Saturday, September 29, 2012
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 27, 2011
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
How can you not love a book that starts off with that line? Seriously, how much more intriguing can you get?
I got DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE as an audiobook to listen to while I was in the car. I drive A LOT with my job so I thought this would be a good way to pass the time on the job and also get a few more books read. Turns out this wasn’t just a good idea, it was a brilliant one. I’m not typically one to brag about myself but seriously this was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had.
Khristine Hvam does an excellent job at narrating. I loved her voice and the way she emphasized things. I felt that her narration really added something to the story. Also, I loved being able to hear how to pronounce names and other words in the book. After skimming through the book, I know that the names I would have come up with in my head wouldn’t have been nearly as beautiful as the actual ones.
The story itself was amazing. There was mystery. There was love. There was heartbreak. There was everything. This book really did have it all!
The world that Taylor creates in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is unmatched. Taylor creates a world full of monsters and angels, a world of creatures I could never dream of imagining and describes it in a way that I actually believed it could be real.
I loved Karou. I loved her blue hair. I loved her attitude and determination. I loved the fact that she could speak many languages and not all of them were human. Karou was fierce and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous of her. Yeah, I would totally love to be her.
It took me a little bit of time to warm up to Akiva. I struggled with Karou in figuring out if he was a good guy or a bad guy. Now, that I have finished the first book in the series I have to say that he’s a little of both. Then again, aren’t we all? In the end Akiva won be over, which made the end even more bittersweet. I won’t tell you what happens but rest assured that you will be thinking about the ending of this book days after you are finished with it.
The ending left me questioning what I would do/how I would feel if I were in Karou’s place. After several days of thinking about it, I still don’t know. It’s one of those situations where you can see both sides and can sympathize with each.
The only slow part to me was when the story goes back in time to tell a backstory. I was so anxious to find out what happened in the present I found myself not really caring what happened in the past. After finishing the book though I realized that it was a necessary part, I just really wanted to know what happened next!
In case you haven’t noticed I loved DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE! I loved this book so much I now own the audiobook, a paperback copy, I traded a new book I owned for an ARC of it and I’m thinking about buying a hardcover! Yes, I loved it THAT much and I’m sure you will too!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
8:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Title: Seduction and Snacks
Author: Tara Sivec
Release Date: June 11, 2012
Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life.
When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time.
With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.
Warning: contains explicit sex, profanity and enough sarcasm to choke a horse.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling- I have read the first 6 books but I still haven’t read the final book. I watched the movie so there wasn’t a “I have to know what happens” feeling anymore and I have a lot of books I need to read so I haven’t gotten around to it. I even opted to join a Harry Potter reading challenge, which I failed miserably. I still want to read it. I just haven’t found time!
Fallen by Lauren Kate I know the final book just came out but I still haven’t even read the second book. I bought it but I just haven’t wanted to read it. I guess that means I did really love the first book, right?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis- Okay, so technically I haven’t started this one but I really want too! I have read bits and pieces of different books. I still want to read the entire series start to finish.
The Immortals by Allyson Noel- I liked this series to start with and I think I have read the first three books but after that I just got burnt out. It seemed like it was the same story line again and again.
The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain- I have the last two books in the series sitting on my shelf but haven’t read them. I’m not sure exactly what happened with this one.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- I read Shiver but wasn’t crazy about it and still have bought or read the other books in the series.
Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith (and whoever they have writing them now)- I read the first books in the series but I never did read any of the later books because everyone talked about how terrible they were. I did think about picking up one the other day though because it was a bargain book at Booksamillion but I didn’t. I do love the T.V. series though!
The Hourglass Door series by Lisa Mangum- I liked this book okay but there were so many other books that attracted my attention over the next books in this series.
And that’s all I could come up with!!
What’s on your top ten?
Monday, September 24, 2012
LOSING IT by Cora Carmack releases October 16th.
About the Book
College student Bliss Edwards is sick of being the only virgin among her friends. She decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose her virginity quickly and simply— a one-night stand. Her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she chickens out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed. Already embarrassed, it only gets worse when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, and recognizes her new Theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier.
About the Author
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working at Target), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She loves theatre, travel, and anything that makes her laugh. She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, a New Adult Contemporary Romance called LOSING IT releases October 16th.
I really like this cover. It's enticing, is it not? I can't wait to read this one! Wholly Books will also be participating in the blog tour which is running October 16-31. Our stop will be on Monday, October 22. Be sure to check back on that day for a review and a guest post from the author about the new genre!
