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.


September 27, 2012

A Blazing Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know of the awesome giveaway Kaitlyn Davis is having for the release of her 3rd novel Blaze. I have read Ignite and you can read my review here.

Heres and excerpt from Blaze:

“Kira gulped, unable to stop the growing sense that everything in her world was about to change.”
With Aldrich’s note burning a hole in her pocket, Kira is off to England to finally reunite with her birth mother. But what begins as a dream quickly turns to a nightmare and Kira is left questioning everything she has ever known. Can she be the conduit Luke wants her to be? Can she be the rebel Tristan needs her to be? Or is she something else? Something no one, not even Aldrich, ever saw coming…


Blaze is the third book in the thrilling Midnight Fire Series. It is approximately 65,000 words.

Here are the rules for the giveaway and a list of the prizes!

- One month long giveaway lasting from Sep 27-Oct 27

- Ten winners of e-copies of Ignite and Simmer, One winner of the paranormal package, One winner of the dystopian package, and One winner of the angels, demons & magic package.

- Winners will be notified on Oct 28th and will have five business days to respond before the prize is forfeit

- International entries are welcome, but if you live outside of Canada/US, you are only eligible to win e-copies of Ignite and Simmer

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Where to Buy Kaitlyn’s novels:

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- iTunes
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Where to find Kaitlyn:

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September 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Exclusive Excerpt from Circle of Light by Jennifer Delucy + Giveaway!

 

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Today I have the honor of sharing an Exclusive excerpt from Circle of Light by Jennifer Delucy. The Light Series is one of my favorites and I hope you all enjoy the excerpt.

Special thanks to Bound by Books and Total Bookaholic for hosting the blog tour!

Make sure you check out my reviews of The Light Series and a feature I did about the series:

Seers of Light Review

Whisper of Light Review

Circle of Light Review

The Great William and Christain Debate (may contain spoilers)

And now for the exclusive excerpt (I feel so honored!) and giveaways!


Excerpt

“It’s more storage, mainly some statues and holy items.”

Now that she mentioned it, I could see, upon looking closely, the extension of a life-sized, ivory white hand at the edges of the darkness. I shuddered. The rest of the statue was hidden.

“Well, let’s inspect, then,” Clara said. “Sister Gloria, can we take it from here?”

The nun raised an eyebrow. “I don’t know…”

“Please, Glor?” Paul added. “These things can get tricky sometimes.”

Sister Gloria watched us sternly for a moment before nodding. “All right. Try not to leave any evidence behind okay? I’ll be in the teacher’s lounge grading papers.”

“We’ll do our best,” I assured her.

Once she was gone I looked at Paul. “Listen I have kind of a phobia of statues. Must have been all those Virgin Marys bleeding tears when I was growing up. So let’s get in and out, please.”

“Can we produce some lights?” Judy Lynn requested, looking surprisingly nervous for a woman of her importance.

“No problem,” Paul said. “Go for it.”

She threw out her energy at once and lit half the space in a yellow-white haze. Stowed to the left and right were several plaster statues. I recognized the one with its hand extended as Saint Anthony. It was painted, but the color had faded with time, and there was a bird perched on the finger that was almost completely white now. The statue to the right had its back facing us, but I suspected it was a Virgin Mary that had never been painted to begin with. Behind these were others of varying sizes, the largest a solemn Christ with an open, bleeding heart, and then Saint Theresa, who smiled like a Mona Lisa from the dark recessed corner, her necklace of roses giving her identity away. Connie had loved Saint Theresa. Right now, I wasn’t such a fan.

“Yikes,” Paul said.

“Well, this is…yeah.” I said. “Let’s just see what we can draw ou—”

“Lil!” William spoke too late as something painfully heavy clamped down on my shoulder. I lurched forward and turned around. “Shit!” My voice came out in a squeak at the sight of Saint Theresa frozen in an angry smile and partially hunched in a stalking position, hand frozen where it had molded itself to my shoulder. “Are you serious?” I said to everyone.

“My God,” Judy Lynn said, practically hiding behind Paul.

“There’s absolutely no…no paranormal justification for…” I stuttered. “For this.”

