Monday, April 30, 2012

Musing Monday

MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB at Should be Reading will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.

This week’s musing asks…

Do you listen to audio books? If not, why not? And, if so, what has been one of your favorites, so far?

This one is actually an easy one for me.  No I don't, it's just too weird for me.  I have to read it myself but my own emphasis where I think there is emphasis and just paint my own picture with my own mind and word.  So this way it will be only the world I create (from the book the author has written of course but completely my imagination).  Also it is weird having people tell a story with an accent when I really wouldn't. 

How about you?  Audio books Yah or Nah?.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Booking through Thursday

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Hosted at Booking Through Thursday. BTT interviewed their readers for a change, and their final question was, “What question have they NOT asked at BTT that you’d love them to ask?” They got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
Two people asked a similar question:

Charlie Quillen asks:
Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike?
Lindsay asks:
There have been books I loved, books that I fell in love with, and books that changed my life, and they’re not always the same nor mutually exclusive.

I don't really think any book has every significantly changed my life or inspired me to change my life.  Only one book that made me get back into reading.  But that isn't really a change as I used to read a lot when I was younger as well.  I don't know anyone who's every changed anything because of a book, so I really can't wait to see every one's responses today.  I've always believed that you should be who you are, and really at this point nothing can change that for me personally.  You can say whatever you want but I will still be me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

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

This week I'm "Waiting on":

By: Jeanne Ryan
Release Date: September 13, 20112

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Ditched: A Love Story

Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellom
Release Date January 10, 2012

High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her. Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom. And then ditched her.

The cover of this book was great, she just looked like a really pathetic girl who just had a really big adventure and she's ready to tell us.  And I was definitely ready to hear about it.  I mean really who doesn't like gossip.  The way this story is told is everything has already happened and she's at a local 7Eleven telling her story to the girl at the register and a lady who came in for her routine stop.  It's just the three of them listening to Justina's sad prom story about how she got ditched by the boy she wanted at the prom left at the side of the road.
We meet Justina who is someone who has a reputation for kissing boys, lots of them.  (Which I know there are worse things out there but to her this is a bad reputation)  She has vowed not to kiss anyone until it really means something.  That's when Ian comes into the picture, they are friends but something happened one day and she just starting seeing him differently.  In a new light he seemed like someone she wanted to be with.  She was going to break her vow with him on Prom night which she had all planned out. 
But you know how the saying goes, you shouldn't plan something because there will always be something that goes wrong (that's not the actual saying but you know what I mean), and wrong it goes.  First she is 100% matched out, blue dress, blue corsage, blue watch, blue purse all thanks to her mother, let's face it who is really trying to relive her own prom when fashion like that was okay.  I thought this was a good story to read since Prom is just around the corner for many people.  I myself never went to prom but I'm ok with that, really, I am.  Anyway back to the book.
So Ian picks up Justina and bam there goes her first stain on her dress - curry.  They are off to the preparty (where her expected kiss is planned to be) but somehow she ends up kissing someone else.  Then they are off to prom - where more stains happen, a ripped dress, and a bout of jealousy.  She does get to meet two very cool girls from the "other" school and they really come through on the friendship throughout the whole book.  I really liked the foursome that she was hanging out with.  Mike, Mike, Serenity and Bliss.  They were really great supporting characters and I wouldn't have minded hearing more of their stories. 
Turns out Ian ditches her to go do something, she has no idea what and on goes the adventure of her driving from place to place in search of him and just missing him and all the while the two ladies at 7Eleven are trying to give her advice.  Men are scumbags one of them says, the other says what about all the questions to answers you have like why did he leave etc etc. 
This was overall a really great read.  It was fun going on their adventure.  I've never had days like that not saying that I want to but sometimes it would be fun to have a disastrous adventure that changes in the end.  Like they say everything happens for a reason and sometimes it's fun to go through. 
Quotes from the Book:
“Men are scumbags until they prove they're women.”

“Guys don't know the power we hold over them with the right tint of lip gloss.”

My Favorite and today's Teaser:
"But punching out the prom queen in the parking lot of the In-N-Out was beyond redneck. Surely there was a glimmer of class left in me."

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: •Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's my teaser for the week:

But punching out the prom queen in the parking lot of the In-N-Out was beyond redneck. Surely there was a glimmer of class left in me.