Let us know your thoughts on the cover and blurb in the comments! We are always interested in knowing what y'all think!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The Last Princess
Author: Galazy Craze
Release Date: May 1, 2012
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless. When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become... The Last Princess.
I read The Last Princess in literally one night. It’s one of those books that instantly has you hooked you and before you know it you’re done! It’s not an incredibly long book, only about 300 pages so that also played a factor. The Last Princess is fast paced from beginning to end and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Eliza is a strong female heroine. She did what she felt she needed to do without worrying about the consequences. Even though, Eliza was seeking revenge, you can’t dislike her for it because she is so clearly doing it for all the right reasons. She does want revenge for her family but she also wants to stop the resistance from completely taking over. She wants to save her people. She wants to make things right. How can you not love a character that’s trying to do that?
I liked Wesley. He was sweet and always helped Eliza when she needed him. More than once Wesley puts himself in danger to help her. I liked their relationship, however, I did have one issue with it. I felt that their relationship was rushed and that they liked each other without a reason. I guess one of the reasons Eliza fell for him was because he was always so kind to her and always helped her out. Other than that we don’t really get a reason for why she likes him. Wesley we have even less understanding for his instance attraction to her because we aren’t allowed to see in his head like we are Eliza.
Like I said earlier, The Last Princess was very fast paced and full of action. There is never a dull moment. I loved watching Eliza struggled to get her revenge and make things right. There was also a nice little twist at the end that I really liked and made the story even more interesting. Plus, it gave me more insight into some of the characters actions.
The Last Princess is supposed to be a series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I think Galaxy Craze did an excellent job creating the first book in this series and I know it will only get better as the series continues.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Foolish Games #1
Author: Leah Spiegel
Falling in love was the last thing Joie had on her mind when she was thrown into the marketing scandal intended to boost the Grimm Brothers Band's declining sales. Joie thought she knew the players of the game; she was the writer, J.T. Hawkins was the famous rock star, and Lizzie was her beautiful cover to the world. That was until a psychopathic stalker, who seemed to be three steps ahead of everyone else and calling all the shots, upped the stakes. In a situation where many different kinds of games were being played, Joie had to figure out if or who was bluffing because her life. . . and her heart, might very well depend on it.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
8:52 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
7:35 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Update on the Rick Riordan signing in Alabama! I contacted the bookstore hosting him to get a little more info and I am definitely glad I did!
Here’s some info I think you definitely need to know before the event!
* Rick will only be pre-signing copies of Mark of Athena. This is due to the fact that he has a very busy schedule. He is moving from city to city very quickly so he doesn’t have a lot of time in each city. Also, they are expecting a large turnout because, well, Rick Riordan is coming to town! What this means is that you will have to purchase a copy from Page & Palette (you can pre-order it though) and that you will not be able to get any books from home signed. Yeah, I know I was bummed too but he’s a busy man!
* Also, due to time Rick will not have time to take individual photos. You can take photos of him but you won’t be able to take photos with him. (Maybe I can get a photo of me with him in the background? Hmm…might be wishful thinking!)
* Get there EARLY! Again, Rick Riordan is coming to town so you should expect a large crowd. Large crowd = seats filling up FAST! The bookstore recommends getting there at 12:00 (event is at 2:30).
* Be prepared to walk. Rick will be part of the Grand Festival of Arts so there will be a lot of people there that aren’t there to see him as well. I went to the festival last year and met Erin Morganstern and had to park several blocks away. So those hideous but oh so comfortable shoes, time to pull them out of the closet! Haha. Just kidding you won’t have to walk that far. Just don't wear 4 inch heels or anything!
* You can pre-order your signed copy so you don’t have to wait in a potentially incredibly long line! Oh, and the first 1,000 people get a free tshirt! Awesome, right?
I think I have hit all the high points! Page & Palette has updated their events page with a FAQ about the event that you can look at here.
If you have any other questions you can contact the bookstore. Doug was very nice to me and answered all my questions. If you don’t want to contact the bookstore you can ask me and I’ll contact him for you and let you know!
Hope to see you there!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Expected Release Date: February 5, 2013
Why I'm Waiting: I really enjoyed the audiobook for Cinder and can't wait to see what happens next in the series! If you haven't read the first book I recommend reading it or listening to the audiobook. You can check out my review for Cinder here!
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
What are you waiting on this week?
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
Top Ten Bookish People I Would Like to Meet
Over the past couple of years I have had the chance to meet some amazing authors. However, there are many that I still haven’t had a chance to meet and would absolutely love to. Here’s the ones that made my top ten! In no particular order...
