Review--Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Siege and Storm is the second book in The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.


The fascinating Siege and Storm by the incredibly talented Leigh Bardugo picks up where Shadow and Bone left off, Alina and Mal are on the run from the Darkling, seeking to escape his terrifying power and consuming need to have Alina has his. And can we just say wow! I wasn't sure how this one would compare to the first book, but it was equally as thrilling and fascinating, if not a little better!

Alina and Mal have thought themselves safe for the past few weeks having escaped the Darkling, but he finds them again all too quickly. And the group finds themselves on a ship surrounded by pirates seeking to find yet another amplifier; a dragon with scales that will only add to Alina's powers.

Things take an interesting twist when the pirates and their captain help Alina and Mal escape and we learn exactly who these pirates are and what their game plan is, one that involves Alina, naturally. They are to return home to make a stand against the Darkling once and for all with Alina running as the leader of the Second Army.

Things were pretty intense in this one. There's a lot of planning for all sorts of things going around Alina. The ultimate goal of course is to vanquish the Darkling. And yet, I still can't help but wonder at this guy's character. Why were we made to care for him in the first book, for awhile at least? Or I did for that matter. I grew to like him more than Mal even. But then he showed a darker side to himself, ironic no? 

During all this turmoil, Alina and Mal find themselves growing further and further apart. Alina is coming into her powers more and more and Mal distances himself from it all. Then in comes a new character, Nikolai who makes it clear that he wouldn't mind having Alina as his queen! So we're looking at a further love complication. I couldn't tell if his feelings for Alina were true or not. I think there's admiration for her, but was there love? Well, not in the beginning at least, who's to really say at the end either? The Darkling was absent for most of the book expect for when Alina sees him in her dreams, which feel incredibly real. Needless to say, I don't mind not being in Alina's tremulous position!

I still find myself struggling at times to grasp what the overall mission or plan is. For everyone at this point. The Fold, the part of the world where darkness reigns and monsters live, is still a key role in it as well. It's grown since last time as we learned. I think everything kind of comes down to power and ruling. Which goes back to government and politics, which has never been my strong put, but I feel like it's one of those things I can follow along easily enough but come time to explain to someone else, I draw a blank! Oh the woes of a reader, when one just gets so sucked into the book the real world becomes lost to me. And trying to rehash what I read to these outsiders is a puzzle to me as well!

Things definitely got intense at the end. More epic battling with losses left and right! It was exhilarating and a bit heart-wrenching as well. The works of a Heartrender maybe?! (har-har! couldn't resist a little dorky humor!) I feel like a simple course is set for the next book so far, finding a third and final amplifier for Alina to make her even more powerful, perhaps powerful enough to take on the Darkling again. Because like all villains--or possible, maybe villains--he just won't go away yet! I really have no clue where I stand on this Darkling, a part of me still wants him to be the hero that I thought he was in book 1, but his current actions keep leading me to think otherwise, and then there are those little moments that make you think there's something else to him!

Naturally, this leaves me all confounded on it all! I'll be starting the next and final book shortly and will hopefully receive all the answers that are brewing. I can only hope they are happy answers! 

Siege and Storm was yet another thrilling edition to the Grisha trilogy and has me wondering why I never picked this series up before! Well, as they say, "better late then never" and the added readers' input: better when the whole series is out for a binge read!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars





Cover Copy Reveal--A Court of Thorns and Roses

Beauty and the Beast blends with faerie lore in this steamy new offering from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

When nineteen-year-old Feyre plucks a forbidden rose from the ground, a wolfish creature arrives to punish her for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. And as she learns more about him, her feelings for Tamlin transform from hostility to a fiery passion. But the threats against the faerie lands are growing, and Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse . . . or lose Tamlin forever.

This first book in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series is salacious, action-packed, and impossible to put down!


EEP! I think it looks very cool! I looooove fairy tales and retellings and reimagings so I sooooo can't wait for this one. I couldn't really get into her first series sadly, but that's not going to prevent me from trying another! Love it!


A Court of Thorns and Roses releases May 5, 2015




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This week's question is: Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you’d get to choose, who would you bring back?


MY ANSWER: Eep! This is going to be a spoilery one! But I am keeping the ones I mention to be older books, but still apologies if you aren't up to date on them all. 

But this first one should be on everyone's list I think!

