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
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
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: Describe your favorite book character death scene. Why is it your favorite? Was it a villain or a hero? What made it so good? (Another prompt from book club ;) )  via Eternity Through Pages 

MY ANSWER: Favorite book character death scene? Like how one of my favorite characters died or my favorite way of death? Too hard!

Well...out of all the many, many, MANY deaths in this one I think I enjoyed seeing Voldemort die! I mean come on! That guy needed to die any way possible! Didn't care about the how!

I was also glad to see Bellatrix get hers! What a b with an itch!

I think Snape and Dobby were the most heart wrenching ones for me. Like many--I assume--I was blown away by Snape's memories and all that, though I did suspect something in book 6, just nowhere near this caliber!

And Dobby...sweet little Dobby!!! I still can't get over that one! Or Hedwig's for that matter...oh hell, all the heroes! I couldn't stand seeing any of them go!

And there's another one I won't mention...though I feel like I did this question before elsewhere...there are 2 actually. One from a very popular series where many were angered at this character's death. I saw the reason to it. And while I was still soooo utterly sad, I could see why it had to happen. I think I was more sad by the characters left behind's reactions more than anything!

And then there is a trilogy that just ended this year that killed off yet another hero...oh that one cut me deep. Real deep. Did NOT see it coming and oh wow I could not stop crying!!! AT WORK!!!

If you've read these two series, you should definitely know who I am talking about in both instances, though I don't think I'm giving enough hints in the second...sorry! Although my friend Cassi at My Thoughts...Literally! will know what I'm talking about for sure! ;)


Yes, it's Scooby again! Because really? How can I resist?!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday should you celebrate today! And should you go out shopping since Black Friday is a thing of the past with all the stores opening on Thanksgiving safe and I hope you score all the deals you need!

Hoping to get my shopping done online so I can just go out on Friday and enjoy myself! 

Have a GREAT day!!

Don't forget to check out the nifty Disney factoid in the my post below this one! ;)

Random Thursday

Here's another odd Disney factoid! In 1967 when Pirates of the Caribbean first opened Disney couldn't find enough fake skeletons...

So they used REAL ones supplied by the UCLA previously used for research! Recycling at its best, right?!

Also note, I have no idea if said skeleton above is real or not! I just used the Wiki image!

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.

In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractorand reluctant ghostbusterMel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for.

Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.

With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.

When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands...

Looooove this series! I still need to read the latest Witchcraft Mystery so then I can go back and read the crossover Halloween novella that corresponds with this one! Can't wait to do all that!! Just need the time now! 

TITLE: Keeper of the Castle
AUTHOR: Juliet Blackwell
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014 


Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

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

"When I got to the next intersection, I paused at the stop sign and heard that slight rumble behind me again. A quick backward glance behind me revealed a large pickup truck moving toward me with its lights off. As I stared, the truck pulled over to the curb and sat there idling again, as if the driver didn't want to pass me before seeing which direction I was going to take." Kindle loc. 28-29%*

*Quote comes from my ARC copy therefore it and its location are not final

AUTHOR: Victoria Laurie
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Paranormal YA
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2015 

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 Ten Books On My Winter TBR

*in no particular order

My Current Review Books:

1. A Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson--soooo can't wait to get to this one! Read the latest one a few months ago and ready to dive back in!
2. Dearest by Alethea Kontis--ready for the next sister's story! Can't wait to see how this series all turns out!
3. Shutter by Courtney Alameda--this one sounded creepy and I love a good creepy read!

Books to Wait on:

4. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes--omg DYING for this one!! Cannot wait to read it in the coming weeks! Going to totally f-up my reading queue for this bad boy!
5. No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie--one of my fave mystery series ever! Cannot wait to see MJ and Gilley's next adventure!
6. Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell--a bit behind with her reads but still can't wait to read this one! Still need to read her summer release from her other series so I can read the crossover novella before reading this one! Yes, I am that weird!

7. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost--more Vlad please! And then MORE Vlad please!! Yay 4 books!!
8. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder--so can't wait to read this one! Hoping Netgalley gets it because I need it asap!
9. Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott--still haven't gotten my ARC yet and I was told they'd go out in November and November is almost over!! I'd hate to email the pubs again, but I think I might have to come next Monday!

10. Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock--after reading her tweets from last week regarding this book...I need it EVEN MORE!!!! I loooove this trilogy and while sad to see it end, I MUST know WHAT HAPPENS!!!!!!


Cover Copy Reveal--LUCKY BREAK

In this thrilling new novella from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill, vampire Merit bites off more than she bargained for when she takes a trip to a secluded Colorado town filled with feuding supernaturals…

Merit and Ethan are in desperate need of some alone time, far from the worries of Cadogan House, but trouble tends to follow wherever they go.  Their attempt at a romantic getaway is quickly interrupted when one of Ethan’s vampire friends shows up at their door—covered in blood and accused of killing her shifter husband.

Merit and her Master soon discover their vacation spot is far less idyllic than it appears. A centuries old quarrel between local vampires and shifters has made the town a perpetual supernatural battle zone, and this fresh blood has stirred the already volatile mix. Now, Merit and Ethan must put their passion on pause to figure out who’s really responsible for the murder before all hell break loose…

I sooooo can't wait!! Love this series and novellas are always appreciated between books!!

Lucky Break releases February 17, 2015

Early Review--City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter

Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.

Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.

But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.

I received this early copy from the publisher through the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

City of Eternal Night is the second installment in Kristen Painter's Crescent City Series and it was yet another enjoyable read! Like with many reads, I couldn't remember much of the first book at all. That's the trouble with ARCs which is how I read that one as! But for the most part, the important details were rehashed and new story unfolded before me with a few lingering problems from the first book.

Harlow is learning to cope with the fact that she's part fae now. She slowly becomes more intrigued with her heritage and even wants to learn how to use her new abilities. Augustine would be her likely tutor, but then there's Nekai and he is all too willing to help her in this endeavor! Nekai seems to even be a contender for Harlow's heart, but yet, I never got the love triangle vibe and that was definitely appealing. I have the love-hate relationship with love triangles!

There continues to be romantic tension between Harlow and Augustine. Enough so that you just want these two to get together already! Or kiss or go out...something! It's teasingly good!

Soon though a case falls into their laps and they must find the daughter of a powerful fae who has been kidnapped. Naturally, Harlow's estranged and bad guy father is involved in the mix and we also see Giselle and her sister Zara are on the scene as well. The kidnapper's demand is simple, he'll release the girl when Augustine relinquishes his position as Guardian and that can only happen with Augustine's death. So yeah, that presents a pickle to find the girl and the kidnapper before time is up.

I really enjoyed this one! The pacing was exquisite! There's rarely a dull moment! Either there's lots of action on the page, suspense building up and up, romantic tension that makes you giddy as you read...there's nothing wrong about any of it! My only displeasure came from not remembering the first book well enough to give me some footing from the previous reading!

The last quarter of the book was very intriguing indeed! I won't get into reasons why, but it has one of my most feared scenarios in it! One that just leaves you wanting to shout and scream and be terrified all at once! I love and hate that feeling, but knowing the know, it makes it all okay! Yeah, that didn't make sense really, but after you read this one, you'll totally get what I am trying to say without saying it! Needless to say, that does leave us with a bit of a cliffhanger! Thankfully, it was the evil kind for I have seen a book end like that once! About killed me too! 

City of Eternal Night takes place in the fabulous city of New Orleans and was an incredibly amazing read! You don't have to have read the House of Comarre series to fully grasp this one! Our heroes from said series do make another minor appearance in this installment, which is always fun, but it's not like you have to have read the prior series, though it is highly enjoyable as well! Kristen delights this particular reader with yet another enjoyable read that never cease to keep me on the edge of my seat in some matter. So I highly recommend reading the Crescent City series!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars--a little bit of a bumpy start with this one since I couldn't really remember the first book that well, but I quickly came to enjoy this story in the moment!

City of Eternal Night releases December 2, 2014

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter (ARC)--review to come at a later date
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (ARC)--review to come at a later date
Seduction's Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4.95 stars)
Gifted by Kelley Armstrong (5 stars)
The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige (5 stars)

Reviews That Were Posted:

Captive by Aimee Carter (ARC) (4.5 stars)
All in by Amanda Carlson (ARC) (5 stars)

Currently Reading:

When by Victoria Laurie (ARC)

What I Hope to Read this Week:

Shutter by Courtney Alameda (ARC)

Other Posts of Interest:

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?