Ditched: A Love Story
By Robin Mellom
Release Date: January 10, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Musing Monday

MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB at Should be Reading will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.

This week’s musing asks…
Other than working at a job, what is your biggest interruption to reading? What takes you away from your book(s)?

There are always interruptions and some are welcomed and some are not.  The biggest thing that stops me from reading as much as I'd like would by my kids.  The require attention and sometimes I just can't get enough of them cause they are too darn cute (one is five the other is 1 and both are girls).  Right now I always feel like my life is full and I'm running very thin on time and energy.  I have the kids, and then family, and my lovely blog which I do mostly at work (shhh don't tell anyone) and then I also do craft things through and then there is the party planning right now for the kids birthdays.  Oh and I also take a cake decorating class once a week and that definitely takes up a lot of my time.  And somewhere in between all that (and work also which we weren't supposed to mention but I will because it's been super busy there) I have to find time to read and of course sleep when I can.  Which usually isn't much. 

How about you?  What's interrupting your reading?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Peeves

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Hosted at Booking Through Thursday. BTT interviewed their readers for a change, and their final question was, “What question have they NOT asked at BTT that you’d love them to ask?” They got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

Bookish Sarah asks:

What are your literary “pet peeves”?

I don't really have many pet peeves when it comes to books.  But I think the most one I have is when characters are really really pathetic, like seriously pathetic.  Too clingy can't do something without someone else.  I know you know what I mean and my best example has to be ... (don't have me cause I love the books but it annoys me) Bella from Twilight.  She's just too damn needy and pathetic.  Just my opinion.  Characters like that, they irritate the hell out of me.  Anything else I'm good with.

I love a good love triangle, and any drama or fights or gore I'm all in there but pathetic women who seem like they are nothing without a man, yeah my independent woman inside just can't handle it.  Ha.  What's your pet peeve?

Witch Hunt Blog Tour: Guest Post from K.C. Blake

So I have the privelage of having a guest post from K.C. Blake author of The Witch Game Series and the Rule Series. Make sure to check her out on her blog.

What I learned from books

As a writer I like to read a lot. Sometimes I read for fun, and sometimes I read to learn how to be a better writer. You can learn many things just from reading. So I thought I would make a list of books and what I learned from them. Maybe you have a similar list.

Stephen King: I won’t single out any one of his books, because they are all brilliant. King has a splendid way of making even the most outlandish tales seem possible. I attribute that to the incredible level of life he breathes into his characters. In “Needful Things” a boy is thinking about how his mother loves to eat junk food while drinking diet cola. He thinks it’s stupid but knows if he says something he’ll get hit.

1. Twilight: A lot of people have nasty things to say about this book and roll their eyes when you say you liked it. What did I learn from reading it? Stephanie Meyer managed to capture the teenage heart. It’s that fragile first love teetering on the brink of destruction that hooked the reader. The girl is vulnerable, and the boy is a bigger than life, take action guy. She can’t stop thinking about him, can’t walk away even when she learns that he’s a vampire.

2. Mortal Instruments: This series by Cassandra Clare is incredible. I’ve learned so much from reading these books. The characters relate to each other on infinite levels that keep me interested from start to finish. Also, I enjoy the imagery. Clare has a great way with details.

3. Books that suck: You can learn from these as well. If you are deep in the story and something yanks you out, look to see what it was that ruined it for you. Did the writer use the wrong words? Did they say something that wasn’t believable? Did they use flowery prose that made you laugh?

4. I love to read a book the first time for the simple enjoyment, but if it’s good enough to read several times, I usually go back with a pen and underline the best parts. That’s right. I mark up my books. Some people wouldn’t dream of doing something like that. Honestly, it helps. Then you can glance through the pages and read the underline parts, helping to build your vocabulary, and maybe some of it will sink in, making you a better writer.

Crushed (The Witch Game#1)
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?

Witch Hunt
A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.

Find the missing player and win.
The game resets, everyone forgets, and they start to play again.

Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since her mother died. As a reporter for the school paper she’s only interested in cold, hard facts. When she hears rumors that the mysterious It-Squad members are about to play a secret game, she is determined to learn all about it, especially since she’s been in love with one of the members half her life. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a fellow student’s locker are all on her to-do list.

Starr is about to discover that witches not only exist, but they need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and maybe even their lives.

