Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (8)


This is my eighth ladybug loot/book haul. I am starting this post at the beginning of the week and adding books as I get them to it so I do not forget what books I have accumulated. I haven't been adding the e-books I download from Amazon for free (most of them can be found on my Freebie Friday posts) but maybe I will show some of the ones I downloaded in this book haul. Yes?



Books for Review


ARC of The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by Caroline Lambe at Strange Chemistry)

Books Won



Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Kimberly @ The Windy Pages. I just got a personalized copy of this after entering the contest but my co-blogger for this site also wants to read it so I will be sending it to him to read.)
My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer - Goodreads / Amazon (won from the author)
ARC of All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Eileen @ MacMillian)
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti - Goodreads / Amazon (won from author)

Books Bought

 


The Devil Inside by Jenna Black - Goodreads / Amazon
Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day - Goodreads / Amazon
Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler - Goodreads / Amazon
Darkness Unmasked by Keri Archer - Goodreads / Amazon
Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison - Goodreads / Amazon

E-books


 


The Blemished by Sarah Dalton - Goodreads / Amazon (won on Librarything)
Spellbound and Determined by Dax Varley - Goodreads / Amazon (won on Librarything)
Eternal Service by Regina Morris - Goodreads / Amazon (won on a giveaway [not sure where])
The Survivors by Daniel Harvell - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by author for review)
Surrender by Rhiannon Paille - Goodreads / Amazon (won from the author during Armchair BEA)
Justice by Rhiannon Paille - Goodreads / Amazon (won from the author during Armchair BEA)
ARC of Parasite by Mira Grant - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by NetGalley)
Owlet by Emma Michaels - Goodreads / Amazon (won from author, Anna Silver)
Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by Rebecca @ Clean Teen Publishing)
Double Star by Cindy Saunders - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by Rebecca @ Clean Teen Publishing)
ARC of Steel Lily by Megan Curd - Goodreads / Amazon (provided by author for review)


Thank you to Caroline at Strange Chemistry, Rebecca at Clean Teen Publishing, Kimberly, Dorothy, Eileen at MacMillian, Michelle, Sarah, Dax, Regina, Daniel, Rhiannon, Anna, Rebecca, and Megan for the awesome books this week. I have LOTS of reading to do it seems! Happy reading, Ladybug Literates!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Events and Happenings: #TwitterTags @maryinhb


This is not your typical Events and Happenings where I tell you about something incredible in the bookish world that I just couldn't keep to myself. This is more a query for other blogger friends or people familiar with the blogging community.

Twitter Tags in Blog Post Titles

I have seen it in a few blogger's posts and found it to be a pretty inspiring idea. That way when Networked Blogs or whatever way you choose to auto-post blog posts will tag those involved in the post. For example, say you are reviewing a book for an author or publisher... using the Twitter tag automatically links them to your post so they know you have written about their book. Let's face it, authors and publishers follow thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people and there is no way they can go through their entire feed just to find one, single blog post by one, single blogger. That is why... I think from now on I will start Twitter linking authors or publishers in my Reviews, "Waiting On Wednesday", "Events and Happenings", and any other posts I see fit. It's convenient for me, it's convenient for them, and that is all that matters... convenience. 

To give credit where credit is due, the blogger that I have seen this most often on is Bookhounds. Thank you for the awesome idea!


What do y'all think of twitter tags in blog post titles?

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Review: The Genesis by K.L. Kerr

Title: The Genesis

Author: K.L. Kerr

Series: A Blood of Ages #1

ISBN: 9780955984556

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
An Uncontrollable Power. An Unstoppable Corporation. A Vampire God.

The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.

For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn’t want to travel.

The first book in The Blood of Ages series, “The Genesis” is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.

Review:
I received this e-book from the author about a month or so ago and just got around to reading it. The problem with e-books is that they tend to be uploaded onto my Kindle and then sometimes forgotten. With physical copies, I see books needing to be reviewed on a constant basis so they are there to remind me. I have started getting more into reading on my Kindle Fire since most of the books I have been getting offered for review or in giveaways are in the e-book format. In summary, I forgot I had this book to read and once finding it I decided to start perusing the e-pages. Boy, was I ever kicking myself for not reading this book sooner.

The story opens a little shakily on Catrina being chased by a man she refers to as her “mark” leading one to believe that she is a hired assassin from the beginning. With reading the synopsis I thought perhaps the gunman and the dark, mysterious stranger who leaps to Catrina’s aid may be a dream. After reading so much young adult romance and paranormal romance I expect the fight to lead to a steamy love scene. Not the case. Instead, the entrance of the stranger turnout to be the doorway to Catrina’s new world as a vampire.

