July 26, 2011

BLB: Guest Post by Darkhouse Author Karina Halle

Darkhouse by Karina Halle

Darkhouse

by Karina Halle

Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Metal Blonde Books
ISBN: 9781461079859
There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance. Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.
Buy Darkhouse by Karina Halle: Amazon (Print) / Goodreads (epub) / Kindle

 

 

Guest post by Karina Halle:

A Series of Challenges

Writing a novel can be a daunting task. The only reason I was able to finish Darkhouse is because I gave myself a month to do it. It was all part of this “habit forming” theory I had in September 2009. 30 days to build a habit. I applied it to writing everyday and exercising everyday. Well, the exercise went out the window in Day Two but I kept on writing, before and after work. And six weeks later, Darkhouse was born.


But that wasn’t the end of Experiment in Terror. Because I had decided this was going to be a series. Originally I had plotted out five books but by the time I finished writing the second, Red Fox, I was too in love with my characters to let go after five and they had far too many secrets that needed to be spaced out. So then it expanded to seven, and, after I wrote the third book, it went to eight.


Eight books is a tall order. But that is the end of the line for Perry Palomino and Dex Foray. With a ninth book there would be nothing left to say (at least not in their current time period). You don’t want a series to drag on, you want to go out with a bang like Lost or Seinfeld (OK, so neither of those final episodes were very good, but you get what I mean).


Of course there are challenges that come with writing eight books (let alone one book). It’s my job to lay my cards close to my chest and carefully deliver the crucial information piece by piece. Some people lament that Darkhouse was too “mysterious.” Well, I’ve got eight books here, I’m not going to give you all the answers at once. What is the incentive to read on? Both of my main characters have shady pasts, both are connected in a unique way and both have their own relationship with each other to explore. There’s no rush, and they will get there, and unlike Lost, I’m not going to ignore all the major questions either. You know, like what was Perry’s accident? Who is Creepy Clown Lady? What is wrong with Dex? Can Perry really see ghosts or is she crazy? Or is she crazy because she can see ghosts? And who the hell is Jacob? (actually that last question is kind of mean since Jacob doesn’t show up until Book Four).


Anyway, these all get answered.


Like Lost though, I also do an annoying thing of answering questions and then raising new ones. Sorry about that. These are complex people here and everyone always has more baggage than they think they do.


The challenge for me, personally, is to keep myself interested in each novel. Now, each book is roughly plotted out. Some have entire scenes written, others just have a hand full of notes. Some have pre-chosen titles (pretty sure Book Eight is called Ashes to Ashes), some don’t. The thing that I do is space out the scenes I like to write most and the milestones of the entire eight-part story and put a little one in each book. Now I’ve got four books ahead of me to write and each one possesses some aspect that I can’t wait to get into. It’s like little treats for myself. Some books have more treats than others (though I am currently writing Book Four, I know Book Five is going to be amazing to write). And some books have a really fun supernatural plotline (like Book Six). In the end though, as exciting as it will be for me to write these books, the best part is getting readers just as excited to read them. Now that’s the real treat.


Buy Darkhouse by Karina Halle: Amazon (Print) / Goodreads (epub) / Kindle


Karina’s sadly neglected personal blog can be found here: www.ontheblogbandwagon.blogspot.com
Karina’s not so neglected writing blog can be found here: www.experimentinterror.com




You can check out the rest of Karina Halle 's Darkhouse Book Tour HERE

July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)



In My Mailbox is hosted weekly by The Story Siren.  We highlight books we have received  for review, purchased, borrowed, or Won. You can find out more here.

I got a few really great review books and I had to go shopping for another book although I can't seem to find the time to read them all.



FOR REVIEW:

Wolfsbane (Nightshade Series #2) When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.





A Life That Fits Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea returns home from a business trip to find Alex, her boyfriend of fourteen years, nervously waiting for her. Assuming he's finally going to propose, Andrea's instead horrified to learn he's been cheating on her and is leaving to be with the other woman, who he calls Andrea's opposite.

At first Andrea's paralyzed by shock and sadness, but the business analyst soon forms a plan: change every last detail of her life and become her opposite so Alex will come back to her.

