Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Surrender the Dark by L.A. Banks

Surrender the Dark
Author:L.A. Banks
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Pocket
Angels/Celeste Jackson Book #1
ISBN:  1451607784
ISBN13: 9781451607789
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher for review tour


Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way. Together, Celeste and Azrael must gather an army of sensitives to defeat the dark powers that have ruled humanity for centuries, but time is running out. If Azrael surrenders to his growing desire for Celeste, he risks being trapped among humanity forever. But the longer he stays, the harder she is to resist. To save the world, Celeste must draw on her own dark experiences with addiction to help Azrael overcome the one temptation that could possibly make him an eternal prisoner—his obsession with her.

I'm going to hide now before you start reading this to dodge the rotten tomatoes you are going to throw at my head for going against the grain. I just could not get into this book as a whole. I have said many times before I dont enjoy books that are heavy on the religious/spiritual side and I have to say SURRENDER THE DARK has been the heaviest with religion I have picked up. If there was a category labeled Paranormal religion this would be at the top of the stacks. It wasn't just the heavy religion stuff that threw me off but the over explaining of things as well. There was seriously pages of inner dialogue from both Celeste and Azrael that could have been cut with no complaint on my end and the book would not have suffered at all for it. Sure there was some great action, characters, and supporting characters but I just could not get into the story as there was just so much religious talk attached to everything. Now to be fair YES this is a fallen angel book so I do expect there to be some sort of religious mythology and talk in the book but there was just way to much of it for me personally to enjoy the rest of the story. I will not continue reading the series, it just isn't my cup of tea.

I gave it a 2/5 stars

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Vivi Anna

UFI welcomes Vivi Anna Author of Glimmer. You can find my review of Glimmer HERE. Thanks for Joining us!!

WISH UPON A STAR

As all authors do, I often fantasize about my books being made into movies or TV shows.

(as an aside, I’m actually fortunate enough to be developing two of my book series into TV shows. One is at the going to big networks stage, and the other is with my Hollywood manager looking for a good producer)

If I were to get a chance to cast for my book GLIMMER, I would definitely suggest Milla Jovovich for main character Nina Decker. She’s actually who I pictured when I first started writing. I love her look, so fierce yet sensual. I think she embodies strength and kickassedness without being masculine. My favourite movies of hers are The Fifth Element, the Resident Evil movies, and Ultraviolet.

For hero Severin Saint Morgan it’s really a no-brainer. Alex O’Loughlin is the only actor I see as the sexy alpha werewolf. Plus he’s an Aussie like Severin. I’m not ashamed to say that I plastered my walls with pictures of Alex as I wrote this book. Inspiration can be so…stimulating. He was drool worthy in the show Moonlight. That show totally made him a star over here in North America. It’s a shame it’s still not on. I like him in Hawaii Five-O too.

And who would write the script, well I would of course. I have experience in adapting my own work.

And the director, well that’s easy too. Guillermo del Toro is the only choice. It’s his imaginative creative genius with films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy II that inspired the fae world I created in Glimmer. My fae aren’t the whimsical beings from fairy tales but malevolent, beautifully grotesque creatures. Think Prince Nuada from Hell Boy II, instead of pretty Legolas from Lord of the Rings.

If you had the power to adapt any book, which would it be, and who would you cast?


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Author Bio:

A BAD GIRL at heart, Vivi Anna likes to burn up the pages with her original unique brand of fantasy fiction. Whether it's in ancient Egypt, or in an apocalyptic future, Vivi always writes fast paced action-adventure with strong independent women that can kick some butt, and dark delicious heroes to kill for.

Once shot at while repossessing a car, Vivi decided that maybe her life needed a change. The first time she picked up a pen and put words to paper, she knew she had found her heart. Within two paragraphs, she realized she could write about getting into all sorts of trouble without suffering the consequences.

When Vivi isn't writing, you can find her causing a ruckus at downtown bistros, flea markets, or playgrounds
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Glimmer
2/15/2011
Available in ebook

Although Nina Decker's father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He's been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn't want to seal his fate like her father's has been.

But she can't deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He's an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Glimmer by Vivi Anna

Glimmer
Author:Vivi Anna
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services
Nina Decker Book #1
ASIN:  0765328089
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Review copy source: Author for participation in book tour


Although Nina Decker’s father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He’s been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn’t want to seal his fate like her father’s has been.

But she can’t deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He’s an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides.


I enjoyed Nina from the first chapter. The story was intriguing and filled with information to keep you interested. The book as a whole was super fast and easy to read. The romance and connection between Severin and Nina was apparent from the moment they were introduced. I loved the way the author expressed Nina's flaws. She just wants to be human and nothing else and she really struggles with accepting anything having to do with her mothers side of her heritage. There is a cliffhanger at the end which drags you into being excited about what will come next.


