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.


June 30, 2011

Canada Day Hop–I AM CANADIAN!

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I’m participating in the awesome Canada Day Hop to show off my Canuckness!

I have decided that I would do a “did you know theme”. I will introduce you to some authors, musicians and actors that are Canadian that maybe you never knew before. I may show you my Alberta love we have produce some famous people SmileThere will be a giveaway at the end of the post to win a popular Canadian authors book and a local indie author novel.

Authors:

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Kelley Armstrong – One of my favorite Canadian authors. Writes The Darkest Powers Series, The Gathering and The Women of the Otherworld series plus many more.

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Lesley Livingston – Author of the Wondrous Strange series

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Michelle Rowen – Author of the Demon Princess series

Musicians:

Nickleback – Good Ole Alberta boys. The BF actually bagged Chad’s groceries in his home town once.

Mother Mother – Vancouver based band who sing really really catchy songs

Metric – As of right now Metric is my favorite band! and who knew they were Canadian!

Actors:

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Sara Canning – Yep Aunt Jenna is Canadian. She was born in Newfoundland but grew up about an hour away from me! And believe it or not she is only 1 year older than me. I know I couldn’t believe it.

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Michael Cera – Oh how I love Scott Pilgrim.

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Anna Paquin – Was born in Winnipeg but move to New Zealand when she was 4.

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Evangeline Lilly – Another Albertan actress who grew up not far from me.

So were there any names that shocked you? We Albertans and Canadians are just as talented as the rest of the world.

Now the giveaway!

You have a chance to win:

Darkest Powers Trilogy Omnibus by Kelley Armstrong. This is a edition was a limited Canadian/Christmas only edition when it first came out. I’m still seeing them around the book store so I’m not 100% surte The Darkest Powers series. You get The Summoning, The Awakening and The Reckoning all in one fancy limited edition book.

and by a local indie author Wrush by The Karakul. This is a signed book. I was lucky enough to meet the author at a craft sale and picked up a copy for my wonder follower. Here is a bit of info about Wrush:

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What is Wrush?   And how do you get there?
One girl is about to find out...

Tabetha Bright may be the cleverest girl ever to scoot around in a wheelchair. Her days in the hospital are spent daydreaming and writing magical tales, but when she receives a mysterious gift, a pen with magic of its own, her stories become dangerously real. Suddenly Tabetha is thrown into a perilous adventure in the strange and wondrous world of Wrush...

With the help of a Mungling, a captain, and a tattooed boy-wizard, Tabetha must stop a dark sorcerer from finding the Pyramid Map and destroying the protective wall between worlds. But how much can one girl, unable to walk, help against Wrush’s most powerful foe?

More than anyone ever imagined!

It sounded like Percy Jackson to me that is why I picked it up but I haven’t had the chance to read it which makes me sad. But I hope you will all enjoy it.

The Rules:

- 1 entry per person
- Open International, I’ll be shipping the books personally and as long as the shipping is reasonable I will cover the cost. If shipping is not reasonable I shall work out a deal with the winner.
- Easy Peasy one this time name and email to enter
- End July 2 at midnight MST
- Once announced the winner has until July 5 at midnight MST to claim their prize

 

***YOU THIS FORM TO ENTER THE CONTEST*** Comments will not count as an entry.

So I can’t figure out how to get the Mr. Linky thing to work so go visit the lovely ladies who are hosting the event:

Aislynn of Knit Purl Stitch Read &Cook & Chrystal of Snowdrop Dreams of Books

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

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Birthday Giveaway Winner!!

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I’m a little late with announcing the winner but my computer crashed AGAIN. So we had to whip it clean and start all over again Sad smile.

But without further ado there were 59 entries! and the winner is…

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#28 Mary-Ann T

Congrats Mary-Ann! I have emailed you and you have 48 hrs to respond with your mailing address. Make sure to check your SPAM!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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June 24, 2011

An Update!

Yay! I finally have a computer again! Woot Woot! It was a sad week without it and I ran out of data on my phone Sad smile

I still can’t comment….It has seriously been 2 mths since I have been able to comment. I can comment from my phone but not any laptop! Its very frustrating. I just wanted to let you all know that I am reading all your comments and I usually type out a respond just to find out that I can’t post Sad smile It makes me sooo sad. But I am no ignoring you.

Canada Post is on strike so I have no mail coming in or going out. Who knows when this will be resolved but good thing my birthday giveaway I am ordering from Book Depository so you won’t have to wait Smile

Speaking of giveaways you have 4 days left to enter my birthday giveaway! 4 more days till I turn 23 Open-mouthed smile GO ENTER GO GO GO. LOL

And here is a BIG update in my personal life that I am going to share with you all you ready because it is big! This week I bought myself a brand spanking new condo!!! I move in March 2013 and get to sit down with a designer to pick colors, cabinets and floors. I am so excited to be moving out and to have my very own home!

Anyways that is what it up in my life. What is new in yours?

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June 18, 2011

New Series from Brenda Pandos!!!

 

So I have some very exciting new to share with you! And it is very ironic news. You see on Wednesday we went to Chapters (Cdn book retailer) and my sister asks me “Is there any mermaid books where the girl doesn’t know she's a mermaid and has to go on an epic journey?" Oh and a book about Fairies that isn’t this new age crap?” I say nothing about the last comment but it does cut me deep and the only series I can think of is Tera Lynn Childs Forgive My Fins series. But now I can tell here there is another one!!!! How cool is that? So I proudly introduce…

Everblue, Book #1 of Mer Tales

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Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Tentative Release Date: 7/31/2011
Follow Brenda on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-Pandos-Author/147707291958883
Goodreads
: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11700785-everblue
Twitter
: @brendapandos
Blog: brendapandos.blogspot.com

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

Want to know more?

Check out Brenda’s blog at: http://brendapandos.blogspot.com

I think it sounds FABULOUS! and I can’t wait to read it. What do you all think?

So with all this mermaid talk what is your favourite Mermaid book (YA or Adult)? (Yep, I’m totally fishing for book suggestions haha get it fishing /I’m lame)

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June 8, 2011

WOW: Clockwork Prince

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.

This weeks WOW is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare! I personally can’t wait for this one because Cassie is a freaking WRITING GODDESS! And she totally puts me under a spell when I read her books I just can’t stop!

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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.

Seriously – I can’t wait!!!

Clockwork Prince is on sale Dec 6, 2011 – Just in time for Christmas!

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June 7, 2011

Review: The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels

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No one knew of its existence until it was removed from the attic upstairs.

In a beautiful house that overlooks the sea, an antique clock has the power to change the course of their lives.

The power the clock resonates will not only force Destiny and ex-boyfriend David on a journey into the depths of one man's mind long dead, but into the mind of a man filled with hatred and bent on revenge.

With the only clues to the nature of the clock having disappeared into the sea, Destiny and David must retrace the steps the man had taken into the darkness, before they fall prey to the trap he had set in motion over half a century ago.

Hatred never dies

I read The Thirteenth Chime in one sitting, mostly because I knew that if I went to bed midway through the books that I would probably have creepy/nightmarish dreams about the book. The story itself was pretty creepy - the old lady and little girl totally creeped me out. The Thirteenth Chime would be a perfect episode for Supernatural. I did enjoy the book it kept my attention and I was totally thrown off on where the story was going which I enjoy. I don’t like being able to guess where a story is going, I like to be fooled and I was totally.

But I do think I know what is up with David. I liked the characters that Emma created but I do have to say what is up with Destiny totally turning down David like come on! But that is okay I guess because she left him for the rest of us J I had some beefs with Destiny but it’s mostly because I wanted to take her aside and slap her across the head to tell her that she was missing out on so much, but at last she’s a fictional character and I can’t slap her haha.

I can’t wait for book 2 in the series to come out August 2011.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing (Indie)
Published: August 2010
Pages: 238
ISBN-10: 1453715061
ISBN-13: 9781453715062

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June 3, 2011

Review: Released by Megan Duncan

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After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined. Excerpt from Megan’s website.

Thank you Megan sending me a copy of your novel for review. I loved Released! I finished the book within 5-6 hours, the quickest I have ever a novel. Released kept me at the edge of my seat for the entire book. Released was also a quick read at only 260 pages of awesomeness.

The way that Megan described the scenery and the events the group had to get over while travelling reminded me of Zombieland which made it super easy for me to visualize post-apocalypse America. I loved the characters they were easy to relate to and funny. Taya is my favourite character in the series. She is funny and witty. There were many times were I was on the edge of my seat and Taya would say something and I would burst out laughing. She totally took the edge off some scenes. I also knew if I didn’t finish the book before I went to bed that I would totally be having nightmares of demon hounds and birds attacking me.

I can’t wait to read the Chaos the next book in the series and I sooo want more of this story.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indie
Published: March 2011
Pages: 260
ISBN-10: 1461017726
ISBN-13: 978-1461017721

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June 2, 2011

Cassay Turns 23! Birthday Giveaway

So seeing its my birthday I have decided that I will share the birthday presents onto my freaking amazing followers! I <3 you all so much!

So because my birthday is in June I have decided to giveaway some June Release books that I can’t wait to read. Here is what is up for grabs:

Fins and Forever

Fin are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Possession

Possession by Elana Johnson

Passion

Passion by Lauren Kate

Yep that’s right 3 awesome books and I’m going to make it easy for you to enter! Name and E-Mail! THATS ITS! Easy Peasy right?

Well here are the official rules:

- Must be at least 13 years old
- Open International – As long and Book Depository ships to your country
- Ends June 28 at Midnight MST (My birthday)
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email/post
- One entry per person, duplicates will be deleted
- Winner chosen by Random.org

****Please use the form to enter. As much as I love comments and seeing blogger won’t let me reply Sad smile. Your comment will not count as an entry****

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June RAK

So because I had soo much fun in May. I’m doing RAK again this month!

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Heres the rules and details:

• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)

• Create a wishlist and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.}
• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wishlist and contact that blogger for their address. 

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!

{Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Lets's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!
Thank you Uniflame for pointing that out!! :P
FYI: One RAK will be chosen and showcased! Yayyy!

That's it!

Easy peasy huh??

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vanessa at

Twerd413 [at] gmail DOT com

My birthday is at the end of the month so I’m going to spread my birthday love to some fellow bloggers. I thinking I’m going to use the numbers of my birthday. So the date, last 2 digits of the year and my age (23 – I’m only 2 years away from having a quarter life crisis)

My June Wish List:

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

The Candidates by Inara Scott

Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Orginal Sin by Lisa Desrochers

Passion by Lauren Kate

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

 

Here's to another fun filled RAK!

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June 1, 2011

Interview with Lisa Shearin

So remember back in March/April and I ask you if you had any questions for Lisa? Well she has answered our questions! I would like to thank Lisa soooo much for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer the questions.

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Briefly describe the Raine Benares series.

My protagonist, Raine Benares, is an elf and a smagiclost_cover_fullsizeeeker, a finder of lost things and missing people. In terms of magical talent, Raine has enough that she’s good at her job, makes a decent living, and that’s perfectly fine with her. She’s happy. Raine’s problems start when through a series of misadventures she finds herself linked to a proverbial cursed stone of power that gives the one person it’s linked to the power to basically take over the world. You know, kill thousands, enslave millions, and literally move mountains—your standard god-like kind of stuff. And oh, by the way, the stone will drive you insane, a full-fledged cackling loony, and then you die, usually by throwing yourself off the mountain that you just carved in half. Needless to say, Raine’s new goal in life is to find a way to get rid of the rock. The new goal of every magical mobster and sicko sorcerer in Mermeia and beyond is to get hold of Raine.

What was your inspiration for Raines’ story?

Raine’s adventures came out of my love of genre fiction—fantasy, detective fiction, mysteries, action adventure, romantic comedy, thrillers, and crime capers. I wanted to combine fantasy with the intrigue of the classic detective novel, the suspense of a mystery, the daring of action adventure, and the fun of romantic comedy and crime capers. I wanted to write a roller coaster that you could read. I think it all goes back to my college days and not being able to find a book that combined all of my genre fiction loves. So I wrote the type of books I wanted to read, but couldn’t quite find. Well, that and Raine didn’t give me a choice.

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The Saghred storyline concludes with the next (and sixth) book in the series All Spell Breaks Loose. I have some really fun ideas beyond that, but I can’t talk about it. First I have to finish writing All Spell Breaks Loose, then write a proposal for my idea, and present it to my publisher. Once I’ve signed a contract, then I can talk about it.

Are you working on any other novels besides the Raine Benares series?

Not at the moment. I have a full-time job (editor and quality control manager at an advertising agency). Between that and writing Raine’s adventures, I’m working 10 to 11 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Sleep. Well, that and read. But mostly sleep. ; )

Will we be seeing more of Rache? I feel like he has more to be revealed.

Rache hasn’t told me when or where he’ll make his next appearance, but if he wants to be in another book, Rache is the type who will let me know.

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Felicia Day as Raine.

 

 

 

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Gerard Butler as Mychael.

 

 

 

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Nicol Williamson as Garadin. Helen Mirren as Tarsilia.

Cassay wants to add that she totally approves of Gerard Bulter being my Mychael and all of Lisa’a choices they are PERFECT!

PS You should all watch The Guild starring Felicia Day especially if you are familiar with World Of Warcraft it is a great show!

Quick questions: What are your favorite . . .

Books? The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher149920_1436655128342_1591911476_30914212_1792002_n and The Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

Authors? Jim Butcher, Harlan Coben, Rob Thurman, Robert B. Parker

TV Shows? Castle, Burn Notice, The Big Bang Theory, Firefly (cancelled, dang it!)watch-the-big-bang-theory-online1

Movies? Ghostbusters, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunt for Red October, Galaxy Quest

Ice Cream Flavour? Butter Pecan

 

Thanks again Lisa!

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