Friday, October 31, 2014

Night Sky Series: #0.5 and #1 by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

Dangerous Destiny
Series: Night Sky #0.5
121 p.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 8/26/14
Source: tbr pile
See how it all begins... 
Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn't let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar's just about to decide her new school's not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, "You're one of us." And then tries to kill her.
My thoughts:
This is a teaser for the beginning of this series. You get an introduction to the world that Skylar will have to inhabit but no more information than that. It really sets the tone for the first book in the series. In other words, it is a good appetizer. I give this book 3 stars. I recommend it to those wanting to really dive into the series, but have the first book on hand.

Night Sky
Series: Night Sky #1
496 p.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 10/7/14
Source: From NetGalley and publisher for review
Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on. 
Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.
My thoughts:
We start with a bang in this book and then we work backwards. I get why this is done... to capture your attention and then go with the explanation, but I became a bit frustrated after the first chapter. I wanted to go back to that initial "problem" and move forward from there. Of course if that would have happened, I would have wanted more information... so I guess it worked out in the end. :)

I did enjoy Skylar as a character. Loved watching her grow, but what really captured me was the secondary characters in this book. In some ways they even outshined Skylar. I loved them all! I even liked her mother who seemed a bit on the nutter side. I have a feeling there will be more to that relationship in the coming series.

I enjoyed the mystery in this one as well. It wasn't too hard to figure out, but there were a few small twists along the way. It left you with a good understanding of this world but with several questions left yet to be answered. I feel that those questions are going to be a part of a big arc in this series. There were a few inconsistencies with the girl's power toward the end, but nothing that bothered me. I also had problems with a few words that were on repetition. Still, these things were minor and didn't really pull me too far out of the story.

I give this book 4 stars. It is a pretty good start to a series I wish to continue. I recommend it to those that enjoy the superhero type and kick ass female characters.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Giveaway: The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich and Heart of Stone by Debra Mullins

How would you like to win a couple of books? Tor has allowed me to giveaway 2 books to one lucky winner. I have both of these on my review pile and should be able to get to them by next month.

The Time Roads
by Beth Bernobich
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
304 p.
Publisher: Tor Books
The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.

The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown's goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire's mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future...and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.

Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game...

Heart of Stone
By Debra Mullins
Series: Truth Seers #2
Genre: Fantasy, PNR
320 p.
Publisher: Tor Books
Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer.
Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her—just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped.

Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn't count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

416 p.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 9/30/14
Source: ARC from publisher for review
When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, "The Art of Racing in the Rain". 
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. 
But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.
My thoughts:
I admit it took me a few pages to really get into this story but when the ghosts started interacting with Trevor and he fully became engaged within his family's own mystery I was caught. Trevor is an ususal kid who is smart and brave. He is only 14 but reads much older in some aspects of the book. It makes sense since he is a near genius and has had to parent his dad through much of the book. He also finds his vulnerability and you see him as only a kid at times. This created a character I wanted to know.

The ghosts in this story aren't too scary and are either helpful or mysterious. All help him to unravel history that had been going on for a few generations. The characters are lovable except for the aunt, but then again she was very manipulative. I don't want to say too much since following Trevor while solved the mystery was the most interesting part of the book. I also loved the character of the grandfather who is a mystery to himself.

I give this book 4 stars. It had a rocky start for me but finished strong. It is a book that isn't so young that adults wouldn't like it. I recommend this to those that love a good family mystery.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
422 p.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: 10/14/14
Source: From Edelweiss and publisher for review
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making. 
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. 
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. 
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
My thoughts:
This is one of those books that I would give to a reluctant fantasy reader. I know that a lot of high fantasy can be bogged down with details making it hard to read for those that aren't used to that sort of writing. This, however, is not bogged down with details, but gives just the right amount to keep the story moving and still put you fully in that world. I was enthralled with the story but once I hit the half way mark, I had a hard time putting it down. Who needs sleep?

My favorite thing about this book is Meira. I loved her transformation from a typical teen wanting to prove herself into a true leader. I also loved the world building in the book. And I will caution you about one thing... there is a love triangle brewing. Not sure how it will play out but it was done in such a way it didn't bother me in the least. I did feel on edge about it, but my worries never manifested. I suspect it is because romance is not a major player in this story but promises to readdress itself in later editions of this series.