1. Cassandra Clare
2. J. K. Rowling
3. Stephenie Meyer
4. Gayle Forman
5. Lauren Oliver
6. Julie Kagawa
7. Laini Taylor
8. Jenny Han
9. Marissa Meyer
10. Rick Riordan- I'm getting to meet on October 6 if everything goes as planned! Super excited!
Who made your top ten? Leave a link in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!
Monday, September 17, 2012
1:44 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Rick Riordan is coming to Fairhope, AL!!!
That's only an hour from where I live!
Barnes & Noble
765 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
New Jersey & New York folks, this is the closest signing for you this time. Hope you can come! Be sure to check with B&N before the event, as many events are held off-site.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre
55 Bloor Street West
*Event presented by Indigo Books.
*Tickets are required.
Our one stop in Canada! Last time we did Vancouver, which means this time it's Toronto's turn. Indigo always does a great job, so come out on!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Concord Mills Mall
8111 Concord Mills Blvd
Concord, NC 28027-6462
*Event presented by Books A Million. Please call 704-979-8300 for details.
It's been years since I've visited North Carolina. Glad to be coming back!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
*Event presented by BookMarks with support from the Forsyth County Public Library, Reynolda House Museum of American Art & Wake Forest University.
*Tickets are required.
Another North Carolina event. Thanks, BookMarks and Wake Forest University for hosting us!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Page & Palette / Grand Festival of Arts & Books
32 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
My first ever event in Alabama. I have never been to this state, so it's fair to say this is a rare chance for me to meet my Alabama fans. See you there!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
5500 Granada Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
*Event presented by Books & Books.
*Tickets are required.
Been several years since I did an event in the Miami area. Books & Books is awesome! South Florida, hope to see you there.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
603 North Lamar
Austin, Texas 78703
What Olympian tour would be complete without my friends at BookPeople, the most awesome bookstore on the planet? Texan demigods, come on out and show your spirit!
Author: Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt
Release Date: August 9, 2012
Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.
Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn't cutting it.
When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what's under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.
Too bad Whit has a past she doesn't plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.
Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashes in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.
Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?
LENGTHS is a Contemporary New Adult Romance to be released August 2012.
I have to say if you're looking for a book that has a little bit of this and a lot of love and lust, you got it with Lengths. I fell in love with Deo Beckett from the start. Deo is a surfer who you meet at his mom's house. She is an one of a kind hippie who loves to cook food fresh from her garden. I picture her walking around barefoot all day with long dresses and skirts. Deo's connection with Whit in the tattoo shop was instant. I knew that was it. I, however, didn't think Deo would turn semi stalkerish. He had it bad for her and Whit did too, she just did a better job of denying him the right to her heart.
I was upset with Whit for most of the book I thought, you dummy he is right there in bed with you. She had so many chances. Why not just chew him up and spit him out and get it over with? I was really mad because for the longest time you didn't know what happened to her brother. I thought maybe the way they were going with it that he was in a crash and Whit made it out but he didn't. That's not the case though. I was touched when I found out. I could understand why Whit would protect herself a little but relationship wise I guess I didn't get it. I mean I would have thought she left a great guy behind at home who cheated on her back in Pennsylvania or something like that.
Whit and Deo's first date left you wanting more; begging for it. The second that they had a connection you felt it. I loved the way Deo would do just about anything to be around her even if it meant just sleeping and doing nothing else. Whit is a girl who needs a laid back guy like Deo. She is too much by the book. She thinks everything should go one way and that way only. Deo is so laid back and just lets time slip. No job, no worries, just surf and thats all.
Deo's mom is the type of mom we all needed to have for mother in laws. When Whit is down and out about Deo she goes to his mom for comfort and some of her home made remedies. There for a while you find yourself mad at Whit then mad at Deo. Who is right? Who is wrong? Yes, he is sweet but it was out of bounds. It pushes you to question what would you do in her situation. I know I wouldn't have treated Deo the way she does sometimes.
Deo is a great guy and Whit needs him. They deserve each other. This book gives you all you need from start to finish! There is love, lust, sex and a ending that leaves you wondering will there be another! I was happy with the way it ended but there could be another book. I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 because it was something I enjoyed and would reccommend to my friends.
Kindle users can pick it up for about $3.99 right now. I say pick it up, give it a read, and enjoy the frustration and satisfaction that comes with this book. Dont fall to hard for Deo!
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