Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


December 22, 2011

Cover Reveal: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones

 

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

Sounds interesting right???

Chosen Ones comes out this April from Entangled Publishing

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December 15, 2011

Review: Oriana’s Eyes by Celeste Simone

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As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all.

When Oriana's idea of perfection crumbles she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life. Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. Oriana isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond its walls. Excerpt from Celeste’s Website.

I thought the mythology behind Oriana’s Eyes was quite interesting and I enjoyed reading this novel. Oriana’s Eyes focuses on many difference issues that this world deals with such as racism. The story mainly focuses on two difference races the Winglets and Finlets. At first the man differences between them are there looks (light vs dark). I was absolutely shocked to find out the MAJOR difference between the two of them was more than looks. I really didn’t see that twist coming. I liked the characters that we were introduced midway through the novel. They were relatable, realistic and loveable. Some parts of the story had me on the edge of my seat patiently waiting to find out what was going to happen next. There were also parts that made me cry and laugh.

If you like reading about different mythologies I suggest you pick up Oriana’s Eyes.

I would like to specially thank Celeste for sending me a copy to review. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas Celeste!

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Autographed paperback $15.00

Kindle

Kobo

Nook

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December 6, 2011

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Excerpt from Cassie’s
website.

Well Cassie has done it again and wrote another novel that I could not put down. Clockwork Prince may just be my favorite novel of hers. I loved how we learned more about Will’s past during CP and it has made the battle between Team Jem and Team Will so much harder to decide. I still can’t pick who I like better - I like them both. There was more politics than action in CP than CA but I still loved it and it wasn’t a bad thing as it sets up the story nicely for CP2. Finding out the history of all the characters was fabulous and I wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way. I love Magnus. He made me laugh with tears and being a Team Church fan(because I can’t decided which Team I am on and Simon or Luke aren’t in the ID series) we didn’t get a lot of Church but when we did it was humorous. I like how Cassie has made some of the parallels between the characters of both series match each other, it is like a game trying to figure out the traits that each character shares. I am a bit torn by the ending. I was happy about the one situation but upset over the other. I have no idea if I was crying because I was sad or crying because I was happy.

I can’t wait to see what will happen in the Clockwork Princess. If the world decides to end in 2012 I have decided that Cassie’s books are coming with me because everyone needs to read her novels.

I would like to specially thank Michelle at S&S Canada for surprising me with a ARC. I thank you so much and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 Pages, 6 x 9 x 0.98 in

Published: December 6, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

ISBN - 10:1416975888

ISBN - 13:9781416975885

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December 2, 2011

Holiday #Readathon Mini-Challenge

So I am once again taking part in the Holiday readathon and I swear every time I plan on doing a readathon everyone wants me to do something with them or I forgot that I planned something Confused smile. So this time seeing that each readathon I have done I have gone BIG and went home. I have failed each and every one. So this time I’m keeping it small. My goal is to read Remembrance by Michelle Madow.



My mini-challenge has do do with Reindeers. I love the original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie. I have so many reindeer ornaments I have lost count. When I was younger I made Rudolph a medal of honor for saving Christmas and under the tree I found a crazy carpet (those thin plastic sheets that you ride down a snow hill on) that said from Rudolph! It was so cool.



So for my mini challenge:



I want to know who is your favorite reindeer and why?



Leave a comment with your answer and email.



Contest is open to those participating in the readathon.



International as long as Book Depository ships to your country



You will get +1 bonus point for be a blog follower



Prize is a $15.00 shopping spree at Book Depository!



Contest runs from Dec 2 – 4, 2011 and end at Midnight



Winner will be chosen by Random.org



Good luck!



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December 1, 2011

Across the Universe Winner!

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And the winner of the *signed* copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis is….

Sara from Just Another Story!

Congrats Sara! I have emailed you so check your spam!

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Let the Final RAK of the Year BEGIN!