I give this book 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and my only complaint is that I don't have the second book in my hot little hands! As I said above I would recommend it to those that are reluctant to get into the fantasy genre.

PS... anyone kept picturing Xena when seeing this cover? One reason I loved it! LOL

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

368 p.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 10/14/14
Source: From NetGalley and author for review
Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life. 
Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents. 
But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

My thoughts:
The book starts off with a girl that has a telekinetic power and her best friend hanging out and abusing her power by stealing. Her secret is not just her power but the fact that her father wants to kill her. So when she meets Daniel she sets out on an adventure she didn't expect, finds out what she really wants in life and meets the challenge of whatever is thrown at her.

Sara Beth Durst usually gives us some great standalones in the YA genre. Usually you have series and a standalone is rare so I think that is one reason her books stand out for me. The other is the fact that I really end up enthralled with her stories. I enjoy her writing so I was excited to get this book. I was not let down.

I did enjoy the characters of Kayla and Daniel but who really shined was Kayla's best friend, Selena. She is the girl you want to befriend. She is loyal, snarky, smart, and witty. She stole the show and I think that is my biggest complaint... not enough Selena. Kayla and Daniel did have their moments as well. Kayla has incredible growth into maturity within this story and Daniel learns to finally listen. There is romance, but no insta-love.

I give this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed the adventure as well as these characters. One other complaint is that while I do like the cover in it's simplicity, it does not fit at all with the book. So, don't look for clues there. :) I recommend this book to those that love a good YA adventure filled with magic.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #1
352 p.
Published: 11/7/14
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: From NetGalley and publisher for review
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel. 
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel. 
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
My thoughts:
The book starts with a prologue that sets up what we believe Lailah's parentage and what happened to her. It's an interesting beginning and I was looking forward to a great story. Right away I saw the resemblance to the Twilight series. There were other resemblances but this one really stood out for me. I kept thinking that perhaps I was seeing similarities where there was none, but when Gabriel actually sparkled I could not think that it wasn't purposeful in some way.

It is a very readable book, but the problems for me started when the worldbuilding took a sharp turn. Usually that is something that is consistent in a book but this one wasn't. It starts out with angels/ demons (vampires) within the Judeo-Christian mythos. Suddenly there was an extra terrestrial element thrown it. If this was at least hinted at in the beginning I wouldn't be bothered by it. I will give the author props for really being able to weave this element well into the worldbuilding, but because it seemed like such a departure for me I had problems with it.

My second big problem was with Cessie/Lailah and her "romances". First, I felt this was an very unsuccessful attempt at a triangle. I didn't see the appeal to Jonah at all. In fact he was anything but a demonic bully and he put her in direct harm more than once. Because of the danger she would be so fearful of the vampires she "befriended" but one instance on extreme jealousy with Gabriel had her running back into the arms of Jonah, no fear at all. This is the point I had to stop. The inconsistencies of her behavior was just too much for me so I decided to dnf.

I will however recommend it to those that enjoy a YA PNR. Checking the goodreads reviews it seems that you will either love this one or hate it. Might be one to try at the library for the first book.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins

Series: The Wings of War #1
357 p.
Published: 10/21/14
Source: From Kismet for review
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises. 
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
My thoughts:
Of course I can't start this review without mentioning the cover. Another great cover by Jenny (Supernatural Snark and Seedlings). Of course I jumped at reviewing this book because of the beautiful cover. It also fits the story very well.

I did enjoy all the characters but would have liked a few of the secondary characters fleshed out a bit  more. I would have loved to know a bit more about Aunt Ila especially and her brother who we only see at the beginning of the book. I would also like to see more secondary characters in general with Ember's quest and I have a feeling there will be more forthcoming.

My biggest problem with this book is with her romance with Sawyer. In the human world he is obsessive, abusive, and a danger to Ember and her loved ones. So while she straddled the line between the supernatural and the mundane I had a problem with her gravitating toward him. However, when she was just involved in the supernatural world I had no problem with him at all. It had to do with context. In this world he was a demon and that was his nature. It made sense.