It's a challenge at first, but soon Andrea's loving the changes she's making, the new activities she's doing, and the new people in her life. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into the wonderful new life she's creating for herself?



The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.


To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

BOUGHT:



The Boys Next Door (Simon Romantic Comedies)Cute, available, and one cabin over....

Lori lives for summertime on the lake. She spends all season wakeboarding, swimming, and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties in the house next door. With the Vader brothers, Lori's always been one of the guys.

But while Lori and the "baby" brother, Adam, are inseparable friends, she can't deny a secret crush on Sean, the older Vader boy. This year Sean's been paying Lori a lot of attention, and not in a brotherly way.

But just as Lori decides to prove to Sean she's girlfriend material, she realizes that her role as girl friend to Adam may be even more important. And by trying so hard for the perfect summer romance, she could be going way overboard....

So what do you get this week? Anything that you were super excited to get?

July 22, 2011

Taking A Break...

So the last few weeks I have been in a blogging/reading funk. I don’t feel like doing anything, maybe it’s the extra work I’ve been given lately or the fact that my mom has been staying with me for a month. But, whatever it is I wish I could get out of this very unhappy place that I’ve been.

As you read this I will be taking a much needed vacation in a cabin on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. My husband has convinced me to live it up a little and while I don’t ride roller coasters and I’m afraid of heights I somehow ended up booking us a trip to go white water rafting. I have no clue how I got suckered into it but, hopefully it’s not as bad as the stories I’ve been told.

I’ll be back Sunday night in time to watch the final season of Entourage. Are you a fan of the series? Isn’t it sad that it’s ending?

Hopefully this is what I needed to get out of the hole that I’ve fallen into. What do you do when you have hit a slump with blogging/reading? Do you do anything special? Any advice would be appreciated.



Middle/Upper Ocoee Rafting in Nashville

July 21, 2011

Review: Torn By Erica O'Rourke

TornEveryone has secrets.
Even best friends.                                                 Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the 'L', a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it's directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn't pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, "Run, Mo!"
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?
Torn by Erica O'Rourke
Published: June 28, 2011 by Kensington Teen
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and thoughful review.
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles



My Thoughts:


“I woke up to the smell of Lysol and the end of the world. In my defense, I didn’t know it was the end of the world at the time. I didn’t know anything, and it was better that way.” Pg. 1

Maura “Mo” Fitzgerald has just gone through what could be considered the worse day of her life, she just witnessed her best friend, Verity’s murder and finds herself laying in a hospital bed. Her life will never be the same again. Mo has been surrounding by secrets her entire life; she just didn’t realize it until now. Her world begins to fall apart as the one constant she knows has been violently ripped away from her. Mo struggles with dealing with her best friend’s death, wanting to seek revenge and trying to find out who she is.

I loved that Mo was an ordinary girl that was dropped into a magical world and there was nothing extraordinary about her, she was just “Mo” a shy, 17 yr old girl who has lost her best friend. This book has magic, deceit, and romance. It’s about a girl who has to get over her insecurity issues in order to seek the revenge that she so desperately wants. Everything Mo does reverts back to the question what would Verity do. She has lived so much of her life in the shadows, and is trying to set her own path.

The title of the book is excellent and very fitting for the story as Maura is torn between two worlds and two guys. The love interest tension is very high and believable but I’m not sure how I feel about Colin. Luc I could completely see the relationship; the struggle to choose whether or not they should fight what they feel. But, with Colin I’m not so sure I knew when it shifted from friends to something more, it almost seemed forced. But, don’t let this derail you, this book is definitely worth picking up.

This story was unique with its mob references and the magical world built around the four elements, fire, water, earth, and air. I love the author’s use of flashbacks; they transport you from the here and now to the past in an instant without any difficulty or choppiness in the reading. This story was fascinating and full of suspense; with each page that I turned I was eagerly waiting to find out what piece of the puzzle Mo would discover next. But, what I loved most about this book is that the book showed Mo's character grow within the first book, I didn't have to annoyingly wait two or three books before she became the person you knew she would become.  I really enjoyed this story and would give it 4 stars.