Okay so maybe I have lost it a little bit and think I am going out to war but I blame spending the last 2 weeks reading Inheritance which was unfreakingbelieveable and I have been watching Spartacus: Gods of the Arena…..yeah that explains it. I’m not going to crazy Smile with tongue out

This month I received:

Dreamland by Alyson Noel from the wonderful Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies. I really enjoy her blog so you should go check it out.

and The Pledge from Angel @ Book Flame

This Month I sent:

Angel signed and personalized copy of Bloodlines and Blood Promise by Richelle Mead!

I hope you Enjoy Angel and I thank both you lovely ladies for the books Smile

Here's a recap of the rules:

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In the spirit of being thankful, we sometimes need a tinsy reminder that R.A.K. is not about receiving FREE books! It's about giving as well as receiving. It's about passing on the joy of reading and books with others. If during any given month, you find that you may not be able to give at all, please reconsider signing up for that month. We've found that there have been quite a few people who have received but not given and that may seem unfair to some.

COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Tips:

1. When talking about RAK on Twitter, please use the hastag (#RAK). It makes it much easier to keep track of the conversations, answer questions and/or tweet back! =)

2. When submitting your wish list, please make sure that it is set to PUBLIC viewing. Some people have run into trouble with wish lists that were set to private. We want to be sure that no one is left out of getting great RAKs.

3. Some of you seem to have gotten frustrated because you can't get your links to appear active. This is a very easy fix :) Just make sure that when you enter your link, do NOT hit the Enter key. Instead, hit the TAB key which will send you to the next field on the form. Additional spaces entered after the link will leave the link inactive. However, if this does happen to you...no worries, we'll fix it for you :)

 

December’s Wish List:

The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Pliver

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Crossed by Ally Condie

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (hardcover please Smile)

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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November 23, 2011

Review: Fangs for Nothing by Adrianne Ambrose

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Grab some garlic and start sharpening your mother's wooden spoons because there are vampires living in the most unlikely of places.
I’ve always wanted to meet a vampire. Not to stake some poor bloodsucker as he sleeps in his coffin or have some sexy vampiress bite me on the neck, but just to see a creature so rare and infamous. What can I say? Some people want to sail to Easter Island, others want to fling themselves out of an airplane, I want to shake hands with a vampire. Well, maybe I should prioritize getting a girlfriend first, but a vampire sighting is pretty high up on the list. Trust me, a lot of kids my age dream about it. Like my two best friends, Rini and Xander. We spent half the summer searching the most notorious cities in the United States for the undead, but so far, no luck.
That’s why it came as a total shock to discover a living, breathing vampire in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. (Okay, so he’s more undead and not breathing, but you get the picture.) At first we were kind of excited, but then pretty freaked because it turns out our new fanged friend has a hold on the city's teenage population and a specific thirst for their blood. Which, in a word—bites. Excerpt from
Amazon.com

Fangs for Nothing is probably the funniest vampire novel that I have ever read. There were so many times that I laughed out loud and may have had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard (thankfully no one was in the lunch room with me). Fangs for Nothing starts with Sherbie, Xander and Rini in search for vampires but they come up empty handed and head back home from San Francisco. Sherbie and Xander’s friendship made me die of laughter they are always making fun of each other. Xander decides he needs to be “cool” around the ladies and with Sherbie in so much denial that I girl may actually like him instead of just friends. This creates tons of humor because being a girl I could read all the signs Maureen and Lana were sending Sherbie but he was too blind to see it which left me laughing at him. Rini’s character was the typically girl who has a crush on the hot best friend and thinks he doesn’t like her like that and falls into the world of vampires with Maureen.

Fangs for Nothing is a great read for vampire fans looking for a good laugh.

The Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Where to buy:

Amazon.com

Feel free to visit Adrianne on her blog or twitter.

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November 22, 2011

Handmade Jewelry

 

So my sister has started to make necklaces and earrings and she asked if I would post on blog my her pictures are see if any of my followers would be interested in purchasing them. I told her I would but only because she was an awesome sister and came and held my books for me when we went to the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour.

