Monday, October 29, 2012

The Perfect Clone: Tour Stop, Review

Oh wow, I know this blog has been rather dull lately and all, but I am hoping to clear this up soon! I just need to start reading and doing more reviews. Though I've been more on my youtube channel here if you'd like to check it out. I've actually kind of "over-planned" today, so bear with me.





Title: The Perfect Clone
Author: M.L. Stephens
ASIN: B009B4OA4S
Buy Link: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sticking to codes of moral conduct is no longer an option. Laura’s tried that before and failed miserably. With a second chance at life, she’s determined to make society play by her rules for a change.

Richard has secretly cultivated Laura’s talents for years, waiting for the perfect moment to pull her into his tangled web. It’s difficult enough to clone a child using DNA from an ancient shroud, but convincing Laura to help him might prove to be the bigger challenge.

With her own agenda in mind, Laura takes on the cloning project and is plunged into a world filled with secret societies, deception, murder and…apparitions? As her perception on reality shifts, Laura begins to question everything. What if Richard’s quest to create a clone to save humanity, is instead, The Perfect Clone for destruction?


Review:

I am not sure what I expected when I started reading this book. Actually, I think I didn't know what to expect reading this book's synopsis. I thought it was something, but by the time I started reading it, it turned out to be something else entirely - not in a bad way at all, just not what I thought. But then I read the synopsis on the tour's site, which was heaps better! I just seriously liked the cover and the title so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Laura should be dead, she knows it. But she isn't, her husband on the other hand is. Ever since her accident she's been having recurring and weird nightmares that she's been trying to decipher. Her life seems so bleak without him, but that doesn't stop her from going back to her work after his death and dedicate her life to research. Richard - her dad's closest friend - recruits her for a cloning job, making her realize she'd never known the man she'd seen a lot growing up. She, wants her own child - which Richard promises her if she helps him-  and decides to go through with it, thinking Richard's use of cloning is for a good cause. However, not all things go according to plan.

Alright, I should just point out there are some things I didn't like about the book. I didn't hate it ok? I actually quite liked this book, but there were some things I didn't enjoy. There were too many characters I got lost and confused many times. The writing did drone a bit and I found some parts bleak in the first couple of chapters. Laura's character was not one of my favourites. I am not sure if I didn't like her because of the way the author portrayed her - which I guess would be a positive thing since the author served the purpose of the character she had intended - or because I didn't find some of the things she did plausible. Or, maybe it's just the scientist mentality? I don't know much about scientists except from Big Bang Theory and so, it's possible her way of rationalizing is connected to that.

HOWEVER, even though I thought there were too many characters, that doesn't mean they didn't play an active role in the book. They all had their uses and were very well developed. Their background stories were well explained and they each had their purpose. You start getting used to them and it feels like one of those movies with different couples living their lives but they are somehow connected. I really liked Roger's character, he was funny, witty, sweet, and such a great friend - one Laura did not deserve. Richard was the one character so confusing you can't form an exact opinion on with the changing story, it was very interesting.

M.L. Stephens' writing is good. I really enjoyed that. And although the writing was too detailed, it doesn't ruin the effect of the book. The storyline was very good, I was never sure what to expect next - I honestly can't say this about many books I've been reading lately - this book was unique, and new, and very well developed, set in this really gray world with scientific resources quite advanced. So yes, I really liked this book, I am really looking forward to reading the second one and I do hope other people enjoy it as well.

Rating: 4/5



Author Bio:

I'm just an every day Mrs. Joe, except that I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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Dead Perfect: Tour Stop, Promo



Title: Dead Perfect
Author: P.G. Shriver
ISBN: 1469970546
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

MEL 
My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.  
 
DAVIS  
Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?





Author Bio:


P.G. Shriver was born in Buena Park, California. She is the author of two young adult novels so far. P.G. has been writing since the age of seven when her poem won the opportunity of publication in the local newspaper. She discovered that people were affected by her writing; it made them happy, sad, hopeful. Readers easily interpret her writing moods and fall for her well developed characters.
P.G. currently lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and several animals. She works as an instructor at a local college.
P.G. enjoys reading, writing, cooking, walking, horseback riding and spending time with her family and friends.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

UPDATE!

Hey guys!