Mo’s journey isn’t over, it’s just the beginning and I am eager to see where the author takes us next. The next book in the series will be released in February 2012.

On a Side Note:

I went to the author’s blog the other day and found out that she post these awesome postcards from Verity addressed to Mo while she was visiting her aunt in New Orleans. I thought the concept was original and very cool.

You should check it out: Erica O'Rourke

July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (15)



Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that showcase upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

You know the books that you read just because they are entertaining, hold your attention, and make you laugh out loud. These are the light reads that you don't have to think about, that you can just enjoy. Well one of my favorite is Gemma Halliday's High Heel Mystery series. Recently I found out that she has written her first YA book that will be released in October by Harper Teen. I'm super excited about this, and isn't the cover beautiful?



Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he's pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren't enough, now he's depending on Hartley to clear his name. Seriously? Not cool. But as much as Hartley wouldn't mind seeing him squirm, she knows he's innocent, and she's the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school's resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer's next victim.




What are you waiting for?  I can never have enough books. Leave a link and I'll check out your WOW.

July 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (10)



In My Mailbox is hosted weekly by The Story Siren.  We highlight books we have received  for review, purchased, borrowed, or Won. You can find out more here.

This week I received a few books for review, bought a few, and received a book for a book tour.




Bought:

Yours To Keep (Kowalski Family, #3) Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancĂ©. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother’s upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn’t like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma’s offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home.

Emma’s not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his “pretend” kisses are… Goodreads Synopsis
Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, #1)It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…Goodreads Synopsis

Review:




Everybody Sees the AntsLucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their family is fine. And he certainly didn't ask to be the recipient of Nadar McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
Lucky has a secret—one that helps him wade through the daily dysfunction of his life. Grandad Harry, trapped in the jungles of Laos, has been visiting Lucky in his dreams—and the dreams just might be real: an alternate reality where he can be whoever he wants to be and his life might still be worth living. But how long can Lucky remain in hiding there before reality forces its way inside?
Printz Honor recipient A. S. King's distinctive, smart, and accessible writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you, and then taking a stand against it.  Goodreads Synopsis


Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother(Not Necessarily in that order) by Denise Vega
Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known as the mini version of his sports-star brother, Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.

With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?

Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: It's hard to rock out in high school.  Goodreads Synopsis


Borrowed (Book Tour):

Thank you Yani from The Secret Life of an Avid Reader, you are awesome!


The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.

July 14, 2011

Author Spotlight: Interview with Lor Mandela Series Author L. Carroll

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Today, I have been lucky enough to interview the L.Carroll the Author of the Lor Madela: Destruction From Twins, and Four Hundred Days. You can check out my review here.

Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins


Now on to the interview:


Since I love twitter, I think it would be fun to see how you would describe your book Four Hundred Days Twitter-style. How would you describe it in 140 characters or less?
*Deep Breath* Here goes... A tyrant is destroying Earth, bit by bit. Can the 17 year old heiress to the Lor Mandelan throne stop him without losing everyone she loves?


When did you know you wanted to become a writer or have you always known?
I never reall imagined myself as a writer, but about eight years ago, following a really cool dream, I began to wonder if I could actually write a book. The dream was about something magical happening in the midst of an epic battle, and I thought it would be a great scene for a movie or a chapter for a book. I decided to give it a go, (the book, not the movie), and the rest is--as they say-- history. (By the way, my dream is now Chapter 16, "Journal of Kahlie", in "Destruction from Twins".)



What was the hardest part of writing the book?
The hardest part of both "Destruction from Twins" and "Four Hundred Days" was making sure that the time-line was accurate. In these books, time on Earth passes thirteen times faster than time on Lor Mandela. It was a challenge just making sure that everyone was the right age, and that the events happened in the correct order! I can't tell you how many times I've cursed at myself for doing that!


I love the world building of Lor Mandela, what inspired the concept behind the book and the world that you built?
Well Thank You!

