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.


July 17, 2014

Review: Omens (Cainsville 1) by Kelley Armstrong

 

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The Details:

Format: Hardcover (Purchased)
Published: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Random House of Canada

The Rating:

5 out of 5


Olivia Taylor Jones, 24, seems to have the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech-firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia's world is shattered when she finds out that she's adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers, each still serving a life sentence.


The news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, and Olivia thinks the best thing she can do for herself and for them is run away from it all. She ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her decision to uncover the truth about her birth parents. Olivia decides to focus on the Larsens last crime, the one Pamela Larsen swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel Walsh, Pamela's former lawyer, start investigating, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. There are dark secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her. Excerpt and book cover from Chapters website.

 

As a huge Kelley Armstrong fan I was in my car and driving as fast as possible without getting a speeding ticket to the nearest Chapters to get my hands on my copy! I started the novel as soon as I got home and didn’t stop until bedtime. If I didn’t have to sleep I probably would have read throughout the night. That is how awesome it was. The story kept me intrigued with each turning page and I had difficulties telling myself it’s time to stop and go back to work after lunch break or to go to bed. While I was reading Ambur from Burning.Impossibly.Bright and I were texting each other asking where we were and how we were liking it. Theories were flying around and our love/hate for Gabriel. Love for Ambur, Hate for me. Omens is one of my faves and I can’t wait to see what Kelley has in store for Liv…and I’m not going to be satisfied with only a couple books in this series I will need more. I am reading the series without looking up the translations of words or looking up any superstitions. I am learning the secrets of Cainsville along with Liv the way even if it kills me not to know everything right now.

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July 16, 2014

Wedding Photos

 

So I totally meant to post these back in December when I received them but I was busy with a course from Dec-March and then it was the wonderful tax season and a course but now that I finally have some free time I am going to share some of my favorite photos from my wedding back in October. Enjoy

 

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Yep I wrote Converse shoes

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These are 2 of my favorite pictures of myself:

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This is my favorite picture of my Mom you can’t even tell that a just over a year ago (from the wedding) she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was going through chemo)

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This is probably my favorite picture with my hubby:

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And of course I HAD to have book pictures Smile

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We have a hockey/book theme at our reception both of our likes.

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All photos were taken by the wonderful and amazing Kristilee Parish of Kristilee Parish Photography! If you leave in the Edmonton area and need a photographer I definitely suggest using her!

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July 5, 2014

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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The Details:

Source: ARC from NetGalley. Thank you very much!

The Rating:

4 out of 5


Princess Lia is First Daughter of the House of Morrighan, a kingdom steeped in tradition, duty, and the stories of a bygone world.  She flees on her wedding day, shirking her duty, but is determined to marry for love and not to secure a political alliance.
Pursued by bounty hunters, she finds refuge in a distant village and settles into a new life, hopeful when two handsome strangers arrive.  She doesn’t know that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.  Deception abounds and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. Excerpt and cover from Mary’s website.

I've decided to start branching out a little bit on the genres that I've been reading. When I read the synopsis of The Kiss of Deception I thought it sounded interesting even though it wasn't in my normal genre. I'm glad I read it because I really enjoyed it. 

One of the things that I like were the chapters that were from the perspective of The Prince and The Assassin or the Chapters based on the names they gave. From the beginning I pegged each of the guys are either The Prince or The Assassin and each time they had a chapter there was something written that made me think “oh crap I’m wrong” and then the next chapter “Yep! I’m right boo yeah!” I totally loved that feeling it was great to be going back and forth even if I just wanted to know who was who because the suspense was killing me.

I liked Lia’s character she’s different from most princesses and willing to get her hands dirty. I loved her interactions with her friends and the two boys. The courtship between Lia and each of the boys was interesting it was fun, sweet and sometimes romantic. It’s these scenes that make me wonder why I don’t read more contemporaries.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to learning more about Lia, each of the boys, and the history behind the world that has been created.