For some reason I feel like I've been rather off with this blog lately, ever since the last giveaway, do you agree? No? Oh well, then it's just me. So , I decided to make this post as some sort of general update, for there are quite a few things that have been happening lately, I thought to share them with you guys:


1- Aliendoodles has officially become my blog's youtube channel.

I used to use my youtube channel here mainly to teach Arabic, but I think I was too fast paced or something so I stopped with the videos and decided to work at a slower pace here.
So yeah, if you guys have a youtube channel, leave a link in the comments below and I'd be happy to check it out, you can also check mines out and tell me how I am doing so far - I am new to the whole vlogging thing.

2- I joined NaNoWriMo.

 If you don't know what it's about you can click here for more info. It's actually very new to me and I've only heard of it through Jesse @ Jessethereader's channel on youtube. He had a video explaining it, so you can click on the link to see more on it.

I am not sure if many of you know, but I love to write. Or more like loved to write. But I always get easily distracted and end up with more unfinished projects than anything else. I have a lot of incomplete ideas. No really, if you don't believe me you can ask Megan @ The Book Babe. We've had lengthy discussions on that topic. So I thought NaNoWriMo would help me actually complete one of the books that never seem to end. Megan suggested one of the books I have mentioned to her to join with. I am going with that for now, though I am not sure, I might change my mind by the time it's November - we'll see.

If any of you decide to join NaNoWriMo or are joining it anyway, do tell me and ADD ME, I hear it makes all the difference to have writing buddies and I'd love more than nothing to help as well as get help.


3- I joined a new MEME 

You know how I am always confused about Saturday memes? Well, I found one I thought really interesting, and even though it's still starting, I don't care, I'm enjoying it and it gives me an excuse to make more videos! It's called " ON THE SHELF" and it's hosted by Melissa Frye @Invincible Love of Reading

Here's the video:


4- Update On My Review Pile Cleanup:

So as you guys know I had around 12 books in that pile right? *Goes to check* yup 12 books. What was I thinking?! I mean, it wasn't even 12 books from the start of the month was it? It was twelve books three weeks into October! I am insane. Guys, friends don't let other friends do stuff like this ok? So yeah. I had six books left with that, but one of them I was planning not to read anyway because it was the second in the series and I didn't have the first, and well, it didn't sound so good.

So books left:



Refuge - Carole Rummage
Fade - A.K Morgen
Magic in His Kiss - Shari Anton


The Perfect Clone - M.L. Stephens
Dead Perfect - P.G. Shriver

The last two books I actually need to have read before going to bed today because they're for book tours and my stop is tomorrow *yes I accidentally over planned it* Hopefully If I manage to read a book and a half tomorrow and another book and a half the day after that I'd have completed my Review Pile Clean up this month.
BUT OH MY GOD WAIT
Did I mention I am completely done with the ARR program books?! YES I AM! Meaning one less sticky note on my background making me feel guilty! There are - of course - around four more sticky notes (you should see the NetGalley one, it's huge) of books I need to read for review. But yeah, I can do it. November is going to be super-busy though. 
I'll probably set up the new Review Pile Clean Up by next Thursday for the books I want to have read in November.  Man am I going to be busy.

5- Giveaways

Last but not least, the winners for the giveaway hops I've participated in this month have been chosen and notified. 
Happily Ever After Giveaway - Kar Achondo
Jane Austen Giveaway - Chelsea Knestrick

Congrats you guys, both books were dispatched and should be reaching you soon! I even did a trial run to see if it worked by sending a book to a friend (as a sort of belated birthday gift) and she received it a few days ago, so yeah, I hope your books arrive soon.

Now, don't fret you guys, I'll be joining two more of those giveaway hops - I kind of enjoyed them to be honest - for both December & January. I know that sort of leaves November without anything, but I am pretty sure I am hosting a giveaway on one of my book tour stops that month. 



So yes, that is all you guys. What's new with you?




Friday, October 26, 2012

Shakespeare On Toast: Review

Guys! I am actually *ALMOST* on track! I just need to push it the next few days. I have six books left on my list and only 5 days till the end of the month.