As I mentioned, it was that dream that started it all. As far as the actual world of Lor Mandela, (since all I really saw in the dream was the inside of one part of a castle), it was sort of a collaborative effort between me and my daughter. We both tend to have pretty vivid imaginations, and when you put us together, it gets dangerous! I'd bounce an idea off of her, she'd elaborate, and throw it back to me, I'd elaborate a little more, etc.,etc., etc....More than one of the places on Lor Mandela evolved this way.



I loved all of the characters in your book, which one did you find yourself relating to the most?


Wow! Thanks again! I'm glad you liked them!

I think I relate most to Ultara-- not that I'm a powerful, intimidating sorceress--it's just, when I was writng the scenes in which she was involved, I imagined myself in her place How would I act? What would I say? if this were me, what would I do? I dunno, maybe part of me wants to be that powerful, intimidating sorceress! :)

Can you tell us a little bit about your writing environment and/or and rituals you go through before sitting down to write?
I have this wonderful office in my garage. Our house is a former model home so realtors' offices were in the garage; when they sold the house, they left one of them intact. It's a great place for me to go and perform rituals, which are a little odd, I warn you.

I usually start out by reading the last chapter that I wrote, and then I get up and act out the next one. I know it sounds weird, but it helps me to make sure that my story has at least some grounding in reality. Plus, it helps the words flow more freely, as I've already "seen" how the chapter will play out. then I write. Occassionally, I'll jump up mid-chapter and re-perform scenes. It's nothing to see me dancing by myself, dueling with an invisible foe, or carrying on a conversation with the wall. (I guess that's why my kids call me "The Crazy Lady" when I'm writing!)

Do you listen to music while you write, if so what’s on your playlist?

I prefer total silence when I'm doing actual writing, but when I'm acting out or thinking about a scene, music definitely helps! Normally, I like a lot of different music genres, but I've found that songs with lyrics are distracting when I'm in the writing zone. Visit my blog and you'll see what I tend to listen to while creating my stories. There's a lot of Hans Zimmer, some Henry Gregson-Williams, some James Newton Howard…epic movie scores are THE BEST! They set the perfect mood!


If there was one thought or feeling you would want readers to take away from reading Lor Mandela Destruction of Twins, what would it be?
While there's no real moral or hidden message in the Lor Mandela books, I know that whenever I read this type of book, or watch this type of movie, I always go away feeling empowered somehow. It seems to be a recurring theme in fantasy novels that seemingly ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I hope that readers feel that whey they finish reading.

Also, I hope that both "Destruction from Twins" and "Four Hundred Days" leave them wanting more...after all, there is a third book on the way!


Thank you Ms. Carroll for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by.


You can find the books at these locations:

Amazon, Barnes and Nobles

July 12, 2011

Tune in Tuesday (5)

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This meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads & showcases music that you love and would love to share with everyone. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest! So if your a music buff like I am you should head on over to her site and link up.


Last week on twitter  I was talking to an author from Johannesburg, South Africa and we were talking about music and books (story of my life), when they mentioned their favorite band. The band is Prime Circle(one of the biggest South African Rock bands) and they are freaking awesome! I’ve never heard of them before but, I was ecstatic to have found yet another band to obsess over.
The song is Breathing by Prime Circle, I love everything about this song and the video.






So what music do you like? Leave a link and I'll stop by. I love find new artist :).







July 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (9)



In My Mailbox is hosted weekly by The Story Siren.  We highlight books we have received  for review, purchased, borrowed, or Won. You can find out more here.

This week was a really good week for me, I received a few great books in the mail for review.

The Mephisto Covenant (The Mephisto Covenant, #1) Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.


A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.


With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?



Tris & Izzie A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.












