Monday, September 30, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (22)

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Currently Reading

Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
This is the first book in the Tudor Witch Trilogy.
Received from publishers at NetGalley.

Meg Lytton has always known of her dark and powerful gift. Raised a student of the old magick by her Aunt Jane, casting the circle to see visions of the future and concocting spells from herbs and bones has always been as natural to Meg as breathing. But there has never been more dangerous time to practice the craft, for it is 1554, and the sentence for any woman branded a witch is hanging, or burning at the stake.

Sent to the ruined, isolated palace of Woodstock to serve the disgraced Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and half-sister of Queen Mary, Meg discovers her skills are of interest to the outcast princess, who is desperate to know if she will ever claim the throne. But Meg's existence becomes more dangerous every day, with the constant threat of exposure by the ruthless witchfinder Marcus Dent, and the arrival of a young Spanish priest, Alejandro de Castillo, to whom Meg is irresistibly drawn--despite their very different attitudes to her secret.

Thrilling and fast-paced, this is the first unputdownable story in a bewitching new series.

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Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke
This is the first book in the Dragonfire series.
Bought from the local flea market.

One kiss can change the course of destiny...

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt's New Age bookstore, she's not looking for adventure. She doesn't believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she's saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she's losing her mind--or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he's determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara's true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything--even Sara's love--to fulfill their entwined fates. 

Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
The first book in the World of the Lupi series.
Bought from Books, By George!

The USA Today bestselling author tempts success in this stunning debut novel.

National bestselling author Eileen Wilks draws readers into a bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance--and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle in their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.

Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her--a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation--reasons he doesn't want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demands she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating--and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she's not sure she can trust.

Covet by J.R. Ward
This is the first book in the Fallen Angels series.
Bought from A Novel Idea.

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn't believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about--his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that--until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart--and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

I am always open to recommendations. What books have you read lately that you would think I'd be interested in? Leave a comment and let me know! Happy Reading! :)

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ARC Review: Skulk by Rosie Best @strangechem

Title: Skulk

Author: Rosie Best

Publication date: October 1st, 2013

ISBN: 9781908844705

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
To some, Meg Banks' life might look perfect--she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school, and has famous parents. Only Meg knows the truth: her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg's only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist.

While out tagging one night, Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox... a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful and mysterious gemstone. It isn't long before Meg realizes that she's also inherited the power to shift and finds an incredible new freedom in fox form.

She is plunged into the shodowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters--the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone, however, someone who can twist nature to his will. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.

A copy of this book was provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I have developed a tendency to request practically every book that is offered to me by the publicity department of Strange Chemistry. I have yet to find a book published by them that I do not either love or like quite a bit. Skulk was really no exception.

The story opens with a teenage girl from a privileged upbringing ventures out on a quest to paint a political statement on the wall of her all girl's upper-class school. What starts out as a simple act of rebellion and an attempt to express herself the best way she knows how, ends up becoming entry into a world she never would have imagined existed. She comes face-to-face with what she believes in a dying fox, but as she approaches the wounded creature cautiously, hoping she can find a way to ease it's suffering, the small orange and black creature shifts into a naked man covered in blood and dying right before her eyes with a cryptic message of "stay away from the fog..." and a bright blue gemstone laying beside him.

Meg stumbles home, shell-shocked and confused, to her absent and neglectful father and emotionally (and often physically) abusive mother. She soon comes to realize that she can shift into a fox much like the dying man could. Soon she finds she is not the only person in London with the ability. She meets men and women who can turn into foxes, spiders, rats, ravens, and, even, butterflies. They are guardians of these mysterious gemstones, one of which is in her possession.

Meg confronts crazed wizards, stubborn shapeshifters, suspicion, wonder, and even a dash of love in her quest to find herself and her purpose in life.

I found Skulk to be an original concept on shapeshifters. It was nice to branch out from the stereotypical wolf shifters into something vastly different. While there were some areas where I was a little put off by Meg's inability to realize things I had suspected early on in the story. Granted, Meg was meant to be kept in the dark until the very end, much as the way with most books. She just seemed a little duller than I would have liked her to be. I didn't find myself connecting with any of the characters in the book. I liked all of them alright, but I didn't feel any sort of resonating kinship with any of them. I wish I had since all of them were different in sexuality, race, and financial standing. Perhaps having so many differences was the reason I didn't find it as appealing. Being well rounded is one thing but attempting to cover EVERY difference in society makes the world seem a bit unrealistic. Nobody is the same? Odd.