Title: Shakespeare On Toast
Author: Ben Crystal
ISBN: 1848310161 
Publishing House: Icon Books
Book Source: NetGalley
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Who's afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he did write is inaccessible and elitist. Right? Wrong. "Shakespeare on Toast" knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling and uplifting drama. Actor and author Ben Crystal brings the bright words and colourful characters of the world's greatest hack writer brilliantly to life, handing over the key to Shakespeare's plays, unlocking the so-called difficult bits and, astonishingly, finding Shakespeare's own voice amid the poetry.Told in five fascinating Acts, "Shakespeare on Toast" sweeps the cobwebs from the Bard - from his language, his life, his time - revealing both the man and his work to be relevant, accessible and full of beans. This is a book for everyone, whether you're reading Shakespeare for the first time, occasionally find him troublesome, think you know him backwards, or have never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to ...It's quick, easy and good for you. Just like beans on toast.

Review:


This book drew me because of its title. It was very clever and fun, so I found myself requesting and reading it straightaway. Not to mention the cover was great, and the topic in question sounded very intriguing.

In school I had to study three works for Shakespeare - Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. I was too young to appreciate either Macbeth or Hamlet, but was old enough to understand good literature by the time it came to Julius Caesar. I had to study a lot on Shakespeare's background,  The Globe Theatre, and random snippets on the time in history his writing had gotten famous. It was rather dull at times and easily forgettable at others - as I can safely say I don't remember much on it. However, reading this book has helped heaps.

As the author says in the start of the book:

"First and foremost: This book is not a number of things.
This book is not a particularly 'actorly' book full of stories of acting Shakespeare. There are plenty of other books out there full of fabulous anecdotes about acting Shakespeare.
Nor is this really a scholarly book, full of incredibly complicated analyses of structures and themes that may (or may not) be in Shakespeare's plays. There are plenty of academic books already out there too."

The author took a very new approach to Shakespeare that I found very interesting. His writing and style, as well as the material and intent, was to humanize Shakespeare as much as he could to us. He wanted to make us get inside his head and understand more on Shakespeare's writings, their original purposes. He wanted us to understand the period of time Shakespeare had come in, which would, in its turn explain numerous things about his choices for particular.

Ben used humor and simple ways to engage the reader, a way to help us get into the mind of Shakespeare and enjoy his work. He also simplified many things we would find intimidating and attempted to make us all understand how Shakespeare's work was indeed for the masses, not just snobs, and obnoxious people that go to see his plays nowadays. I liked the witty and fun style of writing and found this book quite helpful!

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Try Me & Fang Me: Review

Hey guys! So I've been in the countryside for the past three days to attend my cousin's wedding, which means I was out of internet for the time being as well. So, I just got internet access and decided to update my blog. Tomorrow is Eid, though I'll be traveling back to Cairo then, and get to see my cat again! Anyhow, yeah, I finished reading two books yesterday from the books I have to complete by the end of the month and thought to share with you guys the reviews!


Title: Try Me
Author: Parker Blue
ISBN: 0984325662
Publishing House: Bell Bridge Books
Book Source: NetGalley
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

This part-demon teen vampire fighter and her faithful terrier hellhound are once again patrolling the dark city streets of San Antonio, Texas. Val's hunky human partner, Detective Dan Sullivan, is giving her the cold shoulder since she beheaded his vampire ex-fiance. Vamp leader Alejandro is struggling to keep the peace between vamps, demons and humans. The mucho powerful Encyclopedia Magicka has been stolen, someone in the Demon Underground is poisoning vamps, and Val's inner lust demon, Lola, is getting very restless since Val's now partnered with sexy Shade, the shadow demon with the blond good looks of an angel. The second book in Parker Blue's Demon Underground urban fantasy series plunges readers deeper into a heady world of passion, friendship, intrigue and mystery. Parker Blue lives in the wilds of Colorado with her own faithful hellhound, and she's hard at work on the next Val Shapiro book in the Demon Underground series.

Review:


This cover was just as great as the first book, as well as the title, brilliant! So, I am sure I had already mentioned this in the review of book one, but here goes nothing: I LOVE VAL SHAPIRO. I mean, with a lot of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood around, you're kind of sick of the vampires being the protagonists and all good, except for a few bad ones. I kind of miss having all vampires be bad and a select few be good, so Parker Blue's books are awesome, especially since the protagonist is one eighth demon - Succubus of all things. Which is indeed new, having the demon not be the bad guy in this case.

