Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit Tynga's Reviews
Some great books this week! Which is fabulous since I've started my blog back up!
What's on your Shelves this week?

The Infinite Sea
Catch Me When I Fall
The Winter People


Friday, September 19, 2014

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 374
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian


Loved, loved, loved it! Alternate universes and witches! I haven't read a good book with witches in quite some time, Ms. Angelini ignited my fire (Ha, get it?) again for all that is magical!
While fantastical with a dystopian theme, there is also a strong political theme that rides throughout the story. One that is both interesting and thought provoking.

The premise is one of a kind and although it's a bit mind-bending, it's also surprisingly easy to follow. Mostly because it's so fascinating but also because the writing doesn't try to over explain the physics. This made Trial by Fire such a pleasure, I wasn't caught up in the 'How' because it was written out so beautifully, letting me focus on the amazing storyline.

The characters are amazing! I love the protagonist, Lily! She's real, she's likeable and she's got some sass! The main love interest's are, of course, to hot for words but I wouldn't have it any other way. Secondary characters are fleshed out and interesting and definitely worth getting to know.

Ms. Angelini's world-building is STELLAR! Lush and imaginative, I had no difficulty placing myself in Lily's new Salem. Every character, every scene is richly portrayed in true Josephine Angelini style and thus, making it a pleasure to read.

This is truly a book that I would recommend to friends and family. It's a beginning to another amazing series by the talented Josephine Angelini!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hello Herman by John Mailer

Paperback, 54 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Dramatists Play Service
From Goodreads
Video Games, violent movies, Marilyn Manson, the Internet, Prozac, or fame? What moves a teenager to cross the line and become a high—school shooter? More importantly how do we stop it? Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Lax Morales is looking for a follow up to his groundbraking undercover piece on white supermacists. Although his video blog has an unprecedented online following among teens, Lax has been written off as Internet trash by the elite of the publishing world. He needs a big story and he knows it. After killing thirtynine students and teachers in a suburban Iowa school, sixteen—year—old Herman Howards takes the time to email video clips of the incident to his idol, Lax. He adds one line to the clips: "I want to tell my story on your show."The public pushes for herman's televised execution as Lax conducts three days of interviews, using every tool at his disposal to discover what drives the current poster—boy for evil. HELLO HERMAN is a mind—blowing examination of how tragic events like Columbina and Virginia Tech continue to happen in our country. No stone is left unturned as Lax searches for an answer to the question everyon's been asking but no one has been able to find: Why?
The sheer amount of kids tormenting other kids that remains present in our school systems blows my mind. With the programs that have been put in place to put a stop to this behavior I'd think that there would be less incidences but that isn't so. Bullying remains alive and kicking in our schools, playgrounds and even homes across America.
Take Herman Howards, a 16 year old boy who takes it upon himself to murder 39 of his peers that he says "had it coming" and he justifies this brutal mass murder as "standing up for the kids like me all around the world". Let's face it, we all know that children can be capable of the cruelest deeds with little thought to the emotional outcome.
John Mailer captures this perfectly while delving into Herman's mind through Lax Morales, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who exposed a white supremacist group a few years prior. Lax's expose didn't come at a small price to his personal life. Lax is now an Internet blogger with a strong teen following which leads to Herman sending video clips of his heinous crime to Lax.
Lax spends three days interviewing Herman while his trial is expedited and the public opinion is torn between those that want to see Herman executed and those that feel the taking of his life is no better than the mass killing he performed. While interviewing Herman, Lax is forced to view his own past behavior which was less than admirable.
Mr. Mailer focuses on a variety of issues that could lead to such an occurrence such as violent video games, absentee parents, the death of a sibling and let us not forget the bullying that is ever-present in today's society and he rolls this all into one big ball of issues that form Herman's psyche and mental state at the time of the school shooting.
I can't say that there were any real eye openers in this book - there weren't. Anyone who watches the news knows that bullying remains both a realistic and desperate issue. It isn't just for children but also for adults. It's imperative to be aware of not only how our children our behaving towards others but how others are behaving towards them and more importantly how are media/entertainment outlets affecting them? Do you believe that such things as violent music and video games, etc... can cause violent behavior? These are important issues that face today's youth.
* Side note: This is a bit different to read as it's written in a play format but no less 'dramatic' for its efforts. A great find at a garage sale! I'd love to see the play!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Waiting on Wednesday! An awesome meme designed to let other blogger's and readers know what amazing books we are anxiously awaiting. I love this meme for the simple fact that it lets me know what other blogger's are looking forward to - thus alerting me of potential goldmines in reading that I may not have been aware of!
This week I'm excited to read The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White who is the author of the Super fantastic Supernaturally series. Below is the cover and a blurb from Goodreads.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication: September 10th 2013 by HarperTeen
From Goodreads:
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lucid by P.T. Michelle (The Brightest Kind of Darkness #2)