 

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June 3, 2014

COVER REVEAL FOR SHADES OF CHAOS (DYSTOPIAN YA BOXED SET)

Well I'd like to say that I am back for the summer yahoo! I have no classes this year so I plan on getting back into reviewing and what better way to get started than a cover reveal? This cover reveal have 6 novels (1 of which I have already read and loved). I also have 1 e-copy (PDF/PRC for Kindle/EPUB) up for grabs! All you have to do it comment below and leave a way I can contact you whether it be via Twitter or email. Good Luck!






RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2014

Cover Artists: Alexia Purdy, Willsin Rowe


SYNOPSIS:
Dare yourself to enter into a post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.


Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma! 


Best for ages 16 and up~


I AM Alive (Cameron Jace): I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.

Initiation (Katie Salidas): Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the human's world. It's kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.

Dissension (Katie Salidas): In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

Finding Hope (Chrystalla Thoma): After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city – looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by...

Rex Rising (Chrystalla Thoma): In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.

Resonant (Alexia Purdy): As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.

Reign of Blood (Alexia Purdy): April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they're not truly alone.

Released (Megan Duncan): After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmission of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined. (This is a seriously awesome book check out my review here.)

Burning Bridges (Nadège K. Richards): In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again


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 Cassay


April 8, 2014

Review: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong




In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever. Excerpt and book cover from Kelley's website



Sea of Shadows is the newest novel to be released by Kelley Armstrong in the YA market. It is much different than the other novels that Kelley has written. I LOVED it though I may be biased by my love of Kelley’s writing and it seems that whatever she writes I’m hooked. While I was reading Sea of Shadows I kept forgetting that I was reading a Kelley novel that is how different this book is. There is action, romance and twists! Everything a good novel requires in my opinion. Moria and Ashyn characters are quite enjoyable and I love that even though they are twins they are different just as twins in real life would be. I can’t wait to read more about the girls as they continue their adventures together. I also really enjoyed Gavril and Ronan’s characters they bring out more of the girls true nature I found. I really enjoyed them even if one of them is a jerk most of the time. I think my only complaint about the novel is that the story just ended randomly. I’m not sure if my eARC was missing pages or if it was actually the end of the novel. To me it felt like “okay we are going to throw this major twist at you and leave you hanging for the second book” almost like a TV Show would leave you hanging in fading to black all of a sudden. 

Rating:

5 out of 5

Source: eARC - NetGalley (Doubleday Canada)

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February 16, 2014

Review: The Descent by Alma Katsu

 

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The Details:

Format: Trade Paperback
Published: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN - 10: 1451651821
ISBN - 13: 9781451651829
Source: ARC from S&S Canada. Thank you very much!

The Rating:

5 out of 5


Of all the universe's forces, the most mysterious,
confounding, and humbling is the power of love.

Alma Katsu's acclaimed trilogy—a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning—comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair's otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free.

Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost? Book cover and excerpt from Alma’s website.

The Decent is the final chapter to Lanny’s story. If you remember from my previous reviews you know that I went from hating Adair to falling in love with him to my dismay…well my love continued to grow as his character grew throughout the story. When I started The Decent I wasn’t sure where Alma was going to take the story so I totally had no idea of the direction was she was going to take and I totally loved the way that she took. My mom was right to say that the twist was a good one and that I wouldn’t see it coming. I’m sure if I was one of those people that pick up all the little details I might have been able to pick up on it but I’m not so I was pleasantly surprised. Lanny’s character didn’t grow much throughout the story more she just finally decided to make a decision or have an epiphany on which man she wanted in her life whether he be from her past, present and future she who she was actually in love with. Overall, I really enjoyed this series and was glad that I could share it with my mom and we could fan girl over our love-hate relationship with Adair. My mom totally stole my ARC when she came over to visit…I literally had it in my hands for maybe 15 min! It was seriously great to be able to share this moment with my mom.

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January 13, 2014

S&S Canada - Stay Warm Giveaway!

I just wanted to leave a quick note about an awesome giveaway that S&S Canada is having.

In order to enter go to the giveaways website here.

Here is a sneak peek at what you could win!



That is just a few of the prizes. The Stay Warm Kit contains 15 prizes! Yep 15! So go enter to win and good luck!

Cassay