The book starts off with Val attending the funeral of the rogue vampire she'd killed in book one. Her partner is giving her the cold shoulder and her boss wants her to take a few days off work. She is hating this, but gives in as her cousin Micah finds a way for her to deal with Lola her inner-demon. Shade offers his help but at some point, Val is not comfortable with that method. There's also more to Shade than meets the eye since Val doesn't know much about Shadow demons. On the other hand, Val gives up TheEncyclopedia Magicka in order to know more about her origins, only to have them get stolen the second they arrive at Club purgatory. To make matters worse, someone's tampering with vampires which puts the Vampires and Demons on edge and Val's future lies on the balance.

I enjoyed seeing more of Shade and his annoying dog - Princess. I liked how cute he and Val were together, and alright, after hearing Gwen's point, I don't hate Val's mum as much as before. I mean, I still don't like her, but it's a bit less now. 

I love Parker's writing, it's so witty, smart and completely funny. I enjoy being inside Val's head - I know it's enough with Fang being there all the time and a bunch of vampires too - but still! It took me a while to get started on it, but not because of how bad it was, just being preoccupied with other things. I was so glad to get back into these stories and had completely finished the book before I even knew it! 


Amazing read! Can't wait to start reading book 3!

Rating: 4/5

***



Title: Fang Me
Author: Parker Blue
Publishing House: Bell Bridge Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

The vampires want it. The demons want it, too. And someone is willing to kill Val for it. Val and Fang have to find the powerful Encyclopedia Magicka before either of San Antonio's warring underworld factions locate it or the consequences will be deadly for the entire city. As usual, Val's vampire enemies (they still call her The Slayer) want her dead. Even some of her fellow demons may be less than trustworthy, since they'd like to grab the legendary book of spells before she does. Val has a personal claim to the Encyclopedia--her demon father left it to her when he died--but someone stole it recently. And that can't be good. Battling vamps and dodging demons, Val struggles to unravel the mystery and find the thief. At the same time, she's fighting her attraction to sweet, sexy Shade--her favorite shadow demon. Rumor has it that Val will lose her part-demon, vampire-fighting powers if she gives herself to him. With a crowd of vamps and demons out to trick her or kill her, it's not a good time for her to risk her job as the city's best vampire hunter by falling in love. The stakes are high and aimed right at her heart. But Lola, Val's hungry little lust demon, doesn't like being denied. Will Lola finally get her way? What's a part-lust-demon-teen supposed to do? Whatever it takes.

Review:

Another clever title and amazing cover to carry on the series. I have honestly never written reviews for more than one book in a series, so I am not sure if there is anything new I can add on with regards to the author's writing and style, it was just as good, clever, witty, and funny. It was flowing and easy to read and I loved seeing more of the characters, especially the vampires.

Val finally has a boyfriend, yet, just her luck she can't actually close the deal with him or get any close because it would mean she'd lose her supernatural speed, power and healing abilities. She's also under contract with vampires, not to mention being hurt a lot more often than before. Which is not so good because she can't let her healer boyfriend heal her - now that she knows the extents of his power. To make matters worse, a demon named Trevor claims he's the encyclopedia's keeper and everyone seems to be charmed by him -including Shade. Something was definitely off, and she didn't know how to alert everyone about it. She also needs to find the books soon or she's bound to work for Alejandro for a longer time than she'd like.

I didn't like Trevor from the start. Not just because Val didn't like him and I am inside her head, but yeah, something felt off about him. I also didn't miss Dan so much in this book as he didn't appear as much as before. I like seeing more of Shade and the vampires for some reason, they're a really funny lot.

 I am seriously enjoying this series and can't wait to read more in it, especially with the excerpt from the last book I had just read. It sounded so good so I can't wait to get my hand on it ASAP.

Alright Parker, we really need more Val Shapiro books out there! The badass vampire that's part demon.!

Rating: 4/5


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Planning for Love: Review

Woohoo! I'm onto the second book. I know I am going a bit too slow, but I have a few days of holidays and traveling to do some more reading in.

Title: Planning For Love
Author: Christi Barth
ASIN: B0088NH1K8
Publication Date: August 1st 2012
Publishing House: Carina Press
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes and anti-Cupid Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for their disaster of a courtship
Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she's not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she's asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn't matter that the show's videographer happens to be a recent—and heartbreaking—one-night stand.
Bennett Westcott admits he didn't handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile—and great body—through a camera lens every day? He can't be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.
The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn't the wedding-crazed bridezilla he'd imagined. But if he doesn't trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?