Here are some pictures of what she has made so far. If you would like a custom order let me know. Necklaces are $20.00 – $25.00 CDN and earrings are $15.00 CDN. We will ship International and will get an estimated shipping costs for you if you decide to order. If you are interested in any of the jewelry please email me at vampsweresandcassay(at)yahoo(dot)ca and I will work out the details with you.

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If your interest in purchasing any please email me at vampsweresandcassay(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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November 16, 2011

Review: Happy Birthday to Me Again by Brian Rowe

Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he's aging a whole year of his life with each passing day... again. And this time... he's going backward!

When Cameron proposes to his beloved witch of a girlfriend Liesel, he thinks life can't get any better. But when he reluctantly breaks off the engagement just days before the wedding, Liesel angrily unleashes another curse on the unlucky guy, this time making him age backward, from eighteen, all the way to zero.

Making matters worse, Liesel mysteriously disappears, leaving Cameron with no options, except watching himself rapidly shrink into a helpless child. Will Liesel be able to save his life again? Or will Cameron be stuck in diapers for the rest of eternity? Excerpt from Brian’s website.

 

I liked Happy Birthday To Me Again better than I like Happy Birthday To Me. It was not nearly as predictable and I found myself being shocked by the turn of events. I love Cameron and Liesel’s relationship it is soo sweet that even though they have been dating for a short period of time they know they are meant for each other and I guess going through serious things as aging backward and forwards could help that cause. I hated Hannah the moment she was introduced. I have an issue with hot girls being introduced mid series interfering with the happy couple they just rub me the wrong way.

Happy Birthday To Me Again is a quick and easy read and I can’t wait to see where the story goes in Happy Birthday to You because Brian ended in it such a cliff hanger that I need to know what happens next!

Special thank to Brian for providing me a review copy!

The Rating

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Amazon $2.99

B&N $2.99

November 15, 2011

I passed and you get the present!

I just got my marks back for my auditing case and I PASSED!!! I am soo freaking happy right now that I have decided now is the best time to giveaway the signed copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis that I picked up for you all at the Smart Chicks Kick It tour.

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Here is how to enter:

+1 for your name/alias
+1 for your email (so I can email you if you win)

Bonus entries:

+1 for following the blog
+1 for following me on twitter (@CassayC)
+1 for following the facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vamps-Weres-and-Cassay-OH-My/143297525685407?ref=ts)
+2 for tweeting about the giveaway
+ 3 for posting my button on your blog (see right sidebar for link just under my twitter feed and before archives)
+5 for making a blog post about the giveaway

So you have a minimum of 2 entries and a maximum of 15 entries AND if I reach 400 followers (only 18 away) I will add a pre-order of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (to be shipped from Book Depository).

 

Open to international. I am feeling generous and will cover the shipping costs Smile

Must be 13 years or older

1 Winner will chosen by Random.org

Contest ends November 30, 2011 at midnight MST

*****USE THIS FORM TO ENTER*****

Good luck to everyone

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November 7, 2011

Fall Gift Exchange!

So as we speak I am submitting my Auditing Case and I am crossing my fingers that I passed this time…I need at least a 70% of its considered a fail Sad smile.

Now I have some free time until Dec 5 when I start my new class…this one is a biggie that comes with a 4 hour national exam that can only be taken twice and you need 65 – 70 % to pass (I forget which I’m hoping for the 65%) and because of this class starting on the 5th I am missing Christopher Paolini who is coming to Alberta!!! We never get anyone awesome here so I am super bummed out about that. I was pouting around the house yesterday when I put 2 and 2 together after trying to figure out how I could make it to work on time and get a wristband.

Anyways to the real reason I am posting today….

I participated in a Fall Gift Exchange hosted by the wonderful Ruby at Ruby Reads.

I sent Lindsey at Babes’s, Books and Signs

The Murderer's Daughters and The Thirteenth Chime

and Patricia from Patricia's Particularity sent me

Silence and Original Sin and some sweet Halloween socks, stickers, pencils, tissues and creepy little spiders that totally made me scream when I opened the box because I HATE spiders! lol

Thank you to Ruby for hosting and Patricia for the wonderful goodies and to Lindsey I hope you enjoy your novels.