Once Nara combines her prophetic ability with Ethan’s power to outsmart Fate at his own deadly cat-and-mouse game, she’s more determined than ever to help Ethan learn the meaning behind the raven sword tattoo that suddenly appeared on his back after their confrontation with Fate.

During her quest to uncover the tattoo’s secrets, Nara enlists the help of some new friends and discovers her own surprising connection to Ethan.

While Nara digs deeper into the mystery, her desire for answers leads her down a dangerous path full of powerful and ruthless enemies. Swept into an age-old battle, Nara quickly learns that keeping one’s enemies close can be a necessary evil, making an intangible enemy she can control far more preferable to the human enemies she can’t. (From GoodReads)


I adored Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle and Lucid, the second in the series was just as amazing. P.T. has an exceptional way of spinning a tale that draws me in and keeps me turning pages.
Nora is still dreaming her next day but it's not as set in stone as previously. If and when she makes changes or doesn't get enough rest, her next day can be just as big of a surprise as it is for the rest of us - which for Nora can be exceptionally dangerous. Fighting off Fate and his staticky presence along with other evil foes, Nora is at her wits end trying to figure out whose messing with her life and her research into Ravens for her boyfriend Ethan (who isn't present near enough in this book!) Although P.T. makes up for Ethans absence with a British hottie named Drystan that all the girls swoon for but he has his sites set on Nora despite her 'taken' status.
Lucid is mysterious, full of adventure and has paranormal elements unlike any I've read before. This is what makes this series so unique and difficult to put down! The characters are well fleshed out with exceptional depth and realistic relationships. Nora is a fantastic main character, not perfect but with the right amount of flaws to make her believable.
I'm looking forward to Destiny, the third in the series due out May 31st!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight... (From GoodReads)



Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful yet a bit disturbing romance! R is amazing and I fell in love with him myself despite his somewhat rotting body.
R is a zombie who becomes disillusioned with his life when he feeds off the brain of Perry, the boyfriend of Julie. R gets memories from others brains and from Perry's he gets feelings of love for Julie. R goes from brain eating zombie to feeling protective over Julie. He begins a friendship that soon blossoms into something more.

This is a story that had both sadness and a great amount of humor in it. R lives in a jet and listens to Frank Sinatra while Julie lives in a futuristic stadium that is devoid of all joy and hope. Her life is that of zombies and survival. When she meets R under less than favorable circumstances what ensues is a remarkable story of unlikely romance and magical changes that give hope to all that are affected.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, I’ll have to wait for it to come out on pay-per-view but I hope it will be as good as the book. I read through it in less than 4 hours and enjoyed it tremendously. I think we all need a little hope in our lives no matter how fantastical it is! Great entertainment!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year to All !!!