Review:

After reading a lot of YA lately it is a nice change to read  Chick lit. The cover of this book was really girly and pretty and it felt light, that and both the synopsis and title sounded very fun so I decided to read this!

Ivy and Bennett meet for the first time as they work a wedding together, Ivy trying to make it the most romantic event for the spouses, and Ben trying to catch any embarrassing and shot-worthy moments of it. It becomes clear to both of them that they have an electric attraction. But, no matter how well they fit in that department, their views on relationships and love are completely the opposite, to an extent that cannot be ignored. They both go their separate ways until Ivy is offered an on-screen role as the 'perfect wedding planner' on a show called Planning for Love. To her dismay, this throws her back to working with Bennett again and no matter their electric attraction, they both fight it because their relationship views are deadly different.

This book reminded me so much of the movie Twenty-Seven dresses, and Meg Cabot's Every Boy's Got One. Not to an extent that they're the exact same but a definite take on relationships I found humorous. That movie is one of my favourites, as well as Meg Cabot's book! So Planning for Love was such a fun read for me.  I've been reading a lot of demon-infested books lately, ones with vampires, zombies and other mythical creatures, so it was great catching a break from all of that with an enjoyable romantic comedy, letting loose and reading it made me think of beautiful spring days.

The characters were all great! I loved Ivy and her 'plans', I loved how she was such a hopeless romantic always seeing the good in things and optimistic about all the weddings she was to work. I think it's a very healthy take on life and I want to be like her, more optimistic and a hopeless romantic. Ben, being the exact opposite was a bit depressing with his views and takes on life, though he was still very charismatic and funny when he needed to be. I like how he evolved in the book and learned to make a home for him in Chicago even though he hadn't known he was actually doing it at the time. They were very compatible in many ways and not so much in others, but that's what was so perfect about them. I loved the parts where they were together as much as the parts where they were with their friends.

This book was such a light fluffy read, the writing was quite witty and fun and it wasn't so complicated - which was exactly was I  needed really - and I found myself finishing the book before I even knew it! Such a great read!

Rating: 4/5



                             Author's Bio:

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  
A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.  
                                               Christi lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Demons: Review

Alright so this is the first book off my Review Pile Cleanup of October! Eleven more to go!

Title: Demons
Author: Heather Frost
ISBN: 1462110347 
Book Source: NetGalley
Publication Date: September 11th 2012
Publishing House: Cedar Fort Books


Goodreads Synopsis:

Kate's life is far from normal. She can see Auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can't get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

Review:

I practically drooled seeing this cover. It was perfect for my cover-lust. The synopsis sadly didn't give away much so I was left intrigued by the book and found myself requesting it. I also had to get a copy of book one - since I noticed it's the second in the series. So I had to read it before starting on this one, that's when I got the picture more of what this book was talking about.

The story picks up from where it left off in book one, Seers, as Kate is coming to terms with what she is, what her grandfather was, and what her new boyfriend is. Not to mention the ongoing fight between Guardians and Demons over Seers. Which meant she was in the middle of this fight and in constant danger, she and everyone else she knows. There's still the mystery of the death phenomena as well as the new development in Guardians catching diseases, there's a new kind of peril going on and Kate wants to offer her help as much as she can, even though it might cause her more damage than she anticipates.

As I've mentioned before, I am wary of reading Historical books. Even though this one doesn't fall under that genre exactly, but the prologue at the start of this book and the first book was set in the late 1700's. Which meant the author had to try her hand in writing that. I did not like it one bit. It's hard to portray such an old period of time, especially since it was meant to be based in Ireland, meaning she had to put two things in mind:
                              1- The terms and atmosphere back in the day.
                              2- The specific dialect used in Ireland at the time.

Being so young I guess the author didn't succeed in that part. Although it's hard to pay much attention to that since it's only the prologue and not the entire story, for me however, it was a poor start and hard to get interested again in continuing the book. I did manage it though and read on.

I had honestly hoped this book would be an improvement to the first one. It wasn't by much sadly. It held so much potential! The whole Demons and Guardians conflict with Seers thrown in the mix. Sure, the ideas weren't 100% new, but it was a creative take on the old ones and I had enjoyed that for a bit. The switch between points of views was a good touch because at some point I was sick of Kate and welcomed Patrick's view on things.

