Month: March 2012

Mar 24
{Book Review} Initiation by Imogen Rose

{Book Review} Initiation by Imogen Rose

Initiation by Imogen RosePages: 412Publication Date: December 25th 2011 by Imogen RoseAge Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: Bonfire Academy #1 (Prequel series to Bonfire Chronicles)Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge, Dusty Reads ChallengeBuy this Book: Amazon  Summary(from Goodreads): Welcome to Bonfire Academy. Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk… but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.This is part one of the prequel series (Bonfire Academy) in the Bonfire Chronicles. Book two, INTEGRATION, will be released summer 2012. I love that this book had some meat to it. I have been reading so many shorter books lately so it was nice to change it up and go for a 400 page plus book. You really have more of a chance to get to know all of the characters and the build up and secrets are so much cooler!… Read more »

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Mar 24
Update on my life

Update on my life

Hey everyone, Normally I don’t do these type of updates but I just wanted to fill you in on what has been going on recently. I’m in my second year of law school and im also juggling a 20+ hour a week internship/job as a law clerk for judges at circuit court, as well as a research assistant job for a professor at my school. Plus all of my blog stuff, I have been swamped lately. I have cut way back on review books and I was managing to get by but then my grandma got sick and passed away a few weeks ago. This was really hard for me. I have been trying my best to keep up with all my blog tours and review commitments but that has been all I’ve been able to do. My other posts and my own books have been pushed to the side for the time being. I’ve told a few bloggers about my grandma and everyone has been super nice. This is… Read more »

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Mar 20
{Book Review} Curses by Jacqueline Paige

{Book Review} Curses by Jacqueline Paige

Curses by Jacqueline Paige Paperback, 196 pages Published November 7th 2011 by Createspace Age Group: Adult Source: Author challenges: 150+, ebook, TBR Buy this Book: Amazon Summary:  Behind the Mask: In a fit of temper, Gracelyn’s only sister curses her so she’s forgotten the moment anyone turns away from her. Only one thing, at an exact moment, can break the curse. After years of failed attempts, she is forced to accept living her life completely alone. Her world becomes calm and predictable —until one Halloween night … one costume party … and one masquerading man change everything. This Ring: Devastated Emma flees to a cabin on an isolated lake to attempt putting her life back together. How she’s going to accomplish this she has no idea— the only thing she knows is she can’t go back and will never be able to trust again. Bryce spent forty years trying to figure out how he ended up in the strange situation of not being alive or visible—it’s when he stops trying to find the answer he discovers the reason. Feeling… Read more »

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Mar 20
Spring Cleaning G!veaway H0p!

Spring Cleaning G!veaway H0p!

This hop is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer The winner will get to choose 2 books from the list below!  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone by JK Rowling (YA/MG paperback) Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA paperback) The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark (YA paperback, signed to Michelle) Keridan’s Journey by Michelle Peterson (YA/Adult paperback)  Haunted (Mediator series #5) by Meg Cabot (YA Hardcover) The forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan (YA paperback) The Lens and the Looker (Verona Trilogy #1) by Lory Kaufman (MG/YA paperback, signed) The Bronze and the Brimstone (Verona Trilogy #2) by Lory Kaufman(MG/YA paperback, signed) Love at Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks (Adult paperback) The Insiders by J. Minter (YA paperback) Pass it on (an insiders novel) by J. Minter (YA paperback) The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (YA paperback) Warlord by Ted Bell (Adult ARC) Tall Cool One (an A-list novel) by Zoey Dean (YA paperback) Back in Black (an A-List novel) by Zoey Dean (YA paperback) A Series of Unfortunate Events- The Bad Beginning by Lemony… Read more »

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Mar 19
{Interview+G!veaway} The Day of First Sun by Sheryl Steines

{Interview+G!veaway} The Day of First Sun by Sheryl Steines

Please enjoy this interview with Sheryl Steines, author of the urban fantasy novel, The Day of First Sun. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $450 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.   Go here to enter to win the prizes: http://www.novelpublicity.com/whirlwind-recruitment/first-sun/   If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? I would go to the past, meet famous people, see history as it happened. I’d be afraid to go to the future. I’m not sure I really want to know when I die.  If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be? This might be to expected, but I would love to live at Hogwarts, stroll through Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, play with all the magical stuff, and visit the Weasleys at their house. I saw the Harry Potter exhibit at the museum… Read more »