William said, “Sweetheart, there is. We just haven’t figured it out yet.”

“But this is ridicul—Judy Lynn, watch out!” She jumped away on instinct, just in time to avoid the hand of Christ taking her head off her shoulders.

Paul was on high alert, scanning the area defensively, and I collected myself to speak through my shaking. “Okay. Okay, whoever you are, whatever you are, we realize that you’re messing with us,” I announced, noting Clara’s face turn panicked. “I know you’re—”

“Lily…” Clara said, pointing behind me, and I spun to face the Saint Theresa statue. It was straightened up and glaring down at me.

“I’ll crush your skull,” the statue said, her ceramic lips clicking together bizarrely to match the gravel of her voice.

“What the hell are you?” I managed.

“I’ll bite straight through your bone!” she snarled, lunging for me, but William’s repelling skills sent the statue smashing into the wall behind it, the ceramic crumbling and powdering into a white cloud.

We had little recovery time. There came a sound like cracking stone, and I noted that the Virgin Mary, the one facing away from us, had turned its head to look straight at me. Her expression turned from sad to maniacal, and she opened her mouth wide. With surprising speed for something made of cement, a long, white tongue shot out of the gaping hole and I ducked out of the way. Judy Lynn wasn’t fast enough, though, and the hardened tongue wrapped itself around her hair, knocking her off her feet and dragging her toward the statue.

Since I was prepared this time, I tried to well up some fear or anger to repel the statue, but to my dismay, nothing happened. I concentrated harder, cursing out loud and staring at the statue with a vengeance, but I still couldn’t repel the damned thing.

Judy Lynn, who was now struggling to rip her hair free, took note of my failed attempt, and with a small cry she repelled the statue herself. Unfortunately, she lost a clump of her mane in the process.

“What in the hell happened, Ms. Hunt?” she cried angrily.

“I don’t know!” I said. “I tried!”

“Maybe you aren’t as advanced as your people think!” she raged. “Perhaps you’re too distracted by—”

“Shit!” I shouted, raising both hands toward the advancing figure of Christ. It exploded into pieces immediately, causing everyone to duck and cover.

“Nice once, Lil,” Paul offered, coughing through the ceramic dust.

Judy Lynn looked absolutely livid. “Well, it seems your abilities have returned.”

 


 

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Empath and Pathcrosser to the dead, Lillian Hunt has finally come into her own as a Sentient being. All seems well in her brave new world...that is, until a tragic turn sends her tight knit Sentient group on a rescue mission through lore-infested Europe. Their goal is to save the love of Lily's life—vampire Sentient, William Maddox — from both the prejudice of their own society and the dark intentions of ancient vampires. But how will they keep hope alive, even as time runs out?

Published by: Omnific Publishing
Available: October 2012

About Jennifer:

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Jennifer DeLucy is an author of paranormal fiction, most notably The Light Series Trilogy, a freelance editor and a musician who believes in combining talents to create unique and inspiring work. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jennifer moved to the Midwest in her early twenties, honing her passions and publishing her first two novels before moving to Seattle, Washington in 2012. She continues to pursue new and exciting avenues in both the writing and music fields.

Website: http://www.jenniferdelucy.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jen_DeLucy

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3378915.Jennifer_DeLucy


GIVEAWAY TIME!

So because I messed up on posting my except today I am extending my giveaway of the 1st 2 e-books in the series AND Omnific Publishing and Jennifer have offered an e-book of Circle of Light. So you have the chance to win the ENTIRE series!!!

Open to everyone above the age of 17!

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September 19, 2012

Review: Circle of Light by Jennifer Delucy + Giveaway

 

Empath and Pathcrosser to the dead, Lillian Hunt has finally come into her own as a Sentient being. All seems well in her brave new world...that is, until a tragic turn sends her tight-knit Sentient group on a rescue mission through lore-infested Europe. Their goal is to save the love of Lily's life—vampire Sentient, William Maddox—from both the prejudice of their own society and the dark intentions of ancient vampires. But how will they keep hope alive, even as time runs out?