Skulk is a world of wonder and intrigue that presents a conspiracy of mysteries and betrayal. It will keep you guessing and makes everyone a suspect.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: RecruitZ by Karice Bolton

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RecruitZ by Karice Bolton
Series: Afterworld #1
Publication date: October 2013

Scientists are the new rock stars. The infection has been contained for nearly three months, and the world is celebrating. But humans are still dying. Rebekah Taylor has seen it firsthand. Her husband was killed right in front of her by the very creatures that humans were told they no longer had to fear.

Rebekah is determined to find out who is responsible for the death of her husband and the obvious cover-up. Fueled with revenge, she begins to find answers that lead to one frightening conclusion. The apocalypse might be over, but the battles are just beginning.

I am a bit late on this cover reveal. It got lost in my e-mail, sad face. But that is besides the point. I seem to fall in love with practically every book that is written by Karice Bolton. This seems to be yet another of her masterpieces that I will be adding to my TBR. I am absolutely in love with post-apocalyptic reads and this sounds interesting. Nothing says awesome like humankind's possible demise. Morbid, yes, I know. The cover model is not doing it for me though. She is meant to look threatening I am sure but her lips almost look like she's doing a duck face. That doesn't instill me with fear, it makes me giggle. 

About the Author:
Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, was released in June 2012!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (21)

Still another large Ladybug Loot, but not NEARLY as big as last weeks haul. That was insane, even for me. This one is a little more manageable. Most of these either came from giveaways, publishers, or from the $1 section in one of my favorite discount bookstores. Didn't find myself spending too much money, which is great for my bank account.

Review Books

ARC of Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties by Renee Rosen - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by Penguin: NAL Trade)
ARC of Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by Randomhouse: Knopf)

Books Won

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Dani @ Refracted Light Reviews)

Books Bought

Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen (Nightkeepers #6) - Goodreads / Amazon
Magic Unchained by Jessica Andersen (Nightkeepers #7) - Goodreads / Amazon
Partials by Dan Wells (Partials Sequence #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink (Prophecy of the Sisters #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Switched by Amanda Hocking (Trylle #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Showdown by Ted Dekker (Paradise #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (Finishing School #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Mummy by Anne Rice - Goodreads / Amazon
Doppelganger by Marie Brennan - Goodreads / Amazon
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane (Downside Ghosts #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Damien by Jacquelyn Frank (Nightwalkers #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Atlantis Unmasked by Alyssa Day (Warriors of Poseidon #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Firestorm by Rachel Caine (Weather Warden #5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks (World of the Lupi #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Siren Song by Cat Adams (Blood Singer #2) - Goodreads / Amazon


NetGalley (for Review)

ARC of From the Ashes by K.L. Kerr (Blood of Ages Companion) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Red Hot Dragon by Lolita Lopez (Dragon Heat #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen (The Secret #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen (Nova #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles (Wild Cards #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (Shadowdance #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Moirai by Ruth Silver (Aberrant #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
ARC of Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes - Goodreads / Amazon
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler - Goodreads / Amazon

Amazon Freebies

Not Your Fault by Cheyanne Young - Goodreads / Amazon
The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford - Goodreads / Amazon
Selling Scarlett by Ella James (Love Inc. #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Wicked Games by Jessica Clare (Games #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
When You Come To Me by Jade Alyse - Goodreads / Amazon
The Devil's Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor - Goodreads / Amazon
The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James (Alliance of the Amazons #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Elemental Rising by Maddy Edwards (Paranormal Public #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
After Tuesday by Renee Ericson (These Days #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Vampire Rule by K.C. Blake (The Rule #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
True of Blood by Bonnie Lamer (Witch Fairy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Sea Dweller by Melanie Atkinson - Goodreads / Amazon
The Witch Hunter by Nicole R. Taylor (The Witch Hunter Saga #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

Won from Bloggers/Authors

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Addicted #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Kassie @ Kassie's Book Thought)
Secrets by Aris Whittier - Goodreads / Amazon (won from the author on LibraryThing)
Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Lolita @ Lola's Reviews)
Ruin by C.J. Scott (Summer in Winter #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from C.J. Scott's Book Blitz)
The Medium by C.J. Archer (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from C.J. Scott's Book Blitz)
Fable by Chanda Hahn (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #3) - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Brooke @ The Cover Contessa)

Thank you to Penguin: NAL Trade, Randomhouse: Knopf, Dani, Penrefe Publications, Grand Central Publishing, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, Orbit Books, Lazy Day Publishing, Entangled: Teen, Paige, Kassie, Aris, C.J., and Brooke for the awesome books :D

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