I've missed everyone so much!
Just a quick note: I didn't go to Cleveland Clinic as planned but instead I'll be heading off to John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland literally any day now. My planned length of stay will be 4 - 6 weeks and hopefully, I will come back a whole new gal!
The last 8 - 9 months have been virtually hell for myself, my family and my friends [God Love em' all] Things just got progressively worse until I found myself back in a hospital bed and unable to walk without assistance and hey, I'm to young and gorgeous for that LOL! J/K but without my sense of humor, I'd go insanely mad and start shopping online uncontrollably! Ruh-Roh... I think that's already happened...
Unfortunately, being in the hospital bed in full view of everyone, left me nowhere to hide my pain or the secondary spasms that go with my disease & trust me - thems be some shake, rattle and roll spasms, too :o(  I didn't have anywhere to hide anymore, my bedroom which is fairly large is my comfort zone: I can keep it dark, hide my tears, hide my sobs... you get the picture. It was in my control what people saw; my husband works a lot of hours, my friends and family call before they come over and if they didn't call, I just pretended to be asleep when they came in. I did all  my visiting in there because my health was deteriorating and there is room in there to do so. Now, being back in the family room after so long not only felt intrusive on my 'private' hell but also felt like failure.
Things were easier to hide when I was more mobile but when your hospital bed is in the family room...not so much....
Needless to say I became pretty depressed even to the point that I stopped reading and that's the first time that has ever happened to me in my entire life. I didn't read for about 2 1/2 months - I didn't watch TV, I didn''t eat (not even Hershey's Air Delights -which I love], wouldn't answer the phone if it was for me -  I didn't do anything but sleep and cry - eventually between my friends and family the docs deduced I was depressed
Now, on a happier note: I'll be going to John Hopkins and I couldn't be happier. I'm so motivated to go and gain as much of my life back as possible. Learning to control my pain using Biorhythm, deep meditation and other methods is exciting. Using diet, Acupressure and Acupuncture, getting my muscle tone back using a variety of disciplines and  using holistic methods to my health back without the 23 pills in the morning, 18 pills at 2:00 pm and 23 pills at bedtime is going to be amazing.
I know I can do this and I can't wait to go. I'm just waiting for the call now that we have the money we needed up front. My husband worked his ass off last month to make sure I'd have the money up front that Medicare doesn't cover and believe me, it isn't cheap but hopefully it will be well worth it] He just wants his wife back to snowmobile with, ride on the back of his Harley and just learn to enjoy life again.
I'll be taking my LT and my KF-HD 8.9" with me (Yes, I do really love my new Kindle and I got it basically free with business credit card card points that I turned into Amazon Gift Cards.
I have a big PROBLEM with getting Kindles, I have 4 now: A Kindle DX that I loaned to my niece, A 3G Kindle 3 with keyboard, A Kindle Fire and a Kindle Fire-HD 8.9".
So, yeah, I'm a Kindleholic but if loving kindles is wrong then I don't want to be right.... I'm holding my hand to my forehead in a very dramatic gesture, kind of Scarletesque - [you'd be impressed, teeheez] - clutching my Kindle Fire to my heart with a look of pure love and devotion on my face, my other fist grasping the air desperately for understanding... LOL.... 
I'm thinking of doing a KINDLE FIRE GIVE-AWAY soon! What do you think?  I think it's a great idea! I'm open for idea's on Give-away  Contest ideas, so if you have one, let me know!
My good pal Betty likes the idea and she's an avid reader.... see? Help me find a good contest idea, Buds!
Wish me luck everyone and really wish that they get me in soon. They made it sound as if it would be within the next few weeks... it's a 12 hour drive for me so I hope they give me more than a days notice.
Please forgive me for being a terrible blogger buddy, I promise to make it up to you all this year!
Lots of Love and Fan-Faery-Tastic Reading to you all!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lightening - Wind and Thunder! Oh MY!

Hello everyone!

It's so good to be back in the 'Web World'!

On June 25th we had an awful storm and lightening hit our garage, small fire with little damage but the worst thing was the 3 Hi-Def's, 2 computers and various other electronics that fried during the power surge. [I am now the proud owner of multiple surge protectors!!!]

To make matters worse, I was put on bed rest with my legs elevated above my heart and didn't have a TV for the first 8 days waiting for the Satelite folks to get us back. I did get a lot of reading done but couldn't write any reviews. I have a lot to catch up on since I just got back online today! 

I did miss a lot and my deepest apologies to Cindy (Princess Bookie) of ATWT.

Glad to be back and I missed everyone terribly! I have a lot of catching up to do.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson

Arise (Hereafter 2) by Tara Hudson  is published by HarperCollins on June 5, 2012 in 404 eerie yet romantic pages!

Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her. [From Goodreads]


Tara Hudson has done a magnificent job on The Hereafter series. In Hereafter, Amelia rids the demon that ultimately caused her death, remembered who she was and where she’s been the last 10 years and falls in love with the very much alive Joshua, a seer amongst a family of seer’s no less.

In Arise, Amelia is faced with numerous challenges: to begin with, it starts to hit her that Josh is forgoing his time with his friends to spend it all with her until he’s a virtual hermit in the eyes of all those who love him. This brings her to the heart breaking conclusion that she will always remain the same and Josh will grow and mature, eventually wanting a real relationship with a family and friends that can actually see her. In Amelia’s mind, the best thing for them both is for her to disappear so that Josh can move on with his life. Before that can happen, though, there is a series of crisis’s occurring, primarily in New Orleans while Josh is visiting his entire and very large family of seers. Many of the young seer’s can visualize and communicate with Amelia without difficulty and share Josh’s view that not all ghosts should be exorcised immediately-no questions asked.