At the start of book one Kate seemed like one of those rare female role leads that I'd actually like. She was suffering from her parents' death, she still had some bruises and pains from the accident, she didn't know herself anymore and her interests have changed. I got that, and loved it. I loved how no matter how much she tried for things to go back to normal, especially with her boyfriend, they didn't. Not because I hate a happy ending, but because it was realistic. I was hoping she'd break up with him, be nice to the poor guy who was the perfect boyfriend for so long, and give him a chance to be happy with someone else, give him a chance to get over her, because from the sounds of it whatever they had she didn't feel it anymore, and he was suffering along the way with hopes their relationship would go back to normal.

However, the more I read on, the more Kate turned into the exact female role I most hated, whiney, annoying, asking stupid questions at the worst possible times, impulsive and selfish, it got so frustrating with her. The worst thing however was the fact that, even though she was absolutely certain she no longer felt the way she wanted with Aaron, she refused to break up with him because she was hoping it would help keep a shred of normalcy in her life and dating him was something consistent with that. That is, until she fell in love with another guy. Then, she of course didn't mind breaking the poor guy's heart - one she claimed to love deeply - and parade around happily with her new boyfriend. How messed up is this?

My favourite character in the book would definitely have to be Patrick. He was a serene presence and seemed more realistic and plausible than Kate. He was also very likable and I enjoyed getting inside his head for the parts the book was played from his point of view. Though I guess Toni wasn't half bad either, I liked his character, heck, even Lee was better in my opinion than Kate. I Think the book looked up quite a bit once Patrick took the reigns as the story was told in his point of view, somewhere around the eighth chapter maybe? That and, things started moving faster, things were happening, they weren't just in an impasse going on dates and meeting the family, no there was action, demon hunting, moving about and the pace picked up, it was so ridiculously slow before that. But then it switched back to her point of view and the pace slowed again.

I was so disappointed because the writing in itself was quite good, the author had a great style I quite enjoyed, yet I hated how hard it was for me to completely finish this book, or even be interested in it enough.

Rating: 2/5


Author Bio:


I was born in Sandy, Utah, a few days before Halloween in 1989. I lived in Salt Lake City until I was about six, and then I moved North and settled into the place I still call home. I'm the second child of ten, and I absolutely love being the big sister.
I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy reading, and I did a lot of it. I also dabbled in writing when I was young, though nothing serious until I entered the teenage years. Becoming an author is a dream come true! 
I attended Snow College, and there got the best job ever as a writing tutor. I graduated in May 2011 with my Associate of Science, and am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science as an English Major. 
I love movies, music, and books—although I do think that the dumbest question on the planet is the whole “What's your favorite book/music/movie?” The best answer I've come up with is, “Whatever I'm reading, listening to, or watching at the time.” Generally, it's an accurate answer. 
I love the smell of lilacs, wet cement, and freshly cut grass. I love brownies, rain, and curling up with a good book.


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Feature & Follow # 10



Hey guys so it's Feature & Follow time! The awesome picture is from Reading into Hiding by the way, so it's not mine..
The Feature & Follow is hosted by two hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Click here to read the rules and join in the follows!



Q:When you step out of your USUAL genre, what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?

Well, to be honest for a seriously long while my favourite genre was Regency Historical Romance. Or technically Romance, however, lately I've been so into Young Adult books that it feels so strange coming back to Regency books. I am not usually the kind of person who stays in one genre, so my favourite genre is based on the one I usually go back to.

The best books I've read in YA lately?
- Cinder
- The Mortal Instruments
- The Host (though it's still debatable whether it's YA or just Adult)

That and a lot of other Indie books I've taken to reading lately.


How about you guys?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jane Austen Giveaway Hop

Hey there! I hope you guys enjoyed the last giveaway hop - I know I have! Anyhow, here's another one I am joining for October. Sadly this will be my last one for a while, I am very busy as of late and apparently being a senior at university means I actually have to study & work this year! Yeah, can you believe it? I honestly didn't see it coming. Anyhow, here goes:

This giveaway hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writervvb32reads


Now, I am offering more books to choose from for this giveaway than the last because I was more inspired for some reason. I have only ever read two books by Jane Austen - which I am offering by the way- as well as two books inspired by Jane Austen. So have fun and fill the Rafflecopter below.