I give this book 3 stars. I did enjoy the writing and once the supernatural world took over I seemed to enjoy it even more. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this series and finding out what happens next.
About Embers:

About Karen Ann Hopkins:

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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There will be two winners for this giveaway. One lucky person will get a $100 gift card and the other will receive a signed Temptation Series book set, including Temptation, Belonging & Forever and 10 other winners will get eCopies of EMBERS. Giveaway is sponsored by the Kismet Tours.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open internationally for the gift card and ebooks. US/Canada for the book set!

Tour Schedule:
Monday, October 20th Unabridged Bookshelf & Book Briefs
Tuesday, October 21st A Thousand Words A Million Books & Books and Things
Wednesday, October 22nd Sweet Southern Home & Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Thursday, October 23rd the unofficial addiction book fan club
Friday, October 24th A Dream Within A Dream & Becoming Books

Monday, October 27th The Avid Reader & Lost in Ever After
Tuesday, October 28th Lose Time Reading & So Bookalicious
Wednesday, October 29th Such a Novel Idea & Reading Addict
Thursday, October 30th Curling Up With A Good Book & Coming at YA
Friday, October 31st Actin' Up with Books & To Each Their Own Reviews

Monday, November 3rd GenGen's Book Blog & A Bookish Escape
Tuesday, November 4th Sassy Book Lovers & Bittersweet Enchantment
Wednesday, November 5th Nay's Pink Bookshelf & The Nocturnal Library
Thursday, November 6th The Book Faery Reviews & Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
Friday, November 7th Books in the Spotlight & Her Book Thoughts!

For more info go to the Tour Page

Monday, October 20, 2014

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Series: ?
288 p.
Published: 9/9/14
Publisher: Egmont
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review
A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author. 
Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.

My thoughts:
 I'm actually not sure how to rate this one. I have a feeling you will love or hate it but I sort of felt somewhere in the middle with this one. I was looking forward to some gothic piece with Edgar Allan Poe but didn't quite get that. There were aspects of him and his work, but other horror retellings also made their way into the book and I think that is where the book lost me a bit.

First I wasn't too invested in Annabel. I felt distant from her even though I did enjoy her character. The introduction of the other horror tales were not subtle and I thought distracted from what could have been a more interesting story. Either make it an amalgamation of Poe's stories or a total retelling of horror stories. My feelings might be just about unmet expectations and may be quite unfair to the book as a whole.

I give this book 2 1/2 stars. It was quite readable but the elements didn't quite come together for me in the end. I do believe it is a series and I would pick up the next book just to find out what happens. If it isn't a series I believe me rating would go down because of the unanswered questions. Still, if you like a dark gothic atmosphere, you might want to try this one. You may love it so much more than I did.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey

Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #2
408 p.
Published: 10/7/14
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review
Cousins Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope are all dealing with what it means to be a Lovegrove. For Gretchen, it means she often feels like her head is going to explode. As a Whisperer, Gretchen constantly hears the whispers of other witches' spells. And while this does help her to know when one of her own spells is going wrong, the incessant buzzing and pain the whispers cause makes it difficult to use her gift. 
But when something evil begins to menace Mayfair, Gretchen must find a way to master her power. Along with her cousins, a madcap named Moira, and the icy yet irresistible Tobias Lawless, Gretchen faces deadly threats and unimaginable loss in the hopes of preventing the terrible Greymalkin Sisters from rising again.

The second book in The Lovegrove Legacy trilogy, Whisper the Dead will leave readers spellbound.
My thoughts:
I had a bit of a problem getting into this one because it is told with multi-POVs which kept confusing me. Now had I read it right after the first I probably wouldn't have kept confusing the characters. Now when the girls, Gretchen, Emma and Penelope, separate I had no problems what so ever with getting everyone straight. Those parts of the book really took off for me and I was quite enthralled. I believe that if I had reread the first book none of it would have confused me. So, I recommend a reread of the first for those that might feel a bit lost with multi-POVs. I didn't feel that way with the first book and I sincerely think I am to blame for the confusion.