Tara does an amazing job with the plot; it’s eerie, thrilling, mysterious with a hefty dose of paranormal love all pulled together perfectly to flow into the perfect next installment of The Hereafter series and leaving me anxious for the third and last installment. I don’t think the book would have felt as complete had it not been for Tara’s skill at environment description. I loved her descriptions of New Orleans; right down from the smell of the food to the sound of the jazz music, it was like being there myself. One chocolate beignet, please...errr... make that two or three!

Characters were rockin’ as they did in Hereafter but I loved the addition of the new characters Tara put in. Each characters personality fit perfectly to their role in the book and despite the seriousness and eeriness of Arise, there are moments of levity that are cleverly interspersed throughout the book, giving a little comic relief here and there.- Also, the Romance, let us not forget the soulmate quality between Amelia and Josh that can be delightful and hopeful yet heartbreaking and bittersweet. Part of the books appeal is not knowing exactly where Amelia will fit in Josh's 'Ghost Hunter/Seer' family and just what do some of the younger ones want from her? Along with the previous is the unknown of what will happen as Josh matures and moves on with his life and eventually wants other things: a family, a home, heck-someone he can go out with that his friends can actually see. These are just additional things that Amelia worries about, wondering if this relationship is fair to Josh.

Arise is the perfect ‘middle’ book which is rare, I often find the middle book a bit disappointing-not all the time-but often. Arise is the kind of book that you can settle down with in your ‘comfy spot’ and your drink of choice, mine a Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino and let Arise take you away into a fantastic world you’re sure to get lost in!


Thank you to ATWT and HarperCollins for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard is published by HarperTeen and will be available on July 24, 2012 in 400 awesome pages!

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance [From Goodreads]


Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard was a joy to read albeit not what I was expecting in the slightest! It was more of a paranormal suspense filled thriller then the completely steam-punk mystery that I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy steam-punk but Something Strange and Deadly combined both beautifully.

Set in mid-1900’s Philadelphia, the dead are rising like zombies although there is no virus, etc… the main character 16 year old Eleanor is extremely close with her brother Elijah and his last telegraph stated not to look for him anymore, not to hang out with the Spirit Chasers or she’d put both their lives in jeopardy, this was handed to her from a walking dead person as she hid in the telegraph office!

Working with the Spirit Chasers is an unlikely alliance at first but gradually one begins to see that they need the other. An evil necromancer is bringing the dead to life but for what purpose? Their endeavor to find the necromancer is almost impossible and extremely dangerous because even though they don’t know who the necromancer is, the necromancer knows who they are. Danger lurks around every corner and Eleanor also has the added burden of keeping her reputation intact.

Ms. Dennard did a fabulous job with the plot and her narrative really flowed beautifully; the characters were imaginative and lively. The entire book was difficult to put down, I kept thinking “One more chapter, then I’ll go to bed” which led into 2 very late nights. A fantastic book that has me looking forward to the next in the series.


Friday, June 15, 2012


Wake by Amanda Hocking is published by MacMillan and will be available on August 7th, 2012 in 309 thrilling pages.

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.
[From MacMillan]


Wake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My Blood Approves’ series was full of grammatical errors and you know what? I didn’t care! The story line was just that good that I bought one after another on my Kindle and wanted to cry when the series was over. Then Hollowland came along and The Trylle Trilogy and a few others and things just kept getting better and better.

Amanda is a natural born story teller; I can imagine her in the days of old-spinning tales in front of a fire place or a camp fire and scaring the crap outta everyone or putting forth a tale of love that would have the maidens swooning. To me, this puts her in a rare category of authors, those that are remembered long after they’re gone and our great-great grandchildren will still be reading her works long after we’re gone.

Wake was no different and a trilogy that I’m highly anticipating, especially if the next 2 books follow in Wake’s footsteps. I really don’t want to rehash the book but let’s just say it’s like the movie Mean Girls on steroids but without the humor and something extremely weird about the clique.

Two sisters very close, the oldest one, Harper has basically given up everything so that the younger and gorgeous sister Gemma get’s to live a more ‘normal’ life after their mother dies when they are extremely young. Living in a tourist town they get their share of different strokes kind of folks but a group of drop dead beautiful girls come to stay for the summer and there is just something not quite right about them. When they start pulling Gemma into their clique, Harper starts to worry…and she should be, she should be very worried.