ATTENTION: Although this is the second book in the series, each book has its own set of characters and can be read as a stand-alone book.


About the Author

Born and raised in California, I fell in love with writing while reading The Outsiders. Then I fell in love with Stephen King's writing style. I enjoy reading many types of books, but YA Paranormal is my favorite. I used to write for Harlequin under a different name. So that's my background. Exciting, no?


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Fury

By Elizabeth Miles
Release Date: August30, 2011
Series: The Fury Trilogy

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

So first let me start off by saying, this book took me a little longer to read than normal.  I don't know if it was the pace or the subject or what but I just was not connecting to it right away.  By the end of the book I was a little more interested.  I did feel like I was a little mislead by the cover, you have a beautiful girl and thought it would be more about her, one of the furies.  Ty to be specific.  I'm sure the next book will be about one of her "cousins".  On to the book ...

We meet Chase, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to fit in with the cool kids.  Isn't there always someone trying to fit in, and then there is Emily.  She is one of the cool kids, sort of but she's in love with her best friend's boyfriend.  Which we all know is a big no no and just asking for disaster to come her way.

Gabby is off on winter vacation with her family, Em and Zach (Gabby's boyfriend) start to get closer while she is away.  Like I said recipe for disaster.  Meanwhile Chase has met this beautiful girl named Ty, and him being the known player is obsessed with being with Ty and only her, which is something new for him. There's just something about her that keeps pulling him to her.  Little does he know her only purpose is to exact revenge for something he did (which you will not find out about right away but I had my suspicions).  

One day Chase just needs to get away so he goes over to Zach's house to unwind and that's when he catches Em and Zach together.  Of course he isn't going to say anything but still there is something about it that is just not right.  Zach seems to get away with everything, and it's just not fair.  Nothing in life is fair.  But this is Em who is now doing the wrong thing and she knows it too.

So as the book goes on more and more strange things begin to happen.  Em swears that a girl is stalking her and leaving orchids around and Chase is being tricked and fooled by Ty.  He also doesn't know and can't figure out what is going on.  Things happen, I actually get a little creeped out but it could be cause my house was dark and my bf was watching The Human Centipede II which completely creeped me out (I cannot watch that movie without wanting to puke).  But the story finally started picking up it's pace and I was getting more and more into it.  I literally couldn't put it down.

I won't say what happens in the end but it was a good ending, and a good well deserved beginning to the next book.  Can't wait to see what happens next.


In honor of this book being about the Furies, I thought I'd do a little research and put some info down for anyone who is interested in knowing a little more about them.  I love mythology.


Three goddesses of vengeance: Tisiphone (avenger of murder), Megaera (the jealous) and Alecto (constant anger). They were also called the Daughters of the Night, but were actually the daughters of Uranus and Gaea. Another name for them is the Erinyes.

Without mercy, the Furies would punish all crime including the breaking of rules considering all aspects of society. They would strike the offenders with madness and never stopped following criminals. The worst of all crimes were patricide or matricide, and first and foremost, the Furies would punish this kind of crime.

They would also be the guardians of the law when the state had not yet intervened or did not exist, or when the crime was a crime of ethics and not actual law . For example, they would protect beggars and strangers, punish those who stole the birds' young and even look out for the dogs.

Horrible to look at, the Furies had snakes for hair and blood dripping from their eyes. They changed into the Eumenides, protectors of the suppliant, after Athena had made them merciful sparing Orestes, whom they had stalked for a long time after the murder of his mother and her lover.

From these beings we have the words "furious" and "infuriated".

Waiting on Wednesday

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

This week I'm "Waiting on":

By Jana Oliver
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Series: The Demon Trappers


Stand by as Riley prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to The Demon Trappers series.

Riley’s always known that Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come...(

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon
By Cath Crowley
Release Date: August 1, 2010

"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.

His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.


This book was a pleasant delightful surprise.  It was a very quick read about a girl who has this idea of this perfect guy just because he moves her and goes out on an adventure with her friends to find him.  Lucy is obsessed with a graffiti artist called Shadow (This is like her Mr. Darcy).  There's something about his art that she just gets, she feels as if since she gets him that he will totally get her as well.  Both being artistic and she feels a connection to him even if she hasn't met him yet.  She's ready to give him everything.

