Review--Stone Cold by Devon Monk

Ever since the magical apocalypse a few years ago had made magic a gentle force, it was just us Soul Complements who could break magic and make it do the old horrifying things.

Well, and the old wonderful things too, but that wasn't really my department.

I was the guy who handled the darker side of things.

Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.

Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world...and magic itself.


Devon Monk's Stone Cold concludes the Broken Magic duology and it was just as entertaining as the first one. Although I gotta admit I was pretty sad for most of it. I just really felt for Shame as his life just continued to down spiral after everything he went through the first go around, but he's a fighter and he won't go down easy!

Shame's plan is to basically find Eli and kill him. Eli has messed with his life enough. He also needs to rescue Davy who has gone missing and while he's at it, kill Krogher too since he's basically the one running things and Eli is merely a pawn--a pawn with his own evil plan. So basically, just another week in the life of Shamus Flynn.

This was really one intense read. Shame was really down spiraling and losing control of his Death magic abilities, it was starting to rule him and not the other way around. Things with Terric are tense as always. But then when Terric gets into danger, Shame takes the blame and is ready to raise hell to save his friend and Soul Complement.

There was no romance in this one this time, but that's to be expected considering what happened in the first one. But it was still kind of sad to read through this one, just because it seemed like everything that could go wrong for Shame, did.

But Shame still has his same attitude which is always entertaining! There were several shocking developments in this one that I wasn't expecting considering this is the end. I was once again happy to see Allie and Zay and a few of the Hounds as well.

The ending itself was the nice sort. One where you can smile at seeing a change on the horizon for the city of Portland or really the world at large. It was definitely a worthwhile read, one all Allie Beckstrom fans should read at on point!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars





Follow Friday

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This week's question is: What book/series do you think would make a better TV show than a movie?



MY ANSWER: Definitely one of Victoria Laurie's series; Psychic Eye Mystery or Ghost Hunter Mystery! Either one of these would make an awesome television show! Especially since the crime scene/mystery case shows are so popular in their variety! These would be incredible!! Particularly Ghost Hunter, because I would love a good creepy mystery show and of course Gilley in the flesh!

Though Psychic Eye would still be another great mystery show series. Hmm...maybe I should try informing television networks of these awesome series that should be made real! They're long, ongoing series too, each book could be a season! :)






I Need Some Help...In an Opionated Matter!

Hey all!

I have a book dilemma going on here! And it's really more of a "vanity" dilemma.

I was debating over buying the UK covers for the Divergent trilogy...


Here's the kindle bundle version, but I would buy the real book version.

What do you all think of these? I kinda thought they were pretty cool! Very different from the US ones. I was even debating about adding the UK Four to the mix too!


Living in the US, I basically buy US covers, but occasionally I get a hold of UK covers--either through contests or as in last week, the bookstore had it! UK covers tend to be different from the US and I sometimes find myself lusting after them...you know, in a way only a booklover can!

What do you all think I should do? I really like them all and think they would be neat to have. Although, I really don't have room for more books, but when has that ever stopped me? (Answer, practically never! ;)  )


Your opinions will greatly be appreciated in the comments! ;)







Cover Copy Reveal--The Wicked Will Rise

Oh yeah!! USA Today just revealed the cover for The Wicked Will Rise, book 2 in Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die series and I sooooo cannot wait to read it!

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?


The Wicked Will Rise releases March 30, 2015

I must say I like the cover too! The outlines of known characters are just too cool! Hopefully the picture is showing for you all too, GR hasn't gotten it up yet. But here's the link to the article should you not see it.


And...have you seen the cover for the next novella in the series, The Witch Must Burn?!

No description for that one but it takes place after book 1, so a nice roundabout 1.5 before book 2 comes out next year!

The Witch Must Burn releases November 11, 2014 in ebook format.






Random Thursday

Are you ready for a good few weeks of some random facts about the movie Jaws?! This is one of my fave movies ever, no clue why. Just watched it once when I was a kid and liked it! It scared me, but I liked it!

Yup, that's young Steven being eaten by the shark that gave him so much grief and stress!

So the mechanical shark that was used gave Steven a LOT of problems. I mean a LOT! Everywhere on the island you could here radios saying, "the shark is not working".