What I did love about this book is that the author went deeper with the characters. I felt like I got to know many of the secondary characters much better in this installment. I also liked how the magic really adds to the plot within this story. I felt it was stronger here than in the first book.

I give this book 3 stars. It is a book with multi-POVs and a complex plot. I do suggest a reread of the first book or even reading it close to reading this one. Don't let that put you off of the book. I think you will find a rich world with great characters within the pages. I do warn that there is a cliffie but it didn't bother me too much knowing that this is a trilogy and the conclusion to the adventure is in sight.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Drop Dead Demons by A&E Kirk

Series: Divinicus Nex Chronicles #2
598 p.
Publisher: Createspace
Published: 2014
Source: From author for review
Survival. It's an on-going battle. 
Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she's discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back--the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth. 
Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed. 
Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys' past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics...Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying. 
My thoughts:
I enjoyed the first book so much (review) and had to wait impatiently for this one. Yes, I was impatient... I needed a hex boy fix. Ah... FINALLY! the book has arrived and I'm happy to review this book.

The pacing in the book is pretty fast and furious. Endless energy. Even Aurora's parents seem to drink from the same fountain of energy. I so need to find this fountain. With the non-stop action we also find time to laugh and even find a little snuggle time with Ayden. Oh and yes, if you haven't read the first book go do that now. This does need to be read in order.

What is different in this book from the first is that Aurora seems a bit more mature and I do love growth in my books. Matthias was a bit more of a jerk, but I still enjoy him (can't go wrong with a boy that has a soft spot for kids). The jokes were fast and furious as well and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. My biggest complaint is the ending. There isn't a huge cliffie, but one that makes you want more. So, when is the next one out? :)

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. I had so much fun with this second installment and I'm looking forward to spending my time in this world with the next book. I recommend it to those that enjoy a fast paced YA with lots of humor and swoon worthy characters.

Bonus Review:
Interview with a Hex Boy
53 p.
Published: 7/5/2014
Source: From author for review
It's the Hex Boys, guys so hot fans have dubbed them "the reason's earth's average temperature has risen!"

Want to get insight into the Hex Boys inner most thoughts and dreams? Here's your chance! Those Hexy Knights from the #1 Best Selling Divinicus Nex Chronicles series are dishing it up with wonderful women of the book blogging world. Character interviews have never been so much fun!

When Demons at Deadnight went on tour, several awesome ladies of the book blogging world took on the task of interviewing this crazy group of guys, and hilarity ensued. This is a collection of the interviews where all six boys, Ayden, Jayden, Matthias, Blake, Logan, and Tristan make appearances and answer questions. Maybe something you always wanted to ask! You'll enjoy plenty of laughs and get to know the boys better!
My thoughts:
Finally! My official, in print, proof that all the Hex boys are MINE (well, when they turn 21!). I have to say that the first interview in this book was the best, but I may be a bit prejudiced... ;) This brought back so many great memories and a lot of fun. What is great about this collection is that all the proceeds go to First Book and Reading Is Fundamental! What a great way to have a giggle and support a charity at the same time! I, of course, give this one a 5 and recommend it to those that enjoy character interviews and lots of fun. :)

If you missed it go HERE for the NEW interview I did with Matthias and a chance at a great giveaway!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour with Giveaway: The Divinicus Nex Chronicles by A and E Kirk

An Interview with a Hex Boy:

Those of you just joining us and missed the last interview, just click HERE and see me try to interview one of the most mysterious Hex boy in the group. While some people may be turned off by his brash behavior, others will wonder if he isn’t hiding huge depths to his personality. I’ll try to get to the bottom of that with my interview. 

Melissa: I'm so glad to meet again! We were interrupted the last time we tried to talk. Finally a moment to get to know you.

Matthias: Thanks, Melissa. You’re very kind. I apologize for the last time. It’s those idiots that I can never seem to ditch completely, but today, I think I have it handled. Ask away.

Melissa: For those that have not met you in the first book, what can you tell us about yourself and your brothers?

