Monday, April 30, 2012

*REVIEW* ReVamped by Ada Adams + GIVEAWAY


Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same. 


  Well I certainly wish I had picked up this book sooner.  I didn't start it until about 7pm and I was up until about 2-3am reading it.  My reading ability slowed with the late hour but my interest only intensified as I read on and I was not ready to put this wonderful book down.  Even after the last page was turned, I was still finding myself wanting more.  Not because it was a cliff hanger ending but because I simply loved everything about this book.

  The story itself seemed simple enough to start.  Vamps as we know them are in the open.  We have the wonderful Hollywood to thank for this.  Once out in the open and welcomed by most people life seems good.  You have all of your politics of course and this is where you find Dawn.  The daughter of the Vampire President of the US.  However you don't get your typical defenceless daughter.  Dawn is highly trained in EVERYTHING and is more than okay with taking care of herself.  In fact she instructs the younger ones on how to defend and attack.  Honestly you will love Dawn and her strength.

  When Dawn finally gets her first mission, it is so far from what she expected.  No matter what it is to start she is just happy that her father is letting her out into the field.  Brooke, Sophie, Seth and Hunter are her assignment.  She is to train the 4 of them to protect the small town of Angel Creek.  What seemed like a simple task is going to be much harder than planned when she meets them all.  Not only are they basically all 100% different but they can barely get along. The way they clash is undeniable and you will feel for Dawn but at them same time there is always hope, right...

  The main men.  Oh boy! I use the term boy very lightly.  Both Ethan and Sebastian are horribly attractive, however the difference in personality is like night and day.  While Ethan is easy on the eyes and simply easy to be around I just couldn't love him.  He is the puppy to Sebastian's wolf.  Yes that means I LOVE Sebastian and his difficult and infuriating ways.  Aren't the best ones the more difficult ones :) Sebastian really just wants nothing to do with any one and you can't help but be drawn to him.

  When I say pick up this book you wont be disappointed I mean it in the strongest, most suggestive way possible! The story is different, intriguing and fun.  There is something for everyone and the strength of the leading lady Dawn will seriously blow you away.  There are a couple twists the will really throw you off but honestly I think that is why I loved this book so much.  The pace was perfect for me and when the little twists came it was simply a delight and a surprise! I can't wait for the next book!!!!

You can Purchase the book HERE

 The wonderful Author of this novel provided me with a copy for an honest review.

Ada has kindly offered up 1 Kindle version of ReVamped for 1 lucky person!!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Report April 22-28

This is my attempt to continue to show and share with you all what I received this week:)
No matter what meme you are a part of or how you share feel free to leave a link
for me to visit!!


Books I bought this week:






The Iron witch & The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Stoker Sisters, Wicked Woods and Shimmer by Kailin Gow <-- These books were purchased from Jodie @ Uniquely Moi Books! Visit her seriously!!

Books I received for review:



                              
intangible- J. Meyers
Cold Blood- Heather Hildenbrand
Capture- Brina Courtney
Redheads are Soulless- Heather M White

Borrowed:

I am SUPER excited to get a chance to try these books out!! Thank you so much to Joy over at 
Joyous Reads for the chance!! She seriously rocks and her reviews are AMAZING go check her blog out!!!

Free E-Books
Beautiful Demons- Sarra Cannon


Make sure you leave me a link to come and visit you :)
So if I am honest with you all I am conflicted.  I hope that no one is doing this and by all means if you are or know some one that is please TELL ME! I am just trying to continue sharing my weekly spoils lol 







Saturday, April 28, 2012

{Tour Stop} Excerpt: Eternal Youth by: Julia Crane & Nolia McCarty


The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff's life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie’s mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth—and dragged Callie along with her.

Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California. Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.

But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie’s plans awry, and there’s more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation. Callie’s life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows—
Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.




I have a wonderful Excerpt here for you all today!! Although I don't know Nolia very well
(I hope to soon) I am a HUGE fan of Julia Crane!!  Just read this excerpt and tell me 
what you think.  Personally after reading this I NEEDED this one!!