Circle of Light is a brilliant finale to The Light Series. DeLucy once again delivers gripping paranormal encounters, irresistible character interactions, and beautiful testaments to the power of pure, unselfish love—but it all burns at a higher intensity in this concluding adventure. Readers will come away from Circle of Light with a satisfying sense of closure…although certain Sentients may be less than happy with their ever after.

Circle of Light wraps up the Lights Series perfectly. The ending was amazing and has the opportunity for more stories to come from the series or more Maddox. Circle of Light was filled with action - there was never a dull moment. There were new characters introduced – some that I hated! Jennifer wrote them perfectly to get that reaction out of me. The sex scenes in Circle of Light weren’t as sexy as the first two novels were. But that’s okay as we got to see the more “aww” romantic and protective sides of both William and Christian that made me gush. Without giving too much of the story away I felt that Circle of Light was just the beginning of the characters new lives. There was so much that happened with William and Lily’s and Christian and Nicole’s relationship that filled me with happiness. I was glad to learn that Jennifer didn’t break the couples up. Overall, this series is amazing and each and every one of you needs to pick up the novels! I will be the first to jump for joy if Jennifer says she will continue the series or write a spinoff maybe on Anna/Trina?? Pretty please Jennifer!!!

Special thank to Jennifer and Traci for providing me an ARC for review.

 

The Rating:

5 out of 5

 

Traci from Omnific Publishing as offered 1 set of e-books of both Seers of Light and Whispers of Light!

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September 17, 2012

Smart Chicks Kick It–2012 in EDMONTON!

Poster taken from The Smart Chicks website: http://www.smartchickskickit.com/downloads.html

I was so excited to hear that the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour was coming to Edmonton. Several months ago when the tour was first announced I woke up and started scrolling through Facebook and I noticed Margaret Stohl’s FB status was I’m going to <insert city>, <insert city>, Edmonton…. *Cue Cassay squeal* I also logged onto Twitter to see multiple @ posts to me telling me who was all coming to Edmonton. I was so excited that running around my house yelling OMG GOD AUTHORS ARE COMING TO EDMONTON! I smacked my head with my cell phone. Yep I’m a klutz and it freaking hurt!

Anywho, I was lucky enough to get to attend this years event and I was lucky enough to join the Edmonton Book Bloggers group and a bunch of the ladies arrived early and saved us some spots in line. My journey started by heading to the buss stop to pick up a fellow blogger who came up from Calgary. It was amazing getting to know Jennifer of Misbehavin’ Librarian and I was honored to give her a ride to the event. We ladies started talking and the time flew by while we talked books and books to movies while we waited for the event to start. BTW there was a huge debate on JCB being a good Jace for the City of Bones movies on FB and it did come up again in line…..seriously he isn’t that bad ladies! Smile with tongue out

Anywho, the authors finally came out and talked/answers questions from fans. I was listening  so closely that I forgot to take pictures!

I would like to thank Kelly Armstrong and Melissa Marr for putting together the Smart Chicks Kick It event and Chapters Westside for hosting! You did an amazing job keeping the lines organized and talked with your customers as we waited in line. That was very cool of you.

Here are the pictures I took from the event.

This is the group of Bloggers that showed up! I’m the one with my eyes closed. I’m so lame. Make sure you show them some love – you can find the directory here.

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Here is Charles de Lint, Veronica Roth, Margaret Stohl and Melissa Marr

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Here is Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Beth Revis and Ally Condie.

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This is me and Ally Condie. Ally is super nice. I blanked out on what to talk to her about I felt bad but I was super shy to meet her.

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This is me and Beth Revis. I got to meet Beth in Vancouver and I got both of Beth’s books signed already so I picked up a copy for a friend of mine. Beth is super nice and I felt easier talking to her because I met her before. She also has double jointed shoulders.

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This is me and Charles de Lint. Too bad I wasn’t blinking as well we would be matching. Hehe. I share a name with his niece! Super cool.

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This is me and the lovely Melissa Marr. Melissa is amazing - I <3 her so much. I waited in line an additional 2 hours to get the rest of my Wicked Lovely series signed. We talked about her delicious breakfast in Edmonton that morning. She had what sounded like the most yummiest pancakes ever! I don’t do pancakes for supper but I kind of wanted to have pancakes when I got home.

