Nov 082013
 
Ebook Subscription Service Review: Oyster - The 'Netflix' for books

Oyster Offer: Read Unlimited Books for $9.95 a month Ebooks Available: 100,000+ Available on: Devices running iOS7 (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) D.G.’s Rating: 3.5 skulls = B (for now) Very recently I got a free trial to Oyster, a new ebook subscription service which is being called the ‘Netflix’ for books. Just by the comparison with Netflix, you can get a pretty good idea of how it works: for a $9.95 monthly fee, you can read as many books from their library as you want. Yes, unlimited ebooks just for $9.95 a month. If you’re like me and loath paying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 6:51 am
Nov 072013
 
Group Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Disney-Hyperion Synopsis from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 062013
 
New Release Review: Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield

Shattered Bond by Sophie Littlefield Book #2 in the Joe Bashir novels Genre: Mystery Publication Date: 28 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: Detective Joe Bashir enters the glittering world of San Francisco society…and what he discovers will shatter three families. The discovery of a murdered teenager disrupts a fundraiser given by Napa Valley vintner Hale Francesci at the Montair Country Club. While Hale and his wife entertained their guests, their seventeen-year-old daughter Courtney was the last person to see her best friend Ashley Cole alive in a nearby strip mall parking lot. When Detective Joe Bashir begins interviewing [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am
Nov 042013
 
Novella Reviews: Close to You and Entwined

Today, AH and I are taking a break from the full-length novels and diving into two novellas from Stacia Kane and Kristen Callihan. Both of the novellas are from exisiting series and could be read as standalones, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The real purpose of these novellas is to give fans a little glimpse into a story they wouldn’t otherwise have seen. Read on to see if we think these novellas were worth the pit stop! Close to You by Stacia Kane Book #5.5 in the Downside Ghosts series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 8 October 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 4, 2013 at 7:10 am
Nov 012013
 
Spotlight on November's New Releases

Welcome to our monthly feature where we take a look at the new books releasing this month and offer up our top picks and opinions. We have chosen 25 of the most anticipated new releases. The release dates are on a best known basis and are not guaranteed. Books may get delayed or sometimes even released earlier so please check with your favorite store to ensure availability. Also, check the Calendar to see when many of these books will be reviewed on the blog. Now, on to the books! Midsummer Night by Deanna Raybourn – Expected publication: November 1st 2013 by Harlequin [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 1, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 312013
 
Scary Reads for Halloween

Happy Halloween to all of our readers. We hope that you have fun trick or treating tonight. Our Frightening Fall Reads continues with some of the scariest books we’ve ever read. These are the books that made the biggest impressions upon us, books that kept us up at nights, and books that made us tremble in terror. No list of scary books is ever complete without the King of all scary things – Stephen King. It by Stephen KingClowns are freaky. Clowns are the ultimate in scary. Can’t do clowns. Especially clowns named Pennywise who hang out in the sewers. Freaky. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 31, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 302013
 
Wolfin' Out Mini Reviews: Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman

This past month I read three books that tackled the “were” issue. Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman are all very different stories but they have one thing in common, the mixing of human and animal DNA. Charming has a more traditional take on the werewolf myth but blends it with fairytale stylings. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl gives the first-person experience of a young woman who finds herself undergoing a change… And finally, Inhuman takes a look at the havoc that could be unleashed if humans started mixing our DNA with animals in order to create new [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 292013
 
Early Group Review and Giveaway: Parasite by Mira Grant

We were so excited to get a copy of Mira Grant’s new book Parasite to read and review. Parasite is the first book in her new Parasitology series. And as an added bonus to you, dear reader, we have a copy of Parasite to give away to one lucky US reader. We had mixed feelings about this book, so we decided to pluck a few choice quotes from the book and discuss them. Synopsis from Goodreads: A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite – [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 282013
 
Michelle's Badass Bundle of Books

Reading is my passion. It is my escape from the real world. You would think that reading being an escape for me would mean I would read more when real life was not at its best. Thus, the need for an escape. That is not how my brain works. Nope, not me. I seem to only want to read when my real life is happy, and problem free. Now don’t get me wrong, my life is almost never problem free. It just has never been so problem full as it has been lately. What does this long, boring intro mean [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 252013
 
Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

In honor of Halloween this month, we will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! A month of creepy reads wouldn’t be complete without a ghost story and today we bring you a well-crafted ghost story with a historical slant…   The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo Genre: Historical Paranormal Publication Date: 5 August 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and William Morrow Synopsis from Goodreads: “One evening, my father asked me if I would [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 242013
 
Early Review: Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee

In honor of Halloween this month, we will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! Today we have a YA horror story that tackles the apocalypse. Read on to find out if this end-of-the world tale lived up to its creepy premise…   Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee Genre: YA Apocalyptic Horror Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Henry Holt and Co. Synopsis from Goodreads: Merciful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 232013
 
An Oldie but a Goodie: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Today we bring you a review of Mr. Perfect, a romantic suspense “oldie” published more than 10 years ago. It has one of my favorite couples ever and it’s so worth the read! Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard First Published: 2000 Genres: Romantic Suspense, Humor Available in Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook Jaine Bright and three close friends share dinner one night and during casual conversation, create a list of qualifications for the perfect man–some logical, some hilariously funny, some racy. Within days, their tongue-in-cheek wish list of attributes for Mr. Perfect has been leaked to the press and the resultant publicity [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 6:33 am
Oct 222013
 
Review and Giveaway: Dirt Nap by AJ Aalto

  Our Frightening Fall Reads continues with a short story from the Marnie Baranuik universe. You may remember that I was very excited about this new Urban Fantasy series that features the psychic preternatural expert Marnie Baranuik and her vampire companion Harry. Marnie is one of those characters that just doesn’t have a brain filter – she says it as she sees it. This leads to all sorts of hilarious and often hairy situations. Book Blurb: “Jail probably would have been a better place to spend a Thursday afternoon, but when a preternatural expert is needed, there’s no one else [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 212013
 
Release Day Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

In honor of Halloween this month, we will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! We have a ferocious take on the vampire novel up today. Matthew Quinn Martin makes the vampire scary again in his new dark urban fantasy, Nightlife…   Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin Book #1 in the Nightlife series Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 21 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: For [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 21, 2013 at 9:09 am
Oct 202013
 
Series I Need to Continue...

There are so many different kinds of readers out there: voracious readers, leisure readers, reluctant readers, OCD readers, etc. Then there are people like me. I amass huge quantities of books, both paper and electronic. I get advance reader copies (ARCs), I buy paperbacks, I buy used books, and I shop at the local bargain bin at my local bookstore. I can’t remember leaving a bookstore of any kind without a purchase in hand, despite having hundreds of unread books at home. Lets not even talk about what books are waiting for me to read on my ereader. For some [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 20, 2013 at 10:34 am
Oct 172013
 
Early Review: The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen Book #3 in The Secret series Genre: New Adult Romance Publication Date: 22 October 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever Synopsis from Goodreads: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a gripping story of passion, pain, and the courage to love . . . THE TEMPTATION OF LILA AND ETHAN On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect façade. She’ll do anything [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 17, 2013 at 9:35 am
Oct 162013
 
New Release Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

New Release Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson Book 3 in Jessica McClain series Release date: October 8, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Book provided by NetGalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked. On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 152013
 
New Release Group Review: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

In keeping with our month-long Halloween theme, we have another review about things that go bump in the night. This time it’s a new series by Larissa Ione – The Moonbound Clan Vampire series. It’s a different take on vampires: vampires are slaves of humans. It’s still bloody and full of those hot sexy moments that the author is known for. Synopsis from Goodreads: Larissa Ione’s bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night… A [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Oct 142013
 
Early Review: The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

In honor of Halloween this month, I will be featuring reviews of some new and upcoming spine-tingling reads. From ghosts to zombies and everything in between, look for the Frightening Fall Reads banner when you are ready for something spooky this month! This time around, we have a supernatural suspense from NY Time bestselling author Christopher Rice (yep, his mother is that famous vampire writer)…   The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice Genre: Supernatural Suspense Publication Date: 15 October 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns to New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 14, 2013 at 9:40 am
Oct 102013
 
Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Written in Red by Anne Bishop Series: The Others #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: March 1, 2013 Audiobook narrated by Alexandra Harris As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 10, 2013 at 10:55 am