Matthias: We’re not supposed to talk about this so I’ll just say I’m in charge of our team of six guys who have special powers which we use to fight demons. I’m from Australia and moved to Gossamer Falls about eight years ago with my Dad who’s the sheriff. The rest of the guys already lived there, and we’ve been together as a team ever since. Technically they aren’t my brothers. We’ve just been through a lot together. We’re…close. As for my power, let’s just say I have a dark side.

Melissa: Can you tell us anything about the Mandatum?

Matthias: Not much. The Mandatum is an ancient secret society that covers the globe and is made up of those dedicated to destroying evil. But you can’t go around talking about this, Melissa, otherwise we’ll have to send Tristan to take care of your memory to keep you safe. The Mandatum takes it secret status seriously.

Melissa: Well, you can send Tristan here anyway... just sayin’...

Matthias: I know they can seem fun to have around, but you’re better off without them. Especially Blake. You haven’t heard from him have you? He’s been trying every trick in the book to get back to see you, but trust me, he’s nothing but troub—

*Blake bursts through the door*

Blake: I’m back! Don’t send Tristan! Or at least make sure Melissa doesn’t forget me! Not that anyone ever could.

Matthias: I wish I could. What are you doing here? Never mind. Go away.

Blake: Melissa begged me to come. Or she would have if someone had let me talk to her. She’s my soul mate. Or she would be if we ever got to spend time together. But don’t worry. I’ll be quiet. I’m just here to bask in the beauty that is Melissa. *Takes Melissa’s hand and stares lovingly into her eyes*

Melissa: *stares back and then remembers he’s not quite 21 yet...*
*clears throat*

Between all of you, you have a lot of supernatural abilities so I have to ask, what is your biggest inner strength?

Blake: His biggest inner strength would probably be his heart. Killer resting heart rate. Although we’re all in great shape. Or maybe it’s his abs. Not as awesome as mine of course. Wanna see? *starts to lift shirt*

Matthias: *yanks shirt down* You idiot! She’s talking about emotional inner strength.

Blake: Oh. *shoves off Matthias then flashes shirt up and down quickly before Matthias can stop him* See? Wanna jump me now?

Matthias: No she does not! But I want to thump you now.

Blake: I’m flattered, dude, but you’re not my type. Melissa, did I mention I was twenty-one now?

Matthias: You haven’t even turned eighteen!

Blake: I’m inner emotionally twenty-one.

Melissa: *grins*

Matthias: Your inner emotion is negative two.

Blake: Well, you’re worse. Your inner emotion is zero.

Matthias: *frowns* Zero would actually be higher than— Never mind. Melissa, my inner strength would be the ability to stay calm and remain focused in dire situations when everyone else panics. These morons let their emotions take over. Or in Blake’s case, his hormones.

Blake: Melissa can take over my hormones any day. *winks at Melissa*

Melissa: Um...

*considers the temptation but keeps reminding herself with a mantra they aren’t 21 yet... they aren’t 21 yet*

*still considers looking at Blake’s abs... still not 21 yet*

Matthias, I know you have a weakness for kids. Care to comment?

Matthias: *Shifts uncomfortably* Kids are innocent. Need to be protected. They should never have to deal with evil or pain. No one, especially me, should ever show them anything but kindness.

Blake: *Claps Matthias on the shoulder and smiles at Melissa* Hey beautiful babe, how about your next awesome question?

Melissa: *Smiles back*

Matthias, are you dating anyone? What kind of girl would you like? How do you feel about Aurora and Ayden? Any juicy gossip about the others? ;)

Matthias: *lights flicker as he clenches jaw* Dating? Who told you? Is this about that newspaper article? Stupid Aurora set me up. I am not “looking for love.”

Blake: So you are dating someone?

Matthias: I never said that.

Blake: You never didn’t not say that.

Matthias: If I was dating someone, I wouldn’t kiss and tell so—

Blake: Why would you have to tell her? If you kissed her, wouldn’t she know? Or do you kiss so badly she wouldn’t be able to tell?

Matthias: I kiss just fine.

Blake: Says who?

Matthias: Says no one!