It's the last day of year 12 (senior year) and everyone is out for a party and to have an adventure especially Lucy's best friend Jazz.  They head out to their local hang out and she says the next group of guys that walks in are who they are going to hang out with and have an adventure.  In walks Leo, Dylan and Ed.  Daisy and Dylan are actually a couple but they might be on the outs since he yet again forgot her birthday and thought it would be a great idea to throw eggs at her to celebrate the end of the year.  Jazz is keen on Leo and they seem kind of perfect together.  Maybe they are exactly what the others needs, a little adventure for Jazz and for Leo someone to help him finally get over his ex.

Then there is Ed and Lucy.  They actually went on a date once, if you can call it that.  After all she did send him to the hospital with a broken nose for grabbing her "arse",  It was mentioned quite a but there lol.  They were kind of mad at each other but Ed separates himself from the rest and decides to help Lucy find Shadow, because he knows him, better than she can imagine.  Ed starts taking her to different places where Shadow's art can be found, places she's never been to before.  The longer the night goes on the closer they get, the more comfortable they feel with each other.  And also the less and less Lucy wants to be with Shadow and the more she's interested in Ed.  But she still doesn't know, that he is Shadow.

The guys get themselves into a little bit of trouble and the girls find out and try and save them, but luckily they smarten up and don't do anything they should do.  This book was very cute and quick and easy read.  Read it in one day because I couldn't put it down.  Luce and Ed had some really sweet moments together that I think I will remember always.  Plus he's totally crushable, and that's always a good thing.  The relationship between all the characters was a great thing, I really connected with all of them and any book that you can connect to the characters will always be a good book.  I can visualize the entire book the entire time, I never lost interest and I can honestly say that I'm happy I finally picked up this book.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: •Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's my teaser for the week:

My anxiety began to rise as I walked away from my safety net. I knew that I wouldn’t have made it through junior high without Teeny and Grouper; they always had my back. But now things had to change. I couldn’t lean on them as I had done in the past. It was time for me to stand on my own two feet, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that yet.

Changing My Wardrobe
By Deb Hanrahan

Monday, April 16, 2012

Musing Monday

MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB at Should be Reading will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.

This week’s musing asks…

What are you currently reading? And, is it better, as good as, or worse than your last read?

I am still currently reading The Fury by Elizabeth Miles and it's taking me a little bit longer than I would like because I keep getting distracted by other books, such as Graffiti Moon which I just finished last night and Night Sky which I finished the night before.  I'm probably going to start another book today but I know I need to make some leeway with The Fury because it's taking me to long.  So I guess that answers which is better he he, but who knows maybe it will pick up momentum as I continue to read it.

How about you, which read has been better?

Don't forgot to check out my giveaways they end early this week:

Forgiving Trinity By Liz Reinhardt
Meeting Destiny By Nancy Straight

Have a great week everyone!

Taste- Book Trailer and Excerpt Reveal

So I am very fortunate to be able to participate in Kate Evangalista's new book Taste's excerpt reveal and Book Trailer.  This book sounds like it's going to be a great one.  I couldn't get enough of all the the excerpts I've read, and keep an eye out within the excerpt there is a chance to view a second one, can you find it?  It's worth it.

By Kate Evangelista


At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Taste Excerpt

I mentally stomped on the intimidation their perfection brought into my mind and said, “Excuse me.”

The group froze, startled by my words. The girls had their brows raised and the boys stopped mid-speech, mouths agape. They stared at me with eyes the shade of onyx stones.

I smiled and gave them a little wave.

The boy a step ahead of the rest recovered first. His stunning features went from shocked surprise to intense interest. He reminded me of a hawk eyeing its prey. I gulped.

“A Day Student,” he said, his eyes insolent and excited.

Something about the way he said “Day Student” made my stomach flip. “Excuse me?”

They snickered. The boys looked at each other while the girls continued to stare, muffling their laughter by delicate hands. I seemed to be the butt of some joke. 

“You broke the rule.” The boy’s grin turned predatory.

The students formed a loose semi-circle in front of me. My gaze darted from face to face. Hunger filled their eyes. The image of lions about to chase down a gazelle came to mind. I mentally shook my head. I was in the mountains not the Serengeti for crying out loud.

I took a small step back and cleared my throat. “Can any of you give me a ride back to the dorms?”

The boy wagged his forefinger like a metronome. “Ah, that’s unfortunate for you.”