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Alright, now hop on to the other sites for more chances to win!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From the Review Pile # 11 & Review Pile Cleanup # 3





 From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.





I know it's been a while since I did one of these, and the last one was pretty much a disaster, but I seriously need to get as many books read as I can, since I've been neglecting my studies due to the amount of books I have to read. So I made a list of books I have to complete before the end of the month. Some of them I've already completed - Thank God - but there is still quite an amount left. So here goes:

Books That should be read by the end of October:

1- Demons
2- Magic in his Kiss
3- Refuge
4- The Mephisto Kiss
5- Shakespeare on Toast
6- Fade
7- Planning for Love
8- Try Me
9- Fang Me
10- The Charm
11 - Perfect Clone
12 - Dead Perfect

I am actually optimistic about this Review Pile Cleanup, I mean if I happen to read one book a day from those till the end of the month I would actually be up to date! So I might even add a few books - depending on how well I do with the ones above. Here are links to the books ( And yes I know some were on the last link up but I hadn't managed them.)


Fang Me & Try Me - Parker Blue
Shakespeare On Toast - Ben Crystal



Demons - Heather Frost
Magic in His Kiss - Shari Anton
Planning For Love - Christi Barth



Refuge - Carole Rummage
Fade - A.K Morgen
The Charm - Alana Siegel




The Mephisto Kiss - Trinity Faegen
The Perfect Clone - M.L. Stephens
Dead Perfect - P.G. Shriver


Ok, so this should be October's to be read pile - yes two of them are for book tours I know - but I still have to review them right? Anyhow, The Charm is the most book I am dying to read of all of those not for anything SUPER special (I am not sure what it is about yet), except that well... IT'S THE LAST BOOK ON MY ARR PROGRAM! I can't believe it either, it means one whole sticky note in the background of my screen to get rid of! I have like 6 with a hell of a lot of books to review so yeah hope  it works out!

Ironskin : Review


Title: Ironskin
Author: Tina Connolly
ISBN: 0765330598
Publishing House: Tor/ Forge
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
Book Source: NetGalley
Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 
It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.
Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey. 
Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.



Review:

I know I've probably said this about quite a few books I've read so far, but with none of them had it been to this extent: this book was not what I expected. I was completely drawn to the book by the cover, it's absolutely exquisite, and after reading the synopsis I was so interested to read the book. Little did I know how it would turn out.

In the aftermaths of the war involving both Fey and Humans, humans are trying to recover, to go on with their lives and settle in. However, some humans suffered more than others in the Great War, as Jane is now cursed with a scar damaging half her face. The scar is a curse from the fey, giving her an extra round of rage, but what contains her rage from spilling out to other people is the iron mask she wears, referring to herself mostly as ironskin. She wants to lead a somewhat normal life where she's not stared at, so when she finds a governess position for a child that was born in the midst of the Great War, she takes it immediately, thinking she could help some poor child that was cursed like herself. Dorie on the other hand is not cursed in any manner with which Jane is familiar, all she knows is, there was definitely something very wrong with the child. Not only that, but there was something very peculiar about Mr. Rochart's art, his scary masks, and the weird interest people seem to have towards them, not to mention the amount of women parading in and out of his house. Something was very wrong and she didn't know how to solve the mysteries in the house, let alone the increasing amount of nightmares she seems to suffer from.

The book had a very Jane Eyre feel to it, especially with the lead character being called Jane as it is and the man she is working for  was called Mr. Rochart , like a dystopian version of Jane Eyre's world. That is, not including the Fey part in the whole thing. I should probably mention that Jane Eyre is one of my absolute favourite classics, so the similarities and play on the story was a most welcome one. The more I read though, the more I enjoyed another twist, this time on Beauty and the Beast. Many people hate twists on stories, and I guess at times it's not so good, but I personally love twists on books I've already read, and fairytales. For example, I love the twist on Cinderella in Marissa Meyer's Cinder. Not to mention a lot of recent fairytale series like Once Upon a Time, Grimm and Beauty and the Beast.

