Xhex.  Is it possible that he is going to lose her?  This part of the story was so frustrating for me.  I just wanted to shake the both of them and and make them see that compromises could be made.  Ugh, I'm still pissed just thinking about it.

Xcor keeps learning new things about himself.  Will those things change his plans eventually?  His situation keeps getting more and more complicated.  There are so many ways his story could go, I can't wait to read more.

Whew, there was so much going on in this book.  It was like this huge roller coaster that I never wanted to end.  Ok, that would be a bad analogy, considering I am scared to death of roller coasters and would want them to be over immediately!  You know what I really, really want?  More of Rhage.  I really hope Ms. Ward puts some more of him in the next book.  I love his sense of humor.  He is just awesomeness.  I also want more of Lassiter too.  Ah, how long is it before Quinn & Blay's book?  Can I wait that long?  I don't think I can stand it!  Let me know what you thought about Lover Reborn in the comments!