I gave it 4/5 stars

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Week in Review 3/20-3/26



Books Ive Bought/received

Deceived by the Others by Jess Haines- Signed ARC- From Author for review


Betrayal by Lee Nichols- Signed- From Author for review


Books I read

Hunting Human by Amanda E. Alvarez
Seeing for the First Time by Nicole Zoltack
Betrayal by Lee Nichols
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Reviews posted

Embers by Laura Bickle
Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar
Sparks by Laura Bickle
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

What are you Reading??


I want to know what everyone is reading. What are you currently reading and what are you planning on picking up after your done?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Enchanted Ivy
Author:Sarah Beth Durst
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN:   1416986456
ISBN13: 9781416986454
Genre: Young Adult

 What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet! 

Lily's test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair who says he's her guard. That's weird. But things get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. He tells her that there are two Princetons—the ordinary one and a magical one—and the Key opens the gate between them. But there are more secrets that surround Lily. Worse secrets. 

When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.



ENCHANTED IVY is a great blend of magic, fantasy, mystery and YA level romance. The plot is catching from the beginning. The story is fast paced yet detailed. Lily is loyal, determined, stubborn and an all around great character to follow. The plot was a tad bit predictable and times but still a lot of fun. The romance between Lily and Tye is sweet and the little triangle when adding in Jake isn't to far fetched or over the top. The end doesn't leave anything open and wraps everything up nicely. ENCHANTED IVY brings an imaginative adventure to the college application process and if you are looking for an easy and light read you should pick it up.



I gave it 3.5/5 Stars

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Sparks by Laura Bickle

Sparks
Author: Laura Bickle
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Pocket
Anya Kalinczyk Book #1
ISBN:   1439167680
ISBN13: 9781439167687
Genre: Urban Fantasy

WITHOUT A TRACE
Anya Kalinczyk is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern, who holds down a day job as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department—while working 24/7 to exterminate malicious spirits haunting a city plagued by unemployment and despair. Along with her inseparable salamander familiar, Sparky, Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell—but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion.


After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains—or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims—and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she’s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit’s poor, promising miracles for money. But Hope Solomon wants more—she’s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky’s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city



I enjoy this series because its different. Its nice to hit a book that has something completely new and different in it every once in a while. Laura's characters are easy to like. There is none stop action and twists and turns. We get to see some of Anya's past and find out some stuff that even Anya didn't know about which will change her outlook on events she has gone through.  I was actually starting to like Brian in the beginning but after some events in the book I just cant get into him again. Anya and Brian definitely have some issues that they need to work out and I'm interested to see how that plays out in future books. Just like in book one the plot is exciting and really pulls you in, the book is well paced. Sparky continues to be an awesome Sidekick and has life changing events of his own going on throughout the book. I cant even begin to guess what Laura will come up with for the next book but I'm excited about this series and I will continue reading it.


I gave it 4/5 stars

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Theresa Meyers

UFI welcomes Theresa Meyers Author of The Truth About Vampires. Thanks for Joining us!!


Thanks for inviting me today!

*How would you pitch The Truth About Vampires to someone who has never heard of it before?

Sure! THE TRUTH ABOUT VAMPIRES is the ultimate expose investigation. All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she’d find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night.  Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her….
 Dmitri and his clan’s true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn’t resist their story…or Dmitri.  Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled.  But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.

*Can you tell us a little bit about the world that The Truth About Vampires is set in? 

When I was creating the world setting of my new Sons of Midnight mini-series for Harlequin Nocturne, I was interested in doing something different and let my imagination run wild.
I had to think not just about how my vampires would interact with people (treating them as juice pouches to be pierced, drained and tossed vs. treating it as a symbiotic relationship), how they preferred to feed (some authors like the whole idea of either bottled blood or vampires who choose to feed off of animals instead of humans), and what their strengths and weaknesses were. I also had to think about how my vampire society functioned.
The vampires in The Truth About Vampires, and my June book The Vampire Who Loved Me believe in a kind of trinity—three circles that overlap each other—life, death and vampire. None is wholly like the other, yet vampire straddles both life and death. My civilized vampires, who retain their own free will, live in clans, with a clear-cut code of conduct, laws and consequences for stepping outside those boundaries. But there are always those on the fringes of society who don’t live by the rules and those are reviers who gather in migrating nests and have a more hive-mind mental state and can be controlled by a single leader. And then there’s the ancient gods and goddesses that come into play…but I digress.
For my vampires I chose to create a world with a more biological base. While they are stronger, and their senses are stronger than humans, because of their modified DNA, they are not all powerful beings without weaknesses. Which made me have to think exactly what would be their weaknesses? Well for one, any organism can be affected by their food. So for my vampires dead man’s blood is a swift-acting poison that immobilize them for several hours. Why? Because there’s no life force left in the blood, and it’s the life force that is actually what nourishes them in their state between life and death. It’s also the reason why animal blood is more like a virgin cocktail, while human blood has the real kick to it—the type of life force is different.
But I wanted my vampires to be more than just super-strong beings that fed on blood, so I gave them some super-powers! My vampires can walk through walls, flux (turn invisible), transport to places they’ve been before. They can read each other’s thoughts, materialize objects and change to suit the most intimate fantasies of their prey—so whatever turns you on most—that’s what they become for you and you alone. Most importantly they form emotional bonds that last beyond a single life-time to be reborn again to find true love.
Their transition from human to vampire is caused by a virus, which in sufficient quantities and with a lowered immune system can transform a person into a vampire. So it’s not just about a bite, if the blood supply were tainted, it could happen to anyone. Sure they may not sparkle, but when you are trying something totally different, not every bit of vampire lore is going to apply.
*Do you have a favorite scene In The Truth about Vampires?
Wow. Good question! I think the scene where Dmitri and Vane fight was the most fun to write, but I really liked the chemistry of Dmitri and Kristin when she goes into the night club Sangria decked out in her vampire bait of a slouch-shoulder red sweater ready to take him on for undercutting her story in the newspaper.

*Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?
I actually had fun with a lot of the characters in this book. I like them for different reasons. The favorite one to write was probably Kristin, because she's the one seeing this whole new world for the first time and really trying to balance out how to make it all work without freaking humanity out with the existence of vampires. She's hungry, but responsible as a journalist which is a tough combo. The hardest character to write was probably Bradley, Kristin's fellow reporter. I wanted to strike the right balance between spoiled rich kid and someone who just wants to be noticed without letting him take over too big a role.
*What are some of you Favorite books or Authors in the Paranormal Genres?
My current paranormal obsession is split between Gail Carriger's Souless steampunk series (who can resist vampires and werewolves running about London in bustles and top hats?) and Yasmin Galenorn's Otherworld series (her half fae-half human D'Artigo sisters totally kick ass.)

*You write books in different Genres, What is your favorite to write?

I don't have a favorite because I really enjoy all the different worlds I get to play in with the different series I write. For the Sons of Midnight I get to be in contemporary paranormal urban fantasy of what it would be like to live with vampires and the consequences of it all. For my steampunk The Legend Chronicles books I get to dabble in my deep abiding love for all things Victorian and be creative and fun with the inventions and supernatural creatures my characters get to deal with. And besides, who can resist three brothers all named after their father's favorite guns. It's just too much fun to play cowboys and like I'm part of a league of supernatural hunters at the same time. For my new dark fae Shadow Sisters series, I really get to get deep into worldbuilding creating the actual warring kingdoms of Shadowland and Wyldwood, so it's a great chance to imagine everything a little differently. And let me tell you dark fae, they aren't your mother's tinker bell types, they're more akin to demons and shapeshifters, I'm just sayin'.

*What Other Projects can we look forwar
d to reading from you?
For the next two months I'm writing the third book in the Sons of Midnight mini-series, The HALF-BREED VAMPIRE. At least that's the working title for now. It’s looking at the dynamics of other supernaturals and how they work with vampire society, in this case werewolves and a vampire with a secret that’s going to blow his happy little world apart faster than the big bad wolf. 
Book number two in the series, THE VAMPIRE WHO LOVED ME, will be out in June (it’s Achilles and Beck’s story, fyi, for those reading The Truth About Vampires. They were just such strong secondary characters I couldn’t let go.).
Then in May I’ll switch gears and starting writing my second steampunk romance, which involves airships, a sheriff from the wild weird west who’s from a family of hunters and a vampire countess from Europe. The first one, THE HUNTER, comes out this fall.
I'll also have a dark fae novella, SHADOWLANDER, the first glimpse of my new Shadow Sisters series coming out this fall.
* Where can readers read more about or get updates on you and your books?
The easiest place to find me is online at my website, www.theresameyers.com, but you can also catch up with me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Theresa_Meyers or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheresaMeyersAuthor  The books are available wherever Harlequin titles are sold, at all major book retailers, online and in stores. Take your pick! But since Nocturne books have a short shelf life (just one month!) if you want to order it after it disappears from the shelves, go to www.eharlequin.com and look under their Nocturne line for March, it'll be there!
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Author Bio:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden. You can find her online on Twitter, Facebook, at her Web site or blogging with the other Lolitas of STEAMED!.
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The Truth About Vampires
Harlequin Nocturne - Vampire Romance
March 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373618549
ISBN-13: 978-0373618545

Pulling back the veil on a world shrouded in darkness, Theresa Meyers' stunning debut reveals a sinfully handsome vampire whose secret is about to exposed...

All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her...

Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story...or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review: Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar

Blood Smoke and Mirrors
Author:Robyn Bachar
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Samhain
ISBN:  1609280717
ISBN13: 9781609280710
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: E-copy from Author for Review

Even a bad witch deserves a second chance.

Wrongly accused of using her magic to harm, the closest Catherine Baker comes to helping others is serving their coffee. Life as an outcast is nothing new, thanks to her father’s reputation, but the injustice stings. Especially since the man she loved turned her in.

Now the man has the gall to show up and suggest she become the next Titania? She’d rather wipe that charming grin off his face with a pot of hot java to the groin.

Alexander Duquesne has never faltered in his duties as a guardian -- until now. The lingering guilt over Cat’s exile and the recent death of his best friend have shaken his dedication. With the murder of the old Titania, the faerie realm teeters on the brink of chaos. His new orders: keep Cat alive at all costs.

Hunted by a powerful stranger intent on drawing her into an evil web, Cat reluctantly accepts Lex’s protection and the resurrected desire that comes along with it. Lex faces the fight of his life to keep her safe...and win her back. If they both survive.


Warning: This book contains one tough and snarky witch, one gorgeous guardian, explicit blood drinking, magician sex, gratuitous violence against vampires and troublemaking Shakespearean faeries.


Robyn was on my blog for part of her tour for BLOOD SMOKE AND MIRRORS and I really wanted to read this after I got a look at the cover and synopsis so here I am. I love the cover, it definitely drew my eye and got me excited about the book. Cat is going about her business working and being her mousy self when all of a sudden Lex her super sexy ex that betrayed her walks back into her life and sets her on a path to trying to become the next Titania. Robyn's writing was well done and the world and story were very well laid out. The relationship between Lex and Cat is down right frustrating and slow moving just like all the good books make the lead relationship lol. They really are perfect for each other and following along as they make mistakes and grow closer was a pleasant journey. Cat is a smart ass after my own reading heart. Seriously she was well put together not afraid to say what she means and very down to earth. I think Cat's story is far from over so I hope Robyn is continuing the story as I still have a lot of unanswered questions and situations were left wide open. I enjoyed the story and would read it again. Pick up a copy if you have the chance.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars

New Releases March 21-27






Tuesday March 22
 
Thursday March 24

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Review: Embers by Laura Bickle

Embers
Author: Laura Bickle
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Pocket
Anya Kalinczyk Book #1
ISBN:  1439167656
ISBN13: 9781439167656
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Truth burns.Unemployment, despair, anger—visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya—who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern—suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya—with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team—can stop it.Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.

This book had such mixed reviews it took me almost a year to finally read it. Ive read Laura's other series under the name of Alayna Williams and really enjoyed it, I also saw a review of this series from a reviewer I trust the opinion of and finally decided to give it a try. Laura has a wonderful way of bringing unique situations to her books, her writing style is also very engaging.  Anya was easy to like and easy to follow, she is very troubled but is also really strong and independent. Sparky Anya's familiar was awesome, his personality shines through the pages and I always looked forward to what he would do next.  I wasn't crazy about the love interests, I especially didn't understand the draw to Drake besides the fact that he was a lantern. EMBERS was a neat read with great supporting characters and situations you haven't likely read before so I would recommend you give it a try.

I gave it 4/5 Stars

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Week in Review 3/13-3/19



Books Ive Bought/received

Nothing for me :(



Books I read

Sparks by Laura Bickle
Glimmer by Vivi Anna
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
Surrender the Dark by L.A. Banks
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Reviews posted
Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
Deception by Lee Nichols
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
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Tonight I have been asked to participate on a panel in a Jane Yellowrock discussion. Faith Hunter will be stopping in as well. If you are interested check it out =)

Join Tricia, Stacy & Tori for some book talk about your favorite Urban Fantasy Books/Authors. wickedenchantment.com http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/ http://www.gigisconsignmentcloset.blog

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* New Releases for the week.

* Lee Nichols Author of the Haunting Emma series joined us this week for an Interview, I really enjoyed reading her books and will have my reviews up shortly.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Falling Under
Author:Gwen Hayes
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: New American Library
Falling Under Book #1
ISBN:  0451232682
ISBN13: 9780451232687
Genre: Young Adult
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.


The cover caught my eye so I decided to read some reviews which had me picking up a copy from my library. From the beginning I was happy to have picked it up. The characters were easy to connect with and well developed, and the story was unique, full of dark suspense and well written. Theia from the start intrigued me, she started out super proper and passive and grew into someone to be reckoned with. Haden was mysterious and charming and together Theia and Haden had me wondering what would happen next and what else they would bring out in each other. I cant wait to read the next book, The cliffhanger at the end just about made me jump out of my seat and shout at the unfairness of having it end.


I gave it 4/5 stars