Basically the star of the movie, was NOT working! LOL! So this is when photographers Ron and Valerie Taylor shot live footage of sharks at Seal Rocks, Australia. Yup! Some of the footage you see, in particular when Hooper was in the shark cage, is real live footage of sharks!

Another thing Steven did was use the camera as the "shark", so that we're in its POV! Many think this technique enhanced the chilling effect of the movie. And I personally think it did. Like in the beginning, we're swimming under the ocean and it's all like what is going on...?!

And then we see the shark swimming beneath the swimmers later on...freaking creepy!!

I'll have more little fun facts for you about the movie too for the next few weeks! So, stay tuned for some true fun facts of one of my all time favorite movies!





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.


At long last... The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.


I'm going to cry! I swear I'm gonna cry! This was among my first "adult" books I read when I was a senior in high school and I fell in love with it! Kim became my fave author before I even realized I was turning into a fangirl! And now the series is wrapping up this year! I don't know if I can take it! Already preordered my signed B&N copy too!

TITLE: The Witch with No Name
AUTHOR: Kim Harrison
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: September 9, 2014 



The hugely anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave.

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.

Readers will watch in awe as the Others give their answer to Cassie’s defiance.



The series I was somewhat skeptical about but quickly turned into one that I loved whole-heartedly! An amazing kind of read that I just can't wait to dive back into! This copy is preordered too!

TITLE: The Infinite Sea
AUTHOR: Rick Yancey
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juevnille
GENRE: Dystopian YA
RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2014






I Wish...

This totally awesome Zarina costume came in adult sizes!! I mean look how cool this dress is?! Yeah, it's got the little picture pendant in the middle so you know what the character you're dressing as is, but I just think this little dress is too awesome!

You could dress as a Pirate or a Fairy or mesh it together as the Pirate Fairy...which is what Zarina is after all!

Sigh...sadly, the Disney Store thinks only the children would want to dress up as beloved characters. Le sob...





Cover Art Reveal--Unbreakable by C.C. Hunter

EEE!!!! I soooo cannot wait to read this one! Reborn was just incredible and I am cannot wait to read Eternal! I just need to work it into my reading schedule but I got all these review books just as I was starting a challenge for the next two weeks or whatever and it's insanely hard trying to stay on top of both! But I'm managing!

So there's no cover description for this little novella just yet, but C.C. has posted some info on her blog that I decided to borrow here for this post! And if you go to her blog you can possibly (US only) enter a contest to win a signed copy of Chosen at Nightfall!

If you’ve read Reborn, you’ll know that Chase is a guy with a lot of secrets. He’s also the vamp Della keeps finding herself around–even when she doesn’t want to see him. She’d rather be with the sweet shapeshifter Steve–or would she? Sometimes she’s not even sure. Unbreakable is the story about how Chase lost his family and was turned. 

In Unbreakable you’ll learn: 

1. Della Tsang isn’t Chase Tallman’s first love. 
2. Never eat a hot dog in two bites in front of someone you want to impress. 
3. When your dog doesn’t like someone, trust your dog. 
4. According to a palm reader, Chase will come upon an amazing power, but whether he will use it for good or evil is yet to be seen.
5. Never let someone you don’t know very well get you alone in a haunted house. 
6. Chase is told he’s a bad kisser. 
7. To a boy, girls are as frustrating to understand as they are intriguing. 
8. Never underestimate the power of a pet’s love. 
9. Siblings can be a pain in the butt, but never take them for granted. 
10. Never turn your back on a challenge. Especially if that challenge involves a life or death decision. 

Unbreakable will be available September 30th as an e-book and will be sold wherever e-books are sold.


I so can't wait!!




Get Even Swag Winner!!

Time to announce the winner of the Get Even swag giveaway!!! 


And the winner is...

HEATHER TOPHAM WOOD! 



Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly!!





ARC Review--Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.


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


Kristen Callihan's Evernight is a rival to Moonglow in being my favorite of the series to date! It was truly a remarkable and simply lovable read!

As with before, the story for this one is gets its foot in the door with the previous one, so in Shadowdance we saw Holly put a mechanical heart into Will, as she was forced to do and now Will is free and not too happy with her. He's a demon and now things are changing with him, his skin turns platinum and for whatever reason, being near Holly and her touch, chases the platinum away. It makes killing her a little bit harder to do.