EXCERPT

Now what?
Hidden rooms. What did Callie know about hidden rooms? A lot, actually. She’d been with her mother for a lot of hidden rooms. In an ancient Mayan temple in Guatemala two years before, there had been a spring beneath the foundation, accessible only by a hidden staircase. They’d found it by a notch on the wall…
Callie eyed the long stretch of stone wall. It wasn’t lit as nicely as the rest of the temple. She sighed and whipped her bag around to pull out her candle and a match. The flame flared into existence. Stepping closer to the wall, she started her search for anything abnormal.
She ran her eyes from top to bottom, inch by inch, thankful that the ceilings weren’t too tall. There were several strange things she found in the first few feet, but no matter of prodding turned them into anything but natural flaws in the stones.
It wasn’t until she’d reached a half-way point that she hit the jackpot: a shallow depression in the stone. If she hadn’t been trailing her fingers over the wall near her abdomen, she would have completely missed it.
Callie knelt to be eye-level with the dip and lifted her candle until she could see it clearly.
There were faint lines inside the circular depression.
She paused, absolutely still even though her breath quickened. Is this it?
Callie lined her finger up inside the circle and pressed.
There was a pop followed by a brief scraping sound. Callie stood up, her eyes sweeping the wall for the source of the scrape, and then walked forward.
The door might as well have been a section of wall, cut out and fixed up with what was probably an air mechanism to work it. One push of the button and a burst of air knocked open the door. Simple but effective.
Callie hooked her fingers in the small crack between the door and the wall, and pulled hard. It took a couple of heaves, but she managed to get it open enough for her skinny body to slip through.
The candle illuminated a very small room, longer than it was wide. Callie held the candle out before her and squinted into the space as she moved forward. There was nothing in there—no tables, no chairs, no cabinets. Nothing but a wooden trunk on the floor against the back wall.
Her heart raced. Parts of her were already celebrating—Charlotte was right, the book existed, Callie could find the way home…but another part of her was steeling herself for a big let down.
She knelt on the floor, carefully placing the candle at her knee. The trunk wasn’t ornate or special—just wood and gold hinges. It wasn’t even locked.
Callie took hold of both sides and tugged the lid up. It slammed against the wall, and she cringed. She glanced worriedly over her shoulder and waited to hear the sound of running footsteps or yells.
Nothing.
She turned back to the trunk. Picking up her candle, she put her hand over the black hole inside.
On the very bottom was a single, brown leather-bound book.
Callie was frozen in place. She stared at the inoffensive object—smaller than she expected—lying on the wood. It could hold the answers she needed. A shiver ran down her spine, and she leaned forward to pick it up.
She tucked the book in her bag, blew out her candle, and then quickly exited the room. Outside in the narrow hallway, she waited a moment to see if she could hear any distant footsteps before shoving the door closed. It slammed into place with the screech of stone against stone.
Hurrying down the hallway, Callie clung to the strap of her bag and tried to control her emotions. Half-elated, half-terrified, she turned the sharp corner to exit the hidden hallway, then turned once more to leave.
And slammed right into a soldier.

See... Awesome right!!! Here are the details on where you can find the authors and buy
the book:

Buying Links!
 
Authors Websites:
 
Authors Twitters:
 
Authors Facebooks

Other Tour Stops

23rd April: Author Interview & Giveaway on my blog http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com
24th April: Review on http://www.ya-aholic.com/
25th April: Character Profile: Callie on http://readinglittlebitofeverything.blogspot.co.uk/
26th April: Review by Candace on www.wovenmyst.com
27th April: Review & Giveaway on http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.co.uk/
28th April: Character Interview by Rebecca on www.wovenmyst.com
28th April: Book excerpt on http://escapingonebookatatime.blogspot.co.uk/
29th April: Guest post & giveaway on http://www.iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 26, 2012

*Blog Tour Stop* Meeting Destiny: Dream Cast, Review & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Meeting Destiny Blog Tour!!!