There will be a Spring Gift Exchange if anyone is interested keep your eyes open!

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November 2, 2011

Oct Wrap up / Nov RAK

 

Well it was a crazy busy October for me and I can’t believe it is almost Christmas!! I am usually done my shopping by now and it may even be wrapped….and this year I haven’t even start! EEP!

This month I sent:

I sent Ashley Original Sin by Lisa D

 

I didn’t receive any books this month but that is okay I like the feeling of doing something nice for someone.

 

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In the spirit of being thankful, we sometimes need a tinsy reminder that R.A.K. is not about receiving FREE books! It's about giving as well as receiving. It's about passing on the joy of reading and books with others. If during any given month, you find that you may not be able to give at all, please reconsider signing up for that month. We've found that there have been quite a few people who have received but not given and that may seem unfair to some.


COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Tips:

1. When talking about RAK on Twitter, please use the hastag (#RAK). It makes it much easier to keep track of the conversations, answer questions and/or tweet back! =)

2. When submitting your wish list, please make sure that it is set to PUBLIC viewing. Some people have run into trouble with wish lists that were set to private. We want to be sure that no one is left out of getting great RAKs.

3. Some of you seem to have gotten frustrated because you can't get your links to appear active. This is a very easy fix :) Just make sure that when you enter your link, do NOT hit the Enter key. Instead, hit the TAB key which will send you to the next field on the form. Additional spaces entered after the link will leave the link inactive. However, if this does happen to you...no worries, we'll fix it for you :)

 

November Wish List:

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (CDN/US Hardcover) **

Destined by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (hardcover)

Dreamland by Alyson Noel (hardcopy)

The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Pliver

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Crossed by Ally Condie

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan (doesn’t matter)

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (doesn’t matter)

A Game Of Thrones / A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Frow Crows / A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (doesn’t matter)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (doesn’t matter)

Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs (doesn’t matter)

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (hardcover to match the others)

Beautiful Chaos (hardcover to match others)

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

 

Hope everyone has fun and early Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers.

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Savor Winners!

 

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Signed paperback winner – Donna

E-book Winner -  Carina

Bookmark Winner – Dawn

 

Congrats winners I have sent you an email, make sure to check your SPAM. If I don’t hear from you be Sunday I will pick a new winner Sad smile

For the next week I will be a bit MIA….I’m trying to finish up my auditing case and then I am school free until Dec 5 where it will all start again Confused smile.

I swear to you all that on November 7 I will post a giveaway for the Signed copy of Across the Universe that I picked up for you at the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. I promise if I don’t I will throw in another prize.

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October 28, 2011

Blog Tour: The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle & Carlyle Clark

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Today I have the honor of being part of The Apocalypse Gene Tour. I have an excerpt, review and giveaways for you lucky ducks!

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With Pandemic ravaging the globe, Olivya's psychic Sight compels her to see auras riddled with the colors of despair, and now her mother is infected.
Olivya’s only hope is the mysterious Mikah, a powerful Empath who claims the Pandemic is linked to his clan, the Kindred, and their brooding, monstrous, Immortal Lord. But can she trust this boy who can manipulate her very emotions?
With Mikah's aid, Olivya races to unearth Kindred secrets, desperate to find a cure, only to discover the Pandemic is far, far more than a mere disease . . .

Excerpt:

Except – Chapter Three – That Familiar Malevolence: This a scene from Olivya and Mikah’s first meeting face to face. They have escaped a Shivpack, a gang of vicious street thugs, by sliding into a rushing stream that runs through the abandoned Lincoln Park Zoo . . .

They barely heard the last as the stream swept them away. After what seemed like a long time, they reached a sturdy bush on a muddy bank. They grabbed it and pulled themselves up, soaked and shivering. The grassy sides of the moat, though wet, were less steep here. Olivya scrambled to the top, Mikah close behind. Her thigh burned where the fence had caught her jeans. She peeled back the torn denim. A deep scratch, puffed and red, but the bleeding had stopped.

Mikah swiped at the splotches of mud and grass from his clothes. Olivya checked him out beneath half-lowered lids. The moonlight illuminated him, as if his strange aura attracted and magnified its glow. She'd never seen anyone so beautiful, almost pretty, but rugged and rough. His skin was the color of sweet tea, a pale creamy brown, incredibly smooth. Latino? Indian? No. Arab. Maybe Native American? No way to tell. He was all races, yet no race. Strong jaw, full lower lip, shining black hair, broad shoulders. He removed his light cotton jacket to wring it out. He wore a form-fitting black T-shirt, now wet and plastered to his smooth, wide chest. His torso V'ed down to narrow hips and long-muscled legs. She glanced back up to his face to find those periwinkle blue-violet eyes staring straight into hers.

She looked away, busily rubbed mud and grass off herself. Just great. She was supposed to be angry with him and he had just caught her, well, ogling. And she was furious at him again, doubly so, for making her feel embarrassed. He was the one who should be humiliated. After all, hadn't she just caught him in a lie? Didn't he scare her half to death with that insane light show? He didn't even care that her leg was cut, and it hurt like hell, and, and− “You little liar!” She shoved her face into Mikah's. “How do you move that way - blurry and super-quick? What the hell did you do to Ripper? And why did Mako run away like a frightened dog when you barely touched him?”

Mikah shrugged and sighed. “Olivya, it's complicated.”

“Use small words.”

“I'm not entirely human.”

Olivya ground her teeth. More lies. She watched his aura, waiting for it to turn lemon-green with deceit . . . and waited. It gleamed steady, a truthful apricot-orange. She took a step back. “O-o-okay?”

“I sensed you were special the first time our holo-sims chatted,” he said, “but I didn't realize how talented you are, how intense your Sight. I wonder if you even know.”

Review:

The Apocalypse Gene was a mix of sci fi and dystopian. There was something familiar to the story that I can’t quite put my finger on, the best I have come up with was the CSI:NY episode where they had to create an avatar to go into this online game to find a killer. I had a hard time getting through The Apocalypse Gene there was so much detail on the characters and mythology that once I thought I finally figured out what mythology was used it would switch to a completely different one. I found the characters to be pretty average there was anything spectacular about them that made them stand out. There is a lot of information to digest throughout the story and I found taking breaks between readings made it harder to pick up again.

Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Apocalypse Gene but if you are a huge fan of sci fi I think you may like this one. I am still up in the air on if I like sci fi or not.

The Rating:

3 out of 5

Giveaway!

Suki and Carlyle have been kind enough to offer up a e-book copy of The Apocalypse Gene!

Rules:

- Must 13 years or older

- Addition +3 entries for liking the Facebook page for the novel which can be found here http://www.facebook.com/TheApocalypseGene

- Ends Nov 21 at midnight MST, winner chosen by random.org

FILL OUT THIS FORM

GOOD LUCK!

Also, the authors are having a Giant giveaway which includes a Kindle. You can find that giveaway here.

To learn more about the story you can visit:

Goodreads

Website

Trailer

Facebook

Next stop on the tour can be found here: http://jacaburintexas.blogspot.com/

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October 21, 2011

Savor Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

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When Claire Miller turned eighteen all she wanted to do was celebrate her birthday, but after a night on the town with her best friend she awakes to a visitor she never expected. The rulers of her region, a vampire royal family, have chosen her to be turned as their new heir and vampire princess. In a world fueled by the power of blood, Claire quickly discovers the vampire royal family is not what they seem and that she has secrets in her past, she never knew existed.

I loved Savor it was a perfect mix of dystopia and paranormal. I liked the mythology Megan used for her vampires in her series and I like learning about the royal family and everyone’s role. Savor ended in such a cliff hanger that I can’t wait for the next one it may just kill me to have to wait. I found Claire’s character to be relatable and complex. I like how she deals with her problems of bullies and transitioning between her human life to her vampire life. I love Robin’s character she the perfect best friend. I hope we get to see more of her in the next novel.