Blake: Then how do you know? Maybe Melissa would volunteer to judge your kissing skills. Take her in your arms and pucker up. I’ll be an impractical observer.

Matthias: Shut up!

Blake: What? It’s for science.

Matthias: Sorry, Melissa. Okay, as for a girl, strong and independent.

Blake: Like Aurora?

Matthias: No! *shoves Blake away* She’d have to enjoy books, have a good sense of humor.

Blake: To make up for your lack of one.

Matthias: I put up with you, don’t I? She’d need to be able to keep secrets, understand the whole Mandatum thing. Love kids and family. Enjoy spending time together just her and me. I’m not a big crowd kind of guy.

Blake: This dream girl is sounding a lot like Aurora.

Matthias: No she isn’t. In fact, let’s say that my dream girl is everything opposite of Aurora. Period.

Blake: My dream girl is everything Melissa.

Melissa: *blushes*

Matthias: *rolls eyes* As for Aurora and Ayden, he took this whole pretend boyfriend thing way too far. I knew it would be a disaster. I’m just hoping he gets it out of his system soon, before she gets him killed. She’s already proven she’s dangerous for him. For all of us. And I don’t have any gossip because I can keep a secret, unlike blabbermouth Blake.

Blake: Hurtful, dude.

Melissa: Favorite books? Favorite music? Favorite anything else?

Blake: He has tons of books, especially those old weird talking ones.

Matthias: He means the classics. I was raised on Shakespeare, Greek Epics, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain. I go for classical music as well. It was always playing at our house. It reminds me of…better times.

Blake: Elevator music? Yuck!

Matthias: That’s not the same music at all! I can’t talk to you. Favorite food would be Mrs. Lahey’s banana bread or my dad’s key lime pie. Favorite pastime is annoying Aurora until I can figure out how to get her out of our lives.

Blake: But she’s part of the team now so—

Matthias: And I also have to figure out how convince the rest of the idiots she’s not part of the team.

Blake: She’s so part of the team and dude, I am so your brother. Aurora’s like your big sister. We’re family! Which means since Melissa is my one and only, she’s your girlfriend-in-law! Which means maybe the whole kissing her thing wasn’t such a good idea. We’ll find you someone else to practice on.

Matthias: This is a nightmare. We’re outta here. Thanks Melissa. Always a pleasure. *takes Melissa’s hand and kisses it*

Blake: You’re outta here. Melissa and I are just getting started. And what did I just tell you about kissing my girlfriend? Although, I guess she could score you on it. You know, with a paddle, like on that dancing show. *mouth breaks into a sly grin* And then Melissa and I could use the paddle later to get all kinds of kink—

*black whip materializes and wraps around Blake*

Blake: No! Oh…wait a minute. I get it. Whips! Good idea Matthias. Although you should see how well you score first and then ask Melissa if she’s into the whole group—

*Matthias yanks Blake out the door*

Blake: *calls from outside* Melissa! Find me my love! Ow! That hurt. Dude, we really need a safe word.

Melissa: *fans self * Whips? Kissing? Abs?
*laughs and grins then has a realization...*

*mumbles* Why aren’t they 21 yet?!

Well, that was fun! All I have to do is.. wait. :( Still, remember everyone when they all turn 21 I am claiming them all! :)

Here is the daily question:
The Hex Boys guardians/fairies, each a different color, are dedicated to protecting them. Which color would your guardian/fairy be?

Demons at Deadnight
Series: Divinicus Nex Chronicles #1
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle. 
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti. 
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move. 
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.
About Demons at Deadnight:

Drop Dead Demons
Series: Divinicus Nex Chronicles #2
Survival. It’s an on-going battle. 
Aurora Lahey finally knows why supernatural slayers salivate to slaughter her, but how to stop them? Not so much. Sure, she’s discovered her own lethal powers, and has six sexy, super-charged, demon hunting Hex Boys watching her back–the hottest one watching every part of her. But when a seductive stranger delivers a deadly ultimatum, Aurora and the Hex Boys plunge into a do-or-die hunt for a legendary Mandatum treasure, which will finally shift power in their favor. Or unleash hell on earth. 
Pursued by demons of mythical proportions, Aurora and the Hex Boys race deeper into the shadowy world of a centuries-old mystery and brutal conspiracy, where no one and nothing is what it seems. Where love and betrayal go hand-in-hand, and trusting the wrong person not only breaks your heart, but gets you killed. 
Uncovering shocking secrets from the Hex Boys’ past, hiding her Divinicus Nex identity, lying to her pretend-wish-he-were-real boyfriend, dodging demons, breaking into ancient tombs, taking the unexpected side trip to the dark depths of the Waiting World, tracking a traitor, and passing Physics…Aurora could do that in her sleep. Or more likely, die trying.
About Drop Dead Demons:

About the authors:

This mother-daughter duo were in and out of inter-dimensional paranormal prisons until they finally quit making up cover stories for secret societies and started writing novels. The Supernatural Continuum Warlords of the Supernatural Continuum Warlordian High Command had pity upon them, and instead of having them slaughtered by the slow, tortuous flesh eating underwater, earthworm squid, they transported them into a habitationally friendly dimension called OOARCHTOHUTHLAMADILFRUMP, also known as 21st Century Earth.

Due to a demon infestation in their sleepy mountain California town, and a lack of sexy Hex Boys to stop them, Alyssa and Eileen were forced to relocate to Los Angeles. The Amazon best seller, DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT, is book one in the DIVINICUS NEX CHRONICLES series, and the first of their exclusive re-creations of supernatural society secrets. You can uncover more paranormal, inter-dimensional classified information at and

Citizens of Earth, you are welcome.
 About A&E Kirk:

Giveaway Info:

Each week of this tour will feature a unique Divinicus Nex prize package giveaway, so be sure to follow along for more chances to win! The weekly prize packs:

WEEK 1: Choice of ebook (book 1 or 2), celtic cross necklace, feather hair clips
WEEK 2: Choice of ebook, (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Heaven Poster, Love letter from a Hex boy
WEEK 3: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Signed Hex Boy Poster, Divinicus Nex earrings
WEEK 4: Choice of ebook (1 or 2), Hex Boy Heaven Mug

Tour-Wide Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a grand prize package consisting of a $100 Amazon gift card AND the chance to name a character in the third installment!

At each tour stop you will find a daily question. To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must answer at least 4 different daily questions. So go and visit the other tour stops, check the amazing content and answer the daily question!

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Tour Schedule 
Monday, October 13th Curling Up With A Good Book Auhtor Interview
Tuesday, October 114th Books and Things Character interview
Wednesday, October 15th Blissful Book Reviews Guest Post
Thursday, October 16th Book Lovers Life Guest Post
Friday, October 17th Watcha Reading Author Interview

Monday, October 20th Her Book Thoughts! Guest Post
Tuesday, October 21st Sassy Book Lovers Guest Post
Wednesday, October 22nd fuonlyknew ~ Laura's ramblins and reviews Guest Post
Thursday, October 23rd Forever Obsession Character Interview
Friday, October 24th Sweet Southern Home Guest Post

Monday, October 27th The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia Author Interview
Tuesday, October 28th Bad Bird Reads Guest Post
Wednesday, October 29th Supernatural Snark Guest Post
Thursday, October 30th Unabridged Bookshelf Author Interview
Friday, October 31st Auggie-Talk Character Interview

Monday, November 3rd Penny For Them... Guest Post
Tuesday, November 4th Bewitched Bookworms Guest Post
Wednesday, November 5th That Girl With Books Teaser/Excerpt
Thursday, November 6th Addicted Readers Guest Post
Friday, November 7th Romancing the Dark Side Character Interview

Monday, October 13, 2014

Something Wicked Stop with Giveaway: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Thanks for stopping by! I have a great giveaway for you!
This is a book with a very different POV. You actually follow the ghost rather than the living. This gives a unique perspective since you are detached from the living. It is also one of the few books that have me wanting to read in the light. I'm admittedly a wimp when it comes to horror, but rarely had to worry about it. This one however... :) It's also set in a different culture than we usually get. I enjoyed both aspects. My full review is HERE.