I cannot wait for the next addition as Amanda did leave us with a cliffy, I have a love/hate relationship with those! Wake is full of thrills, eerie suspense and mystery as I watch the spiders start to weave their evil nest and wonder just do these girls want with Gemma? There’s some seriously scary moments and some romance but not to heavy on that yet. Amanda just did a magnificent job making Wake a book that is incredibly difficult to put down.


Monday, June 4, 2012


Fearscape by Simon Holt is the third book in The Devouring series. It's published by Little, Brown Books on October 5, 2010 and has 320 creepy-butt pages that I could not put down!

The final book in the Devouring trilogy. It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the winter solstice is approaching once again. It will be a night of unspeakable horror, because the Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of sadistic experiments.


The Devouring #1: Fearscape is a thrilling page turner that I didn't put down until I finished it front to back.

The Devouring #2: Left with Reggie being taken to a mental ward. A cliffhanger extraordinaire that had me anxiously awaiting Fearscapes release.

A quick side note on the Vours, the scary dudes in the story. The Vours are evil demons that have existed since time began; they can only take possession of a human body on `Sorry Night', the night of the winter solstice. A person who is possessed by a Vour retains all of the memories but the person is left in a place called a fearscape. "Fearscapes are unique, landscapes crafted from a victim's deepest darkest fears. Here the victim would live in torment, while the Vour lived a human life in the human world, with no one the wiser" pg.25 It turns out that they are highly organized and plan to take over the human race.

We find Reggie moved to an unknown location being tortured by the sadistically evil, yet human Dr. Unger. She is forced to go into others fearscapes again and again, wondering if this will be the one that will break her. Her stay at this facility is heinous to say the least. She is withheld food, water and all the basic necessities. Along with this, she is forced to endure horrific tests. But, Reggie doesn't just lie down and take it; she endures and she discovers all the torture she's endured has left her with her own power. A power that many fear and covet. This makes Reggie the most wanted by many powerful organizations; alive or dead.

During Reggie's absence, Aaron, her best friend, has been searching wildly for her. He has become aligned with some ex-Tracers who left the rigid organization when they found out there was another way to save those that have been possessed by the Vours other than murder. He has learned to fight, to think like a warrior and is no longer the skinny nerd and geeky in all ways. His sole mission is to find and save Reggie and he'll stop at nothing to accomplish this.

The narrative runs the gamut on emotions and as terrifying as it is,there are some heartbreaking scenes, particularly when Reggie encounters an important loved one from her past, it is horrifically chilling, and a spine tingling thriller, what I like to call a 'nail biting page turner'.

Reggie has enemies where she least expected, friends where she least expected and an inner strength that she never 'Dreamed' she had. The author also takes a look at some of our deepest fears and makes some of the characters 'fearscapes' all to realistic and frightening, leaving me wondering: What if I got stuck in a 'Fearscape'? The very thought sends shivers through my body. Mr. Holt was a master at 'dreaming' up not only fearscapes but one of the most unusual and unique plots I've had the pleasure to read.

The character growth in the book is fantastic; I love how flawlessly the story flows, the vivid descriptions of fearscapes and the depth of the characters personalities. This is one of my favorite series and I do hope to see some more writing from Mr. Holt in the future.


This series is best read in order!

Friday, May 25, 2012


HEMLOCK by KATHLEEN PEACOCK is published by Katherine Tegen books, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers and will be released on May 8th of 2012 in all its 416 delicious pages!

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.
[From GoodReads]


Ok, here we go again! Another Beastie boy/ Lonely Girl romance that goes something like this:

 Girl falls in love with boy
 Girl notices something strange about boy
 Girl investigates boy and finds out that:
 GASP! He’s a werewolf!
 Whatever will she do?
 I Know! She’ll overlook his tendency to lick his butt and fall madly in love with him!

Okay, that’s so totally NOT what happened in Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock! I have got to stop being so dang judgmental and get over my occasional ‘you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all’ attitude. Despite the synopsis, I still figured that the checked off list I have above would be the gist of the book, again, I am deeply sorry for my mistake .

I’m not going to go over the synopsis since I’m sure it’s been done already but I’d like to talk about how well Ms. Peacock opened the plot and proceeded to surprise me. My checklist was put to shame and instead I found a beautiful love story albeit with a triangle component but I must confess-I do like a little competition when it comes to my girls and their love lives. Why settle for one hottie when you can have a little fun with two before finding your soul mate?