Megan has become one of my favorite indie authors both Released and Savor have put spells on me that I must finish as soon as possible. I highly suggest picking up her novels.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

Where to Buy:

Amazon eBook (kindle)
Paperback
B&N eBook (Nook)
Amazon UK
Smashwords

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

There will be 3 winners. Open International. You have until October 31 at Midnight (MST). To enter leave a comment, your email address and if you want to be entered in the eBook giveaway. Winners will be chosen via random.org.

Here is what you can win!

1st Place = A signed paperback copy of Savor

2nd Place = A  Kindle eBook copy of Savor (If you need a different format it may be available)

3rd Place = A Savor and Released Bookmark

Good Luck!

Cassay Sig

October 15, 2011

Review: A Day Over Eighteen by Alshia M.

When seventeen year-old Lana's parents died, she dealt weed to support herself and her younger brother. After being expelled from school and transferring to another, she realizes the students there are vampires. The school principal offers his protection if she'll supply him with blood. Along the way she falls in love with Kody,a vampire from another school who protects her and her new business selling blood to vampires. Excerpt from Goodreads.

A Day Over Eighteen reminded me of a teenage mafia movie. It was a quick short read. Lana’s character was interesting. The poor human girl is just trying to go to school and she ends up running an empire of artificial blood poor girl. She makes very interesting decisions in life which gives the story its edge. I think A Day Over Eighteen would make a good TV Show why? Because producers like to add in their own story lines and A Day Over Eighteen has the flexibility to create more conflict and have secondary storylines.

If you are looking for a quick vampire read check out A Day Over Eighteen…rumor has it its only $0.99 at the moment.

Special thanks to Alshia for sending me a review copy and staying up late to get me a compatible copy for my Kobo Smile!

Visit Alshia blog to learn about her other projects!

The Rating:

3 out of 5

Cassay Sig

October 12, 2011

Review: The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff

 

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A dark, supernaturally-tinged YA thriller based on the Thriller Award-winning short story.

Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is having terrible dreams of a massacre at her high school. Anna's father is a mentally unstable veteran, her mother disappeared when Anna was five, and Anna might have been able to chalk the dreams up to a reflection of her crazy waking life — except that Tyler Marsh, the most popular guy at the school and Anna's secret crush, is having the exact same dreams.
Despite the gulf between them in social status, Anna and Tyler connect, first in the dream and then in reality. As the dreams reveal more, with clues from the school social structure, quantum physics, probability, and Anna's own past, Anna becomes convinced that they are being shown the future so they can prevent the shooting...


If they can survive the shooter — and the dream

I enjoyed The Space Between, it had an interesting mix of math and scientific elements. The characters were perfect in the story they were all written so well that I was pissed off at the jocks and popular people for making fun of Anna and the characters Anna felt were maybe a little of the crazy side I felt the same way towards them. I liked how Alexandra explained how Anna got her gift. I am still interested in where the other probabilities are. Can Anna go to those other parallel universes like on Fringe? I hope Alexandra writes more stories in The Space Between world because I need to know more about the probabilities and parallels universes.

Special thanks to Alexandra who provided me with a copy to review.

Visit Alexandra’s website to learn more about her other novels.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where you buy your own copy?:

Barnes & Nobel $2.99

Amazon $2.99

Smashwords $0.99 THAT’S A STEAL!

Cassay Sig

October 3, 2011

Sept Wrap Up / Oct RAK

 

I can’t believe its October! It so crazy but I love October because of Halloween it is my favorite holiday!

This month I sent:

Anna and the French Kiss to Hayley

and GLOW to Cait

I received Bargains & Betrayals from Cait! 

The Rules:

COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Octobers Wish List:

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan (doesn’t matter)

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano (doesn’t matter)

Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)

Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (paperback to match my other)

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (eBook)

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (doesn’t matter)

A Game Of Thrones / A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Frow Crows / A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (doesn’t matter)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (doesn’t matter)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (hardcover to match the 1st one)

Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs (doesn’t matter)

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (hardcover to match the others)

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (hardcover to match others)

Beautiful Chaos (hardcover to match others)

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

 

Come join in on the fun! Smile

Cassay Sig