Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Audio Review: Endless Knight





Title: Endless Knight
Author: Kresley Cole
Pages: 320
Format: Audio

Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 5 Birds



Goodreads Description:

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

Shocking Secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected Allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can't remember—but Death can't forget.



OMG! This book!! Seriously, I’m not sure I can find words to express how much I loved this book! All I want to do is scream, “I LOVE THIS BOOK! KRESLEY COLE IS A GENIUS!” But since I did in fact love this book, it does deserve my best effort so here it is.

ENDLESS KNIGHT grabbed my attention from the very beginning and at the end I was literally aching for more. As I write this I am desperate to know what happens next and every time I think about having to wait a year to find out, it takes everything I can do not to have a panic attack.

In POISON PRINCESS, I LOVED Jackson, so much so that I had him in my top 5 fictional crushes. However, somehow, some way, Kresley Cole made me completely forget about Jackson Deveaux. The guy’s name? Death. Yes, Kresley Cole took a character that I completely hated and thought was a psychopath in the first book and turned him into a character that made my heart skip a beat. Death was sexy and did I mention he’s a knight? A gorgeous, blond, muscular, badass knight that will completely surprise you once you get to know him.

Kresley Cole drops a lot of bombshells in this book. ENDLESS KNIGHT is full of secrets, betrayals, and unexpected allies just as the description promises. Cole does an excellent job proving to readers that things aren’t always black and white and that there are two sides to every story.

Again, I felt the narrator did a great job. Emma Galvin portrays each character’s voice in a way that fits the character. Jackson’s voice is still my favorite with the Cajun French.

ENDLESS KNIGHT is full of action and tension. And while the storyline is unique and amazing it’s the characters that really make the story. Now, I am at a complete loss at how I want the story to end. My heart breaks for whichever guy doesn’t get Evie but I’m willing to take one for the team and take whichever guy she doesn’t pick…



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Blast & Giveaway: Knowing Vera





Some secrets are best untold.
Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.
After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. When she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.
Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?
You can purchase Knowing Vera at the following Retailers:

GIVEAWAY1 Winner will receive a Copy of  Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala.
1 Winner will receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Must be 13+ to Enter
International Giveaway

About Rachelle Ayala
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Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.
Rachelle Ayala has written four novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful and emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of redemption and healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story mixed with controversy over difficult decisions.
Her latest is Knowing Vera , a steamy romantic suspense involving family secrets, disability, and an unsolved murder.
Other Books by Rachelle Ayala


Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Blast & Giveaway: The Siren's Tale


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Welcome to the Official Book Blast for The Siren’s Tale by Anne Carlisle
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THE SIREN’S TALE
Home Schooling #2
It’s 1900 in remote Wyoming, where a smart young siren in human form falls into a trap.  Because of a curse, her lover may die if she acts on her passionate instincts.
Blurb/Description: The novel is a new take on speculative fiction, treating real coming-of-age issues of choice for modern young women and meanwhile weaving a cautionary tale of paranormal romance and terror set in the distant past.
This is the story of a group of sirens, told in part by the ghost of the main character, Cassandra. The sirens are creatures who are part human but who have strange powers and skills. Cassandra’s love life in the Old West results in a curse which passes down the generations.
A family of paranormal women, an ancient lineage of sirens in human form, are  threatened by extinction, unless Marlena, the youngest, carries her pregnancy to term in 1977. Cassandra,  the siren ghost, tells Marlena her own story, how back in 1900 in Wyoming, she followed her passion rather than a code of human values.  Falling into a trap, she brought on the family curse and disaster. Now the men loved by the sirens face an untimely end.


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2 Winners will get a physical Copy of THE FIRE NIGHT BALL (ships in US Only)
1 Winner will get an eCopy of THE SIREN’S TALE (open internationally) 


About The Author
Anne Carlisle, Ph. D.,  is an award-winning author. The Siren’s Tale is the most recent release, from LazyDay Publishing and available on Amazon, B&N, and ARE. It is the second novel in her Home Schooling trilogy, paranormal-romance novels for New Adults which feature the sexual exploits of sirens in human form as they emerge into adulthood. Carlisle holds a doctorate in 19th Century British Literature from Case Western Reserve University. Currently Professor and Course Chair at the University of Maryland, she teaches college writing worldwide to U.S. military students. Formerly, while working as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, and theatre reviewer, she authored a book on writing, wrote hundreds of articles, and was awarded prizes by the ANPA and the National Writer’s Club. She also served as a dean for Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She works from her homes, in Seattle, Key West, and Wilmington, NC.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Audio Review: Spellcaster




Title: Spellcaster
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 389
Format: Audio 
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4 Cows



Goodreads Description:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed - and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.



I read Claudia Gray's Evernight series a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. However, I was hestitant to pick up SPELLCASTER. Why you may ask? Well, generally speaking I'm not too fond of books about witches. There have been some that I have liked but typically they just aren't my thing. However, SPELLCASTER is most definitely my thing! 

First, I should be honest. The thing that finally convinced me to read this book was that I found out that the audiobook was narrated by Khristine Hvam. She is my favorite narrator so I thought I should go ahead and give this book a chance. Khristine Hvam does an excellent job with this audiobook. She makes the listening experience completely enjoyable and truly brings the story to life.

The main character, Nadia, is an interesting care to see develop. She's smart and talented but she's not completely confident in her abilities because her mom left her without teaching her everything about the craft. Now, that she knows no witches and has no one to guide her she's unsure if the craft even has a place in her future. But more troubling than that fact, she's haunted by why her mom would leave in the first place and why she wants no contact with her at all. 

Two of the most interesting characters in the story to me where Verlain (that may be spelled wrong since I listened to the audiobook and don't own a physical copy of the book yet) and Elizabeth. Verlain is this very different girl that everyone just seems to overlook. She has a great sense of humor and personaility yet no one makes her any attention. This is eventually explained and I thought it was a great twist to the story. Elizabeth at first glance is this sweet wholesome girl. However, we quickly learn that's not the case. She's not at all what I expected her to be.

The plot was fast paced and entertaining. I loved seeing Nadia develop her talents and also watch her friendship with Verlain grow and her relationship with Mateo develop. I'm a sucker for "the fate of the world rests in our hands and we must find a way to stop it" plots. This is definitely one of those and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

SPELLCASTER is a fast paced novel that had my attention from the very beginning. While it's not my typical read, I am very pleased that I decided to read it. Kudos to Khristine Hvam for being such an awesome narrator and kudos to the always wonderful Claudia Gray for creating yet another great book. 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (36)


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.





Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 6, 2014






Goodreads Description: 


The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

Why I'm Waiting: While I was a bit frustrated with both Maxon and America in The Elite I am eager to see how this series ends! Also, this cover is beautiful!!

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