All kidding aside, the narrative was beautifully done when it came to the love scenario’s with Mr. Kyle-I must say that Ms. Peacock brought me to tears a few times and made me whoop a few times with her skilled dialogue! I wonder if there’s a really happy Mr. Peacock somewhere! Me thinks there is! Nobody could write romance like that without going through it somewhat!

The action… oh, the heart-pounding thrills, chills and action that Ms. Peacock narrates is literally, at times, take your breath away-squeeze your honey (or your pillow if no honey is available). The mystery was slow to reveal itself and the suspense was enough to keep me turning pages like a fiend and believe me when I get going, those pages are smokin’! I’m happy to say my ARC copy of Hemlock didn’t catch fire since I had to return it to the Blog Tour!

Ms. Peacock’s character portrayals are amazing-I can say, ‘oh, they were so realistic’ or ‘they made me really care about them’ because what can you really say about how a character is portrayed? In Ms. Peacock’s case, her characters were big as life-I did feel like I knew them-They were Realistic and she brought them to life for me from her words to my eyes to my imagination. What an amazing thing to be able to do!

Hemlock is one of those books that I’ll always remember and Ms. Peacock is an author that I will always look forward to her writings. The next installment cannot come quick enough for me even though there wasn’t the traditional ‘cliffy’, the Untitled Hemlock 2 is already on my want list!


Thursday, May 10, 2012


The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format. The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.

You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because…

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere. It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book. Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.

Book launch and ContestDuring the first week of the book launch, The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook will be available for a reduced price of .99 cents. Please spread the word.
Every person who comments on one of the blogs during the tour will be entered to win a grand prize: a copy of every book featured in The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook (22 in all, over $200 value).

All I can say is WOW!!! First, the food! Can you say HEAVEN ON EARTH! I didn't find one thing that didn't appeal to me. I wanted this to be a real cooking review so I made Cindy Hogan's recipe below. Cindy is the author of Watched, a fantastic book:

3 Banana's
1 C. Brown Sugar
1.5 C. Butter

Holy cow! I had to triple the recipe for my family! I won't tell you how to make it! You'll have to buy the book for that!

Another that caught my eye was Amber Argyle author of one of my favorite books Witch Song and who also put one of my quotes in :o] is the Golden Curry Soup which had me at CURRY! I won't give the ingredients but I will say you could write a SONG about it!

My last but certainly not least is Veronica Roth author of Divergent and Insurgent's 'Perfect Ten Dauntless Chicken Skewers

"Between Tobias's four and Tris's six fears, they make a perfect ten, just like the soy and soda in this marinade."

I couldn't agree more, Veronica! I thought I made the perfect chicken on the barbie! My recipe just hit the 'train tracks' and this one replaced it!

This is one Beeeyooooteeeful Captivating and Enchanting Cookbook!


*As some of you know I have over 10 lbs to gain from my wicked rare Central Nervous System disease and this cookbook is going to put me well on my way. Thank you Christy and to all the authors who participated in this one-of-a-kind cookbook dedicated to one-of-a-kind people!

About the author:

Christy Dorrity loves to read about cooking and cook about reading. She was taught early to have a discriminating taste for both books and food. Christy grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. She taught elementary school and lives in the mountains with her husband Devon and their five young children. When Christy's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
twitter: @christydorrity

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Rachel from [FIKT]Shun has created a very cool reading challenge for the lovers of The Soul Screamer Series by Rachel Vincent . I'm doing the third in the series, My Soul to Keep, first because in my humble opinion it's the book that changed the whole series!

On with my review!

THE FAERYS VIEW [From May 2010]

When I finished My Soul to Keep, the third installment in the Soul Screamers series, I realized that I had hardly moved for the last half of the book! I also realized that Rachel not only created a brilliant piece of dark fiction but she also touched on many real issues that teens/adult’s face in today’s world.

Kaylee has been through more than her fair share of horror and heinous events. Born a Bean Sidhe, motherless and with an absentee father she’s had to survive being institutionalized, taking trips into the Netherworld and fighting off evil relatives bartering for her soul—among other things. But, she has Nash, her gorgeous and compassionate boyfriend to even things out and he should be compassionate—he’s a Bean Sidhe, too, and he’s always been there for her.They are perfect together, Yin and Ylang until this books events open up.

