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.


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!

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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

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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!

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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

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Smart Chicks Kick It–Vancouver stop!

So as you all know I went to the Smart Chicks Kick It tour in Vancouver and it was a blast!

We started the journey down to Vancouver by leaving at 4:30am. Yep we were early birds on Friday. It took us 12 hours of driving time and I think a total of 14 hrs in the car and the most exciting things we saw on the way there and back home were:

- 3 elks

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- 3 deer
- 1 wolf – This was a first and it was totally awesome! After all the years of driving in the mountains I have never seen a wolf or a bear and totally fitting seeing Kelley and Jen write about wolves……
- 1 Fox
- a shovel on the side of the road….this was by a hick looking small town
- On the way into Vancouver there was a bit of a traffic jam and we passed the van who had a female driver then not a minute later when the van passed us again it was a male drive……???? weird I know this is going down as the most interesting thing we saw lol

So now that we are in Vancouver we headed down to the mall and waited in line for 3 hrs (there was no way I drove 12 hrs not to be able to sit during the Q&A so we totally loiter in Chapters lol and my sister found Tyra Banks novel Modelland and hasn’t been able to put it down since)

Then at 2pm the Smart Chicks came out and all my excitement just jumped to 500% lol.

During the Q&A Kelley had the audience vote of who would make the best Muppet. So the audience voted that Sara Zarr and Jennifer Lynn Barnes would be the best ones.  Kelley gave away some top secret information that we are not allowed to talk about or else she will get into trouble. (Sorry for the tease Smile with tongue out)

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Margaret and Sara had the funniest answers ever during the lightening round. Zombie Boyfriend was a popular answer for Melissa. HAHA.

Apparently, Kelley likes to bug Jennifer about hot monkeys because Jennifer said on an island filled with a thousand monkeys there has to be at least a couple of good looking ones.

Then it was onto the signing and everyone was extremely nice!

I had a blast and I would totally go to a book signing again. I think I’m an addict now LOL. But next time I will fly!

Here are the pictures of me with the authors.

Me and Margaret

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Me and Beth

 

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Me and Jennifer

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Me and Sara

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Me and Melissa

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Me and Kelley

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My boyfriend made fun of me when I showed him the pictures he said I looked the exact same in each picture… I can kind of see it lol

Oh yeah I also brought you guys back a signed book Smile I got Beth to sign a copy of Across the Universe! I’m just working out the details on how I want the giveaway to work but I will have the giveaway up soon.

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