Friday, March 29, 2013

Follow Friday (23)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – and how did you react?

Not many books make me cry, but a few times during the series a beloved character would die, or something horrible would happen to someone I just loved to pieces. That series would be Harry Potter. More than one of the books had me in tears, the fact that it inspired so much emotion in me when books usually don't inspire tears proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was an amazing, well written set of books. 

What makes you cry? :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Blitz: The Grimm Diaries - Cameron Jace

Hello there my lovely readers. I am really excited to be talking to you today about an awesome series of prequels, in this blitz put together by Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours. This prequel series I am talking about is the Grimm Diaries by Cameron Jace. These prequels are little teaser looks into the fairy tale world in which his full length novel was written. There are 3 bundles available for these prequels. the first 2 bundles (prequels #1-10) are only .99 cents each from the 28th to the 31st!

The First Bundle:

Grimm Diaries (Prequels #1-6)
By Cameron Jace
Release Date: November 19th, 2012

The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse is broken now, and the characters are allowed to wake up every one hundred years. They intend to tell the truth about really happened, and about an untold cosmic conflict between fairy tale characters.

Add to: Goodreads / Amazon

The Second Bundle:

Grimm Diaries (Prequels #7-10)
By: Cameron Jace
Release Date: January 18, 2013

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.
This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm
The first book in the Series will be out in February 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW.

The Third Bundle:

Grimm Diaries (Prequels #11-14)
By: Cameron Jace
Release Date: March 28, 2013

10.5) Happy Valentine’s Slay by Wee Willy Winkie The real Sandman Grimm sheds a light on what happened in Jawigi, and tells about how some of the teens in Sorrow spend their Valentine’s Day.
11) Children of Hamlin by the Devil The Devil tells the story of the Piper of Hamlin, who he really is, the historical events he witnessed, and his relationship to Ladle Rat. Most of all, why they call him the Black Death.
12) Tooth & Nail & Fairy Tale by Jack Madly Jack Madly stole a sack full of baby teeth from Bluebeard’s enchanted castle, which reminds him of when he first met the Tooth Fairy when he was a child; a memory he wishes to forget.
13) Ember in the Wind by the Little Match Girl All the Little Match Girl wants is to sell her matches so she uses the money to eat and find shelter from the cold. But no one in the cruel city of crowded London helps her. Eventually, she learns something about who she really is, and it changes her life forever.
14) Jar of Hearts by the Queen of Sorrow The Queen of Sorrow, still trapped in the Dreamworld summons Cassandra, the fortuneteller, to ask her about the identities of Lost Seven. The problem with Cassandra is that she’s cursed that her predictions will never be believed. The Queen is still determined to believe her, but it will cost more than she can bargain for.

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Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (29)

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

My Picks This Week Are:

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?
This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

I can not wait for this book to end up in my hands! I LOVED the first one and I can't wait to see where this story is going to go and I really want to see the world through the eyes of Sybella.

He makes good girls...bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

I have heard awesome things about this book, and Dante does sound "flippin awesome". I really can't wait to give this one a try.

What are you guys waiting on?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Books I Highly Recommend

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish
This week the list is Top Ten Books I Highly Recommend.

My Picks This Week Are...

Some of these I just gave you the first book in a series, but in truth I am really recommending the whole series :)   I loved all these books and hope that if you give any of them a try that you love them too. Leave a link in the comments and I will check out what you recommend.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: The Treachery of Beautiful Things - Ruth Frances Long

Publisher: Dial Books
Page Length: 363 pages
Release Date: August 16th 2012
Rating: YA 14+

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The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

I am a sucker for a good fairy story, and even more so when they take place in faerie. This was a beautifully woven story from start to finish. One of my favorite things about they fey is they are beautiful but so dangerous and I think that truly came through in this story. I also love that every authors take on the fey is different. The realm as it was described here was a beautiful place, yet no matter where you looked there was some hidden danger.

Jenny, Jack, and Puck were all so awesome. Jack and Puck did there best to help Jenny even though they were bound to others. And Jenny, so amazingly stubborn. She was awesome she never backed down even when the opportunity to escape was in her grasp. She refused to abandon anyone and always seemed to look for the good in others even though there betrayals were screaming at her.

This was a complex story that was well written and captivated me from the start. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of a good story about the fey. I hope that you will give this a chance and that you enjoy it as much as I have. I give this one 4 stars!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Follow Friday (22) - Guilty Pleasures

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its a way to get out there and meet new bloggers and discover new blogs. :)

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

Oh I have a few hehe...When I started blogging I read a good mix of Young Adult and Adult books, once I got into my groove with the blog I mostly started reading YA. My biggest guilty pleasure is the occasional adult book I read. The ones that I will drop everything to devour, Stephanie Plum, Rachel Morgan and a few others. I am hoping to get a little more caught up on my adult reads this year, but for now these are like a box of Hersey's semi sweet chocolate to me :)

Whats your guilty reading pleasure?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: The Raft - S.A. Bodeen

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: August 21st 2012
Page Length: 231 pages

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Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

I didn't expect to like this book really, but to my surprise I really did. Robbie wasn't how I thought she would be before I started this book, I kind of expected her to be kind of tough, but really she was kind of a wuss. I can get that though she is young and all, so in a way it worked for her. Once the real meat of the story gets rolling her wuss status started to drive me nuts, until I realized that she really was being strong and tough. She might have argued about doing something but in the end it got done.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time she was in the raft. I prayed for rain and other miracles. I was scared for her. I couldn't imagine being in her situation as scared as I was as just a reader I don't think I could Handel being in that situation. It took me a little bit just about up to the reveal to figure out her coping mechanism. I was shocked and not shocked all at the same time. 

Watching her struggle to make fires, and find water or food I just sat here crossing my fingers. I wanted her to survive so bad. I wanted her to do things that go against morals and normal thinking. I just wanted her to live. Once the shark was introduced into the story every time the water was mentioned my heart was in my throat. Sharks creep me out on a normal day, it's even worse when I'm reading. Survival novel. In the end when the last page was turned I truly enjoyed this book. I give this one 4 stars!

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