Jane's character was great. I love it when an author creates a sensible main character, she doesn't have to be a conventional beauty that attracts all males in the book. She has to be great as herself, with depth and she has to feel realistic. Which is true in this case, I quite admired the tortured female lead, the pain she had gone through and still suffered from. I felt compassion and understanding towards her and enjoyed the strength and intelligence she exhibited. She brought to mind a quote from Charlotte Brontë to her sisters in regards to her Jane:


 " I will prove to you that you are wrong; I will show you a heroine as plain and as small as myself, who shall be as interesting as any of yours."

I wish there was more on Edward and Jane's sister Helen. I wanted more explanations, more depth to their characters, their stories and their histories. But, since it was all based on Jane and her endeavors it would have been hard I guess to get the in-depth on those characters. I had hoped for more explanation on the version of Fey in this book, and the Great War that had taken place, there were little snippets here and there, but not enough to satisfy my rabid curiosity towards them. Maybe there would be more in the upcoming books of this series?

I am always open to reading new books with new ideas and sometimes new genres, but there are specific things that make a book appeal to me, like use of mythology and legends, the use of fairytales, the added mystery and intrigue, the amount of romance involved, the references to different countries, languages and cultures. The more of them I find in a book, the more I am inclined to love the book. Needless to say, I loved this book. I mean, how could I not? The Fey, the Dwarves, the fairytales, the mystery, and the intrigue? Not to mention it had the perfect amount of romance in the midst, not too much but also not nonexistent.

The writing in itself was quite good. It was befitting to the whole atmosphere Tina was trying to portray. It held a bleakness at some point which for the first time I was okay with since it added to the grayness of the aftermaths of this Great War they had just survived. I would highly recommend this book, and personally cannot wait for the other books in this series!

Rating: 4.5/5


Author Bio:

Tina Connolly lives in Portland, Oregon, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology UNPLUGGED: Web's Best SF 2008. Her novel IRONSKIN is out from Tor in Fall 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and narrates the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. She likes re-reading books and eating pie for breakfast (preferably at the same time.)
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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Paparazzi Project : Cover Reveal

Hey guys! I have a cool cover reveal for this month! 

I haven't read any books by Kristina Springer, but the books sound so great and I can't wait to get my hand on them. Not to mention the covers are really cool, I mean, don't you think this one is pretty awesome?






The Paparazzi Project by Kristina SpringerExpected pub: December 15, 2012
Livvie Peterson thought taking Interpersonal Communications her junior year would be an easy A. But when the first assignment is given, her world flips upside down. Here’s the deal: the class is assigned a six-week project and is split into three groups— Paparazzi, Tabloid, and Celebrities. The Paparazzi follow around the Celebrities taking pictures and grabbing any kind of quotes they can. The Celebrities try to navigate being tailed on a daily basis. And the Tabloid receives all the information collected by the Paparazzi and decides what makes the weekly summary report. Sounds harmless…and it’s all just pretend anyway, right? 

Livvie is assigned as Paparazzi and when she is matched up with the über -cute Chas Montgomery as her Tabloid boss she’s pretty sure things couldn’t get much better. Livvie’s uncanny ability to capture the Celebrities in compromising photos matched with Chas’s skill of exaggerating captions and editing the photos make them an unstoppable team. And the long hours working side by side with Chas aren’t a bad bonus. 

Livvie simultaneously launches an anonymous blog, leaking the class’ photos and stories on the Internet. Her rising follower number quickly becomes addicting and she possibly spills too much information online. Once she finds her own celebrity will she be able to give it back? And will Chas be gone before she ever has the chance to find out? 


Author Bio:

Kristina Springer is the author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, and the forthcoming THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT (12/15/12). She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Showcase Sunday # 17




Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea 

 It's a way to share what we got in our mailboxes :)








Hey there! I have been away for a while I know, but I haven't received except mostly ebooks for blog tours lately and I have been very busy so post anything, but I decided to remedy that today.

So, paperbacks this week:



*Blah, I am horrible on video*


  


Hush, Hush & Crescendo & Silence - Becca Fitzpatrick 




Dead as a Doornail & Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl



Books for Review:



Feather-more & Fallenmore - Lucy Swing
The Cornerstone - Kelly Walker

 



All the little Children & Killers   - Christine Sutton



Books from NetGalley:




Splintered - A. G. Howard
And All The Stars - Andrea K. Höst


Books for Blog Tours:




The Perfect Clone - M. L. Stephens
Swift - Heather London