Torn (Torn Trilogy, #1) Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.
Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the 'L', a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it's directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn't pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, "Run, Mo!"
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend's murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she'll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

In this compelling novel set against the beautiful backdrop of Ogunquit, Maine, the bestselling author of Tuscan Holiday and One Week in December portrays an unexpected friendship, and its consequences for two very different women as time inevitably sweeps them into adulthood. . .
Summer Friends
Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl "from away," become best friends. Despite the social gulf between them, their bond is strengthened during vacations spent rambling around Ogunquit's beaches and quiet country lanes, and lasts throughout their college years in Boston. It seems nothing can separate them, yet after graduation, Delphine and Maggie slowly drift in different directions. . .
With her MBA, Maggie acquires a lucrative career, and eventually marries. Delphine is drawn back home, her life steeped in family and the Maine community she loves. Twenty years pass, until one summer, Maggie announces she's returning to Ogunquit to pay an extended visit. And for the first time, the friends are drawn to reflect on their choices and compromises, the girls they were and the women they've become, the promises kept and broken—and the deep, lasting ties that even time can never quite wash away. .
Hush
In the summer before their senior year, Coby Rendell and her friends take a beach trip together. Around a campfire on a foggy June night, Coby, Rhiannon, Yvette and the others share their darkest secrets, before a tragic accident shatters the bond between them...Twelve years later Coby attends a birthday party reunion that ends in horror when Yvette's sister's lifeless body is discovered in a hot tub. Soon others in the original group of tale-tellers begin meeting similar fates-unfortunate 'accidents' shrinking their numbers one by one...Conflicted by her growing feelings for Danner Lockwood, the investigating detective, Coby races to unravel a mystery buried in the past. But someone is watching her every move - someone prepared to kill again and again to protect a shocking truth...

July 8, 2011

Follow Friday (7)

 
This weeks question is:

Let's step away from the besties... What is the worst book that you've read and actually finished?

At first I thought this was going to be a really hard question to answer since books like that never stand out so they are easily forgotten. But, I think I would have to say Need by Carrie Jones and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers.


need picI couldn’t relate to the main character at all, I found myself skimming pages because I just wanted to get to the end, and honestly I don’t know why I continued to read it. I despise the “I just met you five minutes ago, but you’re the love of my life and we were destined to be together”. Ahh! Because life is not like that I actually like to fall with the main character in love. Besides that I can’t remember half the story now. But, this is just my opinion and I know that there are people out there who love this story.








Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) Another book like that for me was Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers, Bella was just too perfect and although I love the series I thought this book was just sort of thrown together. I guess I just hated the perfectness of everything. Bella was great at this, Jacob ended up happy too, and the whole imprinting on a baby. Yeah I wasn’t enthusiastic about it. I almost put the book down several times, but because I loved the series I had to see it to the end.








So what book did you finish that you thought was the worst?
Happy Friday!

July 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday {14}

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Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that showcase upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm anxiously awaiting the release of One Grave At a Time by Jeaniene Frost.

So my recent addiction has been reading this series, seriously I can't get enough of them. I still have to read book 4 and 5 but I'm still super ecstatic about the next book.

 Have you read the series? What do you think about it? Don't you  just absolutely adore Bones?

One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6) Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving--leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity--forever. But how do you kill a killer who's already long dead?



What are you anxiously waiting for? Leave a link and I'll check it out.
Happy Wednesday!

July 5, 2011

Tune in Tuesday {4}

Photobucket This meme is hosted by Ginger at Greads and showcases music that you love. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest. So if you are a music buff like I am you should definitely head on over to her site and link up.



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One of my favorites movies is A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. I don't know what it is about that movie but everytime it's on tv I can watch it again and again. The song that I've chosen this week is from the soundtrack and everytime I hear it I run to the dvd player and put the movie in :)





TROUBLE By Ray LaMontagne

July 3, 2011

In My Mailbox: ALA Edition


In My Mailbox is hosted weekly by The Story Siren.  We highlight books we have received  for review, purchased, borrowed, or Won. You can find out more here.

Last weekend I lucky enough to attend my first convention and scored a ton of books. The books disappeared fast and I didn't get some of the books that I really wanted but, it's okay because I walked away with way too many books anyway.

Just because it's 4th of July weekend and I'm being lazy, I took a pic of all of the books that I was able to snag.






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These are a few of the books I received:

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Signed Copy)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor


What did you get this week?