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense.A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.






Review
  Meeting Destiny was such a fun read.  It had a bit of everything that you want in a book.  The was supernatural bits, close friends, romance, love and heart racing moments.  There were a couple different ways that I pictures this book and truth be told it kind of went a little of each way.  

  Lauren has great instincts when it comes to people, so when a man walks in to the restaurant that she is working at and she starts to feel uneasy you know there is trouble to come.  What she does in those moments after she realizes what is going on bring her to her destiny.  Well the start of her destiny.  Truth be told there is a lot of little complications in Lauren's life.  

  Everyone in Lauren's life seems to have expected her to always be with Seth her high school sweetheart and the boy next door that she grew up with.  When things start to change and more things become clear to Lauren people start to worry.  Seth clings to Lauren and continues to love her enough for the both of them but is that even enough?

  Her destiny and what she has always know collide and make for a fast paced and exciting read.  However I do want to point out  that the love is also extremely fast paced and is an insta love kind of situation.  Within days of meeting they are making out and expressing things beyond what would be normal.  They are soul mates so I do understand a certain amount of fast forward in the relationship but at times it was almost too much.  It does level itself out a little closer to the end though.

  The ending of this book had me needing more.  For you people out there that love a good ending that leaves you wanting more this is your book!! There is really so much to love about it as long as you are ok with the insta love and fast moving relationships.  I personally can not wait to get the rest of this series and find out what happens!!

Nancy's Dream Cast
Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog! I was really excited when I heard you wanted me to pick my dream cast for Meeting Destiny as a movie. I’m anxious to see what your dream cast looks like, too! 

Jennifer Lawrence as:
LAUREN

Robbie Amell as:
Max









Alex Pettyfer as:
Seth

Megan Fox as:
Amanda










Hayden Panettier as:
Rachel

Chase Crawford as:
Paul







Sandra Bullock as:
Lauren's Mom

Jada Pinkett- Smith as:
Rewsna










My Dream Cast
I am so excited that I got to do this!! This book really has such beautiful and well
outlined characters!! Here is my cast:

Megan Fox as:
Lauren






Jensen Ackles as:
Max












Chad Micheal Murray as:
Seth


Jessica Szhor as: 
Amanda


















Alison Michalka as:
Rachel




Chase Crawford as:
Paul
















Julia Roberts as:
Lauren's Mom




Jada Pinkette-Smith as:
Rewsna


















What do you guys think?  If you have read the book did you see any of these
people as the right actor for the character?  If you haven't read it, do you think 
you can kind of see who these people are?

*Note* I did not look at Nancy's cast until my own was picked.

Now it is GIVEAWAY TIME!!
Up for grabs is a Paperback version of Meeting Destiny (squee)
It is open to US/CAN



*Review* Half World By Hiromi Goto

Melanie Tamaki is human—but her parents aren’t. They are from Half World, a Limbo between our world and the afterlife, and her father is still there. When her mother disappears, Melanie must follow her to Half World—and neither of them may return alive. Imagine Coraline as filmed by the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle), or Neil Gaiman collaborating with Charles de Lint. Half World is vivid, visceral, unforgettable, a combination of prose and images that will haunt you.












  Reading the description on this book I figured this was going to be something new to me and I really wanted to give it a try.  I am so glad I did.  The book is about Melanie, a teenage girl that people see as slow and chubby.  She enjoys to read and tries her best to fly under the radar even when being picked on.  When her mother is taken from her she has no other choice but to step up and find her.

  Melanie is such an unlikely hero and maybe that is why I liked her.  The odds were constantly against her and most of the time she knew that.  However for the most part she looked forward and kept on going.  There were times when she would whine and complain about what was going on and the lack of help, and I would be lying if I said that didn't bother me.  However I did have to keep in mind that she is young, has only ever had her mother and for the most part has never really had to do anything on her own. I do want you too keep in mind that these parts are really minor in comparison to all the times Melanie steps up and is more than you thought she could be.