One of the girls pinched the bridge of her nose. “Eli, you can’t possibly—”

“It’s forbidden, Eli,” another boy interrupted, pronouncing the word “forbidden” like a curse.

The nervous murmur at the pit of my stomach grew louder. Six against one. Not good odds. Instinct told me to cut my losses and run. Bad enough I faced expulsion, now it seemed like weird, beautiful people who’d suddenly appeared on campus wanted to beat me up. No, scratch that. Judging from the way they studied me, beating me up wouldn’t satisfy them. Something more primal prowled behind their looks.

I definitely wasn’t going down without a fight. Years of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes had me prepared. While other children from rich and important families got bodyguards, I got defense training. But I think my father meant for my skills to go up against potential kidnappers, not against other students who may or may not be crazy. Oh God! Maybe I stepped into a parallel universe or something when I reentered Barinkoff.

“None of the students are supposed to be on campus,” I said. Then, realizing my mistake, I added, “Okay, I know I’m not supposed to be here either. If one of you gives me a ride back to the dorms, I won’t say anything about all this. Let’s pretend this never happened. I didn’t see you, you didn’t see me.”

“We’re not ordinary students,” Eli answered. “We’re the Night Students.”

He’d said “Night Students” like the words were capitalized. I didn’t know Barinkoff held classes at night. What was going on here?

Eli smiled with just one side of his mouth and said to the group, “She’s right, no one will have to know. We’re the only ones here. And it’s been so long, don’t you agree?”

The rest of them nodded reluctantly.

“What’s been so long?” I challenged. I fisted my hands, ready to put them up if any of them so much as twitched my way.

“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me then laughed when I cringed.

“Flesh.” Yep, parallel universe.

“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”

Someone grabbed my shoulders from behind and yanked me back before I could wrap my mind around the meaning behind Eli’s words. In a blink, I found myself behind someone tall. Someone really tall. And quite broad. And very male.

I realized he wore the same clothes Eli and the other boys did. Not good. He was one of them. Although… I cocked my head, raking my gaze over him. He seemed born to wear the uniform, like he was the pattern everyone else was cut from. My eyes wandered to long, layered, blue-black hair tied at the nape by a silk ribbon. Even in dim light, his hair possessed a sheen akin to mercury.

I looked down. The boy’s long fingers were wrapped around my wrist like a cuff. His fevered touch felt hotter than human standards, hot enough to make me sweat like I was standing beside a radiator but not hot enough to burn.

“I must be mistaken, Eli,” the boy who held my arm said in a monotone. “Correct me. Did I hear you say you wanted to taste the flesh of this girl?”

A hush descended on us. It had the hairs at the back of my neck rising. How was it possible for the atmosphere to switch from threatening to dangerous? Unable to help myself, I peeked around the new guy’s bulk. Eli and his friends bowed. They all had their right hands on their chests.

“Demitri, I’m sure you misheard me,” Eli said.

So the guy standing between me and the person who said he’d wanted to taste me was named Demitri. I like the sound of his name. Demitri. So strong, yet rolls off the tongue. Definite yum factor.

“So, you imply I made a mistake?” Demitri demanded.

“No!” Eli lifted his gaze. “I did no such thing. I simply wanted to show the girl the consequences of breaking curfew.”

“Hey!” I yelled. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!”

Demitri ignored my protest and continued to address Eli. “So, you threatened to taste her flesh.” His fingers tightened their grip around my wrist. “In the interest of investigating this matter further, I invoke the Silence.”

All six students gasped, passing surprised glances at one another.

Before I could ask about what was going on, Demitri yanked me down the hall toward the library. But why there? Oh, maybe we were getting my things. No, wait, he couldn’t have known about that. Everything was too confusing now.

Eli and the others didn’t try to stop us when we passed them. Demitri’s cold command must have carried power. Handsome and powerful, never a bad combination on a guy.

We reached the heavy double doors in seconds. He jerked one open effortlessly. I’d needed all my strength just to squeeze through that same door earlier. To him, the thick wood might as well have been cardboard. I raised an eyebrow and mentally listed the benefits of going to gym class.

“Why are we here?” I asked after my curiosity overpowered my worry. I’d almost forgotten how frightened I’d been right before Demitri showed up. I wasn’t above accepting help from strangers. Especially from gorgeous dark-haired strangers with hot hands and wide shoulders.

