Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!



I had a pretty moderate week! Didn't add too much to the TBR Mountain of Doom and two of my books I bought this week were Keepers!


What I bought:


Antigoddess by Kendare Blake--SIGNED! I have the hardcover but while at Anderson's I saw the new paperback cover version and it was signed and I fell victim to impulse buying!
Talon by Julie Kagawa--SIGNED! Another keeper copy!!
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson--the Goodreads picture doesn't do the book justice! It's a BEAUTIFUL cover and I couldn't help myself by buying it! It was a steal too! Normally $45 and with my coupons and discount I got it for $26.58! Almost but not quite half off!!!


Then for review from the publishers via Netgalley, I received:

 A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson (ARC)
Dearest by Alethea Kontis (ARC)
Shutter by Courtney Alameda (ARC)


And then I won Hebel Design's Picture Contest! And was able to pick out a special item for myself:

I decided on Morozova's Collar from the Grisha trilogy! It was the one series that I've read and enjoyed that she has pieces from that I have yet to own! Now I'm good! Until the next series gets a place in the shop!

You can get your own necklace and many more lovely items from her shop here!


And then while out at TJMaxx I happened upon this nightstand that I thought could replace my old one! For this one has SHELVES!! My old one did not! I have to test it out for a bit to see if I like it's height and I have to find room in my already overcrowded room for items I hid under the skirt of my old one, but I must say I really like it!



And that was my haul this week! What did you all get?








Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

Rules:
1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)



This week's topic is: TV SHOW CROSSOVERS YOU'D LOVE TO SEE!


This was insanely hard for some reason! Was trying to think of shows that I think would be good mashed together sort of!
 

*in no particular order 


MONK + PSYCH


I wonder what a show like that would be like! The totally chaotic Shawn with the totally over the top OCD Monk! That would ensue chaos!!! But think of how amazingly quick mysteries could be solved! These shows were even on the same network too!



SUPERNATURAL + TRUE BLOOD


For some reason I think this could be highly entertaining! Or at least interesting! Vampires, a psychic, werewolves, faeries and all the other peeps dealing with two hunters? Hot ones at that! LOL



THE BIG BANG THEORY + BROOKLYN NINE-NINE


I think this one could be pretty funny! Each of them are funny on their own, but think of how Sheldon might deal with Jake?! I think there would be quite the hijinks and other shenanigans going on with this one!



MAMA'S FAMILY + HOT IN CLEVELAND

Not sure what made me think of this mix! Guess because Betty White starred on both! For a time at least on Mama's Family! Mama has quite the attitude and I think Betty has that too on Hot in Cleveland now! Must have learned it all from Mama!



CRIMINAL MINDS + THE FOLLOWING

Let's mash up Criminal Minds with the batsh*t crazy followers on The Following! The FBI team can try to analyze them! They could probably do a LOT better job then the current team Ryan's always working with! LOL





Mini Review--The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige

There’s a new Wicked Witch in Oz—and her name is Dorothy. This digital original novella is the second installment in the prequel arc to the edgy and exciting New York Times bestseller Dorothy Must Die.

Dorothy Gale is back . . . and she’s not the sweet little heroine of Oz anymore. She’s power-hungry and vicious, and she leaves a trail of destruction beneath her spike-heeled, magical shoes. But behind the scenes, there’s someone else pulling the strings. Someone who doesn’t want fame or glory—just control.

Glinda of the North brought Dorothy back to Oz for a reason. And in The Witch Must Burn, a young maid is about to discover that a witch who says she’s Good might be the most dangerous kind of Wicked.

The Witch Must Burn, by debut author Danielle Paige, is a dark and compelling reimagining of a beloved classic and is perfect for fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and Wicked by Gregory Maguire.


Danielle Paige returns to the land of Oz in The Witch Must Burn. We have here a second prequel to Amy Gumm's story in Dorothy Must Die. This time our narrator is Jellia, the maid. Granted I can't quite pull her from my memory of the first book, but naturally I just moved on!

Jellia has gotten used to Dorothy's ways and whims. She has a handle on how to deal with Dorothy's sporadic tendencies and radical requests. Jellia isn't fond of Dorothy and truly misses the days when Ozma ruled.

Then Glinda visits and Jellia sort of unknowingly reveals that she has magical abilities despite Dorothy's ban on magic. Glinda however, sees something in her and politely demands requests that Dorothy lend her to her for the summer. Dorothy begrudgingly agrees.

This is when we really get to see Glinda's true colors. Before we had inklings that she may be up to no good. Now we know. Now we see it. Glinda is batsh*t freaking power hungry crazy!

I also enjoyed seeing another particular character in this one. A pleasant surprise really! This was a quick and delightful little read. We get to see Jellia before Amy comes along and see how she comes on her current course for the future. I highly recommend these prequel reads for all Dorothy Must Die fans because they're little hidden insights to our resident villains. A fast and enjoyable read to say the least!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars





Julie Kagawa Signing!!

Hey all! So as you may know now, I made yet another road trip up to Naperville, but this time it was to meet the ultra-awesome JULIE KAGAWA!!

Now I did meet her once before in Ohio...like in 2010 I think at a multi-author signing. That was when we were up to just The Iron Queen, so there have been a LOT of books since then that have just been begging to be signed and match each other! LOL

This time though, one of my friends wanted to come along and it made the drive sooo much easier and enjoyable almost having someone along!

But it was a LOT of fun! I always enjoy meeting authors! And at Anderson's Bookshop...it's like a reader's heaven! There are a LOT of SIGNED books there! It's hard to not go crazy and buy everything you see!


 Julie is just one of those awesome authors! I happened upon her books when I won the first 2 Iron Fey books from Harlequin Teen just as they were getting their new Teen line out there! (My prize also included Gena Showalter's first 2 Intertwined books which is AWESOME series that you all MUST BUY!)
She also left her mark at Anderson's as all authors do, but in a truly unique way!

And I had myself a geek moment...I'd been planning this trip for a loooong time. I even tweeted to Julie wondering if she would be coming to St. Louis since she was so close in Naperville and at that time she didn't even know her tour schedule was taking her to Naperville! So I thought, better just plan for Naperville!

Anyway, while at the mall I passed Build a Bear and saw that you could build your own Toothless. And when I saw it, I thought...Julie would LOVE that! I had to build it for her (any myself!). So I did! And then brought it too her! Which she loved it! Because TOOTHLESS!!! He's sooo cute!

My friend and I had an amazing time! I got all my books signed, which there were a LOT! Thankfully I bought 2 line tickets and were numbers 2 & 3! Heehee! Yay near first! So naturally that means...I have an EXTRA SIGNED copy of Talon!! And you know what that means...GIVEAWAY TIME!

But first...check out the sight my friend and I saw when we left the bookstore:


It was really pretty seeing all the Christmas lights up on the tree! There were a LOT! You practically didn't need the lamposts lit on the sidewalk!


Okay giveaway time! Now as usual, I have to keep this to US only! Very sorry about that peeps! BUT! As a bonus I decided I will giveaway my ARC copy too! I won this earlier this year and it was signed and mistakeningly personalized to Jennifer. It was just gently read and a smidge travel worn from the mail, but I will give that away as well!

The first place winner will get the Hardcover copy of Talon and the second place winner will get my old ARC! Sound good? Enter away!



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MIA...again!

So I'll be MIA again today! Just for today though! I swear it! 

Me and a friend are driving up to Naperville to see Julie Kagawa! As this was the closest she was getting to St. Louis, I figure I better go! So go I must and am!

See you all later!




Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
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6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!



This week's question is: Create an ad listing all the qualities and qualifications of your perfect co-blogger. via Girl of 1000 Wonders 


MY ANSWER: Ooh another toughie!

WANTED: A reader/reviewer who loves the paranormal, whether it's YA, NA, or Adult! Must love reading and have a passion for it! Must gush over characters, writing, authors and basically be a total fangirl! Treats reading as something fun and enjoyable, does not see it as a job. Writes the reviews he/she wants to read.

No experience necessary! As long as you have ever loved one book, you're in. More than one and you're TOTALLY IN! 





Review--Gifted by Kelley Armstrong

Contains two holiday stories, one Otherworld Pack and one Cainsville.

Gabriel’s Gargoyles - (Cainsville short story, Gabriel Walsh as 10 year old narrator.) Cainsville was where a boy could walk the streets safely at any time, day or night. Where everyone was genuinely glad to see you, and didn’t think you were odd if you wanted to keep to yourself. Because Cainsville was odd, too. For one thing, there are the gargoyles. Unlike the others, Gabriel doesn’t believe the carven creatures came to life to protect the town. It’s up to a boy to protect himself. Now he’s determined to find the last hidden gargoyle by winter Solstice. He’s also determined to get the perfect gift for his great-aunt Rose. And when Gabriel Walsh sets goals, he achieves them…one way or another.

The Puppy Plan (Otherworld novella, 9 year old Logan Danvers as narrator.) When Logan finds an puppy abandoned by the roadside a few days before Christmas, he knows it’s a sign. His sister Kate wants a dog more than anything. Their parents aren’t completely opposed to the idea. It’s just a bad time. A really bad time. Maybe next year. But now there’s this puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a pet… So how does a boy who always plays by the rules give his sister what she wants most?


Gifted is a perfect read for the holidays! Kelley Armstrong brings us two short stories from her amazing series Cainsville & Otherworld! These were some great reads and really quick ones too, but were still oh-so-enjoyable!

Gabriel's Gargoyles

This one centers around a young Gabriel as he's saving up to buy the perfect Christmas gift for his great-aunt Rose. It was kind of cute to see Gabriel as a kid! He's already such an odd and mysterious character in the series now, seeing him as a kid, is like seeing adult Gabriel minified! He's got the same attitude but perhaps a bit downgraded as he is just a kid!

It was kind of sad seeing how he lives with his mother though. The woman is cruel in the neglectful kind of way. Always jonesing for her next fix. She steals from her son and there's rarely a time Gabriel can have a decent meal. He has to hide the money he saves and leave a small stash for his mother to conveniently find again and again! She steals from her own son! It's amazing Gabriel turned out into a decent human being after all that! And I think a lot of it is because of the time he got to spend with Rose.

It was a really sweet story too! And it packs a lot of emotion into it for such a short read! Gabriel is also doing his best to track down the last gargoyle in the town so that he can claim to find them all. Of course having one fashioned after him isn't his idea of a reward. The mysterious writer--totally blanking on his name--is still around! This guy drives me nuts! It's because he's SO mysterious! I mean who is he?! What is up with Cainsville and all their secrets? This short story basically just got my brain roaring on the questions again! But I must say, again, that I loved the ending!

Rating 5/5


The Puppy Plan

Kelley brings us a new kind of narrator this time around, and that's 9-year-old Logan! He's trying to figure out the perfect gift for his sister for Christmas. And he stumbles upon it in the woods one night and even that was a heartbreaking kind of moment! Kate has always wanted a dog and he happens upon an abandoned puppy. But he knows it's going to take a lot of convincing to his parents to agree.

Logan is such an amazing character! And he's nine years old! He is very mature for his age. He didn't want to beg his parents and put them between a rock and a hard place. He wanted to prove to them that having a puppy would be no big deal. So he tries to keep the puppy a secret for the time being until the moment is right to ask his parents.

This one was a bit longer than the first but still enjoyable! Seeing through Logan's eyes was a different kind of experience, but still amazing! This kid is just so awesome! He's caring and considerate, and like I said, just really mature for his age. He thinks things through logically!

I also enjoyed seeing Clay and Elena however briefly as they will always be my favorite Otherworld couple! Logan even gets a peek at them being lovey dovey like and his reaction was adorable! Clay makes an excellent father too! This story was just all kinds of amazing! And the ending had quite a twist to it too!

Rating 5/5


Needless to say this was one GREAT read and I read it just in time for the holidays!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars




Random Thursday

Here's a Disney Fun Fact that will really spin you through a loop!

Did you know that Walt Disney was afraid of mice?! He created Mickey to help get over his fear! I'd say it worked, wouldn't you? ;)
















Mini Review--Seduction's Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.











I received this enovella from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Also note, I am only reviewing Seduction's Kiss at this time.


Oh wow. Wow. Wow. WOW! I just devoured Alyssa Rose Ivy's Seduction's Kiss in a heartbeat it seems! And it was freaking incredible! I ADORE her Crescent and Empire Chronicles as they were the first of the few Paranormal NA titles that I found and after reading the Empire Chronicles, I was sooo ready for Owen to get towards a happy ending--or place as there really are no endings in this incredibly amazing series!

Daisy agrees to roadtrip it up with her friend and roommate to New Orleans so that she may reconnect with an old boyfriend. The trip does not go well for Daisy at all. Chad has two other roommates, and the first one keeps harassing Daisy in the worst possible way and the other is just the quiet type.

After venturing the city on her own, Daisy spends Halloween night hanging out with Duncan, the quiet roommate and learns quite a bit about the city and its inhabitants. Despite my love for all things paranormal starting with vampires, I never tire of seeing them in any fashion, and here they are quite villainous...and lecherous! Can we say eww? Daisy sure did! Haha.

Being a novella, this is a quick little read, so there's not enough words and what all to keep me eternally happy, but I did like seeing Owen get a bit of happiness...or possible happiness. The ending leaves you wondering where these two stand and all. For that matter, we didn't get to see much of Owen in the story itself either. We see him briefly in the beginning and then of course he's there at the ending when you pretty much know, he rescues Daisy from her predicament! *Not a spoiler since it's in the description above! ;)

I really enjoyed this one! I even enjoyed Shaun who was our resident douchebag. Towards the end he kind of lightened up in a way...at least in one that made me chuckle! I really hope this isn't the end of Daisy and Owen's story!

For fans of the Crescent and Empire Chronicles this is a MUST read! And it was positively delightful! 


Overall Rating 4.95/5 stars--yes the awkward rating! My only complaint and what took off that little .05 was that there simply was not enough of Owen on the pages! Though I did love what we had at the end...there's going to be a novel eventually, right Alyssa? *insert puppy dog eyes*





Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur brings her Dark Angels series to a breathtaking conclusion as half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones treads a knife’s edge between the salvation of the human race and its total annihilation.

The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun, and half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is in more danger than ever—and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her hunt for complete domination. And for Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die.

Now, it’s a race against time for Risa to save those she loves, and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the very gates of hell.




Yes yes yes! So can't wait to see how this series ends!

 
TITLE: Darkness Falls
AUTHOR: Keri Arthur
PUBLISHER: Signet
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014





Mini ARC Review--All Up by Amanda Carlson

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She’s in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she’s been accused of committing. It doesn’t help that she hasn’t fed in months, and keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who’s accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour.

Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he’s fallen for—not only from her brother—but from herself. The two have been on the incubus’s trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows the succubus is in trouble, but he has no idea how to help her. In the end, letting go of his painful past is the only way he can save her.


What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone paranormal romance novellas, each with their own set of characters and happy endings, and are all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!
 


I received this enovella from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


Amanda Carlson contributes yet another addition to the Sin City Collectors Novella Series and All In was as incredible as her previous installments!

One of the things that I LOVE about this series so far is how all the characters from past novellas are still around. In this one we get to see Neve, Jake, Diesel and Sofia again as secondary characters. I don't know why, but it always makes me giddy when that happens. Same series, same world, same city, but yet sooo much goes on in Sin City as this series will tell you. Having these people being friends just makes it more enjoyable somehow!

In this one we get Ginger, a succubus that we met in Ante Up working with Diesel's brother Luke in order to track down her missing brother. Another thing that I love about this series is that it's such an incredible story in so few pages! There's no insta-love here! Oh no, that'd be too easy! While we do get that insta--attraction, there's no flowerly words of lovey-dovey-ness going on here! In fact, Ginger is trying adamantly to keep Luke away from her romantically. Being a succubus is dangerous for romance and she doesn't want to be a threat to Luke despite her growing feelings for him.

While trying to fight the feelings between each other, there's still the matter of rescuing her brother and whatever danger he might be in. But what she ends up finding is far worse than she could expect! *cue-dramatic-music*

A truly enjoyable read! I love being able to read these babies in one sitting! Makes me feel accomplished that I have one less read in the ol' TBR Mountain of Doom! (because yes, it's gotten to the point where it needs that name! And remembering all the books on my kindle I have yet to read is even harder because I can't see those everyday!)

All In was a fast paced and incredible read with even more incredible characters! This is one series that I recommend to all paranormal fans, because it's Vegas baby...paranormal style! ;P


Overall Rating 5/5 stars