  The Half World that you see is extremely well written.   The people/creatures that you meet and see in the half World will intrigue you and haunt you.  There are things of nightmares there and you will walk beside them, run from them and talk with them.  I would be seriously lying to you if I said none of the things I seen creeps me out.  There was a couple of them that if I had been Melanie and seen them I would have run screaming! The other little bonus that this book contains, is the little images that you get throughout the book.  Some of them really help you get a better hold on what is being done or the object that is being talked about.

  This book is really an interesting read but you have to either like a darker fantasy or be willing to step out of your comfort zone like I did.  I would recommend this book for people looking for a well written novel and something different.   Hiromi Goto did a wonderful job creating vivid characters and a world that will stay with you well after you have put the book down!

I received this copy from Razorbill Canada for review.

Destiny Tour by Heather M. White: Promo Stop







16 year old Karlie has had a pretty normal life... But when her Mom dies she is forced to move over 1,000 miles away to live with her Dad. That's when things start getting weird.

She can't explain the earthquakes that nobody else feels, or why she no longer sleeps. But most of all she doesn't know why she trusts Shane so much, even though his Dad wants her dead.

Suddenly, Karlie's normal life is turned upside down and she enters a world she never dreamed could really exist.






















Now that Karlie has received her full powers, things are going to be great... right? 

Karlie's number one priority is to kill Serenity - after all she deserves it for trying to kill Alex. Though it isn't as easy as it sounds. Serenity teams up with demons to create an army to destroy Karlie. 

On top of that, there are a ton of zombies, everywhere... And a new angel in town, who seems more like a demon... And of course, a shape shifter dragon! It's all weird, even for Karlie. 

With friends turning against friends, it seems as though her life got a whole lot more complicated













ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather M. White

I am a returning resident to Arkansas. I just migrated south from Saint Louis, MO with my husband. We have a married a year. :)

I love to write. I have been writing since I was a kid - literally. I decided in the 2nd grade I would write a book. I wrote lots of short stories and poems... And did I mention I wrote over 200 songs? (Yeah, I'm a musician too - guitar, bass, drums and vocals). So I wrote my very first novel at the ripe age of 14... My Mom still has it :-/. OK, so maybe it wasn't my best work, but I had a LOT of fun writing it!

When I'm not writing, I am normally reading. I am also a caffeine addict... Dr. Pepper and NOS (the energy drink) are my drugs of choice :)


Don't Forget to stop by all the other stops on this great Blog tour!!
Details HERE


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Looking For a Few Good People!!!

Daemon Invasion is HERE!!!
I am looking for some people to be a part of an Elite Street Team!! Up 10 people are 
needed for this team :) Once we have a team started I would like to come up with 
a team name that we will all love!!!

Details:

1.  You will need a FB account, twitter account and/or blog
(you don't need all of them but at least 1)

2. I can have no more than 10 people on my Team!! Once team is set 
we will pick a name and send it in, so that they can track us!!!

3.  Then comes the tasks!! Each task we complete on time will take us to
the next tier and provided we keep up we can make it to the Grand Prize!!

4.  The tasks are to be fun (It's DAEMON we are talking about) so don't
worry about it!!

Okay so ways you can let me know that you want in on my team:
If you have my email use it to get me your info!
If you don't you can leave me your email or a way to contact you here
and I will get back to you
Tweet ME!! @Tiff_Mahaffy

I am really looking for a Team that is about having fun.  I love Daemon and the idea of being 
a street team but having fun with you guys is my #1 thing!!!!

Daemon Invasion!! Get in On It!!

  So you have seen people posting about their street teams and #DaemonInvasion tweets everywhere you look.  These are the awesome details on what it is and how you can be a part of it all!!



Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard us talking about the upcoming #daemoninvasion and we’re so excited to finally share with you what is going on.
Really excited.

The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States!  You heard right.  They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.

During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying us on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we’ll be giving away signed posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on.

At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!

And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas.