My Soul to Keep starts with Kaylee and Nash at a party where a classmate is using Demon’s Breath. It’s deadly and highly addictive and of course, it's from the Netherworld; Kaylee is going to find out just how this dangerous substance ended up in the hands of kids at her school. What Kaylee finds out is shocking and puts her life and those she loves in grave danger.

I felt every emotion that Kaylee felt throughout the book. Betrayal, shock, hurt, fear… All those emotions are so cleverly written into the story along with a strong sense of being there. The ending was fierce although I expected nothing less from Kaylee; she’s a strong independent young woman and has really grown into her character. Touching on issues such as drug abuse and all that goes with it could really hit home for a lot of readers. Rachel Vincent cleverly puts all the signs of abuse in the text and although this is fiction, it sends a strong positive message out. Sometimes the people you love the most can be the ones that hurt you the most, can deceive you the most and can make the biggest excuses. Kaylee finds this out the hard way but again, despite the devastation and unbelievable hurt, Kaylee has limits and she stands by them. This is what makes her a heroinne worth looking up to. Strength, morality, compassion and a strong sense of self.

The next in the series, My Soul to Steal is guaranteed to be another rapid page turner.


Monday, May 7, 2012


The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is published by St. Martins Press and will be released on May 8, 2012 and has 293 terrifying, heart-thumping delectable pages!

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?


The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’s self completely blew me away. It was one of those books that I sort of put off reading thinking “okay, another dystopian novel to slog through” and don’t get me wrong, I love them more than anything but sometimes there’s so many that just don’t meet my expectations. The Hunt did more than meet my expectations, it ROCKED MY WINGS to the point I was buzzing all over the place!

What an amazingly thought out plot! Gene lives his life with a society of vampires that have taken over the world. Yes, there’s a few ‘hepers’ here and there but most of that, Gene believes, is fantasy talk. Gene himself is a heper; I‘m sorry but I can’t get past the similarity between heper and heifer! Prime meat just walking around, the only difference is that the hepers know they’re hunted. One drop of blood and the vamps would be on them in a wild frenzy. Every evening, Gene has to shave the hair off his entire body except his head, make sure he has absolutely no body odor, he has to constantly remind himself not to laugh, clear his throat basically not to show any heper emotion at all. When the vamps laugh or show emotion, they scratch their wrist. It’s a bizarre world that he lives in and one mistake and he’s a goner.

There’s one girl in glass with shiny red hair and she’s so beautiful that Gene has a hard time keeping his eyes off her but he's caught her looking at him more then a few times, too so he has to be extra careful. They don’t go by names, they go by seat assignments such as D-4 but he has always called her Ashley June. He’s been all by himself since he was 9 years old but he remembers everything his father told him so he’d blend in.

When he and Ashley June win the ‘heper hunt’ and get invited to the palace to go on the first ‘heper’ hunt in 10 years, he really starts to worry. The take him right from the school with none of his prep pack, the more nervous he gets, the more like a heper he smells like but on the way there the others blame it on the fact that they’re getting closer to the heper colony.
Once Gene is at the colony they have 5 days of ‘festivities’ where Gene spends most of his time trying to not smell or dehydrate since the vamps don’t require fluids other than blood. Luckily for him there wasn’t enough room in the dorms so they put him in the library, a circular area that actually gave him some clues. He’s also in for the surprise of his life and this surprise will help him have a chance at getting out alive!

Andrew did the cleverest Character portrayals I’ve ever seen. Each vamp, although alike was different in certain aspects. They were creepy beyond all measure and just reading about Gene being in school with them gave me goose bumps that had goose bumps. Eating meals in the Palace was a particular 'delight'!
I thought my husband was going to have to peel from the ceiling with a crow bar more than once! There were plenty of ‘crow bar’ moments, trust me; that’s just how creepy, dark and eerie these vamps are portrayed.
As far as world building, again, I kept waiting for Gene to expose himself either by a cut or his smell...something! *Mild Spoiler* There was one exhibition where a heper was devoured and it wasn’t pretty [crow bar moment] The way the palace was set up by the heper colony, Gene could watch them during the day-that’s the one advantage he had over the vamps. They couldn’t watch during the day because the frenzy would hit and they would kill themselves to try and get there under the dry summer sun and what Gene found out was surprising. The only other heper he’d been around was his father and his father was always pounding ‘the rules’ into his head, which was good because that is what kept Gene alive.
Everything combined made The Hunt one of the best Novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. I devoured every word on every page and when the willies took over it was a delicious sensation! It's sinister, twisted and it kept me on high octane the entire book.
Andrew Fukuda is one Fan-Faery-Tastic Author that I look forward to reading more of in the future, especially the follow up to The Hunt!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Perception by Kim Harrington is published by Scholastic Point on March 1, 2012 and has 288 pages.