Still need more convincing? Here is the book trailer:

267 p.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 8/5/14 
You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night."

A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
Author Bio: Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well is her debut novel. Connect with Rin at

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Early Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

368 p.
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: 10/14/14
Source: NetGalley and Publisher for review
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
My thoughts:
I've been hearing raves about this author's historical fiction. I had to try this one. It is about Olivia at the time of the suffragists. It is an important period of time and while she was light on the horrors historically that the women were put through, she was able to catch that horror within the magical qualities of Henri Reverie's hypnotism. I thought it was a great metaphor.

I think that this is a great time for this book. In a time where young women seem to think that feminism means hatred or subjugation of men which is very far from the truth. Feminism is about equality. Equal chances and equal pay. We need to show the past so we do not repeat it. For those that think we won't repeat it, I recently heard two men comment (on tv) on the bad decision America had when it made women voting legal. Ah, but now I'm digressing from the book and as you can see, it can give you a lot to think about in the present day.

I enjoyed the characters of this book. I loved following Olivia who really started knowing who she was and what she was willing to stand for. I even enjoyed her portrayal of Olivia's father. Monstrous in how he treated her, but yet you still felt an undercurrent of vulnerability. You were reminded he was also lonely and scared but you also knew he was unwilling to change.

I give this book 4 stars. I enjoyed the writing and how she presented that some people would change and others would cleave to their old way of thinking. I recommend this to young women and those that enjoy a good historical fiction with some magic woven into the story.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spotlight Feature: Night Sky by Suzanne and Melanie Brockman with Giveaway Package!

I thought this was a great giveaway and I was asked to spotlight it for you. The review of Night Sky will come later in the month. For now, here is a excerpt and giveaway sponsored by the publisher.

Night Sky
Series: Night Sky #1
496 p.
Published: 10/7/14
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on. 
Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.


"Look what I can do look what I can do," the woman, who I nicknamed Little Miss Sunshine because of her fancy clothes, yanked a massive-looking gun out of her bag.

Everyone in the store hit the deck at the sight of the gun—everyone except Calvin and me.

She pointed the barrel at my face.

A wave of deja vu washed over me. It was mixed with a hefty dose of panic and combined with at least a small degree of consolation that Calvin, as always, had my back.

"Oh, hell no!" he barked. All the fear had vanished from his tone, and now he just sounded pissed. "You wanna mess with someone? You wanna put your gun in her face? You're gonna have to shoot me first!"

And then, things got really weird.

"Hey!" someone called form behind Little Miss Sunshine. It was a girl, older than me but probably only by a year or two. She'd appeared as if out of nowhere, but she must've come in through the front doors while my attention was on that gun. Dressed in full motorcycle garb—a red leather jacket and black steel-toed boots—she hollered again. "Hey, you!"

Little Miss Sunshine whirled around.

Motorcycle Girl charged froward and flicked the pistol out of crazy lady's hands as easily as if she was removing a piece of lint from a buddy's jacket.

The gun spun a couple times before landing on the floor. Motorcycle Girl kicked it back into the air with her foot and caught it with one hand. She tucked it deftly into the back waistband of her pants and then slammed the crazy woman down onto the ground using the palm of one hand. I could have sworn Little Miss Sunshine took a nosedive before Motorcycle Chick even touched her, but then again, I'd been seeing all kinds of crazy things this week.

"Whoa," Calvin said, while the crowd gasped again.

Little Miss Sunshine landed, hard, and made a gurgling sound. She looked up once at me and pointed, still smiling that awful smile, before her face dropped to the ground.

The room once again was silent. 

Motorcycle Chick turned, running a hand gruffly through her platinum-blond pixie cut as she looked at me and frowned, her eyes the color of icicles.

Around us, the crowd began to move almost as one, with everyone rushing for the door.

I was about to turn too—getting out of there seemed like a brilliant idea—when Motorcycle Girl spoke again. Her words stopped me. "Way to protect everyone here, Sky. What were you waiting for? A sign from God?"

I looked at Cal—Cal looked at me. And I knew we were both thinking the same thing.

How the hell does this girl know my name?

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Suzanne Brockman, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at

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