I am not kidding.

This will be epic.

Aare you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series.  You!

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm
June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm
June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm
June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm

There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there and if you want to join a team to win exclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hashtag to join one of the teams!

Don’t forget to visit Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog to win a signed set of Half-Blood and Pure HERE  in celebration of her adult romance release, Tempting the Best Man, under pen name J. Lynn.  It can be purchased HERE

Waiting on Wednesday: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spineand spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is:
Sometimes hiding the truth requires more than a lie . . .

From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her from the annoying drama. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a stepdad and mom who would stop at nothing to keep her and her siblings happy and safe.

But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted fa├žade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now, Coley and Reece are getting closer, and as Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.

Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect in this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel.

Format: Paperback
 Length: 304 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Simon Pulse

I have recently decided that I must add more contemporary to my reading diet and this book
sounds like something I would really like.  I love contemporary books that are strong in the emotion
department. Lets face it when you see "powerhouse of a novel" you know it's going to be a strong book!

Well this is what I am Waiting on This Wednesday, what are you waiting on?
Please leave me a link so I can come and visit you too!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa Cover Reveal

REMEBER BREATH!!!

If you missed The Immortal Rules release party this is what was revealed to us!! A much older
 and much hotter Ethan Chase! Seriously how can you resist this cover!? 

Add it to your Goodreads list here: The Lost Prince

I loved the Iron Fey series and CAN NOT WAIT until October for this book!! 
What about you?!

*REVIEW* Saving You Saving Me by Kailin Gow

18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn't supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her. 













  All I have to say about this is WOW!! This is such a powerful read and Kailin you really did do an amazing job with this book.  The characters, emotions and all the different situations that were throughout the book are so wonderfully written and make your emotions run on high as well.

  Sam is an ambitious 18 year old girl that wants nothing more than to graduate from her high school and become a Psychiatrist.  In order to get there she needs to obtain a scholarship because she can't afford to go  to the school she wants any other way.  When she gets told that helping out at the Sawyer House will give her that edge that she needs, she agrees to go and give it a try.  Being a peer counselor is nerve racking to Sam at first but when she picks up the phone for the first time she becomes a natural.

  Daggers has gone though a lot in his life.  Calling the Sawyer House was not what he thought it was going to be.  Getting Sam wasn't what he expected but it turned out for the best.  The more Daggers talks to Sam, the , more he wants to tell her about his dark past and his current demons.  Talking to Sam "Susan" as he knows her becomes an every day thing but will she be enough or will his demons get the best of him?

  There are more characters to this story than Sam and Daggers but these two are by far the most powerful and influential in this novel.  I don't even know where to begin when it comes to Sam.  She has such a strong exterior shell but on the inside she can be a mess as well.  Life isn't all it seems to be on the outside all of the time.  Talking to Daggers who seems to be a relief to her too =, as she can tell him things she would not tell someone normally.  Daggers just wants to change.  He needs the change but he is having such a hard time with it.  To me Daggers represents that inner struggle that we all deal with at one point and time in our lives and you really want to help him too.

  For a strong contemporary read I would really suggest that you pick this book up.  There is a bunch of different situations that either you have gone through or someone you know has gone through in life.  There are so many parts that will make your heart ache for different callers and characters but there are other parts that give you hope.  There were parts that brought tears to my eyes with the strength and amount of emotion.    I can honestly say that I am eagerly awaiting the next book.


*NOTE*
If you would like to learn more about the Saving You Saving Me Project please check it out here:

Monday, April 23, 2012

*REVIEW* DIRTY BLOOD by Heather Hildenbrand

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.









  When Heather asked me if I would review Dirty Blood I was so excited! I had seen the book everywhere for a long time and then Cold Blood came out and more good things were said.  Needless to say I couldn't wait to see what all of the fuss was about.  Right from the get go I was excited that this seemed like it was going to be a different kind of werewolf book and it didn't let me down from the start.