Demitri kept going, tugging me along, snaking his way deeper into the library. I had to take two steps for every stride his legs made. I tried to stay directly behind him, praying we didn’t slam into anything.

He stopped suddenly and I collided with him. It felt like slamming into a wall.

“Hey,” I said, momentarily stunned. “A little warning would be nice!”

He faced me, and I gasped. His eyes resembled a starless night, deep and endless. Their intensity drilled through me without pity, seeming to expose all my secrets. I felt naked and flustered beneath his gaze.

“You could have died back there,” he warned.

A lump of panic rebuilt itself in my throat.

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About the Author

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

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Blog Tour - Night Sky - Review

The Night Sky
By Jolene B. Perry
Release Date: March 1, 2012

Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.


I think Jolene B. Perry is one of my new favorite authors.  The fluidity of her words on paper, the reality of it I completely connected with the characters and most importantly loved the fact that this was done through the male point of view.  As most books are done through the female point of view, it's nice to see every now and then that men too have feelings.  I was addicted to the book the second I picked it up.  I didn't want to put it down even when it was three in the morning and I had to go to work the next day.  I thought the characters were just great and all the mention of swimming made me want to jump in the pool, but it's still not warm enough here to do something that crazy.  Let's get on to the amazing book.

First off we meet Jameson the main character, who is a great swimmer and lives in Vegas with his mom an dad who both work at the Paris casino/hotel.  First let me say that I've been to this location and it is amazing, Vegas itself is a beautiful place where magical things happen.  So Jameson is in love with his best friend Sarah but she's into another guy and Jameson actually helps them get together at the school dance.  Jameson is on his way home from that dance, too crushed to stay and deal with it.  This is when he runs into a beautiful girl named Sky who seems very lost, he pulls over and asks her if she needs a ride.  Turns out they literally live a couple houses away.  This was their epic meeting and it was great, I won't go into detail cause really you need to check it out. 

More days pass by and they grow closer but there is so much going on in Jameson's life that he is just trying to cope and all the while falling in love with Sky.  He's trying to deal with the entire situation with Sarah and how exactly he feels about her and her new relationship.  His parents are on the verge of a divorce, or at least it seems that way when his dad moves out.  And through all this he's dealing with his feelings for Sky, the intensity of them and how he wants things to move forward but slowly he realizes that he doesn't know much about her at all. 

Sky's big thing is being honest with each other.  If you have something to say you should say it and even if the other doesn't want to hear it, you feel it you say it.  That's how her and Jameson's relationship started and it teaches him how different that is with the relationship between him and Sarah how they never really told each other anything honest.  It's how he now wants to be in life, honest about everything.  His life is changing, and by the end of the book he's matured so much.  This is a complete coming of age contemporary with real life situations thrown in and subjects that many people can relate too.

There are some intense moments when his anger comes out, and there are some revelations that are made by Sky towards the end that totally flips him in the opposite direction which makes him even angrier.  But if he thought he was having problems and a complicated life then hers was much worse, he just didn't know or really thought to ask about them.  Then again she didn't volunteer the situation to him earlier, therefore making her dishonest, the complete opposite of what he thought she stood for.  It shows you that you really need to get to know the other person, and without complete honestly you can't move on because it will only hurt the other person. 

This book had fluidity in it, just like Sky.  It makes me want to read anything that Jolene writes, it was really interesting and a great story.  There's just so many things people go through in life that change them dramatically and it's always a beautiful thing to see it unfold in front of your eyes and that's how I felt about this book.

Quotes from the book:

“Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.
Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Let’s meet in my driveway and see if we can give Jameson his first heart attack.”


I glance at Sarah, realizing that I’ve been checking Sky out right in front of her.

“Gonna introduce me?” Sarah asks with a hard stare.

“Oh, sorry.” I wave for Sky to come over. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear. Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Let’s meet in my driveway and see if we can give Jameson his first heart attack. 

I clear my throat twice before I find my voice. “Sarah, this is Sky. Sky, this is Sarah.”