Pretty much ALL of our HEROES from Harry Potter! Anyone who basically wasn't evil or a Death Eater and all that jazz, I want them back and alive!

Most definitely Gabriel! OMG! I was so heartbroken over his death! I couldn't believe it! It had to be re-read in those moments because I was in denial!


Mason, because that was yet another death I didn't see coming and cut me deep! He was so sweet and we barely got to know him before he was killed!


And perhaps the biggest one that still chokes me up...


Kisten! I will always miss you!! I was in tears for this one! And I did need to re-read those paragraphs another time or two, because I was like no. No, he's not gone! He CAN'T be gone!! But yes, he was! Sob!


And there's another one I want to mention but won't. A popular dystopian YA trilogy that ended with the most shocking of all deaths! If you've read it, you know which one I mean. I was one of the few--I feel like--that didn't hate the series afterwards or was mad at the author. I accepted it, but I was still in tears. Balling like crazy. I'd bring back that person and make sure the ending was more HEA!

And one more I won't mention as well since it just released this year, a trilogy I just picked up this year in fact. The death shocked me to my core! I was in denial--a popular theme when it comes to character deaths!--and kept expecting for this character to bounce back up. But no, no it did not happen. I cried my woes to the author when I met her this year as well. But yeah, that character would sooooo come back and have a HEA ending as well! 






Review--Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina Starkov doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal--and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.

Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina's extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart--and her country--in two.


So I finally read Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone. What better time then when the trilogy is finished! That way there's none of that pesky waiting in between books! And I have to say I found it quite fascinating!

Shadow and Bone is definitely a fantasy kind of read filled with magic and monsters and of course a heroine with a hero or two along the way. Perhaps the most difficult thing for me to comprehend in the story was all the statuses the Grisha hand and what their powers were. There are a lot of strange names in this one, but that's always a given with fantasies. Country names were even odd to read and knowing the geography of the world was a bit confusing at times too. But as always, I just rolled with it and the enjoyment of the story took its hold on me!

Alina and Mal have been practically inseparable since they were children, both orphans and just trying to make their way in life. Mal is a solider and Alina is a mapmaker and naturally, Alina has been crushing on Mal for years, but Mal rarely sees her in that light. Then one day, they along with a group of their soldiers are sent on a journey for trade or something like that, but it involved passing through the Fold. And this my friends is where the monsters live. When an attack ensues from the monsters there's chaos and panic and Mal is hurt and something unleashes in Alina that saves his life but exposes a hidden power within her and now she finds herself in front of the Darkling.

The Darkling proceeds to take Alina under his wing and into the Grisha fold. She has a lot to learn. The Darkling as you can probably tell from his name, is a powerful figure. He's kinda scary at times too, but yet he's kind to Alina. He talks to her on their journey and treats her respectively. He's nothing at all what she expected.

And wow, can we just say how awesome the Darkling was. And his title, so mysterious. Alina is your typical shy, meek powerless kind of girl who comes into her own. I love that transformation, no matter how many times we see it. It's just remarkable and each author makes that transformation their own and Bardugo is no different. Alina starts growing closer to the Darkling and I sensed that dreaded love triangle springing up since she's always crushed on Mal. And this definitely falls under the love complication even though it's still just Alina and two guys.

Things take a drastic turn when Alina learns that the Darkling has been keeping secrets from her and that's when the danger really antes up in the story. Prior to it was more of the learning experience kind.

I love the characters in this this one. The Darkling for his mysterious qualities. Alina for being a likable heroine. Alina also makes a new friend, Genya who was a delight! She was like a gossipy teenager just thrown into a different time. Mal, for the little we see him was great too and I have a feeling I will just continue to grow feelings for these characters in the next book.

The ending, naturally, was heart-pounding. It was very intense as more events began to unfold and Alina realizes a thing or two. And this is only book 1! I was left shocked at these developments because I really didn't see them coming! But I feel like there has to be more to the story (besides there being 2 more books) and I can't really explain my feelings for spoiler purposes either. Just that I feel like there's definitely going to be a few more realizations to come and I can't wait! Now onto book 2!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars





Random Thursday

So this will be the last Jaws fun fact for you all! Know you might have been getting tired of all these little tidbits, but I found them intriguing and hence the reason why they got their own post! ;)

JAWS went on to become the biggest picture of all time--at that time. Surpassing the $100 million mark which had never been done before! Remember this is 1975!