Holly has been a recluse of sorts since gaining her freedom and having Will at her doorstep, wanting to kill her no less and then needing her help, doesn't make for happy times. But since she feels guilt for having played a part in his predicament, she wants to help him.

I loved the dynamics between these two. Let's face it, Will starts off as bit of an ass. He's presumptuous, smarmy, but yet also, fiercely protective of Holly. Someone is out to get her and he now makes it his job to keep her safe despite the animosity between them. But soon that animosity dulls and something else begins to "shimmer" between them. I always love how there's really no insta-love in Kristen's stories. Sure, you can tell when a romance is bound to happen between hero and heroine, but they have to work at it, just because one might be there, doesn't mean that the other is head over heels!

This one was extremely well-paced! Lots of good action coupled with some downtime moments and of course, those irresistible swoon-worthy moments! Gotta love those! The ending is one that nearly tore my heart apart as well, thinking that Kristen was going to go in a completely different direction for the first time ever...but I won't get further into that! Needless to say it was an ending that had my heart racing!

And naturally, we are given the hint--of course the next novel has been revealed already, so what hint is it really, but I digress!--of who our next leading couple will be in Soulbound, which releases this February! I will be counting down the days already because I am most eager to see Adam and Eliza's story after their interesting start!

Evernight was yet another remarkable read that takes steampunk and paranormal to a whole new level! It's not a series to be missed by fans of any of the genres!



Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Evernight releases August 26, 2014



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



Loving this one so far! The bantering between Holly and Will is just incredible! And it's soon becoming more than just bantering...! ;)


"A slow wide grin pulled at his lips. 'Let me see if I have this correctly,' he said, struggling not to crow, 'you are going to rub your hands all over my body...' --she narrowed her eyes in distaste, which only made his grin reach epic proportions--'slowly and thoroughly--'

'Really, Mr. Thorne?'

'While my part in it is to lie here and take it?'" Kindle loc. 26%*


*Quote come from my eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.




TITLE: Evernight
AUTHOR: Kristen Callihan

PUBLISHER: Forever
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 26, 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 Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read


Ohhhh, this one is particularly hard. Not many people recommend me a book personally. Mostly because it is a likely something outside my genre that I read. So these recommendations will be more like popular books I see around a LOT! Some might have been recommended personally to me too!


*in no particular order


 1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer--I struggled with Cinder, but everyone tells me Scarlet is better! So, you all better be right because I bought it last weekend and will be reading it soon!
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas--I see this one around a lot! So it's like a recommendation, my friend even bought it for me for Xmas last year, I read it. I just didn't like it as much as I had hoped.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins--another one of those reads that is just everywhere, although since the books are over and the movies are nearing the end with part 1 of the final book coming out this year. But the premise never really intrigued me enough to want to read it despite everyone saying I should.


4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness--I saw this one around a LOT! I decided I wanted to try it, but I only got around 100 pages read before I realized I just wasn't that into it. :(
5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon--one I am hoping I will enjoy! Saw it around a lot, read good reviews, bought it at TJMaxx for a mere $7 for the HC! Fingers crossed!
6. Legend by Marie Lu--maybe one not necessarily recommended to me, but one I see around quite a bit. Or did. It has me curious. So I'm in the debating stage of things!


7. The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman--I saw this one around a LOT! It sounded interesting and the reviews were good. I was intrigued. I initially was going to write it off as one I didn't need, but it's in the TBR mountain.
8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson--another one I was going to write off when NG first had it, but then reviews started popping up. And it sounded REALLY good! So into the TBR pile it went!
9. Dangerous by Shannon Hale--not sure how I stumbled onto this one. But I read a review or two and was convinced right away that I needed it. Reviews will do that to me! So into the TBR pile it is!


10. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen--another one that I just kept seeing over the blogosphere. It sounded intriguing and the reviews just kept being positive. So yeah, it's in the TBR pile too!



 

Mini Review--Ante Up by Amanda Carlson

Diesel Jones is a shifter who has issues with the moon, but he quickly finds that Sofia Cabrera, a clever witch who just moved in to town, is his only hope to reach his goal of becoming a Collector. When they pair up to take down an incubus, she not only saves his life, but wins his heart in the process…












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


Never has a novella series been so addicting to me! The Sin City Collectors series is without a doubt one of my favorite novella series ever! I love these short reads entirely and can't wait to read more from Amanda Carlson and the other authors who I am awaiting for their contributions! Ante Up is Amanda Carlson's second installment in the series so far, currently we have 3 novellas in the series. And we even get an appearance by Neve in this one too!