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Mar 19
{Cover Reveal} Cataclysm by Karice Bolton

{Cover Reveal} Cataclysm by Karice Bolton

CataclysmKarice BoltonSeries: The Watchers Trilogy, #3Release date: April 2nd, 2012 Add it to your Goodreads When it becomes obvious that the dark side will stop at nothing to control the mortal world, Ana is faced with a decision that could determine the fate of Fallen Angels everywhere. Determined to not use mortals as pawns, Ana does her best to prepare for the battles ahead while protecting the innocent souls around the world. As danger looms at every turn, she realizes that the ones she thought were prey might actually be the predators, and it will take an army like never before to stop the wickedness from spreading throughout the world. The Watchers Trilogy: Karice Bolton’s Webiste  Karice Bolton’s Blog Facebook: Karice Bolton Twitter: @KariceBolton Cataclysm on Goodreads So what do you think? Let me know! 🙂 I love the new covers. They look all whispy and otherworldly. So pretty! If you enjoyed this post, please Subscribe to Book Briefs in a reader

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Mar 19
{Guest Post+G!veaway} Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

{Guest Post+G!veaway} Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin

Today I have the author of The Grigori Legacy, Linda Poitevin here with us to talk about building the world behind The Grigori Legacy. Thank you so much for being here Linda!  The world behind The Grigori legacy unfolded slowly for me…and, I must admit, rather painfully. The first several versions of Sins of the Angels contained mention of Heaven, but no solid description of the place. I had created wonderfully tormented characters and an edge-of-your-seat plotline, but setting? At the time, that wasn’t really my forte; without having identified myself as such, I was definitely of the character- and plot-driven author variety. Then I signed with an agent who sent me six pages (six!!) of revision notes, many of which centered around the world-building—or lack thereof. While she had seen potential in my writing, she had also identified deep flaws, and before we could move forward to the submission stage, I was going to have to face my story’s weaknesses…and my own. My urban setting was great, my agent… Read more »

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Mar 16
{ARC Book Review} Emerald City by Alicia Leppert

{ARC Book Review} Emerald City by Alicia Leppert

 Emerald City by Alicia Leppert Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by Sweetwater Books  Age Group: YA Source: Publisher Challenges: ebook, 150+, YA, debut author Summary: One broken girl. One mysterious boy. One fateful night, Two worlds collide.   Seattle, Washington. The sprawling, industrious city set in a blanket of pine. I have never known a day that wasn’t spent inside this concrete jungle. It’s my home, and for that I love it. But it’s also the setting for the tragedy called my life, and so I loathe it. I live alone in a cold, empty studio apartment. The tiny square room closely resembles a cell. That’s my life: solitary confinement. Here, in this desolate place that perfectly reflects my soul, my story begins  This book deals with some serious issues. And it dumps you right in the deep end, so be prepared for that. And by that I mean that the story starts off on a very somber tone. I’m not going to lie, when I first… Read more »

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Mar 14
{Book Review+G!veaway} Whispering Hill by Taryn Browning

{Book Review+G!veaway} Whispering Hill by Taryn Browning

  Whispering Hills by Taryn Browning  Expected publication: March 19th 2012   Source: ARC from Blog Tour Age Group: YA Challenges: ebooks, 150+, YA challenge, ABC, witches challenge Pre-order this Book: Amazon Summary:  For as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead. She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago. This book was so… Read more »

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Mar 12
{Book Review+G!veaway} A Silver of Shadow by Allison Pang

{Book Review+G!veaway} A Silver of Shadow by Allison Pang

A Silver of Shadow by Allison Pang Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 384 pages Published February 28th 2012 by Pocket  Source: Blog Tour Age Group: Adult Series: Abby Sinclair #2 challenge: ebook, 150+, ABC challenge Summary:  Just when her new life as a TouchStone – a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds – seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding eleven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries… Read more »

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