Over 6.7 million viewers saw Jaws during the summer of 1975 making it the first ever summer blockbuster!

And as the previews liked to say, (or something pretty darn close!) "making you fear to go in the water!" Although as we learned, people actually went to the water MORE after this one in Martha's Vineyard. So weird! I wouldn't be anywhere close to that ocean line after seeing this movie, and I still won't ever go into the ocean!

But there was this one time on my senior spring break trip overseas, we were going to tour Capri, an island off of Sorrento, and we were told we could either wait to ride in this kind of boat:


Or go NOW in this kind of boat:

Except ours was longer to hold more people. 

And guess which one the group decided they wanted to ride? Yup, this one! I was freaking out for awhile until we saw some of the sights! But then I hear our tour guide tell some of the guys "don't put your hand in the water! You'll attract the blue sharks!" Yeah, that didn't make me even more paranoid or anything and I sooo wasn't thinking of Jaws eating that boy scouts leader in his rowboat!








MORGANVILLE is coming to the WEB!



The Morganville Vampire Series is being made into a WebSeries and it's coming soon! Check out the trailer!







ARC Review--Eternal by C.C. Hunter

Sometimes the path to love it painfully unclear, but Della's journey is about to bring her a whole lot closer...

Della's secret powers always made her feel separated from her human family. Just when she's starting to feel like she belongs, at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers, her life is turned upside down all over again. Attacked by a deadly virus, she has no choice but to be reborn. It's a transformation that makes her more powerful--and bonds her to Chase, a good-looking vampire who makes her laugh one minute and infuriates her the next.

Chase already knows too many of Della's secrets, and being eternally bonded to him is the last thing she wants. Even worse, she doesn't fully understand what their bond means. Is it causing the undeniable attraction she's started feeling for him--or is their connection real? And what does that mean for Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees?

Now Della's battered heart is about to take another hit. While investigating her latest case, she discovers shocking evidence about her father's dark past, making her question everything she once believed to be true...and her place in the world she loves.


I received this ARC from the author as being apart of her Street Team for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


C.C. Hunter's Eternal is Della's second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy! Yes, C.C. confirms it's a trilogy at the back of the book. Eternal was definitely an enjoyable read, as Della was by far one of my favorite characters when it was Kiley telling her story and with Della at the helm, you know you're in for a treat!

Della is dealing with being reborn and bonded to Chase in this one. She's not overly thrilled with it either. There's a lot of emotions going on when it comes to this. It definitely puts a strain between her and Steve. But soon Steve and Perry both leave the scene and are not seen again. It was sad to have them off scene--they went away to another school in Paris--but I felt like it was right in some ways for Della. Steve recognizes that there is something between her and Chase and he wants Della to figure it all out, to figure out who she wants to be with. Even though, Steve will be gone for an unknown amount of time.

I found myself very attached to Steve, pretty much since he and Della worked together in Saved at Sunrise. And now with Chase in the picture, I found myself very much on Team Steve. But sadly, he just wasn't there. There was no trying to fight for Della on his part since he left, so I can kind of understand Della falling for Chase...but then the question is, is that real or is it their bond? A question Della asks herself more than once during the course of events.

Although, Chase is still a fun character. He matches Della's snark head on and isn't afraid of her moodiness. They're quite the pair and working together, in a way, does get them closer together.

Their case was a real doozie too! They are both experiencing visions of two vampires, a girl and guy and they're in trouble. Subsequently, that becomes their case, trying to find where these two are. They're being held somewhere dark and time is not on their side, which really ante ups the pressure in trying to find them. There's a lot of obstacles in their search and it made for an interesting mystery of sorts.

Della's family also played a bit of a larger role in this one. Mainly, their secrets, secrets we have yet to truly uncover. But it keeps getting mentioned as they did in Reborn. Just little hints that there is something being hidden. I think those secrets will be at front and center in the final book, which is the next book!

I enjoyed seeing Kylie and Miranda around again as well! They are still there for Della much like Della and Miranda were there for Kiley. I almost want Miranda to have her own book now too! Miranda is dealing with more heartache, it seems, than Della over Perry leaving her. I feel like that there is more to that story as well, as Della had a conversation with Perry prior to leaving. Perhaps it was due to the fact that he was leaving and that was the secret, but I can't help but feel like there was more to it than all that! But as I tend to tell myself, only time--and the next book--will tell!