Sofia is the witch we met in Amanda's first novella Aces Wild, and now she has a few problems of her own, ones that are connected to Diesel Jones, a shifter on a job in order to become a full-fledged Collector! He must track down an incubus to question, in order to find the incubus's sister who is wanted for questioning by the mysterious boss. The stories collide when Sofia is being mind-stalked by an incubus. 

Diesel has a bad history with incubi as one of them killed his father when he was just a child. So he has a strong hate for them all. And naturally, there's already some heated tension brewing between him and Sofia and when he learns that an incubus is stalking her, his protective side comes out full force, being a werewolf and all.

I truly enjoyed this story to the fullest! I love werewolf reads! Not sure why really, guess all my paranormal reading over the years makes me love the werewolf a lot despite having started with vampires. Ante Up is a fast paced read, but still filled with incredible and re-memorable characters, action, romance and a bit of humorous banter between the characters! This is a highly addictive novella series and I am interested to see the other stories that are bound to come up from the other authors too! 

Amanda's next novella in the series will deal with two other characters we meet in this one and that one as well promises to be a delight!



Overall Rating 5/5/ stars


Ante Up is out today!!





ARC Review--The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…


I received this ARC while at RT 2014, I was in no way compensated for this review.


I was a very happy girl upon getting The Beautiful Ashes when at RT this year! Even with a slight delay because it was the wrong ARC, I was able to read this in nearly a day! Had I pushed myself, it would've been a one day read!

Jeaniene Frost is known for her epic vampire series but now she takes on something new and different! Biblical tales and demons! That's not to say this is a straight up re-telling of a Bible story, but more that a Bible story plays a rather large role in the course of the plot and characters even!

Ivy is searching for her sister who has gone missing, her parents have recently died in a car crash while trying to look for her sister. Basically, poor Ivy is having a really crappy week. Then she gets attacked by what she learns is a minion, a demon lackey so to speak and is rescued by the strange and enigmatic Adrian.

It's all a rush having the supernatural world collide with Ivy's normal one, but she has been "seeing: things for years, her parents thought her mentally unstable at times. So this plays a part in Ivy's readied acceptance of the strange and unusual. 

Adrian was quite the mystery himself as well. He seems to know more than he's letting on as he explains to Ivy of a magical weapon that if found, can help them rescue her sister.

The Beautiful Ashes is a fast paced, whirlwind of a read! I was eating up the pages, eager to know more about this world. One of my only complaints was that at times I felt rushed and that I was missing something. While it didn't really impede my reading or enjoyment, I just felt like at times I had missed something because the characters were already so far ahead. Perhaps it was nothing and I was just trying to get myself accustomed to the new world Jeaniene has created since her past three series have all been in the same world.

I also liked that she didn't have Ivy and Adrian instantly fall in love. Granted we have instant attraction and a compulsion that seems to keep these two together, but there's not much time for romance, although Jeaniene of course does deliver teases and tastes on that front!

The ending was a shocker! Just as I am wondering where this series could lead Jeaniene throws a whopper of a tale at us! It doesn't come out of nowhere really, but it's quite the shocking drop of info that will lead this trilogy (I believe) on its course! And I sooo cannot wait to get my hands on the next one because it was just enough of a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that leaves you needing the next one, but I am glad to say you won't (or shouldn't!) suffer from insanity with the wait!

The Beautiful Ashes introduces to a new world filled with beautiful creatures and characters that will no doubt continue to delight and entertain us. After all, this is a work of art by Jeaniene Frost! 


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


The Beautiful Ashes releases August 26, 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:

The Eternity Key by Bree Despain (ARC)--review to come at a later date
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (4.5 stars)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (5 stars)
Of Neptune by Anna Banks (4 stars)


Reviews That Were Posted:

A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson (ARC) (4 stars)
Visions by Kelley Armstrong (4.5 stars)


Currently Reading:

Ante Up by Amanda Carlson


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Evernight by Kristen Callihan (ARC)
House Immortal by Devon Monk


Other Posts of Interest: