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.


November 30, 2013

Review Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The Details:

Format: Hardcover
Published: August 1, 2009
Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC
ISBN - 10: 0545123267
ISBN - 13: 9780545123266
Source: Purchased

The Rating:

3 out of 5


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I have been sitting on Shiver for a few years now and this month was Weres month for the Paranormal Reading challenge so it was the perfect excuse to start the series. 

I expected more out of Shiver. I assumed that it was going to be similar to the other paranormal novels that I have read but it was more contemporary. Its not that I have a thing against contemporaries I just don’t go out of my way to read them. Shiver was well written but I wished that there would have been more action to the story. I found the characters to be fairly bland and didn’t find anything special about them just ordinary people. Maybe as the series progresses the characters develop. Overall, I was disappointed in the Shiver but I think that is because I had different expectations of the story.

 

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November 25, 2013

Now Available! Zane by Joann I Martin Sowles

Now Available!!
Companion to Tainted Blood —
Available Nov. 25th, 2013
Zane Book Cover
Being chosen as one of the Fallen is an honor amongst the angels. Yet, it was an honor Zane had not wished for.
On Laney’s nineteenth birthday, Zane fell with the mission to keep her safe, but he was never given that opportunity...
In this Brookehaven Vampires novella, you will step into the mind of Laney’s guardian angel, get a glimpse of his life before the fall, and see what our world looks like from his point of view.
This story is to be read AFTER Tainted Blood.
All excerpts and book covers are from Joann’s website

Where to buy:




Enjoy!

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November 13, 2013

Tis the Season!

So with Christmas just around the corner, I am super excited to decorate my own place this year. I am so excited that my decorating skills may make it look like Santa puked in my house. Not because I’m a bad decorator but because there will be so much Christmas decorations!

But Christmas also brings Secret Santa’s! This is probably my favorite part of blogging. Getting to meet a new blogger that I wouldn’t have known before and sending them a special little something this holidays season!

This year I am once again partaking in the 4th Annual Broke & Bookish Secret Santa and I will be partaking in Book Soulmates RAK Secret Santa Style!

Here are the rules from Book Soulmate’s RAK that have been copied and pasted from their website:


RAK is back...Secret Santa style!

In order to allow us time to arrange everything, this special Christmas Edition of RAK is going to run for TWO months instead of the usual one month!

Button was created by Vanmar Designs exclusively for Book Soulmates

NEW RULES
(please read thoroughly)

  • Participation requires that you agree to send your assigned contact (1) Secret Santa gift (selected from the wishlist provided).  In exchange, you will also receive a Secret Santa gift from the person that was assigned your name.
  • We suggest that you put a note on/with your gift stating that it's a "Secret Santa RAK gift" and include your name/blog so that the recipient knows who the gift is from :)
  • The form will ask you for your Top 5 Wishlist Titles as well as a link to the rest of your wishlist (located on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc).
  • The form will accept sign-ups starting November 1 through November 24. 
    Sorry guys, but the form will be closed after November 25th to allow us time to assign & distribute.
  • All participants will be contacted via email on December 1st with the information for their Secret Santa recipient.  It's very important that you check your inbox for this message!
  • You will have from December 1st to December 25th (the sooner the better) to send out your RAK.  After all, it is to be a Christmas present!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and the Kobo store are all set up to allow this.  We do not, ever, encourage people to send pirated books so we urge you to use your discretion if/when accepting PDF files not sent through a retailer.
  • At the end of the month (by Dec 31st), show us your R.A.K by creating a "RAK Wrap-up" post.
  • You may also show off your participation by grabbing our *new* Christmas Edition RAK button!

     

OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Remember that you can order from Book Depository to ship to an international friend!

Sign up for RAK: Secret Santa 2013
(Note: This time, you guys don't get to see who else signed up because it's a seeecret ;)
If you have any questions regarding RAK, please contact us via Twitter or at our email booksoulmates @ gmail . com

Tips:

1. When talking about RAK on Twitter, please use the hashtag: #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 had 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 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.


All pictures and rules and everything related to RAK belong to Book Soulmates – Make sure you check out their awesome website here.

 

You can find Broke & Bookish Secret Santa information here.

Here are my wish list in no particular order:

Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler

Tidel by Amanda Hocking (Hardcover)

Elegy by Amanda Hocking (Hardcover)

Abandon by Elana Johnson

Sever by Lauren DeStefano  (paperback)

Fever by Lauren DeStefano  (paperback)

The Evolution o Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (paperback)

Eternal by Kristi Cook (hardcover)

Rise by Andrea Cremer (hardcover)

Shades of Earth Beth Revis (hardcover)

 

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November 4, 2013

Officially a Brookehaven Vampire Street Team Member!

So awhile ago (way before the wedding) I signed up to become a part of the street team and help promote Joann’s novels which I love. Well I have been a very bad street member and has put off/misplaced packages with wedding stuff etc. The list goes on anyways I was a bad girl but NOW I am being a good girl and I will give all you wonderful followers a information dump on the in going of Brookhaven Vampire Series!

First, there are a limited amount of Street Team Members….if you want to sign up head here.

When Joann sends you an email inviting you to join our wonderful group you will receive this!

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Yep there is a name tag with my name on it!! Sooo Cool!

I also received some bookmarks for the newest book Curse which comes out this fall!!! EEEE!!!

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I recently found a bunch of book marks for the first 3 novels as well. So I will be giving away 10 Brookehaven Vampire Swag packs and I will add some other swag I can find in my black hole room as my hubby says I have to much! You can never have to much swag I say.

Last but not least I have an exciting announcement to make about the Series!!!

There is a novella to be released this month!!! Zane!!

Companion to Tainted Blood —

Available Nov. 25th, 2013

Zane Book Cover

Being chosen as one of the Fallen is an honor amongst the angels. Yet, it was an honor Zane had not wished for.

On Laney’s nineteenth birthday, Zane fell with the mission to keep her safe, but he was never given that opportunity...

In this Brookehaven Vampires novella, you will step into the mind of Laney’s guardian angel, get a glimpse of his life before the fall, and see what our world looks like from his point of view.

This story is to be read AFTER Tainted Blood.

All excerpts and book covers are from Joann’s website and all other photos were from my phone taken by me Smile.

So that is my exciting Brookehaven News!

For the giveaway of 10 Swag Packs. I’m making this super easy. The first 10 people to either email me at vampsweresandcassay @ yahoo . ca or fill out the form below will get swag sent to them. OPEN Internationally.

Here is the form to enter to win the swag packs!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SIRaXBNBzxHA4NZj7ll1HQwZVMu1uTFYtG-kr3gaSWk/viewform

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P.S. I will post wedding photos as soon as I have them Smile