Catrina is thrown into this understand that vampires are real, she is now one of them, oh yeah, and she is to be gateway for the god of all vampires to return to earth and save them from an evil corporation bent on exterminating vampires. No pressure! Poor Catrina has powers no other vampire has, so she not only has to realize what is to be a vampire, but what is to be a vampire with superpowers. No wonder she seems so lost throughout the book!

Throughout Catrina’s experiences in her new vampire life, there was no romance. Not an iota. Not a lingering glance, not a brush of fingertips, nothing. The romance addict in me whimpered, but I scolded her to hush up since not all characters have to be horn dogs all the time. There was a bit of a connection between Catrina and Fox, her maker, which could elude to some sort of romance later down the road, perhaps. But really, I kind of see Catrina and Fox as more of really close friends in “The Genesis”.

Since we are on the topic of Fox, let me just say, he is one stone cold man mountain that I wouldn’t mind scrapping with in the Tournaments, the vampire equivalent of fight club in Catrina and Fox’s Clan. Fox exudes this confidence that is palpable on the pages. He knows who he is, what his responsibilities are, and damned if anyone ever got in his way. I loved that about Fox. He also didn’t turn to man mush with Catrina’s appearance. He stayed true to who he was and was not swept away by a pretty face. Way to stay strong, Fox!

Catrina, on the other hand, was a bit of a conundrum for me. One minute I loved her feisty side and the next I just wished she would follow the rules and save others from further problems. Catrina was a troublemaker, even if she didn’t truly intend to be. She kept Fox and the others of the Clan on their toes, that is for sure.

Overall, this book was superb. The lack of romance did nothing to diminish its quality as a very well written vampire series. Kerr brought governmental control of the populace to the world of fantasy and weaved this story of mythology into existence. Who knew all those things would fit together so perfectly within the pages of “The Genesis”? Certainly not me. A book worthy of any shelf, my ladybug literates!


Purchase: Amazon  »  Barnes & Noble  »  Book Depository


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Freebie Friday: Romance - Science Fiction

 

Freebie Friday is a meme adopted by many book blogs around the interwebs to promote e-books that are currently available for $0.00 on Amazon either permanently or for a limited time. I break down the types of "freebies" into whatever category Amazon has placed them in. This week we are going to be looking at Romance: Science Fiction. I am a romance addict. I love a good love story and science fiction just makes it even more interesting. I hope some of you are also fans of Science Fiction type Romance so you will enjoy these Freebies. Clicking on the book cover will take you directly to Goodreads while the linked text will take you to the Amazon page where you can download the free e-book.

Title: Wander Dust

Author: Michelle Warren

Series: The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1


Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black... burns Sera's memories.

Unexplainable premonitions... catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang... wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy... stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she'll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.

Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.


Title: Reveal

Author: Brina Courtney

Series: Cryptid Tales #1


Shay could be the key to ending the war that humans don't know exist. Of a race of beings that aren't real, or are they?

Shay Tafford's childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That's why it's been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he's been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she's had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she's just starting to find a normalcy in her life.

But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineering gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?


Title: Survival

Author: A.M. Hargrove

Series: The Guardians of Vesturon #1



"Maybe I was caught between the two worlds. I was having serious trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality."

While on a backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, nineteen-year-old Maddie Pearce finds her world has been thrown into a vortex and is madly spinning toward the impossible. Abducted by a mad psychopath, Maddie narrowly escapes with her life. But that is only the beginning. Her mysterious rescuer introduces her to a world that Maddie has difficulty accepting as reality. Will this strikingly gorgeous stranger be the key to her future or will she return to her mundane world, scarred from her experience? Follow Maddie as she is forced to make difficult decisions that carry her to mysterious places.


Title: Breathless

Author: Scott Prussing

Series: The Blue Fire Saga #1




College freshman Leesa Nyland has been fascinated by vampires since she was three years old. That's when her mom started acting weird, refusing to go outside during the day and insisting the sunlight hurt her skin because she had been bitten by a one-fanged vampire...

But fascinated doesn't mean Leesa believes--any more than she believes in blue fire, people who live for centuries, and kisses that can kill. When her beloved older brother suddenly disappears, she is forced to confront all these and more.


Title: Touch of the Goddess

Author: Maria Hammarblad

Series: The Goddess's Saga #1


Drinking and flying is a bad combination. Stephan Forks learns this the hard way when he rams another ship in spite of the vastness of space. A moment later, a strange woman stands on his bridge, looking around with a frown. She's clearly a figment of his imagination. Nothing in his colorful past of smuggling and smaller crimes prepared him for people appearing out of nowhere.

