Month: January 2012

Jan 09
{Book Review} Ordained by Devon Ashley

{Book Review} Ordained by Devon Ashley

Ordained by Devon Ashley Paperback, Second Edition, 332 pages Published April 15th 2011 Age Group: YA Source: Author Challenge: None Series: The Immortal Archives #1 Buy this Book:Amazon (and right now you can get it for free on kindle!) Summary(from Goodreads) Normally, the school creates the hunters – not the monsters. Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter, it creates an evil within – an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left. Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it…. Read more »

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Jan 06
{Author Interview} Laura Kaye

{Author Interview} Laura Kaye

Today I’m excited to have the author of North of Need joining us on Book Briefs for a fun interview. Welcome Laura! And be sure to come back to check out my review of North of Need. 1. Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? This is a fun question! And, first, let me thank you for hosting me here! *grins* I get inspiration from all kinds of things. Music is a huge one—a single line of lyrics can sometimes spin off a scene or even a whole story idea. Sometimes idea just come to me in odd moments—driving and showering seem to be particularly good story-generating times for me! LOL Asking “what would happen if” questions is useful too. Other times, an interesting character will come to mind, and over time reveal his story. By training, I’m a historian, and stories from the past offer all kinds of fruitful ideas. 2. Describe North of Need in twitter detail. (140 characters or less) #NorthofNeed, @GraveTells Best Book of… Read more »

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Jan 06
{Book Review} The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

{Book Review} The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees Paperback, 304 pages Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen Age Group: YA Source: NetGalley Challenge: None Series: None Buy This Book:Amazon Summary(from Goodreads) I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play…and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed…. I… Read more »

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Jan 05
{Review+Give@away} The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs

{Review+Give@away} The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs

The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth IsaacsPages: 380Publication Date: February 25th 2011 by EFIsaacsAge Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: Kailmeyra #1Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, YA/MG fantasy challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): If Nora Johnson hadn’t been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed. She tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin’s source, his strength. Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical… Read more »

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Jan 04
Some Girls Bite Read-A-Long: Chapters 1-4

Some Girls Bite Read-A-Long: Chapters 1-4

I’m participating in a read-a-long for the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I recently got the first book and I have been wanting to check out this series so it was the perfect time. A big thank you to the hosts of this wonderful event: Tina at Tina’s Book Reviews, Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight, Missie at The Unread Reader, and Jenny at Supernatural SnarkIf you would like to join in the fun, you can sign up HERE Here is the schedule for the event:  January 3rd – Chapters 1-4 (Jenny at Supernatural Snark)January 10th – Chapters 5-8 (Tina at Tina’s Book Reviews)January 17th – Chapters 9-12 (Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight)January 24th – Chapters 13-15 + epilogue (Missie at The Unread Reader)January 31st – Special guest post by Chloe Neill and our grand prize giveaway! Now I have only read up to the end of chapter 4 so my thoughts are only from pages 1-100.  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTERS 1-4 1. Let’s say tomorrow a “vampire manifesto” as Merit calls it runs… Read more »

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Jan 03
{Review+Excerpt} Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford

{Review+Excerpt} Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford

Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford Pages: 129 Publication Date: Jan 1, 2011 Age Group: Adult Source: Blog Tour Series: The War of Gods #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damian’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts – from the Black God, who would kill or convert them. Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s… Read more »

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Jan 02
Busting the Blogger Blues Event!

Busting the Blogger Blues Event!

This is a great event Hosted by Ruby Reads (click on the big blogger blues picture to go to her event) and Small Review. I guess I would consider myself a big blogger, because I have been around for almost a year and I have made contacts in the publishing world, but I still feel like a newbie all the time. So I am going to have my cake and eat it too and participate in BOTH events. Yep, that’s right. I think I am caught between the worlds sometimes. I am not exactly new but I feel like I have so much more learning I can do! So here is my questionnaire. I hope you will check it out and join me in this awesome event! When did you start your blog? I started my blog in February of 2011, but I didn’t really start blogging until April of 2011 Do you ever still feel like a newbie? all the time! I still feel shocked when authors send me… Read more »

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Jan 02
{Excerpt} The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark

{Excerpt} The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark

Global pandemic is raging. Olivya Wright-Ono’s once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother’s aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure? Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions?With her mother’s life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease . . . Website:  http://www.TheApocalypseGene.com Blog:  http://www.TheApocalypseGene.com/cy-chi Facebook FanPage:  http://www.facebook.com/TheApocalypseGene Goodreads l Amazon About the Authors: Suki Michelle is a life-long… Read more »

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