Eternal was an amazing followup to Reborn that continues Della's journey! The sassy, smart-mouthed vampire who's just trying to make sense of her world as a vampire and now as a reborn. She's a lovable heroine because she's never afraid to speak her mind and do what she believes is right, even if it may lead to further consequences! Eternal is a must read for all Shadow Falls fans that lets us linger just a little bit longer at our favorite camp.



Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Eternal releases October 28, 2014




Forbidden Pre-Order Contest!

On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.

Kimberley is also offering a HUGE preorder giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter. TO ENTER:
  • You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to forbiddengiveaway@gmail.com.
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  • Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014
  • Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow Kimberley on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!)
  • Winners will be announced and contacted November 4th (release day!)
  • If the winner does not respond with their mailing address within one week, a new winner will be chosen.
PRIZES:
(1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1. NEWLY RELEASED Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet with 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB -- choose your color! (Black, Magenta, White, Citron, or Cobalt) 2. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson 3. CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White 4. Satin Belly Dance Skirt 5. Belly Dance 150-Coin Hip Scarf 6. Red Silk Veil (not pictured) 7. Red Middle Eastern Earrings 8. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances) 9. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured) 10. Set of 10 Book Club Cards 11. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
(1) SECOND PLACE WINNER:
1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
3. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
4. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
5. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
6. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
7. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
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1. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
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3. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
4. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
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About Forbidden: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
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About Kimberley: Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. You can visit her online at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.

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ARC Review--Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.


The stories included are:

1) Demonology - Adam's mother discovers what he is
2) Stalked - Clay/Elena honeymoon story from "My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"
3) Hidden - SubPress 2012 Elena/Clay novella
4) Twilight - a Cass story from "Many Bloody Returns"
5) Chivalrous - Reese's backstory from SubPress's long sold-out "Tales of Dark Fantasy 2" (the Dec'14 SubPress graphic novella picks up this storyline)
6) Lucifer's Daughter - Hope/Karl story from "Blood Lite II: Overbite"
7) From Russia with Love - Elena bonus story included with hardcover of "Thirteen"
8) Vanishing Act - brand-new Savannah/Adam novella set after "Thirteen"


I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


I am always ecstatic to return to Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series! I can never get tired of it! Otherworld Nights combines a handful of Kelley's short stories and novellas for some of our beloved characters! I admit, I haven't read all of these prior to this book--really just two, numbers 4 and 7 on this list above--and having them in this nifty anthology was awesome! I loved these characters to pieces and sometimes it's hard trying to buy every anthology or SubPress graphic novel--which are pretty picey--ever just to get them all. So I am very happy with these anthologies! And a bonus? A BRAND NEW story set after Thirteen with Adam and Savannah! It doesn't get much better than this!

Demonlogy was the first story and was a rather short one and would be my least favorite of the anthology. Perhaps because it was so short, and there's not a whole lot going on. That and it's been a few years and many, many books since I was last reading this series, I couldn't exactly recall one of the key characters. Here, Adam's mom seeks the help of a doctor to find out what's going on with her young son, Adam. His fascination with fire isn't really the sort that can be labeled pyromaniac. And Dr. Robert Vasic supposedly has the answers she needs. Again, I couldn't quite remember this particular character, so perhaps that's why the story was just meh. But young Adam was so cute!  

Rating 2.5/5 stars 
 

Stalked was probably one of my favorites. Not only was it Clay and Elena taking their much needed and kind of delayed honeymoon, it took place in St. Louis! Naturally I was laughing at the jokes saying there wasn't much to do there. And why did we choose this city again? Because really, after the Arch, what else is there? I honestly couldn't tell you! Anyway, the honeymoon gets a interrupted when Clay--our narrator--notices a mutt following them with his eyes set on Elena. And naturally, this doesn't make Clay a happy camper! Violence ensues! 

Rating 5/5 stars


Chivalrous was another good story and another new to me one. I admit, I couldn't quite remember Reese so well, but later in another story he becomes a little more familiar to me. This is the story of how he fell in love with a girl from school. It was a sweet budding romance kind of thing but soon they both learn that the other carries heavy secrets and that creates a problem or two. This one was very exciting and because of my lack of memory skills (or really just reading too much of everything!) the end came as quite a shocker! I wasn't expecting it and it was definitely one of the more heart racing stories!

Rating 5/5 stars


Lucifer's Daughter brings us back to Hope and Karl, another couple I can't help but love! While attending a museum party in Hope's honor, they stumble upon a demon that's on the loose and must get him back in his prison before he kills everyone at the party in Hope's honor. I love the dynamics between Hope and Karl! They can be pretty funny at times. Especially when Karl can't always seem to let his thieving ways go, yet the love they have for one another never wavers and it's definitely a tale with sweet moments, with an even sweeter ending!

Rating 4/5 stars


Hidden was yet another favorite for me, because you guessed it, it's an Elena and Clay story! This time Elena is back at the helm! And I think I even have this one in my TBR Mountain of Doom in its own little book format! So one less book in the mountain now! Yay! Anyway, this one brings us to Elena, Clay and their children Kate and Logan getting away for the holidays to celebrate Christmas their own way. But their location presents a dire problem. A mutt is paying too close attention to them. And what's worse is that there have been a few disappearances going around, but the people always turn up. Except in one case where it was a dead body that showed up which puts Elena and Clay on the case and some babysitters to the rescue to watch the kids.

It was a great story too, because I just love Elena and Clay so! And their kids are adorable and funny too! Elena's pressing issue in this one also deals with whether she and Clay should tell the twins about werewolves and that they (Elena and Clay) are ones and that maybe someday they would be too. It was a perfect read since we're getting close to the holidays. And the mystery element was fantastic! It really took me by surprise too, as I had assumed it was going one way before it went in the other direction entirely!

Rating 5/5 stars


Vanishing Act is the newest novella to the mix and tells us a story about Adam and Savannah post Thirteen. Basically life is moving forward for them and of course, so is work. But after taking care of a demon possession case, there is more to solve than just the cleanup. There's a teenage boy with special abilities who has become a hot commodity for all the Cabals. Adam and Savannah do their best to help, but the problem is larger than they thought. To add trouble to the mix, there are some relationship woes between them that makes you wonder if they were ever meant to be together or not! Definitely yet another heart pounding read from the mind of Kelley Armstrong and one I absolutely loved as well!

Rating 5/5 stars


So pretty much this anthology was awesome! The Otherworld series has always been a favorite and I'm glad that despite the books being over, the stories aren't quite finished yet. Short stories or novellas, it's still a peek inside what has been on my all time favorite Urban Fantasy series and I so can't wait for the next installment!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


Otherworld Nights releases (in the US) October 28, 2014




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.


Low Midnight spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty's most popular supporting character, Cormac Bennett, a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes.

In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty's world and all who inhabit it.

With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac's past and lays the groundwork for Kitty's future.




CORMAC'S STORY!! HELL TO THE YEAH! So excited for this one! Cormac was my fave character besides Kitty. Was always a little upset that they didn't end up together. Sometimes I still really can't seeing her with Ben and it's been many books since they got married, but I still can't get over it! LOL! But yay! Cormac gets to speak!! And I'm actually caught up in this series! Shocking, I know!!


TITLE: Low Midnight
AUTHOR: Carrie Vaughn
PUBLISHER: Tor Books
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: December 30, 2014





ARC Review--Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger...or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava... 


I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


Caitlin Kittredge's Black Dog was a pretty unique read! Never have I read a book that stars a hellhound, wherein she's the main character! But yet, I found myself struggling to follow along with some of the plot details, which could be due to the fact that I started this on a Friday and didn't read it again until Monday...time lapse and all that may have caused me to lose track of what's going on with the story and when things get revealed I felt totally lost.

Ava has been a hellhound for nearly 100 years, working for her reaper. So basically she goes after the people her reaper made deals with and collects their souls, very Supernatural-esque, except the hellhound can be both human and dog.

It's not until after Ava kills her reaper that things get rolling, she and Leo--the guy who wants her to kill his father for him--team up and are sort of on the run. Killing your reaper is bound to make someone very unhappy and that someone happens to be Lilith. She then gives Ava a new task to locate a man named Clint who was in her reaper's books as needing to be collected. If Ava collects Clint, all will be well...mostly.

That task turns out to be harder than planned and Clint turns out to be something a bit more than your average human making deals with a demon. Now it's the three of them on the run from Lilith and her big master plan that will likely require/result in their deaths. No pressure or anything!

This read was pretty intense, because for awhile we're in the dark on who is who and what their game plan is. We get Ava figured out pretty quick, Leo to follow and Clint remains the biggest mystery of all! And yet, I still can't help but feel I lost something between the pages for when I read a line towards the end I was totally thrown through a loop! Happens sometimes with some reads.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this one. I liked it for the most part though. It was exciting and pretty action packed with a tense kind of feeling coupled with the danger that lurks after these characters. There wasn't much for romance either though. I was starting to think nothing romantic would happen between Ava and one of the men she was traveling with. I mean come on, a girl and two guys and there seems to be tense moments with each guy...something should happen right? Well, it does! Around 80-something%. It was worth the wait, though I wished I didn't have to wait nearly as long as we did! 

The ending leaves you with lots of surprises and maybe a few questions. I know I was kind of scratching my head a bit wondering what all just happened! I mean I read it, but I once again felt like I lost hold of something at one point. Overall, it was an enjoyable read! Quite different from our usual cast of paranormal characters, take that as you will. I for one never tire of the vampire read, but still loved reading about something new too!


Overall Rating 2.5/5 stars--an okay read with some definite potential. 


Black Dog releases October 28, 2014



RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

 

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:  

Every touch has its price 

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...

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I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u? 

R u skipping, u ho? 

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? 

Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. 

Bio is lonely. 

My boobs miss u.

How weird is that? 

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. 

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!? 

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! 

Roth is here! 

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? 

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect. 

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. 

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open. 



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And don't forget! The choice is yours... 

Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath. At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.   


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Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

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Here are the rules:
1. Grab your current read    

2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc


I totally LOL'd at this one and couldn't agree more with Clay's statement! A little inside information that's not mentioned in the teaser, Clay and Elena are in ST. LOUIS!


"But there was also something to be said for skipping the whole 'track, capture, and maim' part and being able to go straight to a hotel room, and lock the door. Still, we could only stay in there for so long before we got restless, and when we came out, we'd discovered the problem with our honeymoon destination: there wasn't a helluva lot to do." Kindle location 14%*


*This quote comes from my ARC copy, therefore it and its location are not final.








TITLE: Otherworld Nights: Stalked 
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
PUBLISHER: Plume
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2014




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



This week's topic is: Top New Series I Want To Start (New..GOING TO JUST MAKE THAT NEW TO ME)


*in no particular order



 1. MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES by Jennifer Estep--I have books 1-4 & 6 waiting in my TBR Mountain of Doom! Got all of them at RT over the past few years, sadly 5 was never available or sold, so once I start it I need to buy that one!
2. NIKKI STYX SERIES by Terri Garey--I have all 4 of these in that same pile there! Bought them at a Borders closing sale (le sob!).
3. THE GRISHA TRILOGY by Leigh Bardugo--as you can see, I'm about to start this series after knocking out a review book or two since I got behind!


4. SPLINTERED TRILOGY by A.G. Howard--have books 1 & 2 waiting in the ol' TBR Mountain of Doom still too! Won those earlier this year and really do want to read it!
5. GARGOYLES SERIES by Christine Warren--love a good gargoyle story! Started reading her Others series--and still need to finish it--but I bought the first two in this series because they were on sale! Can't pass up those $5 sales for MMPB!
6. DOON SERIES by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon--read a review of the first one and then bought it as a kindle daily deal and then last week I won the second book! So need to get started on that one too!


7. PAX ARCANA SERIES by Elliot James--one I picked up this year on sale. It sounded intriguing and I am eager to start it!
8. BANNON & CLARE SERIES by Lilith Saintcrow--have read her previous books and have always enjoyed them. So eager to read this one! Have the first 2 books in that series as well!
9. THE GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT SERIES by Jenna Black--didn't realize that this was a reprinted series until I looked it up! Just saw her name and bought the first book at RT this year! Eager to start it as well since I loved her Morgan Kinglsey series, Faeriewalker trilogy, Replica trilogy, & Nikki Glass books!


10. ASHES DUOLOGY by Melissa C. Walker--a duology I still need to start as well, but own this one! It sounded intriguing and I love a good ghost "story" so it was bought and still needs reading!