 Tara is just what I love in a female protagonist.  She is strong, independent and completely KICK BUTT!!  Her world is changed in just one night and yes she deals with it but not without asking questions.  I LOVE that she accepts what is going on (even gives her more confidence) but not without wanting more knowledge.  There is power in knowing what is going on and let me tell you this girl has the power.  Even as she starts to really develope and the book progresses there is always something that she questions.  I found myself laughing out loud and frequently smiling when it came to Tara and her entire personality!


"I grinned, unable to help myself.  I felt like an idiot in some sober part
of my brain, but the drugged part just shrugged and grinned bigger
at that part."   


  Every character in this book is clearly written.  You have Wes, Jack, Fee.... Everyone!! Fee also has to be one of my favorite characters.  I see her as all kinds of beautiful and graceful but you have to know that there is power under all of that.  Each and every time one of these characters or any of the others for that matter step into the pages you know who you are looking at.   Normally it takes a couple of times of seeing someones name to remember who they are but not with Heather's wonderful writing and descriptions.  Even the villain has his own clearly drawn story!!

  Normally with books you have to kind of read a bit before you get to some really juicy parts.  Not this one you are thrown right in, in the first chapter!  The book just takes off from there and you really wont want to stop.  For those of you that are sick of love triangles PICK THIS UP!! This is a love triangle free book.  I found that even the romance that does happen isn't an insta love.  Yes there is an instant attraction but it's not they are stuck at the hip.  So there is another common element that people are trying to avoid that this book avoids as well.  So overall if you want to read a book that is love triangle free, has no insta love. lots of action and an amazingly strong female protagonist PICK THIS UP!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

WINNERS!!


                     


Sorry this took so long to post about!! I did contact everyone so these people are confirmed!
From The LACRIMOSA Giveaway:



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Razorbill Launch Party Recap!


This week I had my very first signing experience! I can not even tell you how excited
 I was...  Actually I was excited enough that I made it to the Chapters at about 2pm and 
I live 2 hours away!!  Seeing I am kind of new to everything I hadn't met anyone before and 
had no idea how everything worked so I went found a chair and read for awhile! Then to my 
excitement Evie from Evie Bookish  tweet'd me and said that she was there and I should come 
and join.  As I wandered over to the (VERY LARGE) group she immediately came over gave
 me a hug and introduced me to Wendy from  A Cupcake and a Latte!! All the bloggers there
 were super nice and I totally look forward to seeing them all again!! 
Here we go with pics and such :)

This is the beautiful Evie and Wendy!! <3 These Girls!!

I am horrible with names but I do believe this is Gavin from @IndigoGreenRoom.  
He was the one that played us awesome music and chatted with us while we waited
                                                for the amazing chat and signing to start!! 

He also gave us T-shirts, bookmarks and Frisbee swag while we waited just for being early!
This table is the basket and a couple of tee's that were left over :)
Finally it was time and the wonderful Jay Asher, Leslie Livingston and Charles de Lint made 
their way out and took their seats!! As we took pics of them they took pics of us :) 
Jay Asher was the first one up.  He talked about his book Thirteen Reasons Why.  If you haven't 
picked that one up DO IT!! Such a powerful and amazing read.
Lesley chatted about her series Wondrous Strange (which I LOVE) and her book 
Once Every Never.  We also got to hear a bit about Starling which sounds so good
and I honestly can not wait.  She is so funny and I was so glad I got there to see her!
Charles de Lint was last but far from least!! He discussed Under my Skin with all
of us.  I will shamefully admit although I bought the book and had read bits about it I didn't know 
a lot about it!! I now can not wait to read the book!!!
This is a video of Lesley Livingston when she was chatting if you are interested :)
I think it is about 5 minutes or so long...


Overall this was so exciting for me I also got my books signed !! Thank you to all the bloggers 
that made me feel so welcome!! Michelle from Just a Lil Lost introduced herself to me.  So 
sweet and I wished I had a little longer to chat with her about her trip to Paris!! 

Well that is all folks!! Thanks for stopping by and checking this out :)


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