Maria Callaway has carried more names and appearances than she can keep track of, and she's bored beyond belief. When she runs into Stephan, he seems to be an amusing pastime. He's interesting, disorganized, pursued by pirates, and handsome. A little too handsome, actually. Maybe she should leave?

Neither of them can foresee the chain of events set in action from their meeting. Adventure and danger go hand in hand during the upcoming days, and the collision resonates not only through their own lives, but changes the destiny of the world as they know it.

"Touch of the Goddess" is the first book in a series of three, mixing mythology, science fiction, and romance.



Hope you all enjoy this Freebie Friday offers!

Disclaimer: Title prices are subject to change without notice so what may have been free when this post was written may no longer be the case. If the price has changed please contact the blog host so they may remove the title from their post to avoid further confusion. Thank you!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Title: Dragon Bound

Author: Thea Harrison

Series: The Elder Races #1

ISBN: 9780425241509

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder Races.

As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in each other.

Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul.

Review:
I bought this book at my favorite local used bookstore, A Novel Idea, because it was featured in my Paranormal Romance Book Club that is also featured at the bookstore. From the cover, I was a little afraid there was going to be some beastiality of sorts featured in the book that was going to disturb me to the extent that it did in the Anita Blake series. I am a fan of were-animals (or Wyr in the case of this book) but I would prefer if their love scenes are between their human forms and not their animal.

I was surprised to find that there wasn’t really any of that in this book. I breathed a sigh of relief and allowed myself to thoroughly enjoy the book. I found myself finding Pia adorable and quick-witted and Dragos’s domineering persona was interesting to watch.

Pia and Dragos’s relationship was unusual.  Pia breaks into the dragon’s stronghold and steals from his possessions which throws Dragos into a rage. Then when he finally catches up with the fleeing Pia he basically falls head-over-heels in love with her. It was funny to watch the male protagonist in this story be the completely smitten party while the female was the more rational minded. Often it is the other way around in typical romance titles.

The story moved very quickly, in a matter of days the two are in love and fighting against the ultimate evil of the Dark Fae King. In fact, the story moved fast in all aspects. I would have liked a little more fluff in the story (yes, fluff). The transitions from one event to the next seemed jammed together and not well described. In one part a character gets knocked back off their feet in an attack and the next apparently it was an arrow that lodged in their chest and was the cause of the fall? Uhm, okay then. That could have been worked out a bit better. Also, the story had a lot of leading up to the climax of the story and then a really quick fall. Most of the story is rising action with virtually no falling action on the other end.

Aside from the quick and slightly confusing layout of the story, I loved the story overall. I liked watching Dragos learn to love (he didn’t even know the meaning of the word before Pia), I loved that there was a comic relief character, and I loved the introduction to the Wyr side of the Elder Races. I hope in the subsequent books I will get to see more of the other Elder Races such as the Light Fae, Dark Fae, and so forth.

This was a good little paranormal romance read. Although there were some criticisms and issues I had, I was sucked in quickly. I was thoroughly wrapped up in the love story of Pia and Dragos, the adventure of trying to find their way back home, and the mystery of Pia’s existence.  Thea Harrison weaved a masterpiece of a paranormal world the likes of which I have not seen before. “Dragon Bound” is a good book for were-dragon fans and paranormal romance lovers alike.


Purchase: Amazon  »  Barnes & Noble  »  Book Depository


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday (8)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

"This Wicked Game" by Michelle Zink

This book is to be released on November 14th, 2013. It is a stand-alone book.


Claire Kincaid's family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid's run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powers, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn't believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can't wait to escape New Orleans--and voodoo--when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild's powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there's more to voodoo--and the families that make up the Guild--than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy--and the disbelief that may very well kill her.


Secret societies? Voodoo? Romeo and Juliet type love story? Yes, yes, and more yes, please. Seeing as this is a stand-alone (which I am in dire need with all the series I am currently juggling), I would love to get my hands on this and see if it measures up to the amazing synopsis that Goodreads provided and the beautiful cover that was created for it. I have heard numerous good things about Zink as a writer and I do believe she will become another favorite of mine. I only hope that I may be able to get my hands on an ARC because November seems SO. FAR. AWAY!

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (7)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and features different book related themes each week. This week the theme is:

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013

Oh, wow. Hmm... I suppose it is time to go back through my Goodreads account and find out what I have read recently that has been rated the highest...






Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - (review)










Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (review pending)










Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (review)










Across the Universe by Beth Revis (review pending)










Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (review)










Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen (review)










Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (review pending)










Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review)










Generation V by M.L. Brennan (review)










Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly (review pending)





What books have you read in 2013 that you thought were the best?

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