July 2, 2011

Review: Lor Mandela-Destruction from Twins by L. Carroll


Lor Mandela Destruction from Twins by L. Carroll
Published February 2010
Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles
Part I (Destruction From Twins)
When a selfish enchantress seeks to steal mystical powers from her twin sister, she sentences the world of Lor Mandela and its inhabitants to death. In an effort to preserve itself, the soul of the planet appoints a Child of Balance named Audril Borloc who must solve a prophetic riddle known as the Advantiere. All hope seems lost, however, when shortly after her fourth birthday, Audril disappears without a trace.
Desperate to save their world, Lor Mandelan spies travel to Earth in search of the little girl with black hair and bright blue eyes-traits that on Lor Mandela are exclusive to the ruling family, Borloc. Instead, they find seventeen-year-old Maggie. While the age difference between the girls is obvious, Maggie has the Borloc traits-evidence enough for the eager spies. They devise a plan to get Maggie to Lor Mandela, but will their scheme be successful? And what if they have the wrong girl? Who will save Lor Mandela then?
Part II (And So It Must End)
Maggie Baker has always wished for a more eventful life. Unfortunately, she is about to get it. Following an earthquake that no one seems to have felt but her, her mundane existence is thrown into a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns as she suddenly finds herself bouncing back and forth between her hometown of Glenhill, Iowa and the distant world of Lor Mandela. On this strange planet, Maggie must learn who to trust, and who to fear. More importantly, she must find a way to convince the Lor Mandelans that she is not the Child of Balance, and her family and friends in Iowa (and herself for that matter) that she is not going insane.
Amid fighting a two-headed creature, being captured by a lawless band of Shadow Dwellers, and falling head-over-heels for the enchanting son of an evil warlord, Maggie sees the lines of the Advantiere unfold around her. It isn't long before she discovers that her blasé reality could be the real fantasy, and that the fate of an entire world may actually depend on her.

My Thoughts:

This story is one of the best fantasy stories that I’ve read in a while. The story starts off in Lor Mandela a different planet where the fight for power has turned deadly. All it takes is one person’s greediness for power to ultimately causes a series of events that ends up turning the world of Lor Mandela upside down. This catastrophic event leads you on a whirlwind adventure to find the “child of balance” the solution to the problem.
We meet Maggie Baker who is an ordinary teenager living on earth, strange things start happening to her as the people of Lor Mandela believe she is the child of balance. As Maggie fights to keep her sanity, she has to prove to her family and friends as well as herself that she’s not losing it and these things are really happening to her.
The adventure never stops as I’m sucked into this captivating and highly addictive world that the author has created. The world building was fantastic as I could actually imagine this enchanting world of Lor Mandela full of Squankis, Shadow Dwellers, and Rynolts. All of the characters were well developed and they grew on me, I shared their happiness, hatred, and frustration. The story flowed beautifully between the two worlds, Earth and Lor Mandela.
There were twist and turns in the storyline that made me question myself and then when I thought I knew the answer, the author through me another loop. There was magic, adventure, betrayal, romance and deception.
This is definitely a story that everyone should read. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the second book, talk about cliffhanger.

July 1, 2011

TGIF/Follow Friday


Every week Ginger @ GReads host this meme. This is your change to recap your week and answer a question.
Mr. and Mrs: Who is your favorite book couple?




This was a really hard question for me because, I mean how can I choose only one. Recently, Mickey @Imabookshark talked me into reading The Night Huntress series by Jeannine Frost. After reading the first book I was totally hooked, I am now on my fourth book and I absolutely love the series.

So back to the question, one of my favorite book couples right now would have to be Cat & Bones from The Night Huntress series.

I also love these book couples as well.

  • Chess & Terrible from The Downside Series by Stacia Kane
  • Seth & Georgina from The Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead
  • Mercy & Adam from The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
  • Ash & Meghan from the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa







Q. ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.










This is a hard question this week. I am not very fond of book/movie adaptations because to me they never really capture the book correctly. But, I would have to say Holly/Hilary Swank from P.S. I Love You. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I love the book as well. So my reaction would probably to stand frozen for way too many minutes and I scramble to say something, end up stuttering and saying something completely idiotic :)



So who would you love to meet and who is your favorite book couples?
 
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