About the Author:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Review: Forgiven

By Jana Oliver
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Series: The Demon Trappers

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list.
But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…

This book has so much action, I never wanted to put it down.  The relationships between everyone is just so special in their own ways.  You can tell how much they really all care for each other and in the end everyone has every ones back, no matter if they are a which, necromancer, demon trapper, or hunter.  This book is one of my favorites so far, I can't want to see what Jana Oliver is going to do next with Riley.  She is literally at the center of everything.  I am extremely excited that this was not the last book, because really there is just way TOO much going on for it to end so abruptly.  I need some closure with everything.  I can't really say what since I don't want to ruin it for anyone but I need it!! On to the book now.

We begin with Riley and her dad who has been reanimated and they are finally together.  Although he is not all there, duh he's reanimated.  There is turmoil because of Simon calling in the hunters from the last book, they are in search for her as they need to ask her what has happened between her and the fallen.  They believe she has gone to the dark side.  Riley waits it out but is eventually pulled out of hiding when the possibility of Beck being the fall guy does not sit well with Riley. 

At the meeting turns out that she is neither on the side of good, or of evil she is in the middle, on the verge of an impasse if you will.  She is told that she can go free but must stay with master Stewart.  Which I'm glad I got to see a little more of Stewart because really he seems like a good guy, all Brave heart (think Mel Gibson but much older) like and a great head on his shoulders.  He's exactly what Riley needs in her life. 

There is still this whole back and forth between her and Beck, he's jealous of Ori the fallen angel who hooked up with Riley and she's jealous of Justine the redheaded reporter who is only there to get a big break.  They so want each other and I want them to want each other, and I want them to be together.  I need them to be together, because they do belong together.  Some people are so hard headed because for each to protect the other they pull away (well at least Beck does).  I can't wait to see the resolution of this relationship in the next book.

During the entire book there is a big battle that is brewing, just getting stronger and louder and is ready to explode.  The action in this book I think is really great and I can completely see it being put on the big screen.  On one side you have evil, reanimated demons who can go on sacred ground, and on the other the combination of trappers and hunters on the side of good.  It's all very epic like and I like it. 

There's so much more I wish I could say but I don't really want to spoil it for anyone who is going to read it.  I just know that I cannot wait for the next book and am so happy that it comes out in August so I won't have to wait that long! Yes!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Hosted at Booking Through Thursday. BTT interviewed their readers for a change, and their final question was, “What question have they NOT asked at BTT that you’d love them to ask?” They got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so?

This is so funny because some books really I just can't get into and it will take me forever - there are even some that I haven't even finished yet and I started them years ago.  The majority of the time the reason it takes me so long to read a book is because honestly I'm not interested in it.  Either I'm not in the mood to read it or it just isn't that good.  There are some that I will trudge through just because I know I have to finish.

So the longest it took me to read something ... again still trying to finish book I started years ago LOL.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

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

This week I'm "Waiting on":

By Tara Hudson
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Series: Hereafter


Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blog Tour - Meeitng Destiny - Review and Giveaway

Meeting Destiny Blurb:  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.


This book really left me guessing.  When I thought it would go left it went all the way to the right.  I always love books like this because you just don't know what's going to happen next and this is how I felt about Meeting Destiny. 

It completely started out sounding like a YA Contemporary then it quickly switched to a YA Paranormal, and yes then it turned into a Suspense/Mystery all still being a sort of love story.  Like I said it kept you wondering.

Lauren was at work, doing her regular thing at the register of the local Burger fast food place when someone walks in that she just doesn't feel comfortable with.  She's always had a sixth sense sort of thing towards people and today was no different.  She just knew this person was danger.  Turns out he comes in with a gun ready to rob the place and Lauren jumps in front of the guy before he goes to shoot a young kid.  She has no clue what is happening as the guy flies out and ambulance are called.  She seems to be in shock, but in denial as well.  She's the one who was shot. 

In the ambulance she meets her Destiny ... Max.  She's been dreaming about him for years, but never thought she would actually meet him.  This is when all things start to fall into place.  She's finally met her destiny, her best friend/boyfriend is now put on the sidelines eventually kicked to the curb but for good reason, they aren't meant to be.  Her best friend sees this guy who she is completely enamored with but Lauren finds this guy to be trouble.  Turns out he is, but then again maybe he's not.

Everything seems to go into a whirlwind where Lauren tries to piece everything together to figure out who did what and why she had to second guess herself with the guy her friend is liking.  It turns into a bigger mess and still Lauren is always in the middle of it.  The detectives just can't help to wonder about their new town hero. 