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Me and the amazing Margaret Stohl (who makes my day at these signings with her witty comments that crack me up) and the LEGEND….wait for it DARY! Veronica Roth. I don’t really remember if I said anything but Thank You to Veronica but it was great to met her and I was totally start struck!

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Me and Kelley Armstrong. I have been lucky enough to meet her 3 times and this time I tripped over a mic wire and backed up into the stairs and fell over. I was sooo embarrassed! Apparently I was just that excited to meet Kelley again that I made a fool of myself. I am also not to sure what I am looking at but Kelley looks amazing! I love her teal blouse.

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Those are my pictures! I had a blast I got to know some fellow bloggers that live near me. Who would have thought? Had some great chats in line with Ambur from Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright while we waited in line a 2nd time to see Kelly and Melissa again. Well worth the wait.

I also got to witness a 9 or 10 year old boy get his copy of Divergent signed and he had a smile from ear to ear just getting the chance to talk to Veronica. Witnessing that made it worth standing in line for those additional hours.

Thank you again to Chapters Westside and Indigo Green Room!

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September 5, 2012

August Wrap Up / Sept RAK

Sadly, summer is officially over Crying face. It has gotten extremely chilly in my area this past weekend. I hope it isn't a sign that this winter is going to be extremely cold. I hate winter!!!

Anyways this month I sent:

Bunheads by Sophie Flack to Just A Lil Lost

I didn’t receive a anything in August.

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Here are the recap rules from Book Soulmates website:

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!!

 

My September Wish List:

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (hardcover to match the others)
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Black Heart by Holly Black
The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Die For Me by Amy Plum
The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black
Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent
Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
Passion/Rapture/Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate (HC to match others)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Bla
Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto (HC to match)
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Tiger's Curse (Book 1) by Colleen Houck
Incarnate by Jodi Meadow
Destined By P. C. Cast
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Happy September Everyone. If you started school this week have fun!

 

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September 3, 2012

Review: Darkness (The Brookhaven Vampires Book 2) by Joann Martin Sowles

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Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life, that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz's place, relieved to be in each other's arms once again. But fate seems to have other plans...

Julz is not happy to have visitors in her home and emotions run high. Laney is pushed to her limits as she watches Carter fight for his life and her relationship with Oliver becomes strained as she discovers secrets about Julz that could tear them apart.

As she reaches her boiling point, disaster strikes and her life is shattered. Laney must come to terms with what has unfolded. Will she lose her way and let the darkness consume her or will she find her light in Oliver?

Secrets will be revealed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be lost. Darkness will fall. Excerpt and book cover from Joann’s website.

Since I finished reading Laney I have been patiently waiting for the sequel. I enjoyed Darkness a lot. Though Joann almost killed me at least 6 times minimum from her humor but I will forgive her for almost killing me hehe. Every time she had a joke coming I just happened to take a sip of water and choked a little. The sexual tension between Oliver and Laney was almost unbearable at times and some of it was fairly steamy. There were a few times I rolled my eyes and said “oh just do it already!” I liked that we got to learn more about Carter. There wasn’t a lot of action in Darkness but it still held my attention. Darkness was more family and relationship oriented. If you enjoyed Laney you will love Darkness even more and if you haven’t picked up the series you need to.

My favorite quote from the novel comes from page 248:
“We sat there in the silence for a few minutes before he asked, “Is having sex with a werewolf considered bestiality?””

I think I sat on the couch laughing for 20 min over this one.

Special Thanks to Joann for providing me a copy to review.

The Rating:
5 out of 5

Where to buy (Links from Joann’s website):
Paperback/Hardcover:

Order from Brookehaven Publishing
Order from Lulu
Order from Barnes and Noble
Order from Amazon.com

  eBooks are available for purchase at:
Order from Brookehaven Publishing
Order from iTunes
Order from Smashwords
Order from Diesel-ebooks.com
Order from Barnes and Noble
Order from Amazon.com
Order from Kobobooks.com

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