Jun 192014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: High Fantasy - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge takes on high fantasy in June! Christal and AH took a chance on a new YA high fantasy series and looooved the debut. Read on to see why they think you should run out and buy this book now. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie Book #1 in Shattered Sea Genres: Young Adult, High/Epic Fantasy Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Rey Synopsis from Goodreads: “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.” Prince Yarvi [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 am
Jun 172014
 
New Release Review: Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin

Allegiance by Susannah Sandlin Book #4 in The Penton Legacy Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Author Synopsis from Goodreads: From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the fourth book in the smart and steamy Penton Legacy series. British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 17, 2014 at 11:28 am
Jun 122014
 
New Release Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

Fall From India Place by Samantha Young Book #4 in On Dublin Street Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future… When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
Jun 072014
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

  The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It?  Lately, publishers have begun providing readers with a new kind of reading experience. Instead of publishing a full book, they have come up with a “new” idea – the serial. It’s not really a new idea; serialized books have been around a long time. It’s just that with digital publishing, it’s just that much easier to release a book a bit at a time. There are many reasons why a book is released in a serialized format: introduce a new writer, create buzz for a new series, provide stories at a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 062014
 
New Release Group Review: The Source by JD Horn

The Source by JD Horn Book #2 in Witching Savannah Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and 47 North Synopsis from Goodreads: Graceful trees and historic buildings fill Savannah, Georgia, but beneath the city’s Southern splendor, its supernatural roots run deep. The members of local witch families grace the society pages…when they’re not secretly protecting their magical work from dark forces. Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 6, 2014 at 10:29 am
Jun 022014
 
Early Review & Giveaway: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh Series: Psy-Changeling #13 Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: Jun 3, 2014 Book provided by Berkley/NAL Romance **Giveway Below! Be sure to enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Shield of Winter! ** Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 2, 2014 at 7:14 am
May 262014
 
Armchair BEA: Literature

What is Literature? Reading is such a personal experience but yet it seems to define how people view us.  That is such a weird pull.  A book effects an individual on such an intimate level, yet by seeing a person read a certain book some people believe they know what that book means about a certain person.  I know many people who make judgments of people based on what an individual reads or chooses not to read.  We all know those people, right? Or maybe make those judgments ourselves? And how many times have you seen (I know I have) [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm
May 252014
 
New Release Review and Giveaway!!: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher *early review copy received from publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 5/27/14   Giveaway Below! Book Summary: Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day…. Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it…. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm
May 242014
 
Reread Review! The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima Series: The Seven Realms #4 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 23rd 2012 Synopsis from Goodreads: A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 9:46 am
May 222014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Dystopian: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge tackles Dystopian in May! Christal and AH continued on with the Age of X series this month with The Immortal Crown.  Read on to see what we think of this unique and expansive world. The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction Publication Date: May 29th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 202014
 
Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

    Early Group Review and Giveaway: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett Book 4 in Arcadia Bell – series finale Release date: May 27, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Pocketbooks Synopsis from Goodreads: The fourth and final installment of a “riveting” (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her. Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 7:27 am
May 162014
 
Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin Series: The Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery Publication Date: Aug 23, 2013 It is a time of celebration in the Pingkang Li, where imperial scholars and bureaucrats mingle with beautiful courtesans. At the center is the Lotus Palace, home of the most exquisite courtesans in China… Maidservant Yue-ying is not one of those beauties. Street-smart and practical, she’s content to live in the shadow of her infamous mistress—until she meets the aristocratic playboy Bai Huang. Bai Huang lives in a privileged world Yue-ying can barely imagine, yet alone share, but as [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 16, 2014 at 7:23 am
May 142014
 
New Release Review: The Warrior by Victoria Scott

The Warrior by Victoria Scott Book #3 in Dante Walker Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 6th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good. Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 132014
 
Re-Release Reviews: Noble Intentions and Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister

Sourcebooks Casablanca is re-releasing Katie MacAlister’s Noble series. Originally released in 2002 and 2003, these books take a humorous look at historical romance. If you haven’t read any historical romance before, this series may be a good starting point for you. The characters and their hilarious situations are guaranteed to keep you chuckling throughout. Re-Release Review: Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister Book 1 in Noble series Release date: May 6, 2014 – Originally released in 2002. Genre: Historical Romance, Humor Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from NetGalley: In this hilarious romp, Noble Britton literally falls head over [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 122014
 
Early Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter Book #1 in Crescent City Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 13th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit   Synopsis from Goodreads: Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs. But when Augustine returns home to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm
May 092014
 
New Release Review: Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? by Sara Hantz Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: May 6th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Abi Saunders might be a kickboxing champion, but when it comes to being the center of attention, she’d rather take a roundhouse kick to the solar plexus any day. So when her trainer convinces her to audition to be the stunt double for hot teen starlet Tilly Watson, Abi is shocked—and a little freaked out—when she gets the job. Being a stunt double is overwhelming, but once the wig and makeup are on, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 9, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 082014
 
New Release Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: Apr 8, 2014 By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. Common enemy, common cause. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 8, 2014 at 6:49 am
May 072014
 
Group Review & Giveaway: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable by Tammara Webber Series: Countours of the Heart #2 Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Book provided by Berkley/NAL Romance **After the review, be sure to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of both Easy & Breakable!! ** As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind.When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 7, 2014 at 7:06 am
May 062014
 
Mini Reviews: The "Did Not Finish" Edition

I have had a string of bad luck with the books I’ve picked up recently so I thought I would do a rundown of my most recent Did Not Finish (DNF) books.  Now just remember, most of these books have glowing reviews from other reviewers so just because they didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you!  Have a suggestion to break my reading slump?  Hit me up in the comments.   RATING: DID NOT FINISH   Shadows by Robin McKinley Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 26th 2013 Book Borrowed from Local Library and Nancy Paulsen Books [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am