This book again it was really good.  I couldn't put it down I just had to know what was going to happen next.  The characters were really great.  The love sick puppy boy next door slash ex boyfriend, the new comer in Lauren's life her Destiny as she tries to unlock his secrets and make him remember all they are to each other.  The funky friend who is very free spirited. 

I think my favorite part of this book was experiencing all this through Lauren's eyes, she doesn't want to be the hero at all, she's just trying to "stick to her path".  You will really enjoy this book it's a must read.  Make sure you also check out the second book in the series Destiny's Revenge where Lauren's story continues after an ending you didn't expect to happen in Meeting Destiny.

Author Bio: Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband, two children and three dogs.  She enjoys RVing with her family, writing Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy and reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.


If you want to purchase the book you can check them out at the links below, you can always try and WIN a signed copy of the book on my giveaway listed below.  Sorry all, US Only.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: •Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page •BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) •Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's my teaser for the week:

I looked at his eyes and my heart literally stopped. I know because I heard him say, “She’s got an irregular heartbeat, we need to go now.” For the first time, I could hear alarm in his voice.
Nancy Straight. Meeting Destiny (Kindle Locations 238-239). Nancy Straight.

Make sure to check out my review and giveaway for this book. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blog Tour Forgiving Trinity - Review + Giveaway

Forgiving Trinity
Release Date:

At seventeen, Trinity McCabe has already made enough mistakes to fill a lifetime. Especially the one where she got high, drove a car, and almost killed a dog. And then let her friend Aidan take the blame.

She’s clean now and desperate to fix the messes she’s made, but first she’s going to have to get out of her pajamas.

As Trinity struggles to stop sleepwalking through life, she faces the painful, tingling sensation of waking up. It’s sometimes embarrassing (she really didn’t want to have lunch with Aidan’s mom), sometimes terrifying (group therapy is beyond intimidating), and sometimes, amazingly enough, pretty romantic (who’d have though Aidan would be such a great kisser?)

Trin is lucky, though—luckier than she deserves, she’s sure—and she doesn’t travel this road alone. Her family, her therapist, and her new friends are all pulling for her. And it turns out, some of them have made pretty big mistakes, too.
But before she can embrace her new life completely, Trinity has to be forgiven by the one person who is holding out the hardest: herself. It’s not easy changing everything, especially when you don’t think you deserve a second chance. Trinity might make an even bigger mess of things before she figures that out.
When the smoke clears on her latest disaster, will anyone still be standing there?

I couldn't help but when seeing this blog tour and this cover to pick this up and have to read it.  And I'm so glad I did.  This really turned out to be a good book.  It really has a great moral to the story, that you have to forgive yourself before you can fully move on with your life and let other people in.

Trinity is just back from a mini vacation ( aka rehab but not in the official capacity, more like her uncle's house) which she went to after the accident that she caused and got Aidan put in handcuffs and sent to Juvy.  Trinity was your typical party girl - drugs, alcohol, sex, and not knowing what she was doing and who she was hurting.  All this finally closed in on her the day of the accident, she had finally hit rock bottom and was ready for a change.  Aidan was the same way but Trinity just didn't really think about it much.  When she came back she had to see him and when she did he was so open and out there.  She still couldn't open up to anyone especially about that night.

Their relationship got closer than expected, especially against their parents better wishes as they all obviously feel that they are a bad influence on each other.  But Trinity is trying to change and she thought Aidan was too.  Trinity was seeing a therapist who would give her homework to do, which she took very seriously.  She always accomplished the homework and felt better because of it. She even got a friend out of it, Ruth.  Who is just unexpected as in you really shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

Throughout the book you can see the back and forth relationship of Trinity and Aidan grow, then get pulled back by events that they can't overcome and misunderstandings that the other doesn't bother to verify.  In the end everything I believe worked out the way it should have.  It really was a great book.  I sympathised for Trinity (not because I myself was a party girl) but I understand how hard it is for people to accept you have changed and to learn to trust people again.  With the help of good family and friends (or just people who care about you in general) you can succeed and let's not forget the help of Kali the goddess of Gentle Mother/Fierce Warrior.

Here's your chance to win your own e-book copy of Forgiving Trinity.  Open to all, no requirements.  Make sure you check out the other blog tour stops to see what they have going on for Forgiving Trinity. 

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