When you can see things others can't, what do you do when someone's watching you?

Everybody knows about Clarity "Clare" Fern. She's the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.

Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.

But then someone starts playing with her head . . . and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare's pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare's hopeful ex-boyfriend who'd do anything to win her back?

One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the stalker messages soon went from kind gestures to more of the sinister whacko type, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.
[From Goodreads]


Clarity Fern, teenage psychic-well, kind of, more like retrocognitive psychotelemetry, meaning she touches an object and can feel past images and thoughts and somewhat new detective; both of which she’s very good at. Clare see's her family's 'talent's' more as gifts; given to them to help others and not just for a 'feel good' moment or entertainment value for the tourists that bombard their town but for real detective work to find out what happened to missing loved ones.

When Clare becomes involved in a case of a missing senior who is considered a voluntary missing adult although Clare knows better; Clare herself finds she’s being stalked, at first it was kind of exciting but as it continues it becomes majorly creepy. With 2 hot guys hot on her trail, Sierra's case and a freak for a stalker, Clare has more than enough to worry about this fall. Add in Perry’s strange behavior of not leaving the house and Clare is has even more to worry about!

Since Clare was in the news as being the ‘psychic’ that helped solve the case over the summer, suddenly most of the Barbie Brigade wants to be her friend, all of them that is except Tiffany-yes, THE Tiffany that hooked up with Clare’s then boyfriend Jason in Clarity, the first book in the series. Needless to say, it broke her heart into a million pieces but she pulled herself together [having gorgeous Gabriel around just might have helped things a tad] but Clare is strong; trust is an important issue with her and what Jason did broke her trust on so many levels, she decides she doesn’t need someone who would destroy her trust in the worse ways possible so she dumps the dude! Go Clare!

Trouble is, Jason is trying to worm his way into Clare’s good graces but he’s got some serious competition in Gabriel who helped Clare with her detective work last summer. Gabriel is just gorgeous and really doesn’t care about what others think of him. He lives with his detective dad while his mom ‘dries out’ and he and Clare become quite close despite their initial dislike of one another in the beginning of Clarity where he plays a very convincing skeptic but when faced with Clare's mad skills he has to question what he really sees. When he does finally believe, things get a bit more 'cozy' between them.

When Clare is kind of sort of forced to go to a party with the ‘in crowd’, Jason is there with Tiffany hanging off him when one of the Barbie Brigade stands on the pool table and announces that Clare will do readings for all; then all hell breaks loose for Clare when everyone starts to beg for ‘readings’, then chant for them. Gabriel cuts out the lights and get’s her out of that humiliating situation quickly. But what really got me was what this convo happened at the party she was so uncomfortable at: >

Gabriel studied me for a moment. ‘You don’t realize it, do you?’ I blinked, twice. “Realize what?” “What makes you different makes you beautiful” pg. 152.

I swear, my heart went pitter patter! This was no romantic line, he meant it and didn't expect anything from Clare for his pretty words. Jason on the other hand is quick to apologize the next day, saying he 'forgot' at the time just how much she hated ‘performing’ especially for the jock squad and the Barbie Brigade.

I know exactly what guy I want Clare to be with and I'm will not be disappointed! Clare must pick Gabriel or I will personally give her a lobotomy! But I guess you won't know who she picks unless you read the book! Clare is known to do surprising things and can be awfully forgiving. I'm just saying...

Meanwhile, things are heating up with Clare’s crazy stalker and it could be anybody, her new friend Mallory who hasn’t been anything but truthful, heck, it could be anyone but I’m not one to spoil a good book!

I’ll sing the praises of Kim Harrington and her remarkable skills of getting me to love her characters! Or to intensely dislike them! Either way, Kim has an amazing ability to make me feel for her characters in an intense way. I love the world they live in and this is a book that took me away from the real world for awhile and put me into a deliciously thrilling mystery with my favorite teen detective with ‘psychic’ tendencies!

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